Friday, May 23, 2008
"A honeymoon period can exist if you are 18 or 80, have children or don't, are married or not and causes many roundtable discussions among people who are committed to caring for these animals.
The period starts when you decide to adopt an animal. Your adrenaline increases along with your excitement level. You are sure you will find just the right pet for you and off you go to an animal shelter or rescue group.
Up and down the aisles you go, peering in every kennel to find just the right one. Is that one too hairy, or maybe a little too small? I like that one with the brindle coat, but I think she is a little big. What do you think?"
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Paloma is a runner. She loves to run. She doesn’t run anywhere in particular, mind you, she just enjoys the experience. Sometimes she gets to run in wide open spaces, like at the park, sometimes she runs alongside her mom’s bike, and sometimes she just runs back and forth through the house. To her, it doesn’t much matter, just as long as she gets to run. The way her life started out, however, it was possible that she might never have gotten the chance.Paloma is a one-year-old half English setter/half English pointer mix. Her name, which is Spanish for “dove,” was bestowed upon her because as a very young puppy, she was entirely white. The result of an accidental breeding between two show dogs, Paloma and her six sisters were unexpected and unwanted by the owners of both parent dogs. Fortunately, all seven dogs made their way to a pointer rescue shelter, and have since all found happy homes."
"So, it's May, and there are all kinds of babies being born. Chicks are hatching, baby turtles are coming up for air, kittens are plenteful, and of course, dogs are having puppies. Spring has sprung, and so have the baby animals.
This is the time of year where pet sales sky rocket. After all, the weather is nice, and people think of how much fun it would be to adopt or purchase a new furry family member. If this is you, that's ok, just try and be responsible about your decision. The shelters are full of animals that were bought in the spring and returned in the winter because things didn't work out. To prevent this, here are a few pointers:"
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Cats are sweet and cuddly! It’s easy to get swept up in the emotion and buy a cat without thinking. But that’s not how it should be.
Whether or not to adopt a cat is by no means an easy decision. It carries with it huge responsibility. You will have to take care of a cat until its death, which could be in 15 to 20 years. In addition, you should be ready to spend a large amount of your time feeding the cat, grooming it, and playing with it on a daily basis.
Keep the following points in mind before deciding to adopt a cat:"
"It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.
If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"With some dogs, it's always a toss-up as to who is "master" of whom, and whether the dog is man's best friend or vice versa.
Our blue Doberman, Buddha, was on of those incredibly self-possessed beings who always took the attitude that eventually she would get her humans fully trained. She was a working dog, a companion and guard dog while Eddie, my husband, was a field service engineer, and covered a territory that included southern New England and New York. Buddha had her favorite pit stops and nudged him at mealtimes when they'd pass the golden arches."
Monday, May 19, 2008
I love Supernatural on the CW so I was happy to find Jared Padalecki involved with animals. What a nice guy.
"You fell in love with him as “Dean,” the first boy to steal Rory Gilmore’s heart (among other things, ahem). Now you find yourself even more in love with him as “Sam,” the superhot Supernatural hero who drifts from town to town fighting demons and ghosts and all sorts of evil creatures wherever he goes. And just when you thought you couldn’t possibly love Jared Padalecki more, he goes and does something so wonderful, like starring in peta2’s newest “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog …” anti-fur ad, that it pushes you straight over the edge to full-blown obsession."
"What has happened over the past couple of decades that has landed the mighty polar bear on the "threatened" list under the Endangered Species Act? Scientists believe that at least two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be gone within 40 years. The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that the biggest concern for the bears’ future is the shrinking Arctic sea ice, which is quickly reducing the size of the bear’s habitat. Heightened controversy over the status of the polar bear is tied to the fact that this is the first time a species has been considered for listing specifically because its habitat is threatened by global warming."