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Fido Friendly Foods During Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24th, 2015 at 9:07 pm by Diane Rich
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From the Seattle Humane Society
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The bounty of rich, tempting foods at Thanksgiving can pose health hazards to our four-legged friends, making Thanksgiving a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Seattle Humane urges pet guardians to follow five common sense tips to keep pets healthy and happy during the holiday fun and festivities:

1. Keep the feast out of reach! Agile and creative dogs or cats can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.

2. Resist offering your leftovers. Rich and fatty foods like dressing, pie, and gravy can lead to serious and painful pancreatitis.

3. No turkey bones! Turkey bones can cause very serious and sometimes fatal consequences for your pet.

4. Plan ahead for pets. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats and then reduce the amount of his regular meal to accommodate the treats he will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food, so having him skip dinner may be a prudent choice if he has been snacking all day.

Speaking Woof,

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

Seattle Humane, located in Bellevue at the junction of I-405 and I-90, is open the day after Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fees are waived all day on black cats for “Black Cat Friday” (our version of Black Friday). View adoptable pets at www.seattlehumane.org.

ABOUT Seattle Humane
Founded in 1897, Seattle Humane proudly promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need. We provide adoption services 7 days a week, plus pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more. Seattle Humane located in Bellevue, at 13212 SE Eastgate Way. For directions and more information, visit www.seattlehumane.org or call (425) 641-0080.


Thanksgiving is the Time for Family, Friends and the National Dog Show

November 23rd, 2015 at 3:18 pm by Diane Rich
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Presented by Purina

John O’Hurley and David Frei

Once again I was happy to be included with other reporters for another enjoyable phone interview
with expert analyst and Dean of Dogs, David Frei and his co-host the Dean of Wit, the multi-talented
John Hurley. Both gentleman along with award winning Mary Carillo will educate and entertain you
during The National Dog Show presented by Purina. This popular event will broadcast on Thanksgiving
Day, November 26th following the Macy’s parade.

THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA -- Pictured: (l-r) Bardolino, Sadie, John O'Hurley, Lucy, Boston -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
Pictured: (l-r) Bardolino, Sadie, John O’Hurley, Lucy, Boston — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

David Frei with Uno (photo by: Mary Bloom)

Over 1700 dogs from 182 breeds and varieties were entered. The group of meticulously coiffed and
carefully pedicured k9s has expanded to recognize 7 new breeds this year. Both David and John
shared with us that they practiced pronouncing the names of these new breeds that could trip up
even the most experienced tongue.  David said it did not hurt to have had some French lessons in high school.
The magnificent seven breeds listed below originated in various countries.

1. Logatto Ramagnolo
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2. Miniature Australian Shepherd
3. Spanish Water Dog
4. Boerboel (http://blog.seattlepi.com/caninechat/wp-admin/post.php?post=7597&action=edit)
5. Berger Picard
6. Cirneco dell’Etna
7. Begamasco

I asked the hosts if over the years any new breed recognized by the American Kennel Club has
ever won this dog show and David’s reply was no. He explained that judges get to know each
new breed which means the judge learns each breed’s conformation from nose to toes.  A judge
learns the finer points of form and function of that breed. David stated judges look for showmanship,
charisma and personality. Of the dog, that is. David said the best handlers should be invisible to the judge,

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia offers two benched shows. Benched shows require
the dogs, when not being judged in the ring be available for spectators to view. More importantly,
benched shows offer dog enthusiasts a wonderful opportunity to speak with breeders or handlers about the breed.

This show, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC) will help raise
money for canine-related causes. Prior beneficiaries of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia include the
U. of Penn’s school of Veterinary Medicine. This year the beneficiaries are the Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House and Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

The National Dog Show will feature two vignettes that highlight Purina’s #dogthanking initiative
to thank the four-legged friends who make our lives so special. Now through Nov
29th, Purina invites dog owners to log on to FB, Twitter or Instagram to share with
the world why they are so thankful for their dog. For every original post
that includes@Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate one dollar to the AKC
Canine Health Foundation-up to $75,000 to help further pet health research.
Submitted videos, photos and posts may be shown during the National Dog

Quick Backstory
In 2002 after NBC Sports programming executive Jon Miller rented
Best in Show and asked his bosses for the time slot following the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade. And, as they say the rest is dog history.

For more information please visit http://nds.nationaldogshow.com


Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC


Looking For New K9 Buddies For Your Furry Family Member?

November 20th, 2015 at 8:47 am by Diane Rich
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BarkHappy, A Free New Mobile App Can Make A Connection

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BarkHappy, a location-based meet up and search app for dog owners, makes its debut today in Seattle, WA. The app, available for both Android and IOS devices, enables dog owners to discover other dogs in their area through geolocation and encourages them to meet new friends for both their dogs and themselves. BarkHappy goes further and helps users find dog friendly places such as restaurants, bars, hotels, parks and more through an interactive dog friendly map. This unique combination of features aims to help dog owners enjoy a more social and active lifestyle with their dog.

“We believe dogs are happiest when they’re out being social with their humans and meeting other dogs,” said Ninis Samuel, Founder and CEO of BarkHappy Inc. “Plus, dog owners are kindred spirits and meet randomly usually because we all have something in common, our dogs. This doesn’t have to be random anymore.”

Samuel has a special place in his heart for Seattle, having lived there for many years in the past when working at Microsoft. “Seattle is one of the most dog friendly cities in the US, full of dog lovers, dog friendly businesses and parks. We are excited to bring this community together through BarkHappy and in turn, encourage users to be more social with their dogs.”

BarkHappy launched in July 2015 in Austin, TX. In the months since, BarkHappy has united the Austin dog community by connecting them with users, various dog friendly businesses, events in the city, and local charities. In Seattle, Samuel looks to continue his mission and partner with local rescue shelters to inspire others to give back to the community.

Connect With Other Dogs Nearby
Users create their dog’s profile first and then their own. After completing basic information about their dog, like age and breed, users also include details like whether their pup plays best with big or small dogs. Once inside the app, users can see a list of other dogs nearby, view their profiles and decide to connect in various ways via dog-to-dog interactions. These range from sending quick “wags”, to messages, to invitations to meet instantly for play dates. The play invite feature even finds the ideal dog friendly mid-point between two dogs, taking the hassle out of trying to figure out where to meet. BarkHappy also gives dog owners Daily Matches for their dog of potentially compatible dogs in the area their dog may like.

Discover New Dog Friendly Places
The BarkHappy map shows various categories of dog friendly places , not just the usual dog parks or vets, but also dog friendly restaurants, hotels and even stores that allow dogs indoors. Every listing has its own profile showing its pet policy and amenities, such as if the establishment has water bowls, treats, covered outdoor seating and more. This is especially helpful on rainy or cold days as the app helps find places that allow dogs indoors or have covered patios that are dog friendly. Dog owners now have more options to enjoy with their dog no matter the weather. Dog friendly businesses are listed completely free of charge and the map is community driven, so users or business owners can manually add their favorite dog friendly places to the map to share with others. The company wants to help these dog friendly businesses get discovered by the community easily.

Helping Dog Owners Stay Active
The app also features a feed that allows users not only to their see current social activity, but also informs them about the latest updates or dog friendly events in the city. BarkHappy has regular dog park play groups, happy hour events, and partners with local dog charities for events to give users more things to do with their dog each week.
BarkHappy is now available in both Austin, TX and Seattle, WA with other cities expected in the very near future. Dog owners in other cities can sign up to be notified when it launches in their area, either through the app or the website. The app is available for free in both the iTunes App Store and Google Play store.

Local Seattle business owners listed in the app also get BarkHappy water bowls for their patios and window stickers to signify being dog friendly. These are provided free of charge from BarkHappy.

For more information, visit www.barkhappy.com, follow @barkhappy on twitter and Instagram or like BarkHappy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/barkhappy.

About the Company & Founder:
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BarkHappy Inc. was founded in 2014 by Ninis Samuel and is headquartered in Austin, TX.
Ninis spent 12 years as a marketing executive at Fortune 500 tech companies such as Microsoft, Lenovo and Nokia HERE launching software and hardware products around the world and leading product management, consumer marketing, and strategy. He’s been a dog lover his entire life. However it was his experiences after adopting his dog Kerby from a rescue shelter that inspired him to create BarkHappy. Ninis saw how much Kerby loved to be social with other dogs and new people as well as traveling with him around the country. At the time, it was hard to find dog friendly places and to meet compatible friends for Kerby. He realized it was time to combine his passion for technology and his love for dogs and build an app that focused on an active social lifestyle with your dog. Today Kerby holds the title of “Chief Puppy Officer” for the company, and still hasn’t left Ninis’ side.

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

Book Review; The Dogist

November 13th, 2015 at 12:19 pm by Diane Rich
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By Elias Weiss Friedman

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Friedman is always searching for the next pretty face and finds that face between the ears of a dog.
Friedman, AKA the dogist is a professional photographer and combined his talent behind
the lens and his love of dogs to create this book. Every page of Friedman’s book features a
theme such as dogs with bones, dogs with eyes closed, barkers and Doodles.

This book is an enjoyable collection of sweet canine faces.

