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Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen, founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, and Ross Taylor, photojournalist-filmmaker

Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen and Ross Taylor—founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, and one of two filmmakers who created the documentary “The Hardest Day,” respectively—discuss how the film was conceived, an outgrowth of an acclaimed photo project Taylor (an accomplished, Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist) produced, capturing families saying goodbye to their seriously-ill pets, as Lap of Love veterinarians help those animals “transition.” Read more…

Dr. Lisa Wiese, associate professor of Nursing at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, at Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Lisa Wiese—associate professor of Nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and co-author of a study conducted recently at FAU, which found that interacting with a robotic pet can serve as a boon to the health of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia—recalls launching her lengthy nursing degree, becoming a nurse in what she calls “the Dark Ages”: 1978. Read more…

Ellen Quinlan, executive director of the Darbster Foundation

Ellen Quinlan—executive director of the Darbster Foundation (& Darbster Rescue), whose chief mission involves plucking cats and dogs from crowded south Florida shelters, and finding homes for them in the adoption-friendly New England area, with that process including arranging interstate transportation for these animals—recounts growing up in a family that lived with cats and dogs, sometimes other pets, and in what may constitute a pivotal part of the Quinlan, and Darbster, narrative, notes that she stopped eating meat at age 12. Read more…

Glen Hatchell: dog trainer, behaviorist: “Ask The Trainer” III

As we’ve done twice before, today’s show involved setting aside the customary “Talking Animals” format in order to present the extended feature, “Ask The Trainer,” in which listeners are invited to call or email questions about their dogs or cats, particularly involving behavioral issues. Read more…

Susan Kurowski, executive director, Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Susan Kurowski—executive director of the Pets for the Elderly Foundation (PFE), which covers a portion of the adoption fee for seniors, 60-years-old or older, adopting a shelter dog or cat from one of PFE’s participating shelters—outlines the history of the organization, founded in Cleveland in 1992 by entrepreneur Avrum Katz, going national in 2002. Read more…