This week: Peace of Mind Dog Rescue helps dogs and human seniors, smartphone app contributes when you walk your dog, Jen Walker on training, boarding advice, and Dogs Finding Dogs.

No “Ask-a-Vet” for lack of willing vets. Added the CEO and Founder of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association. Plus a list for next week!

Carie Broecker is Executive Director of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Pacific Grove, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in October 2009.

Our mission is to be a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast.
We find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. We also provide volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep their pets with them as long as possible. In addition, we make pre-arrangements to take in dogs should their guardians become unable to care for them.

We have a lifetime commitment to all the dogs who come into our care. They will either be adopted into a wonderful, permanent home or will live out their lives in one of our foster homes. (Sometimes when we bring a senior dog into our care, it becomes clear that he or she should not have to endure one more move or life change.)

We help senior citizens pay for veterinary care for their dogs if they are unable to afford medical expenses. We also provide temporary foster care for people who are hospitalized and dog walking for people who are no longer able to walk their dogs.

POMDR is led by a dedicated board and an incredible staff. POMDR is also supported by a network of over 600 volunteers who help with foster care, adoption events, transportation, office work, fundraising, and other tasks as they come up. We pride ourselves on adhering to the POMDR culture.

Our vision is to model lifetime care for dogs and all companion animals to help bring about a positive change in the way society thinks about and treats senior dogs, and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice and education.

Our offices and headquarters are located at the POMDR Patricia J Bauer Center at 615 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.

Jen Walker, besides being education director for the Santa Cruz shelter, she is also an accomplished dog training. This week and next, she will be handling Dog-Training-By-Radio, as Laura Pakis is out of the country. Jen has spent over a dozen years working in animal shelters, with strong emphases on humane education, community outreach, and companion animal behavior.

She has a Certificate in Training and Counseling from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and is a Certified Humane Education Specialist through the Humane Society of the United States.

Jen is a Program Trainer with UnChained and has apprenticed with Mardi Richmond of Good Dog Santa Cruz.

She has attended (and sometimes presented at) numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and is deeply committed to continuing education for herself and others, including unpaid roles on several nonprofit director and advisory boards.

Jen has written for magazines such as Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Coastal Canine Magazine, and Spot. She is a licensed presenter of Family Paws(an international program assisting expectant parents and families with children with their pet-related challenges) and a longtime member of Delta Pet Partners (animal-assisted therapy). She also has done extensive public speaking before large public groups and on radio and television.

Doug Hexter, CEO, WoofTrax, whose company publishes a smartphone app, “Walk for a Dog,” which allows humans to walk their dogs and earn money for local shelters and rescues.

Janel Fishpaw, Dogs Finding Dogs, is originally from California, growing up in the Silicon Valley and going to college at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

While in college at CSUMB Janel adopted a dog from Monterey County Animal Services. Janel moved to Maryland in 2007 from California because of a job opportunity in the environmental field. In late 2008, Janel found a dog trainer that worked with competition level dogs in obedience and tracking.

After a few tracking classes, Janel met Anne Wills who had a small company called Dogs Finding Dogs. Eventually, Janel started working for Dogs Finding Dogs as a tracker around 2009 with a dog named Lee. Currently, Janel works with Gretel, who is owned by Anne and is also working with Bolo who is on his way to being a great tracking dog. Janel is also currently enrolled in a Masters of Environmental Engineering and Science program at John’s Hopkins University.

Dogs Finding Dogs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of highly trained handlers and dogs that can track and find a lost pet. When we take on a missing pet case, we stay with you until your pet is found. We never turn down a plea for help! 

Carmen Rustenbeck, CEO & Founder of the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA), has been involved in non-profit work for over 20 years and active in the pet care industry since 2004. We will talk about choosing boarding, daycare, and other pet services.

Carmen is committed to building a member-centered organization that promotes business education, best practices, and profit-maximizing strategies for the safety and security of pet clients and staff, and for the financial future of association members.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with focus on Project Management, and a minor in Music Performance & Fine Arts. Carmen has spent the last few years focused on building awareness of the pet care service industry and is working with school systems to introduce pet care as a practical career choice. She speaks every year at New Mexico State University where she introduces students in the Companion Pet Care Program to the varied career choices available to them outside of the veterinarian community. This year Carmen will accept the 2018 Pet Age Women of Influence Award in March at the Global Pet Expo.

No Ask-a-Vet — Unable to find a willing guest on Super Bowl Sunday.

Next Week

Stacie Grissom, Barkbox, Head of Content

Tracie Hotchner, dog and cat film festivals (18th and 19th Monterey)

Jen Walker (for Laura Pakis), Dog-Training-By-Radio

Trevor Coates, Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

Cindy Reskovic, Golden Oldies Cat Rescue

Ask-a-Vet: Dr. Gabrielle Ravina, DVM