Calendar: Sniffing Out Steve
* September 16 Puppy Mill Project March (Chicago, IL)
Plaza of the Americas, 448 N. Michigan Avenue (next door to Wrigley Building). Emcee and lead march to promote puppy mill awareness. Chicago Police Department Chaplain Bob Montelongo will bless the dogs.
* September 28: Barkleigh Groom Expo (Hershey, PA)
7 to 9 p.m. “Fear Free Be the Change”
* October 12: Susan Russell Send Off: Benefit for Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Center and a dog named Wilson's perpetual care (Atlantic Pub, 5062 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL)
$20 suggested donation, event at 7 p.m.
* October 20: Chicago Mutt Strut, Benefiting Chicago Canine Rescue (Chicago IL)
11 a.m. to 3 p..m Southport Avenue at Newport Street (walk at noon)
* October 25: Big Night Benefit for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago)
Emcee with Paul Lisnek of CLTV and WGN-TV
* November 3: Heartland Animal Shelter Golden Paw Gala 2018 (Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield, IL)
Special guest speaker
*September 5-6: Congreso Veterinario De León (Leon, Mexico)
Sept. 5: “Thinking Outside the Box: Adjusting Aim;” “Brain Dead Fat Cats,” “Decoding Cats;” “Fear Free: Be the Change”
Sept 6: “Utilization of Pheromones in Cats;” “Utilization of Pheromones in Dogs”
*September 10: 2018 Pet Sitter World Conference & Expo (Mrytle Beach, SC)
8:15 to 9:15 am: “Fear Free Be the Change”
* September 11: Banfield Summit (Portland, OR)
*August 25: All American Grooming Show (Schaumburg, IL)
11 a.m.to noon – “Fear Free Be the Change,” and 2-3 to “Decoding Cats”
*August 17-18: Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) Conference (Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota campus, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN)
August 17: 4 p.m. “Fear Free Be the Change”
August 18: 9 a.m.. “Enrichment: How AAI Is Right for Some, Not for All”
*July 25: International Cat Care: Finding Better Ways to Help Unowned Cats Worldwide (House of Lords, London, England)
*July 21: Meow MeetUp Chicago (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL)
10 a.m. Keynote Speaker “Cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets”
12:15: “Love Letters to Cats”
2 p.m. “Cats as Authors: The Scratch to Communicate”
*July 13-17: American Veterinary Medical Association Convention (Denver, CO)
*July 12: Veterinary Behavior Symposium (Denver, CO)
*June 27: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
June 28: Winn Feline Foundation Symposium (Crowne Plaza Atlanta , 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA)
Emcee with Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee on “Perplexing Paradigms of Feline Medicine” and Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.; Portland, ME on “Feline Leukemia Virus: Past, Present and Perpetually Perplexing.”
*June 25-26: American Association of Feline Practitioners Cat Friendly Practices at Purina (St. Louis, MO) speaking to veterinary student leaders with with Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP (feline).
*June 6: Facebook live host “Heroes Know the Truth About Dog Flu: What’s Real and What’s Not,” 6 p.m. CDT (HERE is where you can view the event and it will be shared on my Facebook fan page. ).
7 p.m. Moderator The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Management Certification Program with Robert Armentano, DVM, DACVIM and Jennifer Herring, DVM, MS, DACVECC at Veterinary Specialty Center, 1515 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove, IL
*June 5: Memorial Tribute to Dr. Donna Alexander (Cook County Building, Chicago, IL).
*May 30: Urban Resources Institute presents “Domestic Violence and Pets: Protecting the Hidden Victim” (New York, NY)
Panel moderator for this major press event and Facebook live, a announcement will be made to change the course of protecting all victims of domestic violence .
*May 19: Bark in the Park to Benefit Anti Cruelty Society Chicago (The Stadium Green next to Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL)
* May 14: Chicago Veterinary Conference (Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL)
*May 11: Puppy Mill Project Benefit: Jeans and Jewels (Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL)
*May 5: K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore K-9 Pup Strut & Expo (Sunset Woods, 1801 Sunset Rd., Highland Park, IL)
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore, in partnership with the Park District of Highland Park, celebrates 10 years of service with the K9 Pup Strut & Expo which Steve kicks off, and emcees associated events, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 2: Speaking about Fear Free and cat behavior with Dr. Olah at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
*May 1: Celebrating Fantastic Felines, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society event at Presqu’lle Winery (Santa Maria, CA)
“Fear Free: Be The Change” and “Decoding Cats,” also with Glenn Olah, DVM, PhD, DABVP/Feline “Ending Feline Infectious Peritonitis & Winn Feline Research Update”
*April 28: New York Cat Film Festival, (Patio Theater, 6008 Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL)
Host to introduce the film festival, which benefits the Winn Feline Foundation
*April 28: South Suburban Humane Society: Spotlight Gala (500 Holiday Plaza, Matteson, IL)
Emcee and recipient Community Partner Awards for bringing attention to the Canine Influenza crisis in the Chicago area
*April 19-20: IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) USA 2018 Animal Behavior Conference (Burlington, MA)
April 19: “Fear Free: Be the Change” 2:45 to 4 p.m.
