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Pratt Institute Student Jenna Chi's Work Chosen as Dog Show Poster
 
New York, N.Y. - The Westminster Kennel Club, partnering for the first time with Pratt Institute for its annual art contest, is pleased to announce that the winning graphic design "German Shepherd" belongs to student Jenna Chi. The contest was open to students and alumni of the Pratt Institute. Entrants were asked to submit a graphic design to commemorate the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held from Feb. 12 - 13, 2018.
 
Chi, of Brooklyn, New York, was born and raised in Taiwan, Taipei. Chi knew since she was 5-years-old that she wanted to be an artist. She made her way to New York City to pursue an art education and is currently a junior at Pratt Institute pursuing a communication design major with a concentration in graphic design. Her winning idea was to re-create the concept of putting main characters on a movie poster. She selected photos from different breeds and sports to represent the diversity of canines that attend the event. Chi's winning graphic design will become the commemorative poster and Official Program cover and will join other finalists' works on a set of notecards. Her work can be found at Jennachidesign.com.
 
PRATT INSTITUTE ART CONTEST FINALISTS
Jason Wallace - "Pointer" and "Photos"
Anna Williams - "Doberman"
Joy Yang - "German Shepherd"
Connie Yuen - "Boxer"
 
CHARITY RECIPIENTS
Each year, Westminster donates to a dog-related charity from the proceeds of its annual art contest's commemorative poster and notecards sales. For 2018, proceeds will create a donation of $15,000 to be awarded equally between three national breed clubs for dog rescue efforts. The inaugural winners of $5,000 each to American Kennel Club (AKC)-recognized national breed clubs engaged in dog rescue activities are the Bearded Collie Club of America, the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, and the Great Pyrenees Club of America.
 
All events during Westminster Week are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
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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 @WKCDOGS.
 
About Pratt Institute - Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.
 
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.
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The world is in such flux and change, but we at LBWF, want to wish you, our rescue family, peace, love and comfort this Thanksgiving!  Your love and support
to the important work we do with rescuing pets in need, education and supporting our companion animal cancer prevention work, would not happen without your love and donations! Your compassion saves so many lives and continues to do so every day!
 We hope you've been following our companion animal, Cancer prevention program consisting of grain free food, herbs and the lives we have extended, proving proper grain free food, with no potatoes. Nutrition and support is truly extending our LBWF companion animals lives!
 Recently, a Scandinavian report came out proving that animals extend humans' lives and  they help to slow down heart disease.  Most all of us, that love animals, as family members, truly know this ourselves, and did not need a 10 year study to learn these facts. 
 The companion animals, face such difficult obstacles nowadays, finding themselves abandoned and in shelters, all too often and their very lives at risk.  Did you know that LBWF and so many other rescue groups, across the country, need foster homes, especially this time of year, helping to save more lives and in return they just might save yours! 
 Sign up with LBWF for our foster program through the holidays and/or any of your rescue groups around the country and help a companion animal in need! 
 This is the time to give thanks, giving, and volunteer, helping LBWF and animals and friends around the country who need a helping hand.
 We hope you'll consider a vegetarian - vegan Thanksgiving to know and feel the health benefits that will come your way!  Having saved turkeys in the past and knowing how sweet their temperament is, I wish everyone could have the same experience I did to know and understand why a healthy, meat free lifestyle is a blessing and the health benefits will prove themselves,  reducing heart disease, high cholesterol,  amazing weight-loss and so many other benefits! 
 Your Thanksgiving donations will provide our continued work with cancer prevention, holiday meals, love and support of our important work during this holiday season! 
 May you find safe travels, loving friends and family, peace, warmth and comfort this holiday season!
 Much Love,
 Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation 

 

Holiday Season Limited Edition T-shirt & Hoodie
Available Now until December 3rd, 2017!
Rescued Dogs Rock
Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & a hoodie!
 This will surely bring a smile to people's faces, when you wear this fabulous "Rockin" designed t- shirt!  Support in the LBWF rescue dogs, or in our cancer prevention program, and saving lives through this holiday season! This is amazing and fun design is a limited edition.
 There is nothing like the large smile on a rescue dog's face, after they've been rescued, and they know they are safe and loved and wait for their new forever loving home! 
This fundraiser helps us to provide spays, neuters, medical care, food and keep them warm, safe and happy through the winter season!
Go ahead and grab a T-shirt, or a hoodie for you, a family member or friend! You won't be sorry you'll enjoy wearing this fun design, for a long, long time!
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Pet Safety Tips
Chocolate
 
 
With the holiday seasons upon us it's important to keep your four legged loved ones safe! Here are a few tips to keep you and yours happy and safe this holiday season!
  1. Be mindful of cold weather products such as de-icing products, salt, and anti-freeze! When walking your pet outside during the snow and ice be sure to wipe their paws and undersides thoroughly when returning inside. This will ensure your pet is safe from any skin irritations or more serious conditions. 
  2. Keep all holiday decorations out of reach such as tinsel and ribbon. Ingestion of these materials could cause serious health complications for your pet.
  3. There are lots of beautiful holiday plants out there but many of them are dangerous to your pets if ingested. Keep lilies, mistletoe, ivy, holly, and poinsettias out of reach!  
  4. We all love our fur friends very much and want them to enjoy some of the same yummy treats we do but keep in mind that turkey bones can be very dangerous to our pets and could cause obstructions. Holiday sweets such as chocolate are dangerous too! Keep the yummies out of reach of your furry friends.  
With the holidays come lots of visitors and/or out of town trips. It's important to ensure your pet is properly tagged and micro-chipped in the event they become spooked during this holiday season.
Healthy Thanksgiving Day Meal Alternative.
Linda with Turkey friend
 

Everyone looks forward to the Thanksgiving Feast all year round. This year we hope you'll try one of our wonderful Thanksgiving Day Meal Alternatives. 
 
Linda's Tofurkey and Gravy
First available in 1995, the Tofurkey roast is a remarkably tasty and nutritious turkey alternative for those who choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  Tofurkey is renowned for its ease of preparation and turkey-like texture and flavor.  One bite and you'll understand why Tofurkey is the number one choice of vegetarians during the holidays and year-round!
 
Ingredient List:
  • 1 Tofurkey roast (in the grocer's vegetarian frozen section)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
Preheat oven to 350 F Make the baste:
  • Whisk together soy sauce and sage, then set aside
Prepare the roast:
  • Remove roast from packaging & set gravy aside to thaw
  • Place the roast in a casserole dish (dish must have a tight fitting cover)
  • Place carrots and onions around the roast (celery may also be used, if you wish)
  • Whisk baste again and them pour half over the roast
  • Cover tightly to keep steam in
Cooking Instructions:
  • Cook at 350 F for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, uncover the casserole and baste with remaining half of baste mixture
  • Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes
Gravy preparation:
  • Pour thawed gravy into a small saucepan
  • Whisk over low/medium heat until simmering
Water may be added to create a thinner, smoother gravy.
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Ways to Help LBWF
Did you know there are a number of ways you can help LWBF this holiday season just by doing things you already do? Many of you will be hitting the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals to complete your holiday shopping. You can help LWBF and our rescued dogs in need with little effort by doing your regular holiday shopping!
 
