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Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

Logan Lucky Featured

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Logan Lucky

Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street Media, Trans-Radial Pictures and Free Association present a PG-13, 119 minute, Comedy, Crime, Drama, directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Rebecca Blunt with a theater release date of August 18, 2017.

Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

The Hitman's Bodyguard Featured

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Lionsgate, Campbell Grobman Films, Cristal Pictures, East Light Media, Millennium Films, Nu Boyana Film Studios, Skydance Media and TDMP present 118 minute, R rated, Action, Comedy, directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor with a theater release date of August 18, 2017.

Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

The Only Living Boy in New York Featured

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The Only Living Boy in New York

Rated R, 88 minute, Drama, in theaters on August 11, 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

Traveling With Your Pets: Dos and Don’ts Featured

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It's only natural to want to take your best friend with you everywhere you go, especially if your best friend stands on four legs instead of two. While bringing your pets along while you travel is fun for both you and your pet, there are a few things to consider when taking your furry friend away from the comforts of home. At the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), we get a lot of calls concerning curious pets who have gotten into some potentially dangerous situations while out and about with their families. So to ensure that you and your pets can travel together comfortably, here are a few tips to help keep them safe, happy and healthy while you’re on the road: 

Before you leave:

  1. Be prepared. Pets who are away from home are more likely to have an accident or get into something that they shouldn't. Before you leave home, make sure you program two numbers into your phone: a local veterinary emergency hospital at your destination and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). Also, make sure to pack a proper pet first aid kit
  2. Tag your friends. Make sure your pets have proper identification visible on their collar, and consider getting them microchipped in case they get out of their collars. Pets who get loose are less likely to find their way back to an unfamiliar location, so identification is key to enabling happy reunions. 
  3. Contact your veterinarian. If your pet has a complicated or extensive medical history, you might want to take a copy of his medical records with you in the event that you have to take him to an unknown vet during your travels. Also, if you are traveling between states, you may need an interstate health certificate for your pet before hitting the road. It's never a bad idea for your pet to get a clean bill of health before a big trip as well. 
  4. Do your research. Is there anything at your destination or along your route that you should be aware of? In some areas, there may be poisonous plants or venomous animals that you will want to be careful to avoid. While you're on the road:
  5. Never leave your pet in a parked car. This goes for warm days as well as the hot ones. Even when it doesn’t seem very hot outside, the temperature in a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels and put your pet at risk of developing heat stroke or worse. 
  6. Travel safely. When you are in the car with your pets, the best way ensure that they don’t have access to anything they shouldn't (such as food and medicine) is to buckle them up. Securing pets with harness-style seatbelts (or in crates/carriers) will also help protect them in the event of an accident and keep the driver less distracted.
  7. Scout out your hotel room. Always have a quick look around before letting your pet into a hotel room. APCC receives numerous calls about pets finding a pill or two left on the floor by a previous occupant. Also, if you are traveling with a cat or kitten, ensure that there isn't any way for them to crawl up into the bathroom vanity or into the mattress. (We are speaking from experience here as well).  
  8. Pet proof your new space. Take a “pet's eye view” and look for any potential issues. Are indoor plants safely out of reach? Can your pet reach that bottle of medication? Does a child's toy on the floor look just like her dog toys at home?

Ensure that counters are cleaned off, and consider bringing a baby gate and/or a crate with you to help prevent access to any areas that you are unable to make safe for your pets.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Endangered Hawaiian Gallinules Killed by Feral Cats on Kaua‘i Featured

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Non-native Predators Caught on Cameras in Wildlife Refuge

 

 

(Washington, D.C., August  17, 2017) Endangered ‘Alae ‘Ula(Hawaiian Common Gallinule, a subspecies of Common Gallinule formerly called Hawaiian Common Moorhen) are among the latest documented victims of feral cat predation on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The pair of breeding adults was attacked and killed while sitting on their nest in a national wildlife refuge in late April. With no adults left to tend the nest, the birds’ remaining three eggs and two hatchlings did not survive. The incubating parents of two more nests were killed by the same feral cat on April 22 and May 19, and six more eggs subsequently failed to hatch. The feral cat is still at large.

