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Talkin' Pets News

December 5, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

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Dogs won’t be the only presidential pets when Joe Biden moves into the White House in January.

He’s planning to bring a cat in addition to his two German shepherds, Major and Champ, according to media reports.

American president-elect Joe Biden has fractured his right foot after slipping while playing with his dog Major.

The president-elect and his wife, Jill Biden, told CBS Sunday Morning of their plans. The last cat to reside at the White House was India, who belonged to George W. Bush’s family, Today reports.

Biden’s Champ was purchased from a breeder in 2008, while Major was adopted in 2012 from the Delaware Humane Association.

President Donald Trump is unique among modern presidents in that he has no pets. He said at a campaign rally in 2019 that he’d like to have a dog, but that his schedule was too packed.


When it comes to air travel, the U.S. Department of Transportation has ruled that only dogs qualify as service animals and that emotional support animals of any kind do not qualify as service animals. These new rules are part of a revision to its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air, announced Wednesday.

In a release, the department said, “The final rule announced today addresses concerns raised by individuals with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airports, other aviation transportation stakeholders, and other members of the public, regarding service animals on aircraft.”

The release also included highlights from the 122-page final rule document. The final rule:

  • Defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
  • No longer considers an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
  • Requires airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals;
  • Allows airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s health, behavior and training, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal can either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
  • Allows airlines to require individuals traveling with a service animal to provide the DOT service animal form(s) up to 48 hours in advance of the date of travel if the passenger’s reservation was made prior to that time;
  • Prohibits airlines from requiring passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to physically check-in at the airport instead of using the online check-in process;
  • Allows airlines to require a person with a disability seeking to travel with a service animal to provide the DOT service animal form(s) at the passenger’s departure gate on the date of travel;
  • Allows airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
  • Allows airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
  • Allows airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, or tethered at all times in the airport and on the aircraft;
  • Continues to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
  • Continues to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely based on breed.

The final rule will be effective 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.

Bottom line: Passengers with service animals will now need to fill out forms prior travel. Passengers with emotional support animals must now fly them as pets and follow the airline’s applicable rules, including paying a pet transportation fee.


The American Kennel Club announces the winners of the 2020 AKC Trick Dog Competition. This 2nd Annual competition was a virtual event, open to Elite Performers, AKC’s highest level of trick dogs. More than 100 competitors from 29 states and Canada submitted videos of performances that were judged by three AKC licensed judges.

The winners were Debbi Snyder and her Border Collie, “Amos” from Lakeland, FL. Their routine, “Hairy Pawter and The Sorcerer’s Bone,” was entertaining and featured Amos as Hairy Pawter.

“This performance was fun to watch,” said Mary Burch, AKC Family Dog Director. “Amos performed his routine with joy, and he required minimal cues from his handler. A dog who works consistently and eagerly is ultimately what dog training is all about. We are so proud of the AKC Elite Performer Trick Dogs and their creative, devoted handlers.”

The two semi-finalists in the competition were Sandi Taylor and her Borzoi, Evie, from Tulsa Oklahoma, and Tracy Dulock and her Golden Retriever, Gryffindor from Robinson, Texas. Gryffindor was the 2019 competition winner.

“It was such a pleasure to judge these remarkable dogs and handlers,” said Geralynn Cada-Ragan, one of the competition judges who is an award-winning professional dog trainer, television personality, and PetAge Magazine’s Icon Award Recipient. “There were so many talented dogs in this year’s competition. In the end, we looked at not only tricks but the whole presentation including the team effort and whether or not there was a great team bond. Teaching tricks is a great way to enhance your relationship with your dog. Congratulations to all of the 2020 competition participants!”


The U.S. House has just passed a bill to prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards as well as ban the possession of these animals as pets. The measure, which now awaits action in the Senate, has the potential to stop the endless cycle of breeding tiger cubs by those who charge the public to pet and take photos with the animals.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 1380, passed the House by a vote of 272 to 114 (with 45 members not voting). Introduced by Reps. Michael Quigley, D-Ill., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., it gathered momentum after the release of Netflix’s “Tiger King” series about notorious roadside zoo owner Joe Exotic, who bred big cats and charged the public to pet and take selfies with the cubs.

The series also featured other roadside zoo owners, including Tim Stark, Kevin “Doc” Antle and Jeff Lowe—all poster boys for why we desperately need the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Together, these men have been responsible for terrible and senseless cruelties against captive big cats in their care, including shooting tigers to death to make room for new big cats, beating a leopard to death with a baseball bat, and causing long-lasting physical and psychological harm to cubs by separating them from their mothers.

But they are hardly the only ones exploiting captive big cats in the United States; there are many more exhibitors around the country, including some we have investigated, who recklessly breed these animals and/or use baby tigers and lions for the public to feed, pet, play with, and take photos with. The animals’ own essential needs and wellbeing are typically ignored and they are physically abused when they resist being handled endlessly. By the time the cubs are three to four months old and are too big for public contact, they are usually warehoused at roadside zoos or pseudo sanctuaries, or sold as pets. It’s all too likely that tigers discarded from cub petting also feed the illegal market for animal parts used in traditional Asian medicine.

In addition to ending this cycle of abuse, the Big Cat Public Safety Act will prohibit the private possession of big cats. Many will remember the 2011 incident in Zanesville, Ohio, when a mentally disturbed man set loose his menagerie of 50 wild animals before committing suicide. Authorities were forced to shoot and kill the animals, including dozens of big cats. It was a grim reminder of the severe public safety risks involved in allowing unqualified individuals to own dangerous wild animals as pets.

Since 1990, more than 400 dangerous incidents involving captive big cats have occurred in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-four people have been killed, including five children, and hundreds have been injured, with some even losing limbs or suffering other often-traumatic injuries. In many cases, as in Zanesville, the animals are shot and killed, often by first responders not trained to deal with such situations.

Thirty-five states now prohibit keeping big cats as pets. But to wipe this problem out for good, we need strong federal laws that will prevent unscrupulous people from forcing wild animals to spend their entire lives in abject misery while creating a public safety nightmare. No one needs a pet tiger or lion in their backyard or garage, and no one needs to take a selfie with one, especially at such tremendous cost to the animals. It’s time we stopped this madness for good.


The dog of a missing man led an off-duty officer to find the victim hours after he had crashed his vehicle in the woods, according to Manchester Police.

The search for the missing 78-year-old man had gone on nine hours when an off-duty Manchester New Jersey police officer found him in the 251-acre Crossley Preserve Site.

The missing man's daughter called police around 8 p.m. when she hadn't seen him since 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 27.

When officers were unable to find the missing man or his car, they made several unsuccessful attempts to call his cellphone.

Finally, at 5:45 a.m. the next day, the missing man answered his phone and told police he had crashed his car in the woods and didn't know where he was.

He then revealed he was with an off-duty officer who had been hunting in the area at the time. Manchester Sgt. Charles Brooks was able to provide enough information over the phone to get the missing man to safety.

It turns out when Brooks was hunting, he saw the man's dog alone on a trail. He assumed the dog had wandered away from its owner and decided to follow the dog's paw prints to see if he could reunite the dog and its owner.

After following the paw prints for several hundred yards, he discovered the missing man.

"This situation highlights the fact that a police officer is a police officer 24/7. We are truly fortunate that Sgt. Brooks was in the right place at the right time because without his help there is no telling how this story would have ended," said Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker.


Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary.

Like other travelers during these times, the elephant needed to be tested for Covid-19 before his flight. Once his large metal crate was safely on board, Kaavan was provided with in-flight snacks — 440 pounds of them — for the seven-hour journey.

Kaavan was not stressed during the flight, eating his food and even getting a little bit of sleep standing in his crate, said Amir Khalil, a veterinarian who accompanied him on the flight and works with Four Paws, the Vienna-headquartered animal rescue group that organized the move.

The 36-year-old, 9,000-pound elephant received a warm welcome on arrival in Cambodia from officials, conservationists and the Buddhist monks, who chanted prayers for his harmony and prosperity.

Kaavan, a 1985 gift from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, had been living in the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad with his partner Saheli, who died in 2012. The zoo fell on hard times and conditions got so bad that a court in the Pakistani capital ordered the zoo closed in August.

The plight of the male Asian elephant has captured worldwide attention, including from the American singer and actor Cher, who has been closely involved in his rescue and was in Cambodia for Kaavan’s arrival.

Cher’s animal welfare group Free the Wild has worked with Four Paws and the American syndicated columnist and philanthropist, Eric Margolis, to relocate Kaavan — a mission that’s cost about $400,000.

According to Four Paws, very few adult elephants have ever been relocated by plane, so preparations were arduous.

