Talkin' Pets 10/22/16

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Abigail Tucker will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/22/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book "The Lion in the Living Room" How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World

Dave Merrick, President of Neutricks, LLC. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/22/16 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away Neutricks for Dogs & Cats

Charity Recipient AKC Humane Fund Receiving Original Artwork
New York, NY- Winning artist Kathryn Swenson wanted to create a cosmopolitan look at urban canine diversity when she created "Vibrant City Stroll" for the 2017 New York Academy of Art contest. The winning artwork, a watercolor and graphite depicting multiple breeds out for a leashed walk, will represent the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in a commemorative poster. 
Each year The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) partners with the Academy for the art contest to create a poster and notecards for charity. The AKC Humane Fund has been selected as the 2017 charity recipient. The selected charity will receive at least $10,000 in a check presentation at Madison Square Garden and will also receive the original artwork from the New York Academy of Art contest. 
The winning artwork was inspired by the diversity of city life, according to Swenson, who visited dog parks and watched people walking a variety of breeds from all over the world. 
Born in Lowell, MA, Swenson, a mother of three, learned her love of art from her mother, a grade-school art teacher. She later studied art history and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She then went on to earn her MFA in 2008 from the New York Academy of Art. She currently resides in Nashua, NH where she works as an adjunct professor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her current focus is on drawing, watercolors, and portraiture. Visit her at
In addition to the winner, five additional finalists were selected. All artwork will be utilized in club materials such as note cards, posters and the official Guide and Record Book. The Westminster Kennel Club and the New York Academy of Art thank their shipping sponsor, Cadogan Tate Fine Art (
Marcelo Daldoce - "Penny"
Nick Gebhart - "Pointer with Sophistication"
Amy Hughes - "Lottie in Central Park"
Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio - "Australian Shepherd"
Clarissa Wong - "New York's Finest"
The AKC Humane Fund is committed to supporting the health and happiness of dogs across the country by protecting pets, supporting pet-related organizations and celebrating the human-animal bond. The AKC Humane Fund works to give back to dogs on a broad and sustainable scale through education, grant making and outreach promoting responsible pet ownership.
The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization providing financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. These grants make it easier for women's shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The Fund is also dedicated to assisting rescue by providing financial assistance to not-for-profit canine rescue groups that are taking on significant, rescue-related expenses. Grants are used to help cover the costs of veterinary care, spaying and neutering and vital supplies.
About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other.Westminster. There's only one.
Visit us at: or follow @WKCDOGS.
About New York Academy of Art
Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, the New York Academy of Art is a graduate school and cultural institution that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. The Academy believes that rigorously trained artists are best able to realize their artistic vision. Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. Through major exhibitions, a lively speaker series, and an ambitious educational program, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.
About The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. - The fund unites animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. It's the only public charity that directly supports pets in domestic violence shelters. The Fund also offers Parent Club Breed Rescue grants to dog clubs rescuing and re-homing unwanted dogs and scholarships to reward students pursuing professions that strengthen the human-animal bond. The AKC Humane Fund's Awards for Canine Excellence are given each year to promote the important role dogs play in our lives. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. For more information, visit


How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World


“ Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker's blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.”

Library Journal STARRED Review

“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.”—B&N Reads

“Fascinating… Cat lovers, keep watching those cute cat videos online, but back it up with this very serious look at what makes Tabby tick.”—Booklist

“A thoughtful look at the illogical human love of felines.”

Publishers Weekly

“[An] intriguing history… Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are ‘the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best non-fiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.”– Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

“I recommend this book for cat lovers, cat haters, and anyone curious to learn how these mysterious creatures crept out of the Fertile Crescent and clawed their way into our hearts. I’ll never look at my own fluffy killing machine in quite the same way again.” –Mara Grunbaum, author of WTF, EVOLUTION?!


*Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers Selection*

Cats are incredible creatures: they can live anywhere and can eat anything. They can tweak their sleeping schedules and social lives. They outnumber dogs, 3 to 1 worldwide. But unlike dogs (or most any other domesticated animal) cats offer humans no practical benefits. Still they rule our bedrooms, our stoops, back alleys and deserted Artic islands. We feed them, stroke them, clean their litter box. But how did this creature acquire such stature?

Abigail Tucker tell us why: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World (Simon & Schuster; 10/18/16; $26.00) is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts. She visits scientists and cat obsessive to mine the science and subculture of the housecat. She travels to La Brea tar pits to learn about the ancient ancestors: sabretooths, and giant cave lions. She visits a veterinarian, who is breeding leopard-cat hybrids in her basement. She attends a modern cat fancy (the Best in Show for cats) and investigates what a matchless killer does…with endless time indoors.

Tucker herself is the owner of Cheeto, a huge orange feline who once drove away a cat sitter because he so aggressively chased her in pursuit of food. Make no mistake, your sweet pet is a predator; and cats actually drive extinctions, particularly within island ecosystems.

Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not beawwbut awe.

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Abigail Tucker is a correspondent forSmithsonianmagazine, where she has covered a wide range of topics from vampire anthropology to bioluminescent marine life to the archaeology of ancient beer. Her work has been featured in the Best America Science and Nature Writing series and recognized by the National Academy of Sciences. Tucker lives in Connecticut. The Lion in the Living Room is her first book.



THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

By Abigail Tucker

Published by Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 9781476738239

E-book: 9781476738253

Daisey Charlotte moved to Florida in April of 2015 from Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to her father. She has also lived in Boston, Massachusetts and Sacramento, California. She enjoys spending time with her Chihuahua, Inky and her Pomeranian, Scooter. She also enjoys sporting events, concerts, movies, and going to the beach. She graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting Tampa Campus in March 2016.

The AKC Reunite team visited Cumberland County, NC yesterday (Fayetteville, Hope Mills) to see where they can be of assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. There is currently an AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer deployed in Hope Mills, NC.

During their visit they learned that Edgecombe County Animal Control is in need for crates to safely secure animals. The AKC Reunite team is currently on the move renting a truck, purchasing crates and driving to Tarboro (Edgecombe County) to deliver the crates and microchips to their shelter in need. 

More on their efforts below:

AKC Reunite earmarks $200,000 more for AKC Pet Disaster Relief

Three years after launching AKC Pet Disaster Relief with starting funds of $250,000, AKC Reunite announces another infusion of $200,000 more in funds to complement money raised by AKC clubs throughout the country.  AKC Reunite and AKC clubs have pooled over$1,000,000 dollars and donated 52 pet disaster relief equipment trailers to first responders around the country.  Each trailer has crates, a generator, and other supplies to safely house pets in a shelter during an emergency.

These AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers have been deployed for Hurricane Matthew in Polk County, FL; Greenville, SC; Pamlico County, NC; and Cumberland County, NC which is currently in the news for the massive flooding affecting the area. 

AKC Reunite President Tom Sharp and staff Dallas Harsa and Morgan Jones visited the emergency pet shelter in Hope Mills, NC and Cumberland County Animal Control where the trailer was deployed, offering additional assistance to replenish supplies that were used during the emergency.  

The disaster is not over in North Carolina. Rivers continue to crest as the flood waters move downstream.  AKC Reunite has assisted with a $5,000 donation to Lenoir County SPCA and is delivering pet crates and microchips and a microchip scanner to newly afflicted Edgecombe County today.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by this disaster,” said President Sharp.  “Providing AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers fully stocked with necessary pet sheltering supplies to emergency responders before disasters strike allows them have a plan in place to help people and their pets. With the equipment we supply, emergency responders can open pet shelters for people and their pets during an evacuation, getting both the people and the pets out of harm’s way.  The American Kennel Club, AKC Reunite, and AKC dog clubs throughout the country donate time, money and energy to help pets.”

To find out more about the program, and donate to help, go to


New York, NY – TheAmerican Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award finalists in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance Events.

The Awards, created and first awarded in 1999, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists chosen, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and teaching.

The three finalists in each category will be voted on by member clubs, with voting ending on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Winners will be announced by the end of October. Presentation of awards to the winners will be made in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida December 17th and 18th.

This year’s nominees are:


  • Patricia W. Laurens, of Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dogs for over 50 years as an exhibitor, all-breed handler and breeder of Best in Show, National Specialty winning and top producing German Wirehaired Pointers. She has served as Delegate for the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During that time, she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeders Education program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship program.When Pat left the Board of Directors in 2000 she was elected to the Parent Club Committee and has served as its Chairperson from 2000 to the present. During this tenure she helped establish the Parent Club Conference Program and chaired three National Parent Club Conferences. In 2013 she helped establish the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Trailer Program and serves as its co-chairman. Read more.

