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PITTSBURGH, PA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Weeks after Entre publicly launches their app, they open a new round of funding to raise $1 Million through their partner Wefunder to allow their users to also own equity in the company. Entre's mobile and web app was created to be this home for the Future of Work so everyone can connect in one place. Think of it as the new alternative to Linkedin for anyone who is or wants to be self-employed.

So far, Entre already has more than 7,000 users and has raised more than $40,000 from nearly 36 WeFunder investors… The terms of the Mini-IPO is SAFE with a $7 million valuation cap and a 20% discount.

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Applied Cannabis Research, Industry Heavyweights & Medical Networks Join For Australia’s Largest Medical Cannabis Study

Applied Cannabis Research, providing research expertise and services to medicinal cannabis companies

Study is Australia's most comprehensive to date in the medicinal cannabis sector, recruiting 20,000 patients nationwide

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Applied Cannabis Research (ACR), a Southern Cannabis Holdings company, is extremely excited to announce that it is launching Australia’s largest observational study ever undertaken for medical cannabis. ACR will lead the study in conjunction with Australia’s medical community and key industry partners such as Althea Group Holdings, Cronos Australia, Cymra Life Sciences, Medcan Australia and Cann Global.

Working with clinical collaborators from major clinics and hospitals, the Cannabinoid Medicine Observational Study (CMOS) will collect data from 20,000 patients nationwide to assess the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis products for a range of refractory conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndromes, PTSD, epilepsy and other mental health and neurological conditions.

CMOS provides a first-of-its-kind opportunity to capture data from a broader range of Australian prescribers and patients than in existing studies. Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has now approved over 67,000 SAS-B applications for medical cannabis to end September 2020, up from approx 56,000 in July, and an exponential jump since only 2500 approvals in 2018. With a lack of randomised clinical trials within the space, there is an urgent need for large-scale evidence-based studies of prescribing medicinal cannabis. Feedback on treatment-related progress, dosing and side-effects is becoming increasingly relevant, underscoring the importance of CMOS.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

-CMOS aims to recruit 20,000 patients nationwide over 5 years

-Patients will be recruited through medical centres with prescribing GPs or specialists nationwide

-Some subsidised medicinal cannabis products may be available for study participants

-Data is collected through progress-related questionnaires over a 12-month period, capturing data on efficacy, side effects, dosage, adherence to medication, changes to other concomitant medications and progressing health status

-Patients may be asked to complete separate surveys according to relevant indications to monitor conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep disorders, and physical function

-Data is collected from both treating doctors and their patients to provide a complete view of their medical cannabis treatment journey

-Data collected will be periodically fed back to participating doctors to inform patient care and for teaching

-Patients are only identified by a unique study ID number

INTERESTED DOCTORS, CLINICS OR RESEARCHERS CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CMOS AND REGISTER THEIR INTEREST HERE.

Dr John Barlow, ACR Principal Investigator for CMOS: “Knowing which type of cannabis to prescribe is one step closer thanks to research underway at Applied Cannabis Research. Cannabis has been available legally for medicinal purposes since 2016, but with more than 100 cannabis products available in Australia, knowing what to prescribe and for what condition is becoming increasingly difficult. Through CMOS, we expect to be able to tell whether a particular cannabis product is effective in the treatment of a particular disease and give doctors guidance in their cannabis prescribing.”

Dr Melissa Benson PhD, ACR Advisory Board member added: “CMOS is going to be a really important study because it will bridge the knowledge gap in medicinal cannabis prescribing in Australia. Currently we have no detailed understanding of how medicinal cannabis products are prescribed here and what the treatment outcomes are. This study aims to solve this problem and in addition, the data collected will be an invaluable resource not only to researchers, but also to clinicians, patients and governments, who are all looking to understand the health impacts of medicinal cannabis.”

Di Mitchelmore, GM of Althea Australia: “As a market leading supplier of medicinal cannabis in Australia with more than 10,000 patients prescribed, Althea has an obligation to continuously research the use of medications across a number of important therapy areas. We are very proud to be partnering with Applied Cannabis Research for this observational study and look forward to the patient outcomes adding to the growing base of clinical evidence in support of medicinal cannabis.”

Joel Hardy, CEO of Cymra Life Sciences: “Cymra believes this type of large scale clinical research will accelerate Australian and international awareness with medical professionals, so that more patients with chronic pain can safely and effectively use pharmaceutical grade cannabis medicines to provide relief.”

Tyson Craig, Operations Manager of Cronos Australia: “Cronos Australia understands the importance of underpinning efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis with evidence that can be used by healthcare practitioners. The CMOS study findings are intended to inform doctors Australia-wide that there are alternate therapies available for specific indications that patients are facing. This study will assist in making medicinal cannabis more accessible to patients as healthcare practitioners will be armed with the evidence when prescribing medicinal cannabis.”

Sholom Feldman, CEO of Cann Global Limited: “We are very excited to participate in CMOS, which is the biggest and most extensive medical cannabis trial ever undertaken in Australia. At present, I believe the biggest issue surrounding the legalisation of cannabinoid medicine is the lack of data for doctors to confidently prescribe cannabinoid-based products to their patients. We believe that this study will provide us with important clinical validation which should significantly increase both consumer confidence in pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis products, and the confidence of the medical industry to widely and responsibly adopt the prescribing of products to potentially naturally alleviate many ailments.”

Craig Cochran, CEO of Medcan Australia: "Medcan Australia is very excited to be a part of the CMOS study. Studies like CMOS are extremely important to build credible data around medicinal cannabis products and patient responses for various indications. As a leader in the Australian medicinal cannabis industry, Medcan Australia is proud to support the advancement of medicinal cannabis research both locally and internationally.”

Available for interview:
-Dr John Barlow, CMOS Principal Investigator for Applied Cannabis Research
-Patient prescribed medicinal cannabis
-Product companies upon request

Media Enquiries: AJD Media on contact@ajdmedia.com.au or call 0422238809

Applied Cannabis Research, a division of Southern Cannabis Holdings (SCH), is a specialist contract research organisation providing research expertise and services to medicinal cannabis companies. info@appliedcannabisresearch.com.au, (+61) 2 8294 6406 @CannabisApplied
SCH specializes in building and operating cannabis businesses in markets where cannabis is regulated as a pharmaceutical product. SCH companies include ACR, CA Clinics and FreshLeaf Analytics.

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Saquon Barkley, New York Giants Running Back, Scheduled for ACL Reconstruction Surgery Next Week

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the next step of his rehab from the devastating knee injury that ended his season, Saquon Barkley joins. According to Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network, Barkley is set for ACL replacement surgery next week and physicians are optimistic he will be fit for training camp. Barkley's surgery involved a delay and before the repair could begin, the strained MCL he had sustained on his right knee needed to recover. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that Barkley 's operation with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles is tentatively planned for Oct. 29.

On Thursday night, the New York Giants' star running back could be seen in good spirits, rooting up in a suite at Lincoln Financial Field for his team as they fought the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a sight for sore eyes in New York, considering Barkley was all smiles.

In Week 2, Barkley suffered the season-ending injury that marred Joe Judge's prospect of uplifting a young Giants squad as a mentor in his first year. It was a huge blow to a career for Barkley that is just getting off, but the third year back has already demonstrated an assertive attempt to rebound quickly from injury.

Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 of last season but managed to get back on the field ahead of time, missing only a month. For this ACL injury and surgery becoming even more difficult and all that more serious, though, hopes can be tempered for Barkley 's return, and the comeback will be carefully mapped out as the Giants prepare to recover one of the premier running backs of the league.

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Ex-Giant Victor Cruz is Extremely Confident in Saquon Barkley's Comeback

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LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — It's been a couple of weeks after the New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley suffered a torn ACL for the season. But in Barkley 's path to rehabilitation, one former Giant who is all too familiar with the challenges of recovering from a major knee injury feels optimistic.

“I’m extremely confident in him coming back,” retired wide receiver Victor Cruz told Giants Wire. “I believe he’s going to attack this recovery the same way he attacks everything else and that’s with confidence and discipline and understanding exactly what he has to do to get back to playing shape, so I’m excited for him and I’m excited for his comeback.

Cruz has said that after everyone has had a chance to calm down, he plans to reach out to Barkley in a few weeks.

“I know that these times right now aren’t going to be the best. He’s going to go through a lot of things mentally, physically, emotionally and it challenges every part of you when you are away from the game due to injury.

During his time in New York, Cruz was part of the Super Bowl XLVI crew and was admired, but in 2014 he went down with a broken patellar tendon and, sadly, was never the same again.

“I plan on reaching out to him in a couple weeks or so. I just wanted to give him some time to get in a routine and understand what’s going on and process it all before I reach out to him,” Cruz added.

Barkley has the kind of motivation and enthusiasm for the game to attack his rehab and come back solid, as Cruz points out. The running back does not shy away from contact, and his effectiveness comes from open field cuts, so it is more than fair to wonder about his return.

The Giants should have no doubt that Barkley is going to do everything in his power to return to the game-changing superstar he 's considered to be as he continues his comeback journey.

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Friedman Business Solutions Launches Virtual Presence Program

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In response to the digital tsunami, Friedman Business Solutions (FBS), is rolling out its new program, “Virtual Presence.” It is designed to help individuals and groups effectively engage, connect, and inspire across the virtual divide. According to Alexandra Friedman, Principal of FBS and a trusted coach and advisor to the country’s most influential leaders and institutions, “Digital disruption has changed the way we think, communicate, and behave. In many cases, cheaper and faster technological advancements have forfeited the human experience. Critical conversations are at risk for miscommunication, which can translate into conflict and lost opportunities. These new challenges require new solutions.”

“Virtual Presence” is borne out of Friedman’s commitment to monitoring, analyzing, and adopting new tools and strategies that will position her clients to thrive in an ever-changing digital landscape. With the launch of “Virtual Presence,” FBS will help clients harness their energy and skills to effectively engage with remote audiences to build relationships using a variety of tools and frameworks. According to a recent participant from Xerox, “The program has helped me to connect with potential customers on a more personal level, which has resulted in more productive sales conversations.”

About Alexandra Friedman

Alexandra Friedman brings over twenty-five years of experience in leadership, business development, and executive education to her role as coach and strategist. She has climbed the corporate ladder, led double-digit revenue growth, built high-performance teams, and launched two successful startups. Her background and expertise provide her with a unique perspective that helps clients from entrepreneurs to the C-suite address their most critical issues, capture high-value opportunities, and maximize their results in any economy.

Before founding Friedman Business Solutions, Friedman was a senior partner at CSG, where she designed and facilitated performance development programs for companies such as Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, Ford, and AllianceBernstein. An acknowledged expert in strategy and leadership, Friedman taught at Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and Sy Syms School of Business. She has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, International Business Times, Yahoo Finance, and Morningstar.

Friedman earned her Coaching Certification from Columbia University and holds an M.S. in Management and Organizational Development from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Forbes Council member and contributor and serves on the Membership Committee at The Executives’ Club of Chicago.

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Hygieacare presents at ACG 2020 – Inner-Colonic Microbiome are Unique and Profoundly Different from Stool Samples

Study design for comparing microbial communities between home collected stool samples with inner-colonic microbiome communities collected during HygiPrep(TM)

odorless and acoustically protected HyGIeaCare experience

HygiSample™ is the only way of non-invasively obtaining inner-colonic microbiome and may be the key to developing personalized medicine.

HygiSample™ is significantly differentiated from stool sample, providing new and exciting opportunities for Hygieacare. Screening population inner-colonic microbiome is key to personalized medicine.”

— Gavriel (Gabi) Meron, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HyGIeaCare Inc.

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — HyGIeaCare Inc. announced that a poster was presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting by the American College of Gastroenterology ACG 2020 VIRTUAL with data showing that inner-colonic bacteria and microbiome are unique and profoundly different than those of stool samples. Since the gut microbiota has a significant role in the management of health and disease, the potential for developing personalized medicine based on HygiSample may be key.

Currently, most of the studies discussing gut microbiome are based on stool samples. HygiSample gathered by Hygieacare Centers during HygiPrep(TM) or HygiRelief(TM) allows for a non-invasive and safe method of gathering inner-colonic effluent to analyze the patient-specific microbiota. 35 samples were collected from 11 participants at the Hygieacare Center in Norfolk, VA, and analyzed for the microbiome.

The study showed that there are distinctive and large differences between a stool and inner-colonic samples. The patented HygiSample process is currently the only way of obtaining microbiome information from within the colon, non-invasively, and without the purgative effects of oral prep.

Obtaining information from inner-colonic microbiome communities is the key to developing personalized medicine.

The Poster was accepted for presentation at ACG 2020 VIRTUAL, and submitted by Orly Levitan, PhD, and Dawn B. Burleson, RN, MBA, CRA, (Hygieacare Inc., Norfolk, VA, USA), and David A. Johnson, MD MACG (Eastern VA Medical School, Norfolk VA, USA.

“We are delighted that the study confirms our expectation that HygiSample™ is significantly differentiated from stool sample, providing new and exciting opportunities for Hygieacare", said Gavriel (Gabi) Meron, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HyGIeaCare Inc. "Obtaining information from screening population of inner-colonic microbiome communities is the key to defining specific dysbiosis and developing personalized medicine”.

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Ray Charles has one more concert in Africa

Ray Charles

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Live – This Is Your House CD

Time Capsule items

Legendary entertainer Ray Charles joins time capsule in Africa to commemorate 400 years of African American History

The President of Equatorial Guinea felt it was more fitting to have the ceremony on the mainland”

— H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to United Nations

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience Project and a resident of Flushing, Queens, ended his two-week visit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea recently.

Mooney hand-delivered a time capsule to commemorate the 400 years of African American History to H.E. Mr. Simeón Oyono Esono Angue, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The time capsule will be buried in the new administrative capital called the City of Peace.

The City of Peace is located in the province of Djibloho on the mainland. It's in the heart of the Equatorial forest, and home to the Afro American University of Central Africa.

Earlier plans called for the time capsule burial in Malabo, which is one of the islands for Equatorial Guinea.

The time capsule included a soundtrack of the legendary soul musician Ray Charles, who was portrayed by Jamie Foxx in the Oscar-winning biopic called Ray. The score was composed by Breyon Prescott and Craig Armstrong.

The album won a Grammy Award and was nominated by The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Award) for Best Film Music. The CD was purchased with a gift card donated by Barnes and Noble for Don Victor Mooney's first transatlantic rowing attempt.

For his performance in Ray, Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Another CD donated directly by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church for the same row, called 'This Is Your House' by Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir joined the time capsule.

Other items included artifacts, photos, letters, books, rocks, jewelry, coins, music, citations, journals, proclamations, sugar, tobacco, and cotton.

H.R. 1242 Resilience Project year-long commemoration was dubbed, 400 Years: Resilience, Faith, Healing, and Partnership.

On his fourth try, Mooney became the first African American to row from Africa to New York's Brooklyn Bridge. His boat christened the Spirit of Malabo was sponsored by the government of Equatorial Guinea, with the personal support of H.E. Obiang Ngema Mbasogo, Head of State.

Mooney's mission was to encourage voluntary HIV testing, in memory of his brother that died from AIDS.

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Hashtags: #400years, #Resilience, #Faith, #Healing, #Partnership, #EquatorialGuinea, #GuineaEcuatorial, #ExtremeFaith, #BrooklynTabernacle, #RayCharles, #Malabo, #Djibloho, #CityOfPeace, #CiudadDeLaPaz, #TheAcademy, #Oscars, #GRAMMYs

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Press Release: Disney Films Blur Reality of Harm to Animals

A new book shows how animal harm has been depicted, and sometimes romanticized, in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ films.

Filmmakers have a responsibility to see that they don’t perpetuate cruelty to animals.”

— The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the OCAE

OXFORD, UK, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A new book shows how animal harm has been depicted, and sometimes romanticized, in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ films.

The Disneyfication of Animals written by Dr Rebecca Rose Stanton is being published by Palgrave Macmillan, as part of their innovative Animal Ethics series.

Each chapter explores a different form of animal harm, from farming, hunting and fishing, to clothing, work, and entertainment.

The book argues that Disney films present certain species (such as dogs and deer) as pro-social, which makes it socially-unacceptable to harm them. The same films depict other species (such as rats and eagles) as anti-social, which makes it socially-acceptable to harm them.

The book also questions why animal farms in Disney films, such as The Fox and The Hound and Home on the Range, are almost-always free-range, comfortable, and spacious places for animals to live in, even though this contrasts greatly with animal farming in reality.

Dr Rebecca Rose Stanton, an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (OCAE), said: “Many people’s first, and sometimes only, experiences with certain species of animals originate from fictional depictions in cultural representations, such as those in Disney films.”

“This is worthy of study because there is strong evidence that fictional cultural representations can affect how people view and treat specific species of animals in reality.”

She continued: “With the rising interest in animal welfare, I hope that there will be much more research into the effect that cultural representations can have upon viewers, and how this can influence animals in reality.”

Director of the OCAE the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey commented “This is just the book we need to understand how positive, and especially negative, cultural attitudes to animals are created and perpetuated by the screen media in particular. Filmmakers have a responsibility to see that they don’t perpetuate cruelty to animals.”

For editors

• "The Disneyfication of Animals" can be ordered from Palgrave Macmillan.

• The book is published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics book series in which more thirty volumes have already been published.

• The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and
publication. It comprises more than one hundred academic fellows drawn from the sciences and the humanities. Professor Andrew Linzey is co-editor of "Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature" published by Baylor University Press.

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Blessingvh Art Releases Happy Heart Collection

Blessingvh Art - Sneak Peek Happy Heart Collection Whimsical Murphie

Blessingvh Art – Sneak Peek Happy Heart Collection Whimsical Murphie

Blessingvh Art - Sneak Peek Happy Heart Collection Artistic textures

Blessingvh Art – Sneak Peek Happy Heart Collection Artistic textures

Blessingvh Art - Brand Logo and Power

Blessingvh Art – Brand Logo and Power

Paintings are made from textured elements, gouache pigments, and archival watercolor ground. Some have collaged paper from old novels.

LAGRANGE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Blessing Harison from Blessingvh Art is releasing the brand new Happy Heart Collection, and each product will be individually made by the designer herself. The Happy Heart Collection will be released on October 29, 2020.

Blessingvh Art is known for helping the freeist environmental country loving free spirits so they can decorate their homes with peace and love.

Thus, for the first time, Blessing has created an entire product line of her favorite and most popular paintings. The new Happy Heart Collection is scheduled to go live on October 29, 2020.

The collection will be exclusively sold on the website blessingvhart.us where the limited products are scheduled to sell out by the end of the season.

The paintings are designed to showcase farm animals with plants that make country lovers feel as though they were blissful.

Several products come in turquoise, sunshine yellow, vivid red violet, and periwinkle to capitalize on today’s trends.

Some paintings are made from vibrant pigments which mean farmhouse decor lovers will be able to decorate with mesmerizing works of art.

Each individual painting has its own name. A few examples are:

“Electrifying Moth"
"Shocking Lily with Sunflower"
"Whimsical Murphie"
"Playful Meeko"
"Cheerful Orange Lily"

Happy Heart Collection ranges in price from $60 to $300.

Blessing is excited to welcome her fans to the new handmade product line collection they’ve been requesting.

For more information about the Happy Heart Collection or for an interview with Blessing, please write to blessing@blessingvhart.us. Media high-res photos available upon request.

About Blessingvh Art
Blessing started designing paintings and sculptures after she was faced with a very real problem. How do you decorate a home with extravagant sustainable art? After many years of creating paintings and sculptures by hand, Blessing’s products started gaining notoriety amongst the country and boho decor industry.

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Internationally Renowned Canine Philanthropist Ecco D'Oro Dies

Ecco ready for the opera

Canine Philanthropist Ecco D’Oro

Ecco pictured with his stuffed prototypes

Ecco D’Oro with Eccolinis

Ecco receives a thank you from a child in Colorado.

Letter to Ecco from a child

World famous Canine Philanthropist GCH Sweetbriars Ecco DOro JH “Ecco” died on October 24, 2020 after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.

When you care…and share…life can take you ANYWHERE!”

— Ecco D'Oro

SMITHFIELD, VA, USA, October 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ecco, a Spinoni Italiano, was best known as the “naughty dog with the big heart” after he reached social media fame from his not-so-stellar but laughable antics.

What started as a simple Facebook page turned into a journey that can only be described as mind boggling.

“When I posted pictures of Ecco, more times than not, he was in some kind of trouble”, recalls his owner, Amy Havens. “Instantly, he became a global internet sensation. Ecco’s personality was so human that I began to write through his eyes. I would post inspirational Italian lessons daily from Ecco’s perspective and a poem weekly coined Sunday Prayers, which morphed into a new page dedicated to prayer requests due to the demand. I had to get him his own P.O. Box because he was receiving fan mail!

‘I realized that many children were watching Ecco’s naughty behavior so I decided to turn his negatives into positives. It’s impossible to be well behaved all of the time. However, the lessons you learn when you make mistakes are what really matters.

‘Ecco was known for stealing and destroying underwear, so I created the international “Underwear Everywhere Drive.” People would send socks and packages of new underwear from all over the world. Ecco and I would then travel down to the Union Mission in Norfolk, VA, and make our annual donation on behalf of his “pack”.

‘As Ecco’s popularity grew, unexpected things began to happen. Children wrote letters to Ecco. One in particular made an impact that will stick with me for the rest of my life. A little boy disclosed how he was being bullied and contemplating suicide. This child confided in a dog, not a human. This would not be the first child who messaged Ecco in despair and at that moment, I knew our true purpose.

‘This was the catalyst that inspired the birth of Nawty Dawg Big Heart, a non- profit organization to help others in need. Soon thereafter, Ecco became the larger-than-life Spokes Dog, barking our mission, “If you care…and share…life can take you anywhere.”

‘Prayer requests and cries for help flooded in as a result. We raised money for vet bills, transports and pretty much anything you could think of having to do with animals. We organized 911 “Bark Outs” to save animals from the euthanasia lists. Ecco’s social media pack was strong and philanthropic. Thousands of dollars were raised to help animals in need.

‘I don’t think we would have received a quarter of the response had it not been for Ecco. People really felt like they were talking to a dog, not a human. It was the most bizarre dynamic that I have ever encountered.

Irene Binggeli, now retired from Palisade Elementary School in Colorado, recounts the impact that Ecco had on her students. "Sharing is Caring!" “This could be heard in the halls of Taylor Elementary School. It was also the title of a lesson I taught students in the library with the help of Ecco. He taught kids about the importance of looking past their own life and to help others wherever possible. Ecco inspired our students to do good deeds in their community and to be more compassionate around their peers. These lessons completely changed the way the students felt about their families, friends, town and indeed the world. Just a month ago a former student, now a high school senior, shared with me that he still has the thank you note that Ecco wrote to him after a fundraiser we did for our local animal shelter. “Oh, it's just a dog!” Hundreds of kids and young adults in Colorado would disagree with that statement.”

Ecco brought joy to children and their families at Ronald McDonald House and to little ones during the Christmas season when he donned his Santa Paws outfit and visited pre-school classes. There were so many appearance requests that a stuffed prototype was created. “Eccolinis” were sold all over the world with a portion of each sale donated to a random charity.

“Eccolinis were spotted on every continent excluding Antarctica”, Havens stated. “It was surreal. Those stuffed pups helped children through surgeries, made it into delivery rooms, and even found love during biker week in Sturgis!”

Celebrities started noticing the impact that Ecco’s messages had on children and it wasn’t long before Metropolitan Opera Diva Janet Hopkins contacted Amy to arrange a performance together at the famed Westminster Dog Show in New York.

“The one thing that was more important to us than anything else was education”, said Amy. A long-time advocate for animal rights, Janet teamed up with Ecco to raise awareness about animal rescue. Janet and Ecco met in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania, where Miss Hopkins serenaded Ecco with a favorite personalized Italian aria, “O Mio Babbino Cane”.

Janet and Amy went on to co-write a children’s libretto named, “Ecco Goes to the Opera”, complete with an interactive coloring book, in hopes of bringing more children into the arts through animals and music. When Janet heard of Ecco’s passing, she replied with this statement, “I will forever remember my sweet Ecco. Our duets will echo across the rainbow bridge till we meet again. You were deeply loved.”

Prior to retirement, Ecco was the “Canine Travel Correspondent” for the exclusive Everyday Opera Magazine and the celebrity magazine, Concierge Q. “That crazy dog had restaurants completely shut down to throw charity wine tastings for him and his fans. It was surreal.”, stated Havens. “Restaurants craved the opportunity to invite a famous philanthropist dog in to review their businesses!”

Throughout his career, Ecco was an accomplished show dog, an avid bird dog, a magazine cover dog and the subject of many articles, books and documentaries. He lived up to the meaning of his name, Ecco D’Oro, “Here is gold”.

“Ecco was a ‘once in a lifetime’ dog but most of all, he was our beloved family member. Fly high our naughty boy with the biggest heart. You made a difference."

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