tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-82812123482353017422015-01-09T17:49:13.341-05:00Nanny McFurNanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.comBlogger378125NannyMcfurhttps://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-55890880464393901712015-01-08T08:57:00.000-05:002015-01-08T08:57:52.889-05:00National Train Your Dog Month - Small Dog Syndrome<div style="text-align: justify;"> January is National Train Your Dog Month. I like this one because dogs really do aim to please and this month reminds people about the importance of training their dogs._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Unfortunately, many people neglect to take the time to work on training with their small dogs and end up dealing with some serious behavior problems like barking, snapping and even biting. Some experts call this Small Dog Syndrome (SDS)._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eTDCV1euDSc/VKs-XtQLh3I/AAAAAAAAHZQ/7kqSP6I4izU/s1600/small%2Bdogs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eTDCV1euDSc/VKs-XtQLh3I/AAAAAAAAHZQ/7kqSP6I4izU/s1600/small%2Bdogs.jpg" height="272" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <br /> <a name='more'></a><br /><br /> Small dog syndrome occurs when owners tolerate undesirable behaviors from their small dogs that they would not overlook in a larger dog. Owners tend to view behaviors such as jumping, barking at people, racing around off leash or biting as less of a nuisance or less dangerous. When the behaviors are not corrected they become habit. _nbsp;See_nbsp;<a href="http://www.smalldogplace.com/small-dog-syndrome.html" target="_blank">Small Dog Place</a>_nbsp;for a complete list of SDS symptoms.<br /> <br /> This usually occurs because people are not treating the dog like a dog but rather like a human baby. It is easy to fall into the trap given how little and adorable they are. Portable too. We can scoop them up in our arms and carry them around anywhere just like we would do with a human baby. They are not though ... human babies that is ... and people are doing them a disservice by treating them that way.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> Just like any other canine, small breed dogs need training, discipline and exercise. The dog must be taught to walk at a heel, sit, down and stay on command. Yet the major problem owners have is to recognize that all dogs need to work to earn food, praise and treats. It has been my experience that small breed dogs are often lavished with affection, food and treats for no other reason except that they are small and cute. Dogs do not understand this. In fact it makes them mentally ill. They interpret this cascade of affection without reason as submissive puppy-like behavior from their owners. In turn they attempt to take care of and protect their owners which can lead to aggression, separation anxiety and a host of neurotic behaviors. This is truly an instance where the phrase "killing with kindness" rings true._nbsp;<a href="http://miniaturepaws.com/how-to-fix-small-dog-syndrome/" target="_blank">How To Fix Small Dog Syndrome</a></blockquote> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you are considering adopting a small breed dog please remember they also need training and discipline just like any other dog.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you already have a small breed dog and are having these difficulties read through the links provided here and consult a dog trainer in your area for assistance.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Dogs are worth taking the time to work on training.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> #NationalTrainYourDogMonth<br /> <br /> #SmallDogSyndrome<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/c4RCQGk3Qxg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2015/01/national-train-your-dog-month-small-dog.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-15183370886098222742015-01-07T00:00:00.000-05:002015-01-07T08:12:31.238-05:00January is National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month<div style="text-align: justify;"> I really love birds. They are so sweet, affectionate, smart and beautiful. Some sing, dance and talk. They are also playful and make wonderful companions._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Sadly, they are among the first to be relinquished to shelters and sanctuaries. The most common reason for failure is that people just don't take the time to do enough research before buying them._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QJOPR_C6HzE/VKwvsg8sLqI/AAAAAAAAHZw/5e5oCYe02A0/s1600/birds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QJOPR_C6HzE/VKwvsg8sLqI/AAAAAAAAHZw/5e5oCYe02A0/s1600/birds.jpg" height="246" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/all-pet-health/bird-health-care/january-national-adopt-a-rescued-bird-month" target="_blank">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <br /> <a name='more'></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Birds need more attention than some folks realize. They are noisy and messy too. Talking birds talk ... I know it sounds like Captain Obvious but there are people who find it annoying even though they did go ahead and buy a talking bird. They have minds of their own and speak at will ... no mute button ... no off switch.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Birds are especially sensitive creatures and if they are not happy they will act out in many ways. They might scream or bite. They may even self mutilate and pluck out their own feathers.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UKSKfiZH1RY/VKw-Y2b5XoI/AAAAAAAAHaA/cokA1XSOs10/s1600/feathers%2Bplucked.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UKSKfiZH1RY/VKw-Y2b5XoI/AAAAAAAAHaA/cokA1XSOs10/s1600/feathers%2Bplucked.jpg" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zamzows.com/pet/?newsType=ArticleView_amp;articleId=853" target="_blank">photo and information</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you have been considering getting a bird please do lots of research to make sure you get one that will fit with your family and lifestyle (how big is your space? Do you have kids? How much time can you spend daily?). Remember it is a long term commitment (some species can live 50 years or longer).<br /> <br /> I recommend reading this article written for_nbsp;<a href="http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/all-pet-health/bird-health-care/january-national-adopt-a-rescued-bird-month" target="_blank">Pet Health Network</a>_nbsp;by_nbsp;<a href="http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/pet-news/our-experts/dr-laurie-hess-dvm-diplomate-abvp-avian-practice" target="_blank">Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM</a>. Dr. Hess specializes in birds. Please consider rescuing your bird from a shelter or sanctuary._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Here are two of my favourite YouTube birds Marnie and Boozle. _nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iB52iP2a_MY" width="520"></iframe><br /></div> <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HEfi2A25f3c" width="420"></iframe></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/6FlV7bczAGM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com2http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2015/01/january-is-national-adopt-rescued-bird.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-76499118178268022132015-01-06T00:00:00.000-05:002015-01-06T00:00:02.633-05:00Bean Day 2015 And Why Your Dog Will Care<div style="text-align: justify;"> I'm sure you are wondering what on earth Bean Day 2015 has to do with animals._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Lots of animals love different types of beans - squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, rabbits and deer to name a few. Dogs like them too and they are very good for them.</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 22.5px; text-align: left;">Black beans, soybeans, and garbanzo beans are all super foods for dogs. Beans help provide natural fibers that help regulate blood sugar levels, one of the leading causes of insulin-resistance and diabetes_nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 22.5px; text-align: left;">in dogs. In addition, these rich sources of proteins and minerals boost your pet's immune system and help burn fat._nbsp;<a href="http://dogtime.com/people-food-for-pets-ernie-ward.html" target="_blank">Super "People" Foods For Pets</a></span></span></blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> For dogs who are sensitive to grains there are some tasty and nutritious home made treat recipes using garbanzo bean flour. Here's one from_nbsp;<a href="http://www.mycleankitchen.com/homemade-grain-free-dog-biscuits/" target="_blank">My Clean Kitchen</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="item b-b" style="background-color: white; border-bottom-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); border-bottom-style: solid; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> <div class="b-b h-1 strong" id="zlrecipe-title" itemprop="name" style="border-bottom-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); border-bottom-style: solid; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.3em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0.5em; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">Homemade Grain Free Dog Biscuits</span></div> </div> <div class="zlmeta zlclear" style="background-color: white; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; font-weight: bold; line-height: 24px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> <div class="fl-l width-50" style="border: 0px; float: left; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; width: 294px;"> </div> <div class="fl-l width-50" style="border: 0px; float: left; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; width: 294px;"> </div> <div class="zlclear" style="border: 0px; clear: both; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> </div> </div> <div class="h-4 strong" id="zlrecipe-ingredients" style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">Ingredients</span></div> <div class="ingredient" id="zlrecipe-ingredient-0" itemprop="ingredients" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">1 medium banana</span></div> <div class="ingredient" id="zlrecipe-ingredient-1" itemprop="ingredients" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">3 tablespoon natural crunchy peanut butter</span></div> <div class="ingredient" id="zlrecipe-ingredient-2" itemprop="ingredients" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">1 large egg</span></div> <div class="ingredient" id="zlrecipe-ingredient-3" itemprop="ingredients" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">2 cups garbanzo bean flour</span></div> <div class="ingredient" id="zlrecipe-ingredient-4" itemprop="ingredients" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">3 tablespoon honey</span></div> <div class="h-4 strong" id="zlrecipe-instructions" style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">Instructions</span></div> <span style="font-family: inherit;"><span id="zlrecipe-ingredients-list" style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.5em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></span></span><br /> <ol class="instructions" id="zlrecipe-instructions-list" style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #444444; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 1.5em; list-style-image: initial; list-style-position: initial; margin: 0px 0.5em; padding: 0px 0px 0px 3em; vertical-align: baseline;"> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-0" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-1" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix until combined</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-2" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Add flour gradually until combined. The dough will be very sticky.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-3" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Cover your work surface with the garbanzo bean flour then roll out the dough using rolling pin. It should be about ¼ inch thick. You will use a lot of garbanzo bean flour to coat the rolling pin and table. The dough is VERY sticky.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-4" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Using a cookie cutter cut desired shape. We used a dog biscuit shape but I have used a small heart in the past.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-5" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Place biscuits on a foil lined cookie sheet. They can be placed very close together since they don't rise but not touching.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-6" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Cook 30-40 minutes until dark golden brown.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-7" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Let cool on a cooling rack to room temperature.</span></li> <li class="instruction" id="zlrecipe-instruction-8" itemprop="recipeInstructions" style="border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: justify; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Will last up to 2 weeks in an airtight contai</span><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;">ner.</span></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #444444;"><span style="line-height: 30px;"><br /></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #444444; line-height: 30px;">Follow this_nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/bean-day.php" style="line-height: 30px;" target="_blank">link</a><span style="color: #444444; line-height: 30px;">_nbsp;</span><span style="color: #444444; line-height: 30px;">to learn more and get the most out of Bean Day 2015._nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #444444; line-height: 30px;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #444444;"><span style="line-height: 30px;">#BeanDay2015</span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #444444;"><span style="line-height: 30px;">#Dogs</span></span></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/yzrW7CkfSZM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2015/01/bean-day-2015-and-why-your-dog-will-care.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-83648259732744683552014-12-31T10:59:00.001-05:002014-12-31T10:59:23.143-05:00Top Ten Cutest Animals In Science 2014<div style="text-align: center;"> <div style="text-align: left;"> Happy New Year everyone!</div> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-q35xO-hcfY" width="520"></iframe></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/ze-cUhKSYkk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/12/top-ten-cutest-animals-in-science-2014.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-86295908003665967352014-12-24T10:02:00.000-05:002014-12-24T10:02:00.605-05:00Happy Holidays 2014<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FGycwL1aeIM/VJiRvgLonQI/AAAAAAAAHYA/hv5JuRilTcg/s1600/me%2Bwith%2Bshort%2Bhair.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FGycwL1aeIM/VJiRvgLonQI/AAAAAAAAHYA/hv5JuRilTcg/s1600/me%2Bwith%2Bshort%2Bhair.jpg" height="239" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> I appreciate those who have hung in there with Nanny McFur. I look forward to sharing fun and interesting stories from the pet and animal world in 2015.<br /> <br /> From my family to yours I wish you a very Happy Holiday Season.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/NoSx5-_3PuE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/12/happy-holidays-2014.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-65717889060434414402014-11-11T08:03:00.000-05:002014-11-11T08:03:25.820-05:00Remembrance Day <div style="text-align: justify;"> On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year Canadians stop to remember the brave men and women who fought (or are still fighting) in wars to protect our freedom and keep the world safe. We also remember that many animals gave their lives for the same causes.<br /> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> Canadians are grateful to all of them. Thank you!<br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ASjXfuVemwc/VGEpkydIPJI/AAAAAAAAHW4/Kz7jo75TlG4/s1600/WW1-Photo%2B(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ASjXfuVemwc/VGEpkydIPJI/AAAAAAAAHW4/Kz7jo75TlG4/s1600/WW1-Photo%2B(1).jpg" height="320" width="231" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://headwatershorsecountry.ca/equine-soldiers-great-war-1914-1918/" target="_blank">WW1 personnel pay tribute to the horse</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/H7O6DKbP0FI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/11/remembrance-day.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-75011114504485738272014-10-30T00:00:00.000-04:002014-10-30T00:00:04.858-04:00Should You Dress Your Pet For Halloween?<div style="text-align: justify;"> Are you still undecided if you will dress your pet in a costume for Halloween? It can be fun as long as you keep your pet's safety and comfort in mind.<br /> <br /> To help with that, _nbsp;refer to these <a href="https://www.care.com/a/halloween-pet-costumes-safety-guidelines-1309201614" target="_blank">nine safety tips</a> for Halloween pet costumes from Care.com<br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aS2vKq6hu6A/VElU5TXKuSI/AAAAAAAAHWY/u0MHlEc8504/s1600/halloween%2Bcostumes.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aS2vKq6hu6A/VElU5TXKuSI/AAAAAAAAHWY/u0MHlEc8504/s1600/halloween%2Bcostumes.gif" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.extremehalloween.com/" target="_blank">Photo Source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <br /><img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/7EHax_Ft-Uw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com1http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/10/should-you-dress-your-pet-for-halloween.