TV Crew Shoots Creative Bunch of Clients, Pets On-Set at Whiskers

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Pets on Whiskers Set Get Once-Over By Phil Klein & Top Holistic Vet Dr. Marty Goldstein For TV Demo, The Dr. Marty Show

Phil Klein and Dr. Martin Goldstein on set June 22nd, 2012

Phil Klein, owner, Whiskers Holistic, and Dr. Marty Goldstein exchanging info on natural petcare solutions.

Crew members for the pending Dr. Marty Show squeezed equipment into every inch of Whiskers Holistic Petcare on East 9th Street on a Friday in June. Dr. Marty is Dr. Martin Goldstein http://drmarty.com/, the noted holistic veterinarian and author of The Nature of Animal Healing, who is a co-founder of the AVHMA, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. A top production team from film and TV is behind launching Dr. Marty’s own TV show, and they came to shoot dogs and cats getting advice in the temple of alternative petcare, Whiskers Holistic.

Laurence Caso, executive producer, checks monitor while Teddy, the Afghan, waits patiently.

Laurence Caso, executive producer, checks the monitor while Teddy, the Afghan, waits patiently on-set.

Phil Klein, an owner of the 24-year-old Whiskers, is a holistic sage in his own right. His efforts have been side-by-side with Dr. Marty in educating pet owners on what changes to make in feeding, exercise, and vaccinations to have healthy cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and other pets. Phil and Dr. Marty have been friends for 25 years. In many cases people’s pets received the benefit of two opinions, and Phil’s suggestions on supplementation and diet were right in sync with Dr. Marty’s directions. It was like watching two guys trading baseball cards.

As luck would have it, the parade of dogs and cats that came in to meet the Doc were a notably photogenic group of New York pets. First up, the glamorous Afghan hound, Teddy, whose owner, Susan Lietz, rescued him from a deplorable situation. She reported that this beautiful dog, whose breed runs as fast as the wind, was kept in a basement for two years. He’s out now, thanks to her, and even modeled for a German fashion magazine, see Susan’s blog: http://bustedlovedogblog.blogspot.com/

Susan Lietz and rescued Afghan, Teddy

Susan Lietz and rescued Afghan, Teddy

Unmissable were two Cirneco dell’Etna dogs, Midas and Pisa, who looked like smaller versions of Pharoah hounds and were so friendly, you couldn’t get enough of them!

Owner Stephen Hoerz explained that the 3,000 year-old breed is actually based on the Pharoah hound, who was brought to Malta, then Phoenicia, and finally arrived in Sicily. Here’s the whole story: http://www.cirneco.com/Welcome.html.

Midas and Pisa making friends

Midas and Pisa meeting their adoring public.

It’s also gratifying to hear Hoerz relay how Whiskers helped three-year-old Midas with his digestive problems, using colostrum and Rainbow Dog Oil, with the result of normalizing his POOP! YAY! Hoerz runs the delicious catering and take-out shop on Hudson Street, Ready to Eat http://www.readytoeat.net/

Then there was Prometheus, the magnificent and muscular Rottweiler, owned by an East Village couple with a dare-devil act to astound even Philippe Petit http://www.manonwire.com/ . Vlad Marco and Sky Soto are fire performers, with their thrilling show called Eros Fyre: http://www.skyvladerosfyre.com/ Check out their website for a public performance upcoming July 13th in the Times Square area. They also perform at private events, in film and TV.

Vlad Marco and Sky Soto with Prometheus

Vlad Marco and Sky Soto of Eros Fyre with the great Prometheus.

Dr. Marty was extremely generous with his time and spoke with as many animal owners concerned about their pets as he could possibly fit in one day. The program plans to include a segment at Whiskers in every show, and we’ll let you know more as the production progresses.

For now, please come in, as usual, to consult Phil (“The Dogfather”) in his corner of the store most days except Tuesday. He’s also available by phone. And you can call-in to Dr. Marty’s show, “Ask Martha’s Vet!” (yes, THAT Martha) on SiriusXM radio Ch. 110 on Monday nights, with re-airings through the week.

Meanwhile, enjoy some of the subjects of the day, below. Thank you to Animal Ambassadors and Shoot the Catfish Productions, and all our great customers who waited patiently to be seen. See you in the store, and maybe on TV!

Susan Bengston with her mini Schnauzer, Iris

Susan Bengston with her mini-Schnauzer, Iris, a patient of Dr. Marty from Westchester.

Stephen Hoerz and Natane Boudreau

Stephen Hoerz with Midas and Pisa, and Natane Boudreau with Kali.

Josee Lavoie with Ivan

Josee Lavoie coaxing Ivan to come out and say hello.

Wally Hoelzel, left, producer, and Larry Spangler, director, consult.
Wally Hoelzel, left, producer, and Larry Spangler, director, consult.

Hana Mayeda waits to be seen with her Bijon Frise, Rylie
Hana Mayeda, a model with Marilyn, amuses her Bijon Frise, Rylie, while they wait for a consult.

Sky Soto and Vlad Marcos performing in Eros Fyre
Prometheus’s owners Sky Soto and Vlad Marco performing their act, Eros Fyre.

Pets, People Invited for TV Shoot, Friday, June 22, 12 to 4PM at Whiskers East Village Store

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Pets & People Come One, Come All! TV Shoot at Whiskers: Fri 6/22 fm 12 to 4PM for The Dr. Marty Show: 

Dr. Marty Goldstein, The Renowned Holistic Vet Your Pet Wants to See, Author of The Nature of Animal Healing, and Phil Klein, Whiskers Own Sage of Natural Petcare, will Confer on Some-as-Yet-To-Be-Star Pets 

Dr Marty Goldstein with his Pomeranian, Kooper.

Dr. Marty Goldstein with his Pomeranian, Kooper.

Dr. Marty is our favorite holistic vet, and a renowned leader in integrative medicine for animals for over 25 years http://www.drmarty.com, as long as Whiskers Holistic Petcare has been in business. He is one of the first veterinarians to combine the best of both conventional and holistic medicine with powerful, curative results for health, and against disease. Delve into his book, The Nature of Animal Healing, to read about how his techniques have turned around cases of pets for whom the prognosis was dire.

Developments are underway to launch The Dr. Marty Show on TV. To produce a demo to entice full-out production for TV syndication, a first shoot is planned at Whiskers Holistic Petcare in the East Village on Friday, June 22, from Noon to 4PM.

Some pets will have the benefit of a free consultation by both Dr. Marty and Whiskers own expert advisor, Phil Klein, with recommendations for both holistic and conventional remedies, whether a cat, dog, rabbit, bird or reptile. Please bring your pets!

As some of you know, Phil is always available in-store and by phone for complimentary consults with customers and their pets. Now, Dr. Marty joins Phil’s corner for a lucky group of pets that get the advice of both. All will be filmed on-camera.

We’d love to have as many fans of Whiskers, mammals and otherwise, be part of the shoot. The Dr. Marty Show crew will interview customers about your visit to Whiskers, and your choices in how you care for your pets. If you can, please bring your pets! More details will be provided on-site on June 22nd.

It’s also a good chance to buy Dr. Goldstein’s book at Whiskers, and available on Kindle from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Nature-Animal-Healing-ebook/dp/B002IPZBWC/ref=kinw_dp_ke?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

See you Friday, 6/22, from 12 to 4PM at Whiskers Holistic Petcare 235 East 9th Street, in the heart of the East Village. And, maybe we’ll see you on TV!

Mr. Grey Needs New Home: Prefers Modern Design, Likes Books

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Mr. Grey is so handsome, he will take your breath away. The Adonis of the moment, Mr. Grey finds himself in Whiskers Rescue Ranch, solo. Anastasia, the ingénue cat he met by chance, has flown the coop, so to speak, and has been adopted before he could blink an emerald eye. Now he awaits the right one to come along and take him home.

“The Ranch is okay, a little homey for my tastes,” says the attractive and confident one-year-old black-and-white cat. “I prefer modern architecture, you know, the whole stone, steel, glass and white leather look. A view is nice. I lost my funds in a Ponzi scheme, and have no choice in décor here,” he rationalizes. “I would hope that whoever rescues me from the Ranch shares my sense of design. The food, while not Per Se http://perseny.com/ is tasty, and the service is timely.  I’ve inferred that adding truffle oil improves everything but who’s going to listen to a cat in reduced circumstances?

“However, the height is nice and I can catnap without disturbance.”

Mr. Grey will wake right up for treats, and a nice stroke on the back. Large and lovely, he has a permanent Cheshire Cat smile on his beautiful face. He will make a wonderful companion to a devoted cat lover, especially one who likes books http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Shades-Grey-Book-Trilogy/dp/0345803485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338922272&sr=8-1. And, as he harmonically shared the Ranch space with Anastasia, Mr. Grey more than likely will fit into a home with other cats already there. Of course…Anastasia brought a gleam to his eye….

Mr. Grey likes the view from high up in the Ranch.

Come meet Mr. Grey – he’s in our window at Whiskers Holistic Pet Care, 235 East 9th Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in New York’s East Village. Please come right in and ask about adopting him. Or call us at 212-979-5732 – and leave a message with a phone number to reach you back.

Just remember, Mr. Grey likes to be in control.

Beauty Treatments for Dogs & Cats, Naturally, Of Course

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We think this is very funny artwork advertising Whiskers award-winning Natural Pet Grooming Parlor in Astoria, next to the Astoria branch of Whiskers Holistic. Yes, our groomers take care of pussycats, too! Chemical-free products, cageless waiting, and named Best of Queens by the Queens Courier, 2012.

