Benebone is a new and growing line of durable chews for dogs.  In 2012, Peter Toolan, a long time accountant and banker, was ready for a career change.  He was ready for an entrepreneurial venture.   What attracted him to the pet space was the passionate bond between pet parents and their pets. 

Benebone’s brand identity is simple:  USA-made, ergonomic design, real flavor, and canine welfare support.  Too many products on pet shelves are made overseas.  While it is true that there has been a big backlash on made-in-China treats, many chew toys are still made in China.  Some other chew toys are flavored – but it’s unclear with what.  We use only real bacon, peanuts or chicken to flavor our chew toys.  Our designs are simple, elegant, even beautiful.  And they are all shaped irregularly for a reason – dog’s don’t have thumbs!

We have two injection mold factories, both in New York State.  They are family businesses that have been in business for decades, and have seen much of their business go to China.  Benebone has been a great partner for these manufacturers, who take pride in the quality of their work.  It’s nice to be a small part of the USA-made manufacturing story.

Benebone is a very small company.  We have two partners:  Peter Toolan (son) and Jim Toolan (dad).  At 76 years young, Dad does everything from processing purchase orders to selling big accounts.  There is nothing more rewarding than working as a father-and-son team every day.  When I think back to my life working for big companies with all of their politics and bureaucracy, I have to pinch myself!    

As Jim mentioned, we are committed to canine welfare, in particular dog shelters and rescues throughout the US.  While we can’t change the world on our own, our products can make a dog’s time in a shelter or rescue just a little bit more enjoyable.  It’s good business for us too, as it builds brand awareness and creates a bond between our company and passionate dog lovers.

We are proud of how far we have come in three short years.  Our flagship product is the number one selling product on Amazon among 9000 Dog Chew Toys.  And we intentionally do not discount online to as to protect our pet specialty retailers.  Our products are found in various pet specialty stores in the Southeast, including Florida, and are distributed in the region by Southeast Pet.

We have 15 SKUs currently (5 shapes, 3 flavors) and for now are not going to expand further.  We have a tight, clean line. Too many companies toss out more product without innovating, in the hopes of “grabbing” shelf space.  Going forward, we are considering durable edible chews, but have not yet decided on that path.  We only want to expand into other products if we can find a way to bring truly better, differentiated, made-in-USA product to our loyal customers.

www.benebone.com

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ASPCA #HelpAHorse contest will award $100,000 in grant prizes to equine organizations across the country

New research shows at least 2.3 million Americans have a strong interest in adopting a horse

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the participants in its third annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants contest. The nationwide competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this month, the ASPCA has teamed up with “2 Broke Girls” actress and horse advocate Beth Behrs to spread the word about the contest, which has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes. This year, 191 groups will be hosting events across 42 states during the weekend of April 22-24 as they compete to win a grand prize of $25,000.

“The ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest has grown exponentially over the past few years, and we are excited to celebrate our 150th anniversary by providing even more grants to the dedicated equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for abused or neglected horses and give them a much-deserved new lease on life,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We are proud to welcome Beth Behrs to the contest this year and we applaud her efforts to raise awareness about wonderful horses available for adoption around the country.”

“I recently adopted my horse, Belle, from a California sanctuary, where I was able to see firsthand the tireless efforts that go into rehabilitating and caring for at-risk horses,” said Behrs. “It’s inspiring to see the creative events being planned around the country in celebration of the ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest, and I am honored to lend my voice to equine protection and to help recognize these everyday heroes for their life-saving work.”

Participating rescue groups will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage their local communities to assist their efforts to protect horses. Activities include open houses, education and volunteer programs, birthday parties, spring festivals, scavenger hunts and other fun-filled events. ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

Coinciding with Help a Horse Day events, the ASPCA has unveiled the results of a recent nationwide survey showing that at least 2.3 million Americans have adequate space, resources, and a strong interest in adopting a horse. This new data suggests that there are more than enough homes available for the approximately 125,000 American horses shipped to Canada and Mexico last year to be slaughtered for human consumption.

