Animal Radio® May 2010 Newsletter

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Animal Radio® May 2010 Newsletter

Posted: 10 May 2010 09:53 AM PDT

Pets Listen Better Than HusbandsPets Are Better Listeners Than Husbands 
According to the Associated Press - one third of married women who owned a pet said it was a better listener than their betrothed. Now for the husband's side of the story - that same poll showed 18% of married men said their pets were better listeners than their wives. 

Hi-Fidelity For Your Furry Companion
Janet Marlow tells us about her sound system designed to transform your personal music library into pet-friendly tunes that soothe and relax dogs, cats, horses, and their people. We'll be giving away a Pet Acoustics 'My Pet Speaker' valued at $250.

Slob-proofing Your Domain
Cleaning up after your pets won't be as hard anymore with Debbie Wiener's tips for designing around pets and husbands. She even came up with her own line of upholstery for pet puke.
Oil Spill Cleanup
Clean-up In The Gulf
The Exxon Valdez disaster 21 years ago in Alaska taught wildlife experts a lot about cleaning animals after an oil spill. Before the oil spill in the Gulf made landfall volunteers were organizing efforts to rescue affected wildlife while risking health problems themselves due to contact with the oil.

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Loretta Swit on Animal Radio®M*A*S*H Star Speaks Out Against "Crush Videos"
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision against outlawing videos depicting animal cruelty, Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H - "Hotlips Houlihan") shares her strong feelings about "Crush Videos." Swit is very active in the animal welfare movement. She says "It's all about education. If someone comes up to me for an autograph and they're wearing a fur-coat, before I sign, I will educate. Because sometimes, they simply don't know 80 animals died for that coat."

Vet Studies Nation's Oldest Living Dogs
Dr. David Waters is back from his "Old Grey Muzzle Tour" where he visited with 15 old-dogs trying to find out what their secret is. It turns out Rottweilers have a tendency to live longer.

Traveling With Your PetsPack Your Bags and Your Pooch
A lucky listeners is off to Susan Sims' Travel Destination of the Week, the very pet-friendly Vintage Plaza in Portland.

There's Something Growing In Fluffy's Ear
Different breeds of animals may be subject to dirtier ears. If your pup smells like yeast, he may be past-due for a good ear-cleaning. TV and Animal Radio's Joey Villani has tips for making this task cheap and easy. Don't miss the discounts and promo codes when shopping for your pet.

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Stella and Chewys
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Gothic Groomer Charged
Pierced CatA jury has convicted Holly Crawford Ross of animal cruelty in charges stemming from selling "Gothic kittens" with piercing. Ross' defense attorneys argued that since children get pierced ears at young ages "it would be wrong to hold cat owners to a higher standard."

Bo-bama Nation
Bo Obama and DadFirst dog "Bo-bama" recently marked his one year anniversary at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In the last year, the pup has been featured as a Beanie Baby, on his own baseball card and re-created in marzipan. He also made a few faux pas in his first year like barking at Santa.

Creating A Top Pet Franchise - You Can Too!
Pharmaceutical salesperson turned Camp Bow Wow founder has transformed her franchise into a forty-million dollar business. The luxurious doggie day care is the talk of the town. Heidi Ganahl shares her Tales From The Bark Side.

Praying MantisInsectopedia - Getting Buggy
Anthropologist Hugh Raffles is responsible for the best-selling essays on the world of insects. He explores how different cultures and religions interact with what are commonly known as pests in America.

Teaching Blind Dogs
Gillian Young takes her 2 1/2 year old dog on the set to be a part of a new FX television show. The unique thing is that the dog is blind. From her experience, Gillian now teaches blind dogs to cope with a sightless world.

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Stefanie Powers on Animal Radio®Stefanie Powers Has A Hart 4 Animals
The pretty part of Hart to Hart, Stefanie Powers, is not only is a great actress, she also devotes much of her life to the animals. "Animals, I find, are very easy to love and be friends with," Powers stresses. "I don't need to go onto Facebook and pretend to have friends I've never even met."

A Night At The Spa For You And Your Pet
Travel Expert Susan Sims has her pick for the top place to vacation with your pet. She's giving three lucky listeners a night at the luxurious Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Washington State.

Tips Your Groomer Doesn't Want You To Know
Intergroom's Man of The Year, Joey Villani has tips for cleaning your pet on-the-cheap. Don't spend dollars on the brand names when cornstarch will do.

Dog X-Ray on Animal Radio®Strangest Pet Insurance Claim
The winner for most unique claim for the month goes to Shredder - an aptly named Labrador Retriever. He consumed 100 tealight candles complete with metal wicks. After surgery, Shredder is fine. His owner, on the other hand, is happy she has pet insurance since the bill came to $2,547.

Kirstie Loves Her Lemurs
Are you in actress Kirstie Alley's will? You are if you're one of her beloved lemurs. The star of "Cheers" employs two full time zookeepers to care for her nine primates. Alley says "I've had them for about 30 years. It's a life commitment." She said the annual costs of keeping her lemurs runs close to $40,000.

