Educational Talks at the Hound

All talks are from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and will be held at Holistic Hound. Cost is $15.


January 25th

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) & Whole Food Therapy with Dr. Anne Reed on Thursday, January 25th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

TCVM is an effective healing modality that has been used for thousands of years.  It provides us with guidelines for understanding and addressing different health patterns and imbalances.  It also gives us insight into what types of foods are healing for your pet, and what types of foods to avoid.

Join Dr. Reed to learn what element your dog or cat is based on TCVM principles (fire, wood, metal, water & earth) and what type of food helps to strengthen and nourish them for years to come.


April 5

Please join us for our next talk on Cannabis for Dogs & Cats with Dr. Gary Richter on Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 – 8:00.

Dr. Richter is a local veterinarian, author and local expert on cannabis for dogs and cats and will discuss the following:

  • Potential health benefits and risks of cannabis treatments
  • The difference between hemp and marijuana
  • The science behind how cannabis helps relieve anxiety, pain and inflammation, can reduce seizures and alleviate symptoms of cancer treatment.
  • What to look for and evaluate when selecting a product for your pet

You will not want to miss this lecture!


5 Part Lecture Series:  Mastering Herbal Medicine – Cheryl Schwartz, DVM and Matthew Wood, MSc.  These two masters are renowned experts in their fields with over 70 years combined animal and human healing experience.  The are teaming up to offer an invaluable and unique look at herbs and remedies for humans, cats, dogs and horses.

January 21 – Movement: Muscles, Ligaments, Tendons & Bones
February 11 – Water:  Kidney & Bladder
March 17 – Wind & Fire:  Nervous System, Spiritual & Mental Well-being
April 7 – Fire:  Heart & Circulation
April 21 – Fire, Water & Wind:  Keeping Healthy & An Emergency Herb Kit

July 30 (Sat.) Adoption Day with Family Dog Rescue 

Sept. 1 (Thurs.)Environmental Disease – Updates – Stephanie Chalmers, DVM

Dr. Chalmers will discuss how nutritional deficiency is connected to environmental toxicity (chemical and metal toxicity, GMO toxins, Round-up, radiation toxicity).  We’ll look at where the toxins are found, how to reduce exposure, and how nutritional therapy is used to help to detoxify the body naturally.

September 28 (Wed) Homeopathy for Animals – Dr. Noel Crymble

October 20 (Thurs)Cannabis for Pets – Dr. Gary Richter

November 9 (Wed) – Tellington Touch (TTouch) for Dogs & Cats –  Sage Lewis, Certified TTouch Practitioner

November 19 & 20 (Sat & Sun) – Santa Paws Fundraiser
Annual fundraiser to support Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) with professional photographer Tonya Perme



Feb 26 – Lacto-fermentation Workshop – Elizabeth Vecchiarelli, Preserved

Enthusiasts of Weston A. Price and Three Stone Hearth will be especially interested in learning more about this nourishing tradition.
Learn to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi or other pickled vegetable variation in this hands-on workshop with PRESERVED owner Elizabeth Vecchiarelli.
Elizabeth will talk about the history, nutritive value, and simple technique of lacto-fermented pickling. Each student will get recipe guides and a personal jar of kraut to ferment at home!

Feb 28 – CPR & First Aid for Animals – Beverly Davis of East Bay Pet Care

PetTECH certified instructor Beverly Davis will be teaching this comprehensive course for pet owners and pet care professionals on how to give immediate care to a pet who is injured or ill.  The training is taught by lecture, demonstration and hands-on skill practice on demo dogs.  Students will learn Pet First Aid, gain assessment tools, and learn how to handle the following emergency situations:

  • CPR
  • Bleeding
  • Insect bites & stings
  • Heatstroke
  • Frost bite
  • Choking
  • Vomiting
  • Shock

Participants receive a handbook, gift bag and certificate upon successful completion of the class.

Mar 15 – Paint Your Pet Fundraiser – Artist Ammo.
Explore your inner artist and help Friends of Berkeley Animal Care Service (Friends of BACS) raise funds to support critical programs and services at Berkeley’s municipal animal shelter.

Local artist, Ammo, will guide you while you paint a one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet.  Prior to the event you will send us a photo of the pet you’d like to paint. Ammo will sketch the outline onto your canvas so that you will be all ready to start painting when you arrive. During the event, she will take you through the painting process step-by-step — from mixing your colors to brush stroke techniques — all while encouraging your creative expression. In other words, you are going to have a lot of fun!!  View the wonderful paintings from past participants here: 


Apr 25– Spring Photo Shoot – Tonya Perme, Photographer

Professional pet photographer Tonya Perme will be at the store taking great new photographs of your dog and/or cat family. Details below:

15 minute photo sitting

  • Simple grey backdrop
  • Sitting fee of $40 includes one take home 4×6 print with the option to purchase additional, professionally made prints on Tonya’s website afterwards
  • Multiple subjects (people and/or additional pets) can be included We’ll get as many shots as possible during the 15 minute sitting

Appointments are required and can be made online at:


May 6 – Animal Communication Workshop, Lisa Hartnett

Lisa will teach us methods of animal communication and help us discover our own innate ability to talk intuitively with our animal companions.  We will learn techniques to enhance our communication and relating skills to gain a greater awareness, sensitivity and connection to our animals.  Lisa will lead practice exercises that  enable us to achieve a deeper level of understanding with our animals and others:

Let your rational mind take a back seat while your natural sensitivities lead. Learn how to have a relationship with your animal companions based on respect and mutuality. Our relationships with animals provide us with wonderful opportunities to experience unconditional love; they are also our teachers and mirrors.  Opening to this world will allow you experience more intimacy with your animals, yourself and life. Welcome to life beyond the rational mind and to being a fuller human.


July 29 – True Holistic Healthcare – Sabra Learned, Animal Trust

Learn how to integrate all the aspects and elements of holistic pet care and maintain the highest level of health for your dog.

Sept 10 – Pet Hospice: Alternatives for Your Aging or Terminal Pet – Dr. Shea Cox, Bridge Veterinary Services

The death of a pet is an inevitable passage that we all must face as guardians. What options and choices do you have if your pet is faced with a terminal disease and you do not wish to pursue aggressive medical therapies such as chemotherapy or surgery? In many cases, treatment can be worse than the disease. Have you ever heard the heartbreaking words, “I’m sorry, but there is nothing more we can do?”

Hospice care offers alternative in-home options for your pet, and it is so much more than assisting your pet with the dying process- it is a way to continue to live every moment that remains, with the best quality of life possible.

In this interactive discussion, you will learn what in-home hospice care entails including the hospice intake process, the refined techniques available to control pain and other symptoms, and how it can considerably benefit you and your aging or terminal pet. The journey through hospice care can be a profoundly rewarding experience, and it can open up time and emotional space for both hope and healing.

Dr. Cox’s philosophy of care is one that is rooted in the belief that there is always something more we can do to help. Let this open exchange of ideas and knowledge be the first step in understanding all that can be done to help your pet during his or her twilight time.

Oct 7 – TCM & Food Therapy, Dr. Anne Reed, All Paws Holistic Vet Clinic

Description forthcoming


**50% of proceeds from each talk will go to a local rescue organization**

Feb 19 (Wed).  Environmental Disease: Recognition & Treatment – Dr. Stephanie Chalmers
This lecture will include information about nutritional deficiency and its connection to environmental toxicity (chemical and metal toxicity, GMO toxins,  Round-up, radiation toxicity).  We’ll look at where the toxins are found, how to reduce exposure, and how to use nutritional therapy to help the detoxify naturally.

March 20 (Thurs.) Kidney Disease in Dogs & Cats – Diagnosis, Treatment & Diet – Dr. Gary Richter
Learn why kidney disease affects so many older dogs and is almost an epidemic in cats. Chronic kidney failure is a slowly progressing disease that often goes unnoticed for some time before symptoms appear. In fact, most animals do not show signs of kidney failure until about 70-75% of kidney function has been lost. Dr. Richter will discuss ways to avoid this disease, signs and symptoms, integrative approaches to treatment, diet, and how you can improve the quality of your companion’s life.

