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059 When Your Cat Pees in Unwanted Places and Golden Retrievers That Bring Comfort During Disasters.

Published: 01/28/2020
Categories: Episode

Are you having problems with your cat, not using the litter box, but instead peeing in places you’d never

expect? In this episode I’ll talk about when cats choose house plants as their litter box, offer an

explanation for why this might happen and tell you what to do about it. Next time, we’ll cover when cats

begin peeing in your bed.

You may have heard of therapy dogs who visit patients in hospitals and clinics. Today, you’re going to

hear about a special group of golden retrievers, who bring comfort to those suffering the aftermaths of

mass shootings and other disasters. You’ll hear how, Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Ministry’s comfort

dogs, along with their handlers, travel all over the United States–being deployed in times of crisis to

bring comfort to all those affected. My guests today are Tim Hetzner, the president and CEO of the

organization who started the K-9 ministry and Richard Martin, the director of the K-9 deployments.

Does your dog attempt to eat parts of dead animals it finds outdoors or even grab mouthfuls of dirt at

times? When dogs eat what we consider to be disgusting, no doubt you probably pull your dog away,

thinking it’s not only gross, but will cause your dog to get deathly ill from consuming such a germ

infested thing. In reality, your dog’s body is equipped to handle consuming a lot of bacteria and germy

things much more than you are. I’ll explain how.


Additional Resources for the show.

Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) Website.


LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dogs website:


LCC’s Kare-9 Military Comfort Dogs website:


LCC’s K-9 Police Comfort Dogs.


Lutheran Church Charities and the K-9 Comfort Dogs on Facebook:

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

Lutheran Church Charities:@LutheranChurchCharities

Find the K-9 Comfort Dogs on Instagram:


Comfort Dogs: @comfortdogs

Lutheran Church Charities: @lccharities

Find the K-9 Comfort Dogs on Twitter:

Comfort Dogs: @K9ComfortDogs

Lutheran Church Charities: @LCCharities


Source for the story about dog’s ability to eat carrion – “See Spot Live Longer” by Steve Brown and Beth



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  1. hi! I’m looking for the two products mentioned in this episode to avoid cats peeing in the garden -my mom has a neighbor cat that makes unwanted visits. I already found the sticky paws, but I didn’t know how to look for the other one (I didn’t understand the name).

    • Hi again Natalia, Thank you for this question. The other product I mentioned was garden netting. Here is a link to an example of it on Amazon. https://amzn.to/3jJGTa8. I don’t have any affiliation with the company that makes it and know nothing about the specific product. It’s just an example to show you what I meant. Perhaps local garden or hardware stores will also carry something like it. I wish you Mom luck.