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With Rick Preuss & Lee Cohen
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December 6th, 2022 12:00am
Conversation with Wild wood rescue

Holiday fun with Preuss Pets

December 6th, 2022 12:00am
When the relatives and friends come to town for the holidays, and the kids are out of school and wanting to do something original and fun, where can you take them that will stand out in their memories and not cost a fortune? Preuss Pets! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the amazing and unique animals you can see and learn about with a visit to Preuss Pets. First up is Will Schaefer from the freshwater department discussing the stingray that is currently in stock. If you've never seen one in person and are limited to Aquaman fils for an understanding, you'll be amazed at how cool these are but remember to keep your hands outside of the tank at all times! You'll also hear all about Jeff the 3 foot eel that will come right to the surface of the tank if he thinks he sees a worm being fed. Then Sean Murphy discusses the hognose snake that can expand the size of his head and neck to scare away other creatures. They are very cool snakes and make for great pets. Sean also discusses some of the other great reptiles and small animals that you can see including poison dart frogs and some very rare mice. Then Katie Ramp finishes the tour with a discussion about small animals like hedgehogs, degus, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, chinchillas and many other animals you might not recognize but could fall in love with.if you tour Preuss Pets this holiday season. To hear about these and more, tune in to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Conversation with Mike Ortega ,CEO of Petzey and Dr. Will Schultz

November 21st, 2022 12:00am
Have you ever experienced a sick pet during evenings or weekends when your usual veterinarian is closed? What if you could press a button on your smartphone and be connected to an app where you can talk to a veterinarian or a licensed Vet Tech for advice on what to do! Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen are joined by Mike Ortega, Founder and CEO of Petzey, an app which provides you with the tele help advice you need to care for your pets 24/7. Also joining the conversation is Doctor Will Schultz DVM from Schultz Veterinary in Okemos. Learn how and why Petzey was launched and how the process works in providing you with information and even where to go to get help. Learn how the Petzey app not only helps you and your pets, but also assists Veterinarian's and Vet Techs to assist people care for pet issues that don't necessarily require a hands on appointment and only cost the price of a typical copay. You'll be amazed where this technology is going in the future to help reduce the delays in seeing a veterinarian because of the shortage in many places of appointment availability.on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Rick and Kirbay Preuss and this years Costume contest winners

November 14th, 2022 12:00am
What does it take to come up with the perfect halloween costume for your pets? Best way to find out is to hear from the people who got the most votes and to understand where their ideas come from and how they go about making them happen. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick and Kirbay Preuss from Preuss Pets and Bruce Warner discuss the topic from three of the winners of this years Halloween Costume Contest. Meet the Dalmatians and hear about the ironic total of their vote count. Meet Max the service Cat and his costume. Then you will meet Little Red Riding Hood, the winner of the store bought costume contest. You would be amazed at what creativity exists among pet parents and you will enjoy the presentation on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Halloween special 2022

November 8th, 2022 12:00am
all about spiders!

All about Cats with Julia Palmer Willson, Kelsey Maccombs

November 8th, 2022 12:00am
For those of you that love cats and kittens, you will love this week's show! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from #Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen spend the hour discussing the current status of cats in the Mid Michigan area. First up is Julia Palmer Willson, President of the Capital Area Humane Society. Julia will share with the listeners her perspective on surrendered cats, outdoor cats and feral cats despite the inability to determine how many of them are around. Hear some of the reasons why cats are more likely to reproduce, less likely to be owned and are needing the care of adopters, fosters and other animal welfare agencies. Learn about the programs and resources that CAHS makes available to the public in order to help alleviate the issues created by free roaming cats and the annual event known as kitten season. Then Kelsey Maccombs joins the conversation. She is the director of the Constellation Cat Cafe in East Lansing. They are a 501C3 organization that sells coffee and gifts and also provides rescued cats for show and for adoption for those who qualify. Learn about the status of their move to the former Su Casa location in Old Town Lansing and what they need to complete their plan for moving to Lansing next spring if all goes well. Get yourself into a feline frenzy by listening to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Halloween history of spiders, snakes, bats, rats, black cats and others with Sean Murphy

October 24th, 2022 12:00am
Halloween has a scary association with many different animals that many people find to be great pets! Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the Halloween history of spiders, snakes, bats, rats, black cats and others with Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets. Sean, a former zookeeper is also the holder of the Guiness Book of World Records for holding the most live hissing cockroaches in his mouth! Learn about why people are sometimes scared despite some of these animals performing beneficial functions (do you know how many mosquitos bats eat per day!?!) You'll also learn about the upcoming Tarantula Night celebration at Preuss Pets in Old Town. Then Kirbay Preuss joins the conversation with the details of the Old Town Howloween Doggy Costume Contest taking place next week throughout Old Town. Dozens of businesses with treats for dogs and hundreds of costumed dogs all vying to win great prizes and showing their creativity to the hundreds who gather to watch. It will be a fun show if you listen to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Rick and Lee sit down with the President of the Michigan GLI Aaron Rice

October 10th, 2022 12:00am
When 1200 draft horses are coming to East Lansing to the MSU Pavilion, what can it mean? It must be the Michigan Great Lakes Invitational Draft Horse show taking place from October 13th until the 16th! Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen sit down with the President of the Michigan GLI Aaron Rice to learn all about the upcoming show. Prior to discussing the show, Aaron will explain to everyone the evolution through history of draft horses and the many functions they have served over that time. You'll learn about the farm work they did until the middle of the last century when technology began replacing them but new forms of work began. Learn about how corporations began utilizing them in the mid 1950's for marketing and advertising functions with the Budweiser Clydesdales being the most widely recognized example. You'll also learn from Aaron about his history with draft horses that led he and his wife to a lifetime of caring for and breeding them on his forty acre farm. You will learn so much about horses if you just tune in to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

a conversation with Dr. Will Schultz

October 5th, 2022 12:00am
Did you hear the news on last week's show? Doctor Will Schultz from Schultz Veterinary Clinic has retired! Listen as we spent the hour talking with Doctor Schultz about his lifetime of achievement in the Veterinary field and the upcoming plans he has for his future

Joshua McWilliams of Water Pigs USA Gold fish

September 21st, 2022 12:00am
Joshua McWilliams of Water Pigs USA Gold fish

Conversation with Patience Cole of Happy Feet pet Rescue

September 12th, 2022 12:00am
When it comes to caring for all the dogs and cats that make their way into the animal control and humane society systems, rescue operations sometimes play a very helpful role in helping to care for these animals and help them to find their perfect homes. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen talk with Patience Cole, President of Happy Feet Pet Rescue in Lansing. Learn all about Patience journey into animal rescue despite working a full-time job and why she feels so strongly about helping to rescue animals and helping people find the companionship they want and need. Happy Feet is a 501c3 organization that is located off Jolly Road and Dunckel behind the Jolly Road Veterinary Center and is run by volunteers who foster the animals in their system. Learn all about the situations that currently exist like an abundance of cats that are in the system and in the wild and why Patience feels strongly about Spay, Neuter programs. You'll also learn a lot about animal care and the geographic challenges both down south and from out of the country that are putting strains on the whole animal welfare system at times. If you have a passion for helping animals, you will meet a caring soul on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Cleaning out Lampreys, Asian Carp from the Great Lakes

September 7th, 2022 12:00am
Protecting the Great Lakes are a very important job of the states that border them including Ontario Canada. How do they organize things so that the common interest of all parties are considered? One answer was the creation of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss this with Marc Gaden, Deputy Executive Secretary of the GLFC. Marc is also a PhD and an adjunct professor at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Marc discusses the formation of the commission and the things it is specifically responsible to protect. One of the biggest issues is invasive species. Learn about how sea lampreys got into the great lakes and wiped out several types of fish that are essential to maintaining the food web for other species. Learn how they were reduced by 95% and the research being done at MSU to keep them from ever returning in the quantity they once had. You'll also hear about the Asian Carp battles in which one breed is already in the great lakes and two others are in a battle to get in from the waterways in Chicago. It's a fascinating conversation about one of the greatest gifts of natural beauty, economic strength and future growth on this Labor Day weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

What's behind the canine deaths in Otsego County

August 29th, 2022 12:00am
The story about the mysterious deaths of dozens of dogs in Northern Michigan was in the media across the country this week. The dogs had symptoms that resembled Parvo but the initial tests came back negative making the situation more mysterious and unnerving. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets, Janice Milligan Peters from Doggy Daycare and Spa and Lee Cohen interview two ladies who were directly involved in solving this mystery. First up is Melissa FitzGerald, Director and Animal Control Officer for Otsego County Michigan. The first thirty deaths reported were in Otsego County. Listen as Melissa describes her experiences with the owners, the local veterinarians and the initial steps that took place in the investigation. She describes the results of the initial snap tests and the confusion and concern they created by coming back negative for Parvo. Next up is Doctor Kim Dodd, DVM who is the Director of the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The VDL was tasked with conducting more thorough testing to determine what caused the deaths of the dogs. You'll hear all about what was discovered, the problems that caused the confusion and what can be done to keep dogs safe. Janice and Rick also will share what they do to keep the dogs who come to their businesses safe. It's breaking news on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Life Aquatic with Shelby Stensrud and Steve Lipps

August 22nd, 2022 12:00am
When you talk to people who have spent a lifetime in the ornamental fish and aquarium businesses, what do you think they have in common? First and foremost is a fascination with aquariums and how they look and sound. Second is a desire to share their experience with others and continue the hobby in the future. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the background of the aquarium trade with Shelby Stensrud, Brand Manager of Segrest Farms in Tampa Florida. Shelby grew up in a household that appreciated fish which led her to a long stretch of time and a variety of positions with Preuss Pets. From there Shelby moved on to Segrest, a company that sells over a million fish a week on average. Learn what Shelby does and how she goes about sharing her knowledge and passion for fish to retailers on down to their customers to keep the hobby growing and thriving. Then joining the conversation is Steve Lipps, territory manager for Royal Aquatics. Steve too grew up in a pet store family in Ohio and developed a true love for keeping aquariums. Now Steve travels the Midwest working with independent pet stores to help them help others to care for their fish and appreciate the joy they can bring. If you didn't appreciate aquariums and fish before, you will after listening to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio. You can also listen live on the web at 1320wils.com

Fish tanks w Steve Oberg Golden frogs w Sean Murphy

August 16th, 2022 12:00am
When you go out to a restaurant or a business and you see an aquarium, chances are it came from Preuss Aquatic Innovations. PAI is a division of Preuss Pets that plans, sells, installs and maintains public aquariums for people in their business, their office or even their residence. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets discuss the workings of Preuss Aquatic Innovations with Steve Oberg. Steve is the manager of all things aquatic at Preuss and is usually the guy who will plan and submit bids to the organizations for the ongoing maintenance, once the original tank is bought and installed. Learn about the different setups they do and the processes they follow to determine how to build a tank that will sustain for a long period of time. You'll also hear about the current expansion taking place that will grow the division even more and provide better service for the public who use it. Then Sean Murphy is on to talk about this months fundraiser at Preuss Pets for the Golden Frogs. Learn all about the frogs history and why it is crucial to raise money to sustain the breed outside of captivity. Learn why they are going extinct in the wild and what is being done by caring organizations to help sustain them. It's an interesting set of topics on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

April Toro from Blu Horizons Aussies

August 8th, 2022 12:00am
Have you ever seen a dog with piercing blue and brown eyes, amazing agility and frisbee catching skills and remarkable intelligence? If so, you've seen an Australian Shepherd, better known as an Aussie. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the subject of Aussies with April Toro, owner of Blu Horizon Aussies in Webberville, Michigan. Learn why April fell in love with the breed and decided to make them an important part of her life. Learn about their truly unique characteristics even from other pups born in the same litter. Learn what motivates Aussies and what it takes to care for them and keep them out of trouble. You'll also hear some amazing stories about them from April and Lee who has owned Aussies since March 1989. He and his wife are currently raising their fourth Aussie, all of which have looked different, acted different but proven to be great dogs. you'll know what it takes to be able to care for the breed if you choose to get one from listening to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio. You can also listen live on the web at 1320wils.com

Special guest host Sally Babbitt and Guest Rick Morgan

August 1st, 2022 12:00am
Mid Michigan has raised and educated many individuals that have gone on to do remarkable things with their lives that many of us might hesitate to do. Especially when it comes to animal related functions like dog training in foreign nations. Meet Mike Morgan, owner of Mid Michigan Police K9. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Sally Babbitt from Babbitt Legal Group sits in for Rick Preuss and Lee Cohen discuss the recent journeys of Mike Morgan in teaching dogs throughout the United States and in foreign nations narcotics and explosive detection techniques. Learn about Mike's adventures in the Middle East and Southeast Asia as he not only had to teach the dogs, he also needed to learn himself how to deal with barriers of languages and cultures that are very different then those in Mid Michigan. Mike also talks about some current trend including reasons that may have caused a recent uptick in dog bite incidents in Ingham County and other observations from decades of ordinary dog training as well as police dog training. Then Sally answers questions about the changes in wills and trusts regarding pets as they become an important part of planning for your own passing. How many people should you designate? Why do you need to attach money to an inherited animal to pay for future expenses expected and unexpected. Sally also talks about the extra issues in divorce negotiations pets are now causing because of the increases in attachment and the percentages of pet households. Interesting information from a smart guest and substitute host on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Heidi Williams from ICAC and Katie Ramp from Preuss

July 25th, 2022 12:00am
Hey animal lovers, here is your chance to make a difference in animal care in Ingham County by passing a millage that will fund the Ingham County Animal Control on August 2nd and provide the animal control with the staff and services that the county needs. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the benefits and the costs to taxpayers with Heidi Williams, Director of the Ingham County Animal Control. Learn what great services can be provided to Ingham County animal lovers and how little the cost actually is when it is divided amongst everyone who pays taxes. You'll hear about solving some of the feral cat problems through TNR and some of the vet care problems that are caused by too many animals and not enough vets at ICAC to care for them. Then the conversation switches to Katie Ramp from Preuss Pets discussing Degus, a small rodent with a giant personality that are available to be purchased as pets from Preuss.

Kirbay Preuss and Mackinzie Jones visit the show

July 19th, 2022 12:00am
Do you think that pets can help humans improve their physical and mental health? Their are many scientific studies that are proving it and you just might know someone who mentally has benefitted from the experience. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the subject with Kirbay Preuss and Mackinzie Jones. First Mackinzie will share his experience of overcoming addiction and improving his mental health after he began keeping fish. The responsibility of keeping animals alive and their dependency on their humans for food, heat and environment create reasons for people to not dwell solely on their own situation. Mackinzie shares the battle he went through and the successes he achieved by doing it as he works for Preuss Pets where he takes care of customers in the freshwater department and helps them learn the joys of fish keeping. Then Kirbay Preuss shares the story of Lansing native Brandon Navin who passed away in the last few weeks. Brandon overcame many issues he had for years with his discovery of reef aquariums. Brandon's hobby created an incredible friendship with the Preuss family and led to a memorial service that took place in Old Town last week. To honor Brandon and to keep his memory and love of the hobby alive, his family have set up a grant program for school teachers in Mid Michigan to get a reef tank setup for their classrooms for kids to learn responsibility and appreciation for nature. The tank will also include a cutting from one of the corals in Brandon's tanks. Then to close out the hour, we will replay posthumously Brandon's only appearance on this show from 2020 when he discussed this topic and shared his experiences and the benefits they brought him. It's an emotional conversation with personal insights for all to learn from on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Conversation with Jason Gallant, Associate professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Integrative Biology.

