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Animal Radio® is America's "most-listened-to" animal programming; created to educate, reduce surrenders and to help animals live long, healthy and happier lives.

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Animal Radio® is America's "most-listened-to" animal programming; created to educate, reduce surrenders and to help animals live long, healthy and happier lives.

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English

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699 Paula St. Morro Bay, CA 93442 1-866-405-8405


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1280. Is Your Dog An Optimist Or A Pessimist?

6/13/2024
Mike Arms Talks About How A Near-Death Experience Changed Everything. Our Hero Person this week has been serving animals for decades since a near-death experience changed how he viewed our furry friends. Mike Arms is the Top Dog at the Helen Woodward Center in San Diego and he's no stranger to Animal Radio® airwaves. Listen Now Is Your Pup An Optimist Or A Pessimist? Researchers say that dogs, like people, can be optimistic or pessimistic. This information could dictate whether certain dogs are cut out for certain jobs. A pessimistic dog that avoids risks would be better as a guide dog, while an optimistic, persistent dog would be more suited to detecting drugs or explosives. Listen Now Free Animal With Purchase of Pizza A Pizza Hut in Australia has apologized for offering a 'free small animal' with the purchase of 10 large pizzas. The deal was offered in connection with a local pet store. The corporate office at Pizza Hut says the promotion was not approved, and no animals were given away. Listen Now GPS Microchip Karen Zaxton's mom has no technical skills, but she devised a great idea to combine the microchip with a GPS locator. Not until now has the battery technology been available for powering a rice-sized chip. Listen Now Building The Perfect Litter Box Dr. Debbie tackles litter-box problems every day. She has a winning record! She'll explain why cats don't use them and how to solve inappropriate elimination issues. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:18:57

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1279. Pet Deaths Highlight Need For Regulation Of $6 Billion Grooming Industry.

6/6/2024
Groomer Certification Several high-profile recent pet deaths highlight the possible need for government regulation of the over $6 billion pet grooming industry. Our very own "Dogfather," Joey Villani is spearheading the move towards regulation for the pet grooming industry. Listen Now The Cost of Pet Ownership The first year of being a pet parent to a cat will cost about $1,035, and for a dog, that number is $1,843, as estimated by the ASPCA. The estimates seem somewhat conservative by Animal Radio's standards. Listen Now The Wealthiest Pets In The World Just like people, there are some really wealthy pets in the world! The richest of them is probably not a shock to you – it's the long-deceased "Grumpy Cat!" Grumpy's owner has made over 100 million dollars for appearances, modeling, book deals, and ads. That's a larger net worth than Cameron Diaz or Jamie Foxx. Also on the list is "Moose" the Jack Russell who starred as "Eddie" on Frasier, "Keiko" the killer whale, "Rin Tin Tin," the dogs who starred as "Lassie" and Virgin America spokes-dog "Boo." Listen Now Smart Pigs According to Dr. Lori Marino, new research shows that pigs are smart as, if not smarter than, chimpanzees and dogs. The often lowly regarded swine may even have self-awareness, something our companion animals don't understand. Listen Now What Vaccines Does My Pet Really Need? Doc Halligan has the 411 on pet vaccines. Can they cause cancer? Are they really necessary? Is there a way to tell if your pet needs them or can skip them? Why are the pharmaceuticals only testing for one year? Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:19:00

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1278. Actress Elaine Hendrix Guests - Scammer Offers to Find Lost Pets for a Fee

6/1/2024
Elaine Hendrix Guests From the FX television show, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, we are thrilled to have the passionate animal advocate, Elaine Hendrix, is Animal Radio's special guest this week. During the day, she's an actress; during the evenings, she's dedicated to raising awareness for animal welfare, a cause close to her heart. Listen Now Learning CPR for Your Pet Melanie Monteiro just released an incredible 3-hour online course to educate pet guardians about CPR and other emergency care. Covering everything from bloat to car accidents, she'll teach you what you need to know to save your pet's life! Listen Now Vetting Your Groomer Animal Radio's "Dogfather" Joey Villani is on the cutting edge of legislation to regulate the pet-grooming industry. Until laws are in effect, he wants you to know how to tell a good groomer from bad. He'll tell you what red flags to look out for. Listen Now Scammer Offers to Find Lost Pets for a Fee Pets FBI Ohio and its 50 volunteers, which reunite lost pets with their owners, are having trouble solving a case where a scammer is taking advantage of worried pet parents. Be warned that his individual calls people who have lost a pet and says he will help find the pet. He claims he's with Pet FBI Ohio. Listen Now Canine Carry-Outs Falls Prey To Hoax Viral Internet stories claiming that the pet food treat "Canine Carry-Outs" has the same ingredients as anti-freeze are simply erroneous. Dr. Debbie explains the hoax to curious listeners. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:19:31

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1277. Bikers Against Animal Cruelty - How Serious is the Canine Flu?

