Displaying items by tag: dogs

Canine Court in Van Cortlandt Park is a living symbol of Fieldston Pets belief in giving back to the community. America's very first pet playground, Canine Court is a green oasis of pastoral pet pastimes that includes an agility course and a custom people/pet water fountain. Safely fenced in within Van Cortlandt Park's rolling fields and forests, Canine Court has been the go-to destination for recreation, socialization and pet-centric events and festivities since 1998.
Canine Court is the cornerstone of Fieldston Pets' mission to ensure that all pets have "forever homes". A safe and inviting sanctuary, Canine Court is a playground for pets, and a meeting place for "pet parents" to exchange ideas, build support systems, and create safety nets for lost, at-risk, or homeless pets. And because pets are our passion, and our mission is to ensure that pets who have homes remain in those homes, and that pets who are abandoned to shelters can be adopted into good homes, Fieldston Pets also offers educational classes, seminars and training sessions.
The Story of Canine Court and Fitness With Fido
Summer Begins with a scorch of the Early Dog days Of Summer...When you take your dog to Canine Court and enjoy the cool shade of the new willows
planted in the Park, and drink from the water fountain opposite Canine Court, made especially for both people and dogs...Remember its beginnings .....
Canine Court Dog Run in Van Cortlandt Park was created by Bash Dibra and opened on April 14, 1998 and celebrated it's 14th year this past April.
It was the first agility dog run in New York City..
We have created the story of Canine Court on YouTube that can be accessed on Bash Dibra's website at www.pawsacrossamerica.com
If you could pass along this address to your readers it would be greatly appreciated.
The story in brief
In the beginning Bash Dibra created Canine Court Dug Run on April 14, 1998. But last year torrential rain and winds came and Canine Court was
flooded. The dogs had
lost their playground. The floods went away but some of the trees were missing so Canine Court volunteers helped
plant trees, and they are flourishing. This year on May 6th
Bash Dibra created the
Fitness With Fido Dog Walk to raise needed funds to repair the fencing.
Canine Court needs your readers and dog lovers support.
Howl-O-Ween is the next big event that will take place on October 28, 2012.
Look for the Save The Date info in your email box in a few months.

K9 CarFence Launches as Newest Innovation in Pet Transportation

In-car Safety Fence Protects your Best Friend Easily and Comfortably

GLENSIDE, PA – July 25, 2012 – K9 CarFence™, the newest innovation in pet transportation, launched today in time for the busy summer travel season. The easy-to-install car safety system for dogs less than 35 pounds simultaneously promotes safety and comfort. The K9 CarFence™ was developed over four years of research and design by inventor and dog lover, Ira Stahl. The product can be purchased at http://www.k9carfence.com/ and is currently available at the introductory price of $95.00.

“I’m proud and excited to finally release the K9 CarFence™ to the public,” said inventor Ira Stahl. “I’m a loving owner of two dogs, Peanut and Bear, and enjoy bringing them with me everywhere. Every time we got in the car, I knew that for their safety and mine, they needed to be restrained. But tying them down with the traditional, uncomfortable restraints or banishing them to the backseat truly bothered me. I knew there had to be a better way for my best friends to enjoy travelling alongside me. My inventive nature led me to design the K9 CarFence™, which allows small dogs the freedom to move about while providing superior protection in case of a sudden stop.”

Over 80 percent of dog owners do not provide any in-car protection for their dogs, leading to thousands of dog deaths per year. According to a 2010 survey by AAA, 20 percent of those asked admitted to letting their dogs sit on their laps while driving. Additionally, a report from the ASPCA showed that an unrestrained pet that weighs 35 pounds can create 1,500 pounds of force in a car accident that occurs at 35 mph. A new law in New Jersey enables police officers to ticket any driver improperly transporting an animal, with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 for each offense. Other states have similar legislation pending that will make restraining pets in motor vehicles mandatory.

