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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Transformers: The last Knight

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Transformers: The Last Knight

Paramount Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro and Huahua Media present a 149 minute, 3D, PG-13, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Michael Bay, screenplay by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway with a theater release date of June 21, 2017.

 

New York, NYTo celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane FundSM is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).  Nominations are now open and winners will be announced in fall 2017.  

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community.  Since its creation in 2000, 85 ACE awards have been presented to dogs of various breeds, including one mixed-breed dog, from states across the nation.  Former ACE recipients have included a police K-9 who uncovered the work of a serial killer and a family pet who fought for his life after saving a seven-year-old girl from a rattlesnake, among dozens of other incredible pups.

“There are countless dogs that improve the lives of individuals and communities across the nation each and every day,” said Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and Director of the AKC Humane Fund.  “These remarkable canines touch the hearts of many and deserve to be recognized for their selfless acts.  We are proud to honor five of these canine heroes each year with an ACE Award.” 

One award is given in each of the following five categories:

Uniformed Service K-9

Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.

Exemplary Companion

Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.

Search and Rescue

Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.

Therapy

Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.

Service

Eligibility: Certified service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners. Including but not limited to guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.

**(Note: Nominees doing service or therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)

Honorees will receive an engraved sterling-silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Florida, to be honored at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in December. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to the pet-related charity of their choice. The names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE plaque on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC headquarters in New York City.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form.  Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2017 must include:

·         A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.

·         A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.

·         Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.

·         Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.

Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2017 and should be submitted here, with a photo sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the ACE awards or to download a nomination form visit the AKC Humane Fund website.

Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

June, 17, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/17/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the top 10 and bottom 10 pet foods on the market

Are We Slowly Poisoning Our Pets? Science Warns YES!

The Clean Label Project Releases Pet Food Ratings

DENVER— A new report released by Clean Label Project™—a national nonprofit focused on health and transparency in labeling—shows dangerously high levels of environmental and industrial contaminants in pet foods across the industry. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including arsenic, once known as a primary ingredient in rat poison; cadmium, the active component in battery acid; as well as pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and other fatal conditions in both humans and animals. The analysis also includes review of protein, fiber, fat, and ingredient label transparency.

Clean Label Project had the top selling dog and cat food products tested—both wet and dry—and dog and cat treats, as reported by Nielsen for 2016. The organization had over 900 products tested from 74 brands.

The report lists the top and bottom 10 products for each category and notes overall trends. Every product tested is displayed on cleanlabelproject.org/petfood with a rating of one, three or five stars so consumers can look up the products they purchase—and make informed purchasing decisions based on science rather than marketing terms and manufacturer supplied data.

Clean Label Project found lead in some pet food at 16 times the concertation of lead in Flint, Michigan’s tainted drinking water. And arsenic in concentrations of 555 times higher than the maximum contaminant level for human drinking water set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Companies may be unaware these chemicals are in their products, as many of these tests are not routine or required—but that doesn’t make the presence of these toxins any less dangerous,” says Jackie Bowen, Clean Label Project executive director. “The rapid expansion of manufacturing and outsourcing has made an impact on the purity of not just pet food, but all food—and the only way to fix it is to increase awareness and demand action.”

Clean Label Project’s study reveals the significant disconnect between what pet product consumers believe they are paying for and the products they actually receive. Many of the claims made on product labels are not regulated. Terms like “human-grade,” “highest quality ingredients” and “natural” are open to interpretation by consumers and brands. Despite the premium consumers are often willing to pay for products with these labels, Clean Label Project found that price is not a reliable indicator of purity.

The long-term exposure to low, medium and—in some cases—extremely high levels of toxins identified in the report is cause for serious concern. Though little research has been done on the impacts of these toxins to companion animals, there are well established connections between long-term exposure to these elements and the incidence of cancer and other deadly diseases in humans and laboratory animals.

All the products Clean Label Project evaluates are blind tested by Ellipse Analytics, an accredited independent chemistry lab—and results are verified by two additional labs through random testing. Blind data is then analyzed by Clean Label Project’s Technical Advisory Board of veterinarians, statisticians, epidemiologists and food safety scientists before being published.

All of the products tested were purchased online or off store shelves. The 74 brands tested are 9 lives, Acana, American Farms, Artemis, Authority, Bil-Jac, Blue Dog Bakery, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Canine Carry Outs, Catswell, Cesar, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Dingo, Dog for Dog, Dogswell, Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Feline Holistic Select, Freshpet, Fromm, Full Moon, Goodlife, Gravy Trains, Greenies, Halo, Henne Pet Food, Hill’s Science Diet, Hi-Tek Rations, Holistic Select, I and Love and You, Iams, Just Food for Dogs, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Lotus, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety, Newman’s Own, Nudges, Nulo, Nunn-Better, NutriSource, Nutro, Old Mother Hubbard, Open Farm, Orijen, Pedigree, Petcurean, Pounce, Premium Edge, Primal Pet Food, Professional +, Pup-Peroni, Purina, Rachel Ray Nutrish, SmallBatch Pets, Smart Bones, Snausages, Sojos, Solid Gold, Stella and Chewy’s, The Honest Kitchen, Three Dog Bakery, Timberwolf, TruDog, Wellness and Whiskas.

The product ratings are available for free at cleanlabelproject.org/petfood.

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About Clean Label Project
Clean Label Project’s mission is to educate the public so they can make informed choices every time they shop. It accomplishes this by using scientific data to identify toxins and verify nutritional value in consumer products and sharing this information directly with consumers. Clean Label Project also believe it’s important to understand what kinds of contaminants it tests for and the potential effects, and includes education as a core initiative. Its website is
cleanlabelproject.org.

Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

47 Meters Down

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

47 Meters Down

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Tea Shop & Film Company and Dimension Films present an 89 minute, PG-13, Horror, Thriller, directed by Johnannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.

Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

The Book of Henry

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

The Book of Henry

Focus Features, double Nickel Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present a PG-13, 105 minute, Drama, Thriller, directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Gregg Hurwitz with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.

Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

Rough Night

Review written with 3 paws out of 4

Rough Night

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paulilu Productions present an R rated, 101 minutes, Comedy, directed by Lucia Aniello, written by Aniello and Paul W. Downs with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.

Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

Cars 3

Review written by 10 year old Lela Costa with 3 out of 4 paws

Cars 3

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a G rated, 109 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Brian Free, original story by Free and Ben Queen with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.

Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

June 10, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Linda Register

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 Dr. Jeffrey Werber - Pet Appreciation Week

Friday, 09 June 2017 00:00

Megan Leavey

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Megan Leavey

Bleecker Street Media, Calle Cruzada and LD Entertainment present a PG-13, 116 minute, based on a true story, Biography, Drama, War film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, written by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo with a theater release date of June 9, 2017.

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