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Readers’ Choice Awards 2007 – Cincinnati

November 8, 2007 by Tails Magazine in November 2007 with 0 Comments

Best Place for Agility/Instruction

Winner:

Kuliga Dog Training Club
898 Kieley Place, Cincinnati
(513) 347-0989 • KuligaDTC.com

Runner-up:

Circle Tail, Inc.
8834 Carey Ln, Pleasant Plain
(513) 877-3325 • CircleTail.org

Other Favorites:

The American K9 Performance Academy
Queen City Dog Training Club

Best Vet Practice

Winner:
Animal Hospital on Mount Lookout Square
3175 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati
(513) 871-8866 • AHOMLS.com

Runner-up:

Loveland Regional Vet Hospital
300 W Loveland Ave, Loveland
(513) 697-9796

Other Favorites:

Bellevue Animal Hospital
Cincinnati Animal Medical Center

Best Vet

Winner:

Dr. Jeff Werwa
Cincinnati Animal Medical Center
7617 Reading Rd, Cincinnati
(513) 761-8387

Runner-up:

Dr. Joe Bruner
Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialists &
Emergency Services
11 Beacon Dr, Wilder, KY
(859) 572-0560 • PetVetER.com

Other Favorites:

Dr. John Cole/Loveland Regional Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Robert J. Gaston/Veterinary Wellness Center

Best Holistic Vet/Practice

Winner:

Robert J. Gaston, DVM
Veterinary Wellness Center
9970 Harrison Ave, Harrison
(513) 367-4111 • VetWellness.com

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner?
I am honored that some of our clients have gone out of their way to vote for me as best holistic veterinarian. We are fortunate to have such great clients.

What drew you to your profession?
From the time I was a small child, I wanted to be a doctor. Though I was originally focused on the human medical profession, my love for animals eventually led me toward the veterinary profession. While growing up, our home seemed to always be the drop-off point for the neighborhood stray or injured animals. That gave me a lot of animal care experience and many trips to the veterinarian’s office. While in high school, I realized that I would prefer to be an animal doctor instead of a human doctor.

How long have you been practicing?
I have been a veterinarian for 20 years. I graduated from the Ohio State University in 1987. For 10 years, while [working] as an associate in other practices and doing relief work, I began to develop interests in alternative medicine such as herbs, nutrition, and alternatives to annual vaccinations. Eventually, I reached a point where my conscience would not allow me to continue to work in the conventional medical paradigm. I understood that it did not serve the best interests of my patients. I reached a crossroads in which I either had to operate my own practice on my terms or I had to find another profession. Fortunately, I was able to begin my practice in March 1998 with a vision to integrate traditional western medicine with alternative therapies, in order to provide optimal heath care for my patients.

How do you think your industry has changed over the years?
When I started holistic practice 10 years ago, I was definitely the odd man out. For example, I had to talk with several kennel owners on behalf of my clients in order to educate them about antibody titers and the fact that annual re-vaccinations were not necessary and possibly harmful. Now, most kennels, service dog organizations, and 4-H programs recognize the potential dangers of over-vaccination and will accept antibody titers for Distemper virus and Parvo virus. Other changes that I have observed: the benefits of fruits and vegetables in the diet of dogs and cats are increasingly being acknowledged; botanical (herbal) therapy is becoming more conventional such as with the use of milk thistle for liver toxicity or damage.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I am fortunate to continually have fresh enthusiasm as a result of constant learning, integrating new therapeutic modalities, a tremendous support staff, and the privilege of seeing miraculous results. I especially enjoy the most challenging, complex referral cases that have not been helped with traditional care and in which I can use a truly holistic approach. By combining an understanding of whole-food nutrition, functional medicine, applied clinical nutrition, immune and gastrointestinal system interactions, spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic), acupuncture, and homotoxicology, we are able to help many pets with serious chronic problems. One of the best aspects of practice is that, in addition to helping many pets and their [people], I have been able to assist many [people] by introducing them to chiropractic care and by educating them in better nutrition for themselves.

Do you have any pets at home?
I have two dogs and two cats at home: a Golden Retriever; a Labrador Retriever; an old and infirmed indoor cat; and a superior mouser who hunts during the day and sleeps in the garage at night.—RK

Runner-up:

Dr. Erin Tepe/Kindred Spirits Veterinary Health Center
4147 Madison Pike, Covington, KY
(859) 356-2242 • KindredSpiritsVet.com

Other Favorite:
Mt. Healthy Animal Hospital

Best Cat Food

Winner:

Iams
(800) 675-3849 • Iams.com

Runner-up:

Wellness
(800) 225-0904 • OldMotherHubbard.com

Other Favorites:

Eagle Pack
Science Diet

Best Cat Treats

Winner:

Greenies
(866) GREENIES • Greenies.com

Other Favorites:

Catnip
Whiskas

Best Cat Toy

Winner:

Catnip

Other Favorites:

Feather on a String
Laser Pointer

Best Pet Supply Store

Winner:

Petsmart
Various locations
(888) 839-9638 • Petsmart.com

Runner-up:
Complete Petmart
Various locations
CompletePetmart.com

Other Favorites:

Anderson Family Pet Center
Strasse Dog

Best Dog Bakery

Winner:
Strasse Dog
605 Main St, Covington, KY
(859) 431-7387 • MainStrasse.org/strassedog

