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February-March 2011 Issue

If patience is a virtue, than caring for animals can help make us virtuous.

I was far from virtuous one recent morning as my first coffee awaited my return from the daily ritual of walking the dogs as soon as I roll out of bed. A cold wind sweeping off a pond did nothing to improve my mood as I stood...

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February-March 2011 Issue

Right around Christmas, I was getting ready to write my holiday newsletter. I usually try to get it out between Christmas and New Year, that way I can circumvent the holiday greetings.

My idea was to take a few pictures of myself and two of our horses on a trail walk. The day before...

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February-March 2011 Issue

 The winter months aren't very kind to our wildlife. Birds and animals take death defying chances to get food and as a result, often become sick and injured. That's when rehabilatators receive them for care. Compassionate, caring people will go out of their way to rescue these wildlings, and take the time to locate someone to try to care for...

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February-March 2011 Issue

The chinchilla is a medium-sized rodent whose original habitat included the semi-arid, rocky slopes of the Andes in present day Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.  Chinchillas are known for their thick lustrous fur coat, which enables them to thrive at the cooler mountain elevations of 10,000 - 15,000 feet....

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February-March 2011 Issue

When I first moved into my current home there were a half dozen neighborhood cats out and about.  Now, three years later, they have all disappeared.  One I saw lying dead in the middle of the road.  One that used to nap on our porch furniture showed up one day filthy, emaciated,...

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February-March 2011 Issue

The old adage is true, you are what you eat, and in the case of our beloved companions, they are what we feed them. With increasing concern over pet food recalls and growing distrust for some pet food manufacturers, feeding our pets is becoming an incredibly stressful part of our daily routines. Many American families...

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February-March 2011 Issue

If you share your life with a bird, you know that bird owners are in a somewhat unusual position compared to pet owners of other species. When someone owns a dog, a cat or even a fish, others understand their obsessions, even when they don't own them, or even want to. Those same people rarely understand why bird owners are...

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February-March 2011 Issue

Have you ever seen an old toy poodle with a severe dry hair coat and a noticeable pot belly who walks around panting all the time?  This is a typical presentation for hyperadrenocorticism  (Cushing’s Disease) which affects middle aged to older dogs.  Although no exact number of patients...

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February-March 2011 Issue

Although I have reviewed a number of books in the past on rescued and rescuing animals, it is a topic about which too much cannot be said.  Here are three more recently published titles.

 Julie Klam was thirty, single and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, wondering if "Mr. Right" would ever come...

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February-March 2011 Issue

 Rodent websites usually have a forum on health issues relating to your pet of choice. They are full of good advice from novice to seasoned pet owners. Often the medical advice given to the novice by these sources is the only healthcare a rodent gets.

I spend much time reading mouse and rat forums. Often heartbreaking...

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February-March 2011 Issue

"My cats never go outside..."

"But we have a tall fence..."

"My friend was supposed to watch her..."

Isabella's people were out of town for the weekend. A pet sitter was...

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February-March 2011 Issue

Pet overpopulation is a burden on our society; homeless, stray animals suffer from deprivation, injury, abusive treatment and neglect.  Communities carry the financial and emotional stress of caring for, and often euthanizing, homeless animals.  Spaying and neutering companion animals is a simple procedure that can help...

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