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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
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

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.

    Chris Blazina, Ph.D. -- The Psychological Role Companion Animals Play In Our Lives on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #188

    Chris Blazina, Ph.D. -- The Psychological Role Companion Animals Play In Our Lives on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #188

    Dr. Chris Blazina and I had a fascinating conversation about the psychological role companion animals play in our lives -- especially men's lives -- during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" 


    Through his work, Chris has found that our pets take on the role of "unwavering friend and constant companion" during our lives. And, this is particularly true for men -- especially later in life -- as their network of friends diminishes.


    Societal norms can sometimes make it difficult for men to become vulnerable and feel comfortable expressing how vital their pets are to them. Kudos to all the "Macho Men" and their "Teacup Pups"! This gives ample evidence of the emotional intelligence that is cultivated by owning a pet!


     


    About Dr. Chris Blazina
    Dr. Chris Blazina is a licensed psychologist, retired professor, and award-winning author. He has been in practice for nearly 25 years, focusing on men and their depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief & loss, relationship problems, and pet bereavement. In his work, Chris has found dogs to be an important companion and part of a male's life that cannot be found in the same way as with any human.


     


    Connect With Chris:
    Website - http://www.chrisblazinaphd.com

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/DrChrisBlazina


     


    Books:
    When Man Meets Dog: What a difference a dog makes! on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/When-Man-Meets-Chris-Blazina/dp/1845848799/

    Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Men-Their-Dogs-Understanding-Friend/dp/3319300954/

    Clinician's Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/012812962X

    The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/The-Psychology-Human-Animal-Bond-Researchers/dp/1461461960

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    Kent Kruse DVM -Everything You Need To Know About Pet Insurance and Why It‘s Important on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #187

    Kent Kruse DVM -Everything You Need To Know About Pet Insurance and Why It‘s Important on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #187

    Kent Kruse, DVM joins us for a "don't miss" episode of "Why Do Pets Matter". Kent is a retired small animal veterinarian, management software creator for the veterinary industry, and an authority on pet insurance. We're talking about the human-animal bond and why pet insurance is so important for your pet and you. 

    Kent explains the different kinds of pet insurance, how to shop for the best pet insurance policy for you and your pet, and what to expect when you use your pet's insurance at the vet. 

    He also talks about how vets can help their human clients understand the value of pet insurance and some ways to effectively recommend pet insurance to their clients. 


    About Kent Kruse, DVM
    As a former practicing veterinarian, Kent recognizes that veterinarians are often stymied both ethically and economically by their client's inability to pay for required medical care because of the lack of the necessary discretionary cash.


    Because of the lack of funds, pets are too often euthanized, the human-animal bond ruptured, and revenue opportunities are lost. 


    For the past 19 years, it has been Kent's passion to help veterinarians understand the value of pet health insurance, and to advise them how to evaluate available products to recommend to their clients.

    • 47 min
    Jeremy Cohen, Esq. -- Breeder Contracts on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP#186

    Jeremy Cohen, Esq. -- Breeder Contracts on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP#186

    Jeremy Cohen, Esq. from Boston Dog Lawyers, returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" with a powerful conversation about breeder contracts, the questions potential owners must ask before they sign a breeder contract and what breeders should put in their contracts to protect themselves while fostering communication, transparency, and collaboration.


     


    About Jeremy Cohen, Esq.
     A lawyer for nearly 20 years, Jeremy Cohen has been handling cases for dog owners since 2008. By opening Boston Dog Lawyers in 2015 he is growing a law practice specializing in representing dog owners and pet owners.


    Prior to working for animals, Attorney Cohen worked in the insurance industry. He rose from a claims adjuster to manager of global claims on behalf of The General Electric Company. He founded a general practice law firm in 2007 and sold it in 2014 so he could focus on defending companion animals.


    While he still handles some civil litigation outside of pets, each day his practice becomes more and more about what he loves to do.


    You can learn more at his website: https://www.bostondoglawyers.com/index.html

    • 49 min
    Tom Van Winkle - Hinsdale Humane Society on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #185

    Tom Van Winkle - Hinsdale Humane Society on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #185

    Tom Van Winkle, CEO and Executive Director of the Hinsdale Humane Society in Chicagoland, IL joins us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?". He's chatting with us about how pets and their potential people are screened for adoption, the language you need to use when you're screening, how to help people foster animals, and helping our deploying servicemen and women find a home for their pets when they deploy.



    More About Tom
    Tom Van Winkle brings more than 20 years of animal welfare industry experience to his position as Executive Director of HHS since 2017. Beginning with his early experience as a volunteer and board member of a small humane society in 1997, Tom also served as executive director for a humane society in the Chicago suburbs in 2005. 


