Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society hears the concerns of a Washington, D.C., woman whose cat has an unusual way of showing affection. A Virginia woman asks for advice in preparation for moving her 13-year-old cat across the country. Dr. Jeff Werber, founder of the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles and an expert on long distance pet transportation, joins the conversation. Also in D.C., a Golden Retriever named Duke has abandoned his usually calm demeanor and now barks constantly, leaving his companions with a sense of urgency in the search for a solution. We also hear BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Kevin Shea, U.S. Department of Agriculture's new administrator of Animal and Plant health Inspection Service, made big news with the institution of rules that will restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits via phone, email and the Internet. Non-retail pet sales are a primary source of revenue for large-scale, commercial-breeding operations known as puppy mills, which are often associated with animal mistreatment. We speak to Shea about the intent and implications of the new regulations.
China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s "The World." Music: “Madeira River” and “Arrumcao” by Uakti
Brian Balik's Twitter page says he's a Wildlife Surveyor, Student, Park Authority Employee and Camera-Trapper. But there is more to that description than meets the eye - Balik is also an innovative practitioner of wildlife photography. We survey a few of the numerous, surprising and revealing places where his cameras reside.
The Wild Life Outside Your Door:City Wildlife is a pioneering, inspirational and mostly volunteer effort dedicated to keeping wild animals out of harm's way in the nation's capitol. C.W. has rescued and rehabilitated hundreds that are usually injured or lost within the city limits. The organization's success has other urban areas in the U.S. following the example. We spend a few minutes with Anne Lewis, who helped to start City Wildlife in 2008.
Don't Create Me In: Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society hears the case of a 2 year old Springer Spaniel in Easton, MD who is very well-behaved, except when she has to use the crate. That's when the growling and biting begins.
A Twist of Fate:A Virgina woman has a male German Shepherd who was perfectly house broken until she remolded her home.
In the first of a series of reports from the U.S. commonwealth, we examine the widespread problem of "satos" or stray dogs, (there are thousands on them living on the island) following the tireless efforts of volunteers who rescue and prepare animals for eventual adoption in the United States.
P.T. for Pets:Once exclusive to human medicine, physical therapy is crossing over into the canine world. Beverly Amsler of Radio IQ visits a veterinary treatment center that employs the practice.
There is a new website which promises to make you smarter about your dog’s intelligence. Dognition is the brainchild of Brian Hare, a Duke University professor and director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center who speaks to us about his work and his new book, "The Genius of Dogs."
Future Farming: Sam Litzinger visits the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, which introduces elementary and middle school students to stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland. Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti;
The increased attention given to traumatic brain injuries suffered by American professional football players has exposed a controversial relationship to animals used in research sponsored by the National Football League. We learn more from Justin Goodman of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and neurologist and author Dr. Aysha Akhtar.
Billy Bush is using his considerable clout as a nationally syndicated TV and radio host and family member of two former presidents to take a bite out of the crime of wildlife poaching in Nepal. Bush documented his efforts for a new National Geographic documentary, "Chasing Rhinos," and he gives us a special preview.