Meandering With Myrn

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Each weekly podcast explores one of the many natural or human-made factors that can affect wild or domestic animal health and behavior, and the effects these may have on our own health and behavior too.

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http://www.mmilani.com
Description
An exploration of the interaction of animal health, behavior, and the human-animal bond
Language
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ English
last modified
2019-03-06 11:52
last episode published
2019-03-06 11:35
publication frequency
12.75 days
Contributors
Myrna Milani author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
68
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Categories
Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

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6.03.2019

Episode 486 – Companion Animal Cognition and Intelligence

Talk to many dog people long enough and the subject of companion animal cognition and intelligence eventually will come. Most of us are aware of our own animal's cognitive and intellectual ability. But what, exactly, does that mean?Β  The post Episode 4...
Myrna Milani author
20.02.2019

Episode 485 – Women Who Sleep with Their Dogs

What pops into your mind when you think about women who sleep with their dogs? This podcast explores some of my thoughts after reading two studies of this population from a human-animal bond perspective. The post Episode 485 – Women Who Sleep with Thei...
Myrna Milani author
6.02.2019

Episode 484 – Are You a Pet-Food Snob?

Are you a pet-food snob? Do think that people who don’t feed their dogs and cats what you consider a quality diet don’t care about their animals? Or that they just aren’t as educated as you are about their animals’ needs? The post Episode 484 – Are You...
Myrna Milani author
23.01.2019

Episode 483 – Unwanted Children and Canine Transport Parallels

The title of this podcast, Unwanted Children and Canine Transport Parallels, is a play on words. The β€œunwanted” could refer to the children and dogs in the podcast. Or it could refer to the parallels between how a group of people or society deals with ...
Myrna Milani author
9.01.2019

Episode 482 – Regrettable Human-Animal Rituals

What kinds of thoughts pop into your mind when you hear the phrase β€œregrettable human-companion animal rituals”?Β  That's the subject of 2019's first podcast. And for as bizarre as some of the regrettable rituals described in this podcast may sound, al...
Myrna Milani author
28.11.2018

Episode 480 – A Different Kind of Human-Companion Animal Bond

This week’s podcast considers a completely different kind of human-companion animal bond experience. Creating it may not be easy, but I think it's worth it. The post Episode 480 – A Different Kind of Human-Companion Animal Bond appeared first on MMilan...
Myrna Milani author
15.11.2018

Episode 479 – Our Changing Pet Expectations

Our expectations routinely change, but sometimes our changing pet expectations may have consequences for them that we don't think about. Until these cause problems for them and us. The post Episode 479 – Our Changing Pet Expectations appeared first on...
Myrna Milani author
31.10.2018

Episode 478 – Pet Owner, Guardian, or Parent?

Do you consider yourself a pet owner, guardian, or parent?Β  What does that label mean to you and your animal? It may not mean what you think it does. The post Episode 478 – Pet Owner, Guardian, or Parent? appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
17.10.2018

Episode 477 – Placebos, Pets, and the Bond

Do placebos exist, and can they benefit pets and the bond we form with them? That depends on whether you consider yourselfΒ  among those who perceive placebos as ancient myths believed by weak-minded folk, or are among theΒ  growing population of scienti...
Myrna Milani author
3.10.2018

Episode 476 – Human-Training Lessons from Dogs

Do you get human-training lessons from your dogs? I get such lessons from my dogs and they never cease to amaze me. The post Episode 476 – Human-Training Lessons from Dogs appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
19.09.2018

Episode 475 – Weeds, Bees, and a Moral Dilemma

At this time of year, weeds filled with bees dominate the landscape and create a moral dilemma for me. So much of a dilemma that I dedicated a podcast to it in hopes that the solution would come to me. The post Episode 475 – Weeds, Bees, and a Moral Di...
Myrna Milani author
5.09.2018

Episode 474 – Selfness, Otherness, and the Human-Animal Bond

How do you feel about selfness and otherness as it relates to the human-animal bonds you form with your pets? This podcast considers that subject with help from a jellyfish and a snail. The post Episode 474 – Selfness, Otherness, and the Human-Animal B...
Myrna Milani author
22.08.2018

Episode 473 – Behavior and Bond Data-Collection Challenges

On-line surveys companion animal behavior and bond surveys can teach us a lot, but some pose data-collection challenges too. The post Episode 473 – Behavior and Bond Data-Collection Challenges appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
8.08.2018

Episode 472 – Speciesism, Sentience, and the Human-Nature Bond

What do speciesism, sentience, and the human-nature bond share it common? It turns out, quite a bit. The post Episode 472 – Speciesism, Sentience, and the Human-Nature Bond appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
25.07.2018

