Talkin Pets News
Saturday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2011.
There are ONLY 21 days left in the year.
Today In History:
1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.
1967, Otis Redding is killed when his chartered plane crashes into Lake Monona, outside Madison, Wisconsin. Ironically, the name of the act scheduled to open the club date Redding was on his way to is The Grim Reapers. Just before going on tour, Redding recorded the future number-one hit "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."
1984, The all-star fundraiser "Do They Know It's Christmas" is released in the U-K. It enters the chart at number-one and becomes Britain's top-selling single of all time until Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997."
Actress Susan Dey is 59 (Partridge Family).
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is going to jail and also turns 55.
TV chef Bobby Flay is 47.
Dan Blocker - Bonanza's "Hoss" died May 13th, 1972 from complications following surgery. He was 39.
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Vet Tech / Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer / Reporter
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST – Author: Megan Rix – “The Puppy That Came for Christmas” (Book Give-aways on air)
Special Guest Hour 1 – 5:30 PM EST – Martine Colette – The Wildlife Waystation – Non-Profit Sanctuary
Special Guest Hour 2 – 6:30 PM EST – Tracy Stillman – Creative Director for Life of Ryley (Park Bags and Collar Give-aways on the air)
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A recent poll of more than 200,000 pet owners tried to find out if those polled were dog people or cat people. The research then crossed those responses with lifestyle surveys and arrived at the following conclusions. Lets see if any of the results sound familiar?
Dog people are 15% more likely to be extroverts, while Cat people are 11% more likely to be introverts
Dog people are 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone, while Cat people are 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party
Dog people are 67% more likely to call animal control if they happen upon stray kittens, while Cat people are 21% more likely to try to rescue stray kittens
Dog people are 11% more likely to say they'd support cloning, but only for animals or pets, while Cat people are 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree
Dog people are 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions, while Cat people are 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns
But... Both dog and cat people:
- Talk to animals of all kinds
- Are equally likely to have a four-year degree
- Dislike animal-print clothing
So do you disagree or agree with these.. let us know!!
Normally you would think a nuclear power plant would not be great for the local environment... but this one in Florida is helping save endangered species!!
It sounds like the plot for a Syfy movie of the week, but the moral of the story is more heartwarming than terrifying: As there is an unexpected newfound harmony between a nuclear power plant and a 15-foot-long endangered species of crocodile.
The Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in southeastern Florida has been so good to the American crocodile that the reptile was recently taken off the endangered species list. But the croc's newly thriving condition has nothing to do with nuclear power itself; rather the species has cottoned to the 168 miles of manmade cooling canals that surround the plant, adopting the system as a new natural breeding ground.
The recirculating water system at Turkey Point works by pumping water from the canals through a condenser, somewhat like a car's cooling system. Federal wildlife officials say the crocodiles have experienced a five-fold population increase since the late 70's. And the crocs living in the canals are doing even better than their counterparts at the state's other two official sanctuaries, which still classify the enormous reptile as threatened. In 1997, the American crocodile population was down to just 300, while today, it's estimated to be more than 1,500 and growing.
What's more, it's not just the crocodiles that are thriving in the power plant canals; dozens of other protected species are booming there as well, including the manatee and loggerhead turtle.
The world's oldest living dog recognized by the Guinness Book of Records has died at his home in Japan...
Pusuke, a male cross breed, died at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture at the age of 26 years and nine months - equivalent to more than 125 in human years.
Owner Yumiko Shinohara says Pusuke had been showing a good appetite and kept up with his daily morning and evening strolls until Monday morning when he suddenly refused to eat and appeared to have difficulty breathing.
He died peacefully in the afternoon, about five minutes after Ms Shinohara returned home from running errands.
"I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home,'' the 42-year-old housewife said, adding that she wanted to thank Pusuke for many good memories through the years.
Pusuke was certified for the Guinness title in December last year.
A recent online pet poll found that just over half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season...
Most people this year who are pet owners will spend an average of $46 on their animals, with toys and treats topping the list. Overall spending in the pet industry including food, supplies, veterinary care, grooming, boarding and pet sitting was just over $48 billion in 2010, with over $50 billion in spending projected for 2011.
There is no must-have pet gift this year, but one of the most popular gifts last year was the Snuggie for pets and this year, she expects pajamas will be big sellers. Another trend: Gifts for the senior set — meaning pets over age 7 — including infrared massagers and chew toys for those short on teeth.
Finally, there is an endless variety of pet-themed clothing, housewares and accessories for the humans in a dog's life. For bakers, cake, cookie and candy pans come in the shape of bones, dog houses and fire hydrants. Tiffany & Co. sells a sterling silver dog bone charm for a bracelet.
And if you are truly in the holiday spirit you will find a way to make a donation to a local shelter or rescue group in your pets name so a pet who has yet to find his own fur-ever home can also have a great holiday.
Scientists claim accurate poo flinging is sign of intelligence -- Politicians disagree...
Chimps throw their poop at people... well at least they do in Zoo's... just ask our host Jon.... Even still Poo flinging is a verifiable fact, one that many of you zoo-goers may have experienced first hand. When you think about why they throw their poop at people, you’re likely to come up on an explanation something along the lines of “Well, they’re animals.” While that is true, Bill Hopkins of Emory University, has done a study that shows that the chimps who throw their poop the most often and are the “best” at it, are actually smarter than chimps who throw less frequently and less accurately.
“Smarter” is a pretty ambiguous term, so let’s narrow it down a bit. What the study actually shows is that the chimps who throw their poop the most frequently and most accurately not only have the largest and best developed motor cortex but also comparatively well-connected and developed Broca’s areas and left hemispheres in general.
If that wasn’t enough, the kicker is that the specific areas and connections that are well-connected and developed are the same ones that play important parts in speech for humans. Poop-throwing — okay, okay, just throwing in general — may very well be directly related to language development and speech.
This throwing-speech connection is supported by a few details. First off, the chimps who were best at throwing weren’t especially good at other physical activites or dexterous overall; the throwing was a specific area of talent. Secondly, on further study, the researchers found that the best throwers, for the most part, were already some of the best communicators in their groups. The idea throwing, specifically, is related to language in that it is a primitive form of self-expression and that one of the primary ways a non-verbal, non-literate animal can communicate with its kin is by throwing stuff at them.
So the next time you’re at the zoo and you dodge a well-aimed, airborne turd, just think: That guy is one of that smart ones, and he picked you. You should be extremely honored.
Reno worker fired after refusing to load sick dog on plane takes back job with baggage firm
A Nevada woman fired for refusing to put an emaciated hunting dog on a plane at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is taking her job back.
Lynn Jones said that baggage handling company Airport Terminal Services is “like a family” and she hopes to move on from the flap.
Jones was fired Nov. 12 when she refused orders to load the dog on a Corpus Christi, Texas-bound plane, fearing it would die.
Animal welfare workers picked up the animal. It recovered and was eventually returned to its owner.
Airport Terminal Services President Sally Leible (LY’-blee) said that she regrets the way the incident was handled and offered Jones the job again — with back pay. The St. Louis company also pledged a donation to the Nevada Humane Society.