Dysecdysis – Shedding Problems

Image copyright: ReptilesMagazine Throughout their lives, reptiles shed their skin. This is a normal event and, if kept in the proper environment, most reptiles have no problems. In snakes, the shedded skin is often removed in a single piece. In many lizards, skin is shed is pieces. Turtles and tortoises intermittently shed scutes and skin. […]

Ball Python Care

The ball or royal python is a small, stout constrictor with a short tail. The natural coloration is dark brown to almost black, with large irregular tan patches that often have a lighter, more yellow edge. A tan line runs from the snout to the angle of the jaw, through the eye. Recently, selective breeding […]

The Quick Trick for Picking Up Messy Pet Hair

Cat hair on the bookshelf. Dog hair all over your brand-new coat. If you’ve got a pet, you know that any surface is fair game for shedding. Here’s a nifty way to clean it up fast. What you need: A rubber cleaning glove, kitchen sink and pet hair. What you do: Pull on the glove, wet it, […]

Do Your Pets Have the Winter Blues?

Try these tips to lift their spirits. You’re not the only one who feels a little gloomy once the weather gets frightful. During frigid months pets may lack energy or sleep too much, symptoms typically related to a form of depression called the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Boost your furry friend’s mood […]

The Miracle of Tadpoles Becoming Frogs

The process of tiny tadpoles growing strong and then slowly changing from aquatic fishlike creatures to jumping, googly-eyed frogs is a miracle of nature. If youngsters (or the young at heart) have a chance to witness this transformation, they should do so, of course in the most responsible ways possible. Collecting tadpoles or eggs is […]

Norfolk Terrier

Background The Norfolk Terrier, an English native, was developed to be a barnyard ratter and to remove vermin from the den during hunting excursions. The Norfolk was grouped with the Norwich Terrier for a long time and they are still closely related. The most obvious difference between the breeds now is the ears. The Nor(FOL)k has a […]

Redbone Coonhound

Background During the late 1700s Red Foxhounds were brought to America by Scottish immigrants where they were joined by Red Irish Foxhounds before the civil war. By the 18th century, coon hunters started breeding dogs that were fast, nimble, and had a keen sense of smell — the Redbone Coonhound was born. The Redbone Coonhound […]

The Welsh Springer Spaniel

Background The Welsh Springer Spaniel’s history dates as far back as 7000 BC when he accompanied hunters. During the Mesolithic age, springers would travel with hunters along the coastlines of Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. In the 1700s, Welsh Spring Spaniels began gaining immense popularity, especially amongst hunters. However, the English Springer Spaniel and other spaniels […]

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Background The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is unlike most any other hunting dog. Instead of chasing ducks, these dogs actually lure them closer by “dancing” along the shore. This graceful dancing technique is known as “tolling,” thus the breed name. “Tolling” is a Middle English word and implies that the game is being tempted […]