Helping Others Pawsitively Everyday

Pawsitively Happenings
July 2022

“Life is better when your Laughing”
– Snoopy
Register Now!

Founder's Note

Hoping everyone is staying indoors and keeping hydrated during the extreme heat and also enjoying the beauty of monsoon season.
I had a blast seeing all of our calendar submissions, the voting, and seeing all the winners get their pictures taken for our first Michael’s Angel Paws 2023 calendar.  Sales of our calendar will begin in mid-August - more details to come!  Calendars are just $15 and make a great gift for the dog lover(s) in your life.
Our annual HOPE Celebration is September 10th so save the date and join us as we celebrate 10 years of HOPE & Laughter!
Thank you for all of your support as we couldn’t do this without you!

As always Pawsitively,
Stephanie Gerken
Join us in celebrating 10 years of H.O.P.E!
New Fundraising Shirt Available Now!
Now Selling 
Available in Short/Long Sleeve in Grey or White 
April 1st through June 30th 

Buy Now

"Facility Dog Team" Graduate

"Facility Dog Team" Spotlight

To say that the last few years have been a little crazy is an understatement!  After working through two years of Covid, and a personal loss of my 10-year-old Australian Shepherd, I was personally drained. My team at Davis funeral home was running at the end of their rope as well.  My father encouraged me to reach out to the team of volunteers who came to Davis Funeral Home during the 10/1 shooting.  Because I was also considering whether or not to get another dog, he also suggested perhaps adopting a dog to be trained as a facility/therapy dog to help lift the spirits of the staff and families here at Davis Funeral Home. After reaching out to Michael’s Angel Paws, Stephanie graciously added Davis Funeral Home to the list of options to bring their pups for a walk and/or a visit. She also encouraged and helped me to locate a puppy that would become our facility dog.  
Stephanie soon directed me to Payton’s Labs in California. After a few calls, several text messages, and pictures sent, I already knew that I wanted to look at two of the English Lab pups, with my hopes set on one. I made the trip to Hesperia to meet the litter of puppies and was excited to meet the two I mentioned.  Out came 4 little balls of energy with their tails wagging! And wouldn’t you know, the one I had hoped to pick out walked up to me and laid down between my feet and seemed instantly at home.  After a few weeks of anxious anticipation, and photos of Buck posted around the office with a daily count down to his arrival I was able to bring Buck home.  I had already been ordered by the entire team at Davis Funeral Home that my first stop would be the office so that they all could meet Buck, and have a chance to hold him and play with him.  I don’t think Buck’s feet stayed on the ground for more than a few minutes before someone swept him up to hold him or cuddle with him those first few days. While he may not be able to be picked up now, he is always being petted, cuddled, and loved on by the staff of Davis Funeral Home, and we look forward to him working with more bereaved families as well. 
A huge thank you goes out to Michael’s Angel Paws, the trainers, and teams, who have helped in training and supporting Buck to become an awesome Facility Dog for Davis Funeral Home! We also appreciate their patience and excellence in training us as well!  With the help of Angela Velasques, Buck has become a true provider of support, companionship and love for the staff and families.  He loves to meet new people and has never met a stranger.  He has walked the Vegas Strip and noisy casinos, been placed in large groups, and learned skills necessary to navigate situations such as public transportation, with amazing patience and calmness, while always being on the lookout for his next friend.  The only things that get him excited are little children and other happy dogs, because he can’t wait to say “Hi” and get a hug, which just makes his day complete.  Thankfully with Buck’s and Angela’s hard work, and the support of Michael’s Angel Paws, Buck recently graduated as the first Funeral Home Facility Dog in Las Vegas! 
Who knew that having a dog as part of the team would make such a huge difference! Everyone in the office seems to brighten up when he’s around. It has been amazing watching the members of our team interact and work with Buck.  Each morning starts with saying hello to everyone in the office, and begging for treats to be sneaked to him. Throughout the day various staff members come by just to see if Buck is ready for a walk, and he’s usually always ready and willing. On days when someone is tired, stressed, or having a rough day, he seems to just know when to simply sit by them for a little bit, or when to suggest a game of tug of war to get their mind on something else.  He can be bribed with treats and walks to choose favorites among the staff, but he’s always ready for anyone who needs him. We have introduced him to families we are working with, and, for a moment, they often all have huge smiles on their faces and a bit of dog drool on their hands. Buck seems to bring a sense of support and comfort to them, and some family members seem to relax a bit as he walks around encouraging everyone to hug him, pet him, or just rub his belly. Davis Funeral Home has truly been blessed to have the opportunity to have this wonderful team member to bring comfort, support, and joy to all who need him.
When he’s not working at Davis Funeral Home, Buck loves to sit out in the back yard by the koi pond and relax. He loves to be in the water, and looks forward to every opportunity to go to the lake to play fetch or just swim in the water.  

