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Dear Jon,

This is a bittersweet week for everyone here at the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Of course, it’s the week of what would have been Doris’ 98th birthday, April 3, and we all miss her dearly. Her sunny demeanor and chipper, can-do spirit would have been such a balm for these trying times.

However, we’re also excited about the big auction of Property from the Estate of Doris Day taking place online. As you all know, every penny raised will benefit DDAF, in keeping with Doris’ wishes. If you haven’t registered to bid, please do so no later than Friday, April 3, at noon PT by clicking here. And remember: If you’ve had your eye on an item from the first half of the auction (lots 1-599), the deadline for bidding is this Saturday, April 4, at 6pm PT. If you would like to bid from the second half of the auction (lots 600-1099), bids will be taken until Sunday, April 5, at 6pm PT.

If you would like to purchase a print copy of the beautiful auction catalog as a memento, they are available here. And if you're interested in taking a virtual tour of the exhibition at Julien's Auctions, just click here.

We hope you and yours are doing just fine, keeping up with social distancing requirements and taking extra precautions to stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all online for some brisk bidding. We can’t wait to congratulate you on your wins. Of course, if you would rather make a donation in honor of Doris’ birthday, we would welcome your gift at https://ddaf.org/donate.

Best wishes,

 
 
 
This week we are diving into all of our videos with Golden Retrievers. Learn what makes a Golden Retriever a Golden Retriever, see 2020 judging and more.
Best of Breed Minute
 
Get to know the Golden Retriever with Gail Miller Bisher in our Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed Minute.
Golden Retrievers at the 2020 WKC Dog Show
 
Watch over 40 Golden Retrievers compete for Best of Breed at the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Daniel Makes a Special Visit
 
After his Sporting Group victory at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Daniel made a special visit to Betty at the nursing home.
From The WKC Archives
 
It was a Golden moment when Andy (Ch. Chuckanut Party Favour O Novel) was chosen to be the WKC Sporting Group Winner in 2006.
A Golden Win at the Masters Obedience Championship
 
Meet the Runner-Up at the Masters Obedience Championship in 2017. Peggy McConnell traveled from Dallas, Texas all the way to New York City to compete in the 2017 Masters Obedience Championship.
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March 28, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests -Justin Goodman, M.A. Vice President, Advocacy and Public Policy White Coat Waste Project will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/28/20 at 5pm ET to discuss his organization and the treatment of animals for food

ALEXANDRIA CORN TELLS EX HE SHOULD HAVE “CHEATED BETTER” IN NEW SINGLE and She will join Jon & Talkin' Pets to discuss her music and pet 3/28/20 at 630pm ET

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ALEXANDRIA CORN TELLS EX HE SHOULD HAVE “CHEATED BETTER” IN NEW SINGLE
 
Alexandria Corn
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) -- Rising country artist Alexandria Corn is a scorned woman in her newest single “Cheated Better” in which she laments the lackluster cheating of an ex-boyfriend. She advises that he could have been smarter by anything from bringing a change of clothes to making sure to come up with an alibi. With her detailed lyrics placed over a pop-influenced melody, “Cheated Better” is a force to be reckoned with. Written by Alexandria Corn, Khiana Meyer and Mandy McMillan and produced by Sam Grow, listen to the single here.

"I loved writing this song so much. I really enjoy a good sassy song and I think a lot of people will relate to it. With me how it works, is if you mess with me in any way or cheat on me, you will get a song written about you. And if you don't like it, well then screw you,” said Corn.

"Cheated Better" is featured in multiple playlists including Whisky Riff's New Music Friday playlist and The Country Scene's New Music Friday playlist as well as being featured in Nashville Briefing's New Music Roundup.

Since moving to Nashville, after making it through to the Hollywood round of American Idol, Corn has made quite the name for herself as a truly independent artist. She’s already racked up over 115,000 Spotify streams in under three months on her last single with just her own drive and passion. The New York native has also had the chance to open for Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Deana Carter, Frankie Ballard, Granger Smith, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Dan and Shay, Cam, Lucie Silvas and more. To stay up to date with Corn, follow her at her website.

About Alexandria Corn
Alexandria Corn is not your typical country singer. Hailing from Upstate New York, Corn has a love for writing moody music with cultivating lyrics. After making it to Hollywood on American Idol at just 17 years old, Corn headed to Nashville where she met songwriter and publisher Jillian Farrar. The two wrote her first single, "Say It Again," which was featured on VEVO Country. Throughout the summer of 2017, Corn opened for Jake Owen at Coastal Country Jam, Chris Janson at Big Frog 104 Frog Fest, Stagecoach VIP Party with Boots on Stage and has shared the stage at Country Fest with Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Dan and Shay, Cam, Lucie Silvas and more. Corn has been nominated for multiple California Country Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Song of the Year. Her latest single, “Same Tattoo,” received over 117,000 streams on Spotify in under three months. Corn is set to release new music in 2020 and will be sharing select dates with Sam Grow as well as Eli Young Band. For more information go to alexandriacornmusic.com.
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“Everything you want from a Star Wars film” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety

 

 

OWN THE FINAL FILM IN THE CONCLUSION OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

 

Over two hours of bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life

 

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

Bonus features include*:

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME:                           Approximately 142 min.

RATING:                                                                 PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO:                                     2.39:1                                   

AUDIO:                                 4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus

Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

                                                UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

HD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

SD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

SUBTITLES:                            4K UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and French

                                                Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French

                                                DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French

Digital = English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

SOCIAL MEDIA:                   

Website: https://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starwars

Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars

Instagram: http://instagram.com/starwars

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/starwars

ABOUT STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Naomi Ackie (Jannah), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Richard E. Grant (General Pryde), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Keri Russell (Zorii Bliss), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), with Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian).

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas. Composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga since 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, returns for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

 

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California. Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. ©2020 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 

 

MOVIES ANYWHERE (MA):

Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. It is also home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, and Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

 

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Saturday, 21 March 2020 16:27

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

March 21, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Jurassic World Reptiles

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Sara Amundson is the President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and she will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss animal protection legislation.

COUNTRY NEWCOMER JOE HANSON RELEASES “CATHARTIC” SINGLE “PART OF ME” PREMIERED BY THE BOOT - Joe will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss his music and pets with a gift package give away

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are asking Congress to act quickly on an important bill that would ensure that millions of animals held in research laboratories and enterprises like puppy mills and roadside zoos across the country are not forgotten.

The Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act, H.R. 1042, introduced last year by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Peter King, R-N.Y., is ripe for passage, with more than 200 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill would require all facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including commercial animal dealers, exhibitors and research labs, to have emergency response plans for the animals in their care when disaster strikes.

This commonsense idea has been on the table for many years, but the urgency to pass it is greater today than ever before. With cities and states imposing quarantines and curfews, and businesses shuttering their doors and asking employees to stay home, animals in institutional settings are extremely vulnerable to neglect and/or abandonment. Our federal government has a responsibility to protect them, and to hold such facilities accountable.

The PREPARED Act would require regulated facilities to submit plans that identify emergency situations, including human and natural disasters (pandemics, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.), power outages and animal escapes, and institute specific policies and protocols to respond to these emergencies. Plans would need to include instructions for evacuating the animals, shelter-in-place, provision of backup food and water, sanitation, ventilation, bedding and veterinary care.

We already know that not including animals in disaster plans can lead to terrible outcomes. After Hurricane Katrina, more than 600,000 animals were abandoned. Some people refused to evacuate and lost their lives because they couldn’t bear to abandon their pets. At our urging, Congress then went on to pass the PETS Act, which required state and local authorities to take into account—and to plan for—the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and after a disaster. Unfortunately, the law did not cover commercially owned animals, which is the reason the Humane Society Legislative Fund has been pushing for the PREPARED Act.

Not requiring commercial facilities to have a plan in place also places undue burden on first responders, the local community and nongovernmental entities involved with rescue efforts. Because of Katrina and many other deployments, the Humane Society of the United States knows firsthand the difficulties of providing care for thousands of animals in a significant disaster, and the COVID-19 crisis is a disaster of a greater scale than our country has ever experienced.

Facilities doing National Institutes of Health-funded research are already required to have disaster plans for their animals, as are those accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The PREPARED Act would simply level the playing field to ensure that puppy mills, roadside zoos and other regulated facilities also have emergency response plans. It’s a win-win for the businesses too, because it helps them safeguard their activity while ensuring animals they use are not abandoned without care in a time of crisis.

The world around us is changing every day. As we focus on keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we cannot and should not forget the millions of voiceless animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs. They need our help now, more than ever. Please take a moment to contact your federal legislators and urge them to cosponsor the PREPARED Act if they haven’t yet, and do all they can to get this bill passed immediately.

Kitty Block is President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
   
COUNTRY NEWCOMER JOE HANSON RELEASES “CATHARTIC” SINGLE “PART OF ME” PREMIERED BY THE BOOT
 
Joe Hanson
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Robert K. Oermann Dubs "Promising" Hanson DisCovery Award Winner of the Week on Music Row
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) -- Anyone who has ever been through a breakup needs to hear “Part of Me,” the new single from country newcomer Joe Hanson. Set to an uptempo, pop-influenced melody, Hanson sings about how half of him is ready to move on, while the other half can't. Throughout the song, the Naperville, Ill. native reflects on an emotional push and pull, in the end concluding in the hook that "part of me can't be apart from you." Written by Hanson with Victoria Banks and Justin Morgan and produced by Austin Shawn, listen to the song here.

Premiered exclusively by The Boot, Angela Stefano writes, “‘Part of Me’ is infectious, and perhaps a bit cathartic for those working through a breakup. Fans of Dan + Shay and Devin Dawson will find that it fits in nicely alongside those artists' songs on a playlist.”

"His jaunty tenor has an emotional tug. Promising." - Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow Magazine. The acclaimed music reviewer also named Hanson the DisCovery Award winner of the week.

"As a songwriter and artist it's important to me that every song I sing I can relate to it, that's what allows it to be most authentic. ‘Part of Me’ was certainly a song that I lived and got inspiration from when dealing with a very difficult breakup not too long ago. My hope for this song is that people going through a similar situation can relate and know that although it’s difficult, they aren’t alone, it's part of being human” said Joe Hanson.

After testing the waters in both Christian and Country music, the two formats he was raised on, Hanson knew that he was being called to pursue country music. Since moving to town he has had the opportunity to attend writers retreats, where he met Keesy Timmer, who’d penned Kelsea Ballerini’s “Yeah Boy” and since then has been writing with other incredible hit songwriters from BMG, Sony ATV, and CURB including Jason Duke, Will Nance, Mark Irwin, Victoria Banks and many more. He’s also had the opportunity to open for some of Nashville’s best including Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Russell Dickerson and Lindsay Ell. This year, Hanson is focused on an EP, creating content and adding shows to his calendar. For more information about Hanson go to his website.

About Joe Hanson
Singer/songwriter Joe Hanson is already breaking the mold, and he’s brand new to country music. He is equipped with a striking tenor voice and a knack for shaping a melody like a sculptor with stone: tastefully and expressively. Even now, Hanson knows how to write the kind of songs that stick in your head, with lyrics that reflect the bitter and the sweet he’s tasted in life. And while he seems to have been born to sing country music — in fact, he probably was — it took Hanson a while to decide whether his destiny was in Christian music, on which he was raised back in Naperville, Illinois alongside country stalwarts like Randy Travis, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, John Denver and more. After experimenting with various sounds and projects, Hanson knew that his calling was to make country music, so he officially moved to Nashville. Since moving to town he has had the opportunity to attend writers retreats, where he met Keesy Timmer, who’d penned Kelsea Ballerini’s “Yeah Boy.” Hanson has also had the opportunity to open for some of Nashville’s best including Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Russell Dickerson and Lindsay Ell. This year, Hanson is working on an EP to be released in 2020. For more information about Hanson go here joehansonmusic.com.
 

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:51

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

March, 14, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Technical Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest -  Dr. Dana Varble from NAVC will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/14/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Pets and the Coronavirus

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