® Network | February 3rd 2007 Newsletter
Programming with a Purpose

                        In this issue:
911 RESCUE DOGS FOUND TO BE HEALTHY - Five-year study reveals encouraging results.
VETS HOLD X-RAY VIDEO CONTEST - See strange things inside dogs.
THE ELEPHANT ZOO PROBLEM - Bob Barker's $300,000 grant.
PRODUCT REVIEW Fish N Flush Tank Aquarium BOOK REVIEW Let the Dog Decide
ADVANCES IN PET DENTISTRY February is Pets Dental Health Month.
HOW CAN I HELP MY OLDER DOG LIVE A BETTER LIFE? Darlene Arden with important tips.

Barbaro euthanized.
See and hear about his brave battle.

This Week on Animal Radio®:

HGTV's Clive Pearse returns to Animal Radio® with news about the sneak preview of his "pet-project." Now Fido can enjoy Beer for Dogs?! Barbaro euthanized Monday. Michael Hinsong was in the World Trade Center when it was attacked on 9/11- with his guide dog. Woo at the Zoo offering a scientific look at some of the more remarkable facts including animal reproduction, choosing mates and raising families. Maggie and Ruby, Elephants making the headlines in Los Angeles and Anchorage. Bob Barker is back on Animal Radio® with the real-deal on foot-rot! And lots more!!

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Clive Pearse
HGTV Design Star & Designed to Sell
Clive's pet project is Out of Control, a documentary that was filmed when 10 volunteers from California traveled to Romania to help with the stray dog problem, will be airing a sneak peak on February 11th at the Auro Night Club in Studio City, California. Also showing will be Diva Dog, starring Linda Blair and Debra Wilson-Skelton.

Clive lives in Los Angeles with his dog Delia, and is currently filming Season 2 of Design Star. Clive will also be hosting the Dream Home Giveaway on March 18th live on HGTV. Also look for last year's Design Star winner, David Bromsted's show, Color Splash, premiering on HGTV March 18th.

Feb. 10-17th Streaming 24/7. Reports from Hotel Penn's Jerry Grymek & Author Darlene Arden. Listen at work!

Barbaro Euthanized
The racehorse Barbaro, who won the Kentucky Derby and was expected to win the Preakness, was euthanized because of recent complications from a leg injury suffered during the Preakness race in May of last year.

Barbaro, who had been undergoing about eight months of post-op surgeries in his ICU stall, suffered a recent abscess in the injured leg. His owners felt that it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain. So they, along with chief surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson, felt that euthanasia was the right thing to do.

The Barbara Fund has raised more than $1.2 million. The money will be used for miscellaneous items such as an operating table and a pool sling for the same pool recovery that Barbaro utilized after his surgeries.

Barbaro, who was 4-years-old, will always be remembered for his brave fight for survival.

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Blind 9-1-1 Survivor Tells Story
Imagine being in the World Trade Center on 9-1-1. Imagine being blind with only your guide dog by your side. Michael Hinsong worked in tower one. He tells us the story of his escape and jaunt down 72nd. Hear the story right now.

Beer for Dogs
"Beer for dogs" started when Kodi, the dog of Jamie and Kevin Miller, started knocking over beer bottles during camping trips and drinking the beer. Knowing that beer was not good for Kodi, Jamie and Kevin, came up with the bright idea of dog beer.

The night before Kodi's second birthday, Jamie and her husband were discussing about what we should give him as a 'present.' We talked about buying him some nonalcoholic brew that he could have all to himself, without trying to knock ours over! And, that's how the idea came make a version just for dogs. No alcohol, no carbonation. Made with malted barley and filtered water, fortified with Glucosamine and Vitamin E, with a natural beef flavor!

Even though they came up with the proper formula, there were some experiments that "exploded" along the way.

Next Week on Animal Radio®:

Bob Barker
Bob Barker, the Price is Right host, has pledged $300,000 to move Ruby, one of the Los Angeles' two elephants, to a wildlife sanctuary.

Bob will match gifts from the public up to $300,000, which would help move Ruby to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in Northern California and to fund her care once she arrives. It will cost approximately $30,000 per year for her care.

Bob has been raising awareness of the "glaring abuse of elephants in captivity." Elephants, in their natural habitat, usually roam about 50 miles per day. In the zoo they are limited to less than 100 feet and as a result, suffer from foot problems that can be fatal and are, at the very least, very, very painful.