Runner-up:
Hyde Bark
2727 Erie Ave, Cincinnati
(513) 533-0800 • HydeBark.com

Other Favorites:
Auntie Leila’s Pet Salon and Barkery
Bone Appetit Bakery
Healthy Hounds
Purrs & Gurrs

Best Pet Photographer

Winner:

Connie Lay
Greater Cincinnati Veterinary
Specialists & Emergency Services
11 Beacon Dr, Wilder, KY
(859) 572-0560 • PetVetER.com

Runner-up:
Annette Bryant/Bryant Photography
BryantPhotoGallery.com

Other Favorites

Virgil Sweeden

Best Overnight Boarding

Winner:

Pet Suites
Various locations
PetSuitesofAmerica.com

Runner-up:

Best Friends Pet Care
11216 Gideon Ln, Cincinnati
(513) 489-6300 • BestFriendsPetCare.com

Other Favorites:
Camp Bow Wow
Circle Tail, Inc.

Best Doggie Daycare

Winner:

Camp Bow Wow
4955 Creek Rd, Cincinnati
(513) 745-9850 • CampBowWowUSA.com

Runner-up:

Pet Suites
Various locations
PetSuitesofAmerica.com

Other Favorites:

Club K-9 Doggy Daycare
Strictly Dogs

Best Pet-Friendly Outdoor Café

Winner:
Indigo Casual Gourmet Cafe
2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati
(513) 321-9952

Runner-up:

Bean Haus
640 Main St, Covington, KY
(859) 341-BEAN • BeanHaus.com

Other Favorites:

Flavors Eatery
Lucky Dog

Best Groomer

Winner:
Kimri Smith
Bow Wow Boutique Inc.
3253 Brotherton Rd, Cincinnati
(513) 321-7444

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner for best dog groomer?
Extraordinary. I knew I had wonderful clients but this is beyond belief.

How long have you been in your profession?
Since 1986 I’ve been grooming pets, but I’ve been working around animals since 1976.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Working with animals everyday. I couldn’t think of a happier job.

Any crazy stories to share?
A few years ago the Cincinnati Zoo shot a commercial at the shop. This was pretty exciting, Thane Maynard was the spokesperson and we were supposed to be grooming wolves. When the commercial aired we got hundreds of calls to see if we really were a shop and if we really groomed wolves. We got many laughs from this.

Do you have any pets at home?
Haley is my 7-year-old Airedale. She was on her way to Airedale rescue when I intercepted her. I’ve had her for three years and love her to pieces. She is my second Airedale rescue. I am a Terrier lover.

How do you think your industry has changed over the years?
The pet industry has drastically changed since I started grooming. Awareness is at an all time high, clients are knowledgeable about grooming and care for their pets. There are so many rewarding careers in the pet industry and the public finally understands the hard work that is involved in caring for their pets. Our equipment is much, much better than ever and in turn we can do a safer and better grooming job than before.—Renee Krejci

Runner-up:

The Animal Ark Pet Resort
2150 Struble Rd, Cincinnati
(513) 825-7387 • AnimalArkPet.com

Other Favorites:

Best Friends Pet Care
Creative Pet Designs

Best Pet -Friendly Bar

Winner:

Lucky Dog Tavern & Grille
7029 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp
(513) 779-5825

Runner-up:

Crowley’s
958 Pavilion St, Cincinnati
(513) 721-7709

Other Favorites:

Cosmos

Best Dog Walking/Pet Sitting

Winner:

Richelle Gill
Glorified Gophers
Cincinnati
(513) 658-1672 • CoolCrittersOutreach.com

Other Favorites
:
Affordable Critter Sitters
Dirty Feet Pet Care

Best Dog Food

Winner:

Eagle Pack
(574) 259-7834 • EaglePack.com

Runner-up:

Canidae
(800) 398-1600 • Canidae.com

Other Favorites:
Iams
Natural Balance

Best Dog Treats

Winner:

Iams
(800) 675-3849 • Iams.com

Runner-up:

Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard
(800) 225-0904
OldMotherHubbard.com

Other Favorites:

Greenies
Milkbone

Best Dog Toy

Winner:

Kong
(303) 216-2626 • KongCompany.com

Runner-up:

Everlasting Treat Ball
TripleCrownDogs.com

Other Favorites:

Nylabone
Tennis ball

Best Dog Park

Winner:

Kenton County Paw Park
At Pioneer Park, Kenton County, KY
(859) 392-0024 • KentonPawPark.com

Runner-up:

Wiggly Field
8070 Tylersville Rd, West Chester
(513) 759-7304 • WestChesterOH.org

Other Favorites:

Kellogg Dog Field
Mt. Airy Dog Park

Best Dog Leash/Collar

Winner:
Lupine
(800) 228-9653 • LupinePet.com

Other Favorites:

Flexi
Gentle Leader

Best Trainer/Training Class

Winner:
Lydia McCarthy
Playful Pooches and Parents,
Anderson Twp Family Pet Center,
6666 Clough Pike, Anderson
(513) 939-DOGS • PlayfulPoochesAndParents.com

Runner-up:
Brie Huddleston,
Best Friends Pet Care,
11216 Gideon Ln, Cincinnati
(513) 489-6300 • BestFriendsPetCare.com

Other Favorites:

American K9 Performance Academy
Kuliga Dog Training Club
Marlys Staley/Circle Tail, Inc.


Tails Readers’ Choice Awards entries and winners were reviewed and approved by the accounting firm of Chamlin and Associates.

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