Episode 471 – Animal Do-Do Communication

Did I mean animalΒ voodooΒ communication instead of animal do-do communication? No, but animal do-do communication does confer its own special magic on all kinds of wild and domestic animals. Even chickens, rats, and little Ollie.Β  The post Episode 471 –...
Myrna Milani author
11.07.2018

Episode 470 – The Evolution of Domestication

The co-evolution of dogs and humans is a recurrent theme of mine, but where does the evolution of domestication fit in? This podcast resulted from my ruminations on that subject in my favorite think tank: the great outdoors. The more I thought about it...
Myrna Milani author
27.06.2018

Episode 469 – Companion Dog Hubris

Companion dog hubris is alive and well withing the American pet-owning community. But this podcast explores the relationship between a tribe of Native Americans and their free-roaming dogs, one far more ancient than the kind most of us have with our pe...
Myrna Milani author
13.06.2018

Episode 468 – Companion Animal Ick

Companion animal ick is also known as pee, poop, barf, farts, and perceived deviant sexual behaviors. Consequently, it's a subject that generates more than its share of mixed human responses. The post Episode 468 – Companion Animal Ick appeared first o...
Myrna Milani author
1.06.2018

Nature and the Human-Companion Animal Bond

Any change in nature can influence the quality of the human-companion animal bond. But at no time of year is this as obvious as it is in spring. The post Nature and the Human-Companion Animal Bond appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
30.05.2018

Episode 467- Problem Animal Behaviors and Super Caregivers

Super caregivers can work well for humans and animals alike--until problem animal behaviors occurs. This podcast explores how perceptions of super caregivers have changed and how these may affect the resolution of problem animal behaviors. The post Epi...
Myrna Milani author
16.05.2018

Episode 466 – The Religion of Dogs

What do you think of when you think of dogs and religion? If you're from New England you might think of the chapel at Dog Mountain, Vermont. But sometimes our relationships with our dogs take on religious attributes, too. For better or worse. The post ...
Myrna Milani author
2.05.2018

Episode 465 – Anxiety and Animal Learning

Does anxiety effect animal learning? If so, how? This podcast considers what science and experience can teach about the effects of anxiety on learning. The post Episode 465 – Anxiety and Animal Learning appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
18.04.2018

Episode 464 – Magical and Mindful Animal Thinking

When you think about animals, do you take a magical or a more mindful approach? Or does it change depending on the situation? This podcast explores these two orientations and how they shape our bonds with our animals and influence our animal's health a...
Myrna Milani author
4.04.2018

Episode 463 – Sex and the Single Tick

If you think this is yet another podcast/article about the horrors of ticks, you're in for a surprise. The post Episode 463 – Sex and the Single Tick appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
21.03.2018

Episode 462 – A Primer of Animal Legislation

Proposing animal legislation has become another way for politicians to woo voters. What should you know about these laws? The post Episode 462 – A Primer of Animal Legislation appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
7.03.2018

Episode 461 – When Good Behaviors Go Bad

Can you think of anything you taught your dog or cat to do that you later regretted? Do you think this could never happen to you? This podcast explores both situations. The post Episode 461 – When Good Behaviors Go Bad appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
21.02.2018

Episode 460 – The Expanding Canine and Human Perceptions

Does anything cross your mind when you look at this image?Β  For years, I would have said, "Nope. Not a doggone thing." This week's podcast explores why this benign space-occupying lesion suddenly commanded my attention. The post Episode 460 – The Expan...
Myrna Milani author
7.02.2018

Episode 459 – The Dog-Rental Dilemma

Dog-rental is a topic that generates a lot of opinions, some of them more heated that others. This podcast considers the pluses and minuses of the concept. The post Episode 459 – The Dog-Rental Dilemma appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
24.01.2018

Episode 458 – Peter Pan Human-Animal Bonds II

We all want to periodically revert to childhood with its lack of responsibility. But when we choose to get an animal, that option disappears. Or it should. The post Episode 458 – Peter Pan Human-Animal Bonds II appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
10.01.2018

Episode 457 – Peter Pan Human-Animal Bonds I

Most of us who had pets as kids periodically long for the companionship of a special dog or cat we remember from our childhood. The temptation to make that memory real may tempt us. But doing so isn't without its problems. The post Episode 457 – Peter...
Myrna Milani author
6.12.2017

Episode 455 – Canine Cognition and Theory of Mind

Do you think that canine cognition obviously exists? What about dogs' capacity to experience mental states such as knowledge, beliefs, desire, and imagination, and attribute these to others? The post Episode 455 – Canine Cognition and Theory of Mind ap...
Myrna Milani author
22.11.2017

Episode 454 – A Transport Thanksgiving

In spite of how much transport animals may complicate human lives, these animals do display some thought-provoking behaviors. The post Episode 454 – A Transport Thanksgiving appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
8.11.2017

Episode 453 – Evolving Animal Behavior and the Butternut Squirrel

What do migrating marine life, a grey squirrel, and a butter nut tree have in common? Stay tuned... The post Episode 453 – Evolving Animal Behavior and the Butternut Squirrel appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
25.10.2017

Episode 452 – Misleading Aggressive Animal Terminology

Just because a medical term sounds impressive doesn't mean it's relevant to a particular animal's behavioral problem. The post Episode 452 – Misleading Aggressive Animal Terminology appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
11.10.2017

Episode 451 – Human-Animal Bonding Insulation

Do you use as animals as buffers against life's harsh realities? Does it always work for you and them? The post Episode 451 – Human-Animal Bonding Insulation appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
27.09.2017

Episode 450 – Static and Dynamic Animal Social Structures

Do your dogs or cats have a stable social structure? Did they establish it, or did you? The post Episode 450 – Static and Dynamic Animal Social Structures appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
13.09.2017

Episode 449 – Emotional Contagion and the Mirror Test

Does your tone of voice and body language change when you talk to your animals? Do you communicate with all animals that way? Then this is the podcast for you. The post Episode 449 – Emotional Contagion and the Mirror Test appeared first on MMilani.com...
Myrna Milani author
30.08.2017

Episode 448 – First World Wild Animal Problems

This week's podcast explores animal problems unique to more affluent parts of the world. The post Episode 448 – First World Wild Animal Problems appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
16.08.2017

Episode 447 – Pathways of Human-Companion Animal Communication

Wheras scientists study individual facets of animal or human-animal communication, real life communicating is a much more complex and sometimes seemingly magical process. The post Episode 447 – Pathways of Human-Companion Animal Communication appeared ...
Myrna Milani author
2.08.2017

Episode 446 – Emotional Contagion and the Human-Animal Bond

Nothing beats sharing positive emotions with our animals. But sharing negative ones can be a real downer. The post Episode 446 – Emotional Contagion and the Human-Animal Bond appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
19.07.2017

Episode 445 – Time-Traveling with Humans, Animals, and Plants

Some times the most basic features like life span and mobility can have dramatic effects on behavior and physiology. The post Episode 445 – Time-Traveling with Humans, Animals, and Plants appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
5.07.2017

Episode 444 – Dolittling and Animal Communication

This week's podcast explores human-companion animal communication, beginning with dolittling. The post Episode 444 – Dolittling and Animal Communication appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
21.06.2017

Episode – 443 Why Eliminating Serious Problem Behaviors is so Hard

Helping dogs with behavior problems involves human mental adjustment first. Working through this list of human factors that can sabotage behavior change is a good place to start.The post Episode – 443 Why Eliminating Serious Problem Behaviors is so Ha...
Myrna Milani author
7.06.2017

Episode 442 – Catastrophizing Problem Animal Behavior and the Bond

What's your immediate response when your pet develops a behavioral problem? How much worrying about it do you? The post Episode 442 – Catastrophizing Problem Animal Behavior and the Bond appeared first on MMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
24.05.2017

Episode 441– Dogs, Cats, Drones

Does the thought of fulfilling your dog or cat's needs overwhelm you? Maybe technology has an answer--or maybe not.The postEpisode 441 – Dogs, Cats, Drones appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
10.05.2017

Episode 440– The Gift of Failure

Does the thought of failure make your feel queasy? Perhaps a more natural view of the process will help.The postEpisode 440 – The Gift of Failure appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
26.04.2017

Episode 439– The Dog Selection Dilemma

Do you have a stock response when people ask you what kind of puppy or dog they should get? I used to, but...The postEpisode 439 – The Dog Selection Dilemma appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
12.04.2017

Episode 438– Changing Animal Behavior: Changing and Becoming

Changing problem animal behaviors isn't easy. But for those who stick it out, it's more than worth the effort.The postEpisode 438 – Changing Animal Behavior: Changing and Becoming appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
29.03.2017

Episode 437– Are Animals Synesthetes?

Are sensory perceptions normally separated. Or are sensory perceptions normally a collective response?The postEpisode 437 – Are Animals Synesthetes? appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author
22.03.2017

Episode 436- To Catch a Thief

I'ts not often that the words"giant rats"and"heros" appear in the same sentence, but here's another case where they hopefully will.The postEpisode 436- To Catch a Thief appeared first onMMilani.com.
Myrna Milani author