Caption That!

We’ve got some fun new contests on FishChannel and ReptileChannel that need participants with great imagination and a knack for creating witty sayings.

Each month a new photo will be posted and it is up to you to write a witty caption and send it in. Visitors are also invited to send in their photos of fish, tank setups and reptiles to be used as the monthly photo.

Fish eClub and Club Reptile members could earn 500 points toward their account if their caption is selected as the most witty and creative.

Check out the current photos today. Both websites are inviting users to submit a creative caption for the FishChannel Captions Contest and the ReptileChannel Creature Caption Contest.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Ted Kade, the editor of Auto Restorer magazine, gives details on why the 2009 Honda Element is a great match for dog owners.

The California Senate’s Committee on Public Safety has postponed its hearing on AB 241, a bill that would limit the number of intact dogs and cats any person could own for breeding and selling as pets, until July 2, 2009.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Before you introduce your kitten to litterbox training, review this list of litterbox training do’s and don’ts at CatChannel.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, explains how to keep a cat entertained with fun activities while its owner is away on vacation or out of town.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
In the September 2009 issue of Bird Talk magazine, you learned the difference between taming and training. Now take BirdChannel’s quiz to find out what taming and training is all about.

Laura Doering, Bird Talk magazine editor, shares the latest on Snowball, the dancing sulphur-crested cockatoo super star, continues his world pop culture domination. And be sure to watch the Taco Bell commercial spotlighting the dancing super star in Laura’s latest blog entry “Snowball the Taco Bell Spokesbird.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, shares his experience at the latest Southern California reptile show in his blog entry “The Reptile Super Show in San Diego.”

Eric Syverson, Reptiles magazine associate editor, shares an extraordinary case about Jessie, the Caledonian giant gecko that hatched from an unfertilized egg. Check out the article “New Caledonian Giant Gecko Parthenogenesis?

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Ethan Mizer, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine senior associate editor, shares detailed plans for his latest project – an 80-gallon planted aquarium – in his latest blog entry “Planning an Aquascape.”

Jeffrey C. Howe, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine columnist, gives information to fishkeepers that are experiencing nitrate troubles in their tanks.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Shellyane Bryan, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, shares about trying to provide her rats with entertainment and a way to cool off in the hot temperatures in her latest blog entry “Hot Weather And Rat Ice Games!

Ailigh Vanderbush, Ferrets magazine behavior expert, answers the question “Can ferrets kill parrots and small dogs?

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Kim Abbott, Horse Illustrated magazine associate editor, shares her latest, and greatest, horsey buy from an equine rescue facility in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Find out what she got and share your best horsey buy you’ve found at The Near Side blog entry “Yay for Yard Sales!

HorseChannel has prepared an online bit guide that reveals information about the most common styles of bits as well as some of the more creative ones. You can also get some great tips before you start spending money. Be sure to check out HorseChannel’s Online Bit Guide.

July 2, 2009 at 5:55 AM Leave a comment

Between The Birds and The Felines

Cat Fancy magazine Editor Susan Logan and WildBird magazine Editor Amy Hooper discuss a hot issue in the cat and bird communities: whether feral and outdoor cats are decimating the wild bird population. Watch their discussion at CatChannel and share your thoughts. We’d like to know your opinions on this issue.

Watch the video here.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
On June 26, restaurants across the country will welcome dogs and their owners to celebrate “Esser Take Your Dog to Dinner night.” Sponsored by Esser Vineyards, a family-run California winery, the event will be held in conjunction with Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Get more details at DogChannel.

Allan Reznik, Editor-at-Large for Dog World and Dog Fancy, Editor-in-Chief for Dogs in Review, talks about the judging panel in his latest blog entry “Breeder-Judges Vs. All-Rounders.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Becky Robinson, founder of Alley Cat Allies, discusses the benefits of an early-age spay or neuter for kittens.

Pet Recovery Service have partnered to help support health research and lost cats. For every new cat microchipped and enrolled in HomeAgain from now until August, the company will donate $1 toward feline health research.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Summer is officially here and the heat is on. Be sure that you can recognize the signs of a bird suffering from heat stroke. Get the details at BirdChannel.

Linda Costello, BirdChannel blogger, shares the creative ways she replaces the toys her large parrots destroy. Get a glimpse of her creativity in her latest blog entry “Decorating Bird Style.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Do you have a great reptile Halloween costume that you’ve wanted to show off? Or perhaps you have one in mind and you just needed some motivation to get it going. Well now is the time! The Reptiles magazine contest has officially launched! Reptiles magazine announces its “Herp Halloween Costume Craze!” Contest. Get more info on the contests and the prizes at ReptileChannel.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “Why do bearded dragons sit under the light with their mouth open?”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Jackie Franza, FishChannel blogger, shares with her readers about a recent loss of one of her fish. In her latest blog entry she says “If anyone would have told me that I would cry over a fish before I got involved in reefkeeping I would have rolled my eyes. But here I am, absolutely heartbroken again.” Read her latest entry “RIP, Firefish Friend” at FishChannel.

Are you considering adding a catfish to your aquarium? Find out what catfish species are compatible at FishChannel.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Jerry Murray, DVM, gives you the information about the ferret circulatory system and details on what happens when a ferret’s heart, blood and blood vessels work normally and what happens when they don’t.

Catya, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, shares some stories about hamster dads in her latest blog entry “Great Hamster Dads.”

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Sharon Biggs, a HorseChannel English Training Expert, gives advice on how to make a good dressage entrance. Check out her tips at HorseChannel.

HorseChannel blogger Cindy Hale shares an encounter that she had with some not so friendly llamas while out on a ride with Wally and Cowboy. Find out what happened in her latest blog entry “When Llamas Attack.”

June 25, 2009 at 6:30 AM Leave a comment

The Classic Snake Game Slithers To ReptileChannel

If you’re looking for a new online game to play while you’re supposed to be working then you’re in for a treat. Do you remember the Flash Snake Game? ReptileChannel has launched its own version of the game. I challenge you all to try and play just one game. I finally had to just close the window so that I could get back to more important aspects.

Play the game here.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, June 22, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Learn natural solutions on how to deal with four common messy dog problems including a smelly dog, doggie breath and what to do if your pup gets sprayed by a skunk.

Get a sneak peek at an article from the Pages of Dog Fancy magazine. Check out “Not Just Another Day at the Office” by Sandy Robins. Sandy gives you some insight on “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
The Dearborn Animal Shelter in Michigan has launched its first ever live “KittyKam,” hoping to coincide with June being national Adopt-a-Cat Month. Find out more at CatChannel.

CatChannel Managing Editor Nikki Batalis talks about how cats and dogs help pick us up when we’re feeling down in her latest blog entry “Pets Not Only a Joy, but a Comfort, Too.” Read her latest entry and share an experience with us about a time your pets helped to comfort you.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Pet birds require a balanced diet of different food components. BirdChannel’s article “Pet Bird Diet Components” breaks it down for you and gives you an in-depth look on seeds, pellets, fruits and veggies, cooked foods and more.

Caitlyn, BirdChannel blogger, introduces Colee, a black-capped conure currently living in her family’s sanctuary.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
ReptileChannel brings you an opportunity to find out what types of amphibians you may find on a herping trip in Germany.

Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, shares a herping experience from the past in his latest blog entry “Salamanders Deserve Respect.”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
The Editors of AFI magazine bring you five steps for new fish breeders and share information on everything from choosing a fish to breed to how to find homes for the fry.

Now that summer is here are you considering using some of that sunshine to include a pond in your yard? Then you’ll be interested in checking out this FishChannel article “First-Time Pondkeeper.”

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Shellyane Bryan, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, talks about a recent visit from her nan who isn’t exactly a rat fan in her latest blog entry “Team Rat.”

