Crazy for kitties? Or do dogs make your tail wag? Are you ready for a best canine friend forever, or a meow-ing, purring friend? Thanks to veterinarian, Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and National Geographic Kids books, there are (2) incredible guides; Cat Breed Guide and Dog Breed Guide to help you decide. Each book provides a complete reference to your purrrrrr-fect feline companion or canine fur-ever friend and are perfect for cat and dog-loving kids, as well as excellent resources for families who are bringing home their first four-legged family member.
Some questions to be asked to Dr. Gary Weitzman during interview on Talkin' Pets
Book #1: National Geographic Kids: Dog Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to Your Best Friend Fur-Ever
* Did you know that the Great Dane can weigh up to 190 pounds? It's one of the biggest dogs in the world. What's one of the smallest? The Alaskan klee kai. Growing up to only nine pounds, this is one petite pint-size pooch! Big or small, active or couch potato, fluffy or wirehaired, a designer breed or mixed breed -- there is pooch to fit every lifestyle.
* From dachshunds to Dalmatians and poodles to pugs, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of more than 400 different dog breeds.
* Which dogs make great family dogs, which are the most exotic and what breeds are the laziest? Each profile includes the breed's "dog stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, exercise needs, and "K-9 qualities."
* From Wolf to Woof – how a breathtaking evolutionary leap resulted in the creation of the adorable, domesticated pups of today.
* Factors to consider to ensure sure you are choosing the right dog for your family
* You’ve picked the pooch! Now what? Tips for selecting a vet, puppy proofing and tips for the best gear to buy
* How to speak dog –understanding behavior by looking at the eyes, ears, mouth, tail and overall body posture of your favorite pup
* Plus - dogs in popular culture, dog ancestry, dogs with jobs, and so much more.
Book #2: National Geographic Kids: Cat Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to your Purr-Fect Best Friend
* Did you know that historians think American shorthairs are the descendants of cats that came to America on the Mayflower? Or that one of the newer cat breeds is called the toyger? It looks just like a toy-size--you guessed it--tiger!
* From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds and Gary can talk about important "cat stats” like each breeds country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, and cat-titude.
* Love heroic tales? Not all cats wear capes fearless felines abound – including the cat who blasted off into space in 1963, the seeing-eye kitty and Monty the alarm cat.
* Preparing for a feline friend – breeder vs rescue, tips for making the first few days with your new friend a success, Including meeting the family, cat care and the low don on litter boxes and what should be on YOUR cat sitter’s checklist.
MORE ABOUT DR. GARY WEITZMAN:
Prior to joining San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Weitzman served as Medical Director, and then President of the Washington Animal Rescue League. He led that urban shelter through a period of growth and established its national reputation as a resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues.
Dr. Weitzman served in the U.S. Air Force and owned an animal hospital in Burlingame, California. He earned a double BA in Biology and English from Colby College, a master’s degree in international Public Health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He also serves on the board of Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses. For more information about Dr. Weitzman and San Diego Humane Society, please visit sdhumane.org.
Talkin' Pets News
August 31, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Daisey Charlotte
Network Producer - Andrew Moersche
Social Media - Bob Page
Talkin' Pets News
August 10, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr Adriana O - Wellswood Animal Hospital - Tampa, FL
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Andrew D. Moerschel
Social Media/Production - Bob Page
Special Guests - Janet Vorwald Dohner author of "The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/10/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book
Alice De Almeida, Executive Assistant Algonquin Hotel - 630pm ET - 10 minute discussion on Hamlet's recent fashion show and fundraiser in NYC
The “Cat”-Walk is Ready: The Algonquin Hotel’s Annual Cat Fashion Show and Fundraiser Benefiting the
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Cats will prance down the runway in this paws-itively fabulous fashion event celebrating Hamlet The Algonquin Cat, while raising money to help their furry friends.
NEW YORK (July 1, 2019) – Tickets are now available for The Algonquin Hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1 to raise money for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. The event will bring together the city’s most fashionable felines to strut their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits that coincide with this year’s theme of “It’s a Small World.” It also celebrates Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.
The spectacle will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts; a silent auction featuring a variety of kitty-centric items; an on-site mobile adoption unit in front of the hotel that day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and of course NYC cats hitting the catwalk in opulent threads designed by legendary pet fashion designer Ada Nieves. Human guests are encouraged to wear their most eccentric, feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the un-fur-gettable night on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.
Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a nonprofit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. A raffle will raise additional funds throughout the evening, with prizes including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, pet lifestyle expert and author Sandy Robins.
Additional information, including an online silent auction and tickets can be found by visiting hamlet.givesmart.com. Hi-res imagery of the fashionable felines from last year’s event can be downloadedhere.
ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT
For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 12 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes eight Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Hamlet began his residence in July 2017.
Today, Hamlet is looked after by the hotel’s chief cat officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks him special meals on holidays. Hamlet receives fan mail and gifts constantly from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and can also be reached via e-mail.
The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.
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Talkin' Pets News
July 13, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media/Production - Bob Page
Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro - Sales Director Green Gobbler 20% Vinegar Weed Killer
Mystified by your moggies? Perplexed by your pedigrees?
The One Minute Cat Manager – Sixty Seconds to feline Shangri-La
by Kac Young explains how just one minute can transform your relationship with your cat.
This new book suggests 60-second techniques that anyone can practise with their cat. With expert insight into the inner workings of the feline mind, and analysis of cat behaviour, it will help to facilitate a deeper understanding, and stronger bond with your chosen feline friend.
Often, people pass up the opportunity to rescue a cat because they believe they don’t have the time to care for a pet. The One Minute Cat Manager shows how employing certain 60-second techniques can make cat care easy for all, and demonstrates the rewards that unconditional cat-love can bring, creating a bond that will last a lifetime. Specially commissioned illustrations enhance and inform the text.
Whether you are a new or experienced cat owner, Kac Young’s insights will help the reader develop quick and easy ways to become a confident cat parent who understands why cats behave as they do, and what you can do to make them happy.
About the author
Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She is the author of 12 books and is active on behalf of animal rights and fostering, and preserving women's rights.
The One Minute Cat Manager is published in May 2019 by Hubble & Hattie (July in the USA), an imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd, RRP: £10.99 $13.99 USA, $18.99 Canada.
Format Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • 112 pages • 56 b&w pictures
Published DUE May 2018
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network and Universal Animation Studios present a PG, 86 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val and characters by Brian Lynch with a theater release date of June 7, 2019.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2019 – The American Humane Rescue team, first to serve in saving and sheltering animals for more than 100 years, has deployed with a veterinarian, trained swift and floodwater responders, rescue boats, critical medical and sheltering supplies, and one of its giant 50-foot animal rescue vehicles to save animals caught in the deadly Oklahoma floods.
The American Humane Rescue team responded at the official request of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and is now engaged in search-and-rescue and flood/slack water operations, assisting both companion animals and farm animals in need. The team has been navigating the floodwaters in the Muskogee area, saving multiple cats and dogs alongside the fire department and Code 3 Associates, Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders, Muskogee Animal Control and Sheltering, and the Humane Emergency Animal Response Team.
American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has a long history of helping animals in Oklahoma. The group deployed following devastating flooding in Tulsa in 1984, a tornado outbreak in 1999, and the devastating 2013 EF-5 tornado in Moore, after which the team spent more than a month rescuing, sheltering, and reuniting hundreds of animals. On the third anniversary of the Moore tornado, American Humane, with funding from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Donner Foundation, placed a giant, new 50-foot animal emergency vehicle in Oklahoma City. That vehicle, which carries a contingent of highly trained rescue experts, boats, and lifesaving medical supplies donated by Zoetis Petcare.
As emergency responders continue to help people and animals, pet owners need to know that even though the storm has passed, the dangers have not. Here, for all those affected by the flooding, are some important tips from the experts on the American Humane Rescue team:
After the storm
- Make sure the storm has fully passed before going outside and assess damage before allowing children or animals out.
- Keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier, and children close at hand. Displaced objects and fallen trees can disorient pets and sharp debris could harm them.
- Give pets time to become re-oriented. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and cause a pet to become confused or lost.
- Keep kids and animals away from hazards such as downed power lines and water that may be contaminated.
- Uncertainty and change in the environment affect animals, presenting new stresses and dangers. Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective. Be sensitive to these changes and keep more room between them, other animals, children or strangers. Animals need comforting, too. Comfort your pet with kind words and lots of pats or hugs. If possible, provide a safe and quiet environment, even if it is not their own home.
“Storms like these can be deadly for pets who are separated from their families,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of American Humane. “It is important that every person and pet parent heed these lifesaving tips in the aftermath of this destructive storm. We are working to help all of our friends in Oklahoma to stay safe in this disaster.”
To support the American Humane Rescue team’s lifesaving work, please visit: www.AmericanHumane.org/oklahoma-rescue.
PHOTO CAPTION FOR ATTACHED PICTURE: “The American Humane Rescue team, Code 3 Associates, and firefighters from Webber’s Falls saving animals caught in the deadly Oklahoma floods”
PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Morton for American Humane
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877, and the first to serve animals in disasters and cruelty cases. Visit American Humane at www.americanhumane.org today.
About the American Humane Rescue program
The American Humane Rescue program was created in 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War to save war horses wounded on the battlefields of World War I Europe. Since then, Red Star has been rescuing animals of every kind and have been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, the Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Japanese and Haitian earthquakes, Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Maria and Michael, and the California wildfires. The American Humane Rescue team saved, sheltered and fed more than 600,000 animals in the past year alone.
