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Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Glass

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

Glass

Walt Disney Pictures, Universal Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse Productions present a PG-13, 129 minute, Drama. Mystery, Sci-Fi film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan with a theatre release date of January 18, 2019.

Motto for 2019: New Year. New You. New Leaf.
Sanctuary's free global mentor program seeks to support 200,000
aspiring vegans by 2021
Saugerties, NY— January, 2019
Veganism is poised to dominate the globe— and the New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program is
leading the way.
With The Economist dubbing 2019 “The Year of the Vegan” and Forbes including 1 it in the
list of “Top Health Trends to Go Mainstream in 2019,”2 veganism is getting closer to the
crucial 10% tipping point3 when a minority belief can become a majority belief— and not a
moment too soon. With only twelve years left before climate change becomes irreversible4,
veganism is the single most impactful step that an individual can take to combat it.5
With the arrival of a new year, there’s no better time to make a resolution to adopt a vegan
lifestyle, whether for animals, the planet, one's own health...or all three! Enter New Leaf : a
free vegan mentor program created by Catskill Animal Sanctuary for folks needing
support. After a successful national launch, and with applications from over twenty
countries, New Leaf is enrolling mentors and matching them with aspiring vegans through
a convenient website and cell phone app. For vegans looking to gain new advocacy skills,
1 Source: https://worldin2019.economist.com/theyearofthevegan
2 Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2018/12/25/healthtrends/#30bd62511b82
3 Source: http://freakonomics.com/2011/07/28/minority-rules-why-10-percent-is-all-you-need/
4 Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-lan
dmark-un-report
5 Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/10/huge-reduction-in-meat-eating-essential-to-avoi
d-climate-breakdown
make a difference in an individual’s life, and join a global community working to create
positive change, New Leaf welcomes mentor applications from around the world.
“People want to become vegan but don’t know where to start, what to eat, how to shop or
find community. . New Leaf provides ample support so folks can be successful long-term.
The program is a game-changer for a more just and compassionate world,” says New Leaf
Program Manager Elana Kirshenbaum.
The New Leaf team offers the service free to all, believing in minimizing economic barriers
to adopting a vegan lifestyle. New Leaf is powered by grants and seeking robust, mutually
beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations and brands.
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For information about joining New Leaf as a mentor, mentee, or funding partner, go to
newleafvegans.org or contact Elana Kirshenbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About New Leaf:
The New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program combines the proven effectiveness of one-on-one
mentor relationships, the power of superior matching technology, and data from a
successful Pilot Mentor Program to combat the 84% recidivism rate among self-identifying
vegans.
New Leaf's parent organization, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, has been promoting veganism
in New York's Hudson Valley region and beyond since 2003.
About Catskill Animal Sanctuary:
Founded in 2001, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, 150-acre refuge in New York's
Hudson Valley. It is home to eleven species of rescued farmed animals with between 300
and 400 residents at any given time. In addition to direct animal aid, the Sanctuary offers
on-site tours, vegan cooking lessons, and educational programs that advocate veganism
as the very best way to end animal suffering, improve human health, and heal an ailing
planet.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary is Charity Navigator’s #1 farm sanctuary for fiscal accountability,
and the only U.S. farmed animal sanctuary with highest honors

Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

 

Talkin' Pets News

January 12, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital - Lutz, FL

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media and Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Dani-Elle Kleha Releases a New EP "Runnin' On Dreams" and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/12/19 at 630pm ET to discuss her new music, pets and give away some CD's

Saturday, 05 January 2019 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

January 5, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Jerry Grymek Doggie Concierge of Hotel Penn will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/5/19 at 520pm ET to discuss this years Westminster Kennel Club Show and our broadcast from Hotel Penn in NYC

Kalie Shorr will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/5/19 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away her new country CD

Dog Friendly hotels NYC – Hotel Pennsylvania: One of the biggest pet friendly hotels in NYC!

pet friendly hotels nyc One of the top dog friendly hotels in NYC. If you don’t travel with just the humans in your family, we’re the hotel for you. We love to welcome our furry friends and your pawed family members into our hotel. We don’t care if you have a Yorkie or an English Mastiff, we accept your family how you are. That’s right.

At just $25 per stay (plus tax), we’re not just pet-friendly; we’re wallet friendly.

All sized dogs are welcome at Hotel Pennsylvania.

As a hotel that proudly sponsors the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, it wouldn’t be right to discriminate on any dog simply based on breed or size. We love all dogs and we wouldn’t want any of them banned from our premises. As it is often said, dogs aren’t our whole lives but, they do make our lives whole. So, if you’re traveling with a dog, know that you can stay with us. We’re one of the top dog-friendly hotels in NYC, just ask our four-legged fans.

If you do bring your pet to stay with us, don’t forget to share some pictures with the hashtag #HotelPennPets. We’re making a collage.

When you bring your pet with you, make sure to prepare properly. Our policy does dictate the following.

  • All pets must be kennelled when you’re not in the room.
  • Guests are responsible for any damage done by their pet.

Did we mention? We’re also a cat-friendly hotel.

The same rules that apply to our canine friends apply to our feline friends as well. We watched Homeward Bound and know that the two can live harmoniously and create some amazing adventures. That being said, DO NOT release any of them into our hallways.

If you want to take your pet for a walk, Hotel Penn is nearby the Hudson River Greenway, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park.

KALIE SHORR

Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists, and Kalie is the only independent artist in Power Rotation on Radio Disney Country. Her new EP, Awake, was released January 26, 2018, and Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018. Shorr fulfilled a lifelong dream in March of 2018 when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She is currently the opening act on the CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour.  Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018” [TasteofCountry.com].

