LUCAS HOGE

JUST ANNOUNCED – Newly signed to REVIVER RECORDS

NEW SINGLE “POWER OF GARTH,” to be released to mainstream country radio THIS SPRING

 

Summertime anthem “Flip Flops” premiered on Sirius XM’s The Highway and stirred up fan support in 2014

A small-town Hubbell, Nebraska native, Lucas’s hometown of 50 people came together to throw a farewell concert for him, donating $2,500 to fuel his dreams in Nashville.

Upon moving to Nashville, Hoge built a loyal fan base performing in honky tonks on Broadway.

Lucas won "Country Album of The Year" with his debut album Dirt, at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, and was also named Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter Of The Year for his song "Get The Door.”

Lucas received his first nomination in the ICM (Inspirational Country Music Awards) as ICM’s “New Artist of The Year” 2011. Lucas gained recognition in the Christian Country genre when he answered a woman’s dying wish and wrote a song inspired by her poem. “How Was I To Know” quickly became a favorite debuting at # 66 and climbed all the way to number two (#2).

Lucas appeared at the ICM Awards as a presenter and is nominated for “Best Male Vocalist” 2012. His song “Have I Done Something” is the # 1 song on the Christian Country Charts for November 2012.

Hoge has proved to be a TV darling, with his song "If I Only Could," featured in the hit television show, Smallville, inclusion in the Sunday Night Football commercial campaign with Faith HillToby Keith's Christmas special, GAC's Tom's Wild Life, (which features his song "Give A Damn"), and Animal Planet's Last Chance Highway, in which he starred as himself, a singer/songwriter who has volunteered to help rescue dogs in the south and transport them nor to their new forever homes.

Lucas also penned and performs the show's theme song, "Last Chance Highway," which was released to iTunes in 2010 by the Discovery Network. He's appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, The Daily Buzz, Daytime TV, and many more. 

Hoge is currently on tour, performing in major markets across the U.S. On May 19, he will head out on the Wrangler National Patriot Tour, performing in Alaska on several coast guard bases.


An avid supporter of the U.S. military,
Lucas has toured Denmark, Norway, Sweden and has traveled to the Middle East to perform for our troops. His songs “Soldiers Creed” and “Medal of Honor” are featured on his Music for Our Troops CD. Since, Lucas has become involved with ThanksUSA.org, which is a charity that helps military families with education scholarships.

Lucas is also is the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet, a group that fosters animals for our soldiers while they are stationed overseas.

Lucas made his debut performance at the Ryman in Nashville, TN in 2011 performing with the legendary George Jones and Lucas received a standing ovation.

TPR

Sat. 2.28.15

Crew:

Jon Patch - Host

Kellyann Payne - Co Host

Amanda Page - Producer

Zach Budin - Network Producer

Bob Page - Executive Producer

Special Guest:

David Mizejewski from Nat Geo Wild's "Unlikely Animal Friends" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/28/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss his television show

CAUTION: MAXIMUM CUTENESS AHEAD!

NAT GEO WILD’S UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS RETURNS

WITH THE INTERNET’S MOST VIRAL CREATURE COUPLES

Rats Cuddling Cats, Dogs Adopting Goats, Horses Leading the Blind and Many More

Unlikely Animal Friends Premieres Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at

10 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. X, 2015)Never doubt the power of friendship. Sometimes man’s best friend is not who you think it is, and sometimes predator and prey bond in the most unexpected ways. Of all the unlikely animal friends in the world, we search out the most unique, most surprising and most loving in Nat Geo WILD’s popular Unlikely Animal Friends, returning Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT with all new episodes. (For more information, visit natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.)

The six-episode series documents one heartwarming tale after another, many of which have gone viral on the Internet. Now we’re digging a little deeper to share the personal stories. There’s Penny, a rescued silkie chicken, and Roo, a disabled Chihuahua, best friends who rule the roost in the waiting room of an animal hospital where their owner is a receptionist. Clients like to schedule their appointments around the unlikely friends to see their bonding in person.

We also meet Craig and his mountain-climbing buddy, Millie the cat, who never complains on a climb and always wants to go higher. Craig found Millie at an animal adoption center in Utah. Little did he know that it was a match made in mountain-climbing heaven.

Then there’s the animal rescue mission that reunited a goat named Mr. G with his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean. They were separated after being rescued from neglect and sent to different sanctuaries. Mr. G’s caretakers soon realized that he was depressed without his donkey buddy, so they found Jellybean and brought her back to her best friend. The video of their reunion highlights an incredible bond.

