This is the Radio Boston rundown for Feb. 17. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- According to a survey done by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 23 million households in the US welcomed a new pet into their home during the pandemic. Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA, joined us to give an update on those puppies and the new owners.
- From seeing-eye dogs who help their people safely navigate the world, to pups who are ready to jump to the aid of an owner in a wheelchair, these canines seem to be limitless when it comes to their intelligence and skills. As a part of our special full-hour show on man's best friend, we look into the world of service dogs with Cathy Zemaitis, Director of Development at NEADS, an organization dedicated to raising, training, and placing service dogs with people who need them; as well as KateLynne Steinke, former Paralympic rower for team USA, who has a NEADS service dog, Jones.
- Today, it's not "Ask the Doctors," but "Ask the Vets." We're focusing on your pooch-related health-puzzles. What food is best for senior canines? Is this amount of barking normal? Dr. Monica Mansfield, a vet at Medway Animal Hospital and president-elect of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and Dr. Indu Mani, an associate vet at VCA Brookline Animal Hospital and chief scientific officer at Brief Media, joined us to answer all of our dog questions.
This program aired on February 17, 2022.