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Monday, July 14, 2008
Dog Kennels - What to Look For
by: Sandy Oberreuter
We all hate to leave our pets behind if we go on vacation or have to leave home for a few days. However, we can't always take them with us so if you don't have family or friends that are able to take care of them you most likely need a dog kennel.
To find a good kennel ask for recommendations from friends, family, your veterinarian or grooming shops.
You should then visit the kennel and look for these things.
Staff - are they friendly, knowledgeable, seem to care about the dogs there?
Sanitation - Are the runs clean? Do they look like they have an effective system? Do they have barriers high enough to prevent male dogs from urinating into adjacent runs?
Facility - Is it in good repair, neat, clean, smell clean and clear of debris?
Exercise area - Do dogs have freedom of movement? It the floor concrete so it can be easily disinfected? How much time do they get outdoors?
Climate - Is there proper temperature control and is ventilation good with no draughts?
Sleeping area - Is there clean, dry and large enough for a dog to stand, stretch out or turn around? Do they have solid dividers between kennels? Is the bedding clean?
Cages and gates - Are they secure and in good repair?
How many dogs in facility - Are there to many?
Food - You may want to bring food that your dog is already eating if they don't have it. You don't want him to get sick from a change in diet.
Water - Is it available at all times, does the water look clean in the bowls and are the bowls clean?
Veterinarian - Do they have a vet on call? Will they contact your vet if needed?
Find out the cost, drop off time and pick up. How far in advance should you book?
When you do take your dog for his stay take along:
Emergency contacts - veterinarian and your numbers.
Pet schedule - also pet medications with instructions.
Take something from home like a blanket or toy.
Food if needed
Usually if a dog is introduced early in life to kennels be doesn't have a problem. Of course all dogs are different and it's hard to predict how they will react. You should start with a weekend to see how he does. Ask the staff how his behavior and appetite were so you can judge how it went. Of course check his general condition and grooming to see how well he was taken care of.
If they do have trouble maybe next time you should look into a bonded pet-sitting service. Maybe you know someone who does pet sitting in your home. Check out your options.
Lastly, ask your veterinarian if your dog needs kennel cough intra-nasal vaccination.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Traditional Dog Training Revealed
by: Rodrigo Trigosso
Traditional dog training was initially developed to train war dogs. It was very useful during World War I. This training technique was embraced by civilian trainers after World War II, and quickly became the standard way to train dogs.
It seems that Colonel Konrad Most was the founder of this technique and, therefore, he is acknowledged as the father of modern dog training.
However, the main supporter of the technique was William R. Koehler. His book "The Koehler Method of Dog Training" could be the all-time best selling publication in the field.
Modern scientific principles of learning were not used to develop traditional training, so it is an empirical technique. Nevertheless, it seems that Konrad Most already understood the principles of operant conditioning on 1910, several years before those principles were published. So, this technique can be explained by operant conditioning principles.
Negative reinforcement and punishment are the main teaching ways of traditional training.
Negative reinforcement is the process that strengthens a behavior because an unpleasant situation is stopped or avoided as a consequence of that particular behavior. For instance, pushing on your dog's shoulders will provoke an unpleasant situation for him. If the pressure over his shoulders disappears when he lies down, he will be more likely to do the same in the future, just to avoid that unpleasant sensation. Thus, your dog will be learning to lie down through negative reinforcement.
Punishment, on the other hand, is an unpleasant consequence of a particular behavior. Although punishment could weaken a behavior, it is not a guarantee that this will happen. Besides, punishments usually have undesired collateral effects.
An example of punishment would be if you hit your dog or yell at him because he climbed on the armchair. As a consequence you may get your dog off of the armchair, but there is no guarantee that he won't climb again. Some possible undesired consequences could be that your dog bites you, he gets scared each time you appear or he gets phobia to armchairs.
Choke chains, prong collars and shock (electric) collars are common tools in traditional training and all its variants. Also, this kind of training is usually targeted to dog obedience exercises, disregarding behavioral problems.
Advocates of this technique often argue that traditional training provides reliable results which can't be obtained with other techniques. They also claim that training collars (choke, prong and shock) are harmless because dogs have a high threshold of pain.
