Curious About Dog Breeds? Cat Breeds?
It's Time to Meet the Breeds!
Don’t know the difference between a Borzoi from a Beagle – or a Savannah from a Bengal cat? No worries. American Kennel Club spokesperson Lisa Peterson goes to the dogs – and cats – in this special episode of the Oh Behave Show and shares insights into various breeds as well as her lifelong love of pets. Her appearance is timed for the upcoming 5th annual Meet the Breeds event being held Sept. 28-29 in New York City where attendees get the chance to mingle with more than 200 dog and cat breeds, watch them perform sporting events and speak with top pet experts. Talk about paw power!
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Lisa Peterson has embraced the sport of purebred dogs for more than 20
years as an owner, breeder and handler in conformation and obedience. Her
Elvemel Norwegian Elkhounds have consistently won major awards at Regional
and National Specialties in the United States and Canada under breederjudges
from America, Canada, England and Norway. As a junior she competed
in top-rated equestrian events and earned hunt colors with the Fairfield
County Hounds. A communications professional, Lisa enjoyed a 20-year career as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
• NBC’s Today in New York
• Fox News Channel — multiple appearances
• Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, GMA Radio
• Quoted Expert in The New York Times, USA
Today and The Washington Post among hundreds
of other print, radio and TV outlets
• Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
(Former AKC Delegate)
• Newtown Kennel Club
• Greenwich Kennel Club
• Dog Writers Association of America
• Freelance magazine writer published in AKC
Gazette, AKC Family Dog, and Connecticut
Magazine, among others
• Columnist: Lisa’s Living with Dogs and Ask AKC
• Former daily newspaper staff writer
• University of Bridgeport BA degree in Political
• Society of Professional Journalists SDX award
Sport of Purebred Dog Highlights:
• More than a dozen Norwegian Elkhound AKC
• National Specialty BOS,Award of Merit, Puppy
and Veteran Sweepstakes winners
Transcription by Rev.com
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Arden: Welcome to the "Oh Behave!" show on Pet Life Radio. I'm your host, Arden Moore. Our special guest today is Lisa Petersen. Her official title is Spokesperson for the American Kennel Club, but this gal knows dogs and she also knows cats, and she has devoted her life to bringing out the best in pets all over the country. She's here today to help us understand why there are so many dog and cat breeds and have a little fun by sharing some fascinating facts about different breeds. Now, if you don’t know a Borzoi from a Beagle, or a Bengal from a Savannah, don’t worry, you soon will.
I want you all to stay tuned, because Lisa is going to spotlight these breeds and more right after we take this commercial break; so sit and stay, we'll be right back.
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"Oh Behave!" is back with more tail-wagging ways to achieve harmony in the household with your pets. Now back to your fetching host, America's pet edutainer, Arden Moore.
Arden: Welcome back to the "Oh Behave!" show on Pet Life Radio. I'm your host, Arden Moore.
Lisa Petersen from the American Kennel Club is in the house … well, actually, she's on the phone. Hey, paws up, Lisa.
Lisa: Hey, Arden, how are you today?
Arden: I'm doing great … well, should I say grrrreat! Right?
Arden: All right, you're going to just have to deal with this. The punster is engaged in my body. Just speaking of that, Lisa actually wears many collars in the pet world, among them, of course, being a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club. She is also a professional breeder of Norwegian Elkhounds. She is a pet journalist. You have seen her being interviewed in the New York Times, on NPR, on Fox News, and many, many, many other media outlets.
I've just got to say we're delighted that she's here today, because she's going to share some fascinating facts about different dog and cat breeds and alert you to a very special annual event that comes up on September 28th and 29th in New York City. We're talking about the Meet the Breeds event, and it's being staged at the Jacob Javits Center.
Lisa, I'm really glad you're on my show. What took you so long to be on my show, Girl?
Lisa: I've just been real busy with the dogs lately. You know how it is. But we're glad to be here with you, Arden.
Arden: So you're working like a dog, huh?
Lisa: I am working like a dog, absolutely.
Arden: I never hear the expression, "Working like a cat." I wonder what that means.
Lisa: Well, I think cats are smarter.
Arden: "We're not pulling that sled. We're not fetching that remove. Have that little dog do it," right?
Lisa: Exactly. Exactly. You know, dog is man's best friend, and I think man is cat's best friend.
