Lisa Desatnik, Upcoming Programs For Kids On Bite Prevention

Cincinnati bite prevention programs for kidsBite prevention and helping kids succeed as caregivers and friends to their pet is very important to me. I have some programs coming up to teach kids (and parents) how to be their dog’s hero. We’ll talk about the basic do’s and don’ts of playing appropriately with and caring for their dog, as well as  how dogs tell us when they are happy, or when to leave them alone, and how to approach other people’s dogs. A good age for children to attend is 6 to 9, and I encourage parents to stay.

With the exception of Petopolis, all programs are free to attend and no pre-registration is required.

Saturday, April 27
Blue Ash YMCA for Healthy Kids Day
10:30 am

Tuesday, May 7
Hyde Park branch public library
7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12
Petopolis Show at the Cincinnati Convention Center
Several times each day

Tuesday, May 14
Madeira branch public library
7:00 pm

How dogs communicate (a download)

A Dog’s Message

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Downtown Cincinnati Dog Park, Because Of One Man And His Dog

It is not unusual for Craig Beachler, a medical device representative and territory manager, to drive hundreds of miles in between hospitals every week. After all, an important part of his job is being there during surgeries to ensure doctors don’t run into any snags when it comes to using his company’s products.

And good thing for Craig – or I should say Captain – that hospitals happen to have covered parking because where ever Craig travels for work, Captain travels too. A large dog bed in the utility vehicle’s back makes the long drives comfortable. By the way, Captain is Craig’s large 60 pound plus mixed breed who knows how to open door knobs that aren’t securely locked.<img src="Fido Field.jpg" alt="Fido Field Dog Park in downtown Cincinnati">

The roommates live in a downtown Cincinnati apartment surrounded by large buildings, busy streets and lots of concrete…but no grass. Lucky for them, there is a dog play area in the neighborhood called Fido Field.

Okay, so really, it’s not because of luck that they have a place to run and play fetch.

One man’s determination.

The year was 2005 when Craig and his dog (then a different dog) moved to downtown Cincinnati for a job at P&G, but there weren’t a whole lot of options close by for people and their pooches.

If you’ve ever met Craig, you know he’s not one to sit back and not take action on things that are important to him.  He met with city leaders. Together they found a site on Eggleston Avenue and began drawing up plans for a dog park, but when the economy took a hit the park was no longer a city priority.

So Craig was given the plans and moved forward independently, recruiting volunteers and raising money on his own. A lofty endeavor seeing as the budget he came up with for it was over $300,000. Procter & Gamble was the largest donor – giving Craig $50,000 toward the park.

Fido Field has been open now for several years and the responsibility continues for Craig, who continues to fundraise and spends time on weekends maintaining it with help from friends. Among them are Erin Kidwell who is helping with communications and Tiphanie Hodges who helps with special events.

Fido Field is located at 630 Eggleston Ave; 45202. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Please visit their Facebook page for updates.

Wednesday is DOGust 1st Day!

A reminder from our adorable 4 year oldish (give or take several months) SAM









Her Passion For Dogs Has Rescued Nearly 12,000 Animals

I love hearing about how people with a passion are making a real difference. When I was at the SPCA Fur Ball, I learned of one woman…Christina Hamberg.

Each year the SPCA Cincinnati presents its P.B. Johnston Humane Care Award to an outstanding member of the community for his or her dedication to animal welfare. Christina was that member this year.

Her  first contact with the SPCA was in the 1990s when she volunteered to walk dogs. But she didn’t just walk any dog, Christina sought out those who had been at the shelter the longest. And, when she was there, she took note of the litters of puppies in need of love and began outreach to find foster homes.

Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue

Christina’s passion led to starting a non-profit of her own, Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue, to save shelter dogs requiring temporary foster home and then place those dogs in permanent homes; and to partner with the SPCA Cincinnati to promote the place of their dogs with disabilities. Over the last 15 years, her rescue has fostered and helped nearly 12,000 animals.

Sheltered Paws Mission: To develop trust and love with a dog that needs to be reminded that many humans can and will take good, loving care of it for the rest of its lives. To then find loving homes for these previously abused, abandoned, sick, neglected and confused dogs. To give the dog a solid re-start with behavior, health, and trust. To spay/neuter our rescued dogs of age to stop the cycle of unwanted litters.


Have you ever seen a dog waggle?

This is how Sam shows he’s happy. He wags his whole body…while holding a toy. It’s a special talent.

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