Chaa Creek Announces A New Whale Shark Adventure

San Ignacio, Belize (PRWEB) February 13, 2015

The Lodge at Chaa Creek has just announced a new Belize vacation package that allows travellers to get up close and personal with one of the the world?s largest animals, the whale shark.

According Lea Itzab, Chaa Creek?s marketing officer, the new package, to run from June 2 to 12, 2015, is the first of its kind ever to be offered by the Belizean eco resort, and is in partnership with Robert?s Grove, a Belizean Caribbean resort based near the picturesque coastal fishing village of Placencia.

?Belize is one of the few places in the world to have a regular, annual whale shark migration, and it?s a truly spectacular sight,? Ms Itzab said, ?For decades local fishermen have known about the yearly visits of ?Sapodilla Tom?, as whale sharks are called in Belize, and some years back they began taking researchers and tourists out to see these amazing creatures during their annual migration to Gladdens Spit and the Sapodilla Cayes?.

?Being able to get up so close to these huge, gentle creatures is a rare opportunity, and we?re excited to be able to offer our guests the chance to take part in such an amazing adventure,? she said.

Chaa Creek?s Belize Whale Shark Adventure Package is offered between June 2 to 12 to take advantage of the annual migration to Gladden Spit, which occurs between the months of April to July in Belize, Ms Itzab explained.

The vacation package takes guests to Belize?s ancient Maya heartland in the Cayo district where a stay at Chaa Creek includes three nights cottage accommodation including all meals and activities such as excursions to ancient Maya temples and city-sites, guided nature tours, visits to Chaa Creek?s Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, canoeing, swimming and a range of other activities within the resort?s 365 acre private nature reserve, as well as a trip to the Belize Zoo.

The Robert?s Grove portion of the package includes air and ground transfers to Placencia and Robert?s Grove with welcome cocktails, four nights accommodation, a full meal plan with breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, two days of whale shark diving with two tanks per day for SCUBA dives, a day of reef diving with two tanks and all dive gear included, as well as use of the resort’s three swimming pools, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, Hobie Kats, gym, and bicycles, she said.

?We worked closely with Robert?s Grove management to craft a comprehensive vacation package that allows guests to experience the best of Belize?s inland and coastal attractions in the easiest and most cost effective manner possible. It brings together Belize?s pristine rainforests and rich Maya heritage with the stunning Caribbean coast and reef with a focus on the one of the world?s most amazing animals, the whale shark.

?It?s one of those unique adventures that could only happen in Belize, and we?re really very excited to be able to offer it,? Ms Itzab said.

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a true shark, relatively unchanged over the last 60 million years, and as the world?s largest fish has a recorded length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb.), although there are anecdotal claims of larger specimens, according to the Chaa Creek Natural History Centre?s Brion Young.

?Regardless of the exact length and weight, whale sharks are by far the largest living non-mammal, and one of the largest animals to ever inhabit the Earth,? Mr Young said.

Ms Itzab said that while whale shark migrations occur in Madagascar, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique, Indonesia and the Yucatan, Belize?s Gladden Spit is a particularly accessible and beautiful area in which to observe, and even dive and swim with the huge creatures.

?Whale Sharks are truly ?gentle giants? and don?t mind human company at all. You can swim, snorkel and dive close to them without any fear at all,? she said.

Ms Itzab said that while there can be no guarantees that whale sharks will be seen, their movements are closely monitored and every care is taken to ensure get guests close to them.

The whale sharks were often confused with true whales due to their size, docile nature and feeding habits, Mr Young said. As filter feeders, they draw water though mouths as large as four and a half feet to strain plankton and other nutrients, much as many species of whales do.

They are particularly attracted to fish spawn, and travel long distances to arrive at areas where fish are spawning to consume the clouds of eggs and sperm released during mating. The whale shark?s arrival at Gladden Spit coincides with the annual spawning of several species of fish found around the Belizean coast and barrier reef.

?We?re fortunate enough to have the perfect conditions to attract whale sharks, as well as an incredibly diverse country for humans to enjoy, with vast protected rainforests, the Maya Mountains, pristine rivers and then an unspoiled Caribbean coastline with hundreds of cayes and the world?s second largest barrier reef.

?To be able to combine all of that into one vacation package is, I think, a real coup for Chaa Creek and Robert?s Grove, and is a great opportunity for travellers,? Ms Itzab said.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi award winning eco resort set within a 365 acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize.


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8Homeless pets across the nation will have more radiant coats, clearer eyes and renewed energy, thanks to the community, Halo, Purely for Pets and

The 4th annual Holiday Kibble Drop delivered a total of 565,000 meals to pets in need at more than 30 shelters and rescues in 15 cities throughout December.

