YESTERDAY 11.11.11 WAS VETERANS DAY!
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.
1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese in this brutal and intense fire fight.)
1954, Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closes after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.
1997, Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 underground bombing of the World Trade Center.
Sportscaster Al Michaels is 67
Actress Megan Mullally is 53. (Karen from Will & Grace)
Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci (koh-muh-NEECH') is 50.
Figure skater Tonya Harding is 41.
Actor Ryan Gosling is 31.
Actress Anne Hathaway is 29
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Veterinarian Technician / Co Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Special Guests Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST: Author: Jon Katz - Jon Katz - Author and friend of Talkin' Pets joins Jon 11/12/11 at 5:00 PM EST to discuss his latest book, "Going Home" - be first 3 listeners to call with a question and receive a complimentary book
5:30 PM EST - Lasting Paws – www.lastingpaws.com - one listener will win one of the companies urns – pictured on our web site www.talkinpets.com
Hour 2 – 6:30 PM EST – John Brynda – PetSafe Program Manager for Treats – (giving away on air 20 Lickety Stiks)
Newly adopted dog turns out to be hero on day one...
An Ohio couple who adopted a Saint Bernard to save him say he saved their home from burglary a few hours later.
Rubert “Lee” Littler says he was taking Hercules outside when the 135-pound dog started growling, then charged after a man running out of their basement. The dog bit into the man’s ankle as he climbed a fence and got away. Police say the home’s phone and cable lines had been cut.
Lee and Elizabeth Littler brought the dog home from local county pound less than seven hours earlier. The dog had been found, bloody and dehydrated, by hikers on Oct. 31.
The Littlers say they wanted to keep him from being euthanized but now figure he’s earned a permanent home.
Why go to Disney World when you can just go to school...
An Atlanta elementary school is infested with rats.
An Atlanta Public Schools spokesperson sent a copy to news outlets of a letter the principal of Thomasville Heights Elementary addressed to parents.
The first line reads, "This letter is to inform you of a persistent issue we have been dealing with involving rodents that have been observed on occasion in and around our school and campus."
The school's principal, Charles Penn, went on to say the district has hired an exterminator to deal with the issue.
In recent weeks, several parents and teachers have complained about the rats at the elementary school.
One parent told her she saw a rat in a classroom while dropping off one of her children.
A Dolphin died after marine park bosses allowed a deafening rave yards from its pool....
Wildlife experts warned the banging techno music at the two-day dance event would lead to stress among the ten dolphins. Animal activists even turned up to protest at Connyland marine park in Switzerland.
Shadow, an eight-year-old dolphin, appeared very distressed and disoriented after the event, and was later found dead.
An activist said: "The sound levels dolphins heard were comparable to a pneumatic drill." Connyland bosses denied any wrongdoing.
Animal lovers urge police to stop using deadly force on pets...
Animal lover Roy Glass is having a hard time dealing with the death of his dog, Boomer.
'It's gone from anger to sorrow to anxiety," he said.
A St. Petersburg Florida police officer shot Boomer to death last month. Glass said the 12-year-old arthritic golden retriever got out of the yard and a neighbor called to complain. He said police told him an officer tried to lure the dog into her car with treats but that didn’t work. And when she tried checking the tag, he was told Boomer attacked.
"They describe something that it so out of character for any golden retriever, including Boomer," said Glass. "’That he lunged at her, the female police officer and she shot him."
The St. Petersburg Police Department isn’t commenting on the case, saying an internal investigation is underway.
Current state law classifies pets as property, not family, which is how Glass and others see their pets. He’s trying to help change that law.
As far away as California, animal lovers are speaking out about what happened.
A national group called Change.Org is getting a petition together urging the St. Petersburg Police Department to stop using lethal force on animals. So far, about 3,500 people from across the country have signed.
Stetson University Law Professor Peter Fitzgerald is a local supporter.
"As an owner of golden retrievers myself, I could immediately relate to that," Professor Fitzgerald said. "But the issue of first responders, police and the rest encountering animals, they are going to encounter dogs, 40 percent or more of the population has a residence with a dog and so it's critical that they be trained on how to deal with the animal when they encounter them."
Roy Glass would like to see officers get more training. But more importantly, he says he’d like everyone to see Boomer as more than a pet.
Doggone! Pooch eats couple's cash stash...
One Florida family unwittingly helped serve a very expensive meal to their dog — $1,000 in cash — and then forced the pet to cough it up.
"I just think this is hilarious," the dog's owner, Christy Lawrenson of St. Augustine, Fla., said.
She laughs now, but it was a different story two weeks ago.
"My husband and I are trying to pay off my car, and so every time we save $1,000, we just take it to the bank and we just put it in the account," she said.
This time, she took the cash, paper-clipped it and left it in an envelope on the counter, she said. The couple then said goodbye to their dog Tuity, a Labrador Retriever/chow/bulldog mix, and left for work.
When her husband came home for lunch, the envelope was gone and he saw shards of $100 bills strewn across the floor.
The rest, including the paperclip, was in Tuity's stomach, she said.
Lawrenson said that her husband induced the dog to vomit by feeding Tuity hydrogen peroxide.
"I took the money from the vomit and put it in a bag and saved it for him because I didn't want to puzzle it back together. It was still not real to me even though I had dug through vomit all afternoon," she said.
They pieced $900 back together, but the last $100 bill had one too many serial numbers missing, she said.
The couple sent it to the Department of Treasury with a letter of explanation.
They will be keeping money away from their dog for now on...
Recently we sis a story here on Talkin Pets about a women in the pacific northwest that had amazing results taking cute pitcures of the dogs waiting for new furever homes a shelter... this story is similiar but with much different results...
When you take a close look at the pictures.... one dog cowering in the corner, the other cute and happy in someones arms... Which dog would you rather adopt?
The cowering photo is an officially sanctioned photo by Animal Care and Control of New York City. The second happy puppy pic is by a volunteer with the shelter, and is just the kind of photo that the same volunteer says got her fired.
Emily Tanen used her own $1,500 Nikon camera to take engaging photos of animals interacting with another shelter volunteer. She says she was trying to get potential adopters and rescue groups interested in animals that would eventually be put down. But the Animal Care and Control of New York City is very strict about how animals could be photographed. Specifically, one rule said no humans could be shown in the pictures, not even a hand holding a leash or petting the animal.
Tanen said her pictures got her fired back in May.
“I knew they hated me,” she told the Times. “But I thought that even if I was a pain, they’d suck it up. Because I was doing a really good job.”
Shelter officials would not comment on Tanen's firing, saying it was an internal personnel matter. We at Talkin Pets even reached out to the shelter via their twitter page and never heard anything, all comments have been taken down on the shelters facebook page as well.
There is a reinstate Emily Tanen facebook page and has almost 5000 'likes' - you can find a link to that page on our facebook wall... Just head over to talkinpets.com and click the FB icon on the top of the page and you will betaken right to our wall on FB.