KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
KPETS - Keynotes Newsletter August 2014 
Touching Lives * Warming Hearts
Since 2003
Upcoming Events 
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 Kim Showalter with Molly

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(You can still use the link on the Support Tab of our website too!)

 New Registered Teams! 
We had 11 new teams join us in July.
Donna Roop & Dixie Rose
Jack Joiner & Journey
Carla Morgan & Stella
Elaine Walsh & Stuie
Sandy Saul & Rudy
Barb Lambert & Belle Joy
Sandra Ramsey & Blu
Vikki Bekelja & Eli
                                              Robin Timpson & Asher
                                           Barbara and Chad Noll with Lily & Hunter

Volunteers don't just do the work ~ they make it work.

                   WAGS & WHISTLES Fall Fashion Show 
Canines from KPETS will share the catwalk - among the historic trains in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania- with models showcasing fall fashions courtesy of various Tanger Outlets Lancaster stores.


The fashion show will be hosted by Meredith Jorgensen News 8 Lancaster County Reporter from WGAL TV at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA on Thursday, August 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The ticket price of $10.00 or $12.00 the day of the show includes:

  • the fashion show from 6:30 - 7:00 PM
  • a Tanger Outlets Lancaster swag bag with coupons and other great offers
  • a post fashion show meet-and greet with KPETS therapy dogs
  • a random drawing for prizes
  • a post fashion show self-guided tour of the world-class Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 
  • light refreshments. 

      Celebration of Life
  "Dogs leave their pawprints across our hearts, 
       and we are forever changed."


With sadness we said goodbye 

to this KPETS dog. 

Casey - 14 years old -beloved companion of Cindy Wilson


"He was 14 and worked as a therapy dog for 13 years.  He was THE BEST DOG EVER - he was just so different and so special. It was a privilege and honor to be loved by Casey! His therapy dog work was phenomenal. He was such a fabulous little man from day one of our lives together. We had such a special bond. He was so much fun to train and compete with. I will miss him ALWAYS!"


               Click here to read Cindy's tribute to Casey.

               Thank You for Your Service!!
"It is with a very sad heart and tear filled eyes, that I have to let you know that Brody will be visiting his friends at Brethren Village for the last time and then will be finished with KPETS.  We just found out that he has cancer and aren't sure how much time he has left."
                                                               - Ann D'Alessandro-Zuck


  We would like to thank Brody and Ann for all that they did for KPETS and the community in which they served!  Brody will be missed by all his friends at Brethern Village.


                   Congratulations to Laurie Walters!!!

Laurie recently completed training to become an evaluator for KPETS.  Laurie with her Chinese Crested Powder Puff, Dizzy, has been a KPETS volunteer in Westminster, Maryland since 2011.  September of 2013 she registered her English Springer Spaniel Puck. Laurie organizes the Westminster Round Table Gatherings and leads Therapy Dog Classes as a member of the Carroll Kennel Club.

In the Spotlight...
Our Summer Intern, Kerriann Matheson

Kerriann is a summer intern from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA.  She is a senior majoring in graphic design. Her studies for the past 3 years have included advertising (magazine ads, billboards, web banners) along with motion graphics, website designs and logo designs. She                                        enjoys taking photos, going camping with her family 

                                      and playing with her dog, Harley.

              Kerriann is currently working on designing the 2015 KPETS Kalendar.  

               We are thankful to have her with us!


KPETS canine Barney Fife , is the official mascot of the  Ephrata's Veterans Plaza & Winters Leadership Memorial project!!  Barney with his owner Bill Buckingham attended a fundraiser August 3 for the memorial. Barney will be back again next month for anyone who missed him!

Major Dick Winters - who commanded Easy Company when troops with the 101st Airborne Division parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and whose exploits were featured in the book and HBO series "Band of Brothers" - was born in Ephrata.


Utz Summer Bash Thank You!
    Thank you so much to Donna Gomer and Cullen, Donna Gomer and Sailor, Patti Kuhn and Stormy, Jerry Hottinger and Misty, Leigh Waite and Nellie, and Leigh Waite and Ivy Mae, Pam Miller and Shiloh, Tom Miller and Sadie!  These teams came out, braved the crowd, sat and did an awesome job representing KPETS at the first ever Utz Summer Bash.   There were tons, and I mean tons of kids who came out to this event and showered our pups with love!    Donna and Leigh brought two dogs and crated one while they worked the other, as this event was so well attended we definitely needed the extra dogs.  There were plenty of smiles from all the kids as they sat with the dogs, did tricks with them, read to them, and even talked about pet care.  As I write this Meeko is sound asleep after a hard days work, as I am sure all your pups are!


Thanks again to all who attended and helped make this event a huge success!  We sure did get the word out in Hanover about KPETS! 

                                                                   -Wendi and Meeko

Reading with Jean-Luc

Library helpers Julia and Claire give Jean-Luc some lovin' prior to his reading duties at Nottingham Elementary School in Oxford, PA.  For five years Jean-Luc has had the pleasure of hearing stories read to him by selected 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.  In this reading program, directed by librarian Kristina Johns, every school year he works with six students, three each week.  Each student reads to Jean-Luc for 20 minutes and then has 10 minutes to play with him.  Who enjoys this most?  It's hard to tell!

Additional teams for this program would be very much appreciated.   



Lower Dauphin School District 
             Summer Reading Program
Patti Hibshman's 
Susie Q
The reading program was a huge success!  Thank you so much!!! 
-Lauren Gearhart

The following participated:  Jill Vasi & Enzo, Anne Saunders & Ray, Lauren Gearhart & Sophie, Linda Hummel & Cooper,  Patti Jo Hibshman & Susie Q and Cindy Miller & KC.
Lauren Gearhart's Sophie

Linda Hummel's Cooper
                Dog Days of Summer at the Lititz Farmers' Market

"Aili and I went out to the Dog Days of Summer at the Lititz farmers market.  We met and talked to a lot of people. Aili showed off what it means to be a therapy dog by being well behaved, getti
ng lots of pettting, and doing a few tricks. We entered her in the dog show, tricks catagory and she won second place for her routine of weaving through my legs and doing a small bow. We had our picture taken for the Lititz record and were interviewed about KPETS. We put our best Paw forward for KPETS today and I couldn't be more proud of how well Aili behaved for being outside in the heat for three hours!"
- Bonnie Daisy

Click here to read the storyfrom the Lititz Express
Dog Show at Juniper Village in Mt. Joy, PA
Fun was had by all at the Juniper Village Dog Show. Sheree Dietz organized the event which residents look forward to every year.  In fact grandchildren come to visit just to see the show with their grandparents! 

Twelve teams participated and after a round of introductions and trick performing by our dogs, they were dressed up and had a fun doggie costume parade. There were some great costumes and no two were alike.  A big thank you to Joann Kline who provided many of the costumes and took wonderful photos. 

The three resident judges then awarded three special prizes to the the following teams:
"Cutest award" went to Samantha.
"Best Dressed award" to Molly & Sophi
"Best Trickster award to Skye  

After the parade, the teams mingled with the many residents for petting and hugging. It was a fun day for all.  Everyone went home with a thank-you gift from Juniper Village.

Thank you to all the teams that participated:  Sheree Dietz with Skye (Cavalier King Charles);
Joann Kline with Kappy, ( Lab); Joni Soost with  Annie & Gilly  (Cavalier King Charles);
Renae Wagner with Bently (pomapoo);Christine Rhoads with Arnold (pig);Jolene Newcomer with Monti (Spinone); Gregg Maberry with Hobbs (AustrailianLabradoodle);
Sharon McLaughlin with Sophie & Molly (Cairn Terrier & Yorkshire Terrier); Cathy McCracken with Samantha (mini goldendoodle); Elaine Walsh with Stuie (Standard Poodle); Dee Elliott with Bell (Pomeranian); Jill Vasi with Enzo (American Indian Dog).

 10 FOR 10 LEGACY RIDE or Walk
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Come and enjoy the last day of summer while helping to support KPETS !
There are 3 ways to help...
                          Click here for more info. 
Get Konnected/Stay Konnected! 
KPETS "Tucquan Glen Play Day"
August 24th from 2:00 - 4:00

 Click here for more information    


 York Round Table Gathering: Old Country Buffet on Rt 30, York on Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30pm

Everyone is welcome. Come hungry!!


Harrisburg Round Table Gathering: September 18, 6:45pm @ K-9 Attitude Adjustments Dog Obedience School 

 Teams in Action Tuesdays

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* 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 


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                                    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"

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, September 20 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9:00 am

* Lancaster - Saturday, October 18 @ 9:00 am

* Westminster, MD - August 18 @ 7:00 pm

* Hanover - September 24 @ 7:00 pm


Workshops: Offered in two formats - to choose what's best for you. 


Click here to register for the one-time test option at the following locations


* Lancaster - 2nd Tuesday (4th Tuesday as needed) of every month @6:15 pm 

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

* Hanover - Wednesday, October 1 @ 7 pm

* Westminster, MD - Monday, August 25 & 7 pm


* Therapy Dog Training Classes: (optional class offered for those who would like additional guidance) in York (Keystone Dog Training), Lancaster (Oscar's Pet Resort and Dog Sense) and Westminster, MD   Click here for more info

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