Saturday Survey: The Rainbow Bridge

It seems I’m focusing quite a bit on death this week, but I’d like to know your opinion on the Rainbow Bridge idea. It’s a sweet, helpful grief recovery mechanism for many people, I’m sure. I’d like to believe my pets who have passed on will be there waiting. What about you? Until next time, […]


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Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone temporarily closed

Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone temporarily closed
The road over Sylvan Pass on the east side of Yellowstone National Park was temporarily closed Friday afternoon as crews worked to remove unexploded ordinance left behind as a result of avalanche mitigation work done, presumably during the previous …
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Poor-quality drinking water is a disaster in the making
My Yorkie-dachshund mix has been diagnosed with mange. So far, she has … Your dog probably picked up the Sarcoptes scabiei (itch mite) while sniffing around where the wolf had been sleeping in the brush, and then infected you and your husband. I came …
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A high-tech method for detecting disease in domestic cattle is helping researchers in Yellowstone National Park learn more about how sarcoptic mange effects gray wolf survival and behavior during the park's long, cold winters. Mange is a contagious
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TRACIE HOTCHNER: THE DOG FILM FESTIVAL VISIONARY AWARD TO STEVE MARTON

TROPHYThe First Annual Dog Film Festival will have one award in its first year – the Visionary Award, which was created to recognize an individual who best exemplifies the intention of the Dog Film Festival: “celebrating the remarkable bond between dogs and their people.”

I will be presenting the 2015 Dog Film Festival Visionary Award on October 3rd at 4 PM before Shorts Program #2 begins at Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West side. I will bestow this honor on Steve Marton, the CEO of Halo, Purely for Pets, a company that coined the phrase “Feed it Forward” to describe their commitment to corporate philanthropy and to giving free meals to shelter pets through their partner Freekibble.com.

Steve Marton has long recognized the power of film to capture the inherent value of pets in shelters and explore how much they mean to the people who rescue them. Mr. Marton executive produced a series of enchanting, whimsical short films directed by Peter Mcevilley, two of which are being shown at the Film Festival. These films capture the essence of what shelter dogs experience and the joy felt on both ends of the leash when those dogs find a “forever home.”

Steve Marton has guided Halo, Purely for Pets to once again be associated with the PBS series “Shelter Me” which is beginning a new season. It features major TV stars and their own adopted dogs introducing a variety of short films that document the wide variety of ways that dogs from shelters and rescues contribute to society and make meaningful relationships with people who cherish them. One of these films from a previous year will be screened at the Festival – “Second Chances,” which was executive produced by Steve Marton and directed by Steve Latham – and exemplifies everything the Dog Film Festival seeks to celebrate.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166Halo, Purely for Pets is not only a sponsor of the Dog Film Festival and everything it stands for philosophically, but is also pledging 10,000 meals to Bideawee, the beneficiary of the Dog Film Festival.

In addition, when Steve Marton and his team learned about the documentary “Myra & Prince” – directed by social worker Christine Kim, who specializes in homeless people with pets – the company immediately offered to send a year’s worth of food to this previously homeless woman, who wouldn’t go to a homeless shelter without her dog.

The first annual Dog Film Festival Visionary Award could not go to a more worthy recipient than someone (and his company) who sees the plight of dogs in shelters and employs film to tell a happy ending.

Catch me talking about the Dog Film Festival on Fox TV ‘s live morning show “Good Day New York” at 9:30 AM on Friday October 2nd in New York City. First time fiilmmaker Sue Carpenter is flying in from England to be at the festival and will join me on this show to talk about her emotional film “Something About Molly” which closes the festival. There are still a few VIP tickets to the Dog Film Festival Pooch Party Friday October 2nd 6-8 PM. The regular admission tickets are reserved numbered seating and can be bought directly from Symphony Space.

RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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Pug Represents Blind Justice

What a cutie! And a great example of the power of love. It never ceases to amaze me when animals are rescued, how well they turn out when someone loves them. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Cancer for President 2016

I took time out of my crazy busy schedule to watch the debates last nite. I wish I didn’t but I’m glad I did.  It’s time to face facts folks.  No politician gives a shite that you lost a loved one to cancer or that you yourself have it.  DC has a ‘deaf ears’ policy towards cancer even though it is the greatest global killer ever.
Check out this graphic
Every scientific and medical organization agrees that cancer is the deadliest and most pervasive pandemic afflicting not only adults but innocent children as well.  It no longer discriminates.  
And yet as we bear witness to a cross species scourge that’s killing not only millions of people every year but millions of companion animals as well, what does our president do – a systematical and systemic reduction in funding for the National Cancer Institute.  I wrote previously about this and put forward the facts in my blog #NotMyPresidentDay 
Now I’m not just Obama bashing since the past two administrations are guilty of hamstringing the NCI budget but the most egregious sin Obama committed was funding $ 6.2 billion in Ebola virus research – almost twice the budget of NCI for a disease that claimed only a few lives in the US.  
Oh and nevermind that he gave out over $ 20 billion last year to ‘renewable energy’ concerns that failed so piss that money down the toilet. 
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From all of the death and tragedy I’ve witnessed on my travels, I’m truly at a loss why cancer is not front and center in any and all national debate and discussion.  
Yes I’ve heard all of the reasons and rationalizations but my conclusion comes down to this: cowardice and political expediency.    
We used to be a nation of hope and resolve.  Of dreams and ideas.  It took us only 10 years to put a man on the moon defying all odds and previous scientific limitations.  
But now we either relent because big pharma is making so much money from selling blockbuster cancer drugs and politicians are in their pocket or we’ve given up as a nation and accepted the inevitability of complacency.  
There is no one in this world that has put their life and the lives of their dogs at risk for as long and far as I have for this cause but given the current political environment, every day I ask why?  
We’re only a couple of fuzzybutts and yes, we’ve shown what two dogs can do for the world but it’s not enough.  It’s time to make cancer a national referendum or else..
#CancerWins2016

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