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Working Like DogsMarcie Davis, host of Working Like Dogs

.(scroll down for episodes)..................................Marcie Davis
Assistance Dog Expert
Award-winning Writer


Service Dogs and Working Dogs


Working LIke Dogs features podcasts about working animals. In this working animal podcast, we cover everything from how to get started as a trainer of working animals or how to acquire a working animal to how to take care of your animal companion. In these podcasts, you will learn what it means to work side by side with an animal. We cover working animals such as service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, drug dogs, seizure dogs, military dogs, etc. In addition to dogs, we talk about working horses, elephants, pigeons, and the list goes on and on. We discuss topics such as equipment, grooming, nutrition, training, traveling with your working companion, veterinary issues, retirement, and behavior.

Our working animal podcasts include guests in every field of the working animal world. Trainers, handlers, veterinarians, working animal experts, and animal communicators give you the inside scoop on everything you’ve always wanted to know about working animals.




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Episode 100 - Lucky Dog Host Brandon McMillan
Brandon McMillan, animal expert and host of CBS’ Emmy-nominated series Lucky Dog stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about Lucky Dog's new season as part of the Saturday morning CBS Dream Team. Brandon talks about the work he is doing to rescue unadoptable dogs at local shelters and give them a chance to become productive, hard-working dogs that transform the lives of their human partners. You’ll hear about his Seven Common Commands and how he's trained shelter dogs to help people in need. His dogs have been trained to help someone with memory loss find their way home, assist a veteran with a disability to walk up steps, and other amazing tasks. After listening to Brandon, you'll clearly understand that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and that you can teach an old dog new tricks! 

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


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Episode 99 - Courthouse Dogs: Providing Comfort and Building Trust
Did you know that professionally trained canines who are graduates from some of the most prestigious, accredited service dog organizations are working as courthouse dogs?   Listen in as Marcie and Whistle visit with Linda Milanesi, Executive Director of Assistance Dogs of the West and Carrie-Leigh Cloutier, Executive Director of CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates about the work they are doing with some incredible courthouse dogs. You’ll be amazed by the training methods they utilize to prepare these awe-inspiring dogs for their sensitive work in our nation’s criminal justice system! 

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


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Episode 98 - The Hero Dog Days of Summer!
Dr. Robin Ganzert, Executive Director and CEO of the American Humane Association stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about the upcoming Hero Dog Awards to be held on September 27, 2014 and televised October 30, 2014 on the Hallmark Channel. She also talks about the AHA’s partnership with Mission K9 Rescue to ensure that all hero war dogs are returned to the United States before being retired. This includes both military and private contract working dogs. Robin also gives us the inside scoop on her new book, Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors!  

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


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Episode 97 - How Dogs Changed the Course of History!
Historian, author and dog lover, Kate Kelly visits with Marcie and Whistle about some of her favorite current and historic working dogs. Kate will amaze you as she shares stories about some of America and the world’s most memorable events and the dogs that were present. You’ll be astonished to hear about the first dog used to take a message across a battlefield and the dogs that were on board the Titanic! Kate is a treasure trove of historical canine information!  

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


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Episode 96 - Canine Officers and 21st Century Policing
Lieutenant Paul Vance from the Connecticut State Police drops in to talk with Marcie and Whistle about the incredible ways canines are assisting officers with 21st Century Policing. Lt. Vance explains how these highly trained canines perform a myriad of tasks to help officers identify and investigate bombs, arson, narcotics and missing persons. Also, he explains that canines are helping officers in child pornography cases with electronic evidence detection. These dogs are nothing short of miraculous and awe-inspiring!   

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


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Episode 95 - Unrelenting Nightmare
Get lost in suspense novelist Stan Yocum’s world as he talks with Marcie and Whistle about his latest suspense novel, Unrelenting Nightmare. Stan has two life passions--writing suspense novels and raising puppies that grow up to be Canine Companions for Independence service dogs! Listen in as he talks candidly about his latest book and his puppy in training!

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


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Episode 94 - What the Dog Knows!
Move over CSI and listen in as Marcie and Whistle welcome author and North Carolina State University professor, Cat Warren to the show. Cat talks about her fascinating book, What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs. You will be captivated as Cat talks about her cadaver dog, Solo, and how they work together to locate individuals who are missing and presumed dead. Cat speaks plainly about how she supports Solo to identify a particular scent in the field and how Solo tells her about that scent with reliability. It's pure magic!

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


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Episode 93 - Innovative Dog Training Solutions!
What excites your working dog? Professional dog trainer and handler, Jason Lake visits with Marcie and Whistle about the innovative methods he uses to train dogs. Jason talks about how you can excite your dog to establish an effective and long-term working relationship. He also talks about how he uses his wheelchair to train and compete with his own service dog. Jason’s passion for training dogs is infectious and he inspires the hidden dog trainer in all of us!

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


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Episode 92 - How Can We Help Our Working Dogs End Life Well?
Yep, this is the hard conversation that we’ve all been avoiding. No one likes to talk about losing our beloved working dogs, but we all will have to face it sooner or later. Listen in as Marcie and Whistle talk with Dr. Alice Villalobos, Director of Pawspice and the Animal Oncology Consultation Service, about how to ensure our working dogs have a kind and gentle end to their lives. Dr. Villalobos talks about her ground-breaking Quality of Life Scale that will help you to ensure your dog has a dignified death. Marcie and Dr. Villalobos will help you to consider better end-of-life choices for your working dog.

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


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Episode 91 - Soldiers in Fur and Feathers: The Animals that Served in World War I
Author and animal behaviorist, Susan Bulanda drops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about her new book, Soldiers in Fur and Feathers: The Animals that Served in World War I – The Allied Forces. Sue shares some of the fascinating stories and rare photographs that she uncovered during her research of the incredible animals that served in World War I. As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, you will want to hear all about these amazing animals and how they helped to win the war for the Allies.   

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


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Episode 90 - Airport Travel Stressing You Out? Therapy Dogs are Unstressing Passengers at LAX!
Therapy dogs are providing stressed travelers with comfort and smiles at LAX and 20 other busy airports throughout the country. Listen in as Brian Valente and his therapy dog Finn from Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Heidi Huebner from LAX talk about LAX’s heartwarming therapy dog program. Brian and Heidi provide all the inside scoop including how to connect with one of the amazing therapy dogs like Finn on your next trip through LAX, and how you and your dog can become certified LAX volunteers! 