    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University. Tom credits his upbringing in a family filled with compassion as a source of constant inspiration as he guides HHS to become one of the premier animal shelters in the country.


     


    Connect With Tom
    Email: tom.vanwinkle@hinsdalehumanesociety.org
    Phone: 630-323-5630 x11


     


    About Hinsdale Humane Society
    The Hinsdale Humane Society operates the Pet Rescue and Resource Center which serves the entire Chicagoland region. The primary focus of their mission is to eradicate animal homelessness by providing a temporary safe haven for homeless animals until a forever family can be located and operating programs to keep pets from becoming homeless in the first place. 


    They accomplish their mission in many ways including pet adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter services for other rescues, humane education, pet therapy, and obedience classes. Their experienced staff can help you find a new family member or assist with issues your current pet may be experiencing.


    The most important part of our job is to repair and strengthen the bond between humans and their pets. We believe in a humane world for all living beings.



    Connect With The Hinsdale Humane Society
    Website: https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HinsdaleHumaneSociety

    • 39 min
    Karolynne McAteer - Choosing The Right Dog For You - A Breeder‘s Perspective on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #184

    Karolynne McAteer - Choosing The Right Dog For You - A Breeder‘s Perspective on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #184

    My good friend, colleague and fellow Irish Setter breeder, Karolynne McAteer, joins us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" to share her 40 years of expertise and experience about purebred dogs and what everyone needs to know about choosing the right dog bred from them. 


    She very generously shares information about how dogs are bred, what's important to breeders - especially preservationist breeders, how the way we live with our companion animals has shifted over the years and how that shift has become really apparent during the COVID epidemic. 


     


    More About Karolynne:
    Karolynne was born into Irish Setters and has never been without one at the foot of her bed. Today her dogs compete in Conformation and in the Field.


    Born in Boston, raised in Bermuda, and educated in the U.S., she graduated from college with a major in English and a minor in Broadcast Journalism.


    She is a second-generation Irish Setter breeder, starting as a junior handler, exhibitor of the family dog, breeder, breeder of merit, breeder/judge, and now AKC judge of the Sporting Group and Field Trials.


    Karolynne sits on the Board of the Irish Setter Club of America and is the AKC Delegate to the breed.


    Additionally, Karolynne sits on the Board of the American Kennel Club and several of its entities.


    Karolynne directs daytime streaming at the AKC National Championship and for Westminster Kennel Club.


    She is also the Director for Public Relations at Assisi Animal Health, a science-based company committed to improving life’s journey for animals, their owners and veterinary professionals.


    When not dealing with something that barks, she can be found conjuring up something good in the kitchen.

    AKC Canine Health Foundation:
    https://www.akcchf.org/about-us/who_we_are/karolynne-mcateer.html

     

    • 39 min
    Gary Friedman - High Conflict and Pets: Mediation Is A Better Way Out on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #183

    Gary Friedman - High Conflict and Pets: Mediation Is A Better Way Out on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #183

    Gary Friedman, one of my dearest mentors and co-director of The Center of Understanding in Conflict joins us for this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?"
    We're talking about pets and how mediation can be exceptionally beneficial when people are in conflict over a pet, what it takes to have a successful experience with mediation, and how mediation can help people move from a right or wrong, high conflict situation to a conversation that leads them to a better resolution for their dispute while preserving their future relationship.



    About Gary J. Friedman
    Gary Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976.


    Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades, including numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.


    Through the Center for Mediation in Law, Gary has trained lawyers, law professors and judges in the Center’s method of mediation and a mediative approach to lawyering and collaborative practice. Since l989, he has been training lawyers, judges and psychotherapists in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He has taught courses in negotiation and mediation at Stanford University Law School and the New College of Law and has taught at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.


    Gary has written extensively about mediation and conflict resolution and is the author of A Guide to Divorce Mediation, (Workman Publishing, l993) and is the co-author, with Jack Himmelstein, of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (published by the American Bar Association and Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, 2008).


     


    Connect With Gary:
    https://understandinginconflict.org/our-teachers/gary-friedman/


    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-friedman/6/453/14b


     


    Books:
    High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out  by Amanda Ripley


    A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost


    Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding

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Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

Alinaddd ,

So helpful

Love this podcast. So informative!!

CaliGal44 ,

It’s all about your Pets!

This is a great podcast for anyone who loves pets (and who doesn’t?) or works in the pet industry. Debra is one of the leading experts on animals and the law and her passion comes through as well as that of her guests. A great listen!

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Great podcast!!

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