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Talkin' Pets News

March 16, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Kitty Block President and CEO of the HSUS will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/16/19 at 5pm ET to discuss Humane Society of the United States undercover investigation shows plight of dogs in a laboratory being dosed with pesticides and drugs

Dogs could be allowed inside breweries that have taprooms under legislation being proposed in North Carolina.

Rep. Jon Hardister of Guilford County is co-sponsoring the bill, The Associated Press reports.

The measure would alter the state’s health laws, permitting pets to enter tasting rooms. The final decision would be left to the brewery owner.

Pets are already allowed to enter wineries in North Carolina, according to The Associated Press.

The Greensboro News and Record quoted Hardister saying, “It should be up to taprooms to decide whether or not they want to allow pets inside their facility.”

He continued: “If a taproom serves drinks but does not prepare food, then they should not be subjected to the same standards as a restaurant.”

The bill centers on “promoting the free market,” Hardister said, and on “allowing business owners to do what is best for their customers.”

It’s well known that President Donald Trump is unique among modern presidents in that he has no pets.

And he recently provided some explanation as to why.

Trump said at a campaign rally in El Paso, TX, that he’d like to have a dog, but his schedule is too packed, Time reports. He was speaking after watching German shepherds  that work for the Secret Service show off their drug-detection abilities.

He then asked the crowd if he’d look good walking a dog across the White House lawn, before dismissing the idea.

“Feels a little phony, phony to me,” he said.

Presidents have kept a wide variety of companion animals in the White House in a tradition that dates to the Thomas Jefferson era, according to the article. Presidential pets have included not only dogs and cats, but also more exotic creatures, from bears to sheep to, in the case of John Quincy Adams, possibly an alligator.

Vice President Mike Pence’s family, on the other hand, has owned several pets, including cats, dogs and a rabbit.

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is proud to honor the late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, as the recipient of the 2019 AKC Paw of CourageSM award. This award is in recognition of his loyalty, dedication and distinguished service.

Sully, a two and a half-year-old Labrador Retriever, is a highly trained service dog who was paired with the former President and Navy veteran in June 2018, and was specifically matched to provide assistance and companionship to President Bush in his daily activities. America’s VetDogs, a national not-for-profit service dog provider based in Smithtown, New York, was recommended to the former President through VetDogs’ relationship with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The Bush family worked with America’s VetDogs to find a dog that would meet the President’s needs. Sully assisted with everyday tasks such as retrieving items, summoning help, and most importantly providing companionship to President Bush in his daily activities.

In February 2019, Sully joined the Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program as a Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2), where he will provide interactive care for patients and staff using innovative Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) during their road to recovery.

“The devotion and comfort that dogs provide their owners goes unmatched,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “Sully served the late President George H.W. Bush honorably; providing him support and assistance, but even more importantly, love and companionship. The 2019 AKC Paw of Courage gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the devotion that Sully brought to the late President in the final months of his life.”

The Labrador Retriever even has an Instagram account (@SullyHWBush) where he has grown his following to more than 250,000. Sully will be honored with a 2019 AKC Paw of Courage medallion and an engraved plaque in honor of his notable service to the late President George H.W. Bush.

“It’s an honor for America’s VetDogs to accept the AKC’s Paw of Courage Award on behalf of Sully,” says President & CEO John Miller, America’s VetDogs. “America’s VetDogs is very proud of Sully and his service to President Bush. Sully is a wonderful example of all of the service dogs that we provide to our nations veterans and we look forward to him continuing his mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.”

Any working dog is eligible to receive an AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs.


Tesla has introduced “dog mode,” which allows the driver to “set a cabin temperature to keep your dog comfortable while letting passersby know they don’t need to worry.”

Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, hinted in November that such a feature was on the way. The company recently revealed details on Twitter, posting a video with full details.

People magazine wrote, “While the owner is away, the car stays climate controlled and displays a message on the vehicle’s large center screen letting passersby know the temperature inside and that the owner will be back soon.”

Musk noted on Twitter, “This is in addition to existing Cabin Overheat Protection, which come on automatically at high temps to ensure any babies or pets in the car are safe.”

 In an episode of Advancements with Ted Danson, viewers will learn about recent developments in plant nutrition and soil fertility. This episode is scheduled to broadcast 3Q 2019. Check your local listings for more information.

Advancements with Ted Danson will focus on the latest technologies in agronomy, biology, and chemistry for the enhancement of soil and plant health. Featuring Concept Agri-Tek's innovative concepts, viewers will learn about its leading state-of-the-art fertility concepts for the agriculture industry. The show will go behind-the-scenes to educate about how the Concept Agri-Tek Soil and Plant Nutrition Program is revolutionizing farming by bringing new technology to commercial agriculture fertilizers.

"The majority of technology in agriculture is being used in equipment, seed, and pesticide products. No one is focusing on the fertility side of agriculture technology. The technology advances in equipment have been dramatic, allowing farmers to farm more with less employees, creating more efficiency. Technology advances in seed have helped farmers fight off pests and have helped increase yield. The fertility technologies we have created for commercial farms, have enabled farmers to increase yield, decrease risk, while having a positive impact on soil health and the environment. Concept Agri-Tek technology has also allowed farmers to decrease fertilizer inputs due to high levels of efficiency in both our fertilizers and biology. The farmers who we work with are some of the most sustainable farmers in agriculture," said Trey Curtis, Owner and President of Concept Agri-Tek. He continued, "We look forward to giving the viewers of Advancements with Ted Danson, a front row seat."

Audiences will see how Concept Agri-Tek's products increase the health of soil and plants, which in turn increases the farmer's bottom line.

A bill under consideration in Maryland would require firms to treat dog breeds equally when setting premiums for renters or homeowners insurance policies.

The idea is to prevent owners of breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers from being charged more, Maryland Matters reports.

State Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier introduced the measure to the Maryland General Assembly.

The proposed law “would require an insurer to either cover losses by all dog breeds or exclude coverage altogether,” Klausmeier told the state’s Senate Finance Committee.

Supporters of the legislation say premiums should not be based on “outdated breeds stereotypes,” Maryland Matters reports.

“Insurance companies should identify individual dogs that have a history that may predict their likelihood of being dangerous in the future,” said Emily Hovermale, of the Humane Society of America’s Maryland/Delaware chapter.

But Nancy Egan of the American Property Casualty Insurers Association said insurers “should be able to look at their business losses and be able to exclude those risks that they see are not profitable for them.”

American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj is proud to announce that this year’s Global Pet Expo has sold a record number of booths making it the largest Show to date. Darmohraj is also excited to report the Boutique, Natural Pet and What’s New! special sections on the Show Floor have also sold out weeks prior to the Show. Global Pet Expo is set to take place March 20-22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

 “The Global Pet Expo team works tirelessly all year long to continue making this Show the pet industry’s premier event,” said Darmohraj. “The fact that our show floor will be the largest to date, further solidifies the significance of this Show and that it truly is THE must-attend industry event of the year.”

 The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths sold, covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show.  6,508 qualified buyers, 2,100 of which were first-time buyers, representing 79 countries around the world were in attendance. With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses.

 The tremendous success of the continuously growing Global Pet Expo has been recognized by the trade show industry as well. Trade Show Executive Magazine (TSE) ranked Global Pet Expo #48 on their exclusive “Gold 100” list. This honor recognized Global Pet Expo as one of the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry, exceeding thousands of others in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance.  Global Pet Expo is also ranked #48 in TSE’s Fastest 50 for fastest growing trade shows and was honored at the prestigious Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards as a Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show in net square footage.

 Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified media and professionals.

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