Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

 

Tom West ACE Double Western Book Reviews: Gallows Gulch & The Man At Rope’s End

 

 

Tom West: Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

In his 1960 Western novel THE PHANTOM PISTOLEER, after a ranch house, barns, blacksmith shop and wagon shed are burned flat to the ground, we read: “Wal,” said the foreman wryly, “there’s less cover for the coyotes.”  Pure Tom West.

 

If I were to list my Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them — Rio Bravo, the original True GritThe Shootist, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — are Westerns. [1]

Why not?  I’m a Boomer and we grew up with ’em.  Most Saturdays, we eagerly lined up outside the Paramount and Strand Odeon theatres to catch the matinee.  “Sure loved them old Westerns!”

Our heroes rode hard and fought hard to bring right and justice to the Old West.  Sometimes they sang about it.  Sometimes they even kissed the girl.

And our libraries and paperback book racks were filled with classic and new fiction by the best frontier authors.

I had already discovered wilderness writers like Charles G D Roberts, Grey Owl, Jack London, Ernest Thompson Seton and Edgar Rice Burroughs.  From there it was a quick jump to Zane Grey and Max Brand.

But the first Western writer I’d say was a true hero of mine was Tom West.  Still is.

As a kid, I saved my summer job money and bought those ACE Double Books.  You know, those great little paperbacks that have a “Complete Novel” on one side, then — after flipping it over — a “First Book Publication” on the other. [2]

With the ACE Double Westerns, I met tale-tellers like Ray Hogan, Giles A Lutz (aka Reese Sullivan), Gordon D Shirreffs, Louis Trimble, Nelson Nye, L P Holmes. But Tom West quickly became my fave.

What really caught my attention, besides the fast action and old fashioned romance, was West’s language.  Tom West’s typical hero didn’t just walk through the swinging doors into a saloon to look for the man who had shot his friend, he “pushed through the batwings to lamp on and plug the deadly sidewinder who’d beefed his pard.”

Tom West had something those others rarely showed: humour.

And at that time, I was growing up in harness racing country of New Brunswick amid a mixed crew of old horsemen, blacksmiths, farmers, lumberjacks, highways workers, most of who were war vets.  Three things those guys had in common were a willingness to work damned hard, their own language and a real sense of fun and humour.

And that’s where Tom West’s novels seemed so real to me.  Later, I would discover the books of Clarence E Mulford of Hopalong Cassidy fame, which had the same reality.

Who was Tom West?  James Reasoner has said that Tom West “was really an Englishman named Fred East.”

His few brief bios at the beginning of published works like DEAD MAN’S DOUBLE CROSS say that East had been given an honourable discharge after serving with the British forces on the bloody, barren battlefields of France during the First World War.

“His first literary attempt was a war novel that he had written while convalescing. The manuscript never was published, having met a fiery end. Apparently his mother burned the filthy rucksack he brought home from the army. Everything in it was destroyed, including the manuscript he had stuffed inside.” [3]

After that, East travelled through war-torn Europe, then moved to the US.  After working at a number of hardscrabble jobs, including ranching in the Southwest, he went back to his literary dreams, working for years as a reporter, free lance writer and a book editor.

And then he set out to write Western fiction.

In 1944, at age 59, he published his first full-length novel, going on to write at least fifty more.  The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1944 shows that the novel MEDDLING MAVERICK was written by Fred East (1885-), under the pseudonym Tom West, and published by E P Dutton & Co of New York.  It was followed in 1945 by BUSHWHACK BASIN, also from Dutton.

Fred East also published some early works under other names.  He saw GAMBLER’S GOLD: A Powder Valley Western published by Jefferson House of New York in 1946 under the house name Peter Field.  And three books under the by-line Roy Manning: TANGLED TRAIL and RENEGADE RANCH from Macrae-Smith Company of Philadelphia in 1948, with RED RANGE in 1949.

Other titles as by Tom West quickly followed, including RENEGADE RANGE, TROUBLE TRAIL, SPECTRE SPREAD, GHOST GOLD (Pocket Books reprinted the 1949 Dutton hardcover in 1950), VULTURE VALLEY (1951, later reprinted by ACE), FLAMING FEUD, GUNSMOKE GOLD (1953, his first original printing with ACE Books), LOST LOOT OF KITTYCAT RANCH, BATTLING BUCKAROOS, SIDEWINDER SHOWDOWN, LOBO LEGACY, BUCKING FOR BOOT HILL and BLACK BUZZARDS OF BUENO.

Tom seems to have never written any short stories for the popular pulp magazines.  Two abridged versions of his novels were reprinted in magazines: POWDERSMOKE PAY-OFF (Triple Western, April, 1950, US & Canadian editions) and LOBO LAWMAN (Action-Packed Western, Jan, 1956, and the Australian digest Lone Star Western, same year).

Tom West’s GALLOWS GULCH was originally published back-to-back with Barry Cord’s THE MASKED GUN (ACE F-250).  And his THE MAN AT ROPE’S END was first published with THE HIDDEN RIDER OF DARK MOUNTAIN by Gordon D Shirreffs (ACE F-292) on the flip side.  The covers shown below are from the 1970 edition (ACE 27276), when they were finally published together.

 

GALLOWS GULCH (1963)

I spoke of Tom West’s “humor.”  There’s nothing to laugh about in this early scene: young Bill Murphy discovers two men “hanging by their necks from the branches of adjoining trees…  Nerves taut, scarce breathing, Murphy moved forward on stiff legs, slid out his bowie knife, reached up and severed the taut rope from which the nearer body dangled.  His father’s remains fell with a heavy thud.  Then he cut his brother down.”

