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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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tainted Pet Treats

This chewy treat isn't from China, is it?
Credit Gamma Man (Eli Christman) [Flickr]

About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.  New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Tara the Hero Cat

The hero cat herself - Tara!
Credit "Tara Hero Cat - Official" Facebook page

Many of us refer to our pets as our best friends, but a 4-year-old boy can claim his cat is not only his best friend but his hero.  She proved that the human-animal bond is strong, and that cats can be just as loyal and protective as their canine counterparts!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Are you my mother?
Credit ifindkarma (Adam Rifkin) [Flickr]

In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience.  Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.  This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.   Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Puppy and Kitten Season

Seven lucky puppies - they're up for adoption!
Credit penreyes [Flickr]

The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.  (The unlucky ones never made it that far.)  But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.  That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.  

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Autism and Pets

Xena checks out what Jonny is reading.
Credit Xena the Warrior Puppy Facebook page

For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction.  A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Easter Dangers for Pets

No, No, little kitty - stay away from those tulips!!
Credit kishbee [Flickr]

Easter is another holiday that can be a wonderful occasion for humans, but filled with dangers for our pets.  It's up to us to make sure our best friends are protected from things that can harm them. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Easter Bunny

Rabbits are cute and make great house pets!
Credit antaean [Flickr]

Live Easter bunnies grow up to become rabbits.  Are you ready for a rabbit as a pet? 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fire Dog Wins Monument Madness

Sadie with her likeness at the National Fire Dog Monument
Credit State Farm

The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend.  Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Puppies and Kittens

Are we going to the shelter?
Credit abcrumley [Flickr]

Puppy and kitten season is almost here, and shelters will be overrun with more cute adoptable pets than there are available homes.  You can make a difference!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Book Buddies

Book Buddies in action
Credit Animal Rescue League of Berks County [FaceBook]

Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children.  That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Routines and Pets

Has anybody else noticed what time it is?
Credit Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

Your four-footed friend may not be able to tell time, but don't think they haven't figured out your daily routine.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

A Pet's Nose

A dog's nose - so functional, and so unique!
Credit jarapet [Flickr]

Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Dogs Afraid of Thunder

Spanky is calm in his Thundershirt!
Credit DiamondBonz [Flickr]

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Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)?  Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response.  So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 22, 2014

World Spay Day

Tuesday, February 25th, is World Spay Day!
Credit WorldSpayDay.org

Spaying female pets and neutering male pets is the most reliable way to prevent the births of companion animals that continue to add the the problem of pet overpopulation.  World Spay Day reminds us that this is not a local problem but a global one.  And every pet owner can help to do something about it!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 15, 2014

And the Winner Is...

A handsome Labrador Retriever, ready to play!
Credit saly9258 [Flickr]

It may be a Wire Fox Terrier that won the hearts of the judges at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, but it's the Labrador Retriever that has won the hearts of people all across the country.

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