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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 17, 2014

A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On: In Nashville, Tennessee, a 16-month-old bloodhound puppy named Turbo shakes when it is standing still.

What’s In a Nose? Linus, a 2-year-old cat in Laurel, Maryland, has recently moved past simple sneezing to the blowing of his nose, followed by pawing and shaking his head violently. Dr. Gary becomes a detective to find the cause of this unusual behavior.

Difficulty with Domestication: A Maryland woman rescued a cat from the side of a road. Despite living with her for 3 years, Felix the feline is still showing signs of being feral. How can she tell if the cat is actually feral?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Reverie of the Tapir” by William Orbit

Future Farming

Future Farming

May 17, 2014

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.

The Animal House Dateline: A new study uncovers widespread illegal fishing; good news for Asian bears used for bile extraction.

The Loh Down on Science: "Feline Overlords" – Does your cat recognize your voice? Does it care about voices at all? Music: “Madiera"; “The Turning Point” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 17, 2014

Urban Wildlife Rescue: A Washington, D.C. woman wants to know what she should do after seeing an injured wild animal in her neighborhood. Scott Giacioppo, vice president of external affairs at the Washington Humane Society, joins Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society to offer assistance.

Curtailing the Energy of an Injured Canine: A recently adopted Dachshund in the nation’s capital has Luxating Patella (floating kneecap) which means he's not supposed to run around much.The dog, however, is rather energetic and difficult to contain.

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

Fox Penning Soon To Be a Thing of the Past

Fox Penning Soon To Be a Thing of the Past

May 17, 2014

A controversial practice that involves trapping foxes for hunting in Virginia is on the way out, thanks to new legislation recently signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Washington Post reporter Caitlin Gibson has been following the story and describes the implications.

Avian Assistance: A revolutionary project is using interactions with birds to provide therapy for people suffering from various forms of dementia. The program, Bird Tales, is spreading from its Connecticut roots to cities across the country. We speak with administrator Ken Elkins,of Audubon Connecticut.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 10, 2014

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

Cat Café Makes American Debut

Cat Café Makes American Debut

May 10, 2014

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.

This week's Animal House Dateline includes...
*The introduction of MobiPet, "The world's first photo amber alert for pets"
*United Nations court rules against Japan in whaling dispute

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 10, 2014

Finding a Cure: After many tests, a Virginia woman seeks a way to treat her cat’s irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

Appetite Therapy: A 9-month-old rescue dog in Maryland is always hungry, despite a portion increase.

Making Kitty Comfortable: Two Tennessee cats get along great, but the younger one is afraid of everything except the other cat. Their caretaker wants help in creating a hospitable environment for all.

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

Leave it to Beavers

Leave It To Beavers

May 10, 2014

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.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 3, 2014

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.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti

The Amazing Adventures Of Lydia

The Amazing Adventures Of Lydia

May 3, 2014

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.