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. Have now been working with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for the past 12 years under the title of Affiliate Relations and am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin’ Pets, for the past 20 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 in which share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. 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...
Summit Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment and Chartoff Productions present a PG-13, 114 minute, action, adventure, sci-fi, directed and written by Gavin Hood, based on the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card with a theater release date of November 1, 2013.
CBS Films, Good Universe and Gidden Media present a PG-13, 105 minute, comedy, directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Dan Fogelman with a theater release of November 1, 2013.
Reel FX Creative Studios and Relativity Media present a 91 minute, PG, animation, comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward, written by Hayward and Scott Mosier with a theater release date of November 1, 2013.
Universal Pictures, Translux, Working Title and Relativity Media present a 123 minute, R rated, romantic, drama, comedy, directed and written by Richard Curtis with a theater release date of November 1, 2013.
HOW DOGS LOVE US
A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
by Gregory Berns
Advance Praise for HOW DOGS LOVE US:
"A solid introduction to an appealing new area of research" – Kirkus Reviews
"Amazingly entertaining and super smart. In How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns gives us our first real look inside the brain of a dog, while simultaneously setting new standards in ethical science. A truly great read!"
—Steven Kotler, author of A Small Furry Prayer
" How Dogs Love Us is a fascinating account of a scientist’s tenacious pursuit of the unknown. Gregory Berns’s account of his lab’s Dog Project provides readers with new insights into the minds of our most loyal companions while also reminding us that scientific research should be approached with passion, love, and a bold disregard for the possibility of failure."
—Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty
"Gregory Berns's book, packed with solid scientific research and warm personal stories, will set the agenda for future research on the minds and emotional lives of animals."
—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
"This book lets you see inside the mind of a dog as never before. How Dogs Love Us will revolutionize how we understand animals—especially our dogs. This is a must-read for animal lovers and neuroscientists alike."
—Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs
Have you ever looked into your dog’s big brown eyes and wondered what he or she was thinking? Do dogs really understand what we are saying and do they really love us like we love them? Have we been underestimating their intelligence and capabilities? In his ground breaking new book, HOW DOGS LOVE US: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest; October 22, 2013; 272 pages; $25), Greg Berns shares the story of how he trained dogs to sit quietly during an MRI and reveals remarkable findings that will transform the way we communicate with man’s best friend.
Emory University Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study the human brain, but when he and his daughter adopted “Callie” a skinny, shy terrier mix from the shelter, he was inspired to see if the same tools would unlock the secrets of a dog’s brain as well. Curious to know what his new dog was thinking, he overcame administrative, technical, legal and behavioral hurdles and painstakingly trained Callie to enter the MRI scanner on her own and stay still during the scans (earmuffs and all!).
In his new book, HOW DOGS LOVE US: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest; October 22, 2013; 272 pages; $25.00), Greg Berns explains how he trained dogs to voluntarily submit to the MRI and then reveals many surprising findings from his studies of the canine brain. What he discovered challenges many prevailing ideas about dogs and could revolutionize the way humans and dogs coexist. For example, Burns found:
Dogs are more like people than we thought and his findings beg the question “Should dogs - and other animals - be granted legal rights beyond being property?”
How dogs love and evidence that they do empathize with human emotions.
The idea of being the “pack leader,” as some experts suggest, may be a mistake.
Berns’ work conducting canine brain scans on conscious, unrestrained dogs—dubbed “The Dog Project” at Emory—has now expanded the team of MRI-dogs to explore how dogs learn and smell, and what they experience when they’re separated from their humans.
Utterly fascinating and required reading for all dog lovers, HOW DOGS LOVE US answers age-old questions about man’s best friend and will help pave new ways to improve canine-human communication —even with dogs who have shown aggression towards humans. In fact, one day we might find ourselves declaring “Dogs are people too!” and granting them rights beyond our wildest dreams.
About the Author:
GREGORY BURNS, MD, PhD is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Money, New Scientist, Psychology Today, and on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
HOW DOGS LOVE US
A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
GREGORY BURNS, MD, PhD
Amazon Publishing/New Harvest
On-Sale Date: October 22, 2013; 272 Pages, $25.00
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During ASPCA’s 2013 ‘Mega Match-a-thon’ Weekend
Three days of adoption events brought shelters together in effort to save more lives
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that animal welfare groups in 36 communities across the country found homes for 5,645 animals during the ASPCA’s 2013 ‘Mega Match-a-thon’ weekend from October 18-20. The ASPCA granted nearly $300,000 to support large-scale adoption events nationwide in an effort to give thousands of shelter animals a second chance at a new life.
“Adopting over 5,600 animals is a huge achievement for a single weekend,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “The success of these shelters illustrates the enormous impact we have on animals when we’re dedicated, innovative and inspired to connect with our communities. Every life saved is a victory.”
Here are some of the highlights from the weekend:
- Shelters like KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. and Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine were left with countless empty kennels after their events, during which they found homes for 228 and 272 animals, respectively. And each of those empty kennels represents a new animal who can be rescued and adopted.
- Volunteers young and old chipped in to support their local shelters, including two little girls who donated their lemonade stand proceeds to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach, Fla., and a 98-year-old volunteer who helped No Kill Columbia in Mo. make bandanas for their adoptable animals.
- New York’s Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, didn’t just find homes for 128 cats and five dogs, but also for one rabbit, one guinea pig and a hamster, too.
- A 13-week-old kitten made the journey from an overcrowded shelter in Ga. to Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay Neuter Clinic in Colorado, where a loving family adopted him during the group’s event.
- Completely smashing its goal of 100 adoptions for the weekend, Nebraska Humane Society found homes for 226 cats and dogs in just one day.
For more information about the ASPCA’s Mega Match-a-thon events, please visit www.aspca.org.
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 www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
MTV Films and Dickhouse Entertainment present a 93-minute, R-rated comedy direcetd by Jeff Tremaine and written by Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine with a theater release date of October 25, 2013.
20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Chockstone Pictures present a 117 minute, R rated, crime, drama, thriller, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy with a theater release date of October 25, 2013.
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