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

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 When you first sign in, be sure to choose KPETS and a portion of all your purchases will support KPETS. Thank you!
(You can still use the link on the Support Tab of our website too!)

New Registered Teams! 
We had 10 new teams join us in June.

Please welcome ...
Ashley Hertzog & Chanel,
Cathy McCracken & Samantha,
Claudia Vrabel & Molly,
Deanna Elliott & Belle, 
Dianne McNaney & Sophie,
 Jill Vasi & Enzo, 
Kendra Beitzel & Kit Kat, 
Kirstin Fink & Zulu, 
Pat McTighe & Autumn, 
Scott Lander & Zulu. 

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

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


          With sadness we said goodbye 

to this KPETS dog.

      Lucy - 12 years old - June 2014 - beloved companion of Debbie Ruoff


  "Lucy was a devoted and faithful lifelong companion.  She 

loved "going to work" with a smile on her face and a wag 

in her tail. Her most precious reward was to bring joy and happiness to her loving family and all the kids who loved to 

sit by her side and read to her at the library. She will be greatly missed by all."


                     Volunteer Recognition

                         In the Spotlight...
                                Joni Soost 



Joni was one of the charter members of KPETS with her Golden Retriever, London.  She joined KPETS after 25 years raising Seeing Eye Puppies and working with the Puppy Power Seeing Eye 4-H Club. 


  Joni now enjoys meeting and working with our prospective teams as an on-site evaluator  and workshop leader for KPETS . But she shared what she looks forward to every week is her Tuesday afternoon visits to Homestead Village with one of her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Gilly or Annie. 


(I've been told that the residents look forward to the visits too!) 

They can also be found visiting at Oak Leaf Manor Landisville.

Gilly and Annie are well known in Lancaster City.  If you walk by St. James Episcopal Church you might hear the people waiting in line for breakfast say,"Here come the girls," as Joni and her cavaliers stop and greet everyone on their daily walk! 

Joni, we thank you for all you have done and continue to do for KPETS and appreciate all that you and your dogs have given to the people of Lancaster!  You have Touched the Lives and Warmed the Hearts of so many! 

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.~Terri Guillemets
THANK YOU for all that you do! 

Pam with Sophie


Honorary Chairman of Comfort, Companionship,and Lovability!

by Pam Dochter
KPETS Volunteer
When I joined the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 1463 in Lititz Pa in 2010, I began to take Sophie with me to spend time with the veterans.  We attended many events:  Memorial Day celebrations, Picnics for veterans at Coatesville VA hospital, Christmas visitations with area veterans in nursing homes, Fourth of July parades, Pa Wounded Warriors walks, and many fundraising events for veterans.  
 In June of 2012, the Auxiliary honored Sophie with a pin and an official title of Advocate to the Auxiliary.  An advocate is anyone who becomes and ally of the auxiliary.  Everyone has adopted her and she can sometimes be found at the VFW post just hanging out.
Most recently, June of 2014, Sophie was honored by the auxiliary as the honorary chairman of comfort, companionship and lovability.  Her plaque reads " Sophie you serve as the face and character of the Ladies Aux. to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 promoting comfort, companionship and love to veterans in area nursing homes and hospitals.
Sophie especially enjoys marching in the Lititz Fourth of July Parade!


KPETS' Dogs Make a Difference!!

This is MacGillycuddy and Lisa at the Salunga House. Gilly visits with Lisa every second Tuesday of the month. Lisa is working to get the balls out of the box to help improve her ability to use her hands.  She than throws the balls to Gilly. She also gives Gilly two treats a visit by moving the treats with her finger.

Thank you to our teams in 
S.E. PA and Delaware!

       Sandy Boyko's Stella doing her              visiting at Active Day of Newark!


Thank You Lancaster Teams!


Thank you to the volunteer teams who participated in the 3 Oak Leaf Manor Events this past month!  A great time was had by all!  Pictured here are Nancy Houston's Gilly,  Andrea Harnish's Leo, Jill Vasi's Enzo and Ann Haines' Gracie.

A Thank You to the York Teams
from Harriet Hombach!

THANKS is not enough for all the wonderful KPETS teams that helped at York Academy School for the students to read to all their wonderful furry kids.


Attending were: Christine & Jagr;  Jean & Freddie;  Mary Anne & Darby;  Janelle & Buoy;  Chey & Surf;  Janet & Cassie;  Rose & Katieanne;  Jill & Enzo;  Scott and Kirsten & Zulu;  Fran & Okra;  and my two boys,  Mattoon & Corky.


I got nothing but positive feed back of how calm and gentle all the dogs were. The students were amazing in their being well behaved and so gentle in touching our pets. It was a definite win-win for everyone.

Veteran Mark Raezon with Tina Issac's Abigail

Barb Nolll's with Hunter
Sandy Wohlfeil's Teaghan with Lauren

Emily Manley with Sharon McLaughlin's Sophye


Susquehanna Bank's Dog Days of Summer
                       # Sit Stay Heal
Susquehanna Bank is donating to 4 dog organizations including KPETS as part of a July Promotion. 
 We thank the four teams pictured for helping with this promotion!

Look for our KPETS' teams at the Good Drive Branch on July 18 and the Landis Valley Branch on July 25!

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
  • 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. 
Saturday, September 20, 2014

 $10 k for 10 More Years 
of Touching Lives / Warming Hearts                           in our communities!
Great News! You don't have to be a cyclist to join the fun!  We dog owners know that they are part of the family, so a walk has been added to this event!
Walk the Susquehanna River Trail from Marietta leaving between 11:00 - 11:30.  The 3.3 mile walk ends in a park where refreshments will be served.  You can end your walk there or do the 3.3 mile back.
Get Konnected/Stay Stay Konnected! 
KPETS "Just for Fun" Picnic

Sunday, July 20 from 3:00  - 6:00 pm

For registered teams and their significant others

Come meet other KPETS' volunteers!

Click here for more information      

York Round Table Gathering-    Mark your calendars!  KPETS Round Table at Old Country Buffet on Rt 30, York on Wednesday, October 15th from 6:30pm

Everyone is welcome. Come hungry!!

Do you have...                                                       

* a story about a recent or memorable KPETS visit 

* a photo

* 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


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 Guidelines -

1. Be sure to let us know who, what, when, and where

2. A Photo Authorization Form of identifiable non-KPETS people must be sent to the KPETS' office.  

3. We can blur faces if no authorization for is available.

                                    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, July 19 (3rd Sat of odd months) @ 9:00 am

* Lancaster - Saturday, August 9 (2nd Sat of even months) @ 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