Saturday, March 31, 2012

This is not Bullwinkle

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 Although Hernandez walked away unscathed, the Fish and Game Department’s Gino Del Frate told the Anchorage Daily News that she could have been kicked or stomped. “It could easily have been a moose that was less tolerant,” he said. “People don’t understand how fast and hard a moose can kick.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I appreciate this video because even though it is presented as a "funny" prank, it clearly demonstrates what I always advise folks about shock devices for pets - Try it out on yourself first so you know exactly what your pet will experience.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Are you under your cat's spell?

My daughter sent this to me from a site called Peace, Love & Monkeys. I hadn't heard about this before but I find it very interesting. What do you think about this?

Graphics: Peace, Love & Monkeys

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Meowsings

Anyone who shares their life with a cat knows they are masters at dolling out a heaping serving of stink-eye Cat Lady

Photo: I can haz cheezburger

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday's Child March 25, 2012

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Friday, March 23, 2012

National Puppy Day March 23, 2012

Photo from National Puppy Day
This annual event was created in 2006 by animal behaviorist Colleen Paige. Its intent is to bring awareness to the public about the importance of adopting orphaned puppies, to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, and to further the mission to have a nation of puppy free retail stores.  Detailed information can be found on their website National Puppy Day. The site contains great information and tips to consider when choosing a new puppy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Meowsings

There is something about the presence of a cat that seems to take the bite out of being alone. ~ Louis Camuti

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday's Child March 18, 2012

A tongue-in-cheek presentation of animals for adoption that had previously been removed from a research laboratory for abuse.

Friday, March 16, 2012

L'Oreal aims for animal free testing

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has provided the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with $1.2 million to assist them in developing a way of testing for toxicity in certain chemicals without conducting experiments using animals.
"Using state-of-the art methods, we hope to show that products can be proven safe for the consumer without the use of animals," said Jared Blumenfeld, regional EPA administrator. 
The money from L'Oreal will allow the EPA to continue to calibrate a computer model that tests how toxic certain chemicals are. In order to do this L'Oreal will also provide the EPA with its past rest results.

You will find additional information about this program, which is called ToxCast (TM), on the EPA website.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mountain Gorilla Encounter

This one is a little bit long but well worth watching.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Maine Coon's Secret Weapon

We used to say my cat was "big furred". Not so much anymore. She is topping out around 20 pounds. The Main Coon is a large breed cat to begin with and this one has also put on a couple of extra pounds in her old age.

She is really good at figuring out the best place to lay where I will have have to step over her or navigate around her. If I want her to move, she gives the silent response "You are kidding, right?"

So what is their secret weapon? The very long bushy tail that never stops moving back and forth. Maine Coons are known for their tail wagging. Mine never stops moving her tail unless she is asleep. Hers is a slow movement back and forth. When she is lying down and the tail is constantly moving, she becomes a little furry gauntlet that I have to get by without stepping on it. I don't always succeed and she expresses her disapproval quite sternly.

This is my old gal. She is 11 years old now. As a frame of reference, the mat she is lying on is 24" x 36". She must have pulled her tail in just as I was taking the picture.

Here is one of her lying on the back of the couch sleeping.  Here you can see her tail. Love my old giant beauty!