TODAY IN HISTORY
2000 Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1972 Robert Wagner marries Natalie Wood.
1910 The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1903 Ford Motor Company is incorporated. The firm's ten employees begin producing its first car, the Model A.
1858 Speaking in Springfield, Illinois, Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln says the problem of slavery has to be resolved. He declares, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Diana DeGarmo 1987 The runner-up (to Fantasia Barrino) in American Idol: Season 3 was a contestant on C-M-T's Gone Country in 2008 and has since recorded a pop album and a country EP. She has also starred in the touring production, Oz the Musical, the musical revue Back to Bacharach and David and Hair. (Age: 25)
Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971 - 1996 The embattled rapper and actor died on September 13th, 1996 days after being shot in Las Vegas. His murder has never been solved.
Laurie Metcalf 1955 Actress (T-V's S-N-L and Roseanne) (Age: 57)
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Co Host / Veterinarian Tech
Bob Page - Executive Producer
5:00 PM EST – Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers – Authors: ZOOBIQUITY – What Animals Can Teach Us About Health And The Science Of Healing (Give away during interview) www.zoobiquity.com
6:30 PM EST – Dave Vigil – CEO of Snaptracs – creators of TAGG – The Pet Tracker (Give away during interview) www.tagg.com
Stun gun, lasso used to round up horse...
State police say they used a stun gun and lasso to catch an unbridled horse that was running loose on a Pennsylvania highway.
State police say the horse was spotted near the California, Pa., exit of the Mon-Fayette Expressway.
Police say the horse would run away when they approached, so they used the stun gun and lasso to subdue and control the animal.
Police say they can't find the owner. They say the animal wasn't saddled and had no identifying brandings or other marks.
The horse was taken by Washington County Animal Control. A veterinarian was called in to tend to the horse.
California is about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Man blamed dog for apartment arson
A western Pennsylvania man who blamed his dog for causing an apartment fire has been jailed on charges that he set the blaze himself.
Cresson Township police have charged 58-year-old John Saparo with setting the fire, though police have yet to specify how.
What police did say is that they've determined the fire didn't start the way Saparo claimed. He allegedly told officers he was cleaning and had several fans running when his dog knocked over one of the fans, which, somehow, started the fire.
Saparo remains in the Cambria County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on arson and related charges.
Bear chased off after wandering into Alaska school
Authorities say a bear had to be chased away after wandering into an Anchorage, Alaska, high school.
Police say the small black bear wandered into Bartlett High School - home of the Golden Bears - through a door left open for construction workers.
School is out for the summer at Bartlett so no students were in the building at the time. Some staff were there and had to be evacuated.
Police responded and searched the school for the bear. They found clues like knocked-over trash cans that contained food.
Eventually officers began banging on doors to scare the bear. It did the trick, and the animal ran outside, into the nearby woods.
The bear may have felt welcome at Bartlett High. Besides having bears as a mascot, the school has a large bruin painted on the side.
It has been said that a woman will take a bullet when it comes to her babies.
At Helen Woodward Animal Center, veterinarian Dr. Oba discovered that this extends to animals and people alike when she removed a BB bullet from the head of new mommy feline, Cindy. The cat, found hovering over her new born babies, had been exposed to more than just nature’s elements in her quest to protect them. She had taken a literal bullet and refused to leave their sides.
“Mommy and baby kitties are all doing fine, but it was touch and go when they first arrived,” explained Oba. “They were all very tiny, malnourished, unvaccinated and very scared. It took a gentle hand to pull that Momma away from her babies.” Once in surgery, Dr. Oba discovered the reason why. The cat and kittens had been shot at by someone and Cindy had taken a blow to the head. Her determined effort to remain steadfastly with her litter is proof that the bond of motherhood knows no limits.
“I like to think every mother would do the same,” said Customer Service Lead Shannon Bush. “She certainly is a role model to mothers everywhere.”
Cindy and her babies are on the road to recovery and are available for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center in California. If you would like to adopt one of these rescues, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.
Next week is the 14th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. Really. I'm not pulling your paw. They say every dog has his day. This year, that day is Friday, June 22.
Dog owners throughout North America will be prodding their poodles and pulling their pugs to their place of employment. Studies say that animals can have a therapeutic effect on people in hospitals and retirement homes, so why not at work?
If your pup is housetrained, check with your boss to see if you can participate in this year's Take Your Dog to Work Day.
A few words of caution...
Some people suffer from cynophobia (fear of dogs), so be mindful that a nervous rottweiler hovering around the water-cooler may be unsettling to some coworkers. Not all massive mutts are intimidating. The Saint Bernard is a gentle giant that would cast an imposing figure sitting by the desk, guarding your stapler. Saint Bernards also have that convenient little barrel of brandy strapped to their collar for medicinal purposes, which is sure to make the day go more smoothly, but hanging a sixpack around your beagle's neck may not be greeted well by your employer.
It might be wise to teach your dog a cute trick so he will be more readily accepted by your fellow workers. For instance, training your dog to growl and snarl at the mention of your boss's name will break the ice when you and your dog arrive on the job. But use discretion. Make sure your boss is accidently locked in the storage closet or restroom when you are demonstrating the trick. Some businesses are inappropriate for pets. Food retailers come to mind. Customers do tend to frown on fang marks in their cheeseburgers.
Keep in mind that other people may also be bringing their dogs to work. It's important that yours can socialize with fellow canines.
Of course, you don't want your dog to be too well-behaved. Should the boss realize that your dog fetches things more quickly than you do and comes running at a whistle, Rover may be promoted to your position.
This fun Friday summer event was created by Pet Sitters International to promote "Don't Shop: Adopt" to find homes for needy pets.
Calamari in your mouth... not so good, dont swallow!!
A 63-year-old Korean woman who was dining on boiled squid was horrified to discover that sperm from the squid had painfully stuck to her tongue and cheeks.
The woman experienced severe pain in her mouth after biting into the squid. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) explains what happened in further detail:
"She did not swallow the portion, but spat it out immediately. She complained of a pricking and foreign-body sensation in the oral cavity. Twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva were completely removed, along with the affected mucosa," the article abstract states.
"On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores."
A squid's internal organs are normally removed when the squid is prepared for a dish, so this is not something the average consumer should have to worry about. When diners orders squid in a restaurant, they are typically served only edible parts, such as the cleaned tentacles and body sac.
And while the incident with this woman is creepy, painful and weird, it's not entirely without precedent. A report from NCBI in 2011 gave a similar case of squid spermatophores stinging a person's mouth, but that occurred after the person was eating raw squid. Again, it would seem as if the squid had not been properly prepared for consumption.
Interestingly, squid spermatophores are perfectly safe to handle, as they are not powerful enough to stick to the outside of the human body.