TODAY IN HISTORY:
1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or "communicator," as he was called.
1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.
1972, the sitcom "Sanford and Son," starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson, premiered on NBC-TV.
Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 44.
Actor Jason Bateman is 43.
Rock singer-Drummer-Musician Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) is 43.
Jon Patch - Host
Barry Siebold - Veterinarian Technician - Co Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Special Guest Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST – Author: Kurt Rinehart – Behavior of North American MAMMALS (Book giveaways)
5:40 PM EST Dan Morrison – Executive Director of Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) “Let’s Stop the Puppy Mills”
Hour 2 - 6:30 PM EST Phil Blizzard – Founder of “Thundershirt” (Product Give aways)
Talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell has enraged environmentalists after being pictured with a dead hammerhead shark caught off the South Florida coast during a family fishing trip...
The image of the 49-year-old TV personality touching the carcass as it hangs at the back of a boat has infuriated those who fear for the future of the species which is in trouble worldwide due to the demand for shark fin soup.
Florida banned the killing of the fish on January 1, long after O'Donnell's fishing trip which took place two to three years ago. Fishermen who catch the shark within three miles of shore on the Atlantic coast have to throw it back into the water even if it’s dead. Violating the ban could result in 60 days in jail and or a $500 fine.
The great hammerhead is the largest of the nine identified species of this shark and can grow up to 20ft long, weigh up to 1,000lbs.
The backlash began when Mark 'The Shark' Quartiano, a famous Miami Beach shark fishermen who led the expeditions, posted a photo of O'Donnell next to a dead hammerhead on his website as 'This Month's Celebrity Angler.' Since then, as other photos of her fishing trips emerged, critics have attacked the comedian and talk show host through Facebook and Twitter, accusing her of 'killing our oceans'. O'Donnell did not provide a comment, but she has defended herself by responding to individual tweets saying 'chill people - really - my family fishes.
Among those criticizing O'Donnell are marine biologists, diving organisations and members of environmental groups such as Shark Savers, Planet Ocean Alliance and the Australian Anti-Shark-Finning Alliance.
The sharks in two of the photos include a great hammerhead, the largest of the family, and either a great or scalloped hammerhead according to Neil Hammerschlag, director of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. He also said: the incident showed a failure to appreciate the importance of marine wildlife. And she wouldn't go out hunting tigers. I don't see her pictured in front of some tiger strung up, Yet these are the tigers of the ocean, they're a top predator and they're in serious decline. Yet we kill them for sport.
Harry Potter fans from across the U.S. might be lucky enough to score a glimpse of the Boy Who Lived's trusted companion this winter: Hedwig, the snowy owl.
The Harry Potter series may have met its fateful end in 2011 with the release of the epic story’s final film, but one of the chronicle’s most beautiful characters is in the spotlight once more after being recently spotted throughout the U.S.
No, we’re not talking about any of the witches or wizards in J.K. Rowling’s extraordinary series. We’re talking about owls — in particular, majestic snowy owls like Hedwig, the courier bird that accompanied Harry to Hogwarts and beyond for several fictional years.
Snowy owls are swooping into the States for a massive migration this winter. Researchers believe that the owls, which can have a wingspan of nearly 5 feet and reach 2 feet in height, had a strong breeding season this summer due to an increase in their main food source: Arctic lemmings.
With more owls searching for sustenance, they have needed to travel farther than usual to find their favorite foods — namely voles, mice, rats, rabbits and other birds. The owls are ordinarily attracted to icy bodies of water, yet sightings have spanned from the Northwest to New England in recent weeks.
While it’s typical for the avian animal to arrive south of its usual Arctic habitat once every three or four years, this season’s immense influx has sent researchers and birdwatchers into a full-fledged frenzy.
The creatures may seem hard to miss — after all, they do have strikingly beautiful white feathers and piercing yellow eyes — but don’t think that a simple stroll outside will earn you a sighting. Snowy owls move around often, flying up to 70 miles per hour, and are also nocturnal. So even though there are more than usual making appearances, spotting a snowy owl is still almost as rare as a successful series like Harry Potter.
In a tragic story out of Florida, a recovered dog is providing a lone note of solace to a grieving family...
Barney, a Vizsla, was jogging with his owner, Donna Chen, a mother of three, when she was killed by a drunk driver.
Somehow, Barney ended up in the Gulf of Mexico after the accident, where he was found by a kayaker, about a half mile offshore from Sarasota.
