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Animal Radio® for November 21, 2015  

Country Star Tanya Tucker Guests

Tanya Tucker with ChihuahuaIn 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said "You're Gonna Hear From Me." Truer words have never been spoken.

Musician Tanya Tucker joins the Thanksgiving celebration live from sunny Nashville. She has a menagerie of animals and plenty of anecdotes to go around. This is the first time for her on Animal Radio.... we'll be gentle, but this ain't her first rodeo.

Tanya has 2 Chihuahuas, a Golden Retriever, a rescue dog and her son just got a new Lab puppy. She says she has lots of dogs and horses, but the Chihuahuas rule the roost! Tanya always thought she wanted to live in town to be in the middle of things, but she currently lives just outside in the country where she can be close to her horses.

Years ago, Tanya tells us that she lost one of her Chihuahuas in the hills of Malibu, California, for 9 months. He was eventually found about 60 miles away due to a microchip. She was in Nashville when she got the call and they had an incredible reunion, with both of them going crazy!

Everywhere she goes, Tanya takes her pups with her. This Christmas, she will be in Telluride, Colorado. She won't fly, because she wants to take her dogs with her. So instead, she takes a bus to Denver and then rents trucks to take them the remainder of the way. She states she can't think of Christmas with her puppies!

Join Tanya when she kicks off Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday, November 27th. Festivities will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a brief performance from Tucker that will include her hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum's Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Tucker will also sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Tanya Tucker with HorseIn addition to Tanya's appearance over Thanksgiving weekend, the museum will offer many free-to-the-public activities that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family. Throughout the holiday season, Santa Claus will be on hand for free photos with children of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday during Deck the Hall this year. Don't miss Santa on November 28-29, December 5-6, December 12113 and December 19-20.

Families can also enjoy cookie decorating on Sundays, November 29, December 6 and December 20. Cookies - made from a Trisha Yearwood recipe- as well as icing and edible decorations, will be provided.

Tanya will have her chance to speak with Santa Claus at the event, as she said she thinks he's been getting lost on the way to her house! But with the help of a GPS - he shouldn't have any problems. Well, maybe. She tells us her GPS sent her in the wrong location one time. She was in Texas with her daughter when she was directed to turn off a dirt road. She also happened to be hauling a trailer carrying 3 horses and was low on fuel. When suddenly the GPS said "No Service." They got stuck and decided to make the most of it by taking the horses out and making a fire. Luckily some good ole country boy stopped by with a Dodge and managed to pull her Ford truck out and they were on their way.

For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre. Tanya's reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, "Blood Red and Goin' Down," "Would you Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)" and "Texas (When I Die)," just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards.

Currently, Tucker is preparing for the launch of a new album while criss-crossing the country with her instantly recognizable vocal flare and legendary repertoire that includes "Delta Dawn," "Some Kind of Trouble," "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane," "Love Me Like You Used To" and many more.

You can follow Tanya Tucker on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

You can also check out Tanya Tucker on Tour:

Dec 03 – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas NV
Dec 04 – Wild Horse Pass Casino – Chandler AZ
Dec 30 – Soaring Eagle Casino Resort – Mt. Pleasant MI

John O'Hurley is Back
National Dog Show Presented by Purina

John O'Hurley with DogCo-host of NBC's Thanksgiving Day National Dog Show, actor John O'Hurley (J. Peterman on Seinfeld), is back for the 14th year to share fun stories about the dogs in his life. He'll also take a stab at pronouncing the new breed names in this year's Thanksgiving Day show.

Along with co-hosting the dog show, John writes a yearly poem that he reads at the National Dog Show. His previous poem, "The Perfect Dog" was an answer to his son's question, "Is the dog that's Best In Show - is that the perfect dog?" It has since been turned into a successful children books and even a musical, which premiered earlier this year. The Perfect Dog is about Sam, a twelve-year-old perfectionist, who searches for a flawless dog to enter in the town's dog contest. Unable to find a canine that measures up, Sam must resort to training the family dog, Max, who is less than eager to obey commands. In the end, Sam and Max learn that there is no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as being perfect for each other. For this year's show, John's poem is entitled "Why Does A Dog Need a Tail?"

