Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Three cheeps

They're kestrel chicks Picture: EPA

Today's awwww

Source Picture: BARCROFT MEDIA

Monday, June 29, 2009

10 Most Diabolical Fish On Earth

This piranha is one of the disgusting looking creatures included in Environmental Graffiti's list of the 10 Most Diabolical Fish On Earth. Don't go in the water! Photo from Flickr, by Laura Travels

Real men love cats

I love the photos at A Man and His Cat. Like this one: (via All Night Surfing)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Do you own a bored bunny?

Give your rabbits hours of fun. This bunny playground is sold by the Bunny Bunch SPCR (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Rabbits), so your money goes to helping rabbits. For $289.00 at Bunny Bunch Boutique (via Rabbit Merriment)

Friday, June 26, 2009

A horse is a horse, of course, of course

In an effort to stop vets' drugs from entering human diets, the nations of continental Europe, where two million horses are reportedly eaten every year, will be enforcing a new law requiring horse owners to sign a pledge that their horses will not be eaten. The new regulations come into force on July 1. Horses born after this date, and those born before June 30 who have not been issued a horse passport, will also have a microchip implanted. A spokesman for the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs said: "Horse passports will clearly identify those horses which are not eligible for the food chain if they have been treated with substances which are potentially harmful to humans. Source Photo: PA

Smile, It's Friday

A Dogs Life

(via Comedy Plus)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

DIY Bird Mobile

Tutus and Turtles says this bird mobile would really brighten up a corner of a child's room. Read more about the how-to here and here, and get the bird pattern here. (via [bb-blog])

Fursday Fun

from Flickr, by Girlrobot

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You can catch MRSA from animals

An infectious superbug, a strain of bacteria known as MRSA, which has evolved a resistance to antibiotics, has long plagued hospitals but in recent years has become more common in homes. About two years ago, scientists began to suspect that pets can spread this bacteria. In the July edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Richard Oehler of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and colleagues lay out the latest thinking on MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and pets. The infections can be transmitted by animal bites and most threaten young children, the researchers note. "MRSA colonization has been documented in companion animals such as horses, dogs, and cats, and these animals have been viewed as potential reservoirs of infection." "Bites to the hands, forearms, neck, and head have the potential for the highest morbidity," the scientists warn. They conclude: "Much more remains to be learned about MRSA and pet-associated human infections." Source Photo from Flickr, by GrahamIX

Mind numbing

Baby Baboon

Will you take your dog to work on Friday?

On June 26 a few thousand companies will participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day, which was created by Pet Sitters International 10 years ago. The event lets companies across the country celebrate dogs and promote adoption of pets from animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. Last year, more than 1,000 companies registered, but the American Pet Products Association found that 1 in 5 businesses are currently pet-friendly. So, which businesses are the most pet-friendly? Petside.com ranks the top 5 pooch welcoming employers: 1. Printing For Less 2. Procter & Gamble's Pet Care division 3. Wonderware, Inc. 4. Diversified Technical Solutions 5. Replacements, Ltd. Photo from Flickr, by -[Matt]-

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Meet me at the swimming hole

These incredible pictures of orangutans swimming in an Indonesian river have left wildlife experts stunned. Playing on the Rungan River, near to Palas Island on Borneo, these orangutans can be seen swimming and submerging themselves in the muddy waters. For experts the behaviour of these orangutans – who like all apes have a natural fear of water because of predators such as crocodiles - could prove to be a significant step forward in their evolution. “This is a rarity – to see orangutans coming down for a swim is unheard of in the wild,” says Simon Husson – project advisor and scientific consultant for Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. “However, we know that orangutans are intelligent and innovative." Source

I want

A Komondor Picture: AP or a A Hungarian Puli Picture: REUTERS

The internet likes rawhide dog bones

At whatdoestheinternetthink?net, I asked what the Internet thinks about rawhide dog bones. Great news - that's what we sell at i-pets.com! You can ask the internet a question, too. (via The J-Walk Blog)

