KPETS - Keynotes Newsletter     
June 2013
Celebrating 10 Years of 
Touching Lives and Warming Hearts
Upcoming Events
September 1, 2013
7:00  - 10:00 PM
Outdoor World, Circle M Ranch
2111 Millersville Rd
Lancaster,PA 17603 
September 7, 2013
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
2900 Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA  
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We NEED YOU  to report your Volunteer hours


Did you know that:


* only 36% of volunteers are now logging their hours. Please log your hours at least monthly! 


* 505 hours logged for April


* 3000 hours YTD 


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!


 School is out for the summer!
 This means it's time for summer camps and programs, and our Kalendar is quickly filling up with many requests! Please check out our KPETS Kalendar and  and Konnections Page to see where you can help!  
 Come and play Bingo for some GREAT prizes at Circle M Campground at Outdoor Word in Millersville on Sunday, 
September 1, 2013 from 7:00  10:00 PM.

This has been KPETS most successful fundraiser to date, and we want to thank Adella Houck for the seven years she coordinated this event! 
However, with her new position at work, she is now passing the baton to Peggy Maberry who will be this year's coordinator.  Adella will still be available guide Peggy and her helpers, but we need to step up and take the reigns. 
We will need of lots of help the day of the event from set up to tear down. And we are also looking for raffle prizes.  Please be sure to contact us to help out!!
to the 
many teams who visited the following colleges to "De-stress" students during finals week!  This was a very popular event! Check out the video and 
Read about one of these visits 
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Penn State York
  • Saint Francis University 
  • McDaniel College
  • York College
  • Millersville University
Meet our Sponsors for June: 

Phone Sponsor: Kate Galinus, In Memory of Lexi and in honor of Wendy McKelvy & Adella Houck
Rent Sponsor: Open 
Internet Sponsor: Open 
Printer Sponsor: Open


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

is where you need to check for open visit requests. 
ONLY  171 of our 374+ volunteers are following the 
KPETS Konnections Page.

There are so many open requests and we need our teams to look here and sign up to fill them.  

Here's how...
  • Look across the top of our webpage
  • Scroll over Konnect w/KPETS
  • Click on the Konnecting Page and 
  • Type in your email address and click "FOLLOW"
  This is our only way to communicate to you the many visit requests and opportunities available!
KPETS Volunteers
Touching Lives * Warming Hearts
in our communities 

KPETS Patriotic Pet Expo and Pet Platoon Walk
a Big Success!  
We raised over $6,0000!
Thank you to all who contributed both
your time and support! 
  Meet our generous supportive Event Sponsors!
Exclusive Event Sponsor:
Five Star Sponsors
 * * * * * Susquehanna Bank * * * * *  
* * * * * Tremendous Life Books * * * * * 
Three Star Sponsor
One Star Sponsors
* Dedicated Kpets' Volunteer *  
Patriotic Sponsors
June is: 
National Pet Preparedness Month.
Timed for the first month of hurricane season, people with pets should make preparations in case they would be hit by a disaster...and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster. With all the crazy weather we've had... would YOU be ready? There are plans and good advice for all sorts of emergencies on FEMA's website.

Other Summer Dangers:
Be mindful of hot surfaces! We know our dog's feet and pads are tough, and we watch out for sharp objects which could injure their feet, but what about hot surfaces?  Pavement may be hard to avoid  and gets extremely hot in the summer sun (also vinyl or leather car seats). Check to see how hot the pavement is and walk your dog on the cool side of the street or in the grass if possible. If you and your pooch must stand on a hot surface (event, etc.) you can lay down a wet towel for your dog to stand on if grassy areas are not available. (Carry an extra towel for covering that hot car seat as well)

White or light colored animals and those that have a hair cut or naturally thin (or nonexistent) coats are particularly sensitive to the sun, and may suffer from sunburn and skin cancers. Protect your pet on those sunny days: provide shade and sunblock. There are several companies who make sunblock specifically for dogs; don't use human sunscreens (even those for babies) as they may be toxic to your dog.

Across the Rainbow Bridge

Lily Faye Tocker (2000 - 2013) - I named her Lily because it was springtime and my backyard was full of Lilies; I love a middle name so that is how she became "Lily Faye." She started off as my foster dog, at 10 years of age. A lot was changing at that point in my life so I ended up adopting her. My, then 18 year old Chihuahua, finally accepted her after about 6 months and they always cuddled and slept together after that time. They were my "little girls." Lily Faye was often seen at many high ticket ARL (Berks Animal Rescue League)  events in a ball gown and pearls. She was in the newspaper and Berks County Living a few times and she was even in a fashion show. Lily Faye became a therapy dog through KPETS at the age of 13. Her sister, Tiny, passed away at 21 years of age in October 2012; we were heartbroken, but at least I still had one of my little girls left. Lily Faye loved to go horseback riding and hiking with her Lab brother, Bailey. At a dainty 9 lbs, she also loved playing fetch. Lily Faye loved doggie beds, kisses, and sleeping under the covers. She was taken from me suddenly and I would do anything to turn back time. Both of my little girls have left me, but I hope they are watching over Bailey and I.  
~ Marcy Tocker

Apollo Hess (???? - 2013) Apollo was a remarkable dog, who spent his first few years in the backyard of a family home with many other dogs. They were not allowed in the house rain, sleet or snow. Neglect was apparent, abuse most likely. He had no name--just swear words, until a neighbor rescued him. Initially we trained him to be a live human scent dog. He was certified to do this, but on our first vacation to Bar Harbor, his true talent became apparent. We met a woman and small girl on the street. The woman asked if they could pet our dog. The little girl wore heavy braces, and may have had other challenges. She shrieked "noooooo". The woman persisted, petting Apollo. Then... THWAK ! Apollo slapped her high five, and the little girl giggled. Very slowly, hesitantly, she held out her hand. Ever so gently, Apollo placed his paw in her hand. We said our goodbyes, and all the way down the street we heard her calling out "Goodbye Apollo, Goodbye Apollo, Goodbye Apollo". Apollo could spot, and would gravitate toward a special needs child in a crowd, and often did so on vacations, at parades or festivals.
Apollo was a member of KPETS, Blue Rock Fire and Rescue, South Central Pa TF, and PA-TF (FEMA) K-9 unit until he retired at age 11 or 12.
Apollo had another talent; he could detect abnormal blood sugar levels. He would alert not only on my husband Amos's blood sugars, but would also alert on therapy visits. At first the staff did not believe this, but Apollo was always right. Our good boy did OK for himself -for a throw away dog. Goodbye Apollo, Goodbye Apollo..... so many will miss you! ~ Amos and Trish Hess

Bubba Graybill  (???? - 2013) Loved and cherished by Nicole Graybill and family.
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend.

Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.


What did YOU do on your summer vacation?
By Bill Townsend

On our way back from AZ, we stopped at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO.
"The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving the art, artifacts, and literature of the dog for the purpose of education aesthetic enjoyment, and appreciation of the dog and the human/canine relationship."  Dogs get in free, Zoey was given cookies and introduced to other guests as an AKC Therapy dog on duty! (learn more about AKC's Therapy Dog titling program)

In Sickness and in Health
by Bill Buckingam   


We regularly visit patients at Memorial Hospital, in York.  Divine intervention had us visit a very sad looking man. Turned out his doctor just told him that his cancer was terminal and that there was nothing more they could do for him. Despite that, he got a big smile on his face and played with Mr. Fife for a long time.

Barney and I had been visiting with this man for about three months. He had brain cancer and had gone blind, as a result. His case was terminal. He and his wife are a very loving couple and their faith in God is very strong. They came up with the idea of renewing their wedding vows.  

 They asked if Barney could be the best man and I said "YOU BETCHA!"  They requested Barney for this honor because of their love for him and how he cheers them up every time he visits.

I contacted the media and got the ball rolling, in order to get their story to the most people.

I even got on the internet and found a tuxedo that would fit Barney and he wore it during the ceremony. He was a huge hit. The people couldn't believe how well behaved he was among all those strangers.  

This was a once in a lifetime event for Mr. Fife and he stepped up to the plate and hit a homer. Hospice is a wonderful service, Barney seems to thrive on helping these people, as do I.   


* Bill Buckingham and his faithful sidekick, Barney Fife are very involved with the Hospice  program in York and do presentations in hopes of getting more people involved in the various hospice programs across the region.

There is a need for more volunteers in the hospice field, to work with families going through a very difficult time in their lives. For more information on how you can get involved, go to "KPETS konnections".  


Below: Barney in his tuxedo.  Right: Bill and Barney at a presentation.

Click here for news video story  


What a character!

The children at the crisis daycare center at The Lehman Center dressed Jill up as Batman on a recent visit.  What our KPETS pups won't do for their "special friends".

At the other end of the leash, some Arizona KPETS human team members dressed as their  favorite Dr Seuss characters for a R.E.A.D. visit at Santa Cruz Elementary School. Read more about it in the CopaNews Communicator

And the award goes to...
Suzy Q and Patti Jo Hibshman who are members of KPETS and the Pet Therapy Teams that visit Ronald McDonald House and now also the Children's Hospital at the Hershey Medical Center.  We recently learned that the group that they visit with, has won an award.
The Human/Pet Teams that provide therapy at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey won the "Volunteer of the Year Group Award" through the Volunteer Center for the United Way of the Capital Region.  Below is an excerpt from an article in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania May 2013 Newsletter
"This award is granted to a group that has shown great effort and impact with the nominating organization.  Our Pet Therapy Volunteers brought a dog or cat to the Ronald McDonald House for 284 visits in 2012.  The animals are certified through an organization that makes sure that they are suited for the job of allowing many family members to pet them, cuddle them and sometimes just sit in their presence."

A Dog Gone Good Read!
Fun summer reading for the dog lovers in your life.
A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery
Canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.

Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome-and notoriously badly behaved-Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn't get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what should have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated-especially when they discover that Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley that nobody wants to talk about. What kind of secret could Thad have left behind when he went to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune? The only people who might know the answer have a bad habit of turning up dead before they can talk.

As Bernie's relationship with his longtime girlfriend Suzie goes long-distance, and Chet's late-night assignations appear to have resulted in an unexpected dividend, it's all our two sleuths can do to keep Thad and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on in their sights. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.

Like the winning books before it, this fifth book in the series combines a top-notch mystery with genuine humor and a perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.

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 July 20 @ 9 am  (and 11/16/2013)

* Westminster - Monday, August 26 @ 7 pm  

* Lancaster - Saturday, August 10 (2nd Sat of even months) @ 9 am

* Hanover - Wednesday, September 25 @ 7 pm


Workshops: Click here to register.


* Lancaster - 2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 pm 

* Lebanon - Monday July 15 & August 19 @ 6:30 pm 

* York - 1st Monday @ 6:00 pm 

* Westminster, MD - Monday, September 4 @ 7 pm 

* Hanover, Wednesday, October 2 @ 7 pm


* Therapy Dog Training Classes: York and Lancaster  Click here to register. 
(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