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Talkin' Pets News

August 7, 2021

Host - Jon Patch

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

Producer - Lexis Adams

Network Producer - Paul Campos

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Doug McHart, CEO/Founder of Green Element CBD for pets and people will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/7/21 at 505pm ET to discuss National CBD Day and their Buy 1 Give 1 promotion that runs until 8/22/21


Thea White, an actor best known for voicing the sweet-natured Scotswoman Muriel Bagge on Cartoon Network’s “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” died on July 30. She was 81.

White’s brother, John Zitzner, announced the news of White’s death on his Facebook page, writing that White had died two days after undergoing a second surgery related to liver cancer.

Born on June 16, 1940 in Newark, N.J., White began acting professionally on stage in her 20s, according to Zitzner’s post. She also held jobs as a librarian and the personal assistant to Marlene Dietrich. White was married to Andy White, who drummed on several the Beatles songs including “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” from 1983 until his death in 2015.

White voiced Muriel on the Cartoon Network series, the elderly woman who adopts Courage into the family despite the grumpy attitude of her husband, Eustace. White voiced Muriel in all episodes of the series, which ran for four seasons from 1999 to 2002. White also voiced Muriel in several spin-offs and specials, including 2000’s “Scooby Doo” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog” crossover special, the video game “Cartoon Network Racing” and the short “The Fog of Courage.”

In his post, Zitzner wrote that White was “looking forward to seeing” her latest project voicing Muriel, the film “Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog,” which is set to come out this year.

White is survived by her brothers, John and Stewart Zitzner, as well as John’s wife, Peg Zitzner, and her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


Currently, there is no certification program that ensures Maine lobster is whale-safe. A new organization is working to change that.

Mainers Guarding Right Whales, a nonprofit organization working to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction, has launched a new campaign to inform travelers heading to Maine "Vacationland" that lobster dinners at seaside harbors come at a steep price to North Atlantic right whales, the fifth largest mammal on earth.

A billboard featuring a new campaign by the organization began running today along roadways in Massachusetts and will continue to run through the end of August. The billboard asks “Is your lobster whale-safe?” and provides instructions for texting for more information.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the species is on the verge of extinction with around 360 left—which is on par with the equally endangered mountain gorillas of Central Africa.

The survival of the North Atlantic right whale depends upon removing heavy ropes attached to lobster traps that entangle whales as they swim and feed throughout Maine waters. This leads to inhumane suffering and eventual death from starvation or suffocation. Maine waters contain 3 million lobster traps strung to half a million ropes that are attached to colorful buoys bobbing on the surface. Each vertical rope represents danger to a whale. (more)

The Mainers Guarding Right Whales media campaign is targeting East Coast residents. According to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the "overwhelmingly majority of U.S. East Coast residents support stronger protections for right whales." In addition, "9 in 10 say the federal government should help protect the critically endangered marine mammal." Overwhelmingly, 84 percent of those who eat lobster said "they would be willing to pay more if new fishing gear — or regulations — to decrease the risk of right whale entanglement increased the price of lobster."

The solution to rope and gear entanglements is replacement with an innovative ropeless fishing technology that allows lobster traps to rise to the surface from smart phone signals. Promising trials in Canada and along the New England coastline are underway to help lobstermen transition to new forms of lobster fishing.

"We believe if we can educate and inform travelers about the near extinction of right whales and the cause they will take action and help protect the whales," said Barbara Skapa founder and executive director of Mainers Guarding Right Whales. "The fishing industry in Maine has a long history of adapting to change in the face of new challenges, and we believe with the right support it will do just that. The biggest challenge is that ropeless technology is costly and requires sustained governmental subsidization to equip Maine's lobster fisheries."

To learn more about the organization, the campaign and how to take action to help save North Atlantic right whales from extinction, visit


With their team down 7-1 to the last-place Baltimore Orioles, a Yankee Stadium crowd found a new hero to cheer on.

In the eighth inning of the New York Yankees' game on Monday, a small cat made it onto the field and immediately booked it toward the outfield. The cat ran for Orioles left fielder Ryan McKenna before changing direction and settling on the warning track by the bullpen.

Some Yankee stadium staffers eventually circled the cat, but couldn't grab it.

