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Having a Pet Instead of a Child

by Sandy Sterling

Some people just have this urge inside of them to take care of something throughout its life. In many cases this void can either be filled by having a child or through obtaining a pet. Now there are going to be hundreds of websites detailing the joys of parenthood, but there are numerous reasons why having a pet could be far better for you than having a child.

  1. Kids Take Up A Lot of Time

    If there is one definitive thing that you can say about children, is that from their birth to when they leave the nest, they are going to take up a lot of time. Most people do not have nannies or means of having someone watch their children all the time so that they can maintain their active social life. With this in mind, pets are ideal for this scenario once you have gotten them past the stage of relieving themselves inside your house. Once they are housebroken, you can literally leave a pet for hours without a need to have someone sit with them.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.

We have all learned and recited the nursery rhyme about Mary and her lamb. It is a sweet poem and made me wonder if lambs would make a good pets.

Research on keeping a lamb for a pet was sparse which leads me to think not many have considered the option. Before you plan on raising a lamb you need to realize that they do not stay small and cute and are a huge responsibility. They grow to become quite large, strong and consume most anything eatable.

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Your Buddy For Life Can Be an African Grey

by Joyce Stewart

Parrots have at all times fascinated me. I remember when I was a child, we used to pay a visit to my aunt who had a pet parrot. The parrot was amusing and exceedingly friendly. Loneliness has entered my life since the death of my husband. While looking through selected pictures the other day, I found one of me with my aunt’s parrot. Whilst looking at the photos, I considered buying a parrot as a pet.

The trouble was that I did not know anything at all, about caring for a parrot. My aunt always believed that only time and patience were needed. The Quandary was that patience was not my strong point. I was certain though, that if I learned more about parrots, I could take fantastic care of one. It would give me the friendship I desired and fun too. I decided that a call to the library was in order first.The library would give me all the information and advice that I needed to decide whether I could look after a parrot properly and with the care and attention it deserves.

Animal Rights
Animal Hoarding

“Being kept by a hoarder is a slow kind of death for an animal.” D. Randall Lockwood, ASPCA Senior Vice President

Animal hoarding is a devastating plight not only for the animal but also the hoarder. Gary Patronek, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, defines hoarding as the “pathological human behavior that involves a compulsive need to obtain and control animals, coupled with a failure to recognize their suffering”.

Health & Safety
Guidelines To Consider Before Adopting Pet Rabbit

by David Neil Warren

Did you recently adopt a pet rabbit but don’t know yet how to take care of its health and its grooming needs? You need not to worry because in this article, we will share to you important things that you need to know about rabbit hygiene. As you know, maintaining the health and welfare of the rabbit or any other pets for that matter is the main concern of any pet owners and one way to do that is by making sure that they are properly hygienic all the time. Here are the important things that you must remember:

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Oink My Life With Mini-Pigs

Mini-pigs you ask! We read so much about dogs and cats as pets and their cute ways but have you ever considered a mini-pig as a pet? Our preconceived notions…

Birds
Pet-in-Laws: Moving in with Your Partner’s Pet

Moving in together can be a big adjustment. Instead of making decisions for one, you have to compromise on everything — the dishes, the dusting, the dinner parties. If your partner has a pet, it complicates things even more. Sure, seeing this cuddly creature on an occasional basis was a breeze, but how will you handle living with it every single day?

Pretend like you’re dealing with your in-laws. After all, it’s practically the same thing. You’re two parties brought together by one common interest — your partner. So if you want to make the best of your new situation (and live in pet harmony), follow these simple guidelines:

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Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo

I have to be honest and say that I am writing this story under the pressure of a lot of jealousy, as I was not able to be there personally. That being said, a couple of weekends ago the people of Toronto were host to the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo which boasted what some in attendance said was 100 plus vendors total. One of the major points that I would have been attracted to was the Wall of Breeders that was created by Ricky’s Reptile Enclosures Inc., which in itself could have been a show on the ball python species. One person in attendance said the following

“Ricky did a good job of putting the wall together for all the top breeders to showcase their best ball pythons at the show. There were some beautiful morphs being displayed.”

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Why Bearded Dragons Make Great Pets

by Mario Ross

When it comes to choosing a pet, many people automatically think of getting a dog or cat. However, there are other four legged creatures that can make great pets. One of these is the bearded dragon.

Bearded dragons may not be the first choice for many folks. People have many misconceptions about reptiles, thinking that they are hard to care for, are dangerous or unsuitable in the home. The great thing about bearded dragons is that they make for interesting home companions and take about as much investment in caring for the pet as it would in caring for other types of animals.

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