Episodes
The extremely charismatic Dr. Ernie Ward is back on Animal Radio to answer the age-old question about which pet is more intelligent, the Dog or the Cat? You may be surprised by the answer, unless you own a cat… or a cat owns you! Also, your next dog, or your parent’s next dog, could very well be a robot. Hasbro has launched a new life-like robotic dog.  It’s a companion pet pup to go with their companion pet cat already on the market. Both are designed to bring comfort and companionship...
Published 10/21/21
He was the Emmy Award winning host of CBS’s Lucky Dog. Brandon McMillan is back to teach us the basics: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Off, Heel and No. He’ll also clear up the confusion between the techniques taught by Cesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell. Also,young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world. The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled “male” include firefighter and...
Published 10/14/21
Dog Cognitionist Alexandra Horowitz is back. This time she wants us to know just how well a dog can smell. Did you know they could smell earthquakes? She wants to teach us how to sniff things out just like a dog. Also, if you feel like your pet’s vet bills are through the roof, you’re not alone! It seems the animal health care system suffers from many of the same problems as human medical care, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of...
Published 10/07/21
Brandon Zavala was enjoying a glass of cat-themed wine when he came up with the idea to create a wine for cats. Now he produces a MosCATo and a Pinot Meow made from beet juice and infused with catnip. He did this so you could enjoy a glass of Vino with your Gato. Your welcome. Also, Robert Semrow, our Pet World Insider actually found ‘5 October Holidays for Your Pet.’ Man, this kid can be creative when it comes to Listomania. Maybe some of these holidays were made up by Hallmark, or maybe...
Published 09/30/21
Going to the Vet can be a traumatic experience for your pets. Following Animal Radio Veterinary Correspondent, Dr. Marty Becker’s instructions can make the Vet actually a fun place to go. We call it Fear Free visits. Also, it all began when a man left his laptop and his dog locked in his pick-up truck while he went into a local pub. It was super hot that day, but luckily for the dog, a pack of thieves were casing the street for easy to grab loot and spotted the laptop sitting on the truck’s...
Published 09/23/21
Sally Forth writer and author of I Could Pee On This Too, Francesco Marciuliano is back for more abuse. He’s transcribed more poems and verse from cats. Is he a single man with a lot of cats? We’ll see. Also, a four-eared cat named Batman found a new home this month within hours of being put up for adoption at a Pittsburgh animal shelter. This unique cat’s extra ears are the product of a recessive gene mutation, which is needed by both parents in order to reproduce extra ears. Also, two years...
Published 09/16/21
Dr. Nicholas Dodman is back. He is the world’s foremost expert on animal psychiatry. He’ll tell us about a horse with Tourette’s and dogs with Attention Deficit Disorder. He says our pets suffer from the same psychiatric maladies as humans and are often treated with the same medications. Also, Comedian Christine O’Leary not only teaches comedians how to be funny, she uses her powers for the greater good. Her shows raise money to rescue dogs from Aruba. She’ll tell us why comedy is like...
Published 09/10/21
You may be surprised to learn how much your pet will cost over a lifetime. In fact, 82% guess wrong. And you’ll definitely be surprised to find out what the most expensive pet is. Also, Marc Ching of ThePetRestaurant.com believes the only real healthy way to feed your pets is to cook human-grade foods for them. He’ll tell us some of the ingredients that we should and shouldn’t use. Listen up if your pet needs to lose a few pounds. Also, Remember America’s favorite dolphin? Ric O’Barry was her...
Published 09/03/21
24-year-old Frenchman Guirec Soudee is sailing around the world with a strange companion, his chicken. He’ll check in with us from Greenland and explain why he chose this first mate. Also, Science author Kathleen McAuliffe explains the link between Toxoplasma, a parasite cats can transmit, and it’s potentially profound effects on humans, including schizophrenia and even suicide. Even dogs can be responsible for transmitting fatal parasites. This is not fiction. Every pet owner should be...
Published 08/26/21
The founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Wilma Melville shares stories of growing her nationally recognized organization by rescuing the dogs that would go on to rescue humans. Also, many couples these days are using prenuptial agreements to decide who gets the pets in the case of a future divorce. Legal experts say the number of couples deciding who keeps pets ahead of time is growing. And, there are even free online versions of pet prenups for couples to easily sort out...
Published 08/19/21
For the greyhounds running at Florida’s dozen racetracks, a trip to the winner’s circle also means a urine test. So per state regulations, the dog officially known as “WW’s Flicka” submitted her sample. The results came back positive for cocaine. But a hardcore narcotic swimming through the bloodstream of an innocent pup shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone paying attention. According to state records, Flicka had already tested positive five times for cocaine this year before the latest...
Published 08/12/21
Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Peter Rork quit his thriving practice to create “Dog Is My Co-Pilot,” a non-profit organization dedicated to flying dogs and cats from kill-shelters to rescues that can re-home them. So far Dr. Rork has transported 10,000 animals, much of it at his expense. He explains why this is more rewarding than orthopedic surgery. Also, Womply’s science team analyzed transactions from 4,400 local pet businesses on all 365 days of the calendar year in all 50 states to identify...
