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Animal Radio® Show #514 October 10, 2009


Cutest Dog Competition

Barry Schwartz, All American Pet Brands

Barry Schwartz is the CEO of All American Pet Brands. The All American Pet Brands has partnered up with, and to present its first-ever Cutest Dog Competition.  Barry states that everyone thinks they have the cutest dog.  And in fact, they are getting about 75,000 dogs added each week. And over 2 million hits per week on the site. 

Since August 1, 2009, every dog owner in America has had the opportunity to submit a picture of his or her pooch to show the world just how cute it is. The finalists from these submissions will be given the chance to win the grand prize of $1 million. The deadline for submissions is October 25, 2009.

Picked by online public voting from the photo entrees submitted to the contest site, the 12 weekly semi-finalists will each win $500 in cash. From those 12 weekly winners, 4 finalists will be determined by the greatest number of public votes and will each receive $5000 in cash. A panel of judges, consisting of David Osokow, Lisa Bershan, Alex Tabibi and Josie Davis, who will pick the nation's Cutest Dog and award the grand prize of $1 million dollars on Thanksgiving Day.

Ladybug, Animal Radio's Stunt Dog, has entered All American Pet Brand's Cutest Dog Competition, with a Grand Prize of One Million Dollars. Of course she's not the only one.  There are thousands of people out there who think their dog is the cutest. One of them is Mr. Bobby Gorgeous, who originally stated that if he won, he would share 60%  of his winnings with several animal charities.  But when Ladybug said that she would donate 100% if she won to animal charities, Mr. Bobby Gorgeous took this as a challenge and changed his statement.  He will now donate 100% of the money should he win to several animal charities.  If either of them wins, it will be a win-win for everyone.  So, get out there and vote everyday until October 24, 2009.  The Grand Prize of $1 million dollars on Thanksgiving Day.




One Bottle Does It All!                                                                                                                             

Patrick Hurst, Sterifide One Shot Plus

We speak with Patrick Hurst of Sterifide about their new product One Shot Plus.  One Shot Plus is a multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser which is also a green product and eco-friendly.

What makes this product great is that Sterifide's One Shot Plus attacks a diverse range of everyday stains, which eliminates the need for other cleaning products, saving you money and time.  For example, some of the many things you can use it on are pet stains, grease, oil, carbon, dirt, coffee and juice stains, lipstick, food soil, wet nail polish, soap scum, inks, crayon, blood, smoke, soot, adhesives, chocolate and much more.  No more carrying all of those bottles around to do a cleaning job, One Shot plus can clean your entire house! 

One Shot Plus is great for cleaning up after your pet too.  It's safe for them and won’t cause them any harm.  You can use it to clean up pet stains or your pet’s kennel and you don’t have to worry if they accidentally lick it. 

Throw away all of those other cleaning products and call 1-800-874-7070 and mention “Animal Radio” or go to One-Shot-PLUS dot com to get yours NOW!


Fido Friendly Travel Talk With Susan Sims

Susan speaks with Bill Viscome of, which specializes in small clothing and accessories for small dogs.  They are also the provider of fabulous pet costumes, so of course Susan wants to know what pet Halloween costumes are all the rage this year for Fido.’s biggest sellers this year are the Halloween Witch which comes with a hat; the Mardi Paws Dragon; the Pink Lady Butterfly; the Barkenstein which is a Frankenstein for dogs; and their latest which is the Pink Hippo, in which the dog’s head actually comes out of the hippo’s mouth. 

But they don’t stop at Halloween; they also have some great costumes for Christmas and for any time of the year!

Fido Friendly Magazine:

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.


Vladae, The "World Famous" Russian Dog Wizard

Dog Barks At Animals On Television And Gets Carsick

Every time this dog would see an animal on the television, he would bark like crazy.  Vladae suggests getting an empty soda can and place about 5 pennies inside and tape the top.  When the dogs starts barking, toss the can next to him and make a loud noise to startle him, and then freeze after you let the can go.  Freezing to a dog means that if you don’t stop, I’m going to bite you.   When your dog stops, praise her.  After about 3 or 4 times, your dog should stop barking at the television entirely. 

