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Intelligence in animals in nature, our backyards, and our homes!

January 29, 2009

In case you missed this over the Holidays...

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November 12, 2008

Dancing Dog.. Move over James Bond!

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October 23, 2008

Free food and care for an animal in need.

The Animal Rescue Site offers free food and care to animals in need. You may click daily. Click here to give

While you are there, please click on the other tabs to help with Hunger, Breast Cancer and other.

Remember, bookmark the site and click daily!

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August 21, 2008

baby long-eared owl adopted by a greyhound called 'Torque'

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This greyhound and owl who have formed a rather bizarre friendship at an animal centre.

The six-month-old dog, Torque, adopted tiny baby owl Shrek when she was taken from her mother for her own protection after just three days.

Keepers feared Shrek's mother would eat her first clutch if she became stressed.

Read the FULL STORY

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August 18, 2008

Trial in death of police K-9 starts for officer

Dog died after being left inside patrol SUV
The Arizona Republic

Just over a year after Sgt. Tom Lovejoy left his police dog sleeping in his patrol SUV, the Chandler officer goes on trial today hoping to prove that Bandit's death that hot August day was a tragic accident, not animal cruelty.
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Thirteen hours after he first left the dog, Lovejoy returned to the SUV and discovered the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois dead.
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he simply forgot the dog and was so emotionally distraught when he found Bandit dead that night he couldn't figure out how the dog got into the vehicle.

"Unless you know Tom and know his love for animals and how much he loved that guy, you just can't understand," Carolynn Lovejoy said.

Read the Full Story

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August 13, 2008

Hong Kong retailer holds pet Olympics

By Mary Clarke

PetMax, a pet shop in Hong Kong, China, is holding its own sporting event to rival the Olympic Games, which kicked off in Beijing at the weekend, as reported by AFP. The Olympets is designed to promote sport for animals in the city, where space to exercise pets is limited.

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PetMax owner Howard Cheung told AFP: "Pets need to exercise and they don't have much space in Hong Kong. So we are trying to promote exercise and stimulate owners to exercise their pets."

The Olympets will run for 10 weeks at the city-centre store, with pet’s competing for medals in events such as rabbit hurdles, parrot rope-climbing and cat agility contests. So far, 400 pets have taken part in the games. Specially made pet-sized medals will be given to winners at the end of the month.


Copyright © 2008 Emap Limited. All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of Emap Limited

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April 16, 2008

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Signs of Animal Cruelty:

Preventing animal cruelty starts by learning to recognize it through the following signs and symptoms:

Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal's death.

Wounds on the body.

Patches of missing hair.

Extremely thin, starving animals.

Limping.

An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.

Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.

Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.

Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.

Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

From the ASPCA

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March 13, 2008

psychology behind hoarding animals

From MSNBC please read the Full Story

Shocking but true: Earlier this week, 800 small dogs were seized from a filthy triple-wide trailer in Tucson, Ariz., where the elderly residents were overwhelmed trying to care for the animals. Also this week, Kentucky police found 117 starving and diseased dogs during a raid of a local animal shelter.

What explains behavior like this? Is there malicious intent involved, or are these cases of well-meaning people simply getting overwhelmed? Dr. Gary Patronic of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium helps explain this unusual behavior.

Q: Why do people hoard animals?

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December 21, 2007

DECK THE HALLS—BUT DO IT SAFELY, PLEASE

For many of us, ‘tis the season to decorate our homes with live Christmas trees and holiday greenery. But did you know that some of these yuletide traditions can be hazardous to your pet’s health?

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Keep your home safe and read all the dangers at the ASPCA site.

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December 06, 2007

Damaged dogs plucked from the assembly line

Inhumane ‘puppy mills’ come under increasing state, local enforcement

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One day early last month, Gary Larrowe, the county administrator of Carroll County, Va., declared the small town of Hillsville a disaster area.

There were just too many puppies to deal with.

“We counted 1,080 dogs on November the 2nd,” Larrowe said, making it necessary to call in state emergency officials and the Red Cross to help.

Carroll County found itself with 1,080 dogs — more than 1,100 after new births over the next few days — after county animal control officers, acting on information compiled during a five-month undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, raided Horton’s Pups, a mass breeding farm in Hillsville, near Roanoke.

More than a dozen animal rescue agencies, some from as far away as Florida, agreed to care for and distribute the dogs for adoption. Their task is difficult. Most were already near capacity, and space is at a premium because, with winter approaching, animals can’t always be housed outdoors.

The breeding farm, which was raided Nov. 1, is “the biggest operation of its kind to our knowledge ever,” said John Snyder of the Humane Society — part of a secret nationwide network of thousands of puppy mills that sell purebred dogs to pet stores, animal brokers and Web-based pet businesses.


Assembly line breeding condemned.


Read the Full Story at MSNBC

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September 17, 2007

Ex-Racing Greyhounds, need your help, your love, and homes!

Friend of Nature's Corner Magazine, Carol Becker, President
God's Greyts Greyhound Group, Inc. has sent us information of great importance for all dog lovers! Please take a moment with your hot coffee, and read this article filled with facts, and links to help. More Greyhound links at end of article, don't miss them! ~sue

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Breezin Rylee is a cat friendly greyhound that needs a lot of activity. She's full of fun and wants to PLAY! If you're looking for a jogging partner, Rylee is ready to go!

Dear Dog Lover,

New laws recently passed in Florida and other states have caused a serious situation for racing greyhounds. Prior to these laws being enacted, gambling casinos on site at greyhound race tracks were not allowed to operate poker rooms or simulcast betting unless live greyhound racing was taking place. Now, the new laws do not require live racing for the (more profitable) other types of gambling to be offered to the public.

Consequently, dog tracks are quickly discontinuing live racing, either seasonally or completely. The temporary closing of the Melbourne FL track and permanent closing of the track in Tampa have left hundreds of retired racers languishing in adoption kennels, waiting for someone to taken them in. The dogs that were fast enough runners to be sent to another functioning dog track are overcrowding the kennels at those tracks and the retired dogs that have been there waiting for an adoption group to claim them are vying for limited kennel space. These retired wanna-be-pets are at risk of losing the small cages that that they live in. Dog tracks all over the country are being scheduled to close and the situation is only going to get worse...

Finding permanent homes for ex-racing greyhounds is a constant challenge and concern. There are simply more dogs than there are adopters and there are greyhounds at risk everywhere. No one wants to see these beautiful creatures being put down when their only crime was not running fast enough. Man created this problem and it is up to us to fix it.

Retired greyhounds make fantastic house pets. Contrary to some peoples' misconceptions, greyhounds do not need to run or have lots of space. They like small spaces and all they need are regular walks for exercise, just like any other dog. There are a few important guidelines to observe when adopting a greyhound. One is that they can never be let off leash unless in a completely fenced in area and the other is that they cannot live outdoors or be left out for long periods of time.

If you are interested in fostering, adopting or otherwise assisting ex-racing greyhounds, we hope that you will contact your nearest greyhound adoption/rescue group. You can find one by searching here:

http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/directory/list.cfm

Click on your state and then narrow the search to your city or town. The group nearest you will be happy to provide information concerning retired greyhounds and how you can help.

For those in the central Florida area, we encourage you contact the following groups:

http://www.godsgreyts.com/ (God's Greyts, Orlando)

http://www.floridagreyhounds.com/index.html (GPACF Melbourne)

http://www.greyhoundpetsdaytona.org/ (GPA Daytona)

http://www.goldcoastgreyhounds.com/ (Gold Coast Greyhounds, Clearwater)

With 15 dog tracks in Florida (more than any other state), many Florida greyhounds are being sent to adoption groups in other parts of the country. Transporting greyhounds is a very costly, but necessary undertaking for us and an ongoing process.

God's Greyts is a not-for-profit rescue group working tirelessly to move greyhounds from race kennels in central Florida, to the vet for vaccines, dentals, spay and neutering and into loving homes.

If you wish to assist us financially to accomplish this, your donation, no matter how small, would be a huge help to us and you can do so securely by Paypal using the email address godsgreyts@mac.com. Simply go to Paypal and choose "send money". Paste in godsgreyts@mac.com in the TO: Box on the right side of your screen. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.
(you may also donate right from Carol's site! link below. Please be generous and tell her Nature's Corner BLOG sent you! =) ~sue)

Or, you may send a check to:
God's Greyts
7259 Hiawassee Oak Dr.
Orlando FL 32818


If you'd like more information on retired greyhounds, please write to us and we can email you a brief handbook.

