The most famous dog in Seattle has sadly passed away. Eclipse, a 10-year-old Mastiff and black lab mix, was known for boarding the bus and taking herself to the dog park in the waterfront neighborhood of Belltown. Her human, Jeff Young, shared the news on the Facebook account he runs on her behalf. He said that Eclipse died in her sleep, and in previous posts, he indicated that the pup had been diagnosed with cancerous tumors.
Eclipse began taking the bus alone in late 2014/early 2015. It wasn’t planned; according to Young, they would regularly ride to the Belltown dog park together. One day, however, he was still smoking a cigarette when the bus arrived. Eclipse wasn’t about to wait for another bus to come, so she boarded without him.
The dog quickly gained a great reputation among riders and bus drivers alike. Wearing her red harness, she would sit at the window and knew when her stop was coming by the surroundings. Her fans included King County Metro, the public transit authority for Seattle and the surrounding areas. It made a music video featuring Eclipse and paid tribute to the pup on social media after hearing the news of her passing.
“Eclipse was a super sweet, world-famous, bus riding dog and true Seattle icon,” it wrote on Twitter. “You brought joy and happiness to everyone and showed us all that good dogs belong on the bus.”
A Utah man says he has been reunited with his horse after missing his animal for the last eight years.
Shane Adams said his horse Mongo wandered away years ago while camping in the desert. He thought he would never see his four-legged companion again.
That was until Bureau of Land Management agents recently found Mongo running with a herd of wild mustangs.
“I mean, it’s crazy. Even after being wild for eight years, he still acts like the same horse. He acts like nothing ever happened,” Adams said.
Mongo was ready to saddle up once returning home and has reportedly shown no signs of the wild and free years he spent running with the herd.
Mongo is now about 18 years old and perhaps a few hundred pounds underweight. But Adams said he would feed him extra hay and oats to get him back to a healthy weight.
A dog that spent more than 1,000 days in a shelter finally found a home.
Cami was the longest resident at Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, South Carolina by 1,248 days.
Staff said her shelter life finally came to an end when she was adopted by her forever home.
"We are so thankful for people like Mrs. Addie who come to Saint Frances to meet our adoptable animals," the staff said. "She came in to meet another dog but when she met Cami, the bond was immediately there."
When looking for your favorite animal friend please visit your local animal shelter or rescue for considerations and give another pet like Cami a home for life.
Morris Animal Foundation announced today it is the designated recipient of funding from the Cathie Turner Sunbeam Fund for Hemangiosarcoma Research. The fund, established by friends and family of Cathie Turner, honors her lifelong passion for breeding, raising and showing golden retrievers.
Cathie, who passed away earlier this year, was an active advocate of the golden retriever since becoming involved with the breed in 1987. Of particular concern to Cathie was hemangiosarcoma, a deadly cancer common in golden retrievers. Her first golden retriever, Winston, died of the disease.
“We know how much Cathie would have loved to find answers to hemangiosarcoma,” said Cathie’s husband, Bill Turner. “Her passion in life was breeding sound and healthy golden retrievers.”
Golden retrievers are a breed with a high incidence of hemangiosarcoma compared to the general population of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study – designed to identify the risk factors for cancer and other major diseases in dogs – supports this finding. The Study has been collecting annual prospective data on 3,000+ golden retrievers for 10 years, and the data to date clearly shows the leading cause of cancer deaths in the cohort of golden retrievers is hemangiosarcoma. In fact, 70% of all cancer-related deaths of Study dogs are caused by this disease.
“Like Cathie, we want to improve the health of golden retrievers and all dogs, and hemangiosarcoma is a major threat to that health,” said Kathy Tietje, Vice President of Scientific Operations at Morris Animal Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to the friends and family of Cathie who want to realize her dream of a breed free from hemangiosarcoma through funding targeted research at Morris Animal Foundation.”
Cathie’s Fund will support the discovery of better diagnostics and treatments for hemangiosarcoma in dogs through Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and through the Foundation’s upcoming Hemangiosarcoma Initiative, a multi-year focused funding initiative that will open up new research discovery pathways.
“The goal of Cathie’s Fund is to provide much-needed support for hemangiosarcoma research and find solutions for this disease in golden retrievers and other dogs,” said Bill Kamer, one of the architects of Cathie’s Fund. “Imagine if we could find biomarkers or other indicators of early disease. This would be a game changer for affected dogs, and for dog owners and veterinarians who are equally frustrated and devastated by this disease.”
To make a donation in support of hemangiosarcoma research, visit the Cathie Turner Sunbeam Fund for Hemangiosarcoma Research.
