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A Twice-Weekly Audio Guide To Household Pets...and Their Humans!
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FIRST PLACE IN THE AGILITY TRIALS ON 2/11/07! HEAR EMILY TALK ABOUT IT ON SHOW 56! CLICK ON THE PIC TO SEE A BETTER VIEW OF HIM WITH HIS RIBBONS!

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Emily Richmond is an education reporter for the Las Vegas Sun who competes in agility trials with her schnauzer, Archie.

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No. 282: The Author of 2010’s Most Fascinating Book On Pets



The way we navigate our relationships with our pets and other animals has fascinated researchers for centuries. Why is one species a member of our family and another our dinner? Western Carolina University psychology professor Hal Herzog sought to answer these age-old questions in an absolutely brilliant and extremely readable new book, “Some we Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.”

Plus, Steve’s life partner Miles makes his Petcast debut as the guest host and we get new insight into Steve’s pet home life. Also, should Michael Vick get a puppy and is it news that Barack Obama picks up after Bo?


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No. 281: How Eco-Friendly Can Be Pet-Friendly

Very often, being pet-friendly doesn’t mean being eco-friendly. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Four years ago, Barbara Savidge and Gina Quiroga formed Olive Green Goods For Modern Dogs, a company devoted to creating natural and organic products for use by animals. They’ve got 10 products so far including cookies, blankets and poop bags made from natural materials. Barbara Savidge is on the line to talk about the company and various ways people can save the earth and be good to their pets.

Plus, guest host Cindi Moon Reed discusses at length her amazing long-form cover piece for Vegas Seven magazine about Bobby Berosini, who became synonymous fairly or not with animal abuse in entertainment. The case also powered the national reputation of a relatively new animal-rights group called PETA.

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No. 280: The Life & Times Of An Animal Control Officer
REISSUE! No. 72: Dog + Yoga = Doga!

A few weeks ago, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control was reopening its late-night dropoff for unwanted or lost pets. It had been closed for two months because of a disease outbreak, but we were trying to understand how the whole late-night dropoff thing worked to begin with. Joining us today to explain and discuss her line of work is Dianne Sauve, director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

Plus, thanks to Vegas Seven editor and writer Cindi Moon Reed for co-hosting. Cindi talks about her experiences doing Doga, or dog Yoga, and the Petcasters chat about a case of an old woman whose dog was returned thanks to a micro chip.

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No. 279: Puppies Win The Election

Earlier this month, Missouri voters narrowly approved Prop B, a measure that puts some significant new restrictions on dog breeders in a state that has long been a puppy mill capital of the United States. It wasn’t a landslide, but it did make it through and that’s largely because of years of work by attorney Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri director of the Humane Society of the United States. She served as campaign director for Prop B, but she also helped convince voters to bar cockfighting 12 years ago. The cause even made it onto The Daily Show.

Plus, the Petcasters mull the American who stole 299 stuffed birds from a London museum, elderly sisters accused of animal cruelty for hoarding and a claim that bird-feeding is the second most popular hobby in America.

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No. 278: Banning Dog Auctions

Mary O’Connor-Shaver, a businesswoman from Lima, Ohio, has made it her mission to end the wholesale auctioning of dogs bred in puppy mills in her state. She joins Steve and guest host Amy Turner to discuss her efforts to get this matter more public attention and before the voters of the Buckeye State. Here's a video of the auctions.

The Petcasters discuss a new study explaining why it is that cats drink more neatly than dogs, a Las Vegas Weekly piece about casino mogul Steve Wynn’s new vegan zealotry and Shanghai’s new one-dog policy.

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No. 277: How Pets Became Domesticated

We take it for granted these days that dogs, cats, birds and other animals make wonderful pets. But how did it come to be that way? How did earlier humans figure out that these creatures could be loving and loyal, good company and partners in various activities? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains in her latest book, Being With Animals: Why We Are Obsessed With the Furry, Scaly, Feathered Creatures Who Populate Our World. King is chancellor professor of anthropology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. King writes the Friday Animal Blog, too.

Plus, the Petcasters chat about the Missouri ballot measure regarding breeding, India urges against owls as pets, Palm Beach County has a nighttime pet drop-off and farm owners worry about the decline in vets who work on large animals.

RELATED REISSUE: Giving A Hoot About Owls (No. 198)

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No. 276: There Are Also Blood Banks For Animals



It’s not something many pet owners think much about, but if their animal ever needs surgery, they’re going to need blood transfusions. And where does that blood come from? Other pets. With us today to explain how an animal blood bank works is Dr. Beth Davidow, who oversees the Animal Critical Care Emergency Services Blood Bank in Seattle.

Plus, the Petcasters sort of observe National Pit Bull Awareness Day, guest host Jen Prosser is scared of spiders, Reno is home to the world’s longest cat and Missouri voters may change the law regarding dog breeders.

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No. 275: Hotlines To Counsel Grieving Pet Owners

The loss of a pet can, of course, be a very traumatic experience. In 1989, the college of veterinary medicine at the University of California at Davis came up with a novel idea to help people cope, a pet-loss hotline. Cornell University’s vet school copied that model, and we have two guests here to discuss how it works, Dr. Margaret McEntee, the faculty adviser, and fourth-year vet student Ingrid Rhinehart.

Plus, as it happens, guest host Jennifer Prosser and her husband lost their 19-year-old cat since our last recording.

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No. 274: A Katrina Pet Rescue Hero

Five years ago, Americans watched with heartache and horror as thousands of companion animals were abandoned in a drowning city. Karen O'Toole was moved to do more. In her beautifully moving account, Orphans of Katrina: Inside The World’s Biggest Animal Rescue, O'Toole recounts her experiences of rescue and frustration, disillusionment and redemption in the Gulf region

Plus, Emily – remember her? – calls in to provide the update on Archie’s recent health dramas. Amid all that, there’s a new Consumer Reports study about pet insurance.

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No. 273: There’s An App For Pet Holistics

More and more these days, pet owners are trying to figure out how to keep things natural for their pets. Scares related to tainted pet food and toys have prompted many to see out more holistic products and ideas, and that’s where our guest comes in. Stacey Turis is the co-owner of a website called PawsforPeace.Com, which provides advise and ideas for folks looking for holistic health information for their animals. They’ve also recently come out with an iPhone app.

Plus, guest host Jen Prosser talks all about her turtles and cat life. Also, desert night lizards have mates and families.

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No. 272: Myths About and Meds For Senior Pets
REISSUE: Dr. Dodman on Petcast No. 184

Dr. Nicholas Dodman writes pet-related columns for the AKC Family Dog, Life Magazine and Martha Stewart’s Body and Soul and has written seven books including “The Dog Who Cried Too Much” and “The Cat Who Cried For Help.” His latest book, “Good Old Dog,” comes out in November, and it deals with the important issues that face people as their dogs grow old. In this interview, Dodman tells the Petcasters about new medicine and ideas for dealing with elder animals. Dr. Dodman also does seminars for pet lovers and experts, so check out this site to see if he'll be speaking near you.

Plus, guest host Amy Turner and Steve banter about the annual pet blessings around St. Francis of Assisi Day and, in Boston, the fire trucks now have oxygen masks for imperiled pets. Also, the U.S. Navy is bombing Guam with frozen mice stuffed with Tylenol to poison brown tree snakes.

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No. 271: Linens For Fido & Fluffy

Animal welfare organizations are financially stressed enough, and every little bit helps. That’s where organizations like Linens for Animals steps in. Since 2006, Lori Birdsong and her husband have been collecting and donating more than 2 million pounds in blankets and other linens to shelters, rescue organizations and pet owners who have adopted abandoned animals. It’s another innovative way to help out.

Plus, guest host Amy updates us on her pet life – including teaching Lola tricks that you can see on YouTube. Also, convicted animal killer Michael Vick is back at the helm for the Eagles, prompting an ESPN writer to say the public should forgive him. Amazingly, the dogs are doing great, according to the new book by Jim Gorant and this Fresh Air discussion from NPR. Oh, and President Obama’s new Chief of Staff is a crazy cat guy.

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No. 270: The Great Petcast Road Trip!

Emily, Archie and Steve drove 2,100 miles from Nevada to Michigan to deliver Emily and Archie to Ann Arbor for a prestigious eight-month academic fellowship in journalism at the University of Michigan. It was a wonderful trip, full of cool sights and lots of interesting pet experiences. (We didn't even mention the dog park we found in Salt Lake City!) Archie had a traumatic health week prior to the trip, so there was much nervousness. It was all amazing. Hear us recap it en route to the airport as Steve returned to Las Vegas on Sept 1.

Also, check out Steve's blog on the trip as well as the Flickr sets with loads and loads of photos.

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No. 269: The Surfing Dog’s Good Deeds
(link and show available 8/30)

We read about animals taking up unusual hobbies all the time, but usually those activities don’t tug at the heartstrings quite like the special skill of Ricochet. Ricochet is a SURFice dog. Yes, we said SURFice, not service. Her owner, Judy Fridono, joins the Petcasters to explain. Fridono is the founder and executive director of puppy prodigies, a non profit organization that trains service dogs for people with disabilities. This is the dog behind this viral YouTube video that has been seen more than 2 million times.

Plus, Amy talks birds and Steve raises a news item in which a dog chews off a man’s diseased toe while he was passed out drunk. Also, seven puppies died in a cargo hold from Tulsa to Chicago on American Airlines.

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No. 268: Emily’s Special Farewell For Now

Co-host Emily Richmond begins a prestigious fellowship at the University of Michigan in early September, so this is her final episode in the Petcast studio until sometime next month. She vows to call in from time to time and both Petcasters will be recording and reporting from their road trip from Vegas to deliver Emily to Michigan, but in honor of this Steve corralled a quartet of special call-in guests to wish Emily well.

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No. 267: Why Trusts For Pets Matter

Each year, a half-million dogs and cats wind up in shelters when their owners die without making arrangements for their pets’ care. Attorney Chris Jones of Trusted Pet Partners joins the Petcasters to provide some steps you can take to make sure your animals is protected even when you’re no longer there to do it yourself.

Plus, Emily winds down in Vegas and Emily gets rough with American Airlines. See Emily's body of work at the Las Vegas Sun, too.

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No. 266: Bartering for Vet Care



Several months ago, bartering was a hot topic in the news when a candidate for the U.S. Senate suggested it was a way to reduce health care costs. That suggestion actually helped sink her candidacy, but it is actually true that people barter for all sorts of services, including veterinary care. Joining the Petcasters to explain how bartering works in the 21st century and how pet owners can take advantage is Alan Zimmelman, executive vice president for the nation’s largest bartering exchange known as Itex.

Plus, more chatter about Emily’s big upcoming change and the Petcasters chat about the new TV show about animal hoarding.

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No. 265: Researching the Human-Animal Bond

One of the most fascinating topics in animal research -- and a growing field – is the relationship people develop with animals. Joining the Petcasters is Dr. Alan Beck, one of the nation’s leading experts on the subject, as well as an author, researcher and professor. Beck is the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Plus, Steve rushes Black to the vet for an eye problem and then, as usual, had a complaint.

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No. 264: The Editor of Dog Fancy Magazine



When it comes to pet publications, Dog Fancy magazine represents the gold standard. It’s the world’s most widely read dog magazine and today’s guest is its new editor. Ernie Slone is also an expert dog handler, pet therapy volunteer and officer with the Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California. Slone referenced Pilots N Paws, a group that transports dogs all over the country.

Plus, the Petcasters bantered about an amazing story about the $1 million winner of a cutest dog competition who gave the money away. And Sherry V wrote in again to show us her cats and tell us about their unusual names. Emily found a Veterinary Pet Insurance’s unusual names report.

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No. 263: The Planet’s Funniest Person

Keegan-Michael Key knows funny. He’s a comic and actor who spent six seasons on Mad TV and has also appeared on hilarious shows such as Reno 911. That makes him perfectly qualified for his current gig as host of “The Planet’s Funniest Animals” on Animal Planet. During the discussion, Emily names her favorite pet videos, the guy singing Good Night Sweetheart to puppies and the Standing Cat. Here’s list of top animal videos on YouTube and Keegan talked about the Fancy Catz video on Second City’s YouTube channel.

Steve’s experience covering World Series of Poker leads him to a pet-related poker nickname for Emily and Emily celebrated Archie’s birthday by getting nervous about the 9-year-old’s middle age. She also checked on something recently in “Speaking For Spot,” the book by Dr. Nancy Kaye, guest on Petcast No. 201.

RELATED: Nancy Kaye (No. 201) and StuffOnMyCat.Com (No. 20)

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No. 262: A Heroic Rescue of 172 Horses



When it comes to the protecting the legacy of America’s Western frontier, wild horses are too often forgotten. Many herds face lives of abuse, neglect and slaughter as a result. But there was some good news recently thanks in part to Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue of Lancaster, Calif., which recently negotiated a successful deal with the U.S. government to save 169 wild horses that were scheduled to be sold at auction. Wild Horse Rescue board member Stephanie Hoefener joined the Petcasters to explain. (Those interested in adopting one of these horses should call Angel at 661-727-0049.) Check out Lifesavers' Facebook site for a lively discussion on horse issues.

Emily follows up on the AnimalOff product that Steve referenced on Petcast No. 257.5 that they sell on late night TV and Steve questions the claims in a new Purina commercial. Also, Emily ponders what sort of seatbelts to have for our big drive across at the end of August.

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No. 261: Dogs v Cats, A Duel Of Dollars

Freelance writer Jason Cochran took a novel approach to the age-old dog-v-cat debate, this time focusing entirely on which costs more money. Cochran did his report for WalletPop.Com and is also a widely published freelancer writer and regular commentator on TV and radio.

Plus, Emily takes Archie in for his teeth checkup and had great news, but she also just learned what it’s like to GET advice from nosy fellow pet owners. And check out the photo of Black and Jack bathing in 110-degree sunlight.

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No. 260: A Disabled Pet's Special Joys

There are special challenges that come with caring for a disabled pet but there can be special joys as well. Barbara Techel knows this especially well and has written extensively about her life with Frankie, a daschund partially paralyzed after a spinal injury. She’s the author of several books and runs the website JoyfulPaws.Com. Frankie’s wheelchair, incidentally, came from Eddie’s Wheels in Shelbourne, Mass., and the owner was a guest on Petcast No. 142. That show was reissued in the Petcast feed. Techel also wanted to give a shout-out to DodgersList.Com, a site that provides support for owners with dogs with disc disease.

Plus, Steve does not confront a guy who had left his dog in a van in 100+-degree weather at an Arby’s. And Emily cites her favorite book, “The Cat Who Came For Christmas,” in a discussion of why airlines only permit two pets in coach on airplanes.

RELATED: No. 142 on Eddie's Wheels

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No. 259: Will Our Listeners Love Her?


Edie Jarolim is a prolific travel writer who led a dogless life until 2004 when a small terrier mix named Frankie entered her life. Clueless about dogs in general and Frankie in particular, Jarolim put her research skills to use to learn about all things canine. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is the Pet Travel Correspondent for KVOA TV and blogs at http://willmydoghateme.com. She’s also the author of “Am I boring My Dog?”

Plus, Animal Planet is about to air a series on animal hoarding called “Confessions: Animal Hoarding," Emily gets a tranquilizer for Archie for July 4 and occasional guest host John Katsilometes is still doing the vegan thing.

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No. 258: Fostering Deployed Soldiers’ Pets




For soldiers serving in our military, deploying overseas often means having to find a new home for a loyal pet. Linda Spurlin-Dominik is helping to change that, with an innovative approach that focuses on keeping companion animals safe and sound until their loved ones come home. She is founder, president and CEO of Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, and joins us from her home in Texas. Their Facebook fan page is here.

Plus, the Petcasters plan a cross-country drive and Emily refers to all the nifty car-related equipment to make travels with Archie better and a letter writer addresses Emily’s problems with the film 8 Below.

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No. 257.5: The Oil Spill's Wildlife Devastation



As the BP oil spill enters its third month, the toll on birds and sealife is mounting. Today’s guest is David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation who has been documenting the devastation first-hand.

Plus, the late-night-ad product to chase away animals and more.

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No. 257: The Frenetic Thrill of Sheepdogs



When it comes to canine IQ’s, it’s hard to find a breed that scores higher than the border collie. But with that intelligence comes a high-energy package that requires special handling. Sheepdog expert and trainer Joyce Geier, who served as an educational consultant for the new Hallmark Channel film “You Lucky Dog” starring Natasha Henstridge and Harry Hamlin, about a border collie that helps to bring together a family.

Also, the Petcasters discuss and debate a controversial Slate piece on the serial deaths of pet bunnies at the hands of a family dog.

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No. 256: The Pet Detective’s New Tools

When it comes to solving crimes against animals, today’s guest is the sleuth you want on the case. Dr. Melinda Merck is one of the nation’s pioneering veterinarians, and senior director of veterinary forensics of the ASPCA’s anti-cruelty team. She’s an old friend of the Petcast, and we’re pleased to have her back to talk about a new innovation that uses 21st century technology including DNA testing to help investigate and prosecute dog fighting.

Plus, the Petcasters confirm Christine Dorchak’s claim that greyhounds are the only dog referenced in the Bible and discuss an Iranian fatwa versus dogs. Also, Emily still doesn’t get snakes as pets.

Related: Dr. Merck’s appearances on Petcasts No. 85 (7/1/07) and No. 126 (12/30/07)

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No. 255: Greyhounds activists are winning the race



Dog racing is losing favor in the United States, in part because of increased awareness about inherent cruelties in the sport, and mistreatment of animals at many of the nation’s tracks. Leading the way in advocacy is GREY2K USA, a nonprofit coalition that recently helped to bring about an end to dog racing in Massachusetts. Christine Dorchak is president and general counsel of GREY2K USA, and she joins us from her home in the Bay State. Dorchak also gave a big thumbs up to the Las Vegas greyhound rescue.

Plus, guest host John Katsilometes announces his plan to go vegan this summer for a blog series and Emily discusses Archie’s recent weight loss. Also, there’s a guy near Emily and John’s office who scares people with a lizard.

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No. 254: Birth Control for Pigeons and Cats

Erick Wolf is chief executive of Innolytics, which is helping to lead the way in contraceptive research that could have important implications for helping to control two key animal populations – pigeons and feral cat colonies. The company was recently awarded a prestigious challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help further their work. Read Steve's AOL News piece on this and watch Wolf's YouTube video on it.

Plus, the Petcasters ponder their big road trip at the end of August to Michigan, including some cool gizmos Emily is considering getting to keep Archie cool, calm and collected.

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No. 253: Our First PETA-Cast

Amanda Fortino has done everything from dressing up as a cow in Washington DC to hand out soy hot chocolate at President Obama’s inauguration to stripping down to her to her underwear to protest fur. In fact, when it comes to fighting animal injustices, it seems there isn’t much she isn’t willing to do. Fortino is a campaign coordinator for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and joins us today to talk about an important new initiative to protect our furry friends from the summer heat.

Plus, Steve learned the difference between dog and cat food and Emily tells of a sparrow hawk with a nest outside her house that has been grabbing hair chunks from a neighbor’s dog’s mane. And the Petcasters continue to ponder the prospects of their Great American Road Trip.

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No. 252: Las Vegas’ Other Wildlife



Las Vegas is known for its beautiful creatures, and we’re not just talking about its showgirls. Joining the Petcasters this episode is Robin Haeffner-Matos, the wildlife manager at the Flamingo Las Vegas where visitors can behold exotic fish, turtles and birds including, of course, pink flamingos. The attraction is free and every day there are attendants who answer questions daily at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m

Plus, a funny (to Steve) comic reminded Steve of our odd wallaby episode, but that has Emily remembering the interview with the guy who makes music via bunny noises. And the duo also discuss a new bald eagle cam and the enduring Shiba Inu cam.

Related: Episodes on wallabees (No. 189) and bunnies (No. 18)

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No. 251: AAA’s Guide To Traveling With Pets



When it comes to planning a cross-country trip, there’s no better resource than the American Automobile Association. Making that journey with your pets can be made even easier with the AAA’s newest edition of the Pet Book. Spokesman Michael Geeser joins the Petcasters to discuss the do’s and don’ts of summer travel and to provide the story behind the nearly 800-page tome, which you can buy online or, if you’re a member, at a discount at your nearby AAA office.

Plus, the Petcasters discuss the importance of the dog in the last frame of Lost and whether it was the same dog. Also, Emily saw the film 8 Below and Steve noticed something about HBO’s Real Sports report on an Iditarod champ.

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No. 250: All Hail Caesar!



As we celebrate our 250th episode of the Petcast, your hosts are feeling very pleased with themselves for the successful rescue effort of a cat in Emily’s neighborhood. In the studio for this big episode is none other than Caesar, formerly known as the Cat who Stalked Archie, along with his new – and smitten – owner, Las Vegas resident Dawn Christensen.

Plus, Steve mocks some of the odd and silly things he read in a recent issue of Dog Fancy.

RELATED: See our brief video of Caesar when Emily first noticed him.

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No. 249: Another hero named Sully



There’s an important network of volunteers out there who play a critical role in preparing service animals for their important work. Puppy raiser Kelly Haugh joined the Petcasters in the studio with Sully, a 5-month-old Golden Retriever/Black Labrador mix on behalf of a chapter of Canine Companions For Independence.

Plus, Steve blogged some cool Vegas-themed dogs that were sold at a shelter fundraiser and Emily reveals that she’s landed a major journalistic fellowship.

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No. 248: Christie Keith’s New Puppy

One of our great friends, blogger Christie Keith, just welcomed a new puppy, Wally, into her household. Keith, who also writes the Your Whole Pet column for SFGate.Com, explains why she chose a Scottish Deerhound and discusses her column about myths about puppies.

In Banter, more of the dramatic pet background – bear traps!?! -- of new guest host, Jen Prosser.

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No. 247: Kitten Season Explained

Each spring, the nation’s already crowded animal shelters brace for the phenomenon known as kitten season, an influx of unwanted felines caused by a troubling mix of biological science and unfortunate, irresponsible human behavior. Gail Buchwald, the senior vice president of the Adoption Center for the ASCPA explains what kitten season is and why it happens. (Here’s the ASCPA’s 10 things you can do to help a stray cat.)

In Banter, our new guest host, Jen Prosser, explains why she doesn’t consider herself her pets’ owners.

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No. 246: The Cat That Senses Death



When today’s guest wrote an essay for the New England Journal of Medicine about a nursing home cat’s habit of showing up when patients were nearing death, he never expected it would lead to a book tour. Dr. David Dosa is a geriatrician and an assistant professor of medicine at Brown University in Rhode Island, and he joined the Petcasters to discuss his memoir, “Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat.”

Plus, Vegas journalist Jennifer Prosser, editor of Where Las Vegas, describes her pet family in her first episode substituting for Steve. And after several tries with Steve and Dayvid, Emily finally finds a sympathetic ear with Jen on her on-going complaint about JetBlue’s pet policy.

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No. 245: Helping Kids Grieve Over Pet Loss

It’s always difficult when a pet dies, but being prepared can make the grieving process more bearable, especially for the younger members of the family. Today’s guest, author Bill Cochran, has written a wonderful children’s book, “The Forever Dog,” on that tough topic, to help kids understand that happy memories and beloved pets are always with us.

In Banter, Emily and guest host Dayvid Figler discuss some great viral pet-related videos (i.e. dog-hates-birthday-song and standing-cat) and Emily told all about a dancing-with-your-dog story that is not to be missed. Also, Emily has some, uh, thoughts about English bulldogs. Eek.

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No. 244: Emergency Pet Funds



For some pet owners, the high cost of veterinary care is forcing some tough choices. In some cases, people are opting for euthanasia over treatment or abandoning their pets at shelters or the vet’s office. Fortunately, the American Animal Hospital Association has set up a program to provide financial assistance for these kinds of situations. Today’s guest, Tamara Fox, is the coordinator of the associations’ Helping Pets Fund.

Plus, Emily and guest host Dayvid Figler debate airline pet policies.

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No. 243: Can Animals Be Gay?



An April 4 New York Times Magazine piece examined the science and the controversy surrounding the long-wondered question of whether homosexuality exists in lower species. One expert quoted in the piece was Dr. Marlene Zuk, a biology professor at the University of California at Riverside, author of “Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn About Sex From Animals.” Dr. Zuk joins the Petcasters to discuss.

Plus, Emily discusses her niece’s miserable visit to Sea World.

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No. 242: The Great Patricia McConnell



Dr. Patricia McConnell is something of a renaissance woman when it comes to animal affairs – she’s a blogger, public radio star and certified animal behaviorist. McConnell is author of “The Puppy Primer,” a newly updated guide for dog owners who want to start out on the right paw. The former host of NPR’s Calling All Pets discusses biting dogs, misunderstandings about the notion of dominance and much more. McConnell’s blog is The Other End Of The Leash.

Plus, Emily and Steve rap about the great Petcast triumph regarding Caesar the Cat!

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No. 241: A Petcaster Kibbitz Session



Our guest failed to call in but the Petcasters had quite a lot to catch up on, including an important update on the orange tabby hanging around Emily’s home. The discussion led to a number of interesting ethical questions. Also, we reveal for the first time – believe it or not – the story of how Emily named Archie. Also, Emily wrote about Calamity Jane from a previous show for PawNation.Com.

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No. 240: The Guest Host’s Dad Is A Vet

Guest host John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun and Weekly isn’t just a terrific and witty writer and fill-in for Steve, he’s also the son of a retired veterinarian in Pocatello, Idaho. Dr. George Katsilometes joins the Petcasters to tell some terrific tales of their life in animals and explains how veterinary medicine has changed through the decades. He also clarifies some tall tales Kats Jr has been telling all these years.

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No. 239: The Fun of Dogcaching

A growing number of dog owners are partaking in the hobby of geo-caching, the act of going on treasure hunts using GPS coordinates. Wendy Drennan, the CEO of the Paws Awhile Online Community. The site has a subsite regarding Dogcaching.

Plus, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun and Weekly sits in for Steve and discusses his new cats and Emily has some good news regarding Archie.

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No. 238: Calamity Jane’s Heroic Moment



What the Humane Society of the United States set out to find the nation’s most heroic canine, a three-legged rescue dog named Calamity Jane quickly rose to the top of the list. This brave Golden Retriever, which had recently been shot and left to die, scared off armed robbers holding neighbors hostage, potentially saving lives of several adults and two children. She was recently chosen as the People’s Hero by online voters and was runner up for Dog of Valor. Shar Pauley of Aledo, Texas, joined the Petcasters to tell the amazing tale.

Plus, a horrific fire at an animal sanctuary in Las Vegas killed dozens of birds. Also, here’s what a bark scorpion looks like, in case you’re wondering after Emily’s description.

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No. 237: Debating The Sea World Tragedy



The tragic death of a trainer at Sea World Orlando has renewed debate over keeping marine mammals in captivity. The advocacy group In Defense of Animals say it’s time to stop capturing and breeding dolphins and orcas only to condemn them to a dismal life performing in a concrete tank. The Petcasters welcome Dr. Elliot Katz, the group’s founder, to discuss this important topic.

Links to EW piece on Sea World, news report and IDA group site.

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No. 236: Heavenly Hummingbirds



If you’ve been lucky enough to see a hummingbird in action, you know what amazing creatures they are. Attracting them to your backyard may be easier than you think but please keep in mind they should be considered welcome visitors and not pets. Dr. Ross Hawkins, the executive director of the Hummingbird Society, joins the Petcasters to talk about the birds, how to take care of them and concerns about a certain breed impacted by the tsunami caused by the Brazilian earthquake.

Plus, Steve, Black and Jack take a road trip to Arizona and the Petcasters are appalled by an Arkansas story where a man’s family had his 2-year-old dog put down and buried with him after he died because that was his dying wish.

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No. 235:Midwesterners Unite For Pets



If you look out at the world and wonder what you can do to make a difference, consider the example of the Pet Project Midwest. Born of local concerns about animal welfare in Iowa, is now a thriving non-profit that offers an emergency alert system for lost and found animals and supply pantry to help financially struggling families keep their pets. Founder Becky Mollenkamp joins the Petcasters to explain. They're also on Twitter and Facebook.

Plus, Emily gets a terrifying call regarding Archie and Steve's dogs have a tough day at the dentist that left them looking stoned. Also, a shout-out to listener Tracy who introduced herself at Porchlight SF n California.

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No. 234: The Peculiar Pleasure of Pigeons

He’s known affectionately as the pigeon guy of North las Vegas and recently ran afoul of authorities for running what they said was an unlicensed bird sanctuary. The Petcasters chat with Nephi Oliva of Nevada Pigeon Control about his plight and why pigeons need protection, too. (This shot above is of Steve's dog, Jack, checking out studio guest Jesse the pigeon.)

Also, the Petcasters commandeered the Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook to watch the Westminster Dog Show finale when Sadie won and Steve relates an evidently erroneous understanding of Scottish Terriers. Plus, there’s an important update on the horrible cat hoarding and abuse case of FLOCK discussed two years ago.

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No. 233: The Cat that Somehow Came Back

We’ve all heard incredible tales of animals coming back after long disappearances, but the recent return of a Canadian cat after a 14 year absence might set the record. Her owner joins us to share the incredible story. Ingrid Kerger, welcome to the Petcast!

Plus, kitty dreams at Steve’s house, some thoughts on the debarking controversy and guest-host John Katsilometes has a cat intruder.

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No. 232: The Cat In The Subway

When a kitten showed up in an underground Boston train station, commuters began posting cell phone snapshots of their sightings, and urging animal control to catch the wiley feline. But the cat, nicknamed “Kenmore” after the stop on the Green Line, eluded authorities until a few months ago. Here to share Kenmore’s story is Kenmore's new owner Karen Ingraham, who actually drives one of the MBTA trains and used to spot Kenmore on her daily route. [Check out the Boston Globe slideshow of Kenmore, too]

Plus, Emily is delighted by Archie's physical progress of Archie and the Petcasters are grateful for a lovely reader letter.

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No. 231: The Ebay of Animal Shipping




No one wants to leave their pets behind when they move, but finding convenient and affordable transportation options can be tough. Today’s guest is Dean Jutilla, marketing director uShip.Com, which offers another way of safely getting your pet to its new home. The site is also a fascinating reflection of modern pet life.

Plus, Steve has fun with pet-related iPhone apps such as the Screen Cleaner and there’s an update on Archie’s kitty stalker. You remember this, right?

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No. 230: S-s-snakes In A Box On The Strip

What would it take to convince you to spend 10 days living in an oversized glass box full of venomous snakes set right on the Las Vegas Strip? Today’s guest actually volunteered. And as a result, he’s raising awareness, and dispelling myths, about the human-snake relationship. He is Donald Schultz, a venom expert and host of Animal Planet’s “Wild Recon.” Schultz joined the Petcasters live via phone from the snake house outside O’Sheas Casino, which is co-sponsoring the adventure.