Ailigh Vanderbush, Ferrets magazine behavior expert, talks about whether or not to get a ferret friend for a ferret that has lost all its other friends.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Kim Abbott, Horse Illustrated Associate Editor, talks about how incorporating a simple technique has made rides more enjoyable for her and her horse in her latest blog entry “My ‘Aha’ Moment

Are you in the know on horse leg protection? HorseChannel has a tack box full of tips and suggestions on how to prevent horse leg injuries with the proper use of wraps and boots.

June 23, 2009 at 4:29 AM Leave a comment

Submit A PSA Entry On Pets And Vacation

Today (June 15th) was the last day that we’re accepting entries for the “Summer Safety” script – part of AnimalNetwork’s Yes You Can PSA video contest. If you missed it have no worries! There is one more chance for your pet to star in a PSA on the AnimalNetwork websites and for you to win some great prizes from AnimalNetwork. Start working on your video for the Pet Vacation script and upload it today.

Per your preference you can upload your video on DogChannel, CatChannel, BirdChannel, ReptileChannel, HorseChannel or SmallAnimalChannel.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, June 15, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Senior dogs require more attention when it comes to their care. Learn the signs that indicate your senior dog may have a larger health problem going on that should not be ignored or put off until later.

Take Your Dog To Work Day is June 26, 2009. Get helpful tips for a successful day at the office with your dog at DogChannel.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel brings you its Wildcats Matching Game. Tigers and Lions and Cheetahs, Oh My! Match up the different wildcats in this new version of their matching game.

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, gives you information on upper respiratory infections and other cat ailments.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
BirdChannel wants to honor Father’s Day with you by celebrating the bond bird “dads” have with their birds. Send in your favorite picture of you with your bird, and tell us what you think is the best thing about being a dad to your bird. Entries are due Thursday, June 18, 2009. Submit your photo at BirdChannel.

The BirdChannel editors answer your top 10 pet cockatiel questions.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Kristin Van Alstine, ReptileChannel blogger, reminds you of the importance of doing your reptile research by sharing an experience in her latest blog entry “Clash of the Geckos.”

Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, talks about the role of turtle sacrifices in some cultures in his latest blog entry “Sacrificial Turtles.”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Ethan Mizer, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium senior associate editor, talks about how the aquarium hobby could be the solution to deter children away from their media addictions in his latest blog entry “Teach Your Children Well.”

Do you find yourself getting confused by all the fish breeding terms? Then be sure to print out FishChannel’s Fish Breeding Terms Glossary to use as a quick reference to help understand fish breeding lingo.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Money is tight for many in the current economy. Check out these tips to help pay veterinary bills for ferrets when everyone is trying to save their pennies.

Martha Boden, SmallAnimalChannel hamster expert, gives information on how to tell whether a hamster is male or female.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
HorseChannel web editor Leslie Potter talks about what her current dream barn would include in her latest blog entry “The Life Aquatic.”

Download 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Screensaver and Desktop Wallpapers for your computer at HorseChannel.

June 16, 2009 at 5:08 AM Leave a comment

Parrots and Rabbits at the Oakland Zoo

This past Tuesday I went with my son on his fieldtrip to the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, California. It had been years since I had been there myself and quite a lot of it had changed. One of my favorite exhibits there was the bug house. I’m not a fan of ants and bugs in my house, but being able to see them working and lounging around in their own was pretty neat. Considering I used to be on the BirdChannel and SmallAnimalChannel team I have a soft spot in my heart for parrots and small critters. The zoo had an exhibit for rabbits to hop around and play in the grass. I had to snap some photos of the parrots and rabbits. I hope that you enjoy them!

Blue-and Gold macaw

A blue-and-gold macaw chews away at a branch.

This rabbit was lounging and grazing on grass.

