Review written by Jon patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

The Shape of Water

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Bull Productions, TSG Entertainment and Double Dare you present an R rated, 123 minute, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor with a theatre release date of December 8, 2017.

Cat Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018

A gift of pure pleasure for the cat lover, Cat Gallery Calendar is a year of enchanting photographs in color and black-and-white, printed to the exacting standards of a fine art book. Each image showcases the beauty, grace, and mischievous spirit of a unique cat: A beautiful tabby exploring a rocky seashore. A wide-eyed black cat peeking out from behind the couch. An elegant Siamese sunbathing by a patch of flowers. It’s a loving, day-by-day tribute to our most beguiling and delightful animal companion.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.

 

Dog Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018

 

The ultimate gift for the dog lover: a year of extraordinary canine portraits, in color and black-and- white. A joyous spaniel bounding across an open field. A Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound standing in the falling snow. A Goldendoodle waiting eagerly by the front door for his morning walk. Plus a Shar-Pei enjoying a day by the ocean, a German Shorthaired Pointer with her favorite tennis ball, and a Corgi playing in a pile of autumn leaves. Each image captures its subject in beautiful detail, reminding us why the dog is man’s best friend.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.

The Dogist Wall Calendar 2018

 

Nobody captures dogs like The Dogist, aka photographer Elias Weiss Friedman. Author of the New York Times bestselling book The Dogist and Instagram phenomenon with over 2 million followers and climbing, Friedman has a gift for getting down on a dog’s level and, in a few quick snaps of his camera, finding the indelible, individual spirit of the animal he’s photographing. The result: warm, heartfelt, arrestingly beautiful candid portraits of dogs on the street in all their variety and glory. Now in its second year, with each month featuring a new themed collection of main and supporting images, including Portable Pooches, Dogs of Summer, Besties, Two of a Kind, and more.

Bad Cat Wall Calendar 2018

 

Bad Cat is a rude walk on the feline wild side. Here are cats going rogue in places where they shouldn’t be—in sinks, in toilets, in houseplants. Here are cats plotting escapes, warding off children, scamming their owners, yet still expecting to be spoiled rotten! Sneaky cats, fat cats, naughty cats, bored cats, and—perhaps worst of all— cats plotting revenge for all those costumes they were forced to wear during the holidays. With bonus features such as Bad Cat Beauty Secrets, Least Wanted Bad Cats, Bad Cat Diet Secrets, Who’s Who in Bad Cats, and Bad Cat Early Warning Signs.

Unlikely Friendships Wall Calendar 2018

 

The Unlikely Friendships book series has charmed readers with its tender tales of love between animals of all shapes and sizes. The Unlikely Friendships Calendar features 12 stories of heart-tugging interspecies friendship, each accompanied by a charming, full-color photograph of the pair. A large capybara is groomed by a crew of monkey stylists. A dachshund snuggles up to a hedgehog. A Belgian Malinois and an owl defy expectations and find common ground in play. A calendar that the whole family will love.

Audubon Nature: A Birder's Wall Calendar 2018

 

Audubon Nature is the definitive wall calendar for nature lovers, birders, environmentalists, and travel enthusiasts alike. Here are glorious sites in nature—and the birds that inhabit them—across seasons and locales. Discover the beauty of a Trumpeter Swan gliding in Wonder Lake, Denali National Park. Behold the amazing Dalmatian Pelicans at Lake Kerkini, Greece. Take a peek at the secretive Northern Goshawk sitting among aspens in Dixie National Forest, Utah. Printed on responsibly sourced paper, this wall calendar provides transporting and awe-inspiring views of the great outdoors.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018

 

It’s a yearlong journey of a lifetime, and your expert guide is Patricia Schultz, author of the phenomenally successful 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® travel series. Each month, discover a new extraordinary location, from the Czech Republic to Buenos Aires to Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast. Exceptional full-color photographs—one large image at the top of each page and smaller ones throughout the grids—are accompanied by detailed trip itineraries, maps, and captivating text that highlights local history, travelers’ tips, and more.

