Inception Media Group Proudly Presents
Todd Oliver: Funny Dog
Man’s Best Friend Finally Talks Back!
Family-Friendly, Stand-Up Comedy Coming to DVD April 8th
“So funny and amazing!”
Penn & Teller
LOS ANGELES — April 1, 2014 — For Immediate Release —A ventriloquist for 35 years, Todd Oliver brings his act to the next level by taking the stage with his own pets as co-stars in the comedy show, Todd Oliver: Funny Dog, coming to DVD April 8 from Inception Media Group.
Named as one of the top-five ventriloquists in the world by the king of late night himself, David Letterman, the comedian and his amazing talking, dogs – all real-life adopted family pets – bring down the house in this over-the-top performance!
Most recently, Oliver has appeared as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and on TheLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Today Show, Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Howie Mandel Show, among others, have made him and his canine sidekicks a favorite of countless fans of all ages!
Todd Oliver: Funny Dogis presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and digital stereo 2.0.
About Inception Media Group Inception Media Group, LLC is based in Los Angeles and is a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and other filmed entertainment across all media platforms and channels of distribution. Inception Media Group's management team has extensive relationships with exhibitors, retailers, distributors and technology companies, enabling the Company to maximize the services performed on behalf of its content partners. The company boasts a catalog of approximately 100 filmed entertainment properties and over 2,500 hours of digital content encompassing feature films, episodic television series, documentaries and special interest programming. More information is available at www.inceptionmediagroup.com
Todd Oliver: Funny Dog
Inception Media Group
Genre: Comedy/Stand Up/Family
Format: DVD Only
Running Time: Approx. 62 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $14.98
Pre-Order Date: March 4, 2014
Street Date: April 8, 2014
Catalog #: IMG1243DVD
UPC Code: #815300011805
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ANXIETY WRAP® PUTS STRESSED PETS AT EASE
Reading Your Dog’s Body Language
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Pet parents would love to know what their pets are thinking, but since our pets can’t verbally tell us it’s important to understand what their body language is saying. Here are a few ways to read your dog’s body language, and how to interpret what they are trying to tell you.
A dog’s tail - A dog’s tail is used to communicate strong emotions, including happiness, as well as anger and agitation. To accurately get the bigger picture the dog’s wagging or tucked tail is trying to tell you, look at the rest of his body language. If his ears are pinned forward or back, or has stiffened muscles and dilated pupils, these are all signs your dog needs some space.
A dog’s ears - A dog will hold his ears naturally when he is relaxed and comfortable. When he’s alert, he’ll raise them higher on his head and direct them toward whatever is holding his interest. If his ears are pulled back slightly, it’s a signal his intention is friendly. And if your dog’s ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his head, he’s signaling that he’s frightened or feeling submissive.
A dog’s body - When your dog is scared, he does his best to look small. Often, his body looks hunched, with his tail held low or tucked between his rear legs and his ears flattened back on his skull. His muscles of his body and face will be tense and rigid. He might even cower close to the ground or try to escape.
Some pets fear certain sounds (like thunderstorms or fireworks), being in crowds, or even being left alone. To help ease their various fears, the original, patented Anxiety Wrap gives a calming, hug-like sensation – activating and maintaining key pressure points that better enable pets to relax. Helping your dog keep calm can even prevent behavioral issues. (For additional notes on how the one-of-a-kind product works, click here to see helpful Anxiety Wrap graph and notes.)
According to Dr. Roger Mugford, Pet Psychologist and Founder of The Company of Animals, “Fear and anxiety are at the root of many canine behavioral problems.” Unaddressed, these fears can result in aggressiveness, leash pulling, separation anxiety, excessive barking, and hyperactivity. “We’ve been using and recommending the Anxiety Wrap in The Company of Animals’ own British Behaviour Centre for years,” continues Mugford.
A recently published Tufts University Clinical Research Study, titled “The Effectiveness of Anxiety Wrap in the Treatment of Canine Thunderstom Phobia: An Open-Label Trial,” even deemed the product 89 percent effective! The Anxiety Wrap was especially called out as "safe and effective treatment for canine thunderstorm phobia." The study has since been published, and the Anxiety Wrap cited, in such respected journals and resources as The Journal of Veterinary Behavior and ScienceDirect.
The Anxiety Wrap starts at $39.95 and comes in 11 canine sizes – to properly fit each age and breed. There are even calming face wraps for dogs, called Quite Dog®, and specialty made feline Anxiety Wraps, available too.For the full product selection by The Company of Animals, visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us.
ABOUT THE COMPANY OF ANIMALS
Founded by pet behaviorist Dr. Roger Mugford, The Company of Animals is celebrating 35 years as a leading provider of innovative training products designed to achieve a positive relationship between pets and their parents. The Company of Animals designs and manufactures a wide range of acclaimed products, including the original HALTI®, Pet CorrectorTM and CLIXTM training range. The latest additions to the famed family of enrichment products are the line of GREEN Feeders for dogs and cats by NORTHMATE, the Anxiety Wrap® and the new HALTI® OPTIFIT. For more information, visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us.
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The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is built of a group of inspired, motivated humanitarians who work tirelessly to fight animal cruelty by educating the public, animal rescue, and finding loving families to give the helpless a second chance at a happy life. Founded by Oscar nominated and renown animal activist Linda Blair to bring the much needed attention to the growing problems related to animal welfare and the work required to stop animal abuse and neglect.
What We Do…
LBWF is a unique safe haven for animals providing top-quality, lifelong care to the animals it rescues.
We emphasize proper nutrition, provide first-class veterinary care, comfortable facilities, training, socializing, and of course, an abundance of love.
Using the media as an outlet for education, we hope to raise the level of awareness on important issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting, as well as debunking the unfounded, illogical and fear-based arguments that all too often lead to breed-specific bans and the heartbreaking extermination of beautiful animals whose only crime is having been born.
The recent economic recession and financial crisis have resulted in a record number of foreclosures and people aren’t the only ones to suffer in times like these. Homelessness is a harsh reality facing more and more animals, as people heartlessly abandon them or are reluctantly forced to leave them behind at already overcrowded shelters because they can no longer afford to care for them.
Please help us give these loving, loyal and wonderful animals a safe place to live a happy life. There are a variety of ways you can help, from making a tax-deductible cash donation, purchasing something from our CafePress store or bidding on one of Linda’s eBay auction items to volunteering at our facility or becoming a desperately needed foster family for our rescues.
Increasing Our Impact
After 3 long years of searching, the foundation’s journey came full circle with the acquisition of an A2 zoned property in Acton, CA. The property is beautiful and provides a wonderful temporary home to animals that have been through so much.
We’re very proud of how far we’ve come and incredibly thankful for the donations of both money and time from our dedicated supporters, friends and volunteers. Much has been accomplished, but we still have a long way to go!
We are constantly working to construct additional buildings to shelter our rescued animals from high desert winds and cold. We’re also busy installing additional fencing and plumbing, as well as creating new play yards – just to list a few of the ongoing projects that help us meet our animals’ most basic needs.
Always on our shopping list…
- Wire Crates 42″-48″
- Chain Link
- Recycled Plywood
- Trees for shade and wind protection
- Dog food
- Dog Treats
- Dog Toys
- Dog Beds
- Collars and Leashes
- Stainless Steel Water and Food Bowls
- Heavy Duty garbage bags
- Paper towels
These gift cards can always be put to good use…
- Home Depot or Lowe’s Gift Cards
- PetSmart or Petco Gift Cards
Our “wouldn’t it be wonderful” wish list…
- Cargo Van for transporting animals
- Energy and Water Efficient Washer (top loading) and Dryer
Looking Into The Future
Ultimately our goal is to build a reliable and smooth-running facility that will allow Linda to focus much of her attention on educating the public about critical issues such as overpopulation, the importance of having pets spayed or neutered, animal abuse, neglect and the plight of woefully misunderstood breeds like American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – often collectively referred to as “Pit Bulls”.
While our first priority is to provide a loving and safe environment for our rescued animals, fundamentally we hope to have an impact on a much larger and far-reaching scale. Ours is a mission of education that will help people develop the same respect, love and admiration for animals that we have.
Together We CAN Make A Difference!
UPCOMING CRUCIAL EVENT!!!
This is important!!! Reservations are going very quickly. I look forward to seeing you there.
With Love for the Wild Ones everywhere,
Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014.
There are 291 days left in the year.
"The Ides of March" is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March.
EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY APRIL ISSUE
Spring is on the way!
Spring has sprung in the April 2014 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. It’s a time to lighten up our diets, clean our houses and revive our routines after a long, cold winter. Let’s encourage spring along in the kitchen and on our plates with lean meats on green salads, lots of fresh peas and green onions, asparagus and baby vegetables, seafood and light soups.
The New Mediterranean Diet (p. 108)It’s not just from Italy anymore! Bring this healthy, delicious cuisine home, with easy tips from chefs and a nutritionist.
30-Minute Meals (p. 92) Dig in to spring with the season’s freshest ingredients: asparagus, peas, lamb and more!
Money Talk (p.78) Save more than $1,000 in a year with eco-expert Danny Seo’s green tips for cutting waste and cost!
Word of Mouth (p. 45) April Fools’ Day restaurant pranks, futuristic forks, beauty products made from foodie leftovers, bold new breath-fresheners and concerts in the air.
Waste Not, Want Not (p. 48) Oddly enough, certain by-products of the food- and booze-making world are great skin savers in disguise—and they’ve been upcycled into some of our favorite new beauty finds.
Service with a Smile (p. 45) Eat, drink and be wary: Restaurants love a good April Fools’ Day joke! Read on for the funniest, from mock menus to nationwide advertisements of, well... see for yourself.
On the Cover: Mac & Cheese Makeover (p. 4) This ingenious recipe makes a simple dish even simpler: You don’t boil the pasta; it bakes in the creamy sauce. You’ll save around 15 minutes, plus that’s one less pot to clean!
Taste Test – Hooray for Hummus (p. 88) Three cheers for chickpeas! We picked our five fave hummus brands.
Month of Sensational Soups (insert) This month, get five classic recipes (chicken, potato, black bean and more!) and super-easy additions that will turn them into 25 different healthy and delicious meals.
Kristin Chenoweth’s Cooking Cred (p. 136) We’ve always thought the Tony- and Emmy-award winner was super sweet. When Kristin let us into her kitchen, we found out that her appetite leans to the sugary side, too!
About Every Day With Rachael Ray
Launched in 2005, Every Day With Rachael Ray and its partner website, RachaelRayMag.com, deliver a fresh, keep-it-real approach to food, travel, entertaining, beauty, style and home that helps readers take things off their to-do lists and have fun while they're doing it. Every Day With Rachael Ray is published 10 times a year by Meredith Corporation [NYSE: MDP], with a rate base of 1.7 million and an audience of 7.4 million readers. Every Day With Rachael Ray was named AdAge’s 2006 Magazine Launch of the Year, and also landed on the publication’s “A List” of Top 10 Magazines in 2007.
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THIRTEEN's Nature Relates Stories of Animals
Getting a New Lease on Life when
My Bionic Pet airs
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 on PBS
The use of animal prosthetics is on the rise
Animals that have met with misfortune, whether from a birth defect, accident, disease or even human cruelty, are now getting a second chance at life due to human intervention and technological advances. Left disabled without limbs, fins, flippers, beaks or tails, these creatures face a grim future, if one at all. But innovative prosthetics can change those survival odds if someone comes to their rescue.
Nature profiles these animals, their rescuers and the individuals whose work has transformed their lives when My Bionic Pet airs Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). After the broadcast, the episode will be available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.
My Bionic Pet shows that while animal prosthetics are sometimes later retrofitted for human needs, engineers most often adapt human technologies to an animal's anatomy. Westcoast Brace & Limb in Tampa, Florida, made its first brace for a dog named Journey, a golden retriever born without his front left paw. Jennifer Robinson, until recently the patient program director at Westcoast, and born with a limb deficiency of both legs, has a close bond with him. She often worked with Journey, a certified therapy dog, helping amputees adjust to life with prosthetics. The dog has also become a favorite visitor to patients at St. Joseph's Children Hospital, as well as veterans and the elderly.
The fabrication and subsequent operation to attach artificial limbs can be expensive, but as My Bionic Pet explains, a number of people have volunteered to assume the costs - sometimes with fundraising support - and even care of these disabled animals. Los Angeles area friends Kathy Wyer and Elodie Lorenz decided to co-foster Roofus, a blind golden retriever with deformed front legs, and arrange for specialized prosthetics that allow him to walk with all four legs. Likewise, Tara Bayne and Devin Napier from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, became owners of Driftwood, a border collie puppy born with both rear feet missing. Nature follows Driftwood's surgery and subsequent first steps on his new artificial hind feet.
The documentary notes that it's often a matter of trial and error before a solution is reached. It was a team effort by Phoenix's Core Institute and Midwestern University professor Justin Georgi to design a replacement rubber tail for Mr. Stubbs, an alligator whose appendage was bitten off by a larger gator. Other stories include replacing part of a swan's deformed beak so he can preen and eat properly at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail, North Carolina; and providing Molly, an injured pony, with a new prosthetic leg so she can serve as a therapy animal around the New Orleans area.
Not every disability requires a high-tech solution. When a piglet, born with deformed, unusable back legs, was brought to veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero's clinic to be euthanized, the Florida vet offered to take care of him. Dr. Lucero built a wheeled harness from some of his son's old toys so newly named pet Chris P. Bacon could move around. The porcine pet has since graduated to a wheelchair originally built for dogs, having outgrown his first homemade device.
Nature is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET for PBS. For Nature, Fred Kaufman is executive producer. My Bionic Pet is a production of Pangolin Pictures and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET.
Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television.
Nature has won over 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 11 Emmys and three Peabodys. The series received two of wildlife film industry's highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Recently, the International Wildlife Film Festival honored Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.
PBS.org/nature is the award-winning web companion to Nature, featuring streaming episodes, filmmaker interviews, teacher's guides and more.
Support for this Nature program was made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the nation's public television stations.
As New York's flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.
About "Think Wednesday"
My Bionic Pet is part of PBS' new "Think Wednesday" programming lineup of television's best science, nature and technology programming that includes the acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA, the highest-rated nature and science series on television, coupled with new special programming at 10 p.m. Wednesday nights on PBS offer new perspectives on life in the universe and keep viewers both curious and wanting more.
Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks go forward one hour.
BagUp & Rake is the Ultimate Pet Cleanup Tool
Revolutionary home tool was voted "Best in Class" at the 2013 National Hardware Show
Poway, Calif. — Braincase Solutions introduced the Bagup & Rake Combo, the ultimate pet cleanup tool, which was voted "Best in Class" at the 2013 National Hardware Show. Cleanup is a snap with the Bagup. It holds up to 3x more debris than the average dustpan without blowing out. It's easy on your back, with no bending over. Recycle your grocery bags or use bio-degradable, compostable or kitchen plastic bags. Collect animal waste outdoors easily, or cat litter boxes and shedding pet hair indoors.
Bagup is also great for the kitchen, garage, bathroom and kid’s room.
- Household: Clean up hardwood and tile floors, house plants or Christmas tree needles, even counter-top messes.
- Garage/Workshop: Perfect for sweeping garage floors and workbenches or inside truck beds and car trunks.
- Outdoors: Use to clean your patio, deck and garden for cut grass, dead leaves and pruning trimmings.
- Events: Useful at children's parties, tailgating, and beach clean ups.
- Commercial/Industrial: Hospitals, offices, theme parks, stadiums, restaurants and churches, use the Bagup to whip any place into shape.
Bagup comes in three styles:
- The Bagup —$14.99
- Bagup + Rake Combo —$24.99
- Bagup + Broom Combo —$24.99
Bagup is sold at Amazon and Menards. For more information, visit www.bagupcleanup.com.
About Braincase Solutions
Braincase Solutions, LLC is a product house that focuses on designing and manufacturing high quality, innovative and affordable products made in the USA for commercial and consumer use, both inside and outside the business and home.
Braincase Solutions, LLC was founded by inventor and businessman, David Palmer. With over 29 years of inventing and introducing new, innovative products to the commercial and consumer markets, Palmer holds 7 U.S. patents, 3 international patents and several U.S. patents pending to produce products for the domestic and international markets.
Palmer and his team strive to provide simple and affordable solutions made in the USA to clean up commercial and consumer dwellings.