The 14th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina will spotlight seven new, AKC-recognized breeds and John tells us that he thinks they are playing around with him by naming these breeds such hard to pronounce names!

The seven news breeds to be introduced are:

A sheepdog with a strong work ethic, the Bergamasco's most unique characteristic is its coat, which contains "dog hair," "goat hair" and "wool" that combine to form black or gray felt-like mats. The mats grow over the course of the dog's life, reaching the ground at approximately 6 years of age. The coat can actually smell like a sweater when it is wet. But despite its formidable appearance, the Bergamasco is really a trim, athletic sheepdog.

Berger PicardBerger Picard (Bare-Zhay-Pee-Carr)
A medium-sized, active and athletic herding dog, the Berger Picard was bred to be a working companion, enthusiastically performing its job while also responding well to training. This breed has a shaggy, wiry topcoat with a short, dense undercoat to produce a weatherproof coat that is overall rough to the touch. The Picards coat comes in shades of fawn with or without gray underlay and trim on the ears as well as brindle. Monthly brushing is necessary to prevent matting, with occasional bathing and hand-stripping of the ears to neaten.

BoerboelBoerboel (Bore-bul)
The Boerboel is a large dog that is strong, confident and muscular with a distinctive, blocky head. Despite its size, it is the most agile of the mastiff-type breeds. The word Boerboel means "Farm Dog" and it serves as a capable working dog as well as a loyal companion in its home country of South Africa. The skin of a Boerboel should be dark on his stomach and under his fur, as well as the roof of his mouth, which protects against heat and sun. The coat is short, dense coat can be brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown or tawny.

Cirneco dell EtnaCirneco dell' Etna (Cheer-Nec-Ko)
The Cirneco dell' Etna has been present in Sicily for over 2,500 years and shares a common origin with the Pharaoh Hound and other breeds throughout the Mediterranean basin. As a hunter of small mammals and fowl, the Cirneco is a hardy, compact dog that was successful in hunting under adverse conditions - high heat, on rugged terrain formed by volcanic lava and with little food or water over extended periods of time. The affix "dell' Etna" was only added to the name Cirneco in 1939 when the Italian Kennel Club accepted the first breed standard. Etna comes from Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, situated on the east coast of Sicily and the area with the highest concentration of Cirnechi.

Lagotto RomagnoloLagotto Romagnolo (Lah-gah-to Ro-man-yo-lo)
Ancient breed of retrieving water dogs in the lowlands of Comacchio and marshlands of Ravenna, in Italy. During the centuries, the great marshlands were drained and turned into arable land. Subsequently the Lagotto changed from being a water dog to an excellent dog for searching for truffles in the flat open country and in the hills of Romagna, a job that it performs with passion and efficiency. Small to medium-sized dog, well proportioned, powerfully built, of a rustic appearance, with a dense, curly coat of woolly texture. The dog should give the impression that he has the strength and endurance to work all day in difficult and challenging terrain.

Miniature American ShepherdMiniature American Shepherd
Small size herding dog, developed in the United States. This is a highly versatile, energetic dog, an athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted.

Spanish Water DogSpanish Water Dog
The Spanish Water Dog's origins are unknown and debated by many experts. What is known is that this rustic multi-purpose breed was developed in Spain many centuries ago to fulfill a variety of purposes including herding, hunting, water work and companionship. Starting in 1975, the breed was brought out from obscurity and in 1985, it was recognized by the Real Sociedad Central de Fomento de Razas Caninas en Espana.

