|Temple Grandin Wins 7 Emmy Awards!
We couldn’t be happier about Temple Grandin’s success at last night’s Emmy Awards Ceremony! The film was nominated for a whopping 15 Emmys, and walked away with seven — including the coveted Emmys for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
HBO’s outstanding biopic movie Temple Grandin is near and dear to our hearts at American Humane Association as the inspirational story of one of the world’s true animal welfare champions. We are honored that part of Temple Grandin’s life’s work includes serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association’s farm animal welfare program, the force behind the ultra-successful American Humane® Certified label for humane farming practices.
It’s also a movie that met our high standards for the treatment of animals on set. HBO looked to American Humane Association’s Film & Television Unit to oversee the “animal action” during the filming of Temple Grandin. We were pleased to reward the production with our famous “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit disclaimer and our Monitored: Outstanding rating.
Our congratulations go out to HBO, Claire Danes — who portrayed Temple Grandin in the film and won the Lead Actress Emmy — and everyone else affiliated with this magnificent film.
“Temple Grandin’s remarkable talents and dedication have contributed immeasurably to the welfare of farm animals, and we deeply value her active involvement with American Humane Association’s farm animal welfare program. It was a thrill to see her receive the recognition she so richly deserves during last night’s broadcast, and our heartfelt congratulations go out to her and everyone who made this important film possible.” –Dale Austin, CEO of American Humane Association’s farm animal welfare program
TIME MAGAZINE NAMES SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER TEMPLE GRANDIN A HERO
Honored as One of ‘The 2010 Time 100 People Who Most Affect Our World’
Temple Grandin, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane® Certified farm animal welfare program, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 people “who most affect our world.” She was honored in the Heroes category for being an inspiration to people with autism, as well as her groundbreaking work designing livestock-handling systems that reduce stress on animals. Grandin has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in animal science and humane treatment of animals.
As a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for American Humane Certified, Grandin consults with program management to improve the program’s standards and methodologies and makes recommendations on animal welfare policy. American Humane Certified is the nation’s pre-eminent and fastest-growing monitoring, auditing and labeling program that attests to the humane care and handling of animals raised for food.
Grandin is also the best-selling author of Thinking in Pictures,Animals in Translation and Humane Livestock Handling. She recently authored an article titled “The Importance of Farm Animal Welfare” forThe National Humane Review.
MOVIE TELLS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE STORY OF AMERICAN HUMANE ADVISOR
‘Temple Grandin’ Premiered Feb. 6 on HBO
HBO premiered an original film based on the inspirational, true story of Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, on Feb. 6, 2010. The film was critically acclaimed, and received seven Emmy awards, including Outstanding Made For Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
Temple Grandin paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism. Grandin became a successful doctor in animal science through her unique connection to animals and is now a world-renowned consultant in the field. She is widely recognized within the animal welfare and livestock-handling industries as a pioneer in the ethical treatment of animals.
In producing the film, HBO also engaged the services of American Humane’s Film & Television Unit, which is the exclusive monitoring and granting agency to award the coveted “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit disclaimer. The production followed American Humane’s strict Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media, had an American Humane Certified Animal Safety Representative™ on set to ensure animal safety and welfare, and earned the famous assurance to viewers that “no animals were harmed” in the making of the movie. Learn more about American Humane’s Film & Television Unit.
This really is a great story
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You’ll like it even if you don’t and you may even decide you need one!
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky’s toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky’s other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box..
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease….in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her… what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary’s dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won’t understand that I didn’t want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn’t even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap..
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn’t come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Mary woke for a second she couldn’t understand what was wrong. She couldn’t move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It’s been 12 years now, and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky, he still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure..
Remember… Live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget… the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us. For those of us true pet lovers, our dogs and cats are people too; perhaps even better friends than our human friends and acquaintances.
Live simply… Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
A small request
All you are asked to do is keep this sharing this, even if it is only to one more person, in memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still fighting their battle.
And also to use it as an encouragement to fight against animal abuse. Please intercede on their behalf whenever you are needed, even if it is just a hunch.
Birds make interesting pets and some varieties are better than others. Greycheeks are fabulous companions… almost to their detriment. They love to be full-time companions that often puts them in precarious situations.
A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)
Get a tissue before reading…
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron , his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane , were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him.. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live..
He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Remember, if a dog were the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
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Trainer Valarie Aguilera teaches “Valentine” to surf at the new beach area at the Paradise Ranch Pet Resort in Sun Valley. o-owners Brian Kneier and Kristyn Goddard have created a water park for dogs. (Photo by David Crane/Staff Photographer)
Forget Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
There’s a little bit of paradise at a water park in Sun Valley that offers dock-diving, surfing lessons, waterfalls, geysers and “Tahitian-themed” bungalows.
The only catch is, the Paradise Ranch Pet Resort is a dogs-only venue.
Nestled behind stands of trees on La Tuna Canyon Road, the 1.5-acre, cage-free kennel Tuesday will unveil its “Doggy Water Park and Bora Bora Beach Club.”
“A lot of dogs love water,” said resort co-owner Brian
Kneier, who designed what he claims is the nation’s first canine-only water park after watching dogs frolicking in a wading pool. “The dogs just love it. They run and romp in shallow water.”
Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will include dock-diving demonstrations and surfing and boogie-board lessons.
There also will be tours of the $35-a-day resort, which features the Bora Bora Beach Club, a beach-entry style wading pool replete with dolphin fountains shooting streams of water and shady, over-the-water cabanas.
There’s also a spot for lessons in the increasingly popular sport of dock diving, with pooches competing in distance jumping after launching themselves off the dock.
Just those two attractions kept Brittany, a Jack Russell terrier, busy for at least an hour Monday. The dog, which was supposed to be learning to surf, couldn’t hold still long enough to be towed through the wading pool on a boogie board.
Instead, she splashed, leaped,
bit at the streams of water, and whined to be let into the pool before being allowed three dives.
Her more stoic companion, Valentine, an English bulldog, was more focused on the surfing lesson. After several wipeouts, she was able to balance her stocky legs on the foam board as manager Valarie Aguilera tugged her through the water.
“It’s so much fun for the dogs,” Aguilera said. “Honestly, they’re having a great time. And it’s fun for us, too. And it’s something that once they learn, they’re not going to forget it, and you can take them to the beach.”
The resort, built in 1997, is the brainchild of Kristyne Goddard, a pioneer in the cageless, home-environment boarding facility. Goddard, Kneier’s wife, started out with a traditional kennel in 1995 in Texas.
But the dogs crying inside their cages and clawing at the chain link fences tugged at her heartstrings.
“I could not stand how miserable the dogs were,” said Goddard, who began keeping the dogs at her home. “I thought that we should try to find a more humane way to board them, in a home environment, like they would be at home. And it just took off. People just loved it. They loved not having to put them in a cage.”
The ranch is divided into nine yards and is anchored by two homes, which boast bedrooms cozily furnished with beds, sofas, fake fireplaces and even flatscreen TVs – just for the dogs.
Owners can request a staff member to be their pet’s sleeping buddy and can access any of the 12 cameras in the rooms and throughout the resort to keep an eye on their pet.
“Normally when you take a dog to the kennel, you have to drag them in,” Kneier said. “Here, they’re dragging the people.”
Jim Lott of Glendale, an executive with the Hospital Association of Southern California, was picking up his Wheaten terrier, Rinkle, after a three-week vacation. The pampering Rinkle received during the stay, which costs about $49 a night, Lott said, is “what it’s all about.”
“I’m trying to figure out whether or not he’s even going to come home with me,” said Lott, who has boarded two dogs at the ranch. “It might be a little tough to get him out of here.”
For more information, visit www.paradiseranch.net or call 866-641-3647.
Posted: Just One More Pet
August 15, 2010 – 1:43 PM | by: Peter Doocy
In the wake of the BP disaster in the gulf region, many people are being forced to give up their pets because they no longer have the resources to take care of them. As a result, shelters in the area are overwhelmed, and are now sending dogs to other states in an effort to save their lives. “Its kind of sad and our heart kind of breaks, because you can tell these people really love their pets,” said Charlotte Bass-Lilly with Animal Rescue New Orleans. “It’s kind of shades of Katrina again.”
This week, the largest pet transport so far took place: 94 dogs to eight shelters in New Jersey. Some of them landed at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, and they are some of the Garden State’s most popular new residents. “The community support and outpouring for them has just been incredible. It was kind of like a bar on St. Patrick’s Day, and we had 20 in and 20 out, because we had so many people waiting to see them.”
Debbie and Andrew Silberstein brought their kids Zachary and Noah to St. Huberts today, where they adopted Sasha Bee, who just last week lived in a completely different part of the country.
Mom Debbie sympathizes with those forced to part ways with their pets. “It’s very sad that these people had to do that and we feel sorry,” she said. “But they should know that we’ll give this dog lots of love and attention and we’ll really love her like part of our family.”
The dogs here at St. Huberts have been through a lot since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig. One dog, Casper, was surrendered to a New Orleans shelter because his owner started working with BP to clean up oil, and no longer had the time to take care of him. Another dog, Yoda, is here because his owner was forced to downsize to an apartment that did not accept animals.
The dogs were squeezed onto a big rig operated by the Humane Society, and with two drivers, made the trip from the bayou to a suburb of the Big Apple in 18 hours.
The most striking thing about seeing these canines up close is that they are all very good looking, and very well behaved. These aren’t dogs from the street. Until recently, they were members of families. And anyone that rescues one of these dogs will be doing a great service to those distressed families in the gulf: ensuring that the pet they love finds a loving new owner.
I am absolutely against government bailouts and the stimulus (I,II, or whatever number we are one now), but if we are going to spend this money and spend it on bridges to nowhere, an airport only used by one of our cheating U.S. Senators and send billions of our TARP money to European banks… there should never be a need or incident of another pet/animal being euthanized because “we” couldn’t wait to find them a home or take care of them. Demand No More Killing of Pets… and some of that bailout money that lined the fat cats’ pockets to go to animals. There should also never be a shortage of many of children’s homes and abused or abandoned children. Let us stand up and stop the insanity!! There is $421 billion dollars unaccounted for and leftover from the “crisis created” stimulus I Bill. Now about some of that goes to homeless and abused children and pets/animals instead of politicians and International bankers?
Posted: Just One More Pet