Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

  The new book, Off the Leash, is a group portrait of dog people, specifically the strange, wonderful, neurotic, and eccentric dog people who gather at Amory Park, overlooking Boston near Fenway Park. It’s also about author Matthew Gilbert’s transformation, after much fear and loathing of dogs and social groups, into one of those dog people with fur on their jackets, squeaky toys in their hands, and biscuits in their pockets.

Linda Rosenthal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign into law a bill that would give local governments across New York more power to regulate pet dealers, thereby cracking down on abusive puppy mills that supply dogs.

8/20/13 - Panel

Aug 20, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Flu vaccines
Green Island Pets limits
NPR CEO Gary Knell rasigns
Lenient sentence for PFC Manning?


It's Pets & Vets on this edition of Vox Pop with Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

5/10/13 - Panel

May 10, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Benghazi Email
ATM Heist
Online Sales Tax
Benefits of Pets


It's Pets & Vets on this edition of Vox Pop with Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Courtesy Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Right now, at the North Albany branch of the Capital District YMCA on North Pearl Street in Albany, students of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, under the supervision of veterinarians, are offering subsidized veterinary care for dogs and cats, including physical exams and vaccinations, as part of the college’s Southside Well-Pet Clinic


It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. 

A USDA category one accredited veterinarian; Dr. O’Loughlin is a graduate of Cornell University. She joined the Delmar Animal Hospital staff in 1998. She and her husband Mike share their home and lives with 2 dogs—Marcus and Ivy; 6 cats— Oliver, Ziggy, Annie Oakley, Homer, Sapphire and Rosebud; 2 fish tanks and a pond, complete with fish and frogs. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Greenfield Animal Hospital

Today on Vox Pop we welcome Dr. Frank Akawi of Greenfield Animal Hospital in Greenfield Center, New York.

A native Jordanian, Dr. Akawi studied animal science as an undergraduate in Baghdad. Once in the United States, he earned a masters degree in reproductive physiology, an MBA, and a PhD in pet health management. He also obtained a veterinary degree from Ross University.