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Saturday, 21 November 2020 17:04

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

November 21, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Adriana O

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Environmental Ed and brother of Jon Patch will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Turkey facts and Lore

Dear Friend and host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Turkey and non-Turkey dinners

David Frei co-host of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day will stop by to discuss this years show 11/21/20 at 720pm ET

Ask Ed Patchcoski if conservation works, and you’re likely to get an unqualified thumbs up.

The man who has served as Wyoming County’s federally designated District Conservationist since May of 1983 is stepping down at the end of this month.

Patchcoski’s love for the outdoors started in scouting, and he readily admits that unlike most of the people he initially served, he did not grow up on a farm.

With his dad a World War II veteran and mother a seamstress, Patchcoski grew up in the South Scranton/Moosic area and very much stayed close to the enduring values of family, which served him well in understanding why family farmers he would later serve stayed so close to the land.

He achieved the pinnacle of scouting by becoming an Eagle Scout in his teens, and by the early 1970s, he signed up for a Youth Conservation Corps program that essentially hooked him on the environment, and helped him see his role in helping to sustain it.

Patchcoski noted recently that he enrolled in Keystone College’s environmental science program run by Howard Jennings, and then went on to Penn State University’s main campus for a program in environmental resource management.

He said his first job was with the Lackawanna County Conservation District, and later went to Susquehanna County, then Westmoreland County in the western pat of the state before settling down in Wyoming County.

Patchcoski said he quickly learned that what had been taught from a textbook often bore little resemblance to what he faced in the field, and he realized that in order to succeed he would have to acquire some of it through a great deal of self study.

“What’s been so unique about my job is I’ve been able to work hands-on with private landowners, many of them farmers, in seeing how the soil can work for them,” Patchcoski said.

“There’s never been a dull moment, and each day presents itself with new challenges,” he added, noting that later in the day he would be visiting with a farmer who was concerned about a gas pipeline coming through that would disrupt some drain tile which had been put in years earlier so the farmer’s dad could successfully farm a field.

And, so it goes.

Although hired by the federal government initially to do a job through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service which provided technical assistance in controlling water and wind erosion of the soil, Patchcoski said that role changed in 1994 when a newly named agency - the Natural Resources Conservation Service - was directed to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources working with state and local agencies that had a similar mission.

He noted that his job was essentially still the same but rather than just deal with a landholder’s isolated problem he - and those he served - were more mindful of the impacts a single action might have on the bigger picture, usually downstream.

And, despite being paid by the government, Patchcoski said he has never seen himself as a bureaucrat, but rather as field technician ready to help facilitate what today are known as “best practices” in the areas of soil science, water quality and ecological restoration.

He readily acknowledges though that there have been moments where some farmers have seen him as an interloper, even though he says he’s really just there to help.

Patchcoski makes it clear that what he does is without regulatory power such as might be mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency or the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“There is good and bad with every project,” he said, and acknowledged that a constant across his nearly one-third of a century in Wyoming County - which is disected by the Susquehanna River and cris-crossed with creeks and streams - is flooding.

“The truth is money becomes available post-disaster,” he said, and “You’re suddenly presented with a new set of priorities with how to best manage the natural resources in front of you.”

He remembers vividly two projects he played an advisory role in and that was the rehabilitation of two former housing developments that led to municipal parks “which we enjoy today without thought of the upheavals faced just a generation earlier.”

He said lots of people go to Riverside Park and Lazybrook Park today and enjoy them for their recreational value, as they should.

Another project he likes to point to is the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds where this past summer a very extensive effort was unveiled employing gutters placed onto seven buildings to capture rainwater into an underground reservoir. Tanks holding a combined 15,000 gallons of water, are available for non-potable use, like washing down the animals.

In the past the runoff from the various roofs often left a considerable amount of mud on the fairgrounds not to mention animal waste that got washed into nearby wetlands changing their ecological character.

Patchcoski acknowledged such projects are not cheap with initial seed money coming from private donors, including gas companies.

“The truth is we’re all in this together,” Patchcoski said, “and need to be mindful of the bigger picture.”

He said that the biggest thing he will miss when Jan. 1 rolls around is the people.

“The best part of my job is the people I’ve had the privilege to work for,” Patchcoski said.

“Conservation never sleeps. It is a 24-7 task that demands our very best.”

ABOUT JAMIE GWEN

Jamie Gwen is a Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu Graduate, a Celebrity Chef, Syndicated Radio Host, Certified Sommelier and a seven-time Cookbook Author.  She is a featured contributor on KTLA Channel 5 in Southern California, on the Home Shopping Network (HSN), on national news shows and in print from coast-to-coast.

