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Crazy for kitties? Or do dogs make your tail wag? Are you ready for a best canine friend forever, or a meow-ing, purring friend? Thanks to veterinarian, Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and National Geographic Kids books, there are (2) incredible guides; Cat Breed Guide and Dog Breed Guide to help you decide. Each book provides a complete reference to your purrrrrr-fect feline companion or canine fur-ever friend and are perfect for cat and dog-loving kids, as well as excellent resources for families who are bringing home their first four-legged family member.
Some questions to be asked to Dr. Gary Weitzman during interview on Talkin' Pets
Book #1: National Geographic Kids: Dog Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to Your Best Friend Fur-Ever
* Did you know that the Great Dane can weigh up to 190 pounds? It's one of the biggest dogs in the world. What's one of the smallest? The Alaskan klee kai. Growing up to only nine pounds, this is one petite pint-size pooch! Big or small, active or couch potato, fluffy or wirehaired, a designer breed or mixed breed -- there is pooch to fit every lifestyle.
* From dachshunds to Dalmatians and poodles to pugs, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of more than 400 different dog breeds.
* Which dogs make great family dogs, which are the most exotic and what breeds are the laziest? Each profile includes the breed's "dog stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, exercise needs, and "K-9 qualities."
* From Wolf to Woof – how a breathtaking evolutionary leap resulted in the creation of the adorable, domesticated pups of today.
* Factors to consider to ensure sure you are choosing the right dog for your family
* You’ve picked the pooch! Now what? Tips for selecting a vet, puppy proofing and tips for the best gear to buy
* How to speak dog –understanding behavior by looking at the eyes, ears, mouth, tail and overall body posture of your favorite pup
* Plus - dogs in popular culture, dog ancestry, dogs with jobs, and so much more.
Book #2: National Geographic Kids: Cat Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to your Purr-Fect Best Friend
* Did you know that historians think American shorthairs are the descendants of cats that came to America on the Mayflower? Or that one of the newer cat breeds is called the toyger? It looks just like a toy-size--you guessed it--tiger!
* From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds and Gary can talk about important "cat stats” like each breeds country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, and cat-titude.
* Love heroic tales? Not all cats wear capes fearless felines abound – including the cat who blasted off into space in 1963, the seeing-eye kitty and Monty the alarm cat.
* Preparing for a feline friend – breeder vs rescue, tips for making the first few days with your new friend a success, Including meeting the family, cat care and the low don on litter boxes and what should be on YOUR cat sitter’s checklist.
MORE ABOUT DR. GARY WEITZMAN:
Prior to joining San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Weitzman served as Medical Director, and then President of the Washington Animal Rescue League. He led that urban shelter through a period of growth and established its national reputation as a resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues.
Dr. Weitzman served in the U.S. Air Force and owned an animal hospital in Burlingame, California. He earned a double BA in Biology and English from Colby College, a master’s degree in international Public Health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He also serves on the board of Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses. For more information about Dr. Weitzman and San Diego Humane Society, please visit sdhumane.org.
Rescuing Tweety or Helping Bugs Feel Better
BEFORE Veterinary Help is Available
OCTOBER 22nd, 2018…Two new books and online classes have been unveiled by Denise Fleck, the Pet Safety Crusader™, to help you help your smaller family members in the event of injury or illness and BEFORE you can get to veterinary care! “Basic Bird First Aid” and “First Aid Basics for Rabbits and Pocket Pets” provide the 4-1-1 you need to know should you share your life with or care for a bird, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, mouse or rat. The books and classes teach you how to check vitals and provide an overview into the care and basic needs for each species as well as susceptibilities to illness or injury. In addition to the books, the author has recorded two instructional webinars to help you grasp these basic skills at your own pace. After successful completion of a multiple choice and true/false exam, you will receive a certificate stating you have completed the training.
“Over the years, I have had scores of students use lessons learned in my classes to save an animal in need, and that is the best reward. Up until now that has been mostly dogs and cats, so I want to make sure humans also know how to care for our feathered as well as our tiniest furry best friends,” Fleck explains.
And besides helping pet parents, Fleck want to make sure pet sitters are true professionals continuing to up their education with certificate courses. “I also offer trainings in Dog & Cat First Aid, Senior Pet Care and Pet Disaster Preparedness because as cliché as it may sound, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and I feel it is so important that pet parents and sitters can react confidently using whatever is available at arm’s length. That could include improvising a splint, muzzle, bandage or pet transport, so being able to think on your feet comes with non-stop learning,” Fleck professes.
Having personally taught close to 20,000 humans and millions more on national TV, Fleck’s mission is to help YOU make a difference in the life of an animal through her books and courses. Denise has appeared widely on radio & TV (The Doctors, CNN Headline News, Animal Planet, Kirstie Alley's Big Life and had a weekly segment on KTLA in Los Angeles for several years), has written for pet publications/blogs and authored a dozen books. In 2018, she was named one of Pet Age Magazine's "Women of Influence," Voyage Atlanta Magazine’s “Most Inspiring Story” and won two special awards from the Cat Writers Association. With a soft spot for our older best friends, Denise serves as the President of the Grey Muzzle Organization (aiding senior dogs) and on the boards of both the Emma Zen Foundation (pet oxygen masks) and Thankful Paws (educating on proper procedures for establishing pet food banks).
Topics covered in “First Aid Basics for Rabbits & Pocket Pets” and “Basic Bird First Aid” include:
ü Attacks by Another Animals
ü Bleeding (including Blood Feathers)
ü Bone & Back Injuries
ü Breathing Difficulties & CPR
ü Dehydration & Diarrhea
ü Egg Straining
ü G.I. Stasis
ü Regurgitation vs Vomiting
Both books are available in living color on Amazon while you can learn more about and register for the online classes at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com/products/classes/
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Groups petition U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect giraffes and stop the sale of giraffe bones and skins
WASHINGTON (August 23, 2018)—A shocking conducted by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International found giraffe parts and products sold online and in stores by at least 51 dealers across the United States. An investigator went undercover in 21 stores in California, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, as well as at the Dallas Safari Club expo where many more sellers exhibited.
Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said, “Purchasing giraffe parts puts the entire species at risk. The giraffe is going quietly extinct. With the wild population at just under 100,000, there are now fewer than one third the number of giraffes in Africa than elephants.”
Block notes that killing giraffes for trophies, and using their parts for fashion, knife handles, home décor and trinkets not only shows a complete disregard for this iconic species, but also adds to the major threats causing the species to in the past 30 years.
“We urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe as endangered under the Endangered Species Act to help combat this trade and reduce population declines before it’s too late,” she said.
Giraffe parts are considered by consumers as a ‘new exotic’ popular in part as an alternative to ivory and other products for which regulations have tightened. The HSUS/HSI investigation reveals a wide variety of giraffe parts and products easily available through wholesalers and retailers in the United States, including a giraffe taxidermy ($8,000), a custom-made giraffe jacket ($5,500), a full giraffe hide ($4,500), a giraffe hide rug ($3,000), a giraffe skull ($500), a knife with a giraffe bone handle ($450), a giraffe leather Bible cover ($400), a giraffe tail hair bracelet ($10) and a giraffe foot ($75).
Some sellers told investigators that they had received giraffe parts from trophy hunters. Several promised that new giraffe trophies were arriving soon and that they were taking custom orders for products, and others falsely claimed that giraffes were dangerous and needed to be killed to protect African villages.
On average, is imported into the U.S. by American trophy hunters. Giraffe are targeted so hunters can bring home exotic trophies, and the Africa hunting outfitters who arrange these hunts sell the leftover giraffe parts — skin, bones, feet, tail. The giraffe parts and products are imported into the U.S. and sold by knife makers, purveyors of wildlife curios, bootmakers and others. Increased demand in the U.S. fuels more killing of this already vulnerable species.
- Demand for giraffe parts can fuel poaching and trophy hunting, further decreasing giraffe populations already facing severe threats from habitat loss and civil unrest.
- In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature elevated the threat status of giraffes from “least concern” to “vulnerable” on its Red List of Threatened Species. Among the nine subspecies, two are deemed “endangered.”
- From 2006 to 2015, the for commercial purposes. Among these imports were about 21,000 giraffe bone carvings, nearly 4,000 raw bones, about 3,000 skin pieces, almost 2,000 raw bone pieces and more than 700 skins.
The ABCs of Everything
Children’s Book Series
By Theresa A. McKeown
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
The ABCs of Living Green is a story that connects eager minds with important lessons about taking pride in caring for our planet. This, the third and final book in the well-received The ABC's of Everything series, focuses on the transformative power of thought, word and deed as it relates to "living green." The ABC's of Living Green teaches young readers about mindfulness, action, transformation, and most importantly, responsibility for the healthy future of our planet and ourselves. It also empowers and inspires readers to actively participate in making change a reality. It illustrates that by making one small change at a time, their actions will truly transform and heal our planet. The ABC's of Living Green guides young readers into becoming the kind, caring, and fiercely protective future custodians of planet Earth that we so desperately need. (Appropriate for ages 8 - 14)
How To Eat Your ABCs. "L" is for Lemon, a fruit oh-so-tart, it makes your lips pucker and quickens your heart" begins the L page of this easy-reading book that educates parents and children alike on healthy, organic eating. Kids join our adorable honeybee, BuzzBee, on an A to Z garden adventure of fun food facts and the magic of nature. Thought there was no fruit or vegetable that started with the letter "X"? Well, Buzzbee has one (and here's a hint: "It lives in deserts low and high, where cacti love it hot and dry"). Written entirely in rhyme, this delicious book is one fun way for kids to learn their alphabet and harvest a true appreciation for mother earth! Best for children ages 5-8, but younger kids love the colorful illustrations and honeybee character whose rhyming words of wisdom make for perfect bedtime reading.
