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1130. Who Is Happier? Dog Or Cat Guardians? There's Science Behind This Answer.
Do dogs or cats make you happy? The dog vs. cat argument will probably go on forever. But now there’s a new survey that says dog owners are officially happier than cat owners, but not by much. Dog owners are only happier by a mere 4%. Also, Dr. Allen Kamrava believes he has invented a better way to cover the costs of a catastrophic health event. According to Kamrava, advances in technology allow for a community-based model that can replace typical pet health insurance. Also, dogs, miniature horses, cats, rabbits and even llamas are increasingly being used to help heal and cheer the sick in hospitals, cancer clinics and other settings. However, research to support the efficacy of animal-assisted therapy is largely in its early stages. A team led by scientists at UC Davis published a study about interactions between family house cats and children with autism. It found that cats in families with a child with autism-spectrum disorder “ often provided valuable bonding, attention and calming affect to the child.” And finally, for years, animal lovers and animal welfare organizations have been working to end dog and cat meat sales. There has been a big step toward that goal, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation named the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act. The Act makes it “illegal to knowingly slaughter, ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate a dog or cat or his or her parts for human consumption, and authorizes a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation” in the United States.
1129. How Drones Are Being Used To Find Lost Pets
Hobbyist Kenneth Hendrick specifically bought his flying camera drone to look for lost pets in Florida. Teaming up with a Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets Inc, they search for up to 95 animals a month. He says he reunites pet parents with cats, dogs, pigs, turtles and even calves. Also, birds are really remarkable pets that can fill a home with love, laughter and entertainment. They are interactive and intelligent. Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to household dangers that are very common in many homes. Pet World Insider Robert Semrow shares some of these dangers that exist before they bring harm to a pet bird in your life. Also, Alex Quintero is the first Boy Scout to create an Eagle Service Project assisting shelter animals. At 17 years old, he’s focused on whatever he can do to help his local shelter in Flagstaff, Arizona. From collecting blankets to acquiring food for shelter animals, you’ll find Alex stepping forward to assist animals and help them get adopted. Also, federal agents killed 154,943 animals in the state of Washington alone last year. The agency responsible is the little-known Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which for public and private sector clients kills animals all over the country, from ravens, swans and doves to wolves, which are deemed a “problem” by the client. Last month 14-year old boy was injured and his 3- year-old yellow Lab was killed by a cyanide trap set by Wildlife Services intended to kill coyotes in Idaho.
1128. How To Dress Up Your Pet Alligator
Mary Thorn is no regular pet guardian. Yes, she has dogs, but she also has a pet squirrel and an Alligator that she dresses in clothing. Mary just battled the State of Florida to keep “Rambo,” a 6’ gator that she considers part of the family. The calm and collected reptile also is a therapy animal for troubled children. Also, E. Reid Ross (Cracked) will tell us about 500 of the most absurd and horrifying things that happen in nature. From murderous squirrels to farting fish, “E” uncovers, and revels in, some of Mother Nature’s ugliest moments. Also, a dog in Belgium earned himself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s longest tail. An Irish wolfhound named Keon gets the honor. His tail measures 30.2 inches long from the top of the bone to the tip, without including his hair, according to the Guinness World Records. And finally, there’s a cat named Oreo C. Collins from Macon, Georgia, who successfully earned an online “High School Diploma” from Jefferson High School. Oreo’s owner, Kelvin Collins, actually got Oreo’s diploma as a way to highlight fraud in online degree programs.
1127. What Happens To The Furniture When Your Pets Are Beavers?
Brigette Brouillard lives in Kentucky where she rescues and rehabs wild animals. At any moment you could see an opossum scurrying through the house or ‘Justin Beaver’ building a dam out of toys and household furniture. One of her two human children are on-board, even following in her footsteps. The other wants nothing to do with mom’s hobby. Brigette tells her story like any proud rodent mama would! Also, California has enacted a new law that gives judges the power to consider what’s in the best interests of pets in divorce cases, instead of treating them as physical property like a car or a sofa. It allows judges to consider “the care of the pet” then create shared custody agreements for the animal. A national survey of divorce lawyers found 88% of pet custody fights were about dogs and only 5% about cats. Also, if you’ve got your cell phone close, take a quick look at the pictures you’ve taken. Do you see more pet pictures than pictures of your significant other? The results of a new study shows 65% of dog owners take more pictures of their dogs than their husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends. The study also claims that nearly half of the people polled find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human counterpart. Also, police in Hamden, Connecticut say a man shot and killed his own dog in a park because he feared it might attack some children who were close by. The man told police that his dog, a pit bull that was not on a leash at the time, attacked and seriously injured another dog that was on a leash. He shot his dog in front of the owner of the injured dog as well as that man’s three children.
1126. The Funny Farm's Weather Predicting Pig
Dr. Page Wages, a Raleigh veterinarian loves animals so much she has 93 on her “Funny Farm” and a Weather Predicting Pig. Ellmer the Pig has some weird behavior when it’s going to rain. Dr. Wages describes her big family and what she has to do every day to care for 93 animals. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed new animal welfare laws. The laws include banning petting zoos and animal fights. It also bans the killing of stray animals, which must instead be captured and placed in shelters. Also, when those stray animals are captured and taken to a shelter, they can only be captured out of sight of children and it must be recorded for public review. This was not a fast change. The law was first submitted to the Russian parliament in 2010 but was only approved and signed into law last month. Also, Lisa Baronoff was tired of cleaning her dog’s paws after winter walks in Manhattan. She became worried after her cocker spaniel got sick from the snowmelt chemicals put on sidewalks. She took her marketing background and launched her dog waders, Walkee Paws. She’s on Animal Radio this week to tell us about her invention and foray into the 72 million dollar pet sector. Also, we all know that vision, forward thinking, risk-taking, determination, hard work, dedication and a good game plan are what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. However, something else isn’t so well known also helps. According to a new study conducted for Banfield Pet Hospitals, having a pet can actually help people become successful and better company leaders. The research found that behind most C-suite executives (which are the CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s), is a pet.
1125. Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pet
Rover.com and the WAG app have come under a lot of criticism lately for their transparency about several pet deaths. We speak to attorney Robert Tauler who is currently suing former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges and Rover.com for negligence. Apparently the actress was the pet sitter during an incident with the plaintiff’s dog. Also, Michelle Gaylord tells us how she organically grew her business into a celebration of the lives of pets. From the simple pendant that contains cremains to wine glasses made with your pet’s ashes, she’ll talk about some of the more unique ways people have chosen to memorialize their pets. Also, under a new bill introduced in the State House, pet parents will be required to microchip their pets in order to get opioid painkillers for their pet. The politician who wrote the bill says it is an attempt to stop addicts from fraudulently obtaining narcotics for their pet to feed their own addiction. Minnesota is testing a system using microchips in pets that, when scanned, would tell them if another vet just prescribed opioids at another clinic. States such as Colorado and Maine require vets to look at a pet owner’s past medication history before dispensing opioids or writing an opioid prescription. Also, Photojournalist Ross Taylor’s latest project captures the last moments between humans and their pets prior to euthanasia. Admittedly a difficult subject, he explains his mission as a guide to assist those going through this process. And finally, we’ve all seen pictures of dogs and their owners who look alike. Now there’s a study that has found that dogs resemble their owners in an entirely different way, meaning their personalities actually tend to be similar. A highly agreeable person is twice as likely to have a dog that is highly active and excitable and less aggressive than someone who is less agreeable. The study also found that conscientious owners rated their dogs as more responsive to training and neurotic owners rated their dogs as more fearful. The hypothesis is that part of it is the dog you pick and the other part of it is the dog it ultimately becomes because of you.
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.
Fun and informative!
Like no other pet show, this is a very fun and interactive program featuring the best experts and celebrities. It's like a morning show for people that are crazy about their pets! I make it my weekend tradition. Try it too.