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Talkin' Pets News

January 19, 2019

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The American Kennel Club has granted full recognition to the Azawakh, an ancient hunting sighthound from West Africa.

The new addition to the AKC registry became eligible to compete in its group on Jan. 1.

“We’re excited to have the Azawakh join the AKC family,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This wonderful breed has been around for thousands of years, and we’re happy to introduce it to dog lovers in this country. As with any breed, it’s important to do research and find the right one to fit your lifestyle.”

The Azawakh joins the Hound Group. The breed originated as a guardian, hunter and companion to nomads, AKC explains in a press release. The dogs would hunt hare, antelope and wild boar, and they are known to be tough, durable and fast.

AKC noted: “The Azawakh is leggy and elegant-looking, with a short, fine coat that needs occasional brushing. They are relatively calm dogs indoors but have tremendous energy and endurance outside and must have regular exercise. Azawakhs bond strongly with their owners and are affectionate, playful companions. They can be aloof towards strangers.”

To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.

The Florida Aquarium is encouraging people going to Gasparilla parades this year to protect the environment and recycle their beads. 

“Beads that end up in the bay can be harmful to the environment and the marine life that call the bay home,” said The Florida Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann.  “So we encourage people attending the parades to be careful and keep their beads out of the bay.”

To help inspire people to be environmentally responsible, The Florida Aquarium is offering discounted and free admission to those who bring their beads to the aquarium.

As part of its “Keep the Beads Out of the Bay” promotion anyone who brings 10 pounds of beads to the aquarium will receive $10 off one general admission ticket.  Those who bring 30 pounds or more will get free admission.

The offer runs through January 27th.

The Children’s Gasparilla Parade is Saturday in Tampa, the annual MLK Day parades in Tampa and St. Petersburg are on Monday and the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest is on January 26th this year. 

About The Florida Aquarium 

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment.  It has been voted a Top 3 Aquarium in North America by the readers of USA Today (May 2018), it’s earned a Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Rating (2018).  The Florida Aquarium has also earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and been awarded a platinum rating from GuideStar.

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International revealed dozens of items made from imperiled wildlife for sale last week at the Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada. These items included elephant skin furniture, paintings on elephant ears, hippo skulls and teeth, and stingray skin belts. SCI is one of the world’s largest trophy hunting advocacy groups. Offering these items for sale likely violates Nevada state law on wildlife trafficking, and HSUS and HSI have reported their findings to enforcement authorities.  The investigation also found that canned lion hunts, the sale of which SCI banned at its conventions as of February 4, 2018, were easily available for purchase in Reno last week.

Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International, said: “The world’s leading trophy hunting industry group is apparently promoting, enabling, and profiting from the illegal wildlife trade and unethical hunting practices. Conservation laws and hunting ethics are thrown out the window by SCI when financial profit is involved, driving iconic wildlife such as African elephants toward extinction.  It’s an elitist hobby of the 1 percent, and there is no place for trophy hunting in today’s world.” As of January 1, 2018, it is unlawful for any person within the state of Nevada to “purchase, sell, offer for sale or possess with intent to sell any item that it, wholly, or partially, made of an animal part or byproduct derived from a shark fin, a lion of the species Panthera leo or any species of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, ray, mammoth, narwhal, walrus or hippopotamus.”  Nev. Rev. Stat. § 597.905. 

Investigators also found “canned” lion hunts for sale, in which customers can pay to shoot a captive-bred African lion in an enclosed area from which it cannot escape. Canned hunts are internationally scorned, and SCI claims that it does not allow such lion hunts to be sold at its conventions. Yet vendors, in an attempt to attract bookings of such hunts, showed investigators sample pictures of types of lions that may be killed, priced according to the age and size of the animal and his mane. One conference attendee told the investigators that he and his children participated in a canned hunt, killing “their” lion within 90 minutes. Canned hunt operators described baiting lions with meat, which they said they could do ahead of a trophy hunter’s arrival, to save time. One canned hunt operator told investigators if they wanted to kill a really big lion, he could special order one.

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International are releasing their investigation while the Dallas Safari Club convention is underway in Dallas, Texas. While Texas does not have the same laws prohibiting the sale of wildlife products as Nevada, the Dallas Safari Club has stated that it too opposes captive bred lion hunting. At least six exhibitors selling canned lion hunts at the SCI convention are also at the DSC convention. These include De Klerk Safaris, whose representatives told investigators that they buy lions from breeders and could special order a really big lion, and Mabula Pro Safaris, whose representative told investigators that they are the biggest breeder of lions in South Africa. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International submitted its findings in writing to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, requesting investigation and enforcement of Nevada law. Any person who violates this law is guilty of a gross misdemeanor for the first offense, a category E felony for a second offense, and a category D felony for a third offense, in addition to civil penalties of up to $6,500.-----------------------------------------------------------

With a large winter storm in the forecast for much of the United States, it’s important to take steps to prevent slips, falls and injuries from ice--not just among people, but among our four-legged friends as well. This may include the use of de-icers to keep sidewalks, steps, driveways and roads clear of ice.

While these de-icers pose some risks to our pets, so does the ice; in addition to the risk of slips and falls, ice and icy crust on snow can cause cuts and abrasions to your dog’s paws, or it could contain embedded objects that could be harmful if stepped on. It is important to mitigate all of these risks so you and your dogs (and your neighbors and their dogs) can get out for some fresh air and exercise in the snowy winter weather. 

When using de-icers, understand that all of these products have the potential to harm your pets or make them ill. Some, like calcium-based products, may be more toxic, while others, like those containing urea, might be less toxic, but also less effective in colder temperatures. Most of these products are relatively safe and may cause nothing more than an upset stomach or mild skin irritation. Too much contact or ingestion could lead to dry, cracked, bleeding or burned paws, or diarrhea and vomiting. Call your veterinarian if your pet shows signs of illness or injury.

One important note: While de-icers labeled as “pet-friendly” may actually be safer (i.e., less toxic ingredients, less jagged pellets), there is no requirement that products marketed as such meet any agreed-upon standards. Your best source of information for pet-friendly de-icers is your veterinarian. 

Be sure to limit your use of chemical de-icers to their recommended application amount, and don’t simply apply it and forget it; after the product melts the ice, use a shovel to clear the area of slush and salt.  To lessen the risk of de-icers, always supervise your dogs while outside to prevent them from ingesting salt off the ground. When returning home, use a towel to clean off your dog’s paws, legs and belly and remove any de-icers that may be hitching a ride in your dog’s fur or between their toes. Check paws for any signs of irritation, cuts or swelling. 

You can also reduce the risk of injury or illness from de-icers by putting booties on your dog’s paws for instance Power Paws by Woodrow Wear and get 20% off by adding the word pets in the promo code at check out at You can also apply wax-based petrolatum or lanolin products to protect paws from ice and cold--just talk with your veterinarian first to determine which products might be best for your dog.

For those who do not want to use de-icers, products such as sand or kitty litter can provide some additional traction on icy surfaces, but it won’t melt the ice.  While the urge to hibernate is understandable in the winter months, it’s important that you and your dogs get outside for some exercise, fresh air, and playtime together, even in the cold and snow. To learn more about keeping your pets safe while still enjoying the snowy weather, visit the AVMA website at [].

Since 1984, residents of Moose Jaw have had one big thing about which they could boast: Mac the Moose.

The Canadian city was long the proud owner of the world's tallest moose statue, a 9.75m (32-foot) steel-framed creature, covered with metal mesh and cement.

But a few years ago, a slightly taller moose statue was erected in Norway, beating Mac's record by some 30cm.

Now, Moose Jaw has launched a campaign to reclaim the crown.

"We're considered to be very mannerly and respectful, but there are things you just don't do to Canadians," Fraser Tolmie, mayor of the prairie town, told the BBC.

"You don't mess with Mac the Moose."

Norway's Storelgen, or "Big Moose", stands on a highway partway between Norway's capital of Oslo and the city of Trondheim.

It was built in 2015 by artist Linda Bakke in partnership with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in an effort to reduce traffic accidents.

According to an article that appeared in the Daily Scandinavian, Ms Bakke felt it was "important that the elk was made higher than Mac the Moose".

Mr Tolmie was recently alerted to the loss of the crown by Saskatchewan YouTubers Justin and Greg, who posted a video in January urging the city to add 31cm to Mac or to rename the city simply "Jaw".

The mayor said the city has since fielded a number of suggestions from residents on how to add to Mac's height.

"There's even been a suggestion about stilettos," he said, but noted the most popular suggestion so far has been to "give Mac a bigger rack" of antlers.

The city's tourism department claims Mac remains one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Canada.

A Facebook poll by Norwegian online newspaper Dagbladet, posted on Thursday, has Canada's Mac in the lead as the favorite moose statue among 60% of more than 20,000 online voters.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has expanded a recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick.

A voluntary recall was first issued by Sunshine Mills, Inc., brands for Evolve Puppy, Sportsman's Pride Large Breed Puppy and Triumph Chicken and Rice Dog Food. Sunshine Mills, Inc.'s Old Glory Hearty Turkey and Cheese Flavor Dog Food has also been added to the recall.

The expanded list of dry dog food product adds:

- Nutrisca: Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
- Natural Life Pet Products: Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
- ANF, Inc.: ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
- Lidi (Orlando brand): Orlando Grain Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food

- Kroger: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
- ELM Pet Foods, Inc.: ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
- Ahold Delhaize: Nature's Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food, Nature's Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
- King Soopers: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food.

Too much vitamin D can cause kidney failure in dogs. Dogs that eat too much vitamin D could show symptoms of vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

A woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally.

The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen.

The reptile has been relocated to a conservation site while authorities look for its owner.

Deasy Tuwo was attacked while feeding the crocodile at pearl farm

Ms Tuwo was head of the laboratory at the pearl farm and was feeding Merry when she was killed.

Some reports say that the crocodile dragged her into the enclosure but local conservation agency officials believe she fell in.

Her colleagues discovered her body the next morning.

The crocodile was sedated to be removed from its enclosure and taken to a conservation centre

Hendriks Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) told BBC Indonesian that officials had tried to visit the facility several times in the past to remove the crocodile but had not been allowed in.

"We've come here a few times but the fences are always locked," he said in an interview on Wednesday.

According to AFP, authorities believe Ms Tuwo's body parts may still be inside the 4.4m-long crocodile.

Police are now trying to track down a Japanese national who owns both the farm and the crocodile.

Media captionThe man who keeps dozens of crocodiles in his back garden

The Indonesian archipelago is home to several species of crocodile that regularly attack and kill humans, AFP reports.

In April 2016, a Russian tourist was killed by a crocodile on the Raja Ampat islands, a popular diving site in the east of the archipelago, it says.

Worldwide, crocodiles are estimated to kill about 1,000 humans per year, many more than sharks.

Crocodiles do not necessarily set out to hunt humans, but they are opportunistic killers.

In Africa alone, there are several hundred crocodile attacks on humans per year, between a third to half of which are fatal, depending on the species.

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