KPETS - Keynotes Newsletter      
December 2013
Celebrating 10 Years of 
Touching Lives and Warming Hearts
 Upcoming Events
Women's York College Basketball Games
Important Links

 To visit our website


Volunteers' Blogs

Chester Rima






Karen and the kids





Send us your pup's page and we'll add it to our list!

We NEED YOU  to report your Volunteer hours

CLICK HERE for a link to a video on how to log your hours!


To get to Tickspot, you can click here or go to the "I'm a Registered Volunteer" section on the KPETS website under the "Volunteer" tab. 


If you have problems, please let us know. We'll do all we can to help you!


On behalf of KPETS, Karen and the Kids wish you all a Christmas filled with fun, family and friends! 
The Photo was taken by 
at  Pet Headquarters Palmyra. 
                     When you shop at AMAZON 
you can raise funds for KPETS!

Do ALL your on-line shopping through 
KPETS Amazon link and support KPETS as you do it!
2014 KPETS Kalendars 
are now available! 

$12.00 pick up at our office

or email at for shipping info
These calendars with photos of our fabulous therapy dogs will make a great Holiday Gift!!!! 
Meet our Sponsors for December: 

Rent Sponsor for the YEAR! : 
Phone Sponsor:  Kate Galinus,  In Memoryof Lexi
  and in honor of Wendy  McKelvy & Adella Houck
Internet Sponsor: Diane and Keith Rima, In Honor of Chester's December 1st birthday.
Printer Sponsor:  Open


Please consider filling any of the open spots on our Resource Page.  For information click on the link below!  Thank you!

Funding Update
by Kathleen Herr
                                       KPETS Development Coordinator 
 KPETS has been awarded $5,000 from the Anne B. Sweigart Foundation to fund Sammy 's Legacy 5K Run to be held in Ephrata the summer of 2014.  Watch for more information! 
 KPETS was also awarded $1,000 from Wells Fargo Bank in support of KPETS programming.  
The Extraordinary Give, 2013 netted over $12,000 in donations and $1,000 as a special prize.  Totals will be announced at a later date.  Thank you for all of your help and support both financially and by volunteering.  We had 12 volunteer teams along with Doug Hopwood, a member of the KPETS board, and Charlie Keller from Petsmart (our technical support persons who were invaluable) assist at Penn Cinema on Nov. 22 for the event.   Remember to log your hours in Tickspsot, so we can apply it to our outcomes for more funding opportunities.
                                             Thank You!!
EXTRAORDINARY GIVE was a huge success for KPETS and we are so grateful for all who contributed.  Many donated in Honor or Memory of Loved ones both human and canine!  Thank you!  
      Please click here to see the tribute that is on the KPETS website.
Volunteer Recognition
   We want to thank ALL the KPETS' volunteers who so selflessly give to KPETS and our communities by visiting, staffing info booths, doing presentations and so much more. YOU  are what make KPETS what it is today! THANK YOU!
             In the Spotlight! - Suzanne Solodky
       Behind the scenes there is so much that goes on to keep KPETS growing and serving our communities. One of the volunteers  who helps keep KPETS growing is Suzanne Solodky! Even though we rarely see her in the office, she is hard at work reponding to Orientation and Workshop registrations, as well as assisting in actual workshops in Lancaster on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings. 
     Anyone who emails KPETS to register for a workshop or orientation gets a confirmation email from Suzanne. These important emails include links to the necessary forms needed for each event, directions to the venue are also included.  Considering we do orientations more than once a month as well as two to four workshops a month, her contribution in this area is invaluable! 
     If you happen to see Suzanne or get a email from her, be sure to mention how much she is appreciated! JUST LIKE ALL our volunteers who are going the extra mile to keep KPETS Kontinuing!  Thank you!!
            The Rapid Rise of Pet Therapy
by Karen Gerth

     The therapist pulled Emily's mother aside after a speech therapy session, awestruck.  "This is amazing," she said.  "She spoke to me for the first time.  And in three full sentences!"  The breakthrough-not a miracle, maybe, but something close- was made possible by an unexpected visitor the young patient had spotted walking on all fours down the hallway of Schreiber Pediatric.

