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Saturday, June 7, the 158th day of 2014.
There are 207 days left in the year.


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1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky.
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone's rifle was given the nickname the "Ticklicker" because it was said that he could shoot the tick off of a bear's nose. What year did Daniel Boone pass away?
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1984, the occult comedy "Ghostbusters," released by Columbia Pictures, had its world premiere in Westwood, California.
University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman , Dr. Raymond Stanz, and Dr. Egon Spengler lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open 'Ghostbusters,' a ghost removal service. Name the actors that played the three doctors in the movie?
*************Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis CREW
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Larry Kay Author of Life's a Bark: What Dogs Teach Us About Life and Love joins Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 6/7/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and giveaway his new book
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Babies may get allergy protection from cats, even roachesCockroaches might not seem to have much in common with farm animals. But a new study suggests urban newborns who share their homes with cockroaches, mice and cats might get the same kind of protection from allergies and asthma that farm children seem to get from the animals in their barns.The finding, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is no reason to stop exterminating cockroaches, researchers say. But it is the latest evidence for the "hygiene hypothesis" — the idea that allergies might be increasing because many children today grow up in relatively sterile environments. Immune systems that don't have to fight off many germs end up doing battle with harmless pollens, dust mites and animal dander instead, the theory goes.Up until now, evidence from urban environments argued against the theory. Previous studies showed low-income urban children in homes with cockroaches and mice — as well as cigarette smoke, high pollution levels and other irritants — had increased asthma risks.The new four-city study of 467 children shows the same increased risk overall but with a twist: Children exposed to mouse and cat dander, cockroach droppings and certain bacteria before age 1 seemed to benefit. They were the least likely to develop allergies or wheezing — a possible asthma symptom — by age 3.

 
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Sorry, pet lovers: Sharing a bed with a furry friend is officially bad for your sleep.Among pet owners who slept with their four-legged companions, 30 percent reported waking up because of their pets at least once a night, according to new research. Of those pet owners who shared a bed with Fido or Fluffy more than four nights a week, 63 percent had poor sleep quality. And 5 percent said they always or almost always had trouble falling back to sleep after being disturbed by a pet.The research presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. When it comes to co-sleeping, previous studies have focused on sharing a bed with a romantic partner or with a young child. Anecdotally, pets have long been known to disrupt sleep, whether it was due to their barks and meows, animated dreams of chasing cars or allergic reactions they might trigger.However, it wasn't all bad news. Some pet owners reported feeling comforted by the presence of their pets. The reserchers have called for further research into the effects of co-sleeping with pets on sleep quality.
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Dogs may be "man's best friend," but in a still-struggling economy with rising veterinary costs, more Americans are choosing to put their ailing pets to sleep instead of paying for expensive treatments, experts say.Each year, 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters, including about 2.7 million that are considered adoptable, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Though "economic euthanasia" isn't tracked nationally some pet experts say the cost of veterinary treatment has risen higher than many pet owners can afford and is contributing to an increase.
 
Americans own 83.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats, according to research out last fall from the American Pet Products Association and the Humane Society of the United States. These owners spent about $55.53 billion on these pets in 2013, about $2 billion more than in 2012.Costs are rising because vets are paying more for rent, employees, medication and equipment. The standard of care has also increased as vets adopt advanced treatments such as MRIs and bone marrow transplants. Sophisticated medical care for an ailing cat or dog can easily run into thousands of dollars.
 
Turning pets into animal shelters isn't necessarily a better solution. Many shelters are under financial constraints themselves and, especially in rural areas with low rates of spaying and neutering, often have high kill rates.  To see options for owners that are struggling to pay for vet care, please visit talkin pets dot com and find this story in the news section for additional info. talkinpets.com that is t-a-l-k-i-n pets.comBed during story:

Options for owners that are struggling to pay for vet care
• Crowd-sourcing. Owners have used crowd-sourcing sites such as Gofundme to raise money for pet medical care. One person found a stray dog that was hit by a car and raised $6,000 to treat the dog's fractures on Gofundme. The dog, once named Crash, has a happy ending and a new name. Winston has starred in commercials for the Ohio shelter.• Non-profits. Groups including The Pet Fund and Best Friends Animal Society and some shelters including Kumpf's will also help owners find ways to get help with bills. The Pet Fund, based in Sacramento, has volunteers around the country, and pet owners in every state are eligible for assistance.• Insurance. Pet insurance can help with treatment costs, but it can often be more expensive than the treatment. Trey Simpson, 26, says without the Trupanion pet insurance he bought for his basset hound, Hashbrown, he likely still wouldn't have the pet today. But a 2011 Consumer Reports analysis of four policies concluded insurance was "rarely worth the price." Setting money aside periodically for vet bills and getting annual checkups at a low cost clinic may be better options. 
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Texas girl’s service dog gets his due — a picture in the school yearbook Taxi Benke, the half-Labrador retriever, half-golden retriever who stays by seventh grader Rachel Benke’s side all day, finally has his hairy, handsome mug in printed color.The rust-colored pooch has been Rachel’s constant companion for four years because the young girl suffers epileptic seizures after being born with brain damage.Rachel has a very serious affliction, and for six years could not eat solid food or speak. After two brain surgeries, she started to improve.  The San Antonio girl’s best friend has been close at her heels ever since. Taxi trots along school hallways with the girl, celebrates birthdays with her and even walked up on stage with Rachel when she received an award.
 
The family had joked about getting his snap into the yearbook — and made it a reality this year.The well-known mutt is a familiar face around the school, and will now be remembered forever with a sharp-looking picture between Rachel and a classmate.
 

This Landlord Will ONLY Rent To People With Big Dogs...
 
Jade Rouzeau, a lawyer and real estate agent, and her husband Greg are long-time pit bull advocates who founded a rescue group dedicated to helping heartworm-positive shelter dogs. Their property is for rent because Greg, who is active duty in the Navy, was transfered to Norfolk, Virginia.The house is located in Jacksonville's Mandarin neighborhood, which Rouzeau promises is "a quick few minutes" to many shops and great restaurants and about 15-20 minutes to downtown and the Naval Air Station. It's a one-level ranch, with three bedrooms, two baths, a big garage, new stainless steel appliances, a screened-in porch and a "fenced back yard with plenty of morning sun for dogs who love to sunbathe," she says.
 
And if you want the house, with the new stainless appliances, you've got to have those sunbathing dogs -- though there are some breed restrictions."One or more of your dogs must be on the so-called 'aggressive' breed list," says Rouzeau, meaning pit bulls, huskies, Rottweilers, or any of the other dogs that landlords tend not to welcome, or even allow, into their rentals.  You might ask why a landlord would have such an unusual requirement. But if you do ask why, chances are you're not the renter Rouzeau -- who currently owns pitties Blanche, named after the Golden Girl, and Maccabee, named for the Hanukkah story celebrating triumph against all odds -- has in mind, anyway.The house is available beginning August 1, when the current tenants -- and their husky and pit -- will have moved out.  The Craigslist ad for this rental just went up this week. As of now, the listing is still available, but Rouzeau says she doesn't expect it to last.
 

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