Animal Radio® Show #458 September 13, 2008

Groomer Has It ­ Season Two Casting Call
Erinlee Adamson, Assoc. Casting Producer, Animal Planet
Animal Planet's newest hit show "Groomer Has It" is a competition based reality show challenging dog groomers from around the country to be the next "Groomer Of The Year" and to win $50,000 cash! They are looking for Dog Groomers with skills, personality, competitive spirit and tons of passion for what they do. Last year's amazing cast helped introduce America to the world of dog grooming and now they are on season two and looking for 12 new groomers. New groomer, or years of experience, mobile or salon ­ they want the best!

Do you have what it takes to be the next "Groomer Of The Year?" If so, call or send an email to: Kathryn 310-727-3337 x 71272, Include in email: name, age, contact number, grooming experience and a photo!! Must be 18+ and legal US resident.

$50 Million Raised ­ So Why Doesn't the Humane Society of Louisiana Have a Shelter?
Wendy Diamond, Animal Fair
Frances Hayward, BeKind

Wendy Diamond, Chairwoman of the Katrina Pet Memorial and BeKind founder Frances Hayward have made it their cause to raise funds to build a Humane Society of New Orleans with a slew of charity benefits. They also recently unveiled a Pet Memorial at the New Orleans' Court House

They are trying to bring awareness to the estimated $50 million that was raised for Katrina animals, yet the Humane Society of Louisiana in New Orleans is still without a shelter. The pets that survived are now housed two hours from the city in Tylertown in shacks, where they are cared for and hope to be adopted.

Wendy Diamond is a Pet Lifestyle Expert for the Today Show on NBC, the editor of Animal Fair Magazine and is currently starring on CBS' Greatest American Dog and an advocate for the underdog for the past decade.

Frances Hayward is the founder of BeKind, an organization that helps animals in need and raises awareness to their plights from illegal dog fighting to the use of barbaric trapping to rescuing animals and finding them homes.

Their vision is to open a pet friendly complex with exciting local attractions including a dog park, a Cruelty Investigations Bureau, a pet boutique, a wildlife rehab facility and more! For more information, contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at or 1-888-6-HUMANE.

Vladae, The "World Famous" Russian Dog Wizard

Fox Terrier Is Aggressive With Other Dogs
This dog has not had any formal training nor has he been socialized to be around other dogs. Before you do anything with this type of dog, you need to hire a hands-on trainer. You also need to do special behavior obedience training, which will establish you in the position of authority.

Dog Chews On Electronics
This dog travels in a truck with 5 other dogs. Every time he is left alone in the truck with the other dogs, he chews on remote controls, blue tooth, or any other electronics he can get a hold of. Vladae explains how to stop this bad behavior.

10-Year-Old Schnauzer Still Marks
First, look at the privileges your dog has in the house. He can't be allowed to sleep in the bed and he can't jump on the furniture. Chose one room that he is not allowed to go in. When it comes to dinnertime, the family eats first, before the dog, and don't let the dog approach the table. Teach him simple obedience commands such as "sit" and "stay" in the areas that he is marking. This is a way of marking your territory. If you mark your territory, your dog will not mark his.

How to Become A CCO - Chief Canine Officer
You can become a CCO to your dog by doing the following:
1. Be consistent. Dogs don't understand inconsistency.
2. Stop talking ­ start acting.
3. Put some teeth in the consequences.
4. Win the war without losing any single battle.
By following these rules, you will become the ultimate boss to your dog!

Sweet Treats May Cause Heart Attacks for Dog Owners
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
The sugar substitute Xylitol has been developed in the fight against tooth decay and in helping diabetics gain better control over their disease.

However, this popular sweetener may be devastating to the family pet. New research is now being released and it shows that the ingestion of Xylitol by dogs can cause liver failure and even death. Reports from the ASPCA Poison Control Center show that the number of Xylitol related pet exposure is on the rise and that rise has many veterinarians and pet owners quite concerned. For years veterinarians have suspected that Xylitol could make dogs sick, but a recent article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has documented the outcome of several cases of Xylitol ingestion for two years. Five of eight dogs died or had to be euthanized due to complications coming from Xylitol ingestion.

