Today In History:
1962, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded in Memphis, Tenn., by entertainer Danny Thomas.
1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1983, pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, Calif., at age 32.
Country singer Clint Black is 50.
Actor Rob Corddry is 41.
Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO'-lee-ah) is 37.
Jon Patch , host - VP
Jarrod Lazarus DVM - Bay Area Veterinary Care Center - Cohost
Jenna Winters - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Reporter
Special Guest Hour 1
5:00 PM EST - Peggy Frezon - Author: Dieting with my Dog (book Give Aways)
5:30 PM EST - Dr. Jack Reese live from India to discuss "Help In Suffering" and also the humane treatment of Camels
6:30 PM EST - Shannon Stamper - Customer Service & Product Team Manager to discuss Probioticsmart.com and their product for skin and coat (Product Give aways)
App gives techno-cats paws for thought..........
Designed for techno-cats who already have everything, it features games for felines who would have enjoyed playing with a ball of yarn in the days before computers.
There is even a virtual ball of yarn, not to mention a game where puss has to protect cheese from invading mice.
Moggies can also pit themselves against other cats to work out which one is smartest.
Bond University student Saxon Cameron designed and developed the app for the RSPCA.
"Basically, you place your iPad on the ground, start the game and your cat or kitten can interact with it on his or her own terms . . . It's easy for cats to navigate this game on their own," said Mr Beatty, a keen dog owner.
On a serious note, the RSPCA hopes it will encourage owners to keep their cats indoors for their safety and that of wildlife.
Protests spur park service to rethink dog policies.............
Rover may yet get a reprieve in areas of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where dogs were going to get the heave-ho.
Park service representatives announced this week they are going to reconsider their dog policies after 4,713 people commented on the first edition of the park's proposed dog management plan, a two-volume, 2,700-page tome that would essentially ban man's best friend in many areas where he now runs free.
The supplemental plan will consider the ideas and suggestions offered by citizens - the vast majority of whom evidently opposed further restrictions on dogs - and come up with a new, improved proposal by the end of the summer.
"We received many, many substantive comments that suggested changes, which motivated us to evaluate the comments we received and look at ways to improve the plan," said Howard Levitt, the recreation area's director of communications and partnerships. "There were some excellent suggestions among the 4,700, and because of the strength, depth and substance of those comments, we are going to issue a supplemental plan."
Courtney Love’s Daughter Says Rocker Killed Her Cat, Dog...........
We knew Courtney Love was a little crazy, but is she also a pet killer? A 2009 restraining order filed by Frances Bean Cobain against her rock star mother details how Love allegedly killed Frances’ cat by allowing it to get tangled in piles of fabric and killed her dog by letting it swallow Love’s medication.
The restraining order, obtained by The Fix, stipulates that Love keep away from Frances, Frances’ grandmother, Frances’ aunt, and Frances’s living dog, Uncle Fester. A representative for Love did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com’s requests for comment about the restraining order’s claims or whether it’s still in effect.
The Fix details Love’s other infractions according to the now 19-year-old Frances. Frances describes Love’s relationship with an ex-boyfriend: “She took me in a taxi to his house in the middle of the night, and from outside the house, in her bare feet, she screamed at him, threw rocks at the house, and threatened to burn his house down. His children were inside the house, but that did not stop my mother.”
According to the restraining order, Frances says that Love “has taken drugs for as long as I can remember. She basically exists now on … Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes. She rarely eats … She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives.” She adds that Love once tried to jump off a balcony in her presence.
Bark Side' Super Bowl Ad, With Star Wars Imperial March Sung by Dogs...
Have you seen that video of the dogs barking the Darth Vader song? Chances are, if you have a pulse and an internet connection, you have.
This Sunday many will tune in, not only to watch the Giants play the Patriots, but to see what the 2012 Super Bowl ads are.
Unsurprisingly, this year animals dominate the ads. We've already mentioned a few of the ads: Here are previous posts of a sneak peek of the VW ad and the controversial Skechers' ad. But, why dogs and not cats? Cultural anthropologist Robbie Blinkoff says, "You can't go wrong with a dog.
The sale of pet turtles was banned three decades ago in the United States, but the small reptiles are still available and continue to infect young children with salmonella, a new report warns.
Because of the health danger, pet turtles are inappropriate pets in homes with young children or other high-risk people, such as pregnant women, seniors and those with weak immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, published by the CDC in the Feb. 3 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describes an outbreak of 132 human salmonella infections in 18 states between August 2010 and September 2011. Many of the infections were traced to exposure to small turtles (those with shell lengths of less than 4 inches).
Two-thirds of the infections occurred in children younger than 10. Salmonella infections in children can be severe and lead to hospitalization, the report authors noted. No deaths were reported in that outbreak.
The report authors suggested some strategies to reduce the number of human salmonella infections caused by turtles:
Increased enforcement of existing regulations against the sale of small turtles.
Tougher penalties for the illegal sale of small turtles.
More state and local laws regulating the sale of small turtles.
Other reptiles carry salmonella, but the little turtles' size makes them especially risky because children handle them as toys and may place them in their mouths.
Biting Back at Hollywood's Animal Lies ..........
Animal-rights groups have savaged Liam Neeson's hit film "The Grey" for its portrayal of wolves as remorseless man-eaters. In "The Grey," Mr. Neeson's clinically depressed wolf-hunter survives a plane crash in the frozen tundra. Then a pack of humongous, vindictive, ill-tempered wolves sets upon him and a few of his GPS-less colleagues.
Actually, they're animatronic wolves, the size of teen rhinos, and thus far scarier than real wolves, which often look kind of scrawny. "The Grey," wolf lovers argue, perpetuates the myth that wolves, given half a chance, will hunt humans—an idea playing right into the hands of ranchers who will use any excuse to kill the shaggy beasts.
The truth is, wolves fear humans. Even in animatronic packs, wolves do not go looking for a fight with guys as big as Liam Neeson. His accent alone would scare them away. Wolves are not like tigers or grizzly bears. If they were really so tough, why would they get dressed up in sheep's clothing? Anacondas don't do that.
In short, the movie is completely unrealistic.
Hollywood's grossly unrealistic depiction of animal activity goes way back. A gorilla cannot climb up a skyscraper the way King Kong does. And even if it did, mankind would have nothing to fear, as gorillas are mostly vegetarians.
A shark cannot rip a helicopter right out of the water the way the great white does in "Jaws II." And in "Jaws IV: The Revenge," the son of the shark Roy Scheider killed in an earlier movie follows his son all the way to the Caribbean just to get even with him.
This could never happen. Sharks do not hold grudges, as their nervous systems are too primitive to process and collate neurological genetic animosity stimuli. Also, how would they know which beach Mr. Scheider's son was going to?
On the subject of unrealistic behavior involving the higher end of the mammal spectrum, it is difficult but not impossible for a human being to climb up the outside of the world's tallest building in Dubai, the way Tom Cruise does in "Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol." But if Hollywood has its way, in "The Grey II," the wolves will trail Mr. Neeson all the way to Dubai and then climb up the outside of that tower and eat him.
How will they get there? Animatronic wolves know all about GPS. And they can talk to the other wolves in Dubai.