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August-September 2011 Issue

When I enter the room to visit Oscar he immediately appears pleased, raising his crest and looking alert. He often reaches the front of his cage just as I arrive there and stretches his foot out through the bars to grab onto of my extended finger. Once he's perched on it, he then reaches with his other foot to grab...

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August-September 2011 Issue

By the late 19th century, the Percheron draft horse was favored by both the American farmer and city teamster, for its strength, speed and intelligence. It was also the most trusted breed for fire fighters. During their hay-day, the Percheron breed was very versatile...

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August-September 2011 Issue

There's a saying that people learn from their mistakes; I happen to be one who learns the hard way.

This year has been rather stressful as far as rehabilitating wildlife. We did not have sufficient cages to house all the different animals coming into the refuge....

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August-September 2011 Issue

 “You are what you eat” has been a catch phrase used for decades in alluding to human dietary indiscretion.  This expression holds true for our avian friends as well and is especially fitting since malnutrition is very common in our pet birds and contributes to the cause of up to 75% of the...

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August-September 2011 Issue

Recently, a Pet Tails reader sent me a DVD of the film, “Hachi,” starring Richard Gere.  This is a poignant, heartbreaking story of an Akita dog that was utterly devoted to his master, a university professor.  In the Americanized version of real events, Hachi accompanies his master...

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August-September 2011 Issue

 When the newest addition to our family, a lovable Dachshund mix named Lily, managed to climb onto our dinner table and devour half a plate of skillet potatoes with onions while our backs were turned, I raced to my laptop in a panic. I quickly searched the effects of onion toxicity in dogs so that I could evaluate the...

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August-September 2011 Issue

As important as a cage big enough to move is for your bird, it is equally important to make that into a pleasant habitat. It takes more than just space. It takes environment enriching toys, and even plants and natural wood perches to make your bird’s cage a real home. In the wild, birds, especially the very gregarious and...

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August-September 2011 Issue

Bearded Dragon: sounds like something from a Harry Potter movie.  Originally from Australia, the bearded dragons are one of the most common lizards in today’s pet trade.  Because Australia has restrictive export laws relating to its wildlife, all pet trade bearded dragons in the USA are descendants...

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August-September 2011 Issue

Thanks in large part to Chaz Bono's recent bestselling book and publicity tour, you've probably heard about a man being trapped in a woman's body;  but have you heard of a man being "trapped" in a dog's? Well, not seriously, but you'll think so when you read the "Chet and Bernie Mystery" series by bestselling...

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August-September 2011 Issue

A year ago, two nameless fancy rats were surrendered to Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. These nameless rats were classic brown and white hooded fancy rats. For some reason, animals almost always arrive at animal control without their names. Animals without their names are like the lone shoe that you see along...

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August-September 2011 Issue

I recently had a horse bite me.  “Oh, no! How horrible!” might be your first reaction.  Actually it was a very small pony and he nipped the back of my arm.  Now you can drop your reaction to, “What did you do to cause a cute little pony to bite you?”  I assumed I had...

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August-September 2011 Issue

If you're a fan of Animal Planet's Must Love Cats, Feline-ality™ might sound familiar. Or, maybe you've visited the cats at Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC), where the ASPCA's Meet Your Match® program is used to help pair people with cats. Here's how it works:

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August-September 2011 Issue

The Virginia Beach SPCA cares about animals.  What a lot of people don’t know is that there is a fund called CARE, which stands for: Companion Animal Rehabilitation and Emergency.  The CARE fund provides help for animals that need additional medical services, beyond the routine vaccinations...

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