Podcasts

Episode 306 -Mirrors, Windows, and the Human-Animal Bond

I’m the first to admit that how open I or my animals are to recognizing  the full potential of the bond varies from day to day. Relative to capturing that connection photographically, I realized that for me at least that’s difficult for several reasons. One is because my focus on the kind of picture I want to get often interferes with such a connection. My greatest teaching moment occurred quite a while back when I was trying to put together a holiday PowerPoint presentation for my grandkids and others I thought might appreciate it. Like a typical doting grandmother,

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Episode 305 – The Double Cat-Dog Standard

The different ways our society views dyed-in-the-wool cat people compared to similarly devoted dog people and the way those in these two groups view each other is an on-going source of interest to me. This podcast explores a few more of the may ways these differences may affect the nature of any resultant human-animal bonds and the creation of quality human-animal relationships.

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Episode 304 – When Animals Just Say No

While I was working on this podcast my wood-guy, Steve, delivered four cords of wood. As usual we caught up on that we’d been doing in the last year and while we talked his old dog wandered around the yard claiming it as her own. Because she outweighs my dogs by a good 50 pounds and doesn’t like other dogs, naturally I didn’t let my dogs out to greet the visitors. But neither did I move the deacon’s bench that doubles as a perfect observation point for small dogs before the wood arrived. (See below) As expected, the result

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Episode 303 – Just Say No

Will all of you who can swear on a stack of religious texts or something else you value that your relationship with others—including your animals and clients or any trainer or behavioral consultant of any persuasion with whom you work—is really all positive all of the time, please raise your hand? Naturally I can’t see any of you, but I think it’s safe to say that there are darn few hands going up out in the cybersphere. The reality is that the all-positive terminology reflects a state of perfection that, while a laudable goal, may damage more than enhance some

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Episode 302 – Garbage Power

Did you ever experience what superficially seem like a series of  unrelated events that later turned out to be related? That’s what happened to me when I was reading  Trash Animals: How we live with nature’s filthy, feral, invasive and Unwanted Species edited by Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II , the book mentioned in this podcast. So often we view using food as evidence of an advanced form of human-animal interaction when in reality it’s probably been the primary form of exerting power over animals (including members of our own species) for thousands of years. While we

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Episode 301 – Walking the Anti-Antibiotic Walk

As you listen this podcast, ask yourself if you would have had the courage and the faith in your animal and yourself to do what my friend did. Or would you give in to fear and all its negative effects?

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Episode 300 – Comprehensive Science

The problem-oriented approach always has played a key role in science where it typically yields a tiny glimpse of a larger picture. Think of the results of an individual study as a single piece in a more complex mosaic. Like all other living beings, we humans are hardwired to get what we want using the least amount of energy. Relative to our higher intellectual pursuits, this means we like to be right because that means we don’t need to change anything. Another nice thing about focusing on the results of individual studies instead of taking a broader view is

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Episode 299 – The Whimper of the Wild

In last month’s commentary I wrote about the common belief that post-natal care fulfilled only physical needs, primarily those for food and warmth. Shortly after I uploaded that podcast I saw this news clip about a neonatal puppy who was rescued who wasn’t.

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Episode 298 – Seasonal Sound Sensitivity

Another thought struck me when I was editing this is whether the same phenomenon described in this podcast makes it so much easier at this time of year for some people to assume that young of multiple wild and domestic species need human care.

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Episode 297 – Bee Smart, Bee Bright

What can I say? I’m one of those people who consider bees fascinating creatures. Because of this, I took it very personally when multiple factors, some of which were of human origin, resulted in the disappearance of the honey bees from my gardens. But when I read about the research conducted by Aurore Avargues-Weber and Martin Giunfar, the subject of this week’s podcast, I felt much better.

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