5/24/2024
Bikers Against Animal Cruelty This week's Hero Person is a whole bunch of people. We applaud the motorcycle riders who came together to fight animal abuse wherever it rears its ugly head. Greg Belcher tells us the story behind the biker club. Listen Now How Serious is the Canine Flu? It appears this year will be one of the biggest for canine flu. Many Chicago pet events, including the Annual Bark in the Park, have been canceled because this is ground zero. Some dog parks have posted signs warning dog guardians that they are entering at their own risk if their dogs have not been vaccinated. According to reports, more than 1,300 dogs have been affected by the disease in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. At least six of the dogs have died. AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) spokesperson Dr. Douglas Aspros has the information you need to keep your pet safe and healthy. Listen Now Fun Pictures Find Pets Homes The Humane Society of Utah has teamed up with photographer Guinnevere Shuster to come up with a better way and it worked. She put dogs in a photo booth and let the shutter fly. The pictures turned out to be amazing and really showed off the individual dog's personalities. In fact, all the dogs in the shoot were almost immediately adopted. Listen Now New Pet Product Special Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special concludes this week. We're giving away our #1 pick, an Arlo Wireless Pet Monitor Camera to help you keep an eye on your critter from your phone or any computer. Phil Pyo shows off this amazing new technology. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:19:34

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1276. What's It Like To Train Dogs For Hollywood Stage And Screen?

5/16/2024
Gone Hollywood Second-generation Hollywood dog trainer Teresa Ann Miller has trained the dogs and other animals you see in movies and TV. She was brought up on-the-set while her dad worked on such notables as The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. She shares her captivating stories about the animal stars of the stage and screen. Listen Now Teaching Police How To Deal With Dogs Utah's police department is the latest to add a program to its police academy to teach cadets how to deal with pet dogs. The program was championed by Sean Kendall, whose Weimaraner Geist was shot and killed by a police officer after coming into the dog's backyard looking for a lost child. Listen Now Secret Menus For Pooches It turns out that many well-known restaurants have secret menus that cater to your pooch. You do need to make sure that your pet can handle some human-ish food before you order. For example, Starbucks will serve up a Puppuccinno. It's a small cup filled with whipped cream. Dairy Queen's Pup Cup is a little bit of vanilla soft serve, topped with a dog treat. If you're on the West Coast, there's In-N-Out where you can order a Pup Patty. Listen Now New Pet Product Special Week 2 Animal Radio's New Pet Product Special is underway. We're featuring the latest in cutting-edge technology for your pets. We have giveaways for you! Dr. Roger Mugford is back to claim our number-two pick for this year, the Green Interactive Feeder. This gadget will slow your dog down during dinnertime, preventing upset and bloat. Listen Now Pet Sector Exceeds 60 Billion Top Dog at the American Pet Products Association, Bob Vetere is back to explain why the pet industry is exploding and how we spent $60 Billion. It should come as no surprise that pet-food comprises one-third. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:18:58

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1275. Pet CSI Nabs Murderer - Kissing Your Dog Could Be Healthy For You

