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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!

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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!

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.

In memory of her late dog Sophie, Oprah Winfrey will dedicate an upcoming show to her dearly beloved pet who recently died at 13 years old of kidney failure.

Although Sophie as well as Oprah’s other 2 dogs were not products of puppy mills, and were instead purchased from breeders, Oprah’s recent investigation into puppy mills has made her a “changed woman” as she pledges that her next dog will certainly come from a pet shelter.

You can read more about this story 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.

As Realtors out and about in neighborhoods, in and out of houses we have an ethical duty to report abuse of any kind. Here is a story that supports that belief.

Meet Hogan. He’s a gorgeous purebred German Shepherd Dog. We named him after “Hogan” of “Hogan’s Heroes” because we were trying for “something German” and we thought “Klink” just didn’t fit. Hogan needs a home! This is his story thus far:

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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.

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s WOODTV.com brings us a much needed heartwarming story for one cold, stranded puppy.   24 Hour News 8 photojournalist Bilal Kurdi uses his camera’s lights to shine down into a deep, muddy hole where a puppy was stuck — then crawled in to get the shivering dachsund.  read the full story here.

This young puppy was suspected to have been living off of scraps in the cold for days. The Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan said they will hold onto the puppy for about five days to give the owners a chance to claim it.  After that, it will be up for adoption.

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.

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.

Celebrities keep pets “cool” with proceeds benefiting the ASPCA.   A Press Release from ASPCA.com tells you more about Komfort Pets, the company who brought the first ever climate-controlled pet carrier, and their plans to auction off a celebrity signed pet carrier on eBay.     Read the rest of this entry »

Many pet shelters across the country are celebrating November’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month.  Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus Ohio, and part of The Pet Realty Network’s LUCKY DAY Campaign, bring to you the Top 10 Reasons of adopting a senior pet into your home.

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From USA Today , an article citing several examples of dogs recently imported into the United States carrying rabies, explains the Center for Disease Control’s concerns about bringing stray dogs into the country and placing them up for adoption.

Importing dogs has been happening for years and has even led to agencies in Southern California to create the Border Puppy Task Force after they saw approximately 10,000 puppies over a span of one year being brought across the border from Mexico.

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Ben Roethlisberger is not only a football hero for the die hard fans of Pittsburgh, but he also has a genuine respect and admiration for animals. 

In 2006, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed its first grant to help the Police Department in Roethlisberger’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio  replace their service dog, Flip, who was tragically shot and killed.

The grant also purchased a K-9 ballistic vest for the Findlay Ohio Police Department, and in 2007 the foundation will disperse additional grants to support or purchase service dogs and vests that assist police and fire departments in cities where Roethlisberger’s team will play throughout the season. 

These cities will include:

Cleveland, OH
Phoenix, AZ
Denver, CO
Cincinnati, OH
New York, NY/New Jersey
Boston, MA
St. Louis, MO
Baltimore, MD

A Steeler fan or not, that’s something we all should admire!

The rescue organization Mutts and Moms has taken back a dog recently adopted by Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia De Rossi, because DeGeneres gave the dog to her hairdresser’s family.  From Ellen’s website, she explains: 

“Here’s what happened. I love animals. I love animals. I rescue them and I’ve adopted so many animals and found so many animals homes over the years. On September 20, I adopted a dog from a rescue organization here in the area. I got it neutered, I got it trained and I paid my vet extra money to take it home to sleep in the bed with him at night instead of a cage. I spent $3000 on this puppy to acclimate it, to train it to be with our cats. It was just too much energy and too rambunctious. “

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Thank you,  Dogster for bringing to our attention a new website, www.DogsinDanger.com,  a nonprofit national shelter outreach program at the forefront of a grassroots movement trying to help shelters save the lives of millions of innocent dogs.

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