Today In History
1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.
1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded during a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
1950, President Harry S. Truman formally dedicated the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.
1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at age 36.
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We've loved seeing all the touching tributes to the city of Boston since the Marathon attack last month, and here's yet another to warm our hearts: Kevin Spacey's new puppy....
The House of Cards actor tweeted a photo of his new little lady, adopted from the North Shore Animal League. "New member of my family. Her name is Boston in honor of the city," he added.
Spacey flew to Boston after the bombings to visit and pose for photos with doctors, nurses and the first responders who helped at the finish line. "Real heroes," he wrote.
Soon, Boston the puppy will join Spacey's other dog, Mini, who he said is "15 & still acting like a puppy. Be a week or so before she can meet Boston. I'm definitely in dog heaven!"
Celebrity panda at center of Thai-China deal
Thailand's celebrity baby panda Lin Ping is almost 4 years old now. It's time to move to China, find a mate and have cubs. The move won't be permanent, however, thanks to a deal hammered out between the two countries that will cost Thailand $1 million a year.
Once the star of a Thai reality show, the panda's future has been a topic of high-level negotiation for months. Last year, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asked then-Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to consider extending the panda's loan contract which ends on its 4th birthday, May 27.
A breakthrough was announced when the Chinese Embassy informed Thai authorities that Lin Ping can stay in Thailand until October, said Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul. Lin Ping will then relocate to China, where authorities will find her a male partner, and the two will be allowed to return to Thailand to mate, he said.
Normally every baby panda born overseas must return to China to breed, but the Chinese made an exception due to close bilateral ties with Thailand.
Lin Ping was born in Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo to two adult pandas that were on loan from China. Her birth was front-page news in Thailand and the panda family starred in a much-loved reality show that broadcast live from the pandas' zoo habitat for almost three years.
Dude... your dog is so stoned... Medical Mary Jane Going top the Dogs...
Although pets don't often show it - a lot of pets can and do feel pain.
Which was definitely the case for veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer after his precious pet dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Medical marijuana supporters argue that pot helps reduce chronic pain and nausea. Veterinarian Dr. Douglas Kramer of VetGuru.com said over the years, he's talked to hundreds of people who've given pot to their pets.
"Medical marijuana might have a therapeutic benefit to help animals, especially those with terminal conditions,"
Kramer is pushing for more research and discussion. And, his idea is starting to get traction. Time Magazine recently explored the controversial issue.
The American Veterinary Medical Association said more research into the effects of marijuana on animals needs to be done before proceeding with treatment since not all drugs affect humans and animals in the same way.
Pet food isn't cheap... So here are a few tips to help save a few bucks and not by cheap food that is just no good for your pet...
Consumers are expected to spend $21.3 billion on pet food this year, up 3 percent from $20.6 billion in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association.
Walk through any pet shop and you can see why. Store shelves are stocked with high-end meals, from organic cat food to frozen raw dog food. Although pricier options might have less filler and more protein, and can be healthier, they are not always necessary, says Dr. Liz Hanson, a veterinarian at Corona Del Mar Animal Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif.
Here are few ways to cut down your pet food budget:
1. FOLLOW BIG BRANDS
Pet food makers and online stores often post coupons on social media sites and their websites. So follow your pet's favorite brand on Twitter and like it on Facebook.
2. GET AUTOMATED
Set up a subscription online to get your pet food delivered automatically on a regular basis. Amazon.com, PetFoodDirect.com and Dog.com all offer discounts for that service.
3. MAKE YOUR OWN
Whipping up a freshly cooked meal for your pet can offer up some savings, especially if the pet has an allergy or other medical condition. Specialty foods for dogs with medical needs can be more expensive than others.
Before switching to a cooked diet, consult with a veterinarian or pet nutritionist to make sure your pet is getting all the nutrients it needs.
A dog's life: Here's the science for calculating a dog's true age...
Dogs are the most diverse mammal species on the planet. They can vary in weight from 6 lb to 200 lb when fully grown and have widely differing body shapes and hair types. This also means that there is a lot of variation among breeds in terms of life expectancy. And unexpectedly, small dogs live longer than big ones.
Nobody knows where the seven dog years to one human year theory came from or at least no-one is claiming responsibility for it. It first appeared in maths text books in the 1960s and questions were set asking children to calculate the age of a dog using the 7:1 ratio. For the dog species as a whole it's not a bad estimate at all.
If you factor in the varying rates of ageing in early part of a dog's life and the differing life expectancies a more accurate estimate across all breeds would be six dogs years to one human year.
So pay attention... here comes the math... How to Calculate your dog's true age
For first two years:
12.5 years per human year for the first two years for small dogs
10.5 years per human year for the first two years for medium sized dogs
9 years per human year for the first two years for large dogs
For years 3+:
Small: Dachshund (Miniature) 4.32, Border Terrier 4.47, Lhasa Apso 4.49, Shih Tzu 4.78, Chihuahua 4.87
Beagle 5.20, Miniature Schnauzer 5.46, Spaniel (Cocker) 5.55, Cavalier King Charles 5.77, Pug 5.95, French Bulldog 7.65
Medium: Spaniel 5.46, Retriever (Labrador) 5.74, Golden Retriever 5.74, Staffordshire Bull Terrier 5.33, Bulldog 13.42
Large: German Shepherd 7.84, Boxer 8.90
This is all posted online at talkinpets.com in the news section so you can go back, break out the calculator and see how old Fido is... For the record - Bobby & Amanda's blind beagle/bassett who is 8 years old... works out to be in his early 50's in human years.
Lion tacos, anyone? You won't find them at a Florida restaurant, which sold out of the controversial item despite a backlash that included online threats.
Taco Fusion in Tampa, Fla. offered lion as a taco filling alongside its other exotic offerings, which include bison, shark, ostrich, gator, gazelle, rabbit, duck, camel and kangaroo. Iguana, bear and zebra will also be on the menu in the future.
Owner Ryan Gougeon said that selling the meat is well within his rights. Taco Fusion further defends the serving of lion in an undated blog post on its web site:
Paranoia has set in as some folks have had their reality challenged. They say that we’ve “crossed the line” by serving Lion. But let me ask you this, did you cross the line when you ate Beef, chicken, or Pork this week? ... Are you a vegan, who consumed vegetables this week? Were those vegetables sprayed with pesticides, and picked by illegal Mexican migrant labor that is exploited for low wages, long hours, and no benefits?
Gougeon allegedly began receiving online threats after the restaurant announced the promotion. But those threats didn't stop the lion tacos from selling out, nor did the price -- a pound of lion meat costs about $220, which breaks down to about $35 a taco.
Despite the controversy, some Taco Fusion patrons were clearly enthused by the offering. One customer described the meat as "a bit tougher than steak" with a strong red-meat flavor and a "gamey" finishing note.
Dog person? Or cat person? Pets, by the numbers...
It's National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week -- yes, our fuzzy overlords are so powerful, they now get simultaneous celebratory weeks.
Whether fluffy or smooth, scaly or wet, here are some facts about our animal friends, by the numbers.
55.53 billion - The estimated number of dollars to be spent on pets in the United States in 2013.
82.5 million - The number of U.S. households with pets in 2012.
63.2 - The percentage of pet owners surveyed in 2011 who considered their pets members of the family.
70 - The percentage of Americans who considered themselves "dog people," according to a 2006 Gallup Poll.
20 - The percentage who told Gallup they liked cats better.
70 million - The number of pet dogs in the United States in 2012.
74.1 million - The number of pet cats in the United States in 2012.
Less than 1% - The estimated percentage of dogs and cats in the United States that are covered by pet insurance.
56 - The percentage of dogs in the United States that sleep in bed with their owners. For cats, it's 63%.
4 - The number of dollars it cost to buy a "Pet Rock" in 1975, possibly one of the easiest pets to take care of, ever!