Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-01-2021) #738: Featuring Ryan Yamka, Risa Simon, and Sharon Morris. Veterinary nutrition consultant Dr. Ryan Yamka explains why the presumably high mercury levels in pet foods (discussed last week with a researcher) are actually not a reliable measure, and he also explains why DNA testing of food is untrustworthy, as in the Subway tuna sandwich question of whether it is actually tuna; Risa Simon talks about her work in the Defense department of the U.S. Navy, along with her own senior dog and cat sanctuary Leashes End and the perpetual care agreement they have created for themselves and other old dog rescues; pet finder Sharon Morris, who can be found on the Missing Animal Response Network and specializes in cat and birds per an article in the Guardian, gives suggestions on how to find your lost kitty. (Hint: he has not gone very far from home!)
Montgomery Magazine: Cold Noses, Warm Hearts
Noses and eyes are trained toward this Rockville kitchen, where food is being prepared. Impatient diners pace or whine, with one perched on the counter overseeing the process. The rest wait attentively for their meal. This is dinnertime, and Risa Simon is feeding her brood: 16 small dogs and 12 cats on a fall day. On a recent spring Sunday, she was up to 17 dogs and 13 cats. Her house is their retirement home, their haven, their hospice.
STORY AND PHOTOS By Andrea F. Siegel
A Sanctuary for Special Needs Senior Dogs & Cats
Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-31-2019) #638: Featuring Risa Simon, Rob Kugler, and John Torrens. Risa Simon [who is a Commander in the U.S. Navy] talks about having created a sanctuary for special needs senior dogs and cats in a home she bought for them in Rockville Maryland called Leashes End; Rob Kugler talks about the network of veterans nationwide who support each other in his book A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL: A MARINE, A DOG, AND A LONG ROAD TRIP HOME; John Torrens explains the finer points of how CBD is bioavailable for people and pets.