Music Specially for Kitty Cats

Music Specially for Kitty Cats

A few years ago, scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Maryland, wanted to study whether cats could respond to music. And so they created some music especially for feline sensibilities, as described in THIS ARTICLE outlining the whole study.  It describes how Charles Snowdon and the other researchers looked at the natural vocalisations of cats and matched music to that frequency range, which is about an octave or more higher than human voices. Upon learning that cats use sliding frequencies in their calls to each other, the team incorporated more sliding notes in the cat music composition than you’d find in human music.

In the cat music, the team replicated the tempo of things that would attract a cat’s attention – one song featured a purring tempo, and another featured a suckling tempo. You can hear a sample of one of their songs, Cozmo’s Air, which does sound like a pretty cool Hep Cats kind of tune. In the study, the cat songs were played back to 47 domestic cats. The researchers watched how the felines reacted to this music, compared to their response when they listened to two classical human songs – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air on a G String and Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie. Publishing in the journal Applied Animal Behavioural Science, the team reported that the cats didn’t respond at all to the human music. However, when the cat music started up, the kitties became aroused and approached the speakers, often rubbing their cheek scent glands on the speakers.

It was actually several years before this university study was done that the composing team of Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector pioneered the development of species-specific calming music. First they designed their “Through a Dog’s Ear” music series, and then followed it with their “Through a Cat’s Ear,” which was designed to have a positive calming effect for cats suffering from stress, fear. howling, loneliness and sleep disturbance.  Apparently other “animal composers” have sprung up on the internet as well, selling their feline tunes online. There are many practical applications of music composed specifically for cats, one use being to play it at home for cats left alone all day. The most compelling benefit would be to play it in the cat area of a shelter, to lower the stress that cats naturally suffer there.

And thinking about the welfare of kitties in shelters, keep in mind that for every purchase you make, Halo donates a bowl of food to a shelter to help nourish and transform shelter pets with good nutrition, giving them their very best chance at a forever home. #HaloFeedItForward.

While there’s now music that helps pets when they listen to it,  there’s also music that helps animals in a different way. Check out Halo’s jingle to benefit animal rescue (consider yourself warned, it’s very hard to stop singing it!).  

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just around the corner, and romantics and royal watchers of both the two- and four-legged variety are celebrating, including an array of adorable…



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Turning Your Child’s Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

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Next week, my little girl – the one who I vividly remember holding in my arms for the first time like it was only days ago – completes her second year of preschool. (Next year is Pre-K, and then kindergarten. I mean, what? The cliche about kids growing up in a blink is real you guys.) I have watched her grow in more ways than I could attempt to put into words since she entered that classroom last September. I am deeply proud of and impressed by her desire to learn and to work and play hard, her ability to make friends and spread kindness, her bountiful creativity, and her unique talents. I mean, every parent thinks her/his kids are brilliant and incredible, so I’ll just stop talking her up right here – but really, she is amazing. And I wanted to do something special for her for an end-of-schoolyear gift that would show her just how proud I am of her.

One of my favorite things about her teachers this year is how focused they’ve been on nurturing creativity in their students. Almost every school day, Essley comes home with an art project she made. Because I am who I am, I have kept every single one of them. If it was acceptable, I might even cover every wall in our house with them, to be honest. But instead, they rotate as a gallery displayed on our refrigerator, and when each piece’s time is up, it is moved to a tub where I store all of them. Last month, Essley wanted to look through her artwork from the school year, so we went through the tub together. She told stories about each piece and when/how she created it and made sure to tell me exactly which ones were her favorites. And that got me to thinking… What if I turned her favorite school art projects from the year into practical gifts to give her to celebrate the end of the school year and all of her achievements? I mean, what a cool way to allow her (and us!) to enjoy her artwork in a practical way, and to create tangible memories of a wonderful school year. My husband loved the idea too, so I took photos of a few pieces, opened the Snapfish website, and got to work.

Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

There are so many options of beautiful gifts to create at Snapfish, so it took me a while to narrow down items I knew she’d love: a Custom Throw Pillow for her bedroom (which we just finished redoing in March), a Hardcover Journal where she could create more drawings and masterpieces throughout the summer, and a two Photo Coffee Mugs she could use for drinking water and juice while I have my morning coffee – one of our favorite things to do together each day. (Bonus: her daddy and I can use them too.) I love using Snapfish for projects like this because their personalization aspect is unique, and can quickly turn photos (that you can easily import from your DSLR, phone, computer, Facebook, Instagram, or Google photos) into a wonderful keepsakes. I also love (of course) that their gifts and decor items are budget-friendly but high quality.

For each keepsake I created, I use different options available for personalization on the left sidebar of the Snapfish‘s site. For Photos, I quickly uploaded the photos I’d taken from my computer. Then I chose a Layout (there are options for single or multiple photos). After that, I played around the with Design and Background variations. There are lots of pre-designed themed templates which are all really cute and make projects so easy to create (I’ve used them in the past), but I ended up designing more from scratch by putting together different individual options. I also played around quite a bit with the Text and the different fonts, colors, and sizes, and put her name and the year on each keepsake. (There are also hundreds of Embellishment options, including a special school section!) The process from start to finish for all four gifts took less than an hour (and would have taken even less had I not been so indecisive), and the items arrived quickly and looking even more beautiful in person.

Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

I was originally going to give Essley her gifts on the last day of school, but that is already going to be such an exciting day for her that I decided to give them to her a little early. (Okay, so I was also being impatient and couldn’t wait.) She was thrilled. I mean, thrilled. She jumped up and down and hugged her special personalized submarine pillow for a good ten minutes (and slept with it that night). She screamed “thank you!” repeatedly for the mugs made with her handprints artwork and night sky artwork, and immediately filled them both with water. And she got right to work drawing in her special fox and ice-cream cone journal, creating new memories for summer break. I’m not saying I cried watching her enjoy these truly special gifts, but I’m not saying I didn’t either. It was a pretty magical way to say congratulations to my little lady, and goodbye to school year full of tremendous growth.

Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts
Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

If you have a little one and want to create truly unique keepsakes, it is so easy to take some of their artwork from the school year and make truly beautiful gifts from it on Snapfish! I will absolutely be doing it for future years as well. Snapfish also offers hundreds of cool graduation gifts. The possibilities are endless, guys. And bonus: here is a coupon code you can use for 40% off everything on their site, now through June 30, 2018: YAYGRAD Woohoo!

Turning Your Child's Artwork Into End of School Year Gifts

Essley Morgan, you are such a light. I’m so proud of you and all you accomplished this year. It makes my heart swell to see you enjoy your special gifts so much. I can’t wait to rock this summertime with you, my girl!

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Good Deeds at Cat Camp (NYC, MAY 5th & 6th)

Jackson Galaxy's Cat Camp

Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp is a two-day event in NYC that will bring together “regular” cat lovers to mingle with and hear from leaders in the field — cat experts, rescuers, and advocates — who will speak on a range of topics such as fostering kittens, behavioral issues, social media and cats, and special needs animals. There is going to be a lot of “cat merch” for sale, and while nobody is allowed to bring their own cat to Cat Camp, they are encouraged to dress up like felines themselves, to wave the flag.

Cat Camp takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, at the Penn Pavilion in New York City. There are a number of ticket options to get into Cat Camp each day (you can buy tickets at the door, or HERE), with separate tickets needed to attend some presentations.

Besides the entrance ticket, there are also options to buy a special ticket to have a Meet & Greet photo taken with three of the celebrity participants —  the Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy (plus you get a copy of his book, Total Cat Mojo, which you can hear him talk to me about on this episode of my NPR show DOG TALK (and Kitties, Too!), Lil BUB, and Hannah Shaw aka Kitten Lady.