Often found in human mints, sugar-free gum, toothpaste and sweets, Xylitol has been a popular sugar substitute since the 1960's. However, since then, researchers found that even a small amount of Xylitol can cause liver damage and even death in dogs. Dogs who ingest large amounts of Xylitol have sudden and profound drops in their blood sugar levels, leading to weakness and uncoordinated movements. Occasionally, seizures have been seen as well. However, even small amounts of Xylitol are not safe. As little as one gram of Xylitol can set off a chain of events leading to liver damage. A dog could receive this amount in just a few candies or sticks of gum containing the sugar substitute. Xylitol has also been found in children's chewable multi-vitamins and certain cough medicines and even mouthwashes.

Although most pet owner's routine is to give some sort of people food to their dogs, even though we tell them not to, the JAVMA Report should be a wake-up call to everyone, showing that many foods are not safe for pets even though they are common and safe for people. Any pet owner concerned about anything their dog has ingested should seek veterinary medical attention immediately.

Animal Minute With Britt Savage

Man Smuggles Monkeys - in His Pants!
Robert Cusack thought he was going to get away with smuggling animals through the Los Angeles Airport until one of the birds, a rare bird of paradise, escaped from his suitcase. At that time, all he could do was confess and declare the other animals he was smuggling.

It turned out the other animals were two monkeys, which he had smuggled in his underwear. Cusack served a sentence of five and a half months in prison and paid $1,100 in fines.

It seems his traveling companion, Chris Edward Mulloy, was able to get two newborn Asian leopards past the customs agents. Mulloy was recently arrested and is waiting arraignment.

Monkeys Are As Smart As College Students
It's pretty common knowledge that some college students have more than studying on their minds. But even with all of that monkeying around, you'd think that students at Duke University would be smarter than a monkey.

A recent study at Duke pitted two female monkeys against fourteen college students. Both were asked to solve math problems. They were shown two sets of dots on flashcards, which they had to mentally add. The humans were not allowed to count or verbalize as they worked. Surprisingly, the monkeys did about as well as the college students.

The research pointed to the importance of language in helping humans solve more advanced calculations. Both teams were paid for the efforts. The college students received $10, and the monkeys; they got their favorite drink ­ Kool-Aid.

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?
Lee Van Kirk, CEO Tartan Media Group
Is pet insurance worth it? We ask Lee Van Kirk, CEO of Tartan Media Group, Inc. He has been in the insurance industry as a General Agent and consultant for over 17 years. Since 2001, he has focused in the Pet Insurance industry, consulting to some of the largest pet insurance companies in the US and Canada.

Lee states that if you decide on a savings account instead of pet insurance, be aware that your savings account is not going to reimburse you for some of the rather high costing veterinary programs that they have available today. Veterinarians today can do just about everything that medical doctors can do for humans, such as MRI's and cancer treatment and the costs are proportionate. In some cases, they even cost more for an animal than they would for a human.

How do I choose a pet insurance company?
Make sure you decide on an insurer who has a long and solid track record of being in business and paying out claims (at least 7 years or more). Avoid start up companies even if they claim to have experienced managers in the pet insurance industry because Insurance companies claim that frequently but it isn't always so. Look for stability and length of time the companies been around. Avoid newer companies because 60 companies have come and gone in the last 20 years.

What should I look for in comprehensive coverage?

Some pet health insurance companies offer medical plan add-ons that reimburse for preventative care and additionally increase the monetary allowances for cancer treatments and other health issues. Find a company that is transparent in their reimbursements. If the insurance company promises to reimburse 80% of eligible veterinary fees is there a reasonable and customary limit. Look for a published schedule of benefits for your major medical expenses ...Don't be surprised. What you see on a published benefit list is what you get.

