The Prescott Dog Magazine, Prescott, Arizona
The Prescott Dog

The Leader of the Pack Howls 

Dear Readers,

As we head into Spring, I would like to direct you to our Calendar which is filled with so many awesome events for you and your four-legged friends! I plan on attending as many as I can including of course, the two we put on each year, Woofstock, Prescott Valley and Dogtoberfest! We are getting really busy already!

And the weather is already warming up so please, be aware of the rising temperatures and make sure your beloved pets have plenty of water and shelter. And do not leave them in the car if it is a warm day as every year we have so many casualties that that are avoidable if we are careful.

I think we have some really special stories for you in this issue and to start it off, we are featuring on our cover, Gentle Hearts Service Dogs. Many of you may know of its founder, Gary DeGeronimo, who has been training dogs for many, many years with a resume’ that is out of this world. We are fortunate to have him offering some of his great soft, non-aggressive training techniques in The Prescott Dog on a regular basis. In the cover story, you will hear about his non-profit, Gentle Hearts Service Dogs, that provides specially trained Service Dogs to persons with disabilities with an emphasis on children with autism. I think “Gentle Hearts” describes Gary to a T as I have seen him operate in that manner over the many years I have been privileged to know him. He is always up for any task that has to do with helping others and showing how extremely valuable dogs are in our lives. Bravo, Gary!

And in a Special Feature called, “Adopting a Senior Dog”, we share some statistics and information about adopting a Senior Dog. While many people like to get a young puppy, which is not always the best fit for every lifestyle, a senior dog has a lot to offer. They are usually past so many of the training issues and they are full of love just waiting for a “best friend” to share all they have to give. It is even more rewarding and special because these dogs are the last to be adopted in shelters so they need us even more. I hope after reading the story, you will consider adopting a senior dog next time you add a four-legged friend to your family. And check out Bernie Barks as he gives 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog!

And in our Horsin’ Around feature you will read about the incredible rescue, healing and adoption of a beautiful horse named Sonny. One family along with several other rescue entities helped save Sonny as his “situation” and injuries were more than unique. I am so happy that these humans got together and decided this was not going to be another sad ending for an animal that a human neglected. As my daughter always tells me, “Stand for something or fall for anything” and these people all got together and “stood up” for Sonny even though they had to cross and conquer many obstacles to do it! I hope this story helps increase people’s awareness of what goes on with animals and also serves as an inspiration to all that is possible when humans get together and work to change the outcome! I was lucky to meet Sonny when he was at Atlasta Home Horse Rescue during his rehab. Sonny got his happy ending when he was adopted to a wonderful lady named Jo Ann! This story warmed my heart over and over again!

In our Kitty Korner, you will meet a cat name KC whose rescue changed the life of his new person in many, many ways. Meet this adorable cat and enjoy this great story!

With the great weather and all the events coming up, I would like to remind you that you can receive an email with all the particulars about many of these events by signing up for our Email Blast on our website at We will never give your names or emails to anyone as we only use them to keep you up on what is going on related to animals in our community. We hope to see you at many of these great events.

Love, Light & Laughter,

Ann, Bernie and Miss Pauleena!

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