Happy Furry Friday!
Junior had a crazy morning but havnt we all? We have a great show in store for you all on Furry Friday! We are proud to announce our partnership with Castor & Pollux! As the leader and maker of America’s #1 organic pet food, Castor & Pollux has set a new standard with the most comprehensive portfolio of purposeful pet food. We have Marc Peralta of Best Friends Animal Society and Author Brad Aronson! But first up, we have Maura Davies of The SPCA Texas, so lets get started!
Maura Davies is the Vice President for Marketing & Communications at the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Texas. As a longtime friend of One Life Radio, Maura is with us almost every Friday!
Bundle up your pets! It’s cold outside now in DFW, so don’t forget to get a dog sweater, and a human sweater too! Dog treats can be dangerous, so be aware. Be aware of treats made in China. If you see that your dog treat us made in China, look at the ingredients! The USDA doesn’t have jurisdiction over foreign import dog treats. A lot of people give their animals bones, but some bones can splinter and choke and kill your pets. Cooked beef bones can be fine, but raw or cooked chicken bones can kill. The danger behind raw bones is a potential for e-coli, salmonella, and hysteria. Some treats are too hard and they can break your dog’s teeth! Look out for dyes in your pets treats, especially around the holidays.
Marc Peralta is the Senior Director of National Mission Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with nearly 3,000 animal welfare groups, Best Friends has regional centers across the country and operate the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Prior to joining Best Friends, Marc served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as interim CEO for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
It’s PitBull Awareness month! PitBull is not a real breed, but more of a frame of reference for a certain type and look of dog. Pit bull is a term used in the United States for a type of dog descended from bulldogs and terriers, while in other countries such as the United Kingdom the term is used as an abbreviation of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed. They do not have locking jaws. This is a myth! They are not inherently aggressive dogs. In fact, in temperance tests, Pit Bulls were the second most tolerant breed behind Golden Retrievers. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua.
Reports of Pit Bulls attacking people and the prominence of the breed among dog fighting circles has added to the fear and misperceptions about these lovable and adoptable dogs. The fact is that all dogs can attack, and that is almost always a result of bad human ownership. Any dog who has been abandoned, abused, neglected or trained to attack can grow up to exhibit aggressive behavior; it’s not intrinsic to Pit Bulls or any other breed.
Brad Aronson is an author, entrepreneur, tech startup investor and mentor. His entrepreneurial ventures began in junior high when he shoveling snow, selling iced tea at baseball games and delivering sodas at summer camp. Brad’s first venture out of college, i-FRONTIER, grew into one of the largest and top rated digital ad agencies in the US. He serves as Board President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, as well as Hopeworks ‘N Camden. A program providing tech training, jobs, housing, coaching and support to young people in one of America’s poorest cities. Brad is the author of the book we’re talking about today, HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time.
We need to make our own fun sometime! We must empower ourselves. Today, Brad shares some of his favorite stories with us from the book. The best way to help yourself is to help other people. When you help someone else, you become grounded. HumanKind the most uplifting and life-affirming book in years.
Listen to the full interview to hear all of Brad’s wonderful stories.
A big thank you to our guests, Maura Davies, Marc Peralta, and Brad Aronson. To donate to Best Friend Animal Society, click here! Every little bit counts. Look into fostering! Get engaged with your local shelter. Fostering opens your home for an animal for a future owner! To purchase Brad Aronson’s book “HumanKind,” click here!
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