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Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:03

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Talkin' Pets News March 12, 2022 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Marcus Porter - Tampa Veterinary Specialists, Tampa, Florida Producer - Matt Matera Network Producer - Ben Boquist Social Media - Bob Page Special Guest - Victoria Lily Shaffer, author of "Pup Culture" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/12/22 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book
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Prepare yourself for every step of the dog adoption process and make your new best friend’s life the happiest and healthiest it can be with these fostering and adoption tips and tales from dog-loving expert Victoria Schaffer.

Adopting a dog and making them the newest member of your family can sometimes feel like a daunting task. How do you know what dog is right for you? What do you need to know about the adoption process? And how do you make sure your new best friend has the best life possible while they’re settling into their new home? Pup Culture is here to help.

Pup Culture is a well-deserved ode to man’s best friend. Fostering-extraordinaire Victoria Lily Shaffer presents a wide-ranging collection of dog adoption and fostering tales, tips, handy checklists, heartwarming stories, and Q&A’s from both celebs—like Dan Levy, Glenn Close, and David Letterman—as well as everyday dog lovers.

These inspiring stories and lessons dig deep into the beloved relationships between dogs and humans, from exploring the harrowing journey of finding your perfect “fur-ever” companion to spotlighting the selfless, dedicated community of rescuers that help save and change lives.

Photograph by Meg Meyer

Victoria Lily Shaffer is no stranger to show biz, having practically grown up on the set of The Late Show with David Letterman. She’s the Vice President of Creative Development at Oso Studios where she most notably produced a Facebook Watch series entitled Extra Innings with Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray. Shaffer was the former host of Pet Life Radio’s Tails of the City, which streamed on iHeartRadio, and she’s also worked on productions such as the Tony Awards, the Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HBO’s Divorce, and Netflix’s My Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Victoria has combined her love for show biz with her passion for animal rescue advocacy, creating content to inspire others to #AdoptDontShop. Follow Victoria on Instagram @VictoriaLilyShaffer to meet her latest fosters (usually involving large numbers of adorable newborn puppies). Pup Culture is her debut publication.

Saturday, 05 March 2022 04:17

The Batman Featured

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The Batman

Saturday, 05 March 2022 00:49

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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March 5, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Author Laurie Zaleski, FUNNY FARM: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/5/22 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book

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“ This story of grit and resilience is 100 percent inspiring.”
Real Simple
“Heartwarming...Zaleski masterfully illustrates how one person can rise above difficult circumstances to do substantial good. Lovers of the furry and feathery will revel in this feel-good story.”
Publishers Weekly
FUNNY FARM
My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals
Laurie Zaleski
At The Funny Farm, one of the largest animal rescues in the Northeast, many different animals all live together and roam freely, and the odd and unlikely friendships that develop reveal lessons of kindness and cooperation.  Laurie Zaleski shares the inspiring story of how it all started in FUNNY FARM:  My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals (Feb. 22, St. Martin’s Press; $27.99)
At twenty-five, with just the clothes on her back and three small children in tow, Laurie’s mother Annie fled an abusive marriage, going from upper middle-class comfort to a one-bedroom shack in the woods. She scraped by with menial jobs, including cleaning cages at the local animal control, and soon began saving the homeless animals, bringing them to (and sometimes inside) the family’s home. 
Zaleski recounts a hardscrabble childhood, but also a rollicking, offbeat, boisterous life, loaded with more fun and adventures than anyone she knew, including chasing a runaway stallion down a four-lane highway in a car, and taking a cow to school for show-and-tell. When the car broke down, Laurie’s mom even used a horse to run errands or go to her job, “parking” her in the parking lot, with a feedbag and a couple of apples.
Laurie swore as a child that she’d one day buy her mom a farm of her own, so she could retire and do nothing but save animals.  Years later, as a successful businesswoman, she did just that, buying a 15-acre farmstead deep in the New Jersey woods
Funny Farm facts:
·       Residents  include pigs, goats, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, an emu and a skunk. 
·       Most animals roam free and interact with other species, resulting in many odd and unlikely friendships
·       Laurie’s Kindness Program offers anti-bullying and special needs programs in schools, where her friendly animals show how different species interact and can get along.  
·       Over 100,000 visitors are welcomed each year, free of charge.
·       Voted one of the Top 10 places to visit in New Jersey and Best Charitable Organization
A rescue story on many levels, FUNNY FARM is a daughter’s story of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found. And it's the story of the brave, incredible, and adorable animals who found a home at the Funny Farm, and who inspire thousands of visitors each year.
LAURIE ZALESKI is the founder of the Funny Farm, a charitable organization located in Mizpah, New Jersey. Since 2000, the farm has welcomed all kinds of rescue animals. Laurie is also the founder, president and CEO of Art-Z Graphics. She has been named a New Jersey Heartland Hero, is listed in the 2019 Who’s Who of Professional Women, and has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her work to save animals and educate the public about animal abuse.
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Ellie Laks-Weiner, author of My Gentle Barn, said “I found myself up till much later at night than was good for me, just to read one more chapter. I laughed, I cried, I related in a very deep way, and most of all, I fell in love with Laurie, her mom, and her whole family, both human and non. Funny Farm was moving, inspiring, honest, and refreshingly real. I loved every page!”

Ellen Stimson, author of Mud Season and Good Grief, called the book "the satisfying tumultuous story of one mama who understood that a messy life crowded with love and animals is plenty good enough.  Laurie Zaleski writes in vivid unsentimental language, equal parts passion and grit."
Friday, 18 February 2022 00:41

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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February 19, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services, Tampa, Florida

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Monica Engebretson, Head of Public Affairs North America for Cruelty Free International, will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 2/19/22 at 5pm ET to discuss The HEARTS Act

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Animals need your HEARTS 

Support Humane Alternatives to Animal Experiments

Sacramento, CA

Whomever you are giving your love to, animal protection NGO Cruelty Free International asks that you spare a little piece of your HEARTS for our animals.

Almost one million animals – including cats, dogs, and rabbits - are kept in laboratories in the USA or used in experiments every year, and this number excludes many millions more rats, mice, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The federal Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act says that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our nation’s medical research agency, should use already approved animal-free methods before subjecting animals to cruel and painful experiments that often end in their death.


Surely anyone with a heart would support that. It seems like common sense, and you probably thought that they were already required to do it – especially as almost 80 percent of people across the political divide agree.[1]

you can show your love for animals and help the HEARTS Act to become law. It was introduced to Congress last year by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard(D-CA)andRepresentative Ken Calvert(R-CA), and you can email your Representative to ask them to support it too.

The HEARTS Act has the potential to improve both the quality and compassion of science in the United States and save animals from suffering and death.

MonicaEngebretson, Head of Public Affairs North America for Cruelty Free International, said,“Modern non-animal testing methods spare animals from suffering in laboratories and dying in painful experiments. They are alsoincreasingly less costly and more human-relevant than animal tests.

“Replacing animal tests does not mean putting human patients at risk or halting medical progress. Instead, it will improve the quality as well as the humaneness of our science. Thetime is right for the NIH to prioritize the use of existing humane and scientifically valid alternatives in research and testing.”

[1] SurveyUSA nationwide poll, August 2019 

Cruelty Free Internationalis one of the world’s longest standing and mostrespectedanimal protection organizations and works on animal testing issues globally and in the United States. The organization is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and is frequently called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for its advice or expert opinion.www.crueltyfreeinternational.org.

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If you want to make a donation to help us continue our campaigning to end the suffering of animals in laboratories you can do this online by clicking here or calling us on 0207 700 4888. As always, it is only with your fantastic support behind us that we are able to continue our mission.

    

 

Friday, 18 February 2022 00:14

Uncharted Featured

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Uncharted

Columbia Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, rad Productions, PlayStation Productions, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment America present a PG-13, 116-minute, Action, Adventure, directed by Ruben Fleischer, screenplay by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway with a theater release of February 18, 2022.

Friday, 18 February 2022 00:08

Dog Featured

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Dog

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists Releasing, ITN Distribution, CAA Media Finance, FilmNation Entertainment and Free Association present a PG-13, 90-minute, Drama, Comedy, directed by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum, screenplay by Carolin and Brett Rodriguez with a theater release of February 18, 2022.

Saturday, 12 February 2022 00:23

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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Talkin' Pets News

February 12, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

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