Influence Positively Interview - Laura Welch

Laura-Welch-SNAP Laura Welch joined the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) in January 2006. Previously she was a co-founder and executive director of PAWS Houston, a non-profit organization. She created the mission and developed the infrastructure of PAWS Houston which was formed to help keep terminally ill patients together with their animals as long as possible. Prior to that position, Laura worked for the Greater Houston Partnership coordinating the annual major campaign, golf tournament and other major events. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers for many organizations including The Rose Foundation, American Brain Tumor Association and various animal organizations. Laura has served on the Pet Patrol Board of Directors and Women’s Home Auxiliary Board. She was a presenter at the Human-Animal Bond World Conference 2005 and at the National Spay-Neuter Conference in 2006.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is when a dog I have pulled from the shelter, treated for sickness, socialized, etc., finds a wonderful new home. I love seeing the sick, scared dog blossom after receiving love, good nutrition and veterinary care. When I get a note from the animal’s new family saying how much they love the dog, I know that both the people and the dog are making each other’s lives better. Knowing that I helped save that one dog truly helps when I hear of all the other dogs and cats that are euthanized because they could not find a home.

Also, perfect happiness is knowing that I get to come to work every day and do something to help the animals and that I get to work with amazing people that are passionate about making a difference. I am truly happy to go to work everyday.

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Influence Positively Interview - Annie Brody

Annie-Brody Annie Brody founded Camp Unleashed in 2004 after successful careers in book publishing and environmental education. She has a B.S. from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University where she studied initially with the goal of becoming a veterinarian.

Dogs have been her greatest passion since 1993 when she adopted her first dog from the NYC ASPCA--a lost golden retriever, whom she named Hero--and embarked on her ongoing journey to understand the extraordinary nature of the human-dog relationship.

In 1999 she moved from Manhattan to upstate New York so that Hero could live a more natural life including being able to run free off leash and so that Annie could invite more dogs to live with them. The delight she and Hero experienced inspired her to start Camp Unleashed so that other dogs and people would have a safe natural place to go to be together, without leashes!

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I love an early morning walk through the woods with my dogs, ending up in a pond for them to swim in. Perfection would be having someone else to wash them off afterwards.

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Influence Positively Interview - Shreve Stockton


Shreve Stockton is a writer and photographer living in Wyoming. She is the author of two books: Eating Gluten Free and The Daily Coyote and the creator of three blogs: Vespa Vagabond, The Daily Coyote, and Honey Rock Dawn.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Knowing, each moment, that I have such freedom, that I have love around me, that there is so much still to explore.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? I would say a cat. I'm independent, though I can be demanding at times - those are rather cat-like traits, no? And I'd love to be able to move like a cat. I love the way they move.

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Pet Appreciation Week Adds Glow

Pretty in pink, my glowing dog affection makes the best filter for your camera! BOL

See how this new lovely lady I met was attracted to my obvious joy and love of pets. She just met me and couldn't stop cuddling with me. It was a slice of heaven. And Pet Appreciation Week hadn't even started yet!

Here's to your Monday being cast in a warm glow of canine affection. I suggest you appreciate all pets, especially your own, the shared affection will take years off and make all your photos glow!


Yes, I am a dog

Wolf? Dog? Coyote? Mean? Nice? Boy? Girl? People ask questions about me all the time. I suppose I am an unusual dog. Sometimes it bothers me, but usually if it means I get some extra love or PL-approved treats I don't mind at all. Ask away! However, if you say I'm pretty, I will kiss you!

Ask Cleo!
It has been awhile since I've done a question and answer session. I thought it might be fun to share with you the five most frequently asked questions, along with my answers to each.

If you have one that isn't covered, ask me in the comments or send an email by clicking on that little envelope icon on the lower right in the side bar! I promise to answer all your questions, and if there are enough of them, we can do a follow up post.

Here are five things people want to know about me:

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