ANIMAL RADIO® Network Newsletter | August 2007
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Michael Vick's co-defendant Agrees to Plea Deal in dog fighting case.
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TOP TEN PLACES TO TAKE FIDO - It's our annual Travel Special.
CAN BIRDS GET ELECTROCUTED? - Powerlines possible killer?
PHOTOGRAPHING CELEBS AND THEIR PETS - You won't see George Clooney's PIG.
DOGFIGHTING IN AMERICA - Michael Vick isn't an isolated case.
PRODUCT REVIEW Luxury Lounger Pet Bed BOOK REVIEW Cat in Art
....and more from Marilyn Krieger, Arden Moore, Mike Fry and others....
Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, discusses her childhood pets and life with her famous parents.
Wendie Malick was a presenter at the 21st Genesis Awards, celebrating outstanding individuals in major media for raising awareness of animal issues; presented by The Humane Society of the United States. Listen in as Wendie talks about growing up with dogs, and in fact, states her older sister was a collie!
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Vick's Co-Defendant Agrees to Plea Deal
By Michael S. Schmidt
THE NEW YORK TIMES, RICHMOND, Va., - One of the men indicted with Michael Vick on federal dogfighting charges pleaded guilty Monday and has agreed to help prosecutors make their case.
Tony Taylor, a 34-year-old from Hampton, Va., pleaded guilty here in United States District Court to charges of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsoring "a dog in an animal fighting venture."
Taylor, Vick and two other men, Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; and Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, pleaded not guilty last week in the case. But as part of his deal, Taylor signed a 13-page statement that confirmed much of what the government asserted in its indictment of the men on July 17.
Taylor outlined his involvement with the others in a dogfighting enterprise known as Bad Newz Kennels, according to the statement. He attested to how he scouted a property for Vick to buy in Smithfield, Va., as the base for the venture and cited numerous examples in which the group bought, trained and sponsored dogs in connection with fighting. He also said they gambled on the fights.
Although the statement said several dogs were killed, it did not say that Vick killed any of them. The statement said Taylor had a falling out with Phillips in 2004 and had not been part of the enterprise since.
The 18-page indictment against the men accuses them in graphic detail of animal cruelty. During a search of Vick's property in April, 54 pit bulls were recovered, along with a so-called rape stand used to hold dogs in place for mating, an electronic treadmill modified for dogs, and bloody carpeting. As part of his agreement with prosecutors, Taylor is expected to give testimony that mirrors his statement.
Since being indicted on charges of sponsoring, gambling on and authorizing acts of cruelty against dogs, Vick has had his football career put in limbo - and in jeopardy. N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell told him not to attend training camp, Reebok has pulled his Atlanta Falcons jerseys from stores, and Nike has stopped sales of its Vick-branded products.
At a 9 a.m. hearing Monday, Taylor stood with his lawyer, Stephen Ashton Hudgins, before Judge Henry E. Hudson and answered questions about whether he understood the plea agreement.
Taylor responded that he did with brief answers in a deep monotone voice.
He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and is free on bond while awaiting a Dec. 14 sentencing. Because a trial in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 26, the judge and prosecutors will have time to evaluate the extent of Taylor's cooperation before setting a punishment.
Vick and the others are also free on bond.
Daniel C. Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School and a former assistant United States attorney, described the plea agreement as an important step for the investigation.
"A witness like this is the only way to really get inside information without tracking the crime while it is happening," Richman said. "This is the government's way of signaling to the other defendants that it has significant evidence and that they should seriously consider pleading guilty themselves."
A spokeswoman for the United States attorney's office in Richmond declined to comment because the investigation was still under way.
Vick's lawyer, Billy Martin, did not return a telephone message seeking comment.
While leaving the court Monday, Taylor was swarmed by reporters who peppered him with questions about Vick.
Taylor said nothing as he entered a waiting car and left.
Carl Tobias, a professor at University of Richmond Law School, said that the turn of events did not help Vick but that defense lawyers could attempt to discredit Taylor.
"Vick's lawyer was saying on Thursday that they were going to fight this thing to the end, but just a few days later someone has already pled," Tobias said. "There is a lot time between now and the trial, and the other defendants could turn as well. But the other three of them may be hanging together. They could go after Taylor's credibility by citing the falling out as more motivation to turn against them."
Dogfighting in America with HSUS John Goodwin.
This year's award, which took place on March 24th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The full ceremony is being re-broadcast on AmericanLife TV.
The HSUS offers Proud 2 Adopt "care packages" at no charge to new "pet parents" who send in their adoption certificate from their local shelter or rescue group. The package includes: an HSUS certificate, a P2A t-shirt, bumper sticker, pin, pen, brochures, and a coupon for Hill's Science Diet pet food. Information about getting the free package can be found at http://www.humanesociety.org/adopt
Tartaglia stated, "I believe that there is no organization as powerful and knowledgeable about animal issues as The HSUS and it's an honor to be linked with them on this project. I consider my own dog Dora and cats, Sebastian, Mia and Keisha all from shelters to be part of my family, and I am a proud dad to have them in my life."
Tartaglia, best known for his
Tony Award-nominated performance on Broadway in the original
cast of "Avenue Q," is star, executive producer and
co-creator of the hit Disney Channel series "Johnny and
the Sprites." As a puppeteer, he was one of the youngest
actors to ever appear on "Sesame Street," where he
worked for 10 years starting at the age of just 16. In addition,
he appeared earlier this year as Lumiere on Broadway in "Beauty
and the Beast."
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Lucie currently does not have any pets, as she lost her 2 dogs and her 2 cats to friend when she went to Europe for a year and a half and upon her return didn't have the heart to uproot her pets who had become used to their new people and surroundings.
Lucie began her career at age
12 when the played in her mother's tv show "The Lucy Show,"
and then she became a series regular on "Here's Lucy"
co-starring with her brother, Desi Arnaz, Jr. But despite her
many movie credits, Lucie's real passion lies in lived theatre.
This annual special covers
the new products and services available for your traveling pets.
Queen Mary 2
at Crested Butte, CO
Shores Inn, Cambria, CA
6. Cypress Inn, Carmel, CA
House Resort, NC
Ranch, West Yellowstone, MT
Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort in Baja, Mexico
2. Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ
1. Telluride, CO
And if I do have to mention
two of my favorites, they are The Peaks Resort, home to the famous Golden
Door Spa. There is a Fido entrance to the spa where your dog
will be pampered while you hit the slopes or are getting pampered
at the same time. $150 non-refundable fee. Each additional pet
is $50. And the Mountain Lodge at Telluride. The hotel's "Elevated
Pooch Package" includes dog bed, check-in biscuits, a take-home
dog dish and copy of "Fido Friendly." With a two-night
stay they'll waive the $25 per night pet fee.
Is There an Easier Way to
The transdermal route is desirable in many patients, including those animals with behavioral problems that makes handling and administering oral medications difficult; animals whose health is compromised and the stress of oral administration would further aggravate medical conditions; and any animal whose owners are unable to "pill" or administer oral medications to their pet.
There are also "VetChews" in which the raw drug is compounded into a chewable treat base form, or you can find a pharmacy which offers flavored liquid medication.
Elliot visit the 120 citizens of the center, who suffer from everything from Alzheimer's disease to Parkinson's disease, and will even sit on their laps for hours at a time.
It has been proven that animals of all types can have large health benefits. Dr. Marty Becker, author of The Healing Power of Pets states that "there is actually a biochemical event that happens when they come in contact, a biochemical spa treatment of sorts and that "it lowers blood pressure and elevates the mood."
Over the years Christopher has been involved with a vast range of projects, including 'The Osbournes pets' and 'Bark at the Moon', the official Osbourne Family Pet Book. Christopher was tapped for a special tribute to the search and rescue dogs of 9/11 for 'New Yorker' magazine featuring nine celebrities with hero canines.
Throughout the course of his career Christopher's work has been featured in People magazine, In Style, Smoke, Star, US Weekly, The New York Times, Daily News, The NY Post, and The LA Times to name a few. In fact, People Magazine broke tradition and printed a unique black and white montage of some of Christopher's select pieces.
He can now be seen every week in 'In Touch' in his column titled 'Stars and Their Pets'.
Christopher Ameruoso has also
launched an animal lover's magazine 'PAW print'. After years
of photographing a myriad of celebrities and their beloved pets.
Christopher tells Animal
Radio® that George Clooney wouldn't let him
photograph him with his pig. Only one photo is in existence of
Clooney and his Swine.
So why do so many animals have
storm phobias? Animal senses are much sharper than ours. They
hear, smell and sense things with a clarity that we can hardly
One of the programs Seth has started is the Rent-A-Pet Program. This program allows visitors, who have been forced to leave their pets at home, the opportunity to fill the void by spending a day outside the shelter with one of the animals who live there. The program is also open to residents.
Other programs Seth has started are:
Dog Walking Program
Recognized by the American Humane Association as one of the top 100 animal shelter programs in the United States, Aspen's dog walking program provides a way to ensure that shelter dogs get plenty of exercise and human interaction. As many as twelve volunteers come by the shelter each day specifically to take a dog for a hike or long walk.
Educational Programs at Local Schools
The shelter works very hard to educate school children on how to take care of animals. There are a number of in-house programs in which kids visit the shelter and interact with the resident dogs and cats. There are also several outreach programs designed to reach children attending these local schools.
Rabies Controlling The Threat
Rabies. Almost everyone knows how scary this disease is- because it is fatal to both people and pets. And this year is unusual as we are seeing more cases earlier than normal. Most people believe that rabies is well under control due to vaccinations and regulations. But what you may not know is that every spring and summer, we see an emergence of rabies. Worse yet exposure to rabies can happen in your own backyard.