5/9/2024
Pet CSI Christina Lindquist is a forensic investigator. She uses evidence from animals, usually dogs and cats, to nab the bad guy. You'll hear about a murderer that was busted when he stepped in dog-poop and a rapist that was tied to the crime when a dog urinated on his car tires. Listen Now Kissing Your Dog Could Be Healthy For You. After several studies saying that kissing your dog could expose you to some unhealthy things comes a study that says "Go ahead and kiss that dog!" Researchers think that the microbes contained in a dog's gut could have a probiotic effect on the human body, encouraging the growth of positive microorganisms. Listen Now Animal Homes Imagine if you cross HGTV with Animal Planet. You'll get the PBS special Animal Homes. Host Chris Morgan joins us and explains how some animals build their homes bigger and better and shinier to attract the opposite sex. Listen Now Would You Adopt Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian? Dallas Pets Alive has started naming their adoptable animals with popular online search terms to increase their exposure by having them pop up more often in trending news feeds. Listen Now Is Dog Renting A Good Idea? In Tokyo, they've come up with a pretty cool idea. It's called Dog Heart and you can actually rent a dog for a few hours. You can just hang out at their facility or take the dog out for a walk around the neighborhood or maybe to the park. A half-hour of playtime costs about $8 US and taking the dog for a walk for an hour runs about $30. It's becoming very popular. But the Japanese Coalition for Animal Welfare has some valid worries. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:26:02

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1274. What Our Dogs Do When We're Gone

5/2/2024
What Happens When You Leave? Most of us wonder what our dog does when we leave the house. Most imagine that they'll curl up and sleep until we return. Mike the Intern put a GoPro Video Camera on his dog, "Guinness." What he saw when he reviewed the video went viral on YouTube. He's our guest and he'll explain the inspiration behind his experiment. Listen Now Gentle Giants This week's Hero Person rescues large breed dogs. These are often the last at the shelter and have nowhere to go. Candace Bright devotes a lot of time and her paycheck from waitressing to make sure these big dogs are taken care of. Listen Now Practical Uses For Muzzles Company of Animals' Dr. Roger Mugford joins us from "across the pond" to explain why Europeans embrace the muzzle more than U.S. pet owners. Perhaps it's time to change the way we think about these tools. Listen Now Bad Breath Did you know your dog's stinky breath could be because of dental disease? And did you know dental disease could affect your pet's organs and be fatal? Find out why your friend's breath makes you tear. Listen Now Canine Motion Sickness It's a more common question than you might think. Can our pets get car-sickness? Just like us, our dogs can get dizzy and throw-up. But determining whether it's a genuine sickness or just a phobia of traveling can be difficult. Dr. Debbie has answers. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:30

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1273. This Week's Hero Person Stops Highway Traffic To Save Kitten

4/25/2024
Freeway Kitten Our Hero Person segment features the heartwarming story about a kitten that was abandoned on a highway and rescued by Keri Lamar. She was driving when all of a sudden a kitten flew by hear windshield. Keri tells the rest of the story. Listen Now Basic Training Tools Every dog owner should have several basic training tools. Founder of the Animal Behavior Centre and inventor of the Halti, Dr. Roger Mugford will be explaining what you need to train your dog to sit, stay and come. Listen Now Bathe To Save Australian Anthony Amos has loaded his large family in an RV. He's towing a giant fiberglass blue dog. Inside the eye-catching vehicle is a shampoo and grooming facility. He's setting course to cross the U.S. washing 25,000 dogs with 100% of the proceeds going to local shelters. Listen Now How to Choose A Couch with Your Pet In Mind As an animal lover you've probably spent hours contemplating the fabric of your next sofa. Consider how their hair shows up on the upholstery as well as whether it will embed itself in the weave and be difficult to clean. Consider how the fabric will react to their nails, and, you'll want to make sure you choose a fabric that is fairly easy to clean off the drool marks and paw prints. Listen Now Lady Gaga Working on Line Of Pet Products Lady Gaga showed us her talents clearly go beyond music and outlandish outfits. Animal Radio hears she is working on a line of pet products inspired by her dog Asia. Gaga will be the artistic director for the canine collection, which will feature pet clothing and accessories, toys and food bowls. Perhaps she'll create an outfit of meat that will double as a treat? Probably not. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:34

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1272. Selling And Buying Pet Friendly Homes

4/18/2024
Tips for Selling Your Pet-Friendly Home Chicago Realtor Jason Feldman specializes in selling homes to and for pet-owners. If you're trying to sell your home after many years of "pet-life," he'll have tips for making it more appealing to the buyer. He says sometimes pet-owners become immune to the smell, so it's advisable to bring in a third party to assess the situation. Listen Now Accessorizing Your Pet Joey Villani (The Dogfather) reviews the last grooming trade show and the strange accessories including fake eyelashes for your dog, fingernail polish and wigs. Some might think this is for the hardened pet lover who may be just a little nutty for their pet. And they're probably right. Listen Now Couple Makes Extra Large Bed for Themselves AND Their Pets Have you ever known an animal that didn't want to sleep in the bed with you? Neither do we. So how lucky are this couple's five cats and two dogs? They made a gigantic 11-foot wide bed that takes up most of their bedroom, but is big enough to share with all of their pets! Listen Now Another County Bans Puppy Mill Sales at Pet Stores Camden County, New Jersey has voted unanimously to prohibit pet stores from selling animals from puppy mills. The representatives say they are standing up for animals of their county and want to ensure no one is profiting off the inhumane treatment of puppy mills. Several other counties and towns have inquired about the legislation and enacting it in their areas. Listen Now Infants Exposed To Pets Have Less Allergies A study has found that, infants who share a home with furry pets were found to share some of the animals' gut bacteria - which might possibly explain why exposing children to animals early in life may protect kids against some allergies. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

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1271. Pet Food Companies Are Feeding You Lies - The Pet FBI Visits Animal Radio

4/11/2024
Crimes and Lies Against You Every time you enter the pet food aisle, manufacturers are vying for your patronage and their share of the 21 BILLION dollar pet-food sector. They will do just about anything to get your business, except make a truly human edible food. No wonder, only four companies account for 67% of the marketplace. Susan Thixton will tell you the lies the pet-food companies want you to believe. Listen Now Pets Make Us Happier, Richer & Healthier Blue Cross pet charity conducted a survey of pet owners and found that they tend to earn nearly $5,000 a year more than those without an animal and are more likely to work full time. They are also happier in general, spend more time with their families and have jobs they enjoy. Lori Brooks reports on this new research and has some illuminating results. Listen Now Cat Survives 2-Month Move In Mattress Moosie a 2-year-old gray tabby cat has been reunited with his family after he miraculously survived a two-month journey trapped inside a mattress when his owners moved from Texas to Alaska. A moving company left with the military families belongings while the family stayed behind and spent three more days in Texas searching for Moosie. Turns out, Moosie was already en route to Alaska— inside a futon mattress. Listen Now Pet FBI Harnessing the power of the Internet for good, Maresa Fanelli pioneered the pet lost and found database for Columbus, Ohio in 1998. Today she's the driving force behind Pets Found By Internet, reuniting lost animals all across America. She explains how it works and families she's reunited. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

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1270. Links Between Cats and Human Schizophrenia - Baseball Legend Steve Garvey Guests

4/4/2024
Steve Garvey Guests Legendary first baseman Steve Garvey is back for his third time to explain his relationship with his 140 pound Rottweiler, among other things. Steve is now working closely to help the Lucy Pet Foundation score a home run. He won't be talking politics! Listen Now Using Cats to Fight Cancer Everybody loves cat videos. Rachel Gitlin figures that her creation, Cats vs. Cancer, will use the power of cat videos to raise money, through advertising, to help assist in the fight against human cancer. She'll explain the model and tell you how you can help too. Listen Now Pet Law Attorney Debra Hamilton gave up practicing litigation law to focus on the animals. As a mediator, she negotiates peaceful resolutions to pet-related discourse. Besides the obvious, divorce and pet-custody issues, she also deals with bad breeders and pet trusts. Listen Now Links Between Cats and Human Schizophrenia Looking for a link to help explain mental illness, new research shows that growing up with a family cat is a commonality among people who develop schizophrenia. Listen Now Germans Allows Adjoining Cemetery Plots and Urns The German Cemetery Association is offering pets and people adjoining urn spaces. The cost is between $1,100-1,600. Although the ashes of pet owners and their animals will now have the chance to sit side by side, cremations are still legally required to be carried out separately. Listen Now Dogs Help Mourners At Funeral Homes Dogs are used in all kinds of ways to help humans feel better, emotionally. Funeral directors say dogs, especially trained therapy animals, can lighten the often awkward, tense atmosphere at a wake or funeral service and sometimes seem to know exactly who needs their help. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:25

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1269. Our Hero Saved A Drowning Bear - 5 Must Know Things About Your Dog

