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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK (February 5, 2013) – Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that many people are vaguely familiar with. Yet they may not know exactly what it is or what can be done about it. PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has gone through a traumatic event, such as a war; this makes it common among veterans. The more people understand this condition, the more likely they will seek to receive the help they need in order to overcome it.

“Veterans have served time protecting our country. Once they come home, it is our job to step up and help protect them,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and need resources and help in order to help them improve their quality of life. We try to do our part in helping those veterans, and have been successful so far.”

Here are 5 things every veteran should know about PTSD:

  1. They are not alone. PTSD is common among veterans, so much so that it is estimated that around 400,000 of them currently experience it. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reports that the average PTSD rate for all adults is 6.8 percent. Yet for veterans it ranges from 12-31 percent, depending on their service. For example, the PTSD rate for those who served in Vietnam is 31 percent, while those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is 14 percent.
  2. It changes people. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It does this by affecting the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves. This creates an anxiety in people, one that comes with a range of side effects.
  3. They may have the symptoms. Some veterans may not recognize that they have PTSD, yet they may have some of the symptoms. Those symptoms include reliving the event, nightmares, emotional numbing, avoidance, being easily startled, and feeling irritated, among others. Veterans who have these symptoms for more than a 30-day period should be evaluated to determine whether they have PTSD.
  4. There are three main categories. The NIH breaks down PTSD symptoms into three main categories, which include reliving the event, avoidance, and arousal (e.g., anxiety, being paranoid, etc.). Each of these tends to disturb their day-to-day activity and life. Another aspect is that veterans may feel guilt about the event, or for being one who has survived it when others didn’t.
  5. There is help. There is help for those who have PTSD. Such things as having a good social support system, attending a support group, and desensitization treatment can be helpful in preventing and addressing it. Animal therapy is another effective treatment method, which involves getting veterans around animals, such as getting them a dog.

The group is making plans to visit military bases and pick up dogs of those soldiers who need help taking care of them while they are serving abroad. This is instrumental so they don’t end up in high kill shelters and can be adopted out or placed in foster homes. They have recently made stops at Fort Stewart and are soon heading to Fort Bragg.

Guardians of Rescue has a program called “Animals Helping People,” where they pair shelter dogs up with veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions. Army Corporal John Wallace is part of this program to help the soldiers. He teamed up with the organization after they sent him his beloved “Tommy” after he returned from the war. Together, they have helped transport 10 dogs from Afghanistan to the United States and have reunited them with the U.S. soldiers that cared for them during combat.

“Many times, soldiers rely on the dogs they find as their eyes and ears,” explains John Wallace. “But when the troops finally leave, the animals are just left to fend for themselves, and often become targeted. Reuniting these soldiers with the dogs they had while deployed is therapeutic.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.


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Gearing Up for a Trifecta of Walkathons

Palmetto, FL – It may seem a bit early to be thinking about an event in late February/early March, but when it is Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Walkathons, now’s the time to start drumming up support! Southeastern Guide Dogs, the only accredited guide dog school in the southeastern United States, has expanded their biggest fundraiser of the year into three separate events, held on concurrent Saturdays.

“We have thousands of supporters all over the bay area, so we thought we’d make it easier for everyone to participate by holding events in Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas counties” stated Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs. “And we want to say a big ‘thank you’ to JHS Capital Advisors for being the Presenting Sponsor of all three events.”

The Walkathons will kick off in Bradenton at Rossi Park on February 23rd. “The newly renovated Riverwalk is the perfect venue for the street-fairesque event that has something for everyone in the family, even the four-legged family members” said Event Chair, Debbie Meihls.

The very next Saturday, March 2nd will see events move down to Sarasota’s Payne Park. Event co-chairs Mary-Lou Moulton and Kay Karioth explain “we have seen such a welcoming spirit from the Sarasota community at our downtown training center, so it only made sense that we would also hold one of our Walkathons for our Sarasota friends.”

Finally on March 9th, Walkathon will return to beautiful Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. “Last year saw thousands of supporters and their dogs come out to walk in St. Pete, so we’re hoping they will all be back again this year” said Rick Kriseman, Team Recruitment Chair.

