This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we have a real YouTube star. Actress, musician,composer,blogger, and comedian we're joined by the all talented Alana Grelyak.
Plot Outline
Cats are funny and we bring their strange antics to you in scripted comedy shorts that vary from week to week. Sometimes we give you a whole show, sometimes you get a tip for living with your cat, and sometimes you get zombies. Check in weekly to see what's going on!
Alana Grelyak, Kris Flanagan, Sara Wolfson
Winner of Catdance 2015; Best Video Blogpaws 2015;
Best Actor and Actress Nominees, Midwest Independent Film Festival 2014;
Finalist in the Chicago Comedy Pilot Competition 2014;
Best blog video winner for 2014 BlogPaws Awards;
Finalist in CatDance 2014;
Finalist in CatDance 2013;
Runner-Up People's Choice Golden Kitty at the Internet Cat Video Festival 2013
About is an exploration of life by Crepes, a very special special needs cat. She's trying to spread the word about special needs animals and why they deserve good homes, as well as humorously discussing life from her point of view.
Finalist for the 2013 BlogPaws Best Cause Blog award
Adopted by in 2013
Halo BlogPaws Adoption Champion 2013
Runner-Up Internet Cat Video Festival for "Catalogue"

Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats

Kitty Bungalow is California's only 100% feral cat rescue and socialization facility. As shelter interventionists, we focus our attention on the most vulnerable of felines -- the ferals.  We break down the anxiety of feral cats with our nearly 80 weekly volunteers who use our guided socialization techniques and objectives, taking these street cats from 'hiss to home'.  We look to see that these cats never have to see the inside of a shelter and our socialized kittens graduate as Ivy League lap cats into life long loving homes. Our rescue is more than just finding homes for the homeless; we are working at the root of the problem, providing broad based Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and free spays and neuters to neighborhoods in need within Los Angeles. Due to an ongoing injunction with the city of Los Angeles, they are unable to participate in or support TNR, the rational and humane answer to cat overpopulation.  It is left to a few small groups like ours to pick up the slack and stave off the continued kitten seasons that leave our city shelters knee deep in kittens.  That is why the kill rate for Los Angeles City shelters for cats is 50%!  The majority of all animals killed in the city shelters (76%) are kittens 8 weeks and under!  Dogs are extremely close to the No Kill threshold thanks to partnerships like NKLA.  Meanwhile, every other cat going into the shelter does not come out.  That is why the work we do is so vital for stopping the problem at its core!

The cat overpopulation is not a cat problem-- it is a people problem caused by uneducated and sometimes irresponsible pet owners who abandon their cats or do not have them sterilized, causing a proliferation of cats being born on the street. Together we can bring an end to the homeless kitten epidemic. You can do your part by adoptingvolunteering or donating to our organization today.


More Episodes

Episode 217 ” DOC & PHOEBE’S NOBOWL”

April 29, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're so lucky to have one of the sweetest Veterinarians in the World on the podcast. This week Dr. Liz Bales DVM will be sharing the mic. 

At Doc & Phoebe’s, we listen to science, nature and especially our cats. The Indoor Hunting Feeder is the fun and easy way to eliminate common bad behaviors in cats. Manage scarf and barf, alleviate anxiety and destructive behavior, and prevent litter box issues, with this veterinarian designed feeder.

bad cat behavior. Exercising natural hunting instinct improves your cat’s mood and preserves your furniture.


Your cat will hunt for feeders at night, instead of hunting you!


Your cat’s stomach is the size of a ping-pong ball. Hunting multiple small portions eliminates scarf and barf.


Cats show distress by peeing outside of the litterbox. Hunting feeders relieve stress and can eliminate this terrible problem.


Portion Control + Exercise  = Healthy Weight



Your cat will happily spend the day hunting, receiving much-needed exercise.


Bowl feeding overfeeds your cat's body while leaving its predatory soul starved.

I am veterinarian Dr. Liz Bales and I have taken two decades of veterinary education and experience and developed the only Indoor Hunting Feeder. When you meet a cat’s behavioral needs they are naturally happier and healthier, and that means you are too.



Episode 216 “JIMINY’S”

April 21, 2018

This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast I''m so happy to share an episode that really inspired me in a major way. This episode sparked so much interest for more knowledge on insect based diet that I decided to dedicate all of June to the subject.



Anne has spent her entire career working with consumer brands across many categories, however her passion is the pet category. She worked for fortune 500 companies as well as start ups, including Secant, a business she sold to IRI in 2006.

Anne currently has two rescue pups at home, a Great Dane named Derby and a lab / border collie mix named Tuco. You can describe Anne as a retired marathon runner, new pilates junky and a film lover.



Higher protein (per 100g) than traditional protein sources


x3 the iron
in spinach


Rich in B vitamins
B1, B2 and B12


Contain all the essential
amino acids


Just like fish!
Omega 3 & 6


Unlike other protein sources, crickets deliver fiber too!


Crickets use exponentially less of our precious resources to raise and emit far fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Crickets are a sustainable superfood that dogs love!

Crickets have high protein, good fat and a nutty flavor, just what your dog wants and needs.

We combine cricket protein powder with other ingredients that are great for your pup as well as crowd pleasers.

The combination is a win + win + win!

great taste + nutrition + sustainability


Episode 215 “ADVENTURE CATS”

April 14, 2018

This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast we're joined by a very interesting and unique lady. My first question is "do you know what an Adventure Cat is". "Are their special harnesses for them" "is this even possible". Well we will find out the answers and much more.


