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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Annabelle Comes Home

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster and RatPac-Dune Entertainment present an R rated, 106 minute, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, directed and written by Gary Dauberman, story by James Wan with a theater release date of June 26, 2019.

Talkkin' Pets News

June 30, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Matt Nall - Super Pet Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Lisa Ward, Co-Director of Education at Maddie's Fund will join Jon and Talkin' Pets June 30, 2018 at 635pm EST to discuss The Million Cat Challenge

Debbie Guardian, President and Founder of Opie & Dixie will join Jon and Talkin' Pets June 30, 2018 at 720pm EST to discuss and give away her 100% natural organic Paw Balm

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 .

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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.”

 

Talkin' Pets News

October 21, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - David Yates, CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the past, present and future of the aquarium as well as life with the famous dolphins Winter & Hope

Feline Fix by Five Leads Efforts to Reduce Cat Overpopulation in U.S. and Sandy Robins will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 635pm EST to discuss options

Jerry Grymek Doggis Concierge for the Hotel Penn in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/21/17 at 721pm EST to discuss the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show events

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Change for Chickens
After a Mercy For Animals campaign, Jack in the Box, parent company of Qdoba Mexican Eats, announced plans to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chains. Read more.
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12/17/2016

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Special Guest - Hour 1 - Gail Miller Bisher - Director of Communications - Westminster Kennel Club


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Dear Jon,
 
A lot has happened this week with McDonald’s—one of the largest fast-food chains in the world—and thanks to your support, MFA has been at the forefront of these developments.
 
On Wednesday, McDonald’s publicly announced its commitment to going 100 percent cage-free for its U.S. and Canadian egg supply chains. This landmark change will spare nearly 8 million birds each year from a life crammed in cages so small they can’t freely walk, spread their wings, nest, or engage in other basic natural behaviors. While cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free, it represents progress.
 
This major shift didn’t happen on its own. For years, MFA and other organizations have campaigned to make this day a reality. Over the years, MFA has conducted investigations at multiple McDonald’s egg suppliers in both the U.S. and Canada, documenting the horrific animal cruelty and severe neglect inherent in confining birds in barren cages. Our hidden cameras exposed birds suffering from open wounds, carcasses left to rot in cages, and other sickening findings.
 
MFA’s campaign to convince McDonald’s to stop confining egg-laying hens in cages included more than 200,000 consumer signatures on our online petitions and the support of animal-friendly celebrities, including Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, and Alicia Silverstone.
 
With its cage-free egg announcement, McDonald’s has demonstrated not only that it’s able to drive important change for animals, but also that it’s listening to consumers’ growing concern about the treatment of animals used for food.
 
 
While we celebrate McDonald’s progress in reducing the suffering endured by egg-laying hens, there is still work to be done. Now is the time for the fast-food giant to take meaningful steps to also reduce the cruelty endured by the birds killed for its Chicken McNuggets.
 
Nothing could make this fact clearer than the criminal animal cruelty charges brought yesterday against the owners of a McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets supplier farm after an MFA investigator exposed them beating and stabbing chickens using a spiked club, and standing on the birds’ heads and pulling their wings or bodies to break their necks.
 
MFA is calling on McDonald’s to swiftly adopt meaningful animal welfare policies to end many of the worst forms of cruelty to “broiler” chickens—those raised and killed for meat. Specifically, MFA is calling on McDonald’s to end selective breeding of birds for rapid growth and to shift to slower-growing breeds of birds to prevent health problems related to accelerated growth; provide birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments; and replace live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel systems.
 
With your support, we can make this happen, further reducing the suffering experienced by millions of birds each year.
 
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It’s never been clearer that the days of cruel factory farms are numbered. But we must continue to push forward to ensure their final day arrives.
 
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The secret ingredient in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is brutal animal cruelty.
 
That’s the finding of a new MFA undercover investigation at a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier—Tyson Foods—that exposed horrific animal abuse, including:
  • Birds painfully beaten, stabbed, and impaled on makeshift clubs spiked with nails and then thrown into buckets to slowly die
  • Factory farm owners stepping on the heads of live chickens and then pulling their wings or bodies to break their necks
  • Chickens bred to grow so fast they became crippled under their own weight and frequently died from organ failure
  • Hundreds of thousands of birds crammed into filthy, windowless sheds forced to live for weeks in their own waste
After six short weeks, the surviving birds are grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and violently slammed into transport crates—often suffering broken bones in the process—and trucked to slaughter.
 
 
You may remember that last month we exposed unimaginable animal abuse at another Tyson factory farm. As shocking as it is, cruelty and violence run rampant in the poultry industry. There are no federal laws to protect chickens during their lives on factory farms, and most states specifically exclude chickens from anti-cruelty laws.
 
That’s why it is so important for McDonald’s to implement meaningful animal welfare policies and oversight at its supplier farms. As the world’s largest fast-food chain and a top customer to Tyson Foods, McDonald’s has both the power and ethical responsibility to prevent egregious cruelty to millions of animals.
 
Please, take a moment to sign our petition calling on McDonald’s to stop unconscionable animal abuse in its supply chain. Then please share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too.
 
And remember, as individual consumers who care about animals, the most powerful choice we can make is to leave chickens and other animals off our plates.
 
Sincerely,
 

 
Nathan Runkle
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At CSUSB, Vic Sjodin met Cheyenne Jones (above), who not only wants to go veg but also helped leaflet!

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I am a recurring donor because I realize that the greatest amount of suffering in the world is the suffering of the animals who are destined to be slaughtered for food, whose lives are accorded no value except as they can be used for human ends and purposes. That is huge and just so wrong. I want to help and am grateful for the opportunity to support your efforts. I feel I am a small part of the change I would like to see in the world.
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Jon Camp at OSU
Jessy at OSU

Lauren and I had an action-packed day at Oklahoma State. We extended our record-breaking streak to 10 days, rocking out the biggest day of leafleting in Oklahoma history. Good conversations, too. For example, Jessy [left] received a VO booklet from us last school year and has been veg since! Lauren met a young woman interested in going veg and eventually vegan. Lauren helped push her further along that path. There were two separate incidents where I offered a Guide to a student and another one overheard this and basically said, “I’m also veg and would like a Guide too!”
—Jon Camp (above, leafleting OSU), 9/20/13

Leslie, Kimberly, and I shattered the record at Bowie State! Timmi jumped for joy when I gave her a booklet: “I’m going vegetarian soon!” There was a stray kitten on campus with an eye infection (kitten now being cared for). Leslie overheard some students talking about the kitten. One of them said, “[The VO leafleters] made us realize that it’s okay to care [about animals].” Cool stuff.
Today at Hagerstown Community College, LaTraya came to chat after getting a booklet. She told me that she can’t stand the way animals are treated and asked how she can help. We ended up having a great conversation about the similarities between different prejudices towards humans and the prejudice towards animals. Now she wants to go veg! She even requested extra booklets for her friends and is going to show her mom!
—Kassy Ortega, 9/26/13

The students at De Anza College were friendly and the take rate was high – I handed out all my booklets in a few hours. Gave Guides to interested people, and one to a new vegan for her brother. I also met a woman who thanked me for being there and asked for information about volunteering with VO.
—Diane Gandee Sorbi, 9/24/13

Carmen at CMU
Patrick at CMU
Dutch at Pitt

Nearly got the record at the College of Marin. Had very useful conversations. E.g., a student who said she was vegan for two weeks, then she gave up. Another student had been vegan for two years before giving up. The Guides will help them!
—Steve Erlsten, 9/23/13

Good day at Oxnard College and Channel Islands High. A number of students said, “Awesome” or “Cool” or “I love animals.” A physiology professor told me he uses his lecture on digestion to segue into the film Earthlings and his students are required to watch it. Wow. I noticed a sign for Vegetarian Awareness Day at Oxnard College with vegan food! A student got a Compassionate Choices and later flagged me down to say, “Now I don’t want to eat chicken anymore.” She was happy to get a Guide. A guy said the booklet made him want to go vegan; he also got a Guide.
—Barbara Bear, 9/26/13

At Carnegie Mellon University, Carmen [above, right] was in awe of our lit. She asked me if the images were real. When I told her yes, she asked if this was happening here (i.e., in the United States), again I told her yes. She was shocked that this cruelty was happening every day in her own backyard (so to speak). I could tell she was moved at learning this all, she clearly knew nothing of factory farming before seeing our leaflet. We spoke for several minutes about the cruel practices used on factory farms. I gave her a Guide because she wanted to know about what to eat. I also spoke with Patrick [right], a student who took a leaflet on his way to class, and stopped to chat with me on his way back after class. He was interested in vegan bodybuilding after seeing vegan bodybuilder extraordinaire Robert Cheeke in the booklet. He said that he understands that the cruelty is wrong, but he’s big into his health and fitness so he wanted to learn more about veg sources of protein and such. He told me that he lifts weights, to which I replied that I do as well. We spoke about where vegan athletes get their protein, and I directed him to VeganBodybuilding.com, which has a ton of information for vegans who lift.
At the University of Pittsburgh, I was able to get out 1,450 leaflets! My day started on a good note when a professor gave me a literal pat on the back when she saw what I was passing out. From there I met several vegan students who were also pleased to see VO on campus. Dutch [right], who recognized the band Xibalba’s name on my beanie, approached me to chitchat about hardcore. After talking for a minute, I said, “You’ve gotta check out this information I’m passing out,” and to my surprise, he told me he was already vegan – very cool! He was pumped I was leafleting his school. I also met vegans Chelsea, Kinley, and Jackie [below].
—Chris Guinn, 9/23/13

Chelsea at Pitt Kinley at Pitt Jackie at Pitt

Chris took vacation time to join me at Oakton Community College. We heard from students who wanted to know what they can do to help the animals. Some said the booklet was sad, and one told me it made her go vegan for six months last time she received it, though she had gone back to eating meat sometimes. Another told me it made him change what he got for lunch.
—Leslie Patterson, 9/25/13

Student at Worcester State
Karen James sends this pic of a student reading Compassionate Choices at Worcester State.

Set a new record at Worcester State and met many vegetarians and vegans. Eight students shared their emails to start a group. I had many, many other amazing conversations. One professor stopped by to ask questions, also told me who could be faculty advisor for a campus group. A food service worker came by and took both a Compassionate Choices and a Guide.
Very windy and cold at the University of Hartford, but a very satisfying day. Dani joined me for the first time, and did great! We reached over 1,100 students. Met 20+ vegetarians and vegans; and 17 students gave their emails for a campus group. Many good conversations and a lot of people stopped by to ask questions. For example, a guy stopped to ask about bodybuilding; I referred him to VeganBodybuilding.com.
—Karen James, 9/23/13

At Georgia State, Matt met a student who insisted that he needed to eat meat because of the taste and protein. Matt told him the animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit – the only way to stop this horrific slaughter is by eliminating meat – with each meal he has the power to save a life. He agreed and said, “Never thought of it like that! Please give me a booklet and I will read it tonight.” A girl told me that she has been thinking about going veg. She asked me if it is hard. I said I love being vegan!! It is very easy. I took down her info and told her I will help her in any way I can.
—Mukang Pederson, 9/18/13

Rachel Shippee and Team Jungenberg at UW Stout
Jamie Jungenberg, John Jungenberg, Rachel Shippee, and Mary Jungenberg provide a voice for the animals at UW Stout.

Despite the bad weather, CAA and I reached nearly 3,000 students at the University of Minnesota. I met a woman who loved the booklet and wanted more to hand out at the clinic there. Met Tony, who had been veg for 6 months and gave up. After I gave him a Guide and we chatted for a bit, he helped me leaflet. He really enjoyed it!
Mike joined me at the University of St. Thomas, where we reached nearly 1,200 students! They were paving the street in front of me and I actually had a worker jump off a moving steamroller to get a leaflet! Then at Bethel University, every single person accepted a booklet!
Today, Team Jungenberg [right] joined me, and we dominated the University of Wisconsin, Stout. John ran into a woman who received a booklet a few years ago and in return has reduced her meat consumption; he gave her a Guide.
—Rachel Shippee, 9/26/13

The students at Appalachian State were all SUPER friendly and receptive. I met 10 vegetarians and 6 vegans, 2 of whom changed their diet from receiving a VO booklet last year! Three people said no to a booklet at first, but then came back and asked for one later. Two students who read the booklet that day told me they were very affected by it and intended to change their diets.
—Andrea Gunn, 9/25/13

Lisa at CSUSB Erica at CSUSB Student at CSUSB
Students at CSUSB

At Cal State San Bernardino, I met Cheyenne [top of page], who now wants to go veg. She joined me to leaflet, too! Many other great interactions! Had a long conversation with Lisa [above, left], who now wants to move to vegan! Another student told me getting a VO booklet in the past is why she went veg. Another woman [above, right] came back and told me she was really considering these issues, and asked for more booklets to show friends. I saw many reading cover to cover. One student said, “Finally I get handed something I really care about!” Heard others say, “This is terrible,” and discuss it with friends. Snapped a pic of a fraternity brother showing Compassionate Choices to a friend [right] – then gave him a Guide and had a brief convo. Met Erica [above, center], who loves animals and is now open to adding more veg meals. Also met a professor who told me how horrible animal experiments on campus are. I agreed and then pointed out that 98 or 99 percent of animals who suffer similar horror are the ones raised for food. She told me how much she loved animals, followed by, “I should probably go vegetarian.” Bingo! Great day!

Laura and Jenny at GWC Marlene at GWC
Melissa MacDonald at GWC

Melissa [MacDonald, right] joined me at Orange Coast College and Golden West College, where we had numerous conversations and watched a bunch of students reading their booklets. First we met Marlene [above, right], a psychology student and professed animal lover who is now interested in eating fewer animal products. Then Laura and Jenny [above, left]: Jenny had gotten a VO booklet in the past and had started to eat less meat. We had a beautiful conversation, and Laura also asked for a Guide. Heather [below, right] had received a booklet last year and ate vegan for four months, then started to eat some eggs and fish. After our talk and getting a Guide, she is committed to not harming animals. Melissa had a productive 20-minute convo with an inquisitive professor who had many questions. Then I met a near-vegetarian who was thrilled to get a Guide; I think she’ll go fully vegan. Talked with Matt [below, left], an environmental sciences major. He was so open to the beautiful world of compassionate living and eating, he really made my day.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/24/13

Matt at GWC Heather at GWC

 


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