Saturday, March 29, 2008

What Are Pixie-Bobs?

I had never heard of a Pixie-Bob until a friend mentioned them last night. So, I set out to see what I could find. These are fascinating cats.

"Pixie-bobs are highly intelligent, social, active (but not hyper-active), bold, and enjoy playing with other animals.

They are also known for their "chirps", chatters, and growls; most don't meow often, and some don't meow at all. Chirping is essentially their "language", and some of their chirping actually sounds like purring.

Some Pixie-Bobs can be highly sociable around both their owners and strangers, while others are shy around strangers. Almost all Pixie-Bobs like to be in the same room as their owners, and will follow their owners around the house."

"The origination of the Pixie-Bob came from out in the Cascade mountains, near the shore of Puget Sound were short tailed polydactyl female barn cat was being attacked by another cat. The owner turned on the back porch light to see what was going on. They saw a Coastal Red bob cat leaving the scene. Two months later their barn cat had a litter of unusually wild looking kittens."

Lots of pictures here.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Homeless Animals

"Karen DeAngelis began her career in veterinary science, hoping to make a difference. She believes she is.

In addition to seeing to the medical needs of animals, she volunteers as a board member at the Peninsula SPCA.

"Some say the number of homeless animals is too great, so how can one person make a difference?" she says.

"I learned I can in many ways — from fostering hundreds of young kittens through the years to offering medical aid to the shelter pets. From volunteering with Noah's Wish after Hurricane Katrina to walking in our first annual Paws for a Cause Walkathon last year. There are so many ways one person can make a difference and even save a pet's life — it's easy to start."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Houdini Dog

Interesting story.

"His name is Butch, but you could call him the Houdini dog.

Here one minute. Gone the next.

The 10-pound silky terrier lived in Barberton with Ellen and Mark Thompson, then after a short adoption elsewhere, disappeared.

Nobody knows where he went or what happened to him. But he reappeared six months later."

"When the urge to adopt strikes, few potential pet parents consider the costs of pet ownership, which can often be far greater (and run longer) than they anticipated. The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) today released its updated guide to pet costs to help new pet parents plan and budget for their futures."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wolves and A Kitty

I found a wonderful new blog today. It's actually perfect because it covers two of my favorite subjects; Jericho and wolves. Be sure to check it out here.

"This is Miss Gypz Jingles. She was once a shelter kitty, then a foster kitty. I adopted her and she adopted me at the end of July last year. We were destined to become family.

This little baby

This is Miss Gypz Jingles. She was once a shelter kitty, then a foster kitty. I adopted her and she adopted me at the end of July last year. We were destined to become family.

This little baby feline teaches me so much. She is the fine example of love, and independence. Her personality is that of curious, social, intellectual and ambitious. Yes, she has ambitions. And, she is quite opinionated."

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pet Adoption Resources

Here's a website with tons of information.

"Welcome to our pet adoption mini website. Here you will find information about how you can obtain a pet through pet adoption. Here you will also find a list of resources you can use when seeking the right pet, along with the most current news about pet adoption. The information presented here is useful if you plan on adopting a pet in the United States."

"In my world, there are few things more noble than those who work on behalf of the homeless and unwanted pets in our area. To that end, I've begun assembling links for those groups dedicated to pet adoption and reducing the pet population through spay/neuter."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pet Blogging

" Psychologist Larina Kase of Philadelphia says there are countless reasons people blog on behalf of their pets. "Pets are part of the family, yet we can't communicate with them about many things, so pet owners may blog about their pets as a way to better understand how their pets think and feel," she says.

And blogging in such a way, Kase says, can help a person connect with other humans, too.

"People bond over shared interests, especially those that they are passionate about. Walking a dog is a great way to meet other dog walkers and people who stop to pet your dog." Blogging, she says, is "21st-century dog walking."

Plus, says Kase, who doesn't want to live vicariously through their pet? "Every pet owner has had a moment when they look at their pet and think, 'I want his life. He eats, naps, goes for a little walk -- what a life.'" She thinks pet blogging might even be an effective way to relieve stress."