| December 3rd 2006 Newsletter
Programming with a Purpose

                        In this issue:

PRODUCT REVIEW Flexgel Luxury Pet Beds BOOK REVIEW Dog Parties
SIX QUESTIONS FOR YOUR FIDO FRIENDLY HOTEL Don't book until you see this list.
TOP PET FRIENDLY CARS Is yours on the list?

See and hear Scooter's Story!!

This Week on Animal Radio®:

Season of the Stars continues with Rue Mc Clanahan, Dom DeLuise, Davy Jones, JoAnne Worley and many more...Dr. Bernadine Cruz on the upcoming special "National Geographic's In The Womb: Animals" where you can see never before footage on fetus development in an elephant, dolphin and a golden retriever; and hear what Dr. Sonya Gordon has to say about a new blood test to detect heart disease in our pets.

Listen to a LIVE STREAM of Animal Radio Network's full-time animal channel while you read this newsletter. The above link will launch player. More listening options here.

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Car Crash Puts Man on a Mission about Pet Safety
On a frigid February evening, Thomas Rodriguez climbed behind the wheel of his Oldsmobile with his 7-year old miniature poodle, Holly, perched in his lap. The pair was headed to visit a friend in a nursing home. They did not count on hitting a patch of ice. "We were in a head-on collision," remembers Rodriguez, 75, a retired airline employee. "I was okay, but Holly was sitting on my left leg when it happened, and the airbag came right out and hit her. I could hear her whimpering, and I thought Oh my God, I've broken her neck!" Rodriguez asked the police officer at the scene to call an ambulance. He said, "Are you hurt?" "No, not for me, for my dog, please call an ambulance, I'll pay for it!" But he couldn't call an ambulance for a dog. So, a passerby rushed Rodriguez and Holly to the Animal Emergency Center, where the severely injured poodle was treated for the next several days.

Now fast-forward four years, Holly is completely blind since the accident, says Rodriguez, who has made it his mission to educate the public about the dangers of dogs riding in cars with airbags. People strap their children in the back and they protect them, but we don't think about our pets. Veterinarians often see dogs who have been driving down the road with their heads sticking out the window and they get a bug in their eye or other foreign debris.

If Rodriguez had his way, all dogs would ride in the backseat secured with safety restraints. Holly now travels strapped inside a carrier in the backseat, and Rodriguez says it doesn't bother her at all.

Hear Dr. Jim Humphries on Animal Radio® - Learn More at

Types of Cars that Make Traveling with Pets Easier
Joe Wiesenfelder, Sr. Editor,
Whether it's a once a year trip to the veterinarian or your pet travels with you everywhere, pet owners are challenged with the task of keeping themselves and their animal companion safe and comfortable in the car. With that in mind, has launched a guide for pet owners to help them make educated decisions about the types of products and car features that are available for consumers, for the upcoming holidays.

The new pet guide includes information on the types of products that are available to help secure pets safely in the car and offers tips on traveling with pets. The guide also provides some insight into what some professionals in the pet industry drive themselves and what car manufacturers offer aftermarket products that cater to pet owners.

Other items and features from manufacturers that can make traveling with pets easier include:
Fold-up backseat cushions: allows a larger area on the floor for pets to lie down

  • Honda Ridgeline, Dodge Dakota
    Fold-flat second-row seats: opens up cargo area for more pet space
  • Found on most wagons/SUVs/minivans
    Fold-flat front passenger seat: opens up cargo area for even more pet space
  • Toyota Tacoma, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Caliber, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, Nissan Xterra, Pontiac Torrent
  • Jeep Compass, Dodge Caliber, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Toyota Yaris hatchback, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Honda Element, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda CR-V
    Washable/stain-resistant upholstery: easy cleanup
  • Dodge Caliber, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler (,07), Honda Element, Chrysler Aspen, Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chrysler Sebring (,07), Dodge Nitro, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango, Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab, Jeep Patriot

The new pet guide can be accessed through the

Six Tips When Booking a Pet Friendly Hotel
Susan Sims, Fido Friendly Magazine
Susan gives some great trips that people should know before booking a pet friendly hotel and for those traveling with their pet for the first time:

1. Call to confirm that the hotel is pet friendly - management may have changed and sometimes policy changes with it, and also check that the pet is allowed to be in the room. Some "pet friendly hotels" have kennels for the dog to stay in and they are not allowed in the rooms.
2. Check for pet restrictions ­ do they have limits on size and weight?
3. Do they have breed restrictions ­ sometimes hotels ban some of the larger breeds.
4. What are their pet fees and deposits ­ some fees can range from $25-$100 and may or may not be refundable.
5. What type of amenities do they offer ­ do they provide food bowls, do they have pet sitting available, etc.
6. What things are there to do with your dog in the area ­ is there a dog park nearby or outdoor dining for you and your pet.

Look for Fido Friendly Magazine at PetSmart and Barnes and Noble. Previously a quarterly magazine, Fido Friendly will become a bi-monthly publication next year. Look for a new video special coming in December on Traveling with your Pet, right here at

This Week on Animal Radio®:

JoAnne Worley
JoAnne is most remembered as one of the cast members of Rowan & Martin's Laugh In from 1968 to 1970. Joanne was also named "School Comedian" in high school.

Currently, JoAnne is the Vice President of Actors and Others for Animals, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals. Their main mission is to curb the pet overpopulation problem by subsidizing spay/neuter surgeries. Together with other vital services, they are there to help pet guardians living on a low and/or fixed income care for their beloved companions.

JoAnne is one of the celebrity judges of Mag Rack's "Most Outrageous Bird" video contest. The best videos received are posted for viewers to register and vote for their favorites. The more that you vote for your video the more chances you have to win. The winner will be announced after Christmas.


Put Your Beloved Pet on Wine
Looking to give something different-and extra special-this season? You can put a pet's photo on award-winning wines from Windsor Vineyards-unique holiday gifts for friends, family and colleagues. ASPCA supporters will receive discounts on 12- and 6-bottle cases, and Windsor Vineyards will donate ten percent of each order to help the animals in our care.

Think about it, a wine label with your pet's picture. Or what about your significant other's pet's photo? And what do you get your pet loving boss who has everything? What a perfect gift! And not only that, the animals win too!

It's not too late to get before Christmas, just place your order by December 10th


Next Week on Animal Radio®:

Dom DeLuise's first paying acting job was the role of "Bernie the Dog" in "Bernie's Christmas Wish." Since then, his voice-roles continue both in children's animation and on the big screen. Dom is also a best-selling author of both cookbooks and children's books. He currently hosts his own radio-cooking segment on "On The House," which airs every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm Eastern Time.

Dom is a big bird lover and is owned by several birds. He currently takes his bird Charlie to local schools to teach children compassion about animals. Listen to him on Animal Radio® December 9th, and repeated on Animal Radio Network's full-time channel.

JOANNE WORLEY (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Monkee DAVY JONES, DAVID FREI (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Maude and Golden Girls RUE MCCLANAHAN (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Seifeld JOHN O'HURLEY (1 hour abridged version)

Animal Radio® Adds Television and Video Division

The producers of the nationally syndicated Animal Radio®, America's most-listened-to pet talk radio show according to Arbitron, announce the addition of pet related Television and Video production and distribution as part its media services. Several original programs are in development to air on traditional television and online at

"This is an obvious evolution a long time in the making," says Hal Abrams, Animal Radio® Executive Producer. "We're bringing the already successful Animal Radio® to a new generation of animal lovers. The same great celebrities and experts that make the Animal Radio® phenomenon will be in living color on your TV and broadband computer."

Video enhancements to the 36' Animal Radio® "Alpha-Dog" broadcast vehicle have been made. The colorful bus travels 68,000 miles yearly covering pet events and breaking news.

The official December launch showcases a partnership with Fido Friendly Magazine, and will include fresh video of the best places to travel with your pet. Other programming includes a New Pet Products series and Furry Friends looking for homes. Pet guardians will be able to consult the experts with educational on-demand video.

Here's a sampling of what's coming your way:

Expert Instruction:
New Puppy Shopping List
Certified Dog Trainer Victoria Schade discusses a few new puppy essentials. Order the DVD from
High Blood Pressure in our Dogs
Without such terrible vices as smoking and fast food, we might think that our pets won't get high blood pressure. Animal Radio's own Dr. Jim Humphries knows better. LEARN MORE | VIEW VIDEO
Amatuer Video:
Don't Touch My Bone
Canine "sense of self " in the balance.
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Video from the Pet-Friendly Tour
South Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center
Quicktime | Real Player

If you have produced video you would like to share with Animal Radio listeners, email us for more details on submitting content.

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This month we are giving away several ScoopFree automatic litter boxes with a contest that is as easy to enter as ScoopFree is as easy to use. Go to and place the ScoopFree litter cartridge into the ScoopFree litter box. Then enter your name and contact information. That's it! Easy! We will select several winners at random to recieve a free ScoopFree automatic litter box or a six-pack of cartridges and announce the winners in January.

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Voice of the Animal - Rae Ann Kumelos Ph.D.

Flying Reindeer: Not Just a Christmas Fable
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Donner and Blitzen. But what do you know about that most famous reindeer of all?

For some, the television appearance of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer marks the true beginning of the holiday season. Written in 1964 as a Christmas promotion for the Montgomery Ward department stores, the story of Rudolph and his flying reindeer friends is the longest running special on television. But do you know that behind this beloved stop-motion animated T.V. show is a true story of flying reindeer?

It makes perfect sense that reindeer would be Santa's animal of choice. Reindeer live exclusively in the north. Their thick coats and wide feet are perfect for the sub-zero cold of Scandinavia, Russian Europe, and Asia, where 5000 years ago, reindeer were the first large animals to be domesticated. In Greenland, Iceland, Canada, and Alaska, reindeer are wild, and more popularly known as caribou. Reindeer became extinct in Scotland in the tenth century, but somewhere in the psyche of the hearty Scots they were necessary, for they were re-introduced to that country in 1952. Laplanders use reindeer to pull sleighs, and so does the postman in Wales, Alaska.