She shares her seasonal lifestyle approach and her passion for food on TV, the Radio and at public & private events nationwide and she brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show heard every weekend on 100 Radio Stations across the country.

Jamie writes for numerous lifestyle publications and her charismatic, engaging and interactive keynote speeches draw thousands annually to charity events, symposiums and conferences across the country.  She has been seen on The Food Network, Master Chef, The Talk, Martha Stewart, Emeril Live, Bravo TV, HGTV, DIY Network and more.  Jamie is committed to philanthropy and she loves movies, tennis and lunch!

 

NBC WILL BROADCAST 19TH ANNUAL ‘NATIONAL DOG SHOW’ ON THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 26 AT NOON IN ALL TIME ZONESJOHN O’HURLEY AND DAVID FREI RETURN TO CO-HOST THE CELEBRATEDCANINE COMPETITIONNEW YORK – Oct. 13, 2020 – NBC will present the 19th anniversary edition of thebeloved holiday special “The National Dog Show” airing Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 26, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s ThanksgivingDay Parade.”As previously announced, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia will once again hold itsannual all-breed dog show in November in Oaks, Penn. With full attention being givento state and local health and safety issues for activities during the COVID-19pandemic, and under the approving guidance of the Montgomery County Board ofCommissioners and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the club willstage a single, two-day show on Nov. 14-15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.“The National Dog Show” celebrates man’s best friend and will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,”“Dancing with the Stars”), and expert analyst David Frei, a longtime breeder-owner-handler and American Kennel Club judge. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillowill also offer her insights during the telecast.Last year a 2-year-old male Bulldog named Thor topped the 2,000-dog field to takehome the Best In Show title.Three new breeds will be on hand at the show for the first time this year, making atotal of 207 breeds and varieties sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC). TheBarbet (Sporting Group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, adense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. He’s an agile athlete with a bright,friendly nature. The Dogo Argentino (Working Group) is a strong and intelligenthunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar andmountain lion. He has a short white coat and expressive face. The Belgian Laekenois(Herding Group), like its three close Belgian relatives (Belgian Malinois, BelgianSheepdog, Belgian Tervuren), was originally used in police work. They all still dosome police work but are best known as athletic, hardworking herding dogs. TheLaekenois separates itself with its different coat color and texture, and a differentregion of origin.“The National Dog Show” is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation.The telecast reached nearly 25 million viewers during Thanksgiving week last year,delivering its third-best score in total viewers since its first broadcast in 2002. Theshow is part of a five-hour block of family programing on NBC, offering the country’s65 million pet-owning households a full afternoon of fun entertainment while raisingmoney for canine-related causes. For more information on “The National Dog Show,” visit:http://www.nationaldogshow.comBreed descriptions and more information can be found athttps://nds.nationaldogshow.com/event-info/the-seven-groups/Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @NBC.MEDIA

 
 
Friday, 20 November 2020 20:36

The Last Vermeer

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

The Last Vermeer

Imperative Entertainment, NL Film and TriStar Pictures present an R rated, 117 minute, Drama, directed by Dan Friedkin, written by Jonathan Lopez and based on the book “The Man Who Made Vermeers”, with a theater release date of November 20, 2020.

Saturday, 14 November 2020 15:42

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

November 14, 2020

Host  - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Cindy -Lou Thompson author of A Masterclass in Needle Felting Dogs will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/14/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her book

Tavor White, Chew Executive Officer of Chews Happiness will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/14/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his delicious and healthy Barkaron dog treats

OUR MISSION

For you, your pet, and the planet™

Welcome to Chews Happiness: Handcrafted Dog Treat Bakery and Gifts for Dogs

Our mission is to spread happiness to you, your pet, our global neighbors and the planet. By taking a holistic approach to business and the world, our goal is to create a never-ending Happiness Cycle for pets, people, and the planet.

When you give your pet our gourmet doggie desserts, you can feel confident that…

  • Each creation we offer is thoroughly tested for quality and safety.
  • A fair wage is paid to workers in the USA and abroad.
  • Animals and people are treated humanely and ethically.
  • Sustainability is always a top priority.
  • We stand behind our products 100%
  • You’re giving a product as unique and special as your dog.
Join us on The Path to Chew Happiness™. Learn more about us, our special macarons for dogs and other dog gifts…

MEET US

Chews Happiness high-quality artisan dog treat bakery was founded by two people with a shared longing and a dream. Tavor White and Meeta Gawande wanted to break out of the doldrums associated with their cutthroat corporate careers and dedicate themselves to doing good for the planet.​

During a trip to Bhutan, they were inspired by the country’s commitment to Gross National Happiness, a concept that focuses less on making money and more on protecting the environment, people, and culture.​

After returning to the U.S., Tavor and Meeta got married, moved to the Colorado mountains, and expanded their family to include a puppy named Bouncer. Like so many pet parents, they wanted the best for their little bundle of joy. However, they soon learned that finding safe, high-quality pet products with “good vibes” wasn’t easy. It was at this point that they got an idea.

