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April-May 2011 Issue

Social media has forever changed the way we interact with the world, be it the interactions with friends and family or business associates and clients. A recent New York Times article, "I Tweet Therefore I Am," questioned whether or not people truly enjoy an experience when they are so preoccupied with...

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April-May 2011 Issue

This month's topic is gut wrenching—I want to share some thoughts and experiences about equine colic in hopes it might matter to you or your horse one day.

Our herd’s leader, my ‘main squeeze’ and soul companion Okie, recently succumbed to chronic colic. Okie and I spent the last nine years...

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April-May 2011 Issue

How many of you consider opossums dirty, dangerous, rabid and a member of the rat family? Judging by the phone calls I receive asking me to come and get rid of “the big old rat in my yard," I believe this is true, when in fact these animals are none of the above. Opossums are shy, gentle creatures and have a very low risk of rabies...

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April-May 2011 Issue

Rabbits have become popular companion animals. Like us, they are social and emotional creatures. In the wild, North American rabbits live in colonies and within the colonies, subgroups of two to eight rabbits bond, spending most of their time together. They cooperatively search for food, watch for predators, and raise...

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April-May 2011 Issue

If you read my article in the last edition of Pet Tails, you know that I am an ardent advocate for providing a healthy, stimulating indoor life for pet cats.  Although I’ve worked hard to provide such an environment for our current feline family, on December 22nd, one year old Chance...

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April-May 2011 Issue

What is it about a certain 4-letter word that causes so many dogs to go into a tail-wagging, puppy-zooming frenzy that doesn’t subside until you have grabbed the leash and are out the door?  Why is it that more than a few of us have to spell the word in normal conversation to avoid the hypnotic stare you...

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April-May 2011 Issue

 If you find yourself browsing the internet for homemade pet food recipes, as I often do, you have undoubtedly stumbled across the controversial BARF diet. Reported to be the ultimate holistic pet diet, BARF is an acronym for ‘bones and raw foods’ or ‘biologically appropriate raw foods’ and is a rapid growing movement among...

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April-May 2011 Issue

 Birds are often the "go to" animal when people want a good entry level pet. There are several problems with that concept, not the least being that there are so many varieties, and not all meet those needs. The second reason birds are popular "impulse" buys in the pet market is that many popular varieties are still sold in...

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April-May 2011 Issue

Who hasn’t been amazed to see a dog jumping and twisting in mid-air to catch a Frisbee? Ever wonder how a regular canine can go from STOP to full speed in 2 seconds when a squirrel enters the scene or how a cat twists and turns itself as it falls only to land directly on its feet? All of these abilities keep us amused...

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April-May 2011 Issue

In past pages of Pet Tails I have written about and/or reviewed books on human-animal bonds, animals and their effects on the sick and elderly, dog parks, and most recently on the problem of obesity in pets.  All of these topics and more are explored in a new book to be published in May entitled...

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April-May 2011 Issue

When I was told that a double Rex Dumbo had been surrendered to Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, I was excited. A double Rex is a mutation, a hairless or thinly furred rat. Dumbo is the name given to a rat with large rounded ears set back on its head. With this interesting and rare combination of genetic...

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April-May 2011 Issue

Somewhere in time’s own space

There must be some sweet pastured place

Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow

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April-May 2011 Issue

In many ways, caring for a companion animal is much like caring for a child. We are totally responsible for their health, safety, and happiness.

Sadly, we often have a relatively short amount of time with our pets, as they age much more quickly than we do. To get...

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April-May 2011 Issue

When Chuck Gibson retired from Life Touch, his dog, Emma, decided to get a job.  Chuck has been chauffeuring Emma to a Norfolk elementary school weekly to participate in the Virginia Beach SPCA’s literacy program, Listening Ears.

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