This is a tale of Texas vengeance, with no quarter given.

The humor is in the language of the story, in the names of places and characters — in the men and women of this scorched, dusty land with their wry outlook on their own lives there.

Deputy Sheriff Baldy Baker, a gaunt, stringy man in faded clothes, a man no more colorful than a weathered old shotgun.  Ma Loran, who packed more lard than a hog, was tougher than a basket of snakes and ran the Applejack Saloon.  Cuss Curwood, the cattle baron who killed his own skunks (he hated nesters and dealt with them his way).  Rio Rucker, the ranch foreman who reminded Bill of a lobo wolf.  Paul the Preacher, “a poor disciple wandering the wilderness.”  And then there’s Meg Curwood, “pretty as a painted wagon…” but daughter of the man Bill had to kill.

This is a yarn with as many twists and turns as the treacherous trails Bill takes through the bleak, water-starved country.  Prime Tom West.

 

THE MAN AT ROPE’S END (1964)

Tom West didn’t write often about heroes who were out-and-out outlaws.  But Mike Mansfield lived large in Mexico and made a rich enough living rustling cattle north of the Rio Grande.

Until he read about the lynching of his brother George for horse theft in Texas.  George was the good brother, straight as a wagon tongue.  George was probably carrying a money belt stuffed with dinero from the sale of the family ranch.  George needed to be avenged.

Mike rode alone into Texas, with no companion except his buckskin horse named Feathers.

Maybe the Law wouldn’t know he was coming?  A letter to Sheriff Jake Handley from Señor Mikes’s hot tempered Mexican girlfriend, feeling abandoned, took care of that.

So the cat and mouse game began — or lobo and jackrabbit  game — with the roles constantly changing.

There was an hombre known as Red River Rankin, town marshal, a squat, fleshy man with notches on his gun handle — a man Mike quickly recognized as really being Greasy Gleeson, no stranger to backshooting.  Mona Carter, with startlingly blue eyes and a gaze as direct as dagger thrusts, who owned the Triangle spread in Comanche Valley.  Pegleg Pagoni, raw-boned, hard-muscled leader of a bunch of nesters in the Hungry Hills — lost his leg to a Triangle bullet.  Frosty, a wizened Triangle rider with a white mustache and sardonic eyes, as dehydrated as something spawned by the desert — when he did speak, the young punchers listened.

And a passel of hired gunmen who would turn Comanche Valley into a battlefield of whinnying ponies, cursing men and rolling clouds of dust and gunsmoke…

Well worth collecting, mi amigo.

Not certain when Fred East died — one source tentatively says 1983, two years short of his 100th birthday.

The last new published titles from ACE under Tom West’s name were LONE GUN and SHOOTOUT AT SENTINEL WELLS, both in 1974, when he would have been age 89.  His last published new work was six years later: HARD TRAIL TO SANTA FE (Zebra Books) in 1980.

The writing in the last few of his published works was somewhat flat — not his rip-roarin’ individualist Old West voice.  It’s possible that these were written by someone else, using the then-popular Tom West name. [4]

Tom West is mostly forgotten now.  Humour doesn’t seem to work for modern editors?  Maybe.  All I know is that Tom — East or West — sure reflected some of the old guys I grew up with.  And that makes him a personal “Best.”

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Note: Artwork at top of page is a detail from the cover of the ACE Double Western 1970 edition of Tom West’s DESPERADO DOUBLECROSS.  If you know who painted that one or the MAN AT ROPE’S END cover, sure would like to credit them.  I’ve got a couple ideas, going by the style of the artists ACE was using at that time.  The GALLOWS GULCH cover art is by Gil Cohen, who is known for his Mack Bolan, the Executioner cover paintings as well as his dynamic aviation and war art.

[1]  “My Top 10 Movies of All Time, four of them are Westerns…”  If you count Northwesterns (aka Northerns) as Westerns, then you can almost double that number: The Wild North (with Wendell Corey as real-life Constable Albert Pedley), Call of the Wild (Charlton Heston version) and Grey Owl (Pierce Brosnan perfectly caught the character of wilderness author Grey Owl).  And the original Planet of the Apes is almost a Western, eh?  Well, Mamma Mia! and Paul Gross’ Hyena Road are probably Easterns, but they fill out my Top 10.

Actually, if I were to add an eleventh, it would either be one of the Star Trek reboots or Paul Gross’ Passchendaele or Kiefer & Donald Sutherland’s Forsaken, a Western.

Considering that most of my fave TV shows over these many years have been the Comedies, I’m surprised to realise my favourite movies are so serious.  Although Rio Bravo does have those scenes where Walter Brennan happily mimics John Wayne’s character — they still break me up.

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[2]  “After flipping it over…”  This book style is also known in publishing as Dos-à-dos (back-to-back).  It’s a format that goes to early 17th Century Europe, when the NEW TESTAMENT was often printed back-to-back with the PSALTER.  So the ACE Doubles were of good origin.  Also a great way for a kid to make his hard-earned summer wages go far…

[3] http://classicpaperbackreads.blogspot.ca/2009/08/no-double-cross-for-reader-with-this.html

[4] To this point, James Reasoner has written: “I can see Wollheim getting some of his other Western writers to pitch in and write ‘Tom West’ books if there was a problem with Fred East, since the by-line was popular.” jamesreasoner.blogspot.ca/2012/07/forgotten-books-buzzards-nest-tom-west

Wal, I gotta drift…

– Brian Alan Burhoe

 

Source: Part of this posting “Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer…” originally appeared as a personal Comment I put on BestWesternBooks.com.  If you’re an old Western fan like me, check ’em out.

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Las Vegas Honors Legendary Entertainer Don Rickles With Photo Display

 

 

Recently, when just for the heck of it, I made a list of my Top 10 Movies, I surprised myself: “They’re so serious!”  All those Town Marshals and Mounties and adventurers…

I was surprised because my favourite TV has mostly been Comedy.

From way back, when this ol’ Boomer’s family first got our little black and white television, it’s been the comic stuff that drew me.

All those cartoons — Woody Woodpecker was my Fave! [1]  Abbot & Costello.  Gracie and George Burns — even as a young fellow, I loved that Burns and Allen Show: watching George mix with family and friends in their house, then leave to go alone into his den to switch on his TV and secretly watch the rest of his household carry on — then turn to US and tell us what he thought about them.  Broke me up every time.

Later, Lucy, Red Skelton, Jed Clampett, Festus, Gilligan, Carol Burnett — right up to the Corner Gas crowd and Sheldon Cooper’s friends…

Over all these years, we’ve had these fantastic funnymen and funnywomen to take us out of our own world and into their’s.

And now Don Rickles is gone.

And…

On Thursday, April 13, images of Don Rickles were proudly displayed on digital marquees throughout Las Vegas to commemorate the entertainment icon. The legendary comedian was remembered as an influential and renowned entertainer that shaped the future of Las Vegas and cemented its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Numerous resorts and businesses across Las Vegas commemorated Rickles, including:

ARIA Resort & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Delano Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Excalibur, Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Inspire Theatre, Luxor Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York, Paris Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The D Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Vdara Hotel & Spa, W Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.

Also known as ‘Mr. Warmth,’ Rickles’ comedy career spanned more than 60 years, with more than 50 years spent entertaining Las Vegas visitors at various resorts. Since his first Las Vegas performance in 1959, Rickles’ raw humor and insult comedy entertained countless audiences over the years.

In the Rat Pack era, Rickles was associated with Frank Sinatra, owing much of his success to the Las Vegas entertainer.

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[1] Yup, Woody and all those other wild creatures of Walter Lantz broke me up, brought tears to my eyes.  To see my remembrance of Walter & His Creations,  SEE 

The Walter Lantz Story: Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy & the Beary Family

 


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Jules Verne Time Capsule Discovered in French Pyrenees

 

Time Capsule Associated With Jules Verne Has Been Discovered in the French Pyrenees

 

“Le Jules Verne Time Capsule: A multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and historians from the Paris Descartes University have made an extraordinary discovery connected with writer Jules Verne.”

 

Seems like years ago.  Well, yes, it WAS years ago.

I was 8, going on 13, and the Jules Verne boom of the Fifties hit.

Hollywood had rediscovered Verne.  Disney started the boom in ’54 with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — Kirk Douglas’ Ned Land battled the arch submariner Captain Nemo (portrayed by James Mason).  Around The World In Eighty Days was okay, but the whole Verne Boom really picked up with 20th Century-Fox’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth — Mason was back as Professor Von Hardwigg.

I was 13 when I bought the Perma Book “movie edition” of Verne’s JOURNEY and my quest for Everything Jules Verne Ever Wrote began.

Movie related editions were the easiest to find (his books WERE better).  FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON.  MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.  FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON [1].  IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS.  MASTER OF THE WORLD.

The city library had others.  And eventually ACE Books would put out rarer titles.

Although H G Well’s TIME MACHINE (1899) may be the first true Science Fiction novel — I know, depends on outlook and definition — it was Verne who popularized imaginative technology-based adventure.  The great French writer redefined the adventure story.  The evocation of Verne’s 19th Century time period even inspired the modern SF sub-genre Steampunk.

Jules Verne was a giant and is still revered in his native France.

So this is news…

NEW YORK and PARIS — A multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and historians from the Paris Descartes University and The Explorers Club NYC have made an extraordinary discovery close to the French Pyrenees in the Occitaine region. Work started in September, 2016, and using drones and ground-penetrating radar they have been able to find a metal container dating from the end of the 19th century.

The investigation started thanks to the meticulous study of the works of Jules Verne and, in particular, analysis of the famous author’s tomb. With all of the material collected and using complex geolocation algorithms, the team was able to identify the area in which they might find some kind of object associated with Verne.

The contents of this potential “time capsule” are currently being analysed in an environment which will ensure the preservation and non-contamination of the items found inside. The items themselves have deteriorated with the passage of time and damp from being underground for so long. The archaeologists have also found engravings on the outside of the box which have become barely legible due to oxidation.

Preliminary x-rays have revealed some clues about the items inside the box: they have shown documents, books and metal objects of different sizes and shapes. The conclusions of these studies, therefore, indicate the existence of new works or new evidence from that time period.

For the moment, it has not been possible to prove conclusively that the box and its contents belonged to Jules Verne or someone close to him. However, everything points to the possibility that they may discover unpublished documents belonging to the writer.

According to the local press, the second phase of the operation is already underway, which will involve further study and could lead to the contents of the box being revealed to the public at a press conference over the coming months.

For further details please contact:

Elouan Beauséjour
Doctor of Archaeology and Art Sciences
L’Université Paris Descartes

Email: ebeausejour@archaeologyresearchers.com
Linkedin: http://lnked.in/elouan-beaus

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Okay, my 1962 copy of Pyramid Books’ JULES VERNE’S FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON was really “A modern version by Gardner F Fox” based on the movie screen play by Irwin Allen, Charles Bennett and Albert Gail.  I treasure it because Gardner F Fox wrote WARRIOR OF LLARN, a fave Science Fantasy novel.  And I later came into a truer translation of FIVE WEEKS, which enabled me to rediscover the classic.

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KINDNESS DIARIES Kindness Making A Comeback

 

Trending Netflix Show, The Kindness Diaries, Surely Confirms that Kindness is Making a Comeback!

“Former broker Leon Logothetis travels the world with only a vintage motorbike and the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected and life changing ways.”

 

 

Is Kindness Making a Comeback?

In his wonderful book THE KINDNESS DIARIES: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Good Will and Transform Lives Around the World, author Leon Logothetis writes, just a few pages in:

“…and then I saw him.  He was sitting by an over-packed grocery cart with a dirty baseball cap on his head, torn jeans, and a grime-stained face.  But in his hands, the homeless man held a sign that stopped me dead in my tracks…

“It said, KINDNESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE.”

And so began Leon’s journey of the soul of “connecting with people through the language of kindness.”

It’s a purely heartfelt journey.  Dangerous.  Frightening.  Exciting.  Fulfilling.  Moments of human connection that celebrates us at our best.  In this book, Leon takes us into unknown places in our world, sometimes ordinary, sometimes squalid, and introduces us to men, women and children worth knowing.

It’s a journey that touches the heart.

And now the book’s been adapted to Netflix.

The news about the video adaptation came out through PR Newswire in February: “Leon Logothetis, global adventurer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, author and host of National Geographic’s hit series ‘Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,’ announces the streaming version of his best-selling book THE KINDNESS DIARIES on Netflix.”

The press release continued, “In this 13-part series, Logothetis lives his mission of giving back to those who gave of themselves — be prepared to be truly awed and inspired.”

Who is Leon Logothetis and why does he have a Netflix show? What is his story and why is it significant?

Logothetis had it all — prestigious job, money, a home, a beautiful girlfriend and a friendly dog. But he traded it all in to live his dreams.

His inner rebel, the part of him that yearns to follow his dreams, once again wanted to feel the magic of the human experience by connecting with people through the language of kindness. This is what prompted him to travel the world relying solely on the kindness and generosity of strangers. And now, he is giving back.

“I have always had a passion for interacting with people,” explained Logothetis. “I love the camaraderie of making new friends and helping those that are deserving, and I treasure the adventure of travel.”

On the video version, you can watch Leon’s travels around the world on his yellow motorbike Kindness One.

He relies entirely on the kindness of strangers and give back to unsuspecting good Samaritans along the way.

During the trip, Leon discovers that being ‘seen’ is the most powerful gift people can give others.

The show is about sharing compassion and empathy with others. It’s about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world smiles right back at you.

During his six-month global adventure, Leon traveled to 20 countries with no food or pre-planned accommodations. Leon discovered that people are so open to helping those in need; all one must do is open their heart.

For example, in Pittsburgh, he met a homeless man named Tony who had nothing but a bag of clothes. He took Leon in, fed him, gave him a place to stay and protected him through the night. The experience will forever live in Leon’s heart. If a man with nothing could give so much from his heart how could he ever repay him? You’ll have to watch the show to find out!

“We hear about all the negative things happening out there,” said Leon, “but there is so much kindness out there as well that we don’t ever hear about.”

The Kindness Diaries Netflix series “proves that the magic of kindness is what makes the world go around and that kindness never goes out of style. It demonstrates that true wealth is in our hearts, not in our wallets.”

The Kindness Diaries Netflix series shows you how Leon gave back to those who have little or nothing and have made sacrifices to help a neighbor, friend or the community.

The Kindness Diaries not only lends support and hope to those that are deserving and in need, but it also gives them back something far more valuable — that feel-good disposition and rewarding self-esteem. The series will lift your spirits and bring you hope — maybe even inspire you to perform small acts of kindness that may literally change someone’s life.

About Leon Logothetis:
Leon Logothetis is no stranger to wild journeys and outrageous globe-trotting exploits. Once a broker at a prestigious firm in London, Logothetis boldly quit his job one day after discovering his thirst for exploration had become too much to contain.

On his first journey, as host of the hit National Geographic series “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” Logothetis had to beg, borrow, and charm his way across the United States, England, and the European continent while traveling on only $5 a day. Since then, Logothetis has become a world-renowned travel expert and TV host, featured in the New York Times, London Times, Wall Street Journal, Budget Travel, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and others.

His books, AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A NOBODY, as well as THE KINDNESS DIARIES, his short E-book THE MOJO DIARIES: How a Dangerous and Hilarious Journey Changed Everything and his newest book, LIVE, LOVE, EXPLORE: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live (Reader’s Digest, December 2016), are available now. For more information visit: www.leonlogothetis.com.

IS Kindness making a Comeback?

It never left, of course.

The real point is that our mass media have concentrated on the darkness and the madness of the world.  TV News thrives on it.  Somewhere in there (I’m not sure when) our news outlets even began adding Music to it’s coverages.  Deep, throbbing musical scores — just as they go to commercial — playing against the overheated collages of destruction, flashing police lights and crowds of panicked civilians running away in terror.

This has gone on for so long that we’ve almost forgotten everything else.

So Leon Logothetis’ books and videos almost surprise us with their  heartwarming stories and images.  Even though they are so fundamentally Human.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Breaking News DC Eagle Cam Reveals Two Baby Eaglets

 

Breaking News!  DC Eagle Cam Reveals Two Baby Eaglets

 

 

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: “The Eaglets Have Landed!  A day after its sibling hatched, a second eaglet in the National Arboretum’s eagle nest began breaking free of its shell, the American Eagle Foundation reported.”

And so it began.  Great news.  Great for a number of reasons.

Only decades ago, the American Bald Eagle was an Endangered Species.  If not for the passionate work of people like American wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull, the majestic bird would have disappeared from the continental US.

Today, the Bald Eagle is making a triumphant comeback.  Bolstered by a number of breeding pairs resettled from Canada (especially from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the big birds have always been protected) by conservationists, the iconic raptor is again sailing the blue skies as a free creature.

It’s been absolutely amazing watching one eagle’s nest on the now-famous DC Eagle Cam.

It began with one egg beginning to open!  “Breaking” News…

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 — Since New Years Eve millions of viewers have tuned into the DC Eagle Cam (dceaglecam.org) to watch two live‑streaming, high-definition cameras featuring the wild nest of Bald Eagles Mr. President & The First Lady.

For the past month and more, these parents have been faithfully incubating two eggs in their nest at the top of a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.

Their devoted attention and dedicated efforts finally began to pay off this morning, as one of the soon-to-be-eaglets has now begun the hatching process!

During incubation, an eaglet develops an “egg-tooth” on the tip of its upper beak, which is used to crack holes in its eggshell from the inside. The first hole made in the shell is called a “pip.”

American Eagle Foundation (AEF) volunteer camera operators first witnessed this first small crack on the egg around 9:58 a.m. EDT, March 28. As of now, the crack appears to be less than the size of a dime. It could take anywhere from 12‑48 hours for an eaglet to fully emerge, or hatch, from its shell.

“This is a very special time in the nest,” says AEF Founder & President Al Cecere. “To witness the up‑close process of an eaglet breaking through its shell is wonderfully heartwarming. We hope both eaglets hatch this week and show signs of good health.”

This first egg was laid on February 19. The second was laid on February 23 and cam viewers are hopeful that it will also begin to hatch in a few days. The average incubation period for an eagle egg is 35 days.

These will have been the fourth and fifth eaglets raised by these parents at this idyllic location. In the AEF’s educational chatroom (where viewers can create an account and talk to experienced moderators and other “chatters”) this eaglet will be tentatively referred to as “DC4.” If and when its sibling hatches, it will tentatively be called “DC5.”

In several weeks, the general public will have the opportunity to help come up with official names for these eaglets.

ABOUT THE D.C. EAGLE CAM PROJECT
In 2015, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) staff traveled to D.C. to install state-of-the-art cameras, infrared lighting, and other related equipment in-and-around the nest tree with the help of volunteers and experienced tree arborists and climbers. This past year, the AEF added microphones near the nest to further enhance the viewing experience, and a team of arborists and eagle experts affixed natural tree limbs beneath the nest to provide added support. The USDA’s U.S. National Arboretum ran a half-mile of fiber optic cable to the cameras’ ground control station, which connects the cameras and microphones to the Internet. The entire system is powered by a large mobile solar array (containing several deep cycle batteries) that was designed and built by students and staff from Alfred State College, SUNY College of Technology and was partially funded by the Department of Energy and Environment. USNA has implemented a backup generator that will kick-on if prolonged inclement weather causes the solar array to provide insufficient power to the system. In 2016, APEX Electric Inc. (Kenmore, Washington) traveled to D.C. to assist the AEF in successfully installing audio equipment in and around the tree.

The AEF uses Piksel to stream the video images to viewers around the world, and AEF volunteers are trained and coordinated to pan, tilt and zoom the cams, as well as educate the public via LIVE chats while viewers watch the eagles via the cams on the Internet.  Learn more at http://www.eagles.org.

Conclusion: Fascinating, isn’t it?  It’s not only fun, there’s a fundamental feeling of belonging to all of Nature, watching this nesting eagle pair and their eaglets.  Egg-citing, eh?

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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You Can Go To Front Lines Of War On African Poachers

 

Now You Can Go To Front Lines Of War On African Poachers!

 

 

Over and Above Africa Brings Global Supporters to the Front Lines of the Fight to End Poaching of Endangered Animals”

The War against international organized poaching of wild animals has been escalating as the greedy poachers ramp up their slaughter of every creature from black bears, bighorn sheep and sharks here in North America to tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos in India and Africa.

It’s a heartrending war — watching these beautiful, magnificent animals driven to the edge of extinction to cater to the needs of a few wealthy, selfish, ignorant humans.

But read on, mon ami.  Here is Good News!

“New Non-Profit Group’s Campaigns Focus on Country’s $14 Billion Poaching Trade.”

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2017  — Over and Above Africa, a new non-profit group on a mission to bring a global community to the front line of the fight to protect Africa’s most endangered animals, announced today the launch of its highly-anticipated, content and subscription platform.

The Company, founded by acclaimed award-winning movie producer Kerry David (Agent Cody Banks, My Date with Drew and Like Dandelion Dust), “aims to make the plight of endangered animals in Africa personal for individuals around the planet and remove the current disconnect between donation and visible action on the ground where it counts,” explained Kerry David.

“Our concept is very simple: Members pay a five dollars monthly subscription fee. These funds are pooled to finance highly targeted and vetted anti poaching initiatives that we know to be effective.

