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SMALLEST HORSE -
She stands a mere 17.5"
tall and weighs 57 pounds.
A SINCERE APOLOGY? - Michael Vick brings dogfighting to light.
WIGS FOR YOUR DOGS - Designs to make your dog look like J-Lo.
RECALLED FOOD STILL ON SHELVES - Covered UPC codes from pulled-food.
PUTTING PIGEONS ON THE PILL - Hollywood's Hopeful Model
THE PERFECT STARTER PETS - Introducing Pocket Pets to your child.
CELEBRITY COLLAR AUCTION - 9 yr. old Kyle Orent's latest fundraiser starts.
TV HELICOPTER CRASH GROUNDS CO-PILOT - The story of Craig Smith & Molly.
HOMELAND SECURITY "READY" FOR PETS - What the government is doing to help our pets.
....and more from Karen Lee Stevens, Marilyn Krieger, Mike O'Connor, Rae Ann Kumelos, Joy Turner, Darlene Arden and so many others....
Shelley Morrison is best known for her role as Rosario, the salty El Salvadorian housekeeper of Karen Walker on the hit NBC comedy Will and Grace. Shelley loves to play Blackjack and entered a Celebrity Blackjack Tournament. She of course didn't keep her winnings, she donated them to the animals. She believes in using her cache as a celeb to better the lives of animals everywhere.
Tamar Geller, a former Israeli Intelligence Officer, witnessed the horrors of military dog training methods. Today, Tamar owns and operates the first cage-free doggy boarding and day care center in Southern California. She preaches compassionate training and encourages benevolent leadership.
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Michael Vick Asks for Forgiveness
Atlanta Falcons football quarterback Michael Vick bows his head as he makes a statement after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.
The following is the complete statement issued at a news conference Monday in which Michael Vick apologized for his part in dogfighting:
"For most of my life, I've been a football player, not a public speaker so, you know, I really don't know how to say what I really want to say.
I understand it's not important as far as what you say but how you say things so now I take this opportunity just to speak from the heart.
First, I want to apologize for all the things that I've done and that have allowed to happen. I want to personally apologize to Commissioner Goodell, Arthur Blank, coach Bobby Petrino, my Atlanta Falcons teammates, for our previous discussions that we had and I was not honest and forthright in our discussions and I was ashamed and totally disappointed in myself to say the least.
I want to apologize to all the young kids out there for my immature acts and you know what I did was very immature, so that means I need to grow up.
I totally ask for forgiveness and understanding as I move forward to better Michael Vick the person, not the football player. I take full responsibility for my actions. Not for one second will I sit right here and point the finger and try to blame anyone else for my actions and what I have done. I'm totally responsible and those things just didn't have to happen.
I feel like we all make mistakes. It's I made a mistake in using bad judgments and making bad decisions and those things just can't happen. Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I did reject it. I'm upset with myself and through this situation I found Jesus and I asked him for forgiveness and I'd just turned my life over to God. I think that's the right thing to do as of right now.
Like I say, for this entire situation, I never pointed the finger at anybody else. I accepted responsibility for my actions and what I did and now I have to pay the consequences for it but since I think it will help me as a person I've got a lot to think about in the next year or so.
I offer my deepest apologies to everybody out there in the world who's affected by this whole situation. If I'm more disappointed in myself more than anything is because of all the young people, young kids that I've let down who look at Michael Vick as a role model. So I have to go through this and put myself in this situation, you know, I hope that every young kid out there in the world watching this interview who's been following the case use me as an example to using better judgments and making better decisions.
Once again, I offer my deepest apologies to everyone and I will redeem myself, I have to.
I got a lot of down time, a lot of time to think about my actions and what I've done and how to make Michael Vick a better person."
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Shelley has also become tirelessly involved in charities close to her heart. The first, A.N.G.E.L.S Day (Animals Needing Generous Endowments of Love & Support), is an organization dedicated to help senior citizens take care of their pets in times of crisis such as during hospitalization.
"One woman broke her foot and was unable to walk her dog," Morrison explains, "and we had a volunteer come every day for a year to be sure that the dog was taken care of."
L.A. Shanti is another organization that Morrison has dedicated time and resources to; it was the first organization in Los Angeles founded to help those with HIV and AIDS, offering support, prevention advice and volunteer training for the last two decades.
Shelley is one of the special hosts of the Farm Sanctuary's 21st Anniversary Gala, which will be a glamorous evening of entertainment and education, bringing together celebrity supporters, key legislators and animal advocates in honor of farm animals and those leading the movement to protect them from abuse.
The Farm Sanctuary Anniversary
Gala will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the Beverly Hills
Hotel in Los Angeles, California and will consist of a 3-course
gourmet vegan dinner (and if it is like last year's will
leave you licking your plate!) a silent auction and entertainment.
A few of the celebrities who will be in attendance are: Robin
Williams; Ellen Degeneres; David Duchovney;
Ed Begley Jr.; and Kevin Nealon. Tickets are $200
per person. To purchase your tickets or for more information
about the event, including product donations, sponsorship and
advertising opportunities and auction contributions to support
the event, please contact: 607-583-2225 ext. 221 or email@example.com
Tamar Geller's mission in life is to teach her cruelty-free method of "life coaching" for dogs and their people. Her revolutionary play-training uses mutual understanding and respect -- and puts an end to outdated methods that rely on physical exhaustion, choke chains, prong collars, dominance rollovers, or stressful aggression of any kind.
A former Israeli intelligence officer who witnessed the horrors of military dog training methods, Tamar went on to observe wolves in the wild. She discovered that wolves educate and socialize their cubs with games, bonding, and body language, not dominance or punishment. As a result, she developed teaching systems that address a dog's authentic nature, part wolflike and part toddlerlike. Learning can be a positive experience that dogs enjoy and look forward to, and we can actually make it fun for our dogs to listen to us and behave as we want them to.
Tamar's insights have brought
dog training into the twenty-first century, and her groundbreaking
techniques have won the approval of the Humane Society of the
United States, for which she is a longtime advisor. Her celebrity
clients include Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Courtney Cox-Arquette,
Owen Wilson, and the Osbournes, and she has appeared as an expert
on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Animal Planet, and
Radio® listeners learn her techniques.
late hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $0 to her grandson
and grandaughter "for reasons which are known to them"
according to Leona's will. The other grandchildren get 5 million
each as long as they visit their fathers grave once a year. Her
brother will get 10 million dollars. And who do you think was
the main beneficiary? That would be "Trouble," her
fluffy white Maltese. The dog gets 12 million dollars.
Jane Alexander is a supporter of the 2008 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation.
The Indianapolis Prize was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo
as a significant component of its mission to inspire local and
global communities to celebrate, protect, and preserve our natural
world through conservation, education and research. This biennial
award brings the world's attention to the cause of animal conservation
and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend
their lives saving the Earth's endangered animal species. Jane
joins us next week.
We're back again, LIVE from Mandalay Convention Center Las Vegas. It's Animal Radio's New Pet Products Special at SuperZoo. Join us as we uncover the best, the wackiest, the must-have's for our furry friends.
Last year's SuperZoo show is one of Animal Radio's most popular shows ever! You can listen to a half-hour abridged version with Dick Van Patten, as well as the makers of dog pants, chocolate dog doo, pooper scoopers and so much more. LISTEN
This year promises to be even
better! Our New Pet Product Special is being sponsored by Canine Caviar.
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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.
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."
Wiggles takes the same level of quality found in her hair products for Ruth Regina's two legged customers, for those on all fours. A true professional at custom wigs, Ruth designs and manufactures the wigs specifically for canines keeping their comfort the primary concern.
Originally a sideline to Ruth Regina's primary business, the volume of interest people have shown has extended the activity of Wiggles and the time she devotes to her canine friends.
Kyle Orent BID ON COLLAR
Well, that wasn't enough for Kyle. His next endeavor was to raise an additional $10,000 by auctioning off autographed dog collars signed by celebs. Animal Radio®, through the generous donation of 100 collars from Bamboo, has helped Kyle to reach his goal.
Some of the celebrities that have autographed these collars are Leslie Nielsen, Betty White, Sheena Easton, Joe Namath, Donald Trump, Billy Joel and Tatum O'Neal, to name a few.
Now, it is up to you. The auction
last for 10 days beginning August 30th. Please visit Kyle's Charity
Auction on eBay and let the bidding begin! Not only
will you receive a great collar autographed by a celeb, but also
100% of the proceeds goes to a great cause, Canine Companions
for Independence. Everyone wins!
Hollywood Pigeons Go on "The Pill"
After months of research, investigation and meetings with City of Los Angeles officials, the Argyle Civic Association contacted PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for assistance with the pigeon problem. PETA, the world's largest and most important animal rights group, strongly advises against the feeding of pigeons and other wild animals.
PETA provided the resources on using advanced new methods of reducing the size of the flock. One method in particular looked promising: OvoControl
OvoControl is a birth
control method for birds and was registered with the United States
EPA in May of 2007. The technology has been developed by Innolytics
LLC, a hatch-control company based in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
OvoContol is administered to the birds via a special "treat"
which is distributed to the pigeons from rooftop dispensers.
The active ingredient, nicarbazin, interferes with the development
of the vitaline layer separating the egg white and yolk. This
membrane is vital to the viability of the egg and without it
the egg cannot develop or hatch. Originally developed to control
populations of resident Canada geese, the method has also been
successfully tested on feral pigeons under the guidance of the
USDA Experiment Station in Gainesville, FL.
Ready is a national public service advertising campaign produced by The Advertising Council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. As the Department encourages families to prepare for emergencies through Ready, we are regularly asked if there is information appropriate for pet owners. In response to these requests, Homeland Security has partnered with several national animal organizations to develop emergency preparedness information for owners of domestic pets.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security consulted with a number of organizations experienced in animal health and wellbeing to develop Ready information for pet owners. These organizations include American Kennel Club (AKC), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Included in this Ready Campaign information is a brochure and instructional video that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. The brochure and video encourage pet owners to make an emergency supply kit including pet food and water, medications and medical records, leashes, ID tags and other appropriate supplies. The communication pieces also recommend pet owners have an emergency plan that considers their pets needs and that they learn more about the types of emergencies that can happen in their area and the appropriate responses.
Vladae recalls fondly his tales of working with Craig and "Molly the terror!" in training her to become the worlds first flying dog with unofficial permission from the Aviation Department.
Also, listen in for some great
tips on training your dog. For instance, did you know that you
should always eat first and then feed your dog? And look for
Vladae the Dog Wizard's syndicated problem solving segments.
The first one discusses the problem of dogs taking over the bed!
High Tech Lost and Found
Without a doubt, microchips provide the most reliable and most secure method of identifying your pet. But, with the never-ending controversy over different types of microchips, can you really rely on this "high-tech" ID tag?
Candy and Tony Abercrombie trusted that they had done a good thing to protect their pets. Every one of their four dogs had a microchip implanted so that they could be easily identified if they were ever lost or stolen. But, what happened one day when two of their dogs, Romie and Max, ran away? Little did they know that both dogs could have been lost forever. What went wrong? How did a safe, secure, and "fool-proof" pet ID fail these pet owners?
Essentially, microchips are computer chips about the size of a grain of rice. Easily implanted under your pet's skin by a hypodermic needle, microchips provide permanent identification that won't wear out, fade, or get lost if the pet runs away. Special scanners find the microchip and can translate into a specific ID code. These unique numbers can then be found on a database and, with luck, the owners can be contacted and the family will be together again.
The first issue that nearly cost Romie her life was the fact that there are multiple chips being marketed today with at least four different types of frequencies. Over the last 17 years, the predominant frequency in the United States has been the 125 kHz frequency. Romie had a different chip, one that emits a frequency of 134.2 kHz, otherwise known as an ISO chip. The local animal shelter was using a scanner designed for 125 kHz chips and actually missed Romie's chip!
Luckily, a shelter employee recognized Romie and was able to contact Candy promptly. This confusion of frequencies has caused a storm of controversy. According to Dr. Dan Knox of the AVID Company, a U.S. microchip pioneer, these multiple frequencies will continue to put pets at risk by confusing the system. "There are more than 100,000 scanners capable of identifying chips at 125 kHz in shelters currently. Adding new frequencies will only cause more work for under-staffed shelters and will potentially be dangerous to pets."
