Rank #1: Episode 235 “PROTECT THE PETS”
This week on the podcast we have a very special guest. You've probably have heard of our guest he's the veternarian who takes on the big box store, he's stood up to big pet food, and has raised awareness on titers. This week we're joined by Dr. John Rob. Dr. John Robb is a respected doctor of veterinary medicine from Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in 1981 and his DVM from that same institution in 1985. Dr. Robb began his practice at New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital. He purchased the New Fairfield Veterinary Hospital in 1988, renaming it the Robb Animal Care Center in 1997. It was at this practice that Dr. Robb first established Community Appreciation Days, when he offered free exams and vaccinations to people who could not ordinarily afford veterinary care. In April of 1999, Dr. Robb sold the Care Center to Veterinary Centers of America (VCA). He continued to work as an associate veterinarian and then Medical Director at VCA Northside in Danbury until his departure in 2005. In 2007, Dr. Robb bought and ran Farmington Valley Emergency Hospital in Avon, Connecticut. There Dr. Robb treated every pet regardless of the owner’s financial situation. It was a 24-hour care facility for critically ill pets. Dr. Robb sold the 24-hour care facility in 2008 to BrightHeart Veterinary Company and bought a franchise from Banfield Pet Hospital. It was while at Banfield that Dr. Robb came up against the Veterinary Establishment represented by the Mars Candy Bar Company. Mars put profits first and pet lives second. In addition, Mars began an illegal process to dissolve franchise agreements and gain control of all 900 Banfield hospitals. Dr. Robb could not be bought or blackmailed. Mars terminated the franchise agreement at Dr. Robb’s Banfield Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, with no compensation. Mars threatened to report Dr. Robb to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine if he “wouldn’t go quietly.” Dr. Robb told Mars that he, not Mars and not the Connecticut State Board, had the right to choose what volume of rabies vaccine he injected into a pet. From this beginning has come a worldwide movement to protect the pets by amending the rabies laws to honor the measuring of circulating antibodies: namely, a blood titer as the true indicator of immunity! Throughout his career Dr. Robb has held an unwavering commitment to pets over profits. He has experienced first-hand the toxic effect of the drive for productivity and profitability on animal care. His unwillingness to observe the unspoken “rules” among veterinarians that emphasize protecting the vet over protecting the pet has earned him the love and respect of pet owners. While some in the industry want to silence him, he has become a voice and a leader for the many animal care professionals who want to live their passion and provide the very best in care to our animal companions. div class="wsite-spa
Rank #2: Episode 234 “WELL INFORMED PETS”
Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're joined by Lowell Kaufman. Lowell created a MUST NEED for all pet parents phone. https://youtu.be/ai0hv7J7SsY WELLINFORMEDPET Join the Pet Health Revolution! Well Informed Pet records and organizes your pet's health and wellness information... Then you can share these records with anyone in your pet's life by just clicking a button. Put all your pet's health records in one place and give access to anyone (Mom, your neighbor, sitter). Reduce the stress of traveling with your pet - paper records are one less thing to remember and bring with you. Stop worrying about your pet when you're away - check out pictures, comments, and more left by your walker, sitter, or boarding facility. Keep up with changes in your pet's health - and share these changes with your vet immediately. Avoid confusion at the groomer, boarding kennel, or trainer – your care instructions are all in one place. HELP ME STOP WORRYING ABOUT MY PET'S HEALTH Everything about your pet in one place - accessible by your phone Well Informed Pet records and organizes your pet's health and wellness information... Then you can share these records with anyone in your pet's life by just clicking a button. Put all your pet's health records in one place and give access to anyone (Mom, your neighbor, sitter). Reduce the stress of traveling with your pet - paper records are one less thing to remember and bring with you. Stop worrying about your pet when you're away - check out pictures, comments, and more left by your walker, sitter, or boarding facility. Keep up with changes in your pet's health - and share these changes with your vet immediately. Avoid confusion at the groomer, boarding kennel, or trainer – your care instructions are all in one place. a class="sqs-block-button-element--large sqs-block-button-element" href="https://app.wellinformedpet.com/authentication/signup" ta
Rank #3: Episode 233 “PATRICIA STEPHENS”
Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're taking a trip to Florida for all of your furry companions. Hi, fellow pet peeps! Thanks for stopping by. I'm Patricia, owner of FloridaPets.net since 2001. My husband Chris and I have four companion dogs and all of us play on the furniture around here. We are fortunate to live two minutes from a dog-friendly beach. Lulu, our black Labrador, would stay there for days if she could. Our Corgi mix, Jazz, likes the waves, but hates getting her feet wet - go figure! Add little Pepper the Poodle and Willie, the Doxie and you've got a crew who like getting out and having fun together. And we want you and your furkids to be able to do the same. Where to go is often the big question. Whether you are a resident or visitor to Florida, I feel you will find FloridaPets.net to be a great resource for locations and events around the state where the red carpet is rolled out for well-behaved companion animals - and their well-behaved people. As a former newspaper reporter, I have something in common with our Willie. I like to dig. In my case, I like searching for dog parks, beaches and boardwalks where canines are permitted to run, and restaurants where dogs can share a cool drink and treat with their peeps. I like discovering hotels, motels and B&Bs that love pet guests, and pet-friendly places to live, including apartments, condos, mobile home parks, even assisted living facilities. What I learn from all my digging around, I share here. If you don't find the info you're looking for, please write to me and tell me what you need. I'm happy to help!
Rank #4: Episode 232 “HONEY LICKS”
Hello pups and Kittens and welcome to another episode of The Groomer Next Door. This episode was recorded earlier this year and since I have no information on Honey Licks.
Rank #5: Episode 231 “DR. COGER RETURNS”
This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast our good friend Dr. Laurie Coger will be re-joining us discussing. AAFCO MEETING BY: Susan Thixton (Truth About Pet Food) Another Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting is over. This was the largest attendance of consumer advocates we’ve ever had at AAFCO. Dr. Karen Becker, Rodney Habib, Daniel Orrego, Dr. Barbara Royal, Dr. Natasha Lilly, Chelsea Kent, Tammy Akerman, B.C. Henschen, Laura Beveridge, Julie Elrod, Roxanne Stone, Billy Hoekman, (not pictured) Dr. Cathy Alinovi, and myself. (Also pictured who joined us for dinner is Audree, Dr. Josie, Jillian, and Maura.) AAFCO meetings are a necessity. A necessity for us to be here, and a necessity for regulations to be established that properly regulate the food that animals consume. Part of the problem is that a great deal of effort is taken to write legal definitions of ingredients or determine the required font size on a label – but little enforcement of those detailed regulations happen. As example… We had a meeting with FDA right after the last session on Tuesday 7/31/18. One of the two pet owners that spoke with FDA had multiple pets get sick from a commercial dog food. She told FDA that she purchased the dog food – in part – based on the images of steak on the label (just like millions of other pet owners have). What the label told her was in the food (steak) she later learned was not even close to what her dogs actually ate. The misleading pet food label cost her more than $6000.00 in vet bills – and the misleading image almost cost her her dog. In the AAFCO book is this pet food regulation: “A vignette, graphic, or pictorial representation on a pet food label shall not misrepresent the contents of the package.” At a previous AAFCO meeting – probably 20 years ago – regulatory officials meticulously wrote this legal requirement of pet food labels. But…20 years later, not one State Department of Agriculture and not one FDA representative bothers to enforce this law. Millions of pet food consumers unknowingly buy pet foods based on those misleading images on the label – images that are supposed to be regulated…but are not. So part of the insanity of AAFCO is that many people work very hard to write legal requirements of pet food/animal feed…and then those very legal requirements are ignored. Another pet owner shared her story with FDA during our meeting. Her story was of her dog’s death directly linked to a dog treat. This pet owner reported the incident to FDA, had the treat tested, provided all test results to FDA. But a full year after her dog died, FDA has done little to investigate the death. Through tear filled eyes, we all listened to her story and her pleas with FDA to do something to get a risky product off the market. She told the agency how concerning it was that she has to be the one to investigate the dog treat – because no regulatory authority was. And again, we have another glaring concern of pet food. Lack of properly investigating a dangerous pet food or treat. Consumer tax dollars support the authorities that are supposed to be investigating a pet food/treat illness or death…but if we want an unsafe product off store shelves, consumers are left to investigate on our own. What AAFCO members care most about is industry. And they are not shy about stating that. During the Ingredient Definitions Committee session a State Department of Agriculture representative reminded committee members that “firms are going to be hurting” if they don’t push through these ingredient definitions (th
Rank #6: Episode 230 “HEMP MY PET”
This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast we have Mark Brannigan from Hemp My Pet on the show.At HempMy Pet, our mission is to be your trusted source for Organic, Hemp Infused Pet products. As a vertically integrated Hemp Company, we stand behind the quality and integrity of our products, from seed to sale, 100%. We only use the highest quality, human-grade ingredients for our Pet products, and never formulate with anything that we would not consume ourselves. In addition to being advocates for animal rights, we donate product to animal rescues and sanctuaries, as we believe Hemp can be especially beneficial for healing mental and physical trauma and can also a beneficial compliment for use during training and behavioral work. We support and advocate for sustainable and Organic farming practices as well as bringing awareness to the current and future landscape of Hemp and especially the importance of growing Hemp Organically. We are active advocates for Hemp as alternative medicine, and our work in the industry and encouragement of consumers to educate themselves is directly tied to moving the industry in a positive direction. We believe that all people and animals have the right to heal themselves naturally and should have access to this plant and ALL other beneficial plants and alternative medicines in order to be able to support their health and well-being for generations to come.
Rank #7: Episode 229 “SARAH STONE”
This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast our guest is Sarah Stone. About Sarah Sarah Stone has always cared deeply for animals and “their people”. But it took 16 years of feeling unfulfilled and incomplete working in the insurance industry to realize her true calling. Sarah recognized the key to her happiness was helping and working with her first love, animals. “I’ve always had an ability to direct healing energy, making it an integral part of my life. So I decided to follow my true passion and began healing many different kinds of animals, connecting with and listening to my spirit guides and angels. I often work with animals and their parents, who have nowhere else to turn. My purpose in this life is to bring peace, comfort and happiness to all animals and their people by seeking help for them.” Over the years, Sarah’s work with the animal kingdom revealed that our beloved pets tend to be affected by their human companion’s’ physical and emotional issues. “Animals experience similar emotions as humans; Sarah explains, “I am continually amazed at how animals absorb the physical and emotional pain and discomfort from their people.” This insight led Sarah to extend her healing energy sessions to people as well. By working with her guides and angels, she opens healing channels for individuals – attaining the same amazing results as her work with the animal kingdom – alleviating distress on all levels: Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Sarah uses classes, lectures and seminars to teach others how to tap into the healing energy from the universal source, available to everyone. Sarah Stone is also an Ordained Minister.
