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Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

July 20, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives, Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Honey County whose music video "Country Strong" debuted this week will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/20/19 at 630pm ET to discuss their music CD, pets and will give away a few CD's as well

BILLBOARD PREMIERES HONEY COUNTY’S UPLIFTING “COUNTRY STRONG” MUSIC VIDEO
 

  Honey County
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Honey County Featured on Westwood One’s “Breaking Thru with Elaina” Podcast

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2019) – Honey County brings the country music community together in their inspiring new music video, “Country Strong.” Premiered by Billboard, the country trio dedicates the video to the resilient country music community and their ability to rise up through hard times. A portion of the profits from the song are being donated to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, aimed to develop and fund music-related therapy and education programs, serving members of the community who face unexpected hardships. The song can be streamed here.

“The feel-good pop-country track urges listeners to be strong in the face of adversity. With stunning three-part harmonies, inspiring lyrics and soaring guitar parts, the anthem strikes a chord.” - Annie Reuter, Billboard

Dancers Kristal Lynn, who was at Borderline the night of the shooting, and Annemarie Dunn choreographed a special dance for the debut of “Country Strong” at Stagecoach Music Festival in April. The song has since been featured on playlists like “Cool Country” on Apple Music, “New Music Nashville” on Spotify and “Stagecoach 2019” on Amazon Music. The song has also been played heavily by Radio Country Disney and Southern California’s KFRG and received rave reviews following its release.

Rolling Stone Country calls it one of the “best Country and Americana songs to hear now” and an “anthemic tribute.”

The Los Angeles Times says of their performance at Stagecoach “for sheer emotional impact, it will be hard for any of the superstar acts playing at the three-day Stagecoach country music festival to top what transpired Saturday.”

Huffington Post calls “Country Strong” a “heartfelt tribute.”

The Orange County Register labels it a “song for healing and unity.”

In addition, Dani, Katie and Devon were guests on Westwood One’s “Breaking Thru with Elaina” this past weekend. The trio continues to see much success from their High on the Radio EP release earlier this year, and several singles as “Love Someone” was prominently placed on the final season of CMT’s “Nashville” while “Los Angeles” was featured on E! News Weekend and its remix on the NFL Network’s “Total Access.” Keep up with the girls and additional tour dates on their website at honeycounty.com.

Honey County Tour Dates:
July 17- Nashville, Tenn. - Wildhorse Saloon
July 18 - Nashville, Tenn. - Gibson NAMM Official Event
July 18 - Nashville, Tenn. - Winner’s - Whiskey Jam
July 19 - Nashville, Tenn. - NAMM - Gibson Booth
Aug. 17 - Anaheim, Calif. - The Fifth - Women in Country Music Night
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Outer Harbor/Berth 46 w/ Cody Johnson
Nov. 9 - Decatur, Ill. - Millikan University
Nov. 20 - Anaheim, Calif. - The Ranch 

About Honey County
Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Dani Rose, Devon Jane and Katie Stump. As one of Rolling Stone's “Top 10 Artists You Need To Know,” the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin. With a prestigious placement of their song “Love Someone” featured in an episode of CMT's “Nashville” this past summer, and the remix of “Los Angeles” on the NFL Network, the band is continuously working on new music fresh off the release of their EP, High on the Radio, in February 2019. At Stagecoach 2019, Honey County debuted “Country Strong” an “anthemic tribute” [Rolling Stone], to those affected by the Route 91 and Borderline shootings. The song went on to receive critical acclaim and be supported by Apple Music, Spotify, Radio Disney Country and more. A portion of the proceeds continue to be donated to ACM Lifting Lives. Their music can be heard frequently on Radio Disney Country, an early supporter of the band. Visit honeycounty.com for more information.

 

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Jupiter, a 75lb. Sub-Adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Ready to Go Home Back to the Ocean

TAMPA, Fla., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, will return Jupiter, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, and three juvenile green sea turtles (Canaveral, Enterprise, and Satellite) back into the Atlantic Ocean at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park on Flagler Beach in Flagler County.

The four turtles to be released include two of the most common species to Florida’s coastal waters: green and loggerhead sea turtles. Jupiter, the loggerhead sea turtle and these three green sea turtles (Canaveral, Enterprise, and Satellite) were brought to The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach earlier this year from the Volusia County Marine Science Center. These were among the first turtles to be cared for at the facility since it opened in January. All the turtles had suffered cold-stunning and other debilitating effects and were rescued on the state’s east coast.

