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Keller @ Large: Getting Clowned By The Clowns

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 15, 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.
(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“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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Snowpiercer TNT Series Adds Broadway Star Lena Hall

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 14, 2017 in Rat News
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This article is a hub that is updated with the Snowpiercer latest news.

Snowpiercer, TNT’s upcoming hour-long television pilot, adapting director Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 South Korean dystopic sci-fi film of the same name, will be headlined by an Oscar-winner in Jennifer Connelly, who co-stars opposite Hamilton stage standout Daveed Diggs. They are joined by an ever-growing coterie of co-stars.

Snowpiercer TV Series News

Lena Hall joins the cast of TNT’s Snowpiercer, reports THR. She will play Sayori, the resident archivist and member of the caste-divided train’s upper management, charged with keeping written record of events and handling staffing to fill the crucial roles that keep the microcosmic locomotive chugging along.

This will be Hall’s very first regular television role. Besides serving as lead singer of rock band The Deafening, she’s been a prolific presence on the Broadway stage (on which star Daveed Diggs attained success). She was notably part of the inaugural cast of Kinky Boots and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the latter of which yielded her a Tony Award in 2014. Her onscreen roles include TV guest spots on Girls and Good Girls Revolt, a 2008 run on All My Children and films Becks, The Graduates, Born from the Foot, The Big Gay Musical and a minor role in 2008’s Sex and the City movie.

Snowpiercer TV Series Cast

Jennifer Connelly will play a character named Melanie Cavill, reports Deadline. A member of the train’s First Class, Melanie is known as the “Voice of the Train,” heard across all cars through a PA system, making daily announcements. While, the idea of front-end First-Classers looking down upon the back-end peasants is par for the course of the established story, it seems that Melanie fields a fascination with the other half; a fascination that may just put her in the orbit of Diggs’s Layton Well during a subsequent upheaval.

Connelly only has a few TV entries on her CV with the 1992 (TNT) TV movie The Heart and Justice and the 2000 Darren-Starr-developed series The $treet. However, she has been visible in film since debuting in director Sergio Leone’s 1984 Prohibition drama Once Upon a Time in America, notably appearing – opposite David Bowie – in the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth, cult-classic comedy Career Opportunities, 1991 summer blockbuster The Rocketeer, 1996 noir period drama Mullholland Falls, and 2000 Darren Aronofsky-directed drama Requiem for a Dream. 2001’s A Beautiful Mind – a biopic of mathematician John Nash – would yield Connelly a 2002 Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in a role opposite Russell Crowe.

She subsequently appeared in the 2003 pre-MCU comic book effort Hulk, 2006 Oscar-nominated drama Blood Diamond, 2008 sci-fi classic remake The Day the Earth Stood Still and another onscreen run opposite Crowe in the 2014 Biblical epic Noah. Connelly recently appeared in the 1960s period drama American Pastoral, opposite its co-star and debuting director Ewan McGregor. Her next films are this October’s fact-based Arizona wildfire drama Granite Mountain Hotshots and director Robert Rodriguez’s (James Cameron-scripted) 2018 adaptation of the manga/anime Alita: Battle Angel.

Daveed Diggs will play new primary character Layton Well, a prisoner living in the dregs of the train’s societal steerage in the back end. Described as a “quiet thinker” who spends his days tending to a cage filled with pet rats and sniffing a makeshift drug made from industrial waste called Chronole, Layton becomes an unlikely participant in an upheaval that could see caste clashes on the train.

Diggs, an actor whose acclaim continues to escalate, is coming off his roles in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, a run on sitcom Black-ish and Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop throwback Netflix series The Get Down.

Mickey Sumner will play a character named Bess Till. Described as “thoughtful” and “empathetic,” Bess holds the job of brakeman; a position that’s part of the perpetually-running post-apocalyptic train’s security force. Much like the class-divided primary characters in Jennifer Connelly’s Melanie and Daveed Diggs’s Layton, Sumner’s Bess will find herself caught in the middle of the caste clashes that will be depicted.

