BETTER PET, INC.’S DOG LAND APP CONNECTS DOG COMMUNITY WITH MORE >> THAN ONE MILLION USER SESSIONS WORLDWIDE >> >> LOS ANGELES, CA (August 14, 2014) – Dog Land [7], a mobile >> platform currently available on iOS, has cultivated a passionate >> community of dog lovers with over one million user sessions to date. >> The app is a social networking tool for dog parents to discover >> dog-friendly locations, ask and answer questions about pet care, and >> share dog-centric photos. >> The app is seeing heavy engagement from its users, who open the app >> an average of four times a week. Nearly 50 percent of all users who >> have accessed the app still remain active members after a month. >> >> Dog Land [7] brings together features from popular apps like Waze >> and Instagram to create an immersive experience for users and their >> dogs. By conveniently crowdsourcing dog-friendly locations around >> the world, Dog Land helps guide users in deciding where to bring >> their dogs. Algorithms determine the most relevant nearby locations >> such as hotels, restaurants, hiking trails, dog parks, pet stores, >> animal shelters, veterinarians, and more. Users can “mark their >> territory” at a location, rate its pet-friendliness, and add tips >> based on their experience. >> “With Dog Land [8], we set out to create an app that connects dog >> lovers with their community by showing dog friendly places and dog >> friendly people. We see ourselves as a fun navigation tool, with >> information driven by our community,” says President & Creative >> Director Gareth Wilson. >> Upon creating a Dog Land profile, users can share photos of their >> dog, as well as “dig,” or like, photos from other dog owners >> worldwide. Users can easily edit photos in-app by adding filters and >> text, and then post their photos on additional social media >> platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. >> <image004.jpg> >> CEO Jonathan Kolker adds, “We’re creating an ecosystem to foster >> healthier and happier lives for dogs and people, and we’re >> constantly researching new features to help us achieve this goal.” >> >> >> Dog Land [7] users, or “Doglandians,” connect on a local and >> global level. The app’s messaging features allows for one-on-one >> communication between dog lovers. Users can expand their pet network >> by chatting with their favorite dog owners to exchange advice, setup >> puppy play dates and find trusted friends to help with dog care. >> Dog Land is free and available worldwide exclusively through the >> iTunes App Store [9] in the Social Networking category. Visit >> http://www.doglandapp.com/ [7] for more information, including >> details on features and screenshots of the app. >>

MAN’S BEST FRIEND LEADS ONE WOMAN TO TRUE LOVE WHEN

PARENTHOOD’S’ ERIKA CHRISTENSEN STARS IN

MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS’ A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE OCTOBER 18

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DANDI DALEY MACKALL

Part of Hallmark Channel’s PET PROJECT Initiative to Help Homeless Pets Find Their Forever Home; Joyce DeWitt and Teryl Rothery Co-Star

Must love dogs! Erika Christensen (“Parenthood”) adopts a trio of canine companions while looking for love when she stars in “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Saturday, October 18 at 9pm ET/PT, 8C, part of PET PROJECT, the network’s evergreen initiative to help homeless animals find their forever home. The film stars Christensen as an unlucky-in-love woman who has only been able to find the loyal companionship in the unconditional love of her ex-boyfriend’s pups.  “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” is based on the popular fiction novel of the same name, written by Dandi Daley Mackall.  Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”), Teryl Rothery (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Emily Holmes (“Snakes on a Plane”), Jeremy Guilbaut (“The L.A. Complex”), Tyron Leitso (“Being Erica”) and Jesse Hutch (“Arrow”) co-star.

We are proud to adapt and bring to the screen ‘My Boyfriends’ Dogs,’ a delightful tale that our viewers will certainly love,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. “The very gifted and talented Erika Christensen will grace Hallmark Channel viewers with her humor, wit and charm and we are honored to work with one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young stars.”

Bailey Daley (Christensen) is a hapless young bride who has run away from the altar with not one, but three dogs she adopted from past relationships. Running into a small diner one rainy evening in a soaked wedding dress with her dogs at her feet, Bailey launches into the story of her strange predicament to the restaurant owners, Louie (Michael Kopsa, “Fringe”) and Nikki (DeWitt).  She explains that she hasn’t been able to find the right love, always longing for the more loyal, stable companionship she finds in her ex-boyfriends’ canine companions.  Against the knowing advice of her mother Dina (Rothery) and best friend Amber (Holmes), Bailey tries to transform herself into the perfect fit for each new guy she meets—athletic Wade (Hutch), moody Jonathan (Oliver Rice, “On Hollowtree Farm”), and, finally, wealthy Eric (Guilbaut).  As each relationship ends, Bailey adopts her ex’s dogs, but remains hopelessly single.  Until, a twist of fate that stormy night leads her to realize that true puppy love happens only after one stops searching for it.

