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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.


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.

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Vince Centonze DVM - Director of the HCC Vet Tech Program, Plant City, Florida

Lisa Centonze DVM - Hillsborough County Animal Services Tampa Bay, Florida

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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

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