Arden: I have a theory, and before we get into the different breeds, I go, like you, around the country and we talk to people about dogs and cats. You always see people saying, "Oh, my dog loves me! Look at this," and they always have their picture on their phone and all that. Right, Lisa?
Lisa: Oh, absolutely. It's like the first point of contact. It's like, "Oh, you have a dog," and out comes the smartphone.
Arden: And you never see their children or grandchildren on the smartphone face page, right?
Lisa: I have a theory about that. In fact, there are actually more households in America that have pets than have children, so I think that’s why we see more dogs and cats on the smartphone.
Arden: Well, also, I think that our pets might behave better than our children. That’s my theory, too.
So we say, "Oh, my gosh! My dog really loves me. This is really great," and everybody nods their head; but if you say, "My dog really loves me and I think my cats love me, too." Do you ever get that? I mean, it's like … I think we can't really tell where we stand with the c-a-t-s in life sometimes."
Lisa: The dogs, I think, are very demonstrative in their emotions and their feelings because they have that tail that they can wag at varying intervals; whereas, cats, they sort of present themselves as this very aloof personality, so I think cats are harder to read than dogs, but I think that they both have the same level of emotions.
Arden: Yeah, I joking say, "I think that dogs put the D in drool, the O in obey, the G in goofy, and the S in 'seconds please," but in my view I think cats put the C in candid, the A in attitude, the T in tenacious, and the S in 'so what?'"
Arden: There are how many dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club? It keeps popping up. I love watching the shows that you guys have each year with the different … Meet the Breeds and the events. How many are we up to now being recognized by the AKC?
Lisa: We're up to 180 different breeds that are recognized by the AKC. There are about 400 worldwide breeds, so we're almost at the halfway mark.
Arden: There are almost 400?
Lisa: Yes. Yes.
Arden: Oh, my gosh. I did not know that. You know, you think about it, "All right. I hope God doesn’t come and put a big old lightning bolt in me, but for the most part, elephants look like elephants, giraffes look like giraffes, cats mainly look like cats; but what up with dogs, Lisa? You’ve got dogs that could fit in your hand and dogs could put you in their paw, right?
Lisa: Right. Dogs are amazing because they're so diverse for being of the same species, from the little tiny 6-pound Chihuahua up to the Great Dane of the Mastiff, a 200-pound dog. What's great about those breeds is that they certainly reflect all the ways in which they’ve helped man over the centuries, doing that job, helping us survive, whether it was hunting for food originally or helping us get fish out of nets, for example.
It's such a great variety to choose from. There's almost … there's something for everybody. Every lifestyle, certainly, can be fit into those 180-plus breeds.
Arden: Tell us about what's happening September 28th and 29th in New York City … Meet the Breeds; and I do want folks after the show to dash over the meetthebreeds.com and they’ll be able to find it; or they can go to akc.org.
This is a very special event that you guys hold every year, right?
Lisa: Absolutely. AKC Meet the Breeds is an annual event. This is our fifth year. It's brought to you by Pet Partners, and it's the American Kennel Club along with the International Cat Association. We bring together the largest gathering of dogs and cats in the world, over 200 breeds of cats and dogs.
It's a really family-friendly event, and the best part … at least that I like … about this event is that you have all these beautifully-decorated booths with cats and kittens and dogs, and you are talking directly to experts, to breeders, to people who have spent their lives with the specific breeds, so there's really no better place to get firsthand information about how a specific dog breed could fit into your lifestyle.
Arden: You also have some actual events like agility and fly ball. Are cats doing anything? Are they strutting a cat walk or what?
Lisa: It's funny you say that because both dogs and cats do agility at this event. We have a great big demonstration ring in the middle, and we'll have a Kitty Couture fashion show, we'll have dog agility.
Arden: <cat fight sound>
Lisa: Exactly. For the first time this year we'll actually have a dog fashion. There's a lot of fun things certainly, but there's also a lot of great dog sports activities that you may want to get involved with with your dog, whether it's a purebred or a mixed-breed dog, such as agility or obedience, things like that.
It's so great because it's very visual with the booths, and then there's a lot of activity happening in the demonstration rings.
Arden: What's the difference, do you see, in a dog doing agility versus a cat doing agility? I know that the setup is a little bit similar, but how do you motivate a cat to go through a tunnel and weave holes and all that, without getting a little pissed at you.
