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Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Pet parents would love to know what their pets are thinking, but since our pets can’t verbally tell us it’s important to understand what their body language is saying. Here are a few ways to read your dog’s body language, and how to interpret what they are trying to tell you.

A dog’s tail - A dog’s tail is used to communicate strong emotions, including happiness, as well as anger and agitation. To accurately get the bigger picture the dog’s wagging or tucked tail is trying to tell you, look at the rest of his body language. If his ears are pinned forward or back, or has stiffened muscles and dilated pupils, these are all signs your dog needs some space.

A dog’s ears - A dog will hold his ears naturally when he is relaxed and comfortable. When he’s alert, he’ll raise them higher on his head and direct them toward whatever is holding his interest. If his ears are pulled back slightly, it’s a signal his intention is friendly. And if your dog’s ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his head, he’s signaling that he’s frightened or feeling submissive.


A dog’s body - When your dog is scared, he does his best to look small. Often, his body looks hunched, with his tail held low or tucked between his rear legs and his ears flattened back on his skull. His muscles of his body and face will be tense and rigid. He might even cower close to the ground or try to escape.


Some pets fear certain sounds (like thunderstorms or fireworks), being in crowds, or even being left alone. To help ease their various fears, the original, patented Anxiety Wrap gives a calming, hug-like sensation – activating and maintaining key pressure points that better enable pets to relax. Helping your dog keep calm can even prevent behavioral issues. (For additional notes on how the one-of-a-kind product works, click here to see helpful Anxiety Wrap graph and notes.)

According to Dr. Roger Mugford, Pet Psychologist and Founder of The Company of Animals, “Fear and anxiety are at the root of many canine behavioral problems.” Unaddressed, these fears can result in aggressiveness, leash pulling, separation anxiety, excessive barking, and hyperactivity. We’ve been using and recommending the Anxiety Wrap in The Company of Animals’ own British Behaviour Centre for years,” continues Mugford.

A recently published Tufts University Clinical Research Study, titled “The Effectiveness of Anxiety Wrap in the Treatment of Canine Thunderstom Phobia: An Open-Label Trial,” even deemed the product 89 percent effective! The Anxiety Wrap was especially called out as "safe and effective treatment for canine thunderstorm phobia." The study has since been published, and the Anxiety Wrap cited, in such respected journals and resources as The Journal of Veterinary Behavior and ScienceDirect.

The Anxiety Wrap starts at $39.95 and comes in 11 canine sizes – to properly fit each age and breed. There are even calming face wraps for dogs, called Quite Dog®, and specialty made feline Anxiety Wraps, available too.For the full product selection by The Company of Animals, visit||








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Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00

Under the Skin

Film4, British Film Institute and Silver Reel present a 108 minute, R rated, drama, sci-fi, thriller, directed by Jonathan Glazer, written by Walter Campbell and Michael Faber with a theater release date of April 4, 2014.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00

Draft Day

Summit Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment and The Montecito Picture Company present a PG-13, approximately 110 minute, drama, sports film, directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph with a theater release date of April 11, 2014.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00

Rio 2

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios present a G rated, 101 minute, animation, 3D, adventure, comedy directed by Carlos Saldanha, written by saldanha and Don Rhymer with a theater release on April 11, 2014.

The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is built of a group of inspired, motivated humanitarians who work tirelessly to fight animal cruelty by educating the public, animal rescue, and finding loving families to give the helpless a second chance at a happy life. Founded by Oscar nominated and renown animal activist Linda Blair to bring the much needed attention to the growing problems related to animal welfare and the work required to stop animal abuse and neglect.


What We Do…

Linda Using the Pet Walker-Plus

LBWF is a unique safe haven for animals providing top-quality, lifelong care to the animals it rescues.

We emphasize proper nutrition, provide first-class veterinary care, comfortable facilities, training, socializing, and of course, an abundance of love.

Using the media as an outlet for education, we hope to raise the level of awareness on important issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting, as well as debunking the unfounded, illogical and fear-based arguments that all too often lead to breed-specific bans and the heartbreaking extermination of beautiful animals whose only crime is having been born.

The recent economic recession and financial crisis have resulted in a record number of foreclosures and people aren’t the only ones to suffer in times like these. Homelessness is a harsh reality facing more and more animals, as people heartlessly abandon them or are reluctantly forced to leave them behind at already overcrowded shelters because they can no longer afford to care for them.

Please help us give these loving, loyal and wonderful animals a safe place to live a happy life. There are a variety of ways you can help, from making a tax-deductible cash donation, purchasing something from our CafePress store or bidding on one of Linda’s eBay auction items to volunteering at our facility or becoming a desperately needed foster family for our rescues.

Increasing Our Impact

After 3 long years of searching, the foundation’s journey came full circle with the acquisition of an A2 zoned property in Acton, CA. The property is beautiful and provides a wonderful temporary home to animals that have been through so much.

We’re very proud of how far we’ve come and incredibly thankful for the donations of both money and time from our dedicated supporters, friends and volunteers. Much has been accomplished, but we still have a long way to go!

We are constantly working to construct additional buildings to shelter our rescued animals from high desert winds and cold. We’re also busy installing additional fencing and plumbing, as well as creating new play yards – just to list a few of the ongoing projects that help us meet our animals’ most basic needs.

Always on our shopping list…

  • Wire Crates 42″-48″
  • Chain Link
  • Recycled Plywood
  • Trees for shade and wind protection
  • Dog food
  • Dog Treats
  • Dog Toys
  • Dog Beds
  • Blankets
  • Collars and Leashes
  • Stainless Steel Water and Food Bowls
  • Heavy Duty garbage bags
  • Paper towels

These gift cards can always be put to good use…

  • Home Depot or Lowe’s Gift Cards
  • PetSmart or Petco Gift Cards

Our “wouldn’t it be wonderful” wish list…

  • Cargo Van for transporting animals
  • Energy and Water Efficient Washer (top loading) and Dryer
Looking Into The Future

Ultimately our goal is to build a reliable and smooth-running facility that will allow Linda to focus much of her attention on educating the public about critical issues such as overpopulation, the importance of having pets spayed or neutered, animal abuse, neglect and the plight of woefully misunderstood breeds like American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – often collectively referred to as “Pit Bulls”.

While our first priority is to provide a loving and safe environment for our rescued animals, fundamentally we hope to have an impact on a much larger and far-reaching scale. Ours is a mission of education that will help people develop the same respect, love and admiration for animals that we have.

Together We CAN Make A Difference! 

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Perception and Sony Pictures Imageworks present a 136 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, sci-fi, directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely with a theater release date of April 4, 2014.


Dr. Suzanne Topor

Dr. Suzanne Topor was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 11 and never wavered from that goal. She grew up with many different pets including dogs, birds, reptiles and fish. Dr. Topor graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After practicing in the Chicago area for a year, she decided to make the big move to Florida in order to include more birds and other exotic species in her caseload (and escaping the cold winters didn’t hurt either). After working at a practice in Tampa for almost 10 years honing her skills and building up a clientele of birds and exotic pets, Dr. Topor struck out on her own and opened Livingston Animal and Avian Hospital in Lutz.  She says, “My clientele is about 30% dogs, 30% cats, and 40% avian, small mammal and reptile species which is a nice mixture of all the animals I love and that most people have as pets. I find that treating all of these different species keeps me sharp because I am able to apply comparative anatomy and physiology across species while learning and respecting their differences”. In 1994, Dr. Topor became an avian specialist when she passed the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners exam to be certified in avian practice. She re-certified in 2004 as ABVP requires their diplomats to go through a rigorous process to maintain their skills and credentials.

Dr. Topor has been active in many professional organizations and community service projects during her career. She served as president of both the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society and the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation which is the community service and education arm of our veterinary family. She also served on the board of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (an international organization) starting as Public Relations chair in 1995 and was elected President of AAV for the year of 1999. As AAV conference chair in 2000, Dr. Topor maintained her commitment to helping educate other veterinarians about birds and decided to stay on as AAV Lab Coordinator for the conference committee. She held this position for 10 years, helping to plan conferences from 2000-2009. She was awarded the AAV President’s Award in 1996 for her work on the PR committee and again in 2010 for her work as Lab Coordinator for AAV. “My years serving AAV taught me so much about education and conferences and also afforded me the opportunity to meet lifelong friends with whom I can network for my entire career”, says Dr. T. Dr. Topor also continues to do her share of local community service by supporting several rescue organizations for dogs and birds. She has participated in the Great American Teach-In every single year since moving to Florida in 1983 by bringing in animals to school and talking to the kids about careers in veterinary medicine. She says, “If we can teach children to love, respect and care for animals appropriately at a young age, then we can help make them into responsible adults no matter what field they choose to pursue”. Dr Topor has an 12 year old daughter and has also been a Girl Scout Leader for the past 5 years, again demonstrating her commitment to raising a generation of confident, courageous and compassionate women.

Dr. Topor does try to find some time for recreational pursuits and enjoys boating, scuba diving, skiing (both water and snow), reading and crafts. To sum it up, she says, “It has been a privilege to be a veterinarian and get to work with animals every day as well as get to know their families. Our pets provide us with so much and ask so little in return. It truly is unconditional love and they do things that make me smile every day. You can never stop learning about them. I know I will never be bored!”


Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Maria Ryan

Maria Ryan, CPDT, has been training pets and people since 1996.  Animal behavior became a strong interest for her. She comes highly recommended by veterinarians, clients, and colleagues.  She uses all positive and science based methods to help pets and people learn the most effective way to solve behavior and training issues. Maria is a professional member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She attends conferences directed at research based methods and attends continuing education courses and schools. Studying with top world-renowned trainers and animal behaviorists, Maria has made a commitment to herself, pets, and their owners to serve them and educate them with the knowledge she obtains and will continue to gain in the future.

Maria wants to help you and your pet have a positive relationship! The best way to accomplish that is through training. So, don’t give up on your pets or yourself. Knowledge is power and with that power and a Dog Gone Positive attitude you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with yourself and your pets!

Cornell University Certified Canine Behavior

Certified Pet Dog Trainer

Solving Canine Behavior Problems

Humane Society of the United States Certified

Animal Behavior & Effective Adoptions

Pet First Aid & CPR Certified

Behavior Modification Certified

D.A.R.T. ( Disaster Animal Response Team)

Certified Canine Behavior Counselor & Trainer

Certified Shelter Dog Behavior & Temperament Screening

Advanced Clicker Training Certification

CGC Evaluator

Member Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Dr. Linda Register is a native Floridian. She received her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 1996 and her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2009.

She opened up East West Animal Hospital in Lutz, Florida in 2010, which specializes integrative medicine. Her holistic medicine interests include behavior, nutriceutical, Western herbs, Chinese medicine and Nutrition.

She has been married for several years, and has a tween daughter. She also has 2 cats and one dog.

Dr. Register enjoys classic cars, Gator football games, crafting & DIY projects.

Dr. Meyer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. A graduate of the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Meyer is the founder of our hospital.

Throughout her career she has been instrumental in building strong referral relationships with veterinary day practices as well as board certified veterinary specialists.

Dr. Meyer is also an instructor for the Veterinary Technology program at St. Petersburg College. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her pets.


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