50 Years With Pets on Parade

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PHOENIX  --  Thursdays are special around 3TV.  It’s when we tape our weekly TV show, “Pets on Parade,” which airs at 12:30 p.m. every Saturday on 3TV.  We provide the technology, but the wonderful folks at the Arizona Humane Society do everything else. 

There are so many great stories about this organization, its devoted people, the pets and the show, which is now in its 50th year, making it the longest-running local television show in Arizona.

The Humane Society and I go way back to my early years here in the Valley.  We were approaching the hot summer months, so I thought it would be timely to air something about keeping our pets safe in the heat.  Marge Wright, an institution at the Humane Society (and now a 40-year volunteer) joined me at a park with a 10-month-old Aussie mix recently found abandoned.  I immediately fell in love with “Mickey,” and we spent many happy years together.  The day I had to finally take him in to -- I can hardly say it -- “be put down” my heart broke.  In retrospect, it became a morbidly funny story about that whole day, but that’s for another time.

Then, one Thursday last fall, as I went into the studio to get the news desk computer up and running, the Pets on Parade taping was in a break and getting ready for the next segment.  They had so many cute pets that day, and long story short, I found another sweet Aussie mix. 

I include a picture of Sadie, my first one, Mickey, and a parade of behind-the-scenes stills during the taping of a show.   

Plus, if you have pets, or are interested in finding one, you must check out their website: http://www.azhumane.org/ 

It’s user-friendly, fun, and informational, with behavior fact sheets on everything from training to introducing your new dog to other pets and from cleaning pet stains and odors to understanding the barking dog (I really need to read that one).

The Arizona Humane Society is also about so much more: They investigate when allegations of animal cruelty are suspected and the organization has six mobile emergency vehicles dedicated to rescuing animals from dangerous situations.

If you like animals, check out their website, and join the thousands in the Valley who watch Pets on Parade every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.