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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. We’ve all been taught the holiday was set aside by the Pilgrims to express gratitude for having survived their first year here in the New World. The truth is, the holiday, while touted as a sacred time to share with family and friends, has been a tool for … Continue reading

The Secret Monkey Breeding Facility Florida Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Unless you are a Luddite, you are aware of the recent Ebola scare in the United States. What you may not know is that Ebola is spread to humans by some animals, including monkeys. So riddle me this, Batman: Why is Hendry County, Florida’s local government allowing a company to open a macaque breeding facility there?  Well, … Continue reading

The “New Age” of Shock Collars: Are Static Correction Collars Safe?

Recently I received an email touting “research” proclaiming that most people that try static collars are happy with the results. The press release was sent by PetPR.com on behalf of Radio Systems® Corporation (RSC), the maker of PetSafe®,Invisible Fence® and SportDOG™ According to the press release from PetPR.com, “The survey of more than 1,000 pet owners reveals … Continue reading

Tacky Gifts: Dot-to-Dot for Grown-ups?

Somehow I’ve appeared on lots of publicists’ email lists. Not that I mind; I get some great ideas for blog posts from them. Recently I got an email touting a dot-to-dot book for adults. The topic? Animals. What? Are you kidding me? Dot-to-dot? Who does that? Actually, I kinda like the book. These are not simple … Continue reading

The Perpetual Holiday Dilemma: What to Eat?

Ah, the holidays! Time for meals with friends and family, parties where food and drink are served, snacks and treats brought to the office. Yum! But some of us are being more conscientious about how we eat. Maybe you’re “that one” at work or in the family that is the picky eater. While you are … Continue reading

The End of the African Elephant

In 20 years, most of us will still be alive. Which means most of us will be around to witness the extinction of the African elephant.  Killing of elephants for their tusks has reached unsustainable levels. Humans now kill more elephants than are born each year. George Wittemyera, Joseph M. Northrup, Julian Blanc, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Patrick … Continue reading

The Kitty Cat Conundrum

Cats. The great manipulators. Who can look upon me with such disdain, and me not feel offended? When I’m eating, he acts as though he’s starving. When I’m working on the computer, he is dying for a little affection. But what is June Buggie doing when I want to spend some time with him? Here … Continue reading

One of Those Days….

You ever have those days when you feel like nobody likes you? I do. In fact, I had one today. Today I was served a belly-full of passive-aggressiveness, out-right aggressiveness, along with a side of cold shoulders. On the drive home I prayed to the Universe, asking what in the hell I did to deserve … Continue reading

Some New Thoughts About Animal Adoption

Happy Halloween! May your treats be many, and tricks be few! Speaking of tricks, there are some new tricks being utilized in the animal adoption trade. Some you may find frightening! But should they be? When I talked recently with Olivia Melikhov and Susan Furukawa of the ASPCA, I asked about old notions of animal adoption that … Continue reading

The Ecosystem That is My Backyard

Have you ever stopped and thought about all the animals that share your world with you? Oh sure, you have a companion animal, be it dog, cat, or other animal friend. But what other animals do you share your life with? Do you even notice them? I share the place I live with chipmunks. Squirrels. Toads. A … Continue reading

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