Ruby has been kept in isolation for quite some time now, which is actually torture for a female elephant. Female elephants are very social and live in herds in the wild their entire lives.

To find out more and to contribute, please contact Catherine Doyle at In Defense of Animals (IDA) at or at

CLIVE PEARSE & JANE TOLLENI (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Live from Quartzsite, AZ. for the Traveling with Your Pet Special (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Actor EARL HOLLIMAN - Actors and Others for Animals, Microchip Problems (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Talking Animals wtih MARC MORRONE (1 hour abridged version)
Podcast Who gets the Money Financial Report on non-profit animal welfare organizations, Comedianne MOLLY KATZ (1 hour abridged version)

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The X-Ray Shows All
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Film Familiars - A Golden Lineage on the Silver Screen
Tokens of silver pass through an arched hole in a glass window. An aura of anticipatory silence envelopes the carpeted path that slopes gently down into cavernous darkened space. A single beam of swirling light projects fantastic images unto silvered fabric. These ritual actions are performed thousands of times a day all over the world. Welcome to the movies.

A favorite saying goes, "Every great ritual surrounds a story that is wonderful." And a really wonderful story always includes an animal. The animals portrayed in recent films: those winged, four-footed and finned companions that always accompany the Disney heroines; Hidalgo, the real-life wild mustang who rode to victory with cowboy Frank T. Hopkins, as well as many others, enjoy a truly golden ancestry. Their mythic and fabled counterparts have entertained audiences long before the invention of the projector and the Cineplex.

In The Lord of the Rings, the majestic horse Shadowfax carries the mythic memory of an ancient alliance between human and horse. Shadowfax is Lord of all Horses, and "he has been my friend through many dangers," explains the wizard Gandalf. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece is clothed in the raiment of Celtic, Norse and Germanic myth, and Shadowfax comes from a distinguished line of horses who understand the speech of humankind, especially Sleipnir, the horse of the Norse god Odin. Sleipnir had eight legs, could fly through the air, gallop over the sea, and outrun any horse in all of the nine Norse worlds. Sleipnir is known as the "Swiftest of steeds," while Gandalf asks of his noble stallion: "Run Shadowfax. Show us the meaning of haste." Like Shadowfax and Gandalf, Sleipnir and Odin share in many magical adventures, galloping over mountain and plain to dual with evil and, save those destined for royalty.

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Elven princess Arwen, a dying Frodo clutched to her breast, gallops just ahead of the evil Ring-wraiths in a scene that can trace its heritage to Celtic myth. As Arwen and Frodo reach the safety of the river, boundary to the Elven lands, she invokes a spell and the river is transformed into foam-driven waves of horses that topple and drown the Ring-wraiths. In this scene is a tribute to the Irish god Mananan, Lord of the Sea, who was a master illusionist; white-crested waves were called the Horses of Mananan.

The totem animal, an animal that holds sacred significance for a particular individual, clan or culture, is seen in films like Dances with Wolves, in which the hero enjoys a spirited and joyful relationship with a wolf, their mystical bond acknowledged through his adopted Sioux tribe honoring him with the name: Dances with Wolves. In Whale Rider, the whale that carried on his back to safety an ancient ancestor of the Whangara New Zealand people, is immortalized in an unbroken lineage of song, story, and leadership, and in the film all are reminded that the ancient connections and stories still hold relevance for the Whangara people today.

In Star Wars, Chewbacca carries the role of the traditional animal helper to the hero of myth, shown in his steadfast courage, loyalty and support of his partner Han Solo, as well as to all involved in the Rebel Alliance.

Audience tests have shown that including an animal in a scene rivets people to the screen. Perhaps it's because Shadowfax, wolves, whales, and wookies speak to a timeless mythical relationship; a deep need and yearning to reconnect with an ancient heritage of companionship with the animal world. The ritual process of attending a movie provides an opportunity to dwell in that timeless realm.

So, next time you see an animal on the silver screen, remember that they harken from a golden lineage.

Copyright ­ 2007 ­ Voice of the Animal
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Veterinary Minute with Dr. Jim Humphries

Advances in Pet Dentistry
For many people, dealing with their pet's bad breath is just part of pet ownership. But, unfortunately, dogs with dental disease are at a higher risk for heart disease. How can you help to make sure your pet is not one of those destined to be on heart medication?

