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Talkin' Pets News

November 7, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Robert Duffy compiled and edited An Essential guide to Britain's 20 most popular breeds, Which Dog? and he will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss and give away the book


A survey of 2,000 parents of school-aged children found 74% of kids have asked for a pet, and they ask for one an average of 11 times per month starting at age 6. But they’re not asking in vain: two-thirds of parents have, eventually, given in — and it’s after their child has been asking for three years, on average. Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Spin Master, the survey revealed the most coveted pet is a dog — 78% have asked specifically for a dog.

And parents should be even more prepared to hear, “Can we get a puppy?” as we enter the holiday season. Sixty-two percent of children who’ve asked their parents for a pet double-down during the holiday season, and they ask seven more times per month. And some kids might soon get to experience the joy of a furry friend: a third of parents surveyed are planning to buy their child a pet this holiday season. Looking back to their own childhood, 46% received a pet as a present — and 89% of those said it was the best present they ever received.

“It’s a dream come true for a child to receive the ultimate surprise on Christmas morning — a puppy,” said Jean Gomez, VP of marketing, Spin Master. “As some parents remember from their own childhood, receiving a pet for the holidays leaves a lasting impression — the ultimate surprise and moment of pure joy can be delivered during the holiday season, without the responsibility (or clean up) of a live pet.”

While kids are asking (and asking, and asking) their parents for a pet, the survey found they need to do more than just that. Parents felt it was important to start small and build up to getting a new pet (78%) — which might be one of the reasons 25% of respondents wanted their child to show they could care for a toy pet before receiving a live one.

“A toy pet can bring so much excitement and joy, while also acting as a step toward getting a real pet,” said Gomez. “And while some parents may say no when asked ‘can we get a puppy’, an interactive pet like Present Pets that barks and paws its way out of the box can deliver that magical experience for the whole family.” Eighty-two percent of parents surveyed believe it’s important for children to be introduced to — and spend time with — animals. Learning to play gently (58%), learning responsibility (57%) and being encouraged to spend time outdoors (46%) were found to be the top benefits of growing up with pets.

What Pets Are Kids Most Likely to Ask For?

  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Fish
  • Bird
  • Rabbit

How Many Times Do Kids Ask for a Pet?

  • 74% of kids have asked their parents for a pet
  • They first ask at age 6, on average
  • Kids ask 11 times per month — with an additional seven times during the holiday season (making it 18 times per month)
  • This adds up to 1,584 times by the age of 18


The American Kennel Club announces the winner of the third AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge. The event garnered 217 entries. CH Wildwoods I Can’t Drive 55 RI CGCA TKP a West Highland White Terrier known as “Hemi,” was awarded Best in Show by AKC Judge Mr. Michael Canalizo of Long Island, New York. “Hemi” is owned and bred by Deborah Sullivan, Lisa Pacheco, and Lou Pacheco. Best Puppy was awarded to Disyre What Dreams Are Made Of, a Papillon known as “Peanut,” also judged by Mr. Canalizo. “Peanut” is owned by Diana Sayre and Kim Moreno and bred by Diana Sayre. A donation of $2,200 from the entry fee will be donated to California Fire Foundation’s SAVE Program, which provides immediate assistance in the form of gift cards to victims of fire or other natural disasters so they may purchase necessities, such as food, clothing and medicine.

Dogs were judged in one of two classes: Puppy (at least 6 months and under 12 months) or Open Class (any entry including CH of record) in the appropriate breed and sex. Entries were judged by selected dog people with expertise in their respective breeds. Group judges were Mr. Douglas A. Johnson (Sporting), Mr. Eugene Blake (Hound), Mrs. Vicki Seiler-Cushman (Working), Mrs. Connie H. Clark (Terrier), Mr. David J. Kirkland (Toy), Mr. Steven Hayden (Non-Sporting), James J. Mitchell (Herding), and Mrs. Anne K. Catterson (Miscellaneous).

The winners are:

Open Class

  • Reserve Best in Show: Bianca E’Dubronic, a Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB) owned and bred by Marco Paseta

Group Winners:

  • Sporting: Bianca E’Dubronic, a Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB) owned and bred by Marco Paseta
  • Hound: CH Cu Liath Windfall Worthington, a Scottish Deerhound owned by Loretta Chowning, Thelma Chowning, and Paula Hogan and bred by Paula Hogan and Lynn Kiaer
  • Working: Ch. Malaczar’s Won-der-ful Enchantment, an Alaskan Malamute owned and bred by Jacquita Lind, Eddie Price and Jadyn Price
  • Terrier: CH Wildwoods I Can’t Drive 55 RI CGCA TKP, a West Highland White Terrier owned and bred by Deborah Sullivan, Lisa Pacheco, and Lou Pacheco
  • Toy: CH. Disyre Joy To The World, a Papillon owned by Kim Moreno and Diana Sayre and bred by Diana Sayre and Linda Fitzmaurice
  • Non-Sporting: Cabochon I Am A Bobbi Dazzler, a Bichon Frise owned by Patricia McAllister and Patricia Dale Hunter and bred by P. McAllister, P.D. Hunter, and S.M. Sneddon
  • Herding: GCH Cariadh Tea Party at Coventry, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi owned by Amy Jordan and bred by Patricia Smith
  • Miscellaneous: Benchmark On Y Va My Sunshine, a Biewer Terrier owned by Whitney Aronson and bred by Barrie-Lynn Wood

Reserve Best Puppy

  • Jogoso’s Virtuoso, a Shiba Inu owned by Jeri Burnside, John Burnside, Lisa Sakashita, and Susanne Ozasa and bred by Susanne Ozasa, Li Chuan Huang, and Lisa Sakashita

Group Winners:

  • Sporting: Celestial’s Tribal Cowgirl, an English Setter owned by Tammy and Roger Vann and bred by Tammy and Roger Vann and Taylor Baird
  • Hound: Sincity Azure Fleur de la Coeur, a Whippet owned by Julie Troxel and bred by Yvette Chevalier Lopez
  • Working: Lake Kathryn’s Strolling Down Grace Lane TKN, a Bernese Mountain Dog owned by Annie McDannold and bred by Andrea Bracikowski
  • Terrier: No entries
  • Toy: Disyre What Dreams Are Made Of, a Papillon owned by Diana Sayre and Kim Moreno and bred by Diana Sayre.
  • Non-Sporting: Jogoso’s Virtuoso, a Shiba Inu owned by Jeri Burnside, John Burnside, Lisa Sakashita, and Susanne Ozasa and bred by Susanne Ozasa, Li Chuan Huang, and Lisa Sakashita
  • Herding: Milas Tairis Bohemian Rhapsody, a Collie owned by Elaine Spaulding, Steve Spaulding, and Debra Jones and bred by Debra Jones, Lea Bertsch, Lynn Hyman Butler, and Lotta Hedman
  • Miscellaneous: Benchmark On Y Va My Sunshine, a Biewer Terrier owned by Whitney Aronson and bred by Barrie-Lynn Wood

To enter, participants had to submit a video that included:

  • Dog in stack from the front and side
  • Breed appropriate display of the bite/mouth
  • View of the dog gaiting (moving) down and back in a straight line
  • Dog presented in free stack
  • View of dog moving in profile around in a circle


Which dog is the fastest in the country? The AKC Fast CAT Invitational will answer that question, as the speediest canines gather for this inaugural, invitation-only event. Dogs of all breeds participate year-long, around the country, in AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT) – the 100-yard dash for dogs.

Held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, the fastest dogs from each breed, based on rankings from AKC Fast CAT Tests, have been invited to participate in Orlando, FL for the designation of Fastest Dog USA or Speed of the Breeds Champion. All dogs will run three times, with the cumulative speed determining the fastest dogs. The third and final round will be held on Friday, December 11th. Dogs will compete in two final divisions: Fastest Dogs USA and the Speed of the Breed Championship. Fastest Dogs USA will be the outright fastest dog according to miles per hour. Speed of the Breed will be determined by the percentage of speed run over the average speed for that breed.

“Fast CAT is such a fun event for dogs, owners and spectators. We’re excited to add the Invitational to a thrilling lineup of events taking place throughout the week,” said Doug Ljungren, EVP of Sports & Events. “The life-style changes that occurred in 2020 have resulted in a renewed appreciation of the relationship we have with our dogs. The AKC National Championship, and all the events held prior and in conjunction with it, are a showcase of the beauty, skill and partnership we have with our canine companions.”

For more about the AKC National Championship visit

With hundreds of Fast CAT events around the country, every dog and owner can enjoy participating in Fast CAT at a local event.

Event coverage will be highlighted on is available 24/7 on the web and on the app. Download the app today. It is also available on most streaming platforms.


Scientists throughout the U.S. are testing a wide variety of pets and other animals for COVID-19, Kaiser Health News reports.

They’re “casting a wide net” to find out which animals may be susceptible to the virus. Dr. Sarah Hamer  at Texas A&M University has tested not only dogs and cats, but also hamsters and guinea pigs, according to the report. Her lab has found at least 19 cases of infection.

And in other labs, scientists have studied animals “ranging from farmed minks and zoo cats to unexpected critters like dolphins, armadillos and anteaters,” Kaiser reports.

Federal records show that over 2,000 animals have been tested for the coronavirus in the U.S.

Several dozen cases have been confirmed in animals, but it’s likely the tally barely scratched the surface. For example, an outbreak of COVID-19 on fur farms in Utah is reported to have killed thousands of minks.

Scientists hope the research will help them understand the virus better. Vets say pets do not appear to pose a risk of infecting their owners; there’s little evidence that animals spread the pathogen to humans.


Pet Valu U.S., a specialty retailer of pet food and supplies, announced plans to wind down its operations “due to severe impact from COVID-19.”

The company said in a press release it anticipates shutting down all of its 358 stores and warehouses in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. as well as its corporate office in Wayne, PA.

Pet Valu U.S. licenses its name and contracts for certain services from Pet Valu Canada, which is a separate company based in Markham, Ontario, that is not impacted by the winddown.

“Pet Valu Canada is a market leading, highly profitable and growing business with a tremendous history and a very bright future,” according to the release.

