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Saturday, May 5, the 126th day of 2012.
There are 240 days left in the year.

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Today In History
1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena.

2000, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton marry in Las Vegas. The two Oscar-winners exchange vows in a short ceremony at the Little Church of the West.  It's the fifth marriage for Thornton, 44, and the second for Jolie, 24. Needless to say, it doesn't last.

1997, Married with Children broadcasts its last episode.

1904, Denton "Cy" Young pitches baseball's first perfect game, leading the Boston Americans to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.

Celeb B-Days
Kurt Loder - 1944  M-T-V newsman and music journalist (Age: 68)

Michael Palin - 1943 The English actor and television personality was an original member of Monty Python's Flying Circus. (Age: 69)

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins  - 1988 better known mononymously as Adele (Age: 24)

Jon Patch - Host

Vince Centonze DVM - Director of the HCC Vet Tech Program / Co Host

Lisa Centonze DVM - Hillsborough County Animal Services Tampa Bay, Florida / Co Host

Bob Page - Executive Producer

Matt & Zack - Network Producers

Special Guests:
5:00 PM EST – America’s Got Talent winner – Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.- First Album – That’s Life –
5:40 PM EST – Tanya Marchiol – TV Personality & Real Estate Guru – Special Guest and supporter of the Annual Premiere Global Adoption Event at North Shore Animal League America –
6:30 PM EST – Jason Griffin – President, Insect Shield International. LLC –

Man upset to learn that he didn't receive any superpowers after getting bit by rabid bat...

A bat was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab after biting a man in the Atlanta area. The following day, animal control learned the bat was positive for rabies.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause disease in the brain and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A vaccination is available to prevent the disease if medical care is received promptly.


RECALL ALERT: WellPet announced a voluntary recall of one recipe of Wellness® dry dog food after being notified by Diamond Pet Foods regarding the presence of Salmonella...

All Wellness products are tested for Salmonella and all lots tested negative prior to shipping to customers.  This voluntary recall is being done out of an abundance of caution as these products were produced at the facility that has been linked to recent recalls of Diamond brand foods due to the threat of Salmonella.

The products involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy, 15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and5 oz. sample bags with best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013.

Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner.

No other WellPet recipes, sizes or brands of food are impacted by this voluntary recall.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, may call us at (877) 227-9587 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern time and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern time).

Contacts:Consumer Inquiries: (877) 227-9587


A new study finds that bringing your dogs to work can make you feel better, all day long...

According to a new study by Virginia Commonwealth University, dog owners who brought their pets to work had stress lower at the beginning of the day and throughout the day than workers who didn't bring their dogs to work or have pets.

In the study, owners who did not bring their dogs to work stress increased steadily, and nearly doubled by the end of the day.  However, not everyone is a dog lover, so having your best friend at the office can cause some issues.

Dr. Randolph Barker, of Virginia Commonwealth University, said, "People in the study did find that sometimes the dogs were destructive. They were noisy. People did find that that sometimes the dogs were not as clean as they would like them."

But if you're thinking how nice it would be to take your dog to work, Barker's study just might give you some ammunition with the boss.

Barker said, "Fifty percent of those people that brought their dogs to work felt that their dogs increased their productivity - that gets businesses' attention when you say that, right?"

The study is preliminary, but the results are expected to be similar in the final report.


You've kissed butt at work, but this zoo keeper took the metaphorical act to a whole new (and literal) level.

Zoo keeper Zhang Bangsheng used warm water to clean a small Leaf Monkey’s buttocks at Wuhan Zoo in China, then began using his mouth to lick it, not stopping for over an hour, until the little monkey defecated a single peanut. 

As it is understood, the small monkey is only 3 months old, and is the first Leaf Monkey to be born in nearly 10 years at Wuhan Zoo. It is a rare primate and is amongst the nation’s most protected animals. 

On the first day of a holiday weekend they let the monkey into an exhibit for the first time to meet visitors so it can see more of the world. The next day they discovered that the little monkey had indigestion and difficulty defecating, and immediately became worried.

Seeing peanut shells on the ground, it was clear that visitors had definitely tossed peanuts to the small monkey, and the toothless monkey swallowed the peanut whole. If it does not quickly defecate it, it would endanger the little monkey’s life. Because the monkey is too small, it wasn’t suitable to use medicine to help it defecate.

Some news outlets are questioning the authenticity of the story -- and why the zoo kepper used his mouth rather than the more traditional method: a warm cloth.


The "Cuddly Catz" program at a Correctional Facility in Washington State teaches inmates some valuable life skills....

When Princess Natalie was still a kitten, before she was prison royalty, she was left in a cage with another cat for months. They were fed, given water and not much else. Natalie became afraid of people and other cats. When she was adopted, she hissed at her owners, made a mess in their home and bit them at every opportunity. They gave up and handed her over to a shelter.

Natalie was scheduled to be put down. But then a program at a minimum-security prison in Washington state presented another option: Hand her over to a pair of inmates.

The six-year-old, long-haired black cat would live in their cell, get outside time daily and learn manners.

For Joey Contreras, Natalie's arrival was his ticket out of a 40-man dorm and into a two-person cell with a door.

Contreras and his cellmate, after passing the screening process, are two of the four inmates in the program. 

It wasn't easy at the outset. She came as advertised, moody, dysfunctional and prone to violence. But the changes in his newest cellmate are evident.

She can now be petted, brushed and even held for a few minutes. She still growls but rarely hisses. She has a scratching post and perch that takes up a healthy chunk of the 12 foot-by-10 foot cell. Contreras and his cellmate care for her in shifts.

The prison hopes to add four more cats. Inmates accepted in the program have to exhibit good behavior — infractions can mean being sent back to the general population.

Prison counselor Monique Camacho said the experience helps reinforce the concept of teamwork for inmates who are used to looking out for only themselves.


May 6-12, 2012 is National Pet Week and the theme chosen by the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association this year is “Healthy Pets Make Happy Homes.”

National Pet Week is widely celebrated throughout the United States and other parts of the world. In 2012, National Pet Week is celebrated from May 6-12. The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine.

Keeping pets healthy requires teamwork. As a pet owner, you can partner with your veterinarian to help your pet live the happiest, healthiest life possible.

So educate yourself on proper pet care and pet health problems by asking questions and finding the answers from reliable, trusted sources of information - such as your veterinarian and their staff, or you can always call Talkin Pets... toll free 866.606.TALK


What's the big deal about Cinco de Mayo — literally translated as the fifth of May? Here's what you need to know to celebrate the day:

1. Cinco de Mayo IS NOT Mexico’s Independence Day. Most Americans confuse this holiday with Mexico's Independence Day, but that date is Sept. 16. 

2. Cinco de Mayo IS a celebration of the Battle of Puebla. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

3. Cinco de Mayo IS a celebrations of underdogs. Why make such a big deal over one victory? The win at Puebla was a huge deal for Mexico because the Mexican Army went into the battle as underdogs. They had no training and no equipment and were vastly outnumbered against the well-armed, well-disciplined and well-funded French, who up until that point had defeated them at every turn. Yet, they prevailed. 

4. Cinco de Mayo IS NOT really a big deal in Mexico. With all of the fuss around May 5th here in the U.S., you would think it was the biggest holiday in Mexico — but that's not the case. That honor goes to Mexican Independence Day. Still, Mexicans do celebrate the day with family get-togethers, fireworks, dancing and lots of yummy food. 

5. Cinco de Mayo IS a holiday for everyone to celebrate. Many towns around the U.S. have festivals, fiestas, dances, fireworks, food and music in honor of the holiday. It's a great time to teach your kids about the culture, people and history of Mexico — or even learn a little yourself.


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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever... | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.