22 episodes

Stories of how the love of a dog is changing our lives and changing the world

Believe in Dog Believe in Dog with Erin Scott

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Stories of how the love of a dog is changing our lives and changing the world

    Episode 21. The Adventures of Paddington & Zurich with Carla & Wayne Greenside.

    Episode 21. The Adventures of Paddington & Zurich with Carla & Wayne Greenside.

    Episode 21. The Adventures of Paddington & Zurich with Carla & Wayne Greenside.
     
    There’s nothing I love more than an unlikely animal friendship. So when Carla reached out to me to share the story of Paddington (the horse) and Zurch (the Swiss Mountain Dog), I was immediately smitten.
    Paddington & Zurich spent 10 years together as best friends – doing everything from romping in the snow to grazing on grass in the sunshine to sharing some bran mash.
    Carla, Wayne & I discuss:
    Their childhood experiences with animals;
    How Carla & Wayne met;
    The “gotcha” stories of Paddington and Zurich;
    How this unlikely friendship started and some of the adventures they shared together;
    The unexpected health journeys we take with our animals;
    Making quality-of-life decisions for our animals;
    Moving through grief and opening our hearts & homes to a new animal; and
    How Carla & Wayne want to honor the memories of Zurich & Paddington with a children’s book.
     
    Links Discussed:
    Follow Carla, Wayne & Quinn – as well as find photos of Zurich & Paddington:  https://www.instagram.com/quinnzurichpaddington/
    Morgan Horses:  https://www.morganhorse.com/
     
    Let's Connect – I’ll be sharing photos of Zurich & Paddington at:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcast
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    Email me: erin@believeindogpodcast.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 20. Shy & Fearful Dogs: Brittany’s Story with Maria Montgomery, Trainer.

    Episode 20. Shy & Fearful Dogs: Brittany’s Story with Maria Montgomery, Trainer.

    Episode 20. Shy & Fearful Dogs: Brittany’s Story with Maria Montgomery, Trainer.
    After hearing the Shy & Fearful Dog Roundtable (Episode 17), Brittany Roger reached out to me with her own story. While Brittany was a lifelong animal lover, it wasn’t until she & her husband adopted Sam, an elderly obese chihuahua, that they learned exactly how much they didn’t know about dog behavior . . . after a trip to the emergency room.
    A few years later, after starting her new job at the Maryland SPCA as a Digital Specialist, Brittany fell in love with another chihuahua, Carmelo, who she hoped would have all the good traits of her first dog, with none of the more challenging traits. Carmelo, however, had different plans in mind. 
    When the COVID-19 quarantine hit last year, Maryland SPCA’s Lead Trainer & Behaviorist, Maria Montgomery, was working to move the shelter’s training classes online and with Brittany’s help, was able to do just that.  Brittany meanwhile was tasked with editing hours of dog training videos and was learning by osmosis exactly what she needed to help Carmelo become comfortable in his new family at his own pace.
     
    Brittany, Maria & I discuss:
    Brittany’s childhood critters;
    How Maria, a reluctant puppy owner, accidentally fell into dog training and how it changed her life;
    How Sam & Carmelo joined Brittany’s family and the challenges that each dog brought;
    Learning how to “handle” a dog that’s sensitive to being touched;
    Dealing with the “fantasy” of what we want our dogs to be versus accepting the reality of who our dogs truly are and what they need from us;
    How Brittany started learning how to help Carmelo during COVID-19 through the Maryland SPCA’s online training videos and consultations;
    How sometimes our dog’s challenges mirror the same challenges we experience as people – and learning to have compassion for our dogs and ourselves;
    Why your dog’s growling is a good thing!;
    Knowing when and how to push your dog – the right way to challenge your dog to expand their comfort zone through creating games and finding your dog’s joy;
    The importance of training dogs – especially fearful dogs – in short bursts and how to include new skills into your lifestyle;
    Why we should spend more time watching our dogs;
    How the Maryland SPCA was able to pivot their dog training classes online during COVID-19;
    The benefits of online training classes for shy and fearful dogs;
    Tips for finding the right dog trainer for you and your dog; and
    How you’re training your dog whether you know it or not.
     
