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Talkin' Pets News

October 26, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Author of Owling, Mark Wilson will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on Saturday 10/26/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his new book


A Great Dane puppy was born in Colorado with a highly unusual characteristic: She was green.

The pup, No. 8 in a litter of 9, came into the world on Oct. 14 WTNH-TV reports.

Caddy Williams, owner of the puppy’s mother, Ami, said the situation was “shocking.”

“Luckily, I had recently read an article about a green dog,” she said. “So at least I knew what was going on.”

Green puppies are thought to occur when biliverdin, a green pigment that is part of bile, comes into contact with light-colored fur, WTNH reports.

The resulting dye job lasts a few weeks and is harmless.

Williams named the dog Verdant.

Calling all puppy lovers! The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the newest group of puppies for its “AKC Puppy Pack,” which will feature three puppies training for work that will transform the lives of their human companions - what’s better than that? The AKC will follow the endearing stories of all eight dogs in the puppy pack — including a guide dog, a service dog, and a detection dog in training — as they grow, learn, and play!

The Puppy Pack 2.0 includes:

  • Zane, a Labrador Retriever (Sporting Group), training to be a guide dog with the organization, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
  • Tilly, a German Shorthaired Pointer (Sporting Group), training to be a detection dog
  • Pnina, a Basset Hound (Hound Group)
  • Sparkle, a Siberian Husky (Working Group)
  • Earnest, a Glen of Imaal Terrier (Terrier Group)
  • Mimi, a Pekingese (Toy Group)
  • Tesoro, a Xoloitzcuintli (Non-Sporting Group), training to be a service dog
  • Storm, an Icelandic Sheepdog (Herding Group)

AKC Puppy Pack tells the story of puppies’ lives through engaging, educational and cute photos/videos on the official AKC Instagram. This program covers the first year of their lives as they attend veterinarian visits, participate in training, sports & events, and the day-to-day trials, tribulations and joys of being a puppy.

Along with educating consumers about responsible dog ownership, Puppy Pack 2.0 will also emphasize the importance of service and working dogs.

“This year, we wanted to put a spotlight on the incredible things service and working dogs do for the community along with the realities of raising a pup,” says Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “Many people see the outcome of service dog training, but never the work that goes into the journey. This is what we hope to accomplish with the new Puppy Pack class.”

In anticipation of Puppy Pack 2.0, the AKC will host a kick-off event on October 23rd from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Canine Retreat by AKC 42nd Street location. Seven Puppy Pack puppies will be at the event.

Fans of the pack can make sure they never miss a moment of cuteness by following the hashtag #AKCPuppypack.

A cat from the Isle of Man apparently decided that if her family was heading overseas for vacation, she was going too.

Candy was found in her owners’ carry-on luggage at the island’s airport, the BBC reports.

Nick Poole wrote on Facebook: “You know that feeling, when you get ushered into a side room at airport security because you’ve got a cat in your hand luggage.”

He added: “Fair play to airport security for helping to get her home so we could catch our flight.”

Nick and Voirrey Coole, who were bound for New York, didn’t face any repercussions for having the cat with them. Friends picked up the pet and took her home, Time magazine reports.

A rare bacterial disease that can potentially harm pets and their owners has recently been reported in the United States.

Leptospirosis, a disease that can spread from animals to humans, has surfaced in dogs in both Oklahoma and Utah.

Just last week, Sarah Rowland, a veterinarian at Main St. Veterinary Hospital in Norman, Okla., treated a puppy that had contracted the disease, and is warning dog owners of the deadly consequences if left untreated.

“In this instance, the pet was not eating well, vomiting and had a yellow tint that you could tell the liver was affected,” Rowland told local ABC affiliate KOCO last week. “It causes failure, definitely kidney and liver failure.”

This case comes just one month after more than a dozen dogs had contracted the disease in a boarding kennel in Utah, according to KUTV.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Leptospirosis can spread to humans through breaks in the skin and mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose) from being around urine from an infected dog, or playing in shared pools with the dog.

Dogs are typically infected by the disease through contact with water contaminated by rat urine — whether that’s swimming in standing water or drinking from puddles.

In humans, Leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, including: high fever, chills, vomiting, and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes, to name a few. However, some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. If left untreated, it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, or death, the CDC reports.

To prevent the spread of the disease, health officials recommend wearing protective clothing or footwear when exposed to potentially contaminated water or soil.

According to Rowland, there is also a vaccine owners can get for their pets to protect against the disease.

Shoppers will spend $490 million on Halloween costumes for their pets, according to the National Retail Federation.

That’s more than double what consumers spent on pet costumes in 2010, when NRF first reported on such spending.

About 17 percent of those surveyed said they’ll dress up their pets this year. That represents significant growth since 2010, when the figure was 12 percent.

“Dressing up pets might seem absurd to some, but it’s grown in popularity over the years and is becoming big business,” NRF states in a blog post.


Click here for a look at the top Halloween costumes for pets in 2019.

Or click here for a look at how pet pros are dressing up their pets this year.

Jane Fonda was arrested (again) during an ongoing climate change protest in Washington D.C., and this time was joined by Ted Danson.

“The United States Capitol Police arrested 32 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets,” Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki said in a statement to Variety. She added that all the individuals were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

A video posted by Washington Post’s Hannah Jewell showed Danson being detained by police outside of the Capitol Building with his hands restrained on Friday morning. When asked if he has ever been arrested before, “The Good Place” star replied that he hasn’t.

The Twitter account for Fonda’s climate change campaign, Fire Drill Fridays, also tweeted a video of Fonda being arrested for the third time in three weeks.

Fonda started protesting three weeks ago to urge politicians to take action against climate change, and vowed to get arrested every Friday through the end of the year as part of the effort. Last week, her “Grace and Frankie” co-star Sam Waterston joined her and was also arrested.

Fonda said on her website for the campaign that she moved to D.C. “to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate.” “I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore — and even worse — empower — the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this,” she added.

Variety has reached out to Fonda and Danson’s reps for comment.

A cheeky pup from Ringwood has earned himself a new nickname after torching his own home.

'Archie the Arsonist' was home alone last Wednesday morning when he started playing with a barbeque lighter.

The 10-month-old French Bulldog Boston Terrier cross was chewing on the lighter when he somehow managed to produce a flame, setting a blanket and couch on fire.

The owner's mother Eva told 9 News she was shocked the pet managed to use the lighter "that I can't even start very well, so I don't know how he managed to cause a spark."

Archie's owner had left the house just minutes earlier and was at the gym when she saw the emergency unfolding on her phone via an in-home CCTV camera and called triple zero.

Firefighters arrived within minutes but the damage had been done.

All told, the damages will cost around $60,000 to repair.

"Little Archie was in the other room, scared to death. She rushed him to the vet, he was fine. The house wasn't. I dind't think any dog could cause so much damage," Eva told 9News.

MFB Commander Graeme O'Sullivan said "a lot of our dogs and cats are really clever".

"Barbeque lighters usually have a safety catch on them so it goes to show if a dog can operate that, a young child can as well."

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