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Spirit
A BOOK OF HAPPINESS FOR HORSE LOVERS
EDITED BY ANOUSKA JONES
Gorgeous photography and memorable quotes combine to
create the ultimate gift for horse lovers.
Horses are the epitome of grace, power, and freedom. They also
have an ability to touch our souls and connect with our hearts in a
way that few other animals can. From a little girl’s first pony to a
gnarled stockman’s last Quarter horse, horses offer us some of
our deepest friendships and greatest inspiration.
Spirit: A Book of Happiness for Horse Lovers (Exisle Publishing,
dist. by QDS/Quarto, Oct 2017) is a compendium of enduring
quotes that capture the essence of our affection for these
magnificent animals. Some are by famous people (Winston
Churchill, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Faulkner, Dale Carnegie,
Ralph Waldo Emerson), others not; some are philosophical, others
light-hearted — all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful
photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a
collection of quotes to treasure. Spirit will appeal to horse
owners, as well as those who dream of owning one.
The editor, Anouska Jones, a horse and animal
lover, and also editor of MEOW and WOOF is
available for interviews.
Extracts and images are available for publication.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Anouska Jones is a book editor, publisher,
reviewer and author, who has worked in publishing for over twenty
years. She and her family live on a rural property with three horses,
two dogs, one budgie and five chickens.
$19.99 US, $25.99 CA Hardcover, 160 pages 8.75x8”
PUBLICATION DATE October 2017
ISBN 978-1-925335-51 4
www.exislepublishing.com and wherever good books are sold.
OTHER GREAT GIFTS OF HAPPINESS FOR PET
LOVERS: MEOW and WOOF
For more information, please contact
Jennifer Prost 973-746-8723,
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www.exislepublishing.com
Distributed by QDS
400 First Avenue North, #400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
800-4580454 qbookshop.com/qds.com

 

PATCH AND RUBY
WRITTEN BY ANOUSKA JONES, ILLUSTRATED BY GWYNNETH JONES
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A gently humorous story about friendship and
belonging that will appeal to any young child who feels
they haven’t quite found their niche yet.
Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young
owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly,
but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in.
Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens
that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a
wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and
finding out where you belong.
Anouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer
and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing
and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s
literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her
rural property with her husband and daughter, three
horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat
and one budgie.
Gwynneth Jones drew in her math books all through
school, so left to study art at university. She spends her
time imagining, drawing, exhibiting and working on
picture books. She is the illustrator of the successful
Don’t Think About Purple Elephants.
Price $17.99US/$23.99 CA
Publication date: October 28, 2016
9.5x10, 32 pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978—1-95335-22-4
Distributed by QDS. 800-4580454
qbookshop.com/qds.com
Also available as one of three books in the Sugar and
Spice Collection as a beautifully presented boxed set.
Price: $34.99 US, $45.99 CA

