National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

September 8, 2014
Hosted by Pamela Hill

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Episode Description

For the kickoff of the new show Dogs Rock! Radio, we are heading to Ojai, CA to talk with the Foundation’s Executive Director, Debra Tosch. We will get an update on the beautiful new National Training Center, talk about all the well-earned accolades this great organization is getting, catch up on some 2013 and 2014 deployments, and talk about what comes next for the Search Dog Foundation. And of course, get the latest and greatest on our Sponsor Dog, Little Jaxson!

Dogs Rock! Radio

Dogs Rock! Radio

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It has often been said that the love of a dog is the closest thing to divine love we will ever receive in this world. To honor that, our show will highlight the unique human/canine connection by speaking of the strengths, sorrows and stories of purpose that dogs bring to our lives. We will learn about the miraculous ways that non-profit agencies train dogs to better the lives of the people they serve, and how that enriches the dog’s life as well. Through call in stories, we will hear about the deep connection, bravery, silliness, and love shared between a dog and everyone its life touches. We will also cover important topics such as training, wellness and maintaining your dog’s health and fitness. If you love dogs, this is the show for you!

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Pamela Hill

Pamela Hill

By trade, Pamela Hill is a business professional with over twenty five years of experience in business continuity planning, disaster and emergency preparedness for a wide variety of industries.

After a successful run as a VoiceAmerica Host on Fear is Negotiable: Business Survival Skills 101, covering emergency preparedness in businesses, she decided to switch gears to talk about her true passion, dogs and their uniquely close relationship with humans.

Pam’s love affair with all things canine started when she was young, where she traveled throughout the west coast competing in dog shows with her client’s dogs, and also in obedience events with her own dogs. That was a long time ago, but the love of dogs was like a siren song, calling her back.

Now, Pam is focusing the show on education and creating awareness of all the ways dogs and human enrich each other’s lives.

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November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

  • 9/29/2014: National Police Dog Foundation Listen Now
  • 9/22/2014: Center for Canine Behavior Studies Listen Now
  • 9/15/2014: 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition Listen Now
  • 9/8/2014: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Listen Now

Kathryn Bowers

She was a staff editor at The Atlantic and a writer and producer at CNN International. She has edited and written popular and academic books and teaches a course at UCLA on medical narrative. View Guest page

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Mary Margaret Callahan

Mary Margaret Callahan is the Senior National Director, Program Development for Pet Partners. Mary Margaret started her career as a classroom teacher before moving into program development. Passionate about educational programming, she particularly enjoys creating continuing education opportunities. The daughter of a veterinarian, animals have always been a significant part of her life. She currently has two dogs, Spin and Mimi, and dreams of the day when she will have a mini horse. View Guest page

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Georgia Cameron

Georgia Cameron is the owner of Life’s is Better Rescue, which she co-founded back in 2010. Life is Better Rescue’s goal is simple. It’s not just about preventing needless death, it’s about creating a life worth living for all animals. Since its inception, Life is Better Rescue has rescued over 2,500 animals on the verge of euthanasia. View Guest page

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W. Bruce Cameron

W. Bruce Cameron is a Benchley award winning author and 2011 NSNC Newspaper Columnist of the year. Bruce’s novel A Dog’s Purpose spent 52 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list. The sequel, A Dog’s Journey, was an instant best seller as well. His most recent book, Dogs of Christmas, was published in 2013. Now, all three dog books are in development with major movie studios, with Bruce acting as co-writer on each film. Bruce has a new book coming out in October 2014, “The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man”, as well as a movie he co-wrote, “Muffin Top: A Love Story”, coming out in November 2014. View Guest page

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Canine Companions for Independence

Dr. Ron Dalzell

Dr. Ron Dalzell, D.V.M., is a veterinarian and co-founder of the National Police Dog Foundation. He is a Board member and was owner of a busy veterinary hospital which has treated police K-9’s, pro-bono, for the past 25 years. His practice also included a Wildlife rehab for 20 years. Since selling his hospital in 2006, most of his retirement has been devoted to continuing care of police K-9’s in his Police K-9 Medical Unit, a donated ambulance. View Guest page

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Senior Deputy Danni Delpt

Senior Deputy Danni Delpt is a K-9 Officer with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept. where she has worked for the past 20 years. She has been assigned to the K-9 unit and to her K-9 partner Dano for the past 4 years. Prior to being in the K-9 unit, Danni was a Gang Officer as, well as being a Field Training Officer training deputies on patrol. She has an incredible story of how her K-9 saved her life, and how her K-9 was the first recipient of the NPDF ‘K-9 Hero of the Year Award’ for his actions in saving her life. View Guest page

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Dr. Nicholas Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Tufts Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences. He is one of the world’s most celebrated veterinary behaviorists. In 1981, Dr. Dodman immigrated from Scotland to the US where he became a faculty member of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Shortly after his arrival, he became interested in the field of animal behavior. After spending several years in this area of research, he founded the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts in 1986. Dr. Dodman has written many bestselling books including The Dog Who Loved Too Much, Dogs Behaving Badly, If Only They Could Speak followed Puppy’s First Steps, The Well-Adjusted Dog and Good Old Dog. Dr. Dodman regularly appears on radio and television including 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, World News Tonight, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and CNN, among others. View Guest page

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Laure MacConnell

Laure MacConnell has been a registered team with her dog, Remy, since 2008. She is also a licensed instructor and evaluator for Pet Partners. Laure is from Anchorage, AK and coordinates the Pet Assisted Wellness Services (PAWS) at Providence Alaska Medical Center. View Guest page

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Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.

She earned her degrees at Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco. She is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves on the medical advisory board of the Los Angeles. Zoo as a cardiovascular consultant. Her writing has appeared in many scientific and medical publications. View Guest page

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Laurie Santos, Ph. D.



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Angie Schacht-Escudero

Angie Schacht-Escudero, is the NW Region Development Associate and Instructor for Canine Companions for Independence. She has worked at Canine Companions for over 10 years. She apprenticed at Canine Companions for three years to become an Assistance Dogs International-certified instructor, and continued working with assistance dogs and their handlers for the next five years. Angie brought her extensive knowledge of Canine Companions’ programs to her new role as a development associate. View Guest page

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Kyra Sundance

KYRA SUNDANCE is a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Show performer, celebrity dog trainer, and internationally bestselling author, based in Palmdale, California. Her world-acclaimed acrobatic Stunt Dog Team performs on premier stages at circuses, professional sports halftime shows, and on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Ellen, ET, Worldwide Fido Awards, Animal Planet, and more. Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports, works as a set trainer for dog actors, and lectures for international professional dog organizations. Kyra authored international bestselling books 101 Dog Tricks, 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition, 51 Puppy Tricks, The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook, The Dog Rules, 101 Ways to Do More With Your Dog, and 10-Minute Dog Training Games. She stars in award winning DVDs including Best of 101 Dog Tricks and Best Puppy Tricks. As an animal spokesperson, Kyra serves as a media pet expert, hosts animal events and makes media and celebrity appearances. View Guest page

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Debra Tosch

With 15 years of experience in Search and Rescue, Debra Tosch served as a FEMA-Certified Canine Search Specialist with her SDF-trained Search Dog Abby (Wilma’s dog Murphy’s pup) as a part of California Task Force 1. She was deployed to the World Trade Center on 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the La Conchita mudslide near Santa Barbara as well as other urban and wilderness emergencies, all while acting as SDF Program Director. In 2005, Debra retired from active service to succeed Wilma as SDF’s Executive Director. She currently serves on the FEMA Canine Sub-Group and is a FEMA Search Team Testing Evaluator. View Guest page

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