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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 21, 2014

Winding Up When the Sun Goes Down: In Vienna, Virginia, a rescue dog named Missy becomes anxious and fidgety, but only at night. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society has suggestions for winding Missy down.

A Surprise Visitor to the Bird Feeder: A wild turkey is regularly eating the food a Virginia woman puts in her garden feeder. We asked The Nature Conservancy’s Greg Meade to offer advice. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Obama Administration Charts New Depths In Marine Conservation

Obama Administration Charts New Depths In Marine Conservation

June 21, 2014

We visit Our Ocean 2014, a U.S. State Department conference headed by John Kerry. The two-day gathering drew the participation of numerous influential advocates for the protection of the world’s oceans and marine life, resulting in $1.8 billion in pledges from government and private sources. The Secretary of State was joined at various times by TV host Katie Couric, actor Leonardo DiCaprio - whose foundation pledged $7 million - and President Barack Obama, who made a major announcement about expanded protections in the Pacific Ocean

Saving Tuna in the South Pacific Shannon Service of PRI’S The World travels to Palau to hear the stories of conservationists, local residents and commercial fishermen who are at odds over the right to fish in the waters surrounding the island nation. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti;

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

June 14, 2014

Fish's Head Takes the Lion’s Share: A lion-head fish in Washington, D.C. can’t eat because of an enlarged head that prevents it from seeing food. Dr. Brad Krohn, department chair of veterinary technology at Portland (Oregon) Community College offers a solution.

Rottweiler Relief: In Alexandria, Virginia, a 3-year-old dog’s companion seeks suggestions for treating valley fever fungus.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Fireflies” by Owl City

Capturing Freedom

Capturing Freedom

June 14, 2014

Brian Balik's Twitter page says he's a wildlife surveyor, student, park authority employee and camera-trapper. But there is more to that description than meets the eye. Balik is also an innovative wildlife photographer. We survey a few of the surprising places where his cameras reside and what they reveal.

The Animal House Dateline: Pet owners have a new way to find lost animals. Peter Gabriel and Jane Goodall team up in an effort to stop airline transport of laboratory monkeys. Bones of the largest dinosaur on record are discovered in South America.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Katy Nelson

June 14, 2014

Spooked By a Skunk: Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show on DC'S News Channel 8, sits in for vacationing Dr. Gary Weitzman as she takes on the case of Kongo and Jeeves, two formerly outdoor cats in Herndon, Virginia that had a recent run in with a skunk.

TV Training: In Rockville, Maryland, a dog named Breitling has a habit of barking incessantly at the TV, particularly when there is a dog on the screen.

Plant Eating Puppy: A frustrated gardener in Washington, D.C. wants to get rid of a 10-month-old yellow lab that destroys whatever she plants in the garden. Dr. Katy has a better idea.

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

Finding Water For a Winged Migration

Finding Water For A Winged Migration

June 14, 2014

California’s central valley is a critical stopping point for millions of migrating shorebirds on the Western route. But 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.

A New BLUEPrint For The National Aquarium: There are major changes taking place at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. John Racanelli, the facility’s president and CEO, talks about new plans that will likely impact the future of aquariums worldwide.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 7, 2014

A Misdirected Mouth: An otherwise very friendly 2-year-old rescue dog named Princess is nipping toes and fingers with abandon in Washington, D.C. Her caretakers are struggling with their attempts to modify the behavior, but Dr. Gary has a solution.

Are Two Homes Better Than One? Buddy , a 9-month-old cat in Richmond, Virginia, was adopted by owners who don't live together so he splits time between the two. Is shared custody good or bad for a pet? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Black Snake Moan” by Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

On Call with Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Officers

June 7, 2014

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day officers of the Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Field Services Division handle the mostly unpredictable and often dangerous responsibility of rescuing injured, threatened or abandoned animals in the nation’s capital. As the only rescue organization charted by the U.S. Congress, it has a unique place among animal welfare agencies by coming to the aid of both pets and wildlife - since 1870. To learn more about the work of these dedicated individuals, we sent WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau to ride along with them.

Using Foxes As a “Rosetta Stone” For the History of Fido: Fifty years ago, scientists in Siberia attempted to domesticate wild foxes to find out more about how wolves changed over thousands of years to become dogs. What followed was a significant breakthrough in the study of canine behavior. As a result, the experiment continues today and Ashley Cleek of PRI’s The World went to Russia to report on its progress.

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

June 7, 2014

Is the “Hypoallergenic Cat” a Myth? The husband of a Washington, D.C. woman developed an allergic reaction to their deceased cat. Now they’re ready to adopt another feline. They're leaning toward a Persian because it has been said that the breed is less likely to have the same effect. True or false? Dr. Katy Nelson, host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, joins Dr. Gary to confirm ... or deny ... the claim.

Itching for Relief: In San Diego, California, a 7-year-old black lab named Price scratches constantly, although there is no sign of a rash or fleas.

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

Wildman Whistleblower

Wildman Whistleblower

June 7, 2014

One of television’s most popular animal shows is at the center of a of controversy stemming from an investigation that has produced some very serious accusations. We get details from James West, the Mother Jones News producer who first shed light on claims of abuse and neglect by the Animal Planet network and producers of the program Call of the Wildman.

Hearing Aids for Bats? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science has the story of a recent discovery which suggests bats have developed a novel approach to “social calling”

Music: “Madeira River” and “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti