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Talkin' Pets News

March 7, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Techinical Adviser - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Carole Lieberman - 5pm ET to discuss the spread of the Coronavirus and the mental effects on society...  

Rising country star Karissa Ella’s poignant music video for her single “More Like Her” off her EP Blossom is on and she will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/7/20 at 635pm ET to discuss he music, love of pets and wanting to be a foster pet parent



AKC.TV, an OTT network designed especially for dog lovers and presented by The American Kennel Club (AKC®), is pleased to announce their slate of live dog sports coverage for 2020.

The network is dedicated to developing 24/7 original dog centric content for viewers. All dog videos. All day.

AKC.TV will cover 30 live events across the country in addition to the AKC National Championship December 12th and 13th in Orlando, FL. This year, AKC.TV has already aired live coverage of the Kennel Club of Palm Springs, the American Spaniel Club and the Rose City Classic dog shows. Additional shows coverage this year will span several AKC sports including Conformation, Agility, Flyball, Rally, Obedience, and Diving Dogs.

“We are very happy to enhance the coverage of AKC Sports by expanding our range of live events,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary, American Kennel Club. “We value the opportunity to bring these dog sports to new audiences and educate the public about all of the fun activities that can be done with their dogs, regardless of whether purebred or mixed breed. We thank our clubs, exhibitors and their amazing dogs for working to make this happen.”

AKC.TV gives dog lovers everywhere on-demand access to dog-related programming that can be watched by downloading the AKC.TV mobile app (available for iPhone and Android). It is also available via any connected device, including computers, tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Altice One and Roku. Created in conjunction with award-winning digital production and distribution company B Live, viewers can browse an extensive video library of hundreds of videos on various topics that includes puppy videos, heartwarming stories, training tips, breed specific information, dog sports and much more.

In 2019, AKC.TV content was viewed millions of times and boasted an active audience of over 8 million users across all platforms.

For more information on AKC.TV or to watch content, please visit


AKC.TV Events 2020








Louisville Kennel Club


March 13, 2020

Louisville, KY

Evansville Kennel Club


March 14, 2020

Louisville, KY

New Brunswick Kennel Club


March 21, 2020

Edison, NJ

AKC National Agility Championship


March 27 - 29, 2020

Perry, GA

American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club


April 27 - April 30, 2020

Wilmington, OH

Trenton Kennel Club


May 3, 2020

W. Windsor Twp., NJ

Dalmatian Club of America


May 6 - 8, 2020

Asheville, NC

Omaha Speedracers


May 17, 2020

Amana, IA

United States Australian Shepherd Assoc.


May 19 - 22, 2020

Gray Summit, MO 

Irish Setter Club of America


June 3 - 6, 2020

Greeley, CO



June 6, 2020

Vallejo, CA

AKC Rally National Championship


June 26, 2020

Wilmington, OH

AKC National Obedience Championship


June 27 - 28, 2020

Wilmington, OH

Houston Kennel Club


July 17, 2020

Houston, TX

Lone Star Ruffnecks


July 19, 2020

Houston, TX

Southtown K9 


August 2, 2020

Rock Falls, IL

Greeley Kennel Club


August 15, 2020

Greeley, CO

The Brightside 


August 23, 2020

Dacula, GA 

Three Hounds Diving Dogs


September 13, 2020

Plymouth, WI

Pug Club Dog of America


September 18 - 19, 2020

Olympia, WA

Morris & Essex Kennel Club


October 1, 2020

Somerset, NJ

Montgomery County Kennel Club


October 4, 2020

Blue Bell, PA

Flyball CanAm Classic


October 9 - 11, 2020

Indianapolis, IN

Golden Retriever Club of America


October 20 - 24, 2020

Ocala, FL

Space Coast Kennel Club


December 8, 2020

Orlando, FL

Brevard Kennel Club


December 9, 2020

Orlando, FL

Central Florida Kennel Club


December 10, 2020

Orlando, FL

AKC/RC Puppy & Junior Stakes


December 11, 2020

Orlando, FL


About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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U.S. sales of pet products and services are nearing $100 billion for the first time, according to the American Pet Products Association. 2019 spending reached $95.7 billion, said Steve King, CEO of the organization. The announcement came during Global Pet Expo, which was presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association. APPA’s pet industry expenditures encompass spending in four major categories: pet food and treats; supplies, live animals and over-the-counter medicine; vet care and product sales; and other services. Current figures are based on a review analysis of the most recent data from  Nielsen, Euromonitor and Packaged Facts combined with insight from industry experts and leading pet retailers, confirming underlying data.

Pet Food & Treats is by far the largest spending category, with 2019 sales of $36.9 billion. Dog and cat food are the dominant category components, with the growing popularity of pet food mixers and toppers contributing to increased sales. The increase in subscription pet food delivery programs also added to the success of this category.  King states, “As the demand for natural, minimally-processed ingredients continues, we expect to see steady growth in this category.”

Vet Care & Product Sales came in at $29.3 billion, a significant jump from previously reported spending figures. In addition to routine veterinary care, surgical procedures and sales of pharmaceuticals and other products through veterinary clinics are now included. With clinics appearing in major retailers’ stores and veterinary telemedicine platforms on the rise, veterinary services are becoming more accessible.

Following Vet Care & Product Sales, Supplies, Live Animals & OTC Medicine sold at retail accounted for $19.2 billion in 2019. “Those attending Global Pet Expo have seen an amazing array of innovative pet toys, beds, high tech and enrichment products and habitats,” said King. “There is no shortage of ingenuity in this category, which should inspire continued and increased spending.” New to APPA’s pet spending data, this category also includes estimated retail sales of fish, reptiles, small animals and birds, which had previously been broken out as a separate category. Live animal sales figures are difficult to come by and are a relatively small contributor to overall sales. Dog, cat and horse sales are purposely excluded as these animals are typically obtained outside of the retail pet channel.

The Other Services category contributed an impressive $10.3 billion to industry sales last year and received the second highest year-over-year growth (six percent), just behind Food & Treats. Services include boarding, grooming, insurance, training, pet sitting and walking and all services outside of veterinary care. In an effort to combat sales erosion from online retailers, brick and mortar stores are adding a wide variety of services that fall under this category, maximizing convenience for pet owners.

“Aside from echoing the current state of the pet industry, APPA’s latest industry figures remind us of just how much Americans love their pets,” said King. “By understanding consumer behavior, we’re not only fostering the success of the pet industry for generations to come, we’re notably improving the lives of pets and the humans who love and care for them.”  

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are actively monitoring developments related to animals and the Coronavirus virus. On Thursday, February 27, a dog in Hong Kong tested "weak positive" for coronavirus (the owner tested positive for coronavirus). The dog has since received a second positive result that has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which is working with Hong Kong health officials on this case. The precise meaning of "weak positive" remains unclear and further evaluation is ongoing. Hong Kong authorities have said the dog shows no clinical signs of illness but remains quarantined. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, as with any disease, it's always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

According to the CDC, people who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the return

of the wildly popular AKC Agility Premier Cup. The second annual event is set to take place on April 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN and will be judged by Dan Butcher of Portland, OR.

This family-friendly event is an all-star display of canine talent and athleticism. The top 60 agility competitors and their handlers from around the country will be invited to compete at the Invitational. Twelve dogs will be entered at each jump height (8”,12”, 16”, 20”, and 24”) and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

“Agility is a thrilling event to watch, and these dogs are the best of the best,” said Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility. “We look forward to bringing this event to a new audience in Minneapolis.”

Stay tuned to for more information about the second annual AKC Agility Premier Cup.


There’s no evidence that pets are a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they become sick, American Humane said in a news release.

“Around the globe, we are seeing confusion and rash action taken in response to the coronavirus,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “Right now, we need people to treat their pets with kindness and compassion. They are not a threat to you or your family.”

Many of these misguided fears grew out of reports that a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for COVID-19 last week but was not infected with the virus, the organization stated.

“While the virus is staying in the respiratory system of the dog, it is not infected,” according to the release. “This is a case of human-to-animal transmission and means that dogs can carry low levels of the virus but don’t become sick. There’s no evidence that your cats and dogs are more likely to spread the coronavirus than your cell phone or keys. Apart from staying in the respiratory system, the disease can reside on the skin like it can on any inanimate object. Researchers do not yet know how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces and objects.”

In China, families are abandoning pets at alarming numbers and there are some reports that cats and dogs are being put down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to American Humane.

American Humane is urging pet owners to maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should abandon their pets. Follow these steps to prepare:

    • Stock up on necessities in case you need to stay home for two to three weeks, including pet food and medications.
    • Wash your hands after playing with your cat or dog.
    • Don’t abandon your companion animals.
  • Stay up to date on the latest advisories and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
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If those who don't know history are destined to repeat it, then we should pay close attention to the last time that life on Earth almost ended. That's according to a team of scientists who have found compelling evidence that another mass extinction is underway. At first glance, their work might seem obscure, meant only for other specialists. It involved comparing modern corals to their ancient counterparts. But like an urgent encrypted message from the past, the data revealed eerie parallels between the fate of today's species and those that disappeared with the dinosaurs.

Coral reefs, which harbor a teeming variety of fish and other sea life, have been devastated by the ocean warming associated with climate change. More than half the world's reefs have perished in the past 30 years. The study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals that the coral species that are bleaching and dying are hauntingly similar to the ones that vanished in the last mass extinction 66 million years ago. Corals are ideal for a then-and-now comparison, because their hard skeletons leave a permanent, time-stamped fossil record. Meanwhile, the 839 corals on the "red list" of threatened species, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, provided the scientists with a modern benchmark for comparison. The team began by identifying the shared traits of the few coral species that managed to survive the last big extinction. Then they scanned modern corals for those traits.

What they found was not only that the colorful, wavy corals that are most vulnerable today resemble the ones that died out in the past. Just as telling, the modern corals that are still thriving—those that form small colonies, favor deep water and thrive in a variety of locales—are the same ones that "hopped over" the extinction boundary millions of years ago and survived. "The corals are transitioning toward these disaster traits," said Gruber, who is a National Geographic Explorer. "I think that is a powerful message." There have been five major extinctions in Earth's history. Over the past 150 years, extinction rates have been steadily accelerating. A landmark report was released last year by an international consortium, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. It found one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction. Porter, a member of the consortium, said the planet is already losing species at an alarming rate. And with the recent wildfires in the Amazon and Australia, this rate could now be far worse.

But dramatic as the extinction crisis is, on a human time scale it's barely visible. "It's like a slow-motion car crash," Gruber said. The study—the first to compare today's threatened species with those that disappeared with the dinosaurs—provides a window into what many biologists have begun to call the "sixth extinction." Whether people will survive is anyone's guess. Some 60 percent of primate species are already threatened with extinction, according to a 2017 study. Some creatures are particularly well suited to withstand harsh conditions. Jellyfish polyps can go into a cyst phase and endure for years without food. Tardigrades can dry out completely, then revive with a drop of water. Humans are not as flexible. "Even though we think we're so strong and resilient, we're actually very delicate compared to other species," Gruber said.

Where people do have the advantage is the ingenuity that our sophisticated brains bring to the problems we want to solve. "We can put a person on the moon, we can come up with all these amazing technologies. We can reverse this in due time if we have the motivation," Gruber said. "But what the data is showing is that we're not doing that. We're putting our foot further on the pedal, whereas the corals are reacting and changing." -----------------------------------------


The world’s first cloned cat has died at age 18 in College Station, TX. The feline, named Copy Cat or CC for short, was diagnosed with kidney failure. CC’s life began as a result of groundbreaking cloning work done by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences researchers, according to a press release from the college. CC was born on Dec. 22, 2001, and was adopted by Dr. Duane Kraemer, a senior professor in the college’s Reproduction Sciences Laboratory, and his wife, Shirley, six months after her birth.

“While she lived a long, normal, and happy life, CC was extraordinary in what she represented to the Kraemers, the CVM, and science as a whole,” Green said. “The entire CVM community mourns her loss, as all at Texas A&M cared deeply about her as a member of the Aggie family, and especially for the Kraemers, for whom CC was a beloved pet for 18 years.” CC’s story began with Dr. Mark Westhusin, a CVM professor and the principal investigator of the Missyplicity Project, a $3.7 million effort to clone a mixed-breed dog named Missy that was owned by John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix.

When the news of this project spread, people around the country became interested in saving pets’ tissues that could possibly be used for cloning in the future. This demand resulted in the establishment of Genetic Savings and Clone (GSC), Inc., led by Sperling’s colleague Lou Hawthorne and Dr. Charles Long.