Most of us understand the importance of good oral health for ourselves and visit our dentist at least twice a year. But only a small percentage of people would do the same thing for their pets. Studies in human dentistry and medicine have shown that there appears to be an association between heart disease and dental disease. Is this true for our pets as well?

In a recent nationwide veterinary study, more than 45,000 cases of dogs with serious dental disease were reviewed. These dogs were compared with another 45,000 dogs of similar gender, age, and breed that did not have any dental disease. Their report shows that there appears to be a strong association between the health of your pet's mouth and the incidence of other health issues, such as heart murmurs or even infection of the lining of the heart.

Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. A recent American Animal Hospital Association report on compliance within veterinary practices showed than less that 35% of pets who need a dental cleaning ever receive one. The reasons for this level of non-compliance are many, but often, pet owners will report that they just didn't know their pets needed dental work or even that their pets suffered from periodontal disease.

Just as with people, periodontal disease in our pets starts the same way. It begins when food particles, saliva, and bacteria attached to the teeth produce a filmy matrix called "plaque". If this matrix is not disrupted, "calculus" forms. More commonly known as tartar, the calculus makes the surface of the tooth rough and provides a better hold for more bacteria and helps to protect the bacteria from being dislodged. These bacteria will then infect the gums, causing a condition known as gingivitis. If not treated appropriately, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, destroying the bone that supports the tooth. It's hard to believe, but there may even be an association between dirty teeth and other serious diseases. The same bacteria that cause dental disease have been found in the hearts of dogs with heart disease

To help prevent dental problems from becoming a serious health issue, veterinarians recommend that oral health care start early. Your new puppy or kitten should become comfortable with you examining its mouth. Early training will help the pet to learn to tolerate brushing and other preventive measures and will help you recognize abnormalities. Simple awareness of the health of your pet's mouth can help you to provide better health care for your pet.

As your pet ages, a weekly check of the mouth may also help to find issues before they become dangerous. You should take time to look for plaque and tartar, especially on the large canine teeth in the front of the mouth and the big shearing teeth in the back of the mouth. Other potential areas of concern include fractured teeth, gum tissue that is overgrown or does not appear to be a healthy pink color, bleeding from the gums or any ulceration in the mouth. In addition to using your eyes, your nose can be an important tool as well. Pets are not supposed to have bad breath! If you can detect any foul odor, or if you see any problems in your pet's mouth, your pet should be seen by your family veterinarian.

There is a great advancement you should know about. After you have done your weekly exam, you can further help to protect your pet by using a barrier sealant called OraVetTM. This product has helped to revolutionize at home dental care for pets. In less than one minute per week, your pet's teeth can be protected and the effects of plaque and calculus can be minimized. By adhering to the surface of the teeth, OraVetTM gel actually helps to repel plaque causing bacteria. Without plaque formation, dental disease is much less likely to begin or get worse. For optimal results, see your veterinarian to have your pet's teeth cleaned, followed by an initial application of OraVetTM applied after the dentistry. You then simply continue weekly applications with a home care kit.

You are an important part of the fight against dental disease. Working with your veterinarian, you can learn to identify potential problems earlier and help your pet lead a, healthier life. For more information on veterinary dentistry, visit Or for video information.

Dr. Jim Humphries is the News Director for Veterinary News Network and a veterinarian in Colorado.

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ASK THE CAT COACH - Marilyn Krieger
Certified Cat Behavior Consultant | CWA, Professional Member

Howling Cat

Dear Cat Coach,
One week ago I adopted a large 5 year old grey cat named Jessie from the shelter. From what the shelter told me, Jessie was surrendered to the shelter when his previous owner died. He's really a great cat except for one problem. He starts meowing and howling every morning at around 3:00 AM. Instead of getting better this has gotten worse. If I don't get up and feed him or play with him, his yowls escalate into frantic screams and he starts scratching the bedroom door to come in. I live in an apartment and my neighbors are now complaining since he's so loud. I'm worried that the apartment manager will tell me either to get rid of the cat or move out! How can I stop him from howling? I want to get some sleep. I am so sleep deprived, I fell asleep at work. Please help, the neighbors would also appreciate help since their good humor is wearing thin.

