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Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

August 18, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Sarah Albee - Author Dogs Days - 5pm EST

Debbie Guardian  - Owner of Opie and Dixie - 630pm EST

Our Story

 

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Debbie Guardian is president and founder of Opie & Dixie®, a pet product line that focuses on natural and USDA Certified Organic healing balms, grooming aids and non-dietary care solutions designed for pets and tested by humans. As a child growing up in various countries throughout Latin America and the Far East, Debbie’s family always included many interesting pets – cats, dogs, parakeets, fish, turtles, a white mouse, and at one point, a parrot. Her lifelong compassion for animals led Debbie to explore holistic pet care for her beloved Dachshund-Lab rescue mixes, Opal (Opie) and Dixie. The more she studied, the more impassioned and knowledgeable she became about the subject of animal wellness. It was this passion that in 2008 led her to develop her own line of all-natural, chemical-free skin care treatments and grooming products for dogs and cats.

While Debbie’s beloved Opie recently departed the land of earthly fire hydrants and dog parks for off-leash romps amid the clouds, Dixie, Nu, and husband, Alex remain by her side for inspiration and to share her love, ideas, and new products with.

2018 is the Year of the Dog and National Geographic Kids Books is jumping in on the fun with all four paws with DOG DAYS OF HISTORY: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends, by award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Albee. DOG DAYS OF HISTORY, is a complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to World War I hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby.  Sarah begins by exploring the origins of wolves and dogs and guides the reader through the changing role, looks and behavior of the pooches in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17th, 18th and 19th and 20th centuries to the modern day. Fetching tales, fascinating history and original art and images combine to create a revealing and comprehensive title that examines the enduring friendship that exists with our four-footed friends. A great reference tool, the back matter is extensive andincludes a Biblidography, Ruffrences, other resources to dig up and dog-related museums to sniff out. 

A few treats from the book:

    Who domesticated the very first dogs?
    Why did George Washington send a small dog to a British general?
    When did Dalmatians become friends with firefighters?
    Which dog starred in 26 movies and had his own chef and chauffeur?The close relationship between humans and beloved canine companions spans more than 15,000 years. During this time dogs have guarded us, worked with us and marched off to war with us. They’ve saved our lives, kept us company and helped us with daily tasks.  Their story is our story. 

Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Alpha

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Alpha

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures and Studio 8 present a 96 minute, PG-13, Adventure, Family, Drama, directed by Albert Hughes, story by Hughes and screenplay by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt with a theatre release date of August 17, 2018.

Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Crazy Rich Asians

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Crazy Rich Asians

Warner Bros. Pictures, Color Force, Ivanhoe Pictures and SK Global present a 120 minute, PG-13, Comedy, Romance, Drama, directed by Jon M. Chu, screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim with a theatre release date of August 15, 2018.

Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

08/11/2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Zach Budin

Reporter - Georgia Malpartida

Network Producer - Adrian

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Cara Sue Achterberg, Author of "Another Good Dog" One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/11/2018 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book

Scott Graves The Florida Aquarium Director of Center for Conservation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/11/2018 at 720pm EST to discuss saving the Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys as well as the Red Tide attack on Sea Life of the beaches of Florida

Friday, 10 August 2018 00:00

The Meg

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

The Meg

Warner Bros. Pictures, Gravity Pictures, Apelles Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures and Flagship Entertainment present a PG-13, 113 minute, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, directed by Jon Turteltaub, screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber with a theatre release date of August 10, 2018.

Friday, 10 August 2018 00:00

Dog Days

Movie Review Written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Dog Days

LD Entertainment and Dutch FilmWorks present a PG, 112 minute, Comedy, Drama with a touch of Romance movie directed by Ken Marino, screenplay by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama with a theatre release date of August 8, 2018.

When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.