Detractors of traditional dog training argue that both the technique and the tools are cruel and violent. They also claim that the technique can cause dangerous collateral effects, such as fear biting and damages to the dog's trachea.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
11:11AM - Are You a Pet Lover Yet?
Are You a Pet Lover Yet?
by: Warren Wong
Are you a pet lover? If not, you should be! Pets have been best friends with humans for almost forever! They're always there for you, whether it was to cheer you up, or to just being a loving companion! They have won hearts of people all over the world!
Most pets are for all ages, from a little kid (with adult supervision) to a senior citizen! They should also fit any life style. If you live a busy life style, you can get something that's small and easy to take care of. If you live a calm, boring lifestyle, spice it up by getting something energetic and fun, like a dog or cat. There are many types of pets to choose, from a four-legged furry animal to a bubbly, scaley fish.
Here are the three top reasons that make pets great companions:
1.) Pets are loving friends and companions. They are loyal and dependable. You can always count on your pet to be there when most needed! Some pets are known as an "Everyday Best Friend!" They will always be there by your side!
2.) Pets are always a delight to be with! They are always there to cheer you up when you're sad and to cool you down when you're mad. They are known for making humans around the world happy! They can also be quite humorous and funny. Their energy is most inspiring! These animals are always there to cheer up a upset heart and are known for putting a smile on everyone's faces!
3.) Pets have been hobbies to people for many years. They are very interesting and could occupy just about anyone! Who wouldn't want to watch these amazing, energetic creatures. When you're bored, pets are always there to make you happy.
These pets will always love you and will be a perfect life-long companion. They are willing to share their love with you and you can share it with them. These pets are wonderful creatures that will love you all the way, so...are you a pet lover yet? If not, you should be!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Using Flower Essences with Cats
by: Nedda Wittels
Are you are trying to integrate a new cat into your feline family? Do your cats fight with each other? Is your new cat grieving its lost human companion who had to go into a nursing home? Flower remedies or essences are helpful in many situations. Choosing the right essences is facilitated by knowing what the animals are thinking and feeling. As an Animal Communicator, I can gather this information and choose appropriate remedies.
Flower remedies are the vibrational patterns of flowers in liquid form. Each flower's unique energy pattern models specific healthy emotional vibrations. When the bio-electrical systems of the animal align with the model, not only may an animal's emotional state and behaviors change, but sometimes even physical illnesses will be helped to resolve.
One client had six cats and had rescued a seventh. When she tried to integrate the new female, the cats fought and there was chaos. A new cat will cause a shifting about of everyone's position in the group dynamic. In this instance, the new cat was fairly dominant. She was unwilling to come into the group at the bottom of the pecking order. The currently dominant cat wasn't about to give up her position. The other five cats had their various relationships and ranks, but now all positions were fluctuating.
First, I explained to each feline what was going on and why the person wanted to keep the new cat. I also gathered information about how each cat felt about the new one and about their individual willingness to cooperate. I talked to the new cat to get her perspective as well. We all brainstormed for solutions that might help smooth out the process
Then I chose flower essences. While continuing to use Rescue Remedy, I added Walnut to help each cat cope with a major life change; Quaking Grass, to help each cat's vibrations find harmony and flexibility in the group energy; Chicory for the one cat who tended to be jealous and manipulative; and Tiger Lily to reduce aggressive behavior during the shift. In addition, I suggested that the client mist the house twice a day with some Rescue Remedy diluted in water, creating a calming atmosphere. The human agreed not to behave in ways that showed favoritism towards the new cat.
The cats began to settle down quickly once they were on the essences. Over a period of months, the new cat was integrated without anyone getting hurt.
Flower essences start working immediately, yet work gradually and gently. Sometimes behaviors change quickly, but the essences should be given for several months to assure a sustained transformation. Flower essences will not change someone's personality, although they can take the edge off of an extreme behavior.
Another client had a male Abyssinian cat who told me he was "a God" and who was beating up on the female cat in the family, a American Short Hair, because he felt she didn't "worship" him appropriately. His person was astonished. "Does he think my husband and I worship him?" she asked. The Abyssinian answered, "Yes." He said that his people thought he was beautiful; they fed, petted and admired him as much as he wanted. The female cat was sweet, but not very self- confident, especially as the male would swat at her each time she walked past him.
