ANIMAL RADIO® Network Newsletter | July 2007
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Fear of Acetaminophen-contamination in Pet Food May Be Unfounded
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SPOUSE'S DOG SLEEPS IN BED WITH US - When pets and people
PET INSURANCE - Don't wait until your pet is a senior.
DRESSING ROADKILL - Giving more thought to all animals?!
HELP, MY DOG PEE'D ON MY FRIEND'S LEG - Answers to the embarrassing questions.
THANK YOU FOR BEING IN MY LIFE - Do you take the time to appreciate your pet?
THERAPY KANGAROO - Why not? A unique approach to animal assisted therapy.
XAVIER THE PARAPALEGIC KITTY - 4th grade class heroes!
PRODUCT REVIEW BugBand BOOK REVIEW Working Like Dogs
....and more from Marilyn Kreiger, Arden Moore, Mike Fry and others....
Actor Leslie Nielsen currently does not have any pets, as he does a lot of traveling for his work and doesn't feel it would be fair to a pet. But, listen in to find out what "Animal" he never leaves home without!
Gary Burghoff and "Radar" O'Reilly are synonymous with the kind, lovable yet kindred spirits we can all remember with fondness. The role of "Radar" was tailor-made for Gary because of his obvious love of animals and his extraordinary personality. Remember Radar's zoo in M*A*S*H? This theme originated from his real life Animal Rehabilitation Clinic in Southern California
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ASPCA Believes Fear of Acetaminophen-contamination
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to Earlier FDA Test Results
Summer on Animal
This Week on Animal Radio®:
Look for Leslie in the upcoming
release of "Music Within, " the true story of Richard
Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who
returns from Vietnam severely hearing -impaired and finds a new
purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with
disabilities, as well as "Scary Movie 5." And could
there be a spoof of Spider Man in the works? Tune in to find out.
Lucie Arnaz was an early member of Actors and Others for Animals when they opened their doors in 1971. The offspring of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, discusses her childhood pets and life with her famous parents.
Lucie has several movies to
her credit, but her real passion lies in live theatre. You can
catch her live performance at "Broadway at Birdland"
at Birdland in New York, July 15th & 16th.
But they're not popping pills, they're spending quality time with Elliot, a 6-month-old kangaroo that is one of the most popular members of this senior living community.
Elliot hops the halls, mingling
with the 120 seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's
RECENT Animal Radio® PODCASTS:
Kenny Kingston - Psychic
to the Stars
Kenny Kingston was the personal reader of Marilyn Monroe and has read for Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo and Whoopi Goldberg, to name only a few of Kenny's famous clientele.
He is here to answer your questions
about your pet. Yes, your pet! We go to the phones and conference
your calls this week.
Kathy Barton's 4th grade class in Velma, Oklahoma, was working with HandicappedPets.com to create awareness of the value of disabled animals. They heard about the plight of a dachshund in Tennessee named "Boo," now named "Johanna" and wanted to help. The dog had been attacked with a bat and was left paralyzed in her rear legs and incontinent. After her injury, her former owner would chain her outside to prevent damage to the rugs. To move around, she had to drag around her back legs in the dirt, leaving them scraped and raw. Their class project became a successful rescue mission.
Every year since then, Kathy Barton's
4th grade class learns about handicapped pets and raises money
to help buy carts for these animals. This year, they helped raised
enough money through fundraisers to purchase 3 carts, one for
a quadriplegic cat, (see the Video)
But, here's one of the major
problems with the microchipping industry. Too many cooks spoil
the broth. There are now so many companies that have entered
the microchip business, developing chips with different frequencies.
And these differing microchip frequencies require scanners that
pick up all of those different frequencies. So what happens if
a shelter or veterinary office or research facility has a scanner
that doesn't read your pet's chip? The animal gets listed as
not having a microchip.
If you're producing or distributing
a travel related product, or offer a travel related service to
be proud of - you should be part of this special program. If
you're traveling with your pet this summer, you won't want to
miss this show.
The Cutting Edge of the Future... Laser Surgery for Pets!
Mention the word laser and immediately most people will start thinking about futuristic space battles or late night rock concerts in the planetarium. What could Star Wars, light sabers and Pink Floyd possibly have to do with our pets?
It's doubtful that anyone would picture their family veterinarian swinging a light saber on the bridge of some galactic cruiser, but he or she may just have a similar technology available to help keep your pets comfortable during surgery.
For more than 30 years, human doctors have used various types of surgical lasers to help people heal faster and with less pain. Lasers are now used routinely to help correct eyesight, remove skin blemishes, and even destroy unwanted hair. But, it has only been within the past 10 years that veterinary medicine has started to utilize this same technology to provide a similar level of comfort for their patients.
Using a laser during surgery instead of a scalpel blade provides many advantages to the surgeon. First, due to the precise nature of lasers, the veterinarian is able finely tune the amount of tissue that is affected by the surgery, thereby reducing the damage to any of the surrounding area. Second, lasers will actually help to control bleeding by sealing off the tiny capillaries and vessels that may leak and ooze during normal surgeries. Third, lasers help to reduce the amount of swelling that is associated with any sort of surgery. By avoiding bruising and tearing of body tissue, lasers help the veterinarian to minimize inflammation. Fourth, since lasers vaporize cells, any latent bacteria that might want to start an infection will also be vaporized, helping to minimize potential post-operative infections. And finally, lasers reduce the amount of pain involved in surgeries by actually sealing the ends of nerves in the affected tissues. This stops the propagation of the pain impulse and will actually help the pet to heal faster!
With all of these advantages, many more veterinarians have started to offer the choice of laser surgery for their patients as well. For most veterinarians, using the laser during a routine spay or neuter can help minimize the swelling and discomfort that many pets might experience post operatively. But beyond the routine surgeries, there are a multitude of procedures that might benefit from the use of a laser. Any oral surgery, such as removing excess gum tissue or shortening an elongated soft palate in a short-faced dog breed, will proceed more smoothly with a laser because the laser will help to control bleeding better than a scalpel blade. Cosmetic surgeries, such as repairing stenotic nares (constricted nostrils) in the Pug breed also benefit due to the precise nature of the laser. Only the tissue that needs to be removed will be affected. Lasers have even been used to remove anal sacs from dogs who have trouble expressing them!
By far, one of the most common uses of the surgical laser in the veterinary hospital is to perform declawing of cats. Although this elective surgery has many proponents and opponents, almost everyone would agree that the advent of using the laser for declaws has helped minimize the trauma associated with the surgery. As mentioned above, lasers will actually seal small nerves, keeping them from transmitting painful impulses. Cats who have been declawed with a laser are often running and playing within hours of surgery. In contrast, older techniques of declawing cats have potentially kept a cat uncomfortable for several days afterwards.
Beyond all these wonderful advantages, the laser does have a single major drawback. For some veterinarians, the cost of purchasing a new laser is out of reach. But many more veterinarians are finding that the numerous benefits of laser surgery far outweigh the rare disadvantage. For those clients whose veterinarians have purchased lasers to help provide a more human-like level of care, expect surgical invoices that involve use of the laser to increase by $50 to $150.
From the routine surgeries
to repairing hereditary abnormalities, lasers are helping veterinarians
keep their patients healthy and happy. Talk with your veterinarian
about his or her options with laser surgery. To learn more about
how lasers have helped pets, go to www.myVNN.com to learn more.
I am very embarrassed to write about my cat's problem. I am really hoping you can help us. My cat Spike peed on my boyfriends head last night. Prior to last night's episode, he's been peeing on just about anything my boyfriend leaves around.
I've had Spike since he was only 6 weeks old. There has never been anyone else living with us, it's always been just Spike and me. Spike has been my buddy for the last six years, his whole life. The only time we weren't together was last year when I took a two week vacation. Spike's jealously started last month when my boy friend moved in and Spike peed in one of his shoes.
