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Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014.
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1954, Elvis Presley's first single was released by Sun Records. It was "That's All Right Mama" -  Sun Records is an American independent record label  that started operations on March 27, 1952.  Founded by Sam Phillips, Sun Records was notable for discovering and first recording such influential musicians as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.  
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Joshua Horwitz author of "War Of The Whales: A True Story" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/19/14 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away his book
Lisa Spector, Concert Pianist, and co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 630 PM EST 7/19/14 to discuss and give away her music
A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began."My dog licked my face and woke me up," Lamb said. "I was like, `Stop it! What? You want to be fed?' I thought he wanted to be fed or go outside."Ace didn't stop licking Nick until the teen got up, too. That's when he realized the house was full of smoke."I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off. ... My dog Ace smelled it," Lamb said. "I just wanted to get out."Without his shoes but with Ace by his side, he covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt darted out the back door, grabbing one of his implants along the way.He then called his mother and 911.Lindsay Bernard, Lamb's mother, credited Ace with saving her son from injury."It's amazing, because if he wouldn't have been there, he probably wouldn't have even woke up," Bernard said.
Firefighters found the family's cat, "Pixie," inside the home. She was taken to a vet for smoke inhalation and was expected to recover.Damage to the home was estimated at $175,000.---------------------------
Homebuilders focus on family pets in rising trend of catering to furry friendsStandard Pacific Homes is building and selling these homes in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television set.Standard Pacific, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners. Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.The American Pet Products Association reports that 68 percent of Americans own pets and contribute to an industry worth more than $55 billion annually.Real estate officials say building homes designed to cater to pets is a new concept, but that remodels for pet owners have been available for some time.These new homes can cost as much as $1.3 million. The pet spa option adds $35,000 to the price tag. ------------------- Cargo Manifest For Flight MH17 Reveals Pets on Board...Malaysia Airlines released the cargo manifest for Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.In addition to the 298 lives lost, pets were also among the casualties. According to the manifest, which is a list of all the cargo carried on board, there were nine crates of live birds, and two dogs. The birds were going in part to Kuala Lumpur and in part to Dhaka, Bangladesh. One of the dogs was headed to Kuala Lumpur, and the other was bound for Manila in the Philippines.   The Boeing 777 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile at about 33,000 feet, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The jet was flying over Ukraine's war-torn Donetsk region, the site of fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists.Vice President Biden said the crash was "not an accident. It was blown out of the sky." Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the attack an "international crime.---------------------------Dogs rescued in Afghanistan to be reunited with American comrades...When a group of Afghan men were seen firing at the ground in a remote mountain region eight months ago, alarmed members of a U.S. elite special forces unit came upon a disturbing discovery: A female dog, shot dead, after giving birth to a litter of pups no more than a week old. As the men proceeded to shoot the puppies one by one, U.S. forces swiftly intervened, rescuing two surviving puppies and taking them to a base camp where they would be raised as comrades.The dogs, Rommel and Blitz, were flown to the U.S. this week in an effort to reunite them with the elite special forces sergeant who saved them. The reunion is part of a broader initiative, led by the group "Guardians of Rescue," to return the canines of war to the American troops who bonded with them during their time in Afghanistan.Guardians of Rescue, a national volunteer organization whose mission is to protect the well being of animals, began its operation to reunite dogs in Afghanistan with American troops in 2010. With the help of the Kabul-based animal rescue group, Nowzad, more than 20 canines have so far been brought back from the country and returned to U.S. troops -- most recently a Navy SEAL team, according to Robert Misseri, founder and president of the animal rescue group. Their work has been made possible solely though money donated to the organization.Dog abuse in Afghanistan is beyond horrific. They're not looked at as pets and the minute insurgents know the dog was fed or cared for at a U.S. camp they will torture and slaughter it.---------------------Get Walking! New App Lets You Take Steps to Help Shelter AnimalsWith busy schedules and time-crunched family lives, finding the time to volunteer at local shelters and fundraise for animals in need is a tricky balancing act. And unfortunately, not all pet lovers get to help out as much as they would like. But Bailey Schroeder, founder of a new pet-centric app called ResQwalk, is setting out to make animal rescue a simple part of people’s everyday lives.Schroeder’s new app - ResQwalk launched in the Apple store on June 26. In the first few weeks, the app already has more than 7,000 downloads.So, how does it work? Each week, ResQwalk announces a new donation pool that is available for shelters across the country. Users sign into the app, select their shelter or rescue of choice, and begin walking in support of that rescue. The app uses GPS to track your distance and records it into the ResQwalk system. At the end of the week, the donation pool is divided up and distributed to shelters in proportion to how many miles were walked in support of each organization.Initial donation pools are being funded by money raised through an Indiegogo campaign, but Schroeder explains that the goal is to get major pet companies on board for corporate sponsorships. “We’ve been speaking to some of the larger pet companies about sponsoring the app, and there has been a lot of interest,” says Schroeder. “But they want to see that people actually want to walk.”Judging by the activity so far, getting people to start stepping shouldn’t be a problem. Users of the app have already logged 11,000 miles in support of animal rescues. Over 600 groups have signed up as beneficiaries, and ResQwalk is providing shelters with marketing materials so that they can encourage local residents to walk on their behalves. Most people, says Schroeder, appreciate the local angle and are walking in support of organizations within their own communities.

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