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Cute Puppy

You have to love this little guyKitten Moustache 1984-5



This baby cat has a little mustache!Lola, My Beagle Puppy


Coming to get you!

Duckling at Constitution Gardens

Anyone for some baby duckling photos?

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The Top Unusual Deadly Animals

Dead body of Asian Giant Hornet (O-okayama, Tokyo, Japan)Let’s start this off with a little insect – well, not that little.  The Japanese Giant Hornet is about the size of your thumb and packs a quarter inch stinger and kills about 40 people a year! National Geographic calls it “Hornets From Hell” and describes them as “A small but highly efficient killing machine”

A Hippopotamus yawn


Weighing as much as 8,000 pounds and able to run at speeds of 20 miles per hour – these guys are no light-weights.  In Africa, Hippos account for more human fatalities then any other large animals.  These portly fellows outrank Lions and all the other big cats when it comes to chomping on humans.

small box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri, possibly yamaguchii)

Moving to the sea, or more likely beaches – the box jellyfish inflicts a massively painful and potentially-times deadly sting.  It has up to 60 tentacles, each up to 15 feet long and all of them packing a lethal punch.  While most people survive an encounter with one of these, the pain is excruciating and can stop a person’s heart or paralyze them causing drowning.  Death reports from these hover at around 100 per year.

Cape BuffaloWhile it looks like a cow, the African Cape buffalo is sometimes called “black death” and is one of the most dangerous animals on the continent.  Weighing over 1,000 pounds and being very aggressive and unpredictable the herd members are quick to defend each other from any perceived threats and kill over 200 people a year.

Fire AntsAn unwelcome immigrant to the US, Fire Ants have caused about 80 deaths in the US but cost about $5 billion annually in damage repair, medical treatment and pest control.  Fire ants can sting repeatedly, injecting a potent venom that can really hurt.  A single ant sting is somewhat painful and would quickly be forgotten by most people, unfortunately fire ants tend to stick together and many people get stung by dozens, or even hundreds of them in a single encounter.

Wandering spider

The Brazilian wandering spider holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most poisonous spider.  Their Greek name Phoneutria actually means “murderess”, however out of 7,000 bites a year, only about 10 people die due largely to a great anti-venom being widely available.

Culex mosquito

No list of deadly animals would be complete with out these little guys.  The mosquito isn’t that deadly, but the malaria they can carry kills over a million people each year!  Not only malaria, mosquitos also spread yellow fever, West Nile virus, elephantiasis and a host of other diseases.




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Cute Pet Buddies – even animals need best friends

We all need friends, even animals – here are some best buddies just doing what you do with friends – having fun…

Sometimes you need a friend when you go playing out in the woods…

Friends on the farm on a warm sunny day…

Friends to cuddle up with

Friends that are different then you…

and friends that are just strange…

But everyone needs friends.

Strange Pets: Ever Heard of Someone Keeping an Anteater as a House Pet?

Ever dreamed of getting yourself a pet that’s just a little bit different from your average cat or dog?

Well, Angela Goodwin, a freelance writer and exotic animal educator from Oregon, USA, has been sharing her home with a pair of Tamandua anteaters called Pua and Stewie for the last three years.

Having been rescued from their native Guyana before an imminent cull, the long-nosed mammals have, says Angela, done very well since moving from their home as baby anteaters.

Speaking highly of their temperament and intelligence, Ms Goodwin says that she finds her anteaters to be very loving little creatures indeed:

“They adapt very well on a personality level.”

Not only that, but Pua and her owner now also share a bed:

“She talked her way into sleeping in bed with me in a couple of weeks … She wanted to sleep hugging my hand.

“Now she likes to lie in the washing machine, but will take naps with me when she feels like it…She will lay over my back or chest like a baby would on their mom.”

Despite Angela’s fondness for her strange little anteaters, she does have a couple of words of warning about their behaviour:

“They can be trained to pee on a mat but their pee smells skunk-like and they can also release a terrible odour when scared.

“They also tend to dribble pee a bit. Kind of like having a giant rat. They can’t help that.”

And if that’s not enough to deter you, Angela also added:

“And they are also very messy eaters”
Not deterred? Plenty of pet insurance companies will compensate in the case of furniture and carpet damage, depending on the cover you choose. It’d be a good idea to look into insuring your prospective anteater with moneysupermarket pet insurance – they’ll compare hundreds of quotes to give you the absolute best deal.

By all accounts, though, ant eaters make very good and rewarding house pets – if, of course, you do your research on how to care for them beforehand.

Known for having unusual dietary requirements, Mrs Goodwin feeds her ant eaters some rather strange concoctions of ground beef heart with silkworm pupae, thyme, spinach, wheat bran, flax seed and vinegar for her ant-loving pets. Yum.

Native to the warmer climes of Central and South American, ant eaters are related to armadillos and sloths – the three main types being giant anteaters, pygmy anteaters and Tamanduas.

Keeping Pua’s tropical origins in mind, Ms Goodwin dresses Pua in little jumpers to make sure she doesn’t catch a cold in Oregon’s cooler climate.

“I started putting little sweaters on Pua and she didn’t seem to mind so now she’s got a whole wardrobe of clothes,” she said.

Caring For Your Dog

Choosing to have a dog as part of your household/family is a life long commitment. It is a huge responsibility as a dog needs consistent care. Animals rely on you for everything such as, shelter, food, water, rules and most importantly, love.

Basic Care Of Your Dog

More than just “feed the dog daily”, having a pet of any sort is a responsibility. With this subject we’ll tackle the day-to-day care that a dog needs, as well as season specific needs.


1- Wash your dog at least once a month.

Dogs can be bathed by being sprayed with a garden hose or a hand-held shower head, or doused with water from a bucket. Often, one bath will not make a dog truly clean. A second bath is excellent to ensure the entire body has been cleaned. Dogs should be bathed with warm, not hot water, in order to make it a more enjoyable experience. Dogs with a heavy or matted coat should never be bathed without first being completely brushed out or clipped of any mats

2- Groom your dog daily.

Grooming is an important part of dog care. Depending on the breed, age, and health of the dog, grooming may be a daily activity. Many breeds require significantly less grooming than this, but regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. It is important to note that while many dogs shed, others (such as the Poodle), do not shed (see Moult). Instead, their coat grows much like human hair and therefore requires trimming.

3- Ensure your dog has a well balanced diet and that is is getting enough food for his size and age.

Dog food is food intended for consumption by dogs or other canine. Some people make their own dog food, feed their dogs meals made from ingredients purchased in grocery or health-food stores or give their dogs a raw food diet. Many others rely on commercially manufactured dog food.

4- Make sure you take your pet to the vet regularly

As you may not realise there is anything wrong with him/her due to there survival instinct. Therefore only a vet would be able to determine that there is a problem.

5- And make sure your dog has a collar on him/her with his/her name, address and telephone number in the event of him/her getting lost.

Choke Collar: The choke collar is a length of metal-link chain with a large circular ring on either end. The chain is slid through one of these rings and it is slid over the dog’s head. When the dog displays an undesirable behavior the collar is tightened. This is primarily used in traditional dog training.

Irresistible Bengal Kittens

The Bengal is a hybrid, resulting from the crossing of a domestic cat with an Asian leopard cat. The name Bengal doesn’t apply to the cat until the fourth generation, when they are considered to be the most stable and domesticated. Most pet Bengals are wild only in looks, not in personality. This breed is muscular, energetic, active, alert and intelligent. They get along wonderfully with other family pets.

Today Bengals are about the size of a large domestic cat. Female Bengals average from 7 to 11 pounds at maturity, while the more heavily muscled males can average from 11 to 18 pounds at maturity. They are known for their beautifully spotted or marbled coats with high contrast between the pattern and background colors. Bengals come in two coat patterns, spotted and marbled. The spotted should be formed in a random and horizontal pattern rather than vertical. Rosettes are preferred over plain spots but good contrast is more important. The marbled pattern should flow horizontally, and should resemble marble. Their colours come from the wild–black, brown or rust on bright shades of tan, gold or mahogany. Like its wild counterpart, an ivory version of the Bengal is called a snow. The preferred pattern is leopard spots, not tabby stripes, on legs and ribs. Ivory-to-white undersides and small, rounded ears also are desirable.

