Jon Patch

Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:24

Abner the Invisible Dog

Inception Media Group Proudly Presents
Abner the Invisible Dog

Taking Matters Into His Own Paws …

(Feb. 13, 2014)—Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health has issued a directive ordering provincial authorities to crack down on the illegal trafficking of dogs for human consumption as rabies concerns rise. The action will help put an end to the cruel and inhumane dog meat trade in this region.

The move follows a ground-breaking meeting in Hanoi last August, when members of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance met with the authorities of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos agreed to consider a five-year moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another. ACPA is made up of Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation.

The DAH directive specifically instructs DAH sub departments to strengthen the inspection and prevention of illegal import, transport and trade of animals or animal products. The government has also instructed the DAH to work with international organisations to raise awareness about the dangers of consuming dog meat, and the illegality of much of the cross border trade.

Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam director for Animals Asia said:

“The dog meat trade has long been characterised by cruelty and corruption. Companion animals and strays are snatched and crammed into cages to be transported long distances. Their proximity and lack of care means diseases are rife. They are dangerous to those who choose to eat them and dangerous to anyone who comes into contact with them. Vietnam has long been the destination for trafficked dogs, from surrounding countries – if governments are serious about stopping trafficking then the corrupt and unregulated dog industry is the obvious place to start.”

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement with Humane Society International stated:

“This new directive is a big step in ending this cruel and illegal trade of dogs over international borders. ACPA intends to assist the Vietnam government to insure this new directive is implemented to its fullest, preventing the intense suffering of thousands of dogs and the further spread of rabies”.

Lola Webber, Programmes Leader for Change For Animals Foundation, said: “Given the dog meat trade involves the only current mass movement of known or suspected rabies-infected dogs, there is a strong argument to stop the cycle of infection by banning this trade entirely.”

While the unregulated trade of dogs into Vietnam has been illegal since 2009, limited resources have meant the law is often unenforced and has remained, until now, a low priority. It is estimated that up to 5 million dogs are slaughtered in Vietnam every year for human consumption. All countries in the region have already banned the transport of dogs without evidence of rabies vaccinations, health certificates, export licenses and proof of origin.

John Dalley, Vice President of Soi Dog Foundation, said: “The Government of Vietnam is to be applauded for taking this initiative, and we hope other countries in the region will follow this lead. Many people cite culture in defence of the trade, but rabies and cholera and other diseases associated with it are no respecters of culture.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has pledged to wipe out rabies in the region by 2020. Rabies is responsible for the deaths of up to 29,000 people in Asia every year. Rabies cannot be eliminated from the region without provincial authorities stopping illegal dog trafficking.

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at

Charlotte Reed is a popular pet expert that routinely brightens up television screens, graces radio waves, appears on best selling authors' lists and can be found lecturing at sold-out seminars.

As the fore-most expert on everything pet related, Reed counts her unique entrance into the pet industry as a source for her excitement, knowledge and dedication. Feeling a bit under the weather one afternoon, Reed decided to cut her day short working as a securities attorney at a Wall Street firm. Upon returning to her apartment, Reed was surprised to find her friendly, male dog walker…wearing an expensive gown and voguing (highly stylized modern dance characterized by photo model-like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg, and body movement) in a full-length mirror as her dogs watched the dance performance for the loft above. It was right then that Reed decided that the care of her Katie and Kidder, two American Cocker Spaniels, was only to be trusted to a genuine pet professional, not a male, Madonna wannabe. After not being able to find one, Reed left her job on Wall Street and founded the ultimate pet care firm, Two Dogs & A Goat Incorporated.

Reed’s story did not end there but has been chronicled in pages of New York Magazine, Smart Money and others. Her story has grown to become an New York City legend. A few years ago, Reed was attending a lavish party at the Gramercy Park Hotel when a well-known agent launched into a crowd pleasing story. Unbeknownst to him it was about Reed’s run-in with the dancing dog walker. Reed promptly offered up a few corrections of the story, shocking both the agent and his entertained audience. When asked how she knew the details, she responded that she was the story’s canine champion. Hence, the laughter never stopped; but, neither has Reed’s pet-friendly career nor has she failed to hear her story told again and again.

From the day of the incident, Reed has advised, suggested and advocated on behalf of pets and their people. Whether it was an famous songstress wanting her Maltipoo styled for a woman’s magazine photo shoot; an owner of a lost pet seeking advice how to find his dog; an award-winning pianist needing expert training tips for his three Labradors; a favorite, court house waitress desiring a solution her cat’s constant scratching; or even, a global pr firm requiring help understanding pet consumer behavior, Reed continues to provide the solution-oriented and cost-effective answers to lead happier and healthier pet lifestyles.

David Frei is well-known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

David has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden since 1990. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Ellen, The View, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, and many more. His adventures with the Westminster Best In Show winners have taken him many places, including the White House and for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.

David also has been co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year.

His new book, Angel On A Leash, about his work and observations in the world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, was released in November 2011.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has judged all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China, and has also enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin Who was the #1 Afghan in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed.

But he is most proud of the wonderful work that his own dogs do as therapy dogs, regularly visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House New York and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who have recently passed, pioneered the practice in many places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on for them today.

With Westminster, David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting a therapy dog program at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Angel On A Leash has become an independent 501(c)(3) charity with David as president and CEO, and has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his new book of the same name.

David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America in 2009 with its prestigious American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010 by the World Dog Press Association with its Media Award.

He also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown, and in 2006 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association with a special award for “his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes.” His work with Angel On A Leash and his own therapy dogs has been recognized by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club with its prestigious Patricia L. Kanan award, and by a number of other organizations as well.

He is a past board member for Take The Lead, a dog show world charity that provides for people with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses and injuries. He is a past board member of the Morris Animal Foundation, a member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and a past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America.

David is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002 ( and the winner of two DWAA awards as best book of the year.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (mostly to Charlotte).

Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. A native of Oregon, he owned two very unique and popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. His wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care and Family Support at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

Greg Louganis is both an Olypimc Gold Medalist and a Dog Agility Champion! He is an Olympic and World Champion in Diving and has appeared in multiple national finals in Dog Agility.

Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 9. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first man in 56 years to win two Gold Medals in diving by winning both the platform and springboard events. In 1988, competing against divers half his age, he became the first to win double Gold Medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics.

Greg’s diving accomplishments did not stop there. He is a five time World Champion and holds 47 National Championship titles. At the Pan Am Games, he earned six Gold Medals, and in 1985, he was awarded the Sullivan Award as the “Nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.”

Considered the greatest diver of all time, Greg was the first to score over 700 points in a diving competition under the old scoring system and is still the only one to accomplish that feat at an Olympics. However, what most people remember about Greg is that he went on to win Olympic Gold at the 1988 Games despite striking the back of his head on the springboard during the preliminaries. He attempted a reverse 2½ somersault pike in the ninth round of the prelims, and he hit his head on the board and fell into the water. Thirty-five minutes later, after receiving stitches to his scalp wound, he resumed diving. The following day, he hit all 11 dives and easily won the Olympic Gold Medal.

At the 1988 Olympic Games, he was awarded the Maxwell House/United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award as the Olympic athlete who had best exhibited the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrated extraordinary courage and contributed significantly to the sport. Greg is more than just a diver; he stands out as a human being as well. Greg speaks out for many organizations including youth clubs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups, and organizations for the dyslexic.

Greg was diagnosed HIV positive in 1988, and revealed his HIV status in his 1995 autobiography, "Breaking the Surface," which spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times Best-Seller List. He then produced a Video Diary called "Looking to the Light," which picked up where "Breaking the Surface" left off.

Greg’s second book, For the Life of Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health, was published in 1999. Greg has trained three dogs to the American Kennel Club (AKC) dog agility nationals. Greg was born, raised and still resides in California.

Career HighlightsOlympics

  • 1976 Montreal, Canada – Silver Medalist on 10 mtr platform
  • 1980 Moscow, USSR – qualified on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform (BOYCOTT)
  • 1984 Los Angeles, USA – Gold Medalist on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform
  • 1988 Seoul, Korea – Gold Medalist on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform

International Competitions

  • 1978 World Championship – Berlin, Germany o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform • 1979 Pan Am Games – San Juan, Puerto Rico o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1982 World Championships – Guayaquil, Ecuador o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1983 Pan Am Games – Caracas, Venezuela o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1986 World Championships – Madrid, Spain o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1987 Pan Am Games – Indianapolis, IN, USA o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 47 National Titles

Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:59


Uncork’d Entertainment Proudly Presents

Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:39

The Monuments Men

Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Smokehouse Productions present a 118 minute, PG-13, based on a true story, action, drama, biography, directed by George Clooney, written by Clooney and Grant Heslov with a theater release date of February 7, 2014.

Animal Planet™ Complete Guide to Dog Grooming

Skills, Techniques, and Instructions for the Home Groomer

From the most respected brand in pet publishing comes the most comprehensive, concise, all-in-one manual on all aspects of grooming a dog at home.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides dog guardians with common-sense advice on coat, ear, eye, nail, and dental care. Award-winning author Eve Adamson and groomer Sandy Roth also show readers how to master a variety of grooming techniques for all coat types, from basic brushing to more complicated clipping patterns and hand-stripping.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming also offers:

  • step-by-step grooming instructions for more than 140 breeds
  • photo galleries illustrating every breed described
  • guidance on dealing with dogs who have special grooming needs
  • bonus material on how to become a professional groomer

Whether novice or experienced, the Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides guardians with the most comprehensive, user-friendly reference at their fingertips.