We set this goal: to boost the female's confidence while lowering the male's aggressive tendencies. For the male I chose Vine, for being domineering, inflexible, and a bully, combined with Beech, for intolerance, and Tiger Lily, for aggression. For the female I chose Larch, to build self-confidence, combined with Centaury, for allowing oneself to be bullied. As a result of the essences, the male cat stopped his aggressive behavior while the female no longer ran madly past him. The situation resolved quickly because the right flower essences were used. The male's beliefs about himself did not change; his concern about the female cat and his behaviors towards her did.
Flower essences can be used with most species, including mammals, reptiles, and birds. They are non-invasive and do not conflict with prescribed medications. If you are having a behavioral or emotional problem with an animal and you would like to try a holistic approach, consider using flower essences. With the assistance of an Animal Communicator, you are more likely to hit on just the right combination, with the added benefit of understanding your animals' perspectives. This helps achieve the desired results.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Gone To The Dogs With Adorable Airedales
by: Barry Gorman
My wife and I were brought up in families with dogs. In her case, Corgis with the unfortunate name of Haggis. In my case, Welsh Terriers with the more prosaic name of Taffy. When we married we still wanted dogs, but what sort? The first was a mongrel named Lemon Curd. The second a Dalmatian named Miffy.
By now we had moved to a house in 8 acres and had 3 young children. We had chickens, ducks and goats and hit on the idea of breeding Airedales. As much as anything to give our children an insight into nature's cycle of life. Our aim was not to make money but to have fun.
My wife bought Troubadour a young male from one breeder and Misty, a young bitch, from another. Both were the offspring of Champions with no evidence of in-breeding. We set about training them, going for walks, playing with them and generally having a great time. My wife had read that it was best not to breed in the first season as this gave the bitch time to develop and mature. So as the second season approached we began our preparations.
After the pair had mated I built a large pen with foot high sides in the utility room. This was to keep the puppies contained but allow Misty to get in and out at will. Lots of newspaper was laid as bedding and we awaited events. The births were all straight forward and Misty had presented us with nine jet-black puppies. We were all excited, especially the children. All the puppies thrived, the Vet came to inoculate and dock them all and before we knew it they were ready to be weaned. Also they were developing their different characters and their coats started to turn brown. Organising the feeding of nine puppies was a challenge and we have many photographs. One very funny one is of a line of nine puppies all with heads down in their bowls and tails in the air.
At about six weeks Misty had had enough and we put them up for sale from 8 weeks. People came to view and that was interesting too. Pretty well all wanted to buy and by 10 weeks they were all gone. We were tired, relieved and also sad. The 8 weeks had simply flown by.
Trouby sired and Misty bore us another two litters with a seasons rest between each. Each litter was of 9 puppies in each. The cycle of events was the same each time and we thought we were becoming experts in the field. Unfortunately Misty was then hit by a car and killed. We did not have the heart to buy another bitch and Trouby enjoyed a long and peaceful widower hood. When he eventually died of old age, the house seemed very empty.
Imagine my surprise when six months later my wife said she had been very naughty and presented me with two young puppies. She named them after two favourite maiden aunts, Bess and Nell and 12 years later, we still have them.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
3:10AM - Question
Question quite possibly will sound insane *smiles* ...
Can a familiar be invisble, either a "construct" energy animal or a "ghost" or purely energy animal?
I have a ghost kitty at my apartment named Eagle.
~ DazedWolf (aka Lauren) ~
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Aquarium Plants And Lighting Mini-guide
by: Nathan Miller
Aquarium plants are as important to aquariums as water is to fish. Aquarium plants add more life to aquarium and make it to look beautiful while completing the aquarium community structure.
The most important thing to bear in mind with plants is to form an attractive background, leaving ample space so the fish can swim undisturbed and be seen. The tall, grassy type is best planted at intervals in rows, while the feathery ones look better when they are bunched into small clumps, which makes them to appear like branching bushes.
When planting rooted plants, hold the tips of the bunch of roots between the thumb and second finger and rest them on the sand. Now with the first finger push the upper part of the roots (where they join the stem) about 2cm into the sand. Without moving this finger scrape with the thumb and second finger some sand over any uncovered portion of the root.
When putting in rootless plants in bunches, the method explained above is repeated, but this time the lower ends of the stems are placed together and treated exactly as if they were roots.
It is important that the water surface should be right up to the lower edge of the top angle iron of the tank, so that looking from the front the water surface can not be seen and the viewer gets the impression that there is no water in the aquarium. If the level is allowed to fall below the top angle iron the tank looks like a container holding water.
Aquarium Lighting is also important for aquarium plants
This depends greatly on whether you intend to successfully grow plants or not. Lack of light causes colorful fish to fade and clanch-reds to pink, green to white. The two main methods of lighting aquarium are by the INCADESCENT and FLOURESCENT.
The total amount of light required is a matter of trial and error. Too much light will turn the water green; too little will stunt plant growth.
The lighting can be natural or artificial or a combination of both. The best position is near a north facing window. This should provide the ideal amount of indirect lights which an be supplemented by artificial light.
The lighting should be housed in wood constructed stylishly with the furniture and placed above the tank. if there is no natural day light, the lights should be left on for approximately eight hours per day.
If the water turns green, you cut down on the light.
The best light for showing off an aquarium comes from behind.
Good link Choosing Your New Puppy
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Checklist for Choosing a Holiday Boarding Kennel or Cattery
by: Gerry Neustatl
There's nothing worse than going away on your hard-earned vacation with the worry that your pet might not be safe, secure, fed properly or exercised adequately in your absence
Holiday boarding can be an excellent solution for looking after your pet while you are away. There are lots to choose from offering a range of different options, from standard accommodation to luxury suites. Prices vary dramatically, and are not necessarily the best indicator of quality.
Ten Steps for Selecting a Holiday Boarding Kennel or Cattery
This simple checklist should help you find the facility that's right for your pet:
1. Visit the boarding kennel or cattery before making a decision. You should be able to visit the facility without an appointment during operating hours. If you are required to visit by appointment only, one must question what the facilities are like when you are not there!
2. Does it smell? This could be an indicator of insufficient hygiene
3. Is there ready access to a vet in case of emergency? Hopefully this will not be required, but it's better to be safe than sorry!
4. Does the facility have a perimeter fence? You don't want your dog escaping in your absence
5. Are staff suitably qualified in pet care?
6. Can the facility cater for your pet's dietary requirements?
7. Is medication readily available, if required?
8. What are the hidden charges? For example, some facilities will charge extra fees for playtime, administration of medication or grooming services
9. Are there suitable facilities for exercise and entertainment of animals?
10. Is the facility accredited by a recognised authority, such as PIAA (in Australia)? This is not required, but such authorities set set minimum standards that member facilities must comply with. This includes enclosure size, meals, hygiene etc.
Many Boarding Kennels and Catteries can also provide a convenient pickup and delivery service. If your chosen facility doesn't, there are specialised Animal Taxis that can arrange this service for you.
With your pet happy and secure in a safe environment you can now set about enjoying your holiday.
9:00AM - My odd familiar
I have a parrot , and i am pretty sure he is my familiar,he is a blue-crowned conure.He's name is baby, i have raised him. he knows other people but refuses to let anyone but me, to hold or pet him.it's actually funny to watch some one try, he trys to bite um and tey freak out, by far the funniest as he has never actually bitten donw or drawn blood. I just thought i would share,about my little odd ball.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
What Are Bottom Water Tropical Fish?
by: Nate Jamieson
Bottom water fish are those that prefer living at the lowest level of the aquarium. It's not that they can't swim into the upper regions, they will when spurred by a fish that pesters them, or just for the sake of a quick dash around the tank. But for the most part, they live on the bottom, which is where most of their food comes from.
Tropical fish that prefer the bottom of the tank, usually eat algae that grows there, as well as leftover food that falls on the substrate or the broad leaves of some plants. In a way, the bottom water fish are the housekeepers of your aquarium, cleaning up scraps and preventing the build up of algae. But this is not always a sufficient diet, and they need to be given food that comes in a form or shape specifically designed to reach, and appeal to the bottom feeder.