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


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Episode 89 - Hero Dogs of 9/11
Join Marcie and Whistle as they welcome the Director and Co-Director of the new documentary Hero Dogs of 9/11 (Tanya Kelen and Kenn Bell) premiering on Animal Planet, September 10 at 8pm EST/PT, and three individuals (Michael Hingson, Gerald Lauber and Nancy Brooks) featured in this breathtaking documentary. These guests talk candidly about their riveting experiences on 9/11 and how their selfless working dogs saved their lives and the lives of countless others. Hear how these survivors describe their dogs as their unwavering best friends and protectors!

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


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Episode 88 - Bomb Sniffing Dogs
Zane Roberts, lead trainer for MSA Security talks with Marcie and Whistle about how he trains dogs to become explosive detection experts. Zane shares insights into the fascinating post 9/11 world where bomb-sniffing dogs are now working to detect well-hidden explosives in financial institutions, sporting events, airports, federal buildings and a host of other public venues. Listen in as Zane talks about how he builds these dogs' vocabulary of suspicious smells. Bomb dogs may be the best-kept secret against terrorism!

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


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Episode 87 - American Hero Dog Awards
Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, and Hero Dog Award Finalist, Karen Ann Young and her Seeing Eye guide dog, Jingles, visit with Marcie and Whistle about the upcoming American Hero Dog Awards to be aired on the Hallmark Channel on November 7. The Hero Dog Awards was created by the American Humane Association to celebrate the power of the human-animal bond. And, what a powerful bond it is! Listen in as Karen Ann and Jingles talk about their unique working relationship, and Dr. Ganzert fills us in on all the memory-making, celebrity-filled canine Oscar award event details!

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


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Episode 86 - Successful Assistance Dog Partnerships in the Workplace
Dr. Margaret Glenn, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation
Counseling at West Virginia University, stops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle about the innovative exploratory research she is conducting on assistance dogs in the workplace funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Margaret talks about the lessons she has learned to date and the effective ways employers and individuals with disabilities who are partnered with an assistance dog can work together and communicate more effectively. She also talks about what a valuable resource the U.S. Department of Labor Job Accommodation Network can be to both employers and individuals partnered with an assistance dog. Listen in for groundbreaking information you don’t want to miss!

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


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Episode 85 - Diabetic Alert Dogs
Learn all about these tenacious little tattletales from renowned dog trainers and diabetic alert dog experts, Rita Martinez and Sue Barns, Ph.D. Rita and Sue talk with Marcie and Whistle about their experiences training diabetic alert dogs and all the valuable information contained within their groundbreaking new book, Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog. This book is a fascinating how-to guide and resource for anyone interested in training a dog to alert to changes in blood glucose levels.

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


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Episode 84 - From Abandoned to Irreplaceable
Susannah Charleson dog trainer and author of The Possibility Dogs, talks with Marcie and Whistle about the tremendous potential abandoned dogs can have for service. Susannah is passionate about training these dogs to work beside individuals with different types of needs such as post-traumatic stress or mobility limitations. Learn about these dogs that go from tragedy to triumph as they serve both the human mind and spirit!

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


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Episode 83 - Krista Brooks’ Unique Works of Arf!
Renowned international artist and Retro Pets’ Top Dog, Krista Brooks drops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle about her incredible vintage-style doggie artwork. Krista talks about her artistic contributions to International Assistance Dog Week and how you can support IADW by purchasing one of her unique creations at www.cafepress.com/assistancedogweek. She also shares how you can submit your dog’s photo in hopes that he or she can star in one of Krista’s future creations!

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


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Episode 82 - K-9 Comfort Dogs Soothe Survivors of the Boston Marathon and other Catastrophic Events
Did you know that K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers respond to disasters and crisis situations throughout the United States? Tim Hetzner, President of K-9 Comfort Dogs Lutheran Church Charities, stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about the inspirational work these dogs and their handlers selflessly provide to the survivors of some our nation’s most devastating tragedies. Over 70 highly trained golden retrievers and their human handlers are on standby to respond within 24 hours. Most recently these dogs have been working in Boston, Newtown, and West, Texas. You’ll learn all about how these dogs are trained, what types of skills they possess, and the greatest lessons these dogs have to teach us!

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


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Episode 81 - Guardian Dogs and the Herds They Protect
Do you think the ancient tradition of sheep herding is extinct? Think again! Shepherd, author, and photographer, Cat Urbigkit visits with Marcie and Whistle about the flock of sheep she keeps in the Green River basin area south of Yellowstone National Park with her amazing guardian dogs, Abe, Rant, Rena and Luv’s girl. You’ll want to listen in as Cat talks about some of the dangers these working dogs encounter every night as they patrol the open Wyoming range in search of aggressive predators such as wolves, mountain lions and bears. Cat also talks about the lessons she’s learned from these animals in her latest book, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World.

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


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Episode 80 - Canine Intelligence: Going into the Mind of Dogs
Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? Then you don’t want to miss a second of Marcie and Whistle’s enthralling interview with renowned animal cognition expert, Dr. Brian Hare. Dr. Hare talks about his latest book, The Genius of Dogs, which is revolutionizing how we interact with our beloved canine partners. Dr. Hare explains how we’ve learned more in the last 10 years about dog psychology than we have in the past century. He also talks about the games that you can play with your dog at www.dognition.com to gain valuable insights into your dog’s unique behavior and to contribute to the greater good of all dogs.

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


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Episode 79 - Urban Search and Rescue Dogs
Dr. Cindy Otto stops by to talk to Marcie and Whistle about her work with urban search and rescue dogs and the incredible new Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Dr. Otto discusses the work she did with the urban search and rescue dog teams after the 9/11 attacks. She also shares her excitement about the new, innovative Working Dog Center and their work training puppies to become future detection dogs by developing search behaviors for bombs, cancer, and other important tasks. Dr. Otto also talks about the fascinating research she has been conducting post 9/11 regarding the success rates of working dogs. If you’re interested in working dogs, you won’t want to miss it!

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


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Episode 78 - The Nose Knows
SV Wolf, experienced cadaver dog trainer, handler and author, talks with Marcie and Whistle about her lifelong passion of working with cadaver dogs and her new book, Death Scent. Wolf shares some personal insights into some of the most high profile cases she and her cadaver dogs, Titan and Smoke, have worked together and how she used those experiences to create Death Scent. Wolf also talks about some of the unique talents and odor tracking skills cadaver dogs must possess in order to successfully locate human remains.

