Wendy Kelly–an animal behaviorist who’s the founder and owner of Pet Peeves Animal Training, Inc., based in Clearwater, FL–discusses her transformation from human therapist to animal behaviorist, including the patterns and categories of behavioral she tends to see regularly in her practice.
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She also explains the assessment process she undertakes with each new client, and how this dictates how she will proceed with the animal and its human(s). To help illuminate this part of the discussion, we include a case study of sorts involving a once-challenging, very fearful boxer named Barksdale–incorporating comments from one of his humans, Margaret Murray, including the dramatic change in Barksdale’s day-to-day behavior. Wendy also does a somewhat instant assessment of our dog Daisy, fields some listener calls, and briefly mentions her Pawsitive Life Foundation and her forthcoming book, “Buji And Me: 7 Lessons From The Dogs Who Rescued Me,” due out in November. (www.PetPeeves.info)
ALSO: We spoke briefly with Linda Orr, one of the founders of Countless Cats Rescue, Inc., and she provided an overview of how the organization operates, and outlined details of their then-forthcoming yard sale fundraiser in Brandon. (www.petfinder.com/shelters/FL965.html)
COMEDY CORNER: Mitch Hedberg’s “Headless Horseman” (snippet) www.MitchHedberg.net)
MUSIC: John Hiatt’s “My Dog & Me,” Lauris Vidal’s version of “Queen Bee” (recorded live at Talking Animals Festival II), instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Michael Jackson’s “Rockin’ Robin”