How sweet of the school to allow this! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
Rarely, a cat will develop a focal seizure in a part of its brain that oversees the function of aggression. The clinical picture is that of a cat which, for no apparent reason, suddenly starts to launch savage attacks toward its owner(s). Following an attack, cats remain in a heightened state of agitation for quite some time and during that time are likely to attack again.
However far down the road — unless the cat is successfully treated – additional attacks are likely to happen, sometimes weeks or months later, after a period of relative normality. People can suffer from partial seizure-related aggression, too, and in them the condition goes by the name “episodic dyscontrol.” In dogs, the same condition is commonly referred to as “rage” and is notorious in some breeds.
The faintest trigger, like a piece of paper blowing around or someone putting on their shoes, will cause an affected cat to launch into attack mode. Sometimes approaching them in a certain area of the house, a loft in one case, will set them off. The hallmark of partial seizure-related aggression in any species is a sudden violent attack following trivial or even no obvious motivation.
Attacks may be preceded by an aura of altered mood – perhaps the cat not acting right or seeming “off” – and are often followed by period of tiredness or reclusiveness. There is no rhyme or reason to such attacks but stress seems to make them more likely – for example, having a lot of people around for a celebration.
Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.
Another puppy today. Isn’t she pretty! This is 4 month old Lilou who is a mix between a Beagle and an English cocker spaniel. Lilou lives in Menton.
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The 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.
Halo, 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.
Tracie 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.
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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