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petbook-cover-smThe Pet Lover’s Guide to Finding Your Own Home is the only veterinarian and realtor approved home-buying guide for pet lovers. This customizable Action Plan begins with 20 easy, free things you can do in the next 30 days to get ready to buy, even if you’re starting from scratch! Compact, color workbook includes:

 

· checklists,

· worksheets,

· top quality links,

· a practical timeline,

· personal stories,

· step-by-step reminders,

· tons-o-tips,

· 50 color photos and more!

 

Called “the Suze Orman for people with pets” by Arden Moore, editor of Catnip (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University), this award-winning author believes all pets deserve a good home, and so do all pet lovers!

 

Get the E-book for pet lovers or the full color printed book especially for cat lovers on www.FindingYourOwnHome.com and on Amazon. Dan Poynter, author of The Older Cat, says, “You could be carrying your cat across the threshold of your new home much sooner than you think!

 

Raphael Guerin, a Member of The Pet Realty Network, is the North East Los Angeles Specialist at the Los Feliz Branch of Keller Williams. Pets are a very important part of Raphael’s life – just ask him about his two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

He is a sponsor of Yappy Hour events at Hermon Dog Park every month. Not only does Raphael support Yappy Hours but to all dog lovers at Hermon Dog Park he offers $1,000 towards closing fees on any real estate transaction that he handles for them. He would love to talk to you about Yappy Hours so just telephone him or send him an E-mail and, of course, he can give you all the latest information about the Los Angeles real estate market.

The event is the Dog Days Of Summer. It is one of the major pet events in North East Los Angeles at the Hermon Dog Park (www.hermondogpark.com). There are pet adoptions, raffles, veterinary clinic, grooming services, agility demonstrations and more. A total fun filled afternoon from 4 to 7pm. The park also has monthly ‘Yappy Hours’ that are fun filled with various events.

Visit the website for more details or please contact Raphael Guerin the local Realtor and a sponsor of the events at raphael@kw.com  & visit www.discovernelahomes.com  

Now that is something to bark about at Hermon Dog Park!

We always receive very touching emails from our members. This one, from Pet Realty Network Member Tina Giufre, was especially heartwarming, and thought we should share it with you.

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Hi, Rhona,
You probably know the story of the dog, Yuggi. It turns out my best friend’s mom is Yuggi’s new mom. He couldn’t have found a better home! She treats her pets like she treats her children, as it should be! Below is an email I sent to my friends and family that I thought you’d like to read.
Tina

Tina Guifre

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My friend Thrin’s mother, Lois, had a Weimaraner, Baroness, who died last fall. Baroness had been abused and had a problem with aggression but Lois took her in and rehabilitated her. She turned out to be a nice dog. Obviously, Lois is a big animal lover and has always been a dog person. After her sister, Aunt Retha, died, Lois became a cat person, adopting her sister’s two cats, Snow and Joe. I think Snow’s name is Snowball. She’s beautiful and white. Joe’s a shy, scrappy-looking guy, all black with only three legs – something about an encounter with either a car or a train, I can’t remember. Lois has since taken in a third cat but I can’t remember that story.

Lois spends winters at her house in Naples and summers in Cincinnati, bringing her pets wherever she goes. But in January, she was missing Baroness, so she decided to go to the Naples Humane Society and adopt a dog. She and Thrin walked in and looked at all the poor pups in their cages. Lois paused, looking at a black lab who looked so sad. She said their eyes locked. She just had to have him. After filling out all the forms, she was allowed to take him home.

Then she found out that he was something of a celebrity. The Humane Society people didn’t want her to be swayed by his story, so they didn’t tell her anything about his past until after she adopted him. Read this story: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/Nov/24/abandoned_broken_and_against_odds/

I haven’t met Kodi yet – she changed his name from Yuggi – but I’ve heard he’s a sweetie! I’ll probably meet him this weekend before Lois heads back up to Ohio for the summer. I’m so glad he ended up with her. He will be riding to and from Ohio in a Rolls Royce and will have steak and Frosty Paws treats at his own birthday party each year.

He’s a lucky dog!

If you are looking for anything pet friendly in Florida, look no further than Orlando where you will find some of the best dog parks and pet friendly real estate agents around.

The Orlando Sentinel agrees. Their recent story, Home is where the Bark is talks about pet friendly real estate options in the Orlando area, and why “pet friendly” is so important to homeowners.

For example, Sherice Ward recently purchased a home in Avalon Park, in very close proximity to Paw Park where she can walk to with Lacy her 3 year old Chocolate Labrador mix.   Ward said she would have never purchased a home in that area, unless it was pet friendly. Dogs are also welcome at outside restaurant tables and town events such as the wine and food festival.  

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Travel sickness? Anxiety or Fear? Insect Bites? Sadness or Grieving? If you pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, PediGREEN can offer you a natural holistic remedies for these any many other symptoms that pets can experience.

PediGREEN is a brand of pure, safe and effective homeopathic and natural products designed for animals, available over-the-counter.  Using PediGreen, veterinarians and pet owners can now choose gentle, natural and chemical-free products that reinforce and stimulate the body’s own healing abilities.  The PediGREEN line consists of 12 products marked for individual sale and 3 QuickCare Kits, each of which contains 5 products designed for the different stages of a pet’s life: First Years, Active and Senior Care.

Visit Pedigreen’s website www.pedigreen.us for more information!

If you are moving with your pets, you want to be sure you keep them happy and safe during your travels.  Remember to check with your Veterinarian to be sure that your pet is prepared for long trips either by car or airplane.  If you can’t bring your pet along with you, be sure to hire a specialist to transport your pet safely. 

Action Pet Express provides 24 hr Over the Road Door to Door Pet Transport for pet owners throughout the States of: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Southern New Jersey; and Washington D.C.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Action Pet Express Toll Free: (866) 648-9031or visit their website www.actionpetexpress.com  

Naples, Florida – In conjunction with THE LUCKY DAY Campaign, The Pet Realty Network®, a Naples Florida based company, offering the single most informative online source of Pet Friendly Resources, is pleased to announce the recent partnership with the Humane Society of Catawba County

THE LUCKY DAY Campaign is The Pet Realty Network’s online campaign to help Humane Societies make it a LUCKY DAY for one of the millions of pets in shelters across the country waiting for a loving home.  To celebrate this exciting partnership, The Pet Realty Network® will donate $5.00 to the Humane Society of Catawba County for each Pet Realty Network® Real Estate Agent registration or Pet Resource Directory membership in Catawba and surrounding Alexander, Iredell, Lincoln, Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties, North Carolina. 

Read the full Press Release here.

 

Naples, Florida – In conjunction with THE LUCKY DAY Campaign, The Pet Realty Network®, a Naples Florida based company, offering the single most informative online source of Pet Friendly Resources, is pleased to announce the recent partnership with the Kent Animal Shelter

THE LUCKY DAY Campaign is The Pet Realty Network’s online campaign to help Humane Societies make it a LUCKY DAY for one of the millions of pets in shelters across the country waiting for a loving home.  To celebrate this exciting partnership, The Pet Realty Network® will donate $5.00 to the Kent Animal Shelter for each Pet Realty Network® Real Estate Agent registration or Pet Resource Directory membership in Suffolk county, New York.

Read the full Press Release here.

The Valley River Humane Society, serving Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain counties North Carolina, is out of funds, and desperately in need of donations and support.

It appears as though recent mismanagement of funds has caused the shelter to be facing its darkest times. 

The organization is funded by donations, revenue from the humane society’s thrift store and money each of the four counties provide for animal control. If proper funding is not raised, shelter operations could be passed onto the Sheriff’s office.

Donations can be mailed to Valley River Humane Society, P.O. Box 658, Murphy, NC 28906. The society is also in need of more volunteers to help keep shelter operations open and available to the public.

We hope to spread the word by bringing this tragic situation to the attention of our pet friendly members and visitors to help the homeless pets affected by this situation.

As the recent article published in the Chicago Tribune explains, Carmel-by-the-Sea, a costal village about 125 miles south of San Francisco, is not just dog friendly – it is REALLY DOG FRIENDLY!

Here you will find dog-friendly beaches, hard to come across in certain parts of the country, as well as dog friendly hotels, restaurants and stores.  

Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and you may run into a few pet-friendly celebrities as well.  Pampered dogs can enjoy a dog biscuit at check-in at resident Doris Day’s hotel, Cypress Inn.   Doris Day is the Founder and President of the the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League, which recently merged with The Humane Society of the United States.

Or, shop at Carmel Plaza and your dog can drink, play, or whatever they want, at the Fountain of Woof while owners are shopping at Tiffany’s.

But if you are thinking of packing up your pooch and moving to Carmel-by-the-Sea, you should be prepared.  According to the Chicago Tribune article, in a recent listing of 113 homes for sale in Carmel-by-the-Sea, 92 were priced over $1 million.

That’s one lucky dog.

Today’s Ft Myers News-Press confirms that pet friendly areas are important elements when it comes to pet owners looking for homes in Southwest Florida.  Dog Parks are being built right into the design of many Southwest Florida Communities. 

