“Shelter Stories,” Weeklong Mutts Comic Strip Series Debuted February 1st

Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell’s Experience at New York City Animal Shelter Inspires

“Shelter Stories,” Weeklong Mutts Comic Strip Series 

— Story Will Be Featured in National PBS Series, Shelter Me —

 

Award-winning artist and animal advocate Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, has turned his experience at New York City’s only public, open-admissions animal shelter, Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), into a week’s worth of MUTTS comics called “Shelter Stories,” which begin running today. King Features distributes MUTTS to more than 700 newspapers.

 

To see the daily Mutts “Shelter Stories” comic, visit Mutts.com.

Courtesy of SheltermeTV

Courtesy of shelterme.tv

 

Patrick McDonnell takes a hands-on role with staff, volunteers and the hundreds of animals in ACC’s care. From participating in doggy playgroups to helping teach a cat how to give “high-fives,” Patrick experiences first-hand the ins and outs of one of the nation’s largest open-admissions animal shelters. He uses this experience to create his latest series of “Shelter Stories” strips to encourage people to adopt animals from shelters.

 

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at ACC of NYC, but what I found was dedicated, driven staff and volunteers, actively involved rescue groups, a supportive community, and adoptable, loving animals,” said McDonnell. “ACC is rapidly becoming a role model for large-scale city shelters, and NYC should be proud of all that has been accomplished. It was an uplifting experience and led me to create a series of MUTTS strips based on my visit there. My hope is that by telling these stories, readers will be inspired to support their local shelters and to adopt a new best buddy.”

courtesy of shelterme.tv

courtesy of shelterme.tv

 

Patrick McDonnell was filmed during his time at ACC of NYC and will be featured in the national PBS series, Shelter Me. Episode six, “Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws,” is presented by the Petco Foundation and will debut in May. The film also features Oakland-based Cat Town Café, the first cat café in the country. They work closely with their local shelter, Oakland Animal Services (OAS), and have helped to dramatically increase cat adoptions.

 

“The Petco Foundation is proud to partner with the Shelter Me series which showcases transformational adoption stories,” said Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. “And, in turn, encourages people to get involved to adopt pets in their own community.”

 

 

To see a clip from the film, visit ShelterMe.tv.

 

“We’re delighted that ‘Shelter Me,’ which does such a great job promoting pet adoption, is spotlighting ACC,” said Risa Weinstock, ACC’s Executive Director. “And we’re grateful to Patrick McDonnell, a true animal advocate, for spending time getting to know our staff and the wonderful animals they care for.”

 

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham to inspire people to get involved with their local shelters and to show that shelter animals are the best pets.

 

About Shelter Me

Shelter Me is an inspiring PBS series that celebrates shelter pets by telling positive and uplifting stories. The project also includes a website – ShelterMe.com – which enables anyone to create and share profiles of shelter pets to help increase adoptions. Shelter Me works closely with other animal welfare organizations to implement effective spay-neuter and humane education programs in communities and progressive initiatives at animal shelters. Halo, Purely for Pets is a founding sponsor of the Shelter Me series.

 

Follow ShelterMeTV on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

About The Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $135 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

 

About Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell is a New York Times best-selling author and the recipient of multiple awards from the National Cartoonists Society, including Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and Newspaper Strip of the Year. A dedicated animal advocate and Genesis Award recipient, McDonnell regularly lends his talents to animal-protection groups and issues, including The Humane Society of the United States, where he serves on the national board of directors. McDonnell is also on the board of directors of the Fund for Animals and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He resides in New Jersey. For more information, please visit:  Mutts.com

 

About King Features Syndicate
King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines Hearst cable network partnerships, TV programming activities, newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the world’s premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to newspapers, magazines, web portals, mobile outlets and news organizations worldwide.  For more information, please visit http://www.kingfeatures.com.  Follow us on Twitter @KingFeatures.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KingFeatures. Check out our online entertainment destination at ComicsKingdom.com.

 

About Animal Care Centers of NYC

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, taking in more than 30,000 animals each year. ACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that rescues, cares for and finds loving homes for animals throughout the five boroughs. ACC is an open-admissions organization, which means it never turns away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need of help, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm animals and wildlife. It is the only organization in NYC with this unique responsibility. Visit www.nycacc.org for more information, and follow ACC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at http://nycacc.org/AdoptionSearch.htm, or on ACC’s free mobile app (available on Google Play and iTunes). ACC adoptions include vaccinations, a microchip, spay/neuter, a free office visit at a participating veterinarian and a free identification tag. Follow NYCACC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

New Children’s Book Explores Anti-Bullying Concepts:Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park by Jennifer Schreiber, Illustrations by John LaFree and a Give-Away!

Peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground…and in the dog park!

Jelly Roll cover

In Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park, it’s Monday and a new dog, Muttley, arrives at the New Orleans park all the way from “Minn-ee-a-po-lis”.  All Muttley wants to do is make friends, but the group of friends that he meets (Rex, Ginger, Champ, Princess and Buddy) are all pure bred dogs who have been coming to the park since they were puppies. Their group has been formed, and they are less than eager to offer an outsider admittance to their “exclusive” group. Especially one who came from a “dirty pound.”

 

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Jelly Roll 2
The group of friends shun Muttley because he is not a pure bred dog, but is a mixture of many breeds, a mutt. Hence his name, “Muttley.”
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Jelly Roll 4
 Muttley is consoled and mentored by Jelly Roll’s guardian angel, Daisy Mae the bulldog. She’s a former friend of the “in-crowd” and helps Muttley navigate the pack’s standoffish bark and teaches them all an important lesson.
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Through discovering his own strengths, Muttley is able to rise above the bullying and earn the respect of the other dogs.
Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park was inspired by the desire to explore anti-bullying concepts through the exploits of dog characters easily understood by young children.
This 38-page children’s book is hard-covered,  large,  (even for an adult’s hands but I loved that, because it reminded ME of holding a large children’s book as a child, and for me, that increased its charm).
Along with teaching an important life lesson, which would serve as a perfect conversation starter between parents and little ones, and teachers and students, about how hurtful bullying can be  , the illustrations alone are reason enough to buy this book! They are SUPERB. When I opened the book, I said aloud, “this book is GORGEOUS!” The pages are glossy. Children and adults alike will be captivated.
As Daisy Mae says to Muttley: “Remember the Golden Rule,” said Daisy Mae. “Always treat others the way you would like them to treat you.”
An important lesson that often we adults forget as well!
Dakota and I give this marvelous book FOUR PAWS UP!! What a great holiday gift or anytime gift this would make!
ISBN 9781941758328
Hardcover $18
eBook Version Available
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Jennifer Schreiber is CEO of Just Jenerous Inc. Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park is the first book in the anti-bullying series. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s Hotel School in 1999. Her endeavors are centered around inspiring acts of generosity to reinforce her belief that peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground. 
SPEAKING OF GENEROSITY!! The publisher as allowed me to offer a give-away! Three of my readers who reside in the U.S. or Canada will each win a copy of Monday At Jelly Roll Dog Park! Entering is super easy! Enter on the Rafflecopter below…there is only ONE mandatory entry requirement! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park in exchange for my honest review.

Puppy Adopted From Michigan Humane Society Credited With Saving His Family’s Life:Thankful Thursday

Could Your Dog Be The Next “Benji!!??” Walden Media Announces Global Online Casting Call For Canine Star Of NEW ‘Benji’ MOVIE

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and welcome to Fun Friday! Oh my dog hold on to your tail!  Have I ever got news for YOU!

Are you adorable?

Do you have movie-star potential? Knowing many of you as I do I would say that ABSOLUTELY you do!

Are you Mr. or Mrs.” Pawsonality” Plus?

Yeah?

I KNEW IT!

Remember Benji, the cute as a puppy’s nose doggy from the movie of the same name? Since some of you are still young pups you might not be completely familiar with Benji so check this out!

Benji and friend

About Benji

One of the biggest success stories of independent American cinema, the original 1974 Benji tells the story of a homeless but beloved small-town stray who, together with a female companion, helps to foil a kidnapping. The film was written, produced, financed and directed by commercial director Joe Camp, Jr., for less than $100,000.  Unable to find a distributor among the Hollywood studios, Joe and wife Carolyn Camp released the G-rated film themselves, starting with a two-screen engagement in Dallas. Benji instantly connected with moviegoers, and eventually became a worldwide hit, spawning a franchise that included four sequels, numerous television specials, a Saturday morning series, a syndicated comic strip and a multitude of merchandising deals.  Over 73 million people—more than half of them adults—saw Benji in movie theatres and more than a billion people worldwide have seen it on television. The franchise remains hugely successful to this day, selling millions of DVDs in the past few years alone. 

Want a chance to be the next Benji?

Well read on my friends!

Dog Owners and Shelter Staff are Invited to Post Pictures of their Benji Lookalikes on a Special Facebook Page for a Chance to Land their Pet the Role of a Lifetime!!!

Look at that face!

In the days of the original Benji search, Facebook and social media didn’t exist and Benji was “discovered” in a shelter in California. To celebrate the efforts of our shelters nationwide, in addition to the Facebook search, the filmmakers will also be scouring animal shelters as well as traditional animal talent agencies and trainers for dogs that have the looks, onscreen charisma and ability to take direction required to step into the film’s starring role.

Here’s your chance to be famous!! Sadly for me I’m outta luck. I don’t look like Benji, but if they ever do a re-make of Lassie, hint-hint, I’m a shoo-in!!

See what I mean?? I would have that job in no time!

 

If you have a face as adorable as this one, hey even I gotta admit this guy is too cute 

Benji in leaves

then submit a photo of your dog, or of any  dog that you  know, by

going to the official Benji The Movie Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/benjithemovie. Any dog (breed, size, gender, age) can be submitted – this includes personal pets and shelter dogs!

 Hey!! If any of my pals win…remember poor ‘ol Dakota! I’ll have my paw held out for a few bones , oh and free movie tickets, free buttered popcorn and a front row seat when I watch ya on the Silver Screen!!!   I want to be the first to get your “pawtograph!!”

About Walden Media

Walden’s most recent co-production, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, grossed over $300 million worldwide. Upcoming films include Won’t Back Down, Of Men and Mavericks and the family comedy Parental Guidance. Past award-winning films include The Chronicles of Narnia series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nim’s Island, Charlotte’s Web and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary, Waiting for ‘Superman.’

Good luck my “furiends”!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota