The Cuteness Pawdcast - All Episodes

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Welcome to the Cuteness Pawdcast, the podcast for pet people! In each episode, hosts Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo discuss everything from health and behavior tips to wacky things animals have done on the internet. Take a listen!

Episode 1: Why Do Cats Meow?

In the first episode, we get to the bottom of a burning question: Why do cats meow? Other hilarious topics included: yoga you can do with goats (it's a real thing), and books written to be read to dogs (also a real thing).


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Episode 2: Which State Has The Healthiest Pets?

Our hosts examine which areas of the U.S. boast the healthiest pets, whether or not some dogs are born aggressive, and also talk about some super easy DIYs for your pup!


Episode 3: Why Do Cats And Dogs Bite?

First the serious stuff: Why DOES your pet bite? Then the fun stuff: hilarious trending pet stories including a Hollywood therapy pig.

Episode 4: Are Pet Weddings The Cutest Thing Ever?

Renee and Allegra debate the best animal-themed '90s movies, offer tips on vacation destinations fit for Fido, and discuss whether or not pet weddings are cool.


Episode 5: How To Get Your Pets Ready For Summer

Summertime means hot temperatures for pets who may get sunburns (ouch!), and Renee and Allegra help you pick the best sunblock for your dog, cat, or pig (yes, really!). Plus, a roundup of doggie beach toys and the answer to a truly chilling question: Is ice bad for dogs?


Episode 6: Are Kittens Easier Than Puppies?

Baby pets are a handful. They wake up humans in the middle of the night, can be crazy and wild, and then there's the puke — lots and lots of puke. We love them anyway, but which baby pets need more attention: kittens or puppies?


Episode 7: How To Cope With Pet Allergies

Allergies are in full bloom, and they can cause watery, red eyes and congestion for both humans and pets alike. Whether you're a pet lover allergic to a cat, or a poor pooch suffering seasonal allergies — we've got tips to get everyone through the summertime sniffles.


Episode 8: How To Calm Pet Anxiety

Pets comfort humans. It's one of the many reasons we connect so closely with them, but sometimes our four-legged friends need comfort from us — especially around Fourth of July fireworks when, according to the ASPCA, more pets go missing because of panic caused by bright lights and thunderous noises.


Episode 9: Why Is Summer So Hard For Pets?

We tell you how to keep summer dreamy for your furry friends by keeping them safe during road trips, triple-digit heat, and the perils of bug bite season.

Episode 10: What Makes A Good Pet?

We talk about the best qualities of pets, whether or not cockroaches make good companions, and how to find the perfect puppy.


Episode 11: Are Cats Just Cute Little Murderers?

Steven Ray Morris of the Purrrcast and My Favorite Murder podcasts joins us to talk about why cats are such psychopaths, and why we love them so much.

Episode 12: The Peculiar Daytime Rituals Of Cats & Dogs

We delve into the seemingly-odd morning rituals of cats, the daytime antics of dogs, and the strangest places pets like to sleep at night.

Episode 13: The Essential Guide To Family Dogs

In this episode devoted to the family dog, we tell you how to adopt her at your local shelter, games to play in the backyard, binge-worthy shows starring our favorite famous pups, and how to train that pooch for your next family fun run.

Episode 14: Why Do Dogs Howl To Music?

Do dogs howl to music because they love the song or enjoy performing for their humans? Either way — CUTE! In this episode, we explore why they howl, the type of music dogs prefer, and we explore a concert composed and performed just for good boys and girls.

Episode 15: Do Pets Understand Time?

Dogs and cats just have a way of knowing when their owners are about to walk through the door, but how could they possibly know when we're coming home? In this episode, Renee and Allegra explore the mysterious world of animal intelligence, walk you through leash training, and give you tips on acclimating your pooch to a new dog park.

Episode 16: How To Train Cats & Dogs

It's back to school time, and Renee and Allegra have tips for training the dogs and cats in your life. They also give a sneak peek of the snacks in their pets' lunch boxes and introduce a group of well-trained teachers' pets who will soon be in theaters near you.

Episode 17: How To Travel With Cats & Dogs

Whether it's Labor Day weekend or a new job in a new city, pet parents will inevitably be faced with the challenge of transporting their furry friends. So which is best: flying or driving? In this episode, Renee and Allegra tell you what to expect on a flight and how it stacks up against the classic American road trip. You can also score a few tips on how to make your pets comfortable while traveling and how to get them ready for hiking in the great outdoors.

Episode 18: The First Things To Do With A New Pet

Your first week with a new pet is a special time that can be very confusing as they figure out their new surroundings. In this episode, Renee and Allegra walk you through theses critical first days and cover important getting-to-know-you steps like introducing cats and dogs to a new home, leash training, and coping with chewing and scratching. They also look beyond the honeymoon period and help you keep your pet happy.

Episode 19: Is Your Pet Basic If They Like Pumpkin Spice?

If you live that pumpkin spice life, then the arrival of sweater weather probably makes you giddy. But what about our pets? If your pup or kitty loves pumpkin spice as much as you do, then are they basic AF too? In this episode, we cover the myriad of bizarre pumpkin spice products available for pets, whether or not it's even healthy for dogs or cats, and we meet a porcupine named Teddy who has a surprising and adorable reaction of pumpkins.

Episode 20: Do Dogs Really Eat Homework?

It's one of the most prolific phrases for school kids everywhere, and a go-to gag for television writers, but do dogs actually eat homework? We dig into the history of this popular saying, travel back in time to reminisce about memorable animal-themed reading assignments from elementary school, and meet pets who have done some serious extra credit by teaching themselves to do unique things.

Episode 21: Can Pets See Ghosts?

Most pet owners have creepy stories about their furry friends responding to strange things we just can't see, but can cats and dogs sense ghosts or other supernatural phenomena? We get to the bottom of this and other ghoulish questions — like the best pet-friendly Halloween treats for pets, creative costumes for two, and whether or not it's okay to walk dogs through cemeteries — on this special Howl-o-ween episode.

Episode 22: Why Do Dogs Eat Disgusting Things?

Most pet owners have stories about their dog or cat parading through a dinner party with a mouthful of something gross they found in the garbage, but why do pets love to eat disgusting things so much? In this episode devoted to the complicated world of animal appetites, we cover everything from the basics of trendy vegan and gluten-free diets to human-waste products pets shouldn't eat but seem to love. We also share the strangest things dogs are reported to have ever eaten in this appetizing, if not downright delicious, episode of the Cuteness Pawdcast.

Episode 23: How To Find The Dog Of Your Dreams

If you've been thinking about welcoming a dog into your life, or you've already made that decision but aren't sure where to start, this episode is devoted to finding your dream dog. Discover the differences between humane societies, shelters, and rescues, learn about what to expect at adoption fairs, and download a few apps that make adopting easier than ever. Plus, we also speak with Best Friends Animal Society about why shelter dogs are the best decision you'll ever make.

Episode 24: Are Black Cats Really Unlucky?

Images of black cats and witches become common towards the end of October. But where exactly did myths around unlucky black cats begin and why do they persist? In this episode, we look at this phenomenon and also the origins of popular sayings like "let the cat out of the bag" and "curiosity killed the cat." We also share costume tips for animals and some of the funniest seasonal pet-DIY FAILs we've ever seen!

Episode 25: Which Bugs Scare You The Most?

Creepy crawlies are absolutely horrifying to many people. But which insects and reptiles scare you the most? In this episode, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo explore why we find some animals so yucky! Also, Renee shares stories scary bug stories from her time working at Universal Theme Park's "Fear Factor" experience. Writer, director, and Cracked editor Carmen Angelica joins the Pawdcast to tell twisted tales (tails?) about the two devil cats she shares her home with.

Episode 26: The Worst Things Pets Have Done During The Holidays

Dogs devouring Christmas turkeys. Cats making off with Thanksgiving side dishes only to vomit them up at the feet of your holiday guests. These are the stories pet parents love to tell each other. Hosts Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo share very important stories about very bad behavior from pets during the holidays. We also look at what seasonal human foods are safe for pets and which are dangerous. Plus, Nickelodeon artist and animator Ashlyn Anstee joins Renee and Allegra to talk about her mischievous cats' legendary holiday antics.

Episode 27: How To Care For Your Pet's Movember Mustache

Every fall, November winds blow itchy Movember mustache hairs all over grossed-out women everywhere. While they're big supporters of men's health, Cuteness Pawdcast hosts, Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert, are way more excited about animals who have adorable mustaches. In this unshaved episode, we share the best mustaches in the animal kingdom (hint: none of them belong to humans), how to take care of your pet's facial hair, and we meet comedian and writer Briana Hansen's two mustache-wielding Aussiedoodles who together are known on Instagram as the Outpawz.

Episode 28: Thanksgiving Is (Happily) Going To The Dogs

While many Americans look forward to following up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with lots of turkey and football, dog lovers everywhere are eagerly awaiting the National Dog Show which airs on NBC this Thanksgiving. In this episode, we tell you about the dogs to watch in this annual event, as well as the behind-the-scenes drama about one our favorite movies: Christopher Guest's homage to dog shows, Best In Show. Comedian and writer who is best known for her work on Just For Laughs, Amanda Brooke Perrin, joins the podcast to talk about her brand new pup, Moo.

Episode 29: Are Cats & Dogs Smarter Than Toddlers?

Pets are both the true Christmas miracles and yuletide disasters all in one. At least, that's the hot take from this December edition of the Cuteness Pawdcast where our hosts, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo, share tales of very smart dogs who, if contemporary pet psychology is to be believed, are just as intelligent as 2-year-old human toddlers, who, most parents will tell you, are pretty dang clever.

Episode 30: How Do Pets Choose Their Animal Friends?

Jocks falling in love with nerds. Theater kids and druggies finding friendships during summer camp. These are the relationships that we love to see because they're, well, unexpected. So, too, are the relationships our hosts, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo, explore in this special-friends episode of the Cuteness Pawdcast. From a dog who spends his afternoons with a duck to a rescued turkey who loves his furry family, unexpected friends are the plot twist that the world is hungry for.

Episode 31: OMG, You Spent How Much On Your Pet?

From limo service to luxury housing, we examine the opulent lives of animals who live better than most people. And while we're there, hosts Renee and Allegra share a few well-meaning (but probably horrible) ideas for DIY pet gifts, e.g. duct-taping tennis balls to a Roomba.

Episode 32: Are Cats Better Pets Than Dogs?

Dogs may be man's best friend, but cats — they're just easier to take care of! That's the hot take after the recent trouble Cuteness Pawdcast hosts, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo, experienced when they boarded their dogs over the holidays. To commemorate these confounding canine complications, this episode is a two-paw salute to cats where we explore pretty much all of the major cat questions. Why do cats behave the way they do? What is the best way to pet a cat? How do you convince your dad to let you have a cat?

Episode 33: New Habits To Improve Your Pet's Life

In this episode of the Cuteness Pawdcast, hosts, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo, help you develop New Year's resolutions for you and your pet. From making simple tweaks to your pet's diet to overhauling their exercise routines, Renee and Allegra will show you how to cultivate health and happiness for your pet in the new year. Comedian and host of the Friends Without Benefits podcast, Jason Horton, joins the episode to talk about his two cats, Quincy and Bruce.

The first season of the Cuteness Pawdcast has wrapped up, but all episodes are available on iTunes and Google Play! Tune in, and remember: pet people are the best people.