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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Hosts

Remembering Bella Day – June 2, 2012

A Special Event to Honor the Inspirational Relationship between

A Dog Named Bella and Her Elephant Tarra

HOHENWALD, TENN. (May 23, 2012) – The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee’s Welcome Center in Hohenwald, TN is hosting a day of special activities to honor the memory of Bella, the little stray dog who befriended the Sanctuary’s founding elephant Tarra and captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world. Remembering Bella Day will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 11:00AM – 4:00 PM at the Welcome Center on 27 E. Main St. in Hohenwald, located approximately four miles from the elephant habitat. In honor of Bella and the unique relationship she shared with Tarra, The Elephant Sanctuary is also encouraging the public to adopt a homeless stray from their local humane shelter in Bella’s memory during the month of June.

For eight years, Bella and Tarra were inseparable, swimming in ponds, wandering trails, exploring meadows, and resting side by side in the sunshine on their 2700 acre Sanctuary.

Steve Hartman introduced the unlikely duo to the world in a 2009 segment for CBS Evening News, and Tarra and Bella’s story quickly went viral on the internet, inspiring people around the world. Of the two, Hartman said,They harbor no fears, no secrets, no prejudices. Just two living creatures who somehow managed to look past their immense differences.

When Bella sustained an injury in 2007, Tarra held vigil for weeks outside of the Asian Barn at The Elephant Sanctuary, waiting for her companion to recover. In October of 2011, Bella passed away, apparently a victim of a coyote attack, and Tarra’s devotion to Bella was shown in a final act of friendship: Tarra picked up Bella’s body and cradling her in her trunk, carried her home.

At Bella’s passing, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee established The Bella Fund—a memorial fund to honor Bella’s life at The Elephant Sanctuary and her friendship with Tarra. Donations to The Bella Fund support both the ongoing care of the resident elephants as well as the care of strays, like Bella, who wander into Hohenwald seeking sanctuary and friendship. A portion of the proceeds from The Bella Fund are used to support local humane associations and their efforts to care for strays in need of a permanent home.

Remembering Bella Day activities will include a presentation from their Caregivers about Bella and Tarra’s inspirational friendship, a photo display of their history at The Sanctuary, a Pet Adoption Day where visitors can adopt a Hohenwald stray in honor of Bella, and a presentation of contributions from The Bella Fund to support High Forest Humane Society.

Sanctuary Board Member, dog rescuer and author Sharon Langford will also be on hand for a book signing and all proceeds will benefit The Bella Fund. In her book, “Living with the Rescues,” she shares inspirations and life lessons she learned from her rescued dogs.

For a complete schedule of the day’s events and more information about Remembering Bella Day, The Bella Fund, and The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, please visit www.elephants.com

Calendar of Events: Remembering Bella Day

When: June 2, 2012 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee’s Welcome Center

27 E. Main St. Hohenwald, TN 38462

Schedule of Events: Pet Adoption Day 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A Book Signing of “Living with the Rescues” by author Sharon Langford 12:30-2:30 PM

Presentation on Tarra and Bella’s friendship by their Caregivers 2:30 PM

Contribution from The Bella Fund presented to High Forest Humane Society 3:30 PM

About The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the nation's largest habitat for needy elephants and provides a spacious and natural environment in which elephants, retired from circuses and zoos, can spend their remaining years in peace. Established in 1995, the 2,700 acre non-profit Sanctuary is located 2 hours south of Nashville in rural Tennessee and to date has provided a safe haven for 24 elephants in need. After a life on exhibit and entertaining the public, to ensure minimal intrusion on the sanctity of their Sanctuary, the elephants’ habitat is not open to the public.

The Elephant Sanctuary is, however, dedicated to education, and has installed a unique system of solar powered, wireless cameras ("Elecams") throughout the three habitats, providing non-invasive opportunities for observation and education through the website www.elephants.com, through Distance Learning Programs to schools and community groups around the country, and also with Caregiver Presentations at The Welcome Center located several miles from the elephant habitat.



When members of Navy SEAL Team Six raided Osama bin Laden's compound on that now infamous night last spring, they didn't go in alone. They were joined by Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who captured America’s heart and imagination with his furry and heroic swagger. Now journalist Maria Goodavage, an editor and featured writer at the popular website, Dogster, goes behind the gated government facilities to discover the untold stories of military working dogs and handlers across all four services.


Goodavage, a former USA Today reporter, provides an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loyal warriors. A detailed account driven by extensive “boots-on-the-ground” reporting, SOLDIER DOGS recounts the tales of dozens of incredible military working dogs, including the legendary Lars J274, a scrappy 15-pound Jack Russell terrier and seven-year veteran who sniffs out explosives on submarines, as well as Fenji M675, an IED-seeking dog on the treacherous front lines in Afghanistan. Moving beyond the schools where dogs and handlers first earn their chops, Goodavage speaks with dog-cognition experts about why dogs love nothing more than a mission with someone they trust—even if they have to rappel from helicopters deep in enemy territory.

Soldier dogs are an invaluable, limited-in-number asset to military operations, but some, like their human allies, return from missions too scarred from battle to ever resume active service. This occurrence has recently led military veterinarians to officially recognize canine post-traumatic stress disorder. Goodavage discusses canine PTSD in SOLDIER DOGS, where we meet Buck P027, a chocolate Lab suffering from this affliction.

Heartwarming and informative, this book is the perfect read for dog lovers, military enthusiasts, and anyone wondering how the dogs who share their homes and lives could possibly be related to these helicopter-jumping, explosives-seeking canine heroes.



Maria Goodavage, a former reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, is the news editor and a featured writer for Dogster.com, and author of three other dog-oriented books.


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Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act creates new designation for
retired military dogs and sets up a system of care

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the “Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act.” This legislation streamlines the adoption process for military dogs and ensures veterinary care for retired dogs at no expense to taxpayers. Originally introduced in the House by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., the language was passed by the House today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

Military dogs effectively perform a large number of important tasks that can be difficult, if not impossible, for humans. Despite their unique importance, they are currently classified by the Department of Defense as “equipment.” Not only does this classification trivialize the dogs’ contributions, but it also makes it difficult to transport retired dogs from foreign locations back to the United States for adoption.

This legislation reclassifies military dogs as “Canine Members of the Armed Forces” and bars the military from considering the dogs as equipment. The bill also streamlines the adoption process for retired dogs and directs the Department of Defense to provide for their veterinary care, paid for and administered by a private non-profit entity.

“Military dogs are true heroes—they play a critical role in our nation’s defense,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Military dogs should be humanely trained and responsibly cared for during and after their important service to their country. We thank the House of Representatives, and Rep. Jones, for ensuring good care for retired military dogs.”

“It is time that we as a nation recognize the importance and contributions of military working dogs,” said Representative Jones. “And this can be done by elevating their status to Canine Members of the Armed Forces. These dogs are a crucial asset to the U.S. Armed Forces and have saved countless American lives during the past decade of conflict.”

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act is still awaiting consideration in the Senate (S. 2134), where companion legislation has been introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. For more information about this legislation and to join the ASPCA’s Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org/Home/Fight-Animal-Cruelty/Advocacy-Center.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One 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. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

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


Collaboration promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week®

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (May 18, 2012) – Of the 4.7 million Americans victimized annually by dog bites, more than half are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Veterinarians, the U.S. Postal Service, the medical community and the insurance industry are working together to educate the public that dog bites are preventable.

As part of this effort, the Postal Service is releasing its top 25 dog-attack city rankings to postal employees to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, May 20-26. The annual event provides dog-attack prevention tips, information on responsible pet ownership and medical treatments tips if attacked.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Postal Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Insurance Information Institute and Prevent the Bite are driving home the message that dog bites are a nationwide issue and that education can help prevent dog bites to people of all ages.

“Children between the ages of five and nine years old, engaged in everyday activities with their own or a neighbor’s dog, are the most frequent victims of dog bites,” said AVMA President Dr. René Carlson. “We all want to protect our children from dog bites, and one of the best ways to do that is by properly training and socializing our dogs.”

The AVMA offers the following tips:

How to Avoid Being Bitten

· Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.

· Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.

· If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

· Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.

· Don’t bother a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

· People choosing to pet dogs should obtain permission from the owner first and always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.

· If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

· If you are knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.

How to be a Responsible Dog Owner

  • Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs.
  • When letter carriers and others who are not familiar with your dog come to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room.
  • Dogs can be protective of their territory and may interpret the actions of others as a threat.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to roam and to bite.
  • Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time, frequently turn into biters.

“Given the right circumstances, any dog can bite,” said Dr. Carlson. “By acting responsibly, owners not only reduce dog bite injuries, but also enhance the relationship they have with their dog.”

Watch the AVMA video for tips on dog bite prevention or download the following AVMA resources to learn more:

What you should know about dog bite prevention brochure
Tips on how to avoid being bitten, as well as what to do if you are bitten by a dog. The brochure also addresses what you need to do if your dog bites someone.

NEW: Backgrounder: The role of breed in dog bite risk and prevention
This backgrounder reviews and provides scientific context on dog breeds and their purported tendencies to bite.

A community approach to dog bite prevention (PDF)
The American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions has produced this report intended to help state and local leaders develop effective dog bite prevention programs in their communities.

The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD
This innovative dog-bite prevention program is designed to help parents and children safely interact with dogs both inside and outside their home.
The program is geared toward children from 3 to 6 years old. It's the only dog-bite educational tool scientifically proven to help young children learn behaviors that can keep them safe.

Bilingual Dog Bite Prevention activity/coloring book
Teach children about different ways to avoid dog bites, by educating them on how, or if, they should approach a dog.

For more information, please visit, www.avma.org.


Musician’s Rescued Dog Center Of DNA-Guessing Contest To Benefit Animal Charity, Live Show Set To Announce Winners

Nashville, TN – Randy Kohrs, a Grammy-winning producer and musician, is hosting a rather unconventional contest to raise money for Agape Animal Rescue. Dubbed “Wutt’s The Mutt?”, the contest centers on one of Kohrs’ rescued mixed-breed canines, a female named Coulter.

“My wife, Ashley, rescued her from the Metro Animal Control facility a couple of days after the flood, where she was going to be put down soon, and we’ve always wondered exactly what kind of dog she was,” Kohrs says. “As a birthday gift to Ashley, I arranged for Coulter to have her DNA tested and the mystery to finally be solved.”

Coulter is one of two rescue dogs the couple has acquired, and they spend their days entertaining clients at Kohrs’ Slack Key Studio in Nashville – to the point that they’ve even been thanked in CD liner notes by some of those clients!

“The artists and musicians that come through here always ask what she is, and we would joke that we should start a betting pool for it. Then, we just thought, ‘why not do that?’ Only, instead of it being a gamble, make it a contest that would help other homeless animals,” he explains. “Ashley asked Tanya Willis, the head of Agape Animal Rescue, if they’d like to be the recipients of the proceeds, and it’s all come together really fast as a result!”

Participants in the “Wutt’s the Mutt” contest will donate $5 to guess what they believe to be the top three breeds that make up the dog in question. The top three winners will be announced on June 2nd, 2012, at the Station Inn in Nashville at the Randy Kohrs & Friends Jam Benefiting Agape Animal Rescue show, where proceeds from ticket sales will also go to the charity (discounts for participants). Prizes will include autographed CD’s from some of Slack Key Studio’s clients, including award-winning singer-songwriters, Jim Lauderdale and Larry Cordle, as well as other treats for both people and pets.

For more information on how to submit your guess, as well as see pictures and video footage of Coulter, visit the “Wutt’s the Mutt? Contest” page at www.slackkeystudio.com.

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30, 2012) – Fifty percent of dogs aged 10 years or older develop cancer at some point during their lives. To help dog owners better understand the treatment options, cutting-edge research and ways to support canine cancer research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) today launches a public awareness and fundraising campaign to kick off Pet Cancer Awareness Month, May 1-31, 2012.

“Cancer affects all dogs,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer. “Canine cancer research is a major funding priority of our parent clubs and individual supporters. As stewards of their contributions, we make sure that cancer research continues to be a major component of our research portfolio.”

CHF is the most highly regarded organization funding sound, scientific research exclusively for dogs. Since 1995 CHF has funded nearly $8.3 million in canine cancer research. This research has provided breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnosis and has helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. CHF-funded research has a broad impact, extending beyond dogs to having application to human cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The public awareness and fundraising campaign runs through the month of May and uses social media and online outreach, podcasts and website features to promote not only CHF-funded research, but information on different types of canine cancer, care for dogs with cancer and other cancer-related health resources. The podcasts release schedule and topics are:

· Thursday, April 26: CHF Cancer Research, with Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer

· Thursday, May 3: Cancer Research Infrastructure, with Dr. Bruce Smith, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

· Thursday, May 17: Hemangiocarcinoma Research, with Dr. Jaime Modiano, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

· Thursday, May 31: Osteosarcoma Research, with Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University

Dog owners and dog lovers are encouraged to take part in the Foundation’s goal to help raise funds for canine health research through two special honor and memorial gift programs. The Celebration Wall is a special online photo gallery in memory of much loved dogs. This memorial is a fitting tribute for dogs that have died from cancer or another disease. For more information about the Celebration Wall, visit www.akcchf.org/celebrationwall.

Heroes for Health Research pages are custom-built personal donation webpages. Pages can be created for any canine hero – whether it is a dog battling cancer or a dog that has been a great companion. Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to donate to their page. For more information about Hero for Health Research, visit www.akcchf.org/heropages.

Contributions raised through the Celebration Wall and Hero for Health Research will help CHF advance the health of all dogs by funding sound, scientific research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

For more information about Pet Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.akcchf.org/cancer.

To make contributions directly for canine health research, visit the CHF website at www.akcchf.org and click on the “Donate Today” button or text “dog” to 20222 to make a $5 donation.

To keep up-to-date on podcast releases, articles, and facts during Pet Cancer Awareness Month, like CHF at www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow CHF on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.

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About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.



ASPCA transports 43 dogs from New Orleans, La. to St. Hubert’s in Madison, N.J.

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) teamed up with the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) in New Orleans, La., AnimalWorks in Alcoa, Tenn. and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. to relocate 43 dogs in a transport operation this week.

The transport—which began at the LA/SPCA in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday morning—made a stop at AnimalWorks, a spay/neuter clinic in Alcoa, Tenn., that provided staff and volunteers to help walk and care for the dogs before moving on to St. Hubert’s, where they arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Some of the dogs were then picked up by three New Jersey rescue partners who have agreed to help with placement: Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City; Jersey Shore Animal Center in Brick; and Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown. The dogs, which are a mix of different ages, sizes and breeds – including a nine-month old, 118 lb. Great Dane puppy named Leo – now will have a better chance to find a home as St. Hubert’s and the rescue partners place them up for adoption.

This week’s transport operation is the first of several between the LA/SPCA and St. Hubert’s in the coming months. Each transport will bring approximately 40-60 dogs from the Southeast—where there is an oversupply of them—to shelters in the Northeast where these types of dogs are in higher demand. The ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative will fund all of the transports, which will occur once a month.

“The ASPCA Relocation Initiative works collaboratively to assist animals at risk, moving them to where they have the greatest opportunity to find a home,” said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community outreach for the ASPCA. “In much of the South where euthanasia rates are high, there are no shelters within the region or even in surrounding states that can absorb these animals. The most viable solution is to transport animals to areas of the country where they are most likely to be adopted. St. Hubert’s and their partners are providing a second chance for these dogs.”

“In our mission to advocate for animals in Louisiana, we have formed partnerships across the country with amazing organizations, like St. Hubert’s and Animalworks as well as the ASPCA, that are dedicated to saving the lives of animals everywhere,” said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the LA/SPCA. “We are all united around a common goal to find forever homes for animals in need and this opportunity provides many animals in our community a second chance.”

“AnimalWorks is so pleased to have played a role in this life-saving effort,” said Jim Tedford, director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances at PetSafe, and AnimalWorks board member. “We recognize that the law of supply and demand also applies to our animal companions and are thrilled to see these remarkable dogs find their way to a part of the country where they are in great demand. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State for good reason. The outpouring of support has been heartwarming. Our volunteers are anxiously awaiting the next transport!”

“St. Hubert’s is proud to be a part of this well organized, collaborative effort,” said St. Hubert’s President & CEO Heather Cammisa. “Working together we’re able to do that much more for animals, communities and the cause.”

Late last year, the ASPCA issued a $100,000 grant to the LA/SPCA for a transport vehicle, which will enable them to transport animals in the event of natural disasters, for spay/neuter services and to transport animals to rescue partners in N.J. The LA/SPCA vehicle currently is being manufactured and outfitted for use. Until its completion, Loving Friends Transport in Clearwater, Fla. is providing the transport services.