Amazon has a great program called Smile! Click on the image below and select the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation as your charity of choice. Smiles gives .5% of the proceeds directly to helping dogs in need!
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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 and treats. 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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Talkin' Pets News

November 18, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Celebrate the National Dog Show and Help raise Funds for Hurricane Relief, Emmy Award Host & Executive Producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Andy Cohen joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 520pm EST to encourage dog owners to join Purina's #DogThanking

Scott Graves, Director of The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 630pm EST to discuss efforts to recover Florida's coral reef following hurricane damage

Nashville's Paul Bogart will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 730pm EST to discuss and give away his latest music CD, Leather, and his competitive life in "Heeling"

INAUGURAL WESTMINSTER GIVES BACK
DOG RESCUE AWARDS ANNOUNCED 
 
AKC Clubs Representing Bearded Collies, English Cocker Spaniels, and Great Pyrenees To Each Receive $5,000 in 2018 
 
New York, N.Y. - The Westminster Kennel Club announces its inaugural Westminster Gives Back Dog Rescue Awards of $5,000 each to American Kennel Club (AKC)-recognized national breed clubs engaged in dog rescue activities. The first three winners are the Bearded Collie Club of America, English Cocker Spaniel Club of America (ECSCA) Health and Welfare Organization, and Great Pyrenees Club of America. The three donations totaling $15,000 will be presented at Madison Square Garden during the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday evening, Feb. 12, 2018.
 
Due to the overwhelming response in the number of applications from the national breeds clubs, Westminster has also selected three more organizations for the 2019 donations; the Bull Terrier Club of America, National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc., and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA). Those donations will be given at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2019.
 
Westminster randomly selected the national breed clubs to receive the awards based on meeting eligibility requirements and the application deadline of Sept. 30, 2017. As part of its continuing effort to assist national breed club rescue organizations, Westminster is going to extend this program beyond 2019.The next application period will start in August 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 donations.
 
Each year, Westminster donates to a dog-related charity from the proceeds of its annual art contest's commemorative poster and notecards sales. For 2018, the donation increased to $15,000 to assist three national breed clubs in offsetting rescue-related expenses such as transportation, veterinary care, grooming, boarding, feeding, and training. In addition, these funds will assist the clubs in educating new owners about the joy of owning their specific breeds while finding new homes for purebred dogs. 
 
All events during Westminster Week are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
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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 @WKCDOGS.
 
About the American Kennel Club - Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of theDog. For more information, visit http://www.akc.org.
 
AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.
 
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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.
 
 
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In celebration of the National Dog Show and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the world to share why the dog sitting next to them is the best through its annual #DogThanking initiative. The proceeds from this social media program will be donated to support people and pets affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas.

 

Dog owners are encouraged to log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to post photos or videos showing why the beloved dog sitting next to them is the best by using the hashtag #DogThanking. For every original post submitted through November 26 using the hashtag and tagging @Purina, they will donate one dollar to GreaterGood.org (up to $50,000) an organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. More specifically, the donations raised will be used to support hurricane relief for pets and people.

 

The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day at noon in all time zones. For the 16th year, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America’s viewers and crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 1,700 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. The show is watched by more than 25 million viewers annually. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei.

For more information please visit www.purina.com

 

MORE ABOUT ANDY COHEN:

Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show.  The series is the only live show in Late Night, and features everyone from “Bravolebrities” to big names in pop culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon. He also serves as executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. In 2014, Details Magazine called the show, “compulsively engrossing,” while touting Cohen as a “genius;” possibly “the smartest man on TV;” GQ describes “Watch What Happens Live” as “the most primitively authentic ting on television” and TV Guide thinks it’s late night’s “unlikeliest success story.” In his ten years as an executive at Bravo he was responsible for an aggressive slate of unscripted series and specials including hits such as "Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Queer Eye,” "The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Million Dollar Listing,”  “Being Bobby Brown,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Flipping Out,” “Top Design,” “Work Out,” “Make Me a Supermodel,” “Blow Out,” “Kathy Griffin My Life On the D List,” “The A List Awards” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” and “The Real Housewives” franchises.