Why not create great products like gourmet Barkaron French macaron dog treats that promote happiness for people, their pets and the planet?​

And so, Chews Happiness was born!

 

Barkaron® Decadent Doggie Desserts®

 
 

Special Holiday Dog Gift!

Buy 2 Barkaron Gift Boxes and Get a Free Happiness Pals® Dog Toy (a $21.99 – $24.99 value)! (specific toy model may vary)

 

Happiness Hugs® Dog Sweaters

 
 

Special Holiday Dog Gift:

Buy a Happiness Hugs dog sweater and get a FREE Barkaron® Dog Gift Box! ($24 value)

ABOUT THE BOOK
The art of needle felting dogs can produce amazingly hyper-realistic – almost taxidermic – results, and with a little know-how, some needles and wool, and a few inexpensive accessories, you, too, can needle felt like a professional.

If you have ever wanted to improve your needle felting and take it to a whole new level to create lifelike dogs, this book, by world class needle felting master Cindy-Lou Thompson of Chicktin Creations, will show you how.

Covering four different breeds of dog (Dachshund, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle), with step-by-step instructions and photos, Cindy takes you through the processes of creating different body shapes, proportions, armatures, coats, and blending, as well as realistic accessories such as eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and nails.

Learn how to achieve a professional finish with different textured coats, clipping and shaping, and finishing off, using a variety of mediums and methods, some of which Cindy has designed and developed herself, and never revealed ... until now.

A Masterclass in needle felting dogs by Cindy-Lou Thompson

ISBN: 9781787113831
UPC: 6-36847-01383-7

AVAILABLE NOW!

£14.99(UK), $17.99(US), 23.99(CAN)

BULLET POINTS
• Step-by-step instructions showing how to create your own needle felted masterpiece
• Includes never before seen techniques from a master of needle felting
• Make your own hyper-realistic needle felted dog
• Create a lasting tribute to your own beloved dog
• Focusing on four breeds of dog and different methods of creation
• Learn Chicktin Creations’ own secrets of needle felting
• An essential book for any needle felter of animals
• Create four different highly realistic dogs, from start to finish
• A needle felting master class in the comfort of your own home
• Now you can learn the secrets of needle felting realistic dogs



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cindy was raised by her grandmother, who had a very successful business boarding, training & breeding dogs. Cindy drew on this experience during her working life, training security dogs in Barbados, and later as a dog warden in the UK.

Her childhood hobby of making pipe-cleaner dogs, and her talent for art and crafts, became the basis of her creative work today. Serious illness and sepsis prompted the start of Cindy's needle felting journey: needing something to occupy her during a slow recovery, self-taught Cindy has become world class in this addictive craft, naturally specialising in breeds of dog.
Place of birth: St Neots, HUNTINGDON • Hometown: EAST KIRKBY • Nearest city: Lincoln

SPECIFICATION
HH5383 • Paperback • 25x17.6cm • £14.99 • 128 pages • 339 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-83-1 • UPC: 6-36847-01383-7
Saturday, 07 November 2020 16:45

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

November 7, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Robert Duffy compiled and edited An Essential guide to Britain's 20 most popular breeds, Which Dog? and he will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss and give away the book

SynopsisThere are around 10 million dogs in the U.K. and many are chosen because they look cute and cuddly as a puppy. Which Dog? helps would-be dog owners avoid the pitfalls and problems that can so easily occur as the puppy grows into a dog.They may be cute and cuddly as a puppy but what will they grow up to be?It is true to say that most dogs share common characteristics but there are many traits that are particular to individual breeds.Some dogs need constant exercise and can run their owners off their feet; some rarely want to leave the house.Some enjoy the company a family can give; some like to remain alone and aloof.Some dogs are extremely low maintenance whilst others cry for constant care.The list goes on...Which Dog? guides the new owner through the most popular breeds and gives an insight into the way a puppy can develop into a perfect member of the family.Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, and full of facts’, this book is not only an essential guide but also a pleasure for all the family to enjoy.

E-Book copy for your pleasure

 

 


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