This is a book about animals on what can be considered a small farm, the title character is the runt of a group of fourteen newly acquired chicks. On this farm, the animals are considered to be part of the family and all of them have their own names. The attitudes of the chickens are developed with this in mind,,although they have distinct personalities. Once the chicks are large enough to be safer from predators, they are allowed to roam freely, at this time “Bodo,” a Hungarian bird dog, takes over as their protector. There are also horses on this farm and they easily converse with the chickens. The horses are valuable show horse’s and some have traveled all the way to Europe to compete. When they are told that the horses wear blankets and other fashion accessories, the chickens are jealous and express a desire to also be dressed up. The entire farm is presented as a happy family, where all of the animals communicate with each other, yet the humans appear to be oblivious to this. That does not diminish this excellent story about animals of different species that form a society. The story is filled with life lesson’s such as sharing, trust, friendships , love, being yourself and proud of it and simple life pleasures such as splashing in puddles .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Whimsical Farm Animals Form Lasting Friendships In A Runtamuffin Tale
West Palm Beach, FL ― Life’s a real zoo at Legacy Farms, where 14 chickens, a couple of dogs and an assortment of horses with diverse temperaments learn to share their days on the sprawling homestead.
Based on the true life adventures of author Melissa Taylor’s charming chickens, A Runtamuffin Tale is a delightful new children’s book that follows the life of Runtamuffin — or Runti — a tiny chicken with a big personality. Runti becomes the first chicken brave enough to form a bond with one of the farm’s largest inhabitants — a beautiful horse named Mariett.
All the animals on the farm soon learn that differences in size and outward appearances don’t mean a thing in this colorful tale that subtly interweaves valuable life lessons on sharing, believing in yourself, love, friendship, anti-bullying and mutual respect.
The 57-page book, wonderfully illustrated by Marc Beauregard, targets children ages 6 to 12 and would make a treasured addition to any family’s home or elementary school library.
Author Melissa Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Melissa’s mom filled her childhood home with animals, which cultivated Melissa’s love and desire to surround herself with all types of four- and two-legged creatures. She currently lives, owns and runs a farm with her husband in South Florida with 14 chickens, 34 horses, 5 dogs and a cockatiel. For more information about Melissa and her children’s book, please visit: www.runtavision.com.
A Runtamuffin Tale Release date: 2017 ISBN: 978-0-9989887-0-2 Hardcover and digital download available from www.runtavision.com.
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Excerpt from Kirkus Review: “Whatever their temporary differences, the farm is a little family where everyone has fun. In her debut, Taylor provides warm scenarios of friendship, growing trust, and simple pleasures, such as splashing in puddles.”

 

News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 11, 2017) To sustain future advancements in canine health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce and congratulate recipients of the 2018 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowships:

Kathryn Dalton, VMD, MPH, is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Under the mentorship of Dr. Meghan Davis, Dr. Dalton is researching microbial communities and how they relate to human and canine health.

Shelby Gasson, DVM, is a PhD student in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gasson is this year's AKC Canine Health Foundation GCHP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble “Rumble” Clinician-Scientist Fellow (akcchf.org/rumble). Under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Saunders, Dr. Gasson is researching the development of tissue engineering constructs for treatment of osteochondral defects.

Mariah Gentry, DVM, is a veterinary post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the mentorship of Dr. Margret Casal, Dr. Gentry is researching the heritability of renal dysplasia in Cairn Terriers, and aims to develop a DNA-based marker test so the disorder can be diagnosed at an early age.

Sita Withers, BVSc(Hons), is a PhD student at the University of California, Davis. Her mentor is Dr. Robert B. Rebhun. Dr. Withers is studying how naturally occurring canine cancers can contribute to the understanding of immunotherapeutics in dogs as well as people, with a focus on osteosarcoma. 

Established in 2013, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program seeks to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers to sustain future advancements in canine and one health. According to Dr. Diane Brown, AKC Canine Health Foundation Chief Executive Officer, “This class of Fellows was selected from a highly competitive field of candidates. We look forward to their progress in advancing the health of dogs.”

Additional considerations for selection of awardees include conducting research in line with CHF’s mission, and with preference given to residents/graduate students at institutions which have demonstrated progress and success with current and prior CHF funding. Each fellowship includes $10,000 for research and $2,000 for presentation of results at a national scientific meeting.

For the latest portfolio of CHF research grants outlining active studies being supported for the health of dogs, please see the 2018 AKC Canine Health Foundation Research Grants Portfolio.

Visit www.akcchf.org/fellows to learn more about the 2018 Fellows and their canine health research projects. Please support the CHF Clinician-Scientist Fellowship program with a donation.

 

 

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About CHF

Since 1995, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

Saturday, 09 December 2017 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

12/09/2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive - Port St. Lucie, Florida

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Boze Hadleigh author of "Life's a Pouch" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/9/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book

Tim Surrett, Bass Player from Balsam Range will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/09/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their current EP "It's Christmas Time"

Bestselling Author Greg Kincaid will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/9/17 at 720pm EST to dicuss and give away his new book Noelle

Emergency Donations Needed
 To My Amazing Animal Loving Friends,
 
 The Southern California fires are out of control! We are in need of Emergency Donations to help rescue and save precious lives. The shelters are overfilled and need room to make space for the strays and victims of the high winds and fires. We have already pulled 11 shelter dogs so far and need your help! To make a much needed donation, please click the Donate button below. Nothing is too small or too large. Please help!
 
