Today's show featured Pet Perennials co-founder, Remy Bibaud. Remy and her partner, Lori, created Cherished Ones, LLC and Pet Perennials in response to their own loved pets that had passed away. They wanted to find a way to remember and memorialize loved pets that would be meaningful to Pet Parents throughout the world.
Their first product, the Pet Perennials Kit, is a patented process where you and your family can create a living legacy for your loved pet. The kit comes with everything you need to create heart and paw-shaped wafers containing perennial plant seeds and if desired, pet cremains. These wafers are then planted and each year will produce a beautiful floral reminder of your loved pet. This product is eco-friendly and helps our environment through pollination. The Pet Perennials Kit is a loving way to teach younger family members about the loss of a Loved Pet.
The Pet Perennials Kit was so popular, they then released the Healing Hearts Candle, made from lavender and chamomile. After you've enjoyed the candle, you'll find a suprise - a heart shaped gemstone that is a forever keepsake and daily reminder of the loved shared with your pet.
You can also purchase their Rainbow Bridge mug. The Rainbow Bridge mug is a useful daily reminder that our loved pets are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge - that magical place in heaven where all of the pets wait for their owners.
Their latest product is the Crystal Rainbow Suncatcher. This timeless keepsake begins with angel wings and transitions into a cascade of crystals, representing the colors of the rainbow and reminding us of the Rainbow Bridge. At the end of the cascade is a teardrop-prism representing the tears we shed on the day we welcomed our pet and those when we said our final goodbyes. There's a special option for horse lovers too.
New products can also be expected to help Pet Parents celebrate certain pet milestones; getting a new pet, a pet birthday; honoring a brave service dog, just to name a few. Stay tuned as these and other items become available.
Ordering is easy. You can buy for yourself or send a Sympathy Package to a friend or client. It's easy to sign up and there are no minimums or monthly obligations.
The Pet Perennials product line is a perfect gift from a veterinarian, groomer, pet professional or friend to celebrate the amazing legacy of our loved pets. Order yours today!
Today's show is my favorite subject - Estate Planning for Pets! It's the reason I wrote "All My Children Wear Fur Coats" and the reason I founded Animal Care Trust USA, Inc. It's also the reason every Monday I feature another guest that brings value to the world of Loved Pets.
Estate Planning for Pets is not new - it's been around since the 1990's. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now adopted Pet Trust Statutes. That means that Pet Trusts are legal in every state. A Pet Trust is a trust where a Loved Pet is the primary beneficiary, rather than a person. It means our Loved Pets can be protected for life.
If you are ready to plan for your Loved Pets, the first thing to do is determine who will be your Pet Caregiver. This could be a person or an organization. If you don't have anyone, that's where Animal Care Trust USA and our Forever Program can help. You need at least two Pet Caregivers - a primary and a backup. Ideally, you'll have three with a perpetual care organization as one of your choices - organizations are a lot more likely to be around for the lifetime care of your Loved Pet than a person.
Next, create a notebook for each Loved Pet detailing all of the care requirements for your Loved Pet. Include all of their personal history as well as their medical history and their unique qualities. Think of this like "babysitter instructions" for a minor child you are leaving for the first time with a babysitter and you won't be available for questions.
Now you are ready to incorporate these instructions into your Pet Trust. I prefer a stand alone Pet Trust rather than one that's included in a Revocable Living Trust or a Will. A stand alone Pet Trust will be specific just for the care of your Loved Pets. A Pet Trust in a Revocable Living Trust is another option. However, the Pet Trust won't be funded until after your disability or death. Pet Trusts as part of a Last Will are not recommended as they may be subject to the delays of probate.
In addition to your Pet Caregivers, you'll also need to nominate a Pet Trustee. This can be a person or an organization. Most trust organizations are not set up to provide lifetime oversight for Loved Pets. That's why Animal Care Trust USA was created - to be the Nation's premier Pet Trustee. If you choose an individual, make sure it's someone that has financial experience and will have your Loved Pets best interests at heart. It is not recommended to choose the same person as the Pet Caregiver as this may create a conflict of interest.
