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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.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

May 3, 2014

Finding a Home For a Dog After Deployment: A San Diego woman is being deployed soon and she’s seeking a foster home for her dogs. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society enlists the assistance of Marine Lt. Alisa Johnson, president of pet fostering organization Dogs on Deployment.

Kitty Needs a Cleaning: An elderly cat has something (“stuff”) on his back that is resistant to baths and shampoo. Is there a magical cleaning agent that will do the trick? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Pets Enter The Pot Debate

Pets Enter The Pot Debate

May 3, 2014

Several weeks ago, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration created a stir after making several statements that pushed dogs into the center of the debate about marijuana legalization. Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly talks about reaction to the comments and why the issue of pets and pot is gaining traction.

Fighting For Nonhuman Rights: Since 2007, dozens of lawyers, law students, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists and computer modelers have been preparing the first cases that will seek to have courts declare legal rights for a carefully selected list of “nonhuman animals." The effort is called the Nonhuman Rights Project and we speak with its creator, Steven Wise, a legal scholar and president of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti;

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 26, 2014

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 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, 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

Celebrating Frogs With Artistic Flair

Celebrating Frogs With Artistic Flair

April 26, 2014

April is National Frog Month. To mark the occasion we meet Brandon Ballengée, a biologist, environmentalist and a renowned visual artist with an unique appreciation for amphibians. Ballengée has managed to combine all of those interests in a new gallery exhibit entitled Malamp: Reliquaries, which showcases frogs in a singular way.

Ms. Presley Goes to Washington and Speaks Out Against Horse Abuse: The Presley family and The Tennessee Walking Horse have a long history. The breed, which was originally developed in the southern United States more than 100 years ago, was Elvis' favorite. He passed on the great affection for the horse to Priscilla, who has been working to protect the "walker" from horse soring, a method that uses harmful chemicals to force the horse's distinctively exaggerated gait. Soring is prohibited under the U.S. Horse Protection Act of 1970 but loopholes and unscrupulous owners have kept the practice in use. Presley speaks to Wayne Pacelle about her recent lobbying to gain congressional support of proposed legislation known as the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act.

Music: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Elvis Presley

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 26, 2014

A Mouth-Watering Experience: In Silver Spring, MD, a terrier mix named Lulu drools excessively and her caretakers think it’s related to anxiety. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

Addressing Canine Arthritis: A man in Chevy Chase, MD has an Akita that suffers from arthritis. We connect him with renowned canine aging expert, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

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

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

Priscilla Presley Stands Up For Animals

April 26, 2014

Hollywood icon Priscilla Presley has a distinguished reputation for working with and on behalf of animals. She speaks with Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States about her current work protecting horses and homeless pets, her love of animals and the roots of her animal advocacy.

Marching for Pit Bulls: Taking a page from the history of civil rights activism, thousands of pit bull enthusiasts are planning to descend on Washington, D.C. next week to voice support for the much maligned and misunderstood breed. This new twist on the idea of peaceful protest is called the One Million Pibble March. We meet one of the organizers, Rebecca Corry of Stand Up For Pits Foundation.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Arrumcao” by Uakti;

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 19, 2014

Preparing for a New Arrival: A Washington, D.C. couple expecting its first baby wants to be sure the family cat isn’t going to be a problem. Rivi Mayer, founder of The Cat Welfare Society of Israel and co-author of the book Pregnancies, Babies and Cats -The Practical Guides for Cat Lovers joins us from Tel-Aviv, Israel with expert advice.

Panicky Eater: A family in Charlottesville, VA wants a solution for their cat’s poor behavior at feeding time.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish

Flight of the ZomBees

Flight of the ZomBees

April 19, 2014

There is an interspecies, stealth war taking place in the insect world, in which a certain type of fly is turning honey bees into ZomBees. The San Francisco State University professor who discovered this unusual occurrence, John Hafernick, talks about the implications.

Respite for Africa’s Elephants: There are hundreds of species of endangered mammals on the African continent, which could make it difficult to focus on the plight of a single group. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says protecting African elephants should be a top priority.

Music: “The Turning Point” by Uakti

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