Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year”

Jennifer Hill, President of Canine Company, presents the first Dogs of the Year Award  to Guiding Eyes dog Tanya and her blind partner Dick Pomo.

Jennifer Hill, President of Canine Company, presents the first Dogs of the Year Award
to Guiding Eyes dog Tanya and her blind partner Dick Pomo.

A 9-year-old yellow Lab named Tanya from Arizona whose human partner is a blind golfer was honored as 2015 Dog of the Year at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Annual Golf Classic June 12, 2015. The award is sponsored by Canine Company of Wilton CT and will be presented annually to a Guiding Eyes graduate. Tanya is a 2007 graduate of Guiding Eyes and has been partnered with Dick Pomo of Green Valley, AZ every since. She was chosen for the award because of the special role she plays in her handler’s life. Pomo is a blind golfer and, in addition to golfing near home, the pair travels to New York each year to participate in the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic.

Tanya received a trophy and a basket of toys and treats from Jennifer Hill, President and CEO of Canine Company. In presenting the award, Hill said “Guiding Eyes dogs provide safety, freedom and a quality of life for their handlers that needs to be celebrated. That is why we are such an active supporter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and wanted to sponsor this special new award.”

Pomo retired in 2005 and was partnered with Tanya shortly after moving to Arizona. Tanya is well know in Green Valley because of her daily walks with Pomo, during which they meet many locals and share information about Guiding Eyes. He said Tanya “allows me to travel independently and share the kind of love that only those who love animals can understand. Every night before turning in, I drop to my knees and give her a hug and kiss and thank God and Guiding Eyes for the joy I experience each day”.

Canine Company provides at-home pet care products and services that help pet parents keep their dogs and cats safe, healthy and happy. The company offers Invisible Fence® brand pet containment systems and Manners at-home obedience training across the northeastern U.S.

Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge.

“New York’s Kindest” includes Rock & Rawhide!

New Yorks KindestRock & Rawhide, the charity that helps increase adoption levels of dogs and cats in shelters, announced today that it is included in Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C)’s latest advertising campaign, “New York’s Kindest” for their donations and assistance in increasing adoption levels through distraction therapy.

The campaign encourages New Yorkers to support their city shelter by adopting, volunteering and donating to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals. The ads, featuring AC&C adopters, volunteers, and donors with the cats and dogs they love, will appear on subway platforms, in subway cars, in local publications and online.

Rock & Rawhide has been working with the city facilities to help increase awareness and adoption rates since their founding in late 2011. The charity’s efforts have included promotions through media partners, donation drive promotion and direct donations of toys, blankets, and related items.

“What better way to exemplify the success of, and further need for, support from the public than to spotlight those who have made a difference?,” says Sean-Patrick M. Hillman, Co-Founder, Chairman and President of Rock & Rawhide.

“Working with Animal Care and Control has been a fantastic experience for us. Helping them to realize the dream of absolute adoption is what we are all about and we look forward to more exciting programs with them,” continued Hillman.

As the only organization in New York City whose doors are open to any animal in need, AC&C rescues thousands of New York’s homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned animals each year. The nonprofit’s goal is to place every dog, cat and bunny in a new, loving home. But, as the new campaign underscores, the public’s involvement is key to its success.

To mark the launch of the campaign, AC&C is offering a “Be one of New York’s Kindest” adoption special. From February 25 through the end of March, the adoption fee will be just $20 for cats and rabbits, and $50 for dogs. All AC&C adoptions include vaccinations, a microchip, spay or neuter, one month of free pet health insurance and a free office visit at a participating veterinarian.

“Those who adopt an animal, volunteer to walk dogs or spend time with cats, or donate – whether it’s a financial contribution or toys and blankets – truly make a difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned pets, says Risa Weinstock, interim executive director. “They are New York’s Kindest.” “With increased support from the New York City community, we can save more lives.”

Additional participants featured in the campaign include adopter Al Carson and his best friend Soldier; the Richards family, who adopted their dog Leo from AC&C’s Brooklyn Care Center last December; Vineshia Whitaker and her adopted cat Cowboy; Alanna Nuala and her adopted cat Banjo; Tanya Turgeon, who was inspired to volunteer by her own dog Elsie.

About Rock & Rawhide
Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs, Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Less noise = less stress. In turn, dogs and cats can pass their evaluations at shelters, and show more of their personality, making them more adoptable. We collect items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.

About Animal Care & Control of NYC
Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) is the largest animal organization in the Northeast, rescuing more than 30,000 animals each year. As a non-profit organization since 1995, AC&C rescues, cares for and finds loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City. AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs. Visit AC&C’s website at for more information.

Cheetah sets new world speed record!

Sarah the cheetah broke her own world record!

© Ken Geiger/National Geographic Magazine

Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, broke her own world record by running 100m in 5.95 seconds on June 20, 2012. She was clocked at 61mph. Her run was photographed for a November 2012 National Geographic magazine article that will include never-before-seen high speed photographs and video of cheetah movement. Compare that to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, whose fastest time for the same distance is 9.58 seconds.

“At the Cincinnati Zoo it is our goal to inspire every visitor with wildlife every day, and nothing inspires awe like seeing a cheetah running full blast in our Cheetah Encounter. We are very proud of Sarah, our World Record Holder, since she is a terrific ambassador for her cheetah cousins in the wild,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “The Cincinnati Zoo has supported cheetah conservation in Africa for more than 20 years, and thankfully, cheetahs are the one species that has a chance to out run extinction.”

Learn more about National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, which helped fund the documentation of the run by visiting!