You may also want to consider a Pet Care Panel - a couple of people you trust, which could include your veterinarian, to provide an additional level of oversight for both your Pet Caregiver and Pet Trustee. A Pet Care Panel is not required, just something to consider when crafting your Pet Trust Plan.
If you need help creating a Pet Trust Plan for your Loved Pet, reach out to us today! Animal Care Trust USA's mission is to keep Loved Pets in Loving Homes. We need you - Give, Volunteer, Plan. You can also reach out to me personally at Peggy@HoytBryan.com.
Today we welcomed to All My Children Wear Fur Coats with Peggy Hoyt our special guest, Dr. Emily Stein. Dr. Stein is known as the Bacteria Whisperer because she knows and understands things about bacteria that no one ever thought about. As a result, she is an expert in bacteria that affects our dental health and ultimately, our overall health. She attended the Univeristy of Iowa where she first developed her fascination with the microbial universe. After earning her degree in microbiology, she attended the University of California at Berkeley where she sharpened her understanding of how bacteria behave, consume and socialize for survival in every known environment. After earning her PhD, she attended Stanford Univeristy to pursue a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Immunology & Rhematolgy.
Dr. Stein became interested in dental health when her grandmother was living in an assisted living and needed assistance with brushing her teeth. Because she couldn't brush her teeth regularly, and because it wasn't high on the priority list for the staff at her facility, her dental health deterioriated. When your teeth and gums aren't healthy, you aren't healthy either and can result in serious, even fatal outcomes. This prompted Dr. Stein to create Daily Dental Care, LLC (dailydentalcares.com) and her Smart Mintz lozenge for people.
As a dog lover, Dr. Stein, brought her expertise in the bacteria and dental world to the world of pets. Teef! was created to promote a product designed to improve your dog's dental health. TEEF!’s initial product offering is a rapidly-dissolving water additive in powder form. The water delivery method is preferred because your dog gets a dose every time he takes a drink of water. Each slurp helps to evenly disperse TEEF! on all surfaces of the mouth, working on the bacteria that exists everywhere – even below the gum line. You might also try TEEF! in ice cubes for your pup. If you have ideas or suggestions for other creative ways to get your dog to drink TEEF!, please reach out to the TEEF! team today! If your pet isn't a big drinker, I suggested putting some in a sports bottle and squirting a small amount in their mouth throughout the day. Although TEEF! is safe for cats, they are also working on a formulation specifically for our feline friends. Horse lovers, they hope to have something available soon for your equine friends.
TEEF! is different from other dental care products because they've found that anti-microbial (killing ALL bacteria) is not a good solution for dental care. As a result, TEEF! is Pro-microbial. Nature created good, health-promoting bacteria essential to dental and overall health. TEEF! simply empowers those good bacteria to out-compete the bad bacteria for space in the mouth. This naturally balances the oral microbiome for a healthier mouth.
TEEF! donates 5% of their profits to organizations like Muttville and Animal Humane Society, organizations that promote the adoption of older dogs. Older dogs often have dental issues that may prevent them from getting adopted because of the cost of dental care or the negative health effects caused by bad teeth.
You can join the TEEF! mailing list, watch their video or check out their Frequently Asked Questions at TeefHealth.com.
Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats was CEO and Founder of buzzn, Min An. Min is a pharmacist who recognizes the benefits of CBD oil for both people and pets. He has put his experience to work with buzzn, a company that produces CBD oil for both pets and their pet parents. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid associated with numerous health and wellness benefits. All buzzn products are infuesed with broad-spectrum CBD derived from phytocannabionid-rich hemp cultivated in the USA.
