Take Your Dog To Work Day – America’s Most Pet-Friendly Companies

 

America’s Most Pet-Friendly Companies – A List for Take Your Dog To Work Day

 

 

We love our pets, eh?

Their love, their loyalty, are a constant in our harried lives.  I can name a number of people who even say, “I trust animals more than any humans.”  Animal welfare and companionship are essential to them.

Animals, especially our own pets, have that way of engaging us in the true realities of life.   And we miss ’em when we’re away from them.  You, too?

At home, your beloved Canine is often the first one to greet you at the door, tail wagging and smiles abound.

What if you could bring that same enthusiasm to the workplace?

Pets — usually dogs — are welcomed with smiles, pats and even “awwws” by most of our c0-workers.

And a new survey from Wellness® Natural Pet Food found that 41% of pet parents say a pet-friendly workplace is important to them.

Pet-friendly offices are even more important for Millennials (52%), compared with Generation X (31%) and us Baby Boomers (33%). This new research makes a strong case for pets in the workplace in advance of the forthcoming holiday Take Your Dog to Work Day® on June 23.

While June 23rd is a major celebration for Wellness, complete with dog grooming and massage, a doggie ice cream truck, presentations, vendors and more, the company has a year-round policy allowing dogs at its headquarters. And the benefits are clear — pet parents are less stressed not having to leave their furry friends at home, and pets in the office boost overall workplace morale and even performance.

As like-minded companies across the U.S. gear up to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day®, Wellness released today a “petiquette” guide from its on-staff veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal to help pet parents and employers alike navigate the upcoming holiday. The company has also unveiled America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2017 so other employers can learn from leaders of the pack.

“We know pets are a part of the family and having them in the office is not only a fun way to spend more time together, but it can have a tremendous impact on office culture,” said Dr. Danielle Bernal, Staff Veterinarian for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

“There are many factors for pet parents and employers to consider when inviting dogs into a shared work environment, and our ‘petiquette’ guide helps ensure everyone co-exists in a healthy, safe way.”

America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies include:

1. Kimpton Hotels (San Francisco, CA) – At every Kimpton boutique hotel, the pet policy is a simple one: if the pet can fit through the hotel doors, they’re welcome to stay. At a minimum, all 60 hotels provide water bowls, treats, pet beds, toys and pooper-scooper bags. Some have Directors of Pet Relations (pets!) who greet guests and test the pet amenities.

2. Tradesy (Santa Monica, CA) – The peer-to-peer marketplace has over 30 dogs that come to work on a regular basis. Dog owners choose a dog “buddy” who promises to help watch or walk their pup on busy days or during meetings. They also feature a Pup of the Month and have quarterly Dog Owner Town Hall Meetings where all of the dog owners get together to plan fun events. It also offers pet insurance as part of its benefits program.

3. Life is Good (Boston, MA; Hudson, NH) – Dogs are an integral part of the day to day team at Life is Good. The company says that dogs are not only humans’ best friends, but best co-workers — they encourage employees to get up from their desk for quick breaks and connect people who otherwise might not get to know each other.

4. HubSpot (Cambridge, MA) – Its headquarters is dog-friendly, and you’ll often see pups wandering the halls with their owners, including the company’s CEO and his dog Romeo. This year, the software company put out a “PupSpot” calendar featuring dogs from the office, and donated a portion of the proceeds to local animal shelters.

5. Kurgo (Salisbury, MA) – Kurgo, which makes apparel, gear and accessories for dogs, not only allows pups in their offices, but features them on the company website, too! They include Garp, “The Escape Artist,” and Baxter, “The Office Lap Dog,” among many other pup-loyees.

6. Clif Bar & Company (Emeryville, CA) – The company is in its 25th year as a business, and they’ve had a dog-friendly headquarters since its start. The reason? The company says it helps employees live full, complete lives at work, creates community, and helps people save time and money.

7. Etsy (Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, Canada) – Its dog-friendly office policy has been in place since Etsy began in 2005, and it’s one of the ways the company strives to maintain a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment. The online marketplace says it “keeps spirits high and fosters a sense of community and connection.”  Recent aggressive changes in Etsy’s program, which have forced some long-term members to leave Etsy, may have increased the need for tail-wagging in the office.

8. The Nerdery (Minneapolis, MN) – In addition to allowing dogs in the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis and across offices in Phoenix, Chicago and Kansas City, the software company is also committed to pets in need. The Nerdery Foundation has had the opportunity to create pro-bono websites for 207 nonprofit organizations, including 10 pet-focused nonprofits.

9. Bitly (New York City) – All of Bitly’s offices, in New York, San Francisco and Denver, are dog friendly on Take Your Dog to Work Day® and every day of the year.

While these companies’ rise to the top in providing a pet friendly office, Wellness’ annual Take Your Dog to Work Day® Survey revealed that more than half of pet parents (56%) can bring their pet to work.

For those who cannot, 65% of pet parents surveyed said they resort to some other form of pet care-taking, like leaving work to check on pups at lunch (20%), hiring a dog walker or sending them to doggy daycare (16%). And 53% of pet parents whose office celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day® said they do not have official “petiquette rules” in place.

About WellPet, LLC:
WellPet, the number-one, independent, family-owned natural pet food company is home to premium pet food brands Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack®, Holistic Select®, Sojos® and WHIMZEES®.  “For more than 100 years, WellPet has delivered on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us.  Today, our team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets at WellPet are committed to carrying forth our strong heritage, continuing to find new ways to bring innovation, nutritional excellence and product quality to our family of natural brands, always putting pet health first. For more information, visit www.wellpet.com.”

