December-January 2012 Articles


        
  
  
      





    
    
    

    



            
    
    
    

    



  
    
    
    

    



  
December-January 2012 Issue

      At this time of year, I often find myself longing for a day of simple routine, the very antithesis of the holiday season.  My husband often teases me that I am “just like our dogs,” needing to do certain things at the same time every day, otherwise I get cranky.
        In our house, clocks as a gross measure of time are unnecessary...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       Many of you are probably used to seeing fish tanks in the waiting room when you go to the dentist or the doctor’s office. Maybe you’ve even stepped up once or twice to take a closer look at the giant goldfish and massive plecostomus (algae eaters) these tanks are often home to - but how many of you have ever considered starting your own...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       I was mucking Kaylaa’s stall, while Jesse was hanging with me in the barn for his after lunch nap. Jesse is an old Percheron who had  pulled a plow in the Amish country for many years and  drew a carriage filled with tourists through New Haven, CT. After 32 years, Jesse deserved some tender loving care and came to live with us....

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December-January 2012 Issue

       My work as a wildlife rehabilitator has many ups and downs–sometime I think more downs than ups. Many orphaned babies coming into the refuge are usually compromised due to the hardships they endure in the wild.
       Squirrel nests are destroyed from nor’easters, high winds, mankind chopping down their homes and hurricanes. Recent...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       Obesity has become an extremely important health problem in the Western world, not just for humans, but for our furry friends as well.  Obesity in pets is associated with joint problems, diabetes, respiratory disease, and decreased life span.  Recent estimates suggest that up to 35% of dogs and cats in the US are obese.
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December-January 2012 Issue

      Deborah Burroughs, founder and matriarch of both Holly Ridge Manor Pet Motel and Doggie Daycare Center and K-9 New Life Center, passed away on August 18, 2011. Born in England, Debbie moved to Chesapeake, Virginia when she was five years old and was a graduate of Indian River High School. 
      When her parents purchased the sixty...

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December-January 2012 Issue

      Birds are wonderful pets and full of fun. However, unlike many domesticated pets, they are not easily deterred from their natural instincts. Dogs rarely bite the hands that feed them, but birds are not so inclined. The trick to avoid getting bit largely depends on understanding why birds bite, and also knowing that some...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       This is an exciting time; a baby is on the way.  Up until now the dog has been the baby of the family and things are going to have to change. Dogs are social creatures. Left on their own, they form packs. A canine pack is organized. There are leaders and followers, all equally essential to the pack's survival. Your dog belongs to a pack...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       The book I'm reviewing this issue has all the elements of a top-notch bestselling thriller–breathtaking suspense, a violent and unpredictable setting, an unlikely pair of heroes ill-prepared for their new surroundings, and an ending that will have readers on the edge of their seats.  However, Mike Dowling's book Sergeant Rex is not a...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       Hamsters in my mouse rescue is nothing new; we frequently take in misfits and biters from various animal shelters, including dwarf hamsters, which are very popular in pet stores today. They are very social and can live happily in groups of the same gender and can live up to three years. But I have never been very close to hamsters...

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December-January 2012 Issue

       On any given day, walking into the Virginia Beach SPCA–or most shelters for that matter–there are hundreds of animals looking for their forever homes.  These cats, dogs, small mammals and birds are often looking at each person walking by and asking - are you my person, my forever home, are we a match?
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December-January 2012 Issue

       It was a cold winter morning when word arrived at Animal Control that two boxers were living under someone's house. The owners of the house did not want them there and had not been feeding them. When officers arrived, they found two cadaverous dogs, barely alive, with no fat or muscle on their bodies, covered with fleas and sores. The...

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