Gerber names winner of Gerber Baby Photo Search 2016

January 26, 2017

Riley, winner of the Gerber Baby Photo Search 2016
Riley, winner of the Gerber Baby Photo Search 2016 (Photo courtesy of Gerber)

Gerber has announced that the winning entry of the seventh annual Gerber Baby Photo Search 2016 is a baby named Riley from Lewis Center, Ohio. According to a Gerber press release, the submission featuring the 7-month-old was selected by a panel of judges as the grand prize winning entry from more than 110,000 entries. Riley’s parents will receive $50,000, $1,500 in Gerber Childrenswear and the opportunity for Riley to star in a future Gerber advertisement as the 2017 Spokesbaby.

Riley’s mother, Kristin Shimes, commented in a statement: “Originally, my husband laughed at me for entering the contest because there were so many submissions! Now, we have the opportunity to start a college fund for our beautiful baby boy. Riley brings such joy to our family with his infectious laugh and big, gummy smile, and we can’t wait to share that joy with the rest of the world! We are truly honored to be joining the Gerber family.”

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, one winning entry was selected from each Milestone category – Birth+, Supported Sitter, Sitter, Crawler, Toddler and Preschooler. Milestone winners were determined by the highest number of consumer votes from each category on Gerber.com/photosearch.

The six Milestone category winners will each be awarded $3,500, plus $750 in Gerber Childrenswear.

This year’s Milestone winning entries are:

  • Birth+: Leo from Rockville, MD
  • Supported Sitter: Chase from Southport, CT
  • Sitter: Willow from Wichita, KS
  • Crawler: Bryce from Mount Holly, NJ
  • Toddler: Camden from New York, NY
  • Preschooler: Alanys from Humacao, Puerto Rico

Photos of the winners and additional information about Photo Search 2016 and Gerber can be found by visiting Gerber.com.

2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards announces deadlines

January 25, 2017

American Humane has announced the official start of the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast on September 16 as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel. The seventh annual event identifies and honors America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash.

According to a press release, key dates for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:

  • Nominations: January 25 to March 8
  • 1st Round Voting: March 29 to May 3
  • 2nd Round Voting: May 17 to June 28
  • 3rd Round Voting: July 12 to August 30
  • American Humane Hero Dog Awards event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California: September 16

Dog owners across the country are invited to visit  http://www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of eight categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to the star-studded, red-carpet awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year.

The eight categories for 2017 are:

  • Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis
  • Military Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Service Dogs, sponsored by Modern Dog magazine
  • Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things
  • Arson Dogs
  • Search and Rescue Dogs
  • Guide/Hearing Dogs

Following the nominations period, which ends on March 8, two dozen semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by celebrity judges and the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to eight category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2017 American Hero Dog.

Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for a designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.

The Hero Dog Awards once again will feature a second campaign – the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, sponsored by Zoetis. As of February 2, 2017, pet owners and animal lovers across America were invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers in these two fields, with each to be honored at the Hero Dog Awards event on September 16.

2017 Cat Camp: inaugural event in New York City will feature Jackson Galaxy, Lil Bub, Hannah Shaw

January 11, 2017

by Danielle Smith

Cat Camp

Jackson Galaxy
Jackson Galaxy (Photo courtesy of Animal Planet)

People who love cats are invited to attend the inaugural Cat Camp, a fan convention/adoption event which takes place March 11 and March 12, 2017, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The event is co-founded by Christina Ha, owner of Meow Parlour, New York’s City first cat cafe, which opened in 2014.

The event will feature cat adoptions, panel discussions, meet-and-greets and vendors selling cat-related items, merchandise and services. The Petco Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Cat expert Jackson Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” will be the keynote speaker and will do a meet-and-greet. Celebrity cat Lil Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky will also be in attendance. Guest speakers/panelists are well-known cat enthusiasts  involved in cat rescuing, spaying/neutering and adoptions, including:

  • Hannah Shaw, also known as The Kitten Lady, a Washington, D.C.-based kitten rescuer/foster parent who has become a star on social media
  • Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther, an online magazine for cat-oriented designs
  • Adam Myatt, founder of the CatTown in Oakland, California, the first permanent cat cafe in the United States
  • Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to banning feline declawing and educating the public about the dangers of declawing.

Although this is an event for cat enthusiasts, the only cats allowed at the event are those that have been pre-approved for adoptions or guest appearances. In other words, people have to leave their pet cats at home (for legal and health reasons, obviously), and this policy will be strictly enforced, say event organizers.

March Madness-inspired ‘Meow Madness’ kitten basketball TV special debuts on Hallmark Channel

January 7, 2017

Kittens in the inaugural "Meow Madness" TV special.
Kittens in the inaugural “Meow Madness” TV special. (Photo courtesy of Hallmark Channel)

The following is a press release from Hallmark Channel:

Hallmark Channel, the exclusive home of kitten  sports and the highly rated “Kitten Bowl” franchise , announces the network’s latest  pet-centric  programming  buzzer  beater , “Meow Madness ,” a Hallmark  Channel  Original  Special Event, will  premiere at 8 p.m. ET on April 3 , 2017.

“Meow Madness” features author and animal advocate  Beth  Stern as host and Peabody Award-winning  reporter  Mary  Carillo as commentator.  The  special will showcase adoptable kittens in the most competitive tournament the basketball world  has ever seen. Hallmark Channel  enjoys home court  advantage for the inaugural “Meow Madness” special as 100 adorable, adoptable “cat-letes” purr-fect an unstoppable zone defense while taking shots  from the “flea throw” zone as  each team claw s its way to “The Final Fur.”

“Meow Madness” is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment.  Executive Producers are Todd A.  Nelson, Ross Weintraub, DJ Nurre and Jeff Altrockm,  with Kathy Sutula serving as co-executive  producer.  3 Ball Entertainment credits include “Extreme Weight Loss” (ABC), “Bar Rescue” (Spike)  and “My Cat From Hell” (Animal Planet), among others.

Check out these “Meow Madness” videos:

‘Minions’-inspired Stuart Cam offers Pet Highlight Reel

December 16, 2016

Stuart Cam
Stuart Cam (Photo courtesy of Tend)

A new Stuart Cam, an HD Wi-Fi camera inspired by the Stuart character in the “Minions” and “Despicable Me” movies, is now offering pet owners the ability to check on their pets while they’re away and compile the footage into a Pet Highlight Reel.

Developed by Tend and licensed by Universal Brand Development, the Stuart Cam’s Pet Highlight Reel gives pet owners a snapshot of their pet’s day, plus the ability to talk and interact with pets over two-way audio using the Tend app on any iOS or Android mobile device. Users can also adjust the audio to speak in a Minion voice.

A built-in motion sensor triggers Stuart Cam to automatically begin recording when movement is detected, and users can even receive an instant notification via the Tend app when Stuart Cam is triggered, as well as review captured footage and get a live view of what Stuart Cam sees in real time, including at night through night vision. Each camera comes with 24 hours of free secure cloud storage on the Tend platform, allowing users to review recorded footage from any mobile device.

Stuart Cam is sold exclusively at Walmart at a suggested retail price of $49.99.