In addition to the ASPCA Animal Relocation Team, the LA/SPCA, AnimalWorks and St. Hubert’s, this transport operation was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the following groups:

  • Humane Society of Atlantic County, Jersey Shore Animal Center, and Monmouth County SPCA – St. Hubert’s rescue partners in N.J. that converged at St. Hubert’s to each take some of the animals;
  • PetSafe – for providing leadership and volunteers for the mid-way care of animals at AnimalWorks;
  • University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine – for providing veterinarians and veterinary students who performed health checks at AnimalWorks to ensure continued health and safety during the trip; and
  • Loving Friends Transport – for providing the transport vehicle and services until LA/SPCA’s new transport vehicle is ready.

Stay tuned to the ASPCA’s blog early next week for photos and video from the transport operation.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one 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. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.

About the Louisiana SPCA
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an organization devoted to improving the lives of animals and eliminating the homelessness, neglect and abuses that signal animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, our history has been paved with an understanding that only through an improved human-animal ethic can we better the lives of companion animals and that of our community. Our programs and services are infused with the highest standards of care and compassion. www.la-spca.org.

About St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, animal assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. St. Hubert's Animal Center has shelters in Madison and North Branch, N.J. and a Dog Training School in Madison, N.J. For more information about St. Hubert's, call (973) 377-7094, or you may visit St. Hubert's on the Web at: www.sthuberts.org.

About AnimalWorks
Founded in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, AnimalWorks is a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic located in Alcoa, Tenn. From 2001 to 2011, AnimalWorks also served as an animal adoption center, placing more than 55,000 pets into loving homes. In 2011, AnimalWorks refocused its core mission and began working exclusively on low-cost spay/neuter services. AnimalWorks has performed over 26,700 spay/neuter surgeries to-date, and has no residency requirements or income restrictions for its clientele. For more information on AnimalWorks, please visit www.animalworkstn.org.


Ithaca, NY Company, Bionexus, Introduces First Natural Skin Care Lotion for Dogs Containing Standardized Nigella sativa Extracts

Bionexus® launches DogsBestFriend™, an all natural, lotion for hot spots, insect bites, allergies, calluses, and itchy or dry skin, formulated with the first supercritical fluid extract of Nigella sativa and standardized thymoquinone content.

Ithaca, NY April 17, 2012 – Dr. Linda M. Pacioretty, Bionexus CEO, today announced the national market launch of the Company’s first canine product, DogsBestFriend™. This innovative, all natural, skin-care lotion for dogs combines one of the oldest traditional medicines, Nigella sativa seed oils, with the newest extraction technology, supercritical fluid extraction. The result is a breakthrough, natural replacement for hydrocortisone, antihistamines and topical antibiotics powerful enough to help combat dermal inflammation, itching, bacterial and fungal infections and pain, yet safe enough to use on dogs of all ages. 
Bionexus’ patent-pending, GellX™ extraction technology and proprietary combination process, produces a healing, moisturizing lotion that contains a unique, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, thymoquinone, retinoids, and mixed tocopherols without the use of toxic chemicals. 

“DogsBestFriend is the result of seven years of laboratory studies with thymoquinone and N. sativa extracts,” added Dr. John G. Babish, Bionexus’ Chairman and Chief Science Officer.

Bionexus became interested in N. sativa while characterizing the anti-inflammatory activity of thymoquinone in several cell-culture systems. In the laboratory, however, commercial sources of N. sativa oil did not reproduce the anti-inflammatory effects of thymoquinone. This inconsistency led to a five-year search for an extraction process that would produce reliably potent, anti-inflammatory extracts from N. sativa seeds. Bionexus’ GellX™ patent-pending, nontoxic extraction and recombination technology represents the cumulative efforts of this work.

The national launch of DogsBestFriend follows four-months of test marketing in the northeast. Describing this period, Dr. Pacioretty noted, “Our early clinical testing suggested hot-spot remission could be seen in as little as one day. While this result seemed too good to be expected commercially, our test market customers also noticed the surprisingly rapid relief offered by DogsBestFriend was unlike any product they had previously used.” Typical customer comments regarding hot spots included, “…after only two applications, the hot spot was completely dried up,” and “My dog has never had a hot spot that she didn’t need oral antibiotics to clear up … THRILLED with this product.”

Dog owners also praised DogsBestFriend’s anti-itch and moisturizing qualities: “I put it on my girl who had scratched herself raw and it soothed her skin. In a few days her skin was healed up. We love this product.”

Contact Bionexus’ pet marketing division Brookton Labs at www.brooktonlabs.com for purchasing information and LIKE us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DogsBestFriendLotion).

About Bionexus

Bionexus® Ltd. utilizes a product development model similar to that of the pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on natural ingredients and commercial products for eczema, osteoarthritis, obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans and pets.

So, just who IS Arden Moore? Well, let’s go back to my childhood. I grew up in a Brady Bunch-like family in a town called Crown Point, located in Northwest Indiana. Until winning a couple high school state titles in girls’ basketball in the 1980s, this sleepy Hoosier town had earned notoriety as the place where bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the county jail in the 1930s by fooling the local sheriff with a “gun” carved from a bar of soap and blackened with shoe polish. I was fortunate to grow up on the outskirts of town with a backyard that rolled into the shoreline of a fresh water lake. Summers found me training my cat, Corky, to swim and learning how to turn double plays on the softball diamond. Winters were spent building snow-fortified forts and going full throttle on the family snow mobile across the frozen lake surface.

By my first year in high school, I quickly learned that my future would not be in the world of music. After all, there is not a big demand for people who play the glockenspiel, so I cajoled the editor of the local weekly newspaper into hiring me to be a sports writer. I discovered I liked putting nouns and verbs together far more than trying to strike the right note on a too-heavy metal instrument with a mallet. As a corn-fed Hoosier, I valued my Midwest roots, but knew I needed to experience other places. My insatiable curiosity led me to spending the next 20 years chasing stories as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Indiana and Florida. From there, I entered the publishing world at the family-owned Rodale Press located in another sleepy town — this one called Emmaus, Pennsylvania. At Rodale, my “day job” was health writer for the book division, but I moonlighted as a writer for their new magazine called Pets: Part of the Family. There, I realized that I could tap my love of writing and interviewing to help people become healthier and to tout the power of pets. Pets and people — that’s what I am all about. In fact, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t at least one tail-wagger in my life. Today, I happily share my home in Oceanside, California with two dogs, two cats, and an often-used vacuum cleaner. Never did I imagine growing up as a glockenspiel-playing teen-ager in Crown Point would I some day see my name on dozens of books and hundreds of magazine articles. I feel fortunate to have hit the right note — finally!

Did You Know Mitt Romney is Listed in Two National Animal Cruelty Databases?

New Web Video from Dogs Against Romney asks: Should We Have a President Who Isn’t Even Qualified to Adopt a Pet?

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Gulf Shores, AL -- Mitt Romney’s admission that he transported his pet strapped on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour drive has spawned countless late night jokes. Romney himself tries to laugh it off, but we’ve learned new information that is no laughing matter.

Abusing animals has consequences – consequences not even Mitt Romney can avoid. In the wake of his campaign’s 2007 revelation of the “dog-on-roof story,” Mitt Romney’s name was listed by two national animal cruelty registries used to track animal abuse offenders.

The first, Pet-Abuse.com, is based in Southfields, NY and is connected to the national Animal Abuse Registry Database Administration System (AARDAS). According to its website, the registry provides “a database enabling animal adoption agencies to research potential adopters for possible prior abuse history within and across state and national lines."

Mitt Romney’s listing in the Pet-Abuse.com registry is for “neglect/abandonment” and can be found here: http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/11676/MA/US/

The second registry listing Romney is Inhumane.org , a New Hampshire organization that is part of the New Hampshire Governor's Task Force for the Humane Treatment of Animals. It bills itself as "a resource for any organization that deals with animal adoptions.”

Mitt Romney’s listing in the Inhumane.org registry can be found here: http://www.inhumane.org/data/MRomney.htm

Both registries are maintained so that animal welfare organizations, Humane Law Enforcement officials, animal shelters, rescue operations, and breeders can share information about animal abuse offenders and conduct background checks before allowing people to adopt or purchase a pet.

Bottom line: Should the United States of America have a president who isn’t even qualified to adopt a pet?

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