Reality TV - Shipping Critters From Cats To Cobras
James Nelligan, Pacific Pet Transports
If your last airplane flight had you sitting next to a baboon, it could've been for a client of Pacific Pet Transport, the latest company to get a Reality TV show. They move animals for the rich and famous. From rhinos to snakes, James Nelligan shares their travels and spills the beans on Alanis Morissette and several other big names.
James Nelligan started Pacific Pet Transports about eleven years ago. They not only work with commercial airlines, but also with private charters. Their clients include the Hollywood “A” list, to the corporate executive, to the family moving across country. The majority of their business is international, but they also do domestic shipping. James says you can name any type of animal, and they have shipped it!
Everyday is a different day at Pacific Pet Transports, as they never know what type of animal they are going to be asked to move nor do they know the challenges that may come along with it.
James once even moved an entire farm that included horses, goats, pigs and chickens. The rarest animal he has moved was a male Sumatran Rhino from the Los Angeles Zoo back to Indonesia so that he could continue the species, as there are only about 250 left in the world. The most dangerous move was a Monocled Cobra for Jules Sylvester’s “Snakes on a Plane” movie. Other animals moved for the film industry include baboons for Rock of Ages and mallard ducks for the new Smurfs II movie.
Over all, James states that the most challenging of moves are those requested by rock stars who are touring and want their animals with them in all of the different countries where they are performing. However, every country has a different requirements and even quarantines, so not every animal can be shipped to them.
James has done a lot of work for Alanis Morissette, his favorite client. Pacific Pet Transports has moved her Chihuahuas around South American and Europe. When Orland Bloom was doing the Pirates of the Caribbean, they shipped his dogs to the Bahamas.
Surprisingly, the hardest animals to move are birds. This is because of the bird diseases and the amount of permits that are required. He also mentioned that any bird entering the United States has an automatic 30-day quarantine.
James states that there’s never a dull moment! In all of the years he has been doing this, there was only one escapee when he first started, a cat, and they luckily found him. This was when their airlines weren’t as strict on type of crates, and the cat escaped from an open-topped crate, when an employee wanted to check out the cat. Now, James makes sure that all the animals are in secure crates to prevent this from ever happening again.
James got started in the business by shipping surfboards. He happened to be at the airport one day when he saw extremely dehydrated dogs being shipped without water. He knew immediately that he could do a better job. Fortunately that shipping company is no longer in business.
Pacific Pet Transports averages about 1o to 15 shipments per day, with the average price of shipping an 80-pound Labrador dog across country, from Los Angeles to New York, at around $1,000.
A friend of James originally wanted to film what he does for a documentary, and the documentary then turned into a web show. Who knows, you may one day see it on national television.
To see “Animal Movers” episodes, visit www.animalmovers.tv.
Lennox Will Not Have Died In Vain!
Tammy Crew, Lennox’s Law
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) has many up in arms over these ridiculous laws. What's the real story behind Lennox, the dog put to sleep simply because he was a Pit Bull in a county that outlaws them? Even big cities like Denver are saying "no" to Pit Bulls. Good laws or just plain arrogance? Tammy Crew tells you about an organization that has formed to fight BSL.
Lennox was a pug-nosed black dog, who inspired a two-year legal fight and animal-rights protests on both sides of the Atlantic, who was put to sleep amid claims that he was a danger to the public.
Dog wardens seized him from his owners in April 2010. Lennox spent two years in a municipal dog pound while his owners and city authorities battled in the courts. His owner, Caroline Barnes, argued that Lennox was a bull dog mix, not a pit bull terrier, never attacked anyone and could be resettled outside Northern Ireland in a jurisdiction that permits ownership of pit bulls.
Lennox's Law, are a devoted group of animal lovers who's worldwide team is comprised of legal advisors, animal behaviorists, vet techs, management specialists, public speakers, and the list goes on, with over 6,400 members. They all came together through tears, heartbreak and disbelief worldwide over what happened to Lennox.
Their mission is to change the current Breed Specific Legislation globally, to have the deed punished and not the breed. They hope to educate irresponsible owners of bully breeds, as well as educate the public and government officials on the ineffectiveness of this law.
With regard to Lennox, Tammy states that the UK lied and had the wrong dog. She also believes that something happened while Lennox was in custody for two years. The authorities said that Lennox was eventually euthanized, but those at Lennox’s Law believe that he actually died before then. Either way, there was a big cover up. Of course the only ones that know for sure what happened are the authorities and the dog himself, but he unfortunately can’t talk. Lennox was a young service dog for a special needs child.
Implementing mandatory training programs, spay neuter laws and regulating breeders is far less costly and vastly more effective than BSL. Preventative measures must to be taken if anything is to change. The law as it stands is discriminatory and it costs too many innocent lives to be taken.
Lennox’s Law states that Lennox will not have died in vain, and he will NOT be forgotten!
Key To Lifelong Joint Health
Dr. Steven Allday, LubriSyn
Dr. Steven Allday is not your ordinary equine veterinarian. His special expertise is in demand from Churchill Downs to Saratoga, from Hollywood Park to Calder, from Pimlico across the pond to Newmarket and Curragh.
Dr. Allday is also the founder and CEO of Halstrum, LLC. Halstrum’s products, LubriSyn and LubriSyn CA, are the equine industry leaders in the exploding supplements market. After years of injecting, and continuing to inject horses’ joints at the track, Dr. Allday discovered and developed an oral formula of HA (Hyaluronan acid).
HA is a naturally occurring lubricant that helps cushion every joint in the body. This not only goes for horses, but also for people and dogs. The higher quality that this fluid is maintained, the better the joints are.
Age and exercise degrade joint fluid, which is a symptom of osteoarthritis. Over time you don’t produce as much HA. Dr. Allday felt if you replaced it naturally, you would get better relief. LubriSyn replenishes natural HA to help keep joints mobile and healthy, with a convenient oral administration.
LubriSyn’s formula for dogs can be put right on top of their food daily. It makes a huge difference in their life because it is a natural way to improve the fluid in the joint. With LubriSyn you get a good anti-inflammatory response and you can basically slow down the degenerative process once it has started. The good part is that it helps resolves some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and doesn’t just cover up the symptoms like regular anti-inflammatories.
But you don’t have to wait until you see physical symptoms in your dog. You can start your dog on LubriSyn as a puppy to maintain their joints throughout life as they age.
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The Dogfather's Grooming Tip with Joey Villani
Washing Your Smelly Bird
Joey’s latest email includes someone who has written him about their smelly bird . What most people don’t know is that birds need baths but need to be wet to clean themselves.
There are actually two ways to bathe a bird, one method for a bird that bites and the other for a willing bird. Of course it is always easier if your bird doesn’t bite, but about 75% of birds will bite you if they don’t like what you are doing to them.
For birds that don’t bite, you will bathe them in a similar fashion as you would bathe a cat. Get a bucket (about 2 and ½ gallons) and fill it with warm water. You want to put enough water in the bucket to where the animal can comfortably stand and have their head sticking out of the water.
Next, add two tablespoons of baking soda. The baking soda will neutralize any odors on the bird. You can then submerge the bird into the water for about 30 seconds. There is no need to rinse, since there hasn’t been any soap or other chemicals added to the water. When the bird is removed from the water, they will naturally start to prune themselves.
Be sure when bathing your bird that they are placed in warm room after their bath. The temperature needs to be at least 75 degrees or higher.
If you have a bird that won’t let you put it in a bucket, which is probably the majority of birds, get a small spray bottle. If you use a quart-sized bottle, add about a ¼ of a teaspoon of baking soda to warm water. You can then just spray your bird down, even while they are in their cage. They make not like being sprayed, but afterwards they will probably love it, because it will fluff up their feathers, they will start pruning themselves, and they will even take the casings off their feathers.
This is a healthy thing to do to you bird and they won’t smell!
Pet Food Served To Prisoners
An east Texas meat manufacturing company will pay the U.S. Treasury about $400,000 for mislabeling pet food that was eaten by prisoners. John Soules Foods had problems with some "beef trimmings," so the manufacturer sold them to a meat broker without changing the label to pet food. That raw meat was sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in late 2006 and early 2007. No prisoners got sick eating the beef, but it kicked off a three-year investigation. Due to the settlement, the company won't face criminal charges. John Soules Foods, Inc. is the leading fajita processing and marketing company in the U.S.
Puppies Before Babies
Before babies come puppies for Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle. The couple whose new reality show is now on Sundays on E! tells People Magazine they have their hands full with their two dogs, a Morkie named Riley and a Maltese named Maci. Danielle says the puppies are waking up every hour, making messes around the house and that they're getting them ready for kids. Jonas adds that the couple is also getting a feel for their future parenting styles saying, "Dani's going to be the easy one and I'm going to have to be the disciplinarian." Their reality show "Married to Jonas" airs Sundays at 10/9c on E! Kevin Jonas recently revealed that he and brothers will be reuniting as the Jonas Brothers for a one-night only concert in October. The event will take place on October 11th at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
Slaughterhouse Closed Due To Mistreatment
The USDA is closing down a central California slaughterhouse. The move was made due to a video, which showed cows being mistreated during the slaughtering process. The USDA says the Central Valley Meat Company was shut down on Sunday. The group Compassion Over Killing posted video of the facility on the Internet. The video shows cows flailing in a wild fashion as they were dragged by one leg on a conveyer belt en route to being slaughtered. The farm is based 30 miles south of Fresno and according to the activist group, it supplies meat to the National School Lunch Program.
Baby Boomers Giving Up On Pets
While we have heard about people abandoning animals because they couldn’t afford them any longer, it’s more likely the decline in ownership is due to people choosing not to bring new pets into their households after their old pets have passed away. Stephen Zawistowski, Science Advisor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), says that the aging baby boomer population may be part of the reason why fewer pets are in homes. “We do know the economy has played a role, but as baby boomers have aged, they’ve become non pet owners,” says Zawistowski . “Even though there are a lot of studies out there that show how good pets are for older people, we don’t see it happening. When the kids leave home, people tend not to have pets.” He adds that foreclosures have also played a big role in the decrease in pet ownership. “When there are foreclosures and people move, sometimes the pets just can’t go with them. In many cases, people will be forced to downsize to an apartment, and they don’t always allow pets.” Paying veterinary bills are a large part of the burden of owning a pet, and according to the AVMA study, the cost of vet care is on the rise. Vet care for dogs rose by 13.5% from 2001 to 2006, while vet care for cats was up 11.1% from 2006 to 2007.
Smugglers Use Helicopters To Move Sheep In Hawaii
A Maui pilot has pleaded guilty to loading deer on helicopters and flying them from Maui and the Big Island, offering a glimpse into an alleged scheme by hunters to move deer and sheep between the Hawaiian Islands to establish new game populations for their sport. Neither axis deer nor mouflon sheep, the specific animals involved, are native to Hawaii and don’t have natural predators here. Their presence has damaged fragile native ecosystems and farms on the islands where they’ve become established. The alleged animal smugglers took axis deer from Maui to the Big Island and dropped them off to roam. Officials say they took Big Island sheep to a Maui hunting ranch, but apparently didn’t release them to the wild. Axis deer are native to India. They don’t have natural predators in Hawaii, so the population has exploded on islands where they’ve become established. A Maui County survey estimated the animals caused $1 million in damage for farmers, ranchers and resorts over the past two years.
No More Private Tour Vehicles At Sanctuary
Six Flags Great Adventure will stop letting park guests use their own vehicles for drive-thru tours of its animal sanctuary, the company said. 38 years after first giving visitors close-up views of giraffes, elephants, rhinos and lions from their family cars. The amusement park company did not give a reason for the change, which takes effect next year. The Wild Safari portion of the park also will end its 2012 season a month early, on Sept. 30, except for previously scheduled VIP tours, park officials said. Six Flags currently lets visitors either drive their own vehicles through its 350-acre animal sanctuary or take guided bus tours.
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