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Animal Radio for November 28, 2020  

The Cats Of America Are Under Siege!
Zachary Auburn, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety Book CoverZachary Auburn is on the show to deliver an important message. He wants you to know how to talk to your cat about gun safety, abstinence, drugs, Satanism and other dangers that threaten their nine-lives. Zach believes we can make our cats - and America - great again.

Long gone are the good old days when a cat's biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront Satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and countless other threats to their nine lives.

For over four decades, the American Association of Patriots have stood at the vanguard of our country's defense by helping to prepare our nation's cat owners for the difficult conversations they dread having with their pets.

Zachary Auburn explains he was inspired to write his book, "How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety and Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives" after looking at the state of America. He then looked at the state of our cats. What he saw was a nation and cats in crisis.

He feels that modern cats are facing a real spiritual and cultural crisis and they need our help and guidance. He wrote his book so it could be the light that leads these cats out of the dark times.

Cat owners frequently contact Zachary looking for advice. One such contact was with regard to a cat named Professor Fluffy Face who had fallen on hard times. He had become addicted to catnip and was in a dark place, even letting strange men pet him for money to buy catnip.

According to Zachary, our Godless culture in America undermines the faith of our cats and makes it so much easier for them to succumb to premarital sex, to Satanism, to drug use and to poor gun safety habits.

The purpose of his book is to teach your cats to be responsible, hard-working pets to help America great. Written in a simple Q&A format, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety answers crucial questions such as, "What is the right age to talk to my cat about the proper use of firearms?" and "What are the benefits of my cat living a lifestyle of abstinence?" and especially "Why does my cat need to use the internet? Can't he just play with yarn like cats used to do?"

Cat With a GunSo what do our cats have to do with gun safety? Zachary says do a Google search on Joseph Stanton, a man who was shot by his cat.

Many people that Zachary speaks with admit that they don't bring their cats to church nor do they pray with their cats. So how can you expect to raise a cat that is a hardworking productive member of society who has good morals and good strong ethics if they are not exposed to the teachings of Christ?

Zachary recommends that the best thing for cats is to get a bunch of Bibles, spread them on the tables and floor, as cats love lying on paper. This way they can absorb the wisdom on Jesus just by lying on them.

So what are the signs you should be looking for in your cat? If you are worried that your cat is turning to Satanism, you might want to check their litterbox to make sure they're not scratching satanic ruins into their box and you want to make sure they have not dyed themselves black to be more Goth. With drugs, you want to look for erratic behavior. You should also look for needles stashed behind their cat towers.

Most people think catnip is safe, but Zachary explains that it is 100-percent a gateway drug and that by giving your cats catnip you are basically saying that it is okay to do crack, heroine and other drugs.

Our country - and our cats - stands at a precipice. It will take courage, and it will take hard work, but armed with the knowledge within these pages, we can make our cats - and America - great again!

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Who Doesn't Like Dogs? - Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie WhiteI love dogs, and always have. But what happens when you discover a close friend doesn't merely not like dogs, but actually hates them?

I've been operating under the assumption that those who don't like dogs must have some evil lurking in their spirit and were destined to a life of incarceration. Just look at the statistics of criminals that abuse animals early on and who later progress to physical abuse of people, murder, or other sociopathic behaviors.

I'll admit not liking dogs is a far cry from turning one's hand to injure an animal or person, but some uncomfortable association is still there. As a full-fledged dog lover, or enthusiast of any animal for that matter, I cannot understand the psyche of an individual that is satisfied going about their life without animal companionship.

Any pet lover can spout off a list of benefits their furry one brings to their life...the steady comfort of companionship, a non-judging ear to hear out the day's tribulations, a workout or hiking buddy and a source of unconditional love at the end of a long day.

So, imagine my shock when I realized that a couple I know doesn't like dogs. Not just that they don't have dogs or misunderstand them - they actually dislike dogs.

Hint of this fact should have been apparent a long ago when they were over for dinner and they politely stood stiff as Calvary front line, when greeted by my yapping terrier mix. Or that they failed to stroke my Labrador's chin after receiving the gentle nudge of the typical canine greeting upon entering the home. The polite perfunctory smiles went un-noticed by me. "Sure, they don't have dogs," I reasoned as to why they weren't charmed by my little dog's amusing tail wagging display or by the steadfast devotion of my Labrador's greeting.

All of these sign posts I missed. I clearly misjudged all along. The couple, who I just assumed were just not yet fortunate to understand the benefits of pet companionship, were actually formidable dog dislikers.

Realization struck me during a recent conversation with this couple. I was laughingly describing the vast differences in dog breed behavior comparing my former Labradors, to that of my current Bouvier. My comments must have been mistaken as some underhanded means to convince them the right breed was out there for them. At that moment, my guest raised hands and said, "I know what I like and don't like, and I don't want dogs." Clearly they didn't like dogs - and they misunderstood my comment as some means to turn them over to the canine side against their will. Astounded, I marveled how this response was not unlike a person who is recommended a mushroom containing side dish or gourmet meal from a fine restaurant, and who declares "I can't stand mushrooms and don't want anything to do with mushrooms!"

Woman Hugging DogSo why didn't I catch on to these dog haters sooner? For those of us that have pets, of any type, we recognize the many joys our pets bring to our lives. There are folks that don't want to bring that companionship into their life. The cogs of their lives have clicked along just fine without a pet in their life. Somehow lots of well-educated, social and seemingly normal people can raise a family and be successful and still dislike dogs.

Maybe we should feel sorry for them. Or maybe they feel sorry for us, for all the money, heart and time we put into a pet companion who's lifespan doesn't come near to that of a humans. They probably laugh at our reckless expenditures on a being who lives just a fraction of human life. I chose not to spend time wondering how they have made it without animals in their life...rather that I have succeeded because I have been fortunate to have animals in my life.

I ask that these non-pet people save their pity for me and my pets, because I know that any one of my dogs could say they lived live fuller than most people - full with adventure, splendor at new experiences and embracing the moment. And so have I at their side. So should the question come up at the time of my next life, I'll take both a side of mushrooms...and pets on the side.

Featured veterinarian known as "Dr. Debbie" on national pet radio program, Animal Radio. Ebook author of "Yorkshire Terriers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Pugs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Mini Schnauzers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; and "Shih Tzu: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend." Dr. Debbie's books.

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5 Advantages of Adopting a Senior Pet
Robert Semrow, Animal Radio Listomania

Senior CatNovember is Adopt a Senior Pet month and this is one holiday I absolutely love. Every pet up for adoption needs a forever home and there are some really important and gratifying reasons to adopt a senior pet.

So let's begin with one that can be very important for those with a busy lifestyle or someone wanting the transition to be a smooth one. Training a young pet is a task and one that is often filled with tests of patience, will and intelligence. I'm referring to human and animal intelligence. Everyone has different levels of each, but that is something that can be overcome when it comes to senior pets. Senior pets are often already trained and/or have good manors. Yes, they may have a few mannerisms that you may need to redirect or retrain, but chances are that you find a strong foundation for you to work with. And before anyone tells you that old dogs and cats can't learn new tricks, that's absolutely false.

Next up is the reality that they have likely adjusted to being alone or on their own for extended periods of time and are already adept at finding peace in that alone time. Often, younger pets need constant supervision and attention or bad habits can develop, including high anxiety levels.

One of the more wonderful things, for those wanting a specific kind of pet with a specific set of traits and personality, is that a senior pet's personality is already developed and on display. You should be able to tell if they are going to need to be the life of the party or are just going to chill out and watch that Romantic comedy, errr, I mean, sports events with you. This can be a huge advantage as you can determine how they will fit into your lifestyle and just as important, how you will fit into theirs.

Senior DogOlder pets are more likely to integrate into the family quicker as well. They don't have to be taught the value of a loving family. They often seem to know that they were blessed to be brought in to a family and work to ingratiate themselves into the family. Additionally, they are less likely to be in a "chew" mode as they've grown out of the, "If it exists, it's mine to chew" phase.

One last great thing about adopting a senior pet is that you can really identify the type of breed and characteristics you want and find that. There are dogs that are pure breeds, mixed breeds, completely trained, completely active, completely chill and more. Additionally, you can see how a senior pet integrates with your current pets much quicker. So, it's much easier to "know what you are getting" in a senior pet, then to "hope to grow and train them" into the pet you want.

Every pet needs a home and every home has a different need. With a senior pet, you can identify your wants and needs and find yourself that perfect family addition, without some of the uncertainty that otherwise exists.

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Animal Radio News - Lori Brooks

Lori and Flo BearMusic Created For Cats Tops Musical Charts
A special music album created just for cats has been lapped up by humans too and has topped two classical music charts on Amazon and iTunes. Despite being allergic to cats, American cellist David Teie released, "Music for Cats," featuring five instrumental compositions after raising more than $200,000 on Kickstarter. On the album, bird chirping accompanies his cello playing along with purring noises based on his theory which he researched for two years, that mammals have an intuitive response to sounds present in their early development.

Increase In Rabid Bats
Bats are a common theme around this time of year and they are good for the environment, eating insects and pollinating plants. But bats are a common carrier of rabies. Unfortunately, the number of rabid bats in Maryland has increased. State officials say so far this year there have been more than 100 confirmed rabid bats in the state. About 900 Marylanders are treated every year after they are exposed to potentially rabid animals. Rabies is usually found in raccoons, skunks, foxes, cats, bats and groundhogs, which is why it is important for dogs, ferrets and farm animals to be vaccinated.

Bane and Vader Drive-ThruDrive-Thru Restaurant for Dogs
Bane and Vader are a couple of gentle, barrel-shaped bulldogs just like the kind you see on the front of a Mack Truck. They are also the namesakes of a unique new business in Easton, Pennsylvania, "Bane and Vader's Drive-Thru Restaurant," exclusively for dogs. Pull up and order a FreshPet meal with your choice of add-ins including fruits, vegetables, eggs and peanut butter. You might even want to take home some doggie ice cream for dessert. Their motto is: "Bite With a Bark." Their mom, Amanda Brown, left her job as a pharmaceutical sales representative and now has two human children too, but she's back to work making what she calls Yappy Meals and Bow-Wow Bowls for motorists who want to treat the pooches to something special. Her idea came from watching Bane and Vader and wanting them to have something special and also from a survey that found one in six restaurant drive-thru customers picks up something for a dog, too. While some restaurants offer special menu items for dogs, In-N-Out Burger has a special unseasoned Pup Patty served in a doggy bag and Starbucks offers a small cup of whipped cream called a Puppuccino, Bane & Vader's is strictly for the dogs. It has no special menu items for humans.

Dogs Wearing Shed DefenderUnitard Stops Dogs From Shedding
If shedding season has you down, there is a new way to keep your house almost completely free of dog hair. It is a silky soft, formed fitted leotard. It's kind of a cross between 1980s aerobics gear and a superhero outfit and is made by Shed Defender. Company owner Tyson Walters said he came up with the idea because he has a huge Saint Bernard called Harley and no matter what he tried she still left tumbleweed size balls of hair everywhere. After many years of developing prototypes he has his solution and a finished product. The dog onesie covers the dog's neck, body and all four legs, has a hole for the tail and comes in many sizes. According to the company, the fabric is totally breathable, won't make a dog hot and allows for full fence-jumping or cat-herding. There are even claims that the unitard can help "reduce anxiety and give a dog a sense of calm," and may even help dogs with allergies. It is available in seven different colors, black, white, red, royal blue, turquoise blue, forest green and hot pink.

TurboAirport Hires Therapy Dogs
With the crowds, and the lines, flying can be stressful. So, the Albuquerque New Mexico airport came up with a way to calm you down when you travel. More than a dozen therapy dogs are joining the thousands of passengers at the airport. One of them is known as "Turbo" and he loves people. He especially loves to lick guys with beards. Turbo is one of 15 certified therapy dogs and K-9 ambassadors now giving peace to stressed out travelers. Thanks to the 70 people who volunteer their time to handle the dogs, the program will be expanding the number of therapy dogs.

How Cats Made It Around The World
Finally the veil of mystery around the origins and spread of ancient cats is beginning to lift. The first large-scale genetic study of domesticated cats has revealed a huge amount of information about how early feline companions boarded boats that would take them around the world, hitching rides with all sorts of ancient cultures, including the Vikings. It's believed that about 12,000 years ago cats started developing bonds with humans. The study finds that the first domesticated cats were from wild cats that would run after rodents in fields of ancient famers and eventually those cats made their way into the farmers' homes and became their family pets. Genetic analysis of the ancient felines' remains revealed that cats likely spread out in two waves. Remains from a 9,500-year-old grave in Cyprus suggest that the first wave likely happened with the earliest farmers in eastern Mediterranean. The scientists think that from their original breeding grounds, Egyptian cats were taken on ships as mice hunters. Interestingly, it was discovered that cats having spots did not happen before the Middle Ages.

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