Pickle the art ambassador

Featured on Episode 24

Pickle poses with visual art and shares the photos with her 12,000+ followers on Instagram (@PickleBeholding) and over on her website, Art Blog Dog Blog.

Her owner, Katie Ward (who works as a private art advisor) has found that Pickle helps people who may not think they "get" art, to appreciate it. 

There are various of arts, works and galleries featured with Pickle. Here are the pieces we featured on Episode 24:

The Plus Sign at Golgotha
by Jonathan Lasker at Cheim & Read in NYC

Mend Piece
by Yoko Ono at Galerie Lelong

Untitled
by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Art Basel Miami Beach

You can also find Pickle on Twitter and Facebook

We've joined Antica

Pet Sounds signed on with Antica, the largest independent podcast network in Canada.

The Toronto-based company reached out to Pet Sounds last Fall, after hearing the podcast. They wanted to help get more ears on this little, funny audio creature. After sorting out all the logistics, we decided to move ahead.

We officially joined forces in early 2017.

Pet Sounds joins a great selection of podcasts on all kinds of topics, including:

  • The Bounce
    A basketball podcast that not only focuses on the game, but the culture that surrounds it.
     
  • The Basement Revue
    A half-literary, half-music showcase of contemporary Canadian fiction, music and poetry.
     
  • Illusionoid
    A weekly improvised comedy podcast in the style of old-time radio shows.

Plus more...

Season 3 is coming...

We're busy prepping Season 3. It will launch in Winter 2017. 

In the meantime give a listen back to the first two seasons of the podcast over on the Episodes page, where we explore:


 

The Dogs of Richard Kelly Kemick

Featured on Episode 18

Richard Kelly Kemick is an author and poet pursuing a PhD at the University of Calgary in creative writing.

His debut collection of poetry, Caribou Run follows the Porcupine caribou herd through their annual migration, the largest overland migration in the world. The publication was named as a one of CBC’s fifteen must-read poetry collections in 2016.

He also writes a regular column for The Walrus. That's where Sweeping It under the Carpet appears. The essay features tales of the two dogs he's shared his life with:

Maisy
The dog Richard and his wife share their life with now.

Buddy
The dog Richard grew up with after his family adopted Buddy from a local animal rescue.

Richard (right) with his brother and their childhood dog, Buddy.

Richard (right) with his brother and their childhood dog, Buddy.

Maisy looking adorable.

Maisy looking adorable.

You can follow Maisy's adventures via Instagram, where Richard almost exclusively posts images of her.

Richard is also on Twitter where his profile says he's a "Writer of words. Walker of dogs."

Adoptable Dogs

Featured on Episode 15

Telling the story of an adoptable animal is common at animal shelters --- although it hasn't always been the case. On Episode 15, we detail what came before animal rescue organizations adopted adoption stories.

To help us explain, we read about each of these three adoptable pets:

Pogo [Image from Pennsylvania SPCA]

Pogo [Image from Pennsylvania SPCA]

Pogo
From Philidelphia, Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania SPCA

Hello I'm Pogo a 4-year-old Hound Mix with with springs as legs and I just want to jump in your heart and snuggle up real close. I came in from a different shelter in 2013 and have since not had such good luck with finding my forever home.

I have tons of energy and needs someone who understands that I need lots of time and space to stretch my springs and get out my sillies.

I have some difficulty breathing due to some throat issues and even though I need to burn my sillies off I need to do it same timely increments so I do not loose my breath. My friends at the shelter and some of the awesome volunteers are trying to get me my medical work up for my throat so we can find out what it is and fix it so I can live a happy healthy life.

I have minor issues with sharing my food / toys however thanks to my loving family and friends at the Pennsylvania SPCA I am working to be more comfortable with my resources each and every day. I Love rope toys and balls and will trade them in exchange for a treat ;) !

Please come visit me today and see what all the jazz is about. Promise you wont be disappointed.  
- Pogo (Awesome Resident at the Pennsylvania SPCA)

 

Pepper [Image from AWLQ]

Pepper [Image from AWLQ]

Pepper
From Brisbane, Australia's Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ)

Pepper is a loving little dog looking for a new home. The six year old Australian Terrier is absolutely adorable and would love a home where she can get lots of love and attention. She is social with other dogs, and would love to have a little play mate.

 

Bobby [Image from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home]

Bobby [Image from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home]

 


Bobby 
From London, England's Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Meet our gorgeous Bobby Dazzler!

This handsome boy is the class clown and is looking for active new owners with a good sense of humour and ideally experience of Dobermans. Bobby has had a sheltered life and will need some help whilst settling into his new home.

His new owners will need to be patient and sympathetic, and understand he will need time to settle into life in a house, as he was previously kept outside. He will need a chance to develop his confidence around other dogs and new owners will need to be prepared and experienced to put work in this area. 

Bobby is a great dog and has become a firm favourite with staff members across the Home. He is sure to flourish in a home with new owners who are sensitive to his needs, and prepared to take on a big bundle of cheeky fun who will keep them smiling all day long.

 

Omar's Family Photo Album

Featured on Episode 14

Darwin & Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Darwin & Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Freelance journalist and writer, Omar Mouallem's relationship with animals continues to change.

Currently, he shares his home with his wife, Janae and their two cats, Darwin and Orwell. Both kitties are rescues from the local humane society.

There may be a dog in Omar's future.
He details this hard decision on Episode 14

Omar with Darwin & Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Omar with Darwin & Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

 

 

 

 

Omar is a National Magazine Awards winning writer whose stories have appeared in The Guardian, Wired, Rolling Stone and Maclean’s. He also edits the quarterly magazine The Yards.

He writes about lots of things but he also writes a bunch about cats:

Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Orwell [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Darwin [Image by Omar Mouallem]

Darwin [Image by Omar Mouallem]

The whole family! Janae, Darwin, Omar and Orwell [Illustration by Emily Chu]

The whole family! Janae, Darwin, Omar and Orwell
[Illustration by Emily Chu]

Animal Welfare & Islam


Featured on Episode 14

 

Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker, a Cape Town, South Africa-based Veterinary Surgeon teaches and writes extensively about the animal welfare in relation to Islam.

You can read his article Animal Abuse and Welfare in Islam on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' site, Islamic Concern. In it, he debunks several of the persisting myths about animals and the Muslim faith, including:


1. The Qu’ran does NOT forbid the ownership of a dog, although it's not considered hygienic to allow a dog into the home. 

2. The Qu’ran does NOT prohibit the touching of a dog or any animal. If the dog's saliva does come into contact with you or your clothing make sure to wash place it touched.

3. If a Muslim owns an animal, regardless if it is for agriculture or work or as a pet, the animal must be given proper shelter, food, water and veterinary care for their animals.

 

If you have any questions about animal welfare in relation to Islam, please let me know and I will put you in touch with Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker. Just send me an email at: sarah@petsoundsradio.com



 

Bruno, The Little Pet Bull

Bruno on the farm

Bruno on the farm

Featured on Episode 13

Bruno is a Charolais. A breed of cattle that originates in eastern France in the Charolais area.

This little bull was born on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada.

During his birth, Bruno's mom died due to complications.

He was adopted by another cow in the herd but lost track of her when the animals moved areas.

The humans on the farm had to step in to provide the care the little calf needed. That's when his relationship with Christine blossomed.

Bruno hanging out with Tennessee, the horse

Bruno hanging out with Tennessee, the horse

Baby cows Stella and Bruno

Baby cows Stella and Bruno

 

 

Holly & Her Cat Squad

Featured on Episode 12

Holly with Monster Boo, Brenda & Solomon (Image: Paula Elizabeth Shyba & Nicole Marie Bhar)

Holly with Monster Boo, Brenda & Solomon
(Image: Paula Elizabeth Shyba & Nicole Marie Bhar)

 

Holly thought she'd only ever own two cats at a time, but she now has five (three who are permanent residents plus two foster kittens).


She has a soft spot for special needs cats and finds room for those kitty cats in her heart and home --- even if that might make her a cat lady.

Solomon (Image: Holly)

Solomon
(Image: Holly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

First came Solomon.
He belonged to a friend of a friend who was moving out of town. Holly knew she could give this older fella a good home, so she adopted him.

 

 

 

Monster Boo (Image: Holly)

Monster Boo
(Image: Holly)

 

 

 

 

 

Then came Monster Boo.

Holly saw him on the website of the Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation (WHARF).  He was a stray who'd been found all alone on a rural road in the middle of winter, when the temperature had dipped down to -30°C (-22°F).

Holly knew he belonged with her.

Brenda (Image: Holly)

Brenda
(Image: Holly)

 

 

 

 

Then it was time for Brenda.

Holly saw he was up for adoption via Zoe's Animal Rescue. They posted the cat as a female, who had been living in a house with 20+ other cats. Once saved from this hoarding situation, Holly brought the cat home.

After a vet visit, it was revealed that Brenda was a male cat. But the name stuck!

 

 

 

Donut on Holly's lap with Solomon perched on the back of the couch (Image: Holly)

Donut on Holly's lap with Solomon perched on the back of the couch
(Image: Holly)

 

 

Most recently there are two foster kittens from the Edmonton Humane Society. Part of Holly's role as a foster mom with these kitties is to name them.

She's decided on Donut for this little orange guy. 

Pet Obesity rising in the West

Featured on Episode 11

 

Our companion animals are getting fat. This trend of cats and dogs gaining unhealthy amounts of weight is happening all across the Western world.

Here’s where we’re at:
 

Canada
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 60% of pets in Canada are overweight or obese. It’s believed that pet weight gain is caused by animals getting fed too much.

According to Canada’s 2011 Pet Wellness Report only 18% of Canadian pet owners are feeding their companion animals the suggested daily amounts.

To top it off, pets aren’t getting ample playtime and/or walks.

 

USA
The majority of American pets are overweight.

A recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese. Meanwhile cats fare even worse with 57.9% who are overweight or obese.

The APOP has been monitoring this worrisome trend for eight years, and the numbers on the scales continue to increase.

 

UK
In the United Kingdom, pets are experiencing a similar weight gain as ones across the pond.

Currently, one in three dogs, carry extra pounds. That’s approximately 2.5 million K-9s. One in four UK cats are overweight which totals more than two million cats.

 

Europe
Nearly 50% of pets are overweight or obese in Europe. Like in other regions, owners don’t acknowledge or accept that a pet is above their ideal weight. Owners needs to admit it and then commit to focusing on reducing the animal’s weight.

 

Regardless of where a pet is in the world, extra pounds make our furry loved ones more susceptible to:

  • osteoarthritis
  • diabetes (type 2)
  • high blood pressure
  • heart and respiratory disease
  • kidney disease
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Lowered life expectancy (by up to 2.5 years)

If we want to keep our beloved critters in our lives as long as possible, it’s important that we help them maintain a healthy weight.

Gonzo!

Featured on Episode 11

Gonzo, was the cat that no one wanted.

The six-year-old, 22 lbs. black cat had given up on finding a home. She'd been returned to the Vancouver SPCA three times.

When potential adopters would visit her at the animal shelter, Gonzo swatted and hissed at them.

It was because Gonzo was overlooked and unwanted, for nearly a year, that Ronnie Lee Hill knew that cat was for her. Gonzo tried to push Ronnie away with bites and nail scratches.

It took a year but Ronnie proved that she wasn't going anywhere and would love Gonzo no matter what.

Then Gonzo got diabetes, due to her weight. Again, Ronnie wouldn't give up on Gonzo.

Hear how Ronnie stuck by her cat, on the Season 2 premiere.

Season 1 is complete

Me with Maisy at Toronto shop, The Workroom (Image: Karyn)

Me with Maisy at Toronto shop, The Workroom (Image: Karyn)

 

 

It's hard to believe I've been at this for a year.

This "pet" project continues to allow me to do what I love the very most: make audio, nerd out about animals while meeting many of them in the process (including their humans). I am so grateful that people are willing to make time for me, whether it was to share:

Their expertise or research such as Matthew Brower (Episode 2) who researched the long tradition of animal photography for his book, Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography.

Punchy all healed up (Image: Nanette)

Punchy all healed up (Image: Nanette)

Earl Grey playing with me when I visited Catopia in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Earl Grey playing with me when I visited Catopia in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Or entrusting me with the story of their companion animal, like Karyn and Andrew who's dog Maisy (Episode 6) had to take time off from her duty of shop dog at The Workroom in Toronto. I even got to meet Maisy this year, as you can see in the photo, I was more excited about the encounter than Maisy (I'm okay with that). And Nanette and her brave pup, Punchy (Episode 9) fought for his life with the help of strangers on the internet.

Or those with a cause that centres around animals, including the Boyle Street Community Services' Pet Food Bank and Alberta Helping Animals Society detailed on Episode 4 as well as the Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society (Episode 10).

You can hear all 10 shows from Season 1 by visiting the Episodes section.

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In 2016, I'll be embarking on Season 2 and continuing to explore pet culture and what it reveals about us.

If you have a story idea or a pet story to share, please contact me at sarah@petsoundsradio.com

Why we love cute pet photos

Featured on Episode 2

Capturing animals in photos hasn't always been about cute cats and goofy dogs.

When photography started back in the 1800s, photographers were focused on strong and fierce animals.  University of Toronto professor, Matthew Brower, who researched the long tradition of animal photography for his book, Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography, says it was more like sport hunting, capturing the image of a wild beast.

In 1872, the former governor of California, Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner, hired Eadweard Muybridge for some photographic studies of his horse (Image: Wikipedia)

In 1872, the former governor of California, Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horse owner, hired Eadweard Muybridge for some photographic studies of his horse (Image: Wikipedia)

Our attentions have now turned to cute photos of critters. Just look at the popularity of cats, Nala and Pudge as well as Marnie the dog on Instagram. We are drawn to imperfection, sweet and gentle images of non-threatening animals. Matthew Brower suggests this is because we are searching for hope and whimsy in a chaotic world.

Hear more from Matthew Brower on Episode 2 / Capturing Pets of the Pet Sounds podcast. It is also available on iTunes

Tuxedo Party's Humble Beginnings

Featured on Episode 10

Tuxedo Stan and Earl Grey in the front with brothers Neko and Stash in the back (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Tuxedo Stan and Earl Grey in the front with brothers Neko and Stash in the back (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

The grey and white tuxedo cat who ran for Canada's Prime Minister office in 2015, Earl Grey, comes from a very political family. His brother Tuxedo Stan was in politics first, starting the Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society in 2012.

The brothers came from humble beginnings when their mom was brought into a veterinary clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The vet, Dr. Hugh Chisholm, realized she was expecting. Once the litter of four male kittens were born, the vet decided to adopt two of them. At eight weeks old, brothers Tuxedo Stan and Earl Grey moved to a quiet property just outside of the city, fondly referred to as Catopia.

The pair joined three other cats, two dogs, two guinea pigs and a bunch of fish.

Tuxedo Stan and Earl Grey (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Tuxedo Stan and Earl Grey (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Dr. Hugh Chisholm with Tuxedo Stan (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Dr. Hugh Chisholm with Tuxedo Stan (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Earl Grey and Tuxedo Stan at play (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Earl Grey and Tuxedo Stan at play (Image: Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society)

Punchy Savings

Featured on Episode 9

When Punchy was attacked by another dog over Christmas, complete strangers offered to help his owners, Nanette and Brian. The assistance came in the form of donations toward vet bills, via GoFundMe.

Now that the crisis has passed, Punchy's owners are trying to get the other dog's owner to pay for the vet costs. Nanette and Brian don't want to keep the money, instead they hope to donate it to the Almost Home Animal Shelter and Adoption Center which supported the family during the ordeal.

Here are some images that Nanette posted about the process and endlessly entertaining pups...

Punchy after surgery with Nanette Nanette's Instagram caption: Punchy is doing as well as he possibly can be for everything he's been through. We got to visit him again today & was wagging his tail so hard despite all the hind quarter injuries. He was allowed to walk out of the cage & came over & just laid his precious little head on my knee (cuddle champion) & kept it there the whole entire time. They took him out today & he peed. Still won't eat, but sometimes he won't eat if he decides he's scared of hardwood floors that day. He's also resting more comfortably, rather than just standing all day. He still has a long road ahead of him & still has a high risk of infection, possibly more surgeries, but for now this is great news. I wanted to crawl in the cage with him & stay until he's able to come home, because when he put his little head on my knee, my heart felt whole again. Thank you all again, you're all part of this. Thank you for all of your comments of well wishes too & sharing similar stories with me , I read all of them & they mean so much, even if I don't respond. I was running on 3 hours of sleep & no food yesterday & also have a pretty sore hand still, so making an abundance of words go from my brain to my finger wasn't really happening. So much love to y'all! Keep sending good vibes!!

Punchy after surgery with Nanette
Nanette's Instagram caption: Punchy is doing as well as he possibly can be for everything he's been through. We got to visit him again today & was wagging his tail so hard despite all the hind quarter injuries. He was allowed to walk out of the cage & came over & just laid his precious little head on my knee (cuddle champion) & kept it there the whole entire time. They took him out today & he peed. Still won't eat, but sometimes he won't eat if he decides he's scared of hardwood floors that day. He's also resting more comfortably, rather than just standing all day. He still has a long road ahead of him & still has a high risk of infection, possibly more surgeries, but for now this is great news. I wanted to crawl in the cage with him & stay until he's able to come home, because when he put his little head on my knee, my heart felt whole again. Thank you all again, you're all part of this. Thank you for all of your comments of well wishes too & sharing similar stories with me , I read all of them & they mean so much, even if I don't respond. I was running on 3 hours of sleep & no food yesterday & also have a pretty sore hand still, so making an abundance of words go from my brain to my finger wasn't really happening. So much love to y'all! Keep sending good vibes!!

Nanette & baby Punchy Nanette's Instagram caption: Since it's #mcm & my main squeeze (besides the human guy I married whatever) is on the mend, here's a pic of us falling in love almost 6 years ago. Brian was working nightshift at the time (aka working all night/sleeping all day), so it was just me & this dude together 24/7. I'd only had cats before & wasn't too happy when Brian randomly brought home a tiny puppy (aka lots of work that he wouldn't be around to help with) after work. Obviously I got way over that way fast & an epic love story ensued. Don't mind my socks, I'm a hobo.

Nanette & baby Punchy
Nanette's Instagram caption: Since it's #mcm & my main squeeze (besides the human guy I married whatever) is on the mend, here's a pic of us falling in love almost 6 years ago. Brian was working nightshift at the time (aka working all night/sleeping all day), so it was just me & this dude together 24/7. I'd only had cats before & wasn't too happy when Brian randomly brought home a tiny puppy (aka lots of work that he wouldn't be around to help with) after work. Obviously I got way over that way fast & an epic love story ensued. Don't mind my socks, I'm a hobo.

Punchy, Go Go & Tinkerbell Nanette's Instagram caption: Hi, we hate baths & have a dirty tub. Don't judge.

Punchy, Go Go & Tinkerbell
Nanette's Instagram caption: Hi, we hate baths & have a dirty tub. Don't judge.

Go Go Nanette's Instagram caption: All of you, seriously. Thank you for all the shares too, please keep. And just for everything you're doing. A huge piece of my heart is missing. And positive thoughts are appreciated too, because Punchy needs to be ok too even if he's able to get the surgery.

Go Go
Nanette's Instagram caption: All of you, seriously. Thank you for all the shares too, please keep. And just for everything you're doing. A huge piece of my heart is missing. And positive thoughts are appreciated too, because Punchy needs to be ok too even if he's able to get the surgery.

Go Go & Brian Nanette's Instagram caption: Punchy is out of surgery. His injuries are very severe & they had to do a more aggressive surgery than they thought this morning. The surgery went as well as it could for him being so injured, but he may need more surgery & will definitely need more follow up care, so please keep sharing his page. Thank you all so much. (P.s. This is my view right now. Go Go is being so sweet & loving & understanding. We just all want out other puzzle piece back)

Go Go & Brian
Nanette's Instagram caption: Punchy is out of surgery. His injuries are very severe & they had to do a more aggressive surgery than they thought this morning. The surgery went as well as it could for him being so injured, but he may need more surgery & will definitely need more follow up care, so please keep sharing his page. Thank you all so much. (P.s. This is my view right now. Go Go is being so sweet & loving & understanding. We just all want out other puzzle piece back)

Go Go, Tinkerbell & Punchy McDonald Nanette's Instagram caption: They tried to kill me when I told them I would be right back.

Go Go, Tinkerbell & Punchy McDonald
Nanette's Instagram caption: They tried to kill me when I told them I would be right back.

Nanette & Punchy Nanette's Instagram caption: Every night, sleeps like people, right in between us 😊

Nanette & Punchy
Nanette's Instagram caption: Every night, sleeps like people, right in between us 😊

Go Go & Punchy Nanette's Instagram caption: Are you kidding me right now?? Go Go's face. Omg. Holy crap. I'm dying. She's like a magical Japanese cartoon or some junk.

Go Go & Punchy
Nanette's Instagram caption: Are you kidding me right now?? Go Go's face. Omg. Holy crap. I'm dying. She's like a magical Japanese cartoon or some junk.

Nanette & Punchy Nanette's Instagram caption: I don't know wtf he's doing, but I'll go ahead & declare this the greatest moment of my life.

Nanette & Punchy
Nanette's Instagram caption: I don't know wtf he's doing, but I'll go ahead & declare this the greatest moment of my life.

Maisy's Healing Journey

Featured on Episode 6

From cancer diagnosis to treatment, Maisy's medical care journey happened over many months and in multiple places. She's spent time at the University of Guelph's at the Ontario Veterinary College and in the USA at the University of Wisconsin's Veterinary Care.

You can see Karyn and Andrew's photo album of their time with Maisy, as she received medical care for her cancer in Madison, Wisconsin, over a month.


Pup Culture of Tattoos

Featured on Episode 5

Shane Turgeon has detailed the emergence of Star Wars and other geeky tattoos with two coffee table books. The first, The Force in the Flesh Vol.1, was published in 2007. Then in Spring 2015, Shane released the second installment, The Force in the Flesh Vol. II. Both are hardcover, full-color, coffee table books with 300+ pages of more than 1000 photos telling the individual stories of different Star Wars tattoo collectors and artists from all over the globe.

The books are an extension of Shane's passion for tattoos and pop culture, which he inspired him to start the tattoo art website www.tattoosandtoys.com in 2002. This led to Shane working with Lucasfilm’s Celebration conventions to lead discussion panels on various Star Wars collecting subjects. In 2003, he founded the Edmonton Collectible Toy and Comic Show (ECTCS), which was one of Western Canada’s largest pop culture collectible events. Partnering with the director of the Calgary Expo, Shane co-founded the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo in 2012, where he's currently the General Manager. Shane also owns a collectibles shop and tattoo shop, Shades of Grey.

Shane speaks to Pet Sounds about the ongoing evolution of tattoos and how pets are finding their way into the art form and are an extension of the counterculture.