This year has gone by so quickly. There was so much hope and promise and then suddenly so many shocking events happened that changed thousands of people's lives without warning. We all stand together as loving people that want the world to be a better, kinder place and yet it has been a rocky road and challenged all of us in so many different ways. 
 The one thing we all hold in common is love for animals and trying to make a difference. The challenge becomes more difficult every year. I haven't given up faith. I can't. I need your support to help me to help the animals through these troubled times. 
 Our financial situation has been challenging all year long no matter how hard I work and reach out. I do this job 24/7. I take nothing for myself but I shepherd the animals every step of the way from morning till night. 
 In lieu of holiday cards this year we are doing emails and using electronic media to reach out to those we love and set a path for the future. 
 We all know spay and neuter is a necessity, due to the crisis of pet overpopulation in our country. Maybe now with all the storms that have changed the course of these animals' and humans' lives, the government will start to understand and we can make headway in 2018. 
 My heart has not stopped thinking about Houston. We have actually saved several animals through friends of ours that live down in Houston. These were pets that once had a home and found themselves as strays out on the street, lost and asking for compassion, food and would love a new home. 
 The environmental impact the storm had caused many skin conditions down there and we've tried to reach out and help those to help the animals that are fighting new issues due to toxins in their bodies from the storms. Florida, Puerto Rico, I don't even know how they could've been left in such a tragic way when they are our brothers and sisters.  I think of them every day. 
 Being in the middle of the fires and California burning is both devastating and shocking, and knowing the thousands of humans and animals that are now homeless is heartbreaking. Caring, loving, compassionate people are losing everything they've ever known in their lives. The animals depend on humans to find them safety and that is our job to help the homeless pets that have lost their families and need rescues to help them find a new loving, forever, home.
 We rescue from shelters every week. We are not sure people realize the hard work we do. We give veterinarian care, training and mend they're broken hearts. We put them back together and find loving people to adopt them and give them everything they deserve! 
 We currently have 11 already rescued and at the veterinarian for spay, neuter and medical care! We are working with the shelters during these tragedies to figure out how to relieve their stress so they can help the strays coming in from the fires. Then the rescuers must step in again. It's time consuming, expensive and exhausting!
Please help me to help them! That's all I can ask from the bottom of my heart! The tragedies are all over the news and for those that don't look at the pets in the shelters it is simply heartbreaking every single day. Their lives are on the line for no reason other than bad humans and the loss of their homes. 
  We've uncovered a lot truths with the backyard breeders being allowed to take their pets back from shelters, to continue to breed them again, without even being slapped on the wrist. We have confirmation of breeders abandoning their dogs to the streets, to fend for themselves, after they've bred them over and over. All of this will be brought to light in 2018. 
 Please, please, please donate today and help me to help them. I must ask for financial aid during this crisis in California. I'm asking from the bottom my heart! Also, don't forget all the hard work we do for cancer prevention - it is working!  Help support me in this hard and expensive work that is proving to give people more time when their pets may be diagnosed with this tragic life-threatening illness. 
 Many thanks!
 With Love and Prayers of safety for your family and your pets!
 Linda Blair 

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Nzymes
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Nzymes isstaple company in our cancer prevention work and highly recommended pet care for you and all your companion animals. I use it on all our rescue dogs and have seen the most miraculous results. As a Holiday gift,
Nzymes will be donating $3.00 to the LBWF rescued dogs for every Christmas Kit and Peanuts-Pak sold. 
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If you are looking for a perfect Holiday gift for your furry loved one, check out Chewy.com! They have a great assortment of toys, treats, collars, beds, and much more! Place your first order today and Chewy will donate $20 to the LBWF rescued dogs. Click the picture to get started!
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 8, 2017) – The Christmas season brings opportunities to share joy and help those in need and 117 Entertainment Artists, Lewis Brice, Paul Bogart, Scooter Brown Band and Amanda Winter are generously participating in the Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show taking place at the Walmart Supercenter (204 N Hendersonville Lane/Hendersonville TN) on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5-9 pm CST.

All proceeds go to the nonprofit organization, Christmas 4 Kids, that will supply Christmas shopping money to more than four hundred underprivileged children at the annual event. Dozens of artist buses are decorated with Christmas themes, providing an opportunity for fans to get an inside look at the artists’ home away from home. A donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-12 gives the ticket-holder the chance to see more than 50 tour buses and meet artists and celebrities inside every bus, take photographs and get autographs.

Lewis Brice: With a sound rooted at the intersection of country, rhythm & blues and southern rock, Lewis Brice comes at you with high-energy stories, sounds that catch the ear and beats that make you want to move. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, he grew up singing in church choir and praise bands. Throughout his career he has spread his music in front of attentive audiences and continuously grown a strong fan base while playing shows with many talented artists he admires such as Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and many more.

Lewis made headlines with 2010's “Ordinary Girl,” co-written with Dallas Rogers, which made a small window on the Mediabase charts and reached #67 on the iTunes Country Music chart. He appeared in CMT’s first season of "Can You Duet,” coming in 8th place out of the thousands who auditioned. Additionally, Lewis took on the lead role in the 2014 ACM Song of the Year music video for “I Drive Your Truck,” performed by his brother Lee Brice.
For more information, please visit lewisbrice.com

Paul Bogart: Though his songs are fresh and he himself is young, he is an old soul with a knack for capturing time-honored traditions and summing up classic sentiments in catchy, three-minute songs. Exuding sincerity and a rare, down-to-earth charm, Paul Bogart is, simply put, the epitome of traditional country music. After nearly a decade of writing, playing and touring, Bogart has begun pulling in big numbers in every arena, literally. Whether it’s the main stage at the AQHA World Championships with thousands in attendance or the social media scene with almost 4 million fans reached through his YouTube tribute, “Cowboy Ride,” Bogart’s songs have connected with America’s Heartland in a real, tangible way that modern country has perhaps missed. For more information on Paul Bogart visit www.paulbogart.com.

Scooter Brown Band: After 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine, Scott “Scooter” Brown traded his guns in for guitars and hit the road. The Scooter Brown Band was formed and began playing mainly in and around Houston, Texas. Along with their growing notoriety came their first radio single "Apology." Other regional radio releases were soon to follow and include "Whiskey Talkin", "Soldiers Christmas Eve", "Feels Like Home,", and "Summer Song". The band released several independent albums, strengthening their chops in the studio, however they truly shine in their live show. SBB has toured the country and opened for some of their biggest influences including Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt and the Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. For the last year the band has been building a new era in their career, gearing up for the release of their newest project American Son -- defining modern southern rock. For more information, please visit scooterbrownband.com

Amanda Winter: From a very early age, Amanda Winter has been wowing audiences with her small size and larger-than-life vocals. Her life growing up revolved around country music.  Amanda Winter is no stranger to the uncertainty that life can bring, growing up in the foster care system, her main focus remained on her love of music. She made her move to Nashville in August of 2013, without knowing anyone, without a job out there waiting and with nothing more than everything that fit inside of her car. In May of 2015, Amanda released her very first Nashville EP, consisting of seven original songs, two of which she co-wrote.  Her first self-penned song “Little Girl…Big Dream” became an anthem for her life. A song to tell the world that no one can define you, if you really chase after your dreams, anything is possible. Growing up herself as a foster child, she continues to be an activist for children everywhere, and hopes to be living proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from, that you can achieve it all if you work hard and dream big. Make sure to follow Amanda on http://www.amandawintermusic.com

About 117 Entertainment Group
117 Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted entertainment firm specializing in management and publicity/marketing campaigns for musicians, events and brands. They represent the likes of Randy Travis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Negron, Bobby Bare, Lewis Brice, Lee Roy Parnell Paul Bogart and Scooter Brown Band, just to name a few. Zach Farnum has managed PR campaigns for an eclectic list of artists as well as high-profile events and festivals including A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, Country Stampede, Tree Town Music Festival and more. He serves as a co-chair of the TJ Martell Foundation’s Young Professionals Council and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Nashville Association of Talent Directors where he serves as Membership Chairman. Bev Moser has worked with country artists, television actors and celebrities, as well as book authors creating articles and reviews, conducting interviews and covering an endless stream of festivals and press conferences. Together at 117, the team brings a brand-driven approach to management, publicity and marketing campaigns and continues to be a go-to firm for multiple high-profile projects.

For more information visit www.117group.com.

 

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Left: A species of branching stony coral colonies releasing egg bundles into the water in Horniman's lab. Credit: Horniman Museum & Gardens. Right: Keri O'Neil at The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation with coral that has grown in the lab from wild spawning. Credit: the Florida Aquarium.
 
The Florida Aquarium, based in Tampa, Florida, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens, based in London, have joined forces to save coral reefs by spawning (reproducing) corals in a lab – a major technique to aid coral restoration that has only been accomplished at the Horniman.
 
Corals in the wild reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm into the water at the same time, which is an event that is increasingly more uncertain given the changing climate. This wild spawning event only happens once per year, which has meant opportunities for research have been limited – until now.
 
From Dec. 11 - 17, Keri O’Neil, The Florida Aquarium’s Coral Nursery Manager, will be visiting the Horniman to learn their techniques of growing corals in a lab setting and brainstorm ideas of how to transport future coral fragments to Florida for restoration purposes.
 
The Horniman Aquarium started Project Coral and in 2013 became the first organization globally to predictably induce coral spawning in a fully closed aquarium lab setting.  Now The Florida Aquarium is providing even more expertise to enhance this project with plans to plant the lab-grown coral fragments to coral reefs along the Florida Reef Tract.
 
The new partnership with The Florida Aquarium takes the research protocols developed in the Horniman’s lab in Forest Hill, south London, and applies them in The Florida Aquarium’s state-of-the-art coral conservation nursery in Apollo Beach, Florida.
 
“Project Coral is ‘game-changing,’ allowing us to spawn corals on site, create multiple spawning events across the year and drastically speed up restoration work to ensure the survival of Florida’s reef,” said Scott Graves, Director of The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation.
 
Project Coral is an innovative coral reproductive research project led by the Horniman Aquarium with international partners, working to predictably spawn corals in a lab setting in order to investigate, counter and repair the impact of climate change on coral reef health and reproduction. Since 2012, researchers at the Horniman Museum and Gardens Aquarium have been researching broadcast coral reproduction, developing protocols that replicate natural reef conditions – and the triggers for mass spawning events – in the lab, to predict and induce land-based spawning.
 
Corals bred at The Florida Aquarium using Project Coral techniques – all from species listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act – will be transplanted into the ocean to restore the Florida Reef off the state’s south eastern coast.
 
Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world and support about 25 percent of all marine life. In addition, they are important to the Florida economy as fisheries and a tourist attraction.
 
The reef has suffered dramatically from bleaching events that occur when ocean temperatures rise, as well as pollution and other human-related environmental causes. Some scientists believe staghorn coral can no longer successfully sexually reproduce in the wild at all with these environmental challenges emerging. Thus, scientific groups like the ones formed by the Horniman and The Florida Aquarium are changing the game by spawning corals in a lab setting, allowing the corals to spawn more than just once a year. The increase in spawning occurrences will give the team a better chance to make a substantial impact on the restoration of corals.
 