While GSC became a bank for these tissues, Westhusin and his team at Texas A&M began to explore the cloning of other pet species, specifically cats. CC was produced using nuclear transfer of DNA from cells that were derived from a female domestic shorthair named Rainbow. Once it was clear the nuclear transfer was successful, Kraemer and other scientists transferred the embryos into a surrogate mother, who gave birth to a healthy kitten about two months later.

Though the cats were identical on a genetic level, developmental factors led them to have slightly different coat patterns and color distributions. “CC was the biggest story out of A&M ever and still is, as far as international reach is concerned,” Kraemer said. “Every paper and magazine had pictures of her in it. She was one of the biggest accomplishments of my career.”

“CC’s passing makes me reflect on my own life as much as hers,” Westhusin said. “Cloning now is becoming so common, but it was incredible when it was beginning. Our work with CC was an important seed to plant to keep the science and the ideas and imagination moving forward.” CC also became one of the first cloned cats to become a mother—when CC was 5 years old, she gave birth to three kittens that lived with CC for the rest of her life in a custom, two-story “cat house” in the Kraemers’ backyard.

Throughout her lifetime, CC regularly made news for her birth, pregnancy, and each birthday. She proved to the world that cloned animals can live the same full, healthy lives as non-cloned animals, including being able to produce healthy offspring. Before CC, no pet had ever been successfully cloned with 100 percent genetic identity. The research that led to CC’s birth kickstarted a global pet cloning industry led by ViaGen Pets, which today clones cats for $35,000 and dogs for $50,000. Though CC was the first successfully cloned pet, Texas A&M has gone on to clone more species than any other institution in the world, including horses, pigs, goats, cattle, and deer. -----------------------------------------


As the global number of coronavirus cases neared 100,000, the director general of the World Health Organization urged international action to confront the outbreak, saying: “This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops.”

■Test results are expected from about 100 people on a cruise ship that has been held off San Francisco, after two former passengers were found to be infected.

■ The number of confirmed cases in New York has doubled to 22, and more than 2,700 people are isolated at home.

■ Some health care workers in California and Washington State say they lack the protective gear and protocols to keep themselves and their patients safe.

■ In Japan, public anger is mounting over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s clumsy response to the outbreak.


“Don’t touch your face” has become a common piece of advice, but it’s not an easy habit to break. Keeping tissues handy and keeping your hands busy are among the tricks to help you stop.

“Just as the disease poses a particular threat to older patients, it could be especially dangerous for more mature economies,” writes Austan Goolsbee, an economics professor and a former adviser to President Barack Obama.

That’s because economies like the U.S. are dominated by face-to-face service industries, which are damaged when people stay home.


The coronavirus could wipe out up to $113 billion in worldwide airline revenues this year, an industry trade group said.

This is truly a pandemic that all people from every country need take seriously.     ------------------------------



Tampa International Airport’s governing board on Thursday approved spending nearly $2.4 million to commission seven more pieces of public art, including a striking 21-foot-tall sculpture of a pink flamingo.

“Great job,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said of the art, which also will include a 30-foot tall glass-tile mosaic of a Florida sunset, nature scenes etched on green aluminum panels and an aerial sculpture reminiscent of a coral reef. “Those are fabulous.”

The airport will pay $520,000 for Home, by artist Matthew Mazzotta of Cambridge, Mass., to be installed as what the airport expects to be an iconic centerpiece in its main terminal.

Passers-by will see the hand-sculpted resin and fiberglass flamingo as it dips its head underwater to feed. The airport aims to have it installed near Shoppes at Bayshore this November.

“Unique, quiet, beautiful, kitsch and fun — all at once,” said Robin Nigh, the city of Tampa’s manager of arts and cultural affairs and a member of the airport’s public art committee, which also includes representatives of the University of South Florida and Tampa Museum of Art.

The goal is to give residents and visitors alike a deeper look at the bird whose image is all over Florida, Mazzotta said in his proposal to the airport.

“The exaggerated scale of the flamingo in Home puts the lives of these birds in focus and puts us as humans in awe as they tower above us reminding us that we all share the same home,” he said.

The airport spent $2.2 million during the first phase of its $2 billion expansion, which is designed to accommodate up to 34 million passengers a year, or about 50 percent more than use the airport now. In the second phase of the expansion, it expects to spend another $3.1 million on public art.


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