Documentary Spotlights Plight of Mexican Dogs

Critter News

Macho culture, argues {Dallas-based director Bill} Buchanan, goes some way to explaining why Mexicans are so reluctant to sterilize their male dogs. This sounds like it would be very difficult to watch. It's called "Companions to None (Companeros de Nadie)." The hourlong film is an unflinching commentary on the overpopulation of stray dogs in Mexico, who even outnumber us humans in some regions.

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Physicians Committee Accuses University of Washington of Cruelty to Ferrets

Critter News

The UW is "using an educational method that, in our view, is not justifiable," said Dr. John Pippin, a Dallas cardiologist who helped write the complaint. I live in Seattle and I am always skeptical of how the UW treats its lab animals. I had never heard of the use of ferrets in medical research though. News to me. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claims these are unnecessary procedures, even though the ferrets are apparently anesthesized during the process.

Downy Woodpeckers at the nest

10,000 Birds

I was flummoxed during a recent trip to Dallas as my company had changed our hotel and I had no idea where I was. The hotel was on Midway Road in Dallas, with no eBird hotspots easily reachable on foot or by public transport, so I wandered south towards the 635. Public transport from that part of town went nowhere near anywhere I wanted to be, so I slept in and took a mid-morning stroll around the neighbourhood.

Pet Safety During Home Improvements

4 The Love Of Animals

She lives in Dallas. Simple tips to keep pets happy and safe while you work. Infants and pets can present an interesting challenge when you want to get some repairs or remodeling done around the house and the dangers aren’t always obvious. Here are a few potential issues to look out for, and what you can do about them. Get your pet to safety before starting work. The very best way to keep pets safe during home improvement is to get them out of the house before you start working.

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Lovely Cozy Spaces for Our Furry Friends

4 The Love Of Animals

Traditional Home Office by Dallas Media And Blogs Sarah Greenman. Give your bona fide, furry members of the family an integrated cozy and stylish space of their own in your home. More and more families nowadays keep their furry friends indoors. If your family is thinking of remodeling your home to integrate your pets’ living quarters, make sure that their sleeping quarters are as cozy (and stylish) as yours! Here are a few ideas that might work in your home: Shared Bedroom.

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Hagerman NWR: Birding Amidst Oil Wells

10,000 Birds

I recently traveled to Texas and made a trip to Hagerman NWR (an “Honorable Mention”), which is north of Dallas. Last year, I compiled a subjective list of the Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding.

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Fur Free Fashion Show Winners Announced

Critter News

Third Place (The Student Award): Kyle Ramirez, a design student at The Art Institute of Dallas, for his “Cotton Candy Dress” that creates the illusion of something “soft and weightless like fur and cotton candy” but uses cascading ruffles, antiqued satin fabric, artificial flowers and beads, to achieve that illusion. Received this press release yesterday.

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Bird TV — The Next Big Things

10,000 Birds

With Dallas and Dark Shadows getting reboots, and whatever this is existing, why shouldn’t one of our seemingly infinite cable channels take a flyer on a soapy show featuring the lives and loves of the Anatidae? I forgot to set my TiVo! I have to admit that I feel like Duck Dynasty is a tremendous missed opportunity. Oh, not in terms of the characters or storylines — my opinions about those are not entirely germane to this site. In terms of the title.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

10,000 Birds

His parents moved where opportunity beckoned, taking him from San Angelo, Texas, to Columbus, New Mexico, then to Dallas, and finally on to California. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. She also has an abiding interest in important figures in natural history. She’s already written about Rachel Carson: Secret Birder.

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Book: Scent of the Missing

4 The Love Of Animals

Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love & Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog, works as a handler with her partner, a Golden Retriever named Puzzle, for the Metro Area Rescue K9 unit in Dallas, Texas, a volunteer canine search-and-rescue (SAR) team responding to local, state, and national search and recovery cases. I recently got a chance to read a book called Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog. Wow, and wow.

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Water Worries—How We're Drugging Other Species

Animal Ethics

Orlando; Dallas; and Phoenix have tested positive for an array of pharmaceuticals — analgesics, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-hypertension drugs and anti-seizure medications. People used to worry that water fluoridation programs were part of a Communist plot. Today, people have to worry about much more than fluoride in their water.

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Lost Among the Birds: A Review of a Big Year Book

10,000 Birds

Thinking that the Curlew Sandpiper is apt to leave sooner, he flies to Massachusetts and ends up not seeing neither bird—the Curlew is gone and the booby is sent to rehab, a fact Hayward finds out only after the plane, the one to Dallas, has landed. I’m not always a Big Year groupie, and it took me a while to start following Neil Hayward’s Accidental Big Year.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Jean Kazez Dallas, Nov. To the Editor: Re “ Animal, Vegetable, Miserable ,” by Gary Steiner (Op-Ed, Nov. 22): Mr. Steiner might feel less lonely as an ethical vegan—he says he has just five vegan friends—if he recognized that he has allies in mere vegetarians (like me), ethical omnivores and even carnivores. Some of us agree with his outlook, but just don’t have the fortitude to make every sacrifice he makes.

Bird Song and Parallel Evolution: learning from our feathered friends

10,000 Birds

If a hatchling is raised in the region in which a dialect other than that of its parents is used, it will develop its genetically determined and undifferentiated template into the dialect used in the area to which it is moved, just like a French infant conceived of French-speaking humans in Paris but raised by Americans in Dallas, Texas will speak English.

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Birding Morelia

10,000 Birds

One of the advantages of Morelia as a birding/tourist destination is that we receive direct flights from Houston on United, Dallas/Fort Worth on American, and Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose (California), and Chicago/Midway on the Mexican carrier Volaris. If you are like me, you can get a fair amount of birding done while traveling with your non-birder spouse… as long as you make sure you visit places with lots of other interesting activities, to keep that spouse happy.

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New Holland Brewing: The Poet

10,000 Birds

Less admirable, perhaps, is a new offering from Dallas brewery Noble Rey Brewing Company. This isn’t the Hallowe’en beer review I expected to write. I really had my heart set on finding some bird-related pumpkin beer this week, but I struck out at the distributor (I know Elysian Brewing Company’s fall seasonal Night Owl Pumpkin Ale has a Great Horned Owl on the label, but I couldn’t find any).

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