July 6th, 2022 12:00am
How familiar are you with electric fish? No we're not referring to Big Mouth Billy Bass the singing fish from years ago. We're referring to real life electric fish being researched at MSU to enhance our understanding. Listen Saturday at 9AM when Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets #preusspets and Lee Cohen discuss this with Jason Gallant, Associate professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Integrative Biology. Jason has an unbridled enthusiasm about his research and the research being done by others in his department that are world class in their sophistication and in the discoveries they are providing. Learn about what species, from what geographic environments, utilize electricity similar to sonar to detect other fish and to understand facts about these other fish through these electric signals. Learn about fish reproduction and why fish are among the most successful vertebrates in the world and some amazing facts about how female fish have adapted to males to enhance reproduction results. It's a very intelligent but understandable conversation on this fourth of July holiday weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

A conversation with John Stottele owner of Family Puppy pets stores

June 28th, 2022 12:00am
How many people want to buy a puppy in the United States and how many puppies are available in the United States? When you find out, you will probably be a bit surprised. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss #rickpreuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen #LeeCohen discuss these and other related topics with John Stottele, the owner of three The Family Puppy pet stores in Michigan. John will share fascinating statistics about the industry in general as well as the specific methods they use to approve breeders as suppliers for their stores. John also discusses the government standards and the changes being considered by various government entities to eliminate mistreatment and other problems that previously existed in the industry. Learn what breeds are increasing in both demand and price and what is driving the increases in both. You'll also hear about areas of improvement needed such as being able to identify where dogs have come from since numbers tend to indicate many dogs selling in the United States are being imported from other countries where veterinary standards are different and some diseases may be imported with the dogs. Hear an interesting conversation about puppies on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

A conversation with Kelsey MacCombs with the Constellation Cat Cafe'

June 20th, 2022 12:00am
If all goes as planned, soon the former Su CasKirbay Preuss from Preuss Pets #Preusspets and Lee Cohen #Leecohen discuss the plan with Kelsey Maccombsa home in Old Town will become la casa de los gatos y las gatas! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss #RickPreuss and , Executive Director of the Constellation Cat Cafe currently located on Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing. Learn about the backstory to this 501C3 Coffeehouse, gift shop and cat rescue that survived despite opening just prior to Covid and now is attempting, with the help of the public, to generate the money needed to purchase a larger space in Old Town, right across the street from Preuss Pets. Listen as Kelsey shares how they hope to generate funds and expand the number of cats available for guests to hang out with and hopefully fall in love as they enjoy their coffee and snacks. Hear all about the sources of these rescued cats and what makes this concept so unique and desirable for cat lovers. Get your feline fill on the fathers day weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

A Conversation with Will Schultz DVM from the Schultz Veterinary Clinic in Okemos

June 13th, 2022 12:00am
Doctor Will Schultz DVM from the Schultz Veterinary Clinic in Okemos is a highly regarded veterinarian who has spent forty years building an exceptional clientele locally, nationally and internationally. His special interest in reproductive medicine is known and sought out by breeders around the world. For local dog owners, If you've met him and listened to him, you understand very quickly why he is so respected.

Belly up to the Bug Bar

June 2nd, 2022 12:00am
While this post may "bug" some of you, some people may not know that Preuss Pets built and opened a "bug bar." What is it? Why did it come into existence? What is available and why do people benefit greatly from it? Listen Saturday at 9AM as #RickPreuss from #preusspets and #LeeCohen discuss the topic with #seanmurphy from Preuss about these questions and more. Learn why certain insects and animals are frequently purchased by regular customers, especially reptile owners, and how they are maintained. Also, learn about the story of Sean winning a Guiness Book of World Records honor and performing his winning action to raise funds as well as breaking records almost 12 years ago. It's a creative way to improve service and help customers care for their animals on this Memorial Day weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Rick and Lee talk Fish and Fish tanks!

May 18th, 2022 12:00am
Have you ever considered the idea of setting up an aquarium in your home? What types of fish or other sea creatures would you want to have? What type of tank (water/contents)? How big or small of a tank? What necessities and accessories would you need to care for the fish? Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from #preusspets and Lee Cohen discuss many different options and why you might choose some options versus others

Rick and Lee talk with Heidi Williams Director of Ingham co. Animal control

May 12th, 2022 12:00am
Have you ever wondered what officers in animal control jobs entail? What is expected each day and what kind of skills do they need? Listen at 9AM Saturday when #RickPreuss from #preusspets and #LeeCohen discuss the current opening for an animal control officer with #HeidiWilliams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control. Listen as Heidi explains the different types of things that officers deal with and the various skills that they need to succeed at the job

Michigan's Crawfish Good or Bad for our waterways?

April 26th, 2022 12:00am
You may call them Crayfish. Or Crawfish. Whatever you call them, the orange, reddish crawfish from the swamp have made it into more then 30 waterways in Michigan where MSU researchers were able to capture more then 93,000 of them. As they aren't native species to these areas, they are doing harm to some creatures that are native and are being researched for their travel patterns and how to remove them along with other invasive species. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the topic with former MSU student and current MSU researcher Aaron Sullivan who is working on the capture and transmitter tagging of the red swamp crawfish that are native to the Southeast United States but seem to be surviving and somewhat thriving in the cold, freshwater environments in Michigan. Aaron discusses the breeding capacity that Crawfish have and the locations that they have been carving out for themselves at the expense of other native creatures including other crawfish species. Learn how to recognize them and even how to handle them without getting pinched. Then Rick Preuss will talk about the miniature crawfish species that make for great pets along with snails and the reasons why you shouldn't release them in nature to get rid of them. It's an interesting subject to learn about before you start seeing them in Michigan lakes, rivers and streams on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Dogs with a special purpose with Guests David Frei and Evan Goldfarb

April 12th, 2022 12:00am
What is the difference between a service dog, a therapy dog and an emotional support dog? When should dogs be allowed on planes and in public spaces, and when should they be left at home? Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss these questions and more with David Frei, host of Americas Thanksgiving Day Dog Show on NBC, former Communications Director of the Westminster Kennel Club and author of several books on dogs including Angel on a Leash: Therapy dogs and the Lives they Touch. Hear about David's experience in therapy work with his dogs and the help they were able to provide to kids, senior citizens, and others while learning great lessons from the dogs themselves in making people's days a little better. David shares his opinions on the dilemmas of determining policies that work for all and how to prevent people from purchasing phony credentials for dogs and causing problems for those in true need of a service animal. Next up is Evan Goldfarb from Palm Springs California (a former MSU alumni) and his dog Pebbles currently going through the process of becoming a certified Therapy dog. What made Evan decide to do this and what are the steps Pebbles will take to meet the qualifications necessary for a Therapy Dog designation. If you are interested in the subject of dogs helping people and the good it can do for both of you, listen to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Sara Alguire and the opening of the Click Positive Family Pet Center in Okemos.

April 4th, 2022 12:00am
Q: What happens when the population of households with dogs and cats increase by more then 30% in two years of Pandemic isolation? A: The country winds up with lots of first time or longtime without, pet owners in desperate need of training. Hence, the light bulb, a-ha moment for Sara Alguire and the opening of the Click Positive Family Pet Center in Okemos. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen learn all about this new business venture with Sara Alguire from Click Positive located on Grand River, east of Marsh Road by Merts Meats in Okemos. Learn about Sara's background in training dogs and her partner's experience with Cat behavioral training and the series of events that led them to open a new location for getting your animals properly socialized and trained. You will also learn about Sara's philosophy of positive motivation and the use of a clicker as a sound signal to compel behavior from animals. You can never know enough about training your animals, and after such substantial growth in the last two years, you probably know somebody with an animal in need of training. Listen Saturday and you might find the solution to your situation on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Gabrielle Feighner Baker, owner of the Feighner Family Farms home to 30 Alpacas

March 28th, 2022 12:00am
Alpacas are famous for their fur, especially in South America, but are becoming more popular in the rest of the world because of their intelligence and personality. If you've never seen one or learned about them, you might want to pay attention this weekend at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen learn all about them from Gabrielle Feighner Baker, owner of the Feighner Family Farms in Mid Michigan. The Feighner Farm is home to 30 Alpacas and a Llama and has six more on the way. Learn about how they got involved with Alpacas and what it takes to give them the proper food, training and care they need to thrive for you. Despite the expense, Alpacas are very clean, friendly animals and their fur is used to make very expensive products that are in high demand! Learn all about their successes last year in getting certified as well as their show performance in Ohio where they were awarded several ribbons. Gabrielle also describes the decision to get rid of their sheep and focus on the Alpacas. You will learn about very neat animals and a family journey on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

The incredible world of Nano tanks

March 21st, 2022 12:00am
Sometimes small packages are big news! When it comes to aquariums, smaller tanks can take up less space and cost less then larger aquariums! Nano tanks and fish are sometimes exactly what you need for home, office, dorm room or bookshelf! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the topic of Nano Tanks and the Shrimps and Bettas that fit in them with Will Schafer, fresh water Co-Manager at Preuss Pets!

A conversation with Julia Wilson, CEO of the CAHS

March 15th, 2022 12:00am
There is always a lot going on at the Capital Area Humane Society and this week was no exception. A 12 hour trip to Southern Tennessee to pickup up 35 dogs and puppies was the start of the week for President and CEO Julia Willson. With that task completed, Julia is stopping in the studio to visit with Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen to share the details about the dogs and puppies soon to be available for adoption. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Julia also shares information about the renovations taking place at CAHS and the new kitten room being created just in time for kitten season. The conversation goes on to a discussion about TNR, fundraisers like the upcoming Fur Ball taking place the end of April and an interesting fish story that of course got Rick Preuss immediate attention. CAHS does great things for Lansing and you'll hear about a lot of them from an animal welfare superstar on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio. You can also listen live on the web at 1320wils.com

Bird talk with Local expert Kirby Adams and from the Harris nature center Kati Adams

March 7th, 2022 12:00am
What if you could see a Bald Eagle, Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and Sandhill Cranes without much effort by you at all? In fact, they might be right outside your windows if you just know how to invite them to your neighborhood! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the topic with local birding expert and author Kirby Adams. Kirby will discuss what types of birds have already arrived from their winter sojourn and when other types of birds are expected to be back in the Great Lakes region. He also discusses the recent and frequent sightings of eagles, cranes hawks and other raptor type birds and when is the best time of day to see them. Then Kati Adams, Senior Naturalist (and no relation to Kirby) from the Harris Nature Center is on to discuss several programs going on at Harris including the 25 year celebration since Harris opened in 1997. Learn about the different bird exploration programs as well as the places you can go on your own to observe nature at it's finest. Celebrate the coming of spring this month and get the jumpstart on attracting the prettiest birds to your home on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Pet dentistry with Doctor Ben Colmery.

March 1st, 2022 12:00am
Want a topic you can sink your teeth into? February is National Pet Dental Care month and more people are paying attention to their pets teeth then ever before. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the subject with a pioneer of the industry, Doctor Ben Colmery. Doctor Colmery is from the Dixboro Veterinary Medical Center in Ann Arbor and has been practicing vet dentistry for almost fifty years.

Rick and Lee interview Ryan McVay of Vivtech

February 22nd, 2022 12:00am
Rick, Lee and Guest Ryan McVay discus their involvement with P-Jac and new innovations in Lighting for Reptile enclosures

Celebrating Preuss Pet's Valentines Pet Pic's contest

February 14th, 2022 12:00am
Valentines Day is a designated day for showing your loved ones how much you care about them. In recent years, the group of loved ones has grown to include pets! To celebrate this, Preuss Pets started a contest every day through Tuesday to win a 14 gift cards for sharing a photo of you and your pets. It also offered the chance for the chosen entries to be a guest on this show to explain why they love their pets. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss, Kirbay Preuss and Lee Cohen discuss these special relationships with five of the winners so far. First up is Alexandria discussing her love of fish and the multiple tanks she has all over her home and in her husbands office! Then comes Brittany with her cute Guinea Pigs inside their kissing booths offering kisses and nibbles for a nickel. Then Lydia talks all about her Gecko named French Toast and why she feels pets are so important to students, especially in the animal sciences. Next is Tracy to discuss her love of horses, especially an Arabian she rescued who was going to be used for meat and instead is getting love and medical care! Finally, Sam discusses her Golden Retriever and the special relationship they have as her Golden is part of a study to determine why the breed has a higher proclivity for Cancer then other breeds. Meet other pet lovers just like you when you listen to the Valentines weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

For the Love of Dachshund's

February 8th, 2022 12:00am
When you think about different dog breeds, certain breeds are immediately recognizable and elicit responses from people fairly consistently. This is certainly true of the the Dachshund, otherwise known as the German Wiener dog because of their long body and short stubby legs which usually make people smile and laugh at their unusual build. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the Dachshund breed with breeder and owner, Daniel Greiner. Learn about what makes Dachshunds so popular and ideal for certain lifestyles. Find out about the behavioral tendencies and the health issues that owners have to work on for a long lifetime of laughter with their dogs. Then Jamie Schriner joins Rick and Lee to discuss her experiences with Dachshunds and the idea to implement the Wiener Walk in Old Town in 2019. Understand if these dogs are right for your lifestyle and living situation and what you need to do to succeed in caring for them during this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

The Latest on Reef Tanks

February 1st, 2022 12:00am
The idea of having a reef tank in your house or office may merit further consideration! After all, the beauty and splendor of nature can make any space come to life. But isn't it difficult to keep alive? Isn't it expensive to buy different varieties? Who has the time to maintain it? Listen Saturday at 9AM and realize how each of those questions are easily solved and what a great hobby you are missing. Listen first as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the new technology and understanding that have improved the success levels of reef keepers with Tom Dachille, Sales Manager with Neptune Systems. Then Jim Watling from Captivereefs.com joins the conversation to talk about the annual Coral Swap taking place Sunday at the Causeway Bay hotel in South Lansing. Reef keepers from all over Michigan can bring in their coral frags and swap them for other coral frags. Talk about a great way to meet other hobbyists and increase your variety!! The lesson concludes with Rick Preuss explaining the services available from Preuss Aquatic Innovations which include the setting up of your tank, ongoing maintenance and a custom care and cleaning program at whatever level you choose. Learn how easy it can be to have a reef tank on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Cheryl Connell-Marsh, the owner of Nottingham Nature Nook in East Lansing.

January 24th, 2022 12:00am
If you've been in a car collision with a good size deer or have had your garden picked clean of the plants you carefully planted by a deer, you might agree with the city officials from East Lansing that culling the herd in the area is necessary. If you were one of 8 wildlife rehabilitators in the state, nursing fawns back to health at great effort and expense only to have them released in the wild a few hundred feet from where the culling is scheduled to take place, you might not agree with the East Lansing officials. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the details of this disagreement with Cheryl Connell-Marsh, the owner of Nottingham Nature Nook in East Lansing. Hear about the East Lansing plan for culling the herd (which is similar to plans taking place in other communities in Michigan) and the changes that Cheryl would recommend to protect people's possessions (cars/plants) and protect the animals at the same time. Learn about what Wildlife Rehabilitators do and why their work is so important to the injured animals that are frequently discovered in nature. Learn what you should do and should not do when you discover these creatures in nature. An interesting discussion on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

We Love Great Danes

January 17th, 2022 12:00am
In this world, there are dog owners and there are Dane owners! If you are among the Great Dane owners, you will love this show. If you are considering it, you will too! Everyone else will just laugh at the thought. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss Great Danes with Sally Babbitt, owner of four previous Danes before her current Dane Hollie. Then Kirbay Preuss is on to discuss life with her famous Dane Bruce Preuss and his interactions with other dogs, her ferrets and her six week old daughter. Then Doctor Kristen Stallings DVM from House Calls Vet Hospital talks about her Dane history and the medical side to feeding, exercising and veterinary care for Great Danes. It's a big show on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS

The Mid-Michigan pet expert Talk show

Aired Jan. 8th 2022
January 12th, 2022 12:00am
Twelve years ago, the idea of a local radio talk show that was all about animals and pets was just that, an idea. Then Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets agreed to meet Lee Cohen inside the studio at WILS 1320 AM in January 2010 and the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show was launched. Listen this Saturday at 9AM as Rick and Lee kickoff their 13th year by celebrating highlights from the most popular segments in 2021 and a wish list of what they hope to cover in 2022

a conversation with Jackie Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University.

