Who Else Appreciates Their Pets?

April 6, 2009 at 10:41 PM 1 comment

If you are anything like me then you really enjoy and appreciate your companion animals. Your cat is the best stress reliever ever, your dog is a gracious giver of happiness, and you can really let your worries and life stresses melt away while riding along a good trail ride on your horse. I’ve been fortunate enough to find myself working with the AnimalNetwork.com websites.

AnimalNetwork.com is all things pet and animal care and umbrellas out into: DogChannel.com, CatChannel.com, BirdChannel.com, HorseChannel.com, FishChannel.com, ReptileChannel.com and SmallAnimalChannel.com. I not only get to divulge in adorable and magnificent photos of all kinds of animals and share in the stories from fellow pet owners, but I also have found myself learning about the care for each one of them and I’ve found a new appreciation in pet and animal ownership itself.

This year Pet Appreciation Week is June 7 through June 13, 2009. AnimalNetwork.com is including it as part of its “Yes You Can!” monthly interactive public service announcement (PSA) video contest that highlights essential pet care topics.

If you’re creative and want to help celebrate Pet Appreciation Week with us you too can create a video using our script. If your PSA video is chosen as the winner you will receive a number of great prizes. This includes a $50 PetCo gift card, a one-year subscription, or extension, to the BowTie magazine of their choice, 5 pet books from BowTie Press and 1,000 points toward their channel Club account. Your video will also be featured on all the Animal Network sites for one month and will be used as an official public service announcement.

I hope that you’ll come celebrate with us with your dog, cat, bird, horse, reptile or critter (sorry fish enthusiasts – we hope to include you in the next Animal Network contest!). I look forward to seeing your videos!

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 6, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
In Alabama newly proposed Senate Bill 554 would require for pet dogs and cats, in the state, who are 6 months of age and older to be spayed or neutered, and if a pet is still in tact and becomes the subject of a complaint the owner may be cited and have to pay fines.

The American Red Cross has partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Association and its charitable branch the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to help pets in the event of a disaster. This agreement between the groups will help to coordinate animal rescue efforts and programs at local and national level.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
April is National Pet First-Aid Awareness Month and CatChannel is urging pet owners to be prepared to handle an emergency situation from a car accident to pet poisoning to wounds from a serious cat fight. Check out tips on how to be prepared here.

And, CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional cat sitter, answers the question: “What is the best way to remove cat stains and odors?” I know this article had some helpful insights for me on what type of cleaning products to look for. And with two cats running around (one an expert at eating too fast and vomiting) I’m always looking for some tips on controlling the mess she insists on making for me.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
A Congressional subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on House Resolution 669 for April 23, 2009. The legislation could ban the ownership of a large number of nonnative species in the United States, including most birds commonly kept as pets. (A number of fish, reptiles and small mammals are also included.) The legislation would mandate the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create lists of approved and non-approved species of nonnative wildlife in the United States based on risk assessments of the species’ potential likelihood to harm another animal species’ health, cause economic or environmental health, or harm the health of humans in the area.

BirdChannel is also having some great fun this month. Ollie, the nanday conure owned by Bird Talk magazine editor Laura Doering, is having an extreme makeover. Visitors are encouraged to help Ollie make up his mind on his new look. If you’re looking for a good chuckle you can check out Ollie’s new looks here.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
April is National Frog Month. In honor of these great amphibians, ReptileChannel has created e-Cards to celebrate National Frog Month. You can send them to your friends and family members that love frogs as much as you do (or to just spread some of the frog love).

If you’re looking for a good reptile expo, check out Reptiles magazine editor, Russ Case, latest blog entry. His latest entry, “Reptile Expo Mania!” lists a few of the upcoming reptile expos coming up this year. In his words, “It’s a reptile hobbyists’ dreamland!” If you’re a herp enthusiast looking for a show you should check out his listing. He also has photos from past reptile expos if you’d like to get your dose of reptile photos for today. My favorite photo is the chameleon posing on a bigger statue of a chameleon. It’s a great photo from a past show!

Out At Sea from FishChannel
There are some great new discoveries of fish species, and new finding in the development of fish life on Earth. I’m absolutely curious to learn more about the psychedelic frogfish, featured on FishChannel’s homepage. It’s a newer species of the large anglerfish group. I’ve never seen a frogfish before, but I’d love to see one in real life sometime. Its looks are definitely not expected from a fish, and it’s interesting how it uses its unique pattern designs to hide from other sea creatures. No wonder it’s a newly discovered species, right?

Author David Alderton writes about some recent fish fossil discoveries that show some of the earliest documented development of fish (as of right now). I find the discovery of new species exciting. I know that there are many new species discovered all the time, but I’m a big history buff and love learning. With all the new advances in technology it seems that we’re finding out things that were overlooked before by the plain human eye.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
There are a lot of fun opportunities and features on SmallAnimalChannel. In addition to the “Yes You Can” PSA Campaign contest, SmallAnimalChannel is also hosting their “Oops! My Critter Did It Again” video contest. The editors are looking for videos of critters doing what they do best – making a mess! You can also enter the April Product Spotlight giveaway for a chance to win a copy of your own “A Tale Of Despereaux” DVD from Universal Home Video.

One of my favorite feature this month on Ferrets magazine online is “Have Your Ferret Cake, And Eat It Too!” I’ve been big into cake decorating for my kids and I’m ready to take on the next birthday cake after reading this article. Author Deva Kolb gives step-by-step instructions (with photos!) on how to create really unique and great looking ferret-themed cakes and cupcakes. If you’re up to the challenge (or just want to see master cake work made easy) you should check the article out here.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
The American Horse Council has asked the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to use the stimulus funding (over $1.7 million is allocated) for improvements, maintenance and construction of trails and other facilities that are open to equestrians.

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to work on improving your riding then you’re in luck. This month HorseChannel has published their video “Get Fit to Ride” that features five exercises you can do at home to help improve your riding. Fitness Expert Rallie McAllister, MD, recommends the exercises for riders looking to work on their fitness and core strengths to make them a more effective equestrian.


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  • 1. The Texas Trio (Diane)  |  April 7, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Very nice, Crystal. Thanks for the invite to come see your blog. Your doing such a great job on the Dog Channel and we really do appreicate you there as well!!


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