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It's not every book of poetry that can make you laugh out loud. 

It's also not every book of poetry that contains poems allegedly written by dogs. 

But that is the story behind I Could Chew On This, Francesco Marciuliano's book from a few years ago. 

Marciuliano, also the writer of the comic strip "Sally Forth," applies a wild and wonderful sense of humor to his work. 

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"What's that smell?" is something we ask each other every so often.

If dogs could talk, it would be a constant discussion topic, because they smell so much more than humans can. 

It's a subject Alexandra Horowitz gets deeply into, in her book Being A Dog

And just so no one thinks we've gone completely to the dogs, we give equal time for cats in this hour.

When you and Bowser get out in the woods, do you let him off his leash?  Despite the "leash your dog" signs? 

Dogs and owners and proper behavior on public lands is our survey topic on this week's VENTSday. 

Give us your take on that, or on our other topic: whether landlords should be allowed to specify "no students" in renting housing. 

Listeners take the stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. 

We provide the topics, you provide the opinions.  Your thoughts are front and center on VENTSday. No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way.

Medford Considers Dog (Owner) Sanctions

Jul 21, 2014
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Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's done with dog issues. 

The council chose not to enact a ban on certain aggressive dog breeds earlier this year, after hearing a fair amount of barking (sorry) from dog owners. 

But issues with dogs remain in town. 

Laughing About Dogs And Cats For A Good Cause

Mar 13, 2014
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Ashland playwright/poet Dori Appel wrote a pile of work already, and continues to add to it. 

Her latest project is less about the play than the critters who benefit: homeless and sheltered animals.  Appel's series of comic vignettes, Far From the Zoo, will be performed across the Rogue Valley on three consecutive weekends. 

What Does The Dog Know?

Jan 13, 2014
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Maybe your dog has a particular talent… can balance a dog treat on his/her nose, for example.

Some dogs go way above and beyond in the talent department, finding everything from explosives to the remains of Civil War soldiers. 

Living In The Funny Pages

Sep 6, 2013
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Dogs did not really write the poems in "I Could Chew on This," we're reasonably sure.  Just as cats did not write the poems in "I Could Pee on This."  Francesco Marciuliano wrote them all, just as he writes the daily "Sally Forth" comic strip in newspapers across the country.  Marciuliano is clearly a busy guy, but he'll spend an hour with us talking about his work and the creative process.