TODAY IN HISTORY:
1806, the Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II abdicated.
1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.
1911, actress-comedian Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, N.Y.
1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths.
1991, the World Wide Web made its public debut as a means of accessing webpages over the Internet.
Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 41
Singer Geri Halliwell is 39 (Ginger Spice)
Actress Soleil (soh-LAY') Moon Frye is 35. (Punky Brewster)
Jon Patch - Host
Jarrod Lazarus DVM - Bay Area Veterinary Care Center / Co Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 - Michelle Sathe - Author: Pit Stops Crossing the country with Loren the Rescue Bully (Book Giveaways)
Special Guest Hour 2 - Erin Terjesen - Public Relations Specialist, Loving Pets - Barksters (Product Giveaways)
Pet Owners Win: Chinese City Relents On Dog Ban...
Dog lovers in China and elsewhere can sleep easier tonight, after officials in Jiangmen China withdrew a proposed ban on dogs in the city. The near-total ban, which would have resulted in thousands of dogs being either killed or transported to rural areas... The ban was prompted by fears of rabies in the city of 3.8 million.
News of the ban hit media outlets in the U.S. this week. But it seems to have been the outrage of dog fans in Jiangmen and elsewhere in China that prompted the government to reconsider the ban.
The city had set a deadline of Aug. 26 for residents to drop off their dogs � a process that was to begin on Aug. 10. Now they'll be able to keep their dogs, but the city is still insisting on some changes.
Citizens will be able to keep their pets but are forbidden from taking them to some public areas including parks, city squares, schools, kindergartens, shopping malls and hotels etc.
We have talked alot about pet safety in the heat and now with hurricane season upon us... now is the time to plan for pet safety durning storms...
With Tropical Storm saeson upon us, now is an important time to remember how to ensure our pets' safety during a storm, especially if an evacuation is required.
Preparation before the storm is the first and most significant step in keeping your pet safe. Never consider leaving your pet at home during a dangerous storm, as domesticated pets are often unable to fend for themselves during these threatening conditions.
Try to find a friend or relative outside the affected area that is willing to provide shelter for you and your pet, or contact potential lodging facilities and shelters to verify their policies on allowing pets. Confirm that your pet is current on all vaccinations, and carry a printed record, as many pet shelters and hotels require this.
If you are forced to leave your home as the storm approaches, keep a current photograph of your pet with you so that it can be identified. Additionally, make sure the animal has a leash and is wearing a collar with identification. It is important to have a properly sized carrier for the animal as well. Bring a two-week supply of food, water, medical supplies, treats and toys for your animal to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible in what could be a strange environment for them.
During the storm, be sure that your pet is wearing its collar and identification at all times. Getting a microchip for your animal is also a good idea for these situations, as it can be one more useful tool in reclaiming your pet in the case it becomes lost or separated from you. Pets should be kept on a sturdy leash and/or in a carrier at all times, as the stress of a storm can cause pets to act differently, and they may become aggressive or try to escape.
Once the dangers of the storm have subsided, and you have returned to your home, special care still must be taken for your pet. Walk them on a leash until they become accustomed to their surroundings again. Be careful that your pet does not consume contaminated food or water, and watch for any debris that could present a hazard.
Tropical storms and hurricanes can be frightening for both pets and their owners, but by taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure that both you and your pet will remain safe until better conditions return.
More and more divorced couples are fighting over the custody of their pampered pets...
According to experts the trend was most common among separating partners without children when four-legged friends take on an increasingly important role in family life.
Family law specialist Jane Miller said pets usually entered divorce negotiations when property agreements were being discussed.
This includes one of her clients that settled for 10,000 dollars less from her ex-husband to keep the couple's two dogs.
People are reaching formal agreements, that the pet may live with one person once a week and the other another week, or doing quite a big trade off so they can keep a pet.
It's usually something that's done outside of court, through a document of consent, where a pet is listed as an asset and the court endorses an agreement.
Friending man's best friend on Facebook??? It is becoming more common, with social network users increasingly creating profiles to speak for loved ones who can't speak for themselves...
More than a quarter of American social networking users -- 28 percent -- have created accounts on Facebook, Twitter or some other social networking site on behalf of a furry friend or a tot, according to a survey commissioned in late June by coupon site Couponcodes4u.com.
43 percent said the pages were intended to share the unique personalities of their pets and children with a world that would never know them otherwise.
Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg created a fan page to post comments on behalf of his white Puli, named Beast.
You can find a link to Beast on the Talkin Pets Facebook fan page... and if you have created a facebook or twitter page for your pet make sure you post a link on our facebook fan page wall and show off your furry friends to the world!!!
A wildlife protection agency has cancelled a citation it issued to a Virginia mother after her daughter saved a baby woodpecker's life, following a public outcry.
Eleven-year-old aspiring veterinarian Skylar Capo thought she was being a Good Samaritan when she swooped in to save the endangered bird from being eaten by the family cat in her dad's backyard.
But it earned her mother, Alison Capo, a $535 fine, and possible jail time for unlawfully taking a migratory bird.
The mother said she agreed to let her daughter keep the winged animal for a day or two after the rescue, to make sure it wasn't injured.
But when they stopped into a Lowes in Fredericksburg and brought the bird inside an officer from the Department of Fish & Wildlife pulled out their badge and informed them it was a protected species.
The family did release the woodpeker when they returned home. After the bird flew away, they reported it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Two weeks later, the officer appeared at the family's home accompanied by a state trooper and a $535 citation for unlawfully taking a migratory bird.
Seven weeks later a statement issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued today saying this misunderstanding was the result of a Service inquiry into possible violations of federal wildlife law. In particular the Service is responsible for the protection of all federally listed migratory birds.
Spitting not enough for a camel who bit a Maryland zoo visitor.
The animals are known for spitting, but at least one camel in Maryland has gained attention for biting.
Dina MacDonald, 29, was on a safari ride at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Maryland when an adult male camel bit her on the forearm, according to
Frederick County Animal Control.
The animal, named Malachi, may have smelled some food. Animal control said safari passengers are allowed to feed certain animals, but not all of them. In fact, visitors are advised not to feed Malachi in particular.
The camel is now quarantined and being tested for any illnesses. MacDonald needed two stitches but is expected to be OK.
This is not the first time the Catoctin Zoo has had issues with their animals. In 2009, federal inspectors cited the zoo for failing to properly train and supervise workers after a zookeeper was mauled by a jaguar.