Review written by Jon Patch with 1.5 out of 4 paws
Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ad Hominem Enterprises and Next Wednesday Productions present an R rated, 94 minute, Comedy, directed by Craig Johnson with screenplay and graphic novel by Daniel Clowes with a theater release date of March 24, 2017.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Columbia Pictures, Skydance Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment present an R Rated, 103 minute, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with a theater release date of March 24, 2017.
President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and America’s public lands, putting decades of conservation achievements at risk. With so much on the line, it’s imperative that we send Congress a loud, unmistakable message that such extreme cuts will not stand.
Drastic reductions in the proposed federal budget would scale down on-the-ground conservation at a time when one-third of migratory bird species, including the Kentucky Warbler (shown), are already in decline. Birds are sensitive indicators of environmental health as a whole, and the loss of migratory birds signals a potential crisis that Congress must act now to reverse.
But that’s not all: Three federal agencies critical to bird conservation—the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency—are facing drastic budget cuts that will significantly reduce federal bird protections.
If we want migratory birds to bounce back, it’s critical that Congress prioritize and fund the following:
- The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, critical to the restoration of habitat for migratory birds throughout the Western Hemisphere.
- Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, North American regional partnerships that work across political boundaries and levels of government to achieve conservation success for birds and their habitats.
- Endangered Species Act, in order to fully recover endangered and threatened bird species.
- Farm Bill conservation programs, like Conservation Reserve Program, which preserve habitat for birds by providing conservation incentives to private landowners.
- EPA’s Pesticides Program, critical to protecting birds from deadly pesticides like neonicotinoids used in agriculture.
Please act now! Tell your Senators and Representative: Make protecting migratory birds and the conservation programs they depend on a priority. Thank you.
The Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act comes after child gets caught in Conibear trap
Washington, D.C., March 21, 2017 -- Today, Born Free USA announced its support for the reintroduction this week of the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act (H.R. 1629) in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (D-NC) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). This important bill would ban the import, export, and interstate commerce of steel-jaw leghold traps and Conibear body-gripping traps. It comes as a result of a 2015 accident in North Carolina, in which a 12-year-old boy got his arm caught in a Conibear trap set near a neighborhood pond. It took six doctors several hours to free him from the trap.
According to Jennifer Place, Program Associate for Born Free USA, “We applaud and thank Congresswoman Adams and Congresswoman Lowey for their leadership on this legislation and urge its swift passage. Steel-jaw leghold traps and Conibear traps are archaic, indiscriminate, and horrific in their brutality. When triggered, they slam shut on their victims with bone-crushing force, causing massive pain and suffering not only to targeted wild animals, but also to endangered species, people’s pets, and children.”
Congresswoman Alma S. Adams said, “We can no longer afford to disregard the dangerous effects that antiquated body-gripping traps have on wildlife, pets, and people. These violent traps negatively impact our ecosystem and pose unnecessary risks to humans, especially young children. I am proud to introduce this important piece of legislation with my colleague, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, to protect our wildlife and our communities.”
“It is time to make dangerous body-gripping traps a thing of the past,” Congresswoman Lowey said. “These archaic, indiscriminately violent devices pose a serious threat to wild animals, pets, and people, and they must be banned in the United States. I am proud to stand with Congresswoman Adams in the fight to protect our ecosystems and our communities from these cruel and unnecessary traps.”
Although Conibear and leghold traps are legal in North Carolina, their use is severely restricted or prohibited in several states. While the Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act would not alter any state’s own policies on trapping, it would ensure that these two notoriously dangerous traps do not cross state lines, especially into states with bans already in place.
“Last month, a young man injured his arm in a Conibear trap illegally set near a playground in Chesterton, Indiana,” Place added. “It is clear that these traps not only endanger wildlife, but also compromise public safety. The Public Safety and Wildlife Protection Act will ensure that animals and people are able to enjoy our magnificent outdoor spaces without the risk of being caught—and possibly killed—in an indiscriminate and painful trap.”
Born Free USA encourages other members of Congress to join Representatives Adams and Lowey in support of H.R. 1629.
Born Free USA is a global 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 America 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. 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, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.
Talkin' Pets News
March 18, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Dr. Petty will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/18/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book "Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs"
Kent Atherton of GoPure Pet will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/18/2017 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their GoPure Pod
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Beauty and the Beast
Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films present a PG, 129 minute, 3D, Family, Musical, Fantasy, directed by Bill Condon, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos with a theater release date of March 17, 2017.
Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs:
The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain
By Dr. Michael Petty
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Price: $24.95 / hardcopy
“Dr. Petty arms his readers with the information they need to help their canine companions stay comfortable, even in the face of illness or old age. He has done a great service for dogs and the people who love them. Read this book. Your dog will thank you.”