The K9 CarFence™ is made in the USA and was recently awarded a design patent. The product works in almost all cars and trucks and installation takes just minutes. Straps attach the K9 CarFence™ to the passenger seat headrest, visor, and seat base with seven sturdy snap-in points. The K9 CarFence™ is made of 100 percent soft and strong nylon netting and can be used to secure other items in lieu of your dog. A video demonstration of the K9 CarFence™ can be found on the homepage: http://www.k9carfence.com/.


Over 1,300 surgeries performed since July 2010 through program that
provides free spay/neuter for pit bulls, pit bull mixes

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is celebrating the two-year anniversary of “Operation Pit,” the program that offers free spay/neuter or vasectomy surgeries to all healthy pit bulls and pit bull mixes between the ages of three months and six years living in the five boroughs, along with free vaccinations and micro-chipping. Throughout the year, Operation Pit procedures take place every weekday at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan.

Since its launch on July 15, 2010, 1,308 surgeries have already been performed through Operation Pit. “We are very pleased with the success we’ve had over the past two years and are encouraged by the continued demand for these services,” said Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “The ASPCA is committed to improving the health and well-being of pit bulls and pit bull mixes in New York City.”

In addition to a free spay/neuter or vasectomy surgery, vaccinations and micro-chipping, dogs that have the surgery will also receive free K9 camouflage “doggie gear” and a post-operative “honorable discharge” for completing the mission.

Outside of Operation Pit, pit bulls and pit bull mixes make up a very small percentage of dogs that are brought in for routine spay/neuter procedures at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Pit bulls also have large litters compared to other breeds, and they make up an overwhelming majority of homeless dogs found in city shelters. “One of the most effective ways to reduce the number of pit bulls ending up in shelters is to provide free spay/neuter services,” added Dr. Murray. “By participating in this program, people are doing their part to combat the overpopulation issue while at the same time providing invaluable health benefits to their dogs.”

More than 40,000 homeless pets enter city shelters each year. Reducing this number depends on increasing adoptions and decreasing overpopulation. Between spay/neuter surgeries done at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and those performed by the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Operations team, the ASPCA has spayed and neutered approximately 20,000 cats and dogs so far in 2012. Nearly 36,000 procedures were done in 2011. However, the vast majority of dogs that are still euthanized due to lack of homes are pit bulls and pit bull mixes. With programs such as Operation Pit, the ASPCA hopes to reduce this number.

All appointments for Operation Pit must be scheduled prior to the surgery date. All procedures are completed the same day, and owners can drop off and pick up their pets at scheduled times. For more information and to schedule an appointment, owners can call the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital at 877-900-PITS (7487). Details can also be found online at www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/operation-pit.aspx.

Appointments can also be scheduled for every other Sunday at the ASPCA’s spay/neuter clinic in Glendale, Queens by calling 877-SPAY-NYC (7729-692).

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.

Spay FIRST! is a national non-profit organization with the mission of educating the public about the crisis of pet overpopulation which still affects much of our nation. Spay FIRST! is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty by helping to establish low-cost spay and neuter programs in underserved areas in order to enable people everywhere to have their pets spayed or neutered today.

