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Pet Sounds

A podcast about you + your pet. A monthly podcast about our relationships with the creatures who beg for our food, hog our beds and witness our gross habits. Each episode investigates pet culture and what it reflects about us.
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Nov 2, 2017

Brody is just a little dog but he’s got a big role in a recovery community. He lives at a transition house for men in early recovery from addiction, giving them a tangible way to put their program into action.

Oct 2, 2017

Pet photos impact online dating matches according to a new study out of Yale University's Innovative Interactions Lab. Researcher Molly Crossman shares the results while Tinder dater, Rob explains how pet pictures influence his swipes.   

Sep 1, 2017

New Yorker contributor and filmmaker, Susanna Fogel imagines what advice a dog has to offer, in her debut novel, Nuclear Family: A Tragicomic Novel in Letters. The reader gets to know the central character, Julie, through a series of notes from the people, inanimate objects and creatures who populate her life - including Morrissey, the bloodhound belonging to her boyfriend. 

Aug 1, 2017

Letter carrier, Natasha, sings songs to the cats she meets on her mail route. But one little kitty needed more than that and Natasha felt compelled to try. 

Jul 1, 2017

Megan and Adam are in love. Only problem, she's deathly allergic to his two dogs. Hear how the love story of the people and the pets is developing side-by-side. 

 

Jun 1, 2017

Letter carriers, Natasha and Matt, share the challenges pets create on their mail deliver routes. The often aggressive behaviour towards posties is no fluke - dog trainer Christina explains why. 

May 1, 2017

Pets are part of the property that needs to be divided when a marriage breaks up. Nikki Lepine describes her experience with divorce and pet custody while Animal Legal Defense Fund's Sarah Hanneken explains the legal process and how it's being forced to change.

Apr 1, 2017

A little french bulldog named Pickle is helping people understand, appreciate and access visual art. It's with her long-running Instagram account and website, Art Blog Dog Blog. We hear from her owner and private art advisor, Katie Ward about how this little dog is impacting the art world.

Mar 1, 2017

A companion animal's death can prompt very real grief in their owner. Andrea Beca knows—she shares how she's working through it. A pet bereavement specialist with the Canadian Mental Health AssociationHeather Mueller, explains why grieving a pet demands its own distinct process.

Feb 1, 2017

If your cat gets caught up in a tree, you just call the fire department for help. Think again. We'll hear how an arborist, Shaun Sears has climbed in and stepped up, with Canopy Cat Rescue, when fire rescue can't.

Nov 1, 2016

Learning how to take care of a pet isn't always taught or taught well — Erica Callais Falbaum hopes to change that with her Pet Education Project (PEP). We find out why programs like PEP are important to engage children with animal care, from Animals & Society Institute's Lisa Lunghofer.  

Oct 1, 2016

We hear how a little budgie began as a present before she found her true home.

Sep 5, 2016

Going on a walk with your dog isn’t just good for you and your pet. We’ll find out why walking is good for the whole community according to a new walkability study.

Aug 1, 2016

What may be the worst part about having a companion animal may also be the best, according to writer Richard Kelly Kemick. He details it in his essay Sweeping It under the Carpet published in The Walrus magazine.

Jul 2, 2016

When natural disasters strike, often evacuation doesn't (and can't) include beloved family pets. We hear how one family, including their two cats, dealt with the devastation caused by recent forest fires in Fort McMurray, Canada.

Jun 1, 2016

Travel can offer a new perspective --- a fresh way to see yourself and your life. For one Canadian couple, a two-year adventure in Mexico provided a revelation...about cats.

May 1, 2016

Personalized stories are often used by animal rescues to promote adoptable dogs and cats --- but it hasn't always been that way. We'll trace the emergence of the adoption stories with the help of university professor, Susan Hamilton who leads us back through the history of dog shelters.

Apr 1, 2016

There are many misconceptions about Islam, including its teachings about companion animals. Veterinarian Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker debunks these false ideas while journalist (& author of Amazing Cats) Omar Mouallem reflects on growing up Muslim and how that informs his relationship with pets.

Mar 1, 2016

After his mom died, Bruno a 900-pound baby bull forged a bond with a human, Christine. Hear how this special relationship impacts the 11-month-old orphaned calf's future as farm livestock.

Feb 1, 2016

For years, cat lady and spinster have been words reserved to shame women who don't fulfill prescribed gender roles. Sociologist Dr. Fiona Angus tells us why this is changing, while Holly and her 5 cats (3 permanent guys + some foster kittens), show us how.

Jan 1, 2016

Medical treatment for pets and people isn't all that different. This approach to medicine is called the one health concept. Veterinarian Dr. Joe Bartges, explains it as we hear the story of a 22 lbs. cat named Gonzo loved through diabetes and obesity, by her owner Ronnie Lee Hill.

Nov 1, 2015

Animals are running for office, including Earl Grey from the Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society. The cat campaigned during the 2015 Canadian federal election and has his sights set on the USA Presidential race too. We find out why he's interested in politics and what other political animals are out there.

Oct 1, 2015

He's a little dog who wanted to protect his human. Hear how Punchy fought for his owner, Nanette McDonald, and how in turn she, with the help of the internet, fought for him.

Sep 1, 2015

Human curiosity about what’s beyond our blue skies got the better of us. We invented all kinds of technologies to get us there, but it wasn't only us. We remember the fish, cats, frogs, monkeys, spiders and dogs who were sent out into the unknown.

Aug 1, 2015

Furkid and furbaby are terms used when trying to describe the relationship we have with our pets.  We ask pet owners at the Edmonton International Cat Festival for the titles they've chosen to give their companion animals. And then we uncover why this has developed over the last 50 years, with Anthrozoologist Dr John Bradshaw

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