All it takes is sleeping on one international flight to convince anyone that lying down is the only way to get a good night’s sleep. However, not all mammals sleep lying down. Horses, despite the tiring look of their heavy, long bodies, actually do most of their sleeping standing up — and it’s more than a quirk of the species – there’s a scientific reason why.
It’s part of their survival
The root of horses sleeping while standing comes from their days in the wild and their “fight or flight” response. Rather than fight like some animals do when attacked, horses, being herbivores, are more inclined to flight, or run, from their predators. Since they have a difficult time standing up once they lay down, standing gives horses a higher chance of survival.
Every reader of petsblogs is aware of the huge benefits animals can have for our minds, souls, and bodies. In recent years, medical and therapeutic organizations have started to appreciate these benefits themselves, and started introducing animal-based therapies to help struggling people to reconnect with their lives. The effects have been startlingly effective. Thus far, dogs have led the way in the animal healing sphere. However, increasingly people are starting to wake up to the potentially huge therapeutic skills of one of the greatest partners and most selfless helpers humanity has ever had – the horse.
Everyone loves a good pet, and dogs and cats are the most commonly owned household pets. However, they aren’t the only animals that can be called a pet, but there are a few other animals that are almost as popular as canines and felines:
Reptiles — Did you know that American’s own about 13.4 million reptiles? This includes snakes, lizards, and even turtles. Most reptiles are fairly low maintenance, so they don’t require too much work to care for. Just keep them fed, give them enough room to move around in, and they’ll be awesome exotic pets that will be a companion for life! They can live a long time — Iguanas can live up to 20 years — and they won’t be too much work for you to keep.
Petrific is the Cadillac of record keeping for your pets. If you have a pet, no matter if it is a cat, dog, rabbit, bird, fish, reptile, horse or any other imaginable companion you will love this site.
What is Petrific you ask! It is an online electronic medical record that helps you keep all of your pet’s vital information in one place. You can access this information from anywhere, so no matter where you are, you and the veterinary health provider can access the information needed to care for your pet. So if you are on vacation and heaven forbid something happens to your beloved pet, forgetting to pack those important records will not be a problem.
Reviewed by Carol M. Upton
I have been blessed with many animal friends in my life, but you were unique. I had a connection with you since your wobbly foal legs held you up and until your aged arthritic legs no longer allowed you to stand. ~ Denise Lee Branco
In the award-winning Horse at the Corner Post, Denise Lee Branco writes straight from the heart about her deep, lifelong connection to her quarter horse, Freedom.
BURBANK, Calif., February 21, 2012 – Legendary Academy Award®-winning motion picture director/producer Steven Spielberg presents the critically acclaimed and multi Academy Award®-nominated epic adventure “War Horse” on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, April 3. This newest home entertainment release not only enthralls viewers once again with its visually stunning and emotionally heartwarming story on the Blu-ray, but also offers an unprecedented look into the making of the film by Spielberg himself.
The extraordinary journey of courage and friendship as seen through the eyes of one unforgettable horse named Joey and his miraculous journey to find his way back home, “War Horse” is a must own contemporary classic for everyone’s home entertainment collection. Spielberg’s renowned creative passion and artistry not only shine throughout the film but are also evident in all the fascinating bonus features included exclusively on the Blu-ray disc.
Pets have been around for as long as I can remember (which is quite a while). They have also been on many, many television shows over the years. Some of them have carried the entire show. They entertain, amuse and amaze with their tricks and talent. Here are some I actually remembered and some I found looking around the internet. As I was thinking and looking so many memories of these beloved pets returned. Go ahead and read through them and see how many of them you remember. If you remember any that are not listed, please let us know.