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I often see videos taken by folks who really should have put the camera down and protected their pet instead of continuing to film. So what would you do? Would you stand by and film your dog "playing" with a skunk?
Skunk spray can be harmful to your dog. If sprayed in the eyes, the caustic effect of skunk oil can cause corneal ulceration, conjunctivitis, or uveitis (swelling and irritation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye). Skunks carry rabies. I don't need to elaborate on that. I also found reference to something referred to as American Skunk Toxic Shock Syndrome. You can read more about that at Jack Russell Club of America.
Does PETA know how to do anything other than "shock and awe"? Unfortunately for the Kansas State Fair the answer is "no". They are experiencing PETA's wrath in court after deciding to limit access by fair-goers to a video containing graphic images of animals being abused and slaughtered.
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"We are just trying to educate the public about the horrors of factory farming," said Jeff Kerr, PETA general counsel. "People have a right to know what goes on in these places. But the fair doesn't want us to interfere with their pro-agriculture festivities." quote from Chicago Tribune
My father passed away recently on August 19, 2012. One of his many talents was painting. His favourite subject was landscape and he enjoyed recreating his favourite scenes from Algonquin Park (also a favourite spot of the Group of Seven) and also of Canada's Rocky Mountains. He finished this painting shortly before he died. It is unusual because he included a man and a dog. He hadn't included people or pets in his paintings before. We believe the man is Dad and our dog Snoopy who passed away many years ago.
I came across a story today that resonated with me because the philosophy matched how my Dad lived his life and also how he was and still is a role model for us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It is called Pets Teach No Regrets
I found this hurricane survival guide from wptv.com that also highlights coping with pets, including:
- Experts say, pet owners need to have a plan ahead of time.
- Never leave pets outside during storms. If it is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for your pet. Leashed animals can drown, be choked, or suffer serious injury.
- Having a plan for a destination is important in case of emergency, as not all hotels accept pets.
- Also, be certain to take photos of you with your pet, and at least three days of supplies for your pet, including water, food, medications, bowls, litter, etc.
- Also, don't forget leashes, collars, identification, harnesses, and carriers, as well as comfort items to soothe frightened animals.
- Sunday, August 19, 2012
- Posted by Penny Harper
April 5, 1936 - August 19, 2012
© Leah Hendrie
If I could write a story
It would be the greatest ever told
Of a kind and loving father
Who had a heart of gold
If I could write a million pages
But still be unable to say, just how
Much I love and miss him
Every single day
I will remember all he taught me
I'm hurt but won't be sad
‘coz he'll send me down the answers
And he'll always be MY DAD
Lions, as well as other animals have a physical comfort zone. I believe with lions it is 4 feet. Can you see the irresponsible errors of the so called trainers? Both of them are standing too close. The one on the right is for all intents and purposes standing in a spot that looks like he could be sneaking up on him. Neither men have any kind of barrier to place between themselves and the lion. They try to push him away with their arms and hands. Number one mistake of all humans - they underestimate the wild animal.
You learn something new every day. Sometimes what you learn is unpleasant to know but important to know. I knew matted fur must be uncomfortable but I had no idea it could also be like the description below.
Mats can cause skin infections, skin lesions and other pyodermas. The hair clumped together cuts off the oxygen to the skin creating a hot bed for bacteria. The dead hair traps dirt and debris. If the matted hair gets wet, this can be an open invitation for a maggot invasion. Lice and fleas can also take up residence at the Mat Motel making the host kitty quite miserable. If the mats are too large, too many or obstructing the rectum, kitty needs a vet now. Feline Express
A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off on June 12th by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding the animal. Feeding alligators in Florida is a second-degree misdemeanor. Wallace Weatherholt, a 63 year old airboat captain, was attacked as he was giving a tour of the Everglades. Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator attacked. Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the alligator. Weatherholt’s hand was found but could not be reattached.
I was not aware until recently that consumers have a choice of purchasing propylene glycol antifreeze which is slightly more expensive but is non-toxic to pets and wildlife. In some places law makers have passed legislation requiring manufacturers to add a bittering agent to anti-freeze to prevent ingestion by children, pets and wildlife.
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"Of all the [cat] toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled, and it makes a noise when you jump on it." ~ Stephen Baker
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