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Friday, 22 May 2020 22:19

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(Washington, D.C., May 22, 2020)

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved the Icebreaker Wind Energy Project yesterday, with conditions, moving the country’s first freshwater wind development closer to construction. Stipulations have been made to protect birds in this critical area for migratory species, including turning off the turbines at night for eight months of the year, but conservationists are concerned that these measures are changeable and may not hold long-term.

“The developers and their supporters have been determined to build this project regardless of the overwhelming evidence that for migratory birds, this is among the worst places in North America to place wind turbines,” said Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). “The proponents of Icebreaker have consistently demonstrated a callous disregard for science, and the project, whose financial basis is experimental at best, may mostly be remembered as a monument of death for birds.” 

“The decision requires that the original Avian and Bat Memorandum of Understanding and Stipulations to the Application remain in effect, including turning the turbines off at night for eight months of the year,” said Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy at American Bird Conservancy (ABC). “It’s positive that these have been upheld and must be complied with before construction can begin. However, we’re concerned that the stipulations can be reversed in the future.”

It is currently unclear whether the stipulations made by the OPSB will prove to be sufficient to cause the developer to withdraw the project. In addition, a lawsuit brought by BSBO and ABC against the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers, for failing to adhere to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act when awarding a $40M grant to Icebreaker Wind, could still halt the project.

Icebreaker would be a precedent-setting wind energy facility in Lake Erie, offshore of Cleveland, Ohio. Turbines in the proposed project site would pose substantial collision risks to the enormous numbers of birds that use the area throughout the year, including large concentrations of migrating songbirds, as well as Common Loons, globally significant populations of Red-breasted Mergansers, and other waterfowl. Further, construction and increased vessel traffic associated with the project could pollute the waters used by these species.

“Icebreaker is a demonstration project,” said Kaufman. “Its review and approval will be considered the benchmark for hundreds, possibly thousands, of additional turbines expected to be proposed for the Great Lakes over the coming decades.”

Radar studies conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have recorded large numbers of migratory birds and bats near Great Lakes shorelines, including Lake Erie's south shore. Many were flying at altitudes that would be within the rotor-swept area of wind turbines, making these birds susceptible to collision-related deaths, injuries, and disturbance.

“We need renewable energy development to combat the effects of climate change, but it needs to be done right and there are better alternatives such as distributed solar right in Cleveland,” said Holmer. “We must ensure that we're not creating new problems in the process by building turbines in high-risk areas for birds.”

American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory are being represented in the lawsuit referred to above by the public interest environmental law firm Eubanks & Associates, LLC.

ABC thanks the Leon Levy Foundation for its support of ABC's Bird-Smart Wind Energy Program.

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American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ABCbirds).   

Black Swamp Bird Observatory is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach.

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WE ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Rescue is at the core of who we are at NMDR, and during COVID-19, we had been forced to take a pause on rescue. We are thrilled to announce that our Rescue Team is back on the road this week! 

National Rescue Dog Day is on Wednesday, May 20th, but at National Mill Dog Rescue, we are celebrating all week long! #NationalRescueDogDay brings awareness to all the PAWsome pups that are waiting to be adopted into loving forever homes. A rescued dog has overcome many obstacles, but can often bounce back into the most loyal pet; providing comfort, friendship, and unconditional love.

Giving each and every pup a chance to live their best life means the world to us. But we can’t do it without you! Every dollar helps us rescue more dogs and care for the ones we have. Text RESCUEDOG to 44-321 or click a link below to give today!

If you're able to support NMDR in other ways, please consider sharing this email with your friends and family, starting a fundraiser, or asking your employer to add NMDR to their corporate philanthropy program.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support of National Mill Dog Rescue! 
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Welcome to Crazy K Farm®!