Preventing overpopulation is the only humane way to halt suffering for millions of dogs and cats and to help communities that are otherwise unable to humanely address the issues of unwanted animals.
Helping communities have pets spayed or neutered also enables families to develop bonds to dogs or cats that would otherwise become surplus, or disposable, annoyances.
Areas of rural poverty face some of the biggest problems and, unfortunately, usually have the fewest resources. Issues facing people in chronic poverty impact the animals that share their lives. That’s why Spay FIRST!needs your support to help create spay/neuter programs in the most needy areas of our nation.
*Cats/dogs can get pregnant at 4 months old – spaying/ neutering prevents litters that cannot be cared for. Sadly, over half of Americans polled believed that pets should not be altered until after six months of age.
*By eliminating accidental first litters, U.S. births of 2 million kittens alone could be prevented annually.
*Millions of homeless dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year. Euthanasia, due to being homeless, is the single leading cause of death of dogs and cats.
* Spaying a dog or cat costs a fraction of sheltering its unwanted litter and reduces the demand for more shelter space.
*The current cost of sheltering and animal control in the U.S. exceeds $2 billion dollars a year. That figure would increase 11 fold in order to rely on long term sheltering instead of euthanasia.
In addition to halting reproduction, other health benefits of spaying/neutering include the prevention of certain types of cancers and behavioral problems that include roaming, fighting and “marking”territory. Please see our fact sheet about the benefits of spaying/neutering.
Spay FIRST! provides animal lovers with an array of easy ways to get involved: visit: www.SpayFirst.org.
Spay/Neuter Statistics
Dollar for dollar, spay/neuter programs do more than shelters, transport or rescue programs
Affordable spay/neuter programs are urgently needed in low-income towns across our nation.
We spend billions of dollars on pet care products but for nearly half of U.S. households the image of a child happily romping with a healthy pet is merely a fairy tale. In poor communities, especially rural ones, children are often pained seeing their pets abandoned or shot because the family cannot endure another litter. The largest source of unplanned puppy and kitten litters are low-income homes and households with free-roaming cats that produce colonies of feral cats.
* A single male & female dog and their puppies can produce thousands of puppies in 6 years. A female dog can have a litter as young as five months old & then one every six months after that and cats can even get pregnant at four months of age. A male dog can impregnate as many females as he can get to in a day.
* Nearly half of all Americans believe wrongly that a pet should be allowed to have a litter before being altered.
* Many low & moderate income homes are unable to get pets altered before they have an unwanted litter yet fewer than ten states have statewide access to reduced cost spay/neuter services.
* Many states have no high volume spay neuter programs at all.
* Only 51% of homes earning under $35,000 per year have their pets altered, compared to over 90% of higher income homes, yet 41% of American households earn under $35,000 per year.
* The number of homes living in poverty in the U.S. increased dramatically in the last two years and their pets’ lives are urgently fragile. This points to the urgent need for expanded access to community based spay/neuter services.
*In rural areas, there are often more pets per household and less access to spay neuter services.
* While most towns and cities have animal collection facilities of some type, many poor counties do not. Unwanted animals are abandoned, shot, drowned and sold in “swap meets” and flea markets where they have been documented to go to research, dog fighting and puppy mills.
*Worldwide there are 375 million homeless dogs and nearly the same number of unwanted cats -that is 75% of all dogs and cats that are born across the globe. More dogs are electrocuted, poisoned, drowned and starved than are killed by lethal injection, as humane euthanasia is standard only in developed nations.

Ruth Steinberger, Founder of Spay First!, is a highly-respected animal advocate who has devoted her career to expanding the network of professional and grass roots organizations that partner to assist at-risk animals through prevention (spay/neuter), education, and legal protection.
Ms. Steinberger has coordinated rural pet sterilization programs since 1993 when she launched her first program in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia. She moved to Oklahoma in 1999 to make her home in an area with no existing low-income spay/neuter programs. Since her move, she has expanded her network by working daily with non-profit organizations, veterinarians and dedicated volunteers to start new spay/neuter programs in low-income regions around the state and throughout the country.
Before becoming a Founder of Spay First! she was a founding board member of SPAY Oklahoma, the first high-volume, low-income spay/neuter clinic in Oklahoma. She remains Outreach Coordinator for Spay Oklahoma and has served as the Development Director for Oklahoma Spay Network and as Director of Outreach for the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
Ms. Steinberger has created innumerable programs unique to the communities she serves. One remarkable program she developed was in association with the tribal health office of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Working together to establish a spay/neuter program tailored to the needs of reservation populations, nearly 7,000 surgeries later, this program is recognized as a national model for serving areas facing chronic poverty.
Understanding that education is vital to helping at-risk animals, Ms. Steinberger has assisted in coordinating accredited seminars on early age spay/neuter for veterinarians in conjunction with the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Ms. Steinberger has worked with Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners investigator Dale Fullerton and Carey Floyd, D.V.M. to develop the first continuing education anti-cruelty classes for Oklahoma peace officers. This class is now provided by the state law enforcement training agency wherein officers learn investigative veterinary forensic techniques and the link between animal targeted violence and the progression to violence against humans.
Ms. Steinberger is a much sought-after speaker. At the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine she presented a paper on pet overpopulation as a public health issue and the role of the private veterinary practitioner in the resolution of this crisis. She has been featured at many national conferences including all Spay U.S.A. Southern Regional Leadership conferences from 2003 through 2009, the 2011 Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets Conference, the 2007 Humane Society of the United States’ Expo and the 2011 Spay/Neuter Leadership Retreat.
An esteemed animal advocate, spay/neuter expert, and activist/journalist, Ms. Steinberger has received recognition throughout her career. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her outstanding work in the spay/neuter field including the ASPCA’s prestigious Henry Bergh Award for animal activism. The noted publication, Veterinary Practice News, featured the low-income service model Ms. Steinberger developed, called “In-Clinic Clinics,” in its March, 2007 issue. Ms. Steinberger’s journalistic talents earned her being honored as Journalist of the Year by the Lakota Journal.
Always an active volunteer, Ms. Steinberger is an Advisory Board Member and Legislative Chair with the Oklahoma Humane Federation and was recently awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.
Ms. Steinberger is proud to work with new communities everyday to help create effective programs to prevent animal suffering.

Purebred Registry Group Routinely Blocks Legislative Protections for Dogs

(July 9, 2012) -- The Humane Society of the United States released a report calling on the American Kennel Club to reverse course and support efforts to protect dogs from the worst abuses at puppy mills. The report also criticizes AKC for pandering to the interests of large-scale, commercial breeding facilities rather than serving smaller-scale, high-quality breeders who make up the majority of AKC.

The report notes that numerous puppy mill operators who have been charged with animal cruelty have been selling AKC registered puppies and some of them even passed AKC inspections.

“The American Kennel Club bills itself as ‘The Dog’s Champion,’ but our report shows a pattern of activity that is entirely at odds with that self-description,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “The AKC has opposed more than 80 bills and proposals in the last five years that would have implemented common-sense, humane standards of care at large-scale breeding facilities. We are shocked that a group that should be standing shoulder to shoulder with us is constantly lined up with the puppy mill industry.”

The report is based on information uncovered during HSUS-assisted raids of puppy mills, AKC “alerts” sent to breeders, materials published on AKC’s website, and AKC’s lobbying activities over the past five years.

Among the findings:

  • Humane organizations have assisted law enforcement in rescuing suffering dogs from large puppy mills whose operators regularly registered dogs with AKC. In just the past six months, this includes three facilities in North Carolina where more than 250 dogs were caged in squalor. Ironically, the AKC’s primary office is located in Raleigh.
  • Over the past five years, AKC has opposed more than 80 different state bills and local ordinances designed to provide stronger protections for dogs in puppy mills. The group has opposed landmark measures enacted in Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Texas, Washington and other states.
  • Since the end of the 1990s, when AKC was facing a boycott of its registry by large-scale, commercial dog breeding facilities, the group has dedicated significant resources to fighting laws that would regulate those facilities.
  • In 2012 alone, AKC asked its supporters to oppose laws in several states that would have required puppy producers to comply with basic care standards; legislation in three states that would have prevented the debarking of dogs without a medical reason; an ordinance in a Tennessee town designed to prevent dogs from being left in hot cars; a Rhode Island state bill to prevent people from chaining or crating a dog for more than 14 hours a day; and a Louisiana state bill that would have prevented breeding facilities from keeping dogs in stacked, wire-floored cages.
  • AKC has attempted to deflect independent regulation of large-scale breeders on grounds that it maintains an internal kennel inspections program, but standards for the program are unclear and its results unpublished. The HSUS report discloses that some puppy mills had been “inspected” by AKC but were still the subject of law enforcement-led rescues – with facility operators later convicted of animal cruelty on account of the poor conditions of their dogs.
  • Most recently, AKC has been lobbying breeders to oppose a proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that would regulate Internet puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act. AKC’s chair described the regulations as "onerous," even though the proposal includes exemptions for breeders with fewer than five breeding female dogs as well as breeders who sell only to buyers they meet in person.

