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100: A Petcast Centennial!
For our 100th show,
Emily blindfolds Steve and forces him to determine
what sort of animals are placed in his hands.
Then they discuss these animals with Cindy Bezard
of Boulder City, Nevada, who raises the critters.
Plus, Steve and Emily expound upon what they’ve
learned in 100 shows.
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99: Dogs That Inspired Great Authors
Adams of “Shaggy
Muses” joins us to discuss her new book
about the dogs that inspired such great female
authors as Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Emily
Bronte and Virginia Wolff. Plus, Steve’s
favorite animal book is… “Flowers
For Algernon?” and Emily explains her new
agility-obedience activity called “rally.”
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98: One Woman's Pet Food Nightmare
Two of Julie
Nelson's bichon frises at a fundraiser
Julie Nelson of
Harlan, Ky., tells her horror story of losing
three dogs to Purina pet food poisoning last year.
Nelson also runs a bichon frise rescue in her
region. Plus, Emily suspects the AKC sold hers
and Archie's name and address to solicitors like
the Franklin Mint for a ceramic plate with a schnauzer
on it. She also explains her opposition to what
she calls Schnauzereria (sp?) and then talks about
one piece of same she actually wants.
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97: The Bionic Paw
Vet surgeon Dr.
Noel Fitzpatrick joins us by phone from Britain
to explain his revolutionary surgery, giving cancer-stricken
Storm a bionic paw. Fitzpatrick's operation is
a major breakthrough. Also, Emily acknowledges
bulldogs are cute after all -- but withholds similar
love for ferrets -- and we share a list from Cesar
Milan of things people can do for their local
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96: The Animal Obesity Epidemic
George Fahey of the University of Illinois
at Champaign-Urbana explains the obesity epidemic
in pets. Plus, Emily explains the scandal surrounding
malnourished and diseased cats at a facility associated
with our guests from show No.
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95: Why Auctioning Pets Is Bad
Doug Duke of the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
discusses the Michael Vick dogfighting case, silent
auctions of dogs and the update on the Las Vegas
shelter that had to destroy thousands of dogs
and cats. Also, Emily updates us on Georgia Peach
and the Petcasters discuss what fluids, other
than water, are OK for pets.
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94: The Music Special
Steve surprises Emily by bringing on musician
Knight Berman Jr. of Marble Tea, whose tune "Banana
Cat" has served as The Petcast bumper music
for more than a year. Berman also unveils a new
cat-themed tune and Steve also plays a very, very
unusual rendition of "Love Me Do" by
the Beatles. Marble Tea is at marbletea.com.
Also, Steve vents about a silent auction he attended
where a puppy was being sold and Emily claims
she is no longer being stalked by that neighborhood
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93: CuteOverload Overload!
Meg Frost, the owner
explains how her site became so popular and how
she chooses what's cute and what's not so cute.
Don't forget to also check out UglyOverload.Com,
the parody site that Meg also finds funny. Plus,
Emily explains how advice given to her by author
Brian Kilcommons regarding Archie and children
turned out to work.
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92: The Joy of Pitbulls
With pitbulls in
the news amid the Michael Vick dog-fighting controversy,
Leslie Nuccio of Bay
Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls
(BADRAP.org) discusses the challenges facing breed.
Also, we respond to a listener's email about how
or whether to add a second cat to her household.
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Peach's Close Call
lab Georgia Peach miraculously survives bloat,
a usually fatal and sudden intestinal problem.
Georgia Peach was at a doggie summer camp, Camp
Four Paws, which is a whole other matter. Plus,
Steve is stumped by how to stop Jack from freaking
out whenever he sees another animal or person
on their walks and Steve relates that his grandfather,
who died a few weeks ago, spoke on his deathbed
of his favorite childhood pet, a dog named Teddy.
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90: The Bark, The Magazine
Bark magazine editor Claudia Kawczynska explains
her more literary approach to pet magazines and
books the company is launching. Also, Air Canada
decides to stop any transporting animals from
now on because of space restrictions in cargo
holds and allergy concerns in the cabin. Also,
ex-con Paris Hilton is reported a lousy pet owner
but we play a clip of Jewel from "The
Strip" talking about a more appropriate
approach to celebrity pet ownership: Keeping it
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89: PetCo and Its Foundation
Paul Jolly, director
of the PetCo
Foundation, describes the pet-retailer giant's
good works, discusses the outcome of the pet-food
recall and chats about a celebrity animal-rights
group called Actors and Others For Animals. Plus,
we ponder a bizarre negative advertisement for
Scooter, a one-eyed chihuahua on Petfinder.Com.
