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'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan brings message to Shippensburg, Pa.

March 07, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Cesar Millan said he will bring animals on stage and show films during his appearance in Shippensburg, Pa., to create a sense of understanding when it comes to dog ownership.
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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Cesar Millan is on a mission: to save one dog at a time.

Millan, who is known from his long-running series, "The Dog Whisperer," launched a new series this year on Nat Geo Wild Channel called "Leader of the Pack."

 Saturday, Millan will stop in Shippensburg to help share his knowledge so that people can learn to be the best owners they can be. And it's just one of the many stops Millan has been making, thanks to his new series that has him traveling all over the world to help abandoned dogs find forever homes. He said "The Dog Whisperer' helped him save relationships, but "Leader of the Pack" is about saving dogs.

"Around the world 600 million dogs die every year," Millan said during a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home. "That to me gave me an opportunity to help save lives. I'm actually in a position where I can actually make a bigger contribution in the world."

Millan said he knows that dog owners pride themselves in being dog lovers, but "yet we kill many dogs a year."

"The way we treat dogs we treat people," he said. "... What is says about our society is that we're disposable. We can just get rid of dogs because we know we can just get another one."

With "Leader of the Pack," Millan said he is showing compatibility.

"But most important it is a show that is aimed at saving lives," he said. "But we have to do it together."

In his travels, Millan has found a difference in the way dogs are treated in the U.S. and in Europe.

"It's funny because in other countries spayed and neuter it's not as big," he said. "The mistakes are the same."

He said he was "blown-away" during his visit to Helsinki when he found out there weren't shelters.

"Because they don't abandon their dogs," he said. "Isn't that beautiful?"

When Millan stops in Shippensburg, he'll be doing demonstrations and talking about how people can be better owners.

"The No. 1 importance is paying attention to your feelings," he said. "Because lot of times people are already feeling defeated or feeling afraid and that's just thinking, 'I got to go walk my dog' before they actually put the leash on the dog. They're already set up to fail."

Millan said the reason is that animals feel a person's energy. "If your energy is not balanced, they're not going to feel safe," he said. "Therefore, you're not providing healthy leadership."

And that's what he wants to continue to teach Saturday to the audience at the Luhrs Center. Millan said that these speaking engagements "really allow me to be educator and teacher."

 He said he'll bring dogs on stage and show films.

"I want you to leave that auditorium, ‘I've got it,'" he said. "If I create a sense of relief, I've created a sense of understanding. And now you own your stuff. Now you're responsible. Now you're powerful. Now you're going to pay attention to how you feel and that's how you control everything."

Millan said people sometimes have a problem with the word "control."

"But if you read the dictionary, control means 'start, change and stop.' And that's all you're doing. You're starting. You're changing. Your stopping," he said. "The way you think you think of words actually affects the way you feel. And I want to make sure the auditorium is in the same frequency — ;it's like a football team. Everybody understands the same words."


If you go ...

What: Cesar Millan

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: H. Ric Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa.

Cost: $29 to $49.

Contact: Call 717-477-7469 or go to www.luhrscenter.com

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