Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:
Keep your pets safe on Halloween: ** Keep pets safely inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.
** Make certain that all pets are wearing collars with ID tags, especially indoor pets. Frequently opened doors tonight provide perfect opportunities for escape, despite our best efforts.
** Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets.
** If you’re going trick-or-treating, leave the family dog at home. Dogs can be difficult to control with all those crazy ghosts and goblins running around them. A lost pet or a dog bite will quickly end your Halloween fun.
** Keep decorations away from pets. Candle flames might set fire to a pet’s fur. Dangling decorations should be kept in high places to avoid pet entanglement, choking and other potentially life-threatening hazards.
** Use fake cobwebs sparingly, if at all. Pets can choke on them.
** The only costume most pets want to wear is their own furry birthday suit. If your pet wears a costume, make sure it doesn’t restrict movement and supervise your pet carefully.
Have fun when you’re out trick-or-treating Saturday night! Stay on the sidewalk and watch out for cars. /Gary
Jack-O-Lantern Spider photo by Wally Wood, Livermore, CA
I’d like to share with your readers my special garden lady, “Ms. Spinneret.” She is a beautiful pumpkin orange and if you look closely at her back you will see she has a Jack-O-Lantern face, ready for Halloween.
Trick-or-treat, anyone? Wally Wood, Livermore, CA
Beautiful! A Jack-O-Lantern Spider!
What will Mother Nature think of next?! /Gary
Ms. Spinneret, sitting on her web, comes with a built-in fly swatter
Astoria, Oregon — Coast Guard members from Air Station Sacramento, California, load cold and wet seabirds suffering from exposure onto an HC-130 plane for transport to International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Fairfield, California. The federally protected loons, murrers, scoters and other seabirds were rescued by the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria, after becoming soiled by unusual sea slime caused by a harmful algae bloom along the Oregon coastline. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert)
The staff and volunteers at IBRRC are having trouble covering the costs of saving these large numbers of distressed seabirds. You can help — please do! http://www.ibrrc.org/donate.html
Thanks for caring.You can find out lots more about this in yesterday’s (Tuesday) blog. /Gary
Stranded by harmful sea foam, caged murres waiting to be checked in at IBRRC in Fairfield. (Paul Kelway/IBRRC)
The International Bird Rescue Research Center needs your help. So do a lot of seabirds that are in BIG trouble.
I just got a call from my friend Jay Holcomb, executive director of International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Jay works out of IBRRC’s bird center in Fairfield. When the Cosco Busan hit the Bay Bridge on Nov. 7, 2007, and spilled oil in the Bay, the oiled birds were taken to IBRRC for care. In my opinion, Jay and his staff and volunteers are the best in the business when it comes to caring for oiled and distressed seabirds. Jay travels all over the world to assist and advise when there’s a big spill. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s an update from friends of the Earth on what’s being done to STOP cruise ships from dumping millions of gallons of sewage into California’s coastal waters, and in other fragile spots around the world. It’s about time!! /Gary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Friends of the Earth:
Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) introduced legislation on Wednesday (Oct. 21) that would prevent cruise ships from dumping sewage and other waste into coastal waters.
“Cruise ships are currently allowed to dump raw sewage just three nautical miles from shore. This practice is not only disgusting, it can threaten the public health, coastal tourism, fishing economies, and marine ecosystems,” said Neesha Kulkarni, Legislative Associate at Friends of the Earth. “Advanced technology is available to treat this waste, but the cruise industry has failed to install this equipment on a majority of its ships. The Clean Cruise Ship Act would put a stop to this practice and hold the cruise industry accountable.” Read the rest of this entry »
Irish Red and White Setter. Photo by Jim Dillon, AKC
Three new American Kennel Club-recognized breeds will make their national TV and major competition debuts at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina next month.
The Isish Red and White Setter, Norwegian Buhund and Pyrenean Shepherd will be among more than 150 dog breeds competing for Best in Breed, Group Winner and Best in Show honors at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks/Valley Forge. These breeds will be introduced to the American television audience during the Thanksgiving Day broadcast of the National Dog Show, a 2-hour, family entertainment special airing nationally on NBC immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read the rest of this entry »
The Oakland Raiders have helped Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation find homes for 37 adults cats through a special Raider Nation Cat Celebration promotion.
All adult ARF cats (six months and older) are available free of adoption fees, thanks to the generosity of the Oakland Raiders (standard adoption criteria still apply). This special Raider Nation Cat Celebration ends Sunday, October 25. Read the rest of this entry »
I just received my latest copy of the “Bird Conservation Tip Sheet” from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and there’s a very interesting piece in it about the harmful effects of light pollution on migratory birds. Check this out — I think you’re going to be very surprised.
I never thought I’d see the day when the Obama administration AND the National Rifle Association would both defend the killing of wolves.
That happened last week when the NRA sought to intervene against a lawsuit by 13 conservation organizations to put the northern Rockies gray wolf back on the endangered species list and save it from being gunned down in Idaho and Montana.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watershed Project, Wildlands Network and Hells Canyon Preservation Network. Read the rest of this entry »