Tails of Triumph: Animals Tell Their Katrina Stories  
Animals share inspiring tales of courage and survival with Pet Whisperer Terri Steuben as her rescue team takes them to safety from devastated post-Katrina New Orleans  
To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, animal communicator and disaster responder Terri Steuben offers a new book with a unique take on the historic event – the pets’ perspective, by the pets themselves.  
Steuben was called in by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to join the largest animal rescue operation in U.S. history. During the two weeks she found and saved pets, Steuben kept a journal of what those dogs, cats and other animals told her telepathically. In her memoir, she gives the animals a voice by sharing powerful stories of triumph from courageous pets that lived through a nightmare and never gave up. She describes how they endured weeks of heat, humidity, fear and loneliness—sometimes without food and water—until they could be rescued. Steuben offers an uplifting side to the tragic events and the stories in her memoir are timeless tales of courage, determination, resourcefulness and love.  
The 2005 disaster along the Gulf Coast proved to be a turning point for animals across the U.S. “Katrina’s silver lining was the passage of the HSUS-backed Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act in Congress and new state laws requiring attention to animals in disaster response,” writes Eric Sakach of the HSUS in the book’s foreword. The 2006 law means that states must accommodate pets and service animals in their disaster plans for evacuating residents. Says Steuben, “With every year that passes, I believe we are becoming more prepared to keep our pets safe from harm. I pray that this is so, because I don’t ever want to hear another traumatized animal say, ‘Why did Mommy and Daddy have to leave me?’”  
About the Author: Terri Steuben is a popular animal communicator who has counseled thousands of pet owners for 25 years. Using her psychic abilities and practical experience, she helps people around the world better understand their animals and solve behavior and health problems. In addition, she is a trained disaster responder and teaches classes in how to keep animals safe in emergencies. She has deployed with the HSUS, United Animal Nations Emergency Animal Rescue Service and the Mounted Assistance Unit Equestrian Training Institute. She is also called to work alongside law enforcement officials in search-and-seizure operations involving animal hoarding and abuse. Steuben is the author of Secrets of a Pet Whisperer: Stop Telling Your Animals to Misbehave, a how-to communication guide for pet owners that also contains information and checklists on preparing for emergencies. Learn more at www.TerriSteuben.com.  
Publication: August 1, 2015; 330 pages; 32 photos; McCoury Publishing; ISBN: 0-9839297-1-8 (print), ISBN: 0-9839297-2-6 (electronic); Subject Headings: Pets/General PET000000; Nature/Animals NAT001000; History/US South HIS036120; Body, Mind & Spirit/ESP OCC007000 Price: $27.99 (softcover); $13.99 (ebook); quantity discounts are available by contacting the publisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Where to buy: www.TerriSteuben.com, Amazon, Kobo, pet boutiques, independent booksellers and Internet retailers  Contact

For Immediate Release

Born Free USA's "Pets Go Wild for Wildlife" Photo Contest Calling for Cats and Dogs Acting Wild

Washington D.C. August 27, 2015 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” photo contest, seeking photos of furry family members acting “wild”: running like a cheetah, swimming like an orca, leaping like a gazelle, pouncing like a fox… or just going "wild" in general. 

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “We work to keep wildlife in the wild – but all of us at Born Free also love our dogs and cats and know that our supporters and the public do too. We thought this would be a fun, creative way to celebrate all animals and share their antics with terrific photos.  Also, by noticing and capturing the moments your dog or cat acts ‘wild,’ we hope you will consider the connection between domestic animals and wild animals. Your cat and the big cats in the jungle. Your dog and the majestic wolf.  They are not all that different, and they all deserve our compassion.”

Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like. The contest is open to dogs and cats only. The three photos with the most votes receive prizes. First place prize is the winner's choice between an iPad or an Apple Watch. Prizes will also be awarded for the top voted dog, top voted cat, most "promotes" through the contest site, and Born Free USA staff favorite. An entrant can only win for one category.  The fee to enter is $10 per photo entry and $1 per vote to participate in the contest.  Each contribution helps Born Free USA raise needed funds to continue life-saving work for wildlife around the globe.   Contest DEADLINE is September 25, 2015 at 12 Noon ET.   

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

For the last forty years, Dr. Willard’s team has made it our mission to offer products to help improve our clients’ health. Five years ago, an addition to our family led to an inspiration for a brand new line of pet products that we call Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Care.

This personal venture began when John Willard III, our company CEO, and his wife welcomed a new rescue dog, Aspen, into their, and our extended Willard family, home. Upon learning that this Great Pyrenees was abused and neglected, we were ready and eager to provide him with a caring and loving environment.

Aspen’s first vet appointment left John and his wife feeling extremely concerned about Aspen’s physical and mental well being after they were told that he wouldn’t be able to fully regrow his coat (he’d been shaved by the adoption agency due to extensive tangles), and would probably be affected with chronic arthritis, and other health problems, for the rest of his life because of his past.

John Willard and his loyal companion Aspen

John Willard and his loyal companion Aspen

On the drive home, John remembered the feedback from our loyal customers who shared stories of the benefits of using Dr. Willard’s products for their pets. He started doing the same, quickly noticing a difference in Aspen’s appearance and behavior. They were delighted to see hair re-growing on his bald spots, and to find him running around without any joint pain. Furthermore, Aspen became much calmer and happier; even five years later, he is still a happy-go-lucky dog, bringing joy to our family. In fact, the family vet has said that Aspen is the healthiest ten-year old Great Pyrenees she has seen! This made us certain that with love and a regiment of all natural products, pets can thrive, even if they had faced some issues in the past.

As glad as we were to see Aspen’s improvement after using Dr. Willard’s products, we can’t say we were surprised. Dr. Willard, PhD, a professor of Chemistry, worked with veterinarians almost from the day he originally invented the patented formula of this miraculous line in the 1960’s and dedicated users have followed suit ever since.

The beneficial properties of using Dr. Willard’s products for pets have been heralded not only in messages from our customers, but also in articles and television shows. In fact, in 1980, 60 Minutes did a segment on the calming effects and the improvement of digestion and absorption of nutrients of our line for both humans and animals. Other prominent endorsements from respected publications in the natural pet care industry included the 2000 edition of Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, which reports on several findings of the benefits of our line of pet products. The book described the miraculous calming effects aggressive dogs experienced after using Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 1.34.58 PMThe 1997 edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care explained that Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Products were tested on animals for years, and showed absolutely no negative side effects, but only benefits, such as ”improved digestion, calmness, improved coat luster and eye sparkle, improved gait, resistance to stress-related illness and increased immunity.” The article also stated that Dr. Willard’s products helped alleviate the effects of cuts, burns and wounds.

The Whole Dog Journal published an article in 2006 confirming the many benefits of using Dr. Willard’s for pets.  The article cited several ways in which it recommends using Dr. Willard’s and even featured a holistic veterinarian from North Carolina who had been using Dr. Willard’s on a variety of issues since 1983.  The Whole Dog Journal is one of the most respected natural pet care publications in the world so we recommend reading the article in it’s entirety here.

Aspen’s quick and long-lasting improvement led us to develop a line of Dr. Willard’s Natural Restorative Pet Products because we wanted to make sure that all our customers have access to products made with natural ingredients without any harmful additives. Dr. Willard’s Pet Care Kit provides a holistic solution to animal care with three exciting new products: Vibrant Pet Water Drops, Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray and the Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets. Used together, this line provides a natural solution for dogs’ health and well being. This kit contains:

Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops – These drops offer additional benefits of hydration for dogs. Providing pets with clean drinking water with the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula, this product improves water’s biological functions to help with digestion and nutrient absorption, as well as behavior and performance. This means that your pets will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before. In addition, these drops serve as a whole-body tonic for pets; when added to fur, they lead to an improved look and feel. Furthermore, owners report that their pets have been calmer and less stressed upon regular use of the Vibrant Pet Drops.

Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray – This topical application has been beneficial in promoting a shiny and healthy coat, as well as treating pets’ skin disorders, such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. It also helps with pain tolerance, traumatic injuries and arthritis.

Dr. Willard’s Aloe Gel for Pets – Aloe Vera has been heralded for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Our aloe gel for pets helps to treat infections, as well as burns, cuts, wounds, and skin disorders. It can be given to dogs internally, by adding some gel to their food, or topically, by applying the gel to their coats or skin.

For generations, our family has always believed in using all-natural, toxic and chemical-free products for ourselves and our pets. We always check ingredients in the food, as well as in the hygiene products and medical supplements we give to our pets because we know how harmful toxins are to the health of both humans and animals. Over the last forty years, our Dr. Willard’s products, which are made with natural ingredients, has been under the review of a Congressional subcommittee on health, tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and undergone a battery of safety tests from customers, media outlets and wholesalers and all have found our products to be completely safe and offer no negative side effects. The product’s ingredients (water, fossilized organics, sodium meta silicate, sulfated castor, oil, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate) create a catalyst that alters water’s molecular structure. This provides holistic anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, among many others to humans and pets and can substantially improve health and well being. We hope you’ll enjoy these new additions to our family and that they are a positive, natural alternative to providing good health for your family.

The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is a provocative glimpse at prehistory, an emotional coming-of-age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting,

imaginative story of the first dog!

New York Times Bestselling Author

W. BRUCE CAMERON

THE

DOG MASTER

A Novel of the First Dog

Bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron has captivated countless readers over the past five years with his charming and inspiring dog-centric novels, including the wildly popular A Dog’s Purpose (slated to be directed by Lasse Hallström for DreamWorks) and A Dog’s Journey. Both were New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, and received extensive critical acclaim from both critics and colleagues alike. He’s also the author of The Dogs of Christmas and Ellie’s Story, an illustrated novel adapted for young readers from the characters introduced in the beloved A Dog’s Purpose.

Now, Cameron heads in a new direction with his most ambitious endeavor yet. Set against the most dramatic time in our species’ history, THE DOG MASTER (A Forge Hardcover; $25.99; August 4, 2015) is the thrilling and evocative story of one tribe’s struggle for survival and one remarkable man’s bond with the wolf who would become the first dog—a friendship that changed mankind forever.

Cameron’s gift for creating complex-but-relatable characters and unforgettable storylines is vividly illustrated in THE DOG MASTER, a visionary work of historical fiction that explores the very beginnings of our shared humanity. Readers will be swept up in the harsh and unforgiving existence of thirty-thousand years ago, when the fate of our ancestors hinged on our ability to adapt to the last great glaciation. Ice and brutal cold stormed out of the north and forced us out of the trees and onto the steppes, where we were both predator and prey.

Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction . . . but we had a unique advantage over other species—our symbiotic relationship with wolves, a bond that continues to this day. Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce prehistoric creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a soldier, and a friend. And in THE DOG MASTER, Cameron offers not only a sweeping saga of prehistory, brimming with tribal war, increasing famine, political intrigue, and forbidden love, but also an intricately wrought, imaginative story of the first dog.

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THE DOG MASTER by W. Bruce Cameron is an epic novel rich in atmosphere and characterization, with heart-stopping moments of intrigue and adventure. Readers who love classic Jean Auel, dog stories, engrossing historical fiction—or anyone looking for a fresh and exciting read—will find themselves captivated by W. Bruce Cameron’s enthralling new novel.

W. Bruce Cameron is the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (a USA Today bestseller that also spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, and is slated to be directed by Lasse Hallström for DreamWorks), and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey. A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey have been absolute success stories with over 310,000 “Likes” on the A Dog’s Purpose Facebook Fan page and countless readers who have fallen in love with their moving tales. He’s also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series; Emory’s Gift, and The Dogs of Christmas. His most recent novel is The Dog Master. He has written for television and wrote, along with his wife and co-writer Cathryn Michon, the feature film Muffin Top: A Love Story, which was released in 2014.   Cameron was also named 2011 Newspaper Columnist of the year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A champion for animal welfare, Cameron also serves on the board of Life is Better Rescue, in Denver, CO. lifeisbetterrescue.org/. To learn more about W. Bruce Cameron and his work, visit: brucecameron.com &adogspurpose.com.

THE DOG MASTER by W. Bruce Cameron | A Forge Hardcover |ISBN: 978-0-7653-7463-9 | 416 pages; $25.99 | eBook: 978-1-4668-4297-7; $12.99 | On-Sale: August 4, 2015

Don’t Fart When You Snuggle.
Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile
Dogs are an inexhaustible source of unfaltering loyalty, good cheer and laughter.
Meet Frank the Dog. His mission is to make humans smile. And that’s exactly what
he and his wisecracking pals do in Don’t Fart When You Snuggle, the guide to
living the good life—of a dog. From the creator of the popular greeting card line
From Frank™, this playful book offers advice for dogs, by dogs, that’s sure to
brighten any human’s day.
Photographs accompany unfiltered insights into the weird and wonderful
relationship that pets share with their loved ones.
Take it from Frank and his friends:
 Greet first. Then ask about dinner.
 The louder the snore, the better the snuggle.
 Walk your human daily: It’s good for them and you can
check out that hot poodle down the street.
 Every so often, bark at nothing. Your human will feel extra
protected.
Anyone who follows Frank’s advice is in for some extra belly rubs, guaranteed.
About the book
Don’t Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile
By Frank the Dog
ISBN: 978-1-4521-4177-0
6 x 6 in., 136 pp full-color images throughout
$12.95
About From Frank™
From Frank, the brainchild of Kate Smith and her French bulldog, Frank the Tank, debuted
in 2008 when Smith combined images capturing Frank’s humorous, human-like personality
with the quirky, yet happy comments she imagined Frank saying. Frank’s main goal in life is
to make humans smile. Frank knows how to live—he appreciates the little things and
forgets the bad ones.
About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was
founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative
books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only
independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional
publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much
admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle,
pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute
exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value.  For more
information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.
Copyright © From Frank, LLC and TM. All rights reserved

SOFT ‘N TASTY CARU TREATS

Made With Real Meat Or Fish First, Carefully Selected Non-GMO Ingredients

VERO BEACH, Fla. New Bite sized Lamb, Salmon and Venison Soft ‘n Tasty treats join the Caru Pet Food selection of all natural dog products. The chewy, square inch baked treats are made with USDA inspected, antibiotic and hormone free meat or fish as the first ingredient, plus healthy blueberries and cranberries (with no ingredients from China).

Carefully prepared in small batches, each bite-sized snack is packed with U.S. sourced high-quality protein and fruits to help promote strong muscles and a healthy heart. And like all Caru products, these are formulated without grain, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, animal by-products, or GMO ingredients.

“A great pet treat should be palatable, so it’s highly rewarding, and supports a balanced diet when fed in moderation,” comments CEO & Co-Founder Adrian Pettyan. That’s why Caru treats are made up of 78 percent real meat or fish and are always low in calories. The new Bite varieties feature only 12 calories per treat, or less! These additions compliment the existing, all natural Beef, Chicken and Duck dog treats available in both Bar (measuring 4.5 inches in length, and only 50 calories per treat) and Bite varieties ($7.49 - $7.99).

To learn more about the Caru stews and the company’s award-winning treat line, please visit www.CaruPetFood.com.

About Caru

Caru Pet Food Company is operated by two Canadian medical professionals whose goal is to produce “the healthiest, tastiest and most carefully prepared recipes you can feed your pet.” Caru means “to love” in Welsh and is also the name of the founders’ beloved Golden Retriever, Karu. Working in close collaboration with a Ph.D. animal nutritionist, Adrian and Pamela Pettyan created a complete line of naturally healthy stews and treats for dogs that look, smell and taste like homemade. Caru Natural Stews are proudly made with 100 percent human grade ingredients and are produced with integrity in a human grade facility. Additionally, they are the first USA-made pet food to be packaged in Tetra Pak® cartons, which offer significant advantages for pet parents versus conventional cans. The healthful brand also offers a complete family of award-winning Caru Soft ‘n Tasty Treats available in Bar and Bite varieties. For the full story, visit www.CaruPetFood.com.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT STARRING JON BERNTHAL HIGHLIGHTS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MAJORITY OF “PIT BULL” DOG OWNERS

Animal Farm Foundation Is Challenging Stereotypes, Asking “Pit Bull” Dog Owners to Take Action Against Breed Specific Legislation by Simply Taking Their Picture

 

Amenia, N.Y. (June 10, 2015) – The non-profit organization, Animal Farm Foundation has created a public service announcement (PSA) starring actor and “pit bull” dog owner, Jon Bernthal, to disarm negative stereotypes about “pit bull” dog owners. In the PSA, Jon offers a real-life snapshot of the majority of “pit bull” dog owners, who are, in fact, everyday people with everyday dogs. Despite stereotypes suggesting that “pit bull” dog owners are inherently reckless or irresponsible, the overwhelming majority love and care for their pets just like other dog owners do. The individuals featured in the TV spot include “pit bull” dog owner-families, neighbors, friends, public servants and valued members of the community. Together, they are not the exception; they are the majority.

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MEET THE MAJORITY

In the PSA, Jon asks “pit bull” dog owners to join The Majority Project just by taking their picture. The Majority Project is a photo collection, created by Animal Farm Foundation, to demonstrate that “pit bull” dog owners are no different than other dog owners. The photos show these dog owners holding signs identifying themselves as everyday people, valued members of society, “pit bull” dog owners and part of the majority. “Pit bull” dog owners nationwide are encouraged to join The Majority Project by sharing a photo with their dog at TheMajorityProject.com.

The PSA is narrated by Jon Bernthal, the actor known for his roles on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and major box office hits like “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Holding his “I am the MAJORITY” sign, Bernthal identifies himself as a father and a proud “pit bull” dog owner.

“My dogs, Boss and Venice, are members of my family, and I love them just like they’re one of my kids,” said Bernthal. “Just like us, dogs deserve to be treated as individuals. Laws that discriminate based on breed unfairly target not only dogs but also the innocent families who love and care for them.”

Among those featured in the PSA alongside their “pit bull” dogs are: Eric, a cancer biologist and his dog, Red, of Cambridge, Mass.; Nonny, a great grandmother and Ginger, of Washington D.C.; Father Humble, a priest and Aura, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; Rebecca, a teacher and Carmela, of Tucson, Ariz.; and many others.

