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Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

April 13, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Lexi Adams

Network Producer - Alex

Special Guest - Jackson Madnick - owner of Pearls Premium Ultra-Low Maintenance Lawn Seed will visit Talkin' Pets at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his incredible lawn seed

RouTTe One Productions and Houston PetSet to Debut Photography Exhibition

“Exposé of Street Dogs in Houston, Texas” in London on Tuesday, April 30


London, UK (April 4, 2024) --- Animal crusaders, philanthropists, and identical twin sisters Tama Lundquist and Tena Lundquist Faust are introducing a photo exhibit entitled Exposé of Street Dogs in Houston, Texas. The purpose of this exhibit is to bring international awareness of the plight of strays on the streets who are struggling to survive.

This international photography exhibition will debut in London on April 30 and features the work of award-winning photographer Jack Opatrny along with scenes from the For the Animals documentary. This powerful film, which screened in the United States and London in 2023, garnered extensive news coverage as well as Oscar consideration.

“Exposé of Street Dogs in Houston, Texas” is open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. and to invited guests from 7 p.m. to midnight GMT at the Home House located at 21 Portman Square in London, UK. Donations from exhibit patrons will benefit Houston PetSet, a nonprofit organization working to end Houston’s homeless animal crisis. Lundquist and Lundquist Faust serve as co-presidents for Houston PetSet.

The exhibit showcases the heartbreaking realities of the catastrophic number of strays on the streets in the greater Houston area, which is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The exhibition also delivers a message of hope for the animals. Patrons of the photography exhibit will see “before and after” images of street dogs who have been successfully rehabilitated and rehomed – two of them being a pit bull named Sonny who was adopted by Lundquist and a “Heinz 57” mix breed named Benjamin who was adopted by Lundquist Faust.

“Tena and I hope that our film and this companion photo exhibit will ignite compassion in the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. We hope that the images that we are spotlighting in both the film and the photo exhibit will urge people to act, both as individuals and entire communities, to work together toward meaningful change. Anything anyone can do to help the animals makes a positive difference for the animals,” Lundquist commented.

What many people around the world are shocked to learn is that Houston, Texas, has one of the highest populations of homeless, discarded, and neglected animals in the world. Hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs and cats are wandering the Houston streets – fending for themselves and, if they are lucky, benefitting from the benevolence of kind “street feeders” and private animal rescue organizations.

“Animal shelters are stretched to overflowing, making humane euthanasia necessary for many healthy dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. News reports of stray dogs attacking, injuring or killing adults and children are being reported more frequently. In some neighborhoods, children are afraid to go outside or to walk to school because they might be attacked by a stray dog. And many elderly citizens are fearful and are prisoners in their own homes,” Lundquist Faust commented.

Lundquist and Lundquist Faust are planning to host this exhibition in Houston and other U.S. cities this summer. Most of the photos in the exhibition have been captured by Opatrny, who is an award-winning Houston photographer. Opatrny’s heartfelt love for dogs also his photography project, “Street Dogs of Mexico.”

Exhibition Complements Documentary Film Released in July 2023

For the Animals is a 73-minute film produced by RouTTe One Productions that tells the story of Tama and Tena, identical twin sisters who bravely combat the abuse and neglect of companion animals that are discarded in the streets of Houston. The animal overpopulation crisis is referred to by these crusaders as "Houston's dirty little secret."

“We are thankful for the continued support of Lady Penny Mountbatten and Rachelle Rowe. These women have considerable influence in both the U.K. and the U.S. Lady Penny and Rachelle are not only friends to Tena and me, but they are advocates for animals who depend on us humans to take care of them. Lady Penny and Rachelle graciously hosted a private screening of the For the Animals film in London last year, and they have been instrumental in helping us to engage other animal lovers in our crusade to end companion animal suffering – not only in Houston, but everywhere,” Lundquist added.

Over 120 dogs rescued from suspected dogfighting operation in New Jersey

(April 5, 2024)— This week the Humane Society of the United States assisted law enforcement with the rescue of over 120 dogs from an alleged dogfighting operation throughout multiple properties in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Humane Rescue Alliance and licensed veterinarians also assisted on-scene. 

Law enforcement officials served search and seizure warrants on multiple properties early in the morning on April 3. Dogs and puppies were found living in barren pens and cages throughout multiple buildings, while others were found shivering in the cold rain in outdoor pens or on heavy chains with little protection from the elements.

Responders observed dogs with significant scarring, as well as untreated wounds. One dog was missing a leg and his remaining front paw was mangled. Several dogs were emaciated, including pregnant and nursing mothers. Many dogs eagerly greeted responders with wagging tails and kisses, while others hunched over and peered reluctantly at the responders.

The team worked late into the evening through cold and rainy conditions to conduct field exams of each animal and remove them from the properties.

“What’s striking is the level of suffering involved in dogfighting contrasted with how sweet and eager for affection these dogs are,” said Janette Reever, animal crimes investigations program manager for the Humane Society of the United States. ”Though they were shivering in the cold rain, these dogs still left their meager shelters to greet us. We are grateful to New Jersey authorities for their hard work and dedication to put a stop to this cycle of suffering.”

Fighting dogs or possessing, training, selling, buying, delivering, receiving or transporting dogs intended for use in dogfighting is a felony offense.

“Situations like this underscore why we continue to advocate for humane laws—this rescue operation wouldn’t be possible without legislation in place to protect animals from cruelty,” said David Grant, New Jersey state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Thanks to the agencies involved in this rescue, these dogs now have a chance to get the happy lives they deserve.”

Dogfighting causes severe and often fatal injuries and egregious suffering. The dogs used in professional dogfighting operations are specifically bred and conditioned for fighting, which is only the beginning of a lifecycle of abuse and mistreatment. Across the country, the Humane Society of the United States has seen that these spectacles of cruelty have often been found to co-occur with other crimes related to weapons, violence, gambling and illegal drugs.

Typical dogfighting injuries include severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones. Dogs used in these events often die of dehydration, infection, blood loss, exhaustion or shock hours or even days after the fight.

The Humane Society of the United States transported the dogs to a safe, confidential location where responders and volunteers are providing much-needed care and treatment.


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Welcoming A New Rescued Resident!

We have a new rehab patient at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! A young male North American river otter, affectionately named Opie, was brought to CMA following a dog attack that injured his right eye. The otter had been receiving care at Homosassa’s Nature World Wildlife Sanctuary and was transferred to CMA to receive additional medical care from our experienced veterinarians. Opie has been deemed non-releasable as he has been habituated by humans and no longer has the instincts necessary to survive in the wild. Following a quarantine period at CMA, he will be introduced to Walle and Boomer and reside in Otter Oasis. 

Please be aware that otter kit season runs from November through March. If you see an otter kit alone, please call your local wildlife agency and do not approach or touch the animal.

Help us in welcoming our newest resident rescue!


Join Us for a Celebration!

This Saturday celebrate Sea Turtle Awareness Day from 10am through 2pm at CMA! Help the Sea Turtle Conservation Program at CMA prepare for nesting season by participating in nest stake painting, raffles, donating for Protect the Nest plaques, and so much more! You will also have the chance to learn how to protect sea turtles and their habitats from conservation partner organizations! 


Show Your Pride!

Celebrate Sea Turtle Awareness Day and support our Sea Turtle Conservation Program this weekend and beyond! Order a limited edition Sea Turtle Awareness Day shirt for yourself or the sea turtle lover in your life! Proceeds help us continue our work with sea turtle hatchlings.

Special Plaque Pricing!

Protect a sea turtle nest on the beach this summer! With your donation, a plaque with your personalized message, will be placed at a sea turtle nest on the beach. At the end of your nest's lifecycle, we will mail you your plaque to keep! For a limited time only these donations are only $150! Donate and protect a nest now


Gear up For Summer Camp

CMA summer camps are right around the corner! During these exciting camps, students will enjoy creative classroom activities and have fun learning about marine life in the aquarium and out on the water! Register now to secure your camper's spot!


Upcoming Events & Programs:

April 6: Sea Turtle Awareness Day
April 6:Sea Turtle Awareness Day Lake Cleanup
April 6: Tropical Sunset Cruise
April 12:Seaside Seabird Sanctuary at CMA
April 20: Rays Day at CMA
April 26: Seaside Seabird Sanctuary at CMA
April 27:SunSips by the Bay
April 27:High School Career Exploration
April 27: Junior Career Quest
April 29:CMA Inaugural Golf Classic
Now through April 7 spend more time at CMA with new extended hours from 9am-6pm!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

Friday, 05 April 2024 00:01

Monkey Man

Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

Monkey Man

Universal Pictures, Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Lost Winds Entertainment, Lucky Elephant Media and Endeavor Content present an R rated, 121-minute, Action, Thriller, directed by Dev Patel, written by Patel, Paul Angunawela and John Collee with a theater release of April 5, 2024.

