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 October 27, 2012

Pets and Halloween - Maybe Not Such a Great Combination

Pumpkin Dog
Credit 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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Saving the Rottweilers

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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Come Home to APR

I'm so glad you're home!
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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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat October 6, 2012

October Is Adopt-a-Dog Month!

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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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Hero Dog Awards - Vote Now!

Hero Dog Awards
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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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat September 22, 2012

World Rabies Day 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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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Ow! The Cat Bit Me!

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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Walking the Dog

brixton

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!

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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Pets in a Disaster

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.


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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat August 25, 2012

2012 Hero Dog Awards, Part 4

Hero Dog Awards
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.


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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat August 18, 2012

2012 Hero Dog Awards, Part 3

Hero Dog Awards
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.


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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Hero Dog Awards, Part 2

Hero Dog Awards
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.

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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat August 4, 2012

2012 Hero Dog Awards, Part 1

2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards
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!

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Arts & Life
8:45 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Pets Can Make Babies Healthier

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.

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Arts & Life
7:45 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Mayor Stubbs

Wikipedia

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

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