Today In History
1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina.
1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.
Comedian Elayne Boosler is 60.
Actor/Comedian Denis Leary is 55.
Actor-comedian Andy Samberg is 34.
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Vet Tech / Co Host
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
5:00 PM EST – Author – Kim Kavin – little boy Blue – A puppy’s rescue from death row and his owner’s journey for truth facebook.com/littleboybluedog
5:45 PM EST – Kim Brown – Automated Pet Care Products – Litter Robot – Kim will join Talkin’ Pets to pick a winner on the Litter Robot contest
6:35 PM EST – Jon Patch and Barry Siebold along with Executive Producer Bob Page will discuss WetNoz Studio Scoops from Petmate and give several away on air www.petmate.com
A kangaroo is on the lam in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar his suspected accomplices....
Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrueck west of Frankfurt, said the male kangaroo was one of three that escaped overnight this week with the inadvertent help of the menagerie that lives in the area woods.
Hoffmann says the kangaroos got out of their enclosure after a young fox snuck into the park and dug a hole next to the cage's fencing. Two of the three were then able to get out of the park entirely through another hole dug by a wild boar under the exterior fence.
Hoffmann says "we've got two of them back; now we're just looking for the third."
Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge After Abandoning Dog on Colorado Mountain...
Anthony Joseph Ortolani has been charged with animal cruelty for abandoning his injured German shepherd on one of Colorado's highest peaks.
Ortalani, explained on a mountain-climbing website that he had left Missy after her paws became blistered during the late July hike and he was unable to bring her down from the 14,065-foot peak as bad weather rolled in. Days later, a hiker spotted Missy and posted a photo, saying he could not bring her down himself. That inspired others to mount the rescue.
Reports say that the 112-pound dog named; Missy, whom her saviors are calling Lucky, is recovering and has no permanent injuries. But now a custody battle is looming over the injured German shepherd who was abandoned by her owner on a 14,000-foot mountain near Denver and rescued eight days later by strangers.
Ortolani is due in court Oct. 16.
picture of the cute dog: http://www.denverpost.com/portlet/article/html/imageDisplay.jsp?contentItemRelationshipId=4590113
Conn. town says girl can keep 20-pound pet bunny, cease-and-desist won't be enforced...
Officials in a Connecticut town say they've settled a zoning dispute over a local girl's 20-pound pet bunny after receiving calls and emails from across the country supporting her. We even posted the story on the Talkin Pets facebook & twitter pages a couple of weeks ago.
North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda said that the town will allow the 7-year-old girl and her family to keep the Flemish giant named Sandy and change the zoning rule that led to a cease-and-desist order three weeks ago.
The rule bars anyone from keeping rabbits and other livestock on properties smaller than two acres.
Josh Lidsky says his daughter, Kayden, is happy about the town's decision. He says she was scared and cried because she didn't want to lose her bunny.
They say dogs are man's best friend. John Unger and Schoep of Bayfield, Wisconsin are proof of that.
Their friendship started when Unger adopted Schoep from a shelter as a puppy 19 years ago. It turns out Schoep wasn't the only one who needed to be rescued.
Time has given them memories, but it has also taken a toll on Schoep's body. Arthritis and hip dysplasia have settled into Schoep's joints.
The only comfort now is a routine that keeps Schoep off his feet. Unger takes Schoep out into Lake Superior for a dip as often as they can. Unger gently places his arm under Schoep as they float together in the water. With no pressure on his body, Schoep quickly falls asleep in Unger's arms. Sometimes they stay that way for hours.
Unger is careful with every minute. He's not sure how much longer Schoep will be around. He wanted just one picture of them in the water to capture their friendship. He asked Hannah Stonehouse Hudson to take a few pictures.
She posted one picture of Unger and Schoep on Facebook, and it went viral within a few hours. It has now been viewed more than 2 million times. We even re-posted it and the story on the Talkin Pets Radio facebook and twitter pages.
People have been so touched by the story, many have made donations to help get pain medication, glucosamine, and laser treatments for Schoep. The degenerative arthritis is not curable, but Schoep hopefully will be more comfortable and have a better quality of life with treatment.
Cat Parasite Might Urge People to Commit Suicide...
A study published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has found people infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more than seven times more likely to attempt suicide.
The T.gondii is parasite generally found in cats, but can be transferred to a human host through ingesting its eggs.
Research has shown the parasite can cause inflammation which, in turn, produces metabolites that damage the brain. and research has also found signs of inflammation in the brains of suicide victims and people battling depression.
The study reports between 10 to 20 per cent of people in the United States carry the parasite, which mostly lays dormant within their bodies, but the majority of people infected with the parasite will not attempt suicide. But they could...
It’s not every day we hear about stingrays and sharks chasing folks out of the water at the Jersey Shore. Unless you your talking about Snookie, JWow & The Situation... and for the record that is 2 Jersey Shore jokes in 2 weeks for those of you keeping score at home...
But, swimmers have been ordered out of the ocean on more than one occasion this week at the Jersey Shore as a result of stingrays being spotted in the shallow waters along the coast.
Apparently the stingrays make their way in every year at this time to feed on baby clams that are in the surf. Their mouths are at the bottom of their body and as they swim along in the shallows they take scoops of sand up with clams, filter out the sand and eat the clams. These animals are wild. They’re not used to being touched or petted. That tail and that barb are there for defensive purposes to protect themselves. They don’t know if you’re being friendly with them or aggressive. If they feel someone on them or trying to touch them or pick them up, they’re going to use that barb. There have also been some shark sightings as well.
Bull sharks, hammerhead sharks and others have been spotted at the Jersey Shore as well. In fact, great whites are born in the back bays of the state waters in the spring. Two or three weeks ago, there was a seven or eight foot great white seen in the Atlantic City area. Shark attacks in New Jersey are very rare. In fact, the last one was in the 1930s.