I hope you had a pawesome weekend!
Today I’d like to tell you about the NY Dog Film Festival – and their new awesome on demand collection!!
For those people who already appreciate the DOGTV concept of being able to offer high quality entertainment for their dogs at home, when the people are out and about, the On Demand collections of the NY Dog Film Festival™ makes perfect sense!
What is the NY Dog Film Festival™ (NY DFF)?
The NY Dog Film Festival™ is a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people, offering family-friendly canine-themed films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain about the love between dogs and their people. After a New York City premiere every fall, the Festival then travels around the country to a growing number of cities, in every location supporting a local animal welfare group which brings people and pets together. That mission is also an important part of the work of the Petco Foundation, which is the Founding Sponsor of the NY DFF.
How is the On Demand Collection Different from the Traveling Festival?
Because the theaters that are able to show the NY DFF cannot possibly reach every dog-loving person in every community nationwide, it was logical to create specially curated collections (different from those shown in theaters) which would bring canine-themed films right to wherever dog lovers are. While many of the actual theaters are able to invite dogs into the theater, most are not – which gives the On Demand collection the advantage of letting people curl up with their whole family, dogs included, to enjoy the experience.
And the On Demand collections do good for others, too! Every download benefits the filmmakers who made the dog-loving films, and also supports the innovative national animal welfare organization, Michelson Found Animals, a non-profit that supports pet owners and shelters. Found Animals created the first free national microchip registry, they funds research into next generation spay/neuter technology, they provide affordable high quality products for shelters, and have their own adoption centers in Los Angeles.
Who is Behind the NY DFF?
Tracie Hotchner is the Founder and Director of the NY Dog Film Festival™ . She is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. For over 10 years, Tracie has produced and hosted nearly 550 consecutive episodes of her own NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons. For over 7 years, she produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until that channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she has become a premiere voice for pets and their people, producing and co-hosting CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.
Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont with Maisie and Wanda Hotchner, her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners.