Jamie Katz, Real-Life Pet Detective

by | Mar 4, 2020

Jamie Katz— a Fort Lauderdale-based real-life pet detective—recalls that her love of animals began in childhood, where her family had dogs and cats she adored them all, and always wanted them close to her. She outlines her early training and experience as a private investigator, and how when a friend’s cat, Honey, went missing, she was afforded a close-up view of how her friend’s pet detective operated: flaky, not showing up three days in a row. But the idea that the no-show pet detective would’ve used tracking dogs intrigued Katz, and before long, she hung out her shingle as a pet detective, capable of employing her own two tracking dogs, Gable and Fletcher. She describes what the dogs do, comparing how she would carry out a case using Fletcher and Gable as opposed to a case that didn’t require help from the dogs. Katz addressed the challenges of finding missing cats, some of whom often turn out to be located very close to their home—but, sometimes that’s decidedly untrue, she says, offering a surprising analogy: cat as drug dealer, not wanting other cats on his turf, so pushing the visiting (missing) cat further and further away from the area where he might be more readily found. She also spent a serious hunk of time laying out the components of good, effective signs or posters, and how the best ones often need to offer a reward, though some don’t have to identify a specific amount initially. She gives the lowdown on the longest period a pet was missing that she found, and about some of the animals she’s located beyond cats and dogs.(http://www.jamiekatzpetdetective.com, https://www.facebook.com/jamiekatzpetdetective/)


ALSO: I played back the interview I had recorded the previous night with 12-year-old Austin Testa, who some years ago created Every Bark Counts, a nonprofit organization whose chief mission is to raise money to help animal shelters, rescues, and sometimes, individual animals—who often have been on the brink of being euthanized. He spoke about what prompted him to help animals, and to begin his fundraising efforts, including a GoFundMe, page, through which Austin has raised tens of thousands of dollars. Austin also outlined his future plans. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Every-Bark-Counts-294438190909667, https://www.gofundme.com/f/EveryBarkCounts)




COMEDY CORNER: Joe Zimmerman’s “Crows”  (http://www.zimmermancomedy.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” instrumentals

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


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