(The link is now dead.)
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88: The Ins and Outs of Pet Insurance
When is pet insurance
a good idea? How does it work? Dr. Kent Kruse
Pet Insurance, the nation's oldest such company,
answers those questions and more. Plus, following
up on cockroaches as pets, a USA Today story reports
that chickens are now becoming more common as
domestic animals. Huh?
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87: The Newest Craze is...Cockroaches?
and guest hosts Amy and Bay from the Grits
to Glitz podcast discuss their respective
dog issues and ponder some recent
news items indicating that -- no joke! --
people are starting to cultivate cockroaches as
pets. We also play a related clip from the brilliant
NPR show "Wait,
Wait, Don't Tell Me."
86: Amazing Pet Reunification Tales
Jill Jones, a reporter
for the Apache Junction News in the Phoenix suburb
of Apache Junction whose amazing investigative
reporting helped an 80-year-old woman
recover her stolen dog, 2-year-old terrier/beagle
mix Bobby (pictured above). Emily and John both
had some amazing reunification stories of their
own. Plus, John claims the Beatles recorded a
dog whistle on the inner groove of the vinyl versions
of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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85: Investigating Crimes Against Pets
Dr. Melinda Merck,
one of the nation's pioneering forensic veterinarians,
discusses the emerging field of using information
about cruelty and attacks on animals to solve
violent crimes. Merck, based in Atlanta, has a
new book out called "Veterinary
Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations"
and is co-founder and vice president for Georgia
Legal Professions For Animals, an association
of professionals who facilitate the education
of state prosecutors, judges and law enforcement
on veterinary forensics. The Hoarding Consortium,
which Dr. Merck discusses, is here.
Plus, guest host John Katsilometes relates childhood
memories of his father's vet practice in southeastern
Idaho, including an emergency call to save an
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84: Hating Snakes, Loving Bulldogs
Emily is prompted
to apologize for remarks about bulldogs on a recent
show that drew the ire of some of our favorite
fellow podcasters, Amy and Bay of "Grits
To Glitz." Then, Emily's sister Marcy
joins us to talk about a frightening encounter
on a bike ride with a rattlesnake and other Richmond
family small-critter antics.
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83: Integrating Babies and Pets
Emily and John
are joined by Emily's friend in Mountain View,
Calif., who describes the issues involved with
introducing a baby human with her cat, Bowzer,
and dog, Sammy. John? Who's John? Well, that's
John Katsilometes, an entertainment writer
for Greenspun Media Group in Las Vegas. True to
his name, Kats has cats and discusses the challenge
he and his girlfriend had blending their feline
82: Guinea Pigs and Pocket Pets Pondered
a guinea pig expert (she has 12 of them, one of
which is pictured above!) from Palm City, Fla.,
joins Steve, Emily and studio guest/bird expert
Amy of Grits
to Glitz podcast to discuss the idea of pocket
pets. Is there such a thing as a "starter"
pet? Steve thinks maybe. Barbara suggested a few
websites for guinea pig owners to find good equipment,
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81: Dead Bird in the Studio!
and household is full of mysteries: Why is Archie
getting up so early, why was Emily's dog-walker
taking him on a gigantic walk and what are those
dead yellow birds we talked about on her sidewalk?
We deal with all that and more. Amy from GritstoGlitz.Com
joined us in the studio and got a surprise - Emily
brought in one of the dead birds in a Tupperware.
Amy tells us what the birds are and offers ideas
as to what they are. Also, Emily references this
Newsweek piece in which a woman writes about
shooting an uber-annoying bird.
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80: Stalking Cats, Dancing Dogs
Patie Ventre, president of the World Canine Freestyle
Organization, discusses her national organization
in which people dance with their pets. Also, Emily
claims a cat in her neighborhood stalks her and
Poundstone's Pet Parade
Poundstone has "11 cats, a big stupid
dog, two tadpoles, a bearded dragon lizard, and
a bunny." The "Wait
Wait Don't Tell Me" regular panelist
joins Steve and Emily to talk about her brood
and to explain the difference between being a
cat enthusiast and being "the cat lady."
78: San Francisco's Dog Politics
Surveys show San
Francisco is the No. 1 place for dog owners in
the United States, but that doesn't mean that
everyone gets along. Controversies surrounding
dog parks and leashing have erupted, so the city
set up what it believes to be the only municipal
Dog Advisory Committee in the nation. What do
they do? We ask Bob Palacio, the city staffer
who oversees it. Also, Emily and Steve don't quite
recent study that claims that the direction
of the dog's wag represents the dog's happiness.
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77: Hope For Animals With Cancer
Gerald Post, founder of the Animal
Cancer Foundation, discusses new treatments
and research and responds to the question of whether
it's appropriate to do heroic treatments for pets.
Also, Emily related
the tale of losing her famly dog and Steve talks
about a CuteWithChris.Com
episode about a cat that got a makeover.
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76: The Death and Ressurection of Bluey
not Bluey. But Bluey looks like this.
hurts herself at dog agility practice, Steve wonders
how to avoid having his dogs ruin a new $4,000
couch -- for which he only paid $1,200, fyi --
and Emily's sister is baffled by the death and
ressurrection of Bluey the Beta Fish. Also, should
you rat out ferret owners and Steve talks about
the ferret and bunny he once owned. Briefly in
* * *
75: The Parakeet on the Sidewalk
is baffled by the parakeets that seem to have
colonized in her neighborhood. That is, she thinks
they're parakeets. Take a look and tell us. Also,
Emily wonders why Archie wakes her up but not
her dog walker and Steve reports on how happy
his two dogs are now that Dicky has moved away.
74: Kittens in the Studio!
two brief videos here
from the feral-cat rescue group F.L.O.C.K.
join Emily and Steve in the studio with three
adorable kittens available for adoption. They're
so CUTE, but they don't seem to have much use
for Steve. Jimmy, our cat-allergic engineer, however,
was a big draw, of course.
73: Revisiting Tail-docking, Ear Cropping and
return to several controversial topics of late.
Emily responds to a scathing letter about the
and ear-cropping chat from No. 66 and then
we chat with Margery Glickman of the Sled
Dog Action Coalition, who asked to respond
to Iditarod trainer Vern Halter's comments about
the conditions of the
dogs on episode No. 69.
It's not ALL serious, though. Emily treats us
to a bit of audio theater as she narrates a very
funny diary of a dog and cat from the Internet.
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72: Dogs + Yoga = Doga!?!
instructor Brenda Bryan of Bellevue, Washington,
doggie yoga class, created for the Seattle
Humane Society to encourage people to do stuff
with their animals. Plus, Emily tells all about
her and Archie's eventful recent three-day dog
agility trial competition. Later, Emily explains
how she and Archie once one a -- get this! --
dog dancing contest!
* * *
71: Petcasters Squabble!
Steve and Emily
get into a tense tussle over open feeding! Plus,
animal behaviorist vet Dr. Lynn Seibert joins
us to explain, among other things, how she got
a dog to stop pulling hair out of a cat. Also,
an update on the pet food recall.
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70: Fun With Ferrets
The cutest ferret pic we
Pat Wright, founder
Anonymous and LegalizeFerrets.Org,
explains the struggles of California ferret owners
because the Golden State is one of two states
where ferrets are not legal. Hawaii is the other.
Wright discusses recent failed legislation in
Sacramento to make it OK for ferret owners to
come out of the closet and some unfortunate polling
results showing only 38 percent of Californians
support legalizing the "domesticated weasels."
Plus, Emily joins
Molly and Steve via phone from agility trials
to report on how Archie did.
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69: Iditarod Trainer in the Hot Seat
with his dogs during an Iditarod
honeymoon in Alaska, he and his partner visited
Halter's Dream A Dream Dog Farm for an exhilarating
dog-sled ride. After Steve returned home, though,
he read a scathing column by a PETA member about
alleged abuse of the sled dogs in the Iditarod.
Halter, has run several Iditarod and Yukon Quest
rides and trains dog teams in Willow, Alaska,
responds and describes the life of his Alaskan
Plus, Steve and
Molly consider the tale of a Utah man convicted
of abusing kittens to gain a would-be paramour's
* * *
68: No Chicks For Easter
only is it a bad idea to give pet bunnies for
Easter, but baby chicks may be an even worse idea.
Dr. Lori Corriveau of Purdue University's vet
school joins Steve and Molly to explain. Plus,
check out Molly's cat drinking Scotch on ThePetcast.Com
and a pet
snake gets loose at the Google headquarters in
New York, where folks are allowed to bring
their pets to work.
67: The Pet Food Recall Crisis Explained
The ASPCA's Poison Control Center director Dr.
Steven Hansen joins Molly and Steve to explain
the origin and mass confusion that's broken out
amid the endless
parade of pet food brands being recalled because
of a toxic ingredient. He also offers some
interesting historical information about when
pet owners started using packaged pet food. If
you need to check,the FDA's list for info is here.
Plus, Steve explains
why Dicky, his amiable Westie, has moved out along
with Miles' aunt, and how that's altered the dynamic
in his home with his remaining dogs, Black and
Jack, as well as his partner, Miles.
* * *
66: Tail-docking in the Dock
Following on the
quick chat the Petcasters had a few weeks ago
about tail-docking, a listener and vet-tech joins
Molly and Emily to explain why Emily is incorrect
about whether puppies feel pain when they're getting
their tails clipped. (Emily didn't think so.)
Read an article on where taildocking is illegal
* * *
65: Weimeraner are for Winners
Jocelyn and Sedona are on the air
Arter, director of the Las
Vegas Weimeraner Club & Rescue and her
dog Sedona, join Molly and Emily in the LVRocks.Com
studio to talk about the breed and also about
the Reading With Rover program, in which Sedona
Plus, Emily is
oddly bothered by a report that the US military
has trained sea lions and dolphins to somehow
catch seafaring terrorism. Molly, of course, is
* * *
64: Grapes Are Toxic to Pets?!?
All of the above
are toxic to animals. In honor of the ASPCA's
Poison Control Week, Molly and Emily chat with
Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Vice President of the
ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, about the
most common animal poisoning situations and what
to do about it. Turns out, human medication is
the most frequent problem for animals. But, to
the surprise of the hosts, chocolate, avacado
and grapes are also really, really bad ideas.
* * *
63: The Puppy Bowl Producer
and Molly quiz Molly Hermann, producer of Puppy
Bowl on Animal Planet, about her network's
brilliant Super Bowl counter programming effort.
Hear how it's done and how it's getting bigger
and better. Also, buy the DVD here.
Plus, the Petcasters
chat about the
big pet food recall and Molly recalls a rather
weird vanity plate she saw around Vegas.
* * *
62: The Internet's Cat Connoisseur
Lewry, purveyor of CatsinSinks.Com,
and several other feline sites, calls in from
London to explain his online feline fascination.
His blog is at www.blogjam.com.
Plus, with Steve's wedding in the offing, the
Petcasters ponder the role of animals at nuptials,
Emily is planning professional mediation to help
Archie mingle with her beau's dog, and a story
in the news about
a dog that died after warning her elderly owners
of a house fire prompts Emily claims Archie
can mimic fire engine noises.
61: An Oink Oink Here
Shepherd, a potbellied pig breeder and enthusiast,
calls in to talk about having pigs as pets and
her website, www.potbellypigofmyheart.com.
Also, Dicky loses
a tooth and Emily talks about a dog she knows
that bit a small child.
* * *
60: Your Tale (Tail?) Published Here
Kitchel, editor of the forthcoming collection
of essays and pictures about people's animal-rescue
stories called "Hopeful Tails," talks
about how you can enter your story at BordersPetProject.Com.
Proceeds of the book, published later this year,
go to the ASPCA.
Plus, Molly and
Steve discuss her $100,000 victory on "Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire" (see her essay
on her big win here)
and take note of controversy in Seattle surrounding
a luxury pet-goods shop called High
* * *
59: The Turtle That Survived The Swallow
Terihay, 12, of Brandon, Fla., joins Molly and
Steve to relate the story
of her pet turtle, which survived being swallowed
by her golden retriever.
Plus, Molly and
Steve banter about a cat
that alerted its owner to a housefire as the
owner and the dog snoozed and about a
new drug from the FDA for carsick dogs.
* * *
58: Punch Drunk Petcasters
The Petcasters are a little punchy as they take
on a litany of issues including a recent NYT Magazine
piece on designer
breeds, a heroic German
Shepherd and how to save dwindling backyard
bird populations. Plus, listener Bay Loftis from
Tennessee (of the Grits
to Glitz podcast) calls in to talk about why
she's finally ready, after almost a decade, to
get a new dog and is considering a rescue.
57: Westminister Wrap and Petaholica.Com
describes the outcome of the Westminister Dog
Show and the joys of watching it on the TV. Then,
Jordan Kaplan of Petaholica.com
describes his site, his cosmopolitan dog-pamperers
and his New York-based dog-walking, petsitting
56: Guide Dogs for the Deaf
For The Deaf
CEO Robin Dickson explains the concept of service
dogs for the hard of hearing and deaf, a follow-up
story in the news recently about a parent
suing a high school that is barring her deaf son
from having his service dog with him in class.
Dickson, whose father founded the organization
and was a Hollywood animal trainer, explains where
the dogs come from, how they operate and why they're
Plus, Emily tells the harrowing tale of Archie's
Barbaro moment - and his triumph!
55: The Animal
An aerial of the Lied Shelter in Las Vegas
main shelter in Las Vegas made national headlines
(including this one by Steve in the NY
Times) for having to euthanize 1,000 dogs
and cats this month amid a massive outbreak of
Society shelter inspection expert Kim Intino,
who uncovered the problems, joins us to discuss
Also, Steve thinks
the law requiring a $22 well visit per dog before
the vet can give them their shots is a racket.
Emily dissents, of course.
54: He's On Doody
removal entrepreneur Lee Bowling of Memphis, Tenn.,
tells tales of life in the "doody" patch. His
company is called On
Doody. Also, a chat-room denizen reveals his
turtle heartbreak and Steve and Emily marvel over
their newfound fame thanks to an article in Lucky
53: A Dog Walked Into A Bar...
to see this better. It's funny.
State Sen. Ken
Jacobsen discusses his bill to make it so
pet owners can bring their dogs into bars. Emily
is dubious. Also, Steve asks Emily to explain
why her schnauzer's tail is docked.
52: Riding in Cars With Pets
listener asks what to do about the fact that her
Wheaton Terrier (not pictured above) is terrified
of riding in cars. Plus, the Petcasters debate
the Hemingway Home cat issue from show
No. 49 Molly impersonates Stuff-Stuff's heavy-breathing
phone persona and Emily grosses everyone out about
her dog eating live crickets that fight back from
beyond the jowls.
51: The Holistic Vet
vet Dr. Cheryl Schwartz explains her alternative-medicine
methods for animals. Schwartz is a 19-year vet
who specializes in acupuncture and Chinese herbs
for small animals and is founder of the East-West
Animal Center in the San Francisco area. She’s
also the author of Four
Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
for Cats & Dogs. Also, Molly and Emily
ponder whether too much was made of Barbaro the
horse and who would win in a real-life Super Bowl
fight, a bear or a colt. Plus, Emily offers advice
on what to look for if you go to a dog show.
50: ASPCA Tips on Saving Money
VP Dr. Stephen L. Zawistowski offers tips on saving
money for petowners. What's important? What's
a waste? We consider fancy collars, teeth cleanings,
animal clothes and pet insurance.
49: The Hemingway Cat Flap
Home CEO Michael Morawski joins the Petcasters
to discuss the flap over the coterie of polydactyl
cats, descendants of Hemingway's own Snowball,
that roam the late writer's house. now a tourist
attraction, in Key West, Fla. A neighbor complains
that they're illegal and the USDA seems to agree.
Plus, that Finnish study in pet owners and their
health gets Molly, Steve and Emily into a feisty
48: The Star of E-Vets
Kevin Fitzgerald, star of two Animal Planet shows,
joins the Petcast to discuss the newest program,
Interns, which premieres Jan. 22 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Dr. Fitzgerald also talks about what it's like
to work on animals with the cameras rolling. Also,
Emily explains why she's NOT a vet.
47: Do Animals Have Resumes?
does the doggie
in the window weigh?
and Emily settle some old scores, including the
questions of what updating a microchip costs and
how much Dicky weighs. Plus, the return of Molly,
Steve's not impressed by dog parks and Steve unearthed
his dogs' hilarious resume.
46: How To Make Fido a Star
agent Andrea Arden of the Dog
Actors Guild explains how to make your furry
friends famous and relates tales (tails?) of pushy
stage moms. Plus, Steve is berated by a cranky
neighbor for walking the dog in his robe...and
Emily seems to agree!
45: The Theme Music Man
Rufus MacLeod, Doug's muse
surprises Emily by bringing blues musician Doug
MacLeod on the show. Doug's tune, "Going
To The Doghouse," is our theme. He tells
us all about his dog, Rufus. Then we chat with
a listener in Chicago, Shannon Mehling, who has
some incredibly beautiful cats, and then Steve
announces his verdict on whether he's serious
about getting a cat.
44: Timesharing Your Pet
friend Ed joins the Petcast from Fort Lauderdale
to explain the arrangement he and his ex-partner
have to share custody of their dog, Butch. Each
get two weeks at a time.
Plus, Emily shares her experience shocking herself
with an e-collar and Steve is frustrated that
one or more of his dogs chewed the carpet and
peed on the Xmas-tree power strip.
43: Famed Trainer Brian Kilcommons
dog trainer and author Brian Kilcommons (his site
and his listings on Amazon.Com here)
talks about dog-training tactics and common errors
and tells Emily she needs to laugh more. Plus,
Emily tells remarkable stories of dogs reunited
thanks to microchips but Steve questions why it
costs so much (or does it?) to update the information.