For centuries, reindeer herding has been a way of life along the mountain forests of the Russian Mongolian border. Though threatened by economic, government, and cultural changes, just as their ancestors did, these northern indigenous people still raise reindeer for packing, riding, and milk. Since female reindeer are the only deer species to grow antlers, they consider a reindeer -doe the mother of the universe and a symbol for feminine strength.

For these northern cultures, Reindeer is revered as a totem power animal, one that can fly through the world of spirit to commune with the high gods. Reindeer is the sacred animal that carries the Arctic shaman to the Otherworld. In fact, the relationship between reindeer and shaman holds special significance for Rudolph and Santa. During mid-winter ceremonies, the shamans of the far north would partake of the hallucinogenic fly agraric mushroom ­ the bright red mushroom with red spots that we see associated with fairy tales and Christmas decorations ­ to achieve an altered state that would allow the shaman to travel into otherworldly realms. In ceremonies held to honor the December 21 winter solstice, the local shaman would enter a yurt through the smoke hole at the top, bringing with him a bag of the colorful mushrooms, departing again through the smoke hole after the festivities. This entry and departure through the ceiling led people to believe the shaman could fly, and since reindeer also consider the hallucinogenic colorful red mushroom a delicious delicacy, they were believed to fly with him. Hmmm, a blessed man who carries a bag full of special red and white gifts down a chimney, lives in the far north, and flies with reindeer. Sound familiar?

In ancient Norse myth, Thor, the god of thunder and lightening (words which in old German are donner and blitzen), also lived in the far north and was associated with the color red. Thor fought the gods of snow and ice to conquer cold and bring spring ­ and he did it while riding in a golden flying chariot pulled by two flying goats, Gnasher and Cracker.

During this holiday season, when you see a shiny red-nosed Rudolph adorning a lawn, store window, or parade float, remember this reindeer carries in his sleigh a legacy of Arctic shamans, flying goats, and the god of thunder and lightening; certainly reason enough he should go down in history.

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Veterinary Minute with Dr. Jim Humphries

Puppies and Kittens as Holiday Gifts?
Christmas time advertisements often picture a happy family with a bright eyed, ribbon adorned puppy licking the children's faces. But, is giving a pet as a gift likely to create a winter wonderland or a potential blue Christmas?

It's a treasured Disney-type memory and has become an icon of Christmas tradition. The tree is lit, the children reach out for the gift box with a huge red bow when the box suddenly shakes. Giggling uncertainly, the children open the box and out pops a puppy, complete with a ribbon around her neck and a wagging tail. In Lady and the Tramp, Walt Disney helped to capture a moment that many people fantasize about creating. The unfortunate reality is that many of these Christmas puppies and kittens will fail to see their second Christmas.

Groups as diverse as national veterinary organizations, the Humane Society, breeders, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have found common ground during the holiday season. All agree that puppies and kittens are not appropriate gifts. With all this pressure to avoid buying a pet during the holidays, why is it still a common occurrence?

For many people, the adoration and joy that crosses the gift recipient's face is a sight that brings happiness deep into their being. The impulse of providing a good, loving home for a homeless puppy or kitten is a strong motivator for someone looking for the meaning of the holidays. Perhaps it was simply the impulse of seeing a group of playful puppies in the pet store window. Or, perhaps the memory of a holiday pet is a treasured thought from the past.

While all of these reasons may seem sound, the reasons to avoid purchasing a pet during the holidays are more numerous and more compelling. Unlike toys that break and wear out, pets will need constant attention during their lifetimes to keep them happy and healthy. Unlike the new doll or action figure, a holiday puppy cannot be put away in his crate and expected to be quiet. Impulse pet purchases often fail to take into account all of the pet's needs. For example, the breeds of dogs known for their lack of shedding, are often the breeds that need the most professional grooming. And, although the joy of a child receiving his very first puppy is undeniable, how helpful will the child be when it comes to paying for food, medical expenses, or training? Will the child be able to effectively help with all the education that the puppy needs during this critical socialization period?

Also, the atmosphere of the holidays is rarely conducive to training or helping a new pet adjust to strange surroundings. Many animal behaviorists speak of the age frame from 7 to 12 weeks as the first fear/avoidance period. This means that many of the fears learned during this period can be difficult to overcome in the future. Imagine the puppy or kitten's state of mind as they attempt to deal with the trauma of leaving mom and siblings, the noises of holiday music and children's voices, and the general festive nature of the season. It can be overwhelming and frightening to say the least.

Timing can also be a factor. Will you, as the pet owner, be prepared for a potential emergency room visit for the pet over the holidays? Many veterinary offices are closed or have limited office hours during this season. What about housebreaking? In a good portion of North America, the holiday season falls during a time when snow and ice covers the ground. Are you willing to walk the new family member out into the chill night air and wait while she decides where she needs to go?

How well do you know the breed (or species) of pet you have chosen? Will your landlord approve? How about your homeowner's insurance? What will your relatives think when your brand new pride and joy reminds you that he is not housebroken while visiting at your mother's house?

If these reasons are not enough for you, then perhaps a reason that resounds with finality may sway you. The number one reason for euthanasia in the United States is behavior problems. Although accurate numbers may never be truly known, it is estimated that a large majority of dogs and cats in the US never reach their second birthday, despite having a natural lifespan of 10 to 18 years.

