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Talkin' Pets News

July 3, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Lexi Adams

Network Producer - Kevin Lane

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Bob Bryant - Co-Founder of Mission K9 Rescue - Serving Working Dogs Around The World - Bob will join Jon & Talkin' Pets at 5pm ET

Chef Jamie Gwen from her national radio program Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen will join Jon & Talkin' Pets at 635pm ET to bake a Vegan Flag Cake

 

 

Pet ownership is on the rise, as is pet spending, according to a new survey from the American Pet Products Association.

APPA announced the release of its biennial National Pet Owners Survey. The 2021-22 survey reports pet ownership has increased from an estimated 67 percent of U.S. households that own a pet to an estimated 70 percent. Millennials were also revealed to be the largest cohort of pet owners at 32 percent, followed closely by Boomers at 27 percent and Generation X at 24 percent.

“For more than 30 years, APPA has been collecting and reporting consumer insight data through our National Pet Owners Survey, and each year we aim to enhance this industry resource,” says APPA President and CEO Steve King. “The newest edition of The Survey is the most comprehensive yet and we look forward to arming our members and the broader pet care community with the information needed to make strategic, informed business decisions that will help advance our already burgeoning industry.”   Key findings from the study include:

  • Pet spending increased during the past year, with 35 percent of pet owners stating they spent more on their pet/pet supplies – including food, wellness-related products and other pet care items – in the last 12 months than in the preceding year.
  • Fourteen percent of total respondents (pet owners and non-pet owners) obtained a new pet during the pandemic. Additionally, at least one in four new pet owners shared their recent pet acquisition – including saltwater fish (60 percent), dogs (47 percent), birds (46 percent), small animals (46 percent), cats (40 percent), freshwater fish (34 percent), reptiles (27 percent) and horses (27 percent) – was influenced by the pandemic.
  • Pet owners shopping online increased by almost 20 percent, from 72 percent in the prior year to 86 percent of responses in this year’s study. Before the pandemic, 60 percent of pet owners usually purchased pet products in person at brick-and-mortar stores. During the pandemic, in-person shopping dropped to 41 percent, aligning more closely with the 46 percent of pet owners who prefer to purchase online with purchases shipped to their home.
  • Fifty-one percent of pet owners are willing to pay more for ethically sourced pet products and eco-friendly pet products.
  • Pet insurance purchases amongst both dog and cat owners have also increased, nearly doubling amongst cat owners in particular.

This year’s survey was expanded to include new content and additional insights on topics like online purchasing behavior, preferred method of purchasing, pet product development and coronavirus-specific questions to understand how pet acquisition was impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey contains a lifestyle and media study, which examines what motivates pet ownership and relationships with pets, along with habits such as internet usage, travel, work and other demographic criteria.

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The city of Seattle reached its hottest day on record Monday as crews continue to battle brushfires throughout the Pacific Northwest, the heat putting a huge strain on the region's power grid.

By Monday evening the temperature in Seattle reached 108 degrees. According to U.S. Census data, fewer than half the city's residents have air conditioning, leaving people to try to find ways to cool off however they can.

For the first time, Seattle reached triple-digit temperatures for the third day in a row.

"Everything's sold out. Like today, we couldn't even get any ice. Everything is completely gone," Seattle resident Monika Williams said.

For days, a dome of stifling heat has parked itself over the Pacific Northwest, even causing some restaurants to temporarily close and roads to buckle. Tanker trucks in Seattle hosed down draw bridges to try to keep the steel from expanding.

Larry Snyder, who calls himself a "community helper," is taking donations to give water to the homeless — or anyone in need. "Water is the one thing people on the street are really short of right now," he told CBS News' Lilia Luciano.

In Portland, which reached a record-breaking 116 degrees on Monday, the extreme heat was enough to bring light rail and street car service to a halt.

Some cities even had to close public pools. In Seattle, the hot pool deck made conditions unsafe.

"Part of the reason I moved here was… to come in the summer to have relief from Arizona heat," Seattle resident Stanlie James said. "And I seem to have brought it with me. So I'm not real thrilled." Even at sundown, the city's temperatures were still in the 90s. 

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The Federal Trade Commission finalized a rule codifying standards for when produce manufacturers may label products “Made in the United States.” FTC policy has long required that “Made in USA” type claims only apply when “all or virtually all” of the product is made in the United States. With this rule, FTC can more easily pursue civil penalties against companies that violate the standards.