Do Pet insurance companies cover pets other than dogs and cats?
Some pet health insurers cover birds and exotics such as lizards and snakes. Be careful that you apply the same diligence to those published benefits as others do for their dogs and cats.

Who is available to ask about pet health insurance?
Above all ask your veterinarian about pet insurance. Although he cannot endorse a company (usually) he will know the answers. Also visit for other answers about pet insurance.

Vinnie Penn, Animal Radio's Resident Party Animal

Cats in Boutiques
I was shopping in a vintage record shop the other day, and what is it with these mom and pop shop owners who think we want to be rummaging through their stuff and coming across their cat, "Rusty," slumbering on the shelves? I almost had a heart attack! I don't know how many boutiques I have been to in my life and there's just cats lumbering around with the "catitude" that cat attitude like "This is my place! You can shop if you want, but don't give me a dirty look, don't look at me that way, I'm the one who is sleeping Buddy!"

This big fat cat, I don't know what kind he was, but God Bless Him, he was adorable in retrospect, but at first I thought it was a stuffed animal. But then his chest heaved and I almost freaked out! I don't know how many stores there have been in my life that I have gone into, and there aren't any signs indicating you may stumble across one of God's beautiful little creatures, and it may hiss at you! You could be losing business, but I appreciate you want to be close to your animal, you want to be close to "Rusty," you want to be close to whatever freakish name you've come up with for your pet. But, you could be blowing business.

I was afraid if I went over to the clerk and said, "Hey, you got any vintage Allman Brothers?" And, he would say, "Yeah, over in the litter box down the left hand side of the store." I don't want to be brushing hardened cat poo off of my Mott The Hoople album. Maybe it's just me, I don't know. Maybe there are dozens of people who find it endearing and they want to stroke the cat's belly. It gets them fired up to make even a bigger purchase than they were going to make. Maybe they say, "Here, take two credit cards just because you're a cat lover just like I am."

But for those of us who (1) prefer dogs, and (2) aren't expecting to see something alive on a store shelf, you might want to warn us. You might want to give us a "heads up." I was actually scared to ask if you have any Cat Stevens, because who knew what I was going to find behind those!

International Animal News with Kaye Browne

Pigeon Jailed
Bosnian security forces have jailed a pigeon after its jail-bird owners were found way "higher" than is normal for prisoners. It's thought the bird transported tiny bags of heroin strapped to its legs into the High Security Zenica prison. The bird's owner and three other inmates later tested positive for the drug. Officials now have to decide on the future of a rehabilitation program at the jail, which encouraged prisoners to breed pigeons - none of which was allegedly involved in the smuggling.

Poodle vs. The Three Bears
There was a happy ending in Northern New Jersey after what could have been another sad bear attack statistic believe it or not, a 15-pound cocker spaniel-poodle got the better of 3 bears. The Osiason family didn't think twice about letting their cute as a button 8-month-old pup into the back yard. But when he started barking 9-year-old Jacob went to check ­ only to rush back in saying there were bears out there. But he needn't have worried ­ tiny Pawlee was on the job, having initially treed the trio.

Cat Lives 7 Weeks Under Bath Tub
Ever laid back in the bathtub and wondered where the wailing sound was coming from?
A family in Germany couldn't believe their luck after discovering that their much-loved 4-year-old cat had been accidentally walled in underneath the bathtub. Little Bonny disappeared while workmen were replacing tiles in a block of flats. She must've initially kept very quiet, but seven long weeks later ­ her owner heard her plaintive meows. A vet suggested that having dropped from 13 to 4 pounds she was too weak and should be euthanized ­ but Monika Hoppert ­ refused ­ and little Bonny is almost back to normal.

Dog Cares For Human Baby
An Argentinean farmer has found a newborn baby being cared for by his dog. The newborn was naked ­ and being kept warm by the dog's puppies. La Plata police eventually tracked down the child's mother ­ a 14-year-old girl- who reportedly abandoned the baby after giving birth in a paddock. It's believed the dog carried the baby to its own kennel ­ saving her from almost certain death.

Mother Gorilla Mourns For Her Baby
The world has seen first-hand that gorillas mourn their dead, after a female gorilla at a zoo in Germany tried in vain to resuscitate her 3 month old baby. Gana the gorilla gently shook and stroked her son Claudio, apparently trying to restore movement to his lolling head and limp arms. Watchers wept at this open display of grief ­ previously thought to be restricted to more evolved species, such as humans.

Man Escapes Death ­ Then is Arrested
A Japanese man has discovered that there's more than one downside to keeping 51 of the world's most venomous snakes in his tiny Tokyo apartment. Nobukazu Kashiwagi was bitten by an eastern green mamba ­ a deadly southeast African snake ­ and only just managed to phone for an ambulance before collapsing unconscious. Paramedics rushed the 41 year old to a hospital where doctors administered anti-venom - just in time for him to discover the other downside ­ police waiting by his bed to arrest him. Seems Kashiwagi neglected to get a permit to keep poisonous snakes ­ now his deadly pets will get a nice new spacious home in a zoo ­ and Kashiwagi will be the one behind bars.
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Enrich Your Indoor Cat's Life
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
Enrichment is important to a cat's health and happiness. Most cat owners feel if they provide their indoor feline family with good food, plenty of fresh water and routine veterinary care, they'll live happy and healthy full lives. But cats destined to thrive and not just survive, need a lot more says Dr. Tony Buffington, Founder of the Indoor Cat Initiative. His goal is to enrich the lives of indoor cats. Here are seven things you can do to improve your cat's environment that are proven to decrease your cat's stress and improve its overall health.

1. Be a friend. (Play with your cat)
2. Be a "litter" bug. (Keep his litter clean)
3. Get you cat "high." (Make sure he has high places to go like window sills)
4. Plan a hunt. (Put treats around the house that he has to hunt for)
5. Scratch an itch. (Maker sure your cat has an appropriate scratching post)
6. Take on water. (Provide you cat with an aerator pet water fountain)
7. Be a Wizard of Oz (Cats like alone time)

Animal Radio® News with Bobbie Hill

Pets Find Sanctuary During Gustav
Residents fleeing hurricane Gustav have found sanctuary for themselves and their pets throughout the south in stark contrast to Hurricane Katrina. Many evacuees in Alabama who found the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center overcrowded, were welcomed by the Moody United Methodist Church. The church stepped up to house men, women, children and animals. In Odenville, the Paws N Claws boarding center housed Gustav evacuees of the furry variety. Owner Sandra Cross said they began taking in pets on Saturday and stayed open all night over the weekend. Cross was also giving the evacuees a discount saying, "Given what these people are going through, I just can't charge them full price."

Dog Toy Recall
A dog toy recall is making news this weekend after some dogs have suffered severe tongue injuries while playing with the "pimple ball." The Long Island pet supply company, Four Paws, is recalling the chew toy while blaming a manufacturing defect for the problem. The company is urging anyone who purchased their pimple ball with bell or several other items listed on their web site to return the product. One veterinarian had to cut a hole in the ball to remove one dog's swollen tongue from the device.

Former TV Star Loses Tortoise
The saga of Tom the tortoise began five weeks ago when the Jones family of Cardiff Wales last saw the pet reptile. When Ruth Jones realized her tortoise was missing, the former TV star put up posters all around town asking for help in finding her wayward pet. It seems the 55 year old tortoise climbed into a recycling bag and was just seconds from death when he was rescued from the conveyor belt by an alert plant worker. Tom was reunited with the Jones family safe and sound. One plant worker said, "It was a huge surprise to see a tortoise on the line, we get some incorrect materials coming through here, but it is the first time for a tortoise."

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Your Vet Questions Answered with Dr. Debbie

My Cat Sucks His Tail
My Siamese cat sucks his tail constantly and the tip is actually discolored! - Sometimes Siamese cats can have some strange behaviors. Many people think they lacked something when they were nursing or perhaps they didn't have enough contact with their mothers. But, this isn't necessarily true. Perhaps they are just bored and find it soothing, or perhaps they are looking for attention.

My Cat Has Dandruff On Her Backside
There could be many things that could be going on. First, look for parasites such as fleas and ticks. There is also a type of mite that is called "walking dandruff" that needs to be diagnosed by your veterinarian. This can easily be treated with flea medication and or medicated shampoo. For portly cats, they have trouble reaching certain areas and can't distribute the oil on their hair very well. If your cat is overweight, a daily brushing will help distribute those oils. Also, fatty acids added to their diet can help their hair coat.

My Cat Throws Up Regularly
Vomiting cats seem to be the mainstay of veterinary medicine. The thing that most veterinarians find frustrating about vomiting cats is that there are so many causes, so it is hard to diagnose the reason. Hairballs could be a concern, so daily brushing and adding hairball laxatives is a good start. You may want think about a hypoallergenic diet. Also, a good solid medical workup from your veterinarian is highly suggested to get a baseline.

Win Animal Radio® Advance Screening Passes of Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Here's your chance to win passes to a special advance screening of the hilarious new doggie adventure-comedy BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA from Walt Disney Pictures. If you live in one of the cities holding a special advance screening (Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles-Orange County, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York City/Long Island, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco-San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Washington DC) listen for a chance to call in and receive passes for a family of four to attend the advance screening in your local market. If you don't live in one of those cities, we'll have a second-chance drawing to win a set of movie t-shirts for an adult, a child and a Chihuahua! BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA opens in theatres everywhere October 3rd but Animal Radio® is taking you to see it first!"

The cast of BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA includes: Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Eugenio Derbez and Jamie Lee Curtis with the voices of Andy Garcia, Plácido Domingo, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, and Drew Barrymore as the voice of Chloe. Chloe (voice of DREW BARRYMORE), a diamond-clad, bootie wearing Beverly Hills Chihuahua enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much, she hardly notices Papi (voice of GEORGE LOPEZ), a hilarious Chihuahua who happens to be crazy for Chloe. But when the most pampered pooch gets lost in Mexico with only a street-wise German Shepherd (voice of ANDY GARCIA) to help her find her way home, Papi heads south of the border ­ joining forces with a motley crew: three dogs (voices of PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, LUIS GUZMAN and EDDIE "PIOLIN" SOTELO), two humans (PIPER PERABO, MANOLO CARDONA), a sly rat (voice of CHEECH MARIN) and a nervous iguana (voice of PAUL RODRIGUEZ) ­ to rescue his true love.

Here are some fun facts about the movie:

· FACT 1: The film features a truly international cast of dogs and a variety of breeds -Dobermans, German Shepherds, Poodles, Pugs, Chinese Cresteds, a French Bulldog, a St. Bernard, a Labrador, a Border Terrier, a Dachshund, a Boston Terrier, a Yorkie, a Beagle, a Dalmatian, a Border Collie, a Pomeranian, a Bichon and Pekingese. Some were found at rescues in Los Angeles and Mexico -- some were seasoned Hollywood dogs. Half of them understand Spanish, half of them understand English.

· FACT 2: In addition to more than 200 dogs of various breeds, the film features appearances by many different types of animals, including snakes, pigeons, coyotes and a mountain lion, plus two virtual animals ­ a rat and an iguana.

· FACT 3: "Rusco," (ROOS-KO) the Chihuahua tapped for head hound PAPI, was rescued from a shelter. It was his big ears and great expression that attracted the filmmakers to the part-Chihuahua, part-mutt mix. Rusco has since found a permanent home at his trainer's seven-acre ranch outside of L.A. Today, he hangs out with his new canine brothers and sisters and awaits his next big Hollywood role.

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