            In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes and a whirlwind of incredible dogs. There were the nine puppies that arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart-worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; shy boys and mischievous girls; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and warm place to sleep. The dogs that entered Cara’s home were rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and needed a foster family as a midway point on their journey while they waited for their forever home.

            With wit and humor, Another Good Dog reveals a saga that began on an impulse and led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one dog that could fill the hole left in Cara’s heart—there were dozens! The stories of these remarkable dogs and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

            When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many lovable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.”

“A big hearted, inspiring and passionate look at a critical piece of the rescue puzzle. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Cara Sue Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging.” —Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road

“As expected, the narrative revolves around tales of dogs and puppies. What’s unexpected are Achterberg’s personal reveals. The stories and photos will delight.”—Publishers Weekly


“Heartwarming. Illustrated with photographs of some of Achterberg's many fosters, this book blends insight and entertainment to tell an unforgettable story about seeking, and finding, life purpose through caring for abandoned dogs. A compassionate and humane canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

Pegasus will publish on August 7, 2018. Cara lives in York County, Pennsylvania.

            Cara will be touring with her dog up and down the east coast, visiting the “rescue route” many of her dogs travel from high kill shelters as they make their way towards foster and forever homes as part of Operation Paws for Home, who will share in the proceeds from this book. Exact tour details forthcoming. I look forward to being in touch about this very special and heartwarming project!

 

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SCIENTISTS RETURN FROM A MISSION TO SAVE CORAL REEFS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

 

Tampa, Fl. August 9, 2018- A team of Florida Aquarium scientists and divers just returned after spending 15 days in the Florida Keys for a coral spawn. The team collected 150,000 coral gametes (coral eggs and sperm) during the coral spawn that only happens once a year after a full moon. The team fertilized the eggs and then released thousands back into the wild. The remaining fertilized eggs, or embryos, are being distributed to The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation, Georgia Aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Nova Southeastern University to continue research and to grow the coral for a future release.

This comes at a critical time since Florida is in the middle of the largest coral disease outbreak ever recorded, which is rapidly killing 20 different species of coral in the Florida Keys. The staghorn coral species, the primary species that was collected during the coral spawn, is not at immediate threat from the disease. However, it is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Scientists are trying to figure out what's causing the outbreak and how to stop it. The outbreak makes the work on reproducing corals even more important because it’s necessary to raise their offspring.

“This work is more critical than ever due to the current disease outbreak in the Florida Keys,” said Keri O’Neil, Coral Nursery Manager for The Florida Aquarium. “These laboratory fertilization techniques can be used to save many coral species in the future.”

O’Neil believes practicing the techniques could restock Florida's damaged reefs with the corals raised in the laboratory at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach. The lab already houses corals collected from last year’s spawn that will be celebrating their one year birthday and will be released back into the ocean later this year.

The gametes were collected from the Coral Restoration Foundation Coral Nursery, with the work conducted by permit from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The team worked with several partners including the Keys Marine Laboratory, Coral Restoration Foundation, Nova Southeastern University, University of Florida, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation (SEZARC), Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sea World, Georgia Aquarium, and Horniman Museum and Gardens.

“I think it’s a really good example of the strengths in partnerships that The Florida Aquarium has formed to help save coral reefs,” said O’Neil.


***B-Roll of the Coral Spawn from Underwater Photographers:

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More on The Florida Aquarium:

  • Voted a Top 3 Aquarium in North America by the readers of USA Today (May 2018)
  • Earned Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Rating (2018)
  • Earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator (2018)


Additional information on Coral:

  • Corals are not plants, they're actually animals.
  • Called “the rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs only take up about 2% of the ocean floor, but host about 25% of all ocean species.
  • Coral reefs grow very slowly, at an average rate of just two centimeters per year.
  • Each individual coral is known as a polyp.
  • The annual synchronized spawning of corals is a spectacular event.
  • This mass reproduction only happens once a year.
  • It involves colonies and species of coral polyps simultaneously releasing tiny egg and sperm bundles into the water.
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