As we welcome our pets into our homes and our families, it is important to remember that they will need time to learn and adjust to us as well. Talk to your veterinarian about breed specifics and the pros and cons of adopting a mixed breed pet. Find a quiet, non-holiday time to help your new friend adjust to her environment. Give her the best chance to give you many years of devotion, love, and affection. To learn more about avoiding a holiday mistake, visit to see a video.

Dr. Jim Humphries is President and News Director of Veterinary News Network. Hear the Veterinary Minute on Animal Radio®.

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ASK THE CAT COACH - Marilyn Krieger
Certified Cat Behavior Consultant | CWA, Professional Member

Would a Bengal Cat Make a Good Pet For Me?

Dear Cat Coach,

I went to a cat show a couple of weekends ago and fell in love with Bengal Cats. They are so exotic looking. I really would love to have one because I just love the way they look. One of the breeders at the show let me hold one of hers, and he was so soft and sweet. The breeder also told me that Bengals are very friendly, sweet cats and make great companions. A friend of mine has since told me that Bengals are wild cats, they aren't domestic cats and will never sit on your lap. They also said that they can be mean. Who do I believe? Why is there so much conflicting information about them? What do I need to do in order to provide a good home for a Bengal?

Nevada Sue

Dear Nevada Sue,

Bengals are wonderful cats. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation and bad press about them. The myth about Bengals can be traced to a few sources including a couple of web sites and a TV show. Sadly, both the TV show and the web site incorrectly portray them as being wild and aggressive. Additionally, since Leopard Cats are used to develop the breed there is a misconception that Bengals are wild and unmanageable. These accusations are not based in fact. Bengals are domestic cats and make wonderful companions. Like any breed of cat, if they are not properly socialized as kittens, or if they are mistreated, they can develop behavior issues. Unfortunately when a Bengal does develop behavior issues, some people mistakenly attribute it to the breed, saying that Bengals are wild, instead of acknowledging that all breeds can develop the same problems for the same reasons. Most cats that act wild and/or feral usually have not been socialized properly or have been neglected and/or mistreated.

Bengals are not for everyone though. Bengals are super intelligent and high-energy cats that need to interact with the people they share their lives with. If you are looking for a cat that will sit around quietly looking beautiful, a Bengal is not for you. Bengals are active and demanding cats, forming tight bonds with the people they share their lives with.

It is important to examine your lifestyle before bringing a Bengal home. In some ways Bengals are like two-year-old children, they do not do well when they are ignored. If you work long hours away from home each day, a Bengal is not the right cat for you. They are very smart and can get bored. Some will redecorate your home in your absence. TPing the home, knocking things off the shelves and opening cabinets are a few of the common redecorating themes. Other Bengals, when left alone day after day, may develop other behavior issues. Adopting the right buddy for your Bengal sometimes helps resolve the problems. Additionally, some Bengals are very vocal. If you live in an apartment, the neighbors might not appreciate loud howls or meows early in the morning.

Bengals are very creative. The vocal repertoire of Bengals can be very charming. Most Bengals like to hold conversations with the people they live with. The majority of Bengals are very affectionate, wanting to spend every minute with their human friends, following them around like little puppy dogs. Many are not lap cats since they usually have other things on their agenda that are more pressing. Playing fetch for hours with their special human companion is a favorite activity for most Bengals. They will also help with the dishes, play in the sink, drink from the faucets, steal pens and silverware, and help with the laundry. Generally speaking, they are very athletic and love to hang out in high places. Having a Bengal for a companion is very rewarding and entertaining, but it does take commitment and lots of interaction. You cannot ignore a Bengal.

Bengals should not be allowed outside. It's too dangerous. Added to the regular list of dangers for an outside cat is the threat of being stolen. Bengals are the chat d'jour and they are frequently stolen.

Bengals are special cats. They are not wild and aggressive cats with lots of behavior challenges. They are intelligent, hyperactive cats that need affection and interaction from the people they share their lives with. Before deciding to commit to a Bengal please make sure you have the time and commitment that is necessary when opening your home up to a Bengal.

© December 2006 by Marilyn Krieger.
You can find out more about The Cat Coach at
Marilyn can be reached for phone or on-site consultations for solving cat behavior problems either by e-mail or by phone: 650 780 9485. Marilyn also teaches cat behavior classes in Sunnyvale, CA at For Other Living Things . Marilyn is certified through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

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Animal Minute with Britt Savage

Scooter Gets a Scooter
Originally, Scooter's owner was unable to care for him, but not anymore. Scooter ended up at the Pet Kare Clinic and was adopted by Bill Higby. Scooter had been terribly injured and was not able to move his back end, and had little chance of surviving.

But, with the help of Bill, Scooter's new owner, Scooter gets around on, well, a "scooter." Not only did Bill build Scooter a scooter, he takes him to the vet once a week for acupuncture to get his "chi" flowing.

Do you think this is going overboard? Bill doesn't ­ he said it's just what you do for your family.


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Animal Radio® Book Club
(rated 2 1/2 paws out of 5)

Dog Parties by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423600878

I know you have been waiting for this book! With Christmas coming up, you were probably wondering just how to pull off that Christmas Party for your dog and make her the belle of the ball?

Even if you don't plan big soirées for your human friends, doesn't your dog deserve a party? And not just any party, throw your dog a Hollywood type party. Live life through your dog!

The Dog Parties has great tips for planning and executing every detail of a party, including fun themes, picking dog friendly music and different types of entertainment.

While the Dog Parties is just in time for that Christmas bash, it can also be used year round to plan those birthday parties as well as weddings, parties for Halloween and even slumber parties for your pooch.

Your dog does so much for you ­ now you can do something for your dog.

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    ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

    Q: How can I keep my middle-aged dog healthy?
    A: When dogs reach their middle years it's important to remember that you not only have to keep them physically healthy but mentally healthy as well. This is when you can really enjoy your dog, reaping the benefits of training and the bond that is deepening between you. If you haven't already become involved in a dog sport, it's not too late. You can try obedience trials, agility training, canine musical freestyle, earthdog trials if you have a Terrier, lure coursing with your Hound, Frisbee, Herding, Field Trials, and more.
    You might want to get involved with Dog Scouts of America ( Think of Scouting for kids only adapted for dogs! Your dog will earn badges that he or she can wear on a cape. Dog Scouts participate in lots of fun activities including painting, playing a child's piano, and lots more. You can take your canine companion to a dog camp and try lots of dog sports to see what you and your dog might like best while enjoying a fun vacation.

    If you live in a house rather than an apartment, you can create an interesting playground for your dog in your fenced-in backyard. You might want to buy or make your own agility equipment, get a child's wading pool for your dog if the weather is warm, fix your yard so there are various levels for the dog to enjoy or if your dog likes to dig, set up a special area where your dog can dig and teach him that that's his place to dig in the garden. Take a chair outside and spend time out there with your dog. Be sure to take your dog for a walk. It's good for both of you and will help to strengthen your bond while you both get some exercise. Remember to have fun with your dog every day!

    {"Ask the Dog Expert" is a regular column by Darlene Arden. This month's column features information found in her book, "The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs," (McGraw-Hill), which helps you, in concert with your veterinarian, design a wellness program based on your dog, your lifestyle and the place where you live, And "Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're a Dog," (McGraw-Hill). Further information may also be found on her website} Copyright 2006 by Darlene Arden, All Rights Reserved

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    Crookston Shelter Rescue Challenges And Rewards
    Sometimes the rewards that come from animal rescue work are exciting and dramatic. Other times they are more subtle, but no less profound. Recently, while rescuing animals from an animal shelter in Northern Minnesota, I had an experience that reminded me why Animal Ark's work is so important.

    Of all the rescue work I have done, Animal Ark's recent effort to close the Humane Society of Polk County was, in some ways, the saddest. Beyond a doubt, the conditions in which the animals were living when we arrived were tragic. But, amid the deep, dark despair that could be found in this story of animals being neglected by an organization that was founded to save them, I found some reason for hope and celebration.

    The day we arrived at the Humane Society of Polk County in Crookston, Minnesota was a very long one. Packing and preparations to leave began very early in the morning. Then, there was the 5-hour drive to the Northwest corner of our state. Once we arrived, equipment and supplies needed to be unloaded.

    By the time we started the actual rescue efforts - just before 5 PM - the Animal Ark rescue team had already put in a very full day.

    Still, we chose to dive right into the work that brought us to Crookston. There were dozens of animals living in terrible conditions and they needed immediate attention.

    The shelter itself was a very strange place. The entire second floor of the building was designed as a bingo parlor that had not been used for what seemed like years. It was filled with garbage and old, outdated supplies.

    The animals were confined to a few small rooms downstairs, in the walkout basement.

    The dog kennels were in a small, concrete, windowless room. Dogs were living in tiny cement boxes that were more like solitary confinement cells than dog kennels. Each dog had just enough room to sit, stand or lay in one spot. They rarely, if ever, got outside.

    As bad as things were for the dogs, the cats may have had it worse. They were confined to small steel cages that were just large enough that they could turn around in them. When we arrived, the cages had not been cleaned and some of cats had not been fed.

    The food that was being fed to the animals was contaminated with insects, larvae and mold.

    Some of the animals at the shelter had been living like this for years.

    There was Pete, a young shepherd/husky mix, who occupied his time in his kennel by learning to jump straight up off the floor about 5 feet. From that height, he could see into the other dogs' kennels. I am guessing that this gave him some level of comfort, because he would repeat this move over and over to help alleviate his boredom.

    Sasha, a beautiful Staffordshire terrier mix, exhibited the same behavior.

    Most of the other dogs would just look at you with pleading eyes, as if to say, "please get me out of here".

    When anyone walked into one of the cat rooms, the cats would start crying and they would stick their paws out of the steel bars of their cages. They were begging to be loved and held. They seemed to crave affection even more than they needed good food.

    Our team went right to work.

    We set up temporary outdoor cages for the dogs, so they could get outside as often as possible. We made a temporary, outdoor play yard the dogs could run around in. Then, we connected dog kennels together, so that each dog could use 2 - 4 kennels at one time. We provided them with beds, blankets and toys, too.

