Jamie Farr, M*A*S*H Corporal Klinger
The craziest sane man to ever enlist in the 4077 (M*A*S*H) is Jamie Farr, better known as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger.
In the beginning of Jamie’s career when he was studying theater, roles were infrequent for the young actor, and he took jobs as a delivery person, a post office clerk, an army surplus store clerk and an airlines reservations agent.
Jamie also states, “I had to take a job in a Chinchilla Ranch where I had to clean out the dropping pans.” He says, “I was really raking it in then!” But, he wasn’t the only one in acting class doing these odd jobs. He mentions that, “Clint Eastwood was cleaning out swimming pools.”
When Jamie was originally hired for M*A*S*H, it was for one episode. He wasn’t part of the original cast, but states, “I was a tack on. I was a one-day day player. I came on and I think I got $250 for the day. I had four lines one the show.” The next thing he knew, they kept calling him back. He did about 6 shows the first year, 12 shows the second year, and then in the third year they signed him to a contract.
Jamie’s character on the show was Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger a cross-dresser who wore his infamous Fuzzy Pink Slippers, in the hopes of getting out of the Army.
Hal Abrams stated, “I always thought you were the most sane person on that show!” To which Jamie replied, “You have a warped way of looking at the world I’m afraid Hal!”
Jamie and his wife, Joy, are currently owned by 3 cats. Jamie states that his wife is the “Pied Piper.” If there is an animal out there, they will go to her. She is the kindest, sweetest, thing that you have ever imagined in your life. He mentions that they have always had pets and he couldn’t think of one time when they didn’t have animals in the house.
Together they wrote a children’s book, Hababy’s Christmas Eve, the story of a camel family that Jamie first introduced on M*A*S*H.
What Are The Chances Your Pet Will Be Lost or Found?
Dr. Emily Weiss , ASPCA
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) conducted a telephone survey of more than 1,000 pet-owning households across the country and uncovered new data regarding how many pets have been lost, how many ultimately made it home, and how their guardians found them. The study involved a random digit dial survey of pet guardians to find out if they lost a dog or cat in the past five years – and if they did, did they find that pet – and where did they look? There were 1,015 households that had cared for a dog or cat within the past five years, and of those pet guardians surveyed:
• 15 percent had lost a dog or a cat in the past five years – a lower number than had been anecdotally reported
• 85 percent of those lost dogs and cats were recovered
• The percentage of lost dogs compared to lost cats was quite similar – 14 percent for dogs and 15 percent for cats
• Cat guardians were less likely to find their cat – only 74 percent of lost cats were recovered, while 93 percent of lost dogs were recovered
More dogs were found because of the differences in the way people treat dogs and cats. As an example, cats are less likely to be wearing a collar and tag than dogs are.
Surprisingly, most animals are not microchipped. While microchipping is very important, it is also crucial to have a visual ID tag.
Most folks lose pets when things are a little different at home. You could be moving, having something delivered to your home, or even just having company. No matter how careful you are, things can happen which can cause a pet to become lost.
Of the pets that were lost, most of them were found in their own neighborhood. This means if your pet becomes lost, you should look quickly and often for your pet in your immediate surroundings.
The Dogfather's Grooming Tip with Joey Villani
It’s a good idea to brush your dog regularly and remove all tangles. But did you know you can brush them too hard and too much? Well, you can, and you can end up with what it is called “brush burn.”
Brush burn is an irritation of the skin. When this happens, dog will usually scratch at it; causing an infection that may need medical attention.
If you do happen to brush your pet too hard causing an irritation, get some medicated powder, like Gold Bond. Gold Bond works very well and will do the same thing for your pet as it does for you. It will relieve the irritation and the itching.
Gold Bond is also helpful in removing the knots and tangles before you brush. Just apply some powder to the knot itself. You don’t have to saturate the coat, just a light shake, and brush it in. Not only will it help ease the knot, but also if any irritation does form, it will help soothe it.
Gold Bond just doesn’t help with brushing irritation; it is also useful for fleabite dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to a fleabite. Just apply Gold Bond to the infected area and it will relieve the itching from the fleabites.
Gold Bond is good for most skin irritations on your pet, jut be careful when applying it and keep it away from your pet’s eyes, nose and genitals.
Library Uses Dog For Bedbug Infestation
Officials at an Oklahoma library are turning to a four-legged friend to deal with a recent bedbug infestation. The Tulsa World reports the state's only bedbug sniffing dog, Miss Liberty Belle, was called in to see just how bad the Tulsa Central Library's problem was. The facility was evacuated after a patron reported being bitten. However, a spokesman says it appears to be an isolated incident believed to be contained within a small portion of the library. Still, the entire building will remain closed until Miss Liberty Belle and a team of exterminators are certain all of the bedbugs have been expunged.
Former "Price Is Right" Host Speaks For Pigs
Former host of "The Price Is Right" Bob Barker and the group Mercy for Animals is calling on Walmart to stop buying pork from a factory farm he says treats pigs cruelly. On a website video Barker narrates an undercover video made at a factory farm. Barker also held a press conference in Los Angeles to talk about the undercover video. Barker is seeking to pressure retail outlets and restaurant chains to stop doing business with suppliers that use the small pens to hold pregnant sows.
If You Want To Put More Playtime Into Your Life, Get A Dog!
A recent Beneful poll shows that adults who have a dog are 30-percent more likely to carve out opportunities several times a week to play. And for 61-percent, the play companion they enjoy the most is their dog. By comparison 48-percent would rather play with their spouse or significant other, and 37-percent would prefer to have a good time with their friends. In addition, the majority believes Americans should spend more time playing. More than 80-percent say Americans don't put enough playtime into their lives. In addition, 47-percent of dog owners believe their pets would benefit from playing more often.
Bear Decides To Do A Little Shopping
A Pennsylvania bear's attempt to do a little shopping led to the evacuation of a Pittsburgh mall. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, officials say the female black bear walked into the Sears at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall. Wildlife Conservation Officer Dan Puhala says they were eventually able to lure the animal between the automatic double doors, tranquilize her, and then wheel her outside. Witnesses say the bear was also spotted roaming around other nearby stores earlier in the day, although no injuries have been reported.
Don’t Toss The Cat In With The Laundry
A Scottish woman will most likely sort her laundry a little more carefully after she accidentally tossed her cat in the washing machine. Emma Lothian tells "The Scotsman" Tinker, her family's ten-week-old tortoiseshell, was apparently sleeping in the laundry basket with a pile of dirty clothes, and wound up going through the hot-water wash cycle before she was discovered. Lothian says she first noticed something was wrong when Tinker wasn't running around her legs as she did her usual chores, and eventually heard a noise coming from the washing machine. Lothian saw Tinker stuck on top of the clothes and pried open the door to get her out. She immediately wrapped the cat in a towel and brought her to the vet, and says it didn't look like Tinker would make it. Vet John Buxton, who says he's never seen a case like this, put the cat in a heated oxygen chamber, and she eventually made a full recovery.
Man Breaks No Laws Dressing As A Goat
The Utah photographer who spotted a person dressed like a mountain goat on an Ogden hillside is describing his encounter. Coty Creighton says the photos showing a costumed human mingling with real wild goats on Ben Lomond Peak. State officials say mountain goats can become aggressive and inflict serious harm. They also worry the individual dressed as a goat could be mistaken for wild game by hunters. State wildlife officers say they heard back from a man who claimed to be the person in the homemade goat suit seen on the side of a mountain recently. The 57-year-old hunter told the Division of Wildlife Resources that he was testing out his suit in preparation for a goat hunt in Canada next year. Officers were never concerned about any law that was being broken. Instead, they were worried about the safety of anyone who would put on a homemade goat suit and go running after a herd of real mountain goats, which have real horns and are known to be territorial.
Firefighters Rescue Pig
WFOR-TV reports Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue and the Southwest Ranches Volunteer Fire Department were called to save Strawberry, a 900-pound pig, after she fell into a pond on her way to her new home. The team says they used a ladder and a large tarp to get the animal out of the five-foot-deep water. And their efforts were successful. Strawberry was eventually returned to her trailer for the 450-mile ride across Florida.
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