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Born Free USA to reimburse family for veterinary bills

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2013 -- The family of “Skeeter,” an eight year old chocolate Labrador mix in Millington, Tennessee, is the latest recipient of financial support from Born Free USA, a national leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

Earlier this month, the Wilson family’s dog was playing with another neighbor's dogs when all three dogs ran onto another neighbor’s property where Skeeter was caught in a leghold trap that had been allegedly put out by the property owner with the intent of catching the dogs, who he believed were harassing his chickens.

Skeeter, who was wearing a collar with identification, was then shot at point blank range in the head by the property owner – a local fireman. Mr. Wilson was allegedly not allowed to retrieve Skeeter until authorities arrived. Skeeter was still alive and rushed to a local vet. It was determined he could not be saved and he was euthanized.

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Born Free USA receives dozens of heartbreaking reports from traumatized victims around the country who have seen their own pet trapped and severely injured or killed by a trap that was set for wildlife. But this is the first time we have encountered a situation where a domestic dog was actually the intended victim. The fact that Skeeter was then shot makes this tragic tale even more despicable.”

According to Bill Wilson, "Skeeter was a fantastic dog - well trained and worth a million dollars to me. I just wish I was half the person he thought I was. We are so grateful to Born Free USA with their assistance in covering Skeeter's veterinary costs. His loss is one from which we'll never fully recover, but knowing there are groups out there fighting the injustice of trapping gives us hope that another family might not have to suffer this kind of cruel loss."

Born Free is providing financial relief via its Trapping Victims Fund in the amount of $180.50 for the exam and X-rays and eventual euthanasia of Skeeter. The Fund was established last year and this is the fifth recipient. Born Free USA established the Fund to help defray emergency veterinary care costs for companion animals or wildlife impacted by traps and for specific costs associated with rehabilitating and releasing a wildlife trapping victim back into the wild.

Born Free USA estimates that over 300,000 non-target animals are the unintended victims of body-crushing wildlife traps and snares set each year. Cats and dogs are often severely injured or killed as a result of the remorseless jaws of traps set for wild animals by trappers who plan to capture them and strip their fur. Born Free USA says that for every target animal trapped an estimated two non-target animals are brutally captured. The organization keeps a database at, of non-target victims of traps.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at:; twitter; Facebook

(Feb. 27, 2013)—The Humane Society of the United States has chosen Uggie, the world famous, scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier from last year’s Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” to be the spokesdog for its Pets of Valor Award.

The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need. Acclaimed for his portrayal of a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in “The Artist,” Uggie is uniquely qualified for his spokesdog duties and he will help announce the winner on June 2.

“Uggie’s honored to have been chosen by The Humane Society of the United States to be spokesdog for The Pets of Valor Award, although he did hesitate at first when he heard that cats were to be included, but now he likes the idea of having an excuse to bark for them, instead of at them,” says Omar Von Muller, Uggie’s owner and trainer.

Uggie has a best-selling autobiography (“Uggie – My Story”) to his credit, as well as the distinction of being the first dog to have his pawprints memorialized outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But now the mega star pooch, who was adopted by Von Muller after his first family rejected him for being “too wild,” is using his fame to shine the light on his unsung fellow companion animal heroes and to encourage pet adoption.

“It’s always gratifying when a star of Uggie’s magnitude takes time out of his busy schedule to give back. As spokesdog for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, Uggie proves he’s a hero both on and off screen by advocating for the adoption of his fellow companion animals,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach.

Uggie is calling on all humans to nominate dogs and cats who have committed heroic acts between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 to submit details of their actions to Drawing on Uggie’s insider knowledge, HSUS’ companion animal experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s valor, and the winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013.


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at

Hallmark Channel Original Series Premiere

Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C)

He skateboards! He surfs! He snowboards! And he’s…a dog? Yes! But not just any dog, of course.  We’re talking about the one and only Tillman the Skateboarding Dog - known as the most popular dog in the United States - who rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C).  “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story of a very special, hugely adventurous bulldog named Tillman who has a taste for outdoor recreation.  The Hallmark Channel Original Series chronicles Tillman and his owner Ron as they travel the nation in search of the most spectacular, high-flying canines, while running into some celebrity guests along the way, including Betty White, Florence Henderson, Gary Sinise and many more.

Named after the great U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, Tillman the dog is described by Ron as less a bulldog and more “a ballerina, in the shape of a pot roast.” Tillman learned skateboarding because Ron’s other pooch, a Rottweiler, had a thing for small wheeled contraptions, pushing them around, but never actually riding them.  However, when Tillman saw the skateboard, it was love at first ride.  Ron picked up Tillman his very own board, and the rest is history. Now, man and dog have hit the road with their skateboards looking for a little decent opposition.  In “Who Let the Dogs Out,” they recruit a colorful cast of the most talented hounds in America in hopes of selecting a single lucky mutt to wear the title of the country’s “Most Talented Dog.”  The doggie cast travels all over the nation to meet some of the most amazing pooches who are not only talented, but also supply service to the disabled, law enforcement and military.  These aren’t mere dogs, but true American heroes.  At the center of it all is Tillman, whose talents on small boards will astound you.  There is simply no fear in this dog when it comes to land, snow or water.  Hop on and come along for the ride!


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Portland, OR, December 12th, 2012:  After winning two awards for his first children’s book based on his best friend “Bernice”, local author Rob Adamowski has just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a second book.  Adamowski who lives in the greater Portland, OR area was recently awarded an Independent Publisher’s National Silver Medal (IPPY) & a Moonbeam award for Best First Book for his delightful art-filled 32 page full color children’s book, Bernice.

Cashing out a Starbucks 401K to produce his first children’s book, Adamowski founded his own publishing company (OctiRam Publishing Inc.,) to support the project and commissioned Kellee Beaudry, a Portland artist and native, to create the book’s beautiful illustrations.

Adamowski now turns to Kickstarter and a fundraising effort in hopes of gaining the support for the second book through contributions that will be connected to a number of attractive & compelling rewards.

Plug the following link into your url now through December 19th at Midnight Pacific and check it out.

In the first story, Bernice learns that it’s OK to be different as a big brown dog mistaken for a bear everywhere she goes.  “It’s a very positive message about how it feels to be called something you’re not, to be different from others and the importance of learning to embrace these differences at a young age” says Adamowski.

The second book will take on the subject of “bullying”, another timeless and important issue which children face.  The book will star Bernice as the same real-life bear-like character and will be brought to life with 20 – 24 beautiful new original acrylic illustrations by artist Kellee Beaudry (Illustrator of “Bernice – Oh My Gosh it’s a Bear!”). With your assistance through Kickstarter, Adamowski hopes to be able to go to press with the book by this time next year.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects covering everything from films, games, music, art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is dedicated to providing a platform for ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects to be brought to life through the direct support of others.

Bernice “Oh my gosh it’s a bear!” can be ordered at,,, is available on the Nook & Kindle and can also be found at 20 area retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest (see for locations, events, Bernice’s baby picture, fun video clips and more).

Good Ol’ Dog Publishing, distributed by Charlesbridge

There’s always one dog. One special dog
you’ll never forget. One dog that touched your heart in a way that lasts a lifetime . . .
Kenny Loggins • Illustrated by Joshua Nash
For singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins—whose records have sold more than 25 million copies
worldwide—that dog was Moose, his childhood pet. And this touching picture book, with its sweet and appealing illustrations, is based on one of his songs and tells the unforgettable story of that friendship.
Moose—a chubby, adorable, smiling puppy—and young Kenny do everything together. As Loggins says “Moose thinks I’m his home.” They romp, curl up together in bed, have parties with family, and go down to the riverboat near their home. The protective pup even growls and saves him from an
intimidating stranger. The two are inseparable, as a boy and his dog will be.
But the years pass, and as Loggins sets off to pursue his musical dream, he’s forced to leave the dog behind. And one night, while he’s on stage singing, he somehow knows: Moose is gone. Yet he
believes, sometime, somewhere, he and Moose will meet again.
Any child who loves and perhaps has lost a beloved pet will relate to Kenny’s story. It sends a message of love straight to the heart and will bring a smile to every child’s face.
Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, twelve have gone platinum. He has won two Grammy® Awards for his singing and songwriting, and co-wrote the book, The Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Path of Love. His songs have been hits over the last four decades. Who can forget This Is It, I’m Alright, Footloose, Danger Zone, Conviction of the Heart and It’s About Time. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo, Loggins & Messina, Kenny became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording
music for children and families. His album, Return to Pooh Corner, remains the best-selling children’s album of the last twenty years. Kenny, who reunited with Jim Messina in 2009, currently resides in Santa Barbara with his youngest children.
Joshua Nash is a graphic artist who began illustrating professionally in 2004. He has had the pleasure of working with a range of wonderful clients illustrating a number of books. He lives in Roseville, California, with his wife, dog, and cat.

Dog found tethered to a tree with neck wound is recovering
and will be made available for adoption

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the arrest of Queens resident Crystal Lashley for allegedly neglecting her 6 ½-year-old female German shepherd mix, named Briana.

On August 21, 2012, Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA responded to a complaint of a dog with an embedded collar tied to a tree outside of a residence on Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. When agents arrived, they encountered the dog tethered to a tree with a visible neck wound. Ms. Lashley relinquished ownership of Briana to the ASPCA, and Briana was transported by the agents to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Upon intake, ASPCA veterinarians found Briana to be dehydrated, underweight, infested with fleas, and suffering from a painful neck wound. Briana is continuing to receive treatment for these issues and is recovering at the hospital. She will eventually be made available for adoption.