The ABCs of Being Me is meant to be a collaborative work of art created by both the author and the reader. Once completed, this interactive alphabet book of character development will serve as a permanent reflection of how the readers viewed themselves and their world at a particular moment in time. Part journal, part scrapbook and part photo album - each completed activity book will be a personal time capsule to be opened, remembered and cherished over the course of a lifetime as we look back on the roads we've taken. Written in verse, this poetry book of core values promises to be a gateway to meaningful conversation between parents and children in any grade of elementary school.
Susan M. Ewing has been “in dogs” for over 35 years, and has written eleven dog books, including Bulldogs for Dummies, Poodles for Dummies, and The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand. She writes a bi-weekly pet column for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, NY and has written for many national cat and dog publications. Her latest book, American Pit Bull Terrier, won a Maxwell. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and Cat Writers’ Association, of which she is president. Her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! won a CWA Muse medallion, as well as the coveted President’s Award. She lives in Jamestown, NY with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Rhiannon and Gael.
The most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs.
Dog Writers Association of America encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs – showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond. We recognize many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers have joined our ranks and we include mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians. We have members who host national radio shows and others who appear on TV programs. Blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.
For publishers and editors, we can recommend professional writers, help with topics for articles, and suggest sources and interview subjects.
For our members, we can share ideas for articles, help with interviews, discuss fees and contracts, and otherwise support you as you advance your career.
Our newsletter, “ruff DRAFTS,” is published quarterly. It includes articles and artwork by our professionals as well as columns by the officers.
Please browse our website and contact us for assistance. We are happy to help you.
Dog reading books
History of the Dog Writers Association of America
The Dog Writers Association was created on February 13th, 1935 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. A group of editors and publishers were invited to the Westminster Kennel Club’s meeting room of the old Madison Square Garden, then located on Eighth Avenue and Fiftieth Street.
All that survives of the first meeting is a crumbling, yellow sheet of note paper “DUES PAID AT FIRST MEETING” listing the names of eight people. These early meeting minutes set dues and decided that an annual meeting would be held in New York City every year immediately before the Westminster Kennel Club show.
From those eight founding members, DWAA has grown to a thriving membership of over 500.
From its very beginning, the DWAA objective has been to secure courtesies and amenities at dog shows so necessary for dog writers to do their jobs properly. Press facilities with laptop computers, tables, show results, catalogs and judging programs are now the established rule for dog shows around the country.
The best known feature of the DWAA is the annual writing contest, which encourages excellence in writing about dogs in all aspects of communication. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers — with no distinction between amateurs and professionals.
The annual awards program has traditionally been held the day before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to present the awards to the winners of the writing competition. The results are published around the world.
In Memoriam of Mordecai Siegal
Mordecai Siegal, DWAA president from 1994 to 2000 and noted author of 38 pet books, passed away April 2, 2010. Siegal was the recipient of the 2007 DWAA Hall of Fame Award for his decades of devotion to dog writing and the DWAA. He was named the 2000 and the 1994 Distinguished Service Awardee, was the recipient of numerous Maxwell Medallions, and a Lifetime Honorary Board Member. He joined the organization in 1974. In writing about DWAA, he said:
Most of my colleagues are fellow dog writers who belong to the organization nearest and dearest to my heart, the Dog Writers Association of America. If you have a passion for dogs, write a lot, a little, for the love it, or for the hell of it, I invite you to join us at the DWAA. Sometimes we’re good company and sometimes we are irritating beyond belief, but we are always interesting. At DWAA there is friendship to be found, networking to take advantage of, and at important times, a helping hand.
Mordecai Siegal (1935-2010)
Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.
Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.
Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
Parton’s Imagination Library reaches one million books distributed each month
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which began as a small community outreach in Parton’s native Sevier County, Tennessee, has evolved to become the largest literacy program in the world. In December, the “little literacy program that could” marks another impressive milestone—one million books gifted to children around the world each month.
To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The announcement was made by Parton during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Imagination Library.
“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Parton said. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree. I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”
The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Johns when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to nearly approximately $50,000. Johns is enrolled in the Imagination Library in Conway thanks to the local affiliate in her area, Arkansas Preschool Plus.
“The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Now, due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.”
In 2016, the Imagination Library and its local partners will gift nearly 11.5 million books to children from birth to age five in participating communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. To date, the Imagination Library, which is administered through the Dollywood Foundation, has provided more than 85 million books to children around the world.
Arkansas Preschool Plus is just one of the many local affiliates the Dollywood Foundation works with to provide books to children. To provide the Imagination Library, a community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area, and the community pays for the books, promotes the program and registers the children. The Dollywood Foundation manages the delivery of books to children’s homes.
Arkansas Preschool Plus enrolls 960 children in Conway, Faulkner and Perry Counties. Currently, nearly 15,000 children are enrolled in Arkansas. The Imagination Library currently is working with elected officials, foundations and corporations in Arkansas in an effort to make the program available to all children from birth to age five in the state.
About Dolly Parton's Imagination Library:
Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 85 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
About The Dollywood Company:
A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.
Lipstick On A Pug WINS the Maxwell Medallion for Best Children’s Book of 2015 from the Dog
Writers Association of America
Author Laurren Darr becomes 'Gold Medalist' of the literary kind
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Feb. 17, 2016 - PRLog -- Left Paw Press and International Association of Pet
Fashion Professionals is pleased to announce that, during an awards luncheon at Hotel Pennsylvania,
Lipstick On A Pug was named the WINNER of the Maxwell Medallion Children’s Book of the Year 2015
by the Dog Writers Association of America.
Darr commented, “This was a tough category because the competition was so fierce. I was shocked and
elated that Lipstick On A Pug was announced. This book was written from my heart based on my own life
experience to show the bond between humans and animals through pet fashion and rescue. I’d like to thank
the Dog Writers Association of America judges, my illustrator Florina Boldi, and my husband and son for
being so supportive of me to create this book. This is one of the highest honors an author can receive.”
Lipstick On A Pug is a reflective true-to-life story written by Laurren about her first pug encounter of the
adoring kind, revealing how close a human (Laurren) and a dog (Tuttie) can become the very best of friends
through pet fashion and unconditional love.
Those wanting to be in the know on where the roots of Laurren’s passion for pet fashion and her ‘plumb
pug craziness’ were planted will find out through this tale. Readers will enjoy this story about pet fashion
and rescue before it became en vogue. Children and adults alike will appreciate this story of conquering the
world when you put lipstick on a pug. It is illustrated by Florina Boldi.
Video of Laurren Darr accepting award:
About Laurren Darr
In the fall of 2013, Darr combined her twenty-plus years of marketing experience and lifelong love of pet
fashionology to launch the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals. In her career, she’s won
over 40 marketing and advertising awards, been named a ‘Woman to Watch’ by Alliance for Women in
Media, written the #1 best-selling book, “Pet Fashion Almanac,” and was a finalist for Pet Industry Woman
of the Year in 2015. Her children’s book Lipstick On A Pug won the Maxwell Medallion Children’s Book
of the Year 2015 from the Dog Writers Association of America. She appears regularly in media to comment
on pet fashion. She’s a graduate of the Pet Product Design and Marketing program at FIT in NYC.
Laurren’s busy Chicago-area home is filled with her husband, son, and her pug dog.
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Modern Man Films, Anonymous Content and Kilburn Media present a 106 minute, R rated, Drama, directed by James Ponsoldt, screenplay by Donald Margulies and book by David Lipsky with a theater release date of July 31, 2015.
The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs ~ showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond. We recognize many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers have joined our ranks and we include mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians. We have members who host national radio shows and others who appear on TV programs. Blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.
For publishers and editors, we can recommend professional writers, help with topics for articles, and suggest sources and interview subjects. Our members share ideas for articles, help with interviews, discuss fees and contracts, and otherwise support one another.
The best-known aspect of the DWAA is the annual writing contest that is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The contest is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories. Entrants do not have to be DWAA members.
The contest opens in June and runs through August every year for works published from the previous September.
Susan M. Ewing has been "in dogs" for over 35 years, and has written eleven dog books, including Bulldogs for Dummies, Poodles for Dummies, and The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand. She writes a bi-weekly pet column for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, NY and has written for many national cat and dog publications. Her latest book, American Pit Bull Terrier, won a Maxwell. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and Cat Writers’ Association, of which she is president. Her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! won a CWA Muse medallion, as well as the coveted President’s Award. She lives in Jamestown, NY with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Rhiannon and Gael.