“Reckless dog owners cannot be correlated with any particular breed or type of dog,” said Caitlin Quinn, director of operations for Animal Farm Foundation. “Discriminating against dog owners because of what their dog looks like will never make for a safer community. Holding reckless owners accountable will.”

 

BREED LAWS BREED DISCRIMINATION

Breed specific legislation refers to laws pertaining to and restricting ownership of a particular breed or breeds of domesticated dogs. Though states and municipalities nationwide have begun to abolish such laws, breed specific legislation is still enforced in some communities, including those outlined in Animal Farm Foundation’s Breed Specific Legislation Map.

Research conducted by various experts has concluded that breed specific legislation is ineffective in reducing dog bites and enhancing public safety. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s exhaustive review of dog bite studies conducted in North America, and elsewhere, concluded that separate regulation of “pit bull” dogs is not a basis for dog bite prevention[1]. Further, the “pit bull” type as a “breed” is particularly ambiguous, encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and physical appearances that cannot be reliably identified. Issues with breed identification make breed specific legislation difficult and costly to enforce, taking resources away from protecting the community from truly dangerous animals, which result from reckless dog owners, no matter the breed.

Animal Farm Foundation is joined by many experts and organizations that oppose breed specific legislation, including the White House, the American Bar Association, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club and others. Animal Farm Foundation believes the most effective path to building safe, humane communities is through creating and enforcing non-discriminatory Responsible Pet Ownership laws.

“HSUS has long supported efforts to hold all dog owners accountable for the humane treatment and safe containment of their dogs, regardless of the dog’s breed,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.  “Instead of unenforceable and unfair breed discrimination laws, we must foster safe and humane communities by treating all dogs as individuals and empowering pet owners.  Our Pets for Life program stands as proof that the overwhelming majority of pet owners care deeply for their pets, and “pit bull” dog owners are no exception.”

 

JOIN THE MAJORITY

“Pit bull” dog owners can join The Majority Project by printing and personalizing an “I am the MAJORITY” sign and proudly displaying it in a photo with their dog. Photos can be submitted according to the instructions provided at TheMajorityProject.com and shared via social media using #TheMajorityProject.

For more information about The Majority Project and to submit a photo, visit TheMajorityProject.com, “LIKE” The Majority Project on Facebook, and follow @MeetTheMajority on Twitter.

About Animal Farm Foundation

Animal Farm Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, which has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980s. It is Animal Farm Foundation’s mission to secure equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs. For more information on Animal Farm Foundation, visit http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org.

Modern Man Films, Anonymous Content and Kilburn Media present a 106 minute, R rated, Drama, directed by James Ponsoldt, screenplay by Donald Margulies and book by David Lipsky with a theater release date of July 31, 2015.

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will hold its Fifth Annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 19, 2015. This motorcycle fundraiser celebrates the increased freedom and independence that Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs provide to men and women who are blind, especially military veterans.

The family-friendly event begins and ends at Fidelco’s beautiful Bloomfield campus. Riders will cruise a scenic, police-escorted 50-mile route through the Farmington Valley and return to Fidelco for a gourmet barbeque lunch by Black Eyed Sally’s, a live concert by southern rock band Shovelhead, and more. No bike, no problem: Everyone is encouraged to attend to cheer on the riders and enjoy lunch and music along with vendors, K-9 demonstrations, and Fidelco dogs. Additionally, Fidelco's Field of Flags, a tribute to American heroes and fallen military, first responders, and veterans will be on display. For a $10 donation, Fidelco will add a flag in honor of your hero at the event or through www.fidelco.org/field-of-flags-2015.

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 Ride for Independence is Fidelco client Raymond Collins, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Ray has been matched five Fidelco Guide Dogs. He has worked for the Plymouth, Massachusetts, County Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, is a member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and is a 1996 Paralympics champion. Ray has steadfastly followed his dreams and ambitions, always with a Fidelco Guide dog by his side.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Bloomfield, CT. Fidelco is an internationally accredited organization and an admired expert throughout the world for its highly valued German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Each Fidelco Guide Dog takes two years, 15,000 hours and $45,000 to breed, raise, and train. They are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years. Fidelco relies solely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic organizations to help Share the Vision®.

Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,400 German Shepherd Guide Dogs throughout North America – in 41 states and five Canadian provinces. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States — a process that allows all guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.

Fidelco also has placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, and search and rescue and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.

For more information, please visit www.fidelco.org or “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/fidelcoguidedog.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a 125 minute, PG-13, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Alan Taylor, written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier with a theater release date of July 1, 2015.

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