Dog's Behavior is Not a Walk in the Park: Hershey, a 7-year-old dog, recently moved to Virginia from an area that did not have a lot of dogs. Now, on walks, Hershey encounters many dogs and reacts by aggressively barking. Is this a behavioral issue or one of stress prompted by a new environment?
Shock Trauma: Ziggy, an 8-year-old dog in Reston, Virginia, was trained using a "shock collar" that emitted a high-pitched warning sound. Now that Ziggy's family has moved into an apartment, the fire alarm and dishwasher are making similar sounds that are exciting the dog.
Symptom of Aging? In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a 12-year-old lab mix named Gracie has lots of energy but her hind limbs have recently been shaking. She was prescribed aspirin from the vet but may be showing signs of arthritis.
There are 900 species of the pesky, polarizing insect; several have recently hopped into boldface status. Entomolgist Holly Menninger, director of public science for Your Wild Life in the department of biological sciences at North Carolina State University, explains the appearance of an invasive and omnivorous Asian Camel Cricket in surprisingly large numbers throughout the eastern U.S. Washington Post editor Matt McFarland follows the story of North America’s burgeoning cricket culinary economy.
An Iconic Australian Species Faces a Serious Threat: Ari Daniel of PBS’ NOVA and PRI’s The World travel to Brisbane to learn more about a deadly circumstance that is pushing the Koala to the brink of extinction.
Pet Oncology: Lola, a 10-year-old golden retriever in Alexandria, Virginia, was diagnosed with a malignant lung tumor. It was removed, however, the vet suggested chemo to prevent recurrence. Now, her caretaker wants a second opinion. Dr. Gary Weiztman of the San Diego Humane Society and Sue Ettinger, a board certified oncologist at Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York, offer suggestions.
Night “Owls”: Ami and Mooch, two "sister cats" in San Diego, California, like to play in the middle of the night, but it's affecting their owner's sleep.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Chimpanzees have long been compared to people because of their intelligence. But scientists say another species, the bonobo, is more closely related to humans. Known also for their distinctive culture and laid-back nature, bonobos are facing troubling prospects in their native Congo. For more than a decade, a Washington, D.C. organization, Bonobo Conservation Initiative, has used a grassroots approach to build global awareness and support for bonobos. We have a story about the work of BCI and its founder Sally Jewell Coxe, affectionately known as “Mama Bonobo.”
Banner Day For Blue Fin: A legacy of commercial fishing practices have reduced the world’s population of Atlantic bluefin tuna to a fraction of historic levels. A new policy aims to reverse the trend by balancing the needs of fishermen with increased efforts to protect the threatened fish. We asked Lee Crockett of Pew Charitable Trusts’ ocean conservation unit to explain the details.
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
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
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.