Some of these debilitating symptoms included low red blood cell count, low blood sugar and a variety of infections. Cold-stunned turtles are unable to swim and can develop symptoms, including decreased heart rate, low blood circulation, and pneumonia. If they do not receive treatment, cold-stunned sea turtles can be susceptible to drowning, infections, predation, and boat strikes.
 
“While sea turtles have been in the news lately, with record numbers of nests on Southeast US coastlines, their future remains guarded. The Florida Aquarium is working tirelessly to bring attention to this issue, and we are thrilled to be able to return the loggerhead we have affectionately named Jupiter back to his home,” said Roger German, President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium, “This is challenging work and while we celebrate these happy reunions of sea turtle and ocean, we know our job is never done. We count on the support of individuals, the community and partners like Florida Blue to make these rehabilitation and release stories possible.”
 
The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response team worked around the clock to monitor the treatment of the sea turtles affected by cold-stunning. They were able to warm the sea turtles to slowly raise their body temperature and provided them with additional supportive medical care.

We invite the news media to join us at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, 3100 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 for photo and video opportunities of the sea turtles being released back into the wild, and for interview opportunities with The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team.

“Cases like Jupiter’s are always rewarding,” said Dr. Ari Fustukjian (Fuh-stook-shian), The Florida Aquarium’s Senior Staff Veterinarian. “To have an animal come in in such rough shape, and then watch them turn around and get to a place where they’re ready to get back out there, is really what rehab is all about”.
 
WHO: The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team
WHAT: Photo/video/interview opportunity: Jupiter, the loggerhead turtle that could! Jupiter, and three green sea turtles are heading back to the ocean.
WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m. (Estimated release time) The team will be traveling from Apollo Beach, Florida starting at 7:00 a.m.
WHERE: Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area: 3100 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
WHY: Sea turtles are a critical part of the ocean’s ecological system and play an essential role in the health of our oceans. The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach combines research and rehabilitation programs to give much-needed support to animals in distress or imminent danger and ecosystems faced with both natural and human-made threats.

For more information about The Florida Aquarium’s sea turtle conservation work, please visit www.flaquarium.org/apollobeach

All care and turtle rehabilitation by The Florida Aquarium is done with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles and authorized under conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-19-179.

 
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Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

July 13, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro - Sales Director Green Gobbler 20% Vinegar Weed Killer

Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Stuber

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Stuber

Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures present an R rated, 93 minute, Action, Crime, Comedy, directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy with a theater release date of July 12, 2019.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

DWAA Annual Writing Competition

DOG WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

DWAA Writing Competition Is Open!

It's the most wonderful time of the dog writing year! The DWAA official writing competition is now accepting entries.

This year, we have a brand new website and a streamlined process. In the Special Awards categories, so far we have 22 special categories totaling almost $14,000 thanks to our amazing sponsors, which you can view below. Good luck! Heads up: Annual event and awards tickets go on sale on 08/01/19. 

 
Enter Now
 

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best article in a national, regional or local AKC club publication in magazine or newsletter format. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant.

 

AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award
Sponsored by AKC Reunite for the best article on how microchips can be used in pet recovery. Articles can include recovery stories of how dogs were identified or returned to owners, permanent identification in cases of theft, uses of microchips to confirm identity of dogs in competition, etc. The award is a $1,000 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact AKC Reunite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award goes to the writer of a print or online feature article that best educates pet owners about responsible dog ownership. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant. To enter, submit one article, which must also be entered in this year’s contest in one of the regular categories.

 

The AKC Family Dog Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing (including books, articles and blog posts) about any or all of the good manners programs under the AKC Family Dog umbrella, including AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, Urban CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. While participating in these activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. This award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Canine Scribbles Award
Sponsored by Canine Scribbles, LLC, this is awarded for the best article that promotes the reasons to own a purebred canine. The fiction or nonfiction article of 1000 to 1500 words must be published in a print or online publication. The focus of the article should exemplify the virtues of owning a specific purebred dog. A high-resolution .jpeg (at least 300 dpi) should accompany the article that depicts the canine about which the article is written. The article should be clearly and succinctly written, and should outline the advantages of purebred dog ownership, with a unique journalistic voice. $350 cash grant.

 

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award
Sponsored by American Legion Post #348, Brick Township, N.J. and Lisa Begin-Kruysman. For a submission in any form of media that educates the public about the important role our military dogs play in our Armed Forces, including issues affecting their emotional and physical care during their training, active service and retirement. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.