Temperament is of primary concern, both to breeders and to pet buyers. Modern-day, carefully bred kittens have loving, outgoing personalities. The instinctive suspicion of the wild cat has been bred out through careful selection. The two main things breeders look for are sweet temperament and a beautiful, wild appearance. First-cross (F1) hybrids are often shy, nervous, untouchable cats, much like their wild ancestors. Like mules, first-generation hybrid Bengal males are infertile, but their F1 sisters can reproduce. In subsequent generations, males are fertile so out crosses to domestic cats are no longer needed. In fact, they are undesirable because breeding back to domestics dilutes the wild inheritance.

Well-bred Bengals are affectionate, purr enthusiastically and are exceedingly intelligent, a trait probably inherited from the wild cat’s natural selection for jungle survival. They use the litter tray, like to climb and run, and are quick and curious about everything. Bengal owners report that their cats retrieve, learn tricks and love water, sometimes coming right into the bath or shower to play with human toes. When Bengals are excited, their tails fluff up into massive raccoon-like tails. Even as adults, Bengals are entertaining and playful, but as in other breeds of domestic cats, they vary greatly in appearance and behavior. In general, skittish, fearful kittens seldom become affectionate pets, but they may bond to certain family members. Bengal kittens often go through an ugly stage of fuzzyness between 2 and 6 months of age in which the clearly contrasted markings are spoiled and blurry.

This muting is probably nature’s way of protecting the young; baby cheetahs go through a similar fuzzy stage. Then, depending on the seasons, the fuzzy coat falls out and the coloration returns, unless, of course, the kitten was gray (tawny) at birth. All Bengals must have a black tail tip, regardless of body color. The marbled has no counterpart in the wild, and in captivity no two marbled Bengals are alike. The pattern may be sharply defined patches of color; reminiscent of a stained glass windows, or flowing, twisting streams of clear color. Domestic Bengals are no different than any other domestic cat when it comes to care and feeding.

Birdcages – Shape and Size Matters

When choosing a cage, shapes and sizes absolutely matters. When it comes to size, there are many reasons why size makes a difference when choosing the right bird cage. Do you get a large parrot cage? Or do you get the small, cheap cages? Well this all depends on the bird of course. Why does this matter? Well if you were stuck in a room and was told to live there, would you want it to be the size of a porter potty? Or a living room? Well that solves it now doesn’t it? What I’m getting to is your bird will feel very uncomfortable in a cage where he/she does not have enough room in. Some cages are so small that certain birds have trouble turning around in. If you couldn’t turn around in the space you were living, that would be awful. Well it’s the same for birds. Some birds need large cages, and others need small cages!

Same goes for the shape of your cage. Birds like to feel safe and comfortable in their cages. Their are many different shapes you can choose from we’ll choosing a bird cage. You’ve got circles, squares, rectangles, octagons, hexagons, and much much more. From what I’ve learned over the years of having birds, they like having somewhere to feel enclosed, and safe. Circular cages are on the bottom of the list when it comes to this aspect of bird cages. After some studies, I’ve realized that birds feel much more comfortable when they have a corner of some sort to sit in, and have almost like a barrier around him/her. They enjoy squeezing into corners and hanging out. In a circular cage this is not an option for the birds. Which leads me to say that I would avoid circular cages when choosing your bird cage!


Caring For Baby Ferrets

Caring for baby ferrets isn’t the simplest thing in the world to do. It is a draining job that requires attention, patience, and knowledge. In the end it is very rewarding, as well. By the time you’ve finished reading this, you should have a better idea on how to care for them and keep them safe.

Baby ferrets have special needs, some of which differ entirely from adult ferrets, sometimes it just differs by degree. In their first year, you may find it a wise choice to introduce them to a wide variety of foods as during this time they are identifying what is food through the process of olfactory imprinting. After a year of age, they decide that only foods that smelled a certain way are edible and you’ll have trouble if you need to change their diet later. Baby ferrets also have an increased need for activity and play, which is already high in ferrets.

In caring for baby ferrets you must deal also with a host of hazards, both from viruses and in the form of items from your home. There are vaccinations against the most threatening viruses, such as distemper and rabies that you need to get taken care of early.

As for hazards in your dwelling, they come in two primary forms. The first is in things they can squeeze into, get stuck in, and suffocate. They can compress their skeletons slightly so take a good look at what you have lying around. The next is in things that go in their mouths and almost everything ends up in their mouths sooner or later if they had their way. If it is a small item they may choke on it in trying to swallow. If it is a big item they can sometimes chew it, break it, and then it becomes a small item with the aforementioned problem. Considering this habit of putting things in their mouths, you should also be careful with what kinds of cleaners you use.

Overall, make sure your baby ferrets are vaccinated, get to play, and watch over them while they do. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you introduce them to smaller areas first, see how they do, then expand to other areas. This will help eliminate any surprises when you aren’t watching them. Have fun and always enjoy your time with your baby ferrets.


How to Set Up a Fish Tank – 6 Steps to Succeeding

OK, you have decided you want to know how to set up a fish tank so that you can get started with your latest passion. You now know and understand that the hobby of keeping an aquarium can not only be a beautiful hobby but a very soothing one as well. Some experts even say that watching fish in an aquarium is very good for your health because of its calming values. The key is to learn how to set up a fish tank before you get too far ahead of yourself.

When you have decided that it is time to learn how to set up a fish tank the first thing you need to know is there are lists of things you are going to need to get started. Of course you are going to need the fish tank, next you will need a filter system, then a heating system and the right kind of gravel will also be needed, then water and a fish tank lid with a light in it. Another important thing you will need to consider is ornaments for the inside of your tank. This could be anything from driftwood, bought fake ornaments to live or plastic plants.

Below you will find six simple steps as to how to set up a fish tank. These steps are just to help you scratch the surface and you should be responsible enough to find the materials to get the exact information that will be needed. At least this will give you sort of a list of how the steps should be followed.

1. Before you learn how to set up a fish tank you will need to make some decisions. The biggest one of all will be what kind of fish you decide to keep. Different fish require different care. For example fresh water fish are totally different from salt water fish. While fresh water fish are easier to maintain, the salt water fish are much nicer to watch but harder to bring up. Studying your options here can be part of your homework.

2. Of course from your research and the list above you should know exactly what you need by now. It’s time to head over to your pet store and purchase the items that will be needed now that you have an idea on how to set up a fish tank. Just remember you have done your research so be careful as to what the people at the store try to up sell you to.

3. You are finally home and the time to set up the tank has arrived. Probably the most important decision you will make is where you will put the tank. You want it somewhere so it can be enjoyed by everyone and the coolest thing about a beautiful fish tank is that it can easily be worked into the decor of a home. The next thing you will be doing is adding the filter, along with the heater, gravel and finally the water. Now there are two more things to do in this step. The first will be to turn the heater to the appropriate temperature and get all the decorations placed inside. Finally you can put the lid on and walk away.

4. I know you are excited because you took the time to learn how to set up a fish tank but your patience is still required. You want to wait at least a week; two would be better before adding any fish to the aquarium. I know this sucks but really it is what you must do. This allows time for the temperature to be adjusted to exactly what you need, it allows you to find out if the filter is working and of course by this time you will also know if there are any leaks in the tank.

5. The time has finally come. You have waited so patiently but now you get to go out and get your fish. I would imagine by now you have an idea of what kind of fish to get. The biggest tip I could give you is to make sure you pick breeds that are going to get along with each other. Of course only buy an amount that’s suitable to the size of your tank. Be sure to pick fish that look healthy. Of course keep the price inside your budget as well. Most importantly choose fish that you are going to enjoy watching for a long time to come.

6. Now that you have done all your homework and you learned how to set up a fish tank there is still one more very important step. That step is to make sure you learn everything about maintenance. Make sure you feed the fish, check the filters and so forth and so forth. Preventative maintenance will go along ways towards keeping your fish alive a lot longer.

