WAGS News Letter

ATTENTION TEAM LEADERS   Sign-Up Genius Link to meet  click HERE

This is to get Team Leaders ready to communicate with the facilities they visited in 2020

Speak with Tami Harbolt specevents@kywags.org about these meetings on ZOOM


1. Next General Meeting Date

2. Articles/Human Interest

3. Compassion Committee Statement

4. WAGS Volunteer Time

5. Membership Waiver & Covid-19 Updates

6. Brags, Boasts and Other Pet Info

7. 2021 Board Members

8. Board Messages

9. General Information

Our next Virtual Membership meeting is Saturday March 13th at 10 am

Members will receive an invitation by email the day before.

Click HERE to get Instructions for your 1st  Zoom  Invitation  

***Do not forward, post or share your Zoom invitation with any one outside of WAGS***


  • We will be providing a Grief Resource Library to WAGS members.   The library was developed and graciously shared by Joy Berger, our fellow WAGS member.   You may remember Joy's CE last year on dealing with the loss of a pet.   We will add a link to the 'Members Only' section on the website in the next week or two, and will be playing an excerpt of one of the videos "Covid's Grief" in the membership zoom meeting this Saturday.   Thank you Joy, for sharing your expertise with us.   I know this will be a help to many of us.   


Rose Drennen Suggested the following articles.  Many more can be found at akc.org

⚠️Alert: FDA Recalls Dog Food

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, 12:25 PM, American Kennel Club <enews@akc.org> wrote:

View online.

Brrr! It's cold outside. As winter (and the pandemic) linger, stay indoors and get caught up on the latest in your dog's health.

In today's edition:

Dog food recall

Is telemedicine worth it?

Coffee poisoning

At-home grooming

The American Kennel Club website can be very informative.  Check it out if you haven't already.

Hound History with Tami Harbolt: Continuing Education About the Human Animal Bond

February 2021

Owney, the Postal Service Dog

As you prepare to send a Valentine to your sweetie,  consider where your packages and letters go! One intrepid dog decided to find out. In 1888, a small mixed breed named Owney began following his owner to work as a postal clerk in Albany, New York. After the owner moved away, Owney became the unofficial mascot of the post office because he remained there and befriended all the postal carriers. Sometimes Owney followed the bags as they were loaded onto the railroad cars and in 1895, he followed them around the world! Owney travelled with mail to Asia, Europe and eventually returned to Albany. He was considered a good luck charm, because there were no train wrecks when Owney was a passenger. At every stop, he received a metal tag. Eventually he wore these tags on a harness created by a devoted mail carrier. Owney met a tragic end at a postal stop in Toledo, Ohio, where he was shot and killed. Mail clerks around the country raised funds to have him preserved, and he was donated to the postal museum and is on display at the Smithsonian Museum. Follow this link to see some of his tags, photos, and hear a song written about him by Trace Adkins!


Sources: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/owney


Patsy & My Journey To Become A Dog Trainer by LINDA LAUN

Hello Fellow Pet Lover and Pet Caretakers and WAGS family.  I have been a pet lover all of my life. Dogs, birds and other species have been a part of my life since I was an infant.  I got this affection for pets honestly from my maternal grandmother who was far ahead of her time as far as her pets being an integral part of the family was concerned and understanding the importance of good nutrition and training for her dogs and other pets..

My grandmother, whom we called “Neenie”, had a dog called Patsy that I can remember from when I was very young.  When I think about Patsy now, I realize that her heritage was probably a Border collie mix, she was a tricolor with markings similar to a Bernese Mountain Dog but the size of a border collie and incredibly smart and gentle.  Patsy would take a grocery list to the neighborhood grocer who would fill the order while Patsy waited and then he would send the bill to my grandmother who would put the money in a fancy hankie, tie it to her collar and send Patsy back to the grocery to pay the bill so that the groceries could be delivered.  Yes a very different time.  This was in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  Patsy would wait at street corners for the light to turn green before crossing the street and she would also go to the neighborhood pub to let my grandfather know it was time for supper.  Yes a very smart girl and helpful too.

READ MORE .......

ARCHIVE of previous articles coming soon!!!!!

The WAGS Compassion Committee is here for you

We are here to provide a network of support to our members during times of loss, illness, or personal struggles.  

For those needing support for yourself, a friend, or a loved one please contact Jenny Pagni via the Compassion Committee.

Email your name, the name if other than yourself, your relationship and how we can support you.  1vp@kywags.org

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members”  - Coretta Scott King 


2020 TIME is being tallied by Linda Carden

Tell me how to do it once again!

This is a Power Point Slideshow to show you.

Click HERE for the slideshow

ALTERNATIVE FORM if you just can't

do the phone APP!!

Just SUBMIT your total for the entire year


LAST RESORT is To fill out paper

click HERE  download and print

MAIL TO: Linda Carden

3008 Pelham Ct.

Louisville, Ky 40299

WE are activating the 2021 Time App in March

Be patient and record your hours manually until the 2021 APP is activated!

FOR Questions on 2021 TIME APP  email:  Time@kywags.org

Get new instructions for 2021 APPS below

for 2021 Time           IPhone APP    /      Android APP 

WAGS Membership Mandatory Waiver Signing 

Click HERE to sign the Waiver
that will be required for you to attend all WAGS events in the future,
including facility visitation, in-person meetings, and special events.

Corona Virus Update

Check for + COVID Facilities   HERE   or see more on  the Kentucky COVID 19 Website

 CDC Guidelines for Pet Therapy HERE 

Our Covid Committee is making recommendations that reflect safety for Everyone

Team Leaders check out this VIDEO!

TEAM LEADERS Can send this video to their facilities!

Just copy and send this link in a personal email.


101 and Orientation classes are now  offered as online ZOOM  classes.

Continuing Ed is now offered as online "You Tube" videos.

Brief Announcements and Updates

BRAGS, BOASTS (and other pet information)

This will be an area where we will announce information concerning our pets such as - awards, new 'siblings', retirements and even could consider obituaries.  Information should be forwarded to newsletter@kywags.org.  Send a picture which we can then make into a thumbnail to publish.


Kait Whistler Seyal:  I recently launched a radio show with the Kentucky Humane Society on FORward radio 106.5 FM about pet training, behavior, and special topics in the Louisville community.  Sit, Stay, Listen airs weekly on Sundays at 12:30PM and the re-runs on Mondays at 7:30am and Tuesdays at 11am.  You can tune in on the radio, live stream on the website forwardradio.org or listen on demand on the show’s website below.  I'll take calls and answers questions on dog training and behavior.  Thank you so much for all of your support and don’t worry, there will definitely be a WAGS episode in the future!!    https://www.forwardradio.org/sit-stay-listen

ARCHIVE FILES coming soon!!!!

  1. Ripple (Patti Baizel Finley) received her CGC award October 2020.
  2. Pocki (Frances & Jeff Burton) received her CGC award October 2020.
  3. The Unofficial 'WAGS BERNER CLUB' at the Parklands 11/7/20 (Pocki [Jeff], Ripple [Patti], Kenta [Frances}, Blue [Sandy]). Picture below:
Berner Club Parklands(c1) 11072020



Record a video Reading with a Pet

Tami Harbolt is wanting members to record a video that WAGS can then allow teachers, libraries and other select people use for children.  These videos will be placed on a private YouTube channel.  She provided tips, tricks, book ideas, length of videos and best practices at the June 13th membership meeting.  Instructions will be put up in our MEMBER ACCOUNT Page.


To submit announcements email them to newsletter@kywags.org

 *** 2021 Board Members***

                                                                  President:                   Micki Thomas             pres@kywags.org

1st Vice President:  Jenny Pagni            1vp@kywags.org               Treasurer:  Jeff Burton             treas@kywags.org

2nd Vice President: Kait Seyal                 2vp@kywags.org        Member-at-Large: Buddy Cutler mal1@kywags.org

Secretary:        Jewel Quackenbush        sec@kywags.org     Member-at-Large: Kathleen Duane  mal2@kywags.org

(The Board would like to open the Secretary position for 2021 to a new candidate.  Please inquire if interested)                   

Download the job Description HERE or talk to Jewel Quackenbush for more information on the Secretary's position

If you would like to volunteer on any committee or activity fill out this form   VOLUNTEER

Messages from Our BOARD

Any  member can observe and attend our monthly BOARD MEETINGS by submitting your request to Micki Thomas pres@kywags.org

 You may also contact Buddy Cutler or Kathleen Duane as your representative on the Board

mal1@kywags.org or mal2@kywags.org

We encourage your ideas and involvement with WAGS


Hello fellow Waggers from your Evaluator Committee. Here we are in the second month of 2021.  We sure miss seeing everyone. Our committee has managed to stay busy the first part of this year and we have some exciting news for you. We are working out the final kinks to be able to schedule our first WAGS 101 Zoom class since May of last year. We have it scheduled for Wednesday March 24th at 6pm using the Zoom format. Please contact Martha Raymer at  wag101@kywags.org or call her at 502-655-0203. She will be able to . . . . . READ MORE . . .


WAGS Pet Therapy of KY, Inc. believes that connections can be forged through the positive and loving interactions between people and companion animals. Our mission is to promote the human animal bond in all aspects of daily life and to weave the presence of positive role models into every part of the regional community. In keeping with that mission, we promote and support the dignity of every human being and their need for attachment, affection, and peace.  We do not support any form of racism or interpersonal violence, be it institutional or otherwise.  We recognize that we can use our role in the community to provide loving connections with people who have been historically marginalized.

Although we have been dormant due to the risk of infection from Covid-19, we are committed to offering comfort and connection to the Greater Louisville region once the current pandemic abates. Our hearts ache for those who have lost loved ones. Our hearts yearn to comfort you in this time of crisis and change. Although we promote our caring through a healthy interaction with a trained therapy pet, at the other end of every leash is a human who recognizes the inherent worth of every member of our shared community. We pray for peace and comfort and we will see you all soon.

 WAGS Virtual Membership Meeting

by "ZOOM" invitation

Saturday, Feb 13th,  10am

Our Continuing Ed is Online Now

click HERE

Also Conveniently linked on your "My Account" Page

Meet Ups

optional TEAM "Meet Ups"

are ready on SIgnUp Genius

When WAGS is cleared by the Governor to resume group gatherings the doors will open at 9:30 to allow for time to visit and get to know others.

The membership meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Lane. 

If you can come early to set up or stay late to help clean up, it would be greatly appreciated!


Continuing Ed for credit hours follows the meeting at

St. Matthews Episcopal Church

is on "HOLD" for

Corona Virus precautions

All events are cancelled due to Corona Virus

If you have any questions

contact a Board Member or Committee Chairperson

for more information 

      Winter is here and sometimes the cold requires snuggling! 

 Be patient as TEAMS  have "not" been given

the permission to enter facilities again.   

Facility Coordinators are asking you to stay in place and

let your pet reward you daily. You might try our Sign-Up Genius

"Meet Ups" to train your pet and stay connected!

In order to attend "Meet Ups",  you MUST sign our Waiver for the Covid-19 Liability Release.  Sign it below if you like.

Waiver for Covid-19 Liability Release

FOR 2021

OUR Covid Committee is working to approve the status of your facilities one at a time.  Our membership meetings explain this process.  Until your facility is ACTIVE-COVID APPROVED  you cannot re-enter as a WAGS TEAM. Please make an effort to attend these Saturday meetings on Zoom. You will be sent the Zoom link 1-2 days before each monthly meeting.  Hope to see you there!

WAGS is working on approving it's first COVID APPROVED Facility

Next 101 Dates

Our first "virtual" 101 has being tested and was successful. Our next virtual 101 TBA 

Next Evaluation Dates

Cancelled until 2021

Express Renewal Lite has temporarily

renewed 18 Teams for 2020

The Next WAGS Board meeting is MARCH 6th

"Virtual"  by ZOOM invitation 

Videos to share with you

Leadership and IT Volunteers Needed

Contact Jenny Pagni at  mal1@kywags.org

or fill out and submit this form HERE

Joining to Certification

Review the 9 Step process HERE.

WAGS Store

Your Working with WAGS Manual

can be ordered  HERE  and

pick up will be arranged.