Archive for April, 2009

Snowball Is Back!

If you’re a bird enthusiast, or just an animal lover, then perhaps you remember Snowball, a medium sulphur-crested Eleanora cockatoo, who stole the spotlight in 2008 by showing off his sweet dance moves to Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” on YouTube. Well, he’s at it again. Snowball will be making an appearance teaching children how to dance on Animal Planet’s “Most Outrageous Animals” this May. You can get show times at the Bird Lovers Rescue Inc., blog.

I was working for Bird Talk magazine at the time that Snowball’s dance moves caught everyone’s attention. I got to interview Irena Schulz, who runs the Bird Lovers Rescue, Inc., about Snowball. And she even sent BirdChannel some exclusive videos of Snowball dancing to new songs. If you haven’t seen them yet you can check out Snowball’s exclusive videos and comment on which one is your favorite. You can also read my article, “Snowball Gets Funky” in the June 2008 issue of Bird Talk magazine if you’d like to learn more about Snowball.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Thursday, April 30, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ 2nd National Service Dog Exam Day runs from May 3 to May 9, 2009. Over 150 board-certified ophthalmologists will be providing free eye exams to service dogs as part of the event.

Find out what the 10 most common chemical ingredients sometimes found in “regular” dog food that likely won’t be present in their “natural” counterparts.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Earth Day may have passed but the makers of Litter-Robot are launching a giveaway contest to encourage pet owners to consider how to lessen their cat’s environmental “paw print.” They also offer environmental tips on how to start going green with your cats.

Did you just bring a new kitten into your home? You can take steps to avoid behavior problems down the road by reading these top five common mistakes pet owners make with their kittens.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Margrethe Warden, BirdChannel bird expert, answers the question “Is my bird susceptible to the cold or the flu?”

Keeping in theme with Snowball and my own rescued pet, I know that it’s no easy task bringing a rescue pet into your home. Especially with a parrot that may have experienced a not quite so happy history. BirdChannel has a great article on working with an older or re-homed parrot. It even addresses how to work with the bird that just doesn’t trust humans.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission chose to move forward on a proposed rule that prohibits the commercial sale of wild-caught native turtles at its first hearing on April 15, 2009.

If you’re looking to create a vivarium for a small reptile then you’re in luck. ReptileChannel has all the information you need to create a versatile and tropical reptile vivarium for little frogs, toads, lizards, some salamanders and a few small snakes.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
In the latest entry of “Into the Aquascape” Freshwater and Aquarium Magazine senior associate editor, Ethan Mizer, talks about the choices and lifestyle aspects to consider when you are considering setting up a new planted tank.

Learn how to start and organize a local aquarium society or club in your area. Aquarium Fish International magazine gives you examples to use as you build your club or society constitution and bylaws.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Ferrets magazine editor, Marylou Zarbock, takes you through the evolution of ferret cages starting with the first ferret-specific cages from the late 1980s.

SmallAnimalChannel blogger Catya shares a recent experience of hamster emergency care drama from the Pet Expo. She recants the visit to the veterinarian’s office that lasted until 4 a.m., and talks about a hamster that needs to have its teeth trimmed every two weeks.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Are the April showers raining down on you? If so you might find that your horse is in need of a bath. HorseChannel is here to the rescue with tips for bathing your horse.

HorseTV, the first and only multi-platform television network dedicated to providing programming for an equestrian audience worldwide, has expanded into mainstream television with the launch of the HorseTV Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) channel on Sky Angel. Sky Angel is a national provider of family-friendly television and radio programming.


April 30, 2009 at 11:50 PM Leave a comment

4 Articles on Children and Pets

My children have continuously asked for new pets or if they could own other pets when they are older. Right now we have room for our two cats, but I’d eventually love to bring some other animals into our home. You know, when we can actually get out of this apartment and into a bigger home. But right now I’m rather content with our two cats.

My plans are that my cats will help teach the boys about the responsibility of owning a pet before I allow more pets into our home. I’ve read so many stories about families that had to give a pet up for so many reasons that never seemed like great reasons. And I’ve told them numerous times “When you can show me that you can be responsible for the pets we already have then perhaps we’ll talk about bringing home a new one.” But until they’re older and can help (are willing to help) clean up after and care for the cats we have then we’re in no hurry to bring any more home.

Not that all children aren’t ready for pets. I wrote an article in for the 2008 issue of Critters USA where children sent in tips on how to care for small mammals for children who are interested in becoming pet owners. Some of the tips I received were rather mature and responsible. I was very impressed. So today’s entry is about educating families with children about pets (hopefully before they bring one home).

Here are links to four articles about pets and children:

Kids and Reptiles
Reasons why kids should keep reptiles.

Playtime for Kittens and Kids
Expert tips for developing playtime routines with children and kittens.

Kids & Dogs Play Nice
Teach your kids how to play with your new dog.

Kid-Hating Parrot
Teach children how to interact with a pet bird

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 27, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Dog Fancy magazine is looking for dog owners to submit questions to its natural care expert, Shawn Messonnier, DVM. Find out how to submit your questions and get published in an upcoming issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

If you’ve been inspired to train your dog to start competing in agility competition then you should start off with DogChannel article “10 Steps to Getting Started in Agility.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, offers some helpful ways to get cats to take their medication.

CatChannel managing editor Nikki Batalis blogs about an emotional YouTube reunion with a lion called Christian that prompted a book reissue, which is now a best-seller.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
If you’re interested in teaching your parrot fun tricks then you’re in luck. Tani Robar not only gives step-by-step articles on BirdChannel, but also help you with the first important step, Preparing your bird for trick training session.

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC gives insight on the question “Is caging a bird abusive?

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
If you’re a tortoise or turtle owner and are looking to provide an outside enclosure for your herp then you might be interested in the article “How to Build a Basic Outdoor Tortoise Pen.”

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “How do high temperatures affect reptiles?”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Fish expert Jeremy Gosnell shares information on how to establish a home for and basic care for sea horses.

Are you considering digging a pond in your backyard by hand? This article gives tips and information on how to not only dig a pond, but also on accessories like pond liners.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP helps give insight to an owner who asks if her hamster is ill or just lazy.

Ferrets magazine’s ferret expert gives tips on how to help an owner gain the trust of a foster ferret that is afraid of humans due to past abuse.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
If you have questions about how to read (or interpret) the ingredients listed on equine supplements then check out HorseChannel’s Guide to Supplements. This alphabetical guide helps you understand what those ingredients are and what they’re for.

Horse Illustrated senior associate editor Holly Werner gives you a first-hand account of the events that wrapped up Rolex this weekend.

April 28, 2009 at 5:55 AM 2 comments

Friday Pet Flick Pick

A really great video came across my desk and I just had to share it with you. It’s not only cute, but it got me giggling. And after you watch it you too will know the answer to “How many cats and dogs does it take to play with this toy?”

Watch Sparky and his sister kitties play

Also, if you’ve been following the status of H.R. 669 then you should check out this update from after the hearing.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Friday, April 24, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
In the rough economic times that we’re experiencing vacations may seem like a dream. But DogChannel offers some creative ways to enjoy some affordable outings with your dog in your hometown (or another one near by). Make sure to check out the article to prepare for a great ‘Staycation’ with your dog.

The Sleepypod company, of Los Angeles, California, has updated the design of its Sleepypod and Sleepypod Mini pet carriers after testing the safety of the products in simulated automobile crashes. The company’s goal is to meet the same safety standards set for children’s car seats.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a measure, The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, which would provide greater protection for big cats like cheetahs and leopards. The measure now moves on to be heard by the Senate.

CatChannel wants to honor Mother’s Day with you by celebrating the bond cat “moms” have with their kitties. Be sure to send in your favorite picture of you with your cat, and tell us what you think is the best thing about being a mom to your cat. The deadline for photo submissions is Thursday, May 7, 2009.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Before I started my position moderating the AnimalNetwork communities I was the Web Editor for BirdChannel and SmallAnimalChannel. One of the projects I was trying to get jump started was “My Bird’s Story” that spotlights one bird’s story. Well the team has pulled through and I’ve been very excited to read each new installment. This week you can read about a feisty African grey parrot that learned to be more compassionate toward a new owner.

Also, BirdChannel blogger, Linda Costello, is back from vacation. Hear all about her vacation highlights in her latest entry “We’re Back Home.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
The Reptiles magazine editors educated people about reptiles at the America’s Family Pet Expo, and editor Russ Case blogs all about it in his latest entry “Ready for Reptiles” a Hit!

The deadline is just around the corner for the “Drawn To” Reptiles magazine amateur art contest. So finish up those sketches or get started on them because the winners will get to choose $50 worth of products from Zoo Med Laboratories ( And the winning artwork also will appear in the August 2009 issue of Reptiles magazine. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009. Find out more on how to enter at

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Fish expert Neale Monks, Ph.D. explains the importance of quarantining new fish to ensure they’re healthy before you add them to your current community of aquarium fish.

Find out more information about the basic types of aquarium light options for a planted aquarium.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
If you haven’t discovered it yet you should check out the Critter Corner on SmallAnimalChannel’s Fun and Fames page. Illustrator Jeremy Vickneswaran creates a new funny critter cartoon each month.

Ferret expert Mary Van Dahm helps offer answers to a potential ferret owner who has questions about litter training, furniture and odor problems with ferrets.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Horse Illustrated senior associate editor Holly Werner gives you a first-hand account of each day’s events at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The first day’s events focus on dressage.

Sometimes no matter how well you plan for a show things just seem to go wrong. HorseChannel sets up some possible show disasters, what to do when they happen and how to make the best of them.

April 24, 2009 at 11:19 PM 1 comment

Tips to Go Green for Pet Owners

Happy Earth Day everyone! I’m sure all of you have taken consideration on how to be more “green” around the house. However, have you ever considered how to get your pets to be more “green” too? Of course you have to take steps to help reduce your pet’s carbon footprint. And I have some great resources just for that.

Go Green for Dogs

Go Green for Horses

Go Green for Fish

Go Green for Cats

And if you have a reptile, bird or small animal you can use leftover fresh veggies to go green in your garden. Make a compost pile!

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Looking for a dog park or perhaps you now of a great dog park that you want to let other dog owners know about? DogChannel has published the new online feather “The Dog Park Locator.” You can submit photos of your local dog park, rate your favorites, and find a new place to play with your pooch.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your dog’s carbon footprints check out DogChannel’s “Guilt-Free Dog Product Guide.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon gives an inside look on how an indoor cat can get fleas and how to get rid of them.

Cat enthusiasts can celebrate Earth Day by checking out the latest film released today by Walt Disney Studios: “Earth.” The new film is a nature documentary, featuring big cats and other animal families.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
It’s spring and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Download BirdChannel’s spring cleaning checklist to know what else to clean this spring.

Bird behavior expert Sally Blanchard answers the question “Is it possible for different bird species to mate?

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
I’m excited! ReptileChannel has a new exclusive video for your Tortoise enthusiasts. Russ Case, editor of Reptiles magazine, gives you information on tortoise feeding and nutrition.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, gives you information on how to clean, disinfect and sanitize a reptile cage.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
This week Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine editors Clay Jackson and Ethan Mizer share their opinions on House Resolution 669 in their blogs entries
Don’t Ban Our Fish!” and “Tea Party and HR 669.”

Are you looking for something different to include in your tank? Perhaps you should consider freshwater shrimp. Freshwater shrimp may be the next big thing to have in your aquarium.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Guinea Pig expert Shannon Cauthen gives suggestions on how to keep guinea pigs from kicking the bedding out of the cage

SmallAnimalChannel blogger Shellyane Bryan shares video and updates on her latest efforts to teach her rats new tricks.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
HorseChannel shared a great two part article on “Can an Abused Horse Be Saved?” Part One gives tips on how to help a horse with a troubled past, and how to know if you’re up to the challenge of helping an abused horse. Part Two gives tips on how to regain trust and start the rehabilitation process.

Racehorse careers aren’t very long and thousands of well-bred athlete horses are retired from the track life. Thankfully Thoroughbred fans and organizations like the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) take horses whose racing days are over, retrain them and find new homes for them.

April 23, 2009 at 1:01 AM Leave a comment

DIY Pet Toys for Under $10

This past weekend was the 20th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo in Orange County, California. It’s a really fun event with shows, fair foods and of course, animals! The shows are really fun to watch, but are even more fun to participate in. Last year we did a cooking show with three easy recipes for pet dogs, cats and birds.

This year I was unable to participate, but I did get to help sit in on the planning for the type of show that the AnimalNetwork would put on this year. And of course, I have the inside hook up for you. The theme of the show this year was “10 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Life for Under $10.” The editors of,,, and showed visitors at the expo different toys they could make for their pets that would enrich their pets’ lives. Here are links to the fliers so that you can try them at home too.

Eight Homemade Toys for SmallAnimals

Three Homemade Dog Toys

Two Homemade Cat Toys

Two Homemade Bird Toys

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 20, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
The San Diego Humane Society has created a new program, Paws to Success, that aims to end euthanasia of cats and dogs with treatable medical or behavioral conditions by 2020. The program’s short term goal is to reduce the euthanasia of treatable animals in shelters by 20 percent by 2010.

Jai Rodriguez, one of the co-hosts of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” is the human host of Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It.” Jai will be sharing the spotlight with his Yorkshire Terrier Nemo.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like members of the family are being honored with a special day this year. National Pet Parent’s Day on Sunday, April 26, 2009 will mark this special day to celebrate pet caregivers.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger gives tips and information on ways to help kittens burn up extra energy in the evenings.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
With the warmer weather starting to set in you might want to start including your parrots on your daily outings, or even allowing them to sit out with you and enjoy the sunshine in your backyard. Make sure to check out BirdChannel’s poster of things that might scare your bird while outside before you venture outdoors.

Bird Talk magazine associate editor, Jessica Pineda, blogs about how she’d like to stick with bird species from Africa as she plans to add on to her flock.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, the Reptiles magazine editor, is looking to owners of exotic pets to help put a stop to HR699 in this blog entry, “Call to Action!” Russ shares his opinion on the current legislation and looks to help educate others on what it’s really all about.

Learn some of the common health problems that Sulcata Tortoises experience from this ReptileChannel exclusive article.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
FishChannel Fish Experts are on the case answering your questions. This week Lee Newman, Fish Expert, answers the question, “What other fish can I keep with angelfish?

And Neale Monks, Ph.D. gives information on how to identify aquarium fish finrot as well as how to go about treating it.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
The editors of Critters USA are asking readers to vote on which animal is the cutest critter. Visit the SmallAnimalChannel Forum today to cast your vote!

Hamster expert Martha Boden answers the question, “Is it safe for hamsters to chew papier-mâché?

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Not all riders have the opportunity or the resources to practice jumping at home. HorseChannel offers you seven jumping exercises that you can practice at home with only four fences.

The Jockey Club is now providing free tattoo identification services for horse owners and rescue groups to use to identify their horses. The Tattoo Identification Services is a free resource to those in the horse community.

April 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM Leave a comment

Dog And Cat Food Savings For You

It is said that it’s really great to know people because sometimes those people can get you some great opportunities. Well, I can’t offer a lot but I can offer something for you pet owners that have dogs and cats. DogChannel and CatChannel have partnered up with Petco to bring pet owners these special savings for purchases at Petco. In today’s economic hard times I’ve found that every little bit helps. So I’ve definitely passed these links on to my family and friends. I hope that some of you might be able to take advantage of these special offers. Click below and print out the sheets before your next shopping trip to Petco.

Cat Food Coupons Here

Dog Food Coupons Here

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
The DogChannel is Obama Puppy Central. Be sure to check in all this week for more news about the “first dog.” Today DogChannel has video footage of Bo and the Obama Family playing out on the lawn late Tuesday afternoon.

California lawmakers are working to help alleviate costs of dealing with abandoned cats and dogs with the introduction of California Assembly Bill 233. This new legislation, set to be heard before the California Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee on Monday, April 20, would allow individuals and families to deduct the cost of adopting pets from local government facilities and charitable organizations.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
If you have two cats like I do then you probably have a layer of cat fur on anything and everything that your cats touch. Well, you’re in luck (we’re in luck because I could use the tips too)! CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon answers the question, “My home and clothes have cat hair everywhere. What can I do?”

Make sure to congratulate the CatChannel Cat Trick Video Contest winner! Maya, a domestic shorthair from Texas, jumps through hoops to win this latest CatChannel contest.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Melissa Kauffman, the editorial director of Bird Talk magazine and BirdChannel, shows you two easy set ups for bird-themed container plants.

And if you have a new cockatiel or you bird enjoys hissing and lunging at you when you try to take it out of the cage, then you should definitely check out BirdChannel’s latest webisode of “How-To with Bird Talk magazine.” This latest webisode gives tips on how to tame a cockatiel that isn’t too friendly.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
If you’re looking for some ideas on how to set up your vivarium, or to give it a good make over, you should check out this post on the ReptileChannel Forum. Members posted photos of how they’ve set up plants and other accessories in their reptiles’ homes.

Reptiles magazine editor Russ Case shares some of the herps he encountered while exploring Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands, last summer. If you’re looking to see some scenery and be jealous of the paradise you can also check out the slideshow of his vacation pictures at the end of the entry.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Jeremy Gosnell, a FishChannel Fish Expert, shares his opinion on how The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669) could potentially affect aquarists if the legislation is passed.

Although we all know that some bacteria are harmful, there are also some bacteria that are good and essential to our well-being. Mike Wickham, FishChannel Fish Expert, discusses how to protect helpful bacteria in an aquarium.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Small critters are cute and really great pets to own, but the drawback is that they do have shorter life spans than your average cat, dog or parrot. Catya, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, talks about how she cares for her older hamsters in her latest entry, “Aging Hamsters.”

Dogs aren’t the only animals that can compete in agility-type competitions. Rabbits can also be trained to compete. AASE Bjerner shares some rabbit training basics in the article “Competitive Rabbit Hopping In Denmark” on SmallAnimalChannel.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Are you in the know on celebrities that love horses as much as you do? Check out just how much you know in this HorseChannel quiz that takes celebrities out of the spotlight and into the saddle. If you are a Club Horse member make sure that you login before you take the quiz.

NARHA, formally known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, is celebrating its 40th year of assisting individuals with special needs with activities including therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine facilitated psychotherapy, equine facilitated learning, driving, interactive vaulting and competition.

April 15, 2009 at 11:26 PM Leave a comment

Monday Pet Movies – For Your Enjoyment

One of the best parts of my job, in my personal opinion, is getting to view through all of the user submitted videos. Who else gets to say, “I watched dancing birds, cute puppies and kittens, majestic horses and cuddly critters today at work.” I decided that I would share some of my favorite videos with you.

Video 1 – Milo Wacks the Camera!
Milo is one of the kitty members of Club Cat. This was one of his first videos on CatChannel, but it is definitely one worth watching.

Video 2 – Bearded Dragon Ridin’ Dirty
OK, I don’t normally listen to rap songs, but this video had me cracking up!