This dog also gets carsick.  Vladae tells the guardian to take baby steps.  Put the dog in the car without starting it for a few minutes.  You can also give them treats in the car.  The next time just start the car without moving.  The next time just back out of the driveway.  Then, take a five-minute trip around the block.  Each time, increase the time about 5 minutes.  Also, when you are driving in the car try playing soothing music, such as a CD by Music My Pet called Classic Cuts. 

Vladae’s Top Picks

Vladae's weekly "Pet Product Pick"is Classic Cuts by Music My Pet .  Check them out here.



Vinnie Penn, Animal Radio's Resident Party Animal

It’s Easier To Get Girls With a Dog

I actually have a question for you!  On one of the last days at the beach, before New England kisses the beautiful weather goodbye and braces itself for winter, I noticed something very interesting.  There was one guy on the beach who had a newborn with him, well maybe about a year old, taking his first little lumbering steps on the sand.  The guy was there without the baby’s mother.  To my left, a bit of a ways down, was a gentleman who was frolicking with a dog in somewhat of the same capacity.  I swear, if I’m not mistaken, the guy with the dog was getting more girls staring at him than the guy with the baby.

Well, I guess as I’m saying it out loud, women see the guy with the baby and they probably assume that there is a mother not far off.  Perhaps one that takes tai kon do, and they are living in fear of her, maybe that’s why the guy with the dog gets their attention. 

The dog is the ultimate chick magnet, particularly on the beach - you throw that Frisbee and that dog comes running out soaking wet and does that shake!  This dog was a chick magnet and it wasn’t even like it was the best looking dog like a Chocolate Lab, it was just a mutt.  Not that I am anti-mutt by any stretch of the imagination. But the girls were running over and the dog was shaking salt water all over them and they were laughing!

I just remember all of the times I took a girl to the beach and if I splashed water on their shorts, they would stomp off to the concession stand only to come back with French fries that they didn’t share.

The dog is a chick magnet – more than a kid!  But as I said, I think I’m realizing on the air that it’s probably because girls presume he’s got a mother!  They guy’s probably taken.

So, I guess this really wasn’t a question – or maybe just that I answered my own question!

Road Kill

I could get in trouble on this one, because I know you are all animal lovers and you don’t draw the thin lines that maybe I do.  There are some animals I find a bit more difficult to love than others.  So, if you want to come and get me, always feel free to email me at  I welcome your emails.   I enjoy reading them and I respond to each and every one of them.

I may have even covered this particular subject loosely before, but I’m going to get a little more intricate right now.   It has to do with Road Kill.  I know we are in the middle of a bad economy and we are as close to the Great Depression as we’ve been since the Great Depression, and I know there are layoffs a plenty, city workers would have golden handshakes, but the length of time road kill is hanging around in my area is obscene these days. 

You are running over the same squirrels and “possi” (s that the plural of opossums?) and raccoons. It’s really all quite disgusting and it’s going on every day, to day, to day, and maybe there’s been so many layoffs they just can’t get to it.   But I say, if it’s a cat or a dog, even if it’s a deer, that should be a priority!  That one should go out priority.  I don’t want to be dismissive of the opossum or the “possi,” and that’s why I think some of you might get mad at me, but I mean these nocturnal creatures, you do see a lot of that.  But the dog or the cat, that’s a priority.  Particularly anything with a collar around its neck.

 I don’t’ want to be a bleeding heart here, but I mean it!  A dog should be picked up in a half an hour, tops, of being reported in.  I don’t want to be driving by that repeatedly.  These guys, what else is their job?  I don’t even know what their job title is.  Is it Road Kill Inspector?  It sounds like a movie for the “Get Er Done” guy.

I’m going to come right out and say it, this is what a call-in would sound like, “Opossum, yeah we got an opossum down on Main Street, dead opossum on Main Street, Monday morning over.”  And the response, “Yeah, I’m not really going to be able to get to that until maybe tomorrow or maybe the next day.”  Back to the call-in, “That’s fine, as I said, it’s an opossum, you can take that day or two.”

All right, fine, but if you’ve got a call in that says, “We’ve got a dog on Main Street, that’s a priority, over.”  I want to hear the answer come back, “I’m on my way!”


