Nov 14

History of the Bichon Frise Dog Breed

Friendly with a real joy for life running through it, the Bichon Frise is a happy dog and makes a great pet. It simply adores its family. This article provides a brief account of the history of this breed.

The Bichon Frise is a breed that has had a long journey for reaching the point where it is today. Long ago, there was a certain breed of dog named the Barbet or Water Spaniel. It is said that a lot of curly coated breeds came from this dog, one of them being the Caniche or Poodle. Some others were the Bichon breeds such as the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolonais, and the Bichon Tenerife. All these Bichons can be called exotic breeds because they originated in the Mediterranean Sea area.

The Bichon Tenerife is the ancestor of the Bichon Frise. It is said that the Tenerife was a companion to Spanish sailors. It kept them company and in return, they used it as a bargaining tool. Going on like this, this breed made it all the way to the Canary Islands.

In the 1300s, Italian sailors and explorers made their way to the Canary Islands and rediscovered this dog, taking a liking to its happy go lucky nature. In Italy, the breed quickly got the attention of the rich and famous. From then on, it lived a life of luxury. The French noticed this breed around the 1400s, when they invaded Italy. It was taken in by King Francis the First.

During the rule of King Henry III, its popularity began to grow because it became a favorite with the King. It even appeared in several paintings by famous artists. However, it started to fall from its position of the ‘best lap dog’ around the 18th century. Very soon after, the dog that

Nov 12

Know How to Avoid Dog Attacks and Defend Yourself When it Happens

When faced with a 60 pound, furry snarling mass, what do you do? Run, shout or scream your lungs out? In the event of a dog attack, you need to protect yourself and ward off the attack simultaneously. Scroll below for steps on how to face a canine adversary.

When animals attack, be prepared for the worst. Depending on the type of animal, the attack can be silent but lethal or obvious and aggressive. An individual’s behavior at the time of an attack, will determine the outcome of the attack to a large extent. The wrong move, a misstep and an unpleasant encounter can become a deadly one. What should one do, when facing a snarling, quivering dog? In fairness, dogs can be very fearsome opponents to face off against. Whether small or big, dogs have strength, agility and powerful jaws and impressively sharp teeth on their side. At least 4.7 million people of the United States are bitten by a dog that is known to them, each year. And though attacks can be prevented, it helps to know how to protect yourself from a dog attack.

How to Defend Against a Dog Attack

The following are some self defense tactics and steps to tackle a canine foe.

– In a stern and firm voice, say “NO!” or “Shoo” or “Down”. A strong command issued firmly will often frighten off most dogs. You can even back away slowly while the dog is confused.
– Try to get to a place of higher elevation. Climb a tree or even a car just to put some height between you and the dog.
– Do not face down or glare at the dog head on. Keep your movements slow and steady. Do not wave your hands about, all this is misconstrued as violent signs by the dog,

Nov 10

Pros And Cons of Having an Adorable Cat Around Growing Children

The presence of one or several cats in one’s home may be a very good thing for the development of one’s children. Cats can be something more than mere companions. When children interact with pets, they can learn valuable lessons of altruism, but they also have the chance to practice things such as patience and respect.

Children should be encouraged to take utmost care of the family’s pets. This may teach them how to become responsible for themselves, the others, their actions. It’s also good for children to learn at an early age how to look after another small being such as a cute, playful pet. Karen Lee Stevens, the founder of the All for Animals Association and the creator of Compassion for Critters animal protection program, says that children should take care of their pets, but still gives certain warnings in this respect. She says that regardless of their best intentions, children should not be allowed to take all by themselves care of their pets. Thus, parents must teach their children by the power of the example, how to feed their pets properly, how to play with them, handle pets, how to treat them in general. Otherwise, parents might have unpleasant surprises.

Children, in their innocence and due to the richness of their imagination, can get dangerous ideas about how to handle a pet. And of course, cats make no exception to this imminent danger. Because of that, parents must know that they are the ones who are ultimately responsible for the cat’s well being, not their children. By acknowledging this simple fact, both cats and children can avoid being traumatized by each other.

Mieshelle Nagelschneider, another cat behavior expert, also agrees with these previously mentioned ideas. She says that by buying a cat, parents must take up the responsibility of looking

Nov 09

The Many Bird Species of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is home to a myriad of ecosystems, making it an ideal vacation destination for plant and animal lovers. Each year, countless birding enthusiasts visit the area, hoping to glimpse a peek of the Grand Canyon’s 370 species1 of birds. From endangered California condors to easy to locate passerines, here is a list of must see birdwatching for your next Grand Canyon trip.

Small Species

Some of the smallest bird species are also the most beautiful, so keep an eye out for miniature marvels like the ones below.

– Allen’s Hummingbird: This adorable species of hummingbird is known for its bright orange and bronze plumage. It feeds primarily on nectar, and can therefore be found in desert scrub or forest environments with plenty of wildflowers.
– American Goldfinch: In summertime, you can find the American Goldfinch by its bright yellow and black markings. During winter, their features turn to a tawny brown. No matter the season, you will know this bird by his acrobatic behavior. When the goldfinch isn’t hopping from plant to plant, he and his brethren can be spotted flying in a bouncy, undulating pattern, complete with song.
– Bridled Titmouse: This adorably tiny bird originated in Mexico. The species is a rarity in the United States, living only in parts of New Mexico and Arizona. In the Grand Canyon, the Bridled Titmouse can be viewed along the Colorado River or in the woodlands near the North Rim.

Plentiful Passerines

Passerines, often called perching birds, are the largest group of bird species in the area. They are abundant in the Grand Canyon and easy to spot even if you’re a fledgling birdwatcher.

– Chipping Sparrow: Ample sparrow species can be seen in the Grand Canyon, including the Chipping

Nov 08

Here’s What You Should Do if Your Dog Bites and Injures Someone

Dogs have the sixth sense and they can act defensive and aggressive if they are suspicious about someone in their surroundings and can also injure them. As a dog owner, you will have to take the responsibility for your pet’s actions. Let’s have a look at what all you’ll need to do, to save further trouble after your dog has bit or injured someone.

It is a nightmare come true, when you know your dog has bit or injured someone, badly. Your dog is your favorite pal and you could have spoiled him. So, after he has bit some stranger randomly, you can be clueless as to what you should do to save further loss.

Given below are a few things you’d need to do and take care of, when your dog has bit someone.

Things to Do When Your Dog Has Injured Someone

Talk to the Victim
If you are around when your dog has injured someone, the first thing you must do is try controlling your dog and pull him off the victim. Talk to the victim, asking him about his injuries.

Provide Medical Help
Check how badly is the victim injured and help him with immediate medical attention as well as dog bite treatment.

Find Out What Really Happened
Once you have taken him to the hospital and treatment is done, ask him what really happened. Also find out about the whole incident from a witnesses.

Pay for the Expenses
If you are convinced that the victim was innocently attacked by your dog, then offer to directly pay for the medical expenses that the victim has incurred. However you don’t have to end up paying, if you think that your dog was not at fault and was just

Nov 08

An Overview of the Life Expectancy of Pet Birds by Breed

The birds have a pleasing and charming personality that keeps pet adopter amused. Whether it is a small lovebird or a huge macaw, each bird has a different personality and beauty. They also have different life spans depending on their breed. Here are the life spans of different birds according to their breed:

Ducks and Swans

Ducks and swans have a very embellished and romantic visual appeal. In fact, many of the classic romantic stories have either duck or swan in the background. They need some specific conditions t thrive and lead a healthy life. If the same so provided they can live between 15 and 30 years.

Pigeons may not look very impressive but they possess excellent intelligence. Pigeons have a very good sense of directions and they were used for sending or receiving messages and letters till Second World War. They can easily get attached to a human and can be very fond of him. If taken proper care of they can live up to 15 years.

Amazons need special care and nutritional requirements. While their average life expectancy is 20 years, they can live 45-50 years if they are provided best veterinary care and the age specific diet.

Cockatoos are also known to have a decent lifespan. If they are provided the ideal conditions they can live till 40 years.

The Canary birds are reputed bird singers and have an aesthetic appearance. While 10-15 years is their normal lifespan, it can be increased further with intense care and perfect living conditions. In such favorable conditions, their life expectancy can increase to as much as 25 years. Finches are very small birds and live a life not exceeding 5 years. However with good care and offering

Nov 07

A Comprehensive List of Cat Facts

Let us take a walk back in history, and unravel the mysteries that have surrounded cats. These animals have gone through every emotion displayed by human beings, they have been loved, hated, worshiped, and persecuted. Despite, all this, the cat is still a human being’s affectionate friend.

The African Wildcat was the first to be domesticated some 5000 years ago. This was done because the people of Egypt consumed large amounts of grain, which was being eaten up by rats. Since cats were the only solution to the problem, every person in Egypt began leaving food out for the cats. At this time, the Pharaoh felt the need to have more cats to protect his own granaries. As asking everyone to give up their cats might cause a revolt, he declared cats as “demigods,” so that people would care for them, and they would remain his personal property too. The cat gained in status, and strange rules came into existence. One rule stated that if anyone killed a cat, he would be killed too. The other said that if a cat died a natural death, the family had to have their statement confirmed by the priest. People began beating their chest and shaving their eyebrows to display their sadness on the death of a cat.

