All Aboard: The Ark Arrives at JFK Airport

Pet Oasis

A dog was weighed at the Pet Oasis at the Ark center, which houses various in-transit animals. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Jet-setting pets have a new travel retreat in the Ark at JFK—an 80,000 square-foot facility that houses an animal resort, a veterinary hospital, and an equine center.

A recent article in The New York Times details the Ark’s offerings, including accommodations for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and other animals while they are in transit.

Pets can be left by owners before they fly, and staff members will groom, feed, water, walk, play with and then transport pets to the plane. Some animals (such as horses) that require a period of quarantine when entering the United States now have a posh place to chill. The equine import center has 23 stalls with nonslip flooring and high-end hay.

On hand, a veterinarian hospital managed by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine will oversee animal care and disease prevention.

The resort, “Paradise 4 Paws,” at the Ark has 130 spots for dogs, including a “Top Dog Suite,” which has a full-size bed, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and a 24-hour webcam, so owners can monitor their dog’s well-being.

Good news for traveling pets and their people: With all the travel I’m about to do for the NY Dog Film Festival, I may have to make a puppy stop at the Ark!

Tracie 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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Family Dog Rescues Trapped Dad and Boys

Zoose the dog

Playing in the snow can be an idyllic activity for a family. Building a snow fort with your son and his friend while your golden retriever frolics in the powder sounds like a dream, right? Well, for one man in Nova Scotia, that dream turned into a nightmare until the family dog came to their rescue.

According to The Globe and Mail, 13-year-old Ben Bayers and his friend, Adam Inch, were building a snow fort with Steve, Ben’s dad on February 18, 2017. Suddenly, while the two boys were taking a break inside the fort, laughter turned to near tragedy. Steve told reporters that “everybody was laughing and having a great time. And then the lights went out.”

The fort had collapsed on top of Steve, Ben, and Adam. Steve said that he could hear the boys screaming just a few feet from him, but that he was unable to move due to how heavy the snow was. Steve told the two teenagers to keep breathing and to try not to panic.

Read the complete story.

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Good News for Pets and Nifty Prizes in a Special Contest Beginning April 4th Midnight ET!

On the most recent Dog Talk (and Kitties, Too!) I interviewed Lea-Ann Germinder, founder of GoodNewsforPets.com—an outstanding news outlet with great articles focused pets—and the NYC communications firm Germinder & Associates.

I am delighted that the NY Dog Film Festival [NY DFF] has found a media sponsor and partner in Lea-Ann, who has been a strong voice and wonderful presence in the pet industry for years. Her intelligence and passion for animals is evident on every page of GoodNewsforPets.com, which is a great resource for veterinary and pet news as well as answers to pet behavioral issues, guest interviews and much more—including contests!

Celebrating its 17th year of providing pet content, GoodNewsforPets.com has joined me as a media sponsor for the NY Dog Film Festival. As such, they are hosting a special contest and will be giving away sterling silver heart-paw charms by designer Elena Kriegner and the book Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, as well as a personal donation to the shelter or rescue of each winner’s choice.

To enter the contest, visit this link and use the keywords “NY Dog Film Festival.” The contest begins at midnight ET on April 4th and goes to midnight on April 28th. Good luck!

In the meantime, check out all the great content on GoodNewsforPets.com and share the stories you like on Facebook.

I hope you can join me in Kansas City on April 7-9 where the NY Dog Film Festival will be part of the KC FilmFest with two different matinees on the 7th and 9th . And I look forward to welcoming you and your dog to the fantastic Pooch Party hosted by K9 Advantix II for cocktails with your dog at the very dog-friendly Sheraton Country Club Plaza on Saturday April 8th.

I’ll be on the road cross-country throughout the year as I take the NY Dog Film Festival to many different cities, with a return to NYC with the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival on Nov. 5th. Can’t wait to see you – and for you to experience the NY DFF for yourself!

Tracie 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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Toronto Dog Saves Owner’s Life Every Day in Different Ways

Paddington and Sinead

Sinead Ellis is 25 years old and lives with Parkes Weber Syndrome (PWS), a rare congenital condition. There is currently no cure for PWS. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that PWS causes arteries and veins to form abnormally, often causing excruciating pain and sometimes even heart failure. In addition, PWS often causes one limb to grow abnormally large compared to its match. In Sinead’s case, her right leg is almost two times larger than her left leg.

Sinead deals with her condition with grace and good humor, but perhaps most life-saving has been her dog, Paddington. According to The Dodo, this sweet poodle is in training to become a certified service dog, but he’s already changed Sinead’s life. Paddington has already not only healed a literal hole in Sinead’s right foot, but he has helped with her anxiety, balanced Sinead on walks despite her legs being different sizes, and even learned to monitor Sinead for signs of internal bleeding.

Read more about Sinead and Paddington.

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Happy Dogs Dig Their Veggies

Cookie, left, and Larry with their Halo chow.

Cookie, left, and Larry with their Halo chow.

My vegetarian friend, Adrienne, in East Hampton is so grateful to Halo for their meatless dog food, Vegan Garden Medley, which is made with protein from lower-glycemic ingredients like chickpeas. It includes essential vitamins and nutrients in both versions, the tasty kibble and canned. Adrienne’s rescue dogs, Cookie (older lady with white whiskers) and her young dude Larry—adopted from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons—adore their veggie chow. What’s important to Adrienne is that she can feed them well-balanced and delicious meals without having to bring meat into her home, which is important for her lifelong adherence to vegetarianism. Halo donates a bowl of food to shelters with every purchase, so Adrienne and her family are passing the love along to less fortunate pets.

 

 

 

Tracie 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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