The reason rabies continues to be of concern each year is because of a "spillover" of the rabies virus that lives in the wildlife population. Spring and summer are the seasons when most wildlife is very active and on the move, and there is an increased exposure of our pets to wildlife - even if you live in the city. While it is true that the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most exposure to humans occurs when they are bitten by a domestic animal that has been exposed to rabies. That is why current rabies vaccinations are so important for our pets.
The primary wildlife reservoir hosts are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and wild dogs. These are also the wildlife that our pets are most likely to encounter. The primary hosts vary in different parts of the country. Keeping both dogs and cats vaccinated, and limiting your direct contact to wildlife is the best way to protect you and your pets from rabies. Rabies vaccination regulations also vary from state to state and your veterinarian is your best resource for rabies information.
Still, with all of the knowledge and vaccination protocols available, each year, there are rabies incidents reported in people, so it is important to know what to do if you think you may have been exposed to rabies. The rabies virus is usually transmitted in the saliva through a bite. Everyone should consider ANY animal bite - whether from wildlife or pets - as an emergency and get prompt medical attention. Animal bites should also be reported to your local animal control so that proper quarantine measures can be taken if necessary.
Any wildlife animal that bites a person or pet will be euthanized and tested for rabies immediately. But what if the bite is from a domestic animal? If a person or pet is bitten and the dog or cat is vaccinated and appears healthy at the time of the bite, the pet can be confined by its owner for ten days and observed. No anti-rabies shots would be required. Unvaccinated pets may be required to be euthanized and tested. If the owner is unwilling to do this, the pets must be quarantined for six months and vaccinated before release. If a vaccinated pet is bitten by a rabies suspect, the pet must be kept under observation for 45 days.
The reason for these time periods is due to the incubation time of the rabies virus in the host. Studies show that unless the virus is shed in the saliva, it is not transmitted. Only late in the disease when the virus has reached the brain and caused an encephalitis does the virus shed in the saliva and therefore able to be transmitted. Most of the signs are very obvious within three to five days of the quarantine and observation period.
Rabies vaccination for your pets dogs and cats - is still the number one prevention you can take. Keep proper rabies and identification tags on your pets at all times. Always maintain control of your pets, and have them spayed or neutered to help reduce the number of stray animals in your community. Report any stray or wildlife animals to your local animal control. Do not try to capture an animal yourself. Consider any stray animal as a rabies risk.
You can watch an interesting
video about Rabies by visiting http://www.MyVNN.com.
My Cat Won't Stay Out of My Room!
Raider has had this obsession with trying to sneak his way into my bedroom & go under the bed. I do not allow my cats to go in there. I have too many tiny things they could play with and I don't want litter paws on my bed. So, if he see's the door opens he will stop whatever he is doing and run at the door or will hide near it for the chance to run in and he will go straight under the bed. He see's this as a game because once I get him out, tap him on the nose as I say "No" and then send him on his way, in no time he is at it again with many attempts all evening long. This is not a huge issue, but one none-the-less.
This is the huge issue:
It's more fun for Raider to annoy you, and get a reaction in the wee hours of the morning then it is to wait for you to feed and interact with him on your schedule. Tapping him on the nose, squirting him and yelling will not solve the problem. He is getting a response from you, even if it is an unpleasant one. Responding is reinforcing the behavior. Instead of reacting, don't respond at all. Don't be surprised if his antics get more pronounced and frantic at first. Raider will probably escalate the behavior since he's accustomed to your reactions, but in a few days he should stop. Along with not responding to his behaviors, there are some activities that you need to engage him in as well. When changing a behavior it's important to give cats other more desired alternative activities.
Every night, before going to bed play with him in a way that imitates the hunt. One of the goals is to play in such a way that does not leave him adrenalin charged, wanting more play. A good toy to use is a fishing pole toy. Never use your hands when playing with a cat! Use the toy to imitate a wounded animal by the way you move the toy. Have it speed up, slow down, go under cabinets, into bags, etc. Towards the end of the play session, make sure to slow the play down. Think of it as a cool down session, a means of dissipating adrenalin, similar to what athletes do after an intense workout session. After the cool down period, allow Raider to catch the toy. After he catches it give him something to eat. This type of play mimics the hunt. After eating, most cats will groom themselves and then settle down to sleep. Please don't leave the fishing pole toys out when you are not there to supervise the play.
Providing him with other entertainment at night may also help. Make puzzle toys out of empty towel or toilet paper rolls. Punch the rolls with holes that are big enough for dry food or treats, than scrimp the ends down. Partially fill the rolls with either his regular dry food or healthy-tasting treats. The same thing can be done with lattice balls or treat balls. Not only will this provide him with something to do, but it will force him to get a little more exercise.
Cats love to play and play-hunt.
Anything small has the potential of becoming a toy in the eyes
of a cat. Raider is just being a cat, wanting to play with the
fascinating objects you keep under the bed. You may want to consider
getting containers or cabinets to store your small, cat-enticing
objects in. Instead of tapping Raider on the nose, provide him
with lots of little safe toys elsewhere in the house. Tapping
him on the nose will not stop him from playing with the objects
under the bed, punishing him will either escalate the behavior
or distance him from you.
Marilyn Krieger, CCBC is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. She can be reached for phone or on-site consultations to help solve cat behavior problems either by e-mail email@example.com or by phone: 650 780 9485. Additionally, Marilyn teaches cat behavior classes and is available for speaking engagements. You can find out more about The Cat Coach at http://www.thecatcoach.com Marilyn is certified through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Copyright July 2007 Marilyn Krieger, CCBC All Rights Reserved. In Technecolor where available. Void where prohibited.
8 WAYS TO "GREEN" YOUR PET
Can man's best friend also be a friend to the environment? According to the United States Humane Society, 73 million dogs and 90 million cats currently inhabit U.S. homes, meaning household pets are an important consumer of valuable resources in many families. Here are eight tips on making your pet owning experience a "green" one.
1. Adopt Your Pet From a Local Shelter
Pets 911 currently has a list of over 20,000 adoptable pets from 8,000 animal shelters. All these animals need things like food, water and vaccinations to survive. They are not disposable, just in need of a loving home. Before you consider buying from a pet store or breeder, visit Pets 911 to see if your dream pet is just a shelter phone call away.
2. Help Control the Pet Population
Bob Barker's famous television line says it best, and spaying/neutering your pets can also have environmental impacts. According to Animal World Network, seven puppies and kittens are born for every human, which means animal overpopulation is a more serious issue than human overpopulation. A neutered/spayed cat will also be less likely to suffer from ovarian or testicular cancer, which means less resources spent on treatment.
3. Find a Local Vet
Every time you drive your pet for a routine check-up, you're emitting carbon dioxide into the air. A five minute drive creates far less damage than a 45 minute commute to the vet you started seeing when you lived five towns away. When you move over 10 miles, consider finding a veterinarian in your new community. Pets 911 has a database of more than 6,000 vets organized by zip code for your reference.
4. Investigate Healthy Food Alternatives
If your family is good enough for the latest trends of a healthy diet, why not your pet? While organic pet food may cost a little more money, it is made with renewable resources and no pesticides or environmentally unfriendly fertilizers. Any extra expenses on food could easily be offset by less medical expenses for your pet from a healthier diet.
5. Recycle Food Containers
As the #1 recycling resource on the internet, it's only natural that Earth 911 would encourage pet owners to practice good recycling. Whether it comes in cans, bottles or bags, chances are your pet's food containers can be recycled. Earth 911's recycling database can show you what facilities in your area recycle which products.
6. Make Poop Disposal Environmentally Friendly
All animals go to the bathroom, and disposing of animal waste is no fun no matter what kind of pet you own. Biodegradable bags are sold at most pet stores, and provide an alternative to using plastic bags that are nearly impossible to decompose. Flushing any remains down the toilet is a smart option as well because most traditional landfills don't lend themselves to composting.
7. Buy Your Pet Sustainable Toys
These can range from eco-friendly beds to hemp collars to stuffed toys made from recycled soda bottles. Your pet may not realize that its playtime is saving the environment, but that won't stop it from having fun with its toys.
8. Keep Your Pet Identified
Everything involved in searching
for a lost pet takes up environmental resources. Whether it's
printing up paper flyers to post information or driving around
the neighborhood yelling your pet's name, losing a pet is an
environmentally unfriendly process. While tagging your pet can't
prevent it from getting lost, it will surely help with the retrieval.
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G'day from Downunder...
Kids and pets... what does it teach?
With an increase in violence here in Australia - particularly among young kids and teenagers - we have to ask "Why?" ... What is causing needless vandalism, domestic violence, animal cruelty and creating muggers and murderers in our society?
Hey we know we're not fully qualified to answer these questions - neither perhaps are you, but we personally believe two things happen when young kids have a pet.
The first one is - if shown how from an early age - kids learn to respect, care and love another being. This hopefully sets them up for a lifetime of the same attitude towards other animals and of course people.
The second point is probably more valuable though - because when a child is seen to mistreat an animal whether in their care or not, it is the perfect time for we adults to pull them back in line. To show them why it is wrong to do what they've done.
Kindergarten and early school teachers armed with this information could easily single out (discreetly) young kids with obvious 'attitude' problems and hopefully - with the right kind of professional counseling - steer them in the right direction.
So where have we gone wrong?
- Why do we still see an increase in violence even though pet
ownership is thought to be beneficial?
To accommodate more and more
people, councils are now cramming as many hi-rise and multi-dwelling
apartments as possible in less and less space.
This means then that kids can't have pets (except perhaps fish) and while we can't say for sure that this (no pets) is the problem, it certainly makes you think.
Of course violent movies, computer games, peer pressure and not so responsible parents have a lot to answer for, but we think if more animals were allowed to be kept in apartments, some of the problems kids now get into in later life might be alleviated.
Oh - and did we mention 'civil libertarians?' - seems a 'kick up the backside' by a parent for misbehaviour is no longer allowed.... never did us much harm!
Anyway - all food for thought
as they say....
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Circumstance! Not Always
What We Think!
The list looks something like this - "Oh I feel so guilty that we are not home enough to be with our animal kids. We work all day. (Fill in the name) is probably not going to want anyone else in the family. My house is too small for (fill in the blank). I can no longer walk them as much as I used to. I couldn't ride a horse any more. My spouse doesn't want another animal. I move a lot. I'm always tired when I get home. This just isn't a good time in my life to have another animal." And this is just a very short sample of the "whys" people have for not bringing an animal into their lives. The short answer for all of this is that the animals are fine with whatever the circumstances are in your life.
You might not know this, but animals know exactly what kind of family they will be living with long before they come to live with you. When anyone comes into your life, it is because at a Soul level, there has been an agreement to meet in this life and do something together. Some times they come for their lifetime. Some times they come for just a short time - or anything in between. The point is that they come to us with full knowledge and agreement at a Soul level to live with you no matter the circumstance. They are here to please (not because they feel like they have to, but because there is nothing else that makes them happier), serve (again because of choice) and teach us. All is well with them no matter what the circumstance is. They primarily come to love us and that can be done regardless of circumstance. Watch animals. They naturally love. It is who they are. And, love doesn't depend upon circumstance.
For instance, I recently had a conversation with a woman who "came across" (meaning she didn't go looking for a dog) a wonderful dog whom she instantly loved and couldn't get out of her mind. The dog's eyes haunted her. So she called me to speak with the dog, the dogs and cats in her family and with the Soul of her partner. There was every reason, according to the woman, why she shouldn't take this new dog home. There was only one why she should - her heart would simply not let go of this particular dog. We spoke to the other animals in the family - none were very excited about another dog. And none would go against the woman's heartfelt feeling for this dog. Animals are so smart. They know that what's good for one heart is, in truth, good for every other heart even if the personality level doesn't think so. The Soul of the woman's partner even said that although the personality level of the partner would "pitch a fit", that was only a small part of her and the rest of her absolutely wanted to make the woman happy. And she also would understand that all hearts talk the same language.
During breaks at an event this weekend, my coordinator and I were talking about our newest family members. We both agreed how great it was that everyone was getting along seamlessly in their prospective households. In my household a new Golden Retriever puppy named Candie has graced our household. She is now 6 months. I love how she and my other Golden Retriever, Braveheart, play with each other. She is now big enough to play with him without him having to be careful of her as much. She loves my kitty, Venus. She very delicately licks Venus' face. Even though Venus is of a different species than her, Candie thinks of Venus as her big sister. Candie follows me to the barn so I can feed and hang out with the horses. She feels very comfortable with the horses. She lays down on the hay I have put out for them to eat. She loves to lick my horses especially my Paint named Dreamweaver who she is so in love with. Candie will walk between Dream's legs. It just thrills me to see her become an active member of my family. I find myself saying, "Yes, I love this about life. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"
My coordinator has a kitty named Annie who is 4 years this month. Annie came to her family when she was a year and half. This was an unexpected addition for her family, but an expected arrival by Annie. She had been waiting for the right circumstance to present herself. She knew the following: her new dad did not want her, her new siblings were a lot older than her, they including Annie all had medical conditions and her mom had a big heart and would be willing to do whatever it took to bring Annie home. Two and a half years later, Annie has melted her dad's heart. Everyone has adjusted to having a little sister. Annie hates it when her mom calls her a baby. She tells her mom, "I am not a baby. I am a big girl." Her mom loves when Annie plays with her big brother, Lemonade who is 15 years. They hide then run and jump on each other. It is great fun to watch! He is ever so gentle to not hurt her because he knows he would be in big trouble with his mom. The best thing about Annie is that she breathes new life into her family. Her mom is truly grateful for that!
Animals are willing participants in our lives no matter what the circumstance is. What fun it is to look back and see how much you have grown as a person from the time the animal kid first graced your life until now! Reflect on what you have learned, where life has taken you. Give yourself a pat on the back and say, "Yes, life is grand! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
Until next time, I'm Joy reminding
you, you can never love your animal companions too much. You
can only love them, hopefully, enough.
Perils on the Sea - The
Dogs of Titanic
As the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on April 12, 1912, the dogs were a highly visible part of the voyage. Both the dogs and people on Titanic had impressive pedigrees. There was a champion French bulldog named Gamon de Pycombe, and an Airedale named Kitty who belonged to the John Jacob Astors. While most of the dogs stayed in shiny brand new kennels, newlywed Helen Bishop insisted that she keep her tiny dog, Frou Frou, with her in their first class suite. The promenade deck of the Titanic might not have been so different from a stroll down 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive today, as a French artist on board noted, that "many of the obnoxious and ostentatious American women carry tiny dogs around with them and lead their husbands about like pet lambs."
Every day a crewmember would take the dogs for a stroll about the ship; this canine parade became quite an event, in fact, seven-year old survivor Eva Hart was so enchanted with the presence of the regal Gamon de Pycombe, that she spent the rest of her life surrounded by French bulldogs. The passengers enjoyed the dogs so much, that an informal dog show was scheduled for Monday April 15th.
But as we know, that show would never take place. When the Titanic struck the iceberg late Sunday evening, April 14th, more than 1500 people lost their lives, and so did all but two of the dogs. A Pomeranian, and a Pekinese named Sun Yat Sen, were lucky enough to accompany their people, Margaret Hayes, and Henry Sleeper Harper of Harper Publishing, on one of the first lifeboats. Although Frou Frou was with Helen Bishop in their cabin, Helen chose to leave her beloved dog on the ship when it became clear there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers. In a heartbreaking account, Helen described how, as she left her cabin for the last time, Frou Frou grabbed the hem of her dress, tearing it.
As Titanic sank into the icy Atlantic, a Mr. Norris found himself treading water to stay afloat next to the French bulldog, Gamon de Pycombe. Later, safely aboard the Carpathia, Mr. Norris thought he had imagined the bulldog in the water, until another rescued passenger explained that after the lifeboats were gone, he had made his way to the kennels and released all of the dogs, to spare them the horror of drowning in locked cages.
In 1986, among the wreckage
of the Titanic strewn about the ocean floor, was found the statue
of Artemis. The goddess had accompanied her beloved dogs from
the Titanic into the waiting arms of Poseidon, god of the sea.
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New York Bird Club
We'll meet on the southeast corner of 81st Street and Central Park West on the park side entering the Park directly and taking in what wildlife may be in evidence along the way. Dependent on what we find we'll visit Tanner Spring, the Shakespeare Garden, pass by Belvedere Castle and head into the Ramble. Much will depend on what we find and where we find it. It will still be breeding season so we should find many young birds and some late wildflowers. There's a chance for some early migrants heading south.
Please dress comfortably and bring water and a snack and, if possible, binoculars. If you are new to birding, you will be given a few pointers about using binoculars and doing birding.
Our tour guide, Randolph Schutz has been birding since the 1980's. Trained as a pediatrician, he quickly moved into psychiatry, then psychotherapy, and currently works as a coach. He writes poetry, speaks French, paints watercolors, is fascinated by the workings of the human mind, entranced by everything living and loves birds, though when there's an interesting plant around he'll head for that, too. He has birded extensively around the metropolitan area, birds Central Park regularly and frequently, and has led both formal and informal birding groups for years. He birds in all seasons and most weathers, and while he loves unusual birds he's been known to be hypnotized by titmice and sparrows.
The walk is free to members;
and $5 for all others.
The Animal Acres 2007 Gala
The Animal Acres 2007 Gala
will be held on Saturday, August 25th at the Animal Acres Sanctuary
and Compassionate Living Center in Acton, CA. The sanctuary is
located on a beautiful 26-acre hacienda-style ranch, just 40
minutes from Hollywood.
ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
Q. I've been hearing a lot about dog fighting because of Michael Vick. Can you tell me why people do this? What kind of person would hurt dogs like that and what will happen to the poor dogs?
A. To know why people do this
would probably take a psychiatrist to answer the question but
I can tell you that times have certainly changed. There was a
time when sports figures were heroes making a decent living.
What is heroic about someone who gets paid an exorbitant amount
of money, thereby raising ticket prices so that the average family
can't afford to attend the event? And what about the sports figure's
behavior when he is not playing? Is this the role model you want
for children? In the case of Michael Vick, his sport is football,
a "game" in which people deliberately run into each
other and can cause physical harm. It is a "game" that
has become, in my opinion, increasingly violent on the field.
Far better for children to admire firefighters and policmen,
the people who risk their lives every day for a comparatively
small amount of money.
The surviving dogs will need medical care, of course, and will need to be individually evaluated by either veterinary or applied animal behaviorists or certified animal behavior consultants to see if they can be rehabilitated. It's the people who have trained them to fight and be mean and have possibly bred them for these qualities. But, mainly, it is the way they have been raised, trained and exploited by humans that has created this nightmare for the dogs.
Dog fighting is animal cruelty, plain and simple. It is a brutal bloodsport in which dogs fight each other to the death for the "entertainment" of people who bet on which dog will win. Sadly, often a breed is blamed, like one of the "Bull" breeds. There is a saying, "Punish the deed, not the breed."
Did you know that all serial killers began as animal abusers? Animal abuse leads to abuse of humans. Where you find one you are likely to find the other. Think about that for awhile, Susan.
Rent one of the old "Our Gang" movies and you will see the dog who was the kids' best buddy. That dog was what would be referred to as a "Pitbull" today. He was likely an American Staffordshire Terrier. He was a sweet dog. I've met many such dogs. In fact, my author photo was taken with "graduates" of the Massachusetts SPCA's Boston Shelter. I did this deliberately to show that there are wonderful shelter dogs across the country in need of good homes. Except for the Pug on my lap, all of the others in the photo are Pitbull crosses and they took turns trying to see who could give me the most kisses during the photo shoot!
Shame on those humans who exploit dogs! Those convicted of dog fighting should, in my opinion, be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I only hope that the dogs can be rehabilitated and placed in loving homes to live out their lives in peace and harmony and sharing a loving bond with humans instead of being used and abused by humans.
"Ask the Dog Expert" is a regular column by Darlene Arden. This month's column features information found in her book, "The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs," (McGraw-Hill), which helps you, in concert with your veterinarian, design a wellness program based on your dog, your lifestyle and the place where you live, and "Small Dogs, Big Hearts," (Howell Book House), and the newly released, "Rover, Get Off Her Leg!" Further information may also be found on her website: www.darlenearden.com. Copyright 2007 by Darlene Arden. All Rights Reserved.
Dear Bird Folks,
Today I discovered a dead Blue Jay on my front lawn. The bird was in pretty good shape, except for being dead. As I stood there considering a possible cause of death, I looked up and noticed the power lines running into my house. Do you think that this Blue Jay could have landed on one of the wires and electrocuted itself?- Diane, Brewster, MA
One minute, Diane,
I'll get to your question in a minute, but your note reminded me of something I saw earlier today. I drove past a local clam restaurant on my way to work and noticed that they had just installed one of those ridiculous bug zappers near their outdoor eating area. A bug zapper? Are these people the only beings left in the world who haven't heard that bug zappers do more harm than good? And that zappers actually incinerate thousands of beneficial insects while rarely killing mosquitoes or any other nuisance insect? Some studies indicate they could actually spread diseases. When the bugs hit the zapper they explode, spreading minute insect parts all around the area. Yum! However, I'm not going to name which restaurant installed the lame bug zapper. This restaurant is very popular, with powerful owners. I don't want to wake up to find the head of a fried clam at the foot of my bed.
I know it seems like I started a bit off topic, Diane, but that little zapper rant actually does have something to do with your question. You mentioned that the Blue Jay you found was in "pretty good shape, except for being dead" (cute line, by the way). Well, I'm no Dr. Quincy, and luckily for me no one has ever mixed me up with Jack Klugman, but I doubt the jay had a problem with your power lines. If it had, the poor bird would have looked like those smoldering bug zapper insects. But you are right to be concerned about power lines. They are a problem.
In many ways birds benefit from power lines. We've all seen hawks sitting high on top of utility poles searching for some furry creature to wander out into the open. Ospreys love those big poles to build their nests on. Each fall swallows gather on the power lines by the hundreds before they start their trip south. Both the poles and the wires are important resting locations for many birds, especially in areas where trees are few.
There once was a time when I thought the reason birds didn't get fried when they sat on the wires was because the wires were encased in insulation, just like the way power cords to our electric appliances are insulated. Well, once again I was wrong. It turns out that only the power lines around homes are insulated, but the big transmission wires aren't protected by insulation at all. If you touched one, you'd be toast. Am I the only one who didn't know that? The birds can safely sit on the bare wires because they aren't grounded. So, if I understand it right, I could jump up, grab a power line and be fine, as long as I didn't touch the ground, a pole, a tree branch or another wire. However, if I touched anything else I would then complete the circuit and would instantly become the barbecued special of the month.
Small birds, such as swallows and jays, may not have a problem with power lines, but many large birds aren't as lucky. Cranes, eagles, pelicans and condors top the list of birds that we continue to lose to power lines. When a large bird flies between wires and touches its wing tips to two different wires at the same time, the results are bad. Every year many of our majestic birds are killed when they accidentally complete the circuit, including three California Condors that all fell victim in a single week this past May.
It's not always the electricity itself that causes problems for birds. Many birds are injured when they simply collide with transmission wires. Snow, rain, fog and darkness all play a role in causing a whole host of birds to collide with the lines. In some critical locations pressure has been put on the power companies to either bury their lines, hang markers on the lines to make them more visible or at least insulate them. In many ways saving the birds is in the companies' best interest. They may or may not care about the birds, but they do care if their equipment is damaged and service is interrupted. Even power companies don't like to listen to irate customers who have lost power and are missing the latest showing of American Idol.
Sorry about your jay, Diane, but I doubt your power lines had anything to do with it. Even though the power lines weren't the villains in this case, they still are a major concern for birds. Unfortunately, electricity is a necessary evil. There isn't much we could do without it. How else could we get insect parts to explode and fall into our fried clams?
Mike O'Connor is the owner of the Bird Watcher's General Store on Cape Cod, which opened in 1983 as one of the first stores in the United States dedicated solely to birding. His column, Ask the Bird Folks, appears weekly in The Cape Codder, The Register, The Harwich Oracle, and The Upper Cape Codder newspapers, and his writing was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. Copyright 2007 by Mike O'Connor. All Rights Reserved. http://www.BirdWatchersGeneralStore.com
"Arden Moore Unleashed for a Pet-Friendly America" Tour
Baffled by your beagle? Perplexed
by your Persian? Are you at your wit's end in trying to get your
dog to stop acting like a roto-tiller on your vegetable garden
or in attempting to prevent your cat from pawing you awake two
hours before your alarm clock is set to ring?
My publisher, Storey Books,
has dispatched me this month on a national book tour appropriately
called: "Arden Moore Unleashed for a Pet-Friendly America."
The tour kicked off at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in
Madison, N.J. at an ice cream social where people and their dogs
enjoyed sweet, cool treats. The tour ends at a pet-friendly bookstore
called Warwick's in La Jolla, Calif. on Aug. 30. The complete
tour schedule is posted at the end of this column.
Face it we love our pets
even when they puzzle us. They not only offer companionship
and unconditional love, but they also are proving to be good
for our mental and physical health. The true healing power of
pets is only just being identified by top scientists and research
I invite you to learn more
by visiting my tour blog on my website: www.ardenmoore.com.
Animal Radio® special correspondent Arden Moore is the editor of Catnip, the managing editor of Fido Friendly and the author of 17 books on cats and dogs. She shares her Oceanside, Calif. home with dogs, Chipper and Cleo and cats, Callie and Murphy. She can be reached through her Web site: http://www.ArdenMoore.com
Power of Purring
So, armed with a physician's prescription for a bone density scan and a check for $250 (insurance doesn't cover the procedure, thank you very much), I headed over to our local Radiology Center for my very expensive, very painless x-ray. A few days later, the results were in: my spine is in perfect shape; my hips, well, not so much. I have some thinning of the hip bones, called "osteopenia." My bones were going through calcium faster than a Hummer (an automobile my mom affectionately refers to as a "Bummer") goes through a gallon of gasoline. Never mind that I had broken my bank account in order to attain this news; I might actually fracture a hip if I didn't put the brakes on my bone loss.
What's a pre-menopausal, calcium-challenged gal to do? First of all, I knew I had to-pardon the pun-bone up on my knowledge of bone loss. I learned that, like most things in life, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Too late for that, in my case. It was time to start popping pills. Expensive pills. But wait, it turns out I might be able to ditch the doctor and the drugs altogether and pick up a purring cat instead.
Scientists at the Fauna Communications Research Institute in North Carolina suggest that one of the reasons why a cat purrs is because it helps to heal and strengthen their bones and organs. And here's the really neat part: a purring cat may help heal humans as well. Talk about your good vibrations! Now I consider myself to be, um, hip, to the latest scientific research, but this was a new one on me. Still, I liked what I was hearing and wanted to know more.
In a telephone conversation with Fauna's president, Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, I learned that she has conducted studies on dozens of wild and domestic cats since 2001 and has recorded the purrs of five cat species: the cheetah, puma, serval, ocelot and the domestic cat. von Muggenthaler's research, in conjunction with NASA and others, suggests that low frequencies, at low intensity (such as the purr), are therapeutic. These frequencies can aid in increasing bone mass, the healing of fractures and repair of joints, and pain relief. In addition, tendons and muscles are strengthened, swelling is reduced, and dyspnea (breathlessness) is alleviated.
"Purring is not just a content mechanism," von Muggenthaler says, "its survival oriented."
All cats, she adds, exhibit
strong purr frequencies that fall within 20 Hz. and 200 Hz. At
a range of 25-100 Hz., bones are strengthened and fractures heal
more quickly. Vibration at these frequencies has been proven
by other researchers to be helpful in the fight against osteodiseases
such as osteoporosis in humans.
Cats Go On The Longest Taxi Ride
Do you find it hard to put your animal on a plane cross-country? Well, so did Bob and Betty Matas of New York when they moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
Instead, they found a cab driver,
Douglas Guldeniz, who agreed to make the trek. The driver took
the Matas's along with their two cats, Cleopatra and Pretty Face
for a 2,500 mile drive from New York to Arizona, for a fee of
$3,000, plus gas meals and lodging. Good thing the driver drove
a SUV hybrid-electric vehicle to save on fuel!
Kyle and his dad decided that they would try to train the goldfish to do something. They first bought a finger soccer kit from a dollar store and rewarded Albert with food every time he swam near the net. As soon as Albert got the net trick, they added a ball. Soon Albert was trained to push the ball into the goal for a treat. The father and son training team have heard from so many people eager to train their own fish, they've now started selling fish training manuals from their Fish School website. They say it takes about five or six training sessions a day for about three weeks to teach most goldfish how to swim through a hoop.
Britt Savage is a regular Animal Radio® correspondent. She can be heard daily. LISTEN TO ANIMAL RADIO NETWORK NOW
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Anna- Thanks for your comment. The Animal Radio® newsletter is a compilation of many authors and experts, sometimes with differing opinions. It is Animal Radio's stance that declawing is 100% unacceptable under any circumstances, and IS NOT the last option EVER. Some Doctors think this is an acceptable procedure if done with laser. Declawing is illegal in most advanced countries.
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