WHOLE Lot of Difference: Tom Hardy Donates to Rescue from the Hart

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Tom Hardy was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the move “The Revenant.” As part of Tom’s Oscar nomination gift bag, Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org offered him the option of donating 10,000 bowls of Halo Pets food to the shelter of his choice. 

He chose Rescue from the Hart in Van Nuys, CA! Their goal is to inspire others to take action within their own communities and are dedicated to saving abandoned and abused animals from local shelters and the streets and ultimately finding them loving forever homes.

Here’s what Rescue from the Hart had to say about their Halo Pets donation:

“This donation of 10,000 meals from Halo has been a game changer for our rescue organization.

“Providing high quality food for the dogs we rescue is vital to our success.”

Providing high quality food for the dogs we rescue is vital to our success. We specialize in saving dogs with major medical issues and feeding them Halo Dog Food gives them the nutritional nourishment needed to help them get healthy, along with proper medical care. By not having to pay for quality dog food, more donations have been able to be allocated towards medical care and thus given us the ability to save more dogs.

Ruby, an emaciated Shih Tzu was found on the streets days after giving birth. Her body and face was riddled with infections and her facial tissue was full of maggots. With excellent medical care and Halo Dog Food to feed her, Ruby made a stunning recovery! She gained 4 lbs over 3 months and her coat is super shiny. We couldn’t ask for a better recovery than Ruby made!

Ruby from Rescue from the Hart

We are so grateful to Tom Hardy for nominating Rescue From The Hart and to Halo Pet Food for making this grant possible.

“Quality food with natural ingredients is critical to helping rescued dogs begin their path towards a better tomorrow.”

 Quality food with natural ingredients is critical to helping rescued dogs begin their path towards a better tomorrow. Thank you!”

Thank you Tom Hardy and Rescue from the Hart for making a WHOLE lot difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

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Calling All Cat People To “Translate” For Their Kitties

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Researchers need the help of people who share their lives with cats to better understand why cats do what they do. Since cats are enigmas wrapped in a mystery, the veterinarians doing this study need the human companions of indoor cats to help make sense of feline quirks and habits.

Dr. Benjamin Hart leads the behavioral studies team at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis, where he is now collecting information about the behavior of pet cats to test out theories on healing function.

Please take 10 minutes to fill out “Life with Your Cat: Understanding Some Feline Behaviors,” an anonymous survey of the primary caregivers of cats to gather information about their pets’ behaviors.

Why and when do cats purr? Why and when do they yawn? Why do some cats eat plants?

Dr. Hart and his colleagues hope to answer these questions and more. Once created, the data set will be shared with cat caregivers. Participating will bring good karma to you and your kitty.

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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Rescued Dog Rescues Owner

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You’ve probably seen the magnets and mugs that ask “Who Rescued Who [sic]?” and maybe even have one of your own. For Eva Hachey in New Brunswick, Canada, that question is more than rhetorical.

According to CTV News, Eva adopted her dog Bruno from her local SPCA. Most people would say that means that she saved Bruno’s life. However, recently Bruno returned the favor by saving Eva’s life.

Eva’s daughter, Angel Hutchinson, lives with her and normally sleeps quite soundly. However one night, Bruno began nipping at Angel’s fingers. “He was howling and crying and whining and dancing and I knew something was wrong.”

Angel reacted quickly. She first ran to her grandmother’s bedroom, but then saw Eva in a chair in the living room having a seizure. Angel called the paramedics who were able to help Eva. All Eva remembered was falling asleep, then waking to see “a whole bunch of paramedics” in her living room. The paramedics informed her that she had seizure. They also informed Eva that she had a potentially fatal ruptured brain aneurysm. It was good that Bruno got Angel to help her mom. As Angel said, “If it wasn’t for the dog, my mother wouldn’t be here.”

Eva told CTV News that she wanted to share Bruno’s story in hopes that it would encourage people to adopt from shelters. Although she acknowledges that not every shelter pet will be a literal lifesaver, she thinks that the love is worthwhile. Eva summed up her thoughts on pet adoption by coming back to love. As Eva said, “The only reward that we can get and give is love.”

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Halo Helps Dogs at Animal Shelters to Reduce Their Carbon Paw Prints

Vegan Recipe Donation Explores Meatless Monday Effort

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Halo Pets is working with select animal shelters to help reduce carbon paw prints with a Meatless Monday effort that incorporates Halo’s Vegan recipe into shelter dogs’ diets. The participating shelters include Second Chance Animal Shelter in Massachusetts, Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Florida, and Dutchess County SPCA in New York.

To avoid digestive issues, animal shelters must be consistent with diet and cannot change food for one day, but Halo had an idea. If animal shelters mixed 1/7th of vegan dog food into the daily mix of dog food it would equal Meatless Monday!  

“We are excited about being part of Meatless Monday and the Halo food donation has helped save the lives of many animals, ” said Sheryl Blancato, executive director for Second Chance Animal Shelter.  “Since foregoing meat even one day per week has an impact on the environment, imagine the difference we can make with all of the dogs at an animal shelter going meatless on Monday!”

Halo teamed up with GreaterGood.org and Freekibble.com to supply the shelters with free food for the Meatless Monday effort.  They have been mixing Halo Vegan and Halo WHOLE Meat recipes for the dogs in their care.  All three shelters are reporting that the process is simple and the dogs love the food!

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Dogs, the Christmas spirit and Tracy of Batavia, Ohio – an “Ordinary Hero”

Look out, St. Francis: we’ve got a new contender for the “patron saint of animals!”

For a very special holiday episode of Dog Talk I interviewed Tracy, a listener from Batavia, Ohio. Her story exemplifies the very best of the holiday spirit and good cheer.

For years, Tracy has been sending me her annual online Christmas card, featuring her huge, adorable, rag-tag pack of rescued dogs (whom she refers to as her “scratch and dents!”). This video of how she managed to line them all up for the Christmas photograph this year will make your day.

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Merry Pack of Bullies & Assorted Others

Tracy has helped hundreds of rescued pooches, taking many into her home and training some for therapy work. At one point, she had 22 shelter dogs, some retired breeders rescued from mills.

“People think I’m crazy,” says Tracy. “But when they see how much love, training and attention I give to all my dogs, they realize it’s a good kind of crazy.”

Her pack is now 12 strong, with six of them serving as certified therapy dogs through her affiliation with Pet Partners, a national organization for therapy animals and their handlers and she volunteers with Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati. She takes one or two dogs with her to work – which is cleaning fish tanks in offices, nursing homes and in homes in the Cincinnati area.

I was devastated to find out that this holiday Tracy is undergoing treatment for cancer.- first chemo, then radiation, followed by surgery, but she hasn’t lost her enthusiasm and optimism. One of her therapy dogs, Squish (a deaf French bulldog) accompanies her to the appointments and treatments.

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Squish on Tracy’s bed in the post-op recovery area after she had a port surgically implanted.

 

Tracy KinneyHere’s Squish with Tracy a day later in the chemo chair. You can see just how powerful a bond they share. Facing such great challenges, Tracy shows exemplary courage and tenacity. “I have the same outlook I’ve always had,” she says. “I take one day at a time, and live in the moment. I think I have a dog brain!”

My heart goes out to Tracy and her pack. I’m glad they have each other, along with her devoted husband and a few friends ready to pitch in if needed. She’s often in my thoughts, as I wish her a full and fast recovery so she can go back to having her dogs help others in need as they are now doing for her.

 

 

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Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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