Rescue #Dogs the New Must-See TV!

The Dodo’s Facebook show, COMEBACK KIDS: ANIMAL EDITION, has become so popular online — over 130 million views — that there’s talk it may be moving to cable soon! (BI)

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These New Books #LoveDogs

A couple new dog books featured in The New York Times today — Afterglow (by Eileen Myles) and Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Nicole J. Georges) — showcase how these two female authors’ respective dogs not only made them better artists, but better people as well! (NYT)

#Dogs Purpose or Protest?

a_dogs_purpose-movie-filmFirst off, let me just say that I loved the book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, and was really looking forward to seeing the movie…

And then the horrific TMZ video came out, documenting potential abuse by the dog trainers on the set of the film. The writers, producers, and actors involved in the production — along with millions of moviegoers — were all justifiably horrified by what they saw on the disturbing clip.

However, later, after Cameron and the studio execs viewed ALL of the footage that took place during that day of filming, it was revealed that the video clip had been edited out of context to maximize the impact of the traumatic footage.

Unfortunately, by that point, the cat pooch was out of the bag, so to speak.

Gavin Polone, the big dog lover/producer on the film, wrote a compelling Hollywood Reporter column breaking down the whole incident, which explains the nasty dog fight brewing between PETA and Hollywood. (I’m assuming that part of PETA’s position has to do with the sad fact that past dog movies like 101 Dalmatians and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have inspired numerous “bad fad” pet adoptions — which later resulted in countless Dalmatians and Chihuahuas being returned back to rescue shelters once the new owners got “bored” with their new puppies and couldn’t handle all the responsibilities that it takes in caring for an animal.)

Tragically, no matter where you stand on this issue, there are no winners, as all dog movie fans and dog rescue advocates alike have been harmed during the making of this film.

12 Best #Dogs Books for Christmas #kindle

With all the “Best of” lists coming out as we wrap up 2016 — I figured why not add a pile of this year’s dog books to the mix? If you’re looking for stocking stuffers or other pet presents, there’s plenty of reading material to entertain the dog person in your life!

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FICTION

Lily and the Octopus (Steven Rowley)

Twelve Dogs of Christmas (David Rosenfelt)

Just Life (Neil Abramson)

Sit! Stay! Speak! (Annie England Noblin)

Earnest (Kristin Von Kreisler)

NON-FICTION

Being A Dog: Following the Dog into A World of Smell (Alexandra Horowitz)

Dogs and Their People (BarkPost)

The Secret Language of Dogs (Victoria Stilwell)

The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog (Patricia McConnell) – Available Feb 2017

Let Me Tell You About Jasper: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog (Dana Perino)

Free Days with George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog (Colin Campbell)

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home (Pauls Toutonghi)

#BroadwayBarks Dog Rescue This Weekend!

#broadwaybarks broadway barksHey, now that the U.S. DEM/GOP political conventions are out of the way, you can take this time to go save yourself by rescuing a dog or cat at this year’s annual Broadway Barks event in NYC!

Just check out some of the handsome pets that have saved their humans on Twitter using the hashtag #BroadwayBarks!

Everything You Wanted to Know About #Pitbull #Dogs and More!

pit bull bronwen dickey battle over an american iconOn this 4th of July holiday weekend, why not snuggle up with a (somewhat) patriotic dog book? Bronwen Dickey’s excellent new non-fiction title, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, clears up the myths and misconceptions of America’s most demonized dog breed — and also shows the cruel part that humans have played in abusing this loyal animal’s reputation.

Lost at Sea #Dog Found!

It’s a Saint Patrick’s Day miracle! Imagine if Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island — or, more recently, Tom Hanks in Cast Away was re-cast as a German Shepherd-Husky mix, and you will get to know the story of Luna, a dog that was rescued by the Navy five months after being declared lost at sea…(San Diego Union-Tribune)

#Dogs and Their People…too!

The pooch-lovin’ publicity hounds at BarkPost are entering the book publishing biz soon with their dog owners’ crowd-sourced book, Dogs and Their People. And you don’t have to wait in line when it comes out if you pre-order at Amazon!

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“Old Faithful” Celebrates Senior #Dogs @a_pete_tweet

old faithful dogs of a certain age pete thorneTime catches up to all of us –– even our loyal dog friends. And if you’ve ever had the privilege of growing older with a pet, you’ve seen there is beauty and dignity in aging, as Pete Thorne documents in his graceful new doggie photo book, Old Faithful: Dogs of A Certain Age.

Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re laugh lines! (Pete Thorne Photo)

@ juliebarton1111: Sometimes #Dogs Are the Best Medicine!

dog medicine how my dog saved me from myself julie bartonIf you’ve ever fallen down a hole and need a little help, that’s when you find out who your true friends are.

And Julie Barton found that friend in the bunker — er, rather, in Bunker, her beautiful Golden Retriever, as she writes about battling depression in the new touching memoir, Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself.

Sam Simon’s Estate Locked in a Dogfight?

sam simon vanity fair merrill markoeSam Simon, The Simpsons co-creator and animal philanthropist, must be rolling in his grave as lawyers and beneficiaries are caught up in a heated battle over his estate — as well as the ongoing care of his troubled Cane Corso rescue dog, Columbo.

Fortunately, his Pacific Palisades house and vaunted art collection are not in dispute as they have already hit the market. (THR)

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Honey Badger Takes the Hot Dog Car Challenge!

Taking a page from last year’s #IceBucketChallenge playbook, NFL star, Tyrann Mathieu (formerly nicknamed “Honey Badger”) has teamed up with PETA to demonstrate how dangerous it is to leave your family pooch in a hot car for just a few minutes during the dog days of summer…

Let’s Hear It for Broadway Barks #doglovers!

stella and charlie friends forever bernadette petersAh, summertime…Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Broadway Barks! Yes, the annual Broadway dog-pleaser is back again July 11 in New York City.

So, if you’re anywhere near Times Square this Saturday, trot on over to Shubert Alley and get the new book, Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever, signed by the Pied-Piper of rescue pups, Bernadette Peters! All proceeds go to the pooches! (Playbill)