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Monday, 08 October 2018 00:00

What could be better than Christmas and Doris Day? Featured

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Dear Jon,

Can you believe it? We're getting ready for the holidays again!

The tree will need decking soon enough, so why not get ahead of the holiday rush and order the official 2018 Doris Day Animal Foundation holiday ornament today? This year's design is a DDAF favorite: Lovely Doris from her cover shoot for The Love Album, on a wintery blue ornament.  We can already hear "Silver Bells" playing in the background!

Buy one for yourself, another for a Doris Day fan or animal-loving friend!

And why stop there? We know this season is the busiest time of year for many of you. So do take this opportunity to check a few holiday gifts off your list at the DDAF online store. All profits benefit DDAF and the 4-leggers!

All our best,
The DDAF Team

 
 
 
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Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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October 6, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Producer/Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Mike Iaconelli, Host of Fish My City's on Nat Geo will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/06 at 5pm EST to discuss his new show

Historic “Yes on 13” Campaign Launched to End Dog Racing and Kate MacFall from the HSUS in Florida will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/06/18 at 630pm EST to discuss

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:00

A Star is Born Featured

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A Star is Born

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Live Nation Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures present an R rated, 135 minute, Drama, Musical, directed by Bradley Cooper with screenplay by Cooper and Eric Roth with a theatre release date of 10/05/18.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:00

Venom Featured

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Venom

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment and Pascal Pictures present a PG-13, 112 minute, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, directed by Ruben Fleischer, screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner with a theatre release date of October 5, 2018.

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NAT GEO WILD REELS IN FAMED BASS FISHERMAN MIKE IACONELLI FOR NEW URBAN FISHING SERIES

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI

Award-Winning Professional Bass Fisherman and TV Personality Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli Goes on a Global Search for the World’s Most Iconic Fish in New Six-Part Series

Fish My City With Mike Iaconelli Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c

(Washington, D.C./Los Angeles — July 25, 2018) — Even in the world’s biggest cities, you don’t need to venture far to find wildlife. Cast your reel and join Nat Geo WILD on an urban fishing adventure in new series FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI. The six-part series follows award-winning professional bass fisherman and TV personality Mike “Ike” Iaconelli (@mike_Iaconelli) on his global search for the world’s most iconic fish living alongside some of the world’s busiest concrete jungles. From Austin, Miami, New York and New Orleans to Taipei and London, Iaconelli traverses the globe’s most exotic cities, encountering fish of all shapes and sizes in the most unexpected metropolitan locations.

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9con Nat Geo WILD, and will premiere globally in 140 countries and 38 languages. For more information,visit www.natgeowild.com

During each episode, Iaconelli guides viewers on an unpredictable journey through a different major city around the world, uncovering the often-untold stories of strange and amazing fish lurking in ponds, canals, sewer systems and rivers. His mission: to catch three specific species of fish called his “bucket-list fish.” Along the way he encounters old friends and knowledgeable locals with invaluable intel, hunts down mysterious habitats and chases urban legends, all in a bid to come face-to-face with the most legendary fish species of each city. As he winds through waterways, Iaconelli showcases the magnificent fish, unearthing their history and connection to each city and exposing their behavior, biology and unique nuances.

“I grew up fishing the streams and rivers of Philadelphia and am thrilled to team up with Nat Geo WILD to showcase the amazing wildlife that most city dwellers don’t realize are living right in their own backyards,” says Iaconelli. “Each city featured in the series is its own unique adventure, with its own cultures, urban legends, local experts and incredible species. This is truly the fishing trip of a lifetime.”

ABOUT MIKE IACONELLI

Mike Iaconelli is a South Philadelphia native who now lives in New Jersey. He’s had a passion for fishing since childhood and has been competing in fishing tournaments since high school. Iaconelli has won, or come close to winning, almost every major award in tournament bass fishing, most notably the 2003 Bassmaster Classic and 2006 Angler-of-the-Year awards. 

 

Episodes include:

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Hook in the Hudson

Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli heads to New York City for the ultimate urban fishing experience in one of the greatest cities on Earth. Between the Hudson River, East River and Jamaica Bay, fishermen can find amazing fishing opportunities right in the city. On this adventure Iaconelli’s bucket-list fish include the striped bass — the most iconic fish in New York; the fluke — a master of disguise; and the bluefish — a prized gamefish famous for its fight. Will he complete his bucket list as he fishes through the Big Apple?

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: The Ragin' Cajun

Premieres Friday, Oct. 19, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli travels to New Orleans in search of three of the city’s most iconic fish species. It won’t be easy, as he must deal with a fearsome prehistoric predator that can grow to 10 feet long, challenging weather conditions and unusual events happening in the city’s flood control system. To complete his bucket list he’ll need to explore New Orleans’ many urban waterways and revisit the scene of his most important tournament win.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Fastest Fish in Miami

Premieres Friday, Oct. 26, at 10/9c

Miami is known as the Magic City, Florida is known as the fishing capital of the world and Mike Iaconelli is known for loving a great challenge. Doubling down, Iaconelli challenges himself to catch six different species of fish: three exotic species that have all traveled a long way to make themselves at home in Miami’s freshwater canals and three saltwater classics, including the fastest and one of the oldest fish living today.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Across the Pond

Premieres Friday, Nov. 2, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli travels to London in search of three of the great city’s most iconic fish species. One is a fearsome predator that will even devour birds, another is piscine royalty that is often known as “The Prince of the River” and last is a sentimental favorite that recovered from a devastating disease outbreak. To find them he must explore London’s many urban waterways and uncover this ancient city’s long fishing history.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Giants of Taipei

Premieres Friday, Nov. 9, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli is in Taiwan in search of three species of city-dwelling fish that personify this fascinating island: a drain-dwelling monster that originally escaped from fish farms, a mysterious visitor from the open seas that makes fleeting visits to the city via a watery highway, and a true monster with shark-like teeth and a reputation for biting its prey clean in half.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Austin’s City Limits

Premieres Friday, Nov. 16, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli ventures to Austin in search of three of Texas’ most amazing fish: a fish so intelligent it can outsmart the average fisherman and sneakily escape, another that is so rare it’s found nowhere else on the planet, and an enormous and incredibly secretive fish that requires days of fishing to catch. Along the way we will witness Austin’s finest lakes and rivers and discover that fishing is the perfect window into a city’s history, nature and lifeblood.

 

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI is produced by NHNZ Natural History New Zealand for Nat Geo WILD. For NHNZ, executive producers are Liz Brach and Rob Worsoff. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Pam Caragol and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+,YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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We’re NHNZ, an international production company that sees the world a little differently. Maybe that’s because we’re located on the edge of it. Based in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s south-east corner, we collaborate with some of the world's best filmmakers to make factual TV for the biggest global broadcasters. 

Over the years, we've made original content for PBS, Discovery Channels, Animal Planet, A&E Bio Channel, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channels, NHK, CCTV, Travel Channel, Arte and France Télévisions. We've also picked up over 300 awards along the way, including the Wildscreen Panda and a number of Emmy Awards. 

Now part of the Blue Ant Media family, we've been sharing some of the planet's most interesting stories for 40 years. And we're as dedicated as ever to creating programmes from a different perspective. 

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Historic “Yes on 13” Campaign Launched to End Dog Racing
Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out Greyhound Racing by 2020 Will Appear on November Ballot
TAMPA—Humane advocates will launch an historic campaign to phase out greyhound racing in Florida this morning, with a press conference at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. State Senator Dana Young, a steadfast advocate of greyhound protection issues in the legislature, will announce the campaign along with Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, campaign volunteers, and rescued greyhounds.
“Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Kate MacFall. “Thousands of dogs endure lives of confinement and substandard treatment at Florida dog tracks, and every three days a greyhound dies.”
Following the kick off, the campaign will hold thirteen grassroots meetings across the state. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 recently launched a digital campaign to inform voters about the cruelty of greyhound racing. The campaign will communicate to voters directly via a dedicated website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account.
“This will be a true grassroots campaign,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Joyce Carta. “We are confident that when Floridians see the way greyhounds suffer in this industry, they will vote Yes for the dogs.”
The campaign has chosen to make this historic announcement at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the state.
“We are proud to host this historic announcement,” said Sherry Silk, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Dogs play such an important role in our lives, we consider them family, and they deserve to be protected.”
Serious animal welfare concerns have been documented at Florida dog tracks. Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at these facilities, kept in warehouse-style kennels in rows of stacked cages for 20 to 23 hours per day. Also, according to state records, 458 greyhound deaths have been reported at Florida dog tracks since 2013.
Commercial greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states, and two-thirds of all remaining dog tracks nationwide are in Florida.
About the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign
Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is a grassroots campaign working to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is being sponsored by greyhound protection group GREY2K USA and the Humane Society of the United States. To learn more, go to ProtectDogs.org, or visit the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator since 2008, designated a Platinum Participator with GuideStar, recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, affordable veterinary services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and wellbeing of animals across Tampa Bay. HumaneSocietyTampa.org.
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Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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September 29, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register (East West Animal Hospital)

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production / Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Gary Kowalski author of "The Souls of Animals" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/29/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book

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The Souls of Animals

In this revised second edition of this celebrated book, Unitarian Universalist minister Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals: Do animals have souls? Are they aware of death and are they conscious of themselves? Do animals have an inherent capacity to recognize beauty and can they create art? Do animals experience love? Do they know right from wrong? Why do birds sing? And ultimately what do we lose in a world without animals and what does that mean for our ongoing relationship with the creatures with which we share the world?

Kowalski offers beautifully written vignettes that shed light on these questions and much more. He explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their capacity for love. By “desacrilizing” animals, Kowalski argues, we make ourselves less human. “If we are to keep our family homestead — Earth — safe for coming generations,” he writes, “we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life.” Praise for The Souls of Animals includes:

“Gary Kowalski helps us unlock the mysteries of animal spirituality. For as we have learned from the companion animals that share our lives and our homes, when we look into their eyes we see the reflection of our won humanity.”

—Kim Stallwood, Executive Director, PETA

“Gary Kowalski’s voice is one that empowers us to say in public what we have thought in private — that animals love their companions, know grief and hoy and play and create. The are truly our bothers and sisters in fur, feather and fin.”

—Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights

“This is an important book because it is so revealing of the animal soul that touches ours when we are open and receptive. In the process, our own souls are enriched.”

    Dr. Michael W. Fox, former vice president, the Humane Society of the United States

Gary Kowalski is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Burlington, VT. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School. A native of Oklahoma, he has served churches in Memphis, Tennessee, and Seattle, Washington, before moving to Burlington. He is the author of several books, including Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet, also published by New World Library.

 

The Souls of Animals

By Gary Kowalski · Preface by John Robbins · Foreword by Tom Regan

July 2007 · Animals · Trade Paper · B/W Photos

$14.00 · 160 pages · ISBN-10: 1-57731-590-1 · ISBN-13: 978-1-57731-590-2

Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Smallfoot Featured

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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Smallfoot

Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. Animation and Zaftig Films present a PG, 96 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, screenplay by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera with a theatre release date on September 28, 2018.

Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Night School Featured

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Night School

Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures and Hartbeat Productions present a PG-13, 111 minute, Comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kevin Hart and Harry Ratchford with a theatre release of September 28, 2018.

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