At each Kibble Drop location, shelters and rescues received a food donation on behalf of visitors and Halo customers, who make the Kibble Drop possible simply by playing or by purchasing Halo pet food.

Halo retail partners in each of the cities along the Kibble Drop route generously agreed to provide a place where area shelters and rescues could pick up their donation.

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Importance of Encouragement

The power of friendship and encouragement among the Christian community is an important role, but it spans beyond just that as well when we actually take the time to stop and think about the role of encouragement. In Hebrews 3:13 (ESV), the Bible shares the following, “13 But exhort one another every day, as long as…

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Vaccine vs Disease, Parvo Edition: an Infographic

Vaccines are a complicated topic, let’s start with that. It’s impossible to break down the conversation into something so simplistic as “Vaccines: yes or no”. Some are more effective than others, some prevent more severe diseases than others. There are some vaccines I did not recommend (hello, FIP) and others I was adamant about (parvo!) when I was in general practice. This is why you should have a good relationship with a vet you trust, who is willing to have a dialogue.

On the other hand, when people are wading into the quagmire of what to vaccinate for and when to boost it versus titer it, one thing stands: ALL puppies should have ALL the core vaccines: parvo, distemper, adenovirus-2, and rabies. What you do after the one year booster is between you and your vet, but basic risk/benefit is indisputably on the side of vaccinating young dogs for the above vaccines on schedule.

I think sometimes people forget how awful some of these vaccine preventable illnesses are. If you’ve ever seen a puppy dying of parvo, you would never miss that vaccine for your pet again.

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Secret Room Events Hosts the 2014 Red Carpet Style Lounge For Celebrity Nominees and Presenters

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

On Friday August 22nd 2014 Secret Room Events will host the Red Carpet Style Lounge, an extravagant invite only gift and beauty services lounge in honor of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and benefitting The Humane Society of the United States and The Shelter Pet Project. Many celebrity nominees, presenters and other talent as well as media, press and bloggers are set to attend this lavish event where guests will be introduced and gifted exciting new products and services. The Red Carpet Style Lounge will also host a ?yappy hour? with special gifts for the celebrity guest?s furry companions.

Omics LIVE! BEAUTYtreat Retreat, a collaboration created by Sherri Scheck-Merrill & Omics LIVE! Career-Exploring Interns, will offer the following to guests: custom Hot & Ice Blended Drinks from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, TONI&GUY Academy Costa Mesa/Santa Monica Braid Bar-Makeup-Nails, Dial M for Make-Up Lash Extensions and Cecilia Alcala Design Lash Bar. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of treats from POP! Gourmet Popcorn, Zico premium coconut water and Cupcake Sushi – Key West most unique and decadent new dessert. Chocolate fans will enjoy sampling gourmet treats from Chuao Chocolatier and Guylian, who will be offering champagne along with their Belgium chocolates.

One highlight of the Red Carpet Style Lounge is the luxury trips to be gifted to select celebrities. Alila Villas, crafted luxury in spectacular locations, will be gifting luxury stays in ocean front villas at their Uluwatu and Soori Indonesian properties with personal butler, spa services, dining and more. ITC Hotel Maurya New Delhi India will be gifting 8 nights in a Luxury Suite, airport transfers, luxury buffet breakfast, dinner each night and spa services. Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino California, Travel and Leisure’s winner of World’s Best Awards 2014, will gift a two night escape in a suite with breakfast and dinner daily featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by their executive chef. Riviera Resort and Spa Palm Springs is gifting a two night stay in a 1-bedroom suite, dinner for two at Circa 59 and one 50 minute spa treatment at Spa Terre.

Guests will also enjoy exciting gifts from the following generous sponsors:

Hape – leading manufacturer of high quality bamboo and wooden toys

Pet Head fashion-forward line of pet products

WHILL – Next-gen personal mobility device

Philips Oral Healthcare – Philips and Ora Dentistry Spa’s Dr Sam Saleh

FACTORY900 – The future eyewear

Toro Ride Inc. – LA’s car service app for executive and luxury car service

Rago Shapewear – shape wear made in the USA “that really works”

Skineez Skincarewear – revolutionary shape wear infused w/skincare

St Kitts Tourism – intoxicating beauty, warm waters and white sandy beaches

Littlest Pet Shop – a toy franchise from Hasbro

Yatra Collection ? fashion forward india-inspired apparel and accessories

VANDA – Raising your energy with Tools for your Soul

Wiki Wags Disposables – disposable male dog wrap that ends potty accidents

Ashieda – reduce wrinkles and get glowing skin with best collagen drink

Schmoozies – stylish neckwear for pets

Epic Pet Health – natural electrolyte supplements for dogs and cats

Faucet Face – leading marketer of eco-friendly glass water bottles

Our Angels ? psychic Gloria Bieber doing aura photos & readings – boost your health with 365 Vegan Smoothies book

Guests will leave with a VIP gift bag full of products from:

Sir Richard’s Condom Company – premium condoms free of harmful chemicals

OPI – nail lacquer and more

Bliss Beauty and Skincare – award-winning spa services and skin care

Villeroy & Boch – luxurious tableware from Europe

Kyjen – toys that keep dogs active

Mack & Jane – artisan leather cuffs

Mooney Farms – delicious California sun dried tomato snacks

My Monopoly – personalize your Monopoly board with My Monopoly

Omorose Cosmetics – making beauty yours with Omorose Cosmetics

ClifBar – snacks good for you and the planet

Pretty Woman – fashion-forward nail products from NYC

Kuzma Design – beaded embroidered statement cuffs

MD Complete – dermatologist skincare that delivers visible results

Murad – skincare products that transform your skin

Tooks International – headwear with built-in removable headphones

Audio Professionals Limited – high quality Italian earphones Tonino Lamborghini quantum

SunStyle Sunless – catwalk sunless collection

Justin’s ? gourmet nut butter

Pjur Group Luxemburg S.A. – premium personal lubricants made in Germany

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. – organic sustainably roasted coffee

Ourlieu – stylish home wares for any place or space

CB-X – world leader in male chasity

Reisen Home Collection – luxury home fragrance products

Lubrisyn HA – all natural joint supplement

True Fabrications – essential tools for efficient bottle opening

JudyCakes LLC – old-fashioned pound cakes like Grandma baked

Miists Int’l Inc. – ultra slim sprays

KP! Toffee LLC – gourmet English toffee products

Original Gourmet – flavored lollipops & suckers

Atlantic Coast Media Group – iconic beauty brands

FOR MEDIA AND PRESS: to cover this event please contact amy(at)secretroomevents(dot)com

About the charities:

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation?s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We and our affiliates rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals?a world that will also benefit people. The HSUS is America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

The Shelter Pet Project is the result of a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie?s Fund, and the leading producer of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns, The Ad Council. Their goal is to make shelters the first place potential adopters turn when looking to get a new pet, ensuring that all healthy and treatable pets find loving homes. The Shelter Pet Project does this by breaking down misconceptions surrounding shelter pets and communicating that ?A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet. Be that person. Adopt.?

About Secret Room Events:

Secret Room Events produces Hollywood?s most talked about award show gift lounges, nominee gift bags and celebrity endorsement brand launches. For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact Amy Boatwright: amy(at)secretroomevents(dot)com.

Disclaimer: The Red Carpet Style Lounge is not affiliated with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences or the Emmy Awards.

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Thank you so much for posting this inspiring space…

Thank you so much for posting this inspiring space! I am in the process of building kennels in a barn space on our 18 acre property for rescue. Boy and I excited and terrified at the same time! We are purchasing our barn from barn pros – are your kennels the lucky dog kennels that can be purchased off of amazon? What size are they? We originally intended to create the kennels similar to a horse stall but your thoughts on an open concept kennel are making me rethink our plan. I am concerned about noise pollution due to barking but I can also see how dogs would find comfort in the visual interaction that comes with open space. So many questions, sorry! You are incredible, thank you for all that you do. Leah Klein

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Carmen the Boxer Tried to Save Her Master’s Life From a Fire. Now She’s Fighting for Hers

A Boxer tried in vain to save her owner’s life from a fire this weekend, and she is now recovering from smoke inhalation.

Over the weekend, the 9-year-old dog, Carmen, was described as “fighting for her life” at a veterinary clinic after she suffered severe lung damage in a fire that broke out in the basement of her home in Goshen, Ohio. She was lying on the face of her owner, Ben Ledford, apparently trying to protect him from the smoke and fumes. Unfortunately, her courage was for naught; Ledford died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

Carmen, on the other hand, is showing signs of improving. According to reports from last night, she still needs a respirator to breathe, but a doctor at Cincinnati Care Center described her condition as “okay.”

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Doctor Marlo Anderson shows Carmen, sedated and in the respirator. (WCPO)

"Considering what Carmen has been through, we think she's doing as well as can be expected," Dr. Daniel Carey told local news station WCPO on Sunday afternoon.

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Dr. Daniel Carey (WCPO)

Dogs in Carmen's condition usually stand a 50-50 chance of being able to breathe on their own again. Nevertheless, Carey is very happy with Carmen's overall situation. He describes her as "very mentally alert, very mentally appropriate" and says that what she has in her favor is that her problems are entirely limited to her lungs. In many cases, smoke inhalation can cause severe neurological or organ damage.

