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  • SeaWorld Stock Officially in the Tank

    Earth in Transition
    Michael Mountain
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When SeaWorld's stock took a dive earlier this year, the company claimed that the weather and the timing of Easter were to blame for the drop in attendance. But their stock is continuing to fall, and the business world is now saying there's no doubt what the problem is: People understand that marine circus shows involve a lot of animal abuse. After the company's shares fell 30 percent on Wednesday, SeaWorld admitted to the Wall Street Journal that "attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of…
  • Humpback Whale Photographed Minutes From Manhattan

    Animals News : Discovery News
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    New Yorkers are being treated to some dramatic nature-produced shows these days as humpback whales travel to Big Apple waters to feed. Continue reading →
  • How the zebrafish gets its stripes: Uncovering how beautiful color patterns can develop in animals

    Animals News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery cells, and yellow cells emerge during growth in the skin of the tiny juvenile fish and arrange as a multi-layered mosaic to compose the characteristic color pattern. While it was known that all three cell types have to interact to form proper stripes, the embryonic origin of the pigment cells that develop the stripes of the adult fish has remained a mystery up to now. Scientists have now discovered how…
  • Seven Surprising Facts about Moths I Learned on my First Mothing Night

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    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…
  • Ed Sayres Joins the Pet Breeding Industry

    Earth in Transition
    Michael Mountain
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Ed Sayres, the former President of the ASPCA, has accepted an invitation from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the lobbying arm of the pet breeding industry, to become its new CEO. Dear Ed, You won't be surprised that people in the animal protection community are stunned. How could the past President of the ASPCA switch sides and become the spokesperson for the puppy mills, the breeding establishment, and even the exotic pet business? The pet breeders themselves are, understandably, suspicious, too. So it's pointed that you addressed your first email not to the millions of…
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    Earth in Transition

  • Ed Sayres Joins the Pet Breeding Industry

    Michael Mountain
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Ed Sayres, the former President of the ASPCA, has accepted an invitation from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the lobbying arm of the pet breeding industry, to become its new CEO. Dear Ed, You won't be surprised that people in the animal protection community are stunned. How could the past President of the ASPCA switch sides and become the spokesperson for the puppy mills, the breeding establishment, and even the exotic pet business? The pet breeders themselves are, understandably, suspicious, too. So it's pointed that you addressed your first email not to the millions of…
  • Hoofin’ It Up with the Humane Society

    Michael Mountain
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    As some 90 diners trekked around four restaurants in Denver this week, Angela Huffman of the Humane Society of the United States, which is sponsoring the four-night gourmet event, proudly explained that the HSUS supports the slaughtering of animals "in conditions that do not abuse them." So we're being told that taking a baby lamb from her mother and killing her for a gourmet festival is not abuse. That's the premise of an event that's billed as a "farm-to-table guided culinary tour through four Denver neighborhoods." Dubbed "Hoofin' It", the tour features "a different hoofed animal each…
  • Yazidis, Ethnic Cleansing & the Denial of Death

    Michael Mountain
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Two weeks ago, I'd never even heard of the Yazidi people. This week, they're top of the news, driven from their homes in Iraq by the murderous Islamic State militia – raped, thrown into mass graves, even crucified and buried alive. Some who escaped have been starving to death on a mountain top under a blazing 120-degree sun, with United States planes dropping emergency food and water packages. What's this all about? And how does it relate to our usual topic of nonhuman animals? Basically, it's the latest example of what happens when we humans cast other humans as "animals" – inferior,…
  • SeaWorld Stock Officially in the Tank

    Michael Mountain
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When SeaWorld's stock took a dive earlier this year, the company claimed that the weather and the timing of Easter were to blame for the drop in attendance. But their stock is continuing to fall, and the business world is now saying there's no doubt what the problem is: People understand that marine circus shows involve a lot of animal abuse. After the company's shares fell 30 percent on Wednesday, SeaWorld admitted to the Wall Street Journal that "attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of…
  • King Lear, Nature and the End of the World

    Michael Mountain
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    "The possibility of genuine chaos, real cannibalizing barbarism, is closer to the surface than we can possibly imagine."Oscar Eustis, artistic director, New York's Public Theater. Why such an upsurge in the popularity of a 400-year-old Shakespeare tragedy? A new production of King Lear has just opened at Central Park's Public Theater in New York – the fourth new production so far this year. Artistic Director Oscar Eustis says our fascination with Lear is because this play, like no other, helps us understand the human condition. He calls it "the high-culture analog to the popularity of Game…
 
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    Animals News -- ScienceDaily

  • Flapping baby birds give clues to origin of flight

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The origin of flight is a contentious issue: some argue that tree-climbing dinosaurs learned to fly in order to avoid hard falls. Others favor the story that theropod dinosaurs ran along the ground and pumped their forelimbs to gain lift, eventually talking off. New evidence showing the early development of aerial righting in birds favors the tree-dweller hypothesis.
  • How the zebrafish gets its stripes: Uncovering how beautiful color patterns can develop in animals

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery cells, and yellow cells emerge during growth in the skin of the tiny juvenile fish and arrange as a multi-layered mosaic to compose the characteristic color pattern. While it was known that all three cell types have to interact to form proper stripes, the embryonic origin of the pigment cells that develop the stripes of the adult fish has remained a mystery up to now. Scientists have now discovered how…
  • New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study gives answers to many genetic questions.
  • Cheetah menu: Wildlife instead of cattle

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Cheetahs primarily prefer wildlife on their menu to cattle, scientists have confirmed. The cheetah is a vulnerable species that only exists on Namibia’s commercial farmland in large populations. Here, local farmers see cheetahs as a potential threat for their cattle.
  • Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion: Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a new study. Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on primates, exists that links contagious yawning to empathy in other animals. Recently, researchers have documented domestic dogs demonstrating contagious yawning when exposed to human yawns in a scientific setting, but it is unclear whether this phenomenon is rooted in the evolutionary history of mammals, or has evolved in dogs as a result of domestication.
 
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    Bedlam Farm Journal

  • Hay In The Barn

    Jon Katz
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Hay In The Barn Second cut hay is harvested in August, sometimes early September, you never know when the hay truck is coming, they never call and tell you. Sometimes, the farmers come right from the field to the barn, Nelson brought his son and a helper and it is always an astounding thing to see these men of steel toss hay  bales around. Maria stacked and she nearly collapsed after a half-hour, it was hard for me to have to watch – this is a chore I lvoe, but I dared not play with tossing a hay bale or lifting one. Next year. We got all 157 bales into the big barn, it will be easy…
  • Hay Man: Nelson Green

    Jon Katz
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Hay Man Nelson Green is in his mid 80′s, he struggles with emphysema and other lung issues, he torn a ligament in his should baling hay a month or so ago. Nelson is a giant man with enormous hands, he has been on his farm his whole life. He showed up early this morning – like the other hay farmers, he never calls, he just appears and trusts to the fates – with 175 bales of hay for us for the winter. Nelson hates the phone. He is around hay all of the time,, perhaps, I suggested, I wondered if he and trouble breathing. Not today, he said, but most days. What, I asked,  do…
  • H.M.S. Flo

    Jon Katz
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    H.M.S. Flo Cats don't inhabit space as much as they preside over space. Flo hid in our woodshed for a year or so – we never once saw her, except fleetingly, in a blur – until she chose to reveal herself and one by one, take over the farm. First she swatted each of the dogs on the nose for good measure, then she wooed Maria – not hard – and undertook the longer project of winning over me, a dog person. It took her about six months. In the cold, she sleeps inside, usually on my lap, in the summer, and late Spring, she hunts outside and sleeps there. She loves the back…
  • The Old Cow Meadow. Natural Beauty Around Me.

    Jon Katz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Old Cow Meadow In my photography, I never really know if the beautiful things I see are new to me, or if I never noticed them, or if they have changed in the light of the moment, or the ever-changing seasons of the year. I have walked by this meadow a thousands times, and never thought to take a photograph of it, this morning, it looked so beautiful I stopped and was transfixed. I loved the old barbed wire stand, a sign of an old cow pasture, and the golden meadow behind it, framed in the early morning light. It looked like a painting to me, a sense of the incredible beauty of the…
  • The End Of Nurse Ratched’s Reign

    Jon Katz
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The End Of Nurse Ratched's Reign I think I knew it was the end of Nurse Ratched's iron-fisted reign when she and I went to see Patty, the chief nurse in Cardiac Rehab. What are your goals?, Patty asked me, and before I could answer, Maria piped up: "I'd like Jon to start cooking again." Patty laughed and said she understood, I felt a chill moving down my spine. Patty didn't actually ask me what my goals were, and I didn't volunteer any. The conversation had moved on. My cardiac rehab has a clear purpose. It was the end of the caretaker area, back to the kitchen for me. Nurse Ratched was…
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    OnEarth.org

  • Weekend Reads: New Jersey Gone Wild, California’s Bivalve Battle, Louisiana’s Disappearing Act

    Jason Bittel
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    By Jason Bittel The Lion Sleeps TonightBaboons and tigers don’t usually spring to mind when you think of New Jersey, but for a brief period in the 70s, Warner Brothers operated an ill-fated (and ill-conceived) animal theme park there. The park’s problems were myriad, but the fact that one visitor lost an ear to a lion gives you an idea of just how poorly the place was managed. More recently, Jen Miller returned to the ruins of “Jungle Habitat” to see how a local biking organization is helping turn this past business disaster into a community asset. The MagazineWhat’s Killing the Bay…
  • Whale: It’s What’s Not for Dinner. Anywhere.

    Brian Palmer
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    By Brian Palmer Norwegians killed 729 whales this year, marking the largest catch in two decades. The hunt persists despite a more than 30-year ban on commercial whaling worldwide, making Norway one of only three countries that continue to flout international restrictions. The deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen's Sales Organisation calls this season’s haul “very good,” though he acknowledges a major problem for the industry: nobody wants to buy whale. “There's a bottleneck in the market and the distribution,” Svein Ove Haugland told Agence France-Presse. “We must rebuild…
  • Toronto Trashes Its Litterbugs

    Jason Bittel
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    By Jason Bittel Toronto has a new anti-littering campaign that tells it like it is. The ads portray juxtaposed pieces of trash that spell out not-so-nice words above the tagline: “Littering says a lot about you.” (You can see more below or view the whole set here.) According to Livegreen Toronto, the city’s environmental initiative, litterbugs are “lazy, selfish, low-life pigs,” but don’t worry, reform is easy! Just throw your trash in a trashcan. Voila. You’re cured! Other things to know this morning: You’ve likely heard that BurgerKing plans to merge with Canadian doughnut…
  • Will Logging 'Ghost Trees' Come Back to Haunt Us?

    Jason Bittel
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    By Jason Bittel The U.S. Forest Service announced yesterday that it will be logging more than 32,000 acres of California forest scorched by last summer's Rim Fire. The agency contends that removing the burned trees will make money and might help prevent another fire. But scientists and conservationists are condemning the plan, arguing that fire is a natural and necessary process and that Stanislaus National Forest has already begun to regenerate. Logging the “ghost trees,” they say, will only further disrupt the Sierra habitat.Other things to know this morning:An explosion at BP’s…
  • Dump the Bucket, Hold the Water

    Chris Tackett
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    By Chris Tackett Forget the obsession with the song of the summer. We might have to start picking a social media meme of the summer, and this year's title definitely belongs to the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which has raised (at last count) more than $94 million in research money for ALS, a fatal neurological disease.But it has also faced some backlash for using water when part of the country is in the midst of a terrible drought. So let's give extra points to the bucket dumpers who have found a way to call attention to important water issues even as they support the ALS cause. NRDC (which…
 
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    Endangered Animals News -- ScienceDaily

  • Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Protected areas conserve biodiversity, experts say, and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas. "Our work has now shown that protected areas have significant biodiversity benefits. In general, plant and animal populations are larger and more species are found inside rather than outside protected areas. In other words, protected areas are doing their job," they report.
  • Endangered Siamese Crocodiles Released in Wild

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Biologists have just released 17 juvenile critically endangered Siamese crocodiles into a protected wetland in Lao PDR. The one-to-two-year-old crocodiles, which range between 50-100 cm (20-39 inches) in length, were raised in facilities to protect the endangered reptiles and their habitat.
  • More wolf spiders feasting on American toads due to invasive grass, study shows

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    An invasive grass species frequently found in forests has created a thriving habitat for wolf spiders, who then feed on American toads, a new study has found. Japanese stiltgrass, which was accidentally introduced to the US in the early 1900s, is one of the most pervasive invasive species. Typically found along roads and in forests, it has been found to impact native plant species, invertebrate populations and soil nutrients.
  • NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on national issue of derelict fishing traps

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in US waters. A new NOAA report is the first of its kind to examine the derelict fish trap problem, nationally, and recommends actions to better manage and prevent it.
  • Philippine tarsier: Genetic proof of a new variety

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The tarsier is the 'flagship' iconic species for promoting environmental stewardship and ecotourism in the Philippines, a nation suffering from large-scale destruction of natural habitat.
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    Animals on Huffington Post

  • Even Some Humanitarian Hounds Are Getting In On The Ice Bucket Challenge

    The Huffington Post News Team
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    The ALS ice bucket challenge has taken the world by storm as people have dumped buckets of ice over their heads for an important cause. (To date it ha... Read more: Video, Viral Videos, Als Ice Bucket Challenge, Degenerative Myelopathy, Funny Videos, ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS Association, Alsa, Ice Bucket Challenge Dogs, Ice Bucket Challenge, Als, Dogs, Good News News
  • Retired Research Chimps Are Really Enjoying Their New Home

    The Huffington Post News Team
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:37 am
    Meet Mason. He's only 5, but already, he seems to be quite the "ladies' man." “He likes to play with the other girls,” Mark Lewis, an animal c... Read more: Lab Animals, Laboratory Chimps, New Iberia Research Center, Retired Research Chimps, Chimp Sanctuary, Lab Chimps, Research Chimps, Laboratory Chimpanzees, Chimp Haven, Animals, Retired Research Chimpanzees, New Iberia Research Center Chimps, Research Chimpanzees, Science News
  • These Wacky Facts About Goats Are A Bleating Good Time

    The Huffington Post News Team
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    Goats are kind of a big deal on the Internet these days. But how much do you really know about them? For instance, did you know that their rectangu... Read more: Pbs Digital Studios, Video, It's Okay to Be Smart, Goat Videos, Science, Goats, Science of Goats, Animals, Goat, Science News
  • Bulldog Wins Our Hearts With Over-The-Top Game Of Peekaboo

    The Huffington Post News Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    When Benny the bulldog plays, he plays for keeps. So it should be no surprise that he really went for it this game of peekaboo. That glistening sta... Read more: Benny the Bulldog Plays Peekaboo, Video, Benny Bulldog, Bulldog Plays Peekaboo, Cute Animals, Benny the Bulldog, Peekaboo, Cute Dogs, Good News News
  • Dr. Karen Becker: Two Hints You Have an Awesome Relationship With Your Dog

    Dr. Karen Becker
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    If you need a little boost -- or if your dog seems to -- try engaging him in a long, loving gaze. If he's the shy type, give him your undivided, loving attention for a half hour. You'll both feel healthier and happier for it! Read more: Puppies, Human Animal Bond, Karen Becker, Pet Tips, Pet Advice, Becker, Dogs, Dr. Becker, Dr. Karen Becker, Healthy Living News
 
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    Animal welfare | The Guardian

  • Eating an egg-based brunch right now? You might want to put your fork down | Chris Rodley

    Chris Rodley
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    About 12m caged chickens live miserably in Australian battery farms. We have a moral responsibility to act on it by avoiding cage eggs, but instead we choose to look awayIf you are a typical Guardian reader, theres a good chance you will head to your local café this weekend for a leisurely brunch of eggs: scrambled, smashed, poached, or baked into a Middle Eastern shakshuka. Accompanied by a deftly foamed latte perhaps a conversation about the latest Scandinavian crime show it is a much-loved custom of modern, middle-class life.But this genteel ritual conceals an ugly reality. As…
  • High court rejects badger cull challenge

    Press Association
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Badger Trust was seeking a ruling to block the latest cull from proceeding without independent monitoringThe high court has rejected an 11th-hour challenge to a government decision to let the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.The Badger Trust wanted a ruling to block "controlled shooting" of free-roaming badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset unless a panel is put in place. Continue reading...
  • Annual elephant polo tournament kicks off in Thailand - video

    Guardian Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    Elephants from across Thailand compete in the Annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. The event is organised by a charity aiming to provide working elephants with medical attention and the opportunity to participate in the competition, if found physically fit. This year sixteen teams are taking part in the tournament with the final set for 31 August Continue reading...
  • Down smackdown: The North Face v Patagonia on ethical feather standards

    By Marc Gunther
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The North Face this month announced a new animal-welfare standard for down feathers, but outdoor-retail rival Patagonia says its standard is better. Which one, if any, will take off? For decades, The North Face and Patagonia have competed in the marketplace for outerwear, backpacks and pullovers. Now theyre engaged in a smackdown over down specifically over which company has put forward the strongest standards to protect ducks and geese, whose feathers are made into down insulation, from cruel practices on farms and in slaughterhouses.This month, The North Face announced that it would begin…
  • New round of English badger culls given go-ahead

    Press Association
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Natural England issues authorisation letters for culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset in bid to tackle bovine TBThe culling of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle has been given the go-ahead in two pilot areas for a second year.Natural England has issued authorisation letters for a new round of culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset, confirming that the criteria for allowing the second year of the four-year schemes had been met. Continue reading...
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    4 The Love of Animals

  • Healthy pets see their vets! #GetHealthyHappy

    Aimee
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    What makes a healthy pet? Regular exercise, good food, and yes, regular visits with your veterinarian! According to a recent petMD poll, nearly 2 in 10 pet owners hadn’t visited their vet for a routine checkup in the past year. Sure a visit to the vet can be a bit stressful sometimes, but it’s so worthwhile! According to Dr. Ashley Gallagher, of Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., missing your pet’s yearly check up is like missing 5 years of checkups! You wouldn’t go that long without a check up, make sure your pet doesn’t either. Our dog Baby…
  • Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly

    Aimee
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Happy National Dog Day friends! Although, if you have a dog you already know that everyday is national dog day! Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is a lovely book full of art and words that celebrate everything that is awesome about dogs. Indeed, dogs do rule! The book was created by renown illustrator Mark Ulriksen, best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor since 1993, with more than 40 magazine covers to his credit. Mark’s paintings of dogs doing what dogs do best will delight anyone who loves animals. The truths about dogs will also make you smile. One…
  • Woof Wednesday: August

    Aimee
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    It’s hard to believe August is almost over already. Many human children are already back to school! Can you believe that? Hope you are squeezing as much fun out of what is left of summer while it’s still here. The post Woof Wednesday: August appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.
 
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    Inside Conservation Blog

  • SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Returns Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle

    Jessica Volk
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This morning, our Animal Rescue Team returned a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle to the Florida waters at Canaveral National Seashore following months of treatment and rehabilitation here at SeaWorld Orlando. This loggerhead sea turtle was rescued this past April by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society after being discovered on the beach emaciated and covered in barnacles and leeches (left photo below). Following the rescue, the sea turtle was transported to our facility for care and rehabilitation. Upon arrival, the turtle was significantly underweight and lethargic.  Our team…
  • Happy 2nd Birthday, Sina!

    Kat Danganan
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    SeaWorld San Diego's youngest California sea otter, Sina, celebrated her second birthday over the weekend with a special cake made with her favorite treats: Abalone, octopi, mussels and clams! This birthday marks another milestone for Sina, who was found alone as a newborn. Rescued from Del Monte Beach in Monterey, California in August 2012, this orphaned pup was transported to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for care. With the umbilical cord still attached, Sina was likely less than two days old. After several weeks, she was weaned from a scientific milk formula and lived with a former…
  • Rescued great horned owl, Owlfred, reunited with rescuer, and the team that cares for him

    Jessica Volk
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
      Meet Owlfred, a very special member of our SeaWorld family. He was rescued by Murray Miller of Tampa, Fla. in 2013 when Murray saw Owlfred in distress. He approached Murray several times, making a crying sound and seeking help. Miller knew something was not quite right and decided to bring Owlfred to the National Audubon Society, a local organization that conserves and restores natural ecosystems including birds and other wildlife. After receiving care and rehabilitation for several months at the National Audobon Society, it was determined that Owlfred could not be successfully…
  • SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Returns Rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

    Jessica Volk
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Early this morning, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team traveled to Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Palm Coast, Fla., just south of St. Augustine, to return a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was rescued in March by a University of Central Florida turtle monitoring group and then transported to our facility for care and rehabilitation. Upon arrival, the turtle was underweight, lethargic and required antibiotics and fluids. Throughout rehabilitation the sea turtle gained weight and was medically cleared to be returned today. For more than…
  • Celebrate Arctic Sea Ice Day at SeaWorld San Diego!