Indiana Joe

Dear Indiana Joe,
There are many factors that can contribute to a cat's howling early in the morning. Based on your letter, my guess is that poor Jessie needs a little help from you to help him adjust to his new living arrangements. Since Jessie is the new kid on the block and his previous owner died, he will need a little time to get used to you and his new home. Additionally, I wouldn't be surprised if his previous owner allowed Jessie to sleep with him and now Jessie doesn't understand why he doesn't have the same sleeping arrangements with you.

Besides allowing him to snuggle up with you during the night, there are a few other things you can do to help Jessie stop howling. Provide lots of playtime for Jessie. Play with him before you go to bed, using a fishing pole toy. Pretend the object on the end of the toy is a wounded animal, having it scurry, change directions and speed, going under sofas, etc. The goal is to get Jessie very involved in playing with the toy. When you are ready to stop playing don't abruptly stop. Instead, slow down the play to calm him down. After you stop playing, feed him his dinner. Typically cats will groom themselves after eating and then go to sleep.

When you are at work, provide entertainment for Jessie. Leave the TV on, or play a video that is cat-centric, containing images of little animals. Also, make Jessie treat balls, filling whiffle balls with either treats or his dry food. Treat balls will keep him busy and will provide him with some exercise. Make sure the treat balls are available for him at night as well.

Another way of helping Jessie relax is to clicker train him. Clicker training is a fun way of not only training him to do specified behaviors, but it also is a great way of helping Jessie bond to you and feel safe. Clicker training is based in positive reinforcement, rewarding positive behaviors. Cats love it and it bonds them more to the person who is working with them. Find out more about clicker training from Karen Pryor's site:

Remember, poor Jessie lost his original owner he was bonded to, and then ended up confined in a cage before you had it in your heart to rescue him. With a little time and work he will become the model citizen and won't feel the need to express himself at 3 AM to your neighbors and you.

Marilyn Krieger, CCBC is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. She can be reached for phone or on-site consultations to help solve cat behavior problems either by e-mail or by phone: 650 780 9485. Additionally, Marilyn teaches cat behavior classes and is available for speaking engagements. You can find out more about The Cat Coach at © January 2007 by Marilyn Krieger.

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Animal Minute with Britt Savage

The $2,000 Hamster
We all know at times that pets can be expensive, but a $2,000 hamster? A family was on a road trip with their hamster when they noticed he was missing. After a thorough search, the saddened family thought that the hamster had simply escaped from the car.

Miles later, when the car was taken to a mechanic to find out why the car wouldn't start, the mechanic found that the hamster had not only chewed it's way through the seats, but had also done a great damage to the wiring.

Even though the repairs were about $2,000, the family was relieved to have their hamster back.

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911 Rescue Dogs Found to Be Healthy - Hear the interview
They dug in the toxic World Trade Center dust for survivors, and later for the dead. Their feet were burned by white-hot debris. But unlike thousands of others who toiled at ground zero after Sept. 11, these rescue workers aren't sick.

Scientists have spent years studying the health of search-and-rescue dogs that nosed through the debris at ground zero, and to their surprise, they have found no sign of major illness in the animals.

They are trying to figure out why this is so.

Dr. Cynthia Otto, University of PA School of Veterinary Medicine, where researchers launched a study of 97 dogs five years ago, states "They didn't have any airway protection, they didn't have any skin protection. They were sort of in the worst of it."

Although many ground zero dogs have died - some of rare cancers - researchers say many have lived beyond the average life span for dogs and are not getting any sicker than average.

Owners of the dogs dispute the findings, saying there is a definite link between the toxic air and their pets' health.

Otto has tracked dogs that spent an average of 10 days after the 2001 terrorist attacks at either the trade center site, the landfill in New York where most of the debris was taken, or the heavily damaged Pentagon.

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Animal Radio® Book Club
(rated 0 paws out of 5)

Let the Dog Decide by Dale Stavroff
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Marlowe & Commpany (January 2007)
ISBN-10: 1569242755
ISBN-13: 978-1569242759

There are many different techniques on dog training. And, while I don't agree that a "one size-fits-all approach," I have to give this book a "PAWS DOWN."

The first thing I noticed about this book was the author's take on shelter dogs. The author believes that only "experienced dog people, single people and people without children should adopt a dog from a shelter." The rest should "buy a purebred dog." A quote from the book states "..shelter dogs are where they are because they have failed to live up to the expecations of at least one owner, and sometimes several owners."

What kind of a statement is that? What about the dogs that are there because their owner died, the family moved or had a baby, or that "cute little puppy" is no longer cute nor wanted? What about the dog whose owner failed to live up to his expectations and left him at a shelter?

