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Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween! How to keep your pets safe tonight

BOO!

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Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:
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Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Halloween, Pets, The Humane Society of the United States | No Comments »

1 week to go in Name Gary’s Kitten Contest. See new kitten photos here!

THE NEW ORANGE KITTEN AND HER NEW PAL
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The new orange kitten is starting to take over my household … and that means, of course, that my other long-time cat, Newman, is NOT a happy trooper. Every time the kitten gets close to Newman, he lashes his fluffy tail and growls like a dog. The “terrified” kitten just stands there and smiles.

Newman hasn’t figured it out, yet, but the end of his world, as he now knows it, will soon be here.
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Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
Under: Cats, Kittens, Orange kitten | 77 Comments »

PROP 2: Why I’m voting YES on Prop 2 next Tuesday

I wrote the following reasons for voting YES on Prop 2 in my Times’ daily newspaper column on Sept. 7. Today is Wednesday (Oct. 29) and we will be voting on this issue next Tuesday (Nov. 4).

This is such an important issue, I want to remind you again why you should be giving Prop 2 a YES vote. I can’t think of any better way to say it than the way I did in my column, so here it is again:
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Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
Under: Chickens, Farm Animals, Pigs | No Comments »

Myths about vampires and other bats are driving experts “batty”

PALLID BATS IN AN ATTIC. BY BRIAN MURPHY.
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As Halloween approaches, bat experts brace themselves for the annual barrage of misinformation about these beneficial creatures of the night. The California Department of Fish and Game has put together some excellent information on the subject:
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Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
Under: Bat Myths, Bats | 1 Comment »

Urban coyotes: Ever heard a coyote howl? here’s what it sounds like

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I heard a coyote howling in Benicia last night. A high-pitched, warbling, soprano barking — Yi-Yi-Yi! It sounded like there were two or three.

It riled the other domestic dogs in the neighborhood and they started to bark. It was like the ripples of a stone tossed in a quiet pool as the barking slowing spread throughout the neighborhood. What a great sound to go to sleep by.
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Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008
Under: coyotes, Coyotes howling | 3 Comments »

Raccoons: here’s what they can do to your lawn

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I’ve had some requests from people wanting to know how to recognize the kind of damage raccoons can do to your lawn.

This photo from one of my readers shows what happens when a small band of 2-4 raccoons go “prowling” through your lawn looking for earthworms and tasty grubs. The raccoons are usually attracted to
our lush, green lawns in the fall when the rest of the countryside turns dry and brown.
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Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008
Under: Lawn Abuse, Raccoons | 506 Comments »

You up for a fun little contest?

THE ORANGE KITTEN
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It’s a “Name Gary’s New Orange Kitten Contest!” The prize is listed below.

I’ve already written about this in my Times column of Oct. 21. The following is excerpted from that column and meant for those of you who only read my blog:
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Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Under: Kittens, Orange kitten | 164 Comments »

Brake for wildlife! It’s fall & deer, opossums & squirrels are on the move!

BLACK-TAILED DEER
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During fall and winter months, deer, opossums, squirrels and other wildlife are moving around in search of food and a place to hole up during the cold fall and winter months.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Under: deer, Opossums, Squirrels, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s mountain lion dies

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Gary:
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, Calif., is sad to report the death of our resident mountain lion this past Saturday, October 18. She was 17 years old.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Under: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Mountain lion | No Comments »

More orange kitten photos. What a cutie!

HEY! WHO LET ME OUT OF THE BATHROOM?
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Here are a couple more photos of the new orange kitten that has taken over my house. My other beastly cat, Newman, as you might guess … is less than pleased.
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Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008
Under: Kittens, Orange kitten | 184 Comments »