Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals

Giraffes Are Gorgeous: Graceful, Beautiful Animals Giraffes Are Gorgeous ~ But They Need Help Come with me to learn about those tall, graceful, gorgeous animals known as giraffes. Their numbers in the wild are decreasing throughout the world each year. African Giraffes alone, are already listed as an endangered species because their habitat is being encroached upon by civilization cutting down trees to clear the land. Giraffes only...

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Honoring our Military and Police Dogs

Today is National K9 Veteran’s day.  As much as we love our pets, it’s a day we should all honor.  The tasks our military and police dogs take on are some of the worst, and some of the most effective.  Today, I’d like to honor them with some excellent books that feature these K9’s. While they’ve been used, probably throughout time, for various tasks from carting things, patrolling boundaries, etc., today they are honed into such...

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Omega-3 Supplements for your Dog’s Health

  Dogs need Omega-3 in their diets too We give our little dog a splash of Welactin’s Natural Omega3 Supplement every day with her meal. A veterinarian first suggested it to us as a supplement, and we love it. Actually, so does our dog! It is part of the reason she still looks like a puppy when she is ten years old. We first got it as an overall health supplement. It is made of salmon or fish oil, so we know it is good for...

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Introduction to Additives and Preservatives in Food for Pets and People

By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. For many centuries, specific ingredients have served a beneficial purpose in helping to preserve a variety of food for pets, and people. The use of salt was a very common ingredient to preserve fish, meat, and poultry. Herbs and spices have also been used to improve the flavor of foods. Many people have preserved fruits with sugar, and pickled cucumbers in a vinegar solution. The Food and Drug Administration...

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How Much Do You Know About Birds?

How Much Do You Know About Birds? Many of us are fascinated by birds. It’s no wonder when we see wonderful photos in bright colors showing so many varieties of birds. Did you know there are about 10,000 different species? Close to seventy percent of those are found in the rain forests. In the United States, households have 40 million birds as pets these days. I bet you already know the ostrich is the largest bird, but did you know one...

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Dogs I Have Known and Loved

  Dogs I Have Known and Loved Author’s note:This story was originally written in 2012. Since that time I have lost my dear little pug, Sarah, which is the first story you will read. She was 15 when she died, she was blind, diabetic, and barely able to get around due to aches and pains. I guided her to bed at night, and I stayed close to her during the day, so she would not panic. The time came, however, when the...

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Cecil the Lion: What We Learned

Who Was Cecil? Cecil the lion was an icon, a black maned lion who earned respect the hard way, by surviving the hardship of being a lion in a place where his kind are killed by hunters every day. But Cecil was more than that, he was a subject of study for England’s University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university. Cecil’s life came to an end...

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All the Queen’s … Pigeons

The Queen and her racing pigeons. It’s widely known that Queen Elizabeth II is extremely fond of horse racing but did you know that she’s also a pigeon fancier? She keeps a stable (if that’s the right word) of racing pigeons in the grounds of the Norfolk royal residence, Sandringham. She has over two hundred pigeons and is said to be extremely knowledgeable about the birds, their care and of course, about pigeon...

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Fort Lauderdale: Dog Friendly Vacation Rental

Vacation in Fort Lauderdale – with your dog. Did you know that a recent survey showed that 90% of dog-owning travellers consider their pet when booking accommodation? If you’re one of that huge number of people, then allow me to introduce to you our Fort Lauderdale vacation paradise – and yes, your dog is most welcome too. In fact, we have special treats and amenities that are especially for him or her. But first,...

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Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses?

Where’s The Lawful Protection For Wild Horses? Were We Smarter In 1971 or Just Less Greedy?   Congress enacted Public Law 92-195 in 1971 that stated unequivocally that wild, free-roaming horses and burros “are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros...

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Rescue and Adopt a Pet!

Rescue and Adopt a Pet! Want a pet cat or dog? Why not adopt one? There are many animals at your local shelters hoping to be rescued and adopted out to good homes. My Kitty Adoption Story: Back in September 2014 we took in a lost girl tabby kitty. It was friendly, adorable and cuddly. She wasn’t afraid of you at all. The day we took her in she was found near the shelter hanging out in a tree. The shelter was not open so...

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Expensive operation for constipated goldfish

British pet-lover paid £300 for an operation for his constipated goldfish. This is true On 1st January, 2015, a British pet-owner could no longer conceal his concern for his goldfish. He’d noticed (and this is a mystery in itself) that the unfortunate fish was having a problem in the bowel department. Luckily, his local veterinary office, in addition to dealing with the average pet problem, specialised  more exotic animals and...

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Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws. All cat lovers will appreciate these warm, cosy throws and pillows because their designs are truly beautiful. These are quality throws and pillows at very reasonable prices. They are made of luxurious materials designed for utter comfort. Throws: 1. Kitty Korner: The Manual Tapestry with Fringe This is a woven tapestry throw 47 x 60 inches. It is made in the USA. It has 8 panels...

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Has Anyone Seen Our Pig?

On December 3rd 1976 a large inflatable pig made a run for it during a photoshoot at Battersea Power Station. Andy Royston investigates.  “I’ve a right to think,” said Alice sharply,  for she was beginning to feel a little worried. “Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly.” Lewis Carroll It all started as Roger Waters’ bright idea to promote the new Pink Floyd album Animals. He lived within sight of the...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and a Joyous Thanksgiving From Tweedle Pet Products – Natural and Organic – Gourmet Gluten-Grain Free Non GMO treats for Pets and Pet Parents. Tweedle and I are wishing all of our friends a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday. So much food looks so delicious, but I nudge myself to try and taste a variety of foods, but not to overdo it. We can always revisit the fixings table, for a second and third portion…Why...

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Petition Against A Horse Kill Buyer

Horse Slaughter In The News Anyone who pays attention to the news knows what is happening to the wild horses across our country. The news of a kill buyer who recently shipped close to 1800 wild horses to slaughter in Mexico rankles our souls. He bought these horses at a Bureau of Land Management auction, signing a contract that he would not ship them to slaughter. The worst part of the news is that everyone knew he was lying, because...

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Throwbowl: The Dog Water Bowl and Pet Toy

For your dog: The water bowl that converts to a fetch toy. What a neat idea. When you’re out and about with your dog, carry this lightweight, collapsible drinking bowl with you so that he or she doesn’t get dehydrated. Then,once your pet has had its fill, quickly convert the bowl to a frisbee-type toy that your dog will enjoy. There’s no need to carry more than this one ingenious item to keep your dog healthy and...

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The Dangers of Preservatives For People and Pets: Part I

The Dangers of Preservatives For People and Pets: Part I. By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. AKA ‘Tweedlesmom’. He/She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are their life, their love, their leader. He/She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart. You owe it to him/her to be worthy of such devotion…” Author unknown A few days ago the local television news in Florida aired a story about a...

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A Dog’s (After) Life?

Schubert, the un-evil spawn of a now unfashionable puppy mill, neared his demise. A Boston terrier and a product of Pharaoh-like inbreeding, his days were numbered from the start. His hips were displaced. His tongue untowardly wry. His demeanor difficult, demanding. (Much like a Greek Ptolemaic dynastic.) Schubert’s healthcare cost a fortune. When he was a playful puppy–the expense of castration and tail cutting were but minor...

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Pets and Allergies

PETS AND ALLERGIES: By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D.aka “Tweedlesmom”. More and more dogs, cats, and exotic birds are developing allergies these days. Could the environment, food, or vaccines, be the cause? Additionally, toxic fumes and chemicals appear to be permeating our environment, and just like humans, your “furkids” immune system and skin can be just as sensitive. Many dogs, cats, and exotic birds can have an adverse reaction...

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Dressing Your Dachshund

The Long, Drawn Out Dog If you are a dachshund owner, you are already aware of their special needs when it comes to clothing. There are tons of cute outfits out there, but many simply won’t comfortably fit a dachshund’s body. This snug but stretchy fleece sweater is the perfect solution. I am the very proud grandmother of an adorable mini dachshund, and ‘mini’ she is. Weighing in around eight pounds, give or...