“For anyone considering adopting a horse or donkey, there’s no better time than an ASPCA Help a Horse Day event to see what the nation’s equine rescues have to offer,” added Schultz. “The strong public sentiment against horse slaughter, combined with the significant lack of awareness that this is a problem horses face, underscores how community events like ASPCA Help A Horse Day are critical to pairing horses in need with the homes that are available.”

Last year, the ASPCA awarded over $1 million in grants to support 124 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including large-scale rehabilitation, emergency relief grants, safety net programs, and the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter.

For more information about ASPCA Help a Horse Day or to see if there is an event near you, please visit www.aspca.org/helpahorse.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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International Cat Care’s annual photography competition is back for its fourth year with a brand new theme – Cat Naps. 

2016 iCatCare Photography Competition

The charity, in association with Your Cat magazine, is searching for beautiful and unique images of cats asleep or resting to feature in its 2017 calendar (and other published materials) that will be sold to raise funds for the charity. Images can be of cats sleeping alone or with other cats or animals, cats asleep in weird and wonderful locations or of cats simply curled up. Basically any image that shows a cat engaging in one of the species’ favourite pastimes – sleeping!

Twelve winning images will be selected by the judges from iCatCare and Your Cat magazine. These will feature in the calendar with the overall winner appearing on the cover. Images entered into the competition may also be used in other iCatCare materials and on the charity’s social media. Any image used will always be credited to the photographer.

The overall winner will receive £500, plus a year’s subscription to Your Cat magazine. The other competition winners will receive £100 each and all winning photographers will be sent a certificate, three copies of the calendar and a selection of iCatCare merchandise. Winners will also be invited to attend iCatCare’s annual awards event at Kensington Roof Gardens in London.

The competition opened on 1 April and will close at on 15 May 2016. Winners will be announced on iCatCare’s social media shortly after.

For a chance to win and to find out full terms and conditions, visit: http://icatcare.org/photography-competition. International Cat Care has also included some top tips on how to take the perfect picture of cats from past winners of the competition.

Pets in the Classroom invites teachers to submit pictures of the habitats of their classroom pets.

The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 8th grade teachers with classroom pets to enter the Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest. Now through December 15th, teachers can submit pictures of their classroom pet’s habitat.  All entries are being featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, and people are invited to vote for their favorite habitat.  The teacher whose entry receives the most votes when the contest ends will be selected as one of the contest winners and two additional teachers will also be selected as winners based on random selection.  Each winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

“Teachers are endlessly creative in incorporating pets into their classroom environment,” noted Steve King, Pet Care Trust executive director. “We wanted to give teachers an opportunity to share their creativity with their peers. The Habitat Contest is a fun way to inspire others.”

The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets.  Classroom animals are wonderful resources for teachers that, when incorporated into lesson plans, can have a profound impact.  Classroom pets not only provide excitement in the classroom, but they also benefit students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond.  Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem. 

For more information on the Pets in the Classroom grant program or the Habitat Contest, visit www.PetsintheClassroom.org.

Calling all creative kids! Bob Vetere, APPA President & CEO, is excited to announce that the association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL), is kicking off the 8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Students in 3rd-8th grade are encouraged to write original poems about the joys of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes for both themselves and their classroom.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life
50 Washington St. Suite 100
Reno, NV 89503

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

Additionally, teachers within these grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans and submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom.

One student from each grade nationwide (6 total) will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a potential “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet. Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 grant to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload submissions, or download submission forms, please visit http://petsaddlife.org/childrens-poetry-contest or contact Ashlee Verba at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

 

Cast Members Announce

STAR TREK: TO BOLDLY GO” Campaign Benefitting the

Cast’s Choice of Nine Global Causes

Beginning Today, Fans Can Visit Omaze.com/StarTrek

to Enter for a Chance to Win!

View Cast Launch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-COeaGn5x0

HOLLYWOOD, CA, JULY 14, 2015 – In an unprecedented event, the cast of the Star Trek film franchise has created a unique philanthropic initiative in partnership with Omaze. The Star Trek: To Boldly Go campaign will support the cast’s personal selection of nine global causes, which will each receive equal portions of the funds raised when fans enter for a chance to win a walk-on role in director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the blockbuster franchise, released on July 8, 2016. The campaign runs from 12:01 a.m. PST on July 14th until 11:59 p.m. PST September 1st.