For its part, USDA issued a statement announcing “a top-to-bottom review of the ‘Product of USA’ label.” Secretary Vilsack acknowledged “concern that the voluntary ‘Product of USA’ label may confuse consumers,” but stopped short of committing to any specific reform to the label standards, such as a requirement it only apply to meat from animals born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S.

“The FTC’s rule will help to protect consumers against deceptive marketing tactics that attempt to portray goods largely produced outside the country as American origin,” said Thomas Gremillion, Director of Food Policy at Consumer Federation of America. “Unfortunately, consumers will still have to grapple with unscrupulous origin claims on beef and pork harvested from animals of foreign origin.”

Under current USDA rules, meat processed from a carcass shipped into the country from abroad may carry a “Product of USA” label. The same goes for meat from animals born and raised in Mexico or Canada, and transported into the U.S. for slaughter. This was not always the case. Prior to 2015, USDA required country-of-origin labeling for fresh beef and pork products, specifically labels indicating where the cow or pig was born, raised, and slaughtered. However, Congress repealed those requirements after Canada and Mexico successfully challenged the policy in the World Trade Organization.

“Thanks to an unaccountable, unelected international tribunal, federal policymakers have abandoned mandatory origin labeling on beef and pork,” said Gremillion. “But the WTO’s decision offers no excuse for failing to protect consumers from deceptive practices, or for neglecting to put in place standards for producers that voluntarily choose to label their products as U.S. origin. Consumers strongly support origin rules; in a 2017 poll commissioned by CFA, eighty-nine percent (89%) of a representative sample of 1000 adult Americans favored, either strongly or somewhat, requiring food sellers to indicate on the package label the country of origin of fresh meat they sell. USDA has the authority – and indeed the duty – to protect consumers from deceptive and misleading claims, including ‘product of USA’ claims on meat from animals that are not born, raised, and slaughtered in the USA.” 

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Part of the Arctic is nicknamed the “Last Ice Area,” because floating sea ice there is usually so thick that it’s likely to withstand global warming for decades. So, scientists were shocked last summer when there was suddenly enough open water for a ship to pass through.

The opening, documented by scientists aboard a German icebreaker, popped up in late July and August in the Wandel Sea north of Greenland. Mostly it was due to a freak weather event, but thinning sea ice from decades of climate change was a significant factor, according to a study Thursday in the journal Communications Earth and Environment.

While scientists have said most of the Arctic could be free of summer sea ice by mid-century, the Last Ice Area was not part of that equation. They figure the 380,000-square-mile (1-million-square-kilometer) area won’t be ice-free in the summer until around 2100, said study co-author Kent Moore, a University of Toronto atmospheric physicist.

“It’s called the Last Ice Area for a reason. We thought it was kind of stable,” said co-author Mike Steele, a University of Washington oceanographer. “It’s just pretty shocking. ... In 2020, this area melted out like crazy.”

Scientists believe the area — north of Greenland and Canada — could become the last refuge for animals like polar bears that depend on ice, said Kristin Laidre, a co-author and biologist at the University of Washington.

The main cause for the sudden ice loss was extraordinary strong winds that pushed the ice out the region and down the coast of Greenland, Moore said.

That had happened in smaller, infrequent episodes, but this time was different, Moore said. The researchers used computer simulations and 40 years of Arctic sea data to calculate that “there was a significant climate change signal” — about 20%, they estimate — in the event, Moore said.

In the past, thicker Wandel Sea ice would have resisted the strong winds, but in 2020 it was thinner and “more easily broken up and pushed out,” said National Snow and Ice Data Center scientist Walt Meier, who wasn’t part of the study.

Another part of the Last Ice Area, off Canada’s Ellesmere Island, had open waters after the July 2020 collapse of part of the Milne ice shelf, but scientists are still studying it to determine if there is a climate change connection, Moore said.

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On Oct. 27, 2019, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog named Conan took part in the Barisha raid, which resulted in the death of the leader of ISIS. Conan joined a long list of heroic military working dogs.

Call ‘em what you want — war dogs or military working dogs — they have been around for centuries worldwide. The states had an unofficial canine war force in World War I, but military dogs did not become officially recognized until March 13, 1942, when a private organization, Dogs for Defense was established to recruit the public’s dogs for the U.S. military’s War Dog Program, known as the K-9 Corps.

Another key supplier of war dogs was the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, which quickly became linked with the U.S. Marines. The Dobes became a face with the Marines and were given a rank, beginning as privates.

Prominent breeders and trainers were instrumental in appealing to the American public to donate its pet dogs in the war effort. The profile included specific breeds, either sex, between 1-5 years old, physically fit and with “watchdog traits.”

But some of those mandates were relaxed as it quickly became apparent there would not be enough dogs to meet the demand. Breeds and crosses were trimmed to about 30 breeds, led by Airedale Terriers, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Saint Bernards.

Donors were given a certificate by the government as a means of thanks for their “patriotic duty.” Dogs were immediately sent into training, where some excelled and others didn’t. Wash-outs were returned to their owners; those who passed were eventually sent into battle from foxholes to beach fronts, where they were utilized for messenger, mine-detection, sentry and scout duties.

Eventually, the military began training its own dogs, but by the war’s end, Dogs for Defense procured approximately 18,000 of the 20,000 dogs.

One of the WWII famed fur warriors was Chips, a German Shepherd/Alaskan Husky/Collie mix that was a donated New York family dog who is credited with saving the lives of many U.S. soldiers and earning a Purple Heart and Silver Star.

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Elizabeth Banks’ Cocaine Bear, a new film based on https://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/23/us/cocaine-and-a-dead-bear.html",{"metric25":1}]]">a one-paragraph New York Times article from 1985 about a bear who did a bunch of cocaine, is assembling a predictably solid cast: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/keri-russell-ray-liotta-to-star-in-elizabeth-banks-directed-cocaine-bear-1234976643/",{"metric25":1}]]">According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is going to star Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. We don’t know which one of them is playing the bear, but The Hollywood Reporter says the movie will be a “character-driven thriller” from a script by Jimmy Warden and that “exact plot details are being kept under wraps.” There’s obviously going to be some fictionalizing going on here, because the full extent of the original story is that a drug smuggler tossed a bunch of drugs out a plane and then fell to his death when his parachute wouldn’t work (because he was carrying too many drugs), and then a black bear found the drugs and died.

There are only two characters in that story, counting the bear, so it remains to be seen how Banks and Warden plan to expand on that without depriving the audience of the thing that they’re all going to the theater to see—which is to say, a bear, burying his face in a pile of cocaine like Tony Montana, then going on a rampage against all of the people who wronged him. The bear died in real life, but maybe this bear will make it? Maybe it’ll learn something about life and come away from this incident as a stronger and smarter animal? The movie can’t end with the bear finding and eating the cocaine, because then it would be called Cocaine Airplane or Cocaine Parachute, since that would comprise the bulk of the story…

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Planet Earth is now trapping twice as much heat as it did 14 years ago, according to findings of a new study, which raise concerns about the possible acceleration of climate change

For the study, researchers looked at data from the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument, which flies on several NASA Earth-observation satellites and measures how much energy the planet absorbs in the form of sunlight and how much of that it emits back into space in the form of infrared radiation. 

The difference between the incoming and outflowing energy is called the energy imbalance, and the study found that in the period between 2005 and 2019 the imbalance doubled compared to the years before. The scientists used additional data from Argo, an international network of robotic sensors distributed all over the world’s oceans, which measure the rate at which oceans heat up. The researchers said comparing CERES data to Argo helped strengthen the findings as global oceans are known to absorb up to 90% of the excess energy trapped by the planet.

"The two very independent ways of looking at changes in Earth's energy imbalance are in really, really good agreement, and they're both showing this very large trend," Norman Loeb, lead author for the new study and principal investigator for CERES at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, said in a statement. "The trends we found were quite alarming in a sense," he added.

Loeb and his team concluded the increased heating is a result of both naturally occurring and human-made processes. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in Earth's atmosphere lead to more heat being trapped by the planet.  Meanwhile, the shrinking size of ice sheets, caused by the planet's warming, leads to less of the incoming energy being reflected away from the planet's surface. 

But the researchers found that a natural recurring pattern called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is also contributing. The PDO cycle causes regular fluctuations in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean with its western parts becoming cooler and the eastern parts warming for ten years, following an opposite trend a decade after. An unusually intense PDO phase that began in about 2014 caused a reduction in cloud formation above the ocean, which also resulted in the increased absorption of incoming energy by the planet, the scientists said. 

"It's likely a mix of anthropogenic forcing and internal variability," said Loeb, referring to the effects human activity has on the heat exchange between the Earth's atmosphere and the surrounding space environment and the natural variations in the behavior of the planet’s ecosystem. "Over this period they're both causing warming, which leads to a fairly large change in Earth's energy imbalance. The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented in this record."

Loeb added that while the study captures only a short period of time, the rate of the heat uptake suggests that the Earth’s climate is even more off-balance than previously thought and that worse effects can be expected (including steeper temperature and sea level rise) unless the trend is reversed.  The study was published June 15 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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Rainfall across Texas has likely forced an invasive worms species — which can be nearly a foot long — to emerge from the ground, experts say. The Texas Invasive Species Institute says reports of hammerhead flatworms have skyrocketed after a viral Facebook post about a sighting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The post about the slimy creature appearing in a backyard had nearly 60,000 shares by Friday.

Ashley Morgan-Olvera, the institute’s director of research and outreach, confirmed that the worm sighting was authentic.

She said the institute has received more than 200 reports of hammerhead flatworms in the past few days. Though the species is more established in Southeast Texas, most recent reports have been from Tarrant, Dallas, Smith and surrounding counties, Morgan-Olvera said.

A predator of earthworms, a hammerhead flatworm can grow up to 30 centimeters, or just shy of a foot, according to the Texas Invasive Species Institute. They’re marked by a half-moon shaped head similar to sharks of the same name. They’re sometimes called hammerhead slugs.

Because they prey on earthworms, which are vital to a healthy habitat, hammerhead flatworms are considered an invasive species. To digest earthworms, they secrete a neurotoxin that can irritate skin or sicken pets for a few days if eaten, Morgan-Olvera said.

“The final threat is that like other flatworms, slugs and snails they have the ability to transmit harmful parasites to humans and mammals alike,” Morgan-Olvera said. “All of these reasons are why we do not want you to handle them with bare hands and encourage you to properly dispose of them from your property.”

So, what should you do if you find one?

Definitely don’t cut it in half. Hammerhead flatworms are hermaphroditic, but “sexual reproduction has not been observed,” according to the Texas Invasive Species Institute. The species seems to primarily reproduce through fragmentation, when a small rear part of the worm breaks off and begins to form its own head within 10 days.

“So when we cut them into pieces we’re just helping them along,” Morgan-Olvera said.

Hammerhead flatworms should be handled with gloves, and hands should be washed with hot, soapy water and rinsed in alcohol or hand disinfectants afterward.

Morgan-Olvera told WFAA that people who find the worms should put them in sealed bags with salt or vinegar and freeze them overnight.

Anyone who finds a hammerhead flatworm is encouraged to report it to the Texas Invasive Species Institute.

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It's known that felines like to roam, but from the start of October they will be subject to a "24-hour cat curfew" in one municipality in the Australian city of Melbourne.

Introduced by the Knox City Council, the new rule will require owners to keep their cats on their property at all times.

“When allowed to roam, cats are at a much higher risk of illness and injury,” Mayor Lisa Cooper said in a statement. “Keeping cats within their owners’ property also protects wildlife and prevents them causing nuisance for neighbors and their pets.”

Wandering cats may be picked up and fines may be issued, the council said.

The rule was introduced after a trial period last year which required cats to be confined overnight. It will come into force Oct. 1.

However, some residents have taken issue with the new rule and an online petition calling for it be reviewed has received more than 740 signatures.

“Knox Council needs to be more considerate of the well-being and basic rights of older cats,” it said, adding that the curfew will remove “basic freedoms” to which the creatures have become accustomed.

Calling on the council to instead impose the restrictions on newly registered kittens that are still young enough to be conditioned, it said: “Let cats alive today continue to live their lives like they always have.”

The petition also accused the council of failing to “properly consult” the community in the municipality which has a population of just over 163,000, according to a 2019 report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Knox City Council's statement said that feedback on the new law had been collected from more than 720 respondents during last year’s trial curfew and more than 86 percent were in favor of it. Almost half of them were cat owners, it added.

Domestic cats are considered one of the most invasive species worldwide, according to a research paper from Australia's National Environment Programme, published in June. In Australia, feral cats eat about 2 billion reptiles, birds, frogs and mammals each year, the paper said. They have also contributed to most of Australia’s 34 mammal extinctions, it said.

An overnight cat curfew was also introduced last by the Mitchell Shire Council, another municipality in the Australian state of Victoria. “The curfew will help keep cats safer, reduce the impact of nuisance cats on the community, protect wildlife and the environment and help to manage feral cats,” the council said in a statement .

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