“One of the things we found, in doing research for the Bonita Bay Group, is that pets are an integral part of people’s lives, and we always had plans for a dog park,” says Debbie Holm-Sheeley, general manager at Bonita Bay’s Sandoval in Cape Coral, which opened Barkley Park about a year and a half ago in the 3-year-old development. “When we talk to people about purchasing at Sandoval, we find they love the idea of the dog park, so it’s been a good component for us. We also have sidewalks, so people can walk their dogs.”

 Read the full story, and see photos here!

Many thanks to Lori Tipler Long, a volunteer of the Humane Society of Central Illinois for contributing this story about how she made it a LUCKY DAY for one very lucky dog.

Please visit The Pet Realty Network’s LUCKY DAY Campaign, to see how you can make it a LUCKY DAY for a homeless pet, or for more information about how your pet shelter can participate.

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Karyl Carmignani of Canine Companions for Independence recently wrote to Dear Abby, giving people a well-needed reminder about the role that service dogs play in society.  

“People need to know how to behave around assistance dogs so they don’t endanger the person with a disability or the dog,” states Karyl, and continues by providing tips such as never feed or offer food to a working dog and do not let your dog initiate contact with a working dog while it’s on duty.

You can read the full letter, Abby’s reply, and all of Karyl’s tips here.

When a mortar attack recently killed 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee in Fallujah and injured his bomb sniffing dog, partner, and best friend Lex, the strong bond between soldiers compelled the slain Marine’s family to adopt the 8-year-old German Shepherd even though he was still required to serve for two more years.   But with a little help from an Internet petition and a North Carolina congressman, the Marine Corps finally announced Lex could go home to Lee’s family. 

Read the full story here.

The small town of Hillsville, VA was recently declared a disaster area, requiring the help from the Red Cross, because of Horton’s Pups, a mass breeding farm otherwise known as a puppy mill in Hillsville, near Roanoke.

In November, after a 5 month investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, Carroll County Virgina found itself with 1,080 dogs — topping 1,100 after a few new births over the following days.   Over a dozen animal rescue agencies, from Virginia to Florida, agreed to care for and help adopt the dogs to new loving homes.

The Humane Society more conservatively estimates that, each year, 2 million to 4 million new pets are the products of puppy mills, most of them in eight states: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The society’s investigation in Virginia uncovered hundreds of substandard operations, leading it to warn that Virginia was likely to join the list of the worst offenders.

  read the full story here.

Just in from the Associated Press, Michael Vick surrenders to Federal Marshals three weeks before his expected sentencing for federal dogfighting charges. 

The order filed in U.S. District Court said Vick was taken into custody Monday “based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of violation of any condition of his bond.”   

The Federal guidelines suggest a sentence of a year to 18 months.  However, Vick, who has admitted bankrolling the Bad Newz Kennels, is instead looking at a maximum of five years.

You can read the full story here.

DogChannel.com tells us about how actress Kate Bosworth fell in love with a new best friend while recently shooting a movie in Mexico and how, with a little help from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, she brought her newly adopted puppy home. 

“They helped me get the dog home,” said Bosworth to Vanity Fair at a party in Los Angeles honoring the nonprofit rescue group. “It’s difficult sometimes to bring them from another country to the United States, so they came to help me out.”

Read the full story here.

The beautiful hand painted oil paintings on canvas, by Florida artist Linda Relis, comes from her love of nature, and concern for the fast disappearing habitats of animals. 

This magnificent artist now has many pet portraits on her site for you to browse through, like this one titled “Are We There Yet”.

Linda also features many beautiful still life, portraits, landscapes and wildlife paintings. 

Linda is a native New Yorker, and is now living in Port St. Lucie Florida, where she maintains her working and teaching studio.

You can also see Linda’s work as part of the permanent collection of the State of Florida’s Art in Public Places Program as well as numerous private and corporate collections.

For more information about how you can see your pet on canvas, please visit www.relisart.com

You have heard of home parties for everything from the old fashioned Tupperware classics to jewelry to candles.  Now it’s time to party with your pets.

As Americans continue to shell out billions of dollars a year on their four-legged friends, those in the pet industry expect pet parties to grow in popularity, particularly among boomers.

The Arizona Republic has the full story.

Get ready to party with your pooch!  One of the world’s largest pet parades, with 8,000 pets strutting their stuff in colorful Mardi Gras-inspired costumes will be in St. Louis, MO on Sunday, January 27th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. located at the corner of Menard and Allen in Soulard. 

The event is free to attend, and a $10 registration donation will benefit animal welfare organizations like Open Door Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter just outside of St. Louis.

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