While the AKC does have beneficial programs such as an annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day and AKC Companion Animal Recovery disaster relief assistance, these make up just a tiny percentage of AKC’s annual outlays. Therefore, the report calls on AKC to distance itself from the large-scale, commercial dog-breeding industry and return to its original focus of representing small, premium, responsible breeders who belong to national breed clubs, participate in dog shows and other events, and have the welfare of their dogs as their top priority.

The report comes a week before the close of the public comment period on the USDA’s retail pet stores rule, a rule designed to ensure that large-scale puppy producers like this one who sell animals online or by mail or phone sight-unseen be regulated just like the producers who sell to pet stores. Concerned citizens can voice their support for the rule at humanesociety.org/usdapuppymills.

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our “HumaneTV” app.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the Web at humanesociety.org.


-The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) offers five fast tips for owners who plan on bringing Fido to the office-

(Greenville, SC) – As thousands of dog owners prepare to bring four-legged friends to the office during Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day® Friday, June 22, APDT, a professional organization of more than 6,000 dog trainers, offers tips to keep in mind for the safety of everyone in the office. In addition, pet owners looking for qualified training programs are encouraged to use the APDT’s extensive resources to find the best trainers in their area for everyday safety.


“Not only should pets be properly trained before being brought to the workplace, but preparing the office beforehand is also important,” said Mychelle Blake, APDT Executive Director. “‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ also serves as a great reminder for pet owners to ensure their dogs are trained correctly to help avoid unwanted behaviors such as biting or barking in unfamiliar environments. Whether bringing home puppies or older dogs, we encourage owners to enroll in our C.L.A.S.S.® program to successfully train dogs using positive methods.”


These easy-to-follow tips will help owners remain safe and courteous during Take Your Dog To Work Day:

· Ask yourself:

a. Is my dog happy and relaxed around all kinds of people or other dogs?

b. Is my dog fearful or anxious in new places?

c. Is my dog well house-trained and well mannered?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of the above, please reconsider bringing your dog to work.

· Talk to your co-workers and/or post a note in the break room letting them know your dog will be visiting on Friday.

· Contact your vet to ensure your dog is up-to-date on rabies and other vaccines.

· Ensure your pet is well-groomed, bathed, and parasite-free (fleas, ticks, mites, etc).

· Download signage to hang on your door on Friday, to let co-workers know there is a dog in the office. (See www.takeyourdog.com)

According to the American Pet Product Association, 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey, three percent of dog owners (equating to 1.4 million people) take their dogs to work regularly and also bring their pets on routine errands more than twice a week. With increased public and professional exposure, it’s essential dogs are well-trained and safe toward others, which is why the APDT has developed it’s educational program, Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.). The proactive program encourages owners to use positive reinforcement techniques to train dogs for “real life skills” while helping build stronger relationships with pets and features three training levels. Assessed skills in each level vary in the amount of difficulty before pets ‘graduate.’ In addition, owners can also search an online database for certified C.L.A.S.S. trainers and instructors across the country.


For more information on C.L.A.S.S. visit www.mydoghasclass.com. For more information on the APDT visit www.apdt.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Take Your Dog To Work Day, visit www.takeyourdog.com.



