We don't speak the same language as our pets. But it's amazing what they can communicate with their actions if we really observe them.
Recently, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix kept running from his owner's home. He showed up at our shelter several times over the course of a few months. He desperately wanted exercise and wasn't neutered. Running away was the only way he could express his frustration. Ultimately, his owner grew weary of paying fines to redeem him, and this lucky dog ended up neutered and placed in a new home with an attentive owner.
Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is emergency response time in Orleans Parish.
In March, more than one in 10 calls to 911 went unanswered within 40 seconds.
Older animals are often overlooked in shelters across the country. This a huge loss for animals and humans. Older pets make excellent companions.
Pets are defined as "older" when they've reached approximately two-thirds of their life expectancy. A standard poodle, for example, has an average lifespan of 12 years. So at 8, he or she is ready to become a card-carrying member of the AARP — that's the American Association of Retired Pets.
Each month geographer Richard Campanella shares a few insights from his Cityscapes column, found at Nola.com and the Times-Picayune. Today he describes a building that once defined the New Orleans skyline. It was a shot tower — a factory to produce ammunition.
We sat down to talk with Professor Campanella about the structure.
Wednesday, April 9th is NOLA Bike to Work Day, a citywide initiative that aims to highlight the benefits of biking and new developments to improve safety and conditions for cyclists. Now in its third year, Entergy and community organization Bike Easyhave teamed up to offer "bike trains", giveaways and meet ups throughout the day.
We all know that hydration is a key to good health. The same goes for our pets.
Like humans, an adult dog's body is comprised of about 60 percent water. For cats it's about 67 percent. When a dog loses just 10 percent of its body's fluids, bodily functions shut down; a 15 percent loss can be fatal. Cats tolerate dehydration a little better than dogs, but a loss of 20 percent can be fatal.
There's no set amount of water that your pet should drink in one day. But a good rule of thumb is that animals should take in about two and a half times more water than food per day.
The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.
WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.
Adopting a new pet is easy. But naming it can be a real challenge.
You'll be using the name several times a day to socialize and train your pet, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Studies have found that our pets respond better to one or two syllable names. So it's safe to say that Ditto Dippin' Dots may not work.
Avoid names like Joe, for example, which sound very close to "no." The same goes for Sid, which has the same sound as "sit."