January 3rd, 2022 12:00am
Did you know that MSU offers a class in caring for domestic animals and pets? What if you could learn the secrets of caring for dogs, cats, reptiles, fish and farm animals while earning credits for your degree? Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the topic with the instructor teaching it, Jackie Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Jackie has 120 students in one class and two others with 60 students every semester going back to 2018. What makes this class so popular among students? What kinds of things do you learn about and why is it part of the curriculum? In addition to these classes, Jackie also teaches grad students how to teach. It's one thing to understand the source material. It is another to be able to teach it to others. The conversation is positive and energetic on this Christmas Day edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS

annual conversation with Doctor Alan Beck, Director of the Center for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University.

January 3rd, 2022 12:00am
As 2021 fades away and 2022 arrives with many surprises in store, when it comes to companion animals, 2021 was a year of significant growth for the human-animal bond and those that are benefitting from it. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen host their annual conversation with Doctor Alan Beck, Director of the Center for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University. The center conducts research on the benefits of the relationship between animals and humans and scientifically proves the value of certain interactions for both the animal and their humans. Learn about the positive things that have happened in recent years and some of the areas of discovery being researched now as a result of Covid-19. What predictions for 2022 are on the horizon and how will the recent changes caused by working at home impact new pet owners if they have to return to working in an office? Lots of questions answered and a few answers questioned when Alan Beck makes his annual appearance on this weekends New Years Day edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS

What's happening at the Fenner nature center

December 20th, 2021 12:00am
In a world of screens everywhere, how do you teach preschool children to appreciate the outdoors and learn about nature in a creative, independent, hands-on way? The answer of the future may be the Fenner Nature Preschool on Mount Hope between Aurelius and Pennsylvania. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the subject with Sam Ansaldi, Program Director for the Fenner Conservancy. Learn all about the acquisition which is being funded by a grant from the Dart Foundation providing a building and 53 acres for the new preschool project. Learn how child led learning and the Reggio Emilia approach will allow children to develop a sense of empowered responsibility for their education and their environment, building curiosity and connection to nature through exploration. Learn all about the implementation of this and other grant led programs to enhance the knowledge of preschoolers about the world in which they live. It's a fantastic conversation about the future of Fenner Nature Center and the future of the conservancy that you will enjoy on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio. You can also listen live on the web at 1320wils.com

talking Reptiles and Frogs with NYC native Frank Indiviglio.

December 14th, 2021 12:00am
Do you remember the commercials for EF Hutton? They would include two people discussing business followed by one of them stating that their broker was EF Hutton and EF Hutton says.... and the whole place would go silent so as to not miss a single word to follow. That commercial comes to mind for me every time this week's guest is on. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss Sea Horses, Reptiles and Frogs with NYC native Frank Indiviglio. Frank has a diverse background that started from growing up across the street from the Bronx Zoo. He is also a Zoologist, Herpetologist, Blog Writer, Attorney, Book Author and Zoo Consultant. When he and Rick Preuss start chatting with one another, you will seldom hear a smarter conversation about animal care and the history of the pet keeping industry. If you listen this weekend, you will want to take notes on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

What's that in your tank?

December 8th, 2021 12:00am
Can you think of a pet that you didn't know existed five years ago and now are considered among the most fascinating you can own? It's also one of the hardest to spell. Give up? AXOLOTL. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Grampa Rick Preuss and Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets discuss the growth, care and keeping of Axolotl's with Lee Cohen. Learn how long they have existed, where they are primarily found in nature and the many very unique characteristics that make having them so cool (literally.) They also make a great hangman word. Then the conversation turns to frogs, toads and amphibians as other cool pets that are not as common but can be great fun to keep and care for. Understand why so many kids are drawn to frogs and the varieties that exist on land and the many underwater varieties. How do you keep them comfortable and stress free so they live the long life that is possible with the right environment, care and feeding. December starts out fun on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

National dog show Host David Frie joins the show

AIRED NOVEMBER 27TH 2021
November 30th, 2021 12:00am
Thanksgiving traditions have been evolving the last few years with more people wanting to watch the National Dog Show then ever before. Last year, twenty five million people watched it on NBC and who knows where it will be this year when it airs on NBC both Thursday at noon and Saturday. If you listen to us this Saturday at 9AM, you can hear Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen talk all about this years show with the emcee of the National Show on NBC, David Frei. David is among the most recognized dog show hosts in the world after a quarter of a century at Westminster and the last several years on NBC hosting the National shows on Thanksgiving and Easter. Hear all about the breeds that are very competitive, the one new breed competing and a few surprises in the sizes of their representation. David also shares his views on how you can utilize dog shows to help learn what is the right dog for you and your lifestyle. Then Maranda Chavez from Preuss Pets is on to discuss how to keep your dogs preoccupied and out of trouble during the holiday season

Holidays at the Potter park Zoo

Aired November 14th,2021
November 15th, 2021 12:00am
What's new at the Potter Park Zoo. There was an elk sighting and the light are going up! Listen Saturday as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the most recent goings on with Dennis Laidler, education curator with the Potter Park Zoo. Learn about the elk and why they are doing so well occupying the space once allocated for the moose. Learn about the black rhino Jaali and how well he is doing in the California Zoo in which he is now living. Learn how he was moved and the status of his getting together with a female rhino for mating purposes in the future. Hear all about the upcoming zoo events and fundraisers as well as a conversation about some of the animals worth seeing next time you go there that don't always get as much attention as some others. It's a great conversation about zoo animals with Rick Preuss and Dennis Laidler totally on their games during this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

RATS, BATS, and even BLACK CATS!

Aired October 23rd, 2021
November 2nd, 2021 12:01am
RATS, BATS and even BLACK CATS! Why are so many pets and animals associated with scary stuff and Halloween? Where did the myths come from and should we be scared of them? Listen as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen ask Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets about all the myths that have made snakes, dragons and spiders and many other animals sources of fear at Halloween time. Learn why the animals got the scary reputation in spite of being amazing pets for certain people. Then, speaking of scary things, Rick Preuss describes his cartoon appearing on the cover of newspapers all over Lansing and the backstory of Preuss Pets. Learn the story of 40 years in business described in detail along with the national recognition Preuss Pets and Rick have received this year on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show

Available MSU Extension Programs

Aired October 16th, 2021
November 2nd, 2021 12:00am
When you think of extensions, some people think of hair, some think of electrical chords and others think of delaying a deadline. If you are smart, or at least you want to be, you should look into University extensions and find yourself a guide to knowledge. Listen as Lee Cohen and Mark Stephens from Project Fish learn all about the Extension programs available from Michigan State from the new Director, Quentin Tyler. Hear about the different avenues of learning taught by the MSU extension programs throughout the state of Michigan and how you can get involved with it. Then Mark Stephens puts on his program coordinator hat and answers questions all about Project Fish and what skills that people can gain from fishing. How do you prepare a fly for fly fishing? How do you learn the best ways to catch and prepare fish? Where are the best locations to fish? All that and more on this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show

WK Kellogg Biological Station

Aired October 9th 2021
October 11th, 2021 12:00am
Did you know that the founder of Kellogg Cereal donated 3700 acres of land to Michigan State University in 1927 in Augusta, MI which is known as the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station? It is MSU's largest off-site campus and one of North America's premier inland field stations. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen learn all about the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary from Sanctuary Manager Lisa Duke. Lisa will discuss the history, the mission and the evolution of the station and share the background of the bird sanctuary and it's regular visitors as well as it's permanent residents. Learn about the projects to restore endangered species and the research that continues to help sustain nature as it is and repair the damage that is done to environments by man. Then Lisa will explain her background and upcoming programs she is leading in case anyone is interested in attending in person or virtually. Learn a lot about waterfowl and a really interesting place by listening to this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio.

Tracy Page from the Michigan DNR Aquatic education

Aired October 2nd 2021
October 4th, 2021 12:00am
When you think of the State of Michigan DNR, you need to consider beyond the park ranger who enforces the rules or the people who collect the money. DNR is very involved in educating the public in classrooms as well as on YouTube thanks to Covid. Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the Salmon in the Classroom and other educational programs with Tracy Page, Aquatic Education coordinator for the Sate of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Learn all about the success and growth of the Salmon in the Classroom program and how much knowledge and work is required of school kids and their teachers to participate in the program. Tracy also will discuss the other educational videos that have been created the last two years and are now available on YouTube and other sites for parents to use in helping educate their children about the beauty and fascination of the natural world. Finally, Tracy elaborates on other programs coming up and the methods by which they are funded through public use like state park fees, fishing licenses, etc. instead of relying on state taxes. You will be surprised at the good work being done by the DNR during this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM WILS on the radio

Heidi Williams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

Aired September 25th 2021
September 27th, 2021 12:00am
When hurricane Ida struck in New Orleans this summer, the impact was deadly for people and animals alike. But racing to help was Heidi Williams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control and Deputy Dan Verhougstraete. They packaged up a truck with supplies and jumped into action! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss the details with Heidi and Deputy Dan and learn what they saw and did and how the situation has evolved. Then Heidi and Dan share what they can about the current investigation and seizure of 27 chickens from two Lansing homes that took place this past week. In addition, they share the details of how ICAC has handled this situation and others and how they have been able to improve the statistics of animals being placed in homes, especially in the last few years. Learn what you can do to help and other great things about the Ingham County Animal Control on this weekends edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk show. Listen to it live on the radio on 1320 AM WILS

Rick and Lee talk to Dr. Bill Van Bon With Shed Aquarium in Chicago and Professor of veterinary medicine at Michigan State

September 20th, 2021 12:00am
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the most prestigious Aquariums in the world! Many veterinarians go to vet school seeking to work at zoos and aquariums caring for the animals. Imagine working with the whales, and sharks and sting rays at Shedd! Listen Saturday at 9AM as Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen spend time with Doctor Bill Van Bonn, Vice President of Animal Health at Shedd Aquarium and adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University. Learn about the impact the pandemic had on Shedd Aquariums staff and animals and the changes they created to deal with it. Discover why Doctor Bill maintained a very busy schedule even during shutdowns and the stories of the animals adventures that occurred when animals discovered that the people observing them were missing. You will also hear about the new creatures that were birthed during the pandemic and lots of other topics as Rick Preuss goes back and forth with a fellow expert in the field of aquatic creatures! Then Rick takes back the mantle as expert and explains the reasons why and the steps to care for your outdoor fish by winterizing your pond and water garden. It's truly a smart conversation with Rick and Doctor Bill on this weekends edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show on 1320 AM on your radio

Rick & Lee talk with Dr. Micah Kohles DVM and VP of Oxbow Animal care

September 8th, 2021 12:00am
Getting a child a small animal for a pet can have a significant influence on their life! But how do you know what animals are appropriate for what ages? How do you know what to feed them and how do you keep them mentally stimulated? Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss these questions and many more with Dr Micah Kohles, Vice President at Oxbow Animal Care, DVM and professor at the University of Nebraska. What are small animals that thrive as pets and what types of environments are needed to maintain them. Learn what animals are great for what ages and why they are appropriate for that group. Learn about the methods Oxbow uses in determining what is appropriate in nature for animals to eat and how to provide it for pets to maximize their life experience. Then Katie Ramp from the small animal breeding room at Preuss Pets joins the conversation and explains the small animals that are being bred at Preuss and what makes them great pets as well! If you ever considered getting your children a small animal as a pet, definitely listen to this conversation on the Labor Day weekend edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show.

Taking a trip to the Super Zoo in Las Vegas

August 30th, 2021 12:00am
When many people go to Las Vegas, the goal is to win money in the casinos. But when Super Zoo is going on, there is much to see and do. Rick Preuss from Preuss Pets and Lee Cohen discuss this year's Super Zoo conference with Kirbay Preuss and Maranda Chavez. Super Zoo is a World Pet Association conference with more then a thousand displays of the latest and greatest products for the Pet industry. Hear how Maranda survived not only her first conference, but her first flight on a plane and all of the amazing displays and products that were new to her and most everyone else. Hear about some of the amazing product inventions and the analysis Kirbay Preuss goes through in deciding what makes sense to stock when available space is limited, even in a store as large as Preuss Pets. Then you will also hear about the great honor bestowed upon co-host Rick Preuss as he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for his 40+ years in the pet industry and the success Preuss Pets has become. If you question why I call him the Pet Expert every week, you won't anymore upon hearing this weekend's edition of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show.

It's time to groom your dog!

August 24th, 2021 12:00am
How often should you get your dogs groomed? What is the best way to communicate the type of cut you want? How do groomers know what each breed cut should look like? Janice Milligan Peters from Doggy Daycare and Spa and Lee Cohen ask these questions and more to Tricia Wickens, Spa Manager at Doggy Daycare and Spa. Tricia will discuss the benefits of getting your dogs groomed regularly and some of the differences between breeds when it comes to caring for their skin and their coats. Then first time guest Teddy Jay comes in to discuss why he utilizes Doggy Daycare and the benefits he and his dog both get from his twice weekly schedule. Learn how your dogs become accustomed to the interactions and the way it improves other social interactions as well. If you haven't considered Doggy Daycare before, you might now after hearing this weekends conversation.

Heading to Ohio! With Jay Hemdal from the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

August 16th, 2021 12:00am
Rick and Lee talk to the soon to be retiring curator of the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium! He discussed the growth of the aquarium and the new live museum they built. Then Jay described his future plans after retirement including work as a consultant to the Toledo Zoo, publishing another book which he recently completed and providing advice and answering questions on the website Reef2reef.

The Boys Are Back! With Mitch Cesca from Instinct Pet Foods

August 9th, 2021 12:00am
The Pet Expert Returns! Lee welcomes Rick Preuss back to the program, and the two dive into the world of raw pet food with Mitch Cesca, Territory Sales Manager at Instinct Pet Foods. Is raw food right for your pup? Tune in and find out! Timecodes - 0:00 - Rick reveals the reason for his absence, and the Pet Experts get back into the groove. 6:51 - The boys welcome Mitch Cesca to the program! Instinct Pet Foods is on the cutting edge of the raw pet food boom, and Mitch explains the origins of the shift in animal nutrition. 24:02 - Is raw food safe for your pets? Mitch answers your questions on raw food safety, and the benefits of a more natural diet. 35:15 - How do you start your pooch or kitten on a raw food diet? Mitch talks about integrating raw food into your pets' diets. Learn more about raw pet food: https://www.instinctpetfood.com/

It's a Preuss Party! With Kirbay Preuss and Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets

August 9th, 2021 12:00am
Preuss Pets has a plethora of fun events planned for August! Who better to talk about engaging the community than Kirbay Preuss and Sean Murphy from Preuss Pets?! They've got lots to share with Mid-Michigan in the next few weeks, and you can get the details at the following timecodes: 0:00 - The Preuss family is growing! Rick and Lee talk about some exciting news for the Preuss clan. 7:30 - Preuss Pets partnered with Ingham County Animal Control, The Cat Ambassador and The Artist's Umbrella for an adoption event called It's Raining Cats and Dogs. Kirbay and Sean share all the details! 23:48 - Resident yogi Kirbay Preuss talks all about an exciting animal yoga (animals + yoga, not yoga for animals, settle down) event at Preuss Pets! 35:27 - Coming Saturday August 14, head to the Preuss Pets parking lot for The Night of The Golden Frog: a celebration of local music, poetry, dance and much more, all in collaboration with The Artist's Umbrella, with proceeds going toward the Golden Frog Project. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/artistsumbrella/

Plan For Your Pets! Featuring Sally Babbitt From Babbitt Legal Group And Denise Rose From New Hope Pet Rescue