We’re a group of outdoorsy cat lovers who started as a resource for people looking for safe ways to explore the great outdoors with their feline friends. We also want to challenge negative stereotypes about cats and the people who love them in order to increase shelter cat adoptions.

Laura Moss
Editor-in-chief and Co-founder

Laura has been an outdoors lover and total cat lady all her life. She’s written about pets professionally for more than five years and been featured on Animal Radio, WAMU’s Animal House and the ASPCA’s PetDay Adoptable Hangout. In addition to, her work has appeared on Mother Nature Network, The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Forbes, HLN and HowStuffWorks. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and she’s the mother of a timid rescue dog and two mischievous rescue kitties whom she’s clicker trained and leash trained.



Episode 214 “TOTO FIT”

April 7, 2018

This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast we're re-joined by a great friend of ours. Dr. DEBBIE TORRACA will be back on the podcast talking about Toto Fit, and so much more. 

Welcome to Toto Fit LLC, K-9 Balance & Core Work Products

Every dog can benefit from core exercises and the benefits will help them live the best quality life for the longest time possible.

Whether your dog is a professional couch surfer, your faithful walking companion, a senior starting to lose their muscle mass and balance, or a competitive performance dog, maintaining core strength is an essential component of a healthy, sound life.  The good news is: Core fitness exercises are fun and easy to integrate into your dog’s daily routine.  

CHECK out WHY core exercises are good for every dog:


Episode 213 “DR. COGER RETURNS”

March 31, 2018

This week a real icon is returning to the podcast. Somebody I truly geek out when I talk to. We're rejoined by the always incredible Dr. Laurie Coger DVM. And in just a few days the biggest pet Expo is going to be here.... 


Preliminary Schedule

8:00 – 8:30  Registration
9:00 – 10:00  The Real Truth About Pet Food – Recalls, ingredients, and what every dog owner needs to know. Susan Thixton and Jessica Sleater, Esq.
10:10 – 11:15 From Needles to Natural – Avoiding over-vaccination in your dog. Dr. Judy Morgan
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch — visit the exhibitors and vendors
1:00 – 2:00 Saving Your Dog’s Knees – Non-surgical options for cruciate ligament injuries. Dr. Debbie Gross Torraca
2:15 – 3:15 Ketogenic Diets for Cancer – Feeding the body, starving the cancer. Bill Hoekman
3:30 – 4:30 The Health-Mind-Body Connection – How health impacts behavior and your relationship with your dog, and key strategies to use. Suzanne Clothier
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap up, questions, visit exhibitors

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Exhibitors and vendors will be available all day. Prize giveaways and silent auction will also occur throughout the day.



Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT


Dr. Morgan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in 1980 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She is a certified and accredited veterinary acupuncturist, chiropractitioner, and food therapist.

Based in southern New Jersey, Dr. Morgan currently operates two veterinary hospitals that offer an integrative approach combining holistic medicine with traditional Western techniques. Holistic practices such as chiropractic, acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal therapy, are utilized alongside conventional medicine to provide a full range of veterinary treatment.

Dr. Morgan is an active speaker at dog shows, pet expos, and veterinary conferences. She blogs and writes articles daily, as well as having published three books on holistic pet care and feeding. Her social media sites reach millions of pet owners worldwide. She is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey’s House Senior Dog Hospice and Sanctuary and spends her spare time working with rescue groups for homeless dogs.




 Suzanne Clothier

Relationship Centered Training

Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and canine midwifery. She is well respected for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them.

Whether the audience is companion dog owners or experienced trainers, Suzanne’s broad knowledge, common sense and humor offer exciting, practical information and approaches that will enhance the dog/human relationship.

She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, NADOI, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), Alaskan Dog Musher Association, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, AKC Obedience judges, many national specialties, and numerous obedience, agility, breed, rescue, shelter and SAR groups.

Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of Top 5 Dog Books. An award winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, Suzanne has written articles for the AKC Gazette, Dog Fancy, Dogs In Canada, Off Lead, Clean Run, Wolf Clan and breed magazines and newsletters around the world. She served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and as a committee member of the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.

She has served as a consultant to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Patterson, NY), Southeastern Guide Dogs (Tampa, FL), Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Bloomfield, CT), Assistance Dogs of the West (Santa Fe, NM) and Guide Dogs of America (Sylmar, CA). For all these organizations, Suzanne utilized her Relationship Centered Training™ approach and her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ to assist in the restructuring of the puppy raising programs.

Begining Jan 2013, she was invited to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage.

A German Shepherd breeder, her 8 generations of Hawks Hunt German Shepherds have been successful in obedience, agility, search and rescue, tracking, herding and therapy work; she is also the co-breeder of a National Specialty BOB Brittany. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family of dogs, cats, parrots, tortoises, Scottish Highland cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs and more.

Dr. Debbie Torraca

Wizard of Paws

Dr. Debbie (Gross) Torraca has been involved in the field of canine physical rehabilitation and conditioning for over twenty years. She began her career in human sports medicine and quickly made the transformation to canine physical rehabilitation and sports medicine. She began with a BS at Boston University, and then obtained an advanced MS from Quinnipiac College and a doctorate at the University of Tennessee. She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and one of the founders of the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program. Dr. Torraca believes that each day should be a learning experience and continuously seeks opportunities to further her education in the classroom and through real life experiences!

Debbie has taught throughout the world on many topics and is widely published in the field of canine physical rehabilitation, as well as canine performance. She has many DVDS, articles, and related information published for the dog lover in the areas of conditioning, structure, injury prevention, stretching, strengthening, performance, and rehabilitation. She has been very involved with professional research in the realm of canine performance. In addition, she absolutely loves spending time in her clinic, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC (  She believes EVERY dog deserves the best quality of life for the longest time possible whether they are 8 weeks of age or 18 years of age. the door. Her rapport with animals and passion for rehabilitation is evident in her practice and teaching.  It’s no surprise that Debbie’s advice and insight is sought from all over the world by veterinarians, owners, and researchers.



Billy Hoekman

Answers Pet Food

Billy Hoekman is the Natural Science Coordinator for Answers Pet Food. He is involved in R&D, product development, working with farms, science education, and does a majority of their health and nutrition consultations. He attends yearly AAFCO meetings and routinely speaks around the country on a wide variety of topics ranging from nutritional concepts to environmental concerns. He is a proud member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and is a frequent contributor to Dogs Naturally Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily and their dog Lua.




Susan Thixton

Truth About Pet Food

I joke that I am an ‘Ellie Mae Clampet’ (if you are old enough to remember the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies); ‘critters’ have always been a big part of my life.  My first dog as a child was a red Doberman named Duke.  My grandfather used to take me to obedience classes each week, and I competed with him in obedience trials.  Back then, it was standard to teach dogs using force (do this or I’ll hurt you methods).  Even at 11 years old, and in defiance of those who were teaching me ‘how to train my dog’, I refused to hurt my best friend.  My kind methods of training paid off, out of a possible 200 points, we consistently scored 199 and 199 1/2 in competitions.  Duke was my best friend and he was treated with respect; he returned the love ten fold.

At 15, my parents bought me a horse for my birthday.  I went from showing dogs to showing horses.  And yes, Duke went to the barn with me almost every day.  My respect of animals continued with my horses; I had the number one Quarter Horse gelding (neutered male horse) in the State of Kentucky for several years.  I went to college on a horsemanship scholarship; taking three horses with me to school.  A good friend teases me that ‘normal’ girls go to college with three hair dryers, I preferred three horses.

Down the road a few years, at 27 years old, I started my own business, The Pet School in Louisville, KY.  The Pet School was a dog obedience school that did things differently; I taught basic obedience lessons to spoiled rotten house pets.  The very same kind and respectful methods I used to train my own pets.  Needless to say, there were many other pet owners who wanted to treat their dogs respectfully in training; my business did well.

Within a few years I added a boarding kennel to my business.  Using the same logic I always had with my animals, I wanted a kennel to be different than what was offered at the time; a facility that kept the dogs and cats safe, but that was as close to home as possible.  I’m proud to say that my kennel was the very first all indoor/all suite pet boarding facility in the U.S.  Every ‘room’ had a window, and every pet got to play each day during their stay.

My number one assistant, was Sam, a female spoiled rotten Rottweiler. I’ve been blessed with many special animals in my life, Sam was one of the extra special dogs.  She was commonly a headrest for my children growing up; she even helped them learn to walk.  And, she worked with me every day, being the ‘demo’ dog in all my obedience classes.  She had a sense of which dogs were intimidated; she’d wiggle over to them and kiss them to calm their fears.  Alternatively, if another dog attempted to be a little bossy with their classmates, she quickly let them know she was top dog in the classroom.

When Sam was eight years old, I noticed a lump on her pelvic area.  A trip to my trusted Veterinarian showed it was bone cancer; I had two weeks to tell her good-bye.  The worst news was the veterinarian I had known and trusted since I was a child, told me the probable cause of Sam’s cancer was from the chemical preservatives in her food.  The food that I gave her.

I couldn’t believe what my veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Catlett, was telling me.  This dog food was the number one pet food in the U.S.; it was a ‘trusted’ company.  What I did next, changed me forever.

Dr. Catlett told me that these chemical preservatives were (and still are) added to pet foods to extend their ‘shelf life’; to keep them fresh for longer periods of time for retail purposes.  I called the pet food company; I asked them what the shelf life was on this food.  I’ll never forget it – they told me the shelf life was “25 years”.  That’s more than three times as long as my dog lived.

The chemical that killed Sam – was ethoxyquin; it is still commonly used in many dog foods, cat foods, and pet treats.  The pet food company that killed her, is still one of the top pet food companies; although they no longer use ethoxyquin in their foods, they use many disease causing ingredients including dangerous chemicals.

Dr. Catlett came to my home and put Sam down.  I dug her grave.  Her most favorite thing to do was play ball.  She had a ball in her mouth when she took her last breath; and she was buried with it.

Sam’s death changed me forever.  From that day forward, I have studied pet foods, pet food ingredients, and the regulations that govern them.

Today I hold advisory positions on two AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials – those that develop pet food regulations) committees – the Pet Food Committee and the Ingredient Definitions Committee.

And how did the ‘Caped Crusader for Safe Pet Food’ get started?  A few years into advocating for safe pet food, a dear friend gave me that name and it stuck.  My youngest daughter drew the Caped Crusader image.

But isn’t just one person – it’s thousands of people who work together helping to make pet food safe.  The brightest veterinarians and scientists, along side of thousands of determined petsumers – we are all part of the team.


Jessica Sleater

Andersen Sleater Sianni Law Firm

Jessica Sleater is a class action attorney, who represents individuals that have suffered harm from companies that have defrauded them in state and federal courts across the country. She is currently representing the plaintiffs and a class of purchasers of a high-end pet food, Evanger’s, that was falsely advertised as “human grade” and “USDA inspected” that led to the sickness and the death of one of the plaintiffs’ dogs. She is also representing customers, who purchased animals from one of the largest pet store retailers in this country, Petland, in a racketeering class action. The animals from Petland were falsely certified as healthy and some later died. She works with animal advocates and non-profit organizations to fight for the rights of pet owners and animals.

