Waggit Blog – Holistic Pet Care – My visit to Whiskers in the East Village

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Holistic Pet Care – My visit to Whiskers in the East Village – Hustling from breakfast in the East Village – I finally had a chance to stop by Whiskers Holistic Pet Store.  I originally learned about it through a New York Times article and it’s been on my short list of places to check out.  After a very impromptu walk in, I found myself plopped on a stool in a cozy corner of the (click below for rest of the story) http://blog.waggit.com/2012/11/07/holistic-pet-care-my-visit-to-whiskers-in-the-east-village/

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Thanksgiving & Christmas Raffle for homeless Cats

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Thanksgiving & Christmas Raffle for homeless Cats

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Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy has had a great impact on our community. The American Red Cross has been a tremendous help to the New York area and Whiskers Holistic Petcare endorses their hard work and dedication.

Whiskers Holistic Petcare

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Welcome to the brave new world of alternatives in pet health care. Founded in 1988, our mission is to bring the benefits of holistic wellness concepts to the universe of companion animals through the education of pet care-givers, and to foster the research, identification and introduction of products and methods to further that aim.

http://whiskersholistic.com http://1800whiskers.com

Manhattan: 235 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003-7536 (212) 979-2532
Queens: 19-25 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105, (718)-626-8590

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Sharon – One of our Groomers

Gideon: A Social Guy, Friend to All But Canines

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Gideon, the cat, showing off his green eyes.

The latest cat for adoption in our Astoria store is Gideon, a social character if ever there was one. He sits at the door of Whiskers Rescue Ranch to view the action, and sweetly meows that he would like to come out and talk! An absolutely cuddly cat, he’s very responsive to staff or strangers, and clearly loves people. He is not from the aloof cat circle, and is quite warm and curious to get to know new visitors, get a scratch, and settle in someone’s arms.

When he came to Whiskers, he had an eye infection that we took care of with veterinary care, and he’s just fine now. He’s about one-year-old and neutered, just about the most affectionate cat we’ve ever met in this species. He is definitely not a loner, but does stretch out to take a good nap in the lazy sunny afternoons.

Tommy, a staff member, giving Gideon a nice scratch

Tommy, a staff member, gives Gideon a nice scratch.

However, he is not a fan of the canine sect. In fact, when a dog enters the store, he’ll jump on the highest ramp in the ranch, with hairs on end, hissing at the intruder to let him know just what kind of threat he can be. So, no dogs in a home for Gideon!

If interested in adopting him, please call us at 718-626-8590 or come in and meet him. Tell friends! He is a really happy cat, and as much as we all love having him around, we hope to find him the happy home he deserves.

TV Crew Shoots Creative Bunch of Clients, Pets On-Set at Whiskers

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Pets on Whiskers Set Get Once-Over By Phil Klein & Top Holistic Vet Dr. Marty Goldstein For TV Demo, The Dr. Marty Show

Phil Klein and Dr. Martin Goldstein on set June 22nd, 2012

Phil Klein, owner, Whiskers Holistic, and Dr. Marty Goldstein exchanging info on natural petcare solutions.

Crew members for the pending Dr. Marty Show squeezed equipment into every inch of Whiskers Holistic Petcare on East 9th Street on a Friday in June. Dr. Marty is Dr. Martin Goldstein http://drmarty.com/, the noted holistic veterinarian and author of The Nature of Animal Healing, who is a co-founder of the AVHMA, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. A top production team from film and TV is behind launching Dr. Marty’s own TV show, and they came to shoot dogs and cats getting advice in the temple of alternative petcare, Whiskers Holistic.

Laurence Caso, executive producer, checks monitor while Teddy, the Afghan, waits patiently.

Laurence Caso, executive producer, checks the monitor while Teddy, the Afghan, waits patiently on-set.

Phil Klein, an owner of the 24-year-old Whiskers, is a holistic sage in his own right. His efforts have been side-by-side with Dr. Marty in educating pet owners on what changes to make in feeding, exercise, and vaccinations to have healthy cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and other pets. Phil and Dr. Marty have been friends for 25 years. In many cases people’s pets received the benefit of two opinions, and Phil’s suggestions on supplementation and diet were right in sync with Dr. Marty’s directions. It was like watching two guys trading baseball cards.

As luck would have it, the parade of dogs and cats that came in to meet the Doc were a notably photogenic group of New York pets. First up, the glamorous Afghan hound, Teddy, whose owner, Susan Lietz, rescued him from a deplorable situation. She reported that this beautiful dog, whose breed runs as fast as the wind, was kept in a basement for two years. He’s out now, thanks to her, and even modeled for a German fashion magazine, see Susan’s blog: http://bustedlovedogblog.blogspot.com/

Susan Lietz and rescued Afghan, Teddy

Susan Lietz and rescued Afghan, Teddy

Unmissable were two Cirneco dell’Etna dogs, Midas and Pisa, who looked like smaller versions of Pharoah hounds and were so friendly, you couldn’t get enough of them!

Owner Stephen Hoerz explained that the 3,000 year-old breed is actually based on the Pharoah hound, who was brought to Malta, then Phoenicia, and finally arrived in Sicily. Here’s the whole story: http://www.cirneco.com/Welcome.html.

Midas and Pisa making friends

Midas and Pisa meeting their adoring public.

It’s also gratifying to hear Hoerz relay how Whiskers helped three-year-old Midas with his digestive problems, using colostrum and Rainbow Dog Oil, with the result of normalizing his POOP! YAY! Hoerz runs the delicious catering and take-out shop on Hudson Street, Ready to Eat http://www.readytoeat.net/

Then there was Prometheus, the magnificent and muscular Rottweiler, owned by an East Village couple with a dare-devil act to astound even Philippe Petit http://www.manonwire.com/ . Vlad Marco and Sky Soto are fire performers, with their thrilling show called Eros Fyre: http://www.skyvladerosfyre.com/ Check out their website for a public performance upcoming July 13th in the Times Square area. They also perform at private events, in film and TV.

Vlad Marco and Sky Soto with Prometheus

Vlad Marco and Sky Soto of Eros Fyre with the great Prometheus.

Dr. Marty was extremely generous with his time and spoke with as many animal owners concerned about their pets as he could possibly fit in one day. The program plans to include a segment at Whiskers in every show, and we’ll let you know more as the production progresses.

For now, please come in, as usual, to consult Phil (“The Dogfather”) in his corner of the store most days except Tuesday. He’s also available by phone. And you can call-in to Dr. Marty’s show, “Ask Martha’s Vet!” (yes, THAT Martha) on SiriusXM radio Ch. 110 on Monday nights, with re-airings through the week.

Meanwhile, enjoy some of the subjects of the day, below. Thank you to Animal Ambassadors and Shoot the Catfish Productions, and all our great customers who waited patiently to be seen. See you in the store, and maybe on TV!

Susan Bengston with her mini Schnauzer, Iris

Susan Bengston with her mini-Schnauzer, Iris, a patient of Dr. Marty from Westchester.

Stephen Hoerz and Natane Boudreau

Stephen Hoerz with Midas and Pisa, and Natane Boudreau with Kali.

Josee Lavoie with Ivan

Josee Lavoie coaxing Ivan to come out and say hello.

Wally Hoelzel, left, producer, and Larry Spangler, director, consult.
Wally Hoelzel, left, producer, and Larry Spangler, director, consult.

Hana Mayeda waits to be seen with her Bijon Frise, Rylie
Hana Mayeda, a model with Marilyn, amuses her Bijon Frise, Rylie, while they wait for a consult.

Sky Soto and Vlad Marcos performing in Eros Fyre
Prometheus’s owners Sky Soto and Vlad Marco performing their act, Eros Fyre.