Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 9:04 AM
Subject: Thank you for your help and kindness

Hello Don It's been a difficult week as I learn to accept my dog's passing but I've been wanting to reach out to you to thank you again for the speed and kindness and reverence with which you transported us to the Animal Medical Center in the early hours of January 14. I will always recall your calm and compassionate voice on the phone and your brief presence in my apartment as you sized up Matty's condition, carried him out the door and conducted us to the emergency room at AMC. As I look back on everything that transpired that night I realize how fortunate we were to have you as our escort on this part of Matty's journey. Your love of animals and determination to help fight for their lives is something I will never forget. Thank you for being there for us. Sorry we didn't know you in better times. Matty was an incredible dog and a partner I will miss the rest of my life The following is a short tribute I wrote for him after he died. Matelot, July 4, 2004 -- January 14, 2015 :

"Here within my arms
You'll sleep
Sailor from the deep
Matelot, Matelot
Where you go, my heart will follow
Matelot, Matelot
When you go down to the sea"
With much gratitude Michael P.

When you have a chance, listen to the words from the song Matty’s name comes from: Matelot. For nearly 15 years I looked to find the right dog to call “Matelot”

05.27 2014 Quick Travel Tips for your Summer Vacation
Considering your petís needs prior to hitting the road for vacation can save both time and frustration later. "Once a scared pet is actually in the car, the signs of sickness typically start dur-ing the first few minutes of the ride," said Dr. Diane Levitan, the medical director at The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care in Westbury Long Is-land. "Compounding the problem is the fact that some pets prefer to Ďhide and rideí, so they can end up not only sick but stuck under one of the seats." To avoid these problems, consider mak-ing "practice runs" in your car with your pet. Start out with short rides at first, the let them become gradually longer. At the end of the ride, offer lots of praise and treats, and before long your pet may be begging for a ride in the car.

Here are 10 tips you should keep in mind when traveling with your pet:
1. Before the trip, take your animal for a veterinary check-up and obtain a health certificate and documentation of inoculations.
2. Your animalís travel crate must be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down in comfortably. Also you should line the bottom of the crate with towels to absorb urine.
3. Try to avoid traveling in extreme weather conditions. If you must travel in hot weather, try to make the trip in the evening or early morning.
4. Bring a couple of jugs of cold water. The water can be used to cool down your pet if the car should break down.
5. Dogs should be given water and exercise during rest stops, but they should not be allowed to run loose at rest areas. No matter how well trained an animal is, this is a new experience and an accident could happen. Cats, birds and all other pets should remain in their carriers until safely indoors once your destination for the day is reached.
6. Under no circumstances should you leave a pet in a car. It takes only minutes for an animal to develop heatstroke.
7. If you will be flying, remember that most airlines have a limit on the number of pets allowed per cabin, so be sure to inform your airline when you make your reservation that you'll be boarding with your animal. Also, ask for the allowable dimensions of your petís carrier. If your pet is flying in the cargo section and youíre traveling in hot weather or to a warm climate, book a night flight. Also freeze water you provide for your pet so that it will not fall out during loading, but will melt by the time the animal is thirsty.
8. Let the person sitting next to you know that you have a pet with you. (He or she may be allergic and want to switch seats with someone else.)
9. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, make arrangements prior to starting your trip. Your pet should be a welcome guest.
10. When you arrive at your destination, keep your pet in a calm, quiet area and give him or her plenty of time to adjust to the new environment.

09.13 2013 Workshops held in Prospect Park teach pet owners CPR NEWS 12 Brooklyn
BROOKLYN - Organizations Brooklyn Bark and Fido hold a monthly workshop in Prospect Park to equip pet owners with the skills to face emergencies. Lessons include pet CPR and other emergency treatments that owners can use to save their pet's life. Instructors say 25 percent of the pets that don't make it when they come to the ER could have been saved by just one of the techniques taught in the workshops.

The Long Island Vet Specialists and the Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group of Brooklyn (North & South) has made special arrangements with AmbuVet to provide *FREE* Pet Ambulance Service from your hospital to either of their 24 hour facilities during normal business hours. Referring specialty cases are now easier than ever! Certain restrictions may apply. Call us today at (800)262-8838 or (718)522-9400 for details.

01.06 2013 ASPCA Reunites Pets with New Yorkers after Hurricane Sandy
ASPCA + AMBUVET reuntie Sandy Storm Victims with pets 2months after tragedy, reunites families with pets

05.16 2012

Thor- Success Story on feat. Donald Montes and release article titled "The Incredible Journey of Thor the Pit Bull, Dog Lost and Found"... "How one pittie escaped his yard in San Antonio, got himself to Long Island, and then somehow made it all the way home." by Julie Szabo

Once Thor's owners in San Antonio had been located it was time to transfer Thor back to Texas. "The vet hospital connected the Laskowskis with Don Montes, licensed veterinary technician and owner of AmbuVet. Although air transport is not in his line -- AmbuVet is a go-to service used by many carless New Yorkers to transport dogs to and from animal hospitals; the vehicle provides critical patients with first aid and oxygen during the ride -- Don rose to the challenge. "Something like this happens once in a blue moon, and this was an opportunity for me to give back," he says. "Plus, Thor is an awesome dog." read the full article here on

04.07 2011

1800 AmbuVet is pleased to announce that we will be covering the NYC Pet Show 2011. Please come out and join us in celebrating our favorite animal friends and businesses. Celebrity guests will be in attendance... cats and dogs are welcome to attend the event too!

