Talkin' Pets News

May 12, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Karen Vance - Agility and Trainer

Producer - Zach Budin

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Special Segment Guests - Theresa A. McKeown, author of 3 new children's books, including "The ABC's of Living Green" and "How to Eat Your ABC's" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/12/18 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her books

Amy Hegy, Red Cross Volunteer, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on 5/12/18 at 630pm ET LIVE to discuss the current situation on the Big Island of Hawaii

Gail Miller Bisher, Director of Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/12/18 at 720pm ET to inform us about the judges for the 143rd event

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – WorthyKids/Ideals is pleased to announce the September release of Maverick and Me, the first picture book from bestselling author and animal activist Katherine Schwarzenegger. Based upon the life of Schwarzenegger’s own rescue dog, the book tells the story of Maverick, a lovable, abandoned puppy, and Scarlett, the big-hearted girl who gives Maverick a forever home.

While fostering rescue dogs, Schwarzenegger cared for Maverick, a small puppy who had been found under a highway overpass. Schwarzenegger nursed Maverick through a serious illness and decided to adopt the brave puppy who had stolen her heart. Maverick and Me (September 5, 2017; ISBN 9780824956875) stems from Schwarzenegger’s passion for homeless dogs and the animal shelters and rescues that support them.

“It's an honor to work with Katherine, who has such an important message to share with children,” says Peggy Schaefer, Vice President & Associate Publisher, WorthyKids/Ideals. “I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Worthy to partner with her on this project.”

In Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind stranger after being found on the side of the road. Young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event and adopts the overlooked dog with the mottled coat. Heartfelt and moving, Maverick and Me shows children the importance of pet rescue and empowers them to advocate for animals in need. Parents and kids alike will cherish Maverick’s story of love, friendship, and second chances.

“Adopting a puppy or dog is an incredible opportunity that kids don’t know much about,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador. “This book celebrates adoption and introduces the concept to kids so that when they get their first dog, they choose to adopt and not shop.”

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris

ISBN: 9780824956875

Price: $16.99

Format: Jacketed Hardcover

Page Count: 32

Ages: 4-7

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.

Phyllis Harris is a passionate supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.

Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Worthy has four imprints: Worthy Books publishes a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, pop culture, biography, fiction, spiritual growth, and specialized Bibles; WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts and paper expressions; and Worthy Inspired publishes inspirational felt-need, personal growth, and devotional books.

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Good Ol’ Dog Publishing, distributed by Charlesbridge

There’s always one dog. One special dog
you’ll never forget. One dog that touched your heart in a way that lasts a lifetime . . .
Kenny Loggins • Illustrated by Joshua Nash
For singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins—whose records have sold more than 25 million copies
worldwide—that dog was Moose, his childhood pet. And this touching picture book, with its sweet and appealing illustrations, is based on one of his songs and tells the unforgettable story of that friendship.
Moose—a chubby, adorable, smiling puppy—and young Kenny do everything together. As Loggins says “Moose thinks I’m his home.” They romp, curl up together in bed, have parties with family, and go down to the riverboat near their home. The protective pup even growls and saves him from an
intimidating stranger. The two are inseparable, as a boy and his dog will be.
But the years pass, and as Loggins sets off to pursue his musical dream, he’s forced to leave the dog behind. And one night, while he’s on stage singing, he somehow knows: Moose is gone. Yet he
believes, sometime, somewhere, he and Moose will meet again.
Any child who loves and perhaps has lost a beloved pet will relate to Kenny’s story. It sends a message of love straight to the heart and will bring a smile to every child’s face.
Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, twelve have gone platinum. He has won two Grammy® Awards for his singing and songwriting, and co-wrote the book, The Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Path of Love. His songs have been hits over the last four decades. Who can forget This Is It, I’m Alright, Footloose, Danger Zone, Conviction of the Heart and It’s About Time. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo, Loggins & Messina, Kenny became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording
music for children and families. His album, Return to Pooh Corner, remains the best-selling children’s album of the last twenty years. Kenny, who reunited with Jim Messina in 2009, currently resides in Santa Barbara with his youngest children.
Joshua Nash is a graphic artist who began illustrating professionally in 2004. He has had the pleasure of working with a range of wonderful clients illustrating a number of books. He lives in Roseville, California, with his wife, dog, and cat.