Published: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMT
Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:20:49 GMTCopyright: Alabama Public Radio
Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMTThe mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is celebrating fifteen years on the job, which is pretty much his whole life.
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 04:00:00 GMTKeeping your dog on a chain might seem like the responsible thing to do, but it may be kinder and safer to find another way to restrain your best friend.
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTAs the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTTraining a cat? Okay, maybe your cat won't do parlor tricks, but it is possible to train your cat for some basic good behavior.
Sat, 16 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTThe battle between cats and fleas turns into a minor skirmish if you use the right product to help your pet fight those bothersome little parasites.
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTIn order to have a great pet, you have to invest in it, but you are almost guaranteed to get a great return!
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 04:00:00 GMTYou may think of your cat as your pet, or your friend, but teacher? Turns out you can learn a lot about life by watching your cat (so pay attention)!
Sat, 26 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTThere are lots of great things for pet owners to do this weekend, including the Dog Bowl in Frankenmuth, Michigan, but even in the midst of all the fun and games remember to keep your animal's safety in mind.
Sat, 19 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTKeeping your pet safe and healthy includes making sure you follow good practices for keeping eating and drinking utensils clean.
Sat, 12 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTOnce again salmonella is in the headlines as tainted pet food is posing a threat to both animals and their owners.
Sat, 05 May 2012 04:00:00 GMTThe 26th Annual Genesis Awards have been handed out, and you can watch to see who receives the honors for helping improve conditions for our animal friends.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTIt can be painful to remember the devastating images after last year's tornado, but it's important that we take steps to be prepared for future disasters, for our sake and for the sake of our pets.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTNot everyone can have a dog or cat as a pet, but there are other choices that may fit better with your situation or lifestyle.
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTWith the deadline looming for reporting individual income tax, you may wishing you could claim your pet as a dependent. What if your pet had to file its own tax return?
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 04:00:00 GMTLike small children, pets love to sneak a forbidden treat. If that treat is in an Easter basket, your best friend could end up with a tummy ache - or worse (much worse)!
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMTAlmost everyone finds the idea of holding a soft cuddly bunny or chick appealing, but taking one into your home as an Easter pet brings with it responsibility that lasts well beyond the holiday.
Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMTWhen we grieve the loss of a pet, we are grieving the loss of a special friend and companion that shared our life.
Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:00:00 GMTOn St. Patrick's Day it seems everyone is at least a little Irish, but the Emerald Isle has given us more than a day - it has given us some great pets that are worth celebrating!
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMTHeading out for Spring Break? If so, make plans for the care and well-being of your best friend while you're gone!
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMTOverweight pets suffer from the same problems as a result of the extra pounds, just as we humans do. But if you take the pledge and get motivated, you could have a healthier pet - and probably a happier one, too.
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTWith the mild winter comes an early spring. In the animal welfare world, that means more litters of pet animals and still not enough homes. World Spay Day reminds us to make sure our pets do not contribute to the continuing tragedy that is pet overpopulation.
Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTIt seems impossible to select one dog to be Best In Show from among 2,000 dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors, but the judges at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show make it look easy - and of course, they have a system that has worked for more than 100 years!
Sat, 11 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTRecognizing what's happening when your pet has a seizure is one thing, but at least as important is how you respond during and after the seizure.
Sat, 04 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMTWhen a pet has a seizure, it can be a scary experience for both the animal and the humans who love it.
Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTIt's showtime for the cats as they compete in the Birmingham Feline Fanciers Annual Cat Show!
Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTSharing your life with a pet can bring a lot of rewards - companionship, comfort, even entertainment. But should you share your bed, too?
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTIf you will be bringing a new baby into a home that already has a pet, a little planning and pet-training will help to make the introduction smooth and safe for everyone.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMTAs our canine companions get older, they often become more dear to us, even if they may require a little extra attention and consideration
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTWhile you're considering what you can do in the new year to improve your life, there may be something you can do for your pet, as well!
Sat, 24 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTSharing Christmas with our pets is one way to help us remember the very first Christmas!
Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTA lot of us get stressed out during the holidays, and that goes for our pets, too!
Sat, 10 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTIs it a good idea to include your pet on your Christmas gift list? If you do, you're not alone.
Sat, 03 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMTYou could make this a very special Christmas for a homeless pet by adopting a dog or cat from your local animal shelter - and in return, you'll get a faithful companion to make your seasons bright all year long!
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTChristmas decorations that make us feel merry and bright can pose risks for our pets.
Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTMany of us see our pets as family members who just happen to be furry and four-legged. But we may not be doing them a favor when we share our Thanksgiving feast with them.
Sat, 12 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMTAnimal shelters provide an invaluable service to their communities, and this week has been a time to recognize and appreciate their contribution to our society.
Sat, 05 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe shelter had more dogs than it could hold, and the mixed-Beagle stray was one of those selected for euthanasia. By some miracle, he escaped, unharmed, and is destined for a new home. So whose fault is it that this great pet almost lost his life?
Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTHalloween can be a spooky time. Just make sure your pet is not the one that gets spooked!
Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTToo often we humans try to keep animals as pets that are not domesticated - and it is usually the animals that suffer the consequences.
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTSt. Francis is the patron saint of animals, so it stands to reason that the city which bears his name would be a great place for pets to live!
Sat, 08 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTAfter months of online voting, one special dog is chosen to receive the Hero Dog Award!
Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTAll my canine friends are so excited because today is the first day of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!
Sat, 24 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn 2006, a New Yorker on a ski vacation in Colorado found a stray cat and took it home. Now in 2011, that cat is reunited with its original family, all thanks to technology the size of a grain of rice!
Sat, 17 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTProtecting your dog or cat from heartworms has always been a good idea, but now it could save your pet's life. After all, just one mosquito bite could infect an unprotected pet.
Sat, 10 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTFor a cat, playtime is more than just entertainment. It can be good exercise, and help to keep your feline buddy mentally alert.
Sat, 03 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn a disaster situation you may have to make the the decision to evacuate without much notice. Advance preparation for both you and your pet can be a big help!
Sat, 27 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTEight working dogs have been named as finalists for the Hero Dog Award. In the spotlight this week are two dogs that definitely have made a significang contribution to their owners' quality of life.
Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTYou wouldn't think a military dog would have much in common with a therapy dog, but how about a military dog that trains therapy dogs? That's just one of the finalists for the American Hero Dog Award.
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhether searching for survivors or helping to catch lawbreakers, this week's award nominees have definitely earned the right to be called heroes.
Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTA hero can come in any size or shape, but the American Humane Association believes they often come with four legs.
Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTA hero can come in any size or shape, but the American Humane Association believes they often come with four legs.
Sat, 30 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTYou've probably heard that it's important to get a good education. Well, that goes for pets, too. It not only makes your life easier, it makes for a better pet - which makes for a great relationship.
Sat, 30 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTYou've probably heard that it's important to get a good education. Well, that goes for pets, too. It not only makes life easier for you, it makes the animal a better pet - which makes for a better relationship.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe driver of that car may have a license but not the kind you need to operate a motor vehicle.
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTFeeding your pet a sugar-free treat may seem like a healthy alternative to other snacks, but if that treat contains xylitol it could be very UN-healthy.
Sat, 09 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTIt is estimated that during the course of one year, four million pets are euthanized in this country. That's a statistic, but when you look at any one animal that is a victim of pet overpopulation, it's a tragedy.
Sat, 02 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTIt may seem un-American to exclude your pet from your Fourth of July festivities, but be careful - fireworks are not pet-friently.
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTCats are hunters by nature, and often bring their trophies home as gifts to their humans. But Dusty is in a class all his own!
Sat, 18 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTMore cats and kittens are surrendered to animal shelters in the month of June than during any other time of the year. And this year? Some shelters have more than their share already due to several natural disasters.
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTMany people who have tender hearts are willing to help, no matter the cost; but it's nice when they also benefit from their act of kindness.
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTSeasons change but our pets still need our help to keep them safe and healthy.
Sat, 28 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTAmericans celebrate Memorial Day to honor the heroes who have served our country. For some, those heroes may have four legs instead of two.
Sat, 21 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTOne of the best ways to survive a disaster is to decide ahead of time what you can and will do to keep yourself and your best friend safe.
Sat, 14 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTDespite the fact that thousands of people and pets displaced by the tornadoes in Alabama, it is still possible to reunite owners and their furry friends.
Sat, 07 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn the confusion left by the tornadoes that caused such devastation all across the southern United States in April, it can be difficult to match up those who can help with those who need it - especially when it comes to pets.
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhen you know a storm is coming, the best thing you can do for your pet is to be prepared!
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTEaster is such a pleasant time, but like most other holidays there are things that could pose dangers for our furry friends.
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf you're feeling the pinch of taxes this year, you can do something now to help pets and also help on next year's taxes!
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTPeople have allergic reactions to all sorts of things, especially during pollen season. Well, guess what - so do our pets!
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn the Spring lots of things begin to proliferate, some of which are not so welcome - like fleas!
Sat, 26 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhen talent and creativity combine with courage and compassion for animals, that's something to celebrate - and to be recognized and rewarded!
Sat, 19 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMTEverybody loves a Cinderelly story, going from rags to riches - but this special dog went from homeless to hero. It seems this Pearl was a real treasure.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTThink your pet doesn't notice what's on TV? Think again - your best friend may actually be watching it right along with you!
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTSometimes people who care about animals want to help them all. Maybe that's not possible (yet) but they can certainly help more if they work together!
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTThousands of Facebook fans have watched a puppy grow up to become a beautiful adult service dog. This week he graduated from training camp to begin life with his delighted new owner!
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTAfter sixteen years, Spay Day is bigger and better than ever. That's a good thing, because the only sure way to prevent the birth of millions of unwanted pets is to have them spayed or neutered!
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTDental care for pets is not a cosmetic issue; it's a health issue, and one that could have serious consequences if neglected.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTBrrrr!! Animals may be wearing fur coats, but they still need protection from cold winter weather.
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTDog shows (and cat shows) are interesting to watch and informative, especially if you're considering adopting a pure-bred animal. But a pet doesn't need a blue ribbon to be a winner!
Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTWith all the new electronic devices at our disposal, people who like pets are finding new opportunities to take advantage of technology.
Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTCats are known to be independent thinkers, so choosing the right bed for your feline friend may take some patience and perserverance!
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTRespiratory diseases spread easily among dogs, but canine influenza is turning out to be much more dangerous than veterinarians originally thought.
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMTA new year can be a clean slate for those who want to make a few lifestyle improvements - especially those who want to include their pets!
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTYou can be a dream-come-true for a homeless pet by making it part of your family this Christmas!
Sat, 11 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTTaking your pet with you aboard an airplane can be a fast and safe way to travel, if you take a few precautions to make sure you both arrive safely.
Sat, 04 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMTDuring Hanukkah, your pet can celebrate this holiday time right along with the rest of the family!
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMTAs we decorate for Christmas, there are some things we can do to keep our pets safe while we enjoy the holiday!
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMTSo what are you doing for Thanksgiving - or rather, what are you and your pet doing for Thanksgiving?
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMTA lot of people think of an animal shelter as a last resort for animals, and that's true; but it's important to consider just how vital animal shelters are for both people and pets.
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMTThere is more than one way to stand up for animal rights, and this week voters did just that.
Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMTWe humans may enjoy this haunted holiday, but for our pets it can be intimidating, terrifying, even deadly.
Sat, 23 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMTDogs bark, yip, whine, even growl sometimes, but now they can tweet!
Sat, 09 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMTWe may live in a high-tech society, but sometimes nothing works better than a dog.
Sat, 02 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMTDogs and children seem to be a natural combination; now we're finding out that dogs can help youngsters learn to read better.
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMTIt may seem that cats are solitary creatures, but they can really benefit from a little recreation.
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMTIf the thing that's keeping you awake at night is your pet, there may be something you can do to remedy the situation.
Sat, 11 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMTSeptember 11, 2001, changed our perspective and our definition of a hero, both the two-legged and the four-legged ones.
Sat, 04 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMTIf you watched the Emmy Awards telecast recently, you probably heard the name "Temple Grandin" over and over. So who is this unusual woman who attended the ceremony dressed like a cowgirl?
Sat, 28 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMTTethering a dog refers to attaching it with a chain or tether to a stationary object as a way of confining it. Most animal experts do not approve of tethering an unattended animal for extended periods of time.
Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMTKeeping our pets safe is not always easy, especially when we have to protect them from the food they eat.