Dr. Knox's concern was validated in 2004 when a young dog was euthanized after a Virginia shelter failed to find a microchip. The dog had been implanted with the ISO standard chip and the shelter could not read this chip.
With the exception of the United States, the rest of the world has been using the ISO chip for identification. Recently, 2 major veterinary pharmaceutical companies have teamed up with microchip manufacturers to create a stronger support system for the ISO chip by handing out more than 60,000 new scanners that are capable of reading all four frequencies in use. Julie Lux of HomeAgain Pet Recovery says that "our first focus is to protect the pet. We want to make the job of the veterinarian, the shelter worker, or pet rescuer easier so that more pets make it home."
But the mixed up frequencies are not the only real problem with this high tech system. Remember Max? Max almost didn't make it home despite the shelter finding his chip. Max had never been registered into a database. When the shelter scanned his chip, the ID code told them that this particular chip had been sold to a particular veterinary hospital. When contacted, the veterinarian had kept proper records of all chips implanted and they were able to send Max home. Not exactly how this "high-tech" lost and found system is designed to work!
This second major issue then is that many pets are not properly registered. In fact, Michael Gendreau, product manager for the ResQ® ISO chip manufactured by the Bayer Company states that less than half of microchipped pets have been entered accurately into any database a major fault with this system. Ms Lutz agrees and adds "15% of Americans move every year. With everything that happens in a move, how many people will remember to change the address and phone number for their pet's microchip?"
All of the microchip manufacturers agree that veterinarians and shelters must be strongly proactive in finding ways of getting the information into an easily accessible national database, something that is not currently available. Unfortunately, it appears that many of the registration websites are complicated and not very user friendly. Pet owners have reported failure to receive confirmation of registration and have even had trouble inputting any other information, such as rabies tag numbers. Some of the marketing has gotten so out of hand that the AVMA is debating a resolution to help curb problems. According to Ralph Johnson, Executive Director of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, "Pet recovery databases should be used solely for the purpose of bringing pets home and not for medical records access or marketing purposes."
These problems are obviously
overwhelming to pet owners and veterinarians are concerned as
well. This wonderful technology is simply not ready for prime
time. Old fashioned methods, such as ID collars or a "get me home
tag" a free service, should be used along with the microchip
until issues can be resolved hopefully sooner rather than
later. Visit www.MyVNN.com
to monitor this story and watch a video to help clarify the
Do I Get My Cat Used to the Outdoors?
Dear New Kitten Owner,
Instead of allowing your kitten outdoors, make the indoors more fun then the outdoors. Provide environmental enrichment and entertainment for your kitten. Start by providing cat trees. Hours of entertainment and stimulation can be provided by positioning a cat tree next to a secure window and then hanging a bird feeder outside the window. Wide, carpeted window perches can provide entertainment for her also, giving her opportunity to scope out the neighborhood from the safety of her home. Additionally, hanging a bird feeder outside the window with the perch adds variety and excitement to a cat's day.
Create scenarios where your kitten works a little for her food. Encouraging her to work for treats will stimulate her mind and is fun. Treat balls inspire cats to chase and busy themselves, while they remove the treats from the balls. There are treat balls commercially available, or they can easily be made by taking a lattice ball and stuffing it with healthy treats or dry food. Many imaginative treat structures can be built out of every-day items. Triangular pyramid type structures can be created from fastening empty cardboard toilet paper rolls together. Placing healthy treats or dry food in the openings will encourage cats to work for their treats. There are some interactive toys and puzzle boxes such as the Peek-A-Prize available that can function both as a toy and a treat box.
Televisions and cat-centric videos can provide stimulation and entertainment for your kitten. These videos are available in different formats and are made specifically for cats. They feature the sights and sounds of birds, fish, mice and other animals. Some cats are fascinated by these videos; others give a passing glance and continue with their own agendas.
Many cats enjoy the company of other cats. Bringing another cat into the household can provide stimulation and someone to play with while you are away at work. Another kitten will also help channel that rambunctious kitten energy. It is important to consider both cats' personalities before bringing a newcomer into the house. Some cats do not adjust to another cat in the household. Additionally, it is very important to take a long time when introducing a strange cat to the resident cat. Proper introductions can take months.
Most importantly, interact with your new little kitten frequently throughout the day. Have regular play, grooming and snuggle sessions with her.
Please keep your little kitten safe and healthy. Keeping her indoors and providing her with entertainment and stimulation will help insure she lives a long happy life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 August 2007 Marilyn Krieger, CCBC All Rights Reserved.
To License or Not to License - Why Comply?
PETS 911 encourages pet owners to comply with pet licensing laws in their area. If your pet ever gets lost, you will be happy to have paid the money for the license.
Did you know that only 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats entering shelters each year are reclaimed by their owners*?
A lost pet has a higher probability of being returned to you if it is licensed. First of all, a private citizen finding the pet has a starting point to locate you. If the pet is taken to the shelter or picked up by animal care and control, a licensed pet is in the system and can be returned easier and faster.
For pet owners who do comply, some shelters offer:
And... there's one other huge reason ... Pet owners who comply with licensing save lives.
License fees support the return of thousands and thousands of lost pets each year and the adoptions of many more. License fees may also be used to help reduce pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and through community education.
So, for the cost of 2 to 4 mocha lattes, you can have piece of mind and help pets in crisis.
*Source: Humane Society of the United States Pet Overpopulation Estimates. Hsus.org
Animal Radio® is proud to partner with Pets911! Hear about the latest Pets911 activities on-air on Animal Radio®
Bula Venaka and G'day from
The Republic of Fiji is a group of about 320 tiny islands in the South Pacific about the same flying time from LA to Hawaii
But that's where the difference stops!
We went to Fiji from Sydney Australia about 20 years ago to an island resort called 'Mana' or magic. And Magic it was at the time spearfishing, game hunting and turtle eating all of which we pretty much did!
Boy how times have changed
Fijians have now all but consumed most of their native birds and turtles the endangered Hawksbill Turtle for instance. Storms and tourism have demolished much of the habitat of native birds and the (now) endangered Banded Iguana and Banded Brail a kind of flightless bird.
The lack of animals locally really astounded us, and alerted us to what is really starting to happen across the world generally.
No we're not wannabe environmentalists but we are becoming acutely aware that if we don't all stop to think of the long term consequences of whaling, indiscriminate fishing and hunting, commercial and tourist development, logging habitat areas and even back burning for fire hazard reduction, then it will be even harder for our children's children to see any wild animals at all!
To their credit, Fijians have now realized the result of their past unsustainable traditional ways and have made great strides to turning around what potentially could have been an absolute disaster. Fiji relies almost totally on tourist dollars. Imagine going snorkeling and not seeing a fish or only seeing dead coral!
Fiji now has designated marine parks, breeding programs for Iguanas and Turtles and much more and it's starting to show. Kids are being educated about their environment and we hope that in another 20 years, many species of bird, fish and land animals will have made a remarkable return to this South Pacific paradise.
So what has this got to do with pets and how can we do anything about it?
Regarding pets Cats are superb hunters and can destroy several birds, snakes and lizards every day if allowed to roam. They don't have to be in cages, but cats can be trained to stay indoors and prefer indoors it's a choice cat owners need to make!
Much the same with dogs. Here in Australia dogs kill hundreds of Blue Tounged Lizards every summer without ever leaving home! Dog owners need to locate local fauna habitats in their own gardens and either fence it off or keep their dogs away from the area.
Take a moment to listen to Pet Talk Radio via the Animal Radio Network for more of our recent visit to Fiji and no... we won't be eating turtle meat again - ever!
Waiting?! With Certainty and Clarity
Thanks for the joke, Coyote
Coyote's mythic trickster signature is seen in the Roadrunner cartoons; Wile E. Coyote is always plotting some absurd joke that inevitably backfires on him. Coyote's mantra is: "I will show the people what not to do by doing it." Coyote often assumes this role to teach us something, but it is not always an easy lesson, because the joke is often on us.
Recently I was on a very full airline flight. A woman was looking for a seat, and the only one left was the middle seat next to me. I just happened to be involved in a very good book about kindness to animals, and I was reading the chapter about the practice of non-violence toward all beings, including non-violence of thought. As the woman took her seat next to me, I was horrified to see that she was carrying a full-length fur coat--a fur coat made from the skins of coyotes. As if that were not enough, as she settled into her seat, she pulled out of her bag a very pungent foil-wrapped package full of bacon, which she proceeded to happily eat, slice by slice.
The irony of a coyote-clad woman eating bacon slices while I was reading about factory farming and the cruelty of the fur industry was not lost on me. Clearly it was no accident that the only seat left for her on the plane was next to me. Yet, I wondered, what am I supposed to do with this situation? Am I supposed to give this woman the book and suggest she read it? Is it my job to enlighten her on the plight of the animals that had been killed for her coat and her meal? Was I supposed to ring the flight attendant and see if there was possibly one more seat available and move?
As it turns out, I did none of these things. That paragraph about non-violence of thought was staring at me from the opened book on my lap. And I was so angry, and so judgmental, so violent in my thoughts toward this woman, that I knew anything I said would be inappropriate and probably create quite a ruckus. So, for the rest of the flight, I struggled with my judgment, my anger, and my sadness for the animals. Finally, as we were landing, I knew I had to make some contact with this woman, so I asked where she was from. She was from a city in the Southwest (like she needs a fur coat there I thought), and she was a flight attendant. I looked at her coat, and all I could say to her was, "I will be writing about you some day."
"Oh, she replied, "that's
nice," and proceeded to help me take my bag out of the overhead
bin. "Have a nice day!" she smiled as she walked off
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ANNUAL "RACE FOR THE RESCUES"
Event to Also Include a Celebrity Art Auction, Pet Halloween Fashion Show & Adoption Event, Pet Psychic and More
Actress Jane Lynch Returns as Host
The date for the premiere fundraising event for the Los Angeles animal-loving community has been set. The 2nd Annual "Race for the Rescues" 5K Run/Walk at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be held this year on October 28th. The event will benefit non-profit animal rescue organization The Rescue Train, as well as Best Friends Animal Society, Kitten Rescue, Animal Alliance, A Dog's Life Rescue, Four-Legged Friends Foundation, The Lange Foundation, and Molly's Mutts & Meows. Each year these groups care for and find homes for almost 1,500 abandoned dogs and cats annually. Celebrity host Jane Lynch (THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, BEST IN SHOW) will be returning to emcee the event again this year and PETCO, Natural Balance, Animal Specialty Group, and Eye Care for Animals have already signed up as sponsors.
"What many animal lovers don't know is that here in the City of Angels, hundreds of dogs and cats are euthanized each week in our city shelters," explains Lisa Young, Director of the Rescue Train. "It is our mission to bring the community together with the common goal to eliminate this suffering through hands-on rescue, education and awareness." Last year's inaugural event, the only one of its kind which brings so many groups together for this common cause, had hundreds of participants and raised $63,000. This year's turnout promises to be much larger, bringing together Girl & Boy Scout troops, school classes, corporate teams, families, and other groups and individuals for a day of fun and fundraising for our furry friends!
In addition to the 5K run and walk, Race for the Rescues will also feature:
Saving Shelter Pets, Inc.
Needs Your Help! Saving Shelter Pets, a small but growing 501c3 animal rescue organization,
is entered in an exciting fundraising contest, sponsored by SixDegrees.org,
Kevin Bacon's online charitable initiative. Saving Shelter Pets
is competing with other 501c3 non-profit organizations to see
who can accumulate the highest NUMBER of online donations between
now and September 16. The six charities with the most donations
get a matching funds grant for 100% of the money they raise during
the contest, up to $10,000!
Nathan Winograd Redemption
Book Signing in Minneapolis/Saint Paul
In his book, Nathan describes the history of the humane movement and tells the story of animal sheltering in the United States, which was born of compassion, lost its way, and is moving back to its roots of compassion. Shelter killing is believed to be the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats in the U.S. Nathan's book asserts that there is a better way for the humane community to work, and bases his book on personal experience in several communities.
His book is available for pre-order through this event and helps support Homes for All Pets programs. The book will be available for general release on Sept. 1, 2007.
Come for the presentation and discussion, and be inspired to make our community a better place for people and animals!
Animal Ark and Homes for All Pets, MN partners are proudly hosting this event at Hamline University, in the heart of the Mpls\St. Paul metro area (near the state fair grounds.)
This event is in two parts:
Tuesday, October 2
From 6-7 p.m. Nathan will join us for a VIP reception and book signing prior to his presentation. You are a VIP if you RSVP and reserve a book.
From 7-8:30 Nathan will present his book. Tickets are free, but RSVPs are appreciated. He will be available to sign books after his presentation.
This Event is Free -VIP Reception
requires advanced book purchase
Hosted By Animal Ark &
Homes for All Pets, MN
ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
Q. My neighbor leaves his dog
outside, on a chain, all day. This doesn't seem right to me.
When he sees people he barks. The poor dog looks so sad and alone.
What can be done about this?
A. Dear Jessica,
"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 a white dove appeared in my yard. I'm pretty sure the bird belongs to someone since it is very tolerant of me and doesn't interact with the wild birds. I live next to a church with a huge graveyard and I think the bird was probably released as part of someone's memorial service. Any advice about what I should do to care for the bird and what do you think might happen to it?- Pastor Jonathan, GA
Good afternoon, Reverend,
Thank you for the question. Isn't this a lovely day? You probably can't tell, but I'm trying my hardest to be polite. Usually when I respond to a question I make a few tongue-in-cheek remarks in the opening paragraph, just to see if anyone is actually paying attention. But I'm not going to do that this time. Somehow I don't think it is in my best interest to wise off to a church pastor. There has been enough lightening flashing around here this summer; I don't want to be responsible for any more.
You would be surprised by the number of calls that we get from people who come home to find an unexplained pigeon in their yard. We get them all the time. Anyone out there who still hasn't discovered a lost pigeon in his or her yard may want to pay extra attention to this answer because judging from the amount of calls we get, the odds are that it will happen to you... and soon. And after you read this, not only will you be the household expert on lost pigeons but you won't have to call and talk to me about it, which is a real bonus for you.
Except for the people who raise and train pigeons, I'd bet that most people think of pigeons as stupid birds that hang out in city parks, picking up cigarette butts over and over, thinking they are discarded Fritos. Well, you should know that pigeons not only aren't stupid, but they are extremely adaptable. They can carve out a living in parts of the world where other birds wouldn't last nine minutes. It doesn't take tall trees, lush fields, or running streams to make them happy. The occasional sloppy human is all they need to get them through the day, and there is no shortage of sloppy humans.
The other thing to know about pigeons is that they are homebodies. They aren't into all this crazy migration stuff that many other birds are in love with. Pigeons are like that weird uncle who never likes to go anywhere. They may spend their entire life in the same neighborhood. Oh sure, pigeons will travel about during the day in search of the leavings of the aforementioned sloppy human, but come nightfall they are back in the same beds that they slept in the night before. It is the pigeon's ability to return to the home roost that has given it a place of importance in the minds of many.
For centuries returning pigeons have carried important messages for kings, generals, spies and people who are too cheap to pay the ever-escalating cost of postage. Today, many people raise pigeons for the purpose of racing them. Yes, racing them. The way I understand pigeon racing, the birds are driven hundreds of miles away from their homes and released. The first bird to make it back to the roost wins a trophy. It's clear that pigeons have an amazing ability to find their way home and can do it very fast. What isn't clear is what the winning bird does with all the trophies.
As good as they are, racing pigeons aren't perfect and sometimes they lose their way. Why do they get lost? They can be chased off-course by hawks, become disoriented by bad weather or paid to throw the race by members of the pigeon underworld.
According pigeon clubs, the best thing to do for a lost bird is to offer it food and water; most of the time they are just exhausted and need time to recover. If you are able to capture the bird, pop it into a pet carrier and try to read the number on its leg band. Many racing clubs have websites where you can report the number. A dish of water for drinking and any kind of grain are all they need. Bread, Fritos or cigarette butts aren't recommended for these birds. Remember, they are racers. If the bird is still loose, a little birdseed spread on the ground should do the trick. After some rest and a snack, the bird will usually continue on its way.
The white dove that visited your yard, Pastor Jonathan, is most likely a lost white homing pigeon (pigeons and doves are one in the same) that probably was, as you suggested, part of a memorial service. Many companies breed white pigeons to be used in ceremonies and in recent years it has become popular to release white doves at both weddings and funerals. I know there's a joke about marriage and death in there somewhere, but if I make it, lightening would be the least of my worries.
HEAR MIKE O'CONNOR ON ANIMAL RADIO® 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
A Little Horse With Big
Her name is Thumbelina and she is the world's smallest horse.
Born six years ago at Goose
Creek Farms in Missouri, Thumbelina has been turning heads from
the moment of her birth, according to her handler Michael Goessling.
"At first I thought it
was a possum but as I got closer, I realized it was a tiny foal."
"She's never been ridden and never will," stresses Goessling. "She has other things to do!"
Goessling is referring to the Thumbelina Children's Tour, whose goal is to raise $1 million this year to help sick and needy children. Since May, Thumbelina and Goessling have been, um, hoofin' it around the country in a specially-equipped 30-foot RV dubbed the "Thumby Mobile." This dynamic duo are making stops in the 48 contiguous states and delivering smiles and hope at children's hospitals, schools, summer camps, fairs, horse shows and charitable fundraisers. They will wrap up the tour in November at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City.
In August, Thumbelina visited the HEARTS Adaptive Riding Program (www.heartsadaptiveriding.org) in Santa Barbara. This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing empowering, educational and enjoyable therapeutic horseback riding to physically and mentally disabled children and adults.
Thumbelina posed for the paparazzi and munched on hay as hundreds of outstretched hands gently stroked her stout body (yes, she's a tad chubby; no she's not pregnant, Goessling tells the curious crowd). She seemed un-fazed by all the hoopla; that is, until a young girl with leg braces and crutches slowly approached the pony's pen. Thumbelina whinnied, trotted over and nuzzled close. For a brief moment, the girl and horse gazed at each other and seemed to share a deep understanding-two different species with two different handicaps-but kindred spirits nonetheless.
Thumbelina is the perfect children's advocate. After all, her name comes from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of a woman the size of a thumb.
"The children we visit often have never known a day without illness or pain," Goessling says. "Then they meet Thumbelina and for a few minutes, they can forget their worries and just be a kid. I can't tell you how many times a child's parent will come up to me and say, 'This is the happiest day of my child's life.'"
Thumbelina may be small in stature, but she is big on personality. Goessling admits that she's fiery, "definitely an alpha mare!" But he's quick to add, "She the most pampered and loved horse on the planet."
And at the end of the day, that's the "mane" thing.
When Karen's (Founder and
President of All
For Animals, Inc.) not horsing around at HEARTS, she's busy
answering email. Send her a message at: email@example.com. To learn more about
Thumbelina and the Thumbelina Children's Foundation, visit www.worldssmallesthorse.com.
Fish Out of Water
Zoro, the fish, is the mascot of one of Scottsdale, Arizona's most established eateries, Pischke's Paradise.
However, about once a year Zoro has to visit a dentist. Zoro is a blowfish and if his teeth get to large, he will starve to dearth.
A local dentist, Dr. Brian Dolberg has agreed to be Zoro's dentist. At first, Dr. Dolberg was a little nervous trimming Zoro's teeth. But now, after doing it for five years, everyone knows the drill.
It takes about one hour, with Zoro being repeatedly placed back and forth into a bucket for oxygen.
Dolberg doesn't charge for the tooth trimming service. He said it's unlikely his insurance company would accept the claim.
Britt Savage is a regular Animal Radio® correspondent as well as an incredibly talented musician! She can be heard daily. LISTEN TO ANIMAL RADIO NETWORK NOW
St. Paul Feral Cat Ordinance
Passes With Unanimous Vote
By partnering with Animal Ark, other members of the Homes for All Pets partnership and citizens in the community, we all hope the upcoming Wild Cat Wednesdays program will become a model that other cities can follow.
We will keep you all posted as more information is available. In the meanwhile, I would like to extend a personal thanks to everyone at the City of Saint Paul for their diligence in examining the issue of feral cats, and in creating an ordinance that is both humane and workable. The new ordinance will go into effect in September.
You can help get this initiative off the ground by making a donation to the Feline Feral Friends program.
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