What: NYC Pet Show 2011
When: May 21st and May 22nd, 2011 | 12pm - 5pm daily
Where: the Metropolitan Pavilion &Altman Bldg. 123 West 18th St. New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door buy online>
children under 12 FREE admittance, cats and dogs welcome!

07.18 2010

1-800 AMBUVET on site to service the canine competitors at the Nautica NYC Triathlon-

What: For far too long, canine athletes have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts, only to be left on the sidelines on race day. No longer! The Iams Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance to compete in tandem over a 5 miles run course.
Who: See the 2010 Canine Competitors here(Registration is now closed.)
When: July 18, 2010 during the 10th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon.
Where:Central Park (NYC). View the course map here

06. 2010

1-800 AmbuVet is now offering Visiting Tech Service in the NYC area. A licensed veterinary technician is available for in- home fluid therapy, diabetic maintenance, medication administration, as well as, hospice care. Going away and not sure who to trust with your beloved special needs pet? Call 1800 AmbuVet today and rest assured your furry friend is in great hands!

05. 2010

CutePetGazette interviews 1-800 AmbuVet at the NYC Pet Expo with Ceasar Milan! See the video here!

01. 2010

New AmbuVet vehicle with electric ramp is introduced. Have an X-Large animal and need some help getting in? We now offer regular transports with lift assistance! Transporting the giant one is now as easy as a smile!

Protect your Pets on Howl-O-Ween

Keep your Pet away from the front door. Dogs in particular may feel the need to protect their home and may be more likely to bite any visitors who appear out of the ordinary. Ensure decorations cannot be pulled down. Your Pet could become injured by or even entangled in decorations, so make sure you keep them Pet-friendly. Do not take your cat or dog with you in the car while your kids go trick-or-treating. It can be very frightening to a Pet to sit in a dark car while scary creatures of every size and shape walk by. A Pet that is normally friendly can become aggressive and protective.

Do not give your Pet candy.

Chocolate contains theo bromine, a substance that can be lethal if ingested by your Pet.

Stick on caramel apples can be swallowed and cause choking or damage to internal organs.

Packaging can cause choking or intestinal blockage. Foil wrappers can become as dangerous as razors when swallowed.

Keep your Pet inside. There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, or even stolen Pets that are left in their yards. Make sure your Pet is safely inside your home.

Can Cats and Dogs Catch Swine Flu?

Can cats and dogs get the flu?


Pet parents of dogs and cats can relax for now, say ASPCA veterinarians. While the 2009 H1N1 virus—a faster moving and possibly more debilitating strain of influenza than the typical seasonal flu—has become an international concern, the virus, referred to as swine flu when first identified, appears to present little risk of infecting dogs and cats. However, viruses can mutate quickly and taking important preventative measures remains essential.

“Many species can become infected with influenza viruses, but the current 2009 H1N1 virus, which is a mixture of genetic material from different species, has not been identified in animal populations in the United States to date,” says Dr. Miranda Spindel, Director of ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. “These viruses are notoriously unpredictable, though, and it is important that we remain vigilant.”

In terms of other animals who are susceptible, Dr. Spindel warns that influenza or flu viruses are occasionally transmitted from people to pigs, and the 2009 H1N1 virus has also been identified in turkeys. Pet parents of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should monitor their animals' health closely, notify their veterinarian of any signs of illness and speak to their veterinarian about influenza type A vaccines. And ferrets are susceptible to most human flu viruses, so pet parents should take extra care to prevent exposure of pet ferrets to people or other ferrets with flu symptoms.

Meanwhile, flu season is upon us and pet parents should take common-sense preventative measures to keep their dogs and cats healthy:

  • If your dog is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including coughing, nasal discharge or fever (normal dog and cat temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees), play it safe and avoid taking him to places like dog parks, where he can pass on germs or come in contact with unvaccinated or sick dogs.
  • Avoid letting your cat roam freely outside
  • If your dog comes into frequent contact with other dogs or is kept in a kennel, the ASPCA recommends that you discuss with your veterinarian whether vaccination against canine influenza may be appropriate. Note: canine influenza and H1N1 are not the same virus.
  • Talk to your vet about what flu vaccines are currently available, and be sure all your pets get vaccinated!
  • Don't let your pet share water bowls, food dishes or toys with other animals.
  • Make sure your pet is eating, drinking and playing as he normally does each day. If you notice your pet behaving unusually, or if he has flu-like symptoms, check in with your veterinarian immediately.