April 20: “Kitten Socialization” 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; “Cats and Dogs Living Together,” 11:15 to 12:15 and participant on Fear Free panel, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
*April 10-11: Mountain Veterinary Conference, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Cherokee, TN)
April 10: “Thinking Outside the Box: Adjusting the Aim,” “Cats Are Authors: Scratching to Communicate,” “Kitten Socialization Classes,” “Dogs Are Not Wolves,” “Unemployed Dogs: Canine Enrichment”
April 11: “Fear Free: Be the Change,” “Brain Dead Fat Cats: Feline Enrichment”
*March 7: North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine (Dennis Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC)
“Fear Free: Be the Change”
*March 5-6: Western Veterinary Conference (Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV)
*February 25: Lincoln State Cat Show (Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL)
“Cat Health Update from 50 Years of Winn Feline Foundation: And Fearful Cats to Fear Free,” 1 p.m.
*February 22: “Pour Your Heart Out” benefiting Anti Cruelty Society, Chicago (Union League Club Chicago, 65 W. Jackson)
*February 16: For the Love of Pets Benefit for Friendship Pet Food Pantry at Begyle Brewing (1800 W. Cuyler, Chicago, IL).
*February 3-7: VMX Conference (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL):
February 4: 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. “The Vanishing Cat: You Can’t Cure Them If You Don’t See Them,” with Elizabeth Colleran, DVM
February 4: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch talk: “Communication that Leads to Real World Compliance,” with Julie Legred, CVT
February 5: 3:50 to 4:55 p.m. “Fear Free Be the Change”
February 5: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Moderating session: “Lead the Way Save More Lives: A Practical Discussion on Leadership, Innovation and New Protocols,” with Iain Prior BVSc, CVJ; Nancy Soares VMD.
February 6: 6:30 to 7:30 Technician breakfast, “Communication that Leads to Real World Compliance; ” with Julie Legred, CVT.
*November 25: Guest speaker fundraiser for SPCA Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
*November 12: Fear Free Symposia (Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St, Oak Brook, IL) “Fear Free: Be the Change”
*November 11: Assisi Animal Foundation (Crystal Lake, IL). Annual Diner Dance, Key Note Speaker: “Fear Free: Be the Change”
*November 3: Host for premiere screening “Aires” (Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY). Proceeds of the screening benefit the Winn Feline Foundation. Tickets are $16.
*November 2: Animal Medical Center (510 E. 62nd Street, New York, NY). “Fear Free: Be the Change”
*November 1: New York Veterinary Medical Association (Wells Fargo, 150 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY). “Feline and Canine Enrichment: Brain Dead Fat Cats & Unemployed Dogs”
*October 25: Big Night Benefit for Chicago Animal Care and Control, from Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL). Emcee for the annual benefit featuring Chicago’s best chefs, and stars of the Chicago Fire TV show.
*October 20: Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) 24th Annual Education Conference (Richmond, VA). Presenter “How to Be a Diplomat – Making Peace Among Cats and Dogs”
*October 7: Chicago Canine Rescue Mutt Strut (Chicago, IL) Emcee/Strut Marshall. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walks begins at corners of Newport St. and Southport Ave. in Wrigleyville at 1 p.m.
*September 18: Puppy Up, Chicago Walk (near Montrose Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL). Emcee for rally, and host of Facebook Live ‘Green Carpet’ event. Puppy Up supports funding for comparative medicine studies of cancers in dogs/cancers in people.
*September 17: Puppy Mill Awareness Day March (Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building, Chicago, IL). Emcee for rally and march down Michigan Avenue.
*September 12-13: Purina Behind the Bowl (St. Louis, MO). Moderator, “How Science and Expertise Sets the Stage,” “The Role of Regulations in Pet Foods”
*September 9: Pet Partners Conference: Professionalizing the Passion (Bellevue, WA). “What the Heck Cats are Saying: Decoding Cats” and “Fear Free: Be the Change”
*September 6-7: Veterinary Congress Leon, CVDL Leon (Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico). Eights talks for the second time at the largest veterinary conference in Mexico/Latin America.
Sept. 6: “Good Kitty to Bad Kitty” (common cat behavior problems, 2 parts), “Pet Meets Baby,” and “Bad Cat or Sick Cat: Is it Behavior of Medical,” with Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (feline).
Sept. 7 : “Dogs Weren’t Bred To Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich Our Dogs’ Lives (canine enrichment), “Brain Dead Fat Cats” (feline enrichment),”Real World Pet Behavior” (case studies: pet behavior) and “Fear Free: Be the Change”
* September 1: Host/Emcee fundraiser for Windy Kitty Cat Cafe & Lounge (1746 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL). Benefit, which includes an auction, and lots of veggie food and drink, starts at 6:30 p.m.
*August 22: NAVC Live (Portland, OR). “Decoding Dogs and Cracking Cat Conduct: Why Clients Aren’t Turning to Veterinary Professionals”
*August 17: Association of Professional Dog Trainers (presentation by Webinar) “Fear Free: Be the Change”
*August 15: Bowling for Rhinos (Chicago, IL). Lincoln Park Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers fundraiser to support rhinoceros conservation. Appearance at the event.
*August 13: Canine Cruise for Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control (Chicago, IL). I am the honorary captain for this dog-friendly ride up the Chicago River and out to Lake Michigan, benfiting Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control.
*August 3-4: Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
August 3: Presentations: “Pet Meets Baby,” “Dogs Weren’t Bred To Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich Our Dogs’ Lives (canine enrichment), “Brain Dead Fat Cats” (feline enrichment), “Good Kitty to Bad Kitty” (common cat behavior problems), “Real World Pet Behavior” (case studies: pet behavior).
August 4: Presentations with Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB, “Getting Pets to Vets: Barriers to Veterinary Care for the Cat,” “Getting Pets to Vets: Empathy and Identifying Symptoms of Feline Distress,” Getting Pets to Vets: Tools and Strategies for Feline Training,” “Getting Pets to Vets: Pheromones, Nutraceuticals and Medications for Reducing Feline Distress,” “Fear Free: Be the Change,” “How To Diffuse Kitty Conflicts.”
*July 31: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Annual Dinner (Boulder Ridge Country Club) Lake in the Hills, IL. Introduce guest speaker researcher Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD Penn Vet Working Dog Center, working with dogs to create an early screening test for ovarian cancer.
*July 21-25: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
July 21: 11 a.m.: Introducing Fix by Five initiative on pediatric spay/neuter of cats.
July 21: 4:50 p.m.: Presentation of AVMA Humane Award to Joan Miller
July 24: 7 a.m. Moderator “Lead the Way Save More Lives: A Practical Discussion on Leadership, Innovation and New Protocols,” with Iain Prior BVSc, CVJ, Nancy Soares VMD.
*July 20: 2017 Veterinary Behavior Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, at JW Marriott. Attendee.
* July 6: Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Veterinary Behaviour Chapter Science Week, Gold Coast, Australia. Participant via Skype “Benefits of Kitten Kindy,” 1:50 AM CDT
*June 29: Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus Dr.), Chicago, IL.
Moderator: “Ending FIP: Is there Hope?” Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD Distinguished Professor Emeritus University of California-Davis, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Also, celebration of 50 years of the Winn Feline Foundation.
*June 28: Mondog (Montrose) Dog Beach, Chicago, IL. offering free swag and free behavior advice in conjunction with the Good Stuff Pet Truck , 5 to 7 p.m. for Vita Bone Trainers and Supreme Source pet foods.
*June 27, 28: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting and strategic planning, Chicago, IL. Fairmont Hotel (200 N.Columbus Dr.). Steve serves on Board of Directors, Winn Feline Foundation.
*June 24 puppyup Companions Again Cancer Foundation, Chicago, IL: One of several speakers about how cancer is the same in dogs and people. So by studying dogs and coming up with solutions, we may be helping people – comparative medicine is a good idea. Noon at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 1120 N. State Street. Public is invited.
* June 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day Facebook Live, from the Nerdery, Chicago, IL Interviewing employees, and even their dogs, as well as an expert from the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), and revealing new data on pets in the workplace from Purina.
*May 21: Bark in the Park, Chicago, IL benefiting Anti Cruelty Society, co-emcee for what is billed as “Chicago’s largest dog party,” as thousands of dogs (and people) participate at the Green adjacent to Solider Field, including – for those who like – a scenic 5K walk along the Chicagolakefront, starting at 8 a.m.
* May 19: Central Veterinary Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
May 19: Cat Friendly Practices, American Association of Feline Practitioners “No Pain No Gain Revealing the Secret Sauce: How a Positive Feline Veterinary Experience Will Matter” (2 parts) and “Communications Boot Camp, The Feline Enigma” also with Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP.
May 19: “The Power of Enrichment: For Your Patients’ Heath and Your Practice’s Well-Being”
May 20: Ask The Expert Luncheon: “Media Training 101: Fight or Flight, What to Say and to Never Say”
*May 18: Cat Writers’ Association/BlogPaws, Sheraton at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Moderator: WINN Feline Foundation panel – “Supporting Cat Health Studies, and Providing a Resource for Cat Writers/Bloggers” with Winn Feline President Elect Shila Nordone, PhD and Winn Feline Executive Director Vicki Thayer, DVM, ABPV
Moderator: American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) panel – “Cat Friendly Practices Begin at Home: How Your Help is Needed to Save Cat Lives” with Ken Lambrecht, DVM and his cat, Bug.
*May 13: Puppy Mill Project Mother in the Mills Benefit, Chicago, IL: Steve attends this benefit, as he doe annually. Because of organizations like the Puppy Mill Project,something is being done to support awareness of puppy mills, which sadly continue to thrive. .The event is at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie Street), 7 p.m. The band Out of Control performs. Paul Lisnek of WGN-TV and CLTV is the emcee. Another way to help A support the Puppy Mill Project is to purchase a coffee table book featuring Chicago celebrities and their pets.The Chicago Pet Project is a ginormous book filled with images of notable Chicagoans and their beloved pets taken by photographer Karen Morgan, which I am honored to be included in.
*May 11: Westown Veterinary Clinic, Madison, WI. For Ken Lambrecht, DVM, Steve speaks about kitten socialization classes, “A Kitten’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” 6605 Mineral Point Road, Madison, 6:30 p.m. A benefit for Dane County Friends of Ferals, $5
* May 4-6: 2017 Nestlé Purina Companion Animal Nutrition (CAN) Summit, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA. Attendee.
* April 30: Fear Free Symposia, Phoenix, AZ Steve’s talk is “Why the Public Is Demanding the Veterinary Profession Look After the Emotional Wellbeing of Pets,” as a contributor to a long symposia with Marty Becker, DVM; Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA); Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS, Kathryn Primm, DVM
*April 6-7: Latin American Veterinary Conference, Lima, Peru. Talks include “Pets and Babies,” “The Other Side of the Human-Animal Bond,” “Case Studies: Is It Bad Behavior,” “Fear Free,” “Marketing 101 with Traditional and Social Media: You Can’t Help Clients You’re Not Seeing”
*March 30-April 2: American Animal Hospital Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
With Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP on Cat Friendly Practices “Communications Enigma, See More Cats!” and “No Pain, More Gain: Revealing the Secret Sauce. How a Positive Veterinary Experience WILL Matter.”
Moderate session on changing heartworm protocols, “Lead the Way, Save More Lives.”
*March 22: ASA (American Society on Aging) Conference, Chicago, IL Moderator “Better Together:Health Aging for Pets and People.” Panel includes Zara Boland, BVSc, BE, MRCVS; Steven Hannah, PhD; Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, Gerardo Pérez-Camorgo, PhD, DVM.
*March 13: SouthXSW, Austin, TX “Do You Speak Dog?”
Panelist with Pilley Bianchi of Chaser “The World’s Smartest Dog,” Loni Edwards of the Dog Agency and Herbie Calves of Link AKC.
* March 12; Fear Free Symposia, Dallas, TX Steve’s talk is “Why the Public Is Demanding the Veterinary Profession Look After the Emotional Wellbeing of Pets,” as a contributor to day long symposia with Marty Becker, DVM; Jonathon Bloom, DVM; Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior); Lis Radosta, DVM, DACVB.
*March 9-10: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting, Winn Feline Foundation Grant Review Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
*March 5-8: Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Attendee.
*March 1: North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, Sanford, NC. Fear Free presentation, and moderator for presentations and lowering pet anxiety and Double Defense heartworm protection with Byron Blagburn, PhD; Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, Robert Wirtz, PhD.
*February 9: Recipient, Nobivac Pet Journalist of the Year Award, presented to Steve at New York Pet Fashion Show, New York. NY. https://stevedalepetworld.com/steve-dale-wins-journalist-year-dog-flu-coverage/ .
*February 3-7: North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL. Attendee.
