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.

Halloween and Your Pet

Oct 26, 2013
www.petsadviser.com

Halloween can be a fun time for people and pets, as long as the humans make sure their furry buddies are comfortable and safe!

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This is the week for Halloween, with all the costumes and decorations and yummy candy and other treats. Like so many other celebrations we enjoy, this one can pose some very real hazards for our pets.

Adopt-a-Dog Month

Oct 19, 2013
Kazinvan

Probably one of the things that makes dogs so appealing to us humans is that they have a natural smile.  That and the fact that they make such great companions!

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The month of October is Adopt-a-Dog Month. To help celebrate the occasion, let’s consider the American Humane Association’s list of the Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog From Your local animal shelter or animal rescue group.

Number ten on the list - You’ll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again.

Kristine Paulus

The government shutdown affected even our four-footed friends, but don't let a funding crisis affect Alabama Public Radio - donate today!

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NatalieMaynor

St. Francis of Assisi was a thirteenth century friar who left a legacy of love and compassion for all living creatures.  Churches and schools are named for him and statues of him adorn public places and private gardens.  He would be pleased to know that eight centuries later he is the inspiration for the annual blessing of the animals.

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World Rabies Day 2013

Sep 28, 2013
couscouschocolat [fllickr]

Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely.  Every year there are still one or two human deaths  from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported. 

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Dog and Owner Reunion

Sep 21, 2013
Rob Kleine (flickr)

Golden Retrievers are popular dogs - friendly, intelligent, energetic, and very loyal to their humans.   When circumstances separated Mary Ellen Frazier from her dog, Bailey, it comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with this breed that both were anxious to find each other again.

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Karin Dalziel

If you rescue an orphaned or injured wild animal in Alabama you could find yourself in a sticky situation, especially if it's one of the seven species that are no longer allowed to be cared for and rehabilitated under the new regulations.  

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Guard Cat

Sep 7, 2013
Derek Bridges

Guard dog?  Not in this home - there's a guard cat on duty, defending her human and foiling a would-be burglar!

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American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

In the world of Search and Rescue operations, dogs have a very special place.  their keen sense of smell, excellent night vision, extremely sensitive hearing and endurance have made them crucial in efforts to locate people who are missing or trapped.

American Humane Association

The 2013 Hero Dog Awards seeks to find and recognize dogs who help people in many important ways.  Dogs are nominated in one of eight categories:  Service Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

The Service Dog category includes animals that assist people with disabilities other than sight and hearing.  Most have received special training.

Missing Rufus

Aug 3, 2013
Mindy Norton

When a family member dies, people grieve, even when that family member is a pet.  But humans are not the only ones in the family who grieve the loss.

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T-N-R

Jul 27, 2013
Don DeBold (donjd2 - Flickr)

Usually the spay-neuter message is aimed at people who need to have their pets surgically altered.  But often the cats that we see clearly do not have owners.  Volunteers and organizations are using an approach that solves several issues at the same time.

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OakleyOriginals

Even as hot as it is now in the summertime, your pet still wants to play!  Be careful, because your furry friend may become overheated - and that could lead to tragic consequences.

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Summertime heat can pose a serious health risk for our pets. It’s usually a combination of the temperature and the humidity in the air that creates the danger, because of the way a pet’s body rids itself of excess heat.

The Dog House

Jul 13, 2013
Tejas Prints (Cassandra Gallegos-Moore)

Summer is a good time to take a close look at your outdoor pet's dog house, to see if it is really an adequate shelter for your pet to get some relief from the elements.

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Freedom for Pets

Jul 6, 2013
Randy Son of Robert (Randy Robertson)

What does freedom mean for our pets?  Even for humans, freedom does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want.  For the animals that share our lives, we can give them freedom to enjoy their lives in safety and comfort, as our best friends and loyal companions.  And that's something worth celebrating!

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Mindy Norton

Heartworms can be life-threatening for pets.  Most pet owners know they can give their dogs a preventative periodically to protect them from heartworms.  But cats are also at risk and need to be protected, as well.

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Heartworms? In cats?? Most people think heartworms are a dog problem, not a cat problem. Unfortunately, that’s just not so. Cats can get heartworms; and as with dogs, it can be fatal to our feline friends as well.

Summer's Heating Up!

Jun 22, 2013
Gareth Williams

A little planning and a little common sense - that's all it takes to keep your pet safe and healthy during the hot summertime!

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Adopt-a-Cat Checklist

Jun 15, 2013
Gail Frederick (gailf548 - flikr)

More cats and kittens are surrendered to animal shelters during June than during any other month of the year.  Whether you want a kitten or an older cat, you'll find lots to choose from right now at your local animal shelter. 

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Storm Planning

Jun 8, 2013
julesagogo (flickr)

By the time the storm rolls in, you might start scrambling to locate everything you need for you and your pet.  Having a plan that includes supplies already set aside can help you not only weather the storm successfully but do it together.

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waterboard (flickr)

The wind in your face, your ears blowing back, all those smells coming at once - riding in a car with its head out the window is so much fun for your dog, but such a BAD idea! 

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Tornado Aftermath

May 25, 2013
Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals Facebook page

Stories of loss and sadness and devastation mix with stories of happiness and relief as loved ones are reunited in the aftermath of the tornado.  That includes reunions between humans and their animal companions, many thanks to online postings by organizations and individuals helping to make happy endings possible.

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Susan Snowden

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, a time for  pet owners to be aware of the threat of cancer in their furry friends and ways they can minimize the risk.

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Happy (?) Mother's Day

May 11, 2013
tikicat90 (Rachel Larson)

Being kind to animals is more than just an idea.  It's a way of treating them with respect and encouraging others to do the same.  That would include making sure that our own pets are spayed or neutered to help prevent the problem of pet overpopulation.

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K-9 Comfort Dogs

May 4, 2013
Lutheran Church Charities

Have you ever hugged your pet, buried your face in its fur, and found comfort and acceptance there?  If so, then you can appreciate the mission of these special dogs - trained to be hugged and petted, to comfort and console humans who are struggling to cope with their emotional reactions in the aftermath of a disaster.

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The Bay Area's News Station

In many disasters, there are both human and animal victims.  After the fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas, people and organizations came from near and far to help those who were affected, whether they walked on two legs or four.

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Faithful Companions

Apr 20, 2013
Jason Norris

Who wouldn't like a faithful companion who will be attentive and loyal and follow you anywhere?   All you have to do it tune in!

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KNorton

Most folks know that expenses related to the care and well-being of a pet are not deductible on an individual's income tax return.  Or are they? 

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With the deadline coming up for filing personal income tax returns, a lot of us are looking for deductions wherever we can find them.

More than one pet owner has thought about deducting a few extra medical expenses for those veterinary bills last year. After all, the vet is a “doctor” and your pet is a member of the family – a dependent, really, in the truest sense of the word.

Elsie esq. (Les Chatfield)

If your pet is biting at its feet or fur, or scratching its ears, this time of year the problem may be a seasonal allergy.

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