Good thing we didn’t get those chickens

I’ve made it no secret that I want chickens. A bevy of Bantams. Little fluffy fancy egg layers that would make me feel, in some teensy way, a bit more connected to my food production. Our house is in a rural enough area, and our yard large enough, that a couple hens running around would be no big deal. But my husband said no, and out of respect for all the other times he also said no but I went ahead and did it- whatever it was- anyway, I respected him, this time.

But then we sold our house, and in a short three weeks we’ll be out on the street, waiting for something in Crazy Town or Ticky Tacky Town to pop up and sweep me off my feet. It’s a rotten time to buy. Nothing’s for sale right now. So in the meantime, we’re apartment hunting.

I haven’t lived in an apartment since my first year of vet school. There’s nothing wrong with it, but boy, you forget when you’ve been in a house for a while how much garbage you’ve managed to accumulate. And it’s not just me accumulating stuff anymore. The last time I lived in an apartment, I had a roommate, a self sufficient classmate. