August, 2007 Issue
•    Join Us At The Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon: Two Days of Fun, Celebration and Education
•    How Much Is That Doggie On The Internet?: More Than You Can Imagine
•    A World of Help: Compassion Without Borders
•    Napa Humane: A New Kind of Society: Breaking Away from the Shelter Paradigm
•    A Near-Miracle for Arthritis: Is Adequan a Better Option for Your Dog?
•    Intelligent Dogs: Are Our Dogs Smarter Than We Think?

The Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th. The Fair is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is as follows: Adults – $7; Kids 6-12 & seniors 55+ – $5; Kids 5 & under – FREE! Special “Family Pack” offer: Two adults and two kids for $20. Dogs are welcome too! ($1 donation requested.) Dogs must be on leash and well-behaved, and no animals will be allowed to remain in vehicles, for their safety.
The Marin Center & Fairgrounds is located at on Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. Parking is FREE. Directions, more information, and a mailing list sign up are available at the Pet Fair web site.

We are planning on having a local trucking accident lawyer come speak about what the options are if you and your dog are in a serious truck accident. Because of a trucks size and weight to a car’s size and weight when you and your pet are involved in a crash that involves a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, the results can be devastating. I can tell you from experience, having a truck accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference. A truck accident lawyer who is also a dog owner will ensure you and your pet receives fair compensation for any injuries, as well as for emotional, or financial losses. Depending upon the circumstances additional compensation can be litigated for property damage, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Our truck accident lawyer offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis.

The local merchants have banded together to create a continuing stream of revenue to support the Pet Fair and the local animal groups. Employers can find products to incentivize their employees where 25% of the proceeds is given back to the community simply by purchasing from the Bay Area Pet Fair corporate gifts web store. In addition, one of the coordinators from the The Bay Area Pet Fair organization approached a gift basket business asking if they would help out by donating some gift baskets that would appeal to visitors. Turns out the owners are big dog lovers and were delighted to add their support to this cause. They offered a coupon code which when used will send give 10% of the purchase price to the local animal groups. This coupon can be used by individuals for gift giving, as well as used by businesses for their corporate gift solutions. The coupon is good for 6 months. The gift baskets stunning in the variety of designs are a great buy.

Pick up a coupon from the booth nearest the parking lot and get an additional discount if you or the recipients are over 65 years old.

Join Us At The Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon
Two Days of Fun, Celebration and Education
by Rachel Long

Don’t be surprised if your dog starts pulling you in the direction of San Rafael next month. She probably just wants to go to the Second Annual Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon at the Marin Center! Animals from all around the Bay Area and thousands of their people will gather on September 8th and 9th to celebrate all things pet Attendees will not only hear from experts in the fields of training, education, rescue, dog sports and animal health, they’ll also meet hundreds of adoptable animals awaiting loving homes. And the Fair also features the greatest products and services for your furry family members.

“We are thrilled that so many groups are coming back this year. With over 150 adoptions last year, we know this is the place to find your new best friend for life,” said Sandy Lurins, Pet Fair Producer. She said sponsors are once again very enthused about the event, which so successfully brings members of the local pet community together. “Over 5,000 people participated last year, and we know this year’s assortment of products and services will lead to hundreds of happier, healthier pets.”

The focus of the Pet Fair is its giant, multi-agency Adoptathon. In 2006, 35 groups participated, making it the largest interagency adoption event in California. As with last year, this year’s agencies and rescue groups will not only have dogs available for adoption, but also cats, rabbits, birds and other good family pets. Lurins is proud of the community. “We will be bringing together some of the largest and oldest shelters and humane societies in the Bay Area with smaller, breed specific rescue groups. In an industry where shelters and rescues don’t often work side-by-side, we are excited that we can provide a forum for true collaboration. We’re also pleased that we can help these groups present their animals and programs to a much wider audience.”

New this year is The Other Dog Show, where shelter and rescue dogs will “compete” for Best in Show. Possible classes include Lapping Dogs, Belly Floppers, Good Manners, Giant Dogs and maybe even Best Non-Dog! The show runs both days, so come see these deserving animals enjoy their time in the spotlight!

The Second Annual Bay Area Pet Fair includes a program of great demonstrations, presentations and special activities in a variety of venues around the grounds.