Before starting her own firm, she practiced at a preeminent plaintiff class action firm for many years. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri and at Metropolitan Transportation Authority-New York City Transit.







March 25, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're joined by Mary Whelan from a very unique and interesting company called "Heal Fast". What's Heal Fast you ask..... Well here's some information about them.“We use the HealFast patches in many different clinical circumstances. However, we use it most often for acute intervertebral disc disease patients. We use the patches in our ICU for immediate care and send home the remainder of the patch for home use. We are very impressed with the apparent pain relief and the rapidity with which our patients recover from their injuries. We also use the patches on different chronic arthritic patients and the clients are very pleased with the results. We use this tool in conjunction with standard medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic and laser care. We feel that the PEMF patches are a very valuable addition to our treatment protocols.”

Karin-Susan Breitlauch, DVM

HealFast® Therapy is a drug-free therapy for horses, cats and dogs that reduces swelling and pain while it speeds healing of muscle and tendon injuries, sores and incisions. Animal muscle and skin tissues are composed of cell networks in which cell-cell communication relies extensively on cell-cell contact. When there is an injury in soft tissue from whatever source – cut, strain, arthritis — the swelling tissues disrupt cell-cell communication and delay healing. HealFast® therapy acts on the cells within a tissue boosting the energy in the cell membrane returning tissues to healthy function faster.

HealFast Therapy Benefits 

  • Relieves joint, muscle and tendon pain
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Improves mobility
  • Accelerates healing of wounds, incisions, bruises,and hematomas
  • Has no contra-indications or side-effects
  • Works well on horses, dogs and cats

HealFast® therapy acts on the cells within a tissue boosting the energy in the cell membrane returning tissues to healthy function faster.


Episode 211 “ERIN COOGAN”

March 17, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, this week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we're joined by one of the BEST Aegis Rhodasian Ridgeback experts available. But none of this would've happened if it weren't for Troy Allison of Fetching Foods. So let's meet Erin Coogan


Erin's Champions 

2009 Earns Aegis 5 New AKC Champions!
and RRCUS Top 10 Breeder Award, Again!

Ch. Aegis What I've Not Got
Ch. Aegis Jahzara Nia
Ch. Aegis Bada Bing Bada Boom
Ch. Invictus Armageddon At Aegis, JC
Ch. Invictus Nightmare Before Xmas, JC

2010 Earns Aegis 4 New AKC Champions, 1 AKC Grand Champion, THE AKC/EUKANUBA National Champion RR, and 1 Canadian Champion! Awarding us a RRCUS Top 10 breeder Award, yet AGAIN!
Ch. Aegis Honest Abe
Ch. Aegis Molotov Cocktail, RN
Ch. Aegis Voodoo
Ch. Invictus African Queen
GCh. Invictus Nightmare Before Xmas, JC (#3 RR in U.S.)
Can. Ch. Invictus The Fifth Element

2011 has finished UP! AEGIS RIDGEBACKS had 2 new AKC Champions, 1 Canadian Champion, 1 AOM at the RRCUS National Specialty AND the WINNER of BEST OF BREED at the Westminster Kennel Club!
 Ch. Aegis Elektra Red of Argos, RN, TD
Gch. Invictus Nightmare Before Xmas, JC (Top #1 RR Dog- All Systems)
and New Canadian Champion too!
 Ch. Aegis Zoey of Hidden Meadows

And 3 Top 20 AGILITY Contenders!
Ch. Aegis Molotov Cocktail, RN, OA, AXJ, NF (#13)
Aegis Fierce Tiger, RA, NP, NPJ, NA, NJP (#18)
Mwen-Yezi's Epic Powder Day, OA, AXJ, NF (#15)

2012 Starts With A BANG
as Zero is awarded BEST IN SPECIALTY at the San Diego Rhodesian Ridgeback Club and the Bay Area RR Club with over 100 RR entered at each!

New! Ch. Kamari's Lailaps at Aegis
New! Ch. Mutare's Morning Moon at Aegis
New! Ch. Aegis Zealed With A Kiss
New! Ch. Aegis Foolish Pride
New! Ch. Elyia's Stardust
New! VC Qualifier & Open Agility Title Ch. Aegis Elektra Red of Argos, CGC, RN, JC, TD, OA, OAJ
New! Rally Obedience Titles J'onahhrebel Elisha of Aegis, TT, RA, HIC
New! Open and Excellent Agility Titles Aegis Fierce Tiger,RA,OA,AXJ,NAP,NJP
New! Excellent Standard Agility Titles Mwen-Yezi's Epic Powder Day, AX,AXJ,NF
New! Best In Sweeps Winner/BARRC Specialty Skydance One Magic Dream
(Zero x Magic)

2013 was a great time!
Lots of fun and excitement with Top Dogs in TWO COUNTRIES, 3 new AKC Champions, 1 AKC GCh, 1 RRCUS Best In Sweeps Winner and 1 CKC Champion

New! Ch, GCh Bronze, #3 Bitch and #13 RR in U.S. Tahari's Redwood Original
New! #3 RR in Canada and Can. Ch. Elyia's Stardust
New! Ch. Aegis One In A Zeallion
New! Ch. Aegis Shaken Not Stirred
New! RRCUS National Best in Sweeps Aegis Hazelnut Expresso
New! VC Qualifier Ch. Ramnes Unreal Zeal, CD RE OAJ


2014 gave us ANOTHER
RRCUS National Specialty Best In Sweeps WINNER!

