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    Animals News -- ScienceDaily

  • Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. The key lies in organic materials found in fossil bones, which contain evidence for how ancient ecosystems functioned, according to a new study.
  • Mown grass smell sends SOS for help in resisting insect attacks

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue. Such findings may help plant breeders know how to develop new varieties that are more resistant to insects and drought.
  • Climate change: Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns may get the lion’s share of our climate change attention, but predators may want to give some thought to wind, according to a zoologist’s study, which is among the first to demonstrate the way “global stilling” may alter predator-prey relationships.
  • Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some pollutants are more harmful in a cold climate than in a hot, because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Now researchers have demonstrated how this happens, and it can help us better predict contamination risks, especially in the Arctic.
  • Lymphatic fluid used for first time to detect bovine paratuberculosis

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Paratuberculosis, also known as Johne’s disease, is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Paratuberculosis mainly affects ruminants and causes treatment-resistant diarrhea and wasting among affected animals. The disease can cause considerable economic losses for commercial farms. The animals produce less milk, exhibit fertility problems and are more susceptible to other conditions such as udder inflammation.
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    Bedlam Farm Journal

  • Recovery Journal And Red. Dot’s Kiss.

    Jon Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Cardiac Rehab And Red Dot has severe heart disease, she walks slowly, sometimes painfully.  She is quiet, she speaks little and does what she can on the machines. Until today, we had not spoken.  I did not see her smile until she saw Red come into cardiac rehab last week, and when he first came in, there was the slightest smile. Today, when she came in, walking almost in a shuffle, she stopped to greet Red softly and to lean over and pat him on the head. He lifted his head to receive her. Then she went to work on the machines. During the 90-minute rehab session, she would look at Red…
  • In The Gratitude Urn

    Jon Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In The Gratitude Urn
  • Talking To Simon

    Jon Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Talking To Simon Simon and I have a conversation every morning, sometimes two or three. When I come into the pasture for the morning chores, he comes running to greet me, ears up, mouth open in his joyous bray, his call to life. I wish him a good morning, a good day, and then kiss him on the nose. This seems to be something we both need, we both enjoy. I can't remember having a life where my day did not begin with kissing a donkey on his soft nose. We are always happy to see one another, we always have a lot to say.
  • Chicken Morning

    Jon Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Chicken Morning We gave up naming our chickens several years ago after a number of them died for various reasons, as chickens will do. Since we stopped naming them, no chicken has died. Haven't quite figured that one out. I am fond of the gray hen, she is industrious and usually the first one out of the roost in the morning. She knows my camera well, and gives it the fish-eye when I get close, as if to dare me to take a picture when she has so many bugs to go out in search of. I always with her a good morning and successful day looking for food, which is what she does for most of the day.
  • Creativity And Trust: A Coming Out

    Jon Katz
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Creativity And Trust When I teach writing, the first thing I ask my students is this: do not ever speak poorly of your work in my class, it will hear you. Creativity is an act of trust, a covenant with oneself. It is not about what others think of your work, it is about what you think of your work. Creativity is a leap of faith, a jump off the bridge, a plunge into icy water, and most of all a coming out, an affirmation of identity and self. If you cannot trust your own work, how can you ask others to like it and trust it? When I take a photo, write something, I never know if other people…
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  • The Jargonaut: 2,4-D? Come Again?

    Brian Palmer
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    By Brian Palmer 2,4-D (n.): an herbicide popular in both agriculture and lawn care Farmers and weeds are in an arms race. Soon after a new herbicide emerges, weeds start evolving ways to defeat it. Eventually, the product becomes useless, forcing manufacturers to concoct an even more powerful pesticide. Roundup, the world’s most famous herbicide, hit the U.S. market in 1976. Paired with crops genetically engineered to tolerate it—such as “Roundup-Ready” corn and soybeans—Roundup soon became the kind of commercial success most companies can’t even dream of. Farmers and homeowners…
  • Hey-Hey! Ho-Ho! Climate Change Has Got to Go!

    Susan Cosier
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    By Susan Cosier The largest climate protest in history took place yesterday, with 400,000 folks filling four miles of New York City streets (around 600,000 people took part worldwide). Participants in the People’s Climate March, who included notables like U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Bill McKibben, Jane Goodall, Kevin Bacon (note: all marchers are now within one degree of him), and this guy. They marched, waved banners, chanted, and twerked, demanding action to slow the warming of our world. Sunday’s event kicked off Climate Week NYC, with happenings all over the city seek to call…
  • Obama to Superbugs: We're Watching You

    Susan Cosier
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    By Susan Cosier Antibiotic-resistant microbes, strains of bacteria that fight off drugs, are a serious problem. Two million people a year in the United States get sick with those so-called superbugs, and at least 23,000 of them die. Yesterday President Obama signed an executive order to begin addressing this growing public health issue.Under the new order, a task force led by the departments of health and human services, defense, and agriculture will increase disease surveillance, provide funds for companies to create new drugs, and develop a national system to track superbug outbreaks (like…
  • Bloomberg's Climate Challenge

    Andrew Revkin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    By Andrew Revkin Michael R. Bloomberg has been one of the most vocal leaders, at any level of government, when it comes to sounding the alarm about what climate change is doing, and will continue to do, to our planet—including exposing the deep vulnerability that human communities face from climate extremes and coastal flooding. As the mayor of New York City during Hurricane Sandy, Bloomberg was tasked with handling not just one but two disasters of epic proportions: the hurricane itself, which caused hundreds of deaths and cost the city billions in damages; and the hurricane’s…
  • Louisiana’s Boot Is Shrinking in Size

    Susan Cosier
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Susan Cosier When learning the states as I child, I always remembered Louisiana as the “boot-shaped” one. But as you can see in the illustration on the right, the sole of that boot is wearing thin as the Gulf coastline disappears, thanks to oil and gas drilling, canal channeling, and sea-level rise (see "Losing Lousiana"). Between 1932 and 2000 the state lost nearly 1,900 square miles of land, and an area the size of a football field currently sinks into the sea every hour. (Get a closer look with this infographic by ProPublica.) By 2064 state officials predict another 1,750 square…
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    Endangered Animals News -- ScienceDaily

  • Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. The key lies in organic materials found in fossil bones, which contain evidence for how ancient ecosystems functioned, according to a new study.
  • Seeding plant diversity for future generations

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Researchers have constructed a 'hit list' of the plant species most needed to boost the overall diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank, which is storing seeds in its vaults for future generations.
  • Nature of war: Chimps inherently violent; Study disproves theory that 'chimpanzee wars' are sparked by human influence

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Of all of the world's species, humans and chimpanzees are some of the only species to coordinate attacks on their own members. Since Jane Goodall introduced lethal inter-community killings, primatologists have debated the concept of warfare in this genus. New research from an international coalition of ape researchers has shed new light on the subject, suggesting that human encroachment and interference is not, as previous researchers have claimed, an influential predictor of chimp-on-chimp aggression.
  • Being social: Learning from the behavior of birds

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Science has learned a great deal about complex social behavior by studying nonhuman mammals and primates, but parrots might have something to teach too. A new study -- the first to quantify the social lives of parrots using social network analysis -- provides intriguing new insights into parrot sociality revealing a sophisticated social structure with layers of relationships and complex interactions.
  • Hunting restrictions for tapirs may not be enough

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Lowland tapir populations may continue to drop in French Guiana, despite recent restrictions on hunting. Researchers reviewed data retrieved from camera traps in the Nouragues National Reserve over the last four years and compared this data to current harvest rates in the region.
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    Animals on Huffington Post

  • F. Scott Hess: My Dog Deserves an MFA. No, Seriously.

    F. Scott Hess
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    I first noticed that my dog, Roxy Hess, had artistic intentions when she left a forceful and unmistakable message on the floor of the studio we share. Slow human that I am, I hadn't realized that Roxy was not only on top of the latest developments in the artworld, she was running amongst the pack leaders. Read more: Smart Dogs, Art, Conceptual Art, Artworld, Artist Dogs, Roxy Hess, Art Education, F. Scott Hess, Dogs, Arts News
  • Hilarious Focus Group Asks Pups To Rate Products, And They're Not Shy With Their Opinions

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    It pays to know what your customers want -- even if they walk on four legs, bark at inappropriate times and leave drool marks on your car windows. ... Read more: Cats, Pets, Viral Videos, Funny Pet Videos, Pet Videos, Big Lots, Pet Focus Group, Petsrpeople2, Dogs, Cute Pet Videos, Pets Acting Like Humans, Good News News
  • Bella The Pit Bull Was Shot And Abandoned, But She Finally Got Her Big Hollywood Ending

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Bella the pit bull's early life could have been a horror movie. Now it's a love story. Over the summer, a family on a camping trip found Bella in t... Read more: Bella Shot Beaten, Shot Pit Bull, Sarah Spier, Pit Bull Shot and Beaten, Pit Bulls, Bella the Pit Bull, Pit Bulls Need Homes, Dogs, Green News
  • Kitten Is Utterly Confused By The Discovery Of Her Tail

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    A kitten has been caught on camera discovering her own tail. And it seems like she has no idea the moving "toy" is actually attached to her body, or t... Read more: Kitten Videos, Video, Kittens, Cat Videos, Cute Cat Videos, Kitten Discovers Tail, Kitten, Kitten Mesmerized by Tail, Kitten Tail, Comedy News
  • Dog Takes Little Boy For Stroll In Toy Car, Flexes Babysitting Muscles

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    This dog looks like it's angling for a babysitting award. Though Eteo the Belgian Malinois has been disciplined by guard dog training service Prote... Read more: Dog Walks Kid, Video, Dogs and Kids, Guard Dogs, Dog Pushes Kid, Dog, Dog Pushes Kid in Toy Car, Belgian Malinois Guard Dog, Belgian Malinois, Cute Dog Videos, Dogs, Parents News
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    Animal welfare | The Guardian

  • Protesters succeeding in disrupting badger cull, company tells farmers

    Steven Morris
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Anti-cull campaigners night vigil giving headache to marskmen as they fall short of achieving kill targets in GloucestershireThe badger cull has got off to a slow start because of successful disruption by protesters, a leaked note seen by the Guardian has revealed.According to the letter sent to farmers in Gloucestershire, one of the two cull areas, the activists have caused the cull to fall behind schedule. Continue reading...
  • Radio-tagging sheep will spell the death of the old ways, say French farmers

    Sandrine Berthaud-Clair
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Farmers question effectiveness of scheme against outbreaks of disease and fear it risks industrialising traditional methodsWhen it comes to protest, French farmers are hardly known for their reticence. Nothing draws them out into the streets or, as recently, its art galleries quite like a good European Union agricultural policy dispute. But a demonstration held in May by around 50 sheep farmers outside the Tribunal Administratif (which hears civil disputes) in Grenoble, in the south-east, hinged on a relatively new EU gripe: the rules around microchipping livestock.Etienne Mabille and…
  • Edinburgh zoo says giant panda Tian Tian is no longer pregnant

    Press Association
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Hopes for first British panda cub dashed after zoo says Tian Tian may have suffered from late reabsorption of the foetusThe UKs only female giant panda is no longer pregnant, Edinburgh zoo has confirmed.The zoo said there was no evidence Tian Tian had miscarried, and that late reabsorption of the foetus may have taken place. Continue reading...
  • Animal Aid smear story causes hurt and anger but keeps it in business

    Greg Wood
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    For as long as newspaper editors are sufficiently gullible, foolish or unprincipled to accept Animal Aids baitit will not go away RSPCA step into Wigmore Hall photographs rowThe Daily Mirrors decision to lead its front page on Saturday with a picture of Wigmore Hall at the moment when a vet put a gun to his head at Doncaster last weekend caused widespread anger and distress within racing. Those who were closest to the seven-year-old felt it most keenly but many thousands of racegoers and armchair fans of one of the most admirable Flat performers of recent years shared their disgust.What it…
  • Civet cat coffee: can world's most expensive brew be made sustainably?

    Tony Wild
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Coffee derived from the faeces of the civet cat has spawned a cruel industry. Will sustainable production leave a better taste?The story of kopi luwak has a certain repulsive charm. A shy cat-like wild creature wanders out of the Sumatran jungle at night onto a coffee plantation and selects only the finest, ripest coffee cherries to eat. Only it cant digest the stone (the coffee bean) and craps them out, its anal glands imparting an elusive musky smoothness to the resultant roasted coffee.And when, as coffee director of Taylors of Harrogate, I first brought a small amount of kopi luwak to the…
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    4 The Love of Animals

  • Felt Dogs (aka the cutest book ever).

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Felt Dogs is an adorable craft book that teaches you how to make little dogs from felt. The book is packed full of different breeds to delight any dog lover. The book teaches a technique called needle felting. There is a list of all the tools and supplies that you will need to make cute dogs. I also loved the step by step photos in the book, which makes it easy for beginners or experts to follow. And of course, the book is full of such darling photos it’s easy to forget that the book is about crafting. I’ve spent plenty of time just looking at the photos and dreaming about making…
  • How Pets Can Improve Your Health

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Expert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet Pet ownership runs far deeper than simply caring for a possession. Yes, the sheer responsibility of caring for a pet has notable benefits in and of itself. But, pets also become bona fide family members with which we establish genuine relationships—incomparable emotional bonds that can have extraordinarily positive physical and psychological impacts on humans. Below, Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, spotlights many of the well-proven therapeutic and health…
  • Give your dog the best dog food for the best health! #GetHealthyHappy

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    As part of the Hill’s® Science Diet® “Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.” campaign, I’m sharing tips to help you keep your pets happy and healthy. Today’s topic, as you might have already guessed, is the importance of proper nutrition. Good health starts with the right diet, and this isn’t just true for people! Pets need proper nutrition to live healthy and happy lives. With so many products on the market it can be hard to know if you have made the right choice. Luckily there is a lot of information to help pet parents make good choices when it comes to what to…
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    Holy Cuteness

  • Caturday Night

    Holy Cuteness
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Just a cat enjoying a bottle of gin on a Caturday night… Via Imgur.
  • Puppy Rolls Down a Hill

    Holy Cuteness
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:59 pm
    From YouTube; “Sophie stunned us with her fantastic rolling abilities one day and continued to do this for a few months in different areas of my yard. Usually she just throws herself onto her back and rolls around but the first few times she did it she happened to be on a sloping hill. She did this within a few days of us getting her, she was 2 months old. The video is from the very first time she did it. She is now 6 months old (March 2014) and still does it on occasion.” From Kathryn Miller.
  • Kitty Loves Toothbrush

    Holy Cuteness
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Poppy the kitty loves to have his teeth brushed. Hat tip to Love Meow.
  • Dog Says Hello

    Holy Cuteness
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Reddit user Bbecky520 writes; “Was walking by a fence and this little derp came to say hello.” Via Reddit.
  • Meet Kamapua’a, the Surfing Pig from Hawaii

    Holy Cuteness
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Kamapua’a the pig is a real surfer dude…. From WashingtonFreeBeacon.
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    Inside Conservation Blog

  • SeaWorld Vets Use Common Household Items to Repair Rescued Sea Turtle’s Shell

    Jordan Littlejohn
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Our Animal Rescue Team received a juvenile five-pound green sea turtle earlier this week. The turtle was originally rescued by the University of Central Florida (UCF) Marine Turtle Research Group from Trident Basin at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after noticing a large wound on its shell. It was brought to us for further care and rehabilitation.    Upon arrival, the green sea turtle was taken directly into the surgery room where radiographs were taken, blood was drawn and a full veterinarian examination was administered. After the exam was completed, the sea turtle received…
  • SeaWorld Orlando Returns Florida Sandhill Crane Following Two Weeks of Care and Rehabilitation

