Saturday, September 20, 2014

U.S. Senate Takes On Important Pet Project

U.S. Senate Takes On Important Pet Project

September 20, 2014

U.S. Senate Takes On Important Pet Project A new bill in the U.S. Senate aims to make it easier and cheaper to purchase prescription medication for companion animals. One of the two senators involved, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, speaks to us about the plan.

Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs Once wild animals, they are now family members and surrogate children. Some say they’re on the verge of becoming legal persons. How did this happen? The answer to that and other questions pertaining to the present-day interactions between pets and people can be found in the new book, "Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs." We speak with the author, award-winning journalist David Grimm.

Music: “Madeira River” and “Mountain” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 20, 2014

A Mouth-Watering Experience: In Silver Spring, Md., a terrier mix named Lulu drools and her caretakers think it’s anxiety related. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

Addressing Canine Arthritis: A Man in Chevy Chase, Md., has an Akita that suffers from arthritis and seeks advice. We connected him with renowned canine aging expert, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti.
Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Roslyn Kufour and Meghan Modafferi.

Coral Communication

Coral Communication

September 20, 2014

The fact that the world’s coral reefs are endangered is common knowledge among scientists and conservationists. A recent discovery reveals a silver lining within this troubling situation.

Beetle Juice: Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science tells the story of an insect’s unusual defense mechanism.

Law Enforcement Steps Up Fight Against Animal Cruelty: Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States has new information about the FBI’s new focus on the connection between crimes against people and the mistreatment of companion animals.

The Animal House Dateline: We hear about an unusual and heartwarming friendship between a goat and a donkey and the discovery of an extraordinary animal migration in Africa.

Music: “Ária Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras nº5 - 29” by Uakti
Production Assistance: Natalie Yuravlivker, Roslyn Kufour and Meghan Modafferi

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 20, 2014

Pooped-Out Pooch Parents: Two Chihuahua-Jack Russell mixes are using their entire Virginia house for bowel relief. Their caretaker reaches out to Dr. Gary Weitzman for relief from this uncomfortable situation.

Bridging the Gap: A Tennessee woman adopted a cat from a shelter, and a stray cat that has adopted her. Both are outdoor cats and have different food and water, but they can't get along. What's next? Should she take the stray to a shelter?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte

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