Bob Tarte, Author, “Kitty Cornered”

Bob Tarte–the author who writes wry, witty books chronicling the adventures and misadventures he experiences with various animals who live at the Michigan home he also shares with his wife; his new one is “Kitty Cornered: How Frannie And Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control Of Our House And Made It Their Home”–runs down the entire animal population at the house, and discusses at what point in his home’s burgeoning number of cats he decided he had the makings of another book. He also describes the kind of impact that Frannie–when she joined the household–had on the other cats, and other animals, as well on Tarte himself. He also addresses that the way he casts himself in “Kitty Cornered” (and the previous books) as hapless hero–sort of this lazy, tired, ineffectual figure–is a useful fiction, exaggerations and distortions in the service of writing the comedy-infused memoir that has become his speciality. Tarte recounts his experiences with an author who also functions as an animal communicator, and Tarte’s own efforts trying his hand as an animal communicator; and more. (www.BobTarte.com, www.facebook.com/BobTarte)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Glen Hatchell, of Home Buddies Tampa NE (and a colleague at WMNF, host of the Thursday Morning Show) who conducts Shelter Dog Play Groups–which help dogs who have a variety of backgrounds and personalities improve their behavior, enhancing their prospects for successful adoption, among other virtues–under the auspices of The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. (www.campbowwow.com/hb/us/fl/tampane/, humanesocietytampa.org/shelter-dog-play-groups/)

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COMEDY CORNER: Sean Cullen’s “Cats” (portion) (www.SeanCullen.com)

MUSIC: King of Prussia’s “Arabian Thoroughbred,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Bob Dylan’s “Man Gave Names To All The Animals”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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