Video 3 – An Extraordinary Cockatiel
This is a great video of how intelligent cockatiels are. My favorite part is when Sunny starts making a falling noise and then ends it with “Spat! Dead Budgie.” Not that I wish for any budgie to die, but it’s just really funny. I also love the commentary from Sunny’s owners.

Video 4 – Cody’s Backyard Video
This is a great video of a dog practicing agility events. I really enjoy watching agility events on TV.

Video 5 – An Adorable Baby Horse
I think that title says it all. Who cannot resist photos and video of a baby horse?

Video 6 – An Unexpected Ferret Toy
I love ferrets. I wish that it was legal in the state of California to own one because I certainly would. This is a cute little video of a ferret playing with something not exactly made for ferrets.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 13, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
If you haven’t heard, the First Dog, Bo a Portuguese Water Dog puppy, has found a new home in the White House with President Obama and the First Family. Allan Reznik, the Editor-at-Large for Dog World and Dog Fancy magazines, and Editor-in-Chief for Dogs in Review magazine, commended the First Family for steering clear of ‘Designer Dog’ and offers a congratulations to the Obama family in his blog.

An Internet-based Florida business is being sued for allegedly misleading customers to believe that the proceeds from sales of a Michael Vick-themed dog chew toy would go to local animal welfare groups. A lawsuit was filed against the company by Florida’s attorney general claiming that it never made any of the donations to animal welfare organizations.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Some food banks in the United States are starting programs to help assist the demand for pet food that has grown from 100 pounds a week to 500 pounds a week. These programs to help pets are hoping to help prevent animals from being brought into a shelter system because their owners could no longer afford to feed and care for them.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger discusses how to help ease a cat’s fear of having its claws trimmed. Marilyn talks about how counter-conditioning will help to change a cat’s negative claw-trimming experience into a more positive experience.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
The American Federation of Aviculture Inc. (AFA), the Avicultural Society of America (ASA) and the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) are working to get the word out to animal enthusiasts that if the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669) passes most nonnative animal species in the United States would be banned.

BirdChannel blogger and bird owner, Linda Costello, shares her experiences in how hard it was to consider to go on vacation. She’s just getting back now, but she definitely shared how difficult it had been for her while her and her husband as their “We’re off to Florida!” date approached.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case gives you an inside view of what it’s like to be the editor of Reptiles magazine. Here’s a hint, it’s not just about getting to read through articles and check out great photos of reptiles.

If you’re a coin collector and a reptile enthusiast you might be interested in getting your hands on the January 2009 Reptiles magazine article “Herps Craved & Engraved.” The supplement to the article on ReptileChannel “How to Appraise and Protect Herp Coins” gives you a great reference guide on how to find valuable coins.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Ethan Mizer, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium senior associate editor, shares his views on a recent study published online in Geophysical Research Letters by researchers at the Carnegie Institution and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This study used data from over 9,000 locations to show that sea water acidity will increase as more carbon is adsorbed by the world’s oceans from the atmosphere.

FishChannel expert Jeremy Gosnell responds to the inquiry of “What’s the best way to feed your fish while you are away on vacation?”

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Ferrets magazine columnist, Bob Church, talks about how it helps to determine his ferrets’ future medical needs and estimating a budget for veterinary costs by doing a ferretory (or an annual examination of his ferrets’ mental and physical health).

SmallAnimalChannel blogger Catya shares her experience as a California Hamster Association (CHA) member at the pet expo. She talks about how not only does the CHA help educate and introduce the public to hamsters, but also about how the pet expo helps to bring CHA members from across the state together.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
In these tough economic times the University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program helps horse farms maximize pastures and minimize hay costs. A consultation through the program is showing some that a well-maintained pasture can help to reduce the amount spent on hay.

The North American Riders Group (NARG) has announced that it is now a fully incorporated organization and is currently awaiting for it’s 501c3 not for profit status application to be approved. The group was created to give representation to the viewpoints and interest of all North American riders, trainers and owners in equestrian sports.

April 14, 2009 at 1:03 AM 1 comment

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