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Amy Shojai, CABC - host of Pet Peeves

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Award-winning author


Pet Peeves:
What Makes You Howl? What Hisses You Off?

 

Winner of the 2011, 2009 & 2008 Cat Writers Association
Muse Medallion Award

Winner of 2008 Dog Writers Association Special Award

 

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Pet Peeves are pet podcasts shine a light on hot-button pet issues that make owners growl, wag and purr, or bare their teeth. Host Amy Shojai brings together an array of top animal experts to discuss, explain--and sometimes argue about--common and not-so-common pet peeves.

Do you have an opinion about breed bans? What about declawing cats, or keeping “exotic” pets? Has your city limited the number of critters you can keep? Opened a dog park? Closed the shelter? Maybe pet food choices raise your hackles, your nasty next-door-neighbor critters potty in your roses, or Mom treats her Chihuahua better than you. Do “whispering” dog trainers make you shout with joy--or scream with frustration? When does veterinary costs become too rich for your (pure)blood?

People love pets with a passion, but not all passionate pet lovers agree. PET PEEVES showcases pro and con opinions about deadly-serious to seriously-funny issues that irk pet-aholics of every purr-suasion.

Dare to join host Amy Shojai each week for lively discussions that (gasp!) may even change your mind. Prepare to be challenged, entertained, and potentially PEEVED... but never, ever bored on Pet Peeves on Pet Life Radio!




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Episode 82 - Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Tour

When your pets' behavior threatens to destroy your house--and your relationship--Who you gonna call? Dr. Marty Becker, America's Veterinarian answers that question, and has joined the Behavior Tour, sponsored by Ceva Animal Health and American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. The tour travels across the country helping pet owners understand some of the most common pet behavior challenges and where they can find help to solve them, often in your own back yard! Listen to today's Pet Peeves show to understand what YOU can do and how your veterinarian can partner with you and others to ensure your cat and dog stay happy, healthy--and you do, too.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 81 - Seeing Eye to Eye: Visionary Care for Service Dogs

Service dogs offer aid and comfort to thousands of people around the world. And a service dog's duties encompass all sorts of work. They guide vision impaired partners or sniff out bombs, find lost people or rescuing individuals from disaster--and of course offer emotional support and nonjudgmental love along the way. Caring for their health can be pricey, though, so the 5th Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event offers free exams in May 2012. Learn more from Dr. Bill Miller, a veterinary ophthalmologist with the program, in this eye-opening Pet Peeves show!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 80 - Angel on a Leash: An Insider's Look at Therapy Dogs

There's no doubt that dogs bring smiles to our faces with happy wags. Some of these canine nurses could be furry angels when they become therapy dogs that visit with people in need of healing face licks and snuggles. But exactly what is a therapy dog and how are they trained? Can you and your dog become a therapy team? Learn all about the ANGEL ON A LEASH program from author David Frei's book of the same title. As the voice of Westminster David is known to millions of television viewers, but also volunteers with his own dogs in such places as the Ronald McDonald House. You won't want to miss this show--and learn about some of the touching experiences from the book.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 79 - Compounding: Helping The Medicine Go Down

Your old cat needs medicine for hyperthyroidism. The puppy burned his mouth chewing something "wrong." A veterinarian diagnoses and prescribes the best treatment for your fur-kids, parrots and other exotics--but what if your animal companion refuses to cooperate? How do you get that Rx down those snapping jaws? It becomes even more of a challenge with zoo animals who throw the sedative dart back at the veterinarian! Pet Peeves guest Chris Simmons is a pharmacist who specializes in prescriptive problem-solving, with compounded medications. Drugs get mixed up into tasty treats, or combined with transdermal gels to deliver medication through the skin--or Pupcicles that offer pain control with therapeutic medications! This is a show your pet--and your vet--won't want

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 78 - Cat Calls: Pet-Sit on THIS!

You can find self-proclaimed experts all over the Internet, so it's refreshing to find a pair of debut authors who actually have the credentials for their topic. Join Pet Peeves today to learn how the book Cat Calls came about from co-authors Susan Logan (editor of Cat Fancy Magazine) and famous New York cat sitter and CatChannel.com columnist Jeanne Adlon. You'll not only hear some fun anecdotes from the diary of a 35-year-veteran of cat sitting, but get practical kitty advice. Those pursuing their own writer's dream won't want to miss tips these savvy authors share about working with co-authors.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 77 - Heart To Heart: Understanding Heartworm Disease

I hate mosquitoes not only because they’re itchy aggravation, but these nasty vampires spread deadly heartworm disease. Heartworms are found all over the world, affect wildlife, dogs and cats. While it’s easy to prevent the disease there are concerns that some populations of heartworms have become resistant to the medication we give our pets. And the treatment used to cure dogs has become temporarily unavailable! The president of the American Heartworm Society, Dr. Wallace Graham, addresses these questions and more in this edition of Pet Peeves. Find out what you need to know to keep your cats and dogs safe from heartworm disease.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves E-newsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com..

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 76 - Women Training Dogs

Camilla Gray-Nelson trains women to train their dogs--and yes, it's a bit different than the male viewpoint. If you're a lady with a pet dog and at the end of your leash with Fido's antics, you'll want to learn the tips in this show. Camilla has been training dogs and solving problems for more than 20 years and today runs Dairydell Canine Center in Northern California. She and her staff have helped more than 9000 dogs and owners from all over the United States!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves E-newsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your pets, and check out the latest puppy-licious content at puppies.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 75 - Isn’t That Special? Caring For Special Needs Dogs

In our modern society where perfect bodies and youthful looks rule the media, it may be politically correct to “make allowances” for other-abled humans. But in the world of pets, where so many need homes, would you adopt a disabled animal? What would you do if the perfect pet turned out less than ideal? How do you decide when and where to draw the line, and is it fair to put your family through the process? Join author Natalie C. Markey, the Special Needs Dog Care columnist for Examiner.com, as we discuss the issue and her new book, Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.AmyShojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your cats and dogs.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 74 - Natural Medicine & Veterinary Care