Lisa: I've watched the cat agility, and I've also been researching the cat breeds a little bit, and there are some breeds that are more trainable than others. The difference, the main difference I see, is that the cats follow a little lure, if you will, that the handler is holding; whereas, the dog handlers in the dog agility, they're trained their dogs through voice or hand commands, so there's not that little extra piece of equipment, if you will. I think they're all driven by positive rewards and motivations at the end of a job well done.
It's a really great way to watch how athletic both the cats and the dogs are, to see how amazing they can run fast around an agility course, jumping, turning, twisting. It's a great spectator sport, too. It's something you can really get behind your favorite competitors.
Arden: I have a cat that’s a bit of a chow hound, and her name is Zeki. She's a Turkish Van mix, and she's a certified therapy cat and the only cat, to our knowledge, that is in pet first aid. She's my assistant with my dog. I'm a master instructor, and we teach very much hands-on pet first aid with Chipper, my Husky-Golden Retrieve mix … can you say vacuum cleaner? … and Zeki, this kitty cat that has never met a stranger, has a bunch of dogs that come to play with her at my house. I think someone forgot to tell her she's a cat. I'm just wondering how she would do in agility, because she never does that typical perimeter prowl like cats do when they first come into a place. Lisa, if you have low-sodium deli turkey anywhere on you, she is your best friend.
Lisa: It's true. It's true. One of the great things about pet ownership, and especially training, is discovering what your pet's favorite motivation is. [crosstalk 00: 11: 08] low-sodium deli slices, or my dogs, it's garlic-flavored liver.
Arden: Oh, my God. I'm not getting a kiss by your two dogs. Let's talk about them. You’ve got two beautiful Norwegian Elkhounds, and I love their names. Go ahead, shout out to them.
Lisa: Of course. Jinx and Linx. They are a mother-son duo, and they are currently ruling my household. I've been a breeder for 35 years of Norwegian Elkhounds and I really love the breed; I'm passionate about them. They originally are used, and still used today in Norway, to hunt moose. All they hunt in my backyard are squirrels and the occasional chipmunk.
Arden: Who is the mama and who is the son?
Lisa: Jinx is the mother and Linx is her son. They are both adults; Jinx is 10 and Linx is 6 years old. Right now Jinx is a retired AKC champion, and Linx is learning obedience at home. They keep my company.
Arden: Yeah, but he's a mama's boy, isn't he?
Lisa: He really is.
Arden: That’s not a bad thing, is it?
Lisa: I hate to say that. Well, you know, it's funny to watch them together because they’ve been together since birth, Linx has, so he's very attached to his mother, but he's also learned a lot from her. Also with pets, people who get multiple pets, you notice that the new pet learns from the existing pet [crosstalk 00: 12: 33] the top dog, if you will.
Arden: Good and bad.
Lisa: I've notice that up close and personal with Jinx and Linx. A lot of people think about adding a second animal to their household, a second pet. Let's say you have a specific breed of dog or cat and you want to add another one. Coming to Meet the Breeds would be to ask, say, the owner of a Bengal cat, "How would it get along with a Savannah or some other type of breed."
Arden: I think having that opportunity with Meet the Breed. I mean, if you are anywhere in the New York area, folks, please pop in on September 28th or 29th to the Javits Center and, seriously, get a goldmine of information from the very best experts. Right, Lisa?
Lisa: Absolutely. These people who are manning the booths, dedicated breeders, people who are involved with rescue, people who really know the breed inside and out can give the best knowledge available anywhere.
Arden: So your background, you're an expert with the Norwegian Elkhound. I guess with the last name of Petersen, are you having some kind of Nordic heritage in yourself.
Lisa: I am, actually. I'm Swedish and [crosstalk 00: 13: 39] Norwegian, so next I'm going to go out and get a Swedish Valhund.
Arden: Ya, ya, ya, ya! And drink a little Swedish glog. My grandma was … one grandma was Swedish, the other one was American Indian, so I guess I'm a mutt; but we went from a Johnson and a Rainwater. How's that?
Lisa: There you go. It's great about the heritage of these breeds, because the booths at Meet the Breeds are decorated like that.
Arden: Oh, really?
Lisa: Last year we had the Pembroke Corgi there, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Their booth had Queen Elizabeth in it, because it's one of her breeds of choice. The Cairn Terrier booth was dressed up like the Wizard of Oz with Dorothy and all the characters there.