    Jessica Volk
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This morning, a Florida sandhill crane was successfully returned to its natural habitat in Kissimmee, Fla., by our Animal Rescue Team. The sandhill crane was rescued two weeks ago by our Animal Rescue Team and transported to SeaWorld for care and rehabilitation. The bird was spotted by a concerned citizen having trouble standing and walking. Our Animal Rescue Team discovered that the crane had deep lacerations in its foot due to a string that was wrapped tightly around its right foot (as seen below). Upon arrival at our facility, animal care experts took the bird directly into surgery to…
  • SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Returns Manatee to Ormond Beach

    Mari Delgado
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    This morning, our Animal Rescue Team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned Rizzo, a male manatee, to the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, Fla., after receiving care and rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando for the past seven months. Rizzo was originally rescued by FWC from the Tomoka River on February 19, 2014 due to cold stress. At the time of rescue, he weighed only 620 pounds. Can you believe that 620 pounds is about 200 pounds under the average weight of a full-grown manatee? Following his rescue, FWC transported him to SeaWorld Orlando for medical treatment…
  • UPDATE: Orphaned Manatee Calf Rescued from Indian River Now Drinking Formula from a Bottle

    Mari Delgado
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    We're happy to report that the orphaned manatee calf that was rescued on July 21 from the Indian River in Port St. John, Fla., is responding well to treatment and is almost ready to start eating solid foods. The female calf, now about nine weeks old, is being bottle fed by members of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team every three hours around the clock .  The formula was created at SeaWorld and consists of a special mixture of infant formulas, tropical oils, nutrients and water.   When the calf first arrived at SeaWorld it only weighed 48 pounds and was so small it could be carried by…
  • SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team Assists other Agencies to Save Dolphin Calf

    Sharon Moore
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Last week, the SeaWorld Animal Care Team was busier than usual - rescuing five injured animals in 74 hours. One of these animals was an 11-month-old female bottlenose dolphin calf, found in Little Marco Pass in Collier County, Fla., tangled in some fishing gear. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of 10 agencies, including SeaWorld Orlando, this dolphin is now swimming free. If the fishing line had stayed on much longer, the dolphin could have lost its tale. The dolphin, a dependent calf nicknamed Skipper, was first spotted by members of the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project, who documented…
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    India's Endangered

  • Bengal considering Birth Control to solve Human-Elephant conflict

    Shilpi Gemawat
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    The continual decline in the population of a species poses a major threat to biodiversity. On the flip side, the unhindered and rapid multiplication of species also brings forth its own set of problems. It is this rise in the population of the elephants in West Bengal that has led to increased man-animal conflict, say ...Read the Rest
  • Watch: Forest Man, a short film on the Man who Made a Forest

    Atula Gupta
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    In 2012 we shared the story of Jadav Payeng, a man who single-handedly and with dogged determination planted an entire forest in Assam. Now, you have a chance to watch his story in this captivating short film – Forest Man. Jadav was 16 year old when he first realized the need to plant a tree. ...Read the Rest
  • Frogs in Western Ghats Affected by Logging even after 40 Years

    Atula Gupta
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Frogs living in Western Ghats forests that were logged more than 40 years ago are still recovering from the impacts of deforestation, shows a recent study. Comparatively, unlogged forests had twice the number of frogs. The study also found some species of amphibians to have completely disappeared from logged areas. Rough skinned Bush frog by ...Read the Rest
  • Tigers Living Outside Protected Areas in Maharashtra

    Ramya Naresh
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A large number of tigers are inhabiting the forests outside protected areas in Maharashtra, finds a new  survey. The study, conducted in the Nagzira-Tadoba corridor found 27 tigers in the area with some inhabiting areas  outside the protected reserves. The researchers believe such kind of field analysis can give good guidance to which are the ...Read the Rest
  • The Story of Annual Kaziranga Floods, in Pictures.

    Team Indias Endangered
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Each year, the Northeastern states of India, especially Assam is inundated by a severe flood during monsoons caused by the river Brahmaputra, one of the mightiest rivers in the world. What follows is massive landscape changes, displaced locals and huge economic loss to the state. Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site located in Assam ...Read the Rest
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    The Other Blokes Blog

  • Scottish referendum: Will teens freeze their grandparents pensions

    Barry Welford
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The CBC poses an interesting question this morning: Scotland referendum: Will slacktivists help secession succeed?  As is noted, the voting age in the Scottish independence referendum is 16 years and up.  Apparently slacktivists is the name for those between 16 and 18 years of age. It is believed that these younger voters may well be more inclined to vote Yes on the separation question.  If that choice win, then it is likely that senior pensions would be frozen as occurs in many other countries in the Commonwealth.  It would seem to be a supreme irony that the grandchildren would be…
  • Would Scottish pensions be frozen pensions

    Barry Welford
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    courtesy of vectorolie via With the referendum in Scotland on separating from the United Kingdom occurring tomorrow, there is much discussion on a whole series of financial matters.  It seems that there is an intention that pensions as in the past would continue to be paid by the government in London.  However that raises a very interesting question. UK pensions to pensioners living in countries where there is no tax agreement are frozen at that level that applies when the pensioner retires.  That affects about half the pensioners who live abroad in many of the…
  • Scotland please don’t leave

