Company acquires several new locations throughout NYC
New York, NY - AKC Pet Care LLC is pleased to announce that it has acquired all of SPOT Canine Club’s locations. The acquired facilities are located throughout the New York metropolitan area—Tribeca, Chelsea, Upper West Side, Midtown West, and the Upper East Side. Additionally, the company has relationships with two residential onsite amenity spaces – the SKY building and Mercedes House, both luxury buildings.
The SPOT locations add to the newly launched AKC Canine Retreat where dogs experience a new level of care tailored to their individual needs and temperament. All of Canine Retreat’s professional staff is trained in the most up-to-date care and training methods established by the American Kennel Club. This rapid expansion occurs just three short months after the successful opening of the AKC Canine Retreat facility in the VIA 57 NYC.
AKC Canine Retreat aims to create the ultimate dog experience and serve dogs better with extensively trained staff who are experts in breed behavior, using positive reinforcement training and leveraging AKC Canine Good Citizen® Evaluators to help dogs become good city dwellers.
Both AKC Canine Retreat and SPOT Canine Club offer daycare, boarding, training, walking and grooming and bathing services.
“SPOT Canine Club is a well-respected brand in the pet care space,” said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of AKC Pet Care LLC. “We are excited to expand our business and create a strong foundation on which we can continue to provide the best-in-class pet care.”
Alexandra Aleskovsky, EVP and Chief Growth Officer of the AKC has observed, “The pet care industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. This venture is the next logical step in AKC Pet Care’s becoming a powerful entity in that space. It is exciting that the AKC Pet Care brand is building a bigger and stronger business, while providing a valuable service to dog owners in the New York Metropolitan area.”
AKC Pet Care LLC, will invest in existing locations to update them into industry leading facilities.
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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Talkin' Pets News
June 24, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services
Producer - Daisy Charlotte
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire State Director, HSUS, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/24/17 at 5pm EST to dicuss the Mansion of Cruelty
Dave Merrick from Neutricks will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/24/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away Neutricks
Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire State Director, HSUS, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/24/17 at 5pm EST to dicuss the Mansion of Cruelty FeaturedWritten by Super User
I was on the ground with the Animal Rescue Team and what we found was unimaginable: 84 Great Danes had been living in and around a 15,000-square-foot home in New Hampshire, walls smeared with feces and wooden floors thick with their waste.
What our Animal Rescue Team accomplished on that rainy, dreary day was extraordinary...
...I witnessed remarkable teamwork as four of our Animal Rescue Team members tag-teamed to remove seven huge dogs from cages in a room filled with ammonia fumes and no ventilation. After dealing with one dog, the handler would get some fresh air while another rescuer went in to get the next dog.
...I watched the leader of our Animal Rescue Team, Sára Varsa, think fast when faced with a huge dilemma. Some of the dogs were literally too large for the largest cages we had. Even though we had three huge trucks, Sára knew we needed more. She made a quick call and before you know it -- horse trucks were delivered to the scene. Over and over she was met with variables and, with her team, found a solution.
From 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., our Animal Rescue Team worked tirelessly to save all of the dogs from this horrible situation. And by midnight, every dog was in a warm pile of shavings, fed and asleep in a safe place.
It’s only with the support of generous animal lovers like you that this lifesaving work is possible. Please make an emergency donation to save more animals who are suffering from cruelty.
All of the dogs have now received full veterinary exams, but they will continue to need ongoing care to address a range of medical conditions and to receive enrichment and training.
It’s heartwarming to see that these sweet dogs are already getting much more comfortable being around people -- regaining trust, despite everything they have gone through.
Senior Vice President, Programs & Innovations
Dave Merrick from Neutricks will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/24/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away Neutricks FeaturedWritten by Super User
Neutricks and Neutricks for Cats are an exciting new approach to healthy brain aging for the senior pet wellness market.
Based on the success of the protein “apoaequorin” (originally discovered in jellyfish) in canine trials, Neutricks developed two new supplements to support your pet’s cognitive health with a unique approach for both dogs and cats. Neutricks for Dogs has been formulated as a tasty chewable tablet that dogs love. Neutricks for Cats is available in a great tasting fish flavored sprinkle.
Neutricks is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel supplements to provide support during age-related changes in memory, cognitive performance and related issues of aging pets. The Company’s first product, Neutricks brand dietary supplement (apoaequorin), is now available for sale by veterinarians. Neutricks is backed by research that shows it helps support brain cell health.
Just like people, animals can experience mild memory problems associated with aging. A pet that seems strangely distant, confused, or disoriented, may be a candidate. More than 28 million pets (dogs and cats) in the U.S. have canine mild memory issues. Independent research and veterinarian testimonials have reported that Neutricks® has positive benefits on animals with mild memory issues. As veterinary care increases the life span of our pets, the senior pet wellness market will grow. The pet-nutritional market was valued at $2.1 billion dollars in 2007 and 43% of this figure is from the sale of pet supplements alone. Sales of pet supplements are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2012. There is growing demand for new and effective products to meet the needs of older pets.
Better primary medical care has led to longer-lived dogs and cats, and a subsequent increase in the prevalence of senior mild memory issues. In a study at the University of California-Davis, 62% of 11- to 16-year-old dogs showed signs in at least one category of memory impairment. In a survey of pet owners, nearly half of dogs age 8 and older showed at least one sign associated with mild memory problems. The Veterinary Journal published a recent study of pets seen by veterinarians in whom they estimated that 14.2 percent of older pets presented with mild memory problems yet only 1.9% were addressing the problems.
Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
Transformers: The Last Knight
Paramount Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro and Huahua Media present a 149 minute, 3D, PG-13, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Michael Bay, screenplay by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway with a theater release date of June 21, 2017.
Do you Know a CANINE HERO? NOMINATE A DOG FOR AN AKC HUMANE FUND AWARD FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE! FeaturedWritten by Super User
New York, NY – To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane FundSM is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are now open and winners will be announced in fall 2017.
Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community. Since its creation in 2000, 85 ACE awards have been presented to dogs of various breeds, including one mixed-breed dog, from states across the nation. Former ACE recipients have included a police K-9 who uncovered the work of a serial killer and a family pet who fought for his life after saving a seven-year-old girl from a rattlesnake, among dozens of other incredible pups.
“There are countless dogs that improve the lives of individuals and communities across the nation each and every day,” said Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and Director of the AKC Humane Fund. “These remarkable canines touch the hearts of many and deserve to be recognized for their selfless acts. We are proud to honor five of these canine heroes each year with an ACE Award.”
One award is given in each of the following five categories:
Uniformed Service K-9
Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.
Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.
Search and Rescue
Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.
Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.
Eligibility: Certified service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners. Including but not limited to guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.
**(Note: Nominees doing service or therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)
Honorees will receive an engraved sterling-silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Florida, to be honored at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in December. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to the pet-related charity of their choice. The names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE plaque on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC headquarters in New York City.
Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form. Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2017 must include:
· A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
· A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
· Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
· Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.
For more information about the ACE awards or to download a nomination form visit the AKC Humane Fund website.
Talkin' Pets News
June, 17, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/17/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the top 10 and bottom 10 pet foods on the market
Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/17/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the top 10 and bottom 10 pet foods on the market FeaturedWritten by Super User
Are We Slowly Poisoning Our Pets? Science Warns YES!
The Clean Label Project Releases Pet Food Ratings
DENVER— A new report released by Clean Label Project™—a national nonprofit focused on health and transparency in labeling—shows dangerously high levels of environmental and industrial contaminants in pet foods across the industry. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including arsenic, once known as a primary ingredient in rat poison; cadmium, the active component in battery acid; as well as pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and other fatal conditions in both humans and animals. The analysis also includes review of protein, fiber, fat, and ingredient label transparency.
Clean Label Project had the top selling dog and cat food products tested—both wet and dry—and dog and cat treats, as reported by Nielsen for 2016. The organization had over 900 products tested from 74 brands.
The report lists the top and bottom 10 products for each category and notes overall trends. Every product tested is displayed on cleanlabelproject.org/petfood with a rating of one, three or five stars so consumers can look up the products they purchase—and make informed purchasing decisions based on science rather than marketing terms and manufacturer supplied data.
Clean Label Project found lead in some pet food at 16 times the concertation of lead in Flint, Michigan’s tainted drinking water. And arsenic in concentrations of 555 times higher than the maximum contaminant level for human drinking water set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Companies may be unaware these chemicals are in their products, as many of these tests are not routine or required—but that doesn’t make the presence of these toxins any less dangerous,” says Jackie Bowen, Clean Label Project executive director. “The rapid expansion of manufacturing and outsourcing has made an impact on the purity of not just pet food, but all food—and the only way to fix it is to increase awareness and demand action.”
Clean Label Project’s study reveals the significant disconnect between what pet product consumers believe they are paying for and the products they actually receive. Many of the claims made on product labels are not regulated. Terms like “human-grade,” “highest quality ingredients” and “natural” are open to interpretation by consumers and brands. Despite the premium consumers are often willing to pay for products with these labels, Clean Label Project found that price is not a reliable indicator of purity.
The long-term exposure to low, medium and—in some cases—extremely high levels of toxins identified in the report is cause for serious concern. Though little research has been done on the impacts of these toxins to companion animals, there are well established connections between long-term exposure to these elements and the incidence of cancer and other deadly diseases in humans and laboratory animals.
All the products Clean Label Project evaluates are blind tested by Ellipse Analytics, an accredited independent chemistry lab—and results are verified by two additional labs through random testing. Blind data is then analyzed by Clean Label Project’s Technical Advisory Board of veterinarians, statisticians, epidemiologists and food safety scientists before being published.
All of the products tested were purchased online or off store shelves. The 74 brands tested are 9 lives, Acana, American Farms, Artemis, Authority, Bil-Jac, Blue Dog Bakery, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Canine Carry Outs, Catswell, Cesar, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Dingo, Dog for Dog, Dogswell, Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Feline Holistic Select, Freshpet, Fromm, Full Moon, Goodlife, Gravy Trains, Greenies, Halo, Henne Pet Food, Hill’s Science Diet, Hi-Tek Rations, Holistic Select, I and Love and You, Iams, Just Food for Dogs, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Lotus, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety, Newman’s Own, Nudges, Nulo, Nunn-Better, NutriSource, Nutro, Old Mother Hubbard, Open Farm, Orijen, Pedigree, Petcurean, Pounce, Premium Edge, Primal Pet Food, Professional +, Pup-Peroni, Purina, Rachel Ray Nutrish, SmallBatch Pets, Smart Bones, Snausages, Sojos, Solid Gold, Stella and Chewy’s, The Honest Kitchen, Three Dog Bakery, Timberwolf, TruDog, Wellness and Whiskas.
The product ratings are available for free at cleanlabelproject.org/petfood.
About Clean Label Project
Clean Label Project’s mission is to educate the public so they can make informed choices every time they shop. It accomplishes this by using scientific data to identify toxins and verify nutritional value in consumer products and sharing this information directly with consumers. Clean Label Project also believe it’s important to understand what kinds of contaminants it tests for and the potential effects, and includes education as a core initiative. Its website is cleanlabelproject.org.
Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws
47 Meters Down
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Tea Shop & Film Company and Dimension Films present an 89 minute, PG-13, Horror, Thriller, directed by Johnannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.