President Trump is the first White House occupant who has not had a dog, and Lori begins the show sharing Trumps’ comments about not having a first dog. Then, Lori describes how animal advocate Lara Trump, the President’s daughter-in-law, is working with Congressman Matt Gaetz and Congressman Brian Mast to strengthen the rules which govern operations at commercial dog breeding facilities. Their strategy is to make the worst breeders comply with tougher, more humane practices or face closure of their operations.
Lori then welcomes Pets for Vets’ leader Clarissa Black. Pets for Vets employs an innovative and validated step-by-step approach to match returning veterans suffering from ailments like anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury and PTSD with rescued and trained shelter animals. They match the pairs based upon careful consideration of the personality, temperament, needs, wants and expectations of each. The result is an immediate and deep connection between the animal and veteran. Pets for Vets is growing fast and has 27 chapters across the US, and they invite veterans to visit them online and fill out an application.
Peter then welcomes author Preston Cook promoting his new book American Eagle – A Visual History of our National Emblem. This atlas features full color images of bald eagles as depicted in all aspects of American history and culture including politics, art and decoration, commerce, and military and war. All proceeds support the construction of the new American Eagle Museum, which is adjacent to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.
To conclude, Dr. Lori Marino returns to speak about the emotional and mental lives of domestic sheep. Sheep are remarkably intelligent, have a wide range of emotions and display a very strong mother child bond. To get to know these gentle individuals, spend some time with them in a sanctuary. Marino is Founder and Executive Director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, and the paper she co-authored on this topic was published in Animal Sentience.