The attacks were captured on remote cameras installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in partnership with American Bird Conservancy (ABC). This predation by cats on endangered birds represents a major setback for conservation efforts and is a harsh reminder of the dangers feral cats and other invasive animals create for Hawai‘i's native species.

“Feral cats, whether they are dumped on the wildlife refuge by irresponsible owners or they find their way onto the refuge from nearby feral cat feeding stations, are having a very significant and tragic impact on Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge's endangered birds,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Project Leader Michael Mitchell. “Throughout Kaua‘i, natural resource managers are doing everything they can to save our native birds. But some species are running out of time, and extinction is forever.”

The recent attacks are among the latest in a long line of killings of endangered Hawaiian birds by feral cats, a non-native species. Unpublished data collected by FWS employees have documented at least 252 suspected cat kills of Hawaiian Common Gallinules, ‘Alae Ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian Coots), Ae‘o (Hawaiian Stilts), Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian Ducks), and Kōlea(Pacific Golden-Plover) in Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge between 2012 and 2014. Seabirds are similarly at risk, especially while in the nest. Feral cats were suspected in the deaths of 22 Laysan Albatross chicksduring a 3-week period in 2015. Recently, a feral cat was caught on camera killing and dragging an endangered ‘Ua‘u (Hawaiian Petrel) out of its nest by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), an incident that is unfortunately recorded with regularity in remote seabird colonies on the island.

According to KESRP Coordinator Dr. André Raine, “Feral cats are one of the worst of the introduced predators on the island of Kaua‘i — they are widespread throughout the island, are highly adept predators, are capable of killing large numbers of birds in a very short period of time, and regularly kill breeding adult birds, which makes their long-term impact on a breeding population even more devastating.”

“The continued losses of Kaua‘i's unique and endangered birds to cat predation are unsustainable,” said Grant Sizemore, ABC's Director of Invasive Species Programs. “With even wildlife refuges no longer safe from cats, the time has come to pass a comprehensive cat ordinance — such as that recommended by Kaua‘i's Feral Cat Task Force — to encourage the responsible care of pets and safekeeping of wildlife.”

The task force, which included stakeholders from animal welfare, conservation, and community members, submitted its recommendations to the County Council in March 2014. Those recommendations include setting a goal of “zero feral, abandoned, or stray cats” and implementing practical solutions such as sterilization and confinement as key strategies for addressing the cat, wildlife, and human health concerns associated with free-roaming cats. Those concerns include toxoplasmosis, an infectious parasitic disease that may be spread to humans and wildlife through cat feces and which has been linked to deaths in endangered Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose) and Hawaiian monk seals. A report prepared for the Hawai‘i Department of Health in 2000 suggested that feral cats are the “highest collective risk factor [for toxoplasmosis] and require further attention and action from a ‘holistic public health perspective.’”

Top photo: Hawaiian Common Gallinule and chicks. Photo by Hob Osterlund.

Bottom photo: Remote camera image of feral cat preying on Hawaiian Common Gallinule nest, April 22, 2017. Cameras were installed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with ABC and are run by B. Webber.

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

PRATT INSTITUTE NAMED NEW WESTMINSTER ART CONTEST PARTNER Featured

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Students and Alumni Now Eligible to Submit New Works
 
New York, N.Y. - The Westminster Kennel Club has partnered with Pratt Institute for its annual art contest. The contest participants will be current students and alumni. The winning artist will receive $10,000 and the five finalists $1,000.
 
Pratt Institute, founded in 1887, has a mission to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. The Westminster Kennel Club, founded in 1884, also shares with Pratt a long history of excellence in its field, and promoting responsibility among dog owners. These two organizations based in New York City for more than a century look forward to promoting canines in art together.
 
Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers through its academic schools of art, design, architecture, information, and liberal arts and sciences. Pratt boasts a historic 25-acre campus in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, a campus located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and an extension campus in Utica, New York (Pratt MWP College of Art and Design). Its esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars challenge talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression and contribute to society as leaders in their fields.
 
The winning artwork and five finalists' pieces will become the commemorative poster, Official Program cover and notecards for the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held from Feb. 12 - 13, 2018. For 2018, a donation of $15,000 will be disbursed equally between three national breed clubs for dog rescue efforts. The donation will assist the clubs by offsetting rescue-related expenses such as transportation, veterinary care, grooming, boarding, feeding, and training. The three selected clubs will receive their check in a presentation at Madison Square Garden during the event. 
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-Breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.
 
About Pratt Institute - Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education, preparing 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and digital innovation, and liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1887, Pratt is a living laboratory of creativity with a historic, 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, as well as a signature building in Manhattan. Our esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars challenge talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression and contribute to society as leaders in their fields. For more information, visit http://www.pratt.edu/news
 
 
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Local author publishes heartwarming story of rescue cats and gains international attention.

ENFIELD, CT, Feb. 2, 2017 – Local author and long-time Connecticut resident, Shawn Flynn, is pleased to announce the release of, “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him,” currently available from Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, THE KITTY offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world.

“I’ve had this story in my head for years about the love affair I have with my cats and decided to take some time to document my thoughts,” commented Mr. Flynn. “Before I knew it, I had a book. People who I shared my initial manuscript with were touched, and they encouraged me to see if I could get it published.”

What people are saying about THE KITTY:

“This book would be great for families and to read to your kids… I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!!” -Katzenworld, United Kingdom

"Heartwarming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!" -Kathy McAfee, author of Stop Global Boring

"A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter." -Tamara Taylor

"This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability." -John McLeod

After 25 years working in a market research career, Mr. Flynn decided to step away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.

More information can be found at Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Check out Mr. Flynn’s interview with Hartford book reviewer, John Valeri.

All are invited to attend the upcoming author events with Mr. Flynn:

Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT, Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Road, Avon, CT, Friday, February 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Talkin’ Pets On-Air RADIO INTERVIEW

6:30 PM ET, Saturday, August 19, 2017

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ABOUT TAMILEE’s PETS:

Izzie “Izzabella Cinderella (Shih Tzu):

approximately 10 years old, 3 years old when I adopted her from Holly’s Garden Rescue http://www.hollysgarden.com/index.html. Izzie was picked up on the streets of San Bernardino CA, she was matted and her front right leg was mangled.  She was taken to a high kill shelter where she was then rescued by Susan of Holly’s Garden, after no one claimed her in 10 days.  She needed her leg amputated and to be spayed.  I had lost a dog to a coyote a month before and my second dog (Pug/Boston mix) was blind and depended on her.   After consulting with experts, I was advised to get another dog (not a puppy) that my blind dog would like.  That is when I went on Pet Finders and saw Izzie with big beautiful eyes.  My blinded dog loved her immediately which made it easy.  I had no idea that she was missing a leg when I saw her, not that it matter.  Three months afterwards, my blind dog passed or kidney failure and then it was just the two of us.  She went everywhere with me and enjoyed traveling and meeting people.  She just wanted love and food, lots of food.  This past March, Izzie got an ulcer in her left eye and it had to be removed.  She now is a 3 legged 1 eye dog that is so happy.

Bruno Mars (Boston Terrier):

Born Oct 7, 2013.  Came to us before Christmas in 2013.  After four years of just me and Izzie, it was time to enhance our family dynamics with a funny breed and that is Boston Terriers.  He Keeps us laughing, always full of energy, sometimes too much and loves his sister. He enjoyed attending Agility course at six months to direct his energy. Today he attends Camp 4 dogs once a week to keep him socialized with other dogs.  He is a gentle spirit with lots of energy and ready to play at all times.

