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

TPR News
Saturday, August 29, the 241st day of 2015.
There are 124 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
KellyAnne Payne - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
New York Times Best Selling Author W. Bruce Cameron will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/29/15 at 5 PM EST to dicuss and give away his book - The Dog Master
Dr. John Willard will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 630 PM EST on 8/29/15 to discuss and give away his Dr. Willard's Natural Restorative Pet Care Kits

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.

TPR News
Saturday, August 22, the 234th day of 2015.
There are 131 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Katy Meyer, DVM - CoHost
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Special Guests:
Kate Smith author of Don't Fart When You Snuggle, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/22/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away her book
Doug Danforth From LINKS-IT will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/22/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his Pet Tag Connetors

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
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
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

New Pet Tag & Connector System Improves Safety, Convenience with Colorful Style

LINKS-IT® Pet Tag Connector attaches Pawdentify™ tags in a snap

Trying to put new identification or rabies tags on a pet’s collar should be a simple process. But using a metal ring to connect a tag to the D-ring on the collar can at times require a third hand. And once finally attached to a collar the hassle continues. Metal tags jingle whether pets are walking, running, shaking, or scratching. And, over time identification information engraved on tags can wear off making them impossible to read. LINKS-IT Pet Tag Connector eliminates the frustration of attaching tags by replacing the metal ring and making it possible to simply snap tags onto a collar. Pawdentify tags replace metal with a renewably sourced polymer that is quieter, lighter, and more colorful and customizable.

The LINKS-IT Pet Tag Connector is diamond shaped with a lock in the middle that secures tags in place. To use a LINKS-IT Pet Tag Connector, pet owners simply hold the LINKS-IT in one hand and pull the lock in the direction of the arrow with the other hand to open it. Up to four tags can be placed onto the bottom half of the LINKS-IT. The top half of LINKS-IT slips onto the collar’s D-ring and the lock is snapped back into place. In seconds, tags are securely hanging from the pet’s neck where they belong, no fingernails broken, fingers pinched or blood pressures raised in the process.

Pawdentify pet tags are made of Sorona®, an environmentally friendly DuPontTM polymer, rather than metal. Quieter and about one-third the weight of metal tags, Pawdentify tags are also more durable. Currently, over 100 tags are available across 20 designs, in multiple color variations, with new styles planned for each season. Each Pawdentify tag is customized with pet’s identification information and comes with a color-coordinated LINKS-IT. Because Pawdentify is not made of metal, it will not jingle or stain a pet’s fur. Also, designs and text are permanent, so they will not wear away over time. Pawdentify tags are available in two sizes to fit dogs of all sizes, as well as cats. A standard tag is 1.25” diameter (about the size of a half dollar) and a small tag is 1” diameter (about the size of a quarter).

“I have three dogs and after a year of wear, tear and dirt I like to replace their collars. But I always dreaded having to switch over their tags. Even armed with a screwdriver and pliers I would still end up breaking a metal ring or pinching a finger,” said LINKS-IT creator Doug Danforth. “With the help of a team of veterinarians we designed LINKS-IT to make it easier to attach tags. LINKS-IT customers frequently complained about engraved metal tags. So, we decided to make a better tag next. LINKS-IT and Pawdentify combined make pet ID easy, safe, and fun. We hope this new system will keep more pets safe and make more lost pet stories end happily.”

LINKS-IT and Pawdentify can be purchased online at www.links-it.com or ww.pawdentify.com, as well as at select veterinary offices. Pawdentify with LINKS-IT costs $22.00 (including free shipping), and LINKS-IT alone costs $7.99. Both products are 100% made in the U.S.A. All Pawdentify designs can be color-coordinated with LINKS-IT Pet Tag Connectors. LINKS-IT is available in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black and white.