The daughter of rock icon Sting (a.k.a. Gordon Sumner,) Mickey Sumner has notably fielded recurring television roles on Showtime’s The Borgias and AMC’s Low Winter Sun, as well as a diverse array of films such as 2012’s Frances Ha, 2013’s CBGB (playing another rock icon in Patti Smith), 2014’s The Mend and 2015’s The End of the Tour. However, mainstream prospects lie ahead when she appears in September offerings in the Tom Cruise-starring crime thriller American Made and the Emma Stone/Steve Carell-starring Battle of the Sexes, centering on the famous 1973 gender-crossing tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Alison Wright will play Lilah Anderson. The character, a quiet, careful type, described as a “pragmatic and independent thinker,” lives in the fourth-class cabin of the titular post-apocalyptic train with her husband and daughter, working in a nail salon. With a potentially violent class upheaval set for the series, Lilah will find herself utilizing some previously untapped inner-strength.

The English actress Wright is best known as a standout from FX’s Cold War spy series The Americans, playing fan-favorite character Martha Hanson, a mawkish, identifiable FBI secretary who is hoodwinked into a marriage with embedded Russian spy Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), unwittingly providing crucial intelligence. She also appeared in the FX anthology series Feud, Amazon crime series Sneaky Pete and the 2007 Scarlett Johansson-starring comedy The Nanny Diaries.

Benjamin Haigh also boards the train’s primary cast to play Fergus McConnell, an embattled urchin surrounded by bleakness and poverty in the back end that forces him to grow up way too fast. His existence mostly centers on providing whatever he can scavenge for his family, along with helping his mother in the care of his sick father.  

The prodigious Haigh recently came into some prominent roles, notably with the 2016 horror film sequel The Conjuring 2 and on the Nat Geo Albert Einstein biographical series Genius. He’ll next appear in the historical royal drama Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, which arrives in September.

Snowpiercer TV Series Story

2013’s Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon Ho, adapting the French comic book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand, seemed like an odd foreign film detour for Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America Chris Evans. Yet, with a limited U.S. theatrical release, the South Korean film managed to achieve respectable box office numbers with $86.8 million USD worldwide. ($4.5 million from the U.S. release.) Moreover, the breadth of its critical acclaim in the States widened by way of DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and premium cable airings.

The Snowpiercer mythology depicts a society living in the aftermath of a catastrophic climate engineering experiment that left the Earth engulfed in an ice age, relegating the remnants of humanity to live on a massive experimental locomotive – the titular Snowpiercer – powered by its own perpetual motion, rounding a circumnavigational track. Thus, TNT Snowpiercer pilot is set seven years after the events of the 2013 film, which ended in a major act of back-end sedition with the derailment of the train by way of an explosion-triggered avalanche. That, however, was only a temporary setback for the Snowpiercer. However, as its class divisions remain prevalent, seeds of a revolution are sowed and people like Daveed Diggs’s introverted prisoner Layton Well are swept in its force.

Snowpiercer TV Series Crew

TNT’s Snowpiercer pilot will see Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson as director and executive producer, working off a script by showrunner/writer/executive producer Josh Friedman, whose television work you may have seen on NBC’s late pirate drama Crossbones plus other adapted series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the halted adaptation of comic book series Locke Key (to which Derrickson is attached). However, Friedman also happens to be working on scripts for a few “small” film projects in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Snowpiercer is a production of Tomorrow Studios via executive producers Mary Adelstein and Becky Clements and Turner’s Studio T.

With Snowpiercer’s uniquely stylized dystopic premise, coupled with its overt political themes of class division and a putrid pathos focused on the sinking depths of the human condition, there will certainly be much with which to work when it comes to a prospective ongoing television series.

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Article source: http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/snowpiercer/250480/snowpiercer-tnt-series-adds-broadway-star-lena-hall

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Let’s have a look at this Pet Taxi on ‘International Dog Day’

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 10, 2017 in Rat News
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Dogs most definitely hold a special place in our hearts and on the occasion of ‘International Dog Day’, I would like to write about an animal rescuer who goes out of her way to protect dogs and initiated a very useful and important service for pets. 

26-year-old Laxmi Agarwal, a Dombivali resident, has been rescuing dogs for many years now. But while doing so, she used to face a lot of commuting issues. Whenever she used to hire a cab to ferry a rescued animal, drivers used to cancel the rides as they didn’t want an animal in their vehicle.

It’s the same for dead dogs. Drivers used to give me reasons of foul smell and lack of space. Then the idea struck me and I decided to start my own taxi service- Pet Taxi. I have my own car and a driver. I started lending my car to those who wanted to take their dogs from one place to another. People unhesitatingly bring in their injured dogs in my taxi,” Laxmi Agarwal, Founder, Pet Taxi.

