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To put it simply, there’s little Dianne Scott doesn’t do. Between her successful modeling and acting career, her role as full-time wife and stepmom to three, and her devotion to advocating for pit bulls, Scott has allowed her creativity and artistry to pour out of her in far more ways than one. From performing in various film and television shows, gracing the cover of magazines, and turning her passion for pups into something tangible through her web series Neighborhood Watch, her Instagram page A Tale of 2 Pitties (which has gathered a community of 104k pit bull lovers), and her newly published children’s book series, A Tale of Two Pitties, Scott has gained an extensive amount of experience through her adventures. I was given the incredible opportunity to chat about her fondest memories, greatest advice, and future projects. Q: So you’ve done so many incredible things in your career. Before we jump into that, I’d love to know about your life before your career. How did your childhood and your upbringing inspire you to pursue a career in the industry? D: I knew when I was about eight or nine that I was a performer. I was always putting on silly skits and being ridiculous. I would force my friends and family to sit while I did something outrageous, and it was all to make them laugh—I really, really loved to make people laugh. I think it started because, I’m 5’10 now, so I was always very tall and very awkward as a child and I think I kind of leaned into my comedic ability to kind of compensate for how I didn’t feel beautiful or attractive. I was like “Okay, I’m really funny and I can make people laugh and that’s an even bigger gift,” and so I did that. I also started to write stories when I was in junior high and high school because I always loved to write. I still do and I’ll touch more on that later. So, as I got older and grew out of my ugly duckling phase, thank God, that was when my modeling career started, but I’ve always known I wanted to act. I was always performing and doing plays growing up. After high school, I went to Westmont College for a year and soon realized “Wait, this is not what I want to do,” so after that, I moved down to San Diego for a while, eventually made it to LA, and here I am now. Q: Could you tell me about your early career? What was your life like when you first moved to Los Angeles? DIANNE SCOTT, THE ACTRESS D: So I kind of hopped all over the place because I was honestly lost for a little while, which, aren’t we all in our early 20s? So when I finally made it up to LA, I had a very successful modeling career. But eventually, I thought, wait, I don’t want to do this, I need to be heard! I need to use my voice because I have a lot to say! So my first break was on the show Bones, which was my first co-star, so that was awesome. Then I zigzagged in and out of modeling and acting and was on a few other shows. I was on How I Met Your Mother, where I got to work with Neil Patrick Harris who is just so lovely and so funny. But I have to say the pinnacle of my career up until this point was, as far as working with absolute legends goes, I got to work on the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. One day of filming, in particular, there was a scene where I was working with Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, and Jay Mohr. It was twelve, maybe thirteen hours on this scene, and, girl, when I tell you it took everything in my being and acting training to not just crack up every time Jim Carrey looked over at me and made eye contact! It was just incredible, that was an amazing experience. Something else I got to work on that was just phenomenal was Face Off. I was a series regular for a few years and that was one of my favorites because you come on set and you have no idea what’s going to happen to you. They work you into these insane creatures and it was just so fun and fed my creative need so much. Q: What was it like adjusting to the people that live and work in Hollywood? As someone who moved from a suburb to LA at a young age as well, it was definitely culture shock for me. How has that adjustment been for you? D: When I first came to LA in my early 20’s, I was just clueless. I look back and I realize how many people were taking advantage of me and lying to me, and how starstruck I was and blind to it I was. So, it’s definitely tough. You have to have really thick skin and really know who you are and fortunately, over the years I found some really good people to hold onto. I went through a lot of friends and eventually found the right people, and that’s so important to stay grounded because it’s a very tricky industry. Q: So, switching gears to another one of your passions, you’re known for being a huge advocate for pit bulls. Can you tell me when and where this passion sort of stemmed from? DIANNE SCOTT, THE ACTRESS D: Yes, so in 2012 my husband saw a picture of a dog at a shelter and just had this urge to adopt him. I saw the picture and said, “That’s a pit bull, aren’t pit bulls dangerous?” because I didn’t know anything at the time. So I was like, “Can’t they lock their jaws, and aren’t they not safe around children?” And my husband, bless his heart, just kind of laughs and says “No, that’s a stereotype. That’s a bias you probably heard through the media.” The crazy thing was when I thought about it, I didn’t even know where I had heard that, it was just a fact rummaging around in my head. So thank God we took a chance on this dog. We brought him home, named him Hurley, and fell madly in love as one does when they take a chance on a pit bull. My mind was just blown at how what I thought was true was proven to be completely wrong by this beautiful, sweet boy. So something kind of awoke inside of me and shortly after Hurley we adopted another dog and I created an Instagram for them. Hurley died when he was four of lymphoma, and at this point, my social media following had grown pretty big. I had so much support from this amazing, insanely strong community of pit bull lovers and advocates on social media, and yes, it shattered my world. But also, in losing him, I realized what one of my missions in life was supposed to be, and it was to advocate for these dogs that are so misunderstood. So in 2016, shortly after Hurley died, we rescued another pit bull mix, so we have two again. He’s continued Hurley’s legacy, and over the years my passion in this whole mission has just continued to grow. Q: How did this passion for pit bulls connect with your love of writing? When did you feel inspired to connect the two and write A Tale of Two Pitties? D: When Hurley was still alive we had cats too, and when I married my husband I became a full-time stepmom to three, so we had a very full house. I started writing these children’s books because there are so many amazing stories with my life and these animals, you know? My pit bull loves on my cat and they just have this bromance that was featured on Ellen, and it was impacting so many people around the world! I thought, “I need to write these books and make them fun and educational!” and I couldn’t stop writing. So, I have five published on Amazon right now and I have no desire to stop, so I’m going to keep writing. I mean we now have two dogs, four cats, three children—the stories are just never going to end! Q: How has it been taking on this new hat of being an author? Seeing that you’re an actor, model, and now author, I’d love to hear your opinion on how these things connect. D: Yes, they definitely balance. As an artist, there are so many things that just pour out of you in any outlet you can find, and I’m just finding more as I get older, which is so lovely. When I became a full-time stepmom I didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t have any biological children and I decided to put a hiatus on my career so I could really adjust and be the best version of myself for them and for my husband and not lose my mind. In doing that, that’s when things really started ramping up in me artistically and all these different outlets appeared. So I kept writing and I created a web series called Neighborhood Watch with my dog, and I looked back and thought, “How funny is it that I stopped acting professionally for a while, but I couldn’t stop acting?” So, I created a series with my dog as my co-star (who is a phenomenal co-star, I must say)! It just goes to show if you’re meant to do something it’s going to manifest in some way. Now that our kids are older, I’ve since gone back to acting and it’s like picking up where I left off, but even better. Q: For our readers interested in keeping an eye out for you, are there any projects you’ve recently worked on or that you’re planning to do in the future? D: Yes, I do! So I was just part of a film released last weekend called Super Bois. The film is about people with special needs and pit bulls and shining this beautiful bright light on them. I have a niece with Down syndrome and I have pit bulls, so these were just two incredibly amazing causes I’m very passionate about. Just the way that it all happened was insane and I never expected to be a part of this film. I got to play opposite Marty York, who plays ‘Yeah-Yeah’ in The Sandlot, which is one of my all-time favorite movies to this day, so being able to play opposite him was just such a cool, amazing experience. It’s just a beautiful movie, so that’s really exciting. I also just did a documentary on plant-based dog food. Now, I’m not vegan or plant-based, so when they approached me to do it I was pretty skeptical. But when we did it, all of our dogs’ digestive issues, rashes, and allergies that we’ve spent so much money on disappeared within a week of being on this food and nothing has come back since. So, this documentary was just released last week, it’s by Wild Earth dog food, and I’m really excited about it. Q: Lastly, if you had one piece of advice for our readers who are aspiring to be actors, models, or authors, what would it be? D: Yes, I have a lot of advice! For someone wanting to pursue acting, I think a huge key is knowing who you are as a person, as an artist, as a soul, and making sure you’ve done as much of the inner work as you can. Meaning, for example, I remember getting to LA in my early 20s and not really having a sense of identity. I was so easily swayed one way or the other; it was hard for me to say no, and there were just so many things that were a recipe for disaster. So now, when I look back, I realize that was another reason I didn’t have as much success early on. I think knowing who you are, taking the time to figure out who you are, and really getting strong in what you believe, what you’re going to say yes or no to, and above all, this piece of advice goes for anything you’re pursuing, never ever give up on the desire that is in your heart. They are not random, they were put there, and you can do something so special that can help an endless amount of people if you follow that. If you live your life in fear, at the end of your life you’re going to be so regretful, and you’ll never know what you’re missing out on if you don’t leave your comfort zone. You have no idea of the path and you can’t predict what’s going to happen, so you just have to trust that what you’re meant to do is going to happen and just keep going no matter what.

About Workman Publishing

Workman is a fiercely independent publisher of nonfiction books as well as a significant line of calendars.  Our books for adults and children are quirky, definitive, unexpected, useful, funny, handsome, well-crafted, and commercial. Our books are written by authors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. Our books improve lives.

Founded by Peter Workman in 1968, with the publication of Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan –a book that is still in print nearly 50 years later—Workman has earned a reputation as a creator of brands: What to Expect® When You’re Expecting, Brain Quest®, Barbecue! Bible®, Younger Next Year®, Boynton on Board, and, more recently, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die®, Unlikely Friendships®, Indestructibles®, Scanimation®, Photicular®, the Big Fat Notebook™ series, and Paint by Sticker™, to name a few. Workman also launched an industry: It is no exaggeration to say that there was no calendar business before Workman invented the Page-A-Day® format.

Having published books in bottles and potato chip bags; books with wheels and with chalkboards attached; books with trains running through them; books that come with stickers, balls, washi tape, and more, Workman is recognized for its innovative packaging. Workman is also known for giving each of its authors full editorial, design, production, marketing, sales, and publicity support for the life of a book, and for bringing an intensive and creative sales and marketing focus to both its front list and its deep, active backlist. 

The publisher of iconic books like B. Kliban’s Cat, The Official Preppy HandbookThe Silver Palate Cookbook, and Gallop!, Workman is proud of its history and always excited about its future.