Thank you,
Carol Becker

President

God's Greyts Greyhound Group, Inc.
http://www.godsgreyts.com/
godsgreyts@mac.com

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September 13, 2007

Online Dog Expo, information/update!

The schedule for the two day event is up on the site here: http://www.onlinedogexpo.com/event-schedule/ so you can check what time your seminar is and what day.

All speakers will receive their login information two days prior to the event so we can get your sound check done early. Jeannie will be co-ordinating that with each of you so please get together a time with her for the 27th of this month to get your sound check done. You can reach her at thewholedog@gmail.com or call her at 530.347.9211.

Everyone else - sponsors and attendees - will receive your login information on the 28th.

We also ask that each speaker be present for their seminar at least 15 minutes prior to your presentation. There will be a 15 minute break at the end of each seminar which will allow us to do a 2nd sound check to make sure we're all set to go. Also, that will be a time for everyone to network with each other and also for attendees to ask questions. However each of you can have an interactive seminar allowing Q&A during your presentation - we're leaving that up to each of you to decide how you want to do that...

We've received a lot of offers of giveaways for which we're very grateful. We'll be announcing the giveaways in a random drawing at the end of the event on Sunday. Once we determine the winner, those of you who have given us a giveaway, we'll provide you with the winner's contact information so you can send them the gift they've won from you.

If anyone would like to provide giveaways just send me the photo of your product or logo of your service, and the offer (you can see what others have donated here http://www.onlinedogexpo.com/giveaways/

Let's get as many people to this event as possible so that the information on natural health for our dogs grows! Jeannie & I are doing this event solo this year so any help in spreading the news we greatly appreciate. There has been a lot of goofy information coming out in the mainstream news lately (online and off) about vaccines, pet food, etc., so we need to UNlearn people or the animals are going to continue to suffer more with all this nonsense. Every single one of you are about empowering people so they can make their own informed decisions for their animals and not rely on this misinformation inundating us all which is why we're so happy you're participating in this event with us. Thank you, you all so rock! Below is the short press release for this week.

Have a tail waggin' day!
Kim Bloomer & Jeannie Thomason, Proverbs 12:10

Online Dog Expo
podcast: http://www.AnimalTalkNaturally.com
radio show: http://www.ATNGoneWild.com

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August 18, 2007

LIVING WITH A GARBAGE HOUND?: YOUR TRASH COULD BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR PET!

Does your enterprising pooch have a habit of digging out the edibles—and not-so-edibles—in your garbage can?

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He may be satisfying his canine instincts, but the ASPCA would like to inform pet parents that the everyday items you throw away could be dangerous to your pet. These include:

- medications
- foods harmful to pets, such as chocolate, onions and coffee grounds
- poisonous plant cuttings
- household cleaners
- insecticides
- batteries
- bones, plastic, metal and paper, which can cause choking and other obstructions
- bacteria in spoiled food
- molds in rotting foods such as cheese, nuts, grains and pasta

Here are some practical ways to avoid hazardous encounters with discarded items:
- Use securely covered wastebaskets that don’t tip over easily, and store them in a cabinet under the sink.
- Take your garbage out right away.
- Properly dispose of potentially toxic materials, such as batteries. Your local garbage disposal company can offer advice.

For more details on the dangers of pets getting into garbage, please read our latest press release. If you think your pet has ingested a potentially hazardous item, please contact your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital immediately, taking note of any items you might have thrown away. If you can’t reach your veterinarian, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435 (fee will apply).

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August 02, 2007

Love Dog. =)

A male long-coated chihuahua named 'Heart-kun' with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sits at Pucchin Dog's shop in Odate, northern Japan July 10, 2007. The one-and-a-half-month-old chihuahua was born on May 18, 2007 as one of a litter. The shop owner Emiko Sakurada said that this is the first time a puppy with these marks has been born out of a 1,000 that she has bred. She also said that she has no plans to sell the puppy.

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