You can find her music on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. As tour dates continue to be announced you can stay current with Kalie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow her on Youtube and visit www.kalieshorr.com.

Friday, 04 January 2019 00:00

On the Basis of Sex

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

On the Basis of Sex

Focus Features, Amblin Partners, Participant Media and Robert Cort Productions present a PG-13, 120 minute, Biography, Drama film directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman with a theatre release date of January 4, 2019.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 00:00

Vice

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Vice

Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions and Plan B Entertainment present an R rated, 132 minute, Biography, Drama, History film directed and written by Adam McKay with a theatre release date of December 25, 2018.

Saturday, 22 December 2018 00:00

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

December 22, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Matt Nall - Superpetonline.com

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - My dear friend of many years Tippi Hedren, Actress and Founder of Shambala Preserve will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/22/18 at 5pm ET to chat about her Christmas Wish

Ronnie McMullen, President of Ancient Life Oil (CBD) will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/22/18 at 530pm ET to discuss what CBD is and the uses of his products for pets, people and horses

Dani-Elle Kleha Releases a New EP "Runnin' On Dreams" and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/22/18 at 630pm ET to discuss her new music, pets and give away some CD's

Dr. Thomas Edling from Felisept will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/22/18 at 720pm ET to discuss the uses of Felisept for cats during the holidays and all year round

“World’s Rarest Bird” Sighted in Brazil

 

Existence of Female Stresemann’s Bristlefront Renews Hope for Species’ Survival

 

Contact: Amy Upgren, American Bird Conservancy, Alliance for Zero Extinction Program Officer, Phone: 540-253-5780 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Alexander Zaidan of Fundação Biodiversitas photographed this female Stresemann’s Bristlefront on Dec. 12, 2018 re-confirming the species’ existence. Hear a recording of the bird.

(Washington, D.C., December 20, 2018) An individual Stresemann’s Bristlefront, one of the world’s most endangered birds, was recently observed in Brazil after months of searches had come up empty. Sightings of the female bristlefront on December 12th and 14th in fragments of habitat in Bahia, Brazil, have renewed hope that there is still time to save this remarkable, ground-nesting songbird from extinction. With only one currently known individual, this may well be the world’s rarest bird — although researchers do hope to find more individuals in the near future.

 

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partner organization in Brazil, Fundação Biodiversitas, have been on high alert about the species’ population, which numbered as few as 15 in recent years. In a bid to assess the current population, Fundação Biodiversitas, supported by ABC, sent a team this fall to scour the species’ remaining habitat, which includes forest within and outside of the Mata do Passarinho, or “Songbird Forest,” Reserve.  After several unsuccessful searches, the female bristlefront was seen outside the reserve’s boundaries by Alexander Zaidan of Fundação Biodiversitas and researcher Marcos Rezende Peres.  The team also obtained a recording of the bird.

 

Alexander Zaidan (left) and Marcos Rezende Peres (right) in the field after finding the bristlefront.

 

Notoriously difficult to detect, the Stresemann's Bristlefront has gone missing previously. It had been undetected for more than 50 years when it was rediscovered in 1995, also in the Brazilian state of Bahia.In 2007, Fundação Biodiversitas, with support from ABC, Rainforest Trust, and other organizations, established the Mata do Passarinho Reserve to safeguard habitat for this and other rare species, such as the Banded Cotinga. The reserve preserves an important fragment of Atlantic Forest — one of the most threatened biomes in the world, with less than 10 percent of its original habitat remaining.

 

About the size of a Gray Catbird or Northern Cardinal, the Stresemann’s Bristlefront is named for the stiff bristles on its face and is classified as a tapaculo — one in a family of 50-plus species found mainly in South America and known for their skulking habits. Unlike most songbirds, this species nests in underground tunnels.

 

Many details of this bird’s life history remain a mystery, but before these details can be studied, the species' drop toward extinction must be halted. For now, the best chance at saving this species is to protect its remaining habitat.

 

With a dangerously small population, even slight disturbances could have major impacts on this species, as recent events have illustrated. Over the last five years, this region of northeastern Brazil has suffered an unprecedented drought so severe that it dried up the reserve’s streams. In 2016, fires spread into the reserve, damaging important habitat. Reserve staff report that they saw bristlefronts after the fires, but additional searches in 2017 failed to detect the birds within or near the reserve.

 

“Although we are relieved that the Stresemann’s Bristlefront continues to survive, the species’ future remains precarious,” said Amy Upgren, Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Program Officer at ABC. “Much more work needs to be done to locate additional individuals and protect additional habitat.”

 

“Conservationists have recovered a number of bird species from tiny populations, including the Seychelles Magpie-Robin, Whooping Crane, and Lear’s Macaw. We are hopeful that if we can find more birds and take significant action quickly, this bristlefront population can also grow,” said Gláucia Drummond, Executive Director of Fundação Biodiversitas.

 

“ABC and our partners across the hemisphere are working hard to conserve this and other bird species on the brink of extinction, and to make sure other species don’t decline to such dangerously low population levels,” said Daniel Lebbin, ABC Vice President of Threatened Species.  

 

Searches are continuing in hopes of locating other bristlefronts, including the female’s mate. ABC and partners are also creating an emergency action plan to protect more habitat. To support these efforts, please contact Amy Upgren.

 

Work to conserve this area and species is supported by a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project, in partnership with UN Environment and BirdLife International, as well as David and Patricia Davidson.

 

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American Bird Conservancyis a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.orgFacebookInstagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).

Fundação Biodiversitas' mission is the conservation of Brazilian biodiversity. A nongovernmental organization based in Belo Horizonte, Biodiversitas has promoted science-based conservation in Brazil since 1989 and acts as a reference center for the collection and application of scientific knowledge.

 

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