“I thought maybe he had fallen off a boat or something” Rory O’Connor said. “I knew it was probably trouble, because you know, he was coming straight toward me and he had a look of terror in his eyes.”
O’Connor, inadvertently recorded the rescue and put it on YouTube, before knowing anything about the rest of the story.
In what the family calls a huge blessing, the video that captured what happened to Barney has helped to peice the story together. In the video you can see O'Conner pulling Barney into his Kayak.
Through his microchip, Barney was reunited with the Chen family, members of which say his presence is helping them through the grief.
“This is our one piece, our one link to Donna,” said the family.
The rescue video can be seen our facebook wall.
New MLB pitcher for the Florida Marlins Mark Buehrle had a dog of a time trying to find a place in Miami.
Mark Buehrle is doing all he can to adjust to his new surroundings in South Florida, but he's already having to make a few adjustments.
The new Marlins pitcher will be forced to live outside of Miami-Dade County all because of one of the dogs he owned.
Miami-Dade County instituted a pit bull ban in 1989, and one of Buehrle's dogs, "Slater," falls under the ban. Slater is a Staffordshire terrier and the dog falls under the ban.
"It's kind of ridiculous that because of the way a dog looks, people will ban it," Buehrle said. "Every kind of dog has good and bad, and that depends on the handlers. If you leave a dog outside all the time, it'll be crazy. Slater would never do anything harmful."
Buehrle is no stranger to making headlines when it comes to dogs, considering he was an outspoken critic of Michael Vick last year.
The Marlins lefty admitted that he hoped Vick, who notoriously served jail time for his dogfighting ring, would get hurt.
"Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys," Buehrle said at the time.
It's all good in the end for the Buehrle family and Slater, though. The new Marlin has settled in Broward County. That's good news for the Marlins, too, considering Buehrle also indicated that he would not have signed with Miami if he were not able to find housing that would accept Slater.
Lucy, a therapy dog from South Jersey, is quite the handful. Actually, she's about half a handful. And the 3-year-old mini Yorkshire terrier is the newly crowned "world's smallest working dog" by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Just 6 inches long, 5.7 inches high and 2.5 fluffy pounds, Lucy was unfazed by the huge honor and heightened attention
Lucy snatched the title away from a 6.6-pound dog in Japan.
Homeless and out of work two years ago, Lucy now works as a therapy dog through the program Leashes of Love, visiting hospitals, nursing homes and special schools often in dog dresses and bonnets.
Not every dog is cut out for employment, or certification as a therapy dog. She had to be trained to sit for long periods, lay for long periods, not be flustered when there's wheelchairs and walkers all around, And she has to be able to walk and be nonaggressive.
But it's not all work for Lucy. According to Lucy's Facebook fan page, her many interests include "food, chasing cats who are 10X her size, cuddling by the fire, twirling for treats."
Pet Presence at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards...
On Sunday January 15th, the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC to the fanfare of moviegoers and television audiences everywhere. The best of the best in film and television in 2011 will compete against each other, vying for coveted awards and momentum (for film categories, at least) heading into the mother of all movie-award shows, The Oscars.
So what could this celebration of the silver screen possibly have to do with pets? This year, a couple of animal / pet-infused films are up for Golden Globes, as is one high profile celebrity pet owner.
At the 2012 show, three animal-related films will be competing against each other for the top prize in the Best Animated Feature Film category: The Adventures of Tintin, a movie based off of a successful Belgian graphic novel which features the journalist Tintin and his pet sidekick Snowy; Rango, which features Johnny Depp reanimated as a lizard in a comedic Western; and Puss in Boots, which features the adorable cat Puss in Boots in a spin-off from the wildly successful Shrek franchise.
Also at the 2012 show, one animal-infused film received a prestigious nomination for Best Motion Picture (Drama): War Horse, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and chronicles the trying times of a horse during World War I (based off of the children's novel and play). War Horse also received a nomination for having the Best Original Score in a Motion Picture.
In addition to these nominations for animal-infused films, one notable pet owner has been nominated for a trio of Golden Globes.
George Clooney, who made headlines last year for the quirky way in which he adopted his most recent pup, Einstein, is up for a couple of awards for his involvement with the film The Ides of March, including Best Director for a Motion Picture and Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture. Additionally, the actor has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his role in the critically acclaimed film The Descendants. We’re pretty sure Einstein is going to be cheering Clooney on!
Will you be watching this year’s Golden Globe Awards? If so, will you be rooting for these animal-infused films and George Clooney as a pet owner? Share your thoughts with us!