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Talkin' Pets News

September 9, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author of Yin & Yang Nuitrition for Dogs, Dr. Judy Morgan will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/08/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book

Dr. Thomas Edling from Felisept will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/08/18 at 720pm EST to discuss stress in cats and give away Felisept to our listeners



The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the AKC FIT DOG program.

AKC FIT DOG is an introductory level incentive program that will offer dog owners who reach a specified fitness goal a free car magnet featuring the AKC FIT DOG logo. Participation in AKC FIT DOG will bring health benefits to both dogs and their owners.

“The most commonly recommended exercise to improve fitness by both physicians and veterinarians is walking,” said Mary Burch, Director of the AKC Family Dog program. “AKC FIT DOG has adopted the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 30 to 40 minutes of walking for a total of 150 minutes per week. If we can get people walking with their dogs, we can contribute to the overall health, fitness and well-being of dogs and their owners.”

“We hope AKC clubs and other organizations will have fun with this program in their own unique way,” said Doug Ljungren, Executive VP for Sports & Events. “Group walks will help socialize dogs and promote fitness and fellowship.” 

To participate in AKC FIT DOG and earn your free car magnet, please go to:


Elvis, a 13-year-old black lab in Owensboro, KY, somehow managed to crash his owner's truck in the parking lot of a Meijer grocery store.

But the lucky dog managed not to get a ticket, the Owensboro Times reports. Neither did his owner, Paul Shearn. The two were able to carry on with their Labor Day plans, which involved fishing and camping.

Shearn had stopped at Meijer to buy hamburgers. He parked his vehicle well away from other cars and left it running with the air conditioner on.

As he got out, Shearn told the dog, "Elvis, don’t go acting a fool and get people calling the cops on us."

But that's not what fate had in store for them.

Elvis knocked the truck into drive. Shearn believes the dog lunged for a closed container of bacon grease that was on the dashboard. (Shearn was planning to season a cast-iron skillet.)

The truck rolled into the car of Meijer employee David Adams, damaging it slightly.

Eventually everyone, including the responding police officer, had a laugh.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), whose mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease, has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“AKC Canine Health Foundation’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our four-star rating. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support AKC Canine Health Foundation.”

Achieving a four-star rating from Charity Navigator — the organization’s highest rating — is very significant in the nonprofit industry and acknowledges that CHF exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility and outperforms most charities in its category.

“We are pleased to have earned this recognition and to be listed among the top nonprofits in the country,” states Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “CHF employs a stringent grant review process which allows us to be confident that research is doing the most good for the most dogs while making the best use of our donors’ contributions. The support we receive from our donors demonstrates their trust in our process and vision."

Since its founding in 1995, CHF has awarded over $46 million in canine health research and educational grants. CHF currently manages 133 active grants in 23 research program areas specifically for dogs, including three current research initiatives focused on hemangiosarcoma, epilepsy, and tick-borne disease. Donations from individual dog lovers, dog clubs, foundations and corporations are invested in a diverse portfolio of innovative grants to find better treatments, more accurate diagnoses, and an improved understanding of the mechanisms that cause disease in dogs.


Carlsberg beer cans are to be stuck together with glue as it becomes the first brewer to abandon plastic rings. The Danish firm said the move, which has been heralded as a world-first, to attach its multi-packs with adhesive will reduce the use of plastic to package products by 75 per cent.

After a three-year development process, Carlsberg insists the dots of glue bonding its new "Snap Packs" are strong enough to withstand journeys from shelves to homes, yet sufficiently brittle to break when twisted. The eco-friendly packaging innovation will be debuted in the UK, where 30 per cent of Carlsberg's beer output is drunk every year.

At an official launch event in Copenhagen, inventor Christopher Stuhlmann revealed how a trip to his local DIY store helped convince him that his brainwave could become a reality.

"The starting point was going to a hardware shop and buying all the adhesive I could get, all the glue that was there," said Mr Stuhlmann, who works for one of Carlsberg's design partners. "Over the weekend I just glued things together and made a short video for my CEO and so the idea was born."

The technology has the support of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which has hailed it as a "big step" in efforts to tackle the worsening global scourge of plastic pollution.

To mark the launch, the brewery unveiled a replica of Copenhagen's famous Little Mermaid statue - an artwork originally donated by Carlsberg's founders, the Jacobsen family - made from the new Snap Packs.

Head of sustainability at Carlsberg, Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, said once the Snap Packs are rolled out worldwide the company will reduce its plastic use by 1,200 tonnes a year - the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags. "It's a little bit of magic," he said of the design.

"It's glued together so you can't actually see the packaging. It's almost not there, and that is what is extremely exciting from a sustainability perspective." Carlsberg's vice president of product development, Myriam Shingleton, said she wanted the glue to become the new packaging norm.

"It's a global problem and we are very happy we are at the front end to propose that," she said. "As always in Carlsberg we will not keep this for ourselves. "I'm sure other players will follow when they see that - and that's a very exciting journey if more and more players are coming."


The pest infestation at Kirby High School could shut down the school for the rest of the semester, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Thursday, calling the situation an "unavoidable act of nature."

The school will undergo a six-to-eight-week period of trapping and exterminating the rats that have displaced students and staff from the building for much of the last two weeks. 

Hopson said his team is searching for a temporary home for Kirby's 800 students, exploring options like now-closed South Side High and the Hickory Ridge Mall. He said he hopes to have a recommendation to review with the board early next week.

The eight-week timeline would put students back in the building in early November. Hopson said he won't send students back into Kirby until he's sure the problem is remedied, and wants a smooth transition. That, along with any unforeseen issues, could push back the timeline to the end of the fall semester. "I don't want to bring kids back and it's not right," Hopson said. 

The issue started two weeks ago, he said, after a rat's nest near a greenhouse on the property was disturbed as part of a renovation process to improve the school's career and technical education program. That weekend district personnel set up traps and caught as many as 80 rats, Hopson said.  After a few days of no sightings and clearance from health officials, Hopson said, the school was reopened after Labor Day. 

A stench soon returned, however, as rats that had been earlier poisoned were starting to die within the walls. The district announced Wednesday night the school would be closed the rest of this week.

Board member Kevin Woods said health department officials did not force the district to close the school again Wednesday, and that it was done out of an "abundance of caution" for the health of students and staff.

The district has spent about $70,000 remedying the problem to this point, Hopson said, and will likely require tens of thousands more for the six or eight weeks of trapping and building work, like replacing of ceiling tiles. 

Hopson said next to safety, loss of academic time was his biggest concern. Kirby has struggled academically and is in danger of facing state interventions if it does not improve. A solution used in some natural disaster situations, to send students to evening classes or half-day classes at another school, is not ideal for students who need the most instruction time. 

Woods said there will be time in the future to evaluate the district's pest control plan for all its schools. There will also be conversations about missed school, he said, and what needs to be done so students aren't behind. "Right now we’re focused on getting kids in a safe learning environment," he said. 

A Washington state family that survived the mass shooting last year at a Las Vegas concert says a neighbor shot and killed the dog they got to deal with stress and anxiety from the attack.

The neighbor was cited by police for recklessly firing a gun and declined to comment.

The Bellingham Herald reported that Lona and Joseph Johnson were at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in October when a gunman shot and killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others.

Among the wounded was their cousin, Melinda Brockie, who attended the festival with them.

The couple heard that dogs are good pets to help heal from post-traumatic stress, Joseph Johnson said, and they picked out a Labradoodle named Jax.

The comfort dog was for themselves and their two children, who weren't at the concert but saw the news coverage and knew their parents had been shot at.

"He was such a blessing," Joseph Johnson said of Jax. ""He gave us something to look forward to. I really believe Jax was a big part of our healing."

Early Sunday, they heard gunshots. They say a neighbor in their rural northwest Washington community shot and killed Jax.

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office said it cited the neighbor, 49-year-old Odin Maxwell, for recklessly discharging a firearm.

The sheriff's office reported that Maxwell said the dog had been chasing his chickens. Investigators turned up no evidence that any chickens had been hurt.

The Johnsons said they had not had any previous dealings with Maxwell, and Joseph Johnson said a nephew even returned one of Maxwell's chickens unharmed after it came onto their property only days before the dog was shot.

He said the couple is considering suing Maxwell. They also plan to host a 5K run for people with their dogs to raise awareness about animal cruelty.

"We're pretty upset and hurt right now," Lona Johnson said. "It triggered a lot of PTSD for our family. We're still trying to deal with what happened in Las Vegas, and then this happened. Everybody who knows us knows how important Jax was to us."

A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.

Police investigated the report from a bystander at Hampton Beach earlier this summer.

NH1 reports the man Nate Rancloes, said he had just returned from getting a cheeseburger and fries and was sitting on the sand. He said seagulls got to the burger, and he spun around with his leg to shoo one away, but struck the bird. He said it was a simple mistake.

A witness said it appeared the bird's leg was injured and that it struggled to fly away.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Adam Cheeney says seagulls are protected under federal law.

An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of spider bites.

The Australian Reptile Park, the country’s sole supplier of funnel-web venom to antidote producers since 1981, relies on the public to hand in spiders that are milked for the venom used to produce an antidote.

The anti-venom program was now at risk after too few spiders were donated last year and a recent heatwave encouraged more spider activity and bites, the park’s general manager, Tim Faulkner, said on Tuesday.

“We rely on community support to keep this program alive,” Faulkner said in a telephone interview.

“We have tried to catch enough spiders ourselves and we just can’t.”

Funnel-web spiders live throughout southeastern Australia, but the only known killer is the Sydney funnel-web spider, found in the Sydney region and as far north as Newcastle and south to Illawarra, the park says on its website.

“The large fangs and acidic venom make the bite very painful,” it said, noting that a major bite can cause death within an hour if left untreated.

After milking the spiders, the park delivers the venom to a division of the blood plasma and vaccine maker CSL Ltd, which converts it into the life-saving antidote.

Australia has had two funnel-web spider attacks in two weeks, media have said, one of them involving a woman bitten by a spider while she was asleep.

Despite the terrifying reputation of Australian wildlife, nobody has died from the bite of a funnel-web spider since the anti-venom program began in 1981.

Catching venomous spiders is safe, as long precautions are followed, Faulkner said.

“With an appropriate jar and a wooden spoon, you can flick the spider into the jar so easily,” he said.

“We’ve been doing this for 35 years and no one’s been hurt.”

An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said.

The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe.

The status of the animal is unknown.

“We didn’t find the armadillo,” the sheriff said.


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