November 30, 2012

Baby Panda Exam

San Diego Zoo's Newly Named Panda, Xiao Liwu, has 15th Exam

“Little Gift” gets his two front teeth for Christmas

Xiao Liwu had his 15th exam today. He now weighs 12.1 lbs and sports 2 new teeth. Read more and watch the video at the San Diego Zoo website.

November 29, 2012

Best Friends

This cat and fox are best friends and have been seen hanging out together in Turkey for over a year now. More pictures of the cute pair can be seen here...

November 28, 2012

Lil Drac

Meet Lil Drac, the cutest little baby bat ever...and he rocks

This video has been around for a while but is so worth watching again. Lil Drac is an orphaned short tailed fruit bat. Watch the video to see how he "rocked the world". Click here to read about Lil Drac and see more cute videos.

November 27, 2012

i can has a boost?

Baby pygmy hippo born on November 15 at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tamps Florida. The birth is only the second in the Zoo’s history. Pygmy hippos are extremely rare in the wild, with numbers thought to be only a few thousand. See more pictures here.

November 25, 2012


Lucy, a 2 year old mixed Portuguese Water Dog, and Whiskey Brown, a 4 year old Quarter Horse stallion, are best friends. They are shown here playing in the back pasture of their home.

You can find this video on countrynow1's YouTube channel

I love you momma

November 24, 2012

November 23, 2012

Homemade Jerky Treats For Your Dog (Or Cat)

Worried about pet treat recalls? Why not try making your own pet treats. Making jerky treats for your pets is really easy and your pets will absolutely love them. You don't even need to own a food dehydrator to make them. You can do this right in your oven. 

  • meat...this can be chicken, beef, pork, or even liver
  • toothpicks
  • Preheat your over to 200ยบ
  • Put the top oven rack all the way at the top and the lower rack all the way to the bottom.
  • Line the lower rack with aluminum foil.
  • Slice the meat in thin strips. You can do this easier if the meat is slightly frozen. When cutting the length and width, remember that the meat will shrink as it dries
  • push a toothpick through the very end of the strip. Hang the strip through the top rack, using the toothpick to anchor it. Space the strips an inch or so apart to allow the air to circulate.
  • Shut the oven door but anchor it open slightly with a wooden spoon to let out the moisture as the meat dries.
  • Let bake until dry. Depending on the cut of meat and the thickness, it will take 4 - 6 hours or more for the meat to fully dry. 
  • Remove from oven, discard the toothpicks, and allow to cool to room temperature. 
  • Cut into bite size pieces. It is easiest to do this with scissors.
  • Store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store the rest in the freezer. They should keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Tips and Tricks

The thinner the slice, the shorter the cook time.

Liver and fatty cuts of meat will take longer to dry 

If you can't get it thin enough, you can always pound it thinner in a ziplock bag with a meat mallet.

Beef tongue makes a really good jerkey

If using liver, please note that it will stink up the house so you may want to make this when you need to be out of the house for a few hours.

Pet Food Recall

Carolina Prime Pet Inc. Announces Recall Of Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips
Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


The FDA is reporting that Carolina Prime Pet Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of dog treats, is voluntarily recalling Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips in a 5-count package. Carolina Prime Pet is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to this product. Read more about the product recall and what to do if you bought the affected product at the FDA website: Carolina Prime Pet Inc. Announces Recall Of Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips


November 22, 2012

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

 On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the love of my wonderful husband, my family and friends, my health (although not 100%, I am so much better off than a lot of people). I am thankful that I still have a job, a roof over my head, and food on my table. 

One thing I am always thankful for are the pets that grace my life. They are there for me whenever I need them, no matter what, with no conditions, and no expectations...well, except for the food in their bowls : )

I found the following 2 articles out at Purina PetCentric and wanted to share them . 

November 21, 2012

Kili the parrot performs on The Late Show with David Letterman

Meet Kili

This video is so cute!

Read the entire story here..

Top 5 Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

Article By Joy H. Montgomery
A special treat may make your pet feel extra thankful for you!
As you gather around the table this Thanksgiving and give thanks for good food, good friends and even your cranky family members, don't forget the furry or feathery member of the family -- your pet. Of course, a pet doesn't need a toast in its honor to feel appreciated, but a special treat would probably elicit an extra lick or cuddle from your best four-legged friend. Just remember that the holidays aren't an excuse to break from tradition and serve your pet chocolate or other foods that might upset its sensitive stomach. However, there are some terrific Thanksgiving treats that are perfectly pet-safe and guaranteed to make your critter feel extra-thankful for such a thoughtful pet parent. Here are just five.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Treats for Pets : Happy Everything : Animal Planet

November 20, 2012

Paralyzed dogs walk again

In an amazing clinical trial at the Cambridge University, researchers have been able to reverse paralysis in some dogs by removing cells from their noses, growing them in a test tube for a few weeks, and then implanting them into the damaged areas of their spinal cords.

Many of the dogs in the study have had their spinal cords partially repaired and can now walk with the aid of a harness.  In the case of Jasper, pictured above, the repair of the damaged spinal cord was so successful that he is now able to run around the house and the garden without the use of a harness.

Watch the video and read the entire story at BBC News.

Bird Food Recall

Magnolia Bird Farm Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.,has issued a recall on five of their bird food mixes containing peanuts. Potential salmonella contamination has been cited in all the recalls, but no animal illnesses have been reported.

Learn more about the recall here.

This kitten has a thankful this Thanksgiving!

This kitten is thankful to the Curator at the President's Hall of Fame after being rescued from inside the Abe Lincoln statue outside the museum

November 19, 2012

All in the family

Have a holly jolly holiday and keep your pets safe too

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is fast approaching.With all the shopping, decorating, parties and other festivities going on in your life, it's easy to forget that the holidays can be very dangerous to your pets. 

The ASPCA has a great article with lots of Holiday Safety Tips to keep your furry ones safe. One more tip that I didn't see on their page: If you use Ice Melter or salt to melt the ice and snow, make sure to clean your pets paws when they come inside. Better yet, use a pet safe ice melter instead. 

Happy Holidays!