This rabbit was lounging and grazing on grass.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Friday, June 12, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
California Veterinary Medical Association offers tips to make your puppy’s first vet visit a pleasant experience. Find out how to prepare your puppy for his first vet visit at DogChannel.

FetchDog, an online retailer of dog products in Maine, is working to help injured American veterans with the launch of a new dog toy called the Chewy Shoe. A portion of the proceeds from the Chewy Shoe will go to Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us, a program that provides service dogs for disabled veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Suzanne Stowe, CatChannel blogger, shares about her experience in taking her Siamese cat for an audition and a chance at stardom in Los Angeles in her latest blog entry “Baby’s Hollywood Moment.”

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, answers the question “Why Is My Cat Guarding His Food?

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Do you have a high-energy bird like a lorikeet or caique? Try playing one of these fun games to help your bird burn off some of that energy. Check out BirdChannel’s suggestions of games and activities for high-energy parrots.

Linda Costello, BirdChannel blogger, shares a video and her experience in bathing larger parrots, like macaws and cockatoos, in her latest blog entry “Birdie Bath Time.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, gives you an inside view of planning an issue of the magazine. Find out more about the dilemma of deciding upon article topics in his latest blog entry “Bearded Dragon Vs. the Thorny Devil.”

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “How do you treat reptiles for infections and worms?

Out At Sea from FishChannel
If you enjoy putting jigsaw puzzles together then you’re in luck! There are new photos available on the FishChannel Jigsaw Puzzles. Challenge the top score and put one together today.

The editors of Aquarium Fish International magazine have a list of equipment that you may find helpful for a fish breeding project. The equipment needed will depend on the species of fish being bred, and you may not need all of what is listed. But it is important to have the right equipment on hand. Be sure to check out the Fish Breeding Equipment Glossary on FishChannel.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Catya, hamster owner and SmallAnimalChannel blogger, shares an experience with hamster Stapleton and how a lullaby helped soothe skittish behaviors in her latest blog entry “The Story of Stapleton The Hamster.”

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP, helps give advice to an owner’s whose ferret has been caught eating it’s corn litter.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Do you know all there is to know about boots for both horses and their riders? Challenge your knowledge and take the HorseChannel quiz: All About Boots.

The American Vaulting Association is offering a series of “Introduction to Vaulting” summer day camps and clinics in the greater Kentucky area throughout July as part of an initiative to bring equestrian vaulting to the home of the World Equestrian Games 2010.

June 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM Leave a comment

Funny Pet Flick – Ode To The Treadmill

Normally I leave you a potpourri of AnimalNetwork videos on Monday, however today I came across two great videos with a cat named Maxx. And as soon as you see these videos I guarantee that you will understand why Maxx deserved to be in the spotlight today.

In this video Maxx checks out and plays with the treadmill while doggie Daisy Mae tries to get some exercise. Watch it here.

In this video Maxx gives the treadmill a spin. Watch it here.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, June 08, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
June is here and that means the beginning of hurricane season has officially started. Make sure that you and your family are prepared for the possibility of evacuation with pets in the chance of a hurricane hitting your town.

DogChannel groomer columnist Kathy Salzberg, NCMG, talks about how to gradually introduce a dog (that doesn’t really like baths) to regular bathing and grooming.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, talks about cat tail movements as a mood indicator and how to decode the message.

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon offers some tips and advice for the question “How can I stop my cat from sneaking food from the table?

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Do you own an African grey parrot? Bird Talk magazine wants to know some of the quirky things that your African grey does. For a chance at being quotes in Bird Talk magazine visit the BirdChannel Forum.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, Dip. ABVP – Avian Practice, shares some information about how the mess in your bird’s cage could be affecting your bird’s health. So how clean is your bird’s cage?

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
An amphibian enthusiast shares in the secrets of success in breeding frogs with a frog microhabitat.

Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, lets the beans out of the bag about a new upcoming magazine contest in his latest blog entry “Reptile Costume Contest Preview.”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
If you have a reef tank then be sure to download FishChannel’s Reef Tank Maintenance Schedule each month to help keep track all of your daily, weekly and monthly reef tank maintenance tasks.

David A. Lass, fish expert on FishChannel, gives you the cardinal rule when it comes to feeding your aquarium fish and others tips to help avoid overfeeding your fish.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Grayson, a rescued shelter ferret shares his story from a life of misery to a life of love.

Do you know what is in the basic sugar glider diet? SmallAnimalChannel offers you a guide that includes a well-balanced diet and a list of healthy treats for sugar gliders.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Cindy Hale, HorseChannel blogger, talks about her horse’s acute sense of hearing as well as her own in her latest blog entry “Can You Ear Me Now?

Do you know how to break in a new saddle? In today’s times there are traditional approaches as well as new technology. Check them all out at HorseChannel.

June 9, 2009 at 4:32 AM Leave a comment

Partners In Crime Caught On Video

It’s Friday and have I got a great Friday Pet Flick Pick for you! In this video Marley, a macaw helps his pal Jasper, a macaw, break out of his cage. It’s amazing and hilarious! Check out the video “Partners In Crime” here.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Friday, June 05, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
A company that supplied tainted wheat gluten to pet food manufacturers in the 2007 pet food recall has agreed to please guilty to 27 misdemeanor charges of distributing adulterated and/or misbranded food and one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Find out the details of this news item at DogChannel.

Are you looking for some new games to play with your dog? If your dog knows how to fetch, or you are looking to teach him how, check out DogChannel’s suggestions of fetch games.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Is your head swimming between all the different types of cat food options available? Learn how to read the label and choose the right food for your cat as CatChannel uncovers the mystery ingredients in cat food.

CatChannel Managing Editor Nikki Batalis talks about the return of Animal Planet’s series “Housecat Housecall” in her latest blog entry “‘Housecat Housecall’ Has the Prescription for Cat Woes.”

From the Flock at BirdChannel
If you’re a bird owner and you’re selling your home then you may be stressing over what to do with your bird for open houses. Be sure to check out BirdChannel’s seven selling tips for bird owners to help seal the deal and sell your home, all without having to relocate your bird in the process.

Are you having trouble keeping up with your parrots’ hobby of destroying toys? Never Fear! BirdChannel is here with step-by-step directions on how to make the 30-Second Bird Toy. Thirty seconds to create and probably 30 seconds for your bird to destroy – give it a try and let us know your parrot’s destroy time.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Are you looking to build a tropical vivarium but aren’t sure what kind of herp to get? Check out ReptileChannel’s Chinese Water Dragon care information.

Are you ready to ditch the solitaire and move on to an online game that is a bit more of a challenge? Then be sure to try out the latest additions to the ReptileChannel Jigsaw Puzzles.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
FishChannel blogger Jackie Franza shares her experiences in impulse buying and the challenges it can lead too in reefkeeping. Read about her experiences in her latest blog entry “A Tale of Three Mistakes.”

Are you considering starting a reef tank but are a bit overwhelmed with everything you need? The Editors of Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine bring you the Reef Aquarium Checklist to help you plan your system from start to finish.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP, gives you tips on how to tell the difference between a male ferret and a female ferret.

Shellyane Bryan, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, talks about her rats latest adventure outside in the grass and their new experience with ice cubes in her latest blog entry “In The Garden With The Rats.”

At The Stable from HorseChannel
The new HI Spy is up on HorseChannel. This month the HI editors would like to know “What Would be Included in Your Dream Barn?

The Equestrian Sport Production, LLC is inviting artists of any medium to compete in the first annual Winter Equestrian Festival Souvenir Poster Contest. This is a new tradition where the winning artist will be featured as the “Official Poster Artist” and whose artwork will be used in creating the inaugural 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival’s souvenir poster.

June 5, 2009 at 10:53 PM Leave a comment

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