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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Creating Calm After the Chaos

Now that the tricks and treats of Halloween and Samhain are coming to a close, it's easy to become complacent as we wind down, but be aware: Your animal companions might still be wound up!  The endless sights, sounds, and stressors of Halloween might have deeply affected your animal companions. Hocus Pocus and the Kitty …

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Doin’ The Displacement

AUG, 2015 “Whenever you are examining someone else, you are bound to learn many interesting things of which you were not previously aware.” ―Lemony Snicket Do you have a long list of things to do, but even more reasons not to do them? I do.  We all do. We have lists of must-do today, gotta-do …

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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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Dog Science Worth Sharing!

Studying animal personality can tell us more about both animals AND humans. ~ Sam Gosling Science is about critical thinking not facts - Prescott Breeden I love getting things for free, and I love convenience, but when fun and enlightening education is added to the mix, I am a very happy woman!  I haven't written …

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Holy Moly Hormones!

“Why is patience so important?""Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho It's that time of year again! ... Spring is here. The hormones have kicked in. Get Ready. Many of you know the scenario: One day your affectionate parrot is a content, happy member of your family, and the next minute he or she is …

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Thank Them for Showing Up

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Unknown Author Last night while most of the world watched the Olympics, …

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