LOCAL HEROES HONORED AT OVER 15 ADVANCE SCREENINGS
OF DISNEY’S “THE LONE RANGER” ACROSS THE U.S.
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Burbank, Calif. (June 26, 2013) — Disney announced today that on Monday night, June 24, local heroes were honored at 15+ special advance screenings around the country as part of a 60+ nationwide screening program executed in conjunction with The Lone Ranger Ride for Justice campaign. Armie Hammer, who plays John Reid aka The Lone Ranger in Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger,” opening July 3, made a surprise appearance at the New York screening to award plaques to two local heroes, FDNY EMT Brendon Hernandez and Vietnam Veteran Sgt. Israel “Jorge” Lugo of the Bronx Vet Center.
Hernandez was also recognized recently by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as one of the two heroic EMTs who recently disarmed a deranged man who wrestled a gun away from a NYPD policeman and used it to shoot another officer outside of Harlem Hospital. Lugo is a hero to heroes, having served two tours in Vietnam and dedicated his time thereafter serving his fellow veterans in need by actively volunteering in services that are available to them with regard to health, jobs and housing and also visiting veterans in nursing homes across New York City.
The Lone Ranger Ride for Justice kicked off on June 12 to celebrate local heroes and organizations that stand for justice, integrity and righteousness in their communities. Fans nominated their local heroes and 15 fan screenings were held across the country to honor the chosen local heroes in each of these markets: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Detroit and San Antonio.
In addition to Hernandez and Lugo, other local heroes honored on Monday night include Vietnam War Veteran and humanitarian Arturo Cuevas (Los Angeles), Shakira, the hero dog (San Francisco), John Gordon and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (Chicago), Vince DiSanto and the entire King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company (Philadelphia), Regainne Georges of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (Miami), Dr. Maura Iversen, Chair of the Northeastern Physical Therapy program whose students assisted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon (Boston), Hector Guzman, a veteran who helped clean up after hurricane Katrina (Houston), Gino Mojica of Doraville Police Department (Atlanta), Officer Paul Chavez of the Phoenix Police Department (Phoenix), Desmond Fulton and the Denver Fire Department (Denver), Michael Waldrop, veteran, Purple Heart recipient and Founder of Camaraderie Foundation (Orlando), Robert Norris & Jonathan Moore, founders of 2 Men and a Truck who supplied relief aid for those affected by recent tornado damage (Oklahoma City), Sheriff Deputy Brian Behrend (Detroit) and San Antonio Fire Department (San Antonio).
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.
“The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.
SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 12, 2013) – Stolen from his parked car last August, in Jacksonville, Florida, Adalida, the Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix therapy dog owned and loved by an Iraqi war veteran, is still missing. While helping his mother with groceries, Sgt. Kenneth Chambers spent only four minutes away from his best friend, only to return to the car and find her gone. Pet theft has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, but this particular theft is more heartbreaking than most, as Sgt. Chambers suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) and Adalida is his therapy dog.
After being designated an official diagnosis in 2010, PTSD affects many returning soldiers serving in combat zones, and therapy dogs have been credited with aiding the healing process the vets must go through to overcome this illness.
After Adalida's disappearance, Chambers passed out countless fliers, posted signs on his truck, created a Facebook page and took out a billboard. Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization based in New York, is dedicated to the rescue and aid of all animals in need, and the therapy dogs are no exception. The rescue group is also offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads up to her safe return.
“For veterans suffering from PTSD, they are very dependent on their therapy dogs to maintain their daily lives,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are going to do everything possible to get Adalida back to Kenny.”
It's been almost a year since she's been gone, but Chambers is still just as determined to have her back, and Guardians of Rescue is stepping up to make this happen. "She's more than a dog and is my heart and soul,” he says. She is his best friend and he credits her with saving his life, a relationship that many vets suffering from PTSD attest to.
Sue Perry, a former law enforcement officer and current licensed private detective in Florida, where Adalida went missing, has been secured by the Guardians of Rescue. Together with the Guardians "Watchdog" program, she will serve as lead investigator of municipal animal shelters in the U.S. to solve this case.
"I just want my dog back,” says the distraught Chambers, and Guardians of Rescue is doing everything they can to make that happen.
Guardians of Rescue, is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians “Watchdogs” is a recently implemented program to investigate municipal animal shelters nationwide to uncover cruelty and animal abuse. Guardians also founded Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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Award-winning children’s picture book teaches children to count to ten with the help of Gracie, the amazing golden retriever.
A variety of greeting cards featuring Gracie followed, and Harrison soon envisioned a larger project. Since kids love dogs, and because canines are so beneficial in many areas of education and therapy, Harrison was certain Gracie would be "the perfect goofball star of a children’s book." You Can Count on Gracie is the happy result. This uniquely imaginative journey through the land of one through ten offers bright, bold, humor-filled compositions alongside nimble rhyming verses that Harrison designed to "bring children and their parents together in laughter and an interactive learning experience as they discover how to count to ten." From hats and carrots to books and fish to shoes and butterflies and more, Gracie stands at the ready to help children learn their numbers. Harrison quips, "A nose for fun and a sweet, smiling face – get ready to count with the amazing Ms. Grace!" For its memorable combination of entertainment and education resulting in high quality rhymes, appealing humor, and eye-catching compositions, You Can Count on Gracie was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Children’s Picture Book category (ages seven and under). AUTHOR: A graduate of Penn State University with a fine arts degree in print making, Joan Harrison has chosen digital photography to express her creative vision. Aside from her freelance photography work, she also performs as the banjo player and lead singer for the bluegrass band "Too Blue." She resides in upstate New York with her husband Brian, a sweet, sassy Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rosie, a golden retriever puppy named Patsy, and of course Gracie.
