Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
STX Films, Anton, Thunder Road Pictures, G-Base and Riverstone Pictures present a PG-13, 119-minute, Action, Drama, Thriller, directed by Ric Roman Waugh and written by Chris Sparling with a theater release date of December 18, 2020.
Talkin' Pets News
December 12, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives
Producer - Matt Matera
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests -Tavor White, Chew Executive Officer of Chews Happiness will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/12/20 at 530pm ET to discuss and give away his delicious and healthy Barkaron dog treats
Noelle Almrud, Director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch will join Jon & Talkin' pets 12/12/20 at 630pm ET to discuss the 12 days of Equine Christmas
Noelle Almrud, Director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch will join Jon & Talkin' pets 12/12/20 at 630pm ET to discuss the 12 days of Equine Christmas FeaturedWritten by Super User
MURCHISON, Texas (Dec. 10, 2020) – The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, is celebrating the holiday season this year with 12 days of Facebook videos that feature some of the nearly 400 horses and donkeys living at the sanctuary.
Hosted by the equine caregivers at Black Beauty from December 14 to 25, viewers will get a daily behind-the-scenes look at feeding time, caring and therapy treatments for special needs horses. The videos will also feature staff patrolling across the 800-acre pasture and other surprises. Caregivers will also read holiday-themed books alongside horses and share the back stories that brought these animals to the sanctuary.
Noelle Almrud, senior director of Black Beauty, said, “We want to give a virtual holiday gift to our supporters and share an inside look at what it takes to properly care for hundreds of horses and donkeys every day. Our expert equine caregivers will take viewers through an array of daily activities and introduce some of our incredible animals who were rescued from cruelty and neglect. We miss being able to offer our monthly tours due to the pandemic and created this virtual alternative experience for all to enjoy.”
Some of the residents who will be featured are Katniss, a special needs mustang; Pride, rescued from a Humane Society of the United States undercover investigation into soring; Stewie, a donkey found as a stray by law enforcement; and Mulan, part of a large rescue of over 800 feral mustangs who were found starving. Along with nearly 800 residents at the 1,400-acre sanctuary – from tigers, bears and primates to the nearly 400 donkeys and horses – these animals are living happily ever after with proper care at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
Videos will post at 9:00 a.m. CST daily on Facebook.
Support Black Beauty and the Fund for Animals.
ON TALKIN' PETS 5-8PM ET ON 12/19/20 BE ONE OF SEVERAL LISTENERS TO WIN A FandangoNOW GIFT CERTIFICATE TO WATCH “THE CROODS: A NEW AGE.” DREAMWORKS ANIMATION PRESENTS THE HOLIDAY EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY! IN THEATERS NOW & ON DEMAND 12/18/20 FeaturedWritten by Super User
THE CROODS: A NEW AGE – IN THEATERS NOW. ON DEMAND DECEMBER 18TH.
Genre: Animated Comedy
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran
Directed by: Joel Crawford
Produced by: Mark Swift
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family.
The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.
The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family.
Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.
The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).
Talkin' Pets News
December 5, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer
Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Erika Lacroix, President of EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/05/20 at 521pm ET to discuss The EZ Breathe system and why you need this system for your, home, office and clinic. EZ Breathe..the healthy, happy home people
Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
All My Life
Universal Pictures, Broken Road Productions and Perfect World Pictures present a PG-13, 93-minute, Romance, Drama, directed by Marc Meyers and written by Todd Rosenberg with a theater release date of December 4, 2020.
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 paws out of 4
Blumhouse Productions and Divide/Conquer present an R rated, 102-minute, Horror, Thriller, Comedy, directed by Christopher Landon, written by Landon and Michael Kennedy with a theater release date of November 13, 2020.
Talkin' Pets News
November 28, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Lexi Adams
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Mitra Yosri and her dog Bozley will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/28/20 at 5pm ET to discuss the new Amazon Prime show "The Pack"
Mitra Yosri and her dog Bozley will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/28/20 at 5pm ET to discuss the new Amazon Prime show "The Pack" FeaturedWritten by Super User
More information on the series and the contestants can be found below. On the surface, this is a global unscripted series that celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions, hosted by the talented and charismatic Olympic gold-medalist Lindsey Vonn and her canine co-host Lucy. In reality though, this series is so much more than that.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Brian Calvert & Dixie (Camby, IN) – Dixie is a 5-year-old Old Bluetick Coonhound. She’s a therapy dog for veterans and a deer tracking dog. She’s known as “Dixie The Praying Dog” because Brian taught her how to ‘bow’ down to pray and say thank you to Veterans on command. Brian is a 47-year-old man from Camby, Indiana. Half of the week, Brian drives semi-trucks while taking Dixie to public appearances and events for the rest of the week. Both Brian and Dixie have dedicated their lives to helping Veterans, kids, and anyone who might need a smile. Brian and Dixie have a custom Jeep Wrangler with Dixie’s signature logo on it. They drive around in the Jeep participating in parades, escorting charity motorcycle rides, and escorting veterans’ funerals.
Chelsey Lowe & Gryffin (Newport Beach, CA) – Gryffin and Chelsey currently live in Newport Beach, California, where they enjoy doing activities such as surfing, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, beach volleyball, and anything else outdoors. Chelsey played college volleyball at UC Santa Barbara and is a yoga instructor. Chelsey found Gryffin at just seven weeks old about seven years ago, on her way home from a trip, and Gryffin hasn’t left her side since. They do everything together. Chelsey even brings her to work, teaching her yoga classes with Gryffin by her side!
Chisum Joe Johnson & Kepo (Cogar, OK) – Kepo joined Chisum’s family in 2017. Chisum initially got Kepo as a friend to his older dog (who has since passed) and a new friend for him. Chisum began to train Kepo as a tracking pup, and through that, they grew a close bond. Chisum didn’t realize how smart a dog could be until he befriended Kepo. Chisum credits Kepo for keeping him grounded after a stressful day at the fire station.
Daniel Reese & Allister (Chicago, IL) – Four years ago, Daniel Reese was blessed to be in the right place at the right time rescuing Allister, his sweet Wired Haired Rat Terrier, making him Daniel’s forever fur best friend. Allister is always ready for the next big adventure. Daniel gets so much love from Allister that he now wants to share that feeling with the world.
Donna Modafferi & Charlie (New York City, NY) – Donna Modafferi and her Schnoodle-Schnauzer-Poodle, Charlie, currently reside in New York City. Donna fell in love with Charlie’s adorable face from a photo she saw online – proving there is such a thing as love at first sight. When Donna brought Charlie home in July 2016, Charlie fit into Donna’s little family perfectly and has brought them so much joy and love ever since.
Josh White & Snow (West Hollywood, CA) – Josh has a 3-year-old Standard Poodle named Snow. Joshloves to groom Snow, changing up her look to then go out and take photos of her! Snow enjoys all the attention and all the love, but most of all, she just enjoys spending time with Josh – and Josh enjoys spending all his time with her!
Kioni “Kentucky” Russell Gallahue & Derby (San Diego, CA) – Kentucky got Derby from a loving family that realized that they couldn’t take care of him and needed to re-home him. Kentucky took him in, and they have been best friends ever since. Once living with Kentucky, Derby discovered a whole new world, and Kentucky helped give Derby the confidence to enjoy and explore it. Derby came into Kentucky’s life at a low point, and he helped get Kentucky through the hard times and start a new life in San Diego. Together they are inseparable. They love to surf, ride motorcycles, and find new, fun, crazy activities together.
Linh Iacona & Chance (Brooklyn, NY) – After suddenly losing Linh’s first dog, a senior rescue, she searched on Petfinder and found Chance (who at the time was called Griff). She drove 8 hours that day to pick him up at his foster home. At only six weeks old, he was found homeless roaming the streets of Kentucky, then transported to Pennsylvania to be fostered. She adopted Chance at three and a half months old, and now he’s living his best life in Brooklyn.