Lashley, 18, was arrested on Tuesday, October 23. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Lashley’s next court date is scheduled for December 6.

This year, ASPCA HLE agents have made seven arrests in Queens and 36 arrests citywide.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, the ASPCA encourages the public to contact its Humane Law Enforcement department at 877-THE-ASPCA (843-2772) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For crimes in progress, individuals should call 911.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Animation Company and Tim Burton Productions  presents a PG, 87 minute, 3D, comedy, animation, horror, directed by Tim Burton, story by Burton and Leonard Ripps, screenplay by John August with a theater release of October 5, 2012.

David Norman:  President of Goliath Games, LLC will be joining Talkin' Pets this Saturday
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Pop the Pig
Who’s going to pop the Pig??? Everyone takes turns rolling the die to see how many chomps the pig will take. Feed the pig and push down on his head the number of times shown on the burger. With every pump, the pig's stomach will get bigger, bigger and bigger! If he pops on your turn, you win!
Sonny the Seal
Sonny the Seal is the star of the show! He moves and sounds just like a real seal. The player that tosses the most rings over Sonny's bobbing head wins the game. Your kids will love watching Sonny celebrate by clapping his flippers and barking each time he 'catches' a ring. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).
Doggie Doo
Doggie Doo is a hit! In 2011 he was featured on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Live! with Kelly, Chelsea Lately and more. This sensational game is easy to play: just feed and “walk” your little pup. When you squeeze his leash he makes a hilarious gassy sound that gets louder and louder until…….plop! The first player to clean up after Doggie Doo three times wins the game.
Toss the Pig™
It's time to throw around America's favorite pig! Squeeze his belly and the music begins. Toss him to your friends but make sure you aren't the one holding him when the music ends!
Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).
Dino Meal™
This hungry Dino has stolen another dinosaur’s eggs! Roll the die to choose which egg to rescue first, then carefully reach in and take out the egg…but watch out! You never know when Dino might leap out at you. Win the game by rescuing the eggs before the Dino gets you. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

Spaniel mix is recovering, will be made available for adoption

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Bronx resident Patricia Reddick of Parkchester yesterday for allegedly abandoning her one-year-old female Brittany spaniel mix, named Marley.

On June 23, 2012, a passerby came across a dog that was tied to a fence in a park near the intersection of Seward and Underhill avenues in the Bronx. The individual called Animal Care & Control, whose officers picked up the dog and took her to their Manhattan facility. Shortly thereafter, ASPCA HLE agents were notified and transferred the dog to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. After investigating the incident, it was determined that Ms. Reddick was responsible for abandoning Marley.

Upon intake, Marley was found to be thin and slightly dehydrated. She was given food and water and was vaccinated by ASPCA veterinarians. Marley is recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.

“Marley was left to fend for herself, which in addition to being illegal, is a violation of the trust your pet puts in you,” said Howard Lawrence, senior director of operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “Thankfully for Marley, a good Samaritan encountered her and contacted the appropriate authorities. Marley will now have an opportunity to find a loving home.”

Reddick, 62, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Joseph Vais. She was charged with one count of abandoning an animal, a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Reddick is due in Kings County Criminal Court on November 20.

For people who can no longer care for their pets, the ASPCA offers the following tips:

  • Before relinquishing your pet, consult a reputable trainer or animal behaviorist for assistance. Many companion animals are given up by their guardians because of behavior problems—and in most cases, there are things that you can do to change your animal’s unwanted behavior.
  • If you have made up your mind that you cannot keep your pet, try to find your pet a new home through your own personal contacts. Under no circumstances should you simply abandon your pet.
  • Do not give up if you don’t find a home for your animal right away. Finding an ideal home for a companion animal may take considerable time and effort, but your pet’s future is in your hands.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo Caption: Marley upon admission to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Hi Jon,
My name is Gina Montoya I am Missy's mom. Attached is a picture of her. She is fixed and current on all her shots. She's about 2 years old, weighs 32 pounds. Recently I had a stroke and although I have no visible side effects from it I get dizzy and am weak. Therefore the little bit of exercise she used to get has been greatly reduced, I feel sorry for her because she loves to run.
She is sweet and loving and I have grown very attached to her. She needs someone who can run with her, play with her and spend time with her. She gets along great with my cat but I don't know about children. She is skiddish so maybe children wouldn't be ideal.
Having said all that you may publish my email on your website however please guide me on this, I am leary about handing her over to someone I've never met. If I give her to someone who was recommended by a friend of a friend I would be ok with that. Handing her over to complete strangers is a bit unnerving.
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