KPETS - Keynotes Newsletter      
January 2014
Celebrating 10 Years of 
Touching Lives and Warming Hearts
 Upcoming Events
Teams Needed

Shop for a Cause 2014
at ParkCity Lancaster
Teams Needed!
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!


     Important Reminder to All Volunteers
You must complete a KPETS Photo Authorization Form before posting or sharing photos in any way!
 Here is a link to our KPETS Photo Authorization Form
 that MUST be returned to our office before posting or sharing photos!
                     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 Kalendar 

$12 for the first 10

$10 for more

Email  us at 
Meet our Sponsors for January: 

Rent Sponsor for the YEAR! : 
Phone Sponsor:  
Internet Sponsor: 
Printer Sponsor:  Nancy Bouder and Buckley


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

After seven years of chairing Bingo events for KPETS, Adella Houck is passing the baton. So .. . . 
KPETS is in need of a 
  Bow Wow Bingo Chairperson 
for our September 2014 Event 


Upcoming Event
Chili Cookoff at Lititz Fire and Ice Event
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Look for more details in our Weekly Request Updates
 Winter Blues
Enjoy this "GOTTA WATCH" video!
Sponsor Thank You!
We would like to thank all of our contributing sponsors.  Without them KPETS would not be able to continue providing free services to our communities.    
                                 Visit our new webpage...                     


                 Dr. Andrew Sloyer              Vickie Geiman
                 Lori Roscoe                        Doug Hopwood
                 Andrew Kretlow                  Karen Gerth
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!
Thanks goodness there are twelve months in a year! That should  give us enough time to recognize all the evaluators who provide on-the-job training for our soon-to-be registered KPETS therapy teams.
This month we'd like to feature the York area Evaluators...
Harriet Hombach, Fran Holt and Janelle Senft!
       Harriet with Mattoon, Fran with Okra, and Janelle with Jetty


    These three ladies have a strong following with the York teams. They are out there visiting with new teams, as well as mentoring them along the way. Harriet also helps coordinate most  of the York area activities for us by signing teams up for various events and making sure there is enough staffing for community out-reach type settings.

     Harriet and Fran have been working together for quite a few years and were becoming very overwhelmed with all their KPETS duties.  They have been doing KPETS Orientations ever since a very dear and dedicated KPETS volunteer Mary Merrell passed away in May of 2009. 

So between Orientations, workshops AND evaluations, they soon realized "WE NEED HELP". And just in a nick of time Janelle Senft expressed an interest in becoming more involved! 

    Janelle was one of the first evaluators to go through the step-by-step process to becoming an evaluator for KPETS. Prior to that, we knew a lot of the people personally and approved them that way.   Janelle actually went through all the criteria that our safety committee had set in place months prior. And thank God she did. She is running Orientations, workshops and evaluations, giving Fran and Harriet the much-needed help they need.

    Lori Napoli also has gone through all the criteria but has since moved and will be assisting in the Harrisburg area rather than in York where she first started. More on her in a future feature.

So with much gratitude and appreciation, we recognize Harriet, Fran and Janelle for the many selfless hours and dedication they provide KPETS each week!



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


With sadness Judy & Wayne Bechtel and KPETS  said goodbye to 

Scooby 1/4/2014  



Announcing Our Retirees!

  We would like to thank the following team who recently retired from KPETS!  Thank you for all that you did for KPETS and the communities in which you served!


Patty Sarago and Ginger

I have made the very difficult decision to retire Ginger.  She has been tiring more easily lately and I believe that it is in her best interest to let her live out the rest of her years as a lap dog!  
Women's York College Basket Ball Games Update
   Saturday, Dec. 7th York College Women's Basketball game was attended by Christine & JoJo, Susan & Max, Michelle & Thunder, Dave & Dalai, Fran & Okra and Harriet & Corky.  Lots of noise, exciting game, which Lady Spartans won making it 7 in a row, lots of fun and plenty of pets, hugs and doggy kisses to go around!
 We would really like to have a GREAT turnout for the January 25th date, as they are going to donate the ticket sales proceeds to KPETS, and also allow us to have donation jars at locations where the tickets are sold. It would be great if we could have at least one or two KPETS team at each of these locations.   
There's No Dogging it at this Gym
By Kimberly Marselas - Reading Eagle correspondent  
Kody's bushy tail sweeps the floor, his back legs trembling ever so slightly as he lunges toward an air-puffed doughnut. 

But this doughnut is no sweet treat. It's a rubberized blue ring more like a Bosu ball for bow-wows. On this brisk winter morning, 5-month-old Kody is using it to work out within the warm confines of Godfrey's Welcome to Dogdom in Brecknock Township.

Canine fitness instructor Nicole Weersing positions the golden retriever on the doughnut, supporting his stomach as his front paws rest on the wobbly surface and his back paws remain on the ground. Owner Karen Gerth of Ephrata stands at the end of a leash while Kody nuzzles Weersing's hand, looking for some kibble

Do Dogs Engage in Riskier Behavior 
When Their Self-Control is Depleted? 
Studies show that dogs may exhibit impulsive behaviors after practicing extended self control. By Claudia Bensimoun    
The fun and playful nature of dogs can lead to mischievous behavior. Often we are faced with a destructive scene of mischief, or we catch our dogs when they are up to no good, catching them in the act. This wayward behavior can try our patience, yet according to Dr. Holly Miller, PhD, from the University of Lille Nord de France, and her colleagues, these sometimes mischievous dogs have simply "run out" of self-control, just like humans do. Similar to humans, dogs engage in some risky behaviors when their self-control is depleted, which could put them in danger. 
            How to Break up a Dog Fight
I witnessed my first dog fight in an agility class. I was 17 years old, and was taking my parent's obnoxious adolescent Labrador to classes, which I earned through apprentice work with the trainer. One of the other dogs in class disliked my dog's bouncy, oblivious body language, so she pulled the leash out of her owner's hands and jumped him as he exited the tunnel.
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, February 8, 2014 (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