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Ben Ledford and Carmen

One of the other vets, Dr. Marlo Anderson, described Carmen's condition as critical, but says that she's improved a great deal since she came in. "She is definitely still considered very critical but she is certainly in better condition than she was before we put her on the ventilator," Anderson told WCPO. "She seems to be very social, so anytime we are over here with her she's kind of up and trying to interact with us as best she can."

For those who want to help support Carmen's recovery, the family has started a crowdfunding page to pay for her medical expenses.

Via WCPO and CNN

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How to find your Special Snowflake Vet

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”


Every time I come across a “how to choose the best veterinary hospital” article, I read it, because it’s fascinating to me to see how different authors choose to guide you in this task. The articles exist, presumably, because not all hospitals are the same, therefore some are great and some, not so much. I think we can all agree this is probably the case. It’s like dating- lots of choices, but not all are a match.

Of course, the recommendations are pretty disparate, depending on how you define “good hospital.” Are you the holistic vet, the guy who’s dedicated his career to evidence based medicine and refutes anything without a journal article to back it up, the disgruntled owner who’s displeased with one bad experience and parlayed it into a major website, or the practice owner who’s looking to attract new clients? They all have different ideas of what makes a “good clinic,” to the point that one person’s perfect place is another person’s house of quacks and vice versa.

We've all had those "what are you smoking?" moments.

We’ve all had those “what are you smoking?” moments.


Clinic Dating

It’s good to know what your needs are, and good to know what a clinic provides. A client/vet mismatch is unpleasant for everyone. Like that girl in college who insisted that her jerk of a boyfriend who left his dirty socks in your living room was just misunderstood and refused to believe the stories of his drunken overtures to every girl on the dorm floor, some poor souls really have a hard time believing that most people just don’t change simply because you want them to.

Yes, we all know at least one vet who had a major epiphany mid-career and did a complete 180, but most don’t. And if you know one who did, it’s probably not due to you and the article you clipped out of a dog magazine you picked up at Whole Foods. I’ll be happy to look at it- heck, I probably already read it myself, I love Whole Foods- but please don’t be disappointed that I don’t change my entire medical perspective based on our 30 minute visit.

You’re paying me to give you my opinion, but if you don’t like it, well, we have decisions to make. While I’m happy to discuss my approach and how we might adjust it to your needs, it’s unlikely I’m going to completely change my medical perspective, because, well, I’m old enough now to be at least a little set in my ways. They’ve worked out pretty well for me. And if that thing I’m not into is that important to you, rather than getting really irritated with me for not changing, it’s probably easier for everyone if you cut your losses and find someone who’s a better match.


I like to make people happy. I will do everything I reasonably can to accommodate that. But at the end of the day, sometimes you and I- we just aren’t meant to be. And that’s OK. No matter what you’re into, from crystals and aromatherapy to a $ 30,000 kidney transplant assisted by a human nephrologist, there’s someone who can provide what you want.

Your Compatibility Score

There’s no for vets (though hey, what an idea! who wants to help me develop that?) so you’re on your own for screening your vet for a potential match. You’re going to have to figure out your top couple of priorities and go from there. Here’s some things to consider:

  • If you want an office open until 8 at night every day because you work, don’t go to a solo doctor office.
  • If you want to see the same vet every time, don’t go to a huge office with enough staff to be open every day until 8 at night.
  • If you harbor some deep down issue with blondes/men with mustaches/people with tattoos/some other random thing, don’t go to that vet out of some weird sense of guilt. They’d probably prefer you didn’t anyway. Life’s too short to spend it explaining to a relative stranger why you don’t like them. I can tell when someone doesn’t like me. I’ll survive.
  • If you want a holistic vet, go to AHVMA and find one. Acupuncture is becoming very common, and a lot of places that practice mostly western medicine offer it, but if you want homeopathy or chiropractic, you’re going to have to look a little more. Most vets offer western medicine because that’s what most vet schools teach, that’s all.
  • If you want a place with the best prices in town, don’t be mad when the doctor won’t answer your midnight emergency. If you want a doctor to answer your midnight emergency, don’t be mad when they don’t have the best prices in town. Same goes for fancy stuff like lasers and endoscopy.

Nobody likes to be frustrated.

If you ask me about Chinese herbs, I will tell you honestly I don’t know anything about them. You can go with what I do know, or I can help you find the guy down the street who studied them (I have one doctor in mind, and he’s great.) Forcing me to prescribe those unfamiliar drugs for you is not an option.

So here’s my one sole bit of advice for how to pick the best veterinary hospital:

Find the vet who’s already your own special brand of crazy, whatever that is.

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”


After a decade trying to be all things to all clients, I have finally embraced my own brand of crazy. While I am not your doc for orthopedic surgeries, just the other day I wore a client’s bathrobe and smeared cat food on my hands to help a nervous cat feel more comfortable. If I’m not that one for you, let’s break up so you can find your One True Vet Love.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” 

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