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Working Like DogsMarcie Davis, host of Working Like Dogs

Marcie Davis
Assistance Dog Expert
Award-winning Writer


Service Dogs and Working Dogs


Working LIke Dogs features podcasts about working animals. In this working animal podcast, we cover everything from how to get started as a trainer of working animals or how to acquire a working animal to how to take care of your animal companion. In these podcasts, you will learn what it means to work side by side with an animal. We cover working animals such as service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, drug dogs, seizure dogs, military dogs, etc. In addition to dogs, we talk about working horses, elephants, pigeons, and the list goes on and on. We discuss topics such as equipment, grooming, nutrition, training, traveling with your working companion, veterinary issues, retirement, and behavior.

Our working animal podcasts include guests in every field of the working animal world. Trainers, handlers, veterinarians, working animal experts, and animal communicators give you the inside scoop on everything you’ve always wanted to know about working animals.





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Episode 56 - Riding the Waves and Pawing It Forward!
Judy Fridono and Surfing Dog Sensation Ricochet stop by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about the extraordinary philanthropic work they are doing to help people and causes in need. Learn all about Ricochet’s viral youtube video that has been viewed by over 3.3 million people and how she turned disappointment into pure bliss. Ricochet sends a clear message - everyone and anyone can make a difference in someone else’s life! You can follow Ricochet and her adventures on http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 55 - Canine Scientists On the Job!
Tune in as Megan Parker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Working Dogs for Conservation, talks to Marcie and Whistle about how she works side-by-side with some amazing canine scientists! These shelter-rescued dogs are changing the world and saving our planet as they work beside their human biologist partners to detect rare species and endangered plants. Their canine conservation work spreads from Montana throughout the world. You’ve got to hear it to believe it!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 54 - Start Clicking and Reach Your Animal's Mind
Karen Pryor, founder and leading proponent of clicker training and an internationally recognized animal behavioral biologist, visits with Marcie and Whistle about her new book, Reaching the Animal Mind, and her vast experience working with animals through positive methods and conditioning. Karen shares her wealth of knowledge as well as practical tips and information about how you and your dog can communicate through clicker training (www.clickertraining.com). Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Karen shows how easy and fun clicker training can be for both you and your dog!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 53 - Sit, Stay and Listen to Corey Hudson - The World Wide Assistance Dog Authority!
This assistance dog expert has been the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S.’s largest service dog organization, Canine Companions for Independence for over twenty years. Corey Hudson also serves as Secretary of Assistance Dogs International and as President of ADI, North America. ADI is a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs which promotes standards of excellence and public education. Sity, stay and listen in as Corey shares a wealth of knowledge about ADI and CCI, including the latest about ADI’s current projects and how people with disabilities can apply to receive a CCI assistance dog.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 52 - Secrets, Surprises and Solutions Every Working Dog Team Needs To Know
Dr. Marty Becker, "America’s Veterinarian" and the popular vet for "Good Morning America" and "The Dr. Oz Show," dropped by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his latest book, "Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual." In this just-published book, best-selling author Dr. Marty reveals surprising information and practical tips that can help you solve your working dog-care problems while saving money. He also gives us the inside scoop about his upcoming, nationwide "Big Bus Tour." Dr. Marty (www.drmartybecker.com) is a true animal lover who offers us the wealth of his knowledge and passion.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 51 - Canines in the United States Secret Service
Greg Stokes, supervisor of the Canine Training Section for the United States Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center, joins Marcie and Whistle to talk about the elite service that over 100 canines are currently providing to protect the President and Vice-President of the United States. Learn about these canines and how they work day-to-day beside their Secret Service handlers at the White House, throughout the country and abroad to detect explosives. Greg also talks about the ongoing training these dogs and their handlers must regularly endure to retain their physical fitness, stamina and unwavering discipline. The bond between these canines and their handlers is awe-inspiring!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 50 - Sled Dogs Steal the Hearts of Denali National Park Visitors!
Park Ranger Karen Fortier, author of Sled Dogs of Denali National Park and former kennel manager at Denali for 10 years, drops by to give Marcie and Whistle an insider’s view into the working life of the Denali National Park sled dogs. Karen talks about how these fascinating Alaskan Huskies work beside park personnel to provide critical transportation in the back-country, assist park researchers, break trail, and patrol the park’s boundaries while maintaining the integrity of the wilderness.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 49 - Two Plus Four Equals One
Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs is a delightful anthology of over 100 true stories and poems. Author, editor, and guide dog recipient, Kathy Nimmer, along with contributing author and diabetic alert service dog recipient, Dena Feller, visit with Marcie and Whistle about this inspirational book. They share their insights about these personal stories and poems written by or about men, women, and children with disabilities. Kathy and Dena talk openly with Marcie about how this remarkable book illuminates the working partnership between assistance dogs and people with disabilities while demystifying longstanding misperceptions about disability.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 48 - Mahalo Representative Ching!
Hawaii Representative Corinne Ching visits with Marcie and Whistle about her efforts to formally designate the second week of August as National Assistance Dog Week in Hawaii. Follow House Bill 1596 at www.hawaii.gov/lrb/par. And don’t be shy, Representative Ching needs your support for this assistance dog specific legislation. She encourages everyone to email her at repching@capitol.hawaii.gov and weigh in on her endeavor to make Hawaii the first state to declare NADW (www.assistancedogweek.org) an official holiday!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 47 - Helping Hands is All About Monkey Business!
Megan Talbert, Executive Director of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled (www.monkeyhelpers.org), stopped by to give Marcie and Whistle the scoop about how she and her staff train and place capuchin monkeys with individuals with disabilities. Helping Hands is a national nonprofit organization based in Boston that serves quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility-impairments by providing highly trained monkeys to assist them in their daily activities. Megan explains the differences between monkeys and dogs as service animals, and she also talks about how YOU or someone you know can apply for one of these life-changing, multitalented primates!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 46 - War Dogs Remembered – Recognizing Our Unsung Canine Heroes
Veteran military dog handler, Larry Chilcoat, talks with Marcie and Whistle about the ongoing efforts to build a Military Working Dogs National Monument (www.jbmf.us). Larry speaks eloquently about the hard work that has gone into designing and funding this national monument that will honor the heroic past and present United States military dog handlers and their incredible working dogs. Learn how you can contribute to this long overdue monument to recognize these military working dog teams for their service. And hear firsthand how much these dogs do every day to save and to protect our country and the lives of their military handlers.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 45 - Growing Up Guide Pup
Amie and Matt Chapman and their Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy in training, Ricki, stop by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about their groundbreaking video blog, Growing Up Guide Pup. Through this video diary, they are documenting the highlights of raising their current Guide Dog puppy, Ricki with viewers worldwide tuning in. The series covers Ricki’s training and development into a Guide Dog for the Blind. Listen in as they share their experiences and wisdom about training and nurturing these amazing working dogs.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 44 - It’s All in the Funny Papers!
Comic strip creator, Tom Batiuk, stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his career as a nationally syndicated comic strip writer and the creator of Funky Winkerbean. He also talks in depth about his character Wally, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who returns home with post traumatic stress disorder. Through the coaxing of his girlfriend, Rachel, Wally embarks on a journey to receive a service dog named Buddy that changes his life. Batiuk sheds some light on the inspiration for his creations, his collaboration with Puppies Behind Bars, and his belief that America’s funny pages should reflect what’s happening in the world.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 43 - The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein, best-selling author and documentary filmmaker, talks with Marcie and Whistle about his New York Times best-selling book, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," which will soon also be a major motion picture. Stein shares how he discovered the magical spirit that we know as Enzo, the dog who is the main character.  Stein describes Enzo as “nearly a human soul trapped in a dog’s body," and tells us how Enzo’s voice came to life in this touching and unforgettable novel. You won’t want to miss a second of this heart-warming discussion.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 42 - Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things and Paws and Stripes!
Lindsey Stanek, Executive Director of Paws and Stripes, gives us the behind-the-scenes scoop about how she and husband and Iraq veteran, Jim Stanek, along with his assistance dog, Sarge, became unknowing guests on "Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things Show!" Of course it was a well-deserved honor, considering the work Lindsey, and her husband do at Paws and Stripes, a unique organization that works with local animal shelters and trainers to select dogs to be partnered with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injuries.  Come backstage and learn how Oprah pulled off the amazing once-in-a-lifetime gift fest that upstaged Santa this year!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 41 - Victory Ranch - Where the Great Pyrenees and Alpacas Live!
Carol Weisner, Darcy Weisner, and Brian McGill stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about their gorgeous Victory Ranch in Mora, New Mexico, the largest alpaca ranch in the Southwest United States. Carol, Darcy, and Brian talk about the magnificent Great Pyrenees working dogs who heroically work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to watch over the alpacas and protect them from coyotes and other predators. They also talk about all of the exhilarating activities currently happening in celebration of Victory Ranch’s 20th anniversary. Visit and you can meet the Great Pyrenees and participate in daily feedings of the alpacas,  take part in an onsite fiber workshop that includes spinning or weaving classes, and  get a copy of the Great Pyrenees children’s book, Zeus’ Adventure.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 40 - International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) Needs YOU to Take a Pepsi Challenge!
Have you heard of the Pepsi Refresh (http://www.refresheverything.com/helpthedisabledandtheirdogs) competition? Toni Eames and Joan Froling, from the International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (www.iaadp.org), talk with Marcie and Whistle about the Pepsi Refresh program and IAADP’s opportunity to win funding to support veterinary costs for assistance dog teams and other worthwhile IAADP needs. They also share the latest information about the revisions to the American with Disabilities Act’s definition of service dogs. And they provide the latest "poop" on airport relief areas specific for assistance dogs. This episode is jam-packed with helpful information for assistance dog teams!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 39 - From Hollywood Villain to Rescue Dog Philanthropist!
David Dayan Fisher, star of Hollywood hits such as National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, NCIS, Medium and 24, joins Marcie and Whistle to talk about his beloved dogs, Burton and Monkey. David talks passionately about how his dogs changed his life and helped him to gain a new perspective. He chats about his new book, Puppy School, and how proceeds from the book are directly benefiting rescue dog organizations throughout the country. David and his two canine best friends are busy living the Hollywood dream and making the world a better place for humans and our canine buddies!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 38 - Through a Dog’s Eyes Part II
Lisa Panish, mom to 7-year-old twin boys, Chase and Connor, talks to Marcie and Whistle about her family’s incredible journey to Canine Assistants where they were united with service dogs, Oakley and Nadia. Lisa talks about their unique experience and the incredible impact these dogs have had on Chase and Connor, their school, and their entire family and community. Can you imagine being a mom to two 7-year-olds with disabilities and their two service dogs, and starring in a PBS Documentary? How in the world does she do it all? Lisa’s experience is truly inspirational!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 37 - 2010 National Assistance Dog Event Winners Tonja Peterson-Wendt and Luka
Tonja Peterson-Wendt and her service dog, Luka, stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle in celebration of their winning the 2010 National Assistance Dog Event Contest! Tonja and Luka share their personal story and how they engaged Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and other policy makers, service dog organizations, service dog advocates and service dog recipients to come together to take the national prize. You don’t want to miss a second of Tonja and Luka’s amazing story of how they joined forces to help each other.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 36 - Through a Dog’s Eyes
The Founder and CEO of Canine Assistants and author of the best-selling book, Through a Dog’s Eyes, Jennifer Arnold, and Canine Assistants’ Trainer, Chris Casatelli, join Marcie and Whistle to share their philosophy about how to successfully train service dogs. They also discuss the PBS documentary, Through a Dog’s Eyes sponsored by Milk Bone, and the incredible work they are doing every day to place service dogs with individuals with disabilities. Jennifer and Chris know their stuff when it comes to effectively training service dogs and they candidly discuss their personal commitment to training these amazing dogs!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 35 - Celebrity Tom Sullivan Continues to Turn Adversity into Opportunity!
Entertainer and Guide Dog Partner, Tom Sullivan and his German Shepherd guide dog, Edison, stop by to chat with Marcie and Whistle about their experiences as a working guide dog team. Tom is full of funny stories and true wisdom that he openly shares with Marcie and Whistle about his experience throughout the years as a popular entertainer, a man who was born blind, and an active member of a guide dog team. Tom’s observations about the abilities of his assistance dogs are truly illuminating!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 34 - Jill Rappaport - Bow to Wow!
NBC’s TODAY Show Correspondent, best-selling author, and animal advocate, Jill Rappaport, talks with Marcie and Whistle about her lifelong passion for animals. Jill shares personal stories about her beloved dog, Jack, and the other “fur angels” that enrich her life. She also captivatingly discusses her commitment to helping lost and discarded animals find loving homes. Hear about Jill’s Genesis award-winning “Bow to Wow” series and how she provides doggy makeovers to shelter dogs through her unique segments on NBC’s TODAY show. Jill is a true animal advocate!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 33 - Traveling With Your Assistance Dog
Have you been bitten by the travel bug but wonder how you can travel domestically and internationally with your assistance dog? Then you won’t want to miss this episode of Working Like Dogs when Marcie and Whistle visit with Lisa Vesper from the Eldorado Animal Clinic. One of Lisa’s specialties is to work with clients and their assistance dogs to ensure that their travel dreams become a reality. Listen in as Lisa talks about what you need to do in advance of your travels to make sure your trip is a dream come true and not a nightmare. She also talks about some top things that you should pack for every trip!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 32 - Actress Ali MacGraw Has a Tale to Tell!
Actress and animal welfare advocate, Ali MacGraw, visits with Marcie and Whistle and discusses her commitment to assistance animals, National Assistance Dog Week and her work with Assistance Dogs of the West. Ali also performs a special reading for our listeners of author Judith Newton and Assistance Dogs of the West’s innovative children’s book series about a service dog named Nito. The first story begins with Nito becomes an Assistance Dogs of the West service dog in training. In the second story, Nito is matched with Chloe, a little girl in a wheelchair. In the third book of the series, Nito and Chloe go on an amazing adventure to Washington, D.C. You won’t want to miss one second of this inspiring interview!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 31 - Golden Girl Betty White Stops by to Celebrate National Assistance Dog Week!
Betty White, the extremely popular actress and star of the new TV show “Hot in Cleveland,” stops by to discuss National Assistance Dog Week. She also talks with Marcie and Whistle about her long-term interests and activism for animals, her “career change” dog, and her latest fundraising efforts for the Morris Animal Foundation, which includes a steamy calendar, hip clothing line, and much more!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 30 - Storytelling through Rhymes!
Author Judith Newton stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about her latest children’s book in her series about a service dog, named Nito. In this latest book, Nito and Chloe Get an Invitation, Judith tells a wonderful story about how Nito and his human partner, Chloe, travel to Washington, D.C. on an invitation to visit the White House and to receive a special award. They meet the President, his family, and of course, their dog Bo! Hear what inspired Judith and how service dogs changed her life.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 29 - Mush - Sled Dog Power!
Have you ever wondered how sled dogs are trained and how
they work together as a professional team? Then listen in as Liz Parrish and Barb Schaefer talk about their experiences in preparing a sled dog team to participate in the infamous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®. This Great Race spans from Anchorage to Nome as the musher and her team of 12 to 16 dogs cover over 1,150 miles of rough and beautiful terrain in only 10 to 17 days. Barb and Liz also talk with Marcie and Whistle about all the other cool ways they are
helping others to experience the magic of working with sled dogs. You don’t want to miss hearing all the lessons they’ve learned from these incredible working dogs!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 28 - Should Every Dog Have a Job?
Liz Palika Thinks So!

Listen in as world-renowned author, dog trainer, radio host, and working dog team member; Liz Palika visits with Marcie and Whistle. Liz talks about all kinds of dogs with jobs. From pet therapy dogs to service dogs to family pets going out and retrieving the newspaper each morning, Liz shares her personal experiences as a member of a working dog team and as the founder of Love on a Leash, a pet therapy program that now boasts chapters nationwide.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 27 - Canine Works Tirelessly with the Yolo County, California District Attorney’s Office to Serve Child Abuse Victims
Canine Victim Advocate, Daisy, works with her handler, Lori Raineri and Cameron Handley, Director of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Multi-Disciplinary Center (MDIC), and her staff to help children who have been victims of crime. The MDIC is a facility where child victims of sexual abuse go for forensic interviews, medical evidentiary examinations, advocacy, assessment, therapy and support services. Cameron, Lori and Daisy stop by to visit with Marcie and Whistle to discuss how Daisy helps to reduce the trauma that child victims often experience. You’ll be amazed at what an exemplary employee Daisy is and all the ways Daisy helps the children, family, and staff of the Yolo County DA’s Office! CSI has nothing on Daisy!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 26 - Understanding Your Working Dog’s Behavior
Have you ever wondered “Why your dog digs uncontrollably in your yard?” or “Why your dog suddenly starts unruly barking at other animals or objects?" Veterinarian and Pet Behavior Specialist, Dr. Jeff Nichol, D.V.M., shares his insights and experiences with Marcie and Whistle about these and other canine behaviors. Join Marcie and Whistle as Dr. Nichol addresses various behavioral issues and shares some helpful tips about how you can respond to your dog’s particular issues.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 25 - Where Fire Safety Meets Fun!
Firefighter Dayna Hilton and her fire safety dog, Sparkles, stop by to share Sparkles’ inspiring story of how she went from being a rescued Dalmatian to educating millions of children and their caregivers about fire safety. Dayna also talks about all of the wonderful free fire safety tips, games and videos for both young people and teachers that can be found on both of their interactive web sites www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com and www.firefighterdayna.com. Firefighter Dayna also shares information about their children’s book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog which benefits the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog definitely has her paw on the pulse of fire safety!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 24 - Saddle Up with Assistance Dogs
of the West!

Since 1995, Assistance Dog of the West’s assistance dogs have helped clients to overcome physical mobility challenges caused by disease, stroke or traumatic accident. Assistance Dogs of the West’s Executive Director, Carolyn Clark Beedle, stops in to talk with Marcie and Whistle about Assistance Dogs of the West’s award winning educational and vocational programs that enable them to provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. You’ll be amazed at the innovative ways they are engaging youth as young as eight years old to train these assistance dogs!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 23 - What’s New With The Tuttles?
Wayne Tuttle and his guide dog, Cosmo, drop by for another visit with Marcie and Whistle to discuss some exciting new things they have going on this year. Wayne shares the latest news and products on his service dog supply web site www.servicedoghouse.com. Marcie and Wayne also talk about some of the recent information regarding public access and service dog legislation in both the United States and Canada. Listen in and catch up with Wayne and Cosmo and Marcie and Whistle!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 22 - The Realities of Retiring a Service Dog
Have you experienced the agony of retiring a service dog or do you have a service dog that one day you will have to retire? Or, are you just interested in how in the world someone retires their service dog? If so, then listen in as Marcie discusses her experiences and lessons learned when she had to retire her service dogs, Ramona and Morgan. Hear how she transitioned to her successor dogs and ways that she bridged these remarkable relationships.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 21 - Red Dog Rising
Retired police K9 handler, Jeff Schettler, stops in to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his new book, Red Dog Rising. Jeff talks about his experiences with his beloved police dog, Ronin. From a homeless teen to a decorated police dog handler, Jeff talks candidly about his personal experiences and how Ronin changed his life. Jeff discusses subjects from the successful cases they solved together to the tragedies that ultimately ended their careers as law enforcement officers.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 20 - K9 Officer On Duty!
Join Marcie and Whistle as they visit with Officer John Doskocz and his K9 Partner, Iozo. Officer Doskocz and his German Shepherd canine partner, Iozo, are law enforcement officers with the Cheektowaga Police Department located outside Buffalo, New York. Officer Doskocz talks with us about how he and Iozo became a K9 law enforcement unit, the kinds of crimes they are trained to respond to, and their proudest achievement as a K9 team!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 19 - What are Psychiatric Service Dogs?
Have you ever wondered what a psychiatric service dog really does? Join Marcie and Whistle as Joan Esnayra, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society and her psychiatric service dog, Kenji, stop by to talk about psychiatric service dogs. Learn the difference between traditional service dogs and psychiatric service dogs including how they are trained and what they do to assist their human partners living with mental illness.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 18 - The Doctor Is In!
Join Marcie and Whistle as veterinarian Dr. T. Murt Byrne stops by to talk about your working dog’s health and wellness. Dr. Byrne shares his practical advice on some of the most common things our working dogs will experience throughout their working life spans such as what to do if your dog is vomiting or experiencing bloat to weight management and regular wellness screenings. Dr. Byrne will dispel some common myths and give us the 411 on good veterinarian care for our working animals.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 17 - Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Assistance Dogs! Part 2
Join Marcie and Whistle as Marcie continues her candid discussion about Assistance Dogs including the commands and tasks they are trained to perform. Marcie talks about how Whistle continues to provide her with independence and mobility that she had thought, as a woman with a long-term disability, was truly unobtainable. But all that changed when she received her first service dog, Ramona. Listen in as she shares her story.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 16 - Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Assistance Dogs! Part 1
Do you really know what an assistance dog can do for its human partner? Where did the idea of an assistance dog came from? And when did people starting using assistance dogs for independence and public access? Join Marcie and Whistle as Marcie candidly shares her experiences and lessons learned as a member of a service dog team.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 15 - K-9 Correctional Officers
Did you know that there are dogs that actually carry badges and serve as official correctional officers inside America’s prisons? These dogs are considered to be correctional officers just like their human partners! Correctional Officer and Master Trainer, Anthony Ramon stops by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his work as the leader of a K-9 correctional team and a Master Trainer for the New Mexico Department of Corrections. From identifying chemical agents in bombs to detecting hidden cell phones, Master Trainer Ramon talks about his experiences as a trainer and a dog handler. Master Trainer Ramon has seen it all and he shares with Marcie and Whistle all of the ways his canine patrols help to keep people safe both inside and outside of the prison walls.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 14 - Emergency Vets
Ever wondered what you should do if your working animal gets sick in the middle of the night or on the weekend when your regular vet is unavailable? Then join Marcie and Whistle as they chat with Dr. Cindy McCauley-Atkinson, the current practice owner and medical director of the Animal Emergency Center of West Houston. Dr. McCauley-Atkinson shares her knowledge and experience about everything you should know to provide effective emergency care for your working animal including what to have on-hand in your emergency first aid kit, what Poison Control can do to save your animal’s life in a crisis situation, and other helpful tips and information.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 13 - There’s No Excuse For Doggy Breath!
The Doggie Dentist is in the house and she says, "there's no excuse for doggy breath!". Join us as Dr. Kris Bannon, DVM and Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, dispels the myths and gives us the real scoop about dental care for our working dogs. Dr. Bannon talks specifically about why oral health is important, what kinds of dental problems are most common, and how often we should be brushing our dog’s teeth. She also offers lots of practical tips and information that every dog lover needs to know!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 12 - Have You Ever Thought About Raising A Service Dog?
Listen in and smell the puppy breath as Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) Puppyraiser, Jeni Exley, stops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about being a service dog puppyraiser. Jeni is currently raising her fifth service dog puppy and she candidly discusses the lessons she has learned along the way. Jeni openly shares how she became a volunteer puppyraiser. She also discusses how she ensures that her puppy in training can confidently perform each of the 31 commands that are required before he or she can move forward to advanced service dog training, better known as service dog college! Jeni answers all of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 11 - Serving Those Who Served The U.S.
Iraq Veteran, Isaiah Schaffer and his chocolate lab service dog, Meghan, join Marcie and Whistle to talk about Puppies Behind Bars. Isaiah visits with us about the service dogs that Puppies Behind Bars trains specifically for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have suffered a physical injury, traumatic brain injury, or who exhibit post traumatic stress disorder. Listen in as Isaiah candidly shares his personal story about how Meghan and the inmate who trained her changed his life and impacted his ability to successfully cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 10 -Two Tuttles Four Paws!
Join us as we visit with Wayne Tuttle and his guide dog, Cosmo. Wayne discusses how he developed two online service dog stores (www.twotuttlesfourpaws.com and www.servicedoghouse.com) and his knowledge and expertise about service dog access laws in Canada and the United States.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 9 - Pioneers in Partner Independence
Toni Eames M.S. and Ed Eames Ph.D., founding board members and officers of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), join us to discuss the benefits of IAADP membership and the current issues IAADP is working to address such as the civil rights of service animal handlers and the advocacy campaign for service animal relief areas at airports. Toni and Ed also talk about the exciting new Partners in Independence DVD that illustrates the work done by guide, hearing, and service dogs.

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Episode 8 - Guide Dogs, Leading the Way!
Guide dogs have been assisting people who are blind or who have low vision since before World War I. Nicole Meadowcroft joins us to talk about the OccuPaws Guide Dog Association. This innovative guide dog training program utilizes a “community” or “in-home” training approach for individuals who want a guide dog but can not attend a traditional “out-of-home” program. Listen in as Nicole shares her exhilarating experiences as a guide dog trainer and a member of guide dog team.

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Episode 7 - Service Dog Cruise News
Marcie talks to Deb Davis from Paws With A Cause about their great organization.  Paws With A Cause® trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS® promotes awareness through education.

They also discuss the upcoming Service Dog Cruise!  Join Paws With A Cause on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas for a Service Dog Cruise! Sailing January 17, 2010, this week-long cruise offers all of the adventure and amenities that Royal Caribbean offers to you and your Assistance Dog!  Tune in for all the details!

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Episode 6 - Celebrating National Service Dog Eye Exam Week!
Does your service dog qualify for a complimentary screening eye exam? Dr. William Miller and Stacee Daniel from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) join us to talk about National Service Dog Eye Exam Week. The week of May 3, 2009 over 140 ACVO board certified veterinary ophthalmologists will donate their services to provide FREE eye examinations to Service Dogs across America and Canada. Join us as we talk about this exciting event and about the importance of eye care for working dog teams!

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Episode 5 - Teaching People, Teaching Dogs
Curious about clicker training and other working dog training techniques? Dani Weinberg, Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, talks about her work as a clicker trainer and her passion for working with both animals and their human partners. Listen in and learn about Dani’s practical training tips and techniques for working with service dogs and their human partners!

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Episode 4 - Living With A Service Dog Team
Special guest Franz Freibert shares his personal experiences as a spouse and family member to a working service dog team. He discusses his wife’s decision to get a service dog and how it impacted his life. Franz answers that age old question, “Do working dogs ever get to cut loose and play?” and much, much more!

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Episode 3 - A Powerful Touch
BodyTalk for animals strives to reawaken the body’s ability to heal itself. Join us as we welcome BodyTalk Practitioner and Instructor, Laura Hames, as she shares her knowledge and experiences about this alternative healing technique for both humans and animals. Learn how BodyTalk could benefit your working animal!

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Episode 2 - The Leaders of the Pack in Working Dog Equipment
Curious about what equipment is right for your service dog or other working dog? Or tired of buying equipment that doesn’t fit or doesn’t deliver what it promises? Then join us as we chat with Josh Griffith, owner of Wiredog Petjoy online (www.petjoyonline.com), as we discuss a variety of service dog products, training gear, and other working dog needs and supplies.

Questions or Comments? Send them to: marcie@petliferadio.com.


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Episode 1 - K-9 Corps Day – Canine Veterans Getting The Recognition They Deserve!
Did you know that thousands of canines serve every day as proud members of our military and they have done so since before the Revolutionary War? Join us as we talk with Joe White, Vietnam Veteran, dog handler and founder of K-9 Corps Day, as he discusses the history of military dogs and the contributions they have made and continue to make to our grateful nation.

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