About APDT:

Founded in 1993, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of more than 6,000 trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. APDT’s primary mission is to represent and advance the dog training profession through education and advocacy while increasing public awareness of dog friendly training techniques. http://www.apdt.com

About Take Your Dog to Work Day®

First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day. http://www.takeyourdog.com/index.php

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and while it’s typically a time for celebration, it can signify a time of devastating loss for pet owners. More runaway and lost pets end up in animal shelters on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, and during the summer months, the number of lost pets increases by 30%. Tagg—The Pet Tracker is an advanced GPS tracking device which allows pet owners to track and locate their best friend via the web or mobile device, whether it’s a normal day or during a time of crisis.


Tagg will send the pet parent an alert via email or text message if Fluffy or Fido wanders outside their designated safe area. The lightweight Tagg tracker attaches to a cat or dog’s existing collar, is designed to be worn at all times, and can operate for up to 30 days before recharging. A Tagg master kit is $99.95 which includes one month of free service; after the first month, service is $7.95/month. The Tagg gps pet tracking system is available in four colors: White, Pink, Gray and Blue and can be purchased online at www.tagg.com, Amazon.com, Target.com, Apple.com. Tagg master kits are also now sold at Target and Apple retail locations for $99.95 with three months of service.

Dog Owners and Shelter Staff are Invited to Post Pictures of their Benji Lookalikes on a Special Facebook Page for a Chance to Land their Pet the Role of a Lifetime

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., May 29, 2012—Walden Media, producer of the upcoming Benji feature film, is using the power of social media to help cast a leading mutt to star in the movie’s title role. Walden (the Chronicles of Narnia series) is teaming with writer-director-producer Brandon Camp (Love Happens) on a contemporary reboot of the wildly successful film franchise. The company has set up a special Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/benjithemovie) where pet owners and shelter staff can post pictures and videos of pooches they believe have the right stuff to portray the iconic, loveably scruffy pup.

“Benji is a special dog who has won over the hearts of millions of moviegoers with a unique combination of adorably shaggy appearance, astounding intelligence and irresistible personality,” says Camp, who is updating the franchise started by his father, Benji creator Joe Camp, Jr. in 1974. “Finding the right dog to play him is an essential element of making this movie, so we’re casting a wide net and leaving no stone unturned. That includes using social media to reach dog-owners who might have a perfect Benji of their own at home.”

In the days of the original Benji search, Facebook and social media didn’t exist and Benji was “discovered” in a shelter in California. To celebrate the efforts of our shelters nationwide, in addition to the Facebook search, the filmmakers will also be scouring animal shelters as well as traditional animal talent agencies and trainers for dogs that have the looks, onscreen charisma and ability to take direction required to step into the film’s starring role.

Assisting director Brandon Camp in the search for the new Benji is renowned Animal Trainer, Mark Forbes. Mark is with Birds & Animals Unlimited and is used to searching high and low for just the right animal – from Marley and Me to We Bought a Zoo Mark knows exactly what Brandon Camp has in mind for the perfect Benji.

“Brandon and I attended the Best Friends Animal Society’s Super Adoption event in Los Angeles where we looked at hundreds of dogs in search of the new Benji, we plan on continuing our search as we visit shelters throughout the country,” said Mark Forbes. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the Benji photo submissions on Facebook because we know the next new Benji is somewhere out there.”

The role of Benji was originated by Higgins, a then 14-year-old mutt who also played “Dog” in 163 episodes of the hit 1960s television series “Petticoat Junction.” Over the years, several other dogs of both genders have portrayed Benji in film and on television.

