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Animal Radio Episode 831

November 6, 201587 min
Comedian Kip Addotta is Back
Legendary Comedian Kip Addotta knows a lot about animals. Especially cats. The love of his life was "Harley," a kitty that lived 23 years. Kip will tell us the secrets to feline longevity as well as some of his secret flea remedies. He says "I loved my cat, Harley! People ask me if I had Harley declawed. Well, I would never have a cat declawed, because claws are a cat's only line of defense, and I can get pretty drunk!"

Find Your Lost Dog Using A Facial Recognition App
There are many apps for finding lost pets, but a new one has gone a step further by using facial recognition software. It's called FindingRover.com and it matches eight distinctive facial markers on dogs with images uploaded by people searching for lost pets. Eyes and noses are important areas to help tell dogs apart; especially the eye size and how the eyes are positioned near the snout.

Do Animal's Improve Student's Reading Skills

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative is giving $13,000 to answer the question: Does reading aloud to a classroom pet such as a rabbit help to improve students' reading skills?  Experts say the human-animal bond can lessen the stress young children sometimes feel in the classroom, and believe it will show classroom interactions with rabbits and guinea pigs will improve students' oral fluency and reading comprehension.

Therapy Dog Loses Certification Over Costumes

A Pet Partners certified therapy dog has lost that certification because the organization the organization says it found the Boston Terrier's biker costume to be a "safety concern."  5-year-old Chopper has put in several years volunteering in San Diego-area hospitals and senior centers on his mini-motorcycle. Chopper's owner says Pet Partners told him it was concerned about "the perception Chopper may be creating in the community with regard to therapy animals."

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