Donates Oral Health to the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

PSCPets dental products help prepare foster dogs for adoption., a leading online supplier of health and wellness products for pet, has teamed up with the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue (MWCR) to help foster dogs become ready to be adopted into loving homes. In honor of National Dental Awareness Month, has donated PSCPets Dental Care Kits to each dog that is currently being fostered by MWCRto help provide much needed dental care.

 MWCR is a registered non-profit charitable organization that is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to providing the necessary care to both smooth and rough collies that are in need of new homes. While in caring foster homes, each collie is assessed for adoptability so that they can be placed into a loving and permanent home that is the best match for both the dog and the new family. MWCR provides all medical care for the foster collies including general health exams, dental care, heartworm prevention and treatment, as well as surgical care as needed. MWCR was founded in 2002 and is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year in 2012. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the MWCR and the dogs that they currently have available for adoption can visit their website at
“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health condition for both dog and cats, but it is preventable in most cases with appropriate daily oral care at home.” Said Punkaj Jain, Vice President at “Although it is best to start this oral care routine at a young age, it is never too late as pets of all ages can benefit from preventative oral care.”
The PSCPets Dental Care Kit is an easy to use system that allows pet parents to provide complete oral care for their pets at home. This kit is designed to provide pets with the preventative oral care that they need to stay healthy and help avoid costly veterinarian dental procedures.   Each PSCPets Dental Care Kit includes a 60 day supply of PSCPets Dental Probiotics, one – 4 ounce bottle of PSCPets Dental Cleanser Spray, and one – 4 ounce bottle of PSCPets Dental Cleanser Gel.
Pet Parents who would also like to benefit from the PSCPets Dental Care Kit can purchase the kit online, or by calling 1-888-873-9719. To learn more about the PSCPets Dental Care Kit and how it can help pets improve their overall oral health, please visit
Launched in 2009, is a revolutionary site for pet parents who are focused on their own health, as well as the health of their four-legged companions. Established to form a connection with their customers, offers high-quality products to help keep the whole family healthy. When consumers shop at and, they know they will receive trusted products at an affordable price. Best of all, the luxury of shopping from home has the added experience of being able to learn more about healthy living with’s blogs, while also earning PSC Points with every purchase, which will accumulate in your account to be used toward discounts on future purchases. is a BBB Accredited Business, PayPal verified and SSL Secured via GlobalSign so customers know when they check-out, their information will be secure.

Experienced K9 helps keep 332nd AEW safe, secure

Even though she is in her golden years, one military working dog assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is at the top of her game when it comes to keeping the base safe and secure.

Meet Lindsey, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga. She can be found attached to the hip of her handler and best friend, Tech. Sgt. Steven Boleware, 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Boleware is also deployed from Moody AFB, and is a native of Columbia, Miss.
So, what does Lindsey do at this particular undisclosed location in Southwest Asia?
“Just like security forces Airmen, she is responsible for defending the base,” Boleware said. “We search for drugs, explosives and anything that appears to be out of the ordinary.”
Together, Boleware and Lindsey start their day early in the morning.
“I pick her up at the kennels and I take her to breakfast with me,” he said. “Then we start our shift, which is usually well before the sun comes up.”
Boleware and Lindsey spend most of their day inspecting vehicles.
“Searching vehicles is fun for Lindsey because she considers it a game,” he said. “She knows if she finds something, she’s going to get a huge reward.”
After spending a few hours searching vehicles, Boleware and Lindsey are released for lunch and spend the rest of their day conducting random antiterrorism inspections.
“It’s important that we show our presence around the base,” he said. “It acts as a deterrent because a lot of people are afraid of dogs. So, if the ‘bad guys’ know dogs are always around, they may think twice before doing something harmful.”
Lindsey is a great military working dog with a ton of experience, Boleware said.
“This is Lindsey’s third or fourth deployment so far,” he said. “And, when she’s not deployed, she’s back at home training for her next deployment. She definitely knows what she is doing.”
Although Lindsey is older than most of her peers, most people wouldn’t even know it, Boleware said.
“When she’s out-and-about, she has the energy level of a puppy,” he said. “And, she loves to play — especially if it involves a ball.”
Boleware said Lindsey is his ideal partner because of her temperament.
“I think we get along so well because our personalities are the same,” he said. “We are both laid-back and easy-going. She absolutely loves people, and I love dogs. In fact, if she had it her way, she’d be friends with everyone on this base.”
From sunrise to sunset, Lindsey and Boleware spend every moment together protecting and defending the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. They do so to keep every Airman here safe and out of harm’s way.
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Watch 2012 AATV Season Premier, March 3rd on WMLW on Saturday at 10am.

