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.

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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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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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 3, 2015

New Year's Wishes

So cute - so sweet - so many that need homes!
Credit abcrumley [Flickr]

Current statistics indicate only 2 or 3  of the kittens in the picture will be adopted - the others will be euthanized because there are not enough homes.   The answer is not more more homes, but fewer kittens (and puppies) born into a society where there are just too many already!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 27, 2014

New Year's Resolutions for Pets

Happy new year - really??
Credit faith goble [Flickr]

Our pets may not enjoy celebrating the new year as much as we might, what with all the loud fireworks and other noise, but it's a good time to think about ways we can make life better for our best friend with a few resolutions that can benefit both them and us!

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8:45 am
Sat December 20, 2014

The Animals at the Manger

The Animals at the Manger
Credit Waiting for the Word [Flickr]

Including our furry friends in our Christmas celebrations is not so far-fetched when you consider that almost every nativity scene you see today includes animals.  After all, Baby Jesus was born in their house, a stable.  So, Merry Christmas to all the members of your household!

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8:45 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Home for the Holidays - Pet-Style

Ahhh, now this is home for the holidays!
Credit kvanhorn (Kyle Van Horn) [Flickr]

A pet can be one of the best gifts, but it should never be a surprise.  In fact, it's a good idea to have the whole family involved in deciding to adopt a new best friend, and then in choosing the pet.  Visit your local shelter or rescue group today - you might make this Christmas bright for one lucky animal!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Traveling During the Holidays

Waiting for the sitter to come by for a visit
Credit Oleg [Flickr]

If you can't take your pet along on your holiday vacation, consider either boarding it or finding a pet sitter.  Choose carefully, because you want your best friend to be safe and happy while you are away.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 29, 2014

12 Ways to Keep Pet Safe at Christmas

You can keep us safe this Christmas!
Credit JOE-3PO (Joseph Vasquez) [Flickr] / Joseph Vasquez Photography

Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions.  So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.

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8:45 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving and Our Pets

Are you gonna eat all that?
Credit Eric T. Morris [Flickr]

It might be tempting to include your best friend when you sit down to the table this Thanksgiving, but some things on your plate could harm your furry buddy.  Be careful and choose treats that are pet-friendly and will make you both thankful for tasty morsels and great companionship!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Static Electricity and Your Pet

Petting me now could shock both of us!
Credit Kristin (Kerotab) [Flickr}

When the humidity level in your home drops to 30% or lower, static electricity can make you and your furry friend uncomfortable.  In fact, just stroking your pet's fur could result in a little shock for both of you.  Bathing your pet with moisturizing shampoo (one approved for use on pets) and increasing the moisture in the air can help remedy the problem.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 8, 2014

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week 2014

Shelter animals do not need pity - they need good forever homes!
Credit Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter [FaceBook]

Animal shelter workers and rescue volunteers are the unsung heroes of the pet world, because without them many animals would never have the chance to find a new home.  This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, but thankfully these dedicated folks are helping our four-footed friends all year long!

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8:45 am
Sat November 1, 2014

2014 American Hero Dog

Susie is top dog for 2014!
Credit American Humane Association [Facebook]

Everybody loves a Cinderella story, and that's exactly what this is - a puppy so badly beaten that she should not be alive, who grew up to become a friendly loving therapy dog bringing hope and inspiration to all she meets!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Halloween and Pets 2014

Cute costume - I hope the dog's name is Cookie!
Credit istolethetv [Flickr]

What is it about Halloween that makes us want to dress ourselves and our four-footed companions in costumes?   Some pets love it, some don't mind too much and others can be totally stressed by Halloween.  It's up to you to make sure your best friend is safe and comfortable, whatever the holiday.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Adopt a Faithful Friend

Adopt one of my friends and you'll get kisses every day!
Credit Katie@! (Katie Brady) [Flickr]

There are lots of good reasons for adopting a dog, especially during October, which is Adopt-a-Dog Month.  There are also lots of good reasons for supporting Alabama Public Radio - and surprisingly the reasons are very similar.  Either way you get a faithful friend!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

(Too) Playful Dog

Poodles can be high-energy dogs.
Credit Greg Westfall [Flickr]

One of the most common reasons given for surrendering a dog to an animal shelter is behavior problems.  Training a pet can make it a better companion and give it the best chance for a happy life in a forever home.

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