For The Love of Pets


Pets provide us with companionship and unconditional love. But beyond that, they can actually affect our health in a positive way. All pets have a way of barking, cawing, meowing, and simply snuggling their way into our hearts. And that’s a good thing, according to certified pet therapist Deb Hurdle. This show is all about the benefits of Pet Therapy.

You can request a pet visitor at your facility (if your facility allows it) is by contacting the Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization (425) 679-5500. Pet Partner’s national network links volunteer pet-owners with healthcare facilities in their communities that request visiting pets. Critters that have taken part in animal-assisted therapy include dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, goats, llamas, donkeys, potbellied pigs, cockatoos, African gray parrots, and chickens.


You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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