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Episode 111 - Orphans of Katrina

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Released Sat November 13, 2010
Length: 1:07:55
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Orphans of Katrina

People were asking me do you have any happy reunion stories, any great fun interesting happy endings - and you know Katrina was not the land of happy endings.

 - Karen O’Toole

When Karen O'Toole realised how dire the situation was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she just had to help.

She spent months living in a car park by night, and rescuing dogs by day.

When she came home, Karen became very frustrated with the way the media coverage of Katrina was being handled and how she was only asked about happy reunion stories. As she puts it, "I realized the true story might never be told - the true story of a human & animal disaster so far-reaching and heartbreaking that the very people who lived it were burying it."

As a result, Karen wrote Orphans of Katrina: What really happened on the Gulf and it's an amazing book. In this interview she talks movingly about her life-changing experiences.

You can find out more about Karen and Orphans of Katrina: What really happened on the Gulf at her website, or at her Facebook page.

Listeners question

Basically to a dog its mouth is the equivalent of our hands, so imagine another person, a small child grabbing your hand to play, it’s the same thing.

 - Dr Muriel Brasseur

DogCast Radio listener Louise Billett contacted us for help with a problem with two dogs she spends a lot of time with. Her rescue German Shepherd Dog Shep mouths her, putting his teeth on her wrist and hand a lot. Although he doesn't hurt Louise, she is interested in why he does this and how she can stop him doing it.

Annie is a rescue Labrador that Louise looks after when her owner is away, and Annie has the same bad habit as Shep, but she also likes to pin other dogs down and mouth them on the neck.

We arranged for zoologist and experienced animal behaviourist Dr Muriel Brasseur for Louise to put her questions to. Muriel has some great advice and recommendations for Louise, and you can find out more about Muriel at her Oxfordshire Animal Behaviour Centre website or via her Twitter page.

To download the leaflet with suggestions on how to play with your dog go to the Blue Cross site.

News

In the DogCast Radio News you can hear how dogs focus on human faces, what frequency they shake at and research into the pessimistic and optimistic nature of some dogs' characters.

Plus hear how the most famous dog owner in the UK - the Queen - has had to take steps to keep dogs safe at her Sandringham estate.

Buddy's Diary

In Buddy's Diary, Buddy - who is now an Olympian - ponders on the nature of things that interest humans and dogs. Seashells, bubbles, laser lights and socks, what do they all have in common? - Buddy has the answers!

Save Lennox

Lennox is an American Bull dog cross, his mum was a Pedigree American Bull dog and his father was a cross between a Pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Pedigree Black Labrador.

Until recently Lennox lived very happily with a Yorkshire terrier and a Boxer. On Wednesday the 19th May 2010 he was taken from his family home by Belfast City Council as they believe he falls under the dangerous dogs act for Northern Ireland, and since then he has been locked away from his family under threat of death.

To find out more listen to the show, or visit the Save Lennox website. This dog and his family need you help -please take the time to help get Lennox back home where he belongs.

Pukka: The Pup After Merle

If you are lucky enough to write a book that captures the heart of the dog world in the way Merle’s Door did, how on earth do you follow it? Well author Ted Kerasote has very wisely left the talking up to his current dog, and the result is Pukka: The Pup After Merle.

It's a fantastic book and in this episode you can hear a review , or to find out more visit Ted Kerasote's website.

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