Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cat De-Furred

This is my cat, Kizzy, after I used the clippers last night. I only managed to get this much done before she was fed up with it and wouldn't sit still any longer. I thought she was very tolerant though. Now I just have to finish the job. Wish me luck!

Evanger's Pet Food Photo Contest

Evanger's Food for Dogs and Cats is holding a pet photo contest for their 2013 Calendar.

2013 Themes

  • Dog and Cat Sport Exhibitors
  • Service Dogs including (but not limited to) service pets for disabled, police and military work dogs, and search and rescue dogs
  • Rescued Pets
  • Most Creative Pet
  • Most Active Pet at Play
Contest closes 11:59 PM EDT Friday August 31, 2012. Click on link above for more contest details. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Beating the Heat

Monday Meowsings

"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, Can he name a kitten?"  ~ Samuel Butler

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

San Diego Sea World Puts Profits Before Safety?

You don't have to be with me very long to sense my strong opposition to any enterprise keeping wild animals captive in unsuitable environments to entertain people in order to turn a huge profit. It is not a good arrangement for the animals or the staff who work with them.

It is a shame that Sea World is fighting court action to enforce new conditions that would improve safety and protect the lives of their staff.
The case stems from the Feb. 24, 2010, death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was battered and drowned by the 12,000-pound male orca Tilikum. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration spent six months investigating SeaWorld’s killer-whale program after the tragedy, ultimately charging SeaWorld with a “willful” safety violation — its most severe classification — and recommending that trainers never again be allowed in close contact with the animals unless protected by a physical barrier or something offering the same level of protection. UT San Diego Times

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Let the cat in please

There are many people who let their cats go outside but do you know the risks? They are exposed to contagious diseases, traffic, attacks by dogs, and inhumane treatment by abusive people, just to name a few.

Indoor cats live longer - 10 - 20 years compared to 2 - 5 years for outdoor cats, and indoor cats are healthier.

Photo: The Why Files
So what do you do if your cat has become accustomed to going outside? Can you turn them into a stay inside cat? The short answer is "yes". However this is something that requires a great deal of these "3 P's" planning, persistence, and patience.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Hot Sounds of Summer

I heard the Cicadas for the first time this morning. That sound is a sure sign of the very hottest days of summer. Today in Southern Ontario we are expecting 41C - 105.8F. That is as (hopefully) hot as it gets! 

From the time I was a young girl, folks always referred to the Cicadas as tree frogs. I later learned that this is not correct. Cicadas are insects that are often eaten by tree frogs. The sound we hear coming from the trees is the Cicadas rapidly rubbing parts of their bodies.

What is the connection to our pets? The sound can be a reminder to us to take care of ourselves and our pets during a heat wave. Here are some great tips for keeping your pets safe and cool from The Humane Society of the United States

Monday Meowsings

Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner.
Stephen Baker

Photo: Fan TCFur Cattery

Saturday, July 21, 2012

For 3 Toronto Zoo Elephants The Price is Right!

It has taken 2 years but the final preparations are now being made for the 3 remaining elephants at the Toronto Zoo to be transported to California and the PAWS Sanctuary (Performing Animal Welfare Society) . This move is possible due to the generosity of former game show host, Bob Barker. The move is estimated to cost upwards from $750,000.

Mr. Barker became involved after 7 elephants had died at the zoo and the 3 remaining were suffering from various ailments, not the least of which is painful and debilitating arthritis.

Photo: Concerned Elephant Keepers
Always standing around on hard ground
 is hard on their feet and joints

Friday, July 20, 2012

First get some tissues

This may cause "happy tears". Your heart will swell as you watch these chimpanzees who have been kept in captivity for medical experiments for 30 years step outside for the first time. Many have never stepped foot outdoors in their lives before now. Beautiful!

Chimp Eden

Located in South Africa,Chimp Eden is a sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been rescued from extremely abusive situations. Some of them have been kept with a chain around their neck for decades. The goal is to rehabilitate them so they can be released into the wild. This means, they must be taught how to be a chimpanzee. Some come to the sanctuary not even knowing how to climb trees.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

An InFurvention (TM) for Cats and their Owners

Media Release
In Partnership with Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell, Banfield is Looking
for Cats and their Owners in Need of Professional Help

Portland, ORJuly 18, 2012—Calling all cat owners: is a trip to the veterinarian a constant cat-fight? Do you sometimes find yourself avoiding routine visits to dodge a cat-tastrophe? Is “stressful” a term you use to describe the process of getting your cat out of the house and into the veterinarian’s office? If so, Banfield Pet Hospital and Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell want to hear from you.

"She's Wearing A Dead Bird On Her Head"

Photo SeacoastNH
It became fashionable in Victorian times for women to wear the bodies of dead birds on their apparel, especially on their hats.

In 1896 Harriet Hemenway and her cousin Minna Hall, both of Boston, recruited 900 women to join their "bird club". This became the foundation for the Boston Audubon Society. These prominent ladies used their social influence to educate and discourage women from wearing birds on their hats.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yummy New Dog Treats from Barkers Dozen

Dogs Vote Two Paws Up for New Howlin’ Honey Crunch Treats

Organic, gluten free treats now available for purchase nationwide.

CHICOPEE, Mass. — In a recent taste test, dogs across the U.S. have voted with their taste buds, and the verdict is in — new organic Howlin’ Honey Crunch treats baked by The Barkers Dozen got two paws up, and plenty of tail wags!

The taste test was recently conducted by The Barkers Dozen, a leading baker of homemade, organic dog treats in the Northeast U.S., in an effort to find its next flavor of natural pet treats. The Howlin’ Honey Crunch is now available for purchase on The Barkers Dozen virtual store, as well as select retailers that carry The Barkers Dozen Organic Pet Treats.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Meowsings

"The problem with cats is that they get the same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer." ~ Paula Poundstone

Photo: Mouse Breathe

Saturday, July 14, 2012

3 More Horses Die at Stampede

On Thursday, 3 more horses were killed during the Chuck Wagon Race at the Calgary Stampede. Many animal welfare organizations have been putting pressure on organizers to stop this event because, without exception, several horses die each year. 50 have died since 1986.
“The Stampede has run out of excuses,” Vancouver Humane Society spokesman Peter Fricker said in a statement. “Now is the time to take real action to stop these horses from dying.”
Photo: Alternative Vet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Stealth Cats

Cats are immensely talented at hiding, especially in plain sight. If you have a cat you know exactly what I'm talking about. The cat can be right in front of you and you won't see them at first, if at all. 

It sort of reminds me of this:

Copywrite University Pictures

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Meowsings: Feline Physics

    Law of Rug Configuration

      No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long. Cat Humour

Photo: Daily Payne

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What Colour Is A Polar Bear's Fur?

The answer is clear. Their fur reflects the sunlight, making it appear white.
Each hair shaft is pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow.
Polar bears look whitest when they are clean and in sunlight, especially just after the molt period, which usually begins in spring and is complete by late summer. Polar Bears International

Wise Geek
David Suzuki Foundation
Polar Bears International

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Photo from Urbane Animal Behavior. Follow the link for their Independence Day safety tips for pets.


Wordless Wednesday

Photo: b3ta board

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Critically Endangered: Mexican Walking Fish

Sometimes referred to as the cutest species on the endangered list, the Mexican Walking Fish is not a fish at all. It is a salamander.

Photo: Web Ecoist
This little cutie, whose proper name is "Axolotl", is native to waterways and lakes in Mexico.  The Axolotl are carnivorous, feeding on insects, worms and small fish - even on each other in some cases! Not to worry though because if they lose a body part, they can grow it back! Their size ranges from 15 to 45 centimeters but the average length is 23 centimeters (9 inches). Predators need to take care as the Axolotl contains poison glands.

Monday, July 2, 2012

That's Nice

funny pictures - Well Said
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

Monday Meowsings

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats. ~ anonymous

Photo: So Extra DC