Min shared lots of excellent information on buzzn's CBD Oil products, specifically Puppy Potion and Chill Bites. Puppy Potion is a 250 mg CBD oil tincture that is administered in liquid form. Chill Bites are CBD oil infused 2 mg treats for your pets. CBD oil has beneficial properties for all kinds of pets including dogs, cats and horses. Min recommends, "Start low and go slow." Although it is important to find the proper dose for your pet, it is unlikely your pet will ever experience a lethal overdose. Side effects can include loose stools, dry mouth, lowered blood pressure and drowsiness.
He also advises that the product should be given as a daily supplement, much like a multi-vitamin and not to get discouraged if you don't see immediate results. It can take several weeks or months to experience the full beneficial effects. One easy way to administer the CBD oil is by putting the proper dosage on their nose and letting them lick it off.
The American Kennel Club has posted an article, CBD Oil for Dogs: What you Need to Know. They have even commissioned a study through the Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomeical Sciences that will evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs.
You don't have to worry about your pet getting "high." Buzzn's products are tested by third party labs and have non-detectable levels of THC so there is no psychoactive effect.
Min has two dogs that take the buzzn products and enjoy Chill Bits as a daily treat. He told us about his dog, a Jindo rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea, that has lots of anxiety. Nothing was effective until Min tried the CBD oil Chill Bites and now his Jindo pup is unafraid, happy and enjoys interacting with people and other pets.
Buzzn's products are made in the USA, are organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan and lab tested. They are also the most bioavailable, or absorbable, CBD in the industry. All of buzzn's products are pharmaceutical-grade, manufactured in a GMP-certified facility by the FDA. All products come with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to ensure the products are crafted with the finest materials to ensure purity and consistency.
Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats was Katrina Shadix, the founder and director of Bear Warriors United. Katrina is a second generation Floridian who grew up in rural Florida and spent her childhood appreciating nature and wildlife. After receiving a degree in environmental science and discovering it was hard to make a living "hugging a tree" or "saving an animal" she embarked on a mission save bears. This passion arose after the October 2015 Bear Hunt in Florida, after more than 21 years without a hunt. Katrina came face to face with a young bear, they locked eyes and she's been a bear advocate ever since! With her support there have been no more bear hunts in Florida.
Florida black bears are the only species of bear found in Florida. The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) estimates there are approximately 4,050 black bears left in Florida. Katrina doesn't necessarily agree with this number because it is based on an extrapolation formula - the FWC analyzes bear hair that has been trapped in a "hair snare" - (say that five times fast) to determine the number of bears in Florida. Since less than 5% of the "snared hair" actually has follicle, she thinks the number of bears in Florida is substantially less than the reported number.
Hunting is not the only danger to bears. Bears are hit by cars when they travel from one habitat to another. Katrina also tells us there is a bear poaching problem in the Ocala National Forest where bears are killed illegally and their organs sold. She also told us that bears self-manage their populations through delayed implantation of embryos if the bear doesn't have sufficient nutrition and a good food source.
Many people think bears are a nuisance because they like to raid trash cans. The reality is that we are encroaching on their native lands, destroying their food source. Then, when we put out our trash cans full of delicious "junk food" the bears just can't resist. Bear proof trash cans can be expensive, as much as $300 per trash can. To overcome the cost of protecting bears, Katrina and a friend have designed a bear proof trash can latch that costs about $10. She is happy to accept donations but does not sell the trash can latches - instead, she gives them away to anyone who wants one! Katrina is also willing to talk to your HOA if you have a "bear problem" and help come up with a solution.
Katrina is also working with Republic, the trash collection contract holder for Oviedo, Florida. They have an automated trash pick up system that uses only one individual in the truck. They aren't able to get out and unlatch the bear proof latches. Katrina has been working with the CEO of Republic to come up with a solution where an additional person could ride on the truck to operate the bear latches. It's a win-win; both for the bears and Republic. The bears are safe, more jobs are created and there's good press. She says there are about 5,000 trash cans in our area that might be eligible for the bear proof latches. Congratulations and good luck to Katrina as she makes this goal a reality.