    After completing all of that work, we emptied and cleaned the old bingo parlor where we established a new cat center, with new, large, open-air cat cages.

    At about 2:00 AM, nearly twenty hours after starting that day's work, our team inflated our air mattresses and made our beds on the floor of the old bingo parlor, surrounded by a room full of restless felines.

    In the dark, the recently rescued cats called to each other. They scratched in their new, clean litter boxes and played with their new toys. They knew their lives had just taken a dramatic turn for the better, and they weren't about to go to sleep, and neither was I. No matter how hard I tried I could not sleep. I laid in the dark and listened to the noisy cats.

    Then, all of a sudden, the room full of felines fell silent. I lifted my head from my pillow to see what was going on. What I saw was a soft, gentle reminder of why the Animal Ark team works so hard every day.

    When we set up the new cat center, we arranged the cages on tables that were lined up against large windows that faced east.

    The first rays of the morning sunrise had just begun to peak over the eastern horizon and the cats had all fallen silent and were sitting motionless transfixed on the sunrise.

    Animal Ark volunteers and staff have been shown much appreciation from the animals rescued from Crookston.

    Because of the way they crave affection, some volunteers now refer to the Crookston pets as our "velcro animals". Living in their new, luxury accommodations at Animal Ark, they hang on our every word, and are so appreciative for their food, treats, beds, toys, walks and play times.

    But, the time that stands out in my head the most is the time spent watching the morning sunrise with dozens of rescued felines.

    These animals are now at Animal Ark looking for homes.

    Mike Fry, Executive Director, Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter
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    What Is Pain?
    In previous articles we have spoken about the differences in perspective between humans and our animal companions. While those differences can be very slight in some instances, in others they can be very dramatically different with completely different outcomes even when both beings experienced the same circumstances. How can this be so? You might ask.

    Exactly what is pain in a spiritual sense? We see our animal kid limping. We automatically think, "Oh, poor thing must be in pain." We euthanize our beloved animal kid because we think that their quality of life is deteriorating. We can't bear to see this happen to them. Are we thinking of our animal kids and their experience, or are we subconsciously thinking of ourselves because we can't stand to see what we think is happening? Are we trying to "put them out of their misery" or put ourselves out of our misery at watching something through our filters? You will find the latter of both these choices is happening most of the time.

    Have you ever been in pain, thinking it was a bad thing? What would happen if you experienced the feeling without the judgment of it being a bad thing? What if you decided that you would make friends with the events happening in your body? What would your experience be like then? You'll find it's much more like that of your animal companions. The next time you are in pain, think it is a great thing. After all, it's your body calling attention to something. It would be wonderful if you knew what that something was. Stop and listen to what that spot in your body is trying to tell you. There are many things that happen on very subtle levels before the situation "takes up residence" in your body to get your attention. You've just missed or overlooked the other prompts. You get to choose how you respond when you feel pain. You can see it as a bad thing and try to push it away or get rid of it. Or, you can look at it the way most animals do - as something that is just a sensation that is communicating something. All pain is just stuck energy in your body. It's stuck because you are judging it and won't let it go. Stop judging the sensation; give yourself permission to release it and it moves through.

    People need to understand that animals look at pain differently than humans do. Although we look it as something we should do away with because it is a bad thing or something is wrong, Animals look at it as a sensation. Very often we see this with out animal kids during the end stages of life. When they are in this situation, they are still living and most of the time want to stay here with us. We put our animals down because it becomes too unbearable for us. We think they are suffering. When in actuality, there is a spiritual perspective that most animals look to. During body issues and especially during the transition we call death; there is a great deal of spiritual learning taking place. This learning can shorten the time anyone spends on their "life review" when they cross over. It can be one of the most marvelous times in a being's life because they are learning spiritually so much. It can be a great inspirational time and one during which both humans and animals bond in ways not previously experienced.

    People will talk with me regarding their grieving a loss of their animal child. One client was still very upset about her dog. He had been euthanized last May. She wanted to tell him that she missed him so much. He knew this because even though he was gone physically, he was still around her. She also wanted to know if it was OK that he was euthanized. For him, he was not ready to go. Because even though what looked like pain to her, he was working through many issues. He was able to rise above his body so pain was not an issue for him. He was working through lessons in this lifetime so when he re-incarnated again, these lessons would not be an issue in his new life.

    Another woman wanted to know if it was time to put down her horse who was about 26 years old. The horse was not able to move around as quickly and appeared in pain to her person. This horse wanted to continue living with her person and was in no hurry to leave her body. She had things she wanted to teach her person and was still enjoying life. Just because an animal is old and less mobile, doesn't mean they are ready to leave. They have so much to teach us by giving us a different perspective on life. To take this time away from an animal is depriving them of finishing business unless they are ready to go. The wonderful thing about this story is that the day after we spoke, the woman called me to say that her horse was much more mobile and having much more fun in life. She just needed to pass on the information we relayed during our session.

    The greatest gift you can give your animal kids is to honor their life. Letting them choose how they want to live it. Put aside your judgments and realize that you are not the one in control of your animal kid's life. Their soul is. No matter what condition the body is in, your animal kid has chosen the body and the lessons. Rejoice in the fact, that they chose you to be their human.