There, now you know how to set up a fish tank. Just remember it is of vital importance that you do all your homework before hand. Take the time to get your hands on all the proper information and take the time to learn it. There is nothing worse than coming down in the morning to enjoy your beautiful fish and finding one or more floating on the top.

I wanted to leave you with a few more tips before you get on your way.

You will be using electrical equipment after you learn how to set up a fish tank. For your own safety only use them as to what is recommended.

Keep your lid on the tank. It has 2 very important purposes. It keeps the fish from jumping out and it keeps the water from evaporating too fast.

Make sure you have sufficient ornaments for those fish that you buy which may be shy. This will help them live a much easier life, thus they will live longer.

So now that you have read this article you can move forward into the fine details as in how to set up a fish tank.


Stop Puppy Biting

As puppies grow, they want to explore their new world. They do this with all of their senses. This also includes their mouth. Puppies, like infants and toddlers, learn about their world by placing objects in their mouths. And as with babies, they teethe for about 6 months, which usually causes minor discomfort. Chewing not only helps teething, but also makes their mouths feel better.

As a puppy starts biting on you and your clothes or furniture, that’s when it can be a bit painful. Somehow you have to stop this problem or they will grow up thinking it is ok to bite people and tear up your things.

There are several reasons why your puppy bites.
· They are playing
· They are “alpha”.
· They are hungry
· They are exploring
· They are excited
· They are scared or angry
· They have “herding” tendencies
· They are teething

Even though these are valid reasons for puppies to bite or chew, you cannot let this get out of control by just letting them eat up everything in their path and in your house! A puppy that is not given boundaries about biting or chewing can grow up causing all sorts of problems. You want to make sure your puppy bites and chews only on toys which have been approved by you. That way you will save your house and clothes and possibly even their life.

There are a lot of proven methods to get your puppy to stop biting and chewing. Before I get into these methods, keep these behavioral rules in mind:

· Never hit or slap your puppy in the face. This will just cause your puppy to think you are playing or worse will become afraid of you. This could also cause other problems besides simple puppy nipping later on.

· Puppy socialization and puppy biting suppression go together.

· The general rule of thumb to stop puppy biting problems is to always encourage positive and acceptable behavior and discourage unacceptable behavior.

· As you are trying to train your puppy to not bite, don’t play tug of war games or any kind of game which will encourage biting and chewing.

· Consistency is the key. This means that anyone else who comes into contact with your puppy must enforce the same rules as you when it comes to nipping or biting and chewing.

· If you don’t show your puppy that biting and nipping is unacceptable, they won’t just magically know this. It’s up to you to show them what is acceptable and what is not.

It’s important to not get upset and to stay assertive. If they are causing puncture wounds or becoming more aggressive, it might be time to get some professional help. You want to stop this behavior early on.

One good technique to stop your puppy from biting you is to get their attention on a toy. Puppies love toys, and a lot of times they are biting you because they think you are a toy also. This is a great way to show an untrained puppy that it’s ok to bite on a toy but not you. It’s also is a good technique to use when they get over excited and are losing control. Taking their mind off of what they are focusing usually biting your hand or leg, helps calm them down.

Another technique which might work is using a spray bottle full of water in it. Some experts say you should actually hide it when you spray them because they could get wise to it and it will no longer work. It’s not always easy to do this, and your puppy could see this coming from you and decide you are playing a game and attack the squirt bottle. Then this won’t work anymore.

You can also shake a can. Get an empty clean soda can and put about ten pennies in it. Tape the mouth of the can shut. When your puppy starts biting you, shake the can, give the verbal command “NO” and shake the can and drop it next to them. This will reinforce the verbal command and your puppy should stop. When they do stop, praise them and give them a chew toy to chew on.

One of the absolute best ways to teach your puppy not to bite is using a time out Place them in an empty room with nothing whatsoever to play with. Nobody should give your puppy any attention during the time out..30 seconds to 1 minute is usually sufficient in getting their attention..

Sometimes this might not be a long enough time and you might have to go longer. It all depends upon the age of your puppy, temperament and normal behavior. Remember that the key is patience and consistency. It may take some time, but using these techniques will help you train your puppy to become a well behaved pet and member of your household.