April 15th 2006


Rocker EDDIE MONEY and National Geographic's Dog Whisperer CESAR MILLAN.

Eddie Money
Having come from a long line of police officers, a very young Eddie joined the police force back home in Long Island, New York. But, it wasn't long before Eddie decided that police work was not for him (his hair was looking too good for the Uniform), and he moved to California. There, he was discovered by rock impresario Bill Graham, and it was rock and roll forever!

Eddie's tours keep him on the road most of the time, and he leaves behind his 5 children and his beloved Bassett Hound- Dudley Do Right. Eddie's children have many animals, including snakes and scorpions (which he tries to avoid). Eddie is and always has been a big animal lover and works quite often with Tony La Russa and his Animal Rescue Foundation.

Visit www.EddieMoney.com to see his tour dates and find out if he will be coming to your city!

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Britt Savage
The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered Pet Partner® therapy teams as literacy mentors.
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. Today, hundreds of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States and Canada.
Intermountain Therapy Animals , a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since!


The World's Only Bi-Pedal Dog
Jude Stringfellow
Faith Stringfellow is an amazing little dog, with an even more amazing story. Faith suffers from birth defects that have left her with only her two back legs. However, her guardian, Jude Stringfellow, would not give up on Faith. She taught her how to stand, hop, and eventually walk on her two back legs, like a human. Faith's story is one of courage, faith and miracles. You don't want to miss the video!



Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

From his appearances on Oprah Winfrey to his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America's most sought after dog-behavior expert. But Cesar is not a trainer in the traditional sense ­ his expertise lies in his unique ability to comprehend dog psychology. Tracing his own amazing journey, Cesar recounts how he learned what makes dog tick. In Cesar's Way, he shares this wisdom, laying the groundwork for you to have stronger, more satisfying relationships with your canine companions.

Cesar's formula for a contented and balanced dog seems impossibly simple, and whether you're having issues with your dog or just want to make a good bond even stronger, his book will give you a deeper appreciation of how your dog sees the world, and it will help make your relationship with your beloved pet a richer and more rewarding one.



Do Pets Think and Feel?
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network

Pets think and feel, maybe not exactly as we do. When you think about it, we have no problems recognizing animals' emotions, or that many of their emotions are similar to ours. Why then, do some people think animals have no feelings or thoughts? Well, I think it's important to note they don't always have our feelings or our thoughts. Just like we have different physical abilities, we humans cannot smell scent like a dog or see in low light like a cat, it would be incorrect to assume that animals have the same feelings in a particular circumstance as we would have. By placing human motives on to the animals, you really can cause potential misunderstandings.



Trading Spaces With the Dog
Kathryn Renner
Charlie Brown had the right idea. Build a little house outside for Snoopy. But, Murphy Brown, the Dachshund has gone one better. She has claimed a "99 Mercedes 320E ­ leather seats, sunroof, lumbar support, and all.

It all started when Kathryn Renner, Murphy Brown's guardian remodeled her house. Murphy did not take to well to all of the goings on, and seemed to be very upset. Kathryn decided to place Murphy in the car during the remodeling, which was a very quiet space.

After several months, when the remodeling was completed, Murphy did not want to give up her new digs. So, she stayed in the car. Murphy comes out of her vehicle for her meals and daily walks, and even loves it when the car moves. Kathryn calls it running errands, but for Murphy, it is like "snacking in bed," since the drive-through bank teller sends out liver treats in the pneumatic tube.

Murphy still joins the family inside occasionally.


The Dog With a Gold Tooth
A Bosnian dentist has given his pet dog a gold tooth as a reward for his loyalty.

Milan Vujnovic, from Banja Luka, said his eight-month-old Russian terrier Atos knows the gold tooth is 'special'. Vujnovic said: "He likes the fact that he has a gold tooth. He often shows it off because he knows it is something different and special. "The Russian terrier is the smartest of all dogs and Atos deserved a special tooth because he is so loyal and special to me.

"It took me four hours to put the gold cover on his tooth but all the time he just sat there and didn't move an inch. He was as good as gold." He also said he had no fear thieves might try and steal his dog to take the gold tooth. "Atos is descended from the dogs that were used by the Soviet KGB. He's not a dog that would ever allow himself to get stolen," Vujnovic said.


Pocket Pets
Marc Morrone, "The Pet Shop"
Marc Marrone, celebrated animal and pet expert, discusses mice, hamsters, and other small rodents that actually make great pets for children. They provide the perfect balance of a concealed cage environment with an easy schedule of letting them out for exercise and play when it is convenient for the family. Marc convinces even the most die-hard skeptic that the differences between pet mice and sewer rats are vastly different and pocket rodents may be easier to care for than many parents may think!

Mag Rack, the premier on-demand television network, has launched an original 25-Part On-Demand series by Marc, bringing him into the living rooms of America to help the nation's 170 million pet owners care for their furry friends with his new series The Pet Shop. The service offers special interest programming not widely found on other channels with advanced ability to fast-forward, rewind or pause the program.



On Wings of Painted Gauze ­ The Butterfly
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
Did you know butterflies are made of flowers, pollen and sunshine? Discover how Butterfly also enjoys a unique association with Princess Leia, Cupid and the arrival of Spring.



Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Petey, the Bassett Hound is a rescue dog and is currently in a temporary home situation. Petey is getting older and has bladder problems. He seems to be stabilizing, and does not want to be moved to another rescue home. He would prefer to stay with his current guardian who seems to understand him and his needs.



