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In 2018, more than 60 million American households owned a dog. Most dog owners will teach their pups basic cues such as “sit” and “stay.” But imagine visiting friends, only to find their dog opening the door to greet you, closing the door behind them, and bowing to say hello! It’s possible with THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts (March 19, 2019; $17.95; by Larry Kay and Chris Perondi; Workman Publishing), an indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks and stunts that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch!

THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will enrich the lives of furry friends from all walks of life. Dog lovers can teach their canine companions a range of tricks from three comprehensive training programs (Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro), including:

  • Beginner
    • Sit Pretty: Dog sits up, raises both paws to chest, and stays balanced
    • Boing: Dog jumps in the air on cue
    • Crawl on Lure: Dogs scoots on the ground towards owner in a crawl position

 

  • Intermediate
    • Wrap It Up: Dog grabs the edge of a blanket and rolls to wrap it around herself
    • Run the Bases: Dog runs in sequence to a series of baseball bases
    • Cookie Nose: Dog balances cookie on snout and waits to eat it
  • Pro
    • Ride a Skateboard: Dog rides a skateboard across the room to owner
    • Dance on Two Around Me: Dog stands up on two hind legs and walks backward around trainer
    • Catch a Flying Disc: Dog races after flying disc, leaps into the air, and catches in his mouth


For those with aspirations of fame for their beloved pets, Chris Perondi, the #1 stunt dog and tricks master trainer and founder of Stunt Dog Productions, and Larry Kay, award-winning filmmaker, author (TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER) and mastermind behind the wildly popular Positively Woof, offer a pro section, with information on moviemaking, live performance, dancing, and extreme stunts and sports such as agility, parkour, and dock diving. These expert levels are complete with tips on how to workshop a film or dance routine, how to set up a successful stunt program, and how to choreograph a stunning dance sequence. Featured interviews with trick trainers at the top of their fields also give aspiring master trainers a feel for what goes into acclimating their pups to the pro levels of training.

Kay and Perondi are devotees of the positive reinforcement training method, which, at its core, encourages owners to get to know their dog’s personality and learning style to cater to the tricks that will work best for their dogs. Certain behavior cues—such as saying a dog’s name in a positive tone of voice, praising and rewarding focused moments, ignoring missteps, and even crate training—are essential tools every owner should use to ensure that training sessions are fun-filled, safe, and memorable experiences for both dog and owner.

THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER also delves into dog psychology, emphasizing the difference between high- and low-energy dogs so that every owner can tailor a training session to their pups’ particular learning style. High-energy dogs, who lean on the wild and obsessive side, require varying between different energy-level activities to improve focus and ensure a safer training session. Conversely, low-energy dogs, who may not yet be accustomed to a lot of movement or intense focus, should start with shorter training sessions that build up to highly focused dogs who love to earn and learn.

Armed with methods that build dogs’ confidence and allow owners to make informed choices about their dogs’ trick training curriculum, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER introduces the benefits of trick training that go beyond a cool Instagram video!

  • Saving Lives! When shelters post cute clips or photos of dogs up for adoption, it helps those dogs find homes. Through his organization, Positively Woof, Larry Kay has shown that trick training videos help demonstrate that a dog is ready to be adopted into her forever home.
  • Improved socialization and streamlined training: Trick training helps fearful dogs gain confidence, enabling them to meet new playmates and more readily acclimate to people. It also improves a dog’s behavior by preventing boredom and restlessness, which is often the cause of destructive behavior.
  • Inside every shelter dog is an undiscovered movie star. 75 percent of the stunt and trick dogs seen in movies are shelter rescues, as are most of the dogs used to demonstrate the tricks in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER! Shelter rescue is a great option for anyone considering adopting a dog. Who knows what hidden talents lie behind that adorable fluffy face?
  • Strengthened bond: Our furry friends are reliant on us to keep them safe and happy, and trick training deepens that special bond by demonstrating that they can trust and depend on their human partners (children and adults alike) in all scenarios.
  • Increased responsibility: Oftentimes, a pet is a child’s first introduction to responsibility and trick training is a firsthand experience that shows how sticking with something (training) can have amazing results and lead to safe and lasting interactions with dogs.

Whether the aim is to positively channel vigorous puppy energy or to bond with an old four-legged friend, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will have everyone’s best friend offering high fives, jumping through hoops, or even balancing on skateboards in no time!

MEET THE AUTHORS

file:///C:/Users/jonpp/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image008.jpg" width="317" height="428" />CHRIS PERONDI has been featured extensively in national media, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show, the Late Show, the Queen Latifah Show, Univision’s Sabado Gigante, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Fox TV, CBS News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and national TV commercials. His touring company, Stunt Dog Productions, books more than a thousand live shows in dozens of venues per year. Their shows have involved extended production runs at Branson, Dollywood, Six Flags of America, and the Indianapolis Zoo. Chris has been training dogs for more than twenty years. Having first discovered dog training as a hobby, he evolved over the years into a disc dog showman who has appeared at NBA and NFL halftime-shows and MLB pregame shows. The hobby became his full-time profession in 2001 (Chris has as many as five simultaneous crews under his Stunt Dog branded shows). Chris and crew performed live atop the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade float for Lucy Pet Foundation to raise funds for spay and neuter causes. In 2009, Suhey Velez (now Perondi) joined the Stunt Dog Experience and is responsible for the training and showcasing of many of the tricks included in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER. Visit them at dogtricksandstunts.com and stuntdogshow.com.

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LARRY KAY coauthored TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER (Workman Publishing), which was awarded the Maxwell Medallion for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and earned the first-ever book award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He also authored LIFE’S A BARK, created and produced the award-winning Animal Wow dog care DVD for kids that was endorsed by the American Humane Association, and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine. He has written and produced for Disney, PBS, and The Muppets, taught TV producing at NYU’s TV/Film School, and holds a master’s degree in TV/Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. With two million Facebook fans (facebook.com/PositivelyWoof), Larry’s Positively Woof platform promotes positive dog training, creative tricks and celebrations, and shelter dog adoptions with web films, hundreds of adoption success stories, and innovative cause marketing programs. Visit him at dogtricksandstunts.com and positivelywoof.com.

 

MEET THE DOGS

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SPIDER, an Australian Cattle Dog, was rescued from a shelter after he and his future father met on one of Larry Kay's shelter dog film sets in Los Angeles. Spider now performs more than fifty tricks and stunts. As the studio dog for Positively Woof, whenever the door to the video studio is opened, he runs inside and sits on his training platform, eager to perform tricks. His specialty trick is perching on a big ball and rolling it across the studio to his toy shopping cart. He lives with his father, Larry Kay, in Los Angeles.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: 
ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses 

Animals--they're cute and fluffy, cuddly and puffy, and ... sometimes downright disgusting. Get ready to be totally grossed out as you discover the incredibly icky ways animals eat, make their homes, and defend themselves.

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart comes the grossest journey through the animal world you'll ever take. From ants to zebras, get ready to discover some seriously strange animal behaviors. Slurp up soupy insides with houseflies, spit sticky saliva to build nests with birds, and fend off predators with poop-flinging caterpillars and farting snakes. And that's just the tip of the dung pile! These yucky habits may seem surprising to us, but they're totally normal for these animals. In fact, their survival depends on them.

Snappy text, incredible photography, and more cool features add to the learning fun. Ready to chew some fingernails with cockroaches? Dive into the disgusting world of animals!

Curious kids (and adults with strong stomachs!) will discover all the icky details and the science behind the dozens of ways animals have learned to survive and thrive, like;
  • Where the Bone-Eating Snot Flower Worm calls home (hint!  look inside a dead whale)
  • How the Silver-Spotted Skipper Caterpillar is able to fling its “frass” more than 5 feet
  • Why the Red-Billed Oxpecker has a taste for ticks.  
...And that's just the tip of the dung pile...(see what I did there?!)


ABOUT Melissa Stewart 
Melissa has written more than 180 science books for children, including the ALA Notable Feathers: Not Just for Flying, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen; the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor title Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis; and Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins. Her most recent title is Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses. Melissa maintains the award-winning blog Celebrate Science and serves on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators board of advisors. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.

Robin from the Dog Gurus



They are really focusing on helping facilities get back to normal while still maintain safety measures to keep the people safe and reduce fear.


Facilities need to be proactive rather than reactive.
The dog gurus provided three steps

1. Begin a wait list for routine services NOW.  That way they have a list to use to get clients and achieve as high an occopancy as possible. Someone needs to work this list continually. This will be especially important for grooming, daycare, training, petsitting

2. Create special activities to celebrate a return to “new normal”. Put together several “ready to go” activities that you can roll out as soon as openings are announced.  These will help generate enrollment/signups for daycare and training to celebrate.  Use scarcity to promote these and maximize attendance. Give people a reason to return. 

