Therapy Dogs United, Inc. Expands to Buffalo, New York Area
Programs Now Offered in Two States
Scoops says "two is better than one!" Therapy Dogs United, Inc. has crossed state lines – and is proud to announce the formation of our first official Chapter located in Buffalo, New York. The Chapter is guided under the same principals of our founding office headquartered in Erie, PA, and the TDU Buffalo Chapter brings the same programs and services to Western New York and the surrounding region. If you are from the Buffalo area and would like information on joining this new Chapter, Pawmail Scoops. Photo: June, 2009. TDU Certified therapy dog Bandit visits the Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School in Buffalo for Field Day. The students raised $600 for Mercy Flight, and kids were not only treated to a therapy dog visit, but were able to check out the chopper after the school's check presentation.
Barber National Institute Seniors Cover Therapy Dogs with Love
Group Makes Blankets & Toys for TDU
Seniors from the Lakeside Senior Center of the Barber National Institute are hard at work making fleece blankets and dog toys to benefit Therapy Dogs United. Activities Director Patty Czulewicz coordinated the effort as a way of saying thank you to the many therapy dogs who visit the Center every week. TDU is set to raffle off the blankets at our upcoming "Paws in the Park" Responsible Dog Ownership day in September - and the dog toys will be handed out to our Barber Center Canine Ambassadors!
The Center's Adult Day Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of special needs individuals with developmental challenges. If you would like to purchase a $2 raffle ticket and can't make it to Paws in the Park, Pawmail Scoops for the doggone details!
"Paw-sengers" Take Off in First Class
Cargo Flights for Prized Pooches are So Yesterday....
To meet a growing demand for friendlier pet air travel, Southwest Airlines is now accepting pets in the main cabin of commercial flights onboard it’s exclusive Pet Airways. The inaugural flight takes off July 14th. Service is designed for larger pets too big to fit in the tiny space under your seat or on your lap, and is perfect for pet owners who fret about Fido flying cargo. One way fares are as low as $149. According to Pet Airways.com, pet owners are flying high with anticipation. Flights are dedicated exclusively to pets, and the air carrier promises to transport your best friend with care, love, safety and comfort. You can even track your pet’s flight schedule online. Initially, flights will serve only five U.S. destinations: Baltimore/Washington International Airport, plus non-commercial airports in the New York City area, and in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. The concept is endorsed by several pet-friendly businesses and hotels. Check to see if you can get a PAW membership discount when you book your stay. Three Wags from Scoops on this pawsitively perfect way to travel!
Join Us at a Downtown Erie Block Party on Thursday, August 6th TDU Invites You to Come! Sit! Drink!
• Come Early for Yappy Hour •
• Stay Late to Bark with the Big Dogs •
Where? Park Place in Downtown Erie
When? Thursday, August 6
Join Scoops the Dog and all his party friends at Erie's premier Block Party event of the summer at Park Place, 18-20 North Park Row in Downtown Erie, with musical guest - Geek Army. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to try your luck at Putts for Mutts, Cornhole, the Money Grab & more - prizes will be awarded! Scoops says Thank You to the 50-plus volunteers who signed up to work this event! If you'd like additional information on how you can help - Pawmail Scoops for the dish.
TDU Dog of the Day
"Rusty" Shines While Making Smiles
Benedictine Sisters Carolann McLaughlin and Rita Groner, OSB, have a new mission in life – spreading joy and happiness through the work of their therapy dog Rusty. The Sisters have been making regular visits to the Mount St. Benedict Monastery, but recently branched out to touch the lives of dozens of residents at St. Mary’s East and St. Mary’s at Asbury Ridge. The Sisters adopted Rusty after his owner passed away and he’s not only a wonderful therapy dog, but gifted at agility, too. Rusty is sponsored by Sangamon Farm of DeWittville, New York. For more information on how you can sponsor a TDU certified therapy dog, click here!
Bark of the Town
Doggie Match Maker Helps Dog Owners Decide
Sure, we all love our dogs. But did you ever wonder if your chosen breed is really the right match for your personality and muttstyle? Now you can take an online Quiz to figure out what type of dog best suits you, your family, and your personality. DogTime.com matchup not only suggests a specific breed but lists qualities you might like in a canine companion. The Quiz takes about 5 minutes, and gives you five “suggestive” purebred breeds to consider. When done, scroll down to learn more about other breeds that may also be a good match for your pet-sonality.
2010 Muttville Calendar
Casting Call for Your Top Dog!
Scoops is on the lookout for 12 of the best Mutt Mugs in Erie (and beyond) to be a Calendar Cutie for our 2010 Muttville wall calendar. For consideration, please Pawmail Scoops your best high resolution photograph. To be one of the top dogs chosen, be sure to only submit "calendar quality" photos. Calendars go on sale in September 19th at our upcoming 'Paws in the Park' Responsible Dog Ownership Day, at Frontier Park in Erie.
AKC Gives Two Paws Up to Mix Breeds
New ID Numbers Change the Face of the AKC
For over a century the American Kennel Club has been the nation’s premier advocate and standard for canine excellence. But starting this fall - that’s all about to change. The organization well-known for its list of AKC recognized purebreds is mixing things up. Come October 1, mix breed dog owners can begin enrolling their pets to receive an AKC ID number. Then, starting in April 2010, every dog enrolled is eligible to compete in mixed breed classes at stand-alone AKC agility events. Other benefits are to follow, including discounted Animal Recovery Lost & Found services, and free AKC Certificates for any dog passing the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. For more information visit the AKC online.
Animal Planet to Pilot "Little Champions"
Show Dedicated to Extraordinary Canines
The Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet has set its sights on a special show where the superstars are handicapped canines who have overcome adversity to become thriving canine companions. The pilot episode features a Jack Russell terrier who was likely used as bait in a dog fighting ring, a Chihuahua born with two legs, and a three-legged Pit Bull who probably spent time in a deadly dog fighting ring. Production started in late June in Frenchtown New Jersey. The proposed show also features interviews with specialists an experts in every area of coping with canine handicaps. To get the full scoop, click here.
Summer of Fun Continues - Upcoming Events
TDU's July "Animal Education - All About Canine Companions" class at Penn State Behrend's 'College for Kids' is filled to capacity! Scoops thanks all the parents who enrolled their children in our class. We have invited a number of guest speakers including: GreySave, NW PA's K9 Search and Rescue & Dogs Deserve Better.
Scoops recognizes all the TDU therapy dog volunteers who walked in the Millcreek 4th of July Parade! Thanks for a job well-done!
Congratulations to TDU's newest Therapy Dogs certified in June - Tigger, Ginger and Layla!