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Talkin' Pets News May 1, 2021 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh Network Producer - Darian Sims Social Media - Bob Page
New research provides evidence that people have transmitted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to cats during the pandemic in the UK. The study, which is published in Veterinary Record, detected the virus last year in cats that developed mild or severe respiratory disease. Investigators used a range of laboratory techniques to show that two domestic cats from households with suspected cases of COVID-19 were infected with SARS-CoV-2. “These findings indicate that human-to-cat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, with the infected cats displaying mild or severe respiratory disease,” said lead author Margaret Hosie, PhD, of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. “Given the ability of the coronavirus to infect companion animals, it will be important to monitor for human-to-cat, cat-to-cat and cat-to-human transmission.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ YOUR COMPANY’S PET-SITTING or dog-walking contract outlines the services you will provide, collects important information about your client’s home and pet-care needs, and indicates any limitations to your liability as a service provider. Remember, the contract is a legal document. Combined with your business liability insurance, it is the best defense against possible legal claims against your company — so have your contract drafted or reviewed by an attorney and make sure these elements are included: 1. Services you will provide/frequency of visits. Specify feeding, playtime, dog walks, etc., and the number of visits per day or week. 2. Medical and behavioral history. Inquire about any health conditions or medications the pet may need and document instructions provided. Ask about and note the pet’s temperament, including if the pet has ever shown reactivity and/or aggression toward other pets or people, and in what situations. 3. Pet routines. Take thorough notes about important routines, such as a dog’s typical feeding time or location. Also ask about any special toys or favorite hiding spots (especially for cats!). Be sure to include where the pet food and other supplies are kept and if the client has any special requests, such as leaving the TV or radio on, and at what volume. 4. Home rules. Should the thermostat be set to a specific temperature? Are any areas of the home off limits? For example, may you use their restroom if there for a midday visit? Or for an overnight visit, where should you sleep, and do you have permission to use their Wi-Fi, refrigerator, etc.? Get it in writing. 5. Service fees and payments. List your rates and terms of payment. Indicate if a deposit is due prior to the assignment and/or whether full payment is due at the start or end of the visit(s). Note which forms of payment you accept and how the client will be invoiced. 6. Contact information. Include how you will be able to reach the client, whether they are in town or away, in the event of an emergency. This may be via their cellphone, work phone or if traveling, the number for their resort or hotel. You also should have contact information for at least one local person who can be reached if you are unable to complete a visit or if an emergency occurs. For non-emergencies, note how the client prefers to be contacted. 7. Social media. Ask if you have permission to share photos or videos of pets on social media and when. The above list is not all inclusive. Your contract will be customized to your business and can be updated as your needs change. However, one rule applies to all pet sitters and dog walkers: Never accept an assignment until you have a signed contract in hand! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Climate change is likely the cause of a recent shift in the Earth's axis of rotation, a new study suggests. Melting glaciers around the world – a result of rising atmospheric temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels – redistributed enough water to cause the location of the North and South Poles to move eastward since the mid-1990s. The locations of the poles aren't fixed and unchanging. The way that water moves around the planet's surface is one factor that causes the two poles to drift, the study said. Each year, as the globe warms, hundreds of billions of tons of ice melt into the Earth's oceans. “The faster ice melting under global warming was the most likely cause of the directional change of the polar drift in the 1990s,” study co-author Shanshan Deng of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in a statement. Scientists say Earth is spinning faster than it has in decades Since 1980, each pole has moved roughly 13 feet. In addition to melting glaciers, the pumping of groundwater has contributed to the shift in Earth's axis, the study said. In the past, only natural factors such as ocean currents and the convection of hot rock deep in the planet contributed to the pole drift, the Guardian said. Climate scientist Vincent Humphrey of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, who was not involved in the new research, said the Earth spins around its axis like a top. If the weight of a top shifts, the spinning top would lean and wobble as its rotational axis changes. The same thing happens to the Earth as weight is shifted from one area to the other. Humphrey told the Guardian that this "tells you how strong this mass change is – it's so big that it can change the axis of the Earth." But the movement of the Earth’s axis is not large enough to affect daily life, he said: It could change the length of a day, but only by milliseconds. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Alley Cat Allies has launched a special investigation into a ghastly mass-shooting of feral cats, also called community cats, directed by the Port of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, that left at least 12 cats dead, maimed or missing. Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, is calling on the Port’s leadership to immediately end all killing and instead embrace humane, nonlethal management practices for cats. “The Newcastle Port Authority called this a ‘cull,’ but there is no whitewashing the fact that this was a massacre, plain and simple,” Robinson said. “Cats are sentient creatures who feel pain, and the cats who were the victims of this late-night hunt by the Port Authority endured horrific injuries and tremendous suffering. Killing cats does not have a rightful place in conservation strategy. The Port Authority must stop shooting and killing cats and needs to make a public commitment that it will never happen again. We demand that they adopt sane, humane, effective methods centered on spay and neuter, also known as desexing.” Alley Cat Allies, in collaboration with supporters in Australia and the Animal Justice Party of Australia, learned that the Newcastle Port Authority hired a contract killer to hunt down and shoot sterilized cats at the Stockton Breakwall, a public beach jetty, in December 2020. The next morning, devastated caregivers for the cats discovered a bloody, disturbing scene. One cat, Rosie, was shot in the eye. The attack left another cat, Lily, blind and with a hernia. As many as eight cats are missing and presumed killed. Some surviving cats still suffer from their gunshot wounds as caregivers scramble to trap them. The caregivers and local veterinarians have grave concerns that these powerless, wounded cats remain in danger. The Port Authority’s attack came despite the fact that the cats were sterilized, vaccinated and cared for through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program practiced by compassionate caregivers. TNR successfully reduced the number of cats at the Port from 100 to approximately 40 in recent years. These caregivers were neither warned about the hunt nor told that the Port took issue with community cats in the area to begin with. Killing cats is not an effective means of population control because of a well-documented scientific phenomenon known as the Vacuum Effect. When cats are killed, new cats move in to take their place. “The Port’s actions serve as a reminder that in far too many places around the world, including in Australia and the United States, there persists an archaic mindset that killing cats is viable and necessary,” Robinson continued. “Humane, nonlethal sterilization is being utilized all over the globe because it works. Killing does not work. The Newcastle Port Authority needs to wake up to the reality that hunting cats is not acceptable and join the rest of civilized society with a lifesaving policy for its cats.” Alley Cat Allies has posted a short documentary film with the findings from its investigation at, where it will continue to post more information from the case as it becomes available. ++++++ A group of elite classical musicians recently performed outdoor concerts for the local cows (and people) in a village south of Copenhagen. It was a result of a partnership between farmers and the nearby Scandinavian Cello School, which teaches young musicians from around the world. Jacob Shaw, the school’s founder, had toured internationally as a solo cellist. After learning that the school’s neighbors, who raise cows, were classical music fans, Shaw and his students began performing weekly at the farm. The animals appeared to love it, rushing toward the musicians when they arrived. “It’s actually nice playing for cows,” one student said. “We saw it in rehearsal — they really do come over to you. And they have preferences. Did you see how they all left at one point? They’re not really Dvorak fans.” ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The American Kennel Club® (AKC) invites you to celebrate National Purebred Dog Day today Saturday, May 1st, 2021. This annual celebration highlights the purpose, predictability, preservation and pride of purebred dogs, along with the many ways these incredible dogs impact their human counterparts each day. Ways to get involved: • Have a favorite breed? Donate to a breed-specific rescue. The AKC has the largest network of purebred rescue groups in the nation. Visit for more information. • Share your love for your purebred dog on social media with the hashtag #NationalPurebredDogDay. • Thinking about getting a dog? Research what breeds would best fit your lifestyle at and find a responsible breeder. • Reach out to your lawmakers. National Purebred Dog Day is a great opportunity to educate your legislator about the importance of purpose-bred dogs. Ways to celebrate with your dog: • Spend some extra quality time with your pup! Go for a long hike, play in the park, or snuggle up and watch, available via any connected device, including computers, tablets, phones, Apple TV and Roku. • Try a new activity with your dog – there are plenty of dog sports to choose from. From Conformation, Agility and Obedience to Trick Dog and Scent Work, there’s something for everyone! Visit to learn about all the various sports available and to find a training club in your area. • Give your dog his favorite treat! Show your dog a little extra love by treating him to his favorite snack. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ More pets across America are set to receive access to care, thanks to a new offering from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). The group, which is the charitable branch of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has launched the National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program to help low-income families afford care for sick or injured pets by providing reimbursement to member practices that provide services at discounted rates or free of charge. The program, AVMF says, allows for direct reimbursement to a clinic for care of animals whose owners are in financial need. “This program is designed to improve access to care issues, especially as it relates to ongoing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and domestic violence,” says AVMF’s assistant executive director, David Granstrom, DVM. “The program also contributes to the wellbeing of the veterinary healthcare team and members of the public struggling to afford veterinary care for their pets.” To provide care for as many animals as possible, the program has a reimbursement cap of $500 for COVID-related grant requests. There is no cap currently in place for requests related to domestic violence. Practices enrolled in the existing Veterinary Charitable Care Fund (VCCF) program are also eligible to apply for funding through the new National Veterinary Charitable Care Grant Program (NVCCGP), AVMA says. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A novel cell-derived molecular therapy might offer a promising approach to treating chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats. A collaborative study by North Carolina-based company Piedmont Animal Health and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is evaluating the intrarenal injection of a recombinant human chemokine (CXCL-12) to treat feline kidney fibrosis. The therapy’s ability to restore normal kidney structure in cats with clinically induced fibrosis has been shown in two preclinical studies, Piedmont reports. These studies have also provided evidence as to how the treatment acts to address changes in the kidney that can be associated with CKD damage. Further, a subsequent clinical pilot study demonstrates the feasibility of administering CXCL-12 with no obvious side effects over the nine-month study period, Piedmont adds. CKD is a progressive and debilitating condition common in older cats. There are currently no available treatments for the reversal of its effects, the company reports. “These preclinical and clinical study findings suggest our first collaboration could make a big difference in the lives of cat owners and their beloved pets,” says Piedmont’s chief scientific officer, Doug Hepler, PhD. “Anyone who has had a cat with chronic kidney disease knows how heartbreaking it is to watch their decline and be able to do very little about it. Our goal is to change that story to a much more positive one.” The research, WFIRM adds, will hopefully someday lead to treatment for humans. “Results of these studies together show intrarenal injection of CXCL-12 may be a potential new therapy to treat early kidney disease in cats with a capability for widespread use,” says Koudy Williams, DVM, research team lead at WFIRM. “This is a good example of how a disease that is common to both animals and humans can be studied and potentially applied to the disease in humans.” The findings have been published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SynDaver—an advanced biotechnology company known for its synthetic educational human and animal simulators—recently launched a new synthetic feline surgical training model. This innovative tool is designed to teach veterinary students how to perform feline spay surgeries without the fear of harming a live patient. “I wish we had access to this kind of technology when I was in veterinary school,” says David Danielson, DVM, president of veterinary technology at SynDaver, in a company release. “Our simulation surgical model provides repeatability, allowing the surgeon to make mistakes and perfect their craft.” The surgical trainer simulates the anatomy of live patients and includes the company’s patented synthetic tissues comprised of water, fibers, and salts, mimicking living tissue. Unlike silicone or plastic, it maintains the fidelity and life-like properties of live tissue. According to the release, the first synthetic feline model was used to teach anatomy at large schools and universities worldwide including at Cornell University. The associate professor of small animal surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Galina Hayes, DVM, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, DACVS, DACVECC, anticipates that this new model will have a significant impact on both her students and the surgical community. “I am beyond thrilled with SynDaver,” says Hayes. “Our students have had the privilege to train on the canine surgical models previously, and we couldn’t be happier. However, the newest feline surgical model gives them the opportunity to perform the feline spay, which is a benchmark in their surgical skills acquisition. The simulator allows them to practice in a highly realistic model where they can repeat as often as necessary, get comfortable with the tools required, and have no fear of failure or harm to a patient.” “What SynDaver has provided is an opportunity to remove the enormous stress and anxiety our students feel when practicing an unfamiliar procedure on a live patient. This is a huge leap forward for us in achieving high-quality learning and retention of surgical skills," she said. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ On April 23, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) officials confirmed an unvaccinated horse with Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). The yearling Friesian colt, which resided at a private facility in Levy County, experienced clinical signs beginning on April 18. Signs included fever, dullness, circling, and head pressing. The horse was euthanized. This marks the state’s second confirmed case of EEE in 2021. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ More and more owners have sought herbal options as a way to optimize the health of their horses. Two popular supplements, devil’s claw and turmeric, have been used for the treatment of inflammatory symptoms and degenerative disorders for several years. Researchers recently assessed certain gastric health parameters of horses supplemented with these herbs.* In this study, researchers from Louisiana State University chose 12 Thoroughbreds with gastric ulcers noted on gastroscopy.* Horses were assigned to a treatment group, which consumed a devil’s claw/turmeric supplement, or a control group. The supplement was fed for 28 days. Researchers performed gastroscopy on days 0, 14, and 28. Ulcers in the nonglandular and glandular portions of the stomach were counted and severity scored on each of the three days. The pH of the gastric juice was also noted during each gastroscopy. On the final gastroscopy, researchers found that nonglandular and glandular ulcer scores were significantly lower in both treatment and control horses, indicating the supplement did not worsen gastric ulcers. This finding was especially interesting because some experts classify devil’s claw as a digestive bitter, an herb that stimulates healthy digestion by increasing gastrointestinal secretions, including gastric acid. Feeding devil’s claw would therefore seem counterintuitive, even harmful, for horses predisposed to gastric ulcers.○ While The Botanical Safety Handbook notes that feeding turmeric is contraindicated for patients with existing gastrointestinal ulceration or hyperacidity, it may protect against the development of ulcers.○ Known also as grapple plant and harpago, devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a ground-trailing, herbaceous perennial native to southern Africa. Stems branch off from a primary tuber that features a deep-growing taproot. Flowers are trumpet-shaped. The woody fruit possesses long, barbed spines, hence the plant’s common names. Extracts are usually taken from roots or secondary tubers, but other plant parts might also be harvested. Secondary tubers are thought to be the richest source of harpagide, the primary therapeutic constituent in devil’s claw. The plant has been used for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, digestive, and chondroprotective properties, but specific research of devil’s claw use in horses is scant. In a study conducted in the mid-1990s, mature horses diagnosed with bone spavin, a degenerative arthritis of the hock, were fed an herb mixture that included devil’s claw, black currant, horsetail, and white willow. Researchers found the herb mixture more effective than phenylbutazone, known commonly as bute, for ameliorating pain after 120 days of supplementation.+ Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.), referred to as Indian saffron or yellow ginger, is cultivated in parts of China, India, Africa, Thailand, and throughout the tropics. A perennial herbaceous plant, turmeric features yellowish-orange rhizomes, which are stems that run horizontally underground. Turmeric imparts a mustard-like, earthy aroma and pungent, slightly bitter flavor to foods. Like devil’s claw, turmeric purportedly has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as anti-clotting mechanisms. A horse’s health care team can determine collectively if a supplement would be appropriate for a horse, given its age, use, and health concerns. All nutritional supplements should be backed by high-quality research. For gastric health, choose a research-proven, effective supplement.Keep in mind that many herbal preparations are prohibited in equestrian sports sanctioned by national and international federations, so check with the governing body of any sport before feeding any herbal supplement. ++++++++++++++++ The Westminster Kennel Club welcomes 206 breeds and varieties among 2,500 entries from 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and 10 additional countries to its 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan® at Lyndhurst, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on June 12-13, 2021. All four newly eligible breeds, the Barbet, the Biewer Terrier, the Belgian Laekenois, and the Dogo Argentino, will be in attendance at America’s longest continuously held dog show, which will culminate with Best in Show on Sunday evening during the live three-hour broadcast on the FOX Network beginning at 8 p.m. Westminster Weekend kicks off with the 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Presented by Purina Pro Plan® on Friday, June 11, 2021 with 350 entries followed by the iconic all-breed dog show including the Junior Showmanship competition with 75 entries. The 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship with 25 entries will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Joining the top Westminster breed entries of Golden Retrievers (44), Labrador Retrievers (41), Vizslas (36), German Shorthaired Pointers (35), and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (33) are the new breeds Barbet (6), Biewer Terrier (10), Belgian Laekenois (6), and the Dogo Argentino (14). On Saturday, daytime breed judging includes Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding breeds, junior showmanship preliminaries as well as evening Groups. On Sunday, daytime breed judging includes Sporting, Working, and Terrier breeds, junior showmanship preliminaries as well as evening Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show. The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13, 2021 / Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown, NY The most dogs in the 2,500-dog competition are from New York (219), followed by California (192), Pennsylvania (179), Florida (175), Texas (159), and New Jersey (126). There are 44 international entries from 10 countries, topped by Canada (31), Argentina (3), and Japan (3). The farthest entries are from the Philippines (1) and Thailand (1). Dog Show Breed Entries by Group Sporting (468): Barbets (6), Brittanys (19), Lagotti Romagnoli (4), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (8), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (35), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (16), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (8), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (21), Retrievers (Golden) (44), Retrievers (Labrador) (41), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (19), Setters (English) (21), Setters (Gordon) (11), Setters (Irish) (15), Setters (Irish Red and White) (4), Spaniels (American Water) (4), Spaniels (Boykin) (5), Spaniels (Clumber) (9), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (10), Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. (9), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (5), Spaniels (English Cocker) (14), Spaniels (English Springer) (18), Spaniels (Field) (10), Spaniels (Irish Water) (4), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (5), Spinoni Italiani (5), Vizslas (36), Weimaraners (18), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (9), Wirehaired Vizslas (5). Hound (399): Afghan Hounds (21), American English Coonhounds (4), American Foxhounds (9), Azawakhs (4), Basenjis (17), Basset Hounds (11), Beagles, not exceeding 13 In. (9), Beagles, Over 13 In. but not exceeding 15 In. (21), Black and Tan Coonhounds (8), Bloodhounds (6), Bluetick Coonhounds (7), Borzois (15), Cirnechi dell'Etna (14), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (19), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (17), English Foxhounds (2), Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (7), Greyhounds (9), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (12), Irish Wolfhounds (20), Norwegian Elkhounds (6), Otterhounds (8), Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (9), Plotts (7), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (9), Redbone Coonhounds (10), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (30), Salukis (13), Scottish Deerhounds (11), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (9), Whippets (22). Working (431): Akitas (7), Alaskan Malamutes (8), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (4), Bernese Mountain Dogs (32), Black Russian Terriers (15), Boerboels (6), Boxers (14), Bullmastiffs (21), Cane Corsos (18), Doberman Pinschers (29), Dogo Argentinos (14), Dogues de Bordeaux (13), German Pinschers (3), Giant Schnauzers (11), Great Danes (23), Great Pyrenees (15), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (23), Komondorok (4), Kuvaszok (3), Leonbergers (18), Mastiffs (8), Neapolitan Mastiffs (9), Newfoundlands (19), Portuguese Water Dogs (24), Rottweilers (21), Saint Bernards (3), Samoyeds (20), Siberian Huskies (25), Standard Schnauzers (15), Tibetan Mastiffs (7). Terrier (299): Airedale Terriers (9), American Hairless Terriers (10), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (6), Border Terriers (20), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (1), Cairn Terriers (18), Cesky Terriers (8), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (4), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (12), Fox Terriers (Wire) (10), Glen of Imaal Terriers (5), Irish Terriers (4), Kerry Blue Terriers (15), Lakeland Terriers (7), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (7), Miniature Bull Terriers (9), Miniature Schnauzers (18), Norfolk Terriers (7), Norwich Terriers (11), Parson Russell Terriers (8), Rat Terriers (9), Russell Terriers (10), Scottish Terriers (15), Sealyham Terriers (5), Skye Terriers (4), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (14), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (8), Welsh Terriers (9), West Highland White Terriers (13). Toy (316): Affenpinschers (7), Biewer Terriers (10), Brussels Griffons (16), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (33), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (15), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (14), Chinese Cresteds (20), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (2), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (8), Havanese (23), Italian Greyhounds (25), Japanese Chin (13), Maltese (4), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (8), Miniature Pinschers (11), Papillons (15), Pekingese (9), Pomeranians (13), Poodles (Toy) (10), Pugs (32), Shih Tzu (8), Silky Terriers (3), Toy Fox Terriers (7), Yorkshire Terriers (10). Non-Sporting (229): American Eskimo Dogs (10), Bichons Frises (14), Boston Terriers (21), Bulldogs (18), Chinese Shar-Pei (8), Chow Chows (8), Cotons de Tulear (7), Dalmatians (17), Finnish Spitz (3), French Bulldogs (27), Keeshonden (9), Lhasa Apsos (8), Lowchen (4), Poodles (Miniature) (8), Poodles (Standard) (16), Schipperkes (9), Shiba Inu (8), Tibetan Spaniels (6), Tibetan Terriers (18), Xoloitzcuintli (10). Herding (356): Australian Cattle Dogs (18), Australian Shepherds (24), Bearded Collies (10), Beaucerons (10), Belgian Laekenois (6), Belgian Malinois (12), Belgian Sheepdogs (11), Belgian Tervuren (22), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (11), Berger Picards (16), Border Collies (14), Bouviers des Flandres (6), Briards (10), Canaan Dogs (7), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (17), Collies (Rough) (9), Collies (Smooth) (11), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (2), Finnish Lapphunds (7), German Shepherd Dogs (16), Icelandic Sheepdogs (10), Miniature American Shepherds (20), Norwegian Buhunds (5), Old English Sheepdogs (9), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (22), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (10), Pulik (8), Pumik (6), Pyrenean Shepherds (10), Shetland Sheepdogs (8), Spanish Water Dogs (6), Swedish Vallhunds (3). Dog Show Entries by Location States (50): Alaska (7), Alabama (15), Arkansas (11), Arizona (37), California (192), Colorado (55), Connecticut (106), Delaware (25), Florida (175), Georgia (56), Hawaii (4), Idaho (5), Illinois (66), Indiana (50), Iowa (5), Kansas (17), Kentucky (28), Louisiana (24), Maine (10), Maryland (70), Massachusetts (117), Michigan (68), Minnesota (30), Mississippi (8), Missouri (43), Montana (4), Nebraska (8), Nevada (11), New Hampshire (23), New Jersey (126), New Mexico (7), New York (219), North Carolina (82), North Dakota (1), Ohio (98), Oklahoma (23), Oregon (18), Pennsylvania (179), Rhode Island (16), South Carolina (37), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (48), Texas (159), Utah (3), Vermont (16), Virginia (100), Washington (69), West Virginia (9), Wisconsin (48), Wyoming (3). Other: District of Columbia (5), Puerto Rico (4). Other Countries (10): Argentina (3), Canada (31), Chile (1), Italy (1), Japan (3), Lithuania (1), Guatemala (1), Philippines (1), Thailand (1), and Ukraine (1). 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Friday, June 11, 2021 / Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown, NY There are 350 dogs entered representing 73 breeds and 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, with the most coming from New Jersey (56), Massachusetts (37), New York (36), Pennsylvania (33), and Ohio (25). The top five entries are Border Collies (59), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), Australian Shepherds (25), Golden Retrievers (25), All-American Dogs (19), and Labrador Retrievers (15). Agility Entries by Breed Breeds (73): Australian Cattle Dogs (3), Australian Shepherds (25), Beagles (1), Bearded Collies (4), Bedlington Terriers (1), Belgian Tervuren (1), Border Collies (59), Boston Terriers (7), Boxers (3), Bracco Italiano (1), Brittanys (5), Bulldogs (1), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (6), Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (4), Chinese Cresteds (2), Cocker Spaniels (8), Collies (7), Dachshunds (2), Dalmatians (1), Danish Swedish Farmdogs (1), Doberman Pinschers (1), English Cocker Spaniels (2), English Springer Spaniels (2), Finnish Lapphunds (1), German Shepherd Dogs (3), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Golden Retrievers (25), Gordon Setters (1), Icelandic Sheepdogs (2), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Irish Setters (1), Kerry Blue Terriers (1), Labrador Retrievers (15), Lagotti Romagnoli (1), Lowchen (1), Manchester Terriers (2), Miniature American Shepherds (10), Miniature Pinschers (1), Miniature Schnauzers (1), Mudi (3), Norfolk Terriers (3), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (2), Papillons (10), Parson Russell Terriers (3), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (10), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (2), Pomeranians (4), Poodles (9), Rottweilers (1), Russell Terriers (1), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), Shiba Inu (2), Shih Tzu (1), Syke Terriers (1), Smooth Fox Terriers (2), Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers (1), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (1), Swedish Vallhunds (1), Toy Fox Terriers (2), Vizslas (2), Weimaraners (2), Welsh Springer Spaniels (2), West Highland White Terriers (1), Whippets (2), and Yorkshire Terriers (1). Agility Entries by Location States (30): Alabama (5) Arizona (2), California (12), Connecticut (22), Delaware (4), Florida (7), Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (4), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (3), Maryland (17), Massachusetts (37), Michigan (5), Missouri (5), North Carolina (4), Nebraska (2), New Hampshire (22), New Jersey (56), Nevada (1), New York (36), Ohio (25), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Virginia (22), Vermont (1), West Virginia (4), as well as the District of Columbia (1) and Canada (1). ***As of April 30, 2021 we have reached the 350 entry limit. The Agility entry numbers are subject to change until the secondary cancellation date of May 24, 2021.*** 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries Sunday, June 13, 2021 / Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown, NY There are 25 dogs entered from 12 states led by New Jersey (9), Illinois (3), and Pennsylvania (3). The top breeds are Golden Retrievers (10) and Border Collies (6). Obedience Entries by Breed Breeds (10): Belgian Malinois (1), Belgian Tervuren (1), Border Collies (6), German Shepherd Dogs (2), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Retrievers (Golden) (10), Retrievers (Labrador) (1), Shetland Sheepdogs (1), Spaniels (English Springer) (1), and Standard Schnauzers (1). Obedience Entries by Location States (12): Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1) Maine (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (9), New York (2), Pennsylvania (3), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1). *** All entry counts are subject to final AKC audit ** +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Subaru of America, Inc. announced the launch of a new line of pet accessories designed to keep pets comfortable in their vehicles. Comprised of eleven unique items equipped for Subaru vehicles, the pet accessories ensure that owners can take their furry companions on road trips and remain protected. “Protecting pets is a key component of our Subaru Loves Pets commitment, and that includes protecting pets on the road,” said Joe Daugherty, director – Accessories, Subaru of America, Inc. “At Subaru, we know that pets are part of the family, and as our owners head out for warmer weather adventures with furry friends in tow, we want to keep them safe and comfortable for the ride.” The new line of pet accessories features a variety of pet-friendly gear and accessories designed to keep pets comfortable during road trip adventures. The items were designed using state-of-the-art technology to maximize pet comfort. The accessories, available for purchase at Subaru Parts Online and at Subaru retailers nationwide, includes: Pet-Friendly Padded Cargo Liner, Console Lid Protector, Collapsible Pet Kennel, Pet-Friendly Padded Seat Protector, Pet Ramp, Sleepypod Pet Harness, Sleepypod Pet Carrier and Mobile Pet Bed, Sleepypod Pet Travel Bowl, Seat Cover – Rear, Rear Bumper Protector Mat, and Pet