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"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs. Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who have taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."

—Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
“Rescue a dog, and the dog will rescue you. I can vouch for that, and Peter Zheutlin does a lovely, moving job of exploring the subject. Rescued is a delightful read.”

—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author


What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things

By Peter Zheutlin

While many of us have heard the “adopt don’t shop” expression, what most people don’t realize is just how vast the canine overpopulation problem is: 3.3 million new dogs enter U.S. animal shelters each year, at least 20% of which are euthanized[i] (these numbers are conservative when you start digging). There are an estimated 78 million pet dogs in the U.S[ii], yet less than a quarter are adopted from rescues and shelters. In his New York Times-bestselling book RESCUE ROAD, journalist Peter Zheutlin introduced us to Greg Mahle of Rescue Road Trips and the remarkable, heartwarming story of how one man (and many selfless volunteers) saved over thirty thousand hard-luck dogs from the South.

Peter Zheutlin’s new book RESCUED: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things is a natural follow up to Rescue Road. Zheutlin interweaves heartwarming and humorous stories, lessons, and advice from countless families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their homes and the transformative effect of these adoptions.Zheutlin captures the beautiful as well as the challenging moments that will resonate with any pet owner, such as:

  • Knowing the moment your dog feels “home,” as shared by Ronnie Stanley, a first round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens, who adopted Lila, a notoriously “hard-to-adopt” pit bull mix.
  • The new perspectives gained as a dog owner: “If I’m running late for work,” recounts Ericka Kofkin, whose pit bull Zosia only has two legs due to being run over by a train, “I can get grumbly at her slow progress. But then I turn around to check on her and see how hard she’s working and all the effort in her little face and instantly melt… She always acts like I’m giving her the greatest gift in the world.”
  • The many ways in which dogs can help comfort, support, and guide us: As wheelchair-bound Ellen Leigh notes of her service dog, “Ricky helps me with many tasks and gives me independence. He opens doors literally and figuratively. He touches people’s hearts and because of that, I make a connection with lots of people. It’s a wonderful, life-changing partnership. My doctors agree Ricky has improved my health and he’s renewed meaning and purpose in my life.”

Owning a dog, rescued or otherwise, “isn’t going to be one continuous Hallmark moment” – there will always be challenging behaviors, unexplained fears, and a love for rolling in poop and mud. But most importantly, these resilient dogs and their awe-inspiring stories help us put the trials and tribulations of our daily lives into perspective, helping us live every day with greater appreciation and gratitude.


PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author, whose work appears regularly in major national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. For more information, visit his website, www.peterzheutlin.com.

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What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon,

and Finding Joy in the Little Things

By Peter Zheutlin

On Sale October 3, 2017

TarcherPerigee Paperback | ISDN-13: 978-1-101-98285-3 | $16.00


[i] The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

[ii]APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2015-1026 by the American Pet Products Association


