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.

Elsie esq. (Les Chatfield)

If your pet is biting at its feet or fur, or scratching its ears, this time of year the problem may be a seasonal allergy.

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Danger in a Basket

Mar 30, 2013
AlishaV (Alisha Vargas)

Easter baskets make us smile, with all the pretty colors and yummy goodies and treats.  The sweet-smelling candies and chocolate are tantalizing to a pet's sensitive nose and that Easter grass wiggling in the breeze entices a curious pet.  Plan now to keep your four-footed friend safe from the dangers that lurk inside (and outside) that basket this Easter.

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Erkka P (Erkka Piirainen)

Seasonal pets are rarely a good idea for either the humans or the animals.  That includes the baby chicks and bunnies that are so popular at Easter.   They may be cute and fuzzy but they come with certain requirements for basic care, and a commitment for years, not just days or weeks!

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Pets Can Be Irish, Too

Mar 16, 2013
typeocats.blogspot.com

DNA tests are now available to find out what your pet's breed heritage really is, but on St. Patrick's Day that doesn't really matter.  What's important is that you are Irish in spirit!

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Pit Bull Hero

Mar 9, 2013
Steph Skardal

The Pit Bull is really not a separate breed but one of several, or even a combination of two or more.  Because they have been used and abused as fighting animals, some communities have banned them.  But people who really know these dogs will tell you what wonderful pets they can be. 

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Safe At Home

Mar 2, 2013
TexasDarkHorse

Keeping an animal as a pet brings with it certain responsibilities.  One of those is to make sure your furry family member is safe and protected.

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Pet Arithmetic

Feb 23, 2013
Humane Society of the United States

Early in life we learn  to count and to do simple arithmetic, but there's nothing simple about counting the animals - dogs, cats, and even rabbits - who are victims of the pet overpopulation problem.

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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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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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Cat Show

Jan 26, 2013
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!

Dog Flu

Jan 19, 2013
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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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.

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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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Happy (Safe) New Year!

Dec 29, 2012
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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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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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.

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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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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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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. 

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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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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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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.

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istolethetv

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.

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Saving the Rottweilers

Oct 20, 2012
Dawrky

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

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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?

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Don Bergquist

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

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American Humane Association

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

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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.

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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...

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