TODAY IN HISTORY
1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
1845, Florida became the 27th state.
1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Ala., home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.
1923, Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, made its debut.
1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Cant we all just get along!!!
Jessica Biel, 1982 The star of television's 7th Heaven has also been in such films as The A-Team, Valentine's Day, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Next, Home of the Brave, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Stealth and Blade: Trinity. (Age: 30)
David Faustino, 1974 Actor (T-V's Bud Bundy from Married With Children) (Age: 38)
Tone-Loc (Anthony Smith), 1966 The rough-voiced rapper ("Wild Thing") has also been a T-V actor. (Age: 46)
James Doohan, 1920 - 2005 Actor (Star Trek's "Scotty"). The Canadian native died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease on July 20th, 2005.
Alexander Graham Bell, 1847 - 1922 He applied for the patent on the telephone on his birthday in 1876. He received patent number 174465 for it four days later.
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Finally!!! Rocker Guitarst Slash (Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver) and TV Superstar and friend of Talkin Pets Betty White have hooked up... in some very cute tv ads for LA Zoo...
Allen & Gerritsen Ad Agency put together a charming series of TV spots for the Los Angeles Zoo's LAIR environment, LIAR Stands for: Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles. If nothing else, the agency should be commended for pairing up Slash and Betty White, who are both on the zoo's board of trustees and have an unexpected, and bewildering, on-screen chemistry. They must use the same amount of foundation, too, because Slash's complexion hasn't been this smooth since Reagan was president. Betty is classic as always and if you want to check out these ads head over to our facebook fan page, just go to talkinpets.com ad click the facebook icon on the top of our web page.
Sometimes when man creates a huge problem that destroys the balance of the ecosystem and man’s best friend must come in and sort it out....
Jake and Ivy, two Labradors from Alabama's Auburn University, were recently called to the swamps of Florida to find a formidable non-native species: the Burmese Python.
Brought to Florida by the exotic pet trade, and set free in the Everglades, the Southeast Asian snakes are normally about 12 feet long but can reach lengths of up to 19 feet.
Opportunistic eaters, pythons have all but wiped out marsh rabbits, opossums, and raccoons in the southern region of Everglades National Park, according to a nine-year study.
Terry Fischer and Craig Angle of Auburn’s EcoDog program traveled to Florida to pick up samples of the species’ scent and returned to America to imprint the dogs with the essence of Burmese python.
The use of detection dogs has been a valuable addition to the current tools used to manage and control pythons. The dogs can detect pythons from a distance and when they spot one they stop in their tracks and crouch. The pythons’ reaction is strangely poignant. Rather than striking when discovered, they curl up and hide.
So far Jake and Ivy have located 19 pythons, one of which had 19 eggs.
The fox and the hound not the movie... in real life!!
They're happy to engage in rough and tumble, and even spring into the air to catch a ball, just like any pair of playful dogs.
But the bond between these two scamps is an unlikely one – for one is a Jack Russell terrier and the other is a young vixen.
Just as in the children’s cartoon film The Fox And The Hound, the animals, which might normally be considered enemies, have become firm friends.
The vixen, Anuska, was orphaned days after her birth when her mother was run over by a car. But fortunately Sadie the terrier was on hand – or should that be paw? – to fill the gap.
The two have become inseparable, and even go out on walks together with their owner, art teacher Brian Bevan, who says that eight-month-old Anuska has become as obsessed with catching balls as ten-year-old Sadie.
Anuska and eight other cubs were rescued by a farmer who dug them out of their den after recognising their mother’s body on a road. Their first few days were spent in the company of the farmer’s labradors, helping them feel at ease with dogs from early on. All were found homes, including Anuska, who was taken in by Mr Bevan and his wife Jacky.
Foxes have become increasingly bold in recent years as they hunt for food in urban areas, and have been known to attack humans occasionally.
If you want to see this adorable pair together in some stunning photos log onto our web site talkinpets.com, click the facebook icon on the top of the page and find this story on our wall... you wont be dissapointed... soooo cute!!!
A new U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia wears a tie, has a campaign website and even launched an ad. One big difference? He has a thick coat of fur.
Hank the cat has thrown his paw into the race, running to mock the political status quo. The cat's owner, Anthony Roberts, says he and his partner set up the campaign as an inside joke.
Hank's campaign posters show the Maine Coon gazing upward, wearing a tie. An ad says Hank, a moderate, will work to make sure America stays the greatest land of all.
Hank is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Webb, a Democrat.
But no successful campaign goes unanswered by the opposition.
In this case, Canines for a Feline Free Tomorrow Superpac has launched the first Hank attack ad, accusing him of being a carpetbagger, not being truthful about his use of catnip and being a "fat cat."
Campaign manager/owner Matthew Leary said that Hank will not respond to negative ads. But he did defend Hank's waistline: "He's no fat cat".
A Texas family has won a battle with their HOA over an unusual pet....
The Dreis family has a 6-month-old kangaroo, Mike.
But they didn’t get Mike just for fun – he’s actually there to help the family’s 16-year-old special-needs daughter, Kala.
For that reason, the actions of the homeowners association where they live in Spring, Texas, has come as a shock.
Jeni and Nick Dreis bought the red kangaroo about a month ago, and are taking care of him for the next year before he’s moved to a wildlife park.
Mike’s closest companion is the Dreis’ 16-year-old daughter Kayla, who has Down’s syndrome. Kayla says, “I like to snuggle with him. He's silly. And he loves me.”
But on February 20, the Dreis’ received a terse letter from the Estate of Legends Ranch Homeowners Association, threatening to cut their relationship short.
The letter read: 'Please immediately remove the kangaroo from your property as it is not a household pet nor can it be maintained for any business purposes. You are asked to correct the violation immediately.'
While red kangaroos are the largest of the marsupial class when they reach adulthood, Mike only weighs about 10 pounds.
But it’s a happy—or should we say hoppy—ending for Kala. The HOA has had a change of heart and will let the family keep Mike.
“We regret the miscommunication. Now that we have more information about the situation, it was never our intention to separate this beautiful girl from the kangaroo,” The Estates of Legends Ranch HOA said in a written statement. “We know that the baby kangaroo will only live in our community for a brief time until a more suitable home can be found. We plan to work with the family to do what’s best for all homeowners.”
Last year we as Americans broke records and spent more than $50 billion dollars on our pets.
That is a record high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs, cats, canaries, guppies, and the like, the American Pet Products Association, or APPA, said in a report this week.
Food and vet costs accounted for about 65 percent of the spending. But it was a service category - one that includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, pet-sitting, and day care - that grew more than any other, surging 7.9 percent from $3.51 billion in 2010 to $3.79 billion in 2011.
Spending in 2011 was up 5.3 percent from 2010, when it totaled $48.35 billion.
In 2011, people spent $19.85 billion on food, $13.41 billion on vet care, $11.77 billion on supplies and over-the-counter medicines, $3.79 billion on other services and $2.14 billion on live animal purchases.
APPA numbers indicate that animal sales and adoptions are flattening out and the number of people who switched over to high-end food products is topping out.
Pet insurance is another area that is expected to grow briskly.
Included in the veterinary care category, insurance was estimated to be $450 million in 2011 and expected to grow to more than $500 million in 2012.