Katrina works closely with the FWC - she says they are doing a great job and have a lot of great programs teaching people how to become "bearwise." She says she will encourage them to continue their good work by being a "pebble in their shoe." She says we are lucky to have such good wildlife law enforcement in Florida - not all states or countries enjoy the protection Florida has.
If you want to learn more about black bears in Florida, please visit her on FaceBook. The bears of Florida represent the plight of all Floridians as our natural habitats give way to urban sprawl.
This week's guest, Julie Fershtman, is a VP/Shareholder of Foster Swift Collins Smith, PC, a law firm located in Michigan . Julie shared with us insights on the field of equine law. Julie is also the author of the, Equine Law Blog, highlighting much of the content from Fershtman’s more than 400 articles and three books. One of her websites is www.equinelaw.net.
Equine law is essentially any field of law that touches horses. It can be everything from Horses and Taxes to Regulatory Issues such as the recent controversy surrounding the challenge at the Kentucky Derby. Today’s conversation touched on three areas of law that Julie spends her time working on. These include: 1. Sales Disputes, 2. Liability Disputes, and 3. Insurance Disputes.
Sales disputes may arise when the parties contemplating the purchase and sale of a horse have failed to put that agreement in writing. Seems like a simple concept – if you are going to buy or sell something, get it in writing. Yet, when it comes to horses not everyone takes that advice. Julie suggested that all parties to a contract have legal representation and warned against do-it-yourself attempts to download a contract from the Internet. Each state will have its own nuances and requirements, such as Florida with its equine seller disclosure law. It’s best to have representation.
Liability disputes can occur when someone gets hurt in an equine-related activity. This could include a riding accident related to a lesson or pre-purchase ride or an organized group (like scouts) visiting an equine facility. Forty-eight (48) states have adopted some form of an equine activity liability law. The only states that don’t have these laws are California and Maryland. The state of Washington was the first to adopt such a law. Each state law varies in its language and requirements, so it is important to be aware of the provisions in the state where you live or plan to travel. With proper adherence to the law, liability for an equine related injury or death could potentially be avoided because of the dangers inherent in equine-related activities. A validly executed release form may provide protection for the horse owner, but the law can become complicated as to how they should be worded and how they work.
Considering all 48 states equine activity liability acts, six (6) exceptions can be found where an injured person might seek to impose liability. These exceptions, which are not found in all states, include:
Disputes related to equine mortality insurance have occurred. Equine insurance policies are roughly comparable to life insurance policies, with some major differences. Horses come in all shapes and sizes and participate in many different types of disciplines. Some horses are worth millions of dollars because of their training or breeding and others are priceless based on the love of their owners. Based on provisions commonly found in equine insurance policies, an insurance company might be justified in denying a claim if the horse owner fails to properly notify the company when the horse has becomes ill, has an injury, or dies. Giving insurance companies timely and proper notice can be complicated by the fact that some horse owners keep their horses in training or at boarding stables, where the horses are off-site and the owner might be unaware the horse is ill. Again, here’s where a contract can be important; it can impose notification responsibilities on the trainer or the boarding facility and provide contact information to do so.
We also touched on veterinary malpractice where an owner may have a claim because they believe their horse or other pet did not receive proper treatment and suffered an injury or died. Veterinary malpractice claims can be expensive and often the recovery, even if you win, is less than the amount spent to take the case to court. This doesn’t mean that legitimate cases shouldn’t be pursued but it is important to be aware of the potential costs of litigation versus the likelihood of recovery. Most state laws still consider our pets, including horses, to be personal property. Awards for pain and suffering and for emotional distress are the exception, not the rule, in animal-related cases.
Recovery in any kind of lawsuit is never guaranteed. The United States, unlike the United Kingdom, does not have the kind of legal system where winners of cases recover their attorneys’ fees from the non-winning (losing) party. In the United States, there are limited instances for the recovery of attorneys’ fees that include:
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision, not to be made lightly. Seek out a person you are comfortable with that either has or can obtain the specialized knowledge you require for any animal law related case. Many experienced attorneys can offer flat fees for certain services, such as the drafting of contracts. Most attorneys charge for their services on an hourly basis and not on a contingent fee basis. Make sure you know how you will be charged and sign an engagement letter setting out the terms of the representation.