Multiple Telecasts on FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD Highlight Westminster Week Events on February 11-13, 2018
New York, NY - The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show made its first appearance on television in 1948. To celebrate 70 years of sharing our passion for dogs with television audiences at home, Westminster along with its broadcast partner, FOX Sports, will air three consecutive days of expanded television coverage on three channels - FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD. More than 3,200 dogs entered across three dog sports will entertain, enamor and excite dog lovers around the world.
Viewers will be able to tune into the FOX broadcast network for the first time to catch expanded coverage of the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster finals on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Daytime viewers will enjoy expanded select live coverage of the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Nat Geo WILD on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. The coveted Groups and Best in Show live telecast will continue on FS1 on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 8 pm to 11 pm EST.
For 2018, the dog show and obedience entries increased and 10 more agility entries will compete in the final round. The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show reached its conformation entry limit of 2,800. There will be a total of 2,882 dogs at the show representing 2,919 entries which includes 95 junior showmanship qualifiers and 24 obedience teams in the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
NEW Channel / Expanded Agility Finals Coverage from Pier 94 on FOX
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 / 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST
It took a mere eight hours for the 330 invited agility dogs to fill the entry at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. But viewers of this fast-paced sport will have an additional half hour in the expanded telecast to watch dogs and handlers race against the clock over a challenging obstacle course. The finals also expanded from 10 to 12 finalists from each height division for a new total of 60 dogs in the Championship Round from where the Masters Agility Champion will emerge.
Expanded LIVE Coverage from Pier 94 on Nat Geo WILD
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 1 pm to 4 pm EST
During the day, an extra hour of live selected daytime coverage on Nat Geo WILD from Pier 94 has been added to the telecast from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. Dogs from all 50 states, the most from the West Coast and beyond, with California (240), Alaska (7) and Hawaii (7) as well as 136 dogs from 16 other countries, including 102 from Canada will compete in breed competition at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Selected live coverage of the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, will feature dogs from 16 states, including Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2) and Tennessee (2). New this year, all handlers and dogs will compete in both the preliminary exercises and popular freestyle performance rounds to determine the 2018 Masters Obedience Champion.
LIVE from Madison Square Garden on FS1
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 8 pm to 11 pm EST
The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show evening group competitions will once again be telecast live on FS1 Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 8 pm to 11 pm EST. Viewers will see best of breed winners from among the 201 Breeds and Varieties entered. Seven group winners will vie for the coveted Best-in-Show moment at Madison Square Garden. Hounds, Toys, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups compete on Monday night. Working, Sporting, and Terrier groups as well as Best in Show will occur on Tuesday night.
Top Breeds By Sport
Dog Show Entries: Golden Retrievers (52), followed by French Bulldogs (48), Labrador Retrievers (46), Vizslas (45), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Whippets (42), Australian Shepherds (37), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Doberman Pinschers (35), and German Shorthaired Pointers (34). Agility Entries: Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Golden Retrievers (18), Australian Shepherds (18), Poodles (18), and Papillons (15). Obedience Entries: Golden Retrievers (9), Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
Meet & Compete: On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the 9th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds® will be held. This joint effort between The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with more than 150 dog and cat breeds and learn about responsible pet ownership. Information: For tickets to all events and the telecast and live streaming video schedules visit westminsterkennelclub.org.
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
There are 2,882 dogs from 50 states and Washington D.C. with the most dogs from California (240), followed by New York (238), Pennsylvania (195), New Jersey (175), Florida (153), Virginia (135), Connecticut (128), Texas (121), Massachusetts (117), and Ohio (115). They include Junior Showmanship qualifiers (95) and 136 entries from 16 other countriestopped by Canada (102), Mexico (7), Japan (7), and Russia (5). The farthest entries are from Australia (1) and China (1).
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group

Sporting breeds (527): Brittanys (16), Lagotti Romagnoli (7), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (34), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (12), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (29), Retrievers (Golden) (52), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (21), Setters (English) (21), Setters (Gordon) (9), Setters (Irish) (22), Setters (Irish Red & White) (8), Spaniels (American Water) (2), Spaniels (Boykin) (3), Spaniels (Clumber) (3), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (6), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (10), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (13), Spaniels (English Cocker) (18), Spaniels (English Springer) (30), Spaniels (Field) (12), Spaniels (Irish Water) (9), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (13), Spinoni Italiani (12), Vizslas (45), Weimaraners (16), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (7).
Hound breeds (409): Afghan Hounds (17), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (7), Basenjis (19), Basset Hounds (11), Beagles (13") (7), Beagles (15") (20), Black and Tan Coonhounds (2), Bloodhounds (8), Bluetick Coonhounds (11), Borzois (19), Cirnechi dell'Etna (11), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (18), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (22), English Foxhounds (1), Greyhounds (14), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (6), Irish Wolfhounds (11), Norwegian Elkhounds (8), Otterhounds (4), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (15), Plotts (4), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (17), Redbone Coonhounds (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Salukis (19), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (9), Whippets (42).
Working breeds (477): Akitas (12), Alaskan Malamutes (16), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (4), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Black Russian Terriers (14), Boerboels (3), Boxers (17), Bullmastiffs (26), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (35), Dogues de Bordeaux (12), German Pinschers (12), Giant Schnauzers (12), Great Danes (28), Great Pyrenees (14), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (1), Kuvaszok (3), Leonbergers (16), Mastiffs (21), Neapolitan Mastiffs (5), Newfoundlands (17), Portuguese Water Dogs (18), Rottweilers (31), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (23), St. Bernards (8), Standard Schnauzers (20), Tibetan Mastiffs (11).
Terrier breeds (333): Airedale Terriers (23), American Hairless Terriers (8), American Staffordshire Terriers (8), Australian Terriers (12), Bedlington Terriers (9), Border Terriers (13), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (13), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (18), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (7), Irish Terriers (5), Kerry Blue Terriers (14), Lakeland Terriers (9), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (10), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (26), Norfolk Terriers (4), Norwich Terriers (16), Parson Russell Terriers (7), Rat Terriers (17), Russell Terriers (13), Scottish Terriers (7), Sealyham Terriers (6), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (10), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (14), Welsh Terriers (4), West Highland White Terriers (12).
Toy breeds (373): Affenpinschers (9), Brussels Griffons (11), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (32), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (23), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (18), Chinese Cresteds (31), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (6), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (8), Havanese (24), Italian Greyhounds (20), Japanese Chin (13), Maltese (14), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (12), Papillons (14), Pekingese (12), Pomeranians (24), Poodles (Toy) (10), Pugs (22), Shih Tzu (15), Silky Terriers (11), Toy Fox Terriers (12), Yorkshire Terriers (25).
Non-Sporting breeds (297): American Eskimo Dogs (12), Bichon Frises (12), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (22), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (10), Cotons de Tulear (8), Dalmatians (26), Finnish Spitz (5), French Bulldogs (48), Keeshonden (16), Lhasa Apsos (14), Lowchen (2), Norwegian Lundehunds (2), Poodles (Miniature) (9), Poodles (Standard) (25), Schipperkes (8), Shiba Inu (14), Tibetan Spaniels (12), Tibetan Terriers (16), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
Herding breeds (384): Australian Cattle Dogs (15), Australian Shepherds (37), Bearded Collies (19), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (16), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (8), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (19), Border Collies (12), Bouviers des Flandres (10), Briards (17), Canaan Dogs (2), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (24), Collies (Rough) (21), Collies (Smooth) (15), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (6), Finnish Lapphunds (6), German Shepherd Dogs (14), Icelandic Sheepdogs (7), Miniature American Shepherds (19), Norwegian Buhunds (7), Old English Sheepdogs (10), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (21), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (13), Pulik (3), Pumik (10), Pyrenean Shepherds (6), Shetland Sheepdogs (11), Spanish Water Dogs (8), Swedish Vallhunds (5).