Buck and Billy

"Welcome" Spotlight

Walt Disney once said, "We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." 

While sitting at my desk at Findlay Subaru of Las Vegas two years ago, curiosity struck me, and I got lost in the story of Michael's Angel Paws. From there, I left Stephanie a voicemail, hoping she would call me back so I could learn more about the Michael's Angel Paws mission and see how Findlay Subaru of Las Vegas and I could get involved and support. You see, my job at Findlay Subaru of Las Vegas is to connect with local nonprofits striving every day to make a positive impact in the community. Las Vegas runs on the love and support of nonprofits. Without them, our community would not be whole. Our job is to help nonprofits like Michael's Angel Paws have the tools and resources they need to teach, support, and impact the community so we can leave the world a better place for future generations. 

From a young age, I have always gravitated toward animals, and I knew I wanted to be in a career that could help give back to the animal community, but I did not know what that looked like until now. So, I am extremely honored and blessed to join the Michael's Angel Paws Board of Directors as their acting Vice President. Together we will build new relationships with the community, help spread the Michael's Angel Paws mission even further, and strive to educate the community on the importance of assistant and therapy dogs. 

My family consists of an amazing husband and our two fur babies! Denver and Frankie are both rescues, but we all know that rescue dogs really rescue us. They were the missing puzzle pieces to my heart (do not tell my husband)! Recently, Denver and Frankie graduated from Michael's Angel Paws Therapy Dog Training, and we could not be more excited to join the other teams in making a difference in the community! 

In closing, always remember to stay curious because it might just lead you to something beautiful as it did for me. 

All my love, 

Emily Di Vicino

Thank you!
The ladies and gentlemen of VFW Post 3848 Auxiliary and VFW Post 3848 raised $3000 in just a few short hours to go towards veteran service dog training.  
Way to go, Carmen and Cora, Thank you!
Las Vegas natives, 8 1/2-year-old Carmen and 6 1/2-year-old Cora held a charity battle half-birthday pool party on July 23rd, inviting their friends and family. In lieu of gifts at the party, they elected to make battle boxes and raise money for specially-selected non-profits; one helps the local and regional community and the other assists efforts globally. The morning looked a little gloomy at first with rain clouds and threats of thunder, but the day brightened up and flew by with lots of fun, splashing, and smiles! With only a 2 hour party time, they were able to raise $225 for Michael's Angel Paws and $225 for the Wildlife Conservation Network thanks to their amazing community!
Volunteer Opportunities Include
Assistance Dog Program
Puppy Raisers
Date Entry

Therapy Dog Program
Therapy Dog Team Members
Therapy Dog Team Assistant

Community Dog Training Program
Social Media

If you would like to "Get Involved" let us know.
A positive way to look at
Create Training for your dog!

A lot of people, including veterinarians, trainers, and breeders would agree that create training may be an essential part of your dog’s life style.

A lot of us may feel bad for crate training our doggie companion. However, that enclosed space creates a shelter for your dog. In fact, many dogs may instinctively look for small spaces for protection.

