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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 9, 2014

Calming A Restless Cat: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to a Maryland resident seeking a cure for a feline’s distressed behavior.

A Canine Resists Being Home Alone: A Virginia woman has two Tibetan Terriers (despite the name the breed is not actually a member of the terrier group). One dog is perfectly fine when their caretaker leaves the house, but the other is totally freaked out. Nicole Wilde, a canine behavior specialist and author of Don’t Leave Me! Step-By-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety, has a few suggestions.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

The State of Emergency Status For Animal Control Officers

The State of Emergency Status For Animal Control Officers

August 9, 2014

Animal safety has risen to a new priority level in the nation’s capital as a result of proposed legislation introduced by a member of the Washington DC City Council. The bill supports the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies, which is currently not allowed. If the measure is adopted, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says, there could be dramatic changes for officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit .

Cat Café Makes American Debut: A cat café is a place where patrons pay an hourly fee to participate in what amounts to a supervised, short-term indoor pet rental. The practice started nearly 20 years ago in Taiwan and has become popular, especially in Asia. North America’s first cat café recently opened in New York City and we sent reporter Nadia Wilson to have a look.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 2, 2014

Preparing for a New Arrival: A Washington, D.C. couple expecting its first baby wants to be sure the family cat isn’t going to be a problem. Rivi Mayer, founder of The Cat Welfare Society of Israel and co-author of the book Pregnancies, Babies and Cats -The Practical Guides for Cat Lovers joins us from Tel-Aviv with expert advice.

Panicky Eater: A family in Charlottesville, Virginia wants a solution for their cat’s poor behavior at feeding time.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish

Flight Of The ZomBees

Flight Of The ZomBees

August 2, 2014

There is an inter-species stealth war taking place in the insect world, in which a certain type of fly is turning honey bees into ZomBees. The San Francisco State University professor who discovered this unusual occurrence, John Hafernick, talks about the implications.

Welcome To The Jungle: The NatGeo Wild television network has a new mini-series that features unusual encounters with wildlife in some of the world’s largest cities. The show, Urban Jungle, includes film of a snake slithering from a toilet in Thailand, rats running rampant throughout Manhattan’s subway system, leopards hunting stray dogs on the streets of downtown Mumbai, millions of bats living under a busy bridge crossing in Austin, Texas and bears hibernating under homes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. We get a preview from the program's host, legendary outdoorsman and big cat tracker Boone Smith, who told us how this adventure represents a significant departure from his previous work.

Music: “ “Verdi’s Va Pensiero” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

August 2, 2014

Finding the Right Companion: A Washington, D.C. man who is considering getting a second cat for his “very social” Siamese-Ragdoll mix, seeks advice on choosing a suitable companion. Younger or older? Male or female? Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

…And Finding a Cure for Loneliness: A Rottweiler puppy in Stafford, Virginia appears to be suffering from separation anxiety.

Car Crazy: An adopted 5-year-old Maltese in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is obsessed with passing automobiles which leads to hysteria for the dog and its caretaker during walks. Is it time for a trainer?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Congress Works To Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

Congress Works To Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

August 2, 2014

Sixty-eight lawmakers are urging the Obama Administration to strengthen regulations for poultry farms, citing statistics that reveal inhumane treatment of hundreds of thousands of chickens. We learn more about the effort from Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

Saving the Greater Sage Grouse: The Endangered Species Act has proven to be an effective tool for protecting many threatened animals since it was established in 1973. Right now there are nearly 1,400 species on the Endangered Species List and more than 40 that are waiting to be added, including The Greater Sage Grouse. But this distinctive bird of the western U.S. could be running out of time.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Unhealthy Appetite: In Greenbelt, MD an elderly cat named Molly has recently developed Pica, which is an eating disorder characterized by cravings for non-food items. Her caretaker is worried about the effect of the condition on the feline’s health.

Diet Difficulty: A couple in San Diego, CA have put their cat Ellie on a weight loss regimen with unsuccessful results. What’s the next step?

A Cat's Unfortunate Magic Trick: A Washington DC feline named Magellan has changed the bathtub into a litter box.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Stanley The Parrot” by Kiss

Bringing Animals and People Together With a Gentle Touch

Bringing Animals and People Together With a Gentle Touch

July 26, 2014

Since 1999 The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been a life-saving respite for thousands of animals and a safe haven for many at-risk teens and special needs children. We speak with the southern California non-profit's founder, Ellie Laks who has written a new book, My Gentle Barn, which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the Barn came to be the highly regarded institution it is today.

Priscilla Presley on the Controversial Practice of Horse Soaring: The Tennessee Walking Horse is a breed originally developed in the southern united states more than one hundred years ago. Today, its a popular show horse known for its distinctive gait. “The Tennessee Walker” is also at the center of a major controversy involving horse soring, which many have called cruel and inhumane. One of the leading voices against the practice is actress Priscilla Presley. She speaks to Wayne Pacelle about her recent visit to Washington DC to gain congressional support of a bill that seeks to ban horse soaring.

Music: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Elvis Presley

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

July 26, 2014

Feline Family Reunion: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society follows up with a listener who was reunited with missing cat thanks to another listener who found the pet.

CohaBatation: A Woman and her husband recently purchased a residence in Florida that needs repairs. The new owners want to fix things without disturbing the colony of bats that also occupy the home. Jeff Gore, wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers advice.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

July 26, 2014

Priscilla recently spoke with Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States about her current work protecting horses, homeless pets and farm animals, her legendary former husband and the roots of her advocacy.

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 in the effort, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, speaks to us about the plan.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Arrumcao” by Uakti