TPR NewsCrew:
Jon Patch - Host, Producer, Reporter, Everything Guy
Barry Seibold - The Other Guy, Vet Tech
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests
Steve Brooks author of Dog Bites will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/20/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away his new book
Kevin Fick, Worldwise CEO, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/20/14 at 6:30 PM EST to discuss and give away products from the Kathy Ireland pet line
David DeLorenzo, Fruitables President, will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 12/20/14 at 730 PM EST to discuss and give away their Vanilla Snowflake dog treats

KATHY IRELAND DEVELOPS COLLECTION OF SOLUTION

BASED PET PRODUCTS INSPIRED BY HOME DÉCOR

SAN RAFAEL, CA (Dec. 20, 2014) -- The new kathy ireland Loved Ones™ pet product collection, inspired by home décor trends, is both functional and stylish. The collection will be launching at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL and shown at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL in March 2014.

Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®), leads one of the country’s most successful design and marketing firms with revenues topping $2 billion in licensed products annually, according to Forbes Magazine. Kathy Ireland and the kiWW team has partnered with pet industry leader, Worldwise®, to create the kathy ireland Loved Ones™ collection which offers gorgeous fabrics, unique features and clear points of difference in the marketplace.

Kevin Fick, Worldwise CEO commented; “As a company Worldwise is excited to partner with Kathy Ireland and her team at kiWW to develop a line of pet products unique to the market. Kathy makes a great partner, she brings both her design savvy as well as her knowledge of what it means to be a busy parent to both the two footed and four footed child. Kathy’s design sense mixed with Worldwise’s ability to create innovative and solution based products is a winning combination.”

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection is solution based and designed to support the needs of pets and their guardians. Each product is designed to fit within a system that addresses your Loved Ones needs; Play, Relax, Nourish, Explore, Restore, Indulge with a diverse range of product for both cats and dogs.

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of pet bedding, tailored from beautiful and durable materials are designed to meet your Loved Ones needs and sleeping styles. These beds are made to last through many naps! The collection features the patented Cuddle Cube Pet Bed© which enables the pet to sink into the bed, without the bed losing its structure. The Quilted Pet Bed with Lounge Mat, features a quilted bed base with a reversible mat inside. It can be used “as is,” or upgraded using the Mix & Match feature, enabling the pet guardian to match the bed style with the sleeping style of the pet. The Tailor Made Gusseted Pet Bed, is beautifully appointed with upholstery like details. This bed is designed to keep its shape, and continue looking great even when in use. The Pillow Hideout Bed offers a unique hood that allows the pet to snuggle in, or stash a favorite toy. The Constant Comfort Bolstered Pet Bed, gives comfort and support for both the body and the head, it will be a favorite place to rest for your dog. The attention to detail is evident, quality fill materials are used for the comfort of the pet, and for the pet guardians there are handles for easy portability, and removable covers for easy cleaning just throw them in the wash! Retails range from $40.00 $180.00

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of leashes, collars and accessories, provides stylish solutions for the pet and pet guardian on the go. The leash and collar collection offers patented features like the Tag Silencer© to quiet the jangling of i.d. tags as well as our easy attach leash ring which makes it super simple to put a leash on an excited pet. Our stylish leashes feature a shock absorber to help eliminate strain from a dog that pulls. Walking your pet will never be easier or more stylish. Retails range from $8.00 $30.00

Every pet needs activity and exercise for a healthy and happy life. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection, offers innovative and solution based toys that will meet a variety of pet needs. For cats, the collection features organic catnip infused toys and refillable catnip toys for your cat’s excitement and enjoyment. Our patented Stretch and Chase© Mouse or Fish launchers will help get those cats up and moving. For dogs, the collection offers our range of durable toys which will hold up against even the strongest of chewers. Our Hide and Seek© balls are patented, waterproof, durable, with light and sound features that will make sure you never lose a ball again. Retails range from $5.00 $20.00

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers scratch pieces and related furniture that include solutions for scratch, grooming and play, that will beautifully integrate into the home. Three of the modular scratch solutions from the collection are the Scratch and Climb Tower, Covered Groom and Hide Scratch Perch and the Scratch and Seek Tower with Ramp, Hammock, and Tunnel. Each works perfectly on its own, but also works together to create a completely stylish activity center for your cat. Retails range $20.00 $250.00

Exploring the world with your pet, whether it be at the market, or on a weekend getaway, needn’t be a hassle. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers a range of travel accessories that provide stylish solutions for the pet and pet guardian on the go. For the pet who travels, the Reversible Travel Mat unrolls to a double sided, durable mat, providing a comfortable place to rest with quilted padding, whether it be in the back of a car, or in a bed & breakfast. The kathy ireland Loved Ones Travel Tote offers a stylish way to carry your smaller pet with padded non-skid straps for comfort of the pet guardian, and internal padding along with a leash strap for comfort and security of your pet. Meal time is a breeze when using our waterproof Travel Bowls, they feature a waterproof inner liner with a protective flap at the top to protect the zipper from dirt and debris, functional and stylish, these handy bowls fold flat when not in use. Retails range $20.00 90.00

Designed to fit beautifully into the home, the kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of ceramic feeding solutions will elegantly accent your pet’s meal. With solutions for both dog and cat, the collection features low profile dishes for cats to prevent whisker stress, and stylish yet sturdy ceramic bowls for dogs. Ceramics have metallic gold detailing and are dishwasher safe. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers furniture pieces like the Grow with Me Adjustable Feeder for dogs, that adjusts in height as your pet grows older and the Double Diner with Storage Drawer which has handy storage drawer for your dog’s toys. Both furniture feeding options feature removable stainless steel bowls with silicone gaskets (to prevent drips) for easy cleaning. Retails range $5.00 130.00

For the pet owner that wants to indulge their pet even further, kathy ireland Loved Ones offers the Gracie and Delilah® collection, featuring products for both dogs and cats with extra-indulgent details, touches of shine, sparkle and luxe fabrics to pamper their Loved One.

About Worldwise®

The SmartyKat®, TrustyPup®, PoochPlanet® and Petlinks® brands are manufactured by Worldwise®, a leading consumer pet products company. Worldwise develops unique, high-quality products made from natural, recycled, reclaimed and certified organic material, and distributes them through the nation’s largest retailers. Worldwise brands are changing consumer beliefs about the look, feel, price and performance of environmentally responsible products. www.worldwise.com

About kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®)

Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland Worldwide® brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The missions of “...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms™,” “...finding solutions for people in love™,” and“...finding solutions for people in business™,” translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more.

kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.

Listed as the 28th most powerful brand globally, by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland Worldwide® is the result of teamwork and dedication. According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.

Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including; YWCA, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Additional information is available at kathyireland.com

DOG BITES with Steve Brooks

The Perfect Book for Foodies & Dog Lovers!

Steve Brooks, Celebrity Dog Trainer and founder of SteveBrooksK9U, shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover how to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites as rewards for good behavior!

Steve Brooks (CPDT/KA) is a master of creative, positive, science-based reward training methods with terrific results and has been training dogs for over 20 years using “dog bites” to correctly train thousands of dogs with lasting results.

DOG BITES with Steve Brooks uses food as an effective training tool. In this book, you will discover what is safe and unsafe to feed your dog while learning how to modify your favorite meals to share with your pup! While Steve cooks recipes from Organic Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Pup-Tato Fries to Chicken Pup-Pie, he shares what is safe and delicious for canine consumption. He also demonstrates the health benefits and dangers of many human foods.

  • Discover how to modify K9 behavior with Steve’s Positive Training Tactics

  • Learn how to use food (and other rewards) to correctly train your dog

  • Teach your dog to: walk without pulling on the leash, come, stay, tricks…and more!

  • Reduce fear, food-guarding and aggression issues

  • Know which foods are safe and unsafe; foods that can heal or harm your dog

  • Train your dog to take food gently right out of your hand!

Steve Brooks is a world-renowned Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT/KA), a credential granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). He is a Canine Behavioral Expert and professional member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers. He is a licensed presenter of Family Paws Parent Education, Dog & Baby Connection, Dog & Storks, and a proud member of Pet Professional Guild where he promotes force free training

Steve founded SteveBrooksK9U (www.SteveBrooksK9U.com) in Los Angeles in 1999. Since then, he’s been one of LA’s most sought-after dog trainers. Thousands of dogs have graduated from K9U. Steve’s clients include Hollywood celebrities such as: Sheryl Crow, Robert Downey Jr, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lori Alan, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, William Fichtner, Cheryl Tiegs, Dennis Dugan, William Peterson, Rick Rubin, members of the bands Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few, as well as, thousands of everyday dog lovers.

DOG BITES with Steve Brooks is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, most online bookstores and at www.SteveBrooksK9U.com

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Steve’s talents have garnered him media exposure in both national and international markets.  He has appeared regularly as the dog expert on training and safety for Fox News in both San Diego and Los Angeles and NBC news in Palm Springs. In 2009, Steve was featured as the dog training expert in Marley & Me (Blu-Ray DVD). He has appeared in programs such as Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, as well as, appearing on CBS’ “World’s Funniest Pets”,TBS’ “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and the nationally syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. Steve was the trainer of Presley, the rescue Boxer and winner of “The Greatest American Dog.” Many international broadcasters in Japan, Canada and Australia have also profiled Steve and his work as a professional trainer. Steve has been featured on a multitude of radio shows such as Pet World Insider and KPCC 89.3 Public Radio. He is a regular contributor to numerous publications and an ongoing writer for Fido Friendly magazine.

DISCUSSION TOPICS WITH STEVE BROOKS

A Feast For Fido - Sharing Holiday Meals With Your Dog - Creative, safe and healthy meals you can share with your dog during the holidays.

Keeping Your Home Safe For Your Dog - Ways you can ensure your home is safe for the new Christmas puppy. How to avoid dangers that may be lurking in your home that could endanger your dog.

Holistic Help For Your Dog - Natural ways to care for your dog to enhance good health.

No Kibble Needed - Throw together a healthy meal for your dog with ingredients right from your refrigerator.

Feeding Fido On the Go - On the road with no kibble, Steve shares surprising healthy fast food options you can feed your dog.

Holiday Manners For Your Pup - Quick tips to keep your pup "party polite."

PUP-tality! – What you can do NOW to help your dog live a longer life with vitality!

Superfoods For Your Dog – Turn your dog’s diet from good to great with superfoods!

First Aid For Your Dog – Learn how to handle emergencies, such as poisonous foods and choking, with techniques that could save your dog’s life.

Fido Fitness – Exercise tips for your dog at every age!

TPR PREP

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

Special Guests:

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

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

Hemp Health Inc. Releases “Cannabidiol” (CBD) Supplements for Pets

Hemp-based supplements offer natural, medicinal properties without getting pets ‘high’

CARLSBAD, Calif. – October XX, 2014 – Hemp Health Inc., a pioneer in hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products, today introduced Pharma CBD Pet, a new line of CBD supplements designed specifically for animals. Appropriate for dogs, cats and other mammals, the CBD supplements are available in spray, capsule and topical salve form. For veterinarians and pet owners seeking safe alternatives to prescription medicines, Hemp Health Inc.’s Pharma CBD Pet offers the therapeutic ingredient in cannabis without the negative, psychoactive side effects of medical marijuana.

Legal in all 50 U.S. states and 42 countries, CBD is the chemical compound that researchers have overwhelmingly identified as the active medicinal ingredient in cannabis. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, laboratory, animal and preclinical testing have demonstrated that CBD may have anti-tumor effects as well as anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. In addition, researchers are actively investigating CBD’s potential to treat epilepsy, anxiety, arthritis, neurodegeneration, nausea and other medical issues.

Hemp Health Inc.’s new pet products allow veterinarians and pet owners to provide dogs and cats with CBD as an alternative or complement to prescription medicines. The CBD sprays can be administered directly into the animal’s mouth and the CBD capsules can be mixed with food. The pet versions of Hemp Health Inc.’s products offer comparable potency to the company’s Pharma CBD for people.

Dr. Dave Bourgouin, a chiropractor and proponent of natural medicines, currently uses Hemp Health Inc.’s Pharma CBD Pet for his dog, Reef. Dr. Bourgouin began to give Reef CBD when the dog was experiencing severe arm pain caused by a cyst that was exerting pressure on a nerve.

According to Dr. Bourgouin, “CBD hit three birds with one stone. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects have clearly reduced Reef’s pain over the last month and a half. CBD has also leveled out Reef’s mood, and I no longer need to give him an antidepressant as I was recommended to do before. I’m happy to have Reef on natural CBD instead of three strong medications, and I intend to keep him on the supplement.”

“Veterinarians and pet owners deserve access to CBD, and we’re encouraged when customers like Dr. Bourgouin report back with good results,” said Katarina Maloney, co-founder of Hemp Health Inc. “The research on CBD is promising, and we’re determined to give pet owners access to an affordable supplement.”

While Hemp HealthInc.sells CBD Pet products directly to consumers online, veterinarians can also become resellers of Hemp Health Inc.’s CBD spray and capsules. Hemp Health Inc. offers a drop-ship option so that veterinarians may offer pet owners Pharma CBD Pet productswithout storing them at the clinic.

To learn more about Hemp Health Inc.’s pet products, visit https://hemphealthinc.com/product-category/cbd-pet-health/

About Hemp Health Inc.

