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.

https://vimeo.com/129828178

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.

Doggie Manners Publishing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brilliant(!) New Book on Puppy Socialization Written by Caryl Wolff  
The buzzword today in dog training is Puppy Socialization – acquainting puppies to the “real world” before they are 16 weeks old through positive associations.  Puppy owners have previously been told to wait until puppy shots were completed before taking them outside – which is equivalent to keeping a child housebound until he is 12 years old!  Veterinary behaviorists now emphasize that the more positive exposure a puppy has before vaccines are completed, the more balanced and behaviorally fit the puppy will ultimately be as an adult dog – that first 16 weeks is critical.
With contributions from top dog experts, this book is endorsed by trainers, owners, and veterinarians, this book gives tips to breeders, owners, and rescue groups on how to socialize puppies safely and effectively.
“Puppy Socialization – An Insider’s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness”
 Dispels many untruths and myths about socialization  Bases its recommendations on scientific evidence  Offers hundreds of tips and suggestions for breeders, owners/guardians, rescue groups, and trainers on how to properly socialize puppies
“I wrote this book,” says Wolff, “so more dogs will be behaviorally fit and have good doggie manners as adults so that fewer dogs will be relinquished to shelters for behavior issues, many of which would never even appear if they had been properly socialized as puppies.”
About the Author 
Author and dog trainer/behavior consultant Caryl Wolff is the first dog trainer to be certified by five dog trainer organizations.  She has written seven books about dog training and behavior.  She lives in Los Angeles with her two adopted dogs and a 42-year-old blue-and-gold macaw, which she has had since he was a fledgling – she confirms that he is her longest relationship….  
1719 Federal Avenue, Suite 6 Los Angeles, California 90025 Amazon Kindle Link http://tinyurl.com/l92cphs        Amazon Paperback Link http://tinyurl.com/ofpsp8l www.DoggieManners.com  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

--On June 27, Animal Planet, the ASPCA® and PAWS Chicago Present a Free Festival Hosted by Eugene Mirman and Featuring Stars from Animal Planet’s PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES, MY CAT FROM HELL, TREETOP CAT RESCUE, DOGS 101, Lil BUB, Manny the Frenchie and Music from JC Brooks and Uptown Sound and The Suffers--

--Register for WOOFSTOCK Today at AnimalPlanetWoofstock.comand Use Hashtag #WoofstockAPL--

--Bring Your Furry Friends and Help Set the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Adopted Pets--

 

(Silver Spring, MD)-It’s widely known that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is one of the most renowned and influential independent bands of the last decade, however, it’s less known that they love animals as much as they love music.  That’s why they are headlining the first ever WOOFSTOCK: ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL in Chicago on June 27.  WOOFSTOCK: ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL is a free festival hosted by Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) at the Stadium Green at Soldier Field from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is open to the general public - and their dogs.

Individuals with rescued dogs are encouraged to being their furry friends, as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “largest gathering of adopted pets,” at 2:30 PM. For specific rules and guidelines for the World Record attempt and to register for WOOFSTOCK please visit AnimalPlanetWoofstock.com. WOOFSTOCK is presented with special support from AT&T U-verse®, which carries Animal Planet on Channel 252 in SD/1252 in HD, as well as PAWS Chicago, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Lagunitas Brewing Company, and DogVacay.

The main stage hosted by Mirman offers a full day of entertainment featuring Animal Planet stars; including MY CAT FROM HELL’s Jackson Galaxy, PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES’ Mariah, Kanani and Moe, Shaun Sears and Tom Otto from TREETOP CAT RESCUE; as well as some other spectacular bands, including JC Brooks and Uptown Sound and The Suffers.  The day also offers additional surprises and animal attractions; including pet advice from Andrea Arden of DOGS 101, a Puppy Bowl reenactment, and special appearances by internet sensations Lil BUB and Manny the Frenchie.

Beyond the stage, WOOFSTOCK features an array of attractions, including “The Beer Sanctuary” presented by Lagunitas.  A collection of Chicago’s finest food trucks also will be onsite to delight a diverse array of pallets and appetites.  Four legged guests will have a ball with doggie obstacle courses, pet swag bags, and booths from PAWS Chicago, the ASPCA, and DogVacay.  Your dog also will have the photo op of a lifetime at the replica PUPPY BOWL field.

Throughout the event, homeless pets will take center stage, as PAWS Chicago hosts on-site adoptions featuring more than 40 dogs and puppies waiting to find their rock star families.  The WOOFSTOCK celebration continues throughout the weekend at PAWS Chicago’s Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers, where Animal Planet will cover adoption fees for special “Rock Star” dogs and cats.   Check the PAWS Chicago website for details.

WOOFSTOCK is the culmination of a successful 17-city ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL tour that found forever homes for more than one thousand animals from Baltimore to San Francisco. So, mark your calendars today, as Animal Planet, the ASPCA® and PAWS Chicago will bring together thousands Chicagoans, dog owners and pet lovers for an unforgettable event!

For updates leading into WOOFSTOCK visit Facebook.com/AnimalPlanet and Facebook.com/PuppyBowl. And, follow @AnimalPlanet on Instagram and Twitter for all #WoofstockAPL information. 

New Book By Dogtology Prophet Asks If You Are Among the Faithful?

                       

DOGTOLOGY

Live. Bark. Believe.

By Jeff Lazarus

What if GOD made DOG in his own reflection to give MAN the constant happiness, content feeling, and unconditional love that he really needs on earth? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this is how the “Greatest Story Ever Told” begins when God convinces Dog to help him with “Project Man” for a little task he was working on a couple of weeks AFTER he created earth. DOGTOLOGY: Live. Bark. Believe by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: May 2015; Greenleaf Book Group Press; Pets/Dogs/Humor; Hardcover: $19.95) tells the story of man’s longstanding, fanatical devotion to dog. Dogtology is a belief that recognizes Dog as a genuinely “elevated” being. Just like the author, Dogtologists aren’t just fond of dogs – they laud them and plan their days/nights around the needs and wants of Dog.

A whimsical, satirical celebration of the relationship between dogs and humans patterned after a religious text, Dogtology will resonate with dog lovers from all walks of life and every creed. Each chapter in Dogtology reveals additional proof that humans have a deep need to believe in something more ideal than themselves. With twelve illuminating chapters with titles such as:  The Book of Bones, The Book of Barks and The Book of Realizations, the devotees of Dogtology will see themselves illustrated in the same system of rituals, practices and behaviors personified by Dogtologists the world over. Oh My Dog!

Author Jeff Lazarus notes that “Dogtology,” as understood by practicing Dogtologists, can be defined as:

The unconditional, loving belief in Dog as a superior being and, in many ways, Man’s savior

Do you count yourself among the hundreds of thousands of DOG followers? Are you drinking from the dog water bowl? Author Jeff Lazarus asks the reader to be honest with themselves. Are YOU experiencing these symptoms of Dogtology:

  • You relentlessly email, Facebook post, Pinterest pin dog photos, dog-toons, dog videos and dog PowerPoint slideshows to everyone on your contact lists on every social media platform regardless of the thundering silence and lack of “likes” you receive in response.
  • Your dog groomer knows that the concept of “drop the dog off” does not apply to you, and you are allowed to wait in the staff lounge where you are given status reports every 15 minutes
  • You give holiday gifts to and from your dog – and spend more time getting these exactly right than you do your gifts for humans.
  • You happily purchase high-priced “gourmet” treats, such as “pupcakes” and “tail mix bars” for your hound while you live on Ramen Noodles to save on costs.
  • You understand the sole purpose for which cell-phone cameras were invented: to capture cunning and hilarious shots of dogs behind the steering wheels of cars … wearing sunglasses … and wearing Scottish beanies!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The veritable shrines humans build to their dogs—in their homes, around their communities, and in the media ---are proof positive that Dogtology is indeed a bone-a-fide belief system that stands proudly alongside all the other great –isms and –ologies of the world. Chew on that!

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About the Author:

Inspired by his BFF, Roamy, Jeff Lazarus bonded with this stray pup who had the cutest face ever – and a personality to match. Olympic athlete, President of the Canine Mensa Society, the James Dean of dogs, and a performer, much like himself. Jeff notes, “he became my confidant, my sidekick. I found I could be truer with him than with anyone else; so I wanted to hang with him day and night. He became my refuge, my sanity, my partner in crime.”

Jeff has an MBA from Pepperdine and a B.A. in speech communication from Cal State. With over twenty years’ experience in sales, marketing, and scientific consulting at Merck & Co. Inc., Lazarus has been inducted into the Merck Hall of Fame and is a five-time winner of the Vice President’s Award. He has taught public speaking and marketing at the university level, performed in various theater groups, played in a rock band, and coached championship youth baseball and soccer teams. Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe. is the first in a series of humorous pet books, with his next title, Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World publishing next year. For more information about his books and other Dogtology-themed products by Jeff Lazarus, please visit his website: www.Dogtology.com

DogTology: Live. Bark. Believe.

978-1-62634-138-8 Hardcover

978-1-62634-139-5 eBook

$19.95; 192 pages; Humor/Pets/Dogs; illustrated

Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press: May 2015

Talking with Dogs and Cats:

Joining the Conversation to Improve

Behavior and Bond with Your Animals

by Tim Link

Foreword by Victoria Stilwell

New Book Teaches How to Talk and Listen to Your Pet in

Order to Connect and Solve Behavioral Issues

“Communicating with our animals is one of the most important aspects of our human-animal connection, and it can also be the most fun, as demonstrated in this lively, practical book by Tim Link, Talking with Dogs and Cats. You’ll discover ways to solve common pet problems and make interacting with animals more meaningful. The perfect book to enhance our lives with these amazing creatures who share our world.”

—Marty Becker, DVM, America’s Veterinarian and the chief veterinary correspondent for Dogster

“Tim Link is the best friend any dog or cat ever had — providing an insightful, heart-warming guide to teaching us what our pets are truly thinking and feeling. The more you read it, the stronger the connection between you and man’s best friend.”

— Glenn Plaskin, bestselling author of Katie Up and Down the Hall

Animal lovers often wonder what their pet’s meow, bark, tweet, or stare means. Why the incessant meowing after Kitty has been fed, petted, and played with? Why is Fido barking up a storm or digging as if his life depended on it? Pet owners want to know, and Tim Link, an expert animal communicator, teaches readers how to find out. The author was surprised to find himself communicating with the pets of family and friends. Because Link was caught off guard by his own gift, he is adept at helping readers first hone their communication skills, using the spoken and the visual and also learning to “listen”. From there, the book focuses on particular behaviors. Unlike most training methods, Link’s approach respects the personality and feelings of animals. His methods, simple and accessible to all, facilitate the understanding that all animal lovers crave and create a back-and-forth communication that will enhance the lives of both animals and humans.

TIM LINK, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. He often works with animal-rescue organizations and lives in Cumming, Georgia. His website is www.TalkingWithDogsandCats.com

Talking with Dogs and Cats:

Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals

By Tim Link * Foreword by Victoria Stilwell

Animals * Pub Date: June 2, 2015

$14.95 * Trade Paperback/ebook * 240 pages * ISBN: 978-1-60868-322-2

Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

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