Pet Valu Canada will continue to serve customers across Canada through its approximately 600 stores, franchise locations and e-commerce site.

All Pet Valu stores in the U.S. “are currently open and ready to serve their devoted pet lover customers through the wind-down process,” according to the release. Customers in the U.S. can continue to use Pet Valu gift cards and loyalty rewards for purchases. Effective immediately, U.S. customers will no longer be able to place orders on the Pet Valu U.S. e-commerce site.

Jamie Gould, Pet Valu’s recently appointed chief restructuring officer, said, “The Pet Valu U.S. team is proud to have met the needs of our devoted pet lover customers in the U.S. for more than 25 years. However, the Company’s stores have been significantly impacted by the protracted COVID-19-related restrictions. After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down.”

He continued, “During the store closing process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great in-store experience, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our dedicated associates through the transition. We thank all of them for their commitment to our company and our customers, and especially for going above and beyond so we could help customers as an essential service during the pandemic.”

Pet Valu U.S. expects to begin store closing sales at all locations in the U.S. in the coming days.


Officials in Denmark announced Wednesday that they would be euthanizing every last mink in the country’s fur farms, some 17 million animals. The news came after a discovery by Danish scientists that SARS-CoV-2, the official name for the virus that causes COVID-19, had mutated in captive minks, producing a strain of the coronavirus that is not readily stopped by antibodies to the dominant strain of the virus. More troublingly, this new strain is still transmissible from minks to humans, raising dire concerns about the efficacy of vaccines currently in development worldwide." data-word-count="102">There are currently five reported cases of the new strain in minks and 12 cases in humans, all workers at one of the roughly 1,100 mink farms in Denmark. Although the humans are being monitored, isolated, and treated in keeping with recommendations from public health officials, the minks are not so lucky—mass extermination is already underway. More than 400 mink farms have already culled the entirety of their mink populations, likely by gassing them. Police and military personnel are being deployed to destroy all minks on the remaining farms as soon as possible. All told, it will cost an estimated $785 million.


A local woman is being treated preemptively for possible exposure to rabies after she fended off a coyote — with the help of her donkey — and possibly came in contact with its saliva during two incidents on the same day last week, state officials said.

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division staff were contacted by an East Haddam, CT resident recently, who described being attacked by the wild animal Oct. 22, according to Media Relations Manager Will Healy.

The woman told DEEP officials she “fought the animal off with a pitchfork, and that it bit her boot before it was kicked by her donkey,” Healy said.

She notified East Haddam Animal Control Officer Michael P. Olzacki for assistance. The victim said “the coyote attacked her later the same day while she was driving in her car near her home, and that she attempted to hit the animal, but it ran off,” Healy said.

The victim notified neighbors, who allegedly also encountered a coyote exhibiting similarly aggressive behavior, Healy said. The woman said they came over to her property, eventually located the coyote, and shot and killed it.

The animal control officer disposed of the carcass, with no rabies testing recommended, Healy said. The victim said, “although she was not bitten or scratched, she had possible exposure to the coyote’s saliva while fighting it off.”

She is undergoing post-exposure rabies treatments as a precaution.

Olzacki said it is not at all uncommon for donkeys to defend themselves in that way. In fact, he said, llamas behave in the same way, which is why people keep them penned with their livestock.


The Missouri Department of Conservation is debunking reports of Asian giant hornets, which are better known as “murder hornets,” spotted in the state. They say that the insects are not in Missouri. They likely could not survive here because of the climate.

The reports of the large insects are not unfounded. The Department of Conservation says that people are probably seeing wasps or the new queens of European or bald-faced hornets leaving nests and seeking hibernation sites. One of the ways you can identify them is a drop-shaped spot along their black abdominal bands. The Asian Giant hornet’s bands do not have the same sort of shape.

“Hornets tend to become active when the temperature reaches the upper 70s,” beekeeper Scott Famous tells the Washington Post. “They prefer hotter weather much more so than bees and smaller wasps, probably because they’re bigger and have a bigger mass to preheat for flight.”


With so many licensed owners gun accidents aren’t unusual in the state of Texas, but having a person injured after their dog opens fire on them… that’s something new.

A North Texas man is recovering after his 4-legged friend shot his gun.

According to police, the shooting happened recently in Plano when the unidentified man picked up his dog while wearing a pistol tucked in his waistband.

Maybe the dog was angry or very happy to see him — either way, the dog’s paw somehow got caught on the trigger and the pistol fired. The bullet hit the owner in the thigh.

The shot reportedly went straight through the leg and didn’t cause a lot of damage. The owner will fully recover.

Since it is 2020 and we’re learning all things are possible, Plano police offered the following safety tips for gun owners —

  • When you are carrying your firearm, make sure you have a holster that is safe and protects the trigger from any inadvertent discharges.
  • When you are not carrying your firearm, store it in a gun safe or other locking device to keep it out of the hands of others.
  • Always assume the weapon is loaded and treat it as such.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until the weapon is ready to be fired.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Know your weapon, how and when to use it, and be a smart and responsible gun owner.
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