    Kat Danganan
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Come and celebrate Arctic Sea Ice Day with us here at SeaWorld San Diego! This day was created by Polar Bears International, the world’s leading polar bear conservation group, and one of the non-profit organizations supported by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Arctic Sea Ice Day was created to bring awareness to the longer ice-free periods happening along the Hudson Bay due to the planet warming. This causes the Hudson Bay population of polar bears to wait longer and longer each year on the arctic tundra to hunt for their food source – ice seals. Please join us…
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    India's Endangered

  • 10 Facts About the Clouded Leopard

    Atula Gupta
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) 1. Clouded leopard is more at home on trees than on the ground. 2. It has short legs and broad paws that help in climbing trees. 3. It has a tail almost equal to the body length. The long tail helps the leopard in balancing on long branches and jump from ...Read the Rest
  • Technology To Wildlife’s Rescue: Drones To Monitor 10 Biodiversity Hotspots In India

    Rohit Daniel
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Following the success of a pilot drone project at the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Madhya Pradesh earlier this year, the Indian government now plans to start using drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to transmit real-time images of wildlife in up to 10 biodiversity hotspots – including the Sunderbans, the Western Ghats, and the ...Read the Rest
  • Whale shark Pups Pay the Price of Damaged Nets

    Shilpi Gemawat
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    The age old man-animal conflict continues to raise its ugly head from time to time and sadly one or the other seems to pay the price very heavily. This time it is the Whale Shark pups who have been the unfortunate victims of this conflict. Whale shark pups caught as a by catch while fishing ...Read the Rest
  • A Life Spent Conserving Forests

    Atula Gupta
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    There are engineers and doctors in plenty in India but it is not often that one comes across an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer. Partly due to the lure of MNCs offering high paying jobs and partly due to the fear of spending hours in remotest parts of the country, youngsters often prefer proven career ...Read the Rest
  • Living With Elephants: Watch How a Brilliant Idea Resolved Human-Elephant Conflict in India

    Atula Gupta
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Elephant and human conflict in India does not seem to come to an end. In fact, with regular reports of elephants raiding crop fields, entering cities and being accidently hit by trains, the clash between the jumbos and humans seems to be only escalating. There is though a solution, a way to maintain peace without ...Read the Rest
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    The Other Blokes Blog

  • Say Thank You To Your Superhero

    Barry Welford
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    If you are not familiar with the TED.com 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

    contributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Courtesy of Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net 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…
  • What an SEO Company Does for You

    contributor
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Courtesy of Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net A search engine optimization company is one that specializes in customizing your website so that from a search engine’s perspective, it offers rich, unique content. The more esteemed your website is in the eyes of search engines, the higher it will rank. A simple translation: if a search engine likes your website, when your customers are searching for you via relevant keywords, your website will be listed higher than those of your competitors. Most internet users do not go past the first page of search engine results, which is why it…
  • Excite and Engage Your Audience with Your Presentation

    Barry Welford
    30 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Courtesy of jscreationzs via freedigitalphotos.net Whether you are in sales, marketing or are the owner of a startup company, you will need to give presentations from time to time. Putting together a compelling presentation can take some time, especially if you want to include research and statistics that help you prove your points. You will also need to find a way to present these facts and figures in a way that will keep your audience interested, not put them to sleep. When you want more audience engagement, a PowerPoint presentation can be the key.  If you do not know how to create a…
  • What is Local Online Marketing?

    Barry Welford
    27 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures Local online marketing refers to focusing on SEO tactics that will optimize your website based not just on the products and services you offer, but on your physical location. This type of marketing is also referred to as local SEO or location-specific SEO, but all of these terms mean the same thing: optimizing your website so that it beats out your local competition, as well as your online competition. There are two types of customers that use the Internet to find companies: those who are shopping online exclusively, and aren’t going to pay attention, or…
 
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  • A Vending Machine For Dogs? Well, Sort Of

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Stray dogs and cats are a problem throughout the world. So is the need to recycle plastic bottles. In Istanbul Turkey, one company has managed to put the two together to help the thousands of stray pets that roam the street there. Pugedon has invented a sort of vending machine that accepts plastic bottles and in turn dispenses food and water for the homeless animals.
  • Striped Paul Frank Poodle Onesie Is Ridiculously Cute

    Creature Features
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    What, your meticulously coiffed toy poodle, cockapoo, labradoodle or whatnot isn't cute enough all on its own? Hit the switch to sweetness overload by clothing your precious pet in a colorful striped onesie from Paul Frank.
  • PetsLady's Pick: Totally Cool Sea Star Pic Of The Day

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Believe it or not, this actually is an animal not an unusual pillow. It is an unusual sea star known as the Square Biscuit Sea Star. They are found in coastal waters around Australia up to a depth of 40 meters.
  • Dress Up Your Salads With A Pair Of Doxies

    Kitty Devine
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    It has long been a tradition among some families to keep cruets of oil and vinegar on the table so that they are ready at hand. Now you can dress up your salads and veggies with these adorable little Wiener Dog Oil and Vinegar Set.
  • Mama Cat Ends Up In Prickly Situation

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Two years ago one very loving ginger mama cat found her litter of one kitten expanded to five with the addition of four hedgehogs. With plenty of milk to share the hedgehogs had found a warm, furry loving mommy to care for them after the untimely death of their own mother. It must have been a rather prickly situation -- at least at first.
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  • Mama Cat Ends Up In Prickly Situation

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Two years ago one very loving ginger mama cat found her litter of one kitten expanded to five with the addition of four hedgehogs. With plenty of milk to share the hedgehogs had found a warm, furry loving mommy to care for them after the untimely death of their own mother. It must have been a rather prickly situation -- at least at first.
  • Spanish Resort Resorts To Hiring A Dog As A Lifeguard

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    A tourist beach in San Pedro del Pinatar has taken the step of being the first place in Spain to add a dog to its list of employees as a lifeguard. The Newfoundland, named Bruno, comes from a long line of dogs bred for water rescues and now he is living up to this glorious heritage. Newfoundlands have a natural swimming ability supported by their webbed feet and water-resistant coats.
  • Man Trains His Dogs To Fetch Trashed Plastic Bottles For Recycling

    Creature Features
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    So your dog fetches sticks, frisbees and tennis balls... sure, it's fun but what do YOU get out of it? One clever pet owner from Chongqing, China trained his two dogs to seek out and fetch trashed plastic bottles, which he then turns in for recycling to the tune of around $160 annually. That'll buy a lot of frisbees.
  • Swan Selfie: A Cautionary Tale

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    The whole selfie craze is getting out of control. Even some animals have taken selfies whether they knew they were doing it or not. One man can tell you that taking a selfie can come with a price -- especially if the animal you are taking your selfie with is an animal who doesn't want its picture taken. After all, in his case, it really left a mark. Even then it hasn't been the "swan song" for the selfie.
  • Why Our Canine Domesticus Look So Much Like Us?

    Ron Callari
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    How many times have you looked at someone’s dog and said, “my God, that pooch looks just like its master?” You might have pondered yourself that being compared visually to your furry pals might have had something to do with why we call them “man’s best friend.” Others might take offense at the similarities, particularly if we’re talking about a “bulldog” or the derogatory term “bitch” that’s been associated. . .
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  • Sun Bathing Beauty Caught In The Act!

    ggcats
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Like all cats, my sweet little Russian Blue always finds that patch of sunlight coming through the windows.  I recently caught her taking a vigorous sun bath in the afternoon light and couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of her “caught in the act”.   After a few tries, I finally caught her pink tongue. About to do the famous cat leg lift to for those hard to reach spots.   I  had to laugh when I saw this action. She went after her rear paw, actually holding it in place with her front paws! She spread the toes & cleaned each one, being very thorough.
  • Wacky, Whimsical and A Little Bit Wonderful Cat Ornaments

    ggcats
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    On my ongoing search for unique and fun cat themed items for my website, I recently discovered these delightful, eco-friendly cat ornaments.  And I love that they are designed and created by an artist following her dream. Jeanne Stern is an artist living in north Georgia. She specializes in folk and decorative art, inspired by the plants and animals she observes in the woods, lakes, rivers and farmland near her residence. I, of course, immediately focused on her wonderful cat designs. Each one is handcrafted from reclaimed wood and recycled components, helping to save our landfills.  They…
  • I’m A Pet Adoption Wimp

    ggcats
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Today on a hot California Saturday there was a “Mega Adoption Event” in Yucaipa.  It’s a wonderful event sponsored by local adoption, rescue and shelter agencies to try to adopt the numerous rescue animals, plus offering low cost microchips and vaccines for your pets. Having a free day I decided to go ahead and go. Mega Pet Adoption Event, June 28 & 29, Yucaipa, CA My hubby is always a little nervous when I go to these things because I might cave and bring home a new member of the family. He is afraid to upset the balance we have with our sweet Russian Blue who is now…
  • Ivory Cat Tea Towels- Functional & Beautiful

    ggcats
    25 Jan 2014 | 9:15 pm
    As I’ve mentioned in a former blog, I’m always on the lookout for new cat kitchen tea towels. Recently I found these beautiful cotton towels featuring the artwork of English artist Lesley Anne Ivory. Tabby On Rug Cotton Towel I’ve seen her work before but I had forgotten how wonderful her cat art is!  She does exquisitely realistic cat images on highly detailed backgrounds, such as carpets, mosaics and more. For instance in the above art the tabby cat is on a colorful patchwork rug.  On the one below, the cat rests on a peacock designed rug. Cotton Tea Towel “Meow…
  • Cat Ceramic Tiles – The Most Innovative, Fun & Functional Gift!

    ggcats
    9 Nov 2013 | 8:06 pm
    Haven’t you, now or some time in your life, owned a ceramic tile? Maybe not a cat tile, but a tile? “Furry Cat” Tile, 8″x8″ Cat ceramic tiles can be one of the most versatile items you can own or give as a gift to a cat lover. They are not just for floors! We have accumulated a list of some of the many fun and innovative ways to put these decorative tiles to use.  Read on… DISPLAY- Place your tile on a plate stand to set on a counter or table to showcase the tile design. We are partial to showing cat designs of course. TRIVETS- Being heat-resistant,…
 
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  • MALTESE puppies for sale

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    We don’t have any Maltese puppies available at this time.   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. Originating in, as the name suggests, Malta. The Maltese was routinely kept as a ship dog is the days of the tall ships.. Maltese are very intelligent and…
  • SHIH TZU puppies for sale

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Our Shih Tzu puppies were born on June 24, 2014, There are 2 Males and 2 Females in the litter Only 1 Male & 1 Female Left 2 Tri Colour Males - 1 is SOLD 2 Cream & White Females – 1 is SOLD They will weigh between 12 – 14 lbs when they are adults. Our Shih Tzu puppies are $ 700 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…
  • COTON POO puppies for sale

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    We do not have any Coton 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 Coton Poo is a hybrid of the Coton de Tulear and the Poodle. The Coton Poo makes for a very happy, good tempered and pretty mixed breed dog. They are very happy and just love being with people. The Coton Poo is a mix of the Coton de…
  • COTON de TULEAR puppies for sale

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    We do not have any Coton de Tulear 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 Coton de Tulear is a rare breed dog originating in Madagascar. The Coton de Tulear is a very happy and social dog that is usually very quiet and rarely barks. The Coton de Tulear is a toy breed and typically weighs between 9 and 14…
  • MALTI POO puppies for sale

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    We do not have any Malti Poo puppies available at this time.  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 to…
 
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  • Should I Get A Puppy Or Adult Dog?

    Nancy Boland
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Should I Get A Puppy Or Adult Dog? One of the first decisions you have to make when deciding on getting a new member of the fur-family is whether you want to welcome a new puppy or adult dog to your household. Choosing a puppy can be hard work, they require around the clock watching and guidance. As they grow up, you’ll be able to shape their personality and behaviour for the better, or so you hope. An adult dog can be a great addition to the family because you’ll skip the puppy developmental stages. Depending on their background, you may not even have to work very hard at all to settle…
  • Teach Your Dog To Give A Paw

    Alessia
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want your pooch to greet guests with a cute trick, you can teach your dog to give a paw to all of your visitors. This is an easy trick to accomplish with a couple of delicious treats and some patience. Step one. Once your dog is comfortable with the sit command, have him sit in front of you. Put your hand out near his leg and if he puts his paw in your hand say “paw” and give him a treat. If he does nothing, or something other than putting his paw in your hand, tap his paw with your other hand to get him to put it in your hand. Once he does, say “paw” and treat…
  • Dog’s Die In Hot Cars | Don’t Cook Your Dog

    Nancy Boland
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    Dog’s Die In Hot Cars . The majority of dog owners know it is unacceptable to leave a dog in a hot car. But what should you do if you see someone else has left their dog in a car when the temperatures hot? Break a window? Phone emergency services? Time is crucial for a dog trapped inside a hot car, so it’s important to act quickly, and often the best action to take is the one your instinct tells you. In Case Of An Emergency Naturally, you need to see if the owner of the animal and car are close by and then make sure they realise the seriousness of the situation and conditions their…
  • Dog Rolling Down A Hill

    Alessia
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    “They see me rollin’, they hatin’.” Sophie the English Bulldog is here to make your day better than you ever thought possible. Watching this carefree dog rolling down a hill is all you need to calm your stress, relax your mind, and laugh out loud at the adorable cuteness that is a tiny English Bulldog in a sweatshirt launching herself into a rolling position over and over. It’s quite the cute little trick, and frankly, I could watch her all day on a loop. My only complaint is that you can’t really see her little face as she rolls. I’m sure it’s…
  • Why The Jerk Method Can Irreversibly Hurt Your Dog

    Alessia
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    My dog Lucas is a really great dog. He’s affectionate, playful, a little mischievous at time, but on the overall, a good pooch. His biggest issue, besides stealing shoes from everyone’s closet, is that when he has a leash on and the gate in our yard opens for a walk, he can’t possibly get to where he wants to go fast enough. One of my favorite things to do with a dog is go for a long walk, but Lucas manages to make walking the most unenjoyable part of the day because he pulls the leash so hard that he gives himself a mani/pedi due to scraping his nails across the sidewalk…
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  • FFM a.k.a. Christmas for Reefers

    Melissa
    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 true...room 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...

    Melissa
    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?

    Melissa
    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

    Melissa
    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…
  • OSRAS...What Schmucks...

    Melissa
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:45 pm
         So, I'm minding my own business about two weeks ago and I find out that these schmucks have not only kept my photo's up on their page but they have now used them for their upcoming conference advertising...even for a commercial. Your fucking kidding me right?! I've let this shit slide until this point but now, they have taken this way too far. (Thank you to the person who informed me of this too!)     I contact my lawyer who tells me to try to get the ad off of YouTube with the copyright infringement claim first, as well as through Facebook.
 
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  • Is a Dog Ever Fully Trained

    Minette
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Thanks to Dogs That Don’t Shed Is a dog ever fully trained? This was a question that was posed in a dog training forum that I belong to, the other day. It made me sit back and think a little bit. I have well behaved dogs. Most of the time I consider them very well trained (well at least 2 of them) the 3rd is a “work in progress” and I  haven’t devoted as much time as I should, in all honesty. Both of my other two, ages 4 and 3 are titled in obedience and protection sports. My female Dutch Shepherd, Fury, was even invited to AKC Rally Nationals last year 2013 because her scores…
  • Myth Buster: Walking is the Best Way to Exercise Your Dog

    Minette
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
      Thanks cutest page for the photo I love busting myths about dogs and dog training. There are so many… sometimes I don’t know where to begin! It seems most we have grown up knowing about dogs and their behavior is wrong. Think a wagging tail means a happy dog? WRONG!!!  Click here for more on that  Think your dog loves to be hugged? Thanks lesserville life for the photo Chances are you are WRONG  for more on that click here  (FYI and update this dog still HATES being grabbed, hugged and kissed and sometimes gives a throaty growl; who would blame him) Think all dogs must stay off…
  • The #1 Thing That Will Change Your Puppy/Dog Training

    Minette
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Thanks Warren Photographic for the Photo So there I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine the other day about their puppy. He is getting to that age where jumping and naughty behavior is starting to overload the good behavior he had when he was tiny. Most people luck out and their tiny puppies are pretty good. They follow them around inside and outside and don’t necessarily need a leash, they listen and want to cuddle; and then the “teenage” dog begins to let loose! They start jumping up for attention. They want to run away and explore their environment. And, they…
  • Sometimes You Need to Deal with the WHY in Dog Training and Behavior

    Minette
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Thanks Fern Dog for the Photo I realized the other day, that I need to write an article on the WHY’s of behavior. Sometimes you need to deal with WHY a dog is doing something in order to move on and fix or change the behavior. But I will have to say that “making excuses” for the behavior when determining the WHY doesn’t help anyone solve any problems. Excuses Don’t Help Anyone Excuses don’t help anyone, it doesn’t help you (unless you think you are now going to ignore the bad behavior which is usually the case) and it certainly doesn’t help your…
  • How to Train a Teenager

    Minette
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Thanks lafayette county for the Photo You just read that heading and you think it is impossible, right? But the truth is, it is pretty easy. Human training is actually pretty easy if you stick to the rules of positive reinforcement, operant and classical conditioning. One of My Favorite Books One of my favorite books of all time is Karen Pryor’s “Don’t Shoot the Dog”. It has an odd name, but when you read the book she explains to some degree why it is titled as such. When I trained Service Dogs for my clients with disabilities I kinda forced them to read the book. I even had a quiz…
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  • 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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  • 9 Helpful Tips for Camping With Your Dog

    K.S. Mueller
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Can’t you just picture it? You, your family, and your beloved hound dog setting up camp in a fully tricked-out RV, or “roughing it” in pup tents… either way, camping and dogs go together like toasted marshmallows and campfires! Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind before venturing forth with your dog on your next camping adventure. … Continue reading →
  • How I turned into a dog person

    Trisha Phillips
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    I didn’t grow up in a household that had dogs. We had a few cats and some gerbils, but that was about it. I honestly didn’t think I was missing out on anything by not having one. When I was a junior in college, my brother got a chocolate lab for his 18th birthday. Since I didn’t live at home, … Continue reading →
  • Bailey – From Shelter Death Row to Service Dog

    Sandi Means
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    In my heart of hearts I am an eternal optimist. I believe that love conquers all and that there is a silver lining in every cloud. No matter how dark the day I believe there is hope for a better tomorrow. Sometimes though I let the negativity of the world cloud my view. It is in the stories of shelter … Continue reading →
  • Ultimate Guide to Dog Treats and Chews

    Jena Mazzio
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    It’s nice to treat our four-legged pals once in a while with a little something special, but when it comes to dog treats and chews, what’s good for one dog isn’t always so good for another. Without any “one size fits all” option, how are you, as a pet parent, to know which treats and chews are the best choice … Continue reading →
  • How to introduce a cat or kitten to your dog

    K.S. Mueller
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Thinking about bringing a cat into a dog household? Consider these guidelines and tips to help your pets transition smoothly. Introducing a cat into a household where other pets are already familiar with kitty companions is certainly easier, but it’s not 100% necessary. In order to introduce a dog and cat to each other, in my experience, it’s easiest if … Continue reading →
 
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  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 5 – Maintain The Piranha Tank

    PiranhaGuy
    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 worldofpiranhas.com.
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 4 – Dinner Time!

    PiranhaGuy
    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 worldofpiranhas.com.
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 3 – The set up

    PiranhaGuy
    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 worldofpiranhas.com.
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 2 – Aquarium supplies

    PiranhaGuy
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
      Ok, you’re ready? So my previous post didn’t scare you from at least looking into this hobby a bit more. Awesome.   Now before we get into details on what aquarium supplies you need to get, you need to decide what type of pet piranha you want to invest in.   Top Fin Ancient Roman Ruins Aquarium Ornament Click image The post You really want a pet piranha? Part 2 – Aquarium supplies appeared first on worldofpiranhas.com.
  • You really want a pet piranha? Part 1 – The basics

    PiranhaGuy
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:50 am
      So you went to bed late last night watching your favorite piranha movie (in my case… Piranha 3DD… if you are going to watch a piranha jump out of the water to snack on someone’s head, might as well watch it in 3D) and this morning you woke up thinking – How cool would it be to have a The post You really want a pet piranha? Part 1 – The basics appeared first on worldofpiranhas.com.
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