5 out of 5 woofs.

About the Author
Elias Weiss Friedman grew up near Philadelphia. After graduating from Boston University in 2010,
he moved to New York and held a job at a major brand strategy agency for two years. But after a
round of layoffs, he wanted something more authentic and creative to take on.
He decided to combine the two things he has loved since childhood: photography and dogs.

$19.68 from Amazon.com

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

Book Review; The Total Dog Manual

November 7th, 2015 at 1:22 pm by Diane Rich
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By David Meyer, Abbie Moore and Dr. Pia Salk

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David Meyer, Dr. Pia Salk and Abbie Moore are the editors of,  The Total Dog Manual and collaborated with
volunteers from their non-profit pet adoption business; adopt-a-pet.com to include a plethora of topics about
the family dog. Answers to many pet related questions are covered in several categories; over 30 topics
under their basic catagory,  over 60 topics under their behavior category, over 70 topics under
the training category, and over 80 topics under their general subject of care category.

All the information is laid out in colorful sound bites of short to medium length
paragraphs addressing each topic.  The editors used photographs and
illustrations throughout the manual to help the reader identify with the objective of a topic.

I would say, yes this book is a total dog manual but certainly not a quick read.
Scanning through the table of contents may help locate a topic of interest but to mitigate
some confusion for the reader trying to navigate the organization of the table of contents,  it may be easier
to target a topic of interest through the index.  The Total Dog Manual may prove to
be a helpful addition to your library as a resource should questions come up about the family dog.
Chase and I give it 4 out of 5 woofs.

$17.08 through Amazon.com

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

10 Safety Tips For Your Pet This Halloween

October 26th, 2015 at 9:32 am by Diane Rich
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Have Fun and Stay Safe

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Halloween is a favorite holiday for many humans and
many pet parents include the family pet in the festivities.

You can start to train your dog now to
acclimate to those things that go bump in the night.
You can teach your dog(s) to wait at the door,  or go to their
place when the doorbell rings. If training is just not on
your “to do” list then prevention should be.


Bolting out the Door
Does your dog have a tendency to bolt out the door?
If so, then before trick or treaters come by your home
consider confining the dog away from a potential

Make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag should s/he
decide to bolt from your home. You may also want to
have recent pictures of your dog on hand just in case you
need to post missing dog fliers around your area.

You may also consider outfitting your dog with a reflective
collar or one that lights up so if s/he does bolt. S/he may
be more visible to trick or treaters or drivers.

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Dog Costumes
Millions of dollars are spent each year dressing up the family
pet be it for social media or to accompany the kids trick or
treating.  You may consider letting your canine endure
a dress rehearsal before taking him or her to the streets.
Make sure the costume will not encumber the pet, tripping
him up or impacting vision. Some pets may get too
warm wearing a costume.

Is Your Dog Bombproof at Night?
When I was a little girl, I used to take my Miniature Schnauzer on
my Halloween adventures but during that decade
neighbors knew each other and neighborhood
adventures were safer than today.  Keep in mind some pets may not react
well to other trick or treaters

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Masked Strangers at Your Door
If your dog will over-react to costumed strangers
or anyone coming to your door, confinement
away from an open door is the way to go. Keep in
mind those little human faces your dog knows
may be hidden behind a mask or costume.

Will your dog be contained in your back yard while
you are at a party or go with your kids treat or treating?
The dog may escalate from a normal barking alert to
frenzied barking due to the onslaught of people coming
to your door or just walking down the street.

Back Yard Escape
If your dog is kept outdoors, you want to make sure
gate latches are secure to prevent an escape.
A secure lock for your gate may prevent strangers from
gaining access to your pets.

Dog Theft
As people are busy answering the door, accompanying
children on Halloween rounds or attending adult parties
this is an opportune time for your pets to mysteriously
disappear. Make sure strangers do not have access
to your beloved companion.

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Yummy Candy
Kids are not the only species that love candy.
Your 4 legged opportunist may find chocolate delights
irresistible. Keep all candy out of the dog’s

Wishing you a fun, safe, happy Halloween
Diane Rich
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

The 2016 Event Promises to be “Bigger and Better”


 New York, NY – The Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club (AKC®) present Meet & Compete, featuring the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds®, brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®. This exciting joint event takes place on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City, and gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of adorable dogs at AKC Meet the Breeds® while learning about responsible dog ownership, as well as see the nation’s top canine competitors race against the clock at the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship.

“We’re excited to be partnering again with the Westminster Kennel Club to bring the public Meet & Compete,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “We will have a fantastic variety of breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds® for attendees to meet and learn about straight from the experts.”