Animal Advocate Television(AATV), Wisconsin’s exclusive animal welfare show begins its seventh season premiere on Saturday, March 3rd on WMLW. In what promises to be an exciting year for its loyal followers, the show’s Producers, Animal Fairy Charities and Debra Lopez are debuting a new segment titled “Celebrity Corner.” This portion of the show will feature well-known local and national celebrity guest stars and their pets. AATV is honored to announce that its first “Celebrity Corner” guest will be Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Linebacker, A.J. Hawk.

AATV will continue offering its educational and informational segments through animal care and welfare experts as part of its mission to foster national and international prevention of cruelty to animals by aiding in their safety and welfare. AATV is a remarkable vehicle for raising public awareness on a variety of important animal welfare issues, while paying tribute to the compassionate people and organizations that are in the trenches every day caring for the animals.

AATV is a public education and animal welfare awareness campaign produced by Animal Fairy Charities, Inc. The show is sponsored by Dr. Jodie (Animal Doctor), Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals; Dr. Claudeen E. McAuliffe, Manager with the Behavior Department of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County; Bark n’ Scratch Outpost; and Fetch magazine.

AATVs success continues to grow with each new season by expanding it reach and connecting with new audiences, enabling it to bring increased awareness to local animal shelters and horse rescues, and encouraging the public to foster and adopt animals in need. The show also informs and educates viewers about critical state and federal animal welfare legislation, teaches children compassion at an early age and encourages parents to support their children’s healthy attitudes towards and relationships with animals.

Animal Advocate Television (AATV) is dedicated to ensuring that our animals are given the compassion and quality of life they deserve. Therefore, AATV takes pride in showing viewers the unwavering dedication given to them by the Milwaukee community, animal rescue and welfare groups and others.

Animal Fairy Charities is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 based animal welfare non-profit organization, that  distributes funds in support of the missions of other animal non-profit organizations using a federated (i.e. United Way) method. In addition, Animal Fairy Charities educates and engages young children in compassion through the positive interaction with animals.

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Treat pets safely, effectively with over-the-counter drugs

Vet-proven remedies save money, time and ultimately pets’ lives

We love our pets and want to give them the best care possible. Sometimes, though, taking them to the vet isn’t an option – or we wish there was a less expensive alternative, yet still a safe one. Fortunately there is, if you have the know-how.
Dr. Robert Ridgway, an experienced veterinarian who now heads up an animal shelter, provides safe, tried-and-true alternatives to high-priced pet medicines in How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs.

  • Does your dog have motion sickness? Don’t risk death by sedating him for the trip. Benadryl, given in the correct amount, is the OTC treatment of choice.
  • Your pet’s mouth inflamed? Try replacing a plastic food and/or bowl with one made of a non-plastic material. Many pets are allergic to the compounds found in plastic bowls.
  • Pet having trouble keeping medicine down? Give the proper dose of Pepcid AC 30-40 minutes before giving the medicine.
  • Tired of paying hundreds of dollars a year for heartworm medicine? An OTC drug made for pigs and cows, given in the proper doses, works just as well.
Dr. Ridgway created this book to help all pet owners take better care of the animals that are dependent on them.
“I work in a shelter, and I see the worst of everything. Sometimes a pet gets a small thing wrong with it, and people will drop them off at a shelter instead of taking them to a vet and risking a huge bill,” Dr. Ridgway says. “Using this book, they could treat the pet inexpensively and keep it in the family.”
How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Find the book on Facebook, and watch Dr. Ridgway’s video at
Author bio:
Robert L. Ridgway, DVM, is the veterinarian at  the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando. He earned his bachelor’s and DVM degrees at Kansas State University, then attended the University of Maryland University College Masters of Internal Management; he did his residency in internal medicine at the University of California UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ridgway enjoys flying his Cessna 182 and Tampico, as well as collecting coins and new stamps. He is married and has one daughter and one cat.
How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs by Robert L. Ridgway, DVM ISBN 978-1-4502-9007 Available in hardcover, softcover and as an e-book Softcover retails for $15.95 5.5 in. x 8.5 in. © Robert L. Ridgway, DVM

