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Talkin' Pets News

January 8, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Devin Leech

Producer in Training - Philip Staub

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Hour 1 at 530pm ET - Gina DiNardo - Executive Secretary of AKC and Co-Host of the AKC National Championships & Carolyn Manno - Sports Anchor, Television Personality and Co-Host of the AKC National Championships to discuss the AKC National Championships on AKC.TV

Hour 2 - Katerina Davidovich, PETA Spokesperson regarding this New Year's Resolution, Be Kind to Animals




National Champion Beats Out More Than 5,000 Dogs

GCHG CH Lagniappe's From The Mountains To The Bayou, a Giant Schnauzer known as “Bayou” triumphed over more than 5,000 competitors to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held December 18-19, 2021 in Orlando, FL. “Bayou,” owned by Holly & Chris Reed & Laurie Mason & Mike Mason of Port Allen, LA and bred by Chris Reed and Holly Reed and Maryann Bisceglia and Mike Reese, was crowned “America’s National Champion” by Best in Show judge Mr. Dana P. Cline after a weekend of intense canine competition.

The overall show totals, which include the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, the AKC Fast CAT Invitational, and the Junior-handler events, topped 8,540 entries.

The show aired on ABC on January 2nd, and the live stream of all the weekend events is available on demand at AKC.tvTM.

Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners

Reserve Best in Show: GCHS CH Heywire N Deep Harbor Love That Dirty Water CD JH AX OAJ NF, a German Wirehaired Pointer known as “Beacon,” owned by Lee Friess & J. Jacobs & B. Brawn & P. Laurans of Portsmouth, NH and bred by Lee Friess, Jennifer Jacobs and Judy Cheshire.

After winning Best of Breed competitions the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Best in Show:

Sporting: GCHS CH Heywire N Deep Harbor Love That Dirty Water CD JH AX OAJ NF, a German Wirehaired Pointer known as “Beacon,” owned by Lee Friess & J. Jacobs & B. Brawn & P. Laurans of Portsmouth, NH and bred by Lee Friess, Jennifer Jacobs and Judy Cheshire.

Hound: GCHB CH Sidekick's Life Is A Highway, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, known as “Clancy,” owned by Janice Brown & Brent Humphrey of Minden, NV and bred by Brent Humphrey, Laura Offerdahl and Corey Benedict.

Working: GCHG CH Lagniappe's From The Mountains To The Bayou, a Giant Schnauzer known as “Bayou,” owned by Holly & Chris Reed & Laurie Mason & Mike Mason of Port Allen, LA and bred by Chris Reed and Holly Reed and Maryann Bisceglia and Mike Reese.

Terrier: GCHS CH Hampton Ct Broxden Drop the Mic, a Smooth Fox Terrier known as “Boom,” owned by Victor Malzoni Jr and Amy and Phil Booth of Pimento, IN and bred by Mariah Dupuy and Heidi M Gervais.

Toy: CH Pequest Fortune Cookie, a Pekingese known as “Fortune Cookie,” owned and bred by David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, PA.

Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Diamond Gold Majesu Pisko Bulls, a Bulldog known as “Thor,” owned by Kara Gordon & Joan Fisher & N Chavez & J Flores of Conroe, TX and bred by Jonathan David Flores Siguas.

Herding: GCHP CH Lk Michigan I'M Your'S, an Australian Shepherd known as “JJ,” owned by Marcie & Rick Boomsliter of Mendon, MI and bred by Jenny Woelzlein, Carol Hawkins, Marcie Boomsliter and Suzanne T Ritter.

Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:


Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show

CH Pequest Fortune Cookie, a Pekingese known as “Fortune Cookie,” owned and bred by David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, PA.was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show out of 1,096 dogs.

AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed PUPPY/JUNIOR of the Year

Ashwood She's Like The Wind, an Irish Setter known as “Windy,” owned by Genea White Jones & Laura Heidrich of Fountaintown, IN and bred by Genea W Jones, Timothy Jones, Suzzie Bambule and Laura Heidrich, won Puppy of the Year out of 1,395 dogs.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show

GCHB CH Rolyart's Navigator @ Painted Sky Farms, a Welsh Springer Spaniel known as “Captain,” owned by Sharon Sherwood and bred by Cindy Ford and Shelley Traylor won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 816 dogs.

Best in Miscellaneous Group

Whiskey Hills Angel's Envy JH, a Bracco Italiano known as “Lepshi,” owned by Siva Aiken & Kristi Libertore of Aiken, SC and bred by Kristi Libertore and Tony Libertore won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.

