Movie review written by Molly Nall

Poms

STX Entertainment, Sierra/Affinity, Mad As Birds, Rose Pictures and Entertainment One present a PG-13, 91 minute, Comedy, directed by Zara Hayes, story by Hayes and Shane Atkinson with a theatre release date of May 10. 2019.

Talkin' Pets News

April 13, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Matt Nall - Super Pet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Marc Bekoff of the newly released book, Unleashing Your Dog, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/13/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his book

Child actor Finn Little of the new film in theaters now, "Storm Boy" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/13/19 at 630pm ET to discuss his film and working with Pelicans

 
 
Event Raises Funds For New Nonprofit, #IAMNOTALONE
 
"A Good Time For A Great Cause"
 
 
Jimmy Charles  (Credit: Harmony Grace Photography)
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Nashville, TN (November 6, 2018) - Singer/songwriter and philanthropist Jimmy Charles will lead a Cancer Survivors' March on Saturday, November 10, crossing the Cumberland River via Nashville's Pedestrian Bridge at 4 p.m. and on to The Anchor Fellowship (629 3rd Ave. South) for a pre-release album celebration for HARD WAY TO GO from 6 - 10 p.m. A fundraiser for the artist's new charity #IAMNOTALONE, the March is free and open to all cancer survivors and their supporters; admittance to the cocktail reception and Charles' performance at The Anchor requires a $50 donation per person.

 
All participants of the March will be filmed singing the chorus of Jimmy's "I Am Not Alone" for the upcoming companion video. The highly-acclaimed, award-winning firm of Saylors Brothers Entertainment, known for their work in television, film and music video formats (featured on/in MTV, BET, BBC, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, NY Times, Time Magazine and more), will shoot with drones and on-the-ground cameras.
 
All participants are asked to wear a t-shirt featuring the cancer organization of their choice OR a special #IAMNOTALONE t-shirt available for purchase HERE. Anyone who pre-orders a shirt can pick it up beginning at 3 p.m. in the Nissan Stadium Parking Lot "R." The lot has been reserved for the March and free parking is available from 3 p.m. to midnight on November 10. Filming will continue at the evening's performance, and attendees are asked to come and enjoy the great music, tasty food and have a good time for a great cause. "I'll be singing my new songs, as well as some fan favorites with my band," Jimmy notes. "That this all benefits #IAMNOTALONE is incredible, and I'd like to thank everyone who is marching, all of our helpers and all of our sponsors for their support."
 
Music is Jimmy's focus, but compassion and activism round out his world. A national ambassador and spokesman for ZERO Cancer since 2014, Jimmy is inspired by the cancer survivors he's met at the many Run/Walk events where he's performed, and by loved ones lost to the disease. "I've learned so much from them," he says. "Their stories might break my heart, but our journey together makes me whole."  The young singer/songwriter was named Outstanding Young Tennessean (2017). His music is available to radio via Play MPE and AirPlay Direct and fans can find "I Am Not Alone" on iTunes, Amazon and other popular e-tailers.
 
 
Stay social with Jimmy:
 
Stay social with #IAMNOTALONE
 
 
ABOUT JIMMY CHARLES
He's made a national name for himself with compelling original material and toured the country opening for Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Merle Haggard and more since launching his music career in 2014. A Season 9 American Idol "Hollywood ticket" participant, he placed in the Top 50 of Nashville Star in 2013. The singer/songwriter found early success with his first single, "Whatever It Takes," and the power of his second release, "Superman" solidified his place in the spotlight. The single's companion video premiered on CMT, trending in the #1 spot for over a week, generating over 5,000 shares its first day on the site. His third single, "Bout Summertime" showcased his more adventurous and carefree side, landed him on the MusicRow Chart and set the stage for "I Am Not Alone." A native of Ocean City, Maryland, Jimmy graduated from Towson University. He played football and baseball, loves to fish, work out, play golf, and spend time at the beach. When he's not on the road touring, he enjoys playing with his bulldog Hank.
 
ABOUT #IAMNOTALONE
A 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that focuses on the cancer patient and their mental well-being, as well as finding a cure for the disease. The contract is a key part of the movement and involves the patient signing a contract with family and friends. This action creates a special moment between the survivor and their loved ones, allowing them to share their feelings, show their love and promise to always be there for each other.
 
 
 
 
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Talkin' Pets News

January 20, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Lora Dunn, Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the ALDF will join Jon and Talkin' Pets tp dicuss the Best and Worst States in Animal Protection 

Anna Raimondi is a grief counselor, spiritual advisor, and medium and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/20/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her book "Conversations with Mary"  

Author of The Pet Loss Companion, Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 01/20/18 at 720pm EST to discuss and give away his book on pet loss

Talkin' Pets News

December 23, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Celebrity Dog Trainer, Kaelin Munkelwitz will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book, The Puppy Training Handbook

National Dog Trainer Sara Carson who placed 5th on America's Got Talent this year will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Hero and The Super Collies and her training methods

Denise Fleck, Pet Safety Crusader, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets this Saturday 12/23/17 at 720pm EST to discuss how to help pets and their parents this holiday season

News Release
For Immediate Release

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 27, 2017) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first research grant through the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium (CBTC). The CBTC was launched at the National Institutes of Health by a group of clinicians and investigators in the fields of veterinary and human neuro-oncology, clinical trials, neuropathology, and drug development.

Participants in the CBTC evaluated the role that naturally occurring canine brain tumors could have in advancing comparative oncology aimed at improving outcomes for canine and human patients with brain cancer. The findings of the CBTC were published in a white paper, “Creation of an NCI comparative brain tumor consortium: informing the translation of new knowledge from canine to human brain tumor patients.” The AKC Canine Health Foundation, committed to this effort, has awarded the first research grant through this consortium, Clinical Trial of Procaspase-3 Activator (PAC-1) in Combination with Hydroxyurea for Treatment of Canine Meningioma, led by principal investigator, Dr. Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD from the University of Illinois.

“The National Cancer Institute is thrilled to partner with the academic community, with the generous support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, to conduct the inaugural clinical trial of the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium,” said Amy LeBlanc, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Director, Comparative Oncology Program.  “In this effort we bring together unique and cutting-edge technology, knowledge and clinical expertise to evaluate a novel therapeutic and diagnostic approach to canine meningioma.”

Primary brain tumors are a significant cause of illness and death in pet dogs, with meningioma accounting for approximately half of the cases seen by veterinary neurologists and oncologists. Although surgery remains the best treatment for dogs with meningioma, some dogs are not good candidates for this approach based on their tumor size and/or location. Dogs also may experience tumor regrowth after surgery. In these situations, effective treatment options are limited. New treatments that are both safe and effective are needed for dogs with meningioma.

Dr. Fan and a team of investigators from the National Cancer Institute's Comparative Oncology Program and selected veterinary academic centers will work together using state-of-the art imaging and a novel therapeutic approach for dogs with meningioma that are good surgical candidates. Dogs enrolled in this study will receive an investigational combination of chemotherapy agents (PAC-1 + hydroxyurea) and will be monitored with magnetic resonance and non-invasive molecular imaging techniques. Dogs will then undergo tumor removal to further their treatment. This approach to a new therapy for dogs has the potential to also translate to treatments for humans with advanced, locally-recurrent, and/or non-resectable meningioma.

According to Dr. Fan, "The National Cancer Institute’s Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium, through the generous support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, has a unique opportunity to investigate a combination of novel advanced imaging techniques in conjunction with new therapies for dogs with meningioma. It is hoped that the findings derived from this new study will generate important data on how canine meningioma can be monitored non-invasively with molecular imaging, and if combining cytotoxic agents with a procaspase-3 activating compound can produce measurable anticancer effects."

Dr. Diane Brown, CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and one of the co-authors of the original CBTC summary paper, says, “This first project is a way toward a future to advance care for dogs and humans who share environments, and diseases such as brain tumors. By working together through studies such as this one, we leverage the strengths of veterinary and human medicine and research to seek opportunities for new paths to cure diseases shared by both species.”

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 

Newly funded studies address serious health threats in cats

DENVER/Jan. 26 – Morris Animal Foundation, committed to solving the critical health problems of animals around the world, announced five newly funded studies to improve feline health. The scope of the studies covers critical health challenges from a deadly infectious disease to cancer and more.

Through the grants, totaling nearly $568,000, the Foundation is supporting five research teams at four universities including the University of Illinois, Colorado State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of California, Davis.

The Foundation’s Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board reviewed all submitted grant applications and selected, based on scientific merit and impact, the studies with the greatest potential to save lives, preserve health, and advance veterinary care. Feline studies funded for 2017 in the 2016 grant cycle include:

  • Cancer – Researchers at the University of Illinois will investigate a new and promising treatment for oral squamous cell carcinoma, the most common oral cancer in cats.
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) - Researchers at Colorado State University will study cats with a protective immune response to feline enteric coronavirus (a common intestinal virus that can mutate and cause the deadly FIP) with the aim of identifying targets for a vaccine strategy.
  • Diabetes – Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will investigate the effectiveness of a novel drug to maintain and extend diabetic remission in cats.
  • Viral infections – Researchers at North Carolina State University will use DNA sequencing technology to better understand the biological mechanisms that help cats fight off viral infections. This work is highly applicable to the development of next-generation vaccines.
  • Chronic pain – A second research team at North Carolina State University will study methods of measuring chronic pain in cats with osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases to improve diagnostic and treatment strategies.

“There are very few funding sources for research into the diseases that impact our domestic cats,” said Dr. Barbara Wolfe, Chief Scientific Officer at the Foundation. “With the announcement of these newest grants, Morris Animal Foundation continues to support critical research that will advance veterinary care for our companion cats, and help them enjoy longer, healthier lives.”

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies that advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested over $103 million toward more than 2,500 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.

TPR News
07/23/2016

Jon Patch - Host
Karen Vance - Co Host
Daisy Charlotte - Producer
Ben Boquist - GAB Network Producer
Bob Page - Network Producer
Special Guests:
Nancy LeVine will join Jon and Talkin' Pets this Saturday 7/23/2016 live at 5 pm EST to discuss and give away her new book "Senior Dogs Across America"
Country Artist Leslie Cours Mather will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/23/16 at 630pm EST to discuss life with her German Shepherd and give away autographed copies of her latest single "We Are America"----------------------------

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce the funding of an exciting grant which aims to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer in dogs. Three groups whose dogs have been affected by this cruel disease --  the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, and the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation -- are taking a unique, collaborative stand against cancer by pledging $432,000 to support this research effort.

Dr. Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota will be leading a team of researchers on this project entitled, “A Novel Approach for Prevention of Canine Hemangiosarcoma,” which aims to pair two novel technologies consisting of a patented test to detect hemangiosarcoma cells in blood samples, and a treatment that attacks the cells that establish and maintain the disease.

According to Dr. Modiano, “Hemangiosarcoma is the cause of death for an estimated one out of every five Golden Retrievers in the United States. Portuguese Water Dogs and Boxers also have an especially high risk for this disease which is devastating for all dogs.” Dr. Modiano continues, “Hemangiosarcoma is incurable partly because the cancer is detected at a very advanced stage when it is resistant to conventional therapies. Thus, an unconventional approach to improve outcomes for hemangiosarcoma patients will involve effective methods for early detection and for disease prevention.”

“The Golden Retriever Foundation is honored to partner with the American Boxer Charitable Foundation and Portuguese Water Dog Foundation to magnify the effectiveness of all of our donors’ contributions through the power of collaboration, said Collette Jaynes, president, Golden Retriever Foundation. “We are particularly proud to continue our commitment to making meaningful strides against hemangiosarcoma.”This project will create tools to guide further development, licensing, and deployment of new paired technologies against cancer, specifically hemangiosarcoma, with an ultimate goal for disease prevention in all dogs.

