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Beverly Isla on Pet Life Radio


Save A Pooch is all about rescue dog welfare. With an informative yet humorous tone, the good, the bad, cute, and the ugly will be addressed. Episode topics can range from: how to improve fosters' and adopters' experience with rescues; how to improve rescues' well-being and heal their trauma; what are some of the opportunities for rescues; rescue success stories; how to spot a reputable or fake rescue organization, what determines a healthy human-animal bond and much, much more! 

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Episode 25 - Grieving Our Canine Friends

This show is dedicated to those who have experienced the loss of their canine pets, particularly those who have cared for and taken rescue dogs under their wing. It is a topic that can be difficult to come face to face with; unfortunately, all pet parents do have to face it at some point. Today's guests are Wendy Van De Poll, founder of Center For Pet Loss Grief, she holds numerous credentials in the healing arts, coaching, author, animal communications to name a few. Our other guest is Brenda Harney, co-founder and VP of Tiny Paws Dog Rescue and who has had the wonderful experience of fostering over 700 dogs in the past 16 years. 


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Episode 24 - Heaven on Earth For Rescue Dogs

Caring for and housing rescue dogs is a world in itself; but once rescue dogs get adopted, improving or maintaining their behavior is a whole other world. Today's guests cover both arenas to make sure rescue dogs are not only as happy as they can be but as polished as they can be once adopted. Our first guest Lya, who owns and runs the non profit organization in Costa Rica called Territorio De Zaguates, also known as Land of the Strays. Our second guest, Jeff Reid, has been rehabilitating rescue dogs for over 10 years and runs Rescue Me Canine Training based in BC Canada. 


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Episode 23 - Cannabis For Pets

With medical marijuana making headway into North America's medical system, the research into pet benefits is also coming into full spectrum. This show features the work of Drs. Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas who are considered leaders in the research and product effectiveness for animal cannabis science. Their latest formulation Canna Companion is the world's premier site for cannabis/hemp education and products for the pet world. We will go over not only how it can benefit issues common to rescue dogs but pets in general. 


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Episode 22 - Paying It Forward For Our Pets

With more organizations paying it forward, more corporations have been tag teaming with charities. One particular duo, Bayer Animal Health and Adopt-a-Pet.com, shines a deacon of light for rescue shelters with their campaign called Share For Shelters. This initiative encourages pet owners to upload photos, with each photo leading to a product donation that goes to rescue shelters. With Bayer's mission to keep your pets healthy and Adopt-a-Pet.com's mission to help find rescue dogs homes, this dynamic alliance contributes to animal welfare in a significant way. Our guests today are Lauren Dorsch, representative of Bayer Animal Health and Dana Puglisi from Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit pet adoption website.


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Episode 21 - Rescue Dogs Become An Ambassador For Canine Rescues

The myth that rescue dogs are broken or second hand quality is exactly that. A myth. Truth is, rescue dogs can be one of the most loyal companions given the patience and understanding. This episode will feature 3 special rescue dogs and their stories of getting out of the shelter and becoming an ambassador for canine rescues.

Our guests today are Joey, the proud forever parent of Mervin the Chihuahua, who's gained quite a following on social media; Courtney who adopted the social media icon Tuna, and lastly we have Lori, forever momma of Beau who was once a special foster dog for me.


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Episode 20 - MyRescue.dog and RARE Celebrate Their Mission In Helping Rescue Dogs

This show is dedicated to 2 organizations that recently launched their mission in helping rescue dogs. It's great to see more groups coming together for this purpose. There are several ways organizations can address the issue of animals in need, whether it be directly rescuing them from inhumane conditions to providing support to the groups that do, or just as importantly, raising awareness to the public. Our first guest is Jeff Davidoff, Chief Marketing Officer of Donut. Donut has partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to create MyRescue.dog, a new platform to help homeless dogs by funding shelters. Our second guest is Trisha Crowley, founder of Rural Animal Rescue Effort (RARE) based in Columbia, Tennessee who's focus is to help animals in the rural areas where there is lack of support. 


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Episode 19 - Money and Pets: How Deep Does Your Wallet Really Have To Be?

This episode we'll be talking about the realities of having a pet, particularly the costs and expenses involved in owning a dog. As rescues organizations take on more surrendered dogs, it's worthwhile to discuss one of the main reasons why dogs are given up. From unexpected vet bills, to unforeseen family circumstances that makes it difficult for owners to continue the costs.  Our guests today will talk to us about this topic in detail and help us better understand whats involved. Our first guest is renowned pet expert Charlotte Reed and our second guest is Rhyss Miller of Fairy Tale Endings, a non for profit organization. 


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Episode 18 - First Aid for Pets

Ever thought CPR can work for your pets? Knowing First Aid for humans is almost a necessity as it can save lives in the most unexpected events. But for those households with pets, not knowing first aid techniques on them can mean a hefty vet bill or possibly even worse. This show will explore the topic of First Aid for pets and how we can use some practical tools should you come across an unexpected incident. Our guests today will be Lisa Wagner, owner of Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid and Dr. Deborah Mandell, emergency service veterinarian and American Red Cross Pet Care Advisor. 


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Episode 17 - Disaster Relief Dogs To The Rescue

Many people around the world wish they can save more dogs in need. But do we realize to what extent some dogs actually rescue us? This episode will uncover the one job that service dogs do that can make or break human lives. Disaster-relief dogs. Our guests today will be Wilma Melville, founder of Search Dog Foundation and Ann Wichmann, founding member of Search and Rescue Dog of the United States (SARDUS), also a FEMA handler. Both Wilma and Ann have done tremendous work training and handling dogs that have been first responders of several natural disasters including the Sept.11 disaster at the World Trade Centers, earthquakes, missing persons, and much more. This show our guests will walk us through some of things that happen behind the scenes that we may not be aware of. 


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Episode 16 - The Science Behind Canine Behavior And How It Can Help Rescue Dogs

This show will focus on the scientific approach of canine behavior and the work of renowned veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Dodman. He authors many scientific journals & best selling books; a professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; a specialist in pharmacologic control in animal behavior and chief scientific officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies. He is also a regular expert on radio and television for his work, including 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America and many more. His current research is underway and can play a tremendous role in helping rescue dogs find compatible adopters. 


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Episode 15 - How Kids Can Help Rescue Dogs

Today's show is dedicated to highlighting how kids can help rescue dogs and how parents can support this initiative. The more kids understand the concerns around homeless dogs and other domestic animals, they may want to help their cause and be more compassionate to animals. This was the case with 9 year old Selena Schulz who helps various animal shelters with monetary and supply donations. The 'Lucky Kids Club' created by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue also has a mission to educate, involve and share their experience with kids. As the next generation of dog parents, the more children gets hands on experience with helping rescues, the more they can pass animal compassion to one another. 


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Episode 14 - Dog Walkers: Luxury or Necessity?

This show features 3 special dog walkers: Robin Romine from Chicago, Kara Kleindienst from Manhattan, and Melanie McKee from Toronto, who all contribute to the quality of a dog's life. They ensure canines go home not only happy but healthy dogs. West Town Walkers from Chicago takes pride in supporting rescue organizations with their fundraising efforts, The Barking Meter is New York's and San Francisco's elite dog walking services and Happy Dogs Waggin' Tails is Toronto's go-to dog walker. We may take for granted the services of a dog walker but as we'll discuss, finding the right person can make all the difference to a dog's well-being, including rescue dogs that may need re-socializing or dogs with anxiety. We will also cover the do's and don'ts of bringing your dog to a park with dog walkers.


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Episode 13 - Canines Serving People In Need

Who says our canine friends can't have jobs? This show is dedicated to the canine service organizations and their dogs that help fulfill the circle of the human canine bond. These talented dogs play special roles from being service dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue, or law enforcement dogs. The Planet Dog Foundation's executive director Kristen Smith will discuss some of these programs that help people in need and how Planet Dog can help canine organizations meet their goals. 


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Episode 12 - How To Prevent or Address Dog Bites

Ever get bitten by a dog and now can't stand being near them? Ever had your dog bite someone and had to consider taking it to the pound? Today's show is about educating the public on dog bite prevention and how this can contribute to less dogs being taken to the pound. Our guests that will shed some light on this topic are: Teresa Lewin, an animal behavior specialist of over 20 years and co-founder of Doggone Safe and recording artist & song writer Kaylin Roberson, also spokesperson for DogGone Safe. 


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Episode 11 - Two Rescue Dogs Voice Their Opinion

This episode is dedicated to rescue dogs who want to speak.  Literally. Renowned animal communicator Sheila Trecartin is here with us today to do something very special for a couple rescue dogs and their 'now forever' parents. She will relay what our 4 legged friends want to say. Sheila practices several holistic modalities but being a bridge between animal and human is considered her specialty. Having turned skeptics into believers, her work has been featured on television and radio. 


