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Saturday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2012.
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Saturday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2011.
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Today In History:
1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.
1967, Otis Redding is killed when his chartered plane crashes into Lake Monona, outside Madison, Wisconsin. Ironically, the name of the act scheduled to open the club date Redding was on his way to is The Grim Reapers. Just before going on tour, Redding recorded the future number-one hit "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."
1984, The all-star fundraiser "Do They Know It's Christmas" is released in the U-K. It enters the chart at number-one and becomes Britain's top-selling single of all time until Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997."
Actress Susan Dey is 59 (Partridge Family).
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is going to jail and also turns 55.
TV chef Bobby Flay is 47.
Dan Blocker - Bonanza's "Hoss" died May 13th, 1972 from complications following surgery. He was 39.
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Vet Tech / Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer / Reporter
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST – Author: Megan Rix – “The Puppy That Came for Christmas” (Book Give-aways on air)
Special Guest Hour 1 – 5:30 PM EST – Martine Colette – The Wildlife Waystation – Non-Profit Sanctuary
Special Guest Hour 2 – 6:30 PM EST – Tracy Stillman – Creative Director for Life of Ryley (Park Bags and Collar Give-aways on the air)
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A recent poll of more than 200,000 pet owners tried to find out if those polled were dog people or cat people. The research then crossed those responses with lifestyle surveys and arrived at the following conclusions. Lets see if any of the results sound familiar?
Dog people are 15% more likely to be extroverts, while Cat people are 11% more likely to be introverts
Dog people are 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone, while Cat people are 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party
Dog people are 67% more likely to call animal control if they happen upon stray kittens, while Cat people are 21% more likely to try to rescue stray kittens
Dog people are 11% more likely to say they'd support cloning, but only for animals or pets, while Cat people are 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree
Dog people are 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions, while Cat people are 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns
But... Both dog and cat people:
- Talk to animals of all kinds
- Are equally likely to have a four-year degree
- Dislike animal-print clothing
So do you disagree or agree with these.. let us know!!
Normally you would think a nuclear power plant would not be great for the local environment... but this one in Florida is helping save endangered species!!
It sounds like the plot for a Syfy movie of the week, but the moral of the story is more heartwarming than terrifying: As there is an unexpected newfound harmony between a nuclear power plant and a 15-foot-long endangered species of crocodile.
The Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in southeastern Florida has been so good to the American crocodile that the reptile was recently taken off the endangered species list. But the croc's newly thriving condition has nothing to do with nuclear power itself; rather the species has cottoned to the 168 miles of manmade cooling canals that surround the plant, adopting the system as a new natural breeding ground.
The recirculating water system at Turkey Point works by pumping water from the canals through a condenser, somewhat like a car's cooling system. Federal wildlife officials say the crocodiles have experienced a five-fold population increase since the late 70's. And the crocs living in the canals are doing even better than their counterparts at the state's other two official sanctuaries, which still classify the enormous reptile as threatened. In 1997, the American crocodile population was down to just 300, while today, it's estimated to be more than 1,500 and growing.
What's more, it's not just the crocodiles that are thriving in the power plant canals; dozens of other protected species are booming there as well, including the manatee and loggerhead turtle.
The world's oldest living dog recognized by the Guinness Book of Records has died at his home in Japan...
Pusuke, a male cross breed, died at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture at the age of 26 years and nine months - equivalent to more than 125 in human years.
Owner Yumiko Shinohara says Pusuke had been showing a good appetite and kept up with his daily morning and evening strolls until Monday morning when he suddenly refused to eat and appeared to have difficulty breathing.
He died peacefully in the afternoon, about five minutes after Ms Shinohara returned home from running errands.
"I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home,'' the 42-year-old housewife said, adding that she wanted to thank Pusuke for many good memories through the years.
Pusuke was certified for the Guinness title in December last year.
A recent online pet poll found that just over half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season...
Most people this year who are pet owners will spend an average of $46 on their animals, with toys and treats topping the list. Overall spending in the pet industry including food, supplies, veterinary care, grooming, boarding and pet sitting was just over $48 billion in 2010, with over $50 billion in spending projected for 2011.
There is no must-have pet gift this year, but one of the most popular gifts last year was the Snuggie for pets and this year, she expects pajamas will be big sellers. Another trend: Gifts for the senior set — meaning pets over age 7 — including infrared massagers and chew toys for those short on teeth.
Finally, there is an endless variety of pet-themed clothing, housewares and accessories for the humans in a dog's life. For bakers, cake, cookie and candy pans come in the shape of bones, dog houses and fire hydrants. Tiffany & Co. sells a sterling silver dog bone charm for a bracelet.
And if you are truly in the holiday spirit you will find a way to make a donation to a local shelter or rescue group in your pets name so a pet who has yet to find his own fur-ever home can also have a great holiday.
Scientists claim accurate poo flinging is sign of intelligence -- Politicians disagree...
Chimps throw their poop at people... well at least they do in Zoo's... just ask our host Jon.... Even still Poo flinging is a verifiable fact, one that many of you zoo-goers may have experienced first hand. When you think about why they throw their poop at people, you’re likely to come up on an explanation something along the lines of “Well, they’re animals.” While that is true, Bill Hopkins of Emory University, has done a study that shows that the chimps who throw their poop the most often and are the “best” at it, are actually smarter than chimps who throw less frequently and less accurately.
“Smarter” is a pretty ambiguous term, so let’s narrow it down a bit. What the study actually shows is that the chimps who throw their poop the most frequently and most accurately not only have the largest and best developed motor cortex but also comparatively well-connected and developed Broca’s areas and left hemispheres in general.
If that wasn’t enough, the kicker is that the specific areas and connections that are well-connected and developed are the same ones that play important parts in speech for humans. Poop-throwing — okay, okay, just throwing in general — may very well be directly related to language development and speech.
This throwing-speech connection is supported by a few details. First off, the chimps who were best at throwing weren’t especially good at other physical activites or dexterous overall; the throwing was a specific area of talent. Secondly, on further study, the researchers found that the best throwers, for the most part, were already some of the best communicators in their groups. The idea throwing, specifically, is related to language in that it is a primitive form of self-expression and that one of the primary ways a non-verbal, non-literate animal can communicate with its kin is by throwing stuff at them.
So the next time you’re at the zoo and you dodge a well-aimed, airborne turd, just think: That guy is one of that smart ones, and he picked you. You should be extremely honored.
Reno worker fired after refusing to load sick dog on plane takes back job with baggage firm
A Nevada woman fired for refusing to put an emaciated hunting dog on a plane at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is taking her job back.
Lynn Jones said that baggage handling company Airport Terminal Services is “like a family” and she hopes to move on from the flap.
Jones was fired Nov. 12 when she refused orders to load the dog on a Corpus Christi, Texas-bound plane, fearing it would die.
Animal welfare workers picked up the animal. It recovered and was eventually returned to its owner.
Airport Terminal Services President Sally Leible (LY’-blee) said that she regrets the way the incident was handled and offered Jones the job again — with back pay. The St. Louis company also pledged a donation to the Nevada Humane Society.
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Saturday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2011.
There are 28 days left in the year.
Today In History:
1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.
1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.
1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 63
Actress Daryl Hannah is 51.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 46.
Actor Brendan Fraser is 43.
Actress Amanda Seyfried is 26
Jon Patch - Host
Jarrod Lazarus DVM / Co Host - Bay Area Veterinary Care Center Medical, training Advice
Amanda Page - Producer / Reporter
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – 510 PM EST - Author: Diana Reiss – “The Dolphin in the Mirror” (Book Giveaways)
Special Guest Hour 1 – 530 PM EST – Rob Atkinson – CEO: The Elephant Snactuary
Special Guest Hour 2 – 630 PM EST – Susan Brandt – Executive Director Rational Animal – (Legendary Musicians with Animals Notecard Giveaways)
Military dogs taking Xanax, receiving therapy, for canine PTSD...
Even the most hardened soldier can escape grievous wounds on the battlefield only to suffer deeply painful psychological traumas after returning home. And unfortunately, the same pattern of psychic trauma seems to apply for the dogs that help provide essential services for military men and women.
Among the present corps of 650 military dogs, more than 5 percent deployed with American combat forces are suffering from canine Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And of that group, about half are forced into retirement from service. The study of canine PTSD is only about 18 months old, even though animal behavior has been studied for centuries:
Like humans with the analogous disorder, different dogs show different symptoms. Some become hyper-vigilant. Others avoid buildings or work areas that they had previously been comfortable in. Some undergo sharp changes in temperament, becoming unusually aggressive with their handlers, or clingy and timid. Most crucially, many stop doing the tasks they were trained to perform.
Military dogs have reportedly become the most effective tool for detecting improvised explosive devices (IED's) in the battlefield. IED's are typically composed of chemicals, rather than metals--which makes them especially hard to detect via conventional electronic monitoring systems.
Testing the dogs for PTSD is a complex process: In a series of videos used to train veterinarians to spot canine PTSD, one shepherd barks wildly at the sound of gunfire that it had once tolerated in silence. Another can be seen confidently inspecting the interior of cars but then refusing to go inside a bus or a building. Another sits listlessly on a barrier wall, then after finally responding to its handler's summons, runs away from a group of Afghan soldiers.
Once a military dog is diagnosed with PTSD the military works directly with veterinarians on treatment:
Since the patient cannot explain what is wrong, veterinarians and handlers must make educated guesses about the traumatizing events. Care can be as simple as taking a dog off patrol and giving it lots of exercise, play time and gentle obedience training. More serious cases will receive "desensitization counter-conditioning," which entails exposing the dog at a safe distance to a sight or sound that might trigger a reaction—a gunshot, a loud bang or a vehicle, for instance. If the dog does not react, it is rewarded, and the trigger—"the spider in a glass box" is moved progressively closer until the dog is comfortable with it.
Some dogs are even treated with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. That regimen permits them not merely to recover from their trauma, experts say--it also helps them eventually return to active duty. Those dogs unable to re-enlist are allowed to retire, either with an adoptive family or an inactive service member.
Follow Up Story has Happy Ending...
You may remember the story we did about a Southern California woman who stood on a busy street corner in La Jolla wearing a bikini to draw attention to her lost dog... Well she has been reunited with her pet.
20-year-old Arlene Corona stood on the corner in her bikini and pumps for six days last week, seeking the public's help in finding her Chihuahua, named Chispeta.
Corona has had Chispeta for five years, and said she would stand out on the corner every day until her precious pup comes home.
Finally, someone called Corona and told her about a woman who had the dog and a reunion was arranged.
Corona says she plans to get the dog micro-chipped in case the dog ever disappears again.
Wonder where Bullwinkle is??? We know where Rocky is,,, hanging out with Snooki in Jersey???
Most people spend their time in the hospital plotting their escape. It turns out that squirrels aren't all that different.
One night this week a flying squirrel managed to trap itself inside the emergency room at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Now an ordinary squirrel in this position might just hide in a corner and make a quick dash for the nearest exit. But this gifted flying rodent repeatedly launched itself from an 8-foot-high wall-mounted lamp, in order to avoid firefighters from the Rahway Fire Department.
"It would climb up on a light and would jump off and glide," said fire department spokesman Capt. Ted Padavano. "It looked just like a little squirrel, but once it jumped into the air, it had like a glider, or like a bat, skin under its arms, like a little square glider,"
Even stranger, this was the second time in two weeks that a flying squirrel had taken over the hospital's 15-by-15-foot trauma room. Eventually, a pair of firefighters managed to throw a blanket over the squirrel and safely release it unharmed into a wooded area outside the hospital.
But Padavana was already anticipating a return visit from the small, airborne creatures, speculating that they may have a nest inside the hospital. After all, he asked, "What are the odds of having two flying squirrels in the same emergency room?"
Into the record bugs... errrr record books with a record size bug!!
An Explorer has found the biggest insect ever on record - so large it can eat a carrot.
She's called a Weta Bug and has a huge wing span of SEVEN inches and weighs as much as three mice.
Renowned entomologist Mark Moffett, 55, discovered the cricket-like creature up a tree on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.
He spent two days searching for the creepy crawly which were thought to be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago.
Mark said: "Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta. We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree. The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found. She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away. She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn't want to risk indigestion. After she had chewed a little I took a picture and we put her right back where we found her."
If your not afraid of bugs make sure you head over to our facebook page and see the pictures of this giant bug, talkinpets.com has the link to our facebook page right on the top of the home page. t-a-l-k-i-n pets.com
When a bag of kittens was dumped and run over in traffic on a rural Iowa highway, a dog named Reagan rushed to their rescue.
Iowa’s Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary is home to two kittens who owe their lives to Reagan. Three months ago her owner called the sanctuary seeking help after pulling two live kittens out of a Meow Mix bag that her dog had found in the road.
“It was gruesome, quite gruesome because the kittens…there was a litter of 4 or 5 of them and you couldn’t tell if there were 2 or 3 (in the bag) they had been run over by a vehicle. It was not a pretty sight,” said Linda Blakely of the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.
The fact that Skipper and Tipper even survived is difficult to explain, but one thing is certain: had Reagan not found them, they likely would have died on the spot. The yellow lab literally dragged the bag out of the road. Then she dragged it all the way home. And cried until her owner opened it. Reagan’s owner could hear faint cries from the bag, but said she was completely unprepared for what she found.
After recovering from the shock of finding the kittens in that bag, Reagan’s owner called the sanctuary and brought them in. They were weak and required bottle feeding every few hours, but both have recovered fully and are thriving at the sanctuary. They are also available for adoption. Blakely says they probably never would have made it off that road were it not for the love of a dog.
“The instinct of the dog was to nurture and not kill. With all the blood some dogs would have responded to the scent. Reagan the dog is a hero,” says Blakely.
The hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants can pose particular challenges for the millions of families that include pets....
The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends.
With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four-legged family members healthy and happy:
A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others.
Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they’re out of your pet’s reach.
Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.
As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don’t share with your pets. Chocolate can be, hazardous, but also watch out for xylitol, a common sweetener. And individually-wrapped candies are double trouble as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.
Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.
If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.
Don’t leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.
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Saturday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2011.
There are 35 days left in the year.
"Turkey Coma Edition"
Today in History
1789, this was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
1842, the founders of the University of Notre Dame arrived at the school's present-day site near South Bend, Ind.
1922, In Egypt, the entrance to child-king Tutankhamen's tomb is discovered by archeologist Howard Carter.
1983, A Brinks vault in London's Heathrow Airport is robbed by gunmen, who make off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly 40-million dollars.
Impressionist Rich Little is 73
Singer Tina Turner is 72.
Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 30
Charles M. Schulz Born 11/26/1922 . The Peanuts cartoonist died February 12th, 2000.
Jon Patch - Host
Adriana Odachowski DVM - East-West Animal Hospital / Co Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – Author: Dave FitzSimmons – Curious Critters – (Book give aways during interview)
Special Guest Hour 2 – Ari Meltzer – Head of Business Development – Dog-e-Glow (Leash and collar give aways during interview)
You're an officer of the law and you're scared of a Jack Russell? Do you want that kind of person protecting you????
A Florida woman is upset after her Jack Russell terrier was shot and killed by a Citrus County Sheriff's deputy who said he felt threatened.
Nancy Blackwell is trying to put the past behind her, but fun and games with her Jack Russell, Rascal, are not the same without the third member of their family. Blackwell's other Jack Russell, Princess, was shot and killed by CCSO deputy Nick Hesse as the deputy served an arrest warrant on Blackwell's son.
Police spokesperson Gail Tierney said Princess began barking at Hesse, got out of Blackwell's house and ran at the deputy while showing her teeth and growling.
Tierney said the deputy moved back, shot and killed the dog. Hesse said he felt threatened by Princess.
Blackwell doesn't agree with the explanation she was given and had harsh words for the deputy: "You�re an officer of the law and you�re scared of a Jack Russell? Do you want that kind of person protecting you?"
The dog is now buried in Blackwell's backyard, along with her favorite blanket, a toy and her bowl. Blackwell said she won't get another dog.
Tierney said the incident is under review, but the deputy had the right to defend himself. New procedures could be put in place to keep a similar incident from happening again.
Wild Turkey ruins another family holiday... and no not the booze Wild Turkey this time... a real wild turkey...
A wild turkey apparently flew into an Eat'n Park restaurant on -- of all days -- Thanksgiving.
The 15-pound turkey was found among a pile of shattered glass on the carpet near some booth tables around 3 p.m.
Nobody was inside the restaurant at the time as it was closed for the holiday.
Penn Hills police Officer Bernard Sestili responded when the building's alarm went off. He said the turkey flew into the window and was not thrown. The turkey was probably was roosted in one of the trees in the near by wooded area, went for his morning flight and flew into the window.
A turkey fighting back, on Thanksgiving -- how ironic.
Man purchases venomous black mamba snake at an interstate exit in South Georgia. What could possibly go wrong?
Wildlife authorities are investigating after a 22-year-old man was bitten by a venomous black mamba while he was trying to purchase the snake at an interstate exit in south Georgia.
Keep in mind the Black mamba has a reputation as one of the most deadly snakes.
John K. Rosenbaum of Jacksonville Fl. was bitten during the sale this week along I-95 in Kingsland Ga.. Rosenbaum was taken to two hospitals � Southeast Georgia Health System's Camden hospital before being transported to Shands Jacksonville in Florida.
Shands officials say he has been discharged.
