TPR NewsSaturday, April 30, the 121st day of 2016. There are 245 days left in the year.
Jon Patch – Host
Kellyann Payne -Co Host
Lexi Lapp – Producer
Ben B - Network Producer
Bob Page – Executive ProducerSpecial Guests:
Jeff Lazarus author of Listen Like A Dog will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/30/16 at 5:00pm EST to discuss and give away his new book
Bert de Bien from Nifti Solutions creator of Nifti Safelatch will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/30/16 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their pet product



The Standard Dog Leash Snap Hook that's been Around for Over 100 Years has been Reinvented!


Titusville, FL... Nifti Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce our latest patented pet product the Nifti SafeLatch™ Pet Safety Leash that was recently launched at Global Pet Expo.

Bolt Snap Latches are most commonly used for pets and have been around for over a century. Revolutionary Nifti SafeLatch™ is a redesigned modern bolt snap latch that provides life-saving benefits for pets and allows a one-hand connection to  pet's collar or harness providing operational safety while handling the latch. Nifti SafeLatch™ has been independently pull force tested to exceed 660 lbs. Life -saving benefits and ease of use has been incorporated into this robust high quality product.

The life line between you and your pet is your pet's leash and Nifti SafeLatch™ is the first and only bolt snap latch that addresses life-saving pet safety, automatic one-hand operation including user's safety by keeping fingers safely away from the latch's opening.

New! Nifti SafeLatch™ Pet Safety Leash is available in 5 colors; Black, Red, Royal Blue, Neon Pink & Neon Orange in Large/Medium size. You can purchase on, and soon at quality pet product retailers. Suggested retail price: $24.99.

Enter Promo Code:  talkinpets5off and get $5 off plus free shipping on purchase of 2 or more

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Heel … Sit … Stay … Now LISTEN!

New Book Examines How Imitating Canine Communication Behaviors Can Yield Fantastic Relationships for Life and Career

Listen Like a Dog:

And Make Your Mark on the World

By Jeff Lazarus

                   “Listen Like a Dog offers a totally fresh perspective on attaining success in our personal

                   and professional relationship….Take the lead from your dog and reap the rewards.

                                                --Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series;

                                                   creator of The Success Principles series

                   “Jeff Lazarus has given us a roadmap to living a happier and more productive life with

                   this invaluable book…. Your canine companion seriously has much to teach you about

                   how to become a better listener!”

                                                --Dr. Marty Becker, New York Times bestselling author

In a world where everyone is barking but no one is listening, Listen Like a Dog reveals that the real antidote to our communication “faux paws” can be learned from observing our canine companions. Dogs don’t interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention by studying facial expressions, observing body language, watching eye movements and listening to our voice patterns. Although they don’t understand our verbal language, dogs listen with their entire being. Brimming with lighthearted humor, LISTEN LIKE A DOG: And Make Your Mark on the World by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: April 25, 2016; Health Communications, Inc.; Self-help & Psychology; ISBN:13-978075318986; Paperback; $15.95) teaches the reader how TRUE listening is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others – whether it’s a marriage/intimate relationship, with co-workers, friends or family.

Written by the bestselling author of Dogtology: Live Bark Believe, which celebrates the relationship between dogs and humans, Mr. Lazarus guides the reader in LISTEN LIKE A DOG to recognizing ideal canine behaviors that can lead to enormous advantages in a person’s personal life and in business.

A recent study by a Cornell University sociologist revealed that we have fully one-third fewer real friends than we did before the social networking boom. Today, we have more shallow connections with others; our communications are expanding horizontally but shrinking vertically. We are trading quality for quantity and real for virtual. Is anyone really listening?

In Listen Like a Dog, the reader will learn that true listening can enhance every relationship in a person’s life. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want to do business with them, they trust them, and will share critical information with them. This means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and personal life. Each chapter in Listen Like a Dog focuses on human behavior and compares that with different aspects of canine behavior with light-hearted humor and laugh-out-loud observations. Readers will learn:

  • Violating the Leash Laws: the 11 most egregious mistakes we make when we THINK we are communicating
  • Sniff Around: the importance of casual communications
  • The Power of the Paws (Pause): how to recognize the many benefits of silence
  • Heel, Sit, and Stay: how changing your own behavior can win over others
  • Happiness is a Warm Pup: the importance of being genuine and compassionate
  • And so much more

About the Author:

Jeff Lazarus is a Health Science consultant with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, serving as a scientific liaison to physicians, academicians, and health educators. He earned a BA in speech communications, with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communications, from Cal State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has taught public speaking at the university level and conducted numerous workshops on listening, presentation skills, and customer engagement. Jeff’s love for dogs is portrayed in his 2015 release, Dogtology, a whimsical exploration of humankind’s fanatical devotion to dogs. He resides in Orange County, Ca.

Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World

by Jeff Lazarus

Health Communications, Inc. (HCI)

Publication date: April 25, 2016;

Paperback and eBook; 264 pages, $15.95




AUSTIN, Texas (April 27, 2016) — A state administrative court has concluded a two-day hearing on whether Kristin Lindsey will lose her Texas veterinary license after shooting an arrow through a cat’s head, posting a picture of it on Facebook and bragging about the killing. A ruling is expected later this year.

Misty Christo, an attorney with Alley Cat Allies, was in the hearing room in Austin for both days of testimony about Tiger, the cat that Lindsey killed. The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners argued that the cat who was killed was in fact Tiger, was owned, and was killed without his owners’ consent.

“It was shocking to hear testimony confirming that Tiger was still alive in the picture that Kristen Lindsey posted on Facebook,” Christo said. “The testimony demonstrated in terrible detail how much Tiger suffered from her cruelty.”

“And regardless of any questions about whether this cat was Tiger, it was completely unacceptable for a veterinarian to kill him this way. Kristen Lindsey betrayed the trust that we place in veterinarians to care for animals. The information from this hearing emphatically reaffirmed that her veterinary license should be revoked forever. She should never care for an animal again.”

Alley Cat Allies has posted more details about the testimony and pictures from the hearing here:

As the nation’s only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, Alley Cat Allies has followed the case from the beginning, called for action against Lindsey and offered testimony in preliminary hearings.

Attorneys in the case have until June 10 to file closing briefs to the court. Reply briefs will then be due by July 1. Alley Cat Allies will continue to follow the case and share new developments and the ruling as they occur.


About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 600,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.

Talkin' Pets News


Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Sue Topor

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Ben

Special Guests:

Kim Kavin, Author of "The Dog Merchants" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on 4/23/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book

Co-Founder of Beco Pets Toby Massey will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/23/16 at 630 pm EST to discuss and give away his new Beco Flyer


Beco Pets issues ‘Get Fit, Not Fat’ challenge to US dogs,
unveils unique-design SAFER toy to encourage exercise

New Beco Pets Guide: ‘Top 10 Tips For Getting Your Dog Slim and Fit’

** There are approx. 80 million dogs in US **

** 53% of US dogs are overweight or obese, says the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention **

** That’s approx. 42 million US dogs who need to lose weight **

** Fat dogs face risk of diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular, respiratory & blood pressure conditions, cancer **

** Giving a dog a cookie is the equivalent of a human eating TWO cookies **

** Dogs that maintain their ideal weight live, on average, two years longer **

** Pictured: (L-R) The Beco Flyer; Beco Pets co-Founders George Bramble with Labrador Tarka,
and Toby Massey with Terrier Rupert **

Beco Pets, Great Britain’s biggest manufacturer of eco-friendly pet products, has launched a new product targeting America’s estimated 40 million overweight and obese dogs.

The pioneering firm, whose toys are popular with dog owners in 43 countries, has designed a unique new toy, aimed at encouraging overweight US dogs to take more exercise in a safe environment.