3. Create special one time events to encourage lodging. This will be the last service to come back fully so create reasons for people to bring their dog in for overnight stays. For example: date weekends to celebrate (partner with local stores who can provide gift certificates as part of the package), movie nights for the dogs, sleep overs, etc.  Encourage owners to get their dogs back in the routine of staying overnight to prep for the holidays. 

Keep in mind that she people may still be nervous about going out so continue to maintain safety protocols.

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
Robin Bennett is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, author, speaker, and expert on dogs. She founded one of the largest dog training companies in Virginia and has been using her expertise in “reading dogs” to teach families how to train their pets as well as helping others in the pet care industry keep dogs safe for over 20 years. Robin’s first book, All About Dog Daycare is the number one reference on opening a dog daycare. She is also Co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play… A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun, and an extensive staff training program called, Knowing Dogs, which are the leading staff training resources for dog daycare and boarding facilities. Robin is currently co-founder of The Dog Gurus, the nation’s premier resource for dog care professionals. Through The Dog Gurus she is now helping pet care professionals get their lives back by showing them how to create sustainable businesses with teams that truly know dogs.

Here’s her two books:
All about daycare 
Off Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun 



Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
Robin Bennett is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, author, speaker, and expert on dogs. She founded one of the largest dog training companies in Virginia and has been using her expertise in “reading dogs” to teach families how to train their pets as well as helping others in the pet care industry keep dogs safe for over 20 years. Robin’s first book, All About Dog Daycare is the number one reference on opening a dog daycare. She is also Co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play… A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun, and an extensive staff training program called, Knowing Dogs, which are the leading staff training resources for dog daycare and boarding facilities. Robin is currently co-founder of The Dog Gurus, the nation’s premier resource for dog care professionals. Through The Dog Gurus she is now helping pet care professionals get their lives back by showing them how to create sustainable businesses with teams that truly know dogs.

Susan Briggs, MA, CPACO
Susan Briggs is a Certified Professional Animal Care Operator, author, speaker, and pet care business expert. As co-founder of The Dog Gurus she brings over 18 years of experience in the pet industry with 12 years as co-owner and operator of a successful dog daycare, lodging, grooming and training business in Houston, Texas. In addition to being a co-author with Robin in publishing Off-Leash Dog Play and Knowing Dogs, Susan used her educational background in accounting and published Counting Noses: Accounting and Financial Management Guidelines for the Pet Services Industry. Susan enjoys making it easy for owners to understand the numbers side of their business so they can focus on care quality. In 2015 Susan co-founded the Professional Animal Care Certification Council whose mission is to provide independent testing and certification for pet care professionals. The program embraces Susan’s passion for providing quality care for animals.


Four Things Every Dog Should Know

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA

Co-Founder, The Dog Gurus

www.TheDogGurus.com

Dogs are brilliant! And they love to learn. There is no end to things you can teach your dog. Dog training ranges from teaching basic manners, such as sit, to teaching tricks such as shake or play dead, to teaching sports and activities such as agility or scent work. Regardless of whether your dog is a stay at home pooch or a social pup who participates in a wide range of outdoor activities, here are four things every dog should know.

• His name – With this behavior, you say your dog’s name and he turns and looks at you. Ultimately, this ends up becoming the come command, but for starters I want a dog that will stop what he is doing at least long enough to look at me whenever I say his name. Teaching a strong response to his name is the first step toward managing your dog. If your dog doesn’t pay attention to you, no other cues matter. Teaching a dog his name means teaching him when and how to pay attention to you.
• Sit – You can stop all types of bad behaviors by teaching a dog to sit. Just remember to reinforce it and practice it in lots of new locations.
o Does your dog jump? Ask him to sit instead.
o Is your dog scratching at the door to go outside? Ask him to sit instead.
o Are you trying to write a check at the vet’s office but your dog is pulling on the leash? Ask him to sit instead.
• Wait – I teach wait to mean “do whatever you want, butstay where you are.” You can use wait for some of the following situations:
o When you open the crate door but need your dog to wait while you put on his leash.
o When you are getting groceries from the house and want your dog to say in the foyer even if the door is open.
o When you are making the bed and don’t want your dog to get on it until the covers are straightened out (I personally have this situation every morning!)
• Drop it –This is a great behavior for when your dog picks up something that you don’t want him to have. It’s also a fun way for the two of you to play tug of war.

There are lots of other things you can teach your dog, but these are the bare minimum behaviors you should focus on to have basic dog manners around the house.


Lydia is the most sought after animal communicator around. Her childhood dream of becoming a fairy godmother to animals seems to have come true. Her clients come from every state in the U.S. and European countries galore. People so different... yet sharing the love of their pet and their belief in Lydia's gift. Her client list numbers over 60,000 over 20 years, and many began as skeptics. Lydia likes skeptics, she says, and believes that once she proves herself to a skeptic that skeptic becomes her best publicity. Lydia has also co-authored a book recently, Conversations with Animals , detailing her experiences.

Lydia is available for Consultations, Seminars, and Lectures. To find out more about her, or the services she offers, please click on one of the links below. Note that Lydia is actively working on her new book, "More Conversations With Animals"! Contributions from past and current clients are welcomed!

FEATURED IN:

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SEEN ON:

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Thank you for checking out my website. Blessings to you and your companions!

About Laura Laura uses telepathy to have two way conversations with alive animals, deceased animals and people, and anyone who cannot speak for themselves. Think of her as a translator, teacher and guide. Her services are used by: Animal owners, trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and rescue groups. As well as people who want to reach out to their loved ones in spirit, their young children, their disabled child or family members in a coma. Watch Laura’s Sizzle Reel Watch The Pet Psychic Compilation Video Laura has been featured in numerous newspapers and media reports. Some of them include: LA Times, ABC Atlanta, Good Morning Texas, Time Warner Cable, NBC, The Doctors, The Bert Show, LA Confidential, Noozhawk, The Santa Barbara Independent, Animal Zone, and The Girl Code & MTV. She is a former columnist for The Santa Barbara News-Press and appears regularly on the TV show Animal Zone. Laura hosts a weekly Radio Show on Blogtalkradio. She currently lives in Ojai, California with her animals Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse). Laura's Pet Psychic Story Laura's Childhood Laura grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. Her parents were extremely supportive of her connection with animals. They accepted all of her pets into the family: The pony she rescued when she was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten she had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet she begged her grandfather for, the rabbit for which she forged her parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival. As long as she can remember, she knew what animals were thinking and feeling. She had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that she did. Many people in her history told her that her connection to animals was different, but she was not exactly sure what that meant. Young Adult Although she was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until she was a young adult that she began to think seriously about animal communication (This was before the internet!). Her first experience with professional animal communication and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk. At that time, she had a cat named Juliette. When Laura would come home from traveling, Juliette would give her an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling, one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of Laura’s arrival home, Juliette waited for her at the doorstep and slept with her purring all night long. A behavior Juliette had never done before. The second experience was with Laura’s German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When Laura was eighteen years old, she rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. They instantly became best friends. In 1996, Laura moved to California and began to study animal communication with a pioneer in the field Carol Gurney. A few days after Laura returned from her training program, she lay down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?” Laura was shocked to hear clearly, “Mom, I am dying inside.” Two months later, Laura found out Lala had cancer and had to help her best friend transition to Heaven. Being present for Lala’s transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of Laura’s life. It is because of this experience that Laura was able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends. It paved the way for all the work Laura does today. Then came Maia, her German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Maia story is too long to tell here. But she is the sole reason Laura became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. Laura learned the importance of studying animal body language. In 1996 and 1997, Laura went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of her journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of the body with that of emotional health. During the same years, Laura studied many holistic healing modalities, energy fields, and became a Reiki Master. For many years, Laura also worked as a healer helping sick animals recover or transition to the afterlife. From June 14, 1999 through March 5, 2015 Laura shared her life with Stormy King aka Stormy a black and white Australian Shepherd. Stormy became an icon, having a fan base across the globe. He offered his spiritual wisdom through Pet Psychic Radio, his column in the Santa Barbara Independent and at convention centers across the United States. He reincarnated into his new body as a white German Shepherd named Hudson on the very same day he died. It is also now clear that he lived his past life as Lala, Laura’s first German Shepherd dog. Maia has also come back to Laura as Luca. Stormy and Maia opened the doors for Laura to study animal reincarnation. Now Laura is widely recognized as an authority in the field. Her dogs Maia and Stormy and her late cats Joey, Serafina, and Makia in their lifetimes overcame diagnoses of cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. They were all told they had little time left to live by a veterinarian specialist. All of them overcame their illnesses and lived joyfully into their old age. These animals have taught Laura that