My Cat & Dog Film Festivals Are Coming To NYC This Weekend!

Dog Film Festival in New York City - December 10th

I am more excited than I was as a 3-year-old when there was a clown and pony rides at my birthday party! In 48 hours my NY Cat and Dog Film Festivals are going to take over the SVA Theatre in Chelsea and light up the hearts of pet lovers in New York City and the surrounding area.

The big difference between this and my childhood party excitement is that there are a lot more people coming to the “parties” I’m throwing this weekend in New York City. And I sure hope you will have a chance to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of sharing with like-minded animal lovers the bond you feel with pets. I truly hope to share this experience with many of the people who listen to my pet talk radio shows ad meet them in person.

Leanne Italie wrote an insightful paean to the festivals for the Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post was the first to grab her story. The separate festivals are on different days – Saturday afternoon December 9th for the premiere of the NY Cat Film Festival™ and Sunday the 10th for the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™. Both festivals consist of two separate programs of completely different short films (animated, documentary and narrative) which each have an incredible medley of short films celebrating the species of choice.

The Cats Have Their Day!
For the first time ever, the NY Cat Film Festival™ will premiere with an intellectual and emotional roller-coaster ride for cat lovers, similar to what dog aficionados have experienced with the NY Dog Film Festival™ for two years. The NY Cat Film Festival™ is funded by Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat, a wonderful family-owned, philanthropic Colorado-based business, with all their products developed by Dr. Elsey himself, a feline-only veterinarian. The festival features two 70-minute programs of short films that explore our fascination with the felines who share our world. Gina from Dr. Elsey’s is flying in from Colorado to hand out samples and coupons from Elsey’s Precious Cat, with the help of volunteers from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s animals, which has a Feral Cat Initiative, which is the beneficiary of a portion of every ticket.

Today in the New York Times, Laurel Graeber wrote this INCREDIBLE piece about the NY Cat Film Festival™. I am bursting with happiness and gratitude that she captured the essence of what it’s all about – two completely different programs of short films focused on cats. The programs are 70 minutes long each, one at 3:00 PM and the second at 4:30 PM. Get information about all the films and how to buy tickets (and I do recommend buying ahead of time because we are getting close to selling out and that’s even before other people read those wonderful articles I just shared with you!).

The Dogs are Going Strong for a 3rd Year
The 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will take on Sunday December 10th As I wrote last week, the initial funding for the NY Dog Film Festival™ came from Halo – who then passed the baton to the philanthropic Petco Foundation to that the festival could travel the country last year and going into 2018. Pura Naturals Pet is a sponsor of the festival and the first 300 ticket buyers to each of the two programs will get a sample of their organic shampoo and wipes. Weruva pet food is a sponsor of the dog festival and will be there distributing samples of their good-enough-for-people-to-eat food.

Goodie bag for Dog Film Festival

The Filmmakers Get Their Swag Bag of Goodies!
There are so many terrific filmmakers flying in from around the country, and even abroad, that I had to do something a little special to fete them. The photos show all the lovely gifts they’ll be receiving in their very nice carry bags – CAT CHAT® baseball caps for the cat folks and a branded Dog Film festival leash and t-shirt for the canine crowd. My favorite interactive cat toy, the Nekoflies, went to every cat filmmaker as well. Halo® put freeze-dried Liv-a-Little salmon in the cat bags and the chicken Liv-a-Littles for the dogs, along with canned food for each species, as well. For the feline filmmakers, Jackson Galaxy graciously put his new book TOTAL CAT MOJO in their bags, as did Rita Mae Brown with her Mrs. Murphy mystery “Tall Tail,” while dog filmmakers receive Heather Weston’s gorgeous picture book, “Canines of New York” and “Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism and the Devotion of Dogs,” by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh. Pura Naturals put in big bottles of organic, cruelty-free lavender cat or dog shampoo, and GoodNewsforPets.com has a thank-you for every filmmaker, too: flashlight flashdrives with Moleskin memo pad.

Goodie bag for Cat Film Festival

There will be volunteers from our beneficiary, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and others from NYC Animal Care Center to let people know about how to foster and adopt, all “waving the flag about the great animals for adoption among the more than 150 rescue groups the Mayor’s Alliance supports. Student members of the Stuyvesant School Canine Appreciation Club will be on hand again, helping me greet and seat people and make sure everyone has an optimal time.

Won’t you join me for this very special weekend?

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Why Dogs Vomit Undigested Food

Dogs vomit undigested food occasionally and if this happens to your pet it shouldn’t be cause for alarm. It’s normal for dogs to vomit sometimes, but if the vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea or bloody stools, the dog should be examined by a vet and treated as soon as possible.

When a dog eats inedible food it can develop gastrointestinal …
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Salute to Old Dogs on Giving Tuesday

Looking at my 10-year old Beagle, Penny, I have old dogs on my heart today. Since it’s Giving Tuesday, I would encourage you to donate your time and / or money to a shelter near you that serves old souls. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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How to Choose a Dog Groomer

When you need to find a dog groomer to keep your pet looking its very best, a good place to start is with your regular vet. A lot of veterinarians, especially those with larger facilities or animal hospitals, also offer dog grooming. The groomers employed in facilities like these are professional dog groomers, trained in the correct methods of grooming …
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Thanks To Halo® For Believing In The NY Dog Film Festival™

Dog Film Festival

Next Tuesday morning, December 5th, I’m going to be on Fox News “Good Day New York” between 9:30 and 9:50 AM to talk about the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ on December 10th at the School for Visual Arts Theater on West 33rd Street – and the 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival Saturday December 9th – along with two of the wonderful women filmmakers whose work is in the festivals.

It’s really all thanks to Halo!

In 2015, I had a far-fetched fantasy of creating a festival of short, canine-themed movies celebrating the bond between dogs and their people – to benefit a local animal welfare organization,

Halo, Purely for Pets has been a devoted sponsor of my NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) and without a moment’s hesitation they stepped up for the idea of a dog film festival. They gave me the funding to help me rent a major New York theater and curate a program of canine-themed films.

Lo and behold I had a “rookie’s luck” and we packed the theater twice over! With all the many cultural offerings vying for peoples’ attention in New York City on a Fall weekend, we managed to attract hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic dog lovers.

The Petco Foundation then joined Halo and gave me a generous grant to take the NY Dog Film Festival™ around the country in 2016 and 2017, to share the joy and spread the wealth with an animal welfare group in each city. The Petco Foundation continues to be the wind beneath my wings in NYC – and as the festival will continue to travel in 2018.

I’ve added the 1st annual NY Cat Film Festival on Saturday December 9th – with the support of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat – and cat lovers will finally have their moment of glory in two programs of short films admiring the fascinating felines who share our world.

Halo is still part of the festivities as they are giving lots of delicious products for the gift bags that the chosen filmmakers will receive for both festivals. Halo has included Liv-a-Little freeze-dried protein treats for dogs or cats, canned dog and cat food, and lid covers for the leftovers!

Tune in to Fox News on Tuesday December 5th before 9:30 AM to see me live on the air on Good Day New York! And I hope to see you at both festivals – Saturday December 9th for cats and Sunday December 10th for dogs. Tickets for the 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival are HERE and the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival are HERE.

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Friday Funny: Dogs on Trains (Much Better than Snakes on Planes)

Must have been traveling first class! Happy Friday! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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I believe this project actually helps educate people on both pitbulls and "wolfdogs" by reducing overbreeding and showing how wonderful blockheads can be as mentor dogs. Good work.
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What I’m Wearing Now: November

Casual Winter Wardrobe Essentials
1. Chevron Down Coat, Garnet Hill  //  2. Fan Tassel Earrings, Amazon (Only $ 7.99!)  //  3. Silver Hoop Earrings Set, H&M  //  4. Blush Oversized Scarf, H&M  //  5. Set of 3 Tassel Earrings, Revolia  //  6. Fine Knit Sweater in Gray, H&M (ON SALE!)  //  7. Loveland Wrap in Cargo Green, prAna  // 8Lily Tore Diaper Bag, Newlie   //  9. Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops, Converse  //  10.  Beaded Chain Bracelet, Madewell  //  11. Classic Short Boots in Chestnut, Ugg  //   12. Skinny Low Jeans in Black, H&M 

Well guys, it’s full on winter here in Chicagoland. There might not be snow on the ground, but it’s brutally cold. And that means that it’s official my least favorite season for getting dressed. I mean, I can appreciate a good layered look, but a winter coat, blanket scarf, hat and gloves over a sweater over a thermal shirt, jeans, socks, and boots is a little excessive for me.

