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Animal Radio® for June 22, 2013  

Jo Anne Worley, Rowan & Martin's Laugh In

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

Currently, Jo Anne is the President of Actors and Others for Animals, a California non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals.

Jo Anne says that the name, "Actors and Others for Animals" is a silly name. People always mess it up and say, "Actors and Other Animals" or "Animals For Actors." The organization was started years ago when Doris Day saw a need and started collecting money from actors on a set. The people who were behind the cameras, the lighting crew, the people who did wardrobe, all said they wanted to contribute. So that's how the words "And Others" got into it.

Their main mission is to curb the pet overpopulation problem by subsidizing spaying and neutering surgeries. Together with other vital services, they are there to help pet guardians living on a low or fixed income care for their beloved companions.

Jo Anne loves the animals and has a rescued miniature Yorkshire Terrier named Harmony, who travels everywhere with her. She states that, "Harmony is a world class traveler, and is better at it than I am!" Jo Anne also mentions that Harmony is a service dog, and stated, "She keeps me calm and sane, and that is an extremely good thing!"

A Real Life Pet Entertainer!
Lee Day, Pet Entertainer

Lee DayLee Day provides a service not performed by any other entertainer worldwide. She has combined two of her most intense passions, show business and pets, into a business that has endured for fifteen years. She is like the Chuck Woolery for dating animals!

Lee Day is a Pet Entertainer! She performs pet weddings and pet dating services. In 1984, Lee created the first Bark Mitzvah. Dogs have to be 2 years of age (in human years - which equals about 13 in dog years) and Lee says the Jewish Prayer with the dog getting presents. Lee has performed many Bark Mitzvahs, including one for Joan River's dog, Spike, who got a lot of attention and love, which is what its all about!

But that's not all, Lee is the only person in the world to provide a romantic dating service for animals. She even took two lobsters out for a romantic date to Red Lobster! She also took two penguins from Sea World out and actually performed their marriage, complete with a wedding certificate. Lee also performed a marriage between two of Sally Jesse Raphael's horses.

Lee is also a pet hairstylist and when she comes to your home to groom your pet, she will also sing to them. The singer, actress, comedian and dancer is a "full-service" service!

The Dogfather's Grooming Tip with Joey Villani

Joey VillaniSprucing Up Your Pet's Coat Color
People frequently ask Joey if there is a way to spruce up their pet's coat color. Not only is there a way, but it's easy if you do it right.

If you have a multi-colored dog, like a Dalmatian, you don't want to try this, as it is too difficult. But if your dog is a solid color, like apricot or black, it is real easy. Go out and buy a small jar of Vaseline, not scented, just regular Vaseline. Next, buy Just For Men Hair Color, not the type for the beard or mustache, but for the hair. Don't buy a color that is permanent. Permanent products are dangerous and messy and should be left for professionals.

First, you want to do a test patch on your dog. After mixing the formula for a test patch, it is no longer any good, so just take a couple of drops of each solution, one being the activator and the other being the color. Mix them together and put it on a test spot on your dog and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse it off and wait 24 hours to see if there is any irritation or if the skin looks pink. If you do see a reaction, do not go through with the coloring of your dog.

Just For Men productIf there is no reaction, you need to figure out how to secure your dog safely in your bathtub or in a sink. This can't be stressed enough! Because if your dog is not secure, they may jump out and stain your carpets and your furniture.

When your dog is secure and you are ready to begin, start off with a dry dog. It is a good idea to put a little Vaseline in your dog's eyes to protect them from any dye. Put on the plastic gloves that are provided and mix the remaining solution together.

You need to work fast now. If you have a big dog, you might want an extra person to help you out. You need to get the solution on your dog and be able to rinse it off within five minutes. It is best to apply it to the areas where it is usually needed the most, like the head and the back. Leave it on for the recommended five minutes. If your dog is not solid black or brown and has a hint of other colors, leave it on for three minutes.

After you have rinsed off the dye, shampoo and condition your dog. Conditioning is very important because it's going to lock everything in place.