If you like references to pop culture or history, Meet the Breeds booths you can see it all.
Arden: You just hit a heart button on me. My last dog was a Pembroke by the name of Jazz, and I am in love with the Corgi breed. I jokingly say that they're a cross between Robin Williams and the Three Stooges because of their brilliant comedian talents. What do you think?
Lisa: Which stooge? Curly?
Arden: Well, I'm joking because Chipper, my dog I rescued, is not almost 11, and I told you she's a Husky-Golden Retriever. She looks like a Corgi on stilts with a tail.
Lisa: I love the Swedish Valhund because I think they look like a Norwegian Elkhound-Corgi cross, but they are a distinct breed and they're really cool.
Arden: Let's do the difference between those two Nordic breeds … the Elkhound … just to give people an idea. "Yeah, they're coming from the same part of the world but they're different."
Lisa: The Elkhound and the Swedish Valhund?
Lisa: For example, the Swedish Valhund is low to the ground. It does have a body type of a Corgi, shorter legs and long body, and it's a herding breed. It's original job is to help herd in the Nordic farmlands, if you will.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a hound. It's actually sort of a multipurpose dog. They were also herders and guard dogs on the Norwegian farms, but also they have a very keen nose and sense of hearing and sight to track after moose.
The two dogs have similar hair, the Spitz-like double coats, prick ears, the pointy nose in order do their jobs really well, but they're very different dogs and had very different jobs.
Arden: Watch out, Bullwinkle! What made you fall in love with that breed. Obviously you know a lot about the Elkhounds and you’ve been doing this for three decades, so how did you get smitten first by this breed and what makes you just really be one of their champions?
Lisa: I actually first was introduced to the breed by watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on television, and I thought they were a really cool-looking breed. I had had a Siberian Husky prior to that, when I was younger, and I thought, "Well, let's check it out." There happened to be a breeder in our neighborhood, and we went over and learned about the breed, and decided that this would be a great fit for my lifestyle at the time. I was in college where I lived.
I had shown horses as a kid, and I wanted to do something similar with dogs, so I discovered this breed and started to show them, and it was a lot of fun. Eventually I started to become a breeder because I was involved in showing, and I was just smitten with them. They're very loyal. They have a great personality. They can be very funny, comic certainly. They do bark a lot if something's going on, so I like that aspect about them.
Arden: It's more of an alert bark, right?
Lisa: Exactly, an alert bark; and then also, even though the coat is very big, it sheds, I have a furricane in my house often.
Arden: Furricane … that’s a good one.
Lisa: I love grooming dogs. I love getting involved with them. Their coats fits my lifestyle.
Arden: We're speaking with Lisa Petersen. She is a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club. We've got a big event coming up September 28th and 29th in New York City. It's called Meet the Breeds, and we're going to learn more about some dog breeds and kitty breeds, but we have to take a commercial break.
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We are back from the lot, just checked the paper and we had a record showing at the box. The litter box that is. Now back to Oh, Behave! Here's Arden.
Arden: Welcome back to the Oh Behave! show on Pet Life Radio. I'm your host, Arden Moore. Our special guest today is Lisa Petersen. She's with the American Kennel Club.
Lisa, you have now just added a new word to my dictionary … furricane. Please define.
Lisa: A furricane is when you have dogs that shed profusely in your house and you haven't vacuumed in a while.
Arden: So having Jinx and Linx, a couple of Norwegian Elkhounds in your house, you never black, do you? Or do you?
Lisa: Actually, I wear black quite often, and I have multiple sticky rollers strategically placed around the house and in my car and in my office.
Arden: That sounds good. We were talking about the fact that there is such a diversity in dog breeds, and the American Kennel Club has recognized about 180; but you said that worldwide there are about 400. It seems like each years there's a few that get added to the American Kennel Club. I'm thinking that the Westminster dog show in February, it's going to end up being a three-day event by the time we finally crown a champion.
Lisa: It's interesting about the different breeds that are being added to the American Kennel Clubs. They're existing breeds from around the world, and when they become recognized it means there's a group of people here in the United States who are dedicated to the breed, are breeders, and they want to compete with their dogs in AKC events; so it really depends on how many people come to the US or are here that get these new breeds.