Animals with Cancer
Andrea Spencer, The National Cancer Society for Animals

The National Cancer Society for Animals provides spiritual and emotional counseling to those whose animals are being treated for cancer and others who have lost their pets to cancer. This service is provided through a 24 hr/day hotline (508-285-2525 / hotline@cancer-animals.org) and through peer support groups, which can provide the resource and comfort needed in addressing grief, financial issues and the process of treatment.

We are also educating the public regarding the existence of cancer in animals and the need to support those who are affected. This is done through the national media, educational outreach programs, and through personal contact with our organization's ambassador troupe.

Kindly, we endeavor to create funding for owners needing assistance, as well as monies to support veterinary research and the acquisition of medical equipment for major hospitals and local practitioners.

On Sunday, May 7th, from 11:00am ­ 2:00pm, on the Roof at the Ritz-Carlton, the National Cancer Society for Animals will be hosting a Spring Benefit "Professor in the Sky With Diamonds."

The brunch will include little girls, their dolls and puppies circling each table; an animal fashion show will be presented by Doggie Day; and a Weimaraner presentation will be a theatrical look at the history of our National Canine Diplomatic Troupe and their family leader, Professor Zimbabweeps, canine hero and 'Founder' of NCSA.



The Pastor's Cat
Sammy St. Croix, Write In You Ear Productions

A pastor had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.

That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten.

But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke, the tree went "bong!" and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."

She told the pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."



Dog Steals Cell Phones
Police from Britain's Scotland Yard are searching for a dog trained to steal cell phones. The hunt began after 14-year-old Nathan Ferro was attacked in his local park by a black Labrador. "It stuck its muzzle straight into my pocket," says Ferro. "It seemed to know exactly what it was looking for." The dog clamped its jaws around the Samsung and ran off. His father, David, promptly notified police. "I fear this could be part of a much bigger crime operation," he said.


Ferret Checks Into Hotel
Staff at a York hotel welcomed an unusual guest in from the pouring rain - a drenched ferret. The ferret scuttled into the Judges' Lodgings Hotel when the door opened one wet night, reports the Yorkshire Evening Press. Staff named him Pierre, because they thought he looked French, and put him up in a cardboard box in the wine cellar. They say he seems tame - despite nipping a number of workers - and are hoping his owner comes forward to take him home.
Duty manager Catherine Bell said: "We'd opened the door to let someone come in, and the ferret scuttled in with them. "He was soaking wet, so I think he'd been outside for at least a couple of hours." Assistant manager Julie Smith continued: "The night porter caught him and put him in the wine cellar, in a crisp box.
"We did some research on the internet, and found that they like kitten food. So, we've gone out to buy some. I've named him Pierre, because he looks French. He has bitten some people, but so far he's left me alone."


Man's Parrot Tells on Unfaithful Girlfriend
Chris Taylor from Headingley, Leeds became suspicious recently when his pet parrot Ziggy squawked "Hiya Gary" every time his live-in girlfriend, Suzy Collins' mobile rang. Mr. Taylor didn't know anyone called Gary and his girlfriend claimed she didn't either. But Mr Taylor's suspicions grew when the eight-year-old parrot also started made kissing sounds whenever he heard the name Gary on TV. It appeared that his faithful pet was trying to tell him something.

But the last straw finally came just before Christmas as Mr. Taylor and Ms. Collins were snuggled together on the sofa, when Ziggy suddenly blurted out, "I love you Gary," his voice a dead-ringer for Ms. Collins's.
"It sent a chill down my spine", Mr. Taylor told reporters on Monday. "I started laughing, but when I looked at Suzy I could tell something was up. Her face was like beet root and she started to cry."
Chris confronted Suzy, 25, his live-in girlfriend of two years and she told him: "I've got another man... named Gary."
Not only had she been cheating on Mr. Taylor for the last four months, she had been doing it right in front of his beloved pet. "It makes my stomach churn to think about what he might have seen them doing, "Mr. Taylor told our reporter.
But despite being a more faithful companion to Chris than his own girlfriend, poor Ziggy didn't receive any thanks for his efforts. In fact, Mr. Taylor actually gave Ziggy away as he was tormented by the bird constantly mentioning Gary.
As for the unfaithful strumpet, Suzy told reporters that her affair with Gary is now over. And as her feelings for the parrot, she admitted: "I couldn't stand Ziggy and it looks now like the feeling was mutual."

Cards of Inspiration
Melisa Pearce, Touched by a Horse
Can horses reveal our vulnerabilities? Support our dreams? Encourage us to create the life we were destined for? Through a lifelong relationship with horses and an extensive background as a psychotherapist, Melisa Pearce has created a fun and easy way to learn about ourselves through our interactions with horses. Inspired by the bold equine painting of artist Jan Taylor, Melisa translated what the painting portrayed and intuitively wrote the "message" the horses were expressing. The combined talents of these women brings you an exquisite deck of 52 original works of art with one of a kind inspirational messages. By using these cards daily, you will be inspired, enlightened and encouraged to continue your journey called life. This is the perfect time to be touched by a horse, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

For those who purchase a deck of Touched by a Horse cards on April 18th through Amazon, will qualify for a drawing for over $400 of free animal related gifts including a drawing by Jan Taylor, a retreat visit to Touched by a Horse in Colorado and a written story by Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal, that will be available by download.



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