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


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Episode 77 - What Do You Do Now? The Care and Maintenance of Your New Assistance Dog!
So, you've decided an assistance dog is right for you, you've decided you're going to train the dog yourself, or you're going to go with a service dog agency and you've finished that process.  Now you have this amazing fine tuned athlete.  But now what?  You've brought this dog home, you're sitting looking at this dog, and now there's all these other things you have to think about.  Today we're going to talk about the care and maintenance of your new assistance dog!!

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


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Episode 76 - NEADS – Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
John Moon, Director of Programs and Communications, for NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about their incredible program. NEADS has been a leader in the assistance dog field for 40 years. You’ll hear all about how NEADS trains assistance dogs to help men, women, veterans and children with a variety of disabilities. Listen in as John talks about their training techniques, shelter rescue efforts and their Prisoner Pup Partnership!

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


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Episode 75 - The Winding Valley of Grief
Join Marcie and Whistle as they welcome Dr. Katherine Schneider retired clinical psychologist and veteran guide dog user, to the show. Dr. Schneider talks candidly with Marcie and Whistle about what happens when an assistance dog is retired and ultimately dies. You won’t want to miss a second of their frank, truthful conversation about how to deal with the loss of our beloved working dogs.

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


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Episode 74 - America’s VetDogs™ – Veteran’s K-9 Corps™
Kim Gabelein and Joe Worley from America’s VetDogs stop by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about the amazing impact America’s VetDogs are having on the lives of veterans with disabilities. Hear about Joe’s personal experience with his service dog, Benjamin and the incredible partnership between America’s VetDogs and Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food that led to the creation of America’s VetDogs Treats!

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


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Episode 73 - Bruce Cameron Takes Us on “A Dog’s Journey”
Best-selling author, Bruce Cameron, drops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his incredible writing career (www.brucecameron.com). He discusses his earlier books, and his New York Times Bestseller, A Dog's Purpose, which led to his latest book, A Dog’s Journey. You’ll love listening to Bruce’s insights about how he found the voice for his incredible canine characters Bailey and Buddy and the life lessons these endearing dogs have taught him and all of us through his inspiring novels. Bruce continues to create amazing novels for humans from a dog’s unique point of view!

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


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Episode 72 - Is An Assistance Dog Right For You?
Have you considered getting an assistance dog but just don’t know where to begin? Listen in as veteran service dog handler, Marcie Davis, shares her personal experiences. Marcie talks candidly about how to know if an assistance dog is right for you and what you should consider before making that big decision. She will give you the inside scoop about what you need to consider and how you can go about finding the right dog to meet your needs.

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


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Episode 71 - Canine Companions for Independence’s Ellen Torop Talks About Service Dogs from Nose to Tail!
Ellen Torop, Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org) Northeast Regional Manager, joins Marcie and Whistle for a “nose to tail” conversation about service dogs. Ellen shares her 25 years of dog training experiences and insights with CCI (1-800-572-BARK) from breeding dogs to puppy raising, to advanced training and placement. If you’re interested in getting a service dog, training a service dog, becoming a puppy raiser, or if you’re just curious about these incredible working animals, you don’t want to miss this show!

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


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Episode 70 - Rin Tin Tin – The Ultimate Friend to All
Best-selling author, Susan Orlean, stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Rin Tin Tin might be considered one of the most famous and heroic working dogs in the history of movies and television. Susan Orlean talks about Rin Tin Tin’s glorious career and the caring relationship between owner Lee Duncan and his beloved German Shepherd. Orlean’s fascinating book not only tells the story of Rin Tin Tin, but it also captures the story of silent movies and old Hollywood, as well as the history of dogs in war.

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


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Episode 69 - Working Dogs Get Stamp of Approval!
Bill Glicker from the United States Postal Service and John Thompson, Stamp Artist join Marcie and Whistle in a lively discussion about how the Postal Service developed the “Dogs At Work” series (www.beyondtheperf.com) of 65 cent stamps. The stamps feature original paintings by John Thompson of a guide dog, therapy dog, military dog, and a search-and-rescue dog. You will love learning about this fascinating process and how you can purchase these stamps (www.usps.com/shop) and/or a giclee of the original paintings (www.johnthompson-artist.com)!

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


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Episode 68 - Weatherwax and the Lassie Legacy – Pure Hollywood Royalty!
Bob Weatherwax (www.weatherwaxtraineddogs.com) stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his remarkable 42-year career training some of Hollywood’s most famous dogs, including one of our favorites, Lassie. Bob's incredible stories and firsthand experiences will captivate you as he describes working with some of the movies' greatest legends that we all know and love. Plus, he talks about some current and future projects including his upcoming memoir and his efforts to expand the award-winning documentary, By My Side; The Service Dog Mystique.

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


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Episode 67 - Canine Partners for Life!
Darlene Sullivan and Matt Groseclose of Canine Partners for Life (www.k94life.org) join Marcie and Whistle to talk about their assistance dog program. Darlene enthusiastically talks about how she knew as an elementary student that her life would be devoted to assistance dogs. And, as the founder of Canine Partners, she also shares how, ironically, years after the organization’s inception, she developed her own need for a service dog and is now partnered with yellow lab, Ripley. Darlene and Matt provide some valuable insight into the unique types of assistance dogs available through Canine Partners, especially seizure alert and home companion dogs. Canine Partners for Life might just be the assistance dog agency for you!

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


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Episode 66 - In A Dog’s Heart
Jennifer Arnold, New York Times best-selling author and Executive Director of Canine Assistants, sees directly into a dog’s heart. She stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about her new book, ‘In A Dog’s Heart.’ Jennifer passionately shares her insights about what she believes dogs need and how we can give it to them. The book is a prescriptive for everything dog lovers want to know about how to interact with a dog including how to choose a dog, how to choose a vet, how to deal with anxiety, and how to respond to end-of-life issues. Jennifer is the expert!

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


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Episode 65 - Strengthening Disaster Response in America
Wilma Melville, Founder and Director of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, visits with Marcie and Whistle to discuss her organization’s mission--to rescue dogs from local shelters and partner them with firefighters and other first responders. Wilma relates how she established the organization after the tragic Oklahoma City bombing. She also talks about the monumental National Training Center for canine disaster teams that will be opening its doors in 2012. We loved hearing about this organization's unique lifetime commitment to every participating dog!

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


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Episode 64 - Man & Canine - Living Life to the Fullest
Bob Vogel, journalist, photographer and Senior Correspondent for New Mobility (NM) magazine, drops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle. Bob talks candidly about his decision to train his first service dog, Yeager, and the choices he made when it was time to get his second and current German shepherd service dog, Schatzie. He also talks about his popular article, “Service Dogs: Training, Rights & Responsibilities” which appeared in the August 2011 issue of NM (www.newmobility.com). Bob has a wealth of knowledge about living life to its fullest as a successful journalist and dad who utilizes a manual wheelchair and an incredibly well-trained service dog!

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


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Episode 63 - On Toby's Terms
Charmaine Hammond, author (www.ontobysterms.com) and President of Hammond International, talks with Marcie and Whistle about the life-changing discoveries she and her husband, Christopher, made after adopting Toby--a five-year-old, seemingly disastrous, Chesapeake Bay retriever. Learn how Charmaine and Christopher helped Toby find his purpose in order to become the dog he needed to be. You won't want to miss how Toby fulfilled his destiny and changed their lives forever!

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


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Episode 62 - U.S. Department of Labor Honors 2011 International Assistance Dogs Week!
Assistance dogs go to work every day in workplaces throughout the country. In recognition of the 2011 International Assistance Dog Week (IADW), the U.S. Department of Labor (www.dol.gov/odep) recognized these hardworking dogs! Join Marcie and Whistle as Day Al-Mohamed, Senior Policy Advisor and her guide dog, Vinny, stop by to talk about the innovative way the Department of Labor honored assistance dogs for IADW and all the awesome work they are doing to support the employment of individuals with disabilities.

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


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Episode 61 - A Dog Named Slugger
Leigh Brill, author and service dog enthusiast, visits with Marcie and Whistle about her current and former assistance dogs and how they changed her life. As a woman living with cerebral palsy, Leigh talks about living with a disability and how Slugger gave her a clear sense of purpose – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Leigh also talks about her book, A Dog Named Slugger, and her newest creative adventure, Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper.

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


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Episode 60 - Working Canine Hero of the Year Contest Salutes Three Top Dogs
Ernie Sloane, Editor of Dog Fancy, the world’s most widely read dog magazine, stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about Dog Fancy’s salute to three top police, military, and search and rescue dog teams as winners of its Working Canine Hero of the Year contest, sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Ernie shares his personal insights about the contest and how he and his staff actually participated in a search and rescue exercise. You won’t want to miss this show OR the complete article on these working canine heroes which is featured in the September 2011 issue of Dog Fancy.

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


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Episode 59 - Move Over NCIS and Check Out These Amazing K9 Private Investigators!
Karin TarQwyn and her working dog team (www.k9pi.com) are recognized as America’s number one Pet Private Investigators. Karin talks with Marcie and Whistle about how she trains her tracking dogs to locate and recover lost animals (www.howtofindalostdog.com). Did you know about PetAmberAlert.com? Karin and her dogs are nothing short of remarkable! No wonder their valiant work has been featured on Animal Planet and the Dog Whisperer’s…Cesar’s Way, CNN and other television shows and newscasts. Listen in and you will definitely gain some valuable tips that could literally save your working animal’s life!

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


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Episode 58 - Tribute to a Golden Boy!
Marcie and Whistle welcome Karole Schaufele and Franz Freibert to the show to pay special tribute to Morgan, Marcie’s Paws With A Cause retired assistance dog, who passed away on March 12, 2011. Karole shares her personal experiences as Morgan’s puppyraiser and Franz candidly discusses both living with and observing Morgan as a service dog. You won’t want to miss their heartfelt and personal accounts of sharing life with Morgan and saying good-bye to this amazing, golden retriever service dog.

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


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Episode 57 - Adventures in Life with a Guide Dog
Beth Finke (www.bethfinke.com), NPR commentator, author, teacher and journalist talks with Marcie and Whistle about her adventures in life with her guide dogs, Pandora, Hanni and her current guide dog, Harper. You’ll love Beth’s whimsical attitude toward living with a disability and how her guide dogs have enabled her to live life to the fullest with joy, humor and gusto! Beth talks about her latest children’s book, Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound, and her memoir, Long Time, No See. She even shares one of her most humorous stories about how a woman who is blind and her guide dog landed a job as a nude model!

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


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Episode 56 - Riding the Waves and Pawing It Forward!
Judy Fridono and Surfing Dog Sensation Ricochet stop by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about the extraordinary philanthropic work they are doing to help people and causes in need. Learn all about Ricochet’s viral youtube video that has been viewed by over 3.3 million people and how she turned disappointment into pure bliss. Ricochet sends a clear message - everyone and anyone can make a difference in someone else’s life! You can follow Ricochet and her adventures on http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet.

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


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Episode 55 - Canine Scientists On the Job!
Tune in as Megan Parker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Working Dogs for Conservation, talks to Marcie and Whistle about how she works side-by-side with some amazing canine scientists! These shelter-rescued dogs are changing the world and saving our planet as they work beside their human biologist partners to detect rare species and endangered plants. Their canine conservation work spreads from Montana throughout the world. You’ve got to hear it to believe it!

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


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Episode 54 - Start Clicking and Reach Your Animal's Mind
Karen Pryor, founder and leading proponent of clicker training and an internationally recognized animal behavioral biologist, visits with Marcie and Whistle about her new book, Reaching the Animal Mind, and her vast experience working with animals through positive methods and conditioning. Karen shares her wealth of knowledge as well as practical tips and information about how you and your dog can communicate through clicker training (www.clickertraining.com). Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Karen shows how easy and fun clicker training can be for both you and your dog!

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


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Episode 53 - Sit, Stay and Listen to Corey Hudson - The World Wide Assistance Dog Authority!
This assistance dog expert has been the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S.’s largest service dog organization, Canine Companions for Independence for over twenty years. Corey Hudson also serves as Secretary of Assistance Dogs International and as President of ADI, North America. ADI is a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs which promotes standards of excellence and public education. Sity, stay and listen in as Corey shares a wealth of knowledge about ADI and CCI, including the latest about ADI’s current projects and how people with disabilities can apply to receive a CCI assistance dog.

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


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Episode 52 - Secrets, Surprises and Solutions Every Working Dog Team Needs To Know
Dr. Marty Becker, "America’s Veterinarian" and the popular vet for "Good Morning America" and "The Dr. Oz Show," dropped by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his latest book, "Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual." In this just-published book, best-selling author Dr. Marty reveals surprising information and practical tips that can help you solve your working dog-care problems while saving money. He also gives us the inside scoop about his upcoming, nationwide "Big Bus Tour." Dr. Marty (www.drmartybecker.com) is a true animal lover who offers us the wealth of his knowledge and passion.

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Episode 51 - Canines in the United States Secret Service
Greg Stokes, supervisor of the Canine Training Section for the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center, joins Marcie and Whistle to talk about the elite service that over 100 canines are currently providing to protect the President and Vice-President of the United States. Learn about these canines and how they work day-to-day beside their Secret Service handlers at the White House, throughout the country and abroad to detect explosives. Greg also talks about the ongoing training these dogs and their handlers must regularly endure to retain their physical fitness, stamina and unwavering discipline. The bond between these canines and their handlers is awe-inspiring!

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Episode 50 - Sled Dogs Steal the Hearts of Denali National Park Visitors!
Park Ranger Karen Fortier, author of Sled Dogs of Denali National Park and former kennel manager at Denali for 10 years, drops by to give Marcie and Whistle an insider’s view into the working life of the Denali National Park sled dogs. Karen talks about how these fascinating Alaskan Huskies work beside park personnel to provide critical transportation in the back-country, assist park researchers, break trail, and patrol the park’s boundaries while maintaining the integrity of the wilderness.

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Episode 49 - Two Plus Four Equals One
Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs is a delightful anthology of over 100 true stories and poems. Author, editor, and guide dog recipient, Kathy Nimmer, along with contributing author and diabetic alert service dog recipient, Dena Feller, visit with Marcie and Whistle about this inspirational book. They share their insights about these personal stories and poems written by or about men, women, and children with disabilities. Kathy and Dena talk openly with Marcie about how this remarkable book illuminates the working partnership between assistance dogs and people with disabilities while demystifying longstanding misperceptions about disability.

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Episode 48 - Mahalo Representative Ching!
Hawaii Representative Corinne Ching visits with Marcie and Whistle about her efforts to formally designate the second week of August as National Assistance Dog Week in Hawaii. Follow House Bill 1596 at www.hawaii.gov/lrb/par. And don’t be shy, Representative Ching needs your support for this assistance dog specific legislation. She encourages everyone to email her at repching@capitol.hawaii.gov and weigh in on her endeavor to make Hawaii the first state to declare NADW (www.assistancedogweek.org) an official holiday!

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Episode 47 - Helping Hands is All About Monkey Business!
Megan Talbert, Executive Director of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled (www.monkeyhelpers.org), stopped by to give Marcie and Whistle the scoop about how she and her staff train and place capuchin monkeys with individuals with disabilities. Helping Hands is a national nonprofit organization based in Boston that serves quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility-impairments by providing highly trained monkeys to assist them in their daily activities. Megan explains the differences between monkeys and dogs as service animals, and she also talks about how YOU or someone you know can apply for one of these life-changing, multitalented primates!

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Episode 46 - War Dogs Remembered – Recognizing Our Unsung Canine Heroes
Veteran military dog handler, Larry Chilcoat, talks with Marcie and Whistle about the ongoing efforts to build a Military Working Dogs National Monument (www.jbmf.us). Larry speaks eloquently about the hard work that has gone into designing and funding this national monument that will honor the heroic past and present United States military dog handlers and their incredible working dogs. Learn how you can contribute to this long overdue monument to recognize these military working dog teams for their service. And hear firsthand how much these dogs do every day to save and to protect our country and the lives of their military handlers.

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Episode 45 - Growing Up Guide Pup
Amie and Matt Chapman and their Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy in training, Ricki, stop by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about their groundbreaking video blog, Growing Up Guide Pup. Through this video diary, they are documenting the highlights of raising their current Guide Dog puppy, Ricki with viewers worldwide tuning in. The series covers Ricki’s training and development into a Guide Dog for the Blind. Listen in as they share their experiences and wisdom about training and nurturing these amazing working dogs.

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Episode 44 - It’s All in the Funny Papers!
Comic strip creator, Tom Batiuk, stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his career as a nationally syndicated comic strip writer and the creator of Funky Winkerbean. He also talks in depth about his character Wally, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who returns home with post traumatic stress disorder. Through the coaxing of his girlfriend, Rachel, Wally embarks on a journey to receive a service dog named Buddy that changes his life. Batiuk sheds some light on the inspiration for his creations, his collaboration with Puppies Behind Bars, and his belief that America’s funny pages should reflect what’s happening in the world.

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Episode 43 - The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, best-selling author and documentary filmmaker, talks with Marcie and Whistle about his New York Times best-selling book, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," which will soon also be a major motion picture. Stein shares how he discovered the magical spirit that we know as Enzo, the dog who is the main character.  Stein describes Enzo as “nearly a human soul trapped in a dog’s body," and tells us how Enzo’s voice came to life in this touching and unforgettable novel. You won’t want to miss a second of this heart-warming discussion.

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Episode 42 - Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things and Paws and Stripes!
Lindsey Stanek, Executive Director of Paws and Stripes, gives us the behind-the-scenes scoop about how she and husband and Iraq veteran, Jim Stanek, along with his assistance dog, Sarge, became unknowing guests on "Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things Show!" Of course it was a well-deserved honor, considering the work Lindsey, and her husband do at Paws and Stripes, a unique organization that works with local animal shelters and trainers to select dogs to be partnered with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injuries.  Come backstage and learn how Oprah pulled off the amazing once-in-a-lifetime gift fest that upstaged Santa this year!

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Episode 41 - Victory Ranch - Where the Great Pyrenees and Alpacas Live!
Carol Weisner, Darcy Weisner, and Brian McGill stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about their gorgeous Victory Ranch in Mora, New Mexico, the largest alpaca ranch in the Southwest United States. Carol, Darcy, and Brian talk about the magnificent Great Pyrenees working dogs who heroically work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to watch over the alpacas and protect them from coyotes and other predators. They also talk about all of the exhilarating activities currently happening in celebration of Victory Ranch’s 20th anniversary. Visit and you can meet the Great Pyrenees and participate in daily feedings of the alpacas,  take part in an onsite fiber workshop that includes spinning or weaving classes, and  get a copy of the Great Pyrenees children’s book, Zeus’ Adventure.

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Episode 40 - International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) Needs YOU to Take a Pepsi Challenge!
Have you heard of the Pepsi Refresh (http://www.refresheverything.com/helpthedisabledandtheirdogs) competition? Toni Eames and Joan Froling, from the International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (www.iaadp.org), talk with Marcie and Whistle about the Pepsi Refresh program and IAADP’s opportunity to win funding to support veterinary costs for assistance dog teams and other worthwhile IAADP needs. They also share the latest information about the revisions to the American with Disabilities Act’s definition of service dogs. And they provide the latest "poop" on airport relief areas specific for assistance dogs. This episode is jam-packed with helpful information for assistance dog teams!

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Episode 39 - From Hollywood Villain to Rescue Dog Philanthropist!
David Dayan Fisher, star of Hollywood hits such as National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, NCIS, Medium and 24, joins Marcie and Whistle to talk about his beloved dogs, Burton and Monkey. David talks passionately about how his dogs changed his life and helped him to gain a new perspective. He chats about his new book, Puppy School, and how proceeds from the book are directly benefiting rescue dog organizations throughout the country. David and his two canine best friends are busy living the Hollywood dream and making the world a better place for humans and our canine buddies!

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Episode 38 - Through a Dog’s Eyes Part II
Lisa Panish, mom to 7-year-old twin boys, Chase and Connor, talks to Marcie and Whistle about her family’s incredible journey to Canine Assistants where they were united with service dogs, Oakley and Nadia. Lisa talks about their unique experience and the incredible impact these dogs have had on Chase and Connor, their school, and their entire family and community. Can you imagine being a mom to two 7-year-olds with disabilities and their two service dogs, and starring in a PBS Documentary? How in the world does she do it all? Lisa’s experience is truly inspirational!

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Episode 37 - 2010 National Assistance Dog Event Winners Tonja Peterson-Wendt and Luka
Tonja Peterson-Wendt and her service dog, Luka, stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle in celebration of their winning the 2010 National Assistance Dog Event Contest! Tonja and Luka share their personal story and how they engaged Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and other policy makers, service dog organizations, service dog advocates and service dog recipients to come together to take the national prize. You don’t want to miss a second of Tonja and Luka’s amazing story of how they joined forces to help each other.

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Episode 36 - Through a Dog’s Eyes
The Founder and CEO of Canine Assistants and author of the best-selling book, Through a Dog’s Eyes, Jennifer Arnold, and Canine Assistants’ Trainer, Chris Casatelli, join Marcie and Whistle to share their philosophy about how to successfully train service dogs. They also discuss the PBS documentary, Through a Dog’s Eyes sponsored by Milk Bone, and the incredible work they are doing every day to place service dogs with individuals with disabilities. Jennifer and Chris know their stuff when it comes to effectively training service dogs and they candidly discuss their personal commitment to training these amazing dogs!

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Episode 35 - Celebrity Tom Sullivan Continues to Turn Adversity into Opportunity!
Entertainer and Guide Dog Partner, Tom Sullivan and his German Shepherd guide dog, Edison, stop by to chat with Marcie and Whistle about their experiences as a working guide dog team. Tom is full of funny stories and true wisdom that he openly shares with Marcie and Whistle about his experience throughout the years as a popular entertainer, a man who was born blind, and an active member of a guide dog team. Tom’s observations about the abilities of his assistance dogs are truly illuminating!

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Episode 34 - Jill Rappaport - Bow to Wow!
NBC’s TODAY Show Correspondent, best-selling author, and animal advocate, Jill Rappaport, talks with Marcie and Whistle about her lifelong passion for animals. Jill shares personal stories about her beloved dog, Jack, and the other “fur angels” that enrich her life. She also captivatingly discusses her commitment to helping lost and discarded animals find loving homes. Hear about Jill’s Genesis award-winning “Bow to Wow” series and how she provides doggy makeovers to shelter dogs through her unique segments on NBC’s TODAY show. Jill is a true animal advocate!

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Episode 33 - Traveling With Your Assistance Dog
Have you been bitten by the travel bug but wonder how you can travel domestically and internationally with your assistance dog? Then you won’t want to miss this episode of Working Like Dogs when Marcie and Whistle visit with Lisa Vesper from the Eldorado Animal Clinic. One of Lisa’s specialties is to work with clients and their assistance dogs to ensure that their travel dreams become a reality. Listen in as Lisa talks about what you need to do in advance of your travels to make sure your trip is a dream come true and not a nightmare. She also talks about some top things that you should pack for every trip!

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Episode 32 - Actress Ali MacGraw Has a Tale to Tell!
Actress and animal welfare advocate, Ali MacGraw, visits with Marcie and Whistle and discusses her commitment to assistance animals, National Assistance Dog Week and her work with Assistance Dogs of the West. Ali also performs a special reading for our listeners of author Judith Newton and Assistance Dogs of the West’s innovative children’s book series about a service dog named Nito. The first story begins with Nito becomes an Assistance Dogs of the West service dog in training. In the second story, Nito is matched with Chloe, a little girl in a wheelchair. In the third book of the series, Nito and Chloe go on an amazing adventure to Washington, D.C. You won’t want to miss one second of this inspiring interview!

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Episode 31 - Golden Girl Betty White Stops by to Celebrate National Assistance Dog Week!
Betty White, the extremely popular actress and star of the new TV show “Hot in Cleveland,” stops by to discuss National Assistance Dog Week. She also talks with Marcie and Whistle about her long-term interests and activism for animals, her “career change” dog, and her latest fundraising efforts for the Morris Animal Foundation, which includes a steamy calendar, hip clothing line, and much more!

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Episode 30 - Storytelling through Rhymes!
Author Judith Newton stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about her latest children’s book in her series about a service dog, named Nito. In this latest book, Nito and Chloe Get an Invitation, Judith tells a wonderful story about how Nito and his human partner, Chloe, travel to Washington, D.C. on an invitation to visit the White House and to receive a special award. They meet the President, his family, and of course, their dog Bo! Hear what inspired Judith and how service dogs changed her life.

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Episode 29 - Mush - Sled Dog Power!
Have you ever wondered how sled dogs are trained and how
they work together as a professional team? Then listen in as Liz Parrish and Barb Schaefer talk about their experiences in preparing a sled dog team to participate in the infamous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®. This Great Race spans from Anchorage to Nome as the musher and her team of 12 to 16 dogs cover over 1,150 miles of rough and beautiful terrain in only 10 to 17 days. Barb and Liz also talk with Marcie and Whistle about all the other cool ways they are
helping others to experience the magic of working with sled dogs. You don’t want to miss hearing all the lessons they’ve learned from these incredible working dogs!