About Laura Laura uses telepathy to have two way conversations with alive animals, deceased animals and people, and anyone who cannot speak for themselves. Think of her as a translator, teacher and guide. Her services are used by: Animal owners, trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and rescue groups. As well as people who want to reach out to their loved ones in spirit, their young children, their disabled child or family members in a coma. Watch Laura’s Sizzle Reel Watch The Pet Psychic Compilation Video Laura has been featured in numerous newspapers and media reports. Some of them include: LA Times, ABC Atlanta, Good Morning Texas, Time Warner Cable, NBC, The Doctors, The Bert Show, LA Confidential, Noozhawk, The Santa Barbara Independent, Animal Zone, and The Girl Code & MTV. She is a former columnist for The Santa Barbara News-Press and appears regularly on the TV show Animal Zone. Laura hosts a weekly Radio Show on Blogtalkradio. She currently lives in Ojai, California with her animals Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse). Laura's Pet Psychic Story Laura's Childhood Laura grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. Her parents were extremely supportive of her connection with animals. They accepted all of her pets into the family: The pony she rescued when she was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten she had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet she begged her grandfather for, the rabbit for which she forged her parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival. As long as she can remember, she knew what animals were thinking and feeling. She had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that she did. Many people in her history told her that her connection to animals was different, but she was not exactly sure what that meant. Young Adult Although she was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until she was a young adult that she began to think seriously about animal communication (This was before the internet!). Her first experience with professional animal communication and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk. At that time, she had a cat named Juliette. When Laura would come home from traveling, Juliette would give her an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling, one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of Laura’s arrival home, Juliette waited for her at the doorstep and slept with her purring all night long. A behavior Juliette had never done before. The second experience was with Laura’s German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When Laura was eighteen years old, she rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. They instantly became best friends. In 1996, Laura moved to California and began to study animal communication with a pioneer in the field Carol Gurney. A few days after Laura returned from her training program, she lay down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?” Laura was shocked to hear clearly, “Mom, I am dying inside.” Two months later, Laura found out Lala had cancer and had to help her best friend transition to Heaven. Being present for Lala’s transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of Laura’s life. It is because of this experience that Laura was able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends. It paved the way for all the work Laura does today. Then came Maia, her German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Maia story is too long to tell here. But she is the sole reason Laura became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. Laura learned the importance of studying animal body language. In 1996 and 1997, Laura went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of her journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of the body with that of emotional health. During the same years, Laura studied many holistic healing modalities, energy fields, and became a Reiki Master. For many years, Laura also worked as a healer helping sick animals recover or transition to the afterlife. From June 14, 1999 through March 5, 2015 Laura shared her life with Stormy King aka Stormy a black and white Australian Shepherd. Stormy became an icon, having a fan base across the globe. He offered his spiritual wisdom through Pet Psychic Radio, his column in the Santa Barbara Independent and at convention centers across the United States. He reincarnated into his new body as a white German Shepherd named Hudson on the very same day he died. It is also now clear that he lived his past life as Lala, Laura’s first German Shepherd dog. Maia has also come back to Laura as Luca. Stormy and Maia opened the doors for Laura to study animal reincarnation. Now Laura is widely recognized as an authority in the field. Her dogs Maia and Stormy and her late cats Joey, Serafina, and Makia in their lifetimes overcame diagnoses of cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. They were all told they had little time left to live by a veterinarian specialist. All of them overcame their illnesses and lived joyfully into their old age. These animals have taught Laura that miracles happen when one places oneself in a state of gratitude and joy. These are lessons and skills Laura teaches in her work today. Laura has been amazed to witness miraculous healings in thousands of her animal clients. Laura also teaches that one can die in grace and that our connection to loved ones can become even stronger once they have crossed over. Laura's People Medium Story Laura’s Parents Laura was brought up believing that seeing and communicating with other dimensions was not only possible but also very real. Her mother talked about the presence of fairies, her father would occasionally see ghosts, and her great grandmother is known for her psychic abilities. As long as Laura can remember, she has been conversing with the dead. She has memories as far back as being a toddler of being spoken to by an older man on the staircase of her house. At nine years old, spiritual beings at Stonehenge and Bath, England, conversed with her. When her babysitter died, she remembers her spirit coming to her and telling Laura that she is well and that it was ok to cry. In high school, when her best friend’s mom died of cancer, Laura was a bridge to the spirit world. Later, during her high school years, Laura’s ability to see and communicate with other dimensions became a distraction. She didn’t understand how to “turn it off” so that she could pay better attention to her studies. A Greenwich, Connecticut psychiatrist introduced Laura to meditation, the different concepts of “time”, and the works of Aldous Huxley. Laura begin to meditate before studying. Her concentration and grades improved, launching her into all Advanced Placement classes. This was a time before Google and the internet. The works of Aldous Huxley, Kirshnamurti, Gandhi, Edgar Cayce, and even Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe profoundly influenced Laura’s life at this time. It was then that Laura also began to understand all the mystical experiences and visions she was having when she closed her eyes to sleep at night. While studying biology and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Laura reached out to another psychiatrist because she was having an intense feeling of oneness with everything and a feeling of “not being solid”. This psychiatrist told Laura she was a “Taoist” and recommended her transferring to the Boulder, Co. based Buddhist inspired college, The Naropa Institute. Laura’s mother also encouraged her to transfer to Naropa. Looking back, while hearing horrifying stories of her colleagues being put into mental institutions for their psychic experiences, Laura feels incredibly blessed that spirit guided her to such progressive psychiatrists and that she had such supportive parents. The Naropa Institute deepened Laura’s meditation practice and opened her up the works of Buddhism and Chögyam Trungpa. Although Laura did not stay at Naropa, she continued to study Buddhism. She has attended many of the Dalai Lama’s week-long teachings, which has connected her with spiritual masters across the globe and many like-minded individuals. Even today, Laura often channels deceased Buddhist masters for wisdom in her life. Laura went on to graduate college with degrees in psychology and literature. Because of Laura’s adventurous spirit, her twenties led her into a different kind of study. People and animals who were trapped in between dimensions began to seek her out. She often woke up in the middle of the night with spirits sitting on her bed, asking her for help. Laura learned how to traverse these dimensions. She helped beings cross over. She also helped people rid themselves and their spaces of negative entities. In Laura’s thirties, she realized that although this work was rewarding, it was also emotionally exhausting. So she started the process of instilling psychic boundaries and creating the life she truly wanted. At this time, she also decided to stop animal training and concentrate solely on animal communication. This was a very exciting time for Laura. She began to study the miracles that happen in our lives, the power of thinking and feeling positively, and embodying joy and gratitude. She began to learn about the dimensions in the afterlife. She learned more about where souls go, how they can communicate with us, how they can touch us, and how our thoughts and feelings can heal our minds and bodies. She began to study reincarnation. Laura’s intense desire to be accurate and to only bring good to people and animals’ lives quickly manifested her into being one of the best pet psychics in the world today. In 2007, Laura’s animal communication client and friend Kimberly Klein lost her 13-year-old daughter and her ex husband in a plane crash. Kim asked Laura to connect her with Talia and Michael. Although Laura was nervous about opening that door again, she hated to see her friend suffering and knew that she could help. Laura agreed. This was the beginning of Laura’s new professional career as a people medium. Today she helps thousands of people connect with their loved ones in spirit. These communications help people to let go of guilt and resentment and to open up a conscious connection with their loved ones that continues after each session. Laura feels very blessed to be of service in this way. Kim writes, “I first met Laura a few years prior when I hired her to talk to my horses and my dogs. I found her ability to truly hear and communicate with my animals astounding. She told me things that the animals told her about their prior training, lives, experiences that only they and a few other people knew. The detail that Laura was able to pick up and tell me was amazing. After a terrible accident that killed my daughter and her father, I asked Laura to talk to both my daughter Talia, and her father Michael. I had spoken with other mediums before who had communicated with both of them, but Laura’s ability to hear and speak to Talia and Michael was beyond anyone else’s I have ever experienced. She actually relayed entire sentences, thoughts, desires from Talia and Michael to me, not just little tid-bits of information that I was used to hearing from other communicators. It was as if Talia and Michael were sitting with Laura and I and we were all communicating. A true question and answer session. It was inspiring, healing, and exciting for me. I recommend Laura to everyone who wants to hear from a loved one that is in spirit.” Kimberly Klein, author of Hummingbirds Don’t Fly in the Rain and The Universe Speaks.
 
