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Talkin' Pets News

October 10, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Urgent Care - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest - Kathy Callahan, author of 101 Rescue Puppies, Our Family's Stories of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1010/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her new book



In a statement on company president Ron Coughlin announced that the chain no longer sells shock collars “all human-activated and bark-activated electronic pet collars” in-store or online:

Petco no longer sells shock collars operated by a person with a remote in hand. Because, as a health and wellness company dedicated to improving pet lives, they have no business in our business.

And frankly, we believe there’s a better way.

So, we say out with shock collars and in with POSITIVE TRAINING.

We say goodbye to remote controls that cause pain, and hello to expert trainers who mentor pets and pet parents with positivity, patience and compassion.

We call on the rest of the pet industry and anyone who loves pets to join our movement and help us drive positive change beyond just Petco.

We encourage anyone using or looking for shock collars to consider training with treats instead of electricity and partnership instead of pain.

Learn what we’re taking off our shelves and add your voice to our petition. And thank you for always helping us give all pets their very best lives.

The website also links to the Care2 petition: Help Petco #StoptheShock. Join Our Movement to Create Responsible Guidelines for Shock Collars.

Other efforts to promote positive reinforcement training include a video from Darris Cooper, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certified National Dog Trainer, Fear-Free Animal Trainer and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Pet parents can also sign up for a free online Intro to Positive Reinforcement dog training class.

In a Q&A on the site, the company addresses whether it will continue selling other shock and aversive products:

Q: “What about other products that employ aversive methods and punishment like electronic fences and spray collars? Will Petco also be getting rid of those?

A: “As we continue on our journey to support the overall health & wellness of pets, we will continue to review our assortment of products and solutions to help ensure it aligns with our broader mission and values.”


The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirms that dead minkat a Taylor County mink farm have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2infection, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This is the first confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infectionamong Wisconsin’s mink population.The NVSL confirmed the positive result after preliminary testing was conducted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory(WVDL). The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has quarantined all animals on the farm, meaning no animals or animal products may leave the premise. As this is an active investigation, no information about the farm or parties involved will be released.DATCP is coordinating with the Department of Natural Resources, Taylor County Health Department, Department of Health Services (DHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, WVDL, and a local veterinarian to provide assistance to the farm. The response includes appropriate carcass disposal, cleaning and disinfecting the animal areas, and protecting human and animal health.Wisconsin is the second state with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 at a mink farm; Utah confirmed its first caseson August 17. There is currently no evidence that animals, including mink, play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to humans. However, people infected with the virus can spread it to mink and other animals. Peoplesuspected or confirmed to haveCOVID-19 are encouraged to avoid contact with pets and other animals while they are completing their home isolation to protect the animals from infection. DHS encourages everyone to follow these simple steps to stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask in public, keep 6 feet apart, wash your hands frequently, and stay home as much as possible. Learn more at


An Texas longhorn bull name Cowboy Tuff Chex is now a Guinness World Record holder thanks to his 8.6-foot span of horns.

Cowboy Tuff Chex, originally bred by Bob Loomis in Overbrook, Okla., before being purchased in 2017 by Richard and Jeanne Filip of Fayetteville, had his horns officially measured at the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association's annual Horn Showcase and was declared a Guinness World Record holder.

The bovine was issued a certificate for the longest horn spread on a living bull.

The Filips said Cowboy Tuff Chex's horn spread was already so wide when they purchased him that they had to buy a special trailer just to make sure he would fit. They said the bull's popularity had led to a spike in requests for tours of their ranch.


Police, animal control and state wildlife officers were summoned to a Florida neighborhood in which an emu was reported running loose and chasing locals on the street.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the emu escaped on the west side of the city Thursday and led deputies, animal control officers and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers on a chase through several neighborhoods.

Witnesses said the emu was chasing pedestrians before authorities arrived.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said the emu was captured when it wandered to a local business, Nichols Truck Bodies, and basically entered a dead-end.

"It got into the fenced-in area and got penned up," she told the Florida Times-Union. "They kind of walked this guy into the trailer and apparently he didn't put up much resistance."

Parker said the large bird's owner was out of town, and it had been left in the care of a friend when it escaped.


Police in Canada were summoned to a gas station to remove a "python" that turned out to be a tiny garter snake.

The Alberta RCMP tweeted that officers from Cochrane were summoned to a local gas station on a report of a snake on the loose inside the store.

The tweet said the "python" was coaxed out from underneath a display of potato chips and an officer discovered it was actually a small and harmless garter snake, also known as a grass snake.

"That, obviously, is something we don't go to very often," RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Tammy Keibel told Global News. "Animal calls are part of it, but it might be loose horses, cows on the highway, maybe a loose dog."

