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Zooier Than Thou

Zooier Than Thou

Sigma and Toggle discuss the positive future ahead of zoos to kick off a brand new season of ZooTT! Plus, meet a ninja who's bark matches his bite, and catch up with Randy the Ram!
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Thoughts About the Episode

Gosh, I literally ran out of disk space on my computer trying to export this out this morning! Time for some heavy-duty clean-up!

We had originally scheduled to talk about the furry fandom this episode, but at the request of Lovecat so that an important guest would be able to appear on that one, we switched to this topic and brought ZooVille's very own @SigmatoZeta on board to host! I've always enjoyed his posts here, which are generally very thoughtful and well-written. If you haven't checked it out yet, he keeps a blog right here on ZooVille!

My goal this time was to release on a set date, and have everything ready to go on time. Well, various emergencies struck last week, and though we were working right up until the last minute, we DID manage to get it out more or less on time. That's one step toward getting back on a set schedule!

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation. Fausty would have wanted that.

What're your thoughts on the path forward for the zoo community? Let me know in the comments, or e-mail us!
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
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Lovecat and Toggle take a look back at the first season of ZooTT and discuss what comes next in Season 2! Then, join them for bloopers, outtakes, discussion, and fun!
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Thoughts About the Episode

This was an episode we put together over the past weekend as a fun celebration of making it a full year as a successful podcast. I exported about 65 outtakes from our 24 episodes, though we didn't feature all of them, and there are even more to still sort through on top of that. We've got a fair amount of bonus content to release. We also talk about the preparation up to the release of the first episode, since a lot of that is lost for brand new listeners, so I hope they'll enjoy us talking about that.

So this episode is basically pure fun for us as hosts, laughing and talking and hitting on one another, so I hope you'll enjoy it.

We're already hard at work on the first two episodes of Season 2! They're gonna be awesome!

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation. Fausty would have wanted that.

What's your favorite segment of ZooTT from Season 1? Let me know in the comments, or e-mail us!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @ACatWhoLovesYou
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
This episode features an enlightening interview with Michael Kiok and Komet of Germany's ZETA Verein. Plus, catch up with Zooey in Kahalui, get rammed by a ram, and hear from two secret zoos!
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Thoughts About the Episode

When we started out, Lovecat proposed getting some zooey perspectives from around the world, to find out what being a zoo is like in different cultures other than our typical US perspective. With his lead, we collected a number of great interviews over the span of a couple of weeks, but the one we decided to focus on this week was one that Fausty had wanted to do since the beginning: an interview with Michael Kiok of ZETA Verein.

We got some critique on a past interview, so I wanted to make sure we were fully prepared for this one. ZETA Verein's principles fall very closely in line with our own here at ZooTT, so it was particularly exciting to hear their struggles and learn from their experiences successfully fighting back against an "anti-zoophile" law in their country.

"Activism is when you open your mouth." -- Michael Kiok

To all our other wonderful friends we interviewed, fret not. We will be releasing these interviews over time, and we truly appreciate your participation <3

We also put together a couple of secret zoo "ads," if you will, inspired by the I Am A Zoophile account on twitter. I'd like to use these in the future for some sort of outreach, but no concrete plans. Let me know what you think, and if you have any similar situations you'd want represented there, let us know!

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation. Fausty would have wanted that.

What's your favorite segment of ZooTT from Season 1? Let me know in the comments, or e-mail us!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @ZeMenDepo
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
Two zoos seek to leave a legacy behind for future generations. Featuring an interview with Appa Loosa, and memories of Fausty from members of the ZooTT crew.
In loving, zooey memory of Douglas LeConte-Spink. We will keep your legacy alive.
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Thoughts About the Episode

What is there to say, here? Fausty's gone, but ZooTT will endure, as we always planned for it to. We knew from the beginning he would be leaving us eventually, and we planned for this show to keep going in his absence, and he stuck around just long enough to see that happen.

As we began recording, ZeMen expressed that he wasn't sure he was ready to do this. At the end, he said it was cathartic to have the opportunity to keep ZooTT going.

Appa's interview is really good. I don't want it to be overshadowed by Fausty's death, and I think it's cool to hear Fausty's voice on the podcast episode that's dedicated to him. I tried to cut down the dedications in length, but they still end up being a significant portion of this long episode. It's basically half Fausty, and half Appa, which I think is a good balance.

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation. Fausty would have wanted that.

If you have any memories you want to share about Fausty, let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @ZeMenDepo
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
Now available on Apple, Google, and Amazon!

~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
Join us for this special, guest-hosted episode about zoo history! Steeeve recalls how he Forrest Gump'd his way through zoo history, a former prince finds happiness with a unicorn, and Zooey discusses canine foreplay!
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Thoughts About the Episode

This month, Fausty was recovering from radiation surgery, and both me and our lead writer were having financial troubles after the holidays that warranted we spend more time working, so I left the episode up to our very dedicated team of contributors. Unfortunately, without someone to wrangle them and keep them on a time table, they had trouble pushing things out in a timely manner. That's not to say they didn't do AMAZING work this episode, because this one turned out super well. But it is to say that this project needs a project manager, so toward the end of the month I stepped in and made sure everything got put together.

Last Tuesday, as we recorded our interview with Steeeve, Fausty was admitted to the hospital.
On Wednesday, he was given two weeks to live.
On Thursday, at around 10 am, Fausty passed away with his fiancé ZeMen holding his hand.
Even writing this, I can feel the sting of tears welling up in my eyes. He had been recovering steadily, but a missed CT scan and a matter of two weeks was all it took for him to spiral.
I spent the weekend with ZeMen and our anonymous lead writer, who drove 14 hours to be with us. It's been exhausting, and painful, and difficult. It's one of those things where you know it's coming, but when it comes, it comes so fast that you don't have time to prepare. So many things were left up in the air. So many plans came crashing to a halt. As difficult as it is for me, I worry terribly about ZeMen.

We loved Fausty with all our being. We're devastated, to say the least.

So this episode got pushed even further back, and we're doing a memorial episode this weekend. Lots of ZooTT, so little time.

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation. Fausty would have wanted that.

Have any stories from the zooey past you wanna share? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @ACatWhoLovesYou
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
Join us for this roundtable reflection on the past, present, and future of ZooTT, and for a very special interview with Doodle's mom! 2019 was zooey as elk, but 2020 promises to be the zooiest year to date!
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Thoughts About the Episode

I wanted to do a really simple New Years episode where we all just got together, hung out, and talked, so that's what we did! Sounds like a boring premise, but it was actually really nice, and I think the fun we had translates well. I also think we got to get into a lot of the philosophy of what we're doing, which I hope will be interesting to people.
And of course, we got to interview Doodle's mom! Doodle recently came out a couple of months ago, so it's pretty amazing she was willing to come speak to us on the podcast! She was wonderful!
These past two episodes got me thinking about coming out to my own parents, knowing that I have nothing to fear in terms of being disowned or anything like that, but as I talk about on the air, it's not always as simple as knowing you're going to be loved. I still want to. I still might. But timing is important, and frankly, my parents are TERRIBLE about gossiping and telling people's secrets. Good-natured, to be fair, but certainly unable to keep confidences :p
I'm excited about where things go from here. 2020 is the year of the rat, baby, and I am HERE for it!

Reminder! 'Tis the season of giving, so please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation!

What do you want to see from ZooTT in the future? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @lecontespink
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
Lovecat and Toggle tackle the difficulties and benefits of coming out as zoo in this special Yule-tide episode. Plus, listen to an incredible interview with Lovecat's father, find out what makes reindeer fly, and discover the quickest way to Zooey's heart!
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Thoughts About the Episode

So many delays! I wanted it out on Yule, then on Christmas, and now this Full Moon episode falls squarely on the New Moon. Ugh. Largely, the issue was procrastination on my part, but Lovecat was also super nervous about his first episode as host. He proposed this topic several months ago, and I felt December was a great time to talk about coming out. I kept telling him that he had everything he needed, but he was super nervous he wouldn't have enough content. He did, and our conversation was super good!
But really, the pièce de résistance is our incredible interview with Lovecat's father. No joke, it's his actual, biological father, and it's really fucking wonderful to listen to. Funnily enough, he chose the name Sparky for himself, so by that token, he fit right in with a group of furries and zoos, and Lovecat reports that he had a blast working with us. We hope to revisit this magic next week when we talk with Doodle's mother, whom he recently came out to. She was sick this week and couldn't talk, so she sadly couldn't make it this time.
I gotta say, this is one of those episodes where, as a creator and computer-chair-activist, I know we're on the right track. I hope people are as moved as I was.

Reminder! 'Tis the season of giving, so please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation!

What do you think about the subject of coming out as a zoo? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @lecontespink
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
In this very grateful episode of ZooTT, Toggle and Fausty interview three non-zoo allies: a best friend, a girlfriend, and a gay activist. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Thoughts About the Episode

I wanted to have this out on Black Friday, but my friend Justin had laryngitis, and I knew we needed to have his interview featured on the show. I made the right call; I'm positive his contribution was worth waiting for.
I'm so happy to have gotten to do this episode, an episode featuring non-zoos who support zoos in their lives. I fear that a lot of zoos might not realize that such a thing exists, but it's an integral part of my support network, and that of so many other zoos I know. If nothing else, I think this will stand out as an important addition to the first season of ZooTT.
I'm thankful that I've gotten to be a part of this podcast, and that I met Fausty, and that he's still alive. I have a lot to be thankful for, and it culminates in this episode.

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation!

How did you like the interviews? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @lecontespink
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
"A Dog Is A Dishwasher"? Dive into our introduction to English law in the first part of a series dedicated to exploring zoophilia and animal rights in the context of our legal system. It's actually more enjoyable than it sounds!
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Thoughts About the Episode

Boy, this is the latest we've ever been putting out an episode! We had a few issues getting it out the door, and it's not the traditional format, but it's a super good discussion that I really enjoyed being a part of, and I really hope our engagement with the topic translates into enjoyment for you all. Law can be such a dry subject, but I really feel like we do it justice by focusing on why it's relevant to us as zoos. This is just an introductory episode to English legal systems, and we're not going to dedicate the next episodes to putting these out; rather, we'll be staggering them along with our regular ZooTT content throughout the year. Too much legal-ese makes Fausty a dull boy.
We're putting out another episode next week, so don't think we're skimping out on ZooTT content!

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation!

Did you find our discussion of legal topics engaging? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @lecontespink
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
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~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
Join us for an extra spoopy Howloween episode! Enjoy three tales of zooey horror in what may be our finest collection of skits yet!
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Thoughts About the Episode

This episode was a lot of work, and I haven't gotten a lot of sleep, but I think it paid off. We had a fair amount of listener-submitted content, and all of it was pretty spectacular. Plus, we managed to dig through a few of our e-mails, while putting something together that was fun, substantive, and entertaining in a smaller package than recent episodes have been.

This is also the first episode for which we've released bonus content! Desert Rat submitted a ghost story that didn't quite fit the jovial tone of the episode, but Doodle Donkey did it great justice, and I wanted to make sure it got showcased. You can check that out here:


Seriously, take some time to enjoy these skits. They're some of my favorites!

Reminder! Please take the time to visit helpsavemy.dog and leave a donation!

What did you do for Howloween? Let me know in the comments!
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You can subscribe to our RSS feed using your favorite podcast application: rss.zoo.wtf
You can subscribe to us on Twitter @ZooierThanThou, @AskZooey, @OneBigGrumpyRat, and @lecontespink
You can contact us using the anonymous web form at zoo.wtf
Now available on Spotify, Apple, Google, and Amazon!

~ Toggle Rat ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ
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