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Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

The 15:17 to Paris

Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Malpaso Productions present a 94 minute, PG-13, Drama, History, Thriller, directed by Clint Eastwood, screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal and based on the book by Anthony Sadler with a theatre release date of February 9, 2018.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2017 – Mankind’s best friend has been protecting us, comforting us, and giving us unconditional love for thousands of years…but you have only one week left to reward your canine companion by nominating ‘em for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. Sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast in the fall as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel, the Hero Dog Awards will close its nominations phase on March 8 at 12 pm Pacific Time.

The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. Dog owners across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of eight categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at the September 16th star-studded, red-carpet awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.

The eight categories for 2017 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program™ from Zoetis; Military Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,  Arson Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs. Following the nominations period, two dozen semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by celebrity judges and the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to eight category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2017 American Hero Dog.

Over the past six years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Lea Thompson, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.

Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for a designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.

“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this contest is our way of saluting our best friends.”

“For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us in times of need, and selflessly saved the lives of those around them,” said Mrs. Pope. “We need to recognize their extraordinary achievements and heroism, and I am pleased to serve once again for the sixth year as the platinum presenting sponsor for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. I wish all our remarkable nominees luck and look forward to reading their stories of valor and courage.”

“Hallmark Channel is proud to have the American Humane Hero Dog Awards serve as the focal point of our Pet Project,” said Bill Abbott, the President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. “The Pet Project is our on- and off-air advocacy and awareness initiative designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, shine a spotlight on the wonderful animals in shelters across the country, and promote adoption.”

Key dates for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:

  • Nominations: January 25 – March 8
  • 1st Round Voting: March 29 – May 3
  • 2nd Round Voting: May 17 – June 28
  • 3rd Round Voting: July 12 – August 30
  • American Humane Hero Dog Awards event in Los Angeles – September 16

 

Nominations for 2017 Hero Vet and Hero Vet Tech Awards Also Open Now

And because behind every hero pet there is a hero veterinarian or veterinary technician, the Hero Dog Awards once again will feature a second campaign – the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis. Until noon Pacific Time on April 6, pet owners and animal lovers across America will be invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers in these two fields, with each to be honored at the Hero Dog Awards event on September 16.  

More information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org. For more information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, please visit www.herovetawards.org. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing Mari Harner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling 1-800-227-4645.

 

Presented by the American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs;

Formal announcement at the sixth annual Hero Dog Awards® on September 10th

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2016 – There are some 2,700 dogs currently in active military service and about 700 who have been deployed overseas, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.  Like the many thousands who served in the military dating back to World War I, these courageous canines provide comfort and companionship to our troops, detect explosive devices, carry out life-saving tasks, search areas that cannot be accessed by soldiers themselves, do sentry and scout work, and even shield soldiers from flying bullets -- it is widely estimated that each military dog saves the lives of up to 150-200 service men and women.  Just as with our human warriors, these dogs get injured, even killed, in combat; many suffer emotional and psychological consequences of war, such as post-traumatic stress. But, for the most part, military dogs have not been given the credit due to them for their heroic acts on and off the battlefield.

Nationally prominent philanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane are setting out to change this and bestow upon them the honor they deserve.  They are launching a coast-to-coast effort to design the first American Military Hero Dog Monument, calling on professional and amateur artists, sculptors, designers, veterans, and even ordinary people to conceive of a permanent physical tribute honoring all military dogs for their valor.  When completed, the monument will be the first of its kind in Washington, D.C.

The effort will be formally announced at the sixth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® on September 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. 

“Dating back to the early part of the 20th Century and the service of America’s original hero war dog, Sergeant Stubby, dogs have served valiantly alongside our troops in wars and conflicts around the globe,” said Mrs. Pope. “While a handful of these animals have been decorated, it is time that a monument forever sits in our nation’s capital to honor them for their heroism. At the same time, we want this monument to educate people of the essential roles that dogs have undertaken in service to America and to remind us that bravery in uniform comes on both four and two legs.”

Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, added, "Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe. At American Humane, which has been working with the U.S. military and military animals for 100 years, we feel it is time to recognize and honor the extraordinary feats and acts of devotion these heroic animals perform every day.”

The national design search will operate under the aegis of American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs.  Endowed by Mrs. Pope in 2015, the Center is the first of its kind in the world and comprises an array of treatment, support and research programs and services that help military K-9 teams on and off the battlefield -- facilitating reunions of military dogs and handlers, sending vitally needed care packages to active duty military dog teams; providing veterinary care for retired war dogs; helping returning veterans cope with the hidden wounds of war by providing them with service dogs; conducting groundbreaking research on the important role these service dogs play; and helping children and families of deployed parents with animal-assisted therapy teams.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Pope and American Humane created the American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage, an honor conferred upon military hero dogs who have performed extraordinary service for our country. The inaugural four recipients were honored at a ceremony on Capitol Hill attended by dozens of members of Congress and top military leaders.

