It's 3 a.m. and Whiskers has decided it's time for breakfast. He jumps up on your bed, gently paws at your eyelids and meows to be fed. Annoyed? Cat behavior specialist Sarah Ellis says you have only yourself to blame.

Ellis says that cat owners reinforce negative behaviors when they give in to them. "Cats are not necessarily born meowing and screaming at us for food, it's a behavior that they learned," Ellis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice.

NOAA Paducah,

Temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90’s Monday and that can mean a health risk for outdoor pets. That’s especially the case when humidity levels spike as well. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This month, in our Puppies Sound Good special series, featuring one or more puppies available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County, we meet a lab mix named Squirt. He was very friendly with WKMS staff members and loved being cuddled. He fell asleep in the lap of Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Hodge during the Sounds Good conversation. Squirt was found as a stray and has since been given shots and wormed. He's currently being socialized with other dogs in a foster home.

Our monthly feature, "Puppies Sound Good" brings Kathy Hodge from the Humane Society of Calloway County and a puppy (or puppies) available for adoption to our studio in search for a home. Today, we met Chester, a black lab. Hodge says he's about 12 weeks old, but was brought in as a stray so they don't know much about his ancestry. Chester was shy at first (seeing more humans in one room than he had his entire life) but after a few treats, he warmed right up and sat in Todd Hatton's lap during the interview. He seemed very relaxed and laid back. Kathy and Todd Hatton also talk about what's going on at the Humane Society and some advice for those thinking about pets as a Christmas gift.

Today on Sounds Good we met Howie, a fluffy golden retriever mix puppy, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Howie is mostly black, with white paws and a white chest. He was very cuddly and playful at WKMS, and one of the more relaxed puppies to visit the station. When the conversation began, Howie gave Todd Hatton puppy kisses and fell asleep next to his seat. Humane Society's Kathy Hodge says that's the kind of puppy he is. They also discuss upcoming events and activities for pets and their owners.

Tom Rottinghaus of the Humane Society of Calloway County stops by Sounds Good to show us a new, full-color calendar of pets from the area, now on sale at Animal Health & Wellness, Bark Avenue, Family Fitness Center, Little Shop of Collars, Precious Paws, Lee Jewelry Artisans, Warner Veterinary Clinic, Westside Veterinary Service, and the Humane Society office. The calendars are a $10 donation to the Society. Tom also talks about some of the items in the 5th Annual Online Auction, featuring hand-crafted items, jewelry, home decor, gift certificates and more. See both of these items, and adoption information, at

McCracken County residents may have to pay closer attention to their pets in the future.

County Judge-Executive Van Newberry suggested amendments to a current animal control ordinance that would more closely define the term “at large excessively.”

Newberry suggested the Court apply the label to dogs that create nuisances outside their owners’ properties two times within 90 days. These roaming animals, he said must be seen by animal control officers or caught on videotape. If officers pick up such dogs, Newberry suggested the owners pay fines to retrieve their animals.

Montgomery County Tennessee elementary students sent Valentine’s Day cards to dog owners, asking them to not keep pets chained or confined all day. The cards were mailed to about 70 homes where dogs had been seen chained outside or left in pens for long periods.