Monday, March 30, 2009

Durham, CT Pet Fair

For anyone who isn't too far away, you may want to check this out.

The 1st Annual Durham Pet Fair will be held at The Durham Veterinary Hospital, located at 178 Parmalee Hill Road on Sunday, May 17th from 11:00am to 4:00pm (Rain Date May 24th). It is jointly organized by the Durham Veterinary Hospital and Help Willy's Friends.

This Durham Pet Fair will feature local merchants and adoptable pets from local shelters/ rescue organizations. There will be Live Music, a Wine Tasting and a Silent Auction. There will be food, beverages, and Free Kettle Korn. Children's activities will include a DJ, Face Painting, Touch-a-Truck, Fun House, a State Police K-9 Demonstration, and much more. For those attendees that bring their pets, The Durham Veterinary Hospital will provide microchipping at a nominal fee of $35.00. There will also be Free Nail Clipping, Free Pet Photos, Pet Reiki and a Pet Psychic!

10'x10' booth space is still available. A booth is $25 for shelters/rescue organizations and $50 for vendors. Visit for downloadable booth application forms or contact Mark at 203-988-1718 or

Help Willy's Friends is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting food and supplies to distribute among local animal shelters/rescue organizations. This in turn assists shelter workers with providing proper, required, and additional care to animals in need. Ultimately, this results in additional time with hope of finding a new home for loving dogs and cats. For more information about Help Willy's Friends, visit

Friday, March 27, 2009

"Koi Angelfish" Picture

This is a picture of a koi angelfish that I used to have. It is called a koi angel because its coloring resembles the popular Koi fish that are usually found in home-made ponds.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stupid Animal Joke

It's been a while since I posted one of these, so here it goes...and yes, it is really stupid:

Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I've won 8 of them!"

Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I've won 19!!"

"Oh that's good, but in the last 36 races, I've won 28!", says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don't mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I've won 88 of them!"

The horses are clearly amazed. "Wow!" says one, after a hushed silence. "A talking dog."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Worst Things About Dog Ownership

What are the worst things about owning a dog? A recent pool by listed these responses:

Here are the Top 7 things on the "Worst" list:

1. Having to Board / Get a Pet Sitter When Traveling
2. Pet Hair
3. Cost of Medical Care
4. Inappropriate Urination
5. Barking or Whining
6. Aggression
7. Pet Odors

What gets you down about dog ownership?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tour For Life

North Shore Animal League America ’s National Life-Saving Tour

A nationwide initiative to save the lives of innocent shelter pets, Tour For Life® 2009, sponsored by North Shore Animal League America, is coming to the Connecticut Area Rescue Event on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 11 am to 4 pm at IKEA, 450 Sergant Drive, New Haven. The pet adoption event will also feature kids’ games, games for pets and giveaways. An Animal League Mobile Adoption Unit, which is on a cross-country life saving mission, working with over 100 animal rescue groups, shelters and humane organizations across the nation, will be on site. Television and film actress, Kathryn Erbe, star of TV’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, serves as the national spokesperson for this program that aims to adopt homeless animals into loving homes.
Tour For Life’s presenting sponsor is the One Hope Network. The One Hope Network is dedicated to transforming the lives of pets and people by supporting the efforts of animal welfare organizations across the country. The North Shore Animal League America is an advisory shelter for the One Hope Network.

Tour For Life will be stopping in 25 US cities meeting up for a grand finale with spokesperson, Kathryn Erbe on Saturday, April 25 at FAO Schwarz in New York City . To learn more about North Shore Animal League America ’s life-saving Tour For Life visit or call 1-800-214-4308.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Petland accused of scheme to sell sick puppies

There aren't any Petland stores where I live, and according to this article, I'm glad there aren't.

An animal protection group has accused the Petland Inc. pet store chain of scheming to sell sick puppies bred in filthy conditions to thousands of unsuspecting people.

Petland intentionally misled thousands of customers into believing the puppies came from the finest breeders and were healthy, the Humane Society of the United States said in a lawsuit against the company, which is based in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, challenges the companies’ conduct under the federal racketeering statute and under consumer protection laws of 20 states, Humane Society lawyer Jonathan Lovvorn said.

Check out the link for the full article.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How Clean is a Dog's Mouth?

Good article on the Pet PlaceIs a dog's mouth cleaner then a human's?

Apparently not. Dog's mouths are filled with all kinds of bacteria, depending of course upon what the dog had in its mouth recently. When you consider that dogs use their mouths much like people use their hands, the bacteria counts in their mouths can be quite high. Suppose your dog has been eating fecal material, taste testing a dead animal, licking your shoe, or simply chewing on a stick that has been decomposing on the ground-your dog could have a nice selection of harmful bacteria cultivating within the mouth.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Paw-Talk Blog

Paw-Talk is a community that caters to pet lovers and enthusiasts. I recently contributed to their community with subject I've been talking about on here for a while - It's called - Pick Up The Poop.

Check it out:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cat Found in Purchased Couch.

SPOKANE -- A local couple planned to buy a couch at Value Village in Spokane. What they didn't plan on was getting a cat to go along with that couch.

Workers at Value Village say the couch was left at the thrift store along with a loveseat and like so many drop offs it was a private donation.

Vickie Mendenhall and her boyfriend Chris bought the couch for their home nearly two weeks ago but the day after they purchased it something didn't sound quite right.

What they heard was a cat meowing, but they couldn't figure out where the cat was.

"Every time we looked we wouldn't hear the meow, we'd stop looking and continue doing what we're doing, we'd hear the meow," Vickie said.

For several days the couple searched for the source of the meowing in vents, under their porch and even their basement. In a house filled with pets they realized the cat cries weren't coming from one of their own. Then late Tuesday night they made a breakthrough.

"Was sitting here and all of a sudden I got kicked and I looked down and there were no other animals around," Chris said.

So Chris and Vickie picked up and flipped their couch and that's when they found the source of the meowing.

"I grabbed the knife, cut the corner out, enough so that I could see what's going on and sure enough there were eyeballs staring at me," Chris said.

Yes, it was a cat, a four or five-year-old to be exact, trapped inside Chris and Vickie's couch for at least 10 days.

"She was dehydrated and hungry, we immediately gave her food and water. She scarfed that down," Vickie said.

The cat - now named 'VV' (Short for Value Village) - was already de-clawed and spayed.

The funny thing is that Vickie just happens to work at Spokanimal, where she took VV to be taken care of while they searched for the cat's owner.

VV isn't microchipped and the thrift store doesn't know who dropped off the couch - so she contacted media outlets in hopes of finding the owner.

Sure enough, Bob Killion of Spokane showed up to claim the cat on Thursday after an acquaintance alerted him to a TV story about it. Killion had donated a couch on February 19, and his 9-year-old cat, Callie, disappeared at about the same time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Is It Summer Yet?"

Tired of the cold!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Most Popular Cat Breed?

Do you know what is the most popular cat on the planet?

Well, it is the Persian. Persians are beautiful, elegant and regal; the Persian is ideal if you want a cat that's sweet, devoted, docile, affectionate and laid-back.

Persians were prominently featured in 1871 at the first modern cat show held at London's Crystal Palace. By the early 1900s, the Persian had become overwhelmingly popular in the United Kingdom. Persians were imported to North America in the late 1800s, where they quickly took their place as top cat. Over the years, American breeders have bred for a more extreme facial type, longer fur, shorter ears, and a boxy design. More than 100 years of selected breeding evolved the Persian into the breed we know today.

According to the, the second most popular cat is the Maine Coon followed by the Exotic and the Siamese.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cat Creates New Treadmill

An all natural solution to exercising?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Secret to Cat Happiness?

Do you know what one of the secrets to cat happiness is... it is PLAY! (It makes us humans happy, right?).

As a matter of fact, researchers at Stanford University reported there is a part of the human brain that is activated by play. The research was done in humans and not in cats (that's a change!), for any one that has seen a cat play knows that all their senses seem to perk up.

What kind of games do you like to play with your cats?