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Talkin' Pets News

March 2, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Hot - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Hour 1 Author Jim Colucci - "Golden Girls Forever" An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai Discussion on the girls with give away of his new book

Choupette, a Birman cat that belonged to the recently deceased Karl Lagerfeld, is likely on the verge of being one of the world’s richest pets.

Before he died, the German designer told Le Figaro, a French magazine, that the cat was an heiress, USA Today reports.

His fortune has been estimated at between $195 million and $300 million.

It’s not known just how much of Lagerfeld’s estate Choupette might inherit.

Lagerfeld died on Feb. 19 at age 85.

The cat is well-known as a social media influencer, with more than 260,000 Instagram follower.

The wealthiest pet is a German Shepherd named Gunther IV.

He’s worth $375 million, thanks to an inheritance, according to a list compiled by insurance comparison site


AB Ltd., which owns Krispy Kreme and Dr. Pepper, is entering the pet care business by acquiring a stake in Compassion-First Pet Hospitals.

Compassion-First operates a network of 41 veterinary hospitals and treatment facilities across 13 states.

Founded in 2014, it provides specialty, emergency and general veterinary care supported by seamless multidisciplinary collaboration among its veterinarians.

JAB is buying the stake from private-equity fund Quad-C Management Inc. The size and value of the stake were not disclosed.

Compassion-First has a total enterprise valuation of $1.2 billion, according to the release.

According to a press release: “Veterinary service providers who are currently investors in the company will maintain a significant stake going forward, and Compassion-First’s management team, including the Founder and CEO John Payne, will also continue to be significant investors and lead the company in the next phase of its development.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with John Payne and the Compassion-First team to create a differentiated platform in veterinary medicine,” said Tim Billings, Partner at Quad-C.

“We started with a small group of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region five years ago and have assembled an amazing group of hospitals across the country. Quad-C is proud to have been partners with all of the exceptional veterinarians and employees who have joined the Compassion-First family and we wish the team continued success.”


Almost a decade after opening its award-winning small animal hospital, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded its facilities to better train its veterinary students to meet professional demands and to accommodate the rapid growth of the hospital’s emergency and critical care service.

Construction of the $6 million, two-story addition adjacent to the main hospital wrapped up in February and will provide more spacious accommodations for primary care and dentistry services, as well as additional offices for administrative personnel. The expansion adds approximately 12,000 square feet to the existing 100,000-square-foot building, and makes room for more emergency and critical care services.

Since the small animal hospital opened in 2010, clients of the primary care and dentistry service have shared an entrance and lobby with emergency clients. The renovation separates these distinct areas of care and patient needs.

The original ground-floor space is being remodeled for efficiency and expanded emergency and critical care services to better accommodate emergency referrals from local and statewide veterinary clinicians and agencies. Pet patients, once stabilized, also can be seamlessly transferred to primary care as needed.

An open house for college faculty, staff and students was held Feb. 22, with a reception and open house for donors. The new building opens its doors to clients on March 15.

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is supported through funding from UF Health and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


Let me tell you about a cat named Damien: He’s smart, sassy and impossibly lovable. But if you knew his doting owner — you wouldn’t be surprised.

And neither would be scientists at University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University in the UK. A new study published this month in the journal PLOS ONE found that cats (who are indeed like our own children) are influenced by their human parents’ personalities.

Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners, asking questions about their feline family members’ behavior and lifestyle as well as their own. The results, they say, were similar to previous studies on the relationship between parents and their offspring.

Neuroticism was a personality trait of interest to researchers. In the past, this trait in parents was said to be linked with poorer health and a lower quality of life in their children. Similarly, cat owners who were ranked high on the researchers’ neuroticism scale were more likely to suggest their cat having a “behavioral problem.” They displayed more stress-related behaviors such as aggression and anxiousness, sometimes manifesting in illness and feline obesity.

Thankfully, positive traits also correlated between cats and their owners. More attentive and conscientious owners had cats who appeared less skittish and avoidant. This correlation is also reflected in past parent-child relationship studies.

“Many owners consider their pets as a family member, forming close social bonds with them,” says researcher Dr. Lauren Finka. “It’s therefore no wonder our pets could be affected by the way we interact with and manage them, [which are] influenced by our personality differences.”

This study, she says, reflects how integral parenting styles are to both humans and animals.

So pet parents who rage about their cats’ claw swipes or disinterest in using the litter box may actually need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and ask, “What would Damien do?”


A Rock County teenager faces two felony charges after admitting to putting a cattle sedative in his stepfather’s drinks last year, according to court documents.

Tyler Rabenhorst-Malone, 16, was charged Thursday with placing foreign objects in edibles and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to court records.

Rabenhorst-Malone’s mom and stepdad reported in April 2018 that a box of oxytocin containing rompun, which is given to cows during the delivery of calves, was missing from their barn in the Town of Lima, according to the complaint.

In January 2018, Rabenhorst-Malone’s stepdad went to UW Hospital with a droopy face, slurred speech, heavy breathing and was stumbling, officials said. Doctors told him it was from drinking energy drinks, stress and lack of sleep, but when it happened again in April 2018, he started monitoring his beverages and the symptoms disappeared, according to the complaint.

During that same time period, Rabenhorst-Malone was expelled from Whitewater High School for hacking school emails, according to the complaint. His mom told police he said, “Remember what happened to the kid that was expelled in Florida?” His mom told officials she believed that was referencing the Parkland shooting.

After Rabenhorst-Malone’s stepdad started to suspect his stepson was doing something to him, he found used syringes that he thought Rabenhorst-Malone was using to put the cattle sedative in his drinks, according to the complaint. An employee that also worked at the farm told police Rabenhorst-Malone was messing with his stepdad while he was sleeping by putting blankets on his face and punching him.

According to the complaint, liquid saved from several of the stepdad’s drinks and the syringes he found tested positive for the cattle sedative.


On Feb. 7, Rabenhorst-Malone admitted to putting the drug in his stepdad’s drink because he thought it was funny, according to the complaint. Rabenhorst-Malone told officers he never wanted to hurt his stepdad.

Rabenhorst-Malone is scheduled to be in Rock County Court March 18.


A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social media, prompting thousands of horrified comments.

The video shows the gull pecking tentatively at the rodent before picking it up in its beak and swallowing the entire animal.

The bird then flies atop a parked car on Salem Street in the heart of Boston’s North End, popular for its dozens of Italian restaurants — the rat’s tail hanging from the gull’s mouth.

The unidentified Briton who caught the beastly breakfast on camera can be heard exclaiming: “Oh my God, it just swallowed it whole … Ratatouille?”


Zoo Knoxville's 31-year-old giraffe Patches — the oldest reticulated giraffe in the United States — was euthanized Thursday after a year of declining health. 

Patches had been under palliative care at the park. The 16-foot-tall giraffe was being treated for advanced, incurable arthritis related to her advanced age.

A reticulated giraffe's average life expectancy is 25. Born at the zoo in 1987, Patches was a fixture at the park for more than three decades and older than some of her keepers.

“Over her lifetime, Patches was an iconic ambassador. She made it possible for millions of visitors who will never have the opportunity to travel to Africa to experience the beauty and gracefulness of her species,” Zoo Knoxville President and CEO Lisa New said.

“We will always be grateful to her for inspiring our community to care about the future of giraffes and to support the work we are doing to save them," New said.


A Victorian woman took a series of horrifying pictures on Wednesday that makes it very easy to understand why many tourists are terrified of Australian wildlife.

Robyn McLennan came across a terrifying scene at Gapsted Wines in the state’s northeast, after she spotted a redback spider devouring what she believed to be a baby eastern brown snake.

Instead of running away screaming like most people would, Ms McLennan decided to get some close up shots.

She uploaded the pictures to Facebook, noting that the spider had “brought the snake entirely off the ground” and suspended it in mid air.

Redback spiders have been known to prey on small lizards and snakes from time to time, but that doesn’t make the sight any less frightening.

They catch the larger prey by creating a trap that they get tangled in or crawl underneath and bite them before they can react.

For bigger catches like this snake, the spider will inject digestive fluid into the animal to soften its insides before sucking it all up.

People were understandably freaked out by the pictures, with many in shock that a spider could actually kill a snake.


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