My Boyfriends’ Dogs” is a Boyfriend’s Dogs Films Inc. production.  Executive Producers are Howard Braunstein, Marcy Gross and Ann Weston. Christian Bruyere is the producer. Terry Ingram directed from a teleplay by Gary Goldstein and Jon Maas. Based on the novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall.

 

HALLMARK CHANNEL/ ‘MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS’

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality family entertainment available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 86 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming featuring an ambitious slate of original content, including movies; scripted series, such as Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered; annual specials like Hero Dog Awards and Kitten Bowl; and a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home & Family. Hallmark Channel is also home to annual holiday franchise, Countdown to Christmas, featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming, including The 12 New Movies of Christmas. Rounding out the networks’ lineup are television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, available in HD and SD, features a unique mix of content including original movies and acquired series that are dramatic in tone and focus on the lighter side of the mystery genre, as well as classic presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.

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Hi, we’re Jeff and Tommy Gay, co-founders of Big Creek Foods and creators of Look Who’s Happy treats. Dogs were always part of the family when we were growing up, including Pepper the Dalmatian, Fritz the Schnauzer and Toby the German Shepherd. Today, a Yellow Lab named Chessie is a much-loved member of Tommy’s family. In Jeff’s home, a perky Maltese named Toby is like his third son. Both of them are enthusiastic taste testers!

We also grew up in our family’s catfish and poultry processing business, providing high quality ingredients for well-known pet food brands. So what inspired us to open a natural treat company that caters exclusively to pets? Because we knew that only a handful of treats you see on the shelf are actually made by the companies that sell them.

We think caring pet parents like you deserve to know who’s making the food and treats that your dogs eat. That’s why we promise that every package of Look Who’s Happy treats is produced in small lots in our own state-of-the-art Gainesville, Georgia plant. Plus, we guarantee that every recipe is formulated to keep dogs healthy and happy. We think your dog will be grinning from nose to tail when you bring home these treats!

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Teresa J. Rhyne comes the next chapter in discovering how dogs come into our lives for a reason, show us how to live, and teach us how to love. 
The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) is the sequel to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling memoir, The Dog Lived (And So Will I).  
It begins with another devastating diagnosis for Rhyne’s beloved beagle, Seamus, who successfully fought a malignant tumor just one year before Rhyne herself faced breast cancer. 
Rhyne vows to fight again and embarks on some experiments to create a healthier lifestyle for her family. She finds better food for Seamus, and trades cheese and meat for a plant-based diet for herself. 
She soon realizes that’s not enough for her…or the animals. 
As Rhyne struggles to find her place—somewhere between a hippie in a hemp skirt and a hypocrite in leather high heels—she also has to cope with the threat of Seamus slowly slipping away and whether her own health will follow the same fate. 
Enter Daphne and Percival—two dogs from dire circumstances who need help. As Rhyne and her boyfriend Chris say good-bye to Seamus, they soon find themselves rescuing a new generation of beagles (and welcoming not one, but two) into their home.  
And this turns out to be the best medicine for everyone. 
The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) Teresa J. Rhyne October 7, 2014 ISBN: 9781492603382; $14.99; Trade Paper; Memoir   
 
Teresa J. Rhyne is a work in progress (she knows that now more than ever). For the moment, she is a lawyer, writer, speaker, animal advocate, wine aficionado, and, for always, a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Southern California with Chris—her boyfriend, soul mate, and partner in all things—and their two mischievous beagles. And, yes, she’s still vegan. For more information, visit http://teresarhyne.com/1-2/  
Daphne (a.k.a. Doodlebutt) was rescued from a kill shelter in Los Angeles. She was used by a backyard breeder, shot, and left on the streets. She also was diagnosed with cancer and had a mast cell tumor removed shortly after she was adopted. 
Daphne is now cancer-free, slim, trim, and bossy as ever (just ask the neighbor dogs or beagle friends Maizy and Chloe). She channels Seamus with her devotion to food and is equally fond of toast.  
Percival spent the first 18 months of his life confined to a steel cage—the victim of animal testing in a pharmaceutical lab. He never walked on grass, saw sunshine, or had a treat or a toy, until he was rescued by Beagle Freedom Project. 
Percival is a happy, playful, little imp who loves life with a zeal that surprises everyone, given all he’s been through. He loves his squeaks, all people, other dogs, and the occasional treat, but all of that pales in comparison to his obsessive love of Chris.  
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of print copies of The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I) in October 2014 will benefit Beagle Freedom Project. 
The very beloved (and diabolically cute) Seamus passed away on March 19, 2013. His story has traveled the world as The Dog Lived (And So Will I) has been translated into six languages. His legacy lives on in helping and humoring others. He touched so many lives and was truly one of a kind. He will never, ever be forgotten.

