Study Reveals 200 Dogs and Cats Killed By Tainted Pet Food

Health, News, pets 32 Comments »
Posted by at 4:25 pm

Puppy Eating

Tainted pet food killed 200 dogs and cats: study
Yahoo! News — A major recall was begun last March after ingredients imported from China were found to have contaminated some pet food. Canadian manufacturer Menu Foods Income Fund was hardest hit, recalling 60 million packages of pet food. A survey posted on the Internet, and widely publicized by the American Veterinary Medical Association, attracted just 500 responses and of those, only 348 cases of pet sickness met the criteria for kidney failure caused by the contamination. Read the full article…

Drive Thru Turkey Catches A Quick Bite Before Dinner

Humor, News, Weird 27 Comments »
Posted by at 11:54 pm

A driver in Maryland snapped a few pics of this turkey waiting in line at the drive thru of a Dunkin’ Donuts.

While it appears that the Tom was set to get a couple of bear claws and a cup of joe, there’s no word yet on whether the turkey had a chance to get his order in before being called away for dinner. Get it? For dinner?

Drive Thru Turkey

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SF Bay Oil Spill: News Roundup

Environment, News 3 Comments »
Posted by at 8:40 am

Aftermath of Spill
Graphic from this morning’s SF Chronicle showing 23 parks and beaches around the SF Bay are closed.

How to help wildlife affected by oil spill in SF Bay
San Jose Mercury News The sight of oil-coated birds has sparked a passionate response from the public: How can I help? But wildlife experts are urging people to stay away from oil-covered birds along the San Francisco Bay coast…

“We rely on professional staff early on, then will call for volunteers in the middle and later in cleanup,” said Yvonne Addassi, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Game.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to help with the cleanup, report oil-soaked wildlife, or to donate.

VOLUNTEER WORKSHOPS: The Department of Fish and Game encourages future volunteers to attend a class about wildlife care at one of three locations today.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 9:30-11:30 a.m., 99 Grove St. in San Francisco.

Harbor Master, Richmond Marina 1:30-3:30 p.m., 1340 Marina Way South in Richmond.

Headlands Institute 5-7 p.m., Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 1033, in Sausalito.

Clean-up expands for San Francisco Bay oil spill
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Clean-up efforts for a 58,000-gallon (220,000-liter) oil spill in San Francisco Bay expanded on Sunday as federal officials assessed damage that has closed beaches, threatened the crabbing season and killed scores of birds.

Human Error Blamed for SF Bay Oil Spill (yotube video)
Ship’s crew questioned in criminal probe of SF Bay oil spill (AP via KESQ)

Federal Criminal Investigation Opens Into 58000 Oil Spill In San Francisco Bay
Democracy Now, NY – A federal criminal investigation has been opened into a 58,000-gallon spill of heavy bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay. The spill took place when a container ship slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Wednesday.

The oil spill has shut down over a dozen beaches and killed at least 60 birds. Ecologists warn that it could take months to clean up and that it threatens the Bay’s diverse ecosystem, including several endangered species. We speak to Sejal Choksi, Program Director at San Francisco Baykeeper.

Impact of SF Bay Oil Spill Widens (youtube video)
This video from a few days ago gives a pretty good overview of how the accident happened and what is known about the impact on local wildlife so far.

Weekend News Roundup: Cat Edition

Cats, News 2 Comments »
Posted by at 8:34 pm

Fearless MouseWatch it, Tom! Experts find fearless Jerrie’s
In an experiment with mice, researchers have identified and removed certain receptors on the olfactory bulb of their brains — and the result was a batch of fearless rodents.

Cats more prey-full than playful
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada
My grey-and-white cat has a nasty habit of leaving the remains of the day’s catch lying around. It’s become quite the sport, this game of cat-and-mouse, …

Pet Tales: Indoor or out? Cat debate continues
San Luis Obispo Tribune – San Luis Obispo,CA,USA
Another myth is that well-fed cats will not hunt. Predation is instinctive in cats, and a well-fed cat is a healthy hunter. Cats will hunt and kill, …

Cat DNA secrets may help against human and feline diseases
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
One feline is proving that cats are the spice of life. Scientists have decoded the DNA of a cat named Cinnamon, saying the exciting discovery may help forge new ground in treatments for both feline and human diseases.

Oil Spill in the SF Bay: How You Can Help

Environment, News 4 Comments »
Posted by at 9:01 am

bird covered in oil

The oil spill in San Francisco bay this week has spread from the Bay Bridge to Angel Island and has now reached all the way out to the Farallon Islands.

Dozens of dead and injured birds already have been found around the region, and hundreds more are likely to be spotted before the oil slick is mopped up, officials said.

By late afternoon Thursday, the oil had hit the Farallon Islands, and researchers spotted 20 oiled common murres. At nesting time, in late winter, the Farallones are home to 200,000 common murres, the largest colony south of Alaska, and the seabirds already are starting to arrive.

“This is going to be a mess. We’ll see how big a mess,” said Cheryl Strong, a biologist at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The islands are part of the refuge.

Oil washing up on the beaches in San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, Novato and along the Pacific coast is covering prime feeding grounds for the dozens of species of shorebirds that forage on the edges of the bay. The disaster will remain a deadly threat for months and perhaps years to come, biologists said.

Fish will die if they eat the oil in the water or it gets in their gills, said biologists with state Fish and Game Department.

You can read more about the spill on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website here.

Update: Forum ran a radio show discussing the San Francisco Bay Oil Spill — Economic Indicators which contains some good information on the impact on birds and other wildlife as well as the bay area as whole. You can find a link to the podcast here.

You can find out how to help with the cleanup and rescue effort here:

Volunteers: The environmental group Baykeeper is soliciting volunteers at www.baykeeper.org.

More info: More information on how to volunteer eventually will be posted online by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at www.owcn.org.

Oil slicks: Help track the spill by reporting oil slicks. Call (985) 781-0804.

Wildlife: Report oiled wildlife at (877) 823-6926. (Do not call this number to volunteer.)

America’s Dog Obsession

Dogs, News, TV, Video 1 Comment »
Posted by at 10:20 am

Why is America obsessed with dogs?Reports say that there’s at least 1 dog in 50 million American homes. The Today show tries to explain why “we’re crazy for dogs”. Click on the image to watch their report.

Are you obsessed with your dog or know someone who is (I’m looking at you, mom)? Tell us about it in the comments. Read more…

Sitter Charged For Over Feeding Pig

Health, News, Pigs 2 Comments »
Posted by at 8:35 pm

Portly PigIf you’re a pet owner who believes that the path to a happy and affectionate pet means giving them heaping helpings of all their favorite foods, you might want to take a look at this article.

A pet pig whose weight tripled while it was in the care of a sitter has been placed on a diet and an animal cruelty charge has been filed against the caretaker.

Apparently the pig gained so much weight that its collar had to be surgically removed after she ballooned to a portly 150lbs — 100lbs over her ideal weight of 50lbs. Crazy!

Via ABC News

Potential Health Risk Prompts Cat Vitamin Recall

Cats, Health, News No Comments »
Posted by at 8:18 pm

Just a quick update to let you know that if you’re using Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, you should check your product to see if your affected by the recall.  The recall was posted on the FDA web site on November 2, 2007.

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that one or more bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

The product involved is 3600 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ- 1637 1, UPC number 32700-97701, which was manufactured by a third party manufacturer, UFAC (USA), Inc., in Baconton, Georgia.

Read the entire press release after the jump. Read more…

Man Sits In Tub With 87 Snakes, Sets Record

Humor, News, Snakes 3 Comments »
Posted by at 12:01 pm

Texan in a tub with 87 snakesJust when you thought there weren’t any more Guinness records left to break, Jackie Bibby of Texas comes up with this completely random combination: 1 man, a bathtub and 87 snakes.

Come to think of it, maybe I could make Guinness too if I come up with the right combination of completely random elements. But I think I’ll start small like maybe I could just put 1 foot in a bucket with 5 turtles. Think anyone holds that record already?

Another day, another bizarre world record for Jackie Bibby, the “Texas Snake Man.” Bibby spent about 45 minutes in a see-through bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes Monday, fully clothed, shattering his own record by 12 snakes just in time for Guinness World Records Day, which is Thursday.

Read the full article via SFGate.com

Hunter Shot By Own Dog, Recovering

Dogs, Humor, News 1 Comment »
Posted by at 4:31 am

Dog with a shotgunIn a bizarre turn of events, a man in Iowa was actually shot by his own dog while out hunting pheasant.

The dog is currently being held for questioning at the Grinnell County jail and we have not received word yet on weather the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Harris was hunting with a group about three miles north of Grinnell. The group shot a bird, and when Harris went to get it, he put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence. As he crossed the fence, his hunting dog stepped on the gun, Foster said.

Usually getting shot is actually not that funny and I wouldn’t normally poke fun at such a potentially serious subject, but when there’s a dog at the trigger, well… I just had to chuckle. A little. On the inside.

Read the full article from the San Jose Mercury News after the jump… Read more…

Northbay Aquatics Website Gets Redesign

Fish, News, Supplies 2 Comments »
Posted by at 9:35 pm

Northbay AquaticsOur friends over at Northbay Aquatics have put a fresh coat of paint on their website. The site isn’t totally done yet, but if you had seen it before, you’d recoginize that this is a major improvement over the aged look of the old design (sorry Brian). 😛

Be sure to give it a click to see what’s happening with the guys over there and if you’re ever in the Cotati California area, be sure to stop by the store and pick up a fish or two.

Northbay Aquatics

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