The Autumnal Equinox occurred at 4:05 am EST Friday morning, marking the official end of summer.
R.I.P. Summer 2011—you will be missed.
Today In History:
1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as "Black Friday" after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.
1961, "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" premiered on NBC.
1977, The Love Boat sets sail on A-B-C.
2005, 42-year-old Demi Moore and 27-year-old Ashton Kutcher tie the knot at a brief, traditional Los Angeles wedding.
Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene is 65.
Actor Kevin Sorbo is 53.
1948, Actor Phil Hartman was born (C-B-4, Coneheads, T-V's News Radio)-comedian (Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons) was murdered by his wife on May 28th, 1998. He was 49.
1936, Jim Henson was born - The creator of The Muppets died of bacterial pneumonia May 16th, 1990 at 53.
Jon Patch - host
Jay Stutz - Co Host / Animal Trainer / Animal Planet Star
Amanda Page - Producer
Special Guest Hour 1: Burt Ward – Robin from the original Batman television series – Founder of Gentle Giants Rescue www.gentlegiantsrescue.com
Special Guest Hour 2: Michelle Mullins Premier Pet Products – Gentle Leader – Training and Behavior Education Manager
Kelly Clarkson's home is a 'rescue ranch' for 50 animals
The 'Because of You' hitmaker admits her home has become like a "rescue ranch" as she is so willing to take in sick and abandoned creatures.
She said: "It's like a rescue ranch now. We have 30 dogs, 14 horses. We still only have three ponies and four minis, but we have goats now, two pigs we rescued called Miss Daisy and Boss Hog, I gave those to my brother."
While Kelly loves getting new animals, she insists there are some creatures she wouldn't take in because they are just too big.
She explained: "There are elephant sanctuaries about one mile from where we are - which in Texas isn't that far because we're all spread out - and people have asked would I ever take in something that big. And I'm like, 'No.' Leave that to the elephant sanctuary. I think there's a tiger sanctuary in Texas too. We would never have tigers."
Despite being surrounded by animals, the 29-year-old star is still happy to eat meat, though she insists she wouldn't sacrifice any of her pets for dinner.
She told NME magazine: "I eat pork, don't get me wrong but I'm not going to bake my own! I can't do this. I can't maim them then eat them, that's wrong."
Puppy saved from a certain death when a woman in Sanford, Florida, saw a man selling pit-bull puppies outside a grocery store holding a squirming trash bag...
When she asked him what was in the bag he at first refused to show her but he finally handed over the bag containing a puppy so deformed it couldn’t walk or hold up its head. The puppy was born with a condition commonly called 'swimmer puppy syndrome', which meant she had a flattened chest wall and could not walk or hold her head up
But all was not lost for little pup they named Harper, Erica Daniel, a regular at the local animal shelter, stepped in and decided to take the puppy home for one full and final day of love and affection. Saying - "I had to show her what it was like to be loved. I’d planned on taking her home that night, letting her sleep in bed with us, and having her humanely euthanized in the morning."
The disorder, pectus excavatum, causes puppies to lie flat on their chests with their legs perpetually splayed out, as if they were humans — or perhaps frogs — swimming through water.
Daniel persevered, continually massaging Harper’s tight muscles, hoping to alleviate at least some of her stiffness and pain. Within just a few hours, Harper started lifting her head and looking around. Her front legs became more limber as well, so much so that she tried using them to walk and pull herself around.
Convinced that this determined little dog needed a second opinion, she cancelled the following morning’s appointment and made a new, hopeful one with a veterinarian at the University of Florida. At first, the vet described the reasons Harper probably would need to be put to sleep. The list included the likelihood of degenerative bone disease, brain abnormalities and a severe heart murmur.
But after tests they found her organs were functioning fine, and she had no heart murmur or serious brain abnormalities. The medical conditions she did have required treatment — but nothing that warranted putting her to sleep.
Today, Harper is about 11 weeks old, and she’s holding her own playing with the seven other dogs at Daniel’s home. Daniel estimates that Harper should be ready to be adopted in about a month — that is, if she can handle parting with her.
'The whole world was against her, but she’s such a fighter,' Daniel said. 'She’s a blessing. She’s awesome.'
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Photographer’s Work Helps Save Dogs’ Lives...
Teresa Berg never dreamed her photography skills would save lives. But that changed one day when she was online looking through pictures for a shelter dog to adopt.
“You see one after another of dogs with glowing red eyes,” Berg said. “Black dogs, you can’t see any details; fuzzy, bad pictures.”
The way people saw the animals changed entirely. Berg’s pictures show animals in a portrait environment in her North Dallas studio. Their eyes sparkle with personality. Some of the female animals wear a pearl necklace which they seem to carry with a certain pride. Others appear to sport a smile or a even exude serenity.
What Berg’s work had done was elevate the animal to the being that connects with a human heart. Immediately, the dog rescue group’s adoption rate soared.
Berg now trains people in the art of dog portrait photography and encourages them to adopt at least one animal shelter so their work can save lives too.
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So this is the way they do birthdays in the "Royal-land"
Prince William is staging a shoot to mark his brother Prince Harry's birthday.
Harry turned 27 on Sept 15th and spent the day training at RAF Wattisham airfield but now plans to celebrate his big day at a later date thanks to his brother William, who has bought 250 pheasant, duck and partridge for a shoot at their grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham Estate.
A source said: "Harry is an exceptional marksman and both brothers love to shoot. William arranged this as something they can share."
Harry's army commitments means he may not get to enjoy the hunt until next year, but he is said to be planning a weekend of partying in London to celebrate his birthday instead after having to abstain from alcohol while flying military helicopters.
However, Harry is sure to make up for the alcohol ban later this year when he spends 48 hours in Las Vegas with his colleagues during a break from a 12-week helicopter training course in California and Arizona.
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A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano, California, has come under fire by Muslims and for naming his dog Muhammad.
A city councilman in San Juan Capistrano, California, has come under fire by Muslims and local council members alike for naming his dog Muhammad and later announcing it during a city council meeting. Councilman Derek Reeve is not backing down, however, stating that the decision to name his dog Muhammad was not meant to be offensive but was rather abut his family exercising their freedom of speech.
Reeve reportedly first divulged his dogs’ names, “Muhammad” and “America,” during a September 6 vote on plans for a local dog park.
That’s when some, including fellow councilman Larry Kramer, were rubbed the wrong way, prompting a discussion on proper “decorum” for council meetings to ensue.
Reeve, commenting on the 45-minute discussion that ensued with comments from the public, said, “What’s most offensive to me is that we’re not talking about anything important. We’re talking about my damned dog.”
Some residents agreed. Several who spoke during a public hearing said they preferred to have the council focus on other, more “pressing” issues, such as the city’s infrastructure, high water rates and finances.
On Friday, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked Reeve to apologize for his remarks, stating he showed “disrespect toward Islam’s revered prophet Muhammad.
As a result, Reeve, during his subsequent explanation, referred to CAIR as a “terrorist organization” and was reportedly upset over the organization’s reprimand.
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Exotic Pets Turn Invasive, Threatening Florida...
Florida is now officially the world capital for invasive and potentially invasive reptiles and amphibians, according to a 20-year study verifying that 56 non-native species of these animals have become established in the sunshine state.
The accommodating climate — which can suit not only tropical and subtropical specie, but those adapted to colder climes —is an element in the problem, according to Kenneth Krysko, the lead researcher and a senior biological scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Florida.
But he and the other researchers put the bulk of the blame on the pet trade, which they say is responsible for the vast majority of introductions, and impotent laws meant to prevent the release of non-natives.
One of the most prominent of these new residents is the Burmese python, which appears to be a refugee of the pet trade. Officials worry they pose a threat to humans, as well as to native, endangered species, which turn up in the pythons' stomachs.
According to the researchers' list, the Burmese is one of six python species that have been introduced to Florida, all by the pet trade, and one of two that has become established, meaning it has survived and reproduced in its new habitat.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the demand for exotic pets increased. The pet trade is now accountable for 84 percent of introductions.
Releasing a nonnative species without a permit is illegal in Florida, but the law requires an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to observe someone releasing the animal in order to cite them. Not surprisingly, no one has been prosecuted.
In a study published in the journal Zootaxa on Sept. 15, the researchers encourage the creation of an early detection and rapid response program to quickly identify newly found introduced species so they can be eradicated.