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-25896545134090979732014-10-28T00:00:00.000-04:002014-10-28T00:00:01.052-04:00National Bat Week October 26 to November 1<div style="text-align: justify;"> Bats are beneficial animals and many are endangered. To learn more about bats visit_nbsp;<a href="http://www.batcon.org/" target="_blank">Bat Conservation International</a>.</div> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P_tykwBvqZ0" width="520"></iframe></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/hRkIwKgy6Xs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/10/national-bat-week-october-26-to.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-83385684420833985192014-10-23T14:16:00.000-04:002014-10-23T14:16:05.772-04:00Are Black Cats Really At Risk At Halloween?<div style="text-align: justify;"> Earlier in October a rescue organization I follow offered all black cats at a greatly reduced adoption fee for one day only. They explained that the shelter was full at the time and they wanted to make room for new cats and kittens in need.<br /> <br /> Followers were outraged and they didn't hold back in letting the organization have it in the comments section. It was accused of being irresponsible and putting cats at risk of being abused or killed at the hands of people who target black cats at this time of year with the intention of harming them. Everyone demanded that all adoptions of black cats be put on hold until after Halloween.<br /> <br /> I was pleased with the organization's response.<br /> <br /> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-84een6i1UU8/VEkHBcoKk0I/AAAAAAAAHV4/lB4KetFrdAE/s1600/black%2Bcat%2Bpretty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-84een6i1UU8/VEkHBcoKk0I/AAAAAAAAHV4/lB4KetFrdAE/s1600/black%2Bcat%2Bpretty.jpg" height="212" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span></span></div> <a name='more'></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">They acknowledged that many shelters and rescue groups traditionally halt the adoption of black cats in the month of October. At the same time they pointed out that more and more shelters are choosing to promote them instead of continuing the myth and stigma attached to black cats especially during this time of the year. It is their shelter's belief that </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit; text-align: left;">black cats deserve to have a loving home any day or month of the year and that it would be unfair to leave them waiting in a cage for a month because of a myth. They pointed out that it would also prevent other cats from moving into the adoption program since cage space is so limited.</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div> <div style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823;">In fact,_nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit;">there is no tangible proof that cats are abused or sacrificed in evil rituals on Halloween.</span></div> <div> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"></span><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="color: black; line-height: 1.3em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Lesley Bannatyne, an author of several books about Halloween, has found "no confirmed statistics, court cases, or studies to support the idea that serious satanic cult crime even exists."_nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 1.3em;">"It turns out that most of the devil-worshipping activity reported in the media is perpetrated by teenagers based on what they've read in church literature or seen in movies," she writes in the book</span><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 1.3em;">_nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 1.3em;">A Halloween How-To</i><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 1.3em;">. ~ <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/10/071026-halloween-cat.html" target="_blank">National Geographic: Ritual Cat Sacrifices A Myth, Experts Say</a></span></span></blockquote> </div> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"> </span> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;">Besides, if _nbsp;you really do believe in such things, then you must know that white cats are equally at risk for pagan rituals because of their perceived purity. But of course that too is nonsense. These myths have led to some shelters calling a moratorium on adopting all cats during the month of October. It is hard to believe but there are shelters that close adoptions on other so-called satanic holidays as well._nbsp;</span></div> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">Others, like the shelter mentioned above, have decided to stop making policy based on the public's beliefs in _nbsp;myths and superstitions, such as_nbsp;</span>satanic cat sacrificing rituals,_nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;">and to rely instead on carefully scrutinizing potential adopters.</span></div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #333333; line-height: 18.7199993133545px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Shelter policies based on urban myths put pets at higher risk than they ever could be from people who’d adopt with ill intentions. In other words, shelters that refuse to allow the adoption of black cats around Halloween are well-intentioned but wrong. ~_nbsp;<a href="http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/are-black-cats-in-greater-danger-around-halloween" target="_blank">Are Black Cats In Greater Danger Around Halloween?</a></span></span></blockquote> </span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;">The biggest risk for black cats is similar to chicks and rabbits at Easter time. They are often purchased for use like props for the holiday and then relinquished or abandoned on November 1st. This is something that can be dealt with through education and by proper screening of potential adopters.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #141823;"><span style="background-color: white;">The bottom line is there is no evidence to support suspending cat adoptions in October. However, there is a_nbsp;preponderance_nbsp;of_nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 22.5px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">evidence to show that not adopting cats of any color from shelters could cost them their lives._nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; line-height: 22.5px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: inherit; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/eT3H-2QbhxE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com2http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/10/are-black-cats-really-at-risk-at.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-17790038482985457102014-10-16T00:00:00.000-04:002014-10-16T09:10:01.270-04:00This Is Why Cats Were Invented<div style="text-align: justify;"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> Quick - if I say "working animal" what comes to mind? Ox? Horse? Dog? How about cats? That's right, cats. Working for humans is precisely the purpose for which they were domesticated.<br /> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XDmkMNVePv4/VD6xBOtbNnI/AAAAAAAAHUE/FEfutrv2f1I/s1600/cat%2Band%2Bmouse.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XDmkMNVePv4/VD6xBOtbNnI/AAAAAAAAHUE/FEfutrv2f1I/s1600/cat%2Band%2Bmouse.jpg" height="210" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1242824/The-real-Tom-Jerry-Plucky-mouse-fights-prowling-cat-using-paws.html" target="_blank">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> There has never been a more perfect animal for domestication than a cat. This animal is completely self-sufficient, requires no training or supervision to do its job AND is a loving, loyal and affectionate companion. Can you name another domestic animal with all those qualities?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a name='more'></a><br /> <br /> Cats both owned and unowned have served humans for thousands of years simply by doing something that comes naturally to them - hunting down and killing vermin. Mice and rats that eat food stores, destroy things, contaminate with urine and feces and transmit diseases to humans are no match for the skill and cunning of a cat.<br /> <br /> This ancient Egyptian painting shows a cat killing a snake. I'm not sure what the knife is about but it sure looks as though the Egyptians considered the cat to be protecting them from such things.<br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2u5zR1ohcQ4/VD6i1lPd8vI/AAAAAAAAHTg/bCg8PJRzUqQ/s1600/egyptian%2Bcat%2Bhunting.