“Project Coral has made huge strides in creating the protocols to induce coral spawning in lab conditions, and the Horniman’s research will continue to refine the techniques and understand the effects of climate change on coral reproduction. But we need partners to be able to put our research into practice in the field. This partnership with The Florida Aquarium is Project Coral’s first opportunity to make a ‘real world’ change, and we look forward to seeing the positive effects our work together will have on Florida’s reefs” said Jamie Craggs, Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
 
About The Horniman Museum and Gardens
The Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 as a gift to the people in perpetuity from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. Today the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, anthropology, music and an acclaimed aquarium. Indoor exhibits link to the award-winning display gardens – from food and dye gardens to an interactive sound garden – set among 16 acres of beautiful, green space offering spectacular views across London. horniman.ac.uk
 
About The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

 
 
  

Dear Jon,

Are you ready for a new year of Doris? Once again, we have signed copies of the official Doris Day calendar up for auction on eBay. For 2018, we have only seven signed calendars available, so click here to bid now.

These calendars, in the special collector’s A3 size (12" x 17"), have been personally hand-signed by Doris Day. And, as always, all proceeds will benefit DDAF, so please bid generously.

All images featured in this year's calendar were professionally scanned and restored from original photographic prints, transparencies or negatives.

This auction will run for seven days, so be sure to watch the bidding carefully. Click here now to get in on the fun!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

The DDAF Team


Animal Defenders International (ADI) President Jan Creameristo be honored at TheWIFTS International Visionary Awards 2017 in recognition of ADI’s life-saving work for animals under her leadership. At an exclusive event in Los Angeles on December 10th, Jan will be presented withTheOtiliaAnimal Advocacy award inaugurated by TippiHedren in 2014.

Jan Creamer, ADI President said “It is an honor to be chosen for this special award. As a species, we are having a devastating effect on the lives of animals and our shared environment, they need our help. Humanity can be a force for good, protecting our planet and the other species who call it home.”

Celebrating its 10th year, The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase and TheWIFTS Foundation is dedicated to increasing awareness of ‘singular women as individuals’.TheWIFTS Foundation selected Angela Merkel as TheWIFTS Woman of The Decade (Society) & Gal GadotWoman of The Decade (Film). Often unrecognized for their passion and integrity in their chosen field,fellow honorees include actressElaine Partnow; Cassini Project Lead Scientist LindaJ Spilker;documentary filmmakers Gina Abatemarco and Taira Akbar; Mayes C. RubeoCostume Designer for Thor: Ragnarok, currently in cinemas worldwide.

A short film showcasing ADI’s work for animals led by Janwill be screened at the awards ceremony,and feature the organization’s latest rescue mission, the epic Operation Spirit of Freedom inwhich more than 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade were saved.AsADI assisted the government of Peru with enforcement of a ban on wild animal acts, over 30 lions were flown home to Africa and more than 50 indigenous wild animals, including six different species of monkey and bears, homed in ADI sanctuary facilities in the Amazon. 

Jan co-founded ADI in 1990 with her husband and Vice President Tim Philips, and leadsfrom the front, going toe to toe with circus owners refusing to hand over animals; writing reports;filming in animal laboratories, factory farms, animal dealers, slaughterhouses and circuses; spearheading prosecutions, or addressing national legislators and governments. 

ADI’s highly committed team gathers evidence on industries such as circuses, performing animal trainers, animal laboratories and fur farms. Sustained awareness campaigns have been the catalyst for legislation protecting animals, including ending circus acts in over 40 countries, animal cruelty convictions, the EU ban on use of wild caught primates or their offspring in experiments,bans on cosmetics tests on animals in the UK and Europe and restrictions in over 180 countries on cross-border movements of endangered species in traveling exhibitions.

A major element of this work is the production of short and feature documentaries, television work and online productions. Film and television has a major impact on public understanding of animal and environmental issues and ADI has ensured that the animals are represented in film, television and online productions. The ADI’s large-scale rescue work is showcased in the multi award-winning feature documentary, Lion Ark, produced by Jan Creamer, directed by Tim Phillips. The film tells the story of the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses, in a joint ADI-Bolivian Government law enforcement operation.

