In celebration of its 138th anniversary, the American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest purebred dog registry and governing body of dog sports, is excited to announce the launch of its digital library.
“The AKC houses an expansive library with a tremendous amount of history,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s exciting to offer people access to it in a new, innovative way.”
The digital library will include the entire run of the AKC Gazette from 1889 to the present day. The AKC Gazette is the longest continuously published dog magazine in America and one of the oldest sporting publications in the country. Users can also search a collection of historic Show Catalogs from 1887 – 1983, including the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show catalog from 1877. New collections will be added to the digital library in 2023.
All content is made available without fees and is fully text-searchable thanks to Optical Character Recognition in PDF files, which makes the library user-friendly. Visitors to the digital library can download issues to save or print and share direct links to the issues or catalogs.
The digital library can be found at library.akc.org.
A New Jersey family is devastated after their dog’s run-in with a porcupine proved fatal.
The pit-bull mix pup’s ill-fated encounter began at about 2 a.m., pet parent DeGennaro recounted. When it was over, the canine was full of quills.
A North American porcupine sports a good 30,000 quills, each one armed with 700 or 800 barbs on the four millimeters closest to the tip, according to Science magazine.
A vet was able to remove dozens sticking out of Chester’s face, neck, chest and paws, according to a Facebook post from DeGennaro.
“They said at the animal hospital they have never seen quills that bad in their entire life,” DeGennaro told NJ.com.
The third-largest rodent, porcupines weigh between 15 and 35 pounds, according to Veterinary Centers of America Inc., a nationwide network of animal hospitals. Their quills are actually modified hairs and are covered with scales that act like fishhook barbs, which helps them travel deeper in once they’re embedded in soft tissue.
There, they can pierce vulnerable organs. While the quills are not poisonous, they can carry bacteria that could cause infection.
“The quills don’t really show up in CAT scans and X-rays, the damage is what shows up,” DeGennaro told NJ.com. “You can’t even do anything to see exactly where they are, so they did the best they could. But being that he swallowed some, they just went everywhere…. around his heart, his lungs, his esophagus and in his digestive system.”
Faced with the possibility that traveling quills could pierce Chester’s heart or other organs, the family opted to operate. But their beloved dog didn’t make it, and died on the table.
Now DeGennaro and her family are not only in mourning but also faced with a nearly $20,000 vet bill. “He really did need the surgery, and obviously we all thought he was going to live,” DeGennaro said. “I really thought he was going to make it. I’m devastated.”
A baby dolphin rescued from a crab trap in late July at Clearwater Beach is still in critical condition, but improving, SeaWorld announced in a social media video Thursday.
The rescue and rehabilitation team has been working around the clock to see the dolphin's health get on an upward trend.
When the dolphin arrived in the late afternoon on July 20, SeaWorld did its initial intake, checked it and got in the water with the dolphin, Vice President of Zoological Operations and Head of Rescue Jon Peterson said in a video posted to SeaWorld's Twitter. Signs they were looking for included seeing the dolphin use its tail flukes and swim on its own.
The team did blood work, examined X-rays, and "walked with" the dolphin to get him moving. They needed to get him to swim on his own in the first 48 hours.
There were "lots of blood parameters that are not where we want them to be," Peterson said, when the dolphin arrived.
As the baby dolphin began trying to swim on his own, it let staff know that he's got a chance.
"He's shown us that he has some fight in him," Peterson said.
The rescued bottlenose is considered a neonate, weighing just around 57 pounds with no erupted teeth, Peterson said. Adult bottlenose dolphins weigh around more than 300 pounds, according to SeaWorld. The rescue and rehab center said the dolphin is a "very, very young animal."
In the following weeks since the baby dolphin's rescue, Peterson says the dolphin is still in a critical state but getting closer to stable. The rehab staff noticed the baby dolphin has a suckle reflex so they've worked with getting him onto a bottle to feed.
"This step of getting him onto a bottle is the absolute best thing for him to continue to thrive forward," Peterson says.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescued the baby dolphin after it was found tangled in the remnants of a crab trap under Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach. Initially, Clearwater Fire & Rescue said lifeguards first notice an adult dolphin circling in shallow water, which prompted an investigation. As they got closer, they discovered the younger dolphin stuck in the trap and the adult dolphin swam off.
After the adult dolphin never returned and the young dolphin appeared lethargic and not confident in swimming, the decision was made to take the calf to SeaWorld for rehabilitation where it's been receiving around-the-clock care.
Beyond Meat Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey was arrested this weekend after allegedly biting a man’s nose in an Arkansas parking garage following a college football game.
Ramsey, 53, was charged with terroristic threatening and third-degree battery and booked in the Washington County, Arkansas, jail. He was released Sunday, according to the Washington County information page.
The altercation happened in a parking garage near Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville after a University of Arkansas football game, according to a preliminary police report.
Ramsey allegedly punched through the back windshield of a Subaru after it made contact with the front tire of Ramsey’s car. The Subaru owner then got out of his car, and Ramsey allegedly started punching him and bit his nose, “ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to the report. The victim and a witness also alleged that Ramsey told the Subaru owner he would kill him.
Ramsey has been the operating chief of Beyond Meat since December. The food company has been facing skepticism from investors over disappointing sales, operating challenges and its long-term growth prospects. The stock has fallen 73% this year, dragging its market cap down to $1.09 billion. Just three years ago, the company was valued at $13.4 billion.
The delivery of five red heifers to Israel has sparked a worldwide debate about its significance in biblical prophecy, particularly among Christians who believe a third temple will be built during the End Times.
The five heifers arrived in Israel from Texas last week after being approved by Jewish rabbis as red in color and unblemished – two requirements in the Mosaic law for sacrifice according to Numbers 19.
Many Christians believe a third temple will be built in Jerusalem during the End Times.
"The cows have been inspected by rabbis and were found to be red and unblemished, which means they are ritually pure for sacrifice as stipulated under the law of Moses," All Israel News reported. "In order for someone following Mosaic law to become ritually pure, the ashes of a red heifer are required, according to the Book of Numbers."
God told Moses in Numbers 19 to obtain a "red heifer without defect or blemish, and that has never been under a yoke." The heifer was to be taken by the priest "outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence." The rest of the chapter lists what is to be done with the heifer's blood and ashes after it is burned.
The pro-Israel Christian website TheIsraelGuys.com also labeled the heifers' arrival significant.
"It's incredible that several red heifers have been brought to Israel and could potentially be used in the reinstatement of the Temple services in the near future," the website said. "At the same time, as believers in the Bible and God's prophetic plan for Jerusalem, we first have to care about, and advocate for the place where God chose to place His Name, and where He said a House would one day be restored as a House of Prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7)."
The Orthodox Jewish community in Israel viewed the heifers as another step in the "Jewish journey to restore the Temple services in Jerusalem," TheIsraelGuys.com reported.
"According to rabbis and leaders in the Orthodox community, these heifers could be used to reinstate many of the practices of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, even before the 3rd Temple is rebuilt," the website said. "... At the welcoming ceremony, the small group witnessed the unloading of the heifers, recited blessings of thanksgiving, sang and danced, enjoyed a l'chaim [a toast], and even blew the shofar to celebrate this momentous occasion."
This week, a Michigan man, who was hunting along the upper East Fork Indian River outside of Glennallen, was mauled by a mother bear who was with her three cubs. According to a release from the Alaska State Troopers, the man was able to fend off the angry sow with bear spray.
Nicholas Kuperus, age 33 of Michigan, and his hunting partners surprised a sow grizzly bear with three cubs. Kuperus was attacked by the sow and received serious puncture wounds to his arms but was able to deter and stop the attack using bear spray.
A State aircraft (PA-18 Super Cub) was dispatched to the area and was able to land on a nearby ridgetop. The man was transported to an ambulance in Glennallen. No other injuries were reported.
Three dolphins, rescued several years ago from a small pool at a resort hotel, have been released to the sea. On September 3, the bottlenose dolphins, Johnny, Rocky, and Rambo, were allowed to swim to freedom after being nursed back to health at the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali.
The emotional moment was beautifully described in a release from the Dolphin Project. According to the agency, the dolphins were released on a calm, sunny morning while the Minister of Forestry and Environment for the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya, M.Sc, and her delegation looked on.
The dolphins were initially hesitant to swim into the open sea, but the oldest dolphin, Johnny finally took the initiative and swam into the bay. With Johnny’s coaxing, the other dolphins soon followed his lead and swam away from the pen. But before leaving the area completely, the dolphins made one return swim to the pen.
They turned back around and came back to us one more time, almost to say thank you and good-bye. And then they headed straight out to open ocean and disappeared.” ~ said Lincoln O’Barry, Campaigns Coordinator of Dolphin Project
The team intends to monitor the dolphins for the coming year to ensure that they are acclimating to their new life. The floating sea pens at the rehabilitation center will remain open and staffed if the dolphins decide to make their way back.
Read more about how these dolphins were saved from a traveling circus, a resort hotel pool, and then rehabilitated before being freed at DolphinProject.com.
While we have all wondered how many Ants are there on Earth, Scientists now have an estimate and it's mind-boggling. A new study puts the number to be around 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, roughly around 2.5 million ants for every human.
“Anyone who’s looked at ants and realized there are lots of them has probably wondered how many there may be in total – it’s just a question that’s on people’s minds,” says Patrick Schultheiss at the University of Hong Kong, who co-led the study with his colleague Sabine Nooten at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany.
The research was based on 489 studies, spanning all continents, biomes, and habitats. Using this data, the researchers estimated the total number of ants to be 20 quadrillions.
The total biomass of this global ant population – the collective weight of carbon in all individuals – is about 12 million tons. This is more than wild birds and mammals combined, which have total biomass of 2 million tons and 7 million tons, respectively. Humans, by comparison, have total biomass of 60 million tons.
The researchers noted that the abundances of ground-dwelling ants are strongly concentrated in tropical and subtropical regions but vary substantially across habitats. The density of leaf-litter ants is highest in forests, while the numbers of actively ground-foraging ants are highest in arid regions.
Previous estimates of the number of ants on Earth were “essentially educated guesses” that extrapolated from ant densities measured in one or two locations, says Schultheiss. The latest analysis aimed to be more accurate by looking at studies from all continents and written in different languages.
"Our results provide a crucial baseline for exploring environmental drivers of ant-abundance patterns and for tracking the responses of insects to environmental change."
Thursday, beagles rescued from the Envigo breeding and research facility in Virginia visited Capitol Hill to help give even more laboratory survivors a second chance to live with loving families and find their forever homes. The meet-and-greet at the Rayburn House Office Building was hosted by Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), sponsor of the Companion Animal Release from Experiments (CARE) Act, which would ensure that dogs, cats and rabbits, are put up for adoption rather than killed when no longer needed for experiments in laboratories that receive taxpayer funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Also in attendance were Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International’s Head of Public Affairs North America, and Sue Bell, Executive Director of Virginia-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
“It’s simple: if a federally funded research facility uses pets for research, then they must work to find them homes,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “Today’s event was proof that animals experimented on can have a second chance at a life in a loving home. Every single beagle on Capitol Hill was there with their forever family. We can save even more lives and get more animals adopted by passing the Companion Animal Release from Experiments (CARE) Act. My bill requires research facilities funded by the NIH to develop adoption policies for those animals. This is part of a larger effort to move away from animal-based testing and research wherever possible and toward more humane and sound scientific research.” “The CARE Act has the potential to save hundreds of animals who are all unique individuals with personalities and a desire to live. Organizations across the US are ready to help laboratory survivors find happy endings. Anyone who cares about animals should support the CARE Act,” said Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International’s North America Head of Public Affairs. “Our rescue of these amazing beagles told us all what we already know – that dogs do not belong in massive breeding facilities or research labs where they are devoid of human love, the ability to sniff the fresh air and walk in grass. They belong in homes as family members. These dogs took to their families quickly and are now living the lives every dog deserves. The CARE Act is vital to giving animals in research what is so easy to give – families!” said Sue Bell, Executive Director of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
More than 60,000 dogs are used in experiments in the United States every year – along with over 18,000 cats, and 140,000 rabbits – with many suffering and dying in cruel, unreliable tests. One of the most common uses of dogs in laboratories is as a “second species” in tests for human drugs. Following tests on rodents, drug companies are expected by regulators to also test on another species of animal. Dogs, in particular beagles, are the most used, in part because they are trusting, eager to please and easy to handle. Dogs may be injected with, or force fed a drug every day for at least two weeks and some for as long as nine months. They are observed for signs of adverse effects that can include vomiting, diarrhea, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures, paralysis and even death. Even when dogs (and other animals) survive an experiment, they are often killed and discarded if they are considered no longer useful to the laboratory. The CARE Act was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in October 2021 and is currently open for lawmakers to cosponsor. People can help to advance the CARE Act by contacting their Representative and asking them to become a cosponsor of the bill to #SendSurvivorsHome. Representatives can be contacted at bit.ly/CAREAct22. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++