The Turkish Van is famed as the "swimming cat", one of the few felines that actually embraces water. It's also a symbol of the Kurdish people, found in art and culture dating back to the 16th century. However, as the indigenous Kurds were persecuted by the Turkish Republic, so were their beloved cats. Turkish Vans were targeted for extermina...Read More
Cats are extremely intelligent, small in size and clean freaks. Cats also serve as therapeutic remedies for many people in many ways.
That sweet, curled up, 6 lbs of fur known as kitty can be one of the greatest forms of therapy for many people. According to the Society of Companion Animal Studies, people who interact with anima...Read More
A few days ago, a stray calico cat was found on Govenors' Island in the New York Bay. This would not be particularly remarkable, but for the fact that she was covered in salt water and seaweed, evidence that she'd swam to the island. Very few cats can abide water, and even the rare swimming breeds like the Turkish Van haven't been kn...Read More
Molly is a little bit of everything. She's got the black tongue and curled tail of a Chow, her head looks like a lab, she's got floppy long ears and weighs 35 lbs. She's just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I first met Molly while I was walking Hannah. She came running over and followed ...Read More
African grey parrots are popular for their friendly nature and speech-mimicking abilities. However, their abilities go far beyond copying what they hear. The African grey is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, and their walnut-sized brains have cognitive abilities closer to humans than other birds. This was proven to the world by ...Read More
Goats make great pets and George was no exception. He was an imp of an old goat with arthritic legs that moved in every direction and he would push any one he could. He opened the stall doors and ate the hay though he had access to the hay stall. When the sun was out he would bask motionless for hours.
Rescued from a farm where he was m...Read More
Many people own service dogs, and most of them are legitimately disabled. The use of service animals is a necessary boon for people, as they can perform functions ranging from fetching medication in emergencies to altering the hearing-impaired to alarms. However, service animals are not always recognized by establishments like restaurants and ap...Read More
Cats are notorious for their fervent hatred of water, but this trait isn't exclusive to all breeds. The Turkish Van is a type of cat that has become famous for its ability not only to swim in water, but to actively seek it. But unlike many breeds, the Turkish Van is not the result of domestic breeding, but a naturally occurring cat tha...Read More
Junie Watching The Parade
Finally! It's been a long time coming. After the fire, mom had a laptop she was working from, but she hated working with the touch pad. She didn't blog any more than the bare minimum.
All is better now. Mom and Dad bought a mobile hom...Read More
Cats 101 is an hour-long documentary show on the Animal Planet that features exactly what the title suggests-- basic information on cat breeds. Each episode spotlights a few select breeds, and discusses their characteristics (including the specific categories of grooming requirements, health, and family compatibility). Footage of the cats being ...Read More
There is just no getting around the fact that most of us must leave the comfort of our homes, along with our pets, to go to work everyday. This often causes separation anxiety, both for the pet owner and the pet. Do you sit at work all day wondering what your pet is up to? Do you worry that he/she is lonely, or getting into mischief, or even s...Read More
For every story about how horrible human beings can be, there's a story about the courage and loyalty of dogs. The story of Tyler Jacobson, a 22-month old child from South Carolina, contains both.
Tyler became lost in the woods when he wandered away from home, unbeknownst to his mother and her boyfriend. They eventually reported him missi...Read More
When our dog died, we chose not to keep her remains as displaying a conventional urn would be depressing and focus on the loss. Looking at photos was comforting, which inspired me, a mosaic artist, to develope a process of incorporating a photo montage into a beautiful mosaic design to transform an urn into a personal and uplifting piece of ar...Read More
One of the most striking of all cat breeds is the Savannah, a breed that's only been around for a few decades. Savannahs are very large cats, reaching up to 42 inches long and 18 inches tall. This is not ordinary for domestic cats, but the heritage of the Savannah is only part domestic. The other half of their genes comes from the serval, a ...Read More