“We are combining and expanding two exciting events for Westminster Week 2016, and the dog-loving public is the winner,” said Seán W McCarthy, President of the Westminster Kennel Club. “We have more space for AKC Meet the Breeds® and more access for all to the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. We are pleased once again to be partnering with the AKC to make it happen.”

The 2016 event marks the seventh AKC Meet the Breeds® and the second year the event joins the thrilling Westminster Week roster. This year, one daytime event ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. The venue expansion will be enhanced by the addition of a newly-constructed interior staircase that will connect Piers 92 and Pier 94 for all events of Westminster Week. Attendees will have more room to interact with over 150 breeds in elaborately decorated booths that depict fun elements from the breed’s history and talk to experts about each dog, as well as see the exciting Agility competition taking place in Pier 94.

The agility competition takes place all day (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in Pier 94, with the finals being televised live on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET.  AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

In addition to the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club present Meet & Compete on Saturday, February 13th, Westminster Week events include the iconic 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16 and the brand new Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 15. All events are presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, which is dedicated to helping dogs of all activity levels excel through performance nutrition and expert resources.

To purchase tickets for Meet & Compete and find additional information about the event, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

About AKC Meet the Breeds – From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The seventh annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  Event sponsors include PetPartners, AKCSM Visa® Card, Motel 6, and Ameriprise. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.

About The Westminster Kennel Club – Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

Its world-famous benched dog show is America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event in America, behind only the Kentucky Derby.

About Purina Pro Plan – Eight of the last eight Westminster Best In Show Winners were fueled by Purina Pro Plan. Our goal is to give your dog the nutrition to be his absolute best, helping him to be energetic and resilient, and maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Our wide range of dry and wet foods, snacks and supplement bars are sold exclusively at pet specialty retailers. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine or Google+.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC



September 29th, 2015 at 4:23 pm by Diane Rich
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Fees waived on all pets Oct. 2-4 at Adoption Blitz!
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 Convio Seattle Humane’s annual Adoption Blitz means hundreds of families can adopt a dog, cat, puppy, kitten, rabbit or other furry critter without the typical adoption fee. Fees are waived for all pets in the care of Seattle Humane in Bellevue for three days only, Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th.”Our mission at Seattle Humane is to make owning a companion pet accessible to all King County-area residents,” says Shelter Director Lauren Hilaman. “Although our usual fees are low, Adoption Blitz helps us reach even more wonderful animal lovers who want to open their hearts and homes to an animal that needs a family.”Each year, hundreds of pets are adopted during Adoption Blitz. Adoption Manager Nicolette Voigt points out that Seattle Humane’s Adoption Advisors carefully vet each adopter by conducting one-on-one interviews and reviewing questionnaires. “The animals are always our first priority and we want to make sure each one of them is going to a loving family that can care well for them. We pride ourselves on our ability to make successful matches,” continues Voigt.

All dogs and cats ar e vaccinated, microchipped, health-checked and spay/neutered. Dogs are temperament-tested and most dog adoptions come with a six-week obedience training course. All dogs and cats 13 years of age and under will receive one month of free pet insurance.  Potential adopters can preview adoptable animals at seattlehumane.org and download a  pre-adoption questionnaire. Seattle Humane is located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue (near the junction of I-90 and I-405), and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun.

**Please note that collars, leashes and pet carriers are not provided. You can bring your own or purchase these items at Seattle Humane, with proceeds benefiting the animals in our care.

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC




September 16th, 2015 at 2:38 pm by Diane Rich
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– Join Animal Planet on September 19 for Free Pet Adoption Event –

WHO: Animal Planet, Seattle Humane, the ASPCA®, Xfinity & adoptable animals

WHAT: The ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL is an all-star adoption event to help animals of all size, shape and breed find their forever homes! Those hoping to add a playful pup or a furry feline can join Animal Planet at Xfinity’s Redmond store for a fun-filled event with photo ops, giveaways and overly adorable animals. The best part, Animal Planet and the ASPCA have teamed up to cover all adoption fees on Saturday, September 19.

WHEN: Saturday, September 19 from 12 NOON – 4 PM

WHERE: Xfinity Redmond: 8900 161st Ave NE, Ste 125, Redmond, WA 98052

WHY: Each February, the most anticipated sporting event featuring the cutest – and adoptable – players arrives on Animal Planet. PUPPY BOWL has led to hundreds of adoptions over the past 11 years and is a key leader in Animal Planet’s ongoing mission to highlight the importance of animal adoption and responsible pet ownership. Now, the network is bringing the joy and goodwill of the big game to communities across the country on the ROAD TO THE PUPPY BOWL.