New! RRCUS NBIS Aziza's Hottest Ticket In Town (Ziggy son)
Best Ridged Male Finalist RRCUS National Specialty Aegis Gift of a 2nd Chance
New! Ch. Aegis Hazelnut Expresso
New! Aegis Let The Future Begin, JC, TD
New! Zero's kids Victor and Victoria CH.
New! Ziggy son Ilan from Lionridge CH.

2015 We Are HOT!!!

New! GCH. Aegis Hazelnut Expresso
New! GCh. Aegis Let The Future Begin, TD, JC
New! Ch. Aziza's Hottest Ticket In Town (Ziggy Son)
New! Ch. Aegis Fool Proof
New! Ch. Lionridge Maximum Voltage (Ziggy Son)
New! Ch. Skydance One Magic Christmas (Zero Daughter)

2016 Fruits Of Our Labors!!!
New! Ch. Mutare's Aegis Take Charge Lady "Duja"
New! Ch. Aegis Everybodyz Enviouz "Tari"
New! Ch. Aegis Red Hot Firefly by Aziza "Zoey"
New! Ch. Aegis Me Too At CJs Ranch "Ditto"
New! Aegis Gift of a Second Chance "Kai"
New! Ch. Tahari's Original Revelator At Aegis "Revel"
New! GCH. Luvakis Legen-WaitForIt-Legendary! (Zero son) "Bro"
New! Canadian Ch. Desert Song's Bossa Nova Baby (Ziggy daughter) "Scotia"
Are there more? Should there be? YOWZA

2017's Not Over Yet!!
 "Zero" Best Veteran and AOM at the RRCUS National Spcecialty
"Julia" LURE COURSING Best Veteran at the RRCUS National Specialty

Zero kids:
New! Ch. Aegis Dancin' Fool With Mutare "Zappa"
New! Ch. Skydance The Spell Is Cast, RN "Cassie"
New! Ch. Toiyabe's Leading The Dynasty "Fallon"
Ziggy kids:
New! Ch. Skydance's Magical Stardust for Sokira
New! CD Title Lionridge's Embers In The Night "Ember"
New! Ch. Mosi Along By Desert Song "Mosi"
New! Ch. Desert Song's Hollywood Start "Hollywood"

You are invited to research Aegis Ridgebacks Online!
To see for yourself and learn how to research EVERY RR BREEDER'S Health Clearances, click the following link, type in Aegis, click "any part of name", highlight "Rhodesian Ridgeback" and click "Search" at the bottom.


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Dual Ch. Kivuli's Kennecott Copper,SC, HIC
Ch. Kivuli's Hodari Rasuli X Ch. Kivuli's First Edition
"Kinley" aka "Baddog"
Ch. Aegis Xqwizit Mountain Image, ROM
Ch. Kimani's The Standard Image,JC,ROM X Ch. Aegis Jigifa, JC
The #3 Brood Bitch in 2002 from ONE litter!
The #2 Brood Bitch in 2006 from ONE litter
Has 2 qualifying legs towards her CD title  
Kinley lived with Erin, Gracie & Dylan
in West Valley City, Utah
Ch. Aegis Zandhele Aziza, JC
Ch. Kimani's The Standard Image,JC,ROM X Ch. Aegis Jigifa,JC
The only pointed Open Field Coursing RR in History!
owned by The Hendricks and Amy Balthrop 
Ch. Aegis Going For Gold,JC, HIC
Deion X Kinley
Sydney,the sweetest most gentle lover girl around and Wooowooo'd to let you know it. 
She lived with Jillyn, Don, Alta and her son Aegis Rula Bula "Conor"

Aegis Rhodeo Girl
Deion X Kinley
Miss Tet is just 3 singles short
of her Championship
She is relocated back to Oregon for
her retirement years!
Welcome Home, Arete!!!!


American and Canadian Ch. Aegis HALO, ROM (canada), CGC
BIS Ch. Oakhurst WGASA Morgan Run, ROM X Ch. Aegis Xqwizit Mountain Image, ROM
Our First Canadian Champion!!!!!
With 4 Canadian Champion get, Halo earned her Register of Merit
She is also the Dam of 3 American Champions!
Adored by Pia in Quebec


Ch. Aegis Xqwizit Goddess Rhea
Ivan X Sydney
Finished long before 2 years old.
Owned and loved by Maria Jongeblood
of Portland, Oregon


Ch. Aegis The Simple Life, JC
Morgan X Kinley
What a Sassy Blonde indeed!
Loved by Cheryl & Duncan Livingston in Utah


Ch. Aegis San Diego Surfer Dude
Mokey X Annie
This Big Hunk of a dog finished his
Championship with 3 Majors in 4 weekends.
He is loved by The Nickles Family and
maybe even Hailey(a little) in Denver, CO.

Canadian Ch. Invictus Army Of Darkness
Ch. Rivercity's Travlin Man, JC x AM/Can Ch. Aegis Halo, CGN
Bred by Halo's owner Tamzin Hart and Aegis, this Canadian
hunk of burning love lives with Leeloo, Esme (the Puli) and 3 orange kitties!
Major pointed in the U.S. too!!!!
Ch. Aegis What I've Not Got
Riley x Abi
Owned and Loved by
Jim Piirala and Tara Layton and his
house buddy Aegis Hellraiser 23 "Pete"

"Bing" (pictured at 12 months)
Ch. Aegis Bada Bing Bada Boom
Ivan x Arete
Damn Good Dog! Tons of personality,
Tons of love, Tons to say!
Lives the "Farm Dog" life with the
Dexter's in Orovada, NV., his girlie
friend,Tailor, and his daughter, Kylie. 


Ch. Aegis Beg, Borrow and Deal
Morgan X Kinley
A total of 4 weekends, 3 Majors!
Loved by Jesse Frick in Arizona


BISS AKC GRCh. Invictus Nightmare Before Xmas,JC
Ch. Rivercity's Travlin' Man, JC,ROM X Ch. Aegis Halo,ROM
Bred by Invictus: Tamzin Hart, Canada
Owned by: Aegis and Invictus
Lives with: Erin and Family
The #3 RIDGEBACK IN THE U.S. 2010!
Best of Breed Winner at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Best of Breed Winner at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club!
Award of Merritt Winner at the 2011 RRCUS National Specialty!
Best of Breed Winner at the 2012 SDRRC Specialty Show!
The #2 RIDGEBACK IN THE U.S. 2011!


Can. Ch. Invictus The Fifth Element
Ch.Aegis Bada Bing Bada Boom x Rivercity's Fit To A Tea
Bred by Wendy Dexter and Aegis
Owned by Tamzin Hart/Invictus Ridgebacks
Lovely, Lovely, Lovely and evidently
Bubbalicious too.


Ch. Aegis Molotov Cocktail, RN, OA, OAJ, NF
Ivan x Arete
You ain't seen nothin' yet!
Bred and Owned by Aegis
We fight over who loves her the most....
Erin and kids, Jillyn and Don or Dave and Juliet!
Webmaster wins!!!!! Erin and the kids! hehehehe


Ch. Aegis Elektra Red of Argos, RN,OA,OAJ,TD,JC,VC
GCH. HPK Tropaco Troyan Argos of Coso,JC x Ch. Coulee Ridge's Runaway Red @ Aegis,SC,NAP,NJP
Loved and Trained (a lot) by Lisa Erickson et. al. in Oregon!

GCh. Mutare's Morning Moon at Aegis
Ch. Kimani's Walk on the Wildside,ROM x Gch. Umtali's Playful Beginnings, JC
owned by Aegis and Mutare
LOVE this girl with the Kissing Paw (LF WHITE SOCK)
Our Pride and Joy

Ch. Aegis Zealed With A Kiss
Ch. Aegis Unreal Zeal,RE,CD,NAJ,TT x Ch. Aegis The Simple Life, JC
Just 3 months after delivering 10 beautiful puppies,
our best girl "Puppy, Puppy" is finished!
She's our Home Girl, living at the Coogan/Johnson house always!


Canadian and American Ch. Elyia's Stardust
Am/Can Ch. Thornberry Akala x Can Ch. Invictus Love Actually
A puppy in big boy clothes! Finished with 4 majors!
A fabulous addition to the Aegis Family from Canada.
Adored by Aegis Foxy Roxy and the Mitchell Family.

Ch. Aegis Shaken Not Stirred
Zero x Ch. Aegis Molotov Cocktail, RN,OA,AXJ,NF
Totally Dork-a-licios and loved by
all! Livin' the high life with
Jillyn and Don in Oregon.

Ch. Aegis Let The Future Begin, TD, JC
Zero x Lexi
A Super Star- Dream Girl
Huge congrats to her Breeder/Owner
Lisa Erickson in Oregon for a 100 %
Breeder/Owner/Handler Champion!


GCHB. Aegis Fool Proof
Zero x Kylie
#13 RR in the US
This pistol lives between Erin, Juliet and Wendy....
Whoever can stand him the longest!

Ch. Aegis Jigifa, JC
Ch. Calico Ridge Downtown Brown, ROM X DC Kivuli's Kennecott Copper,SC
OUR FIRST HOMEBRED CHAMPION !!! ok, Jillyn's first, but Erin got to show her.

Ch. Aegis Ruby Tuesday
Ch. Kimani's The Standard Image, JC,ROM X Ch. Aegis Jigifa,JC
Loved by Linda Siplon in Casper, WY.
1998-2013 really!

Ch. Aegis Custom Continental, JC
Ch. Kimani's Walk On The Wildside, ROM X Ch. Aegis Xqwizit Mountain Image, ROM
Top 20 RR for 2002 and 2003 conformation.
Reserve Winner's Dog 2001 RRCUS National Specialty
Award of Excellence AKC/Eukanuba Invitational 2002
RRCUS Medallion Winner
BARRC Best Veteran in Sweeps Winner 2008
Leroy lived with Dan, Mylisa, Zachary & Joshua Graham in Sandy, Utah

Ch. Aegis Amarantha,JC
Deion X Kinley
Annie finished handily with 3 majors, even with the "dreaded"(not) 4 white feet!
She is still making it up Millcreek Canyon (8 miles round trip) at 10 1/2 years old!
She is loved by the Ausbeck family in Utah:
Holly, Avey, Carlin, Claire & Chris
2000-2014 yep, it's the truth


Aegis The Accurate Image
Kinley X Deion
Deserves an Honorable Mention here.
Kaz was unfortunately hit by a car in
2002, he was 2 singles short of his
Championship and had one leg towards
his Junior Courser title.
He was adored by the Wawryzniak's.


Ch. Aegis Wild Mountain Aspen
Deion X Kinley
Aspen finished with multiple breed wins and a group placement!
Now spayed, she lives the good life with The Shupe's in Washington.
Kimberly, Eric, Lakely, Kimball & new baby boy.


Ch. Mokibo of Makana
Morgan X Kibo
Not bred by Aegis, buy definitely part
of the family!
This sweetheart of a guy lives with the
Wawryzniak's, Kary, Sherry, Madison, McKay, &
Keagan in St. George, Utah.


"Zedahn" or "Z-Man"
Ch. Aegis Half Touch Of Gold, JC, HIC
Ch. Mokibo of Makana X Ch. Aegis Amarantha, JC
Mokey and Annie's first Champion!
Owned and loved by Chris, Tami & Zander Martin, Oregon.

American and Canadian DUAL Ch. Aegis Cardinal Riley, SC, NJP,CGC, HIC,TT
BIS Ch. Oakhurst WGASA Morgan Run, ROM X Ch. Aegis Xqwizit Mountain Image, ROM
Our First Home Bred FIELD CHAMPION!!!!
He is adored by his ladies, M.K., Brook, Lexi and Lisa Erickson in Portland, Oregon

Ch. Aegis Limahuli O'Makana, JC
Mokey x Annie
The Hoo!
Now a Beach Comber on the Oregon Coast with
Mike McReynolds.


Ch. Ramnes Unreal Zeal, CD,RE, OAJ, CGC, TT, VC
Ch. Globe's Daredevil of Lionvelt, OA, OAJ, RE, HIC X Ch. Aegis Going For Gold,JC, HIC
Snuggled by Tammy McGill of Sugar Hill, GA (also owner of his sire Ivan).
Finished in a flash at barely one week over his First Birthday, And do you see
all of those titles he is racking up? NICE


AM/CAN.Ch. CouleeRidge's Runaway Red @ Aegis, SC, NAP, NJP
Leroy x Abi
Loved by Lisa, MK, & Riley in Oregon!
We love this leggy Super Model!!!!!

Ch. Aegis Jahzara Nia
Riley x Abi
Spoiled rotten by owner
Emily Cramer and adored by
house buddy rescue "Obi"

Ch. Invictus Armageddon of Aegis, JC
Travis x Halo
Bred by: Invictus and Aegis
Owned by: The Nielsons and Aegis
Lover of everyone and everything (well, not deer!)
We lost Geddie Spaghetti to stomach bloat/torsion...what a tragedy.

Ch. Aegis Honest Abe
Huli x Abi
Abi's 4th Champion!
This hansome YOUNG Champion is caretaker of a new set of Twins!
Loved by the McMurray Family.
Ch. Invictus African Queen
Travis x Halo
Hot Damn! 4 Majors.

Ch. Aegis Voodoo
Huli x Abi
One leg towards my Junior Courser too!
Loved by the Kanoho's in Oregon.

Ch. Aegis Zoey of Hidden Meadows
(Ch.AegisBadaBingBadaBoom x Ch.Invictus Armageddon at Aegs, JC)
owned and loved by the Everman's of Applegate, OR
and Aegis
CH. Kamari's Lailaps At Aegis
Zero x Ch. Copperridge Spirit In Motion Kamali
Bred by: Renee Vitullo and Lin Hainlan
Owned by Aegis and the Grahams.
Filling the shoes of his predecessor, Leroy, at the
Graham household in Utah!

Ch. Aegis Foolish Pride
(Bing x Geddie)
Beautiful, Sweet and a lotta bit Goofy!
Farm girl turned couch hog
Loved by the Dexters, daddy Bing and auntie Tailor.
2010-2014 died due to aggressive mastitis tumor gone wrong.


Ch. Aegis One In A Zeallion
Ch. Aegis Honest Abe x Ch. Aegis Zealed With A Kiss
Six straight weekends and a bunch of Majors
New Champion!
Loved by the Gearharts


Ch. Aegis Hazelnut Expresso
Zero x Merritt
An easy road to her Ch. status
with Jillyn on the lead. 100% of 
points from the Bred-by class!
Best in Junior Sweeps at the 2013
RRCUS National Specialty.
Loved almost every minute by Jillyn,
Don and their Aegis Crew


Ch. Aegis Everybodyz Enviouz
Zero x Zirah
Multiple specialty WB honors!
Nevada Farmdog with buddy Bing
and the Dexters!






Episode 210 “JANICE COSTA”

March 10, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcoome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. I'm really happy to have moved away from Plant Base Diet back to what I love. This is what the podcast is all about. Being able to talk with great individuals learning about their stories and having this moment in time with them. It's a good day to talk to Janice Costa.

Janice Costa
Janice Costa has been working with dogs for more than 15 years, and has been planning dog vacations professionally for nine years – but her love affair with dogs began long before that. She got her first dog, a beautiful English Shepherd named Fluffy, when she was only 11 months old, and before she even outweighed the dog food bag, Janice had taken over care and feeding duties. She’s been passionate about dogs ever since.

In 2002, after losing her beloved black lab mix, Tiffany, she decided to honor her faithful friend’s memory by getting involved in rescue work. Soon she had adopted a rescue dog of her own and, recognizing that “a tired dog is a good dog,” she quickly became active in obedience classes, agility, flyball and service dog training. She continued to volunteer with dogs and became certified as both a Therapy Dog Test Examiner and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is also a certified instructor in Pet First Aid and Canine CPR.

Because her job required a good deal of travel, she cherished spending vacation time with her dogs, and in 2009, frustrated by the lack of travel options for dog lovers, she became co-owner and founder of her first dog vacation business, Canine Club Getaway, and later launched Canine Camp Getaway of NY. 

