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Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

October 20, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Producer/Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Mark Winik will join Jon and Talkin' Pets pn 10/20/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book "The Dog Healers"

Lorraine Walston owner of Woodrow Wear LLC Power Paws, socks for dogs will join Jon and Talkin's Pets 10/20/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her Power Paws line



Florida Blue grant to support healthy marine ecosystems
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Tampa, FL – The Florida Aquarium will be able to expand its animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts thanks to a grant from Florida Blue. The grant will support The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, which focuses on protecting and restoring endangered marine life to create a healthier, natural environment and healthy planet.

“Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health, and a healthy environment and ecosystem are essential to the overall health of our Florida communities,” said David Pizzo, Florida Blue market president for west Florida. “The health of key ocean species has a substantial impact on the overall health of our environment, which is why Florida Blue is proud to support the important work of The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team.”

“The generous support of companies like Florida Blue is crucial to The Florida Aquarium’s efforts to protect and restore our blue planet,” said Roger Germann, The Florida Aquarium President and CEO. “We are grateful to have a wonderful partner in Florida Blue that believes in the importance of the health of our local environment and ecosystem and understands how it can impact human health and therefore is willing to invest in conservation programs like those here at the Aquarium.” 

Florida Blue is providing a two-year, $250,000 grant to the Aquarium to support the expansion of its marine rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Halloween

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Halloween

Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Miramax and Rough House Pictures present an R rated, 106 minute, Horror, Thriller, directed by David Gordon Green, screenplay by Green and Danny McBride with a theatre release date of October 19, 2018.

Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

The Hate U Give

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 stars

The Hate U Give

Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment present a 132 minute, PG-13, Crime, Drama, directed by George Tillman Jr., screenplay by Audrey Wells and based upon the novel by Angie Thomas with a theatre release date of October 19, 2018.

Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Beautiful Boy

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Beautiful Boy

Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures and Plan B Entertainment present an R rated, 120 minute, Biography, Drama, directed by Felix Van Groeningen, screenplay by Van Groeningen and Luke Davies with a theatre release date of October 12, 2018.

 

Growing up, the only pets I was allowed to have were fish. It’s hard to grow attached to those.
Rottweiler puppy, Woodrow, on Lorraine’s lap.
Many years later, I was visiting friends. They had just gotten a Rottweiler puppy from the people at the bottom of the hill, and she sure was cute!! After hearing me say so, our friends took us to visit the puppies. It wasn’t my intention to get a dog. I had never even considered owning a dog. Yet when I sat down to play with the puppies, one leaped into my lap and chose me. Repeatedly, he returned to my lap, even when he was put with the other puppies. And so, Woodrow was mine. And I was his. 
 
With Woody at my side, I learned so much about life and dogs. I learned…
  • If you treat dogs like family, they believe they are.
  • Dogs are good judges of character. Their reactions to strangers at the door should be taken seriously.
  • Stereotypes don’t necessarily apply. Rottweilers are only mean dogs if you raise them to be mean dogs. But not Woodrow; he loved the mailman, the vet, kids, and dressing up for Halloween!
  • Dogs teach us life-changing lessons: the meaning of unconditional love, how to greet someone with enthusiasm, and how to enjoy simple pleasures such as the sights, sounds, and relaxation that can be found in the back yard or a walk down the street.
Woodrow plays with the kids.
At about age 10, Woodrow began taking Glucosamine for the start of canine hip dysplasia and canine arthritis.  As he became a senior dog – at about age 14, that was no longer enough. Inside the house, Woody began to have difficulty standing and walking. It tore at my heart that “my puppy” (I called him that even on his last day, and he believed it) struggled to stand up or walk on the hardwood and tile in our home. I was consumed by the need to find a traction aid for him. I checked the pet stores, asked our vet, and searched the web. With no viable solutions available anywhere, I did what I had to do…I invented Power Paws! They gave Woody the ability to stand without any struggle, and to go where he wanted when he wanted. That is quality of life!!
 
