Why Do Dogs Howl

I have 3 dogs, all of different breeds. Each of them is unique in their own way, endearing and peculiar at the same time. One of the unexplainable behaviors they have all developed is the howling at sirens or noises they hear which we as humans may not. I know that howling at the moon or at sirens is something many dogs do, but not all dogs have this behavior. Howling has been researched and some believe it is an ancestral behavior – likely from wolves. But one has to wonder why in this day and age that which drove wolves to howl is no longer necessary in the domesticated house dog. So one would wonder if the noises the dog hears hurts the ears and howling is a reaction to pain. But this theory is not supported by veterinarians who believe that sirens and piercing noises do not hurt a dogs ears.

The mystery in my household occurs daily in the wee hours of the morning in the bedroom when one of my dogs raises his head with nose pointing to the sky and begins the howl. I call him the tenor of the group. Like a chorus the second dog will join in, this one more like the alto of the group. Then, finally the third one joins in. He really sounds like the soprano of the chorus. It would be amusing but in the wee hours of the morning. I listen for a siren, and it is not obvious to me. So was it once a siren and now it is a habit? This musical chorus lasts for a few minutes, then the dogs go back to sleep. It takes a bit longer for me to get back to sleep.

Occasionally during the day I will hear a siren, but no howling. And occasionally I will hear a siren and the howling begins. Why? And if I start to sing in a high pitched voice I may be joined by my animal chorus – joining in the same order – the tenor, alto and soprano!

So do my dogs think they are communicating with the lost sound of the distant siren which to them may sound like another dog howling? It is a thought. And when they “sing” with me are they positively rewarding me? I do think I won’t be able to break them of the habit of wee hour morning howling, so I just need to accept it.

To Gut Your Animal Or To Not Gut Your Animal

Up until about 5 years ago I was gutting every big game that I was harvesting every year. I’d do the same procedure every time I’d start at the bottom of the stomach and cut my way up the ponch then I’d do the nasty deed of removing the anal intestine and everything down in that area. Boy that was something that I never looked forward to every year.

It wasn’t until I went hunting with a great friend of mine and he asked me what I was doing as I proceeded to open up the ponch. I told him I was gutting this deer, he started laughing at me and said “I’ll teach you a ten times easier way that’s less nasty and much faster.” He then proceeded to quarter out my deer and was finished in less then 15 minutes flat. I stood there amazed because not only did he quarter that deer out super fast he had almost no blood, gut juice, stomach goo or anything else you get on you when you gut a big game animal. I was sold after that and have never gutted another big animal after that day.

Last year after my father killed his big 6 point elk, we sat there arguing over whether we should gut it and come back tomorrow or hurry and quarter it out before we leave. It was getting dark fast so as you can imagine the argument got heated. I won the argument and ended up quarting him and coming back the next day. It did take a little longer than normal because of the size of the elk but it was definitely less stinky and dirty than gutting the elk.

Whose to say what’s the best method sometimes it depends on where you kill the animal and the size of the animal. If you kill a big animal 5 miles in the back country obviously it’s a no brainer but if you’re lucky enough to be able to get your truck or 4 wheeler up to it then why not take it out whole. I’ve never been lucky enough to able to just back my truck up to the animal.

Both ways have their pros and cons and it just comes down to personal preference or the location of the animal. Something to think this hunting season as you’re about ready to take the knife to your animal.

Be safe and good hunting to everyone!

Family Fun at San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo is known across the world as one of the most progressive and largest zoos currently in existence. All together, the zoo houses more than 4000 animals from 800 different species and is known for its fantastic educational facilities. All of this, of course, makes it a fabulous destination for a family day out, so if you’re holidaying in San Diego then it’s more than worth planning to spend at least a day exploring this incredible attraction.

Situated in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo is easy to access and offers just about anything you could want during a great day out, from the chance to see thousands of animals from around the world with your very own eyes to gathering around a table for a hearty lunch, petting zoo opportunities and an excellent way to kick start the kids’ wildlife education in such an enjoyable way that they won’t even realise they’re learning. You can enjoy the guided tour bus ride that heads around the majority of the park which will help you get to grips with your surroundings before making the most of a ride on the incredible Skyfari, an overhead gondola lift that traverses the sky and provides exceptional views of the zoo from above. A ride in the Skyfari will make for an unforgettable experience and affords fantastic photo opportunities too.

The zoo is packed with plenty of exhibits to explore, from the Panda Research Station where you can get up close and personal with some gorgeous giant pandas to the breathtaking Elephant Odyssey, the Polar Bear Plunge, the Ituri Forest – which is based on the actual Ituri forest in Africa and features many species indigenous to that area – and the exciting Monkey Trails and Forest Tales exhibits, where you can introduce your little ones to some of our closest relatives.

You can rest assured that after an action-packed day at the zoo you’ll be more than ready to collapse in bed at one of the comfortable – and wake up refreshed in the morning for a brand new day of exploration. Beware the magic of the zoo, however – its breadth of exhibits and sheer volume of fun and exciting things to see and do could mean you enjoyed your first visit so much you want to visit again and again during your stay in the city!

Day Spas Overland Park Gift Packages

When it comes time to purchase a gift that is truly special for the person in your life that has everything, why not think of a service rather than a product? All too often, people end up giving gifts that are mere token gestures. One gift that everyone could use in their own stressful lives, however, would be a day at the spa. Overland Park, Kansas, is one of the areas in which there can be found a number of delightful spas. These are visited by residents from all over Kansas, as well as neighboring Kansas City. With a variety of different spa treatments that could be incorporated into the gift package, its possible to mix and match in order to find the best fit.

Some occasions in which a gift package to one of the day spas Overland Park would be a particularly good idea could include Mothers Day, birthdays, or anniversaries. In fact, this is often recommended as a romantic gift for couples, as many of the day spas have special couples packages. This could also be a good gift to give bridesmaids, or recent graduates, as a way to share in the celebration of achievement.

Although gift packages to day spas Overland Park may traditionally be thought of as something that you would give a woman, there has been a huge increase in the percentage of male customers of these institutions. Grooming and stress relief have now become just as important to men as it is to women, so a gift package could be a good idea for anyone regardless of their gender.

Athletes in particular may actually benefit from sports massage, which may be available as part of the day spa package deal. Its helpful to ask in advance to find out what types of services are offered, however.

The first step towards determining what the best options may be in Overland Park would be to investigate the different spas in town, and figure out what types of gift package services they offer. This may vary according to the time of year, and how long the spa has been around. It never hurts to ask detailed questions however to try and learn more about the specific procedures and services, as well as what types of discounts may be available if you are purchasing several as part of a package deal. This is the best way to find a soothing gift for your loved ones.

Monkey Suit

Be yourself and do your best”, I believe that the previous comment has been one of the foundations of any motivational speaker and all the “feel good” movies starring Adam Sandler; unfortunately I’m beginning to discover that this is not real, and that lying and deception are the keys to success. What makes these awful qualities complete is the right wardrobe, and what better attire to use in deception than the “Monkey Suit”.

According to urban slang a monkey suit is “a uniform that one wears to work every day”. Well, when you think about it, you live in a concrete jungle with tall buildings and you’re climbing these buildings and swinging from office to office to get those bananas at the end of the month… Hence: Monkey Suit. Now that we have passed the cartoon images in my head, let’s see what started this topic. Nobody can deny that suits look good, and they can turn heads in meetings and sometimes seal some deals, but the glorified status that the suits have taken compared to the employee’s actual work is very weird.

Society today perceive a person on the way they look, their attitude, sense of humor and showing up early as a sign of discipline (Trained Monkey) and far down the list your actual work lays there; Well not that far but its nowhere near the top. If anyone is familiar with the show “Suits”, there is a character who is a drug dealer but wears a 2000$ suit and no one would ever suspect he is a drug dealer. It’s amazing what this monkey suit can do to people. Now comes the hard question budgeting the bananas you get at the end of the month to buy new suits and still have some left to make yourself a nice banana milk shake at the end of the day for you to enjoy? A real brow raiser. Can I just buy a monkey and leave the suit? It would be cheaper and a heck lot funnier.

Finally, we need to review our priorities in life and begin to digest that the man or woman make the suit not the other way around. And what better way to end this than with a quote from William Arnot a Scottish preacher and theological writer in the 1800s, “If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare.”

Pet Care Trust’s Pets in the Classroom Grant Program Sees Exceptional Growth

The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that its Pets in the Classroom program received over 7,000 requests for grants in the program’s first two years. Established by the Pet Care Trust in 2009, Pets in the Classroom provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth grade teachers to purchase or adopt a new pet and required equipment or to support existing classroom pets.

In 2010, its first full year of operation, the program awarded 2,060 grants to teachers. Having received over 7,000 requests in its two years of operation, The Pets in the Classroom program has more than tripled its number of requests in the second year. With an average classroom size of 30 students, the Trust has brought a pet into the lives of 210,000 students.

The large increase of applicants in the second year is in part because of the addition of the Petco and PetSmart coupon programs to the Pets in the Classroom program. The Pets in the Classroom website () was re-launched on August 2 to include Petco and PetSmart coupon programs, in addition to the standard redemption program for independent retailers. On the first day of the re-launch, Pets in the Classroom received more than 50 applications. This pace continues as nearly 100 requests came in each day in the first five weeks.

The influx of grant requests will assist the Pet Care Trust in attaining their goal of reaching 1 million children in 30,000 classrooms across North America. While the 7,000 grants are making a great impact, the organization is still a long way from reaching its goal. The Pet Care Trust is looking for companies or individuals that are willing to sponsor classrooms. A donation of only $100 will help reach 30 students with a program that is instrumental in teaching students responsible, long-term pet care at an early age. Please visit .

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Winter Hazards for Small Pets – Top Tips!

Many of us enjoy owning small outdoor pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs but do we really know how best to look after them during the winter months? With the recent severe cold snap and sustained freezing temperatures, our furry friends need some extra special care and attention from us to ensure that they stay happy and healthy throughout winter.

Rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets are prone to temperature change because of their size and hypothermia can be a problem in freezing conditions.

Here are six tips to help keep your furry friends warm and safe this winter.
Place extra amounts of straw in the bedding area in their hutch or cage to keep them warm. Straw bedding is preferable as they dont tend to eat it as much as hay bedding!
Place an old blanket or piece of carpet over the hutch as this helps to keep the hutch warm but make sure that it doesnt stop the air getting in.
Check water bottles daily as they will freeze if the temperature is low enough. Consider getting a thermal cover for the water bottle which will help to prevent water icing up.
When the weather turns icy cold, take your furry friend indoors or move their hutch or cage into a shed or car free garage where it will be warmer than the outdoors. Alternatively, you can use a snuggle safe bed warmer in the bedding area to raise the temperature for your pet.
If you choose to bring your small pet indoors, keep hutches away from radiators, loud noise and smoky atmospheres.

Keep your small animals well fed but remember never to give rabbits lettuce as this upsets their digestive system. A well balanced, quality dry food is ideal and will provide all the dietary nutrients that your pet needs.
When Hypothermia Sets In! Check your small animals regularly for any signs of hypothermia. If you believe that your rabbit or guinea pig is hypothermic, you need to raise the temperature of the hutch by placing a snuggle safe bed warmer close to the animal. The warmer should be wrapped in a towel to avoid getting the animal getting too warm, too quickly. Alternative, you can use a hair dryer on low heat to raise the animals temperature gradually.

If the animal fails to respond you should immediately call your vet for advice and further treatment.

What about Pond Fish? Always check on your pond fish in the bad weather. Place a ball in the pond to help prevent it from freezing as this will limit the amount of oxygen in the water. Remove any dead leaves and debris from the pond and keep the filter on.

The Best Small Pets For Kids

Have your kids been asking you for a pet, perhaps a dog, or a cat? You could have gone in the pet store just to look around and the kids spy that cuddly cute hamster and beg to take it home. You will find several small pets on the market that make great pets for kids. If your youngster has hardly ever experienced a pet ahead of, a small pet may be a nice introduction into the world of care and duty. Listed below are a couple examples of small animals that could make beneficial pets for kids.

Fancy Rats

Rats genuinely get a bad rap but they basically make superb pets. As opposed to hamsters who are significantly much more preferred, rats will devote additional from the working day awake and that means you won’t be kept up at evening. They are really quite playful, social, and smart. It really is ideal to acquire them in pairs (very same sex) due to the fact they can be this sort of social animals. They are very simple to cope with, extremely mild, and you may even train them to try and do basic tricks.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs make wonderful pets. They’re pretty straightforward to tame, they take pleasure in getting handled, and not often bite. They can be also social so you might desire a pair (same sex). If only selecting one, it requirements a cage which is at the very least 18″ X 18″ but in the event you wished to go greater they would certainly get pleasure from that.

Fish

They could seem to be boring but they truly make an incredible starter pet for kids. Feel it or not fish are basically trainable, you can look for for fish instruction kits on the net. Fish might be rather affordable too, depending about the create you need to have. Your setup will also figure out the number and form of fish you’ll be able to get. An effortless fish to start with is really a Betta, given that you only have to have a small fishbowl for one fish.

You would possibly would like to do some study along with your children earlier than you come to a decision what small pet you’re going to be proceeding to convey home. By displaying them all from the tasks which might be related aided by the specific pet they might be interested in, they can be much better prepared for what’s forward. Depending on the age and potential of the youngster there might should be some adult supervision and interaction inside care and maintenance with the pet.

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Madeira Park, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Madeira Park was named by Joseph Gonsalves, who settled here in the early 1900s after arriving from Madeira Island near Portugal. The communities of Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvine’s Landing form what is collectively known as Pender Harbour located on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

Pender Harbour is a tough part of the Sunshine Coast to get a handle on. If you try to figure it out as you are passing by on Hwy 101, you’ll never figure out where freshwater lakes end and saltwater coves begin.

This area is like a wonderful ecological maze. Even if you take the plunge and begin exploring the roads that connect the three ocean side towns found in the area, you’d be hard pressed to keep things straight.

Take a relaxing walk down easy paths you will find here. Or go on one of the more difficult hikes through the area surrounding Pender Harbour. The routes to Pender Hill and up Mount Daniel are popular with practised hikers, their summits providing amazing views overlooking the water.

Pender Harbour offers a surprising array of amenities for the population. Madeira Park is the main shopping centre for the region, with banks, IGA, the Oak Tree Market (great butcher!), liquor store, pharmacy, RONA, tool rental yard, handicrafts and furniture stores, as well as and art gallery and book & gift stores. The Pender Harbour Health Clinic includes a full time Dentist and Medical Clinic as well as offering a variety of other services including chiropractors and physiotherapists. Restaurants, pubs and coffee shops round out the rest of the business community.

When you drive through the village and will find yourself at Madeira Landing, the first real indication of how close you are to seawater in this maze of waterways and land. The marina offers a small well-maintained picnic area with tables, lawn and gardens and the notice board on the pier offers boats, tours, and halibut cheeks for sale in this mixed commercial fishing and pleasure boating area.

Madeira Park is located on Pender Harbour off Highway 101 on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Travelers from the Lower Mainland should take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, and then drive 50 miles northwest on Highway 101.

Madeira Park, with its secure settled feel and its availability for so many land and water outdoor pursuits, is popular with landlubbers and boaters alike.