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Talkin' Pets News March 27, 2021 Host - Jon Patch C0-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles Producer - Lexi Adams Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media - Bob Page Special Guest - Dianne Scott, Actress, Model and Author of "A Tale of Two Pitties" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets to discuss her career and her books plus her love for Pitties
Franchise Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Pet Supplies Plus. The $700 million deal was announced in January. “We are excited to welcome PSP, its management team, employees and franchisees to Franchise Group,” said Brian Kahn, president and CEO of Franchise Group (NASDAQ: FRG). “We expect that PSP’s unit economics, expansion pipeline and execution track record will bring significant scale and diversification to Franchise Group.” Founded more than 30 years ago, Pet Supplies Plus is “a mature and rapidly growing pet industry franchisor with a footprint of more than 500 locations, of which almost 60 percent are franchised,” according to a press release. It’s described as “the leading franchisor in the pet industry, with superior unit economics and a turnkey franchise system driving a backlog of more than 185 new stores in various stages of development nationwide.” In conjunction with the transaction, Franchise Group obtained $1.3 billion in new debt financing. The financing, together with cash on hand, funded the $700 million acquisition of PSP and refinanced the balance of the company’s outstanding term loans and revolving loans. Franchise Group’s business lines include Pet Supplies Plus, American Freight, The Vitamin Shoppe, Buddy’s Home Furnishings and Liberty Tax Service. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has established a new standing committee that will work to promote and protect the health and well-being of dogs in the pet trade throughout their journey from breeding to being connected with the families who will bring them home as beloved pets. “We at PIJAC are proud to bring together experts in dog care and related issues to share information, improve practices and inform policy with this new Canine Care Committee,” said Mike Bober, PIJAC president and CEO. “With pet ownership surging during the pandemic, it is even more important that our responsible pet care community take a leadership role to elevate the many areas of the canine journey we engage in for the benefit of the animals, the families who will enjoy their companionship, and pet care businesses alike.” The committee includes PIJAC members representing a wide range of canine-related organizations and businesses including breeders and breeder associations, distributors, retailers, and affiliated businesses. Individuals whose expertise, authority or organizational affiliation would be of value to the committee’s work, but are not current PIJAC members, will also be invited to participate as synergies are identified. Chris Fleming, president and CEO of Pinnacle Pet and vice president of the PIJAC Board of Directors, is the inaugural committee chair. The committee will also inform and advise PIJAC’s staff and Government Affairs Committee on dog-related issues as they monitor and engage legislation and regulations at the local, state and federal levels. Other PIJAC committees focused on specific pet groups and issues currently include Herp, Aquatics, Zoonoses and Small Animal Committees. For any questions about PIJAC’s Canine Care Committee, contact staff liaison Mike Bober at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-452-1525. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The American Kennel Club (AKC) is excited to announce that the AKC National Agility Championship will air on ESPN2.The two-hour competition will be televised on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. This broadcast comes on the heels of the three-year agreement the AKC and ESPN signed at the top of the year to give viewers a taste of the competitive world of dog sports. This year’s AKC National Agility Championship will take place on March 26-March 28, 2021 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The expo is an indoor, climate-controlled horse arena on dirt and has multiple rings set up for competition. After the pandemic canceled last year’s event, top agility canine athletes are eager to participate in this year’s event. “We’re glad we were able to have this year’s championship with safety protocols in place, but with all the fun of an agility competition,” said Carrie DeYoung, AKC’s Agility Director. Over 1,122 dogs from 49 different states and 100 different breeds will compete for the championship title. Dogs entered will compete in a 4”, 8”, 12”, 16”, 20” or 24” jump height, according to their size. In line with COVID-19 safety precautions, the event is closed off to the public and entry is limited to exhibitors, judges, production crew, and event staff. Other safety requirements include social distancing, temperature checks, wearing face coverings, and sanitizing stations. “We are thrilled to provide ESPN viewers the excitement of agility and an appreciation of these canine athletes,” said EVP of Sports & Events, Doug Ljungren. “All dogs can enjoy agility and we hope watching this championship will pique the interest of dog lovers of all backgrounds, and encourage them to give agility a try,” he added. AKC.tv will broadcast coverage of the event, beginning on Friday, March 26, including challenger rounds and preferred finals. Broadcast of the regular finals will continue live on the ESPN app and on ESPN2 on March 31. The show will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Antoinetta “Toni” Collins, include play by play by sportscaster Carolyn Manno, and analysis by Terry Simmons, past AKC National Agility Champion. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It was reported that Montana Governor Greg Gianforte killed a Yellowstone National Park wolf that he trapped just ten miles outside the Park’s boundary. Governor Gianforte did so in violation of state regulation as he had not completed the necessary trapping education course. This news comes just as a raft of bills aimed at drastically increasing the killing of Montana’s iconic wolves, grizzly bears and black bears are poised to head to the Governor’s desk for his signature. These bills include ones that would allow wolves to be killed using strangling snares, extend the wolf trapping season, and allow reimbursements for wolf hunting and trapping expenses—essentially creating a bounty. Amanda Wight, program manager of wildlife protection at the Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement: “Governor Gianforte just spit in the face of millions of people who come from all over the world to see wolves and other wildlife in Montana. Not only is trophy hunting wolves, especially a beloved wolf from Yellowstone National Park, ethically wrong, but economically and ecologically it makes no sense. Wolves keep ecosystems healthy and biologically diverse and are a huge draw for tourists. Yet, with the stroke of his pen, Governor Gianforte could soon set a similar fate in stone for hundreds more of Montana’s wolves, as the legislature is poised to send a number of bills aimed at slaughtering the state’s wildlife to his desk.” It is important to note that Governor Greg Gianforte, who has hunted prairie dogs with Donald Trump Jr., is a lifetime member of the Montana Trappers Association. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The American Pet Products Association announced that the industry has exceeded $100 billion in annual sales for the first time. The milestone was released in APPA’s 2020 State of the Industry Report during Global Pet Expo Digital Access. “We have reached a critical milestone, generating $103.6 billion in sales,” said Steve King, president and CEO of APPA. “We are bullish for the coming year, projecting growth of 5.8% – well above the historical average of 3 to 4%. This past year presented a host of challenges that resulted in consumers across the country turning to their pets for comfort and companionship. Interestingly, the product trends we are seeing in the pet care community mirror those of consumers – a desire for a healthier lifestyle, increased focus on fitness, turning to supplements for improved well-being, and technology playing a larger role in everyday life.” The statistics were revealed during the keynote presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association. Trends from the report included: • $22.1 billion was spent on supplies, live animals and OTC meds, a 15.1% increase from 2019. • $42 billion was spent on pet food and treats, a 9.7% increase. • $31.4 billion was spent on vet care and product sales, a 7.2% increase. • While $8.1 billion was spent on other services such as grooming, dog walking and boarding, this was a 21.4% decline from the previous year. As quarantines are lifted and consumers venture out the use of these services is expected to rise. From a retail perspective, every channel showed an increase, especially e-commerce, which is consistent with consumer shopping trends overall: • Total retail sales increased by 6.7% from 2019 to 2020. • 47% of pet owners reported they increased the number of times they purchased online. • Pet specialty and independent retailers experienced solid growth. • 30% of pet owners spent more on their pet/pet supplies in the past year with only 10% saying they spent less. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A mysterious streak of lights dazzled the night sky over parts of Oregon and Washington, leaving stargazers wondering what the unusual sighting might be. After some people speculated that it was a meteor shower, the National Weather Service said it was more likely to be debris from a SpaceX rocket “that did not successfully have a deorbit burn.” A deorbit burn takes place when a spaceship fires its engine before re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Social media users in Seattle and Portland saw the spectacular display over the Pacific Northwest sky as the debris reentered orbit at around 9 p.m. PT. Dr. James Davenport, research assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, said the debris was possibly part of the SpaceX rocket, which launched in early March, adding that the rocket “did not come down where we expected it to.” “And so it’s been waiting to fall for the last three weeks and we got lucky and [it] came right over our heads,” he added. He said the debris was likely about 30 miles into the atmosphere and it was unlikely that any substantial pieces would reach the ground. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Portland office of NWS wrote on Twitter that while it had not issued an official explanation, the rocket theory "fits the bill." Founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2002, SpaceX aims to reduce space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. Last year it used a Falcon 9 rocket to transport cargo and satellites, becoming the first private company to launch astronauts into orbit. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at Harvard University, labelled the sighting “space junk,” saying it was the 14th piece of debris, “with a mass over one tonne that has reentered since Jan 1st this year.