Fat cat ad

From this: To this: From the New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery Image ID: 1261066 & 1259072 Nestle's Swiss Milk posters by John Hassall (1893-1924)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sick perverts

Muskogee County, OK, prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man and woman with fatally shooting and skinning a 7-week-old puppy they intended to make into a belt. A judge ordered mental competency testing for Austin Michael Mullins, 26, and Krystal Lynn Lewis, 23. Muskogee County sheriff’s Deputy George Roberson said Mullins shot the puppy 10 times with a .22-caliber pistol at a park near town, and Lewis then skinned the puppy at her apartment. The pair nailed the hide to a board displayed at the apartment and told investigators they planned to have it made into a belt. Source

How long are this dog's legs?

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2,500-year-old bird's nest found

A 2,500-year-old bird's nest has been discovered on a cliff in Greenland. The nesting site is still continually used by gyrfalcons, the world's largest species of falcon, and is the oldest raptor nest ever recorded. Three other nests, each over 1,000 years old, have also been found, one of which contains feathers from a bird that lived more than 600 years ago. Like many falcons, gyrfalcons do not build nests out of sticks and twigs, but typically lay eggs in bowl-shaped depressions they scrape into existing ledges or old nests made by other birds such as ravens. Source

Extreme Mammals

Found only in Thailand and Myanmar, the bumblebee bat is no bigger than a bumblebee and weighs only about as much as a dime. This is just one of the unusual animals featured at Extreme Mammals, where you can meet some of your more bizarre relatives. How about you. Are you extreme? Well, yes and no. On the normal side, we are warm-blooded, have hair, nurse our young and have three middle ear bones. Like ancestral mammals, we have sharp front teeth and grinding back teeth. On the extreme side, our brains are remarkably big for our body size. Our thumbs can close against our fingers with both strength and delicacy. Our tail is just a remnant of a few hidden bones, and our body hair is very sparse. How about walking around on two legs? What might seem to humans like the most normal thing in the world is actually one of our most unusual features. The only other mammals that travel primarily on two legs all hop like kangaroos. Walking human-style is rarer in mammals than laying eggs! Photo: Dr. Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International/Photo Researchers

Waste some time

The object of this game is to trap the cat – keep him from jumping off the game board. You click on a circle and the cat jumps one place. Keep it up until you trap the cat and he can’t escape. (via Bits and Pieces)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Attention Cat Butt Lovers!

Nothin' can beat the smell of a cat's butt... you'll know it when you smell it! The Cat Butt Air Freshner has a fresh Hyacinth scent - just like your own cat's, but this is more portable. Available at Perpetual Kid. Oooh look, they have Cat Butt Stickers, too!

Want to sleep on your dead pet?

What could be more comforting than the memories of your late pet laid to rest beneath your sleeping head? If a cherished pet's death leaves you sleepless and missing that warm, furry embrace, then Patricia Moore of Naples, Fla., may have the answer: pillows stuffed with your pet's ashes. Moore started Soft-Hearted Products after she lost her own dog, Samantha. Samantha was cremated and her ashes were returned to her owner in an urn that felt cold and impersonal. "She was always with me," Moore said. "On my lap, on my bed, next to me. I missed that so much." Source

Friday, June 19, 2009

Smile, it's Friday!

(via Awkward Family Photos) (via Reddit)

Help Set a Guinness World Record

In celebration of the unique bond between pets and their owners, Petplan Pet Insurance is looking to set a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest exhibition of pet photographs. It’s a mammoth task – they need 138,000 pictures of pets. Here's one of the entries:

Go visit the National Petrait Gallery --- you can:
  • Upload your own photos
  • Take a gallery tour
  • Find useful tips on caring for your pet
  • Find out more about pet insurance
  • Print your favorite photos on a whole range of items including t-shirts, bags and mugs.
Photo Credit

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today's awwww

Two baby Masked Lovebirds, a 3-day old, left, and a 3-week old, right. AP photo

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Meet echidna - the strangest creature evah!

Here's a long-beaked echidna, one of the oldest, rarest, shyest, silliest-looking mammals on earth. They lay leathery eggs, as reptiles do, but then feed the so-called puggles that hatch with milk — though drizzled out of glands in the chest rather than expressed through nippled teats, and sometimes so enriched with iron that it looks pink. For reasons that remain mysterious, these monotremes have multiple sets of sex chromosomes, four or more parading pairs of XXs and XYs, or something else altogether: a few of those extra sex chromosomes look suspiciously birdlike. Another avianlike feature is the cloaca, the single orifice through which an echidna or platypus voids waste, has sex and lays eggs, and by which the group gets its name. Yet through that uni-perforation, a male echnida can extrude a four-headed penis. They are superior to humans at the other end of their bodies as well: Among humans, the neocortex that allows us to reason and remember accounts for 30 percent of the brain; in echidnas, that figure is 50 percent. And while we're on the subject, here's a short-nosed cousin: blowing a mucus bubble through his nose as he recovers at Taronga Zoo's wildlife clinic in Sydney from injuries received during a road accident. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD Source

Monday, June 15, 2009

Howlin' Good Music

What happens when a bunch of musicians who really listen to what their dogs are saying get together and produce music? Some dog loving Chicago-area musicians, under the direction of mastermind Bob Dorman, have created Dog Tracks -- Songs by Dogs. Songs include "Mama Was a Mutt," "I Gotta Go O-U-T," and "Please Come Home." My favorite is "Take Me Home" because Dog Tracks -- Songs by Dogs is a novel, entertaining idea, but it is also a great way to help animal rescue and adoption organizations - $1.00 from each CD sold is automatically donated to help pet shelters. The Dog Tracks -- Songs by Dogs website is a fun place to visit. You can listen to clips of all the songs, meet the musicians, and find rescue organizations in your area to volunteer at or donate to. According to an article by Sharon Peters in USA Today, only 141 CD's have been sold so far. But Bob Dorman is looking at this in a very positive way "I know it sounds crazy, but our goal is to sell 1 million copies. That would be 5,000 dogs saved. Well, we've only got 999,859 sales to go." Maybe we can help - let's all go to www.dogtrackscd.com and BUY A CD.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Skamper Ramp Dog Boat Ramp

Thousands of dogs drown in pools each year. Senior Pet Products has a solution. According to the American Pet Association over 71 % of the population own pets, and 51 % of the population own a pool or spa. Together these numbers could spell big trouble for the pets and their owners alike. It is common knowledge that dogs swim by nature; they paddle around in water with little to no difficulty, but getting out of the water is something entirely different. Pets do not usually die because of their lack of swimming skills, but by exhaustion and their inability to exit the body of water. The Skamper Ramp Dog Boat Ramp - a white, box-corrugated, hi-tech plastic ramp attaches to the side of the pool, walled pond, and even most boats and docks. Animals can see it — day or night — and they "skamper" out on the ramp. It provides animals with a way out of their water entrapment. $89.99 at Senior Pet Products

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

This is fishy

Cute? I don't speak Russian, but I think it's for a series of ads for AquaMagazine. More here.

Smile, it's Friday!

(via Awkward Family Photos)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gay German Zoo Pair Raising Baby

Two male Humboldt penguins cautiously guard the entrance to their cave in the "Zoo am Meer" zoological park in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, where they are fostering a six weeks old penguin chick. After a penguin egg had been abandoned by its biological parents, it was placed in the male penguins' nest, who then adopted and hatched it. Bremerhaven zoo veterinarian Schoene said the male birds, named Z and Vielpunkt, are one of three same-sex pairs among the zoo's 20 Humboldt penguins that have attempted to mate. AP Photo/Focke Strangmann Source