“The Portuguese Water Dog Foundation (PWDF) is honored to be included in this unprecedented collaboration. The PWDF played a role in supporting Dr. Modiano’s 2005 research to develop a diagnostic test to detect hemangiosarcoma, and we are happy and proud to help take this research to the next level,” said Carol Mattingley, PWDF president.

“This novel approach to a particularly aggressive form of cancer in dogs has the potential to eventually change the landscape and improve outcomes for all dogs diagnosed with this terrible disease,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF chief scientific officer. “The unprecedented collaboration between these three breed club foundations and their dedication to canine health has really driven this project forward – together they are making a significant difference for all dogs.”

CHF supports the funding of this effort and will oversee administration of funds and scientific progress.

For more information about this grant, or to learn about the work of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, visit www.akcchf.org.

“Though Dillie cannot leave our five-acre property, she has touched people around the
world. Her reach is a miracle of modern communications, but it is also a miracle of love.
This blind rescued deer has had an impact that continues to ripple throughout the
world... Love and providence are the foundations of Dillie's life. As I marveled at all that
had come to me because of Dillie, I began to see that in saving her life, I had saved my
own."
Melanie Butera, DILLIE THE DEER
DILLIE THE DEER:
A True Story of Love, Healing, and Family
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Sometimes, we are touched in ways we never would have expected. For veterinarian Melanie Butera, it
was not one of the thousands of dogs or cats she had treated over the years that changed her life—it was
a blind, dying fawn.
Melanie Butera’s memoir DILLIE THE DEER: A Story of Love, Healing, and Family (Regan Arts,
Hardcover, October 2015) is the remarkable true story of how one tiny fawn inspired people
everywhere—from South Korea to the International Space Station. Even more than twenty years of
emergency veterinary experience could not prepare Melanie for the day that a farmer brought Dillie to
her clinic. From a rambunctious fawn to an Internet sensation, Dillie was an endless source of joy for
Melanie and her husband, Steve. But when Melanie was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, they realized
the real reason Dillie was put in their life: to provide the love and support that would give Melanie the
courage to fight.
DILLIE THE DEER gives readers a personal look into Dillie’s likes, dislikes, inspirational courage,
and delightful adventures, including:
• How she learned to climb the stairs, open cabinets, play the piano, and work the ice
machine.
• Why linguine is her favorite food.
• The epic battle of tag between Dillie and arch-nemesis, Steve’s grandson Akheem.
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DILLIE THE DEER HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF
PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. NOW, HERE IS HER
UNFORGETTABLE STORY.• Her heartwarming relationships with her two best friends, Lady the standard poodle and
Niffie the cat.
• The creation of the Dillie Cam: a 24/7 live streaming camera where fans can watch Dillie
in her room.
DILLIE THE DEER is the perfect book for those who believe in the unique connection between
animals and humans and for everyone who believes in the power of the human spirit.
“I am fighting cancer again, but with confidence this time. No matter what the disease
does to me, it cannot erase the impact of my life. It cannot reverse the work I have done,
or end the friendships I have made. It cannot end the love I share with my husband. It
cannot erase the smiles I have seen on children’s faces when they meet Dillie. It cannot
remove the cherished memories I have of all the wonderful Dillie fans who reach out to
us from around the world, sending us love and prayers. I will continue on my journey
without fear, with the peace of knowing that my path is lit by love, joy, and a deer named
Dillie.”
Melanie Butera, DVM, is a veterinarian with more than twenty years of emergency experience. She has
owned the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital for the past ten years and the Stark County Veterinary
Emergency Clinic before that. She has treated more than 100,000 emergency cases in her career and
now enjoys the different challenges of private practice work. Dr. Butera and her husband, Steve
Heathman, live in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Check out Dillie’s website:
www.dilliedeer.com
A portion of the proceeds from the
sale of this book is donated to
Dillie’s charity for UNICEF and
local animal rescue charities.
DILLIE THE DEER: A STORY OF LOVE, HEALING, AND FAMILY
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Publication date: October 27, 2015 | Price: $24.95 | ISBN: 9781942872108

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