Equine law is a growing area of the law that touches almost every single aspect of the law. If you own horses, make sure to include them as part of your estate plan. Create a pet trust that nominates a forever Pet Caregiver and make sure you leave sufficient resources for their lifetime care. You can also talk to us at Animal Care Trust USA. We can help you create a Pet Trust and act as Pet Trustee.
For more information on equine law related topics, visit equinelawblog.com.
The frist time I met Sara Willerson with Horses, Heart and Soul, I knew I had a friend who shared a common passion - horses, horses, horses! Sara is a life coach, psychotherapist and founder of Horses, Heart & Soul. In 2001 Sara's dad gave her the book The Tau of Equus. This book confirmed what she already knew; that horses can help us heal. Since 2003 her practice has focused on the benefits of equine facilitated therapies; specifically psychotherapy and now, life coaching.
Sara and her herd teach us how to be present, grounded and mindful. These are attributes we can all aspire to in our daily lives. Horses, as highly intelligent and intuitive beings, can help us listen to our emotions and provide insightful guidance. A horse is a prey animal that is constantly scanning its environment and evaluating everything that comes into their space. Without this ability to be "ultra aware", a horse in the wild could not survive. This is one reason Sara particularly enjoys working with wild Mustangs.
Sara is working on bringing a new program to her clients - The Art of Holding Space. This program should be available this summer and can be attended by Zoom teleconference. Visit Horses, Heart and Soul for more information and to join her mailing list.
All My Children Wear Fur Coats (the podcast) was honored to speak today to Stephen Bardy, Executive Director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO). Steve shared with the listeners some of the exciting initiatives being undertaken by PAGO to make the lives of Central Florida pets better.
The Pet Apartment Registry is making an impact. More than twenty-one (21) apartment communities in Central Florida now participate. PAGO has a goal of 100 pet friendly communities as part of their program. A participating apartment community has no breed or size restrictions for dogs and also welcomes cats. PAGO has learned there is a 7:1 return on investment for communities that participate. In addition to having higher and longer occupancy rates, communities that allow pets of all breeds and sizes are safer. People are outside, walking their dogs, talking to each other and are more aware of their surroundings. Steve says, "You may not know your neighbor's name, but you will likely know their dog's name!" The Pet Apartment Registry has resulted in fewer dogs being surrendered to PAGO because someone couldn't find a "dog friendly" community.
The Community Cats initiative is working to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) feral or community cats. A community cat is a cat that lives outside, is not owned by one person and may be cared for by a number of people. Sometimes these cats are feral, but some are tame but don't live inside. TNR programs are designed to alter (spay and neuter) free-roaming cats to reduce the overall cat population. Cats in Florida can have two litters a year because of the moderate climate. The ASPCA reports that in just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens! Reducing the number of kittens born annually will result in an overall reduction of community cats. PAGO estimates there are approximately 70,000 community cats in Orange County, Florida. PAGO is working directly with larger colonies of more than 30 cats. Other organizations like Care Feline TNR are working with midsize cat colonies and Orange County Animal Services through their "dial 311" program is working with individuals who may have one or two cats in their neighborhood. The Orange County program is ideal for residents who are willing to have the cats on their property but would like them to be sterilized and vaccinated. The Orange County Animal Services TNR program is free to Orange County residents for up to five cats per household.
The Pawsitive Care Program allows responsible, senior or terminally ill Pet Parents to sign up in advance for the re-homing of their pet when they are no longer able to care for the pet. Forms are available online for submission. PAGO requests but does not require a donation to participate in this very valuable program. Animal Care Trust USA is also available for consultation for Pet Parents that want their Loved Pet to stay at home or if they have horses or other pets (like parrots) that need a Forever Home.
