New Issue “Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine” and DWAA Certificate of Excellence

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“Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine” January-February 2014

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 the 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.

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.

Here is our table of contents for this 48-page issue:

The Human-Animal Bond…………….10, 12-13
Losing a Beloved Pet; Dogs on Deployment Helps Find Boarding for Troops’ Pets

Event Calendar………………………………………11
Upcoming Pet Events

Canine Companion……………………………14-15
The First Therapy Dog

Featured Rescue…………………………………16-17
Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group

Animal Health & Wellness………………….18-21
Owning an English Bulldog; February is Pet Dental Health Month

Animal Behavior……………………………….24-25
Trained Dogs Can Do More!

Holistic Care…………………………………….26-28
New Year’s Revolution; My New Year’s Wish for You

Kitty Korner……………………………………..30-33
Celebrate World Spay Day; The Kitty Chic Trend: Cat Rescue Resource Guide; The Homeless Cat Management Team

Equine Affairs……………………………………38-41
Equine Melanoma; Positioning the Horse

In Remembrance……………………………………44
Healing Hearts for Pet Lovers

Advertiser Locator Map…………………………..22

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.

My role with this magazine

I’m also proud to add that 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 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.

Dog Writers Association of America Certificate of Excellence

DWAA Certificate of Excellence for Regional Magazine
DWAA Certificate of Excellence for Regional Magazine

We are pleased to announce that Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine has won a Certificate of Excellence in the Dog Writers Association of America’s 2013 Annual Writing Competition making us a finalist in the category “Magazines—Special Interest”. The Certificate makes the magazine a nominee for a Maxwell medallion in this category, the highest honor in this category for this year’s competition. We’ll need to wait until the Awards Banquet held in New York City Sunday evening, February 9, 2014, annual dinner held the night before the Westminster show.

The Dog Writers Association was founded on February 13, 1935, in the Westminster Kennel Club’s meeting room and from that beginning has been able to secure for dog writers the courtesies and amenities at dog shows so necessary for doing their jobs properly. But the best known aspect of the DWAA is its annual writing competition, which is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers, with no distinction between amateurs and professionals.

The Maxwell medallion is named for Maxwell Riddle who worked for 35 years for the Cleveland Press as a feature writer and reporter, had a syndicated dog column and that ran for 30 years and wrote a column for Dog World for 50 years. A Past President of the DWAA, he was an AKC Dog Judge and judged in Japan, South America, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and all over Europe. He was known in his day as the greatest authority on dogs and wrote many books on puppy training and various other dog subjects.

Writing about dogs encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs: showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond, and the organization recognizes many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers, mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians are members, national radio show hosts, TV appearances, blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.

We are honored be have earned this Certificate of Excellence during our first year of publication! You can read the list of all nominees here.

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, intuitive consultant Renée Takacs, M.A., always an informative article from one of the specialty veterinarians at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic, Sharon Satterfield, ND of Back to Basics, “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 January-February 2013 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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