Speaking of Pets

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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.

Bark in the Park 2018

Apr 21, 2018
Bark in the Park [Facebook]

Humans and their furry friends are invited to the 5th Annual Bark in the Park Fundraiser benefitting the Will May Dog Park, part of Sokol Park on Watermelon Road in Tuscaloosa.  There will be live music, food trucks, a Pet Parade, children's activities, dogs available for adoption, and much more! 

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First Aid for Pets

Apr 14, 2018
theopie [Flickr]

Knowing what to do for a pet in an emergency can make  a big difference.  For example, applying a splint may seem easy, but done incorrectly, it could do more harm than good.  Learn the basics for pet first aid so you can help your four-legged friend in need.

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Indi Samarajiva [Flickr]

Taking care of your furry friend makes for a great relationship with a faithful companion.  Taking care of your favorite public radio station makes for great listening.  If only a few people do it, it can be expensive, but if a lot of us do it, it will be healthy  -and affordable!

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Easter with Pets

Mar 31, 2018
stacydubuc [Flickr]

So much of what we enjoy about the Easter celebration can mean trouble for our best friends.  Almost everything in the Easter basket should be kept away from our pets, and much of the food on our table, including anything with grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, avocados.  Uncooked breads containing yeast also should be kept away from an animal that likes to sneak a taste or two.   Enjoy the holiday, but remember to keep your furry buddy safe to help celebrate all year long.

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Pets Are Living Longer

Mar 24, 2018
Mindy Norton

Our cat, Sasha, benefited from the expertise of a veterinary specialist who performed major surgery to remove many kidney stones.  Today she is doing just fine, thanks to a wonderful team of doctors - her local veterinarian who diagnosed the problem and the specialist who did such a great job with her surgery.

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Irish Pets

Mar 17, 2018
Martin Hasketh [Flickr]

Knowing the history of a pet's breed and the purpose for which it was originally bred can help you appreciate the animal.  The Kerry Blue Terrier was originally bred to hunt rabbits and foxes; it would also herd cattle and sheep.  It is a hardy, devoted and playful friend.

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Mindy Norton

We are fortunate to have a friend who takes care of our furry friends when we are away.  It's really a personal choice but if she were not available, I would probably consider hiring an experienced pet sitter.

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American Humane Association [Facebook]

In 1877, representatives from 27 humane organizations met in Cleveland, Ohio and started what would become the American Humane Association.  Go online to AmericanHumane.org and look at the history tab to see a year-by-year list of their accomplishments and activities!  It is a vivid picture of how the humane movement has evolved over the years!


Spay Day 2018

Feb 24, 2018
Humane Society of the United States

Spaying and neutering saves lives.  With fewer puppies and kittens being born and crowding the shelters, a homeless pet will have a better opportunity to find a new home and a caring owner!

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senior planning (Jacob Edward) [Flickr]

Poor dental health for your pet can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, common dental issues for your best friend.  It is estimated that most pets show signs of periodontal disease as early as three years old.  Regular checkups and good dental care can help to insure that your pet stays healthy, and keep you both smiling,

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stevendepolo (Steven Depolo) [Flickr]

If you are concerned for your pet's safety, do not put its name on the collar or ID tag.  An animal may be more receptive and willing to go with a stranger that knows its name.  And remember - unattended means unsafe when it comes to your best friend.

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The Flu - in Dogs

Feb 3, 2018
lizasperling [Flickr]

With the flu season being especially difficult for humans this year, concern is growing about the threat of dog flu.  Yes, dogs have their own strain of flu, not contagious to humans but very easily spread to other dogs and even to cats.  The advice is the same for your dog as it is for you - get the flu shot.

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Naming the Cat

Jan 27, 2018
Mindy Norton

This is Gypsy.  If you look closely, you will see her "tipped" left ear.  The tip was surgically removed to indicate she has already been spayed, to alert anyone who might find her, to prevent unnecessary surgery in the future.  

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Kerri Lee Smith [Flickr]

Shelter workers and rescue groups make a major difference for animals every day.  Folks who make contributions  or volunteer allow them to continue helping pets.  Pitch in today to change the life of pets - you may find your own life has changed for the better, too!