Companion Events

  • Susan (Suzi) B. Bluford, of Carmel, California, is so grateful and honored to be nominated once again for this prestigious award. She began in the sport of AKC dogs during the early 1970’s with her first dog- Golden Retriever “Wendy”, who became a breed CH, UD, WC. Suzi was hooked in all areas of the sport! In 1977, her Golden Retriever, “Streaker”, was the number one obedience dog in the United States as well as a breed champion and an owner-handled group winner. She is an active participant in conformation, obedience, rally, tracking, retriever hunt tests and field trials, herding, nosework and agility, and bred “Dasu Goldens” for many years.Read more.
  • Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase, of Monson, Massachusetts, desperately wanted a Welsh pony as a child, but her sensible parents presented her with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This little dog introduced Tibby to the challenging world of dog training and was her first high in trial dog in 1961. She has been involved with dogs, dog training and Corgis ever since. While obedience is her first love, Tibby has successfully trained and shown dogs in rally, tracking, agility, herding, and conformation. One ‘special’ Pembroke, “Tyler”, Ch. Heronsway Free Style UDT ROMX, is one of a few obedience titled dogs to win the breed at Westminster. Read more.
  • Nancy Craig, Read more.
    • Jim Campbell, of Marrero, Louisiana, grew up in in rural Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s. Rabbit hunting with grade beagles instilled in him a love for the sport. In 1978, he got his first AKC registered beagles. After moving to New Orleans he met Maurice Ellis, Rannie Ladner and Tommy Moffet. Jim gives credit to them for teaching him what to look for in a hound and how to condition them. His first good dog was Jazztown T-Beau, who had a great nose, outstanding line control and check work that set the standard for what he looks for in a dog to this day. Jim has bred many worthy hounds over the years, seven of which finished as AKC field champions. He finished four field champions himself, two of which went on to win the AKC SPO Nationals. FC JO's Hustler won the Southern States Championship twice. Read more.
  • Teri Dickinson, of Lucas, TX, began her performance career with a mixed-breed dog she trained and entered in an obedience fun match. That led to the acquisition of her first Italian Greyhound in 1984, who went on to become an American Canadian Champion and Utility Dog. After putting dual titles on several more Italian Greyhounds, Teri became interested in lure coursing and other lure sports. As a board member of the Italian Greyhound Club of America, she led a successful campaign to have Italian Greyhounds added to eligible coursing breeds.She and husband, Jack Downing, bred Italian Greyhounds under the Whirlwind prefix and participated in conformation, coursing, agility and amateur racing. Teri bred the first AKC dual champion, DC Whirlwind Blew By You LCM OA NAJ GRC JOR MC. Read more.


  • Melody Fair, of Noti, Oregon, and husband Roy, acquired their first Basset Hound, Misty in late 1970. Misty was their first title holder, earning her CD. Bassets have always been Melody’s primary breed, but over the years other breeds have graced their couch: four Newfoundlands, a Pembroke, a Borzoi, a retired racing Greyhound and the newest addition, a Doberman. The Bassets have earned titles in the show ring, Field Trials (over 20 Field Championships), Tracking, TD (working on number 16), TDX (working on number 6), and still hopeful for an elusive VST. Over 10 of her Bassets have earned Dual championships. They have earned titles and/or competed in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Coursing Ability, BHCA Hunting Performance Test and NACSW K9 Nosework. Read more.

For more about the nominees and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit the AKC website here.


About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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Somerset County, NJ — Somerset County is now equipped with a state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to officials from the Somerset County Animal Response Team (CART) in a ceremony held yesterday.

The Somerset CART trailer is the 50th AKC Pet Disaster Relief rolled out nationwide and the third to serve New Jersey. AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers are also located in Morris and Bergen counties.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets immediately after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

“This trailer will provide animal care sheltering supplies during the first critical hours after a disaster hits Somerset County or the surrounding areas,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief.”

We want to help our local community be prepared to help people and their pets for any disaster and its aftermath,” said NJ Federation of Dog Clubs president Jeffrey Ball. “We’re proud to donate this trailer to Somerset CART to assist in their future disaster response efforts.”

The purchase of the trailer was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, Sussex Hills Kennel Club, the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, the Garden State Golden Retriever Club, the Northern NJ Great Dane Club, the Ridgewood Responsible Pet Ownership Committee, Animerge PC and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

“Thank you to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for helping us to obtain such a valuable tool that will allow our agency to ensure the safety of our pets during any future disasters,” said Kenneth Otrimski, Deputy Coordinator Somerset County Emergency Management.

“Our New Jersey dog clubs are dedicated to giving back and helping the pets loved by those in the community. We’re very proud to help bring an AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to Somerset County,” said Wayne Ferguson, president of the Morris & Essex Kennel Club. “It is our hope it will provide meaningful support during difficult times of disaster.”

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at


AKC Reunite

The way home for lost pets.

AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Since 1995 AKC Reunite has helped pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, enrolling over 6 million companion animals and recovering more than 475,000 lost pets. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.

The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $6 million since 2001 for disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation's pets. AKC Reunite also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook (


Following rescue efforts in South Carolina and Georgia, ASPCA responders head to North Carolina to assist animals stranded by massive flooding

Lumberton, N.C.—At the request of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) deployed members of its disaster response team to assist in animal rescue and sheltering needs in Lumberton, N.C., devastated by massive flooding due to Hurricane Matthew. Since last week, the ASPCA has assisted nearly 950 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, transport and sheltering needs in Georgia and South Carolina.

“Local officials estimate hundreds of animals may be affected in Lumberton at this point, and we will assist them with sheltering displaced animals in the community and animal rescue requests,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “For many, pets are members of the family, and we will do everything we can and continue to go out into the field to search for lost pets and hopefully reunite them with their owners.”

Forecasters warned that waters were still on the rise in some areas of Robeson County, and the ASPCA anticipates requests for assistance will increase. Nearly 25 deaths have been reported in the U.S. due to the deadly Category 4 storm as it made its way up the East Coast after killing hundreds in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters including the recent Louisiana flooding and the Northern California wildfire. In addition, they are called on by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Eyenimal Inc. Announces Launch of Innovative Pet Products for the US Market

With a twenty-year history of revolutionizing the pet products industry, Eyenimal Inc. is excited to announce that it will be launching innovative new smartproducts this year. Guided by the companys mission to make man pets best friend,Eyenimal develops, designs, manufactures, and sells a wide selection of smart products for cats and dogs that aim to fortify the special relationship between owners and their pets.

One of the most exciting new products from Eyenimal is the Intelligent Pet Feeder for small pets. This interactive item stores up to 4.3 liters of food and may dispense up to twelve meals per day. Boasting the latest technology, the feeder is easily operated via an app that is supported by Android and iOS, making it an ideal solution for busy pet owners who wish to retain close control over their petsdiets even when they are away from home. This degree of control helps to prevent pet obesity, a common condition that is linked to numerous health problems. The feeder is equipped with a camera that can record videos and allows owners to connect with their pets through video chat. Owners may conveniently share videos captured by the Intelligent Pet Feeder on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, and other platforms.

All of Eyenimals products are developed in France and incorporate cutting-edge technology combined with intuitive design. Prior to beginning the design process, the Eyenimal team undertakes extensive research to gain insight into the mysterious world of pets. Eyenimals dedication to creating superior quality pet solutions has been recognized at SuperZoo 2015 in Las Vegas and Pet Expo in Paris, where the companys Cat Videocam won awards for best cat product. This unique camera affixes to catscollars and records the world through their eyes. Compact and easy-to-use, the Cat Videocam allows owners the rare opportunity to virtually experience their beloved petsdaily adventures. It is equipped with night vision and a motion detector that halts recording while the cat is sleeping. Dog owners can enjoy the same exhilarating experience with Eyenimals Dog Videocam, a waterproof device that includes three different recording modes to correspond with a dogs typical movements.

From bubbling filtered water fountains to remote training devices, no-bark collars, and invisible fences, Eyenimals impressive selection of products addresses the various needs that pet owners face as they build close bonds with their cats and dogs. Originally based in France, Eyenimal is now headquartered in the US.

About Eyenimal: For twenty years, Eyenimal Inc. has been revolutionizing the lifestyles of pet owners with a variety of innovative products. Blending cutting-edge technology with easy-to-use design, Eyenimals smartpet solutions deliver superior quality and a uniquely French touch. Although Eyenimal is now based in the US, all products are developed in the companys original home of France. Visit to learn more about how Eyenimals solutions make man pets best friend.

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