"Designed to help youngsters learn to count, each page features a colorful and cleverly staged photo of Gracie, Joan's picturesque golden retriever, with easily identifiable objects for young readers to find...The photography is striking, and Miss Gracie exudes an approachable personality that kids will love." ~ John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
While caring for her aging parents, dog lover and first-time children’s book author Joan Harrison found a creative outlet in digital photography. Since her golden retriever Gracie was always at her side, Harrison used Gracie as a model as she honed her lighting and compositional skills.
A variety of greeting cards featuring Gracie followed, and Harrison soon envisioned a larger project. Since kids love dogs, and because canines are so beneficial in many areas of education and therapy, Harrison was certain Gracie would be "the perfect goofball star of a children’s book."
You Can Count on Gracie is the happy result. This uniquely imaginative journey through the land of one through ten offers bright, bold, humor-filled compositions alongside nimble rhyming verses that Harrison designed to "bring children and their parents together in laughter and an interactive learning experience as they discover how to count to ten."
From hats and carrots to books and fish to shoes and butterflies and more, Gracie stands at the ready to help children learn their numbers. Harrison quips, "A nose for fun and a sweet, smiling face – get ready to count with the amazing Ms. Grace!"
For its memorable combination of entertainment and education resulting in high quality rhymes, appealing humor, and eye-catching compositions, You Can Count on Gracie was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Children’s Picture Book category (ages seven and under).
AUTHOR: A graduate of Penn State University with a fine arts degree in print making, Joan Harrison has chosen digital photography to express her creative vision. Aside from her freelance photography work, she also performs as the banjo player and lead singer for the bluegrass band "Too Blue." She resides in upstate New York with her husband Brian, a sweet, sassy Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rosie, a golden retriever puppy named Patsy, and of course Gracie.
Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Productions present an animated, 102 minute, 3D, PG, family adventure, directed by Chris Wedge, written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember with a theater release date of May 24, 2013.
Aïkiou Dog Bowl Takes a New Approach in Solving Weight and Behavior Problems Associated with Domestic Pets
With pet obesity and weight problems on the rise, AÏkiou (IQ) Company takes in a new approach. With it's bowl already described as a new revolution in pet feeding by most of the behaviorists, Aïkiou is creating a new trend. These bowls called food activity centers not only reduce the chance of weight problems, it also helps cats and dogs to calm themselves by having a healthy food searching experience.
Distributions Aikiou Inc. of Mascouche, Canada is taking a new approach to pet obesity and behavior related problems by creating the future in pet food activity centers. These dog bowls are designed for fun and as a healthy alternative to their regular dog bowl.
“As we all know, dogs and cats have to find their food in nature, this activity is part of their natural behavior. With domestication, we improved the lives of those pets with our standards but forgot about their natural needs, food search being one of them.“ says creator Kathleen Desrosiers.
The goal of the company is to create a full line of products designed to help pets in houses control their behavior and weight. Using these products should contribute to lower the costs associated with having a pet. It is said that overweight dogs and cats are more at risk of developing problems such as diabetes, bone problems, heart disease, liver and digestive disorders.
The overweight animals will find in The Aïkiou a solution to their problem. By having to spend more time finding their food, they will learn to eat more slowly and will find satiety more quickly, what will contribute in helping them maintaining a healthy weight. This will also help reduce the costs associated with these disease in many households.
With these bowls intended for regular use that work like puzzle toys as recommended by pet behaviorists and the ASPCA. Pets will have to use their nose and brain to search for their food in order to prevent boredom and excess energy, two known reason for behavior problems in dogs. It will help them find the motivation that they would usually have in nature and help solve many anxiety problems that most of today’s dogs have to face.
About Distributions Aïkiou
Distributions Aïkiou is a Canadian company founded by Kathleen Desrosiers, co owner of the company. The goal of the company is to develop new products based on the interaction of the animals with their environment. Started in 2008, it released the first of a new generation of feeders with in mind the fact that animals need to use their mind as much as we do to have a life full of new experiences.
FilmDistrict, TriStar Pictures and Ghost House Pictures present a 91 minute, R rated, remake horror film directed by Fede Alvarez with screenplay by Alvarez and Diablo Cody with a theater release date of April 5, 2013.
Born Free USA to reimburse family for veterinary bills
Washington, D.C., March 21, 2013 -- The family of “Skeeter,” an eight year old chocolate Labrador mix in Millington, Tennessee, is the latest recipient of financial support from Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
Earlier this month, the Wilson family’s dog was playing with another neighbor's dogs when all three dogs ran onto another neighbor’s property where Skeeter was caught in a leghold trap that had been allegedly put out by the property owner with the intent of catching the dogs, who he believed were harassing his chickens.
