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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Getting Sober 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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Rescuing Rufo w/ Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann Beard is a writer and professor at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as a Founder of the Best Bullies To The Rescue organization. The first dog she ever rescued, Rufo, was the hardest dog she’s ever had to find a home for – but he’s also the one that’s been the most rewarding.

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City of Dogs w/ Ken Foster

Ken Foster is a dog book author and is the former Community Outreach Program for the Animal Care Centers (ACC) of New York City. His latest book, City of Dogs, is a look into how dogs live throughout the five boroughs and the unique relationships between dogs and their human counterparts within different neighborhoods – meeting with over 4,000 dogs.

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Pursuing Passion w/ Kelsey Straus

Kelsey Straus lives in the Pacific Northwest with her corgi, Ava (just over a year old) and her golden, Aspen (just under a year old). Kelsey credits Ava for getting her into photography full force after she had just dabbled with it here and there throughout her life. Now she's started a side business with her photography and has also garnered an audience on Instagram for her images.

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A Bigger Family w/ Susie Coston

Susie Coston is the National Shelter Director at Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, Susie is a leading authority on both their care and behavior and advocates for compassion for animals everywhere.

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Mutualism w/ Alexander "Aki" Von Glasow

Alexander (Aki) von Glasow is a professional model and an intrepid world traveler who takes his dog, Dylan, with him everywhere across the globe. One day during his time in Africa, he found a dog on his way to school, and that dog was Dylan - who would become his furry companion that never left his side on travels through Europe and North America.

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Who's Walking Who w/ Stacy Alldredge

Stacy Alldredge is an expert dog trainer, based in New York City, who specializes in dog behavior and other challenges that regularly confront urban dogs and their guardians. She is the CEO of Who's Walking Who Dog Training And Behavior and has successfully trained thousands of dogs and their guardians for the past 25 years.

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Finding Community w/ Anna Lai

Anna Lai came over from New York from Australia and has gone from a life in advertising and digital media to now using those talents to be the Marketing Director for the Muddy Paws Rescue organization in NYC. Muddy Paws provides progressive, responsible, foster-based rescue and the company has already made a big impact in a short amount of time.

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Healing Together w/ Stavros Sietos

Stavros Sietos is a retired firefighter turned animal herbalist based in New York City. A young dog was dumped at his fire station, she could not walk and had suffered extreme neurological damage. This dog would become Wilma and by finding each other immeasurably changed both their lives on a personal and professional level.

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The Bravest Thing w/ Elizabeth "Elli" Frank

Elizabeth "Elli" Frank grew up afraid of dogs. That all changed after she rescued two dogs named Charlotte and Mr. Bones. Now she helps save dogs through Mr. Bones And Co, an animal welfare non-profit with its Rescue The Runway fundraiser and One Lucky Pup rescue program.

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Glamour To The Rescue w/ Suzanne Donaldson

Suzanne Donaldson used her Photo Editor experience to start a high-fashion and photography blog celebrating dogs called Mrs. Sizzle. Her blog captures each pup like a model in Vogue and positively changes the narrative on rescue dog imagery to encourage adoption.

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Shifting Focus w/ Mike Ruiz

Mike Ruiz is a professional photographer and humanitarian who uses his artistic talent to create annual dog calendars that help benefit dog rescue organizations. Mike discusses how his world changed after his pit bull Oliver came into his life.

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