The American Military Hero Dog Monument design search is open to all U.S. citizens. Interested parties must submit their designs online via www.Americanhumane.org/military-dog-monument by December 31, 2016.   A panel of distinguished judges will choose the finalists, whose designs will be unveiled at the American Humane’s annual Palm Beach luncheon on March 8, 2017.America will then have the opportunity to weigh in on the finalists’ designs.  Mrs. Pope and American Humane have sole rights to approve, reject and select design submissions. 

The winner, if able and approved by American Humane and Mrs. Pope, may be commissioned to sculpt the monument. Otherwise, an artist will be appropriated a commission to skillfully craft the designed monument. The American Military Hero Dog Monument will be unveiled in Washington, D.C. at a location and date to be determined.

 

About the Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs

Lois Pope’s commitment to veterans and animals is embodied in her endowment of the Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs under the aegis of American Humane Association.  The Center, the first of its kind in the world, comprises an array of treatment, support and research programs and services to cement the bond between the two- and four-legged heroes who have served in our country’s Armed Forces.  The Center is the latest manifestation of her leadership on behalf of American Humane Association; she is also the presenting sponsor of the annual American Hero Dog Awards.

About American Humane

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

 

Screening Series to Honor Real-Life Heroes and Their Families 

BURBANK, CALIF. (January 19, 2016) – Walt Disney Studios announces “The Finest Hours” Heroes for Heroes program, a screening series designed to honor real-life heroes and their families sponsored by Visa Signature and Homewood Suites by Hilton. 

The Heroes for Heroes program will provide military and first responders the chance to attend a screening of Disney’s upcoming heroic action-thriller “The Finest Hours.” Homewood Suites by Hilton, Visa Signature and Disney will travel across the country, stopping in 10 U.S. cities, to create these exclusive screening events. 

Heroes for Heroes will kick-off with a screening in Chicago today, Tuesday, January 19, followed by screenings in Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Kansas City, wrapping up in Los Angeles on Monday, January 25, where the film’s premiere will take place in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The U.S. Coast Guard Band along with the U.S. Honor Guard will perform and officially open the red carpet, with 70 heroes from around the country (representing the Armed Forces, Veterans, Wounded Warriors and First Responders) attending the premiere courtesy of American Airlines and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The heroes will enjoy accommodations by Homewood Suites at a nearby hotel. American Airlines and Homewood Suites by Hilton are sponsors of the premiere. 

About The Film:

“The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Raymond Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds. 

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., and Dorothy Aufiero, p.g.a., the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, January 29, 2016.

Visa Signature is a proud sponsor of the theatrical release of “The Finest Hours.” Visa Signature cardholders receive benefits including complimentary 24-hour Visa Signature Concierge service, exclusive travel perks, special fine wine and food experiences, and discounts at premium retailers. For more information, visit www.visa.com/signature.

About Homewood Suites by Hilton:

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 375 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader that has been named “Top Upscale Extended-Stay” hotel by J.D. Power the last six years. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. The brand’s military support campaign is also part of Hilton Worldwide’s wider commitment, Operation Opportunity, a pledge to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years and donate millions of Hilton HHonors points to assist job-

seeking veterans. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit:www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.

About Walt Disney Studios: 

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which 

live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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“Enter the fascinating world of working dogs.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
THE SCIENCE AND WONDER OF WORKING DOGS
By Cat Warren


“A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs.”
—MARIA GOODAVAGE, author of Soldier Dogs

“Move over, CSI, and make way for Cat Warren and her forensic dog, Solo, to grab and keep your attention.  Beautifully and compelling written—not only could I not put it down, I didn't want to.”
—PATRICIA B. McCONNELL, Ph.D., CAAB, author of The Other End of the Leash

“[Warren] has strong investigative and storytelling skills,
which makes the book all the more enthralling and engaging.”
—CLAUDIA KAWCZYNSKA, BARK MAGAZINE

“Cat Warren has captured both the magic and the best science behind the success of the modern working dog.”  —BRIAN HARE, evolutionary anthropologist, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center,
and co-author of The Genius of Dogs


Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist with a somewhat unorthodox hobby: she works with a cadaver dog—a dog who searches for missing and presumed-dead people.  What started as a way to harness the energies of her unruly, smart, German shepherd puppy, Solo, soon became a passion for them both (though Solo thinks it’s simply a great game, with the reward of a toy at the end). They have now searched for the missing throughout North Carolina for seven years.

In WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs (On-sale October 1, 2013; $26.99 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8; Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.


Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know and translate that arcane knowledge for humans.  The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field—all with an unsentimental yet sensitive touch.

What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of. What the Dog Knows reveals the science, the intense training, and the skilled handling that lie behind those abilities—and shows why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CAT WARREN is an associate professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism, editing, and reporting.  She lives with her husband, David, and two German shepherds, Solo and Coda, in Durham, North Carolina.  Visit www.catwarren.com.



WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
On-sale October 1, 2013
$26.99 Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8
Touchstone Books
www.catwarren.com 

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.

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