To coincide with the campaign’s launch, cast members John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba recorded a special video message on the iconic Starship Enterprise bridge set. The video, released today, kicked off production and features the cast inviting fans to make franchise history as the first fans to ever win a walk-on role in a Star Trek movie. For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Check out the launch video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-COeaGn5x0

The Star Trek: To Boldly Go Grand Prize winner and a guest will:

  • Fly to Vancouver and stay in a 4-star hotel
  • Go behind the scenes of Star Trek Beyond, hang with the cast, and experience the filming of the movie
  • Be transformed by hair, makeup and costume teams into a Star Trek character and filmed for a scene in Star Trek Beyond
  • Visit the closed set and meet the cast of Star Trek Beyond
  • Be among the first to see scenes from the latest film
  • Travel to Vancouver
  • Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to ensuring that ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Nominated by Zoë Saldana.
  • Camp Sunshine, a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can regroup, reenergize, and restore hope for the future. Nominated by Anton Yelchin.
  • Direct Relief International, one of the premiere disaster relief organizations that operates world­wide. Nominated by Zachary Quinto.
  • Heaven Homes, an organization helping establish children's homes and centers, while providing secure, safe and loving environments where children can be nurtured to realize their full potential. Nominated by Idris Elba.
  • KidsCan, an organization that provides food, clothing and healthcare to disadvantaged youth in New Zealand. Nominated by Karl Urban.
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center, an organization serving the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area as well as the multiethnic Koreatown community. Nominated by John Cho.
  • Make-A-Wish, whose remarkable work is making wishes come true every day for children suffering from life­threatening illnesses. Nominated by Chris Pine.
  • Time is Precious, an organization helping to create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children, which in return helps assist with their treatment and recovery. Nominated by Simon Pegg.

In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, six additional winners will be randomly selected throughout the campaign to form the honorary “Star Trek: To Boldly Go” crew. Star Trek: To Boldly Go is the first Omaze campaign to have winners every week.

The Star Trek: To Boldly Go Crew will:

“Omaze is excited to bring this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to Star Trek fans around the world,” said Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder and Co-CEO. “We are proud to give fans the chance to live out their dream experience while simultaneously helping nine great causes. By allowing anyone to enter for just $10, we are seeing the power our community has in making an impact around the world.”

By donating directly to Omaze.com/StarTrek, fans will be supporting these nine global causes:

In addition, fans who donate set amounts larger than $10 can receive special limited edition Star Trek rewards including t-shirts, posters, a cast-autographed red shirt, an advanced private screening of Star Trek Beyond, and a replica Captain’s chair.

Visit Omaze.com/StarTrek to learn more about this new initiative. “Live long and prosper.”

ABOUT OMAZE

Founded by writer/filmmakers and friends from college, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze is an online social good platform that gives anyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences that also support social missions. Omaze offers its community of donors transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit www.omaze.com.

 

ABOUT PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Star Trek: To Boldly Go Restrictions and Limitations

No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Void where prohibited.  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your domicile, to enter and a resident of Argentina, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, or the UK, and not a resident of Belgium, Italy, Malta, Singapore, or Thailand.  Residents of Australia, Brazil, China and the Republic of Korea are not prohibited from participating, but local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation.

Rewards are separate from sweepstakes prizes.  Rewards are limited in quantity. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. For free entry: (i) send post card to Sponsor at P.O. Box 866, 9942 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA 90232 by applicable mail date; or (ii) visitwww.Omaze.com/StarTrek.  Entrants may receive additional entries via Facebook.  Maximum number of entries: 1,000,000 per Entrant.  Travel and accommodations are at Sponsor’s discretion and subject to availability and change.  Winner and Guest may be required to pass a background screening or security check, to receive the prize and/or reward. Visa conditions may apply. All taxes are Winner’s responsibility. Not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®.  Residents of certain territories may be required to successfully complete a trivia question to qualify. 

