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Saturday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2011.
There are 28 days left in the year.
Today In History:
1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.
1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.
1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 63
Actress Daryl Hannah is 51.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 46.
Actor Brendan Fraser is 43.
Actress Amanda Seyfried is 26
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Military dogs taking Xanax, receiving therapy, for canine PTSD...
Even the most hardened soldier can escape grievous wounds on the battlefield only to suffer deeply painful psychological traumas after returning home. And unfortunately, the same pattern of psychic trauma seems to apply for the dogs that help provide essential services for military men and women.
Among the present corps of 650 military dogs, more than 5 percent deployed with American combat forces are suffering from canine Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And of that group, about half are forced into retirement from service. The study of canine PTSD is only about 18 months old, even though animal behavior has been studied for centuries:
Like humans with the analogous disorder, different dogs show different symptoms. Some become hyper-vigilant. Others avoid buildings or work areas that they had previously been comfortable in. Some undergo sharp changes in temperament, becoming unusually aggressive with their handlers, or clingy and timid. Most crucially, many stop doing the tasks they were trained to perform.
Military dogs have reportedly become the most effective tool for detecting improvised explosive devices (IED's) in the battlefield. IED's are typically composed of chemicals, rather than metals--which makes them especially hard to detect via conventional electronic monitoring systems.
Testing the dogs for PTSD is a complex process: In a series of videos used to train veterinarians to spot canine PTSD, one shepherd barks wildly at the sound of gunfire that it had once tolerated in silence. Another can be seen confidently inspecting the interior of cars but then refusing to go inside a bus or a building. Another sits listlessly on a barrier wall, then after finally responding to its handler's summons, runs away from a group of Afghan soldiers.
Once a military dog is diagnosed with PTSD the military works directly with veterinarians on treatment:
Since the patient cannot explain what is wrong, veterinarians and handlers must make educated guesses about the traumatizing events. Care can be as simple as taking a dog off patrol and giving it lots of exercise, play time and gentle obedience training. More serious cases will receive "desensitization counter-conditioning," which entails exposing the dog at a safe distance to a sight or sound that might trigger a reaction—a gunshot, a loud bang or a vehicle, for instance. If the dog does not react, it is rewarded, and the trigger—"the spider in a glass box" is moved progressively closer until the dog is comfortable with it.
Some dogs are even treated with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. That regimen permits them not merely to recover from their trauma, experts say--it also helps them eventually return to active duty. Those dogs unable to re-enlist are allowed to retire, either with an adoptive family or an inactive service member.
Follow Up Story has Happy Ending...
You may remember the story we did about a Southern California woman who stood on a busy street corner in La Jolla wearing a bikini to draw attention to her lost dog... Well she has been reunited with her pet.
20-year-old Arlene Corona stood on the corner in her bikini and pumps for six days last week, seeking the public's help in finding her Chihuahua, named Chispeta.
Corona has had Chispeta for five years, and said she would stand out on the corner every day until her precious pup comes home.
Finally, someone called Corona and told her about a woman who had the dog and a reunion was arranged.
Corona says she plans to get the dog micro-chipped in case the dog ever disappears again.
Wonder where Bullwinkle is??? We know where Rocky is,,, hanging out with Snooki in Jersey???
Most people spend their time in the hospital plotting their escape. It turns out that squirrels aren't all that different.
One night this week a flying squirrel managed to trap itself inside the emergency room at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Now an ordinary squirrel in this position might just hide in a corner and make a quick dash for the nearest exit. But this gifted flying rodent repeatedly launched itself from an 8-foot-high wall-mounted lamp, in order to avoid firefighters from the Rahway Fire Department.
"It would climb up on a light and would jump off and glide," said fire department spokesman Capt. Ted Padavano. "It looked just like a little squirrel, but once it jumped into the air, it had like a glider, or like a bat, skin under its arms, like a little square glider,"
Even stranger, this was the second time in two weeks that a flying squirrel had taken over the hospital's 15-by-15-foot trauma room. Eventually, a pair of firefighters managed to throw a blanket over the squirrel and safely release it unharmed into a wooded area outside the hospital.
But Padavana was already anticipating a return visit from the small, airborne creatures, speculating that they may have a nest inside the hospital. After all, he asked, "What are the odds of having two flying squirrels in the same emergency room?"
Into the record bugs... errrr record books with a record size bug!!
An Explorer has found the biggest insect ever on record - so large it can eat a carrot.
She's called a Weta Bug and has a huge wing span of SEVEN inches and weighs as much as three mice.
Renowned entomologist Mark Moffett, 55, discovered the cricket-like creature up a tree on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.
He spent two days searching for the creepy crawly which were thought to be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago.
Mark said: "Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta. We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree. The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found. She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away. She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn't want to risk indigestion. After she had chewed a little I took a picture and we put her right back where we found her."
If your not afraid of bugs make sure you head over to our facebook page and see the pictures of this giant bug, talkinpets.com has the link to our facebook page right on the top of the home page. t-a-l-k-i-n pets.com
When a bag of kittens was dumped and run over in traffic on a rural Iowa highway, a dog named Reagan rushed to their rescue.
Iowa’s Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary is home to two kittens who owe their lives to Reagan. Three months ago her owner called the sanctuary seeking help after pulling two live kittens out of a Meow Mix bag that her dog had found in the road.
“It was gruesome, quite gruesome because the kittens…there was a litter of 4 or 5 of them and you couldn’t tell if there were 2 or 3 (in the bag) they had been run over by a vehicle. It was not a pretty sight,” said Linda Blakely of the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.
The fact that Skipper and Tipper even survived is difficult to explain, but one thing is certain: had Reagan not found them, they likely would have died on the spot. The yellow lab literally dragged the bag out of the road. Then she dragged it all the way home. And cried until her owner opened it. Reagan’s owner could hear faint cries from the bag, but said she was completely unprepared for what she found.
After recovering from the shock of finding the kittens in that bag, Reagan’s owner called the sanctuary and brought them in. They were weak and required bottle feeding every few hours, but both have recovered fully and are thriving at the sanctuary. They are also available for adoption. Blakely says they probably never would have made it off that road were it not for the love of a dog.
“The instinct of the dog was to nurture and not kill. With all the blood some dogs would have responded to the scent. Reagan the dog is a hero,” says Blakely.
The hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants can pose particular challenges for the millions of families that include pets....
The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends.
With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four-legged family members healthy and happy:
A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others.
Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they’re out of your pet’s reach.
Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.
As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don’t share with your pets. Chocolate can be, hazardous, but also watch out for xylitol, a common sweetener. And individually-wrapped candies are double trouble as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.
Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.
If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.
Don’t leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.