Friday, May 31, 2013

It's The Weekend

Time to pack for a short get away. See you next week!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dog Myths Busted

I have been working for a while now to bust myths about cats and I thought I should also give dogs a paw up too! Here is the first one ...

Dogs are jealous of the phone
The phone rings and all of a sudden your pet wants your attention. This can appear as annoying behavior but from your pets perspective, you are talking, no one else is around so you must be talking to them! A place to love dogs

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

No. Want to know what is crazy though? Comparing .....

Cats and dogs are different species and for that reason there is no way to make a direct comparison. Each animal has no end of wonderful things to offer their humans and the world for that matter. The world is a better place with both of them in it!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday Meowsings

Can you use the bathroom without your cat joining you? Me either.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Update on Referral Spam Issue

This is a follow up post to Heads Up For My Fellow Bloggers On Referral Spamming. I have researched the issue thoroughly and have discovered there is not a lot one can do to stop referral spam but here are two things I implemented that seem to be reducing it.

On Monday I went to the "clear browsing history" in my browser (Google Chrome) and selected:

  • Clear browsing history
  • Clear download history
  • Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data 
  • Empty the cache
  • Clear saved passwords
  • Clear saved autofill form data

  • It's The Weekend

    Cook your favorite meal

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Too Many Words For Wordless Wednesday

    Coming soon to a pet store near you ...

    The Closet Cat Bed

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

    No. Want to know what is crazy though? Believing cats suck the breath from a baby.
    While there's certainly no truth to the myth that cats suck the air out of babies' lungs, a newborn does not have the capacity to turn over or even move her head at first. A heat-seeking cat who chooses to cuddle up close to the baby's face could make it difficult for the child to breathe. Close the door to the nursery when the baby is napping. If there is no door to close, either install a temporary screen door or place a crib tent over the crib to keep the cat out. ASPCA

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    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Heads Up For My Fellow Bloggers On Referral Spamming

    For a long time now I have noticed a discrepancy in my blog stats. The greatest portion of referring URL's and referring sites have the ".ru" designation. This is Russia's top-level domain. However, when I look at the geographic stats the United States is number one, followed by Canada, then by Russia or Ukraine.

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    Do Woodpeckers Get Headaches?

    The short answer is "no".
    Along with their straight-as-an-arrow strikes at the tree, which safeguards against head trauma, birds' bodies are designed to absorb the impact. One millisecond before a strike comes across the bill, dense muscles in the neck contract, and the bird closes its thick inner eyelid. Some of the force radiates down the neck muscles and protects the skull from a full blow. A compressible bone in the skull offers cushion, too. Meanwhile, the bird's closed eyelid shields the eye from any pieces of wood bouncing off the tree and holds the eyeball in place. Full story on Live Science
    I've been hearing a woodpecker near by this weekend and it is loud enough that I suspect it is a large one. Perhaps it is a Pilated Woodpecker. People have reported sightings of them in Ontario!

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Pet Fireworks Safety Tips

    We all know how badly fireworks frighten pets but what else do we need to know? Have a look at this information offered by the RSPCA. They include "just for dogs", "just for cats", and "small animals" sections.


    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Hooray For the Pandas! But What About The Elephants In The Room?

    The media is gushing over the new Panda exhibit at the Toronto Zoo. You would think that it would be impossible to sweep 3 elephants under the rug but that is precisely what is happening. Of all the shameful things I have witnessed in my life, this has climbed to Number One.

    National Post Photo and Story
    The Pandas couldn't get any more adorable if they wanted to. No doubt about that. Sadly, not to far from the Pandas in the same facility Toka, Thika and Iringa, 3 aging elephants, continue to languish more than a year and a half after Toronto City council voted to move them to a sanctuary in California in October 2011. The chains around their ankles as seen in the photo below are part of the conditioning process for the move to go .... nowhere it seems.

    Toronto Star Photo and Story

    If there ever was a case for public outcry this is it. 

    It's The Long Weekend

    Celebrate in whatever way you please!

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    Canada celebrates Victoria Day on May 20th.

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Too Many Words For Wordless Wednesday

    This is one of my cats doing double duty.
    He is a cat and a curtain tie back.

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Monday Meowsings

    Researchers say we shouldn't interpret a pets' facial expressions as conveying emotions but I think this cat's expression proves otherwise.

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    It's The Weekend

    Cuddle with someone you love

    Nanny's Grandkitties Eecheb and Annie

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Nanny's Rule Of Thumb Regarding "Exotic Pets"

    How does one "sneak" a tiger into a country? It had to get past officials so there is a loophole that needs to be closed. These dangerous and often endangered animals are not pets. 

    Use Nanny's rule of thumb: Don't keep or go near an animal that has teeth around the same size as your thumb. Consider this from"
    "The teeth and the structure of the jaw of the tiger both play a very important role in its hunting, diet and general way of life. These are built for grabbing moving prey (sometimes bigger than the hunting tiger itself), snapping necks, crunching through bone and sinew and grinding meat into mouthfuls soft enough to swallow. Therefore, the jaw has got to be extremely strong, flexible and powerful."

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Am I A Crazy Cat Lady?

    No. Want to know what is crazy though? Believing that "Cats Are Jerks". They would need to have certain cognitive abilities that they just don't possess. The fact is little can be confirmed about a cat intelligence because the research is almost non-existent. In the absence of information we humans just make stuff up based on our own biases.

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    But research into "cat cognition" has lagged behind. One of the preeminent journals of the field, aptly entitled Animal Cognition, has published 36 articles on dog cognition since 1998. In that time, only 3 articles have been published on Felis catus. This is one fewer than have been published on cuttlefish, and one more than the octopus has garnered. Pigeons, who used to be the stars of behavioral research, were subjects in only twenty-four articles. Dogs are all the rage, and for the time being are eclipsing their domesticated brethren. And it is reasonable to wonder why this might be. Full story.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Monday Meowsings

    If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, I wonder what planets cats and dogs come from?

      Cat Photo Dog Photo

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Happy Cinco De Mayo 2013

    Cinco De Mayo will be celebrated tomorrow, May 5th. There are always cute photos of pets dressed up for these occasions. The costumes in the photo below are very elegant indeed.

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Lost Dog Needs Your Help

    Do you know this poor dog or know where he comes from? Here is a photo and the note that goes with the story on Facebook.

    "Hi everyone - a friend of a friend came across a homeless man with this young, male retriever. It was clearly not this man's dog, as it was in distress. They managed to 'buy' the dog from the man and have him with them, but all attempts to identify the dog have led nowhere. (The collar and tags he's wearing belong to a deceased dog, and he's not chipped.) He was found in the York St./Lakeshore area. Possibly taken from outside a store or something. If anyone hears anything or can post this widely, please do. Post any leads here, and I will forward to the people who have him. Thanks!
    Updated - please contact Rachael Ott 416-782-6831 with any info."

    It's The Weekend

    Spend some time outdoors with a friend

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    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Animal Charity Navigator

    They say timing is everything and mine is almost always off. It might be too late for the 2012 tax season but there is always next year. If you are considering a charitable donation to an animal or pet charity keep in mind that even in the animal and pet-loving world there are folks who will accept your hard-earned money but not always fulfill their promises or perhaps spend your money in ways that are mostly self-serving. But how can you be sure?

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    When Cats Behave Like Kids

    One cat listens, even though she hates me correcting her and the other ... well ... he doesn't seem to hear me at all.