At home, John has two dogs, a Cavalier King Charles named Sadie and a Havanese named Lucy, both approximately 7 years old. John says that everything he knows about dogs he learned at the National Dog Show from the breeders and from walking up and down the aisles full of dogs. So when he was looking for new family members, he knew what type of dogs he wanted. John states that dogs are not trials. You should learn about the dog you are interested in and shouldn't get a dog to try it out and see if it will work. The shelters are unfortunately full of too many dogs that were trials.

Look for John in his one-man show, "A Man With Standards," playing around the country. It is the story of his life and the music he grew up with. Also check out John in the musical "Chicago" which is currently on tour. He is also working on a new comedy series with Brian Cranston.

My Cat From Hell - Creating Cat Friendly Home
Jackson Galaxy, Catify to Satisfy

Jackson Galaxy with CatAnimal Planet host, Jackson Galaxy, is back to yap about his awesome new book, Catify to Satisfy. Jackson and Kate Benjamin (his partner in crime) will show you how to make your house cat-friendly without forsaking aesthetics.

This time they're showing how to design a home interior that addresses common cat behavior problems. Jackson takes you deeper into the world of thinking, living and feeling like a cat. And Kate delivers more tips and tricks to give you confidence in creating successful outcomes for your cat and your home!

Jackson states that you need to pro-active and build for your cat so that you don't have behavior problems. He states he sounds like a broken record, as he constantly tells people to think "up," and think of a vertical world, because the cats are already one step ahead of us. When they walk into a room, they are always looking up.

The best thing we can do in a multi-cat household, a household with cats and dogs, or a household with cat and small kids, is to allow the cats to survey the domain from up above.

Catify To Satisfy Book CoverJackson says that knowing your cat to begin with is key. You want to make sure that whenever your building something vertical, that you are building for your particular cats. Jackson is a big proponent of providing equal measures of comfort and challenge for our cats.

For example, if you have a cat that hides under the bed when people come over, Jackson suggests that you block their access to underneath the bed. Any place where they go to chose to be small or invisible and not a part of the conversation, should not be given to them.

Most people tend to over-comfort their cats and will even build beds in the closet for their "scaredy-cats." Jackson states you don't want to do this. You want to give them the concept of being close, but in a way that works for building confidence. You will find more on this subject in his book.

The full-color Catify To Satisfy is filled with: DIY instructions, plans, and diagrams; explorations of beautiful catified spaces with full color photos and portraits. You no longer have to have your cat home look shabby with dusty-rose colored shag carpet that is all torn up. You can actually have gorgeous, clean looking furniture for your cat.

Jackson currently has five cats and two dogs in his home. Just outside of his house is his feral family of another five cats. He is currently in the process of building a catio to house these feral cats.

Travelin' Surfin' Jack
Lucy Pet Foundation

Lucy Pet Products Shampoos & Leave-In ConditionersSurfin' Jack is traveling the country, and is currently in Atlanta, promoting his line of Shampoos and Leave-In Conditioners.

No matter what your preference, you are sure to find your favorite from Surfin' Jack Moisturizing Coconut; Blue Lightning Blueberry ; the Big Apple Skin Soothing Apple Oatmeal; Purple Rain Calm and Clean Lavender; Tropical Freshening; and Gentle Puppy Fresh Shampoos and Leave-in Conditioners.

You can use the Leave-In Conditioners as a way to freshen up your pet between baths. Just spray it on and brush it through. Your pet will not only smell wonderful between baths, it will even condition their coat.

You can find Lucy Pet Products at Petco and your independent specialty pet retailer. And if they don't have it, ask them to carry it!

The Mission of The Lucy Pet Foundation is to reduce pet overpopulation by having mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. The Lucy Pet Foundation currently has two buses that travel around Southern California focusing on spaying and neutering. These buses are state of the art surgery units. Their next focus is in generating more funds to expand the work of these buses and have more across the country.

The Lucy Pet Foundation not only offers free and reduced spays and neuters, they also do microchipping, vaccines and de-wormings. Spaying and neutering is not only great for pet population control, but it has been proven that an animal will live on an average of 40-percent longer after having this surgery.

Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile ClinicHere is a list of upcoming free or reduced fee mobile spay and neuter clinics in California (Please call and reserve space):

November 23, December 7, 14 & 18
Location: Baldwin Park, 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Hills, CA
Check in 7:30am
Please call 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment.

December 2, 4, 9 & 16
Location: Inland Valley, 865 E. Grand Ave., Pomona, CA
Check in 8:00am
Prices Vary
Please call 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment.

December 11
Peter Zippy Cats
Location: Zippy Cats Wilmington, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA
Drop Off 7:30am
$10 copay
Please call 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment.

Remember, you must get on a list to have your pet seen at these locations. Please call The Lucy Pet Foundation toll free at 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment, or register at the events.

See the current list of clinics at

Dr. Debbie WhiteDon't Stuff Your Pet With Thanksgiving Leftovers - Dr. Debbie

Thanksgiving is all about enjoying time together - family, friends, and great food. In many households the family pet may also sample a taste from the holiday table; a morsel of turkey breast for Tabby or a side of fixings for Fido. Tuned in to those enticing smells, our pets know how to manipulate us with a flutter of sad puppy dog eyes or incessant meowing.

Sharing these Thanksgiving goodies with our pets can put their health in jeopardy, but many of us do it. Over 60-percent of pet owners confess to sharing their holiday meal with their pets, but that doesn't make it wise.

Here's why:

Dog's and cat's digestive systems thrive on a stable, consistent diet. Toss in a few leftovers and your pet will respond with a thankful tail wag, but could leave him with gastroenteritis, and leave you with vomit and diarrhea messes sprinkled about the house.

Sharing Thanksgiving leftovers can risk more than just an upset belly though. Feeding human food to our pets can trigger pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that results in release of digestive enzymes into the abdomen. Pets with pancreatitis develop vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and abdominal pain, often demonstrated by a hunched abdomen. Pancreatitis is painful and life-threatening and may result in bleeding disorders or heart arrhythmias. Treatment for pancreatitis includes hospitalization, intravenous fluids, pain medications and anti-nausea medications.

Dog Staring at Cooked TurkeyPancreatitis risk is greatest in obese pets or those that ingest especially fatty foods like greasy meat trimmings, sauces and other rich side dishes. Be especially cautious with Schnauzers, who have an increased risk of pancreatitis due to breed predisposition.

Thinking of handing that turkey bone to your dog? Fugettaboutit! Any bones even cooked bones have the potential to splinter, damage the digestive tract, or cause an intestinal obstruction. Bone chewing also leads to damaged, chipped teeth which may require root canal surgery or surgical removal. You are better off to just brush those pearly whites than risk tooth pain and a costly dental procedure.

If you are looking for a safer way to include your pets in the holiday cheer, have a handful of pet treats on the ready. Better to stick with snacks you are certain will agree with your pet's digestive system. But if you must look on the table for your pet's treat, offer a small amount of white turkey meat without the skin or bones. Skip the sides, sauces and deserts. And be wary foods that are toxic to pets such as raisins, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts and chocolate.

Dog Digging in TrashAfter the meal is done, do a thorough cleanup and discard the turkey bones in a secure, outdoor garbage can away from pet access. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or where pets cannot reach them. Keep on the watch for the curious pets with a nose for trouble. Pets will ingest the turkey string, foils and any items with juices dripped on them.

Being thankful for your pets doesn't mean you have to stuff them with leftovers. Veterinary clinics across the country see a surge in sick pets every year after Thanksgiving. Be informed about Thanksgiving dangers and you'll avoid that unwanted emergency room visit this holiday.

Featured veterinarian known as "Dr. Debbie" on national pet radio program, Animal Radio. Ebook author of "Yorkshire Terriers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Pugs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Mini Schnauzers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; and "Shih Tzu: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend."