Amir Khalil, head of project development at Four Paws, with Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan in September.Saiyna Bashir / Reuters

Veterinarians and elephant experts working for Four Paws spent three months in Islamabad, coaching Kaavan three times a day on how to enter and exit safely and without stress his four-ton travel crate, which includes a system that can hold up to 53 gallons of urine. He was also dangerously overweight due to his unsuitable diet of around 550 pounds of sugar cane each day. With Khalil’s help, Kaavan lost 1,000 pounds over the past three months.

Kaavan’s wounds are emotional as well as physical. He would spend his days throwing his head from side to side, a stereotypical sign of boredom and misery in an elephant, said Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws.

The loss of his mate Saheli took a toll on Kaavan’s mental health. Elephants are social animals that thrive on the company of other elephants, Bauer explained.


Before cats took up residence with humans almost 10,000 years ago, they were loners, wrote John Bradshaw and Charlotte Cameron-Beaumont in the book "The Domestic Cat: The Biology of Its Behaviour" (Cambridge University Press 2000). Because these ancestral cats rarely encountered other members of their own species, they didn’t need to use their voices to communicate. Instead, these wild cats communicated through their sense of smell, or by rubbing against or urinating on objects like trees. That way, cats didn't have to come face-to-face with other feisty felines in order to send a message. That's still largely the way cats communicate with one another, said John Wright, a psychologist studying animal behavior at Mercer University in Georgia

"Why use vocalization when it's so efficient to use the other senses?" Wright told Live Science.

But humans don't have nearly as fine-turned a sense of smell as felines. (And we're unlikely to appreciate a cat spraying urine all over a new sofa.) So, cats communicate with their humans in the way that is most likely to get them what they want: by meowing. "They're manipulative," Wright said. "Vocal communication becomes a tool." 

Many cats even develop a repertoire of meows to express different needs and feelings or elicit different responses. For example, your cat might trill at you in greeting, squeak a friendly request to go outside or demand food with a loud meow.

Meowing at humans is partially a learned behavior. All cats meow as kittens to get their mom's attention when they're hurt, cold or when she accidentally sits on them. While house cats carry this behavior into adulthood, feral cats (domesticated cats without owners that live outdoors) mostly outgrow it. One study, published in the journal Behavioral Processes, found that feral cats were much more likely to growl or hiss than domesticated cats who had owners. When feral cats did meow, it was indiscriminate — at humans, dolls and dogs alike. House cats meowed much more often, and only at humans, suggesting that they develop meowing as a language specifically for their owners. In other words, your cat meows at you because early on, she learned that doing so got your attention.

If you're curious what your cat has to say, it's possible to encourage communication, Wright said. If humans respond with words and attention to their cats' chirps and meows, they can create a back-and-forth — almost like a conversation. "If you make your responses positive enough and predictive enough that she can listen to your vocalization, then she [the cat">Angling Trust's Take 5 campaign and also highlighted the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme to dispose of tackle and line waste.

The charity said it received about 3,000 calls each year to animals affected by angling litter.


Opposition MPs in Denmark have urged the government to dig up millions of mink that were buried in mass graves amid Covid-19 fears.

The two burial sites in Jutland are highly controversial - one is near a bathing lake and the other not far from a source of drinking water.

The discovery of a mutated form of the virus prompted a cull of nearly 17 million mink, devastating the Danish fur industry - the largest in the EU.

The burial decision was judged illegal.

The new Agriculture Minister, Rasmus Prehn, said on Friday he supported the idea of exhuming the mink and incinerating them. But that would require the environmental protection agency's approval, he added.

His predecessor Mogens Jensen resigned last week in the furore over the government's legal basis for the cull, as more than 10,000 tonnes of dead mink were hastily buried.

Denmark's DR news reports that about 11 million mink have been culled so far.

The government has admitted that the cull was mishandled. The grisly mass burial got even more macabre when there were reports of buried mink resurfacing because of the nitrogen and phosphorus gases produced by their decay.

The two mass graves are near Karup and Holstebro.

Law experts quoted by Danish TV2 say the government went ahead with mass burial without getting an environmental impact assessment.

The opposition Liberal Party (Venstre) says the mink should be dug up and loaded into containers of manure, which would allegedly be a safer disposal method.She admitted that mass burial had not been the best method - incineration would have been preferable - but the spread of Covid-19 on mink farms had made the disposal urgent and there had been no other quick way to handle such a quantity of dead animals.

The head of the mink breeders' association, Tage Pedersen, said the cull spelt doom for Danish fur producers - a sector employing about 6,000 people and worth $800m (£600m) annually in exported pelts, Reuters news agency reported.

Denmark has about 1,100 mink farms - and so far no compensation deal has been decided.


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