April 23 (Wed.) Energy Healing – Dr. Lisa Harnett
Lisa Hartnett will teach us the principles of energy healing and how to use universal energy to help your animal companion heal emotionally, mentally and physically.  She will lead exercises for you to practice with your animals and others.  Energy healing is a powerful tool for gaining greater awareness and connection to yourself, your animal companions and others in your life.  Special workshop price: $40

May 21 (Wed.) Vaccinations:  What’s Really Necessary, When & How Often? – Dr. Anne Reed
Dr. Reed will discuss the pros and cons of vaccinating, what the “core” vaccines are, how to determine what boosters, if any, might be necessary and when.  Don’t miss this very important talk!

June 17 (Tues.) Hospice Care:  What is it?  Pain Management?  When is it time to say goodbye?  Dr. Shea Cox
Learn what hospice care is and how it can help you and your beloved companion.

July 23 (Wed) Homeopathic  First Aid – Heidi Hill, owner Holistic Hound
You will learn about important homeopathic remedies to use for emergencies, trauma, injuries, poisoning, vomiting/diarrhea, etc.

Sept. 25 (Thurs).  Raw Food – Matt Koss, Founder Primal Pet Foods

  • What is “raw” food and why feed – benefits, drawbacks, precautions & risks
  • Types of raw food available – home prepared, commercially prepared, freeze-dried
  • Switching to raw
  • Are different formulas required for cats vs. dogs
  • High Pressure Pasteurization (aka HPP) – what this means; pros and cons
  • Prey model vs. recipes that include vegetables and/or other ingredients
  • Raw bones – what type and are they safe

Oct. 22 (Wed.) – Integrative Approaches to Treating Orthopedic Conditions – Dr. Gary Richter
Dr. Richter will give another great talk on traditional and complementary approaches to treating these orthopedic conditions.

  • Arthritis
  • Recent surgery
  • Injury
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
  • Preventative care for working, agility or active dogs

Nov. 6 & 13th (Thurs.)Caring for Your Senior Pet  – Dr. Anne Reed
Dr. Reed will cover the following topics:

  • What is considered “health” in a senior pet
  • What are the signs and symptoms that should cause concern
  • Optimal diet & nutrition
  • How to approach decisions about treatment options for your aging senior
  • Supplements, medications and therapies to help keep your aging pet happy and healthy
  • Vaccinations for the aging pet – are they necessary?
  • How to maintain quality of life for your senior aging pet

Special price of $50 for both nights


Feb 21.  Animal Communication – Lisa Hartnett, D.C.

Discover your innate abilities to communicate with animals. The rational mind takes a back seat while your natural sensitivities lead. Learn to respect your animal companions and have a mutual relationship. Our relationships with animals provide us with wonderful opportunities to experience unconditional love; they are also our teachers and mirrors. Opening to this world you experience more intimacy with your animals and life. Welcome to life beyond only the rational mind and to being a fuller human.

March 21.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Animals – Dr. Anne Reed, All Paws Holistic Veterinary Clinic (Pt. Richmond),
Journey into the theory behind TCVM, and how this amazing modality can change your understanding of symptoms, disease, and health.TCVM has been used to help heal animals for centuries, and it is accepted by many as an effective form of medicine. But how does it differ from “allopathic” medicine, and how can it help your animal? TCVM takes complex, seeming disparate symptoms and uses recognized patterns to help identify the source of all of these different problems, and ways to treat them. Does your dog seem to go the vet all the time, always for a different ailment? Does it seem that no matter what you do, your animal never seems “healthy?” Maybe TCVM has the answers.