It’s called natural, holistic, complementary, and integrative—bottom line, veterinary medicine has gone back to the past to treat and cure pets. What exactly is “holistic” healing? The natural vet, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, explains the concept and why he decided to expand his practice to include holistic treatments. In this show, learn how natural medicine can work alongside conventional “Western” therapies and offer pets the best of all possible worlds. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Pet Peeves Enewsletter at www.shojai.com to get announcements about the latest shows, and free behavior and care advice for your cats and dogs.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 73 - Feral Cats – The TNR Solution

Alley Cat Rescue (ACR) sponsors the 2nd Annual “Free Feral Cat Spay Day” on April 27, 2011. But just what is a “feral cat” and why should you care? Feral cats are born and raised without human contact, and live life on the wild side. You might call them yowling nuisances when they potty in your garden or drive indoor cats crazy—but they’re simply trying to survive. Louise Holton, founder and president of ACR, says TNR (trap-neuter-return) can solve a host of feral cat problems in a humane way. And after all, if you hadn’t adopted your purring lap-kitty, he might have ended up as a feral! Learn about the TNR solution, and how you can get your community and veterinarian involved.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 72 - Planet Dog Foundation – Playing It Forward

Today the pet products industry appears to be one of those “bullet proof” endeavors even in the wake of economic downturn. That’s wonderful for the companies, of course. And a number of the big guys fund high-profile animal foundations—Pet Peeves featured Morris Animal Foundation and Winn Feline Foundation to name two worthy organizations. But smaller organizations struggle to stretch every dollar, and aren’t always on the funding radar. Kristen Smith, Brand Ambassador for Planet Dog and the Executive Director of Planet Dog Foundation describes some of the terrific pet-dreams their organization has helped come true! By the way, my Magical-Dawg is a big fan of Planet Dog toys—and each time you purchase a toy, you make a donation to a worthy doggy cause! Learn how Planet Dog Foundation is “playing” it forward.

Remember you can get free behavior and care articles for your dog and cat in the free Pet Peeves Email newsletter, along with announcements about the latest Pet Peeves show. Subscribe at www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 71 - Shelter Cats and Kitty Colds – Saving Lives and Money

About 4 million cats pass through United States shelters annually, and most never make it out alive. A top killer of cats in shelters might surprise you—it’s kitty colds! What can we do to stop this horrible situation? Join my guest Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California–Davis. She reveals some surprising results of shelter cat studies that can not only save cat lives, but also save shelters $3 million a year!

Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book give-aways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 70 - Pet Loss & Rescue -- Dealing with Grief

Losing a beloved pet devastates owners, yet we don't always get the support we need, or know where to turn for help. Dr. Diane Pomerance is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who serves as director of the Pet Grief counseling Program for the SPCA of Texas. She is also active in pet rescue--pets who have lost loves of another kind--and has written a lovely book Our Rescue Dog Family Album honoring these furry loves. Listen to Pet Peeves to learn more about how you can help support yourself or others who mourn a pet, and find out more about what's involved in pet rescue.

You can read more dog and cat care and behavior articles, and get the latest Pet Peeves show announcements by subscribing to the free Pet Peeves Email newsletter at www.shojai.com.  

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 69 - Pillow Talk – Therapy Dogs

Service dogs have become a very public and vital part of our society. But there’s another area that doesn’t get quite as much hand-waving. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) includes companion animals as a part of the patient’s therapy in a treatment plan designed by a health care professional. For instance, a child might be more willing to toss a ball for the dog to fetch, than follow a human therapist’s instructions to rehab a painful injury. A pioneer in the field, Nancy Stanley first introduced “Animal Therapy” to severely handicapped children and to convalescent hospitals for the elderly in 1982 after founding Tender Loving Zoo, a nonprofit organization. She talks about her experiences, the benefits of pet therapy, and new gift book PILLOW WITH A HEARTBEAT, narrated by therapy dog Truffles.

For more pet behavior and care tips for your special cats and dogs, subscribe to the free Pet Peeves Newsletter available at www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 68 - Animal Research: Cries In The Dark

Today's guest, P.A. Woodburn, share the making of her mystery book CRIES IN THE DARK on today's show. It incorporates the world of animal research, and the "what if" of communicating with animals. As an animal lover who at one time worked for Green Peace, she brings an insider's perspective to this work of fiction, a thrilling story that's a perfect holiday gift for pet lovers.

Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book giveaways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 67 - Vote! For National Pet Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Millions of homeless animals end up in shelters every year. Half of the pets that go into shelters die there, because time runs out before they can be adopted. How can caring pet lovers stem the furry tide? Janice Brown, Founder of Tails Magazine, has started a letter-writing campaign called "Letters for Pets," urging President Obama to declare April 30th National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by Presidential Proclamation. Listen to the show to learn how you can add your vote to help shelter pets find forever homes!
 
Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book giveaways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 66 - Old Dog, Old Cat? Pet Care for Old Fogie Pets

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. Older dogs and cats offer many benefits as pets, compared to youngsters. It’s time that mature pets get the respect and attention they deserve! This show offers sneak peeks into updated and revised award-winning books Complete Care for Your Aging Cat and Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. You’ll hear some of the “Golden Moments” true stories that illustrate successful pet aging. Please check the “episode page” for direct links to find these books, as well as additional excerpts and free book give-aways during my “Golden Moments Senior Pet Blog Tour.”
 
Don’t forget, you can also subscribe to my free Pet Peeves newsletter with additional care and behavior tips and news, by visiting www.Shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 65 - Orphans of Katrina: A First-Person Account

There’s a reason such events are called a disaster—but that word falls short when it comes to Katrina.  The animal victims haunt pet lovers, especially those personally touched by the tragedy who did everything right—and still lost so much. Karen O’Toole lived through the devastation, and was on the front lines as a rescuer and witness. She chronicles her experiences in a book, ORPHANS OF KATRINA, and in today’s show describes what it was like inside the world’s biggest animal rescue. For more pet behavior and care tips for your special cats and dogs, subscribe to the free Pet Peeves Newsletter available at Shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 64 - Food For Thought: Unlocking The Canine Ancestral Diet

The old adage “you are what you eat” applies to dogs just as it does people. And today, pet owners need a crystal ball to sift through the choices on the grocery aisle. Even if you home cook or raw feed, there are pitfalls that could leave your dog in trouble. Steve Brown offers answers for owners who home prepare food—or buy it in the bag—in his new book “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet.” Dogs may have moved from life on the wild side into the family room, but they still need food fit for an ancestor. Learn how to improve your dog’s diet—and health—in this “foodie” episode of Pet Peeves.
 

For more pet behavior and care tips for your special cats and dogs, subscribe to the free Pet Peeves Newsletter available at Shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 63 - Shock Collars: A Shocking Discussion of Dog Training Collars

Not all trainers believe in cookie power and clickers--they consider it lax or ineffective. But punishment-based training of some high-profile celebrity trainers is labeled unscientific and ineffective by others. Who’s right? Is there room for both? Would you shock your dog to get him to behave? Stephanie Smith, PhD has something to say on the matter--see if you agree with some of her surprising statements. You can read more about cat behavior in my cats.About.com columns. Want to know more about dogs? Check out the new Pet Peeves website for both dog and cat information, and videos .   Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter for more care and behavior tips.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 62 - Isn’t That Special? Does Your Dog Need a Specialist?

Researchers have made amazing strides in specialized areas of veterinary medicine. These treatments can greatly improve a sick animal’s quality of life, and often cure or at least add months to years to the time the pet and owner can share together. Today’s guest explains all the details about veterinary specialties. Dr. Nancy Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and published in several professional journals and textbooks, including the book SPEAKING FOR SPOT.

You can read more about cat behavior in my cats.About.com columns. Want to know more about dogs? Check out the new Pet Peeves website for both dog and cat information, and videos   http://pages.videojug.com/sites/144-Pet-Peeves.   Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter for more care and behavior tips.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 61 - Cat-astrophe 2010! Adopt-A-Cat Month

We’ve a bumper crop of kittens every year, with up to 4 million cats a year enter shelters. It hurts my heart to think of all the loving, needy felines that lose their homes--and their lives--every year. And it doesn’t have to happen! The American Humane designates June as the prime time for cat and kitten adoptions. But you don’t have to wait for June to find the kitty of your dreams. Join me on Pet Peeves as I speak with Debrah Schnackenberg of the American Humane, to talk about Adopt A Cat Month, and Dr. Katrina Warren of "Housecat/Housecall" Animal Planet show share their expertise on all-things-cats. You can read more about cat behavior in my cats.About.com columns. Want to know more about dogs? Check out the new Pet Peeves website for both dog and cat information, and videos .   Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter for more care and behavior tips.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 60 - Catty Journalists: Cat Writers Association

A week doesn’t go by that I don’t read a cat story in the local or national news. It’s great we have news coverage of controversial feline issues such as declawing bans, cat collectors, mandatory spay/neuter, as well as the warm-and-fuzzy coverage. But it hisses me off when the writers don’t know a Tonkinese from a Tabby. My expert guest, Sue Ewing (president of the Cat Writers’ Association) explains just where folks can find expert cat writers, and offers details (de-tails?) about the writing contest, conference and more. Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book giveaways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 59 - Cat-egorical Care For Adopt-A-Cat-Month

It's a national tragedy that a special month promoting cat adoptions is necessary. Felines get the short end of the adoption stick because of cat myth-perceptions. We’ll dispel some of those myths and offer listeners terrific free resources designed for cat owners, veterinarians and shelters.

Dr. Patricia Olson of Morris Animal Foundation and the Happy Healthy Cat campaign describes the results of a pet perceptions survey, and how negatives can be turned around. And Dr. Diane Eigner, Chair of the CATalyst Council explains how partnering with American Humane’s “Adopt-A-Cat Month”
helps improve the status of cats.

Learn more about cat behavior at Amy’s new online home at the CATS page at www.About.com--and sign up for free books, articles, updates on Pet Peeves radio shows and more with the Pet Peeves E-newsletter at www.shojai.com.


Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 58 - The Peeing Cat —Thinking Outside the Box

Missing the litter box sends many cats to the shelter when owners can’t stand living with the mess. And while some cats do the dirty deed because of medical issues, there can be problems diagnosis—or treating—the problem even once it’s identified. I attended Dr. Jacqueline C. Neilson’s lecture at the Western Veterinary Conference on dealing with unwelcome feline PEE-mail, and she offers some great tips in this installment of Pet Peeves. Learn more about what can be done to establish litter box allegiance at Amy’s new online home at the CATS page at www.About.com--and sign up for free books, articles, updates on Pet Peeves radio shows and more with the Pet Peeves E-newsletter at www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 57 - Cat Claws: Scratching the Surface

If you have a cat, you deal with claws. Learn all about ways to direct your cat’s natural inclinations in acceptable outlets. Dr. Jean Hofve offers tips on training, plus her unvarnished opinion of declaw surgery, laws against the practice and more. For more about declawing issues, tune into “Claws & Effect” on another Pet Peeves show.

Need pet care articles and behavior tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com and visit Amy at her new online home on the CATS page at www.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 56 - Betty White, WVC & More!

Western Veterinary Conference provides continuing education to veterinary professionals with more than 800 hours of continuing education with world-renowned instructors, networking with 6000 veterinarians, and more than 430 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. This year, the icing on my cake included interviewing legendary animal actress and animal advocate Betty White! In addition, you’ll hear from Catalyst Council members Dr. Jane Brunt and Steve Dale, and the president of Morris Animal Foundation Dr. Patricia Olson. You’ve heard from them before in Pet Peeve shows “Cost of Love,” “Mandating Responsibility” and “Foundation of Love” and more. Find out what they were doing at the Western Veterinary Conference. 

Need pet care articles and behavior tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com and visit Amy at her new online home on the CATS page at www.About.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 55 - Insuring Peace Of Mind

Talk about insurance raises hackles these days, and coverage for pets--furry family members--can be just as important. Last year people spent about $25 million on veterinary care. We want to take the best care of our pets as possible, but in trying economic times, that can be a challenge. Dr. David Goodnight with PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance educates us about how insurance for pets works, and why we should care. 

Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book give-aways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 54 - Don’t Complain, Train! -- APDT’s National Train Your Dog Month

Dog-loving owners can have unrealistic expectations, and can easily misunderstand normal dog behaviors. They believe dogs purposely act “bad” to get back at the owner, or blame problems on the dog’s stupidity. Too often, these socially inept canines end up in shelters! Yet dog training CAN be easy and fun—and literally can save your dog’s life and your relationship. To counter this trend, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APBT) has declared January to be National Train Your Dog Month, and Mychelle Blake joins Pet Peeves with all the insider details!

Don’t forget to sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter for pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes, from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 53 - Healing Companions —Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD)

Studies have shown that pets lower our stress levels, and people remain healthier and live longer more fulfilled lives when they share it with a pet. Today we’re learning that if our animal companions can do this for otherwise healthy folks, as well as those with physical challenges, they also offer extraordinary benefits for emotional injuries! Join Pet Peeves guest, clinical psychotherapist and dog trainer Jane Miller as she discusses her new book, Healing Companions. Learn how psychiatric service dogs can help--and heal--people who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.

Remember that you can get links to past and future shows, as well as pet are articles, behavior tips, and sometimes free book give-aways, by signing up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.


Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 52 - Furry Thrills: James Rollins and “Altar of Eden”

I love pets. I love reading. But it really hisses me off when authors relegate animals to window dressing. Best-selling thriller author James Rollins never makes that mistake, and brings the animals to life in his latest veterinary medical thriller. In this fascinating interview, learn about his research and writing routine, how he transitioned from a veterinary career to novelist, and more. Ever wondered what cloning, parrot behavior, DNA, animal intelligence, fractals, magnetite, and the Baghdad zoo have in common? Read “Altar of Eden” to find out!

Look for pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.


Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 51 - Inside ATF Dog Training

In recent shows week, I’ve talked with ATF canine handlers partnered with accelerant detection, explosives detection, and tactical dogs. I’ve been impressed by the dedication of the handlers, and applaud the ATF’s position on positive dog training. Today we’re completing the series with a canine trainer for the ATF, Shawn Crawford. And while the ATF embraces positive training techniques, hopefully Mr. Crawford can shed some light on the puzzling issue of why the ATF hires “contract trainers” who may use less than positive methods to train tactical dogs and handlers.

Do your animal companions amaze you with their antics? Wonder how to deal with behavior problems, or need care tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.


Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 50 - Biting Back At Crime: ATF Tactical Dogs

While I hate the thought of guns, I understand how hunters and sports-folk have a passion for them. And I also recognize the need for firearms in law enforcement to counter all the bad guys out there using deadly force. But I really like the idea of canine officers trained to assist their human partners. Because once that trigger’s pulled, there’s no calling the bullet back—not so, with a tactical canine officer. Recent shows featured arson and bomb detection canines, and today I talk with Special Agent Mark Murray about his tactical canine partner, Barron. I had the privilege to see Barron and SA Murray give a demonstration at Thrillerfest 2009 in New York and am delighted to share some insights into this special partnership.

Are your cats and dogs puzzling you? Need pet info-tainmnt and behavior tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.


Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 49 - The Big Bang Theory? ATF Explosives Detection Dogs

Television CSI programs rely on scientific techniques to uncover evidence of a crime. But some of the most effective crime fighting detectives have four feet and fur, and sniff their way through the workload. Explosives detection dogs can identify guns, bombs, a huge array of bomb components, and do so with a happy wag. Join today’s show and learn how these ATF canines are trained. Special Agent Chris Bombardiere and his explosives detection canine Ithaca join Pet Peeves, and it’s a blast! Need pet care articles and behavior tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: amy@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 48 - Fire Engine Dogs: Arson Detecting Canines

Wildfires decimate thousands of acres each year, destroying homes and lives. Many are deemed acts of nature, but 25 percent of fires in the United States result from arson. Join Lt. Arthur Czajkowski and his arson-detection canine Porsche to learn how dogs are trained, and the work they do as part of the ATF Federal Task Force and National Response Team.

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Episode 47 - Entertain The Brain: Feline Enrichment

Last week was all about understanding our canine family members better. This week, cats get equal time. Did you know that cats need brain-candy as much as dogs--or people? It’s not just a treat, it’s a necessity--and our felines are starving for intellectual enrichment. Too often, Kitty ends up getting in trouble because she has no legal outlet for her normal energy—or becomes a feline couch potato getting pudgy in her nether regions and her brain. Cat behavior counselor Ingrid Johnson offers great suggestions for keeping your cats healthy both emotionally and physically, and preventing potential problems at the same time. Are your cats and dogs puzzling you? Need pet info-tainment and behavior tips? Wonder about links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes? Sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 46 - Dog-Whispering, Not! Picture This!

Animals communicate with us constantly--and misunderstanding can have dire consequences. A dog wagging his tail means he’s friendly so you can pet him…right or wrong? He licks his lips to say--what? Every dog wants to be dominant, correct? Alpha-rolling a dog shows you’re the boss--true or false? Misunderstandings can mean a damaged relationship or worse. What do those doggy signals really mean? Join Barbara Handelman as she describes her stunning new book, CANINE BEHAVIOR, A PHOTO ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK, and debunks some common misconceptions about what your dog is telling you. 

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Episode 45 - The Write (Pet) Stuff: Dogged Research & Furry Muses

Pet lovers enjoy novels that include dogs and cats, but the author better get the facts right! Misspelling breed names, calling the cat an “it” or (horrors!) showing the supposedly savvy heroine doctoring the doggy hero with human medication toxic to pets brings out readers’ claws. We purr with delight when authors include real-life characters and their pets—and bestselling author John Gilstrap’s latest thriller, No Mercy includes a tribute to his own furry muse. John also shares his take on author responsibility, and whether writers should worry about giving bad guys dangerous ideas.

