Pets Teach Us So Much Radio 169 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

Director Justin  Zimmerman joins us to talk about his new animal rescue documentary, SMART.

In the city of Los Angeles, the members of SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) have stepped up to save lives.  This division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue all kinds of creatures in need.

Great interview with Justin, plus our usual, unusual mayhem and fun.

Pets Teach Us So Much Episode 159 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

Patrick Mahaney, VDM, CVA, CVJ

Patrick Mahaney, VDM, CVA, CVJ

Yippee! A new episode of the most popular pet podcast on the planet, Pets Teach Us So Much, is now available for download or listen on the site.  Dr. Patrick Mahaney is our guest this week as we talk about icky  ol’ flea born diseases.  You don’t want to miss it.

Also we talk about tips for cat training and disaster preparedness.  Check it out at, download on iTunes, Stitcher, or BlogTalkRadio.

New Pet Radio Show and Pet Podcasts coming in October, 2016

Joseph and Robbin Everett, hosts of Pets Teach Us So Much Radio and Podcast

Joseph and Robbin Everett, hosts of Pets Teach Us So Much Radio and Podcast

Pets Teach Us So Much Radio and Pets Teach Us So Much Podcast is ready to kick off a fabulous new start in October!  Join the most popular pet podcast and radio show on the planet as we rev up the jet engines for take off from our new headquarters in the Sunshine State!

Our show will be available here, iTunes, Stitcher and BlogTalkRadio, as it has been in the past. The good news is we are adding some terrestrial outlets as well.  Our first terrestrial station broadcast will be on WKDW Radio, 97.5 FM, North Port, Florida with a simulcast on the internet and archived.  The show is set to air on Saturdays from 12-1 in the afternoon.

Joseph Everett, co-founder of Pets Teach Us So Much Radio stated, “We are so happy to be bringing you BIGGER, BETTER, FUN FILLED, ACTION PACKED episodes!”    His co-founder, co-host and partner, Robbin Everett exclaimed, “You know I try to keep Chief Rhino out of trouble, but with the exciting guests scheduled for this season, well, there is no telling what is going to happen.”

We are currently lining up guests and we welcome your pitch!  If you are an author, blogger, have a new pet product,  rescue group that wants to get the word out about what you do, or have an interesting story to tell contact us at

Follow us on your favorite social media outlets @TPPCtv for the latest updates.


Pets Teach Us So Much Radio 139 with Robbin and Joseph Everett

***Hi Guys, We have a  lot going on and a holiday planned.  We will resume our next show on Sept. 11. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!***


Yikes! We are covering some hair raising, or fur raising topics this week including Ebola in animals!  Where did the ebola virus come from?  You might be shocked at the answer!

Baby bats in bat blankets

Baby bats in bat blankets

Plus we have our usual pet fun facts and news from around the world!

Join us Sept. 11 at 6:00 PM at or any ol’ time on the download.


Anal Gland Cancels May 1 and May 8 Pets Teach Us So Much Radio Show

****Update…we went to pick up little Philly last night.  The poor baby! She is really raw- shaved, stitches, drain and red…and on drugs hallucinating pink lobsters. Be that as it may, this Thursday we need to bring her back to the vet to have her drain removed and next Thursday, May 8, she gets her stitches out.  It took us over 2 hours to get home from the vet last night! Philly is doing well though, she is eating but hating that e collar.  We are going to try the blow up donut collar and see if she can reach her bottom.

Never a dull moment.  We will be back on track for a show May 15.  

Thanks for your support,

Hugs, xxoo Robbin, Joe, Phil and Cha ****


Ummm, yeah.  Bet you never thought you would see that headline on our blog.

Philomena-"Dog Day Afternoon" Photo: Copyright No permission for other use of photo

Philomena-“Dog Day Afternoon” Photo: Copyright No permission for other use of photo

So, our poor little Philomena was rushed into surgery to have her anal gland removed.  If you remember, she had an infected anal gland about 2 years ago and we affectionately called her, “Noodle Butt” because she had a wound drain in her bottom that looked like a ziti noodle. (We have pictures, but we will spare you the gory detail on that one.)

The gland was infected again. Saturday night her bottom looked a little red and Sunday it grew into a 2 inch purple bump.  We made the decision to take her to our long time Vet, Dr. Smith as opposed to taking her somewhere local that was unfamiliar with her medical history.  Luckily Dr. Smith took us Monday and operated that day.  We will pick Phil up today, but she will need to have her new wound drain removed on Thursday night.

The Dr. said she ate breakfast and she will be on pain medication for a few days.  She will also need a special soft food diet and she will be sporting an annoying Elizabethan collar for 10 days.  We will need to watch that her long giraffe neck doesn’t reach around and pull the stitches out.  The last collar was chewed up in a matter of days. Oye.

So your well wishes and prayers are appreciated as our little girl heals.  We will keep you posted.  As we have said so many times before…if it’s going to happen to a dog, it will happen to Philomena!



No live radio broadcast this week, but check out the archives.

Cha and Phil enjoying the last bit of Summer sun.

Cha and Phil enjoying the last bit of Summer sun.

As we say goodbye to Summer and get ready for holiday shopping…wait, what? Sorry-that was just plain mean to make you think about that.  Try again-as we say goodbye to Summer, we invite you to listen to some archived shows.  We are “Doing the Cha and Phil” and enjoying the last bit of Summer that we have.

Why is it that we wait all year for 2 months and they go by in the blink of an eye?  Have a great Labor Day Weekend.  Stay safe and we will see you on September 5th.


Pets Teach Us So Much Radio, 102, Author, Mark Condon and Shawn Messonnier, DVM, Why Not To Vaccinate Your Pet


A Day With Dutchess by Mark Condon

A Day With Dutchess by Mark Condon

Scheduled to appear:

Author Mark Condon joins us to discuss his beautiful book, A Day With Dutchess. Dutchess is a blind therapy dog and the books talks about life lessons.

Also, Dr. Shawn Messonnier discusses the reasons why you DON’T want to get your pet vaccinated.  This should be a truly enlightening discussion.

PLUS! An urgent plea from the Monmouth County SPCA! The shelter is extremely over crowed and we hear more from Jerry Rosenthal, CEO of the MCSPCA.

Join us live, August 1 from 6:00-7:00 PM or download us anytime via this site, iTunes or Stitcher.

About Dr. Shawn from the Martha Stewart site, where he hosts a weekly show on Sirius for Martha Stewart-

Dr. Shawn Messonnier is the host of “The Natural Vet” and a graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Messonnier is an integrative veterinarian whose special interests include exotic pets, dermatology, and animal behavior. His books include: “The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats,” “The Allergy Solution for Dogs,” “The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs,” and “8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog.”

We have the best listeners ever! This is the picture from episode 98 that had us in stitches.

Thank you Karen Nichols from Mouse for totally cracking us up during the last episode.  This is the picture Karen posted in the chat room during the show.  We were talking about Joe wearing a banana hammock bathing suit and well….

Fire Chief Joe at the beach?  An image that will be burned into our minds forever.

Fire Chief Joe at the beach? An image that will be burned into our minds forever.

Popular animal internet radio show, Pets Teach Us So Much, discusses using your instincts to stay alive

common cat sense

common cat sense


In episode 88 of popular animal internet radio show, Pets Teach Us So Much, the Love Genies, Robbin and Joseph Everett discuss using your animal instincts to stay alive.  Here is a synopsis of the conversation:

Learn Cat Sense

Cat senses guilt, you can too.

How do animals know whom to avoid?  When animals see the darkness in a person’s soul, they will attack or avoid that person like the plague.  It’s a simple fight or flight response developed to maintain the species.

As humans why don’t we listen to our intuition much of the time?  Why don’t we run from bad people and situations?  Technically, we think it’s because we are supposed to have the ability to use logic and reasoning.  Therefore, that which separates us from other species and puts us at the top of the food chain also quells our gut reactions.

We can use logic and reasoning to talk ourselves our of our gut reaction in the most scary situations.  We do this because we follow the crowd like lemmings and we don’t want to be labeled as hysterical or a freak.  How often have you heard the saying, “There is a logical explanation for everything”?  We can fill ourselves with self-doubt all day long.

Recently on an episode of Dateline, a man who ended up on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list was housesitting for his former neighbor prior to committing an armed robbery.  The neighbor was a single woman with a cat.  She left him alone in the house to care for her cat and watch the house while she was traveling.  Upon her return, her soon to be criminal houseguest told her everything was fine, but the cat refused to be in the same room with him.

The house sitter, Jason Derek Brown, is now wanted for first-degree murder and armed robbery.  He has been on the run, alluding capture for 8 years.  As it turned out, this seemingly charming guy had a prior record for shoplifting.

The cat knew to stay away from him.  The cat knew he was a dark soul.

Learn to trust yourself.  Learn to listen to your 6th sense, your “Cat sense”, animal instincts or whatever you want to call it.  Learning to trust yourself could save your life.

Animal radio show discusses lessons from our pets about waiting.

Animal radio show, Pets Teach Us So Much talked about relationships and what we learn from our pets in their Love Genies segment.

In episode 85, The Love Genies talked about how hard waiting is.  The full discussion can be heard in the archived episode.




Waiting is Hard

Our dog loving friends may have tried to balance a biscuit on their pup’s nose.  In our case, Chachala the chihuahua’s snoot is a bit short, so there wouln’t be much surface area to balance a treat.  On the other hand, Philomena the Min Pin, would turn into the Tasmanian Devil.  She couldn’t wait for a treat.  Never in our lives have we had a dog that CAN’T wait for anything and remembers what you tell her.

If Joe tells the girls they can come up on the bed after dinner, they will pester me and throw the stink eye at me until they are up on the bed.  My brain often hurts from them telegraphing, “POPPY SAID WE CAN COME UP ON THE BED”.

No matter what species you belong to, waiting is hard.  Waiting in line, waiting for vacation, waiting for a promotion, waiting for an offer or waiting for a phone call can all illicit a range of emotions.  Philomena’s biggest challenge is waiting for her nuggets to hit the bowl.  She whizzes around in circles and jumps like she is a billy goat until dinner is served.

Sometimes we wait for things like a fabulous opportunity that may never come.  Waiting can be scary, frustrating and make us anxious or depressed.  Sometimes things come to fast, like the end of vacation.

Regardless of your religious affiliations, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t a master plan and when a window closes, a door opens.  It is a difficult concept to grasp until it’s all over and we get to see the end result.  One opportunity missed usually means better opportunites are coming.  It can be maddening.  It’s life.

As us baby boomers reflect on the preferences of the younger, “I want it now” generation, we are reminded of a scene from one of our favorite movies, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp.

Veruca Salt: Daddy, I want a boat like this.  A beautiful paddle boat is what I want.

Grandpa Joe: (to Charlie) What she wants is a good kick in the pants!

Sometimes waiting will lead to those unexpected opportunities that are better than we originally dreamed of or hoped for. Have faith, patience is a virtue.

“And the waiting is the hardest part”-The Waiting, Tom Petty