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Episode 28 - Should Every Dog Have a Job?
Liz Palika Thinks So!

Listen in as world-renowned author, dog trainer, radio host, and working dog team member; Liz Palika visits with Marcie and Whistle. Liz talks about all kinds of dogs with jobs. From pet therapy dogs to service dogs to family pets going out and retrieving the newspaper each morning, Liz shares her personal experiences as a member of a working dog team and as the founder of Love on a Leash, a pet therapy program that now boasts chapters nationwide.

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Episode 27 - Canine Works Tirelessly with the Yolo County, California District Attorney’s Office to Serve Child Abuse Victims
Canine Victim Advocate, Daisy, works with her handler, Lori Raineri and Cameron Handley, Director of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Multi-Disciplinary Center (MDIC), and her staff to help children who have been victims of crime. The MDIC is a facility where child victims of sexual abuse go for forensic interviews, medical evidentiary examinations, advocacy, assessment, therapy and support services. Cameron, Lori and Daisy stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle to discuss how Daisy helps to reduce the trauma that child victims often experience. You’ll be amazed at what an exemplary employee Daisy is and all the ways Daisy helps the children, family, and staff of the Yolo County DA’s Office! CSI has nothing on Daisy!

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Episode 26 - Understanding Your Working Dog’s Behavior
Have you ever wondered “Why your dog digs uncontrollably in your yard?” or “Why your dog suddenly starts unruly barking at other animals or objects?" Veterinarian and Pet Behavior Specialist, Dr. Jeff Nichol, D.V.M., shares his insights and experiences with Marcie and Whistle about these and other canine behaviors. Join Marcie and Whistle as Dr. Nichol addresses various behavioral issues and shares some helpful tips about how you can respond to your dog’s particular issues.

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Episode 25 - Where Fire Safety Meets Fun!
Firefighter Dayna Hilton and her fire safety dog, Sparkles, stop by to share Sparkles’ inspiring story of how she went from being a rescued Dalmatian to educating millions of children and their caregivers about fire safety. Dayna also talks about all of the wonderful free fire safety tips, games and videos for both young people and teachers that can be found on both of their interactive web sites www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com and www.firefighterdayna.com. Firefighter Dayna also shares information about their children’s book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog which benefits the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog definitely has her paw on the pulse of fire safety!

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Episode 24 - Saddle Up with Assistance Dogs
of the West!

Since 1995, Assistance Dog of the West’s assistance dogs have helped clients to overcome physical mobility challenges caused by disease, stroke or traumatic accident. Assistance Dogs of the West’s Executive Director, Carolyn Clark Beedle, stops in to talk with Marcie and Whistle about Assistance Dogs of the West’s award winning educational and vocational programs that enable them to provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. You’ll be amazed at the innovative ways they are engaging youth as young as eight years old to train these assistance dogs!

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Episode 23 - What’s New With The Tuttles?
Wayne Tuttle and his guide dog, Cosmo, drop by for another visit with Marcie and Whistle to discuss some exciting new things they have going on this year. Wayne shares the latest news and products on his service dog supply web site www.servicedoghouse.com. Marcie and Wayne also talk about some of the recent information regarding public access and service dog legislation in both the United States and Canada. Listen in and catch up with Wayne and Cosmo and Marcie and Whistle!

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Episode 22 - The Realities of Retiring a Service Dog
Have you experienced the agony of retiring a service dog or do you have a service dog that one day you will have to retire? Or, are you just interested in how in the world someone retires their service dog? If so, then listen in as Marcie discusses her experiences and lessons learned when she had to retire her service dogs, Ramona and Morgan. Hear how she transitioned to her successor dogs and ways that she bridged these remarkable relationships.

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Episode 21 - Red Dog Rising
Retired police K9 handler, Jeff Schettler, stops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his new book, Red Dog Rising. Jeff talks about his experiences with his beloved police dog, Ronin. From a homeless teen to a decorated police dog handler, Jeff talks candidly about his personal experiences and how Ronin changed his life. Jeff discusses subjects from the successful cases they solved together to the tragedies that ultimately ended their careers as law enforcement officers.

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Episode 20 - K9 Officer On Duty!
Join Marcie and Whistle as they visit with Officer John Doskocz and his K9 Partner, Iozo. Officer Doskocz and his German Shepherd canine partner, Iozo, are law enforcement officers with the Cheektowaga Police Department located outside Buffalo, New York. Officer Doskocz talks with us about how he and Iozo became a K9 law enforcement unit, the kinds of crimes they are trained to respond to, and their proudest achievement as a K9 team!

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Episode 19 - What are Psychiatric Service Dogs?
Have you ever wondered what a psychiatric service dog really does? Join Marcie and Whistle as Joan Esnayra, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society and her psychiatric service dog, Kenji, stop by to talk about psychiatric service dogs. Learn the difference between traditional service dogs and psychiatric service dogs including how they are trained and what they do to assist their human partners living with mental illness.

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Episode 18 - The Doctor Is In!
Join Marcie and Whistle as veterinarian Dr. T. Murt Byrne stops by to talk about your working dog’s health and wellness. Dr. Byrne shares his practical advice on some of the most common things our working dogs will experience throughout their working life spans such as what to do if your dog is vomiting or experiencing bloat to weight management and regular wellness screenings. Dr. Byrne will dispel some common myths and give us the 411 on good veterinarian care for our working animals.

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Episode 17 - Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Assistance Dogs! Part 2
Join Marcie and Whistle as Marcie continues her candid discussion about Assistance Dogs including the commands and tasks they are trained to perform. Marcie talks about how Whistle continues to provide her with independence and mobility that she had thought, as a woman with a long-term disability, was truly unobtainable. But all that changed when she received her first service dog, Ramona. Listen in as she shares her story.

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Episode 16 - Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Assistance Dogs! Part 1
Do you really know what an assistance dog can do for its human partner? Where did the idea of an assistance dog came from? And when did people starting using assistance dogs for independence and public access? Join Marcie and Whistle as Marcie candidly shares her experiences and lessons learned as a member of a service dog team.

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Episode 15 - K-9 Correctional Officers
Did you know that there are dogs that actually carry badges and serve as official correctional officers inside America’s prisons? These dogs are considered to be correctional officers just like their human partners! Correctional Officer and Master Trainer, Anthony Ramon stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his work as the leader of a K-9 correctional team and a Master Trainer for the New Mexico Department of Corrections. From identifying chemical agents in bombs to detecting hidden cell phones, Master Trainer Ramon talks about his experiences as a trainer and a dog handler. Master Trainer Ramon has seen it all and he shares with Marcie and Whistle all of the ways his canine patrols help to keep people safe both inside and outside of the prison walls.

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Episode 14 - Emergency Vets
Ever wondered what you should do if your working animal gets sick in the middle of the night or on the weekend when your regular vet is unavailable? Then join Marcie and Whistle as they chat with Dr. Cindy McCauley-Atkinson, the current practice owner and medical director of the Animal Emergency Center of West Houston. Dr. McCauley-Atkinson shares her knowledge and experience about everything you should know to provide effective emergency care for your working animal including what to have on-hand in your emergency first aid kit, what Poison Control can do to save your animal’s life in a crisis situation, and other helpful tips and information.

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Episode 13 - There’s No Excuse For Doggy Breath!
The Doggie Dentist is in the house and she says, "there's no excuse for doggy breath!". Join us as Dr. Kris Bannon, DVM and Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, dispels the myths and gives us the real scoop about dental care for our working dogs. Dr. Bannon talks specifically about why oral health is important, what kinds of dental problems are most common, and how often we should be brushing our dog’s teeth. She also offers lots of practical tips and information that every dog lover needs to know!

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Episode 12 - Have You Ever Thought About Raising A Service Dog?
Listen in and smell the puppy breath as Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) Puppyraiser, Jeni Exley, stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about being a service dog puppyraiser. Jeni is currently raising her fifth service dog puppy and she candidly discusses the lessons she has learned along the way. Jeni openly shares how she became a volunteer puppyraiser. She also discusses how she ensures that her puppy in training can confidently perform each of the 31 commands that are required before he or she can move forward to advanced service dog training, better known as service dog college! Jeni answers all of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

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Episode 11 - Serving Those Who Served The U.S.
Iraq Veteran, Isaiah Schaffer and his chocolate lab service dog, Meghan, join Marcie and Whistle to talk about Puppies Behind Bars. Isaiah visits with us about the service dogs that Puppies Behind Bars trains specifically for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have suffered a physical injury, traumatic brain injury, or who exhibit post traumatic stress disorder. Listen in as Isaiah candidly shares his personal story about how Meghan and the inmate who trained her changed his life and impacted his ability to successfully cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

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Episode 10 -Two Tuttles Four Paws!
Join us as we visit with Wayne Tuttle and his guide dog, Cosmo. Wayne discusses how he developed two online service dog stores (www.twotuttlesfourpaws.com and www.servicedoghouse.com) and his knowledge and expertise about service dog access laws in Canada and the United States.

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Episode 9 - Pioneers in Partner Independence
Toni Eames M.S. and Ed Eames Ph.D., founding board members and officers of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), join us to discuss the benefits of IAADP membership and the current issues IAADP is working to address such as the civil rights of service animal handlers and the advocacy campaign for service animal relief areas at airports. Toni and Ed also talk about the exciting new Partners in Independence DVD that illustrates the work done by guide, hearing, and service dogs.

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Episode 8 - Guide Dogs, Leading the Way!
Guide dogs have been assisting people who are blind or who have low vision since before World War I. Nicole Meadowcroft joins us to talk about the OccuPaws Guide Dog Association. This innovative guide dog training program utilizes a “community” or “in-home” training approach for individuals who want a guide dog but can not attend a traditional “out-of-home” program. Listen in as Nicole shares her exhilarating experiences as a guide dog trainer and a member of guide dog team.

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Episode 7 - Service Dog Cruise News
Marcie talks to Deb Davis from Paws With A Cause about their great organization.  Paws With A Cause® trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS® promotes awareness through education.

They also discuss the upcoming Service Dog Cruise!  Join Paws With A Cause on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas for a Service Dog Cruise! Sailing January 17, 2010, this week-long cruise offers all of the adventure and amenities that Royal Caribbean offers to you and your Assistance Dog!  Tune in for all the details!

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Episode 6 - Celebrating National Service Dog Eye Exam Week!
Does your service dog qualify for a complimentary screening eye exam? Dr. William Miller and Stacee Daniel from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) join us to talk about National Service Dog Eye Exam Week. The week of May 3, 2009 over 140 ACVO board certified veterinary ophthalmologists will donate their services to provide FREE eye examinations to Service Dogs across America and Canada. Join us as we talk about this exciting event and about the importance of eye care for working dog teams!

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Episode 5 - Teaching People, Teaching Dogs
Curious about clicker training and other working dog training techniques? Dani Weinberg, Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, talks about her work as a clicker trainer and her passion for working with both animals and their human partners. Listen in and learn about Dani’s practical training tips and techniques for working with service dogs and their human partners!

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Episode 4 - Living With A Service Dog Team
Special guest Franz Freibert shares his personal experiences as a spouse and family member to a working service dog team. He discusses his wife’s decision to get a service dog and how it impacted his life. Franz answers that age old question, “Do working dogs ever get to cut loose and play?” and much, much more!

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Episode 3 - A Powerful Touch
BodyTalk for animals strives to reawaken the body’s ability to heal itself. Join us as we welcome BodyTalk Practitioner and Instructor, Laura Hames, as she shares her knowledge and experiences about this alternative healing technique for both humans and animals. Learn how BodyTalk could benefit your working animal!

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Episode 2 - The Leaders of the Pack in Working Dog Equipment
Curious about what equipment is right for your service dog or other working dog? Or tired of buying equipment that doesn’t fit or doesn’t deliver what it promises? Then join us as we chat with Josh Griffith, owner of Wiredog Petjoy online (www.petjoyonline.com), as we discuss a variety of service dog products, training gear, and other working dog needs and supplies.

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Episode 1 - K-9 Corps Day – Canine Veterans Getting The Recognition They Deserve!
Did you know that thousands of canines serve every day as proud members of our military and they have done so since before the Revolutionary War? Join us as we talk with Joe White, Vietnam Veteran, dog handler and founder of K-9 Corps Day, as he discusses the history of military dogs and the contributions they have made and continue to make to our grateful nation.

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