Lover License Plate Frames. These products meet the highest standards for safety to reduce pet exposure to possible hazards. To protect the joy of driving with pets, dog harnesses and pet carriers are put through stringent safety tests to include static material tensile testing and dynamic crash testing at the standard set for child safety restraints. “Carriers and car harnesses are packed with proprietary technology that is the result of an intensive engineering effort by a design team to help keep pets safer when traveling in cars,” said Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “The launch by Subaru of a new pet accessories line is a tremendous demonstration of their dedication to the well-being of pets.” The Subaru Pet Accessories line is part of Subaru Loves Pets, the automaker’s commitment to protect pets everywhere. For more information about Subaru Loves Pets, please visit and follow #SubaruLovesPets. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Essential Quality can become just the third horse to win both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby when he leaves the starting gate in the 2021 Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Trained by Brad Cox, Essential Quality can join Street Sense, who won the 2006 Juvenile and 2007 Derby, and Nyquist (2015 Juvenile and 2016 Derby) in that elusive club with a win on Saturday. Essential Quality is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Kentucky Derby odds. The John Sadler-trained Rock Your World is right behind at 5-1 in the 2021 Kentucky Derby field of 20 horses. Post time for the Kentucky Derby 2021 is set for 6:57 p.m. ET. With a talented field expected to enter the starting gate, you'll want to see the horse racing predictions from handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen before making any 2021 Kentucky Derby picks. Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' America's Day at the Races and co-host of the In the Money Players' Podcast, Kinchen won the National Horseplayers Championship Tour in 2015, a demanding, yearlong series of handicapping events across the country. That same year, he became the only player in history to have both of his entries qualify for the final table of the National Horseplayers Championship. In addition, Kinchen has scored huge on some of racing's biggest days. In November, he finished second out of 418 contestants in the prestigious Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, which earned him $215,000 in prize money. After factoring in his profit during the 14 Breeders' Cup races, he took home more than $366,000 on the day. It's no fluke, either. At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, he cashed for $150,000 after nailing the Pick 6 and a Pick 3 that paid $50,000. Anyone who has followed him is up big. Now with the 2021 Kentucky Derby lineup set, Kinchen is sharing his picks and predictions at SportsLine. Go here to see them. Top 2021 Kentucky Derby predictions One shocker: Kinchen is completely fading Rock Your World, even though he is one of the top favorites at 5-1. A $650,000 yearling purchase two years ago, Rock Your World is a perfect three-for-three in his career and coming off a four-plus length win in the Santa Anita Derby. However, in that race, Rock Your World was allowed to set an uncontested pace, and that scenario is not likely to play out on Saturday. "He's going to get pressure from the outside," Kinchen told SportsLine. There are far better values among the other 2021 Kentucky Derby horses. Another curveball: Kinchen is high on Midnight Bourbon, who is a juicy long shot at 20-1 in the Kentucky Derby 2021 odds. A son of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic champion Tiznow, Midnight Bourbon is coming off a runner-up finish to Hot Rod Charlie in the Louisiana Derby. In that race, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96, which tied his career-high. In seven career starts, he has never finished off the board; he has two wins, two seconds and three thirds. "He shows up all of the time," Kinchen said. How to make 2021 Kentucky Derby picks, bets One of Kinchen's win contenders is an appealing double-digit long with "a big price," He is including this horse prominently in his 2021 Kentucky Derby bets, and so should you. He's sharing this analysis at SportsLine. Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2021? And which huge underdog is a must-back? Check out the latest 2021 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's picks for the Kentucky Derby. 2021 Kentucky Derby odds, post positions Program # Horse Odds 1 Known Agenda 6-1 2 Like the King 50-1 3 Brooklyn Strong 50-1 4 Keepmeinmind 50-1 5 Sainthood 50-1 6 O Besos 20-1 7 Mandaloun 15-1 8 Medina Spirit 15-1 9 Hot Rod Charlie 8-1 10 Midnight Bourbon 20-1 11 Dynamic One 20-1 12 Helium 50-1 13 Hidden Stash 50-1 14 Essential Quality 2-1 15 Rock Your World 5-1 16 King Fury 20-1 17 Highly Motivated 10-1 18 Super Stock 30-1 19 Soup and Sandwich 30-1 20 Bourbonic 30-1 Climate change
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