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John Hussey

CEO/Founder of CUDDLY

BIOGRAPHY

 

For the past 19 years, National Football League referee John Hussey has enjoyed an exciting career calling penalties, calculating down and distance numbers, and officially controlling a game played by some of the fastest, meanest, strongest, and most physically intimidating men on the planet.

He has worked on several playoff assignments including 3 Championship Games, 5 Wild Card games, 3 Divisional games and a Pro Bowl. In 2011, he was a Linejudge in the highest-level game of his NFL career at Super Bowl XLV (Green Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas, TX). Most recently, he served as the Alternate Referee in this year’s 2020 Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Off the field, John spends his time rescuing animals in desperate need -- a pet project that has turned into an unexpected yet rewarding second career.

As the Founder and CEO of CUDDLY, John launched a purpose-driven company that helps animal rescue organizations create their own fundraisers, organize wish lists, and gain support for initiatives that save animals in the most critical of conditions. With over 2,000 animal welfare partnerships worldwide, CUDDLY helps these nonprofit organizations raise funds, awareness and assistance by providing them with essential online marketing and financing tools, including online fundraisers tied to the sale of pet products or through monetary donations.

John has been married to his wife Paula for 23 years. The couple have three wonderful children and a dog named Benji.

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The Benefits of Pets for Kids During COVID-19 

Many children are experiencing a lot of fear because of the pandemic which turns into various forms of anxiety and sadness.  Parents need to tune in to each child and create a loving and nurturing environment in these uncertain times. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and continuously tell them you are there for them is key to supporting well-being and social development.

As humans we all need to feel socially connected.  Creating special family and friend times over the computer, distance activities in the park, and engaging in art projects to express love and support to others supports human connections.  Long term we are uncertain have children will feel and each one is unique.  Emphasizing resiliency is key to our mental health.

In caring and loving a pet, all family members thrive and feel better through this personal connection: unconditional love.  Even teaching children how to care for an animal, creates an emotional connection and enhances our purpose to give to others.

Children and Youth of all ages are impacted by fear and loss of human interaction.  Older children have increased cognitive abilities to understand feelings but may feel more isolated and hesitant to share with their parents or an older sibling because they are worried about being judged. Supporting all children to express their feelings is the key with love and support in return creates the security we all need in these trying times.

Feeling in control with so much uncertainty about what will happen next about school, work or family life a pet can be a constant for everyone and make people happy, have purpose and an opportunity to give back.

Pets make all people feel wanted and loved and needed.

Many dogs and cats may need homes since shelters and rescues had to close or have limited staff.  First, sit down and make this a family decision and recognize that kids of all ages may say they will do the work to care for a per but in reality Parent(s) have to ultimately take responsibility for the care of any animal:  Do you have the time? What benefits do you see for all your children?  Can your family afford the costs of caring for a pet: food, medical and other items. Make sure you explore the responsibilities of taking on a puppy or kitten, an untrained or trained pet, and what is involved?  Also realize everyone gets attached to a pet and they may get sick or die at one point which will impact your family.  That is life but given the age of your children and the age of the pet exploring this issue as adults is important.

Focus on positive life experiences and recognize each child’s unique temperament which will enhance the mental and social wellbeing of everyone in your family.  Continue to connect safely with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors: always social distance, wash your and each child’s hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds, and Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® call for emotional help at 1-855-427=2736 got Parents, Children and Youth!

From the publisher of B. Kliban’s Cat, All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, and Bad Cat, comes a new book that answers the question all cat lovers ask: How do I make my cat like me?

97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You is the perfect interactive guide to these mysterious, fickle, seemingly aloof—yet really, just particular—pets. Paired with a full-color photograph of friendly, extroverted, happy cats (in case you’ve forgotten what a cat looks like when he “likes” you), the 97 inspired, occasionally silly but always behaviorally-based tips and tricks prove that when a cat is treated right, he or she will respond in kind. Within reason.

There’s the “Eye on the Ball”—record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. “Cat Burrito”—wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet. The “Boing, Boing!”—wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go “boing” when pressed. The classic “Tickle, Tickle”—tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say “gitchy, gitchy, gitchy” in your highest-pitched voice. And for the cat owner willing to go the distance, the “There’s No Business Like Show Business”—practice your best Ethel Merman by belting out favorite show tunes for your cat. Kitty won’t care if you’re off-key and she’ll enjoy the stimulation.

Carol Kaufmann is the author of 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You and co-author of the bestselling Photicular books SafariOcean, and Polar. A freelance writer and editor, her work for National Geographic and other publications has taken her to all corners of the globe, from the Pacific Ocean’s floor to the top the Atlas Mountains. In addition to National Geographic, her writing has appeared in the New York Times’ Draft column, Reader’s Digest, where she was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington PostGeorge, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. She is also the author of the ebook, MamaTricks. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Talkin' Pets News

July 18, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Hour 1 at 5pm ET Becky Robinson - Covid & Cats, Kitten Advice - Alley Cat Allies... 