PEGGY DREXLER: May 6, 2008

In a world where truth can be situational and trust used to calculated advantage, I'm reminded every day why I like my dogs. They're names are Stuart and Polly. They are yellow Labs. And they're real. Their needs are simple, and their affection is constant. They love me whether they're at home or on the road, squeezed into the back seat of the car. My daughter might be behind closed doors buried in Facebook, and my husband working the keys of his BlackBerry like Mozart. But they greet me with the same wiggling abandon whether I've been gone five minutes or five hours. They don't care what I look like, what kind of mood I'm in. They are what they are - day after day. Polly is a 3-year-old puppy with big soulful eyes that allow her to get away with more than she should. She has plenty of what the hunting dog people call drive. She sees what she wants and goes for it - even food on the street, which I often end up prying out of her determined jaws. Hide something from her, and she's still looking for it hours later. Stuart lets the world come to him. His repertoire of tricks peaked at sit. But only when there is food involved. Call Stuart, and he gives you that level stare that says, "Make me an offer." He's a slacker, but it works for him. I know the argument. These critters that I have anthropomorphized into furry personalities are just doing what eons of evolution have equipped them to do so well - be exactly what I want them to be. There is truth to that. Do the math. There are 10,000 wolves left in the United States, and 60 million dogs. Dogs have learned to play the game. But you have to own - and love - a dog to understand the insignificance of scientific explanation. Dogs are what they are. Why means nothing. I will even argue that if more of us realized that, we might see some improvement in the fact that a third of Americans report regular and extreme levels of stress. The recent Harris Interactive study that quantified stressed-out Americans focused on immediate and personal causes - like jobs, household budgets and dwindling personal time. And those pressures are all very real. But those issues are spikes in an ever-elevating baseline of stress that comes from issues that are beyond our control, but impact our lives. Our stress hormones are telling us to fight or flee or both. But it's hard to choose when there is a crackling disconnect between what we hear and what we see. A war that ranks among the greatest policy blunders in American history drags on without a hint of an exit strategy. The two men who supervised the attack that instigated that war remain free, taunting and threatening the Western world from parts unknown. Relentlessly rising gas prices caused by the ever-mysterious and convenient "market forces" are putting companies out of business and causing consumers to choose between travel and food. Food prices have turned the simple act of feeding a family into a budget issue. A flood of easy-money mortgages ignored by the rating agencies that vouched for their quality are drowning whole neighborhoods in foreclosures. After decades of talk, blame and dithering, medical costs continue to spiral up along with the numbers of uninsured. Through it all, our president "understands" the frustrations of the American people, while taking every opportunity to blame someone else - anybody else. The Democratic Congress voted in to create change has proved to be, well, a Democratic Congress - almost comically unable to agree, organize or move forward on even the simplest issues. As people watch forces beyond their control change their lives in ways they never anticipated, there is a creeping dread that the world is running on a basic rule: You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time - and that's good enough to start a war or make some money. But when Polly and Stuart sit there in all their simple purity, giving me what our family calls "the look," I know what they are. I know how they feel about me. I bask in an artifice that extends only to snagging a piece of bread left too close to the edge of the counter. Every day they remind me who I am. And dogs don't lie.

Peggy Drexler is an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University.
This article appeared on page B - 7 of the San Francisco Chronicle


September 28, 2005
- Veterinary researchers at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and Cornell University, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified a new and highly contagious outbreak of canine influenza virus. Symptoms are similar to those of “kennel cough” and include coughing that persists for 10 to 21 days, nasal discharge and a low-grade fever. Just like human flu, most dogs will suffer a mild form of the disease and recover over time with appropriate veterinary care and supervision. In a small number of cases, estimated at less than 10 percent, dogs may experience complications like pneumonia that can be fatal.

Currently, there is no vaccine for canine influenza virus. Because the disease is highly contagious and all dogs are believed susceptible, experts recommend taking a common-sense approach, which includes seeking veterinary advice if your dog exhibits signs of respiratory illness; ensuring that if you use a boarding kennel it is reputable and well-known (go to for information); and staying alert to announcements in your area regarding outbreaks.

Canine influenza virus is an emerging disease and information about the disease, where it exists and how it’s transmitted changes on a daily basis. For the most accurate updates, please visit the Web sites for the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida
( and Cornell University ( ). Other partners monitoring this situation include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ), the American Veterinary Medical Association ( ), the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) media briefing transcript (9/26/05) -

University of Florida Canine Influenza Virus Fact Sheet - Cornell University Canine Influenza Information -

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, 352.392.4700
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 607.253.3000
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 800.311.3435
Morris Animal Foundation, 800.243.2345 /
American Boarding Kennels Association, 877.570.7788 /

Avian Flu Virus with the potential of jumping from birds to humans and causing
a worldwide pandemic.

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