June 2014 Issue of “Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine”

June 2014 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections magazine.
June 2014 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections magazine.

We’ve published the June issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine and it’s available at distribution points around Pittsburgh as well as on our website.

I have three articles in this issue:

  • Our featured foundation article, “Ben Roethlisberger Foundation” on page 10—yes, an article about both a sports figure and about dogs, and yes, I do write about things other than cats, but no, I did not get a chance to talk to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback. But providing grants for K-9 officers in each of the cities/regions where the Steelers play away games each season, plus a wildcard city or two if they make the playoffs, is a pretty big deal. If your city or region is on the list in the article, consider encouraging your local police or emergency services to apply for a grant for the purchase and training of a K-9 officer or care and outfitting for a K-9 officer you already have on staff.
  • Our featured rescue article and photos, “Beaver County Humane Society” on page 22. I’d visited this shelter in April and found the change between the tiny old cinder block shelter and the bright new and modern space, physically as well as philosophically, to be a happy change for this rural county north of Pittsburgh.
  • And not the least an update on Pittsburgh’s innovative Free Spay and Neuter Program for city residents in “Free Cat or Dog Spay/Neuter Program for City of Pittsburgh Residents” on page 14. Two years ago, after much research in studies and in visiting other cities, Pittsburgh City Council president Darlene Harris convinced the council that paying for up to five spays and neuters for each city resident was not only less expensive than paying for animal control services but far more humane, and the numbers bear that out. I’d written about this legislation when it was passed and a few times since then as a reminder to city residents.

The remembrance this month is again from our rescue group, in memory of a kittens rescued from a rural West Virginia shelter who lost his fight with feline panleukopenia, or feline distemper, on page 36.

This issue also includes informative articles about Lyme disease and pets and humans, a primer for convincing your cat to use a scratching post and never consider declawing, questioning the theory of dominance training in dogs, pond care, Bach Flower Remedies® and more.

About the magazine

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine focuses on the bond between humans and animals both within our own homes and in society. Topics range far beyond the Pittsburgh area, but the magazine also offers resources for companion animals and their caretakers available in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. 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.

I have been contributing articles to this magazine since September 2012, and since February 2013 began a freelance relationship as the Chief Editor of the magazine, proofing and editing all copy as well as contributing  original articles 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.

Available on our website

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 Human-Animal Bond………………………. 8
Ease Your Pet’s Anxiety

Event Calendar……………………………………….9
Upcoming Pet Events

Featured Foundation………………………………10
Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

Animal Health & Wellness………………………14
Free Cat or Dog Spay/Neuter Program for City of Pittsburgh Residents

Animal Behavior………………………………..16-17
Is Dominance Necessary to Train Your Dog?

The Aquatic Hobbies………………………………20
Pond Care: Alkalinity and pH, a misunderstood aspect of pond management

Featured Rescue…………………………………22-23
Beaver County Humane Society

Holistic Care…………………………………………24
Bach Flower Remedies® An Aid for Behavior Change and Healing

Kitty Korner……………………………………..26-28
Scratch Training; Cat Rescue Resource Guide

Equine Affairs……………………………………30-33
Sleep Deprivation in Horses; Yoga for the Horse ~ The Gymnastic Training of All Horses

In Remembrance……………………………………36
In Memory of Christian

Advertiser Locator Map………………………18-19

Distribution

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.

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo
Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo

More about Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine

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. The magazine has been publishing monthly since August 2012.

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.

Carla is Managing Editor, while I am Chief Editor. Local animal professionals who frequently contribute articles include holistic veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic, veterinary neurologist Dr. Susan Wagner, Feline and Canine Behavioral Consultant Judith Levy M.Ed, CEHP. RMT, always an informative article from one of the specialty veterinarians at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic, “hoof lady” Nancy Frishkorn CHCP, BA, Kristin Hermann of Coventry Equestrian Center, Tena Parker of Success Just Clicks Dog Training and myself, as well as others who contribute occasionally.

Click here for the link to the full June 2014 issue, or browse the website. Click here to see an archive of my articles which have been posted to the website.

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