“I think the concept of Dogtology is as fresh and unique as Chicken Soup for the Soul was two decades ago.” —Jack Canfield, cocreator, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
DOGTOLOGY
A Humorous ExplorAtion of mAn’s fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By JEFF LAZARUS
Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe . . . a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that’s why so many millions believe in Dog. Man’s devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone way beyond a hobby.
We may not literally worship dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: Dogtology. Dogtology is for the dog lover who has bailed on a date because they didn’t want Twinkles to be left home alone. It is for the human whose dog owns a more festive holiday wardrobe than they do, whose pups dine on free-range bison burgers while they live off ramen, or whose smartphones have more photos of their dog than of the humans in their family. In this sacred dogtrine, the case is made that Dogtology has become a bone-a-fide belief system on par with the world’s great philosophies and religions.
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About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Dogtology
A Humorous Exploration of Man’s Fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2644-4 ǀ $14.99

 

Catakism
A humorous purr-spective on humankind’s obsession with cats
By JEFF LAZARUS
Does your cat own you? What has caused us to enthrone cats as the most popular pet on the planet? Why do we devote so much of our time and income to grooming, feeding, coddling, photographing, praising, providing laps for, and “entertaining” our cats? If an anthropologist from outer space were to study our civilization objectively, would she not conclude that our devotion to Cat amounted to nothing less than a full-blown religion? Would she be wrong?
Catakism, the belief system, is rooted in a bold premise: namely, that felines are humanity’s biological and spiritual masters. By allowing Man to handle all of Her low-level needs, Cat is free to do the higher-level spiritual work that Man has no time for, such as meditating seventeen hours a day, teleporting into locked rooms and cabinets, communing with disembodied spirits, and reeducating humanity on the true purpose of boxes, bags, and keyboards.
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He
SKYHORSE
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307 West 36th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Catakism
A Humorous Purr-spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2645-1 ǀ $14.99

Wishing you a safe and a
Happy Halloween!
The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation wishes you and your pets a happy and safe Halloween. Below please find some safety tips to make sure your pet has a safe and you an enjoyable Halloween!
  • Never leave your 4-legged loved ones outside during Halloween. Unfortunately there are plenty of people out there who play pranks that could seriously harm your pet.
  • Remember to keep candy out of reach of your pets. Chocolate is extremely dangerous, as are many of the wrappers.
  • If your pet is typically skittish give them a nice quiet, safe place in the house so they don't become frightened.
  • If your pet is social and you would like them to be part of the Halloween festivities, it's best to keep them leashed in the event they become spooked and try to dart out the door.
  • Make sure your animals are properly tagged and micro-chipped in the event of escape.
  •  Don't dress up pets unless they love it. If you do dress them up make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. Avoid restriction of movement, vision, hearing or the ability to breathe or vocalize. Costumes should not contain small dangling accessories that could be consumed or cause choking.
  •  Restrict your pet's access to decorations. Jack o' lanterns with candles are obvious fire hazards, but cats can also get tangled in streamers. Pets can also become ill from eating holiday decor.
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 In honor of my founding member dogs, Sunny boy and Riley and the thousands of others that have lost their battles with cancer, in their memory, I've been working on cancer prevention, for the last few years and it's proven successful!  The dogs I've had on the program that I created with experts are all still alive and thriving. It's a miracle! 
 This T-shirt campaign helps to continue the funding  for cancer prevention and to get the word out far and wide, demanding clean pet food, grain free, the supporting herbs, and CBD oil's for pets!  I no longer do chemotherapy or radiation which causes such sickness and usually a faster and to their precious lives!
 I've been posting the information on my Facebook & website for the last year. I hope you've been following... For anyone that's new, we have all lost a pet to cancer and it's broken our hearts! My life goal is to put an end to cancer in pets! It's all in the food! Our animals were given cheaper foods through the years that allowed cancer to thrive. Now we are stopping it! Please help me on this journey and support the work I do with animal rescue and cancer prevention by supporting this T-shirt campaign through October 31st! I'm counting on you to help me to help the animals in the world to have a healthier, loving and anti-cruelty life!

