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Show Dog – Interview with author Josh Dean [Audio]

A Facebook post on packpeople’s fan page led me to this year’s American Kennel Club’s show results. Even though I’m not a huge fan of dog shows, I was interested to know more about the community. Breeders, proud handlers and overexcited owners get the ribbons with the highest rankings and strive to present the most beautiful and flawless dog on earth. Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred gives an excellent insight into this community, as accomplished writer Josh Dean follows ‘Jack,’ an Australian Shepherd, on his journey to the big leagues at Westminster.

I wanted to understand the hype around it, and that’s the reason we contacted Josh Dean for an interview. We had the great pleasure of hearing this excellent journalist and editor share about this first book of his, and why he decided to write about show dogs.

Show Dog – Interview with author Josh Dean by PackPeople NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 31.16 minutes of highly interesting and educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content. Get this interview as a Podcast here.

Qualify to win a copy of ‘Show Dog’ here. You can’t wait? Buy it here: Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred

About the interviewee: Josh Dean is a magazine writer and veteran editor at various known magazines. He currently does not own a dog of his own (we hope he’ll change this soon:) and lives with his wife and son in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He is a member of the US elephant member team and obsessed with international soccer.

Josh’s recommendations:

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs

Animal books by Jeffrey Moussaieff – This is our pick:
The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years


Dogster –

NBC Universal’s site

For more information check the

Twitter: @joshdean66

Facebook: Josh Dean

Facebook: Jack the Show Dog 

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Fun Stuff and Pet Companies Interviews on

‘Soldier Dogs’ – Interview with author Maria Goodavage [Audio]

Maria Goodavage’s book Soldier Dogs will be released on Thursday, March 15 – and we had the great pleasure of talking to the accomplished author last week. We want to share this great interview with our audience, as her stories of soldier dogs contributing to military efforts – and the special bonds that develop between them and their handlers – truly celebrate the heroism, loyalty and sacrifices of these amazing dogs.

Listen and learn about what prompted Maria to write this book, how she got inside information about dogs working for the U.S. Military, what happens to the dogs after they have retired and much more.

Please also check out the bonus photos of some of these great soldier dogs at the bottom of this article… you’ll enjoy them!

Win a copy of ‘Soldier Dogs’ today and also read our review of Soldier Dogs here. You can also get involved and read Maria’s article to inform yourself about a very important bill to pass – the “Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act.” SOLDIER DOGS – Interview with author Maria Goodavage by PackPeople

Billy was one of the few dogs whose kennel Maria got to enter during her research. That's because he's an explosives detection dog (EDD) as opposed to a patrol explosives detection dog (PEDD). You can read about the different occupations military working dogs have in chapter 10, The Diversity of MWD jobs. (Photo: Gunnery Sgt. Kristopher Knight)

About the author: Maria Goodavage is the news editor and a featured writer at Say Media’s She has been a reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, and is a founding editor of a national guidebook series for dogs, and author ofThe Dog Lover’s Companion to California and The Dog Lover’s Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Goodavage has had a longstanding passion for the dogs of war, which started when her dad – also an author – used to tell her about the stray pups (and wayward monkey) he took in while overseas in World War II, and about the military dogs who helped save lives – and sometimes soldiers’ sanity.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and affable Labrador retriever.

Buy Maria’s book here on PackPeople and support non-profit organizations. We’ll contribute 20% of our profits to Animal Welfare Organizations.

Maria’s book and link recommendations:

War Dogs: Canines in Combat by Michael G. Lemish War dogs by Michael G. Lemish

US War Dog Association

For more information, resources and recommendations please also check the ‘Soldier Dogs’ website.

Twitter: @MariaGoodavage

Facebook: Soldier Dogs

YouTube: Soldierdogsbook’s channel

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Maria Goodavage
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Adoption Interviews on Non - Profits Shelter Animals

Are you looking for a dog over 100 lb.? – Interview with Big Dogs Huge Paws CEO Lindsay

We had the pleasure interviewing the CEO of Big Dogs Huge Paws last week. Big Dogs Huge Paws was founded on the core philosophy that every “BIG” dog deserves a chance and all dogs of Giant breeds like Mastiffs, Great Danes, Saint Bernards and every dog over 100 lb is welcome at Big Dogs Huge Paws. This organization ensures that all dogs are properly evaluated and placed according to their special needs.

Trained by professional behaviorists each foster home knows how to handle introductions, properly evaluate dogs, work through specific behavioral issues, etc. Foster families undergo quarterly training sessions in order to maintain everyone’s skills and abilities and ensure that the entire foster team is on the same page and has the tools they need for success. Big Dogs Huge Paws is working toward a special therapy dog training program.

Over 1050 giant dogs got already adopted through this organization and most of the gentle giants go home trained. On the website of Big Dogs Huge Paws you can find very useful information and articles about Nutrition, Health Care, Training tips and Breeds explained. If you always dreamt of a huge dog with a big heart you should check the over 100 dogs at this organization. PackPeople love giant breed dogs and already fall in love with the one of the dogs called BUSTER a Bull Mastiff – what a sweet face.

Listen to Lindsay’s interview and learn how you can find your new giant friend and what to expect in adopting from Big Dogs Huge Paws.
Big Dogs Huge Paws Rescue – Interview with Lindsay Condon by PackPeople 

Big Dogs Huge Paws:


Twitter: @BigDogsHugePaws

Facebook: Big Dogs Huge Paws

In addition to the many resources provided on, Lindsay also recommends following books:

  • The Other End of the Leash- Patricia McConnell, PhD
  • For The Love of a Dog- Patricia McConnell, PhD
  • Before & After Getting Your Puppy- Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks- Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • Help for your Fearful Dog- Nicole Wilde
  • The Well-Adjusted Dog- Dr. Nicolas Dodman
  • When Pigs Fly: Training Success With Impossible –  Dogs-Jane Killion

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