Junior Showmanship

In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Emma Rogers with her Bloodhound Sanctuary's Big Time Love For Churchil was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.          

Agility and Obedience Competitions

The 2021 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. The Juniors Classic Obedience/Rally was held for the 10th year, and the Junior Agility competition for the 11th year.

AKC Obedience Classic

Four obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 248 dogs from across the country.  

Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:

  • Novice: Cashmere's Spirit In The Sky CD BN GN RA ACT1 ACT2J CGC TKN, a Golden Retriever known as “Kasper,” owned by Karen Thompson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Open: Blue Skies At Dejavu UD, a Australian Shepherd known as “Willie,” owned by Kathleen Keller/Stephen Keller of Flemington, New Jersey.
  • Utility: Meadowhill's Play With Fire UD PCDX OM1 BN GO VER RE SH JHR, a German Shorthaired Pointer known as “Ember,” owned by Linda Montgomery of Mount Crawford, Virginia
  • Masters: OTCH2 Windstar's Dressed To Kill UDX3 PCDX OM4 BN GO RAE HSAs HSBs HIAs HIBs HXAs DS TKA, a Border Collie known as “Prada,” owned by Jeannie Dennard of High Point, North Carolina.


AKC Agility Invitational

Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2021 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 676 dogs from across the country.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:

  • 8” – AGCH MACH6 Den Schwarzen Wirbel Purely Froggy Feelin CD RN MXG2 PDS MJC2 PJS MFG TQX T2B5, a Miniature Schnauzer known as Kermit, handled by Stacy Bols of Roanoke, TX.
  • 12” – MACH3 Devongem A Star Is Born MXS MJG PJD MFS TQX T2B3, a English Cocker Spaniel known as Porsche, handled by Judith Kolva of Tremont, PA.
  • 16” – MACH4 Noble D'Artagnan De Bien-Aime MXC MJC MFB TQX CA BCAT ACT2 THDN DN CGCA TKP, a Pyrenean Shepherd known as D'Artagnan, handled by Ela Zalo of Dallas, TX.
  • 20” – AGCH MACH10 Justice MXC3 PDC MJB4 PJS2 MFC2 TQX T2B12 CGC, a Border Collie known as Justice, handled by Darrell Bommarito of Lapeer, MI.
  • 24” – PACH Monark Run For The Roses Tallee CD BN RA MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XFP CGC TKA, a Golden Retriever known as Tallee, handled by Jada Sawhney of Punta Gorda, FL.

AKC Juniors Agility Competition

Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Agility Competition competed in either the Junior Excellent or Superior Classes, depending on whether they had achieved an agility title.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) in the Junior Excellent class were:

  • 8”- CH Sleepy Creeks Cup Of Joe CD BN MX MXJ (Beanz), a Papillon handled by Kendal Fabisiak
  • 12”- CH Safranne's I'M Just Chasing Rainbows AX MXJ (Silver Bullet), a Poodle handled by Danielle Wagner
  • 16”- Blessings Chse Life AX AXJ NF (Chase), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Lydia Hofmann
  • 20”- Sagehill's Taupe This in Pink! AX MXJ XF (Taupe This!), a Border Collie handled by Abby Zerm
  • 24”- PACH Monark Run For The Roses Tallee CD BN RA MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XFP CGC TKA (Tallee), a Golden Retriever handled by Jada Sawhney

Placing first in their height division (8”, 12”, 16", 20” and 24" respectively) in the Junior Superior class were:

  • 8”- WHF Little Bitty Hazelnut OA AXJ NF SCN SEN CGC TKI (Hazel), a Miniature American Shepherd handled by Sarah Ford
  • 12”- MACH3 PACH Tellstar’s A Little Bit Of Magic RN MXC MJC MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX NF OFP T2B CGC (Potter), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Annalise Wilson
  • 16”- September Family Blessings NAJ NF (Sep), a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Leanne Hofmann
  • 20”- MACH4 Zonkers in a Galaxy Far Far Away CDX BN RE MXB2 PAD MJS2 PJD OAP OJP MFG TQX NFP T2B4 CA BCAT CGC TKN (Vader), a Golden Retriever handled by Kaylin Smith
  • 24”- Gridiron Arrowhead Pride (Chief), a Golden Retriever handled by Connor Fuqua

AKC Fast CAT Invitational

The fastest dogs in the country were named Pure Speed and Speed of the Breeds Champion, which brought together 250 dogs from across the country.


Pure Speed Division:

Height Class 2: Cleopatra Queen Of The Fox RN NA NAJ FCAT, an All-American Dog known as “Gidget,” owned by Yvonne and Ken Smith.