For example, one of the recent breeds we got was the Chinook, which is a native breed to the State of New Hampshire, so that one's country of origin is the United States.
Arden: Tell me a little bit about that one. I don't know that one. Tell me about that breed.
Lisa: The Chinook was originally used as a sled dog up in the New Hampshire, and it was used by some of the early explorers of the Arctic and Antarctic, Admiral Perry, and they are a cream-colored … they don’t look like your typical sled dog, if you think of Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, those types; they are a little more Shepherd-like in their appearance and coat, but they are native to New Hampshire. They were started a little more north, and today they call New Hampshire Home.
Arden: That’s cool. At this Meet the Breeds event they're going to be showcasing over 200 dog and cat breeds, and I like how you were saying earlier that we get their heritage involved in their booths and all that; but for our feline fans out there, I wanted … people think cats are cats. No they're not. They have a lot of diversity, too.
I understand you're going to give us a couple of contrasting breeds. Can you tell us a little bit about the difference between, say, the Savannah versus the Bengal, because I know TICA, which represents The International Cat Association, is going to be joining forces with the American Kennel Club at this even. So let's get a little catty in a good way, Lisa.
Lisa: Great. I love the Savannah and the Bengal. In fact, I met a Savannah for the first time last year and got up close and personal with it when we were doing some media. This breed looks like a wild cat, if you will. It has spots sort of like a leopard or a cat that you'd see in the jungle and in the wild. They're considered … how do they put it? … not exactly a lap cat. They're very, very curious. They are …
Arden: I think the only lap would be them swimming laps or running laps, not [on a 00: 24: 09] lap, right?
Lisa: No. They're very curious, so they're really busy and they're active. They're always checking things out and looking around, but they do need a lot of daily interaction with their owners, because they are very loyal. Even though they're curious and they like to look around, they still also like a human interaction. They also have a distinct in that their ears are very large and very tall, and they sit right up on the top of their heads, so a little different than, say, your traditional cat ears which are a little smaller, and other types of ears certainly, but that’s kind of their main feature … the spots, the ears.
Arden: Can they tune in better? Is this like a little sonar going on on top of their heads?
Lisa: Possibly. They are quite tall and they're scooped, so I'm imaging that their hearing is pretty good as well.
That’s the Savannah, and then contrast that with the Bengal. These are very active, athletic cats, and they are also the most popular cat breed, according to TICA's registration statistics. These cats have the stripes, the sort of striped pattern and other type of different patterns with spots, and very tiger-looking, very jungle-like; but they're very well-muscled. They're an athletic cat, and what they seem to love to do more than anything is jump into very high places. They're not the kind that hangs around the floor all the time. You'll find them more on the top of the refrigerator. They are active, athletic, well-muscled, medium to large cats.
When you're looking at something for lifestyle, if you want something like a lap cat or something that’s going to say very quiet, this is probably not it; but there are others that are like that. They are the most popular because of their athleticism and the fact that they just look really cool and awesome.
Arden: I think the other one that’s in contention on the other end is the Persian which is more of a "I hope you're a librarian for a living," kind of cat. They're more sweet and quiet.
Lisa: Right. I met a couple last year. The American Curl Longhair was absolutely beautiful, and some of those like the Burmese cats and other ones, and even the hairless cats are so enchanting. You hold them and you can just feel their warmth on their skin. They're just a very unique experience.
Arden: How did you get into the pet world? You are a journalist, you are a breeder, you're representing the American Kennel Club. I'm just thinking of you on a little swing set someday, wherever you grew up, going, "One day I'm going to have dogs and kitties." What got you into this profession?
Lisa: It's interesting because I actually grew up on a large estate in Westchester County. My grandparents were the superintendents, so we all lived on the estate where they were employed. They had German Shepherd dogs and donkeys and things, so that my early introduction to animals.
When I was little I also saw a lot of horses, and I just love dogs. I think we got our first dog when I was about a year old. It was mixed breed dog, looked like a Shetland Sheepdog from the local shelter … back then dog pound is what they called it … but basically we got a dog, and I that dog was with me everywhere. We got Scottish terriers after that. I learned to ride the donkey.
I really had lots of pets and animals in my life, and I just felt a real affinity to them. They were wonderful companionships. I didn’t have any brothers or sisters, so when I was young they were my friends.