3/28/2024
Our Hero Saved 400 lb. Drowning Bear What would drive Adam Warwick to jump in alligator filled waters to save a bear that was drowning? Adam is our special guest this week and he tells an adrenaline filled rescue story. When he's done telling you what he did for this bear, you'll ask yourself if you would've done the same thing. Listen Now 5 Must Know Things About Your Dog Pet World Insider Robert Semrow has done the research. He's come up with the 5 things you should definitely know about your dog. Before you embark on training your favorite pooch, check out theses tips for training the untrained. Listen Now What to Do With The Poo Rose Seemann is the author of "The Pet Poo Pocket Guide" and our guest. She has some shocking realities about our pet's waste. There's more poo than we think accumulating in landfills and polluting our environment. She'll be using the gold standard of monumental measurement, the football field. And you'll need a lot of them to house all our pet's poo. Listen Now Building A Dog Treat Business Bri Bradley is co-owner of a brand new dog treat business. What makes her business so different than the hundreds of other dog treats? She customizes the treats for your dog. You tell her what flavors, carbs, proteins and vegetables to put in and she'll bake them and deliver them right to your door. Listen Now No Jerky Is Safe It was thought that China was the source of the jerky that's making dogs sick across America. But new research shows that even US sourced jerky is a problem. The FDA is scratching their head. Nobody seems to exactly understand what part of the jerky is making animals sick. At this time, the best advice is to stay away from all jerky treats. Listen Now Allergies for You and Your Pet Did you know your pet can have a host of allergies this time of year? That might explain the itching, hair loss, and eye issues. Dr. Debbie will try to help you determine the source of your pet's allergies and how to resolve them. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:30

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1268. A Deep-Dive Into The Service Dog Scene

3/21/2024
A Flight Attendant's View of Service Animals Since there is no real certification for service or emotional support animals, anything goes. Flight attendant Heather Poole is fed up with trying to make everybody happy. She questions the credibility of "emotional support" pigs, horses and monkeys. Yes, these are animals she's had the pleasure of accommodating on her LA-NY route. Listen Now Airline Apologizes to PTSD Sufferer Former U.S. Marine Eric Calley suffers from (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is quite thankful for his service dog, "Sun." Calley had a run-in with a US airline when they denied proper seating for his service dog and berated him with insults. Listen Now Homeopathic Drugs Need Regulation No matter how hyper your dog is, you would never give it an alcoholic drink to help it relax? You might have been doing just that if you used the product Good Dog made by Pet Organics. It turns out that among those 'natural ingredients' is 13% alcohol, about the same amount that is wine. Listen Now Disabled Vet Evicted Over Unpaid Pet Fee We've been seeing more and more stories about the fees landlords charge people who move in with pets. Now, an unpaid pet fee has resulted in a disabled Army Veteran and his service dog being evicted from a mobile home in Bandera, Texas. David Palasek refused to pay the pet fee, citing Section 504 of the Fair Housing Act that states service animals are not pets, so are not subject to a pet fee. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:33

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1267. Former Navy Seal Helps Military Dogs Transition To Civilian Life

3/14/2024
Dogs With PTSD Former Navy Seal Michael Ritland created a non-profit to help military dogs transition to civilian life. Just like our human soldiers, dogs need help acclimating back into a normal environment. Small noises can cause extreme emotional distress in our enlisted canines. Listen Now Unique Adoption Ideas The Aloft Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina is helping the local shelter find homes for adoptable dogs with their unique program. So far they've found homes for almost two-dozen dogs. Wait until you hear how they're doing it. Listen Now Police Dog Removed From Force A Florida Police Dog is being kicked off the for for biting a Dunkin' Donuts worker in the calf. "Renzo" had been a police dog for about a year. This is his second bite incident. Listen Now Jerky Treats Update Most stores are no longer selling jerky pet treats made in China. The treats were connected to thousands of dogs getting sick and at more than one thousand deaths. But the FDA could never determine WHAT it was in the treats that were causing the issues. With the treats off the shelves, for the most part, the number of complaints to the FDA has gone down dramatically, but the agency says it still plans to continue it's investigation. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:28

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1266. Flea Facts and Tick Talk - 8 1/2 Year Old Hero Of The Week