An Angel Named Honey

Two days ago, I lost apart of me. The bond that I had with Honey is like nothing I have ever had before in my life. She was my world. Dogs are so much more worthy of more than most people give them credit for. They are the role models of how to forgive, how to love unconditionally, to protect, to be everything that is good in life. I lost apart of who I am, but I was and still am so lucky to have been given my Honey Bee and to have had so many good, happy years. She is and always will be apart of me and I will love her forever. Here is our story: It was just like another day, I opened the doors to the shelter. Dogs wake up and bark as if to say, “Hurry up! Open the gate I have to go potty!” Once they are all set I make my way back to the stray ward. And that is where I first laid eyes on her. She looked at me with all the trust in the world. I opened the door and noticed she had bite marks on her right shoulder, no fur on her tummy, and a strange mark around her neck. This poor sweet creature was used as bait in the dog fighting world. She wasn’t aggressive enough to fight, so the human monsters had used her, to make other dogs more aggressive. I laid on the cold concrete, got a blanket and just looked into her eyes as she looked into mine. That day and for the rest of Honey’s life I would whisper into her ear, “You’re my angel, I love you with all my heart and I will never let anyone hurt you again.” Right there, I knew she was special and right then I think she picked me as well. The day came to give her a name, myself and one of my coworkers were throwing around names, Nevada, fawn because of her sandy like color. Then all of the sudden she said Honey. We looked at each other and said perfect! Since honey was a Pit Bull, we wanted to give her extra special attention and introduce her to what life should be like. To keep Honey from getting kennel aggression we agreed that everyday we would take honey on 2-3 walks per day. When it was my day, I choose to walk in the marsh with Honey. She loved it! She felt grass, water and mud for the first time. Oh did she like the mud! Honey learned to fetch, sit and drop her toy. As we walked back she new it was bath time, and time to clean up her bite wounds. She wasn’t happy about it, but she never complained she just looked at me with her golden eyes as though I were everything to her. Years later she is and always will be my world. The day came, when my boss brought the staff at the shelter, together. We were told that we had to euthanize Honey. We asked what her reason was. Basically, it was because of her breed. All of us refused. We were given one more week, to try and do something for Honey. That weekend, my boyfriend, husband now came on a wildlife call with me. He happen to walk by Honey’s cage and just like me fell for her. It was that night he decided he would do whatever was necessary to adopt Honey. He put in his application, being only 18 years old, living in an apartment; we had to state our case to the boss. At first, it didn’t look promising. But then my Aunt Jean, who also is an animal lover, offered Derek a place to live. Jean needed to bring her dogs to meet Honey to assure they all would get along. I have to admit, I was nervous to see what would happen, because of Honey’s past. Honey walked out on her leash looked at Chucky, Jiggy and Stinky, then looked at me and continued to lie curled up by Derek. It was meant to be. My boss gave the adoption a go ahead. After a couple of weeks, Derek came to pick up our new little girl. Honey sped away from the humane society and a very sad start to her young life, in her favorite fast car the Camero. Never to turn her head back again. In the 12 years Derek and I had the honor of having Honey as our family member, she accomplished so much. She earned her CGC- Canine Good Citizenship. Which is a very in depth test that if a dog can pass proves that they are fit for society. Years ago, not many Pit Bulls achieved this. Honey changed so many peoples perspective on this breed. Honey even has a little Pug sister Phoebe, who also taught Honey how to trust other dogs again. Derek and I always new that people loved Honey, but we didn’t realize how many other people she affected. Some of you reading our story may understand the love one has for your dog, some may not understand. But that does not matter to me. I wrote our story to tell the world about this special type of love and devotion Derek and I were so lucky to have experienced. To me, Honey was not a dog. Honey had a soul, she understood, she loved, she protected, she taught. On the day of January 4th 2012 Honey passed from a tumor on her heart. I was taking Honey to another specialist to see what were causing these lethargic episodes Honey was having throughout the past year. I went home, Derek came gave Honey a kiss, told her he loved her, put her in the truck. Honey loved car rides; she sat there next to me with her “baby” by her side so happy! We arrived at the specialist. I picked her up out of the truck sat her down. She gave me this look, as if to say, “Mom, I don’t feel too good, something is wrong.” I rushed her in, we got to the treatment room and Honey collapsed. I called for help. I lay with her, trying to calm her breathing down were looking into each others eyes, I am telling her, “You’re my angel, I love you with all my heart and I will never let anyone hurt you again.” But this time I added, “I don’t know what I will do without you.” Honey, looked at me as if to say, “ I love you mom, please don’t be sad, and I will ALWAYS be a part of you.” The doctors rushed her away, I felt helpless. They tried everything to bring her back. But she had passed. Everything Honey did in life was by her own terms, including her passing. Honey knew that Derek would not be able to be there to see her letting go. She said good bye to Derek the way both of them needed it to be. As far as me, the way I met Honey was the way I had to say good-bye. We were both laying on the floor looking into each others eyes telling each other how much we loved each other. Honey knew I had to be there with her until the end. For those of you who have animals, or have lost animals you may or may not know of the type of love I am talking about. This love is all consuming. Honey filled our hearts with this love; she made us happy when we were sad, listened and understood. The day she left us, Derek, myself and our Pug Phoebe lost apart of our hearts. We all miss her very much and she is with us everyday. To me it is truly amazing that Honey had this power inside of her to affect so many people, with out even being able to speak one word. All of our friends and family tell us we gave her so much love, a wonderful home, and life. But she gave us so much more, more than words can express. We will never forget her; she is always inside of our hearts. Honey, Mama we all love you!

