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Nancy Kay honoured

A long time friend of the show Nancy Kay has received the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the
Year Award. It's wonderful to see Nancy's efforts to help people become the best advocate their pet can have so well rewarded. You can hear Nancy in Episode 90 of DogCast Radio tackling about her book Speaking for Spot, and in Episode 109 answering a listener's question about copraphagia.
Here's more information about her award:

San Francisco Bay Area Veterinarian Honored with Prestigious National Award

Rohnert Park, California - Dr. Nancy Kay, a small animal veterinary internist, is this
year’s recipient of the prestigious Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the
Year Award. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Delta
Society, and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the Bustad Award was developed to recognize the
outstanding work of veterinarians whose work promotes and exemplifies the human
animal bond.

Dr. Kay earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University and completed residency
training at University of California, Davis. She has been practicing at VCA Animal Care
Center in Rohnert Park, California for 15 years. Dr. Kay founded and facilitates a
community wide client support group for those struggling emotionally with the illness or
loss of a pet. She is the author of the best-selling book, Speaking for Spot: Be the
Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life. Her “Speaking for Spot
Gives Back Program” provides money from book sales to animal-centered nonprofit
organizations. Dr. Kay writes the highly acclaimed, award-winning blog called “Spot
Speaks”. She is a frequent lecturer to regional and national audiences on the topic of
communication between veterinarians and their clients.

Dr. Kay will be accepting the Bustad Award at the American Veterinary Medical
Association conference on July 16th in St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more visit about Dr.
Kay and Speaking for Spot please visit or contact Dr. Kay at


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.