On behalf of the Universal Pictures release of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, we want you to share the secret life of your pet by uploading a photo and adding a funny message about your pet’s ‘secret life.’
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 opens nationwide on Friday, June 7.
[Wyckoff, NJ; Hillsborough, NJ; May 7, 2019] Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are proud to announce the two recipients of the 2019 joint scholarships for clinical practice and clinical research scientist. Both organizations believe in a future where the advancement of feline medicine is commonplace across veterinary practices. Toward that vision, they support veterinary students who focus on feline clinical practice and research science, which are vital to feline health and welfare.This year’s recipients show exceptional promise: Laurel Krause, a junior at Colorado State University, was awarded the clinical research scientist scholarship; Summer Marsh, a senior at Colorado State University, was awarded the clinical practice scholarship.
Ms. Krause is planning to complete a small animal rotating internship in Southern California and intends to specialize in small animal internal medicine with special interest in geriatric feline medicine and endoscopy. She says, “Cats are the entire package: cute, goofy, soft, sweet, independent, loyal…the list goes on! My life is much richer with my feline friends. This award is a true honor and encourages me to continue pursuing excellence in feline medicine. As a student, this support from the feline practitioner community welcomes me to the profession and means that throughout my career, I will work to give back much more than I have been given.”
Ms. Marsh has always dreamed of working with cats and has held many community events in support of feline care. After graduation, she will work for a small animal veterinarian at Firgrove Veterinary Hospital in Puyallup, WA, where she will continue her passion of advocating for cats. She says she loves cats “because every cat is a different puzzle. Cats are so intelligent, and I love forming a connection with them and showing them trust and safety in going to the vet. I often speak to them in ‘meow’ language, and I am endlessly intrigued by their strong, diverse personalities. This award is a huge honor to me because I have devoted so much of my heart to caring for cats, and I am thankful that I will continue to help cats every day of my career.”
“Both Laurel and Summer have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills that have led to many early accomplishments; their zealous pursuit of understanding the unique needs of cats through science will open many doors to them as veterinarians and to the welfare of cats. We aim to support and highlight their enthusiasm for feline medicine so that others will continue on the same path,” said Julie Legred, Executive Director of Winn.
In 2016, the Boards of Directors of both Winn and the AAFP approved the development and implementation of a joint scholarship offered by the two leading feline-dedicated organizations. After an unprecedented number of applicants and positive feedback from veterinary education programs, the boards decided to continue offering this opportunity, expanding the selection to two recipients in the categories of clinical practice and clinical research scientist. The application process prompts students to answer two essay questions explaining their specific interest and background in feline health and welfare, as well as their plans for future participation in feline medicine. Recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are selected based on individual academic achievement, strong leadership, and deep dedication to the study of feline medicine, health, and welfare. For more information, visit: catvets.com.
“We are all impressed by the lifelong passion both Laurel and Summer have shown for cats. This is apparent even in the early stages of their careers where their focus and dedication on advancing feline health and welfare is remarkable,” said Heather O’Steen, CAE and Chief Executive Officer of the AAFP. She continues, “Their passion for clinical research and clinical practice, respectively, has already led to phenomenal success. We’re excited about what they will bring to the future of feline medicine and research.”
The AAFP and Winn are both dedicated to advancing and enhancing standards in feline care. AAFP has numerous resources for veterinary students, such as discounts to the AAFP Annual Conference, and practical resources housed in the Student Center on its website, which includes complimentary webinars and a toolkit for veterinary students. The toolkit contains materials to help veterinary students embrace a feline perspective and obtain further knowledge about the standards needed to elevate care for cats. Winn also offers various educational resources on its website, including the Cat Health News Blog, educational articles, podcasts, videos, and an annual continuing educational symposium. Information regarding research grant awards and cat health study findings are also available on the website or through subscribing to the monthly e-newsletter. Other educational opportunities from Winn and the AAFP can also be found on each website.
About Winn Feline Foundation
Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded over $6.5 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians by providing educational resources that improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Grants are awarded at least twice yearly with the help of the foundation’s expert review panel. For further information, go to www.winnfelinefoundation.org.
About the American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine. As a trusted leader in the veterinary community, the AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record for facilitating high standards of practice and providing educational resources to veterinary teams, including guidelines for practice excellence and an annual conference. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinary professionals to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program (catvets.com/cfp/veterinary-professionals) was created to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to reduce the stress of the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and the veterinary team and provide veterinary practices with the tools and resources to elevate the standard of care provided to cats. With the belief that cat caregivers are instrumental to feline health and welfare, the AAFP launched catfriendly.com, a consumer-focused reliable educational resource powered by feline veterinarians branded Cat Friendly Homes. This educational resource is tailored to the needs of cat caregivers who want to provide the very best care for their cat and is accompanied by a monthly newsletter, The Cat Column, as well as educational content on Facebook and Instagram.