Hear about these stories and many more on season four of Unlikely Animal Friends, where animals love, cuddle and cohabitatewith any creature they choose, regardless of species.

         

Unlikely Animal Friends Featured in the Series:

The Chicken and the Chihuahua

Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 PM ET/PT

Meet a two-legged Chihuahua and his inseparable chicken friend who hold court in an animal hospital waiting room, get to know a mountaineer and his rock-climbing cat and hear the incredibly sweet tale of the goat who refuses to leave his donkey friend’s side. 

Love at First Sight

Friday, March 6, at 10 PM ET/PT

Get to know a Hawaiian surfer who hangs ten with his pet pig, a blind woman who relies on a guide horse and an immobilized cat that’s protected by a faithful dachshund.

The Tale of the Cockatoo and the Kitty Cat

Friday, March 13, at 10 PM ET/PT

Learn more about a California man who hangs ten with his surfing goat, hear the tale of the cockatoo who enjoys giving massages to her once-feral feline friend and meet a hunting dog whose best friend and co-worker is a two-and-a-half-foot-tall Eurasian eagle owl.

Doggy Deerest

Friday, March 20, at 10 PM ET/PT

Get to know a farm dog who loves to mother a wild orphaned fawn, an autistic boy who connects deeply with his flock of chickens anda rat who loves to hang around with a feline friend.

Hero Cat

Friday, March 27, at 10 PM ET/PT

Meet a boy who was saved by his heroic family cat, a dog who mothers a “goat puppy” and a man who spoils his pet deer.

A Cheetah Cub, Puppy Love

Friday, April 3, at 10 PM ET/PT

Learn more about a dog and cheetah cub duo, a soldier who found a friend in a time of war and a pair of Dalmatians who adopted a kitten.

Unlikely Animal Friends is produced by Indigo Films for Nat Geo WILD. For Indigo Films, David M. Frank is executive producer. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Tracy Rudolph Jackson and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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About Nat Geo WILD

Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

Crew:

Jon Patch - Host

Jillyn Sidlo - Co Host

Lexi Lapp - Producer

Zach Budin - Network Producer

Bob Page - Executive Producer

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ASPCA aims to keep Midwest pets safe during disasters through grants to local groups

New York, N.Y.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the first grant recipients as part of its Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program—a program that provides much-needed funding, training, and expertise to local communities to better serve and assist animals and pet owners during and after disasters.

The Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program enables the ASPCA to work with communities in disaster-prone areas to enhance their ability to respond to animals and pet owners affected by disasters. The program assists animal welfare organizations and government agencies in Midwestern states, which experience a high frequency of disasters yet garner little attention or support.  

“Animals are often overlooked when it comes to disaster planning,” said Elizabeth Dominguez, ASPCA disaster response manager. “Communities must be prepared to rescue, shelter and provide emergency care for pets, as we’ve seen pet owners put their own lives in jeopardy if the local community doesn’t have a system in place to assist or accommodate their pets. This is especially important in vulnerable areas like the Midwest, which experience higher rates of natural disasters.”

Through the Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA is providing more than $50,000 to the below groups:

  • Animal Rescue League Of Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa) for water rescue equipment and water rescue training.
  • Beadle County Humane Society (Huron, S.D.) for rescue supplies and kennels to increase sheltering capacity.
  • Benton Animal Control and Adoption Center (Benton, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Butler County Kansas Animal Response Team (Augusta, Kan.) for emergency response equipment.
  • City of Sherwood Department of Humane Animal Services (Sherwood, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • City of St. Cloud, Minn. for disaster preparedness equipment.
  • Enid SPCA (Enid, Okla.) for funds to create a Garfield County Animal Response Team (CART).
  • Faulkner County Animal Response Team (Conway, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Johnson County Animal Response Team (Lenexa, Kan.) for emergency trailer and rescue equipment.
  • Kingman Pratt Area Animal Response Team (Cheney, Kan.) for emergency storage trailer.
  • Kansas SART, Inc. (Wichita, Kan.) for animal rescue courses instructed by ASPCA experts and registration costs for emergency response exercises.
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (St. Paul, Minn.) for the creation of a Minnesota State Animal Response Team (SART).
  • Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, Neb.) for large animal handling training for emergency responders in Omaha, Neb., Lincoln, Neb. and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Springfield-Greene County Community Emergency Response Team (Springfield, Mo.) for sheltering equipment, trailers and computers.

