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If you love animals and being a pet parent gives meaning to your life, join Starlight Outreach and Rescue founder and Pet Age Magazine columnist Amy Castro for Starlight Pet Talk. On this weekly podcast, you'll hear animal rescue and adoption stories that inspire, pet adoption success tips, and pet care advice from cat experts, dog trainers, veterinarians, and other pet professionals. You'll also be entertained with unique and unusual stories of how people and pets are working and playing to ...
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With her super-sensitive sense of smell, sixteen year-old Kaia Smith is used to not fitting in. So when she receives an invitation from Dr. Vadim Grigori to participate in the Grigori Young Scholars Program with its promise that she will meet others like herself, she jumps at the chance. But what is the GYSP really about? Why are the faculty so interested in the story of the Fall of the Watchers? Why are they obsessed with antimony? And what role will GYSP participants like Kaia play in thei ...
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LEARN more about Sassy,(the blind dog mentioned at the beginning of this episode) who was found lying in the street on a 107 degree day. Dogs and cats may be the most common pets, but have you ever explored the extraordinary world of small pets as an option? Join us as we unpack the delights of small pet ownership with our guest, Dr. Linda Atkins, …
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Unlock the full potential of your furry friend's brain in our latest conversation with Billie Groom, a pioneer in the field of canine cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With insights grounded in scientific research, Billie illuminates the uncharted territories of your dog's mind, demonstrating how the principles of CBT can be beneficial for dogs w…
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Ever wondered how you could turn your love for animals into something meaningful and rewarding? This episode is a heartfelt conversation about the transformative experience of volunteering at an animal rescue or shelter. In this solo episode, I (host Amy Castro) share the countless perks that come along with living the "rescue life," from the joy o…
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Ever wonder how your furry friend is impacting your life beyond the fun and companionship? This special episode of Starlight Pet Talk reveals the transformational power of our canine companions, as they shape our lives for the better. Prepare to be inspired as we bring you an intriguing conversation with our guest, Mike Overlie, a Canine Partnered …
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What happens when you combine a dedicated heart with a passion for pets? You get Rachel Herman, the dynamo behind Paws NY. With a staggering 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Rachel has transformed countless lives of pet owners grappling with financial and physical barriers. Tune in as she unveils the heart-warming journey that led to the creation …
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Picture this: your feline friend has gone missing, and panic quickly sets in. You frantically shake a bag of treats and call their name, but to no avail. As a pet parent, this has got to be one of your worst nightmares. So, what can you do? Today, we sat down with Kim Freeman, a seasoned lost cat finder, who shared some surprising insights into cat…
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Ever wondered what it's like to be an emergency veterinarian? Imagine the pressure, the fast-paced decision-making, and the emotional toll. In our latest episode, we sit down with Dr. Tyler Sugarman McGiffin, an experienced emergency veterinarian who shares his journey and the challenges his job presents. Not only do we delve into the nuances betwe…
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When a stray cat is picked up by the highway department and taken in by a cat lover, little did she know this cat would challenge not only her perceptions about cats but her patience. With the persistence of a bulldog, the curiosity of an explorer, and the heart of a hunter, Cuzzy, the World's Most Difficult Cat, would probably have been dropped of…
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Uncover the secrets to boosting your pet's longevity and quality of life with our special guest, Dr. Gary Richter, America's Veterinarian. Dr. Richter is a holistic veterinarian, author of several books on pet nutrition and longevity, and the founder of Ultimate Pet Nutrition. Ever wondered why processed pet foods could be doing more harm than good…
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Ever wondered just how much your favorite furball might not only enjoy playing but really need it to live a happy life? Join us as we explore the role of play, toys, and enrichment throughout your pet's life, Our special guest, Katherine Kekel is a certified dog trainer, Kong toy enthusiast, and a frontline worker at her local county animal shelter…
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Whether it's your very first pet or your fifth, getting a pet is an exciting time in your life. However, knowing whether right now is the right time to get a pet is an important consideration. What if you could make the best decision by asking yourself just 10 simple questions before leaping into pet ownership or acquiring a second pet? Join me, yo…
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Welcome to the wonderful world of pet photography with our incredibly talented guest, Mindy Dutka, professional pet photographer, pet brand expert, and founder of "Dogs I Meet" a dog photography business that connects brands to the power of our love for dogs through visual storytelling. This episode is a treasure trove of insights as Mindy unravels…
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a successful animal rescue organization? Join us as we uncover the hidden challenges and triumphs of this honorable mission with the help of our very own Amy Castro, founder of Starlight Outreach and Rescue. In this episode, the tables are turned on Amy by her best friend Bev, who interviews her about wha…
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Ever wondered how to coexist with wildlife without causing harm? Discover valuable insights from Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director of Wild Care of Cape Cod, as she discusses common mistakes people make when encountering wild animals and shares essential advice on protecting wildlife in our daily lives. Stephanie educates us on the best practices …
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Join us for an entertaining chat with the exceptionally talented Jess Rona, an award-winning groomer, instructor, and content creator who has built her own grooming empire and has an impressive celebrity clientele, including Katy Perry, Jane Lynch, Nina Dobrev, and Zoey Deschanel! Jess shares her wealth of knowledge on making the grooming process s…