Height Class 1.5: Missjiff.Gif NFP CA FCAT4 ACT2 ACT2J FM TKN, an All-American Dog known as “Gif,” owned by Maureen Setter.

Height Class 1: Wildtuck's Momentary Lapse of Reason BCAT DE, a Whippet known as “Reas,” owned by Lindsay Gluth & Matthew Manetti.

Speed of the Breeds Division: CH Windamirs Ottoman Emperor RN FCAT3 SWN SIA RATN CGCA TKI ATT, a German Pinscher known as “Otto,” owned by Meredith Krause.

AKC Breeder of the Year

David Fitzpatrick was presented with the 2021 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for Pequest Pekingese at the AKC National Championship on Sunday, December 19, 2021. The annual award honors breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

The third annual posthumous Breeder of the Year was awarded to Julia Gasow of Salilyn English Springer Spaniels for her devotion to the breed.

Click here to download images from the AKC National Championship.

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Betty White was an American comedic actress who has starred on such programs as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'The Golden Girls' and 'Hot in Cleveland' over eight decades in show business.

Betty White began her television career in the late 1930s. She starred on Life with Elizabeth in the 1950s and maintained her popularity as a TV personality through appearances on talk, game and variety shows. Following a lengthy run on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, White co-starred in another popular sitcom the following decade with the launch of The Golden Girls. Her success carrying into her 80s and then her 90s, White joined the cast of Hot in Cleveland in 2010 and that year also became the oldest host of Saturday Night Live, after a Facebook-fueled effort to get her on the show.

Comedic actress Betty Marion White Ludden was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. She grew up as the only child of Horace and Tess White, an electrical engineer and a homemaker. When she was 2, she moved to Los Angeles with her family.

White got her start working as an assistant at a local television station. In the early 1950s, she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth, which she developed with George Tibbles. "He wrote and I produced," White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood." The show's premise came from a sketch she had done previously on local television.

Continuing to work in television, White made guest appearances on such shows as The United States Steel Hour and Petticoat Junction. She was also a favorite of talk-show host Jack Paar, who often had her on the Tonight Show, and she made regular appearances on game shows such as Password. She met her third husband, Allen Ludden, on that show in 1961.

White's career received an enormous boost from her next television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Playing Sue Ann Nivens, White showed audiences that behind her sweet smile lay a sharp wit. Her character served as a co-worker to the show's star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom. When she wasn't pursuing her male colleagues, Sue Ann could be counted on to make funny, yet poignant, quips at Moore's expense. White won two Emmy Awards for her work on the series.

In sharp contrast to her Sue Ann character, White played the sweet and naive Rose Nylund on the popular 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, along with co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. The show looked at the lives of four, elderly, female friends, and its success proved that there was an audience for programs featuring older characters. The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its seven seasons on the air, and it won numerous awards, including another Emmy Award for White.

After The Golden Girls went off the air in 1992, White appeared in the short-lived spin-off, Golden Palace. She had better luck as a guest star, appearing on numerous television series. She even played herself on The John Larroquette Show in 1996, which earned her another Emmy Award-win. More recently, White enjoyed recurring roles on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal and on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She also had a supporting role in 2009's romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

While she worked steadily over the years, White's career caught fire again in 2010. She appeared in a humorous candy bar ad during that year's Super Bowl, which quickly became an audience favorite. Thanks largely to a Facebook campaign, that May White became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. She was initially reluctant to do the show, explaining to Newsweek that it "was the scariest thing I've ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge."

Also in 2010, White returned to series television with a role on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. She first only signed on for the pilot, but she later joined the cast. "It's just a terrific show. The chemistry between the girls is so great," she told Newsweek. In addition to her work in Hot in Cleveland, she also hosted Betty White's Off Their Rockers. This hidden camera show, which aired from 2012 into 2017, featured a mature set of merry pranksters who play jokes on younger generations. White picked an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the show in 2012.

That same year, White celebrated her 90th birthday with all-star television special. Ellen Degeneres, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Tina Fey and Ed Asner were among the many celebrities who helped honor White on the program. In August 2018, PBS aired Betty White: First Lady of Television. The retrospective looked back at her 80-year career in show business, highlighted by her early variety series work, her standout roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, and her resurgence as a sharp-tongued senior in her later years.

Not ready to be relegated to the nostalgia bin just yet, the actress joined an all-star roster of talent for 2019's Toy Story 4, voicing a tiger teething toy named Bitey White, before being tapped to headline a Lifetime holiday movie the following year.

She worked with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation for more than four decades. "I'm actually the luckiest old broad alive. Half my life is working in a profession I love and the other half is working with animals."

She wrote several books during the 1980s and 1990s, including 1987's Betty White In Person and 1995's Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, which was re-released in 2010. In 2010, she signed a two-book deal with G. P. Putnam's Sons. White's latest set of observations on her life and career, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) was published in the spring of 2011. Her next work My Life at the Zoo: Betty and Her Friends came out that fall.

Thrice married, White said that her third husband, Allen Ludden, was the love of her life. The couple was married from 1963 until Ludden's death in 1981. She was previously married to WWII pilot Dick Barker and theatrical agent Lane Allen.

Betty White died on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99.


A new list reveals the “25 Most Filmed Dog Breeds” based on movie and TV history.

The ranking comes from Protect My Paws, a site that helps readers review insurance options for their pets. The site analyzed IMDb data to identify the breeds that appear in the most productions over the past century or so.

The German shepherd topped the list, with 562 film and TV credits.

“This intelligent dog has a wide range, featuring in films such as the action comedy K-9 Series to the sci-fi horror I Am Legend, played by two dogs, Abbey and Kona,” the site notes.

In second place was the bulldog, with 284 appearances, followed by the poodle, with 209.



Crowds gathered in Amsterdam's Museum Square to object against Covid-19 measures and vaccinations - despite a country-wide ban on group meet-ups.

City Mayor Femke Halsema issued emergency orders allowing cops to clear the area of rule-breakers during the latest wave of virus infections.

Water cannons were used to disperse swarms of people, while police dogs attacked those getting too close.

Officers also thrashed activists with batons as tempers flared.

Footage of the demo shows a cop whacking a woman over the head with his shield.

In another clip, things turn even more violent when a dog sinks its teeth into a protester's arm and drags him along the ground.

The angry mob marched along the main thoroughfare playing music and holding yellow umbrellas - a sign of opposition to the government-imposed restrictions.

Some dressed in white overalls and masks and held signs reading, "it's not about a virus, it's about control" on one side and "freedom" on the other.



- Mudi and Russian Toy Bring Recognized Breeds to 199 –


The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, announced today that the Mudi and Russian Toy have received full recognition, and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and Toy Group, respectively. These additions bring the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 199.

“We’re thrilled to have two unique breeds join the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “The Mudi, a medium-sized herding dog, makes a great pet for an active family committed to keeping this worker busy, and the small, loving Russian Toy thrives on being close to its humans, making a wonderful companion for an owner who can be with the dog a great deal. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”

The Mudi joins the Herding Group, and is a medium-sized, versatile, all-purpose farm dog from Hungary. The breed is courageous and useful for working the most stubborn livestock. It’s loyal and protective of property and family members. Mudi are very energetic, enjoying a good run. They are playful, affectionate, and can be calm and relaxed at home. They don’t have many grooming requirements. Occasional baths and a combing or brushing will do.

Joining the Toy Group, the Russian Toy dates back to the Russian aristocracy. These dogs may be little, but they pack a ton of personality. They are elegant, lively, active and cheerful. They are intelligent with a strong desire to please. Russian Toys thrive on human companionship, loving to snuggle and be close to their family. They can, however, be slightly aloof with strangers. The breed has two coat types – longhaired and smooth. The longhaired coat should be brushed two to three times per week and given baths monthly. The smooth coat needs weekly brushing and occasional baths.

AKC Recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events.  Recognition does not necessarily mean that the breed is a newly created breed. Many of the breeds that gain full AKC-recognition have existed for decades, and some are ancient. To become an AKC-recognized breed there must be an active following and interest in the breed by owners in the U.S. as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. There also must be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the county. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Mysterious red-coated canids in Texas are stirring debate over how genetic diversity should be preserved.

“I thought they were some strange looking coyotes,” wildlife biologist Ron Wooten says of the canids on Galveston Island, where Wooten works. But DNA evidence suggests the large canids might be descendants of red wolves, a species declared in 1980 to be extinct in the wild.

A small population of red wolves from a captive breeding program lives in a carefully monitored conservation area in North Carolina. But those wolves have had no contact with other canids, including those in Texas. So maybe, Wooten thought, red wolves never actually went extinct in the wild. He made it his mission to find out. “There was no way I could let this go,” he says.

He reached out to evolutionary geneticist Bridgett vonHoldt at Princeton University. She and colleagues have amassed genetic data on about 2,000 North American canids, mostly coyotes and wolves, but with a few dogs thrown into the mix.

Their coats are reddish, their heads are bit broader than usual, and other features hint at the animals’ ancestry. Genetic analysis confirmed that at least two of the animals carry red wolf DNA.

She was also drawn into the research by Wooten’s concern for the animals’ welfare. The canids live on an increasingly urbanized island, where they sometimes cross into people’s yards or end up as roadkill. “He really, really cares, and I wanted to help,” vonHoldt says.

Wooten took tissue samples from the bodies of two canids killed by cars. He later lost one of the samples, but was able to send the scalpel he’d used on the animal’s carcass instead.

VonHoldt’s team compared genetic profiles of the Galveston animals with those of four groups of wild canids: coyotes, Yellowstone’s gray wolves, Canada’s Eastern wolves and red wolves from the captive breeding program. The DNA analysis revealed that the two Galveston specimens were mostly coyote, but carried genetic variants shared with only the red wolves, the researchers report online. Since the red wolves — and thus their DNA— were thought to be extinct in the wild, the researchers dubbed the stretches of red wolf DNA “ghost alleles.”

These ghosts are worth keeping around, vonHoldt says, urging conservation measures that preserve not just species, but genetic diversity at every level. Saving the ghost DNA could allow at least part of red wolves to live on in the wild, much the way that Neandertals are still present in the 1 to almost 3 percent of Neandertal DNA carried by modern people of Asian and European ancestry.

Conservation efforts are mostly geared toward saving rare or endangered species, not preserving genetic diversity within common species, such as coyotes, vonHoldt says. Wooten agrees the Texas canids are a treasure to be protected. “We have buried genetic gold in Galveston,” he says.


Addressing the nation’s critical shortage of animal health professionals and improving pets’ overall access to care is the driving force behind the Garden State’s first-ever veterinary college.

The Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine is set to offer New Jersey’s first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, as well as additional degrees and training programs aimed at shaping the future of animal health care in the state.

The offerings hope to address America’s veterinary shortage, which the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) predicts will reach 15,000 by 2026, Rowan University reports.

The school will establish undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and internship/residency programs. Additionally, veterinary technology degrees will be offered in collaboration with Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester.

“We are creating a destination of choice for students who share a passion for animal health and who want to pursue careers in veterinary-related studies at all higher education levels,” says university president, Ali A. Houshmand, MSc, MS, PhD. “Our curriculum will emphasize developing career-ready professionals to address shortages of animal health care providers in New Jersey and throughout the United States.”

In November, the state’s legislature approved $75 million in funding to construct the school’s primary academic and clinical facility in Sewell, N.J. The college plans to welcome its inaugural class of 60 students in fall 2025, pending approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (COE).

There are currently 33 veterinary schools in the U.S., the university reports.

“Continuing Rowan’s innovations in experiential learning, students will have early exposure to our on-site veterinary teaching hospital, as well as external clinical sites where they will work side-by-side with faculty and practicing veterinarians,” says founding dean, Matthew Edson, DVM. “This will allow them to gain ample real-world experience to promote day-one career readiness.”


New UBC research suggests free-roaming cats are likely to blame in the spread of the potentially deadly Toxoplasma gondii parasite to wildlife in densely populated urban areas.

The study -- the first to analyze so many wildlife species over a global scale -- also highlights how healthy ecosystems can protect against these types of pathogens.

The researchers, led by UBC faculty of forestry adjunct professor Dr. Amy Wilson, examined 45,079 cases of toxoplasmosis in wild mammals -- a disease that has been linked to nervous system disorders, cancers and other debilitating chronic conditions -- using data from 202 global studies.

They found wildlife living near dense urban areas were more likely to be infected.

"As increasing human densities are associated with increased densities of domestic cats, our study suggests that free-roaming domestic cats -- whether pets or feral cats -- are the most likely cause of these infections," says Dr. Wilson.

"This finding is significant because by simply limiting free roaming of cats, we can reduce the impact of Toxoplasma on wildlife."

One infected cat can excrete as many as 500 million Toxoplasma oocysts (or eggs) in just two weeks. The oocysts can then live for years in soil and water with the potential to infect any bird or mammal, including humans. Toxoplasmosis is particularly dangerous for pregnant people.

If an animal is healthy, the parasite remains dormant and rarely causes direct harm. However, if an animal's immune system is compromised, the parasite can trigger illness and potentially death.

The study also highlights the way healthy forests, streams and other ecosystems can filter out dangerous pathogens like Toxoplasma, notes Dr. Wilson.

"We know that when wetlands are destroyed or streams are restricted, we are more likely to experience runoff that carries more pathogens into the waters where wild animals drink or live," she says. "And when their habitats are healthy, wildlife thrives and tends to be more disease-resistant."

Research results like these remind us that all ecosystems, forested or other, are intrinsically linked.

"There is a growing recognition among forest science professionals and other groups that protecting biodiversity and the ecosystems it supports is an efficient and economical approach to reducing disease transfer between wildlife, domestic animals and humans. Conservation is really preventative medicine in action," says Dr. Wilson.


Evidence that small strongyles are becoming resistant to common deworming medications in Australia, just as they are in many other parts of the world, has been discovered for the first time recently. Of all the internal parasites that plague horses, experts identify small strongyles as the most prevalent and pathogenic. Because of this, control of small strongyles ranks high among priorities for parasitologists. Indiscriminate use of deworming medications, also called anthelmintics, has resulted in resistance in small strongyles throughout the world. To determine the efficacy of commonly used anthelmintics against small strongyles in Australia, researchers recruited two Thoroughbred farms, both of which house horses of various ages.*

Horses on one farm were treated with the recommended dose of either a single anthelmintic or a common combination of anthelmintics, including oxfendazole, abamectin, abamectin and morantel, moxidectin, and oxfendazole and pyrantel. Horses on the second farm received only moxidectin at the recommended dose. Researchers conducted fecal egg count reduction tests to determine the efficacy and egg reappearance period.

In the end, researchers found that small strongyles showed resistance against oxfendazole, abamectin, and the combination of oxfendazole and pyrantel on one farm but high efficiencies for moxidectin and the combination of abamectin and morantel. On the second farm, researchers observed resistance to moxidectin. “This study provides the first report of resistance to abamectin, moxidectin, and a combination of anthelmintics in small strongyles,” concluded the researchers. “Moxidectin is arguably the last effective anthelmintic to manage small strongyles in horses; however, resistance was detected in this study.” They also suggested the use of alternative parasite-control strategies to reduce overuse of anthelmintics.

Though large numbers of mature parasites may cause lethargy, weight loss, and diarrhea, immature larval stages can cause more serious problems as they develop in the mucosal wall of the intestine. Innumerable third-stage encysted larvae may infiltrate large portions of the intestinal wall, eventually damaging the tissue and reducing nutrient uptake. The mass emergence of encysted fourth-stage larvae from the intestinal wall, usually in the spring, may cause larval cyathostominosis, a syndrome characterized by profuse, watery diarrhea, ventral edema, and serious colic. Despite the best care, mortality may be as high as 50%.

“Most owners understand the importance of deworming as part of any comprehensive health plan for a horse. If a horse is persistently underweight despite adequate energy intake, I will ask for a deworming history,” explained Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist at Kentucky Equine Research. As part of her work, Whitehouse frequently fields nutrition-related questions from horse owners.  “If severe enough, parasite load can affect a horse’s weight and general appearance, so it’s important that deworming needs are met.”

Effective deworming depends on fecal egg count, a diagnostic test performed on a manure sample to identify the type and number of parasite eggs. A veterinarian can perform the test and can then prescribe an appropriate anthelmintic. “Fecal egg count tests are inexpensive, so veterinarians will often advocate for one or more tests each year. By doing this, they know exactly what treatment to recommend, an important step in cutting back on excessive or improperly used anthelmintics, which only adds to the worldwide resistance problem,” Whitehouse said. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The primary causes of death among horses at a retirement facility include colic, lameness, neurological deficits, and the cumulative effects of old age, according to new research from the Netherlands. Using records from a private equine retirement center gathered over an eight-year period, researchers aimed to pinpoint the most common causes of death in aged horses and, more specifically, to determine the effects of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) on mortality.* For this study, any horse 15 years of age or older was considered geriatric.

After an exhaustive review of records, researchers created fourteen categories for the cause of death: colic, lameness excluding laminitis, laminitis, down in the field, neurological deficit, sudden death, acute illness, chronic weight loss, tumor, fracture or trauma, behavior, financial, and old age. A “financial” cause of death indicated euthanasia occurred because of an owner’s inability to pay for care, and “old age” designated a horse with multiple problems that cumulatively decreased welfare and whose life ended by planned euthanasia.

All horses at the facility were overseen by professional horsemen and veterinarians and were provided with routine care. Testing for PPID occurred if there were any clinical indications of the disease (cresty neck, history of laminitis, chronic infections, weight loss). Of the 194 horses that resided at the facility, 80 geriatric horses died during the eight-year period. Twelve were between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, 25 were between 21 and 25 years old, 32 were between 25 and 30 years old, and 11 were 31 or older. The average age of those horses that died was 26 years old. All were euthanized or died of natural causes. The most common cause of death among this population of geriatric horses was colic (20% of cases) followed by old age (15%) and lameness that did not involve laminitis (12%). Neurologic problems and an inability to rise after lying down rounded out the top five causes of death.

“For those of us that live and breathe horses, that spend time each day with horses, that study horses, these causes of death come as no surprise,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research. “The interesting aspect of this study is that this data was all mined from the records of horses housed at a single facility under similar management conditions. Because of this, there was less variation in care than there would have been if horses had been managed at multiple farms.” With regard to PPID, of the 194 horses that resided at the facility, 125 (63%) were tested at least once for PPID. During the eight-year-study period, 62 horses of the 125 tested died, and 47 of those 62 (76%) had tested positive for PPID at an average age of 27 years old.

According to the study, horses were maintained on a diet of free-choice haylage with and were offered supplemental feed if necessary. The teeth of all horses were examined regularly and those with missing or problematic teeth were given mashes when necessary. Weight was monitored monthly using scales. “The horses at this facility appeared to be given top-flight care, especially when it came to provision of adequate feed, dental care, and regular deworming, all of which is important when it comes to lifespan,” Whitehouse said. “Old horses sometimes require more management, but the extra investment may pay off in added years at the end of a life.” Aged horses often benefit from targeted supplementation. High-quality joint supplements can help ease the discomfort associated with the effects of a lifetime of service, and a research-proven hindgut buffer, like EquiShure, can help stabilize the pH of the hindgut so microbes can efficiently ferment forages.


Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens officials support the Collier County Sheriff's Deputy forced to shoot and kill its critically endangered Malayan tiger, Eko, and is launching its own investigation.

A contract worker, River Rosenquist, 26, of Naples, at the zoo breached the 8-year-old tiger's enclosure and the tiger mauled him, requiring a Collier County Sheriff's deputy to shoot and kill the big cat. Courtney Jolly, director of marketing and public relations for the zoo, said the sheriff's office closed its part of the investigation and the zoo will take over.

“We have never had an incident like this at the zoo,” she said. Jolly said Rosenquist worked for HMI Commercial Cleaning Inc. The 911 call was made at 6:30 p.m., well after the zoo's closing.  Jolly said he apparently climbed a 4.5-foot fence and approached the main tiger habitat.

The sheriff's office reported he was attempting to pet or feed Eko through a second barrier and the tiger mauled his arm. When deputies arrived, attempts to convince the tiger to release him failed and the deputy fatally shot it.

“Our deputy did everything he could do in that situation and he ultimately made the only possible decision he could in order to save this man’s life,”  Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “This was a tragic encounter at our world-class zoo facility. We value our community partnership with the Naples Zoo and their focus on conservation and education.”

There are no video cameras near the enclosure to record the incident, Jolly said, but the deputy's bodycam footage, released Thursday afternoon, documents the rescue. She said zoo security was patrolling after hours but did not see the incident as it occurred. The zoo also has an emergency response team that is trained to shoot an animal if necessary. However, that team operates only during normal zoo hours. “Every day of the week one person is assigned to be the lead shooter,” she said, but they have never had a similar situation.  

Eko, the only tiger at the zoo, is part of a breeding program. About 200 remain in the wild.

“Through no fault of his own, this innocent, beautiful, critically endangered tiger suffered and died because of human selfishness,” said longtime animal rights activist Madeleine  Doran of Fort Myers, calling the incident heart-wrenching. “Animals are held captive and humans continue to exploit them for entertainment and greed. It is so unjust.”

It’s not the first time a zoo tiger has been killed after contact with a visitor. A female named Tatiana escaped her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo In 2007. She attacked three teens, one of whom later admitted to drunkenly taunting and yelling at her. She killed Carlos Eduardo Sousa Jr., before the police shot her The incident also brings to mind what happened to Harambe, a gorilla shot and killed after a 3-year-old climbed into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Documentary filmmaker Erik Crown is making a movie about the 2016 event that explores the larger issues surrounding captive zoo animals and species conservation.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++, an OTT network designed especially for dog lovers & owners, presented by The American Kennel Club (AKC), is pleased to announce its list of live programs slated to air this winter.

The 2022 winter season will launch with the Kennel Club of Palm Springs New Year Classic Dog Show on Saturday, January 8th and Sunday, January 9th, live from Indio, California. The first three months of the year continue with some of the largest dog shows across the country, including some new additions to the lineup.

“ is kicking off 2022 with some exciting all-breed dog shows from around the country,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “This live event coverage introduces audiences to the world of dog shows and allows long-time fans to tune in and stay up to speed on the dogs earning the big wins in real time.”


January Events include:

Kennel Club of Palm Springs

January 8-9th

Indio, CA

Greater Gainesville Kennel Club

January 29th

Ocala, FL

February Events include:

Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno

February 19th

Fresno, CA

Wisconsin Kennel Club

February 26th

Madison, WI

March Events include:

Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows

March 18-19th

Louisville, KY

New Brunswick Kennel Club

March 26th

Edison, NJ gives dog lovers everywhere on-demand access to dog-related content. Viewers can explore an extensive video library of hundreds of videos on various dog-related topics such as tips on responsible dog ownership, training videos, heartwarming stories, dog sports, and much more.

To watch live coverage of all these events, visit the website or watch on the app, available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Google Play, and the App Store.


 American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, revealed the highly anticipated butter sculpture, a tableau that showcases the importance of dairy farming and the positive impact of urban gardens.

"Harvesting More, Together" is the theme for the 31st butter sculpture. The sculpture depicts a dairy farmer in a rural community sharing a glass of milk with urban gardeners in front of a city skyline, celebrating how they come together to feed communities.

Dairy farmer Casandra Long of Doodle-A-Long Farms in Spring City, Pa., said, "The butter sculpture is a creative way to highlight the state's dedicated dairy farmers and the important role agriculture plays in our lives. Producing nutritious milk and dairy products and feeding people is what I love most about being a dairy farmer."

The sculpture was constructed over a 14-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O' Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.

"Creating sculptures that celebrate the hard work of dairy farmers is an immense source of pride for us," said Jim Victor. "We also enjoy knowing that our art is not only entertaining, but that the sculptures tell impactful stories about the importance of dairy farming," added Marie Pelton.

The butter sculpture is on display in the Farm Show's Main Hall. Following the Farm Show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm's methane digester.

Half a million people are expected to visit the butter sculpture at the PA Farm Show during its eight-day run from January 8th through January 15th.


Having pets in lieu of children is “a form of selfishness,” Pope Francis said this week.

 Some people “do not want to have children, or just one and no more,” he said in Italian, according to USA Today.

“And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one – but they have two dogs, two cats,” he said. “Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children.”

He called on couples who can’t have children to adopt. He said adoption is “among the highest forms of love, and of fatherhood and motherhood.”

The comments at the Vatican came in context of a lesson centered on Joseph as the “foster father” of Jesus, NBC News reports. He held his first general audience of 2022.


A Shiloh Shepherd named Tinsley earned some extra treats Monday night after leading authorities to her owner, who was injured after a vehicle crash and in urgent need of help.

Tinsley caught the attention of New Hampshire State Police when they responded to a call about a loose dog on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge, which spans the New Hampshire-Vermont border on I-89.

Trooper Tom Sandberg and officers from the Lebanon Police Department located a large dog looking skittish and scared, said NHSP Lt. Dan Baldassarre. "They were trying to get the dog off of the highway to keep it safe," he said.

Sandberg and the officers tried to get close to the dog but she would run and then stop and look at them, trying to get their attention.

"The dog stood at the top of the embankment and looked down," Baldassarre said.

The officers noticed a damaged section of guardrail and when they looked down saw a badly damaged pickup truck that had rolled over, NHSP public information officer Amber Lagace said in an email to CNN.

Tinsley's owner was one of two men injured in a truck crash, New Hampshire State Police said.

Two men inside the truck had been thrown from the vehicle and were injured and hypothermic, Lagace said.

Sandberg and the officers called for medical assistance and while at the scene, they learned Tinsley belonged to one of the injured men.

"This was almost like a real-life Lassie situation," Baldassarre said. "It's really quite remarkable. This dog definitely saved their lives. I don't think they would have survived the night given the temperatures."

Both men were taken to an area hospital for treatment, Vermont State Police said.

"She's my guardian angel," Tinsley's owner, Cam Laundry, told CNN affiliate WPTZ. "It's a miracle that she had that kind of intelligence to do what she did."

Laundry described Tinsley as his co-pilot and said they regularly travel together in the truck that crashed.

Her heroism would be rewarded, he said.

"She gets spoiled all the time," Laundry told WPTZ. "She'll get some venison, probably burger, tonight and probably some back scratches with it."


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