 

Disney,MarvelStudios,DolbyLaboratories,VisaSignatureandRaspberryPi® Uniteto
Create

MARVEL'SANT-MANMICRO-TECHCHALLENGE

SEEKINGCREATIVETECH-SAVVYGIRLSTO FIND THEIR INNER SUPER-HERO BY CREATING SOMETHING "BIG" FROM something VERY SMALL!

BURBANK, CA – May 29, 2015 –Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry
Pi® are proud
to unite to sponsor a nationwide MARVEL'S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE in conjunction with the July 17th release of Marvel's
Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I."
Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer,
David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

Building on the success of the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Good, Marvel is launching, ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE with Raspberry Pi. The challenge invites girls nationwide, ages 14 – 18, in grades 9-12, to design
and build a DIY project using at least one readily available micro-technology component, which can enable tinkerers, makers, builders and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with a board that fits in their pocket and costs less than a video game. The projects can be utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun.

After completing a project, applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the project and explaining how it will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.

The five winners will each receive: Two round-trip tickets
to Southern California, including hotel accommodations, from June 28 through June 30,
2015, to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel's
Ant-Man at the Dolby Theatre® in
Dolby Atmos® on June 29, 2015; attend
a special "The Evolution of Technology" workshop on June 30 at The Disneyland® Resort where they will meet Walt Disney Imagineers who will introduce them to the broader scope of technology and how innovation is inspired during a behind-the-scenes tour of The Disneyland® Resort; and receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Upon completion of the challenge, a STEM-based girls program in each winner's hometown will be selected
to receive "re-create" instructions for each project.
Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop
in building her project with the girls
in the selected program in her community. By sharing their work, the winners will accomplish big things from small beginnings by inspiring other young girls to follow their interests in computing, technology, and engineering.

Entries will be accepted from May 21, 2015 through June 11, 2015. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official
contest rules and more information about MARVEL'S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE, please visit www.Ant-ManChallenge.com

About the Contest:

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest commences on or about 9AM PT on May 21, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on June 11, 2015.
Open only to girls who are 14-18 years of age on May 20, 2015 and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry
Pi, or any of their parent, related
or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families.
Limit one (1) entry per person.
Winners must be able to travel on June 28, 2015. See Official
Rules at www.Ant-ManChallenge.com for
full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest
sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About Marvel's Ant-Man

The next evolution
of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding
member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink
in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace
his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect
the secret behind
his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel's Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man,
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton,
Michael Peña as Luis, Tip "T.I." Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael
Douglas as Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel's
Ant-Man with Kevin Feige,
p.g.a. producing and Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria
Alonso, Michael
Grillo, Stan Lee and Edgar Wright serving as executive
producers. The story is by Edgar Wright
& Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Edgar Wright
& Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel's Ant-Man delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company,
is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000
characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes
its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL

About Dolby Atmos:

Dolby
Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved
anywhere in three- dimensional space, including overhead. It
brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive
and emotive experience.

Since
its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all
the major Hollywood studios, 14 Academy Award® winning directors,
and 27 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others.

To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

About Dolby Laboratories:

Dolby Laboratories
(NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform
entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and
at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more
vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please
visit www.dolby.com.

About Visa Signature:

Visa Signature
is a proud sponsor of the theatrical release of Marvel's "Ant-Man".
Visa Signature cardholders get access
to movie ticket offers to
movies like Marvel's
"Ant-Man" www.Fandango.com/VisaSignature. Visa Signature is a premium consumer payment card bringing cardholders benefits and perks that are important
to them, and provide everyday value to enhance cardholder experiences. Benefits include complimentary 24-hour Visa Signature Concierge service, travel
perks from the Visa Signature
Luxury Hotel Collection, special
fine wine and food experiences, and discounts at premium
retailers. For more information, visit www.visa.com/signature.

About Raspberry Pi:

The
Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized
computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
It is a capable little
device that enables people
of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch
and Python. It's capable
of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing
high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing
games.

What's more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability
to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital
maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors
to weather stations and tweeting
birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry
Pi being used by kids all over the world
to learn to program and understand how computers
work. Raspberry Pi is a trademark
of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Here at Talking’ Pets we love hearing about companies that go out of their way to bring awareness to animal health.Goodnewsforpets.com is one of my favorite websites to check in with, curating news related to pet health, hot products and featuring pet experts. GoodNewsforPets has announced the launch of their 15th anniversary contest series!

