"The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time." according to the article Cost of items in 12 Days of Christmas.
The English Christmas carol was first published in 1780 (Wikipedia). It has been entertaining and fascinating the world for 231 years and shows no sign of ever fading into obscurity. There have been some very funny parodies of the song over the years. My personal favourite is the Bob and Doug McKenzie version. "And a beeer in a tree".
- Saturday, November 26, 2011
- Posted by Penny Harper
Chihuahuas as watch dogs? Pit Bulls as services dogs? Absolutely, according to an article published on Yahoo! Shine. Herbert Everett of Sirus Dog Training is quoted in the article as saying the Chihuahua is one of the best watch dogs you can have.
"They may be a small dog, but they will raise so much hell until they alert you or wake you up," he said. Everett said that "ninety-nine percent of intruders want quiet and no distractions. The other one percent will just shoot you and the dog."
|Doesn't look too scary|
It is 2C (36F) here in Southern Ontario this morning. My big old fat cat decided she wanted to go outside on the balcony (it is safe so don't worry). She is quite obnoxious when she wants me to do something for her so she began scratching furiously on the door as if the apartment was on fire. I walked over and opened the door for her and, you know what happened next don't you? She sat down and sniffed at the air coming in. The "it's getting cold in here" air. The "my hydro bill is going up" air.
With American Thanksgiving just around the corner, Nanny wants to give thanks for my American friends and wish you all a safe and happy Holiday season. More than 90% of visitors to my site are from the USA so I thank you all for your interest in my little blog.
Nanny knows how difficult it can be to not give in when a pet is begging for something they shouldn't have. Here are a few ideas that may help to keep your dog busy while you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in peace:
- Feed them soon before the family sits down for dinner. That way they will be full and maybe not so pesty.
- Buy something special in advance and give it to them just before you sit down for dinner. Something like a Nylabone that will keep them busy for a while. If not a Nylabone then some other long lasting chewy.
- Buy some wholesome long lasting chewy snack in advance to give them if they start to get bored with the Nylabone (or whatever you choose).
- Make these something they have never had before. They may not be distracted by their usual treats.
Nanny knows that cats should not be given dairy products. Despite that, my cats are given just a tablespoon (between the two) of cream every morning. I can't resist the little show they put on when I'm pouring my coffee. They both like yogurt too - except the older one doesn't like Activia. Funny, huh? When I'm finished eating a yogurt cup, I let them lick the container. They will come running from anywhere in the house when they hear me remove the lid.
So what is the real scoop on cats and dairy? Here is an excerpt from Pets People Place. Click on the link for the full article.
If your cat has been fed small amounts of dairy products and not only seems to enjoy it but suffered from no ill effects, then feeding small amounts of dairy products such as cream several times a week will do no harm. However, if your cat has never tasted dairy and since milk is not necessary if your cat is being fed a balanced diet, it is advisable to simply omit this from their diet.I am relieved that I'm not killing them with kindness.
Do you indulge your pet with some guilty pleasure?
- Friday, November 11, 2011
- Posted by Penny Harper
The highlight of my week was seeing a coyote. I've never seen one before. It was in the city in the parking lot of a government agency situated on the outskirts of the city. The coyote was walking away from the building, heading back towards a wooded area. Even though it was on the edge of the city, I was surprised to see one in the city at all.
You may have heard the story in the news about two boy penguins at the Toronto Zoo who have grown very close to one another. They came from another zoo as part of a bachelor flock. The zoo has come under fire from around the world because they wanted to separated the pair so they can encourage them to mate. They claim that once they have mated with females, they will be reunited.
There are so many different opinions and angles regarding the two penguins. Some are calling them the "gay penguins". From as far away as Britain, The Guardian suggested that it was homophobic to break up the penguins. The view from Nanny's chair is this - two penguins in one zoo in Canada is not going to make a measurable impact on the overall breeding program. Let the two stay together in the bachelor flock. It is bad enough that they have to live in a zoo. My guess is that they are clinging to each other more for comfort than anything else.
I looked on the Toronto Zoo's website for information about this but couldn't find anything. I did get this really cool penguin font though.
I was thinking about posting a prayer this morning giving thanks for our pets. In my search, I came across a site called American Catholic.org. They have a page devoted to St. Francis of Assisi known as the patron saint of animals and ecology. St. Francis and his loving consideration of animals has a feast day in October when patrons can bring their pet to church for a blessing by their priest. The blessing goes like this:
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”The site offers Do It Yourself Animal Blessings, one for all animals and one for sick animals, as well as animal blessing e-cards. Pretty cool.
The picture below made me happy and broke my heart all at the same time. This is Pastor Karl Gronberg of the Gethsemane Lutherin Church blessing the shelter animals at the Austin Humane Society on St. Francis Day.
Isn't it marvelous how searching the internet for a particular thing can lead to a discovery you weren't thinking about at all?
Have a wonderful day!
I read somewhere recently that if you know someone who just doesn't feel like getting out of their chair, put a dog in front of them for fifteen minutes. I was thinking about this today when I was walking my client's dogs. Earlier I felt like I didn't want to go out. I had a headache and just didn't feel up to travelling or walking. After we were about fifteen minutes in to our walk, I suddenly realized I was not thinking about my headache and I didn't feel tired. As a matter of fact, with a nice cool breeze on a fall day, I felt rather invigorated. Must be the canine magic.
A Canadian senator made headlines recently because of disparaging remarks she made about the animal that is depicted on our national emblem. Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton called the beaver an "outdated dentally defective rat", among other things. She suggested the image of a polar bear would better represent Canada. The nation responded with a resounding "No way! We won't allow you to disrespect our beaver."
The misguided senator wants to "pretty up" the emblem by getting rid of the beaver and adding what she called "the majestic polar bear". Such a project would cost millions of dollars I'm sure. Those millions would be better spent keeping polar bears alive. The picture below demonstrates how global warming is melting the ice that the bears need for their survival. It's a good thing they can swim long distances (up to 100 miles); however, four polar bears where recently found drowned near Alaska and authorities believe it was because they got caught in a bad storm. This is where the ice would have come in handy had it been there.
I found this story on Yahoo! yesterday. The hottest toy for kids this Christmas 2011 is a game with a farting and defecating dog. Who ever "gets" to pick up poo 3 times wins! Sound like fun? Nanny knows that little boys would never tire of playing with a toy like this - anything involving poo and farting is hysterically funny to them. I'm pretty sure those aren't sounds I want to listen to on Christmas morning though. What do you think?
The UK Toy Retailers Association has chosen a dachshund that farts and defecates called Doggie Doo by Goliath Games as the top "dream toy" children will want this Christmas. Players win by doing what most dog owners dread, picking up poop.