Podcasts

Episode 117 – The Quadrupeds Meet the She-Devils

Much as I enjoy a day that unfolds as planned as much as anyone else, there’s also something to be said for events that put everything up for grabs, too. At least for a while. A visit from the She-Devils falls into that category. Their addition to our household for 5 days provided the dogs, the cat, and me with some food for thought, and inspired me to record this podcast.

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Episode 116 – Thanksgiving Thoughts

From the time I was a little kid, I remember people asking me what my favorite holiday was. Back then if someone had told me a time would come when “Thanksgiving” would be the answer, I would have hooted, “You’re kidding! It’s the most boring holiday of them all!” Thanksgiving used to be my least favorite because, aside from some token giving thanks, it also meant helping my mom prepare and clean up after a big meal in a hot kitchen with the rest of the females while the males watched football on television or lazed around. And for

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Episode 115 – Disney Does Domestication

Over the years I’ve discovered that those who have the greatest insight into their particular area of expertise are those who take a two-pronged approach. First, they master their material as presented within its discipline. This imbues them with the critical thinking skills and patience for the second step, which is to consider how those same concepts play out in other areas and alter their views based on what they discover. Not only does this approach result in a more comprehensive view, it also leads to respect for those in other disciplines. As a biologist and veterinary ethologist, I

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Episode 114 – Do-It-Yourself Realities

Shortly after I recorded his, I heard a review of an exhibit celebrating native sons of the Czech Republic who were very famous, but mainly outside of the country. These include Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, and Oskar Schindler of “Schindler’s List” fame. Of the many speculations about why this might be so, a journalist  interviewed for the segment pointed out that part of the problem was that the Czech language has no word for “bohemian.” Or rather, it has a definition but it may not be one many of us usually think about. Say “bohemian” and I immediately think

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Episode 113 – Flaming Memories

Here’s a picture of Frica’s response to my mentioning how easy it would be to perceive any problem she has or may have as the result of her traumatic beginning: Obviously as she sleeps on her pouffy pillow in her antique drawer surrounded by her toys, she’s unimpressed by my comments. But the fact remains that, alas, I’m only human. If I wanted to give such perceptions of what she experienced (or even just imagined she experienced) prior to my getting her a negative spin, I could have done that. And had I chosen to do that, those flaming

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Episode 112 – Exercise and Bond Well-Being

I’ve often said that I have the world’s best clients and patients. In addition to the study mentioned, this podcast was also precipitated by an email from a former client. She wrote to inform me that, even though she’d originally gotten her dog so she could compete in various dog sports, she realized that he didn’t enjoy this. Although she was disappointed at first, she’s come to realize what a great companion he is. I know how difficult making a decision that only she could make must have been for her, difficult enough that some people can’t make it.

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Episode 111 – Where the Heart Is

What do my house, Frica’s birthing suite, and a den in the base of a tree stump have in common? Tune in to another thrilling and informative podcast to find out!

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Episode 110 – Time Out for Time-Outs

When I record these podcasts, sometimes I learn about things in my house that I never knew before. For example, I never would have guessed in a thousand years that a four-cup coffee maker could sound like a small cement mixer churning in the background when you use a voice recorder 10’ away from it. But so it is. Fortunately, it took longer to record this than it does to make four cups of coffee, so I hope it’s not too distracting.

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Episode 109 – Orwellian Hates and Animals

I can’t listen to much news (or what now passes for news) and especially during election years without being reminded of the 2-minute hates. These were a form of public manipulation George Orwell described in his novel, 1984. If anything, these are more relevant now than in Orwell’s fictional world because much of our “news” is now presented to us in segments lasting 2 minutes or less. This raises another one of those chicken-egg questions: are we offered these snippets because our attention spans are so short and our critical thinking skills so limited that’s all we can handle?

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Episode 108 – Watery Thoughts on a Rainy Day

Most people have heard the old sayings, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” and “Out of sight, out of mind.” Perhaps that’s why it’s so easy to ignore what’s happening to our oceans and those who live in them. After all, they make up the bulk of the planet; whatever changes occur, surely they’ll be able to handle it. But increasingly the rate and nature of the oceanic changes occurring and the effect these will have on those of us living on that comparably small land mass is becoming more difficult to ignore…

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