Winner Redux? Goodnewsforpets Wins Video Contest, Joins BlogPaws Influencer Group

Redux seems like a nice fit for goodnewsforpets, and I hope you will agree as you see what we have in store for 2014.  In the meantime, the news is we have won!  Over the years Goodnewsforpets has celebrated companies and organizations that have won awards, introduced winning products and/or services, professionals who have deserved special praise, and pet owners that have either shown their amazing talents in caring for pets or won one of our prizes.  Now we’ve taken a special turn ourselves — winning a contest for running a contest!

This holiday season we decided to repeat our popular matching donation format, but this time it’s a video contest about celebrating the holidays with your pet. And, in the holiday spirit, we’re also offering a chance to win an Apple product — one of ten iPad minis and a matching donation to a shelter of your choice. The catch? Produce a 1-2 minute video to share with our community.  So far, the contest won Best Online Contest of the Week by Online Video Contests and has been liked and viewed by thousands of people. Now we are looking forward to seeing the videos. There is still plenty of time to enter by December 29, 2013!  

In another recognition of our site, this blog has been invited to join the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Influencer Group, a trend-setting panel of pet bloggers/microbloggers/pet parents who enjoy sharing their opinions and being a valued voice in the ever-growing pet blogosphere, one of the most influential groups of pet bloggers on the web. Since BlogPaws is the original and first social media community and conference for pet bloggers and microbloggers, BlogPaws is adding to the power of the pet blogger by engaging feedback in constructive and useful surveys. These surveys will cover pet parenting to pet products, blog posts to blogger influence, and more and be posted within this blog. To receive this shareable data from these surveys on our blog & more in the coming months, register for our free e-newsletter on our home page

Happy Holidays and I look forward to sharing our 2014 news very soon! 



Julie’s NAVTA: Working for the Betterment of A Profession

This week, October 13-19, 2013 marks the 21st National Veterinary Technician Week.  The theme this year is “Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong Care.” The sponsors, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Partners for Healthy Pets and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, hope to raise public awareness of the important role of the veterinary technician in the care of pets and other animals.

Goodnewsforpets has joined in celebrating Veterinary Technician Week since 2000. But, if you read about the history of NAVTA, the organization is about much more than celebrating the technician for one week. Since 1981 NAVTA has been the voice of the veterinary technician.  It’s mission is to “represent and promote the profession of veterinary technicians” and by working together the organization has grown, substantial changes have led to a better NAVTA and a better veterinary technician profession.

We’ve posted content from NAVTA and written stories about the many good deeds of veterinary technicians throughout the years. Today in our guest column we highlight one of NAVTA’s leaders, Julie Legred, CVT, interim executive director of NAVTA.  Julie has served NAVTA as a member at large, twice as president and now as interim executive director.  We suspect Julie embodies today’s NAVTA and today’s veterinary technician — ready to take on multiple roles and multiple challenges and ready for more. Veterinary technicians truly are trusted partners in lifelong care.  We know there are many more Julies (and Joes) out there, and that’s reason to celebrate the profession.

Victoria Stilwell Set to Positively Wow KC Crowd & More

This Monday, August 26 marks the 8th annual Animal Health Corridor Homecoming dinner, which according to the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is “a gathering of animal health CEOs and industry leaders from across the country.” I’ve been to all of them and this year Germinder & Associates is sponsoring the event again as it promises to be the best yet. I had the opportunity to interview Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell, the world-famous dog trainer, author and speaker who is this year’s keynote speaker.  Check out her website,,  she appears every bit as charming as her TV persona.  I’m sure she will “positively” mesmerize the crowd as much as she does her canine companions and their human counterparts. The Guest Host this year is Kostas Kontopanos, President of Hill’s USA.  He’s a thoughtful leader of a global company and I’m also looking forward to his host remarks.  But most of all, although I attend most of the major veterinary conferences, I’m looking forward to participating in one of the greatest animal health industry events of the year. It’s filled with familiar faces but the Corridor team led by Kimberly Young,  Vice President, Bioscience Development always manages a new creative spin to each event. The next day, Tuesday, August 27 marks a seriously full day of the Investment Forum, where thirteen companies seeking funding will present their business plans to industry leaders. Kim leads this initiative as well, and by all appearances, these two events will each hit home runs. To check out the events in realtime, follow me on twitter @lgerminder and all the tweets at #kcanimalhealth or better yet, plan to attend in person next year.

150 Years is A Heck of Alot of Accomplishments

This weekend marks the midyear celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Chicago with the AVMA’s annual convention.  Someone once told me the years divisible by five were the important ones.  This one’s a biggie.

While with its 13 year mark isn’t quite up there in years yet, parent company Germinder & Associates did celebrate its own anniversary of 15 years this July 1st.  Admittedly the AVMA is celebrating “a few” more decades, but it puts us in a celebratory mood.  We stand in awe of the accomplishments of the veterinary profession and so have created this special 150th Anniversary issue for the AVMA in tribute.

We’re especially excited to see the unveiling of the AVMA’s Smithsonian traveling exhibit sponsored by Zoetis and so much more at the convention.  While I truly enjoy the veterinary conferences at the beginning of the year — NAVC and WVC specifically, there is something so special about the AVMA convention. It’s always in a different city, it’s held midyear after a lull in national veterinary and pet conferences, but most important of all to me is that is the special gathering of the leaders in veterinary medicine.

We get to hear from the newly elected AVMA president, we get to hear the news from the General Assembly and many of the specialty groups hold their meetings at AVMA as well.  It’s a special conference with special people in a special place. And this year, a special celebration of 150 years of the association. Wow.  That’s a lot to celebrate.  Let’s get started, Chicago here we come!

What About the Pets?

There is so much tragic human news as we get set to honor our veterans on Memorial Day that brings out the compassion in all of us.  But what about the pets?  One of several groups working with veterans today is PACT for Animals.  The group is helping by caring for and then reuniting soldiers with their pets through its foster care program.

The horrific Oklahoma tornado is certainly foremost on our minds, as it should be.  The good news if any is the amount of human kindness shown to those in need.  For the pets, the story is still unfolding.  Tragically, according to dvm360, it appears many pets and animals have died in the terrible storm.   There are some heroic tales as well, including one about a hero dog guarding the body of its owner.  The American Humane Association is sending much needed support and will continue to update us via their social media platforms.

What about the pets in other areas looking for forever homes? Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the first free New York City wide Adoption Event, takes place next weekend — June 1 and June 2 in New York City.  Check out the blog post from Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB on the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals web site.  The Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour bus will also be at June 1-2 events in New York City.

In other news, as pet owners travel the country with pets this summer,  The Center for Pet Safety is set to test travel products this summer.

What about the pets?  It looks like there are plenty of people and organizations that care.  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Be Kind: American Humane Study Shows We’ve Got Work To Do

Today is the last day of Be Kind to Animals Week which coincides with National Pet Week this year.  But thankfully, it’s not the last chance to take a look at how we treat our pets — and solve the problems that lead to giving them up.  American Humane Association (AHA) released a study funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities on Wednesday, May 8 that indicates hundreds of thousands of adopted pets are given up, lost or die each year.

Interestingly, there was a significant difference in retention rates associated with veterinary visits.  Although the AHA cautioned a deeper dive into the reasons why, the retention rate among pets that had had a veterinary visit was 93.3 percent compared to 53.3 percent of dogs and 79.4 percent of cats respectively.

According to Dr. Patricia Olson, chief veterinary advisor for AHA and head of its Animal Welfare Institute, the study explores three of the greatest issues facing dogs and cats today: the lack of willing adopters, the reasons so many pets leave their homes and the need to create strategies to help Americans retain their pets.

Animal health companies and veterinary groups are also trying to address these alarming problems. For example, behavioral issues is one of the concerns that can cause pet owners to give up their pet.  As Ceva Animal Health and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists again tour this year with the Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour bus, pet owners will be provided with some solutions to behavioral problems, and encouraged to see their veterinarian.  For a complete tour schedule, click here.

Kudos to the American Humane Association on the study, but AHA knows we still have work to do.  The American Humane Association is seeking funding to complete the project and prospective supporters can contact AHA at 866-242-1877 or The complete study can be found at

There’s A Whole Lot of Love Going On…

“Love Your Pet, See Your Vet” is this year’s theme for National Pet Week May 5-11.  The American Veterinary Medical Association is reminding pet owners that the best way to show your pet you truly care is to give them the gift of good health.  According to Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA, “Regular veterinary visits are important because many times pets will hide symptoms of illness, so you need your veterinarian’s skill and expertise to keep your pets healthy.”

“Spreading the Love Around” is  We’ve relaunched our contest section and celebrating National Pet Week with a chance to win a gift card from Petsmart and a matched donation to Petsmart Charities.

Ceva Animal Health together with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists  is on the road again with the “Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour” bus this year.  The L.O.V.E. stands for “lean on veterinary expertise” and given that it’s National Pet Week, it’s a great time to remind pet owners of the tour’s message: thousands of pets die needlessly due to untreated behavior problems.  According to spokesperson Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB, “Pet owners can keep that love alive by seeing their veterinarian to help solve those pet behavior problems before it’s too late.”

Finally, news about a “beloved” trade show. The legendary H.H. Backer pet trade show in Chicago has a new format and will now be called “Backer’s Total Pet Expo” and be held September 20-22, 2013.  The show has a new website at

Whether it’s “love” or “L.O.V.E.” or “Beloved” that’s a whole lot of love going on with pets front and center. That’s good news for pets, for sure.