*Fees have been waived thanks to grant funding from Animal Planet administered by the ASPCA. Waived adoption fees are on a first-come, first-served basis. Free giveaways while supplies last.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Animal Planet consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service, and merchandising extensions.

About Seattle Humane

Founded in 1897, Seattle Humane proudly promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need. We provide adoption services 7 days a week, plus pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more. Seattle Humane is located in Bellevue, at 13212 SE Eastgate Way. For directions and more information, visit www.seattlehumane.org or call (425) 641-0080.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

Record Breaking Animals Steal The Show In Guinness World Records 2016 Edition

September 9th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by Diane Rich
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A sprinting tortoise, a coordinated canine, and a set of barnyard dynamos have made their way into the new Guinness World Records book, Guinness World Records 2016 edition!

Key highlights from this year’s edition includes:

Fastest tortoise
The Greatest speed achieved by a tortoise is 0.92 feet/second and was achieved by “Bertie” at Adventure Valley, Brasside, Durham, UK on July 9, 2014, breaking a record which had stood since 1977!. Twice as fast as previous record holder “Charlie,” at his current speed, Bertie could clock 100 meters in 6 minutes. His pacey moves were brought to owners Marco and Janine Calzini’s attention, when visitors to Adventure Valley often noted that he was much faster than your average tortoise. Since setting the new speed benchmark, Marco says, “Bertie now lives in a luxury enclosure with his girlfriend Shelly and his Guinness World Records certificate proudly displayed on the wall. To be in the book is a dream come true, a massive achievement!” Whilst Usain Bolt enjoys tucking into chicken nuggets before a big race, Bertie just needs his favorite snack – strawberries.

Most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute
The Most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute is 14 and was achieved by 9-year-old Purin and her owner Makoto Kumagai (both Japan) in Sakura, Chiba, Japan, on March 22, 2015. Purin, who has broken her own previous record of 11 to make it into this years’ book, is a multi-talented pooch – the beagle from Tokyo can also skateboard, walk on two legs, rope skipping and has many other impressive skills. Makoto has owned Purin since she was born. “Purin is calm, happy and always eager to play,” says Makato. “She’s scared when around larger dogs, but since she lives with a cat, is more comfortable with animals her own size.”

Largest horn spread on a steer (living)
The hotly contested Widest horn spread on a steer category caused a stir at Guinness World Records HQ this year. ‘Big Red 907′ (pictured) had claimed the crown and was all set for a starring role when news of ‘Lazy J’s Bluegrass,’ a speckled steer from Greenleaf, Kansas, USA broke just days before the GWR 2016 edition went to print. Lazy J’s horns measure 1.9 inches longer than Big Red’s, at a whopping 9 feet 9.8 inches (that’s as wide as five washing machines!) – earning him the title and a shared spot in the record books. Images of Lazy J can be downloaded via the links in this release.

Longest fur on a rabbit
The Longest fur on a rabbit is 14.37 inches and belongs to 2-year-old English Angora rabbit Franchesca from Morgan Hill, California, USA, as measured on August 17, 2014. That is more than double the length of a Subway sandwich! Owner Dr. Betty Chu (USA) is an expert on the English Agora, which is often mistaken for a Pekingese dog and needs a great deal of grooming and care. A multiple ‘Best in Show’ winner, Franchesca gets plenty of attention from onlookers. Common questions Chu hears when people see Franchesca are, “‘Is there really a rabbit inside?’ and ‘How do you make it so fluffy?’ Franchesca is now a mother to four beautiful bunnies that look just like her when she was young.

“Pet records are some of the most popular Guinness World Records titles and readers can’t wait to see all the jaw-dropping new animal exploits year after year,” says Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The 2016 edition features an impressive mix of talented household pets and barnyard behemoths from around the world. One of my favorites from this year’s batch is our new fastest tortoise, Bertie. As with all of our records, loads of research, scouting and verification goes into finding these amazing animals and we’re delighted to share them with our readers.”

A must-have for knowledge seekers and thrill seekers alike, as well as aspiring record breakers of all ages, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2016 Edition features thousands of new records! With educational features focusing on the Internet, sport stacking, human anatomy and more, as well as the most up to date records from the world of YouTube, apps, Frozen, Star Wars and Lego, kids and parents alike will love this fascinating new edition.

By using the book’s content to solve brain-teasing clues at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/bonus, readers also gain exclusive access to never before seen video and imagery of the record holders whom appear in the 2016 edition. Plus, they’ll be taken on a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Guinness World Records.

Check out additional animal achievements and more in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2016 edition, available now for the suggested retail price of $28.95 wherever books are sold.

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

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I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at www.spokesdog.com.

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