Arden: Well, I think the doggone planet is feline fine thanks to people like you, Lisa. How's that? Are you going to groan later after the show? "Oh, my gosh. I had to be on her show."
Lisa: No, not at all. Not at all.
Arden: I think they give us a little sense of play. I just went around the country. I was on a media tour, and I got to be in different places in the country and talk to different people about what their dogs bring to them. It was a really nice survey, so I'm going to ask you this, Lisa. What do Linx and Jinx bring to you? What do they do to you that just brings out the best in you.
Lisa: I look at Jinx and Linx, and as their breeder, I'm so fortunate in that I bred both of them and I was able to not only whelp them but have them from the very beginning of their life, which was really special; but when I see them every day, it also reminds me of what a wonderful experience I've had with breeding and showing dogs and doing obedience and other things with animals.
In position now I'm able to give back, so to speak, to people who might be interested in dogs or different breeds or that sort of thing.
For me they represent my day job, if you will, and I just am really fortunate to be able to share my passion with other people on a daily basis.
Arden: I love the names.
Lisa: Jinx and Linx. Well, don’t ever do that. I'll give you …
Arden: Because they both come when you call them?
Lisa: Well, if I want them both to come at the same time I just say, "Inx," and they both arrive.
Arden: That’s a good things isn't it.
Lisa: It is, but you then get confused when you … they also … Linx had a sister named Minx as well.
Arden: Oh, my gosh. If you were like George Foreman and had children, I can just imaging they would all be named rhyming names, right?
Lisa: Right, right. People and their dog's names are something that’s a fascinating study because I think that, over the years, the names have changed, and the reasons why … you look at dog, a person's pet, and their name, and it really is a great reflection of their own personality.
Arden: Well, so mine are Chipper, Cleo, Murphy and Zekie; but Chipper is easy because she's the Husky-Golden Retriever, and you know the grin that Huskies have … right? … and the Golden, so she's got that winning smile; but I like to play golf, and so my short game has improved immensely when I go, "Chippa!" as I try to chip onto the green. Cleo came with her name, Murphy after Murphy Brown, and Zekie because of her Turkish Van heritage. I found out that that is Turkish for clever and courageous.
So what do you think?
I'm finally getting better. I used to have a calico named Callie, so Lisa, help me. Am I getting better on my names?
Lisa: Well, you know, I've had one cat in my life when I was little, and it was calico and her names was Callie.
Arden: See. I mean …
Lisa: Everybody does that. Jinx and Linx are actually named after … there's a James Bond theme that goes through their names. Jinx's registered name is For Your Eyes Only, and she's named Jinx after the Hallie Berry character that was in the Bond film.
Arden: I remember that. Very good!
Lisa: Linx … yeah I just did it … Linx's registered name is Casino Royale, which was the first Daniel Craig movie as well.
Arden: I can see we're going to the next Bond movie together, girl. I'll buy the popcorn.
Lisa: Absolutely. You're on.
Arden: All right. That’s a deal. Okay, folks, we're speaking with Lisa Petersen. She's with the American Kennel Club. I want you guys in the New York area to get your tails over September 28th and 29th to the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This is the fifth annual AKC and PICA Meet the Breeds. You're going to learn about more than 200 dog and cat breeds. You're going to see cats doing agility. You're going to see dogs in rally and fly-ball. You're going to see them walking the catwalk, strutting their stuff. There's a lot of experts. This is like a brain trust of pets. Anything you want to know about the breeds are going to be there. Right Lisa?
Lisa: Absolutely, and there's going to be over 100 vendors, so if you love to shop for your favorite pet. It's also an ideal place to get started on your Christmas list for all your pet lovers.
Arden: It's all being sponsored for Pet Partners; it's a leading pet healthcare provider. We do a paws-up to them, too, for making the even happen each and every year.
Lisa, I hope to meet you in person someday. I salute you for everything you're doing. Chipper and Cleo want you to give Linx and Jinx a healthy treat them; they share. I just thank you for being a guest on the show.
Lisa: Will do, and I'll let Jinx and Linx that you send your positively love along.
Arden: That’s good. Also at this time, folks, I want to thank my producer, Mark Winter. He makes this show happen each and every week. Go to the Pet Life Radio network. We have great hosts. We gave more than 6 million people tuning into our shows all over the planet. And a special shout to my listeners, who've been very loyal, in Singapore. Glad that you guys tune in. Thanks for doing that.
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