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More New Year’s resolutions from animals for 2011

Newman the cat. A Bogue photo

Dear readers:
Sunday, I printed 15 New Year’s resolutions from wild and domestic animals in my daily newspaper column. I still had plenty of animal resolutions left over from the submissions by my animal readers, so I promised to print the rest of them here, today.

The animal resolutions in Sunday’s column were picked out by my cats, Newman and Jasmine. Here are the resolutions that were left over:
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Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Under: Animals | 3 Comments »

Watch out for Christmas tree netting danger!

Dear Gary:
I just got a beautiful Christmas tree at Costco. They have what I initially thought was a great way to contain and transport our tree (and all others). It consisted of putting a plastic net over the entire tree.

It was great to tie down and get in the house, but once I started taking the netting off the tree I realized this huge ball of plastic netting would probably end up in the ocean or some other place where wildlife might try and eat it or get stuck in it.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Under: Animals, Environmental, Pollution | 3 Comments »

Got deer in your yard? Please answer this quick survey


I’m getting more and more reports from people who have deer visiting their yards.

I think it’s time for another one of my impromptu little surveys to see how big this problem is. Or if it really is a problem at all.

If you get deer visits please take a moment to click on leave a comment/reply below and answer these questions:
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Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Under: Animals, deer, Survey, Wildlife | 8 Comments »

Ever been deep in a rain forest?

Bird Island2

I just got back from vacationing in Panama.

My wife and I go down to Panama City on the Pacific Coast of Panama (Central America) every other year to visit my son, who lives there with his wife and our two darling granddaughters.

I just got an e-mail from one of my readers who wants to know if Panama is all jungle, or if they have any big cities down there?

See for yourself:
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Under: Animals, Birds, Panama, Rain forest, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Help Obama and McCain pick a presidential pet!

Vice President isn’t the only high-level position that Barack Obama is currently trying to fill.

The American Kennel Club reports that win or lose the Obamas have promised their two daughters a dog after the presidential election. With 158 breeds registered by the AKC, each with its own unique temperament, coat type, size, energy level and appearance, the search for a canine cabinet member is on.
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Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2008
Under: Animals, Cats, dogs, Pets, Presidential Pets | No Comments »

Getting too much stimulation? Go find a tree.

My friend Brian is an old-school philosopher and he has a simple yet complicated way of looking at life as most philosophers do. It’s the nature of the beast.

Take a look at this e-mail Brian just sent me. (Yes, even philosophers know how to use computers.)

Now is a great opportunity to go out in the open space or a park and just sit under a tree in the morning or evening to just watch what is going on.

See who is picking up nesting material and where they are going with it. See how many nests are being built in the area. What kind of material are the birds using to build their different nests?

Since we are used to so much stimulation these days, it’s a little difficult for us to sit in one place for an extended period of time. Nature works at it’s own pace which we have trouble adjusting to.

This exercise in sitting and watching develops your skills in seeing things in more detail. As you acquire those skills it’s a gift you can carry with you wherever you go and it will add to the enjoyment of great vacations because you have taught yourself to see so much more.

I’m going to be sitting around with 1600 mm of lens and taking photos of what I see this weekend. (Brian, Walnut Creek, CA)

See what I mean? Be sure you pick the right tree. Mine is in my own backyard. You don’t have to go far to see great things. /Gary

Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2008
Under: Animals, Nature | No Comments »

Lose a lovebird? Need a cat?

Stephanie found someone’s lovebird in her Oakley backyard … and Rita has asthma and has to find homes for her two cats.

The letters below explain their individual situations. Contact information is also included. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Dear Gary:
It was suggested by a friend that I write you regarding a lovebird I found in my back yard, well actually my 7-month-old calico cat found it. It’s a beautiful little bird and I believe is recovering well at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley.

I live on the north side of Teakwood Drive in Oakley. Around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday night I heard a bird squawking, not something you usually hear that late in the day. When I went to my back patio my kitten was carrying it in her mouth as she was walking toward me, then veered away. Luckily the bird got loose and I was able to catch it.

Friday I took it to Oakley Veterinary Medical Center (my vet). Dr. Lafferty examined it, found 2 minor puncture wounds, one near the left eye and one under the right wing, and it’s right leg broken. She was unsure as to how to best repair the broken leg, so she took it to the Medical Center for Birds. I have not heard an update since Friday afternoon, but would assume if there were problems I would have heard.