    Links Discussed:
    Maryland SPCA:
    https://www.mdspca.org/
    Maryland SPCA’s Online Training Classes – For any dog owner:
    https://www.mdspca.org/education/training/
    Episode 1, Erin’s Story as a Reluctant Dog Owner
    https://believeindog.podbean.com/e/erins-story-i-love-lucy/
     
    Let's Connect:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcastEmail: erin@believeindogpodcast.com
    Support this podcast, subscribe on your favorite app and leave a rating or review.
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 19. Kaitlyn Thomas of Finding Knox.

    Episode 19. Kaitlyn Thomas of Finding Knox.

    Episode 19. Kaitlyn Thomas of Finding Knox.
    Coming home from work one day to find that your dog isn’t there is pretty much the worst nightmare of any dog owner. When this happened to Kaitlyn, her plea to get her dog, Knox, back went viral. And Kaitlyn found a way to keep the momentum of her sudden unexpected platform going and turned it into the Finding Knox organization.
    Finding Knox’s free microchip program has become a valued partner of the B-More Dog Wellness Clinics – the organization I volunteer with – since 2017. Finding Knox has provided nearly 1,000 free microchips to Baltimore residents and are now expanding their programs to provide even more services to Baltimore’s pet owners in need.
    Kaitlyn & I discuss:
    Her childhood experience with pets;
    How Knox came into Kaitlyn’s life;
    The event that led to Knox disappearing;
    How Knox was recovered;
    How Kaitlyn was inspired to turn a negative event into a positive force for good and created the Finding Knox organization;
    About Finding Knox’s work in the community and Kaitlyn’s inspirations for expanding beyond her initial mission;
    Supporting Baltimore’s pet owners during COVID-19;
    Community fostering and informal rescue in Baltimore’s neighborhoods;
    The power of animal welfare conferences and collaborations;
    What it’s like to work in an animal shelter; and
    Kaitlyn & Knox’s humane education experiences.
    Finding Knox online:
    Website: https://findingknox.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingKnox
     
    Links Discussed:
    Maryland SPCA: https://www.mdspca.org/
    Charm City Pet Connect: https://www.ccpetconnect.com/
    Jasmine’s House: https://jasmineshouse.org/
    Project Mickey: http://projectmickey.org/
    HSUS Expo: https://humanepro.org/expo
    HSUS Pets for Life Program:https://www.humanesociety.org/issues/keeping-pets-life
    Annie Pruitt of Charm City Companions featured on Episode 6:https://believeindog.podbean.com/e/episode-6-annies-story-compassion-in-action/
    Michelle Serocki of Pit Bull Advocates of America featured on Episode 15:https://believeindog.podbean.com/e/episode-15-michelle-serocki-pit-bull-advocates-of-america/
     
    Let's Connect:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcastEmail: erin@believeindogpodcast.com
    Support this podcast, subscribe on your favorite app and leave a rating or review.

    • 54 min
    Episode 18. Kimberly Gauthier of Keep the Tail Wagging.

    Episode 18. Kimberly Gauthier of Keep the Tail Wagging.

    Episode 18. Kimberly Gauthier of Keep the Tail Wagging.
    Kim is one of my favorite Dog Moms to follow online.  Kim adopted littermates in 2011 and started blogging about her life as a dog mom. When her dog, Rodrigo, started experiencing health issues, Kim discovered the raw feeding model for dogs. When she changed Rodrigo’s diet to raw feeding, all of his health issues cleared up. For years, Kim has been known online for blogging about dog health and nutrition but Kim is expanding her focus to include more dog mom lifestyle topics from trimming your dog’s nails to building the ultimate backyard for your dog.
    I’m thrilled to have Kim as a guest and to share her story with you. I first discovered Kim around 2014-2015 when my old gals, Lucy & Kahlua, were going through their health issues.  By 2017, I was an avid fan of Kim, looking forward to her blog posts and videos.
     
    Kim & I discuss:
    Her childhood experience with dogs, including Jackson Joel Stripe Morris Barnes;
    How Kim came to adopt a pair of littermates when she decided to bring dogs into her family as an adult;
    How a dare led Kim to start her blog, Keep the Tail Wagging;
    How blogging about Rodrigo’s health issues led Kim to discovery raw feeding – even though she didn’t want to blog about his diet at first;
    How making healthy choices for her dogs has also led Kim to make healthier choices for herself, as well;
    The power of dogs to unite people of differing backgrounds and differing opinions and how Kim ended up climbing under a giant truck to help a stranger find his teacup yorkie;
    Having hope when your dog receives a cancer diagnosis and Kim’s journey this year when her dog Sydney was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma; and
    Some of the life lessons Kim has learned from her dogs.
     
    Find Kim Online:
    Website: https://keepthetailwagging.com/welcome/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeepTheTailWagging
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepthetailwagging_kimg/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gauthierkimberly
     
     
    Some of my favorite links from Kim – including learning about raw feeding for dogs:
    Podcasts for Crazy Dog Moms
    https://keepthetailwagging.com/podcasts-that-are-perfect-for-crazy-dog-moms/
    Kim’s Books on Amazon:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Kimberly-Gauthier/e/B00CDOJRYQ?
    Kim & Dr. Laurie Coger’s video discussing Fears, Myths and Misconceptions Held by Traditional Vets about Raw Feeding
    https://www.facebook.com/179269222170227/videos/833165604096137
    Kim’s Intro to Raw Feeding
    https://keepthetailwagging.com/an-introduction-to-raw-feeding-for-dogs/
    Kim’s Raw Feeding Resources:
    https://keepthetailwagging.com/my-top-raw-feeding-resources/
     
     
    Other Links:
    Littermate syndrome: 
    https://thebark.com/content/dont-take-two-littermates
    That ASPCA commercial:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9d2PpP7tQ
    Susan Thixton & The Truth About Pet Food: https://truthaboutpetfood.com/
    2007 Pet Food Recall:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_pet_food_recalls
     
    Let's Connect:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcastEmail: erin@believeindogpodcast.com
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    • 46 min
    Episode 17. Dog Mom & Dog Dad Round Table: Shy & Fearful Dogs.

    Episode 17. Dog Mom & Dog Dad Round Table: Shy & Fearful Dogs.

    Episode 17. Dog Mom & Dog Dad Round Table: Shy & Fearful Dogs.
    We’re trying something different this week!  On this episode, we’re welcoming back previous guests, Mindy FitzGerald from Episode 2 and Liz Weiner from Episode 7. We’re also welcoming my husband, Tim, to the podcast for the first time.
    Today we’re having a round table discussion about pet parents living with shy and fearful dogs.
     
    We’re all at different places on our journeys with our pups:
    Tim & I adopted our dog, Neno, in 2016 and he is the most fearful dog that we’ve encountered. After our previous pit bull ambassador dogs, we’ve had to adjust our expectations for Neno.
    On Episode 7, Liz told us about adopting the fearful Millie and their journey together. Liz has now added more dogs to her household and shares how this has affected Millie. Liz also shares the perspective she’s learned from working at an animal shelter.
    2 weeks prior to the recording of this episode, Mindy adopted a 1-year-old working dog from a farm. This pup had never been on a leash, in a car or spent time in a house before coming home with Mindy. Mindy also shares her experience with adopting a dog during COVID-19.
     
     Some of the experiences we discuss:
    How difficult it is to see your dog be scared;
    Learning our dogs' limits and respecting their boundaries;
    Questioning ourselves and our judgment;
    The emotional toll having a fearful dog can take on pet parents and being honest about own limitations;
    Seeing our dogs for who they are and adjusting our own expectations;
    The different ways we’ve bonded with and gained the trust of our shy & fearful dogs;
    Celebrating our dogs’ small victories;
    Stepping out of our comfort zone as pet parents to advocate for our dogs; and
    The rewards of taking on a shy & fearful dog.
    At the end of the episode, I’ll give quick updates from Liz and Mindy about their pups.  We also remember 5 years since Tim & I lost our gal, Lucy, who is memorialized in the Believe in Dog Podcast logo.
     