The cat remained on the move for a while, evading security along the way and receiving chants "M-V-P!" and "Let's go cat!" It even tried to jump into the bullpen a few times. The chaos continued until one staffer opened up a door to exchange the problem of "Cat on the Yankee Stadium field" for the slightly lesser problem of "Cat in the Yankee Stadium stands."

Unfortunately, the cat was probably a stray and scared out of its mind in the very loud and well-lit confines of Yankee Stadium. It's something we've seen before in both baseball and the New York area over the last few years.

A different cat ran onto the field at Colorado's Coors Field earlier this season, and many will remember the black cat at MetLife Stadium on "Monday Night Football" a couple years ago.


The vast majority of Emperor penguin populations could be pushed to the brink of extinction by 2100, if climate change continues unfettered.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed the Endangered Species Act list Emperor penguins as threatened, The Associated Press reports.

While roughly 70% of the species’ colonies will be at risk by 2050, 98% could be at risk of extinction by 2100 if there are no changes to climate change and the current rates of carbon emissions, according to a study also published Tuesday in Global Change Biology.

The new research focused on overall warming trends, pointing to extremely low levels of sea ice in 2016 which resulted in the significant failure to breed by a colony in Halley Bay, in Antarctica. The growing probability of extreme global warming-fueled weather changes is also viewed in the study.

“The lifecycle of Emperor penguins is tied to having stable sea ice, which they need to breed, to feed and to molt,” penguin ecologist Stephanie Jenouvrier, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, told AP.

That colony did not recover after 2016, in which roughly 10,000 baby birds drowned as the ice broke up before chicks could develop their waterproof adult feathers, explained Jenouvrier.

The species — the largest penguins in the world — breeds exclusively in Antarctica in the winter, though they can’t survive with a shortage of sea ice.

“These penguins are hard hit by the climate crisis, and the U.S. government is finally recognizing that threat,” said Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at nonprofit Center of Biological Diversity.

There are currently 625,000 to 650,000 Emperor penguins left or about 270,000 to 280,000 breeding pairs.

The proposed listing was published early Wednesday in the Federal Register and is open until Oct. 4 for comments, which will hopefully concern population trends at breeding colonies, as well as colony names and locations, and conservation measures for the species or its habitat.


When it comes to protecting yourself and pets from mosquitoes, there are several options. Before you slather yourself with greasy bug spray, take time to make your backyard or outdoor space less inviting to mosquitos. Eliminate any standing, stagnant water where mosquitos could breed. That includes places like buckets, gutters, play sets or any plastic covers. If you have items outdoors that need water, like bird baths, fountains or rain barrels, empty any excess water you can and change out the water at least once a week to keep it fresh. If you have a pool, be sure to properly treat and circulate the water. 

If you're looking for a chemical-free approach to repelling mosquitos, potted plants and a few additions to your garden can go a long way. The essential oils inside some plants repel mosquitos, and those oils are released when the leaves are crushed, burned or rubbed directly onto skin. Add some greenery to your patio with these plants thought to keep mosquitos at bay with their scents and oils: 


  • Marigolds
  • Lavender
  • Citronella grass
  • Catnip
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Lemon balm
  • Scented geraniums 


It's probably not the advice you'd like to hear in the hot summer months, but donning long sleeves, socks and pants is one way to protect against mosquito bites. Fabric can act as a barrier, making it more difficult for mosquitos to reach your skin in the first place. If long sleeves and pants aren't your summer style, tucking in your shirt is still a good idea. 

If you're not bothered by the idea of a chemical solution (and we don't blame you if you are), there are dozens of sprays, wristbands and mosquito-repelling wearables on the market. 

If you're stuck deciding what you need in a repellent, the EPA has a search tool to help you find the right fit for your situation. Which ones are most effective? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using an EPA-registered product with one of the following active ingredients for maximum repelling power: 

  • DEET
  • Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone

If you're pregnant, nursing or have a small child, it's important to take extra care when applying chemicals on or near the skin. Visit the CDC's website for tips on applying repellents safely. 

Misting systems are one way to seriously wage war against mosquitos on your property. These systems are a bit expensive and are made up of nozzles connected via tubing to a tank that holds an insecticide. The nozzles, set around the perimeter of your yard, spray a fine mist of insecticide to kill and repel mosquitos.    


The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway, and atmospheric and oceanic conditions remain conducive for an above-average hurricane season, according to the annual mid-season update issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. 

The latest outlook reflects that the number of expected named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater) is 15-21, including 7-10 hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), of which 3-5 could become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 with winds 111 mph or greater). This updated outlook includes the 5 named storms that have formed so far, with Hurricane Elsa becoming the earliest 5th named storm on record.

“After a record-setting start, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season does not show any signs of relenting as it enters the peak months ahead,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA administrator. “NOAA will continue to provide the science and services that are foundational to keeping communities prepared for any threatening storm.”

NOAA scientists predict that the likelihood of an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is 65%. There is a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. “A mix of competing oceanic and atmospheric conditions generally favor above-average activity for the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season, including the potential return of La Nina in the months ahead,” said Matthew Rosencrans, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. 

Atlantic sea surface temperatures are not expected to be as warm as they were during the record-breaking 2020 season; however, reduced vertical wind shear and an enhanced west Africa monsoon all contribute to the current conditions that can increase seasonal hurricane activity. These conditions are set against the backdrop of the ongoing warm phase of the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation, which has been favoring more active hurricane seasons since 1995. 

“Now is the time for families and communities to ensure their preparations are in place,” said National Weather Service Director Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D. “These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by staying tuned to the forecast and following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials.” 

NOAA’s update to the 2021 outlook covers the entire six-month hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30. Throughout the hurricane season, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) provides the hurricane track and intensity forecasts that emergency managers and communities rely on across areas at risk during a landfalling storm. NHC is the source for all watches and warnings for tropical storms, hurricanes, and related storm surge. The seasonal outlook from NOAA is not a landfall forecast as landfalls are typically only predictable within about a week of a storm potentially reaching a coastline. 

Learn more about NOAA’s comprehensive expertise across all aspects of hurricane science and forecasting with their Hurricane Resource Guide on Visit FEMA’s for the latest information about hurricane preparedness and evacuation safety. 


Yakutsk in Russian Siberia is known as the world's coldest city. In a place where even an exposed nose during the winter months can cause biting pain, people are accustomed to taking precautions against freezing temperatures, including spending extra time in the morning to dress in many layers. But now the city is blanketed in haze as nearby wildfires tear through forests that have been parched by weeks of heatwaves. The fires are so big, and the winds strong, smoke is traveling as far away as Alaska.

In the US, the Bootleg wildfire in Oregon has grown into a monstrous complex with its own weather, sending the dense smoke some 3,000 miles across one end of the continent to the other. New York City on Wednesday woke up to an intense red sunrise, the smell of wildfires and a thick brown haze. Firefighters in both countries, as well as British Columbia in Canada, are fighting a near-impossible battle to smother the infernos with water bombs and hoses, and preventing their spread by digging firebreaks.

The smoke in the republic of Yukutia in Siberia was so thick on Tuesday that reconnaissance pilot Svyatoslav Kolesov couldn't do his job. There was no way he could fly his plane in such poor visibility. "The fire season is getting longer, the fires are getting larger, they're burning more intensely than ever before," said Thomas Smith, an assistant professor in Environmental Geography at the London School of Economics.

Many factors, like poor land management, play a role in wildfires, but climate change is making them more frequent and intense. Most of Europe, the Western US, southwest Canada and some regions of South America experienced drier-than-average conditions in June, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, making tinderboxes of forests. The wildfires in Yakutia have consumed more than 6.5 million acres since the beginning of the year,​ according to figures published by the country's Aerial Forest Protection Service. That's nearly 5 million football fields.

In Oregon, eight fires have burned nearly 475,000 acres so far, in a fire season officials said was unlike any they've seen before. The Bootleg Fire is so large and generating so much energy and extreme heat that it's creating its own clouds and thunderstorms. The Canadian province of British Columbia declared an emergency due to wildfires there effective Wednesday. Nearly 300 active wildfires have been reported in the province.

The wildfires are part of a vicious climate cycle. Not only is climate change stoking the fires, but their burning releases even more carbon into the atmosphere, which worsens the crisis. That also has a serious, long-term effect on climate. The ash from fires could also accelerate global warming by darkening surfaces that would normally be lighter in color and would reflect more solar radiation. "Already by mid July, the total estimated emissions is higher than a lot of previous years' totals for summer periods, so that's showing that this is a very persistent problem," said Mark Parrington, senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

Areas affected by these fires also include peatlands, which are some of the most effective carbon sinks on the planet, Parrington said.  "If they're burning, then it's releasing carbon, it's removing a carbon storage system that's been there for thousands of years and so there's potentially a knock-on impact from that."


A veterinarian in Atlantic Canada has agreed to forfeit his license after accidentally euthanizing a dog.

The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association (NSVMA) received a complaint about Sietse Van Zwol, DVM, of the Highland Animal Hospital last August, CBC News reports. Following an investigation, the province’s regulatory body’s complaints committee, along with the veterinarian, agreed Van Zwol should give up his license to practice and not reapply in the eastern province of Nova Scotia or anywhere else.

“I’ve been the registrar in Nova Scotia for the regulatory body for 32 years… and to my recollection, this is probably the first time this has occurred,” said NSVMA registrar, Frank Richardson, DVM.

Van Zwol previously had his license suspended for two months following a 2016 complaint in which a dog reportedly died in his care.

Additionally, CBC reports, the findings of that investigation noted the Port Hawkesbury, N.S., veterinarian was “reprimanded on six separate occasions between 1992 and 2009.”

Per provincial rules, Van Zwol must sell his practice within one year.


A lost cat has been reunited with its owner after six years.

Mini Max, a gray and white cat with striking yellow eyes, managed to climb through a loose window screen from his Massachusetts home in August 2015 and remained missing until he crossed paths with a vet who finally checked his microchip in July 2021.

His owner, Margaret Kudzma, 57, told Fox News she felt "incredibly happy, grateful and relieved" when he was returned to her. "I cried when I first received the call that he had been found," Kudzma said. "I hoped and prayed he would find his way home."  Mini Max, 7, was returned to Margaret Kudzma.

She went on, "I was never able to forgive myself for him pushing through the window screen. I deeply grieved his loss. He vanished into thin air."

Kudzma didn’t wait on the sidelines for Mini Max’s return either. She actively searched for the feline and even turned the Facebook page she started for Mini Max into a nonprofit humane organization that’s known as The Rescue Business in Peabody, Mass. The Rescue Business is dedicated to protecting and caring for homeless cats while also providing support to their caregivers, according to the organization’s mission statement.

"My desperation to find him led to an unimaginable journey. I met dozens of people, who out of the goodness of their hearts, spend countless hours rescuing and caring for stray and feral cats," Kudzma told Fox News. "They helped me hand out flyers, hang posters, and search neighbors‘ yards.  We set up feeding stations and night vision cameras in areas where sightings were reported."

Kudzma even used unconventional methods like recruiting a search dog and contacting a pet psychic. Dozens of local cats were helped while Mini Max remained lost, Kudzma said, which she called a "silver lining."  Her organization, The Rescue Business, provides shelter and food to outdoor cats in need. Many of their rescue efforts have been documented on the organization’s Facebook page.

While Kudzma said she utilized social media, ran newspaper ads and sent flyers to local vets and other pet organizations to try and find Mini Max, he remained missing until she received a call from a vet at the VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital.

Mini Max had been brought in by a family who lived in Revere, a city that’s roughly 10 miles away from Peabody. "Ultimately, the microchip led to his recovery," Kudzma told Fox News.

"Mini Max’s disappearance brought together a community of cat lovers and rescuers and saved countless lives of cats," Kudzma said.


American pet owners certainly embraced the use of virtual veterinary care amidst the pandemic.

According to data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA’s) pet health insurance program, claims submitted for telehealth services and phone/online consultations increased 379 percent between March 2020 and February 2021 versus the same period one year prior.

Notably, April 2020 saw a 170 percent increase in claims for telemedicine services compared to March 2020, while virtual care claims increased by 240 percent in October 2020 compared to September.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much of our daily life, and pet owner behavior is no different,” says Wendy Hauser, DVM. “While many clinics and hospitals have adapted to limit exposure within their physical locations, it has become apparent telemedicine services have become part of the new normal and a convenient option for certain situations.”


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