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Talkin' Pets News

April 6, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Fierce Grey Mouse Author Chantal Bourgonje will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/06/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new childrens book

Steven John Simon country music artist will join Jon and Talkin' Pets April 6, at 630pm ET to discuss his new CD

This week a jury rightly found Joseph Maldonado-Passage (a.k.a. Joe Exotic, a.k.a. Joe Schriebvogel) guilty of attempting to arrange a murder-for-hire to kill the founder of a Florida big cat sanctuary. He was also found guilty for 19 violations of federal wildlife law, including killing five tigers.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, released this statement:   “We are grateful  that Maldonado-Passage’s long history of abusing and exploiting wild animals and threatening people who work to protect them has finally ended. During our Humane Society of the United States 2011 undercover investigation at his facility, we found that tiger cubs were punched, dragged and hit with whips and animals were denied veterinary care, among other abuses. Substandard tiger breeding facilities in the U.S. undermine animal welfare and conservation efforts, and this case shows that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will vigorously prosecute the exploitation of captive endangered species.”

French scientists say they have proof that dogs can pick up the smell of an epileptic seizure.

The University of Rennes team hope the findings could lead to ways to predict when people will have a seizure. These could include dogs or "electronic noses" that pick up the precise odour being given off during a seizure.

Dogs have previously been shown to be able to sniff out diseases including cancers, Parkinson's, malaria and diabetes.

  • Epilepsy is caused by disruption to the electrical signals in the brain causing seizures
  • The disease can run in families or be caused by a stroke or oxygen deprivation at birth

Some people with epilepsy already rely on the animals. One sleeping in a child's bedroom can alert family members of a seizure in the middle of the night. The latest study, in the journal Scientific Reports, trained five dogs from Medical Mutts, in the US, to recognise the smell of sweat taken from a patient having a seizure. They were then given a choice of seven sweat samples taken from other patients while they were either relaxing, exercising or having a seizure.

Two of the dogs found the seizure sample about two-thirds of the time and the other three were 100% accurate. The report says: "The results are extremely clear and constitute a first step towards identifying a seizure-specific odor."

That would require detailed chemical analysis to identify the specific compounds involved. It is also unknown how an epileptic seizure leads to a change in smell.

Dr Amelie Catala, from the University of Rennes, told BBC News: "Further research is needed but it is possible that the change in electrical activity triggers the releasing of some neurohormones that will in the end trigger the scent or that it is linked to stress-related molecules and pathways, or anything else - all hypothesis are still to be considered."

But the researchers hope the field could eventually help patients. "It could lead to significant improvements in terms of seizure detection or prediction systems," the report adds. And that could give time for someone to call for help or get themselves somewhere safe before their seizure begins.

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the launch of the AKC B.A.R.K Program.

The AKC B.A.R.K (Be A Reading Kid) Program is a program designed to get children excited about reading. The goal of the AKC B.A.R.K Program is to provide children with a fun, educationally enriching experience that also allows them to bond with a canine companion.

In this program, children will read to a dog of their choosing and a parent or guardian will assist them in logging their hours on the AKC website. If a child does not own their own dog, their parent/guardian can find a local AKC Canine Ambassador and arrange a visit. Canine Ambassadors are members of AKC clubs and support their club’s public education efforts by visiting schools and youth organizations, often with their own dogs. They promote purpose-bred dogs, responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs. After reaching certain milestones, children will receive incentives for the hours they have read.

Dogs participating in the program will be acknowledged with a certificate for their volunteerism. The AKC B.A.R.K. Program is rewarding for both the children and dogs involved.

“One of AKC Public Education’s most important goals is ever strengthening the human-canine bond and we are excited to see the B.A.R.K Program assist in that,” says Meredith Saraceno, AKC Public Education Manager. “With the help of our valued AKC Canine Ambassadors, we will be able to offer this program nationwide.”

To learn more about the AKC B.A.R.K Program, or sign your child or dog up to participate, please visit


Authorities have charged a North Carolina man with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning his pet fish, the Washington Post reports.

Police in New Hanover County say Michael Ray Hinson was evicted from his Wilmington home and left his oscar fish behind.

The pet was reportedly in poor health, living in a tank that was in a “deplorable” condition.

Police took the fish to the Fish Room, an aquarium, according to the Post. It’s being nursed back to health.

The fish, believed to be a year old, was suffering from hole-in-the-head disease, a condition caused by a parasite.

Oscar fish can grow up to a foot in length and live for up to two decades.

Scientists are expected to unveil the first-ever photograph of a black hole, a breakthrough in astrophysics providing insight into celestial monsters with gravitational fields so intense no matter or light can escape.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has scheduled a news conference in Washington to announce a "groundbreaking result from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project," an international partnership formed in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole.

"It's a visionary project to take the first photograph of a black hole. We are a collaboration of over 200 people internationally," astrophysicist Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian, said at a March event in Texas.

The research will put to the test a scientific pillar - physicist Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, according to University of Arizona astrophysicist Dimitrios Psaltis, project scientist for the Event Horizon Telescope. That theory, put forward in 1915, was intended to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces.

The researchers targeted two supermassive black holes. The first - called Sagittarius A* - is situated at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, possessing 4 million times the mass of our sun and located 26,000 light years from Earth. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion km).

The second - called M87 - resides at the center of the neighboring Virgo A galaxy, boasting a mass 3.5 billion times that of the sun and located 54 million light-years away from Earth. Streaming away from M87 at nearly the speed of light is a humongous jet of subatomic particles.

Black holes, coming in a variety of sizes, are extraordinarily dense entities formed when very massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. Supermassive black holes are the largest kind, devouring matter and radiation and perhaps merging with other black holes.

Psaltis described a black hole as "an extreme warp in spacetime," a term referring to the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time joined into a single four-dimensional continuum.

The fact that black holes do not allow light to escape makes viewing them difficult. The scientists will be looking for a ring of light - radiation and matter circling at tremendous speed at the edge of the event horizon - around a region of darkness representing the actual black hole. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette.

Einstein's theory, if correct, should allow for an extremely accurate prediction of the size and shape of a black hole. "The shape of the shadow will be almost a perfect circle in Einstein's theory," Psaltis said. "If we find it to be different than what the theory predicts, then we go back to square one and we say, 'Clearly, something is not exactly right.'"


An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs has spread to three additional states since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publicized it on Jan. 25.

Six new cases have been reported.

A total of 17 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella typhimurium have been reported from 11 states, according to the CDC. Two people were hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak.

In interviews, 13 (87%) of 15 ill people reported contact with a hedgehog. No common supplier of hedgehogs in this outbreak has been identified.

The outbreak strain making people sick was identified in samples collected from eight hedgehogs in Minnesota, including three hedgehogs from two ill patients’ homes.

Affected states are Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Ill people have reported buying hedgehogs from various sources, including pet stores, breeders, or online.

Illnesses started on dates from Oct. 22 to March 1. Ill people range in age from 2 to 95 years, with a median age of 13 years.

The CDC explains that hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean. Germs can easily spread to their bodies and anything in the area where they live.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, according to the CDC. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

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