That said, I’ve been making the best of the season of excess layers and getting lots of use out of my trusty UGG Boots, favorite jeans, and a winter jacket that is, in my opinion, as cute as it is warm. Sweaters have been on major rotation, which is actually really unusual for me as I’ve never really been a sweater person. And I’ve actually had a couple of occasions to wear the amazingly affordable bell-sleeve Nordstrom dress I raved about last time, which makes me happy because I’m admittedly a little obsessed with it, even though it’s not my typical style. I’ve also been feeling the tassel earrings once again. (I mean, how about this fan pair for less than $ 8?!)

I can’t complain too much about having to bundle up right now – we leave in two days to go to the Dominican Republic. That means I’ll get to pull out all of my sweet summer favorites and wear them for a solid week in the middle of this frigid winter madness. I’m so stoked.

What have you been wearing this month?

(P.S. You can see other my other monthly What I’m Wearing Now posts from the past couple of years right here.)

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GreaterGood.org is Hosting a Food Drive with Halo® and Freekibble.com on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday with GreaterGood.org, Freekibble.com and Halo PetsThis #GivingTuesday, please help Freekibble.comHalo  and GreaterGood.org to deliver 5 million nutritious meals to hungry shelter pets over the holidays. One of the biggest expenses for shelters and rescue groups is feeding pets in their care. As the temperature drops this holiday season, shelters that are already overcrowded incur extra expenses. When disasters strike, the need for food becomes even more dire. That’s why for Giving Tuesday, GreaterGood is hosting a food drive for animals! The money raised today will provide nutritious meals to shelters and rescues across the country.

Right now, freezing temps and hurricane recovery has shelters and rescues in desperate need of food. Your gift will help bring high-quality pet food to shelters and rescue groups nationwide providing nourishment to rescue pets who need it most. The best part? Animals that are healthy, happy, and well-fed stand a much better chance of being adopted.

When you give $ 2.00, you will provide 80 meals for animals in shelters.

Help make this the biggest #GivingTuesday yet! Donate Today.

 

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You Don’t Have to Feel Bad for the Turkeys This Year

Thanksgiving

Those of us who are not vegans or vegetarians can still have misgivings about the way animals are raised for food in this country. We’d like to be able to choose humanely raised animals in the food chain, which isn’t always easy. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked long and hard to improve conditions for pigs, cows, chickens and turkeys so that they are not raised in confinement cages or in otherwise cruel conditions. Halo® has teamed up with HSUS specifically around this issue, helping raise awareness.

The Humane Society of the U.S. on “Giving Tuesday” November 28th
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, for every $ 1 you donate to The Humane Society of The United States, Halo  is donating one bowl of food to a rescued animal courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Plus, your gift directly supports the work of the Animal Rescue Team so that every dollar raised helps HSUS save animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations and other situations where they’re suffering from extreme cruelty and neglect.

Thanksgiving Every Day for our Pets
It is possible to choose a turkey or chicken this year for our own Thanksgiving that has had a decent, more natural life. For those of us who know that high quality protein is an important part of our pets’ diets, we may have qualms about where the protein in our pet foods comes from. I’m here to celebrate a happy Thanksgiving knowing that we no longer need to worry about this issue: Halo has it covered!

My own dogs get to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout the year eating the Halo Healthy Weight kibble made from humanely sourced turkey, turkey liver and duck. It makes a difference to me – and many of my friends – to know that Halo’s turkey recipes are made from humanely-sourced turkeys, which lived a good life. Halo is a mission-driven company, working to improve the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised in the process of making top shelf food for our pets using only whole meat.

GAP Certification for Humanely Raised Feed Animals
Halo’s meat proteins are GAP certified., which stands for Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Certification The GAP certification label verifies that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare. The Global Animal Partnership is a global leader in farm animal welfare that has established a comprehensive step-by-step program for raising animals animals to be consumed, with the goal of improving the welfare of animals in agriculture. GAP makes it easier for consumers to find meat products that reflect their values.

Give Thanks for a Pet Food Company with a Conscience
There is an added bonus to choosing Halo products for your pet’s best nutrition. You get the peace of mind knowing that the management and sourcing of the ingredients for all their pet foods has been done thoughtfully and carefully, ensuring high quality whole meats without undue suffering to the animals raised for food. The “takeaway” from feeding to your pets, is that every time you open a bag or can it is reminding you of the importance of treating farm animals with dignity. Let’s hope that mindfulness spills over into many aspects of our lives and makes us better people, too.
Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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