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An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

December 28, 2013

Sharks are apex predators, known for their deadly pursuit of humans. Now, because of poaching, the species is widely hunted and those who once feared it have taken on the role of its protector. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how finding a solution to the big problem of shark finning is drawing support from some of the smallest members of our community.

Scientists Offer New Hope for an Endangered Species: 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 address the decline.

Music:“Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 28, 2013

“My Dog is Converting the Living Room Into a Lavatory” Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a solution for a Maryland man whose 12-year-old canine has started doing its “business” indoors.

“Why is My Dog “Digging” the Carpet?” A Washington, D.C., dog’s fabric obsession is getting under the skin of its caretaker.

Healthy Living Despite a Serious Condition: A 2-year-old pitbull in Maryland has a heart murmur and its companion wants to make sure the dog stays healthy.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.

Surprising News For Laboratory Chimps

Surprising News For Laboratory Chimps

December 28, 2013

There is a strong possibility that chimpanzees confined to American laboratories for bio-medical research will be released and added to the U.S. Endangered Species List, thanks to a new proposal by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. Sam Litzinger discusses the implications with primate expert Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, an assistant professor of psychology at Marymount University in Virginia.

Ghost Nets: Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones, including an effort on the U.S.-Canada border in Puget Sound, near Seattle. Ashley Ahearn of the public media collective EarthFix reports.

Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Cavalo Marinho Bumba-meu-Boi” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 21, 2013

My Dog is Nipping at the Children: In Virginia, an adopted border collie is showing signs of aggressive behavior.

A Strange Obsession: A cat in Washington, D.C., has an unusual addiction to the bathtub.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Reverie of the Tapir” by William Orbit; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

Animals And Their 'Amazing Grace'

December 21, 2013

Christine Gutleben, senior director of faith outreach at The Humane Society of The United States, and Paul Flotron of Noah’s Ark Pet Ministries in St. Louis discuss the rising prominence of faith-based animal organizations.

Animal House producer Natalie Yuravlivker visits St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda, Md., one of thousands of churches around the world that take part in an annual ceremony known as the “Blessing of the Animals." The ceremony honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Music:"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Kenny G

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 21, 2013

The Reasons For a Dog’s Persistent Panting: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society speaks to woman who wants to know why her canine seems to be suffering from chronic shortness of breath.

"My Dog Can’t Control its Bladder...": A Virginia woman seeks a way to address her dog’s urinary dysfunction.

Couch-Scratch Fever: The caretaker of a furniture scratching feline in California is scratching his head, looking for solution to the problem.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

 A Deadly Pet Food Mystery

A Deadly Pet Food Mystery

December 21, 2013

Inexplicably tainted snacks known as “jerky treats” have been linked to the illnesses of 3,000 dogs and cats, resulting in nearly 600 deaths. We spoke with Dr. Martine Hartogensis of the Food and Drug Administration for an assessment of the situation.

WAMU News Reporter Lauren Landau takes us behind the scenes of "Odysseo," the $30 million equestrian circus presentation by Cavalia.

Documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite discusses her film "Blackfish," which concerns the story of Tilikum, a 12,000 pound, 22-foot orca living in captivity at Sea World Orlando. The marine mammal has been involved in the deaths of three people, including Dawn Brancheau, a trainer who was drowned while working with Tilikum in 2010.

Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Horse with No Name” by America; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 14, 2013

Curing a Beagle’s Fear of Bad Weather: A Maryland woman seeks advice on helping her canine get over an aversion to thunderstorms

Fat Cat: A California man is concerned about his feline’s heavy weight gain. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “El Condor Pasa” by Los Jaivas

The Showbiz Animal's Best Friend

The Showbiz Animal's Best Friend

December 14, 2013

We meet Bill Berloni, the man responsible for selecting and directing some of the entertainment business’ most celebrated animal performers, including Sandy, the canine superstar featured in every theatrical production of "Annie" since in opened on Broadway nearly 40 years ago. Berloni has also published an account of his experiences, "Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars."

Music: “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow” from “Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

The Unexpected Consequences of Purchasing Pet Products: New York Times Columnist Alina Tugend talks about the unpredictability of buying a gifts for pets.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 14, 2013

My Kitten is Too Frightened to Eat or Drink: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society encounters a Virginia cat whose inexplicable fear has superseded its need for sustenance;

Foot Fetish: A dog in Maryland is exhibiting a strange affection for biting feet;

Does Age Matter? A Washington, D.C., woman wants to know if her elderly Golden Retriever is too old for a melanoma vaccination. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.