128 episodes

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
    • 4.7 • 14 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.

    Creating Safe and Harmonious Homes for Babies and Dogs With Jen Shryock

    Creating Safe and Harmonious Homes for Babies and Dogs With Jen Shryock

    This week on Why Do Pets Matter?, we welcome Jen Shryock, the founder of Family Paws Parent Education!
    Jen specializes in guiding families through the process of integrating dogs and new babies into a cohesive household. With her background in special education, Jen shares essential tips on preparing your dog for a new family member, understanding canine behavior, and ensuring the safety and comfort of both pets and children.
    Tune in as we discuss Jen’s thoughtful approach and practical advice for creating a loving and secure environment for the entire family.
     
    Guest Links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jshryock/
    https://www.familypaws.com/
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation

    • 36 min
    Exploring the Emotional Bonds, Challenges, and Triumphs in Veterinary Care with Kelly Baltzell

    Exploring the Emotional Bonds, Challenges, and Triumphs in Veterinary Care with Kelly Baltzell

    In this episode, I welcome Kelly Baltzell, CEO of Beyond Indigo Pets, for an in-depth conversation on the critical role pets play in our lives and the challenges and triumphs in the veterinary industry.
    We discuss the emotional toll of euthanasia on both veterinarians and pet owners, the importance of transparent communication, and how marketing can enhance veterinary practices.
    Kelly also shares insights from her podcast, Unfiltered Vet Discussions, emphasizing the need for honest, holistic conversations in the veterinary field. Tune in to explore how meaningful dialogue can strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the veterinary care experience for all.
     
    Guest Links:
    https://www.beyondindigopets.com/
    https://www.unfilteredvetdiscussions.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellybaltzell/
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation

    • 43 min
    Bridging the Divide: The Lifesaving Power of Human-Animal Bonds with Janet Hoy-Gerlach

    Bridging the Divide: The Lifesaving Power of Human-Animal Bonds with Janet Hoy-Gerlach

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Janet Hoy-Gerlach, the visionary behind One Health People-Animal Wellness.
    As a former tenured professor at the University of Toledo and now an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, Janet brings a wealth of knowledge to the discussion.
    We delved into the profound significance of human-animal relationships in mental health and social work, uncovering how animals can serve as crucial lifelines for individuals contemplating suicide.
    Drawing from her experiences, Janet passionately advocates for policies and practices that prioritize the well-being of both people and their beloved pets.
    Through initiatives like Open Door Veterinary Collective, she works tirelessly to reduce barriers to veterinary care and ensure access to essential resources for both humans and animals.
     












    Guest Links:
    pethelpfinder.org
    https://opendoorconsults.org/social-work-hub/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/emotionalsupportanimal/
    Her Books: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Janet-Hoy-Gerlach/author/B07DHC525T?ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation

    • 37 min
    Championing Animal Welfare with Debbie Dahmer

    Championing Animal Welfare with Debbie Dahmer

    In this episode, I sat down with the fantastic Debbie Dahmer, the host of "Voices Carry For Animals", to delve into the profound significance of pets in our lives and the vital importance of responsible pet ownership.
    Debbie shares her deep commitment to advocating for shelter animal adoption and emphasizes the ethical imperative of spaying and neutering. Drawing from personal experiences with her own beloved pets, she highlights the profound emotional connection between humans and animals and stresses the need for legislative action to protect their welfare.
    Through heartfelt anecdotes and practical advice, I am inspired by Debbie's advocacy, encouraging listeners to join the cause and make a difference in the lives of animals everywhere.
     
    Guest Links:
    If you would like to listen to Debbie's show, you can do so here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbie-dahmer-794187120/
    https://voicescarryforanimals.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbie-dahmer-794187120/
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation
     

    • 36 min
    Crafting Impactful Messages: Unveiling the Art of Persuasion with Colonel Carla Bass, USAF (Ret)

    Crafting Impactful Messages: Unveiling the Art of Persuasion with Colonel Carla Bass, USAF (Ret)

    We are back with Colonel Carla Bass, USAF (Ret), who is a force to be reckoned with, to talk about the final installment of "Writing To Influence".
    We explore the last three word sculpting techniques: "Who Does What to Whom," "Keep the Focus and Shut the Gate," and "Revise, Edit, and Proofread."
    Drawing from her Air Force career, Carla stresses concise writing for effective communication. She also introduces the concept of tethers and provides examples, emphasizing their role in strengthening sentences.
    The discussion underscores the importance of reading aloud to detect and correct errors, empowering writers in the animal service industry to craft compelling narratives.
     
    Guest Links:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/carladbass/
    To contact Carla: Carla@WriteToInfluence.net
    Carla Bass -- Write To Influence (Book) https://www.amazon.com/Write-Influence-Appraisals-Scholarships-Internships/dp/0997593024/
    From Carla's Blog: https://writetoinfluence.net/articles-and-writing-tips/frame-a-winning-argument/
    https://writetoinfluence.net/articles-and-writing-tips/want-to-win-an-argument-strategize-it/
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation

    • 42 min
    Empowering Hearts and Healing Minds: The Impact of Paws for People with Clarice Ritchie

    Empowering Hearts and Healing Minds: The Impact of Paws for People with Clarice Ritchie

    Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Clarice Ritchie, the executive director of Paws for People, back to the show to discuss the success of her recent WagAthon fundraiser and to delve deeper into the significance of pets in our lives.
    Clarice shares her personal perspective on why pets matter, highlighting the profound joy and unconditional love they bring into our homes.
    We explore Paws for People's mission as a pet therapy organization and the vital role of fundraising in supporting their training programs and materials for therapy teams.
    Throughout our conversation, Clarice talks about the importance of ongoing support and training for volunteers, ensuring the effectiveness of therapy visits and the well-being of both humans and animals involved.












     
    Guest Links:
    https://www.pawsforpeople.org/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarice-ritchie-290b1670/
    CRitchie@PAWSforPeople.org
     
    Show Links:
    https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HLawMediation
    Debra's Book: "Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation To Resolve Conflicts Over Animals," https://www.amazon.com/Nipped-Bud-Not-Butt-Mediation/dp/151502024X/ref=sr_1_1SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@HLawMediation

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 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!

Joseka jon ,

Great podcast!!

I listen is podcast. It is really great podcast! Love it!!

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