Eve Adamson is a New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 50 books. She is a contributing editor to Dog Fancy magazine, writes the “Good Grooming” column for AKC Family Dog magazine, and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Eve lives in Iowa City with her family and two dogs.

Sandy Roth owns a grooming shop in State College, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in grooming pet dogs and show prospects.


About Animal Planet

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 97 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

About TFH Publications, Inc. ®

As the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books, as well as the largest and respected producer of premium dog products, TFH Publications, Inc., produces books and learning vehicles for pet owners that ensure the optimum human–companion animal experience: a long, healthy, happy life full of trust and companionship. For more information, visit TFH Publications, Inc. , is a subsidiary of California-based Central Garden & Pet Corporation (Nasdaq: CENT) and includes Nylabone® Products: The Leader In Responsible Animal Care For Over 50 Years®.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: Lawn & Garden: Grass seed including the brands PENNINGTON® and THE REBELS; wild bird feed and the brands PENNINGTON® and KAYTEE®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and Over ‘N Out and; decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Pet categories include: animal health and the brands ADAMS and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON and RZILLA; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH®/NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and Avoderm; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 5,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet, including access to the Company’s SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at



Pat Santi, has been a DWAA member for 25 years and secretary for over 17 years. Author, columnist

lecturer, and animal behaviorist for over 40 years. Breeder, owner, handler for 45 years and AKC Breeder of

Merit. I am a registered nurse by profession but animals, especially dogs, been an essential part of my life since childhood:  As.

secretary, I enjoy working for and with the members.

Kick Off Westminster Weekend, Fashion Week & Valentines Day with the

Largest Pet Fashion Event in the World

The 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show featuring "The Crown Jewel's Of Fashion & Rescue"
We invite you to cover the event of the season.  View the most expensive items ever on the runway including

The "Lumieres" Dog Couture Dress $25,000 - The Diamond Dog Collar $xxx,000 Priceless - The "Queen's Crown" - $3,000  - The "Papillon" - $2,500
Over  $400,000 of outfits, accessories, and jewelry displayed on the runway!

For a Special Private Preview and Video Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cover the Super Bowl & Olympics of Fashion & Rescue!

Our tenth anniversary show kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday February 7th 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania and benefits our Gems of Animal Rescue in support of the Mayor's Alliance

for NYC's Animals and 150 participating shelters and rescue groups

Join us for a royal evening of Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, The Tudors, The Medici's and the elegance and style of Marie Antoinette. The top pet designers in the country are creating outfits for our canine and human models.  See who is crowned "Rescue Dog Of The Year".  The winner will walk the runway in our exclusive "Diamond Dog Collar" designed by Candy Udell from London Jeweler's, creator and designer of the famous 2.5 million dollar bra for the Victoria's Secret Angels on the Runway CBS show.  

This event is being filmed for TV and features Three Special runway shows:

"Gems Of Rescue" This runway segment presents 12 dogs representing one of the rescue/shelter groups from the  Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, outfitted in the

Jewels of the Crown with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, ruby's, crystals and so much more.  The "Rescue Dog of the Year" will be crowned immediately following this runway show. The winner will be presented with $5,000 in cash and prizes, including $1,000 from Trupanion.

"Age Of Enlightenment" Siecle des Lumieres of Marie Antoinette. This segment represents the fusion of  "fashion and technology", Featuring Age of Enlightenment Couture by Ada Nieves and Gladys Garced and  The Lumieres, a $25,000 cutting edge canine dress adorned with 150 LED lights and Swarovski Crystals powered by two mini computers and 10 programmed animations ... Priceless!

"Crown Jewels of Fashion"  The Royalty Costume Contest for Dogs and Humans on the runway.  Judges will choose the King or Queen of the Show, and the Pet Designer of the Year from custom one-of-a-kind outfits created by the top pet designers in the country. 

Additional Award Presentations Include: 

"Humanitarian of The Year” Jill Rappaport NBC’s Award Winning Animal Advocate & Best Selling Author.

"Corporate Excellence" Award  Candy Udell of London Jewelers'/Rescue Paw Foundation

"Ambassador of Rescue"  Prince Lorenzo Borghese

"Animal Welfare Organization of the Year”  Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals

"Rescue Dog of The Year"  to be announced February 1st.

"Forever Home Award"   to the pet parent/adopter and adopting shelter/rescue group.

MEDIA:  To be placed on our VIP Media Guest list please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TICKETS:  $40 in advance/$50 at the door

ADDRESS:  401 Seventh Ave, 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10001

WHERE:  Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Fl. Penntop Ballroom

WHEN:  Friday February 7th, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 11

* Cash Bar, complimentary food, music and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today.

2014 New York Pet Fashion Event Sponsors

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