I’ve posted flyers around my neighborhood. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. (Stephanie Brooks, Oakley,

Dear Gary:
I had another asthma attack and my doctor is pretty adamant that I find a home for my two kitties, Perry & Frankie. My heart won’t let me surrender them to an animal rescue group because I want to know where they are going and who their new family will be. If you could mention them on your blog I know some loving person will take them. You can use my e-mail address of or my phone number of 925-324-1832 for contact.

My husband and I adopted Frankie and Perry from the Feral Cat Foundation a few years back and they have been wonderful pets. Since that time I’ve started suffering from asthma and have difficulty breathing, especially at night. The kitties are healthy and are kept indoors at all times. They are about 3-years-old and have been together for two. Both have been neutered. Frankie is a lovable orange and white kitty and Perry is a rambunctious gray tabby. They each have their own cat carrier and hammocks and I know they will quickly adapt to a new loving home. Cats are fickle, aren’t they?

If you can help us out that would be great. (Rita Bradt, Walnut Creek)

Thanks for checking this out. I get these kinds of emergency cries for help from time to time and have decided that posting them here on my blog is the best way to deal with it. I don’t have enough column space in my daily columns to fit all these in. Whenever I need to post these “help me” letters here, I’ll also place a notice in my column telling my readers to look here for more information.

** If any of these animals catches your fancy you and you take one home, please e-mail me and let me know which one so I can tell my readers it worked out. Thanks.

If you have any other feedback or suggestions, please note them under “Comments” below, or you can e-mail me at

Just trying to help. /Gary

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Under: Animals | 1 Comment »

Pets & Wildlife & a sad mountain lion tale

Did you know has an “Animals” page? This interesting page has up-to-date links to Gary’s latest blogs and Pet and Wildlife columns, plus the latest Pets & Animals stories from around the world, fresh off the Associated Press wires every day, plus animal photos, animal videos, and environmental news. Check it out at

A young mountain lion found Sunday morning in a Gilroy, Calif., backyard has been released back into the wild for all the wrong reasons. See the Gary’s column at:

Have fun! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
Under: Animals | No Comments »

Pig murder case

HONOLULU — The judge in the felony trial of a man accused in the killing of a pet pig has declared a mistrial.

So yesterday I’m writing along here in my blog about a Los Angeles Times’ story that asked, “do you think we love animals more than people?” … and this morning as I’m browsing through the Associated Press State wire, I come across this little story slugged, “Mistrial declared in pig murder case.”

Can a man murder a pig?
I looked up “murder” in my copy of Webster’s NewWorld Dictionary: “mur-der (mur’der) n. 1. the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another.” It certainly doesn’t seem like a man can murder a pig. He can kill a pig, but by definition, he can’t murder the animal. Humans can only “murder” humans.

The story I wrote about in yesterday’s blog suggested that “Owners are treating their animal companions more like humans” these days. This story about a “murdered” pig certainly seems to suggest that, doesn’t it?

I wonder if the reporter who wrote the pig murder story is a pet owner, and if the editors who edited the pig murder story are pet owners, and especially if the copy editor who wrote the “Mistrial declared in pig murder case” headline for the pig murder story is a pet owner?

Here’s the rest of this little pig tale:
“Judge Richard Pollack says that after two days’ deliberation, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the charges against pig hunter Joseph B. Calarruda V.
“Calarruda was charged with felony theft of livestock.
“The pig’s owners accuse him of following his dogs onto their property and watching them kill the 6-year-old pet pig named Porky.
“If convicted, the accused would face up to five years in prison. Bail in the case had been set at $50,000.”

Only $50,000? If this man is being charged with the murder of a pig, don’t you think his bail should at least be as high as O.J.’s? ($125,000) Hey, you know I have pets. /Gary

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2007
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Do you think we love animals more than people?

Some people apparently do.
There was a copyrighted story this morning on the Associated Press wires by Leslie Earnest of the Los Angeles Times. The headline reads: “Pampering your little Sweet pea to the tune of $41 billion.” (That’s right, “$41 billion!” The story says that’s probably how much we’re going to spend on our pets in the U.S. this year.)

The sub-headline reads: “Owners are treating their animal companions more like humans. But the extent gives some experts pause.”

Do you think we really love our animals more than we love other humans?

Read this story and then tell me how you feel about it by posting a comment below in the space provided (or by clicking on “Comments”). I’m curious what you think about this.

Click on this line to read this very fascinating Los Angeles Times story:,1,3237687.story?track=rss

So what do you think? /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2007
Under: Animals | 2 Comments »