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Baby it’s cold outside! Do you know where your pets are?

Penguins in Antarctica. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA.

Baby it’s cold outside! And the San Francisco Bay Area weather report for this weekend is FREEZING WEATHER, especially for Saturday and Sunday mornings when it may get down to the low 20’s in some areas.

Are your pets staying warm during this freezing weather? Here are a couple of simple ideas to help make that happen:
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Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011
Under: Birds, Cats, Cold weather, dogs | No Comments »

Burr! When it’s hailing in Benicia, can snow be far behind?

Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA
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Hail to the hail in Benicia, California

When I got home from work on Wednesday afternoon, the sky turned black, the temperature dropped from 46  to 38 degrees F. in about 3 minutes, and it sounded like someone dumped a bucket of gravel on my back deck when it started to hail.

Fortunately, my son Karl, the photographer, was there to record this chilly event.

Know what? Those pea-size bits of ice really sting when they hit you on the face. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Under: Cold weather, Hail | 1 Comment »

Cool cat in her cozy backyard winter condo

BooBoo’s cozy backyard condo. Photo by Sandy Leonard, Concord, CA
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Just couldn’t resist sending this picture of my BooBoo. This is her “winter condo” in the backyard. She loves this cozy sleeping place when it’s cold outside.
Sandy Leonard, Concord, California

Burrr! It was definitely cold outside when I got to work this morning, 31 degrees F. Does BooBoo have any room in her condo for me? /Gary

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011
Under: Cats, Cold weather | 1 Comment »

Hummingbirds & freezing nights

Hummingbirds are hypothermic. They stop moving, their body temperatures will drop dangerously low and they sometimes pass out when the days and nights get as cold as they have recently.

These little guys burn up a lot of energy buzzing around the skies and they have huge appetites to replace that lost energy.

During the cold winter months, these tiny flying flowers rely a lot on the nectar in your hummingbird feeder. Your feeder can freeze during a really cold night and hummers obviously can’t drink from a frozen feeder.

Plain water starts to freeze at 32 degrees F., but the hummingbird nectar in your feeder starts to freeze (gets slushy) at about 26 to 27 degrees because of the added sugar (nectar formula is 4 parts water to 1 part sugar). So on freezing nights, bring your feeder inside the house before you go to bed to keep it at room temperature … and put it back outside just before sunrise so it will be ready and waiting (and UNfrozen!) when your hummingbird arrives for breakfast.

If you forget to do this and discover a frozen feeder some morning, replace the frozen nectar with a fresh unfrozen supply ASAP.

They need to eat early to get their tiny hypothermic bodies recharged and heated up so they can face the new day. /gary

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
Under: Cold weather, hummingbirds | 8 Comments »

ASPCA’s top 10 cold weather tips for your pets

It’s been pretty cold lately. If you’re concerned about your pets, check this out:

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2006
Under: Cold weather, Pets | No Comments »