The company will have fifteen—that’s right, fifteen—giveaways in conjunction with celebrating their original site launch. For the next two weeks of the show, Talkin’ Pets Radio is going to join in on the fun and give out two “Stress Free” kits from Oster, in addition to the three “Stress-Free” kit giveaways currently being featured on Goodnewsforpets.com.

What does that include? Oster Calm Clips, the Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer, the Oster ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs (for both long and short coats), and the Oster Shed Control Shampoo.

Plus, if that isn’t exciting enough, a sterling silver convertible Goodnewsforpets Heart-Paw charm by jewelry designer Elena Kriegner is also being given away with each kit AND a donation will be made to the local shelter or rescue of each winner’s choice.

To enter this Grrrreat celebration, visit the Contests page on www.goodnewsforpets.com.

 

Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA is President & Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc., a New York City-based public relations firm and founder & publisher of Goodnewsforpets.com, now celebrating its 15th year with a series of contests for pet owners. Our good mutual friend, the legendary Mordecai Siegal was one of the first columnist on the site.

She is a member of the national Women Presidents Organization, Women in the Pet Industry, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association of America.

Germinder is an accomplished, creative public relations veteran and a writer who has interviewed dozens of veterinarians, behaviorists, pet and pet lovers. She has launched over 125 campaigns introducing pet products and addressing issues in veterinary medicine. She has also worked in several other key categories including food & beverage, sporting goods, development, banking, jewelry and international trade.

Germinder started working in the pet industry at twelve years old in her late stepfather’s import/export business of hobby fish. She helped introduce hydroponically grown plants to fish owners as well. She was an early proponent of the power of the Internet, beginning work in this area in 1995 when she created a campaign called “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” with one of the first niche pet web sites, www.petdental.com.

Germinder began her career as a marketing coordinator at a sales promotion agency with incentive company E.F. MacDonald, now Carlson.

She and her team have won dozens of awards, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, one of the highest national public relations awards. Other awards include the American Animal Hospital Association's Gold Key Award. She has won three Business Marketing Association Fountain Awards.

Germinder was named a Honoree for Enterprising Women and was named Top 25 "Women Who Mean Business."

Germinder grew up on Long Island, New York. is an accredited Fellow of PRSA, one of the most prestigious honors in public relations that recognizes her strategic counsel and early adoption of Internet.

To contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE ASKS 8 to 17-YEAR-OLDS TO IMAGINE WORLD-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

 

LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

 “‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland. Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015. 

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen. 

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

About XPRIZE

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

 

                         Launching Friday, December 5, 2014 – 2 PM PST

WHAT:

Disney invites you to show off your singing skills and your love for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” with the online musical contest “Sing Your Way Into the Woods”.

The winning video will be selected by legendary eight-time Tony®, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay.  All videos will be judged based on their musicality, creativity and execution. The winner(s) will receive a private advance screening of Disney’s “Into the Woods” and the winning video and the videos from the three runner-up’s will be featured on the film’s official Tumblr site.So let’s see if you have what it takes to Sing Your Way Into the Woods!

WHO:

The contest is open to choir groups, choral companies, musical theater departments, glee clubs and anyone with a passion for the landmark musical “Into the Woods.”.  You decide which part you want to sing and perhaps your wish to win a screening will come true!

 

HOW:

Go to www.intothewoodscontest.com to watch the trailer for Disney’s “Into the Woods” for inspiration, download the official music and lyrics to the Prologue and gather your friends and record your own version of the last two-minutes of the iconic Prologue from “Into The Woods”. Rules, guidelines and regulations are posted on the site. Deadline for all submissions is 2 PM (PST)  December 12, 2014. 

WHEN:

The contest runs from Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2 PM (PST) until Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2 PM (PST). Winners will be chosen and announced on the site on or about Friday, December 19, 2014. *See abbreviated contest rules*

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’  wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay.  Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014. For more information, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods and follow us on Twitter: @IntoThe Woods.

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