To learn more about best “petiquette” practices for Take Your Dog to Work Day®, visit www.wellnesspetfood.com. Take Your Dog To Work Day® was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999.

Brian Alan Burhoe

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Josh Duhamel New Video Campaign to Battle Illegal Wildlife Products Trade

 

Transformers Actor Josh Duhamel’s New Video Campaign to Battle Illegal Wildlife Products Trade!

 

 

“ILLEGALLY TRADED!  Bringing Tortoiseshell items home is against the law and harms sea turtles.”  Josh Duhamel

It’s not new news. The selling of body parts from endangered species is a sickening, immoral act by greedy no-names. And those no-names wouldn’t be making a penny — not one single bloody copper cent — if men and women with money weren’t BUYING THEM!

Getting that message out has become the most essential element in saving all those wonderful, beautiful wild animals.

And now Josh Duhamel, who got his acting start in ALL MY CHILDREN then went on to star as Danny McCoy on NBC’s LAS VEGAS and the popular TRANSFORMERS movies, has entered the battle.

Of French-Canadian and Viking descent and born in North Dakota, Josh grew up in the wild Northwest. He’s always loved animals (hence all those photos with dogs).

He’s a natural choice to be the front man in the latest campaign from WildAid to get out the Endangered Wildlife message: “When the buying stops, the killing can too!”

The launch party of WildAid’s campaign was attended by a number of pro-wildlife celebrities, including Josh’s wife, singer Stacy Ann Ferguson.  Better known by her stage name “Fergie” of The Black Eyed Peas, Stacy has supported Josh’s pro-animal endeavours.

The Endangered Species List includes the African elephant, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger, Greater One-Horned Rhino, Javan Rhino, Malayan tiger, mountain gorrila, orangutan, polar bear, red panda, sea turtle, snow leopard, timber wolf, Yangtze finless porpoise, and many, so many more…

Although many endangered animals are rescued from extreme danger and housed in wildlife sanctuaries, that’s not the solution to the slaughter of all those animals in their wild homelands.

Josh Duhamel is starring in a new WildAid awareness campaign released today on World Sea Turtle Day.

In a series of print, radio and television public service announcements, Duhamel alerts travelers to the impacts of buying souvenirs made from imperiled wildlife species.

“Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are being pushed to extinction by the illegal trade in products made from their body parts,” Duhamel says in a TV spot while holding an illegally traded tortoiseshell bracelet made from a sea turtle shell. “If you travel abroad, you may be offered one of these products. They may look nothing like the animal itself, but don’t be fooled.”

Trade in illicit products made from wildlife threatens many species worldwide. Whether ivory carvings and trinkets, coral jewelry or tortoiseshell accessories, travelers buying these products often unknowingly contribute to the illegal killing of animals.

Although the U.S. is a chief consumer market for illicit wildlife products, a WildAid survey found that four out of five Americans know little or nothing about the illegal trade in this country.

“We are excited to launch our campaign with Josh Duhamel on World Sea Turtle Day to raise awareness for these and other threatened animals that are loved by so many Americans,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights. “Despite protections for sea turtles, products made from their shells are prevalent on the black market. Greater awareness can help protect them and many more endangered species from wildlife trafficking.”

The campaign, a joint effort of WildAid, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, will appear on broadcast television stations nationwide, as well as in major international transit hubs like airports and cruise ship terminals in collaboration with the travel and tourism industries.

“Our message is that the consumer choices we make, both at home and during travels abroad, have impacts on the survival of endangered and threatened wildlife,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Chief of Law Enforcement William C. Woody. “We are urging Americans to be good stewards of our planet in order to protect imperiled species both great and small.”

“95% OF THE WORLD’S RHINOS HAVE BEEN LOST IN THE PAST 40 YEARS!”

“When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!” WildAid.org @WildAid

Don’t miss Josh’s video: WildAid awareness campaign

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Jackie Chan – Life, Movies & Rush Hour 4

 

Jackie Chan: His Life, Movies & Rush Hour 4

 

 

His Life In Action – and Comedy

 

Seems like the whole world loves Jackie Chan.  He’s grown from “the Next Bruce Lee” to one of our beloved friends.

Even though we have the DVD’s, there’s some movies we still fall into when channel surfing.  You know what I mean: you’re casually cruising the networks, when suddenly you’re in an old familiar movie, usually half way through.  A personal fave.  For me, it might be Rio Lobo, or the original Planet of the Apes or an old Hope & Crosby Road Movie.

For my wife and me: Mama Mia, a Lethal Weapon or a Rush Hour.

“Hiyi!  Jackie Chan!” says Mary Lee.  “We’ve seen it before,” I tease, “we’ve got it up there,” I nod to our piles of DVDs on the dresser.  “Well, Brian, you still watch those old John Wayne movies and those really old comedies on Turner.  And Star Trek!”

And I secretly turn up the sound and we hear: “Ah! Beach Boys!” — “Oh, hell no!  You didn’t just touch my goddamn radio!” —  “The Beach Boys are great American music…”

And the guys have us hooked.

I’m a great reader of Memoirs, especially of the creative men and women.  In just the past few months, I’ve read Willie Nelson, Pete Townshend, Kieth Richards, Neil Young, Jann Arden…

And I’ve just re-reread I AM JACKIE CHAN: My Life in Action.

And entered young Chan Kong-sang’s life.

I remember a frightened seven-year-old walking into the dark and musty halls of the China Drama Academy, holding his father’s hand.  Inside, he sees young boys and girls leaping and tumbling and screaming.  Paradise–

“How long do you want to stay here, Jackie?”