Sacramento, CA – Last week, the staff at the Front Street Animal Shelter was able to capture a beautiful reunion between a dog and his person. The dog, Thor, had been given up months ago when his family lost their home.
The animal welfare agency explained the heartbreaking situation that brought Thor to their facility:
Denise faced an incredibly hard situation when her family lost their housing, and she had no option but to surrender their beloved dog. She spent months trying to find a safe and stable home and would check often to see if Thor had found a new family during that time.
During Thor’s stay at the shelter, he was adopted, and then returned twice because the homes were not the right fit. As luck would have it, he had just been returned the second time when his original family’s fate changed for the better.
The shelter explains:
With lots of perseverance and luck on her side, Denise and her family secured housing after months of uncertainty – and just days after Thor was returned for the second time. When Denise checked the website and saw Thor was back, she rushed in to get him.
The moment that Denise and Thor saw each other for the first time in months was beautiful. Thor immediately rushed to Denise’s arms with a happily wagging tail.
The shelter said, “We couldn’t be happier than to see him head home to his family.” And it was apparent that Thor was thrilled to be going home too.
Sometimes things work out exactly the way they are supposed to. Welcome home Thor!
Cats recognize their owners’ voices, according to a new study.
In a study of 16 housecats, the felines tended to change their behavior when hearing their owners talk, Science Alert reports. They would frequently show behaviors such as freezing, flicking their tails and twitching their ears.
The cats only took note when the owners used their high-pitched “talking to a pet” voice. When the owners used their normal voice to talk to their cats, there was little reaction. Likewise, the cats seemed to ignore speech by strangers, even when they used their cat-directed voice.
“Our results highlight the importance of one-to-one relationships for cats, reinforcing recent literature regarding the ability for cats and humans to form strong bonds,” the researchers wrote.
The study was published in the journal Animal Cognition.
A Claude Monet painting, Meules, worth over $100 million was briefly covered in starch when climate protestors threw mashed potatoes at it. This was the latest in a series of art-related actions meant to draw attention to climate change and environmental destruction.
Letzte Generation, the German activist group that led the protest, said in a statement afterward that “the painting was not damaged in the action. Quite in contrast to the immeasurable suffering that floods, storms and droughts are already bringing upon us today as harbingers of the impending catastrophe.”
Activists with Letzte Generation said in comments to the media that the protest was meant to highlight the contrast between the idyllic nature portrayed by Monet and the dangers currently posed to real-life scenes like it.
Aimée van Baalen, a spokesperson for the group, said in a statement, “Monet loved nature and captured its unique and fragile beauty in his works. How is it that so many are more afraid of damaging one of these images of reality than of the destruction of our world itself, the magic of which Monet admired so much?”
In the demonstration, two protestors picked up containers filled with mashed potatoes, splash them onto the painting, and glue their hands to the wall beneath the piece. All the while, the potatoes run down the canvas, onto its surrounding frame. The action was clearly meant to recall one staged earlier this month at the National Gallery in London by Just Stop Oil, the climate change–focused group that appears to have initiated these kinds of protests in art museums in recent months.
Just Stop Oil had already done protests in which they superglued themselves to the frames of works at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, the Manchester Art Gallery, and the Royal Academy. They seem to have spurred activists in Italy, Australia, and other countries to take up similar demonstrations.
But it was Just Stop Oil’s National Gallery action which generated the greatest outrage, with critics, politicians, and more accusing the group of failing to realize the potentially damaging effects of their actions.
At the National Gallery, two young activists threw tomato soup against a Vincent van Gogh painting of flowers, then pasted themselves to a wall. They said they were seeking to push the British government to take quicker action to combat the effects of climate change. The van Gogh painting was not damaged. An outpouring soon followed, as many expressed confusion, anger, and horror over the protest.
Mirjam Herrmann, an activist with Letzte Generation, seemed to directly respond to the handwringing over the Just Stop Oil protest on Sunday. At the protest, she said, “People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying. We are in the climate catastrophe. And all you’re afraid of is tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting. Do you know what I’m afraid of?”
After decades of basic research that led to successful scientific innovations, Randall Prather and his team of investigators at the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) at the University of Missouri have become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans. MU has earned $8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand the research facility on MU’s campus and speed up the scientific discoveries that can help treat humans who are suffering from the same diseases shown in the genetically modified pigs. “We undertake projects for things that have failed in studies with mice but are much better suited for pigs,” said Prather, a Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “For example, you can’t take a mouse’s heart and transplant it into a human, it’s not going to work, but pigs are far more genetically and physiologically similar to a human, so they are very good biomedical models to study diseases that impact humans. The cardiovascular systems are very similar between pigs and humans, and baby pigs are also great for studying infant nutrition, as their nutritional requirements and the way they absorb nutrients is very similar to humans.”
“We have pigs that go blind due to retinitis pigmentosa,” Prather said. “By collaborating with the Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center here at MU, if we can develop therapies or treatments that successfully treat our pigs, that knowledge can help humans that suffer from blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa.” In total, the NSRRC has made more than 90 different genetic modifications in pigs to study different diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy and cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic mutation affecting Caucasian adolescents in North America. The NSRRC has received funding from the NIH for 20 years, and Prather has been at MU for 33 years. With requests for genetically modified pigs constantly coming in from researchers at universities all over the country, the current facility has maxed out its capacity. Construction on the expanded facility, which will have extremely high biosecurity protocols to ensure, for example, safe transfer of organs from pigs to humans and nonhuman primates, is expected to begin in February 2024 and be completed by summer 2025.
While the NSRRC is mainly focused on biomedical research, Prather’s research also has agricultural applications, such as making pigs that are resistant to certain diseases, which has implications for both agriculture and human medicine. “One example is the only genetically modified pig that has been approved for human consumption, designed for people who suffer from red meat allergy,” Prather said. “We discovered that by knocking out, or disrupting, a gene that produces a specific sugar molecule on the surface of cells within pigs, humans with red meat allergy can eat the genetically modified pork, which is offered on a limited basis in a slaughterhouse in Iowa, without suffering from any digestive issues.” Prather invented the patent for this technology that is now owned by MU. In January 2022, surgeons in Maryland successfully transplanted a pig heart into a human patient for the first time ever. Prather’s decades worth of research, work with genetically modified pigs and knowledge of pig-to-human organ transplants helped contribute to the historic accomplishment. “Our goal is to provide resources and knowledge so that others can be successful in helping people,” Prather said. “Our work is a part of medical solutions for people and this expanded facility is crucial because pigs have so much potential for solving real-world problems. We are just one step in the journey, and it is satisfying to be a part of it.”
A woman was found dead in the stomach of a 7-metre python at a rubber plantation where she worked in Indonesia, according to local reports.
The woman, identified as Jahrah, 54, went to work on the plantation in Jambi province, on the island of Sumatra, on Sunday morning and her husband reported her missing when she did not return home that evening.
Searching for her on Sunday night, her husband discovered her sandals, headscarf, jacket and the tools she used at work, and called for others to help, police told local media. The following morning, a python was spotted nearby.
“When the security team and residents conducted a search around the rubber plantation, then we found a python 7 metres long. It is this snake that is suspected of preying on the victim. After we caught him, we found the victim’s body in the snake’s stomach,” the local police chief, told the Detik news site. Pythons, which kill through constriction, typically eat smaller animals, swallowing their food whole. Cases of humans being swallowed are rare.
In 2018, a woman was found to have been swallowed by a giant python on the island of Muna, off Sulawesi. She had gone missing in her garden, which was at the base of a rocky cliff where snakes were known to live in caves.
A year earlier, a farmer was killed and swallowed by a giant python in the village of Salubiro, on Sulawesi island.
Far greater numbers of people are affected by snake bites. Children and agricultural workers in poorer, rural communities are the most at risk.
The emperor penguin population of Antarctica is in significant danger due to diminishing sea ice levels and is being granted endangered species protections, U.S. wildlife authorities announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has finalized protections for the flightless seabird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), listing the penguins as a threatened species.
"This listing reflects the growing extinction crisis and highlights the importance of the ESA and efforts to conserve species before population declines become irreversible," Service Director Martha Williams said in a statement. "Climate change is having a profound impact on species around the world and addressing it is a priority for the Administration. The listing of the emperor penguin serves as an alarm bell but also a call to action."
There are as many as 650,000 emperor penguins now in Antarctica. That could shrink by 26% to 47% by 2050, according to estimates cited by wildlife officials. A study last year predicted that, under current trends, nearly all emperor penguin colonies would become "quasi-extinct" by 2100.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the penguins as "near threatened" on its Red List of Threatened Species.
As sea ice disappears because of climate change, the penguins lose needed space to breed and raise chicks and to avoid predators. Their key food source, krill, is also declining because of melting ice, ocean acidification and industrial fishing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
The organization first petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make the endangered species designation for emperor penguins in 2011. The center's climate science director, Shaye Wolf, said the decision "is a warning that emperor penguins need urgent climate action if they're going to survive. The penguin's very existence depends on whether our government takes strong action now to cut climate-heating fossil fuels and prevent irreversible damage to life on Earth."