This statement alone is just one of the many examples that the author is spewing forth fundamental mis-information. Of the almost 1200 books we receive annually, this ranks in the lowest 5 of all time, better used as kindling.

I would encourage everyone to go to a shelter to adopt and find another training book! Please do not buy from breeders. Go to your local breed rescue to find your new purr-bred friend.

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    ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

    Q: How can I help my older dog live a better life?
    A: As soon as your dog reaches his senior years (younger for Giant breeds, older for smaller dogs), schedule a Senior Dog check-up with your veterinarian. A baseline bloodwork, cardiac and other functions will be checked and kept on file. Your senior dog should see the veterinarian twice a year. If a problem is starting you can catch it sooner and begin treatment earlier, before the problem worsens.

    Be sure your senior dog is eating a complete and balanced diet, gets appropriate exercise for his mind as well as his body, that he has his teeth cleaned and be prepared to make necessary adjustments at home. Like people, dogs begin to lose hearing and sight as they age and can have painful joints, etc. You can buy doggie steps or a ramp to help your dog have easier access to sofa, chairs, bed and the car. Leave a nightlight on and put out an extra water dish so your dog won't have to trek all the way to the kitchen for a drink. Don't move the furniture if he's losing his sight and don't forget to stamp on the floor if he's losing his hearing so you won't frighten him if he doesn't see you entering the room. He can feel the vibration from the foot stamping so he's aware of your arrival. More senior dog tips are included in my book, "The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs."

    "Ask the Dog Expert" is a regular column by Darlene Arden. This month's column features information found in her book, "The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs" (McGraw-Hill). Further information may also be found on her website: Copyright 2007 by Darlene Arden. All Rights Reserved.

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    Minnesotans Hope to Regulate Puppy & Kitten Mill
    A bill was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature to address puppy and kitten mills in Minnesota. S.F. 121 was authored by Senator Don Betzold, and the House companion bill will be introduced next week.

    Minnesota is among the top states for mass-produced puppies and kittens (referred to as puppy mills and catteries) with the number of dog and cat breeders increasing annually. Many animals live out their lives in small, overcrowded wire cages and are bred repeatedly. Their cages are often stacked, allowing feces and urine to fall onto the animals below. Animals may be sick from inadequate food, water and veterinary care, stress, fleas, worms, etc. Many have deformed paws, are severely matted, or are burned from sitting and standing in urine and feces. These animals are then sold to the public.

    But there are no specific State laws that regulate dog and cat breeders. While the licensing of certain breeders and dealers falls under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), many breeders are not required to be licensed and aren't inspected. Loopholes exist and federal enforcement resources are scarce.

    The public increasingly demands accountability from puppy and kitten mill breeders.

    S.F. 121 closes the gap in State law by giving state and local officials the tools they need to: (1) license and inspect dog and cat breeders in Minnesota, (2) make sure those breeders meet specific standards of care, and (3) take appropriate enforcement action to protect vulnerable dogs and cats from unscrupulous or negligent breeders.

    Ironically, at least one group most people would think should support this bill has come out against it. The American Kennel Club, or AKC has launched a campaign to get small, private breeders to oppose this bill. In doing so, they have spread false information about S.F. 121.

    AKC has asked small breeders to oppose this bill because they say it would create an unnecessary burden on small, responsible breeders. However, the opposite is true. Small breeders are, in fact, specifically exempted from this bill. Moreover, Senate File 121 would likely help small breeders by enforcing a more level care standard across this industry.

    Currently, small responsible breeders provide care standards beyond what is required in S.F. 121, yet they are forced to compete in the marketplace with large-scale puppy and kitten mills who often do not even meet the lowest of standards required by the USDA.

    Requiring large, commercial breeders to increase their care standards would, therefore, only help the smaller breeders.

    On a recent appearance on Animal Wise Radio AKC Communications Director Lisa Peterson had a difficult time trying to explain the AKC's position on this bill.

    Following much obfuscation, her argument eventually came down to this statement, "Well, you know, we like to believe that, ah, dogs are your property. And, by law, they are considered that. And we like to leave the option to the owner of the property, of the dog, with the breeder because its their right. It's their decision as to how to, um, how many intact females to own or how many litters to produce."

    It is worth noting that Senate File 121 does not limit the number of animals a breeder may have, breed or sell. It simply sets minimum care standards for breeders who maintain 6 or more intact, breeding females.

    For people concerned with animal welfare or for those concerned with maintaining quality breeding standards, S.F. 121 is a bill to support.

    Please let your State Senator and State Representative know that you support this effort.

    Mike Fry, Executive Director, Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter
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    Love is the greatest gift. We see the greatest kind of love (Divine love) given to us from those wonderful animals who have chosen to share their lives with us. We try, to the best of our current level of ability, to give that same love back to them - sometimes. Sometimes we get too caught up in "our" world to actually put our animal companions first. And, first is the exact place they deserve to be. First is where we are with them. They are always the first to run to us when we come home. The first to provide love when we most need it. The first to listen when no one else is. The first to care when our hearts are broken by some event or person. The first to forgive any indiscretion we may do. They are the perpetual giving and forgiving beings in our lives. So, it seems to me that putting them first in our lives is exactly what and where they should be. They even put our well being ahead of their own. It only makes sense to return the favor.

    Putting your animal companions first can take on many different guises. No matter how it looks, it always starts at one place - Unilateral Equality. Unilateral Equality means all beings are equal in every way. None is higher or lower on the scale than any other. The animals are not "just animals," and it's alright for them to be put out without little or any real contact or love from us. Unilateral Equality means that the house is OUR house - not yours and they live in it according to only the way you want it. The food is OURS and they have as much right to eat what they like as you do. The furniture is OURS and they can be on it if they want. You can always find ways to compensate for things that might be less than your idea of perfect. (For example, my couch and chair have covers on them in case the dogs or cats use their door and come in with dirt on them. You know the first place they head is the furniture.) Animals deserve the same respect, honoring, and love as you or any other human. (Just because your possible mate doesn't like your dog, cat, etc., doesn't mean that the animal is the one who has to change or go. Personally, I can't imagine even considering a mate who doesn't put animals ahead of him. Being with someone like that would be a disaster waiting to happen for me - and, we probably all know who would be the one to leave if a conflict between animal kids and human arose.) Just because we think they don't look at life the way we do or use the same language as we do or any of the other reasons people give for animals being lower on the totem pole, does not mean they are less than we are. After all they are our greatest teachers, inspiration and example of Divine Love!

    When you live in this type of relationship with your animal companions, your life takes a very large turn for the better in so many ways. All aspects of your life improve, with the animals and other humans.

    People have asked me essentially, "What makes the way I communicate different from someone else?" The most important thing I have seen is the philosophy from which I view things and through which I connect and communicate with the animal kingdom. If you think about it, most humans ­ in fact all I've met ­ have some form of hierarchy built into their perception of life. That includes animals. It is pretty blatant when someone thinks animals aren't actually alive, or they don't think or feel. However, I find there are much more subtle levels of hierarchy people don't even realize are inside them because they don't see the thoughts as hierarchal ones. Hierarchy is one of the greatest things that will keep someone from being Divine Love.

    Hierarchy can disguise itself as discipline ­ who goes through the door first, whose house is it, who gets the right to make all the final decisions, who makes all the choices about what life will be like. People assume these things are the way it "should be" when animals and humans occupy the same space. Humans assume that they are the "highest" on the totem pole and get to make all the decisions. This is very much a form of hierarchy. To assume animals don't have the capability to think, reason, and make decisions is incredibly wrong.

    Animals can do all these things and much more. They usually make better decisions than most people because they are more openly aware of the connection they have to their Soul and follow that guidance without question. Hierarchy puts the human first and everything second. I've seen subtle forms in people who think they always put the animals first. For instance, thinking they know what is best for the animal instead of knowing that the animals' Soul knows best. This is not a fault in us; it is what we're taught. We often have the misconception that because something can't speak English or whatever language the human speaks, the human knows best.

    Unilateral Equality put very simply means there is no hierarchy on any level for any reason. It acknowledges the animals' equality to us in all areas. It says they know their own mind, they have their own rights, they can have a say in what they want their lives to be like. This would mean that when there is a disagreement between the human and the animal, that both would listen to the other and reach a compromise. Because of Unilateral Equality, animals feel they can tell me anything they want and there will be no judgment from me of what they think or feel. Making someone else wrong is never a good thing to do. There can never be a compromise when someone thinks they are wrong and someone else is right. That's, in large part, because no one ever thinks they are really wrong.

