Dr. Gary Weitzman helps a California woman rid her canine of anti-social behavior during their daily outdoor excursions. A Maryland woman asks if her cat, who gets along with the family dog, will exhibit the same friendly nature if she gets an additional cat. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Black Snake Moan” by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society helps a concerned Washington, D.C., man whose Lab mix has a tendency to bite. A Virginia woman seeks a cure for her Guinea Pig’s fever. And a Tennessee family wants to stop their dog’s aggressive behavior. Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit
City Council Member Lorie Zapf is the driving force behind a new ordinance that bans most retail pet sales in the southern California municipality. She tells us why the law is necessary and how it will help to protect companion animals.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Promenade: Walking the Dog” by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
A Virginia woman who wants to save a turtle from becoming roadkill seeks advice from Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is joined by J.D. Kleopfer, a herpetologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. We also counsel a Washington, D.C., woman whose elderly beagle has a fear of thunderstorms.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Superfast Jellyfish” by Gorillaz
The controversy surrounding athletic “doping” isn’t just a human phenomenon, it's also a major concern in the sport of horse racing, where the use of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals is being blamed for numerous injuries and deaths of both horses and riders. Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Pitts recently introduced “anti-doping” legislation, and he spoke to us about the effort.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker(pronounced co-kayted) is a threatened species making a comeback in its native habitat, thanks to the work of local residents and the Nature Conservancy. Sandy Hausman of Virginia Public Radio joined a team of conservationists on a recent trip to observe and catalogue some of the birds.
Music: “Taking the Inside Rail” (from “Racing Stripes” Original Soundtrack) by Mark Isham
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society encounters a Maryland man who has a question about the best size for a dog in an apartment dwelling. A Virginia woman seeks direction on the issue of vacation traveling with a pet.
The beaching of dolphins or strandings as they are called by marine scientists, usually number between 50-60 annually along the Eastern Seaboard. This year, the count has already exceeded 100, and experts are at a loss to explain the reason behind the dramatic increase. To learn more about the situation, we speak with the Virginia Aquarium’s stranding response manager Maggie Lynott and Matthew Huelsenbeck, a scientist with marine conservation organization, Oceana.
Fifty dogs that were rescued from abuse by an Arkansas man will get new homes, in the nation’s capital, thanks to the Humane Society of the United States. WAMU news reporter Armando Trull was on hand for the safe arrival of the canines.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Japura River” by Uakti
Dr. Gary Weitzman speaks with a Florida woman whose twin sons are leaving for college, and she's keeping their beloved Jack Russell terrier. A Virginia man searches for a way to calm a cat that is vicious to visitors.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
There is a psychological basis for interactions with companion animals, or there should be, according to Stanley Coren. Coren is a professor emeritus in the psychology department at the University of British Columbia who is known for his books about the mental abilities and history of dogs. He tells us why it’s important to take an intellectual approach to the naming of our pets. We also speak with Jocelyn Kessler, whose new book, "The Secret Language of Dogs: Stories from a Dog Psychic" describes the benefits of intentional communication with our canine friends.