Influence Positively Interview - Nancy E. Hassel

Nancy E Hassell - Long Island Pet Professionals Nancy E. Hassel is the Founder of Long Island Pet Professionals a business networking group for anyone in the pet industry on Long Island, NYC, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester and the Bronx and soon expanding. Nancy is also a Public Relations expert and was a television producer for nearly 10 years.

Nancy always felt there was a huge disconnect with pet professionals on Long Island. After years of networking with other really great organizations, she decided to start a group solely for pet professionals – alas Long Island Pet Professionals was born and currently has over 120 members.

Nancy also created and teaches Free! Responsible Dog Ownership Classes (education and training) in the Towns of Islip since 2008 and taught it in Huntington from 2008 – 2010, currently starting the 4th year with Islip. Working with dogs for over 20 years, she is dedicated to educating and teaching people about dogs. In June of 2009, she was awarded an “Outstanding Citizen” award by Supervisor Phil Nolan of the Town of Islip for her work with the Responsible Dog Ownership Classes.  In May of 2010 she was honored as one of the Fortune 52 Women by Long Island Press for her work in the pet community.  She is also a committee member for Special Needs Dobermans and consultant with Uniting Against Lung Cancer and has worked on both “Kites for a Cure” events in Southampton for the past 4 years.

Nancy owns an awesome American Pit Bull Terrier, Max, who she adopted as a puppy from Out of The Pits. Max is now 9.5 years old.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Right now would be a vacation I am always very busy, which I love, but a getaway, road trip or discovering a new place would make me very happy right about now. But seriously, perfect happiness is so different to everyone; it could be in a small moment of success, seeing a loved one you haven’t seen a while, having that “aha” moment or the absolute joy of uncontrollable laughter with a friend over the silliest thing. :)

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Cleo's 12 Favorite Movies and Television Shows

Smart Dog Cleo Happy Holidays Dog Lovers! I love this time of year.  The temperatures are perfectly chilly and my pack spends more time cuddling in front of the television and fireplace.  This is also the time of year when there are lots of lists and gift guides being put out.

Like other smart opinionated savvy dogs, people have been known to stop me on my walks and ask "Hey Cleo, what are your favorite movies? Do you have a favorite dog character? Who would play you in a movie?" The answers to these questions are "Woof!! Woof, and Woof."

It is the holidays and there will be lots of cold winter evenings that are perfect for movie watching with the family.

Since I like to be helpful (see my sous chef photo) I thought this might be a good time to create a helpful list of my favorite movies and television shows.

You can use it if you get stuck in the video store or on Netflix.  If I missed any that you like, please leave me a comment.

Here are my 12 Favorite Movies or Television Shows:

My Dog Tulip (2009)

Up (2009)

Cats and Dogs (2001)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

Air Bud (1997)

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Anything with Pluto in it

Every Lassie episode

Amazing Race - Grouchy Puppy Style

Amazing Race!!

Dog Race? Run the Iditarod? Cough, no, unless you mean do I want to race and play with little wee pups or weiner dogs. That is a big yes!

My pack though does love watching the television show, The Amazing Race on Sunday nights. I'm not sure why since I don't like to travel but as you can see from this photo, I sure love to RACE. WOOHOO!