Animal Radio® Show #444 June 7, 2008

Timmy's In The Well
Jon Provost, Lassie
A dog barks. "What's that, girl? Timmy's in the well?" Whenever people hear this catchphrase, they know it's about Timmy and Lassie, the world's favorite boy-and-his-dog team.

Jon Provost, who played Timmy, must have some canine in his DNA. He understands the relationship between dogs and people implicitly. Watching Jon interact with dogs has been a dearly loved pastime for generations of viewers, ever since his career-making role as Timmy in the Lassie TV series.

Since his early acting days - gracing screens from not-quite-three - Jon has seen it all: the trials of child celebrity; the social strain; the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of the '60s on the Sunset Strip; and battles with near-crippling depression and dyslexia. For a while there, Timmy really was stuck down a well. But he got out - and these days Jon has a different story to tell.

2008 marks Jon's 50th anniversary in the role of Timmy. He is celebrating with the release of his autobiography, Timmy's in the Well and a multi-city tour. The legacy continues.

Known as a humanitarian and expert on the benefits of using animals for companionship and psychological health, Jon's new column, Your Canine Connection, can be read in the dog-lovers magazine Fido Friendly.

Design Star 3
Clive Pearse, HGTV
When Clive Pearse is away shooting Design Star for HGTV, he doesn't just leave his dog Delia with just anyone. In fact, he gives some great tips. When looking for a pet sitter, ask around. Word-of-mouth seems the best way to start. Interview all possible sitters and look to see how your pet reacts to them and also go with your gut feeling.

Design Star Season 3 is being filmed in Nashville. This season promises to be the best one yet, as the contestants have had a chance to view Seasons 1 & 2 and believe that they can do better. Out of the 39 hopefuls, the contestants will be narrowed down to the final eight, with a surprise 9th contestant picked by HGTV viewers.

During the first season, a room was designed by David Bromstead with products you would find at a pet store. This season, however, Clive tells us that while there are no "pet specific designs" there is a "whiff of pet" on one of the challenges. Clive also mentions that during the shooting, he did stand next to a horse ­ so there you go!

We gave Clive for some tips for Design Season 4 ­ decorate the sleeper cabs in semi-trucks!

12-Year-Old Girl Has Idea to Feed Hungry Dogs
Mimi Ausland,
Mimi Ausland, a 12 year old girl from Bend, Oregon, wanted to help feed the hungry dogs at her local animal shelter. "There are 10's of thousands of dogs in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal."

As a result, Mimi recently created to try and do just that. The way freekibble works is very simple: Every day you answer the dog trivia question (Bow Wow Trivia), right or wrong, freekibble will donate 10 pieces of kibble to the Humane Society - the more people that play, the more dogs freekibble can feed.

The primary mission of is to provide good, healthy dog food to these shelters that are working so hard to see that no dog goes hungry. Mimi's goal is to start with providing free kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon and then many more shelters after that. In the first 5 weeks, has generated over 210,000 pieces of kibble (enough to feed 560 dogs for one day!)

Mimi's has always had a passion for the animals. She's volunteered at HSCO for years and wanted to do more to help. Mimi thought that using the power of the Internet to involve pet lovers from all over, in a simple and fun way, could make a difference. And so far, not only is the site feeding the dogs, but it has also increased awareness and inspired other people (along with lots of kids) to get involved. It's easy and fun to contribute, and you may even learn a few interesting things about dogs along the way.

But Mimi hasn't forgotten about the cats. She has also launched a website called to feed the kitties.

Please check out the sites and play Bow Wow Trivia and Meow Trivia every day and help spread the word. The more you play, the more kibble for the animals. You might even learn something. Right or wrong, all you have to do is click on an answer - you win and so do the animals!

Cows and Waterbeds?
Britt Savage
Waterbeds were a big hit in the 70's, but lately they're a big hit with the cows. Dairy Farmer, Kirk Christie, says his cows give milk while resting on waterbeds and watching a flat screen TV. He says the specially made cow waterbeds were a big hit with his cows from the beginning. They provide heat in the winter and cool them in the summer, depending upon the water he pipes in. Happy cows produce more milk and since the waterbeds, milk production has jumped up 20%.

Christie installed the TV because he said the cows were so used to just hearing his voice, that when visitors came by, they got scared. Now they get a chance to meet new people on TV. And according to Christie, they like Oprah and Dr. Phil.

He may be the only farmer offering his cows TV entertainment, but the waterbeds are here to stay. According to the manufacturer, there are over 150,000 cow waterbeds being used and more orders are coming in every day, causing a lot of cows to ask, "Hey Elsie, what's your sign?"