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (50):Alaska (7), Alabama (14), Arkansas (3), Arizona (26), California (240), Colorado (47), Connecticut (128), Delaware (14), Florida (153), Georgia (54), Hawaii (7), Idaho (12), Illinois (68), Indiana (40), Iowa (18), Kansas (14), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (27), Maine (20), Maryland (75), Massachusetts (117), Michigan (89), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (7), Missouri (21), Montana (5), Nebraska (4), Nevada (9), New Hampshire (26), New Jersey (175), New Mexico (9), New York (238), North Carolina (96), North Dakota (1), Ohio (115), Oklahoma (36), Oregon (28), Pennsylvania (195), Rhode Island (19), South Carolina (47), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (40), Texas (121), Utah (8), Vermont (20), Virginia (135), Washington (89), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (50), Wyoming (5). Other: Washington D.C. (4).
Other Countries (16): Australia (1), Brazil (1), Canada (102), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (1), Finland (1), Germany (1), Greece (2), Italy (1), Japan (7), Mexico (7), Russia (5), South Korea (3), Spain (1), and Sweden (1).
5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Pier 94
There are 330 dogs entered representing 66 breeds and 28 states with the most coming from New Jersey (77), New York (75) and Pennsylvania (33). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Australian Shepherd (18), Golden Retrievers (18), and Poodles (18).
Agility Entries by Breed
Breeds (66)All-American Dogs (29), American Eskimo Dogs (2), American Staffordshire Terriers (1), Australian Cattle Dogs (1), Australian Shepherds (18), Basenjis (1), Beagles (1), Bearded Collies (6), Bedlington Terriers (1), Belgian Malinois (1), Belgian Sheepdogs (2), Belgian Tervuren (2), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dogs (2), Bichon Frises (5), Biewer Terriers (1), Border Collies (55), Boxers (1), Brittanys (1), Bull Terriers (1), Carin Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (10), Chihuahuas (3), Cocker Spaniels (6), Curly-Coated Retrievers (1), Dachshunds (3), Dalmatians (2), Doberman Pinschers (1), English Cocker Spaniels (7), Finnish Lapphunds (1), Flat-Coated Retrievers (1), Fox Terriers (1), German Shepherd Dogs (4), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Golden Retrievers (18), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Irish Setters (1) Italian Greyhounds (2), Keeshonden (1), Labrador Retrievers (11), Manchester Terriers (2), Miniature American Shepherds (4), Miniature Pinschers (2) Miniature Schnauzers (1), Norfolk Terriers (2), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (1), Papillons (15), Parson Russell Terriers (5), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (18), Portuguese Water Dogs (1), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (2), Salukis (1), Scottish Terriers (2), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), Shiba Inu (2), Siberian Huskies (1), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (3), Vizslas (1), West Highland White Terriers (5), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
Agility Entries by Location
States (28): Arizona (4), California (16), Colorado (2), Connecticut (22), Delaware (4), Florida (4), Illinois (4), Indiana (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (2), North Carolina (4), New Hampshire (7), New Jersey (77), New Mexico (2), Nevada (1), New York (75), Ohio (19), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (7), Virginia (21), Vermont (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (2).
3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Pier 94
There are 24 dogs entered from 16 states led by Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Tennessee (2). Golden Retrievers (9) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
Obedience Entries by Breed
All-American Dogs (1), Border Collies (3), Chinese Cresteds (1), German Shepherd Dogs (1), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Miniature American Shepherds (1) Papillons (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Poodles (Toy) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (9), Retrievers (Labrador) (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1).
Obedience Entries by Location
States (16): Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Maryland (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Washington (1), West Virginia (1).
*** All entry counts are subject to final AKC audit ***
About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow
About Purina Pro Plan - Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for 10 of the past 11 Westminster Best in Show winners and 98 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and
nutritionists, it is our goal to provide dogs with the nutrition they need to be their absolute best, to help keep them energetic and resilient, and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Because being the best he can be means something different for every dog, our wide range of dry and wet foods and snacks, sold exclusively at pet specialty stores, can be found in 80+ formulas across four specialized categories, formulated for a dog's unique needs. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine or Google+. The brand is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.
*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.
About Meet the Breeds: From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The ninth annual event gives pet lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 150 different dog and cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Event sponsors include AKC Pet Insurance, Motel 6, AKCSM Visa® Card and Pet Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.