March 28. Integrative Approaches to the Diagnosis and Management of Arthritis/Musculo-Skeletal Disease in Animals
Drs. Araba Oglesby and Rachel Feigenbaum, Lotus Veterinary House Calls (Bay Area)

Drs. Oglesby and Feigenbaum will discuss one of the most common and challenging topics affecting many of our companion animals – the management of arthritis, musculo-skeletal disease, and discomfort/pain.  You will learn diagnosis and treatment options from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine perspective and how this approach can help balance care for your pet and help to maintain a good quality of life.  Discover how natural supplements, quality foods, herbal support, acupuncture, acupressure, aquapuncture, moxibustion, laser therapy, chiropractic and tui-na can offer relief and help maintain a higher quality of life.  They will also discuss the short and long term benefits of acupuncture, as well as what to expect in a typical acupuncture session. Please come and enjoy a casual talk about how to better the health of your companion animal.

****Dr. Oglesby will begin doing holistic veterinary exams/consultations at Holistic Hound beginning Tuesday, April 9th.  Please see for more information.

April 11.  Whole Food Nutrition for Animals –
Dr. Tom Cameron, Standard Process
Learn about the power of whole food nutrition and how whole food supplemention can improve the health and well being of ourselves and our animals. Most dogs and cats diets are limited to highly processed pet foods. Supplements made from whole foods, organ and tissue extracts, and botanicals can fill the nutrition gap created by feeding these processed foods. Dr. Cameron will address the belief that there is a nutritional component to all disease and with proper nutrition the body has an amazing capacity to keep itself healthy. He will also discuss the differences in supplementing with whole foods – the best natural source of vitamins vs. synethic vitamins.

May 23.  Integrative Approaches to Treating Cancer in Animals – Dr. Gary Richter, Holistic Veterinary Care (Oakland)
Learn the latest conventional and complementary treatment protocols for combating this dreaded disease.  More information forthcoming.

June 20.  Reiki for Animals – Kathleen Prasad, Reiki Master
Kathleen will share some readings from her latest book, Reiki for Dogs. Find out what Reiki is, what a Reiki practitioner does and does NOT do, how Reiki can help dogs, what creates a successful treatment and more. Kathleen will also lead a group meditation for canine healing.

July 25.  Basic Holistic Healthcare for Animals – Heidi Hill, owner Holistic Hound
Learn the basics of holistic health care and how to increase and maintain the health, wellness and longevity of your dog and cat.

August 22.  Canine Massage – Deborah Ellen, SAMP  **CANCELED**
Learn how your pet can enjoy some of the same benefits from massage as you – increasing ease of movement, improvement of health and quality of life. Massage is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that improves muscle function, circulation and provides rejuvenating effects.

September 18 (Wed.).  Acupressure for Animals -Graham Quigley, L.Ac.
Learn the healing touch techniques of Acupressure to promote and maintain harmony and well being in your four-legged friends. Talk will  include a handout on acupressure techniques for common complaints like separation anxiety, arthritis, and poor digestion as well as a live demonstration.
Graham Quigley is a licensed Acupuncturist for humans and animals who has been teaching acupressure for animals and animal communication at the Acupressure Institute since 2006. He uses the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine to bring health and well being to animals in need. He has always believed that teaching those with animals how to do healing work with their hands gets the best results because it turns the animals person into a powerful practitioner. He has a practice offering acupuncture, tui na massage, acupressure, and Chinese herbs for animals and lives in Oakland.

October 24.  Raw Food for Animals – Dr. Jenny Taylor, Holistic DVM and Matt Koss, owner of Primal Pet Foods, October 24
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about feeding raw food to your dog and/or cat from these experts!

  • Why feed raw? –  the benefits, drawbacks, precautions, risks
  • How best to feed? – Make yourself or buy frozen prepared?
  • High pressure pasteurization (aka HPP) and what it means for the food and the animal
  • Prey model vs. recipes that include vegetables and fruits

November 14.  Animal Communication Class – with your companion animals – Lisa Hartnett, D.C.
Learn how to talk intuitively to your animal(s). Discover your own innate abilities and learn techniques to enhance your communication and relating skills. Gain a deeper awareness, sensitivity and connection to your animal friend(s). Go deeper into the skill and practice exercises in communicating with your animals and others.

Well-behaved animals are welcome or bring photos of the animals you would like to communicate with.