Life as a Horse Illustrated Team Member

One aspect I’ve really enjoyed from the magazines moving online movement is the ability for magazine editors to really reach out and connect with their readers. The latest AnimalNetwork addition is the Horse Illustrated magazine staff’s blog “The Near Side – Dispatches from Horse Illustrated HQ.” They share adventures in their equestrian lives and fascinating horsey stuff they think you might enjoy between issues.

Check out “The Near Side” at HorseChannel.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel

Are you a fan of watching dog agility competitions but are a little lost in the lingo? Be sure to check out DogChannel’s “The Agility Dog’s Dictionary” to decode the types of moves performed and popular terms used in competition.

The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) offers you some tips on how to avoid costly vet visits through prevention and early detection.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
The California State Senate approved SB 250, also known as the Pet Responsibility Act, this Tuesday in a second vote for “reconsideration.” The measure would require pet sterilization for most of the state’s cats and dogs.

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, has some advice for an owner whose senior cat is experiencing digestion issues.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Hot summer temperatures are around the corner. Know how to help cool your bird down if it gets too hot in your home.

Jessica Pineda, Bird Talk magazine associate editor, talks about her latest volunteer experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, Calif., and about the lorikeets that live there in her latest blog entry “Lorikeet Fun.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, the Reptiles magazine editor, recalls random herp encounters and challenges your herp knowledge on identifying two reptile species in his latest blog entry “Chance Reptile Encounters.”

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, advises reptile owners to not use distilled water with pet herps. Find out more at ReptileChannel.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
FishChannel gives you information on how to keep ammonia under control and how to understand the nitrate cycle for tank health, its effect on fish and the varieties of ammonia.

Get information on the care of and how to breed the Dwarf Gourami (Polyacanthus lalius).

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Laws can regulate whether you can own exotic pets, specifically ferrets for this article, how many you can own and what types of vaccinations are required. However, the laws keep changing as the interest in ferrets as pets grows. Get tips on how to keep up to date with animal laws.

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP, gives possible answers to a chinchilla owner about why her chinchilla’s ears are dry and cracked around the edges.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
HorseChannel offers you grid exercises to help improve your horse’s jumping. You can also view a video of the grid exercises in action.

The National Reining Horse Association recently announced a new format that will help riders new to the sport of reining get involved in competition. The four-tier program will provide participants with a fun, educational and family-oriented ladder of class and show formats.


June 4, 2009 at 4:08 AM Leave a comment

The Winning PSA for Pet Appreciation Week

I’d like to send a big congratulation to Tracy B. of Media, Ill., and her nieces, Madison and Macy, who are the winners of AnimalNetwork’s first PSA contest! Their video with a PSA for Pet Appreciation Week was chosen as the winner and can be viewed on all of our AnimalNetwork websites.

There’s still time to enter in your own video entry for another of Animal Network’s “Yes You Can!” monthly interactive public service announcement video contests.

Be sure to check out the winning video here.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, June 01, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
This Father’s Day DogChannel will be celebrating proud pet dads with a special photo gallery dedicated to the special bond you share with your pets. Submit a favorite photo of you and your dog before Thursday, June 18, 2009 at DogChannel.

Small cats and dogs that can fit in carriers will count as passenger’s carry-on bag on Southwest Airlines. Get more info on which pets will be granted “Freedom to Fly.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel humorist Peter Gerstenzang talks about his cat Gracie, who loves to dance in his latest blog entry “Get Down, Get Down!

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon gives a checklist of do’s and don’ts to help houseguests and cats get along.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Interacting and talking with your parrot will encourage it to talk back with you. Get more information on how to encourage your bird to talk at BirdChannel.

Use BirdChannel’s information to pet-proof your bird’s area and keep it safe from other animals.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Having trouble getting lizard to eat anything that you offer it? Get info on a few reptiles with specialized diets and how to keep these herps successfully.

Find out more about bladder stones which are a common problem in many species of tortoise.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Neale Monks, Ph.D, gives you information on aquarium filter types and maintenance.

Jackie Franza, FishChannel blogger, talks about some little hitchhikers that exploded in her aquarium in her latest blog entry “Seeing Spots

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Be sure to check out these 10 ferret care tips that can enhance your ferret’s life.

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “What can be done for a gerbil that lost both hind legs?”

At The Stable from HorseChannel

HorseChannel gives Summer Survival Tips for you and your horse.

Since 1853 the Upperville Jumper Classic has been recognizing individuals and horses for their efforts in horsemanship, leadership and service. The show runs June 1 – 7, 2009 and will be celebrating 156 years of existence.

June 2, 2009 at 1:30 AM Leave a comment

Reptile Art By You

When I was younger I used to take art classes at Marine World African, USA in Northern California. I really enjoyed drawing and painting animals and scenery. However, I’m by far no Bob Ross. But the winners of the 2009 “Drawn To” REPTILES Amateur Art Contest are quite impressive. Be sure to check out not only the winners but also some other notable entries at ReptileChannel.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Friday, May 29, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Does your dog have diabetes? DogChannel gives you seven essential tips on managing and living with a diabetic dog.

Norman, a 2-year-old golden retriever, was chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2009 Most Valuable Pet online photo contest conducted by Bissell the vacuum company.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Have you hugged your cat today? Today is Hug Your Cat Day! Find out more about this holiday that encourages cat parents to celebrate their bond with their kitties.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger talks about cats that redirect their aggression and what to do about it.

From the Flock at BirdChannel

The end of spring is near and if you have a green thumb, or at least want to try your hand at it, it’s time to start planting some warm-season veggies. Check out these four warm-season veggies you can plant now in order to enjoy later this summer with your bird.

Are you considering bringing a new bird home to your flock? Use BirdChannel’s Pet Bird Supply Checklist to help factor in the costs for adding a new bird.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
ReptileChannel gives you all the information you want to know about glass frogs in the wild and for glass frog captive care.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “Can reptiles get colds?

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Do you have an empty 20-gallon aquarium? Check out FishChannel’s listings of suggested freshwater communities for a 20 gallon tank.

Ethan Mizer, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine senior associate editor, discusses what’s in our water in his latest blog entry “What’s in Our Aquarium Water?

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “Could an all-cabbage diet cause illness in rabbits?”, a San Diego chapter of Ferrets Anonymous, is planning to ask Petco to help fund their cause of legalizing domestic ferret ownership in the state of California. Find out more about their efforts at SmallAnimalChannel.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Two equestrian sports psychologists give tips to riders who may have riding-related fears.

Have you taken the steps to protect your horse at your barn or stable? Being prepared will help to prevent it and will also help in the recovery of your horse should the unthinkable happen. HorseChannel gives you information to help protect your horse from theft.

May 29, 2009 at 11:21 PM Leave a comment

Have You Seen the Dog Park Locater

Did you have a good Memorial Day holiday? I surely enjoyed mine. I got a chance to explore around my town a bit. I also discovered that there is a dog park down the street and around the corner of my house. Who knew? Apparently all the dog owners that were there with there dogs knew.

I checked it out on DogChannel’s Dog Park Locater and discovered that they were missing photos of it. I think that when I get a chance this weekend I’m going to go down there with my digital camera and snap some shots for it. I know that seeing photos of places always seems to help seal the deal for me. You should check the Dog Park Locater out and see if there are any dog parks in your area that you can help get pictures of – or dog parks that you can visit with your pup.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Ohio state legislators have introduced HB 124 (and companion bill SB 95). This measure would require any pet store that sells dogs to provide its buyers with a money-back guarantee valid for up to 21 days. A public hearing was held today before a House committee.

Is your new shelter dog shy and unsure of its new home? DogChannel has info to help turn your shy pup into a confident companion dog.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
Nestle Purina PetCare of St. Louis recently launched the 2009 OM Weight-Loss Challenge, a program designed to encourage responsible, lasting weight loss in cats and dogs.

CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, answers the question, “How Many Cats Should I Add to My Household?”

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Do you know what your bird is trying to tell you with the cock of a head or with raised wings? Find out what your parrot is trying to say by learning its normal body language.

BirdChannel is trying to create a video featuring clips of budgies talking, and the editors needs your help to do it. Find out how to submit video of your budgies at BirdChannel.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, gives a review of another Herpetological Horror movie. Find out which one in his blog entry “Herpetological Horrors No. 8.”

A Reptiles magazine contributor shares a herping trip to Mexico and the types of reptiles and amphibians he came upon there.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Check out the latest FishChannel Blog. Jackie Franza shares about how she became obsessed with learning about the fishkeeping hobby in “Confessions of a Reef Addict.”

Learn more information about some of the more popular predatory fish species to consider for an aquarium full of corals.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Carol Lawton, SmallAnimalChannel Mouse Expert, answers the question “Why would a mouse throw food out of its cage?”

Catya, SmallAnimalChannel blogger and hamster owner, talks about when things don’t go as planned but worked out in the end in her latest blog entry “Hamsters Named Spot.”

At The Stable from HorseChannel
National and state trail advocacy organizations representing equestrian, OHV, and bicycle interests recently joined to create “Sharing Our Trails – A Guide to Trail Safety and Enjoyment,” a guide to improve safety and trail satisfaction for trail enthusiasts.

Cindy Hale, HorseChannel Blogger, shares her experience of what it’s like to judge at an event in her latest blog entry “My View from the Judge’s Booth.”

May 28, 2009 at 5:10 AM Leave a comment

Nutro Products Issues A Recall Of Some Dry Cat-Food Products

Today is one of those days you’re going to be thankful you check out my blog, especially if you’re a cat owner. CatChannel is running a breaking news story on Nutro Products voluntary recall of select varieties of its Natural Choice Complete Care and Nutro Max dry cat foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010, and Aug. 22, 2010.

Get more info at the recall here at CatChannel.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Do you feel like you’re as war with your dog’s shedded flyaways? You’re in luck! Check out DogChannel’s Five Tips for Managing Dog Hair video.

Are you planning on taking your dog on your next trip? Find out what to pack in your dog’s suitcase with the DogChannel’s article “The Dog Travel Bag.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel wants to honor Father’s Day with you by celebrating the bond cat “dads” have with their kitties. Send in your favorite picture of you with your cat, and tell us what you think is the best thing about being a dad to your cat. The deadline for photos is Thursday, June 18, 2009. Get more info on how to submit a photo at CatChannel.

Suzanne Stowe, CatChannel blogger, talks about rescue cats, and the lucky people who save them.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Looking to change up your bird’s cage accessories? Be sure to check out these tips on decorating your bird’s cage.

Laura Doering, Bird Talk magazine editor, was inspired to come up with terminology to describe some of the acrobatics she’s seen her flock do at home. Find out what she came up with in her latest blog entry “Avian Acrobats.”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Are you interested in geckos? Learn more about the gecko species native to America.

Russ Case, Reptiles magazine editor, has been writing a series of blogs about horror films that feature reptiles. Today’s blog entry talks about the early 70’s exploitation classic “Sssssss.”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Learn more about the Bushy Nose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) species on FishChannel.

Ethan Mizer, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine senior associate editor, discusses a set of rules to prevent large-scale loss of the world’s reefs that was proposed by a group of scientists at the 2009 World Ocean Conference in his blog entry “State of the Reefs, Addressed.”

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Shellyane Bryan, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, talks about how she missed the affection and antics of her rats while she was away on vacation.

Hedgehogs communicate with others using body language. Make sure you’re aware of your hedgehog’s normal body language in order to spot abnormal signs, or to get a better idea of what it’s trying to communicate to you.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Are you knowledgeable about the types of pests that might be bothering your horse? Get in the know with HorseChannel’s Field Guide to Flies.

The American Paint Horse Foundation is looking to horse owners to donate new or gently used cowboy boots for young riders who participate in a program to learn about horses at the Camp Cater YMCA in Fort Worth, Texas.

May 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM Leave a comment

Monday Pet Movies – Round 4

It’s Monday! And that means another round of entertaining, cute and precious pet movies for you. Check out my favorite pet videos for this week.

Video 1 – Ferret Kitchen Raid!
What’s lurking in your kitchen cupboards?

Video 2 – Gracie getting the paper
This loyal dog Gracie loves to get the morning paper for her owners every day!

Video 3 – Dance and Chew!
Grendel, an African grey parrot chews on a toy and then dances for the camera.

Video 4 – Pickles and Tango Playing in the Snow
These two horses make the best out of a snow day.

Video 5 – Maxx playing with his new toy
What’s cuter than a cat discovering the joys of a new toy

Video 6 – Red Eared Slider Home Tour
Check out Tammi’s, a red eared slider, digs.

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, May 18, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Do you think you’re a puppy training guru? Find out if you really know the myths of training from the real training tips. Take DogChannel’s Puppy Training quiz.

Legislation recently introduced in Ohio, House Bill 70, seeks to increase the degree of offense for the prohibition against the cruel treatment of a companion animal by the animal’s custodian or caretaker to a felony of the fifth degree.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger, CCBC, offers advice on what to do when outside cats are triggering your indoor cats to spray and urinate outside of the litterbox.

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon answers the question “Is it safe for my cat to go into my garden?”

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Even parrots need some down time or peaceful sleep time. You can download BirdChannels “Do Not Distrub” sign for your parrot’s cage or bird room so let others know that your bird needs some privacy.

In her latest blog entry “Bird Knowledge By Proxy” Bird Talk magazine editor, Laura Doering, talks about how her coworkers outside the editorial department are learning about pet birds and are possibly bird experts in training.

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, gives insight on why a snake is aggressive after feeding.

In today’s blog entry Reptiles magazine editor, Russ Case, gives an introduction to Raymond Ditmars. Ditmars was one of the early pioneers and is a classic figure in the world of herpetology.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Jeremy Gosnell, FishChannel fish expert, answers questions concerning if marine aquariums are impacting coral reefs, including “Is the marine aquarium hobby responsible for ruining coral reefs?”

Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine editor, Clay Jackson, ponders if goldfish are the World’s Most Indestructible Aquarium Fish in his latest blog entry on FishChannel.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
SmallAnimalChannel chinchilla expert, Marty Hull, gives insight to an owner that wants to know if it’s normal for a chinchilla to chew a lot or if she ought to be worried about a medical issue or boredom.

Recipients for the Oxbow Animal Health 2009 Academic Scholarships in veterinary fields have been revealed. Oxbow Animal Health has awarded five scholarships each year, since 2007, to outstanding individuals pursuing education in the exotic and companion animal veterinary fields.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
Would you like to make your hunter look like a national champion? Use HorseChannel’s step-by-step mane braiding guide to get the look.

HorseChannel brings you information about Strangles, on behalf of the Equine Research Coordination Group. Strangles is a highly contagious disease that causes an infected horse to have swollen and painful lymph nodes. This can block a horse’s airway and can cause difficulty in breathing.

May 19, 2009 at 5:15 AM 1 comment

Have You Considered Life as a Turtle

OK, so I’m a day late this week too, but I have a really good excuse for this Wednesday. I wanted to wait for Russ Case’s, the Reptiles magazine editor, latest blog entry.

For those of you that are not familiar with him, Helmut is the official Reptiles magazine and ReptileChannel red-eared slider. Helmut was found by a co-worker in her backyard about two years ago and he’s been with the company ever since he was brought in.

Russ took some time to record all the happening things that Helmut does all day. I thought it was pretty neat to sit down and look at what a day in the life of a red-eared slider was like. I decided to try and figure out what my cats do all day. From my observations they sleep, eat, drink, sleep, play, sleep, eat, drink, and sleep … oh to be a cat. Or even maybe a red-eared slider! Be sure to check out Russ’ entry “Turtle Diary” on ReptileChannel.

Do you know what your pets are up to all day long?

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Thursday, May 14, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Allan Reznik, Editor-at-Large for Dog World and Dog Fancy magazines, wonders aloud about where have the sanctioned matches and fun matches gone in a frugal economy.

Carol Ranfone, a mother in Orlando, Florida, is working to make the public aware of potential risks that pet access doors might post to children. Her new advocacy website not only raises awareness of these dangers put is also pushing for change in the industry.

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel blogger Suzanne Stowe talks about the importance and fun of making time to play with your kitties in her latest blog entry “Take Time to Play With Your Cats.”

Cat owners, veterinarians and vet technicians are all invited to discuss cat-health issues at the Winn Feline Foundation’s 31st annual Symposium on Feline Health this June 25, 2009.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
Does your bird enjoy picking at your jewelry or even your hand? Get creative and make a bracelet for your bird to play with instead with the plans for BirdChannel’s Bird Bracelet.

Kashmir Csaky, BirdChannel’s macaw expert, answers the question “Is there a way to tell if my green-winged macaw is a male or female without a DNA test?”

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
The California tiger salamander has been formally designated as a candidate for threatened or endangered status under the California Endangered Species Act by the California Fish and Game Commission.

Learn more about spotted turtle care and breeding information.

Out At Sea from FishChannel
FishChannel gives you detailed information about the care of and descriptions about select species of gourami fish.

Neale Monks, Ph.D., gives information on using ammonia to cycle a marine aquarium without putting fish at risk in the article “Fishless Cycling in a Saltwater Aquarium

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Jill Warnick, hedgehog expert, answers the question “Is it possible to get a permit for owning a hedgehog in California or other states where it’s illegal?”

Catya, SmallAnimalChannel blogger, answers the question “What do you do when one of your hamsters escapes?” in her latest blog entry “Hamster Houdinis.”

At The Stable from HorseChannel
HorseChannel offers you practice courses of western trail class obstacles. Practicing not only helps your horse, but also helps you strengthen your horsemanship skills.

Making sure you’re prepared for your horse show is important. Make sure you don’t leave anything important at home with HorseChannel’s Horse Show Checklist. You can also personalize and print out stall cards for all of the horses that you’re bringing to the show.

May 15, 2009 at 4:08 AM Leave a comment

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