Lucy Riles & Duchess (Woodland Hills, CA) – Duchess is an 8-year-old Black Lab that loves tennis balls and playing fetch with Lucy, a Stay-at-Home Mom of four kids, two dogs and wife to one husband. Duchess and Lucy’s bond began when Duchess was four months old. With a toddler and baby already in tow, Lucy decided to adopt Duchess from Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. But as the years went on, it’s pretty clear that Duchess was the one doing the rescuing all along. The unconditional love, security, companionship and emotional support Duchess has provided Lucy and her kids has gotten their family through some of life’s most devastating losses and obstacles. Not only has Duchess saved the lives and hearts of Lucy and her family, but Duchess is also about to win over your hearts as well! This duo may be the oldest female team on The Pack and viewed as a couple of underdogs...but never underestimate the inner strength of a mom and her lab. Lucy and Duchess are here to prove you CAN teach an old dog (and old broad) new tricks!
Mark LeBlanc & Ace (Salt Lake City, UT) – Mark is a 31-year-old mechanical engineer and professional photographer with a furry best friend named Ace, a 10-year-old Border Collie. Mark specifically wanted a breed that could match his physical abilities and intensity—Ace was exactly that for him. They love to push themselves to the limit in the mountains. Living in Salt Lake City, Utah, they are always active outdoors doing things like rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and trail running. At six months old, Ace was catching frisbees 30 yards away, and at ten years old, a ten-mile trail run is simply a warm-up. Together, Mark and Ace have an unbreakable bond and a thrill for adventure.
Mitra Najibeh Yosri & Bozley (Los Angeles, CA) – Nine years ago, Mitra Yosri met Bozley, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Bozley escorted Mitra when she made the life-changing decision to move from Utah to Los Angeles, and they do absolutely everything together. With the unconditional love and companionship that Bozley has always provided her, Mitra has been able to take risks and pursue her dreams. Today, Mitra and Bozley enjoy cuddling and hiking through the hills of Eagle Rock and sharing food. Mitra is most happy at home with Bozley and her two cats. Bozley is happiest trying to catch flies and never leaving Mitra’s side.
Vania Zuniga & Jax (Long Beach, CA) – Jax is a goofy three-year-old Golden Retriever who loves to be attached to Vania’s hip (unless there is a squirrel around). This pair loves to spend their time soaking up the sun at the beach. Jax loves to put a smile on anyone’s face, but be careful because his dog hair is contagious!
ABOUT THE SHOW
At stake is a life-changing monetary prize for the winning duo ($500,000) and the animal charity of their choice ($250,000). Additionally, THE PACK donated $250,000 during filming to multiple charities and animal rescue organizations in each country, helping to pay it forward to dogs and those who love them around the world. To win the monetary prize for themselves and their charity, the teams depended on their understanding of one another’s strengths and weaknesses In order to prove to have the strongest bond in the pack. In each locale, the human and dog duos faced fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompanied the group on their exciting journey, making sure it was a positive and safe experience for everyone.
The competitors range from veterans to mothers to celebrity dog hairstylists – and their precious pups range from young to old, nervous to confident and comforting to competitive. Teams began in their journeys in their home states of Indiana, Oklahoma, New York, California and beyond – and acclimated to new climates, countries, altitudes and adventures along the way.
All in, the series emphasizes the incredible relationships humans and dogs are able to form throughout life’s hurdles, and the passion true dog lovers possess, as seen by the donations of hard-earned funds to charities that exist in support of these animals.
Talkin' Pets News
November 21, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Adriana O
Producer - Devin Leech
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - Environmental Ed and brother of Jon Patch will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Turkey facts and Lore
Dear Friend and host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Turkey and non-Turkey dinners
David Frei co-host of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day will stop by to discuss this years show 11/21/20 at 720pm ET
Environmental Ed and brother of Jon Patch will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Turkey facts and Lore FeaturedWritten by Super User
Ask Ed Patchcoski if conservation works, and you’re likely to get an unqualified thumbs up.
The man who has served as Wyoming County’s federally designated District Conservationist since May of 1983 is stepping down at the end of this month.
Patchcoski’s love for the outdoors started in scouting, and he readily admits that unlike most of the people he initially served, he did not grow up on a farm.
With his dad a World War II veteran and mother a seamstress, Patchcoski grew up in the South Scranton/Moosic area and very much stayed close to the enduring values of family, which served him well in understanding why family farmers he would later serve stayed so close to the land.
He achieved the pinnacle of scouting by becoming an Eagle Scout in his teens, and by the early 1970s, he signed up for a Youth Conservation Corps program that essentially hooked him on the environment, and helped him see his role in helping to sustain it.
Patchcoski noted recently that he enrolled in Keystone College’s environmental science program run by Howard Jennings, and then went on to Penn State University’s main campus for a program in environmental resource management.
He said his first job was with the Lackawanna County Conservation District, and later went to Susquehanna County, then Westmoreland County in the western pat of the state before settling down in Wyoming County.
Patchcoski said he quickly learned that what had been taught from a textbook often bore little resemblance to what he faced in the field, and he realized that in order to succeed he would have to acquire some of it through a great deal of self study.
“What’s been so unique about my job is I’ve been able to work hands-on with private landowners, many of them farmers, in seeing how the soil can work for them,” Patchcoski said.
“There’s never been a dull moment, and each day presents itself with new challenges,” he added, noting that later in the day he would be visiting with a farmer who was concerned about a gas pipeline coming through that would disrupt some drain tile which had been put in years earlier so the farmer’s dad could successfully farm a field.
And, so it goes.
Although hired by the federal government initially to do a job through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service which provided technical assistance in controlling water and wind erosion of the soil, Patchcoski said that role changed in 1994 when a newly named agency - the Natural Resources Conservation Service - was directed to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources working with state and local agencies that had a similar mission.
He noted that his job was essentially still the same but rather than just deal with a landholder’s isolated problem he - and those he served - were more mindful of the impacts a single action might have on the bigger picture, usually downstream.
And, despite being paid by the government, Patchcoski said he has never seen himself as a bureaucrat, but rather as field technician ready to help facilitate what today are known as “best practices” in the areas of soil science, water quality and ecological restoration.
He readily acknowledges though that there have been moments where some farmers have seen him as an interloper, even though he says he’s really just there to help.
Patchcoski makes it clear that what he does is without regulatory power such as might be mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency or the state Department of Environmental Protection.
“There is good and bad with every project,” he said, and acknowledged that a constant across his nearly one-third of a century in Wyoming County - which is disected by the Susquehanna River and cris-crossed with creeks and streams - is flooding.
“The truth is money becomes available post-disaster,” he said, and “You’re suddenly presented with a new set of priorities with how to best manage the natural resources in front of you.”
He remembers vividly two projects he played an advisory role in and that was the rehabilitation of two former housing developments that led to municipal parks “which we enjoy today without thought of the upheavals faced just a generation earlier.”
He said lots of people go to Riverside Park and Lazybrook Park today and enjoy them for their recreational value, as they should.
Another project he likes to point to is the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds where this past summer a very extensive effort was unveiled employing gutters placed onto seven buildings to capture rainwater into an underground reservoir. Tanks holding a combined 15,000 gallons of water, are available for non-potable use, like washing down the animals.
In the past the runoff from the various roofs often left a considerable amount of mud on the fairgrounds not to mention animal waste that got washed into nearby wetlands changing their ecological character.
Patchcoski acknowledged such projects are not cheap with initial seed money coming from private donors, including gas companies.
“The truth is we’re all in this together,” Patchcoski said, “and need to be mindful of the bigger picture.”
He said that the biggest thing he will miss when Jan. 1 rolls around is the people.
“The best part of my job is the people I’ve had the privilege to work for,” Patchcoski said.
“Conservation never sleeps. It is a 24-7 task that demands our very best.”
Dear Friend and host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Turkey and non-Turkey dinners FeaturedWritten by Super User
ABOUT JAMIE GWEN
Jamie Gwen is a Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu Graduate, a Celebrity Chef, Syndicated Radio Host, Certified Sommelier and a seven-time Cookbook Author. She is a featured contributor on KTLA Channel 5 in Southern California, on the Home Shopping Network (HSN), on national news shows and in print from coast-to-coast.
She shares her seasonal lifestyle approach and her passion for food on TV, the Radio and at public & private events nationwide and she brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show heard every weekend on 100 Radio Stations across the country.
Jamie writes for numerous lifestyle publications and her charismatic, engaging and interactive keynote speeches draw thousands annually to charity events, symposiums and conferences across the country. She has been seen on The Food Network, Master Chef, The Talk, Martha Stewart, Emeril Live, Bravo TV, HGTV, DIY Network and more. Jamie is committed to philanthropy and she loves movies, tennis and lunch!
David Frei co-host of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day will stop by to discuss this years show 11/21/20 at 720pm ET FeaturedWritten by Super User
NBC WILL BROADCAST 19TH ANNUAL ‘NATIONAL DOG SHOW’ ON THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 26 AT NOON IN ALL TIME ZONESJOHN O’HURLEY AND DAVID FREI RETURN TO CO-HOST THE CELEBRATEDCANINE COMPETITIONNEW YORK – Oct. 13, 2020 – NBC will present the 19th anniversary edition of thebeloved holiday special “The National Dog Show” airing Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p.m. in all time zones), Nov. 26, following the telecast of NBC’s “Macy’s ThanksgivingDay Parade.”As previously announced, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia will once again hold itsannual all-breed dog show in November in Oaks, Penn. With full attention being givento state and local health and safety issues for activities during the COVID-19pandemic, and under the approving guidance of the Montgomery County Board ofCommissioners and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the club willstage a single, two-day show on Nov. 14-15 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.“The National Dog Show” celebrates man’s best friend and will be hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,”“Dancing with the Stars”), and expert analyst David Frei, a longtime breeder-owner-handler and American Kennel Club judge. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillowill also offer her insights during the telecast.Last year a 2-year-old male Bulldog named Thor topped the 2,000-dog field to takehome the Best In Show title.Three new breeds will be on hand at the show for the first time this year, making atotal of 207 breeds and varieties sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC). TheBarbet (Sporting Group) is a water dog from France with a long, sweeping tail, adense coat of curly hair and a distinctive beard. He’s an agile athlete with a bright,friendly nature. The Dogo Argentino (Working Group) is a strong and intelligenthunting dog from Argentina, originally bred to hunt big game such as boar andmountain lion. He has a short white coat and expressive face. The Belgian Laekenois(Herding Group), like its three close Belgian relatives (Belgian Malinois, BelgianSheepdog, Belgian Tervuren), was originally used in police work. They all still dosome police work but are best known as athletic, hardworking herding dogs. TheLaekenois separates itself with its different coat color and texture, and a differentregion of origin.“The National Dog Show” is a beloved holiday tradition for families across the nation.The telecast reached nearly 25 million viewers during Thanksgiving week last year,delivering its third-best score in total viewers since its first broadcast in 2002. Theshow is part of a five-hour block of family programing on NBC, offering the country’s65 million pet-owning households a full afternoon of fun entertainment while raisingmoney for canine-related causes. For more information on “The National Dog Show,” visit:http://www.nationaldogshow.comBreed descriptions and more information can be found athttps://nds.nationaldogshow.com/event-info/the-seven-groups/Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @NBC.MEDIA
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws
The Last Vermeer
Imperative Entertainment, NL Film and TriStar Pictures present an R rated, 117 minute, Drama, directed by Dan Friedkin, written by Jonathan Lopez and based on the book “The Man Who Made Vermeers”, with a theater release date of November 20, 2020.