Can you please help us? My
boyfriend told me last night that unless something is done, I
have to choose between him and Spike.
It is easy to understand why Spike is not welcoming your boyfriend into the house. Spike is "resource guarding". And you're the resource he's guarding! You have been his sole companion for all of his life. During the last six years you have been the provider of everything Spike needs and is accustomed to, including food, water, play and love. Since your boyfriend moved in, the routine and consistency of Spike's life has changed and Spike is no longer the center of your attention.
The good news is that you won't have to choose Spike over your boyfriend, or vice versa. Through various activities, you and your boyfriend can influence Spike to see him as another source of attention, food, play and love. Start by having your boyfriend take over Spikes feeding. It is important that he follows the same time schedule that you have been keeping for feeding. If Spike enjoys being groomed, encourage your boyfriend to gently groom him for a few minutes every day. Keep in mind that everything your boyfriend does with Spike should be enjoyable and pleasant for Spike. If Spike does not want to be groomed, then your boyfriend shouldn't groom him. Play is another tool to help bond Spike to your boyfriend. If possible, he should play with Spike everyday, using a fishing pole toy.
Additionally, Spike will benefit from both you and your boy friend clicker training him. For more information on Clicker Training, either see the Animal Radio's August 2006 Cat Coach Column about training cats http://animalradio.com/august2006.html , or check out Karen Pryors web site at www.clickertraining.com . Clicker Training will provide another fun way of helping Spike to connect with your boyfriend and to reinforce his relationship with you.
Don't forget your part in this! It is important that you keep interacting with Spike everyday, grooming, giving him treats, playing, clicker training and loving him as much as possible. As Spike starts seeing your boyfriend as someone who also provides for his needs, he should stop urinating on your boyfriend and his belongings.
Marilyn Krieger, CCBC is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. She can be reached for phone or on-site consultations to help solve cat behavior problems either by e-mail email@example.com or by phone: 650 780 9485. Additionally, Marilyn teaches cat behavior classes and is available for speaking engagements. You can find out more about The Cat Coach at http://www.thecatcoach.com Marilyn is certified through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Copyright July 2007 Marilyn Krieger, CCBC All Rights Reserved. In Technecolor where available. Void where prohibited.
How to Read Your Dog's Body Cues
Before approaching an unfamiliar dog or trying in vain to decipher your own dog's mood, watch his body posture for clues to his personality and intentions. The answers lie in the five key body points:
Follow these quick tips to understand any pup's persona!
Sarah Hodgson (Katonah, NY)
has taught dog training for 20 years and is the author of seven
dog training books, including Puppies For Dummies®, Miss
Sarah's Guide to Etiquette for Dogs & Their People, DogPerfect,
PuppyPerfect, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Dog Training.
She has appeared on national television and radio programs to
promote her training methods and has served as a columnist for
the New York Times. The owner of Simply Sarah, a dog training
school and supply catalog based in Westchester, New York, she
also has a website, www.dogperfect.com.
Hodgson has a degree in psychology and animal behavior from the
State University of New York.
KEEPING YOUR PET SAFE THIS SUMMER
Summer is here! That means spending more time outdoors with your best friend (of the four-legged variety). Pets911.com has the following tips to help keep your pet safe this summer:
Here's wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer with your pets! For additional pet information, visit www.Pets911.com.
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Pet owners care deeply about their canine or feline friend, and spend sizeable chunks of time and cash of nutrition, exercise, furnishings and toys for their pet. But have they thought through the financial responsibility of owning a pet? Probably not, according to Laura Bennett, a leading pet life and health actuary who recently started Embrace Pet Insurance.
Bennett has published much of her research on her pet insurance blog, where she regularly muses on the pet industry. Bennett also answers pet health and insurance questions from pet owners on her "Ask Laura" website column.
"We researched what pet owners need from an insurance policy and then designed our entire company around those needs," says Bennett, who counts Barnes and Lily, her two cats among her family members.
