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Nat Geo Wild feeds Ryan Lochte to the sharks
July 6th, 2017 under National Geographic. [ Comments: none ]

While that other network is doing Shark Week with Michael Phelps, Nat Geo Wild has Ryan Lochte promoting SharkFest. They also will have a week of programming dedicated to sharks starting on July 23rd and if we are lucky they can convince the Olympic swimmer to swim with them just like the man who is the gold medalist. It is a win/win situation for Nat Geo Wild, Not only will they have a ratings hit, they also do not have to worry about paying him.

Joking, we do not want to lose the new dad. After all he is always gives us something to talk about during the Summer Olympics.


Nat Geo looks back at LA 92 tonight
April 30th, 2017 under National Geographic. [ Comments: none ]

Back in 1992, LA was changed forever. The year beforehand four White cops were filmed beating an African American man up. They stood trial and on April 29th they were acquitted for his beating. Racial tensions were already at their peak and this verdict was the last straw. For the next six days and nights there would be riots, looting, fires, injuries and deaths in Los Angeles and the World watched it all go down on live television.

Tonight at 9p on Nat Geo’s LA 92, they look back at the LA Riots with archived video and actual news footage. No commentary just letting the story tell itself with the heartbreaking and shocking images as they happened over that week. From the verdict until until calm was eventually restored.

We can learn from out past and this is a powerful teaching material.


Killing Reagan brings his assassination to life
October 16th, 2016 under National Geographic. [ Comments: none ]

Back on March 30, 1981, the World was shocked when they learned that President Reagan and three other men were shot by a man for an unknown reason. Tonight at 8p on Nat Geo, we will get the behind the scenes story leading up to that day, that fateful moment and the days following it on Killing Reagan.
Before he was shot, Ronald Reagan (Tim Matheson) overcame a lot to became President of the United States in 1980. It seemed like Jimmy Carter was shoe-in for a second term, but then Reagan came from behind. The telemovie will show us the final days of the race, Carter calling to congratulate his opponent on the win and Nancy (Cynthia Nixon) and Ronnie moving into the White House. Once they are there, you will see them adjusting to their new life.
Meanwhile John Hinkley (Kyle More) is also adjusting to a new life. His parents are fed up with him and they have kicked him out. They have done all they can and they can’t do any more. Hinkley uses his newfound freedom to take his obsession for Jodie Foster to a whole new level of scary. On December 8, 1980, his world was rocked when someone murdered John Lennon and that gave him an idea to get Foster to fall in love with him.
On March 30, 1981, nearly 4 months after Lennon’s death and just over 2 months after Reagan became President, he decides he is Killing Reagan. Six bullets ring out, injuring 4 people including Reagan. It looks like the President wasn’t shot but just injured in the rush to save his life. As we know he was shot, but what happened after he was put in the limo is something we don’t fully know.
That is until tonight in this monumental television movie that depicts not only the horror of that day, but the special love that the Reagans had for one another.


Bring home Second Chance Chihuahuas tonight on Nat Geo Wild
April 16th, 2016 under National Geographic. [ Comments: none ]

Laura Dash is small in size, but she has a big heart for neglected Chihuahuas. Tonight at 9p, BarkFest continues on Nat Geo Wild with Second Chance Chihuahuas, and you get to see how far she will go to save them and find a furever home.
These sweet little pups are the second most euthanized dogs in the country and she is going to save as many of them as she can. In the last 10 years, she has rescued almost 2,000 of them. Tonight you will get to see her work her magic on just a handful of them.
The episode starts off with her getting call from a shelter that they have one with a broken leg and he needs surgery to get it fixed. She asks the doctor if she can meet him to see if he would be a good fit for her rescue. As soon as she meets the sweetie, she falls in love and takes him home until he is ready to get the surgery.
The next call she gets is about a Chihuahua running loose in the LA River. So Dash and Jim Peterson dash down there, try to find the little guy and take him back to the Dolittle Ranch in Studio City with them. As soon as they catch the dog, they realize he has been abused and he is not very people friendly. They will have a lot of work to do with him before he can find a furever home. They name him Grumpy and he lives up to his name. Not only is not people friendly, he doesn’t like other animals either. She will use water therapy to get closer to him and you will be shocked by how quickly it works.
Dash and Peterson have another Chihuahua in their house that is ready for adoption, but he doesn’t know how to walk on a leash. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but will they be able to teach this one that trick?
They get one more call and this time someone says they saw 10 Chihuahuas running around in an abandoned building. The two of them make a date night to capture as many as they can and see how feral they are. After spending the night in the building, they come out of there with five of them. Sadly the Dolittle Ranch is full and she will have to find other rescues for them.
Many of us have animals that were rescued and with this show you get to see how much work goes into getting them ready to be adoptable. It is not easy work, but we appreciate all that they do.
Chihuahuas hold a special place in my heart because when I was a teenager, my grandfather found one chasing a Doberman in the South Bronx and gave it to us. We had Gizmo for the rest of his life and he was the sweetest dog. Granted he was the only dog in a house full of a cats that were all bigger than him. Even with all of that against him, they all got along purrfectly.
In other words, they are small in size, but they are big as their bark. So adopt one now! You will want to after you watch Second Chance Chihuahuas.


Nat Geo Wild kicks off BarkFest with funny and mysterious dogs!
April 15th, 2016 under National Geographic. [ Comments: none ]

Starting at 9p tonight, Nat Geo Wild celebrates its second annual Barkfest. The channel is going to the dogs all weekend long with special programming dedicated to man’s best friends.
They kick off the celebration with World’s Funniest Dog and these arfdorable pooches will have you laughing out loud.
First there is Fritz, he’s a Golden Retriever who can’t retrieve. You can throw food, toys and balls at him and he just won’t catch it. Next up is Nathan, a Chinese Crested dog who loves to dance on his hind legs. While those dogs are cute, Ally is very mischievous pup. She likes to destroy her owner’s house when he is gone. She tears up the kitchen looking for something eat. She is so dedicated to finding food, she learned how to open and search the fridge. You have to watch how she does it. Diesel the Bulldog loves his cardboard boxes. So much so, he will do anything to get one and destroy them. Don’t even think abiut trying to take one away from him because that ain’t going to happen. Finally there is Skippy the Dotson whose noes knows what it wants. You can’t hide toys and treats from him because he will always find them.
No matter how these dogs makes us laugh, they all have their special way of bringing a smile to our faces.

From funny dogs to what is that dog? If you have adopted a dog from the pound, brought home a stray or rescued a rescue, then you might not know what type breed your dog is and you want to know. Who’s Your Doggie? helps 5 families find out what their mutt is? Some will guess part of their breed, others will be way off and one family will get it right.
As the show tests the dogs’ DNA from the last two generations, we will learn about the different breeds that they people think their dogs are and the breeds that they really are. Each breed has their own characteristic and it is interesting to learn how they differ.
Span is the first dog and when you look at the black short-legged, long-bodied dog, you think there he’s a Corgi and Black Lab mix. After a DNA test, you will be surprised to find out he is a part of one of those dogs and three parts other breeds that don’t seem possible. Roonie’s owners think he is a mix between a Terrier and English Setter and they are a quarter right. Luna is a beautiful dog and her photographer owners think she’s a Catahoula Leopard. They like saying that name, but can they say it after the DNA test? Our next family has two dogs the want to get tested. When you look at them, they look like they could be siblings, but could they be? Finally, there is Morie. His owner’s are convinced he’s part Shih Tzu, but he is twice the average size of one. Is he even part Shih Tzu? His results are the most shocking.
I don’t have a dog, but I have a cat that was rescued from the LA Shelter. I think I know what breed she is, but I would love to know what is she really. Because of that, I found this special really interesting. I could sympathize with the owners and enjoyed watching their reactions when they learned what is their best friend’s lineage.

These are the first two specials that air tonight, tomorrow 9p it is about Second Chance Chihuahuas and on Sunday it concludes with How Dogs Get Their Shapes. Besides these original specials, there will be plenty of other programming all about canines. If you love dogs, then Nat Geo Wild is where you need to be this weekend.


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