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Pet custody, pet drama, pet problems and pet solutions will be featured with fabulous guests on Why Do Pets Matter?, a podcast dedicated to pets hosted by pet-focused attorney Debra Hamilton, Esq.

Why Do Pets Matter? Hosted by Debra Hamilton, Esq‪.‬ Debra Hamilton, Esq.

    • Kids & Family

Pet custody, pet drama, pet problems and pet solutions will be featured with fabulous guests on Why Do Pets Matter?, a podcast dedicated to pets hosted by pet-focused attorney Debra Hamilton, Esq.

    Mindy Dutka - Tales of Support from Dogs I Meet on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #174

    Mindy Dutka - Tales of Support from Dogs I Meet on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #174

    Mindy Dutka Is Celebrating Our Unsung Dog Heroes of COVID-19 through Tales of Support!
    There's no question about it, our pets -- especially our dogs -- have and continue to help their families get through this challenging time. 
    My good friend, Mindy Dutka from Dogs I Meet, returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" to talk about her new passion project -- Tales of Support. 
    During this incredibly insightful conversation, Mindy goes into how dogs have supported us during the pandemic. 
    They've been our shining light and heart-felt joy, a huge comfort, and a reason for many of us to get out of bed in the morning. They've helped us to stay present and in the moment. 
    As Mindy so eloquently puts it, "It is scientifically proven that the human-dog bond can improve a person’s physical and mental well-being. The pandemic has turned every dog into a therapy dog. In a time met with unprecedented levels of loneliness and tragedy, the wagging tails and wigglebutts turned out to be the support system we all needed."
    Through photos and stories, Tales of Support will spotlight dogs that have played an important role in sustaining their humans throughout the pandemic.
    Do you have a story to honor your dog that you'd like to share through Tales of Support? 
    Check out the “Tales of Support” tab at www.dogsimeet.com.
    Please email hello@dogsimeet.com with a quick introduction and summary of your story. 
    Mindy is currently looking for stories in the Boston, New York City and San Francisco areas.
     
    Follow Tales of Support on social media:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogsimeet
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dogsimeet/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mindy-dutka-316b09181/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/dogsimeet/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyARV1QJ0JEI524fos0Mw1A
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    Read the Tales of Support:
    Tales of Support: https://dogsimeet.com/tales-of-support
     
    Learn more about Mindy and Dogs I Meet:
    Dogs I Meet website: https://dogsimeet.com/​
     
    Connect with Mindy:
    Hello@dogsimeet.com

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    Carolyn Shadle - The Importance of Interpersonal Communication Post-COVID on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #173

    Carolyn Shadle - The Importance of Interpersonal Communication Post-COVID on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #173

    Carolyn Shadle, the CEO and resident guru of Interpersonl Communication Services, Inc., returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" to discuss the importance of post-COVID interpersonal communication, the relationship between oxytocin and pet ownership, why the words and language we choose during our conversations matter, and how to keep our pets with us post-pandemic
     
    More About Carolyn Shadle
    Carolyn C. Shadle is the CEO of Interpersonal Communication Services. Carolyn has spent most of her life equipping adults with the skills and tools to build effective organizations, a sustainable environment, and healthy relationships. She has written numerous publications, hosted a TV interview show, and offered training in communication, planning, and change for corporate, public and non-profit audiences, as well as for parents and grandparents. She has had the privilege of traveling widely, offering training overseas as well as throughout the USA.
    Through ICS, Inc. she provides services that facilitate a fulfilling life. Carolyn is retired from university-based adult and continuing education, where she led and administered leadership development, business and finance management, and “soft skills” (the hardest). During her university career, she held administrative positions at California State University, Long Beach, and San Jose; the University of Denver College of Business; and the State University of New York (Buffalo and Empire State College). 
    Find out more: http://icsinc.info/about-us-communication-services/
     
    Connect With Carolyn:
    www.ICSinc.info www.VeterinarianCommunication.com
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ICSVetCommunicationLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/CarolynShadle

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    Cathy Madson - Certified Behavior Consultant / Professional Dog Trainer PreventiveVet.com on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #172

    Cathy Madson - Certified Behavior Consultant / Professional Dog Trainer PreventiveVet.com on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #172

    During this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" We're speaking with Cathy Madson, a Certified Behavior Consultant and professional dog trainer from PreventiveVet.
    She was one of our special guests in December 2019 and gave a mini-training about leaving your dog alone.
    At the time, little did we know that we would really need that training in 2021.
    So, Cathy's back with another training on how to leave your dog alone, plus how to address things your pet might be doing right now since you've been home more, and what's going on with "Major Biden". 
     
    More About Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
    Cathy Madson became a certified dog trainer in 2008, but she likes to think that her career began when she was six years old and a stray wandered into her yard and became her first dog companion.
    She completed her CPDT-KA certification in 2017 and her CBCC-KA certification in 2019. Cathy is a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a training professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She's also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America.
    Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences. As Preventive Vet's dog trainer on staff, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement training methods. Her specialties include canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and dog aggression. When she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding or knitting yet another dog sweater for Sookie, her Welsh Cardigan Corgi.
     
    Resources:
    YouTube of our latest Yappy Hour: From Pandemic to Pupstanding! https://youtu.be/Y3eBeEbwxwE
    Puppy Essentials and Dog Training Essentials Workshops - https://www.PupstandingAcademy.com
    https://www.PreventiveVet.com
    West Paw Toppl toy (alternative to Kong): http://amzn.to/2m5E2zR
    Michael Shikashio -- aggression specialist (and who the Bidens should really hire)
    Denise Fenzi -- amazing with high drive dogs
     
    Connect with Cathy:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PreventiveVetYouTube: https://youtube.com/c/PreventivevetTwitter: @PreventiveVetInstagram: @PreventiveVet
     
     
     

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    Liz Rubinstein: CEO of GingerLead, Attorney and Mediator on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #171

    Liz Rubinstein: CEO of GingerLead, Attorney and Mediator on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #171

    During this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" we're speaking with Liz Rubinstein, CEO of GingerLead, a harness that pet owners can use whether their dog has arthritis, is recovering from surgery, hip dysplasia, or another type of cruciating injury. This is one of the best harnesses on the market for helping owners keep their pets safe during recovery. Liz is also an attorney who, like me, mediates conflicts between people over animals! 
    More About Liz Rubinstein:
    Liz Rubinstein is an attorney with a love of animals that led her to leave and then return to her legal career.
    Liz left the practice of law when she and her husband invented the GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness, a product that helps dogs with orthopedic problems. She has been selling it around the world to veterinarians, pet stores and pet owners since 2008. 
    She returned to the practice of law in 2020 (while still running GingerLead) and specifically focused on mediation because she was inspired by me and has seen the benefits of mediation in resolving disputes involving animals.
    Connect with Liz:
    https://www.gingerlead.com/http://www.facebook.com/GingerLead
    http://www.mediationlawyerco.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-rubinstein/
    liz@mediationlawyerco.com
     

    • 33 min
    Chris Roy of Doobert.com - The Airbnb of Rescues and Shelters - on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #170

    Chris Roy of Doobert.com - The Airbnb of Rescues and Shelters - on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #170

    Today we're speaking with the Airbnb of rescues and shelters, Chris Roy of Doobert.com.
    Chris is chatting with us about how COVID has created a collaborative environment between shelters, rescues, and volunteers.
    Learn More About Chris:
    Chris is a technology guy in his "day" job and used his experience to create Doobert.com which is an online software platform custom-built for animal rescuers.  
    It's like a combination of Match.com specifically for animal shelters and rescues to find new partners, and then a volunteer Uber for getting the animals where they need to go.  
    Chris enjoys helping provide technology solutions to some of the biggest challenges in animal rescue and is always looking for new ways to help animals and the people that care for them.  
    Chris is supported by his amazing wife Daphne, and together they have 5 furkids:  4 cats and 1 dog.
    You can connect with Chris at:  chris@doobert.com
    www.doobert.comwww.fosterspace.com
    fb.com/doobertrescueig.com/doobertTwitter: @doobert

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    Olivia Summerhill CFP®, CDFA® - Pets and Divorce: Should You Have A Pet "Prenup"? on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #169

    Olivia Summerhill CFP®, CDFA® - Pets and Divorce: Should You Have A Pet "Prenup"? on "Why Do Pets Matter?" hosted by Debra Hamilton #169

    Olivia Summerhill, CFP®, CDFA®-- a financial planner -- is joining us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" 
    Olivia helps women who are going through a divorce with their finances. One thing she has noticed is that most people don't put together a plan for their pets while they still like one another -- pre- disagreements, separation, and ultimately divorce.
    Olivia is sharing her thoughts about the importance of having a plan in place for the care of your pet from the perspective of a financial planner who has seen the devastating consequences of her clients' not having any sort of agreements in place pre-divorce.
    The last thing you want is for your ego or pride to get in the way of doing what's in the best interest of your animal!
     
    Learn More About Olivia Summerhill:

    Olivia Summerhill, the founder of Summerhill Wealth Management, works exclusively with affluent women, protecting their lifestyle throughout the divorce process. Olivia works closely with her clients’ divorce attorneys to give them the ammunition they need to negotiate the most advantageous settlements.
    After the divorce finalization, Olivia uses her knowledge of behavioral finance to work with her clients on topics relating to a divorce’s impact. Specifically, on the psychological behaviors such as self-awareness, money patterns, and effective financial decision-making, her female clients can control and maintain their living standards.
    Olivia is one of few financial professionals to hold a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and Behavioral Financial Advising credentials.
    When she's not working, Olivia loves conversing in French -- and she may have a mild addiction to collecting saltwater fish. 
    She also has a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Leo, who is almost 2 years old. She did her research and waited years before getting a dog so that she would have enough space/energy/money to raise him right. She has invested almost $20k on Leo's training and he is her triathlon training partner. Currently, she's training for an Ironman 70.3 to raise money for Savvy Ladies, a non-profit that helps women take control of their finances.She has a passion for volunteering on boards and seeing the difference it makes in the community.  
    Connect with Olivia:
    Website: https://www.summerhillwealth.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summerhillwealthmanagement
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviasummerhill 
    olivia@summerhillwealth.com
     

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