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Australian Shepherd, Possum Hunter

Little Orphan Aussie, Our Personal Possum Hunter Our first Australian shepherd Australian shepherds take their work very seriously. At least ours all did. None so much as this little guy though. He didn’t stay little for long either. He looks pretty innocent in this shot, doesn’t he? His registered name, courtesy of my husband, was Little Orphan Aussie, but we mostly called him Orphie. Unless we were mad. Then he was...

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7 Reasons Dogs are Man’s Best Friend

7 Reasons Dogs are Man’s Best Friend. I’m a dog lover and most of my people-friends love dogs, too. What is it that makes the relationship, the friendship, the connection between man and his mutt such a special one? Here are seven reasons, I believe, that dogs are man’s best friend. 1. Dogs love us unconditionally. We don’t have to do a thing in the world to earn a dog’s love, and we don’t have to...

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The Importance of Reading Pet Food Labels

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING PET FOOD/TREATS LABELS. By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. Aka “Tweedlesmom” He/She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are their life, their love, their leader. He/She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart. You owe it to him/her to be worthy of such devotion…” Author unknown When shopping in a store do you stop to read the labels on the front and/or back of pet foods...

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The Humanization of Pets

By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D. The modern day family often considers their family pet to be a loved and cherished member of their family. Our canine and feline companions are affectionately known as our “Furkids”,or referred to as “Our GIRL OR BOY”. The terms – Mom, Mommie, Dad, Daddy are no longer limited to human children. Companionship for many people adult or child, now includes our pets, and has proven to be therapeutic and...

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Hello! Go, Dog. Go! Good-by!

  In just a few words and paw prints in this Dr. Seuss style beginner book for children the reader is taken from “Hello!” to “Good-by!” Re-Reading of Go, Dog. Go! While Saying Goodbye to My Dog One day, not so long ago, I said goodbye to my dog Tidbit. The next day I re-read Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman. Some, including Eastman, may find it a bit strange that I would choose to pull Go, Dog. Go! off the...

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Before You Get Another Dog…Wait!

Suggestion 1: If You Lose a Pet, Don’t Get Another Right Away. Our family loves dogs. My husband and I got our first puppy, a tiny poodle, while we were traveling on our honeymoon. From that time on we were not without one, and had up to four, dogs. Until Buster died suddenly one day. It still hurts to say that. Buster (yes that’s his sweet face in the picture) was the first dog we had ever adopted from a shelter. At five...

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The Battle for the Everglades

It doesn’t look like a battle, does it? The Everglades seems to be much the same as always, with the slow, shallow stream of water – what Majorie Stoneman Douglas famously called the River of Grass – flowing slowly south. I recently visited the Miccosukee Tamiami Trail Reservation Area – a beautiful lily-pad dotted expanse of water alongside U.S. 41, known as the Shark River Slough. Experts consider this one of...

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Last Chain on Billie

Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. Although the title of this book seems to suggest that this is the story of one elephant, it is really a fascinating history of elephants in captivity in the United States. Using the story of Billie’s life as a background author Carol Bradley tells about the earliest days of elephants being brought into the country to appear in circuses, fairs and...

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A Sea Turtle’s Soliloquy

I arrived at the shore at the usual time, around a half hour before sunrise, crossed over towards the dunes and headed for the shore. It it wasn’t for the presence of that morning’s Sea Turtle patrol, who had spotted her tracks I might have missed her completely. Moma green was selecting a spot for her nest and the light was growing. I watched and wondered what she was going through. Seaturtles of all kinds like to lay...

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Magic in the Air!

While most birds do not have any difficulty finding food for themselves in the spring, summer and fall, there is one exception to that rule. Our everyday (I won’t ever call them ordinary) birds, the ones that frequent our gardens throughout the year, know very well how to forage for seeds, nuts and bugs. However there is a bird that frequents us in the nicer months and I’m sure that everyone would love to have them in their gardens...

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The Story of A Rescue Dog

Elsie The Story of A Rescue Dog Elsie was rescued from a horrible death. This is the story of Elsie, a rescue dog. No, she wasn’t rescued from a shelter or any organization. She was rescued from under my daughter Lisa’s camper in her yard in Oklahoma. Lisa caught a glimpse of something moving beneath the camper and her first thought was that it was a cat. Upon further examination, she realized it was a tiny, listless,...

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An Important Moment In Wild Horse History

An Important Moment In Wild Horse History The Story of Wild Horse Annie And the Law Protecting Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Velma Ann Bronn Johnston loved horses. She loved them so much she became an activist to try to stop the removal of wild horse and burro herds from public lands, earning her the nickname of Wild...

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Why Adopt an Adult Dog?

The reason I recommend adopting an adult dog was named Buster. Our Buster was a very energetic five year old when we got him. He was a tall, slim fellow, though he weighed in at seventy pounds. He wasn’t at all what we’d planned on. Sure, we’d been looking for another dog since our Aussie had died and left our golden retriever without her best buddy. But my husband always said he’d never get an adult large dog.  Too dangerous. We...

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Kill Buyers: Avarice and Inhumanity

Kill Buyers: Avarice and Inhumanity   The photo above shows the traditional love and respect for horses that pervades most of America. Like most others, I love horses and burros. They’ve helped humans since time immemorial. We used them to settle the wild west. We used them to carry our goods from place to place. We used them to fight the second World War. Amazingly, they were even used in Afghanistan after September 11,...

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Help Save America’s Endangered Wild Horses

Help Save America’s Endangered Wild Horses   This is the story of America’s endangered wild horses. You may not know or have even thought of this, but in the states of Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and other states, the Bureau of Land Management conducts a wild horse and burro roundup several times a year. What do they do with them? They take them off the range, pen them up in the sun, rain or snow without...

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Advice from a wise pug

Queen Sarah Rala ~ Advice From A Wise Pug Co-author’s note: This was originally written in April of 2013. Hello, my name is Queen Sarah Rala and I’m a Chinese Pug. My human is Nancy, who writes on this page the helpful advice I pass along for up and coming young pugs. She graciously acknowledged my age and wisdom by donating this space to me. I feel there are far too many humans who take advantage of our cuteness and I...

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Elder Cats and Dogs Need Grooming Help

Elder Cats and Dogs Need Grooming Help My cat is OLD! But we still love him to bits. What makes it difficult for him in these, his latter years is that he isn’t quite as fastidious a groomer as he was in his earlier years. Being long haired means that he gets knots and tangles in his fur that he just can’t seem to work out by himself. We also find that he is now shedding so much more than when he was a young kitten. Now...

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Our Dog’s Favorite: Plush Hide-a-Squirrel Dog Toy

Three Paws Up Rating for This Toy Our dogs have given this toy a unanimous paws up! When we first brought this toy home, we were curious to see how they would play with it. Two dogs over 60 pounds and one more under 10 pounds, all with very distinct personalities. The toy kept them entertained for such a long time! After a lot of initial sniffing and biting, noses poked in each hole trying to see what was inside, two of the dogs laid...

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The Cat’s Favorite: The Collapsible Cat Tunnel

A Favorite for Play and for Cat Naps Want your cat to be the life of the party? This has to be one of the most used toys I’ve seen for a cat. It makes one wonder about their imagination. Remember building forts when you were young? For us it was blankets covering tables, for the kids, I still see the boxes, with door and windows cut into them. The collapsible tunnel has to be a cat’s version of a fort. Recently visiting my...

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How To Know When It’s Time To Put Your Dog Down

How Do You Know When To Make That Heartbreaking Decision? I have a tough decision to make and it’s getting more pressing every day. I have a sweet pug, who just passed her 15th birthday. She is blind, diabetic and is now having problems with her back legs. She also has cognitive dysfunction, meaning a sort of doggie Alzheimer has set in. When I am working at the computer, she will suddenly think she’s alone and begin to...

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