Though emperor penguins are not found naturally in the U.S., the endangered species protections will help increase funding for conservation efforts. U.S. agencies will also now be required to evaluate how fisheries and greenhouse gas-emitting projects will affect the population, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
The rule will take effect next month.
American Kennel Club (AKC)-licensed judge and former longtime host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network, Frei is one of the most credible voices in dogdom. The former breeder/handler/owner has a bylined article in the issue about the phenomenon of the “Pandemic Puppy” and the pet industry’s emergence from two years of social isolation for humans and dogs.
A longtime member of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP), he was named Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the International Kennel Club of Chicago in May. He is also the founder of Angel on a Leash, the well-known therapy dog organization. He has written two books on the topic of his own therapy dogs and claimed two Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awards. The 27-year face and voice of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York Magazine once called him “probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”
He and his broadcast partner, John O’Hurley, will co-host The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day, bringing America’s most popular dog show to a total audience of more than 20 million people.
The annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia weekend November 19-20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, PA will tape the Saturday show and air the two-hour special Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 pm in all time zones on NBC.
In the wake of the global pandemic, The National Dog Show will be the only “benched” show in America this year. A “benched” show requires dogs and handlers to situate in designated locations throughout the day so the public can meet them and learn about the breeds.
Tickets and more information can be found at https://nds.nationaldogshow.com.
Cynthia Hopf, DVM, assistant clinical professor at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), noticed Cherokee, her 9-year-old bloodhound mix, had a drooping in her eyelid and decreased pupil size. She suspected she could be suffering from Horner’s system as it could present with neurologic issues. After seeing this at work with her wildlife patients, she knew something was wrong with her pet because Cherokee had not experienced any kind of trauma and was only 9-years-old.
Hopf immediately contacted Courtney Korff, DVM, and Emma Davies, BVSc, MSc, DipECVN, at CVM's Neurology and Neurosurgery Services and was brought in for imaging. Korff and Davies discovered a mass in Cherokee's chest that would be diagnosed as neuroendocrine carcinoma.1
The tumor was small and would have likely been undetected if it was not pressed against a nerve that coursed through Cherokee's chest and contributed to normal eye function. This location and nature of the tumor are highly unusual.
Cherokee was scheduled for surgery with another colleague, Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS(SA). Buote used tools and scopes that were threaded through 3 small incisions in Cherokee’s chest to remove the tumor, avoiding cutting open the chest and ribs for an easier recovery.1 Hopf brought her dog home after the surgery, and Cherokee was up and moving the next day.
The tumor was then sent for assessment by the Pathology Service at CVM and declared a neuroendocrine carcinoma. Cherokee was sent to the oncology services for case management and prescribed Palladia. Now, her most recent scans showed no evidence of diseases anywhere. However, to be safe, Cherokee will stay on Palladia.
Low uterine blood flow may contribute to pregnancy loss in mares. Despite the fact that aspirin, known also as acetylsalicylic acid or ASA, is often prescribed for certain conditions, including placentitis, few studies support its use. A new study revealed that ASA administered throughout mid and late gestation increased uterine blood flow and appeared safe for both the mare and foal.
In that study, 16 pregnant Thoroughbred mares ranging in age from 9 to 17 years were included. All mares were considered high risk, as they had a history of placentitis or spontaneous abortion. From day 120 of gestation until parturition, mares were administered either a placebo or 5,000 mg of ASA once or twice daily. The ASA dose was chosen empirically, estimated from the few previously reported studies of ASA use in pregnant mares.
Prior to ASA administration, mares were examined through ultrasound, and uterine blood flow was evaluated on three separate occasions. During those examinations, maximum velocity of blood flowing in the uterine arteries and total blood flow volume were calculated.
Researchers repeated those tests every 21 days beginning on day 120 of pregnancy and ending at birth. The results showed increased uterine blood flow in mares treated with 5,000 mg ASA twice daily compared to the mares treated with ASA only once daily and to control mares. Two doses of 5,000 mg ASA can enhance uterine perfusion by increasing blood flow velocity, according to the study.
“This team of researchers indicated that early detection of high-risk pregnancies and early intervention with ASA for mares with placentitis or placental insufficiency due to endometriosis, for example, may increase the likelihood of producing a live foal,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.
Other ways of supporting mares during gestation are (1) ensuring a balanced diet that supplies sufficient energy to support the growth of the foal and prepare the mare for lactation, and (2) offering omega-3 fatty acids throughout pregnancy.
“In humans, research shows that increased intake of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA prevent premature labor and delivery through a reduction in prenatal stress. Further, studies also report reduced perinatal mortality rate and higher birth weights in babies whose mothers were supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids during gestation,” she explained.
Similar data are not yet available in pregnant mares. “However, we do know that mares supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil, which is high in DHA and EPA, have improved colostrum quality and enhanced passive transfer of antibodies from colostrum,” Crandell said.
In terms of safety, all 16 mares included in the study had normal pregnancies and delivered live foals. Gestation lengths, time to placental expulsion, and foal birth weight were all considered normal in mares treated with ASA.
Outbreaks of respiratory disease at equine gatherings result in devastating consequences, including prolonged lockdowns or quarantines and hefty veterinary bills. While strict biosecurity measures are widely recommended, some viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory tract infections slip through the cracks. For some diseases, like equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), subclinical—or silent—shedders represent a significant source of transmission and environmental contamination.*
Subclinical shedders spread disease-causing organisms while showing no clinical signs of disease. To determine how frequently subclinical shedding occurs at equine events, a team of veterinarians recently collected 162 nasal secretions and 149 stall swabs during a multiday horse show in California. All horses included in the study were isolated at home for at least 28 days prior to the show.
Shedding of EHV-1 was a relatively uncommon finding. No positive nasal swabs were obtained in the study. As pointed out by the researchers, this was expected, considering all of the horses had been isolated prior to the show and commingling, a key factor in the transmission of this contagious respiratory pathogen, was largely avoided. Further, all tested horses were healthy on arrival at the show and for the duration of the show. Thus, all of the positive samples were obtained from subclinical shedders.
What wasn’t expected was that 3% of the stall swabs were positive for EHV-1. All of the positive tests were clustered in the same barn and, according to the study, “most likely reflect silent and active spread.”
“The origin of EHV-1 in the study is speculative but likely originated from a focal source and slowly spread thereafter directly via horse-to-horse contact or indirectly via contaminated equipment,” wrote the researchers. They also mentioned that EHV-1 is a hardy pathogen, capable of surviving in the environment for prolonged periods of time. In water, for example, the virus can survive for three weeks.
“Although only rarely identified in this study, EHV-1 was isolated from apparently healthy horses and from stalls in which healthy horses were being housed. Together with strict biosecurity measures, horses should be vaccinated for EHV-1 as recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners,” advised Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.
The vaccine against EHV-1 requires frequent boosters, up to four times per year depending on the horse and competition schedule.
“Ways to maximize the horse’s response to vaccination may involve supplementing the horse’s diet with vitamin E. Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) boosts T cell lymphocytes, an integral part of the body’s immune response. Nano-E, available from Kentucky Equine Research, is a natural-source vitamin E that has better absorption and utilization than synthetic forms of vitamin E,” shared Crandell.
A North Carolina boy found in a padlocked dog kennel told deputies he had been living there since April, and that he didn’t have a room in the house where his father and stepmother were living, according to search warrants. Warrants also revealed that people in the area knew about his living conditions during that time.
On Oct. 19, Davidson County deputies responded to a home in Lexington on reports of a 9-year-old boy locked in a dog kennel. The boy was found and taken to the hospital. The child’s father, stepmother and the stepmother’s aunt, who owns the property, were arrested and charged with felony child abuse.
Search warrants show that an anonymous person called 911 just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 19 and told them about the boy. She said her husband had taken him food “in the past.” The child was found in a T-shirt and jeans with no shoes, after a night of below-freezing temperatures. Deputies, who saw frost on the ground when they arrived, broke into the padlocked kennel to get to the boy.
According to the warrant, the child said he had been living outside since April. He also told a lieutenant that he did not have a room in the house “because he lived outside.”
The deputies saw a woman at the back door of the home holding a small child. She walked out of sight and turned the lights off, according to warrants. The deputies forced entry into the home, where they detained Sarah Starr, the boy’s stepmother. She told deputies she did not know the combination to the lock on the kennel and that only her aunt, Shelley Barnes, knew it.
Starr was holding an 8-month-old baby, and a 4-year-old child was found under Starr’s bed. They were taken out of the home by EMS. Starr told deputies she knew the boy was being held in the dog kennel, according to the warrant, and allegedly told a detective that she and her husband were “upset about it.” Starr told them she had two other children, a 7- and an 8-year-old, both of whom were at school.
A neighbor came to the house on a four-wheeler and told deputies the child had been in the kennel around 10:30 p.m. the night before. The man said he had brought the child a coat and snacks, according to warrants.
All five of the children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services. During a press conference, the sheriff’s office said that the children were in good health. Sarah and Jonathan Starr are charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury, misdemeanor child abuse and false imprisonment.
Barnes is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury, misdemeanor child abuse, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon. The warrants show Barnes was convicted of identity theft in 2004.