KittyGaga: Rescued, short hair born sometime in Oct of 2014

This little kitten was at one of our local shelters which I adopted for my Mother as a Christmas gift (yes she wanted a kitten).  However, the kitten had to live with us for three weeks before Christmas.  During this time, BrunoMars and her became best of friends and played together, slept together and I didn’t have the heart to separate them, so we kept her, named her KittyGaGa since we had been calling her ‘kitty’ and adopted another kitten a week before Christmas for my Mom.

Izzie At Shelter

Tamilee Izzie, Bruno & KittyGaga

 

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The technology functions by using your body’s natural cooling process during high-energy activities. Sweat activates the fabric and is initially wicked away from your skin. Hydrofreeze then disperses the moisture throughout the clothing fibers, keeping all areas equally dry.

A cooling process occurs as a result of air moving across the surface of the fabric and interacting with the elements (such as wind) in motion. The physically heat-tempering result is tangibly felt across the surface of your skin and consequently regulates your body temperature.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

Step Featured

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Step

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Impact Partners and Stick Figure Productions present a PG, 84 minute, Documentary, directed by Amanda Lipitz with a theater release date of August 4, 2017.

Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

Important Message from my dear friend Linda Blair Featured

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 Many of you may not realize that animal rescuers are inundated with emails and people begging us to help animals in shelters or people that have fallen on hard times, losing their homes, pets found out in the desert, abandoned. It's a very difficult world to live in.  We have a different skin because we live trying every minute of every day to save the innocent animals that were neglected, abandoned, or thrown away and it happens each and every day all over our country and the world. 
 We try so hard to keep going, to be able to put a smile on our face for the public and people that ask how we are doing. But does anyone really care how we are doing? Our world is a very difficult one to live in.
 After perusing hundreds of animals on the euthanasia list in the shelters, sending emails, trying to save lives I started to turn my computer off to go get a few hours of rest.  Something caught my eye. An email from a very brave lady that rescues dogs that are abandoned way back deep in the California desert.
 Once again it was another cruelty case, a starving beautiful, gentle, sweet pitbull abandoned to die, near starvation and fed something that poisoned its mouth so it could no longer eat or drink. My eyes, my heart, it's hard not to cry. I just had to reach out to you all, the loving animal community and beg you to donate to those of us that save these poor animals from their abandonment, neglect, starvation and witness so many horrible crimes that man does to these innocent animals.  I beg you to make a donation because that's the only thing that helps us to keep going is the financial aid. I don't take a salary; I give all your donations to the animals we are able to rescue through LBWF. 
 Make my day, no matter how small your donation or large, it helps us with the food, treats, water to fill their pools so they can play in the high of the summer.  We have to spay & neuter so many animals that sometimes come out of the shelters too sick to be medically treated at that time and we have to provide for them. Please won't you make a donation right now? Their lives depend on you and you depend on us to save them. Your donations count more than you can imagine! Please help me to keep fighting this war against the pet overpopulation and the abandoned animals. United we can make a difference I just keep believing that in my heart and my life! I
 XOXO
 Linda Blair
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What is an Animal Rescuer?
By: Linda Blair
     I think it's important to understand that when you hear the word "rescuer", it means "volunteer". It's you, me and anyone with an open heart or home to help one in need. Human or animal. In the case of an animal rescuer, we open our homes or find appropriate foster homes that can offer shelter to an animal in need.  This is similar to the process of finding foster homes for children in need.
What does an Animal Rescuer do?
 