3/7/2024
Flea Facts and Tick Talk Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker is back to help you keep your pets flea-less and tick-less. The good doctor has the ugly truth about how ticks infect you and your pet with a multitude of nasty viruses. And are fleas becoming resistant to spot-on preventatives? Listen Now APPA Releases Pet Spending Figures The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released the yearly numbers of dollars spent within the pet industry. APPA says we spent 58 BILLION in last year on 397 million pets, including everything from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. We spend over 20 billion on pet-food alone. No wonder the business is so cutthroat as many compete for our dollars. Listen Now 8 1/2 Year Old Hero Our Hero Person this week lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and she's 8-and-a-half years old. Alyssa Carter parlayed her love for Rhinos into fundraising to keep them from being poached. So far, she has been able to raise $23,000 by selling candy and trinkets to schoolmates and family. Listen Now To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate Dr. Debbie teaches us all about the Titer test. The test determines the amount of antibodies in your pet, and ultimately if it is really necessary to vaccinate. She'll tell you why you should vaccinate and what types of animals should avoid vaccination altogether. Listen Now Amtrak On Track To Become Pet Friendly Amtrak is one step closer to becoming pet friendly. The House of Representatives has approved 8 billion in funding for a pilot program for people traveling with pets. At least one car per train would allow pets in kennels as long as they meet size requirements. The bill now goes to the Senate and then to the White House, where it reportedly is being supported. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:27

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1265. Quit Your Crappy Job At Work With The Animals

2/29/2024
Quit Your Crappy Job If you've ever thought of quitting your job to work in the pet industry, you'll should hear this week's guest. Jamie Migdal created a website to match you with the perfect pet-related job. From Dog-walking to Marketing, the jobs pay quite well. Listen Now Sewer Trolling Hero This week's Hero Person definitely goes above and beyond for animals. His latest rescue was a small Chihuahua dumped into a sewer. Dusty Showers probably needed a few showers after crawling through raw sewage to find this pup that everyone else had given up on. This isn't his first heroic stunt. Besides the long list of animals he has rescued, Dusty also rode his bike across the country to raise funds for Cancer research. Listen Now Owner and Dog Receive Similar Pacemakers Catherine Pipon was diagnosed with a condition known as heart block. Doctors inserted a pacemaker. Recently, her five-year-old Cairn Terrier Molly was diagnosed with the same condition. Catherine spent over $5,000 to get a pacemaker for the dog. The pacemakers are nearly identical and their conditions are so similar that Catherine and Molly share the same doctor Jersey General Hospital. Molly goes in after hours, so other patients don't get upset that a dog is being seen at a people hospital. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

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1264. Do Synthetically Produced Pheromones Calm Pets?

2/22/2024
Better Living Through Pheromones Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Marty Becker is back with the scoop on pheromones. Can the synthetically produced smell be helpful in calming cats and dogs, or is it a waste of money? Listen Now Pedigree vs. Mutt It's long been thought that mutts are much healthier, both mentally and physically, than those pure bred for pedigree. While there may be some truth to this, it is not always the case. Author Michael Brandow describes how the quest for status has harmed man's best friend. Listen Now Man Finds Dog 18 Months Later Richard Brower's German Shepherd, Dozer, was stolen 18 months ago. He looked everywhere. After a year-a-half, Richard decided to share his home with a new dog. He did an online search for 'German Shepherds for sale,' which led him to the local animal rescue and right there was Dozer on the front page. Listen Now Therapy Ducks? Former Ohio National Guardsman Darin Welker uses ducks to treat his PTSD. The town council says he hasn't presented enough evidence that the ducks serve a medical need and that he would face imminent harm without them. Listen Now Zombie Cat in Custody Battle Last week, we had the story of Bart the cat that was hit by a car and buried but was actually still alive. Bart dug his way out and made it to his neighbors yard. Bart is now officially, and fondly known, as the Zombie Cat. If you think his story couldn't get stranger, think again. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

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1263. Actress Tippi Hedren Talks About The Lions, Tigers And Ligers That Share Her Home.

