October Is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Today in History:
1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted
1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.
1966, The U-S government officially declares L-S-D an illegal substance.
2004, Three years after selling off a some of her ImClone stock, Martha Stewart checks into a minimum security federal women's prison in Alderson, West Virginia.
Actor Paul (Crocodile Dundee) Hogan is 72
Comedian I'm Chevy Chase and your not. is 68
Actor-screenwriter Red Sox Fan Matt Damon is 41.
Actor Hubby to Mariah Carey - Nick Cannon is 31
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Co Host / Vet Tech
Amanda Page - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – Jay F. Hemdal – Author: Animal Planet Bugs as Pets (Book Give-aways)
Parks & Rec, Moneyball actor and Anna Ferris hubby; Chris Pratt puts up their elderly cat, (Snowball from Stuart Little... for real) up for adoption... on twitter!!!
Chris Pratt has recently been on the receiving end of death threats and harassing tweets, all because he used Twitter to find a new home for his pet cat. In a perfectly innocent, honest, not to mention well-written tweet, he explained to his 54,000+ followers that he and wife Anna Faris were giving up their old, sick cat for adoption:
Anyone in the LA area want a cat? Full disclosure, she's old and prone to accidents. So sweet though. And was in Stuart Little. (literally).
Pratt said he had been getting "harassing" messages from followers who viewed his methods as cruel and insensitive, and begrudgingly felt he had to explain why he had to rehome the aging cat he once shared with wife Anna Faris.
"Bottom line, and not that this is any of your blankin-ing business weirdos, but my wife and I want to start a family and we ABSOLUTELY CANNOT have an animal that poops all over the house," he wrote on his blog. - we kinda cleaned that up and made it all PG-13 for you...
Luckily, the Twitter strategy has worked for the kitty, who has found a new home with an owner who is a fan of felines. "Her name is Meghan and as far as I could tell she is a perfectly reasonable, sweet and friendly cat lover," Pratt writes. "I met her to make sure she wasn't a weirdo before handing the cat over."
Puppy found floating in a Florida canal finds 'forever home'
The pit bull puppy who was found floating in a St. Petersburg Florida canal has been adopted.
Lotus was found in the canal back in May. She was hanging to a palm frond and had an electrical cord, chain and collar wrapped around her neck.
Lotus was rescued from the canal and taken to Pet Pal Animal Shelter, where she received treatment for starvation and a skin infection.
The puppy has since recovered from her injuries.
"It’s been a long road to recovery for Lotus, but well worth it," executive director Scott Daly said. "She is a wonderful dog with a loving disposition even with all she has been through."
Grant Larocque, who adopted Lotus, said he fell in love with the puppy at first sight. Lotus will live with his family and two other dogs.
Amazing story of the clever cat who led a rescuer to her kittens...
A clever cat who was thrown from a car stunned an RSPCA inspector by leading him to her litter of four tiny kittens hidden in a barn.
RSPCA inspector Jon Knight received a call to rescue a young cat who was thrown from a car in Cambridgeshire last month. The caller had been monitoring and feeding the cat, and managed to confine her in a green house. The cat was taken to a vet and treated for her injuries as well as fleas and worms, and given food. As it was clear she only recently had kittens, she needed to be returned to her location so she could get back to them as soon as possible.
Knight took her back to the green house and she started meowing at him. At first, Knight thought she was calling for her kittens, but he soon realized she wanted him to follow her. She led him across fields and gardens all the while calling back and waiting for him to follow. She led him to an old barn. Behind a sack of wood, there were four kittens.
Jolie, as she is now called, and her kittens are now staying at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre. They will remain there until they are fit and healthy enough to be adopted.
“Jolie had been through an awful lot, but she showed real maternal instinct and determination, she really is a remarkable cat,” Kight said.
The Poison frontman is working with a chain pets store to launch "Bret Michaels Pets Rock" by next summer.
If you frequently outfit your pet in bandanas, it’s highly likely that an upcoming line of pet products will appeal to you. That’s right: Poison frontman and former winner of Celebrity Apprentice Bret Michaels is designing a line of rock ‘n’ roll pet products for PetSmart.
He’s not the first celebrity to create a line of inspired pet-wear for the company: Martha Stewart launched her collection in 2010. Most expect Michaels’ products will be a little, shall we say, louder than Stewart’s.
It has not yet been revealed what the line will specifically look like, but the company says it will include dog beds, pet clothing, bowls and feeders, collars, and leashes, among other items.
PetSmart says that they were inspired to work with Michaels after they saw another side of him in his more recent reality show appearances, as well as his partnership with the American Diabetes Association, through which he gave funds and raised awareness of the disease. Michaels has had a lifelong battle with diabetes and is dependent on insulin.
The Bret Michaels Pets Rock collection will be available exclusively at PetSmart and is set to launch is Summer 2012.
The American Humane Association celebrated ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things at the Hero Dog Awards...
Last Saturday, current Dancing with the Stars contestant and Emmy-winning personality Carson Kressley hosted the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton.
Among the many who came out to show their love of four-legged heros were Betty White, Julianne Hough, Peter Fonda, Victoria Stilwell, Michael Vartan, Joseph Lawrence, Orlando Brown, Michelle Forbes and AHA spokesdog Rin Tin Tin.
During a nationwide 6-month search for hero dogs, hundreds of canines from all 50 states were nominated and some 400,000 votes were cast, culminating in the selection of the eight extraordinary canine finalists. That's where a panel of celebrity and expert judges took over, including Whoopi Goldberg, Orlando Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Orlean (author of "RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend), all overseen by dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet.
Each of the eight winning dogs walked the red carpet with dozens of paparazzi shooting photos and video.
Here are all eight winners in their categories:
• Sadie, the certified accelerant detection K-9 who works with the Major Crimes Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
• Zurich, the certified service dog who has enriched the life of his ailing partner.
• Stacey Mae, the therapy dog who has helped collect thousands of teddy bears from around the world for sick children in hospitals.
• Military Working Dog Bino, who has served as a Narcotics Detection/Patrol K-9 for almost 11 years.
• Roselle, the guide dog who worked at the World Trade Center and calmly directed her handler down 1,463 stairs on Sept. 11, 2001.
• K-9 Sage, the search and rescue dog who provided closure to many families of missing individuals.
• Harley, the hearing dog who has given his owner self-confidence and a feeling of equality with others that she had never before experienced.
• Ricochet, the dog who surfs with special-needs kids and people with disabilities for therapeutic purposes.
Among the many heart-warming tributes to the Hero Dogs and humorous video presentations led by Kressley, Five for Fighting performed and philanthropist Lois Pope announced a $1 million gift to American Humane Association.
Hero Dog Awards will be a 90-minute special on Hallmark Channel Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.
Governor vetoes pet microchip bill in California...
Democrate Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required cats and dogs released from California animal shelters to be implanted with microchips for identification.
In his veto message, Brown said that under current law, local agencies and shelters can - and should - require animals to be implanted with microchips before being released and there is no need for state law to mandate the procedure.
Supporters say the bill would have reduced the $300 million-a-year taxpayer cost for euthanizing stray animals and greatly increase the chances of reuniting lost pets with their owners.
Opponents say the microchips can cause medical problems and that the issue should be decided locally.
October Is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
Adopting a Shelter Dog can enrich not only *your* life, but the life of the special dog you take home.
They save lives, protect people, they are used to fight crime and wars, they are adorned as service dogs for the handicapped, yet shelters are full of so many unwanted dogs.
People may not realize that abandoned, unwanted and neglected dogs and puppies can make wonderful companions and family pets.
The health benefits of pet ownership have been long established. Statistics show dog owners on average have lower blood pressure, fewer bouts of depressions and often exercise more. Children who have dogs generally learn at a young age the responsibility and the life-long commitment that comes with owning a pet. Dogs also encourage people to exercise, enhance family and social relationships, promote laughter and act as a nonjudgmental audience and sounding board.
During Adopt-A-Dog Month, visit your local shelter or breed-rescue group, meet potential companions and discover the many benefits of having a dog: happiness, companionship, improved physical and emotional health, and devoted love.