The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset.
Today In History:
1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.
Actress Kim Basinger is 59
Singer Sinead O'Connor is 46
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Seibold - Vet Tech/Co Host
Amanda Page - Reporter/ Producer
Zack Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest all 3 hours - Teri Holycross - Team Leader Search & Rescue K-9 Team Florida
Additional Special Guests:
Kenny Loggins will be stopping by Talkin' Pets at 5 PM EST to chat with Jon about his new book "Moose N' Me" - Kenny will be giving books away on air LIVE as well
Stay tuned Saturday when Jon and the Talkin' Pets crew discuss and give away Petmate's newest feeder the Portion Right at 6:30 PM EST
In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.
Stomach turning or oddly alluring, this is not just one of the world's most unusual specialty coffees. At $500 per pound, it's also among the world's priciest.
For now, only the wealthy or well-traveled have access to the cuppa, which is called Black Ivory Coffee. It was launched last month at a few luxury hotels in remote corners of the world - first in northern Thailand, then the Maldives and now Abu Dhabi - with the price tag of about $50 a serving.
In the misty mountains where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar, the coffee's creator cites biology and scientific research to answer the basic question: Why elephants?
When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness. Think of the elephant as the animal kingdom's equivalent of a slow cooker. It takes between 15-30 hours to digest the beans, which stew together with bananas, sugar cane and other ingredients in the elephant's vegetarian diet to infuse unique earthy and fruity flavors.
Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple.
For a mere $1.5 billion, the business is offering countries the chance to send two people to the moon and back, either for research or national prestige. And if you are an individual with that kind of money to spare, you too can go the moon for a couple days.
NASA's last trip to the moon launched 40 years ago Friday. The United States is the only country that has landed people there, beating the Soviet Union in a space race to the moon that transfixed the world. But once the race ended, there has been only sporadic interest in the moon.
President Barack Obama cancelled NASA's planned return to the moon, saying America had already been there. On Wednesday, a National Academy of Sciences said the nation's space agency has no clear goal or direction for future human exploration.
'Tis the season of good will, good cheer and good food. It's also the season of bite-sized breakables, tempting buffets, berried plants and unfamiliar faces — at least to your dog.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your dog safe and happy at home for the holidays.
• Hang high that mistletoe. And keep those other berried plants that surface this time of year out of reach, as well. Ingesting holly berries or poinsettia flowers probably won't kill your pet, but it's likely to induce diarrhea and vomiting.
• No sniffing around the Christmas tree. However you want to achieve this — with training or by way of a physical boundary — make it clear that the tree is off-limits. There is just too much temptation: shiny, bite-sized ornaments, the metal hooks that hang them, cords of twinkling lights plugged into nearby electrical outlets, stagnant water, not to mention the weight and heartbreak should the whole thing come crashing down.
• Open flames and furry tails don't mix. Place candles on high and stable surfaces. Never leave those that are in tail range unattended. And keep your fireplace screen closed when not adding a Yule log or roasting chestnuts.
• No booze, no candy, no chocolate. Year-round, it's best to stick with dog treats for the dog. If you want to give him something special for the holidays, there are cookbooks and online recipes for seasonal dog treats, as well as bakeries that cater to the canine set. Candy and chocolate are bad for dogs. So are their wrappers. So is that spiked eggnog.
• Paws off the buffet. It's not just the sweet stuff your dog should stay away from. Fatty foods, rich dishes, spicy cuisine, cooked bones — it's all designed to wreak havoc on your dog's digestion. Save yourself the heartache — and him the heartburn — and keep your furball out of the kitchen and away from your plates. Refrain from feeding him table scraps and leftovers and cover your garbage receptacles.
• Deck the doghouse. One great way to keep your dog out of the food, away from the fire and safe from the good intentions of partygoers is to set him up in a room of his own. At the very least, he should have a warm, quiet, comfortable place to escape to, should he become overwhelmed by the festivities. One fleece blanket, a few favorite toys, a treat-filled Kong, a fresh Nylabone and a pinch of peace and quiet added to a comfy crate or dog bed might just be the recipe for your dog's perfect holiday.
Airport officials are warning people of a scheme that is bilking wannabe pet owners out of hundreds of dollars....
The schemers are using fake letterhead and pictures of the airport to make their puppy buying operation look legitimate.
This week, three different families thought they could pick up puppies they bought on the Internet from the airport kennel department.
The Mills family of North Carolina was one of those families.
Jonathan Mills said he frantically called the Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport looking for the Kennel Cargo Department for two puppies they paid $800 for off the Internet.
"The woman we were emailing said the dogs were at the airport, but we needed to send another $400 to get them out of quarantine. We knew something was up then," Mills said.
The puppies were presents for their daughters. Mills said his wife sold some of her wedding china to pay for the puppies.
Warren Jones, the cargo manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said he sees about 15 victims a month with this scheme.
"So many people get caught up into thinking they got a good deal, or that the person on the other end of the computer or Internet really wants to help them and they don't realize they're getting scammed," Jones said.
Jones said Hartsfield-Jackson doesn't have a kennel department.
Before you give anyone money, ask specific questions, wait a day before making that purchase. Airlines may ship dogs, but not the airport. Also, if you're buying something off the Internet, use a credit card so you can contest the charges as fraud.
Or just head to your local shelter and save a life!!!
Catfish Have Learned How To Hunt.... Pigeons
European Catfish have developed a taste for pigeon. The 1.5 meter long fish — the largest in the continent — lunge out of the water to grab the feathery feast.
They are temporarily stranded on the gravel shore when they attack the pigeons, risking death for a meal.
Catfish get their name for the long, sensitive whiskers (or ‘barbels’) on their upper jaws, and the Tarn fishes would erect theirs when they were hunting pigeons. This, combined with the fact that only moving pigeons were ever attacked, suggests that the fish are sensing the vibrations of birds that approached the water.
"Jackass" star Steve-O is crediting the success of his four years of sobriety to his two rescue dogs, Walter and Bernie.
In 2008, when Steve-O decided to become sober, he adopted Walter, a black Chihuahua-Daschund mix. The following year, he welcomed Bernie, a white mixed breed into his family, as well. Although it wasn't too long ago, he can't imagine what his life was like before he became a proud pup papa.
"You know, the way I feel about it, and it might sound a little weird as far as comparisons go, but getting a dog reminds me of getting a cell phone because there's that overwhelming feeling when I first got a cell phone of 'How did I ever live without this and what would I ever do if I lost it?' It's very much the same way with my dogs. I just think back to before I had my dogs and my life must have been just so empty."
Steve-O not only cut alcohol and drugs from his life when he adopted his dogs, he also decided to omit meat from his diet, too. Shortly after, he went "full-on vegan," citing it as one of the most most beneficial decision of his life.
Thanks to Walter and Bernie, Steve-O may be evidence to the fact that owning a dog can extend the length of your life. "I can't believe how much those little sons of b****** have enriched my life," he said.