Browsing: More Pets & Animals
by Sandi Lilly
If you’ve decided it’s time to purchase a furry friend, be sure to do your due diligence. Purchasing an animal from a disreputable breeder may mean that you end up with a puppy or kitten that isn’t the breed you’ve paid for. Worse, you may end up with an animal that is ill-tempered or carrying a disease.
For these reasons, it’s incredibly important that you do your research before purchasing a pet. Check the reputation of potential breeders online before handing over your hard-earned cash.
Avoid Puppy Mills
When you take the time to research breeders online before making a purchase, you can avoid puppy mills. These disreputable breeders run breeding operations that are unclean, dangerous, and can potentially spread disease. When you’re learning about breeders in your area, avoid prices or turnaround times that seem too good to be true. Instead, opt to purchase from a reputable dealer with good references.
We recently received a complimentary copy of “Classic Cuts” by Music My Pet. The CD is classical music that is specifically for animals to provide comfort and relieve anxiety. When we were asked to review the CD our first question was “What makes this CD better than a classical music CD we can pick up anywhere?” We were politely informed that this CD did not include the dramatic content that may occur in everyday classical music. That alone peaked our interest enough to want the opportunity to hear the CD!
Tom Nazziola, the president and creator of Music My Pet, is the talent and brains behind this remarkable CD. He personally edits, produces and performs all the music so that the dramatic sections are removed. The instruments used are known to calm pets such as the harp, piano, classical guitar, etc. Brass commonly used in classical music does not have a calming effect on your pets.
by Dave Thomas
It’s safe to say that if you have a pet, you love him or her with your entire heart.
For the pet owner that is trying to get their new dog, cat, or other animal to feel more comfortable around their new home, there are some tricks they can try.
Did you know that certain kinds of furniture fabric will help your pet better accommodate themselves?
Some fabrics are what you would consider “pet-friendly,” so you may want to look to them when making a furniture purchase and/or getting a new covering for your chairs, sofa, and bed.
Among the options:
Growing up I had several pets, and while the experience was filled with fond memories, there was an inevitable pain to pet ownership: death. Memories of taking my burly Golden Retriever to the vet to be euthanized, the experience of my parents telling me a car hit my cat, and sending my rabbit to the vet knowing her disease couldn’t be treated taught me about the tragedy of loss. In turn, the death of my pets taught me at a very young age the value of life.
Though experiencing the death of a pet is a sad and oftentimes confusing time for a child, if handled appropriately, the child can learn from the experience, appreciating the time spent with their pet and the precious gift of life.
The following ways can help your child cope with their pet’s death:
The English language has some wonderful collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We have: Herd of cows, Flock of chickens, School of fish, Gaggle of geese, Pride of lions, Murder of crows, Exaltation of doves and Parliament of owls. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not ……. a Congress!
For some unknown reason I found this to be quite entertaining and wondered what group of people or society came up with the the names for the various groups of animals. I did an extensive search for several days around the internet with no success in finding the answer. However I did find it interesting that some of the things we say like “memory of an elephant” perhaps came from the names given to animal groups. Have a look through the list and see how many you can find.