The Never Ending (Moving) Story

“When efforts that are wisely executed, the situation and condition don't affect the performance.” ― A.Patel We have arrived in California!  Finally.  1.1 humans, 3.0 felines, 0.1 canine, 0.0.8 plants, and 0.0.2 vehicles  made it safely from the east coast to the west coast!  It only took us a MONTH to move out of our …

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Animal Emotions and That Icky Sticky Fear

 “Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.” ― Bekoff   Ants teach.  Earthworms make decisions.  Rats …

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Do you practice Anthropomorphism or Anthropodenial?

Hello Again, Friends! Full disclosure:  I am breaking my no-more-blog-posts-until-I-finish-writing-my-books-and-move-out-west rule.  Again.  But it's so hard not to share things with you all, especially when I am passionate about something! The topic on the table is something that every single person on this planet has done at least once in their life.  For many, it's something we …

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Thank you.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama This is a shout-out to you.  A huge, sincere thank you to you. Today is all about you. It's National Pet Parent Day!  Yep.  I have to admit that I laughed when I realized this and thought, "Every day is …

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Why Training Is Essential

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. There are many reasons people choose to train an animal.  Some people train animals to avoid being bitten, attacked, or crushed by them.  Some people train animals to avoid being their next meal.  Some people train animals to make their lives easier …

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Try Giving Instead of Taking

There is a very common myth that taking an animal’s food or toys away while they are enjoying them, will teach the animal to allow anyone to come up and take things from them.  This “technique” at best, is usually viewed as an annoyance to the animal, but at worst it can trigger or create …

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Butt Sniffing 101

Butt Sniffing.  It's gross to most humans, but it's very important to our canine comrades. Derriere sniffing is just one of the many fascinating forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.  Animals all around the world use chemical communication to communicate.  Pheromones are the source of this communication! Pheromones are chemicals released by living …

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Tortoises Teaching Us Through Touch-Screen Technology!

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals.  We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on …

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