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April-May 2012 Issue

       Over the past month, I have had to remind myself that it was still winter. As a dog walker, my usually most difficult time of the year outdoors has been delightful. The warmth and sunshine has caused front yards and sidewalks to be filled with children playing, moms pushing strollers, and kids zooming about on bikes and skateboards. All...

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April-May 2012 Issue

            Aquarium fish are not completely maintenance-free pets, but they do require a lot less attention than dogs or cats. While you do need to feed your fish on a daily basis and you should perform a few routine maintenance tasks, aquarium fish do not require daily walks and they certainly do not need a litter box. If you are...

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April-May 2012 Issue

The ancient yak-like creature in the middle of the paddock did not aspire to anything–nothing left to accomplish, nothing left to complete. Maybe there was a sliver of hope to find a person … his person … who would make sure that he would have enough time to digest his meals, who would bring an extra bucket of beet pulp...

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April-May 2012 Issue

Sugar gliders are marsupials native to the forests of New Guinea and the east coast of Australia. Being a marsupial, the female sugar glider has a pouch in which she raises 1-2 young (joeys). The sugar glider name comes from their fondness for the sweet sap and gums of certain species of eucalyptus and acacia trees, and from the flap of...

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April-May 2012 Issue

Spring has arrived at Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge. It’s so long to leisurely meals, and watching TV; there’s no more shopping at my favorite thrift stores. It’s hello to early rising, frequent feedings, cage cleaning and food preparation for weaning wildlife. But, I feel we are equipped to handle whatever comes in. (Check...

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April-May 2012 Issue

       I admit it; I am biased toward large dogs.  When watching the Westminster Kennel Club competition in February, I was captivated and enthralled by the dogs in the Working, Herding, and Sporting groups.  But, when it came to the small dog categories, I became bored and fidgety.  I was in and out of the room, did a load of laundry, played...

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April-May 2012 Issue

       Pet birds are very susceptible to a serious mental illness that leads to many physical disorders: separation anxiety. They are predisposed to this anxiety disorder because of the unnatural conditions they live in. Before you get your feathers ruffled, and prepare to fight—that doesn’t mean you aren’t keeping your beautiful birds in the...

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April-May 2012 Issue

Allergies are common among people, but what you may not know is that they are equally common among animals.  Many species of animals can experience allergies.  Symptoms can range from an occasional itch or scratch to chronic irritation of the skin with severe hair loss.  People with...

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April-May 2012 Issue

Here in Massachusetts we experienced the "winter that never was."  We had many balmy spring and summer-like days, perfect for going to the park, the beach and other atypical winter locations.  With spring now here and summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about some light and enjoyable reading material for your upcoming...

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April-May 2012 Issue

 The history of mice is a fascinating one and well worth a few minutes to read.  As man changed from being hunter-gatherers to farmings 8,000 to 13,000 years ago, the mouse became something more than a quick snack on a stick. When man harvested the first grain crops, the mouse was there to share in the bounty. In Sanskrit (ancient Indian...

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April-May 2012 Issue

By my estimation, I have done well over 13,000 dog walks during the last seven years while operating my pet care company. I have no idea the actual number of different dogs this represents. However, I know I am being given the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of breeds, from very small (5 pounds) to very...

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April-May 2012 Issue

Unless rabbits come into your home from the same litter, they are often not as friendly with each other as one would think. They are unhappy sharing their food and personal space. After owning a dozen pet rabbits over the years, we have found that our present two yearlings to be quite different. Timmie Grace is an...

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