 

Dear Jon,

This is a bittersweet week for everyone here at the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Of course, it’s the week of what would have been Doris’ 98th birthday, April 3, and we all miss her dearly. Her sunny demeanor and chipper, can-do spirit would have been such a balm for these trying times.

However, we’re also excited about the big auction of Property from the Estate of Doris Day taking place online. As you all know, every penny raised will benefit DDAF, in keeping with Doris’ wishes. If you haven’t registered to bid, please do so no later than Friday, April 3, at noon PT by clicking here. And remember: If you’ve had your eye on an item from the first half of the auction (lots 1-599), the deadline for bidding is this Saturday, April 4, at 6pm PT. If you would like to bid from the second half of the auction (lots 600-1099), bids will be taken until Sunday, April 5, at 6pm PT.

If you would like to purchase a print copy of the beautiful auction catalog as a memento, they are available here. And if you're interested in taking a virtual tour of the exhibition at Julien's Auctions, just click here.

We hope you and yours are doing just fine, keeping up with social distancing requirements and taking extra precautions to stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all online for some brisk bidding. We can’t wait to congratulate you on your wins. Of course, if you would rather make a donation in honor of Doris’ birthday, we would welcome your gift at https://ddaf.org/donate.

Best wishes,

 
 
 

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 GuideA 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  Burns

ü  Breathing Difficulties & CPR

ü  Bumblefoot

ü  Dehydration & Diarrhea

ü  Egg Straining

ü  G.I. Stasis

ü  Heatstroke

ü  Poisoning

ü  Regurgitation vs Vomiting

ü  Shock

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/

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Undercover investigation exposes shocking, unregulated market for giraffe parts across the United States despite steep population declines

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 undercover investigation 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 decline by 40 percent 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, more than one giraffe per day 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.

Background:

  • ESA listing would restrict the import, export and sale of giraffe specimens in the U.S.
  • 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

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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.

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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

Mordecai Siegal

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.

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