Plus, the Shiba Inu puppycam is back! And, in a related note, you can read Steve's piece from AOLNews.Com on being the first to go inside the snakebox or watch the Petcast video.

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No. 229.5: Westminster Odds Maker SPECIAL



When it comes to setting the odds, no one knows more than Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations for Wynn Las Vegas. And this week he’s letting the sportsbook go to the dogs, as joins the Petcasters to name his top picks for the Westminster Kennel Club Show, which runs Feb. 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden.

Plus, some Petcaster thoughts on Temple Grandin (heard here in NPR's Fresh Air) and the HBO film about her, and there's a cat with a cat on its back. No, really!

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No. 229: Emily’s Mom Explains Emily

With Steve away, it was an opportunity for Emily to have her mom, Alberta, on the show for the first time without Steve to interject snarky questions or brisket demands. Instead, it’s a mother-and-daughter show about their early life in the Boston suburbs and Alberta’s own animal history. All of this, of course, is our way of give you Emily’s backstory.

Plus, Emily chats with young listeners Hudson and Samuel about their pet turtles.

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No. 228: The Quake-Sensing Dog



The video became a YouTube sensation, a golden lab jumping to attention in California before an earthquake hit. The owner of Sophie, Times-Standard copy editor Jessica Richelderfer of Eureka, Calif., joins Emily to talk about that day and what it might mean.

Plus, Emily flies solo for the first time, providing a brief, relevant monologue about animal alertness in natural disasters and Petcast engineer Kaan hops on the mike at the end of the episode ot talk about his cat, an adopted stray.

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No. 227.5: PUPPY BOWL SPECIAL!

The big game, when fierce – and furry – athletes take to the field is upon us! We are talking about Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, of course. Keeping the canine chaos in check along with a menagerie of other furry friends is the official referee of Puppy Bowl VI, Andrew Schechter. The Puppy Bowl airs 3-5 pm ET/PT on Sunday Feb. 7, 2010 and is rerun regularly thereafter.

Plus, Steve is in a poopy mood! Actually, he's in a great mood but he wonders about whether he should look at or away from Black and Jack when the go poop and Emily is excited that a cat named Bijoux -- see a picture here -- she knew way back when still remembers her. Also, some homework for everyone out there: Go read the New York Magazine cover on dogs. Emily's PawNation.Com piece interviewing Andrew Schechter

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No. 227: Caring For Feral Cats

Feral cats in the Chicago area have a friend in Jennifer Schlueter, program manager for the Treehouse Humane Society serving Cook County, Illinois. A new law lets people who take care of feral cat colonies register with animal control and get support in trapping, spaying and releasing the cats. But the program isn’t without controversy and challenges, as Schlueter explains to the Petcast.

Emily relates the story of a beagle in her 'hood that doesn't get walked and guest host John Katsilometes recalls a cat he had that amazingly returned to an earlier house where he lived in Idaho. Thanks again to John Katsilometes for guest-hosting.

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No. 226: Doing The Neighborly Thing

After reading about a horrific case of animal neglect involving a chocolate Lab named Sunbear, Wisconsin resident Anna Nirva resolved to publish a web site in the dog’s memory that would encourage people everywhere to help companion animals in distress because he did not get help. Seven years later, the Sunbear Squad helps people set up neighborhood watch groups to keep a caring eye out for animals in trouble, and offers valuable guidance on what to do when trouble arises. Nirva talks to the Petcasters about why such volunteers are needed now more than ever in light of the home foreclosure crisis.

Also, with Steve away, it's time for the return of guest host John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun entertainment writer and veterinarian's son. Kats talks about what's new in his pet life since his last guest stint in 2007 (!) and Emily praises the tribute he wrote to his late cat Bonnie. Read that here and check out The Kats Report, John’s blog.

Related: John's last guest-host stint, Episode No. 131

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No. 225: The short, sometimes sad life of hamsters



Hamsters can be delightful and educational pets as long as you understand how best to care for them. Journalist Tim Pratt didn’t get the memo. He bought two hamsters for his kids in November and they died within weeks because Pratt wasn’t briefed on how to live and care for hamsters.

Plus, Emily brings up a recent study from the University of Missouri about who’s a better walking companion, other people or dogs, and she relates a story of why her vet thinks someone tried to break into her house.

RELATED: Petcast No. 180: Hamster Drama

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No. 224: Meet Teddy



After a lengthy process that began when Steve's widowed Aunt Susan found comfort in his dogs during a visit, Aunt Susan has finally adopted a lovely 7-year-old bichon frise. She named him Teddy after her late father's childhood dog. The Petcasters hear about Aunt Susan's experience with the ASCPA in New York City and Emily answers some questions from this first-time canine owner.

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No. 223: The Animals of Neverland Ranch

Nowadays, most people think of Neverland Ranch because of the controversy surrounded Michael Jackson in the final years of his life there, but not a lot of people realize that it once boasted the largest and most impressive collection of exotic animals anywhere in the nation. Big Al Scanlon, who worked at the ranch for 15 years, joins the Petcasters to discuss the lives of those animals and the mission of the ranch in its heyday.

Plus, Steve is aggravated by some nonsensical Cesar Millan crap.

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No. 222: Good SPCA, Bad SPCA



In this kibbitz session, the Petcasters first discuss the ASPCA’s tough decision to euthanize Oreo, an abused dog that physically survived being tossed off a New York apartment building but could not be rehabilitated emotionally. Then Steve tells his horror story of almost adopting a third dog from the Nevada SPCA and the drama the ensued therein. Plus, Steve and Emily follow on No. 221’s interview with Beverly Washburn by considering how “Old Yeller” would’ve been done differently today and Emily explains why she’s lost faith in her doggie dentist.

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No. 221.5: The Top Pet Stories of 2009

In a New Year’s special, Emily has compiled her list of the five biggest stories of 2009. Here’s a hint at her No. 1: Steve spent much of the year promulgating conspiracy theories about this. Plus, Emily talks about the stalking cat in the video she shot and Steve talked about Pebbles, his childhood poodle who took a particular liking to one of his neighbors.

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SPECIAL VIDEO: THE CAT THAT STALKS ARCHIE AND EMILY

A neighborhood cat won't leave Archie and Emily alone no matter how politely or rudely Emily asks. Hear more about this in Episode 221.5.

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No. 221: Old Yeller’s Child Star



When it comes to child stars of the 1950s and 1960s, today’s guest has one of the most memorable in a key role from one of the most iconic dog movies of all time, “Old Yeller.” Today, Beverly Washburn remains a working actress as well as author of the recently released memoir, “Reel Tears.”

Plus, Emily is amused by the Snuggie-for-dogs phenomenon and explains why the foam dog stairs she bought on Overstock.Com have turned out to be a great investment.

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No. 220: Delta Society Can Helpya



If you’re looking for a way to get more involved with your community with your pet at your side, one of the best ways to do so could be to find a group near you affiliated with the Bellvue, Wash.,-based Delta Society. Marketing director JoAnn Turnbull of the organization explains how pets can help people. According to the DeltaSociety.Org site, the group is “a human-services organization dedicated to improving people's health and well-being. We do this through positive interactions with animals.

Petcast guest host Dayvid Figler sits in for Steve and updates everyone on the status of his dog.

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No. 219.5: Holiday Edition!

It's not just the holiday season, it’s also time for final exams for college students across the nation. In Orange, Calif., the Active Minds Club came up with a fun and furry way to alleviate some of their academic stress, they brought in puppies for students to play with in the quad area near the library and main class buildings. One of the project’s organizers, sophomore Jimbo Rozzano, explains the program, called “Furry Friends for Finals.”

Plus, Emily provides a list of very helpful tips for pet safety around holiday time and talks about her visit to the Marine Mammals Center in Sausalito, Calif. [GRAB EPISODE 41 ABOUT THE CENTER HERE.] And Steve, who brought in a pair of awful cute guests -- click here to see who! -- to the studio, is surprised that doggie life preservers and dog-sledding in Washington State exist.

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No. 219: Her pal joey



What would you do if you found a baby kangaroo? If you’re Christina Cooper, you turn your sweatshirt into a pouch, pick up the joey and begin work as a surrogate mom. Cooper, co-owner of the non-profit Global Wildlife Center near New Orleans, had to after one of the resident kangaroos abandoned her offspring. She explains that and the broader work of the Global Wildlife Center.

Emily read up on medication for Archie and took Speaking For Spot’s Nancy Kaye’s advise and suggested it to her vet. The vet gave it to Emily and she filled it at Walgreens, which entertained Emily quite a bit.

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No 218: The USA's Oldest Pet Cemetery

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery owner Ed Martin joins the Petcasters to discuss the oldest pet resting place in America, some of the more notable animals and how the whole business works.

Emily discusses a story she did for the Las Vegas Sun about a fundraiser for retired police dog costs and discusses that Vegas cops teach their dogs to bark-and-hold, not bite-and-hold. She also related a story of a police dog that a suspect thought was cute and tried to steal him, too. Also, we learn about the Zhu Zhu pets, the IT toy for 2009 Xmas season, and FEMA certification for gude dogs.

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No. 217: Is Creative Grooming Abuse?


Is elaborate, decorative grooming of dogs some form of abuse? We don't think so, but commenters of Steve's PawNation.Com piece lodged just that accusation against Cat Opson, a California-based groomer who won $2,000 at the SuperZoo 2009 trade show. Opson joined the Petcasters to explain her craft and how much the animals usually love it.

Plus, the Petcasters discuss ways to indicate for emergency personnel that there's are pets inside and Emily explains the difference between turtles and tortoises.

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No. 216: Wild Pets Unleashed in Florida

The only subtropical wilderness in the U.S., the Everglades, is being taken over by non-native former pets, in particular a variety of snakes that cause eco-system problems. Jenny Novak Tinnell of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission joins us to discuss an amnesty program and to explain where all these foreign critters came from. You can read a lengthy piece on this issue from the April 20, 2009 issue of the New Yorker Magazine, too.

Plus, Emily’s dog, Archie, had a bad reaction to a rabies vaccine and now is suffering a leg problem that could end his agility career. Also, Emily is Tweeting @ThePetcast!

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SPECIAL VIDEO EP: THE PETCASTERS AT SUPERZOO 2009!

The Petcasters took on SuperZoo 2009 with video commentary, interviews and product demonstrations! See the Pet Tops, the Amazing Treat Machine, The Pink Poodle Gourmet & Designs, The Port-A-Poo, the remote-control cat toy, the crazy creative grooming competition winners and much more! Don't miss the montage of fun photos at the end, too!

Also of interest may be Steve's pieces for PawNation on SuperZoo, including one on interesting new pet products, another on the outcome of the creative grooming contest and a third on the outcome of the $20,000 grooming challenge taking place while Steve and Emily were recording this episode.

Links to products in the show:

Pet Top Portable Drinking Devices
Spotlight GPS
The Amazing Treat Machine
The Pink Poodle Gourmet & Designs
The Port-A-Poo for Dogs

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No. 215: The Spaying Scribe

Today's guest is Corey Levitan, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal who does unusual jobs for his "Fear and Loafing" pieces. This month, he assisted at Heaven Can Wait Animal Sanctuary as they spayed and neutered cats. He came in to describe the experience which touched on some controversial topics, including kitty abortions. Plus, he brought his dog, Sammy, with him to the studio and Sammy wore a digicam on his collar to shoot photos of us! (see above)

Steve is now a blogger for PawNation.Com, AOL's pet subsite, but decided -- yet again -- not to adopt a new dog to the home. Emily describes her sister's visit to Cronkite Beach near San Francisco where they saw the Sausalito Wildlife Animal Center folks push sea lions into the sea.

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No. 214: Sid's Journey, Part II

As most pet owners know, a well-trained dog is usually a happier dog. But what happens when owners can't manage the training on their own? That's when today's guest takes over, providing intensive intervention at the Lockwood Canine Training Center in Frazier Park, Calif. Julie Isles, the owner, has more than 25 years experience in the field and has authored a correspondence course used by the nation's largest dog training company.

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No. 213: Sid's Journey, Part I

Note: This is our first show in our new studio at the Las Vegas Sun's studio, so the audio is a bit uneven.