By: Lisa Dellwo

Community Bark is Bay View Bound!

Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar has announced that it will be opening its 2nd store, this summer, in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

Community Bark, one of the nation’s only dog wash and coffee bars, has managed to thrive since opening its first store in Bayside in September 2009, despite challenging economic conditions. It offers dog washing and grooming, dog training, as well as the opportunity for its customers to congregate and sip Alterra coffee in the dog-friendly “Barker Lounge.”

Community Bark Bay View will be one of the key retail tenants in new Dwell Bay View building, the 70-unit apartment building currently under construction on the corner of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and Conway Avenue.

Andrew Appel, Community Bark’s Founder and a local entrepreneur, explains his choice of Bay View: “Bay View is just the perfect dog-loving, close-knit community for Community Bark. It’s also easily accessible to downtown and the South shore, and the Dwell building provides a fantastic pedestrian-friendly location right in the heart of the neighborhood. We’re so excited to join this wonderful community.”

Community Bark Bay View will have a state-of-the-art bathing facility, with five stepin wash tubs and professional grooming dryers. The store expected to employ up to twelve in Bay View, and is planning to open early this summer.

To learn more about Community Bark and the upcoming plans, email Andrew Appel at or call him at 414-614-2275. You can also find more information at or

MADACC to Offer Free Spay/Neuter March 3

Lovelorn humans aren’t the only target that Cupid is aiming for this time of year. It’s nearly spring, and love is in the air for unaltered dogs and cats looking for a partner.

In recognition of February as National Spay & Neuter Month, the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) is offering a limited number of FREE spay/neuter surgeries for both dogs and cats on Saturday, March 3.

Over four million homeless pets are put down in shelters across the country every year simply because of pet overpopulation. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs.

Help solve pet overpopulation by taking a small step – don’t allow your pets to breed. Here are a few other suggestions to aid in keeping pets happy, healthy and singular:

Keep Your Pet Indoors

Leaving a dog outside for long periods of time unsupervised, especially if he is chained or tethered (fastened to a stationary object or a stake), deprives the animal of companionship, care, and exercise. A free-roaming cat is likely to live less than three years, while indoor-only cats are likely to live 12-15 years.

ID Your Pets

It is required by law for all dog and cat owners in Milwaukee County to license their pets – and if it gets lost or escapes from your home, a “tagged” animal is much easier to reunite with his/her owner. Always keep a collar on your pet, and be sure to have a current rabies tag, pet license tag, and I.D. tag attached to your pet’s collar. Also make sure that your pet has a microchip (permanent identification) in case its I.D. tag breaks or falls off. MADACC provides this service low-cost for $25, which includes registration. Microchipping pets is a simple, inexpensive way to permanently identify your pet.

Dogs and cats can’t add or subtract, but they sure can multiply. Help prevent pet overpopulation while saving the lives of unwanted animals in the process. Contact MADACC at 414-649-8640 to reserve space for your pet’s FREE spay or neuter on Saturday, March 3.

MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin. MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets and is open seven days a week, including evening hours on weekdays. MADACC also offers low-cost spay/neuter assistance, rabies vaccinations, and micro-chipping services.

MADACC works with over 75 area shelters and rescue groups to place animals into adoption programs so they have a second chance at finding a permanent, caring home. Dogs and cats that are eligible for placement but have not been taken in by a shelter or rescue group are available for adoption directly from MADACC.

For more information, visit or call 414-649-8640.