Pet Taxi functions like any other cab. If you need a cab to take your dog to a doctor or have to take somewhere else, you simply have to call this number – 9773509151 and book a taxi. Or one can go to their FB page – https://www.facebook.com/pettaximumbai/ and look for more details. You can schedule the future trips as well.

Currently, we have two cabs and we run across Mumbai. We have given over service till Surat and Pune as well. We charge INR 35-40 per km and it also depends on peak hours,” Laxmi Agarwal, Founder, Pet Taxi.

CA final year student, Laxmi, started this service in February 2016 and is growing strong. She had two pet rats – Fruity and Cadbury, who succumbed to their disease.

So many times I have been turned down by Ola and Uber drivers to ferry my pet dog, Boxer Max. When I heard about the service for the first time, I was more than happy that pets can now be taken from one place to another without any ruckus. I took him from Kandivali to Kalyan without any hassle,” Suraj D’souza, pet owner.

It doesn’t require much to be compassionate towards dogs. Little bit love and care would suffice. Those who love dogs, please rescue and don’t buy but adopt them and those who don’t, please don’t abuse them. Dogs are the only beings who love selflessly and makes one’s life heaven. 

Happy International Dogs Day. 

Article source: https://www.mumbailive.com/en/lifestyle/meet-this-dombivali-resident-who-started-a-pet-taxi-as-today-is-international-dog-day-14675

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Petco’s rat problems mount

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 9, 2017 in Rat News
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Attorneys for the family of a ten-year-old boy who died after getting bitten by a rat his grandmother bought at Petco have accused company executives of hiding documents in order to defeat a 2014 lawsuit the boy’s family filed.

Last month attorneys for the boy’s father, Andrew Pankey, filed an appeal after a jury found Petco not liable for Aidan Pankey’s death earlier this year.

Aidan Pankey’s grandmother purchased the rat at a Petco in Carmel Mountain Ranch in May 2013. On June 11 that year Aidan woke up with a high fever and stomach pains. He died days later from what doctors discovered was rat-bite fever, a sometimes fatal bacterial disease spread by rats through bites and scratches

In 2014, the boy’s family sued the national pet chain for selling the infected rat.

During the next two years, attorneys for the boy’s family say Petco fought to keep documents that mentioned rat-bite fever hidden…that is, until two days before the trial began, when Petco provided Pankey’s attorneys with 131,000 pages of emails and other previously undisclosed documents.

The emails, say Pankey’s attorneys, show that executives knew of far more cases of customers and employees who contracted rat-bite fever than they had testified to.

In addition to the document dump, attorneys say the judge in the case failed to provide for a fair trial by not allowing them to argue that customers who buy rats from Petco should be afforded certain consumer protections.

“Over the course of the trial, it was clear that ordinary consumers would not expect that a pet purchased from a large pet store would carry a hidden and deadly danger,” says Pankey attorney Bibianne Fell. “Unfortunately, the question of ordinary consumer expectations was not posed to the jury. We believe this would have changed the outcome of the case.

“For that reason, we believe it is time to have the Court of Appeal provide guidance in this new area of law. Our hope is that the Court of Appeal will agree that the jury should have been asked whether a deadly diseased rat is consistent with consumer expectations and that we will have the opportunity to try the case again under that standard.”

But Petco’s rat problem is larger than the current appeal. In June of this year another person sued the San Diego–based pet chain after she contracted the disease from a rat she purchased at a Petco in Hawaii.

Sandra Coppola purchased two pet rats on June 27, 2015, from a Petco in Lihue, Hawaii. That day one of the rats bit Coppola’s finger. The bite became infected. Coppola was hospitalized. The bacteria attacked her joints and doctors had to surgically repair and replace one of Coppola’s knees.

That case is now in San Diego Superior Court.

“The danger of rat-bite fever is real,” says attorney Fell. “Until Petco is forced to put consumer safety first in pet rat sales, we will continue to see these kinds of serious injuries to unsuspecting pet owners.”

In response to a request for comment, Petco issued the following statement: “We remain deeply saddened by the Pankey family’s tragic loss and are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of safety to our customers in the future. The safety of people and pets is always Petco’s top priority. We agree with the jury’s ruling, which validates our position that proper care, protocols and guidelines were adhered to by Petco in this case.”

