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Mindy Norton

Host, Speaking of Pets

Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she has served on the boards of directors of four animal welfare organizations, serving as president of two of them. In 1979, Mindy won an Obelisk Award for her weekday “Pet Patrol” spot on Birmingham’s WBHM Pubic Radio. She joined APR in 1995 as a weekly commentator with “Speaking of Pets.” As a volunteer, Mindy feels she is so blessed to have a “soap box” with a microphone in front of it. “After all,” she says, “I get to talk about our best friends every week!” And she helps two of her favorite causes at the same time, animal welfare and Alabama Public Radio.

  • Cats have great body language, but if they could talk, what questions would they ask?
  • Betty White said, "You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal."
  • You can help your four-footed friends stay safe and warm in cold weather.
  • The first day of a new year is a great time to make a few resolutions. Let your furry friend be your inspiration!
  • Including our furry friends in our Christmas celebrations is seems natural when you consider that almost every nativity scene you see today includes animals. After all, Baby Jesus was born in their house, a stable. So, Merry Christmas to all the members of your household!
  • A pet should not be a surprise gift, but there are ways to help someone get a new pet; one gift this year might be a donation to help the pet victims of the tornadoes in Kentucky and five other states.
  • It's that time when we have to make sure our furry friends are safe amidst all our holiday decorations!
  • The American Kennel Club reports that around Thanksgiving, there is an increase in pet visits to veterinarians because the animals were given “unsafe human foods.” Make healthy food choices for your pet over the holiday to insure all family members have a happy Thanksgiving!
  • Some people see an animal shelter as a sad, dreary place full of unwanted (or undesirable) pets. In fact, a shelter is a haven for pets who find themselves without any home. The shelter offers them a place where they can be fed, cared for, and maybe find a new home with an owner who will love and care for them. That’s something we can all be thankful for, as we celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week...
  • Twice a year, we all have to reset our internal clocks - and our watches, and clocks, and microwaves - to accommodate Daylight Savings Time. We know that it messes with our internal clocks and sleep schedules, but have you ever considered what effect the time change has on our pets?