“Forever!” answers the boy, his eyes bright and wide.  And he lets go of his father to clutch at the hem of his master’s robe…

And that Chinese Opera Master, with “the legal authority to train his students even to death,” a man Jackie came to hate and fear and love, would indeed teach Jackie all the skills of ancient arts.

It’s an unfamiliar world to us Westerners, like something out of Dickens of long ago.  And Jackie’s telling of those years is truly fascinating.  Through the chapters, he grows into a young disciplined man of the full range of operatic skills — from kung fu to clownish pratfalls to singing and dancing to character acting.  And we meet his fellow students, his “brothers and sisters, big and little, with whom I ate and slept and fought and argued and grew and learned.”

I AM JACKIE CHAN then takes us out into the world of Hong Kong movie-making in the 60’s and 70’s, a career of stumbling and some success and stumbling again.  And ends in 1989, just when “I finally got a deal started on a movie that should be out in theaters right now, Rush Hour…”

And that was two decades ago.

In that time, dozens of films, including Shanghai Noon, Around the World in 80 Days (as Passepartout), The Forbidden Kingdom, The Karate Kid have lit our screens.  And the voices for others, like Kung Fu Panda.  As of this writing, Shanghai Dawn is in production for a 2018 release.  And Jackie has said, “Rush Hour 4 is happening!”

Twenty years to catch up on.  Time, Jackie, for I AM JACKIE CHAN 2!

I gave I AM JACKIE CHAN: My Life in Action five stars in my Goodreads book review.  It’s a wonderful and fascinating life story, honest and revealing.  Not like anything I’ve read before.  If you’ve never read it, I recommend tracking down a copy, mon ami!

Jackie Chan 2017: Just this year, he’s been involved in a number of projects…

 

Chinese 3D TV Cartoon Series

This April, “International action film star Jackie Chan unveiled his new 3D cartoon series — J-Team: All New Jackie Chan Adventures – China’s first international standard high budget animation production – at a press conference in Beijing, China.”

The premise of the new cartoon series centers on a team of protagonists guarding against monsters who threaten the ‘dreamlands’ – so that every child can have sweet dreams at night.

All New Jackie Chan Adventures is set to raise the bar for China’s animation industry in general; becoming the first Chinese-funded cartoon series to be made to international production standards.

“With young children increasingly searching for new role models to look up to,” explained Jackie in an interview, “it is imperative that celebrities in China use their influence to help shape the values of today’s young Chinese children and indeed people in general.  If you just tell them, sometimes children won’t listen, but through comedy and action, then they will start to follow.”

Jackie concluded, “This new cartoon series is not limited to the TV screen. In many ways, it will be the children’s companion as they grow up.”

 

More Shanghai and Rush Hour

Since starting as a young actor in Hong Kong in the 1960’s, Jackie Chan movies now total over 200.  From earlier pure action films like Rumble in the Bronx and Operation Condor: Armour of the Gods to those great buddy movies Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, Jackie has given us some great stories.

In a recent interview, Owen Wilson, when asked about the new “Shanghai” movie Shanghai Dawn, replied, “Yeah, there is some talk. Uh, I saw Jackie not too long ago and we were talking about it…”  Within the industry, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who wrote the screenplays for the first two, are said to have penned the Shanghai Dawn script.  It’s on!

“Rush Hour 4 is happening!”  When Jackie said that, we paid attention.  Jackie and Chris Tucker are on board.  Arthur M Sarkissian is producing, saying in an interview: “I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.  I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was.”

In response to Jackie’s pronouncement that his body isn’t up to much more severe punishment (he has quite literally broken about “every bone in my body”), Sarkissian replied, “He’s getting a little older. I think he can fit it. What was great about Rush Hour 1 and 2 mostly was the relationship of these two and it came out of nowhere. It was just very real. We didn’t build it, we didn’t write it. It just happened. I think the action will be there but it has to be molded to fit him today and not forced into stuff that he won’t do.”

And we agree!  We love Jackie and Chris because of their relationship.  It’s comedy, man, with action and adventure to move the story.

 

And Jackie’s flying to Vancouver, British Columbia, for July 1st, Canada Day, to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!

Jackie is coming back to Vancouver, where Rumble in the Bronx was filmed.  Jackie is known around the planet as “a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and UNAids, as a celebrity ‘cabinet member’ of the American Red Cross, and as founder of the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation in China to serve the airlines’ shared interest in charitable endeavours.”

In this last capacity, “Hong Kong Airlines will be the official international airline partner of the Canada 150 celebrations in Vancouver on July 1 commemorating the country’s milestone anniversary.  Jackie Chan will be there for the party!”

It’s wonderful to see this new relationship with the people of China and to have them join us in celebrating Canadian culture and élan.

“Welcome back to Canada, Jackie!”

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Stephen J Voorhies: Artist of the American People — and Places

 

Stephen J Voorhies: Tribute to an Artist of the American (and Canadian) People — and Places

 

 

As an avid collector of classic wilderness fiction, including the stories of our Canadian Mounties, I’ve been lucky enough to track down most of the must-read titles I’ve hunted.

Recently, I’ve collected all three editions of William Byron Mowery’s short story collections.  THE LONG ARM OF THE MOUNTED appeared in 1948.  SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE was published in ’53 and reprinted nine years later in paperback.

Even though each edition was from a different publisher, under a different title, with it’s own unique cover art, I noticed that they had used the same artist for each one.  And I liked that artwork.  “Who,” I wondered, “is Stephen J Voorhies?”

