New Cameras Target Illegal Dumping in Chicago

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 25, 2017 in Rat News
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Chicago is installing 15 new high-resolution cameras to catch illegal dumpers in the act.

In 2016, the city spent more than $1.5 million to clean up illegally dumped construction debris, tires and other refuse. So now it’s investing about $100,000 to install cameras. Dumpers who are caught will be fined as much as $5,000 for a first offense.

The Chicago Sun-Times has more:

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said the fines may help pay for the cameras, which he hopes will also deter dumpers all together. So far in 2017, he said, the city has recovered 4,000 truckloads of tires.

The cameras began going up about a month ago. The city has already used them to file two cases in court.

“We are not your sewer,” Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said. “We are not your garbage dump here, on the West Side of Chicago.”

Williams and Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita noted the waste piles can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

“People are dumping not just tires but trash,” Morita said. “Rodents, pet rats — they grow and they congregate in those areas. It’s the same areas where we have kids and families.”

Read the full story here.

Article source: http://www.waste360.com/collection-and-transfer/new-cameras-target-illegal-dumping-chicago

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Orcutt Veterinary Hospital celebrating 10 years of helping animals

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 24, 2017 in Rat News
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“I always rode, ever since childhood. I grew up riding trail horses, Western, then when I got into my 20s, I started lessons, learning to jump, got interested in English,” Forsythe said.

Article source: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/orcutt-veterinary-hospital-celebrating-years-of-helping-animals/article_b0c2586b-b196-5158-a7a1-8ec7b6b241f5.html

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Orcutt Veterinary Hospital celebrating 10 years of helping animals …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 23, 2017 in Rat News
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“I always rode, ever since childhood. I grew up riding trail horses, Western, then when I got into my 20s, I started lessons, learning to jump, got interested in English,” Forsythe said.

Article source: http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/orcutt-veterinary-hospital-celebrating-years-of-helping-animals/article_b0c2586b-b196-5158-a7a1-8ec7b6b241f5.html

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Kailyn Lowry considering a pet rat for her sons?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 22, 2017 in Rat News
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#Kailyn Lowry is currently staying home with her three children, as she’s taking some time to care for her newborn baby. Lowry has done things for her children before, including buying them a trampoline and giving them bikes, so when one person suggested she get her sons a pet, she decided to ask her fans about this. Apparently, this “Teen Mom 2” star had never heard of pet rats. She seemed rather disgusted with the idea, so she decided to get some second opinions about the topic.

According to a new tweet, Kailyn Lowry is now revealing that she’s never heard of this kind of pet before and she seems completely shocked that someone would have a rat as a pet.

Of course, rats are actually clean animals and they are cleaner than cats and dogs. But a rat is often something people associate with garbage, dirty alleyways, and perhaps even bacteria. Lowry didn’t exactly jump on the idea that she should buy her boys some pet rats. She would probably prefer another dog, as she does have a few dogs in her Delaware home.

Disgusted with rodents as pets?

Kailyn Lowry didn’t go into detail on Twitter about her thoughts, but it sounds like Isaac and Lincoln won’t be getting this kind of pet anytime soon. She didn’t mention whether she found it cute or disgusting.

If Isaac or Lincoln wanted a #Pet Rat, they may have a bigger chance getting one from their respective fathers.

Jo Rivera and Javi Marroquin may be easier to convince when it comes to getting a pet. It doesn’t sound like Marroquin has any pets, as the dogs he shared with Kailyn stayed with her after the divorce.

Newborn may change things

These days, Kailyn Lowry has a newborn at home and she may be very protective when it comes to what she offers him. A pet rat in the home may not be something that she’s interested in, as she wants to keep the home clean. The last thing she would want is a pet rat snuggling up to little baby Lo when she’s not watching. However, her fans may argue that her dogs would probably bring more bacteria to the home than a pet rat.

These days, Lowry has more to think about than getting another pet. On “#Teen Mom 2,” Lowry revealed that both Jo Rivera and Javi are trying to take the kids from her. The guys just want shared custody, where they get to see their sons as much as she gets to see them. However, she’s not keen on sharing custody.

What do you think about Kailyn Lowry‘s tweet about the pet rat? Do you think she could be convinced to get her sons a pet rat if they ask nicely?

Article source: http://us.blastingnews.com/showbiz-tv/2017/09/kailyn-lowry-considering-a-pet-rat-for-her-sons-002028151.html

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Lilac Springs – 9-21-17

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 21, 2017 in Rat News
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What a week! We were very busy this past week with activities and outings and special visits. Thanks again to Brook Gardens Place for inviting us to see the Birds of Prey. The residents enjoyed it immensely.

Friday, we had our visit with our friends from the Jefferson County Humane Society and boy, were we in for a special surprise. We were introduced to two of their pet ambassadors. Dori and Coral are two pet rats that live at the humane society.

Our residents were stunned and apprehensive at first, but with a little time and education, the residents all took turns petting and in most cases, even holding the girls. It was a wonderful visit and ended up being a fantastic event for our residents and for Dori and Coral. We hope to see them again soon.

This week we look forward to our performer, Mel C. He’ll be coming on Friday, Sept. 22. Our residents are very excited for his return. He took us by storm with his first performance. He’s got a comedy and music routine that is fun for the whole family, and he has amazing audience participation. Feel free to stop on by Friday at 3pm to enjoy Mel C with us if you’re in the area!

He certainly is fun for the whole family! We’re putting away the summer décor and making room for the beautiful colors of autumn. This has always been my favorite time of year. Sitting outside, in the brisk air, enjoying hot apple cider and watching the leaves change.

Next week we take a breather and relax with some “in house” fun and prepare for a fun and exciting trip to Busy Barns on Monday, Oct. 2. Never a dull moment!

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American Bulldog Monty ‘one of the nicest natured dogs to have …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 20, 2017 in Rat News
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PLEASE meet lovely boy Monty, who is a six-year-old American Bulldog in the care of RSPCA Worcester Mid-Worcestershire Branch.

Sadly, before he came into the charity’s care Monty had not been treated well, but you would not realise he’s been through bad times when you meet him.

Geraldine Haynes, branch trustee, said: “Monty is one of the nicest natured dogs to have been in the care of the branch. Everyone loves him, he’s such a special lad, he loves everyone. He’s so laid back, he’s almost horizontal!

“Monty is just a lovely, lovely boy who hasn’t got a bad bone in his body. Whatever you need to do with him, he just stands there.

“He is the most perfect resident with no urgency about anything – he’s got all the time in the world! Monty really deserves a loving home.”

Monty really enjoys his walks and is good on the lead. He is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

Please ring Geraldine on 01886 822083 if you would like to meet him.

For more information on the branch’s rescued animals, visit the local branch website: rspcaworcester.org.uk or call Geraldine for dogs on the number above or The Holdings Rescue Rehoming Centre for cats and rabbits on 07484 905707.

The centre is open daily between 11am and 4pm (except Wednesdays) if you are interested in adopting one of the branch’s animals. There are cats, a pair of rabbits, pet rats Booker and Haynes and a ferret all waiting for adoption at Holdings Lane, Broomhall, Kempsey, Worcester WR5 3FP.

Dogs available for adoption continue to be boarded at a private kennels until funds have been raised to build the kennel block.

Article source: http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/15546450.Special_chap_Monty_really_deserves_a_loving_home/

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Keller: Getting Clowned By The Clowns « CBS Boston

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 19, 2017 in Rat News
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BOSTON (CBS) – It probably won’t go down as one of the most significant public protests of our times, but the announcement that New York-area clowns were going to picket a Manhattan movie theater Thursday because they were showing the new Stephen King movie featuring a killer clown certainly did raise some eyebrows.

Real ones, not the painted-on kind.

The protest organizer told the media that the release of the new movie “It,” in which a demon masquerading as a clown emerges from the sewer to terrorize a small town in Maine, had cost him and his fellow clowns business.

clown Keller @ Large: Getting Clowned By The Clowns

A mural of Pennywise the clown from the movie ‘IT’ in Sydney, Australia.
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“Our hope is to raise enough awareness so when people think of clowns they won’t think of scary murderers but people who dedicate their lives to bringing joy,” he said.

That seems reasonable.

And it raises the prospect of other protests by groups that are unfairly made to seem super-scary by moviemakers.

If you’ve ever seen the classic Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” you know that the birds depicted there as vicious predators have a beef.

The same goes for the rats in the 1972 movie “Ben,” in which pet rats turn violent, as Michael Jackson croons in the background.

And snakes got a bad rap from “Snakes on a Plane,” if you ask me.

And let’s not stop with animals.

Body snatchers have been unfairly maligned by Hollywood not just once, but twice.

And I haven’t felt comfortable about fog since watching 1980s “The Fog,” an hour and 29 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

Yes, there is plenty of unfairness in the movies worthy of a brisk picketing. But… what’s this?

The clown protest was a hoax designed to promote the movie?

Those clowns were clowning you!

And guess what – so am I.

Article source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/15/clown-protest-hoax-stephen-king-it-pennywise/

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Dermot O’Leary reveals his X Factor backstage secrets and why the show needs Louis Walsh

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 18, 2017 in Rat News
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Dermot O’Leary might just be one of the nicest men we’ve ever met. He says himself that one of his best traits is his curiosity, and he’s not kidding. The 44 year old, who is back to his Saturday night hosting duties on X Factor, turns the questioning back on us about 76 times during our chat. And not because he’s trying to avoid any tricky lines of enquiry, but because he is interested in knowing all about other folk.

We feel sure he’s just being polite when we discuss the last times we’ve met, or asks where we’re from (precise location, not just general vicinity), or even wants to see pictures of our children, and talk about what our husbands do and where we currently live, and whether we are cat people or dog people. But he’s not, he actually really does want to know.

The classic Cat v Dog debate is relevant mostly because the TV presenter and Radio 2 DJ thinks he clearly doesn’t have enough to do already and is just about to publish his first children’s fiction book, based on the exploits of his blind cat Toto and his late feline buddy Silver, who, sob, died just last month.

Dermot, 44, who is married to TV producer Dee Koppang, talks how he copes with presenting such a massive TV show, X Factor coming to an end and why we all need to have Louis Walsh in our lives…

How you finding The X Factor this year? It’s business as usual with no changes, eh?

It’s really nice, there’s a solidity to it, definitely. It properly feels like a family. This judging panel are comfortable together and no one takes offence at anything so they can play with each other a lot, they’re not going to walk away thinking, ‘Oh Simon’s given me a hard time’. They’ve all got their defined roles.

Dermot O’Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger
(Image: ITV)

Simon Cowell is so much mellower these days, though…

He’s very constructive in his criticism now. He’s like, ‘I’m a man in my 50s, I can’t be telling you what to do, you’ve got to work it out for yourself.’

And we are enjoying Louis’s opinions as ever…

We need Louis. We love Louis. You cannot make the show without Louis. He’s got so descriptive this year. He’ll say, ‘You stood on the X. You’re 16. You’re a kid with black hair’. You have to give a better critique than that, Louis. But Simon will say something, then the others will say something and then there’s sort of nothing for him to say. But in many ways, he IS the X Factor because you can’t quite put your finger on why, but you need him there, and you miss him when he’s not.

And he comes into his own when Simon isn’t around…

On the days when Simon wasn’t at the auditions, we decided to make Louis the kingpin and put him in the middle with the two girls either side of him. He looked like a glamorous Irish mafia boss. He’s far more empowered when Simon isn’t there. Pretty much everyone got a yes that day.

Louis Wash tells Only The Young that they are through to the live shows on 'The X Factor - Judges House'

One of his famous Dermot hugs
(Image: WENN)

How do you cope with hosting a live show in front of millions?

Red wine… No, it’s just all about preparation. I still get nervous though – you are going live to millions of people on a Saturday night, it’s the biggest arena, so if I didn’t, I shouldn’t be doing the show. Thirty seconds before we go live is the best bit, it’s so exciting back there. You feel like a heavyweight going in to a boxing match.

What do you do to get ready for the show?

I dance in my pants in my dressing room. To Irish music.

Where are the best auditions?

Liverpool is the best city we go to. Manchester gets people from all over the North, Birmingham all over the Midlands, London all over the South, but it tends to be very local in Liverpool. When they’re asked where they’re from, they’ll tell you the exact street they live on in Birkenhead, and thousands of people will stand up and scream and go, ‘That’s my street’.

How much longer can X Factor keep going?

I’m signed for a few more years. It’s not finishing any time soon. I hope not, unless you know something I don’t. I think there’s still an appetite for it and I love that I work on a show that people still talk about. I do have moments of humility though – I went to the Dunkirk premiere and I had my picture taken with this lovely old gentleman with a million and one RAF medals on his chest because his granddaughter wanted me to. And he said, ‘Who are you, my love?’. I was like, ‘It really doesn’t matter who I am. Trust me, the pleasure is all mine.’

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever been recognised?

I got in a cab in Majorca and this guy with a thick Spanish accent said, ‘You’re the guy on the X Factor’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ Then he said, ‘No you’re not, I don’t believe you’. I’m like, ‘Come on dude, I was quite happy just sitting quietly in the back’.

Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang

Dermot and his wife Dee
(Image: Splash)

What’s on your bucket list?

I’ve had a cup-three-quarters-full life so I feel it’s unfair for me to have a bucket list. I’m living my bucket list. Although I really enjoyed doing the Nightly Show so if that could come back, that would be great. We’ll see.

Ah yes, the show that everyone who presented it aside from you, got a
of stick for…

It was a hard show to launch. I’m sure if I’d launched it [like David Walliams] I’d have had exactly the same flack. But I served my apprenticeship on that style of show with Big Brother’s Little Brother for seven years, so it didn’t faze me particularly. The one thing I know how to do is be on the TV every day.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a chef, a jockey and an actor. I gave up on acting when I couldn’t do anything more than twice on a take.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

Flipping burgers at Wembley Stadium. It was a low moment when I was told I couldn’t roll the sleeves up on my polyester sweat shirt on the hottest day on the year because of company policy. I was trying not to put my own sweat in to the meat. But you’ve got to have shit jobs.

Dermot on The Nightly Show
(Image: Rex Features)

What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

My boss at Big Brother said ‘Turn up on time and don’t be a dick’. It’s a good mantra for life.

What would you tell your younger self?

A lot of friends the same age as me are going through divorces and all sorts and you take a step back and realise you can’t control other people or their opinions of you. You just have to be the best person you can possibly be. Be mindful. Live in the moment. And look up, never look down. You see interesting things when you look up.

Have you got any hidden talents?

I can do 200 skips a minute. I’m not 100% match fit at the moment, but I did 187 I think it was yesterday. My best is 211. It’s more of an exercsie thing than a Britain’s Got Talent kind of thing though. I don’t think I’ll be getting any golden buzzers for it.

You sound pretty healthy, when was the last time you had a blow out?

Last week. It was brutal. Me and my buddies host a supper club and we did one on a boat. We got on the boat at 7 and left at 2.45am. Not sure I’ve still got it. I felt so rough, I can’t do hangovers any more, it’s not worth it. I drink more often but less these days. But every now and again you’ve got to blow off some steam.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

It’s not really a guilty pleasure – that’s like taking joy in fox hunting or something – but I love a Murder She Wrote on a Saturday morning. And Long Lost Families. If that comes on it’s a race to turn it over or it becomes a drinking night very quickly. Once I was too far away from the remote and it turned from a healthy evening of me making a salad to me crying in to my dinner and wine, going ‘Oh why did he go to Sydney,
?’

What’s the best freebie you’ve been given?
I don’t go out of my way to ask for things. But every now and again Guinness turn up at my house.

Do you have any phobias?

I used to not like rats but I’m coming round to them now. I’ve met a few pet rats and they’re pretty happy and cuddly. My cat Silver brought one home once but I shut the door on him. So he looked at me, put it on the floor and ate it in front of me. You could hear the crunching of bones.

What are you best and worst personality traits?

I like to think I’m a good friend, and I’m curious about other people. But I can be quite snappy with time, I can get stressed when I don’t have much time.

What would your wife say is your most annoying habit?
She likes silence while she works, but I can listen to five things at once from doing live TV. So I can actually multi task? Hang on, I wouldn’t say that…

Dermot and his cat Toto
(Image: radioleary/Instagram)

What’s your kid’s book all about?

It’s about our cat Toto. We rescued her from Italy and realised quite early doors that she is actually blind, but she sees breaks in light and has incredible reflexes. So I thought she could be a member of a unique band of ninjas from around the world. I called it, ‘Toto the Incredible Blind Italian Ninja Cat Of Old Camden Town and The Great Snake Escape’. At the first meeting with the publisher, they were like, ‘Yeah, we need to talk about the title.’

What does Toto get up to?

I decided she had been trained in Italy by an old ship’s cat who’d trained in Japan, and she turns up in London with her brother Silver, wanting a quiet life. Then they’re thrust into this strange situation where the snakes escape from London Zoo and they have to go and track them down with the help of this Stephen Fry-esque character, who is rat aristrocracy but thinks he’s a cat.

Is Toto going to be famous now?

Could you imagine? No, I want him to live a life of anonymity…

TOTO THE NINJA CAT AND THE GREAT SNAKE ESCAPE by Dermot O’Leary (illustrated by Nick East) is out 21st September, paperback, £6.99 from Hodder Children’s Books

Article source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/dermot-oleary-reveals-x-factor-11163938

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Dermot O’Leary reveals his X Factor backstage secrets and why the …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 17, 2017 in Rat News
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Dermot O’Leary might just be one of the nicest men we’ve ever met. He says himself that one of his best traits is his curiosity, and he’s not kidding. The 44 year old, who is back to his Saturday night hosting duties on X Factor, turns the questioning back on us about 76 times during our chat. And not because he’s trying to avoid any tricky lines of enquiry, but because he is interested in knowing all about other folk.

We feel sure he’s just being polite when we discuss the last times we’ve met, or asks where we’re from (precise location, not just general vicinity), or even wants to see pictures of our children, and talk about what our husbands do and where we currently live, and whether we are cat people or dog people. But he’s not, he actually really does want to know.

The classic Cat v Dog debate is relevant mostly because the TV presenter and Radio 2 DJ thinks he clearly doesn’t have enough to do already and is just about to publish his first children’s fiction book, based on the exploits of his blind cat Toto and his late feline buddy Silver, who, sob, died just last month.

Dermot, 44, who is married to TV producer Dee Koppang, talks how he copes with presenting such a massive TV show, X Factor coming to an end and why we all need to have Louis Walsh in our lives…

How you finding The X Factor this year? It’s business as usual with no changes, eh?

It’s really nice, there’s a solidity to it, definitely. It properly feels like a family. This judging panel are comfortable together and no one takes offence at anything so they can play with each other a lot, they’re not going to walk away thinking, ‘Oh Simon’s given me a hard time’. They’ve all got their defined roles.

Dermot O’Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger
(Image: ITV)

Simon Cowell is so much mellower these days, though…

He’s very constructive in his criticism now. He’s like, ‘I’m a man in my 50s, I can’t be telling you what to do, you’ve got to work it out for yourself.’

And we are enjoying Louis’s opinions as ever…

We need Louis. We love Louis. You cannot make the show without Louis. He’s got so descriptive this year. He’ll say, ‘You stood on the X. You’re 16. You’re a kid with black hair’. You have to give a better critique than that, Louis. But Simon will say something, then the others will say something and then there’s sort of nothing for him to say. But in many ways, he IS the X Factor because you can’t quite put your finger on why, but you need him there, and you miss him when he’s not.

And he comes into his own when Simon isn’t around…

On the days when Simon wasn’t at the auditions, we decided to make Louis the kingpin and put him in the middle with the two girls either side of him. He looked like a glamorous Irish mafia boss. He’s far more empowered when Simon isn’t there. Pretty much everyone got a yes that day.

Louis Wash tells Only The Young that they are through to the live shows on 'The X Factor - Judges House'

One of his famous Dermot hugs
(Image: WENN)

How do you cope with hosting a live show in front of millions?

Red wine… No, it’s just all about preparation. I still get nervous though – you are going live to millions of people on a Saturday night, it’s the biggest arena, so if I didn’t, I shouldn’t be doing the show. Thirty seconds before we go live is the best bit, it’s so exciting back there. You feel like a heavyweight going in to a boxing match.

What do you do to get ready for the show?

I dance in my pants in my dressing room. To Irish music.

Where are the best auditions?

Liverpool is the best city we go to. Manchester gets people from all over the North, Birmingham all over the Midlands, London all over the South, but it tends to be very local in Liverpool. When they’re asked where they’re from, they’ll tell you the exact street they live on in Birkenhead, and thousands of people will stand up and scream and go, ‘That’s my street’.

How much longer can X Factor keep going?