2/15/2024
Just Say No To Big Cats Actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) is back to talk about the big cats at her sanctuary and legislation to stop the breeding of lions and tigers. She comes clean about her daughter's (actress Melanie Griffith) relationship with "Neil" the lion. Listen Now Pets Can Give You A Tax Break If you foster an animal, you can deduct some of the associated costs. Things like vet bills, food, grooming; they qualify as charitable donations, which are deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. But once, you officially adopt the animal, that animal is no longer considered a foster, so you will lose the deductions. Listen Now Saving Elephants This week's Hero Person is rescuing elephants from circuses and zoos. Often mistreated, the gentle giants are exploited for our entertainment. Scott Blais, co-founder of an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, Skypes with us from Brazil, where he is currently rescuing 50 elephants. Listen Now Body Art Is Not For Animals It will soon be a crime throughout New York State to pierce or tattoo a companion animal. There is an exception for markings one under a veterinarian's supervision. The laws were prompted by people showing off what they did to their animals on the Internet, including a woman who was piercing kittens and selling them as 'gothic.' Listen Now Pet Owners Get Emotional Distress Award in Death of Pet The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that a jury can award damages to pet owners for the emotional distress they suffer following the injury or death of a beloved animal due to gross negligence. The Court let stand a $200,000 award to Roger and Sandra Jenkins. Their Labrador retriever was shot and killed by a Frederick County sheriff's deputy. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:33

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1262. Actress Kim Sill's Pet Project

2/8/2024
Genius Idea For Shelter Pets Actress Kim Sill is back to tell us about her latest project. She's putting adoption stores inside malls. Kim is saving hundreds of death row cats, dogs and bunnies by changing their adoption venue to the more appealing atmosphere. Listen Now Valentine Dangers While you may not associate Valentine's Day with pet dangers, Doc Halligan from the Lucy Pet Foundation thinks you should be extra cautious. She see more animals the day after Valentines (only third after Christmas and Halloween), usually because pets swallow something they shouldn't have. Listen Now Using Dogs To Treat Cancer Author Arlene Weintraub explains how vital the roles of dogs are in the search for a cure for cancer. Veterinarians and Oncologists are working together to discover new treatments for Cancer. Listen Now Few Pet Friendly Rentals in Los Angeles Have you ever searched for a home or apartment to rent that allowed you to have pets? Yes, it's nearly impossible to find in Los Angeles where 62% of the rental units do not accept pets. Now, the LA City Council has voted to make some changes in hopes of making landlords more open to accepting pets at their properties. Listen Now 15-Year-Old, 3-Legged Dog Saves Family - Twice A small, 15-year-old, three-legged dog might not seem like much of a threat, but this dog took a bullet for his family in Wisconsin and saved them from a man who had broken into their home and attempted to rob them. A bullet grazed the top of the dog's head and became lodged in his neck. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

Duration:01:20:23

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1261. Making Clothing Out Of Roadkill

2/1/2024
Road-kill Clothing Pamela Paquin is an "ethical designer." She collects road-kill to turn into "Petite Mort," or stoles, collars and coats. The average price is $1000 for one of her creations. Many of her clients are upscale and affluent. Pamela says this is a tribute to the animals. Listen Now Petco Stops Selling Treats From China Petco has kept it promise and removed all dog and cat threats made in China from the shelves of it stores nationwide. Last May, the chain became the first national pet retailer to say it would stop selling the treats after reports began showing up Chinese-made treats were making animals sick, and worse. The move includes pet treats made for the Petco Brand 'unleashed' and those sold online. Listen Now Top Dog Names Next time you go to the Dog Park, you're likely going to hear someone calling for Max or Bella. Those are the top two names bestowed on puppies in 2023. Vetstreet.com says other popular names for boy dogs after Max were Charlie, Rocky, Buddy and Cooper. Rover.com says there was a 37% increase in food-themed names like Coconut, Ginger, Kale, Peanut, Guinness, Vino, Mochi and Whiskey. Listen Now Young Heroes This week's Hero Person is 9-year-old Orly Sedransk. After a visit to her local shelter, she was moved to do something to make a difference. Through a 50/50 raffle, she was able to raise enough money to help the municipal shelter purchase cages to hold cats. Listen Now Pet Food Stamps Program Shuts Down When Pet Food Stamps, Inc. was formed, it got attention from all over, including being featured on CNN, CBS, ABC and Animal Radio. Founder Marc Okon raised $65,000, enough to handle the nearly 200,000 people who'd asked for help. He resigned last April, saying he was overwhelmed with applications and closed the program. Listen Now Read more about this week's show.

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