Plus, the Petcasters and disagree vociferously
over what Dicky, Steve's Westie, weighs.
42: Petcast Potpourri
from Dicky, Jack and Black!
special guest failed to call in, but the Petcasters
kibbitz about a wide range of issues including
one of Steve's dogs' possessiveness, whether rawhide
equals doggie crack and Emily wonders if her Archie
should keep doing agility trials. Plus, Emily
saw someone at the dog park who spits food into
their dog's mouth. Eww. And Emily describes her
dog's first meeting with her possible beau's dog.
41: When Cute, Wet Animals Attack
gives a spooky, hilarious reading of a news story
about sea lions biting humans and then Jim Oswald
of the Marine
Mammals Center in Sausalito, Calif., discusses
that case and more. Plus, we play a clip of David
Letterman cracking wise about a Sea World orca
gone wild and could dolphins be used as emissaries
of nuclear destruction?
40: Meals on Wheels For Pets
Campbell, president of the Banfield Charitable
Trust, discusses a national program this holiday
season to provide pet food to needy people who
receive Meals on Wheels. Find
out how you can help. Also, you don't leave
dogs in hot cars, but how cold is too cold to
leave an animal in your vehicle? And do sweaters
on animals matter?
39: The Missing Championship Whippet
Have you seen this dog?
Bonnie Folz, who is leading the search for the
Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show prize-winning
whippet, joins Steve and Emily from a park where
the dog, Vivi,
was recently spotted. Folz explains why so much
effort is being put into finding this dog, which
got out of her crate on the tarmac at JFK Airport.
For the latest, click here.
Also, the Petcasters
chat about the orca that attacked its trainer
at Sea World in San Diego and discuss the notion
of using "companion animals" instead
* * *
38: The Parrot Episode
for video of Emily with Georgia
long-awaited parrot show is here! Amy Turner,
Vegas resident and co-host of the Gritz
to Glitz podcast, joins Emily and Steve in
the studio to answer questions about having birds
37: Cute Chris and Happy (?) Bulls
Leavins, creator of the Cute
With Chris video podcast, explains his daily
show in which cute animals compete for the votes
of the audience. Leavins uses the show to help
get homeless animals adopted in his Glendale,
Calif., area. Also, we play a bit of Steve's interview
with Denise Abbott of the Professional
Bull Riders Association on how happy the bulls
used in the bullrider events really are. Really?
36: Don't Animals Think?
click above for larger
University of Florida professor Clive D.L. Wynne,
author of "Do
Animals Think?", explains why he believes
that humans are the only creatures who canm actually
think. He also acknowledges that it depends on
what your definition of "think" is.
Also, Emily has a dog-sitting mishap, Steve believes
Dicky is barking less now that he's getting lots
of regular walks and Emily is skeptical of holistic
35: The Chat From China
Today Beijing correspondent Calum McLeod joins
Steve and Emily via Skype to discuss the Chinese
capital's new one-dog-per-family policy, which
has caused an uproar. Calum's piece can be read
Plus, Emily enlightens Steve about how to keep
a dog from eating poop.
* * *
34: Inside Petfinder.Com
Saunders, vice president of the wildly popular
website, explains the site's history and future
as part of the Animal Planet empire. Plus, Emily
chimes in on the $4,000 cats from show
32 and what ought to happen to the pitbull
31. And Steve and Emily mull the question
of research on sexual orientation done on gay
33: Shock Collars
experts from the Heaven
Can Wait sanctuary join Steve and Emily to
discuss whether shock collars work to curb barky
dogs and other canine behavioral issues. Plus,
Emily explains why Archie (above in costume and
props) dressed for Halloween as, uh, a...lobster?
32: The $4,000 Hypoallergenic Cat
May of Allerca
join Steve and guest host Jimmy Diggs to explain
the story behind his San Diego-based company's
offering of hypoallergenic cats. The cats, pictured
above, cost $4,000 each but apparently don't send
most normally allergic people into fits. Also,
Emily calls in from the local park where she and
Archie are competing in the second dog agility
trial of the season.
31: Should This Dog Die?
Shawn Eliades was mauled by his sister's pitbull,
Six, as he tried to break up a fight with another
dog in the house. Shawn is in studio to describe
the incident while dog-attack expert Karen Delise,
author of "Fatal
Dog Attacks," joins Steve and guest-host
Jimmy Diggs by phone to offer her thoughts on
what should happen now to Six. Shawn says his
family is struggling with the decision as to whether
or not to destroy the dog, and Delise has some
interesting thoughts on why rehoming him is a
* * *
30: Bark Mitzvahs and Barky Dogs
Chicago woman, Kathy Schubert, describes her bike
tour undertaken for the 13th birthday of her dog,
Joey Schnauzer (above in yarmulke and tallis.)
Also, a caller from Portland, Ore., needs advice
on how to get his dog, Rudy, to quit barking at
things outside a bay window, and Emily still plans
to garb up Archie for Halloween.
29: 'Impulse' dogs can be great
disagrees with a guest from Petcast
28 (which he did not host) that you can't
"just wake up on a Saturday morning and decide
you want to go out and get a dog." Above
is a picture of one of his two "impulse"
dogs, Jack. Plus, Emily and Steve have a debate
about the state of mind of people who give up
their dogs to the pound and Emily's new beau has
a dog that lost a fight with a cat.
28: Do humane pet stores exist?
Shain of the Humane
Society of the United States discusses the
tragedy of puppy mills (pictured above) and explains
what they're doing about it. She also wants folks
to check out Puppybuyersguide.org
before buying a dog. Plus, Emily corrects something
Steve said a few weeks ago, Molly and Emily make
a tasteless -- or is it tasty? -- joke about a
bear-eaten chihuahua in Alaska and, later, share
their turtle experiences.
27: Katz on Petcasts!
Katz, the best-selling author and Slate.Com's
"Heavy Petting" columnist, joins
Molly and Emily to discuss his theories on pets,
his more controversial columnst for Slate.Com
and the upcoming movie based on one of his books.
Also, his verdict on Halloween costumes
on dogs! See his books via Amazon.Com
by clicking here.
26: Simian Hearts Steven
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Mugwhy and his owner, Lisa Whiteaker, join Steve
and Molly for a chat about the challenges and
thrills of having monkeys as pets. Also, Mugwhy
sits on Steve's head (see above) the entire show.
Find out why. And check out Lisa's site, MonkeyZone.Com.
25: Fido and Fluffy's Attorney
Amy Breyer, the first lawyer in Illinois to open
focusing on animal cases, joins Steve and Molly
to explain how she got into her specialty. Also,
the Petcasters ponder the drunk guy who bit a
panda at the Beijing Zoo and the flap over whether
to call dogs "canine-Americans."
24: Sparky The Swimmer
Goldstein, the Internet
phenom Jack Russell who can fetch things at
the bottom of pools, is in the studio with Steve
and Emily. (See above with Sparky's owner, Tom.)
In the news, Saudi Arabia is banning cats and
dogs and Ohio wants to ban puppy mills. Also,
Emily is pro-Halloween for pets but opposed to
dressing animals up for Hannukah? Hmmm.
23: The Billionaire's Dogs
Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn describes how he
designed his flight path to China to accommodate
his dogs' bathroom needs. Plus, Steve's friend
Walt believes his dog is a hypochondriac. Learn
more about Wynn's special breed of dogs here.
22: MySpace for Animals
Rheingold, founder of Dogster
joins Molly and Emily to discuss the Myspace of
petland. Plus, the top pet names and what happens
when Emily's Archie sees food on a coffee table?
21: The Cat With The Bling
and Emily are joined by Dr. David Steele, an Indiana
dentist who fitted his Persian cat, Sebastian,
with a pair of gold crowns for his protruding
bottom teeth. Plus, a discussion of whether the
death of 'Croc Hunter' Steve Irwin was really
that shocking after all. Also, a listener in Portland,
Ore., asks about why his dog seems carsick in
the back but not the front. Read about Sebastian
20: Stuff + Cats = Funny
Garza, owner of Stuffonmycat.com,
talks about his hilarious site where folks pass
along pictures on cats with stuff on it.
UPDATE: Click here
to see Mario with his cat!
Plus, Emily talks about her car crash en
route to a blind date and how the first thought
she had was that it was good that Archie wasn't
there. And a listener has a female dog that likes
to hump. Why?!?
19: The Otter Side
thinks otters and border terriers look alike.
Agree? See above. Molly guests and discusses a
story where an otter threatened a dog. Plus, Bay
(see Petcast No. 10) calls in with an update on
her big flea problem. And Molly eulogizes a cat
she knew. Also discussed: iguanas, poodles, fish
18: The Bunny Man
author Bruce Atchison talks about his book "When
A Man Loves A Rabbit." Buy a copy of this
loving memoir here.
Plus, Steve talks more about his moving-in woes
and the Pet Click of the Week is the PandaCam.
17: Moving-In Mayhem
Steve's move is
and Miles' aunt's Westie, above with Jack, has
decided that Steve's da bomb. So where's that
leave Aunt Barbara? And what do Miles and Barbara
do when he's away this week? Also, Jorjan Powers,
community director of the Assistance
Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, Calif., joins
the show to discuss issues surrounding assistance
canines. Plus, did you know a small horse can
lead the blind?
16: Sssnakes on a Podcast
Fitting of the San
Francisco Zoo proves that Emily isn't actually
warm to ALL animals as he chats about snakes as
pets amid the hype surrounding that little-noticed
disaster flick premiering this week. The Petcasters
also discuss why they're not vegetarians except
in some odd cases.
15: The Boy Birder
bird enthusiast Kyle Burt joins
Steve and Emily in the studio to explain why birds
are a better hobby than dinosaurs. Kyle has 14
birds and, by the end of the show, has named one
for Steve and his partner and "The Strip" co-host,
the Petcasters update listeners on the situation
in China and discuss Disney's
efforts to dissuade parents from buying animals
just because they look cute in their films.
14: Dogs That Fly
new airport regulations, Emily and Steve debate
whether it's even a good idea to fly with ear-sensitive
canines. Plus, Emily and Archie visit a hospital
and Steve, a day away from the big move, wants
Aunt Barbara's cute Westie, Dicky, (above) to
stop barking so much. Also, Emily's brother-in-law
calls again to tell us about the rest of the cross-country
drive< with the yellow lab, Georgia Peach.
13: Travels With Georgia
Emily's brother-in-law calls in from Missouri
to report on the status of driving the world's
worst car dog, Georgia Peach, from Memphis to
San Francisco. Plus, Steve is audibly squirmy
about bees and a dog eats Elvis' teddy.
12: Chinese Dog Slaughter
than 50,000 dogs were slaughtered
in China in a bizarre, cruel effort to contain
rep Teresa Chagrin discusses the crisis. Plus,
Emily and Archie are about to start visiting hospitals
to bring some good cheer.
11: The Cat Magician
and guest host Molly chat with Gregory Popovich,
the star of the Comedy
Pet Theatre at the Aladdin Hotel-Casino in
Las Vegas. Not to be outdone, Emily describes
teaching tricks to Archie. Plus are Molly's cats
alcoholics? And the curious case of the cat glove
10: Eradicating Super Fleas
listener asks why her cat has a repeatedly recurring
flea problem and what to do about it. Emily is
joined by substitute host and two-cat owner Molly
Ball, who explains the culinary reasons why she
named her kitties Stuff-Stuff and Heavy.
9: Dog-Friendly Retreats
Kain from Dogfriendly.Com
talks about his site, where travelers can find
pet-friendly hotels, beaches and even vacation
8: Replacing Frenchie
Steve and Emily squabble! A listener in IL asks
how to help her young son transition out of the
loss of his pet, but the Petcasters have different
ideas. Plus, a site
of Hitler-like cats, should an an aquarium
show a dead whale calf and why the Chinese love
7: Declaw Debate
Should declawing be illegal? Vet Jennifer Conrad
Paw Project discussed her anti-declawing campaign
and her upcoming documentary. Also, Em discussed
two pet medical issues she's had this week, her
dog Archie's histiocytoma
and her sister's dog, Georgia Peach's paw problem.
Finally, to lighten the mood, we mull Brinkley,
a golden Lab running for governor of Alaska.
6: Where's Tinkerbell?
explains her Celebrity
Week story about Paris Hilton's missing chihuahua
and we play a clip from The
Strip of Joan Rivers talking about her pets.
Plus: Do people hike with cats? What's in Jack's
poo? And what happened to Steve's Chinese pet
5: Pets in Disasters
Society VP Nancy Perry discusses legislation
in Congress that would require local jurisdictions
to consider the fate of pets in disasters. The
bill emerged after the mess of Hurricane Katrina.
4: Cat Under House Arrest
prepares to move Black and Jack in with his partner's
aunt's Westie, Dickie. Also, Emily explains how
not to fry your dog in the sun, we chat about
that attack cat that was put under house arrest
and Steve recalls a cat he once briefly had, Amishew.
3: The Cat in the Wall
describes training and competing in obedience
trials with Archie and the Petcasters mull news
stories about a cat stuck in a wall and an alien
in the belly of a duck.
2: Pups on Parole
Vosko of the Heaven
Can Wait Sanctuary in Vegas discusses a program
in which female inmates train dogs. Also, a listener
asks if it's a problem that his German shepard
carries a toy around all the time.
Petcasters introduce themselves and describe plans
for the show.