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.
Many people feel a deep connection with their pets and even with the wildlife that cross their paths. That sense can come from interaction and observation alike. Vint Virga, an animal behavior specialist, has spent more than three decades observing the creatures he treats. He wrote about his experiences in "The Soul of All Living Creatures," a 2014 Silver Nautilus award-winning book. We speak with Virga via Rhode Island Public Radio.
May I Ask Who’s Calling? We learn to identify one of the most elusive animals in North America just by its distinctive call. Our guide is Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Radio.
To satisfy the global demand for ivory, poachers have killed more than 100,000 African elephants in the last three years alone. This staggering figure has inspired conservationists and politicians alike to buckle down on illegal animal harvesting. In kind, Wildlife Conservation Society has launched an investigation of poaching in Mozambique. We speak with Alistair Nelson, program director of the group’s Mozambique headquarters.
Sounding the Alarm for Animal Control Officers:Animal safety is a rising priority in the Nation’s Capital, thanks to one member of the Washington, DC Council. Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed legislation to allow the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies. If the measure passes, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says, officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit could benefit as much as the animals and people they serve.
Thinking Outside The Box: An 8-year-old tabby cat in Virginia has inexplicably started using the area outside of the litter box and its caretaker can’t figure out why. Dr. Weitzman has a few unusual but useful suggestions.
Dental Dos And Don’ts: In Washington, D.C., a 14-year old dog named Nina needs her teeth cleaned but the owner is terrified by the prospect of using anesthesia. Is there an alternative?
Feline Tailspin: A cat in Bethesda, Maryland seems to be frightened of its own tail and has had several, self-inflicted injuries that have required surgery as a result.
California’s central valley is a critical stopping point on the western route for millions of migrating shorebirds. However, the worst drought in the state’s history is preventing the birds from having the water they need for a journey that lasts thousands of miles. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton has a story about a novel partnership between environmentalists and local farmers that could provide a solution to the problem.
The Stigma of Grieving For a Deceased Pet: For some people, the death of a companion animal is comparable to losing a beloved family member. But they are reluctant to express grief to others, fearing a lack of understanding. More than 25 years ago, social worker Kathy Reiter formed Virginia’s first support group to address the complex nature of pet bereavement. She has helped thousands of people since then. We speak with Kathy about her pioneering work.
Music: “Madeira River” & “Calango em Pedra Quente” by Uakti.