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Kristen Levine Launches Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog: For a Healthy Mind, Spirit, Body & Community in Honor of National Dog Week

Pet living and marketing expert’s free e-book is available for download September 19

TAMPA, FL. (September 19, 2016)Kristen Levine, pet living expert, author, and founder of Kristen Levine Pet Living, an online platform promoting health and happiness through pets, has announced the launch of her new, free e-book, Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog: For a Healthy Mind, Spirit, Body & Community, which is available for download today. The launch is in honor of “National Dog Week,” which takes place from September 18-25.

The new tome details how the human-animal bond between man and dog can provide a healthier mind, spirit, body, and community. It is the second in Levine’s series of e-books, after Beginner’s Guide to Influencer Marketing for Pet-Friendly Businesses, and the first to target pet parents. Levine is planning several more free pet lifestyle and care guides this year for both consumers and the business-to-business audience.

“When you’re spending quality time with your dog, you’re probably not focused on anxiety relief or cardiovascular health,” says Levine. “However, even though it may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re walking, playing or snuggling with your pup, there are an amazing number of ways the human-dog bond can benefit you.”

The e-book is divided into chapters entitled “Healthier Mind,” “Healthier Spirit,” “Healthier Body,” and “Healthier Community.” Each chapter then provides scientific findings about how the human-dog bond benefits each area, personal anecdotes that relate to each category, and tips on how you can incorporate additional bonding experiences into your daily routine with your dog to get the most out of your time together.

“Benefits to your body might be obvious because of the physical exercise you get from walking or playing with your dog, but there are mental advantages as well,” continues Levine. “Bonding with your dog improves your mood and sleep patterns and reduces both stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.”

Most dog parents would agree that their pets are good for their health, but more and more scientific research supports the health advantages as well. The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is a nonprofit research and educational organization that focuses on gathering, funding, and sharing scientific research to demonstrate the positive health impacts of companion animals. Currently HABRI is conducting research into how the human-animal bond can help with health conditions such as allergies, heart disease, and even cancer.

Some of the additional health benefits enjoyed by dog parents include the following:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Lower risk of developing allergies
  • Better heart health
  • Lower risk of obesity

“A dog truly can change the way you see the world,” says Gila Kurtz, dog trainer and founder of the Dog is Good lifestyle brand, who is featured in the book, along with her dog BOLO. “If you let them lead you, they can transform the way you experience life on a daily basis.”

From a social standpoint, dogs allow pet parents to meet new people and can make starting a conversation with others easier. Additionally, dogs can help lift spirits through their unconditional love, listening skills, and the sense of purpose they provide – as well as the distraction.

“Spending time with your dog takes your thoughts off of difficult issues you may be facing,” says Levine. “They keep you in the moment – not worrying about the past or the future. That may seem inconsequential, but it’s something that could help improve your overall health and happiness.”

Some of the real-life examples in the book include Henry, a therapy dog who assists special needs students in Detroit; a recent divorcee whose two dogs helped mend her broken heart; a woman diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis whose pets give her a sense of purpose and keep her active; and a town in Alaska called Huslia, which started a youth sled dog program and saw their village transform positively as a result.

A pet industry insider for more than 25 years, Levine understands the dynamics of animal welfare, pet and veterinary businesses, and the mindset of pet lovers and consumers. The premise of her brand, Kristen Levine Pet Living, is to meet the need of pet parents who seek content and connection with people who love pets, and who want to also connect with brands and services they can trust.

Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog: For a Healthy Mind, Spirit, Body & Community is available for free download at:

For more information about Kristen Levine or Kristen Levine Pet Living, please contact Shannon Stevens at 631.569.2285/ or visit

About Kristen Levine Pet Living
Pet expert, speaker, author and advocate Kristen Levine founded Kristen Levine Pet Living to connect pet-positive companies with the vast audience of pet product and service consumers. The website is a multimedia platform where Levine offers stories, science and advice for living happier and healthier with pets. An industry insider for more than 25 years, Levine is uniquely positioned to create a bridge between companies and consumers. She served as PR Director for the Tampa Bay SPCA for 15 years promoting adoption and education. In 2003, she launched the first pet-focused marketing agency, Fetching Communications, and later acquired, providing creative public relations, social media and marketing campaigns exclusively to pet and veterinary businesses throughout the world. 

As a pet lifestyle expert, Levine has logged more than 1,000 live local and national radio and television show appearances, hosts pet-centric satellite media tours and has been a spokesperson for companies including Comcast, Bissell and HSN. She has presented at the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) 2014 National Conference, the Petfood Workshop: Marketing to Today’s Consumers, and the Women in the Pet Industry Network Conference & Awards Show. A regular pet contributor to both Fox & Friends and Daytime, Levine received the “Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award,” in the Corporate category at the Women in the Pet Industry Network’s (WIPIN) Conference and Awards Show in 2015. She lives in Florida with her husband, dog, two cats and two miniature donkeys. Please visit

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