*UPDATE: NEW PREMIERE DATE*
SHARKFEST PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 19
THE CHAMPS ARE BACK, AND THEY’RE READY TO CHOMP!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND NAT GEO WILD’S SHARKFEST 2020 KICKS OFF SUNDAY, JULY 19, WITH ITS BIGGEST LINEUP EVER
SUMMER’S FAN-FAVORITE EVENT TEES UP 17 ORIGINAL SPECIALS ACROSS BOTH NETWORKS FOR AN EPIC, FIVE-WEEK
The Hunt Is On for the Rookie of the Year, the Tiger Shark, in
WORLD’S BIGGEST TIGER SHARK?
Catch the Hall of Famer, the Bull Shark, and Other Sea Creatures in
SHARKS VS. DOLPHINS: BLOOD BATTLE
The G.O.A.T., the Great White Shark, Returns with the New One-hour Special
SHARKFEST Full Season Schedule Announced
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 23) The Olympics may be on hold, but National Geographic is this summer’s ultimate pinch hitter with the season’s other fan-favorite pastime — SHARKFEST! Spotlighting the ocean’s top athletes, National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD together are airing five full weeks of action-packed shark programming with 17 original premieres and the best shark programming from the networks’ massive library as part of its biggest-ever shark spectacular. Showcasing the ocean’s greatest competitors in their natural habitat, the eighth annual event begins Sunday, July 19, on National Geographic, followed by two weeks of content on Nat Geo WILD, beginning Sunday, August 9.
As the network’s summer MVP, SHARKFEST always dominates its opponents with informative, innovative shows highlighting shark research and conservation. But each summer, it also hits a grand slam with entertaining, heart-pounding content that makes a weeklong event look like a minnow. This season’s starting lineup for SHARKFEST on Nat Geo includes the following:
- World’s Biggest Tiger Shark? — Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Andy Casagrande and marine biologist Kori Garza journey to a remote lagoon in French Polynesia to dive with the “tigers of Tahiti” in search of the world’s largest living tiger shark, Kamakai. While there, they capture cooperative hunting tactics between two juvenile tiger sharks for the first time ever on film! Click here for a bite of the action.
- Most Wanted Sharks — Of the millions of sharks in our oceans, a select few are so fascinating, they’ve become worldwide celebrities with legions of fans and followers. In Most Wanted Sharks, marine biologist and shark-suit inventor Jeremiah Sullivan dives into the stories of the most sensational shark stars of all time.
- Sharkcano — Sharks and volcanoes, across the globe: where you find one, you find the other. Researchers have not figured out what attracts sharks to the hotspots, but world-renowned shark scientist Michael Heithaus is on a mission to figure out the answer. He crisscrosses the globe and risks life and limb to uncover the shocking real-life link between these two fearsome forces of nature.
- Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle — The ultimate feud is waged beneath the waves: sharks versus dolphins. They’ve shared the ocean for millennia, but scientists have only just begun to understand the complex relationship between the two. The special follows a team of experts as they travel to the epicenter of this savage struggle — Shark Bay, Australia — to unlock the secrets of shark and dolphin combat.
- Shark vs. Surfer — Surfers aren’t the only athletes in the water; they share the playing field with the most powerful players below surface, and often, they’re no match for the real danger among the waves. In Shark vs. Surfer, travel to the most shark-infested surf spots around the world to hear harrowing shark-and-surfer stories told by the survivors, along with insight from the world’s leading marine biologists, Ryan Johnson and Stephen Kajiura.
“For the past eight years, Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD have been THE destination for viewers to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most awe-inspiring creatures, and this summer we’re eating up the competition AGAIN with an unprecedented line-up of action-packed shark shows” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. “Over five full weeks, our viewers will get the ultimate home field advantage to witness the ocean’s super stars in their prime, so pull up your beach chairs and get ready for some SHARKFEST!”
