2017 Tournament of Tails

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Playing off the popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Petplan’s Tournament of Tails features adoptable pets from 32 shelters across the country vying for the crown of top dog or cat. More importantly, the tournament brings much-needed awareness for … Continue reading → cats dogs people helping animals

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Big Cat Week 2017 on Nat Geo Wild!

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It’s that time of the year again! Big cats are taking over Nat Geo WILD starting on Monday Feb. 20 at 9/8c. Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, which aims to halt the decline of … Continue reading → cats

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12 Reasons Why Dogs Help With Depression and Anxiety

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The World Health Organization declared April 7th, 2017 as World Health Day, a day focusing on mental health, but it’s also a year-long campaign which aims to educate, raise awareness and help people suffering from mental illness. Depression, Anxiety, and … Continue reading →

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2017 Bird Images

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For the last several years, I have produced a small run of calendars for my fiends and family. The best 12 images of the previous year. As simple as that might sound, over the course of a full year, I will shoot more than 20,000 photos, While that seems like a lot, it works out to about 400 per weekend, if I were to be in the field 50 of 52 weekends of the year. Some of the locations I shoot at, 400 is a quiet day.

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My Birding Goals for 2017

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Here’s hoping that 2017 is a much better year than 2016! Birding 2017Thank all that is good and holy in the world that the abomination that was 2016 is finally in the books. I know I will be doing my best to make it so, especially from a birding perspective. In order to keep my nose to the grindstone (eyes to the binoculars?) I am setting some goals for myself here. Will I achieve them? Who knows?

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First Phoebe of 2017

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I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2017 this morning, 12 March, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, thus kicking off spring for myself over a week early. As I have for the last several years, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2017? 2017 – 12 March.

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Jochen’s 2017 year list

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Therefore, this year’s goal is simple: In 2017, I want to enjoy birds as much as possible. Birding 2017 year listYes, here it is, another attempt at keeping a year list. I started keeping year lists – not just blogging about them but really keeping track of what I see each year – as late as 2012, roughly 30 years into my birding career.

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A Microchip Miracle: The Gift of Reunion

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Like so many of us who share our lives with a beloved dog, we had our dog Teddy microchipped when he became a permanent family member after a short foster period. And although life is fickle, and nothing we do … Continue reading → guest post pet care pet stories

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2017)

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Happy New Year! Now that the odometer on year lists has rolled back to zero, you’re probably eagerly looking forward to beginning the bird hunt anew. But take a moment first to appreciate your final sightings of the year gone by. A confluence of injury, illness, and arctic air conspired to keep me indoors for most of the weekend, with little more than Black-capped Chickadees to observe. Corey did not see many birds this weekend but he saw a few good ones.

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12 interesting facts about cats that you might not know

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Cats, along with dogs, are the most popular pet in the world. And it’s no wonder – these adorable, cuddly creatures are great at winning over our hearts. But even if we think we know them in detail, there are … Continue reading → cats guest post

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Tips for Birding Costa Rica in October, 2017

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eBird your sightings : Always a worthwhile endeavor but especially for folks like me who want to identify more than 700 species during 2017. The tenth month of the year isn’t one that is commonly associated with birding in Costa Rica but no matter, it should be. Those with binoculars who visit now will still lays eyes on lots of birds.

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Arthur The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

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I was provided a copy of the book Arthur for my review, and the publisher is providing copies for our giveaway. Do you remember the news story not so long ago about a plucky little dog who joined a team … Continue reading → books dogs giveaways

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House Cats and Big Cats Differ in Size, But That’s About It

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Written by Suzanne Redfearn for Nat Geo WILD and USA Today Article originally appeared in a special edition of USA Today for Nat Geo WILD Did you know that there are very few differences between your house cat and endangered … Continue reading →

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Cooking With Cats Coloring Book (and a giveaway)

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Do you love cats? What about food? Do you also like to color? This book combines all of those wonderful things together for a fun coloring experience! The cats take the cake in their “food cosplay”, such as cat sushi. … Continue reading → cats

Adorable animals are sharing an important message!

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Everyone loves videos with animals being adorable and cute. Recently, the Ad Council has crafted three aww-inducing Public Service Ads (PSAs) featuring puppies, baby goats, and hedgehogs! Yes, hedgehogs (of course we had to share that one). Not only are … Continue reading → cute animals

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2017)

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Weatherwise around the world, this last weekend of September delivered a sneak preview of what each of us will likely enjoy or endure over the six months. We’re not fully into winter or summer yet, but the scent is in the air. Most of the birds you see these days, however, won’t be sticking around long, so take advantage while you can! On my nature rambles this weekend, I ran into a couple of White-crowned Sparrows.