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Episode 44 - Animal CSI: Giving Voice to the Abused

Most cases of animal abuse are never reported, because the victims can’t cry out for help. Animal cruelty is against the law—but can’t be stopped if offenders aren’t identified and prosecuted, and existing laws enforced. Dr. Melinda D. Merck pioneered veterinary forensics and joined the ASPCA in 2007 as a Forensic Veterinarian. Her work has been instrumental in nailing notorious abusers, including Michael Vick. Learn how Dr. Merck’s career evolved, what she does, how she’s teaching others to be a voice for abused animals, and ways you can make a positive difference in your own community.

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Episode 43 - Criminal Minds & Animal Abuse: Reality, Fiction, and Crossing the Line

Hurting animals is not only unethical, society agrees it’s sick. Appalling news reports of children torturing and killing cats and dogs makes pet lovers’ blood run cold. Such crimes demand more than a slap on the wrist, and not just to protect animals. Because abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people. Cat lover Dr. D.P. Lyle, the Macavity Award winning and Edgar Award nominated author of many how-to writing books including Forensics for Dummies discusses the link between animal abuse and serial killers. We also discuss why more pets are being included in recent fiction, and what rules authors might want to heed.

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Episode 42 - “Cheep” Thrills? Getting The Bird

Some pets make our hearts take wing—literally. There are 350 species of parrot, and people who share their lives with companion birds understand they’re more than mere decorations. But the normal behavior of these lovely companions can frustrate owners. What do you do when your parrot bites, screams nonstop, or pulls out his feathers? Parrot behavior consultant Kashmir Csaky, a breeder of the mellow-fellow indigo-colored Hyacinth and the flying-rainbow Scarlet Macaw, offers answers to all your must-know parrot questions.

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Episode 41 - Who’s The Boss? Parrots, Pets & Positive Regard
When an animal companion is “bad” we just want the behavior to stop. But waving a wand that makes the critter “act nice” could be compared to inserting a cork when diarrhea develops, without addressing the “why” of the symptom. We short-change our pets by not looking deeper into why they misbehave. Dr. Susan Friedman says we all behave for an effect, and it’s important to understand what prompts an action in order to address it. She’ll explain all this and more—including some fascinating insights about parrots—in this episode. Look for pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 40 - Dogs Behaving Badly?—IAABC & Finding Qualified Help
When your parrot, cat, dog or horse acts up, who ya gonna call? These days, every Tom, Dick and Jane claims to be an expert, and frankly, they can “whisper” all they want but it doesn’t mean your pets will listen. Finding qualified behavior help can be a challenge, especially if you don’t want to make a bad situation worse with bad advice. Join Marjie Alonso, a certified dog behavior consultant and president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, for a down-and-dirty discussion of what to look for (and avoid) when seeking behavior help for your pets. Look for pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 39 - Who’s Training Who? Cat Training 101
Cats can’t be trained! Everybody knows that—never mind that cats they learn to use the litter box, scratch the right object, come running when the can opener whirrs, and and and…Wait a minute! Does that really count as training? You betcha! Before your cat gets his claws into your brain and turns it to mush training you, tune into this episode of Pet Peeves to learn how to train your cat. Syndicated columnist and behavior consultant Steve Dale not only explains some step-by-step training tips for your special purr-kid, he offers some pretty nifty reasons why you’d want to explore the world of kitty training. Look for pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 38 - Shut Your Mouth – Not!! Two-Way Pet Talk
Communicating with our companion animals takes more than a shout-out. In fact, cats and dogs (and other critters) talk back to us all the time. If we’d just shut up and listen, our relationship would be so much richer. Animal trainer Kayce Cover says true two-way communication with our pets isn’t just a dream; she’s turned it into a reality. Listen and learn in this unique Pet Peeves episode how to teach your animals ways to speak so you can understand what they’re saying! And don’t forget that you’ll find pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 37 - Cat-egorically Wrong! Cats, Babies, and Myth-takes
A recent column by noted baby doctor and syndicated columnist Dr. T. Berry Brazelton managed to hiss-off cat lovers across the country, including me! He obviously missed Pet Peeves Episode 19 - Oh, Baby! Cats & Infants and instead advised a pregnant woman to get rid of her cat, warning that the kitty could spread disease, act jealous and suffocate the infant. Give me a break! Join my guest Dr. Deb Eldredge, the author of the updated Cat Owner’s Veterinary Handbook, as we yowl about bad advice, and clear the air with accurate information about toxoplasmosis and more. You’ll find pet care articles and behavior tips, and links to past and future Pet Peeves radio episodes when you sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 36 - Dogged Journalists: Dog Writers of America
From warm-and-fuzzy to stories with bite, canine features fill the mainstream press these days. The popularity of pets means local and national media outlets pay attention to doggy stories. But who writes the stories, and reports breaking news on the 6 o’clock report? Too often, it’s a person who doesn’t know a Beagle from the son-of-a-Bichon down the street! And if they don’t know the right questions to ask, they can’t give their audience balanced information. That makes dog people howling mad—to the point that some dog clubs want to ban “the press” altogether. Dr. Deb Eldredge, author of the Dog Owners Veterinary Handbook and the newly elected president of the Dog Writers Association of America, gives the low-down on where to find the best dog-savvy writers on the planet. And don’t forget to surf over to www.shojai.com to sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter for more pet-centric information, fun tips, and advice.

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Episode 35 - Deadly Beauty, Part 2: Cat Breeding for Health
In Episode 26, we covered dogs, and now it's time to take a walk on the feline side. With more than 40 recognized cat breeds around the world, there's a cat to suit the most finicky cat lover. How careful are breeders when it comes to creating new breeds? Do they breed for looks, or for health--or both? Listen as geneticist and researcher Dr. Leslie Lyons of the Lyons Laboratory at UC Davis explains all about feline gene mapping, ways it's identifying (and potentially eliminating) diseases in many species, and even how feline forensics can solve human crimes! And to keep up to date with all past and present radio topics (plus pet care articles and behavior tips) sign up for the free Pet Peeves E-newsletter from www.shojai.com.

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Episode 34 - Dewey The Library Cat: Changing The World
If you love cats, you doubtless have read the book about this special feline, or have heard of it. It's hard to believe that a throw-away kitten had such impact on his human "mom" and town, and in fact has touched the world. Join Vicki Myron, author of the book, and find out secrets you won't read--including who will play her when the movie version comes out! Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 33 - Clipping Their Wings: The Grounding of America's Pets
With the holiday season in full swing, we plan to spend vacations with long-distance families--and we want to include our fur-kids in the festivities. But many airlines are no longer such "friendly skies" when it comes to travel with pets. Passengers rarely know they share cabin space with a pet; human travelors are noisier, more pungent, and aggravating. Yet the pet's ticket costs double or more the price of a human, even when Fluffy rides under the seat as carry-on, and never gets a free snack! So what's the big hairy deal? Join frequent pet-flier Patie Ventre for her take on the state of pet travel, and a call for frequent flier miles for globe-trotting pets. Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 32 - Dancing With Dogs: The World Canine Freestyle Organization
Has the economy curbed your spending? Are you looking for cheap thrills? Is your dog the "star" of your household? Have we got the show for you! Enjoy your own "Dancing with the Stars" success with Canine Freestyle...dancing with your dog! Patie Ventre, the founder of the World Canine Freestyle Organization, explains all the fancy footwork involved in creating this innovative dog sport--and how to get your dogs involved. Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 31 - A Foundation Of Love -- Morris Animal Foundation
If you share your life with a cat, dog, horse, or love the idea of keeping wildlife healthy--you have the Morris Animal Foundation to thank. Founded in 1948, the Foundation has been at the forefront of funding breakthrough research benefiting animals all over the world. Yet there are some illnesses and concerns that have dogged our pets--and especially our cats--for years. Dr. Patricia Olson, the President and CEO (www.morrisanimalfoundation.org) describes some of the special initiatives funded by Morris that address feline health, canine cancer, horse studies, and behavior issues--and how you can help! Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 30 - Acting Up: The American Humane Keeping Animal Actors Safe
An earlier program offered some history and insight into how animals have been treated in movies and TV. This show brings you up to date with the current state of animal actors, and how The American Humane Association leads the charge for humane care. Karen Rosa has worked behind-the-scenes for more than 18 years, keeping critters safe while the cameras are rolling, and when they stop. Hear about what happened on the set of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Greatest American Dog, and other shows. Learn about the rules, how they're enforced, and why it's important to look for that "No Animals Were Harmed" language on your entertainment! Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 29 - Acting Up: Animals In Media--The Real Story
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! plus dogs, cats, birds, wolves, spiders and more. Do animals in movies make you smile? Critters on camera certainly sell products, and can be big business for the entertainment industry. But there's a sordid history of abuse used to get those "exciting/enthralling" shots. And even today, with American Humane Association leading the charge for humane care, some studios know how to get around the anti-cruelty laws. For instance, they'll film "ify" footage in Mexico. The new "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" was shot exclusively in Mexico, so were the dogs treated well? You be the judge, after hearing insights from my guest, professional actor and film historian Frank Steele. Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 28 - Feral Friends: TNR for "Community Cats"
The un-owned cats of America caterwaul from alleyways, give birth in
woodpiles, and slink beneath dumpsters eking out a meager existence on the scraps of civilization. Nobody knows how many live homeless and unloved, but wherever cats gather, controversy soon follows. Many "solutions" have been tried, and opinions abound regarding the best way to deal with un-owned and feral felines. In the last decade, a small army of dedicated and caring cat advocates has come to believe that TNR is a viable and ethical answer. Join Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, the recognized authority on feral cats. Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 27 - Canine Houligans: Teaching Polite Behavior
Does the vet cringe when your dog appears? Are relatives and neighbors dodging your visits? We love our dogs, and expect everyone else to appreciate them, too. But dogs aren't born with human social skills and need help learning the ropes. Even dogs who SIT-STAY-COME in your own back yard become doggy delinquents when out on the town. Join dog trainer and book author Lorie Long to learn how you can have A DOG WHO'S ALWAYS WELCOME (her new book). Don't forget to check out the monthly free Pet Peeves newsletter with more behavior, training and care information at www.shojai.com.

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Episode 26 - Deadly Beauty? Breeding for Looks
With more than 400 recognized dog breeds around the world, there's a smorgasbord of choices for the picky pet lover. But should looks rule our hearts? Can breeding for specific traits cause quirky canine consequences? Experts say pedigree dogs are plagued by more than 500 genetic disorders, from back problems and birthing difficulties to blindness and seizures. What in dog's name are breeders thinking! Are they blinded by shiny cups and satin ribbons? Listen as pet health journalist Christie Keith of the Pet Connection weighs in. And to keep up to date with all past and present radio topics (plus pet care articles and behavior tips) sign up for the free PET PEEVES E-newsletter from www.shojai.com

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Episode 25 - Pet Psychics: Real Deal or Charlatans?
Wouldn't you love to know what Zipper and Honcho think? Can a pet psychic explain why the cat stopped using the litter box, or the reason your dog hates Aunt Gretchen, simply by looking at a picture? There are hundreds of thousands of "Animal Communicators" ready and willing to do just that--for a nominal fee, of course! Do you get what you pay for? Are pet psychics legit or do they prey on gullible pet lovers? Have YOU ever "heard" your pet's thoughts? Hear what Beth Adelman, a pet expert and author from New York, has to say. Then put your psychic powers to work and make up your own mind. Let me know your thoughts—visit www.shojai.com and subscribe to the free PetPeeves newsletter.

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Episode 24 - Mandating Responsibility: Spay-Neuter Laws
Many cities across the country want to force you to fix your cats and dogs. They say making it a law will cut pet overpopulation and save money we now spend warehousing and euthanizing unwanted animals. But these laws actually cost MORE, and can work against successful programs like TNR (trap-neuter-return for feral cats). Can you legislate responsibility? Who will bear the cost? Will new laws work when old ones haven't been enforced? Steve Dale, a pet expert and media personality in Chicago, weighs in. Let me know your thoughts--visit www.shojai.com and subscribe to the free PetPeeves newsletter.

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Episode 23 - Pawsitive Parenting
Modern childhood, filled with video games, text messages, and MTV, seems far removed from the farm and field encounters of yore. Does it make a differences? Let me know your thoughts at www.shojai.com. Should the "Green Revolution" include back-to-nature encouters with companion animals and wildlife? Are children suffering from a disconnect with the natural world around them? Listen as co-authors Christine Hamer, MS, CCBC and Margaret Hevel, RN, BSN, PHN discuss their book, "Parenting with Pets: The Magic of Raising Children with Animals." Learn about the positive impact pets have on your kids--and parents!

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Episode 22 - Nip-Tuck: Cropping & Docking
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and have been bred for centuries to have a certain "look." But we don't stop there. Many newborn pups get their tails docked--without pain medicine or anesthesia!--and/or ears cropped by twelve weeks of age, simply to satisfy our taste for a given style. But do these surgeries offer any benefit to the dog? What about negative consequences? Some countries deem it unethical or even illegal to crop or dock ears or tails. Dr. Lore I. Haug, a veterinary behaviorist practicing at South Texas Veterinary Behavior Services (www.texasvetbehavior.com), discusses the pros and cons of the procedure.

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Episode 21 - Cloning Around--Best Friends Again?
We've all mourned the passing of a special pet friend. If you could, would you bring Sparky back? No longer science fiction, Dolly the Sheep made cloning a reality and today if you have the bucks, it's possible! But is it ethical? Will cloning take away from shelter adoptions? Is the $100,000+ price tag worth the service? Should your funds instead be aimed at more "worthy" goals? Will duplicating that one-in-a-million Sparky devalue the pet experience? Listen as CEO Lou Hawthorne of BioArts International shareshis experience with Mira (a clone of his dog Missy), explains about the BestFriendsAgain.com auction--AND offers a contest to win the Golden Clone Give-Away, a FREE cloning of your special dog.

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Episode 20 - Cat-astrophe! Adopt-A-Cat Month
It's a national tragedy that a special month promoting cat adoptions is necessary. But the ugly truth is, there are many more cats and kittens than available homes. When the spring and summer romances results in a bumper crop of kittens, shelters need all the help they can get finding forever homes for needy felines. Dena Fitzgerald of the American Humane Association describes the adoption initiative, resources made available to shelters, and what sorts of furry love YOU get out of the deal!

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Episode 19 - Oh, Baby! Cats & Infants
Having a baby should be a happy time. But what about the cat? Will she get her tail in a twist over the interloper? When in-laws cast dire predictions about kitty attacks, unsanitary conditions, and pending allergies should you give up Tabby? HECK no! Listen as we de-bunk myths about toxoplasmosis, suffocation dangers, and other fanciful fabrications. Get the facts and tools to prepare your cat for the new "human-kitten" in the family, and teach toddlers proper kitty respect. In Part 2 of our look at pets-and-infants, cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger helps cover all the feline angles. Check out the guest page for additional resources.

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Episode 18 - Doggone Safe --Teach Your Children Well!
Half of all kids age twelve have been bitten by a dog. The reason? Owners, parents, and children are clueless about canine language. Many fail to respect Fido's feelings. We even trust strangers to know if their dog is "friendly to kids" when in truth--they're often mistaken! Jennifer Shryock, the US Coordinator for Doggone Safe, describes how the program teaches children to become "doggie detectives," recognize canine language, and make safe choices around all dogs.

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Episode 17 - Oh Baby! Dogs & Infants
Today, many of us look on our dogs as part of the family. People choose to have kids later in life, and dogs often are their first “baby.” But what happens when a human infant enters the picture? Some new parents play it safe and simply get rid of the dog. Yikes! Others who adore Fluffy couldn’t think of getting rid of their beloved pet--and instead put themselves and the dog through hell putting up with all kinds of problems and potential injury. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Join Jennifer Shyrock, founder of “Dogs & Storks” program for some tips on what a true dog lover should do.

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Episode 16 - School For Fish: Thinking Outside the Tank
We've all seen the trained dolphins and zoo animals, heard about the lab mice that push levers and run mazes, and most of our cats and dogs will perform--at least, for a really special treat. But who ever thought you could train a goldfish to play basketball? Dr. Dean Pomerleau and his son Kyle not only dreamed it, they turned Fish School into a business that's swimming upstream against common pet purr-ceptions. Dive into this special show with an open mind, and before you come up for air, Dr. Dean's ideas will net you great rewards!

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Episode 15 - Pampering Pets: Can you go too far?
Having a pet offers humans an excuse to act goofy with them, love them (and be loved back) and indulge ourselves--and them--with a little innocent spoiling. Nobody could argue with lavishing extra attention on Spiffy, or dressing up the shivering Chihuahua with a warm snuggly sweater. But can pampering go too far? Over-doing in the treat department certainly leads to pudgy pooches and cause health problems. But are there hidden dangers to spoiling? Behavior expert Darlene Arden, author of "Rover, Get Off Her Leg!" clues us in on where to draw the pampering line.

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Episode 14 - Dog Bites and Breed Bans
You love your dog, and he loves you--but what does he think of the postman? Maybe you, a neighbor, or your child have been on the receiving end of Fido's fangs. The third week of May is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we're talking with pet expert and media pet guru Steve Dale about ways to protect ourselves and our pets from bites. We'll even gnaw on the pros and cons of breed-specific bans--do they work, what dogs are "dangerous" and how to deal with this volatile issue that makes pet people on both sides of the fence howl in frustration. Check out the guest page for additional resources and links.

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Episode 13 - Love ‘Em, Don’t Leave ‘Em: The Economic Pet-Astrophe
When people are out of work, or struggling to make ends meet, they often downsize to more economical housing, or lose their homes to foreclosure. And dogs and cats suffer. Many are relinquished to shelters, left behind in yards, or abandoned inside house where they can starve before being discovered. Dr. Lauren Brickman, a spokesperson for the popular Petside.com website, joins Pet Peeves. We talk about the economic crises, ways it affects pets, and how to save money and keep your pets despite $$$-hits to your pocketbook.

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Episode 12 - Sex Sex Sex And The Single Pet! – Part 2
Part 2 of this show offered some great information about sterilization--and as great a tool it may be, our experts from the ASPCA, AKC and CFA come down soundly on the side against Mandatory Spay-Neuter ordinances. Join the continuation of our discussion into this volatile issue. We're joined by Lisa Peterson of the American Kennel Club, and Joan MIller of the Cat Fanciers Association.

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Episode 11 - Furry Infatuation: Why We Love Pets
Hey, I know we're preaching to the choir here at Pet Peeves--listeners love pets of every purr-suasion, from dogs and cats, to birds, fish, horses, and even scaly critters and gerbils that go BUMP in the night. But why do you and I adore pets while others don't? Psychologist Dr. Aubrey Fine joins us to discuss this question, explain how people benefit from this pet relationship, and share stories from his new book "Afternoons with Puppy."

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Episode 10 - Sex Sex Sex And The Single Pet! – Part 1
Springtime brings out the romance in our dogs and cats. And if owners aren't careful, your precious FiFi will shake her furry tail at the Romeo down the street, and present you with a boatload of babies. It's time to nip such romantical notions in the bud, and a great time to learn about the benefits of spay/neuter--including pediatric procedures done as early as 6 weeks on the youngsters. Join Dr. Lila Miller of the ASPCA for a discussion of the pros and cons of PET-SEX, and how to relieve your best friend of the urge to splurge on that love connection.

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Episode 9 - Out Darn Spot! Dealing with Tough Potty Stains
Young pets, ill pets, and upset pets can result in hit-or-miss potty protocol. A single accident can lead to multiple offenses if the "dirty deed" hasn't been properly cleaned. Cats and dogs can detect minute chemical scents humans can't fathom. Simply mopping up the mess may satisfy your nose, but the smell lures pets back to the scene of the crime to repeat the dirty deed, time after time. So we're talking with Dusty Rainbolt, a pet product reviewer for Catnip magazine and author of the new book, "Cat Wrangling Made Easy" to get tips and tricks for preventing crappiocca in your lives--and the best products for cleaning up inevitable messes.

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Episode 8 - Angel Animals: Do Pets Go to Heaven?
Millions of people around the world have a special relationship with animals. We love them, joyfully share our lives with them, and deeply mourn when they die. Pet lovers comfort themselves with tales of "Rainbow Bridge" where we are someday reunited with these beloved companions. Yet is there any religious teaching anywhere in the world to support the notion of an afterlife for pets? Do animals have souls? And if they don't, would you consider the place "paradise" if Spratz and Fuzzbucket weren't welcome? Lutheran Pastor Craig Sturm, and Angel Animal Network founders Linda and Allen Anderson join Pet Peeves for a spiritual discussion about pets.

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Episode 7 - Claws & Effect: Cat Claws, Declaws, & Banning Laws
Declawing has become an all too common convenience option in this country despite that it has absolutely no health benefits for cats. Detractors argue that declawed cats suffer long-lasting emotional and physical trauma as a result, yet veterinarians continue performing the surgeries. If you’re HISSED OFF about declaw-bashing, or purrplexed why it’s done at all, join cat experts Dr. Susan Little (president of the Winn Feline Foundation), and Dr. Karen Thomas (a Burmese breeder) for their insights on this volatile issue.

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Episode 6 - Deadly Temptations: Treats, Toxins & Toys
March 21-27 is National Poison Prevention Week, and our dogs (and less often our cats) are all-too-common victims. Join Dr. Steven Hansen, manager of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (www.aspca.org) for a lively and enlightening discussion that describes common pet poisons, what to do if the worst happens, dispels some myths, and explains how to protect pets from being their own worst enemies.

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Episode 5 - A Win-Winn Situation --Winn Feline Foundation
If you share your life with a cat and have ever provided any sort of medical care--you have the Winn Feline Foundation to thank. Founded by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1968, the Foundation has funded over $3 million in health research for cats. Yet there are some cat-specific illnesses and concerns that have been clawing at our felines for years and the funds to find a treatment, a prevention, even a cure, are taking nine lives to collect. Dr. Susan Little, the president of Winn Feline Foundation (www.winnfelinehealth.org), tells us how we can help Winn help cats.

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Episode 4 - Cost of Love Part II: Veterinary Sticker-Shock
Nobody complains when state-of-the-art medical treatment saves a pets life. But people can’t afford their own health insurance, let alone routine pet care. Pet lovers face hard financial choices these days. Has keeping dogs and cats become a luxury for the wealthy? Jim Flanigan, the Director of Marketing for the American Veterinary Medical Association, answers hard questions about the cost of veterinary care, and what the AVMA and veterinarians are doing about it.

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Episode 3 - Cost of Love Part I: Valentines, Vet Care & Visa-Shock
We live in an age when keeping cats and dogs healthy and happy has never been easier--or more expensive! And according to the AVMA, cats are getting the short end of the furry stick when it comes to seeing the veterinarian. Has veterinary care become too rich for your wallet? Why do cats see the veterinarian less frequently than dogs--surely dog owners don’t love their pets more than cat owners? Dr. Jane Brunt, a past president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and chair of the Catalyst Summit, offers insights into these issues and more.

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Episode 2 - Clearing The Air: Pungent Pet Breath
Does King's pooch-smooch curl your toes? Maybe Fluffy's tuna-breath rivals rotten eggs? Bad breath makes us keep pets at arms' length, and when the stink-meter goes up, it's more than a social faux paws. Join Pet Peeves to learn the hidden dangers of dental problems, some shocking statistics about YOUR pets, and dog-gone amazing medical treatments. February is National pet Dental Health Care Month, and Dr. Brett Beckman, the president of the American Veterinary Dental Society, helps us learn how to clean up our furry act, and keep those teeth pristine and breath fresh.

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Episode 1 - Only A Pretty Face? An Inside Look at Show Dogs
Is it only a beauty pageant? Do those gorgeous coifed, clipped, buffed and puffed pooches have any brains under the frou-frou? Did you ever wonder if they act like real dogs? Join Pet Peeves to hear the truth about show dogs from a real insider, David Frei, the longtime co-host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He’ll also tell us about Angel On A Leash, a charitable therapy dog program.

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Introduction - Welcome to Pet Peeves
Amy welcomes everyone to her new show, Pet Peeves, and gives an overview of what to expect on future episodes. Tune in!!

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