Rank #8: Episode 228 “LAURA PAKIS”
Hello Pups and Kittens, this week we're joined by an amazing lady with PLENTRY of experience with animals. Who Are We? Acme Canine…we teach dog owners new tricks and now we’re training dog trainers and owners of dog daycare and boarding facilities To better understand Acme Canine, you need to know how we started. In 2004 Acme Canine was created to bring professional, knowledgeable and caring dog training to the places dogs misbehave the most…their home. When owner, Laura Pakis, decided on the Acme name, she had not thought of the benefits of having a company name that started with the first letter of the alphabet. Rather it was based on two other reasons. One was the good memories of the nostalgic Acme Company and how it could fix anything. Most importantly, it was the more intellectual reason of Acme’s definition meaning “the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development”. For Acme Canine that means being dogcentric! Acme Canine has been a member of the canine community for over 12 years. From it’s early beginnings of certified trainer, Laura Pakis, training in her apartment in Delaware, Ohio to a staff of 4 trainers and 10 kennel assistants caring and working with all breeds and all ages of dogs at her facility in Lewis Center, Ohio and now sharing her knowledge through Spike’s Blog, Acme Canine has taken on many roles to better serve the canine community. Known throughout the United States for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and business practice as well as keeping abreast of the latest methods, practices and techniques of dog care, Acme Canine is synonymous with quality care and expertise in dog training, dog daycare and dog boarding. Since its formation, Acme Canine is committed to making dogs polite members of society and a joy to own. Keeping with its mission, Acme Canine continues to utilize a variety of innovative and individualized techniques to teach dog and owner a positive method of living and learning together. And now we are coaching dog trainers and dog daycare and boarding facilities on how to achieve these high standards. Our goal is for you to have the best in everything you do, and we do this with integrity, experience and compassion. We are constantly coming up with new ways to create a fun and entertaining environment for dogs. We hope that you will take the opportunity to try out our services. You won’t regret it! Laura Pakis Davis is an experienced Certified Professional Trainer and owner/founder of Acme Canine. Having trained over 5,000 dogs and run a boarding and daycare facility for the past 13 years, Laura focuses her blog, Spike’s Dog Blog by Acme Canine, on training knowledge and the care and understanding of dogs. A member of the Dog Writer’s Association, Blog Paws, Women in the Pet Industry and the IACP, Laura shares her experience through a variety of social medias and national and local magazines. She is an industry expert to the media and assists dog trainers worldwide with improving their training techniques, people skills, and business knowledge. Laura is proficient in many areas of pet care and training. She is a certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross and PetSaver, is AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine Evaluator, and AKC PuppySTAR evaluator. She is certified in breed selection, puppy development, assistance dog training, basic and advanced obedience, Police K-9 and protection training, tracking, E-touch train
Rank #9: EPISODE 227 “VICKI LARSEN”
Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door. This week we're joined by an amazing lady whose one of the Godmothers of Raw Feeding. We're going to hear all about Vicki Larsen, her stories, and hopefully you all will enjoy this weeks episode,
Rank #10: Episode 226 “THE Q-COACH”
Hello Pups and Kittens, this is the first episode of July. We're back to our normal format with the most amazing animal lovers. This week Julie Bacon (Q-Coach) is sittinfg down with us on the podcast For all of you who want MORE!! if you go to https://www.theqcoach.com/ all e-books will be 25% at checkout when you use the promo code "GROOMER". Previous Next The Q Coach How many seminars, classes, and workshops have you taken to hone your dog handling skills? To learn new techniques? To train your puppy? Probably too many to count! Now, how many seminars, classes or workshops have you taken to hone your mental game? To learn how to better prepare your team? To improve your results in the ring as a handler? I'm guessing very few if any. And this is how it goes ... We spend so much of our time and money ensuring our dogs have the skills to walk into the agility, obedience, flyball, conformation, draft or another ring, yet as the other half of the team, what are we doing for ourselves? The Q Coach was created to address the human half of our canine performance teams and to support us beyond the handling skills we acquire for our dogs. Our flagship program, Dream-n-Scheme, is rooted in an eBook that will provide essential tools to dream, plan, journal and let go in order to improve your results in and out of the ring. We all have coaches for our handling skills, now you have a coach for your mental game. Welcome to The Q Coach! Q More We all want better results every time we enter a trial, test or show. We have a certain picture of how it should go in our heads, and yet our minds can be our own worst enemies. The Q Coach is formed around a singular goal: get the results you want! Learn how to put a plan together that is easy to execute along with mental strategies to keep your performance on track. Whether you are preparing for a national event, coming back after a long rehab or wanting to improve results at local obedience or agility trials, The Q Coach can support your goals from near-term to lifetime. Are you ready to Q? Our flagship program, Dream-n-Scheme, is designed to provide a structure in order to improve your performance and relationship with your dogs in and out of the ring. The Dream-n-Scheme program works in conjunction with any handling system across all competitive dog environments. Our goal is to make sure you hit your goals from conformation to obedience to agility and beyond! We have created several delivery methods to match how you learn bes