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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Looking at Fear

Note: This was written four years ago, but the wonderful thing about overcoming our fears is this:  Practicing self empowerment is still relevant for global and personal circumstances we encounter today.  One person's empowerment leads to world empowerment; We are One. May 2016 The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is …

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Finding Hope Through Writing About Loss

Have you ever lost an animal companion so suddenly and unexpectedly that you struggled to come to terms with it for weeks, months, or even years? If you follow this blog, chances are you view your pets as part of the family, just like I do. I'd like to tell you about my experience of healing …

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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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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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Things That Go BOOM In The Night

June 28th 2014 Soon people all over the U.S. will be celebrating the Fourth of July and our neighbors to the north are preparing for Canada Day!  Folks everywhere are getting ready for the visual and sound Smörgåsbord paired with good food, great friends, and family.  However, most animals would probably order the food, but hold the fireworks. So while …

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