Skeeter, who was wearing a collar with identification, was then shot at point blank range in the head by the property owner – a local fireman. Mr. Wilson was allegedly not allowed to retrieve Skeeter until authorities arrived. Skeeter was still alive and rushed to a local vet. It was determined he could not be saved and he was euthanized.
According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Born Free USA receives dozens of heartbreaking reports from traumatized victims around the country who have seen their own pet trapped and severely injured or killed by a trap that was set for wildlife. But this is the first time we have encountered a situation where a domestic dog was actually the intended victim. The fact that Skeeter was then shot makes this tragic tale even more despicable.”
According to Bill Wilson, "Skeeter was a fantastic dog - well trained and worth a million dollars to me. I just wish I was half the person he thought I was. We are so grateful to Born Free USA with their assistance in covering Skeeter's veterinary costs. His loss is one from which we'll never fully recover, but knowing there are groups out there fighting the injustice of trapping gives us hope that another family might not have to suffer this kind of cruel loss."
Born Free is providing financial relief via its Trapping Victims Fund in the amount of $180.50 for the exam and X-rays and eventual euthanasia of Skeeter. The Fund was established last year and this is the fifth recipient. Born Free USA established the Fund to help defray emergency veterinary care costs for companion animals or wildlife impacted by traps and for specific costs associated with rehabilitating and releasing a wildlife trapping victim back into the wild.
Born Free USA estimates that over 300,000 non-target animals are the unintended victims of body-crushing wildlife traps and snares set each year. Cats and dogs are often severely injured or killed as a result of the remorseless jaws of traps set for wild animals by trappers who plan to capture them and strip their fur. Born Free USA says that for every target animal trapped an estimated two non-target animals are brutally captured. The organization keeps a database at www.bornfreeusa.org/databse, of non-target victims of traps.
Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at: www.bornfreeusa.org; twitter twitter.com/bornfreeusa; Facebook facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.
(Feb. 27, 2013)—The Humane Society of the United States has chosen Uggie, the world famous, scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier from last year’s Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” to be the spokesdog for its Pets of Valor Award.
The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need. Acclaimed for his portrayal of a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in “The Artist,” Uggie is uniquely qualified for his spokesdog duties and he will help announce the winner on June 2.
“Uggie’s honored to have been chosen by The Humane Society of the United States to be spokesdog for The Pets of Valor Award, although he did hesitate at first when he heard that cats were to be included, but now he likes the idea of having an excuse to bark for them, instead of at them,” says Omar Von Muller, Uggie’s owner and trainer.
Uggie has a best-selling autobiography (“Uggie – My Story”) to his credit, as well as the distinction of being the first dog to have his pawprints memorialized outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But now the mega star pooch, who was adopted by Von Muller after his first family rejected him for being “too wild,” is using his fame to shine the light on his unsung fellow companion animal heroes and to encourage pet adoption.
“It’s always gratifying when a star of Uggie’s magnitude takes time out of his busy schedule to give back. As spokesdog for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, Uggie proves he’s a hero both on and off screen by advocating for the adoption of his fellow companion animals,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach.
Uggie is calling on all humans to nominate dogs and cats who have committed heroic acts between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 to submit details of their actions to humanesociety.org/petsofvalor. Drawing on Uggie’s insider knowledge, HSUS’ companion animal experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s valor, and the winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at humanesociety.org.
Hallmark Channel Original Series Premiere
Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C)
He skateboards! He surfs! He snowboards! And he’s…a dog? Yes! But not just any dog, of course. We’re talking about the one and only Tillman the Skateboarding Dog - known as the most popular dog in the United States - who rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C). “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story of a very special, hugely adventurous bulldog named Tillman who has a taste for outdoor recreation. The Hallmark Channel Original Series chronicles Tillman and his owner Ron as they travel the nation in search of the most spectacular, high-flying canines, while running into some celebrity guests along the way, including Betty White, Florence Henderson, Gary Sinise and many more.
Named after the great U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, Tillman the dog is described by Ron as less a bulldog and more “a ballerina, in the shape of a pot roast.” Tillman learned skateboarding because Ron’s other pooch, a Rottweiler, had a thing for small wheeled contraptions, pushing them around, but never actually riding them. However, when Tillman saw the skateboard, it was love at first ride. Ron picked up Tillman his very own board, and the rest is history. Now, man and dog have hit the road with their skateboards looking for a little decent opposition. In “Who Let the Dogs Out,” they recruit a colorful cast of the most talented hounds in America in hopes of selecting a single lucky mutt to wear the title of the country’s “Most Talented Dog.” The doggie cast travels all over the nation to meet some of the most amazing pooches who are not only talented, but also supply service to the disabled, law enforcement and military. These aren’t mere dogs, but true American heroes. At the center of it all is Tillman, whose talents on small boards will astound you. There is simply no fear in this dog when it comes to land, snow or water. Hop on and come along for the ride!