Thanks to Steve Bardy and the PAGO team for all the great work they do. You can participate at one of their annual fundraising events like the upcoming Dine for Paws , FurBall or Paws in the Park. Volunteers and donations are welcomed as well. If you have an elementary or middle school student, check out PAGO's summer camp for kids. Look for PAGO on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram!
Today's show on All My Children Wear Fur Coats featured Rachel Clark with the Community Health Coalition. Their mission is to eradicate rabies one vaccine at a time. You can find more information at knockoutrabies.org. Rachel and her husband John, a veterinarian live in Vero Beach, Florida but are passionate about rabies throughout the world, especially Malawi and Zambia.
In the United States we tend to think about rabies from the perspective of getting our pets vaccinated at regular intervals. What we don't think about is rabies from a world view. Rachel says, "Every year around 60,000 people die from rabies. Most of these deaths occur in children under the age of 15." By vaccinating dogs and eliminating rabies around the world, we are also saving the world's children.
You don't have to be bitten by a "rabid" dog to get rabies. Dogs can be infected with rabies and you may not even know. A playful puppy could be infected and accidentally nip you or lick a scratch on your arm or leg. In AFrica, the majority of transmission is via canine bites or saliva transmission.
Rabies symptoms in humans can mimic other illnesses, including meningitis or the flu, so there isn't always a proper diagnosis when someone gets sick. Treatment for a person who has rabies is not the horror story we might remember from our childhood, but still requires four innoculations that can be very painful. Only one person in the world is known to have survived rabies - death from rabies is unfortunately, a certainty. The cost of treatment is not only painful, but expensive and getting access to the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may require travel to an urban area with quality medical care. This type of treatment is not easily accessible for those who live in poor, rural areas.
In the developing world, people cannot afford basic care for themselves, not to mention getting vaccines for the dogs. Over the last few years, Rachel and John have successfully vaccinated approximately 16,000 dogs. If 70% of the dogs can be vaccinated, then rabies can be eliminated. You can see pictures of the communities they have helped by visiting knockoutrabies.org. Other organizations that can provide information include the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and Rabies Free Africa. The Rabies Free Africa program hopes to eliminate rabies by the year 2030 through their Zero by 30 initiative.
Ask your veterinarian to enroll int he Rabies Free Africa program where a portion of each dollar you spend vaccinating your pets can go toward eliminating rabies around the world. A gift of Ten Dollars ($10.00) will vaccinate a child's dog from rabies and distemper, another major cause of mortality in young dogs.
Pet Connect App
Todays show was super exciting! We met Jason Hanny and Hector Ocasio, the co-founders of Pet Connect, a petfriendly application for your phone. You can visit the app store on your phone today to download! I've already downloaded mine and it was super easy - you can also use your FaceBook account so you don't have to create or enter a user name and password.
Pet Connect offers Pet Owners a one-stop petfriendly application for all things pet related. You can upload all of your pet's information AND you can connect with the petfriendly businesses in your area that you use to provide excellent care for your loved pet. You can even share your pet's information with other family members who have also downloaded the application.
The idea for Pet Connect grew out of an experience where Mason, Hector's beloved dog needed emergency vet care and they were out of town, in a community where they didn't know the pet service providers. A google search sent them to an empty building - the vet clinic had moved and they hadn't updated their online information.
For Business Owners, Pet Connect is the best app for showcasing your petfriendly business and all of its offerings. There are three opportunities - basic ($0), enhanced ($9 per month) and premier ($59/month). There's a choice that's right for you. Not for profit organizations can get an enhanced listing for life, free of charge.. Reach out to Pet Connect for more information.
Pet Connect has a number of strategic business partners. One viital company is Get Your Pet, a company we've featured on All My Children Wear Fur Coats on a past show. The mission of Get Your Pet is to keep dogs and cats from ever seeing the inside of a shelter, so they can love and be loved in new homes. Saving lives. Unburdening shelters. Creating community to make a difference. That's the mission of Get Your Pet.
Peggy R. Hoyt, Founder/CEO