Laurie Crawford, President, Animal Network, Inc.

Laurie Crawford–president of the Animal Network, Inc., a nonprofit based in Manatee County, FL–discusses the history and evolution of the organization, starting out creating new dog parks. Describing the Animal Network as primarily a lobbying group, Crawford went on to describe other of the group’s earlier efforts, including working in concert with animal services and county officials there to help ensure ordinances to protest animals are passed or changed, and that animal abusers are prosecuted. xmas_307Crawford also discusses how the Animal Network serves as a unifying force, or nexis, for rescues and other animal organizations in their efforts toward the shared goal of making Manatee County No Kill. She also talks about events and fundraisers that the Animal Network produces, including the then-forthcoming Canine Christmas Festival, the 14th annual edition of a multifaceted event that includes another attempt at setting a new world record, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, for the most dogs doing a sit/stay at one time. (,

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COMEDY CORNER: Jackie Kashian’s “Animals” (

MUSIC: eels’ Christmas Is Going To The Dogs,” The Head & The Heart’s “Cats and Dogs,” Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s version of “High Flyin’ Bird,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”

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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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