In honor of my puppy, I present Woodrow Wear. This business is his legacy, and is absolutely dedicated to the millions of older dogs that have traction and mobility issues, and to their owners, who like me, are unable to just sit there and watch them struggle!
 
Woodrow Wear is also dedicated to the younger dogs who may also find traction useful, to the dog owners who want to protect their hardwood floors from scratches, and to the fashion-conscious owners who want their dogs to be suitably dressed in attractive, cute, and fun socks.  It’s for the dogs with nerve, spine, and ligament issues, whose need for traction can happen at any age.  Surprisingly, it’s also for the dogs with allergies, and the dogs living in areas of extreme heat or cold — Power Paws give them the ability to go out into the dust and pollen with little reaction, or into the snow without ice/salt issues, and into the heat without burning their pads. Power Paws Reinforced Foot, our newest and most durable solution, protects the whole foot even more than our other products for rugged use and on abrasive surfaces.
 
Always driven to help more dogs, we have become known as “A Company of Firsts”. We are the first to offer:
  • 13 total sizes
  • 2 distinct foot shapes
  • a reinforced toe product (Power Paws Advanced)
  • a reinforced whole foot product (Power Paws Reinforced Foot)
  • a non-drug allergy solution
  • a stretchable, breathable, comfortable product that dogs don’t mind wearing
Woodrow and I promise to never stop looking for the next way to add quality and comfort to your pet’s life.  We’ll invent new products and partner with others when that makes sense.  I promise to continue taking your feedback and suggestions, and to keep you posted on our activities. I encourage you to check back often for updates.  If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll be among the first to know what’s new, get our special promo offers, etc.  For faster updates and even more special offers, like us on Facebook or Twitter!
 
I loved Woodrow more than I ever thought a person could love a pet. I shared a bond with him that I hope this page and the “Who’s Woodrow” page expresses. Welcome to our world!
– Lorraine
 
 


Lorraine Walston
Woodrow Wear, LLC

Praise for Mark Winik's Debut Novel The Dog Healers

FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine. Mark Winik’s debut novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.

In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture's ideas about female roles, plunging into the shadowy reaches of the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches. To her, money is just the means to her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill or aggressive. Isabella wields wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations, exerting a still greater spell on men.

This includes her handsome protégé Carlos, who yearns for the love Isabella shares with her dogs. But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount. Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you've got dogs at your back, you're never alone.                                                            

Mark Winik is an entrepreneur and an internationally recognized, award-winning author of The Dog Healers. His inspiration for the story struck him on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife Norma where he met a dog handler named Carlos.

Carlos taught him an Ancient Tibetan technique on his dogs called Kum Nye. This gift of healing so captivated Mark that he knew he had to write about his experience and share it with others. Since its publish, The Dog Healers was awarded 2017 Pet Novel of the Year at The New York Pet Fashion Show and has received praise from Hampton Pet’s Publisher Gregg Oehler, NYC Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, Pet Philanthropy Circle and appeared in the summer reads “Editors Picks” in New Haven Magazine.

Mark has been interviewed by Pet Life Radio’s Animal Writes with Tim Link, DogCast Radio and Top Dog Tips. Mark is also the conceptual artist for his collection of The Dog Healers cartoons in collaboration with his illustrator, Ivan Camilli, and is also working on a documentary related to the book that aims to share the stories of individuals who have overcome significant trauma or life difficulties with the support of their therapy dog. The Dog Healers Facebook page currently entertains more than 30,000 followers.

PIERCE BROSNAN TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL 
“BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE” CEREMONY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 
LIVE ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
 
The Annual, Star-Studded Ceremony that Celebrates
Science and Scientific Achievement 

To Feature an “In Memoriam” Tribute to the Late Stephen Hawking
 
Ceremony to Air Live at 10p ET/7p PT 

 
SAN FRANCISCO– October 16, 2018–The Breakthrough Prize today announced that acclaimed actor, producer and philanthropist Pierce Brosnan will host its 7thannual ceremony, which will celebrate science and the achievements of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates on Sunday, November 4, at a live ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. 
 