Romp in Astoria Park, Then Pop in to Whiskers on Ditmars

Apollo, a great big hunk ‘a love in a pit bull rescue, waits for the good stuff when he walks into Whiskers after a romp in Astoria Park. Then he goes for a slurpy drinka water, and man! What a great way to start the day! That’s Jon, his person, in the background. Whiskers 19-25 Ditmars Boulevard, at 21st Street. Opens at Noon, bring the beast!

Linda’s Feral Cats of NY Brought Unferal “Friendlies” to Adopt

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When Linda’s Feral Cats of NYC http://lindasferalcatassistance.com/planted the cat

Handsome blue grey Gregory, lounging.

trailer in front of Whiskers Holistic Petcare in the East Village on Saturday, 5/26, there were no feral cats to adopt. “We do not adopt ferals. These are the friendlies,” said Linda Bryant, who runs the efficient 10-year-old rescue organization with a long-term team of volunteers. Feral cats, said Linda, are assisted through the organizations’s trap, neuter, return system, and are provided food where they hang out, whether in Williamsburg or Woodside. Those cats are not adoptable.

“Feral cats are either domestic cats that have reverted to the wild from becoming lost, or were born to a feral mother and lived in the wild,” she explained. “They have to be returned to where they were picked up to find the food and environment they’re used to,” she said.

Inside the trailer, however, were about a dozen of the most beautiful,

Eddie, obviously waiting for his choice of partner.

very large, cats lounging around in individual crates, as well as several kittens like Pansy, Willy, and Wally, who were about 6 weeks old. Teddy, at two weeks old was being bottlefed every coupla hours.

Two-week-old Teddy getting a start in life.

“He was the only kitten from his litter not eaten by raccoons in Astoria,” said Linda. “He’s young enough tolove people, and he’s up for adoption.”

The cats had been rescued from very difficult – okay, let’s say, AWFUL – situations. These cats were ready for adoption. While some were curled up in their litter boxes (“for security,” said Linda), others were very curious about the trail of people coming in and out, looking for love. These sturdy, luxurious, big gray cats stood at the bars of their trailers, watching, watching, watching – happy to be taken out for a cuddle and a pet, or to get some lamb lungs, also donated by Whiskers.

There was Eric, a great big gray and white cat who had been tied up with a rope in a store, and rescued by Racquel Guitterez. Taking him in her arms, Eric nuzzled her nose, and then settled in. Clearly, he knew a good thing when he found it. He was such a charmer, he received an application to be fostered with a view towards adopting him. With five cats of her own, Racquel is a committed cat rescuer, and wants to remain a source for fostering.

Ceara Murtagh, a visitor to the trailer, was enchanted by Friday, a black and white kitten. The feelings were mutual, as the irrepressible Friday played with her through the bars. Ceara came from the Upper West Side for the event, and with two adult cats, was approved as a foster mother for Friday –

Friday and his new foster mom.

and Friday’s brother, who would join them the next day.

The glamour cat of the day had to be Pansy, one of three littermates. Pansy was called a “diluted calico,” in pastel tones of peach and gray, and was absolutely a stunner. She had two applications in for adoption.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals www.animalalliancenyc.org  loans the mobile adoption van to Alliance Participating Organizations, such as the North Shore Animal League www.animalleague.org, which provides the van to small rescue groups once a month.

Whiskers Holistic Petcare, as a pioneer in natural pet care for dogs, cats and almost any kind of domestic animal, is an advocate for animal rescue. In the window of the East Village store, you can see the amazing Whiskers Rescue Ranch, set-up as a temporary home for cats awaiting adoption and a permanent home. Connected to rescue groups throughout the city, anyone considering adopting a dog or a cat can turn to Whiskers in the East Village, and in the Astoria store, for whom to call in the first steps of the process.

Here’s to happy homes for all cats from Linda’s Feral Cats of NY – and everywhere!

Linda and her key team of volunteers, L to R, Racquel Guitterez, Linda Bryant, Janet Malvone, and Mary Rooney.

Adopted! What a Day to Remember: Rhett & Tommy Found a Home

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Whiskers has arranged hundreds of adoptions over the years. But Rhett Butler and Tommy Tune were special. Besides the fact that they were gorgeous, they had already found a home when the family’s unfortunate circumstances of becoming homeless forced them to return the two brothers to Whiskers. We applaud them for taking the right step in bringing them back to us.

Word got around about these two beautiful three-year-olds. A friend told a friend, and that friend came into Whiskers on Memorial Day, became quite taken by the brothers’ antics and warm personalities, and voila! They bonded, and went home with a wonderful artist whose studio was empty without the inspiring presence of cats.

We wish them the best.

Rhett gets a chin rub, and Tommy snuggles up for one, too.

And now, come check out the year-old Anastasia and Mr. Gray, new residents (temporarily, of course) in Whiskers Rescue Ranch. Which happens to be in the East Village, and has a corral in Astoria, too. Come meet them…and please spread the word. Photos coming!