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Paw’d Cast: Can you identify the breeds in a mutt? Find out by joining the MuttMix Project

4/20/2018
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Fascinating interview about canine genetics, breed makeup, humans' ability to discern breeds in a mutt, and genetics-based behavioral traits. Guests: Animal behavioralist Marjie Alonso CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP and geneticist Dr. Elinor Karlsson, who manage the MuttMix Project. The MuttMix Project has begun and everyone is urged to participate. But it won't be easy trying to decide the top three breeds represented in each animal among a collection of nearly three-dozen mutts! I did OK on the...

Duration:00:18:05

Paw’d Cast: America’s No-Kill cities and towns mapped

4/19/2018
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This is a wide-ranging and very pleasant interview with Best Friend's Animal Society Pacific Regional Director José Ocaño. We talk about the history and mission of Best Friends, perhaps the least-known of the "big three" US animal charities (with the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA). We talk about the ascent of no-kill shelters and how Best Friends plans to reach its goal of a no-kill America in 2025. Listen to the interview and hear how I've become a believer. Interesting...

Duration:00:21:18

Paw’d Cast: Is technology driving your pet insane?

4/19/2018
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Few of us would put up with a TV that emits an annoying whine or a light bulb that flickers, but for our pets, that may the world around them, editor-at-large Brian Cooley says on this paw'd cast as well as in the latest CNET Magazine (link below). Pets' senses are tuned differently than our own and may detect a cacophony of noise and strobe effects that we don't, particularly as we fill our homes with technology. You can fix a beeping smoke detector quickly by changing the battery, but it...

Duration:00:10:08

Paw’d Cast: Trainer Steve Walker doesn’t use food or toys

4/12/2018
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Steve Walter hates head halters -- the Gentle Leader and it ilk -- as he writes in this blog post and discusses on this podcast. Steve also doesn't believe in using toys or food. He does believe in prong collars for training, but says they are used in very specific ways. Steve trains all sorts of dogs, but also sees aggressive animals other trainers have given up on. Did I mention Steve can be controversial and thinks many trainers are misguided? You really need to visit his website and...

Duration:00:09:01

Our Paw’d Cast: Is marijuana (CBD) oil right for your pet?

4/8/2018
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This is a short interview with our friend, Dr. Gabby Ravina about cannabidiol or CBD oil for pets. The substance, derived from marijuana and/or industrial hemp plants is controversial and illegal under federal law. In states where marijuana is legal, however, it is fairly widely available as a liquid in dropper bottles. Even Bark, known for its BarkBox monthly goody-plans for dogs, recently began selling CDB-laced treats as well as the oil itself. They put out a press release, but after...

Duration:00:05:21

Interview: Josh Balk, HSUS on Prevent Cruelty California campaign

4/2/2018
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Josh Balk is a leader in the campaign to stop the extreme overcrowding of laying hens, veal calves, and breeder pigs in California's factory farms. I don't normally post interviews a week before they will air, but this is an important exception. We urgently need signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot to stop the inhumane treatment of these animals. This would be a follow-up to 2008's Proposition 2, which helped make "cage-free" a term we all know. But that law did not go far...

Duration:00:13:20

Our Paw’d Cast: Dr. Kelly Diehl, Morris Animal Foundation, on cancer in pets and wildlife

3/26/2018
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Interview with veterinarian Dr. Kelly Diehl of the Morris Animal Foundation on cancer in pets and wildlife. Here is a link to the four-page PDF handout that we discussing during this wide-ranging interview. Morris Animal Foundation Launches Unite to Fight Animal Cancer Campaign March 26 Funds raised support cancer research for animals around the world DENVER/March 21, 2018 – Morris Animal Foundation, the leader in advancing animal health, will launch its fifth annual Unite to Fight Animal...

Duration:00:19:33

Our Paw’d Cast: Sgt. Stubby’s Richard Lanni (See this movie!)

3/26/2018
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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, which marches into theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, was the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, remains the most decorated dog in U.S. Armed Forces history and is widely considered the forerunner to the Army's working dog program. From Fun Academy Motion Pictures, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, opening in...

Duration:00:10:05

Where Is Jack? Making airline travel safe for pets

3/19/2018
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This is an interview with experts on the topic of making airline travel safe for pets, to the extent that is possible. They offer free telephone help and support for KSCO Pet Radio listeners. We also talk about the problems that face pets which become lost at airports, and strategies for recovering them.

Duration:00:34:51

Poison and your pet, interview with Dr. Tina Wismer, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

3/19/2018
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Fascinating discussion with Dr. Tina Wismer of the ASPCA animal poison control hotline (888-426-4435) about potentially deadly pet poisons, how to avoid them, and when to go to the vet. Mentions free ASPCA iOS and Android poison control apps.