Johnna Devereax, CPN (Clinical Pet Nutritionist) for Bow Wow Labs will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 07/18/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away Bow Wow Labs products

New Yummy Combs® Provide Dogs with Dental Flossing and an Impressive Dose
of Nutrition All in One Chew
Combination of patented honeycomb design and nutritious ingredients re-shape the dog
treat category
Kansas City (April 28, 2020) — Cleaning a dog’s teeth has never been easier, safer and
more nutritious, thanks to a unique, great tasting dental chew launching this month at
PetSmart stores nationwide.
Co-created by thought leaders in veterinary and food science, Yummy Combs® infuse a
unique shape with 44 percent protein and a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals to
not only promote canine oral care but also boost energy, joint health, mobility and total
wellness.
“Yummy Combs are a new plateau in dog treats,” says Joe Roetheli, serial pet product
entrepreneur and co-inventor of Yummy Combs. He and his wife, Judy, co-founded
Pet’s Pet’s Best Life, a company dedicated to improving pet health and nutrition, which
is launching Yummy Combs as its first product.
“The functional, innovative shape is different by design to address serious oral health
and safety issues including the number one disease in dogs — periodontal disease —
as well as gulping. Plus, Yummy Combs contain a complete and balanced formula of ingredients
including much more protein than conventional treats. Yummy Combs are different
from your run-of-the mill pet treats inside and outside.”
A breakthrough in canine oral care
Yummy Combs have a patented six-sided perimeter filled with small hexagonal pockets.
This patented design fosters teeth flossing to the gum line — deterring gingivitis and
periodontal disease — while the hard-inner hexagonal walls help scrape and clean
teeth. The thin walls of Yummy Combs allow dogs to break down the chew, speeding
solubility and digestion, and the wide design helps deter gulping. Yummy Combs come
in five sizes to align with your dog’s weight classification.
“It is very important to feed the proper size treat for your dog’s weight,” says Roetheli.
“Our team remains very conscious of safety in developing the shape and five sizes of
Yummy Combs.”
Although regular visits to the veterinarian remain the gold standard for the assessment
and treatment of canine dental issues, Yummy Combs were conceived to provide a safe
means for chipping away at the buildup of tartar and plaque on dogs’ teeth, precursors
to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Veterinarians with clinical expertise in canine dentistry have endorsed the novel shape
and its benefits. According to Dr. Jan Bellows, past president of the American Veterinary
Dental College, the Veterinary Dental Forum and the Foundation for Veterinary
Dentistry, “Yummy Combs have a high probability of cleaning above and below the gum
lines where the dangerous periodontal disease gets its start. This is certainly a product
worthy of consideration.”
A nutritional powerhouse
In addition to their uniquely functional shape, Yummy Combs are packed with nutrition.
Unlike many conventional treats which have minimal protein content, Yummy Combs
are made of a 44 percent protein-rich recipe, primarily comprised of chicken and containing
all amino acids. They also contain 12 ingredients for wellness, including dried
honey and salmon oil, with each vitamin and mineral scientifically chosen to promote
good health.
The thin walled construction of Yummy Combs allows production at low temperatures
ensuring that the active ingredients in the formula are not compromised during the manufacturing
process. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, gluten or GMO’s are included
in the Yummy Combs formula.
Available nationwide
Yummy Combs are launching in PetSmart stores across the country on May 1st. 12
ounce cartons and singles are available in five sizes for extra small to extra big dogs.
Each Yummy Comb is individually foil wrapped to ensure freshness, deter contamination,
and provide convenience in carrying the chew in your purse or pocket.
Dog Size
XS
(5.5-12 pounds)
S
(13-25 pounds)
M
(26-50 pounds)
L
(51-100 pounds)
XL
(Over 100 pounds)
# of Chews
(per 12 Oz/340g
Package)
48 21 15 9 6
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for Yummy Combs is $19.99 to $21.99. They
can also be purchased at independent pet retailers nationwide and at veterinarian offices
in the United States and, coming soon, in Canada.
# # #
About Pet’s Best Life
Yummy Combs are the first pet product innovation developed by Pet’s Best Life, a Kansas
City-based company dedicated to helping pets live their best lives through quality
nutrition and innovation. Pet’s Best Life is comprised of thought leaders and pet lovers
with expertise in veterinary medicine, physiology, biochemistry and chemical engineering.
Led by Dr. Joe and Judy Roetheli, their team has decades of experience in animal
nutrition and health and has invented some of the world’s most loved and trusted pet
and animal health products.

Joe Roetheli Bio:

Serial pet product entrepreneur and life-long companion animal lover, Joe Roetheli, along with his wife Judy, launched Pets Best Life to help pets live their best lives through quality nutrition and novel, functional oral care. The company’s first product, Yummy Combs, combines a unique honeycomb shape that scrubs and flosses dogs’ teeth down to the gum line, deterring gingivitis, with 44% percent protein and 12 wellness ingredients. With Yummy Combs, cleaning a dog’s teeth has never been safer, tastier or better for your pet.

Joe earned a PhD in Agricultural Economics. He spent nearly 20 years in the Federal Government leading research and commercialization efforts as well as conceiving and spearheading the launch of two national programs. He and his wife then embarked on entrepreneurial endeavors where they have conceived, developed, and commercialized multiple, award-winning products in various industries including for pets. Joe has been quoted numerous times as having said:  "I can exist without a dog, but I cannot live without a dog!”

CAN YOUR CAT AND YOUR CAT ALLERGEN SENSITIVITIES LIVE IN HARMONY WHILE SPENDING SO MUCH TIME AT HOME?

VETERINARIAN REVEALS BREAKTHROUGH APPROACH TO MANAGING

CAT ALLERGENS WHILE HOME

 

DR. KURT VENATOR, DVM – Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina

BACKGROUND:

As millions of Americans continue to spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets – including cat owners with cat allergen sensitivities.  Perhaps dealing with cat allergens wasn’t a big problem when they were only home a few hours a day. But now, being in close proximity 24/7 is creating challenges. Luckily, a team of innovative scientists at Purina have developed a new way to manage allergens through cat food! When combined with other allergen management strategies, this new approach can help cat owners better handle their current situations and be closer together with the cats they love.

Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kurt Venator is available on Wednesday, June 24th to share the science behind this breakthrough as well as offer tips for bonding with your cat while managing cat allergens at home.

TIPS FOR MANAGING CAT ALLERGENS AT HOME:

●        If you have cat allergen sensitivities, there are ways to help manage cat allergens indoors such as using HEPA air purifiers throughout the home to help catch dander and filter the air you’re breathing in.

●        Clean more frequently than you might usually do to remove dust, dander and cat hair, and wash any furnishings or home decor frequented by your cat like couch covers, pillows and bedding. Soft upholstery can make for a comfortable resting place for cats and the softness can trap dander.

●        While these methods help manage allergens in the environment, there is a new option that helps manage cat allergens at the source. Purina Pro Plan LiveClear is the first and only cat food that has been shown to reduce allergens in cat hair and dander. Many people think that cat hair is the problem, but it’s actually what’s on it – the major cat allergen called Fel d 1, which cats produce naturally in their saliva. When cats eat this new formula, it neutralizes the Fel d 1 in their mouth. By reducing active Fel d 1 in the cat’s saliva, it reduces the allergen that is transferred to the cat’s hair and dander when they groom, ultimately reducing the allergen in the environment.

TIPS FOR BONDING WITH YOUR CAT AT HOME:

●        Try to keep your cat’s routine as normal as possible. While you both are experiencing a new living dynamic, food and play times should stay as normal as possible.

●        Cats can also get a little stir-crazy when stuck inside with their owners – given it’s a big change from the routine they’re used to – and may be susceptible to stress. It’s important to keep an eye on them in case they start exhibiting destructive and/or anxious behavior. Increasing enriching activities and play time will help combat this.

 

For more information, please visit –www.proplanliveclear.com

 

MORE ABOUT DR. KURT VENATOR:

Kurt Venator is Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer and directs the Purina Advisory Council, a 19-member group of world-renowned veterinarians from various medical specialties who help advance pet nutrition, health and wellness around the globe. Dr. Venator is an esteemed speaker across North America on the topics of small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine. He works closely with U.S. Veterinary Schools to provide nutrition education and professional development for the veterinarians of tomorrow. His team also works actively with veterinary clinics across the country to advance the role of nutrition in clinical practice and help pets live long, healthy lives.

Produced for: Purina

BE ALERT: PREVENT THE BITE

USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Week is June 14-20, 2020

GUEST: Chris Johnson, USPS Program Manager, Safety Awareness

Background:

Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. The Postal Service is driving home the message that dog bites are a national problem and education can help resolve the issue.

While the number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 5,803 in 2019, the encouraging news is that it’s more than 200 fewer than in 2018. Despite the drop-in attacks, it is still a big problem.  Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to showcase technology that not only alerts mail carriers of potential attacks, but also alerts customers when the carrier may be coming so they can secure their dogs. It will also release its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

 

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DOG BITES:

·         Keep the family pet secured. Place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door to accept the mail. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors.

·         Parents, please remind your children not to take mail directly from your letter carrier in the presence of your pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threat.

·         We place the safety of our employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, we may ask the owner to pick up their mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office.

