Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bucking Bred Cow

Emotional support animals can do wonders for anyone challenged by living with chronic illness. This is related but a bit different than using a trained service animal. I have both types of assistance animals so I will try to make the difference clear. People with physical or mental disability may find a service animal can perform activities of daily living (ADLs) or assist with expanding mobility. For example, my service beagle Maile helps me walk by pulling me, over riding the neurological disconnect that prevents me from ambulating with a normal gait. This is one of the requirements for qualifications a service animal. The animal must be trained to perform a task or work to assist the individual in some way.

In the case of emotional support animals, the role of the animal is different. Here, the animal is used to satisfy emotional needs counteracting the isolation and resulting depression that frequently accompany illness. My more unusual emotional support animal is a bucking bred cow named Red Baroness. She gives me a reason to get up and get going every day. She depends on me for care. this keeps me active, gives me exercise and gets me out of doors in all seasons.

I can interact, love, and experience physical contact with Red Baroness without any conditions attached. she accepts me as I am, disabled, but still needing regular interaction with other living things. Though I have lost many of my capabilities, I am still valuable in her eyes as a caregiver and companion. This gives me purpose and a sense of being needed.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Angel Fish

Angel fish are beautiful, and one is tempted to want to include them in their home aquarium, but you must be committed to care for their special needs.

Angel Fish occupy almost any position in the aquarium, yet they seem to enjoy standing still for quite a while defying gravity, but can dart away from the stance with very great speed if aroused. While they eat flakes easily, you must provide a mixture of diet including live food. Please note that these fish will keep on eating until they start suffering from being overfed, then they go off food, (hunger strike) and its difficult to get them eating again , example,they starve themselves to death.

Suitable fish that are compatible for your aquarium are Silver Dollars, Silver Tips, Rainbows and Clown Loaches. With proper tank maintenance,Angels will live for years. In the rivers Angles hide between broad leaves and twigs and it is a good idea to include live plants in the aquarium for they comfort, also include a piece of slate or broad log for breeding if required. Breeding is reasonably easy in the aquarium, providing other fish don't eat the eggs, or finally the young fries.

The female choose her mate who accompanies her for a while, and when she is ready to lay her eggs she cleans the area, deposit the eggs, and both parents fan the water around them to ensure proper circulation. After about two days the little ones are hatched, and they survive by eating the remainder of their yoke sac. After one week they will be swimming about and can be fed with Brine Shrimp.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Environment Iguanas Really Love

Iguanas are crucial to survive extinction, as it is part of the eco-system. Without the iguanas, the balance of ecosystem may be damaged. That is why we, as more intelligent creations must help to preserve them. In preserving these animals, people need to know the appropriate ecological atmosphere for the iguanas.

However, replicating ecological condition for the iguanas in captivity is a very challenging task. Iguanas are very dependent on their surroundings in terms of temperature as to their body heat and food supply as to the proper body chemistry and metabolism.

Iguanas inhabit the forests of Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. They inhabit trees growing near bodies of water in the deep jungle. They prefer adjacent to water sources as a form of defense from predators. There, they can be seen basking on large horizontal tree limbs or feeding amount the foliage. Iguanas are intensely territorial so no more than a single large male will be found in a specific area encompassing about a quarter to a half-acre in size. In captivity, cage size is often not much longer than 1.5 times the iguana's length. This exemplifies how adaptable these creatures really are.

The natural habitat for iguanas is warm and humid. It is very important their artificial homes must be near to the real life condition of their habitat in terms of heat and humidity. Failure to do so might make them sick or die.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Exotic Pet Corn Snake Care Sheet

An active corn snake will eat every 10 days or so. It is recommended to feed your corn snake pre killed prey, especially if the snake has not been raised on live prey. A live prey may also turn on and attack a lazy snake that isn't feeling too hungry and possibly causing severe harm to your pet corn snake.

When to feed a corn snake and how much
Hatchlings are started out with pinkie mice for feedings and as the snake grows, gradually increase the size of the prey by offering fuzzies, crews, then small adult mice or rat pinkies.

A young hatchling will eat a pinkie mice every three days or so. Gradually, as hatchling gets bigger; feed it every four, five or six days. Around the time it is getting out to six days, it will be swallowing down a pinkie in next to no time, so try it with another one just as the tail of the first one disappears. If it takes two pinkies ok, continue with this for two or three more feedings and then offer it one fuzzy instead of the two pinkies. It might look too large for you, but if the snake can swallow it without difficulty, it is not too big. If you feed too much at one feeding session, or feed a prey item that is too big, your snake won't swallow it and will spit it out after trying. A general rule for food size is that up to 11D2 the snake's body girth is acceptable.

After a several more weeks of one fuzzy, repeat the process you did with pinkies. When your corn snake swallows a fuzzy easily, then try to feed it with two. And after a few feedings with two fuzzies, try it with small adult mice. A full grown Corn snake can eat a medium to large mouse.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sponsors The Worlds Football Teams

Born to a worker in a shoe factory, Rudolph Dassler and Adolf Dassler were brothers with big dreams in a war ravaged Germany. Wanting to do their part for the fatherland, both brothers served their time in the army and found a small shoe factory in the back of their house in their mother's laundry. In the 1936 Olympic Games, Adolf Dassler drove to the Olympic Village and persuaded American super star sprinter Jesse Owens to put spikes on the bottom of his shoes. After Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals, the success story of the Dassler shoes become a global phenomenon.

But their success was short lived. Before the fall of Germany, tension was rife between the two brothers and after Rudi Dassler was captured, both brothers had split for good. Adi Dassler set up his company and named it Adidas, the second largest shoe manufacturing company in the world, and Rudi names his RuDa.

Later that year Ruda changed name to PUMA, and sponsored many footballers of Germany's national football team. So much so, that the scorer of Germany's first post war goal was wearing PUMA boots. Over the years, Rudi's expertise and willingness to work aid off great dividends and soon the world was wearing PUMA shoes. Football star Pele, stopped the final minutes of the 1970 FIFA world cup to tie his shoelaces thus giving the world precious minutes of his PUMA boots. These days, Puma sponsors half of the world's football teams, tons of players worldwide and sponsors a myriad of other sports and players. PUMA also specialises in creating sports apparel – football apparel, jump suits and track suits. You can find out more about nike and puma shoes at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rose Breasted Grosbeak Bird

What a surprise to have two male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak birds on our bird feeder in the month of May. Then to our amazement we had three females appear! These birds are neo-tropical migrants. They spend the winter months in an area from central Mexico to northern South America. In May, they return to the North American continent and take up residence in the northeastern United States and southern Canada. Their habitat is shrubbery, woodlands, and brushy stream areas adjacent to open fields. The male birds arrive before the females, select a nesting territory, and begin singing to attract a prospective mate.
The male bird is a proud and devout family man. He helps build the nest of twigs and grasses usually in a small tree or bush five to fifty feet high. The nest appears as a flimsy constructed saucer. He also takes his turn incubating the eggs. The female Grosbeak lays three to five light green eggs with brown spots. Incubation time for the eggs is thirteen to fourteen days. He sits on the nest from morning to afternoon, while the female gets the night shift. After hatching,the baby birds leave the nest in nine to twelve days. The male bird is so happy to be included in the family chores that he even sings while on the bird nest. Both the male and female birds sing; their songs very similar to a robin. Rose Breasted Grosbeaks often sing from the treetops in their loud, clear song. It is richer and a more melodious version of the lengthly sing-song of the robin. The notes are sweeter and they have more slurred whistles.

Best Pet Bird

Depending on what you want, a bird may be the perfect pet for you. Birds require some care of course but not so much as other pets that you might have. Some of the best pet birds are the smaller variety, such as finches, parakeets or canaries, although they do require a bit more attention to their climate and surroundings they are essentially self caring birds so long as they are fed and watered and cared for health wise, and they tend to be pleasant companions.

These types of birds can easily be taught to talk to you if you have the time to spend with them. They are easily cared for, require some attention to detail but can spend some time alone if you are someone who is gone a great deal of time during the day.

Medium sized birds that might be on your list of the best pet birds, depending on the time you have to care for them are the Lorikeet, peach faced love bird, cockatiel, African Grey Parrots, or one of the other medium sized parrots. These too require minimal care, other than climate, health and regular feeding and watering, however they can be taught tricks or to talk if you have more time to spend with them.