The pictures you post on social media to sell your puppies: Images above screengrabbed via Google from an apparently deleted Facebook page titled Diane's Yorkies of Oasis. The dogs used to produce those puppies found by the sheriff's department when serving a search warrant at the home: Above images by Idaho Humane Society At the … Continue reading Peddler of Lies
Researchers studying the heart rates of animals in order to better understand their emotional states have made some fascinating observations: The heart rate of animals increases rapidly when they have aggressive encounters such as fights, and decreases during friendly interactions such as grooming. For example, in greylag geese, the mean heart rate during aggressive interactions increases … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
Hot and humid.
Florida's Indian River lagoon is home to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including manatees who feed on the seagrass. The lagoon has been in decline for years due to development, septic systems, storm water runoff, algae blooms blocking sunlight from the water and warming temperatures from climate change. Over the past ten years, 58% … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
Animal hoarding is classified as a mental illness and may need to be considered its own type of illness, rather than a subtype of general hoarding disorder. Characterized by a compulsion to obtain and keep more animals than the person is capable of caring for, oftentimes both the person's and the animals' health are neglected. Animals … Continue reading A Need to Do Better with Animal Hoarding Cases
Throwback since the weather didn't cooperate for a new pic.
Chameleon, stock photo via Pexels. I have a favor to ask: if you like a particular post or what you read here in general, please share a link on social media. It will take some time to rebuild the blog's readership after being largely absent for several years. Any help getting the word out is … Continue reading Housekeeping
The Indus River dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) is found only in the middle and lower areas of the Indus River in Pakistan. Functionally blind and an endangered species, the last population survey in 2019 found just 1419 dolphins. Men from an area village recently captured a dolphin calf from a stream, bagged him, then carried … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
One of the more surprising things that happened while I was on hiatus is the insect based pet food trend. Developed in response to concerns about the deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and unsustainability associated with the use of protein obtained from livestock, insect based pet foods purport to offer a reduced carbon footprint. But Swedish … Continue reading Bugs in the Pet Food Bowl
Sound off unless you are partial to beagle barking (which is the best). Newt starts a mole hole, Jade takes it over, Newt lodges a complaint.