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.

A Fear-Free 4th?

“Fear is a stranger to the ways of love.  – A Course In Miracles Happy July! Wow.  How are we already past the midway point of 2017!? Hello Summer! And hello to you! It's been 3 months since I shared here.  So much has happened since the last post .  After our beloved King Albert …

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Foraging Felines!

“I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. That’s living.”—Ursula Andress  It’s Caturday! Let’s get our Cat-Care-Chat on!  (OK I am a little stoked about this post.) I had some down time today, and had a lot of fun with our cats this morning so I was inspired to share one …

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Sunday Funday for Everyone!

She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring. ― Zelda Fitzgerald What are you up to this Sunday afternoon?  We are experiencing record heat temps and orange air alerts here in our nation's capital, so we are laying low today. When I want to lay low, the animals in our home often have other …

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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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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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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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Cat Agility Is Here To Stay!

The only difference between your abilities and others is the ability to put yourself in their shoes and actually try. ― Leonardo Ruiz The world is full of crazy people doing crazy cool things, so it takes a lot to impress me these days, but a young girl from the Czech Republic has trained her cat, Suki, …

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