Over the course of five weeks, Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD continue to hit it out of the park with a variety of other jaw-dropping SHARKFEST originals and specials to catch the viewer’s eye, including Raging Bull Shark, currently vying for the title of the world’s most dangerous shark; and When Sharks Attack, a SHARKFEST stalwart that decodes the mystery of why sharks suddenly strike. In Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle, a marine biologist tracks an elusive tiger shark to uncover Mother Nature’s most mysterious hotspot, and experience the intensity of a sea-life standoff in Shark vs. Whale.
The marathon of programming also underscores the best of the networks’ wide shark library content — which includes hundreds of hours of programming — with titles airing throughout the five weeks, beginning at 6/5c every evening.
SHARKFEST’S full summer season original programming lineup is below. Dates are subject to change.
World’s Biggest Tiger Shark?
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, July 19, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 11, at 9/8c
Marine biologist Kori Garza and Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande journey to French Polynesia to track Kamakai, one of the largest tiger sharks on record. Their search takes them to a remote lagoon where, instead of Kamakai, they find what appears to be a discovery for shark science. Capturing the behavior on film for the first time, Garza and Casagrande witness a population of juvenile tiger sharks exhibiting cooperative hunting tactics.
When Sharks Attack
National Geographic — Six-episode Season Premieres Monday, July 20, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore presentations throughout the five weeks
For families on beaches across the world, a split second is all it takes to turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Sudden shark attacks frequently occur, and the motive behind the bite often puzzles locals and scientists alike. When Sharks Attack investigates these incidences to shed light on why and where shark encounters take place with the hope that if we understand the behavior, we might be able to limit the number of attacks.
Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle
National Geographic — Premieres Monday, July 20, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Sunday, August 9, at 7/6c
There’s a war being waged beneath the waves: sharks versus dolphins. These marine animals shared the ocean for millennia, but scientists have only just begun to understand the complex relationship between sharks and dolphins. Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle follows a team of experts as they travel to the epicenter of this savage struggle — Shark Bay, Australia — to unlock the secrets of shark and dolphin combat. New research allows for a fresh understanding of sharks, and cutting-edge technology provides a window into this seldom-seen conflict below the water’s surface.
National Geographic — Premieres Tuesday, July 21, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Wednesday, August 12, at 7/6c
World-renowned shark scientist Dr. Michael Heithaus is on a mission to reveal the mysterious connection between sharks and volcanoes. Throughout the world, sharks seem to be attracted to the hotspots, a puzzle that seems straight out of sci-fi and is baffling scientists. Dr. Heithaus crisscrosses the globe and risks life and limb to uncover the shocking, real-life link between two fearsome forces of nature.
Secrets of the Bull Shark
National Geographic — Premieres Wednesday, July 22, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Wednesday, August 12, at 9/8c
Many experts consider bull sharks to be the most dangerous species of shark, yet we actually know very little about these top predators. Secrets of the Bull Shark unravels the mystery of these giants: how they migrate and how they hunt. Marine biologist Dr. Ryan Daly and a team of scientists utilize cutting-edge technology to reveal the movements and behavior of the bull sharks with the hope of better understanding why they venture farther into our backyards. With unprecedented detail, the scientists track their development from tiny hunters into intelligent, ferocious predators.
Most Wanted Sharks
National Geographic — Premieres Thursday, July 23, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 11, at 7/6c
Of the millions of sharks in our oceans, a select few are so fascinating, they’ve become worldwide celebrities with legions of fans and followers. In Most Wanted Sharks, marine biologist and shark-suit inventor Jeremiah Sullivan dives into the stories of the most sensational shark stars of all time. Come face-to-face with a shark so large, it’s been known to eat fellow great whites for dinner. And get up close to one that can jump 100 feet out of the water.
