Friday, April 30, 2010

I found this bit of fun over on Happy Healthy Families and followed the link back to One To Try. Well it sounded like jolly good fun so I'm giving it a shot. I hope to meet lots of you Friday Followers.

All you do is follow my blog, then click on the Friday Follow widget, and sign up with your blog on the Mclinky List, Then follow blogs already listed on the McLinky, and you will get followed back.

Happy 2nd Annual Save the Frogs Day

I just read this morning that today is Save the Frogs Day. I didn't know if I should post this Here since its about frogs or on The Crazy Green Cheapskate because its ... so I'm compromising and posting it on both.
Frogs are one of the best indicators of whether or not an environment is healthy since they are the first affected by changes. If there are no frogs then you know something is wrong!

According to the ENN (Environmental News Network) There will be activities in 15 counties around the world. Including protests against restaurants that sell frogs legs. Apparently over 100 million wild frogs are captured and killed for their legs. YUCK!

Another thing they are trying to bring to light is the use of the herbicide Atrazine. which is linked to the chemical castration of male frogs. If you want to read the whole story check out ENN.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Small Animal Saturday

Ok this Small Animal Saturday is not based on a question I was asked but something I experienced last week.

Lets talk Hamsters... I see people stop in with their little ones and ohh and ahhh over the ever so cute Hamsters. Then they ask me "Do they bite?" My answer is always..."Anything With a Mouth can BITE!"

Now a few days ago I was holding one of the Hammies and was petting him when someones dog barked and scared the poop out of the cute little guy. WHO proceeded to BITE the Crap out of me! We are talking Blood flowing and me trying to to swear in front of the little kids walking around the store.

Hammies have VERY sharp teeth. If you are thinking of getting on you should be ready for the chance that one of these little guys might get freaked out and in their panic will bite you. When someone is looking at one as a possible pet and they have children under 10 I always recommend getting a Guinea Pig instead. Guinea Pigs are larger, easier to handle and the least likely of all the rodents to bite.... notice I don't say never! I have had a Guinea Pig nip at me (he didn't draw blood). Because small children are going to react more strongly if they are bitten by their beloved fuzzy buddy a hamster should be out of the question. An older child can better understand the risks and will be better prepared for that possibility.

By the way my finger still hurts.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Boots the cat decided to repurpose my reusable bags into his new hideaway.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Small Animal Saturday

I get asked this question quite frequently at the pet store so I'm posting it here.

Which Bedding is better the paper or the wood?

We use both types in the small animal habitats and I find that it depends on the type of animal you have. If you have a gerbil or dwarf hamster the wood bedding works fine the amount of urine these animals produce is minimal so there is no problem. But with the larger animals I feel the paper bedding is better since it is more absorbent. Wood bedding doesn't suck up as much of the moisture it just floats on top.

Now there are several different styles of bedding even in the paper style but something to remember is never use PINE or CEDAR wood as your pets bedding. They give off toxic fumes that can cause respiratory problems in your small animal.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Is Your Dog Ready For Summer?

The heat is on! Time for long summer days playing in the sun, basking, jumping in the pool, digging holes and chasing those pesky birds and squirrels.

That's right summer is just around the corner and its time to get your furry friend ready!

Watch out for those hot, humid summer days, veterinarians recommend against leaving animals outside all day -- even in the shade. Unless your pet has a cool breezy outdoor area that is shaded throughout the day, he's safer indoors - especially during midday heat. It's important to remember that the shadows that your dog might take refuge in will move throughout the day and your best friend can become ill quickly if left in the sun to overheat.

It is especially important to bring in dogs that are elderly, very young or ill that have a tougher time keeping their body temperature constant.

Exercise is an important part of keeping your dog. However, overdoing it on hot day can cause your pet to overheat and put him at risk for heat exhaustion. It can also cause your dog sever pain as those hot sidewalks can burn his tender paw pads, especially in southern desert climates such as Arizona New Mexico and Texas.

The best time to get your buddy exercise is early in the morning or in the evening. Make sure you bring plenty of water and if he seems to be panting a lot or seems exhusted then take a nice break in the shade.

Make sure all his shots are up to date and if you haven't been using it, then its time to pull out the frontline, advantix or other flea preventative to keep your dog and you itch free.

Now for a nice summer treat to help keep your hot dog COOL:

Puppy Popsicle


Plastic Wrap
Paper Cups
Chicken Broth
Rawhide Sticks or other stiff stick like treat.

Pour Chicken broth into the paper cups and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Gently push the Rawhide stick through the plastic wrap. Place in freezer and leave there until frozen solid. Give to you HOT Dog to enjoy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cute Pics From The Pet Store

Ok It's been a little while since I posted some cutties so here ya go.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Small Animal Saturdays

Can old newspapers be used for bedding material for my gerbils?

Newspapers are not a good choice for bedding for any small pets. When they pee on it the ink will run and get all over them. Not only will this be extremely messy but they may contain potentially toxic chemicals in the ink residues. They may also contain ingredients other than paper which can cause intestinal blockages or other problems. This goes for magazines as well, the 'glossy' finish can be highly toxic when chewed but your small pet.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy National Ferrets Day

Yes its National Ferret Day. Come and join the fuzzy celebration. Here are a few Facts about these little bundles of joy.

Life Span
5 – 8 years
42 days

Average Litter Size

Born deaf. Begin to hear at around 34 days.

Born with eyes closed. Eyes begin to open at around 34 days.

6 – 8 weeks

Color at Birth
All kits are born white, approximate adult color at 3 weeks of age.

Sexual Maturity
Reached at 5 to 6 months of age.

Weight (Female)
1.5 – 2.25lbs {.75 – 2.5lbs}

Weight (Male)
1.75 – 6 lbs {2 – 5 lbs}

Total Length
Female: 18 inches, Male: 24 inches (including tail)
An unspayed female ferret is called a Jill while a spayed female is a sprite. An intact male is a hob and a neutered male is called a gib. Baby ferrets are called kits

Ferrets can sleep so soundly that they cannot be woken up even when picked up and jostled. (see the second picture I picked that guy up today to put him in the carrier while I cleaned there house and he didn't wake up until one of the others jumped on him and bit his ear LOL)

A small ferret may be able to squeeze through a hole just over an inch in diameter.

Ferrets are members of the mink family.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Turtle Bank... A Product Review

We bought this Turtle Bank for our turtle Rex to bask on. It was definitely large enough. Its a floating dock that uses magnets to hold it in place. It is suppose to sink a little to allow the turtle to climb up.

Unfortunately it doesn't work. It may work for a baby turtle but for our large Red Eared Slider Rex it was rubbish. He tried to climb up on it and as the edge he was climbing up began to sink under his weight the edge that was connected to the magnet on the outside of the glass started to pull away from the glass. Then it the magnet came lose and the floating bank flipped over taking Rex with it. We tried several time even trying to support the edge with the rock that is in there as decoration but to no avail.

If it had much stronger magnets it might work... Maybe not. But I'll be taking it back and will not be recommending it to any turtle owners I know.