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Kate Walsh, Actress, 360 MAGAZINE, MyDogsAGame.com

Get your dog’s A-Game back

Is your dog’s scratching more than “just an itch?” Actress and life-long dog lover Kate Walsh knows first-hand that dogs can be “off their game” because of allergic itching, leading to more serious problems if not treated by a veterinarian. Kate joins us today to share important info on how you can get your dog’s A-Game back.

As a lifelong dog lover, how did you know that Rosie was off her game?


Kate Walsh: She started scratching her face in sort of a cute way at first with both paws at the same time. And then it turned into a regular thing where it wouldn’t stop, and I realized pretty quickly it was probably allergies. So I took her into my veterinarian, and she prescribed Apoquel for Rosie.

How should we know when and if it’s more than an itch, and when it’s time for our pets to visit their veterinarian?

Kate Walsh: If the itching and scratching starts interrupting their regular daily activities — if they’re on a walk and they have to stop several times to scratch and itch or chew, or if they wake up in the middle of the night to chew, those are signs that there’s a problem. A lot of dog owners think oh, that’s just my dog itching but it’s likely allergies. If you see these signs, it’s a good idea to visit your veterinarian and see if Apoquel might work for you. It certainly worked for Rosie.

How should people with pets avoid allergies for some of their animals?

Kate Walsh: It’s hard to avoid allergens because so many allergies are environmental and are out of our control – just like humans with pollens or grasses, or during certain times of the year. For some dogs it’s seasonal allergies, some are perpetual and year-round. There’s really no way to prevent them so it’s about going to the veterinarian and seeing what they have to say. It’s also important to understand that dog allergies manifest differently than human allergies do. In dogs, allergies show as skin itching, chewing and hotspots – not coughing and sneezing like humans.

And how did you help Rosie get her A game back?

Kate Walsh: Well, I got her on Apoquel right away. Within a couple of days she was back on her A-game, happy, smiling, walking, tail wagging, able to relax and not scratching her face constantly. One of my favorite parts about this partnership is how we’re encouraging everyone out there to go to MyDogsAGame.com or use the hashtag #MyDogsAGame on social media to share a picture of your dog. For every photo uploaded, Zoetis will donate $10 to the K-9 Courage Program, which is an awesome program that provides medical services to retired service dogs, military service dogs, police service dogs. So that’s a really exciting aspect of this partnership as well. We’re not just raising awareness about what dog allergies look like, but really contributing and making sure all dogs are well cared for.

And what inspired you to represent an organization to help Canine Courage?

Kate Walsh: I love dogs. I’ve always loved them. I’ve grown up with them–they’re just so special and intuitive. I’m also a big fan of our service men and women and everything that they do for our country – so the partnership was a perfect fit. Most people don’t think about how retired service dogs are cared for, and the fact that the K9 Courage program helps support the medical care for retired service dogs is really cool.

So you’ve always been an advocate for pets?

Kate Walsh: Oh yeah. I have always been a big pet adoption advocate and an animal lover. I mean if I could, I’d be on a farm somewhere with lots of cats and dogs.

And where can our listeners go for more information?

Kate Walsh: You can go to MyDogsAGame.com If you have any questions, there’s actually a short quiz on there as well to help you determine if your dogs may have allergies, as well as more information about finding the right treatment like Apoquel.

About Kate Walsh

Actress, dog lover and animal rights activist Kate Walsh can be seen on recent and upcoming projects, including Netflix series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, and films, SELL BY and 3022.

Walsh has starred in award-winning series, including the ABC dramas GREY’S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE, as well as the Netflix features 13 REASONS WHY. She was seen in Universal’s hit comedy, GIRL’S TRIP, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall, the Netflix feature, #REALITYHIGH and Sony’s MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. She also recently starred in the off-Broadway play IF I FORGET, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Drama League award.

Today, Walsh has teamed up with leading animal health company, Zoetis, to educate dog owners about a cause close to her heart – allergic dog itch. Walsh has credited her two rescue dogs for helping her through the most difficult times, but when her dog Rosie was diagnosed with allergic itch, it was time for Walsh to help Rosie get her A-Game back. Like Rosie, some dogs are “off their game” because their allergic itch gets in the way of doing things they love. Kate is encouraging dog owners to recognize when their dog’s scratching can be more than just an itch – and if it’s caused by an underlying condition, like allergies. As part of the program and in honor of Itchy Pet Awareness Month, pet owners can share a photo of their own pet’s “A-Game” on social media using the #MyDogsAGame hashtag, which will trigger a $10 donation (capped at $25K) by Zoetis Petcare to its K-9 Courage Program, which provides healthcare assistance to retired military and police dogs as well as active service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Posts using the hashtag may also be featured on an interactive gallery on the “MyDogsAGame.com” website.

TAYLOR SWIFT SETS NEW VEVO 24 HOUR VIEW RECORD

SWIFT NOW HOLDS 3 OF THE TOP 5 VEVO 24 HOUR RECORDS

The highly anticipated official music video marking Taylor Swift’s return has set a brand-new 24 hour Vevo record with over 65 million views, taking the No. 1 spot from Ariana Grande who was the incumbent Vevo record holder with 59 million views for ‘thank u, next.” Previous record holders have included Miley Cyrus and Adele.

WATCH “ME!” HERE

Taylor’s latest song and video, ‘ME!’ featuring the vocalist Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, premiered on Vevo last Friday, April 26 at 12am ET.

The video, which also features Urie, opens with a slithery snake shedding its skin and bursting into a playful world of butterflies and pastels. The enchanting new video also features Taylor’s pet cats, rainbows, unicorns, and potential clues of a new album, making the video a must-see.

TOP 5 VEVO 24HR RECORD HOLDERS

Video Date of Release Views
“ME!” – Taylor Swift 04/26/19 65 million (estimated)
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande 11/30/18 59 million (estimated)
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift 08/28/17 43.3 million (estimated)
“Hello” – Adele 10/23/15 28 million (estimated)
“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift 05/17/15 20 million (estimated)

 

How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.

But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

• Serotonin

• Dopamine

• Adrenaline

How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets?

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.

This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog.

Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:

• Less stress

• More empathy

• Increased concentration and creativity

• An increase in physical fitness

• An improvement in overall health

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift. Learn more here about how your pets can help boost your mood!

NasalGuard®

A Topical Gel that Reduces Inhalation of Harmful Airborne Contaminants Makes National Debut

Perfect for Flu and Cough Cold Season, Indoor Pollutants, Pet Allergies and More

Trutek Corp. announces the launch of NasalGuard®Airborne Particle Blocker®. NasalGuard is an electrostatic topical nasal gel that prevents airborne particles from entering the nose. The product is drug-free and safe for pregnant or nursing women, children, and those concerned about potential drug interactions with other medications. It is a perfect solution to guard you against the Flu/Cough/Cold and all indoor pollutants this winter season.

NasalGuard protects against virtually all types of contaminants in any location. Users can count on it to work in their homes, offices, and other environments where airborne particles may present a health hazard. The product works immediately upon application and lasts up to six hours. NasalGuard gel uses a cationic (positively-charged) polymer that creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages that traps oppositely charged particles and repels similarly charged particles to reduce inhalation of most harmful airborne particles before they enter your body. NasalGuard gel can be purchased online, Amazon or by calling 855-627-2545 in a 3 gram tube for $11.85.

Every day, people are exposed to millions of airborne particles in crowded, confined spaces such as airports, airplanes, transportation centers and subways, homes and offices, hospitals, doctor’s offices and movie theaters. Using NasalGuard gel regularly will help protect against the immediate and long-term risk of breathing harmful contaminated air.

There has been a growing public health concern globally regarding the adverse health effects caused by the inhalation of microscopic airborne particles. Asthma, diabetes, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease are all proven to be linked to air contamination. In response to this widespread problem, Trutek has successfully advanced their technology which was originally focused on blocking allergens from entering the nose for preventing allergy symptoms. This breakthrough provides a greater electrostatic blocking effect that is effective against a much wider spectrum of microscopic indoor and outdoor contaminants including mold, pollen, pet dander, pollution, and virus-sized particles.

NasalGuard technology was invented by Ashok Wahi, the founder and CEO of Trutek Corp., an R&D Product Development Company. An engineer by training, Ashok was inspired to create this technology to aid his own daughter, Aikta, who suffered from severe allergies. “I developed this product because of the vital need to have some kind of personal air filter that was drug free and easy to use,” says Ashok Wahi.

About Trutek Corp.

Trutek Corp. has been marketing patented NasalGuard technology all over the world since 1995. Over 12 million tubes have been sold with no reports of adverse effects.

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Fetch cbd, cats, dogs, cbd, cannabis, medicine, 360 magazine, puppies, kittens

Fetch: CBD For Pets

Numerous international studies suggest that CBD may be beneficial for pets with issues such as anxiety, inflammation, seizures generalized pain, nausea and inappetence. New Fetch tinctures which some in two bottle sizes depending on the size of your pet) contain full-spectrum CBD obtained through CO2 extraction from American-grown industrial hemp. There is no THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces a “high” sensation) and therefore no psychoactive effects. Safe and gentle for beloved pets, each Fetch formula is third party lab-tested for potency and residual solvents. All of the plant material used is tested for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides.

The company was started by a Boulder, Colorado-based full-service hemp extraction lab (founded in 2016 by combat veteran, Craig Henderson) called Extract Labs. It’s a great product to use to chill out your pet if they have anxiety, have to travel or are in stressful situations. For older pets, it’s also fantastic for joint and muscle pain.

ANDREW LLOYD: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

In celebration of his 70th birthday, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION was recently released through UMe / Polydor.

 

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6  billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says: “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 
“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” airs TODAY –  Wednesday, March 28 on NBC


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT – airs Sunday, April 1 on NBC


Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, was released by HarperCollins on March 6th.

 

Cat Videos as Theatre: Cat Videos Live! Coming to Chicago’s Thalia Hall on November 14th


AMBITIOUS HOSTED TOURING PRODUCTION OF EXCLUSIVE CAT VIDEOS LAUNCHED OCTOBER 2017

A Family Feline Film And Cat Comedy Event For All 

Los Angeles, CA (October 11th, 2017) – Concert and live production powerhouse Knitting Factory Presents has announced CAT VIDEOS LIVE!, a comprehensive and ambitious touring production of the world’s best cat-themed video presentations. Deploying as a North American tour in fall 2017, tickets for shows in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit are on sale now at: www.CatVideosLive.com .
The promo clip for Chicago’s Cat Videos Live! Date can be downloaded, here: http://bit.ly/CVLChicago 

Cat Videos Live! is a family-friendly, feline film, cat comedy event and social gathering for all ages. Cat Videos Live! provides an authentic, wildly entertaining atmosphere for animal lovers to experience the cat video phenomenon–together–in a live, theatrical setting. Cat Videos Live! and Catvideos.com have partnered to bring this exclusive cat content to the big screen. In addition, Cat Videos Live! is a forum for cat video creators from amateurs to celebrities to showcase their cats.

Produced by Knitting Factory Presents, New York City-based comedienne Carla Rhodes will serve as the show’s host. Mentored by Shari Lewis, creator of children’s icon Lambchop, Rhodes is a multi-faceted entertainer who has performed with a wide array of artists such as Neil Hamburger, The Eels and Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric). The tour is co-produced by award-winning video producer, director and editor Eric Dorris, founder of www.catvideos.com, “For the Love of Cats.”

United Talent Agency (UTA), home to talent as diverse as Angelina Jolie, Shailene Woodley, Ice Cube and Judd Apatow, is the project’s agent. Bring Cat Videos Live! to your town. For booking enquiries: Phil.Battiato@unitedtalent.com <mailto:Phil.Battiato@unitedtalent.com> and Joe.Fucigna@unitedtalent.com <mailto:Joe.Fucigna@unitedtalent.com>
Why Cat Videos Live!? Quite simply, cat videos rule the Internet. Back in 2014, Tubular Insights estimated that over 2 million cat videos had been uploaded to YouTube and racked up 25 billion views (source: http://tubularinsights.com/2-million-cat-videos-youtube <http://tubularinsights.com/2-million-cat-videos-youtube>). Celebrity cats and their owners have gone way beyond a cottage industry to bona fide sensations. In fiscal 2015, Americans spent $62 billion dollars were spent by Americans on their pets, pet heath care, grooming and pet related consumer products. Touring productions of cat videos have legs–or tiny cat feet as it were. Previous cat video showcases have played all over the world and Knitting Factory Presents sold-out events from the Showbox in Seattle to the Warsaw in Brooklyn to the Federal in Long Beach to the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The world LOVES cat videos.

“It’s such a huge audience that we really had to put this multi-media event together to meet the pent-up demand to take this social phenomenon to a higher professional level,” explains Kitting Factory Presents president Mark Dinerstein.

Dorris adds, “We’re delighted to make the concept of CatVideos.com into a live touring experience for the family–cat [and dog] lovers alike. Cat Videos Live! is a rollicking roadshow combining community, comedy and technology. It’s a showcase of local, national and international filmmaking talent. It’s an amazing outpouring of both creative output and shared experiences and interests.”

Cat Videos Live! puts its arms around the entire feline phenomenon. While the two-hour program has national common elements, each city’s performance and presentation will be unique, with locally programmed media and celebrity guest hosts and videos. The show has two national and multiple local charitable beneficiaries. National partners include Panthera (www.panthera.org), which works to protect big cats, and Friends for Life (www.friends4life.org <http://www.friends4life.org/>), which leads no-kill shelter and adoption care efforts in the Southwest. “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Friends for Life founder, philanthropist, and investor Don Sanders, whose work saving animals is an inspiration and is a valuable part of the awareness we hope to bring with Cat Videos Live!,” Dorris says. Each tour city will also have its own local rescue and/or adoption partners.

Finally, CatVideos.com is launching an app to tie together the touring experience and web site for cat fans and supporters. iOS and Android mobile device users will be able to upload their own videos, share others, get catmojis, buy tickets, visit partner sites, support sponsors and charities.

About Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE)

KFE, under CEO and President Morgan Margolis, is a leader in the independent entertainment, restaurant and hospitality industries. KFE provides a vast array of professional services, including on the ground venue and restaurant build outs to in-house talent buying, leading small to large scale clubs and outdoor festivals, with operational oversight across all departments, personnel and platforms.

Knitting Factory Presents, one of the top 50 promoters in the US, produces national and international tours, concerts and events; upcoming large-scale live performance events include Desert Daze, taking place in Joshua Tree, CA October, Travelers Rest Festival in Missoula, MT and Horton’s Hayride, taking place September 16 in San Pedro, CA. Mark Dinerstein serves as President.

KFE owns and operates numerous Knitting Factory live music concert houses, and curates talent for a multitude of non-operated venues and events across the country. Partnerships also include the iconic Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles–a large capacity music, food and bar staple–and Arrive Palm Spring, a 39-room boutique hotel in the heart of Palm Springs. KFE has designed, built, staffed and continues to run several Federal bar and restaurant entertainment complexes over the past five years to continued success.

Knitting Factory Records, along with its partners Partisan Records, manages recorded music and catalogues and current and legacy artists and releases content in all formats as well as music-branded DVDs.

Knitting Factory Management and strategic partner Van Johnson Company handle the careers of emerging and critically acclaimed recording and theatrical artists both in the U.S. and overseas. KFE has numerous alignments and/or ownership stakes in media enterprises to help launch your next great event or brand experience, including: Giant Step Marketing and Media, an award winning experiential organization; Spaceland Presents, one of the premiere independent club promotion and event companies; The Connect Group, an agency focused on food, sports and entertainment; Boomtown Brewery; Selby Artists Management, as well as a web property; The Talkhouse, connecting the conversation between artists.

Australia’s Thunder From Down Under × Houston

[Monica Schmidt (Houston Humane Society PR Manager), Sherry Ferguson (Houston Humane Society Executive Director)]

AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER DONATE $5,000 TO THE HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF 

Thunder From Down Under Presented the Donation to the Houston Humane Society at their Las Vegas Show Last Night

 

To support the local Houston community and relief effort, Thunder From Down Under presented a $5,000 donation to members of the Houston Humane Society last night. The donation came from a portion of the proceeds from Thunder From Down Under’s House of Blues Houston show last week. In addition to donating, the men of Thunder From Down Under also volunteered at the Houston Humane Society bathing the shelter dogs and cats, walking the dogs, playing with the animals and helping transport them. Photos and video from the visit, here.

 

“This is something that really means a lot to us. I have four dogs, two cats and a tortoise, and every single one of the guys on this show has an animals themselves,” said Marcus Deegan, Thunder From Down Under’s emcee. “It’s a small pinch, but everyone can donate to this massive cause. If anybody out there has a pet, know it’s not just an animal – it’s part of your family. So when these animals are suffering, it’s these people [from the Humane Society] that make their lives better.” 

 

Thunder from Down Under is a phenomenon that has made its mark on five continents and dominates as one of Las Vegas’s top 10 shows, playing to 250,000 women a year at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, where the dance troupe has a 16-year residency that is going strong. The group has entertained nearly four million fans across the globe to date.

Architects for Animals + “Giving Shelter” Event

Architects & Celebrities Including Clint Eastwood, Jay Leno & William Shatner Accept Challenge to Help Homeless Cats

Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” Event October 19 in Southern California’s Culver City to Benefit Local Non-Profit FixNation

 
One of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals® “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returns to the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City on Thursday, October 19th 2017. The event is expected to be a sold-out fundraiser for LA-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay/neuter services for the city’s skyrocketing population of homeless cats.  

LA’s top architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers have been invited to design, build and donate one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor dwellings for cats. Shelters will be displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display: cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities such as Jay Leno, Beau Bridges, Elvira, William Shatner, Clint Eastwood, Eric Dickerson, Tricia Helfer and Morgan Fairchild, which will be available for purchase via an online auction.

“These cat shelters are absolutely remarkable,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers. “They will help raise awareness about homeless cats and provide practical solutions that can be implemented throughout our community.” 

This year’s event has added significance as the organization honors Myer’s late husband, Mark Dodge. The couple co-founded FixNation 10 years ago.

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats. FixNation is a model for successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and humane colony management programs across the country and around the world.

“Many communities use lethal methods in an attempt to control the population of stray, abandoned and feral cats. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they simply don’t work,” explains Myers. “We founded FixNation because we believe TNR is a much more effective and compassionate alternative. Our mission is to manage colonies of homeless ‘community cats’ and gradually reduce their number through humane sterilization.”

Participating design firms this year include: Abramson Teiger Architects; d3architecture; ES-EN-EM; HLW; HKS; HOK; Knowhow Shop; Kollin Altomare Architects; RNL; and Standard Architecture | Design.

The event is open to the public from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the HermanMiller Showroom: 3641 Holdrege Ave, Los Angeles CA 90016. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online or at the door.

Photos of the 2016 Architect for Animals “Giving Shelter” creative designs can be found here.

About FixNation

FixNation is an award-winning Los Angeles-based non-profit that supports Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for homeless cats. The organization provides free spay and neuter services for homeless cats as well as low-cost services for pet cats. Founded in 2007, FixNation has cared for nearly 150,000 cats to date. Details at fixnation.org.

About Architects for Animals®

Architects for Animals® by Feral Design Group LLC is an awareness raising initiative that plans one-night events benefiting select animal welfare organizations. Participating architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers design, build and donate creative outdoor shelters to provide animals with refuge from the elements. Details at architectsforanimals.com.

American Pet Products Association Talks Holiday Gifts for Pets

Just what are pet owners looking to gift their furry family members this holiday season?  Pet product manufacturers have listened to their customers and the trends are going toward toys, treats and accessories among most popular options. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey half of dog owners and 39 percent of cat owners buy gifts for their pets for Christmas or Chanukah. The Survey also reveals that dog owners spend an average of $14 on any gift for their canines while cat owners spend an average of $12. Below is a range of gifting ideas to cover everyone from the always nice to the sometimes naughty.

Stocking Stuffers

Dogs that love to play fetch will go wild for the Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
Price: $13.95
www.planetdog.com

 

 

When it comes to the holidays, owners have to stick to the classics. That’s why they can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix and Busy Beggin Twisted. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees.
Price: $3.49
www.purina.com

 

 

 

Busy owners looking for a cute stocking all ready to go might like Dog Stockings by Pet Factory. Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday.
Price: $13.99- $15.99
www.petfactory.com

 

 

 

Dress to Impress

Holiday gatherings bring families together so make sure the entire family is looking their best. The Cassandra Party Dress by Pooch Outfitters perfect for holiday parties, pictures and more. Every dog will feel glamourous with the sequin and lace applique top, rosette bow at waist and layered tulle skirt.  Its Velcro opening makes it easy to get on-and-off and can be found in sizes XXS-L.
Price: $38.00
www.baxterboo.com

 

 

 

Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
Price: $19.95
www.cbpetz.com

 

 

 

The Jackson Poop Pick-Up Pouch by A Pet with Paws makes a unique, stylish and functional gift for every dog mom out there. Not only is this bag fashionable, but it’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan too! The discrete small opening on the backside makes it easy to access poop bags. This vibrant red accessory will be sure to add a “poop” of color to any walk or adventure with Fido.
Price: $21.50
www.apetwithpaws.com

 

The Backcountry Pattern Nylon Collar by Hamilton is a subtle way for both rugged and fashionable pets to show off their holiday spirit. The jacquard ribbon overlay pattern fits the wintertime theme without calling out any one specific holiday. It comes with a custom buckle and cuts are finished away from the neck to avoid irritation.
Price: $7.99- 11.99
www.hamiltonproducts.com

 

 

Pawliday Fun

The Kitty Tippy Cardboard Cat Scratcher by K&H is an interactive toy with an optional tippy rocker that rocks back and forth encouraging them to play with the balls in the middle. It also includes a middle scratching surface and small packet of catnip that appeals to their playful instinct and keeps them busy while guests are over.
Price: $25.99
www.khmfg.com

 

 

 

What easier way to get Fido in the holiday spirit than with Lulubelles Ginger Snapped and PupSaver Power Plush Toys by Huxley & Kent. This is a gift that gives back too, as $2 is donated to a local charity for each toy sold. Made with soft plush on the outside and fused with tough plush on the inside, this will be a favorite out of Fido’s toy pile.
Price: $7.99-21.99
www.huxleyandkent.com

 

 

 

Forget about making a gingerbread house, try making a Pet Cake by Lucky Paws LLC.  There is a dog and cat version and they are simple to make. No need to be Betty Crocker, just mix, microwave and decorate and it’s done. People get the fun of baking without be tempted by the sweets at the house.  The holiday kit includes one re-usable pan, one holiday flavored mix, and one frosting mix! Cooks in less than three minutes.
Price: $9.99
www.ilovepetcakes.com

 

 

Posh’d Pets and Gifts

FurHaven’s NAP™ Sofa Pet Beds are cozy, affordable and can be the coziest gift for Fido. Thick foam bases and wide bolsters stuffed with high-loft recycled fiber, provide cozy support for pets of all ages to ensure a longer, rejuvenating rest.  Owners can choose four different fabric styles and the covers can be removed and washed easily. Available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Jumbo.
Price: $26.99
www.furhaven.com

 

For those just jumping into the pet owner role, the 3-gallon Bubble-Shaped Aquarium Kit by KollerCraft, might be the perfect gift.  It comes with everything needed to set up to a successful aquarium.  An aquarium is not only decorative, adding beauty to a home, dorm, or office but it has been proven to provide therapeutic effects. It includes, water care conditioner that makes tap water instantly safe enabling immediate addition of fish, tropical fish food and a How-to Set-up Your Aquarium Guide.
Price: $29.99
www.kollercraft-products.com

 

 

Keep Fido warm and up on current style trends with the Loft Dog Coat by Kurgo, a reversible and quilt-shelled jacket. Ready for a city stroll or a snowshoe adventure through the mountains, this waterproof and lightweight jacket is perfect for any activity and is designed with mobility in mind while keeping dogs warm to the core. The Loft Dog Coat is available in five different colors, size XS-XL.
Price: $35.00
www.kurgo.com

 

 

In charge of bringing dessert to a holiday gathering? Don’t forget the pets! The Perfect Pooch Gift Pack by Exclusively Pet contains a variety of cookies and different flavors including Vanilla Wafer Cookies, Best Buddy Bits Peanut Butter Flavor and more. The rustic winter gift set doesn’t need to be wrapped and it makes for an ideal hostess gift, present for the dog–obsessed and, of course, for letting your Best Buddy know he’s loved.
Price: $22.99
www.exclusivelypet.com