Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday's Child March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cats In Couches

Friday, March 29, 2013

It's The Weekend

It is also Easter Weekend. Enjoy some time with your family!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Man Sleeps With Tiger

If you follow my blog, you already know how opposed Nanny is to people keeping wild animals. Tigers are not pets. This may look cute but it is dangerous. It is not an appropriate living situation for the tiger. It is not safe for the family or for the other pets. Last, but certainly not least, this guy could be living right next door to you and your kids and pets.

Nanny's Rule of Thumb
Never keep an animal whose teeth equal the size of your thumb.  The human thumb averages 3.7 inches in length. A tigers' upper canines can reach lengths of 4 inches.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Synthetic Meat? No Thanks!

Meat is something we take for granted. Few people know (or want to know) about the human health, environmental impact and animal welfare issues surrounding meat production and consumption. One solution being tested is synthetic or "lab-grown" meat (sometimes called "in vitro meat"). Seem like science fiction? Not any more as scientists are getting closer to a product ready for human consumption.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bunnies Don't Lay Eggs

Rabbits have long been considered a symbol of fertility. Like many symbols of fertility, they have been strongly connected to Easter. I guess it isn't too hard to understand how that connection was made. "It's a sad statistic, but 90% of all bunnies given as Easter gifts are euthanized within the year, after the children grow tired of them. Many of the rest are abandoned or surrendered to shelters or rescues." 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue

Monday, March 25, 2013

Recommended Cat Toy - Kong Kickeroo

I bought one of these on the weekend and it was a big hit with both cats - even the old gal who seldom plays with toys.

Monday Meowsings

Cats have their own ideas about making a bed ...

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

After Earth Hour The Clock Keeps Ticking

Millions of people around the globe will support the Earth Hour initiative tonight by turning their lights off for one hour and for some that's as far as it goes. It  reminds me a little of Christmas morning. The family gathers to open gifts and then forgets all about it until next year.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Think Outside The Box (Of Poison) Eradication Vs. TNR

There is a terrible idea that seems to be gaining momentum called "cat eradication". More and more "experts" are publicly discrediting TNR (trap, neuter, return) while at the same time making a case for eradicating feral cats. The preferred method seems to be poisoning. In some parts of the world, eradication of free roaming cats has already been enacted.

Folks who know cats will recognize all the cats holding their tails up as a sign of a friendly greeting
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Have you ever been tempted to hiss at someone who is bothering you like a cat does? Even just a little?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pets Like St. Patrick's Day Too

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Animal Idioms We Should Stop Using

"Beating a dead horse"

The first recorded use of this phrase is considered to be around 1867, according to Wikipedia:
Flogging a dead horse (alternatively beating a dead horse, or beating a dead dog in some parts of the Anglophone world) is an idiom that means a particular request or line of conversation is already foreclosed or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile; or that to continue in any endeavour (physical, mental, etc.) is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided. 

Considering one should never beat a horse (or dog) whether it is alive or dead, I vote for dropping this expression altogether. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Fox On Stilts" - Endangered Maned Wolf

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It looks a bit like a bunch of different animals put together, doesn't it? What a magnificent animal! You can see immediately how it earned the nickname "fox on stilts". I hadn't heard of this until one of my cousins posted a photo of one on Facebook. I knew as soon as I saw the photo I just had to learn more.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Meowsings

A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization. - Anonymous

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Kitten vs. Doberman

This dog shows remarkable patience and playfulness with this kitten!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kung Fu Kitty

Having listened to his master well, he was able to hold off his attacker using only his toes. Well done Grasshopper!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Go back to dogs and cats origins, before they were domesticated.  Who was there to give them "treats"? Oh, that's right .....

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Look at those little faces though!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

This Works Better With Dogs

My grandkitty Spencer and my kitty Sunny have been friends since they were kittens. Spencer often stays with me when my daughter travels so they have been together from time-to-time but not consistently. Now that they are adults Sunny is less tolerant of visitors. I don't know if he remembers Spencer but he doesn't exactly roll out the red carpet for him. It takes a couple of days for them to find their way with each other again.

Spencer (L) Sunny (R)

Friday, March 1, 2013