Pet Talk, First Prime-Time Talk Show For Pet Owners will Premier February 19th on the Nat Geo Wild Channel

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, on set of Pet Talk, airing on Nat Geo WILD. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, on set of Pet Talk, airing on Nat Geo WILD. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

I love talk shows, and watch many of them. I watch ALL types of talk shows! Most are cookie-cutter versions of each other and none of them are dedicated to pets.  Sixty-two percent of households include an animal family member, but there’s never been a prime time talk show devoted to them, until now!  Pet Talk is a weekly series hosted by two veterinarians, a wildlife expert, and a field reporter who provides the latest pet news, advice and fascinating personal stories.

Pet Talk premieres Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 eastern/9 central on Nat Geo WILD.

Enjoy this clip from one of the segments:



Pet Talk covers topics ranging from health and nutrition to behavior and grooming to the latest pet trends and amazing heartfelt animal stories. The hosts  bring their decades of experience to the toughest cases that walk, swim or slither across the studio floor. Each episode is taped in front of a live studio audience who will ask the hosts their own pet questions, and viewers can Skype, tweet, text and e-mail to chime in with comments, questions and stories. Is that not the coolest thing ever? If you are reading this blog, then you LOVE pets! I MUST check out this show and I think you should check it out too!

CALIF.- Hosts, (left to right) David Mizejewski, Dr. Tina Olivieri and Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Hosts, (left to right) David Mizejewski, Dr. Tina Olivieri and Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

In addition to the hosts, Pet Talk will include recurring experts from around the world including animal behaviorists, biologists, grooming specialists, pet food chefs, authors, and animal celebrities who will round out the expert information.

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

Dr. Campbell is a veterinarian and surgical resident at the Animal Medical Center of Southern California. After receiving his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University, he worked as a general practitioner at the Connecticut Veterinary Center. He received advanced surgical training in Florida and Nevada. Courtney is a regular guest on programs including “The Doctors,” “Home and Family,” “The Real,” “Dueling Doctors,” and he is the featured veterinarian on the YouTube channel, Ask a Vet.



In full disclosure: I was not compensated for sharing info about Pet Talk. After being contacted, I chose to feature it because I felt it would be of interest to my readers.

#Michigan Youngster Helping Dearborn Animal Shelter To Get A New Shelter Built:YOU Can Help Too!

Ten-Year-Old Commits to Helping Build New Dearborn Animal Shelter  

Zoe Acker is youngest table captain for

Raise the Woof Community Breakfast on June 10  

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 The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter are hosting a Community Breakfast on Wednesday, June 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Dubbed “Raise the Woof” Community Breakfast, it is an open invitation to the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Friends’ proposed new Animal Adoption & Education Center and become involved in this essential community-wide project.


One of the organization’s youngest supporters is ten-year-old Zoe Acker, who been raising funds for the homeless animals at the Dearborn shelter since she was five years old. Her fund-raising methods? Lemonade stands, routing her birthday gifts, and even “selling” some of her father Mike’s time as an electrician. “They help a lot of dogs and I want to do the same,” says Zoe. “Every dollar can help a dog feel better!” According to her mother Beth Vessels, “I know it’s a Mom thing to say, but I am truly so proud of her, she inspires all of us with her determination.”   

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby


Zoe recently raised more than $2,000 for the Friends’ annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, coming in second place for the overall individual pledge-getter. Funds raised at the Mutt Strut help with ongoing shelter operations. Now Zoe is turning her time and talents to raise donations for the capital campaign to Build a Home with Heart. “The animals and humans deserve a new Shelter,” says Zoe.


In her newest endeavor to help, Zoe is the youngest table captain registered for the Raise the Woof breakfast, a role that includes hosting a table at the event and inviting prospective donors to attend.  She plans to invite her school principal, her dentist, and her pediatrician to join her and take an active role in her philanthropy.


The Dearborn Animal Shelter is seeking other community members to become table captains as well, even if this is their first venture into fundraising. “The fact that a ten-year-old is willing to be a table captain is amazing,” shares Kelle Sisung, Friends development director. “Most adults are somewhat hesitant. Zoe is fearless and shows all of us that we can do it too!”

The Raise the Woof fundraising breakfast is a one-hour event that tells the story of the journey to build a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Guests will hear testimonials from some of the adopters, volunteers, and families who have been involved with the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter since their inception in 1993. They will also learn how this community project will positively benefit both two and four-legged friends throughout Southeast Michigan.

Some of the features of the new facility will include:

  • A healthy, soothing, low-stress home for animals in our care
  • Significantly improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, and all community visitors
  • Employ sustainable ecological design (“Green Building”) and innovative housing, equipment, and practices
  • Provide the opportunity for robust community involvement, education, and enrichment
  • Be conveniently located to fully integrate with other public services (Dearborn Administrative Campus on Michigan Avenue; Amtrak site)
  • Create a best-in-class work environment for staff, volunteers, and visiting veterinarians
  • Growing from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet


There is no cost to attend the event.  Table captains and attendees are encouraged to register by June 5 to ensure your seat online at or by calling the Shelter 313-943-2697.  


The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697 and online  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Pets Alive joins fundraising campaign for a chance to win $50,000

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Pets Alive takes animal rescue seriously.  So seriously that they’re asking their supporters to do their part in rescuing animals by helping them win the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched on May 4 by Michelson Found Animals. This foundation will donate over $115,000 to organizations benefiting animal welfare organizations dedicated to decreasing shelter pet euthanasia, with $50,000 as the grand prize donation to the organization that raises the most money during the 5-week Challenge that concludes on June 5.

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(Midnight was rescued and is now safe.)

Pets Alive goes to great lengths to help animals at risk of euthanasia. Take Midnight. He was rescued from Animal Care and Control in New York City, where he was on the “kill list” because he had a cold. Pets Alive saved him just before he was to be euthanized.  There are many Midnights that Pets Alive aims to help that end up in similar situations – but it all takes money.

Pets Alive is a no kill animal sanctuary with locations in Middletown, NY and Elmsford, NY. In 2014, they saved 1,405 cats, dogs and farm animals from life-threatening circumstances, and they found forever homes for 1,472 animals. It was through private donations from generous people and organizations that they were able to achieve this accomplishment.

“We are constantly fundraising to make ends meet so we can continue our work of rescuing animals that often have no other hope for life,” said Mary Ann Bopp, Development Director at Pets Alive. “Raising enough money in this campaign to win one of the top prizes would have a huge impact on our ability to save even more animals from harm’s way.”

Anyone can make a donation or join Pets Alive’s fundraising team. Visit their Challenge website at  All donations must be made by 2:00 p.m. ET on June 5 when the Challenge concludes.

About Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. Their sanctuaries are located at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY and 100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford, NY. For information about the Middletown sanctuary, visit and follow them on and For more information about Pets Alive Westchester, visit, and follow them at and

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Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) #blogblast4peace 2014




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Dog Horoscopes for Virgo and Libra Pooches-September 2014

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The month of September brings birthdays for dogs born under the signs of Virgo and Libra. Psychic Source consulted top pet psychics to take a look at to the stars to learn a little more about these distinctly different astrological “breeds” and what September has in store for dogs born under these signs.

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 Virgo dogs:

Your Virgo dog is motivated by comfort, routine, and as much affection as you can cram into 24 hours. He probably demands to sleep in your bed, and he’s probably there before you’ve finished brushing your teeth. He probably also hogs the pillow, but Virgo dogs are such sweethearts we find it easy to forgive them anything. Beware the risk of spoiling your Virgo pup, though. Consistency and boundaries are absolutely vital to giving Virgos the sense of safety they need to flourish. Luckily, they love nothing more than pleasing their owners, so a little positive reinforcement and patience are all you need for a well-balanced, happy, trained Virgo doggy.


What’s in store for Virgo dogs in September?

The Sun and Mercury are still strong in Virgo for this month, and they’ll be a solid anchor for your pup whatever the change of season may bring. Your Virgo dog’s self-confidence will be skyrocketing in the next few weeks, so this is a great time to introduce a new experience or a new friend. Hanging out at the dog park as the weather turns crisp is a great way to make the most of this period, with endless opportunities for socialization, training, and especially fun! You may see your Virgo dog stretch herself to new levels of interaction and physical exercise, but she’ll still be checking in with you for reassurance several times a visit: it’s just her way, and you love her for it. The Virgo dog’s confidence in you as the center of the universe is endearing and humbling, and you might find that it makes you grow, too.


Pluto comes into action at the end of the month. (No, we don’t mean the Disney dog, though we have a big soft spot for him, of course.) After being retrograde for a long period, this planet now encourages rebuilding and new beginnings. It’s a time for treating yourself, and no Virgo dog will ever turn that down. This is a great moment to focus on achievement and training by channeling this drive into a few new tricks.

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 Libra dogs:

Libra dogs are charmers who like to keep their sense of playful adventure and love of home and family perfectly in-balance. No matter how many adventures they may have out and about during the day, their hearts belong to their own corner of the couch, their dish of kibble, and their pile of drooly toys. The good news is that, to a dog born under this sign, YOU are ultimately THEIR home, and they will follow you anywhere. This same urge can make Libra dogs prone to possessiveness and jealousy (even though they’re free to beg for belly rubs from anyone and everyone). With this in mind, keep an eye out and nip those tendencies in the bud. For their own sakes, Libra dogs must learn to share: food, toys, and attention are given (and taken away) by your decree, and your decree alone. If it sounds harsh, think again. By taking control of the situation, you give your Libra dog an unshakable sense of security. Knowing that they don’t have to worry or fret about what belongs to whom or what’s fair lets them relax into a blissful state of doggy in-the-moment living.


What’s in store for Libra dogs in September?


The beginning of the month could be a low-energy time for your Libra dog, as Neptune comes into play at the (wagging) tail end of the summer. But this isn’t a time to skimp on walks. Even if he grumbles, your Libra pooch will be better off with his daily dose of exercise, and will probably come back home refreshed and happy.


By the second week of September, Venus, your Libra dog’s ruling planet will be in a very social sector, which will perk up your pup’s desire for doggy play dates. It’s not a bad idea to pile on the snuggles yourself, because this is a time for building up bonds. It’s also a good time to tend to personal maintenance. This is the perfect opportunity to schedule a vet checkup, grooming, nail clipping, a doggy dental appointment, or any of those routine chores we sometimes put off in the lazy summer months. It might also be nice to buy a fun new leash and collar.


The Super Moon’s influence on Libra dogs in September makes it an ideal moment to reflect on long-term goals and projects. For your Libra dog, this could translate as digging all the way under the fence or finally having that sunset showdown with the neighbor’s cat, so pay close attention. Refocusing this energy on more, ahem, positive goals will make you both a lot happier in the end. Libras can be stubborn, but they are easily distracted if you know how. You know how. (Hint: treats. It’s always treats.)


Hope you liked our little online psychic peek into your dog’s future! If you want even more detail or if your pup’s sign wasn’t covered this month, you can call a phone psychic or speak to a pet psychic from Psychic Source for a fully personalized reading!


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