Monday Wag May 4

Talking training - Don't miss our live chat here with renowned dog trainer Mary Remer on Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. Remer, of Villanova, is the founder of What A Good Dog animal behavior and training center. She is president of the Bull Terrier Club of America and licensed American Kennel Club judge. Remer also is a member of the state Dog Law Advisory Board.

Court Docket- Lehigh County kennel owner Derbe Eckhart -  who is already facing animal cruelty charges - has been ordered to stand trial for violating the dog law. Eckhart, owner of Almost Heaven Kennel, was charged with violating terms of his Feb. 6 kennel license refusal, which barred him from operating a boarding kennel, among other restrictions. Eckhart was found to be boarding dogs on Feb. 11 when dog wardens inspected the kennel. Violations after a license has been refused are third degree misdemeanors under the new state Dog Law. Eckhart also is to stand trial on animal cruelty charges in Lehigh County Court stemming from an Oct. raid by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Eckhart's employee April Welter was found guilty of summary charges for operating a kennel without a license. In January, Welter presented herself as the owner of the kennel on the kennel’s Web site and to an undercover dog warden, yet she has never had a kennel license in Pennsylvania.

Calling all Mighty Dogs - Is your dog master or his (or her) domain? Then you may want to submit a video up to two minutes in length showcasing their dogs' acts of mightiness. Three grand prize winners will be chosen for featured roles in "Mighty Dog® Nation: The Movie." The winning dogs also will be featured in a 30-second film trailer that will air in a commercial break during the National Dog Show on NBC on Thanksgiving Day. For a copy of the contest rules click  here. The deadline is June 20.

A Doggie Bag Bailout - A California dog food company has launched a bail out plan for unemployed dog owners. Dogswell, is offering free food to unemployed pet owners as a wat to help those struggling to pay their dog food bills and to help keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters. Until May 15, Dogswell is giving away one free bag of dry dog food to the first 10,000 unemployed pet owners. Eligible pet-owners must submit a "Bow-Wow Bailout" redemption form, available here.

Citizen Can(in)e - The Pennsylvania SPCA invites all good dogs to take the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, which will take place May 11 between 6 pm and 9 pm at the Pennsylvania SPCA. All dogs that pass the test will receive a special tag for their collar, a patch and have their names listed in the record books of the AKC’s CGC archives. The cost is $25, but all Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes can take the test for free. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment for the test, please call PSPCA Director of Animal Behavior Nicole Larocco at (215) 426-6304, ext. 259, or email

Facebook Makes Feline Connection - Unable to find his owner because of out-of-date microchip information, an animal shelter in Coon Rapids Minn. was about to put a stray cat up for adoption. That's when a computer-savvy shelter worker had a last minute thought: Why not see if the owner was on Facebook? Check out Zootoo news to find out what happened.