Crazy K Farm Poultry and Livestock

We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization! Our purpose is to provide shelter, care and a life-time home to rescued, abused, abandoned, surrendered and homeless poultry, livestock, and other animals; to prevent animal cruelty by supporting and promoting animal welfare education, and to support local, national and international animal welfare organizations. Along with special-need and/or difficult-to-rehome cats and dogs, we have chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, goats and sheep living in our shelter and on 35 park-like acres in Hempstead, Texas, approximately 45 miles northwest of Houston. We are committed to providing each and every animal on this farm with the best life possible. We have 501(c) (3) status - so your donation is fully tax deductible. 

To support our rescues: all proceeds from sales of our Crazy K Farm® T-shirts are used to care for our rescue animals. 

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Please consider helping us meet the medical needs of our rescues by contributing to our Vet Bill Fund. Even a donation as small as $1 will make a difference! Please click on the banner at the bottom of the page to make a donation and join our Circle of Friends club! You may donate anonymously.

 

Crazy K Farm Pet and Poultry Products, LLC, manufactures products that help pets thrive and become better family members. 
Crazy K Farm Pet and Poultry Products, LLC, is a social venture. We donate a portion of our profits to Crazy K Poultry and Livestock animal rescue and sanctuary as well as 10% of profits from our pink-colored items to charities that provide breast cancer screening and treatment to women who can’t afford it, and 10% of profits from sales of our bird hut to The Alex Foundation to improve our understanding of the cognitive ability and needs of pet birds.

Our vision is to help pet owners like you enrich the lives of their pets, from dogs to chickens, which in turn promotes healthy and safe interaction and increases a family’s joy of their pet. We are on a mission to create innovative products that appeal to all pet owners and enable pets to thrive and become better integrated into their human family.

Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:43

Talkin' Pets News Featured

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Talkin' Pets News May 16, 2020 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services Producer - Zach Budin Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media - Bob Page Special Guests - Laura Stinchfield, Pet Psychic and author of "Stormy's Words of Wisdom" & "Voices of the Animals" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her books NEW BOOK ‘ANIMALKIND’ EXPLORES AWE-INSPIRING FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS’ EMOTIONAL LIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO SHOW COMPASSION PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk joins Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 630pm ET to discuss her book 2020 BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW TO AIR ON SUNDAY, MAY 17 - David Frei Host of the show & long time friend of Talkin' Pets will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/16/20 at 720pm ET to discuss the show
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RETIRED HISTORY TEACHER TO MAKE HISTORY WHEN SHE SELECTS BEST IN SHOW AT THE 145th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Accomplished Owner/Breeder/Handler to Judge at America’s Dog Show New York, NY — Mrs. Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California, will judge Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in February 2021. Mrs. Trotter brings extensive experience as an exhibitor and all-breed judge to the most prestigious judging assignment in the sport of purebred dogs. She piloted her Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds to an unprecedented 11 Westminster Hound Group wins. Anchoring Westminster Week this iconic annual dog show has been held continuously in New York City since 1877. Mrs. Trotter registered her first litter of Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds in 1951 and her most recent litter in 2020. All her breeding stock descends from her original bitch acquired in 1949 from an expert bear hunter. Her breeding program produced the top sire and dam in the breed’s history as well as the breed’s top winners, including Ch. Vin-Melca's Vagabond who became top dog all breeds in 1970. Mrs. Trotter also handled top ten all-breed dogs on 10 different occasions while teaching eighth grade U.S. history in Carmel, CA. In addition, 42 Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds have won all-breed best in show honors to date. Mrs. Trotter achieved more recognition for her role in the fancy with the Gaines Girl Show Dog Fancier award in 1952, the AKC Hound Breeder of the Year award in 2004, and the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 as well as the Anne Rogers Clark Purina Pro Plan Hall of Fame award. She retired from teaching when she married Charles Trotter of Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 and joined him in judging dogs across the country. As a judge, Mrs. Trotter believes the true purpose of the dog show is to select breeding stock. By working in concert with each other, she believes breeders and judges can continually improve all breeds. Mrs. Trotter is approved to judge all breeds, groups, and best in show. She judged the 2009 and 2019 Hound groups. This will be her fifth judging assignment at Westminster. Seven Group Judges will select their picks for the Best in Show competition over two nights at Madison Square Garden. On Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 the following judges will select the group winners to advance to the Best in Show competition. Mr. Jamie Hubbard of Bloomington, Indiana, for the Hound Group; Mrs. June A. Penta of Greensburg, Pennsylvania for the Toy Group; Dr. John A. Reeve-Newson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the Non-Sporting Group; and Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, California for the Herding Group. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 the following judges will select the remaining three group winners to advance to Best in Show. Mr. Frank Kane of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, for the Sporting Group; Ms. Judy A. Harrington, of Monson, Massachusetts, for the Working Group; and Mr. William F. Potter II of St. Louis, Missouri, for the Terrier Group. The Best Junior Handler award will be decided on Tuesday, Feb. 16 by Junior Showmanship Finals Judge Ms. Dylan Kipp Keith of Spring, Texas. This will be the 88th year the finals will be held at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by judges Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan-Nelson of Sacramento, California, and Ms. Jennifer Reed of Carmel, California. The 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 will be judged by Mr. Andrew Dicker of Reading, Berkshire, England and Ms. Lori Sage of Oregon City, Oregon. Mrs. Louise Botko of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will officiate for the 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®. Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions includes: SPORTING BREEDS (34) Ms. Pamela Bruce of Welland, Ontario, Canada: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels. Mr. Dan Ericsson of Enkoping, Sweden: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers. Mr. David L. Kittredge of Rochester, NY: Barbets, Brittanys, Lagotti Romagnoli, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, Pointers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Spinoni Italiani. Mrs. Robyn Joy Wallis of Victoria, Australia: English Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters. HOUND BREEDS (35) Ms. Pamela Bruce of Welland, Ontario, Canada: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds. Hon. James G. Phinizy of Acworth, NH: Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds. Mrs. Jan Swayze-Curry of Columbia, KY: Afghan Hounds, Dachshunds (all Varieties). Mr. Harold Tatro, III of Crowley, TX: Azawakhs, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Sloughis, Whippets. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Harriers, Plotts, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Mrs. Robyn Joy Wallis of Victoria, Australia: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens. WORKING BREEDS (31) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Dogo Argentinos, Newfoundlands, Samoyeds. Mr. Dana P. Cline of Hodges, SC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Cane Corsos, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Tibetan Mastiffs. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Boxers. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Giant Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Bullmastiffs, German Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs. Ms. Kimberly Anne Meredith of Pleasant Hill, CA: Black Russian Terriers, Boerboels, Chinooks, Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dogs, Siberian Huskies. Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI: Dogues de Bordeaux, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. TERRIER BREEDS (32) Mr. Dan Ericsson of Enkoping, Sweden: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, West Highland White Terriers. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Miniature Schnauzers. Mrs. Knowlton A. Reynders of Newbury, NH: American Hairless Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers. Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, NC: Border Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. TOY BREEDS (23) Mr. Sei-ichiro Ishimaru of Tokyo, Japan: Brussels Griffons, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Toy Manchester Terriers. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Toy Fox Terriers. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles. Mr. George Milutinovich of Fresno, CA: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Pugs, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers. NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bichon Frises, Chow Chows, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis. Mr. Carl E. Gomes of Bronx, NY: Boston Terriers, Finnish Spitz. Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Spaniels. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Bulldogs, French Bulldogs. Mr. Glen Lajeski of Cloverdale, CA: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles. Mrs. Molly Martin of Pike Road, AL: American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Cotons de Tulear, Keeshonden, Schipperkes. HERDING BREEDS (32) Mr. Johan Becerra-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Bearded Collies, Border Collies, German Shepherd Dogs. Mr. Dana P. Cline of Hodges, SC: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bouvier des Flanders, Collies (both Varieties), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pulik, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds. Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, NC: Australian Shepherds, Belgian Laekenois, Miniature American Shepherds. Mrs. Sheree Moses Combs of Wardensville, WV: Beaucerons, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis. ### The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held annually in New York City. Each year, over 200 dog breeds and varieties — highlighting preservation breeders and purpose-bred dogs — are eligible to compete in the dog show at Pier 94. Best of Breed winners advance to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America's Dog Show has expanded into Westminster Week, which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Pier 94. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. WESTMINSTER. There's only one.(R) Follow us, @WKCDOGS, or visit: westminsterkennelclub.org.
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2020 BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA TO AIR ON SUNDAY, MAY 17 NBC will air the 2020 “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” on Sunday, May 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The special, which was taped on Feb. 29, was previously postponed due to post-production delays. In celebration of man’s best friend and with the glamour only Beverly Hills can provide, the star-studded competition is co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei. Mary Carillo, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Maria Menounos serve as contributors, and this year’s dog-loving celebrity guests include Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean, Bo Derek, Doug the Pug, Parveen Kaur, MJ Javid & Tommy Feight, Nastia Liukin, Greg Louganis, Ariana Madix, Justine Marino, Caitlin McGee, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier and Jocko Sims. Leading up to the May 17 broadcast, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will present “The Dog Days of Spring” primetime marathon from May 4 - May 7 (7 p.m.-3 a.m. ET) and May 8 - May 9 (8 p.m-3 a.m. ET) featuring past competitions of “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,” “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” and “Incredible Dog Challenge.” Last year, a 3-year-old Havanese named Bono was crowned the 2019 Best in Show. The little canine from the Toy group is the most-winning Havanese in the breed’s history with over 90 Best in Show titles. Previous Beverly Hills Dog Show winners include 2018’s King, a Wire Fox Terrier, and 2017’s Ripcord, a Doberman Pinscher. On April 5, NBC aired a re-broadcast of the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show, which was the second highest rated sports program of the weekend across all networks and was watched by an average of over 1.2M viewers. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC Sports, “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a new breed of dog show and must-see viewing for the whole family. Before more than 1,500 dogs representing 200 eligible breeds and varieties face off for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the show’s unique runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion.
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About Laura Laura uses telepathy to have two way conversations with alive animals, deceased animals and people, and anyone who cannot speak for themselves. Think of her as a translator, teacher and guide. Her services are used by: Animal owners, trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and rescue groups. As well as people who want to reach out to their loved ones in spirit, their young children, their disabled child or family members in a coma. Watch Laura’s Sizzle Reel Watch The Pet Psychic Compilation Video Laura has been featured in numerous newspapers and media reports. Some of them include: LA Times, ABC Atlanta, Good Morning Texas, Time Warner Cable, NBC, The Doctors, The Bert Show, LA Confidential, Noozhawk, The Santa Barbara Independent, Animal Zone, and The Girl Code & MTV. She is a former columnist for The Santa Barbara News-Press and appears regularly on the TV show Animal Zone. Laura hosts a weekly Radio Show on Blogtalkradio. She currently lives in Ojai, California with her animals Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse). Laura's Pet Psychic Story Laura's Childhood Laura grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. Her parents were extremely supportive of her connection with animals. They accepted all of her pets into the family: The pony she rescued when she was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten she had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet she begged her grandfather for, the rabbit for which she forged her parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival. As long as she can remember, she knew what animals were thinking and feeling. She had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that she did. Many people in her history told her that her connection to animals was different, but she was not exactly sure what that