Thursday, 04 April 2024 23:52

The First Omen

Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

The First Omen

20th Century Fox, Phantom Four Films, Abbey Road Studios, Cattleya and Kiwii present an R rated, 120-minute, Horror film directed by Arkasha Stevenson, written by Stevenson, Tim Smith and Keith Thomas with a theater release of April 5, 2024.

Thursday, 28 March 2024 23:32

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

March 30, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Adrianna Seidl - St. Francis Animal Clinic - Tarpon Springs, Florida

Producer - Lexi Adams

Network Producer - Alex

Special Guest - James Dern, Director of Puppy Program at Canine Companions

Friday, 22 March 2024 02:10

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Columbia Pictures, BRON Studios, Ghostcorps, Right of Way Films and Sony Pictures Releasing present a PG-13, 115-minute, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy film, directed by Gil Kenan, written by Kenan, Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman with a release date of March 22, 2024.

You Gotta Go Through Hell to Get to Heaven
The Curiously Optimistic Tale of Doug Butler

Following its theatrical release, with several sold out screenings, Tommy Hyde's Slamdance Doc is Coming to Streaming & VOD April 2, 2024! Streaming platforms include Amazon and Apple TV
"Hyde’s subtlety as a filmmaker, along with the fabulous, eccentric central figure, bring to mind David Lynch’s The Straight Story."
-Alex Saveliev, FILM THREAT
Doug Butler is a hardscrabble Vermont dairy farmer with an offbeat passion – dog mushing. A local folk hero, Doug’s ease with cows, dogs and people is a joy to behold. And when he trains his team of mutts on the family farm with a dream to compete at the world championships in Alaska, his teenage exuberance seems to erase the tired lines on his sixty-five year old face.

Meticulously captured over the course of a decade, Underdog
paints an intimate vérité portrait of Doug Butler as he puts a curiously optimistic twist on the family farm tragedies that have so marked American rural life. The resonance of Doug’s journey extends to all who have faced down loneliness, isolation and the struggle to make sense of forces beyond control.
Slamdance Film Festival
Camden International Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival
Thin Line Fest
Calgary Underground Film Festival

"Tommy Hyde’s heartwarming documentary traces the life of an aging Vermont dairy farmer. Hyde’s subtlety as a filmmaker, along with the fabulous, eccentric central figure, bring to mind David Lynch’s The Straight Story. Both films are remarkable for how seemingly unremarkable they are. Stick with it, and the film’s subliminal power will sneak up on you."
-Alex Saveliev, FILM THREAT

"Underdog is much more than an immersion into the grim realities of life on a small Vermont dairy farm. It is a celebration of the kind of grit, humor, passion, optimism, and resilience that is needed to make such a life work. You’re going to just love this film and its forward-looking ending."
-Richard Alaniz, KPFK Film Club

A documentary by Tommy Hyde
82 minutes | color | English | 2022

Streaming and DVD Launch Date: 4/2/2024
Streaming platforms include Amazon & Apple TV
DVD SRP: $19.95 | DVD UPC: [waiting for this]

Biographies of Film Crew

Tommy Hyde (Director, Camera, Editor) is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores people and stories at the fringes of society. Underdog, a film ten years in the making, is his directorial debut. He frequently collaborates with Mosaic Films, and is currently in production on two docu-series with them as a producer and writer. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and resides in Burlington, VT.

Aaron Woolf (Producer & Writer) is a Rockie, Logie and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker who tells stories that depict the human dimension of government policy. His work has been released theatrically in the US, Europe and Japan and broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, and numerous international networks including RAI, ARTE, and SBS. Aaron is active in community and conservation efforts in New York’s Adirondack North Country, and in 2014 he was the Democratic nominee for Congress from the New York’s 21st district.

Kyra Schaefer (Co-Producer) is a NY-based documentary producer and editor whose work centers around the intersection of faith and feminism. She holds a B.A. in digital media and video production from Marymount Manhattan College. She is the co-producer of The Happening (in production) and Ordinary Saints (in production), both Mosaic Films Productions.
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