Duration:00:24:58

Interview: John Goodwin, Stop Puppy Mills, HSUS

3/9/2018
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This is a great interview with John Goodwin about Puppy Mills and the Humane Society of the United States' campaign to put them out of business. We touch on what the HSUS is and other issues, but mostly puppy mills. I'm glad we have smart, compassionate people, such as John, pushing our case. John Goodwin is the Senior Director of the Stop Puppy Mills campaign at The Humane Society of the United States. John joined The HSUS in 2000 as the grassroots outreach coordinator in the Government...

Duration:00:28:25

Ron Levy, Founder, DogTV

3/4/2018
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I don't usually post segments we haven't broadcast, but here is one. An interesting interview with the founder of DogTV, Ron Levy. DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog – friendly programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their...

Duration:00:17:12

Paw’d Cast: Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs

2/27/2018
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Interview with inventor Silvie Bordeaux. A Proven Transitional Solution. Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ® is a custom designed product to guide blind/visually impaired dogs and safeguard them from bumping into walls and objects. This NEW patented device is a great aid to help them become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. Blindness can be caused by several factors such as: glaucoma, corneal problems, cancer, trauma, retinal diseases, diabetes, cataracts and/or...

Duration:00:16:45

Our Paw’dCast: Dr. Erika Sullenberger, Rehabilitation Vet

2/27/2018
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Dr. Erica Sullenberger was a guest on the 2/25/18 program, talking about her animal rehabilitation practice, including some home therapy for older dogs. We talked about various rehab treatments, the cost of extensive vet care, how pet parents help rehab their animals, common injuries and surgeries. We covered a lot of ground. Animal Rehabilitation Center of Santa Cruz

Duration:00:28:01

National Justice for Animals Week (through March 3)

2/25/2018
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The podcast, taken from the 2/25/18 KSCO Pet Radio, features Diane Balkin of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, discussing the people and issues covered in the press release below, Animal Protection Heroes to Be Honored During National Justice for Animals Week Contact: Natalia Lima, nlima@aldf.org, COTATI, California—The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has chosen America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders – the list of top prosecutors, law...

Duration:00:22:29

Our Paw’dCast: 2/11/18 Hour 2 — Companion Bird Rescue, Golden OIdies Cat Rescue, Dr. Ravina, Home Hospice Vet

2/12/2018
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Our Paw'dCast is now delivered as two one-hour programs. Here is the lineup from Sunday Feb 11 KSCO Pet Radio Hour 2: Trevor Coates is a board member of Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. Just as you can adopt a needy cat or dog from a rescue, Mickaboo provides homes for and then adopts out birds in new of new places to perch. Adoption fair coming up later this month. Cindy Reskovic is a cofounder of Golden Oldies Cat Rescue, founded to assist cats over age six that need help. Dr. Gabrielle...

Duration:00:53:36

Jen Walker: How to choose a dog trainer

2/12/2018
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On a recent program, Jen Walker was kind enough to explain how people should go about selecting a trainer for their dog. The clip runs about 10 minutes. I should mention that Jen is, herself, an excellent and busy dog trainer. Her business is called First Friends and I recommend her without reservation. Her advice does not promote her own business. I mention the A Sound Beginnings Program during the program.

Duration:00:10:14

Our Paw’d Cast: February 2, Hour 1 — Barkbox, How to choose a dog trainer, Dog and cat film festivals

2/12/2018
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The podcast is now delivered in two pieces, one for each hour. Here is the lineup for Sunday Feb 11's KSCO Pet Radio Hour 1: Stacie Grissom is the head of content at BarkBox, the company building a next-generation brand for dogs and dog people. Stacie leads the team behind the BarkBox’s interactive, humor-driven content strategy and is a co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Dogs and Their People. Jen Walker, when not working at the Santa Cruz shelter, is a dog trainer with a private...

Duration:00:53:50

Janel Fishpaw, Dogs Finding Dogs interview

2/5/2018
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This is an edit from our February 2 Paw'dcast. Janel Fishpaw talks about her work with Dogs Finding Dogs as a searchdog handler. If you are here just for this, please check out the rest of the site. Runs 21:51

Duration:00:21:51

Paw’d Cast 5: Peace of Mind rescue, Trainer Jen Walker, Dogs Finding Dogs, How to choose boarding

2/5/2018
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This is the program that aired on Sunday, February 4, 2018: Carie Broecker is Executive Director of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Pacific Grove, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in October 2009. Our mission is to be a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. We find loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them and for senior dogs in shelters. We also provide volunteer and financial assistance so seniors can keep...

Duration:01:48:00

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