miracles happen when one places oneself in a state of gratitude and joy. These are lessons and skills Laura teaches in her work today. Laura has been amazed to witness miraculous healings in thousands of her animal clients. Laura also teaches that one can die in grace and that our connection to loved ones can become even stronger once they have crossed over. Laura's People Medium Story Laura’s Parents Laura was brought up believing that seeing and communicating with other dimensions was not only possible but also very real. Her mother talked about the presence of fairies, her father would occasionally see ghosts, and her great grandmother is known for her psychic abilities. As long as Laura can remember, she has been conversing with the dead. She has memories as far back as being a toddler of being spoken to by an older man on the staircase of her house. At nine years old, spiritual beings at Stonehenge and Bath, England, conversed with her. When her babysitter died, she remembers her spirit coming to her and telling Laura that she is well and that it was ok to cry. In high school, when her best friend’s mom died of cancer, Laura was a bridge to the spirit world. Later, during her high school years, Laura’s ability to see and communicate with other dimensions became a distraction. She didn’t understand how to “turn it off” so that she could pay better attention to her studies. A Greenwich, Connecticut psychiatrist introduced Laura to meditation, the different concepts of “time”, and the works of Aldous Huxley. Laura begin to meditate before studying. Her concentration and grades improved, launching her into all Advanced Placement classes. This was a time before Google and the internet. The works of Aldous Huxley, Kirshnamurti, Gandhi, Edgar Cayce, and even Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe profoundly influenced Laura’s life at this time. It was then that Laura also began to understand all the mystical experiences and visions she was having when she closed her eyes to sleep at night. While studying biology and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Laura reached out to another psychiatrist because she was having an intense feeling of oneness with everything and a feeling of “not being solid”. This psychiatrist told Laura she was a “Taoist” and recommended her transferring to the Boulder, Co. based Buddhist inspired college, The Naropa Institute. Laura’s mother also encouraged her to transfer to Naropa. Looking back, while hearing horrifying stories of her colleagues being put into mental institutions for their psychic experiences, Laura feels incredibly blessed that spirit guided her to such progressive psychiatrists and that she had such supportive parents. The Naropa Institute deepened Laura’s meditation practice and opened her up the works of Buddhism and Chögyam Trungpa. Although Laura did not stay at Naropa, she continued to study Buddhism. She has attended many of the Dalai Lama’s week-long teachings, which has connected her with spiritual masters across the globe and many like-minded individuals. Even today, Laura often channels deceased Buddhist masters for wisdom in her life. Laura went on to graduate college with degrees in psychology and literature. Because of Laura’s adventurous spirit, her twenties led her into a different kind of study. People and animals who were trapped in between dimensions began to seek her out. She often woke up in the middle of the night with spirits sitting on her bed, asking her for help. Laura learned how to traverse these dimensions. She helped beings cross over. She also helped people rid themselves and their spaces of negative entities. In Laura’s thirties, she realized that although this work was rewarding, it was also emotionally exhausting. So she started the process of instilling psychic boundaries and creating the life she truly wanted. At this time, she also decided to stop animal training and concentrate solely on animal communication. This was a very exciting time for Laura. She began to study the miracles that happen in our lives, the power of thinking and feeling positively, and embodying joy and gratitude. She began to learn about the dimensions in the afterlife. She learned more about where souls go, how they can communicate with us, how they can touch us, and how our thoughts and feelings can heal our minds and bodies. She began to study reincarnation. Laura’s intense desire to be accurate and to only bring good to people and animals’ lives quickly manifested her into being one of the best pet psychics in the world today. In 2007, Laura’s animal communication client and friend Kimberly Klein lost her 13-year-old daughter and her ex husband in a plane crash. Kim asked Laura to connect her with Talia and Michael. Although Laura was nervous about opening that door again, she hated to see her friend suffering and knew that she could help. Laura agreed. This was the beginning of Laura’s new professional career as a people medium. Today she helps thousands of people connect with their loved ones in spirit. These communications help people to let go of guilt and resentment and to open up a conscious connection with their loved ones that continues after each session. Laura feels very blessed to be of service in this way. Kim writes, “I first met Laura a few years prior when I hired her to talk to my horses and my dogs. I found her ability to truly hear and communicate with my animals astounding. She told me things that the animals told her about their prior training, lives, experiences that only they and a few other people knew. The detail that Laura was able to pick up and tell me was amazing. After a terrible accident that killed my daughter and her father, I asked Laura to talk to both my daughter Talia, and her father Michael. I had spoken with other mediums before who had communicated with both of them, but Laura’s ability to hear and speak to Talia and Michael was beyond anyone else’s I have ever experienced. She actually relayed entire sentences, thoughts, desires from Talia and Michael to me, not just little tid-bits of information that I was used to hearing from other communicators. It was as if Talia and Michael were sitting with Laura and I and we were all communicating. A true question and answer session. It was inspiring, healing, and exciting for me. I recommend Laura to everyone who wants to hear from a loved one that is in spirit.” Kimberly Klein, author of Hummingbirds Don’t Fly in the Rain and The Universe Speaks.

NEW BOOK ‘ANIMALKIND’ EXPLORES AWE-INSPIRING FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS’ EMOTIONAL LIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO SHOW COMPASSION

 

PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk discusses her latest book and the remarkable advancements in our society’s awareness about animals over the years

 

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:

INGRID NEWKIRK, author and PETA founder

BACKGROUND:

Since Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) 40 years ago, it has become an unstoppable force and the largest animal rights organization in the world. Now, Ingrid has published, along with bestselling author Gene Stone, ANIMALKIND, an exploration of the richness of animal lives, their talents, emotions, and intelligence, and the many exciting ways all of us can act to prevent harm to animals. This latest book highlights some of the wonders of animal life and offers tools for living kindly toward our neighbors on our shared planet.

Ingrid Newkirk  discusses in her latest book, share fun animal facts, and explore exciting new tools that allow humans to create a better world for animals—such as substituting apple or grape leather for animal hide, synthetic frog models to replace the real ones used for years in school classrooms, advances in meat and dairy tastes-a-likes and plant-base nutrition, and virtual reality animal tours that replace circus shows.

 

DID YOU KNOW THESE FUN ANIMAL FACTS?

●       Birds have been found to be far more devoted to their romantic partners than humans. While the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 40 to 45 percent, swans, for instance, have a 95 percent rate of staying together for a lifetime.

●       Oinks, grunts, and squeals aren’t just arbitrary noises made by pigs. More than twenty of these sounds have been identified with specific circumstances, from wooing mates to expressing distress and joy.

●       Cows communicate with each other using subtle changes in facial expression; rhinos use a breath language; and frogs have learned to combat street noise by using drain pipes to amplify their calls.

●       Chickens form complex pecking orders in which each bird not only understands her ranking, but can recall the faces and ranks of more than one hundred other birds.   

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More About Ingrid Newkirk:

Ingrid Newkirk is the founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the acclaimed author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, and The Compassionate Cook. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

From author ofAbsolutely EverythingChristopher Lloyd comes a fascinating book uncovering the curious connections between humans and other animals.

So you think you're special? You think that just because people have built giant cities, invented pop-up toasters and put a person on the Moon that they are somehow different from other living things? Well it's time to think again!

HUMANIMALshows the inextricable interconnections of the human and animal worlds in ways you never before imagined... Inside you will discover how slime moulds can solve how to navigate through a maze; how rats tickle and laugh out loud; how elephants have funerals for their lost loved ones; how bees vote in elections to decide where to locate their nests; how crows use cars to crack nuts and a whole lot more! This oversized, richly illustrated, mesmerizing exploration shows that humans and other animals don't just live on the same planet, they also share many of the same patterns of behavior, making us all fellow players in the drama that is life on Earth.

HOW TO TEACH PHILOSOPHY TO YOUR DOG

Anthony McGowan

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realizes it’s high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog. 

Taking his lead from Monty’s canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument?  

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog (Pegasus Books; 2/4/2020) is an introduction to the big questions in philosophy. In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who―if anyone―has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one’s life.

About the Author:Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. He is one of the funniest writers around. As an author for children and young adults he’s won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

 

Advance Praise

“A charming, informative, unique introduction to Western philosophy.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Essential reading on both the meaning of dogs and the meaning of life.”

The Guardian

“McGowan playfully explores philosophy in this amusing collection of imaginary dialogues conducted with his Maltese terrier, Monty. Readers who have never roamed the paths of philosophy before, or who could use a return trip, will appreciate this enjoyable tour from a friendly guide and his loyal companion.”

Publishers Weekly

“Filled with sparkling insights, a joy from start to finish. In turns witty, brilliant and irreverent, McGowan explains nothing less than the meaning of life – to his dog. If only we were all as lucky as Monty to go for long walks with the author.”

Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

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