Each Walkathon will have a variety of attractions for the whole family, from local vendors, and food trucks to dog massages, and activities for the kids, there will even be an opportunity to experience what it is like to walk blindfolded with a trained dog. What sets Southeastern’s Walkathons apart from other walks is the fact that you can bring the family dog along to enjoy the fun.

Now is the time for walkers to start putting together teams and begin their fundraising. “The amount of support we get from the community and our extended Southeastern family is astounding. It is what allows us to continue to provide all our services for free” said Herman. An easy way to fundraise for Walkathon is to sell raffle tickets for the drawing that will be held at the St. Pete Walkathon. Prizes include $10,000 cash, a cruise for two on Royal Caribbean, and an Apple iPad. Tickets are available in advance and at all three Walkathons, with the drawing being held on March 9th at 11:30 am.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Location: Rossi Park, 808 3rd Avenue, Bradenton, FL 34205

Timing: Registration 8:30 am

Opening Ceremonies 9:45 am

3K Walk Kick-Off 10:00 am

Event Wrap Up 12:00 pm


Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Location: Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237

Timing: Registration 8:30 am

Opening Ceremonies 9:45 am

3K Walk Kick-Off 10:00 am

Event Wrap Up 12:00 pm


Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Location: Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Timing: Registration 8:30 am

Opening Ceremonies 9:45 am

3K Walk Kick-Off 10:00 am

$10,000 Raffle Drawing 11:30 am

Event Wrap Up 12:00 pm

Additional information may be found at www.guidedogs.org/walkathon or by calling 941-729-5665.

The whole family can join the fun at Southeastern Guide Dogs' Walkathon!


About Southeastern Guide Dogs: Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Through their programs Paws for Independence™, Paws for Patriots™, and Gifted Canines™ they have more than 600 active guide dog teams across the nation and continue to add more than 70 teams annually, all at no charge to the guide dog recipient, thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers. Visit www.guidedogs.org for further information.

- Lab Ties Poodle for the Longest Consecutive Reign at #1 and Bulldog Enters Top 5 -

New York, NY – Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend. Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.

“Bigger breeds are making their move,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love.”

2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

2011 Ranking

1. Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

3. Beagle

4. Beagle

4. Golden Retriever

5. Bulldog

5. Yorkshire Terrier

6. Yorkshire Terrier

6. Bulldog

7. Boxer

7. Boxer

8. Poodle

8. Poodle

9. Rottweiler

9. Dachshund

10. Dachshund

10. Rottweiler

Most Notable Dog Trends in 2012 Include:

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC’s family to 177 breeds.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

– Network Supersizes Offerings for Viewers Before, During & After the Big Game –

Silver Spring, Md. – As fans of ruff and tumble gridiron action across the nation prepare themselves for the biggest annual showdown, PUPPY BOWL IX, on Sunday, February 3, Animal Planet is making sure everyone can get their fill of all the adorable puppy action leading up to, during and after the game. Following a spectacular social performance in 2012, garnering more than 200,000 Tweets, four worldwide trending topics and puppy love from celebrities likeZooey Deschanel, Snooki and Kelly Osbourne, analysts are already predicting that PUPPY BOWL IX will be routing the competition online.

In a PUPPY BOWL first, Animal Planet has teamed up with Yahoo!’s IntoNow to bring viewers Puppy Bowl Plus, an immersive viewing experience available on Android and iOS devices. The digital experience, executive produced by Randi Kest Wheeler and the Animal Planet Digital Media team, syncs to the content on screen and ensures audiences are never more than a tap away from fellow diehard fans with live polls, video extras, exclusive photos, real-time meme generator CapIt and much more.

After an incredible rookie performance in PUPPY BOWL VIII, hailed by critics as “heroic,” “groundbreaking” and “avian,” @MeepTheBird also will return to GEICO Stadium. Follow Meep on Twitter to get the latest updates from his bird’s eye view of the stadium, including all the puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes action.

Additionally, all of the animals featured in PUPPYBOWL IX come from the Discovery Communications’ digital family through Petfinder shelters and rescue organizations across the U.S. This year’s starting lineup includes puppies from Wayside Waifs Animal Rescue (Missouri), spcaLA (California), Tails of Love Animal Rescue (New York), Pitter Patter Animal Rescue (Wisconsin) and Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (Massachusetts). PUPPY BOWL fans looking to add to their “home team” are encouraged to visit Petfinder.com, which has helped more than 20 million pets find their fur-ever homes.

