Dr. Jan Pol has been a practicing veterinarian for more than half his life. In 1981 he and his wife, Diane, opened a vet business out of their home, and over the years it has grown to service more than 19,000 clients. Set in Central Michigan's farm country, this reality series follows the work done at Pol Veterinary Services. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. The program also features Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, who has worked with Dr. Pol since 1992.
With a unique ability to see the world through their eyes, renowned dog behavior expert Cesar Millan rehabilitates all manner of troubled canines in this popular reality series, and often that involves Millan not only teaching dogs new tricks but also training their owners how to achieve a balanced relationship with their pets.
Experienced canine-behaviorist Cesar Millan travels -- often -- some distance to dogs and families in need of his renowned assistance. While in the homes of owners, Millan documents the astounding transformations that occur as he works with and educates families and rehabilitates their animals. His work is done once he has accomplished helping people and their pets to achieve balance and a good relationship.
Rocky Kanaka, of a mission-driven dog food manufacturer devoted to giving back, travels the United States with renovation specialist Rob North to help animal shelters in need. Facilities in danger of closing are revitalized with the help of Rocky, Rob, community volunteers, local contractors, and industry experts. In addition to creating a happier and healthier environment at each animal shelter or rescue, the exposure and improvements to the facility also help increase the number of animal adoptions. At the end of each episode, at least one animal finds a loving, permanent home.
"Save to Win" gives savvy shoppers a chance to use their knowledge of popular household products to compete in fast-paced shopping games. Two teams go head to head in a studio that resembles a popular bargain chain store. Host and celebrity chef Pat Neely ("Down Home with the Neelys") presides over a three-round competition in which contestants put their purchasing prowess to the test. The game culminates with an exciting bonus round where choosing the right items from a prize wall can mean walking away with the jackpot.
Home cooks compete in a race to create the most unique and flavorful dinnertime meals in a series that inspires and celebrates culinary creativity. Noted chef and TV personality Gabe Kennedy hosts as two contestants go head-to-head in a mealtime challenge. A panel of three celebrity judges critiques the final dishes and determines the winner. In each episode, the healthy competition is combined with learning opportunities as nutritional experts explain the value of choosing healthy foods and wholesome ingredients.
In the varied forms of veterinary medicine, Dr. Susan Kelleher's practice may be one of the more unusual. Known as Dr. K, she runs South Florida's Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital, and this series follows the staff as it cares for rabbits, ferrets, foxes, fish, birds, reptiles, marsupials, and even primates. As do some other vets, Kelleher thinks domesticating wild animals like monkeys is a bad idea, but that feeling doesn't interfere with her taking care of them: "If it will fit through the door, I'll treat it," she says.
Heartwarming stories paint pictures about surprising animal odd couples.
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine steps out of the kitchen to serve a helping of tough love and up-front advice to people facing issues from sour relationships to bitter family strife. A talented chef, fitness guru, and strong advocate for military veterans and their families, Robert combines straightforward analysis with a unique therapeutic style to help people overcome their personal conflicts and get on with their lives. Among the issues are non-traditional relationships with complex problems, addictions to drugs and alcohol, and longtime friendships broken by lack of trust.
On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, people in need of medical care for their pets often turn to Dr. Scott Sims. The owner of Pegasus Veterinary Clinic, located in his Kilauea home, Dr. Sims and assistants Dia and Ella keep busy treating a wide variety of domestic and wild animals. He makes "house" calls, too -- on beaches and mountainsides, in the water and jungle -- traversing wild, rural and oceanic Kauai topography. "Aloha Vet" profiles a man whose phone is rarely silent. With a heart of gold, Dr. Sims works long hours helping animals that walk, crawl, fly and swim.