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Saturday, June 28, the 179th day of 2014.
There are 186 days left in the year.


1919, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY') was signed ending the First World War.
The actual conflict had ended seven months earlier, when a truce was called on November 11, 1918. The Treaty of Versailles was named for the city in which it was signed.  
1990, Joan Rivers won her first Daytime Emmy Award as a talk show host.
Joan is a very funny comic who was the guest host of the Tonight Show for years until being banned for announcing her own show on another network. Recently new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon brought Joan back for her first appearence in years on the tonight show.  CREW
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - Co Host
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Laurel Braitman - author of Animal Madness will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/28/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away her new book
Steva Sazama, Eureka Brand Manager, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/28/14 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away the Eureka AirSpeed EXACT Pet vacuum-------------------Slimmed-down Oregon police horse collars suspectMurphy the horse had to shed 200 pounds to make the Portland police force, and now he has collared his first suspect.Murphy, carrying Officer Cassandra Wells, galloped six blocks to catch a break-in suspect last week. He kept the suspect trapped next to a building until officers could cuff him.
The arrest caps a ripe-for-the-movies story about a horse that weighed in at 1,900 pounds after his owner, in financial distress, sold him off to a Portland officer searching the Internet for a new member of the city's popular Mounted Patrol Unit.Murphy was undersize at birth, even though he was born three weeks overdue. He was easily distracted and not considered particularly handsome, unlike a younger half-brother who turned out to be a trophy winner.So he was given the full name "Murphy's Law," the axiom that if something can go wrong, it will.
Murphy got overweight because he wasn't being ridden and because the owners couldn't afford hay. So Murphy roamed the property feeding on grass, a diet likened to an all-pizza diet for humans.The police bureau's horse trainer, Jennifer Mack, saw possibilities, though, and the city bought the gelding for $3,000.Murphy went on a strict diet and an aerobic exercise regimen that included an electric walker, a kind of treadmill that prods a horse to keep walking in a circle.After months of work, Murphy made the grade, and started patrolling in the city's upscale Pearl District.He's among the eight animals that patrol downtown to the delight of Portlanders. Budget hawks sometimes call for cutting the unit but get nowhere.And Murphy has turned out right, judged perhaps the second best in the unit when he began patrol duty in January.
 -----------------------------A black bear in Juneau, Alaska, didn't let a few floorboards keep him from getting at some honey.The male bear walked up the stairs of a porch at the home of Janet and Donald Kussart and tore through the floorboards and some insulation to get his treat.The bear was wearing an Alaska Department of Fish and Game tag.A neighbor, Ira Winograd, said the bear must have smelled a beehive in the wall of the house, so he tore it up to get to his meal. Afterward, the bear ambled along a walkway and eventually darted into the forest.On Saturday, a different bear fell through a skylight at the Juneau home of Alice Bishop and Glenn Merrill as they prepared for their son's first birthday party.The dazed bear recovered enough to help itself to the cupcakes before the couple were able to shoo the bear outside. The animal retreated to the woods when Merrill used some bear spray.
-------------------------------The Fourth of July can be a great holiday for humans, but a stressful day for many pets who may become frightened by the bright lights and loud sounds of fireworks.
Here are five ways to keep your pet safe during Independence Day.1. Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.2. Do not leave your pet alone in the car. Pets can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Unfortunately, partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.3. Keep your pets in a comfortable and quiet area during Fourth of July festivities. If your pet is crate trained, then their crate is a great choice. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company if you won't be home.4.  If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.5. Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags, so that if they become lost, they can be returned promptly.  The July 4 holiday is a very busy time for animal shelters across the U.S Shelters report taking in a higher number dogs that run off during firework festivities. In addition, many police stations log higher volumes of stray dog calls and barking complaints on July 4th compared to any other day of the year.
-------------------------------It is summer time and a dip in that swimming hole sounds great... But watch out this summer...We are warning pet owners to keep their dogs and other pets away from algae-laden waters because some forms of algae can make pets and people sick.There have been reports of dog deaths already this summer after swimming in lakes that had areas of heavy algae growth. In one case it is believed the dog died from ingesting blue-green algae, which has dangerous toxins.We are urging pet owners to check water conditions when dogs are playing near lakes or slow-flowing streams. Blue-green algae blooms have a thick, cloudy appearance that can look like green paint, pea soup or floating mats of scum. Some, but not all, species of blue-green algae contain potent toxins that can be deadly to animals within hours of contact.If possible, dog owners should keep their pets away from algae-laden water entirely. If animals do enter water with heavy algae growth, they should be hosed off right away. If someone is concerned that their pet has been exposed to harmful blue-green algae, they should take the animal to a veterinarian immediately.Humans exposed to toxic blue-green algae can experience skin irritation, nausea, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. People should never swim in water if they suspect a blue-green algae bloom.
---------------------------Did you really know how happy -- and healthy -- your pet makes you? The benefits of having a pet extend well beyond companionship, and sometimes our furry friends don't receive the credit that's due.Pets are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercise partner, and a true member of the family. There is over 25 years' worth of research that shows living with pets provides a bounty of health benefits. These are just three:
1. You move more.  We live in an on-the-go society, which can leave little time for exercise and physical activity. But several studies have shown dog owners get more exercise than people who do not have a dog.2. Stress reduction & better self-esteem. One of the greatest benefits pets provide is a 24/7 emotional support system.  Pets just seem to know when we need them most, which gives us a feeling of belonging and a self-esteem boost. Pets are even being used to help our nation's servicemen overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.3. A happy heart.  Your heart loves your pet in more ways than one. Some of the largest and most well-designed studies in this field suggest that cats and dogs can help improve our heart health. The American Heart Association cites a number of studies that found pet ownership may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some data even indicates that pets help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and that owners with heart issues are more likely to survive heart attacks.

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