RIP Charlotte

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That's her picture at the top. No more blogging today

Royal Shags and Tricky Parakeets: Birding Queen Charlotte Sound

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So early in the morning we left Picton and headed out along Queen Charlotte Sound, getting the general tour and occasionally stopping to look at whatever we found. As I said last week , I’ve decided to try and knock off a few of the New Zealand endemics and specialities that I haven’t seen before over the coming year, and the first place that sprung to mind was pretty close, just across the Cook Strait in the Marlborough Sounds.

Charlotte Is Going to Get You!

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The old cat with the collapsed lung is as ornery as ever! What is she planning now

New Year, Old Cat

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So, Charlotte the Cat Queen is an ongoing saga. Tags: Charlotte In 2007, she was diagnosed with pyothorax and was hospitalized for almost a week. Then in April 2008, we were told she had terminal cancer. So we waited for her to die for about 8 months. In December, she had serious trouble breathing so we rushed her to the emergency vet again. They determined that she was not terminal because 1) she was still alive and 2) she had no weight loss.

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Thanks to Everyone

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Thanks to everyone who has sent us condolences about Her Majesty Charlotte the cranky cat who has returned to the circle of life. I can honestly say that if it weren't for Charlotte, there would be no Critter News and I would still be eating the big burger at Kid Valley. She was one hell of a cat

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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From, THE CRITTER NEWS TEAM (aka Anna, Patrick, Charlotte, Sonia, Jennie, Cleo, Chay, Doris, Heidi, and Lou Many wishes for a joyful, successful and animal-friendly 2009!

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Preparing for the End

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I read this when I thought Charlotte's time was short. This is a really good web page about what happens when your cat is reaching the end of their days. Very informative.

Alley Cat Allies Wins Recognition for Financial Efficiency

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We've been supporters of Alley Cat Allies for years, ever since we rescued a feral cat colony living in our apartment building's parking lot 14 years ago (5 of those clowns are aging nicely with us with us now.including Charlotte who's on the masthead).

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How Much is Your Animal Worth?

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I measure our cat Charlotte (pictured above in the masthead) in 42" HDTV's. Here is an article about the high cost of vet care and the ethical questions of how much do you spend. She's at about 3 at the moment. Maybe 4 with all the meds and followup visits. Do you ask the vet to euthanize the animal? Do you pay for the cat's medical treatment? If you decide to treat the cat, how much are you willing to pay? 5,000? Whatever it takes? No more HDTV's for her

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Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead?

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Heck, even my cats visibly missed old Charlotte who died last August. A couple of studies imply that chimpanzees may mourn their dead. I believe they do. I believe that great apes do have that capacity. I've read of the mountain gorillas in Virunga grieving over the loss of a silverback. If you jump to the comments at the bottom, people took issue with the implication at the end of the article that Jane Goodall would somehow question this grieving behavior.

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1,200+ Canines Don Tiaras & ‘Tails’ This Week for Doggy Proms

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Doggy proms will be held throughout the week at Best Friends Pet Care centers in the Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, San Diego and Houston metro areas, across Connecticut and New Jersey, and in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charlotte and at Best Friends Pet Care center at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s prom season for teens everywhere — and that includes the canine kind!

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Dublin Dog Foundation Update

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. The 2009 Let Freedom Bark charity ride from Charlotte, N.C. Founded in 2007 in Charlotte, N.C., What an awesome update to find in our email box today! The Dublin Dog Foundation Successfully Completes 2009 Let Freedom Bark Ride; Exceeds Fundraising Goals. The Dublin Dog Foundation Awards Funds to Canine Assistants. to sponsor a service dog for North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Patient.

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Scotch Fur Fighter

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As a long-time pet owner, I understand the frustration of constantly cleaning fur off the floor,” said Charlotte Reed, pet trend and lifestyle expert. Attention pet owners with pets that shed! You have found your new best friend! The Scotch Fur Fighter Pet Hair Sweeper is designed to help you keep your hard surfaces free from pet hair. We got to try one out, and loved it! It even picked up my pesky hair (I shed way more than our dog does)!

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Dublin Dog Foundation (giveaway)

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Kicking off on the 4th of July, the 2009 Let Freedom Bark Ride will be a 24 hour-a-day, 400 mile charity ride on the official Dublin Dog Dream Bike and Sidecar from Charlotte, N.C., Founded in 2007 in Charlotte, N.C., The Dublin Dog Foundation, the non-profit branch of Dublin Dog Co.,

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Pet Paradise Resort to donate ALL pet hair clippings

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Pet Paradise was formed in 2002 and currently has 13 facilities in operation of which nine are located throughout Florida; two are in Houston, and one each in New Orleans and Charlotte. We sure love to share great press releases like this one! Did you know that pet hair clippings (and human hair too) can be used to help clean up oil? Read on to learn what Pet Paradise is going to do to help with the massive oil spill.

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The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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The return home included a total of 5 ½ hours of flight delays, one missed flight, and we subsequently missed the entire town of Charlotte, North Carolina. We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. We did however gain an extra night, at our expense in Miami, Florida, all of which was in the dark, so I could not even run out and put a couple of birds on a Florida State List.

I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Turkey Vulture Wing Tagging – Charlotte Wasylik, Prairie Birder. Turkey Vultures Galore – Charlotte Wasylik, Prairie Birder. That vultures get a bad rap is something of a given. There’s no getting around the fact that they’re weird looking. Birds are supposed to have feathers and birds without feathers look incomplete, like they left home with shaving cream on their ear and toothpaste spots on their shirt.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier. Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier. Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier. Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier. Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier. They came home exhausted.

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Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

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Last year, beginning about Halloween, thousands of juvenile auklets started washing ashore dead from California’s Farallon Islands to Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) off central British Columbia. I was going to have something for you this month about the dinosaur-bird thing, but I never got to it. The gallery at Analiese Miller’s site with her Sax Zim shots. Then, I was hoping to write a post about Sax-Zim — do you know what that is?

The Kite Run

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They are rather common in the lower coastal plain, but stake out colonies in the older neighborhoods of larger cities like Charlotte and Greensboro. To say that my birding has been limited this year is an understatement. My spring and early summer were sucked away from me by the work involved in producing a new field guide to the Carolinas.

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I and the Bird: What is an Ibis?

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Early Morning Bird Walk – Charlotte Wasylik, Prairie Birder. You may not realize it when you look at those bizarre looking waders with the massive bills and the vacant expression, but you’re looking at a group of birds that has inspired humankind for literal centuries. There are only a few birds for whom their names have changed little since the dawn of the written alphabet itself, but ibis, named by the Greeks a few thousand years before, is one of them.

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Week 8: Wrapping up the South Island, and more!

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Our last day on the South Island was in Picton, where we were to catch the Blue-Bridge Ferry out through Queen Charlotte Inlet, and across Cook Straight to Wellington. Our trip thru the South Island of New Zealand, is coming to a close, and in finishing the trip, we complete a “figure 8” pattern. Christchurch, south west to Te Anu, south to Bluff, east along the coast to Moraki, then turn north west to Franz Joseph (Glacier) and the Pancake Rocks.

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Collaborative List – November 2019

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Despite last month being a record month by every measure we could think of, the cumulative total for the year had barely scraped past 2,400. I approached The Management to seek their opinion. Something needed to be done. Somebody had to take one for the team.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

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A lost pit bull mutt broke up an attempted mugging of a woman leaving a playground with her son in Port Charlotte, Florida. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes.

The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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The population is approximately 105,000 and the capital is Charlotte Amalie on St. I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. That post led to a spirited discussion on the ABA Facebook page. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should be added to the ABA Area. # # #.

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Escape to the Sounds

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This scraggly collection of islands and deep long bays forms the tip of South Island closest to to North Island, but till this point my only experience of the area had been the long passage down Queen Charlotte Sound to reach the ferry terminal of Picton. Lochmara Bay with Queen Charlotte Sound in the background.

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