An Animal House listener hears the story of a dog that is losing its sight because of cataracts and makes a generous offer to pay for the animal’s surgery. Also, Dr. Gary Weitzman speaks with a woman whose cat has a penchant for moving articles of clothing from one room to another.
Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; “Lady Bug” – Ella Fitzgerald
Cornell University entomologist John Losey introduces us to his Lost Ladybug Project, a nationwide effort to track the movements of North American ladybugs, which are disappearing at an alarming rate. Then, Sam Litzinger speaks to Jeff Bennett, one of 2,400 volunteer aviators working with Pilots N Paws, an animal rescue organization that uses airplanes to transport shelter pets to new homes.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society counsels the companions of two cats. One of the cats has a strange way of using the litter box and the other is a feral animal whose caretaker wants to attempt domestication. Then, Sally Blanchard of Companion Parrot Online joins Weitzman to advise the keeper of a suddenly aggressive Sun Conure.
Of the 26 sports in the 2012 Summer Olympics, only one includes the participation of non-humans, namely horses. Mary Pilon covers the Olympic equestrian events for The New York Times, and she shares her observations with us. Sam Litzinger also speaks with psychologist and cetacean expert Dr.
You don’t get to be known as “America’s Vet” unless you’ve experienced all types of animals. The owner of that moniker, Dr. Marty Becker, certainly fits the billing. These days, Becker’s focus is on cats, and he gives us a few pearls of wisdom on the subject from the pages of his new book, "Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual." Sam Litzinger speaks with Dr.
Dr. Gary Weitzman is joined by Dr. Laurie Hess of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in an attempt to solve the mystery of a blue finch’s plumage depletion. A male cat named Ella (after jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald) has a worrisome loss of hair, and his companion seeks solutions.
Jeff Corwin prefers the modest distinction of “naturalist,” but he is arguably the world’s most recognized wildlife expert and conservationist, thanks to his numerous media projects that reach millions of people.