365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

 

The all-time bestselling cat calendar is packed with full-color photographs to feed the cat lover’s obsession. Here they are: the playful, mischievous, and lovable winners of the 2018 Cat Calendar Contest. A gray cat with striking orange eyes. A Ragdoll-Himalayan living the good life on a tropical beach. A patriotic tabby posing with Old Glory. Plus a cat hitching a ride on a donkey, oodles of adorable kittens, the spotted Savannah, and other unusual breeds; trivia—Did you know that when a cat blinks or looks away, it is feeling affectionate?—and cat lover quotes: “I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”—Edgar Allan Poe

365 Dogs Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

 

Starring the charming winners of the 2018 Dog Calendar Contest, 365 Dogs Page-a-Day Calendar is the bestselling calendar that provides season after season of poodles romping in the snow, retrievers fetching in flower beds, Rottweilers doggy-paddling through pools, and terriers diving into leaf piles. A Cocker Spaniel basks in the sun. A Lab dives underwater in pursuit of a ball. Plus, meet shiny-coated Dobermans, fluffy Samoyeds, pouty Pugs, mutts of all kinds, and even lesser-known breeds like the adorable and spirited Japanese Chin.

Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

 

The Audubon BirdsPage-A-Day Calendar is a celebration of gorgeous and diverse species from around the world, photographed in their native habitats. Whether it’s the grace of a swan gliding across the water, the sleek outline of a hunting hawk’s wings, or the striking palette of a painted bunting, each photograph captures the unique spirit and beauty of the featured bird.

Cat Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018

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Dog Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018

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The Dogist Wall Calendar 2018

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Bad Cat Wall Calendar 2018

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Unlikely Friendships Wall Calendar 2018

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Audubon Nature: A Birder's Wall Calendar 2018

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1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018

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365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

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365 Dogs Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

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Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2018

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News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 11, 2017) To sustain future advancements in canine health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce and congratulate recipients of the 2018 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowships:

Kathryn Dalton, VMD, MPH, is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Under the mentorship of Dr. Meghan Davis, Dr. Dalton is researching microbial communities and how they relate to human and canine health.

Shelby Gasson, DVM, is a PhD student in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gasson is this year's AKC Canine Health Foundation GCHP Hill Country's Let's Get Ready To Rumble “Rumble” Clinician-Scientist Fellow (akcchf.org/rumble). Under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Saunders, Dr. Gasson is researching the development of tissue engineering constructs for treatment of osteochondral defects.

Mariah Gentry, DVM, is a veterinary post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the mentorship of Dr. Margret Casal, Dr. Gentry is researching the heritability of renal dysplasia in Cairn Terriers, and aims to develop a DNA-based marker test so the disorder can be diagnosed at an early age.

Sita Withers, BVSc(Hons), is a PhD student at the University of California, Davis. Her mentor is Dr. Robert B. Rebhun. Dr. Withers is studying how naturally occurring canine cancers can contribute to the understanding of immunotherapeutics in dogs as well as people, with a focus on osteosarcoma. 

Established in 2013, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program seeks to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers to sustain future advancements in canine and one health. According to Dr. Diane Brown, AKC Canine Health Foundation Chief Executive Officer, “This class of Fellows was selected from a highly competitive field of candidates. We look forward to their progress in advancing the health of dogs.”

Additional considerations for selection of awardees include conducting research in line with CHF’s mission, and with preference given to residents/graduate students at institutions which have demonstrated progress and success with current and prior CHF funding. Each fellowship includes $10,000 for research and $2,000 for presentation of results at a national scientific meeting.

For the latest portfolio of CHF research grants outlining active studies being supported for the health of dogs, please see the 2018 AKC Canine Health Foundation Research Grants Portfolio.

Visit www.akcchf.org/fellows to learn more about the 2018 Fellows and their canine health research projects. Please support the CHF Clinician-Scientist Fellowship program with a donation.

 

 

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About CHF

Since 1995, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 
 
  

Dear Jon,

Are you ready for a new year of Doris? Once again, we have signed copies of the official Doris Day calendar up for auction on eBay. For 2018, we have only seven signed calendars available, so click here to bid now.

These calendars, in the special collector’s A3 size (12" x 17"), have been personally hand-signed by Doris Day. And, as always, all proceeds will benefit DDAF, so please bid generously.