Company Overview

Incorporated in 2010, The Green Pet Shop™ is a manufacturer and online retailer of “green” pet care products. The privately-owned company, founded to market its patented, eco-friendly Cool Pet Pad for dogs, now offers a line of products that care for pets without compromising the environment.

Green Benefits

All products from The Green Pet Shop meet extremely high standards for environmental responsibility and sustainability. Wherever possible, products contain exclusively safe, organic/natural ingredients; have a lifecycle free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and preservatives; are manufactured from recycled materials; and can be composted or otherwise recycled after use.

Product Offerings

While The Green Pet Shop’s Earth-friendly mission underscores everything it does, the health and therapeutic properties of some of the company’s products are so beneficial that it has decided to carry them even though they might not be as eco-friendly as others. Its most popular products include:

  • Cool Pet Pads—As The Cool Pet Shop’s invention and signature product, Cool Pet Pads are filled with a non-toxic, pressure-activated gel that cools dogs as they lie on the pad. Available in four sizes for dogs up to 150 pounds, the pads reactivate within 15-20 minutes at room temperature once removed from use. Cool Pet Pads require no refrigeration, electricity or water. Washable pad covers also available.

  • Shampoos and Soaps—From CAIN & ABLE, the line includes all-natural lavender & eucalyptus ear cleanser; all-natural lavender conditioning shampoo; and all-natural conditioner. Products are free of detergents, synthetic perfumes and artificial colors. Prevents allergic reactions, eye irritations, skin rashes and hair loss.

  • Flea Repellent/Anti-Itch/Sunscreen—3-in-1 product combines anti-itch aloe and skin softener with a sunscreen. Also takes the sting out of flea bites naturally and without chemicals. Contains Indian frankincense, plant extracts and PABA-free, all-natural sunscreen.

  • Biodegradable Pet Wipes—Durable wipes for eyes, ears, paws and coats as well as minor cuts.

  • Biodegradable Poop Bags—Made from corn starch, the bags degrade safely and efficiently in an aerobic environment. Sold in packages of 60.

Availability

Products from The Green Pet Shop are available at thousands of retail stores across the U.S. and in nearly a dozen foreign countries. In May 2014, The Green Pet Shop debuted product distribution at 1,400 PetSmart stores in the U.S. Products are also sold directly to the public at www.thegreenpetshop.com.

The Green Pet Shop’s sister company, Cool Care Technologies, sells versions of its patented cooling pad technology for human use. Cool Flash™ Pads for mattresses, pillows and other applications are available at www.coolcaretechnologies.com.

Four-legged philosophers that show us every day is a gift.
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF  MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME by Cynthia L. Copeland 
Inspiring and heartwarming, REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME (Workman,  September 2014, $12.95) is a collection of the timeless lessons we can learn from man’s best friend.  It includes reminders to greet every morning with enthusiasm, to love completely and forgive easily,  and to enjoy the ride—even if the destination is the dump, not the dog park. Whether it’s a therapy  dog exemplifying a life of service to others, a senior dog celebrating her inner puppy, or a mutt   reveling in his uniqueness, every dog has wisdom to impart. Remarkable photos capture dogs at                  ©Blickwinkel/Alamy work and at play, eating with gusto, protecting young charges, mourning lost friends, and celebrating  ordinary moments.
Every page delivers a lesson that appeals as much to our hearts as to our minds:      
  Love is an action word.        

©Rita Kochmarjova/fotolia  It’s not about catching your tail; it’s about the fun of chasing it.                       Nap. Play. Eat. Repeat.      There’s no such thing as bad weather.                    Greet loved ones with enthusiasm whether they’ve been gone ten minutes,  or ten months.                         ©Jay Fleck/Moment Open/Getty Images         Scratch where it itches, when it itches.               

Bask in a sliver of sunshine.                     Anything can be a toy.  Every meal is the best meal ever!                            ©JumpStart Studios/Iconica/Getty Images 
We may teach our dogs to sit, stay, and roll over, but the “stuff” they teach us every day about love, loyalty, self-confidence, persistence, and optimism is of far greater value. #     #     # _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________ About the Author—Cynthia Copeland is the author of more than 25 books, including The Diaper Diaries and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me.  Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, selected for Oprah’s “O List,” and recommended by Ann Landers.  She currently volunteers as a dog foster parent, taking pups from overcrowded shelters until permanent homes can be found.  She lives in Keene, New Hampshire. REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME By Cynthia Copeland • Workman Publishing ISBN: 9780761181798 / $12.95 / September 2014 / Paperback / 176 pages

“Everyone knows that season four of Scandal is set to premiere tonight on ABC – and that everyone is desperate to know where Olivia Pope jetted off to. But there’s an even bigger scandal out there that the ASPCA wants to uncover: pet homelessness. In fact, the biggest scandal of all is that there are millions of pets in shelters across this country who just want a loving home. Well, the ASPCA wants to fix that.