The unveiling of ‘The Beco Flyer’ follows warnings from leading canine health experts in the UK that throwing wooden sticks for your dog to retrieve in the park can cause “horrific injuries” and damage their teeth and mouths.

Now proving a big hit in the UK, The Beco Flyer(MSRP $15.99) is a flying disc dog toy that whizzes through the air to the delight of its canine catchers. Made from 100 per cent natural rubber and rice husks, which makes it durable, non-toxic and flexible enough to be easily carried everywhere, it is designed with an 'easy pick-up wobble' design, and the raised profile of The Flyer makes it easier for your dog to get a good grip when retrieving.

The President of the British Veterinary Association has just warned UK dog owners they could cause their pets "horrific injuries" if they play fetch with sticks. The Beco Flyer’s extra grip helps prevent any injuries as your dog races to the landing point, and the extra-super-soft natural rubber make it softer for dogs to catch without damaging their teeth or mouth, avoiding any nasty accidents.

In Britain, nearly 3 million dogs are not given the chance to exercise off the leash outside the home or garden every day. Worse still, in one investigation, 67 per cent of pet owners in Europe were found to be overweight themselves (source: BBC). Beco Pets is working with veterinary practices to better educate dog owners and is giving away free Beco Flyer toys to owners of fat British dogs nationwide to encourage them to take exercise.

In America, Beco Pets products are already proving a big hit with dog and other pet owners after the British company appointed Pet Product Innovations (PPI) as it Master Distributor in the US.

Beco Pets co-Founder and Design Director Toby Massey, a dog owner for six years and the man who designed The Beco Flyer, said: “We want British dogs to get healthier and stay slim. That’s why we’ve launched our campaign, which is aimed at both dogs and their owners. The Beco Flyer is designed to fly further than a traditional ball, increasing the mileage your pet covers. The Flyer’s bright colours also make it easier to spot as even the best retriever gets a little confused!”

Fellow Beco co-Founder & Sales Director George Bramble became a dog owner three months ago when Labrador puppy Tarka arrived. He said: “It’s vital to keep dogs healthy. I’ve seen research that shows 60 per cent of pets in the UK aren’t ever weighed, and dog obesity is on the rise. We have a duty of care to do better. Owning a dog should be a reason to get outside and get some exercise. Looking after a dog responsibly can be great for both the dog’s and the owner’s waist line.”

As with humans, the risk of a dog becoming fatter increases throughout its life. The medical effects of a dog being overweight include a reduction in its life expectancy, diabetes, locomotion difficulties, circulatory problems, skin disease, respiratory problems, low immunity and a higher operation risk. Dog owners also report that The Beco Flyer keeps even the most energetic dog busy – and you’ll never lose sight of it in long grass thanks to its bright orange or purple colours.

Beco Pets’ ‘Top 10 Tips For Getting Your Dog Slim and Keeping Fido Fit’

  1. BAN  LEFTOVERS: Feeding dogs scraps from your meal table is the greatest single cause of obesity
  2. STOP 24/7 SNACKS: Limit access to food by feeding your dog at the same time, same place daily to create a routine
  3. GET OUT MORE: Set up a regular exercise plan, with walks, play and chase activities. You might enjoy it, too.
  4. LIMIT TREATS: Most dogs would rather have your attention than a calorific treat. Groom or play with them instead.
  5. BOX CLEVER: Use interactive toys so your dog has to work for its food, like a treat inside a rubber Beco bone.
  6. GET WEB-WISE: Download a dog workout chart from the Internet, checking the amount of exercise your breed requires.
  7. WEIGH IN: Track of your dog’s calorie intake, maybe weighing food with kitchen scales. Also weigh your dog regularly.
  8. ASK THE VET: Get your vet to assess whether your dog is overweight by calculating its "body condition scale".
  9. FIGURE IT: Healthy dogs’ ribs, spine and hip bones should be easily felt, and their waist should be visible.
  10. GO A-LA-CARTE: Choose the right diet for your dog, depending on its breed and age. The less processed meat meal and carbohydrates the better and stick to high-quality dog food if budget permits.