50 Shades of Sharks
National Geographic — Premieres Friday, July 24, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Sunday, August 9, at 10/9c
Sharks have long been considered calculating and vicious apex predators of the ocean, but new research allows for a glimpse of some of their most intimate and seldom-seen behaviors. 50 Shades of Sharks reveals facets of sharks that are rarely chronicled; they’re fragile, delicate, ingenious, collaborative and even clumsy. This full immersion into their private lives shows them hunting, resting, cleaning and reproducing; these revelations might forever change the way we look at sharks.
Raging Bull Shark
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, July 26, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 7/6c
Bull sharks are entering the ring and going head to head with the more fearsome, storied great white and tiger sharks to prove they’re the new champion of the chomp. As climates warm the world’s waters, the notoriously aggressive bull shark’s territory is spreading, leading to an uptick in attacks. Following a team of experts, Raging Bull Shark chronicles why the deceptively unremarkable species just might become the world’s most dangerous shark.
Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle
National Geographic — Premieres Monday, July 27, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 6/5c
The Bermuda Triangle has more than 500,000 square miles of rumored mysteries, including missing airplanes, sunken ships, malfunctioning compasses and even legends of Atlantis. In reality, its greatest wonder may be something far more incredible: sharks. For years, marine biologist Dr. Austin Gallagher has been investigating sharks in the area; he’s been on a mission to find the holy grail of shark research: the secret breeding grounds of tiger sharks. Tracking an elusive tiger shark named Mabel, he attempts to uncover Mother Nature’s most mysterious hotspot.
Shark vs. Whale
National Geographic — Premieres Tuesday, July 28, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 18, at 10/9c
A routine drone survey turns deadly when Ryan Johnson, a marine biologist based in South Africa, films a humpback whale being attacked and strategically drowned by a great white shark. The never-before-seen behavior causes a complete perspective shift on a creature Johnson has spent his life studying. To make sense of the event, he follows humpback whales on their migration, mapping places that may make them vulnerable, and takes a new look at great white sharks to discover how and why they become whale killers.
What the Shark?
National Geographic — Premieres Wednesday, July 29, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 20, at 10/9c
Exploring the shallow waters of sandy beaches and venturing into 8,000-foot abysses, What the Shark? takes a look at a side of sharks rarely seen and dives deep into the environments where extreme adaptation is critical to survival. In this dark void, where inky darkness could hinder a predator from finding its prey and pressure levels might blow flesh to pieces, the atmosphere is a threat to a shark’s survival. To endure these hostile waters, this ghostly cast of living monsters must have its act together to defy the convention of life below the surface.
Shark vs. Surfer
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, August 2, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 9/8c
As the number of shark attacks worldwide rises, surfers are taking the brunt of the bite. Shark vs. Surfer visits shark-infested surf spots around the world to relive some of the most harrowing shark and surfer stories through unbelievable, caught-on-camera encounters and interviews with the victims. With insight from marine biologists Ryan Johnson and Dr. Stephen Kajiura, the special aims to answer once and for all: Are we really in danger?
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Dr. Mike Heithaus
Sharkcano and Raging Bull Shark
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Dr. Heithaus is the dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and professor within the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), where he served as the director of the Marine Sciences Program and was the founding executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS). At SEAS, he led strategic-planning efforts for the school, which has three departments and five research centers and programs that are responsible for more than $20 million in annual research expenditures.
Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Heithaus was a postdoctoral scientist and then staff scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research in Sarasota, Florida. He also worked with National Geographic’s Remote Imaging Department, where he conducted studies using its crittercam. He traveled around the globe, having deployed more than 100 remote-imaging devices on marine animals, lions and hyenas. He continues to use and help develop cutting-edge camera technology – some of which are worn by animals – to conduct research on hard-to-study marine animals within their natural habitats, including whales, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles.
Dr. Heithaus has been involved in the production of more than a dozen natural-history documentaries and has appeared in previous National Geographic SHARKFEST programming. He also hosts and produces science and math videos for students and teachers in K-12 classrooms around the country.
