Racing Dog Retirement Project Needs Your Help!

Greyhound Emergency Help Needed!


MARCH 3, 2017—RACING DOG RETIREMENT PROJECT (RDRP) received a very disturbing phone call from a local vet office this week. The vet’s office had a beautiful greyhound with a severely broken leg that someone had dropped off and told them to euthanize. The vet’s office was trying to locate a greyhound rescue group who could take responsibility for the dog. After several questions, we determined the greyhound was not an RDRP dog but rather a track dog from SRQ.  Apparently the dog arrived at the SRQ track on Sunday and suffered the broken leg this morning. 

TheBradyFund-RDRP-smRDRP contacted Dr. Kirsch and the Emergency Veterinary Clinic to see if they could help. The trainer transported the dog, whose name is Brady, to the EVC where he was admitted for treatment. Dr. Kirsch agreed to do surgery, hopefully today but advised it was a bad break and the dog may lose the leg eventually. He advised doing the surgery and was encouraging. While the EVC is giving RDRP a 20%  “rescue discount” on all services, it is still very, very expensive and may be in excess of $4000. Please send any contribution you can to help sweet Brady.

 You may send your much appreciated donation mailing your check made payable to “RDRP” to  Racing Dog Retirement Project, PO Box 18153, Sarasota FL 34276.  Please note the words “Brady’s Fund” on your check.  

Even the smallest donation will help! Brady has a very long road to recovery before he can be adopted to his forever home. This poor fella really needs everyone who can to help him out. For more information about Brady and The Brady Fund, visit

Win a Mercedes from Moonracer Animal Rescue!

Moonracer Animal Rescue is hosting a very special raffle to raise funds for the lifesaving work the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization does to help animals in our community.

Between now and Wednesday, April 19, 2017, you can make a donation to win this beautiful Mercedes Benz! Donations are only $100 each, and there is a maximum of only 150 entries. That means your chances of winning this automobile that is in awesome condition are 1 in 150!

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 25.

Visit to see a slide show of additional photographs of the interior and exterior of the car!

To make a donation online, click here, or send an e-mail to

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Top Dog 2017—An Exciting Event You Won’t Want to Miss!

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TOP DOG 2017 to be Held on Saturday, February 4, at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota 

It promises to be one of the most entertaining gatherings of dog lovers in Sarasota when Top Dog 2017 takes downtown Sarasota by storm on Saturday, February 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As the Suncoast’s very own “Westminster-like dog show,” Top Dog 2017 is a wonderful opportunity to meet other dog owners in our community while enjoying the finest food in a festive atmosphere at a brand new location—The Francis, located at 1289 Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

The theme of this year’s event is “CARNEVALE DO CAN” that includes a scrumptious, family-style Italian feast.

In addition to the dog show, complete with trophies and prizes, the event will include a variety of fun, new activities this year.

Community dog owners are encouraged to enter their pups in the “playful dog show” and to also come dressed in themed attire to be a part of the show!

Donte's Den logoTickets are priced at $125 for adults, $5 for children and $95 for “Alumni” who have adopted dogs from Donte’s Den.

For a limited time, a special “Family Paw Pack” of tickets also is being offered that includes admission for two adults, up to three children and the family dog for $245.

All ticket sales from the event will support the mission of love at Donte’s Den Foundation.

Donte’s Den is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity organization providing a home-like setting and quality care for canine companions who are separated from their owners due to illness, injury, abandonment, long-term travel or military deployment. Whether caring for dogs in temporary or long-term boarding, or finding new families for dogs without a home, Donte’s Den is the best place to be a dog!

ADMISSION IS LIMITED! To purchase your tickets for the event, please visit

Suncoast Pet Launches New Line of T-Shirts!


In an ongoing effort to help our community’s animal groups (and to fund the magazine’s ever-increasing printing and production costs!), Suncoast Pet has created a brand new line of T-shirts for dog lovers!

With the sale of every T-shirt, 10% will be donated to one of our community’s animal groups, with a new group spotlighted every 8 weeks.

This new collection of T’s, which are available in four different styles—short-sleeved, long-sleeved, tanks and Dolman-sleeved—playfully merge our love of dogs and the cities we call “home.”

Available in two colorful & whimsical designs for guys and gals, the shirts include two sayings:
“Me and My Dog…Lovin’ Life in the city of YOUR choice” and “Me and My Rescue Dog…Lovin’ Life in the city of YOUR choice”!

Check out our brand new website,, to see all of the T-shirts that are currently available.
New T-shirt designs for different cities coming soon! And, of course, a line of kitty T’s is in the works and will be posted within the next few weeks!

Can you think of a more adorable gift for the dog lovers on your holiday shopping list?
Order yours today by visiting!

An Innovative Holiday Gift Idea from Suncoast Pet!

Just in time for all animal lovers who are scrambling to find the perfect gift for people who love their dogs and cats, Suncoast Pet has a brand new gift idea that everyone is sure to love!

A Suncoast Pet exclusive, the 8 x 10-inch photo mat is a unique—and affordable—gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list! 