     Well, in the "underground world" of animal rights advocates, we read thousands of emails about animals facing death sentences every day. At first you cry a lot, then you go into action and get involved.
     A rescuer will take in a stray animal on its way to the pound. A rescuer will walk the cold or hot cement shelter floors, listening to the cries of sadness and barking from scared animals, begging to be noticed and rescued. We see animals curled up in the corners, afraid or depressed.  Mother's begging to find shelter from the noise for their newborn pups or kittens.  Others, so hungry they'll eat anything deposited on the barren floors. Then there are the secret isolation rooms, closed to the public. Here you will find, the accident victims, those suffering from horrible mange and sometimes those that suffer from a cold, known as kennel cough, which can be fixed, but they'll never be seen by the public. Here, also, you will find where the horror cases are kept, victims
from unthinkable abuse. They suffer alone, behind closed doors. For unless a rescuer or good volunteer tells you, no one will ever see them. They are simply doomed to die. We ache, but we keep walking. We ask questions, and we think of anyone who might be looking for a dog or cat.  We get teary-eyed for those animals we know we just can't help.
     We carefully pick the animals we think we can help, both financially & emotionally, until we can find them a new loving, permanent home.  If an animal has been "fixed", you fill out the paperwork, which takes
awhile, and drive off with a scared new friend you've never met before. Neither of you knows the other. If an animal is unaltered (not spayed or neutered) they are sent to a clinic the next day and you pick them up, usually half asleep, and take them to another vet for a check up. If they have contracted a cold, known as "Kennel Cough", they must be quarantined at a veterinarian with a quarantine area, or a boarding facility with a quarantine. A foster home, who has no animals to protect from the upper respiratory cold is always best, but nearly impossible to find.  If the animal has mange, which is very contagious, it needs to be treated as well while in quarantine. Then we have boarding costs, feeding costs and sometimes large medical expenses. If they have broken limbs they must be operated on and kept in a quiet place to recover.
     We then have to get to know the animal. Are they friendly? Do they like people, other animals? Cats, dogs? What can we tell someone about them? Do they need minimal training, or extensive training?  Are they
housetrained? How old are they really? What breed or mix are they? We visit them during quarantine as much as possible. We take them for walks, play or just sit with them to get to know them.  And they need the opportunity to know us, too.
     We make flyers with a photograph, and the animal's story.  Then we drive around and distribute the flyers, and make phone calls and send emails.
     We schedule adoption days. We find a suitable place like a storefront, a small shopping mall, or pet store that allows us to set up a small adoption area with a playpen and food and water station, to show our "Adoptee".  In the summer months we hope to have "misters" to relieve them from the summer days heat. When someone is interested in one of our friends, we ask questions about their home and fenced yards, their work hours, and what kind of a companion they're looking for, and how much time they have to spend with them. We ask them to fill out questionnaires about themselves, so we can best decide who's correct for the animal and who the animal will best get along with.
For example, older dogs are happy to have a warm place, and love. Younger dogs need to be exercised more, and sometimes need more training. Puppies need it all; housetraining, obedience training, and a lifetime commitment.
     Our job, is healing & match making. When we finally make a choice, we've made the drive to someone's home, done our house check, paperwork, and taken a departing picture of our rescued animal, we say our goodbye's and drive away. Most of us cry a little, not always because we are sad, but because we saved a life.  Our job is complete. They will be missed, but we move on to the next one, for there are thousands just waiting for someone to rescue them. Waiting for someone to save them from the cold, frightening shelters, death row and the inevitable & foreboding death needle or far worse, in some states in America, the gas chamber.
 
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Sally Snacks
Sally Snacks
 
 Sally Snacks is a great healthy treat for your dog. Sally Snacks are available to purchase on Amazon. Don't forget to use Amazon Smile
and select LBWF as your charity of choice!   
Nzymes
Nzyme products
Nzymes is a staple company in our cancer prevention work and highly recommended pet care for you and all your companion animals. I use it on all our rescue dogs and have seen the most miraculous results. I encourage you to use the 10% gift discount right now by ordering through their phone line (877-816-6500) and requesting a "Linda Blair Special" discount on their nzymes products. Please visit https://www.nzymes.com/ to read more about these amazing products.
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