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Susan Marie on Pet Life Radio

Since 2003, when “The Doggy Diva Show” aired its first broadcast, the radio show has served as a voice in the animal community that has been committed to sharing information with pet owners everywhere who only want the very best for their pets.

Hosted by Susan Marie and her canine co-hosts — the doggy divas themselves — the weekly radio show, on speakuptalkradio.com, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Acast has served as a respected voice of the national animal community on Florida’s Suncoast and beyond for more than 14 years.

With three foster/rescue dogs of her own, Susan is a passionate advocate for animal rescue and is committed to promoting spaying/neutering of animals and supporting local shelters and animal groups, while encouraging listeners to adopt rather than shop for their family pets.

The radio show was first inspired by — and continues to honor — its original mascot, “Sophia, the Doggy Diva,” who captured the hearts of listeners in the local animal community and beyond. Sophia was a little Italian Greyhound who had been rescued from a neglectful situation, becoming the “voice of the voiceless” for abused and homeless animals everywhere. She promoted fostering, adoption and “paying it forward” to animals in need both on air and in her very own bi-monthly editorial column, “Diva Delights,” in Suncoast Pet magazine, a regional pet publication.

Each week, “The Doggy Diva Show” focuses on topics that matter most to all pet owners. Within the 60-minute format, the host shares information and news of importance within the animal community, while spotlighting the “Pet Tip of the Week” to keep listeners informed about important health issues that affect their four-legged friends.

Interviews with authors, pet professionals and national industry experts are frequently featured on “The Doggy Diva Show.” Through the years, some of the most notable guests have included celebrity animal advocate Bob Barker, “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, best-selling author Dean Koontz, and an array of other prominent local, regional and national animal spokespeople.

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Episode 20 - Holiday Pet Safety | Dogtology | Holiday Pet Gifts | Noelle | Horse Passion

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton on celebrating Thanksgiving safely with your pets. | Best-selling author Jeff Lazarus' latest release "Dogtology" is the humorous and enlightening exploration into the dog/man relationship | Michael Malhotra, Founder of Dibsies Personalization Station with unique holiday pet related gift ideas. | "Noelle", best-selling author Greg Kincaid's latest release is the heartwarming holiday story about the strength of family and the love that comes from pets. | Award winning equestrian Alex Schlappman describes a lifelong passion that becomes her dream come true.

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Episode 19 - Your Pet's Real Age | Fun Pet Tags | Memorable Pet Pendants

Have you ever wondered how old your pets really are? Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton may have the answer for you. | The founder of Bad Tags, Cristen Breuer tells us how your pets can wear fun fashion accessories while paying it forward. | Grant Barton, founder of Precious Metal Prints shares a way to create a memory of your pet that will last a lifetime.

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Episode 18 - Senior Pet Month | Hurricane Pet Rescues | Indoor Dog Potty

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton gives valuable information about November being Adopt A Senior Pet Month. | Karen Slomba, Associate Director of Nate's Honor Animal Rescue, shares the heartwarming story of dogs and cats rescued from the Caribbean hurricanes finding their forever home in the United States. | Director of Marketing at Bil-Jac Foods Kim Gaebelein has important adoption and nutritional advice for senior pets. | Andrew Feld tells us how the innovative product he founded, "Fresh Patch", helps puppy potty training, assisting senior dogs or as a convenient alternative to the outdoors for indoor pets.

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Episode 17 - Pet Costume Safety | Best-Selling Pet Author

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares helpful information about Halloween pet costume safety. | Celebrate Adopt A Shelter Dog Month by adopting a shelter/rescue dog and joining us as best-selling author Peter Zheutlin discusses his inspiring new book " Rescued What Second Chance Dogs Teach us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, & Finding Joy in the Little Things".

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Episode 16 - Socialization | IFAW | DIY Dog | Holiday Dog Treats

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton gives advice on puppy socialization. | Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director of eIFAW shares important information about a campaign where celebrities are partnering with IFAW to save endangered species. | The latest on self serve dog wash and grooming from founder Patti Kaign of DIY Dog of Sarasota. | Candace Botha of Suncoast Pet Magazine shares information on Jingle Paws Jubilee. | Healthy holiday treats from Kelly Ison CEO of Einstein Pets.

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Episode 15 - Pet Obesity | FixNation Event | Animal Communicator

Health and Lifestyle contributor Monica Leighton provides valuable health information about Pet Obesity Awareness Month. | Karn Meyers, Co-Founder of FixNation and Leslie Farrell, Founder of Architect for Animals share information about one of LA's most innovative design events: Architects for Animals "Giving Shelter" exhibit, a fundraiser for LA based nonprofit FixNation which provides free spay and neuter services for homeless cats | Find out how to tell what your pet might be thinking with Animal Communicator Lori Michel.

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Episode 14 - Pet Anxiety | Pet Nutrition | Special Event

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares important information on helping pets with anxiety. | October is National Pet Obesity Month, and Kim Gaebelein from Bil-Jac Foods provides valuable nutritional ideas for overweight pets. | Marsha Panuce, Founder of Donte's Den and the host of ‘Animal Outtakes’ talks about a special event ‘Tips for Tails’ - to benefit the pups in need at Donte's Den- a safe haven for dogs.

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Episode 13 - Microchipping | Pets | Pet Travel Dinette | Pet Partners

Health and Lifestyle contributor Monica Leighton shares important information on microchipping our pets. | SitStayGo has created a convenient way to travel with the Pet Dinette and Leash. | Celebrating 40 years of the human bond with animals with Pet Partners, the largest non-profit registering therapy animals.

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Episode 12 - Pet Disaster Kits | Probiotics for Dogs | Mutual Rescue Video

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares important information on preparing disaster kits for pets. | Pet Nutrition Contributor Kim Gaebelein from Bil-Jac Foods shares the many benefits of probiotics for pets. | Then learn from Jessi Burns how the love of a shelter dog helped her recover from personal tragedy in the Mutual Rescues video "Jessi and Andi".

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Episode 11 - Pooch Scooch - Hurricane Rescues - Pet Memorial Day

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares ways on how to help your pets who have the "pooch scooch". | Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO of American Humane tells us about their Hurricane Harvey pet recovery, disaster preparation for pets, and about the new Chicken Soup for the Soul books that benefit American Humane. | Special ways to remember your beloved pets on National Pet Memorial Day on September 10 with One Fur All from Robert Eichner, founder of Pet House Candles, and with Paw Pods by founder Ben Riggins.

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Episode 10 - Celebrating Safely with Pets | Cozy Pet Mystery Author | Honoring Working Dogs

In this episode of The Doggy Diva Show, in her series of Tips and News You Can Use, Health and Lifestyle contributor Monica Leighton shares great tips on celebrating Labor Day safely with your pets. |Best selling author Dianne Harmon tells us about her popular pet loving cozy mystery series. | Kim Gaebelein from Bil-Jac shares information on the importance of recognizing working dogs on Labor Day.

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Episode 9 - National Dog Day | Dogfella | Pet Celebration

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton talks about ways to celebrate safely with your dog on National Dog Day. | Author and animal advocate James Guiliani shares his personal story of how a rescue dog changed his life from being an underworld figure to being on top of the world. | A grand opening celebration of a popular pet boutique.

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Episode 8 - Pet Pain Management | Pet Boutique Expansion

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton talks about Animal Pain Awareness Month and how to recognize and address our pets' pain. | Magazine Publisher Candace Botha shares information about the expansion and growth of a popular pet boutique.

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Episode 7 - Pets & Back to School | Affordable Pet Medication

Health & Lifestyle contributor Monica Leighton shares information on preparing our pets for back to school. | Veterinarian Dr. Michael Reinhart provides important information regarding a cost effective treatment for inflammation in our pets. | Kim Gaebelein from Bil-Jac shares nutritional & training tips for dogs & back to school info.

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Episode 6 - Cat Health I K-9 Mystery Book Giveaway Winner I Pet Adoptions

Health & Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton talks about "National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day." | Best selling author Margaret Mizushima talks about her latest book in the popular Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series: "Hunting Hour ". I Author Lauren Darr announces the winner of her best selling book "Pet Fashion Industry Patterns" for our book giveaway. | Candace Botha, Founder of Suncoast Pet Magazine talks about one county's biggest adoption event.

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Episode 5 - Senior Pets & Aging | Hemp Pet Treats | Pet Volunteering

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares helpful information on identifying aging issues in senior pets. | Julianna Carella, CEO and Founder of Treatibles discusses hemp based treats for pets. | Natalie Pond, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for Pet Partners tells us about volunteer opportunities for you and your pets in the community as well as the upcoming Pet Partners Conference.

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Episode 4 - Bloodwork for Pets | Pet Service Directory | Healthy Treats | Pet Grooming

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton shares the importance of annual bloodwork for our pets. | The popular pet service directory "Pet Pages" celebrates its 20th anniversary issue. | "Einstein Pets" introduces a new convenient size for their popular healthy treats. | Multiple uses for the award winning grooming brush " Bump it Off"

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Episode 3 - Pet Flu | Esther the Wonder Pig | Pet Fire Safety

Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton discusses ways to protect pets from canine influenza. | Bestselling author Steve Jenkins shares his inspiring and heartwarming story - "Esther the Wonder Pig - Changing the World One Heart at a Time". | Kim Gaebelein from Bil Jac Foods shares important information on what we should know about National Fire Safety Day.

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Episode 2 - Pet Laser Therapy | Pet Travel Bed | Book Give-a-Way

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of laser therapy treatment for your
pets? Our Health and Lifestyle Contributor Monica Leighton has the latest. | A new and convenient way of traveling with your pets. | Free Book Giveaway from best selling pet author Lauren Darr.

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Episode 1 - Fireworks and Pets - Josh and Scout - 4th of July Pet Food

How to comfort pets who fear fireworks, | Moving viral story about a cat who
saved a Purple Heart Veteran with PTSD. | Celebrate the 4th with safe pet food tips from Bil-Jac's Kim Gaebelein.

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