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1089. Please Don't Repo Fido - Lawmakers Ban Pet Leasing
Gideon Kidd has a goal to pet a million dogs for his pet project. So far, the 10-year-old boy has pet more than 750 dogs. He’s chronicled his journey on Twitter, garnering over 160,000 followers. He’ll tell us how it’s going since we last spoke to him. Also, puppies sold in pet stores, most of which are sourced from puppy mills, are often accompanied by soaring sticker prices. To make the puppies appear more affordable, private lending companies are offering leasing plans. Miss a payment and they can repossess your pup. Bill Ketzer, from ASPCA Government Relations, is asking lawmakers to end this predatory practice. Also, Millennials are less likely to become parents of “human children” because they are instead focusing on their pets. Apparently 44% of millennials are unsure if they want to have children, but their rate of pet ownership continues to rise. These animals are acting as a substitute for children according psychology professor Jean Twenge. And finally, a Missouri judge has ordered a convicted deer poacher to watch Bambi at least once a month during the year he will be spending in jail. The man is actually one of four family members implicated in a three-year hunting operation that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of deer. The prosecutor said the family mainly stalked their prey at night, killing the deer and taking their heads and antlers, and then they abandoned the carcasses. The state’s Department of Conservation called it a thrill and kill sport for the men. By the way, the one-year jail sentence was initially suspended in favor of a two-year probationary period. But the guy who now has to watch Bambi quickly violated the terms of his probation, leading the Judge to reinstate the original one-year sentence with the additional Bambi twist.
Animal Radio Episode 829
Cat Thwarts Suicide Attempt
San Francisco Police spent hours trying to convince a jumper not to jump. It wasn't until the officers brought in the jumper's tabby cat that the standoff ended. Never underestimate the bond between people and their pets.
Pet Obesity Continues To GROW
Being overweight can seriously impact our health and that of our pets. The Association for Pet Obesity estimates that nearly 54% of cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Lori Brooks has tips to tell if your pet is a healthy weight.
Halloween Pet Hazards
Pets often find it truly scary during this time of year. The things that make Halloween a treat for people can overwhelm many pets. Some parts of Halloween can even be dangerous.
Anonymous Hero Saves Dog
An anonymous real life hero saved the life of a dog that was trapped inside a burning home this week in Tennessee. As someone who witnessed it describes it said, “This guy in a gray mustang pulls up says, ‘I do this for a living,' and he runs in and he comes out about two minutes later with this beautiful dog in his arms.” Less than a minute later the roof of the home caved in.
FREE Happy Healthy Dog Summit
The Healthy Happy Dog Summit will train YOU to provide the happiest, healthiest life possible for your pup! You'll see 30 world experts including Sonya Fitzpatrick (Animal Communication), Victoria Stillwell (Puppies 101) and Dr. Nicholas Dodman (How Dogs and People Communicate). The Happy Healthy Dog Summit is ONLINE and FREE. Learn more at https://animalradio.com/
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Animal Radio Episode 830
Having A Safe Halloween
Halloween can be a fun time for your pets. But some animals just aren’t cut out for the holiday and would be safer cuddled inside on the night of trickery.
Rodent Traps a Pet Hazard
There’s a warning for pet owners after a cat was found with its head stuck in a rodent trap. The cat, which was seriously injured, was caught in a Fenn Trap, meant for squirrels and rats. Luckily the cat was found and rescued by a Good Samaritan. Since the incident last month, the SPCA is now calling on people to be aware that setting these traps could be breaking the law.
Pets In The Classroom Have A Profound Impact
A new study reveals having a pet in the classroom may provide real educational value through leadership skills and character building. Despite some of the challenges to having classroom pet, such as coping with loss and teachers spending their own money to care for the pet, the study found six objectives proving the benefit of caring for a classroom pet, like teaching children responsibility compassion, empathy, respect and leadership through animal care and providing relaxation when children are stressed.
Cats With Jobs
Author Lisa Rogek has found 50 cats that have jobs. This isn’t easy. Cats are notoriously not workers, unlike dogs. From Grumpy Cat to Kitty Models, Lisa will share the stories behind these frolicking felines.
FREE Happy Healthy Dog Summit
The Healthy Happy Dog Summit will train YOU to provide the happiest, healthiest life possible for your pup! You’ll see 30 world experts including Sonya Fitzpatrick (Animal Communication), Victoria Stillwell (Puppies 101) and Dr. Nicholas Dodman (How Dogs and People Communicate). The Happy Healthy Dog Summit is ONLINE and FREE. Learn more at: https://animalradio.com/
1088. Pet Piercing, Tattoos and Pet Friendly Houses, Oh My.
Standard Pacific Homes knows the 60-Billion-dollar pet industry has a place for homebuilding. 27 of their developments now include pet accouterments including a pet-spa and TV exclusively for Fido. Standard Pacific’s Danielle Tocco explains what they’re doing to cater to pet owners. Also, Assemblyman Carmela Garcia (Dem. N.J.) has written legislation that would outlaw piercings and tattoos on cats and dogs. Inspired by a lady that pierced her “gothic kittens,” Garcia feels this ban would stop a burgeoning fad. Also, The Animal Radio Hero Person, Debra Jo Chiapuzio helps supply fire departments with life-saving oxygen masks for dogs and cats. She loves her job and has a great passion to teach others pet-first-aid. Also, Apartments.com did the math in its Pet-Friendly Renting Trends Survey. It found that close to 80% of renters had to pay a deposit to have a pet and it was more than $200 per year in more than half the cases. About 64% of the people asked said they had a hard time finding an apartment that allowed pets even with a deposit.
1087. Boston Globe TV Critic Matthew Gilbert Investigates The Dog Park Dynamics
Globe TV Critic (a great gig if you can get it) Matthew Gilbert investigates the dynamics of dog parks. He didn’t like dogs. In fact, he was afraid of them until his spouse introduced him to a dog that would forever change his view. Matt shares stories about the nutty fellow canine-lovers at his dog park. Also, Animal Radio Vets Dr. Marty Becker and Dr. Debbie are armed with flea-ridding tactics. Did you know that there are over a dozen different kind of fleas? There’s a difference between “cat” fleas and “dog” fleas. Most importantly, how do we get rid of them for good? We’ve got answers. Also, our Hero Person this week invented a bumper, or better described as a ‘halo,’ that protects blind dogs from bumping into furniture and other obstacles. Sylvie Bordeaux was tired of seeing her blind dog bash into stuff. With needle and thread in hand, she created a genius product that is helping vision-impaired pups from being discarded to shelters.
1086. Blasting Your Pet's Cremains Into Space
Celestis Pet will shoot your pet’s cremains into deep space, or to the moon, or even into orbit around the earth. The rocket and space technology company has been launching satellites and human remains for over a decade. Now, they want a piece of the 58-BILLION-dollar pet industry. Top Dog Stephen Eisele explains what you get for your $1,000. It’s pretty impressive! Also, TV Dog Trainer Justin Silver is back with his really funny friend, Dave Donnenfeld. Together they’re ‘righting’ canine ‘wrongs’ wherever bad dogs and bad guardians need them. “Their new book is the Rosetta Stone of Doglish,” says Animal Radio host Hal Abrams. Also, when you love your pet, you love your pet, no matter what breed or species he or she is. That explains the actions of a woman in Oregon. Sherrie Dolezal runs a bearded dragon rescue and came home the other day to see one of lizards named Del Sol floating unconscious in the pool. She got him out, started pounding on her back and doing chest compressions. She finally started CPR and he started breathing again. Del Sol and Sherrie are now doing just fine. Also, when his agent asked, “do you want to act or do you want to save animals,” after he kept missing auditions, he chose to dedicate his life to the creatures. That makes Leo Grillo, the founder of DELTA rescue, our ‘Hero Person.’ He has over 1500 animals on 115 acres. He doesn’t adopt-out any of these animals because his statistics say owners keep their animals only 2.5 year on average.
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I really love listening to this show yet wonder why theres not more calls about the Pitbull breeds, I have 2 and seems like its a show more for cat questions. But, always interesting
Among serious animal discussions, this is the best!
I enjoy (and learn something new) from nearly every episode.
That's why I think this is among the best. But, episode 316 with the discussion of the dog about to die in the arms of... hey, I am nominating podcast 316 as the most touching animal story of the year at Surf Review & Report magazine.
Yeah, I cried while watching (and reading) Old Yeller, but that was done a long time ago and, besides, it was fiction. The discussion in episode 316 is a true story that will force any human to tears!
Keep up the great work - Bill Anderson.
Tons of great info here!
I didn't know you could find this much info about animals all in one place - tons of interesting advice and great animal stories from all around the world - how to understand animal behavior, how to care for them, (some needed clean up advice) play with them, even talk to them. Fun 'n entertaining. Plus a good web site with great info and links.