Vladae, The "World Famous" Russian Dog Wizard
Is your dog out of control ­ barking non-stop, pulling on the leash, chewing your belongings, digging in the backyard, growling or possibly biting? If you have a problem ­ Vladae has the solution. Vladae, the World Famous Russian dog Wizard, teaches people how to control their dogs.

My Dachshund pees everywhere
You need to keep your dog in three positions: 1. Always keep your dog under your supervision. 2. If you can't supervise your dog, keep them in the crate. 3. Have them with you when they go outside. 4. Praise them when they go potty outside. They will then get in the habit of peeing outside.

My dog has separation anxiety
When you leave, your dog doesn't understand that you WILL come back. What to do: 1. Before you leave, tire your dog out. Take him in the backyard and play catch with him. 2. Do obedience training (sit, down, stay) for one minute, which uses the same energy as them running for one mile. Also put some weights on your dog with a doggy backpack with a little bit of weight (water bottles - about 16oz -work great). After all of this work, your dog will be glad to let you leave so he can rest. 3. Leave him with something to chew on, like a "Bully Stick," but remove it when you return. 4. You might also want to play the CD Canine Lullabies while you are gone. 5. When you return, don't pay attention to your dog for the first 15 minutes. 6. If you are gone all day to work, you might want to think about hiring someone to come in your home daily for a couple of weeks to break the day up and let your dog get attached to them as well. 7. And, don't let your dog sleep in the bed with you.

My dog bites people
What to do: 1. You need to stop your dog from barking and from pulling on the leash. This will stop aggression in your dog that makes him bite. 2. You then need to teach her to love what she hates. 3. Put her in the crate and get people to come into your home. 4. If she barks or growls make loud growling noise to make her quiet. 5. If she quits barking, give her a treat and praise her.

Radical Reptiles and Friends
Brian Hian
Growing up, Ben Hian's was always fascinated by snakes. Every day, Ben used to ask his mother for a snake, and every single day she would tell him "on the day you move out you can get a snake." So the day before he moved out, he acquired his very firsts snake.

Currently, Ben owns about 100 reptiles. In fact he owns so many he has to set up feeding schedules for different days of the week to feed them all.

Now, reptiles are his life, passion and his business. Ben does educational presentations for schools, after-school programs and birthday parties. He brings in the reptiles and educates people. Ben found that growing up, everybody had a thought or belief about snakes and reptiles, and a lot of people are taught to be scared of how terrible and horrible these animals are. And if you notice, in all of the TV shows and movies it's always the snake, the spider, and the lizard, that's always the bad guy. So we grow up to be frightened of these creatures.

Reptiles actually make great pets for children with the appropriate adult supervision. But before you buy any reptile, for you or your child, do some kind of research. Go to the library or go to the pet store to buy a book on that particular reptile before you actually acquire it.

Believe it or not, even with this many reptiles, Ben has a girlfriend. And in fact, his girlfriend loves his reptiles, except for the "Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches" who really do hiss. And his mother, well she visits occasionally.


Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Joy talks to Larry who wants to communicate with his 3 boxers who have passed away.

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Bobbie Hill, Special Correspondent
Pet Food Settlement
A settlement was announced last week in the lawsuits associated with the deaths of perhaps thousands of cats and dogs who ate food with contaminated ingredients. Canadian based Menu Foods, which makes pet food sold under 90 different brand names, was one of the companies sued. In April they announced they were settling lawsuits brought by pet owners in the U.S. and Canada. The deal reached last Thursday will provide 24-million dollars to people who incurred expenses after their pets consumed the contaminated food, which was linked to wheat gluten imported from China. A judge has to approve this settlement during a hearing in U.S. District Court.

Pets instead of pills
If you're feeling stressed take a pet instead of a pill - that's what many studies have shown. In Britain, "Pets Instead of Pills" was launched at national hospitals where patients were given money to spend on pets. The pilot program showed pets saved the national health care system millions of dollars a year. U.S. physicians have used dogs as therapy for years with positive results. Researchers at Texas Veterinary College found elderly patients who have dogs visit the doctor less frequently and have lower blood pressure. While the practice of including animals, as therapy is popular in Europe and the U.S. it is just now gaining recognition with physicians in Russia.

Little Joe, The Turtle is Returned
A Santa Fe Springs tortoise is back home after being AWOL for two weeks. The 60-year-old pet went missing from his family's backyard and was picked up by a woman who thought "Little Joe" was her missing turtle. Then she read about the wayward pet who'd been with the Stenson family since the mid 1950-s. The woman quickly contacted the family and Little Joe is said to be home eating grapes and hibiscus flowers.

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Allergic Pets and People
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
From springtime through the late fall, many people are subject to seasonal allergies. But people are not the only ones suffering. For our dogs and cats, these same seasons can bring intense itching and discomfort. Yes, it seems our pets can get their own "hay fever."

It's a very frustrating and somewhat common situation. Pet owners by the millions flock to their veterinarians in the hope of relieving their pet's itchiness. For many people, the constant chewing, licking, and scratching can test their love for their pets.

Current estimates show that about 20 million pets suffer from some sort of skin condition and many of these are allergies. Allergies are an over-reaction of the body's immune system to a foreign substance, such as pollen or flea saliva. For people with allergies, we sneeze and sniffle as our bodies respond to histamine released by immune cells. These symptoms are due to the reaction of histamine with receptors in our nose and upper airways.

Our pets, however, react somewhat differently. Dogs and cats have many more histamine receptors in the skin and fewer in the nose. As histamine is released, the receptors cause an itchy feeling and the pet reacts by scratching at that site. Scratching can generate more histamine release, thereby causing more scratching. The constant assault on the skin by the pet's claws can actually damage the skin, leading to bacterial infections. Areas of hair loss and oozing sores known as "hot spots" are very common with allergies.

Fleas are often found to be the reason for a pet's itchiness. However, the pet who is truly allergic to fleas will often appear to have no fleas at all! Why? Because these pets are the ultimate flea catchers, doing everything in their power to bite or scratch the discomfort of the flea away. The flea's saliva sets off an allergic reaction leading to a flurry of chewing and digging at the skin.

Allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen and mold spores, are another reason for itchiness in pets. This is known as atopy and affects many pets from springtime straight through until fall. This condition can be inherited in certain breeds.

If your pet has signs of allergies year round and you see little or no improvement with certain medications, you may have a pet that has food allergies. Contrary to popular belief, food allergies take time to develop and are not due to recent diet changes. Most pets that develop food allergies have been eating the offending food with little problem for years. Common food allergens can include any major protein or carbohydrate source in the pet's food.

In some mild cases, the itchiness can be treated with anti-histamines or even steroids for a short period of time. However, pet owners need to be aware that allergies are not a condition that can be cured. The good news though, is that they can be well managed with a team effort from the pet owner and the veterinary team.

Utilizing diagnostic tests such as blood testing and even skin allergy tests, veterinarians can often find ways to reduce the pet's discomfort level. In some cases, your family veterinarian may refer you and your pet to a veterinary dermatologist. This specialist has many more diagnostic and treatment resources available to bring relief to your pet. In all cases, you, the pet owner, are a vital part of the team. It will be up to you to make sure that all pets in the household are treated for fleas or that your pet stays on the recommended hypoallergenic diet and doesn't sneak other treats!

Allergies are not only one of the most frequent reasons for a trip to the veterinarian, but are also a big reason for pet owners becoming frustrated with their pet. Working with your veterinary team to identify what is causing your pet's symptoms will help keep your four-legged family member right where he needs to be - with you! Click here to see a video of how pet owners deal with their pet's allergies.

International Animal News with Kaye Browne, Pet Talk Radio

Computer tells how guard dogs feel by sound of barks ­ ruins escape plans by prisoners in Israel

Hard economic times mean some give up pets ­ but homeless outreach group in Santa Barbara secures overnight car parks to keep pets with homeless families

It wasn't a china shop a bull rampaged through ­ but a house in Germany was left with thousands dollars worth of damage

Unique Graduate in Ohio ­ Golden Retriever Zeke earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Canine Companionship

Dog breeds people spent most money on - Chihuahuas!
Listen to Current World News


Feline Heartworm
Dr. Marty Becker, ABC's Good Morning America
Cats can and do become infested with heartworms. The cat is not a natural host for the heartworm, which means the migrating larval heartworm is not likely to find its way to the heart, should it make its way into a cat's skin from a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes that carry heartworm definitely prefer to feed on dogs.

The cat's immune system is extremely reactive against heartworms. For this reason, it is virtually impossible to detect immature heartworms-called microfilariae-in an infected cat. (The cat's immune system removes them too quickly.) Also, symptoms of infection tend to be more immune-related than heart-failure related. Cats develop more of a lung disease, complete with respiratory stress, and chronic coughing or vomiting. Feline heartworm disease is often misdiagnosed as feline asthma. Sudden death may occur just as it may occur in infected dogs, however.

In areas where heartworms are prevalent, giving a cat heartworm preventive can protect your pet. Talk to your veterinarian.

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