A few weeks ago, while workmen were replacing doors in my Livermore, Calif., house, I was in my side yard and decided to go in to get my sunglasses. I walked in from the garage and into an internal hall leading to my bedroom. As my eyes adjusted to the change of light I thought I saw a slight movement at the edge of the hall.
When I looked more closely, I saw a rather large snake, front part emerging from the sliding doors of my linen closet! He was raised up and hissing. The shock elicited a scream from me and the snake went completely into the closet. From the brief glance I had, I was afraid it could possibly a rattlesnake! Read the rest of this entry »
Heavily oiled brown pelicans from Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo by Flickr user IBRRC used under a Creative Commons License.
BP is beginning to test a new tighter-fitting cap on its gushing wellhead. They hope it will stop the millions (?) of gallons of oil that have been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico during our worst-ever oil spill.
“Cross your fingers,” I heard someone from BP being quoted as saying on the radio news station as I drove to work this morning.
The “Cross Your Fingers” containment system. Why didn’t they use that in the beginning? Maybe if they’d crossed their fingers back when they first discovered the spill the Gulf of Mexico wouldn’t have turned all gooey black by now.
I think we ALL better cross our fingers, this time. /Gary
Photo by Flickr user heatherbuckley used under a Creative Commons License.
TLC ENTERS THE WORLD OF DOG SHOW COMPETITIONS
Like to watch TV? Interested in dogs? Always wondered about dog shows and the people who enter them? You might want to check out the following new program on the TLC Channel. Looks interesting. /Gary
“Super Pooches” Premieres on July 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
On Wednesday, July 21, TLC invites viewers to explore the fast paced, quirky, and often times stressful world of show competitions with the new special, “Super Pooches,” premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read the rest of this entry »
The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals and California sea lions – and to the study of their health. Read the rest of this entry »
Hens on egg farm crammed together in battery cages. (Farm Sanctuary.org)
Tuesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed landmark legislation that protects animal welfare and food safety. The new law requires that shelled (whole) eggs sold in California comply with the modest but important food safety and animal welfare standards of Proposition 2. Passed in a 2008 landslide, Prop 2 phases out production of eggs from hens crammed into cages. Read the rest of this entry »
Condor. Photo by Flickr user IvyMike used under a Creative Commons License
Just got my July 1, 2010 “Endangered Earth Online,” my weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. And as usual, it contains an article (see below) I want to share with you about wildlife and lead poisoning. /Gary
New Bill Gets the Lead Out of California Wildlife Areas
In another victory in the transition to nontoxic ammunition for hunting, the California Assembly has passed a bill banning the use of lead shot in California’s 667,000-acre network of state-owned wildlife-management areas. Read the rest of this entry »
Labrador retriever. Photo by Flickr user Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz used under a Creative Commons License.
We’ve got the 4th of July weekend coming up … a time where we humans are looking forward to some time off, maybe a picnic dinner or BBQ, and of course some great fireworks displays on Sunday evening of the 4th. Unfortunately, our pets don’t usually feel the same about all those bright flashes, loud explosions and the acrid smell of burning fireworks. This is the biggest freak-out weekend of the year for our pets … when more terrified dogs and cats get lost than at any other time.
To help you and your pets make it through the next few days, here are some handy tips for keeping your pets safe during the 4th of July by The Humane Society of the United States. Please read them carefully and do what they say. The lives and well-being of your family pets may depend on it. Thanks for caring. /Gary Read the rest of this entry »