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The effects of climate change are being felt in every corner of the globe, including nearly 500 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan. A new study by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory found that water deep below the surface of Lake Michigan is warming in the winter. The research published in the journal Nature Communications provides new insight into the effect climate change is having on one of the world’s 10 largest freshwater lakes and its implications for seasonal changes in ice cover, weather and the food supply. Scientists have known that surface water temperatures on Lake Michigan have been warming during the summer months at a rate faster than the oceans are heating up. But, they didn’t have a complete picture of what was happening throughout the lake until now. Scientists analyzed data from water temperature measurements that were taken almost hourly in 150 meters (492 feet) of water over the last 30 years. The study examined how seasonal mixing of warmer surface waters and colder waters at the bottom links temperature trends at the surface to changes deep below. The findings showed that deep waters within the lake are warming at a rate of 0.06 degrees Celsius — or 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit — per decade. The findings highlight how changes at the surface are being felt throughout the lake during the winter, which is getting shorter. And, with shorter winters, the lake is seeing less ice cover. The annual maximum ice cover on Lake Michigan is declining by about 3.6 percent per decade, according to the study. "That ice cover is important for things like lake whitefish," said Scientists. "When they spawn and deposit their eggs in shallow nearshore areas, ice cover helps protect those eggs from rough wave conditions and storm surge that can disrupt them." The findings hold significant implications for the Great Lakes' $7 billion commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries that support more than 75,000 jobs. The change in heat content and temperatures of the lakes can also have a huge impact on weather and regional climate, according to Drew Gronewold, one of the study’s co-authors and associate professor with the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability. "Things like lake effect snow that are a function of wind and moisture moving across the surface of the lakes, those are all in the long term affected by not just what's at the surface, but how heat is exchanging below the surface, and then back and forth between the bottom and the surface," said Gronewold. The study’s findings also have major implications for ongoing research regarding water levels. Gronewold said changes in lake levels are influenced by the balance between precipitation and evaporation over time. "So, the change in the heat content and temperatures of the lakes is a big, big part of understanding first and foremost, evaporation," he said. The study underscores the importance of long-term data collection in understanding lake systems and gaps in information that still exist. The findings illustrate the impacts that climate change can pose for the world’s 10 largest lakes that provide 84 percent of the Earth’s surface freshwater. "That supports drinking water and economies and all kinds of things that live in the lake’s ecology, and what we've seen with this study is that those systems are changing," said Anderson. "We really don't have a lot of data on that change, and we need to increase that." +++ An animal cruelty case is under investigation in Evansville, Indiana. Wednesday’s police reports showed police and animal control officers were called March 3 to a home in the 1400 block of Monroe Ave. The officers say there were two emaciated dogs and a puppy that appeared to be in good shape. They say the owner told them the dogs were emaciated because they had gotten into some bleach and had been throwing up. The officer says the hip and rib bones of the dogs were visible, and the owner was told to take them to a vet. On March 15, animal control was called back out to the home because of a dead dog. Officers say they found the puppy that had been in good condition was now dead. They say it appears it had been beheaded. They say the two other dogs were severely emaciated because of starvation. We reached out to animal control Wednesday and heard back Thursday. Todd Robertson says the two dogs are being cared for by animal control, but he didn’t say how they are doing or allow us to see them. Evansville Police say the case is actively under investigation. So far, there are no arrests. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A father who took his young child inside an elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo has been arrested, officials said. At one point, the father dropped the child, who NBC San Diego reported to be about 2 years old, but retrieved the toddler and escaped as an "upset" elephant appeared to want to charge in the Asian and African elephant area, said San Diego police Sgt. Ariel Savage. The man, who was not identified, was arrested on allegations of child endangerment and trespassing in a zoo enclosure, the sergeant said. No injuries were reported. "Despite multiple barriers," the father "purposely and illegally trespassed into a habitat," San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance spokesman Andrew James said in a statement. Matthew Passiglia said he was at a nearby cafe when he spotted the man and child getting past barriers, apparently to take a photo. It appeared the man tripped and dropped the child, he said, before grabbing the toddler and getting away. Afterward, he said, an elephant head-butted one of the barriers Spectators watched and took cellphone video, Passiglia said. "San Diego Zoo security promptly responded to the incident," James said, "but the guests had already exited the habitat." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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