    Links Discussed & Favorite Resources:
    Facebook Group: Shy & Fearful Dogs – The eXtraordinary Dog Community
    Website:  https://shyandfearfuldogs.com/blog/
    Links from Dr. Zazie Todd's (Episode 9) Companion Animal Psychology:
    8 Tips to Help Fearful Dogs and De-sensitization and Counter Conditioning
     
    Find Liz online:
    Website: www.pettherapynotes.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pettherapynotesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pettherapynotes/
    Find Mindy online:
    Website: www.hunterandharvest.comEtsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hunterandharvest1Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hunterandharvest/
     
    Would you like to be part of a Dog Mom & Dog Dad Round Table?
    Let's Connect:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcastEmail: erin@believeindogpodcast.com
    Support this podcast, subscribe on your favorite app and leave a rating or review.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 16. Shannon Glenn, Executive Director of My Pit Bull is Family

    Episode 16. Shannon Glenn, Executive Director of My Pit Bull is Family

    Episode 16. Shannon Glenn, Executive Director of My Pit Bull is Family
    I don’t know about where you live, but I see stickers for My Pit Bull is Family all over Baltimore and throughout Maryland. This organization was so supportive when Maryland’s pit bull advocates were working to get a breed specific law changed from 2012 – 2014 and I still these stickers daily.
    My Pit Bull is Family has become a national animal welfare leader on the issues of breed discriminatory housing and insurance practices as well as a leader in programs keeping pets & their families together. Shannon has a unique combination of expertise and experience in these areas from both her professional and volunteer activities.
    Based in Minneapolis, My Pit Bull is Family has been affected by the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd earlier this year.
    Shannon & I discuss:
    Her childhood pets and how Shannon started volunteering in the animal welfare world;
    The “why” behind discrimination against pit bull owners;
    How My Pit Bull is Family has been responsive to the needs of their community during the civil unrest in their city of Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd;
    Challenging “old school” animal welfare beliefs that “people shouldn’t have pets unless they can afford them” or “I’d live in my car before giving up my pet”;
    The rise of more proactive programs in the animal welfare world that help keep families with their pets;
    How My Pit Bull is Family is creating inclusive programs to help people and pets without barriers to access and what that means during COVID;
    Breed discrimination and restrictions in housing and insurance;
    All dogs are individuals and bringing back the saying: Don’t judge a book by its cover
     
    Find My Pit Bull is Family online:
    Website: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyPitBullisFamily/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mypitbullisfamily/
    North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center:
    https://www.facebook.com/North-Minneapolis-Pet-Resource-Center-100298391502139/
     
    My Recommendations:
    Movie: Gridlock’d
    https://smile.amazon.com/Gridlockd-Tim-Roth/dp/B00007ELEN/
    Podcast: Best Friends Animal Society Podcast – Episode 31
    https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/best-friends-podcast/best-friends-podcast-ep-31
    Book: Scarcity by authors Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
    https://smile.amazon.com/Scarcity-Science-Having-Defines-Lives/dp/125005611X/
     
    Links Discussed:
    My Pit Bull is Family’s national database of pet friendly housing
    https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/housing/
    Visual Breed Identification – Literature Review:
    https://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/research-library/visual-breed-identification-literature-review
    Study: Comparison of Visual and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs and Inter-Observer Reliability
    http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.sociology.20130302.02.html
    Study: “Pit Bulls” misidentified in animal shelters:
    https://www.maddiesfund.org/incorrect-breed-identification.htm
    Animal Farm Foundation
    https://animalfarmfoundation.org/shelter-rescues/removing-breed-labels/
     
    Let's Connect:
    Facebook: @believeindogpodcastInstagram: @believe_in_dog_podcastEmail: erin@believeindogpodcast.com
    Support this podcast, subscribe on your favorite app and leave a rating or review.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

OktoberEve ,

Dogaliscious

Erin's podcast is a great blend of the joy of loving a dog and information, education and resources on being a good dog mom (or dad). She's an excellent story teller and a balanced and informed educator, respectful of the variety of opinions on all areas of caring for dogs and her love for dogs shines through.

BaltimoreGal ,

Believe in Erin

I am completely prejudiced here- I met Erin through B-More Dog- possibly in 2008, even! It's taken me a little while to get around to this podcast but it is fantastic- and I am not surprised. Erin is a hard worker and if she believes in something she will fight for it! I have seen her in action.

I am impressed Erin's delivery and storytelling skill- even when talking about a very hard time in her life, she handled it beautifully. You'd never know she wasn't a professional. Coming from a person with some training in that area.

Keep it up Erin! I'm gonna go listen to more of these podcasts of yours!

Gizzard410 ,

Belly rubs & snoot boops🐾

This podcast is well done, thoughtful and touching. Erin is compassionate to the hoomans she interviews. Giving a voice to dog parents about their journeys into dog parenthood. We’re all soo different but if there’s one thing that can unite us it’s a wagging tail. 🐾🖤

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