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Animal Radio® Show #503 July 25, 2009


Jay Thomas

You may remember Jay Thomas from Mr. Holland’s Opus, Mork & Mindy or Cheers.  But his biggest role was the Best Man at Hal’s many weddings!  Jay was a smart "Best Man," as he always saved the receipts for any wedding gifts he bought Hal! 

We ask Jay the question we have been asking many of our listeners:  Do you let the pet in the bed with you?  Jay states that he has always had either a cat or a dog in the bed with him and his wife over the last 20 years.   And to make a long story short, I believe his cat is now undergoing therapy!

Jay is a big animal lover and is a fan of flies.  Yes, flies!  He feels they provide a service.  If he finds one in his home, he will actually take it outside.  When asked how he catches them - Jay states using a hand-held vac is a great way to catch and release them.  It is also a fun form of entertainment!

Jay currently hosts The Jay Thomas Show M-TH 3pm - 6pm on Sirius XM Stars Too (SIRIUS channel 108, XM channel 139).  Also look for Jay in his upcoming move, “Pool Boy” which will be out in mid-August.


Memoirs of a Furry Genius

Dennis Fried, Small Dog, Big Life

This is the second book that Genevieve, who is a Papillion, has “barktated” to her human, Dr. Dennis Fried.   Dennis then translates it into English. 

We felt a little let down that Genevieve wasn’t there for the interview, but Dennis apologized for her and told us that she had been “clubbing” all night, as she was on the prowl for an old dog with money!  Genevieve didn’t want to get out of bed, so she asked Dennis to be her spokes-human.

Since Genevieve wasn’t there, Dennis could speak a little more freely.  In fact, his said that most of Genevieve’s barktating was of complaints about us dumb humans and the way we treat dogs!

Also, Genevieve doesn’t like some of our sayings that insult dogs such as “dog-gone-it,” why can’t we say squirrel-gone-it?  If you’re not feeling well, you’re “sick as a dog.”  The restaurant is going to the dogs.  You’re “dog tired” and if you are so tired, why do you take a “cat nap?”  Not fit for a dog, etc.  And when things are going perfectly well, humans say, “It’s the cat’s meow!” 

Needless to say, Genevieve is totally against felines.   She likes kittens who are very playful.  However, she doesn’t believe that something this cute, sweet, cuddly and fun can actually grow up into a cat!

There are many tips for dogs in Genevieve’s book from how to throw up in cars (do it between the seats so it can’t be seen) to some her most devious tricks-of-the trade.

Denny warns anyone who gets the book – not to let your dogs read it!  They will surely be ruined as family pets if they do!


Dr. Jim Humphries - Veterinary Minute

Brochure Spotlights Indoor Dangers to Pets

We assume our homes are the safest places for our pets.  When in fact, potentially fatal dangers lurk on countertops, inside cabinets and behind closed doors and grow inside planters.   Pet owners often do not realize that dogs can crush and open any childproof prescription vial.  This highlights the fact that poison proofing a home for a dog requires even more attention to detail than for a toddler.   And remember that only flea and tick products labeled for cats can be safely used on cats.  Mistakes have been deadly.  In 2005, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center managed over 100,000 cases involving animals exposed to just about every substance imaginable.   Veterinarians are now working with the AVMA to help educate people about the potential hazards that may be present in their pet’s everyday environment.  A new brochure heightens pet’s owner’s awareness of substances and objects that can sicken pets.  From pennies and plants to human prescriptions, and helps pet owners reduce or eliminate pet access and exposure to health threats.  For more information, visit the ASPCA Poison Control website, at



Vladae, The "World Famous" Russian Dog Wizard

Dachshund Fights With Larger Dogs

This 17-year-old Dachshund fights with a 7-month old Labrador, as she feels she is the alpha dog.  She is a little dog with a big attitude.  Vladae tells people to forget about the Pit Bulls, do you know what dog is the biggest threat?  It is the Dachshund.  Dachshunds bite people more than any other breed of dog.   Right now, the guardian places the dogs in separate rooms when they fight.  Vladae states that this is not going to work, as there needs to be consequences.  Both dogs need to be corrected from this type of behavior.  Get a soda can and place some pennies in it with tape over the opening.  When the dogs misbehave, sharply drop it on the floor and make a loud noise to startle them.   You can also use the Pet Convincer, which is a combination of air and sound, to startle them.    Next, use the Herm Sprenger prong collar, with quick release, which mimics what nature intended - mommy’s teeth, on the Labrador.  The key is to have the leash slack and never pull on it.  You need to teach the lab patience and tolerance when around the Dachshund.  Work with him with basic commands inside the house in the presence of the Dachshund.  Also, take him outside and run him back and forth.  Make him a tired dog – a tired dog is a good dog!

Great Pyrenees Is Afraid Of Thunder

This 200-pound Great Pyrenees puppy is smart but strong willed and afraid of thunderstorms.  He is in a fenced yard and also has an electronic collar.  He also likes to greet people by jumping on them.  Vladae likes the Great Pyrenees breed and feels they make a great pet.  However, they are a large and strong dog, so if you are considering one, make sure that they are socialized and trained at an early age.

Train him in the backyard when he is afraid.  Training is not just about training, but training is about establishing that you are the boss when he is insecure.  If you are a secure leader, he will become a secure follower. Train him by using the Herm Sprenger prong collar, with quick release, which mimics what nature intended, mommy’s teeth!  The key is to have the leash slack and never pull on it.  When you want to redirect your dog, just snap the leash.  This way, the dog will worry about you and what you want, instead of the thunder, as he can’t worry about two things at once!  Don’t baby him or use baby talk when he is afraid, as this will reinforce his behavior. 

You also need to stop the jumping with a magic wand and then redirect him to his dog bed with the “place” command.  The magic wand is the Pet Convincer, which is a combination of air and sound.   Push the button when the dog is jumping, he stops and then you tell him “place.”  While doing this, place a 6-foot leash on him so that you can physically direct him to his bed, which is his “place.”  After about 5 minutes, if he is calm in his bed, he can then get up and approach your visitors. 

Housetraining a Stray Dachshund Mix

This dog just showed up at this lady’s home a couple of months ago and she is now faced with the problem of housetraining her.   She thinks the dog is around 2 years of age.  She has been putting her in a crate, taking her out, and then lets her have free roam of the house when she comes back in after eliminating outside.   When the dog eliminates in the house, she then immediately takes her outside.  This behavior may be confusing to the dog, as the dog may feel that when she wants to go out, she needs to eliminate in the house!  Vladae suggests taking her out 5-6 times per day to go to the bathroom.  When doing this, ALWAYS go out the same door.  When she comes back in and you can’t watch her as a hawk, place her in the crate.  You may have to do this about 2-3 months before she gets the hang of it. Make sure you clean all areas where he has eliminated so he won’t return to them.


Vinnie Penn, Animal Radio's Resident Party Animal

Llamas at the Pumpkin Patch

I took my daughter and my son, I have a son too, his name is Luke and he is 2-years old, out to the Pumpkin Patch, way back when just before Halloween.  And it was interesting because that had llamas there, which half of the day I spent calling “Yamas,” until finally an irritated parent corrected me. 

My children were fascinated by the llamas behind the fence. 

They had scheduled times when you could see the llamas, which I thought was great because they would say at such and such an hour bring the kids by and they would bring a llama out.  So we did it twice, because my kids wanted to go back and see the llamas a second time.  They were so fascinated by this creature, as they should be.  And, I want my children to be fascinated by animals.  But it seemed as if the Pumpkin Patch scheduled the times that the llama would come out with his bowel movements times, because every time the llama came out, he defecated right in front of all of the children and parents. 

Couldn’t they have gauged or gotten a better handle on exactly when the llama would be having a bathroom break and bring him out afterwards?   No matter how cute I tried to cover it by saying, “look Luke, there’s the mama llama – eewww!”

What Is Your Next Pet?

I have been discussing what the next pet is for the Penn household, and I’m thinking a bird. I had a bird when I was a kid, Harry; we named him after the mailman, the good old days of Americana, of life in the suburbs, when you named your pets after the mailman or the milkman.  Now, he is just someone you suspect is sleeping with your wife.   But again, this isn’t about me!

So, I’m thinking the bird thing.  It’s a wonderful pet and a lot of fun.  You can lug the cage around, and we have a beautiful deck in the house and we bring the cage out when we are all sitting by the pool.  One problem that I’ve had with a lot of my friends who have had birds over the years, when did it become par for the course that if you have a bird; you teach it to tell bad jokes or to cuss?  For the life of me, I just can’t understand this.  This is not the point of having a pet.  It’s like these people who have dogs now that they teach to attack.  This isn’t the point.  We don’t have pets to teach them to be belligerent or aggressive. If we have pets, we teach them to love and to give love to and to get love from, that age-old unconditional love.

Several years back I visited a friend of a friend, and he’s like, “Hey, this is my bird Tequila.”   I mean that alone, you named him Tequila?  And the bird is like “*******.”Everybody was just cracking up in the kitchen.  These are the guys who clearly sat around in the dorm room and marveled at the pet snakes someone had munching on a rat or a mouse.  We don’t get birds to teach them to cuss or to tell jokes. 

I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong?



Animal Minute With Britt Savage

If You don’t Vote – You Can’t Complain Says Toby the Dog

It was almost inevitable New Zealand's election would turn into a dog fight when you look at one of the country's 2.83 million voters - Toby the Jack Russell terrier.  Toby became a registered voter when his owner, Peter Rhodes of Queenstown, completed an enrollment form in the dog's name, giving his occupation as "rodent exterminator" and his age as 28.  He signed the form with a squiggle and Toby's paw print before returning it to the Electoral Enrollment Center, the Otago Daily Times reported.

Electoral Enrollment Center manager Murray Wicks was more angry than amused that an application filed by a dog had slipped through the center's checking system. "It's an offense, and whoever's done it will be in the hands of the police," he said.  Wicks said Rhodes could be charged with misleading a registrar of electors, making a fraudulent enrollment and making a false declaration, "to name a few" possible charges.



Animal Radio® News with Bobbie Hill

Good Samaritan Saves Puppy from Freak Show

Remember seeing the story of the five-legged puppy born in North Carolina a few weeks back?  The Chihuahua mix named Precious was being shown off by her owner Calvin Owensby of Gastonia who decided to sell the puppy to a Coney Island freak show for three grand.  Thankfully Good Samaritan Allyson Siegel did the smart thing - she offered Owensby more money and saved the puppy!  Siegel told the Gaston Gazette the puppy will definitely have the surgery she needs to remove the extra leg and may be offered for adoption through the Animal League of Gaston County.

Which City is the Dog Friendliest?

Its no secret Americans love their canine counterparts, but which city is the Dog Friendliest?  According to Dog Fancy Magazine readers its not one but three cities along the west coast. The winners of this year’s “Dogtown USA” contest are San Diego. Huntington Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Criteria include dog parks in nominated cities as well as events celebrating pooches, high veterinarian to dog ratio and lots of municipal laws that protect all pets.

“Canoodling” Turtles Shut Down Airport

Canoodling turtles are being blamed for an hour and a half in flight delays at New York’s JFK International Airport.  A pilot reported seeing two fairly large turtles “boinking” on one of JFK’s runways causing flights to be delayed while Port Authority workers relocated the amorous turtles.  The New York Daily News reported the pair of diamondback terrapins about 10 inches long weighing close to 3 pounds, probably came out of nearby Jamaica Bay looking for a place to schtupp.  They were returned to the bay by workers in about half an hour.  But the damage was already done on the flight schedule of JFK.

Crackdown on Dog fighting Spans 8 States
On Wednesday, July 8, the ASPCA assisted federal and state agencies in what is believed to be the largest crackdown on dog fighting in U.S. history. The operation spans eight states so far—Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi. Arrests have been made in all eight states.  The ASPCA, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney, is providing support and veterinary care for the rescued animals and will eventually assist in behavior evaluations of the dogs.  Nearly 400 dogs, some of which are pregnant, were safely transported to a secure facility under the direction of the Humane Society of Missouri’s (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force, where they will be cared for until final disposition is determined by the U.S. District Court. Dog fighting is banned throughout the United States and is a felony in all 50 states. If convicted on animal fighting charges, those arrested each face up to five years in prison.

Million Dollar Home Scene of Cat Hoarder

Following up on the “Cat Lady in New Jersey story” we brought you in March - authorities found 150 cats inside the mansion of Wanda Oughton.  The Associate Press reports Oughton entered a plea of guilty in Chester Township Municipal Court last week to two counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate shelter.   Oughton’s attorney said the problem was caused by his client’s love of animals. When authorities entered the home, once valued at one million dollars, they found rooms covered in filth and urine.  Oughton has also been ordered to pay $35,000 in fines and restitution and the judge told the 62-year-old defendant she was not allowed to own more than 6 cats over the next three years

Road Kill Not Really Dead – Just Drunk

It’s not unusual to find dead animals on highways - one of the hazards of civilization.  But police in Germany got a surprise when they responded to reports of a dead badger.  Police near the town of Goslar found the badger in the road but it wasn’t dead - it was drunk.  The badger had feasted on some fermented berries then staggered into the roadway and refused to budge.  Police couldn’t scare it away...they eventually chased the poor inebriated creature out of the road with a broom.

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Talk With Your Animals with Joy Turner

Dog Is Acting Out Of Character

B.J. wants to speak with Prince, who recently hurt his leg.  He is doing something totally out of character, which is wetting her bed.  Prince previously had testicular cancer and B.J. wonders if it has come back, or if he has a urinary infection.  Perhaps it is even a sore leg, as his toe was recently caught in a step, where he twisted his leg and tore his toenail.   Prince tells Joy that he is trying to get B.J.’s attention by wetting the bed so she will take him to the vet for the injury.



Your Vet Questions Answered with Dr. Debbie

Cat Attacks Humans

This cat is now about 8 years of age.  His guardian acquired him when he was about 12 hours old and he bottled fed and hand-raised him.  Now, he is like a lion on the hunt and will attack people.   Unfortunately, his guardian had him declawed on all four feet.  His is an inside cat and there are 2 dogs in the house.  He has always done this, but as he has gotten older, it has gotten worse.   His guardian places him in anther room when he has guests.  Dr. Debbie states that biting and nipping is either a playful act or is out of boredom.   Since he was raised with dogs, perhaps getting another cat will give him a playmate.   Just as with dogs, you need to play with this cat and tire him out.  But, don’t ever use your hand to play!  You can use poles with mice or feathers on the end or even a laser light. 

2-Week Old Puppy Was Stepped on – Now Having Problems

This 2-week old Chihuahua accidentally had her head stepped on by a child.  Her head swelled up and she cried for about 2 days.  It has now been two weeks and the swelling has gone down but she won’t nurse.   The guardian has been giving her cow’s milk for her to lap up.  Unfortunately, he did not get her to the veterinarian, because with most head traumas, the sooner they are seen the potential for damage is a lot less.  Dr. Debbie says that neurological things take time.  She says to make sure that the puppy is not in pain; is eating; is moving around; these are all good signs of hope.  But, if these things become less normal, perhaps it is more humane to put the puppy down.  In the meantime, don’t use cow’s milk!   You can get a puppy milk replacement at any pet store.   Since she is only a few weeks old, stay with the puppy milk.  Eventually you can add a little canned food to it so she can have solids.  In the long run, she will probably always be a special needs dog.

My Dog Had HGE  – What Causes It?

Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) is a horrible condition with unknown causes.  It seems to happen a lot in little dogs, especially toy breeds.  It also shows up in dogs that are excitable or under stress.  The result is horrendous diarrhea (which can be bloody) and even vomiting, causing their GI tract to lose fluids very rapidly.   Without treatment, it can be rapidly fatal, and treatment can mean several days in the hospital to receive fluids.  There is some thought that it could be a type of bacteria, which is why some vets put them on antibiotics.  Because there is no known cause, it can return. 

How Do I Keep Birds Out Of My Carport?

Barn sparrows have decided to make their nests in this guy’s carport.  They mess over his car and they even try to attack him!  Unfortunately, these types of birds are big breeders and it is a real trick to try to convince them to go somewhere else.   You need to find a way to block off access to where they are building their nests (just make sure there are no eggs or babies in the nests).   Try putting up chicken wire to block access to the places where they have built their nests in the past. 



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