Additionally, fans can train for the big day starting now with:

  • PUPPY BOWL’s Puppy Cam: Proper training includes endurance-building exercises so you don’t pull a hammy. Concerned about experiencing an adorable overload on game day? Not to worry – you can practice by watching Animal Planet’s live Puppy Cam leading up to the big game.
  • Puppy Bowl Ref-trospectives: PUPPY BOWL referee Dan Schachner gets the inside scoop on more than good sportsmanship in this online video series. For all the nipping and drooling you didn’t see, check out his behind-the-scenes takes on past PUPPY BOWL experiences.
  • Game Day Puppy Profiles: Every championship-winning athlete knows that studying up on your competition is half the battle. Too bad puppies don’t have opposable thumbs…or computers.
  • Starting Lineup:Study up on the key PUPPY BOWL IX players so you can be preemptively disarmed by cuteness. Fun fact? Australian Shepherd/Catahoula Mix, Althea, loves to both play and snuggle. Talk about a double threat.
  • Game Day Retrospectives: No great American tradition is complete without a look back at how it all started. Reminisce about PUPPY BOWLS gone by with highlights of past games, star players and more.
PUPPY BOWL IX premieres Sunday, February 3 at 3pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. For the play-by-play action, make sure to visit facebook.com/puppybowl and to follow @AnimalPlanet on Twitter.

AboutAnimal Planet

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries -more- and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3Dnetwork. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.


Exhibit gives an inside look to expose the horrors of dog fighting

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Earlier today, the Crime Museum unveiled “Dog Fighting: The Voiceless Victims,” a temporary exhibit by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), offering an inside look at the tools used by dog fighters to raise, train, fight and kill dogs injured during this so-called “sport”. The exhibit features evidence seized from dog fighting raids by the ASPCA, including the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history in 2009. The exhibit also demonstrates tools utilized by ASPCA veterinary forensic experts, combining state-of-the-art forensic sciences with veterinary medicine to discover how animals may have suffered or died.

“We want the public to see that dogs used in dog fighting are the victims of the crime as well as individuals, not as instruments of the crime,“ said Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “We want people to realize the brutality of dog fighting, and see that it’s the greatest violation of the human-animal bond.”

Some of the many artifacts on display in the exhibit are:
• A treadmill used to condition dogs in preparation for fighting;
• A “rape” stand used to immobilize female dogs for breeding purposes;
• Breaking sticks used to force a dog’s release on another dog;
• A spring pole used to strengthen a dog’s bite, neck, and leg muscles as he pulls or hangs from the end;
• A handmade nailed collar used to antagonize fighting dogs;
• A dog electrocution device used to kill dogs who lost a fight or failed to show sufficient aggression toward other dogs;
• A pit bull skull excavated from a dog fighting crime scene;
• Clandestine grave excavation equipment used to carefully exhume animal remains to provide important evidence of dog fighting and animal cruelty in cases; and
• Michael Vick’s indictment papers, providing details of dogs that were fought and others that were killed (copy).

“Although dog fighting made headlines five years ago in the Michael Vick dog fighting investigation, many people still aren’t aware just how prevalent it is in so many communities around the country,” states Janine Vaccarello, Chief Operating Officer of the Crime Museum. “Through this exhibit, we hope to show our visitors not only the extreme cruelty that dog fighters use against these animal victims, but also how they can contribute to ending the practice nationwide.”

The ASPCA has been involved in the battle against dog fighting in America since its founding, including the Kit Burns dog fighting case in 1868. The ASPCA played an integral role in the collection of evidence against Michael Vick’s dog fighting enterprise in 2007, including the evaluation of the dogs seized from his property. More recently, the ASPCA participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history in 2009, spanning eight states and resulting in more than 20 arrests and the rescue of 500 dogs. As part of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response department, the Blood Sports division was established to provide training to local, state and federal agencies and investigate blood sports, such as dog fighting and cockfighting, across the country.

“Dog Fighting: The Voiceless Victims” will be on display in the Crime Museum’s temporary exhibit space from January 29 through September 2, 2013.

About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime, crime fighting, and the consequences of committing a crime in America through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). For more information, visit www.crimemuseum.org or follow the museum on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NMCPinDC and Twitter https://twitter.com/crimemuseum.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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Dog owners are a lot like new parents—we’re all positive that our puppy is smarter than the rest. I’ve also considered the possibility that my own miniature schnauzer is dumber than the rest, particularly when he rolls in something unsavory or loses his toy under the couch for the nth time in ten minutes. But then again, is this just his clever way of forcing me to pay attention?

Brian Hare, founder of Duke University’s dog cognition lab and a leader in the surging field of dog cognition, has done more than anyone to change the way we think about the overlooked and often underappreciated intelligence of man’s best friend. Next February, Hare, along with co-writer and wife Vanessa Woods, will deliver THE GENIUS OF DOGS: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think (Dutton; February 5, 2013), a tale of revolutionary research, funny and moving adventures in the field, and useful insights into what your dog is actually thinking.

Above all, THE GENIUS OF DOGS will help strengthen human-canine relationships, and is sure to be enjoyed by dog lovers and science enthusiasts alike. I hope you will consider an interview with Brian Hare, and I will be in touch soon to discuss.

Animal communicator, Author, Reiki healer, international speaker, teacher and host of the documentary series “Gail Thackray’s Spiritual Journeys”, releases “How to Talk to Your Pets: Animal Communication with Dogs, Cats & Other Critters”.

Have you ever felt like your animal knew exactly what you were thinking? That’s because they do, they hear everything we say, or rather pick up on our images, thoughts and feelings. We just have a harder time hearing back. Telepathic communication is an ability we all have; we just suppress it in our busy lives.

Animal communicator Gail Thackray believes that everyone can learn to talk to their pets. Gail leads you through specific exercises to develop this skill and guides you step-by-step to connect and communicate. You'll learn the most voiced "pet peeves," solutions to common behavioral issues, and how to know what your animal wants. Gail teaches you how to perform energy healings, do body scans for health, and how to connect to lost pets. With Gail's down-to-earth style and hilariously funny stories, you'll get a firsthand look at how animal communication works and just how cute these critters really are.

About Gail: Gail Thackray was raised in Yorkshire, England and prides herself on having kept her English down-to-earth sensibility. Her life changed at age forty when she discovered she was a medium and able to talk to spirits on the other side. Helping others connect to Source and to develop their own natural psychic abilities is her passion. Gail lectures at events worldwide, doing live appearances as a healer, medium, and educator. When at home in Los Angeles, she writes, lectures, and teaches about mediumship, healing, animal communication, manifesting, and other aspects of spirituality.

The Humane Society of the United States Announces Milestone Number of Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Nationwide

(Dec. 14, 2012) –The Humane Society of the United States reached a milestone for its Puppy Friendly Pet Stores program with the 2,000th pet store agreeing to take a stand against puppy mills by refusing to sell puppies. Within hours, three other stores added their names to this growing list – meaning that 2003 stores, spread across all 50 states, are standing up for the welfare of breeding dogs and puppies.

“These stores have made the responsible decision to pledge not to sell puppies now or in the future, and some of them have even transitioned from selling commercially-raised puppies to an adoptions-only model,” said Melanie Kahn, senior director of The HSUS' puppy mills campaign. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds these businesses for being leaders in the humane economy.”

The majority of pet stores in the United States that sell puppies utilize puppy mills, mass production facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. Again and again, such stores have been found to be misleading consumers with stories about getting puppies from responsible breeders, when in fact puppy mills are a key part of their supply chain.

Just this week, The HSUS released its third annual investigation of pet stores, linking dozens of pet stores in the Chicagoland area to more than 2,000 puppies shipped from puppy mills.

Increasingly, owners of pet stores are realizing they don’t need to sell puppies to run a successful pet-related business, and they are saving lives almost every day. In October, The HSUS worked with two pet stores in Wyoming to help convert them completely from puppy sales to supporting local shelter adoptions.

