A Virginia woman who wants to save a turtle from becoming roadkill seeks advice from Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is joined by J.D. Kleopfer, a herpetologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. We also counsel a Washington, D.C., woman whose elderly beagle has a fear of thunderstorms.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Superfast Jellyfish” by Gorillaz
The controversy surrounding athletic “doping” isn’t just a human phenomenon, it's also a major concern in the sport of horse racing, where the use of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals is being blamed for numerous injuries and deaths of both horses and riders. Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Pitts recently introduced “anti-doping” legislation, and he spoke to us about the effort.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker(pronounced co-kayted) is a threatened species making a comeback in its native habitat, thanks to the work of local residents and the Nature Conservancy. Sandy Hausman of Virginia Public Radio joined a team of conservationists on a recent trip to observe and catalogue some of the birds.
Music: “Taking the Inside Rail” (from “Racing Stripes” Original Soundtrack) by Mark Isham
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society encounters a Maryland man who has a question about the best size for a dog in an apartment dwelling. A Virginia woman seeks direction on the issue of vacation traveling with a pet.
The beaching of dolphins or strandings as they are called by marine scientists, usually number between 50-60 annually along the Eastern Seaboard. This year, the count has already exceeded 100, and experts are at a loss to explain the reason behind the dramatic increase. To learn more about the situation, we speak with the Virginia Aquarium’s stranding response manager Maggie Lynott and Matthew Huelsenbeck, a scientist with marine conservation organization, Oceana.
Fifty dogs that were rescued from abuse by an Arkansas man will get new homes, in the nation’s capital, thanks to the Humane Society of the United States. WAMU news reporter Armando Trull was on hand for the safe arrival of the canines.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Japura River” by Uakti
Dr. Gary Weitzman speaks with a Florida woman whose twin sons are leaving for college, and she's keeping their beloved Jack Russell terrier. A Virginia man searches for a way to calm a cat that is vicious to visitors.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
There is a psychological basis for interactions with companion animals, or there should be, according to Stanley Coren. Coren is a professor emeritus in the psychology department at the University of British Columbia who is known for his books about the mental abilities and history of dogs. He tells us why it’s important to take an intellectual approach to the naming of our pets. We also speak with Jocelyn Kessler, whose new book, "The Secret Language of Dogs: Stories from a Dog Psychic" describes the benefits of intentional communication with our canine friends.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to a New York woman who wants to employ a unique adjustment to her feline’s meal plan. In Virginia, a man is looking for ways to help his recently adopted and very shy cat adjust to its new home.
Researchers in Maryland have discovered that outdoor cats are responsible for spreading a parasite that is possibly linked to brain infections and loss of cognitive function. We hear details of the new study from its co-author, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. We also speak with Allison Cardona of the ASPCA about the organization’s new animal hoarder and intervention program.
Dr. Gary Weitzman counsels a Delaware man whose cat has become inexplicably underweight. A woman in the nation’s capital has just moved her feline’s feeding station and litter box to a new location and wants advice on helping the animal adjust to the venue change.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Mack the Knife” by Louis Armstrong
Honey bees are dying by the billions, and some say they are on the brink of extinction. Scientists aren’t sure why. And because the insect is responsible for pollinating the plants that make up nearly a third of our diet, severe economic and environmental implications are looming. The global effort to address the problem includes a plan to repopulate the species. To learn more about this, we speak with Brandon Hopkins, a Washington State University researcher who is working on the revolutionary project. German filmmaker Markus Imhoof unveils his new documentary "More Than Honey," which gives viewers an unprecedented look into the lives of honey bees in their natural habitat and as they interact with humans around the world.
Music: “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble