Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Earthquake prediction - A Sixth Sense for our friends with feathers, scales or fur?
Did Bo Obama feel the 5.8 magnitude earthquake shaking the east coast today? Or maybe we should check in with the critters at the national zoo? Reports of animals acting wacky before the quake have again started conversation about a special sense. The USGS gives a scientific theory here:
“We can easily explain the cause of unusual animal behavior seconds before humans feel an earthquake. Very few humans notice the smaller P wave that travels the fastest from the earthquake source and arrives before the larger S wave. But many animals with more keen senses are able to feel the P wave seconds before the S wave arrives. As for sensing an impending earthquake days or weeks before it occurs, that's a different story.”
What do you think about animals sensing earthquakes? Have your pets ever acted strangely before the ground shook?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days.
An attachment to the budget bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama strips protections from wolves in five Western states.
It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list.
Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.
Protections remain in place for wolves in Wyoming because of its shoot-on-sight law for the predators.
There are no immediate plans to hunt the small wolf populations in Oregon and Washington. No packs have been established in Utah.
Friday, May 6, 2011
We would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the pet mommies of fur babies and other pets! We hope you have good memories on Sunday, May 8th and that you do something special with or for your pet that day. Have a great Mother's Day everyone!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others to do the same. While Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated only once a year, we should strive to always be kind to animals every day. What is the kindest thing you've done for your pet today?
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd annually, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption and for people who would like to bring a new furry family member home, to consider a specially-abled pet.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Barking dogs get people thrown out of apartments and can cause neighbors to take measures to eliminate the noise. But people should realize all dogs make some kind of noise, whether it’s a howl or a grumble. But there are some dog breeds that are less noisy than others. They have been called ‘bark-less’ or ‘quiet’ dog breeds. Can you guess what they are?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by deer ticks, is becoming a major threat to dogs, during the warmer months. It’s very important to vaccinate dogs for Lyme disease. It’s easier to prevent Lyme disease than to treat it. Have you gotten your pets vaccinated for Lyme disease?