Carter Dillard, co-founder of Four Feet Forward

Carter Dillard—the co-founder of Four Feet Forward, a collective of attorneys, accountants, graphic designers, communication specialists who offer their services, pro bono, to help grassroots animal advocacy organizations—recounts the circumstances that spurred him, his sister, Courtney Dillard, and their friend, Adam Sugalski, to create FFF in 2003. As part of recalling Four Feet’s history, he addresses how the founders arrived at carter_dthe name, and discusses, in some detail, the organization’s logo. Dillard also observes how FFF has evolved in its decade-plus existence, and how things have changed regarding the services that client organizations are seeking. He also outlines how the process works for organizations who request help, explaining what happens from the initial contact via the website,  through the completion of the project with assistance from a Four Feet Forward consultant. Dillard cites a few examples of projects that seemed distinctive in one way or another, including noting that while their mission leans toward helping new and/or grassroots organizations, Four Feet Forward has in some instances assisted larger, nationally-known operations. (,

COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “Whales” (portion) (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Ronny Elliott’s version of “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”—featured on the Talking Animals Anniversary Bash CD (info here), as is Mark Murphy & Scott Elliott’s version of “Monkey Man,” which we also played–and instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Hit Crew’s version of “Mr. Ed’s Theme (A Horse Is A Horse) ”


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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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