Here are some of the most important pet insurance questions that pet owners often asks according to Bennett.
When is the best time to
buy pet insurance for my dog or cat?
Can I get pet insurance
for a senior dog or cat?
My pet is well now and I
look after her. Do I really need to buy pet insurance?
Can I get coverage for routine
care such as vaccinations and spaying/neutering?
G'day from Downunder...
Are you getting on in years? Do you have a pet?
And while we don't wish this on anybody of any age, what plans have you made for your pet after you have 'passed on'?
Pets these days are living longer due in part to better veterinary care and better nutrition. And that dog, cat and particularly some birds (like parrots) that you took in as a companion recently may very well out-live you!
With dogs and cats living 15-20 years now and some species of parrots living to 70+ years owners are making sure there is money and specific instructions as to what happens to 'Polly' after the owner's death'.
It's not enough to just say 'oh our kids will take care of all that' because the kids may not feel the same way as you do and find it easier to simply surrender Fido, Fifi or Polly and imagine how confused your pet will feel then!
Of course just like our pets, people are living longer too and many of us may actually need to go into a nursing home in our latter years (although we'll be kicking & screaming we hasten to add!).
So what will happen to our pets then? Another reason to plan for the future.
But it's not all doom and gloom - out of Japan comes the story recently of a new nursing home for dogs - old dogs! Apparently there's private rooms, TV's round-the-clock monitoring by veterinarians and a bunch of playful puppies to help keep the older dogs moving and keep them fit.
Yes for just $800 a month you
too can send your dog to the Soladi Care Home in Tochigi, eastern
The old dogs get specially fortified food and we hear there's a heated pool, massage and of course those young puppies to play with. Sounds like a lot more fun than a boring old 'nursing home' eh? Maybe it's an idea some well heeled entrepreneur could look into here!
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you ever wondered if someone you know really appreciates the
things you do or who you are? It's a fairly common question.
It's a question that can be asked by both humans and animals.
So many of us live with animals as our family. (I know - I have
10.) Have you taken the time to think about how much you appreciate
them or how grateful you are to have them in your life? Many
people don't. They just go along their way in their life until
the day their animal companion passes on and then they feel terrible
that they didn't do or say the things that were in their heart.
I know this because of the many calls I receive to talk with
animals (and humans) who have passed on to tell them how much
they are and were loved and how important they were in the people's
lives. It seems that it never occurred to the human to tell the
animal how appreciated they were or how grateful the person was
while the animal was still in their body. The grief the humans
feel can be greatly decreased by taking the time, even every
day, to tell your animal kids how much they mean to you. Saying
"I love you" is great. And, there is so much more that
can be said. Below is an example.
Proposed Bill Would Ban Five Dog Breeds in Minnesota
A couple of weeks ago, two children were seriously mauled by two dogs. The incident didn't make the news - probably because the dogs involved were "Cocker Spaniels" and not "pit bulls".
It is a sad fact of life for owners of Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and the other breeds that are sometimes referred to as "pit bulls" that dog bites by these breeds are the only one that seem to make headlines. In these days of "if it bleeds, it leads" pseudo news reporting pit bulls are getting a bum rap, because a "pit bull attack" sounds so much more sensational than "cocker attack".
Even sadder is the fact that some people fall for the sensational headlines, believing they represent a complete picture of our world, and make decisions based on them.
Case in point: On June 15,
Rep. John Lesch held a press conference
Of these breeds, the "pits" are the one that seem to attract the most attention. So, I will digress into a little reality-check for those unfamiliar with the breeds, who may have bought into the media hype around them.
First, there is, technically, no breed that is a "pit bull". That is a sort of catch-all term used to describe a group of breeds. However, no one seems to agree on which breeds make the cut.
Secondly, the breeds Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, the breeds most often called "pit bulls", consistently rate at the TOP of the temperament testing charts. That means, by their nature, so-called "pit bulls" are LESS likely to attack people than most other breeds.
