National Love Your Pet Day on Sunday 20 February

Society of Companion Animal Studies

Remember, you don’t need to be extravagant or extraordinary to mark National Love Your Pet Day 2022, on Sunday 20th February! Here are five ideas to consider…

Hard on the heels of Valentine’s Day, National Love Your Pet Day on Sunday 20 February, is the perfect day to spoil your pet more than usual and show them just how much they mean to you. (Although all pet owners know that every day is National Love Your Pet Day, whether you’re a cat lover, dog lover, rabbit lover or general all-round animal lover!).

You don’t need to spend money to mark this special day. Here are five things you might like to consider: –

  1. Your attention is priceless!

If your pet loves attention, then make sure you spend some extra time making them feel special – perhaps play their favourite game or give them a belly rub.

2. Take them on an extra special walk

Figure Photo by Zen Chung from Pexels

If you have a dog, why not take it to one of its favourite places and let them stay there a little bit longer so they can fully enjoy the spot they love most, or why not look up a new walk that you can both discover together.

3. Make a new pet toy

Whether you turn an old t-shirt into a braided tug-of-war rope for your dog or create a cat flat or hideout from old cardboard boxes. It’s super fun and inexpensive to make toys for your pets from materials you might have in the house already, (but please make sure to check that they are safe for pet-use).

All that’s needed is a little creativity, a short amount of time from you – and some love!

4. Teach your pet a new skill

Positive reinforcement with praise or treats (as part of their daily allowance) can help you teach your dog a new command or perhaps train your cat how to high-five. The fun you’ll have training will help strengthen the bond you share.

5. Be in the moment

Put down your phone. Stop thinking about that Zoom call. Make a conscious effort to live in the moment, just like your pet. For our dogs and cats, fish or parrot, there are no worries of about yesterday or tomorrow; they live in the moment. Learning to live in the present can prove to be a present, not just to your pet, but to you as well.

Whatever way you decide to spend National Love Your Pet Day 2022, SCAS hopes you have a safe and enjoyable time with each other.

“This Is Why Everything Is Manufactured in China”

Stocks, oil and gold fall as Russia, Ukraine tangle

Suzanne O’Halloran

U.S. stocks fell across the board as investors kept a close eye on escalating worries over the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine.Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34079.18 -232.85 -0.68%SP500 S&P 500 4348.87 -31.39 -0.72%I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 13548.065742 -168.65 -1.23%

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 232 points or 0.7%, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite fell 0.7% and 1.2%. Ticker Security Last Change Change % QQQ INVESCO QQQ NASDAQ 100 341.51 -3.94 -1.14%EXI ISHARES TRUST GLOBAL INDUSTRIALS ETF 114.03 -0.67 -0.58%

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Technology and industrials paced the drop in the broader market and pushed all three benchmarks to losses for the week. 

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERETicker Security Last Change Change % GLD SPDR GOLD SHARES TRUST – EUR ACC 177.12 -0.13 -0.07%

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The price of gold, traditionally a safe haven during geopolitical uncertainty, was little changed after hitting a nine-month high. Ticker Security Last Change Change % USO UNITED STATES OIL FUND L.P. 64.74 +0.57 +0.89%

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Oil fell over 2% for the week closing at $91.07 per barrel. 

In earnings, Deere & Company shares fell even after it boosted its profit outlook, expecting to earn as much $7.1 billion net income 2022 above expectations. 

“Looking ahead, we expect demand for farm and construction equipment to continue benefiting from strong fundamentals,” said CEO John May. 

WALMART STOCK JUMPS AS RETAILER BOOSTS FORECAST DESPITE INFLATIONTicker Security Last Change Change % DE DEERE & CO. 369.10 -11.43 -3.00%CAT CATERPILLAR INC. 191.95 -2.79 -1.43%

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Roku shares tanked over 22% after warning supply chain disruptions will likely impact profit and sales as television orders remained delayed. The stock is on pace for the biggest percentage drop ever. Ticker Security Last Change Change % ROKU ROKU INC. 112.46 -32.25 -22.29%

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DraftKings also slid after forecasting a loss of as much as $925 million in 2022, wider than expected. Ticker Security Last Change Change % DKNG DRAFTKINGS INC. 17.29 -4.77 -21.62%

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Pfizer in focus after reports circulated that the drugmaker is delaying its expanded use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years of age due to efficacy. Ticker Security Last Change Change % PFE PFIZER INC. 48.53 -0.37 -0.76%BNTX BIONTECH SE 156.94 -0.42 -0.27%

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On the economic agenda, existing home sales for the month of January rose 6.7%, as reported by the National Association of Realtors. This follows a steeper-than-expected decline of 4.6% in December due to high prices and low inventory. Home prices hit a record $362,800 on average. Ticker Security Last Change Change % TOL TOLL BROTHERS INC. 54.03 +0.16 +0.30%LEN LENNAR CORP. 89.43 +0.10 +0.11%DHI D.R. HORTON INC. 83.44 +0.69 +0.83%

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Also, the Conference Board’s Leading Economic index for January fell 0.3%. 

Bitcoin fell below the $40,000 level sinking in tandem with stocks. 

FOX Business’ Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

China Fails On $200 Billion Trump Trade Deal, Purchased No New U.S. Exports: Study

Ian Haworth

China failed to live up to the first phase of its trade commitment to buy an additional $200 billion of U.S. exports, according to a new study.

In fact, despite agreeing to “Phase 1” of the trade deal brokered by former President Donald Trump two years ago, the Chinese Communist Party didn’t even spend a single additional dollar on U.S. exports.

Under the agreement, China said that it would buy at least $227.9 billion of U.S. exports in 2020, which would increase to $274.5 billion in 2021, totaling to $502.4 billion over two years. In reality, China only purchased just over half that amount.

Trump celebrated this trade deal in January of 2020, saying that it would be a welcome news for many U.S. industries, including agriculture.

“The agreement tears down major market barriers for U.S. food and agricultural exports. China will now welcome American beef, and pork, poultry, seafood, rice, dairy, infant formula, animal feed, biotechnology and much, much more,” Trump said at the time.

The new trade deal tears down barriers for U.S. farmers!

President Trump: “China will now welcome American beef, and pork, poultry, seafood, rice, dairy, infant formula, animal feed, biotechnology and much, much more.”

— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) January 15, 2020

The Biden administration is now criticizing the deal, calling it “unrealistic” and lacking a way to hold China accountable. White House official Brian Deese said that the Biden administration would hold China accountable for their commitments, but didn’t clearly explain what would be done differently.

“We’re taking a different approach. Number one, holding China accountable where they have made commitments to say if you’re not going to live up to these commitments we need to take a different approach. Number two, to really focus on those areas where Chinese action is posing strategic threats to our economy,” Deese said.

JUST NOW: “That agreement was flawed in multiple ways, including unrealistic commitments and not having a mechanism to hold China to account.”

WH Official @BrianDeeseNEC on reporting China is $288 billion short in trade deal it made with Trump.

— John Berman (@JohnBerman) February 9, 2022

Multiple factors played into China’s failure to meet their trade commitments, beyond their own international economic ambitions which U.S. exports could potentially impede. These include the preceding trade war between the U.S. and China which meant that U.S. exporters were already running behind schedule, and more specific issues, such as two Boeing 737 Max crashes which halted production and resulted in canceled Chinese  orders.

“President Trump’s trade war and phase one agreement did little to change China’s economic policymaking,” wrote the study’s author, Chad Bown. “Beijing seems intent on becoming more state centered and less market oriented.”

However, according to Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, the trade deal was destined to fail.

“The idea of locking China into certain quotas … I think it was a flawed concept to begin with,” Lohman said. “It just wasn’t the way to go about things.”

Lohman told FOX Business that one of the trade deal’s objectives was to address Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property, and that China were aiming to “wait the Trump administration out,” with no likely intention of meeting the economic targets.

“The companies have often given away their property as the cost of doing business,” he said. “It’s basically illegal in international trade law to demand someone gives you their intellectual property as a cost of business, but the Chinese do it, and the companies do it.” 

“Some of the companies even offer it up to favor the Chinese, and then the market doesn’t work out for them, and then years later they complain about their technology being coerced away from them,” Lohman added.

Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.

“Why Wolves Hate Dogs So Much”

Dog Gone Dog Treats Salmonella Warning | DogFoodAdvisor

Dog Gone Dog Treats Mass DPH Salmonella Alert

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February 16, 2022 — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting three cases of infections with Salmonella bacteria linked to Dog Gone Dog Treats.

What Caused the Warning?

One open bag from a customer and several unopened bags purchased last week all tested positive for Salmonella at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

The 3 reported cases of salmonellosis include two adults in their 70s and a child.

The Department of Health has ordered all stores to remove any existing product from their shelves. No additional product is currently being produced.

About Salmonella

According to the Department of Health

People get Salmonella if they eat or handle food that has been contaminated with the bacteria and the food has not been properly handled, prepared, or cooked. Salmonella is common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. People who get the germs on their hands can infect themselves by eating, smoking, or touching their mouths. They can also spread the germs to anyone or anything they touch, including food.

Most people with an infection will have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week; severe disease is possible but uncommon. Although treatment is not always necessary, people who have weakened immune systems, very young children, adults over 65, and those experiencing severe symptoms should talk to their healthcare providers about treatment. Individuals should consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms after contact with the dog treats or an animal that has eaten the dog treats.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella infection may experience diarrhea that can contain blood or mucus, may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. It is also possible for dogs to have Salmonella infection and not appear sick. Those concerned that their dogs may have become ill after eating the treats should consult their veterinarians.

What to Do?

The Massachusetts Department of Health is urging consumers who have any “Dog Gone Dog Treats” in their possession to dispose of them immediately.

Reporting Pet Food Problems

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.