Experience the timeless tale three different ways along with all-new bonus features!

Today on National Spaghetti Day, January 4th, we are proud to announce that this February, Disney's cherished animated classic, "Lady and the Tramp," joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. Every member of the family will treasure this timeless tale—loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features—when it heads home on Digital and on Movie Anywhere Feb. 20 and on Blu-ray on Feb. 27.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition offers three exciting ways to watch "Lady and the Tramp"—the original theatrical version, sing-along mode and Walt's story meetings—both Digitally and via the Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack). The Multi-screen Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving in-home consumers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. In addition to classic bonus features, all-new extras invite viewers to enter Walt Disney's original office suite on the Studio lot, discover Walt's personal passion for pups, and receive a celebrity-hosted spaghetti and meatballs cooking lesson.

Check out a new trailer here:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/8qG8t2GyDiQ

 The world is certainly different than any of us recognize or understand. We all try to go about our day to day life as best we can. We stand united with people who are similar minded,  have proper morals and respect for each other, the animals and nature, for me this is the only way to keep moving forward.
This past year was so difficult with many losing their homes and animals through floods, hurricanes and now in the last month in California we are faced with several devastating fires. It has taken a toll on all of us but we must stay strong and continue to help those in need! 
Our job is to rescue, educate & provide for the abandoned & abused. I work all year long caring for homeless animals-rescuing, finding loving forever homes, paying medical bills, working to heal their wounded hearts and minds. I continue educating myself on a daily basis, working and learning from experts on ways to keep our faithful friends healthy and happy.
Our Cancer prevention program is WORKING and giving animals more time! We educate every day to remind people to cut out grains, potatoes, and feed clean food, to use cancer prevention herbs and more!
 There is still so much abuse and ignorance happening to the innocent animals.  It is hard for me to get through each day.  I just make myself keep fighting and moving forward. We save so many innocent lives through your donations!
The laws must change and 2017 has shown that the pet overpopulation must be stopped. Spay and neuter must become mandatory against backyard breeders and innocent dogs that are being used in puppy mills by people trying to make a fast buck. It is imperative these laws regarding animals must be changed and every judge I have come across tells me the same thing. It has to be black and white, but we all know how difficult that is.
 Human and animal rights and laws... It's all politics. Such a shame.  2018 must finally bring changes that are so desperately needed. 
 With that I will leave you with loving thoughts this Holiday Season. If you are traveling be safe, warmth if you are cold, and please look out for both people and animals in need of a helping hand.  Don't be afraid to save an innocent animal in their time of need. Never turn a blind eye when you can make a difference! 
Peace to you through this holiday weekend.
 We are in desperate need of donations. With all the rescuing and tragic emergencies that happened these last few months we simply didn't have the finances for our normal holiday mailing. Please be generous and donate today for our Christmas wish for the animals in need! Below you will find our wish list and whether you can provide something on the small side or large side we anxiously wait to hear from you!
 With Love & Peace,
Linda Blair 
President and Founder of the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation
Spread a little Holiday Cheer to an LBWF Rescued Dog this year!
 Running a rescue is very expensive. We rely on your donations to help the animals that have been abandoned and so desperately need medical attention, love, warmth and endless playtime. If you can find it in your heart to make any type of donation to make our Christmas special for the dogs we would be so grateful.  Your donations will make a dog smile and squeak from ear to ear and forget that they don't have a home just yet. 
Our Emergency Christmas Wish list:
  • 4 new tires for the dog's transportation van.
  • To replace the 12 year old Honda Odyssey dog mini van with an updated donated vehicle.
  • Enough grain free dog food to last through years end at least. We purchase at Costco and the local feed store.
  • More blankets towels for our now 20 to 30 degree temperatures at night.
The Dogs Daily Needs are the Following:
  • Grain free, potato free dry dog food & Grain free canned dog food
  • Clean warm bedding
  • Toys, balls, dog treats, dog cookies & non-rawhide chewies
  • Laundry soap & softener
  • Paper towels & Cleaning products for cleaning.
  • Angry Orange Kennel Cleaner (Available at Amazon.com)
  • Lumber & Tarps to keep on hand for wicked rain and believe it or not, sleet and snow are sure to come any moment.
  • Monetary Donations- We purchase a truck load of water every week as we live in the high desert and have well water. We have been in a drought. The high heat from the summer months left our electrical bills high and as we move into winter they will jump again as we have been using heaters for the winter.
  • We would love solar panels to reduce our huge electrical bills!
  • Volunteers
We also have an Amazon Wishlist where you can purchase an item and it will be shipped directly to LBWF. You can view our wishlist by clicking on the picture below. Please remember to use Amazon Smile and a percentage will be donated to LBWF.
Amazon Wishlist
Meet Some Of Our Recent Emergency Rescues!
With the recent fires devastating California LBWF started by rescuing 14 dogs. Within the last day or so we have pulled another 5 dogs from the shelters. The shelters are in desperate need for space with all the fire victims. Many of the dogs are coming out of the shelters with kennel cough and colds and have been going to the veterinarian to get medication. We thank you all for your support and we know it is the Holiday Season but please don't forget the abandoned pets this Holiday Season. Your tax deductible donations help provide a meal, a toy and a warm bed!
New Rescues
A Shelter Dog's Holiday Poem
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town,
Every shelter is full- we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
We hope every minute that someone will care.
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie-come fetch your new ball!"
But now we sit here and think of the days
we were treated so fondly- we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.
Now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
They reacted so quickly- why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call,"
We "bark when they leave us," "climb over the wall."
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
Now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.
If only they'd trained us, if only we knew,
We'd have done what they asked us and worshipped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam.
Now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye...
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."
So now here we are, all confused and alone
In a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
With so many to care for, they can't stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer...
We know they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads,
Of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears-
Our friends filled with emptiness, worry and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the inn-
Could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year-
Can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat...
And help us get something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
And more of us will, if more people will give.
-Author Unknown
Happy Holidays From The LBWF Rescued Dogs!
Below you will see a few of the smiling faces who are excited about the Holidays while they patiently await their forever loving home.
Cami _ Champ
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Talkin' Pets News

December 23, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Celebrity Dog Trainer, Kaelin Munkelwitz will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book, The Puppy Training Handbook

National Dog Trainer Sara Carson who placed 5th on America's Got Talent this year will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Hero and The Super Collies and her training methods

Denise Fleck, Pet Safety Crusader, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets this Saturday 12/23/17 at 720pm EST to discuss how to help pets and their parents this holiday season