Thirdly, as the popularity of "pit bull" breeds has increased in Minnesota, the numbers of reported dog bites and attacks has actually decreased.
Lastly, there are countless Rottweilers, "pit bulls", Chow Chows, Akitas, and mixes of those breeds, that are wonderful, well-adjusted pets. Some are working dogs helping police units. Some are therapy dogs. Some of these breeds are 4-legged assistants to physically challenged people.
Has Rep. Lesch really bought all the media hype around these dogs? Is he really that uninformed? Is it really his goal to have these animals taken away from their families and destroyed? If it is, he is in for a real fight.
Woman Dresses Roadkill
Jessica May, a 24-year old graduate art student at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, understands why some people don't "get" her art.
Recently Jessica has started dressing roadkill. She has dressed possums in baby doll clothes and painted their nails, applied makeup, and has even painted a deer with gold paint.
Jessica doesn't find this offensive and does it as a way of reminding drivers to slow down, causing people to give animals more thought and bringing animals and people closer to equality. While stating she is not an animal rights activist; she hopes that if these animals were given human characteristics, people will give more thought to them.
Britt Savage is a regular Animal Radio® correspondent. She can be heard daily. LISTEN TO ANIMAL RADIO NETWORK NOW
Lobster: Much More than a Cantankerous Crustacean
Can you guess what kind of animal the following names belong to? Marbled mitten, regal slipper, hunchback locust, velvet fan, unicorn, buffalo, musical furry? How about African spear, Arabian whip, rough Spanish?
Give up? These are all types of lobsters.
Although these fancifully named lobsters live scattered about the Seven Seas, the most densely populated lobster domain is the Gulf of Maine, where lobsters are known by the more mundane name of humarus americanus, American lobsters.
Lobsters do not feature prominently in myths of various cultures, but take their place in a more supporting role, as with the story of the beautiful Greek nymph, Scylla, who was constantly being pursued by suitors, until a jealous goddess turned her into a six-headed sea-monster and the terror of sailors in the Aegean Sea. She did receive a small consolation prize as Scylla is known as the goddess of lobsters. In a happier story, Chinese myth holds Lobster in great delight as the symbol of mirth.
In "The Secret Life of Lobsters," author Trevor Corson writes about the lobstermen that live in the year-round island communities on the Coast of Maine, fishermen who have made the dangerous and difficult business of trapping lobsters their family livelihood for generations, and who have worked to establish rules that will protect both the lobsters and their fishing heritage. A tale that Corson shares, and one that is confirmed by my dear friend Annie, a chef in Maine for many years, is of Barbie Lobster - an older, thus protected, female lobster that some fisherman dressed in a Barbie outfit, and who occasionally shows up in a trap, only to be dutifully returned to the sea, her stylish outfit intact.
Scientists have discovered that baby lobsters depend upon celestial cues to navigate. In another nod to the heavens, the unique lens of the lobster's eye is the inspiration for an X-ray vision space telescope called Lobster ISS that will be mounted on the International Space Station.
Their first year at Boston Harbor, the Plymouth Pilgrims were grateful to have the lobsters left by Native Americans, but in later years they preferred other fare, considering the lobster lower-class. That changed as people began to vacation in New England, and when, in the 1870's, railroad cars packed with ice enabled live lobsters to be shipped from the coast of Maine. William Randolph Hearst is credited with the first order of lobsters shipped via rail for a dinner party he was throwing in Colorado. Today tanks of live lobsters, their claws bound for their Diaspora from their home in the Gulf of Maine to landlocked points far to the west, are found in supermarkets around the country. The poet laureate, Billy Collins, describes these lobsters in tanks, "filled to the brim with their copious tears."
An Irish saying goes, "It is in the unexpected or neglected place that you will find the lobster." I once shared a flight in a small commuter plane with a lobster a woman was bringing back to California. As the lobster's antennae poked out of the box, and his bound claws shuffled against the cardboard, his copious tears fell not into a tank of sea-water, but into an alien environment 20,000 feet in the air.
Animals, especially a cantankerous
crustacean like the lobster, often tend to hold the projections
of what we want them to be. Some see the lobster as a delicious
meal, others as a legacy of livelihood. While some of us see
them simply as creatures whose unique and marvelous presence
is present alone.
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ASK "THE DOG EXPERT" - by Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
Q. My dog embarrassed me today. I sort of hate to say it but I don't know what to do about it. I was taking a walk with my dog and saw a friend so I stopped to talk. After a couple of minutes, to my absolute horror, my dog lifted his leg and peed on her! Why would he do that and what can I do about it?
A. Ahhh, yes, I can certainly understand why you were embarrassed. Dogs lift their legs and "mark" for different reasons. Females will sometimes lift their legs, too, much to the surprise of their owner. Mainly, however, it is the males who will hike their leg on any vertical surface. Why choose a human? Good question! If your dog knows the person he could, indeed, be "marking" that individual as his own. Or he may have been resource guarding you and wanted to get the other person to leave. Or he may have felt nervous around this individual and wanted to "mark" the person in order to have his own scent there for comfort. I hope you offered to clean and/or replace any spoiled clothing and/or shoes. And don't yell at the dog. That won't help and will only add to any insecurity that may have been present at that moment in time.
"Ask the Dog Expert"
is a regular column by Darlene Arden. This month's column features
information found in her book, "The Angell Memorial Animal
Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs,"
(McGraw-Hill), which helps you, in concert with your veterinarian,
design a wellness program based on your dog, your lifestyle and
the place where you live, and "Small Dogs, Big Hearts,"
(Howell Book House), and the newly released, "Rover, Get
Off Her Leg!" Further information may also be found on her
Copyright 2007 by Darlene Arden. All Rights Reserved.
Plenty of Ways to Attract Birds Without Seed: The High Price of Birdseed
Recently we received a question from Carla, who was looking for an explanation about why birdseed prices have gone up.
We explained that a sudden lust for ethanol (which is made from corn) has driven the price of corn way up. With the promise of better profits, the smart farmers are planting more corn and thus are planting fewer acres of sunflower seed, much to the chagrin of feeder birds everywhere. You know things are bad when I start using words like "chagrin."
There is also another reason why the cost of seed is going up. The people at Frito-Lay have gotten tired of seeing so many fat Americans, so they are ditching the saturated fat from their snack foods and are replacing it with healthier sunflower oil. Both of these recent developments have forced a surge in the price sunflower seed. The birds, of course, aren't happy about this, but that is nothing compared to the petulance I'll face when my customers find out that seed prices have risen. You know things are bad when I start using words like "petulance," because I don't even know what it means.
So this week, in order to avoid an outbreak of petulance, I'm going to offer a few suggestions that will keep birds coming to your yard even if you decide to boycott bird feeding or don't feel like getting a variable-rate birdseed mortgage from the Money Store.
Water is an item that surprisingly few people offer birds. And unless you are buying it from a vendor at Fenway Park, it's pretty darn cheap. Yet each year we sell thousands of bird feeders and only a few dozen birdbaths. That surprises me because only a small percentage of North America's birds come to our feeders, but all birds need to drink. Last year I was thrilled when a Northern Waterthrush visited the little water garden in my normally dull yard. (Yes, a waterthrush is a real bird. Look it up.) Waterthrushes don't eat birdseed, but as their name implies, they do like water. Without the water, there would have been no surprise waterthrush visit.
A few weeks ago a lady walked into our shop with a picture that she had taken of her birdbath. The birdbath, which was nothing more than a one-inch-deep, flat plastic dish, was bubbling over with blue, as there were at least a dozen striking bluebirds drinking from it. Wow! So much for my thrilling waterthrush story.
