Jamie Katz, Pet Detective

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Jamie Katz — who runs the only licensed private investigation agency in Florida that specializes in locating pets (so, yes, she’s a pet detective)—discusses growing up with a passion for animals, how during her childhood there was just one dog and two cats in her family, but in her teen years, her exposure to animals widened out considerably, and her love for them deepened. jamie & Fletcher 6Katz discusses her foray into becoming a private investigator, training to find missing pets, and opening her own firm. She recalls the details of her first case after hanging out her own shingle, and notes that her practice does not only search for cats and dogs, providing details of her first ferret case. Katz jamie Fletcher & Gableexplains how she works with her tracking dogs, addresses how she typically collaborates with a client to bring home their missing pet, and outlines definite strategies she feels are essential to successfully finding those animals. (Clear, effective signs versus the hastily-assembled flyers many of us use when a pet goes missing is a key aspect of her modus operandi.) Katz presents a handful of tips to help prevent one’s animal from going missing in the first place. She also issues a cautionary tale about offering a pet, via “Free Cat” or “Free Dog” notices on Craig’s List, social media and the like. (http://pijamiekatz.com)

COMEDY CORNER: Daniel Sloss’ “Gay Penguins” (http://danielsloss.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Paul Simon’s “The Werewolf,” Neko Case’s “Maybe Sparrow,” Booker T’s version of Tom Waits’ Version of “Get Behind The Mule,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Joni Mitchell’s “Coyote”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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