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WackyWed Contest IS ON - LIKE your FAVORITE pic and the three pics with the most LIKES & SHARES are this week's winner will receive Dog & Cat Food from Evangers.

Evangers Pet FoodTO ENTER Send us your FUNNY pet pic to - (Please put WACKYWED in the subject line & give us your pet's name, your name & where you hail from) If YOUR pic is chosen then spread the word to your friends & family on Wednesday - the pics w/the most LIKES and SHARES will be the winner!

This week we are giving away Hand-Packed Dog and Cat Food from Evangers. The first pet food company to introduce the concept of hand-packed manufacturing, Evanger's is celebrating 80 years with a re-launch of its restaurant quality line of hand crafted dinners for discerning dogs and cats. They are also the only privately-held and family-owned pet food cannery in the USA. Each of Evanger's Hand Packed recipes are made in the USA without grains, fillers, or artificial preservatives.

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Lori and FlobearAnimal Radio® News - Lori Brooks

Banning Shock Collars
The Scottish government is asking residents for their opinions on electric shock collars used to train cats and dogs and if they believe the collars should be banned. Wales, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have already banned shock collars, but supporters of them say they can be used successfully as a last resort - and have compared the pain inflicted to a static shock.

George and Amal Clooney with DogsAdopted by the Rich & Famous
Millie the Bassett Hound has a new famous dad and mom. The 4-year-old basset hound, with her very recognizable bark and howl, was adopted by George and Amal Clooney just before Halloween giving them 3 canine children. Fifty-six pound Millie is a big lap dog, loves cuddling and apparently has a thing or Mexican food. Animal Control originally picked up Millie as a stray when she was begging for food outside of a Mexican restaurant in Southern California.

Kangaroo Farts
Australian and Swiss researchers have revealed that while kangaroos emit low methane with flatulence, transplanting their unique gut bacteria will not render the same results in other animals, contrary to what other findings claim. It has always been known that kangaroos would produce little methane in large populations, mostly because kangaroos pass gas, rather than burp like cows and sheep. Now scientists say kangaroos produce low amounts of methane because of the way food moves through the kangaroo stomach and not because of a unique gut bacteria. The Journal of Experimental Biology study debunks other studies that claimed introducing the kangaroos' unique bacteria to cows and other high-methane producing animals would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Two-Way Video Chats With Your Dog
The company Anser Innovation is launching its PetPetChatzChatz HD Paw Call accessory. The technology lets your pets at home initiate two-way video chats with the press of a pet-safe button. All you do is place the button on the floor or wall near the PetChatz system. By clicking an icon within the PetChatz app, owners can dispense a treat, provide a soothing scent and receive sound and motion detection alerts of their pets. You'll have to give a raincheck if you want it for Christmas. The new PetChatz HD won't be out until January. The new system will cost $380, with the optional paw button and extra $100.

Gwen Stefani with BirdGwen Stefani Adds to Her Animal Menagerie
Congratulations to The Voice coach Gwen Stefani and her 3 sons who are adding to their animal menagerie. Mom Gwen and the kids were recently seen first buying a parakeet, then a few weeks later, I guess things were going well with the small bird, because she bought them a big macaw.

Pets Lower Incidents of Childhood Asthma
We report on all kinds of research that show how beneficial it is to have animals and pets in our lives. And here's another one. The good news here is this study specifically mentions asthma, which is a big problem for many families. This study shows exposure to dogs or farm animals at a young age is linked to a lower risk for childhood asthma at age six. In the study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers looked at over 650,000 kids and found a possible benefit to being around animals early on. Exposure to dogs during the first year of life was linked to a 13-percent lower risk of asthma in school age children and farm animal exposure was linked to a 52-percent lower risk for school age children and a 31-percent lower risk among preschool age kids. Researchers say their findings fall in line with the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that lack of exposure to germs and microbes during childhood could lead to more allergies and that exposure can lead to a more favorable immune system. Other research has linked living with pets or livestock to a lower allergy risk.

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