A woman in Georgia is trying to understand the unique routine her feline exhibits after using the litter box. In Washington, D.C., a pitbull’s companion needs help finding a new home for the canine Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “The Squid” by Mezzoforte. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.
The Rhinoceros Auklet is an Alaskan sea bird with an unusual routine and a distinctive "mooing" song. Alexis Will, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studies the foraging behavior of the rhino, and she sent us an audio postcard that chronicles her work.
Most people have no idea what an anthrozoologist does, but many have read the work of John Bradshaw, one of the leading figures in that field of study. Dr. Bradshaw shares insights from his latest best seller, "Cat Sense." The book is a fresh and thoughtful exploration of human-cat relations, steeped in historical perspective and modern scientific research. Music: “Blackbird” by The Beatles
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, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new administrator of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, made big news last week with the institution of rules that will restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits via phone, email and 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.
Amy Quinton of Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., tells the story of inventive efforts to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction. The sea snail is rapidly disappearing from its native habitat in the coastal waters of Northern California. We find out why and what is being done to reverse the decline. Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
A male feline is showing signs of post-op friskiness toward a spayed female in the home of a Washington, D.C., woman. Another woman in the nation’s capital recently adopted a Mountain Cur and wants to know more about the breed.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
WAMU 88.5 News reporter Lauren Landau visits an exhibit at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art that uses high tech to showcase rare photos of Picasso, Pollock and other legendary artists with their dogs. Exotic felines are dying at In-Sync Exotics, a wildlife sanctuary in Wylie, Texas. Courtney Collins of KERA in Dallas has the story behind the tragic circumstances.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society hears a story of a Maryland cat who had a recent and unfortunate encounter with a kitchen blender. Since then, the feline has been showing signs of traumatic stress, resulting in troubling behavior. A Virginia woman wants advice on the best approach for acclimating a newly adopted puppy. A man in Washington, D.C., needs help counteracting his cat’s “socialization” difficulties. We also hear BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
“Pet flipping” is a national phenomenon in which lost or stolen dogs and cats are sold to new owners who have been misled about the animal’s origins. We speak with a victim of this disturbing trend, Rick Bryant, whose experience led him to form the organization Citizens Against Dog Flipping. Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary explains the mission behind the organization’s Someone, Not Something Project, which uses compelling evidence of greater intellectual and emotional complexity among farm animals as a basis for re-calibrating our understanding of them. Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Sheep” by Pink Floyd
To declaw or not declaw? That is the question from a cat’s caretaker in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gary Weitzman offers his strong opinion on the subject. A California woman seeks clarity on the subject of Cushing’s disease and seizures in dogs. A Maryland man wonders why his cat loves him but hates everyone else.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Once Upon a Time in Africa” from Madagascar 2 Soundtrack. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Dan "Hush" Carlisle, founder of Detroit Dog Rescue, discusses the severity of homeless canines in Michigan’s largest city, where there are an estimated 50,000 strays roaming the streets. We also hear the story of Karma Dogs, a Maryland program that uses service animals to help improve the reading skills of school-aged children.
Music: “Inner City Blues” by Marvin Gaye; “You Learn” by Vitamin String Quartet