The Popular Pets Teach Us So Much Radio to Podcast Show, 62, Diarmuid Scullin from Northern Ireland

The most popular pet radio show, Pets Teach Us So Much is reaching across the pond to gather news just for you!


We have multiple social networks for pet people here in the US, but in the UK, it’s a totally different stoy.  We were contacted by a humble lory (truck) driver, Diarmuid Scullin from Northern Ireland who had a dream to build such a network, .

Diarmuid working on his website from the cab of his lory.

Diarmuid working on his website from the cab of his lory.

His story is inspiring and unusual and we are so pleased he will be able to join us.

Diarmuid with his truck

Diarmuid with his truck

Read more about Diarmuid in this BBC article.

Plus tons of pet health, current events, safety news and celebrity pet gossip!  We alsways have fun and share a laugh.  Please join us  Thursday August 30 at 6:30 PM EST live or download and anytime.


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We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.

Happy National Dog Day from and Frankenweenie!


How cute is this picture? Frankenweenie is a brand new film scheduled to open on October 5.

This picture is a little promo for a new Disney/Tim Burton collaborative film based on Tim Burton’s drawings from 1984.

Here are some fun facts about the film from the folks at Disney:

  • “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
  • Stop-motion animation is one of the oldest animation styles. There are 24 frames per second in the stop motion for “Frankenweenie.” This means that the animator must stop and position the puppet 24 times to get one second of filmed action. On average, one animator can only produce 5 seconds of animation per week.  Multiple puppets of the same character allowed animators to work on more than one scene at once. There were as many as 18 animators working independently of each other at one time.
  • “Frankenweenie” is the first animated film that Tim Burton has directed for Disney.
  • All of the characters in “Frankenweenie” are based on Tim Burton’s drawings. He did some of the drawings in 1984 when the original live-action short of “Frankenweenie” was done and the others he drew especially for this new, feature-length animated version.
  • The talented voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
  • Production designer Rick Heinrichs enjoys a long-standing professional relationship with director/producer Tim Burton, having worked in various capacities on many of Burton’s films, including “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he won an Academy Award®; short films “Vincent” and the live-action “Frankenweenie”; feature films “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Planet of the Apes.” Most recently, Heinrichs designed the Burton-directed, live-action feature “Dark Shadows.”
  • Classic horror films from the 1930s, like “Frankenstein” and “Dracula,” inspired several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister.
  • Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film; there were 17 Victors and 12 Sparkys. Since each animator worked independently on different scenes, multiples were needed. They also needed backup in case a puppet required repair.
  • The Puppet Hospital on the “Frankenweenie” set was always full. These highly trained model makers spent months repairing limbs, fixing hair and skin issues and mending costumes that were ripped or dirty. This team even found time to create all of the generic background puppets as well as a few of the main characters from scratch.
  • The first puppet designed for the show was Sparky and the scale that they established with him set the standard for the whole rest of the film. Tim Burton had a very specific vision for Sparky’s character and really wanted him to act and move like a real dog. The armature needed to be very intricate and 4 inches is literally the smallest they could make him and still have him display all the behavior and personality that was required. Once they had his size fixed, the puppet makers were able to scale the rest of the characters and sets properly.
  • Incredibly talented artists are able to take Tim Burton’s original drawings and sculpt them into three-dimensional sculptures, which are then cast in a combination of silicone and latex. Their costumes are all sewn with miniature stitches to keep in scale.  Wigs are made for them from real human hair and then applied strand by strand so that the puppets have a more realistic hairline.  Inside each puppet there is a metal armature, which acts like a skeleton and gives the animator the ability to move the puppets and act out the scenes with incredible subtlety and finesse.
  • The film takes place in the fictitious town of New Holland, a suburban development circa the 1970s, much like Burbank, California, where director Tim Burton grew up.  A windmill sits on a hill overlooking the town and adds just the right touch for New Holland’s annual Dutch Days celebration.
  • The sets for the film were built on tabletops. The vast majority of the miniature props for the sets were made by hand and hand-painted and detailed.
  • The music for “Frankenweenie” was composed by Danny Elfman, whose working relationship with Tim Burton goes back to 1985 when Elfman composed the score for “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Elfman has composed the scores for all of Burton’s films thus far, with the exception of two: “Ed Wood” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Joseph Everett and Robbin Everett of The Pet Podcast Channel, featured on

Joseph & Robbin Everett of

Joseph & Robbin Everett of

Did you hear the latest scoop?  Show hosts and animal advocates Joseph and Robbin Everett are featured in an article on  Writer Carol Bryant interviewed Robbin and Joseph for the article.  You may know Carol from her fabulous blog,

Thanks Carol and Dogster for featuring The Pet Podcast Channel,,  Robbin and Joseph!  Four paws up and a hardy WOOFY WOO!

Eating imported catfish can be dangerous to your health

Fish processing in Vietnam

Oh my gosh! You know we are trying to get fit for our fur babies.  Eating more fish is generally thought to be more healthy…well here is a warning about catfish imported from Vietnam. Please let us know your thoughts.

Getting Fit For Our Pets

So we have been talking about it and talking about it and now we are doing it!

We are getting fit for each other and our fur babies!

We are in a major detox mode right now here at HQ.  We ordered one of those “new-fangled” Nutribullet smoothie makers and we are on our way!

It comes with a recipe book so it gives you lots of ideas.  We never thought we would be drinking kale, collard greens and spinach but, hey, you have to start somewhere, right?  We are eatting veg and protein for lunch and dinner with a smoothie at breakfast and dinner.  Snacks are fruit, nuts and natural gluten free, high protein foods.

We really wanted to remove as much glueten and chemicals from our diet as we could.  We both grew up with spagetti Sundays and sandwiches everyday for lunch so this was a major change.  We are removing glueten, so no bread made with wheat at all.

We tried gleuten free pasta, made with rice flour, last night.  It was delicious.  We had a smoothie, lots of brocolli and a little pasta with lean meat sauce.  We were at the end of week 2, so we needed a little treat.

We were never binge eatting but we gained weight when the business got busy and we became less active.  It’s tough getting old too!    The ol’body doesn’t want to speed burn like it used to in high school.

We will be bringing you the latest from our camp and we hope you share your stories as well here and in the Pet Lover Crew on Facebook.  Your support is appreciated and we of course will support anyone who would like to join us.

We want to be fit and healthy for each other and our furbabies.  We got a second chance at life and we are treating every minute as a gift.

The Pet Podcast Channel, Pets Teach Us So Much, 61 Blogger, Carol Bryant

Carol Bryant

Carol Bryant

The Pet Podcast Channel, ( has a great pet related radio show lined up for tonight! We are the most popular pet radio show that can be heard later on a pet podcast and we thank you so much for listening.  The millions of you out there listening mean more people, laughing, learning and caring about our fur babies and that is a wonderful thing! You guys rock!!!

This week…

Blogger Carol Bryant  of joins us to talk about what to do when you see those horrible animal abuse pictures on social media.  She tells us what we can do to help.

Plus you know we have so much pet health news, fast facts, warnings and celebrity pet gossip!

Thanks so much to everyone who tunes in!  Our download numbers are going crazy! More people listening means more animals helped!  Thank you for making us the global leader in pet related new media entertainment. Woofy Woo!

Tune in live on Thursday at 6:30 PM EST through  and jump into the chatroom or download anytime!


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Luv and Emma’s Dry Pets Towel Giveaway

Luv & Emma's Dry Pets

Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets

Lake in the Hills, July 30, 2012:  DMJ Group, Inc. was started by three entrepreneurial sisters who were inspired by their dogs, Luv and Emma, to create a new innovative product for their pets called Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets.  Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets is an absorbent microfiber towel which is designed with a slit so it can conveniently hang on most door handles.

Dry Pet's Towel hangs over your door knob

Dry Pet’s Towel hangs over your door knob

“Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets conveniently hangs on your door handle readily available to dry off your pet when you let them in from outside.  No longer do you need to use paper towels which can rip before you are done drying off your pet plus it is more attractive hanging on your door handle than an old unsightly towel which is also not as absorbent as the microfiber material used to make Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets” said Denise Rognstad, DMJ Group, Inc. co-founder.  “Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets can be used on smaller dogs like Emma, a Yorkshire Terrier, or larger dogs like Luv, a Collie.  We use Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets in our homes and love it.  We think other pet owners will love the convenience too.”

Snuggly towel!

Snuggly towel!

DMJ Group, Inc. is currently selling Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets online at

Headquartered in Lake in the Hills, IL, DMJ Group Inc. is the inventor and distributer of Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets.

So how cool is this?!!! You can win one of these fabulous towels!!! Just enter below…
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Paparazzi Cat

Paparazzi Cat

Paparazzi, Petparazzi, Purpurazzi!  We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.


Cats need regular check-ups too! Cat health insurance can help defray costs of regular care.

Pets Best Insurance Announces an Industry First: Cat-Only Pet Insurance Plan 


Boise, Idaho based Pets Best Insurance, one of the nation’s leading pet insurance providers, announces the addition of a new, low-cost feline specific plan, with plan options starting at less than $4 a month.


Boise, ID- August 15, 2012- After listening to the needs of cat owners from across the nation, Pets Best Insurance, the very company that was founded by US pet health insurance pioneer, Dr. Jack Stephens, has launched a low cost feline-only illness cat insurance plan to help cat owners provide the best veterinary care to their pets.


Pets Best Insurance has offered pet insurance policies to both cats and dogs since 2005, but this feline-only illness plan is the first of its kind, in that it only covers costly feline illnesses—whereas the standard plans cover both illness and accidents.


“While pet insurance is certainly increasing in popularity, we’re not seeing cat owners insure their pets as the same rate as dog owners,” Dr. Stephens said.  “We’ve been told the reason is because our standard plan coverage was almost too comprehensive for indoor-only cats. Cat owners’ primary worry seems to be cat-specific illnesses—and so the Feline Illness plan was born.”


Dr. Stephens said premium cost is another thing Pets Best Insurance took into consideration, and that the average Feline Illness plan starts at just a few dollars a month, depending on the deductible selected.


“We wanted to provide an affordable introductory pet insurance for cat owners to help cover higher vet costs associated with the more-expensive illnesses that are entirely out of the cat owner’s control,” he said.


Some of the most expensive feline illnesses covered include, cancer, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, chronic renal failure and pancreatitis, just to name a few.


Dr. Stephens said cat insurance is of particular importance because unlike dogs, cats tend to instinctually hide illness and injury from their owners.


“Before you know it, your cat could be very sick,” he said. “If you have cat insurance, you can take them into the vet early on without worrying about the vet bill.”


The Feline Illness plan covers over 20 feline illnesses and reimburses cat owners up to a $4,000 annual limit per year, and up to a $10,000 lifetime limit. While the plan does not cover all feline illnesses, disease or accidents, Pets Best Insurance thinks the coverage is extremely comprehensive and will help even more pet owners protect their beloved pets.


“We still recommend our standard plans for cats that include coverage for illness and accidents. However, if a feline owner on a tighter budget wants a plan that covers a good majority of the severe or chronic cat diseases; our Feline Illness plan will be the answer.”


Dr. Stephens said indoor-only cat owners sometimes think their cats are safer. But illnesses like cancer, kidney disease and diabetes are rampant in cats and treatment for these conditions can be thousands of dollars.


“Cat illness coverage seemed like an obvious necessity and it was something that was lacking in the industry until now.”


Cat owners can get a free quote at and purchase online or over the phone. While pet insurance premiums are based on age, location and breed, the feline illness only plans start as low as $4 a month.


As of August 7, 2012 the Feline Illness plan is available in the following states: ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ, NV, CA, NE, TX, IA, MO, AR, TN, MS, AL, SC, WI, MI, OH, WV, PA, DE, RI, ND, SD and VT


About Pets Best Insurance


With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance President Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.


Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own precuts. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit or please call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.