This is usually a wafer shape, dense enough that it sinks past the top and middle feeders, to rest on the bottom and soften. The bottom feeders can then browse at their leisure, returning later to clean up the remains. In that respect, they are not like top and middle feeders, where food is given a pinch at a time, and feeding should stop as soon as they lose interest. Those tropical fish that hang around the bottom tend to be "grazers", and not the gulpers that you'll find dashing for the surface when they see you coming.
Some of the better-known bottom water fish are the loach, and catfish. There are also algae eaters, Botia, Corys, Knifefish and the more unusual specimens like Goby and Needle Nose.
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Monday, March 17, 2008
11:36PM - Привет!
Я тут совсем не долго, давайте знакомиться!
Вот, если что, мой адрес: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
9:27PM - Merry Meet!
I've been searching for some communities related to witchcraft and found that this one might be perfect for me.The "familiar" part of the Craft was probably the one that always interested me the most and I hope I can learn new things from this community and get to know some of you better.
About me: my name is Eugenia.I've been into witchcraft ever since I can remember,but discovered Wicca about 3 years ago and started practicing it.My familiar is my cat?a gray tabby, with whom I have very strong spiritual bonds ever since he first came into my house.He mostly plays the role of a guardian for me,but also adds a lot in my rituals.Strangely enough,I also have a familiar "plant",but that is already another story.These two are physical beings that are close to me,but I also have a few in the astral plane.The first is a wolf named Alaspher that is practically my soul.He is always with me,helping me a lot with magic and life itself.The second one is a falcon.I call him Silence,for I do not know his true name currently,though I feel I could discover it if I ever wanted to.For now he responds to "Silence" and we are both perfectly okay with that name.I feel that this falcon has been with me in my previous lives,though none of us "speak" of it.He rarely is near me,mostly flying far from me.I can reach him by meditating and sometimes see through his eyes.There are a few other creatures in the astral plane I am related to,but those aren't stable so I guess it ain't really worth it to speak of them.
Anyways,I hope to hear more from this community soon. :)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
12:46AM - intro...
i guess i should probably do this at some point. i joined this community a few days ago, and am really looking forward to being a part of it. i'm not sure that i'll have all that much to contribute to begin with, as i am just beginning my journey. i've always considered myself an atheist or an agnostic. my husband is a buddhist, and i've done a lot of reading and research on various relions and spiritual beliefs, only to find that none of them "fit" me. however, this is different...from the moment that i stepped into this realm (pagan & wiccan), i've felt at "home". i'm still very much a beginner, and i'm still trying to find my specific path, but i do feel that i am finally pointed towards the direction of the paths that are meant for me. and it feels good - really good.
anyway, my name is kym, but for all intents and purposes, please refer to me as "datura". i'm 32, married, have a 13 year old son and 8 indoor cats. we recently just moved back to northwest ohio from michigan to care for my elderly parents. currently, i am just beginning to study the very basics. i've picked up several books, visited a spiritual "variety" store not too far from here (where i've collected quite a few items to aid in my study), and i've also signed up online with magicka shool, tarot college, witch school, and the pagan college. i'm not certain as to the quality of any of these, but i figure they will at least give me a general base from which to start.
i guess that's it for now. i just wanted to say hello and to introduce myself. i'm sorry if you see this cross-posted to some different communities - i've joined a lot as of late, and i'm not feeling up to writing a seperate intro for each one.
i'm really looking forward to being in this community, learning from all of you, and hopefully making some new friends that take me seriously throughout this learning process. if you have any questions for me, ask away - i'm pretty much an open book.
i hope this finds everyone well.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
5:19PM - Shameless plug
This will be the ONLY announcement I make to this list in regards to this book, apologies for crossposting.
( I would like to announce that my first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic is now available from Immanion Press, a small-but-growing U.K.-based publisher of edgy, experimental occult nonfiction!Collapse )
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at chaohippie (at) excite.com
Monday, May 15, 2006
3:13AM - Question
I have a question, is it possible for a female beta to be a familar, and if so would it be aprpriate to place her on my altar? Oh and please light a candle or something for the kitten we just lost, please.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Okay, here's something to get conversation going....
For those with physical animal familiars (past or present) what animals do you work best with? If you also have a totem(s), is there any correlation between your familiar(s) and totem(s)? Also, how do you work with your familiar(s)?
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