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ihynz7 (Irina Hynes) [Flickr]

Most cats love to play, and it doesn't require a lot of expensive toys.  A piece of string might do nicely.  For dogs, all you need is a leash to take your four-footed friend for a nice walk, or a ball to throw and chase.  What matters is doing something you both enjoy - together!

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Remembering a Friend

Jan 6, 2018
MJN-SAH

Prissy was an American Snowshoe cat, a breed based on a cross with a Siamese cat.  You see the seal point markings and white feet, both of which are specific to her breed.  She had at least two owners who loved her - one advertised to find her a new home, and one gave her a chance to live out her life as a loved pet.

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Ferlinka Borzoi (Deb West) [Flickr]

The end of every year gives us a chance to consider what went right or wrong in the past, and how we might do better for ourselves and our furry companions going forward.  It's a great opportunity to hit the reset button and try to make the coming year a better one for all!

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Animals at the Manger

Dec 23, 2017
Mindy Norton

Lacey, our little Calico cat, showed up at our house just before Christmas several years ago.  It was cold, and she was so grateful to come inside and get warm that she fell asleep in my lap - a stranger's lap, no less.  She is our reminder that Christmas is a time for sharing and caring!

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Hanukkah Pets

Dec 16, 2017
isfullofcrap (R Crap Mariner) [Flickr]

Traditions are an important part of life, but keeping our best friends safe is a vital part of preparation for any celebration.  You can still enjoy the holidays and observances and make small adjustments to protect the furry members of the family.

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Jo (Shutter Paws Perth) [Flickr]

Adopting a pet at Christmas gives both pet and new owner a special gift that keeps giving all year long.  If you have room in your life for a new four-footed buddy, adopt one today and share Christmas with your best friend!

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ishane (Shane Adams) [Flickr]

Giving our pet a treat pleases us as owners.  How devastating it must be to give your dog a chew bone treat to be enjoyed, and find out that special treat made your furry buddy sick or even endangered its life.  It's up to us to keep our best friends safe!

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dikman (Igor Dykman( [Flickr]

Keeping your pet safe during the holidays begins with choosing decorations carefully, and making sure you don't create an environment that will tempt your furry friend to get into trouble.  Remember, Santa may be watching!

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muppet (liz west) / [Flickr]

Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around eating, but a lot of the food we enjoy can pose health risks for our furry friends.  Protecting your pet from some of the common food hazards can help to keep you at home enjoying family, friends and football, and not making an emergency trip to the veterinarian!

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Dave Parker [Flickr]

Until we are able to control the pet overpopulation problem, we will have a need for animal shelters, and for the dedicated people who work or volunteer there.  

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Adopt a Senior Pet

Nov 4, 2017
Mindy Norton

Dogs tend to show their age because their muzzles go gray.  It's harder to tell with cats.  A cat may never go gray (unless that's its original color, like Sasha here) but its fur may thin out and it may move a little slower as it ages.  But older pets make the best companions!

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American Humane Association [Facebook]

As the Hallmark Channel says, the Hero Dog Awards "is a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable ways they enrich protect and save lives every day...often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things."  

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Talking to My Dog

Oct 21, 2017
Roy Montgomery [Flickr]

When talking to your dog, it's not just what you say but how you say it.  Using praising words in an upbeat, positive tone of voice, activates your furry friend's pleasure center.  What a great thing to do for your best friend!

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ASPCA's Find Your Fido

Oct 14, 2017
daveparker [Flickr]

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month, the perfect time to find a new companion to keep you company.  You'll be a hero to your new friend by saving its life and giving it a loving home.  You may not change the world, but it can make a world of difference for one dog.

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs [Facebook]

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have an amazing sense to know when someone is hurting.  People sense the dog's gentle spirit and find unconditional acceptance and peace when they are hurting or grieving.   There is something so therapeutic about hugging a dog.

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Gypsy, the Feral Cat

Sep 30, 2017
Mindy Norton

Gypsy's tortoiseshell coloring helps her blend in to her surroundings.   She is one of the fortunate ones that was probably a stray and managed to figure out how to get along on her own - with the help of a few friends.  Never abandon your pet in hopes that it can survive in the wild.

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