– Just like a human fingerprint, the nose pad of a cat is ridged with a pattern, which is unique.
– If you notice your cat snoring or rolling on its back, it means it trusts you.
– The tiny barbs, which are located on a cat’s tongue, help it to scoop the liquid backward.
– A cat is blessed with over a hundred vocal cords.
– White cats with blue eyes have higher chances of becoming deaf.
– The love

Nov 06

Awesome Information About All the Lovebird Species

a couple of lovebirdsDid You Know?
Lovebirds are named so due to the strength of their monogamous bonds. Partners also spend a lot of their time together, which further adds to the allusion from the name.
Lovebirds, members of the genus Agapornis, are part of the parrot family. They are among the smallest parrots.

There are nine species of lovebirds. They are native to Africa, eight of the nine are native to the African mainland, and the other is native to Madagascar. They are all between 13-17 cm long, and weigh about 50 g. Regardless of the particular species, they are stoutly built and are mostly green. The particular variations in the coloration, apart from the standard green, define the species.

Although they are native to Africa, they are popular pets all over the world. The numerous color morphs seen in captive lovebirds is a result of selective breeding. These artificially bred coloring patterns are not beneficial in the wild.

As said before, there are nine species of lovebirds, distinguished by relatively minor differences in their coloring. Here’s some particulars about the nine species :

Rosy Faced Lovebird
Binomial Name: Agapornis roseicollis
The rosy faced lovebird, also known as the peach faced lovebird and the rosy collared lovebird, is found in the deserts of southwestern Africa, particularly the Namib Desert. This species has two recognized subspecies: A. r. catumbella, which is mostly found in Angola, and A. r. roseicollis, which is found mostly in Namibia, Botswana, and parts of South Africa. They are among the largest lovebirds, with an average length of 17-18 cm.

This species is particularly prone to mutations of coloration, and various color patterns

Nov 04

The Spinone Italiano – Smart, Loving, and Still Helpful Today

The Spinone Italiano (plural, Spinoni) is a very ancient Italian dog breed that can be traced back to about 500 B.C. It has been portrayed in Renaissance Paintings, most famously in the fresco by Andrea Mantegna on the entrance wall of the Camera degli Sposi in the Castle at Mantua, Italy, showing Lodovico and his grandsons welcoming Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga. It also appears in works by Tiepolo and Tiziano.

The breed was very popular in the Renaissance, being used as a gun dog and a companion dog. It excelled as a pointer and a retriever, with its strongly developed sense of smell and desire to please its owner. It was described as a dog that hunted not for itself, but for its owner.

Its popularity declined somewhat in latter centuries, and the breed might have even become extinct, except for the efforts of dedicated breeders like Dr. Paolo Brianzi and Dr. Ezio Caraffini. In 1949, they formed the Club Italian Spinoni, an association for the protection of the Spinone breed in Italy. Thanks to this association, the Spinone Italiano was revived and its standard maintained. It is now once again gaining in popularity, although it is still a rather rare breed. It has a strong following in England and Scandinavia, and has sparked interest in Japan as well. There are however less than 1,000 registered in the USA. It is not an easy breed to acquire. There are long waiting lists for puppies, and the prices range from $1,000 and up.

The Spinone Italiano has a very distinctive appearance. It is a large boned dog with a solid, square structure, a deep chest, and sloping, muscular hind quarters. It has a long head and an oval skull, with a well developed occipital protuberance

Nov 03

Venus or Mars – Here’s How to Determine the Gender of Your Kitten

cute kitten and playfulWait until the kitten is a month old.
It is nearly impossible for a layman to correctly guess the gender of a kitten below the age of 3 weeks. Firstly, handling these newborns for long isn’t even recommended, because you’ll only end up passing your ‘human’ scent onto the kitten, making it hard for the mother to identify her baby. Worst case scenario, the mother may end up abandoning the kitten.

There are a few humans equipped with the ability to remain unfazed by the allure of tiny, tiny kittens. It doesn’t matter if those furballs grow up to be pioneers of what we call a resting bitchface, they can still melt the coldest heart with their infinite cuteness.

When you bring a kitten home (from a shelter or a rescued one, hopefully), the first thing you would want to do is to give it a decent name. No, there’s no need to compromise by picking a unisex name, there are ways to determine your kitten’s gender at home. Pay close attention to what follows.

How to Tell the Sex of a Kitten
Before we begin, note that the kitten in question should be at least over the age of three weeks for you to venture a fairly accurate guess.

First step, ensure that the kitty is calm, and not in a playful mode whatsoever. Even a young kitty knows how to protect her privacy, and doesn’t mind using her (very) sharp claws. Kittens sleep a lot, so a good time would be when it begins feeling drowsy.

Hold the kitten very gingerly, as the precious little thing is still very delicate. Now, stroke

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