Cat The Vet joins us & gives us the low down on all the nasties that can adversely affect not only our dogs health but that of others & sometimes people too when we adopt a dog from overseas.
Cat talks to us about the dangers of parasites as well as viral & bacterial disease & discusses the importance of behaviour assessments for dogs with an unknown history.
As Easter approaches Rae Walters from The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund joins us & chats to Dale about rabbits.
Rae explains to us exactly what it takes to keep a rabbit healthy & happy, how we should be looking for our next furry family member, the dangers of backyard breeding & online ads & surprises us when she tells us about brachy rabbits, a breeding nightmare we previously thought was confined to our canine friends.
Press play on the audio player below to hear what Rae had to tell us.
I went looking for a sound for a jingle & found Felix Blume, sound artist & sound engineer. A fortuitous accident, as I listened to his work I realised that while sound is all around me I hadn't really been listening to it. Click the audio player to listen to our conversation.
Felix collaborated with Sara Lana on a sound piece called Mutt Dogs. vira-latas or dump tippers stray dogs offer their canine listening abilities in conjunction with human cohabitation. As a dog, you love rummaging through dumpsters, looking for something to eat; you bark when a motorcycle passes by; you run after cars invading your territory; you dash in and out of houses; and you explore abandoned fields. This piece offers a ground level sonic walk, binaurally recorded by dogs in a recent urbanized neighbourhood close to Belo Horizonte in Southeast Brazil. You can listen to it here
Find out more about Felix & his work here
Graham Kensett joins us to talk about The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.
Graham tells us about guide dog breeding, what makes a good guide dog & what happens to the dogs that aren't suited to life as a working dog.
We also talk about the bond that exists between a guide dog & its human & how technology can never be a substitute for the companionship that a dog brings to the relationship.
Michelle spoke to Nicole Osborne from Pet Blood Bank about dogs who donate blood. Nicole tells us about the process, what to expect & why the service is vital.
Elly from Broad Lane Vets, mum of Stumpy the Labrador listens to Michelle's concerns as a pet parent & shares Stumpy's experience of being a donor.
Louise & henry are from Conservation K9 Consultancy
A pioneering freelance consultancy that uses dogs to detect an assortment of scents in a variety of wildlife detection roles.
Louise & I talk about dogs noses, how amazing they are & just how helpful dogs are at using their noses to help us
And Medina gets an invite to a scent workshop
Dr Chris Blazina Psychodynamic Therapist Working With Men & Their Dogs drops by & chats to Michelle about men's relationships with their dogs, the pet effect & grief. She asks Chris why it is that the men in her life find it easier to talk to their dogs than they do her.