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Animal Radio® Show #496 June 6, 2009


Get Your Licks on Route 66 - The Cross-Country Adoption Tour

Susan Sims, Fido Friendly Magazine

Fido Friendly Magazine and North Shore Animal League America bring you “Get Your Licks on Route 66.”  The cross-country adoption tour kicks off June 6th in Pico Rivera, California and travels to raise awareness of shelter adoptions with its mission to save lives. 

Find the 36-foot mobile adoption unit on the length of nostalgic Route 66 in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and Illinois with an adoption wrap party in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early July.

The mobile adoption unit will be stopping in 12 cities along the way and will visit with local shelters along the way who will bring out their available dogs and cats for adoption.  Fido Friendly Magazine will be taking pictures of everyone who adopts a dog and one lucky person will be selected to have their picture on the cover of Fido Friendly Magazine.   Their goal is to raise awareness for the plight of homeless pets and get people out to find their furry companion!

The entire tour is broadcast live every weekend on Animal Radio®.  Animal Radio® is a supporting sponsor of this event. 

Join us as we kick-off the 12-city adoption tour. We're live in Los Angeles June 6th 1-3pm. Look for the 36' Alpha-Dog Broadcast Vehicle and the 36' NSAL Adoption Bus at Wal-Mart, 8500 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera. KOST 103.5 will also be there!



Guardians Forgo Luxuries Rather Than Skimp on Dogs

Many owners in this deepening recession would forgo luxuries rather than skimp on their dog’s needs.  They would eat fewer meals; cancel gym memberships and delay buying new clothes.  That’s according to an American Kennel Club online survey of more than 1,000 people.

Respondents were self-selected, meaning they voluntarily participated in the survey, so the results may not apply statistically to the general dog-owning population, but their answers prove once again owners’ devotion to their dogs:

96% say they would give up their latte habit

79% would cancel a teeth-whitening appointment in favor of their dog’s annual teeth cleaning

67% would cancel travel plans if they couldn’t afford boarding their dog

65% would regularly eat ramen noodles before they would cut back on high-quality dog food

The only must-have item among owner’s expenses:

More than 70% would keep their Internet access!


Saving Lives With Cancer Treatments

Dr. Greg Ogilvie, Angel Care Cancer Center

Dr. Ogilvie is director of the Angel Care Cancer Center at California Veterinary Specialists and president of the Special Care Foundation for Companion Animals.  Dr. Ogilvie is board certified in both the specialties of internal medicine and oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ogilvie is currently a part of a group conducting a special study exploring new delivery methods for chemotherapy.  Rather than the conventional intravenous administration, the chemo is in the form of a sustained release implant inserted under his scapula.

Studies like this can help animals while reducing the cost of treatment for the participants.

One such dog undergoing the treatments is Barnaby, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever. 

Read Barnaby’s story:

Help Barnaby Help Dr. Ogilvie Pioneer Life-Saving Cancer Treatments

My name is Barnaby. I’m a golden retriever, and I want to live. Not long ago I broke my leg and had an operation to fix it. After my operation the doctor said I had bone cancer and my broken leg would never get better. It made my mom and dad cry. I was weak from the surgery and I also had something called laryngeal paralysis, which caused me to breathe in some saliva, and I got pneumonia. My leg hurt really bad, and my pneumonia and laryngeal paralysis made it hard to breathe and this made me even more miserable. If nothing was done about the cancer I would be gone in a few weeks. But it was going to be very expensive. My mom and dad felt bad for me. And they felt like they had to make a decision between getting me better, and feeding my brother and sister. I like my brother and sister. I don’t want them to go without their dinner. But I am not ready to say goodbye to my mom and dad and brother and sister, my walks, the dog park, and the feel of the sun on my face. I may be 13, but I still have so much life left in me!

My mom and dad knew all this. But still, how could they help me get better and keep taking good care of my brother and sister? None of us wanted the family to be split up. Then Dr. Ogilvie told my mom and dad about a way I can get better, live longer, and help other kids like me get better, too. Plus, we’ll be able to save a little money on cancer treatments, because the cost of the special medicine – something called chemo – is reduced for kids who are in the study.

The lower chemo cost is helpful, but we need your help too. Surgery and cancer treatments are really expensive! So my mom and dad are sending out a "Challenge of Hope" in asking people to help me. I want to help Dr. Ogilvie find new ways to get kids like me get better. If you want to learn more about how my mom and dad and me found out about my cancer, and how I got invited to be in Dr. Ogilvie’s study, go here.        

If you want to accept my mom and dad’s Challenge of Hope and make a donation to help pay for my treatment, please send your check or money order to:

RLR Holdings

160 W. Foothill Parkway


Corona, CA 92882

Be sure to write on the check, “For Barnaby.”

Thank you so much for helping me and kids like me fight cancer!


Vladae, The "World Famous" Russian Dog Wizard
Dog Grabs Him and Drags Him in House

When this guy gets home from work, his dog will grab any loose clothing on him and drag him into the house.  He has tried shaking a can with pennies, squirting her with water and even grabbing her nose, but she won’t stop this behavior.  Vladae suggests getting the Pet Convincer  (a hand-held device which emits an air blast), which should stop this behavior.

Dog Barks And Paces

This German Shepherd is five months old and was rescued two months ago from the pound.   He has a problem of barking and when anyone stands up, he starts pacing.  The first thing Vladae asks is if the dog listens to her more of her husband more.   He also feels that they are giving too much affection to the dog and not enough leadership and the dog is insecure.   He suggests increasing the discipline level by doing obedience training.  He also recommends using the Herm Sprenger collar, which mimics a dog’s mother’s teeth, which is not dangerous like a choke collar. 

Dog Knocks Down People At Door And Runs Away

This Bassett Hound is 3 years old and is very mild and very loving until someone knocks at the door.  Then, he wants to knock them down and run away.   Vladae suggests getting a soda can and put 5-6 pennies in it and tape the top.   When someone comes to the door, pick up the can and (1) move forward (2) make a startling sound – like a growl (3) and then toss the can next to the dog, if it hits the dog lightly, it is okay.  When the dog stops, give him plenty of praise.


Vinnie Penn, Animal Radio's Resident Party Animal

Dog Run or Nightclub?

I was visiting a friend of mine in New York not too long ago, when I was shooting a TV series.  (Please visit to check out what else I’m up to outside the Party Animal Segment - The TV Show is Called “That’s What He Said,” and some of the episodes are up on the website.)

I got together with a buddy of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while, and we took his big old dog out for a walk to one of those dog runs.  Kilgore is the name of his dog. 

I had never been to one of those dog runs before and my buddy is doing the whole New York thing, “You can meet girls, the girls I meet down here and this and that…”  But he kept Kilgore really close to him, saying that he didn’t play all that well with other dogs.  Sometimes he will or sometimes he won’t.  But it was all about him.  All about the girls he could meet down, and there were some good looking girls down at the dog run with their little dogs, their medium sized dogs, their Beagles running around. 

But, I thought what about Kilgore?  This is where he should be hooking up!  Doesn’t he get a chance?  I mean, it’s a dog run!  It’s not a nightclub!  But my boy couldn’t understand that.  He said he didn’t know what I was talking about and said that he didn’t get the dog to pick up girls, but that dog runs are just a good place to meet girls.  Yes, but it’s also a great place for your dog to meet another dog! 

I’m not talking about impregnating another dog, or having a moderately horrific dog humping another dog scenes in front of everyone.  But, this is the dog run, it is the nightclub for dogs! 

Am I wrong?  Kilgore didn’t get to do much other than run around in a circle a couple of times; catch a Frisbee once or twice.  But every time he even eyed a sweet looking Rottweiler or Doberman Pinscher on the other side of the grassy knoll that they had there, my buddy Rich would yell, “Kilgore – get over here now!”  I told him to let him sniff, let’s see what his opening sniff is; let’s see what his come on sniff is!



Animal Radio® News with Bobbie Hill

NUTRO Pet Food Recall

If you feed your pets NUTRO cat food, listen carefully - the FDA has announced a recall of more than 20 varieties of dry cat food. NUTRO claims its voluntarily recalling NUTRO Natural Choice Complete Care dry cat foods as well as NUTRO Max dry cat food.  The products affected have a “Best if used by date” of May 12, 2010 and August22, 2010.  NUTRO said the recall was because of incorrect potassium and zinc levels in those foods.  In a press release NUTRO said they had not gotten any reports from pet owners of problems.  You can find out more at

Vick Working with HSUS

Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle is confirming that former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will be working with the Humane Society of the United States. Vick was recently released from Leavenworth prison after serving 23 months of jail time for his part in bankrolling and participating in a dog-fighting ring. Pacelle has made it clear to both Vick and his attorney that the ex-con should contribute more than just public service announcements. Pacelle met with Vick at the federal prison weeks ago according to the L.A.  Times.  Just a reminder, Vick remains suspended from playing in the NFL.

Man Sucks Snake Venom Out of Dog

A Cheyenne Wyoming man saved his dog’s life by sucking snake venom out of the bite.  Tank the dog was bitten on the nose by a rattlesnake on the family ranch.  Owner Bobby Jenkins rushed the dog to the vet for the lifesaving antivenin. Jenkins needed some too - actually he required four vials, with each vial carrying a price tag of $3,500.  The good news is both Tank and Jenkins are recovering!

Thoroughbred Owner Faces Animal Cruelty

In April authorities raided Center Brook Farm in Greene County New York and charged Thoroughbred owner Ernest Para Gallo with over 20 counts of animal cruelty.  Three horses had to be euthanized out of the 177 seized and now New York lawmakers are working to make horse cruelty a felony.  The legislation, which is expected to be introduced, will cover racehorses and not farm animals.   Paragallo entered a not guilty plea to the charges and is free on bail.

Most Pets Cared for by Women

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows most pets are cared for by women.  According to research in the Journal of the AVMA 75 percent of individuals who take responsibility for primary pet care are women.  The numbers change however.... just as soon as men reach the retirement age of 65.  At that point research shows the critter chores get split 50-50.

Cat Raises Money for Charity by Twittering

A North Carolina rescued cat named Romeo Twitters for charity.... okay, his owner is the one with the opposable thumbs. Ever since his owner Caroline Golon signed up her furry friend in February they’ve raised more than $14,000 for animal welfare groups. For each follower on Twitter, Golon gives a nickel to charity and the now 5,000 followers are matching donations.  You can check him out at That’s his blog. {Twitter him @romeothecat}

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Animal Minute With Britt Savage

Cats Go On The Longest Taxi Ride

Do you find it hard to put your animal on a plane cross-country?  Well, so did Bob and Betty Matas of New York when they moved to Phoenix, Arizona.  Instead, they found a cab driver, Douglas Guldeniz, who agreed to make the trek.  The driver took the Matas’s along with their two cats, Cleopatra and Pretty Face for a 2,500 mile drive from New York to Arizona, for a fee of $3,000, plus gas meals and lodging.  Good thing the driver drove a SUV hybrid-electric vehicle to save on fuel!

Woman Gets Hand Stuck In Dog's Mouth

A British woman was trapped for an hour with her hand stuck in her dog’s mouth.  It all started when her boxer, playing in the backyard, somehow got a fishing hook stuck in his mouth.  Owner Vicky Mori frantically tried to remove the hook, but ended up getting hooked to her dog.   She was able to dial the phone with her free hand and a fire crew and paramedics arrived and were able to separate the two.  Both will be okay, although Vicky’s hand was injured so badly, she will need a skin graft.   Hopefully her dog will stick to Frisbees in the future!



Your Vet Questions Answered with Dr. Debbie

2 German Shepherds Jump Fence And Take Off

These two German Shepherds, one male and one female, constantly take off.  They originally had the female who did this and thought that she would stay if there were another dog.  But now it is worse, with both of them taking off.  However, they are on 6 acres of land with only a 4-foot fence to keep them in – no problem for a German Shepherd to scale.  They now have an electric fence, but they still jump it.  Dr. Debbie suggests erecting a taller fence in a smaller area and only let them outside when they are supervised.  She also suggests that getting them tired and stimulated in their own backyard might help curb this desire.

Cat Licks Fur Off Stomach

This rescued cat was spayed two years ago when she was adopted.  However, she has always licked the fur on her belly around the incision until there is no hair left.  Dr. Debbie feels that this could either be a behavioral issue or perhaps even a food allergy.  She suggests a hypoallergenic diet for about 6-8 weeks, feeding only that food and nothing else, including no treats.  If this doesn’t work, you might try behavior medicine to calm the behavior down.

Cat Comes Home With Scabs And Abscesses

This neutered male cat gets into a lot of scraps and comes home with wounds that later develop into abscesses which then send him to the vet’s for antibiotics.   Dr. Debbie states the obvious, that the best way to prevent this from happening is to keep him inside.  She also suggests having him tested for feline leukemia and kitty aids, which can weaken his immune system.   The guardian should also think about a “cattery” which is an enclosed outdoor area.

Dog Has Red Mange 

This 3-year-old Jack Russell/Miniature Pinscher mix had developed bald spots when she was first adopted at 10 weeks old that went away and never came back.   Her vet said it was red mange as a result of breastfeeding as a puppy and that her guardian would just have to live with the red mange.   Dr. Debbie explains that red mange is a mite called the demodex mite and is common in puppies whose immune system hasn’t fully developed, and they usually go away never to return.

Deaf Puppy Growls At Guardian When Being Corrected

This puppy was purchased at a pet store and it wasn’t until later that the guardians realized he was deaf.   She is now 1 year old and has gone through puppy training sessions, which she did very well in.  But, in the last three months she has been growling and biting at her guardian when she is being removed from furniture or other places she wants to stay in.   About one month ago they purchased another dog to keep her company.   Dr. Debbie isn’t sure if this behavior is related to being deaf or the dog is just being dominant.  She suggests using a head harness, such as a gentle leader, so she can be directed away from objects and her guardian can still maintain control, and then reward her.



Brad Baxter, Automated Pet Care Products, Inc.

Face it, anyone who owns a cat is chained to litter box duties.  You must clean them on a daily basis or the smell can be daunting.   And what cat likes to use a dirty litter box?

There are many self-cleaning, automatic litters on the market.   But when we heard about the Litter-Robot, we dediced to check it out.  What makes the Litter-Robot stand out from the others is that it works with any clumping litter.  Which means you don’t have to go out and buy a special litter, you can use the litter that your cat already likes.   And there are no special receptacles or waste bags.  The Litter-Robot will work with inexpensive kitchen bags or even the large grocery bags.

The Litter-Robot (which looks similar to a cement mixer or a gumball machine) will also save you money by wasting very little of the clean litter. With the Litter-Robot, a bag of litter lasts a long, long time.  It saves you on trips to the pet supply store, and it is friendlier to the environment.

So, if you are tired of cleaning the litter box; tired of the smell; and want to save money in the long run, check out the Litter-Robot!


Disney Pixar “Up" The Must-See Comedy for Everyone this Summer!

Animal Radio® has teamed up with Disney/Pixar to celebrate the kick-off of “Up.”

Up is a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman, Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.  But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.  Up will be presented in Disney Digital 3’D in select theaters.

Cast and characters:

* Edward Asner as Carl Fredricksen.
* Jordan Nagai as Russell, Wilderness Explorer stowaway on Carl's flying house

* Bob Peterson as Dug, a dog with a collar that translates his thoughts into comical-sounding English
* Kevin, a large tropical bird. Russell gives the bird a male name although Kevin is actually a girl
* Christopher Plummer as Charles F. Muntz, the villain
* Delroy Lindo as Beta, Muntz's talking Rottweiler
* Jerome Ranft as Gamma, Muntz's talking Bulldog
* John Ratzenberger as Tom, a construction worker
* Elizabeth "Ellie" Docter as Young Ellie, Carl's late wife (as a child)

Tune in to win a great prize pack from Disney/Pixar's first film in Disney Digital  3-D™, UP!  UP opens nationwide on May 29th - but you can take home the adventure now. Select Animal Radio® callers will receive the Tag™ Reading System and Up storybook plus a movie hat, t-shirt and mini poster. Give reading skills a lift with this LeapFrog® Tag™ storybook featuring Carl, Russell and friends from Up! Kids can use the Tag Reading System to bring words and pictures in the book to life, then play learning activities that help build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills! Learn more about the movie at



How Do You Get Urine Out of Hardwood Floors?

This caller rents out houses and when one of his tenants who had a cat moved out, the house smelled like he didn't use any litter boxes. When the carpet was pulled up, it exposed hardwood floors, which were partially varnished.  The floors have since been washed but the smell will not go away.   The recommendation is to strip the varnish and then try equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in one gallon of water along with Dawn Soap and scrub those floors before replacing the carpet!



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