How a 20 Something Year Old Celebrity Dog Trainer is Disrupting the
Dog Training Industry
In exciting news for puppy and dog enthusiasts, All Things Pups founder Kaelin Munkelwitz
has announced the release of her new Book “The Puppy Training Handbook”. Excitement
surrounding the new book is high.
November 3rd, 2017
Kaelin Munkelwitz, founder of All Things Pups, is a worldfamous
dog trainer with clients that include many
celebrities, social media influencers and some of the most
successful business people in the US. With over ten years and
thousands of hours of experience, on top of a natural near
magical ability to make connections with the beloved pet,
Munkelwitz possesses a unique insight into dog and puppy
training that many people have wanted to learn more about.
That opportunity recently came to life, with the exciting
release of Munkelwitz's new book release “The Puppy
Training Handbook”.
“If you want to learn how to raise the dog of your dreams,”
commented Munkelwitz about her new book. “The Puppy
Training Handbook is a great resource, packed with the
amazing lessons and tips, that I have worked hard to learn over the years. I hope my
readers find it valuable.”
According to the much-loved and respected puppy and dog trainer, some highlights of “The
Puppy Training Handbook”, include: information on house training, crate training and basic
obedience training; how to get a puppy to listen to and obey basic commands; a list – and
how to solve – the top 20 dog training problems; valuable tips that can go a very long way
to keeping a dog healthy; and, possibly best of all, “Kaelin's 5 Golden Rules of Dog
Early reviews for “The Puppy Training Handbook” and her
personal work as a dog trainer have been beyond
Danielle Bernstein, Founder of WeWoreWhat.com, Forbes
30 Under 30, recently said in a five-star review, “Kaelin is
the REAL dog whisperer! This is the one and only book
every dog lover needs to train an obedient pup.”
Lauren Elizabeth, Actor and YouTube Star, remarked about
the breakthrough new book, “A trained dog truly makes a
happy home. Thanks to Kaelin and The Puppy Training
Handbook I now have a perfect pup, zero dog stress and a
happy home!”
For more information be sure to visit http://allthingspups.com or check out “The Puppy
Training Handbook” available in both Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon at http://
Kaelin Munkelwitz Contacts
Website: http://allthingspups.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/allthingspups
Facebook: http://facebook.com/allthingspups
Snapchat: http://snapchat.com/add/allthingspups

Pet Safety Crusader™ Relocates to Villa Rica
15,000 Students, 10 Books and More to Accomplish!
DENISE FLECK, Founder of Sunny-dog Ink, the company she started in 1999 To
Help People Help Their Pets™, recently relocated to Villa Rica, Georgia from Los
Angeles and is pleased to continue teaching, writing and speaking on behalf of the
animals in the Peach State. "It is so rewarding to help pet lovers rescue Rover or
help Fluffy feel better BEFORE they can get to veterinary care, and I have been
blessed to have so many students jump to the task bandaging a wound, alleviating
choking, heatstroke or performing CPR,” she explains.
Dog mom Shirley DeFazio says, “I just can’t believe I saved my pet’s life thanks to
Denise’s class!” DeFazio performed life-saving measures when her beloved Doberman suffered
cardiac arrest.
Fleck is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor who developed the curriculum for her Pet
First-Aid & CPCR (Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation) Classes after training, practicing, attending seminars and
practicing some more. She has taught more than 15,000 animal lovers life-saving skills and has appeared on Animal
Planet’s “Groomer Has It” and “Pit Boss,” A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” CBS-TV’s “The Doctors,” CNN Headline
News, PBS-TV’s “Lassie’s Pet Vet,” “K9Corner” and KTLA Los Angeles, on radio and in magazines. She is honored and
delighted to be on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior pets, as well as
the Board of the Emma Zen Foundation which provides pet oxygen masks to First Responders.
Fleck’s 10th book, “The Pet Safety Bible” will be available in early 2018 but her most recent release, “The Pet Safety
Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” discusses an important topic in light of Mother Nature’s
recent rampages. Fleck has assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and received
kudos from the Burbank (California) Police Department & Animal Shelter for drafting their Animal Emergency Plan. She
has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year and has won 2 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers
and 3 Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Associations including Best Children’s Book for “Don’t Judge a Book
by its Cover,” which according to Fleck, “Teaches kids from 0-99 to not judge animals, people, anything on the surface
but to look for the treasures that lie underneath.”
“I was born in Florida and after years on the West Coast, I am delighted to call
Georgia home amongst all the beautiful greenery, rainfall and friendly people –
I’m really anxious to see the first colors of Fall!”
Fleck just returned from a road-trip to New Orleans where she once again had the
honor of speaking at the Pet Sitter World Educational Conference which was
attended by hundreds of professional pet sitters and industry experts from the
U.S. and Canada. Said Beth Stultz, PSI's Vice-President, Marketing &
Operations, “Because professional pet sitters spend more time with clients' pets
than most other pet professionals, it is particularly important that they stay current
on the latest in pet health and care. The Sunny-dog Ink pet first aid training
provides pet sitters with the skills they need to administer aid and respond to
emergency situations before a veterinarian is available.”
Fleck is available to come to your location for children’s book readings, Pet
First-Aid & CPCR Classes, Pet Disaster Preparedness & Senior Pet Care talks as
well as other animal-related topics. Learn more at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com

