Speaking of Pets

Speaking of Pets

From Alabama Public Radio

Speaking of Pets with Mindy Norton is for people who care about pets and about humane treatment for animals in general, and who want to celebrate that special relationship between us and our animal companions. On Alabama Public Radio Saturdays at 8:59 a.m. (2 minutes).More from Speaking of Pets »

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Tail of a Cat

It has been suggested that the cat uses its tail for balance, and that may be partly true. However, cats born without tails (like the Manx breed) and cats who lose their tails due to injury, still seem to maintain a good sense of balance. *************************

Pokémon GO Walk the Dog

If you live in or near Muncie, Indiana, visit the animal shelter and ask for a Pokémon dog - but you might have to wait your turn. ********************

Summer Do's and Don'ts for Pets

Keeping your pet safe in the summer heat means plenty of shade, a full water bowl, walking your pet with care, and never, never leaving it in a closed car, even for a few minutes! *******************

A Cat's Age

Unlike dogs that tend to turn gray around the face as they age, a cat's appearance may not change so much. What you may notice is less muscle tone, drier skin and coat, maybe a little arthritis. But even elderly cats still enjoy some play time and attention.

Canine Comfort for Orlando

Tim Hetzner, president of K-9 Comfort Dogs, says dogs are great counselors, because they are good listeners, they keep it confidential, and they offer affection to everyone unconditionally. ***********************

Cat Adventure Day

If your cat is unaccustomed to walking on a leash, start by letting it explore in a limited area while you are holding the other end of the leash to keep it from scampering under the brush or up a tree. As it becomes comfortable with the situation, you can broaden your range. ***********************

Lessons from My Cats

Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, the truth is that cats now outnumber dogs as house pets in the US. Part of the reason may be the valuable lessons you can learn from your feline friend! ******************

Remembering Canine Soldiers on Memorial Day

Every year the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards includes a category for Military Dogs. They truly are heroes. Log on to the Hero Dog Awards website to read about this year's finalists and cast your vote for the one you think should be Military Hero Dog of the year. ***********************

ASPCA Celebrates 150th Birthday!

When Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA on April 10, 1866, I wonder if he ever could have envisioned the effective force it has become for animal welfare not just in its home base of New York City but all across the country! **************************

Pet Transformation

Great pets aren't so much born as they are made. They become great pets because they have owners who love them, take care of them and spend time with them. Almost any dog or cat can be a great pet, given the chance. *****************************

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