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Get Your Pup a Rubber Ducky Today!

This Wednesday, January 13, 2015, is National Rubber Ducky Day!  If you’re wondering why we celebrate this “holiday” on the 13th of January, look no further than the great Jim Henson.  Remember the song that Ernie sang about his beloved yellow duck?  Of course you do!  It’s a tried and true hit.  The Boston Pops and Little Richard have covered the catchy tune, and in 1970, it stuck around on the Billboard Top 40 chart for 7 weeks!

Ernie is single-handedly responsible for rubber ducks becoming such a staple in almost every house across America, and consequently, he can be credited for those lovely squeaks you hear when your pooch chews his own yellow rubber friend.

Did you know that in 1992, a gaggle of these cheery squeakers were traveling under the moniker, “friendly floatee”, when they were accidentally set free? Approximately 29,000 yellow rubber ducks fell off of a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean, and by 2007, they had traveled over 17,000 miles along ocean currents.  In fact, some of the friendly floatees are still roaming free today!

So, this week, we encourage you to get your beloved sidekick a yellow rubber ducky of his or her own (if he doesn’t already have one).  Of course, while you’re enjoying the cheerful squeaks of your pup’s sure-to-be new favorite toy, remember not to allow them to destroy the duck.  Watch for small parts and supervise play to avoid any gastrointestinal surprises!

Most importantly, as your pup plays and squeaks, don’t forget to sing (in your best “Ernie” voice)  the song that made National Rubber Ducky Day a reality!

Rubber Duckie you’re the one,
You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you
Vo-vo-dee-o!

Rubber Duckie, joy of joys,
When I squeeze you, you make noise,
Rubber Duckie you’re my very best friend it’s true.

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you’re so fine,
And I’m lucky that you’re mine,
Rubber Duckie, I’d love a whole pond of,
Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you!

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you’re so fine,
And I’m lucky that you’re mine,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you!

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Get Your Pup a Rubber Ducky Today!

This Wednesday, January 13, 2015, is National Rubber Ducky Day!  If you’re wondering why we celebrate this “holiday” on the 13th of January, look no further than the great Jim Henson.  Remember the song that Ernie sang about his beloved yellow duck?  Of course you do!  It’s a tried and true hit.  The Boston Pops and Little Richard have covered the catchy tune, and in 1970, it stuck around on the Billboard Top 40 chart for 7 weeks!

Ernie is single-handedly responsible for rubber ducks becoming such a staple in almost every house across America, and consequently, he can be credited for those lovely squeaks you hear when your pooch chews his own yellow rubber friend.

Did you know that in 1992, a gaggle of these cheery squeakers were traveling under the moniker, “friendly floatee”, when they were accidentally set free? Approximately 29,000 yellow rubber ducks fell off of a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean, and by 2007, they had traveled over 17,000 miles along ocean currents.  In fact, some of the friendly floatees are still roaming free today!

So, this week, we encourage you to get your beloved sidekick a yellow rubber ducky of his or her own (if he doesn’t already have one).  Of course, while you’re enjoying the cheerful squeaks of your pup’s sure-to-be new favorite toy, remember not to allow them to destroy the duck.  Watch for small parts and supervise play to avoid any gastrointestinal surprises!

Most importantly, as your pup plays and squeaks, don’t forget to sing (in your best “Ernie” voice)  the song that made National Rubber Ducky Day a reality!

Rubber Duckie you’re the one,
You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you
Vo-vo-dee-o!

Rubber Duckie, joy of joys,
When I squeeze you, you make noise,
Rubber Duckie you’re my very best friend it’s true.

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you’re so fine,
And I’m lucky that you’re mine,
Rubber Duckie, I’d love a whole pond of,
Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you!

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you’re so fine,
And I’m lucky that you’re mine,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you!

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Bird Ownership for Beginners

Birds are lovely little creatures with big fun personalities.  However, they’re not right for everyone.  Just as with any other pet, there is a lot of time and energy that is required to properly care for a bird.  Before you head out to a pet shop and buy that cute little budgie in the window, here are some things you should consider:

They make a mess.  There’s no nice way to say it.  Birds are messy.  The majority of their food will be wasted, and you’ll find it scattered on the floor below their cage.  This is a bit more manageable with a few minor investments, such as cage skirts and a hand vacuum, but either way, you should be prepared for a fair amount of daily cleanup duties.

They make a lot of noise.  Bird songs are a lovely treat, especially on a sunny spring morning.  Midnight screeching from the bird who shares your home?  Not so enjoyable.  While some birds are certainly noisier than others, it’s something that comes along with every species to some degree.  Make sure that you have a high tolerance for these types of sounds.

Generally speaking, birds are not a good match for children.  Birds are naturally defensive creatures.  Because they are prey animals in the wild, they do not react well to sudden noises or movements.  You’ve heard of the fight or flight response.  In the case of bird meets child, you just might find that you have both fight and flight on your hands.  Give it some time, and allow your child to develop the emotional maturity that is required to handle birds in a gentle and loving manner.


 

All of those things considered, here are a few suggestions for first-time bird owners.  These species have all been proven to be a great match for beginners and are all capable of learning the simple tricks that make pet birds so appealing.

Budgies (most often referred to in the United States as “parakeets”)

Take a look at Charlie in the video below.  Is he lovable or what?!

This pint-sized parrot is a family favorite, with good reason.  They are very easily tamed, require minimal space to thrive, and have an expected lifespan of up to 15 years.

Cockatiels

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Cockatiels can live up to 30 years, so be prepared for a pretty hefty commitment.  They are also a relatively small bird, which makes them a feasible option for most families.  They’re outgoing and friendly, making them another favorite among household pets.  For a more affectionate pet, choose a female.  Males are generally more vocal and will provide hours of comic relief.

Peach-faced Lovebirds

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The rosy cheeks of these tiny parrots are irresistibly cute.  They come in a variety of colors, and can live for about an average of 20 years.

Whatever species you choose, remember that all pets deserve a loving and committed home.

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Cats and Dogs Can Be Best Friends!

…and here is a collection of melt-your-heart photo evidence.

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Are You a Dog Person or a Cat Person?

Here’s a fun infographic for you!  The type of pet you own says a lot about you.

Here are the stats:
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Are You a Cat or a Dog Person via Pet Supplies

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Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

It’s safe to say that almost all of our indoor feline friends lead carefree lives of luxury.  In our eyes, Fluffy’s typical day consists of hours of “cat napping,” eating anything she can get her paws on, and bathing in the rays of sunshine coming through the nearest window.  In the comfort of your home, your cats don’t have the responsibility of catching their own food and are blissfully unaware of the dangers of the outside world. Little do these spoiled kitties know, the protection and care you provide lets them live much longer lives than free-roaming cats.  Indoor cats can live well into their teens, while feral strays are lucky to reach 10 years old.  Your cat’s life is seemingly perfect and effortless, but the fact of the matter is that all cats have the same instinctive urges.  They want to hunt, explore, and scratch… (and scratch!)

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Most people don’t let their cats outside under any circumstances, and probably with the best of intentions in mind.  There is much debate about whether or not you should give your cat freedom to roam, and each individual has their own ways of kitty-parenting.  Keeping your cat indoors is the only way to ensure their safety and to prevent any problems with your neighbors.  However, it’s vital to your confined cat’s mental and physical well being to keep them stimulated.  When you bring a cat into your home, it’s your responsibility to offer the resources they need to be happy and healthy.  Aside from the necessities like food and water, the best thing you can give your beloved feline is the excitement they instinctively long for. By observing your cat’s unique needs and personality, you can easily create a very natural setting for him to thrive!

Each cat has their own personality, but every feline needs to engage in activities like running, jumping, hunting, and territorial exploration. Kittens are naturally super energetic and playful, but cats tend to slow down with age. Physical movement boosts the release of serotonin, so exercise is a large part of keeping your cat happy. You can find affordable cat furniture and scratching posts for your kitty to use, and a lot people even build their own. If you don’t have the room for a cat tree, a great idea is to install a system of padded shelves high along your walls to give your cat a change of perspective and a sense of territorial ownership. When it comes to your cat’s need to hunt and kill, the image that comes to mind is not a very pretty one. Luckily, you can easily replicate this activity by regularly using a laser pointer, rolling toys, and even food puzzles.

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By catering to your cat’s instinctual needs, you will find that everyone in the household will become much happier!  The most important thing to remember is that your cat doesn’t know that you “own” him, but in fact sees you as a provider, a roommate, and a friend.

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Is That a Marsupial in Your Pocket?

Sugar gliders are peculiar little pets, indeed.  This pint-sized marsupial originates in Australia and shares its family tree with other loveable creatures, such as kangaroos, wallabies, and possums.  However, they are often mistaken for rodents.  Sugar gliders have a membrane that extends from their wrist to their ankles.  This membrane resembles wings, and it allows them to travel from one place to the next.  Although it appears that they are flying, they are actually only able to glide – hence, the name.Because they are so tiny, Sugar Gliders have been labelled a “pocket pet”.  When they are born, they are about the size of a grain of rice.  At their largest, sugar gliders will only grow to be around 12 to 17 centimeters.  It is said that they have the same intelligence as a dog, and they can be trained in the same manner (including tricks!).

Sugar gliders have become extremely popular in the United States, and most states and cities will allow them to be kept as pets.  Keep in mind, however, that there are some states which require sugar glider owners to obtain a permit to keep them.  Others, such as California, Hawaii, and Alaska, do not allow sugar gliders at all.  So, always remember to check local pet regulations before deciding to adopt one.

Also before adopting a sugar glider, consider these facts about how they live in the wild:

  • Sugar gliders can glide in excess of 150 feet.  They need room to move freely, so plan to provide them with a large enclosed habitat.
  • A baby sugar glider (called a “Joey”) is not able to survive away from its mother before approximately 4 months of age.  It’s best to avoid adopting a sugar glider younger than this.
  • In the wild, sugar gliders rarely (if ever) touch the ground.  Plan to provide them with plenty of places to perch and hide.  (Tip: In their natural habitat, trees are the obvious perch of choice.  Use natural elements to make your pet’s cage feel like home.)
  • Sugar gliders mark their territory with urine.  In the wild, this is most commonly seen in the nest.  As pets, it’s normal for this behavior to happen in the cage or even on you.
  • Sugar gliders naturally live in large groups, and many people will tell you to “get them a friend”.  While this is not a completely bad idea, you don’t want to perpetuate accidental breeding of ANY animal.  Female sugar gliders can give birth to 2-3 joeys at once, so take the necessary precautions.

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If you’re interested in adopting a sugar glider, speak with a veterinarian to make sure that they are a good fit for your situation.  You can also find more information HERE.

 
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