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BE ALERT: PREVENT THE BITE

USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Week is June 14-20, 2020

GUEST: Chris Johnson, USPS Program Manager, Safety Awareness

Background:

Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. The Postal Service is driving home the message that dog bites are a national problem and education can help resolve the issue.

While the number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 5,803 in 2019, the encouraging news is that it’s more than 200 fewer than in 2018. Despite the drop-in attacks, it is still a big problem.  Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to showcase technology that not only alerts mail carriers of potential attacks, but also alerts customers when the carrier may be coming so they can secure their dogs. It will also release its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

 

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DOG BITES:

·         Keep the family pet secured. Place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door to accept the mail. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors.

·         Parents, please remind your children not to take mail directly from your letter carrier in the presence of your pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threat.

·         We place the safety of our employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, we may ask the owner to pick up their mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office.

To spread the word on social media, use word the hashtag #preventdogbites. 

 

More About Chris Johnson:

As the U.S. Postal Service’s Program Manager, Safety Awareness, Chris Johnson is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide safety programs.

A staff of 375 safety professionals domiciled among 67 locations nationwide support these programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for nearly 630,000 employees connected by a fleet of nearly 215,000 vehicles that connect to nearly 32,000 postal facilities

AnimalBiome Completes $1.5 Million Seed Funding Round and Hires Carlton Osborne as CEO

 

Oakland, CA – February 5, 2020 – AnimalBiome, a leader in the dog and cat health microbiome sector, has completed a seed funding round totaling $1.5 million, bringing their total raised to date to $2.25 million. The company was founded by researchers at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley in late 2016.  AnimalBiome completed IndieBio’s life science accelerator program in 2017, and Leap Venture Studio’s accelerator program in 2018. AnimalBiome provides personalized recommendations for nutrition and supplements based on genetic sequencing of bacteria in the microbiome of companion animals.

In addition, Holly Ganz, PhD and CEO at AnimalBiome, has announced she will be moving into the Chief Science Officer position. President of AnimalBiome, Carlton Osborne, JD, will now be taking over as the company’s new CEO. 

"With the support of our investors, we’re accelerating developments of our products and will continue to provide pet parents with revolutionary science to boost pet health, happiness and longevity by improving their microbiomes,” says Holly Ganz PhD and Chief Science Officer of AnimalBiome, “We’re very excited to see what the future holds for AnimalBiome, especially with Carlton as our new CEO. We feel confident his leadership skills and business expertise will continue to follow our mission and achieve our company goals. And this will allow me to focus on developing better ways to use the microbiome to monitor and improve the health of dogs and cats.”  

Osborne brings more than 15 years of start-up and business development experience with focus on rapid revenue growth and customer experience.  “I was an early adviser and investor in AnimalBiome because it has a revolutionary approach to helping the millions of dogs and cats that suffer from digestive disorders that often cause diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation,” said Carlton Osborne, chief executive officer of AnimalBiome. “AnimalBiome is uniquely positioned to harness the potential of the microbiome to deliver personalized nutrition products and services for dogs and cats.”

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, AnimalBiome advances pet care through gut microbiome research and pet digestive health products. Their team of scientists know that a healthy inside leads to a healthy outside, which is why they're on a mission to develop innovative, science-backed treatments that will help pet parents better understand their pet's gut microbiome. In addition, they provide all of the tools an owner will need to improve their pet's health.

 

AnimalBiome currently offers gut health testing and gut microbiome restoration supplements for cats and dogs.

Benefits of their Gut Health Tests include:

·         Actionable insights for personalized diet and nutrition, supplements, or patient lifestyle changes 

·         Distinguishes whether the patient’s microbiome is dysbiotic and identifies which bacterial groups may be problematic 

·         Learn how to change your pet’s diet to improve their gut health

DoggyBiome and KittyBiome Gut Microbiome Restoration Supplement include:

·         Supports solidly-formed bowel movements

·         Gentle and fast-acting

·         Helps maintain normal stools

·         Soothes the intestinal tract

·         Convenient capsules created from healthy dog/cat feces

About AnimalBiome: AnimalBiome provides personalized nutrition services rooted in the science of the microbiome to improve the gut health of dogs and cats. AnimalBiome's microbiome tests use genetic sequencing to characterize the gut microbiome of individual pets, allowing veterinarians and pet owners to make personalized changes in diet, including prebiotics and macronutrient ratios, to promote a more balanced composition of gut bacteria. They create restorative supplements from material sourced directly from healthy pets to combat digestive issues and restore balance. AnimalBiome’s services have helped over 3,500 dogs and cats, with >80% showing improved clinical signs, including improved body condition, fecal consistency, and a reduction in the frequency and occurrence of diarrhea and vomiting. AnimalBiome is a privately-held company based in Oakland, CA that was started by researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

Learn more at: https://www.animalbiome.com/.

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalbiome/.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/animalbiome/.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/animal.biome/.  


Lydia is the most sought after animal communicator around. Her childhood dream of becoming a fairy godmother to animals seems to have come true. Her clients come from every state in the U.S. and European countries galore. People so different... yet sharing the love of their pet and their belief in Lydia's gift. Her client list numbers over 60,000 over 20 years, and many began as skeptics. Lydia likes skeptics, she says, and believes that once she proves herself to a skeptic that skeptic becomes her best publicity. Lydia has also co-authored a book recently, Conversations with Animals , detailing her experiences.

Lydia is available for Consultations, Seminars, and Lectures. To find out more about her, or the services she offers, please click on one of the links below. Note that Lydia is actively working on her new book, "More Conversations With Animals"! Contributions from past and current clients are welcomed!

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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! 
Be sure to follow us on Social Media! 
National Mill Dog Rescue
PO Box 88468
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
719-445-6787
 

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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

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

Our Story

My mother, Pearl, sparked my life-long commitment to protect our Planet Earth. Among all of Earth’s natural beauties, water has always enchanted me the most. Betsy and I live with our daughter, Pearl, on a beautiful pond. Looking out our living room window, I witnessed the environmental damage up close. As I investigated the problem on our little pond, it became clear that lawns (and lawn care) were a primary culprit. The deeper I dug, the more compelling case for change became. So, I set out on an eight year journey to save our pond and in the process found a solution to save our waters and save you money, too!

We Americans love our lawns but we are addicted to high maintenance lawn care. Protecting our waters depends critically on changing how we care for our lawns. With input from independent grass seed scientists, I tested thousands of seed mixes to create a truly low maintenance, patent-pending solution. Once established, Pearl’s Premium rarely, or never, needs watering; grows very slowly and thrives without chemicals. The secret: roots that grow very deep, tapping into naturally-occurring moisture and nutrients to produce a healthy, barefoot soft lawn.

I pledge that Pearl’s Premium will transform your lawn – as it has thousands of lawns. I encourage you to take the Pearl’s Premium pledge to save time, money, water and our Earth!

Jackson Madnick

Founder

An organic organic approach to lawn care is over-due for so many reasons:

  • Lawns are depleting our groundwater supplies:  Some estimates indicate that lawn care uses 50% of our county’s potable water. Lawn irrigation, particularly in-ground watering systems, increase summer water use to levels three to five times higher than winter water use. Use of nitrogen-rich chemical fertilizers and fast-growing shallow-rooted grasses exacerbates the problem. Water shortages from your neighbors lawn care lead to increased water prices for everyone, water bans and enforced conservation.  Many of the non-native lawn seeds from Europe or Kentucky, with very shallow roots, are naturally adapted to environments that are wetter than ours.  In New England, and most of North America, these foreign, shallow root, high maintenance grasses leads to a pattern of frequent watering and frequent mowing, particularly if chemical fertilizer is used.
  • Wasting energy and adding to greenhouse gases:  Watering lawns with water that is filtered for human consumption and pumped to our homes wastes huge amounts of energy. Producing commercial fertilizers from petroleum is energy intensive, and costs are rising as oil prices rise. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, running a typical lawn mower for an hour is eleven times more polluting than running a mid-size car full of people and luggage for an hour. So, the energy-intensive fertilizer, water from the town and lawn mower pollution in a standard lawn greatly increases your family's carbon foot print.
  • Run off and unnecessary health risks: A stagering amount of chemicals are used every year on lawns. Between 50% and 80% of lawn care chemicals run off lawns with the rain and into storm drains, ending up in the watershed or local ponds, causing algal blooms and feeding the invasive weeds out of control. Again, the majority of lawn chemicals is feeding the invasive weeds in our ponds, not on your lawn! Then, local communities use expensive herbicides to get rid of the invasive weeds in the ponds and low levels of both the fertilizer, pesticides and the herbicide may end up in your drinking water.  Use of pesticides and fertilizer in urban and suburban communities contributes significantly to contamination of our drinking water and other surface water supplies.  This also increases health risks to children, pets and the elderly and increases school department budgets from learning and behavioral disorders caused by the lawn care chemicals. So, chemicals put on your lawn impact the whole community in many ways, including finances, clean up, invasive weeds and health.  
  • What ends up in our homes affects children, animals and others: Lawn care chemicals and pesticides get carried indoors into homes on shoes, paws and air currents. Once inside, pesticides linger in carpets, dust, on toys and in the air we breathe. These chemicals normally break down outside over time with sunlight. However, away from sunlight and water, pesticides persist for many months, resulting in longer exposure to these chemicals indoors. According to health experts at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection prolonged exposure to the pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in lawn care chemicals is responsible for an alarming increase in the risk of learning and behavioral disorders in children and increased risk in adults for asthma, Parkinsons's disease, cancer and a number of other ailments. The increased health risks are much higher for children, the elderly and our pets. According to Dr. Margo Roman, a veterinary expert, "50 years ago, only 5% of dogs got cancer. Today, over 46% of dogs get cancer, and there is evidence suggesting this alarming rate is caused by the widespread use of lawn care fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides." In response to these concerns, "a new era in pesticide use has begun in Quebec with the banning of many domestic products that have chemicals considered toxic to humans and the environment." Read the report from the Organic Consumers Association.

