DNTO

What was the animal that changed your life?

Whether it's the birds in your backyard or the deer on the side of the highway, we all share our space with creatures big and small. And sometimes, it takes an encounter with an animal - furry, flying, wild or domesticated - to change your life.

DNTO March 1

  Whether it's the birds in your backyard or the deer on the side of the highway, we all share our space with creatures big and small. 

  And sometimes, it takes an encounter with an animal - furry, flying, wild or domesticated - to change your life. 

  So this week, DNTO wonders: what was the creature that changed you? 
On this week's show:

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  In Churchill, Manitoba, polar bears are a fact of life. So when    Erin Greene decided to leave home in Montreal and take a summer job in the northern community, she knew she'd get a chance to see the majestic creatures. But she could never have imagined just how close she'd get to one... she shares her harrowing story. 





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  A few years ago,  Steve Jenkins and  Derek Walter thought they had adopted a mini pig. But it just kept growing (and growing, and growing). Now at 400 pounds, find out how they've come to embrace Esther the wonder pig. 





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Conor McCreery isn't typically a superstitious guy, but when a bird flew directly in to his chest he immediately what it meant: it was a message from his grandmother. He explains what the random "bird strike" really meant. 










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  Your cat is your warm and cuddly friend... until she turns into a seething furball of animal rage.    Nobu Adilman tells us how his kitty went from "housecat" to "wildcat." 










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  We all have to deal with bugs on a daily basis, but few of us have been confronted by mile-wide columns of marching insects headed straight for our homes. Artist    Elaine Parks explains how she and her neighbours responded when millions of crickets came calling. 





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  When    Jen Sookfong Lee was 8 years old, her parents decided to go back home to Hong Kong for a visit. She was excited for the visit... until an unexpected bathroom encounter with a chicken. 







  If you're a sucker for an old-fashioned "boy and his dog" story, we've got an epic tale about a boy named Scott and a dog named Ann. We're pretty sure  Scott Kravitz's heartfelt yarn will leave you wagging your tail.

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  What happens when a pet comes between you and your special someone?  Ruth Shead tells us why she'll never date a dog owner again.











Diane Flacks will explain how her life, and her seven-year-old son's, were changed by an unconventional pet... one that's seven feet long, and "squeezy..."

Stacey Burnard shares her story of two jilted lovers and the smackdown that put their pug in the middle. It's a pet custody battle like no other. 

  Some people say that there are only two different kinds of bugs in Canada: regular bugs and Northern bugs.  Jennifer Quist knows that all too well. For years, she lived in Fort McMurray, where a certain bug called the tar sand beetle terrorized her - but not for the reasons you'd expect. 

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  Experienced outdoorsman  Trevor Miller has been camping and hiking in the Thunder Bay area for most of his life. But a Saturday morning hike turned into an epic battle for survival when he and his two dogs were confronted with an unexpected visitor who wouldn't leave them alone.




This week's playlist:
The Acorn - Strange Animal
Old And In The Way - Pig In A Pen
Luke Doucet - Lovecats
Wake Owl - Gold
The Abramson Singers - Jack Of Diamonds
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Jane Siberry - Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog
Jordan Klassen - Go To Me

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