Dressage News Network (DNN) – Online and On Time

Announcing Dressage News Network (DNN) – an innovative online video news channel dedicated to covering the world of international dressage. The first episode aired on November 19, 2009 and featured such reports as the Global Dressage Forum, and the Dressage Task Force including exclusive video interviews with Robert Dover, Steffen Peters, Hubertus Schmidt and Ashley Holzer, to name a few. A new episode of the magazine-styled show will air monthly and remain online until the release of the next segment. In conjunction with each episode, a realtime stream of breaking news headlines, FEI rider standings, and upcoming events will be available 24/7 on the front page.

DNN has positioned professional equine journalists around the world to contribute to this exciting venture. Although there is a definitive international flair to the coverage, both local and regional events will be included.

“Our goal is to provide a centralized source for accurate, first-hand reports on the pressing topics facing the dressage world,” says News Editor, CeCe Maddlone. “DNN aims to provide riders and enthusiasts with an unbiased, trusted and balanced perspective on all things dressage.”

DNN will be offering commercial airtime to selected advertisers. The ads will reach an established network while benefitting f r o m ongoing online exposure.

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Video Copy Services Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Video Copy Services (VCS), an Atlanta-based CD and DVD duplication company, is pleased to announce and celebrate their 25th anniversary. From modest beginnings as a simple VHS and Betamax dub house, VCS has evolved into Atlanta’s leading provider of CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc duplication, as well as digital video encoding and transcoding services. VCS is also proud to support the broadest range of high definition video formats in the Southeast.

“Over the years, constantly evolving technology has mandated that we stay on the cutting edge,” says VCS President George Helms. “We’ve become early adopters in order to better serve our client’s needs and goals. The best example of this is our extensive HD video capabilities.”

About VCS
Founded in October 1984, VCS began as a local provider of short-run videotape duplication. After growing and expanding its focus in 1997, VCS has been providing videotape, CD and DVD duplication services to the broadcast industry, film and music industries, religious groups, government agencies and corporate clients. In 1999, they further expanded their range of offerings from traditional duplication and transfers to include digital encoding and transcoding, plus a wide array of other high definition video services. Their latest addition, a new Final Cut Pro system, will add video editing capabilities to the VCS menu. After 25 years, VCS has grown into a true full-service audio and video duplication company, able to service their growing national client base out of two facilities in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Book Tells The Tales Of Discarded Dogs Who Become Helping Heros

In her newly published book, New Lives: Stories of Rescued Dogs Helping, Healing and Giving Hope, Joanne Wannan tells the stories of abused, abandoned and discarded dogs who are now playing the roles of heroes in animal therapy, and as service dogs. From a Dalmatian who was scheduled to be euthanized to one of Michael Vick’s fighting bit pulls, the dogs in Wannan’s book have overcome tremendous obstacles, yet have gone on to work with humans, creating NEW LIVES for them both.

Lottie Dot was instead abandoned by her breeder in the middle of a ferocious Oklahoma winter storm. The little pup was rescued by her son, and Patricia Belt quickly claimed Lottie Dot as her own. When it was discovered that Lottie was deaf, Patricia taught her dog sign language and enrolled her in classes to become a “therapy dog.” Today Lottie volunteers at hospitals, gives demonstrations at a school for deaf children, and participates in a reading program, which promotes literacy by having children read aloud to a dog. “Lottie can’t hear these precious kids read a single word,” Patricia says. “She listens in a different way; with her heart.”

As a part of Michael Vick’s dogfight operation, Dr. Leo, as he is now affectionately called, was doomed. When authorities stepped in, they disbanded the operation and ordered that each pit bull be evaluated and placed with rescue organizations if possible. Dr. Leo was found to be non-aggressive, but filled with anxiety and lacking in socialization skills. “It’s not that he wasn’t friendly; he just didn’t understand about love, or what he was here for,” his new owner Marthina McClay comments. Dr. Leo is now w wonderful “therapy” dog, visiting patients in a chemotherapy ward, and acting as an ambassador for abused dogs everywhere when he visits a juvenile detention home.

Dropped from a four story building ,and landing on his backside, Dobie, a tiny black Labrador retriever puppy, was left for dead. Thanks to the love of Richard Bartel anddonations of over $90,000 to the University of Minnesota Foundation, Dobie is now alive, well and an active participant in Therapy Dogs International that provides well-trained dogs who visit hospitals, schools and senior homes.

Wannan’s stories are filled with the reality of animal abuse, but also with love, hope and information on the many organizations around the world that help with rescue, housing and adoption of discarded dogs. As Wannan puts it, “These are truly inspiring stories of dogs that were once ‘throwaways,’ and of the lives they have changed.”

Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America says, “This book will appeal to animal lovers of all ages, to those interested in learning about animal therapy and to those who advocate for shelter dogs. But mostly, it will appeal to anyone who loves a heart-warming story, where the underdog triumphs in the end.”

For more information: Joanne Wannan, 705-444-6386joanne.wannan@gmail.comwww.3BlackDogs.org.

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