I’m signed for a few more years. It’s not finishing any time soon. I hope not, unless you know something I don’t. I think there’s still an appetite for it and I love that I work on a show that people still talk about. I do have moments of humility though – I went to the Dunkirk premiere and I had my picture taken with this lovely old gentleman with a million and one RAF medals on his chest because his granddaughter wanted me to. And he said, ‘Who are you, my love?’. I was like, ‘It really doesn’t matter who I am. Trust me, the pleasure is all mine.’

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever been recognised?

I got in a cab in Majorca and this guy with a thick Spanish accent said, ‘You’re the guy on the X Factor’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ Then he said, ‘No you’re not, I don’t believe you’. I’m like, ‘Come on dude, I was quite happy just sitting quietly in the back’.

Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang

Dermot and his wife Dee
(Image: Splash)

What’s on your bucket list?

I’ve had a cup-three-quarters-full life so I feel it’s unfair for me to have a bucket list. I’m living my bucket list. Although I really enjoyed doing the Nightly Show so if that could come back, that would be great. We’ll see.

Ah yes, the show that everyone who presented it aside from you, got a
of stick for…

It was a hard show to launch. I’m sure if I’d launched it [like David Walliams] I’d have had exactly the same flack. But I served my apprenticeship on that style of show with Big Brother’s Little Brother for seven years, so it didn’t faze me particularly. The one thing I know how to do is be on the TV every day.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a chef, a jockey and an actor. I gave up on acting when I couldn’t do anything more than twice on a take.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

Flipping burgers at Wembley Stadium. It was a low moment when I was told I couldn’t roll the sleeves up on my polyester sweat shirt on the hottest day on the year because of company policy. I was trying not to put my own sweat in to the meat. But you’ve got to have shit jobs.

Dermot on The Nightly Show
(Image: Rex Features)

What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

My boss at Big Brother said ‘Turn up on time and don’t be a dick’. It’s a good mantra for life.

What would you tell your younger self?

A lot of friends the same age as me are going through divorces and all sorts and you take a step back and realise you can’t control other people or their opinions of you. You just have to be the best person you can possibly be. Be mindful. Live in the moment. And look up, never look down. You see interesting things when you look up.

Have you got any hidden talents?

I can do 200 skips a minute. I’m not 100% match fit at the moment, but I did 187 I think it was yesterday. My best is 211. It’s more of an exercsie thing than a Britain’s Got Talent kind of thing though. I don’t think I’ll be getting any golden buzzers for it.

You sound pretty healthy, when was the last time you had a blow out?

Last week. It was brutal. Me and my buddies host a supper club and we did one on a boat. We got on the boat at 7 and left at 2.45am. Not sure I’ve still got it. I felt so rough, I can’t do hangovers any more, it’s not worth it. I drink more often but less these days. But every now and again you’ve got to blow off some steam.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

It’s not really a guilty pleasure – that’s like taking joy in fox hunting or something – but I love a Murder She Wrote on a Saturday morning. And Long Lost Families. If that comes on it’s a race to turn it over or it becomes a drinking night very quickly. Once I was too far away from the remote and it turned from a healthy evening of me making a salad to me crying in to my dinner and wine, going ‘Oh why did he go to Sydney,
?’

What’s the best freebie you’ve been given?
I don’t go out of my way to ask for things. But every now and again Guinness turn up at my house.

Do you have any phobias?

I used to not like rats but I’m coming round to them now. I’ve met a few pet rats and they’re pretty happy and cuddly. My cat Silver brought one home once but I shut the door on him. So he looked at me, put it on the floor and ate it in front of me. You could hear the crunching of bones.

What are you best and worst personality traits?

I like to think I’m a good friend, and I’m curious about other people. But I can be quite snappy with time, I can get stressed when I don’t have much time.

What would your wife say is your most annoying habit?
She likes silence while she works, but I can listen to five things at once from doing live TV. So I can actually multi task? Hang on, I wouldn’t say that…

Dermot and his cat Toto
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What’s your kid’s book all about?

It’s about our cat Toto. We rescued her from Italy and realised quite early doors that she is actually blind, but she sees breaks in light and has incredible reflexes. So I thought she could be a member of a unique band of ninjas from around the world. I called it, ‘Toto the Incredible Blind Italian Ninja Cat Of Old Camden Town and The Great Snake Escape’. At the first meeting with the publisher, they were like, ‘Yeah, we need to talk about the title.’

What does Toto get up to?

I decided she had been trained in Italy by an old ship’s cat who’d trained in Japan, and she turns up in London with her brother Silver, wanting a quiet life. Then they’re thrust into this strange situation where the snakes escape from London Zoo and they have to go and track them down with the help of this Stephen Fry-esque character, who is rat aristrocracy but thinks he’s a cat.

Is Toto going to be famous now?

Could you imagine? No, I want him to live a life of anonymity…

TOTO THE NINJA CAT AND THE GREAT SNAKE ESCAPE by Dermot O’Leary (illustrated by Nick East) is out 21st September, paperback, £6.99 from Hodder Children’s Books

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Doggie Fun Zone And Barn Hunt Take Place At Cassio Pet Resort

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 16, 2017 in Rat News
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Published: September 16, 2017

Dogs jumped for joy at Cassio Pet Resort Training Center, 175 Mt Pleasant Road, for the Doggie Fun Zone, from September 1 to 8, and the Barn Hunt Fun Clinic on Monday, September 4.

For roughly a decade, Doggie Fun Zone has visited Cassio every May and September to offer dogs of every size, breed, and training level the chance to run through its action-packed agility course.

The track has a variety of components, including hurdles for dogs to leap over and short tunnels for them to run through. Dogs chase a small contraption on a line that mechanically speeds through the entire course.

Lee Rebalko, founder of Doggie Fun Zone, has patented his invention as an instant animal behavioral training method.

He says the device appeals to dogs’ natural predatory instinct as it twitches and replicates the movement of potential prey. That adrenaline rush sends dog into an excited state, eager to race through the course.

Mr Rebalko said the agility course he has created “is fast and furious — that’s F-U-R-ious.”

He chose to design it to appeal to all dogs and their owners. In doing so, it has drawn large crowds to local events, as well as Doggie Fun Zone appearances all over the country.

“I really love dogs,” Mr Rebalko said. “My passion in life is dogs.”

In addition to overseeing the course during Doggie Fun Zone, he also photographs doggy participants and posts them to the organization’s Facebook page.

On Friday, September 1, mote than 20 dogs came out to try the Doggie Fun Zone, including 2-year-old rescue dog, Brutus.

Despite not having prior experience with agility courses, Brutus showed his athleticism and raced through the course multiple times at breakneck speeds.

Brutus’s owner Jolyne Dudas said, “Brutus loves to run, and he absolutely loves this.”

Shortly after Brutus completed one of his runs, Alden Rivers and his 2-year-old dog, Zack, approached the course.

Mr Rebalko said Zack is an “experienced veteran” with Doggie Fun Zone and proved so when Zack expertly finished his first run in just 11.7 seconds.

Both Zack and Brutus even did a run-though of the agility course together, racing to see who would come out victorious.

Despite Brutus leading at various points in the course, it was Zack who successfully grabbed the contraption at the end, solidifying his win.

Mr Rebalko said races like theirs appear competitive, but actually inspire the pack mentality behavior that is used for collective hunts.

For more information about Doggie Fun Zone, visit doggiefunzone.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/DoggieFunZone.

Barn Hunt Fun Clinic

After rescheduling its Sunday, September 3, program due to rain, Cassio hosted the first of four scheduled Barn Hunt Fun Clinics on September 4.

The Barn Hunt consists of a hay bale course where dogs test their agility and scent tracking skills in an allotted 2 minute time-frame.

Lisa Kareuser ran the September 4 event from inside the enclosure and gave instructions to handlers and their dogs.

Before each Barn Hunt, she hid her two pet rats, Tom and Jerry, which were placed inside a sturdy tube with air holes, under the hay.

Dogs would individually go in with their handlers to sniff out the scent, search for the rats, then let their handler know once they found them.

Ms Kareuser explained that the Barn Hunt is a training tool for dogs who compete, but also a fun activity for many dogs.

The next Barn Hunts at Cassio are scheduled for Saturday, September 23, October 14, and October 21, from 10 am to 3 pm. The event is open to all dogs that can fit through an 18-inch-wide by 20-inch-high opening. Two runs are $10, cash or check.

To stay up to date on Cassio Pet Resort Training Center’s upcoming events, visit cassiopetresort.com or call 203-426-2881.



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