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Talkin' Pets News

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

New Book is an Essential Guide to Dog Ownership in Exceptional Times
(Lomira, WI, JAN 11, 2021) – If there’s any upside to the pandemic of 2020, it’s that American families from coast to coast have been welcoming new canine companions into their lives at an unprecedented rate, making the most of their unexpected extra time at home.
There’s no denying the joy of adding a playful pup to the family. But are you prepared to train, raise, and care for a puppy? What will happen when the kids return to school and you go back to work?
“Becoming a dog owner in the midst of a global pandemic brings special challenges,” writes veterinarian Dr. Marty Greer, author of Your Pandemic Puppy: Finding and Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog During COVID-19 (Revodana Publishing, November 2020). “All of us are left wondering just what dog ownership will look like in the future.”
Your Pandemic Puppy is an indispensable guide to finding, rearing, and owning a well-adjusted dog at a time of restrictions on everything from veterinary appointments and dog-training classes to puppy play dates.
The 178-page paperback offers up-to-the-minute information on every aspect of a pup’s physical and mental well-being. Dr. Greer explores topics such as selecting a puppy, what items you will need, housebreaking and crate training, socialization, commands, traveling, feeding and grooming, veterinary care, and medical emergencies.
Your Pandemic Puppy makes an especially suitable gift for anyone considering adopting or fostering a dog during the holiday season. It is the latest release from Revodana Publishing LLC, a specialty house focusing on fine dog books.
Marty Greer, DVM, JD, is co-founder of Veterinary Village, a veterinary practice in Brownsville, Wisconsin, and director of veterinary services for Revival Animal Health. She specializes in canine pediatrics and reproduction and advocates for “Fear Free” practices.
Your Pandemic Puppy is available from Amazon.  

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Talkin' Pets News

August 29, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Kathy Guillermo, SVP of PETA's Horse Racing Department will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/20 at 535pm ET to discuss the upcoming Kentucky Derby and it's affects on the lives of race horses.  Charles Cutter, author of Bear Bones: Murder at Sleeping Bear Dunes will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/20 at 621pm ET to discuss and give away his novel


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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The Benefits of Pets for Kids During COVID-19 

Many children are experiencing a lot of fear because of the pandemic which turns into various forms of anxiety and sadness.  Parents need to tune in to each child and create a loving and nurturing environment in these uncertain times. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and continuously tell them you are there for them is key to supporting well-being and social development.

As humans we all need to feel socially connected.  Creating special family and friend times over the computer, distance activities in the park, and engaging in art projects to express love and support to others supports human connections.  Long term we are uncertain have children will feel and each one is unique.  Emphasizing resiliency is key to our mental health.

In caring and loving a pet, all family members thrive and feel better through this personal connection: unconditional love.  Even teaching children how to care for an animal, creates an emotional connection and enhances our purpose to give to others.

Children and Youth of all ages are impacted by fear and loss of human interaction.  Older children have increased cognitive abilities to understand feelings but may feel more isolated and hesitant to share with their parents or an older sibling because they are worried about being judged. Supporting all children to express their feelings is the key with love and support in return creates the security we all need in these trying times.

Feeling in control with so much uncertainty about what will happen next about school, work or family life a pet can be a constant for everyone and make people happy, have purpose and an opportunity to give back.

Pets make all people feel wanted and loved and needed.

Many dogs and cats may need homes since shelters and rescues had to close or have limited staff.  First, sit down and make this a family decision and recognize that kids of all ages may say they will do the work to care for a per but in reality Parent(s) have to ultimately take responsibility for the care of any animal:  Do you have the time? What benefits do you see for all your children?  Can your family afford the costs of caring for a pet: food, medical and other items. Make sure you explore the responsibilities of taking on a puppy or kitten, an untrained or trained pet, and what is involved?  Also realize everyone gets attached to a pet and they may get sick or die at one point which will impact your family.  That is life but given the age of your children and the age of the pet exploring this issue as adults is important.

Focus on positive life experiences and recognize each child’s unique temperament which will enhance the mental and social wellbeing of everyone in your family.  Continue to connect safely with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors: always social distance, wash your and each child’s hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds, and Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® call for emotional help at 1-855-427=2736 got Parents, Children and Youth!


PETA Coronavirus Researcher Shares New Testing Techniques for COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments, and Our Future


Samantha SaundersBVetMed, Ph.D., MRCVS, Research Associate for PETA U.K. (a veterinarian with a doctorate in coronavirology)


Scientists worldwide are racing to find effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. For some, this means falling back on outdated and notoriously ineffective tests that waste time waiting to see what happens in beagles or monkeys, when the vast majority of such efforts fail to lead to human therapies or cures. Fortunately, tremendous advancements in state-of-the-art, human-relevant methods—like organs-on-chips, sophisticated, high speed computer simulations that use human data, and 3D tissue models—enable breathtaking scientific progress without harming a hair on an animal’s head. Scientists in Tennessee, for example, are using the world’s smartest supercomputer to rapidly identify existing drugs that might fight COVID-19. Those drugs can then be tested in coronavirus-infected human cells before progressing to responsibly conducted human trials. This saves huge amounts of time and can safely bring treatments to clinical trials far sooner than bizarre and useless methods, like using genetically engineered mice.



·       95% of new drugs that appear safe and effective in animal studies go on to fail in human trials.

·       Mice do not naturally carry the COVID-19 virus receptor, therefore they have to be genetically engineered to be susceptible to the disease. This proves to be an ineffective practice for generating results that are applicable to humans, and causes suffering and death for many mice.

·       For the first time ever, vaccines have gone directly to human trials without waiting for the results of animal trials. This demonstrates that, in the face of a crisis, medicines regulators—including the FDA—deem that some animal tests are not ultimately necessary for the protection of human health.


For more information please visit: www.PETA.org



More About Samantha Saunders:

Samantha Saunders, BVetMed, Ph.D., MRCVS, is a research associate for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) U.K., where she works with European Union regulators to replace cruel chemical tests on animals with superior and humane non-animal methods. She is a veterinarian and holds a doctorate in coronavirology.


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Rescue is at the core of who we are at NMDR, and during COVID-19, we had been forced to take a pause on rescue. We are thrilled to announce that our Rescue Team is back on the road this week! 

National Rescue Dog Day is on Wednesday, May 20th, but at National Mill Dog Rescue, we are celebrating all week long! #NationalRescueDogDay brings awareness to all the PAWsome pups that are waiting to be adopted into loving forever homes. A rescued dog has overcome many obstacles, but can often bounce back into the most loyal pet; providing comfort, friendship, and unconditional love.

Giving each and every pup a chance to live their best life means the world to us. But we can’t do it without you! Every dollar helps us rescue more dogs and care for the ones we have. Text RESCUEDOG to 44-321 or click a link below to give today!

If you're able to support NMDR in other ways, please consider sharing this email with your friends and family, starting a fundraiser, or asking your employer to add NMDR to their corporate philanthropy program.

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Talkin' Pets News May 16, 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 - Laura Stinchfield, Pet Psychic and author of "Stormy's Words of Wisdom" & "Voices of the Animals" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her books NEW BOOK ‘ANIMALKIND’ EXPLORES AWE-INSPIRING FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS’ EMOTIONAL LIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO SHOW COMPASSION PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk joins Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 630pm ET to discuss her book 2020 BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW TO AIR ON SUNDAY, MAY 17 - David Frei Host of the show & long time friend of Talkin' Pets will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 720pm ET to discuss the show

Talkin' Pets News

May 2, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Zach Budin

Producer in training - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - NYC Hotel Penn Doggie Concierge - Toronto, CN


GAINESVILLE, Fla. —It was a turkey sandwich she’ll never forget.

On March 19, with the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals closed for all but emergencies because of COVID-19, Erin Gorey, a client liaison for the UF Large Animal Hospital, was doing her job as best she could given so much uncertainty and operational changes. Suddenly, dozens of boxes of lunches arrived, filled with turkey, ham and vegan sandwiches, chips and cookies.

The 40 meals arrived courtesy of Sally DeNotta, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor and UF’s equine extension veterinarian, and Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., the interim associate dean for clinical affairs at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and a large animal internist.

“It was really nice to have the lunches at such a kind of a crazy and unknowing time,” said Gorey, who assisted in delivering the meals to several different locations within the hospital when they arrived. “It really mattered that they thought of us that way.”

As essential faculty, house officers and staff worked valiantly to keep the hospitals running and to care for their animal patients, all the while navigating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their own families, faculty clinicians from the large and small animal hospitals recognized the toll the situation was taking on their co-workers. A few who regularly patronized certain local restaurants were also acutely aware of the consequences the pandemic was having on these establishments.

“We wanted to thank the people working so hard to keep the hospital going, while also raising awareness of the major hit our favorite restaurants and their owners were taking as a consequence of the social restrictions,” DeNotta said.

The result: Carry Out and Carry On, an effort through which DeNotta and Sanchez purchased 40 boxed lunches from Fresco’s Pizza & Pasta and Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill, both located in Haile Village, and had the meals delivered to appreciative employees of the large animal hospital. 

“The restaurants were still selling meals as takeout, and everybody loves free food, so it seemed like a win-win,” DeNotta said.

DeNotta, a Haile resident, and Sanchez, a former Haile resident, had a special affinity for Frescos and Limerock. Both knew the restaurants’ owners, Gordy and Jen Braund, a local couple who support various charities and fundraisers throughout the year. Gordy Braund personally packed the meals to ensure that all were made as cleanly and safely as possible.

Meanwhile, at the other side of the hospital complex, Kris Cooke, D.V.M., an associate professor of small animal medicine, was mulling a similar concept.

“Dr. Sanchez is the common denominator,” Cooke said. “I’d been talking to her about trying to support local restaurants to try to keep them in business. She mentioned what Sally planned to do, and I thought it was a great idea. So I stole it.”

The restaurant Cooke especially wanted to support was Blue Gill Quality Foods, a popular spot for UF employees located on SW 13th Street near the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Blue Gill is owned by Chef Bert Gill and his wife, Tara, who also own Mildred’s Big City Foods and New Deal Café.

“He’s a big supporter of local agriculture,” Cooke said. “On a personal level, the staff at Blue Gill is fabulous and know many of us from the UF vet school on a first-name basis.”

Blue Gill has also supported the Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association by allowing the group to schedule meetings there, said Cooke’s small animal clinical sciences colleague, Amy Stone, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor who serves as secretary/treasurer of the group. 

Cooke talked to a few of her colleagues about the possibility of pooling resources, given that the number of faculty and staff working in the small animal hospital is quite a bit larger than those working in the large animal facility.

“I ordered 90 lunches from Blue Gill for me to pick up on the designated day,” Cooke said. “Later, the staff at Blue Gill called me to offer to deliver the lunches, because they were worried that I wouldn't have enough room in my car. Ninety lunches disappeared in a matter of minutes!”

Unfortunately, Blue Gill closed soon after the lunches were delivered. Closing its doors was essential to ensure the best likelihood of its eventual reopening, Bert Gill said, adding that the hardest thing was having to lay off 47 employees, although he hopes to bring them back. Gill continues to cook his made-from-scratch, locally sourced food for takeout at his other restaurants, and devotes much of his time these days to community feeding efforts in conjunction with other partners.

His relationships with the veterinary school and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are longstanding and sincere, Gill said.

“We get to know a lot of people, and have a genuine culture within the business, caring about what we do, and the needs of our guests. When Vet Med comes in, it’s a big deal. And I watch how everybody develops relationships with my co-workers and myself, and there is genuineness to that.”

Gordy Braund, Fresco’s owner, also had to lay off employees. Fresco’s last meal was served on April 11. Limerock Café, remains open — for now.

“This all hit us in our busiest time of the year, and we don’t have a road map, unfortunately. Nobody does,” Braund said. “We’re going a day at a time, a week at a time, negotiating with vendors and trying to keep going as well as we can.”

He said the UF veterinary college interested him because it brings faculty to the community from all over the world and, he said, veterinarians by nature tend to be community-minded people.

“Sally’s a good example of how someone comes to town and forms a bond,” Braund said. “She came to us and said, ‘You need help, and the people in the large animal clinic need help, so let’s collaborate.’”

On the day the boxed lunches were delivered to the UF Large Animal Hospital, DeNotta showed up at Frescos in a Limerock T-shirt, running shorts, gloves and a mask and helped load and deliver the lunches.

“Those lunches amounted to half of our sales for that day,’’ Braund said. “It was a huge part of our revenue.’’

Numerous emails of thanks and calls to the restaurant ensued. DeNotta’s efforts even generated another request for 40 meals to be delivered to UF Health. “This allowed us to stay in business and do a little good,” Braund said. “It was good for our staff, a number of people heard about it and ordered other meals and it was good all around. We were grateful for that opportunity to connect.”

Large animal veterinary technician Chelsea Lopez, was among those who enjoyed her lunch that day.

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