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MrsP
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« on: September 21, 2007, 11:06:30 AM »

Hello all,
It's going to be a trial thing for the next few weeks.  "Pet Food Safety" Like TV, it depends on ratings.  I got better ratings than the astrology show, so they dropped that for now and are giving me a chance.

The crank callers were a few people saying I should be doing people food safety, kid product safety, etc.  Randy, the PD, said on air that if people want shows like that they need to do their research, find sponsors, contact the station with a presentation, etc. (as I did in the beginning.) The other listeners like that I'm just a person, not PETA, not GreenPeace, not a vet, not a pet food industry spokesperson. I don't claim to be an expert; I'm a person who wants the best for her pets.

The cranks were extremely cranky, having to be bleeped for profanity because we were doing pets.  Strange that they would listen to a pet show and complain it was a pet show.  I guess some people live to be crabby.

I asked that people to check in at Itchmo forums because a lot of research has already been done regarding foods. That's what I always say: "Do your research and decide what you're comfortable with." I don't want to make recommendations and have a recall the next day.

There were a lot of questions about regulatory agencies and politicians, lots about new pet food advertisements on TV. Some people complained the ingredient list is the same on their pet food; only the new bag is prettier.

At this point I am not being paid for this.  That being said, I wonder if anyone would be interested in having me read their experience on the air.  This is about regular people and regular pets.  I am not trying to make money off your grief.  If they decide to keep me on, I will work something out about donating money to a testing fund.  But for now, I would like to remind people it wasn't just LadyCat and I.  So many families were hurt.  You can e-mail me at Mrs.Pcatsatgmaildotcom.  (I hate spambots.  Replace at with @, and dot with .)  This has nothing to do with PBS.  I'll let you know if/when they want personal stories.

Thanks so much to all of you.

Best,
Mrs.P
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007, 12:24:35 PM »

MrsP You are totally amazing! You have taken a little radio interview and made it into something that obviously has captured listeners' attention!

LOL on the crabby ones. They have to be cranky about something. ;o)
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007, 02:54:32 PM »

I get so angry at those people who criticize us for caring about pets and animals when we supposedly "should" be caring about kids.  Roll Eyes  My perspective is, there are a lot of human charities out there, and the kid-related ones get a disproportionate amount of attention and support for the simple reason that kids are media-friendly. Nothing against kids or children's charities, but someone has got to take care of the animals.

In any case, good work MrsP!
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2007, 03:15:37 PM »

What a wonderful thing you've done already, Mrs. P, and I can see that this might grow into something larger for you, something permanent for those of us who call our pets family.  As for the crabby callers, it may be a good thing.  Most people listen to the radio for entertainment, not information.  The show may be presented for information but if not entertaining it doesn't draw the ratings or sponsorship.  Controversy gets a listener's attention.  So hurray for the crabby callers!  Loving our pets, loving our children are not mutually exclusive anyway.  Lots of love to go around.  I've learned more about human food safety while on a quest for the safest way to feed our dog.  A concerned parent looks after those dependent upon his/her decisions when it comes to mealtime as well as play time.  It doesn't matter whether we're talking two feet on the ground or four, it's time to listen up, read up and be active rather than passive.  Mrs. P, you are causing people to do just that!  I hope the lines at the station all light up while you fill the airwaves with what our pets have experienced this year, the effect on them, the effect on their owners and how it makes waves into the community surrounding us.

I think I'll ask owners of local pet specialty stores how the recalls have effected their business and effected them personally.  Might be worth including that at some point?

Thank you for what you have already done and thanks in advance for the things to come.  You are a wonder! 
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007, 10:26:05 AM »

Thanks everyone.

(I think the locals miss G.Gordon Liddy's call in and scream radio show.  Grin)
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2007, 09:52:52 AM »

Sunday went very well.  I can't get the information out fast enough.  I got permission from Don Earl to read Chuckles' story.  I wanted the audience to know I'm not the only one.

Many people seem to be shocked and horrified that pet food safety is a caveat emptor business.  Several callers were adamant about the need to contact the politico's. I hope they do.  Others talked about boycotting.  I hope they do.

Randy is trying to get a simulcast going with another little indie radio station. 

Thanks to all who have come up with such good ideas.  (And thanks to Menusux for the links.)
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007, 09:33:50 PM »

MrsP your efforts are definetly being noticed and listened to. The more information you are able to provide to the listening audience, the more pet lovers will know whats really gone on and continues to. They will inform those who have no idea what has happened and those in turn will tell  others and so on and so on. So many will seek the information and so many will be helped in the process.
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