Article source: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/sep/08/ticker-petcos-rat-problem/

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Fire marshal’s office: Cliffside Apartments fire caused by unattended cooking

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 7, 2017 in Rat News
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SUNDERLAND — Unattended cooking caused a fire at Cliffside Apartments Wednesday that sent one to the hospital with smoke inhalation, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth said Thursday evening that an individual noticed the fire start, but suffered smoke inhalation after entering the room to try and put it out. That person was transported to the hospital.

Firefighters from nearly 10 neighboring towns responded to the fire at the M building of the apartment community at 248 Amherst Road around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters rescued pet rats, a cat and a small dog from the building. None of the animals were harmed, despite heavy smoke damage inside.

Mieth said cooking is the top cause of fires in homes and of fire-related injuries. She said the fire marshal’s office promotes two safety-related messages:

Stand by your pan. Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking

Put a lid on it. Should a stove top fire occur, place a lid over it and turn off the heat, and the flames should smother.

Article source: http://www.gazettenet.com/a1-sunderland-fire-cause-11800077

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13 must-have pet products according to Amazon reviewers

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 6, 2017 in Rat News
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We all want what’s best for our pets; they’re part of our families, after all. But there are so many products out there that it’s hard to know which ones work, and which your four-legged friend will actually like.

So we’ve rounded up 13 of the best-selling and best-reviewed pet products on Amazon that will show your furry friends just how much they’re loved. With the PetPeek fence window, animal lovers can help satisfy pets’ curiosity without sacrificing safety. With a 4 1/2-star rating, the window is “easy to install and looks cool,” according to one review, and “a must buy for dog lovers!” 

On-the-go hydration is a lot easier with Doggie Drinklets portable water bowls. Amazon reviewers say the compact, reusable bowls, which fold flat, are “easy to carry, easy to set up” and “the most portable drinking solution for our dog that we’ve ever used.”

Rocco Roxie Professional Strength Stain Odor Eliminator, $20, Amazon 

Rocco Roxie Professional Strength Stain Odor Eliminator comes with a pretty high price tag, but according to reviewers, it’s worth every penny. As one person explained, “You could probably buy four or five bottles of Febreze for the cost of this stuff… but, four or five bottles of Febreze isn’t going to work nearly as well as this stuff.”

Modcat Litter Box Kit, $95, Amazon 

Keep the kitty litter in the litter box instead of all over your floor with the Modcat Litter Box Kit. Reviewers say they “really really really love the design” and that its sleek look means “visitors don’t immediately pick up on the crazy cat lady vibe.” One even declared, “my only regret is that I didn’t buy this sooner.”

Greenies Pill Pockets Chicken Flavor Treats for Dogs, $12, Amazon For the most part, dogs will eat anything — that includes trash, Barbie dolls and cat poop. Unfortunately, the one things most dogs won’t eat is medication they might need. Enter Greenies Pill Pockets. Reviewers say the pill-hiding treats make “medicating my dog very easy” and a great alternative to expensive pill pockets you get from the vet. 

Amazon is not only a great place for dogs and cats, you can also find amazing products for all kinds of small pets. The MidWest Guinea Habitat is the site’s best-selling small animal cage. Reviewers say the guinea pig cage is “simple to clean” and “piggies love it.”

Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste, $8, Amazon 

Make waking up to your dog licking your face a little more pleasant with Petrodex enzymatic toothpaste. Reviewers say the poultry-flavored toothpaste is easy to use and makes it so “when your loved one showers you with kisses you won’t have to hold your breath.”

Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball, $4, Amazon 

Reviews from rabbit and chinchilla owners say Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball is a hit with their pets. One reviewer said their rabbit “gnawed, tossed it, dug it and enjoyed it immensely. We couldn’t ask for more!”

Catit Flower Fountain, $30, Amazon 

Amazon’s best-selling cat water fountain, the Catit Flower Fountain, is more than just a cute design. Three water flow settings are sure to please even the pickiest feline. Reviewers like that the tank is not reachable, meaning fewer spills.

Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cat and Dog, $4, Amazon 

Available in two sizes, seven shapes, and nine colors, the Providence engraving aluminum pet ID tagsfor cats and dogs is sure to fit any pet’s personality. “The price is cheap but the quality is great,” wrote one review, while another was “pleasantly surprised” by the quality.

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs, $49, Amazon 

Bayer Seresto flea and tick collar is the best-selling dog’s flea collar on Amazon, and for good reason. One reviewer summed it up saying it’s “the first product we’ve ever used that actually kills fleas.”

Interpet Limited Superpet Chinchilla Lava Ledge, $4, Amazon 

While specifically listed as a product for chinchillas, the Interpet Limited Superpet Chinchilla Lava Ledge is also great for pet rats, according to reviewers, who say the ledge is great for both chewing and climbing.

2-in-1 Pet Glove: Grooming Tool + Furniture Pet Hair Remover Mitt, $13, Amazon The 2-in-1 pet glove grooming tool and furniture pet hair remover mitt does double duty removing loose hair from your pet and your furniture. Reviewers call it the “perfect grooming glove” and a “gold medal shredder”.

Article source: http://www.kvoa.com/story/36236676/13-must-have-pet-products-according-to-amazon-reviewers

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RSPCA rescue dumped rats from Corsham’s railway

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 1, 2017 in Rat News
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TWO pet rats had to be rescued from near death after they were dumped with their cage by the side of a railway line in Corsham.

The underweight brown and white female rats, who have been nicknamed Blackberry and Marshmallow, were discovered on a patch of grass close to the railway bridge in Ladbrook Lane last Saturday (August 12) by a family who were out walking.

The family spotted the discarded cage, which had been left with the lid open and an empty water bottle, and called the RSPCA straight away, who picked them up and transferred them to the Bath Cats and Dogs Home.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said: “I think that it is appalling to dump animals in such a way without any regard for their welfare. Domestic pets are not able to survive in the wild and these pet rats were obviously petrified at being left out to fend for themselves. They were scared, hungry and extremely thirsty.

“If they had not been found I have no doubt they would not have survived the night as they would have been so easily predated on. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to fail to meet the needs of an animal and clearly these poor rats were failed in every way when they were callously dumped like rubbish.

“Despite their ordeal both of these rats have proven to be very friendly girls and I can’t understand how someone could allow them to potentially suffer when with a bit of effort and patience I’m sure space could have been found somewhere for them.”

Anyone with information about the rats should call the RSPCA on 03001 238018 or if you would like to rehome Blackberry and Marshmallow call 01225 787321.

Article source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15496854.RSPCA_rescue_dumped_rats_from_Corsham__39_s_railway/

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How man’s best friend is helping cancer treatment

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 30, 2017 in Rat News
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Nicole Ehrhart / The Associated Press

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart…. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”

John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Isn’t it true? We learn so much from our dogs. But beyond what man’s best friend can teach us about enjoying life, they share something else with us. Cancer diagnoses in dogs are on the rise, as are cancer diagnoses in people. In fact, canine cancer is the leading cause of death in pets over the age of 10 years.

This confluence, it turns out, can be beneficial to cancer research. A field of study known as “comparative oncology” has recently emerged as a promising means to help cure cancer.

Comparative oncology researchers study the similarities between naturally occurring cancers in pets and cancers in people in order to provide clues to treat cancer more effectively.

In fact, phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in comparative oncology are underway at 22 sites across the US, including Colorado State University, where I conduct research and am a surgical oncologist for animals.

Research in this field, involving veterinarians, physicians, cancer specialists and basic scientists, is leading to improved human health and more rapid access to effective cancer treatment than has been previously possible through traditional cancer research approaches.

More like your dog than you know

AS a species, dogs have strong physiologic and genetic similarities to people, much more so than mice, who do not typically live long enough for us to know whether they naturally get cancer. We do know that some rodent species, such as pet rats, can get cancer, but predators typically end a field mouse’s life while it is still young. The laboratory mice typically used by scientists are injected with cancer rather than it occurring naturally in their bodies.

Just as scientists officially mapped the human genome, or the complete set of genetic instructions, in 2003, scientists decoded the canine genome. They discovered that dogs have greater than 80 percent genetic similarity to humans, versus only 67 percent for mice.