Georgia authorities say no one in the state has a wild animal license for black mambas, nor does Rosenbaum. Violators can get up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Family decides to spare life of oyster they found because it had shapes on its shell arranged to look like a human face. They did not say if it also resembled a bearded clam...
Eva Carbonaro of Mass. said she and her family were at Scudder Lane town landing to search for Thanksgiving oysters when they came across the funny-faced oyster among some barnacles and seaweed on the beach.
Carbonaro said she has been keeping the oyster in a bowl of water in her refrigerator and her family has decided to make the creature, which they named Rockefeller, a special guest at Thanksgiving dinner instead of one of the courses.
"I think he gets a pardon. I couldn't look him in the eye and in good faith go ahead with it," Carbonaro said. "He's definitely going to be a guest of honor at our Thanksgiving dinner."
Carbonaro said she plans to look into donating Rockefeller to a local nature museum after the holiday.
Huge Beaver wreaking havoc...
Residents near Kane Meadows Park in Blaine, Minn., are used to seeing wild animals, but it's a rare day that sees a trapper snare a 75-pound beaver.
The behemoth of a beaver was pulled out of a ditch along a mile-long walking path where beavers had built a dam near a storm water pond, blocking the flow of storm water runoff into nearby Rice Creek.
So, the Rice Creek Watershed District hired the trapper to remove them from the area because they were causing damage along the trail, but they were shocked when the trapper caught one that weighed as much as a medium-sized dog.
The semi-aquatic rodent species is known to grow up to 60 pounds in the wild.
Bikini barking! The scantily-clad protester who�s refusing to wear anything else or eat� until she finds her pet chihuahua
Arlene Mossa Corona wore a bikini and held up a sign with pictures of her dog Chispeta at an intersection in San Deigo this week.
Corona said she tried everything to find her dog, from calling the pound to contacting a pet psychic.
The only other option was to wear her bikini in the 50-degree weather and not eat until she finds the dog. She listed her phone number and multiple pictures of Chispeta on her signs.
�Against my family's wishes, I will be skipping my family Thanksgiving celebration this year and standing out there alone in an effort to be reunited with my dog,� she said. �Thanksgiving won't be the same without Chispita.�
Cars honked and men whistled and shouted cat-calls at the woman as she held up her sign, wearing red pumps, and a skimpy bikini.
A maintenance worker in her complex told Corona that he saw a girl take the dog. Corona believes that if the dog was stolen, whoever took it may be too afraid to return it.
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Saturday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2011.
There are 42 days left in the year.
Today is: "World Toilet Day" - In 2001, the World Toilet Organization declared its founding day, 19 November, as World Toilet Day. Since then, 19 November has been observed globally by its member organizations.
Today In History:
1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon.
1990, the pop duo Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because other singers had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's True" album.
Talk show host Larry King is 78.
Talk show host Dick Cavett is 75.
Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 69.
Actress Meg Ryan is 50.
Actress-director Jodie Foster is 49.
Jon Patch - Host
Maria Ryan - Co Host / DogGone Positive Owner, Training and Behavior Advice Expert
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – Bob Barker – Friend of Talkin’ Pets and former long time Host of “The Price is Right” stops by to discuss the “Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act” and more...
Special Guest Hour 2 – David Frei – Long time friend of Talkin' Pets and the Dean of Dog Show commentators – Voice of Westminster and author of “Angel on a Leash”… Possibly John O’Hurley co-host of The National Dog Show may stop by as well.
How much would you spend to save a family pet???
An Austrailian family paid $27,500 in veterinary bills to keep their cat alive after it was bitten by a tiger snake.
rigitte and David Harris took out a $20,000 bank loan, $18,000 of which they still owe, to pay for Ollie's treatment, but said it was worth it.
The family did not have pet insurance and Mr Harris advised other pet owners to consider it.
The couple said it cost them about $4500 a day to keep Ollie on "life support" for five days.
He was hooked up to a ventilator and cared for around the clock by medical staff who checked his breathing, heart rate and the venom levels in his blood. He also needed eight antivenene injections worth between $700 and $800 each.
If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake experts recommend owners get their pets to the vet as soon as possible because antivenene could be extremely effective if the animal is treated quickly. Snakebite symptoms are not as obvious in some pets, particularly cats. Generally, pets will show initial symptoms such as vomiting, excessive salivation and poor swallowing reflexes, wobbly walking, weakness in the legs, dilated pupils and glassy eyes.
Some people think its stupid to swim in piranha infested waters. Then there are the toeless Brazilians...
Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a river beach popular with tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 unwary swimmers.
Officials in the city of Caceres in Mato Grosso state said this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at the Daveron beach on the Paraguay river, where the aggressive fish began schooling about two weeks ago.
City officials said the beach will remain open because it's an important draw for tourists in Brazil's Pantanal region, known for its ecotourism.
Each September, Caceres hosts what local officials bill as Brazil's biggest fishing festival, a weeklong event that draws 200,000 people for fishing tournaments and concerts.
The city has seen far fewer people than normal use the beach recently because of the piranha attacks. It was deserted recently during a national holiday in Brazil, normally a heavy beach day.
Officials have put up large signs warning swimmers about the piranhas, reading in blood red letters: "Attention swimmers. Area at risk of piranha attacks. Danger!"
PETA asks Turkey, Texas to change its name for Thanksgiving....
The animal rights group sent a letter to Mayor Pat Carson on Monday urging him to change the name of the town in time for the turkey-based holiday.
The letter claims that turkeys suffer virtually every day of their lives and that eating the vegetarian alternative Tofurky comes without the suffering of the turkeys.
PETA wrote that it'll treat the entire city to a vegan holiday feast if the name is changed.
"Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. "By changing its name to 'Tofurky,' Turkey would send a clear message that delicious, savory mock meat is an easy way to celebrate without causing suffering-and give a bird something to be thankful for."
Located in the Texas Panhandle, Turkey is known as the home of country music legend Bob Wills.
Most residents say that they are opposed to the name change.
Bambi 1, Hunter 0. Game over.... But in this game everyone loses....
A Fort Wayne Indiana man died this week while participating in a reduction hunt at Chain O'Lakes State Park. Officials say he suffered an injury to his liver that possibly happened during an encounter he had with a deer he shot.
Indiana Conservation Officers have closed the investigation into the death of Paul J. Smith, 62, after the Noble County Coroner’s office ruled it was due to a lacerated liver.
Smith called his son shortly after 9 a.m. and left a message that he'd shot a buck. When Smith’s son returned the called around 10:30 a.m., Smith told him that after coming down from his tree stand to field dress and tag the deer, he discovered it was still alive and that he scuffled with the animal before killing it with a knife.
Smith called park officials by cell phone at about 12:30 p.m. to request help in transporting the deer to the reduction hunt check-in station.
A park employee who went to retrieve the deer found Smith unconscious and seated against a tree. The park's property manager and an off duty conservation officer tried to revive Smith with a portable defibrillator and CPR but got no response. Medics arrived and pronounced Smith dead at the scene.
An autopsy showed lacerations on Smith’s liver that were in line with internal bruising.
DNR officials believe Smith's family took possession of the deer that caused Smith's injuries.
Pervert-pleasing high-heeled mice stompers convicted of cruelty
Two women who stepped on mice while wearing high heels to give a man perverse sexual kicks have been convicted of animal cruelty by a court in central Germany.
The women, aged 29 and 25, made a film of their “animal crushing” exploits, as the disturbing practice is known, having been promised a considerable amount of money by a man for the video.
The women did not only step on mice, but also two lizards and three geckos, and ran over 12 mice in a car on the video. They also filmed themselves burning mice with lit cigarettes.
The prosecutor said the “animal crushing” perversion was a rare kind of foot fetishism. “Customers who watch films with such content, satisfy themselves according to our information, by watching pretty women slowly step on the animals, while wearing socks, high heels or while barefoot.”
The authorities used the video made by the women as evidence in the case. The 29-year-old woman was sentenced to a suspended sentence of nine months, and told to pay $500 to an animal protection organisation. Her 25-year-old friend is missing and could not be sentenced.
The defence lawyer criticised the sentence as particularly harsh. “One has to see that my client did not torture the animals for fun, rather that she needed the money that she had been promised in advance,” he said. He complained that the conditions of her sentence wrecked her plans to move to the United States to study business as she would no longer be allowed in the country.
Don't forget your pets' safety during the holidays...
Thanksgiving is just under a week away, and the holidays are just around the corner after that.
For many people, that means cleaning, cooking and lots of feasting. But if you have pets, It's very important to keep your pets' safety in mind. What may seem like a special treat for your furry friend may actually be harmful, or even deadly.
Keep in mind that chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins are all bad for your pets. Also bones should not be fed to your dog.
Here are just a few Thanksgiving Day Pet Safety Tips:
1. Give treats, not scraps. Instead of offering dangerous table scraps or leftovers, give your dog an extra doggy treat instead.
2. No bones about it. Resist that urge to throw your dog a bone. Turkey bones are soft and, like all fowl bones, are hollow, so they can splinter easily, causing damage and/or obstruction to your pet’s digestive tract.
3. Secure garbage. Keep the tempting garbage out of reach of your dog. The safest place is outside or in a room the dog is blocked from.
4. Holiday plants... Most of the indoor plants we like to decorate with during the holidays—poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, autumn crocus, Thanksgiving cactus—are toxic to pets. Keep these out of reach of your pet, or, better yet, buy fakes.
5. Get help. If your pet does ingest something, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Know which emergency vet clinics will be open during the holiday weekend and have their telephone number and address handy.
Name this animal: ________________???
This animal is small and native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra.
The babies are called either pups or kits.
They are an incredibly resilient animal that can live in temperatures as low as -59° F and as warm as temperatures as Southern California.
It survives in extreme temperatures thanks to its thick fur, furry soles, short ears, and short muzzle.
Climate change poses a threat to this animal, impacting their habitat and food sources. Consequently the International Union for Conservation of Nature has included them on their Red List of Threatened Species and on a list of ten species that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
***ANSWER***The arctic fox, also known as the white fox, polar fox or snow fox
THERE IS ALSO A VERY ADORABLE PICTURE POSTED OF AN ARCTIC FOX PUP ON THE FACEBOOK FAN PAGE WITH ALL THESE FACTS
LIAR GAME: "TURKEY EDITION"
Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
Turkeys spend their nights in nests made of leaves on the ground in small brush areas.....
****LIAR**** actually turkeys spend their nights in trees.
A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.
By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast.
The pilgrims sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
TALKIN PETS News
Saturday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2011. There are 56 days left in the year.
A reminder: Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday local time. Clocks move back one hour.
NOVEMBER IS ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH!!!
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1911, aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers arrived in Pasadena, Calif., completing the first transcontinental airplane trip in 49 days.
1911, singing cowboy star Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1935, Monopoly is introduced by Parker Brothers Company.
1977, George W. and Laura Bush are married.
2006, "Doogie Howser," Neil Patrick Harris, comes out of the closet, telling People magazine he's "a very content gay man living my life to the fullest."
Natalie Schafer - The actress played "Mrs. Howell" on Gilligan's Island. She died of cancer April 10th, 1991 at 78.
Helen O'Hara The ex-Dexy's Midnight Runners violinist -- that's her on "Come On Eileen" -- made two solo albums of Irish music in the late 1990s is 55
Singer Bryan Adams is 52.
Musician Kevin Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 24.
Jon Patch - Host
Vince Centonze DVM - Director of the HCC Vet Tech Program, Plant City, Florida
Lisa Centonze DVM - Hillsborough County Animal Services Tampa Bay, Florida
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST – Author: Susan Orlean – Rin Tin Tin The Life And The Legend (book giveaways)
Hour 1 – 5:30 PM EST – Brady Barr – Host of Nat Geo Wild’s Dangerous Encounters and featured in the game “Brady Barr’s Laboratory”
Hour 2 – 6:30 PM EST – Derrik Kassebaum – Sales Director at TropiClean – (Dental Care product giveaways)
L.A. is raising its barking dog fine to $250. This could get very expensive for next Glee Live Concert...
The City Council in LA approved an ordinance that fines owners of excessively barking dogs $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1,000 for a third if a Department of Animal Services hearing officer decides the pooch is barking too much.
City prosecutor Dov Lesel says that a dog's barking would be considered excessive if it continued for 10 minutes or more, or intermittently for a half-hour or more within a three-hour period.
The ordinance is expected to get Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's signature. It would go into effect before the end of the year.
"My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard ... "
A University of Central Florida biologist says a rare, two-headed albino milk snake was recently born.
Daniel Parker said the snake hatched last week in an incubation container.
Parker said most two-headed snakes have typical coloration. Albino snakes don't have dark pigmentation in their skin. Albino milk snakes appear in bright shades of red, orange and white.
The biologist says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. But with two brains giving commands to a single body, Parker says the snake would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.
An orphaned baby Asian elephant crippled by a poacher's snare can now walk again thanks to an incredible jumbo-sized false foot.
Three year old Chhouk was discovered roaming the forests alone in the Sprepok Wilderness area of Cambodia after his front left foot was caught in the trap. The foot had become infected and the little Nellie was found by conservationists severely malnourished and barely able to stand.
His heartbroken rescuers feared he would never walk again. But now, Chhouk is putting his best foot forward thanks to his new pachyderm-sized prosthetic. The team of vets cut off 12cm of infected tissue, cleaned his wounds and slowly nursed the poor elephant back to health.
The Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics was contacted to make Chhouk the false foot that would help the elephant walk freely. Chhouk needed no anaesthetic or painkillers when the prosthetic limb – which will need changing as he grows – was attached, a few turnips and bananas did the trick.
Now, the plucky jumbo has had a new lease of life and has even been adopted by a 10-year-old female elephant named Lucky. The two elephants now spend all their time together and enjoy splashing in a water pool in their enclosure.
Because of heavy poaching, Chhouk is one of fewer than 300 Asian elephants remaining in Cambodia.
A reporter from a CBS affiliate in Minnesota walks into a Chinatown butcher. No, this isn't the start of the joke, but what happened was unintentionally hilarious.
The owner of the butcher shop isn't laughing, because he just had to fend off charges he was selling dog meat.
Apparently this reporter was running down a story about a Long Island puppy mill that sold sick puppies to stores in Minnesota. The mill in question also shipped some animals to 36 East Broadway in Manhattan, the address of Dak Cheong Meat Market. The reporter immediately assumed that the puppies were used for meat. When she went in and asked the owner, Chao Fang, if he sold "dog meat," he thought she said "duck meat," so he said yes, because as anyone who has strolled the alleys of Chinatown knows, many of the windows have ducks strung up right in them.
The disgusted and outraged reporter then called the state agriculture department who sent inspectors to the shop, though they didn't find any dog meat. It turns out that the operator of the puppy mill sent the animals to the wrong address. She meant to send them to a pet store owner who lives on the same street.
Fang's response after he was cleared of any wrongdoing is just as amazing. ""How could we sell dog meat? This isn't China. This isn't Korea," he said. Oh, so now he's admitting that Chinese people and Koreans eat dog. That's not going to go over well, especially in Minnesota.
Your Pet's Food May Be Making You Sick
Careful with the kibble. The FDA has been rounding up pet food samples nationwide to test for salmonella that pet owners could accidentally ingest through casual contact.
A recent run of people sickened by pet food prompted the investigation, the FDA said.
The feed, treats and supplements in question are eaten by common domestic pets, from cats and dogs to fish, rodents and reptiles. But canine owners should note that canned dog food is not being eyed as a source.
Salmonella can be absorbed by consumers touching pet food and then unintentionally putting hands to their mouth.
Anyone who handles pet food should wash their hands carefully and keep children away from feeding areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes fever, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, and is especially dangerous for the frail and elderly. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 72 hours after contamination and illness lasts four to seven days, according to the CDC.
November Is Adopt-a Senior-Pet Month...
November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for our many blessings. Among those blessings are our companion animals. Pets are an important part of our lives and provide us with endless amounts of comfort and love.
Many shelters across the nation are celebrating Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month during November. The reason for this special emphasis on older pet adoptions is to bring attention to the great qualities of older animals and to encourage people to open up their hearts and homes to a senior pet. Older animals are often overlooked at animal shelters and passed over in favor of the adorable puppies and kittens. Senior animals are frequently euthanized when space becomes limited because they are considered less adoptable.
So if you are thinking about adopting a pet this month, consider a senior pet — one who may be a little gray around the muzzle and not quite as frisky as that young puppy or kitten. They may require a little extra care or daily medications or a special diet. However, an older pet will undoubtedly be a devoted companion and shower you with unconditional love and devoted companionship.
Many shelters and rescue groups recognize the benefits of adopting senior pets to senior adults by offering special programs with reduced adoption fees.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of adopting a senior companion animal:
* What you see is what you get — you know exactly who you are adopting because the pet’s personality is already Little Callie is available for adoptionestablished and he or she will not grow any bigger
* Easier to train because they focus on their human and are calmer and less distracted than a younger animal
* No housetraining required — mature pets have good manners and have already learned the basic life lessons, such as potty training
* Older companion animals tend to be more adaptable and easier to integrate into a new environment
* Senior dogs and cats are frequently more appreciative and grateful of their new home and bond more easily to their new family
* Older animals are super loving — they may have spent many months or even years in a shelter and are thrilled to have someone to love — and they make great napping buddies
* They don’t ask for much — a safe and warm place to sleep, plentiful meals and a little love and attention
* And most importantly — since senior pets are often the most difficult to adopt out, you will truly be saving a life when you adopt a senior cat or dog