After a bit of Net search, I found out…

Stephen J Voorhies was a popular muralist, pictorial mapmaker, book illustrator and painter from the 1920’s well into the 1960’s.

Of Dutch descent, he was born in 1898 and grew up in the New York area.  After serving in the U. S. Navy, Voorhies attended the Pratt Institute in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, studying Art and Design.  Graduating in 1922, he quickly earned a reputation as an artist able to work in any medium.

He eventually established a permanent residence at 136 Linden Street, Rockville Centre, Long Island, but maintained a separate studio at 303 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.  His wife, Dorothy Townsend Voorhies, was an accomplished book illustrator and fashion designer in her own right.  They had two daughters, Barbara Anne and Ruth.  Stephen J Voorhies was listed in both the Who Was Who in American Art, and Salons of America.

Voorhies loved the then-popular concept of pictorial maps and murals — filled with busy scenes of trade, industry and the bustle of rural and town life.

 

 

In 1928, Rand McNally hired him to produce a pictorial map of New England, featuring shipping, railway and bus lines.  “Compared with pictorial maps of the time, this one was relatively conservative in color and design, but the steam locomotive blasting out of western Massachusetts gives the map considerable drama.” [1]  Good reviews of this map led to commissions for more high-profile commercial works.

And in 1929, he produced an oil painting on canvas titled Cabin in Sand Dunes with Trees in Background.  If Voorhies had hoped for an art gallery success, he was disappointed.  Most of his watercolors and oil paintings would be produced later in life.

In 1930, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad published Voorhies’ A Guide To And From New York City.  The pamphlet opened up to reveal two small color maps, and a large map with “pictographs of key buildings and bridges and including a listing of Point of Interest, Hotels, Theatres, and Principal Steam Lines in left margin.”

In 1936, his decorative illustrated map Historic Long Island: “A Map showing its Towns & Villages and the Outstanding Events during its Development over a period of more than Three Hundred Years” appeared (shown above).  The outer green border displayed the names of “the thirteen tribes of Indians who were the first proprietors of Long Island.”

He was commissioned to do three murals for the 1939 “World of Tomorrow” World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, New York — those painted murals depicted the pastoral elements of the East Coast: its thriving agricultural and fishing industries.

One of his most popular was his vibrant Pictorial Map of Historic Nassau County, which illustrated “a number of towns, as well as the Grave of Theodore Roosevelt, Old Paper Mill, Onderdonk Grist Mill, Roosevelt Field, Mitchell Field, Mineola Court House, Adelphi College, Garden City Hotel,  Nassau County YWCA, St. Georges Church and Rock Hall.”  The map was printed in RECIPES FROM HISTORIC LONG ISLAND collected by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Nassau County in 1948.

In 1949, he designed the New York City Subway map.

Through the 1940’s, and 50’s, he created a series of commercial posters for the Central Vermont Railway, featuring the Mount Mansfield ski resort at Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont.

His most popular Mount Mansfield posters centered on a continuing character, a happy-go-lucky French Canadian man passionately celebrating the forested mountains around him.  You can almost hear his echoing voice, “Le Bon Dieu, I so happy I t’ank You who made thees world so magnifique!”

Voorhies’ Mount Mansfield silkscreen prints still sell at auctions.

He created advertising illustrations for other commercial enterprises, including cover paintings for Bell Telephone Company’s Telephone Review employee magazine, which are highly collectible today.

His artwork appeared in magazines such as Fortune and Liberty.

And in hardcover books, many with historic, wilderness or rural settings. [2]

 

 

One best selling book featuring Voorhies’ artwork was THE EXPLORATIONS OF PERE MARQUETTE by Jim Kjelgaard, Random House, 1951.

Kjelgaard’s book told the story of French Jesuit Père Jacques Marquette, a missionary and explorer, who had been sent to New France (the modern day Canadian province of Quebec).  From 1667 to 1675, he would journey (mostly by canoe) through the Great Lakes country and down many rivers, exploring that part of the New World and spreading the teachings of Jesus among the many First Nations the energetic Black Robe encountered.

Another popular book was LAND OF THE BURNT THIGH by Edith Eudora Kohl (see Voorhies’ Horse and Covered Wagon illustration top of this page).  Published in 1935, Kohl’s memoirs of homesteading near the Lower Brule Indian Reservation of South Dakota in 1907 has become a classic of homesteading history.

Within a few weeks of arriving, “Edith was running a newspaper, her sister Ida Mary was teaching school, and the two were helping others who had come to settle.  In the following months, they battled prairie fires, rattlesnakes, and a blizzard; they observed two great land rushes; they staked a new claim, opened a post office and a general store, and overcame their fear of the Indians who came to trade with them.” [3]

Voorhies’ many book illustrations rarely showed scenes of graphic violence, but instead showed people hard at work and getting on with their lives in rural, small town and occasionally big city locations.

His love of outdoor and frontier themes certainly showed in his covers for the three editions of William Byron Mowery’s masterful collections.

THE LONG ARM OF THE MOUNTED, a collection of some of William Byron Mowery’s best Mountie short stories, was first published in 1948 as a McGraw-Hill hardcover.

Voorhies painted a single-scene cover illustrating an almost domestic scene with the Mountie in his bright red serge saying his goodbyes his sweetheart in her simple blue and white dress.  His native Canadian scout in the background is preparing for their mission.

By ’48, Northwest fiction had a strong female readership (the popular pulp magazine North-West Stories had been retitled North-West Romances with that in mind).  McGraw-Hill’s art director may have asked Voorhies to illustrate that particular scene.

In 1953, Thomas Bouregy & Co published SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE, collecting eight tales.

For SAGAS, Voorhies painted a mutiple-scene cover in the style of his earlier murals and pictorial maps.

The upper left corner, for instance, shows an encounter of some Mounties with Sitting Bull’s Sioux when the war chief had sought refuge in Canada following the Little Bighorn.  The other scenes blend together in an almost patriotic poster motif of a people looking to the promised future of the West.

In a new Foreword to this edition, Mowery wrote: “Most of these stories, since their original magazine appearance, have been published in various high-school and college English texts.  I have a suspicion that it was the character of the Police heroes and fascination of the Canadian plains, Rockies and the North…that led to their being selected as examples of the raconteur‘s art…”

And also because Mowery was one of the finest writers to chose the history of the North-West Mounted as his theme.  Although his mention of that “fascination” also shows the immense popularity that our Canadian Mounties once had in national and in world culture.

Airmont Books reprinted SAGAS in 1962 as a paperback, retitled TALES OF THE MOUNTED POLICE.

Again, Voorhies chose the multiple-scene motif, but simpler.  This time one of action (fist fight) and romance (Mountie holding girl in blue and white dress).

On the back cover, over a Voorhies line drawing of a Mountie gazing at a forest-rimmed lake and soaring mountains beyond it, Airmont stated: “The stories in this book are of the early Northwest Mounted…

“William Byron Mowery knew the Northwest and he knew many of these men.  He met them in the twilight of their lives, at their Calgary reunions and visited them in their homes — and out of the incidents related at these meetings, and the spirit of the men themselves, have come these tales.”

Books well worth collecting, mon ami, for the writing and for the artwork.

In later years, Voorhies produced a number of oil and watercolor & gouache paintings, mostly landscapes, such as the beautiful Eaton’s Neck Light.  Others were Montauk Light, Ebb Tide, Dramatic Navy Helicopter Water Rescue, Seated Woman in Yellow Dress Next to a Bouquet of Flowers, View of the Front of Stone House at Christmas, Desolate Railroad Station House in a Wooded Yard with FenceWoman Descending Hill on Sled that is Falling Apart, and the simple but subtly mystical Sand Compass.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] Stephen J Hornsby, PICTURING AMERICA: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, University of Chicago Press, 2016

[2] A list of some other books illustrated by Stephen J Voorhies…

ADVENTURE NORTH by Kathrene Pinkerton
BASIC FISHING: From the Worm to the Fly by Harlan Major
BIG FAMILY by Bellamy Partridge
CASSEROLE MAGIC: 300 Recipes for the Best in One-Dish Meals by Lousene Rousseau Brunner
CLEAR THE TRACKS: Story of an Old Time Locomotive Engineer by Joseph Bromley
COUNTRY LAWYER by Bellamy Partridge
ENJOYING THE CATSKILLS by Arthur Mack
ENTERTAINING WITHOUT A MAID by Elizabeth Lounsbery
EXCUSE MY DUST by Bellamy Partridge
FOR HERE IS MY FORTUNE by Amos R Harlin
HEATHER HILL by Elleston Trevor
MAIN STREET MERCHANT by Norman Beasley
SIX GREAT MEN OF BRAZIL by Vera Kelsey
THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN by Russell Owen
THE COMING OF THE MORMONS by Jim Kjelgaard
THE EARTH IS OURS by Marion Pedersen Teal
THE GENERAL’S BOOTS by Neta Lohnes Frazier
THE MEDITERRANEAN: The Saga of a Sea by Emil Ludwig
THE MUDHEN ACTS NATURALLY by Merritt Parmelee Allen
THE MYSTERY IN THE JEEP by Ernie Rydberg
THE PACIFIC OCEAN by Felix Riesenberg
WOLF OF BADENOCH by Joseph E Chipperfield
YANKEE STOREKEEPER by R E Gould

[3] Minnesota Historical Society Press.  http://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/land-burnt-thigh.

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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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Horse Slaughter Pipeline from America to Canada

 

Award-Winning Documentary Film “From the Kill Pen,” Exposing the Horse Slaughter Pipeline from America to Canada, Now Here…

 

 

To be practical, I suppose there’s no difference between eating horse meat and enjoying chicken, beef or salmon.  No difference between killing an old cayuse and carefully dropping a lobster headfirst into a pot of steaming water.

If you chose to eat meat at all, then you’re part of the killing process.  In fact, I’d say there’s more honesty and truth in hunting and killing your own dinner than in eating a burger at a fastfood outlet and pretending that you’re not cruel to animals.

But here’s why I have such an emotional response to the whole concept of rounding up horses for the slaughterhouse: I grew up in Harness Racing Country north of Saint John, New Brunswick.  As a kid, I loved those horses, the barns, the stables, the pastures, hayfields, all the people involved — just being around the big animals was joyful.  Heck, you could earn a quarter for walking a trotter after a race — I’d have paid them for the fun of doing it.

And being a Boomer, I grew up with Westerns.  Every B-Western hero had his noble steed.  Champion, Trigger, Buttermilk, Loco, Silver, Scout.  Sgt William Preston of the Yukon had his dark chestnut Rex for summer patrols.  Even Deputy Marshal Festus Haggan had his ornery ol’ mule, Ruth.

Most horses aren’t “pets n family” the way our cats and dogs are, but that relationship is there, just as strong, just as loving.  Horses!  We have a history!

There’s been talk of banning horse slaughter in Canada as our more advanced American friends have effectively done (due to an underfunding at the meat inspection level).  But as of this writing our new Liberal gov hasn’t exactly strained at the bit to get it done.  Even so, there’s been a steady decrease in rounding up horses in Canada.  Right now, 60% of horses slaughtered in Canadian meat plants are imported from the States.

And now there’s that stirring Doc from south of the border that’s kicking up such a fuss…

Los Angeles based Synergetic Distribution has announced the release of the award-winning film, “From the Kill Pen,” now available on multiple platforms, including Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.

Fact-driven and without gratuitous violence, “From the Kill Pen” exposes the widespread overbreeding and clandestine meat distribution cycle which has allowed tainted horsemeat to enter the human food chain – activity which has been operating under the radar for years.

“Most Americans are completely unaware that while horse slaughter is not happening in this country, approximately 150,000 American horses are still rounded up each year and shipped to Canada and Mexico to be killed and their carcasses sold to international meat distributors,” says director Sharon Boeckle.

Horse slaughter is currently technically legal in the United States.  Language in the federal budget, however, prohibits funds from providing required inspections at horse slaughter facilities.  And this prohibition has kept horse slaughter on American soil at bay since it was implemented in 2007, during the President George W Bush administration.

But horse advocates across the nation are growing concerned that the current administration may choose to overturn that in the next federal budget, scheduled for review in the coming months.

“In making this film, Sila Productions has performed an invaluable service to equines and those who love them… By seeing the truth, people will finally be able to judge from a position of knowledge,” says John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance.

From the Kill Pen” includes in-depth interviews with some of the nation’s leading experts on the subject, including: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico; Keith Dane of the Humane Society; Journalist Vickery Eckhoff; and Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Patrick Meehan, co-sponsors of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which if passed would install a permanent ban not only on horse slaughter in the United States, but also the shipping of American horses elsewhere for slaughter.

“We applaud this hard-hitting, passionate, and revealing expose,” says Sonja Meadows of Animals Angels. “From the Kill Pen is a compelling, intelligent documentary that clearly exposes and lays bare the stark realities behind horse slaughter… it’s a must-see film.”

“‘From the Kill Pen‘ is the ‘Blackfish‘ for America’s horses,” says Jane Blais of the Safe Food Safe Horses Coalition, the coalition currently fighting for the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 113.)

The film’s release coincides with the upcoming annual federal budget renewal process set to commence soon. The hope is that the film will raise awareness and inform the public on the issue before it’s too late.

For more information on the film and its availability, visit www.fromthekillpen.com.

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Lily Tomlin: Wait Don’t Kill Me Comedy Benefit – Free Billy the Elephant

 

Lily Tomlin Joins June Diane Raphael, Craig Ferguson & Casey Wilson to Headline “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” Comedy Benefit for “Voice For The Animals”

 

 

“The elephants became so symbolic to me, the evidence (of their treatment) so clear, and I wanted to tie it together and show how inured we are to that around the planet,” said Lily Tomlin, Oscar-nominated actress (Nashville) and comedian.

Comedy, when it’s really cooking, can be both a lighthearted escape from the real world and a fierce finger-pointing accusation of Humankind at our worst.  Comedy can be both at once.

I’ve always loved the comedians, the funnymen and funnywomen who just break me up when I’m feeling smug and unbroken and need the tickle of a bed slat.  Lily Tomlin, dear Lily, is one of our faves.  Our first date movie for Mary Lee, my beloved wife-to-be, and me was Star Wars.  I made up for that by taking her to a number of musicals and comedies after that, culminating with 9 to 5 with Lily, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton.

Lily’s gifts to us are her Characters.  Sometimes funny.  Sometimes deeper than that — glimpses into Lily’s heart.

Lily has never stopped bringing that laughter, those playful characters, while speaking up for endangered animals, which endears her to us all the more.  Her Free Billy campaign has scored some successes, bless her.

“I had done some animal activism and donated money,” Lily has explained, but “becoming enlightened about elephants” prompted her to focus on their plight.  Lily demands that we “EVOLVE!”

And now comes the news of her “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” Comedy Benefit.

Emmy® and Tony®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) to bring the laughs to “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the famed Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus.

Presented by Honeysweet Creative, this ninth annual fundraiser was hosted by actor Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds go to support VFTA as they continue their fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy, including their work to free Billy the Elephant from the L.A. Zoo (#FreeBillyNow).

The evening began with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me!” comedy program. Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced the program with Melya Kaplan, Executive Director, Voice For The Animals.

Cher, honorary Co-Chair, sent a touching video message from Las Vegas seeking support to help Billy the elephant find placement in an elephant sanctuary. Artist Matt Shapira created a painting of Billy the Elephant that was auctioned off during the program. The West Los Angeles Animal Shelter spotlighted six precious dogs that were available for adoption. The event was produced and directed by Erick Weiss, Honeysweet Creative.

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Voice For The Animals (VFTA) is a 501c3, non-profit charitable foundation which is devoted to creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation, and advocacy. The organization was founded by Melya Kaplan in 1999 when she realized that although there were many great rescuers, there was a dire need for a new type of animal protection organization with programs to empower people to help more animals. VFTA has many programs that focus on animal protection, including an Animal Assistance Hotline, Rescue and Adoption, Working Cats, LA Zoo Watch, Helping Friends, Abuse Prevention, Humane Education, Political Animal, Feral Colonies, VFTA in Greece, Animal Films, and an Elephants in Captivity Awareness Campaign. The Captivity is Not Conservation campaign is devoted to educating people about the plight of Billy the Elephant and his life in captivity. Connect with the Voices for the Animals Foundation at vftafoundation.org and #FreeBillyNow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Billy the Elephant and to sign the petition to get Billy to a sanctuary, visit www.helpbilly-vfta.org.

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Wackiest Dog and Cat Pet Names of the Year Announced

 

Results of the Wacky Dog & Cat Pet Names Competition Are In — Top 10 Dog & Cat Pet Names of 2017…

 

 

With Be Kind To Animals Week and National Pet Week upon us, it’s time to celebrate our cats, dogs and otherkind.

Our first dog as a couple was a northern Husky.  In my boyhood, I’d been a great fan of Sergeant Preston of the Canadian Mounties, so of course I honoured him with the name Yukon King.  Not original, but King he surely was.

Today, pet names have become quirkier, funnier and wackier.  Thinking up a name that’s original and yet still suits the personality of our new family member has become harder — but worth the effort, eh?

And so this news story really caught our attention:

The votes have been tallied and the results are in – Dunkin Butterbeans nosed out Farrah Pawcett and Fiona Penny Pickles in the dog division, while Little Booty Ham Sandwich purred past Obi Wan Catnobi and Winston Purrchill in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2017.

Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 600,000 insured pets and put to a public vote, where Dunkin Butterbeans and Little Booty Ham Sandwich were crowned the wackiest.

Here are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Pet Names of 2017:

DOGS:

Dunkin Butterbeans

  1. Dunkin Butterbean
  2. Farrah Pawcett
  3. Fiona Penny Pickles
  4. The Other Dude
  5. Colonel Mustache
  6. Empress Tzu Tzu
  7. Cheesebro
  8. Tango Mango
  9. Choo Choo Boo Boo
  10. Yeti Spaghetti

 

 

CATS:

Little Booty Ham Sandwich

  1. Little Booty Ham Sandwich
  2. Obi Wan Catnobi
  3. The Great Catsby
  4. Jabba the Butt
  5. Isaac Mewton
  6. Whiskerus Maximus
  7. Ninja Killer Nine Thousand
  8. Fifty Shades of Graham
  9. Dog the Cat
  10. Winston Purrchill

 

 

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, vice president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and as such, many give them names with sentimental – and sometimes silly – meaning.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.  (See our personal picks of the Top 50 Below…)

With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies offer Nationwide pet insurance as an employee benefit.  For more, go to petinsurance.com and www.nationwide.com.

Other Nationwide faves of ours were (Dogs) Governor Clarence Bumblesnout, Webster Doodledoodle, Doc Howliday, (Cats) Motley Crouton, The Little Muffin Man and Reece Whiskerspoon.

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Tom Deady’s HAVEN Wins Horror Writers Bram Stoker Award

 

Thoughts on Tom Deady’s HAVEN: Artistry, Laughter & How Others Perceive Us…

 

 

It’s a Saturday matinee in the Strand Odeon Theatre and we’re watching THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD.  I’m 13.  I’m with friends.  I’m captivated.  Watching Captain Sinbad and his crew sail those blue seas and explore strange green, sandy islands.  Wishing I was there with them.

Now they’re in the Valley of the Cyclops.  A cyclops appears.  The girls in the audience start screaming.  The boys stare in awe.  And when the cyclops captures one of Sinbad’s crewmen and happily ties the guy to a BBQ spit to cook him over the open fire for supper, I clapped my hands in delight.  Wonderful!  I loved it.  Why not?  The cyclops is hungry and doing what comes naturally — later, Sinbad’s men will find a giant Roc’s newly hatched chick and, being hungry, kill it and cook it for their supper.

Why did I laugh?  I loved the creative artistry behind the scene — knew that  Ray Harryhausen was having a ball.  So was the hungry Cyclops.  A few years later I would really laugh at the scene where Jason watches those eager skeleton warriors pop from the ground…

Maybe it’s because I was never afraid of things hiding under my bed.  I thought of those Universal Studios characters, especially Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolfman, as the heroes, misunderstood, misperceived…  I watched those old black and white movies with empathy, understanding and warm laughter.  Thought of the Abbott & Costello monster movies and THE MUNSTERS as the culmination of the whole genre.

So when the Horror genre went really bloody, I stopped watching.  Didn’t see it as as an evolutionary step — rather a loss of its heart.  When the monsters became the bad guys, I felt the genre had died.

Stephen King has always been an exception for me, probably because in many ways he’s been the prose chronicler of the Boomer Generation (along with Terry Pratchett) — in the way that the singer-songwriters have been our poets.

Not that I’ve given up hope.  Still follow the Horror genre.  Still am waiting for the real monsters to wake up.  To come back home.

In Tom Deady’s HAVEN, Paul Greymore, just released from prison, remembers the accident when as “a toddler he had reached up and grabbed the handle of a pot on the stove… the water scorched his face.  When the doctors finished, his face looked like a melted candle… later Paul would see a likeness of himself in a movie called A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Just an ordinary guy with the role of Freddy Krueger forced upon him.  Boris Karloff’s Monster may be gone, but we still live among peasants with flaming torches — looking for someone to chase.  Someone who is not one of them.  Someone they can call Outsider.

That scene reminded me of those long-ago Universals.  And a favourite novel from my youth: Andre Norton’s NIGHT OF MASKS.

It’s the story of an innocent man, one of us.

So…

Tom Deady took home a Bram Stoker Award® for his debut horror novel, HAVEN, late Saturday night, April 29, at the StokerCon Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet. The award for superior achievement in a first novel has been around for 30 years, establishing the leading authors in the horror genre.