LINKS-IT was inspired by twin Beagles, Marley and Molly, and yellow Labrador Retriever, Atticus. Over the years, Doug Danforth dreaded the task of attaching 4 tags (ID, rabies, license, and microchip) to the collars of his family's dogs. Additionally, Doug noticed that most of the lost or stray dogs that he found in the neighborhood either did not have current ID tags or the information engraved on them was no longer legible. Doug concluded that even responsible pet parents don’t update their dogs' tags, because it is so difficult. He thought that there must be a better way! A well-designed product that makes changing tags easy would help keep more dogs safe. From there, the initial ideas for LINKS-IT and Pawdentify were formed.


Voting open through Sept. 1

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 20, 2015—Time is running out to cast your vote for America’s Favorite Veterinarian at AVMF.org/AFV. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) nationwide contest honors outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of animals.

This year’s 20 finalists include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine. They range from traditional practices to mobile clinics, rescue programs, holistic medicine and public health.

“I challenge anyone to read the incredible stories of the 20 finalists and not come away moved and impressed with all the fascinating things that veterinarians do,” said Dr. Ginger Brainard, psychologist, pet owner, and committee chair of the AVMF’s America's Favorite Veterinarian contest. 

The finalists were nominated by their clients, partners and co-workers who submitted a brief essay explaining why their veterinarian deserves recognition. Now it is up to the general public to determine who will earn the title of America’s Favorite Veterinarian for 2015-2016.

“It was clear from reading the entries that each of these nominees have positively impacted the lives of their clients and community,” said Dr. John Brooks, chair of the AVMF board. “Inspired by their compassion and extraordinary lengths taken to improve the health and welfare of animals and people, the AVMF established the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) so that the charitable work of these extraordinary veterinarians can continue and expand.”

The VCCF is a unique partnership between the animal-loving public and members of the veterinary profession. Existing clients can make tax-deductible donations that can be used to help families and individuals during a time of crisis. It is a way for the donated funds to support people in the community and know that their donations stay local. Among those helped by this fund include:

  • Active and retired service dogs
  • Low-income senior citizens with pets
  • Injured domestic animals rescued by Good Samaritans and first responders
  • Animals rescued from abuse and neglect
  • Veterinary clients experiencing a crisis 

“We hope voters will take a minute to contribute to their favorite veterinarian’s VCCF or if they do not have a VCCF, they can contribute to AVMF’s The Greatest Needs Fund,” said Dr. Brooks. “This helps veterinarians use their skills to provide vital care to more sick and injured animals.”

The winner of America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be announced in late September on AVMF.org/AFV. America’s Favorite Veterinarian will receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2016 AVMA Convention in San Antonio, a year-long feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at their clinic to recognize the accomplishments of the veterinarian and his or her staff. Additionally, the nominator of the winning veterinarian will receive an animal lover’s gift pack.

 For more information on America’s Favorite Veterinarian and the AVMF, visit AVMF.org/AFV.

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The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  For over 50 years the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians care for animals.  Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Animal Health Research Support, Student Enhancement and Support.

Saturday, August 15, the 227th day of 2015. There are 138 days left in the year.

Visit Part 2 on youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX3rCZcxnCA


TPR News
Saturday, August 1, the 213th day of 2015. There are 152 days left in the year.Crew
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Jarred - Vet/CoHost
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Devon Thompson - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Caitlin Quinn, Assistant Director of Animal Farm Foundation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 5 PM EST 8/01/15 to discuss the truth about the majority of "Pit Bull" dog owners
Adrian Pettyan, Caru CEO and co-founder will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/1/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away their Soft "N Tasty Caru Treats

TPR News
Saturday, July 25, the 206th day of 2015. There are 159 days left in the year.Crew
Jon Patch - Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Let the Celebration Begin - The Annual Party and Fundraiser for Matilda is about to begin at The Algonquin Hotel In NYC - Long time friend Alice De Almeida will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss the event
John Davidson from BioFog Inc. creators of SCOE10X will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his pet odor eliminator

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