July 19th, 2021 12:00am
0:00 - Say hi to Sally! MMPETS Sponsor and founder & president of Babbitt Legal Group sits in the Rick Preuss chair this week for an exciting program about adopting pets in Lansing. 6:38 - Founding president and director of New Hope Pet Rescue Denise Rose joins the program! Her organization partnered with Jolly Road Veterinary Clinic this past weekend for a massive adoption/pet vaccination event. Learn more and support Denise's group: https://www.newhopepetrescue.com/. 24:28 - Sally Babbitt has over twenty years of experience in estate planning and navigating the legal issues surrounding death and incapacity. Did you know you can plan for your pets, too? Sally has the spotlight in this revealing segment, and delivers key information we think every pet owner should consider. 36:04 - It's fair season in Michigan! Before you take home a new animal companion, Sally Babbitt has some legal considerations to share. Learn more about Sally & Babbitt Legal Group: https://sallybabbittlaw.com/

Canines for Change: Dr. Nikki Brown On Training Service Dogs In Our Community

July 12th, 2021 12:00am
Did you know service dogs are being trained right here in our community? This week, special guest Dr. Nikki Brown talks all about Canines for Change, and the incredible assistance a service dog can provide. Timecodes: 0:00 - Rick and Lee introduce this week's guest: Dr Nikki Brown! She's the executive director of Canines for Change, a nonprofit organization in Grand Ledge that custom trains service dogs and matches them with children and adults. 6:25 - Dr. Nikki tells us the heartwarming origin story of Canines for Change, and what motivated her to provide this service to those in need. 23:26 - Dr. Nikki talks about the growing need for service dogs, and the wide range of applications for animal companions. 35:36 - Learn more about Dr. Nikki's non-profit and donate if you are able: https://caninesforchange.org/

Vacationing With Your Pets! With Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz

July 6th, 2021 12:00am
Got room for one more? The experts are back this week with an exciting program all about vacationing with your pets! Rick and Lee talk with Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz about how to keep your pets happy and healthy on trips out of town. Now boarding at these here timecodes: 0:00 - Rick and Lee celebrate the "high" praise heaped upon Preuss Pets by the Lansing City Pulse last week. 6:23 - Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz joins the program to discuss travelling with your pets. How long should you be gone? Why have vacations with animals been booming? If you're planning a getaway with your pet, check this one out. 23:35: So, where exactly CAN you vacation with your pet? Dave and the guys put together a travel guide for vacationing with your animal companions in Michigan. 34:49 - Rick and Lee take it home by talking about which animals are best suited for a summer getaway (dogs, I mean, come on) and how to plan around them. Plan your getaway with a little help from Travel Michigan: https://www.michigan.org

Turtle Xing: Sean Murphy and Gavin Laviolette from Preuss Pets on everything TURTLES

June 28th, 2021 12:00am
The boys are back! This week, Sean Murphy and Gavin Laviolette from Preuss Pets join the show to answer all your questions on turtles. Slow and steady wins the race, but these timecodes are a handy shortcut too: 0:00 - Rick and Lee kick off the show and set up some of the important questions the experts will tackle in this episode. 6:33 - What should you do if you find a turtle in the road? Sean "The human Swiss Army Knife" Murphy & Gavin Laviolette give some helpful advice for interacting with and protecting turtles you find in the wild. 23:35 - Can a wild turtle become a pet? The answer may surprise you! If you're considering adopting a turtle, give this a listen. 35:07 - How smart are turtles? Sean and Gavin go over best practices for adopting and caring for pet turtles. Check out Preuss Pets here: https://www.preusspets.com/

Podcast Extra! The After-Show with Gabrielle Feighner

June 25th, 2021 10:37am
Rick, Lee, and Gabrielle Feighner from Feighner Family Farms wind down from a successful show with a few extra minutes of alpaca talk! Check out this bite-sized exclusive... and Google "alpaca orgling" at your own risk.

Shear Brilliance: The Pet Experts Learn All About Sheep and Aplacas with Gabrielle Feighner

June 21st, 2021 12:00am
They say good things come in threes. So do alpacas, funny enough. This week, Rick and Lee venture into the world of owning sheep and alpacas with Gabrielle Feighner from Feighner Family Farms! Lee talks about getting spit on, Rick talks about the poop business, and Gabrielle breaks down owning and caring for nature's cutest lawnmowers. Timecodes to live by: 0:00 - Rick and Lee recap an historic Westminster weekend and set the stage for Gabrielle Feighner to talk all about sheep and alpacas! 06:51 - Did you know sheep wag their tales? And don't have any top teeth!? Gabrielle tells us all about caring for sheep at Feighner Family Farms. 23:44 - All about alpacas, baby. Gabrielle delivers an al-packed segment all about purchasing and caring for alpacas in Mid Michigan. 35:05 - Is an alpaca right for you? Gabrielle has an answer. Also, Lee tells the story of being spit on by an alpaca, and Rick talks about actual crap. Learn more about Gabrielle and her incredible operation here: https://www.feighnerfamilyfarms.com/

Best in Show: Previewing a Historic Westminster Weekend

June 14th, 2021 12:00am
If you want more Westminster, we got you covered. This week, Rick and Lee welcome Westminster's Fox Sports host Gail Miller Bisher to the program, to gush about the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. AKC judge and breeder Mark Jaeger also joins us for more in-depth analysis on breeds, judging, and a whole lot more! Timecodes: 0:00 The pre-show begins! Rick and Lee set the stage for the weekend. 6:10: Gail Miller Bishcer joins the program to talk about the change in venue, presentation, and some of the new breeds this year. 23:26: Mark Jaeger talks about his award-winning experiences at Westminster, and which breeds have an edge. 36:50: How do judges actually, er, judge at Westminster? Mark fills us in on what officials are looking for in a prize-winning pooch.

Podcast Extra! How do I socialize my dog?

June 10th, 2021 12:00am
Check out this week's second helping of MMPETS. Experts Sara Alguire and Janice Milligan-Peters help host Lee Cohen with some tips for socializing his pooch. Enjoy!

"I've never met a dog that's too obedient" - Training your new pup w/Janice Milligan-Peters & Sara Alguire

June 7th, 2021 12:00am
Janice Milligan-Peters from Doggie Daycare & Spa joins Lee as the guest host of this shiny, new MMPETS Podcast! This week, Sara Alguire from Click!Pawsitive Dog Training talks all about training your new puppy, and common mistakes to avoid. In a hurry? We have the cliffs notes: 0:00: Janice Milligan-Peters joins Lee Cohen as this week's guest host! All the hip hounds hang out at https://www.doggydaycareandspa.com/. 6:27 - Why won't my dog follow my instructions when we're at the dog park?! Sara Alguire talks about setting your expectations for training and socialization. 23:28: First-time dog owner? This timecode's for you, kid. Sara lays out the crash course for all the pandemic pups out there. 36:38: Dealing with other people's dogs is a lot like dealing with other people's kids, as we learn in this segment. Sara talks about socialization and what behaviors your pooch should avoid at the dog park. Check out Sara's work: https://clickpawsitivedogtraining.com/

Podcast Extra! Take Two

June 3rd, 2021 06:35am
What happens when a text message from a guest interrupts the patented Lee Cohen Podcast Intro? Bloopers. You wouldn't believe it, but we have quite a few of these. Enjoy!

Podcast Extra! Planning For Your Next Pet

June 2nd, 2021 06:53am
Should you purchase a pet that's full-grown, or raise it as a baby? What if you have a baby of your own? Rick Preuss and Katie Ramp weigh in on some important considerations in this week's bite-sized extra. Enjoy!

20,000 Mouths Under The Sea: The Experts Talk Fish & Small Animals At Preuss Pets

June 1st, 2021 12:00am
We're goin' behind the scenes this week! Preuss Pets team members Astral Slenk and Katie Ramp join the show to talk all about fun-sized pets and how they're bred. Are you looking for a fish, gerbil or chinchilla to join your family? Join our conversation with the experts before you buy at the timecodes below. 0:00 - Rick Preuss introduces us to the wide world of fish & small animals at Preuss Pets. 5:53: Preuss Pets' Assistant Fish Breeder Astral Slenk takes us through the undersea world of creating fish for your aquarium! 23:25: The tour of Preuss Pets continues with Breeding Room Coordinator Katie Ramp, who breeds all the cute furry creatures you'll find at Preuss! 35:10: Do small animals and small humans mix well? Katie talks all about bringing a pet into a house with children, and some important details to consider before you buy. Check out Preuss here: https://www.preusspets.com/

Podcast Extra! Dagny and Lee Rant About Improper Dog Training

May 25th, 2021 12:00am
Hey there! Welcome to the very first Podcast Extra! If you liked Saturday's conversation with Dagny Kaspar, dog trainer with Annabelle's Pet Station & owner of Pals Canine Academy, you're gonna love this bite-sized web exclusive. Lee and Dagny both share examples of IMPROPER dog training that are all too common. Check out Dagny's classes here: https://palscanineacademy.com & here: https://www.coolcitydogs.com/

Sit, Stay and Press Play: The Pet Experts Talk Dog Training With Dagny Kaspar

May 24th, 2021 12:00am
You'll want to bring a pen and something to write on before starting this episode, because Owner of Pals Canine Academy and Dog Trainer at Annabelle's Pet Station Dagny Kaspar drops some serious knowledge on dog training this week. From positive reinforcement to proper socialization to the finer points of using a leash, there's something for every dog owner in this episode. Timecodes ahoy: 0:00 - Rick Preuss talks the mask policy at Preuss Pets. 6:44 - Meet Dagny! She talks proper exercise, dog park etiquette and socializing your puppy. 23:29 - Dagny talks about the importance of positive, reward-based dog training, and what you should NEVER do when using a leash. 37:54 - Setting your expectations for dog training & training your dog in class vs. at home. Check out Dagny's classes here: https://palscanineacademy.com & here: https://www.coolcitydogs.com/

If You Build It, They Will Swim! The Pet Experts Talk Ponds and Water Gardens

May 17th, 2021 12:00am
The boys are back! This week, they're answering all your questions about ponds, water gardens, and the fish therin. Our resident pet expert Rick Preuss talks options available from Preuss Pets, while Annie Dowd from Blue Thumb in Saginaw joins the show to talk custom water features for your backyard. Join us in the deep end with these nifty timecodes: 0:00 - intro. 8:21 - Annie Dowd dives into water feature options and talks installation. 24:30 - Annie and the experts talk about the wonderful benefits of bringing a water feature to your backyard. 39:19 - Rick Preuss talks about Preuss Pets' dedication to creating - and maintaining - healthy ponds and water gardens. Learn more about Blue Thumb: https://bluethumbponds.com/ - and check out Preuss Pets: https://www.preusspets.com/

The Morning Zoo! The Pet Experts Talk Potter Park Zoo in 2021

May 10th, 2021 12:00am
This week, Rick and Lee take a detour to Potter Park Zoo and talk about the wonderful opportunities for family fun this summer. The guys chat with Potter Park's Education Curator Dennis Ladler and Community Engagement & Inclusion Specialist Mariah Martinez. Start your safari with the following timecodes: 0:00 - Intro. 6:35 - Dennis Ladler talks volunteering, education and engagement at Potter Park Zoo. 24:30 - Dennis talks about Zoo Nights, The Falconer Program, and more coming up this summer! 37:10 - Mariah Martinez tells us more about The Falconer Program and education at Potter Park. Check out Potter Park Zoo: https://potterparkzoo.org/

What's That Sound?! Michigan's Natural Soundtrack, Explained

May 3rd, 2021 12:00am
Did you hear that? It's a brand new podcast from the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show! This week, Rick and Lee talk with Jim McGrath, owner of Nature Discovery in Williamston. Jim gives us a wonderful tour through the natural sounds of Michigan, and answers burning questions about springtime in the mitten. Discovery awaits! Timecodes here: 0:00 - Intro. 9:17 - Jim gives us a birds eye view of frogs, toads and other critters. 24:32 - Jim identifies some familiar sounds and talks more about Michigan's quirky ecosystems. 37:25 - IT GETS WEIRD. Jim identifies some... unusual Michigan sounds as the tour concludes. We think this Jim McGrath guy is pretty cool. Check out his work: http://naturediscovery.net

The Doctors Are In: Emergency Care & Heart Health for Your Pets

April 26, 2021
April 26th, 2021 12:00am
Surprise! It's one ginormous podcast all about your pets! This week, Rick and Lee venture into the world of emergency vet care with Dr. Laurie Nelms, owner of Greater Lansing Veterinary Center in Williamston. If your pet needs help, day or night, GLVC offers 24/7 emergency services. Did you know Dr. Nelms works 36 hour shifts? She's our kind of crazy, and she has all the info you need on emergency vet care. We then head right next door to Mid-Michigan Veterinary Cardiology with first-time guest Dr. Christian Weder. Dr. Weder offers some surprising answers to questions about heart health for our pets. Timecodes below! 0:00 - Intro 6:38 - Dr. Laurie Nelms covers emergency services at GLVC 24:30 - Dr. Christian Weder with the birds eye view of heart health for pets 38:10 - Dr. Christian Weder on blood pressure, diet and testing options for pets Check out our guests below! Dr. Laurie Nelms: https://glvetcenter.com/about/our-doctors/ Dr. Christian Weder: https://midmichiganvetcardiology.com/our-team/

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
April 19th, 2021 12:00am
It's kitten season! Got animal adoption on the brain? Capital Area Humane Society President Julia Palmer-Willson joins Rick and Lee with the latest on adopting/surrendering pets in your community. Support your local humane society: https://www.cahs-lansing.org/support/donate/

Julia Palmer-Willson from Capital Area Humane Society

Segment 2
April 19th, 2021 12:00am

Julia Palmer-Willson from Capital Area Humane Society

Segment 3
April 19th, 2021 12:00am

Julia Palmer-Willson from Capital Area Humane Society

Segment 4
April 19th, 2021 12:00am

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
April 12th, 2021 12:00am
Rick and Lee prepare to interview Cat Behavior Expert and Author of Psycho Kitty Pam Johnson-Bennett! She's one of the few people who can explain why your cats run around the kitchen at 3 am. Tune in! Learn more about Pam! https://catbehaviorassociates.com/

Cat Behavior Expert and Author Pam Johnson-Bennett

Segment 2
April 12th, 2021 12:00am

Cat Behavior Expert and Author Pam Johnson-Bennett

Segment 3
April 12th, 2021 12:00am

Cat Behavior Expert and Author Pam Johnson-Bennett

Segment 4
April 12th, 2021 12:00am

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
April 5th, 2021 12:00am

Nikki Tucker & Hope the Rabbit from Preuss Pets

Segment 2
April 5th, 2021 12:00am

Nikki Tucker & Hope the Rabbit from Preuss Pets

Segment 3
April 5th, 2021 12:00am

Janice Milligan-Peters & Dean Peters (and Cocoabean!) from Doggy Daycare & Spa

Segment 4
April 5th, 2021 12:00am

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
March 29th, 2021 12:00am

Heidi Williams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

Segment 2
March 29th, 2021 12:00am

Heidi Williams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

Segment 3
March 29th, 2021 12:00am

Heidi Williams, Director of Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

Segment 4
March 29th, 2021 12:00am

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
March 22nd, 2021 12:00am

Dr. Laurie Nelms from the Greater Lansing Veterinary Center

Segment 2
March 22nd, 2021 12:00am

Dr. Laurie Nelms from the Greater Lansing Veterinary Center

Segment 3
March 22nd, 2021 12:00am

Dr. Laurie Nelms from the Greater Lansing Veterinary Center

Segment 4
March 22nd, 2021 12:00am

Rick & Lee

Segment 1
March 15th, 2021 12:00am

Jake Phillips from Biota

Segment 2
March 15th, 2021 12:00am

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