    Do you know what the greatest gift you can give your animal kids is? The gift is to honor their life. Letting them choose how they want to live it. Put aside your judgments and realize that you are not the one in control of your animal kid's life. Their soul is. No matter what condition the body is in, your animal kid has chosen the body and the lessons. My girl dog, Faith, willingly chose her body and the lessons. She came to live with me because she knew I would honor and respect her decisions and support her in anything she chose - no matter whether her choice would be the one I preferred. She was able to live her life the way she wanted to not according to the way someone else dictated. My sweet, beautiful girl passed peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 12, 2007. She looked just like the angel she has always been. In her life, we made choices that might not have been the most popular ones with some. They were the exact perfect ones for her, which made them the best possible ones for us. She thanked me for helping her grow more than she thought possible in this life. I have grown more than I thought possible thanks to her. Thank you, Faith for all your gifts. You are always loved my darling.

    Until next time, I'm Joy reminding you, you can never love your animal companions too much. You can only love them, hopefully, enough.

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    PRODUCT REVIEW for February

    (rated 5 out of 5 paws)

    Fish n Flush
    I have to admit, I saw the Fish n Flush Toilet Tank on HGTV's "I Want That." And, I did want that! So when Animal Radio was contacted by Fish n Flush to try it out, we were very excited.

    The aquarium was installed in the ladies bathroom at Animal Radio (I am sure you know why it wasn't installed in the mens!). Even though the instructions said that it could be installed in 5 minutes for the "average do-it-yourselfer," our installation took just a litle over an hour. We had complications with the toilet istelf, which was not the fault of Fish n Flush.

    The aquarium has been up and running for several weeks now and is a big hit with all the ladies (they seem to spend MORE TIME in the bathroom). And, I have even caught a few men in there. But the biggest problem seems to be the studio cats. The cats hang out in there and I now have to wait in line before entering! SEE VIDEO PRODUCT REVIEW

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    Meet Dr. Ed ­ Hartz 2007 Veterinarian of the Year
    As a journalist who interviews the famous and the want-to-be famous in the world of companion animals, I must confess that I do not get easily wowed by what people say as much as by what they do.

    Edward Migneco, DVM, doesn't say much. But he does plenty ­ often, far from the media spotlight. Each day at his Hillside Animal Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Migneco quietly performs medical miracles and motivates those in his community to truly care about the welfare of animals.

    For his tireless efforts to save hope-seeking strays with names like Powder and Calypso, and to offer his time and medical expertise to several animal organizations, Dr. Migneco recently earned the title, Hartz 2007 Veterinarian of the Year.

    I served as the sole journalist on the judging panel for this annual honor that draws thousands of worthy contenders. Yet, when I first met Dr. Migneco, a day before the announcement at the North American Veterinary Conference held in mid-January in Orlando, I was struck by his quiet can-do attitude and his genuine humbleness.

    We met in the lobby of an Orlando hotel where Dr. Ed ­ as he prefers to be called ­ extended his hand and happily introduced his family: wife, Mary and daughters, Anna, Gina and Nina. He rarely uses the "I" word, "preferring instead to tout others and to speak of the need of giving back.

    "My parents instilled the love of animals in me as a child, my wife is my best friend and it is because of her that I can do what I do for animals, and my staff at my clinic shares my passion for helping others," Dr. Ed declares. "My staff is willing to tackle some of the toughest cases for stray rescue groups. We share the joy when these strays get healed and find permanent homes. We share the sorrow when they can't be saved."

    Let me run down some ways Dr. Ed is making a positive difference for animals:

    • He works closely with Stray Rescue of St. Louis, a non-profit group founded by Randy Grim, known as "The Man Who Talks To Dogs." Dr. Ed's clinic serves as this group's main veterinary hospital and has handled more than 1,500 dog and cat cases. That's not all ­ when Dr. Ed moved his clinic to a larger building, he donated his former building to Stray Rescue to use as another shelter.
    • He performs low-cost veterinary care for Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today), often staging low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
    • He performs low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for animals being adopted from the City of St. Louis Pound and another group called Nooterville.
    • He actively works with the English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America and Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue groups.
    • He stepped in to assist with dogs, cats and other animals displaced, sick, and injured from Hurricane Katrina.
    • He mentors veterinary medical students from two universities and provides them with hands-on surgical and clinical experience.

    When Dr. Ed received his award at the national veterinary conference, he expressed his gratitude to many and rather than speak of his own accomplishments, he shared with the audience an emotion-filled slide show.

    Through before and after photos, we learned of the triumphant stories of a pair of stray dogs named Powder and Calypso. Powder was a medium-sized mutt living in an abandoned house. It took months of daily feedings and contact before a local rescue volunteer could bring Powder to receive badly-needed medical care from Dr. Migneco.

    Powder suffered from mange, malnutrition, intestinal parasites and heartworm disease. He lived at Dr. Ed's clinic for several weeks during his recovery. Happily, Powder now lives in a permanent home and excitedly swishes his tail when he returns to Dr. Ed's clinic for routine care.

    Calypso, a mixed breed roaming the streets of East St. Louis, was found on a roadside near death. Her head and neck were infected with maggots. She was slowly starving and suffering from heartworm disease and large head wounds.

    "It took us several hours to clean out Calypso's wounds," says Dr. Ed. "She was so weak that there was no need for sedation. We applied new bandages and medications to her wounds every day. Through it all, she would lick our faces while we were treating her."

    Like Powder, Calypso sports a healthy coat and enjoys a permanent new home.

    "Dr. Migneco's commitment to veterinary medicine and his community has touched the lives of many animals and people," says Jill Richardson, DVM, director of consumer relations at The Hartz Mountain Corporation. "We salute Dr. Migneco's commitment to community outreach, and we are proud to give this award to such an outstanding individual."

    I couldn't agree more. The companion animal world is doggone fortunate to benefit by the talents of Dr. Ed.

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    G'day from Down-under.

    It's February already and the Christmas/New Year holidays are well and truly over...

    For we antipodeans it's a time of getting back into the work routine, and for many pet owners - stressing out over our pets. Will they be ok at home all alone?... Will Fido, Fifi or Frenchie (the cat) think we've abandoned them? What if they try to escape?

    These are genuine questions from genuinely concerned pet owners... But are we worrying too much? As it happens we should be a bit concerned, (tradespeople leaving gates open, wind doing the same - a dog or cat 'on heat' somewhere in the neighbourhood) but believe us - animals adapt very quickly to change and you can rest assured they'll be fine... Mostly... Well sort of :-) ... But nothing to worry about... HONEST!!

    Seriously though, animals do love routines. In fact the stronger and more consistent the routine, the happier and more content the animal. It's true - but we humans are soooo inconsistent!

    Our four dogs ALWAYS eat after us. There is no begging, no hanging around the table and they know we must finish our meal first BEFORE they get fed. That's putting us (hopefully) at the top of the pack - we're the 'Alphas' in this family (well Kaye is really). In fact we sometimes call her the 'dominant bitch'... But she knows we are using that phrase as a 'scientific' expression :-)) (A bitch is an un-spayed female dog in case you were wondering)

    Anyway - as soon as we have cleared the table, our 4 pack are right there waiting for their meals to be prepared and given to them. Now - if we are late home they get a little 'edgy'... You can actually feel their eyes willing us to hurry up and finish!

    Anyway, we always make them wait - it's the only way to have good control
    over four very pushy dogs!. Now breakfast is a different matter. Matisse - the podgy Bichon Frise knows the time between the toaster popping and him getting a breakfast snack is about 12.5seconds - just enough time to put some butter on the toast and break a corner off for him.

    Just recently though we've gone 'all healthy' and have started having bowls of bran, corn flakes, Yoghurt and skim milk.

    Matisse is not so keen now and has the 'grumps' with us... But we know all
    will be forgotten in about 5 or 10 minutes after breakfast.

    And the same thing goes with your pets when you leave for work after being with them during the holidays or over a long weekend. Most animals - dogs particularly - live for the now... They have very little concept of tomorrow and even less concept of time.

    If they are well fed & watered, exercised regularly, have good comfortable
    shelter and a variety of toys that are rotated regularly, then chances are
    when you walk out that door at 7:30am on your way to work, your dog, cat, bird or whatever pet you have - will simply snuggle up somewhere safe in the knowledge that you'll be home soon... Then it's time to play, eat and sleep once more and do it all again tomorrow.

    Kinda sounds like a pretty good life eh?

    Just a reminder that Pet Talk Radio! resums it's "LIVE" season 2007 from the first week of February. You can catch all the fun on Animal Radio Network's full-time channel at .

    Hugs for your pets from Brian & Kaye.

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