Published 08/06/21
Do dogs or cats make you happy? The dog vs. cat argument will probably go on forever. But now there’s a new survey that says dog owners are officially happier than cat owners, but not by much. Dog owners are only happier by a mere 4%. Also, Dr. Allen Kamrava believes he has invented a better way to cover the costs of a catastrophic health event. According to Kamrava, advances in technology allow for a community-based model that can replace typical pet health insurance. Also, dogs, miniature...
Published 07/29/21
Hobbyist Kenneth Hendrick specifically bought his flying camera drone to look for lost pets in Florida. Teaming up with a Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets Inc, they search for up to 95 animals a month. He says he reunites pet parents with cats, dogs, pigs, turtles and even calves. Also, birds are really remarkable pets that can fill a home with love, laughter and entertainment. They are interactive and intelligent. Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to household dangers that are very...
Published 07/23/21
Mary Thorn is no regular pet guardian. Yes, she has dogs, but she also has a pet squirrel and an Alligator that she dresses in clothing. Mary just battled the State of Florida to keep “Rambo,” a 6’ gator that she considers part of the family. The calm and collected reptile also is a therapy animal for troubled children. Also, E. Reid Ross (Cracked) will tell us about 500 of the most absurd and horrifying things that happen in nature. From murderous squirrels to farting fish, “E” uncovers, and...
Published 07/15/21
Brigette Brouillard lives in Kentucky where she rescues and rehabs wild animals. At any moment you could see an opossum scurrying through the house or ‘Justin Beaver’ building a dam out of toys and household furniture. One of her two human children are on-board, even following in her footsteps. The other wants nothing to do with mom’s hobby. Brigette tells her story like any proud rodent mama would! Also, California has enacted a new law that gives judges the power to consider what’s in the...
Published 07/09/21
Dr. Page Wages, a Raleigh veterinarian loves animals so much she has 93 on her “Funny Farm” and a Weather Predicting Pig. Ellmer the Pig has some weird behavior when it’s going to rain. Dr. Wages describes her big family and what she has to do every day to care for 93 animals. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed new animal welfare laws. The laws include banning petting zoos and animal fights. It also bans the killing of stray animals, which must instead be captured and placed in...
Published 07/02/21
Rover.com and the WAG app have come under a lot of criticism lately for their transparency about several pet deaths. We speak to attorney Robert Tauler who is currently suing former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges and Rover.com for negligence. Apparently the actress was the pet sitter during an incident with the plaintiff’s dog. Also, Michelle Gaylord tells us how she organically grew her business into a celebration of the lives of pets. From the simple pendant that contains cremains to...
Published 06/26/21
Chris Perondi runs Stunt Dog Productions and the Stunt Dog Academy in Stockton, California with his wife, Suhey, and their team of canine performers. They perform more than 1,000 shows every year across the country. Today, Chris is on Animal Radio to teach us a trick we can train our dogs. Yes, even yours. Also, new research highlights potential risks in being over-affectionate with our pets by increasing the risk of catching drug-resistant illnesses. While experts acknowledge and even...
Published 06/18/21
Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren’t doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Humans have gone to the Moon and split the atom, but when it comes to understanding animals, we’ve still got a long way to go. So you’ve probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do—and that’s just for starters. Also, even if you’re aware of pet scams, you should never buy a pet online. A Volusia County, Florida, woman is...
Published 06/10/21
Molly is a bilingual chocolate lab. She responds to direction in both English and Spanish. Her trainer, Memo, escaped Mafia violence in Columbia and came to the US where he founded a dog training business. They are a certified therapy team that has helped so many children in homeless shelters. Because of their bilingual abilities and Memo’s deep understanding of what it is like to be thrown into a new culture, they are bringing unprecedented joy to children in desperate situations. Also, in...
Published 06/03/21
Katie Cleary is a Model, Actress and Philanthropist, Filmmaker who got her start in the entertainment business on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model. After graduating college, Katie landed the role on NBC’s hit game show Deal or No Deal. Katie’s main passion is advocating animal welfare issues while rescuing and rehabilitating animals and lovingly finding them forever homes. She tells us about her 12 pets. Also, dogs are capable of laughing, and they typically do so when they are...
Published 05/27/21
The extremely talented and very funny author, Dave Barry is our guest. He’ll tell us about the lessons he has learned from his dog, Lucy. He says Lucy taught him to effectively deal with road rage. Dave also explains why he’s not much of a cat fan. Also, a young dog imported from South Korea into western Canada brought along a dangerous hitchhiker, the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which until then had not been reported in North America. Scientists at Cornell University...
Published 05/20/21
Dr. Helen Fisher is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. She’s been studying the correlation between pets and dating. Dr. Fisher says, “Dogs are chick magnets!” Women find men with a dog to be more attractive. But interestingly, or not, this does not work in reverse. In fact, the ‘cat lady’ has a negative stigma. Also, police in Bellevue, Tennessee recently raided a national pet store chain location after getting a tip and photos concerning animal cruelty. That tip, along with...
Published 05/13/21
A lawsuit has been filed in a California court saying Bark Adoptions masquerades as a non-profit animal rescue organization passing off puppy mill dogs as rescued animals and selling them for a profit. California has banned the sale of puppy mill dogs and it is believed multiple fictitious rescues are circumventing the law. Deborah Howard, founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) explains how her organization is trying to raise awareness on the issue. Also, the Bureau of...
Published 05/06/21