By creating these six e-cards featuring famous lines from the show with animals available for adoption right now at the ASPCA Adoption Center, the organization would like to remind everyone to make pet adoption their first option and help get a handle on the number of homeless animals waiting in shelters for loving homes.”

www.aspca.org

 

 

 

 

Animals transported to emergency shelter to receive medical attention, treatment

Kendall, Wis.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Monroe County Humane Investigator and the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office, is assisting with evidence collection and managing the removal and sheltering of 15 dogs and a parakeet living in an overcrowded mobile home in rural Kendall, Wis. The animals were discovered living among feces, trash and rotting food in a poorly ventilated environment.

As a result of an investigation initiated by Monroe County Humane Investigator Bekah Weitz, a search warrant was executed Thursday morning for the removal of the animals.

“Animal hoarding is a complex issue that can encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns,” said Kyle Held, Midwest regional director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Many of the dogs were living in filth, and our immediate goal is to transport them to a safe place where they will receive care and treatment by our medical team.”

“We’re pleased to be able to work collaboratively with our Humane Investigator and the ASPCA to remove these animals from this overwhelming situation and help as many of them as possible,” added Detective Lieutenant Ron Rader with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to Pomeranians—were living in an overcrowded mobile home and exhibited signs of neglect. They also appeared to be suffering from dental disease and dehydration, among other medical issues. As is common in hoarding situations, most of the dogs were not spayed or neutered. ASPCA responders also discovered deceased animal remains on the property.

“The compromised conditions these animals were living in prompted us to take action,” said Monroe County Humane Investigator Bekah Weitz. “It was clear that intervention was needed to help both the owner and the animals. We couldn’t have done it without such great support from all the agencies involved.”

The dogs are being transported to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will receive the care and medical attention they need. Agencies including Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas, have deployed responders to assist the ASPCA with the removal and sheltering of the dogs. Additionally, PetSmart Charities® provided supplies, including pet crates and food to support the rescue operation.

The ASPCA will continue to care for the animals at the temporary shelter until suitable placement options are available.

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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The MagneClip® Ease Pet Leash is a must-have for pet owners, especially women who suffer from broken nails and pinched fingers when they try to leash their pet!

While stiff spring clips are difficult to operate the MagneClip® Ease Pet Leash, latch your dog's collar or harness instantly, comfortably and easily -- even for kids. The patented MagneClip® features a high quality hand-polished clip that's perfect for pet owners who suffer from arthritis or weak grip strength.

The strong nylon leash has vibrant patterns sewn on one side. Sundance features our softest available fabric.

Available in two sizes, small and medium. Designed to coordinate perfectly with our Fido Fashion pet collars

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“A fun book! Life’s a Bark captures the spirit of what is fundamentally canine and offers lots of ideas of how we can practically insert what dogs teach us into our lives, no matter what life throws our way.”
—Steve Dale, author of Chicago Tribune’s nationally-syndicated column My Pet World and host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio-Chicago 
What You Can Learn about Life and Love…from Your Dog Canine Expert Larry Kay Shares How Your Dog Can Unlock the Simple Joys in Your Life 
Larry Kay says, “Treat me like a dog.” It sounds funny, but he’s right: the days are long gone when being “treated like a dog” was a bad thing. What if we treat everyone—ourselves included—the way beloved dogs treat us: with loyal companionship? New research proves what dog lovers have long known: their canine friends can connect with humans on a deep emotional level, with empathy, compassion, and care. 
In his upcoming book, Life’s a Bark: What Dogs Teach Us About Life and Love (ISBN: 9781402293498; JUNE 2014; $14.99 U.S.; Gift; Hardcover), dog-training expert Larry Kay explores the question: “How might we change for the better if we took lessons from the dog’s playbook of life?”  
Filled with 123 touching photos, 60 hilarious and heartwarming lessons, and packed with practical tips on life  and love, Life’s a Bark shows dog lovers how easy it is to learn from their canine companions’ positive outlooks.  
Listen Well. When we need to talk, a loyal dog stays by us with patient attention. Try listening to someone without giving advice. 
Love Me As I Am. Dogs accept themselves as they are. When you have a negative thought, interrupt that pessimistic pattern by acting like a dog: smile and pant. (Bonus points for scratching your head with your foot!) 
Facts about Larry Kay • His Facebook page has more than 190,000 dog-loving fans • His credo is: “When we discover pets, we discover ourselves.” • His book on dog training won two national book awards • His dog-care DVD for kids won five awards • Canine journalism credits include The Westminster Dog Show, AOL, Dog Fancy, American Animal Hospital Association • His personal brand, Positively Woof, celebrates our human-animal bond with the Power of ARF: Advocacy, Readiness, Fun Visit Larry Kay— • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PositivelyWoof • Website: http://positivelywoof.com/lifes-a-bark-press-kit



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