In addition, cancers, such as bone cancer, lymphoma and bladder cancer that spontaneously arise in pet dogs, are microscopically and molecularly identical to cancers in people. Many of the genetic mutations that drive cells to become cancerous in people are the same mutations that cause cancer in dogs. In fact, when viewed under a microscope, it is impossible to distinguish between a tumor from a human and a dog.

In addition, dogs provide a large and varied population to study, important in the study of medicine. Individual dogs who develop cancer are as different from one another as are humans. Whereas laboratory mice are essentially identical twins to each other and live in a highly regulated environment, the variation among different dog breeds, home environments, diet and overall lifestyle translate into a population diversity very similar to that in humans.

Today, most pet dogs receive high-quality health care into old age and dog owners are highly motivated to seek out improved options for the management of cancer in their companions, and are also motivated to minimize side effects.

Similarities in response to treatment, too

THIS genetic diversity and sharing of similar DNA, physiology, microscopic structure and molecular features between dogs and humans has presented cancer researchers with a key opportunity. Dogs not only develop similar types of cancers as humans, but their cancer responds to treatments in similar ways.

This means that new cancer treatments first shown to be effective in canine cancers can frequently be predicted to have a similar benefit in human cancer patients. As a result, researchers now recognize that new drug trials in dogs with cancer will result in therapeutic discoveries that are highly “translatable”; that is, more likely to predict “real-life” medical responses in human cancer patients.

By studying how cancer responds in dogs, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how new cancer drugs not only treat the cancer, but also influence the patient’s overall quality of life during treatment. This benefits dog owners, by providing access to promising new cancer treatments for their pets with cancer, and benefits human cancer patients by providing a rapid way to collect crucial data needed for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

Dogs with cancer are helping kids

FOR example, a bone cancer known as osteosarcoma is so similar between dogs and people that intensive research in canine osteosarcoma has led to several breakthroughs in treating osteosarcoma in children. Limb-saving surgical techniques for safe and effective reconstruction following bone tumor surgery in dogs are now the standard of care in children following bone-tumor surgery.

More recent, a form of immunotherapy was shown to drastically improve survival in dogs with bone cancer by delaying or altogether preventing spread of the cancer to the lungs.

As a result of the success in dogs, the FDA granted fast-track status to the same treatment for use in humans in April.

Fast-tracking was developed by the FDA to support accelerated approval for promising treatments, especially for serious and life-threatening conditions. A clinical trial in children with osteosarcoma is scheduled to begin this year at multiple pediatric cancer centers throughout the United States.

These types of discoveries demonstrate that our furry companions have a crucial role in teaching us new ways to help all victims in the war against cancer—with two legs or four.

Article source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/how-mans-best-friend-is-helping-cancer-treatment/

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13 must-have pet products according to Amazon reviewers – KVOA …

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 29, 2017 in Rat News
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We all want what’s best for our pets; they’re part of our families, after all. But there are so many products out there that it’s hard to know which ones work, and which your four-legged friend will actually like.

So we’ve rounded up 13 of the best-selling and best-reviewed pet products on Amazon that will show your furry friends just how much they’re loved. With the PetPeek fence window, animal lovers can help satisfy pets’ curiosity without sacrificing safety. With a 4 1/2-star rating, the window is “easy to install and looks cool,” according to one review, and “a must buy for dog lovers!” 

On-the-go hydration is a lot easier with Doggie Drinklets portable water bowls. Amazon reviewers say the compact, reusable bowls, which fold flat, are “easy to carry, easy to set up” and “the most portable drinking solution for our dog that we’ve ever used.”

Rocco Roxie Professional Strength Stain Odor Eliminator, $20, Amazon 

Rocco Roxie Professional Strength Stain Odor Eliminator comes with a pretty high price tag, but according to reviewers, it’s worth every penny. As one person explained, “You could probably buy four or five bottles of Febreze for the cost of this stuff… but, four or five bottles of Febreze isn’t going to work nearly as well as this stuff.”

Modcat Litter Box Kit, $95, Amazon 

Keep the kitty litter in the litter box instead of all over your floor with the Modcat Litter Box Kit. Reviewers say they “really really really love the design” and that its sleek look means “visitors don’t immediately pick up on the crazy cat lady vibe.” One even declared, “my only regret is that I didn’t buy this sooner.”

Greenies Pill Pockets Chicken Flavor Treats for Dogs, $12, Amazon For the most part, dogs will eat anything — that includes trash, Barbie dolls and cat poop. Unfortunately, the one things most dogs won’t eat is medication they might need. Enter Greenies Pill Pockets. Reviewers say the pill-hiding treats make “medicating my dog very easy” and a great alternative to expensive pill pockets you get from the vet. 

Amazon is not only a great place for dogs and cats, you can also find amazing products for all kinds of small pets. The MidWest Guinea Habitat is the site’s best-selling small animal cage. Reviewers say the guinea pig cage is “simple to clean” and “piggies love it.”

Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste, $8, Amazon 

Make waking up to your dog licking your face a little more pleasant with Petrodex enzymatic toothpaste. Reviewers say the poultry-flavored toothpaste is easy to use and makes it so “when your loved one showers you with kisses you won’t have to hold your breath.”

Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball, $4, Amazon 

Reviews from rabbit and chinchilla owners say Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball is a hit with their pets. One reviewer said their rabbit “gnawed, tossed it, dug it and enjoyed it immensely. We couldn’t ask for more!”

Catit Flower Fountain, $30, Amazon 

Amazon’s best-selling cat water fountain, the Catit Flower Fountain, is more than just a cute design. Three water flow settings are sure to please even the pickiest feline. Reviewers like that the tank is not reachable, meaning fewer spills.

Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags for Cat and Dog, $4, Amazon 

Available in two sizes, seven shapes, and nine colors, the Providence engraving aluminum pet ID tagsfor cats and dogs is sure to fit any pet’s personality. “The price is cheap but the quality is great,” wrote one review, while another was “pleasantly surprised” by the quality.

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs, $49, Amazon 

Bayer Seresto flea and tick collar is the best-selling dog’s flea collar on Amazon, and for good reason. One reviewer summed it up saying it’s “the first product we’ve ever used that actually kills fleas.”

Interpet Limited Superpet Chinchilla Lava Ledge, $4, Amazon 

While specifically listed as a product for chinchillas, the Interpet Limited Superpet Chinchilla Lava Ledge is also great for pet rats, according to reviewers, who say the ledge is great for both chewing and climbing.

2-in-1 Pet Glove: Grooming Tool + Furniture Pet Hair Remover Mitt, $13, Amazon The 2-in-1 pet glove grooming tool and furniture pet hair remover mitt does double duty removing loose hair from your pet and your furniture. Reviewers call it the “perfect grooming glove” and a “gold medal shredder”.

Article source: http://www.kvoa.com/story/36236676/13-must-have-pet-products-according-to-amazon-reviewers

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Rats found in cage dumped near railway tracks were ‘scared, hungry and extremely thirsty’

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 28, 2017 in Rat News
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A cage of underweight rats was found dumped close to the railway tracks in Corsham.

The discovery was made by a family who had been out for a Saturday stroll and the RSPCA has appealed to the public for information.

The animal welfare charity was alerted to the rats on Saturday, August 12.

The open cage was found on a patch of grass close to the Ladbrook Lane railway bridge.

The brown and white female rats were cowering at the back of the cage, with no food or water.

The area where the rates were discovered

The area where the rates were discovered

There was an empty water bottle laid down on top the cage and when it was filled up with water both rats drank ravenously, which indicated they were extremely thirsty.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said: “I think that it is appalling to dump animals in such a way without any regard for their welfare. Domestic pets are not able to survive in the wild and these pet rats were obviously petrified at being left out to fend for themselves. They were scared, hungry and extremely thirsty.

“If they had not been found I have no doubt they would not have survived the night as they would have been so easily predated on. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to fail to meet the needs of an animal and clearly these poor rats were failed in every way when they were callously dumped like rubbish.

“Despite their ordeal both of these rats have proven to be very friendly girls and I can’t understand how someone could allow them to potentially suffer when with a bit of effort and patience I’m sure space could have been found somewhere for them.”

The underweight rats were incredibly thirsty and were renamed Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them

The underweight rats were incredibly thirsty and were renamed Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them

Anyone who has information on who is responsible for dumping the rats should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

The two rats, who have been named Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them, have been taken to Bristol Dogs and Cats Home where they will soon be looking for homes.

If you think you could offer a home to animals like Blackberry and Marshmallow see the small furries rehoming page on the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home website.

Article source: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/rats-found-cage-dumped-near-387675

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