When 2-year-old mastiff-pitbull mix Sid started picking fights with other dogs, his owner knew there was a problem. And when conventional interventions didn't work, his owner took the unusual and expensive step of sending his dog away for training to a high-end bootcamp for wayward dogs. The owner of that center, Lockwood Canine Training Center in Frazier Park, Calif., will join us on Petcast No. 214, but first Sid's owner, Hunter Hillegas, is our guest.

Plus, Steve relates his travels in the northeast where he covered the possible closure of the nation's first racetrack-plus-casino.

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No. 211: The AKC’s Big Changes

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is the world's largest purebred dog registry with more than 5,000 licensed clubs and affiliates. But the AKC has also evolved as a strong advocate for responsible dog ownership. As the organization prepares to mark its 125th anniversary, the AKC continues to broaden its scope and reach. Joining the Petcasters is Lisa Peterson, director of club communications, who has also spend 25 years as a professional breeder and handler of Norwegian elkhounds.

Plus, Steve recalls a story about a house fire from the start of his career that had a significant pet angle and the Petcasters discuss the Bo Obama official photo.

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No. 210: Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell



There are comic strips about animals and then there’s the gold standard. Since 1994, Patrick McDonnell has been delighting readers with the antics and wisdom of Earl, Mooch and all their pals. The “Mutts” comic strip now appears in more than 700 newspapers and 20 countries and its creator has won his industry’s highest honor, Cartoonist of the Year.

Plus, Emily discusses some of the stranger problems with summer haircuts for pets.

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No. 209: The Professor of Presidential Pets



Someone once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." And to be sure, from Fala to Millie to Buddy to Bo, The Man's best friend is often a four-legged sweetie. Joining us today is Cathy Trost, the director of exhibit development at the Newseum in Washington D.C., which has an informative and entertain
ing gallery of First Dogs. The Newseum is a museum devoted to media history.

Plus, Steve tells of giving his mom's dog gifts for Mother's Day and Emily issues a warning about how not to hold your leash in the event of emergencies.

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No. 208: Pet-Loving Condo-Dwellers Unite!



Today's guest is Maida Genser, founder of Citizens for Pets in Condos Inc., a Florida-based advocacy group seeing to educate the public on the health benefits of animal companionship and about responsible pet ownership. The long-term goal is to increase acceptance of companion animals in common interest ownership communities.

Plus, Steve tells the tale of finding an elderly, blind, obese, heaving lost dog in his neighborhood. See Steve's blog entries about this at VegasHappensHere.Com.

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No. 207: Geckos Are Great!



Today's guest knows his reptiles, from the Madagascar giant hissing cockroach to the fire-crested gecko. Joining us from Bourne, Texas, is herpetologist Ron Trempor, one of the nation's leading suppliers of reptilian pets.

Plus, Emily's complaint about her illogical airline pet policies and prices.

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No. 206: A Little Pet Music

As loyal Petcast listeners know, we love songs about pets. So naturally when we found out about an enterprising crew of canines that had actually taken up songwriting, we knew we had to find out more. Here to enlighten us is Bob Dorman of Mabel Dog productions, and the human talent behind “Dog Tracks: Songs by Dogs.” Find him at DogTracksCD.Com.

Plus, a brief chat about PetAir, the new pet airline concept.

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No. 205: One Nation Under Dog

From doggie day spas to prozac for Pekinese with separation anxiety, Americans are spending more time and money than ever making sure their canine companions live happy lives. Today’s guest, author Michael Schaffer, delved deep into the fluffy underbelly of pet industries, and our increasing fascination with, and dependence on, our four-legged friends. The result was “One Nation Under Dog,” which was recently published and is available at bookstores nationwide.

Plus, a discussion of kitten season and the joy of multiple pet ownership.

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No. 204: The Foreclosed Pets Rescuers

Animal shelters nationwide are seeing an increase in surrendered pets, a sad side effect of the ongoing economic crisis. Today’s guest, Everett Croxson, is doing his part to help pets whose owners can no longer care for them because they’ve lost their homes, either to outright foreclosure or a change in financial circumstances. Visit them online at http://forecloseduponpets.org.

Plus, some tips on keeping pets safe in the summertime.

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No. 203: Pets Who Want To Kill Themselves

There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t see an animal out in public wearing something silly (that's Steve's mom's dog above) or being carried in the purse of an airheaded celebrity heiress wannabe and hasn’t felt pity for the poor, tortured creature. Well, following in the great tradition of StuffOnMyCat.Com and CatsInSinks.Com, Duncan Birmingham of Los Angeles has created PetsWhoWantToKillThemselves.Com, a blog on which he posts photos of all sorts of probably-suicidal animals. Birmingham, a writer whose screenplay, Swingles, is about to become a movie starring Cameron Diaz, joins us to discuss the website.

Plus, a new CDC study shows that shows pets make people fall a lot.

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No. 202: Pusses in Books

You might have heard of Dewey the library cat, the famous orange feline that became world famous just for living his life in a library in Spencer, Iowa. Well, Dewey’s life, which is now the subject of a best-selling memoir and may become a movie starring Meryl Streep – as the librarian, not the cat – is actually less unique than you might think. Our guest today, documentarian Gary Roma, traveled the nation for his 1997 award-winning film Puss in Books: Adventures of a Library Cat and found library cats all over the place. His website, IronFrog.Com, in fact, offers an interactive map that tells visitors what libraries in their states have resident felines. Gary Roma joins us from Chicago to discuss the topic.

Plus, Steve tells the tale of Renegade, the blind, obese, tumorous, heaving, shedding lost dog he found and helped.

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No. 201: She Speaks For Spot



As medical advances are made and more complex treatments for animals become more commonplace, pet owners often find themselves in a quandary as they try to balance their love of their animals with their ability to balance their checkbooks. Whereas the notion of chemotherapy for pets or artificial limbs once were unthinkable, now they’re real options that can prolong and improve the life of dogs and cats, but how do you know when it’s worth it physically, emotionally and financially? With us to discuss this minefield of ethical and practical issues is Dr. Nancy Kay, of Sebastapol, Calif., author of the new book "Speaking For Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life." Dr. Kay earned her veterinary degree at Cornell and is owner of the Animal Care Center in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Plus, Steve saw the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in Vegas.

Links to download shows with Steve's sister (#194) and Gregory Popovich (#11) are found on ThePetcast.Com.

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