Podcasts

Episode 310 – Learning to Fly

Here’s how the baby phoebes looked before their eyes opened: Because I had to use the flash to get the picture, once their eyes opened that ended the picture-taking because I didn’t want to startle them. As you listen to this podcast, pretend you’re the mother bird and think about what you would have done in situation described Pay attention to how easy or difficult it was for you to make your choice. If you’re like me and you make the same choice the mother bird did, you’ll realize that it’s not an easy choice to make at all! 

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Episode 309 – Dog-Tired and Cat-Frazzled

When I edited this podcast I realized that I referred to dogs instead of dogs and cats in my examples. In retrospect, that might explain why the cat made it so clear that he wanted out when I was recording this.  In may admittedly lame defense,  probably didn’t mention cats because people more commonly complain about their dogs waking them up. This might  be because cat folks are embarrassed to admit that their cats displayed such behavior, but I doubt it.  In my experience, cat people often seem a lot more willing to disclose their cats’ troublesome behaviors than

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Episode 308 – Firefly Facts

Among my most favorite scientists and engineers are those who explore how animals solve certain problems as valuable sources of information regarding the solution to  similar problems in the human world. That science now looks to the animal kingdom for not only solutions, but also energy-efficient adjustments to improve existing human technology pleases me greatly. This podcast considers one such contribution by the lowly firefly. Another firefly factoid is related to the bioluminescent bacteria that give them their light which caused me to meander a bit about hatching chicks. If similar synchronization occurred in human activity, such as in

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Episode 307 – Too Much of a Good Thing

Imagine you took your dog to the veterinary clinic and the veterinarian used treatments and techniques based on studies conducted in the 1940s and 50s. Preventives and treatments now available weren’t offered to you. Most of us would quickly seek out a new veterinarian! But perhaps because our society always has placed a higher value on physical than mental health, we accept behavioral approaches based on studies conducted in that same era as gospel. Oh sure, we switched the emphasis from punishment to reward and added a few devices and drugs to the process. But other than that, it

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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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