Desperate for Diagnosis: An 8-year-old Golden Doodle in Frederick, Maryland has been throwing up in the mornings since he was a month old; the condition has defied all treatment.
Where’s the Off Switch? From Chevy Chase, Maryland, the story of Colby, a dog that starts barking daily on cue when the sun goes down, much to the chagrin of his caretakers and their neighbors.
Hero Dog Becomes an Outcast: A woman’s dog tries to protect her in a domestic violence incident in San Diego and takes a serious beating in the process. Now, the woman is moving into a shelter for domestic abuse survivors that doesn't allow dogs. We place a call to John Van-Zante, spokesman for the Rancho Costal Humane Society in search of a solution.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Two Beavers Are Better Than One” by Cobie Smulders and Kamille Rudsall
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 quite popular since then, especially in Asia; there are about 40 in Japan alone. North America’s first cat café recently opened in New York City and we sent reporter Nadia Wilson to have a look.
A Crushing Blow to Animals: A recent criminal case in south Florida has brought national exposure to a growing trend that involves animal abuse and pornography. Here with details of the case and the practice of “crush films” is Miami Herald crime reporter David Ovalle.
They are the master builders of the animal kingdom and their handy work has great importance to life on earth for many other species, including humans. A new PBS documentary examines the remarkable lives of beavers and their surprising contributions to our geology and ecology. We asked the film’s award winning director, Jari Osborne to give us a preview.
The miraculous work of beavers isn’t just a North American phenomenon: In the 16th century, the animals were remaking the English countryside. But then they gradually disappeared, hunted into extinction. Now, 500 years later, the beaver has suddenly and mysteriously returned to the United Kingdom. Reporter Christopher Worth from PRI’s The World tells us more.
Will “Danny Cat” Live Better with Chemistry? A man in Rehoboth Beach, DE wants to take his feline on business trips, which could involve long car rides. Is it okay to give the cat drugs to lessen the stress of traveling?
Silent Treatment? In Tappahannock, VA a woman is desperate for a way to stop seven rescue dogs from having barking fits when guests leave her house.
An Unhappy Home: An adopted cat named Puffy is having a difficult and destructive transition to his new residence in Washington, D.C.
Last month we told the story of a single great white shark named Lydia who is being tracked as she makes an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has an important update on Lydia’s progress.
Wildlife: The Gardener’s Best Friend ‘Tis the season for digging! Dirt nerds everywhere are returning to their yards for another round of springtime planting. David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation tells us how the friendly, neighborhood wildlife can help make the perfect the garden.
Finding a Home For a Dog After Deployment: A San Diego woman is being deployed soon and she’s seeking a foster home for her dogs. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society enlists the assistance of Marine Lt. Alisa Johnson, president of pet fostering organization Dogs on Deployment.
Kitty Needs a Cleaning: An elderly cat has something (“stuff”) on his back that is resistant to baths and shampoo. Is there a magical cleaning agent that will do the trick? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Several weeks ago, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration created a stir after making several statements that pushed dogs into the center of the debate about marijuana legalization. Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly talks about reaction to the comments and why the issue of pets and pot is gaining traction.
Fighting For Nonhuman Rights: Since 2007, dozens of lawyers, law students, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists and computer modelers have been preparing the first cases that will seek to have courts declare legal rights for a carefully selected list of “nonhuman animals." The effort is called the Nonhuman Rights Project and we speak with its creator, Steven Wise, a legal scholar and president of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights.
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 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, 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
April is National Frog Month. To mark the occasion we meet Brandon Ballengée, a biologist, environmentalist and a renowned visual artist with an unique appreciation for amphibians. Ballengée has managed to combine all of those interests in a new gallery exhibit entitled Malamp: Reliquaries, which showcases frogs in a singular way.
Ms. Presley Goes to Washington and Speaks Out Against Horse Abuse: The Presley family and The Tennessee Walking Horse have a long history. The breed, which was originally developed in the southern United States more than 100 years ago, was Elvis' favorite. He passed on the great affection for the horse to Priscilla, who has been working to protect the "walker" from horse soring, a method that uses harmful chemicals to force the horse's distinctively exaggerated gait. Soring is prohibited under the U.S. Horse Protection Act of 1970 but loopholes and unscrupulous owners have kept the practice in use. Presley speaks to Wayne Pacelle about her recent lobbying to gain congressional support of proposed legislation known as the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act.