For " Mammal Monday":
Welcome to the world little foal!
Sneezing Baby Panda
A Dozen Fun Facts about Pet Ownership in America
57% of households include either a dog or a cat
90% of pet owners say they consider their pet a member of the family
27% have taken Fluffy or Fido to a professional photographer
33% of pet owners have a picture of their dog or cat displayed in their home
15% bought a car or home with their pet in mind
50% of dog and cat owners give their pets Christmas presents
36% buy birthday presents for their pets
48% of cat owners swear Fluffy watches TV
50% of pet owners talk to their dog or cat
80% think their pets can sense their moods
70% of cat owners let their pets lounge on the furniture
58% of pet owners bury their furry friends on their property when they die
Here are two dozen more uncommon facts about:
Dogs and Cats
Your dog has about 100 different facial expressions, most involving the ears
Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four toes on back paws
Dogs can make about 10 different sounds
Cats hear better than dogs
Dogs don’t have an appendix
Cats do not have sweat glands
Dalmatians are born all white and only develop spots as they get older
The ridges on a cat’s nose pad are as individual as a human’s finger prints
Most domestic dogs can run at about 19 mph, but Greyhounds, the fastest dogs on earth, can run at speeds up to 45 mph
Papillae, tiny elevated backwards hooks that help hold prey, are what make a cat’s tongue scratchy-feeling
A dog’s memory is only five minutes long – a cat’s is up to 16 hours
Humans should not pick up a kitten or cat by the scruff of the neck – only mother cats can do this safely, and only with kittens
A newborn puppy can’t see or hear, has no teeth, and won’t be able to control his bladder until he’s about four months old
Cats can squeeze through any opening that is not smaller than their heads – their bone structure is narrow at the shoulders and they can easily rotate their bodies through tight spaces
The roots of your dog’s teeth are longer than the teeth themselves
Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, as compared to a dog’s 10
Per the Guinness World Book of Records, the longest living dog was an Australian Cattle Dog that lived to be 29
Fossil records have shown that cats have been around for thousands of years, without much change in their shape or behaviors
Touch is the first sense your dog develops – her entire body, including the paws, contains nerve endings sensitive to touch
A cat’s jaws are designed to move up and down, but not sideways – they cannot grind their food, they can only bite down on it
Dogs have the intelligence of toddlers – they can understand up to 200 words and hand signals with the same meaning as words
The pelvis and shoulders are only loosely attached to a cat’s spine, which is part of what makes kitties so flexible and able to squeeze into tight spaces
Your dog’s sense of smell is over 100,000 times more acute than yours
The domesticated kitty is the only feline species that walks with its tail held vertically – wild cats position their tails horizontally or tuck them between their legs while walking
Not all animals are so fortunate as to have good homes:
Dogfighting Suspect Arrested; Dogs and Roosters Saved
"The HSUS worked closely with local law enforcement in the investigation and raid of an alleged dogfighter and cockfighter in Florida. The investigation is a result of a tip that came from The HSUS’ national animal fighting tip line."
Alabama Animal Hoarding Rescue
"Over 200 animals were found living in deplorable conditions in Alabama, and are being safely removed and transported to an emergency shelter where they will be examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical care."
Road to Recovery for Both Of Them:
"Here is the happy home of a rescued puppy mill dog from TN:
After years of extreme suffering in a Tennessee puppy mill, a dog named Brownie has a different home. Today he's on the road to recovery with a new mom, whose own past played a role in their paths crossing."
At least this is a start to stop Puppy Mills:
How does your state rate?
State of the States: The HSUS released its third annual "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws.
Where does your state stand: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/state/humane_state_ranking_2011.html
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"Did you watch The HSUS in action on A&E's "Hoarders," January 10, 2011. Episode 42.
"Funny and affectionate, rats make wonderful pets. But a house with thousands of pet rats in it is a breeding ground for animal suffering and neglect. In November, The Humane Society of the United States and NorthStar Rescue teamed up with A&E's "Hoarders" television show to remove approximately 2,000 pet rats from a hoarding situation in Southern California."
"A collection of 2500 free-roaming rats have hoarded Glen out of his home and into a shed on his property. Originally bred as pets, the rat collection spun out of control upon the death of his wife. Now Glen needs help removing the animals so he can return home, but he has insisted that they be saved and adopted out."
On This Day:
Salk announces polio vaccine, Mar 26, 1953:
"On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952--an epidemic year for polio--there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as "infant paralysis" because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.
Polio, a disease that has affected humanity throughout recorded history, attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in Vermont in the summer of 1894, and by the 20th century thousands were affected every year. In the first decades of the 20th century, treatments were limited to quarantines and the infamous "iron lung," a metal coffin-like contraption that aided respiration. Although children, and especially infants, were among the worst affected, adults were also often afflicted, including future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1921 was stricken with polio at the age of 39 and was left partially paralyzed. Roosevelt later transformed his estate in Warm Springs, Georgia, into a recovery retreat for polio victims and was instrumental in raising funds for polio-related research and the treatment of polio patients.
In 1954, clinical trials using the Salk vaccine and a placebo began on nearly two million American schoolchildren. In April 1955, it was announced that the vaccine was effective and safe, and a nationwide inoculation campaign began. New polio cases dropped to under 6,000 in 1957, the first year after the vaccine was widely available. In 1962, an oral vaccine developed by Polish-American researcher Albert Sabin became available, greatly facilitating distribution of the polio vaccine. Today, there are just a handful of polio cases in the United States every year, and most of these are "imported" by Americans from developing nations where polio is still a problem. Among other honors, Jonas Salk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He died in La Jolla, California, in 1995."
When Ray came over the first thing we did was get the grooming room 'dog ready', as six of Mindi's dogs were coming for 1½ days. We had been storing some things in there ready to put up in my attic. I have been taking care of Mindi, the stewardess' dogs for 12 years now. There used to be 6 poodles, only two of the original ones are alive now, and one which was born right here, the daughter of those two. The others are a Dachshund, a Yorkie, and a Doxiepoo. They arrived about 1.00pm, all tails a-waggin', as they were pleased to see their "Poodle Nanny, Penny" again.
After all those rainy days, Ray and I discovered a tiny leak in the cargo trailer. Oh, how I hate RVs with seams! Today, with a good weather forecast, was the time to fix it.
We took off the side and corner trim, loosened the top front trim and found out that nothing had been put between the rubber roof and the metal gutter, so the roof material had rust marks on it. The trouble was at the top corner as there was a puncture in the rubber from a screw with no sealing material under it. We cleaned the rubber roof, carefully rinsed it off, and sanded the rusty back of the gutter, then just left everything to dry for the rest of the day.