November 19th 2012 9:23 am
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Join Wendy Diamond and Baby Hope for Peppermint Muttinis, Celebrity Santa, and treats @ AnimalFair.com’s 8th Annual Toys for Dogs Holiday Benefit in support of the Hurricane Sandy animals!
A HAPPY dog is more likely to be ADOPTed! Millions of homeless animals in shelters will be spending the holidays alone. Our mission is to provide every dog with a new toy this Holiday – giving them something to chew on and providing a seasonal treat for the dogs in need! We would love if you join us in the Holiday spirit of giving at our Holiday benefit!
Guests will have an opportunity for a photo op with a special celebrity Santa and his elves in return for donating a toy! Whether your dog was naughty or nice this year (hopefully they have been nice), they will have an opportunity to take the purr-fect photo with Santa if their pet parent brings a toy for a Hurricane Sandy homeless dog!
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward @ Humane Society of New York. The Humane Society of New York is working with the City of New York towards the day when there won’t be a single homeless dog in New York City. To help achieve that goal, the Humane Society of New York will bring some of their rescued dogs to the benefit for people to mingle and sniff!
WHEN: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
WHERE: Amnesia NYC
609 West 29th Street – New York City
TIME: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
$100 donation plus dog toy for a homeless dog!
ATTIRE: Anything you would wear on a dog walk to the North Pole on Christmas or when lighting the Menorah!
Please join us for Holiday Cheer and toast to helping homeless animals! (http://animalfair.com/home/join-8th-annual-holiday-benefit- toys-dogs/)
And don't forget to join Wendy and Baby Hope for Christmas carols as they bark in their singing debut with "The Pups!" on December 13th! (http://animalfair.com/home/music-to-wag-your-tail-to/)
August 17th 2011 12:59 pm
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The dog days of summer are here, and there are a lot of HOT DOGS! Most people and pets know how to find fun in the sun, but staying safe, healthy, and hydrated is an often-overlooked component of outdoor fun with our four-legged friends. So, don’t let your dog be a hot dog! Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a tail wagging good time this summer regardless of species! In a recent survey we conducted 78% of pet parents responded that they need more education about keeping their pets healthy during the summer heat! Here are important tips to ensure you and your pets don’t get burned!
1. Flea and Tick Season Tips
Summer is Flea and Tick Season
Dogs are outside more and the creepy crawlies are multiplying!
As a first line of defense use Planet Petco’s Flea and Tick shampoo
If your pet is doing double duty as a flea factory be your pet’s champion and give them the tools to fight back with Pet Armor
Pet Armor features the same active ingredient, Fipronil, as the leading brands of flea and tick medication but at half the cost! And in this ruff economy, ho could complain about that?
Available for dogs and cats of all sizes
Remember Fleas and Ticks aren’t the only things lurking in the grass many public spaces are sprayed with harmful pesticides! And Lilies, while they may just be flowers to us are Toxic for cats! So always keep a careful eye on your pets when they go exploring.
Small, frequent meals are ideal for both pets and people! Of Course Summer Time means it’s time to fire up the grill! Next time you call up the neighbors and throw together a picnic or BBQ be sure to know what’s safe to share and what should be kept at the people-only table.
Avoid Spicy and Saucy foods like sausages, ribs, or barbeque chicken
Keep your hot dog happy with an all beef hot dog or a lean hamburger patty; skip the bun!
Fresh fixin’s are always fair game. Dogs especially love carrots and strawberries!
Just remember that the Grapes have Wrath and are toxic! To dogs!
If you don’t like to share your picnic with your pets, fill an appropriate toy with peanut butter or another yummy treat to keep your pal busy while you scarf down a few burgers
Turn to Hill’s Science Dietand give your pet the best that science has to offer
Specially formulated for all breeds, ages, and special needs
It’s Important to consult with your Vet to find the food that’s perfect for your pet!
3. Stay Hydrated
If you took anything away from high school, you probably remember every living creature on this planets best friend; good old H2O! No Dog’s day is complete without constant access to fresh, cool water.
Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration or over heating such as:
Swollen Gums (The gums are the window into your pets health!)
Always keep Water Handy Remember Dogs Pant because they don’t sweat, so they need plenty of water on hot summer days!
Use a Popware Collapsible Water Bowl or the Handi-Drink 2 (a green solution to limit wasted water) to keep your hound hydrated
4. Beating the Heat
Did you know that a shady patch of grass can be up to 10 degrees! Cooler than exposure to direct sunlight?
Remember what’s hot to you is even Hotter! for your canine companion. Imagine lugging a fur coat around in the summer heat! No thank you!
Try the TempAlert Pet Harnessin the summertime.
It has a built in thermometer icon that turns clear to indicate when your playful pooch has become a hot dog!
Remember, things can get hot inside too! Keep cool with the latest in pet-friendly cooling technology, The Dyson Air Multiplier!
This miraculously bladeless fan is safe for all members of the family to use and explore. At least in this instance the cat’s safe to be curious
Pets can still sunburn on their Noses and ears!
Ever hit the streets barefoot in the summer months only to come to the horrifying realization that the pavement below your feet is Hot! Hot! Hot! And since most dogs we know prefer to lose the shoes, remember to take into account the heat beneath their feet! Try to time walks outside of the hours of 10AM-4PM to avoid grilled paws.
Use Protex Pawz
Disposable, reusable booties that keep your puppy’s paws protected
For your people-paws, try slipping on a pair of MBT shoes. They’re specialized to help you burn 20% more calories while firming and toning your Summer bod!
Keep cool by putting pet toys in the freezer before playtime.
Check out the Chilly Bone Just wet it, put it into a plastic bag, freeze it for about an hour and prepare for some chill summer fun!
Never Ever Leave your pet in the car, even for a minute.
The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees (a fatal temperature) in a matter of minutes! And cracking the windows is an ineffective compromise. You either go paws in or you leave the dog at home!
Summer is the season of fun, and as long as you keep the health and safety of your entire family in mind you’re bound to make a paw-full of priceless memories! If you need more information on how to care for your pets www.animalfair.com
All Products mentioned have been submitted to and tested by Animal Fair and have been, or are currently partnered with Animal Fair and its representatives for the fairness, health, and wellness of your pet.
For more information on animal welfare and pet tips check out Premier Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Rescue Advocate Wendy Diamond at www.wendydiamond.com and www.animalfair.com
June 13th 2011 1:26 pm
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While hits like The Lion King and War Horse, in which human actors play a host of wild creatures with the help of fantastical puppets, have demonstrated how human ingenuity and artistry can trump the limitations of the theater, there is no doubt that when you can get the real deal you should always opt in. The first animal to ever grace the stages of Broadway was a dog named Sandy who found fame through the original production of Annie, however Sandy’s path to stardom was not paved without a few human hands along the way. Lead among these behind-the-scenes geniuses of theater is Bill Berloni, the man who trained Sandy and defined the role and methodology of animal trainers and handlers in live theater. Bill knows better than anyone the warmth and soul that a real, live animal can bring to a stage and has dedicated his life to showcasing such four-legged co-stars while campaigning for their rights, welfare, and rescue.
Though demand for live animals in theater has seen a dip recently due to financial constraints, Berloni’s expertise has not gone unrecognized as received A Special Tony award for Lifetime Acheivment in the Theater. He spoke softly and steadily and kept a steady gaze. After speaking with him for five minutes, even I had relaxed a little after what had been a very bad New York day. The famous animal handler of Broadway surpassed even his reputation and my expectations. “It was basically because they couldn’t afford a professional animal trainer,” he continued modestly. “So, to save money, I went to the animal shelter.”
“Up until Annie, there had never been an animal that played a character in a play,” he continued. “No one thought that you could train an animal to do the same thing eight times a week. You could do a film with an animal, but not a theatrical event. But we were young and naive and we didn’t know that, so what I devised, was a way that they [the dogs] would look forward to coming to the theatre.” They must have looked forward to it, because they did it 2,337 times over the next six years. Berloni’s career was launched and Sandy lived with him for the rest of her life. With the revenue from the show, Berloni was able to buy a home and land to turn into an animal refuge. “I look at my house as the house that Sandy bought!”
Bill Berloni working on the set of Legally Blonde
And Berloni continues to honor Sandy’s memory through “The Sandy Fund” which is affiliated with the Humane Society of New York and has raised over $10,000 for animal rights, welfare, and rescue.
Since Annie, Bill Berloni Theatrical Animals has gone on to do numerous Broadway shows including revivals of Camelot, Oliver, and Anything Goes. Most recently they trained the animals for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. They have also done movies, including the recent remake of The Producers, and Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, as well as numerous TV shows and commercials. And now that they’ve proven that animals can be trained for live theatre, the demands and expectations have gone up. “Last year there was a show called The Woman in White. We had to train a rat to run from one hand to another across an actor’s back and back. That was sort-of fun!”
But how does he do it, I wondered. What makes these animals respond to him so well? “I think what differentiates me from most of my contemporaries, other animal trainers, is that I don’t demand or force the animals to do anything. I don’t think any of us have the right to dominate anything else. All of that is about man controlling nature, and I never wanted to do that with animals. I use positive reinforcement to create a situation where the animal wants to do something.” I asked him what “positive reinforcement” actually meant. “That can come in the shape of a treat, or a ball, or it can be a hug and a kiss -whatever motivates an animal the most is what we’ll use.”
Bill Berloni posing with the fans he would like to thank the most.
Berloni is not only a pet professional but of course also a pet lover. “We own 16 dogs, five cats, four horses, two llamas, a donkey and a pony.” The “we” he refers to is his wife and business partner, Dorothy, who is also a trainer, and their daughter Jenna. The couple manage to successfully navigate the dangers of
being in business with someone you love, perhaps because they both love what they do. “I grew up loving animals and at one time considered being a vet or moving to Africa to be the next Joy Adamson,” said Dorothy Berloni. “Ultimately I pursued theater, first as a performer and then as an administrator. My marriage to Bill became a true one in all senses of the word. We are partners at home and in the business and two of my greatest joys are united in a new career.”
Bill and Dorothy Berloni get most of the animals they work with from shelters and work closely with the Humane Society of New York. “Over the years, we have kind of become ambassadors for the plight of homeless animals,” Berloni said. “ The Humane Society asked me to work with them as a behaviorist and since I think they are one of the best organizations out there, I said yes. I’ve been doing that for about ten years.”
When asked about his favorite moments from a life spent in the theatre, Berloni replied, “Well, being in the theatre and being backstage in itself is gratifying on top of getting to work with animals. I would say that every opening night of every show we’ve done has been really exciting.”
One might ask, “Where does a theatrical animal trainer go after winning a Tony?”, and Berloni has his eyes locked on the producer’s chair. He and his wife have recently secured the theatrical rights to “Because of Winn-Dixie” and plan to bring the world’s first musical starring a living animal as it’s protagonist to Broadway. Additionally, Berloni’s talent has been secured for a revival of Annie to debut in the fall of 2012.
For more information on Bill Berloni visit: www.theatricalanimals.com
And for more information on Animal Fair, or to see more articles and videos by Wendy Diamond please visit www.animalfair.com