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Pet Lover Geek

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December 28th 2018:Making Cities More Dog Friendly

Anyone who owns a dog, wishes that they could take them anywhere and everywhere. Sadly, most places still can’t or won’t allow dogs. That is where today's guests come into play. Lorien sits down and talks with four women who are working hard to make more dog friendly towns & cities across America.

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Rebecca Eyre

Rebecca Eyre is the Director of Communications for DogSpot, a Brooklyn-based startup on a mission to make cities better places to have a dog and be a dog. DogSpot makes high-tech dog houses, offering dog owners a safe, clean and comfortable place to leave their dogs when they have to run into venues that can’t allow dogs due to healthcode limitations. Rebecca has worked in operations and strategy across industries including healthcare, philanthropy, and marketing — but the uniting thread of her career is her desire to participate in movements aimed at making the world better. As a dog lover and urban dog mom, DogSpot’s mission is an easy one for her to get behind. Rebecca holds an MA in Psyc
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Amy Burkert

Amy founded the award-winning pet travel website,, to make it easy for people to plan trips with their pets. She was no pet travel expert when she started, but she had a passion for helping people create memories with their pets that would last forever. She started the site with a database with over 60,000 pet friendly locations. To improve and to learn more about pet travel, she and her husband sold their house and went exploring the US and Canada with their two dogs for the last six years. In that time has grown into the Internet’s most complete database of pet friendly locations in the US and Canada.
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Beth Miller

The president and founder of Wagtown -- an organization committed to recognizing and enjoying the many benefits and opportunities of responsible dog-friendliness -- was recently recognized as a finalist for Advocate of the Year by Women in the Pet Industry Network. Miller’s causes, through Wagtown, include creating a healthier community for dogs with increased physical activity, more dog-friendly policies, eliminating breed profiling and advocating strong animal cruelty legislation.
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Dr. Carin Smith

Dr. Smith is semi-retired but still working on providing books for veterinarians to improve their businesses. Her work has focused on facilitation, training, consulting and writing for veterinary practices and industry, as well as evaluation of trends and opportunities in veterinary medicine. Dr. Smith is the author and publisher of many books and articles. In her spare time she volunteers in her community. For 5 years she led FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities), a group working to create a network of public, no-fee off-leash areas in her region. Her time there culminated with the opening of the first public dog park in North Central Washington State.
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