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 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 Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society encounters a Virginia cat whose inexplicable fear has superseded its need for sustenance;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 Strange Case Of The Steller Sea Lion

The Strange Case Of The Steller Sea Lion

December 14, 2013

Georg Wilhelm Steller was a German explorer, botanist, zoologist, physician and pioneer of Alaskan natural history. Among the six animals he discovered during a visit there in 1741 are the Steller’s Jay and Steller Sea Lion. The latter, the largest of five extant species of sea lion in the world today, is in serious decline and scientists are at a loss to explain why. Several efforts are under way to find a cause and solution, and producer Natalie Yuravlivker traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to observe the program. Music: “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

Rabbit Population Explosion: The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is thriving in and around the nation’s capital and we find out why. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” by Gene Autry

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 7, 2013

Controlling the Dog Walk: Dr. Gary Weitzman helps a California woman rid her canine of anti-social behavior during their daily excursions.

Cat Cohabitation: A Maryland woman asks if her cat, who gets along with the family dog, will exhibit the same friendly nature with an additional cat.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Black Snake Moan” by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

The Consequences Of Keeping Parrots As Pets

The Consequences Of Keeping Parrots As Pets

December 7, 2013

They are among the world’s most popular companion animals, but there is discouraging evidence of serious problems resulting from keeping parrots as pets. And those who choose to do so may be contributing to a global wildlife crisis. Elizabeth Weinstein’s report examines this polarizing issue.

Lab Dogs: Although much of the controversy surrounding the issue of animals in laboratory experiments has been focused on chimpanzees and mice, every year thousands of dogs are also used for bio-medical research. The practice has many detractors including Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States, who offers his perspective.

Music: “Va Pensiero” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

December 7, 2013

Preventing Dog Bites: 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 Pet Feels the Heat: A Virginia woman seeks a cure for her guinea pig’s fever.

Getting a Dog to Chill Out: A Tennessee family wants to stop their dog’s aggressive behavior.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit

Seeing Farm Animals Through A Different Lens

Seeing Farm Animals Through A Different Lens

December 7, 2013

Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary explains the mission behind the organization’s Someone, Not Something Project, which uses compelling evidence of greater intellectual and emotional complexity among farm animals as a basis for re-calibrating our understanding of them.

China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s The World.

Music:“Madeira River” and “Arrumcao” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

November 30, 2013

My Beagle Has Nose Bleeds: Dr. Gary Weitzman offers a possible diagnosis for a Washington, D.C., canine’s troubling condition.

Less is More? A San Diego man wants to cut back on the amount of cat litter he’s uses, but he’s worried about adverse effects.

Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; “Fireflies” by Owl City