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From an early age, Jocelyn became aware of a universal energy that flows between all living things. She sensed an emotional spectrum on par with humans in the dogs and horses she grew up with as an only child in Port Washington, New York. There was a channel of communication between animals and humans that was waiting to be unlocked. At a young age, she discovered that her gift of deciphering this energy was also the key to understanding who we are as human beings and the deep commonalities we share with our animal counterparts.

Now living in Denver, Colorado, Jocelyn works as an energetic counselor, strengthening the connection of individuals to their animal companions all over the country. Her book, The Secret Language of Dogs: Stories From a Dog Psychic, offers enlightenment on how to improve the flow of communication between you and your pet.

Talkin' Pets News

October 10, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Urgent Care - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest - Kathy Callahan, author of 101 Rescue Puppies, Our Family's Stories of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1010/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her new book

101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust By Kathy Callahan New book offers A unique and cheering look into one family’s journey of fostering over 100 puppies and finding them homes “These are love stories, plain and simple.” — JENNIFER S. HOLLAND, author of the New York Times bestselling Unlikely Friendships series “Told with humor and humility, 101 Rescue Puppies is as entertaining as it is inspiring.” — TRAER SCOTT, author of Shelter Dogs and Finding Home Over the past decade, Kathy Callahan’s family has taken in more than 100 rescue puppies from shelters. Each pup has an endearing story, and in this delightful photo-filled book, Callahan shares many of them. Her family didn’t set out to be puppy saviors, but as Callahan puts it, “Somebody had surrendered a mother dog, Nala, and her less-than-a-month-old pups at the local shelter. . . . I thought about that exhausted nursing mom who’d been caring for those seven puppies around the clock, only to find herself suddenly homeless. There are a lot of terrible things that happen in life, and I can’t do a darned thing about most of them. It struck me that this was a tiny little tragedy in my corner of the world that our family could remedy.” A heartwarming read, this is also an inspiring example of finding your own way — through that one special thing you can do to light a light, instead of cursing the darkness. KATHY CALLAHAN is a certified professional dog trainer. Her PupStart business offers coaching, socialization, and training services to families with new dogs. She and her dogs have worked as a therapy team in elementary schools and nursing homes. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. More information at PuppyPicks.com. 101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust By Kathy Callahan Pub date: September 29, 2020 Price: $18.95 * Pages: 160 * Full Color Photographs ISBN: 978-1-60868-656-8 Category: Dogs

Which Cat? An essential guide to Britain’s 20 most popular breeds

 

Which Cat? is a ‘must have’ book for all Cat Owners and Potential Cat Owners. There are around 9 million cats in the U.K. and many are chosen because they look cute and cuddly as a kitten. Which
Cat? helps would be cat owners avoid the pitfalls and problems that can so easily occur as the kitten grows into a cat

 

ISBN: 978-1-91329-619-3
Series editor: Robert Duffy
Size: A4 – 210mm x 297mm portrait
Binding: Softback
Colour: Full colour, illustrated
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Readership: Cat owners/potential cat owners
RRP: £14.99
Pages: 96

Most cats share a number of common characteristics:
Four legs; two ears and they go meow. There are, however, certain
traits in a breed that need to be considered:
Will your cat be ‘family friendly’? Some cats enjoy the company a
family can give – some prefer to remain alone and aloof.
Will your kitten be prone to illness? Some cats are very ‘low
maintenance’ – others cry out for constant care.

Some cats love to wander about outdoors – some rarely leave the house.
With an endless list of questions Which Cat? helps to guide and
answer many of them.

Which Cat? is illustrated throughout with full colour photographs and
is not just an essential reference guide, it is a book that all the family
can enjoy.

Murder at ‘the most beautiful place in America’

Bear Bones, third in series, is set at Sleeping Bear

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June 30, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Burr Lafayette is back with Bear Bones: Murder at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Charles Cutter, a "master of the courtroom drama,” sets the third book in his mystery series in a tumultuous time at the 50-year-old national park — its birth.

Kirkus Reviews calls Bear Bones “a taut, alluring mystery (with) captivating characters.”

Helen Lockwood’s boat was found drifting off Sleeping Bear Dunes with no one aboard. A year later, her body was found in a shallow grave on South Manitou Island. She had been in court, fighting with the National Park Service, which was trying to take her family’s four-hundred-acre cherry orchard for the new national park.

Burr Lafayette, recently divorced and the deposed head of a major Detroit law firm, had kept the Park Service at bay for seven years. But now Helen’s husband, Tommy, is arrested for her murder. It seems he had been trying to sell the orchards to the Park Service ever since Helen went missing. All of the evidence points to Tommy, but there’s no shortage of suspects.

A man at loose ends, Burr is a brilliant litigator who prefers sailboats and dogs over courtrooms and clients. He’s not a criminal lawyer, but he’s convinced there is a clue somewhere in the dunes that will unlock the truth.

This is the third book in the Burr Lafayette mystery series. The Pink Pony and The Gray Drake are the prior two.

Advance praise for Bear Bones:

“Cutter is becoming the next Erle Stanley Gardner, master of courtroom drama. Cutter has found a home with his Burr Lafayette series, and he has a knack of keeping the reader guessing the outcome with complex plotting, deceitful witnesses and romance set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. This is Burr Lafayette in his best Perry Mason imitation.” — Bill Castanier, Lansing City Pulse


“Cutter takes flawed but brilliant attorney Burr Lafayette through twists and turns in this legal thriller set against the backdrop of the fabled Sleeping Bear Dunes. The courtroom showdowns — and Burr’s wry, unspoken insights — are as enthralling as the unexpected ending.” — Ben Beversluis, Grand Rapids Press, Retired

Bear Bones and Burr Lafayette remind us of what we have and why we love where we are. Part mystery, part ode to the last best places, Cutter’s prose captures the best of what is always slipping away. A page turner of a mystery.” — Glen Young, Bear River Literary

The 260-page book is available in softcover for $16.95 at bookstores and online.

In The Pink Pony, the world-class Port Huron-Mackinac sailboat race has just finished at Mackinac Island. As soon as the boats dock, the sailors head for the legendary Pink Pony. But the night takes a grisly turn, and Jimmy Lyons is

found dead the next morning in the bar, strangled by a string of Christmas tree lights.

The Pink Pony is Charles Cutter’s debut novel.

The Pink Pony:

Murder on Mackinac Island ISBN: 978-1933926675 (softcover)

In The Gray Drake, Quinn Shepherd was the best guide on the Au Sable River, until he’s found at the bottom of the river with his boat’s anchor chain wrapped around his ankle. Lizzie, his wife, is devastated and is left alone to raise Josh, their six-year-old.

Quinn’s drowning was ruled accidental, but a year later new evidence is found, and Lizzie is arrested for his murder.

The Gray Drake:

Murder on the Au Sable

ISBN: 978-11950659142 (softcover)

 

Talkin' Pets News

August 22, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles

Producer - Lexi Lapp Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest - Author of "Unlikely Friendships", Jennifer S. Holland will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/22/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book

 

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Praise for UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS® “Irresistible . . . heart-stopping in more than one sense.” —The New York Times Book Review “The feel-good book of the summer—maybe the year.” —USA Today ““With aww-inducing photographs, the book highlights the most improbable animal connections.” —National Geographic With aww-inducing photographs, the book highlights the most improbable animal connections.” —NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC " width="758" height="164" />

 

Who doesn’t love a dog? And who does a dog not love in return? Almost no one—or no creature—it turns out. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS®: DOGS: 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage (Workman; August 2016), by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer S. Holland, is an irresistible reminder of the affection and bravery of all breeds great and small. Bringing together 28 new stories of canine kindness, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes, these heartwarming true stories will have you falling in love with man’s best friend all over again.

 

Meet Rex, a German shepherd who learned to love and trust again through the improbable friendship of a goose. Popeye the Mastiff, who ran into a burning stable and saved 17 terrified horses by nibbling at their hooves. And a temperamental husky named Lilo, who saved a kitten from near death. These are just some of the remarkable stories you’ll find in UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: DOGS.

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>Jennifer S. Holland’s devotion to all species sent her on a journey to discover everything she could about the animal world. As a writer for National Geographic, she became increasingly interested in animal relationships, searching the globe for unusual animal connections—first in the form of friendships, then loves, then heroes. And now, for the first time, Jennifer is bringing together her favorite stories about one of the most beloved animals: the dog.

Filled with beautiful full-color photographs, the true stories of camaraderie, affection, and remarkable bravery found in UNLIKELY FREINDSHIPS: DOGS are more than a lovely tribute;   they are proof that the dog is every creature’s best friend.                                                      Photo Credit: The Bui sisters/IMP FEATURES          

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer S. Holland is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships®: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, Unlikely Loves®: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom, and Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom. She has written for, among others, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, NPR, and The New York Times, specializing in science and natural history. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos, and divides her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and a cabin in the woods near Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

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UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS®: DOGS

37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage

Workman Publishing | Paperback with flaps| August 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-8728-8 | $13.95 U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL TOUR DATES

UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS®: DOGS

37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage

By New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer S. Holland

Jennifer S. Holland will be traveling across the nation for school and in-store events!

Monday, September 19

Park Road Books, Charlotte

Tuesday, September 20

Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill

Wednesday, September 21

Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh

Thursday, September 22

Parnassus Books, Nashville

Friday, September 30

Schuler Books & Music, Lansing

Monday, October 3

The Book Stall, Chicago

Tuesday, October 4

The Bookworm, Omaha

Wednesday, October 5

Tattered Cover, Denver

Thursday, October 6

The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City

Monday, October 17

Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs

Tuesday, October 18

Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

Wednesday, October 19

WORD, New York

Wednesday, November 2

Politics & Prose, Washington DC

Thursday, November 10

Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock, MD

Monday, November 14

Blue Willow, Houston

Tuesday, November 15

Changing Hands, Phoenix

Wednesday, November 16

Third Place Books, Seattle

Friday, November 18

The Reading Bug, San Francisco

Sunday, December 4-5

Books & Books, Miami

Tuesday, December 6

Inkwood Books, Tampa

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The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook is a superb, reassuring, and comprehensive work. "Dr. Spock for dogs."—Elle magazine wrote of its first edition, originally published as The Hound Health Handbook, and now completely revised and updated.

Today's dog owners are more attuned to their pets' health and well-being than ever before. And with good reason: Americans spend upward of $10 billion annually on their canine companions. The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook is the one essential and truly readable book for these devoted dog owners. Surpassingly clear and complete, with more than 100 illustrations and diagrams, it covers everything from choosing the best dog to puppy care, nutrition, vaccines, behavior, first aid, and senior care, plus thorough discussions of more than 100 canine illnesses. Reflecting the latest advances in veterinary medicine, this edition offers up-to-the-minute advice on "design dog" breeds, pet food safety, homemade diets, changing vaccine protocols, new medications for allergies, car sickness, obesity, and heart disease, developments in surgery and cancer treatment, pet insurance, and more.

With The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook, the vet is always in.

 

Author Bio:

Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., had a ten-year career as a magazine writer and editor before becoming a veterinarian. A 1998 graduate of the highly regarded Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, she now lives and practices in northern New Jersey. The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Dog Happy, Healthy, and Active originated with her "Ask the Vet" column for the acclaimed website Urbanhound.com.

From the publisher of B. Kliban’s Cat, All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, and Bad Cat, comes a new book that answers the question all cat lovers ask: How do I make my cat like me?

97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You is the perfect interactive guide to these mysterious, fickle, seemingly aloof—yet really, just particular—pets. Paired with a full-color photograph of friendly, extroverted, happy cats (in case you’ve forgotten what a cat looks like when he “likes” you), the 97 inspired, occasionally silly but always behaviorally-based tips and tricks prove that when a cat is treated right, he or she will respond in kind. Within reason.

There’s the “Eye on the Ball”—record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. “Cat Burrito”—wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet. The “Boing, Boing!”—wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go “boing” when pressed. The classic “Tickle, Tickle”—tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say “gitchy, gitchy, gitchy” in your highest-pitched voice. And for the cat owner willing to go the distance, the “There’s No Business Like Show Business”—practice your best Ethel Merman by belting out favorite show tunes for your cat. Kitty won’t care if you’re off-key and she’ll enjoy the stimulation.

Carol Kaufmann is the author of 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You and co-author of the bestselling Photicular books SafariOcean, and Polar. A freelance writer and editor, her work for National Geographic and other publications has taken her to all corners of the globe, from the Pacific Ocean’s floor to the top the Atlas Mountains. In addition to National Geographic, her writing has appeared in the New York Times’ Draft column, Reader’s Digest, where she was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington PostGeorge, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. She is also the author of the ebook, MamaTricks. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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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

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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.

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