Jan is one of 100 visionaries nominated by the Albert Einstein Foundation to mark 100 years of Einstein’s theory of relativity. The “world’s greatest minds” are presenting their visions of the future in the world’s first 3D-printed bookGenius.  The Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, include director Sir Ridley Scott, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Barbara Streisand, former commander of the international space station Colonel Chris Hadfield, author Salman Rushdie, Nobel laureates, billionaire entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders. The global project honors the life and legacy of Albert Einstein, recognizes living visionaries, and seeks to “inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet.”

Jan and Tim are also recipients of The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights Bob Barker Award for Extraordinary Achievement for Animal Rights, Legendary TV presenter and philanthropist, Bob Barker, a funder of ADI’s work, said,"I am proud to be on ADI's list of donors! In my opinion Animal Defenders International is one of the world's most productive animal protection organizations."

To support Animal Defenders International’s life-saving workwww.ad-international.org/donate

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Animal Defenders International (ADI):Los Angeles – London – Bogota

Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments

Active worldwide to end the suffering of animals: animals in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure; animals used for food or fur; protection of wildlife and the environment; trade in animals zoos, pets, entertainment and laboratories. Funding and promotion of advanced scientific methods to replace the use of animals in research. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Education and awareness to public, media and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.

ADI government-backed rescues:

Operation Spirit of FreedomOver 100 wild animals, seized from illegal circuses andwildlife trade, rehomed to natural habitats.

In 2016, part of this operation included an airlift of 33 ex-circus lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia, home to Africa.

In 2015, ADI relocated over 40 monkeys of six different species and other animals to their natural habitats in Peru as well as spectacled bear, 25-year-old Cholita, driven three days across the Andes, to her new home at the foot of her natural cloud forest range; a specially built oxygen tent was built to help the elderly bear at high altitudes.

Operation Lion Ark in Bolivia in 2011; ADI assisted officials with the seizure of 25 African lions and relocated them to a sanctuary in the US, this story is told in the feature documentary, Lion Ark (www.lionarkthemovie.com)

 

Iconic dog show host and award-winning author receives highest honor

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the DWAA Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.

“I am truly humbled by this honor given to me by my peers and colleagues and friends,” Frei said. “To be a part of this collection of great and talented people who are already inductees is truly special. I know that I share with them the great fortune of having wonderful dogs making my life better every single day. I thank the Dog Writers Association of America for including me.”

Being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame is the latest of Frei’s many career accomplishments. New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”

As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show – more than 25 million viewers in 2017. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC/USA as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted on Easter in 2017.

Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television, including "Today," “NBC Nightly News,” "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The View”, Martha Stewart," and more. The dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” competition.

A breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His dog, Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who, was the top Afghan Hound in the country in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. As a judge, he has officiated at shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China. 

But David’s true passion comes from the work that his dogs have been doing as therapy dogs at places such as the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (where his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, were the first therapy dogs ever allowed into these facilities), and at New York’s VA Medical Center. After Teigh and Belle passed, David’s Cavalier, Angel, and his Brittany, Grace, took over for them at many New York facilities.

While at Westminster, he created a charitable activity, Angel On A Leash, to support a therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places, expanding nationwide and receiving many honors for its wonderful accomplishments.

David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named after the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, and was the 2012 winner of a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award as best depiction of the human-animal bond. David was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side in 2002. Also a DWAA Maxwell winner, it tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic Golden Retriever service dog. David’s third book, about his years at Westminster, is underway.

He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with awards from the DWAA (its AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers (the Stonehenge Award), and Purina (Better with Pets Award).   

Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.”

He has been honored for his work with Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations. He is a past board member for Take The Lead and Morris Animal Foundation, and a past member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. He has also been recognized for his volunteer efforts with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for many years.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, David lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own PR agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 2016, and now works as a consultant for NBC Sports. Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. 

“David Frei is such an inspiration to the dog-writing community,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA’s president. “He is beloved not just by writers, but by dog lovers across the country and world. We’re thrilled to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor, which he so richly deserves.”

For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

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