Blog And Articles

Read Between the Lines

I am often amazed at things dog owner’s sign that they never read or if they read don’t care what’s said.  They ask no questions and worse yet, enter into verbal understandings at the time of the exchange that countermand what the document they are signing says. ...

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ON THIN ICE UNDER THE BIG TOP

By:  Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq.-MediatorPeople are passionate about conflict in their life and choose many different ways of addressing it.  The manner they select to resolve a disagreement will have an impact on whether the outcome is beneficial or detrimental.As...

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The Unintended Circus

As we closed out 2012, amid fears the country would fall off the financial ‘fiscal cliff,’ a ‘fiscal cliff’ of another kind was created for a usually irreproachable non-profit organization, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as a result of...

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The Comfort of a Dog

In the wake of what happened in Newtown Connecticut last week, I thought I would write about something near and dear to my heart.  The comfort pets bring to humans, especially at times like these.  It is simply amazing. In my mediation practice, I often see short...

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Herding Cats!

Herding cats is difficult.  We often use this term colloquially whenever we are trying to pull difficult people or things together.  I’ve used it to describe my efforts to encourage colleagues to provide documents or articles in support of the presentation they are...

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I Want to Kill the Dog

A comment by Debra Hamilton on the book by Richard CohenIn the past week I have had 5 colleagues and 8 friends forward information about this book to my inbox.  I get it!  I am supposed to comment, so here it goes.Richard Cohen, Emmy Award winning author and Meredith...

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They shoot dogs don’t they?

Photo credit:  Pet TalkThis week’s blog takes another ‘bite’ out of the entries in the wonderful summary provided by the ABA TIPS Fall 2011 Law Journal’s review of Animal Tort and Insurance Law by Adam P Karp, Yvonne C. Ocrant and Steven R. Bonanno.Under Government...

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More than a pretty face

This week a few memorable articles struck my fancy and so I bring them to you as illustrative of how important our pets are to us. The articles describe how animals’ have/can change people’s lives or how people can change the circumstances in which they find these...

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Kneejerk

After reading my Google alerts for Animal Law Issues today, I decided to write this week’s blog on the Consequences of Kneejerk Reactions to animals or their protectors behavior.  I am only covering three here today. (I could cover ten!)They are: 1.)         Lennox, a...

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Dog Days of Summer

As I sit here on my porch after a summer thunderstorm, surrounded by my dogs, my thoughts turn to the dog days of summer and how my practice, of providing alternative conflict resolution for people in conflict over animals, picks up during this time of year.  As we...

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Ask…then Listen.

Today was a very special day for me. I conducted a mediation I had worked on with my Mastermind Group the week before.  I brought it to my Mastermind Group in order to get a better handle on my own emotions and better serve the clients in this mediation.Let me...

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One Nation Under Dog

This is the title of a new HBOseries about a dog’s place in our life.It covered puppy mills, rescue organizations, individual owners of vicious dogs and euthanasia.Initially, I was not sure I wanted to watch the program.  After years of raising Irish Setters and...

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Business as Usual

In my world, ‘Business as Usual’ is why I am in business.  People don’t address small issues when they arise, they just go along,  ‘Business as Usual’ until a little disagreement becomes too big to handle alone.  I’m called in to bridge the conflict and help the...

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Transpetation

Scheduling SNAFU? – Look to Transpetation!If you have a pet, chances are it will need to go to the vet, groomer, kennel or trainer sometime soon and that ‘time’ may not be one conducive to anyone in the family’s schedule.  Conflicts can arise while discussing these...

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Alphabetical Order

In my mediation practice I am often asked the following question. Should you mediate first or start litigation proceedings and then mediate?It is an interesting question because there are many ways to answer it. People sometimes feel if they ask to mediate first it...

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TADB-Take A Deep Breath

“Take A Deep Breath”In the work I do, Helping People Resolve Conflicts Involving Animals, I begin each mediation with one simple act.   As I do it, I ask the parties to do it as well.  It is, “Take A Deep Breath”. (TADB)This simple activity. …breathing in…..breathing...

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