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.

Weight Loss Program

Jan 12, 2013
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.


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!


Happy (Safe) New Year!

Dec 29, 2012

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.


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!


Gifts for Pet People

Dec 15, 2012

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



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!


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.


Deck The Halls!

Nov 24, 2012
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. 


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.



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!


Hurricane Sandy

Nov 3, 2012
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.



As we celebrate a holiday that usually means a lot of fun and maybe even some excitement for us humans, remember that our pets may not be quite as enthusiastic about the festivities.


Saving the Rottweilers

Oct 20, 2012

Owning a dog brings with it responsibility, both to the animal and to your community - especially when it comes to larger breeds, like Rottweilers.


Come Home to APR

Oct 13, 2012
Mindy Norton

Coming home means having a sense of belonging that lets you know you're in the right place.  And what could be more right for a radio listener than Alabama Public Radio?


Don Bergquist

Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is an opportunity to save a pet's life and improve your own.


American Humane Association

Time is running out to vote for your favorite finalist to win the Americah Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog Award!


World Rabies Day 2012

Sep 22, 2012
WorldRabiesDay.org / Global Alliance for Rabies Control

Even though rabies is 100% preventable, the sad fact is that every ten minutes someone somewhere in the world dies from rabies.  The Global Alliance for Rabies Control hopes to change with its awareness campaign, the annual World Rabies Day.


Ow! The Cat Bit Me!

Sep 15, 2012
Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

Most animals will bite at one time or another, but sometimes it seems like your cat may bite you for no reason at all.  Or, maybe there is a reason...


Walking the Dog

Sep 8, 2012

Taking your dog for a walk may seem like a nice thing to do for your best friend, but it can have benefits for you, as well!


Pets in a Disaster

Sep 1, 2012
State Library and Archives of Florida

Your pet has a better chance of surviving a disaster and remaining with you if you make plans ahead of time.  Waiting until a disaster strikes to decide what to do puts you and your best friend at risk.


American Humane Association

American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards give all of us an opportunity to appreciate the special talents our canine companions have for making our lives better.


American Humane Association

Hero dogs come in all sizes and shapes.  The American Humane Association wants your help to select which one of eight finalists should win the 2012 Hero Dog Award.


American Humane Association

The Hero Dog Awards recognize some of our four-legged friends who represent the best of the best when it comes to our canine companions.


American Humane Association

The American Humane Association has opened voting for the 2012 finalists for the Hero Dog Award.  With eight great dogs to choose from, it's difficult to decide which one should win!


You may think that newborn babies need a clean and sterile environment to be healthy, but newly published studies indicate a house pet can help your infant be healthier.


Mayor Stubbs

Jul 21, 2012

The mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is celebrating fifteen years on the job, which is pretty much his whole life. 


Unchain Your Dog

Jul 14, 2012
farm4.static / flickr

Keeping your dog on a chain might seem like the responsible thing to do, but it may be kinder and safer to find another way to restrain your best friend.



Jul 7, 2012
image courtesy of animalclipart.net

Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they can be a threat to the health and well-being of both animals and humans. 



As the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!


Cat Training

Jun 23, 2012

Training a cat?  Okay, maybe your cat won't do parlor tricks but it is possible to teach your cat some basic good behavior.