The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Bring your dog on date night to our pop up cinema 2016-11-03T22:56:57Z bring-your-dog-on-date-night-to-our-pop-up-cinema Sat 11 Feb 2017 Fancy dinner, wine, tasting and a movie with your best friend? Join us for a night in the vines at our Doggy Winery Cinema. Witchmount Winery is only 25 minutes from Melbourne and is the picturesque vineyard, where our unique and exclusive outdoor Doggy Winery Cinema is hosted. Grab a blanket or chair and your best friend, we have everything else sorted for you! The evening includes the new Red Dog movie – True Blue plus our sensational Food and Beverage Stations and a personalised wine tasting on the lawn; Paella Dinner Station with seconds for those with a healthy appetite. An amazing array of 3 different paellas awaits you (meat, seafood, and vegan/vegetarian) with only the most carefully selected ingredients which are 100% gluten free, dairy free, healthy and very delicious! All created with the theatrical flair by the chefs on the night. Witchmount Winery Beverage Station enjoy a glass of their award  wining wines or a Holgate beer, Daylesford Cider or a 2 Hepburn Springs soft drinks. Ben and Jerrys Ice cream Stationwhere you can choose one of 6 flavours or a Callipo for our vegan folks. Sun Theatre Popcorn Station with an endless supply to munch on. and a complimentary doggy gift bag and a bottle of water for the humans. Our caring team will be on hand throughout the night, helping you find that pawfect patch of grass, hold a lead or maybe just take your gorgeous pooch for a 5 minute walk while you grab another wine, no problem! Plenty of pre-movie entertainment with a chance to say Hi to U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital and see their dog CPR demonstration. Maybe book your dog’s photo at the Erin King Photography booth. Pooch movie snacks will be available from the Canine Wellness Kitchen Food Truck and  The Scapegoat coffee van will be there to purchase your caffeine fix. This was a sold out evening in 2016, so  get in quick as we have limited tickets. Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR 2016-08-23T21:44:25Z mike-baird-is-up-for-adoption-peta-names-greyhound-in-premier-s-honour-1 For Immediate Release: 24 August 2016 Contact: Laura Weyman-Jones 0415 889 419; LauraWJ@peta.org.au Ashley Fruno +852 6718 4282 (Hong Kong); AshleyF@peta.org.au MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail. Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner. "Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family." New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably. "Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve." PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. For more information about adopting Mike, go to FriendsOfTheHound.org.au or PETA.org.au. Interview Offer: vegetarian eating up 30 per cent in NSW 2016-08-16T22:45:03Z interview-offer-vegetarian-eating-up-30-per-cent-in-nsw Have you noticed that more and more people you know have stopped eating meat? The official numbers are in: during the past four years, vegetarian eating has boomed in Australia – and especially in New South Wales, where it has jumped more than 30 per cent. A poll released this week by Roy Morgan revealed that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults who eat "all or almost all vegetarian" foods rose from 1.7 million people (9.7 per cent of the population) to almost 2.1 million (11.2 per cent) – and vegetarian eating in New South Wales rose from 9.5 per cent to 12.4 per cent! Researchers also found that while more than 60.7 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, the same is true for only 45.4 per cent of vegetarians, who tend to have a lower body mass index. And it seems that word is spreading about the health benefits associated with giving meat the chop, as more than half (53.4 per cent) of Aussies agree that they're "eating less red meat these days". Besides a slimmer waistline, there are many other benefits to eating vegetarian. Meat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and the World Health Organisation has classified processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans. In addition to being bad for our health, animal agriculture is a leading contributor to "the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global", according to the United Nations, which has also said that a global shift towards vegan eating is vital to combat the worst effects of climate change. And of course, there's the inexcusable suffering endured by the 600 million animals who are killed annually in Australia for their flesh. We'd be happy to arrange for a spokesperson to talk with you about the rise of vegetarian eating in Australia, so please let me know if you're interested. Warm regards, Laura Weyman-Jones Press Officer PETA Australia 0415 889 419 LauraWJ@peta.org.au When Your Dogs Fight: The Dos and Do Nots! 2016-07-12T00:37:08Z when-your-dogs-fight-the-dos-and-do-nots When Three’s A Crowd is a must-read book for any dog owner in a multi-dog household that is experiencing fighting amongst their dogs, is concerned about the potential for fights, or wishes to set systems in place to stop fights from occurring. Author Trish Harris is the owner and head instructor of Four Paws K9 Training, one of Melbourne’s largest privately owned dog training schools. Trish has been training dogs and their owners for the past 20 years, focusing on problem behaviours in dogs and dog aggression cases. In her book, Trish discusses some of the reasons why fighting amongst dogs occurs, triggers that can set off fights, and what owners should do if a fight erupts. She explains what behaviours to look out for and outlines what constitutes a ‘serious fight’, providing photos and diagrams for clarification. Trish gives educated suggestions and tips on how to manage and control your dogs, as well as providing a Necessary Exercises section that includes step-by-step techniques to teach your dog simple obedience skills. Trish also touches on how best to rehome your dog if personal and professional intervention has not remedied the household fighting. When Three’s A Crowd includes case studies from Trish’s own experience as a dog trainer and showcases how the simple skills and instructions she provides to dog owners really does work to create a peaceful multi-dog household. As well as owning and instructing at Four Paws K9 Training, Trish is a lecturer for the National Dog Trainers Federation, Certificate 3 in Dog Training and Behaviour course. She also offers educational seminars and workshops for organisations and various rescue groups on a variety of topics including fear and aggression. When Three’s A Crowd will be launched on the 16th of October at Quest Melbourne Airport; the event will be hosted by Chews Australia (www.chewsaustralia.com.au). The launch will be proceeded by a short presentation on multi-dog household issues and some information on how the book addresses these.  ISBN:                            9781925497441 Price:                           $25.00 Format:                       Paperback Dimensions:                127mm x 203mm Contact author:           trishharris@me.com Contact publisher:       publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website:                      www.fourpawsk9training.com.au                                     www.inhousebookstore.com.au Australian Golden Retriever now UK bestselling crime author 2015-11-24T05:02:57Z australian-golden-retriever-now-uk-bestselling-crime-author Monty Dog Detective is the Australian Golden Retriever who is rocketing up UK bestseller lists with his debut crime novel Monty & Me to be published in Australia for Christmas on 1 December by HarperCollins (Hardcover $22.99, eBook $4.99). The book is co-written with two-legged, canine linguistics translator, Louisa Bennet a.k.a Australian thriller writer L.A. Larkin. The funny mystery novel is attracting critical acclaim, described as “charming and uplifting” by UK Sunday Times’ number one bestselling crime author, Peter James. Now, fans can watch Monty Dog Detective go on his first author tour, with a host of appearances. Have a chuckle! Like and share, if you enjoy. #montyandme Facebook Monty DogDetective Twitter @MontyDogD montydogdetective.com/ Remember this holiday season #AdoptDontShop Monty Dog Detective and Louisa Bennet are available for interview. Want to be involved in the next Monty Dog Detective video? Contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Monty Dog Detective - Bestselling Golden Retriever at his First Book Signing Monty Dog Detective - What Could Possibly Go Wrong Filming Dogs Monty Dog Detective - Dog Does Radio Interview Monty Dog Detective - Clever Dog Wows Readers at Bookshop Why did successful thriller author L.A. Larkin turn her hand to writing a funny mystery with a dog as the central character? Louisa Bennet’s personal goal behind the Monty & Me and videos is to provide a platform to advocate for rescue dogs and help put an end to puppy farming. ‘Humour is a great way to touch on difficult and emotive subjects in a way that’s entertaining and poignant. If readers and social media friends engage with Monty, the dog hero in the book, they’re engaging with a dog that’s rescued from the pound and adopted by a young detective. A positive message.’ Louisa has two Golden Retrievers. Pickles is the inspiration for the character of Monty and came from a breeder she thoroughly checked out, meeting the dog’s parents and checking out their living conditions and health. Lilly is a rescued dog from Golden Retriever Rescue NSW. ‘If you’re thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas, please don’t buy one from a pet shop or online. You have no idea what conditions the dog’s parents live in or if they have health issues that have been passed onto the pups. The RSPCA estimates that 95% of dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy farms and backyard breeders.’ Kindest Emma Veterans Week Family Fun Day 2015-09-29T02:58:53Z veterans-week-family-fun-day Veterans Health Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pm Family Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Housebreaking 101: Tips For Potty Training Your Pooch 2015-07-14T06:10:54Z housebreaking-101-tips-for-potty-training-your-pooch Indianapolis, Indiana, July 14, 2015 -- Getting a new dog is exciting, but training your pet to “go potty” outside is quite the opposite. Learn how to teach your dog acceptable versus unacceptable behavior with these tips from Off-Leash K9 Dog Indianapolis Training: 1. Routine is everything. Dogs prefer to have a structure in place because it makes them feel safe and secure. They will also learn faster with a routine. a. Create a food and water schedule for your puppy to establish an elimination pattern. Off-Leash K9 advises feeding once in the morning and once in the evening, with a few drinking periods in between. Free feeding and watering will encourage unpredictable elimination patterns. b. Take your dog out regularly. We recommend after waking up, eating or drinking and playing. c. Use the same elimination spot in the beginning to get your dog accustomed to using a certain spot. d. Choose a phrase, such as “go potty”, to use while your pet is eliminating. This will help him link the phrase to the action of going to the bathroom, and later he should be able to eliminate on command. e. Always praise your pet when he is done. 2. Supervision promotes consistency. As your pet is learning, never let him roam unsupervised so that you can watch for accidents. a. Look for your dog’s elimination signs, such as sniffing, spinning or squatting. b. If you catch him in the act, startle him, take him outside immediately and tell him to “go potty”. c. Put him in his crate if you cannot watch him closely. Most dogs will not eliminate in their crates, provided they are not too large. d. If you find an accident, you were not watching your dog closely enough. Do not rub his nose in the mess or scold him, because he will not connect the act of elimination with the actual mess. Always thoroughly clean the area with an enzymatic cleaning solution. 3. Troubleshoot your mistakes. Most accidents are the fault of the owner and not the dog, so be patient and realize that your pet will learn eventually. By correcting your mistakes, your dog should correct his as well. Here are some common mistakes and how to correct them: a. Your dog eliminates in his crate. Make sure that the crate is not too large for your pet. It should be large enough so that he can turn around, but not so large that he has roaming space. Most dogs will not go potty where they sleep and live.b. When catching the dog “in the act”, you take him outside and he will not eliminate. Put your puppy back in his crate for a few minutes, then take him outside again and give him the command “go potty.” You may need to do this several times until he eliminates. Do NOT let your puppy play before eliminating; use play time as a reward for proper elimination.c. You find a mess on the carpet and your dog looks guilty. At this point it is too late to show him where he should eliminate, so clean up the mess with a proper enzymatic solution. Do not scold him because he knows that the elimination itself is wrong, but does not know that the ACT of the elimination is the source of your disproval. Start over and keep an eye on your dog for future signs.d. Teaching your dog to go within a boundary. If you want your dog to use a certain spot in your yard, you must keep him on a leash and take him to the area where you want him to eliminate. Give him the command “go potty” and wait until he obeys. If he does not, put him in his crate for a few minutes and try again. Be consistent and wait until he complies every time before removing the leash. Off-Leash K9 Dog Training was founded in 2009 and proudly serves the Indianapolis area. The company offers private in-home training lessons, group lessons, board and train programs, and trained dogs for sale. All professional dog trainers are certified through Fred Hassen’s Sit Means Sit Dog Training. To learn more about how Off-Leash K9 can serve you, visit the company’s Web site at www.offleashk9.com. Contact: Marc Adams Off-Leash K9 Dog Training Indianapolis, Indiana 317-565-9439info@offleashk9.comhttp://www.offleashk9.com Mutts and Muscles on Display to Help Dogs in Need 2015-06-07T23:56:15Z mutts-and-muscles-on-display-to-help-dogs-in-need The ultimate drool fest for dog-loving ladies will take place on June 12 when Chained Dog Awareness New Zealand (CDANZ) launches its inaugural ‘Hunks and Hounds’ fundraising calendar. The July 2015 to December 2016 calendar features tasteful black and white images of famous and everyday canine lovers, cosied up with dogs and puppies rescued by the charity organisation. Famous faces to grace the calendar pages include: musician Tiki Taane; Shortland Street actors Pua Magasiva, Jayden Daniel, Jarod Rawiri,Reuben Milner and Sam Bunkall; Almightly Johnsons actor Ben Barrington; Step Dave star Jono Keyton; Paralympic gold medallist Cameron Leslie, businessman Tenby Powell, professional boxer Shane Cameron and a host of other names. Amanda Fraser-Jones, CDANZ Trustee, says the calendar showcases the range of dogs the organisation has successfully rescued and rehomed, as well as those in need of fostering and adopting. “We’re beyond excited to have so many names supporting this cause and offering themselves up as models” says Fraser-Jones. “Just as our rescue dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so do hunky men! We’ve tried to reflect this in our calendar by matching our dogs and puppies with men from all walks of life.” Founded in 2001 by Christine Breen, the volunteer-run organisation want a law passed in New Zealand which bans the life-chaining of dogs. Fraser-Jones says the act of permanently tethering a dog is cruel and inhumane and until a law can be enforced, her organisation will continue to be inundated with work in rescuing mistreated dogs. “It’s heartbreaking to visit a property and see a dog chained to a post 24/7, covered in its own faeces and crying out for some kind of interaction or affection. You wouldn’t want to live like this – and neither should a dog.” The organisation offers support and education to owners willing to accept help, including assisting with desexing, training and other costs. If a dog does not receive proper care, or is seriously ill or harmed, the organisation encourages the owners to relinquish the dog into its care. Actor Ben Barrington, star of the calendar’s October page, says: “To condemn these intelligent, sociable and sensitive animals to an existence of solitude and neglect on the end of a chain is truly unacceptable. Life chaining is a brutal, cruel practice that mustn’t be tolerated in New Zealand...or anywhere.” All funds raised from the calendar will support CDANZ’s life-changing work. The calendar goes on sale on Friday June 12 and can be purchased online via www.cdanz.org or by email to cdanzfundraising@gmail.com. For more information about fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating, visit: www.cdanz.org. Launch event A special launch event will take place on Friday June 12, at Aotea Square in Auckland, from 12 – 2pm. Members of the public are encouraged to come along to meet some of the calendar’s hunks and hounds - including musician Tiki Taane. Calendars will be on sale at the launch. Tiki Taane and Haylee, pictured above. Please contact Terri Heard at terri@communeco.com to obtain high res images from the calendar or ‘before and after’ images of CDANZ rescue dogs.  NETGEAR announces world's first 100% wireless high-definition smart house security camera 2015-03-26T05:23:06Z netgear-announces-world-s-first-100-wireless-high-definition-smart-house-security-camera SYDNEY, Australia — 26 March, 2015 —NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com.au), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is today launching in Australia a breakthrough in self-monitored home security with its new Arlo™ Smart Home Security Camera (www.Arlo.com/au). It will be available from today at all major retailers. Arlo is the first and only 100 percent wireless WiFi security camera with crystal-clear, high definition video. Monitor your home from every possible angle, inside or out, with these outdoor-ready cameras that are equipped with night vision to give you HD video around the clock. The combination of easy installation, battery-operated true wireless design, and weatherproof construction provides you with the ability to set up a camera wherever you want, without worrying about finding a power outlet or the hassle of inconvenient power cords. The clean compact design of the Arlo camera – smaller than a bar of soap – takes up minimal space so you can easily and discreetly place them where you want – from the baby’s room to the tree trunk in the front yard, or on the backyard fence. Arlo’s real-time notifications give you peace of mind that your home, children, pets, car, holiday house, small business, or any other site of importance, is being monitored. You’ll get email or app notifications with best-in-class cloud access on your smartphone or tablet. With the intuitive free Arlo app, you can watch live streamed or recorded videos, see motion event recordings, customise activity alerts and arm/disarm motion-sensors. Arlo will alert you instantly if an event occurs, and you can tap into as many as four simultaneous camera streams to watch from your desktop, notebook computer or favourite mobile device. You’ll never again have to wonder if your children arrived home safely, if the package was delivered as planned, whether you left the garage door open, or what (or who) is getting into your rubbish bins at night! There is an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers to the prospect of a fully connected smart home, according to research from GfK.** “As consumers become more tech savvy they increasingly rely on technology to support and manage their lifestyle,” says Norrelle Goldring, Spokesperson for GfK Australia. “This is evidenced in Australia where sales of smart devices, when taken together, now outsell traditional devices. Share of WiFi is increasing in almost all technical consumer goods product categories.” Demand for connected home products is on the rise here in Australia, with retailer JB Hi-Fi seeing continued growth in the category. “We have entered the growth stage of the “Connected Home”, says Bruce Thierbach, JB Hi-Fi, General Manager IT and Accessories. “Products that allow us to control and secure our home environment are now finally in the hands of consumers, they will add real value and this is only the start. These products, such as lighting system controls, power saving plugs and home security and monitoring devices are easy to set up and they remove the cost of expensive wiring and programing, opening up our customers to the world of Secure, Monitor and Automate. We welcome Arlo to the market, being one of the first products to fit these criteria.” The Arlo camera is designed to enable devices to communicate with one another and even act as triggers for other connected devices. NETGEAR is partnering with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers to further enhance the Arlo Home Security Camera. To that end, NETGEAR has formed a partnership with LiFX® (LiFX.co), a leading provider of WiFi and mesh radio enabled, multi-color, LED light bulbs. The integration of LiFX light bulbs will bring endless manipulation of home lighting to Arlo customers. Stay tuned for the exciting developments of this partnership and others throughout 2015. “With the explosive growth and early adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), consumers are telling us they value smart devices that help them monitor property and loved ones to give them peace of mind,” said Pat Collins, vice president of smart home products at NETGEAR. “But not everyone needs a professionally-monitored, expensive security system with 24/7 surveillance, and on-call personnel. Furthermore, people want to place cameras in places where a power outlet is difficult to come by. Arlo is the only camera that can deliver secure monitoring in HD, without the need for a power outlet at all. Because the camera is battery operated, you can take it anywhere inside a perimeter of up to 150 feet from the base station. Because it’s easy to initialise with a push of a button, setup is seamless.”Key Features of Arlo Smart Home Security Camera The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera offers many desirable capabilities and benefits that will make remote monitoring hassle-free, day or night, indoors or out: ·       Patented 100 percent wire-free design for easy placement and convenient relocation from room to room ·       Stunning HD detail (720p resolution) with a wide 130-degree field of view to catch the activities you need to see ·       Night vision for crystal-clear images even in the dark ·       Robust, weatherproofed double-shell case for maximum protection from sun, wind, rain, snow and curious pets and children ·       Motion sensors activate customisable alerts for real-time email or app notifications ·       Easy setup with magnetic mounts for installing multiple cameras in minutes ·       Compact, discreet form factor for inconspicuous placement ·       Ultra-low power consumption with long-lasting battery life up to 6 months* ·       Secure cloud storage infrastructure and up to four concurrent camera streams to mobile or desktop browsers ·       Free apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for the Kindle™ for watching live streamed or recorded videos  Pricing and Availability The NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security Kits start with one camera (VMS3130) available from $349 and go all the way up to three camera kits from all major retailers. Add-on cameras (VMC3030) will be sold separately from $249. Items sold separately require an existing Arlo Smart Home Security Kit. The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Kits include: ·       HD outdoor cameras (number of cameras vary depending on kit purchased) equipped with motion sensors and night vision capability ·       Smart home base station that can also “talk” to other connected devices ·       Four magnetic dome mounts per camera– two for securing each camera wherever you need it, and two extra mounts to make moving each camera around the home easy ·       200 MB of free cloud storage for videos ·       Free apps for displaying and managing the cameras and video from iOS or Android™ smartphones and tablets ·       Access via popular browsers on Mac® computers and PCs  More Information Learn more about NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security at www.Arlo.com/au. About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.  ©2015 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and Arlo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. *Battery life may vary depending on usage.**GfK, Tech Trends 2015 Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 targets $20,000 for animals 2014-11-05T21:41:11Z inspiring-women-calendar-2015-targets-20-000-for-animals THE first Inspiring Women Calendar aims to raise $20,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) to re-home 40 pets when it is officially launched on November 14 at the Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise. Calendar founder Karen Low, of Inspiring Change Now, said the idea came to her ‘within five seconds’ at an Inspiring Women of the Gold Coast event in May this year. “I’m passionate about animals, the environment, supporting people to achieve their goals, making a positive, sustainable difference and I’ve always wanted to be body painted!” Ms Low said. “It’s about inspiring women who are community minded and supporting animals.” The calendar features women body painted by artist Robyn Janetzki as animals to raise funds for animals and most feature in the month of their birthdays. They include for January - Aldwyn Altuney (lion); February - Trudy Vesotsky (peacock); March - Donna Fisher (weedy seadragon); April - Jo Kane (bilby); May - Julie Kay (golden retriever); June - Annette Spanski (rainbow lorikeet); July - Kobe Steele (orangutan); August - Ro London (sea turtle); September – Karen Low (tiger); October - Kerry Fitzgibbon (southern corroboree frog); November - Simone Sleep (lizard) and December - Taflyn Fiola (sugar glider). The cover photo is model Alana Nicholls, who was painted as a butterfly. Ms Low said the AWLQ cared for about 10,000 stray and abandoned animals annually from south-east Queensland.  “They receive no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support,” she said. “The AWLQ cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals without the financial support of the community.  The direct costs involved in re-homing each animal are about $500.” She said the charity fundraising project was important to support animals and raise awareness for amazing organisations and people within the community, who often gave so much to others without acknowledgement or recognition.  “The Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 acknowledges inspiring women supporting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and pets that need re-homing,” she said. “I plan to continue releasing a calendar each year, supporting a charity or community organisation, as animals, community and making a difference are important to me and close to my heart.” The calendar launch on Friday, November 14, will be at the Urban Paradise Gallery, in Piazza building, 3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, from 7-10pm. Entry is $25, which includes a calendar, drink on arrival, nibbles, art auction, live body painting, laser light show, music and raffles. To book or purchase a calendar for $15, go to www.inspiringchangenow.com.au and connect on www.facebook.com/InspiringChangeNow   A world first automated timed pet treat and toy dispenser 2014-10-09T07:22:49Z a-world-first-automated-timed-pet-treat-and-toy-dispenser Blurb: A world first automated timed pet treat and toy dispenser. Leave your pets home knowing that their day will be interspersed with the release of entertainment  Currently live on Kickstarter.com. Release: The Droppi is an automatic entertainment dispenser for your pet just launched on Kickstarter in the first week of October 2014. The Droppi can be set to play back a pre-recorded jingle or your very own message for your pet to let it know that the tray is ready to dispense its contents. The time delay mechanism is great for when you are leaving the house for a short trip to the store or even a full day of work. There are numerous products in the marketplace that allow the dispensing of kibbles but The Droppi aims to change that to allow you to dispense a whole range of different treats such as rope toys, chew toys, bones, pig ears, rawhide, dentastix etc. It runs on two AA batteries and mounts on the wall out of reach of enthusiastic pets. With additional magnetic backings, you can change up the location of The Droppi daily to keep things interesting. The campaign is seeking support to reach its funding goal to kick off manufacturing of The Droppi.  The funds of the campaign will be used to pay for tooling, production, and the logistics to bring it to your front door.   Kickstarter provides a way for companies low on capital but having actionable designs and prototypes to bring them to production. If the  Kickstarter campaign’s $40,000 goal is met, the Droppies will start arriving in April 2015. For direct press inquiries: info@TheDroppi.com Kickstarter Page: (2min video) http://kck.st/1vK5m08 The Droppi HomePage: http://TheDroppi.com/ Press Images: http://goo.gl/4RleRb The Droppi Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TheDroppi New Dog Toy Kickstarter Campaign Capitalizes on Scent-Oriented Canines 2014-09-22T00:43:35Z new-dog-toy-kickstarter-campaign-capitalizes-on-scent-oriented-canines ADELAIDE, Australia (September 21, 2014) – Schnuzzle™, the world’s first interactive dog toy that holds an innovative, changeable scent reward has hit the market. The added bonus? It will make dogs fit, not fat! Dog lover and entrepreneur Justin Daley created the Schnuzzle when his 14-year-old Labrador, Oscar, was ill and on a restricted diet; no food treats were allowed. When Daley realised that scent was the key to entertaining his pet, he got to work. Daley and his team from My Clever Dog spent 12 months prototyping and testing the world first Schnuzzle, the super strong, connectable and colourful toy system. To really take his innovative chew toy to the next level, Daley created Scent Disc™. The unique Scent Disc surface is layered with combinations of micro-encapsulated food aromas and essential oils that pets find irresistible. Discs including B.B.Q. beef, roast chicken and honey bacon will captivate a dog from the first sniff, but are hardly noticeable to humans. “From a short distance you probably won’t even be able to detect the smell yourself, but your dog will find it irresistible,” Daley said. Every time it’s played with (or turned), Schnuzzle will release more scent and continues to release its scent for days, making it a great way to stimulate, entertain or calm your dog, even when you’re not there. A distinct advantage of Scent Disc over any food treat is that it contains no calories, making it suitable for puppies, and ideal for overweight and older dogs. Schnuzzle is built super tough and all parts are replaceable and recyclable, allowing pet owners to swap a worn part rather than throwing away the entire toy. All Schnuzzle and Scent Disc materials are premium quality, 100 percent pet-safe and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. and Australia by My Clever Dog, worldwide patents pending. Launched on September 14, Schnuzzle has to meet their Kickstarter goal of $75,000 by October 14 in order to receive their funds and distribute the product worldwide. For more information regarding the Schnuzzle launch, visit the Schnuzzle Kickstarter campaign page.