When you are done, you will be left with a dog that looks 10 years younger!

Animal Radio® News with Stacey Cohen

Puppy holding left paw upThe Way Your Dog Behaves Could Be In His Feet!
If your otherwise well-behaved dog barks at the postman, the reason could well be in its feet. Scientists have found that 'left-pawed' canines are more aggressive towards strangers than their 'right-pawed' counterparts. They tested dozens of pets with a special toy to find out which side they favored and then analyzed their behavior. The left paw is controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, which other studies have shown is linked to negative emotions. The results mirror those for humans as research has shown the same is true of people.

Veterinarian holding microchipLaw Says Animals Must Be Microchipped
Some owners of exotic animals say a new Ohio law is onerous and infringes on their constitutional rights and they've asked a federal appeals court to strike it down. The private owners argue in a brief that the law violates the First and Fifth Amendments by limiting their freedom of association and effectively taking their property by requiring them to implant microchips in their animals at their own expense before being registered with the state. They argue the law includes impossible hurdles that leave owners who want to operate for-profit businesses only one option: joining a zoological group that private owners are "loathe to associate with." Attorney Robert Owens called Ohio permitting requirements "A sham," imposing compliance costs so exorbitantly high they exceed the value of the animals involved and threatening to financially wipe out those who seek permits.

Packages of poop readied for mailingPackage Of Poop
A town in Spain has found a unique way to encourage dog-owners to pick up after their pets. According to Orange News, the council in Brunete recently launched a campaign that involves packaging unscooped droppings and sending them back to the owners in a box marked "Lost Property." A spokesman for the council explains that they had a team of 20 volunteers spend a week looking out for the irresponsible owners. If they saw someone who failed to clean up their pup's mess, they'd approach them and casually try to find out the dog's name. They were then able to use the town's registered pet database to get the owner's address and return whatever their dog left behind. The volunteers made 147 deliveries during the weeklong scheme, and it seemed to work. Brunete reported a 70-percent drop in unscooped dog poo.

Teenage boy with dogShelter Dogs Help Troubled Teens
A New study at Washington State University is looking at how shelter dogs can help teens struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. Lindsay Ellsworth, a doctoral candidate in Animal Sciences at WSU said "I was surprised during the trial period, how calm the boys were around the dogs and at how outbursts and hyperactivity diminished." The researchers hope the success of the program can be implemented in other teen behavioral therapy programs across the country and be a win-win for teens and shelter dogs alike. "Any sort of activity that provides an opportunity for shelter dogs to socialize with humans and other dogs outside of the kennel environment is great, and that is the value that the shelter sees in these dog-interaction activities, too," Ellsworth said.

Barbaturex Morrisoni Lizard and Jim MorrisonExtinct Lizard Named For Late Dead Singer
An extinct lizard that lived 40-million years ago has been named for the late lead singer of The Doors. Scientists named the six-foot-long lizard Barbaturex Morrisoni. Jim Morrison referred to himself as the Lizard King and scientists decided to pin his name on a creature that was much bigger than other reptiles; in other words, a "lizard king." They say it was the biggest plant-eating lizard that ever lived. Jim Morrison died in 1971 at the age of 27.

TriceratopsLargest Complete Skeleton Of Triceratops Found
Scientists are digging out one of the most complete skeletons ever found of a Triceratops, the three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur. They've found the remains of three of the giant reptiles on a Wyoming ranch near Newcastle. The most complete to date has about 76-percent of its skeleton. It's on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas. The triceratops lived about a half-a-million years before the dinosaurs became extinct. Excavation began last month and is expected to take about a month.

Karl Lagerfeld and his cat ChoupetteChanel Designer Wants To Marry His Cat
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld says he'd marry his cat if it were legal. Lagerfeld recently announced he's "fallen in love" with his pampered feline named Choupette. In the past, he's been known to buy her an iPad and a silken pillow to sleep on. However, this is the first time he's said he would wed the white pedigree kitty. In an interview on CNN, he said he never thought he'd fall in love like this with a cat.

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