Notes to Editors - About Beco Pets (

Beco Pets is a young, fast-growing, award-winning British company based in London. They are focused on creating fun products that are good for the environment without compromising on quality, price or aesthetics. Beco Pets believe that ‘eco’ living doesn’t mean having to go without. They are working hard to deliver a range of innovative, affordable, and eco-friendly pet products that make sustainable purchasing easy for pet owners. The range at Beco Pets has been growing steadily since the company formed in 2009 and now includes products in all four areas of your pet’s life – Fetch, Eat, Poop and Sleep! Everybody will tell you that their products are the best, but the team at Beco Pets really believe that theirs are. Beco Pets take all their products from design concept, (all Beco products are designed in Great Britain), through to shop shelf, which means the team understand what their retailers and customers really want. They pride themselves on making affordable, non-toxic toys and accessories that work just as well as competitor lines and rarely cost any more. The company believes that the foundations of any great product are selecting the right materials, and wherever possible, they use natural, renewable or recycled materials, such as rice husks, bamboo, plastic bottles and recycled cardboard. Beco’s rubber range is all made from their environmentally friendly rubber, containing ethically sourced rice husk, which is a bi-product from rice farming. This means as well as being biodegradable, their rubber is BPA and Phylaphate free. Beco’s plant fibre plastic is mainly made of bamboo, which is one of the world’s most renewable sources. This makes the bowls 100 per cent biodegradable. The Beco plush toy range and Beco Beds are all stuffed entirely of recycled plastic bottles, making their stuffing extra soft! They even recycle their cardboard boxes in the warehouse into packaging for all their shipments.

In what promises to become a Moneyball for dog lovers ― for both breed devotees and adoption advocates alike ― The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.

This incredible feat of investigative journalism is the latest from Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue, and in The Dog Merchants she reveals the complex network behind the $11-billion-a-year business of selling dogs. Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, Kavin makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. She reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don't even realize is an industry.

Kavin’s goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.

“Essential reading for all dog lovers, this balanced work will become the standard on this topic.”

Library Journal, starred review

“A hard-hitting exploration of the idea of ‘dogs as a product.’ A scathing indictment of an industry run amok; belongs on every pet lover's bookshelf.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A devastatingly clear-cut exposé. That Kavin manages to accomplish so much without tugging too hard on readers’ emotions is only one of the surprises in this megaton bomb.”—Booklist

“Those who are breeding and raising dogs responsibly will find validation in their endeavors―and consumers seeking to buy or adopt dogs will benefit from the information Kavin has gathered as they make their decisions.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kavin looks at every aspect of the dog market. One chapter examines the AKC, and the good and the bad it has caused throughout the years. It was interesting to read how fanciers of Border Collies reacted to the decision by the AKC to start accepting the breed into the organization’s rolls. It is not what you might expect. It’s quite simple —don’t buy a dog until you read this book!”—Feather and Quill


 “It is immensely cruel and dangerous to keep them in captivity.” - CEO Adam M. Roberts

Washington, D.C., April 19, 2016 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, condemns University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche’s announced plan this week to purchase a panther “when he is drafted into the NFL,” and urges him to find a more compassionate way to celebrate. Defending his plan, Nkemdiche insisted, “They’re like cats,” and said that if a guest is scared, he’ll “put the panther away.”

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation, “Panthers, like other exotic animals, may seem like a novel or stylish pet to buy, but the reality is that it is immensely cruel and dangerous to keep them in captivity. Nkemdiche is drawn to them because he believes a big cat will set him apart, but acquiring a panther would just mark him as callous and irresponsible. Not only would this purchase be devastating for the panther he acquires, but he is also using his celebrity status to set a terrible example. People like to emulate celebrities, and so he is encouraging others to participate in the brutal exotic pet trade, as well.”

The epidemic of big cat ownership threatens public safety. According to the Born Free USA Exotic Animal Incidents Database, reported incidents involving captive big cats have resulted in the deaths of at least 23 people since 1999, five of them children. In many cases, the animals were shot and killed, often by first responders who were neither trained nor properly equipped to handle the situations.

Private big cat ownership also subjects the cats to cruel mistreatment. They frequently come from a vicious breeding cycle in which babies are separated from their mothers and sold as cubs. Pet big cats are often declawed and defanged in an effort to "tame" them, and are kept in cramped cages, fed unnatural diets, and deprived of contact with other members of their species.

Roberts adds, “A panther is like a house cat as much as a hyena is like a Chihuahua: definitely not domesticated, and never suitable for life inside a home. I strongly urge Nkemdiche to find a more humane way to celebrate.”

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at,, and

TPR News
April 16, 2016
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - Co-Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Ben - Network Producer
Special Guests:
Nat Geo Wild - Laura Dash of Second Chance Chihuahuas will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/16/16 at 5pm EST to discuss the premiere of her new TV program
Jim Toolan, Partner of Benebone will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/16/16 at 630 pm EST to discuss their company and in a contest give away 2 benebone box of bones to 2 lucky shelters - read below and enter contest for your favorite shelter

Benebone is a new and growing line of durable chews for dogs.  In 2012, Peter Toolan, a long time accountant and banker, was ready for a career change.  He was ready for an entrepreneurial venture.   What attracted him to the pet space was the passionate bond between pet parents and their pets. 

Benebone’s brand identity is simple:  USA-made, ergonomic design, real flavor, and canine welfare support.  Too many products on pet shelves are made overseas.  While it is true that there has been a big backlash on made-in-China treats, many chew toys are still made in China.  Some other chew toys are flavored – but it’s unclear with what.  We use only real bacon, peanuts or chicken to flavor our chew toys.  Our designs are simple, elegant, even beautiful.  And they are all shaped irregularly for a reason – dog’s don’t have thumbs!

We have two injection mold factories, both in New York State.  They are family businesses that have been in business for decades, and have seen much of their business go to China.  Benebone has been a great partner for these manufacturers, who take pride in the quality of their work.  It’s nice to be a small part of the USA-made manufacturing story.

Benebone is a very small company.  We have two partners:  Peter Toolan (son) and Jim Toolan (dad).  At 76 years young, Dad does everything from processing purchase orders to selling big accounts.  There is nothing more rewarding than working as a father-and-son team every day.  When I think back to my life working for big companies with all of their politics and bureaucracy, I have to pinch myself!    

As Jim mentioned, we are committed to canine welfare, in particular dog shelters and rescues throughout the US.  While we can’t change the world on our own, our products can make a dog’s time in a shelter or rescue just a little bit more enjoyable.  It’s good business for us too, as it builds brand awareness and creates a bond between our company and passionate dog lovers.

We are proud of how far we have come in three short years.  Our flagship product is the number one selling product on Amazon among 9000 Dog Chew Toys.  And we intentionally do not discount online to as to protect our pet specialty retailers.  Our products are found in various pet specialty stores in the Southeast, including Florida, and are distributed in the region by Southeast Pet.

We have 15 SKUs currently (5 shapes, 3 flavors) and for now are not going to expand further.  We have a tight, clean line. Too many companies toss out more product without innovating, in the hopes of “grabbing” shelf space.  Going forward, we are considering durable edible chews, but have not yet decided on that path.  We only want to expand into other products if we can find a way to bring truly better, differentiated, made-in-USA product to our loyal customers.

Email Jon Patch Host of Talkin' Pets before Saturday at 630 pm EST and register your favorite shelter (supply contact person and address) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call the show Saturday from 6-7 pm EST to register a shelter to win 844-305-7800


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