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Talkin' Pets News

June 19, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Kevin Lane

Social Media - Bob Page


A Pekingese named Wasabi won Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday.The reserve slot, or runner-up, was given to Bourbon the whippet.

The Westminster Dog Show is the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby. It has run through world wars, previous pandemics and economic depressions. Last year, amid the pandemic, the event was moved to June.

The competition was held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. It was the first time the competition has taken place outside of New York's Madison Square Garden, where it has been held every year since 1877. It was relocated this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is also the longest nationally televised live dog show, according to the Westminster Kennel Club. Judge Patricia Craige Trotter -- a veteran judge, trainer and handler -- announced the winner just before 11 p.m. ET Sunday. "Without a doubt the entire sport of dogs is grateful to the Westminster Kennel Club members and their staff for persevering through troubled times to bring us out to this gorgeous estate and create this show for the ages. We thank them all for all they've done," Trotter said. Trotter thanked the dogs, trainers, breeders and organizers for bringing the show to fruition amid trying times.

"We love all dogs as dog lovers. Mixed breeds and purebreds. They're all pets. Now, every pet may not be a show dog, but be assured, every show dog is a pet."

The judge noted she was happy to see this year's dogs, some of which are descendants of dogs she's judged before.

"I've seen the ancestors of several of these dogs over the years. So to the breeders and owners and handlers and trainers and conditioners, you're on top of your game. All of you," she said.


Wasabi's breeder, David Fitzpatrick, told Fox's Sara Walsh he and the 3-year-old Pekingese will be celebrating tonight.

"He can have a filet mignon and I'll have champagne," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick, whose other dog, Malachy, won Best in Show in 2012, attributed Wasabi's win to his individuality. "He's just a wonderful dog and he's made correctly. He has showmanship," Fitzpatrick said. "He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that little sparkle that sets a dog apart."

When asked how much he'll be carrying around Wasabi after Sunday's win, Fitzpatrick replied, "As much as he needs. He deserves his own chariot."


Before a dog can be selected as Best in Show, it must win Best of Breed and then the group category. The winners for each group on Sunday were:

Hound Group -- Bourbon the whippet, who won the reserve slot, or runner-up

Toy Group -- Wasabi the Pekingese, who won Best in Show

Non-Sporting Group -- Mathew the French bulldog

Herding Group -- Connor the Old English sheepdog

Sporting Group -- Jade the German shorthaired pointer, whose mother, CJ, was crowned Best in Show in 2016

Working Group -- Striker the Samoyed

Terrier Group -- Boy the West Highland white terrier


A litter of gray wolf pups has been spotted in Colorado for the first time in around 80 years, according to state wildlife officials.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said last week that several staff members have observed at least three pups of the endangered species in June. The parents are believed to be M2101 and F1084, or John and Jane as they're known by CPW, who were seen with the pups in the area north of Denver.

The gray wolf species was eradicated from Colorado in the 1940s and had not been seen again in the area since Jane arrived in the state in 2019 and John joined her in 2020. Now, the first pup siting marks a major milestone in the reintroduction of the species into the state.

In November, Coloradans voted on a ballot initiative that would require the state to work on a plan to reintroduce, restore and manage gray wolves in Colorado by no later than the end of 2023. With the most recent siting, Colorado officials announced that the restoration effort is well underway.

“Colorado is now home to our first wolf litter since the 1940s," said Gov. Jared Polis in a statement. "We welcome this historic den and the new wolf family to Colorado. With voter passage last year of the initiative to require re-introduction of the wolf by the end of 2023, these pups will have plenty of potential mates when they grow up to start their own families."

CPW staff say they will continue to monitor the pups from a safe distance, an estimated two miles from their den.

“Our hope is that we will eventually have photos to document this momentous occasion in Colorado's incredible and diverse wildlife history, but not bothering them remains a paramount concern," said CPW biologist Libbie Miller.

In October of 2020 it was announced that the gray wolf would be removed from federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) nationwide and the rule has since gone into effect as of January of 2021.

Even with the gray wolf no longer part of the federal list, they are still considered an endangered species by the state of Colorado. Capturing or killing a gray wolf in the state is punishable by a fine of $100,000, jail time and/or loss of hunting license.


Andrea Athie was driving down the road when she came across a young canine in distress. His leg appeared to be broken, and she knew he needed immediate help.

It’s as if he knew he was about to get the care he needed, as he easily let her pick him up and settle him into her car. She was able to load up the injured pup, and began to head to the closest vet clinic.

Once she arrived to the veterinary clinic, she learned that her new furry friend was a bit different from the canines she typically hangs out with. This timid pup was in fact a wild coyote.

Andrea was shocked once she knew she was sharing her car with a wild dog. He was so incredibly docile, that even the veterinary staff was shocked by the situation.  To make sure that this furry friend received the treatment that he needed, they immediately contacted a wildlife rehabilitator.

While Andrea waited to hear of her wild friend’s recovery, the news of her rescue went viral on twitter. It all began when Athie’s brother tweeted this:

“Today my sister picked up a COYOTE thinking it was a run-over dog and took it to the vet.”

Along with this tweet, he shared the photos of Athie resting comfortably with the wild coyote in her lap. Naturally, the photos went viral!

Back at the wildlife treatment center, the wild coyote began to experience difficulties in his recovery. What originally seemed like just a limb, became clear that this wild pup was facing much more serious internal injuries as well.

The coyote stayed in the wildlife hospital for 5 days, but was unable to recover. He unfortunately passed away. Though this was a terrible end to an incredible rescue story, animal lovers can take comfort in the fact that he got to pass away in a warm bed surrounded with care, instead of on the side of the road where he would have remained without Athie’s help.

We wish this story had a different outcome, but we are so happy to know that there are dedicated wildlife rescuers out there working tirelessly to save lives.


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have announced Global Pet Expo will be held live and in-person March 23-25, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. The much-anticipated 2022 event, which will be moving to the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, will feature numerous upgrades for the optimal attendee experience. Hotel reservations for Global Pet Expo will open July 1, with booth applications going live in mid-July and buyer registration available beginning Sept. 1.

“The national pet industry is booming, with sales exceeding the $100 billion mark for the first time in industry history in 2020,” said Andy Darmohraj, EVP and COO of APPA. “After almost two years of virtual meetings and digital interactions, we are elated to be immersed in the energy that only comes from connecting in person. The trade show team has been hard at work behind the scenes making sure Global Pet Expo 2022 is the best yet. Now is the time to seize the opportunity – discover new products and trends, learn from the experts about what it takes to succeed and network with industry peers.”

Featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today, the show is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified professionals. Investments in Global Pet Expo 2022 include an improved layout, easier to navigate floor plan, simplified registration process, enhanced mobile app and upgraded services on-site. Plus, the popular Global Learning Series will now be open to everyone, with new Learning Pathways to guide professional development.

“We are extremely pleased to offer the three-day Global Learning Series program to all Global Pet Expo 2022 participants,” said Celeste Powers, president of PIDA. “As our industry continues to expand, we know education and organizational growth is more important ever. We look forward to bringing actionable takeaways, inspiring speakers and essential learnings to the broader pet care community.”

At Global Pet Expo, more than 1,000 companies from around the world showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The show features more than 3,000 product launches and nearly 300 first-time exhibiting companies. The New Products Showcase gives exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest products and gives attendees a chance to preview all the cutting-edge products hitting the industry in one location. With nearly 1,000 entries, it is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world.

Hotel registration for Global Pet Expo 2022 will go live July 1. Booth applications will go live mid-July. Buyer registration will open Sept. 1. And press registration will open Nov. 1. For more information, visit or on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.


A brown bear was shot dead in northern Japan after tearing through a residential area on Friday and injuring four people, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

A local resident in the city of Sapporo, which is due to host the Olympic Marathon and Olympic Race Walking events at this summer's Tokyo Games, first reported sighting a bear on a road in the early hours of the morning.

Soon after, Hokkaido police tweeted they were on the lookout for the bear, writing that since the sighting, many others had reported seeing the bear and that people had been injured.

"If you spot a bear, please be very careful, escape immediately and call 110," Hokkaido police tweeted.

News footage from local station HTB Hokkaido News showed the bear running along a residential street, crossing a busy road and pawing at the gates of a Japan Self Defense Force military barracks, before running away.

Local police said the bear attacked three men, one of whom was seriously injured, and a woman in her 80s, according to NHK.

At around 11 a.m., the bear was shot down by two men from the local hunting association near Sapporo Okadama airport, NHK reported.


For Jim Monsma, it's not unusual to see a dying bird or two during a typical day at work. Monsma runs the wildlife rescue organization, City Wildlife, which rehabilitates all kinds of creatures, from turtles to eagles. But in recent weeks, he and his staff have seen something new. They started becoming alarmed in late May, when dozens of birds had been brought in with the same symptoms: seizures, loss of balance, swelling, crusty eyes, and blindness.

Monsma says staff went back through records to find the earliest possible case, and found a bird exhibiting symptoms that came in on April 11. "But at that point it was just one bird and we didn't think of avian epidemics." Experts say that to prevent the spread, if it is a transmissible disease, residents should stop using bird feeders and bird baths, should avoid handling dead or sick birds and should keep pets from eating them.

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Monsma says the count is up to 174 dead and ailing birds at City Wildlife. At first, he says, staff would try to treat the birds, but nothing worked. "They just went downhill and died no matter what we did. Which isn't that surprising in that we don't know what is causing this."

The mysterious condition is affecting many different species. Initially it was mostly seen in grackles, blue jays and starlings, but has since been seen in house sparrows, northern cardinals, northern flickers, tufted titmice, northern mockingbirds, gray catbirds, Carolina wrens, and American robins.

Brian Evans, an ornithologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center who studies the urban bird population in the D.C. area, says the fatal condition has been documented throughout the mid-Atlantic and as far west as Ohio. However, he says, it appears to be centered in the D.C. region.

The timeline and geographic distribution appear to match up with the cicadas' emergence. While it's just a hypothesis at this point, Evans says it could be that birds are becoming ill after eating periodical cicadas tainted by pesticides or insecticides, or possibly being sickened by a fungus that attacks cicadas.

"A population can take a once-every-17-year hit without any major long-term impact to the population. But if this is something else in the environment — which is just as likely — then there's real concern about the long-term health of bird populations."

Several laboratories, including the National Wildlife Health Center, are currently testing dead birds to try to determine the cause. Evans urges residents to immediately remove and clean bird feeders and bird baths. Monsma, with City Wildlife, says he always recommends against bird feeders, because of the possibility of disease transmission. "If you want to feed birds, the best way to do it is plant the right plants, not hang a feeder."

Experts say residents should report ailing or dead birds to local wildlife rehabilitation organizations. In D.C., residents should contact City Wildlife. In Virginia, bird deaths can be reported online, or residents can contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Maryland residents can also contact wildlife rehabilitators in their local area. +++++++++++++++++++


While enjoying the great outdoors this summer, you could be joined by some unexpected critters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported there is evidence cougars and alligators are expanding their territories into Tennessee.

While these animals do not cause an immediate threat, wildlife experts are keeping a close eye on their migration habits.

“There is evidence cougars and alligators are expanding their territories into Tennessee. Species expanding their ranges into Tennessee are protected and may not be taken until a hunting season is proclaimed. Alligators and cougars are protected by state laws in Tennessee.”

Cougars had not been seen in Tennessee since the early 1900s until one was spotted on a Humphreys County trail camera in 2016.

Joy Sweaney, a wildlife biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency explained that with the help of trail cameras set up by hunters, they were able to confirm the animal’s presence.

“In 2015, we had a cougar show up that we were able to confirm with hard evidence was actually a cougar and was actually in our state” explained Sweaney. “And so, over the course of the next year, pretty much from September 2015 to September 2016, there were 10 cougar sightings that we were able to verify, and we believe that that was the one same cougar.”


A Connecticut family is mourning the loss of their beloved pet.

Over the weekend, a feline was killed when a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting went through the window of a home and struck the cat while she was sleeping, according to a report from ABC 7.

Taking place at West Main Street in Norwalk around 11:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, the cat's owner was at her residence with her boyfriend and 13-year-old son when their pet - 15-year-old Cali - was killed.

"I thought it was fireworks or firecrackers too close to the house, and then I heard a thump," the owner told the outlet. "I came out to the living room to see what it was, and I saw the cat on the floor. She was flailing all over the floor. I thought she was having a seizure, and then I saw she was bleeding, so I realized they were gunshots, not fireworks."

"We're devastated because we've had our cat for 15 years," she added. "But it could have been worse, a lot worse. It could have been a human. It could have been anybody."

According to ABC 7, there were nine bullet holes on the cat owner's apartment building exterior. Several of the bullets went through the cat owner's apartment walls, and another bullet, the outlet added, went through the walls of a nearby residence and burst a pipe.

In a Facebook post from the Norwalk Police Department, authorities said that they "immediately responded to the area and learned that just after the shots were heard, a vehicle was heard screeching its tires and leaving at a fast rate from the area."

It's not currently known if the shooter was standing on the street or firing from a car at the time of the incident.

The department's Detective Bureau has since taken over the investigation and authorities are now asking for help in the case. They are also looking into the possibility that the shooting could be related to other recent incidents that involved gunfire.


Ralph Dorn surveyed the lake's surface behind his home during the early evening of June 2, looking for his Goldendoodle, Harley. Then he spotted the pup about 200 feet from shore; the 6-year-old canine was swimming with another animal that, after a few moments, Dorn realized was a tiny baby deer. 

"Not sure how the fawn got out there but Harley obviously didn't ask why, he just jumped into action," Dorn, 62, of Culpeper, Virginia, wrote in a viral Facebook post about the incident that's been shared over 250,000 times.

Harley paddled side-by-side with the fawn all the way to shore. Dorn met the animals on land and helped the fawn up a steep ledge. After he lifted the baby deer from the water and placed her on the grass, Harley began gently licking the fawn's body.

"Harley didn't want to leave the fawn," Dorn tells PEOPLE.  "He just kept interacting with it, licking it, caring for it." The fawn's mother appeared on the lawn shortly after the fawn reached the shore. Once Dorn spotted the mother deer, he took Harley inside their nearby home. The doe waited until Dorn and Harley were gone and then walked off with her baby. 

But the next morning, while Dorn and his wife, Patricia, 64, were drinking coffee, something was amiss.  "Harley got restless running from window to window. I opened the front door and we could hear the fawn bleating," Dorn wrote in the Facebook post. 

"Harley ran into the tree line and found the fawn," he wrote. "The little one stopped bleating, tail wagging, they touched noses sniffed each other and Harley came calmly back to the house with me." After the brief reunion with Harley, the fawn settled down, Dorn tells PEOPLE, and by the end of the day, the baby and its mom were gone again. Dorn, who estimates the fawn was a few days old, hasn't seen the pair since. 

Harley's heartwarming actions are not a surprise to the retired Marine Corps pilot. "We could tell right away, even as a puppy, he had such a good heart," says Dorn. "He has always been like that with children and animals. He loves them all."

Harley has worked as a certified therapy dog, visiting the elderly in care facilities and sitting with children during reading hours at the local library. He's also a hit with Dorn's four grandchildren.

"He's 100 percent glued to them," says Dorn. Harley is even cuddly best friends with the family cat, Zsu Zsu. However, what has surprised Ralph and Pat Dorn, a retired Navy nurse, are the scores of supportive comments Harley has received on Facebook.

"We were just amazed," says Pat. "We had no idea of the reaction."  Direct messages of gratitude include some from people who have shared the photos and video from Harley's rescue with their grief groups, adds Ralph.  "We're very happy that it has touched so many people," he says, "and brought joy to so many as well." 


The Bidens are mourning the loss of their German shepherd, Champ, who died "peacefully at home," the president and first lady said in a statement.

"He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family," President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said.

"Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub. Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us," they said. "He loved nothing more than curling up at our feet in front of a fire at the end of the day, joining us as a comforting presence in meetings, or sunning himself in the White House garden."

The Bidens got Champ as a puppy in 2008, shortly before they moved into the vice president's official residence at the Naval Observatory. The president said he drew inspiration for his name from his father, who would tell him, "Any time you get knocked down, champ — get up!"

In their statement, the family reflected on Champ's younger days and said the large canine enjoyed chasing golf balls and running after the Bidens' grandchildren.

"In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion," the Bidens said. "We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always."

The president and first lady have another German shepherd named Major, a rescue dog they adopted in 2018.

Both canines returned to the White House in March after they were briefly sent to the Bidens' home in Delaware after Major nipped a Secret Service agent's hand.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the incident happened when Major "was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual."

Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, said that Major received some extra training while in Delaware to help him get adjusted to his new surroundings.

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