An Ohio Army veteran made headlines this weekend when local officials told him to get rid of his therapy ducks.
Hold on. Therapy ducks?
Dogs once cornered the market on being therapy pets, but now bunnies, pigs – even llamas – are making their way into the laps and hearts of people with a range of conditions. But experts say some animals are more therapeutic than others.
“While we know that a wide variety of animals can be wonderful companions or pets, not every animal is suited to therapy work,” said Glen Miller, a spokesman for Pet Partners, a national nonprofit organization that trains and registers therapy animals.
Therapy pets can include “dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rats, miniature pigs, llamas, alpacas, horses, donkeys and mini-horses,” as long as they’re at least a year old and have lived with their owner for six months, according to Pet Partners. Though the organization registers “birds,” it does not register ducks, Miller said.
Pet Partners does not allow exotic or wild animals, either.
“We know many people have wonderful experiences with these animals as pets, but without research documenting their behavior over time, we cannot evaluate their predictability and reaction to stress,” the organization’s website reads.
Unlike service animals, therapy animals don’t help their owners perform tasks and are therefore not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though there are no national requirements to register therapy animals, most hospitals only allow ones that have been trained, aren’t easily stressed and are covered by an insurance policy.
Click through to read about some traditional and not-so-traditional bedside creatures.
Christmas is in the air, and as diehard Canucks fans (don’t let the jokes fool you, we love this team), the only present we want would be delivered in June and weighs about 35Â¼ lbs.
But as they say, ’tis the season of giving, and as Canucks fans there are certain figures that deserve gifts, and others that deserve a swift kick in the butt.
So we here at the Legion of Blog have compiled our Nice and Naughty list and are hoping to deliver the following presents before Santa beats us to it:
Nice JOHN TORTORELLA Why: Rescued us from the deadpuck loving Alain Vigneault, and gave all media in Vancouver something to write about every single day.
What we’d put in his stocking: A golden bust of Chris Tanev’s legs, so he can go to sleep every night picturing blocked shot after blocked shot.
ELLIOT FRIEDMAN Why: Called out CBC analyst/career backup goalie Glenn Healy for being an immature dink when attacking John Tortorella.
What we’d put in his stocking: A contract to be lead analyst on “Rogers Sportsnet Presents: Rogers Hockey Night in Canada … Rogers!” CANUCKS HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER MIKE BURNSTEIN Why: With Torts’ new shotblocking initiative, this guy works harder than most keeping blue and green from being black and blue.
What we’d put in his stocking: Roll of Tensor bandage. It’s like duct tape for athletic trainers. They can never have enough.
ARTHUR GRIFFITHS Why: In the face of Milan Lucic lambasting the city of Vancouver, the ex-Canucks/Grizzlies owner jumped in the ring and defended this city’s honour. We didn’t see that coming, but were glad it did.
What we’d put in his stocking: A promise to never ever mention the name “Big Country Reeves” around him ever again. This was hard. What do you get a man who has everything? ROBERTO LUONGO Why: Handled all the Cory Schneider nonsense of the last year like a pro, and returned to the Canucks with his mind focused on winning us that big silver trophy.
What we’d put in his stocking: A photoshopped picture of Roberto Luongo with his new backup goalie: Roberto Luongo.
EDDIE LACK Why: He has quickly transitioned from a question mark in net to an emphatic exclamation mark in net. That’s a fun of way of saying he’s been pretty awesome this year.
What we’d put in his stocking: A Team Canada jersey, because even though we like the guy, he needs to support a winning team for the Olympics.
WHOEVER MADE THE DECISION TO FINALLY RETIRE PAVEL BURE’S NUMBER Why: Because Bure was the most exciting Canuck ever and this honour was long overdue.
What we’d put in his stocking: A Pavel Bure hockey card where he’s wearing #96 with a note saying “Retire in 2014?” Naughty BRAD MARCHAND Why: If he isn’t punching a Sedin in the face or low-bridging Sami Salo, he’s miming kissing his Stanley Cup ring. He is probably enemy No. 1 in B.C. right now.
What we’d put in his stocking: Cheese, because even though we dislike him, you should always feed your pet rats.
GLENN HEALY Why: Glenn Healy’s personal mission in life seems to be dedicated to finding things wrong with Vancouver.
What we’d put in his stocking: Tapes from the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals so he can see video of the players on his team who actually earned that Cup ring.
GARY BETTMAN Why: He is a mainstay on the naughty list. His inclusion provides the very foundation of the naughty list. We hate him, basically.
What we’d put in his stocking: Phoenix Coyotes attendance records, and a postcard from Quebec.
MARK MESSIER Why: Reasons to numerous to list here, if we had a three-page spread we’d get into it.
What we’d put in his stocking: It would be smelly. That’s all we’re going to say on the matter.
‘From time to time we have problems with: rats, mice; rabbits, ants, spiders, and gophers. Michael treats our house and yard monthly. This guy knows his stuff!’ – Norman M. Newbury Park, CA
(PRWEB) July 21, 2014
Not as commonly seen as many other rodents such as gophers, moles, or squirrels. Rats and mice are night crawlers. Feeling around rooms and walls with simply their whiskers as their 6th sense, making their way into attics, garages, and other inconspicuous dark cool hideouts. However, one of their favorite hideouts are trees, and overgrown shrubbery often leaning on the hosts’ residence, encouraging them to continue inwards.
According to UC Davis Integrated Pest Management Program below are a few of the ways to inspect and detect if you have a rat problem:
- Do you find rat droppings around dog or cat dishes or pet food storage containers?
- Do you hear noises coming from the attic just after dusk?
- Do you see burrows among plants or damaged vegetables when working in the garden?
- Are there smudge marks caused by the rats rubbing their fur against beams, rafters, pipes, and walls?
- Do you see burrows beneath your compost pile or beneath the garbage can?
- Are there rat or mouse droppings in your recycle bins?
Gopher Patrol has serviced and maintained rodents such as roof rats and norway rats for almost 18 years and counting. Their trained professionals will inspect and scour the property looking for any sign of the pesky, damage causing critters which have recently been found to carry the Hantavirus. Hantavirus is a fast growing severe and sometimes fatal disease currently making its way through Texas. A few ways to stay prepared and prevent the infection is sealing openings where rodents might find their way in, tightly close garbage cans and trash, as well as removing any woodpiles or brush away from home.
Rodents are a quick to spread species, so it is best to contain them at the first sighting. For a full rodent inspection, keep Gopher Patrol’s experts in mind.
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Davisburg senior Jessica Frick has an unlikely combination of pets — one cat, Eva, and two rats, Templeton and Marv.
She said she has been trying to integrate the pets so they get used to each other, but it has been difficult. Frick said she rarely leaves all three alone together for fear that her cat might kill one of the rats.
“My cat has instincts — she sees them, and I don’t think she wants to kill them,” Frick said. “I think she thinks of them as a toy.”
Templeton and Marv are the first rats Frick has ever owned. She has had gerbils and hamsters, but the rats have proved to be her favorite pets. She got them for free, and they only require $10 worth of food a month and require little maintenance, she said.
Frick said she most loves her rats’ personalities. She said they like parties and enjoy being around people.
Marv, named after the villain from “Home Alone,” got a lot of laughs when he started sniffing a candle and accidentally singed his whiskers, she said.
Frick said they are too lovable to ever be mad at, even though they did chew up her favorite sweater beyond recognition.
“When I have a bad day, I can just go home and they make me smile,” she said. “They’re so cute I don’t even remember that I’m mad, I love them so much.”
Katie Cooley said the added responsibilities of owning a dog at school have not made it any less rewarding.
The Monroe junior said she and her boyfriend made a spur-of-the-moment decision in December 2010 to get a dog, a 3-month-old black labrador named Griffey.
“We just kind of went with it and now we have a dog,” Cooley said. “It’s definitely made us closer, knowing that we have a responsibility.”
Cooley said Griffey is hilarious to watch. She said so far, the cutest thing he has done is splash and pounce in rain puddles.
She said the benefits of having a pet in college outweigh the disadvantages and it is rewarding.
“Playing with him is so much fun, you just forget about everything else,” Cooley said. “It’s definitely more responsibility, but it’s exciting.”
Come at a cost?
The costs of pet ownership are high for some, but worth it. Fort Gratiot senior Nicole Koppin said she paid $560 for a pet deposit to keep Lynx, her gray-striped cat, on a 12-month lease at Jamestown Apartments, 4075 S. Isabella Road.
“They allow us to have pets for a crazy fee,” Koppin said. “I keep telling everybody that my pet better love for me for paying that much.”
Although only a year-and-a-half old, Koppin said Lynx weighs in at 15 pounds and is almost as long as her bed when he stretches out. She said Lynx is a ball of energy, racing around the apartment at night and playfully jumping on people.
E-mail the author: Mike Nichols
Of the hundreds of people who visited Jack London Square on Saturday, many hoped to adopt a cuddly animal with soft fur, ears to scratch and a belly to rub.
Like a rat?
“No!” cried Bea Pirnia, 5, who was patting a bunny. “I just don’t want it!”
And yet, said the rat lovers who had brought cages of them to the SPCA’s huge Adopt-a-Thon in hopes of finding happy homes for the weighty rodents, what could be softer, kindlier and more attentive than a rat?
Vanilla was a case in point. Perched on the shoulder of Elsa Glembotzki, 26, a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in Clayton, Vanilla the rat crawled across Glembotzki’s neck, his naked tail trailing 10 inches and his knife-like incisors tucked demurely beneath furry cheeks. Vanilla kept his nose in constant motion, like a vibrating eraser on a tiny pencil.
“Most people don’t realize it, but you can adopt rats,” Glembotzki said. “It’s a thing! They have a bad rap, but that’s starting to dissipate.”
Some rats are heroes. In Africa, they’ve been trained to locate land mines. Too light to trigger an explosion, they have helped humans clear thousands of mines. Others sniff out tuberculosis in spit.
“Rats are awesome,” said Jenn Paz, 42, of Coastside Cavy in Pacifica, a haven for small mammals.
“We’re actually looking for a dog,” said Brandi Hallett, 28, of Richmond. But she and her sweetheart, Jack Husting, 26, were drawn to the rat cage, made homier with doll furniture by Paz and Debra Mendelsohn, whose motto at the Animal Care and Adoption Network in San Rafael is “Rats … to know ‘em is to love ‘em!”
“I take special-needs rats,” she said. “The rats that shelters would otherwise euthanize.”
Not every troubled rat may win a chance to join your family, despite rehabilitative sorcery from Mendelsohn and Paz. But some, like Tabitha, learn fast.
Neglected and unsocialized, this gray and white rattus rattus bit aggressively – which rat cognoscenti know is not typical behavior for the sleek creatures.
“She was mean,” Paz said.
So Paz took Tabitha and handled her constantly, feeding her by hand and earning her trust. Now about 8 months, Tabitha is calmer, socialized and happy to crawl between Paz’s fingers or be held in a comforting cloth bag.
“I think rats are very sweet,” said 15-year-old Katherine Madsen of Denmark, gazing at Tabitha.
Near the rats were animals once famously described as “rats with wings” by Herb Caen, the late Chronicle columnist.
“Pigeons are exploited a lot – they’re used for meat, racing, magic shows,” said Elizabeth Young of MickaCoo Pigeon Dove Rescue in San Francisco as she held Sugar, a white pigeon in a red diaper.
Sugar was born with splayed legs – spread horizontally so she couldn’t stand up, said Young, who worked with an avian vet to realign them.
“Now she’s fantastic!” Young said as the white pigeon – not a dove – strutted on her palm, ignoring the indignity of her pigeon Pampers.
Like rats, which must be adopted two at a time to avoid loneliness and misery, there are special considerations when adopting pigeons. Young doesn’t just give them away to anyone who coos appreciatively. She makes a home visit to ensure proper care.
She places about 150 birds a year, but her rescue site is always full.
It’s not known how many rats are placed in loving homes. By Saturday morning, just one family had taken a pair home.
Where to adopt
People looking to adopt rats and pigeons can call:
– Animal Care and Adoption Network, San Rafael: (415) 516-6928; www.animalcarenetwork.org
– Coastside Cavy, Pacifica: (650) 242-2096 www.coastsidecavy.org
– Rattie Ratz Rescue, Resource and Referral, Clayton: (925) 382-6138 http://www.rattieratz.com/
– MickaCoo Pigeon Dove Rescue, San Francisco: (415) 420-7204 www.pigeonrescue.org
Nanette Asimov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @NanetteAsimov
By ASHLEY SCHREYER
A snake like the Lake Hopatcong boa is no laughing matter to have as a pet, according to TJ Cheevers, owner of Nature’s Cove Pet Center in Newton.
“It’s not something that should be taken lightly,” Cheevers said. “The number one thing is common sense.”
Cheevers has been breeding large constrictors since he was 12 years old and has come to learn what is really required of a pet this large.
Aside from common sense, someone wishing to purchase a snake will most likely need a permit to legally own it. Nature’s Cove supplies customers with a temporary permit from the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, and then it is up to the owner to renew it yearly, said Justin Grindle, a store associate.
A boa constrictor, which is what reports are saying is lurking in the waters of Lake Hopatcong, is actually a family of snakes rather than a specific species, Cheevers said. While reports say the Hopatcong boa is 15 to 16 feet, a red tail boa, the most common pet boa at Nature’s Cove, has a maximum length of 10 feet, Grindle said.
While boas can be quick in the water, they prefer land.
“They’re not going to be aquatic,” Cheevers said. “They might come down to the water for a drink or a short swim, but it’s hard for them to spend time in the water.”
Reticulated pythons, similar in markings to the red tail boa, can reach a maximum length of 32 feet, Grindle said, and are the longest snake in the world. Mongo, the store’s resident reticulated python, is 5 years old and 16 feet in length. Mongo eats a meal of four large rats once a month, Grindle said.
While the reticulated python can grow the longest, the immense girth of the green anaconda makes it the largest snake in the world, according to National Geographic, weighing up to 550 pounds with a diameter of 12 inches.
“They are cumbersome on land, but stealthy and sleek in the water,” National Geographic reports. Green and yellow anacondas, however, are not allowed to be possessed or sold in New Jersey.
If the snake in the lake is a house pet set free, Cheevers said there is a simple alternative to releasing it into the community.
“They can come straight to me,” Cheevers said. “I’ll find it a home.”
Grindle said the snake will most likely be spotted on rocks early in the morning.
“They have no internal body temperature regulation,” Grindle said, “so they need the sun to bask.”
Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Penguin, Rs 299
Ruskin Bond’s ‘Maharani’ is both breezy and bewitching, says Jaskiran Chopra
A novel is not the usual form which Ruskin Bond chooses to indulge in. Short stories, memoirs and novellas are his comfort zones. But after reading Maharani, the author’s latest novel (or should we call this a Novella too?), one wonders as to why he did not write many more — short, pithy, amazing and full of little twists and turns that keep one gripped to the story.
This novel, partly autobiographical, is a light-hearted look at the life of a wicked Maharani whom the author met long ago in Mussoorie and with whom he had old acquaintance going back to their boarding school days. She is the “Maharani of Mastipur”, a widow with two reckless sons whom she does not care for much. Her goal in life is to enjoy herself while making everyone unhappy and uncomfortable. A candid tale emerges in which the author is a character himself, a kind of anchor to whom the terrible Maharani turns in times of trouble. He hardly ever approves of what she does but for old time’s sake, he tolerates most of her wickedness. He is the narrator and also one of the characters and this dual role makes the book many-layered and enjoyably multi-dimensional.
By Bond’s standards, the book is quite naughty in places. In fact, while working on this book, he told this reviewer last year that as he was proceeding with the story, the Maharani was “getting more and more wicked. I will have to stop her or my book will be banned”.
Naughty and wicked the Maharani surely is. Constantly drunk, always looking for a new lover and treating life as a long, never-ending party, she is least bothered about emotions, sentiments or nostalgia. She is extremely gutsy, sensual and physical, living only for the pleasures of the body.
Describing scenes of sexual intimacy, Bond often gets a little shy and awkward as this is not the stuff his work is usually made of. But this shyness itself is very charming and lends an innocent touch to the descriptions. And Bond’s special brand of tongue-in-cheek humour has been intertwined with such scenes in this book which has a lot of talk about drinking and “sleeping around”. No surprise Maharani’s life revolved around the two activities!
The death of the maharaja due to his own pet rats eating him up through the night after he passes away due to drinking, the old nun Sister Clarissa, a devilish personality who inhabits or rather haunts the house at Hollow Oak, Hans, Neena’s loyal Swiss caretaker, the innumerable dogs in the old house that are barking and biting people all the time, Pablo, son of the Bolivian diplomat who is one of Maharani’s lovers — all the characters have been painted beautifully.
The beauty and changing seasons of Mussoorie always remain in the background as do Ruskin’s lonely boyhood and his gypsy-like existence as a freelance writer, surviving by eating small meals at cafeterias or simply by making “bun omelettes” at home. Mussoorie’s rain, its old cinema halls, the old Savoy hotel, which is now geared to reopen as a five-star heritage property after being renovated and restored. All these are dear to Bond’s heart and he never forgets to mention them in some way or the other. They are characters in their own rights.
Naughty Maharani is not a lady who evokes our sympathy. She is insensitive, crying only for her dogs if they go missing. She is careless, callous, selfish, pleasure-loving and debauched. In fact, the reader is left wondering whether she deserved a faithful friend like Bond who stood by her in all the bad times, right till she died.
The novel is beautifully-crafted and has certain extremely philosophical thoughts, the essence of what Bond has learnt from his life. Maharani is indeed a wondrous reading experience.
That shoe collection might wow your girlfriends, but when it comes to dating, a Carrie Bradshaw worthy shoe closet won’t earn you any bonus points. What else caused these 7 guys to head for the door? Read on to find out what they had to say about their apartment dealbreakers.
1. Weird Pets
“A girl I dated had two pet rats … that she let crawl around her bed … while she was in it.” -Mike, 32
2. Anything From IKEA
“We’re not in a college dorm, you’re a grown woman, invest in some real furniture.” -Ryan, 27
3. Too Many Shoes
“The biggest dealbreaker is when a woman has a hundred pairs of shoes! That money could have been much better spent — investing in Apple stock, for example.” -Dan, 33
4. Novelty Toilet Seat Covers
“I’ll put it to you this way — it was weird pissing in Spongebob’s mouth. The whole bathroom was decorated like a kids bathroom … in a regular studio apartment. It was surreal and totally out of place.” -Jason, 25
5. Used Sanitary Napkins
“It was just placed on top of an overflowing trash can. Not wrapped in toilet paper or anything, just chilling there on top. I never called her back.” -Rob, 24
6. Ash Trays
“After seeing how many joints and cigarette butts were in the ash trays that were all over her place, all I could smell on her was smoke.”
7. Clothes From An Ex
“Too many clothes belonging to exes or other guys. Are you still hooked on him? Or did you just bang that many guys?” -Christopher, 26
What are your apartment dealbreakers? Tell us in the comments below.
Is your best friend fluffy, furry, feathered or scaly?
Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014
Is your best friend fluffy, furry, feathered or scaly? Are you in the market for a new best friend? All things pet can be found on the Oakland waterfront this Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm when the East Bay SPCA hosts the sixth annual Adopt-a-Thon at Jack London Square. Presented by sponsors Pet Food Express and Rug Doctor, the Adopt-a-Thon features more than 300 adoptable animals from 35 Bay Area rescue groups and shelters, plus a dozen pet supply vendors. From pigeons to Pomeranians, there will be cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rats and reptiles on site and available for adoption.
Whether you are looking for a new best friend or just wanting to take care of the pets you have, the event has something for everyone, even people who come with their own dogs. At the Adopt-a-Thon, dog trainers will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations. HomeAgain will sponsor $10 microchips to help owners track their dogs if they go missing.
“The East Bay SPCA is proud to host the Adopt-a-Thon at Jack London Square, which is the largest event of its kind in the East Bay,” says Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA president and CEO. “When you adopt a pet from any animal shelter or rescue group, you help with pet overpopulation. Not only do you save the life of the pet you adopt, but you create space for another animal to be adopted by a loving family.”
Now in its sixth year at Jack London Square, the East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-Thon is widely anticipated, bringing together 35 amazing rescue groups and shelters across the Bay Area who work tirelessly to find wonderful companion animals a forever home. The East Bay SPCA first established its Adopt-a-Thon more than ten years ago as a 24-hour event held at the shelter.
2014 Participating rescue groups and shelters:
Animal Care Adoption Network
Antioch Animal Services
Bay Area Poodle Rescue
California Pit Bull Rescue
Contra Costa Humane Society
Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue
Dusty Paws Rescue, Inc.
East Bay Animal Rescue Refuge (EBARR)
Feral Cat Foundation
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)
Greyhound Friends for Life
Hayward Animal Services Bureau
Hopalong Animal Rescue
Internet Miniature Pinscher Society (IMPS)
Lake County Animal Services
Los Banos Volunteers for Animals
Marin Humane Society
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
MickaCoo Pigeon Dove Rescue
The Milo Foundation
NorCal Boxer Rescue
Nor Cal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled)
Northern California Weimaraner Rescue
Oakland Animal Services
Peninsula Humane Society SPCA
Pomeranian Rescue Group
Pug Pros – (Pug Rescue of Sacramento)
Rattie Ratz Rescue
Rocket Dog Rescue
Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
Special Pets Rescue
Sunshine Rescue Group
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Downtown Subaru of Oakland
Downtown Toyota of Oakland
East Bay Pet Sitters Association
Holly McClain Designs
HomeAgain Microchip Booth
Pet Food Express
Tonya Perme Photography
Pet Food Express
Downtown Subaru of Oakland
Downtown Toyota of Oakland
Jack London Square
About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that strives to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. One of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, the East Bay SPCA celebrates its 140th birthday this year. The East Bay SPCA is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society and receives no funding from the government, national or statewide organizations. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers, offer dog training classes and humane education programs in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and a full-service veterinary clinic in Oakland. Information about the East Bay SPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.
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