As a rule, cats and litter boxes can be a difficult match. But Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society is up for the challenge. He has a fail-safe solution for a Washington, D.C., woman whose cat would rather perch aloft from her furniture for its biological relief, instead of using the litter box. Weitzman also helps a California woman who is trying to cultivate the lighter side of her Chihuahua’s personality.
The brutal, ritualistic killing of a German Shepherd and the baffling disappearance of dozens of other dogs in southern Idaho has raised concerns among animal control officials and drawn the offer a $5,000 reward from The Humane Society of the United States. Debbie Blackwood, director of the Twin Falls, Idaho, animal shelter has intimate knowledge of this issue and she spoke to Sam Litzinger. Dan "Hush" Carlisle, co-founder of Detroit Dog Rescue(pictured) discussed the problem of thousands of homeless dogs in Michigan’s largest city. Music: “Animal Dreams” by Bob James
A Virginia woman wants to know if agility training is available for cats. A San Diego man wants to know more about the implications of feral cat populations in his city. Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; “The Swan” by Claude Debussy
FIP: three letters with fatal implications for cats that contract the incurable virus (pictured). Why? We asked the world’s foremost authority on FIP, Dr. Niels Pedersen, director of the veterinary genetics laboratory and center for companion animal health at the University of California at Davis. We also asked shelter pet expert Dr. Ruth MacPete of Pet Health Network to compile a checklist of tests to perform to before you bring a new pet home.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society guides a woman from the “Terrapin” state of Maryland through the processes of creating a more engaging environment for her turtle. In Virginia, the companion of a finicky poodle needs help with meal time. We also feature BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy
Dr. Gary Weitzman speaks with a Maryland woman who wants to make her parakeet more “sociable." In Washington, D.C., a woman is looking for ways to change her two cats’ aggressive behavior toward strangers. A Tennessee man has a cat that was diagnosed with feline leukemia and he wants advice.
Music: “Road Dogs” by Acoustic Alchemy; “Glory Days” (from “Racing Stripes” original soundtrack) by Mark Isham
A San Diego woman is having difficulty keeping her dogs indoors and seeks the advice of Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society. A Florida man needs help with his poodle’s peculiar lack of discipline. In Chicago, a 2-year-old Corgi injures a leg, and its caretaker wants to know if surgery is an option. We also feature BirdNote, our weekly review of avian species.
The effort to ban horse slaughter in the U.S. gained new momentum last week when four powerful members of Congress introduced a bill known as the SAFE act in a Capitol Hill press conference. We were there to speak with several influential figures in the animal welfare community who were also in attendance. Sam Litzinger speaks with Dr. Rindy Anderson of Duke University about how and why she and a team researchers created a new, robotic avian species affectionately called "Robosparrow."