In addition to launching the ASPCA Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA has been working with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to support animal welfare organizations across the country by providing the equipment and supplies necessary to respond to large-scale disasters. PetSmart Charities has provided its first cache grant of $6,550 to Nebraska Humane Society for disaster response equipment including crates and other sheltering supplies that will allow them to board and care for an increased number of animals in the event of a disaster.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters around the country, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Joplin tornado in 2011, in addition to being called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

Organizations interested in applying for funding or assistance through the program should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organizations outside of the Midwest seeking disaster response funding should visit: http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/grants/aspca-grant-application-process

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.

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Talkin Pets Radio NewsCrew:
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Seibold - Vet Tec/ Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Debora Bresch, Esq., senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic region, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/7/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss Gov. Christie Signing a Bill to Regulate Pet Stores
Dr. Steve Tsengas' Founder of OurPet's will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/07/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his latest cat toys

New ‘Help a Horse Day’ contest and other initiatives fueled awareness and advocacy of equine protection

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that in 2014 its Equine Fund awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including emergency food grants, training scholarships, a new nationwide contest held on ASPCA Help a Horse Day, and the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter.

“Racehorses are just as susceptible as other horses to being sent to livestock auctions and then on to the slaughterhouse, when their racing days are over,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The ASPCA is grateful to our special supporters who enable us to keep these horses safe by providing assistance to equine rescues who transition ex-racers out of the racing stable and into new homes in someone’s show barn or farm paddock.”

In 2014, more than 80 equine rescue groups held events across 32 states to raise awareness about equine protection for ASPCA Help a Horse Day, celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has remained a core part of the ASPCA’s mission ever since, including legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the equine rescue groups that participated in the first ASPCA Help a Horse Day celebration contest,” said Schultz. “We continue to be inspired by their year-round commitment to equine welfare and we can’t wait to see what new ideas they come up with in 2015 to further protect horses.”

California, the state with the largest number of equine rescues and sanctuaries, as well as some of the nation’s highest hay costs, led the ASPCA Equine Fund grant recipients with 35 grants. New York followed in second place with 11 grants, while Oregon, Florida and Kentucky were all tied with 10 grants each.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, U.S. equine welfare organizations who work to rescue and protect horses. The grants benefit equine organizations striving to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care.
To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund and 2014 grantees, visit www.aspcapro.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.

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TPR NEWS
Saturday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2015.
There are 341 days left in the year.Crew
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Linda Register - Vet/Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer/ Reporter
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer

TPR PREP Saturday 1.17.15 Crew; Jon Patch - Host Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services/Co Host Lexi Lapp - Producer Zach Budin - Network Producer Bob Page - Executive Producer --------------Special Guest:  Kristin Allen, Wildlife Rehabilitator from Nat Geo Wild - Bandit Patrol.

KRISTIN ALLEN

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Kristin Allen is a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. She rescues orphaned, sick, displaced, or injured wild animals. Kristin houses them and arranges for veterinary medical care with the goal of releasing them back to their natural habitat. She has cared for hundreds of animals over the years.

For Kristin, rehabbing is a family affair. Her children, Adrienne, Grant, Madeline, and Sophia, are all animal lovers and help with everything from feedings to vaccinations to cage cleaning. Her husband John is a pro at bottle washing.

Kristin has completed coursework with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and has held her wildlife rehabilitation permit for the last three years. In 2014 she was added under a federal raptor permit with the Western Kentucky Raptor Center. When she isn't tied up with animals, Kristin can be found in her studio, where she has run a successful photography business for over a decade. 

Kristin has a degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana.

Bandit Patrol Description

Bandit Patrol Premieres Saturday, January 17 10/9 C on Nat Geo WILD

Meet the everyday heroes who rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured and orphaned wild animals in Western Kentucky. These state-licensed volunteers answer emergency calls day and night to provide the best care for each species. For these dedicated individuals, the animals come first, despite the constant sacrifice of time, money, and sleep. The ultimate goal is to return the animals back to the wild, where they belong. Along the way, they must strike a delicate balance between up-close care and doing everything in their power to ensure the animal remains wild. From abandoned owls, to aggressive raccoons, to ailing raptors, these are the rescuers who make sure our wild animals remain safe.

For these dedicated individuals, the animals come first— despite the constant sacrifice of time, money, and sleep—with the ultimate goal of one day returning them back into the wild, where they belong. Along the way, we will see the delicate balance these women and men must strike with each animal, providing up-close care, but doing everything in their power to keep it wild.

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