Crates are great training tools for puppies, safe havens for senior dogs, and lifesavers for emergencies. Many recommend crate training dogs from a young age. Crate training is essential for housebreaking puppies, as dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping quarters. They learn to hold their bladder while they’re in their crate, so you won’t have to clean up messes.

In an emergency, crate training can be the difference between safety and uncertainty. You must be able to evacuate your dog quickly, so having a cooperative dog get into a crate quickly saves time and reduces stress. It also allows your dog to stay with you during an emergency, since dogs typically have to be crate trained to remain in shelters or hotels with their owners.

Crates make training and life easier!
Having your dog well-adjusted to a crate may help during everyday life. Sometimes our dogs need a break away from a busy life styles or protection from frightening events i.e. fireworks, lightning etc.… Our dogs can go to their crates when situations are too scary.

Crates make it easy to transport your dog by car or by air during long-distance travel or vacations. Crate training makes long car rides more pleasant for humans and our dogs. Crates allow dogs to lay down and sleep without distracting the driver.

Benefits Dogs of All Ages
You can keep you new puppy safely in the crate when you don’t have the time to watch him/her. Dogs instinctively try to keep their sleeping areas clean. As such, the crate helps puppies learn to hold and strengthen their bladder and bowels, making housebreaking less of a chore for you and your dog.

Crate training early in a dog’s life prevents introducing unnecessary stress later. When older dogs are dealing with illnesses like incontinence, arthritis or dog behavior challenges, they don’t need the additional stress of learning about the crate. In addition, crates also give safe havens for older dogs. They may be especially in need of this when surrounded by rambunctious children or other dogs.

Crate training Tips
The most important step in crate training is making it a positive experience! Try feeding them meals or treats in their crate so crate time feels like a reward. Never leave dogs in their crate all day. Limit crate time based on how long they spend in their crate daily, their age, and level of house training. Understanding the need for crate training is just the first step, but the training itself is another matter entirely.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?!! Call us we can help!

"Get to Know Your" Canine Coach

I have over 40 years of professional Animal Management and Training experience. I’m extremely passionate about protecting our natural world and a strong advocate for organizations that promote healthy relationships with nature. I’ve worked with organizations domestically and in international
locations all over the globe. I’ve trained everything from Octopus to Elephants. To me, we should always positively influence the animals we work with. I feel that rewarding our dogs is the most critical aspect of animal training. I have a new respect and admiration for canine coaches and
especially the dogs I’ve been lucky enough to meet through Michael’s Angel Paws. My vision for our non-profit is to nurture the dreams that have been planted and to build the most trusted, most sought-after dog / human partnership organization available.

Jim Hudson

Assistance Dog Program


Our Assistance program trains and provides dogs for people with disabilities - sometimes visible and sometimes invisible.

"Get Involved"
Therapy Dog Program

Our "Get Involved" provided opportunities through which you can support Michael's Angel Paws, give back to the community, and be an advocate for everything Dogs.

Community Dog Training Program

Our programs offer our very best in dog training to the Las Vegas community. We train Basic Obedience to Advanced Obedience, AKC Certified Canine Good Citizenship (AKC/CGC), and train teams to join our Therapy Dog Program.
Give Now
To inspire timeless and trusted relationships through a common passion for canines, their companions, and helping our communities.
Did you know your everyday shopping can support us?
It just takes a few minutes to choose us through Amazon smiles program or to connect your Smith's shopping card!

COVID-19 Statement

To protect the safety of you, others, and your animals, Michael’s Angel Paws insists that you review the Center for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 guidelines and policies from time to time and diligently adhere to them.  More generally, Michael’s Angel Paws encourages our volunteers to be vaccinated, always wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands and/or use sanitizers frequently.  In addition, many of Michael’s Angel Paws community partners (e.g., hospitals and clinics) may require visitors to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result. We will use our best efforts to keep you informed of those partners’ requirements, but it is ultimately your responsibility to know them and provide appropriate documentation if required and Michael's Angel Paws will not be held liable for any failure to follow these guidelines.

Copyright © Michael's Angel Paws, Inc. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address:
Available Upon Request

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.