 

Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Award
Sponsored by Dr. Harvey’s Fine Health Foods for Companion Animals, this award is for the best online blog post written by a dog blogger that exemplifies good health and wellness for dogs. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Dogster Health & Wellness Award
This award recognizes the article/column that did the best to promote home-care health awareness — identifying health and wellness best practices that dog owners can carry out at home for the dogs they love. Dogster helps dogs by helping dog owners and wants to recognize an outstanding written piece that does the same. $500 cash grant.

 

The Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award
Sponsored by Darlene and Carol Bryant on behalf of FidoseofReality.com, this award is given to a non-corporate dog blogger. Composing a quality dog product or service review is an art. The winning dog blog post exemplifies the elements of a solid dog product or service review that go above and beyond the basics. Entries will be judged on writing style, grammar, punctuation, imagery/video, and the overall way the review is presented. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a trophy.

 

DWAA Junior Writer Award
Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.

 

DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award
Sponsored by his family and friends. For the best article describing the rescue process: adoption, fostering, transporting, home visits or other aspects of rescue. $300 cash grant.

 

The Fear Free Pets Award
Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates the importance and benefits of taking a dog to a Fear Free certified veterinary professional. This may also include how a dog’s emotional well-being can play a role in all aspects of its life and health, including veterinary care, how decreasing fear, anxiety, and stress is beneficial to the patient and owner both during the veterinary visit and at home, a focus on Fear Free applications pre- and post-veterinary visit, successful case studies/stories of how a dog went from fearful to Fear Free during or throughout the course of a single or series of veterinary visits, positive experiences working with a Fear Free certified veterinary professional or anything that highlights how Fear Free and what it stands for is all around better for staff, patients, and clients. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

 

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award
Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media formats that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates how enrichment activities (exercise, food puzzles, scent training, etc.) can benefit a dog’s emotional—not just physical—well-being and the role that has in their overall health. This may also include topics relating to how the resulting benefits of such enrichment to the dog’s emotional well-being can help set them up for more successful veterinary visits in the future, thus living a happier, healthier life. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

 

The Good News For Pets Award
Sponsored by GoodNewsForPets.com in celebration of the digital platform’s 20th anniversary, this award is for the best digital story – online video, blog post or online article with photography that best demonstrates the bond between people and their canine companions. The content must be demonstrated as having been shared through digital media. The winner will receive a $500 grant.

 

The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award
Named in honor of Harrison Stephens, a newspaper editor who wrote thought-provoking features marked by journalistic integrity and humor until his death just before his 100th birthday. This award is for a feature article that highlights the human-canine bond and leaves the reader with a smile. Potential topics include working dogs (or a lazy dog with a winning personality), or dog-centric nonprofits that promote positive outcomes for pets and people. The award is sponsored by Sally and Tom Reeder and consists of a $300 grant.

 

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Award
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is open to all forms of media that cover topics on infectious diseases that affect dogs. The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,500 cash grant.

 

James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award  
For the poem/poetry which best exemplifies the unconditional love of a dog. Sponsored by James Colasanti Jr. The award is a $200 cash grant.

 

The PSI Professional Pet Care Award
Sponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts. This award consists of a $300 cash prize.

 

The Rio Award
Sponsored by Jen Reeder and Bryan Fryklund in honor of their beloved Labrador retriever mix, Rio, this award is for an article, book or essay that profiles a dog who changed someone’s life in a profoundly positive way. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

 

The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award
Sponsored by Sleepypod, this award is for the best article or book that shares tips for pet safety during travel and/or anecdotes of dogs helped by owners who take safety precautions. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Vet Candy Award
The Vet Candy Award will be presented to the writer with the most inspiring story about a veterinarian or veterinary professional in a newsletter, magazine, or blog post format. The award consists of $300 and a plaque.

 

The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award
Sponsored by The Westminster Kennel Club in memory of legendary dog show reporter Walter Fletcher, this annual award goes to the reporter who best exemplifies continued press coverage of dog shows in America. The writer must have written a bylined article in a print or online general interest publication about a dog show (or shows). The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The chair is located at the end of the front row, in the working press section, on the arena floor of Madison Square Garden. The winner will also receive $300.

 

Dogwise Best Book Award
Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500 to the author of the best book. The winner will be chosen by the president of DWAA from the winners of all the book categories. The award is a $500 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

 

DWAA Distinguished Service Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award honors extraordinary achievement and communications excellence. It recognizes the person who, by word, deed, exemplary conduct, public communication and professional excellence, best promotes the interest of the sport of dogs. The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

 
Click here for more information or to enter:
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As always, we depend on our professional members to volunteer as judges! If you can spare a few hours in late September/early October, please email Contest Chair Darlene Bryant:

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Thank you and good luck!

 
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

Doris' Mission Continues

 
 

Dear Jon,

All of us at the Doris Day Animal Foundation have been truly overwhelmed by your outpouring of love, condolences and donations for the “precious four-leggers” in memory of our dear Doris. She was a beloved friend and mentor to us and an inspiration to the world -- especially the animal welfare community. Your support meant the world to her and makes it possible for DDAF to continue its crucial work, funding other non-profit animal welfare organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of animals.

DDAF’s small, long-time staff and board of directors were personally selected or approved by Doris many years ago because we share her passion for making this a better world for the animals. We have dedicated a good part of our lives to Doris’ great cause and are just as invested in the important work we do as she was. We conscientiously strive to reduce expenses to cut overhead so that your donations can go to programs that directly benefit the animals. 

Please visit our Facebook page for stories and testimonials from our grantees so you can see specifically where your donations are put to work. Our annual IRS Form 990 can be found on our website, and if you haven’t visited lately, we invite you to get re-acquainted with our staff and our work. In short, we assure you that DDAF will continue to operate under the same rules and guidelines, dedicated to Doris’ vision and purpose to make her proud, as always.

While Doris’ tremendous career legacy will live on thanks to the technology of film, television, iTunes and YouTube, she founded DDAF and DDAL to carry out her life’s mission and the cause closest to her heart: helping animals and the people who love them. This was the legacy she wanted to leave the world, and all of us at DDAF are committed to keep her dream alive by continuing the critical work she started 41 years ago, per her wishes. Of course, we can’t do it without you, so on behalf of the millions of animals we’ve helped in the past and plan to help in the future, we send a big thank you for your support!

Gratefully yours,

 
 
 
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

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Saturday, 06 July 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

July 6, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan, DogGone Positive, Port St. Lucie, FL  & new to the show Jasmine Johnson, Jasmine the Dog Trainer, Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp - Happy Birthday & Congrats on her Engagement

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Frank Hyman author of Hentopia will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/06/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his book

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge Hotel Penn 7/06/19 at 630pm ET

 

More eggs, less work! Hentopia is in reach for every chicken-keeper.

As flock owners across the country know, chicken-keeping has many benefits. Hens make wonderful pets with bright personalities, and the easy access to breakfast food simply can’t be beat. But daily chores, regular coop cleanings, and predator worries can be overwhelming for the flock owner balancing the demands of a busy schedule or wanting to travel. Frank Hyman’s Hentopia solves the dilemma of how to tend chickens without feeling chained to the coop by offering creative inventions that streamline daily care and feeding requirements.

Backyard keepers looking to reduce their chores but keep their chickens will love Hentopia. The book features 21 low-cost, imaginative projects to help keep chickens safe, minimize the workload, and make use of salvaged and recycled materials. Hyman’s lively, humorous voice makes this an easy read, and clear instructions and colorful photography ensure that anyone – even those with minimal carpentry skills – can tackle these tasks. From building a coop to adding fun “enrichments” that make life more interesting for chickens — like a Chunnel (chicken tunnel), Jungle Gym, and Scratch-and-Snack Bar — the book includes projects perfect for inexperienced and seasoned chicken-keepers alike.
An innovative guide to simplifying the chicken chore routine, Hentopia helps backyard chicken-keepers and homesteaders reduce the time they spend on daily maintenance and care so they have more time to simply enjoy their feathered friends.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frank Hyman is the author of Hentopia. A designer, builder, gardener, and freelance writer, Hyman leads workshops on designing and building chicken coops and hen habitats. He has written for Organic Gardening, Modern Farmer, Fine Gardening, Hobby Farms, and the New York Times. He lives and maintains his own flock’s hentopia in Durham, North Carolina.
As flock owners across the country know, chicken-keeping has many benefits. Hens make wonderful pets with bright personalities, and the easy access to breakfast food simply can’t be beat. But daily chores, regular coop cleanings, and predator worries can be overwhelming for the flock owner balancing the demands of a busy schedule or wanting to travel. Frank Hyman’s Hentopia solves the dilemma of how to tend chickens without feeling chained to the coop by offering creative inventions that streamline daily care and feeding requirements.

On Sale December 2018

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