The professionally crafted mats are custom made with two openings. The top opening holds a 4 x 6-inch photograph of a beloved cat or dog. The bottom opening holds a heartwarming message about our love of animals and the important roles they play in our life. These messages are printed on archival linen paper that will last for years to come.

The mats, which can be custom designed for you are priced at only $9.95 each and can be ordered online at, where you will find an extensive assortment of designs from which to choose.

The mats are currently available in five colors—Pale Blue, Pale Pink, Silver, Black and White.

Suncoast Pet’s Photo Mats make an ideal gift for:

  • Pet Sitters
  • Groomers
  • Teachers
  • Friends & Family
  • Any animal lover in your life!

Personalized Photo Mats also are available! These mats are available in four designs:

  • New Arrivals—A photo mat that commemorates the day you rescued, adopted or purchased your new four-legged friend with his/her name and the date of his/her arrival.
  • In Loving Memory—A heartfelt remembrance of the life of your pet that includes his/her name, along with the date of birth and the day he or she made the final journey to the “Rainbow Bridge.”
  • “Complete Our Family”—This photo mat holds a photo of all of your pets together and is personalized with your pets’ names with this loving message: “Our Four-Legged Friends (PETS’ NAMES HERE) Complete Our Family”
  • The “Rainbow Bridge”—This photo mat holds a photo of your beloved pet and the poignant words of the “Rainbow Bridge” poem.


The personalized photo mats are priced at $11.95 each and can be ordered online by clicking here!’

Our New Arrival!

Our New Arrival!

Complete Our Family

Complete Our Family

Always by Your Side...

Always by Your Side…

Living Without Breathing

Living Without Breathing


The Rainbow Bridge

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

Place your order today and give the gift that will be treasured for years to come!

Have You Heard About Two BIG Events Coming Soon?

There is exciting news about all that’s happening in the Suncoast Pet community, and, as a subscriber to Suncoast Pet’s blog, you can stay up to date on all that’s going on!




The 5th Annual Jingle Paws Jubilee

Saturday, December 10 – 11 am – 5 pm

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Sarasota’s biggest holiday pet event is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever! In addition to animal adoptions, there will be 65+ vendors with holiday gifts for people and pets, photos with Santa, animal readings, pet blessings, live music, face painting, a caricaturist, a 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes and more!

Proceeds from the event will benefit our local animal groups in attendance, who are welcome to participate at no charge.

This year, for the first time, Jingle Paws Jubilee is being held on a Saturday—December 10—in downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park! We are expecting very large crowds holding the event in downtown Sarasota on a Saturday, when the Sarasota Farmers Market brings 12,000 attendees to downtown during season!

Sponsorships are available and pet vendors are welcome to sign up!

For more information about Jingle Paws Jubilee, visit


Donte’s Den 1st Annual Tennis Ball Splash

Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 12 noon to 4 p.m.




Imagine making a “lucky” $13 donation to a community animal organization for a chance to win a cash prize of $3,000 or more!

It can happen to you by participating in the 1st Annual Donte’s Den Tennis Ball Splash!

From now until the beginning of March, tennis balls can be purchased for $13 each by clicking here. The event, which is hosted by Suncoast Pet and, is a fund-raiser for Donte’s Den, a “Community of Joyful Dogs,” located in Myakka City.

The goal of the event planners is to sell 1,200 tennis balls. If that goal is met the third-place winner will take home $1,500, the second-place winner will receive $2,300 and the grand prize winner will walk away with $3,900!!

Here is how it works: On Sunday, March 5, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a spectacular party held at Donte’s Den, located at 6801 283rd Street East in Myakka City. In addition to tours of this magnificent facility, there will be live music, dog adoptions at Donte’s Den’s Joyful Dogs Adoption Center, food and beverages, pet vendors and a 50/50 drawing.

The highlight of the event will be when dogs dive into the Donte’s Den bone-shaped swimming pool to choose the winning tennis balls!

All of the tennis balls, which will be hand numbered with a permanent market, will be thrown into the swimming pool, about 100 balls at a time. A dog will then dive into the pool to retrieve one ball. The next group of balls will be thrown into the pool, and another dog will retrieve just one ball.

The winning ball from each group of tennis balls will then be thrown into the pool and three balls will be retrieved to determine the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from the tennis ball sales will benefit Donte’s Den Foundation. The remaining funds will be divided between the top three winners.

Take a chance to win BIG money for a good cause by making your donation and buying a tennis ball by clicking here!


A Special Offer for Suncoast Pet Readers

my-dog-nose-it-logoIn the May/June issue of Suncoast Pet, which is posted online at, you’ll find a very important product for your pups featured in “New & Noseworthy,” which can be found on pages 44 and 45.

The products, called “My Dog Nose It!”, offers sun protection for your dog’s nose!

In recent years, there has been more and more evidence that dogs can not only suffer from sunburn like their human companions, but they also are at risk of developing skin cancer, too!

What most pet owners do not realize is that human sunscreen contains ingredients that can be poisonous to our my-dog-nose-it-jar-slide3-960x295pets and should NEVER be used on our four-legged friends!

My Dog Nose It! is completely safe for pets, and it’s all natural and vegan, too! Not only will it protect your dog’s nose, ears and other sun-sensitive body parts from the sun, but the non-toxic balm is moisture rich, so it will soothe and heal, too!

Just for Suncoast Pet readers: Purchase My Dog Nose It! online at, and you will receive 25% off your purchase by entering the code “pet25” at checkout!

Prefer to shop locally? My Dog Nose It! is available at the following pet stores in our area:

  • Pawsitively Healthy – 5238 Florida 64, Bradenton, FL 34208
  • Pet’s Life Naturally – 523 8th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • A Natural Pet Pantry – 1086 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229


Suncoast Pet Available at Sarasota’s Most Prestigious Hotels & Establishments!

SUNCOAST PET COVERWith additional help with magazine deliveries throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties and beyond, Suncoast Pet now can be found at some of our area’s most prestigious hotels, resort communities and business establishments!

Here is an update on places Suncoast Pet can now be found:

  • Siesta Key businesses
  • Longboat Key businesses
  • The Ritz Beach Residences…Lido Beach
  • Lido Beach Resort
  • Michael Saunders Real Estate Offices – St. Armands Circle
  • The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Hyatt Regency Sarasota
  • Selby Library
  • The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
  • The Visitor’s Center – downtown Sarasota
  • Wagner Realty – downtown Sarasota (Home & condo buyers/renters are looking for resources for their pets!)

What’s the advantage of having a presence at Sarasota’s hotels? Many guests staying at these establishments are traveling with their pets and will be shopping for pet food and supplies or require medical services while they are in Sarasota. Others will stay at these hotels while looking for a new home or condominium in downtown Sarasota and surrounding communities.

Easy access to Suncoast Pet puts hundreds of our finest local pet resources at the fingertips of visitors and future residents of the Suncoast!

Be sure to read the latest issue of Suncoast Pet online by clicking here.

Calling All Therapy Animals! Suncoast Pet Sponsors a Brand New Cover Contest for the July/August Issue!

1-4 Page Cover Photo ContestTo honor our four-legged friends who go out in the community, sharing joy and love with people in nursing homes, hospitals and classrooms, Suncoast Pet is searching for a therapy animal to feature on the cover of our July/August issue!

This is a great opportunity to have a professional photo of your therapy animal—whether it is a horse, dog, cat or pot-bellied pig—featured on the cover of your local pet publication.

All of the following animals that live in Sarasota and Manatee counties are eligible to participate:



  • Therapy Animals
  • Service Animals
  • Military Dogs
  • Search & Rescue Dogs
  • Guide Dogs

All you have to do to enter the contest is to fill out the form online at and submit a photo of your therapy animal!

The deadline for submitting your photo and information is Friday, May 27, 2016 at midnight. Voting by Suncoast Pet readers will be held the following week. Fill out the form below and upload a photo to enter your dog today!







The Doggy Diva Show Now Heard Nationwide!

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Click on the logo above to visit The Doggy Diva Show online!

The Doggy Diva Show, a local radio show broadcast every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. on WTMY AM 1280, recently partnered with to provide pet owners from coast to coast with valuable information for pet owners and animal lovers.

For more than a decade, host Susan Marie has been a Saturday morning regular on local radio, bringing animal lovers up-to-date information on a variety of pet-related topics, while also conducting one-one-one interviews with experts in our local pet community.

Voted “Best Pet Radio Show” four years in a row in Sarasota Pet’s Choice Awards, The Doggy Diva Show is both informative and entertaining, offering:

  • Community Pet News
  • Pet Tips of the Week
  • Interviews with Pet Professionals & Industry Experts
  • Interviews with Best-Selling Book Authors
  • News from the Regional Rescue Community
  • & Much More!

Click Here to Subscribe to Suncoast Pet’s New Blog!

In addition to listening to the broadcast live on the radio every Saturday morning on WTMY AM 1280, area animal lovers also can tune into the show online at during the broadcast.

Now, however, pet owners throughout the United States can visit any time of day or night and listen to the radio show online.


Susan Marie’s own three rescue dogs, from left to right, Olive, CoCo and Francesca. Photo by Connie Summers

To access recent broadcast of the show, log in to and click on “Listen.” Scroll down through all of the radio programs (which are listed alphabetically), and click on “The Doggy Diva Show” to hear the most recent broadcast.

Looking for earlier broadcasts? On the right-hand side of screen, click on “Click Here for Other Files.”

The Speak Up Talk Radio Network was launched in early 2014  to more easily “accommodate thousands of people with different lifestyles and schedules.” The radio network model offers both hosts and listeners the advantages of “live streaming” combined with “on demand,” when listeners have the time to listen to their favorite broadcasts.

All shows on the network—including “The Doggy Diva Show”—can be played every day 24/7, offering “round-the-clock flexibility.”

So, if you sleep in on Saturday mornings and you haven’t been able to tune in to the always-interesting radio show hosted by Susan Marie, tune in to to see what you have been missing!

For additional information about The Doggy Diva Show, please visit

And be sure to read “Diva Delights,” a regular article written by Susan Marie that you’ll only find in Suncoast Pet!