“Dog Days” of Summer!

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Aug 2018 Hello, Bright Light! I hope this finds you well in every way.  And I hope you are finding ways to stay cool and beat the summer heat while helping our animal friends to do the …

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Disco, Dart Frogs, Cats, and Canines!

Considering the current state of affairs around the world, I thought we could all use some levity.  We all need a break from the fear, hate, insanity, and the seemingly never-ending drama.

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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Where are you?

Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone. ― Louis L'Amour FEB 2016 I Faked It. When I was working at Audubon Nature Institute my coworkers and I used to lovingly joke about a "rambling" coworker.  One of our colleagues had a tendency …

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Pupcakes and Thanks

She called herself an angel.  She lived every kind of life and dreamt every kind of dream.  She was wild in her wandering, a drop of free water.  She believed in her life and in her dreams.  She called herself an angel, and her god was Beauty. ― Roman Payne   Four years ago, just before …

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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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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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The Fourth of July Doesn’t Have to Be “Feline Fright Night”!

The 4th of July is a favorite day of celebration for many people, but let’s be honest.  It’s a day of terror for many pets.  And while we're at it, let's be even more precise: the Forth of July might as well be renamed “Feline Fright Night” for most cats.  So what's a devoted cat guardian to do?? There is …

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