July 28, 2007
Wendie Malick, Just Shoot Me
Wendie Malick was a presenter at the 21st Genesis Awards, which is an annual event to honor outstanding individuals in the major media for raising awareness of animal issues presented by The Humane Society of the United States.
This year's award, which took place on March 24th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, will be rebroadcast on AmericanLife TV Network. Please check with your cable company to see if you receive American Life TV Network.
Listen in as Wendie talks about growing
up with dogs, and in fact, states her older sister was a collie!
Karen Delise, The Pit Bull Placebo
First it was the Bloodhound, sensationalized in the dramatizations of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Then it was the Doberman Pinscher, symbol of the Nazi menace for a nation at war. Today, it is the Pit bull that is vilified for the depravity of his master.
Today, police chase down fleeing Pit bulls in the street, firing dozens of wild shots in response to media-fed rumors of supernatural Pit bull abilities. Politicians coach and nurture this fear with their own brand of rhetoric used to assist in the passing of quick and ineffective legislation created to pacify communities ignorant of the real cause for dog attacks. Hundreds of animal shelters throughout the country kill all unclaimed Pit bull-looking dogs, as they are deemed "unadoptable" solely on their physical appearance.
Karen reveals how our views and beliefs about canine aggression have changed over the last 150 years and how our perceptions about the nature and behavior of dogs has been influenced and shaped by persons and organizations who often times disseminate information about dog attacks. By examining actual cases of severe dog attacks during the last 150 years-the circumstances, the individual dogs involved, the victims, and our interpretations of these events-Karen attempts to offer a reasoned and balanced perspective on the behavior of dogs and the critical role humans play in the management and treatment of our canine companions.
Karen Delise is the founder of the National
Canine Research Council, comprised of canine experts created to
present accurate statistics and to provide detailed information
on the human and canine behaviors which have contributed to cases
of severe and fatal dog attacks.
What Do You Do With Your Pet's Hair?
Victoria Pettigrew, VIP Fibers
Well, if you are like Victoria Pettigrew, you can't bear to throw away your pet's hair. But, what can you do with it?
After receiving Boo Boo Bear, a Chow Chow from her husband as a wedding gift, Victoria decided to do something creative with her fur that was removed during brushing. Even though she had never spun yarn before, she gave it a try. After just 30 minutes behind the wheel, Victoria was hooked on spinning, and VIP Fibers was born.
At FIP Fibers, you can have your pet's hair spun into yarn and returned to you, or Victoria will knit a special keepsake from your pet's yarn. Victoria has received fur from a variety of animals, the most unusual being a Bengal Tiger.
There are so many businesses in the animal
industry from clothing to pet sitting. But, have you ever thought
about being a fiber primer? No experience necessary and VIP Fibers
will train you! People with pet allergies should not apply.
Recently, a husband and wife were wrestling with a problem and decided to watch a few minutes of television to take a break from the situation and hopefully gain some new insight. During the program, a commercial came on that featured 30 seconds of puppies running around and playing, and the couple had their spirits lifted when they needed it most. One of them remarked to the other that there should be a website with videos of puppies playing so they could always laugh like they just had, and the other responded, "Why don't we do it?" Playing-Puppies.com was born.
The purpose of Playing-Puppies.com is
to bring a little joy into everyone's day. Sometimes it seems
the world is filled with fear, negativity, violence, and despair,
and their hope is that the simple joy of puppies playing will
bring a smile to the faces of all the people that visit. If by
watching their videos, one person each day laughs out loud when
they need it the most, then Playing-Puppies.com has served it's
NEWS UPDATE: Is There Dog Fighting
in Your Neighborhood?
Last week's indictment of NFL quarterback Michael Vick on charges related to dog fighting has brought national attention to the extreme cruelty of this criminal industry.
The Humane Society of the United States, which has campaigned against dog fighting for decades, has found it thriving in both urban and rural areas, and believes that it is on the rise.
Concerned citizens in every community can take steps to identify and report the presence of dog fighting in their communities. Lawmakers have recently passed HSUS-backed legislation to strengthen animal fighting laws in many jurisdictions, and individuals involved in dog fighting face serious penalties if they are prosecuted. Telltale signs include:
Pit bulls can be wonderful family pets, but when they're mistreated by irresponsible owners they can become so damaged that they are dangerous. For more information, visit http://www.HSUS.org
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Fashionista of the Insect World
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
From the gardener's best friend to the official insect for five states, Ladybug brings cheer, good luck, and extra dollars to all who take the time to appreciate her presence.
What Do We Do With These Donated NFL
Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better
Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit working to end the suffering endured by dogs kept chained or penned for life, announced today that they're seeking input from YouTube viewers on what to do with donated NFL tickets the organization has received; tickets which they'd planned to raffle off to raise funds for their work for chained and penned dogs.
Many animal organizations are currently boycotting the NFL in light of the Michael Vick case.
The donated tickets are for the August 26th game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles; a game highly anticipated each year in Pennsylvania.
Tammy Grimes, founder of the organization, feels it is very ironic the donation has come this year. "We've never had football tickets donated before, and were very excited about it, especially because it's the Pennsylvania rivalry...but we cannot in all good conscience raffle these tickets off as intended at this point in time. We're looking for YouTube viewers most creative ideas on what to do with the tickets, so log into our YouTube site today to voice your opinion!"
You can also fill out a survey at Sports Illustrated on "How Do You Feel
About Dog Fighting Allegations" against Michael Vick.
Protect Your Dog Against Parasites
Donald Bramlage D.V.M., Safe-Guard
There are over 50 million dogs in the USA. Almost all dogs are born with roundworms and without proper treatment; worms can seriously affect the health of your dog. Internal parasites can affect your dog's immune system and how food is absorbed through his GI tract. To maximize the health of your dog, it is important to give regular dewormer treatments as part of your dog's health maintenance program throughout the year.
Periodically during the lives of these dogs, parasites may be present A few of the internal parasites of dogs which are important to diagnose and treat are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.
When does a dog need to be treated for dog worms?
Safe-Guard can be used as a preventative
to parasites and comes in three convenient dosing sizes available
for small, medium and large dogs. Look for the size you need in
a retail outlet near your home or visit
Anti-Depressants for Your Pets
Dr. Debbie White, Lone Mountain Animal Hospital
Dr. Debbie White, Animal Radio's Official Vet, is currently treating one of our studio cats, Nike, with an antidepressant, "Kitty Prozac."
Nike has been on a "spraying spree" here in the studio for the last several months. We have been trying all sorts of remedies from pheromone sprays to changing the litter, but nothing seemed to stop the spraying. Dr. White has ruled out any medical conditions and has given him a clean bill of health before prescribing this medication. Nike has since been on it for 3 weeks and while the spraying has stopped, we are noticing that he still has some anxiety issues. We will give it more time to see what happens.
Cats can become anxious for a variety of reasons, with most often being a member of a multi-cat household. If your cat has been spraying, there are things you can do:
Have an extra litter box relevant to the
number of cats (if you have 2 cats = 3 litter boxes)
Try different types of litter
Remove all covers from the litter boxes
If you have tried all of the above and
have ruled out any medical conditions, check with your vet to
see if an anti-depressant is right for your kitty.
NEWS UPDATE: Dog Saliva
It has healing powers! For centuries, people noticed that dogs always licked their wounds when they were injured. And although the following idea may not appeal to you, research has shown that a dog's licking can be good for people too. In fact, it has recently been discovered that the saliva that comes from a dog's mouth does contain a mild bacterial affect when placed on an open wound.
You may also have noticed that your dog has probably never gotten sick when you or your other family members were experiencing a heavy case of the flu or a nagging cold. The properties contained in your dog's saliva have an antibacterial affect on all incoming foreign bodies. These germs are literally wiped away before they enter his system.
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With Your Animals
Joy speaks with an elderly deaf Dalmatian to see if he wants the companionship of a new puppy.
Fido Friendly Travel Talk
Susan Sims, Fido Friendly Magazine
Cambria Shores Inn:
Recently renovated to a AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, the Cambria Shores Inn located in Cambria, CA welcomes Fido with no breed or weight restrictions. Your dog also receives his own doggie basket, while your fresh muffins and juice is delivered outside your door each morning.
The Travel Magazine For You & Your Dog, a complete guide to Fido-friendly accommodations across the United States and Canada. "Fido Friendly is the only magazine dedicated to the travel lifestyle of man's best friend, and the one magazine your dog will thank you for." And don't forget to join the Fido Friendly Travel Club.
How Many Dogs Does it Take to Change
a Light Bulb?
Sammy St. Croix, Write In Your Ear Productions
The Dogs' Answer:
The Cat's Answer:
Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:
How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"
ALL OF WHICH PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THAT
WHILE DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF!
Dog Body Language
Mike Fry, Animal Ark Animal Shelter and Host of Animal Wise Radio with Dr. Linda Wolf
You see two people across the room at a party. One is staring at you with their arms crossed. The other is smiling, leaning forward slightly and their arms are loose at their sides. Which one would you feel like approaching for a conversation? You'd pick the smiling one. Why? Because you know from their body language that the person with the stare and crossed arms might not be the most approachable.
Knowing animal body language and actions can really increase your positive interactions with the animal world. Did you know that submissive, anxious or frightened dogs invariably tuck their tails between their legs? The farther the tail is tucked, the stronger the feelings. A very frightened dog will tuck his tail right under his stomach. But even when the tail is tucked, the tip may very well wag a bit, which displays his stress also. In puppies, a tucked tail shows respectful submission when greeting adult dogs. Once the dog accepts the young dog's greeting, the tail will uncoil and start moving more naturally again.
And speaking of tails moving naturally, although a wagging tail usually indicates a friendly dog, that's not always the case. Dogs also wag their tails when they are scared, agitated or unsure. A frightened dog may wag her tail low and between her legs as she decides whether to fight, flee or go belly up. An aggressive, angry dog may wag her tail high and sharp while she chases or even attacks.
Look at what's going on. Is the dog's best buddy just getting off the school bus, or is another dog eating out of her dish?
So, knowing animal body language may well
make the difference between being licked in the face or bit in
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