Mindy Norton

Host: Speaking of Pets

Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.

She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from UAB. She got her first real pet at the age of 9 when her family adopted a mixed Boston Terrier pup they named “Scamp”. As an adult, a friend invited her to help with a humane society event, and that was the beginning of her involvement with group efforts to help animals. Since then, she has been on the boards of directors of three animal welfare organizations, serving as president of two of them.

For seven years, Mindy wrote and recorded a weekday spot called “Pet Patrol” for Birmingham’s WBHM Public Radio, for which she won an Obelisk Award in 1979. After she and her husband (and three cats) moved to Tuscaloosa, she talked the station manager at the time into giving her two minutes every Saturday morning to talk about pets and pet care.

Since 2006, “Speaking of Pets” has been available as a podcast, consistently one of APR’s most popular offerings. (In fact, staff members have referred to her as the “podcast queen”!) That’s no surprise to Mindy who believes the reason for its popularity is the subject matter. “After all,” she says, “I get to talk about our best friends every week!”

Her APR spot about the link between animal abuse and cruelty toward humans has been featured on the American Humane Association’s website.  As a volunteer, Mindy feels she is so blessed to have a soap box with a microphone in front of it – plus, she gets to help two causes at the same time, animal welfare and Alabama Public Radio.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 9, 2013

The Dogs Are Coming - to Westminster!

Westminster - Tibetan Mastiff
Credit Kjunstorm / Lori Branham

New York City is going to the dogs this coming week, as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes center stage!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Pet Dental Health Month

Happy dog!
Credit Wagbrag

Pets, especially dogs, have a natural smile - but it looks even better when they can show off their pearly whites!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Cat Show

Cat shows are SO exciting!
Credit Krzysiu Jarzyna

Thinking about getting a cat as a pet?  You need to stop by the cat show, where you can see beautiful representatives of many different breeds and talk to their owners to find out which one would be best for you!




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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Dog Flu

I don't feel so good!
Credit Laertes/John Hurd

If you have had the flu, you know how bad you feel.  You also know it can easily turn into something more serious (such as pneumonia) if you don't take care of yourself.  Canine influenza can be just as dangerous for your dog - maybe even more so because your pet probably has no natural immunity to it!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Weight Loss Program

Chunky Cat
Credit M. Norton

Being overweight is just as bad for your pet as it is for you, and for all the same reasons - it puts a strain on an animal's joints, heart and liver; it increases the risk of diabetes and other diseases; and it shortens an animal's life.  A chubby pet may be more cuddly, but a trim pet will probably be healthier and live longer.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 5, 2013

New Year's Resolution - Spay/Neuter

Credit Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation


Parade, pets - who could resist?  The Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation is hoping everyone takes notice and gets the message to adopt a homeless pet, and to have all pets spayed or neutered!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Happy (Safe) New Year!

Credit Crismatos

One year ends, another begins - time to celebrate!  Just make sure your best friend is safe and protected so you can both enjoy the new year together.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 22, 2012

The Animals at the Manger

The Nativity



There may be a reason why we humans like to include our animal friends in the Christmas celebration.  After all, they were included from the very beginning!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Gifts for Pet People

Christmas surprise!

Want a great idea for a gift for your favorite pet lover?  No problem!  Most pet people are easy to shop for.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Hanukkah Safety for Pets

Happy Hanukkah
Credit Shoshanah



Pet owners love to share the holidays with their animal companions, but we have to be careful.  Some of our holiday traditions may not be pet-friendly!


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Christmas Travel and Pets

Travels with Sebastian
Credit Susan Katherine Rits


If you're traveling during the holidays, one of the first decisions is what to do with your pet.  You can take it with you, board it, or have someone come to your home to care for it.  Once you decide what's best for you and your best friend, you can relax knowing both of you will have a good holiday.


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Deck The Halls!

Credit Ben Garney

'Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly and lots of other pretty things that we enjoy; but our pets may see the decorations as potential toys. 


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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Sharing Thanksgiving With Our Pets?

Something smells good!
Credit Robyn Fleming

A lot of us really enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition of good food shared with our loved ones, but this holiday maybe we shouldn't share quite so much with our four-footed family members.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 10, 2012

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week 2012

Adopt me!
Credit jeffreyw


National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week may be ending today, but any time is a great time to thank those who take care of homeless pets and try to find them good homes!



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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Walking dogs is hard in a flood
Credit Alec Perkins

Many pet owners will often risk their lives rather than abandon their animal companions, but right decisions made early  could help to keep everyone safe - whether they have two legs or four.


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