If you love talking about your dog – and who doesn’t, then the PawsGo PAWdcast is for you. Join Jean and Karen (friends who are dog owners, dog lovers and animal advocates) for their conversations with dog trainers, animal communicators, veterinarians, animal welfare advocates, entrepreneurs, nutritionists – you get the idea. Each episode concludes with a PawsDown and a PawsUp – things that annoy dog owners or make us smile. Share your own PawsDown or PawsUp through PawsGo on Instagram @pawsgo -- if we use yours, you’ll get a cool PawsGo t-shirt!
Babies Grow. Dogs Age.
In this episode of the pawdcast, Jean and Karen chat with Jennifer Shryock, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and founder of Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) the parent organization of two International licensed programs: Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™. FPPE provides specialized programs for new and expecting families with dogs and offers a wide range of support to families, dog professionals (including veterinarians) and childbirth professionals to support success between babies, toddlers and family dogs.
Founded in 2002, FPPE’s goal is to increase safety and reduce stress in homes with young children and family dogs. Jen works with – and is eager to expand an educated network of dog professionals, parents, shelters, rescues, breeders, veterinarians and pediatricians in an effort to decrease the number of dogs surrendered (or euthanized) due to preventable behavioral problems and common conflicts, like bites.
Jen is fond of saying that babies grow, but dogs age, which means a dog’s tolerance will change as it gets older. A dog that was “great with kids” at two years old, may be less enthusiastic at six years old.
The holidays, also known as “bite season” is a stressful time for dogs. Jen, Karen and Jean discuss numerous scenarios where humans unknowingly place dogs in dangerous situations and Jen offers guidance on how to keep everyone calm and safe during the holidays.
This pawdcast is packed full of resources and advice for all dog owners, but ESPECIALLY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS. Visit https://www.familypaws.com/ for a list of certified FPPE trainers and links to resources discussed.
Giving Thanks for Our Dogs
As dog lovers we give thanks for our dogs on a daily basis. They make us laugh, keep us active, provide companionship and comfort us when we are sad or sick. In what is becoming a PawsGo holiday tradition, Andrew Hager, author and historian in residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, is back to share stories of dogs who are truly superheroes.
Throughout history, dogs are credited with saving and improving the lives of humans. Andrew joins Karen and Jean to share stories of some of his favorite dogs. Among them – Sergeant Stubby, a stray bull terrier mix who served in World War I and saw action on the Western Front and Togo, the Siberian Husky that saved the village of Nome, Alaska from diphtheria. And no, that wasn’t Balto. Balto got the movie, but Togo did the work – Andrew will explain.
Listen along with your superhero and remind them how thankful you are for the joy they bring every day!
Not only is Andrew a great guy and SO fun to listen to, he is the author of several books including Old Ike: The Fictionalized Story of Woodrow Wilson's Ram; Pushinka: The Fictionalized Story of John F. Kennedy's Dog and soon to be released All-American Dogs: A History of Presidential Pets from Every Era. All are available on Amazon and make GREAT gifts!
Who Will Let the Dogs Out? | Episode 27
In this episode of the PawsGo pawdcast, Karen and Jean chat with Cara Sue Achterberg – an author and animal welfare advocate. This is Cara’s second visit with the pawdcast and she’s back with some very exciting news.
Inspired and supported by her work with Northern Virginia-based rescue Operation Paws for Homes, Cara has launched a new not for profit specifically to bring awareness and change to small municipal shelters and pounds, primarily in the south. Through Who Will Let the Dogs Out https://whowillletthedogsout.org/ Cara’s goal is to connect those small rural shelters and pounds with volunteers, rescues and resources in an effort to change the heartbreaking outcomes for too many homeless dogs and cats.
Here's a look at what Cara is working to change –
These dogs live in sparse conditions with few resources and no extras. They are held in chain-link kennels behind police stations, at the city dump, or in squat concrete buildings with no heat/AC until their owners come for them or they are destroyed to make room for new dogs that arrive. Their pictures are not on a shelter website or Petfinder. Rarely is there anyone working to address their physical, emotional or behavioral needs, let alone search for an adopter. Their only chance beyond being claimed by their owners is for a rescue worker to visit the pound and ‘pull’ them, transporting them to rescues sometimes several states away.
To help support Cara’s initiative, PawsGo will donate $5 from each Not Alone wine bag sold online or at one of our pop-ups. All PawsGo items feature original artwork and are produced locally to our home in Alexandria, Virginia. These bags make great holiday or hostess gifts. In additional to holding a bottle of wine – a bunch of tennis balls, dog toys or dog treats also fit perfectly in each bag – www.pawsgo.com
Taming Canine Tumors with Turmeric – Teddy’s Story | Episode 26
In June 2013, MaryBeth Powers noticed a lump the size of a golf ball on her dog Teddy’s snout. Only two days later she heard the words no pet owner wants to hear, it was cancer.
Teddy had a sarcoma (a malignant tumor of connective or other nonepithelial tissue). The vet’s orders were to “keep him comfortable, he had only about two, maybe four weeks to live”. As Marybeth recounts in this episode of the pawdcast, keeping him comfortable, meant giving him five medications that left normally joyful Teddy severely sedated.
Marybeth was determined that Teddy would live his best life – no matter how many days, weeks or hopefully months he had.
While researching holistic methods to reduce cancer in dogs, MaryBeth developed a “treat” that she began adding to Teddy’s food. MaryBeth believes the anti-inflammatory treat she developed for her beloved Teddy allowed him to remain with her and her family for THREE ADDITIONAL YEARS.
MaryBeth shares with Karen and Jean how her singular focus on healing Teddy has become a much broader passion and second career.
The treat MaryBeth developed became Teddy’s Turmeric Tamer and is now shipped nationwide. It can be found at specialty pet related shops in Northern Virginia. MaryBeth personally hand fills every order. For more information visit https://www.teddysturmerictamer.com/ or email MaryBeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Teddy’s Turmeric Tamer --
DISCLAIMER: Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The comments and feedback about our product effectiveness are based on customer, staff, and family opinions and should not be substituted for medical care. We are not liable for any individual reaction to any particular ingredient, therefore, please remember to read the label and ingredient lists carefully and follow the appropriate directions for use and consumption at your own risk. Currently, this product is licensed through the State of Virginia as a “feed” license for a pet treat. For Humans, this has not been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Turmeric can interact with some medications, so check with your vet/doctor before taking this product especially if your pet takes meds for anti-inflammatory or diabetes.
Lucky Dogs and Smart Owners are Fans of Lucky Dog Cuisine | Episode 25
Boomer has been a fan of Lucky Dog Cuisine since he was a puppy 12 years ago. In this episode of the PawsGo pawdcast, Karen chats with Dr. Janice Elenbaas, the founder of Lucky Dog Cuisine. Lucky Dog Cuisine is a fresh, subscription-based dog food. Long before there were countless “fresh” dog food ads filling our Facebook feeds, Lucky Dog was THE pioneer in fresh, healthy dog food. It’s fair to say that Dr. Elenbaas created the path that others would follow.
Based on homemade food that her mother intuitively created for her family’s dogs and encouraged by her local butcher to share her recipe with the local South Carolina public, Lucky Dog Cuisine was born in 2008, following the 2007 melamine contaminated pet food recall.
From increased competition in the fresh dog food space to supply chain and labor challenges caused by the pandemic, Lucky Dog Cuisine remains a hands-on, family run operation – where happy and healthy clients are recognized and celebrated!
Learn more about Lucky Dog and why canine nutrition matters here -- https://luckydogcuisine.com/
Note: PawsGo was not compensated for this podcast, the topic was Boomer’s idea, he really loves the food!
From smiling leashes to comfortable collars – put substance over style when it comes to your dog! | Episode 24
We’ve discussed smiling leashes and leashes as equipment. In this episode Karen and Jean chat with their friend Sandy Modell of Wholistic Hound Academy (https://www.wholistichound.com/ ) about collars. Collars are more than a stylish accessory. Unfortunately, some owners and trainers use collars for correction and discipline. Sandy shares that even the seemingly innocent vibrating e-collars can have an adverse impact on your dog and your relationship. And don’t get her started on prong collars!
Sandy also shares questions owners should ask potential trainers and red flags to look for before entrusting your dog and your wallet to a program – here’s a hint, if you hear the phrase “balanced training” find another trainer!
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informative and fun
one of my favorites!
Always enjoy this podcast that offers great pet information.
Always fun and informative!
I want to meet their dogs!!