Owned by Our Pets: Gone to the Dogs (Podcast)

A pet owner’s look at pet ownership…and the obscene things we do to have them live with us.

Gone to the Dogs


…with musical additions from Mike Mitchell / Mike Mitchell Music (Album: Thirteen Hours | Cut: Jerusalem Ridge

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Well, to the extent that upwardly mobile couples are having pets instead of kids, I’m not sure I disapprove. A human being is still going to consume more resources in its lifetime than any pet, however pampered.

  2. For any of your readers who is over the top in his/her admiration of the canine species, I have a very good novel to recommend: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. It depicts the dog narrator as such a wise, understanding being that you feel whatever dog lovers do for dogs is appropriate.

  3. With our dog curled up under the bed, I listened to your piece last evening on my I Pod. What does it take to get your podcasts on ITunes?