meant. Young Adult Although she was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until she was a young adult that she began to think seriously about animal communication (This was before the internet!). Her first experience with professional animal communication and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk. At that time, she had a cat named Juliette. When Laura would come home from traveling, Juliette would give her an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling, one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of Laura’s arrival home, Juliette waited for her at the doorstep and slept with her purring all night long. A behavior Juliette had never done before. The second experience was with Laura’s German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When Laura was eighteen years old, she rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. They instantly became best friends. In 1996, Laura moved to California and began to study animal communication with a pioneer in the field Carol Gurney. A few days after Laura returned from her training program, she lay down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?” Laura was shocked to hear clearly, “Mom, I am dying inside.” Two months later, Laura found out Lala had cancer and had to help her best friend transition to Heaven. Being present for Lala’s transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of Laura’s life. It is because of this experience that Laura was able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends. It paved the way for all the work Laura does today. Then came Maia, her German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Maia story is too long to tell here. But she is the sole reason Laura became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. Laura learned the importance of studying animal body language. In 1996 and 1997, Laura went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of her journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of the body with that of emotional health. During the same years, Laura studied many holistic healing modalities, energy fields, and became a Reiki Master. For many years, Laura also worked as a healer helping sick animals recover or transition to the afterlife. From June 14, 1999 through March 5, 2015 Laura shared her life with Stormy King aka Stormy a black and white Australian Shepherd. Stormy became an icon, having a fan base across the globe. He offered his spiritual wisdom through Pet Psychic Radio, his column in the Santa Barbara Independent and at convention centers across the United States. He reincarnated into his new body as a white German Shepherd named Hudson on the very same day he died. It is also now clear that he lived his past life as Lala, Laura’s first German Shepherd dog. Maia has also come back to Laura as Luca. Stormy and Maia opened the doors for Laura to study animal reincarnation. Now Laura is widely recognized as an authority in the field. Her dogs Maia and Stormy and her late cats Joey, Serafina, and Makia in their lifetimes overcame diagnoses of cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. They were all told they had little time left to live by a veterinarian specialist. All of them overcame their illnesses and lived joyfully into their old age. These animals have taught Laura that miracles happen when one places oneself in a state of gratitude and joy. These are lessons and skills Laura teaches in her work today. Laura has been amazed to witness miraculous healings in thousands of her animal clients. Laura also teaches that one can die in grace and that our connection to loved ones can become even stronger once they have crossed over. Laura's People Medium Story Laura’s Parents Laura was brought up believing that seeing and communicating with other dimensions was not only possible but also very real. Her mother talked about the presence of fairies, her father would occasionally see ghosts, and her great grandmother is known for her psychic abilities. As long as Laura can remember, she has been conversing with the dead. She has memories as far back as being a toddler of being spoken to by an older man on the staircase of her house. At nine years old, spiritual beings at Stonehenge and Bath, England, conversed with her. When her babysitter died, she remembers her spirit coming to her and telling Laura that she is well and that it was ok to cry. In high school, when her best friend’s mom died of cancer, Laura was a bridge to the spirit world. Later, during her high school years, Laura’s ability to see and communicate with other dimensions became a distraction. She didn’t understand how to “turn it off” so that she could pay better attention to her studies. A Greenwich, Connecticut psychiatrist introduced Laura to meditation, the different concepts of “time”, and the works of Aldous Huxley. Laura begin to meditate before studying. Her concentration and grades improved, launching her into all Advanced Placement classes. This was a time before Google and the internet. The works of Aldous Huxley, Kirshnamurti, Gandhi, Edgar Cayce, and even Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe profoundly influenced Laura’s life at this time. It was then that Laura also began to understand all the mystical experiences and visions she was having when she closed her eyes to sleep at night. While studying biology and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Laura reached out to another psychiatrist because she was having an intense feeling of oneness with everything and a feeling of “not being solid”. This psychiatrist told Laura she was a “Taoist” and recommended her transferring to the Boulder, Co. based Buddhist inspired college, The Naropa Institute. Laura’s mother also encouraged her to transfer to Naropa. Looking back, while hearing horrifying stories of her colleagues being put into mental institutions for their psychic experiences, Laura feels incredibly blessed that spirit guided her to such progressive psychiatrists and that she had such supportive parents. The Naropa Institute deepened Laura’s meditation practice and opened her up the works of Buddhism and Chögyam Trungpa. Although Laura did not stay at Naropa, she continued to study Buddhism. She has attended many of the Dalai Lama’s week-long teachings, which has connected her with spiritual masters across the globe and many like-minded individuals. Even today, Laura often channels deceased Buddhist masters for wisdom in her life. Laura went on to graduate college with degrees in psychology and literature. Because of Laura’s adventurous spirit, her twenties led her into a different kind of study. People and animals who were trapped in between dimensions began to seek her out. She often woke up in the middle of the night with spirits sitting on her bed, asking her for help. Laura learned how to traverse these dimensions. She helped beings cross over. She also helped people rid themselves and their spaces of negative entities. In Laura’s thirties, she realized that although this work was rewarding, it was also emotionally exhausting. So she started the process of instilling psychic boundaries and creating the life she truly wanted. At this time, she also decided to stop animal training and concentrate solely on animal communication. This was a very exciting time for Laura. She began to study the miracles that happen in our lives, the power of thinking and feeling positively, and embodying joy and gratitude. She began to learn about the dimensions in the afterlife. She learned more about where souls go, how they can communicate with us, how they can touch us, and how our thoughts and feelings can heal our minds and bodies. She began to study reincarnation. Laura’s intense desire to be accurate and to only bring good to people and animals’ lives quickly manifested her into being one of the best pet psychics in the world today. In 2007, Laura’s animal communication client and friend Kimberly Klein lost her 13-year-old daughter and her ex husband in a plane crash. Kim asked Laura to connect her with Talia and Michael. Although Laura was nervous about opening that door again, she hated to see her friend suffering and knew that she could help. Laura agreed. This was the beginning of Laura’s new professional career as a people medium. Today she helps thousands of people connect with their loved ones in spirit. These communications help people to let go of guilt and resentment and to open up a conscious connection with their loved ones that continues after each session. Laura feels very blessed to be of service in this way. Kim writes, “I first met Laura a few years prior when I hired her to talk to my horses and my dogs. I found her ability to truly hear and communicate with my animals astounding. She told me things that the animals told her about their prior training, lives, experiences that only they and a few other people knew. The detail that Laura was able to pick up and tell me was amazing. After a terrible accident that killed my daughter and her father, I asked Laura to talk to both my daughter Talia, and her father Michael. I had spoken with other mediums before who had communicated with both of them, but Laura’s ability to hear and speak to Talia and Michael was beyond anyone else’s I have ever experienced. She actually relayed entire sentences, thoughts, desires from Talia and Michael to me, not just little tid-bits of information that I was used to hearing from other communicators. It was as if Talia and Michael were sitting with Laura and I and we were all communicating. A true question and answer session. It was inspiring, healing, and exciting for me. I recommend Laura to everyone who wants to hear from a loved one that is in spirit.” Kimberly Klein, author of Hummingbirds Don’t Fly in the Rain and The Universe Speaks.
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SCOOBY-DOO INVITES YOU TO THE #SCOOBMOVIENIGHT PAWTASTIC PREMIERE EVENT ON TWITTER, FEATURING STARS, MUSIC AND FUN “SCOOB!” Available Across North America to Rent or Own on Friday, May 15 BURBANK, CA – May 11, 2020 – Ruh-Roh! Break out the popcorn and the chew toys, grab a comfy seat and get ready to connect with friends and family because Scooby-Doo and the whole Mystery Inc. gang are bringing the party to your house. On Friday, May 15 everyone is invited to the Twitter #ScoobMovieNight premiere event, hosted by the big dog himself, to celebrate the release of the brand new, fully animated, full-length action adventure feature “SCOOB!” on Premium Video on Demand or Premium Digital Ownership. Starting at 7p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, this Twitter special event preshow for all audiences features fun Scoob moments with stars from the movie, including Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Arianna Greenblatt, Mckenna Grace and Pierce Gagnon, and director Tony Cervone. Lennon Stella will exclusively premiere an acoustic version of lead single “Summer Feelings” Feat. Charlie Puth, while Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown and Ava Max will be on hand to showcase their newly released single “On Me,” both from “SCOOB! The Album,” the movie’s official musical companion arriving this Friday and available to pre-save now HERE. Check out TikTok dance videos from the hugely popular #ScoobDance challenge that has rocked over 3 billion views; plus Scoob trivia questions, interviews and, yes, in honor of the beloved Great Dane with the great big heart…dogs, dogs and more adorable dogs; along with a new Scoob-themed PSA from Best Friends Animal Society (bestfriends.org) about helping homeless dogs and cats find their own best friends, just like Scooby and Shaggy did. Following the exciting preshow, fans across the U.S. and Canada who then want to watch the movie can rent or buy “SCOOB!” and share Tweets about their favorite moments using #ScoobMovieNight. “SCOOB!” will be available for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand for $19.99, or premium digital ownership for $24.99, beginning on Friday, May 15 (prices listed SRP). The title will be available on participating digital platforms. For more details, please visit https://www.watchscoob.com to preorder your copy now. Enjoy the movie even more with a fun family activity pack at https://www.scoob.movie/homepremiere.php “SCOOB!” reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. “SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker. It was directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwart Tony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.” The film was produced by Pam Coats and Allison Abbate. Adam Sztykiel, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Jesse Ehrman, Dan Povenmire, and Chris Columbus served as executive producers. The “SCOOB!” screenplay is by Adam Sztykiel and Jack C. Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Matt Lieberman, story by Matt Lieberman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Cervone’s creative team included editors Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing, and composer Tom Holkenborg. “SCOOB! The Album” features exclusive tracks from top artists and rising stars including lead singles “Summer Feelings” and “On Me,” plus brand new songs from Jack Harlow, Galantis Feat. Faouzia, R3HAB Feat. A R I Z O N A, Pink Sweat$ and more. For downloadable “SCOOB! The Album” press information, please visit https://press.atlanticrecords.com/scoob-the-album A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “SCOOB!” is rated PG for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor. “Scooby-Doo” and all related indicia are trademarks and copyright of Hanna-Barbera Productions © 2020 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. www.scoob.movie
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NEW BOOK ‘ANIMALKIND’ EXPLORES AWE-INSPIRING FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS’ EMOTIONAL LIVES AND REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAYS TO SHOW COMPASSION

 

PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk discusses her latest book and the remarkable advancements in our society’s awareness about animals over the years

 

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:

INGRID NEWKIRK, author and PETA founder

BACKGROUND:

Since Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) 40 years ago, it has become an unstoppable force and the largest animal rights organization in the world. Now, Ingrid has published, along with bestselling author Gene Stone, ANIMALKIND, an exploration of the richness of animal lives, their talents, emotions, and intelligence, and the many exciting ways all of us can act to prevent harm to animals. This latest book highlights some of the wonders of animal life and offers tools for living kindly toward our neighbors on our shared planet.

Ingrid Newkirk  discusses in her latest book, share fun animal facts, and explore exciting new tools that allow humans to create a better world for animals—such as substituting apple or grape leather for animal hide, synthetic frog models to replace the real ones used for years in school classrooms, advances in meat and dairy tastes-a-likes and plant-base nutrition, and virtual reality animal tours that replace circus shows.

 

DID YOU KNOW THESE FUN ANIMAL FACTS?

●       Birds have been found to be far more devoted to their romantic partners than humans. While the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 40 to 45 percent, swans, for instance, have a 95 percent rate of staying together for a lifetime.

●       Oinks, grunts, and squeals aren’t just arbitrary noises made by pigs. More than twenty of these sounds have been identified with specific circumstances, from wooing mates to expressing distress and joy.

●       Cows communicate with each other using subtle changes in facial expression; rhinos use a breath language; and frogs have learned to combat street noise by using drain pipes to amplify their calls.

●       Chickens form complex pecking orders in which each bird not only understands her ranking, but can recall the faces and ranks of more than one hundred other birds.   

For more information please visit: www.PETA.org

 

More About Ingrid Newkirk:

Ingrid Newkirk is the founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the acclaimed author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, and The Compassionate Cook. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Produced for: PETA

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