The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the Puppy Friendly Pet Stores sign, which states, “We Love Puppies, That’s Why We Don’t Sell Them.” Store owners who sign The HSUS’ Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge receive free literature for their customers on how to find a puppy from a reputable source, and encouraging pet lovers to support local shelters.

A list of all the participating stores is available at humanesociety.org/puppystores.

The HSUS encourages adoption from local shelters or rescues as a first choice, and also provides tips on finding responsible breeders at humanesociety.org/puppy.

Puppy Mill Facts:

  • Approximately one-third of the nation's 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies.
  • The HSUS estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States; meanwhile 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year for lack of homes.
  • Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.
  • Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.
  • Pet stores and online sellers often use attractive websites to hide the truth and to dupe consumers into thinking that they are dealing with a small, reputable breeder.
  • Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.





In Partnership With PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, Two-Hour, Dog-Themed Programming Event To Air On Tuesday, November 27th at 6pm ET/PT, 5pm CT


Hallmark Movie Channel announced today that it will host the cable television premiere of “Annie’s Search for Sandy” as part of a special two-hour, commercial-free dog-themed programming event sponsored by PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs. This program will also include a feature presentation of the true-life-inspired film, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.”

Hosted by popular Today Show weatherman, Al Roker, “Annie’s Search for Sandy” goes on the road to animal shelters across the country in search of the perfect dog to play Sandy in the new Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning classic musical, ANNIE, which just opened to rave reviews at the Palace Theatre. The search is conducted by Tony Award® honoree Bill Berloni, acclaimed Great White Way animal trainer, who discovered the original production’s Sandy in a shelter in 1977. Since that time, Berloni, a passionate animal rescue and welfare advocate, has been committed to casting all of his canine Broadway stars out of rescue facilities. The 30-minute program chronicles Berloni’s compelling journey and his eventual discovery of Sunny, a two-year old terrier mix from the BARC Municipal Shelter in Houston, who, only 24 hours away from being euthanized, was plucked from the bleakest of fates to star as the loveable new side-kick to ‘Lil Orphan Annie’ on Broadway. Viewers will watch as Berloni works with Lilla Crawford, the actress cast as Annie, to prepare Sandy for her stage debut and will learn some fun training tips that will transform their own dogs into stars at home.

Produced by Al Roker Entertainment and ANNIE The Musical LLC, in partnership with PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, “Annie’s Search for Sandy” will air immediately following a presentation of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” The partnership and story behind “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” signifies the shared belief that every dog deserves a loving home. Starring three-time Emmy® Award nominee and Globe winner Richard Gere, three-time Oscar® nominee Joan Allen, and seven-time Emmy® Award nominee Jason Alexander, the poignant and inspirational film based on the true story of a dog who is rescued as a puppy by a university professor.

Over the years, the dog develops the routine of escorting his owner to the train every morning when he leaves for work and returning to the station each evening to greet him as he arrives home. When his owner unexpectedly dies, Hachi continues to return to the train station for a decade, devotedly waiting for his cherished master to come home, until he passes away himself.


Hallmark Movie Channel, the second linear channel from Crown Media Holdings, Inc., simulcast in SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition), is a 24-hour cable network dedicated to bringing viewers family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events. In today’s crowded television landscape, the network is a unique and captivating entertainment experience, providing programming families can watch together. It is now available in 48 million homes. Crown Media also operates Hallmark Channel, which provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment to a national audience of nearly 87 million subscribers.

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Created in 2008 and headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., PEDIGREE Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. The foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) shelters and dog rescue organizations nationwide and encourages dog lovers to adopt, volunteer and donate to support the cause. Since 2008, close to $4 million has been granted to help more than 1,100 shelters and rescues. For more information about PEDIGREE Foundation, log on to www.pedigreefoundation.org.



ANNIE, the new production of the Tony Award®-winning musical, opened Thursday, November 8 at the Palace Theatre (Broadway at 47th Street). ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. ANNIE is directed by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

ANNIE stars two-time Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Australian star Anthony Warlow making his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks and 11-year-old Lilla Crawford as Annie, with Brynn O’Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis. The Orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly and Jaidyn Young as standby for the roles of Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July. The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis, Fred Inkley, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Liz McCartney, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe and Ryan VanDenBoom.

ANNIE is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.



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