Tom wrote HAVEN over the course of fifteen years. It was published in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications and quickly recommended and nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards®. The novel takes place in a small town in Massachusetts and explores many dark layers of horror and humanity.

“As a writer, I should be able to express my joy at receiving the Stoker Award, but I simply cannot put it into words. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and incredible support. I am honored to be recognized by the HWA [Horror Writers Association] and blessed that my wife and daughters were on hand to celebrate the moment with me,” says Deady.

As Rio Youers, author of “Westlake Soul” and “Point Hollow,” has written, “HAVEN is about scars, both literal and figurative; it’s about second chances and broken memories. This is a great small-town horror novel — a bullet-read with deep characters and perfect pacing. Best of all, it’s creepy as hell.” —

Tom Deady has already released another novel earlier this year, “Eternal Darkness,” a vampire horror reminiscent of the paperback horror days in sense of style and dread. He promises at least one more release in 2017 and says there are big plans in store. Rumors have also surfaced about a young adult novel in the works. One thing’s for sure, Tom Deady isn’t slowing down. He assures us the Stoker win has only fueled his passion and drive for the craft.

“Completing HAVEN has unlocked some creative vault inside me. The ideas and stories demand to be put to paper, and I’m doing my best to keep pace. My first novella will be released in September, and I promise it is unlike anything I’ve written to date. I also have a few short stories that should hit this year, and the rumors of a young adult work — possibly a series — are true! Stay tuned for more on that,” says Tom Deady.

HAVEN is now available in eBook and Paperback. Uncover the small town mystery and start reading today: http://bit.ly/HavenBook

ABOUT: Tom Deady is the Bram Stoker Awards® winning author of HAVEN and “Eternal Darkness.” He lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, with his wife. Tom has a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and the New England Horror Writers.

Tom’s first novel, HAVEN, was released in 2016 by Cemetery Dance Publications. His new release, “Eternal Darkness,” was released in 2017 by Bloodshot Books.  As always, he is actively working on his next novel.  Learn more at TomDeady.com.

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Be Kind To Animals Week: Take The Kindness Pledge

 

Celebrate Human Compassion with American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week!

They cannot ask for kindness
Nor for our mercy plead,
Yet cruel is our blindness
Which does not see their need.
On Kindness To Animals, Edgar Guest
 

“Be Kind to Animals.”  Not a new sentiment, of course.  Probably as old as Humankind.

Since Queen Victoria granted her official seal of approval to the Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, men and women (especially Women!) have been organizing to humanize Humankind in its treatment of our fellow creatures on an increasingly shrinking Earth.

It began with creating shelters for abused and abandoned animals.  Then saving endangered wildlife.  Farm animals.  Exploited Show Biz, circus, aquarium and zoo animals.

In America, a number of human and animal protection groups united to form the American Humane Association (AHA), with its stated purpose being “to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.”

From it’s earliest days and well into the Nineteen Fifties, American Humane ran a popular and effective art poster campaign “focused mainly on children, hoping that attitudes learned in childhood would carry on into adult life.”  Illustrators included Edwina Kernan, Don Osher, Harold Anderson, Morgan Dennis (“Drive Carefully – Someone’s Pet”) and Will Rannnells (“Boy Feeding A Horse”).  In the Sixties and early Seventies, actors like Lorne Greene, Betty White, Carole Burnett, Doris Day and John Wayne were featured in AHA posters — in ’73, the Duke chaired that year’s ceremonies.

After celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 1977, the organization began its “second 100 years” by going worldwide with its efforts.  They effectively helped bring in an international ban on killing porpoises and the strengthening of laws overseeing foreign slaughterhouses that exported to the U. S.

So what can you do to show your love of all those creatures we share this Earth with?  You could wear a Be Kind To Animals shirt, of course.

Even better, you could consider this:  Take The Pledge — the Kindness Pledge…

The American Humane Association goes back to 1877, and their heart-felt pledges for boys and girls go back almost to their beginning.  Perhaps the most well-known is “I will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Like previous versions, the new Pledge for 2017 is aimed at children.  But, you know mon ami, it’s never to late, we’re never too old.

Listen to this:

“I believe in kindness and compassion for all animals, and that all animals are entitled to humane treatment.  I will be kind to animals all year round by…”

For generations of Americans, the month of May has always been associated with kindness.

Because it’s “Be Kind to Animals Week” and American Humane is asking 1 million people to take its Kindness Pledge, promising to do four simple things to improve the lives of the world’s animals.

Millions of people around the country young and old have joined American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, in celebrating its “Be Kind to Animals Week®” (May 7 to 13), the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history, and the nation’s longest-running, most successful humane education campaign.

To build a new generation of animal advocates, American Humane is challenging 1 million people this year to take the “Kindness Pledge,” asking them to do four simple things to protect and better the lives of animals, including 10 billion farm animals by:

  1. Seeking out humanely raised foods with the American Humane Certified™ seal
  2. Helping the 6 to 8 million animals abandoned each year by adopting from shelters
  3. Becoming aware of the more than 100,000 animal actors who entertain, educate and charm us in film and television each year by looking for the “No Animals Were Harmed®” end-credit
  4. And helping the many endangered and disappearing species of the world by cultivating caring and understanding of magnificent creatures by taking their children to Humane Certified™ zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers.

“The need for compassion has never been greater,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “I hope every American will join us in celebrating ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ and making a difference for all the creatures of the Earth – not just during these several days, but all year round.”

To celebrate “Be Kind to Animals Week®,” take the pledge, find ideas and curricula designed to build empathy in children, and learn more about how you can support American Humane’s work to help animals, please visit www.Kindness100.org.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

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