And now for something completely different!

I’m writing this from downtown Seattle.

You’re probably wondering why, so here’s the deal – I’m setting up a new weekly radio program.

Oh, great! A WUWT Radio program!…. well not quite. That comes later, but today, the subject has nothing to do with weather or climate, but I’ll bet it’s something you’ll love.

I’m helping launch a radio show about animal behavior in Seattle. Whaaaat you say? Read on.

Many people in Northern California got burned out by the horrendous CampFire in November 2018. It disrupted lives, careers, pets and people. A friend of mine was one of those affected. She lost everything, but saved her animals.

You can read about the story here in the Chico Enterprise Record.

Enter Karpathia Kingsley, former rock music enthusiast and band member when she lived in Los Angeles. After she relocated after the devastating campfire in November 2018, she was looking to recover her career, with really most…. anything. She kept asking me about getting into radio, even though she has a face made for TV. As you’ll see in the article linked above, the “eureka moment” came when she decided to go back to school and become a certified animal behaviorist at University of Washington.

The show “Animal Calls” was born out of that. I’m the producer, at least until it can run on its own.

I also used my voice to create the whimsical opening segment. The calliope music is something I used to hear playing on riverboats on the Ohio river when I was growing up. It reminded me of circus music, and seemed appropriate for this sure to be fun and entertaining show.

The show open, click arrow to listen.

In a nutshell, this is what the show is about:

Remember the TV show “Frasier”, where he ran an on-air psychology radio show based in Seattle with the catchphrase “I’m listening”? Imagine that concept for animals, with a dose of Dr. Doolittle thrown in!

ANIMAL CALLS is a call-in show where you can ask tough questions about your pets and animals and why they behave as they do.

Karpathia Kingsley is a Certified Animal Behaviorist, with a certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle. It’s a real thing, not some mumbo jumbo.

See the website at and the press release here:

It debuts tomorrow (Friday, July 16th) on KKNW in Seattle at Noon Pacific Time, and you can listen live at I’ll be there to make sure it all goes ok. And, for the record, I have no relationship beyond the radio program with her.

So why am I telling you this? Well, the show is entirely listener supported, at least for the moment. So, I’d like to ask my readers a favor.

Please listen to the show live Friday July 16th at noon PDT, read about it in the links above, and if you like it, please tip the host. The call-in number will be given if you wish to ask a question. Once the show can stand on it’s own, I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled climate wars. Just doing a good deed, because my dog Kenji, who is the only animal member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said I should.

Thanks for your consideration – Anthony

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July 15, 2021 1:05 pm

A wonderful idea and I wish you all possible success.

Jon R
July 15, 2021 1:18 pm

My silky stared at me incessantly yesterday. What lies behind his accusing stare???

July 15, 2021 1:21 pm

Well done, Kenji. Gotta keep the boss busy.

No, wait ….. .

Silly me.

You are the boss, Kenji, gotta keep the staff busy.

D. J. Hawkins
July 15, 2021 1:21 pm

I wish both of you the best of luck in this endeavor.

July 15, 2021 1:29 pm

The best of luck with the enterprise.

We still watch a dvd of Frasier when Tv is dull. So well put together.

I got the impression there had been a fair bit of trouble in Seattle over the last year especially with BLM etc.

Have things settled down?


John Tillman
Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 15, 2021 2:42 pm

Seattle has never been normal since before 1855, when WA Territory governor Isaac Stevens (of Pass fame) signed the Treaty of Point Elliot with representatives from the Duwamish, Suquamish. Snoqualmie,Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, Swinomish and other regional tribes. Seattle was on Duwamish-Suquamish turf, and Chief Seattle thanked the Yankees for helping him out against his tribal enemies.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 15, 2021 2:54 pm

Don’t forget my Space Needle Snow Globe.

road dog
Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 16, 2021 2:27 am

“normal” and “Seattle” seems oxymoronic. I’m reminded of the old, parental warning that “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 16, 2021 12:39 pm

How many tents are you seeing?

Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 24, 2021 6:23 pm

Beware, city council is against policing, officers are bailing out. That will impact safety.

July 15, 2021 1:30 pm

Caller: “my old cat is always jumping onto the back of my chair and sniffing my hair”
Karpathia: “well serves you right for calling him Joe”

Insufficiently Sensitive
July 15, 2021 1:37 pm

Well, I live in Seattle too, and follow Cliff Mass for his breaths of fresh air amid the Seattle Times’s relentless AGW fear-mongering. Wasn’t a bit surprised when NPR booted him for showing photos of the wreckage of downtown Seattle after our ‘peaceful protests’ – you wouldn’t want the public to see such ‘misinformation’, if you were part of the mandatory groupthink cabal of NPR, would you.

But I was raised within earshot of a sea elephant colony in California, and will be listening acutely to ANIMAL CALLS for the grand whuffles and occasional bellows that they emit. They’d go great from the sound systems of low-rider cars in mating season.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Insufficiently Sensitive
July 15, 2021 3:17 pm

Mating season for the sea elephants or the low-riders?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Insufficiently Sensitive
July 16, 2021 12:41 pm

Wasn’t a bit surprised when NPR booted him for showing photos of the wreckage of downtown Seattle after our ‘peaceful protests’ – you wouldn’t want the public to see such ‘misinformation’, if you were part of the mandatory groupthink cabal of NPR, would you.”

I believe he was booted more because he made references to Nazis.

Jake J
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
July 18, 2021 5:40 pm

You see, only “progressives” are allowed to use N-words.

Paul Johnson
July 15, 2021 1:41 pm

She doesn’t look like a Scotsman, but best of luck anyway.

Lewis Buckingham
July 15, 2021 1:53 pm

My Pecky the hen would approve.

July 15, 2021 1:59 pm

Yes, that’s different

Bruce Cobb
July 15, 2021 2:00 pm

I have this Norwegian Blue Parrot which appears to be dead…

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 15, 2021 2:52 pm

Just resting after a noisy squawk?

Reply to  Mr.
July 15, 2021 7:04 pm

Nahhh… pining for the fjords.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 15, 2021 6:46 pm

Don’t be silly, Norwegian Blues are noted for their deathlike stillness. They’re only being politely attentive.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Rory Forbes
July 16, 2021 1:51 am

No, I’m quite sure it’s dead. The same thing has happened to others. We are forming a group called The Dead Parrot’s Society.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 17, 2021 2:24 pm


Rich T.
July 15, 2021 2:04 pm

Good Luck with the show. Almost made a Monty Python comment.

Rob Thomson
Reply to  Rich T.
July 15, 2021 3:22 pm

Get back here quick. Its worse than we thought.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Rich T.
July 16, 2021 12:42 pm

My hovercraft is full of eels.

July 15, 2021 2:49 pm

I don’t have any pets but I like to listen to Clayton Greenway on a Saturday morning.

“Clayton Greenway, your friendly local vet takes your calls and answers all you pet related questions”.

Quite often it’s the owner causing the pet behavior.

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Rud Istvan
July 15, 2021 3:07 pm

My brother supervises all the experimental animal labs at UW. He and his wife live in Issaquah on 11 acres with 7 German Shepards, three sheep, and a Llama. They will be interested in this program, which I have alerted them to via email copying your post.

John Tillman
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 15, 2021 3:09 pm

I truly feel sorry for the llama. But, their being polymorphous, beastiality perverse, the sheep might relieve the loneliness. But failing that, the dogs and humans might suffice.

Dave Fair
Reply to  John Tillman
July 15, 2021 3:18 pm

Llamas think sheep are stupid relatives.

John Tillman
Reply to  Dave Fair
July 15, 2021 3:44 pm

they must think that humans are even stupider sexual competitors.

Reply to  John Tillman
July 24, 2021 6:27 pm

Llamas are tough, as goats are but larger.

One farmer in Metchosin BC has a llama to guard against bears and dogs attacking sheep.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 15, 2021 3:59 pm

The sheep and the llama provide wool for my sister-in-laws yarn spinning/weaving ‘addiction’. Of course, she uses only natural dyes. I have shipped butternut and walnut barks and green hulls from my Wisconsin dairy farm to her to make light and dark brown wool dyes.

John Tillman
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 15, 2021 4:04 pm

So they have a pure white llama?

Rud Istvan
Reply to  John Tillman
July 15, 2021 4:20 pm

Definitely whiteish. Sheepish. What does a part time dairy farmer know about anything but Holsteins and quarter horses, anyway?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 15, 2021 9:28 pm

I recently took down a 16″ diameter black walnut that I mistakenly thought was dead. (The logs are sprouting new shoots!) I have a surfeit of black walnut bark. Could your sister-in-law use any more bark? The price is right!

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 16, 2021 4:18 am


Those green outer hull/shells from the walnuts after they turn black and begin to deteriorate make the absolute best stain for wood. You can make a piece of ash look like walnut with a luxurious coating of linseed oil.. I’ve been finishing gunstocks this way for decades! After staining and then saturation with the linseed oil which takes a long time to dry (months) it can be rubbed down with turpinetine and steel wool for a luxurious finish with a feel/grip that can’t be replicated with any other process.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 16, 2021 8:52 am

What a wonderful ‘addiction’ she has! I also indulge in this particular hobby and used to raise Cotswold and Romney sheep in Virginia for wool and meat. We also had cashmere goats, mohair goats, and the odd llama or three. It is quite satisfying to make a garment from fleece to finished, including dying it from natural pigments collected in the wild and garden. Some lichens produce stunning colors as well.

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
July 24, 2021 6:32 pm

Obscure factoid:

Coast Salish tribal people on the mid-wet coast (Seattle is there) used to raise dogs for hair for weaving blankets.

Selective breeding to enhance quality and quantity of hair, kept isolated from other dogs.

They stopped when sheep’s wool became available, stopped weaving when the Hudson’s Bay blanket became available. (An advanced machine weaving process.) They were not slaves to ‘culture’.

Along with dog hair, the weavers used what goat hair they could get from the Olympic Peninsula, and vegetative fibres.

July 15, 2021 4:00 pm

And she’s got a name made for the entertainment industry.

Stephen Philbrick
July 15, 2021 4:49 pm

Good luck with the show!

July 15, 2021 5:52 pm

Good luck, Anthony, to you and the lovely young lady. Good advice from Kenji.

Joe B
July 15, 2021 6:54 pm

Best wishes to you and Ms. Kingsley in this new venture.

Tombstone Gabby
July 15, 2021 7:03 pm

“… my dog Kenji, who is the only animal member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said I should.”

“… only four legged animal member …”

Fixed it.

(Thinking in terms of a “committee” – many legs – no brains.)

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Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
July 15, 2021 7:16 pm

Kamala Harris?

July 15, 2021 9:08 pm

I too live in WA state. Apparently not far from Rud’s relatives’ llama farm.
My two eldest daughters rode horses for years. English. Eventing.
Only a few broken bones. Spent a kilobuck on a classic out of print book on animal behavior and psychology as a gift for my middle child.

From the picture, I recognize a horse’s ass when I see it.
The article picture of course.

The girl is very pretty.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  curly
July 15, 2021 9:31 pm

I recognize a horse’s ass when I see it.

Then you would obviously recognize a post-modern climatologist.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
July 15, 2021 9:36 pm

After a quick glance, I thought it was Hayhoe again. But this one (the horse) is probably smarter, and arguably better looking. and probably not Canadian (sorry, eh?).

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July 15, 2021 10:16 pm

Wishing you great success with this Anthony! Exciting to embark on a new endeavor, have a blast.

Vincent Causey
July 16, 2021 12:06 am

Wish you every success Anthony.

July 16, 2021 1:34 am

Cool. Good luck with it Anthony and Karpathia. Meanwhile, I have a male Great White Boreal Ape that is depressed because he is going extinct. He can handle going extinct but is bothered that nobody seems to care and many people even seem to be cheering his demise. Talk about bullying. Meanwhile his cohabitant the polar bear who is most notable for eating anything that moves is doing just fine but nevertheless has sympathetic supporters around the world. I wonder if Karpathia might have insights that can ease the painful irony.

John Larson
July 16, 2021 4:18 am

I think some animal sounds added to the applause in the show open might be a good “hook”, Anthony.

July 16, 2021 4:23 am

One topic that she will need to cover is that “one needs to be smarter than the dog to teach it something”! That catch phrase may cover most issues in animal behavior!

July 16, 2021 4:47 am

What a great idea! Our Corgis are in dire need of a canine Frazier… 👍👍

July 16, 2021 5:09 am

Pathetic! Let’s add another piece of humbug to the media. “Rock music enthusiast”, “band member” and “certified animal behaviorist” says it all. Probably Vegan and Econazi, too. I pity you, Anthony, that you are reduced to promoting this embarassing kind of thing.

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Reply to  AlexBerlin
July 16, 2021 8:01 am

A lot of people (and animals-both domestic and wild) in a lot of places have lost their homes and way of life due to wild fire. Someone doing something to make a difference is pathetic? Something positive to come out of Seattle? Miracles abound, and there is hope yet!

mark from the midwest
July 16, 2021 5:17 am

Seems like so many people are clueless about how to deal with pets. This should have a large market and plenty of potential sponsors. But the real payoff is that info on herding cats.

Reply to  mark from the midwest
July 16, 2021 2:43 pm

I almost wanted to respond “How do you get them to run through a 20 yard chute @ 25 yards” but decided not to. LOL

Reply to  mark from the midwest
July 24, 2021 6:35 pm

Kurmudgeon Keith says that few people deserve their pets. Dog owners are especially irresponsible. Snake owners are in a different category of craziness.

Reply to  Keith Sketchley
July 24, 2021 6:37 pm

You want intelligence in a critter, try an octopus. Dexterious too. One slipped out of its tank when a lid was not well fastened, removed drain grill from an opening in the floor, and escaped t the ocean.

July 16, 2021 5:32 am

Does she understand bird behavior? The things I”ve seen male goldfinches do when they’re having a turf fight….!

Bruce Cobb
July 16, 2021 6:49 am

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

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July 16, 2021 8:54 am


July 16, 2021 8:13 am

Great initiative, success to all concerned!
We would value insight on the baffling range of utterances from our guineapig.
Radio has a future being lower energy than visual media.
With a voice like that you should try being a town crier.

July 16, 2021 8:49 am

Anthony – if you’re looking for material to post during your radio DJ-ing hiatus, how about this article on emergent thermoregulation?

Emergent Thermal Homeostasis: a new paradigm for e-pluribus-unum climate stability – Odyssey (

This (short) article quotes interesting new research as well as related work by Willis Essenbach on systems such as the tropical thunderstorm emergent feedback.

It might be of interest to some, and fill in a few hours of a day.

July 16, 2021 12:10 pm

I wouldn’t call this question in to her show, but if I knew her personally I’d ask her if she has ever noticed an unusual or possibly unexpected benefit when treating her horses with ivermectin. It is of course a common anti-parasitic, and is touted as the most effective covid treatment by many doctors who have the ethics and balls to treat patients with it. Dr Thomas Borody of peptic ulcer fame is a huge proponent, as well as others who are very accomplished, and some of the most (if not the most) published, in their fields (e.g., Dr Marik, Dr Kory).

It really is an interesting drug, having anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, and is claimed to maintain mitochondrial ATP during hypoxia and promote peripheral nerve regeneration during wound healing.

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