Sara Carson Wins National Dog Trainer of the Year Honor

2017 A Year to Rember for Trick Dog Trainer

When it comes to dog trainers, few have had a bigger breakout year than the 2017 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year - Sara Carson of The Super Collies. 

Well known as the America's Got Talent finalist who moved from Canada to the United States and built a name for herself and her dog, Hero, while living out of her car, Sara inspired people from all across the country to pursue their dreams - even if others close to them do not share their passion. 

Despite now being recognized as one of the top trick dog trainers in the world, the 23-year-old up and comer said, ''I don't think I've ever been nominated for an award before. ... It means a lot to me. I've been a dog trainer for about 12 years now. So just the fact that some people take time out of their day to vote for me says I'm doing something right I guess - because there are a lot of dog trainers. That support is really great. I'm really thankful for it.'' 

That's just one aspect that made this year's nomination for Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award so special. The other is the fact that joining her in the finals was another dog trainer she knows and respects - Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws of Miami, Florida. 

''I'm actually quite good friends with her,'' Sara said of Dee. ''I stayed at her house for a few days and went to her training facility. I'm supposed to be teaching there next year.'' 

In the meantime, Sara's still spending most of her time on the road - as she has done for the last 3 years after leaving the training facility she had started in Canada at the age of 15. Aside from the performance side of her job, Sara's also helping others train their dogs through an app, called Puppr, that she came out with less than a year ago and now reaches about 6,000 users per month. 

''When I was on the road in my car, I wanted a way to kind of reach out to people more so we came up with that thing and it's been a really really cool experience, getting people just emailing me and sending in their footage of their training, and I help them digitally,'' she said. 

As the winner of the Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award, Sara has chosen to receive Greatmats Dog Agility mats as her prize. 

''I did just get a house which is super exciting,'' Sara said. ''I need a little indoor training space for my dogs, and I think that would be a super cool opportunity.'' 

Runner Up Dee Hoult 
No stranger to having a strong support system in the dog world, Dee Hoult was still surprised and pleased to know that people are following her work and recognizing what she and her trainers at Applause Your Paws are doing. 

''They really care and are really passionate about all of the things that we do,'' Dee said of her clients and community. 

She also noted how much fun it was watching her supporters throughout the contest. 

''I love how into it people get. I love being reminded how engaged my customer base really is. A majority of the people that contributed to our vote count are actually our customers. We have about 5,000 person customer base.'' 

Dee, who won her first blue ribbon with one of her dogs at age 5, is now 35 and has been a professional in the industry since 2006. She was nominated due to the work she has done in the Miami-Dade County Rehabilitation Boot Camp, helping inmates through dog training. But that is just one part of how she has inspired those around her. She is also passionate about helping community and county shelters lessen the number of animals that are euthanized each day by working with the transfer office to get friendly animals new homes in other parts of the country. 

Sara and Dee combined to accumulate more than 2,500 votes in the annual contest, which saw its largest voting turnout ever. More than 3,800 total votes were cast in the 3rd Annual Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest.

Cat Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018

A gift of pure pleasure for the cat lover, Cat Gallery Calendar is a year of enchanting photographs in color and black-and-white, printed to the exacting standards of a fine art book. Each image showcases the beauty, grace, and mischievous spirit of a unique cat: A beautiful tabby exploring a rocky seashore. A wide-eyed black cat peeking out from behind the couch. An elegant Siamese sunbathing by a patch of flowers. It’s a loving, day-by-day tribute to our most beguiling and delightful animal companion.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.


Dog Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018


The ultimate gift for the dog lover: a year of extraordinary canine portraits, in color and black-and- white. A joyous spaniel bounding across an open field. A Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound standing in the falling snow. A Goldendoodle waiting eagerly by the front door for his morning walk. Plus a Shar-Pei enjoying a day by the ocean, a German Shorthaired Pointer with her favorite tennis ball, and a Corgi playing in a pile of autumn leaves. Each image captures its subject in beautiful detail, reminding us why the dog is man’s best friend.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.

The Dogist Wall Calendar 2018


Nobody captures dogs like The Dogist, aka photographer Elias Weiss Friedman. Author of the New York Times bestselling book The Dogist and Instagram phenomenon with over 2 million followers and climbing, Friedman has a gift for getting down on a dog’s level and, in a few quick snaps of his camera, finding the indelible, individual spirit of the animal he’s photographing. The result: warm, heartfelt, arrestingly beautiful candid portraits of dogs on the street in all their variety and glory. Now in its second year, with each month featuring a new themed collection of main and supporting images, including Portable Pooches, Dogs of Summer, Besties, Two of a Kind, and more.

Bad Cat Wall Calendar 2018


Bad Cat is a rude walk on the feline wild side. Here are cats going rogue in places where they shouldn’t be—in sinks, in toilets, in houseplants. Here are cats plotting escapes, warding off children, scamming their owners, yet still expecting to be spoiled rotten! Sneaky cats, fat cats, naughty cats, bored cats, and—perhaps worst of all— cats plotting revenge for all those costumes they were forced to wear during the holidays. With bonus features such as Bad Cat Beauty Secrets, Least Wanted Bad Cats, Bad Cat Diet Secrets, Who’s Who in Bad Cats, and Bad Cat Early Warning Signs.

Unlikely Friendships Wall Calendar 2018


The Unlikely Friendships book series has charmed readers with its tender tales of love between animals of all shapes and sizes. The Unlikely Friendships Calendar features 12 stories of heart-tugging interspecies friendship, each accompanied by a charming, full-color photograph of the pair. A large capybara is groomed by a crew of monkey stylists. A dachshund snuggles up to a hedgehog. A Belgian Malinois and an owl defy expectations and find common ground in play. A calendar that the whole family will love.

Audubon Nature: A Birder's Wall Calendar 2018


Audubon Nature is the definitive wall calendar for nature lovers, birders, environmentalists, and travel enthusiasts alike. Here are glorious sites in nature—and the birds that inhabit them—across seasons and locales. Discover the beauty of a Trumpeter Swan gliding in Wonder Lake, Denali National Park. Behold the amazing Dalmatian Pelicans at Lake Kerkini, Greece. Take a peek at the secretive Northern Goshawk sitting among aspens in Dixie National Forest, Utah. Printed on responsibly sourced paper, this wall calendar provides transporting and awe-inspiring views of the great outdoors.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018


It’s a yearlong journey of a lifetime, and your expert guide is Patricia Schultz, author of the phenomenally successful 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® travel series. Each month, discover a new extraordinary location, from the Czech Republic to Buenos Aires to Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast. Exceptional full-color photographs—one large image at the top of each page and smaller ones throughout the grids—are accompanied by detailed trip itineraries, maps, and captivating text that highlights local history, travelers’ tips, and more.

365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2018


The all-time bestselling cat calendar is packed with full-color photographs to feed the cat lover’s obsession. Here they are: the playful, mischievous, and lovable winners of the 2018 Cat Calendar Contest. A gray cat with striking orange eyes. A Ragdoll-Himalayan living the good life on a tropical beach. A patriotic tabby posing with Old Glory. Plus a cat hitching a ride on a donkey, oodles of adorable kittens, the spotted Savannah, and other unusual breeds; trivia—Did you know that when a cat blinks or looks away, it is feeling affectionate?—and cat lover quotes: “I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”—Edgar Allan Poe

365 Dogs Page-A-Day Calendar 2018


Starring the charming winners of the 2018 Dog Calendar Contest, 365 Dogs Page-a-Day Calendar is the bestselling calendar that provides season after season of poodles romping in the snow, retrievers fetching in flower beds, Rottweilers doggy-paddling through pools, and terriers diving into leaf piles. A Cocker Spaniel basks in the sun. A Lab dives underwater in pursuit of a ball. Plus, meet shiny-coated Dobermans, fluffy Samoyeds, pouty Pugs, mutts of all kinds, and even lesser-known breeds like the adorable and spirited Japanese Chin.

Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2018


The Audubon BirdsPage-A-Day Calendar is a celebration of gorgeous and diverse species from around the world, photographed in their native habitats. Whether it’s the grace of a swan gliding across the water, the sleek outline of a hunting hawk’s wings, or the striking palette of a painted bunting, each photograph captures the unique spirit and beauty of the featured bird.

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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.

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