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2u5zR1ohcQ4/VD6i1lPd8vI/AAAAAAAAHTg/bCg8PJRzUqQ/s1600/egyptian%2Bcat%2Bhunting.jpg" height="275" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> Service In The Navy</h3> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"> Cats were enlisted for service on naval ships throughout the world from ancient times up until the mid 1970's. Some of them are quite famous. Some are even decorated, buried with full naval honors and commemorated by statues. They were valued for their ability to rid ships of mice and rats which could eat food supplies and chew through things like ships ropes but they were much more than just that. Cats were wonderful companions for sailors and a great comfort against loneliness and boredom.<span style="font-family: inherit;">_nbsp;</span></div> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z0-dHZX-Gqc/VD6sprlo1OI/AAAAAAAAHT4/ptjuDGSJzZU/s1600/Mrschippy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z0-dHZX-Gqc/VD6sprlo1OI/AAAAAAAAHT4/ptjuDGSJzZU/s1600/Mrschippy.jpg" height="320" width="216" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/cats-at-sea-7-famous-seafaring-felines" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Read: 7 Famous Seafaring Felines</span></a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <br /> <h3> They've still got it</h3> <br /> The science is in and it shows us what we already knew _nbsp;- <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2722868/Cats-DECODED-DNA-domestic-creature-fully-sequenced-time-shed-light-diseases-AIDS.html" target="_blank">cats have not changed</a>. The kitty you see before you today is pretty much the same as the kitty that graced Egyptian homes and palaces thousands of years ago. They still retain all the skills and instincts they inherited from their wild cat ancestors.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> <span style="color: #4f4c4d; line-height: 24px; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Their role in our society has evolved and broadened over the last hundred years, but their basic behaviors and needs haven’t changed. ~_nbsp;<a href="http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1010" target="_blank">Alley Cat Allies</a></span></span></blockquote> It is an important distinction to make that their <i>role </i>has evolved but not cats themselves and when it comes to feral cats many people don't know what to make of them or what to do with them.<br /> <br /> <h3> Working Cats Programs</h3> <br /> Some communities that have implemented TNR (trap, spay/neuter, release) programs have also implemented Working Cats Programs.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> <span style="background-color: white; color: #505054; line-height: 21px; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The Working Cats Program is a GREEN program that relocates sterilized and vaccinated feral cats who would otherwise have been euthanized at the shelter to places that have problems with rats. The rats are repelled by the cats’ odor and leave. Compared to the methods that are most commonly used to control rats, this method proves to be effective, humane and environmentally friendly. It is a win-win-win situation! ~ <a href="http://www.vftafoundation.org/working_cats" target="_blank">Voice for the Animals Foundation: Working Cats</a></span></span></blockquote> A wonderful example of a Working Cats program is <a href="http://katinka.empowernetwork.com/blog/the-hermitage-museum-where-the-working-cats-still-roam" target="_blank">The Hermitage Museum</a> in St. Petersburg Russia. The museum employs dozens of working cats to keep mice and rats under control in the basements.<br /> <br /> Society today seems all too willing to treat feral cats as lost causes - wretched creatures that serve no useful purpose and are better off put out of their misery. Nothing could be further from the truth. The usefulness of cats just seems to have gotten lost along with an appreciation for them.<br /> <div> <br /></div> <div> Today is <a href="http://nationalferalcatday.org/" target="_blank">National Feral Cat Day</a>. I urge you to _nbsp;take the opportunity to learn as much as you can about feral cats and how you can support the cats in your community.</div> <h3> Links</h3> <a href="http://www.alleycat.org/" target="_blank">Alley Cat Allies</a><br /> <a href="http://www.azhumane.org/adopt-a-pet/working-cats-program/" target="_blank">Arizona Humane Society Working Cats Program</a><br /> <a href="http://io9.com/a-gallery-of-cats-who-served-in-world-war-i-1624713212" target="_blank">Cats Who Served in WW1</a><br /> <div> <a href="http://www.kyhumane.org/adoptions/working-cats" target="_blank">Kentucky Humane Society Working Cats Program</a></div> </div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/l0T0VWPIO5g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/10/this-is-why-cats-were-invented.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-82198479043275557272014-09-22T09:48:00.000-04:002014-09-22T09:48:21.751-04:00A Dog, A Cat, A Leaf Pile and Some Endorphins<div style="text-align: justify;"> Enjoying the simple things life has to offer is something both cats and dogs do very well. They also help us to remember to do the same.<br /> <br /> We are conditioned to think that we need to buy them toys but there are many ways to provide enrichment for them that are not available in any pet store. Watch how much fun the cat and dog in the videos below have playing in a pile of leaves. The best things in life really are free.<br /> <br /> While they are having fun and getting exercise by tearing into a pile of leaves their pet parents are also benefiting. Just listen to their laughter as they watch their pet play. Pets make us laugh and benefit our health in so many ways.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> Studies indicate an improvement in body chemicals associated with a healthy immune system. We may soon see a time when people at risk for certain types of illness including cancer may be prescribed a Chihuahua._nbsp;<a href="http://wisequacks.org/wp2/?p=924">Top 10 Health Benefits of Having a Pet</a></blockquote> <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DwtyLIUpd20" width="520"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VUN5DqGBqJs" width="420"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> </div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/sC55-qFn63U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/09/a-dog-cat-leaf-pile-and-some-endorphins.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-24502935436219305852014-09-19T10:57:00.000-04:002014-09-19T10:59:23.017-04:00Dog Kisses vs Kitty Hugs<div style="text-align: justify;"> People who don't care for cats or simply don't understand them seem to have an odd obsession with them - and it is not good-obsessed. It is a "make-sure-everyone-believes-the-worse-about-cats" obsession.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> I don't get it._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There are certain unkind ideas expressed about cats that are either not true at all or are half-truths. One of the common ones is that cats do not express affection toward their owners. This is an example:_nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zd0shbYNbZc/VBrVMGaCJdI/AAAAAAAAHLc/OnKbfhvlFmE/s1600/head%2Bbutt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zd0shbYNbZc/VBrVMGaCJdI/AAAAAAAAHLc/OnKbfhvlFmE/s1600/head%2Bbutt.jpg" height="226" width="320" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> In fact, if a cat were "claiming you", it would urinate on you. Head bunting, as it is actually called is a friendly <b><i><u>exchange</u></i></b>_nbsp;....._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <a name='more'></a><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Big cats do this to each other. Domestic cats do this to each other, to their humans and to other pets in their home. While they are giving you this affectionate greeting there is a <b><i>scent exchange</i></b> taking place. In other words the cat is also getting your scent on themselves._nbsp;</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> </blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1omWg4-FLbc/VBsQgqXRPrI/AAAAAAAAHMM/LYeAAkuRCxY/s1600/cat%2Bscent%2Bglands.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1omWg4-FLbc/VBsQgqXRPrI/AAAAAAAAHMM/LYeAAkuRCxY/s1600/cat%2Bscent%2Bglands.png" height="247" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> We humans also take part in the scent exchange ritual by petting our cats. Cats have several scent glands on their faces and their bodies that release pheromones onto us when we pet them. _nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There is much more to this scent exchanging and it involves all household members including all humans and also other pets - even the dog.</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> When kitty rubs his scent on us, he's reaffirming that we're part of his exclusive club; his scent, blended with ours and the scents of other household members, is like an identification mark. One of kitty's self-appointed tasks (the only kind of task for a cat) is to make sure we're always wearing "eau de kitty and friends". If we pick up other scents during the day, from the office, the grocery store, or - perish the thought - petting someone else's animal, kitty takes it upon himself to cover up the foreign scents on us by reapplying a good dose of his own through rubbing._nbsp;<a href="http://www.cathealth.com/how-and-why/why-do-our-cats-rub-their-faces-on-us">Why do cats rub their faces on us?</a></blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Pheromones, are used by both cats and dogs to send messages to their own kind and to other animals; to identify group members; and to help them find their way home and not become lost. Anyone living in the home - human or other animal - makes up a cat's group. Cats will gather all the scents together into a one-of-a-kind group scent for identification and security.<br /> <br /> Cats recognize members of their group by smell more than anything else. This explains why you will see one cat attack another upon its return from a trip to the vet or groomer. This is because the scent on the returning animal is now different from the group scent and the stay at home cat perceives it as a stranger rather than a group member.<br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Dogs have these scent glands as well and use them in many of the same ways as cats do - when they lick your face for instance. Often seen as a sign of love and affection - most humans even call it "kissing" - they are using perioral glands. These glands which are located in the dogs facial area - chin, lips, cheeks and whiskers - are also found in cats and humans. This explains why dogs are often interested in the facial area of other dogs and people.<br /> <br /> In dog-to-dog interaction, face licking is offered as a sign of appeasement and good will by a submissive dog to a dominant one. When they are puppies, it is a way to find food - they lick mamma's mouth and she regurgitates food for them. So, what does face licking mean when dogs do it to humans?<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> He may simply be letting you know that he's glad to see you. Or he may be hungry and asking for a snack. Obviously, you won't regurgitate some food at that signal, but you might give him a treat. So if a dog licks his owner's face - either out of instinct, anxiety, or just because his owner's face tastes salty - and that action is greeted with positive attention, such as hugs and human kisses, he'll want to repeat the behavior. While it's probably not a "kiss", you can bet it's a sign that your dog thinks you're pretty great._nbsp;<a href="http://www.pedigree.com/all-things-dog/article-library/are-dog-licks-really-kisses.aspx">Are Dog Licks Really Kisses?</a></blockquote> Seems reasonable, doesn't it? Then it must also be reasonable that while it's probably not a "hug", you can bet it's a sign that your cat thinks you're pretty great.<br /> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iNHEnBIckmM/VBw5XZiec5I/AAAAAAAAHMc/Dak4q-Yc1II/s1600/Headbutt_Cats.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iNHEnBIckmM/VBw5XZiec5I/AAAAAAAAHMc/Dak4q-Yc1II/s1600/Headbutt_Cats.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> Enjoy those kitty hugs and dog kisses for what they are - wonderful rewards of pet ownership where animal and human worlds come together.<br /> <br /> <b>Sources:</b></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <a href="http://www.pedigree.com/all-things-dog/article-library/are-dog-licks-really-kisses.aspx">Pedigree - Are Dog Licks Really Kisses?</a><br /> <a href="http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-your-dog-licking-or-kissing/page1.aspx">Pet Place - Is Your Dog Kissing or Licking?</a><br /> <a href="http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2014/06/scent-producing-structures-of-male.html">Scent producing structures of the male domestic cat</a><br /> <a href="https://suite.io/adrienne-farricelli/39r42q5">The Role Pheromones In Dogs</a><br /> <a href="http://www.cathealth.com/how-and-why/why-do-our-cats-rub-their-faces-on-us">Why do cats rub their faces on us?</a></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <br /><img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/hmNWNTwYSVc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/09/dog-kisses-vs-kitty-hugs.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-56724458792152712652014-09-08T12:44:00.001-04:002014-09-08T13:39:19.698-04:00Claws - Dogs Have Them Too<div style="text-align: justify;"> I had a dog once that was a problem digger. Not only was the yard full of holes but he would dig up things I had planted in the garden. One spring I had purchased a nice little shrub that he dug up immediately after I planted it. I replanted it and he dug it up again .... and again .... and again.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> All dogs dig for one reason or another. Some dog breeds are actually bred to dig. They dig holes to lie down in and they dig to escape enclosures. Some dig because they are bored.</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> "The common trait for all of these breeds is that they dig because they find it gratifying"_nbsp;<a href="http://dogtime.com/dogs-who-dig-aspca.html">Dogtime: The dirt on dogs who dig</a></blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Dogs claws do other types of damage besides digging. Their scratching can do significant damage to hardwood floors and other surfaces - walls, window sills, doors and door frames. This can be of special concern if you are a renter. They can also cause serious injury to humans with their claws when they scratch bare skin.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-On9AeOJ7EHU/VA2-DPvrAWI/AAAAAAAAHKY/ZBE3A-IDPV4/s1600/dog%2Bscratches%2Bon%2Bdoor.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-On9AeOJ7EHU/VA2-DPvrAWI/AAAAAAAAHKY/ZBE3A-IDPV4/s1600/dog%2Bscratches%2Bon%2Bdoor.jpg" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.dogtraininggeek.com/separation-anxiety.html">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> It is natural for dogs to dig and scratch and both digging and scratching are common problems for dog owners. There are many experts offering advice about how to cope when these behaviours become a problem. One thing you won't see recommended for dogs to prevent damage due to unwanted digging or scratching is declawing<i>._nbsp;</i></div> <div> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <a name='more'></a><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <i>Onychectomy</i>, commonly referred to as <i>declawing</i>, is the surgical removal of an animal's claws by amputating all or part of the distal phalanges (end bones) of the animal's toes. Because the claw develops in the third phalanx the bone must be amputated to remove the claw. It is a common misconception that only the claw is removed when in fact the procedure involves excision (surgical removal) of the toe bone.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7bll4zlUsDU/VA2rVIhyalI/AAAAAAAAHKA/rv3n3bvRFN8/s1600/declawing%2Bdiagram.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7bll4zlUsDU/VA2rVIhyalI/AAAAAAAAHKA/rv3n3bvRFN8/s1600/declawing%2Bdiagram.png" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.ctcatconnection.org/peted_dcl.htm">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> On some internet forums I found what I expected to be the typical reaction to the question of whether or not a dog should be declawed to prevent unwanted scratching._nbsp;</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> "Absolutely not ..... you can't declaw a dog. My gosh that is cruelty. You just have to decide what is more important your floors or your dogs."_nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> "Absolutely not. If it really is a problem, I would suggest re-homing the dog."_nbsp;</blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> My personal favourite was:</div> <blockquote class="tr_bq" style="text-align: justify;"> "A dog can be declawed but no ethical vet would EVER do it because declawing a dog will literally cripple them."</blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"> To my way of thinking, if a medical procedure is performed on an animal that is not medically necessary but is simply for the convenience of the pet's owner, then that is the very definition of unethical. In many countries declawing is already illegal. Also many cats are left with permanent damage from this procedure.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> People will recoil in horror at the suggestion of declawing dogs to prevent unwanted digging or scratching. So why then isn't it equally abhorrent for preventing cats from scratching? Doing damage to people and property with claws is not the purview of cats alone._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Today I came across two articles advising cat owners on things to try first before considering declawing when in fact it should not be a consideration at all - just as it would never occur to anyone to consider it for a dog scratching or digging.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <i>Onychectomy - </i>amputation - just needs to come right off the table altogether. If you are so intolerant of the scratching behaviour then you have the wrong pet. To rephrase one the comments above when this was suggested for a dog:_nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: start;">Absolutely not. If it really is a problem, I would suggest re-homing the cat.</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VEsqfxA8ht8/VA3SDBPixAI/AAAAAAAAHKo/cx6wFBEB3MY/s1600/cat%2Bscratching.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VEsqfxA8ht8/VA3SDBPixAI/AAAAAAAAHKo/cx6wFBEB3MY/s1600/cat%2Bscratching.jpg" height="237" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2013/02/07/ask-the-feline-behaviorist-kitty-destroying-sofa-with-scratching-declawing/">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> More reading:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.catscratching.com/">Cat Scratching Solutions</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2657291/Chihuahuas-damage-breed-dog-want-quiet-life-Staffie.html">Chihuahuas do more damage than any other breed of dog</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.ctcatconnection.org/peted_dcl.htm">Connecticut Cat Connection</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.declawing.com/">Declawing.com</a></div> <div> <a href="http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2013/02/07/ask-the-feline-behaviorist-kitty-destroying-sofa-with-scratching-declawing/" style="text-align: justify;">Life With Cats: Ask the cat behaviorist</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/Vtv8vow0MBs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/09/claws-dogs-have-them-too.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-27979172412482923032014-08-22T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-22T00:00:04.408-04:00TNR - Is it a good idea for stray dogs?<div style="text-align: justify;"> TNR (trap, spay/neuter, return) is a well-known method used to help control stray and feral cat populations but did you know that it is also being used for stray dogs?<br /> <br /> It is run in much the same way as TNR for cats in that the dogs are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped or given a special collar for identification, then returned to where they were captured.<br /> <br /> TNR has been a tough sell for use with stray and feral cats and it still is not widely accepted. It is an even tougher sell for use with stray dogs, even in places where it has been successfully used for cats. If I were to hazard a guess I think that it is because of the threat dogs on the loose pose for injuring or even killing people. The worst thing a cat is going to do is annoy you.<br /> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h2wftH09gUs/U_XxkbrqwRI/AAAAAAAAHIQ/3bBOKd39LiY/s1600/street%2Bdogs%2Bof%2BLA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h2wftH09gUs/U_XxkbrqwRI/AAAAAAAAHIQ/3bBOKd39LiY/s1600/street%2Bdogs%2Bof%2BLA.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/05/local/me-duroville-dogs5">Wild Dogs in Thermal California</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <br /> <a name='more'></a><br /> <br /> <br /> No question, TNR is a humane alternative to eradication methods like poisoning and shooting but some argue that trap, neuter, return is less humane than trapping and humanely euthanizing.<br /> <br /> Opponents of Trap, Neuter, Return for cats have dubbed it "Trap, Neuter, Abandon". Their view is that _nbsp;it does not benefit the animals or the public to simply spay or neuter and vaccinate if they are returned to the streets without support. They argue that it is not humane to return cats to a poor quality of life.<br /> <br /> In addition to that concern, sterilization does not address other problems associated with free roaming cats such as health and safety risks for the public, nuisance factor and, in some areas, the threat to wildlife.<br /> <br /> Those same concerns apply to using TNR for stray dogs with the added concern that dogs on the loose pose a serious threat for attacking humans. In 2009, for example, a pack of about 40 stray dogs mauled a television cameraman to death in the Ukraine. Some of the dogs in the pack were seen wearing the red identification collars given to dogs that have gone through TNR.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> In the best interest of both the animals and the public, <i>"Returned to where they were found"</i> really must be changed to <i>"Released to a caregiver"</i>._nbsp;</blockquote> If we really want a humane alternative to eradication then supports need to be in place to care for and control animals once they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Those supports must include a reliable care giver component so that animals that are not suitable for adoption can be provided with shelter, food and water, veterinarian care when needed, love and attention and supervision.<br /> <br /> Read the story below about Kyiv's handling of a TNR program for dogs. Aside from the shocking turn of events there, the photo illustrates how "return to where they were found" _nbsp;simply is not acceptable.<br /> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T-bzT1oDh1w/U4ChAWeqcqI/AAAAAAAAG-s/zLo5aVFMvfo/s1600/stray+dog+garbage.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T-bzT1oDh1w/U4ChAWeqcqI/AAAAAAAAG-s/zLo5aVFMvfo/s1600/stray+dog+garbage.jpeg" height="298" width="400" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/kyivs-stray-dog-problem-disappears-261635.html">Read story: Kyiv's Stray Dog Problem</a></span><br /> <div> <br /></div> </td></tr> </tbody></table> Follow the links below for information on stray and feral dogs and TNR for dogs:<br /> <div> <br /> <a href="http://www.janeiro-emmy.blogspot.ca/">Dogs In Brazil</a><br /> <a href="http://dogstrust.org.uk/az/t/tnrtrapneuterrelease/tnrtemplate.pdf">Dogs Trust: Guide to setting up a TNR program for dogs</a><br /> <a href="http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/t/tnrtrapneuterrelease/#.U_YvwvldWSo">Dogs Trust TNR Template</a><br /> <a href="http://feraldog.wordpress.com/">Feral Dog Blog</a></div> <div> <a href="http://www.spca.org.hk/en/animal-birth-control/tnr-trap-neuter-return/tnr-trial-for-dogs">SPCA Hong Kong - TNR Trial for Dogs</a></div> <div> <br /></div> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/lefMiURFxjY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/tnr-is-it-good-idea-for-stray-dogs.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-18959791442616325192014-08-20T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-20T00:00:01.579-04:00Spreading The Word About Pet Sterilization<div style="text-align: justify;"> Shelters around the world consistently report that more than half of the dogs and cats they receive are unaltered. Only one in every ten dogs born finds a stable loving permanent home. Millions of healthy cats and dogs are abandoned and euthanized at shelters every year.<br /> <br /> Just as people aren't getting the message about leaving dogs in hot cars, there are also people who are not getting the message about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. This has to change.<br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: start;">Check out_nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/spay_neuter_myths_facts.html#" style="text-align: start;">Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering</a>.<br /> <div style="text-align: start;"> <br /></div> </div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K4HnYA0R8hY/U_OZ0fx3lwI/AAAAAAAAHHk/2E6av9vjqac/s1600/shelter%2Bpets.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K4HnYA0R8hY/U_OZ0fx3lwI/AAAAAAAAHHk/2E6av9vjqac/s1600/shelter%2Bpets.jpg" height="167" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://jusani.com/content/every-purchase-helps-homeless-pet-0">photo source</a></td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> Please share and use #NoHumpDay<br /> <br /> <ol> </ol> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/DtnE3QRy6Q8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/spreading-word-about-pet-sterilization.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-52681882525283150742014-08-19T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-19T00:00:01.328-04:00International Orangutan Day<div style="text-align: justify;"> Experts estimate that orangutans could be extinct in the wild in less than 25 years.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Orangutans only live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Orangutans living on Sumatra are <a href="http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/wildlife_and_habitats/iucn_levels_of_threatened_species/">critically endangered</a> as there are only an estimated 7,300. Orangutans living on Borneo are <a href="http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/wildlife_and_habitats/iucn_levels_of_threatened_species/">endangered</a> as there are only an estimated 45,000 to 69,000.</div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Orangutans are being driven to extinction because of <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/species/problems/habitat_loss_degradation/">habitat loss and degradation</a>, agriculture, logging, <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/">oil palm companies</a>, poaching for the illegal pet trade, hunting, and human-animal conflict.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> As always, there are many ways to help. The very least we can do is _nbsp;help spread the word and raise awareness. Use #WorldOrangutanDay.<br /> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PkKLnZV44To/U_JlNezJ4oI/AAAAAAAAHGs/AMMEv6ZgxT0/s1600/baby%2Borangutan%2Brescue.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PkKLnZV44To/U_JlNezJ4oI/AAAAAAAAHGs/AMMEv6ZgxT0/s1600/baby%2Borangutan%2Brescue.jpg" height="276" width="400" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2304811/Orangutan-babies-saved-Daily-Mail-readers-generosity.html">Daily Mail reader campaign helped rescue baby orangutans</a><br /></td></tr> </tbody></table> <br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-988KcEeJHc4/U_JmYED26yI/AAAAAAAAHG4/QFj7ftyTsrI/s1600/orangutan%2Bin%2Bchains.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-988KcEeJHc4/U_JmYED26yI/AAAAAAAAHG4/QFj7ftyTsrI/s1600/orangutan%2Bin%2Bchains.jpg" height="226" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 16px;">They were rescued from this life</td></tr> </tbody></table> <div> </div> <br />These are some of the organizations working to save these precious animals from extinction:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.deforestationeducation.com/international-orangutan-day.php">Deforestation Education - International Orangutan Day</a></div> <div> <a href="http://www.orangutans-sos.org/">Sumatran Orangutan Society</a></div> <div> <a href="http://www.orangutan.org.au/index.htm">The Orangutan Project</a></div> <div> <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/great_apes/orangutans/borneo_orangutan/#ourwork">WWF - Bornean Orangutan</a><br /> <div> <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/great_apes/orangutans/sumatran_orangutan/#ourwork">WWF - Sumatran Orangutan</a></div> </div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/I6_urj1VtU0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/international-orangutan-day.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-71776031464568868102014-08-06T09:07:00.001-04:002014-08-06T09:07:04.368-04:00No Hump Day - Spay It Forward<div style="text-align: justify;"> Instead of "Hump Day" let's have "No Hump Day" and talk about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. There is a pet over population crisis happening all over the world. Millions of cats and dogs are homeless and suffering as a result.<br /> <br /> The Ontario SPCA offers spay/neuter clinics across the Province. The clinics are open to the public, rescue groups and shelters regardless of geography or income level. Visit <a href="http://fixyourpet.ca/">FixYourPet.ca</a>_nbsp;for lots of helpul information and to find a spay/neuter_nbsp;clinic near you.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There are people out there who still aren't getting the message. You may have some on your friend's lists. You can help by taking the opportunity to spread the word. Share and retweet using #NoHumpDay.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8xvcfZpHcXc/U-IbSSY6CGI/AAAAAAAAHE8/UhkQblK6VlI/s1600/Dog-Poster-with-text.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8xvcfZpHcXc/U-IbSSY6CGI/AAAAAAAAHE8/UhkQblK6VlI/s1600/Dog-Poster-with-text.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/ZQUhjDr1pTs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com1http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/no-hump-day-spay-it-forward.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-46588304787940467642014-08-06T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-06T00:00:02.074-04:00Dog and Magpie Best Friends<div style="text-align: justify;"> After posting yesterday about magpies in Alberta, I came across this video which is truly remarkable. It appears as if the magpie and dog are playing together. The magpie even rolls over on its back the way another dog would during play. What do you think?</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nr_DSQPTvXc" width="520"></iframe></div> </div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/zv3312zEuPw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/dog-and-magpie-best-friends.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-30335270790204819442014-08-05T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-05T00:00:01.349-04:00Black Billed Magpie<div style="text-align: justify;"> When I first visited Alberta about eight years ago I was thrilled to see prairie dogs up close as we don't have them in Ontario. This time I was equally thrilled to see another kind of wildlife I had never seen before - magpies.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> They are a very pretty bird related to ravens, crows, and jays. They are slightly larger than Blue Jays. They are black with pure white on their breasts, part of their backs and on the wing tips. Their tail is very long - about twice the length of its body. They can be found in both cities and rural areas.<br /> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> <span style="font-family: inherit;">"<span style="text-align: start;">The black-billed magpie’s diet typically consists of over 80% animal matter: insects, carrion, small mammals, small wild birds, hatchlings, and eggs. The remainder of its diet consists of fruits and grains. Nestling magpies are fed a diet of mostly animal matter, primarily insects._nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: start;">Magpies often store or cache food items in shallow pits that they dig in the ground. This behavior is commonly observed in winter, but can be seen throughout the year."_nbsp;<a href="http://icwdm.org/handbook/birds/Magpies.asp">Read more ...</a></span></span></blockquote> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Black-billed Magpies are found in abundance in Alberta. They are beneficial as scavengers that take care of dead animal carcasses and also to keep vermin under control but they can be a damaging bird when their numbers get too high. Their presence in residential neighborhoods in cities like Edmonton is very noticeable.<br /> <br /> The video below captures one up close so you can see how pretty they are. The video also demonstrates something I noticed which is they don't seem to fear people.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jYLL7tqZWXc" width="420"></iframe></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/a3y_DEKGWiQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/08/black-billed-magpie.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-29592398757238951582014-07-31T00:00:00.000-04:002014-07-31T00:00:00.197-04:00Some interesting things about cat naps<div style="text-align: justify;"> Your kitty may sleep a lot - on average 16 plus hours a day - but they can also be fully awake in a nanosecond. Cats are light sleepers for the most part. They inherited this survival instinct from their wild ancestors, which allows them to wake quickly and flee from predators.<br /> <br /> I have one that wakes up if I even think about petting her. _nbsp;My younger cat can go from sound asleep to wide awake before I finish peeling the lid off a yogurt cup. He would never miss having a taste. Cats sleep with one eye open ... in a manner of speaking that is._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Unlike humans, cats don't have long periods of wakefulness during the day followed by long periods of sleep in the evening. They take "cat naps" throughout the day and night._nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> It is a misconception that cats are nocturnal. The term that best describes cats is "crepuscular" meaning they are most active at dusk and dawn. You know this to be true considering how much they love you before the sun rises and how actively kooky they are as it is setting.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Domestic cats have retained many behaviors from their wild ancestors and hunting is one of them. In the wild, dusk and dawn are the best times for hunting and the rest of the time is spent resting up and saving their energy for that task.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> It is important to keep domestic cats from roaming outside for the sake of their health and safety and also to prevent unnecessary predation of birds and mammals. It is also important to provide your cat with activities that will satisfy its hunting instincts and exercise requirements. This can be provided through enrichment. Read this great post_nbsp;<a href="http://pets.webmd.com/cats/enriching-your-cats-life?page=1">Enriching Your Cat's Life</a>_nbsp;by Pets Web MD containing suggestions for both mental and physical activities.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bv2au2a2wRc/U9kM4CvaCfI/AAAAAAAAHD8/seLD88DXTZ8/s1600/Sunny+Sleeping.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bv2au2a2wRc/U9kM4CvaCfI/AAAAAAAAHD8/seLD88DXTZ8/s1600/Sunny+Sleeping.jpg" height="320" width="240" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My boy Sunny</td></tr> </tbody></table> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/xU6w0uHbpl0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com2http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/some-interesting-things-about-cat-naps.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-82455780934685071742014-07-30T00:00:00.000-04:002014-07-30T00:00:00.479-04:00No Hump Day - Because poison is a terrible thing<div style="text-align: justify;"> A <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/australia-develops-poison-to-kill-off-feral-cats/article/391795">recent news item</a> has gotten a lot of attention regarding the proposed use of a poison known as "curiosity bait" to eradicate feral cats in Australia.<br /> <br /> The situation in Australia is not an isolated one. Behind the scenes, eradication campaigns have already been completed worldwide. It just isn't something that is widely publicized. The following is an excerpt from a report published by the ISSG (Invasive Species Specialist Group). It's important to consider that this only pertains to eradication of feral cats on islands and does not include the number of eradication campaigns that have been completed in other parts of the world.<br /> <div> <blockquote class="tr_bq"> "Feral cats are a substantial threat to native and endemic fauna on islands and are being eradicated with increasing frequency. Worldwide, 87 campaigns have been completed on 83 islands, for a total area of 114,173 ha. Nineteen unsuccessful eradication attempts are known on 15 islands and lessons learnt from those failures are provided. At least five campaigns are currently underway. We review past cat eradication campaigns, and the methods used to eradicate and detect cats in those campaigns. We also review recent advances in eradication and detection methods. We outline proposed eradications and document a trend for increasingly larger islands being considered, but note that although post-eradication conservation impacts are generally positive, there have been some negative ecosystem impacts." Read the full report_nbsp;<a href="http://www.issg.org/pdf/publications/Island_Invasives/pdfHQprint/1Campbell.pdf">"Review of feral cat eradication on islands"</a>._nbsp;</blockquote> </div> <div> <div> <br /> <a name='more'></a><br /><br /> <br /> What this current news story from Australia provides is a painful reminder of the extent of people's negligence when it comes to cat ownership and the tragic consequences of that negligence. _nbsp;There are hundreds of millions of feral cats worldwide and those numbers grow exponentially every day.<br /> <br /> The onus for responsibility is shifting too far away from the pet owner and on to animal control, rescue groups, and kind-hearted neighbors to take care of problems created by someone else after the fact. This is like closing the barn door after the horse has run away (or cat in this matter).<br /> <br /> I personally believe that poison is never appropriate for use in controlling animal populations. Having said that, TNR isn't the appropriate intervention in certain cases either. TNR is a long-term strategy that takes years in order to achieve the desired outcomes. The problems that cats present in delicate ecosystems such as islands cannot be alleviated by sterilizing them. In a stable ecosystem it works very well.<br /> <br /> There needs to be much more conversation and action on the prevention side of the cat overpopulation problem. As advocates, we need _nbsp;to focus more attention on supporting owned cats by educating cat owners and promoting things that will prevent cats from becoming homeless, from breeding ferals and from being their furry highly-skilled hunting little selves:</div> <div> <ul> <li>promoting spaying/neutering</li> <li>lobbying for bylaws that do not allow cats to roam/trespass</li> <li>lobbying for low-cost spay/neuter clinics and low-cost micro chipping</li> <li>lobbying for TNR and Working Cats programs</li> <li>working on partnerships between animal authorities and volunteer rescue groups</li> </ul> <div> <br /></div> </div> Please share and use #NoHumpDay</div> <br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/h8wqOcoXuMM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/no-hump-day-because-poison-is-terrible.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-23805475338389113072014-07-25T00:00:00.000-04:002014-07-25T00:00:00.325-04:00Friday Funny<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wr7zr6NrUlc/UT1LN1rrKII/AAAAAAAAFqc/Vg61PfZeogg/s1600/cat+crazy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wr7zr6NrUlc/UT1LN1rrKII/AAAAAAAAFqc/Vg61PfZeogg/s400/cat+crazy.jpg" height="271" width="400" /></a><img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/888uBPgDOxI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/friday-funny.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-4798326948457413032014-07-23T00:00:00.000-04:002014-07-23T00:00:00.447-04:00No Hump day<div style="text-align: justify;"> Instead of "Hump Day" let's have "No Hump Day" and talk about the importance of spaying and neutering our pets.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There is a pet over population crisis happening all over the world. Millions of cats and dogs are homeless and suffering as a result. HSUS estimates about 70 million feral cats living in the US alone.<br /> <br /> Bless the folks who run these TNR programs but these little kitties should never have been put in this position in the first place.<br /> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zpZKkh6oVbM" width="480"></iframe> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> You can help by taking the opportunity to spread the word. There are people out there who still aren't getting the message. You may have some on your friend's lists. Share and retweet using #NoHumpDay.</div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/TECwI981w5s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com0http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/no-hump-day_23.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-77057708622509631132014-07-21T11:50:00.000-04:002014-07-21T11:50:28.817-04:00Which is the most dangerous animal in the zoo?<div style="text-align: justify;"> "Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror." ~ Yann Martel, Life of Pi</div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; letter-spacing: normal; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; orphans: auto; padding: 6px; text-align: center; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><div style="margin: 0px;"> <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S3kQkX2sVss/UiSIuwSNHoI/AAAAAAAAGS4/uXEfkVchdJs/s1600/life-of-pi-movie-image-23.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S3kQkX2sVss/UiSIuwSNHoI/AAAAAAAAGS4/uXEfkVchdJs/s320/life-of-pi-movie-image-23.jpg" height="240" style="cursor: move;" width="320" /></a></div> </td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 16px; padding-top: 4px; text-align: center;"><div style="margin: 0px;"> Fox 2000 Pictures</div> </td></tr> </tbody></table> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/7aqPHUdFSgs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com1http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/which-is-most-dangerous-animal-in-zoo.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8281212348235301742.post-9706594977281568832014-07-18T00:00:00.000-04:002014-07-18T00:00:01.811-04:00Safely Clip a Cat's Nails<div style="text-align: justify;"> Researchers say we shouldn't interpret a pets' facial expressions as conveying emotions but I think this cat's expression proves otherwise.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="text-align: start;">Follow link for tips on_nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.our-happy-cat.com/claws.html" style="text-align: start;">how to safely clips your cats nails</a><span style="text-align: start;">.</span></div> <div> <br /> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody> <tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ODWj9knVFzc/UZAVVfA9KTI/AAAAAAAAF_c/clbCvAA8mtg/s1600/cat+nails+clipped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ODWj9knVFzc/UZAVVfA9KTI/AAAAAAAAF_c/clbCvAA8mtg/s320/cat+nails+clipped.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.our-happy-cat.com/claws.html">photo source</a><br /> <div> <br /></div> </td></tr> </tbody></table> </div> <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/NannyMcfur/~4/WWPlSo4M20E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Nanny McFurhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10878444006938469925noreply@blogger.com2http://www.nannymcfur.ca/2014/07/safely-clip-cats-nails.html