“Every initiative which receives our support is closely followed by us as our filmmakers, drone operators and photographers document the outcome and then transmit directly to our members to SEE and EXPERIENCE the clear impact their contributions have on the poaching crisis. We call it ‘Affordable Philanthropy,'” she concluded.

Although not officially launched yet, Over and Above Africa has received such strong support they have already funded their first initiative – “Boots for Rangers” video.

“Poaching is a complicated problem that isn’t going away. It can however be stopped and for that to happen, there has to be a point where we collectively stand up and say no more.

“Over and Above Africa is a way that anyone – for the price of a cup of coffee – can play a part in that change,” added Executive Director, Jennifer Pfister.

Leading figures from the worlds of conservation and technology oversee their Advisory Board and include; Dereck & Beverly Joubert, Emmy-winning filmmakers and Explorers-in-Residence at National Geographic, Steve Galster, Founder of Freeland and A.R.R.E.S.T, Alan Feldstein, Founder, Infinite Safari Adventures & The Cheetah Conservation Trust, and technology luminary, Jon Epstein of Sentient Technologies.

“Over and Above Africa’s innovative new platform is introducing an entirely new source of funding to the wildlife trafficking crisis in Africa. It’s a very exciting prospect for us in the field and extremely timely,” said Advisory Board Member, Intelligence Expert, Founder of Wildleaks and Elephant Action League, Andrea Crosta.

“Over and Above Africa has aligned itself with exemplary NGO’s both as beneficiaries and as advisors on the ground in Africa to ensure its allocated funds support effective, complementary and proven anti-poaching initiatives that when used in conjunction with each other, strike a forceful blow to poaching and wildlife trafficking,” stated Advisory Board member, Assemblywoman, Autumn Burke.

For more information or to become a member, please visit  – www.Overandaboaveafrica.com

Company Contacts:

  • Kerry David, Founder & CEO – Kerry@OverAndAboveAfrica.com
  • Jennifer Pfister, Executive Director – Jennifer@OverAndAboveAfrica.com
  • Media Contact: Jennifer Andros – 152014@email4pr.com – Tel. 562-522-3721

Conclusion: I’ve witnessed the results of poaching right here in our Nova Scotia backwoods.  Black bears slaughtered for their gall bladders.  Tiny fawn legs tossed beside the roads like unwanted pieces of kindling.  Beavers just disappearing.

In Africa, it’s become full-out warfare.  A War on our fellow creatures — all for millions of dollars.  We’ve rightly supported wars over the years to protect our sacred Freedom.  Certainly we can afford a few dollars to protect our sacred Mother Earth.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Justin Trudeau Visits and Champions Rooftop Greenhouse

 

Justin Trudeau Visits and Champions Rooftop Greenhouse

 

 

“Lufa Farms’ successful example of commercial-scale urban agriculture prompts visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau”

 

An avid outdoorsman, Justin Trudeau has always spoken of his love of Nature, our wilderness and the need to become Green.

He made news with his support of the Accord de Paris — the historic Paris Accord: the international agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that was our last chance to control greenhouse gases emissions (If it’s not already too late!).

He’s been questioned lately for his support of tar sands development.  In an age of green technology and solar energy, this looks out of step, Justin.  His basic support of the environment seems to be uncertain.

But Justin’s visit to a city-based greenhouse is a good sign, eh?

“With the completion of its 3rd high-tech greenhouse, and its symbiosis with local farmers, Lufa Farms has grown into a compelling role model for sustainable urban agriculture.”

A good sign and good news…

MONTREAL, March 24, 2017 – Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

Our Canadian Prime Minister was given a full tour of the new production facility by Lufa Farms founders Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell. He witnessed first-hand the innovative complexity of the rooftop greenhouse, and even took time to harvest a basket of fresh greens for himself and his family.

When Justin “discovered” a baby in the cabbage patch, he even joked “Lufa Farms grows veggies — and other little ones — on Montreal rooftops all year.”

The new rooftop greenhouse is a marvel in automation. It was designed by Dutch greenhouse innovators at KUBO, outfitted by Belgian greenhouse automation experts, Hortiplan, and includes advanced horticultural lighting systems from GE.

The construction of the new greenhouse was supported by Quebec financial partners Fonds de solidarité FTQ and La Financière agricole du Québec.

From one rooftop greenhouse to a new paradigm in urban agriculture…

Lufa Farms began operating the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse in 2011. It was built with the goal of using sustainable irrigation, energy and growing systems for cultivation of pesticide-free produce. The first greenhouse, with 8 employees, produced more than 25 varieties of vegetables and delivered them, weekly, to a few hundred Montreal customers.

The second Lufa Farms’ rooftop greenhouse began operation in 2013. With it, the company introduced an online marketplace so that consumers could select and buy fresh Lufa Farms produce together with responsible produce, meat, dairy, bread, and more provided by hundreds of local farmers and foodmakers.

The result is that consumers receive the freshest sustainably-grown goods, local farmers get a viable outlet for their products, and the city benefits from optimized land, water, and energy use.

A disruptive rethink of food production and distribution

The most recent greenhouse caps six years of steady growth and innovation. The Lufa Farms team now consists of more than 140 employees, grows over 70 different vegetable varieties, and delivers more than 10,000 food baskets every week of the year.

“We began this venture because of our passion for rooftop farming. We didn’t start out as farmers and I’d never even grown a tomato before,” says Lauren Rathmell, Co-Founder and Greenhouse Director of Lufa Farms. “But we did what made sense to us as technologists and problem solvers. Today, we understand that successful urban agriculture requires not only advanced greenhouse technology, but also direct-to-client distribution, and working together with local, sustainable farmers and food artisans. The sum of all the parts, working together, is greater than the whole.”

The future of Lufa Farms

Founded in 2009 by Mohamed Hage, Lauren Rathmell, Kurt Lynn, and Yahya Badran, Lufa Farms now has a combined urban growing space of 138,000 square feet. The company plans to continue the expansion of its urban farm projects in Quebec urban centres, and also in select New England locations in the U.S.

For more information about Lufa Farms click here.

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Is Justin Trudeau truly Green?

He’s been getting mixed reviews lately.  But we stay hopeful.  Justin has promised to pick up where Canada’s greenest Prime Minister, Conservative Brian Mulroney, left off.

Mr Mulroney’s successes in battling climate change are his biggest legacy to Canada and to the world.  Justin has to step wider than he is to fill those footprints.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE Audiobook Narrated by James Franco

 

James Franco Narrates Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE — Available For The First Time As An Audiobook

 

 

Books.  Audiobooks.  Ebooks.

Still love real books made of real paper.

Over the years I’ve tried the new alternatives.  At first, I mixed audiobooks in with my rock n roll cassettes to play in the car.  And when our daughter gave me my Kindle, I went crazy downloading the classics and indie fiction.

I still carry my Kindle around with me — its cloth case is wearing out.  But now I mostly load those Free Samples of the latest releases or books I’ve missed.  Dozens of ’em at a time.  And if I want to read a complete one, I download the Indie ebook — or search Amazon and Abebooks to track down the best deal on a real live paperback or hardcover.

Audiobooks, however, have fallen by the wayside.  But I’m a Stephen King fan from the beginning and like the idea of listening to the THE DEAD ZONE some free afternoon instead of my usual Classic Rock fix.  Although I have one of those multi-media music centres (another gift from our daughter), I’ve got a feeling this audiobook won’t be available on a cassette.  Gotta figure this one out, eh?

But, yes, this is good news…

NEW YORK, March 18, 2017 — Academy Award nominee James Franco will narrate the audio edition of THE DEAD ZONE by bestselling author Stephen King. Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the King classic, which has never been available as an audiobook, on April 25th, 2017.

This isn’t the first time the author and actor have collaborated.  Franco recently starred as Jake Epping in Hulu’s 2016 miniseries 11.22.63, based on King’s novel of the same name.

“James is a terrific actor,” said King. “I knew that he would perfectly capture the vibe and voice of THE DEAD ZONE.”

Franco added, “I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s work for a while now. He’s one of the most pleasurable authors to read or listen to. He just guides you along so well. Even though we’re from different generations all his influences and things he references and subjects he’s interested in seem to be all the things I’m interested in.”

Set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, THE DEAD ZONE was made into a 1983 film starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen. The story follows Johnny Smith who awakens from a five-year coma to discover that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them.

While many consider his talent a gift, Johnny feels cursed. When he encounters a ruthlessly ambitious and amoral man who promises a terrifying fate for all humanity, Johnny must find a way to prevent a harrowing predestination from becoming reality.

“We’re thrilled to fill this black hole in Stephen King’s audiobook universe,” said Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “James Franco’s narration is simply superb.”

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO: Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, original audiobook productions, and children’s titles. In addition to a list that includes such unparalleled authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, and David McCullough. Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won eight Grammy Awards and earned forty-one Grammy nominations since 1989. For more information about Simon & Schuster Audio, visit our website at www.audio.simonandschuster.com.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

Conclusion: As I’ve written elsewhere, “There are exceptions, of course — Stephen King and Terry Pratchett, just two — but I believe that the great writers of our Boomer Generation have been our singer-songwriters.”  SEE Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe – All About Us & More

To me, Stephen King is that important in our Boomer generation’s culture, life and times.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Title: Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE Audiobook Narrated by James Franco

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Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: New Wimpy Kid Book by Jeff Kinney

 

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter — Jeff Kinney’s Wild Trip Through Making the Film

“Written and illustrated with original cartoons by Jeff Kinney with exclusive set photos from the upcoming 20th Century Fox film.”

 

I’ve always been a sucker for How-They-Were-Made books.  Books about the making of some of my fave TV shows and movies.

From Stephen E Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry’s THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, first published in 1968 (and still treasured), through Sherwood Schwartz’s INSIDE GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, to Irving Brecher’s recent THE WICKED WIT OF THE WEST [1], the creators of some of our most popular Hollywood productions have taken us into their creative souls.

And now bestselling author Jeff Kinney has written The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter.  Even if you’ve never read any of his Wimpy Kid books, here’s a fascinating look behind — not only the making of the movie — but a look at Kinney’s own creative process.  And with lots of his original drawings and cartoons.

This is good news…

NEW YORK, March 15, 2017  — Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announced the publication of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, an original, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

The story, featuring exclusive set photos, storyboards, and original cartoons by Jeff Kinney, will be published on May 9th just in time for the release of the 20th Century Fox movie.

Fans of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will hit the road with author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get an exclusive look at the making of the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

Readers of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter will find out what it takes to film a flock of seagulls invading a minivan, a robo pig, and an animatronic three-year-old, and discover everything that goes into making a feature film.

The movie is based on the blockbuster ninth book in Jeff Kinney’s record-breaking Wimpy Kid series, which had the biggest U.S. first printing of any book in 2014 and was an immediate #1 bestseller in all English-language territories around the world. The first three Wimpy Kid films have grossed $225 million worldwide.

Throughout The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, Kinney offers his hallmark, sidesplitting, and insightful take on the movie-making process and demystifies it for young readers. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter is the perfect gift for fans of the series and the films!

“ABRAMS, along with our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled that Jeff has written a new movie diary. This first-hand account of the movie-making process through Jeff Kinney’s eyes will delight moviegoers of all ages along with the millions of readers and fans of the worldwide bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS.

Amulet also announced that on March 15th, for a limited time only, as a special bonus for fans and collectors, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will come with a free half-jacket that unfolds into an official movie poster.

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone.

The Wimpy Kid series is a fixture on the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller lists. The books have remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 500 weeks total and for more than 414 weeks on the series list. The series has won 6 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012 and 2013. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe.

Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 62 editions in 53 languages and appear on bestseller lists around the world. There are now more than 180 million books in the series in print.

For more information, interviews, or images, please contact:
Audra Boltion, The Boltion Group Public Relations
office: 646-331-9904
audra@thebgpr.com
www.abramsbooks.com/abramskids/

Conclusion: this book may be written for “kids” but I’m planning on getting a copy.  Can’t help myself.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Who is Irving Brecher?  Irv, who passed away in his 90’s in 2008, was an integral part of Hollywood’s history.  As a writer, he began by punching up the comedy scenes in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.  Made his reputation by writing the screenplays for two Marx Brothers movies (At The Circus and Go West), becoming a lifelong friend of Groucho Marx.  And Irv created early television sitcoms such as The Life of Riley.  Wrote the movie scripts for Yolanda and the Thief (with Fred Astaire) and Bye Bye Birdy (with Dick Van Dyke).  And was still going strong into the new millennium with projects like his 2004 video documentary On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!  His book THE WICKED WIT OF THE WEST, as told to Hank Rosenfeld, is a riot.

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Military War Dogs: Celebrating National K9 Veterans Day

 

National K9 Veterans Day Honours America’s Military Dogs

 

 

American Humane Celebrating the Holiday by Opening Nominations for Annual American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage Awards

 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

It was a hundred years ago when it all began.  The battle to protect our Freedom fought on a worldwide scale…

A hundred years ago, our American, British and Canadian soldiers began fighting side by side against those forces that would steal our Freedom from us.

And with those soldiers — trained, faithful, willing Dogs.  The Canadians, learning quickly from their German enemies, soon had their own trained military dogs.  First as mascots, then messengers, then used to find wounded soldiers on the mangled, muddy battlefields of the Great War, our canines went to war.

In Flanders fields of World War One.  Over the beaches of Normandy in WWII, through the Netherlands and into Germany.  Korea.  Afghanistan.  Iraq…

And now, on this month, comes the announcement of a special celebration of National K9 Veterans Day.

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2017  — Service members have relied on canine comrades since the beginning of organized warfare, but it wasn’t until March 13, 1942, when the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps” that they became a critical part of the armed forces.

To commemorate the original launch of the K-9 Corps program, this Monday, March 13, the country will celebrate National K9 Veterans Day.

An annual tribute to honor the service and sacrifice that these dogs have made for their country, National K9 Veterans Day pays tribute to military dogs and countless other canines serving our nation—from police dogs, to border patrol dogs, and so many more.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, which has worked to support the U.S. Military and our human and animal warriors for more than 100 years, is proud to recognize the heroic contributions of these brave service animals on National K9 Veterans Day, and every day.

With the support of internationally renowned philanthropist and veterans’ advocate Lois Pope, the organization champions efforts to support military heroes at both ends of the leash through its Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs.

The center helps reunite retired military dogs with their former handlers, provide veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress with lifesaving service dogs, arranges free veterinary care for retired four-legged service members, and drives legislation that supports military dogs and their human counterparts.

In 2016, American Humane successfully lobbied for a provision to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ensure that military dogs are returned to American soil after their retirements. Prior to the passage of the 2016 NDAA, military working dogs were not guaranteed retirement on the home front, and some were retired overseas, making them civilians and rendering them ineligible for transportation home on military aircraft.

American Humane also works to honor retired military dogs who demonstrate exceptional valor in serving our country. The annual American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards, which are held each July on Capitol Hill, are the nation’s highest honor for military dogs.

American Humane is currently seeking nominations of retired military dogs who have worked overseas for the 2017 American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards. Please direct inquiries and nominations to at 202-677-4220 or TaraL@AmericanHumane.org.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. They began working with the American military in 1916 when the U.S. Secretary of War requested they help rescue wounded war horses on the battlefields of World War I Europe. Following World War II, American Humane helped pioneer the use of animal-assisted therapy to aid returning veterans. Today, through its Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, the organization works to help active-duty members of the military, military families, and military animals. For more information, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org.

A Personal Note: I grew up with War Veterans.  I learned early to appreciate and admire these guys.  Not that they glorified war.  I’ll never forget what one old vet told me: “The best thing to do with war is not have it.  But if you do, get it over with quick.  Damned politicians don’t do neither.”

Whether you agree with the necessity of war or not, the one thing we can do is honour and never forget those who went — including our dogs…

– Brian Alan Burhoe

For a personal look at war, see Out of My Father’s Shaving Box – Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & the Liberation of Holland

 

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SOURCE: American Humane & PR Newswire

Title: Military War Dogs: Celebrating National K9 Veterans Day

Keywords: animal-assisted therapy, K9, K-9 Corps, National K9 Veterans Day, service dogs, working canines, working dogs, war dogs

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