Archives for 2009

Carbon-Based Life

by Jane Wangersky December 31st, 2009| Cats, Dogs
A recent article by Terry O’Neill said that, if people really wanted to reduce carbon emissions, they’d take the idea to its natural conclusion and get rid of their pets. Not that O’Neill endorses this – he’s just read about it in a book that claims:
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Help Abandoned Animals This Holiday

by Anna P. December 24th, 2009| Animal Rescue Groups
This is the season of giving, and some people ponder donating or volunteering time for a charity with a good cause. Why not donate or volunteer for a charity organization that involves animals? Unfortunately, thousands of animals are recklessly abandoned each year, and lots of them end up in animal
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Winterizing Your Pets and Their Environment

by Jane Wangersky December 21st, 2009| Cats, Dogs
Winterize your pets? Isn’t it enough that they have fur (and maybe a little extra fat this time of year)?

Though nature does equip animals with winter survival gear, there are also some things we can do to make the season a better one for our pets and the other animals
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For Kitty or for Myself?

by Jane Wangersky December 14th, 2009| Cats, Dogs
Though I don’t like to think of my cats as people, I do like to get them something for Christmas, even if it’s just some homemade cat treats (which explains why I stayed up late one snowy December 23rd, Googling recipes for these things). No, they don’t expect anything, they
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First Snow 2009

by Michele December 10th, 2009| Birds
The first snowstorm of the 2009-2010 winter arrived at the Kuegler mini-farm during the night.  Inside the house there were great cheers at the school cancellation announcement.  However, outside in the coop, the reaction was quite different.

Entering the chicken pen, I found at least six inches of snow covering the
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Gifts from the Pet Store — For Humans

by Jane Wangersky December 7th, 2009| Cats, Dogs
Fans of The Simpsons may remember the Christmas special where Homer, who hasn’t gotten the bonus he was counting on, picks out extra cheap gifts for his family, including a chew toy for baby Maggie. “Says it’s for dogs, but she can’t read!”

Now, I’m not suggesting you take Homer Simpson

Amazing Facts About Fish

by Anna P. December 3rd, 2009| Fish
One of the most intriguing classes of animals is fish, which counts over 25,000 different types and subtypes of the species.  This group of animals consists of a wide range that is diverse enough to include  both large fish like sharks to much smaller types like the average gold fish.
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Service Animals and the Law

by Jane Wangersky November 30th, 2009| Dogs
“No pets – service animals only.” We see variations of these words on signs everywhere. They sound pretty straightforward, but sometimes there’s confusion over exactly what they mean.

In the U.S., the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets the rules for service animals, their owners, and the people who deal with

Do Fish Recongnize People?

by Jacob Parzych November 26th, 2009| Fish
Every morning, when my mom comes downstairs and feeds her Beta fish (Bellini), Bellini gets very excited.  And not just because of food.  If my mom talks to her, the fish wriggles and swims excitedly.  Also, the fish looks at her!  She seems to recognize my mom's voice.  So, this
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Feeling Thankful? Thank Your Pet

by Jane Wangersky November 23rd, 2009| Cats, Dogs
This Thanksgiving, if you’re thankful for:

Your health – your pet may have contributed to it. Yes, as we told you earlier, pets are good for us.

Your family – your pet is part of it. He’s also there to give the other members love and company, even other humans who don’t

Fascinating Facts About Crabs

by Anna P. November 18th, 2009| Pending
To many people, crab is a type of food, but to others, this fascinating crustacean is something to learn more about. There are over 6,700 species, most of which can be found in various oceans across the world. Some particular crab types inhabit freshwater and even land. Here are some
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Dogs Prove Themselves, at Home and Overseas

by Jane Wangersky November 16th, 2009| Dogs
Sabi, a black Labrador military working dog with the Australian forces, was recently found 14 months after being declared “missing in action” in Afghanistan. (She’d been separated from her human comrades during an ambush.)

First Muffy – the mongrel who got home from Melbourne after nine years and a
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