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Readers’ Choice Awards 2007 – Philadelphia

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

Best Pet Photographer

Stacey Morgan
(610) 331-2778
StayMor.com

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Pet Photographer?

It is absolutely thrilling and a nice “fur patch” in my cap!

How long have you been in your profession?

I’ve been a professional photographer for over 25 years but only just found my niche of taking what I call my “Petraits” in the last year. But in all fairness, I had two dogs of my own that served as wonderful subject matter and some earlier commission work involved some pet portraiture, too. So In a way I have been taking photographs of pets for the past 10 years, give or take.

What is your favorite part of the job?

I get to “meet-and-greet” all different kinds of dogs and their [guardians]. I hear remarkable stories on how they found each other and came to live together. I also love getting a little glimpse of each dog’s unique personality and capturing that individuality on film.

How do think your industry has changed over the years?

I think people tend to treat their dogs more like another child. I never see or hear of a dog being kept outside in a traditional doghouse anymore. It seems [people] have brought their companions into the house and made them more part of the family and part of the household as a whole.

Do you have any pets at home?

Yes, I have one Vizsla and his name is Delta. He will be 7 on Nov. 10.

Renee Krejci

Best Vet Practice

Winner:

Queen Village Animal Hospital
323 Bainbridge St, Philadelphia
(215) 925-5753

Runner-up:

Ark Animal Hospital
1700 Horizon Dr, Chalfont
(215) 822-3636 • ArkAnimalHospital.net

Other Favorites:

Old Marple Vet Hospital
Rau Animal Hospital
Rau Too Animal Hospital

Best Vet

Winner:

Dr. Elizabeth McMurtrie
Springhouse Animal Hospital
617 N Bethlehem Pike #215, Lower Gwynedd
(215) 643-8600

Runner-up:

Dr. Brenda Perkins
West Chester Animal Hospital
1140 Pottstown Pike, West Chester
(610) 696-3476

Other Favorites:

Dr. Scott Hufnagle/Indian Valley Animal Hospital
Dr. Kristi Wilson/Rau Too Animal Hospital

Best Holistic Vet/Practice

Winner:

Ark Animal Hospital
1700 Horizon Dr, Chalfont
(215) 822-3636 • ArkAnimalHospital.net

Runner-up:

Dr. Suzanne R. Walski
Meadowbrook Animal Hospital
4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville • (610) 847-2776

Other Favorites:

Dr. Elana Braz/Animal Healing Center
Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital
Dr. Deva Kaur Khalsa/Animal Healing Center
Dr. Evelyn Orenbuch/Orenbuch Veterinary Services

Best Cat Food

Winner:

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

Runner-up:

Nutro
(800) 833-5330 • NutroProducts.com

Other Favorites:

Hill’s Science Diet
Iams
Purina

Best Cat Treats

Winner:

Pounce
PounceCat.com

Runner-up:

Feline Greenies
(866) GREENIES • Greenies.com

Other Favorites:

Cat-Man-Doo Bonito Flakes
Catnip
Whiska’s Temptations

Best Cat Toy

Winner:

Catnip Mouse

Runner-up:

Feather Teaser

Other Favorites:

Cat Dancer
Furry Mouse
Kitty Hoots

Best Trainer

Marisa Scully
(267) 253-9723

How does it feel to be a Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Dog Trainer?
It’s great. There’s nothing like a little positive reinforcement!

What drew you to your profession?
Working with animals has always been a given for me. The psychological and behavioral aspects have always fascinated me the most. Working with my own dogs gave me a lot of insight into how complex communication between humans and dogs can be and I wanted to gain a higher level of understanding and knowledge so I could help other people achieve harmonious relationships with their pets.

Any crazy stories to share?
Many! Just recently I was doing a session with a family on how to prepare their Golden Retriever for the arrival of a new baby. We actually had to cut off the end of our session so the parents could go to the hospital. The baby was born two hours after I left.

Do you have any pets at home?
I have two brilliant Pit Bulls, a male and a female, both rescues.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Training dogs is so rewarding because there are such clear positive results. I go beyond basic sit-stay obedience and really delve into the needs of the dog and the [guardian] so that both parties can be happy and fulfilled. There is nothing better than turning a “problem dog” into a satisfied, well-balanced pet for someone to cherish.–RK

Best Dog Park

Winner:

Orianna Dog Park
900 block of N Orianna St, Philadelphia
(215) 592-7857 • OriannaHill.org

Runner-up:

Harford Park
260 Gulph Creek Rd, Wayne
(610) 688-5600

Other Favorites:

Freedom Park
Mario Lanza Park
Montgomery Township Bark Park
Rittenhouse Square Park

Best Pet Photographer

Winner:

Stacey Morgan (See profile on page 16)
(610) 331-2778 • StayMor.com

Runner-up:

Lil’ Pals Pet Photography of Southern New Jersey
Carol Shimp
(856) 261-2228 • SJPetPhotos.com

Other Favorites:

Champion Pet Photos
Angela Stahl/Pooch Smooch Photography
Zoe Wells/p.s. Pet Sit
The Winning Image Professional Dog Photography

Best Overnight Boarding

Winner:

p.s. Pet Sit
(267) 574-3110 • psPetSit.com

Runner-up:

Best Friends Pet Care
1150 Easton Rd, Willow Grove
(215) 659-3441 • BestFriendsPetCare.com

Other Favorites:

King of Prussia Pet Resort
Nightwatch Kennel & Pet Specialties
Robbye The Gentle Groomer

Best Pet-Friendly Outdoor Café

Winner:

Cosi (multiple locations)
GetCosi.com

Runner-up:

Rouge
205 S 18th St, Philadelphia
(215) 732-6622

Other Favorites:

Black N Brew
Deuce
The Landing Restaurant
Red Hook Coffee and Tea

Best Pet Supply Store

Winner:

Petsmart
(888) 839-9638
Petsmart.com

Runner-up:

Braxton’s Animal Works
620 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne
(610) 688-0769 • Braxtons.com

Other Favorites:

Cutter’s Mill
Dogs & Cats Rule
Pabby’s Pet Pantry

Best Groomer

Winner:

Robbye the Gentle Groomer
319 Norristown Rd Ste B, Horsham
(215) 672-4691

Runner-up:

Pabby’s Pet Pantry
319 W County Line Rd, Hatboro
(215) 674-3917 • PabbysPetPantry.com

Other Favorites:

Chez Bow Wow
Lucie’s Pet Grooming Shop
Petsmart

Best Pet Friendly Bar

Winner:

Deuce
1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia
(215) 413-3822 • DeuceRestaurant.com

Runner-up:

Azure Restaurant
931 N Second St, Philadelphia
(215) 629-0500 • AzureRestaurant.net

Other Favorites:

The Abbaye
Four Dogs Tavern
The Landing Restaurant

Best Dog Food

Winner:

Wellness
(800) 225-0904
OmhPet.com

Runner-up:

Canidae
(800) 398-1600
Canidae.com

Other Favorites:

Eukanuba
Innova
Nutro

Best Dog Treats

Winner:

Old Mother Hubbard
(800) 225-0904
OmhPet.com

Runner-up:

Dogswell
(888) 559-8833
Dogswell.com

Other Favorites:

Greenies
Natural Balance
Zuke’s

Best Dog Toy

Winner:

Kong
(303) 216-2626
KongCompany.com

Runner-up:

Nylabone
(800) 631-2188
Nylabone.com

Other Favorites:

Chuckit!
Loofa Dog
Planet Dog

Best Dog Leash/Collar

Winner:

Lupine
(800) 228-9653
LupinePet.com

Runner-up:

Gentle Leader Headcollar
(888) 640-8840 • GentleLeader.com

Other Favorites:

Easy Walker
Flexi Leashes
Four Preppy Paws
Yellow Dog

Best Trainer/ Training Class

Winner:

Marisa Scully
(267) 253-9273
marisa.scully@gmail.com

Runner-up:

Carrie Simons
Simons Says: Dog Training
1220 Linwood Ave, Norristown
(610) 278-0894 • SimonsSaysSit.com

Other Favorites:

Nicole McBride/Cubby’s Canine Castle
Helen Natelli/Pabby’s Pet Pantry
Sue Oakes/Oakes K9

Best Doggie Daycare

Winner:

Paws @ Play
133 Sugartown Rd, Wayne
(610) 910-6048 • PawsAtPlayPA.com

Runner-up:

Best Friends Pet Care
1150 Easton Rd, Willow Grove
(215) 659-3441 • BestFriendsPetCare.com

Other Favorites:

Karen’s K-9 Care
King of Prussia Pet Resort
Robbye The Gentle Groomer

Best Dog Walking/ Pet Sitting

Winner:

p.s. Pet Sit
(267) 574-3110 • psPetSit.com

Runner-up:

For Love of Dogs
(610) 532-DOGS • ForLoveOfDogs.com

Other Favorites:

Carol’s Critter Sitters
Marisa Scully
The Pet Nanny

Best Dog Bakery

Winner:

The Bone Appetite K-9 Bakery & Boutique
8505 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia
(610) 995-2663
TheBoneAppetiteOnline.com

Runner-up:

Daisy’s Delights Barkery & Boutique
20 E Sellers Ave, Ridley Park
(484) 494-6DOG
DaisysGourmetDogTreats.com

Other Favorites:

Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow
Cutter’s Mill
Pabby’s Pet Pantry

Best Place for Agility/ Instruction

Winner:

Oakes K9
319 D Norristown Rd, Horsham
(215) 956-1614

Runner-up:

Dog Training Club of Chester County
880 Springdale Dr, Ste 100, Exton
(610) 280-6960 • DTCCC.org

Other Favorites:

K-9 Basics Dog Training
Kruisin’ Kanines Agility Club of Perkasie
Marisa Scully
What a Good Dog


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