Podcasts

Episode 210 – Ollie’s Balls

No, this is not a podcast about my dog’s reproductive organs or lack thereof. It’s about his mystical relationship with the balls that he considers the optimum toy at least 90% of the time.

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Episode 209 – Mosquito Musing

Do you perceive the behaviors of animals and plants you consider invasive species differently from those indigenous to your area? Or do you hate or love all members of a certain species wherever they may reside?

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Episode 208 – Companion Animal Mind-Traps

we become so caught up in some behavioral or physical health technology or Sometimes it so easy to get caught up in a process that we lose sight of whether it represents the best route for us and our animals to follow. Like the other mind-traps discussed in this podcast, we also can avoid falling into this one by thinking before we act.

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Episode 207 – The Long and Short of It

I personally like the British term moggie or moggy for mixed breed cat which in the American pronunciation rhymes with doggie or doggy. Although the Oxford English Dictionary defines a moggie as a cat “that does not have a pedigree or is otherwise unremarkable” and reduces it to the equivalent of “mutt” or “mongrel”, every time I’ve encountered the word it’s been used as a term of endearment. So with all due respect for the Oxford English Dictionary folks, that’s the definition I prefer. And I’m sure if my moggy, Bamboo, roused himself long enough to consider it, he

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Episode 206 – Integrated Celebration

I had to add an after-the-fact visual aid to this particular podcast lest you think my car has its own dinnerware…

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Episode 205 – A Crisis of Faith

When it comes to yourself and your animal, how much faith do you have?

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Episode 204 – Getting the Job Done

As I was editing this I realized that another aspect of this phenomenon involves having a sense of place that includes the earth itself. Just as they automatically do things to keep their own homes in good repair, those who feel this way about the planet do the same for the natural world around them. For those who lack this kinship, it makes no sense. But for those who have it, it’s as natural as breathing.

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Episode 203 – Seeing the Light

Editing this podcast early one morning made me feel like I was caught in two realities—one artificial and one real. While I was hearing and talking about birds in the recording, I also could hear the real birds through the open windows. I’d notice a male red-breasted grosbeak fly by and for a split second wasn’t sure whether I’d actually seen him and thought this or heard one on the recording. On the other hand, if I’m losing my mind I can’t think of a more cheerful and gentler way to do it. 🙂

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Episode 202- Trailer Ecology

When I was a child, I always wanted to live in a place with a natural source of running water, some old ruins, and the distant sound of a railroad. This place fulfilled all three of those criteria years ago. But since then, we’ve added a new set of ruins. Oh, not ruins in the sense of the Pyramids or that Titanic or the strange stone structure in my basement. But ruins in their own way and worthy of note.

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Episode 201 – A Little Prejudice

This podcast explores a common canine-related prejudice that pops up in general conversation and also one which sometimes occurs in conversations among behavioral professionals.

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