As the bluebird lady proved, the water source doesn't have to be a water garden or some crazy-looking Roman fountain with water squirting out of a lion's mouth. A simple, shallow dish on the ground is fine. Remember, most birds drink out of streams and puddles: very few of them prefer to drink water squirting from a lion's mouth. And don't listen to those paranoid freaks who think if you have a birdbath your yard will be infested with mosquitoes that are just seething with West Nile Virus and malaria. It takes weeks for mosquito eggs to become adults. If you are too lazy to freshen-up your birdbath every few days, then you probably deserve a case of malaria.
In the warmer months a hummingbird feeder is fun to watch. I've been feeding hummingbirds since the beginning of time and no matter when a hummer visits my feeder, I stop what I'm doing and stare in amazement. The only food you need is a cup of water (preferably not from Fenway), a quarter cup of sugar and you are good to go.
A real wicked cheap way to attract birds in the spring is to put out nesting material. An old onion bag filled with short bits of string, yarn, or pet fur can be a magnet for birds looking for low-cost building material. Also, robins, swallows and phoebes all need a source of fresh mud to build their sturdy nests with. A simple mud puddle is a great way to draw those birds to your yard. The robins love our house. We simply open the windows to the kids' bedrooms and they find all the mud they need. And don't forget nest boxes. A basic wooden birdhouse will keep birds returning year after year, without any further investment, except for constant rate increases from the cable company.
Yes, Carla, it looks as though a bag of birdseed is going to cost a buck or two more this year than it did last year. If you don't feel like dishing out the extra cash, a few of the above suggestions will keep birds coming to your yard without costing you much at all. Although, even when seed prices are up, watching birds at a feeder is still a cheap source of entertainment. It's certainly cheaper than buying a bottle of water at Fenway Park. You could feed every bird in town for the price of one of those.
Mike O'Connor is the owner of the Bird Watcher's General Store on Cape Cod, which opened in 1983 as one of the first stores in the United States dedictaed solely to birding. His column, Ask the Bird Folks, appears weekly in The Cape Codder, The Register, The Harwich Oracle, and The Upper Cape Codder newspapers, and his writing was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. Copyright 2007 by Mike O'Connor. All Rights Reserved. http://www.BirdWatchersGeneralStore.com
Oh Behave, Kitty!
the feline facts. Cats put the C in clever, the A in attitude,
the T in tenacious, and the S in "so what." Don't expect
them to apologize or to grovel leave that to those gotta-please
dogs. Cats pride themselves on being candid about what they want
when they want it.
The Need to Knead
Q. Whenever I'm sitting down, my cat will climb into my lap, circle around, plop down and busily start to push her paws and claws up and down on my legs. Why does she do this?
A. The feline ritual of rhythmically
pumping their paws up and down begins at birth. Newborns push
their paws around their mothers' nipples while they suckle to
hasten the flow of milk. Even after they are weaned, kittens
remember the happy feeling of a full belly that came with kneading
Can't Stay Away
Q. My two cats often avoid visitors who want to pet them, but will always march right over to my friend who has terrible allergies! Why do cats seem to make a beeline for the one person who wants to stay away from them?
A. While some people enjoy
being rushed by admirers, cats exhibit their own brand of class.
Anything that moves quickly toward them is likely to be regarded
as a threat. So even if your Aunt Lilly simply adores your Persian
and wants to smother her in lipstick-coated kisses, your cat
wants no part of such overwhelming attention and flees the scene.
Dead Bird on My Bed!
Q. My cat, Lucy, uses the doggy door to go into our fenced backyard. We have a bird feeder out there, and every once in a while, I discover a dead bird on my pillow. I almost faint at the sight. I want to scold Lucy, but she looks at me with such pride. Why is she doing this?
A. Cats have novel ways of
showing that they love us and that they are worthy hunters. My
cat, Callie, once presented me with a huge dead rat like
you, I almost fainted. Whether these "gifts" are dead
birds, rats or crickets, our cats are displaying their hunting
instincts. We may keep their bowls full, but our domesticated
cats are not hunting out of hunger.
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