Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Introducing “Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine”

cover of pittsburgh petconnections magazine
March issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine.

Pittsburgh has a new resource for pet and animal lovers in both print and electronic form along with a comprehensive website for articles that complement the magazine’s monthly content so readers anywhere can enjoy and use the information.

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine focuses on the bond between humans and animals both within our own homes and in society. Articles cover traditional and alternative veterinary practices, behavioral information, spiritual direction, stories and commentary for humans and their animal companions including cats, dogs, house rabbits, birds, horses and exotic pets written by local veterinary, behavioral, alternative and spiritual practitioners.

The Pittsburgh PetConnections (PPC) website keeps up to date with timely articles and notices, plus blog posts written by some of the same authors and more. PPC also invites local shelters, rescues, animal-focused organizations and animal-themed businesses to build an online presence on the site and to post to the community calendar.

The print magazine is distributed free to shelters, animal-oriented businesses and dozens of other places around Pittsburgh—click here to find the map of current distribution sites. Mailed subscriptions are also available, click here to read more.

I’m also proud to add that I have been contributing articles to this magazine since last September, and in February began a freelance relationship as the Chief Editor of the magazine, proofing and checking all copy as well as contributing an original article in each issue, and also acting as the Content Manager for the website working with the managing editor, organizing and posting the articles from each magazine, plus blog posts and other articles and notices.

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo
Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo

Pittsburgh PetConnections, LLC was formed in 2012 by Carla Mader, who began her career in veterinary study but decided on hospital management instead. With nearly 20 years as a veterinary hospital manager she began studying holistic care for animals in 2007 and attended a Healing Touch for Animals workshop, then began coordinating them in Pittsburgh. From this she founded the non-profit organization Human-Animal Advocacy and Wellness Centers (HAAWC), which in turn led to founding Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine to help spread the concept. I’ll be writing a more in-depth profile of Carla and the organizations in a few weeks.

For people living in or near Pittsburgh, the magazine brings together information about and from the area’s veterinarians who practice holistic medicine for small and large animals, exotic animals and wildlife as well as holistic behavioral consultants and intuitive practitioners, each discipline comprising traditional and alternative modalities.

This month’s issue includes articles on National Poison Prevention Week, intregative cancer care for pets, “clairaudience” in listening to your pets’ communication, preventing laminitis in horses and keeping your fish tank viable during a power outage, as well as my own article on TNR in Pittsburgh, and a visit to one of the Homeless Cat Management Team clinics on page 17.

The magazine has been publishing monthly since August 2012, and with the influx of information since it’s been discovered by readers and contributors has increased in pages from 20 to 32 with the March issue. Carla hopes to continue increasing pages every few months as the staff grows, and to include authors from outside of the Pittsburgh area as well.

Carla is Managing Editor, while I am Chief Editor. The magazine is designed by Patricia Sutkowski, and that lovely cover image and many others inside are taken by Kara Jones Photography. Contributing writers include holistic veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic, Kenton D. Rexford, VMD of Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic, Feline and Canine Behavioral Consultant Judith Levy M.Ed, CEHP. RMT, intuitive consultant Renée Takacs, M.A., and myself, as well as others who contribute occasionally.

Click here for the link to the full March 2013 issue, or browse the website.

Magazine cover and logo used by permission.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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4 thoughts on “Introducing “Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine”

  • How do you find the time, Bernadette? I love the cover of March issue. Horses and me go way back lol

    • Carolyn, these sorts of things are what actually pay the bills, so I’d better make the time! I’ve never had the opportunity to share my life with a horse though that was all I wanted growing up–and that was what I drew and painted before I turned to cats! We choose the cover photos as a group and this month it was time for a horse–this was my choice out of about a dozen. Love those paints!

  • that is fabulous! Bet you didn’t know I lived in Pittsburgh as a kid…sure did! Went to Nixon Elementary…..lived in Pittsburgh from age 2 til age 7 🙂

    • Caren, of course I knew that! Only because we discovered it last year some time when I mentioned our local paper where your father worked for a while! I went to Nixon for a few years too, after Catholic school…what street did you live on?


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