*December 1-2: Colonial Veterinary Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
Steve talks about bringing home babies to pets (preparation to avoid issues and what to do if there are issues), kitten socialization classes, environmental enrichment for dogs and cats and various cat behavior topics. One big time passion, and program is with Theresa DePorter, DVM ECAWBM, DACVB as together they explain how to get Pets to Vets.
*November26: Guest speaker fundraiser for SPCA Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
* November 5: Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Pet Partners, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Presentation: “Breed Specific Legislation: Does It Make Sense?”
* November 4: Centers For Human-Animal Bond Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Attendee.
* November 2: North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, Sanford, NC Moderator for day-long continuing education on Double Defense heartworm protection, and parasite control in cats, with Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Bryon Bagburn, PhD, John McCall, PhD.
*September 7-10 Veterinary Congress Leon, CVDL Leon leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Presenting eight talks on various animal behavior topics, including enriching lives of dogs and cats, common cat behavior problems, taking various real world dog and cat behavior problems (case studies) and solving them, and are there actually downsides to the human/animal bond? http://cvdl.com.mx/
*August 5-9: Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, San Antonio, TX. Attendee.
*June 25: Blogpaws, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Phoenix, AZ.
“The Secrets to Successful SEO: What to Say and How to Say It?” with Bill Schroeder, inTouch Practice Communications.
Creating a blog and actually getting it read by your target audience are two different, very important things. Do you ever wonder if your hard work is paying off? Understanding analytics and what makes your blog attractive and findable should be of high priority. When you do reach people, what are you saying? Bill and Steve talk content, how to develop ideas, and how to use credible sources. But what if you just don’t feel like writing, or you’re “blocked?”
*June 4: LaGrange Pet Parade: America’s Original Pet Parade. One of Steve’s dogs, Hazel, makes an appearance too! LaGrange, IL. The route can be seen here. Previously, Steve’s previously been a Grand Marshall or co-Grand Marshall five times.
Of course, watching the parade – which includes hundreds of pets (mostly dogs, but an occasional cat in a carrier even hamster in a cage) – is free.
*April 30: 11th Annual Applied Animal Behavior Conference, University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, WI (at the Alliant Energy Center). Steve presents 9 a.m. to noon, on enriching lives of dogs, enriching lives of cats and the new Fear Free initiative (how to lower stress in veterinary clinics, and why that matters to animals and their people. Steve believes many animals actually think they are literally going to die at veterinary offices – he explains). http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/continuingedu/brochures/Behavior.pdf.
*March 30-April 2: American Animal Hospital Association Conference in Austin, TX. Attendee.
*March 10-11: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting and Grant Review Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Steve is on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation.
*March 6-9: Western Veterinary Conference (Mandalay Bay Hotel/Convention Center) in Las Vegas, NV. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 Steve participates in a session about the dog flu, “Chicago: Lessons Learned,” with Melissa Bourgois, , DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Natalie Marks, DVM. http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/WVC/aaSearchBySpeaker.asp?BCFO=P
*March 3: Steve is host at the premiere of the movie “The Champions,” the story of the Michael Vick Fighting Dogs, AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL), at 7 p.m. This documentary is the story of the dogs rescued from Vick’s dog fighting ring. While there was a cry to euthanize all the dogs, Best Friends Animal Society outrightly rejected that idea. It’s a story of redemption, hope and overcoming prejudice. Steve will offer some words following the screening, and host a Q & A session with several representatives of Best Friends. Learn more: https://tugg.com/events/89974# and reserve tickets.
*March 1-2: Steve participates in a Pet Partners round-table discussion, Bellevue, WA with various experts to to discuss the creation of a set of evaluation exercises designed for Pet Partner teams working with children in animal assisted therapy or animal assisted activity sessions. Steve serves the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Scientific Advisory Board. Learn more: https://petpartners.org/.
*February 26-27: Midwest Veterinary Conference (Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus). Steve speaks with veterinary Theresa DePorter, DVM, DACVB, ECAWBM about “Getting Pets to Vets” and he also talks about “Brain Dead Fat Cats” (enriching cats’ lives) and “Unemployed Dogs” (enriching dogs’ lives). Steve also speaks about marketing and how to use social and traditional media. http://www.mvcinfo.org/downloads/attendees/2016MVC-RegistrationProgram.pdf.
*January 17-19: North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL. January 18, Steve participates in a session about the dog flu, Chicago: Lessons Learned,” with Melissa Bourgois, , DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Natalie Marks, DVM, at 11 a.m..
*January 16: Fix by Five: Steve serves on a National Task Force meting, Orlando, FL to create a recommendation to set a standard for when to spay/neuter kittens. http://www.mariansdream.org/animal_welfare/the-cats-can/fix-by-five/beat-heat/.