I’m happy to report that Lil BUB, the famous special-needs kitty, is aligned with my sponsor Halo, who are underwriting her celebrity Meet & Greet photo op (it’s a separate ticket for $ 100 plus dollars) so that 100% of the cost to get a photo with this adorable little feline will be donated to animal charities.

Halo is actually working with Jackson on two mission-focused themes. One is that positive training can save shelter cats: Halo’s High Five / Cat Pawsitive Program trains cats to do high fives, helping them get adopted, and teaching shelters (and pet parents) that they can train their cats to do positive behaviors, helping to decrease shelter returns. The second mission is that feral cats deserve great food: Halo donated to a Jackson-inspired feral cat program in Philly (which is appearing on his TV show), and they are donating to help feral cats with Cat Camp for NYC.

Christina Ha from Meow Parlour in NYC created this event last year, and then Jackson Galaxy came on board to bring his crowd-pleasing name [and actual self!] to the event. The cherry on top is that the always beneficent Petco Foundation (I should know — they are the Presenting Sponsor of the NY Dog Film Festival which is traveling the country alongside the NY Cat Film Festival, sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat and benefiting the WINN Feline Foundation) has come on board Cat Camp as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event,

The PETCO Foundation’s sponsorship has allowed for a separate adoption area, which is entirely free for the weekend for anyone to visit the kitties looking for homes — which aligns with the PETCO Foundation’s main mission, to unite pets in shelters with people eager to give them a new home.

If you’re a cat lover — and want to hang out with other feline aficionados, and rub shoulders with the Big Names in the cat advocacy world, and visit with all the cats and kittens who need new homes — you really cannot miss this extravaganza!

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Get Working Dogs From Shelters – Not From European Breeders!

K9 Hercules is part of our partnership Grant program with Animal Farm Foundation

Photo by Universal K9

Why does the United States military – and various police departments around the country – continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars per dog to buy potential working dogs from Eastern Europe?

Not long ago on DOG TALK® I spoke to Dr. Karen Overall at the University of Pennsylvania vet school on the topic of the high cost to our police departments and military of continuing their practice of buying untrained dogs from overseas. Dr. Overall is overseeing a program to breed high quality working dogs right here in the U.S. However, this will take some time to get up and running as a reliable source of these much-needed canine workers.

Brad Croft Founder of Universal K9Right now, there’s someone doing something with rapid results to bring more working canines into the community – while saving the lives of dogs in shelters. Brad Croft thinks we’re wasting valuable money and time in the United States when our shelters are full of canine candidates that can be transitioned to work with the military or a police force. Croft founded Universal K9, a company that  identifies dogs in shelters who would be good prospects for police work – especially those high-drive, high energy dogs who didn’t work out as family pets.  Where purebred young dogs imported from Europe cost $ 10,000-$ 20,000 each (and still require extensive training), Croft says dogs from shelters are an inexpensive and highly effective resource to help combat crime. Each shelter selects dogs to be donated to the program based on their personality traits.Traditionally, the Universal K9 detection dogs cost approximately $ 3,000-$ 6,000 each, factoring in the professional training period that usually takes 8 weeks.

This week on DOG TALK®  I talked to Brad Croft about how he goes to shelters seeking these high-drive dogs and shapes them into valuable working dogs. Universal K9 exists solely to save dogs from shelters to train them for law enforcement and detection work, as well as for military veterans.

Brad also runs the Detection Dog Program at Animal Farm Foundation, where their mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs, many of which Brad has taken from Animal Farm Foundation to transition into important work with law enforcement. Using AFF’s philosophy that all dogs are individuals and should not be categorized because of their breed, Universal K9 trains the dogs to prepare them to work with police departments helping them detect drugs, explosives, and weapons.  Universal K9 has already placed 46 of these dogs from the Animal Farm Foundation Detection Dog Program into the field in a number of police departments across the country, where they are assisting police officers in fighting crime – while getting a new lease on life.

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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The Buzz in Chicago: The Imminent Arrival of the NY Dog & Cat Film Festivals™ !

Dog and Cat Film Festival

Pet lovers in the Windy City are about to have their socks blown off – because the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ is returning to town on Sunday April 29th, this time to The Patio Theater. There will be two different programs, “Outdoor Adventures With Dogs” at 12:00 (tickets HERE) and “Who Rescued Whom?” (tickets HERE) at 1:45 PM. There are the collections of short films people loved last year, but now the many animal lovers who missed them the first time can have the extra added pleasure of it being a B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog!) event! Dogs (the well-behaved ones who are good with other canines and with a crowd of people) are welcome with their humans for the first time, so it’s going to be one big happy party. Our beneficiary is One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue , which will be on hand and receive a portion of every ticket.

Let’s never forget that the Founding Sponsor of the NY Dog Film Festival™ was Halo, which believed right at the start in the idea of bringing dog lovers together, and their belief made the festival possible. The Petco Foundation carried on as the Presenting Sponsor and embraced the concept of giving back to shelters and others working for the welfare of all pets.

The NY Cat Film Festival™ will be making its Chicago debut on Saturday April 28th at The Patio – with two different collections of short films celebrating felines, “Nobody Owns a Cat” (tickets HERE) at 12:00 and “Little Works of Art” (tickets HERE) at1:30 PM. Chicago’s own pet expert and radio star Steve Dale will be on hand to welcome everyone on behalf of the WINN Feline Foundation, which has been funding research into cat illnesses for 50 years and is the national beneficiary of the NY Cat Film Festival™ – in Chicago they’ll be getting a portion of every ticket!

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat is the Founding Sponsor of the NY Cat Film Festival™ and their devotion to the welfare of all kitties extends to supporting a community celebration of these fascinating felines.

The fantastic Bentley’s Pet Stuff stores are sponsoring both Festivals and will be there both days, handing out deluxe goody bags to everyone who comes.

I’m really thrilled that Chicago pet influencers have embraced the Festivals and are sharing the excitement with their networks and communities as well.

Real Dog Moms of Chicago, (a.k.a. Jes, Lindy and their network of awesome and fun dog loving mamas) started as an Instagram account (@realdogmomsofchicago) but has grown into an incredible force of dog lovers across Chicago who hold events, support local rescues and shelters and champion the canine kind in any way they can. Check out their web site at realdogmomsofchicago.com to find out all the latest dog happenings in the Windy City!

We’re super excited to know Paul Fehrenbacher, the chief mutt at Mutt Jackson. Now here’s a guy who loves dogs and loves people and really loves dogs and people together. That’s why he “got” and wholeheartedly embraced the NY Dog Film Festival™ concept right away! Paul’s working hard to find awesome ways for humans and dogs to enjoy each other. If you live in Chicago you’ve probably taken your pup to Montrose Dog Beach. Thanks to Paul’s tireless efforts, this already awesome beach now has a self serve dog wash. Last summer they washed more than 6,500 dirty, sandy pups! Talk about community service! Paul has a lot of very cool things up his sleeve for Montrose Dog Beach and beyond and we can’t wait to watch them unfold.

Cats and dogs and..fashion? Our new favorite blogger, Christine Nendick at Rescue in Style has combined two of her loves – fashion and rescue pets – into this delightful site that shows readers that animal rescue is always in fashion. She’s pawed in to the local Chicago rescue and shelter scene but travels the country visiting other shelters and rescues and reporting on trends she sees.

Back home she’s ruled by the search for the perfect pump and her two “foster fail” felines, Roni & Cheese.

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Best Dog Breeds For Families With Kids

Almost 75 million dogs have been adopted into homes that already owned at least one dog. Multi-dog homes are often good for families with kids. There are other dogs to play with so a dog is not expecting constant attention from your children, or you, all the time, and there is always another dog to play with when the family …
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