The ceremony will be broadcast live at 10pm ET/7pm PT on National Geographic, and be streamed live on the Facebook and YouTube platforms of National Geographic (FacebookYouTube) and Breakthrough Prize (FacebookYouTube).
 
Hosted by Brosnan, the program will include a tribute to the late, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March 2018. 
 
Details of the evening’s musical performance and celebrity presenters will be announced at a later date. The show will be directed and produced, for the sixth time, by Don Mischer, alongside executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions.
 
Now in its seventh year, Silicon Valley’s Breakthrough Prize – the world’s most generous science prize – honors paradigm-shifting research and discovery in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics. This year, a total of seven $3 million prizes will be awarded – four in life sciences, two in fundamental physics, and one in mathematics. One of the two physics prizes - the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – was awarded in September to the British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for her discovery of pulsars – a detection first announced in February 1968 – and her inspiring scientific leadership over the last five decades. 
 
The Breakthrough Prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates in each field choose the winners.
 
Breakthrough Prize
For the seventh year, the Breakthrough Prizes will recognize the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to four per year), Fundamental Physics (one per year) and Mathematics (one per year). In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics and up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes are given out to junior researchers each year. Laureates attend a live televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions. 
 
Information on the Breakthrough Prizes is available at www.breakthroughprize.org.
 
About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.
 
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Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

October 13, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus - Humane Society Tampa Bay

Producer - Zach Budin

Reporter - Georgi Malpartida

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Ken Foster author of "City of Dogs" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/13/2018 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book

The Convention, that took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, gathered together 850 congress attendees of 47 different nationalities, at an event in which the most worldwide-recognised experts in the field participate

[PRESSWIRE] Tenerife, Spain - 12 October, 2018 -- A resounding success: that is the summary of the IX Parrot Congress organised by the Loro Parque Foundation and held last week in Tenerife, where 850 congress participants of 47 different nationalities met. The experience, unique in the world, counted on the participation of the most recognised experts in the field worldwide.

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This record number of nationalities present has allowed the interaction of the congress participants with various professionals and experts in different scientific areas, native to each continent where the Loro Parque Foundation develops multiple conservation projects among which are those that have managed to save nine parrot species from extinction. Up to now the Loro Parque Foundation has donated over 18 million dollars to support conservation projects for endangered species around the world.

During the Congress some of the most successful results obtained so far by the projects carried out by the Foundation were detailed, which show that the protection of parrot species also favours the protection of other species. Thus, thanks to these projects it has even been possible to identify new species of fauna -especially reptiles- as well as flora.

A total of 22 international speakers, whose conferences were simultaneously translated into four languages, have contributed their experiences and knowledge throughout this week in which, in addition to talks, many other actions were carried out. This year, in response to an unprecedented demand, intensive workshops were given in the days following the Congress, in which different experts have offered direct training in different fields linked to the world of conservation.

This Congress, unique in the world due to its nature and extraordinary convocation capacity, has moved some 1,000 people around the Island, congress attendees and their companions, who have been able to enjoy the excellence of the climate of Puerto de la Cruz as well as the biodiversity of the Canary Islands. The social programme of the convention also included an impressive typical Canarian dinner in the Plaza del Palacio Municipal in La Orotava; another, no less important, in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; a visit to the Island of Gran Canaria to enjoy the Poema del Mar Aquarium, and, finally, a memorable Gala Dinner in the gardens of the Botánico Hotel.

Big week in Loro Parque

As part of the celebration of the IX Parrot Congress, Loro Parque has also inaugurated its new installation of Pygmy Hippos. The event was enjoyed by a large number of congress attendees, as well as numerous local authorities and representatives of the private sector, who were able to observe up-close an unparalleled naturalised space designed especially by the Park's team for the new arrivals.

In addition, also as part of the Congress programme, the Loro Parque Foundation has awarded the prestigious Gorilla Prize to Rosemary Low, a passionate defender of parrots who has dedicated her life to these birds through breeding and conservation. This year saw the fifteenth edition of this award, which emphasises environmental responsibility, taking into account strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of resources.

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