Committed to research and communicating science, Dr. Heithaus works on many environmental research projects and outreach activities. He can be found studying sharks and other marine creatures in remote areas of the world, including French Polynesia, the Everglades and Western Australia. He has co-written two high-school science textbooks; is an author on national K-8 science programs; and is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Pew Environment’s Global Shark Program.
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 Safari, Ocean, 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 Post, George, 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
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Bully sticks make for a fun and beneficial treat for dogs because they encourage your pup's natural instinct to chew. The Bully Buddy is a durable, easy-to-use, veterinarian-vetted, and dog-approved device that tightly secures bully sticks, preventing dogs from choking on the tail-end of the treat. The screw twist technology keeps bully sticks secure, and dogs can really appreciate this feature as opposed to working their paws to keep a loose bully stick in place. It's a light-weight device and is BPA free and dishwasher safe. Bully Buddies are available in five sizes.
Bow Wow Lab's healthy and nutritious Bully Sticks are hand sorted to fit each size of Bully Buddy. They're low-odor and are sustain-ably sourced from free-range, grass-fed cattle that are 100% hormone free, and never treated with chemicals. The Bully Buddy and Bully Sticks are a "paw-fect" match, so be sure check out the Starter Kit for the ultimate dog-loving gift.
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The team at Bow Wow Labs is made up of a diverse group of men and women on a mission to keep dogs healthy happy and safe with products and services that make life easier and fun for dogs and their owners. We offer innovative products that build lasting bonds and we do it all in the name of creating happier dogs with empowered owners, maximizing the enjoyment of having a dog while minimizing many of the risks dogs encounter in everyday life.
Talkin' Pets News
July 11, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Matt Matera
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Consultant / Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro, Chief Customer Officer, Ecoclean Solutions Inc. will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 530pm ET to discuss and give away their 20% Vinegar Weed Killer safe for pets & family
Chris Perondi Co-Author of "The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 6pm ET to discuss and give away his new book with Larry Kay
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In 2018, more than 60 million American households owned a dog. Most dog owners will teach their pups basic cues such as “sit” and “stay.” But imagine visiting friends, only to find their dog opening the door to greet you, closing the door behind them, and bowing to say hello! It’s possible with THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts (March 19, 2019; $17.95; by Larry Kay and Chris Perondi; Workman Publishing), an indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks and stunts that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch!
THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will enrich the lives of furry friends from all walks of life. Dog lovers can teach their canine companions a range of tricks from three comprehensive training programs (Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro), including:
- Sit Pretty: Dog sits up, raises both paws to chest, and stays balanced
- Boing: Dog jumps in the air on cue
- Crawl on Lure: Dogs scoots on the ground towards owner in a crawl position
- Wrap It Up: Dog grabs the edge of a blanket and rolls to wrap it around herself
- Run the Bases: Dog runs in sequence to a series of baseball bases
- Cookie Nose: Dog balances cookie on snout and waits to eat it
- Ride a Skateboard: Dog rides a skateboard across the room to owner
- Dance on Two Around Me: Dog stands up on two hind legs and walks backward around trainer
- Catch a Flying Disc: Dog races after flying disc, leaps into the air, and catches in his mouth
For those with aspirations of fame for their beloved pets, Chris Perondi, the #1 stunt dog and tricks master trainer and founder of Stunt Dog Productions, and Larry Kay, award-winning filmmaker, author (TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER) and mastermind behind the wildly popular Positively Woof, offer a pro section, with information on moviemaking, live performance, dancing, and extreme stunts and sports such as agility, parkour, and dock diving. These expert levels are complete with tips on how to workshop a film or dance routine, how to set up a successful stunt program, and how to choreograph a stunning dance sequence. Featured interviews with trick trainers at the top of their fields also give aspiring master trainers a feel for what goes into acclimating their pups to the pro levels of training.
