TODAY IN HISTORY
1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)
2006, The members of Bon Jovi get a scare when their private jet skids off a runway in Hamilton, Ontario. As one of the band's album titles would explain it, the runway was Slippery When Wet.
1998, On T-V, President Bill Clinton angrily denies that he had sex with Monica Lewinsky.
1994, A jury in Manassass, Virginia, acquits Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband John, whose penis she cut off with a scissors. She accuses him of sexually assaulting her.
World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 72
Actress Geena Davis is 56.
Actress Charlotte Ross is 44.
Remembering these passed Celebs on thier B-Days
Wolfman Jack (Robert Smith) 1939 - 1995 / His gravelly voice and wild antics, heard on high-powered stations from just south of the Mexican border, earned the D-J a loyal following that included a young George Lucas, who made his radio patter a central part of American Graffiti. That led to his role as the announcer on -- and, later, host of -- N-B-C's Midnight Special. He died of a heart attack July 1st, 1995 at 57.
Telly Savalas 1924 - 1994 / The actor -- best known as T-V's Kojak -- died of prostate cancer January 22nd, 1994, a day after turning 70.
Jon Patch - Host
Scott A. Klick - TK Acres Pampered Pets & BAAC Organization / Co Host
Frank Taberner - TK Acres Pampered Pets & BAAC Organization / Co Host
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Matt - Network Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Hour 1 – 5:00 PM EST – Tammy Gagne – Author: Animal Planet Designer Dogs (Book Give-aways)
5:40 PM EST – Augusta Pelosi DVM, Department of Small Animal Sciences assistant professor of cardiology – Michigan State University
Hour 2 – 6:30 PM EST – Christina Pawlosky – Certified Master Groomer – Oster: Outlaw Clipper (Give-away - $199.99 Value)
It's Squirrel Appreciation Day and I didn't get you a card. Nuts!!!!
Squirrels get lots of attention from humans, but not always much appreciation. We tend to dwell on the stolen birdseed or the occupied attics, but squirrels have a long, mostly harmless — and often entertaining — history of living in our midst.
That's the focus of Squirrel Appreciation Day, founded in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove. Squirrels are widespread and widely beloved, and despite their penchant for mischief, they generally avoid the severe scorn we hold for other semi-urban animals like rats, pigeons and opossums.
Squirrel Appreciation Day is Jan. 21 every year, and much like Elephant Appreciation Day, it's pretty decentralized. There really are no official events scheduled but you can help celebrate by putting out extra food for the squirrels. But remember too many treats can lead to health problems, and feeding any wild animal on a regular basis could make it dependent.
The holiday is mainly focused on bushy-tailed tree squirrels common in the Eastern U.S. And even if you don't feed any squirrels today... they have probably already fattened up on birdseed and drywall...still, it's worth taking time to appreciate them.
Of all the dispicable things to say....
A German man suspected of killing his wife has pointed the finger at the family dog....
The 50-year-old man was convicted of manslaughter after his wife was found strangled to death in their bathroom in Germany.
But his conviction was overruled by a federal court which said that the fact the woman was strangled for several minutes did not necessarily on its own mean she was killed intentionally, and now the case is being heard again – complete with a witness who is an expert on dogs.
The man’s lawyer said he and his wife had been drinking heavily on the night she died.
He said the woman had fallen over in the bathroom and her husband had been unable to lift her up. He had given her a pillow and blanket and gone to bed, to find her dead the following afternoon.
The almost 80lb dog must have smothered her, the lawyer argued, saying it was well-known that they sometimes kill their own puppies this way by accident.
The man said he only realised she had died at around 4 p.m., having got up, taken the dog for a walk and talked with his mother on the phone.
But Hans-Hermann Sangen; a dog expert told the court it was unfair to make the dog the scapegoat in the case.
Going on to testify that adults could not be put in danger by one of the dogs. He said newborns could be accidentally smothered by one of the animals if they snuggled up to them, but that adults could not.
The case continues.
Tucson zoo fight involves elephants, Bob Barker...
Connie is an Asian elephant, Shaba an African one. Nonetheless, they formed a bond, paling around together for three decades at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo.
So when zoo officials announced plans last year to move Connie to the San Diego Zoo –- without her buddy Shaba -– animal activists were enraged.
The Tucson zoo was planning to bring in a herd of African elephants from San Diego. Because zoo accreditation standards demand that new herds not mix African and Asian elephants, "due to multiple species differences and possible disease transmission issues," Connie would join other Asian elephants in San Diego.
But local activists Tracy Toland and Jessica Shuman considered the separation cruel. It “defies everything we know about elephants: their intelligence, profoundly deep social bonds (females remain with their mothers for life) and the capacity for deep emotion”
The women launched a campaign to keep Connie, 44, and Shaba, 31, together and added some celebrity sizzle to the debate. At their behest, former “Price Is Right” host and well-known animal advocate Bob Barker recently offered to contribute $500,000 to send the elephants to a California sanctuary if others could raise matching funds.
This week, Tucson zoo officials reversed course, announcing that Connie and Shaba could both move to San Diego. Turns out, San Diego’s Asian elephant herd already has an African member, so Connie and Shaba’s cross-species kinship will fit right in.
Dog fights venomous snake to save two little girls, now recovering at animal hospital. Meanwhile, your cat just threw up in your shoes again because it's a cat...
A courageous family dog in Australia is being called a hero after he sprang into action to protect two girls from a snake.
The dog's name is River and he wasted no time when he saw the reptile headed straight for 7-year-old Michelle and her 2-year-old sister. The girls had been playing on their swing set when River spotted the snake near them, and attacked.
River suffered a paralyzing bite from the snake but was been treated and is expected to make a full recovery.
Sometimes breaking the rules leads to better rules....
The Rose Brooks Center for women took in a domestic violence victim and her dog, departing from their standard no-dogs policy after hearing the details of her case — her Great Dane had saved her when she was attacked by a hammer-wielding boyfriend.
According to news reports, the dog covered her with his body, absorbing most of the blows until the boyfriend threw them both out of a second story window.
Despite their injuries, the woman was able to escape with her dog, who sustained several broken bones. She eventually got in touch with the center, located in the Kansas City area.
The center offered her a bed, but when they told her pets weren’t allowed, she balked. The shelter decided, for the first time in its history, to overlook their regulations and allow the dog to stay.
That decision would go on to lead to a change in policy at the shelter.
About 40 percent of battered women with pets stay in abusive relationships to protect or remain with their pets, said the center’s chief executive officer, Susan Miller.
“They provide so much comfort, and to have to leave that pet behind is so heartbreaking,” Miller said. “It has become abundantly clear that the incredible therapeutic benefits that pets can have on a family greatly outweigh the cost and inconvenience of housing them.”
The center is spending $140,000 to add seven kennels, a walking trail and a pet-friendly play area.
Miller, who made the decision to break the rules, credits the abused woman — who isn’t being identified — with bringing about the change.
“She was not going to leave her pet alone with him,” she said. “He saved her life.”
Shelter officials say they’ve seen a 300 percent increase in applications since becoming pet-friendly.
Policeman Adam Borchert takes his duties so seriously that he has taken a repeat offender from behind bars and accepted her into his home. The generous gesture came just a day after his new companion set off a security alarm twice, provoking a police response each time.
Borchert is the new owner of a 3-month-old puppy named Tennille, who had quite an eventful final night at the Animal Allies Humane Society shelter in Superior, Wis., on Tuesday. The blue heeler-German wirehaired pointer mix chewed through the wires of the shelter's alarm system, prompting two police calls.
Borchert, who drove down from Ely, Minn., had no idea the puppy he had spotted online the day before had caused such a commotion.
"The fact that she got the cops called on her a couple times before I picked her up was pretty funny," said the deputy sheriff, who wasn't too worried about the dog's mischievous streak. "She's a puppy yet. She just didn't like being left alone."