All images featured in this year's calendar were professionally scanned and restored from original photographic prints, transparencies or negatives.

This auction will run for seven days, so be sure to watch the bidding carefully. Click here now to get in on the fun!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

The DDAF Team

Talkin' Pets News

December 2, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - Hour 1 - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn in NYC

 

Talkin' Pets News

November 18, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Celebrate the National Dog Show and Help raise Funds for Hurricane Relief, Emmy Award Host & Executive Producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Andy Cohen joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 520pm EST to encourage dog owners to join Purina's #DogThanking

Scott Graves, Director of The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 630pm EST to discuss efforts to recover Florida's coral reef following hurricane damage

Nashville's Paul Bogart will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 730pm EST to discuss and give away his latest music CD, Leather, and his competitive life in "Heeling"

“I think the concept of Dogtology is as fresh and unique as Chicken Soup for the Soul was two decades ago.” —Jack Canfield, cocreator, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
DOGTOLOGY
A Humorous ExplorAtion of mAn’s fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By JEFF LAZARUS
Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe . . . a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that’s why so many millions believe in Dog. Man’s devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone way beyond a hobby.
We may not literally worship dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: Dogtology. Dogtology is for the dog lover who has bailed on a date because they didn’t want Twinkles to be left home alone. It is for the human whose dog owns a more festive holiday wardrobe than they do, whose pups dine on free-range bison burgers while they live off ramen, or whose smartphones have more photos of their dog than of the humans in their family. In this sacred dogtrine, the case is made that Dogtology has become a bone-a-fide belief system on par with the world’s great philosophies and religions.
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About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Dogtology
A Humorous Exploration of Man’s Fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2644-4 ǀ $14.99

 

Catakism
A humorous purr-spective on humankind’s obsession with cats
By JEFF LAZARUS
Does your cat own you? What has caused us to enthrone cats as the most popular pet on the planet? Why do we devote so much of our time and income to grooming, feeding, coddling, photographing, praising, providing laps for, and “entertaining” our cats? If an anthropologist from outer space were to study our civilization objectively, would she not conclude that our devotion to Cat amounted to nothing less than a full-blown religion? Would she be wrong?
Catakism, the belief system, is rooted in a bold premise: namely, that felines are humanity’s biological and spiritual masters. By allowing Man to handle all of Her low-level needs, Cat is free to do the higher-level spiritual work that Man has no time for, such as meditating seventeen hours a day, teleporting into locked rooms and cabinets, communing with disembodied spirits, and reeducating humanity on the true purpose of boxes, bags, and keyboards.
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He
SKYHORSE
PUBLISHING
307 West 36th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Catakism
A Humorous Purr-spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2645-1 ǀ $14.99

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Date:     September 11, 2017                                    

Feline Fix by Five Leads Efforts to Reduce Cat Overpopulation in U.S.

Incorporating the veterinary practice of spaying and neutering cats by five months of age will reduce the numbers of unexpected litters of kittens. At no extra cost to the owner, this one small step is a significant change in the current veterinary approach to feline spay/neuter and a revolutionary step towards reducing cat overpopulation in the U. S.

The goal of the newly created Feline Fix by Five Team is to work closely with the veterinary community to take this message to cat parents and make it a common practice for them to Fix Felines by Five Months or less. Esther Mechler President of Marian’s Dream, the organization which is sponsoring the Feline Fix by Five Initiative, said, “All these years, there has never been this kind of shift in the practice of spay/neuter which resulted in cats ending up in shelters. We now have a problem which we can solve and it will not cost the owners any additional money.”

While there has been some progress in curbing the extensive domestic cat overpopulation, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. It is estimated that over four million cats each year are euthanized in shelters across the United States. In addition, approximately 70 % of all cats who enter the shelter system are euthanized. While over 80% of household cats are eventually spay/neutered, many have already had at least one prior litter.

In his book Replacing Myth with Math: Using Evidence-Based Programs to Eradicate Shelter Overpopulation (Concord, N.H.: Town & Country Reprographics, 2010), Peter Marsh, founder of the group Solutions to Overpopulation of Pets, reports that intact cats result in less than 15% of all kittens ending up in shelters. The other 85% comes from young cats that are having kittens. Altering cats by five months of age, rather than at the commonly accepted practice of six months, which has no scientific basis, will decrease the risk of unwanted litters by ensuring that kittens will not have that accidental first litter before they are spayed.  A 2015 Catalyst Council Report cites an American Humane Association Retention Study which states that 41 % of cat owners that adopt their cats from friends, family or a neighbor. These new owners typically have no idea their newly adopted feline can go into her first heat by five-months.

Educating cat parents as to the right time to spay/neuter will lead to having fewer cats who produce litters of kittens that would eventually be surrendered to shelters. Through outreach and education initiatives and partnering with veterinary community to get the word out, Feline Fix by Five is committed to ending the tidal wave of newborn kittens who enter shelters every spring and fall only to be euthanized, reducing cat overpopulation, and elevating the status of cats to the place they deserve. For more information about Feline Fix by Five, visit www.felinefixbyfive.org  

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BETHESDA, Md., USA – Oct. 13, 2017 – Alley Cat Allies will celebrate the international premiere of Global Cat Day on Oct. 16, 2017, as a day for people around the world to stand up for policies that protect all cats in their communities. Participants are signing a pledge on GlobalCatDay.org to support advocacy efforts for all cats, including the cats who call the outdoors their home.

With the campaign already racing toward a goal of 100,000 people taking the pledge by year’s end, Alley Cat Allies president and founder Becky Robinson explained that the lasting impact of Global Cat Day will be a powerful message about protecting cats who live outside.

“Too often, local policies lead to cats being taken from the only home they’ve ever known – the outdoors,” Robinson said. “Community cats are no different from raccoons, otters or deer in that they are self-reliant animals who are totally comfortable outside with no need for human companionship. Global Cat Day is a turning point in helping more people to understand these essential facts about the cats living outside in their communities.”

GlobalCatDay.org includes short videos explaining the nature of community cats, plus the Global Cat Day pledge:

“I pledge to be an ally to cats, including those who call the outdoors their home. I will advocate for compassionate policies that protect every cat in my community.”

Global Cat Day has evolved from National Feral Cat Day®, which Alley Cat Allies created on its 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about community cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them. Because compassion knows no borders, international participation in National Feral Cat Day grew each year, reaching at least 20 countries with last year’s edition. That mark has already been eclipsed this year, with engagement for the inaugural Global Cat Day coming from more than 40 countries, from Australia to the United Kingdom, Belgium to Brazil, Saudi Arabia to South Africa and many more.

“It’s very exciting that interest in advocating for outdoor cats is coming from so many corners of the globe, because it’s more evidence that this is now truly an international movement,” Robinson added.

Follow all the excitement for Global Cat Day on social media with the #GlobalCatDay hashtag.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.


“America Loves Pets” Study Finds Most Talked-About Pets on Social Media 
To learn more about the relationship between Americans and their pets, TrustedHousesitters analyzed a year’s worth of social media conversation, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (March 2016-March 2017) to identify the most popular pets in each state. Visit the interactive graph to learn which pets are most popular in your state. Key findings include: 
- Californians talk the most about pets on social media
- Dogs hanging out with donkeys, cats nuzzling up with hamsters, budgies perching on the house rabbit and other harmonious pairings received more than 124,000 mentions  
-  The hashtag #crazycatlady has been used nearly 3.5 million times worldwide on Instagram
-  The most popular pet across the United States is the bulldog. However, most popular varied by states—in California and Texas, the most popular pet is the chihuahua; in Maine and South Carolina, it’s the Labrador; in Alaska and Ohio, it’s the husky
-  Nevada’s most popular pet: lizards
-  Cats are the second most talked-about pet in nearly every state, with Persians most popular overall (though, in Maine, the Maine coon is tops) 
 
About TrustedHousesitters.com 
TrustedHousesitters is a global community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world by connecting pet owners with a network of verified pet sitters. Since its 2011 launch in the U.K., TrustedHousesitters has grown into the world’s largest house sitting business, facilitating over two million nights of house and pet sitting globally and saving its members an estimated $218 million in accommodation and pet care costs. The site’s community of nearly half a million members is spread across 140 countries.
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