Next Chapter w/ Jason Kraus

Jason Kraus holds a Master’s Degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. He worked as a government contractor, conducting background investigations, as well as investigating financial crimes for Ernst & Young. But while he may have been the most unlikely person to have written a children’s book about a rescue dog, that’s exactly what he has done. Now, he’s on a mission to educate kids and schools about the rescue world through his story with his dog, Gibson aka Bubbins.

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Joy on Wheels w/ Tedi Sarah

Tedi Sarah initially fostered her dog, Pani, who came from Iran and is in a wheelchair. But despite Pani’s partially limited physical abilities, she has more energy than most dogs and her positive attitude and daily thrust for life has inspired Tedi to overcome whatever comes her way - and do it with Pani by her side, who she has now adopted as her own rescue dog.

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Classical Companions w/ Elisabeth Weiss

Elisabeth Weiss is a dog trainer who runs her own company “Dog Relations NYC” where she offers in-house consulting, training programs, online coaching, physical therapy, and more. She is perhaps best known for teaching dogs how to play music - a technique she even used with Lou Reed’s dog, who was her first client. Originally, Elisabeth was a violinist, and she has brought that background into her dog training, too. And now, while music still is part of her life, her own dogs and the ones she works with have taken #1 priority and brought more fulfillment to Elisabeth’s life as a result.

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Two of a Kind w/ Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin is known for her amazing style and her stature within the fashion scene, someone who you can recognize right away. After being so career-focused within fashion, Linda is still active within the industry but has found a different and more meaningful path with her life alongside her miniature poodle named Winky - or, as she calls her, Winks. Linda has even led the charge on starting the Linda And Winks brand that features her custom dog items such as collars, leashes, and more.

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Created For This Moment w/ Courtney Burns

Courtney Burns works as the Middle School Director of Guidance, and 7th and 8th grade Counselor, at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School in Las Vegas. After tough times at the school, Courtney worked to bring in Esther - a therapy dog who has since helped the school, both the students and faculty, get through tough times and into a happier daily flow.

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World of Love w/ Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi is is a fashion designer, author, and entertainer who’s best known for his work in the fashion world with his own brands. His first dog as an adult, Harry, turned his hairy soulmate. He even met his husband, Arnold, while on a walk with Harry in New York City - where the two are now based with their dogs of Dean and Kitty.

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A Million Times Over w/ Chrissy Beckles

Chrissy Beckles is the Founder and President of The Sato Project, which helps rescue abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. It all started when her husband was working there over a decade ago and she saw all the stray dogs. While most people would feel bad but not have the initiative to take action, Chrissy became more and more involved – especially after getting her own rescue, Boom Boom – and started The Sato Project.

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Higher Calling w/ AJ Albrecht

AJ Albrecht is a Legislative Attorney at the Best Friends Animal Society - merging her background with her passion for dogs, animals, and rescue to find this new vocation. She also has dogs of her own including Mama Julep, who she does therapy work with at schools and hospitals, as well as Beau, who she co-founded the Positive Pittie Pack Walk around.

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Pure Comfort w/ Pearson Marx

Pearson Marx was going through a tough time when her husband was very sick. She registered her dog, Cleo, as a therapy dog, and they started going to the hospital together. Cleo not only gave her strength to go and make it through ok, but also provided a beacon of light and support both for her and everyone in the hospital.

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A Pack of Our Own w/ Samantha Cheirif

After graduating from school, Samantha Cheirif eventually found her passion and fulfillment not in her career - as she originally thought would be the case - but rather in expanding her pack and family with her partner to bring in different fosters and rescues into her life and giving their relationship together a new meaning and purpose.

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Always Smiling w/ Melody Monroe

Melody Monroe is a hip hop and soul musician based in Atlanta, Georgia. Around a year ago, she felt the urge to get a dog. Mimi, a mixed breed with a bright personality, became that dog and has united Melody with her neighbors, provides constant companionship, taught her patience, and many other valuable lessons.

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Running Free w/ Susan Weidel

Susan Weidel adopted Little Red, one of the dogs rescued from former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick’s notorious dog fighting operation. She gave Little Red a new life but it took time, patience and love. Little Red found a new home with Susan in Wyoming and New Mexico with a welcoming pack of dogs and she was able to live in a new way, and become a dog again - running free in a wide open pasture.

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More The Merrier w/ Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a freelance writer who has written several dog books that have been published by National Geographic. She has two dogs of her own, Joe and Buddy, and lives in New York City with her family. The older dog, Buddy, has also acted like a nanny to the two children.

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The Best Medicine w/ Karla Crespo

Karla Crespo is an Empowerment Coach with her own company (The Grateful Heart Co.) who has had two crucial dogs in her life, Lucky and Daisy, who have helped her through motherhood and becoming an entrepreneur.

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Furry Fashionista w/ Mark Welsh

Mark Welsh is a copywriter and brand builder who made his way from New Zealand to New York City and accidentally fell into a life of dogs. His first dog, Sweetie, captured not only his heart but also became a darling of the fashion circuit. John, host of Dog Save The People, was involved with that scene heavily at the time especially and him and Mark were partners and Sweetie, as a result, found her way into that world, too. She became a fashion industry staple at any event and went on to write her own Elle Magazine column and books (with the help of Mark).

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Being Present w/ Courtney Pare

Courtney Pare adopted her dog, Rondo, nine years ago, and it has truly been one of those “Who Saved Who” situations. Dealing with anxiety and depression for quite some time, Rondo helped her through one of the darkest periods of her life. Since then, Courtney has also found a calling as a naturopathic doctor who works to help people get past their own mental health struggles.

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The Hugging Dog of NYC w/ Cesar Fernandez-Chavez

Cesar Fernandez-Chavez is best friends with his dog, Louboutina. They live in New York City and Louboutina has become somewhat of a canine celebrity around town. She is known as “The Hugging Dog” and gives her special dog hugs to friends and strangers alike around NYC. The hugs break up the rush of New York City and people always being in a rush. They pause, take a moment, and embrace her furry hugs.

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Every Step Counts w/ Zach Skow

Zach Skow struggled with self-love and acceptance, leading him down a dark path of drug and alcohol abuse. He hit rock bottom and was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease. With only months left to live and six months of sobriety required to qualify for a transplant, it appeared to be a death sentence. But somehow he was able to find solace in his dogs, and pushed through.

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Brighter Days w/ Carly Cloherty

Carly Cloherty was facing mental health struggles, even getting signed off work for that very reason, and was able to find solace by getting her dog, Luna, who has helped her work through those issues and become a true light in her life and the way she feels connected and active with the world around her.

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