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Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:08 am | Updated: 4:41 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Bitsy is rehabing from knee surgery, B.B. is no longer behind bars and Flint is off the streets.

Oh, those lucky dogs.

Professional canine behaviorist David Namesnik has trained thousands of dogs through his business, Pawsitive Pals, and has used his profits to help save dogs facing death in animal shelters, veterinarian offices and those wandering the streets. Now he’s founded the Luckie Dog Foundation — a nonprofit, nokill animal sanctuary — so he can help even more.

"The rescue part of the business has always been there, but we’re expanding and taking it public because it’s too much of a burden to take it all out of private profits, and it limits the number of animals I can help," Namesnik said.

Luckie, an acronym for love, understanding, compassion, kindness, integrity and empathy, prepares dogs for adoption, Namesnik said. He said he founded Luckie Dog — currently home to 20 dogs — for several reasons, the first being pure puppy love and to educate others on teaching their pets.

"Dogs and some of the other animals we have domesticated love unconditionally," he said. "Secondly, they can be no more or less than a reflection of their owners and the life they have been exposed to."

Namesnik said shelters and animal control agencies don’t have the time to train the dogs or find them the right homes because of the overwhelming numbers. He said of the 60,000 dogs Maricopa County Animal Control gets each year, half are euthanized, and 20,000 have physical or behavioral issues making them less adoptable. Those are the dogs Namesnik said he wants.

Chandler resident Gary Manton, who is helping Namesnik take the Luckie Dog Foundation to the public, said the animal lover has an unmatched way with dogs.

"His knowledge and understanding of dogs is impressive," Manton said. "Some dogs even walk right up to his gate. The dogs come in with no tags and literally drag themselves to his door, so he has to do something for them."

Manton and Namesnik need donations to help get the Luckie Dog Foundation off the ground, and are seeking a 501 (c) 3 designation so that all donations are tax-deductible.

Find out more

To learn more about the Luckie Dog Foundation, call David Namesnik at (480) 232-1181 or visit

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