Why Do Pets Matter? Hosted by Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Why Do Pets Matter? Hosted by Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Pet expert Debra Hamilton interviews other pet lovers on this delightful podcast about pet custody, pet drama, pet problems and pet solutions. Why Do Pets Matter? is a heartfelt podcast dedicated to pets, hosted by pet-focused attorney Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Vivian Leven: Understanding Relationships and Animal Behavior on "Why Do Pets Matter?" with Debra Hamilton #159
Vivian's passion in life is helping people make real, compassionate connections with the animals in their lives so that both of you are living your best life with one another.Today she's sharing lots of great tips about living happily and positively with your animal(s) and how to better understand and develop the relationship you and your pet have through observing, decoding, and guiding their behavior and yours.She has been a dog behavior consultant for 18 years. In 2003 she earned her master's degree in conflict resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Since then she has worked in the field of animal welfare policy and research at the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C. and she has also volunteered with the rehabilitation of dogs with problem behaviors in the canine rescue community.In 2010 she took on a full-time position to develop and manage the training department at Fur-Get Me Not in Arlington, VA, creating all the behavior specialty classes, she held this position for 8 years.In 2018 she co-founded "Positive Dog Solutions" -- a company created to help build strong and healthy relationships between people, their dogs, and the community in which they live, using scientifically proven, practical, and humane methods.  Vivian also mediates custody cases at the Multi-Door dispute resolution division at DC Courts and is a volunteer mediator with Community Mediation DC.You can learn more about the marvelous work Vivan does at:https://www.positivedogsolutions.com/And, you can connect with Vivian here:https://www.facebook.com/positivedogsolutionshttps://www.instagram.com/positivedogsolutions/
Jan 14
36 min
Jeff Davis Founder of My Pet Credentials on "Why Do Pets Matter?" with Debra Hamilton #158
Jeff Davis, owner of a successful pet services business in Houston, TX and founder of "My Pet Credentials" (MPC) is talking to us today about an online tool he created that will help you keep your pet's information up to date and accessible 24 hours a day  -- no matter where you are.The MPC app allows you to create multiple pet profiles and you can add all of your veterinarian's information, vaccination and other records, your pet's health history, dietary requirements, medications, special needs, grooming preferences, emergency, and other contact numbers, as well as microchip and registration numbers.It also helps you manage all of your pet's appointments and vaccination reminders. Pet Owners and pet professionals, including veterinarians, animal hospitals, shelters, pet salons, and trainers can upload and share pet records and vaccinations safely and securely.You can learn more about this fantastic app at:https://www.mypetcredentials.com/And you can connect with Jeff on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/mypetcredentials/
Oct 29, 2020
26 min
Sheila Goffe - Why Emotional Support, Therapy and Service Dogs Matter on "Why Do Pets Matter?" with Debra Hamilton #157
Sheila Goffe, VP of Government Relations of the American Kennel Club (AKC) joins us on "Why Do Pets Matter?" to discuss the importance, capabilities and credentialing of service animals.Our dog breeds are a reflection of how humans have evolved. Dogs are very special because they are dogs -- many of them were originally purpose-bred to help their humans stay alive and thrive. They were helpers in so many ways -- they were and continue to be both a physical and emotional lifeline for their people.This is especially true for us right now while we are in the middle of this COVID pandemic. Our dogs are always happy to see you, loving companions we come home to and they are here for us 24/7 while we are spending more time home now than ever before -- they are keeping us sane and grounded. They are truly functioning as emotional support animals.The conversation about emotional support animals leads us to a bigger conversation about therapy and individually task trained service dogs. Currently, the AKC and government relations are focusing more on what is the correct and proper role of service animals and the damage that's being done to these amazing dogs because of fraudulent "emotional support" and "service dog" claims. They are doing some incredible work to ensure that all those who need to partner with a service dog are able to go out into the public confidently.American Service Dog Access Coalition (ASDAC)Fake and poorly trained Service Dogs are inundating airlines, restaurants, hotels and other access providers creating undue burdens for disabled individuals when they travel. In response, industry leaders have come together to form the American Service Dog Access Coalition(ASDAC).ASDAC prioritizes collaboration with the goal of building the broadest possible coalition of Service/Guide Dog providers and access providers to end the use of fake and poorly trained “service dogs” while simultaneously raising Service Dog training standards through the creation of an opt-in credentialing system.Unlike other attempts at Service Dog registries, the ASDAC is a stand-alone not-for-profit coalition established by industry leaders with expertise in a canine registry, technology, Service Dog training and advocacy.The ASDAC recognizes the legitimacy of a variety of sources of Service Dogs but also the issues and confusion caused by a lack of unified behavioral standards for true Service Dogs as defined by federal law.The ASDAC believes that this is an opportunity for our industry to collectively create a solution for our federal policymakers that will prevent additional policy-induced complications and ensure sustained success for service dog teams moving forward.Learn more about ASDAC credentialing here: https://warriorsresearchinstitute.org/service-dog-pass-asdacMore About Sheila GoffeSheila leads the AKC’s efforts in working to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership. She oversees AKC legislative policy strategy and AKC outreach at the federal, state and local levels, works with legislators, legislative staff and regulators on key issues in canine policy, and supervises the AKC Government Relation team. She also serves as Secretary on the AKC PAC Board of Directors.Sheila joined AKC’s publications department in 2006. In 2008, she returned to her previous career in public policy/government affairs as AKC’s Director of Government Relations. Prior to working for the American Kennel Club, she was a Senior Legislative Analyst/Editor and Deputy Director of Editorial Product Development for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC. Previous experience included federal legislative staffing and advocacy, work as an editor and analyst for The Economist Intelligence Unit, and serving as an adjunct in Political Science/Comparative Politics at the State University of New York/Stony Brook.Sheila has completed Ph.D. coursework and research in American Politics/Public Policy, earned a Masters of Philosophy in American Politics and an MA in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University, and is a former Fulbright Scholar, studying Political Economy and Development in Sri Lanka.Sheila breeds and shows Siberian Huskies. She is a member of the Siberian Husky Club of America, and several other specialty and all-breed kennel clubs.https://akcgr.org/akc/app/document/31245992?0
Oct 22, 2020
32 min
Caroline Griffin - Show Your Soft Side on Why Do Pets Matter with Debra Hamilton #156
"Only A Punk Would Hurt A Cat Or A Dog." So honored to have Caroline Griffin on this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" with you!Caroline was a practicing attorney for 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has been working in the animal protection arena supporting animal welfare and co-founding an anti-cruelty campaign that has become a movement - "Share Your Soft Side."Show Your Soft Side is a public service campaign that was created to change the mindset of young people who all-too-often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless cats and dogs as a sign of “toughness” or “manhood.”The campaign’s message that compassion towards animals is a sign of strength, not weakness, is one that, overnight, struck a nerve with old and young alike. Today, Show Your Soft Side, Inc. uses its reach and resources to build a better world for animals and, in doing so, build better adults.  More About Caroline GriffinCaroline Griffin graduated from Loyola University of Maryland in 1984 and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 1987.Ms. Griffin practiced law for 20 years until she was appointed Chair of the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Task Force in Baltimore, following the brutal burning death of a dog named Phoenix. For the past decade, she has devoted all her time to animal protection work.She is a co-founder of the anti-cruelty campaign Show Your Soft Side, serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare Institute and Days End Farm Horse Rescue, and is the Chair of the Maryland Spay Neuter Advisory Board.Connect With Caroline:Website: ShowYourSoftSide.orgFacebook: ShowYourSoftSideTwitter: SoftSide1Instagram: @showyoursoftside
Oct 15, 2020
34 min
Rebound Dog Lollapalooza with Spencer Hodgetts, Christina Burki, Teresa Wagner and Caroline Griffin hosted by Debra Hamilton #155
I can't wait for you to listen to this special "Lollapalooza" episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" You'll get to meet and learn more about the incredible work of four very passionate animal and people lovers who are making an impact around the world.Learn More About:Spencer B. HodgettsSpencer helps Pet Advocacy & Therapy Professionals connect globally to create the social-impact they desire through his work and website ReboundDog.comhttps://rebounddog.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerbhodgetts/ Christina BurkiChristina is a psychotherapist and animal communicator who believes that animals are a wonderful source of comfort to humans. Animals are highly sensitive and instinctively know when someone needs a cuddle, a nudge or a game of ‘fetch’ – they’re great stress relievers. She says that her 2 dogs and 2 cats, who often participate in counseling sessions, are her co-therapists.https://www.christinaburki.com.au/animals-within-our-sessions.htmlhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/christinaburki/ Teresa WagnerTeresa is the founder of The Animal Loss & Grief Support Institute. Her mission and life's work is to help us deepen our spiritual intimacy with animals, resolve problems with and honor animals, assuage the suffering of animals, heal from the pain of losing animal companions and from being witness to the suffering and loss of animals in the environment, and to celebrate with like-minded people the joy of our miraculous, spiritual connection with all animals.https://animalsinourhearts.com/https://pet-loss-grief-counseling-certification.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresa-wagner-28096430/ Caroline GriffinCaroline is an attorney working in the field of animal protection. She was appointed chair of the Baltimore Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, after the burning death of a dog that made national news. She is the co-founder of Show Your Soft Side, an anti-cruelty campaign, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare Institute."Only A Punk Would Hurt A Cat Or Dog."https://showyoursoftside.org/https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-griffin-42aa658/
Oct 8, 2020
52 min
Deirdre Chiaramonte DVM - Science and Technology Meet A Deep Love For Animals on "Why Do Pets Matter?"  #154
Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVM - Science and Technology Meet A Deep Love For AnimalsDeirdre Chiaramonte provides veterinary professionals and pet owners with solutions that improve the lives of their pets, their working animals, and their patients. She is the Director of Clinical Education at Assissi Animal Health. And is currently working with a rescue in the mid-Hudson Valley.Assissi's products employ rigorously researched, targeted pulsed electromagnetic field (tPEMF) technology that reduces inflammation and is tuned specifically to either decrease pain and accelerate healing of soft tissue and bone or to reduce canine separation anxiety -- an exceptionally useful tool for a rescue dog that develops separation anxiety when their owner returns to work after COVID has passed.These innovative, non-pharmaceutical devices, which are backed by peer-reviewed clinical research in veterinary medicine, have improved the lives of thousands of pets and their people.More About Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVMDeirdre Chiaramonte received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts in 1997 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center from 1997-1998. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004 after completing a small animal internal medicine residency at The Animal Medical Center. She was a staff Internist and the co-founder and Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Unit for over 10 years.You can learn more about the amazing technology Deirdre discussed during our conversation on her website:https://assisianimalhealth.com/And, you can learn more about the Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary on their website:https://www.hvars.org/
Oct 1, 2020
28 min
Temple Grandin - World Renowned Advocate for Animals and People With Autism on "Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton#153
I can't even begin to tell you how excited and honored I am to be sharing this next podcast interview with you.My good friend, Dr. Temple Grandin is known worldwide for her trailblazing work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her lifelong work with animal behavior.Temple is truly a living legend. She is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and is considered one of the world’s renowned experts in two fields: animal welfare and autism. Few people ever achieve her level of expertise and fame in one area, much less two.She also wrote the foreword to my best-selling book, "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals"Today Temple is sharing some profound insight about what's going to happen to the dogs (and other pets) that were adopted during the COVID pandemic once that's over and we return to "life and business as usual". She also talks about how she has been able to continue teaching many of her classes online and what hasn't worked well with online education. She gives some really important tips that will help enhance any educational experience.We also talk about how pets matter to people on the autism spectrum, issues when someone is flying with emotional support animals and service animals. More About Temple GrandinDr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing the handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals," "Guide to Working with Farm Animals," and "Humane Livestock Handling."Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human" were both on the New York Times bestseller list. "Animals Make Us Human" was also on the Canadian bestseller list. Her latest book, "Calling All Minds", was a New York Times bestseller for middle school students. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin", starring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. The movie shows her life as a teenager and how she started her career. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.You can learn more about Temple Grandin on her websites:https://www.grandin.com/https://www.templegrandin.com/And, you can connect with her:https://www.facebook.com/drtemplegrandin/https://twitter.com/DrTempleGrandin
Sep 24, 2020
32 min
Thomas Nicholl Esq.  - "The Impact of COVID on Race Horses" on Why do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton #152
Thomas Nicholl is both an attorney and a veterinarian. As a former practicing veterinarian who is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the horse industry -- racing, breeding, show, endurance, hunter-jumper, dressage, cutting, driving, pleasure horses and companion animals -- he has amazing insight into the huge impact COVID is having on the racing industry and the health and well-being of the horses themselves. And, that's what we're talking about during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?"More About Thomas Nicholl, Esq.The choice of an attorney is a very important one. As a lawyer who is also a veterinarian, Dr. Nicholl is especially qualified to help you with animal legal issues and medical law issues. He is a former State of Florida Prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and is licensed with the Florida Bar Association and also a Veterinarian in Florida as well as being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Find out more here: https://thomasnicholllawfirm.com/
Sep 17, 2020
34 min
Barbara Gislason - Animal Law Pioneer and The Soul of Animals on "Why Do Pets Matter?" #151
Barbara Gislason is a true pioneer in the area of pet law. She is the one who put it on the books as a practice area first in Minnesota and then has gone on to create international awareness and programs advocating for animals and their welfare.During this episode of "why Do Pets Matter?" we talk about her life long passion and advocacy for animals, how a trip down the Yangtze River in China and "the silent spring" changed the direction her practice would take, and the resistance and challenges she encountered when first introducing animal law as a practice area in Minnesota. About Barbara Gislason Barbara J. Gislason is recognized nationwide and globally as an animal law pioneer and visionary. Her groundbreaking work has included the creation of animal law committees in both national and state lawyer bar associations, and the drafting and passing of laws, model laws, and guidelines pertaining to animals.Following Hurricane Katrina, Barbara founded and led the American Bar Association (ABA) Animal Disaster Relief Network, which included participants from more than 70 nonprofits, law schools, and businesses. She wrote regularly published reports and created and convened the ABA-TIPS Select Legal Panel on Emergency Management Regarding Animals.You can learn more about Barbara on her website:https://www.gislason-law.com/You can get her ground-breaking book on Amazon, "Pet Law and Custody: Establishing a Worthy and Equitable Jurisprudence for the Evolving Family"https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Law-Custody-Establishing-Jurisprudence/dp/1634258924/
Sep 10, 2020
36 min
Dr. Nadine Hamilton - - Stress and Burnout As A Veterinarian During COVID on Why Do Pets Matter? #150
Dr. Nadine Hamilton from Australia returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" this week. COVID has created tremendous stress and challenges for veterinarians world-wide. Nadine talks about how Australian veterinarians are coping with the pressure while providing excellent levels of care for their furry patients and their loving human owners.Burnout, split shifts, super long hours, and less than ideal working conditions are some of the biggest factors affecting vets. However, it seems that some vets are actually enjoying the contact-less interactions because their exposure to highly charged emotional clients is limited. Vets are constantly faced with having difficult communications with clients, resulting in highly charged emotional (and legal) situations that many are simply not equipped to deal with.One way veterinarians can help themselves to better cope with stress and depression is to seek help from mental health professionals outside of the veterinary world.  More About Dr. Nadine HamiltonDr. Hamilton is the author of the popular book "Coping with Stress & Burnout as a Veterinarian." Animal lovers of all kinds will appreciate this insight into the heart of a veterinarian. It is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Coping-Stress-Burnout-Veterinarian-Evidence-Based/dp/1925644197/Nadine is a veterinary-friendly psychologist and founder of the charity Love Your Pet Love Your Vet: https://www.loveyourpetloveyourvet.com.au/She has spent over 15 years in her specialty psychology practice working with thousands of stressed vets as well as consulting to industry associations, practice managers, and owners to increase wellbeing, productivity, and retention in the workplace.You can listen to Nadine's first podcast on "Why Do Pets Matter?" right here: https://whydopetsmatter.podbean.com/e/112-dr-nadine-hamilton/
Sep 3, 2020
33 min
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