2012 Extreme Mutt Makeover Features Duncanville Trainer and Lilli

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Shelter Dogs Receive a New “Leash” on Life

Fort Worth, Texas, September 6, 2012 – Dogs living their lives in local shelters will now receive a new “leash” on life as the Humane Society of North Texas hosts the 2012 Extreme Mutt Makeover.

The Extreme Mutt Makeover will be held October 13 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in the Brown-Lupton Room. Click here to download a flyer with more information.

In 2009, the Extreme Mutt Makeover placed 10 dogs in North Texas homes and stories of their impact on the lives of their adopters abound, from the trainer who paid an adopter to get her trained animal back, to the retiree who adopted a beautiful black lab, ‘Tess’, after the death of his wife.

“The Humane Society of North Texas is passionate about finding lifetime homes for animals in need, and the Extreme Mutt Makeover is a fantastic opportunity to spread the message that shelter dogs simply need a second chance,” said Tammy Hawley, Director of Operations for the HSNT. “We are very honored to be a part of this event, and we look forward to the excitement when the trainers return with their dogs in October.”

Lilli of Duncanville

Fifteen trainers were assigned a shelter dog through random draw and will train it for six weeks and return to compete for prizes during the Extreme Mutt Makeover. Trainers hail from throughout North Texas and Missouri to take part in the event. For the first time since the event began in 2009, The Extreme Mutt Makeover has incorporated a ‘Youth Division’ featuring five trainers under the age of 18 as part of the 15 trainers and four ‘alternate dogs’ who will be showcased and available for adoption, but not competing.

Trainers will be asked to complete basic obedience training, and demonstrate during exhibition any special talents or relationship development with the dog.

Extreme Mutt Makeover dogs are 9 months or older and may be defined as difficult to adopt due to physical characteristics or prior lack of training. All EMM dogs are vaccinated, heartworm negative, microchipped and altered.

All dogs will be placed for adoption at the Extreme Mutt Makeover event. Potential adopters are encouraged to meet the dogs and their trainers throughout the competition and advise of their interest in the dog.

All of the dogs also have 2012 Extreme Mutt Facebook pages, which can be found on HSNT’s Extreme Mutt Blog at http://extrememuttmakeover.blogspot.com/2012/09/one-stop-facebook-liking-for-2012.html?spref=fb All 19 dogs have already been sharing exciting photos and videos of their training process, which will make it even more inviting to potential adopters!

Competitors Youth Division

NAME LOCATION EXTREME MUTT
Cheyenne Young Burleson, TX “Amos”
Madisyn Rambo Watauga, TX “Dixie”
Colin Wilson Aurora,MO “Lola”
Ashley Stockton Anna, TX “Emmit”
Nicole Stockton Anna, TX “Rambo”

Adult Division

NAME LOCATION EXTREME MUTT
Gayle Hammond Azle, TX “Buddy”
Linda Palma Irving, TX “O-Dee”
Michelle McClelland Duncanville, TX “Lilli”
Shannon Kiley Allen, TX “Taffy”
Pam Allen Wichita Falls, TX “Domino”
Susie Betts Fort Worth, TX “Logan”
GL Potts Crowley, TX “Emmy”
Emily Hurt Allen, TX “Roy”
Emily Musgrove College Station, TX “Marko”
Krista Cornelius Haltom City, TX “Homer”

Alternates

NAME LOCATION EXTREME MUTT
Virginia Kamper Haltom City, TX “Butterscotch”
Kristen Madlinger Wildwood, MO “Ozzie”
Jessica Caulk Weatherford, TX “Pebbles”
Michelle Lyon Bowie, TX “Murphy”

Judges Gina McCase Gina McCase has worked with different dog clubs and is currently involved with K.A.O.S. (K-9 Agility and Obedience Squad), performing agility demos for pet rescue organizations and animal shelters throughout the DFW area. Gina has taught and judged obedience match classes until twelve years ago, when she discovered the wonderful world of Dog Agility!

Victoria Severans Guided by a succession of canines since childhood, Victoria Severns has been an active dog trainer and award winning participant in many events including the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, 2001, in Lake Placid.Victoria’s agility training began in 1197 at PAWSitive Agility Working school which lead to competition in AKC, NADAC, USDAA agility trials, earning numerous titles. Through her certification as a Tellington TTouch practitioner, Victoria works with companion animals and their people.

Jean-Paul (JP) Bonnelly JP is a professional photographer who specializes in dog photography, and is a huge advocate for shelter animals across North Texas. JP has been a dog trainer for over 15 years, with his business, The Republic of Dog, established in 2006. JP is also a volunteer and supporter of Operation Kindness, Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, and Take Me Home Pet Rescue, to just name a few.

A quote from Jean-Paul sums it up, “I feel it is very important to help dogs and all animals in need. In my spare time, you will find me on the streets of Dallas rescuing homeless street dogs as a co-founder of Duck Team 6. If not on the streets, I just might be at Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch or donating my training and photography services to local rescue groups in hopes that it helps a homeless pet find a forever home.

Sandy Grambort Sandy has been active in professional animal welfare for 25 years. She has worked as a supervisor for municipal animal control agencies in Arkansas and Texas, and has also done some consulting for the ASPCA, HSUS, and Humane Society International. While employed with the Humane Society of North Texas, she worked closely with their Humane Investigations department, contributing much experience in many equine and farm animal neglect and cruelty cases. In April of this year, Sandy accepted an offer to join the team at the Mustang Heritage Foundation where she now works as a Project Consultant, focusing on humane standards of care and training for adopted mustang horses and special outreach initiatives. Sandy and her family have been active in the DFW animal rescue community since 1999, sharing their love for corgis, cattle dogs, and other herding breeds through foster, rehabilitation, and re-homing. She shares their Mansfield farm with 5 corgis, 3 cattle dogs, Daisy the shih-tzu, 3 rescue parrots, 7 retired Boer goats, 13 chickens, one rescue gold fish named Taco and 2 horses.

SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST JUDGE!!

RON MOORE, WITH 95.9 THE RANCH AND 92.1 HANK FM Ron is a huge animal advocate, and has been a great supporter of HSNT for many years. Welcome Ron!