This magazine (Manheim Township Life) would love an article from KPETS every month!  Please send us your stories with pictures to


            Therapy dog is a Welcome Visitor 
for Area Nursing Home Residents

     Kayla, a volunteer at Woodland Retirement Community, Orbisonia, causes a stir as she makes her rounds, even though she doesn't say a single word. The 9 year old golden retriever, a certified therapy dog, and her owner, Bobbi Garber of Blairs Mills, visit the residents every Wednesday morning.
     "When I put on her yellow bandana, she knows where we are going,"  said Garber.  "She loves coming here."
     The yellow bandana identifies Kayla as being registered through KPETS.....
Winter  Training

Basic obedience training and cold weather safety practices will 

allow you and your pet to enjoy winter weather conditions safely.
  • Make sure that your dog or puppy is comfortable with having their feet wiped & handled. Keep towels near the door and making foot-wiping part of your daily routine. Reward your pet for allowing you to examine the condition of pads, check for ice in between toes, and trim fur (if required.)
  • Obedience training for loose leash walking will make slippery walks safer for both pet and owner.
  • Commands like "leave it" can save a dog's life when confronted with a pool of antifreeze or an unknown object in the snow.
  • Recall (coming when called) can keep a dog from running onto a partially frozen body of water or away from another winter hazard.
It's Only Funny Until Your Dog Runs Out of Spoons
by E. Foley, YDF webmaster 

& dogmom of Titania 

(and a rotating cast of foster dogs)

     We've all seen the funny videos and animated GIFs on the internet of dogs doing crazy things (or crazy things happening around dogs). Dogs and children. Dogs and adults. Dogs and cats. Dogs and the vacuum cleaner.

We pass these "funny" or "adorable" pictures and videos to our Facebook friends and pin them to our boards on Pinterest.

...but I'm here to encourage you to stop.

It has to do with spoons. Did you know your dog has spoons? He does, and it's a very bad thing if he runs out of them.

                             The Spoon Theory

If you know anyone who lives with a chronic illness (physical or mental), you are likely familiar with Spoon Theory. If not, here is the article that you'll want to read in your spare time

. It is excellent and will help you be a more compassionate friend.


Click here to finish the article and view the "body language" videos

Visit Requests
There are so many open requests 
and we need our teams 
to fill them. 
Here's where you can find them... 

1.  Weekly Request Update email every Wednesday
  • On, scroll over "Konnect w/KPETS" menu
  • Click on the Konnecting Page and 
  • Type in your email address and click "FOLLOW"
Do you have...

* a story about a recent or memorable KPETS visit 

* a fabulous treat or toy that your KPETS partner loves 

* a great pet related book you'd like to recommend
* a memorial to a beloved KPETS partner who has recently passed 


If you have something you'd like to share with our Newsletter readers, please send details and any photos to us at
Info for New Volunteers and VIP's (Volunteers in Process)
* Space may be limited. Registration Required / Dates subject to change!
Upcoming Orientations: Click here to register.
* York - Saturday, January 18, 2014 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9 am

* Lancaster - Saturday, December 14 (2nd Sat of even months) @ 9 am

* Westminster, MD - April 7 & Aug 18 @ 7 pm

* Hanover - March 12 & Sept 24 @ 7 pm


Workshops: Click here to register.


* Lancaster - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month @ 6:30 pm  

* York - 1st Monday of every month @ 6:00 pm 

* Hanover - March 19 & October 1 @ 7 pm

* Westminster, MD - April 14 & August 25 & 7 pm


* Therapy Dog Training Classes: York and Lancaster  Click here for more info. 
(optional class offered for those who would like additional guidance)  

Thank you all for making KPETS what it is and taking us to where we are today!

Let's continue Touching Lives * Warming Hearts in our local communities! ! !

Karen Gerth
KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services