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Half Of America's Pets OverweightHalf Of America's Pets Tip The Scale
45% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight. Experts say if you're fat, chances are your pet is too. Obesity leads to arthritis, diabetes, and even a shorter lifespan. Dr. Ernie Ward says pet-food manufacturers are manipulating consumers.

Fire Chief Sentenced For Killing Puppy
The former L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief charged with felony animal cruelty in connection with the beating death of a puppy has been sentenced to 90-days in the beating death of a 6 mo. old puppy.

Living Sober Sucks - Mark TuschelLiving Sober Sucks
According to reformed alcoholic Mark Tuschel, pets can be the best helpers when it comes to recovery. Having to take care of them and the lessons they taught transformed Mark from an over-the-edge drunk to a sober man.

Do Pets Go To Heaven?
Christianity preaches that every living being has a chance to get into heaven, while Judaism texts say the god of Israel bestowed life into animals allowing them to have living souls. Islam has the opposite view and don't believe animals have souls. Buddhists believe animals are sentient beings and any animal may be reborn as human.

Frogs Predict EarthquakesFrogs Predict Earthquake
Scientists observed a mass exodus of toads from a breeding site in central five days prior to a 6.3 magnitude quake. Researcher Rachel Grant suggests toads are able to detect pre-seismic cues.

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Greyhounds Out of WorkAs Many As 9000 Greyhounds Out of Work
There's a glut of Greyhounds because nine racetracks have closed in the U.S. within the last year. Each track has between 500-1000 dogs, all 'let go' because of the economy. They need homes and the Greyhound Project plans to facilitate more adoptions.

Evangers Accused of Stealing Gas and Electric
A suburban Chicago couple that created Evangers gourmet pet food stand accused of stealing close to 2-million dollars in utilities. Cook County prosecutors claim that Joel and Holly Sher told employees to jackhammer through concrete in order to divert gas and power lines.

Puppy Sale Ban Gets Traction
The city of Hermosa Beach, California is on the verge of banning puppy and kitten sales in pet stores. The measure passed a preliminary vote in March with unanimous support of the beach community's City Council.

Octomom and PETA strike a DealOctomom Should've Been Spayed
The animal rights group PETA has offered Nadya Suleman $5000 to post a sign on her front lawn reading "Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter." Suleman accepted the offer which included a month's supply of hot dogs and veggie burgers.

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Ask the Animal Radio® Dream Team
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Suzette: Hey Guys: I am new to your show but had a friend suggest I ask for your help.. I will try to make this as short as I can. I just rescued this cute dog from my cousin who used her to breed for 5 years. Now, when I got her (feb 7-2010) I would take her out every 2 hours to potty. Oh by the way I am an expeditor and I travel all the time in a truck. She would go by me saying her name and be a big girl and hurry. Now she just looks at me and returns to the truck without going. She has become real stubborn most of the time.. I feel bad when I get angry at her because she doesn't understand when we need to hurry. I am afraid that maybe she isn't adapting to traveling all the time... She is very loving and gets excited when I get back in the truck from a pick up and delivery... She has added alot of joy for me but I am getting frustrated with some of the things she is doing..Like taking her food out of the bowl (which she has never done) I hope I have shared enough to get some suggestion?? Thank You in advance.

Doctor Debbie: Hello Suzette. You didn't mention if Gibby was having any urination accidents during travel. If so, then I might be more worried about her urination pattern. Otherwise it's important to remember that puppies need to go quite frequently, but adult dogs really won't need to urinate as often as every 2 hours. The only exception would be a dog that is drinking alot, very active, or swimming alot. Most adult dogs are comfortable urinating every 4-8 hours. My feeling is that Gibby is looking at you funny because she really doesn't have to urinate and is wondering why you don't understand what she's trying to say! :)

I often see female small/toy breeds develop the nibbling habit where they remove a single kibble from the bowl, place on floor, then eat the bit. It's not a big deal, just a quirk she has. Some folks will try shifting away from a dog bowl to a plate to see if that curtails the behavior. So overall...It sounds like you have a wonderfully darling Shih Tzu that enjoys your company and is doing just fine with travel.

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Public Events Calendar

Wash N Wags
May 15, 2010 in Durham, NC, US
Camp Bow Wow Durham/RTP is hosting a dog wash fundraiser for Doberman Rescue of North Carolina. Come for the dog wash, great raffle prizes, delicious food, and dog friendly vendors.

NC Wiener Roast
May 22, 2010 in High Point, NC, US
A dachshund rescue festival complete with wiener races, costume contest, kissing contests, a GIANT silent auction and specialty vendors.

Woofstock West at the Spring Dog Festival
May 16, 2010 in Soquel, CA, US
Join us at the wonderful Woofstock West at the Spring Dog Festival! Bring your pooch and take part in any of the 20 or more interactive contests like the Costume Parade, Best Hippie Dog, Surf Dog.

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