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Dr. Nancy Soares VMD, founder and owner of Macungie Animal Hospital, takes very seriously the significant roles that pets play in our lives. She traces her own passion for animals and aspiration to be a veterinarian back to the age of eight, when she met Harvey, a black lab owned by family friends. Nancy Soares graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in veterinary medicine. While still a student, Soares helped found and direct the Pet Visitation Program at the University. Modeled after the human patient program at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, this program allowed for the first time owners to visit their hospitalized pets. The program honors the bond between pets and their owners and the integral role this connection plays in the healing process. Dr. Soares also adds being a proud co-founder of We Are Pet Nation to her list of achievements.



Julia Szabo is nationally recognized as the authority on living and traveling stylishly with pets. Her expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Real Simple, Family Circle, and Cesar’s Way, among many others, and she’s a frequent guest of “Morning Living” on Sirius Radio’s Martha Stewart Channel. The author of six lifestyle books, including the acclaimed “Animal House Style” and “Pretty Pet-Friendly,” she produces the daily “Living With Dogs” column for Dogster.com and Traditional Home’s monthly “Star Style” column, a feature about design and the zodiac. She lives in New York City with her family of rescued dogs and cats, including Lazarus the pit bull (pictured). Follow her on Twitter @PetReporter1333335



Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, canine music expert, and pet blogger for Care2.com.  By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-founded Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs, and is the pianist on the music series. She has presented at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ annual conferences and has appeared on the CBS Early Show.  Lisa has been a devoted volunteer at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and a  puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her performance tours include fundraising “canine concerts” for non-profit animal organizations, including a recent event for the Doris Day Animal Fund. She is the local director for Camp Unleashed Sequoia Lake, CA.  Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two adorable “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Sanchez takes the words “career changed” literally, as he has enjoyed agility, musical canine freestyle, and acting careers. Gina is a new agility enthusiast.  As a concert pianist, Lisa has won first prizes in Chopin competitions in New York and Los Angeles and has performed in China, Poland, Spain, France, Italy and throughout the U.S.   Lisa can be found at www.ThroughaDogsEar.com on Facebook and Twitter @ThroughADogsEar3535343333


Jaime Lynn Smith, Administrator/Owner/Author of http://thoughtsfurpaws.com
Some people call me a fanatic – and I believe there are lots of me out there. I call myself an “Animaniac,” but pet fanatic is okay, too. Since I was six, I have had an adoration, love & respect for all creatures that most parents can only hope to instill in their children. I write my blog & contribute to various sites, including IAMS’ sponsored The Dog Daily/The Daily Cat, the Bissell Pack of Pet Lovers and (NBC Universal’s) Petside.com, which has Annual Pet Net Events. I share personal stories, educate others, advocate for animals & learn all at once! I write most frequently about animal welfare causes/legislation, the “politics of pets,” i.e., recent pet issues, puppy mill industry, & how people can get involved locally/nationally. I love being a pet blog consultant for two large national (anonymous) organizations – it’s just one more way I can contribute. I also volunteer here in Ohio for state/national causes including banning dog auctions, passing animal cruelty legislation, puppy mill bills, et al. I have close relationships with many legislators b/c of my level of volunteer activity & intimate knowledge of the political process, which aids many animal welfare groups who are small and/ or unfamiliar with this tricky process. Find Jaime Lynn on Twitter @ThoughtsFurPaws121212

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