The Prescott Dog Magazine, Prescott, Arizona
The Prescott Dog

The Leader of the Pack Howls 

Dear Readers,

I can't believe we are coming to the close of another year, but a very successful one for The Prescott Dog as our community continues to support us as well as our 2 annual events, Woofstock, Prescott Valley and Dogtoberfest at the Square. I am so grateful for this wonderful animal-loving community and want to thank you for your continued support as The Prescott Dog is truly a labor of love for me and our entire dedicated staff.

With our mission of promoting the human/animal bond and raising awareness of shelter and rescue animals, including dogs, cats and horses, we are featuring on our cover this issue a local non-profit group dedicated to having fun with horses, promoting rescue and helping those in need. The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) is a national organization with many local chapters, and we have a very active local chapter that always has a lot going on and gives generously to horses in need.

In our Kitty Korner, we have a really interesting take on Service Animals with a cat named Symie that is actually a registered Service Cat. Not only that, but her person has lobbied to make cats an official Service Animal. I was amazed when I heard about this and knew we had to tell this incredible story!

We got so much great input about Nowzad Dogs and founder Pen Farthing that we are bringing you a special story for the holidays about what has developed over in Afghanistan and how you can help this organization in our Soldier Dogs feature this issue. It continues to prove my theory that one person CAN make a difference!  I am humbled and amazed at this venture in such a precarious part of the world that is saving dogs' lives everyday.

And if you are thinking of getting a pet as a gift for the Holidays, please read Bernie Barks as it is not always the best gift if you don't do it in the right way. After all, pets are living, breathing beings who require a lot of care and responsibility and should never be an “Impulse” buy for anyone. Matching the right animal for the right home and situation is paramount.

And we also have a Special Feature this issue about Shopping to Benefit Animals. We are highlighting several wonderful businesses whose proceeds go to help animals in our community. So, if you are doing some holiday shopping or anytime during the year, you may want to check out these stores and their great products and help an animal in need at the same time. It's a win-win for everyone!

And in Bernie Barks, you'll find some tips to keep your pets safe so they can enjoy the holidays, too!

From the entire staff of The Prescott Dog, we wish you a very happy, safe and healthy holiday season and we will see you back here in 2015!

Love, Light & Laughter,

Ann, Bernie & Miss Pauleena

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