Dog Stories
Jo-Anne McArthur and Banjo

Jo-Anne McArthur and Banjo

July 9, 2020

Surane interviews award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, who shares her life in Toronto with her rescue dog, Banjo. The author of two books, We Animals (2014), and Captive (2017), Jo-Anne is well known for her heroic efforts in documenting the plight of animals around the world. Jo-Anne's work and her often challenging lifestyle were the focus of the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013).

Jo-Anne's "Leave a Dog a Bone" references:

Read Dog Boy written by Australian novelist Eva Hornung.

Visit Jo-Anne's own, which tells the stories and documents the lives of animals in the human environment – those used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion, and experimentation.

Take a second to appreciate and (if feasible) donate to your local animal shelters for their efforts to offer a second shot at life to so many innocent souls in need. 

Consider adopting black dogs if you're looking for a new best friend!

Jennifer Hutain and Wally

Jennifer Hutain and Wally

July 2, 2020

Today my guest is my dear friend Jenny Hutain.  She is a development worker recently returned to the US from Sierra Leone with her dog, Wally.  She inherited her love of pets from her family, who all have more pets than people in their homes.

Jenny's Give the Dog a Bone references

Go Pet Friendly



Evan Schick and Oscar

Evan Schick and Oscar

June 25, 2020

Surane interviews Evan Schick, a man truly worthy of the title, Dog's Best Friend. A proud resident of LA, he hails from Warrensburg, Missouri, a city fondly known for the origin of the phrase "Man's Best Friend." Warrensburg is also home to his 16-year-old best bud Oscar, who's now enjoying his twilight years with Evan's lovely parents. 

Evan's "Leave a Dog a Bone" references:

Check out FURminator grooming tools!

Visit Warrensburg, Missouri to experience the Old Drum Dog Fest, held annually on the second Thursday in April.


Nina Devries, Paddy and Freedom

Nina Devries, Paddy and Freedom

June 18, 2020

This week my guest is Nina DeVries. Nina is a former journalist who has worked in Canada and overseas, most recently in Sierra Leone where she was based off and on for several years. It was here that she found her two rescue dogs, Paddy and Freedom. 

Nina's "Leave the Dog a Bone" references:

Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society

World Animal Protection 

A Dog's Purpose

The 400lb Sea Turtle 

Rahsul Shaw and Bookie

Rahsul Shaw and Bookie

June 11, 2020

Surane interviews Rahsul, born and raised in Warren, Ohio and now a proud LA resident. A former news producer and current creative producer, he considers himself a reformed advocate for dogs, and all animals, after the passing of his dear 4-legged friend, Bookie last year.

Rahsul's "Leave a Dog a Bone" references:

Watch the (original!) 1974 classic, Benji

Lianne Gravitis and Maddy

Lianne Gravitis and Maddy

June 4, 2020

This week I'm chatting with Lianne Gravitis.  Lianne is a dear friend, a super talented singer with her band Whiskey Epiphany and a loving dog walker/sitter with 20 years of experience. Her company's name is The Doodle Dog Sitter and her dog's name was Maddy.

Lianne's "Leave a Dog a Bone" references:

On Instagram:





A Dog's Purpose

The Dogs of Oakville


Lady & the Tramp


Trusted Housesitters

The Dodo




Caitlin Benti and Tekíla

Caitlin Benti and Tekíla

May 28, 2020

Surane interviews Caitlin Benti, an LA native who currently works in the film industry as an onset medic. She is a lifelong animal rescuer who believes all life has value. Her dog Tekíla was found on the streets in Mexico, and now lives a life full of adventure and love..."or whatever."

Caitlin's "Leave a Dog a Bone" references:

Check out Castaic Lake Animal Shelter for pet adoptions and on the job volunteer experience!

Christina Stevens and Maggie

Christina Stevens and Maggie

May 21, 2020

Today I'm chatting with Christina Stevens. Christina is a former senior investigative reporter for Global News in Toronto.  She now lives in Victoria BC with her dogs Mensch and Maggie 


Justine Reilly and Stashi

Justine Reilly and Stashi

May 14, 2020

Today we’re talking with Justine Reilly. Justine’s a long time animal lover, and a proud Dog Mom to her fabulous Iranian pup Stashi. After Stashi came into her life, Justine has since become an animal rights advocate who maintains a plant-based lifestyle. She also happens to be one of the most talented makeup artists in Hollywood.

Justine’s “Leave A Dog A Bone” references:

Follow @adoptaniraniandog to learn more about dogs like Stashi on Instagram

Check out to discover all the places your pup can come along for the ride!

Joan Znidarec and Max

Joan Znidarec and Max

May 7, 2020

Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Joan Znidarec.  Joan is the president of The Dogs Rescuers Inc. an Oakville based, non- profit organization with a passion for rescuing, re-homing and loving dogs since 2009.  Her dog's name is Max

The Dog Rescuers Inc

The Last Will and Testament of a Very Distinguished Dog