Kay and Perondi are devotees of the positive reinforcement training method, which, at its core, encourages owners to get to know their dog’s personality and learning style to cater to the tricks that will work best for their dogs. Certain behavior cues—such as saying a dog’s name in a positive tone of voice, praising and rewarding focused moments, ignoring missteps, and even crate training—are essential tools every owner should use to ensure that training sessions are fun-filled, safe, and memorable experiences for both dog and owner.
THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER also delves into dog psychology, emphasizing the difference between high- and low-energy dogs so that every owner can tailor a training session to their pups’ particular learning style. High-energy dogs, who lean on the wild and obsessive side, require varying between different energy-level activities to improve focus and ensure a safer training session. Conversely, low-energy dogs, who may not yet be accustomed to a lot of movement or intense focus, should start with shorter training sessions that build up to highly focused dogs who love to earn and learn.
Armed with methods that build dogs’ confidence and allow owners to make informed choices about their dogs’ trick training curriculum, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER introduces the benefits of trick training that go beyond a cool Instagram video!
- Saving Lives! When shelters post cute clips or photos of dogs up for adoption, it helps those dogs find homes. Through his organization, Positively Woof, Larry Kay has shown that trick training videos help demonstrate that a dog is ready to be adopted into her forever home.
- Improved socialization and streamlined training: Trick training helps fearful dogs gain confidence, enabling them to meet new playmates and more readily acclimate to people. It also improves a dog’s behavior by preventing boredom and restlessness, which is often the cause of destructive behavior.
- Inside every shelter dog is an undiscovered movie star. 75 percent of the stunt and trick dogs seen in movies are shelter rescues, as are most of the dogs used to demonstrate the tricks in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER! Shelter rescue is a great option for anyone considering adopting a dog. Who knows what hidden talents lie behind that adorable fluffy face?
- Strengthened bond: Our furry friends are reliant on us to keep them safe and happy, and trick training deepens that special bond by demonstrating that they can trust and depend on their human partners (children and adults alike) in all scenarios.
- Increased responsibility: Oftentimes, a pet is a child’s first introduction to responsibility and trick training is a firsthand experience that shows how sticking with something (training) can have amazing results and lead to safe and lasting interactions with dogs.
Whether the aim is to positively channel vigorous puppy energy or to bond with an old four-legged friend, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will have everyone’s best friend offering high fives, jumping through hoops, or even balancing on skateboards in no time!
MEET THE AUTHORS
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LARRY KAY coauthored TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER (Workman Publishing), which was awarded the Maxwell Medallion for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and earned the first-ever book award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He also authored LIFE’S A BARK, created and produced the award-winning Animal Wow dog care DVD for kids that was endorsed by the American Humane Association, and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine. He has written and produced for Disney, PBS, and The Muppets, taught TV producing at NYU’s TV/Film School, and holds a master’s degree in TV/Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. With two million Facebook fans (facebook.com/PositivelyWoof), Larry’s Positively Woof platform promotes positive dog training, creative tricks and celebrations, and shelter dog adoptions with web films, hundreds of adoption success stories, and innovative cause marketing programs. Visit him at dogtricksandstunts.com and positivelywoof.com.
MEET THE DOGS
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SPIDER, an Australian Cattle Dog, was rescued from a shelter after he and his future father met on one of Larry Kay's shelter dog film sets in Los Angeles. Spider now performs more than fifty tricks and stunts. As the studio dog for Positively Woof, whenever the door to the video studio is opened, he runs inside and sits on his training platform, eager to perform tricks. His specialty trick is perching on a big ball and rolling it across the studio to his toy shopping cart. He lives with his father, Larry Kay, in Los Angeles.
Talkin' Pets News
June 27, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Animal Planet - Good Dog U
Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - Melissa Stewart author of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/27/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her new book
Joe Roetheli, founder of Pets Best Life & Yummy Combs will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/27/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his company's first & new product
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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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
(Over 100 pounds)
# of Chews
(per 12 Oz/340g
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.
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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 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!”