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Episode 10 - Can Comedy Really Be A Part Of Rescue Dogs?

With the topic of rescue dogs and the unfortunate events that come with having an overpopulation of stray or neglected dogs, there's enough to make this world depressed. But for Harris Bloom and James Uloth, they combine comedy and cause! This episode will feature their causes and how they combine humor in the topic of stray dogs.


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Episode 9 - Who is Part of your Dog's Healthcare Team?

Ever wished there was more that could be done to help your pet's illness or injury?  We will discuss an out of the box method some veterinarians use to help treat & rehabilitate animals. This special group of people are called holistic veterinarians. Although not considered conventional, these veterinarians take on methods such as: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal medicine and Homeopathic medicine alongside their Western medical approach. Dr. Charles Loops, a veterinarian of 32 years, will share his experience of treating animals with homeopathy.


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Episode 8 - How to Foster Dogs

Fostering dogs has been growing traction as more rescue organizations are created to help address homeless dogs. But can anyone just foster dogs? Are there challenges to volunteering as a foster parent? This week will address the answers that many potential fosters may be questioning before signing up with a rescue organization. Renowned author Pat Miller's 'How To Foster A Dog' is a must have book for those looking to foster and she will share her insights in this episode. 


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Episode 7 - The Puppy Mill Project - Don't Shop, Adopt

This week's episode will highlight an important event that addresses puppy mills. Our guest today is Cari Meyers, Founder & President of The Puppy Mill Project and Co-Founder of the National Puppy Mill Project. Puppy Mills has been widely scrutinized as adding to the problem of dog overpopulation, but how much do we really know? Cari Meyers has achieved great strides in educating and influencing the public as well as the law in puppy mill operations. In this episode, Cari will discuss some of the things the public may not be aware of and how we can contribute to putting a stop to unethical practices.


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Episode 6 - Rescue Dogs Can Be A Star In Their Own Right!

This episode will feature two special guests who contribute to the cause of rescue dogs by having them on center stage in a positive way. Carole Feeny, the co-founder of the Blue Collar Project, has a mission to celebrate rescue dogs & increase adoptions. Diane Rose-Solomon is an author of a picture book series to educate children on animal homelessness, basic animal care and much more. Both wonderful ladies believe in creating a positive outlook to the cause in order to encourage the public. 


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Episode 5 - A Cure For Overpopulation... Is It Possible?

This episode will feature the 'Father of the Modern Day Animal Rights Movement' in the United States, Alex Pacheco. With an overpopulation of stray dogs, many organizations are doing their best to address the epidemic. Some take the initiatives of community building and education but for Alex, he's on the brink of something different. Sterilization of female dogs without surgery.  


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Episode 4 - You Are What You Eat.. Do You Know What Your Dog Is?

This episode will feature renowned pet nutritionist and blogger Rodney Habib who will discuss your pet's well-being. Particularly, he will address what food items is best for rescue dog handlers to give rescue dogs. Fact is, food donations aren't always the best quality for rescue dogs so what are the cost-effective alternatives? Most importantly, Rodney Habib will discuss how a change in diet can improve mental & emotional behaviors that challenge rescue dogs. 


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Episode 3 - No Sleeping Allowed! The No-Kill Movement is Underway!

This episode will feature the father of the 'no-kill' movement in animal shelter and rescues, Rich Avanzino. With euthanasia being a prominent method in many shelters and pounds, the road to a complete no-kill movement still has its bumps. What will it take to get there? Is it even possible? Do we have the right regulations and policies in place? Rich Avanzino will discuss all of that and his experience in bringing the San Francisco SPCA the first to offer a no-kill policy for all their shelter animals.


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Episode 2 - Knock Knock, Your Dog Has Something To Say

This episode brings to surface what many may consider impossible. Can we really communicate with our pets let alone animals in general? Renowned animal communicator Claudia Hehr discusses why we can all do it. She also explores what rescue dogs really want from us and how we can improve our connection with them.


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Episode 1 - Espionage Rescue Dogs: Watch Out James Bond

This show will discuss a very unique way for dogs, including rescue dogs, to contribute to the community. Most assisted canine therapy dogs venture into visiting nursing homes, children with needs organizations, or educational institutions. But for Anthony Silva, he takes them down the 007 route. These dogs get to become law enforcement agents to sniff out the very things we run away from including: narcotics, bombs, even bed bugs. Let's listen to the stories of our 007 canine friends and what we don't see in everyday life! 


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