Friday, December 18, 2009

Yellowstone Grizzlies Still Threatened

Yellowstone Grizzlies Still Threatened

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

YouTube - A Tour Around DownUnder

YouTube - A Tour Around DownUnder

I have yet to see Perth but I am determined to get there..

This is for all my overseas friends

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Runt of the litter

Why is there a runt of a litter.Generally due to competition from a large litter.
What do we mean by a runt . This term is used to distinguish the smallest animal in the litter. The origin of the word was established in England in 1501.. They are noticeable as they are small and find it hard to compete with other siblings . Very interesting fact is that pig runts can very often get eaten by sibling under times of stress .. A lot of people chose the runt of the litter because they feel sorry for them . But after reading a few blogs it seems there are 3 scenarios . If the runt animal was a runt due to position in the womb and blood supply was ok it should be fine … if the pup was conceived at a different time close to the others it should be fine but if it is a genetic problem well the chances are slim.
Some people suggest alternating the puppies to the mothers nipples so they all get a fair share and a suggestion also was to bottle feed . The runt should be put right on the mom's nipple and sit there and watch the pup nurse. You should not seperate it from the rest of the litter
The question asked also is should we let natural selection take its course as any genetic impurities can be passed onto consecutive generations..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Animals in history

Animal have been part of folk law for thousands of years .Tales come from Native American Indians and how the Coyote made people and bought fire. Our Australian Aboriginals and the legend of how our kangaroo got it pouch and how our dingo roamed our land. Animals such as the dog have been utilized for over 10,000 years, it has attracted very little folklore until relatively recently. Persia and China, wherre early folklore and dogs were part of superstision ; indeed, they were regularly used to participate in religious rituals. Not without coincidence, these are the regions where some of the earliest and most important dog breeding took place. The dog was called a”fu Dog and is said to bring happiness and good fortune.
The Egyptians believed the gods had responsibility to accompany souls of the deceased to their final resting place One of these gods can very often be depicted with a human body and what some consider to be a dog's head. It is more likely that the head is not that of a dog, but that of the jackal. Although it is written that the Egyptians mourned when dogs or cats died, judging from the large number of mummified cats that have been found they were more the predominant pet. Cleopatra had a much loved relationship with her Cat Tivali .

In Greek legend is said that Alexander the Great founded and named a city, Peritas, in memory of his dog. The dog's role in Greek religion was usually sacrificial. Kennels of dogs were kept. More frequently, however, dogs were sacrificed because they were plentiful, inexpensive, and easy to control.
Australian dingo is related to wild dogs that live in parts of Asia. Dingos have been in Australia for about 3,500 years. Dingos may have been brought to the country by Australian aborigines who traded with Indian traders. Aborigines kept dingos in their camps and the dogs hunted with the men.
The most amazing thing is that humans have used dogs as herding animals and cats to clear rats and mice for so long it is hard to image life without them .They were a part of life then and now .

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SFGate: Day in Pictures

SFGate: Day in Pictures

300kg cow crashes into woman's pool

300kg cow crashes into woman's pool

Pet Immunization

A yearly immunization shot is so important to our pets health .There are so many nasty infliction that can befall our pets .

Rabies The most infectious is Rabies it is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system .The disease is spread through saliva and or wild animal bites .
Hepatitis.. This infliction generally attacks tissue and causes liver to be infected. Generally an infection will occur due to urine transmission .
Canine Parvovirus.. This is the condition that infects the intestines. It is blood related .Symtom are diarrohea, vomiting and depression.
Canine Distemper .. This is a contagious condition and attacks the nervous system . generally transmitted through through the aerosol droplets and through contact with infected bodily fluids including nasal, feces, and urine. It can also be spread by food and water contaminated with these fluids.
Canine Kennel Cough This is a Bacterial infection of a dogs respiratory system .It is an nasty spasmodic cough and many instances conjunvitis.
In all these cases please consult your vet and check on all vaccines and the symptoms or any side effects. ** just a hint **** if your dog is going in for surgery please ask the vet if your dog will need a booster of its shots.. just as some pills become ineffective if humans take antibiotics . I believe it is a good question to ask as your dogs immune system is low .
*** Did you know . Ferrets also get inoculated for Distemper
Happy health animals every one

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dog Kennels

Having a dog is great but they need a house as well to live in .
The first things to consider are the
• size of your dog
• where it is going to be situated
• the type of material it is built with
• how will it be ventilated
• and what matting or bedding is inside
A dog needs to feel comfortable and confident enough that they will spend the time in the dog house you purchase .Another important thing is that the kennel isnot too large for your dog as it will promote loss of body heat .
There are even kennels that have roofs that come off for easy cleaning or you could have it hinged if requested. Allow enough room for your dog but putting food in the kennel?. Some critics say kennels are great and help the dog to adapt better to climate conditions. Having had a dog previously I found that having the kennel facing the sliding door on the patio ensured our dog felt secure and she used her kennel. We also used an old sleeping bag which we could pull out and wash.
The must essential thing was that it was raised up of the ground and we were able to wash and clean under it .
Wooden kennels seem to be the most popular and more of course not as chewable as the plastic ones .It is your choice and happy doggie kennel hunting

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The great race as it it is called has an amazing history dating back to the 1880s during the mining boom in Nome.
Dogs and sled men transported firewood mining equipment gold food to Nome During it hey day Mushing was the most popular of sports up until 1960 when snow mobiles were introduced into Alaska .
In 1908 the All Alaska Sweep Stakes and the 1925 Serum run were the most famous of events for dog Mushing .
The Serum run was the delivery of the antitoxin for the diphtheria epidemic that spread through the community . Dogs ran in relays until the serum was delivered to Nome. Balto is the most famous of sled dogs and is commemorated in a statue in Central Park . Common belief is that Togo is the Hero dog. The dogs and their master are heros . I believe all of them.
Every March since 1973 people have flocked to Anchorage Alaska for the start of the race . It is the pre race training of the dogs that makes this the most amazing physical event .Dogs are conditioned . Training starts late Summer and intensifies up until March . The amazing teams of dogs can run anywhere up to 2000 Klm
Facts on the race:
The route is a grueling 1600 klms
There are 2 routes that are used each alternate year
There are 25 checkpoints and 3 mandatory stops
There are generally 50 entrants each year
Temperatures can get to minus ( very cold degrees)
The last mushers over the line is referred as the” Red Lantern”
The race takes a minimum of 10 days to complete
There are generally 6 dogs per sled .
The favored breed of dog is the Siberian Husky .
The Idatarod is now a professional sport and sponsored. Many of the competitors do speeches etc to fund the cost of feeding dogs and racing them which can be up to $80,000.
I really enjoyed writing this blog ..

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dog Harnesses / Car Trips

Dog Harnesses / Car Safety

Are harnesses all they are made out to be ? There are times when a dog harness may save your dogs life and your life. Many people forget to restrain there dogs when they are in a car. We all love to take our pet on a doggie car trip. An unrestrained dog is like a missile if you break hard in traffic. A harness is well equipped for all seat belts and simply hooked through and clipped in for safety . Not only does the dog have freedom to sit and be safe but also be able to still look out the window and be safe.
It is so unfair and unnecessary to sustain an injury when there are so many great harnesses on the market . The benefit also is that the dog must wait patiently at the other end of the trip and you can fasten the lead before they get out of the car.. It is a great obedience tool as well . It enables more control of your dog and can be used in conjunction with a choker chain.

Dog seats are also available but with all things the fitting is the key to ensure that your dog does not get chaffing under the belly and not tangled up.
Ease your dog into using the harness and believe me that will be good for you every time . Enjoy your next dog outing with no problems
The products listed below are available on my website
Pet Lookout Small Car Booster Seat,
The Illusion Collar and Leash Set By Cesar Millan:
Solvit Med Pet Vehicle Safety Harness

Friday, November 6, 2009

lucy and her way of watching t.v

Dog Attacks

It is a common occurrence now for dog attacks not only against your pet but injury to owners as well .
There are Thousands of reported cases and some not reported of animals being killed or mauled leaving expensive bills and hospital visit for the owners and the vet for there beloved pet.

The main thing to keep in mind is that your Property is secure .
Regularly check .
· Fence line for any holes where a dog may enter undetected
· Gates that are lose or need repairing
· Cover compost bins as they attract hungry dogs
· Do not leave pet food out at night

The general reason another dog will attack is due to them being in a more superior position having the freedom to explore new territory . The scenario is that they will investigate a dog that perhaps looking through a hole in the gate or a cat that is innocently walking by or relaxing in the back yard .That scene will whip them into excitement . Sadly if this dog gets into a back yard the ultimate goal is for the other dog to fight for the space. The attacks are very quick and with great ferocity. It is sad and both your pet and the other pets a lot of time are euthanized. The animals that survive the attack have a lot of rehabilitation.
Recently one of my work collegues had her dog killed in an enclosed yard. A very distressing thing for her to endure. If you are home and encounter a stray dog in your yard be really careful

· Call your local council
· Call for emergency assistance if someone is bitten

There are laws now that prohibit certain breeds of dogs
· Registration is compulsory
· Desexing is compulsory

Pet cat contracts swine flu

Pet cat contracts swine flu

Interesting article

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Owen Wilson Is Practicing His Big Dog Voice

Owen Wilson Is Practicing His Big Dog Voice

Flea Control

For any pet owner to have a pet full of fleas is a nightmare . Fleas and mite spread disease not only to your pet but also to your family . Protection through a fleas treatment program is the best way to eliminate this infestation and are available on my web site .
The dosages are monthly and can include worming as well. The most important thing is to kill the existing fleas and also the larvae. Grooming you pet is a good way to gauge if there a problem . If you have both a cat and dog ensure both of them are treated at the same time as this will stop cross contamination of fleas. A flea when it emerges from its cocoon begins to look for a host . They are attracted to heat .Once they have found a host they begin to lay eggs and last approx 100 days. This is why there are so many of them literally thousands .Often dogs don’t seem to have many fleas but are still itching this is often because they are allergic to the fleas bite.
Fleas are a flattened shape to enable them to move easy through the hair Follicles. The bristles and combs on the legs enable them to cling to the host. And this makes them hard to kill just by grooming .
You may not rid them completely but it will stop discomfort.
· Controlling fleas can be as easy applying flea control
· Spray carpets and rugs
· Ensure pets bedding is spray and aired
· Shampoo and bacterial wash for dogs
· Any toys are sprayed
· Sweep down patio area and spray .
Hope this is helpful. If in doubt consult your vet .

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dog Fitness

Each day we all should attempt some form of fitness or walking to relax a little and unwind. Our dogs are like us and need that release.. Many councils have now installed dog friendly parks and play equipment to ensure that dogs are entertained and given a great area to release their energy . If possible try to use all the park to the best advantage this way your dog will not become territorial . Yes there is bullying in the doggie world and especially at the gate where you enter so just patiently wait until other dogs settle and then enter . Also do not let your doggie play the king pin thing either it can cause a fight.
Ensure you have a little bag of snacks and some water but most dog parks have a water dog fountain .
A lot of time it is the doggie leading the master on a walk not the master leading the dog..Try if possible to keep you dog fairly controlled ,but they do love their walks so some forgiveness can be arranged.
Other fitness dog fun are
Sniffer Dog
Dog agility
Dog disc training
Fly ball .. This is the most popular of all the dog sports ..
Earthdog trials
Schutzhund tracking, obedience, protection, schutzhund is all about what a well rounded dog is all about.. **added description as I had not heard of this before ***
The main emphasis is for your dog to enjoy itself ..
There are many toys and fun ideas on the web ..

YouTube - Hogan's Heroes - Who let the dog's out?

YouTube - Hogan's Heroes - Who let the dog's out?

Tv Animals and Heros

Over the years there have been many animals depicted either in animated stories , other T.V shows .Some of these charming characters either had a small part or big roles in the show .

Below is a list of some of them ..
Lassie : the ultimate dog hero .. originated in 1954 as a television series and I am sure at some stage a generation has been introduced to Lassie
Scooby Doo : with the catch phrase Hmm Ok Shaggy who cannot love Scooby doo the food addict side kick to Fred, Velma , Shaggy and Valarie ,, travelling in mystery Machine there were always fun and Ghostly things to Solve ..
Pluto .. The lovable fun dog full of mischief and owned by Mickey Mouse Pluto (formerly known as Pluto the Pup) is an animated cartoon character made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons. He has most frequently appeared as Mickey Mouse's pet dog. He also had an independent starring role in 48 Disney shorts in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.[
Astro .. The pet animated dog of the Jetson Family leroy was his master .. series based on a futuristic family
RinTinTin The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program which originally aired in 166 episodes on ABC from October 1954 until August 1959. It starred child actor Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid, who was being raised by the soldiers at a US Cavalry post. He and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers to establish order in the American West. Texas-born actor James Brown (1920-1992) appeared in every episode as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip"
Turbo .. The Police dog with a good looking Inspector Sepe to tag along . Filmed in Year 2000 . Turbo is a Sheepdog .. Really gorgeous dog hero . It was filmed in italy
Kommisar Rex..What can I say this canine hero has been a lasting part of my week since the first series came through in 1996. It is in German Subtitles but Rex the German Shepherd is just the best . The latest series was filmed in Italy . Still on SBS
Fang . The coolest mutt at Control Headquarter featured in Maxwell Smart for many years . With Max at one stage thinking it was a spy in the dog suit trick
Toto .. If you have watched Wizard of Oz this gorgeous little dog really did not like the wicked witch
Benji ..Benji is the name of a fictitious dog who has been the focus of several movies from 1974 through the 2000s, and is also the title of the first film in the series. His character is a small, lovable mixed-breed dog with an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, usually helping a person overcome a problem. Joe Camp is the creator and director of the Benji films.[1]
Dino Dinosaur.. Yes Fred Flinstones doggie that sure arranged a home greeting like no other.
Muttly..Muttley is a Hanna-Barbera animated fictional character created by Iwao Takamoto and originally voiced by Don Messick (who also voiced Scooby-Doo)[1]. In the 2000 Wacky Races videogame he was voiced by Billy West[2].
Doggie Sidekick to Dick Darstedly.
Wile E Coyote. The arch enemy of the Road Runner . Always tried hard to catch his feast but always ending up second best.. Acme would have made a fortune from this crazy dog.Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as "The Coyote") and The Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. The characters were created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948
Top Cat ..Top Cat is a Hanna-Barbera prime time animated television series which ran from September 27, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a run of 30 episodes . May escapades with his side kicks Benny Choo choo , Brains .. And poor officer dibble . I had the experience to see top cat in Italian and believe me it was funny.
Felix the Cat .. Felix theCat is a cartoon character created in the silent film era. His black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combined to make Felix one of the most recognizable cartoon characters
Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland ) The Cheshire Cat is a fictional cat popularised by Lewis Carroll's depiction of it in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat has had a notable impact on popular culture. Cheshire is an English county famous for its cheese, salt mining and silk.[1] The Cheshire Cat's grin is reminiscent of the vagaries of human character or of a trickster.[2][3]

Tom and Jerry .. Tom and Jerry is a series of animated theatrical shorts created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that centered on a never-ending rivalry between a housecat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry) whose chases and battles often involved comic violence
Sylvester. Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr., or simply, Sylvester the Cat, or Sylvester, or Puddy Tat (as in I tawt I taw a puddy tat, a sentence often repeated by his arch-nemesis Tweety Bird) or gringo pussy-gato/Senor Pussycat (a sobriquet attached by another antagonist, Speedy Gonzales
Yes the mouse gives him Hell .. Love Sylvester even to this day as an adult

Yes they all bring back memories .. There are more .. check out the fun video from Hogans heros

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Up-and-coming folk singer killed by coyotes

Up-and-coming folk singer killed by coyotes

amazing story

Dog and Cat Nail Trimming

Pets as well as humans need grooming. Even as part of our ritual of brushing our hair we also cut our nails. Leaving nails long can cause cut paws ,irritations , and bleeding .
The most common problems for a cat with long nails is ingrown in to the pads and risk of abscesses.
For a dog it is veins becoming to large and cutting a problem. Puppies can be cut weekly.
The earlier a pets understands that nails will be cut regularly the stress will be minimal.
Have a good technique and the appropriate clippers or pedi- machine the job can be done quickly and effortlessly.
Remember each animal responds differently. With my cat I tend to have her held under the arm pits with her leg raised. Then cut each claw quickly. My regular cutting is every 3 weeks.
The colour of the dog or cats claws can be either clear or black . The clear claws are quite easy to cut s you can see where the vein begin but with black claws you check and cut until a white dot appears.

Most grooming centres and vets will help you if you are not confident. I you have just purchased a pet check out all information and websites for the different types of clippers that can be bought .
Cutting should be a no stressful experience .

My Cat Lucy

Lucy is quite special to us as she was found abandoned at a factory site. She is classed as a short haired ginger cat . At 5 years of age still acts like a kitten but is a cat fully of mischief.Lucy does have snack attacks just like any other cat . She is a great cat and knows exactly what is hers .Any way enjoy the photo and little video Regards Angela

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease : Save the Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease : Save the Tasmanian devil

Endangered Animals

So many of our native species are under threat. Koalas ,spotted Quoll, Mary River Turtles various species of frogs Butterflies.

The worse plight is for the Tasmanian devil . The facial tumour disease basically each and infects generally the facial area . It isnot resticted to older Adult Devils .It only takes around 3 months and cause of death is starvation.. a really sad plight

Koalas have to fight with less land and trees and cars of course and Clamydia .. general result is death.

My last holiday was visiting Charleville outback Queensland.. While there I visited the Bilby visitors centre .These cute rabbit like creature are restricted to a fully fenced enclosure 400km west of Charleville. The population of these animal stands at around 700. If it was not for the enclosure and captive breeding program the numbers would be less . Believe me they are gorgeous. The picture is attached we saw the bilbys at the Environmental protection agency .

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Hi , Just a short note that I lost all my blogs and have started afresh