Thanksgiving Weekend 2006

Davy Jones, The Monkees
Maintaining his allure as a sexy icon through generations of fans, Davy Jones first invaded teen hearts as the international idol of millions in the 1960s Emmy Award winning television classic The Monkees. Since the show hit the small screen, Davy has triumphed as both a serious actor and a comedian on the theatrical stage; as a rock musician, composer and artist; and, true to his first love, as an extremely able horseman. Davy currently lives in Florida with his horses and you can still catch him on tour.
Davy is one of the celebrity judges of Mag Rack's "Most Outrageous Bird" video contest. The best videos received have been posted for viewers to register and vote for their favorites. The more that you vote for your video the more chances you have to win. The winner will be announced after Christmas.


David Frei: From Show Dogs to Therapy Dogs
David Frei, NBC Dog Show

David Frei is one busy guy. Not only did he recently co-host The NBC National Dog Show on Thanksgiving day, but he will be co-hosting the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February. He also co-authored a book "The Angel By My Side," and is the founder of Westminster's Angel On A Leash therapy dog program.

More and more scientific evidence is emerging about the benefit of therapy dogs to change the lives of people in need. Not only has the use of therapy dogs been shown to reduce stress for patients and their families, but they have become an integral part of the process of helping those with occupational/physical therapy needs as well, promoting specific goal-oriented improvements in physical, emotional and cognitive skills of individual patients. Additionally, a new study, known as the Kerr Study, found that the therapeutic progress for pre-school children with psychiatric disorders and special education needs can be significantly enhanced by the participation of therapy dog teams in the treatment process.

David currently is the guardian of two Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who are therapy dogs that visit people in New York Hospitals every week.

Car Crash Puts Man on a Mission about Pet Safety
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
On a frigid February evening, Thomas Rodriguez climbed behind the wheel of his Oldsmobile with his 7-year old miniature poodle, Holly, perched in his lap. The pair was headed to visit a friend in a nursing home. They did not count on hitting a patch of ice. "We were in a head-on collision," remembers Rodriguez, 75, a retired airline employee. "I was okay, but Holly was sitting on my left leg when it happened, and the airbag came right out and hit her. I could hear her whimpering, and I thought Oh my God, I've broken her neck!" Rodriguez asked the police officer at the scene to call an ambulance. He said, "Are you hurt?" "No, not for me, for my dog, please call an ambulance, I'll pay for it!" But he couldn't call an ambulance for a dog. So, a passerby rushed Rodriguez and Holly to the Animal Emergency Center, where the severely injured poodle was treated for the next several days.

Now fast-forward four years, Holly is completely blind since the accident, says Rodriguez, who has made it his mission to educate the public about the dangers of dogs riding in cars with airbags. People strap their children in the back and they protect them, but we don't think about our pets. Veterinarians often see dogs who have been driving down the road with their heads sticking out the window and they get a bug in their eye or other foreign debris.

If Rodriguez had his way, all dogs would ride in the backseat secured with safety restraints. Holly now travels strapped inside a carrier in the backseat, and Rodriguez says it doesn't bother her at all.


Types of Cars that Make Traveling with Pets Easier
Joe Wiesenfelder, Sr. Editor,
Whether it's a once a year trip to the veterinarian or your pet travels with you everywhere, pet owners are challenged with the task of keeping themselves and their animal companion safe and comfortable in the car. With that in mind, has launched a guide for pet owners to help them make educated decisions about the types of products and car features that are available for consumers, for the upcoming holidays.

The new pet guide includes information on the types of products that are available to help secure pets safely in the car and offers tips on traveling with pets. The guide also provides some insight into what some professionals in the pet industry drive themselves and what car manufacturers offer aftermarket products that cater to pet owners.

Other items and features from manufacturers that can make traveling with pets easier include:
Fold-up backseat cushions: allows a larger area on the floor for pets to lie down

The new pet guide can be accessed through the


A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
Lt.Col. Jay Kopelman, From Baghdad With Love
Jay met Lava the dog while on tour in Fallujah. He knew it was strict military policy not to form any attachments to any stray animals, not only because of diseases they may carry, but because of any distractions they may cause. But, going through the trauma of being in the war, this little guy was just what Jay needed. Except, what was he going to do with him when his tour of duty was up? Jay was determined to bring the little guy home to the United States. Even though he "broke a number of rules" with his adventures with Lava, he suffered no repercussions from the military, only good-natured ribbing from his buddies. With a lot of help, Jay was finally able to get Lava home safe and sound.

To those that ask why he did so much for one dog ­ he tells them he would have done the same for anything, whether it be human or animal.

From Baghdad With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.

Panda Porn
Britt Savage
Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo has been advised by Chinese experts to obtain panda porn if they plan on mating their pandas. And, just where do you get panda porn? Well, this shouldn't be too hard to do, since there appears to be plenty of panda porn floating around, based upon fertility rates in pandas in other areas.

More than 100 sex specialists from over 10 countries offered their tips to help panda breeding.


Turkey - A Friend and Role Model
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
Turkeys are loyal, compassionate and courageous. Discover why turkeys belong with their friends over Thanksgiving and not atop a platter on the holiday dinner table.


Six Tips When Booking a Pet Friendly Hotel
Susan Sims, Fido Friendly Magazine
Susan gives some great trips that people should know before booking a pet friendly hotel and for those traveling with their pet for the first time:

1. Call to confirm that the hotel is pet friendly - management may have changed and sometimes policy changes with it, and also check that the pet is allowed to be in the room. Some "pet friendly hotels" have kennels for the dog to stay in and they are not allowed in the rooms.
2. Check for pet restrictions ­ do they have limits on size and weight?
3. Do they have breed restrictions ­ sometimes hotels ban some of the larger breeds.
4. What are their pet fees and deposits ­ some fees can range from $25-$100 and may or may not be refundable.
5. What type of amenities do they offer ­ do they provide food bowls, do they have pet sitting available, etc.
6. What things are there to do with your dog in the area ­ is there a dog park nearby or outdoor dining for you and your pet.

Look for Fido Friendly Magazine at PetSmart and Barnes and Noble. Previously a quarterly magazine, Fido Friendly will become a bi-monthly publication next year. Look for a new video special coming in December on Traveling with your Pet, right here at


Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Joy speaks with Bandit, a dog who is not comfortable in a new house.



First Lifestyle Broadband Network for Pet Owners
Gregg Oehler,
Pet owners and lovers finally have a single, high-quality destination for pet-related information and entertainment! PetStyle is the first lifestyle broadband network for pet owners, and the leading source that provides education, community, unique programming entertainment via the latest, cutting-edge technology.

PetStyle offers everything from a cooking program for pet owners and their pets, to a feature with pet experts, such as Dr. Randy Kidd, who offers valuable information to help pet owners with their pets.

Every week you can see new videos, and you can even post your own videos of your pets!


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