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What if you could unlock the secrets of understanding your dog's behaviors and communication and better understand the signs of aggression in your dog? Our conversation with Dr. Jim Crosby, a canine aggression expert, dives deep into this complex topic and provides valuable insights for pet owners and animal rescue workers alike. We explore the int…
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Do your cats walk across your keyboard when you're trying to get that important report done? Does your dog start barking at the mail carrier RIGHT in the middle of a phone call with a new client? Does your bird start dropping F-Bombs when you're on a Zoom with your boss and her boss? Working from home and finding the balance between being professio…
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Going to the vet can be a stressful experience for both you and your pet. You're worrying about how much the bill is going to be and as soon as your cats see the carrier they scatter and when your dogs get in the car they puke. Going to the vet shouldn't be like this for you or your pets! In this episode, your host Amy Castro interviews her friend …
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The summer vacation season is almost here and many people are stressing out about who will care for their pets while they're gone. Although there are a lot of awesome options; from pet sitters who stay in your home, to luxurious boarding facilities and everything in between, what if you didn't have to leave your pets behind when you hit the road? I…
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If you watch TikTok and you like cats, you've probably seen the viral videos of The Healthy Cat Guy! He's just a regular cat dad from Chicago whose made it his mission to educate himself about all things cat so his cats can live their very best lives. He shares his videos on TikTok and YouTube so that others can learn the lessons he's learned. In t…
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Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.1 million are dogs, and 3.2 million are cats. Yes, that's no typo, MILLION! Although some of these pets are truly strays-those born on the streets with no owners, many pets in shelters find themselves there because their owners either dum…
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A commitment to adopting a pet should be a lifetime one. However, too many people decide to adopt a pet for the wrong reasons, make spontaneous and not well-thought-out decisions, and adopt pets that aren't a good fit for their home, family, or lifestyle. In this episode, Starlight Pet Talk host Amy Castro speaks with "That Dog Guy," professional d…
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Playful puppies and cuddly kittens are usually the first ones to be adopted in shelters, but what about senior pets? The sad truth is in most facilities, senior pets are the last to be adopted, if they're adopted at all. The ASPCA reports that senior dogs have a 25% adoption rate, compared to the 60% adoption rate of younger dogs and puppies and th…
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Walk into any pet store and you'll be faced with aisles of options for feeding your pet. In fact, according to IBISWorld, there are currently 899 pet food production businesses in the US alone right now! It's no wonder pet parents struggle to figure out the right foods to feed to their pets. Add to that the confusion brought about by news-media hea…
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Although some rescues are lucky enough to have "brick and mortar" facilities, many rescues in the US rely on foster homes to house pets and foster parents to care for pets until they're adopted. Without fosters, rescues must stop intake, which means more pets die on the streets and shelters. If you've ever considered becoming a pet foster, this epi…
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When you hear the words "service dog," most people think of a guide dog for the visually impaired or a dog that performs tasks for someone who is paralyzed. However, service dogs can also serve those with invisible needs, which causes a lot of confusion for the public and businesses. In this episode, host Amy Castro talks with two disability expert…
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The "Adopt Don't Shop" movement has divided dog lovers over the past few years into two camps; those who believe people should only get dogs from rescues or shelters and those who believe getting dogs from breeders is the best option. In this episode, Amy talks with Sandy Weaver, an AKC judge, 40-year Siberian Husky enthusiast, and columnist for Ca…
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Whether it’s due to necessity, the desire to change, or simply wanting to try something new, it’s never too late for us, or our pets, to reinvent ourselves. From mechanical designer at a nuclear physics laboratory to author and freestyle dog dancer, Joyce A. Miller has reinvented herself more than once. Along the way, she's also reinvented her gray…
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One of the biggest reasons owners give up their pets in the US is "bad" behaviors such as litterbox issues and scratching furniture. However, these behaviors aren't bad; they're our cats' way of communicating with us. In this episode, Amy talks with KJ McGlinn, a long-time trusted media personality, TV producer, entrepreneur and mildly obsessed but…
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Whether it's an annual visit to your regular veterinarian or a crisis situation where you've rushed your pet to an emergency hospital, communicating effectively with your veterinary staff is critical to the care of your pet AND your relationship with your veterinary team. In this episode, Amy interviews Emily Carveth, a licensed clinical social wor…
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Too many times we as humans don't give our pets enough credit for understanding our communication and trying to communicate back. In this eye-opening episode, Animal Communication Expert Blair Hope, of Heart Centered Healing & Animal Communication shares tips and techniques for improving communication and thus the bond between you and your pet. In …
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In this episode, Amy interviews Nancy Gordon, LCSW, CLC an international best selling author and expert on grief and loss who specializes in helping people navigate the grief and loss of a pet. In the episode, Amy and Nancy discuss: the role of anticipatory grief and how it impacts the final days of a pet's life for both the pet and pet parent how …
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In this episode, Amy interviews Laurie Hall, who shares her experience going from looking for a pure-bred dog to purchase to making the decision to adopt a rescue dog. Laurie shares her initial goal: to purchase a whippet from a dog breeder and how that thinking changed when she began to look at what she was really looking for in a pet. In the epis…
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We all want our pets to live long, happy, healthy lives, but is the food we're feeding enough to help them do that? In this episode, Amy interviews Austin and Kat Founder Kat Donatello on the role supplements play in our pet's health and how everyone, no matter their budget, can improve the quality of their pet's bowl-- even with things from the fr…
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The Starlight Pet Talk podcast is for dog lovers, cat lovers, and pet lovers of all kinds who want to give their pets the very best lives AND live their best lives alongside their furbabies, featheredbabies, shelledbabies, and reptilebabies! Learn from pet industry experts, veterinarians, groomers, adopters, rescuers, and people like you who live f…
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Starlight Pet Talk is THE podcast for dog lovers, cat lovers, and pet lovers of all kinds. Our goal is to help pet parents learn how to provide the best pet care and live their best lives with their pets. This short intro episode will introduce you to the podcast, our host, and our goals for the podcast! Listen to your host- Amy Castro and guest co…
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The first half of the conclusion of Antimony. Episode 16 features: Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Jenni Ovenstone Smith (Dr Calleo) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) George McLaughlin (Shemihazah) Pan Conrad (Michael) Amy Richter (Gabriel) Ron Day (Ship Captain) Jenn…
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This is the second half of the conclusion of Antimony. To hear the first half, please go to Episode 16 Part 1. Episode 16 features: Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Jenni Ovenstone Smith (Dr Calleo) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) George McLaughlin (Shemihazah) Pan C…
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Kaia and Dilani discover the Grigoris' secret project with some help from a friend. The GYSP survivors figure out their final stop on the program's itinerary. Episode 15 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Joseph Pagano (Security Guard) Jenni Ovenstone-Smith (Dr Calleo) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Kristin Pagent (Aunt Alin…
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The GYSP students explore the Burj Khalifa and have a bittersweet reunion with a friend. One of the students gets released from the program and gives a cryptic message as she goes. Episode 14 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Aya Fouad (Zia) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) Henry …
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The GYSP group rewards trip, "Skyscrapers: Past, Present, and Future," begins in an unlikely, but ancient place. Ally listens to another Dream Lab transmission, "1866—Samya and the Peerless," in which Samya makes a change. The students arrive in Dubai. Episode 13 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Patrick Gillingham (Flig…
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Kaia and friends come up with a plan to steal their files from Dr. Beakley's office. Would what they find be worth the risk they were taking? Dr. Grigori announces the rewards for GYSP students who have survived another week. Episode 12 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) David Merrill (Josh) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) …
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Kaia and Dilani learn about SPREE from Dr. Ellis and get closer to the truth about the Grigori Young Scholars Program and the Grigoris' experiments with hybridization. Episode 11 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Janice Jobson (Mary Healey) Rob King (Dr. Ellis) Pan Conrad composed and arranged the music. The chimes effec…
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Kaia, Neith, Zia, Josh, Dilani, and Rachel go to Conlang Con where Rowan LePlage tells the troubling tale of Dr Sturgeon and the Book of Noah. Episode 10 features Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Aya Fouad (Zia) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) Daniel Wade McClain (Rowan LePlage) John Gardner (D…
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An anamnesis experiment with the prompt "Samya" leads to Malmesbury Abbey, AD 1538, and Brother Aylward's dangerous translation of a mysterious manuscript. Episode 9 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Amy Richter (Narrator) Phyllis Everette (Nurse Berith) Stephen Keeler (Brother Aylward) Simon Tibbs (Brother Kendrick) David Copley (Brother Wystan) Krist…
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The students discover a strange gallery and Neith's research in the school's bell tower. In the church in the center of town, experiments with sound and a composition by St. Hildegard of Bingen lead the students to new understanding, but also drive them further into danger. Episode 8 features, in order of appearance: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) David…
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Kaia encounters family in the dream lab. Rewards are given at the GYSP Week Two assembly, but so are student expulsions. A friend reveals herself. Xanthe calls for help. Kaia faces a choice. Episode features in order of appearance Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Phyllis Everett (Nurse Berith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Josiah Dykstra (Dr. Grigori) Aya Fou…
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Kaia and Dilani meet with Dr. Calleo who gives Kaia an offer she can't refuse. The GYSP students conduct experiments with antimony. Kaia undergoes the Discernment Process. Josh discovers a mysterious letter that sheds light on Nephilim and their descendants. Episode 6 features in order of appearance Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilan…
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Kaia realizes what her medication is and gets unexpected praise for her ethics assignment. Dr Grigori shows his own interest in Kaia. Xanthe wants to know how someone so average got the Grigoris's attention. Rewards are given to students who get through the first week of classes. The students receive a mysterious video. Episode 5 features, in order…
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Kaia and Josh discover they have some things in common. Kaia does her homework and finds out about the Fall of the Watchers. Samya continues her work for the Peerless and meets the Gerasene Demoniac. Kaia and Dilani find the strange "specimens" for the Museum's next exhibit. The Ethics professor gives the GYSP students a challenging assignment. Epi…
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