– Dr. Jessica Pierce, bioethicist and author of The Last Walk
Veterinary Expert Dr. Petty Provides a New Comprehensive Guide to
Diagnosing and Relieving Your Dog's Pain
You love your dog, and hate to see him in pain. Yet you don’t want to head to the vet’s office for hundreds of dollars’ worth of tests that might prove useless. Dr. Mike Petty understands this dilemma. He’s a world-renowned “pain vet,” a practitioner of a relatively new and specific branch of veterinarian medicine, and the author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs(Countryman Press; February 1, 2016).
According to Dr. Petty, “Despite your best intentions, it can be difficult for you as your animal’s caregiver to recognize when your pet is in pain. All animals are adept at hiding signs of pain – in fact, pain does not always manifest itself in the more obvious form of a limp or an animal crying out. Instead, pain is often exhibited as a change in behavior.”
Dr. Petty works with cutting-edge research to find the best way to both recognize and relieve your pet's pain. In the book, he provides dog owners with an invaluable resource that will educate and guide readers in three critical areas:
1. How to determine whether a dog is in pain
2. How to find a veterinarian capable of treating these pain issues
3. What treatments are available, and more importantly which are worth pursuing and which are not
Dr. Petty offers clear descriptions of the treatments, both traditional and holistic, along with the wisdom and support dog owners crave when faced with an animal in pain.
In Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs,Dr. Petty’s goal is to provide owners with the tools needed to both identify the signs – and then treat – pain in their nonverbal best friend. Starting with how to recognize signs of pain in your dog (and how to avoid common misconceptions), the book helps to differentiate acute and chronic pain. Dr. Petty also provides information to guide owners through their veterinary visits, including what should be expected in pain exams as well as common medications. Dr. Petty, himself a veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist, walks readers through the vastly misunderstood acupuncture process, explaining the science behind why it’s so successful.
Drawing on almost four decades of experience, Dr. Petty also offers advice to owners regarding lesser understood topics like dog prosthetics, diet and nutraceuticals, alternative medications such as botanicals, and treatments including shock wave therapy. This book provides practical “DIY” information for owners as well, from home exercise to massages, and explains how to conduct a pain “makeover” for your home and dog.
Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs also goes beyond guiding the owner through their pet’s pain. In the book, Dr. Petty helps owners evaluate what considerations to make when thinking about adding another pet to your home, what to do when pain treatment becomes unaffordable, and last, how to cope when chronic pain treatment and quality of life issues.
About Dr. Petty:
Dr. Michael Petty, DVM, is the author of Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain (Countryman Press, February 2016). He is a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist. As the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, he has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals.
Dr. Petty is the past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the AAHA/AAFP 2015 Pain Guidelines. A frequent speaker and consultant, he has published articles in veterinary journals and serves in an advisory capacity to several pharmaceutical companies on topics of pain management. Dr. Petty is a frequent lecturer at both national and international veterinary conferences.
Within this sphere of care, he has expanded his knowledge to encompass the most up-to-date and compassionate treatments available. These special skills consist of certification in pain management from several esteemed organizations, including: Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Certified Medical Veterinary Acupuncture, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Petty lives in rural Michigan on a horse farm with his wife and two daughters, and two Portuguese Water Dogs.
Partnership Aims to Turn the Tide for Migratory Birds
(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2017) Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have launched “Science to Action,” a partnership aimed at reversing decades of population declines for migratory birds in the Americas. Bringing together the Cornell Lab’s cutting-edge science and ABC’s on-the-ground approach to bird conservation, this joint effort represents new hope for hundreds of declining species that journey each spring and fall between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean.
ABC and the Cornell Lab are combining their strengths at a critical moment for migratory birds. Landmark conservation measures such as the Endangered Species Act are being targeted for elimination even as environmental threats mount. As the most recent State of North America's Birds report makes starkly clear, fully one-third of our continent's bird species will require concerted conservation efforts to ensure their future.
The ABC-Cornell Lab partnership will focus on how new data and conservation tools can be harnessed to enhance conservation of migratory birds across their breeding and wintering grounds, as well as stopover sites in between.
“The Cornell Lab’s dedicated science team and its depth of citizen-science data make it a perfect fit for informing better conservation decision-making by ABC,” said George Fenwick, President of ABC.
“The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Bird Conservancy share common values and complementary expertise for protecting wild bird populations across the Western Hemisphere,” said John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Cornell Lab. “With so many bird species showing alarming declines, it is more important than ever that the Lab work closely with ABC, combining our scientific focus and citizen-science data with ABC’s effective conservation actions.”
Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Applied Conservation Scientist at the Cornell Lab, is leading the new partnership. “Our two organizations will provide a unified voice for bird conservation, applying the best science on the ground at important natural areas and informing policies that affect the future of bird populations,” he said.
Together the partners will:
- Leverage data and resources from the Cornell Lab to refine and prioritize ABC’s conservation strategies, including ABC BirdScapes—landscape-scale areas critically important to targeted bird species. Such data are key to answering the “Where and when?” questions that drive ABC’s conservation planning.
- Identify and develop conservation strategies for key migratory stopovers. Researchers are learning that the success of migration may hinge on just two or three stopovers located strategically along the migration route for each species. One chief goal of the partnership is determining how we can best conserve these stopover sites.
- Use citizen-science data from eBird to help monitor and evaluate the success of ABC reserves and projects—the “Did it work?” piece of ABC’s conservation efforts.
- Provide science support for Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, and leadership for conservation alliances such as Partners in Flight and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s State of the Birds reports.
(Photo: ABC and the Cornell Lab will work together to identify and protect habitats that sustain migration for some of North America's most-loved species, including Blackburnian Warbler.)
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Its hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning bout birds and protecting the planet. The Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization whose mission is supported by friends, members, and more than 400,000 citizen-science participants.
GoPure Pet™ Provides Pure Water for Your Pet All Day, Every Day
Ensues healthy hydration, keeps bowl clean and water fresh for pets
Wilton, CT (January 5, 2017) – Bloc Enterprises, LLC – makers of the first-ever portable and continuous, personal water enhancement device, the GoPure Pod™ – is proud to announce the launch of their companion product, GoPure Pet™. Attaching to the bottom of most water bowls, GoPure Pet features the revolutionary technology of the GoPure Pod to continuously purify and enhance tap water ensuring it is clean, healthy, and great tasting for your pet, all day, everyday.
At the heart of the GoPure Pet is GoPure Pod’s PuriBloc™ – an advanced, highly porous ceramic that constantly cleans tap water for peace of mind and taste satisfaction. Through PuriBloc’s technology, the GoPure Pod adsorbs the most dangerous contaminants now commonly found in tap water across the country such as Chlorine, Fluoride, Arsenic Chromium, Lead and Mercury. Additionally, the GoPure Pod balances pH levels and releases valuable trace minerals so your pets’ water tastes better, retains its freshness all day long and keeps pet bowls clean.
“The most important thing you can do to keep your dog or cat healthy is to have them drink plenty of fresh, clean water,” says Earth Animal DVM and founder Robert Goldstein, who specializes in animal nutrition. “GoPure Pet is the first product we’ve seen that enhances water from any tap water source and keeps it cleaner and great tasting throughout the day. The peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re enhancing this most essential ingredient for your pet’s health is invaluable.”
The GoPure Pet’s protective shell safely attaches to the bottom of most bowls via two high-strength suction cups, eliminating the chance of pets swallowing or chewing on the pod while drinking. One reusable GoPure Pet lasts up to six months and can treat up to 264 gallons of water. Once the GoPure pod has reached its lifespan, it’s easily replaced in the same GoPure Pet shell.
GoPure Pet retails for $29.95 is now available for purchase at www.gopurepod.com and select retailers across the country including Camping World and Bentley’s.
About Bloc Enterprises, LLC
Bloc Enterprises, LLC is a specialized wholesale distribution company with exclusive distribution rights in the United States and United Kingdom for two remarkable new consumer healthcare products. For more information visit:
PuriBloc is the patented water enhancement technology inside the GoPure™, a thumb-sized pod made from natural ingredients that removes chemical impurities, while improving the taste. Soluble impurities and the many other contaminants found in ordinary tap water are adsorbed, the water is re-mineralized and the pH is optimized for healthier water. PuriBloc keeps water tasting fresher for longer and is designed to work continuously in any water container such as pitcher, coffee maker, pet bowl or water bottle. For more information,click here.
NicoBloc is a natural, drug-free fluid applied to the filter-end of a cigarette that
blocks up to 99% of tar and nicotine without change in taste or loss of satisfaction. This patented method has proven success rates of over 50% in helping smokers quit after many years of clinical trials and global market testing. NicoBloc is made from 100% natural ingredients and is drug-free so there are no side effects from its use. These unique attributes make NicoBloc the only product of its kind. For more information, click here.
Talkin' Pets News
March 11, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jeremy Miller
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Deirdre Franklin, co-author of The Pit Bull Life will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/11/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book
Melinda Miller, Earth Animal VP of Product Management & Finance, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/11/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their Organic Oven-Baked Cookies for dogs