Animal Radio® News with Bobbie Hill

Dog Fighting Raid Leads to Five Guilty Pleas

The largest federal dog-fighting raid in U.S. history has lead to five guilty pleas from the suspects arrested back in July.  The eight-state-raid covered Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi and resulted in the arrest of four men from eastern Missouri.  Those suspects entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  The fifth suspect pled guilty to charges in early September in federal court in Jefferson City.  According to the ASPCA, since dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, the suspects face up to five years in prison.  Their sentencing date is set for December 8th.

Pet Emergency Room Visits Rises On Days Surrounding Full Moons

Myths about the full moon and its effects on earthlings have circulated for years. Although some research puts most myths to rest there is one pet owners should take seriously.   Colorado State University Veterinary Medical Center found the risk of pet emergency room visits rises on days surrounding full moons.  Twenty-Three percent higher for cats and Twenty-Eight percent higher for dogs.  Researchers say the increase could be due at least in part to owners who tend to take pets out more during a full moon.

Mob Uses Crocodile To Intimidate Local Business Owners

You’ve heard stories of loan sharks making their clients pay up or get their legs broken but the Associated Press brings us one better - in Naples  - Italian anti-Mafia police seized a crocodile from an alleged mob boss who used it to intimidate local business owners into paying protection money.   The animal, thought to be a caiman native to Central and South America, was placed in the custody of Italy’s forestry service while the man was placed under investigation for illegal possession of an exotic animal.

Kidnapee Wants Animals Back

The kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard has captivated headlines since she was located.  But found along with her and her daughters were 12 pets. The Contra Costa Times says two dogs, five cats, three cockatiels, a pigeon and a mouse have all been housed at the County Animal Services Shelter in Martinez, California.  A liaison for Jaycee and her children have contacted the shelter office to arrange reclaiming their pets.  The animals are all reported in good health and there are no plans to put them up for adoption.  The shelter hopes to return them as soon as arrangements are made.

Man Needs Better Explanation Than Blaming It on the Cat

Remember the Florida man who blamed his cat for downloading a bunch of child pornography off the web?   Well, it appears that Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach may have to come up with a better explanation.  Last week authorities added an additional 90 charges of possessing the illegal images bringing the grand total to 100.  According to the U.P.I. story, investigators found over 1,000 images of child pornography on Griffin’s computer.  The suspect remains jailed with bail set at 2.2 million dollars, but the good news is the cat is being cared for by a family friend.

Top 10 Dog Friendly Eating Establishments In The U.S

Online restaurant reservation company Open Table released their list of the top 10 Dog Friendly eating establishments in the U.S.   Topping the list is Napa California’s Farm at the Carneros Inn, beating out New York’s Tabla.  Salt Lake City’s Log Haven grabbed the number three spot ahead of “Besito” in Huntington New York and The Farm of Beverly Hills came in fifth.  Number 6 is another New York eatery - Old Homestead Steak House in the Meatpacking District.  Solbar at Solage Calistoga  placed 7th, Savore of New York City is number 8 on the list.  Austin Texas’s Paggi House, an historic landmark dating back to the 1840's was number 9 and Washington D.C.’s Café Milano rounded out the top ten.



Your Vet Questions Answered with Dr. Debbie

Jack Russell Terrier Sheds Like Crazy

A four-year-old Jack Russell is in great health but she sheds like crazy!  Dr. Debbie first says to check for any skin problems.  The guardian states that the only problem she has is shedding and that her skin looks good.   Dr. Debbie also mentions not to believe the hype from products that state they will stop the shedding.  Shedding is a natural occurrence in all dogs and it can’t be stopped.  However, there are things you can do to slow it down a little.   You can add a good fatty acid supplement such as fish oils that are mercury free.  This will help improve the luster and health of the coat, but they don’t really stop the shed cycle.  Nothing really stops the shed cycle nor should anything stop it.  In the meantime, keep your dog brushed and your house vacuumed. 

My Dog Stinks!

This 5 and 1/2 year-old Doberman is groomed once a month, but within a week, she starts stinking like dirty socks.  Her guardian wants to know if she is lacking something in her diet or is this normal?  Her skin looks good, but she stinks all over her body.  Her guardian says it is embarrassing when company comes over because they start looking around for the foul smell.   Dr. Debbie states the first thing she does when you can’t detect where the odor is coming from, is to get a sample from the skin for testing.   She also mentions that Dobermans can sometimes have problems with oil glands in their skin and can produce an excess amount of oil.   She also suggests checking the teeth and anal glands, because these are also potent odor sources from dogs.   But, if it smells like dirty socks, try checking for yeast.

Deaf Dog Eats Poop

This dog is a rescue from Aussie Rescue.  He is a lethal white, which means he is deaf.  He has a problem with eating not only his poop, but also the poop from other dogs.  The guardian was told by a trainer to use an Electronic Collar.  Dr. Debbie is not a big fan of electronic collars, and especially discourages it with a dog that is hearing impaired.   She suggests going back to the basics and don’t let the dog have access to any feces.   Some tools you can use are the basket muzzles or the head halters, where you can control them.  If these don’t work, you can add something to the stools or try a remote-citronella collar.  Instead of them getting zapped, you can actually push a button to release a citronella smell which will usually make him stop what he is doing. 

Can You Have An Allergic Reaction To A Shaved Cat?

Most people know that when you are allergic to a cat, you are not actually allergic to their hair, but the dander and their saliva that they leave behind when the clean themselves.   But, would you have this same allergic reaction to a shaved cat?  A longhaired cat has been shaved because of extremely bad mats and so that his hair can grow back with the proper care.   Dr. Debbie doesn’t feel you would have a worse allergic reaction to a shaved cat, and that it would actually be less.  Because when a cat’s hair falls off, the allergens are distributed all over the house. When cats are shaved, there is less distribution of that hair around the house. 

Feral Cat Can’t Be Caught To Take To Vets

The mother cat was killed about 9 years ago and this kitten was trapped.  She was kept in a room for about a month and then slowly introduced to the house.  She now goes in and out the dog door.    She is somewhat friendly, but only when she says so and on her terms.   She is eating well but seems to be very thin and has slight diarrhea.  However, she can’t be caught to take to the vet.    The vet thinks she has a parasite but can’t recommend anything without seeing the cat.   Dr. Debbie suggests getting a stool sample and having it tested.  Also, try treating for simple things and add a probiotic for one to several weeks to restore the healthy bacteria in the gut, as the cat is only having a slight problem with diarrhea.  You can also try de-wormers that are over the counter and treat for about 5 days.  If these things don’t work, you might have to resort to a “safe trap” for feral cats and get that cat to the vet. 


Animal Minute With Britt Savage

Stork Gets Nose Job

An oriental white stork named “Taisa” received a plastic resin prosthetic that was recently attached to the upper part of it’s beak which snapped off after getting stuck in metal wiring at Akita’s Omoriyama Zoo, northern Japan. Taisa had lost weight since he broke his beak last November because he found it difficult to catch live fish, and no longer got along with his female breeding mate due to stress.

Black Cats And Halloween

Ever wonder why you see black cats at Halloween?  Well, it seems that people have had strange thoughts about black cats for a long time.  In Scotland, a black cat at your door means upcoming prosperity, while in Ireland, if a black cat crosses your path at midnight, you’ll get sick and die.  Some people believe that if you stroke a black cat’s tail three times, your bad luck will turn into good luck.   And others believe that if you pet a black cat’s tail, it will cure a sty in your eye.   A long time ago, some people believed that black cats had special powers and were witches in disguise.  That’s why you see witches and black cats at Halloween.  Most people today just think that black cats are just like any other kind of cat and that’s why we love them! 


Talk With Your Animals with Joy Turner

Soul Mate Died a Year Ago

Izzy, a Boston Terrier, passed away about a year ago and his guardian wants to know how he’s doing.  Izzy states that he is fine and wonderful and he is great.  Izzy also wants to know if Bonnie is ready for him to reincarnate and come back to her.   His guardian says she is ready.  Joy warns that the personality that comes back may not be the same, but there will still be that soul connection.   One way this happens is that if the guardian wants the same type of dog, the dog soul would find a dog about to give birth and then come back in one of the new puppies.


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