Today In History:
1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon.
1950, "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV.
1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
Comedian Carrot Top is 45
Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 39
Comedian-actress Chelsea Handler is 37.
Actress Rashida Jones is 36.
Actors Oliver and James Phelps ("Harry Potter" movies) are 26
Jon Patch - Host
Katy Meyer DVM from the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service - Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
5:00 PM EST - Camilla Gray-Nelson - Author : Lipstick and the Leash (Book Give aways)
5:40 PM EST - The Kentucky Headhunters - Richard Young (CD Give aways)
6:30 PM EST - Karen Scoggins CEO My Perfect Pet (Dog Food Give aways)
A dog chased a cat up a tree in California... Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, except for that this cat is a rather large mountain lion.
The California Department of Fish and Game reported to an upscale home in Los Altos this week to respond to the report of a mountain lion 30 to 40 feet up a tree.
An 85-pound German Shepard named Cody apparently was scary enough to cause the mountain lion to retreat Cody is owned by Denise and Larry Del Carlo.
Mountain lions have been known to eat things larger than Cody, according to the experts, but they say for some reason they tend to run from pet dogs. The theory is that think they are humans.
The mountain lion finally came down the tree just before 10 a.m. after the Department of Fish and Game decided to let it be.
Fish and Game also decided to let it go.
Cody's neighbor John Sphar said as soon as he saw that a mountain lion was in the neighborhood, he called all of his neighbors to tell them to be on the look out.
Sphar said he will put his goats in a locked barn tonight just in case the big cat comes back. He said he lost a goat to a mountain lion on Christmas Eve 2010.
If you’re worried that Fido will pine away while you’re away, DOGTV, a new cable channel, may help both of you.
The channel, launched recently in San Diego, is designed to provide companionship for dogs and reduce stress caused by an owner’s absence, said Ron Levi, co-founder and chief content creator.
Although DOGTV’s content isn’t breed specific, Nicholas Dodman, a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior, says visually oriented “sighthounds,” including whippets and greyhounds, may be more inclined to watch than “scenthounds” such as basset hounds, which tend to to keep their nose to the ground as they focus on smells.
DOGTV uses colors that dogs see best (they see colors at the end of the spectrum better, including yellow, green, indigo and violet) and sounds that are soothing, such as classical music, said Levi.
The three phases of DOGTV’S programming are stimulation (to encourage playfulness), relaxation (to soothe) and exposure (to habituate dogs to daily stimuli that may cause stress such as crowds, a vacuum cleaner or a toddler in their face). Stimulation sequences may feature a dog playing with a toy or blue butterflies flitting across the screen. Relaxation segments feature pastoral settings (often including a dog lying down) and gentle piano music. Exposure segments tend to show dogs dealing with stressors such as a vacuum cleaner.
DOGTV is available for free on Cox (Channel 2635) and Time Warner (Channel 148) in San Diego. After the free period, it will cost about $4.99 a month. DOGTV hopes to be available on cable stations nationwide later this year.
Sample content is available on the DOGTV website. Paid subscriptions by Internet also may be available.
Man falls off cliff while trying to grab cat...
Cal Fire received a report that a man had fallen off a cliff at Capistrano Avenue and Ocean Boulevard in california. Crews at the scene found a 43-year-old man who had tumbled about 25 feet onto the beach.
The man reportedly had lost his footing while trying to get his cat, which had followed him and a friend as they walked along the blufftop.
It took rescuers 45 minutes to treat the man and raise him up to the top of the cliff, where paramedics were waiting. He suffered injuries to his head and neck, and had a 3-inch-by-5-inch avulsion to the back of his scalp, the news release said. He was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for treatment.
Alcohol was a factor in the incident, according to Cal Fire.
Ceiling cat caught at airport...
A cat lost in the ceiling at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Colorado was found safe and sound in a trap set up to catch him.
Achilles, a 2-year-old exotic Bengal cat, flies with its owners, who are both pilots.
The couple flew into RMMA and were relaxing in the pilot's lounge with the cat when it suddenly disappeared into a hole in the ceiling.
Workers could hear the cat crying occasionally, but couldn't find it in the divided ceiling.
The pilots, Mary and Stan Palmer of Maryland, were flying with a client and had to leave, so Mary Palmer's family came from Grand Junction to try to coax the cat out.
Food, toys and other items didn't work, but the cat was found in a trap set up to catch him.
Mary Palmer said she and her husband are flying back to Boulder at the end of the month, but they hope to get Achilles before then. She's hoping another pilot will fly their cat back to the Baltimore or Philadelphia area so they can pick Achilles up.
Under pressure... United Airlines decides to backtrack on their fee policy for servicemen and women shipping pets.
Military families who are changing duty stations will pay on average $300 to $400 to fly pets back to the U.S. on United Airlines under the policy announced by the airline.
For many servicemembers, the policy will mean an increase over the current $283 flat fee for pets checked as excess baggage, but it is much less than the $1,440 to $3,869 cargo cost that will be charged to all other United passengers beginning next month.
Military passengers with pets that weigh less than 10 pounds will pay less than the current flat fee, spokeswoman Mary Ryan wrote to Stars and Stripes in an email response.
The airline had planned to charge the full PetSafe cargo fee to servicemembers who make a permanent move back to the U.S. but changed course and announced a special exception earlier this week following thousands of online complaints about the high costs for flying pets.
“The fees for PetSafe depend on the size of the animal and the length of the trip,” Ryan wrote. “In some cases it will be less than what they paid before … and in some cases it might be a bit more.”
Under the special military program, servicemembers will continue to check their pets as luggage and will not pay a freight fee, she said.
United is a federal contract carrier that services many Pacific routes, so servicemembers traveling on official duty are often booked to fly on the airline at a reduced cost to the military. The cost to transport pets, however, must be paid by the servicemember.
The change in fees for pets is part of the airline’s merger with Continental Airlines, which is also contracted with the federal government and already charges the cargo fees for pets.
One Ohio apartment complex is using crime-fighting technology to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Dog owners living in The Lakes at West Chester Village face a $200 fine each time they leave their dog's fecal waste on the ground.
Apartment manager Jill Moorman sent letters to all of its residents informing them that dog waste has become too big a problem. Residents who own dogs must now submit a mouth swab so that the apartment complex can collect DNA.
Some residents said the policy seems a little excessive.
"It does seem a little CSI," said resident Deanna Davis, referring to the popular law enforcement TV series. "It's kind of funny and crazy, but I can understand it, too, because there has been a problem in the community of people not picking up after their dogs."
Apartment management will put the DNA on file, and a private company will do the testing.
The letter stated that any future feces found on the property will be sent to a lab so that management can match the feces to the DNA samples provided.
Future residents will also be required to pay an additional $50 to cover the cost of the program. Current residents with dogs will not be charged the fee.
The letter reiterated that the new policy is to remind residents to comply with the pet addendum they agreed to when they signed their leases.
"While we frankly feel this is more work for us as a staff, the ultimate goal is to have a cleaner, safer and more attractive environment for all," the letter stated.