February-March 2012 Articles


        
  
  
      





    
    
    

    



            
    
    
    

    



  
    
    
    

    



  
February-March 2012 Issue

       For the first time since adopting our cat 18 months ago, we needed to go out of town. We placed our two dogs in a crate-free kennel and flew away, leaving Waldo in the care of a pet sitter. I realized not long before we left that Waldo had not been left alone–with neither dogs nor people–for any longer than four hours since...

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February-March 2012 Issue

            Selecting the fish for your home aquarium is one of the most exciting parts of the process but it may not be as easy as it sounds. Many novice fish-keepers simply stop in their local pet store and purchase whatever species of fish that catches their eye. This is certainly one method of selecting the occupants for your tank,...

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February-March 2012 Issue

One of my clients recently agreed to take in another horse to keep her mare company. Her mare had lived with her as a single horse for several months. Although I strongly recommend that horses live as part of a herd, this particular horse needed focused one-on-one time with her new human to overcome a few human-related scars...

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February-March 2012 Issue

Volunteers–where would many organizations be without them? These special people are the backbone of many charitable groups. I truly believe God sends angels in the guise of volunteers. My wildlife refuge is no exception. We could not survive without these wonderful people.

I realized this two...

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February-March 2012 Issue

    It is often said that the only way to end a pet’s suffering is to make your own suffering begin. Deciding to euthanize a beloved pet is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner can face. This decision is affected by the pet owner’s personal beliefs, their relationship with their pet, and the pet’s unique situation. The animal’s...

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February-March 2012 Issue

Whether consciously or not, nearly everyone believes in the “What goes around, comes around” world view.  Some call this “justice,” some call it “karma,” and others just keep getting blind-sided by the “effects” of causes they have set into motion many moons ago and wondering, “Why?” When we do think...

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February-March 2012 Issue

You do everything you can to make your home comfortable and beautiful, but some of the things you are doing could be killing your birds. Birds have much smaller lungs than people, and little things in the air could cause tremendous damage that wouldn’t be detected by humans. That’s why miners used to send...

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February-March 2012 Issue

There are three things that may determine the longevity of an animal’s life:

1.       Genetics

2.       Environment - daily...

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February-March 2012 Issue

Dental care is very important.  Think of how it would be if we never brushed our teeth?  No one would want to be around us, talk to us, or receive kisses from us.  We brush our teeth, most of us brushing at least twice daily.  Why does it seem like such a stretch to brush our cat’s and dog’s teeth then...

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February-March 2012 Issue

It is often truly said that for many people, pets aren't just animals they are members of the family–but would you go so far as to clone your four-footed family member after he had passed away?  Cloning is not a new subject and neither is pet cloning.  However, recent stories in the news and a recent showing of...

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February-March 2012 Issue

Life is a cycle–a process of getting from one point to another. If the process becomes broken, there are consequences.  When I brought home nine hamsters from animal control, it was more out of a sense of urgency than fascination. The whole bunch had been at animal control for a long time with no hope of...

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February-March 2012 Issue

There are approximately 5,000 community animal shelters in the United States.  This seems like a large number until you think about how many companion animals these shelters serve, which is somewhere around five to seven million animals annually according to the ASPCA.  Then it becomes...

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February-March 2012 Issue

My friend and I had taken in a young dog, Benji, who had been in a bad situation. We hoped of finding a home for him.  We already had three dogs in the house and couldn’t permanently take responsibility for another.  We had Benji for a couple of months before throwing in the towel, realizing that we...

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February-March 2012 Issue

Pit bulls throughout this country suffer on a daily basis as a result of the public’s many misunderstandings about these dogs. Fear and prejudice arise from a general ignorance about the breed. In the 50s and 60s, Rottweilers, German shepherds, and Doberman pinchers were feared in a similar fashion. Ironically, the...

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