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“America Loves Pets” Study Finds Most Talked-About Pets on Social Media 
To learn more about the relationship between Americans and their pets, TrustedHousesitters analyzed a year’s worth of social media conversation, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (March 2016-March 2017) to identify the most popular pets in each state. Visit the interactive graph to learn which pets are most popular in your state. Key findings include: 
- Californians talk the most about pets on social media
- Dogs hanging out with donkeys, cats nuzzling up with hamsters, budgies perching on the house rabbit and other harmonious pairings received more than 124,000 mentions  
-  The hashtag #crazycatlady has been used nearly 3.5 million times worldwide on Instagram
-  The most popular pet across the United States is the bulldog. However, most popular varied by states—in California and Texas, the most popular pet is the chihuahua; in Maine and South Carolina, it’s the Labrador; in Alaska and Ohio, it’s the husky
-  Nevada’s most popular pet: lizards
-  Cats are the second most talked-about pet in nearly every state, with Persians most popular overall (though, in Maine, the Maine coon is tops) 
 
About TrustedHousesitters.com 
TrustedHousesitters is a global community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world by connecting pet owners with a network of verified pet sitters. Since its 2011 launch in the U.K., TrustedHousesitters has grown into the world’s largest house sitting business, facilitating over two million nights of house and pet sitting globally and saving its members an estimated $218 million in accommodation and pet care costs. The site’s community of nearly half a million members is spread across 140 countries.

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. We certainly treat them like it: we take our dogs to the best vets, to doggy daycare, and to holistic specialists when they are ill. We buy coats and Halloween costumes, and we set them up with their own blogs, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. But do our dogs—and other animals—feel the same way about us? And what exactly does a dog—or a bat or a dolphin for that matter—think and feel in general?

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Dogs Love Us, pondered these very questions. After viewing photographs of the capture of Osama bin Laden in which dogs were jumping from helicopters under chaotic conditions, Berns had a thought. If a dog could be trained to jump out of a helicopter, why couldn’t a dog be trained to enter an MRI machine? And if that was possible, what if one could compare the functioning of human and dog brains? Berns would be the perfect person to unwrap these mysteries of the animal mind—early in his career he pioneered the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human motivation and decision-making. Could this be a step towards figuring out how dogs think? Berns and his team endeavored to find out.

The results of this experiment is found in Gregory Berns’ groundbreaking new book WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books; September 5, 2017). Berns’ exploration of the inner minds of dogs, as well as other creatures, heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. As Berns explains, understanding how animals think will revolutionize the way we communicate with them and how we treat them.

 

“An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Groundbreaking research that shows that dog emotions are similar to people.  Training dogs to voluntarily lie still in the MRI brain scanner was a brilliant way to explore the workings of their brains.  Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book.”

—Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human

“Gregory Berns is a remarkable scientist, whose pioneering MRI studies of the brain across a range of species have opened up a pathway to deeper understanding of animals’ internal awareness and perspectives.  He’s also an exceptional thinker, whose grasp of the ethical and practical significance of his findings for the status and treatment of animals is pervasive in this absorbing work.”

—Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Do our dogs love us? Do they really get *that* excited when we come home? Do they like the toys we have bought for them? Do they have the same undying love and affection for us that we have for them? How would we even know if they do? These questions swirled around neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns’ mind when his beloved pug, Newton, passed away. He began to wonder if Newton had loved him as much as he had loved him—or if all the affection and tail-wagging just an evolutionary response to gain more treats.

Determined to seek out the answer to these questions, Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel. What they found was astonishing—dogs, like people, are individuals. They have varying abilities for self-control, how they understand language, and even whether food or companionship is more important. And all of these traits are being revealed in the brains of these MRI-dogs.

The deeper Berns dug into the dog brain, the more obsessed he became with learning about other animals. What if a dog could tell us exactly how she felt? And what would a pig say about a slaughterhouse? What did a whale think about all the noise flooding the ocean from ships and submarines? The result of these investigations would not only enrich our understanding of the inner world of animals—it would inevitably force us to rethink how we treat them.

