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.

Dog Flu Epidemic

Apr 18, 2015
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!


Bark in the Park

Apr 11, 2015
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).


The Easter Bunny Quiz

Apr 4, 2015
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!


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!


Springtime Pet Babies

Mar 21, 2015
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!


The Irish Cat

Mar 14, 2015
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!


Sleeping Cats

Mar 7, 2015
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.


World Spay Day 2015

Feb 28, 2015

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.


Dental Health for Pets

Feb 21, 2015
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.


Valentine Pets

Feb 14, 2015
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!


Israel Cats

Feb 7, 2015
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.


Cat Show

Jan 31, 2015
Patty Ritchie [Flickr]

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


Arthritis in Pets

Jan 24, 2015
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!


Babies and Pets

Jan 17, 2015
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.


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.


New Year's Wishes

Jan 3, 2015
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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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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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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


(Too) Playful Dog

Oct 11, 2014
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.


When a Pet Owner Dies

Oct 4, 2014
NatalieMaynor [Flickr]

As responsible pet owners, we try to take good care of our pets, but if you're not there anymore who will look after your best friend?


Targeted T-N-R Works!

Sep 27, 2014
Nakae [Flickr]

Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return helps reduce and stabilize the feral cat population.