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Tips for Birding Costa Rica in 2017

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Wishing all birders who come to Costa Rica in 2017 the best of luck, hope to meet you while watching an antswarm! Are you on your way to Costa Rica? Planning a trip for later this year? Good choice, the birding is fantastic! If not, I hope the following tips will convince you to come on down to this easy birding paradise: 100s of bird species are closer than you think. Yes, hundreds.

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It’s National Pet Month! Time to start #PetPraising

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare Company. As a #PurinaPartner I am being compensated for sharing this information. Did you know that May is National Pet Month? That’s right! An entire month to celebrate how much we … Continue reading →

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Keep your pet safe during BBQ season

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Pets can sure find themselves in a lot of trouble. Whether it’s eating a pair of socks, chewing up the furniture or leaving unwanted messes on the floor, pet parents definitely have their hands full. Warm weather on its way … Continue reading → cats dogs pet care

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2017 starts off with Black-throated Sparrows

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And so begins another New Year, another chance to start afresh. If you are the type to put together a list of resolutions, or goals, then the chance to make them a reality is upon you. I have never been much of a resolutions sort of guy, I just look back at the previous year make a mental note of what I liked, and what I didn’t. Then, I try to you avoid the bad parts. As has been our tradition, my wife and I head out to some secluded desert spot, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2017)

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We may be mere weeks away from rolling over into a new season, but the one we’re mired in may feel a lot to you like a permanent climatic moment. Worry not. This too, like everything else, will pass! Brutal cold kept me locked up, which offered a perfect opportunity to appreciate the fifty shades of Northern Cardinals hanging around my house. Seriously, cardinals are both gorgeous and interesting , but their familiarity across most of North America breeds indifference if not contempt.

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Collaborative List – May 2017

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May saw eBird’s Global Big Day, a collaborative effort that puts our humble endeavours in the shade. Our beats were out waving their binoculars around, contributing to the 50,000 checklists submitted and boosting the total which exceeded 6,500 species. It may be possible to find out how many species the beats found on the big day but, quite frankly, life is too short. Actually, I might admit to a twinge of jealousy that I didn’t get 50,000 checklists to play with.

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On the Scent of Life

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On the Scent of Life In the distance he saw it; the figure of a woman, emerging from a stand of pin oak and palmetto. He had to squint to make sure he was seeing right. Sometimes at dusk, when … Continue reading → The post On the Scent of Life appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. guest post pet stories

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Cats I’ve Known (and a giveaway)

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We had the chance to read a fun new book called Cats I’ve Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored. It is full of stories of all the cats the author has known and loved, each cat having it’s … Continue reading → books cats giveaways

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2017)

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With only a few weeks left before we turn the page on 2017, birders around the world have been burning their proverbial candles at both ends to observe as many birds as possible. Did you partake in any Christmas Bird Count excitement this weekend? I have to admit that I abstained from the CBC this year, prizing personal comfort over citizen science. Sign me up for a Memorial Day Bird Count any year!

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Collaborative List – March 2017

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79 checklists were contributed for 624 birds during March and bring the running total for 2017 to 1162. 13 Jan 2017. 20 Jan 2017. 05 Jan 2017. 01 Jan 2017. 08 Jan 2017. 01 Jan 2017. 05 Jan 2017. 15 Jan 2017. 22 Jan 2017. 07 Jan 2017. 28 Jan 2017. 01 Jan 2017. 07 Jan 2017. 28 Jan 2017. 01 Jan 2017. 27 Jan 2017. 01 Jan 2017. 08 Mar 2017. 02 Jan 2017.

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Flooding aftermath poses risks to our pets

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Petplan pet insurance staff veterinarian Kim Smyth shares important tips about the hazards that those in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey (and flood prone regions) should beware of when it comes to the health of their pets in the … Continue reading → pet care

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7 Signs Your Cat Is Sick: The Symptoms You Need to Look After

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When you own a furry feline, you’ve got a friend for life! And what’s great about owning a cat is how laid-back and relaxed they are. But the problem is that they can end up being too calm that you … Continue reading → cats guest post pet care

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Safety Tips for Keeping your Dog Warm When it’s Cold

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We love these simple and effective tips for keeping your dog warm when it’s cold. The weather is getting colder in our part of the world, and although our dogs are better at keeping warm than we humans are, there … Continue reading → dogs pet care

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How hot is too hot for pets?

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With Boynton Beach (FL) Police Department’s video saving a dog from heat stroke in a hot car has gone viral (click here to watch), Petplan pet insurance wants to remind pet owners that the heat takes its toll on our … Continue reading → cats dogs guest post pet care

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Now Casting for Finding Fido

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Let our expert, Seth Casteel, help match the perfect fur baby with you! From the producers of My Cat From Hell comes the second season of Finding Fido. Looking for dog lovers ages 18+ living in the Southern California area … Continue reading → dogs

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2017?

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If your part of the world is dealing with the levels of meteorological turmoil my part is, you’ll remember the wild weather of March 2017 for a long, long time. But even if your local breezes are balmy, let’s hope they’re blowing beautiful birds in. I can’t see myself braving this weekend’s predicted blistering cold just to admire the birds of late winter, so I’ll be watching my feeder.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2017)

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Your first weekend of spring or fall may have been uneventful in terms of birds, but pace yourself. We still have months of blissful migration ahead of us! Rochester is still wintry, but bird activity among the common species has picked up quite a bit. My best sighting was a Hairy Woodpecker puffed up to fight the cold. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one of the easiest to decide that he can remember.

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Surfing dog raises ½ MILLION dollars for charity on New Year’s Eve

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More than 250 human/animal causes benefit as Surf Dog Ricochet achieves this major fundraising milestone on New Year’s Eve! Surf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone… raising ½ million dollars! These funds have helped more … Continue reading → The post Surfing dog raises ½ MILLION dollars for charity on New Year’s Eve appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs people helping animals

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Best Friends Animal Society Opens First Pet Adoption Center in New York.

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Puppy Proofing Your Home: Everything You Should Know

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Puppies are arguably one of the cutest things on the planet, but they also come along with a great deal of intrigue that comes from a natural sense of curiosity and a sense of exploration. Just like toddlers, they’re “into” … Continue reading → dogs guest post pet care

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Burn Notice: Petplan Reveals the Three Biggest Fire Safety Mistakes Pet Parents Make

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With Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15, pet insurance provider says failures in prevention and planning put pets’ health in peril Having a pet can be a real learning curve, but there’s one aspect of pet parenthood that leaves … Continue reading → cats dogs guest post pet care

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First Bird of the Year, 2017

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It’s 2017! Birding 2017 first bird of the yearWhat was your first bird of the year? Share it, and the story, in the comment section. Hopefully, it was a good one!

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Panama Trip Report: April 2017

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Can a family-focused trip—even to one of the world’s most biodiverse countries—deliver enough opportunities for avian observation to satisfy this serious world birder? If you have kids, you’re probably as curious as I was. The short answer, I’m happy to report, is a resounding yes. With enough planning, you can enjoy a family-friendly, bird-rich vacation in the Panama Canal zone. LODGING. Once you’ve chosen a destination, deciding where to stay tops the list of critical decisions.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of January 2017)

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The year 2016 is done and gone and 2017 beckons us onward, bright and new and shiny, hopefully full of birds. Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful 2017, full of amazing birds and experiences. As birders we love the turn of the calendar as it allows us to start a new year list and take stock of the previous year’s sightings, twitches, dips, and photos.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2017?

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Oh, to be birding at Shark Bay in Australia. Mid-June causes confusion in the United States, in that summer hasn’t officially started but life post-Memorial Day definitely carries that summer feeling, Except, of course, that some parts of the country have been downright chilly. What season are we in right now? Conditions vary wherever you are, but take comfort in the fact that birds hang around whatever the season.

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Pets and hot cars: What you need to know

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It doesn’t take much time for a car to get hot enough to cause serious harm, or even death, to a pet. Did you know researches have found that close to 80% of temperature increase in vehicles happens within the … Continue reading →

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of December 2017?

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Don’t panic yet, but do plan for how you’ll spend the rest of 2017 making this birding year one to remember. At last, we flip to the final page of our antiquated paper calendars and are forced to confront the painful but inevitable reality: we only have one more month to pad our year lists! The denouement starts this weekend. I’ve dipped on a few fancy species recently, so I’ll be watching the wires for their potential return.

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