About Benji

One of the biggest success stories of independent American cinema, the original 1974 Benji tells the story of a homeless but beloved small-town stray who, together with a female companion, helps to foil a kidnapping. The film was written, produced, financed and directed by commercial director Joe Camp, Jr., for less than $100,000. Unable to find a distributor among the Hollywood studios, Joe and wife Carolyn Camp released the G-rated film themselves, starting with a two-screen engagement in Dallas. Benji instantly connected with moviegoers, and eventually became a worldwide hit, spawning a franchise that included four sequels, numerous television specials, a Saturday morning series, a syndicated comic strip and a multitude of merchandising deals. Over 73 million people—more than half of them adults—saw Benji in movie theatres and more than a billion people worldwide have seen it on television. The franchise remains hugely successful to this day, selling millions of DVDs in the past few years alone.

About Walden Media

Walden’s most recent co-production, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, grossed over $300 million worldwide. Upcoming films include Won’t Back Down, Of Men and Mavericks and the family comedy Parental Guidance. Past award-winning films include The Chronicles of Narnia series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nim’s Island, Charlotte’s Web and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary, Waiting for ‘Superman.’



Travel-tainer’s Easy to Grab Handle Ties Together Two Bowls and an Airtight Food Container Creating a Portable Doggie Diner That’s Always Ready for a Road Trip. Bucket Bowl Transforms Five Gallon Bucket Into Convenient Feeder/Storage Unit.

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 13, 2011) – With their head out the window and ears happily flapping in the breeze a dog is perhaps the ultimate travel companion. Now making sure that Fido has the food and drink needed to handle his (or her) co-pilot duties is an easy one-handed-grab of the TRAVEL-tainer self-contained feeding system.

Perfect for those quick weekend getaways, the TRAVEL-tainer is a complete transportable pet feeding system that eliminates the hassle of packing up bowls and filling bags with food. The system includes an airtight clear plastic food container that keeps food fresh while keeping pests out. Two food/water dishes slip on the ends of the food container and a convenient carry handle holds it all together. When it’s time to eat it takes just seconds to remove the handle, pull off the dishes, twist off the food container top, fill the bowls and dinner is served.

“This is a great way to bring along everything your dog will need for those quick getaways,” says Curt Leland, president of Gamma2 . “The airtight container keeps food fresh allowing pet owners to keep the TRAVEL-tainer ready to go at a moments notice. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a weekend camping trip, you can just grab it and go knowing that your dog has everything it needs.”

Bucket Bowl

The Bucket Bowl is a simple solution that turns a five-gallon bucket into a food storage unit that doubles as an elevated feeder. The Bucket Bowl snaps onto any 12-inch diameter food grade bucket replacing its original lid and turns it into an airtight, pest proof food container. At dinnertime simply remove the bowl, fill it with food from the bucket and then snap it back onto its top. The bowl has now transformed the bucket into an ergonomically correct elevated feeder capable of holding 10 cups of dry dog food.


“This is the perfect way to feed a larger dog,” added Leland. “The bucket keeps food fresher than if it was just stored in the bag it came in, and it also now doubles as an elevated feeder getting the bowl up off the floor and making it easier for large dogs to eat. It’s a feeder and storage unit all in one.”

To find out more about the TRAVEL-tainer or the Bucket Bowl please visit the Gamma2 website at www.gamma2.net.

About the Company

Gamma² is in the pet business because they love pets. For over 20 years the company has been dedicated to providing products that help ensure pet safety and well being because they understand the needs of both pets and their owners.

Through the years the company has grown and evolved because of its ability to identify a need and provide a solution. Drawing on early experience in the manufacture of biomedical storage units Gamma² created and patented an air tight dry food container that both keeps food fresh and safe from pests. These containers are now sold throughout the world and are highly respected for both their quality, durability and effectiveness.

Gamma² is a company built on its commitment to providing pet and pet owners with quality products that provide reliable solutions to real needs. For more information about Gamma², please visit the website at www.Gamma2.net.


Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment present an R rated, 90 minute, thriller, horror, directed by Bradley Parker, written by Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke and Oren Peli with a theatre release date of May 25, 2012.

Page 55 of 61