Speaking of Pets

Saturdays at 8:59 a.m.

Speaking of Pets with host Mindy Norton is for people who care about pets and about humane treatment for animals in general, and who want to celebrate that special relationship between us and our animal companions.

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8:45 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Dog Flu Epidemic

Dogs greet each other in the park
Credit NightRStar (Roman Soto) [Flickr]

Dogs are naturally social animals, but during the dog flu epidemic it might be up to you to keep it company.  After all, that's what best friends are for!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park!
Credit Tuscaloosa Bark in the Park [Facebook]

Free admission, free dog wash, fun, games, contests, all in a great dog park created for humans and their canine friends to enjoy.  Just be sure your pet is at least four months old and on a leash (for your best friend's safety).

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 4, 2015

The Easter Bunny Quiz

A tisket, a tasket, a bunny in the basket!
Credit Mike Procario [Flickr]

How much do you know about caring for rabbits?  Take this little quiz to see if you really might want a rabbit as a pet because, like it or not, that cute baby Easter bunny will be a full-grown rabbit before you know it!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

A Dog's Place in the House

Ahh, now this is cozy!
Credit Taro the Shiba Inu [Flickr]

How a pet fits into your household and into your life is often an evolving relationship, much like most of the other personalities that fill our lives!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Springtime Pet Babies

Spring has sprung!
Credit Jessica Favaro [Flickr]

Puppies and kittens are so cute, and so plentiful in the Spring - too plentiful. in fact.  If you are considering adopting a new pet, this is the perfect time of year because so many are available and looking for a home!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 14, 2015

The Irish Cat

Of course I'm Irish - at least one day a year, anyway!
Credit Sister72 {Flickr]

On the Isle of Man, the home of origin for the Manx cat, some folks still use the term "stubbin" to refer to the felines without a tail.  Throughout their history they have been valued as rodent hunters, but today they are prized as great pets!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Sleeping Cats

Rufus and Lacey, hanging out together!
Credit Mindy Norton

Finding the perfect bed for your cat can sometimes be a challenge.  Often a cat will choose it's own place to sleep, and that may change from one day to the next, or even one hour to the next.  Still, providing your feline friend with a comfortable bed of its own may provide a feeling of security for your furry buddy.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 28, 2015

World Spay Day 2015

World Spay Day
Credit WorldSpayDay.Org

If you want to help reduce the problem of pet overpopulation, begin by having your own pet spayed or neutered . Once you have done that, perhaps you might be willing to support efforts in your community to spay and neuter strays and feral animals.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Dental Health for Pets

Check out my pearly white teeth!
Credit Helena Jacoba [Flickr]

Pet breath may never smell particularly fresh to us humans, but it should not be really odorous.  But good dental health for pets is about more than the smell; it's about making sure your best friend is healthy from nose to tail.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Valentine Pets

Happy Valentine's Day!
Credit DianaDesignsNY and the Gs [Flickr}

The bond that develops between human and pet has been the subject of study and even research.  It's real, on both sides, and most of us call it love because English does not have a different word to describe the special feelings we develop for our furry friends - and they for us!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Israel Cats

Cat sitting in the Jericho sunshine
Credit Mindy Norton

Stray or feral cats pose a number of problems for their human neighbors, including unpleasant odors and noisy encounters between the animals.  TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) has proven effective in reducing the problems, but one organization in Israel has an enhanced approach to improving the situation for both humans and cats.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Cat Show

Ready for grooming at the cat show
Credit Patty Ritchie [Flickr]

What do you get when you have more than 250 cats in one room?  A great cat show! 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Arthritis in Pets

There may be gray on my face but there is play in my heart.
Credit jumpinjimmyjava (Jimmy Brown {Flickr]

As our pets age, they may have to deal with some of the same infirmities that we humans face as we grow older.  Just because the body may not move as fast or as easily as before, your furry companion is still your best friend!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Babies and Pets

Making friends!
Credit Laura Libert [Flickr]

The bond between a child and a pet is special - when it starts off the right way for both baby and animal. Give your furry buddy a chance to bond with its new little human friend and you can watch a great relationship develop that will be remembered for a lifetime.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Cold Weather Protection for Your Pet

Pets need shelter in cold weather.
Credit WOWK 13 NEWS (Charleston, WV) [FaceBook]

A lot of folks complain about the cold weather during the winter months, but what about our pets?  They need to stay warm when the temperatures drop into the frigid zone.  Make some arrangements to protect your best friend from winter's icy blast.

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