Now, after five years of research, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books, September 5, 2017) lays out what Berns and his team learned. Organized in the order in which Berns and his team endeavored to look at various species, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG shows us that each animal analysis conducted has a connecting aspect: the structures in the brains of animals are organized in the same way as corresponding parts of our own brains. And not only did these parts look the same, but they functioned in the same way—from dogs and cats to dolphins, sea lions, and even the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

With empathy and humor, Gregory Bernsshows us how animal brains are similar to humans and that we can understand what it is like to be a dog, or a dolphin. His results prove that animals have many experiences and feelings in common with humans. This leads to a startling reconsideration of the rights of animals and the relationships we have with them.

As Berns explains, “All neuroscience is comparative at some level, but few neuroscientists dig deep and ask why the brains of animals look the way they do and how that relates to their mental experiences. These are hard questions. They get at the heart of what makes us human, and they raise troubling issues about the possibility that we may not be that different from many of the creatures with whom we share the planet.”

Many of the world’s species are disappearing at an alarming rate, with the WWF estimates that two-thirds of many species populations may be gone by 2020. In WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG, Berns hopes to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet—and in doing so, provide a new manifesto for animal liberation of the 21st century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gregory Berns is a distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller How Dogs Love Us. He lives in Atlanta. Follow him at @gberns

ABOUT THE BOOK:

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Published by Basic Books

Publication date: September 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-465-09624-4 · $28.00 / $36.50 CAN · Hardcover · 320 pages

E-book ISBN: 978-0-465-09625-1

Advance Praise for

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

(Basic Books; September 5, 2017)

“The author explains that his purpose in writing this book is ‘to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet.’ In that, he succeeds. An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s the rare neuroscientist who has the patience and curiosity to train dogs to hop into an MRI machine, tails wagging. Or delve into the mysteries of the dolphin brain. Or venture to the far side of the globe to find the brain of an extinct, yet still fascinating species: the thylacine. Thankfully, Gregory Berns did all of these things. In this big-hearted book, he applies cutting-edge science to questions that have never been so timely: How do other animals perceive their worlds? How do they experience emotions? How does their language work? What It’s Like to Be a Dog is a delightful, illuminating look at the minds and lives of our fellow creatures.”—Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

“Have you ever wanted to peek inside the mind of a dog? Gregory Berns’ brain scanner does precisely that. But this book also contains many remarkable insights into the inner lives of other animals. Dolphins, sea lions, raccoons, Tasmanian devils – even the long-extinct Tasmanian tiger – they’re all here. A fascinating journey towards an understanding of what dogs – and their mammalian cousins – might be thinking about us.” —John Bradshaw, author of the New York Times bestsellers Dog Sense and Cat Sense and the forthcoming The Animals Among Us

“Berns has done it again; woven a compelling story with a scientific revolution. From building an MRI simulator in his living room to tracking down one of the four remaining brains of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, Berns takes us on an incredible journey of exploration and discovery. Marvelously written and intellectually engaging, What It’s Like to Be a Dog will establish Berns as one of the most skilled neuroscientists of our day, as well someone with the intuition that understanding other animals will lead to greater insight and knowledge about ourselves.” —Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times Bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs

“Dr. Gregory Berns’ new book is a fascinating read. Packed with personal stories, What It’s Like to Be a Dog clearly lays out just who these amazing beings are, from the inside out. We can now learn what each individual animal wants and needs to have the best life possible in a human-centered world, and what we must do to make sure they do.”—Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: An Insider's Guide to the Best Lives for Dogs and Us

“We know a lot about the intelligence of animals and nearly nothing about their brains. Greg Berns is changing all of this by means of noninvasive techniques that respect the animals. He is boldly going where no one has gone before, offering a lively, eye-opening peek into his neuroscience kitchen.”—Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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