Dogs Are Saving Citrus Orchards From Disease (Cool Weird Awesome 236)

Orchards in the US and elsewhere have been trying to head off a disease called citrus greening. Research shows that dogs can sniff out this disease better and more quickly than any other method we have. Plus: if you're out riding a horse in Australia, and you get a call, put the phone in hands-free mode.

By |2021-08-24T08:12:52-04:00February 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

UPS Drivers Are Hanging Out With Dogs And Posting Photos With Their New Pals (Cool Weird Awesome 202)

There’s a Facebook group/Instagram account called UPS Dogs, and it collects and shares photos of the pups that delivery drivers meet (and usually befriend) on their routes, especially the ones they see regularly. Which is completely and utterly adorable. Plus: meet the world’s smallest inhabited island, with an appropos name of Just Room Enough Island.

By |2019-12-27T08:36:47-05:00December 27, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Stella The Dog Uses A Soundboard (Cool Weird Awesome 170)

Stella the dog lives with a speech-language pathologist and has been using a soundboard to "say" several dozen words, raising hopes that someday the show "Dog With A Blog" may come to life. Plus: Quilty the cat likes to spend his nights freeing the other cats at the animal shelter.

By |2019-11-13T06:15:26-05:00November 13, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Little Robot That Cleans Up After Your Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 156)

A startup called Beetl is developing an autonomous device that’s ready to clean up after our dogs on demand, thanks to a large scooper on its underside. If they’re willing to do this job, maybe robots aren’t trying to conquer us after all. Plus: "dogfishing" is a problem for online dating.

By |2019-10-25T06:37:28-04:00October 24, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Meet Owney, The Legendary Postal Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 92)

The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, has an exhibit telling the story of Owney, the dog who loved the mail so much that he helped deliver it all over the world.

By |2021-04-06T08:30:07-04:00July 26, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Spy Whale Who Loved Me (Cool Weird Awesome 35)

The story of the whale wearing a GoPro that might be some kind of Russian surveillance agent is pretty wild, but it's not even close to the first time governments have turned to animals for surveillance purposes.

By |2020-02-25T13:50:08-05:00May 8, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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