    Barry Welford
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    On September 18, those living in Scotland will be choosing in a referendum whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom or to be a separate country.  Current polls suggest the Yes side may be inching ahead of those wishing to stay in the UK. Many outside Scotland feel that this would be a real tragedy.  That is why a BBC headline notes that on Scottish independence: Celebrities call for Scots No vote Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench are among 200 public figures who have signed a letter urging Scotland to vote “No” in the independence referendum. The list was set up…
  • Say Thank You To Your Superhero

    Barry Welford
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    If you are not familiar with the collection of videos, I would heartily recommend that you visit that site. It is a fund of inspiring videos on a wide variety of topics. The one you will find below is one of the best. Here is how the TED website describes it: Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be. If you wish to learn…
  • Bringing Local Traffic to Your Website

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Courtesy of Stuart Miles via When you set up your online business, you may wonder exactly how to attract local traffic to your website. If you are new to running a virtual business, you could benefit by working with a service to help you with this task. Partnering with a service that specializes in tactics like local SEO could help you generate the daily traffic you need and help you stay financially afloat as your competitors lag behind you. When it comes to services like SEO Montreal clients will certainly appreciate being able to find you easily. People who conduct a…
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  • PetsLady's Pick: Funny Kit-T-Rex Of The Day

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Okays. My human has strange sense of humors. When I get outta here I make hims extinct.
  • Want to Make Your Bird Feeder Squirrel-Proof? The Animal Video of the Day!!!

    John P. Barker
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Want to see a humorous way to keep a squirrel out of your bird feeder without doing any harm to the squirrel itself?  If so, this video is for you!  And the squirrel looks horribly confused...
  • Girlhood & Animals, A Coming of Age Photo-Drama

    Ron Callari
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Similar to the recent release of the full-length movie, Boyhood, Robin Schwartz’ photobook Amelia & the Animals, captures her daughter’s life from ages 3 to 14. However differing from the movie, this child is filmed over time interacting with a series of animals -- animals that most other children could only dream about engaging with.
  • Help! There's A Shark In My Soup!

    Kitty Devine
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    You can add a bit of scary fun to any meal of the day with this totally cool Shark Bowl. Just imagine a creature from the deep coming after you through your corn chowder or Cheerios.
  • PetsLady's Pick: Totally Cool Magpie Of The Day

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    This beautiful bird is a Taiwan blue magpie. It sure puts the mapies in my neighborhood look downright boring. In 2007 they were voted to be the national bird of Taiwan, though that has never been made formal.
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  • Girlhood & Animals, A Coming of Age Photo-Drama

    Ron Callari
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Similar to the recent release of the full-length movie, Boyhood, Robin Schwartz’ photobook Amelia & the Animals, captures her daughter’s life from ages 3 to 14. However differing from the movie, this child is filmed over time interacting with a series of animals -- animals that most other children could only dream about engaging with.
  • Who Knew Animals Could Out Smart Humans?

    Ron Callari
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    The next time you see yourself paling in comparison to those who’ve won the Nobel Peace Prize or you've failed to find a cure for cancer, bear in mind in addition to being outdone by your fellow man, you may also be outflanked by a few super animals. Some of them have innate abilities that a lot of humans need college degrees to match up.
  • Goat Detained For Armed Robbery

    Laurie Kay Olson
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    This one has got to be filed under "strange but true." A few years ago a goat was arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery after two men tried to steal a Toyota 323. So how did a goat get mixed up in a caper like this? It is a wild tale full of mystery and magic -- and possibly a case of mistaken identity.
  • Kitten Rescued From Dire Situation

    Laurie Kay Olson
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Cats can have a way of getting into many a strange and unexpected situation. This is certainly true of one kitten in Russia that somehow managed to get itself stuck in the spring of a Toyota Land Cruiser. The poor creature traveled 50 miles before the driver, Vitaliy Bouranin, stopped for gas and noticed that his undercarriage was meowing.
  • Strange But True: A Sturgeon Petting Zoo

    Laurie Kay Olson
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Having a petting zoo for a fish is not the sort of thing you'd expect to find anywhere, let alone as far inland as Urbana, Ohio. It may sound strange (and it is) but true. A fish hatchery by the name of Freshwater Farms has set up a tank where several endangered White Sturgeons and several other species are kept for visitors to the hatchery to get to meet and get to know personally.
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  • MALTESE puppies for sale

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Our Maltese puppies were born on July 24, 2014. There are 1 Male & 1 Female in the litter 1 White Male 1 White Female They will weigh between 7 and 9 lbs as adults. Our Maltese puppies are $ 1,085 plus hst. If you are interested in our puppies and have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 905-830-2290. To view our other puppies please see our puppies for sale page. A puppy is not promised unless a Deposit has been given. MORE PICTURES BELOW The MALTESE is a member of the toy breeds and is a very intelligent and affectionate dog.
  • BOSTON TERRIER puppies for sale

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our Boston Terrier puppies were born on July 26, 2014. There are 2 Males & 2 Females in the litter 2 Black & White Males 2 Black & White Females They will weigh between 16 and 18 lbs as adults. Our Boston Terrier puppies are $ 1,085 plus hst. If you are interested in our puppies and have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 905-830-2290. To view our other puppies please see our puppies for sale page. A puppy is not promised unless a Deposit has been given. MORE PICTURES BELOW The Boston Terrier is a member of the terrier group…
  • YORKSHIRE TERRIER puppies for sale

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Our Yorkshire Terrier puppies were born on July 26, 2014. There are 1 Male & 2 Females in the litter 1 Black & Tan Male 1 Black & Tan Female They will weigh between 6 and 8 lbs as adults. Our Yorkshire Terrier puppies are $ 1,200 plus hst. If you are interested in our puppies and have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 905-830-2290. To view our other puppies please see our puppies for sale page. A puppy is not promised unless a Deposit has been given. MORE PICTURES BELOW The Yorkie is a Toy Breed and on of the true purse…
  • SCHNOODLE puppies for sale

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Our Schnoodle puppies were born on July 24, 2014. There are 2 Males & 3 Females in the litter 2 Black Males 3 Salt & Pepper Females They will weigh between 14 and 18 lbs as adults. Our Schnoodle puppies are $ 685 plus hst. If you are interested in our puppies and have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 905-830-2290. To view our other puppies please see our puppies for sale page. A puppy is not promised unless a Deposit has been given. MORE PICTURES BELOW The Schnoodle is a hybrid or the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle. They…
  • MALTI POO puppies for sale

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We do not have any Malti Poo puppies available for homes right now. If you are interested in our puppies and have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 905-830-2290. To view our other puppies please see our puppies for sale page. A puppy is not promised unless a Deposit has been given. MORE PICTURES BELOW The Malti Poo is a hybrid of the Maltese and the Poodle. They are a member of the toy breed group. Malti Poo are very intelligent and very easy to train. They are attentive and learn commands easily. They love people and love to play and due…
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    Los Angeles » Listings

  • Pride ‘N Joy Pet Grooming & Supplies Encino

    Seamus' Dad
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Pride 'N Joy's mission is to provide pet owners professional dog grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats. We promote the health, safety, and well-being of every pet. By working with pet care providers and pet businesses in the community, we actively maintain our professional reputation. We achieve success through the teamwork of […]
  • Pride ‘N Joy Pet Grooming & Supplies Sherman Oaks

    Seamus' Dad
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    Pride 'n Joy's Mission is to provide pet owners professional dog grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats. We promote the health, safety, and well-being of every pet. By working with pet care providers and pet businesses in the community, we actively maintain our professional reputation. We achieve success through the teamwork of […]
  • Four Paws Day Care Inc.

    Seamus' Dad
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    Four Paws is a cage-less doggie daycare facility in Studio City. Four Paws has three large indoor play areas for the dogs. They are seprated by size and activity level. We also have web cams in each yard so you can watch your four legged friend play with all the other dogs online! They have […]
  • Toyota Santa Monica

    Seamus' Dad
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Toyota Santa Monica is a great dog friendly dealership. The sales team is warm and welcoming and they even have a waterbowl. They are a part of the LAcarGUY Family, the Nation's top Prius destination and the place to share in the Toyota experience.  Offering sales & service.
  • The Bowhaus Pet Company

    Seamus' Dad
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    The Bowhaus Pet Company offers a full-service day camp, full and self-service grooming, and a complete line of premium pet products and foods. At Bowhaus, we believe that best friends deserve the best care.
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    Chelsea Dogs Blog

  • Training An Unresponsive Dog

    Nancy Boland
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Training a dog takes dedication, patience and persistence. If you are running into difficulties training your dog and despair of ever being able to get them to respond and learn new skills, you may need to look at your training protocols and think about making some changes. Every dog is different and so will respond differently. Here are some of the common training problems you might be experiencing plus some suggestions on how to solve them. Poor motivation In order to have success with training, your dog has to have a good reason to be motivated. Training will boil down to a simple equation…
  • Natural Remedies For Canine Anxiety

    Nancy Boland
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Every dog is different so if oneof these natural remedies isn’t working for your anxious dog, try another one! Pick and choose natural remedies as you find out what helps with your dog’s anxiety. Obedience Training Training gives your anxious dog focus, energy exertion and confidence. Whether you choose to train your dog yourself or get advice from a trainer, it can be exceptionally beneficial to your dog’s state of mind. It can take a few months to see results, but gradual improvements will occur, and the long-term benefits for you and your dog are well worth it. Exercise The less…
  • Meet The Best Dog In The World

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Meet the best dog in the world, Amelia. (Or should we say the self-proclaimed best dog in the world?) In a mere eight seconds you see Amelia laying relaxed as anything on her throne (it’s probably a bed), her owner ask her the world’s most complex question, “who’s the best dog in the world?” (which is really more of an opinion question, we think), and Amelia hesitantly yet confidently (if the two actions can be combined, this is the time) raise her paw in self proclamation. Some dogs will be outraged at this video and be begging for you to shut it off and ask…
  • Tips For Owning A Small Dog

    Nancy Boland
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Despite the positives of owning a small dog; taking up less space, being able to pick them up easier, owning a small dog is by no means easier than caring for a larger breed. Small dogs need as much if not more than larger dogs so it’s important to be prepared for some of the specialist needs smaller dogs require. The following are some of the most important factors involved in caring for smaller dogs, which can be overlooked at times. Nutrition Great nutrition is important for any breed, but smaller dogs in particular tend to have a faster metabolism that larger dogs, meaning that it’s…
  • Is Your Dog Anti-Social?

    Nancy Boland
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    When a dog is anti-social, it can lead to various problems. How can you tell if your dog is well socialised or not? Here are a few things to look out for. Space Invaders These are the dogs that nudge humans to beg for food during meal time, or try to “herd” people or other pets in the house by nudging or pushing them out of the way. They can also jump on to people who come into the house in an attempt to assert their dominance. To eradicate this behaviour correct your dog and set some firm boundaries. When your dog tries to invade your space and create dominance, gently push them away so…
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    Saltwater Dreams

  • Our Wedding Reef Tank

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I know I haven't quite caught up through the year with my blogging but, I finally got the wedding photo's in and it's actually long overdue for this particular write up...The wedding cake and the tank underneath was one of the most stressful projects of our wedding. Before we even began our planning...before we even got engaged, Chris had already planned to have a saltwater tank under the cake at our reception after seeing it on someones post on one reefing site. Of course ours would have to be different in some way, and by god, I knew for sure the cake was going to look far different.I…
  • FFM a.k.a. Christmas for Reefers

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    It's that time of year again, the E.O. Smith High School's annual Frag Farmer's Market. Oh, how everyone loves this event. Who can blame them? It's every reefkeeper's dream come upon room of tanks filled with a smorgasbord of an unbelievable array of every kind of coral you can imagine. Vendors and hobbyist come from all over New England now to be a part of this event.This year Fitch charged a whopping dollar to anyone who attended this event. Whew! For any reefkeeper, this is a 100% more than any other year but perhaps the cheapest event (and the fucking best) you will encounter…
  • There's Always One in the Bunch...

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
         I used to take long car rides to Pennsylvania with my father to visit my grandparents and cousins when I was little. My father and I would listen to music, his music, and talk. I loved listening to my father talk when I was little. His stories were always so exciting the way he told them! He once told me a story about how he almost lost his job because of his big mouth. He explained that I had inherited his big mouth and that I would eventually learn the hard way, just as he had a few times, how not to use it and how to use it for good and bad. I remember being a little…
  • What's Wrong With The Reefers?

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Now that the wedding planning as well as the wedding is over my life is slowly getting back to normal...My house is slowly getting there too. I can finally see the floor next to my computer again which was covered for the last year with boxes and bins filled with items used to decorate the venue. My bedroom was filled with wedding magazines, dresses, and other miscellaneous items that I couldn't cram anywhere else in the house at the moment. Even the dining room was overflowing with wedding stuff...oh my god, I'm soooo glad it's over!In the process, I once again fell six months behind on my…
  • Sealife LED's Review

    26 May 2014 | 7:49 am
    Written by Chris MessierSealife LED's ReviewI was asked by the owner of The Coral Reef to take his LED light, Sealife LED's (previously, The Patriot LED’s), that he designed himself, home to my tank to put above my tank and then review them. He wanted to do this because he felt I was well known on the forums. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am highly against LEDs. Anyone that I have seen put these things above their tank, I have pretty much watched their coral die off and then I watch them switch back to T5’s or halide’s shortly afterwards. However, I…
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    Birding Pictures

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher

    Lauren Shaffer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a very conspicuous bird when it makes its appearance during migration, choosing the top of a snag, or in this case, a telephone pole wire on which to perch.  It’s the largest flycatcher in our region, and is identified by its dark vest, white throat, large thick bill, and sometimes-visible white spots on either side of the rump. These white tufts stood out to me as I slowly drove down the road looking for warblers.  There is only one bird like that!  I quickly pulled over and watched it catch its breakfast for awhile. This bird gave me great looks and…
  • Great Egret

    Lauren Shaffer
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Great Egrets are huge, elegant birds that frequent wetlands and shores of the river and lakes in summer.  They are not often seen in our area of North Central PA, but one was visiting a friend’s wetlands and I was able to put in with the kayak and get close shots of this awesome bird!  Like other herons and egrets, they will watch for fish or frogs in the water and like lightning, spear them through or grab them with their dagger-like beak. This Great Egret may look silly way up high on top of the tree where he is perched, but actually, Great Egrets will nest as high as 100 feet up in…
  • The Garden Spider and the Monarch Butterfly

    Lauren Shaffer
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Garden Spiders are impressive with their large size, and bright markings.  They belong to the orb weaver family, and are known to build webs as wide as several feet, only to take them down and rebuild again the next day. They will spin a heavy zig-zag in the middle of the web.  For whatever reason this is done, it gives warning to any bird flying by to stay clear and prevents damage to the web. I remember as kids, going out to the field with our jars, to catch the huge yellow and black Garden Spiders we found in the weeds.  We would throw grasshoppers into their webs and watch them run up…
  • Great Horned Owl family

    Lauren Shaffer
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Great Horned Owls as neighbors While doing some incredible winter birding this past February in our nearby farmlands, our group of birding friends spotted a huge nest in a long row of trees surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields. The locals call these hedge rows, even though they are mature trees separating one farmer’s field from another.  With frequent checking, we soon saw a pair of Great Horned Owls at the site!  One was on the nest and the other nearby.  A Red-tailed Hawk was also nesting a few trees down in the same hedge row.  Snowy Owls, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged…
  • Seven Surprising Facts about Moths I Learned on my First Mothing Night

    Lauren Shaffer
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Luna Moth What’s a Mothing Night? Something I had always wanted to try, but never did, was to set up a bright light at night in order to attract moths.  When I heard of other birding friends who did this regularly, I invited them to my house in the woods of Central PA to see what they could attract.  Paul Dennehy, a 9th grade science teacher who has been mothing for a score of years, brought his equipment and set it up in the yard before it got dark. I learned some surprising facts about moths that night! Fact #1 The names are in Latin!  When Peterson’s Field Guide to Moths was…
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    Doggyloot - Doggywoof

  • Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

    Michelle Archer
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    There’s nothing cuter than when your dog sits in front of you tilting her head from side to side while you talk to her. But why does she do it? Here are a few reasons why your dog tilts her head. Hearing One reason dogs tilt their heads is so they can hear well. Dogs have movable earflaps so when … Continue reading →
  • Dog Portrait Tips from the Doggyloot Photographer

    James Rand
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Everybody loves puppy pictures, and as the staff photographer at I especially love them. Today I’m going to give a few tips on how to capture a great photograph of your canine companion. Get Low When photographing a dog, I am always on one knee or lower. More often than not I’m actually lying on the ground propped-up on … Continue reading →
  • Why Dogs Fart

    Stephanie Olson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Farts. They stink, they sound funny, and they’re just a part of life. Everyone does it–including your dog. But some may wonder, “Why?” Why does your dog fart? The reasons may be easier to understand than you think. Diet Just like in humans, some diets may lead to more flatulence than others. For example, foods high in carbohydrates can cause … Continue reading →
  • 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

    Tess Taruskin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you’re a dog owner, you know that even just being there to greet you at the end of a long day is all it takes for your best (four-legged) friend to qualify as a hero.  But sometimes, dogs take it a few steps further. What are Hero Dogs? Every year, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards honors a handful … Continue reading →
  • How To Make A Dog Toy From Old T-Shirts

    Jena Mazzio
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Toys and play are important facets of a happy and healthy life for your dog, but let’s face it: dog toys can be expensive and it can be more than a little painful to watch that pricey toy ripped to shreds in ten seconds, flat, by your overzealous dog.   Of course, each dog is different, but if you’ve been cursed blessed with a … Continue reading →
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  • The Pacu Piranha? More Like Piranha’s Ugly Cousin

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
      Pacu piranha? Not exactly. The pacu fish (aka Testicule Biter, Nut Cracker, Ball Buster, etc.) is often mistaken with the piranha because they share similar features (color, general shape, cranky demeanor, etc.) but they are not the same.   I’ll start with the similarities and then I’ll dive into what makes them different. First of all, they are from The post The Pacu Piranha? More Like Piranha’s Ugly Cousin appeared first on
  • Where Can I Find Piranhas for Sale On-Line?

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
        A few of my readers have asked me if I know any good sites on-line that have piranhas for sale. That made me realize that not everyone has access to a local “piranha dealer” so I thought it would be a good idea to do some research into the subject. Here’s a few sites that I’ve come across The post Where Can I Find Piranhas for Sale On-Line? appeared first on
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 5 – Maintain The Piranha Tank

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
      So that’s it… you feed them once in a while and that’s all you have to do? Well, not quite. There is a little bit more involved in maintaining a piranha tank than that. Unfortunately, your aquarium is not self-aware and cannot maintain and clean itself. (Wouldn’t that be awesome though?).   Maintaining an aquarium requires a little bit of The post You really want a pet piranha? Part 5 – Maintain The Piranha Tank appeared first on
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 4 – Dinner Time!

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Ok, so you’ve set everything up and your pet piranhas are lounging around in your aquarium, looking pretty. Now what? Well, first things first, you need to figure out their meal plan.   What can you feed your piranhas? Obvious right… feed them anything? Not quite. You could try and feed them a left over egg salad sandwich and they The post You really want a pet piranha? Part 4 – Dinner Time! appeared first on
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 3 – The set up

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
      I’m assuming by this point that you bought everything that I mentioned in part 2, or at least the basic necessities to start off. So now you are probably asking… what they heck do I do now? Before you go out and buy your pet piranha, have a look at this post. It will give you a high-level list The post You really want a pet piranha? Part 3 – The set up appeared first on
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    Pet Stories

  • Pugs always win at Halloween

    Marin T.
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
  • George the goldfish gets a life-saving surgery

    Marin T.
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Today we will share one rather strange, yet happy news about a goldfish called George, who just survived a life-saving tumor surgery. Yes folks, that’s right – fish, surgery, tumor – no mistakes here. The news was initially shared by CBS news. “The surgery went
  • This pup is excited for bathtime and cannot wait

    Marin T.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you have a golden retriever in your home, you probably already know that these dogs just love water. Every time they see even a significantly small amount of water they just jump in it. Even my little pup is always staying in front of the bathroom
  • Dog Takes Puppy on Journey in Shopping Cart

    Marin T.
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Another ultra cute video is coming your way. Here you can find the trip of two little friends – Maymo and Penny. In the video Maymo is pushing Penny in a grocery cart, while they are having a fabulous walk around different places. Watch the
  • Jasmine the Grayhound

    Marin T.
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    Jasmine In 2003, an English policeman discovered a greyhound cowering in a locked shed. The dog was severely malnourished, filthy, and clearly abused. The policeman took her to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, a place founded and run by Geoff Grewcock to care for
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