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    • Many People Think a Cage-Free Life Is Better for Hens. It's Not That Simple.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Indiana egg farmer John Brunnquell’s 1.3 million hens don’t live in cages. They also get to go outside, making his company, Egg Innovations, the nation’s largest free-range operation in the industry.

    "Many People Think a Cage-Free Life Is Better for Hens. It's Not That Simple." is from the June 15, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • DNA Evidence Helps Free a Service Dog from Death Row

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The Michigan judge who ordered the dog be euthanized said he had no choice. A neighbor had testified that he saw Jeb standing over the lifeless body of his Pomeranian, Vlad. And state law requires that dangerous dogs — ones that cause serious injury or death to people or other dogs — be destroyed.

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    • Baby Bison Dies after Yellowstone Tourists Put It in Their Car Because It Looked Cold

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    "Baby Bison Dies after Yellowstone Tourists Put It in Their Car Because It Looked Cold" is from the May 16, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Music Helps Dogs Chill Out, Especially if It’s Reggae or Soft Rock

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    In a study conducted with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, researchers at the University of Glasgow played six-hour Spotify playlists from five genres of music to shelter dogs. On one day, the dogs heard classical; on others they grooved to soft rock, reggae, pop and Motown. The researchers recorded the dogs’ heart rate variability, their cortisol levels and behaviors like barking and lying down — all measures of stress levels — as they listened to the tunes, as well as on days when no music was played.

    "Music Helps Dogs Chill Out, Especially if It’s Reggae or Soft Rock " is from the January 27, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Your Dog Is Watching You Very Carefully and Remembers What You Do

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Humans have episodic memory, and that’s pretty easy to prove, because we can use our words to describe the past events we recall. Demonstrating that animals have it is much more difficult."

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    • Do Pet Cats Cause Schizophrenia? A New Study Suggests No.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    As if parents of young children didn’t have enough things to worry about, here’s another: Some scientists think pet cats might increase kids’ risk of developing schizophrenia.

    "Do Pet Cats Cause Schizophrenia? A New Study Suggests No." is from the February 22, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • When Lulu the Rooster Has a Cold: The Challenges of Raising Backyard Chickens

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 9 mins
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    In many ways, the roosters and hens clucking outside American homes have become pets like the dogs and cats that got there first. But chicken owners are learning that when their birds get sick, veterinary care can be difficult to find.

    "When Lulu the Rooster Has a Cold: The Challenges of Raising Backyard Chickens" is from the February 09, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why This Town Is Seriously Considering a Leash Law for Cats

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Town officials in Kenai, Alaska — besieged with complaints about free-roaming felines and a burgeoning shelter cat population — are proposing a cat leash law.

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    • You Can Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet. Just Don’t Expect It to Flush.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Evangelists for this practice say it is surprisingly possible and the benefits are great: No litterbox smell. No gravelly grains underfoot. No scooping.

    "You Can Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet. Just Don’t Expect It to Flush." is from the March 22, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Scientists Just Can't Stop Studying Falling Cats

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The issue is that the cat flip appears to violate the law of conservation of angular momentum, which says that when one thing rotates, something else rotates with equal and opposite angular momentum in another direction.

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    • How to Keep Your Cat from Losing Its Mind

    • By: Karin Brulliard
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    If you own a cat, you’ve probably heard that you should keep it inside — and if you live in Australia or New Zealand, you’ve definitely heard it. Veterinarians and rescue groups argue that it’s better for the cats, who can be slammed by cars, eaten by coyotes or poisoned by antifreeze while strolling about. Conservationists say it’s better for birds and other wildlife that cats love to maim and kill.

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    • More People Are Adopting Old Dogs — Really Old Dogs

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 7 mins
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    When a German Shepherd rescue organization posted Elmo’s photo online last fall, it made no effort to mask the dog’s problems. He wore a cone around his neck to prevent him from licking the large open sore on his hip. His fungus-ridden feet were swollen. His graying, 11-year-old face held a pathetic, ears-to-the-ground gaze.

    Steve Frost, a retired fire captain in Northern California, said he saw the photo and thought Elmo “looked like hell.” He immediately decided he wanted the dog.

    "More People Are Adopting Old Dogs — Really Old Dogs" is from the March 03, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Animal House? More Colleges Are Saying Yes to Dogs and Cats in Dorms.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
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    Most dorm residents at Southeast Missouri State University will show up this fall with bedding, a laptop, a backpack and other typical accessories. A few dozen others will tote something furrier — and breathing: their pets.

    "Animal House? More Colleges Are Saying Yes to Dogs and Cats in Dorms." is from the April 11, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Shocker: Some Cats Like People More Than Food or Toys

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The feline mind is understudied. But research suggests cats are more social — and trainable — than they get credit for.

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    • Therapy Animals Are Everywhere. Proof That They Help Is Not.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
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    A therapy-animal trend grips the United States. The San Francisco airport now deploys a pig to calm frazzled travelers. Universities nationwide bring dogs (and a donkey) onto campus to soothe students during finals. Llamas comfort hospital patients, pooches provide succor at disaster sites and horses are used to treat sex addiction.

    "Therapy Animals Are Everywhere. Proof That They Help Is Not." is from the July 02, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • USDA Removed Animal Welfare Reports From Its Site. A Showhorse Lawsuit May Be Why.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
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    Three summers ago, Lee and Mike McGartland entered a horse named The Royal Dollar in the 74th annual Red Carpet Show of the South. A veterinary medical officer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was there, too.

    The animal placed third in its class in the competition for Tennessee walking horses, which have a high-stepping gait that enthusiasts say comes from breeding and training. But it can also come from the application of caustic chemicals to a horse’s legs and other painful practices called “soring.”

    "USDA Removed Animal Welfare Reports From Its Site. A Showhorse Lawsuit May Be Why." is from the February 09, 2017 Animalia section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • USDA May Warn Some Facilities When Animal Welfare Inspectors Are Coming

    • By: Karin Brulliard, Juliet Eilperin
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    For decades, the Agriculture Department has routinely conducted surprise inspections at zoos, breeding operations, research labs and other facilities to evaluate whether they are complying with federal animal welfare laws and issue warnings or penalties if not.Now the agency is testing another approach: “announced inspections.”

    "USDA May Warn Some Facilities When Animal Welfare Inspectors Are Coming" is from the May 17, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard, Juliet Eilperin and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Big Victory for Lab Rats: Congress Moves to Limit Chemical Testing on Animals

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    "A Big Victory for Lab Rats: Congress Moves to Limit Chemical Testing on Animals" is from the June 08, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How Dogs Use Smell to See—and Save—the World

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 6 mins
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    There is a dog in Washington state named Tucker, and he can smell orca poop that is floating on the choppy waters of the Puget Sound from more than a mile away.

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    • Delta Is Banning Pit Bull Service Dogs. That Might Not Be Legal.

    • By: Karin Brulliard
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Amid growing scrutiny of animals in airplane cabins, several airlines have unveiled tightened policies aimed at limiting the number of untrained pets or unusual species on flights. The changes, they have said, are driven by safety considerations and intended to ensure that service or emotional-support animals are traveling only with passengers who have disabilities.

    "Delta Is Banning Pit Bull Service Dogs. That Might Not Be Legal." is from the June 22, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Karin Brulliard and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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