To spread the word on social media, use word the hashtag #preventdogbites. 

 

More About Chris Johnson:

As the U.S. Postal Service’s Program Manager, Safety Awareness, Chris Johnson is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide safety programs.

A staff of 375 safety professionals domiciled among 67 locations nationwide support these programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for nearly 630,000 employees connected by a fleet of nearly 215,000 vehicles that connect to nearly 32,000 postal facilities

AnimalBiome Completes $1.5 Million Seed Funding Round and Hires Carlton Osborne as CEO

 

Oakland, CA – February 5, 2020 – AnimalBiome, a leader in the dog and cat health microbiome sector, has completed a seed funding round totaling $1.5 million, bringing their total raised to date to $2.25 million. The company was founded by researchers at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley in late 2016.  AnimalBiome completed IndieBio’s life science accelerator program in 2017, and Leap Venture Studio’s accelerator program in 2018. AnimalBiome provides personalized recommendations for nutrition and supplements based on genetic sequencing of bacteria in the microbiome of companion animals.

In addition, Holly Ganz, PhD and CEO at AnimalBiome, has announced she will be moving into the Chief Science Officer position. President of AnimalBiome, Carlton Osborne, JD, will now be taking over as the company’s new CEO. 

"With the support of our investors, we’re accelerating developments of our products and will continue to provide pet parents with revolutionary science to boost pet health, happiness and longevity by improving their microbiomes,” says Holly Ganz PhD and Chief Science Officer of AnimalBiome, “We’re very excited to see what the future holds for AnimalBiome, especially with Carlton as our new CEO. We feel confident his leadership skills and business expertise will continue to follow our mission and achieve our company goals. And this will allow me to focus on developing better ways to use the microbiome to monitor and improve the health of dogs and cats.”  

Osborne brings more than 15 years of start-up and business development experience with focus on rapid revenue growth and customer experience.  “I was an early adviser and investor in AnimalBiome because it has a revolutionary approach to helping the millions of dogs and cats that suffer from digestive disorders that often cause diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation,” said Carlton Osborne, chief executive officer of AnimalBiome. “AnimalBiome is uniquely positioned to harness the potential of the microbiome to deliver personalized nutrition products and services for dogs and cats.”

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, AnimalBiome advances pet care through gut microbiome research and pet digestive health products. Their team of scientists know that a healthy inside leads to a healthy outside, which is why they're on a mission to develop innovative, science-backed treatments that will help pet parents better understand their pet's gut microbiome. In addition, they provide all of the tools an owner will need to improve their pet's health.

 

AnimalBiome currently offers gut health testing and gut microbiome restoration supplements for cats and dogs.

Benefits of their Gut Health Tests include:

·         Actionable insights for personalized diet and nutrition, supplements, or patient lifestyle changes 

·         Distinguishes whether the patient’s microbiome is dysbiotic and identifies which bacterial groups may be problematic 

·         Learn how to change your pet’s diet to improve their gut health

DoggyBiome and KittyBiome Gut Microbiome Restoration Supplement include:

·         Supports solidly-formed bowel movements

·         Gentle and fast-acting

·         Helps maintain normal stools

·         Soothes the intestinal tract

·         Convenient capsules created from healthy dog/cat feces

About AnimalBiome: AnimalBiome provides personalized nutrition services rooted in the science of the microbiome to improve the gut health of dogs and cats. AnimalBiome's microbiome tests use genetic sequencing to characterize the gut microbiome of individual pets, allowing veterinarians and pet owners to make personalized changes in diet, including prebiotics and macronutrient ratios, to promote a more balanced composition of gut bacteria. They create restorative supplements from material sourced directly from healthy pets to combat digestive issues and restore balance. AnimalBiome’s services have helped over 3,500 dogs and cats, with >80% showing improved clinical signs, including improved body condition, fecal consistency, and a reduction in the frequency and occurrence of diarrhea and vomiting. AnimalBiome is a privately-held company based in Oakland, CA that was started by researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

Learn more at: https://www.animalbiome.com/.

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalbiome/.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/animalbiome/.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/animal.biome/.  


Lydia is the most sought after animal communicator around. Her childhood dream of becoming a fairy godmother to animals seems to have come true. Her clients come from every state in the U.S. and European countries galore. People so different... yet sharing the love of their pet and their belief in Lydia's gift. Her client list numbers over 60,000 over 20 years, and many began as skeptics. Lydia likes skeptics, she says, and believes that once she proves herself to a skeptic that skeptic becomes her best publicity. Lydia has also co-authored a book recently, Conversations with Animals , detailing her experiences.

Lydia is available for Consultations, Seminars, and Lectures. To find out more about her, or the services she offers, please click on one of the links below. Note that Lydia is actively working on her new book, "More Conversations With Animals"! Contributions from past and current clients are welcomed!

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