Orcas: pop stars or deranged killers?

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

Recently, a documentary came out about the ethical and safety issues regarding the keeping of orcas in captivity. Captive orcas are trained for the purpose of entertaining the public. Blackfish is the story of Tilikum, who was taken from his family as a young whale off the coast of Washington. Tilikum is used as a breeding whale to make sure Seaworld Inc. has an unlimited . . . more »

Itty Bitty Kitties!

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Have you ever wondered what it would be like to raise kittens, play with them, and get them socialized? Laurie Cinotto fosters orphaned or young kittens, and gets them ready to be adopted into a loving home. This book accompanies her blog about kitten fostering. You can find this title at the library under J 636.807 CINOTTO. Check it out!

My favorite things

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

Two of my favorite books when I was growing up were Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson and the Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford. These are both touching stories about the loyalty and love of a pet for their families. Old Yeller The Incredible Journey Old Yeller is the story of a mangy, yeller dog who befriends a pioneer family in Texas in the late . . . more »

Your pet's health

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

It's wintertime, and it's also cold and flu season. Have you throught about keeping your pet healthy? This book is a good reference source for what ails your pet. The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health Here is a DVD on how to administer first aid for your best friend. Pet Emergency First Aid If you'd like to find out more about pet first aid, visit . . . more »

Do Animals Have Feelings Too?

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

Anyone who has played fetch with a dog and seen his joyous expression as he proudly drags a stick back for you that you’ve just thrown, or feel the compassion in a dogs eyes as he lays his head down in your lap when you’re feeling sad, knows in their heart that dogs have feelings for their owners. How Animals Grieve Barbara King takes it . . . more »

Funny Animals: Anemones, Slugs, Hamsters, Walruses & More...

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals

Creature Comforts Well, they're clay animals, actually (as in stop-action animation). I recently discovered Aardman Animations' humorous British TV series "Creature Comforts," created after their Academy Award-winning short film of the same name, and I want to share it with other animal enthusiasts. You might know Aardman's work from "The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit," "Chicken Run" and other award-winning films. In numerous short vignettes, irresistibly . . . more »

Elephants Never Forget

Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

Find out more about elephants... Read about elephants: Elephant Reflections Hear about elephants: Ivory's Ghosts See elephants: Born to Be Wild Elephant books for children for reading and listening: The Elephant Hospital Elephants of Africa . . . more »

Can a Hippo and a Tortoise be Friends?

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

Unlikely Friendships As the head of an "inter-species household," I know for a fact that cats, dogs, snakes, and mice can get along... well, maybe the mice should stay away from the cats and snakes, but aside from that our household is usually quite harmonious. Now, what about a hippo and a tortoise? Can they be friends too? According to Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland, they . . . more »

Cats can be heroes, too!

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

Normally when you think of man's best friend or animals who have earned the title of "hero," you think of dogs. Here are two books, though, that tells the story of a couple of extraordinary cats. Dewey The first one, Dewey, the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, starts with a kitten who is stuffed in the book return slot at . . . more »

I could pee on this leash

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

Training for Both Ends of the Leash For all dog owners, here is a great book: Training for Both Ends of the Leash This book is useful for perplexed dog owners. Find out your dog's personality and how best to train your pet so that both dog and owner are healthy and happy. Here's a book for any cat lover: I Could Pee on This This is a humorous book of poetry . . . more »

Halloween is for the Hogs

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

Hedgehogs We've all seen dogs and the occasional (very tolerant) cat dressed up for Halloween, and that is undeniably adorable most of the time. But why let dogs, cats, and children have all the fun?! Buzzfeed has some great ideas on how to dress up a hedgehog for the holiday, especially if you are crafty enough to make the costume yourself. On a personal side-note, I . . . more »

Two Pets to Cuddle with on Halloween Night

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

One of my favorite authors is Stephen King and he has two classic pet horror stories that if you haven’t read yet, you really should check out. The first one is Cujo, a story about a big, lovable dog who contracts rabies and ends up becoming the hound from hell. Not only is the narrative riveting but King incorporates little segments that show the situation . . . more »