Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Louisiana flood rescue patrol ... Animals are included

Big rescue efforts continue in flood devastated Louisiana. Efforts that include searching and recovering animals caught up in the chaos. FOX

Images from the devastation are striking. Including a photo of a soggy living room where the centerpiece is the kayak a woman used to save all of her animals. NBC

Posted on Facebook, Mike Anderson and Darrell Watson are helping, sharing their story and the view from water-logged LA. The Dodo

"Out of all the people we've rescued, 30 percent or so have had pets," he said. "The first question they ask is, 'Can I bring my pet?' And our answer is always: 'Absolutely!'"

Another rescue took an incredible turn when a woman pulled from her submerged car yelled at the rescuer to save her dog. The rescuer thought he might have missed the opportunity but dove and surfaced with the dog in tow. Fantastic! The Guardian

One of the positive results from Hurricane Katrina was including rescue response for animals:

"Hurricane Katrina changed the way that animals are treated during emergencies thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards. In its approval, Congress compelled first responders to save pets just as they save their people."

Help pets and animals affected by the floods: This link has info and gofundme pages: NOLA

And from the Lamar Dixon Expo Center Facebook Page -- Phone numbers for those who can help:



MEDICAL EVACUATION NEEDS: 225-450-1225 OR 225-450-1211


Thank you!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thank you! 'CATS' Reboot, Bring on the Tour!

 If you would know what a cat is thinking about,
you must hold its paw in your hand for a long time
. - Jules Champfleury -
More great Cat quotes here on the 'Diary of Dennis' blog

Prayers answered: "Brilliant."
"Feels like going home." - CATS lover

Preview the new CATS on the scene ... GMA medley link

Review of the GMA CATS preview ... 5 6-toed Paws (Stellar)

WSJ - CATS - Blockbuster touring goals too good to be true? (Nah!) “We haven’t decided what the start date is, but it will definitely be touring the country again,” said Nick Scandalios, executive vice president of the Nederlander Organization, a co-producer. (Yipee!.. er, MEowww ... slow-mo head toss, licks paw and walks away in search of out-of-the-way sunny spot.)

Entertainment Weekly - Link love

Tickets - Broadway Cats

  • As for not liking cats (pets) in general ... that's just fine but not so fast on the "signs your cat doesn't like you" ... Science says that's just "wrong" --
  • Pop/Sci link. Sorry, Cat haters. Cats do like their peeps - a lack of gushy affection, tail wagging and gravity defying cartwheels, fails to indicate otherwise.
  •  Throwing the dog/s a bone here -- Debut of the buzzed about trend in pet fare ... Dog Wine (non-alchoholic of course) featured details on Huffington Post: Link

Equal time for all - Author John Bradshaw/Behaviorist
Cat Sense
Dog Sense  ... note -- this page has a few more bells and interactive whistles -- might note a "sense" of bias in this case. Then again, Cats are probably just fine with less fuss.

T.S. Eliot
Ernest Hemingway Home - Polydactl Cats
Island of Cats - Aoshima, Japan

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dark Horse - the winning element - Love

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. - Pam Brown, Author

Do you believe in dreams? This is a Dream story.

"Dark Horse," winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Behind the scenes. An interview with the cast:
AOL Build Filmmaker Louise Osmond and the film's subjects, Jan and Brian Vokes

This is a movie about a community and a horse. And the connection to the horse bonds them in a way that is so much more than simply winning a race.

"He was there when I needed him. He saved me from myself." - Jan Vokes on Dream Alliance

Review: Time Magazine

Or for another summer diversion - it's the Secret Life of Pets.
Review: Robert Butler C-

Review: Rolling Stone - Peter Travers - 3 of 4 stars

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Enjoy many happy returns when training employs kindness and playtime....

“Training a dog, to me, is on a par with learning to dance with my wife or teaching my son to ski. These are fun things we do together. If anyone even talks about dominating the dog or hurting him or fighting him or punishing him, don't go there.” - Ian Dunbar

It is nice to see a wider presence of the kinder, gentler training methods coming into mainstream awareness and modeled as being of greater value in working and living with and caring for animals (and humans). Best news of all: it isn't hard to learn.

In years past, I hate to admit I tried training techniques that were akin to punishing a pet for actions the pet could not help or would have curtailed if I had simply dismissed the incident and waited for (or triggered) an action I preferred and then reinforced it with a treat or a happy response.

I learned that the "problem" behavior could also have been an indication that another issue required further investigation and more sensitivity and patience to figure out.

When I inadvertently and unknowingly taught my pets to fear me and react in aggressive, protective or submissive behaviors, I stopped. I had to train(un-train and re-train)Me.

Fortunately, that negative response registered a need to seek out teachers who exhibited positive and kind behaviors to help me create a better connection with my pets. In some cases, it took time to rebuild trust. What really cemented was the awareness that, just like us, animals do remember those who cause them pain - no matter what the animal behavior psych of the moment espouses - and pain is not a teaching tool.

In this shortened radio version of the TED talk Animals and Us, we learn about ESL: Listen 7:56

Watch the full presentation on TED --  

Learn more about Ian Dunbar - Dog training for puppies and adults -- Sirius

Dog Star Daily -- Training tips and more. Schedule a crash course: Dunbar Academy

Interview with Ian Dunbar via The Bark - He speaks and dogs listen. Getting their people to listen is a win/win.

Dunbar on the radio: Podcast


Here's one of the training books: Doctor Dunbar's Good Little Dog Book

And a reader review that says it all: "Dr. Dunbar's lure/reward methods are totally positive and upbeat. There is no jerking, kicking or scolding in Dunbar's philosophy. Just good, practical advice that works."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Street Cat Named Bob - plays himself

Just in time for summer, a feel good pick me up. Along comes, A Street Cat Named Bob and his co-pilot, James on the big screen.

Catching up with Bob and James Bowen --  news about the movie being made and recapping the road to fame.

The trailer:

Bob plays himself, of course. About the film.

Don't have the book? Here's the link.

The next best thing to a sure bet you'll like it. 1,643 customer reviews gave it 4.7 out of 5 Stars

Go Bob!

And/or choose another from the Bob library -- Bob has a thing for books. (Smile.)

Connect on Facebook - Bob

Buy Bob stuff. Shop ...  
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler