Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment and Pacific Standard present a 115 minute, R rated, Biography, Drama, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, written by Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed with a theater release date of December 19, 2014.


Jon Patch - Host
Maria Ryan - CoHost
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive ProducerMedia widely misreports that Pope Francis says dogs can go to heaven...

Special Guests:

Dr. Renee Carlson, President of the WBA and former President of the AVMA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss Zoonotic Diseases and her visit to the North Pole to check up on Santa's reindeer

Janell Thompson of Health Hemp will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/13/14 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away her products

Sat Dec 6, 2014Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Karen Vance - CoHost
Lexi Lapp - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
W. Bruce Cameron author of The Dogs of Christmas will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/6/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away his new book
Rock & Country Legend Brenda Lee will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/6/14 at 530 PM EST to discuss the Opryland Parade of Trees
Maureen Lake owner of Trendy Pet and Sweet Pea Kitchens will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/06/14 at 630 PM EST to give away her pet bowls and treats
Human Nature will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/6/14 at 7 pm EST to discuss and give away their new CD THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM


Denver-based pair launches Trendy Pet and Sweat Pea Kitchens

Denver, CO December 2014 Maureen and Devin Lake are as close as a mother daughter pair can be.  They share a passion for pets.  So this dynamic Denver duo decided to turn their passion into a business launching Trendy Pet and Sweet Pea Kitchens in late 2013 – both companies are designed to make our furry friends’ lives happier and healthier.  Sweet Pea Kitchens churns out delicious, all natural and preservative free pet treats while Trendy Pet focuses on modern and healthy raised feeders designed to reduce health issues associated with traditional ground-level food and water bowls. 

As a veterinary technician, I often saw disease and illness associated with poor diets and feeding practices,” says Devin Lake, co-owner of both companies.  “And as a business student, I realized that there was a real need for a solution to these problems for pet parents across the country.” 

We love animals and share a passion for keeping our own pets happy and healthy,” says Devin’s mother and co-owner Maureen Lake.  “As a retired special education teacher, I had the time, passion and knowledge to launch head-first into this with Devin – and we can’t believe how fast it’s grown!” 

Sweet Pea Kitchens creates all natural, chemical and preservative free cat & dog treats in numerous paw licking flavors – Apple Pie, Peanut Butter and Blueberry, Turkey, Cheese and Applesauce, Fish Sticks and Sweet Peter--made from organic oats, bananas and flax seed, bursting with potassium and protein.  All Sweet Pea treats are hand-baked in Denver and are naturally dehydrated for freshness.  “What’s special about our treats is that we make them with only human-grade ingredients,” says Maureen.  “Everything is wheat free, gluten free and organic.  We believe our pets should eat as healthily as we do; this prolongs their lives and keeps them happy and healthy.  It’s equally as important for humans with a gluten allergy to have a choice in gluten-free pet treats, keeping people with severe allergies safe as they feed these treats to their pets.” 

Trendy Pet was purchased in 2013. Maureen and Devin thought it was the

perfect compliment to their healthy treat line.  “Many pet parents don’t realize that, depending on the breed of their dog or cat, they might be better off eating from bowls lifted off the floor,” says Devin. “Especially with large breed dogs and older pets, elevated feeding bowls place less strain on a dog’s neck, hips, shoulders and joints and may also help improve digestion.” 

The sleek modern design of Trendy Pet bowls appealed greatly to Maureen and Devin as they considered taking over ownership of the already successful company.  “We realize that pets are family members in most households, and no one wants an ugly feeder.  We love that all of our Trendy Pet products fit beautifully into any home, no matter the décor.” 

TPR News Saturday 11.29.14 Crew; Jon Patch - Host - Co Host Lexi Lapp - Producer Zach Budin - Network Producer Bob Page - Executive Producer Special Guest - Michael Silverman - Butler Home Products ------------


Oakland, CA November 10, 2014 – After multiple months of waiting for final permits, Oakland Zoo has acquired the required state and federal permits to help save the Mountain Yellow-Legged frog, a highly endangered amphibian. This frog species, which once hopped throughout California’s upper elevations, has dropped significantly in numbers, more than ninety percent in the past decade, due in part to chytrid, a skin fungus that thickens the frog’s skin so they cannot breathe.

Zookeepers helped to acquire and transport a group of twenty-six adult Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, which are separated into specific populations – Dusy Basin, Ebbetts Pass, and Marmot Lake, with each group occupying its own aquatic habitat in the zoo’s Biodiversity Center. The frogs are housed in a quarantine area that is a climate controlled environment, carefully planned and constructed to provide a suitable habitat and space for these rare amphibians and their different life stages. “The conservation work Oakland Zoo is embarking on with the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog is a race against time,” said Zoological Manager, Victor Alm. “The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs along with the Southern yellow-legged frogs are some of the most endangered amphibian species in North America. Oakland Zoo is one of a handful of zoos supporting and working with the state and Federal Government agencies along with the scientific community to find ways to save this species before it is too late.” Eighteen tadpoles from Big Pines Lake area were also recently acquired. The tadpoles, which were wild caught, are part of a head-starting effort with a host of players and agencies from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to Dr. Roland Knapp of Sierra Nevada Aquatics Research Lab and Dr. Lance Vredenburg of San Francisco State University as well as several other zoos. In the near future, Oakland Zoo will be playing a role in head starting and releasing tadpoles back into their natal habitat. “This is a big step for the Zoo and it adds one more piece to the vison of the Biodiversity Center and our onsite conservation programs,” said Victor Alm, Zoological Manager at Oakland Zoo. Zookeepers will be working hands-on with these creatures and will have a direct role in their recovery back into the wild.

Oakland Zoo will feature the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog project at a Conservation Speaker Series focused on taking action for frogs. On Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, the Zoo is honored to host guest speaker Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of SAVE THE FROGS!. Dr. Kriger is an ecologist for the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived and coordinates Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given presentations on amphibian conservation in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Korea, and the USA. His research has made him become a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published fifteen articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger's research into amphibian declines has been supported by the National Geographic Society and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world.

During Dr. Kriger’s presentation, he will introduce the audience to amphibian conservation in the 21st century. Discussion topics will include the lifespan of a frog, the thousands of frog species that live throughout the world, the difference between frogs and toads, and why frogs are disappearing worldwide. This eye-opening evening will feature photos Dr. Kriger has taken while traveling around the world. “Amphibians are indicators of the health of an eco-system,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “As it is Oakland Zoo’s conservation mission to protect biodiversity of ecosystem, frogs are an important focus for our efforts. Our work with the Puerto Rican crested toad and groundbreaking research with the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog is critical to the health of habitats across the planet and in our own backyards. It is with great respect that we welcome Save the Frogs! to our speaker series and know Dr. Kriger will inspire our audience to care and act for the good of frogs everywhere.” The Conservation Speaker Series is open to the public and will take place in Oakland Zoo’s Zimmer Auditorium, located in the lower entrance of the Zoo. Parking is free and the admission price for the evening’s speaker presentations is $12.00 - $20.00 per person (sliding scale). All proceeds from this event will be donated to SAVE THE FROGS!.


The tadpoles of the Mountain yellow-legged frog species are some of the largest of any frog species found in North America. These tadpoles spend two to three years in this life stage before metamorphosing into adults. This is due to the cold temperatures in their native habitat and the overwintering they go through in their high alpine lakes and streams. Adult Mountain yellow-legged frogs range from two to three inches in length. Depending on what life stage they are at depends on what role they occupy in their ecosystem. They are herbivores as tadpoles and carnivores as adults and their life stage also reflect their vulnerability to chytrid fungus. Mountain yellow-legged frogs used to be one of the most numerous vertebrates in their high alpine habitat; however, due to introduced sport fish and the emergence of chytrid fungus, they are now one of the rarest. Zookeepers at Oakland Zoo feed the adult frogs a variety of invertebrates such as mealworms, crickets, earthworm, beetles, etc. Tadpoles are fed an algae based flake diet, which is prepared in-house.


SAVE THE FROGS! creates educational materials and provides inspiration and training to volunteers around the world to empower them to go into their communities and conduct activities that benefit amphibians. To ensure the growth of the amphibian conservation movement, SAVE THE FROGS! has awarded over $24,000 in grants to conservationists in 11 countries. SAVE THE FROGS! passed successful legislation designating the California Red-Legged Frog as California's official state amphibian and regularly meets with politicians to educate them about a variety of issues that impact frog populations. SAVE THE FROGS! began constructing wetlands at schools in October, 2014 and we welcomes assistance from the public. For more information about SAVE THE FROGS!, go to


In August of 2013, Oakland Zoo opened its new Biodiversity Center, a breeding, research, and education facility devoted to the conservation of endangered and threatened animals, plants and habitats. The Center directly supports critically endangered species both through captive breeding and by head starting. Animals bred in the Center are introduced to wild habitats. Juveniles vulnerable in the wild are brought to the center during their developmental period and returned to the wild once they are past their most vulnerable period. The California Biodiversity Classroom educates visitors on the crucial interdependence of plants, animals, people, and the environment as well as the importance of becoming responsible stewards of California’s rich natural heritage through hands-on, interactive scientific research activities including “citizen science” projects, habitat restoration, and field biology workshops.

The Biodiversity Center was made possible by an initial grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) and matching funding from an anonymous donor through the San Francisco Foundation. Chevron Corporation also participated by providing funding for interpretive materials and equipment for the California Biodiversity Classroom.


The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at

About Manya Araz:


Manya is an intuitive who has always felt a close kinship with animals from a very early age.  Over the years, she has developed her animal communication skills through a series of workshops and courses.  In addition, she has received training in both Reiki and a variety of intuitive development workshops. 

Manya also lives under the constant guidance and tutelage of her cats, Phoebe & Crosby.

Special Guest: 
Manya Araz - Animal Communicator
Dan Barton, creator of Splash and Dash for Dogs, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/08/14 at 6:30 PM EST to discuss his Groomerie & Boutique franchise

Talkin Pets Radio Saturday November 1, 2014 Jon Patch - Host Dr Vince - Co Host / Vet Dr Lisa - Co Host / Vet Bob Page - Executive Producer Zach Budin - Network Producer

Kate Benjamin co-author with Jackson Galaxy of "Catification" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/01/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away their new book


Jo Chan from Cynjo will join Jon and Talkin' Pet 11/01/14 at 6:30 PM EST to discuss and give away his dog product the Foobler




SF Zoo names two rare calves after two exceptional SF Giants players


SAN FRANCISCO, CA  –  The San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to announce that two significant animal births took place during the San Francisco Giants' pennant race and World Series. The first is a female greater kudu calf, the tallest of the African hoofstock, born on October 11 to mom Portia and dad Jack. She is doing well and has been spending some time in the Leanne B. Roberts African Savanna with the rest of her herd, which also includes her older sister, Jamie. 

And on the evening of October 22, a female eastern mountain bongo calf was born to mom Betty Jean and dad Kibo. This species one of the most striking and critically endangered of African hoofstock, with only 100 left in the wilds of Kenya. Weighing approximately 42 pounds at birth, this is Betty’s first calf, but she is proving to be a wonderful and attentive mother. The new bongo calf is likely to be on exhibit intermittently starting this Sunday.

Description: Description: _MG_4193edited1Description: 1028141506bGiven the auspicious timing of these very special arrivals, the Zoo have given the name “Madison” to the kudo calf (right, photo by Marianne Hale), after the Giants’ imposing 6’5” ace pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. And the Zoo has given the name “Pence” to the charming bongo calf (left, photo by Sarah King), after the Giants' unique and brave right-fielder, Hunter Pence.

Last week, Tanya Peterson, Executive Director and President of the San Francisco Zoological Society, and Randy Wisthoff, CEO/Executive Director of the Kansas City Zoo came up with a friendly wager loosely based on each team’s mascots and colors:

  • If the San Francisco Giants win the World series, senior staff from the Kansas City Zoo will dress in orange and black and stand in front of the “seal lion” enclosure with signs that say “We’re not lion, the Giants beat us fair and square.”


  • In the unlikely event that Kansas City wins the World Series, senior staff at the San Francisco Zoo will dress in royal blue and stand in front of the lion enclosure with signs that say “The Royals won and we’re swallowing our pride.”

Photos of either city’s losing displays will be posted on each Zoo’s Facebook feed. Regardless of the outcome, the World Series has presented an opportunity for two great cities to strut their stuff on behalf of their teams. Go Giants!

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About the San Francisco Zoo

The mission of the San Francisco Zoo is to connect visitors with wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the SF Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of 800 species of plants and 140 species of trees. The majestic Roberts African Savanna offers a multi-species landscape with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, and more. At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, visitors can get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona. Lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country. Penguin Island is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild. The Zoo’s troop of gorillas lives in the lush Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Farm animals for feeding and petting can be found in the popular Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer steam train are treasured by generations of visitors and the newly renovated $3.2 million Elinor Friend Playground re-opened in fall 2013 to rave reviews. The SF Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including fun rides, educational programs, and exciting events for children of all ages. The SF Zoo is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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