    Until next time, I'm Joy reminding you, you can never love your animal companions too much. You can only love them, hopefully, enough.

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    We first started out trying this new bed on our 4 studio cats ­ who would have nothing to do with it. I tried putting them on the bed and they would jump off and then walk around it.

    So on to Plan B.

    We then tried the FlexGel bed on a dog and had the reverse effect ­ they wouldn't get off the bed! (And I thought cats were supposed to be smarter?)

    The FlexGel Luxury Pet Bed has many features. Its honeycomb makeup will distribute your pet's weight ­ great for the arthritic dog! It reduces vibration and shock when traveling. And for the incontinent dog, it has a moisture proof barrier and an inside urine catcher so it will not harm anything it is placed on. And if you have one of those snub-nosed dogs (Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, etc) it will help them from overheating. It can even be sterilized. No wonder our test dog refused to get off the bed!

    While the FlexGel bed is not cheap (around $150-$250), considering all of its fantastic features, you will definitely (or should I say your dog will definitely) get your money's worth.

    Now, I'm thinking about getting one for me (yes, they do make them for humans). And since the cats hog my bed at night, maybe I would actually get the bed all to myself!

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    Puppy Power
    For many this holiday season, there will be a furry, tail-wagging gift awaiting them. Getting a puppy during the hectic holidays can be challenging. In fact, some animal behavior experts and professional dog trainers actually advise people to wait until after the holidays ­ when you can return to a normal household routine ­ before adopting a puppy or dog.

    If you can't say no ­ and are determined to add a puppy to your life this holiday season - let me provide you with some savvy advice.

    Before bringing any puppy or dog home, you need to ask yourself some key questions. Do you have what it takes to be a responsible pet parent? Are you willing to commit to house breaking, exercising, socializing, and grooming your new canine pal? Did you budget money for your new pet's needs?

    "Too often, people pour more thought and energy into shopping for a car than looking for a canine companion," says Marty Becker, DVM, a veterinarian and special correspondent for ABC's Good Morning, America morning show and co-author of Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet? with Gina Spadafori (HCI, 2006)."Yet, you may only drive that vehicle for four to five years, while a dog can be an important part of your life for 12 to 14 years, or more."

    Be patient in your puppy pursuit. Spend time researching different breeds. Visit shelters, rescue groups. Speak with professional breeders. Discuss the pros and cons of your "finalists" with people you respect for their dog-savvy skills, like professional dog trainers and animal behaviorists.

    Investing time doing your homework before you adopt a puppy can pay off in the long run. You're much more likely to find a dog who ideally fits into your lifestyle.

    What you won't find is a perfect dog. Each canine possesses good and bad traits. But here's how to increase your odds of finding the puppy who is right for you.

    STEP 1. Assess yourself. Recognize your own personality. If you're a strong leader, it makes sense to get a powerful dog, but if you know that you're a pussycat at heart who'd rather pamper, then a toy breed or a dog with a passive nature would be a much better choice.

    STEP 2. Identify what you want. Why do you really want a dog? Are you looking for a jogging mate or a television-watching companion? Do you want a pal for your children? A good watchdog? Then choose a dog who will fit your "job description."

    STEP 3. Select based on temperament, not size. More than 400 breeds exist in the dog kingdom, from the itty-bitty Chihuahua to the mega-big Irish wolfhound. And, in between, plenty of wonderful mixed breeds. Don't be fooled into thinking that the larger the breed, the higher the energy level. Jack Russell terriers, the type-A personalities of the canine world, run circles around bullmastiffs, the gentle giants who would rather stay in place ­ on the sofa. Look at the original purpose of the breed if you want a purebred. Beagles, for instances, were bred to bark while hunting or when they get excited. So, if barking bothers you, this may not be your best choice.

    "While breed plays a part, don't discount your influence in shaping your puppy's personality and attitude," says Dr. Becker. "He'll need your love, attention, and patience. Puppies aren't born with perfect manners. They make mistakes and need to be taught appropriate behaviors."

    STEP 4. Know where to look. There certainly is no puppy shortage, but where you chose to adopt a puppy is critical. Leading veterinary experts recommend three sources: responsible breeders, breed rescue groups, and humane animal shelters. A responsible breeder shows genuine interest in the breed, maintains good medical records of the litter, invites you to visit several times before the puppies are ready for adoption, and most important, is willing to take the puppy back if you are no longer able to keep it.

    Reputable breeders also provide proof of genetic testing on the quality of the litter's hips and eyes and records of any genetic diseases. For a list of responsible breeders, please contact the American Kennel Club's Web site:

    Breed rescue groups cater to second-chance dogs, purebreds who have been abandoned or lost. Finding a purebred through a rescue group is a viable option, especially if you are familiar with that particular breed.

    Animal shelters often have puppies or young dogs. Quality shelters are more than just adoption centers. They are also places that offer obedience and puppy socialization classes and provide handouts on behavior and training tips. Major pet supply stores often donate space in their stores so that shelters can showcase their adoptable puppies and alert customers about area veterinary clinics. These stores are not, however, in the business of selling puppies for profit.

    Final advice: Give consideration to adult dogs, too. My first puppy was a spirited Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Jazz who required a lot of time and training. He had to be house trained, crated, and taught proper bathroom habits (which often required getting up in the middle of the night to escort him to the backyard to accommodate his small bladder). My current dogs are Chipper, a former animal shelter mascot, and Cleo, a small dog rescued from the streets. I adopted Chipper when she was nearly two years old and Cleo when she was three. They came with friendly personalities ­ and without the need to house train or deal with the chewing phase common for puppies. If you have a busy lifestyle, getting an adult dog may be a saner option.

    Whatever you choose, I wish you ­ and your new canine chum ­ a long, happy, and healthy life together. Paws Up!

    Healthy Puppy Checklist

    Look beyond a puppy's cuteness and pay attention to her physical appearance when making a selection. Here's a helpful checklist when assessing a potential pick:

    Eyes: Are they clear or cloudy? Any discharge?
    Ears: Are they clean and odor free?
    Mouth: Are the gums pink? Any coughing? Any over- or under bite?
    Nose: Any sneezing? Any discharge or dryness?
    Skin: Free of mats, fleas, lumps, and odor?
    Rear end: Free of debris or fecal matter?

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    Dr. John Robb, an experienced and respected Connecticut veterinarian, has launched Protect the Pets - a nationwide network of veterinarian medicine practitioners, pet owners and animal lovers committed to making a positive change in animal care, promoting high quality care that values pets over profits.

    Dr. Robb believes that when profitability becomes the dominant influence in the decisions of a veterinary practice, the health and safety of animals is compromised and pets are put in peril. Protect the Pets seeks to raise public awareness about the realities of unsafe veterinary medicine and to inspire veterinary professionals to practice according to the values that drew them to animal medicine in the first place.

    "A few years ago, I faced a crisis of conscience about how I was practicing veterinary medicine," says Dr. Robb. "It was one of those 'if not me, who?' moments. So I took up the challenge to transform our profession." Dr. Robb sold his practice and put his own financial future on the line to fund the launch of Protect the Pets.

    Protect the Pets will work to educate the public, recruit like-minded animal health practitioners and create a clear choice in the marketplace for people seeking pet-safe, trustworthy care. Dr. Robb is reaching out to veterinarians from around the country to join this mission. Member veterinarians must pledge to practice according to the Protect the Pets Code of Conduct. Sample tenets of the code include:

    · I will treat all pets and wildlife in my practice with compassion and respect.
    · I will treat all people associated with my practice with respect: my patients, my staff, my customers and my colleagues, salespeople and wildlife rehabilitators.
    · I will research the latest pain management drugs and treatments so that no pet suffers needlessly.
    · I will always conduct the financial business of my practice in a lawful and ethical way.

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    G'day from Down-under.

    Our lawmakers - just like yours - tell us local laws are enacted to try and keep 'bad people' good. Ok, that's an oversimplification of course but think about it.

    If you are told - all dogs need to be on leash on the streets and other public places because (a) it's safer for them and (b) it's safer for the people too, then 'thinking' people would probably say "Ok. I don't mind that, as long as there is somewhere convenient for me to take my dog and let it run around 'off-leash' ".

    Likewise, if you are told 'pick up after your dog because 'the rain washes the doggy doo into our streams and rivers and kills wildlife, causes pollution and sickness'. then again this is a pretty good reason to pick up right? Of course having convenient trash disposal points help because it means you don't have to carry a warm, smelly steaming mess around in plastic bag for everyone to see!

    So is the threat of a fine (usually only a few bucks to a few hundred) going to persuade YOU to do the right thing?

    Absolutely not because YOU and we pretty well know what is right and what is wrong.

    Why? It's a little thing that Animal Radio and Pet Talk Radio listeners probably all have. It's called 'common sense'.

    Sadly there seems to be an ever-decreasing lack of common sense these days which in turn means there are more and more laws being brought in to control the 'bad people'.

    In fact - very few 'free form' canine or feline activities are allowed these days. And to make things worse, some local councils (city halls) only want us to have no more than two pets. Of any kind!

    So thanks must go not only to a very vocal group of people in our community whose long term goal is that nobody should 'own' a pet, and also to those 'bad' people we mentioned before who clearly have no 'common sense'.

    We don't have the answer to our ever diminishing rights as pet owners, but thought this reminder was timely for those of us who love our pets as children - especially at Christmas time.

    Anyway on a happier note, we want to assure you that Christmas in Australia is celebrated with just as much family fun as it is in the USA even though it's a little warmer here at this time of the year - most Aussies have a BBQ or go to the beach after lunch to cool off and try out all the fun water toys that Santa usually brings.

    This year Kaye & I are taking my son and daughter (who actually lives in LA) to Cairns in far north Queensland for a tropical Christmas.

    Meantime though we'd like to wish you all a very happy and spiritual Christmas and a safe holiday season and best of all a successful New Year. Our thanks to Hal & Judy from Animal Radio® for allowing us to share our thoughts with you each month.

    Hugs for your pets from Brian & Kaye and the Pet Talk Radio! team.

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