Keibel said the snake was released "with the understanding that it would not continue to traumatize the humans."


A California woman who feared her pet cat had died in a 2018 wildfire was reunited with the feline 23 months later when he was found by a neighbor.

Lindsy Metz said she and her children had only 30 minutes to evacuate as the Camp Fire approached their Magalia home, so when their 8-year-old black cat, Artemis, fled from the house, there was no time to go look for him.

"He was right there by the door and I went to go get him, and I ran up on him too quick, and he bolted," Metz told KRCR-TV.

Metz said she tried to find Artemis for months after the fire passed.

"I went and looked at every single cat picture," Metz said. "I called on every black cat."

She said she finally came to terms with the idea that Artemis might have perished in the fire.

"It got to the point where my family said, 'You have to move on,'" she said.

Metz's hopes were rekindled 23 months after she last saw the feline, when a friend posted on Facebook about a black cat found in the area where Metz lived before the fire.

Metz corresponded with the other person and soon discovered the cat was indeed her long-lost Artemis.

"A piece of my heart is back where it belonged," she said.


A pair of Florida hunters caught an invasive Burmese python that the men said could potentially break the state record of 18.8 feet long.

Ryan Ausburn, a contractor with the South Florida Water Management District helping to manage the Burmese python population in the Everglades, said he and roommate Kevin Pavlidis landed a python they believe to be well over 15 feet long during a late night hunt.

"That's a once-in-a-great-while if not once-in-a-lifetime catch to be honest with you," Ausburn told WBBH-TV.

Pavlidis said he has caught more than 400 snakes during the past 2 years, but none came close the size of his most recent catch.

The men said the snake might be longer than the state record holder: an 18.8-foot python.

The snake is slated to be officially measured this week to determine whether it is indeed a new record.

"I know very well that could be the biggest snake I ever see in my entire life," Pavlidis said. "I accepted that the minute that I spotted her."


A Missouri zoo said a Chinese alligator being scanned for possible pregnancy turned out to have something other than eggs inside her body -- a large coin.

Chris Hanley, assistant director of animal health at the St. Louis Zoo, said in a post on the zoo's official Facebook page that officials decided to give veterinary examinations to both of the facility's Chinese alligators when one of them, the female, appeared to have grown and might be preparing to lay eggs.

The X-ray of the female gator revealed she did not have any eggs, but did have "follicles" in her ovaries that could become eggs in the future.

The zoo said the X-ray also revealed something more surprising, an "opaque circular object" officials suspect to be a coin.

The zoo said the object will be "removed gastroscopically at a later date under general anesthesia."

"Please be careful around our open habitats. Animals can ingest anything that might accidentally fall in. If that happens, please find a Zoo employee and let them know, or call the Be Kind Line phone number listed on a nearby sign. Thank you for helping to protect our animals," the post said.


The US Army has shown off augmented reality goggles for combat dogs, designed to let them receive orders at a distance. The technology, made by a firm called Command Sight, is managed by the US Army Research Laboratory.

Military dogs can scout ahead for explosives and other hazards, but need instructions.

The goggles are designed to let their handlers direct them, safely out of harm's way.

In current combat deployments, soldiers usually direct their animals with hand signals or laser pointers - both of which require the handler to be close by.

But that need not be the case if the prototype AR goggles are widely adopted, the army said.

Inside the goggles, the dogs can see a visual indicator that they can be trained to follow, directing them to a specific spot. The handler, meanwhile, can see what the dog sees through a remote video feed.

"AR will be used to provide dogs with commands and cues; it's not for the dog to interact with it like a human does," said Dr Stephen Lee, a senior scientist with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

He explained that augmented reality works differently for dogs than for humans, adding: "The military working dog community is very excited about the potential of this technology."

Each set of goggles is specially fit for each dog, with a visual indictor that allows the dog to be directed to a specific spot and react to the visual cue in the goggles.

The goggles themselves are not new - military dogs are already used to wearing them as protection in bad conditions or for aerial drops, but the augmented reality system is a new development.

Command Sight's founder Dr AJ Peper said the project was still in its "beginning research stages", but that early results were "extremely promising".  A lot of the research had been done with his own dog - a Rottweiler named Mater.

Justin Bronk, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) defence think tank, told the BBC that although the idea might sound like an "extravagant expense", it could still be useful.

"An ability to direct dogs with visual cues through augmented reality goggles without having to maintain close physical proximity has obvious tactical benefits in a variety of situations," he said.  Command Sight has been given more funding to make a wireless version of the product, which should be far more practical than the initial, leashed version.

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