When she’s not planning activities for Canine Camp Getaway of NY, Janice runs the The Canine Club Meetup Group, putting together dog-friendly outings for more than 200 people and their canines. She is active in a wide variety of dog activities on Long Island and throughout New York State, and she also chairs several annual pet food and supply drives to support various shelters throughout Long Island. She assists in doing home visits and transporting rescue dogs to their new homes, and also competes in dock diving; her lab/mal mix Lexie is currently the reigning National Champion in the North American Diving Dogs Veterans Masters division.
Janice enjoys writing about all things dog-related, and has written for numerous dog magazines, including Bark Magazine and Fido Friendly. She blogs about pet-friendly travel in her "Traveling Tails" blog, and has spoken about everything from pet-friendly design and Canine CPR to therapy dog work at shows throughout the tri-state area.

Janice is proudly owned by a wild child Lab mix named Lexie and a surprisingly sane malinois puppy named Kaylee, along with two very tolerant cats. The whole family is watched over by the Jessie, the Belgian Malinois/Collie/Shepherd mix who started it all, and who continues to keep an eye on "her" camp from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

When she's not planning dog events, Janice works in the home design industry, and has authored two books, Grand Master Baths (Creative Homeowner) and Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Mind (Andrews McMeel). She is currently at work on a dog memoir, Jessie’s Girl. She dedicates Canine Camp Getaway of NY to her beloved (and never forgotten) Tiffany dog, to her angel, Jessie, and to Lexie and Kaylee, who every day leave indelible paw prints not only on her clothing, but on her heart.

Jessie Costa
Ambassadog Emeritus & Founding Ambassadog, CCG Heaven Chapter

Born in Pennsylvania and dumped in a kill shelter when she got “too big,” Jessie had to overcome some major trust issues with humans when she was first adopted. However, she always enjoyed the company of other animals (even helping to rescue an injured squirrel once), so dog activities became a major part of the socialization process once she found her “fur-ever” home.

Coming from strong working lines, Jessie shared her Mom’s “Type A” personality, and it soon became clear that, like most working dogs, she was happiest when she had a job. Obedience, retrieving balls and running agility initially filled that void, and later, she expanded her “work” to include retrieving medicine, water and the cordless phone on command, as well as working with the elderly.

A high-drive dog, Jessie found herself entranced by lure coursing (aka “crack cocaine for dogs”) and sought out opportunities to engage in various dog sports. But Jessie also had a strong social streak, and soon was helping to organize dog get togethers with neighborhood dogs – everything from hikes to beach trips to holiday parties.

Although her life was good, she had one major complaint: Mom often traveled on business, and invariably she was left behind. “Why can’t we travel together?” she wondered.

“There are no dogs where I’m going; even if I could bring you, you’d be stuck in the hotel room and there’d be nothing for you to do,” was the inevitable response.

That’s when she came up with The Great Idea: Why not go someplace together and invite all their favorite dogs and dog people, and plan fun, dog-friendly activities so they could spend time together and no one would be stuck alone in the hotel room?

Thus was born Canine Camp Getaway of NY, which Jessie always viewed as one of her proudest accomplishments.
After supervising eight camps, at the ripe old age of 13-1/2 years, Jessie was ready for a new challenge; today, she is Founding Ambassadog of the first CCG Heaven Chapter, where she continues to welcome beloved CCG alumni dogs and friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Lexie Costa
Camp Ambassadog
Part of an “oops litter” from a Black Labrador narcotics dog and a Belgian Malinois protection dog, Lexie comes from strong working lines. However, her joyfully silly personality and love of all things social suggest that somewhere in her lineage, she has equally strong “playing lines,” making her ideally suited for her unofficial job of “doggie cruise director” for Canine Camp Getaway of NY.

A high-energy dog who adores every creature she’s ever met, Lexie loved the idea of hosting a vacation where dogs and humans could spend time together romping, playing, learning, socializing, relaxing, and just having fun.

An inveterate swimmer, she loves pools of all sizes, and would swim in her water dish if she could. A competitive dock diver, Lexie earned her UAD Senior Elite title in in 2015 and her NADD Dock Master and Dock Elite titles in 2016, jumping a personal best of 26 feet and earning a much-coveted invitation to AKC Nationals. In December of 2017, she attended the AKC Dock Diving Nationals in Orlando where she won first place, earning the title of NADD 2017 National Champion in the Veterans Masters Division. As the ultimate water dog, she believes the dog-friendly pool is the very best part of Canine Camp Getaway (though she also recommends lure coursing!).

When she’s not performing hostess duties at Canine Camp Getaway of NY, she is excessively fond of balls, long walks, Croc boots, stealing her sister Kaylee’s toys, dog parks, games of chase and anything else that involves having fun with dogs, cats, people, water or her own tail. She is excited to be helping to plan the 2018 Getaways and is looking forward to meeting, greeting and swimming with both new and returning dog friends.




March 4, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome to the conclussion episode of Plant Based Diet. I would like to personally thank everyone who was involved in this series. I believe we are in a new era with multiple options for nutrion. I feel this particular source of nutrition is still needing more research, BUT it's intriguing.

I disagree with the way some people have acted regarding this topic. I've been given an insight to individuals behavior towards this topic and I'm extremely disapointed by them. Individuals who are unwilling to think about outside the box won't ever progress because progress takes imagination.

I'm very anxious to see sustainability, long term effects, and more data on this subject. My personal conclussion is " my opinion doesn't matter, YOUR opion has always been what matters".