Purchase and use Organic Fertilizers and other organic lawn products. 

Wouldn't it be great if your lawn could lower your carbon footprint? Well, it can!

Pearl's Premium patent pending grass seed blends enable an ultra low maintenance approach to lawn care that can save you time and money:

Saving Time with Pearl's Premium   Saving Money with Pearl's Premium
Mow 1 week a month, relax the other 3 Mowing Pay less often
Water much less or never again Watering Cut your water bill
Spread organic fertilizer or compost 1-2 times a year Treating  

To capture the full benefit of ultra low maintenance lawn care, plant Pearl's Premium and closely follow our low maintenance lawn care instructions.

Other Key Benefits:

For People & Pets For The Planet
Lush, barefoot soft grass Native and adaptive (not genetically-modified) seed
Greener year-round, even in winter Cut your carbon footprint
Using organic lawn care prodcuts reduces chemicals on lawns, paws and feet Protects lakes and rivers from chemical run-off

What's the Secret? Its in the roots!

For more information visit www.pearlspremium.com

 

This week we are diving into our videos with Dachshunds. Learn what makes a Dachshund a Dachshund, see 2020 judging and more.
Best of Breed Minute
 
Did you know that the Dachshund was originally bred to hunt underground? Learn more about this very popular Hound breed in the Westminster Best of Breed Minute.
Wirehaired Dachshunds at the 2020 WKC Dog Show
 
Watch the Wirehaired Dachshund breed competition and the other Dachshund varieties compete for Best of Breed at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on our YouTube channel. 
From the Road to WKC
 
Professional Handlers, Maddie and Adam Peterson are on their #RoadtoWKC. What is it like to work and travel together across the country to dog shows?
Throwback to the Dachshund National Specialty
 
A “National” is an annual event where handlers of the same breed bring their dogs to compete. What is it like to win at a National? We caught Randy right after her big win. ‬
Conversations with Veterinarian, Deneice L. Van Hook 
 
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is the key to a long and happy life. We spoke with Deneice L. Van Hook DVM to learn tips to keeping your dog healthy.
Want more videos?
Check out the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show YouTube Channel.
WESTMINSTER. There's Only One. ®
To see and learn more go to: westminsterkennelclub.org
Pet retail facilities taking advantage of “essential services” designation and using it to peddle unhealthy dogs to unsuspecting consumers
 
LANCASTER, PA – Animal Wellness Action, a national animal protection group promoting legal standards against cruelty, conducted a survey, conducted between April 13-20th, of nearly 40 stores in Pennsylvania that sell dogs obtained from puppy mills and found that 30 percent of stores have been selling dogs during the COVID-19 crisis. Animal Wellness sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to clarify that the sale of puppies from puppy mills is not an essential service, halt the transport of puppies for retail sale in the state, strengthen laws and regulations to protect dogs and consumers, and increase enforcement of the current law. Rather than buy puppies from a pet store, the public should be encouraged to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue instead.
 
Nearly all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills -- large, commercial dog breeding operations that sell dogs at stores and over the internet. Hundreds of puppy mills operate within Pennsylvania, and thousands of puppies are transported into the state each year from puppy mills located in the Midwest, despite a pullback on business activities to encourage social distancing during the crisis. While pet supply stores have been deemed essential, that designation was almost certainly driven by the need to provide food and other goods for proper pet care and not as a means to continue a live-animal sales activity that undermines animal welfare.
 
“We agree pet supply stores are essential, but only for the sale of food and other necessities for our pets, not for the purpose of continuing the trade in inhumanely produced, often sick animals,” said Michele Patterson, national puppy mill committee chair for Animal Wellness Action and a resident of Lancaster County.  “Given that Pennsylvania has often referred to as the ‘Puppy Mill Capital’ of the east coast, we must be especially vigilant and prevent the industry from doing more harm to dogs and consumers.”
 
Current federal and state standards for the care of mother dogs kept in mills are barely adequate for survival, loopholes allow violators to continue renewing their licenses, and fail to adequately address the fraud and deception of puppy mills. Puppies often become sick due to the poor breeding, unsanitary conditions of mills, and long-distance transport to pet stores. Families are devastated after their new puppy dies of illness, and according to a 2019 CDC investigation, the ill puppies have passed dangerous diseases onto people, such as campylobacter, a bacterial infection.
 
While Pennsylvania has made some progress in regulating puppy mills, major gaps in the law still exist.  AWA and other groups support Victoria’s Law, introduced by State Senators Tom Killion (R-9) and Andrew Dinniman (D-19), to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. Over 300 localities across the nation have adopted legislation restricting the sale of puppies in pet stores, and numerous state legislatures are taking up the issue.
 
In Congress, the PetFax Act (H.R. 5715), recently introduced by U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) – and modeled after CarFax reports -- would mandate honesty and transparency in the sales of dogs and cats. It would require that sellers of dogs and cats disclose certain information to a customer about the animals, including information identifying the dealer who bred the animals, the number of dogs and cats bred and sold by that dealer over the past two years, a listing of any violations the dealer has had in the past two years, and health information about the animals.
 
The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.
Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.
 
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