Hemp Health Inc. is a developer, retailer and wholesaler of hemp cannabidiol (CBD) supplements. The company offers CBD in capsule, raw oil and oral spray form for both human beings and pets. Hemp Health Inc.’s products are made with federally legal CBD derived from industrial hemp stalk grown on generational family farms in Europe. Organic, non-GMO, kosher and vegan, Hemp Health Inc.’s products are legal in all 50 states. Learn more at www.hemphealthinc.com.

S.B. 177 will allow domestic violence victims to keep their pets safe during crises

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today applauds Ohio lawmakers for passing S.B. 177, which will help Ohio’s families and companion animals by giving judges the clear legal authority to include pets in protective orders for victims of domestic violence. The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich to be signed into law.

“Too often, victims will not flee an abusive situation if they have to leave a pet behind, unprotected,” said Vicki Deisner, Midwest legislative director for the ASPCA. “No one should have to make the impossible choice between escaping an abusive situation and ensuring their pet’s safety. The ASPCA urges Governor Kasich to quickly sign this bill into law to address this pervasive problem and protect Ohio families and their pets.”

Research shows that 71 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, harmed or killed a family pet. Even more concerning, as many as 50 percent of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations for fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind. Despite the frequency and severity of this problem, only a small percentage of domestic violence shelters across the country accommodate pets.

“The inability to flee an abusive relationship places domestic violence victims, their children and pets at a much greater risk of emotional and physical trauma, and even death,” said Deisner. “The ASPCA thanks Senators Michael Skindell (D-Cleveland) and Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), and Representatives Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) for their diligent efforts to pass this legislation as it will encourage victims to seek help and give them the security they need to escape a dangerous environment.”

Twenty-seven U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have enacted laws that include provisions for pets in orders of protection, and earlier this year, the U.S. Congress introduced federal legislation to expand existing federal domestic violence protections to include pets of domestic violence victims. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act amends the Violence Against Women Act’s interstate stalking provisions to make crossing state lines to injure pets a punishable offense. It also adds veterinary care to the list of restitution costs that can be recovered by victims, establishes a federal grant program designed to help domestic violence victims safely house their pets, and expresses a recommendation by Congress that states should include pets in protective orders.

For more information on the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

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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Pets in the Classroom launches social media campaign to raise $60,000 to aid educators and students

The Pets in the Classroom grant program is joining the crowdfunding revolution in an effort to raise funds needed to help them reach their goal of impacting the lives of 5 million students by 2017 through classroom pets and the benefits they provide.   With a hope of raising $60,000, Pets in the Classroom is asking people to support the grant program by making a donation at StartSomeGood.com.

 Donations to Pets in the Classroom will aid in the development and learning of children inspired by interactions with a classroom pet. Classroom pets benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance, teaching children responsibility, encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem.  Numerous Pets in the Classroom grant recipients have confirmed the emotional and educational value to students in having small animals in the classroom as well as the importance of having the financial support of the Pets in the Classroom grant program:

"My students come from very poor, rough neighborhoods and homes. When school first started six weeks ago, I had to write multiple referrals per day for violent acts. Since Ella the Guinea Pig came to share our classroom, I have not [had] any violent acts and the noise level has gone way down because they don't want her to be frightened. They beg their families to let them bring a carrot stick from home or they ask me if they can save part of their lunch to share with her. The best part is watching the empathy they developed for Ella begin to transfer to their peers. Ella has done something in four weeks that I may or may not have been able to do all year."

~ Marie Roberts, Prime Prep Academy, Fort Worth, Texas

"My experience with the program has been overwhelmingly positive.  I am an elementary music teacher in a low income district in southern New Jersey, serving approx. 650 students per year.  "Phil", our bearded dragon has become a school mascot of sorts.  Not a school day goes by without countless students coming to see him, talk to him, or for the privileged ones, feed him.  He has become an integral part of science lessons in several classrooms, graphing and charting his growth rate, and even has his own Instagram page.  Students are very motivated to be chosen as the weekly "Phil's Feeders Club".  I cannot thank the grant enough for opening my eyes to just how much ANY student can benefit from the experience."

~Chris Hannah, Dr. William Mennies Elementary School, Vineland, New Jersey              

 “Through this grant, we were able to offset the cost of a few months supply of food and hay.  By saving these costs, we are able to provide more educational supplies and materials to our students.” 

~ Lani Douglas, Inman Park Cooperative Preschool, Atlanta, Georgia

 Pets in the Classroom is overseen by the Pet Care Trust, a non-profit, charitable, public foundation  incorporated in Washington, D.C. in 1990. The Pets in the Classroom grant program was established by the Pet Care Trust with the knowledge that, while they are a valuable teaching tool, many teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals.  Through this educational grants program, teachers can obtain a grant for the purchase of new pets, pet environments, or pet food, and supplies for existing classroom pets through a direct, no-hassle grant application on the Pets in the Classroom website ().

To date, more than 50,000 grants have been awarded to elementary and middle school classrooms. Each grant, ranging from $75-$125, aids one classroom, and on average 45 children. Since the program began just four years ago, The Pets in the Classroom grant has impact around 2,250,000 children. To help Pets in the Classroom reach 27,000 more students through the crowdfunding campaign, donate at http://startsomegood.com/Venture/pets_in_the_classroom. ;

About Pets in the Classroom http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

Pets in the Classroom is a grants program supporting responsible pet care for our public and private school classrooms. Grants are available for elementary teachers grades pre-K through 8th grade.

About StartSomeGood http://www.startsomegood.com

StartSomeGood aims to empower people from around the world to create social impact by connecting those with ideas for improving the world with the financial and intellectual capital they need to take action.

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

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY READ—

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLERS A DOG’S PURPOSEand A DOG’S JOURNEY!

W. Bruce Cameron, the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (which hit the USA Today list and spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list with a movie by Dreamworks in the works) and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey, returns with another inspiring novel, THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS (Forge Books Hardcover; $15.99; October 15, 2014). A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey have been absolute success stories with over 326,000 “Likes” on the A Dog’s Purpose Facebook Fan page and countless readers who have fallen in love with their moving stories. THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS is just as heartwarming and thought-provoking. 

Cameron’s latest demonstrates how the unconditional love received from dogs can make all the difference in human lives…A book about dog lovers by an author who understands the canine soul.”

Kirkus Reviews on The Dogs of Christmas

In THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS, while nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a vivacious woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter’s “Dogs of Christmas” program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her.

But he’s fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh’s life. He barely has time to sit down, between chasing after adventurous Sophie and brave Oliver, but when he does, his lap is quickly filled by the affectionate Lola. And Rufus and Cody’s strong bond makes Josh wonder about his own relationships with his family. 

With Christmas and the adoption date looming, Josh finds himself wondering if he can separate himself from his beloved puppies. At odds with Kerri, Josh isn’t willing to lose her, but doesn’t know how to set things right. Can a surprise litter of Christmas puppies really change one man’s life?  THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS is a charming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.

W. Bruce Cameron is an exceptional and talented writer whose passion and dynamic narrative vividly illuminate what’s most important in our world, and his novels resonate with adults and young adults alike.  THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS will not only entertain, but will enlighten humans everywhere about what’s most important to dogs:  Spreading the word that you can adopt a dog of any breed you desire through animal rescue.

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 with a movie by Dreamworks in the works), and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s JourneyA Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey have been absolute success stories with over 325,000 “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, which Fox 2000 recently acquired the rights for producer Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen's Temple Hill (Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars). 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 is releasing in Fall 2014.   Cameron was also named 2011 Newspaper Columnist of the year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. To learn more about W. Bruce Cameron and his work, visit: www.brucecameron.com &www.adogspurpose.com.

THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS For more information, contact:

By W. Bruce Cameron Karen Lovell / Forge Publicity

ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS

This sweet story is told with humor and a deep understanding of the transformative value of loving a dog.  A perfect holiday read!”

Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas

W. Bruce Cameron is a champion of the underdog! The Dogs of Christmas is an inspiring, delightful story that deserves a special place under the tree of every canine-lover in your life.”

Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

"As warm and bright as Christmas morning. If you don't already have a dog, reading this book will send you right to the shelter to find one to love."

Iris R. Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches

ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR A DOG’S PURPOSE & A DOG’S JOURNEY

An amazing book.”

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, on A Dog's Purpose

I loved the book and I could not put it down.”

Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation

on A Dog's Purpose

Once again endearing himself to animal lovers, Cameron explores the concept of canine karma with acute sensitivity and exhibits cunning insight into life from a dog’s perspective.”

Booklist on A Dog's Journey

Readers will devour this wonderful story and cry from beginning to end. Sweet and heartfelt, Cameron likely has another bestseller on his hands.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review on A Dog's Journey

LOCAL MOTHER DAUGHTER DUO FOR THE PETS

Denver-based pair launches Trendy Pet and Sweat Pea Kitchens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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