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Beware of Narcissists Around Your Pet

By | 2017-06-30T13:26:05+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Animals, Narcissism|Tags: , , |

Beware of Narcissists Around Your Pet Narcissists can be harmful to your pet.  Watch for the following signs, in order to protect you and your pet. 1. Narcissists will use the pet as a manipulation tactic. If you talk about leaving, they will tell you that you will never see your pet again.  Or if you [...]

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Alligator Warning for Florida Visitors

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Animals|Tags: , , |

Visitors to Florida: Any body of fresh water in Florida has the potential for alligators. "No swimming" means "Stay out of the water". Period. Most alligators mind their own business, but do not take any risks. They also do not thermoregulate, so a non-moving alligator in the winter becomes more active in the spring and summer, [...]

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Dead Birds and Media Hype

By | 2016-10-05T06:45:50+00:00 January 8th, 2011|Categories: Animals, News|Tags: , , , |

Are the mass bird casualties a sign of a problem, or are they a naturally occurring phenomenon? Charles Choi for National Geographic News Published January 6, 2011 A mysterious rain of thousands of dead birds darkened New Year's Eve in Arkansas, and this week similar reports streamed in from Louisiana, Sweden, and elsewhere. (See pictures of [...]

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Children with ADHD handling a dog: Exciting or calming?

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:12+00:00 December 8th, 2009|Categories: ADHD, Animals, Dogs, Research, School|Tags: , , , , , , |

Summary of the study: There was a significant decrease in heart rate and a significant increase in blood pressure five minutes after a dog was held by children with ADHD. However, teacher ratings of mood and behavior were not significant. The authors concluded that pet therapy for children with ADHD may actually increase excitement rather than [...]

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Save critters from drowning in your pool

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:14+00:00 June 2nd, 2008|Categories: Animals, Dogs, Organizing|Tags: , , , |

Frogs love my pool. It's like a giant spa for them. Until the chlorine kills them. Then the party's pretty much over. I was trying to find a way for the froggies to escape the pool, and I found the Skamper Ramp. I have the standard Skamper Ramp, plus the dog extension (it holds up to [...]

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Robot animals used in behavior research

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:14+00:00 May 3rd, 2008|Categories: Animals, Dogs, Research|Tags: , , |

Here's an article from my favorite homepage, www.happynews.com about a research team that is using robotic animals to get a closer view of animal behavior: http://www.happynews.com/news/522008/mechanical-squirrels-robot-lizards-jump-research.htm The squirrel in the photo looks remarkably like Lucy's stuffed squirrels (dubbed "Squirrely Squirrel" at my house.) Here is Lucy's preferred squirrel of choice: http://www.petco.com/product/100216/AKC-Squirrel-Dog-Toy.aspx  Her favorite activity is to rip [...]

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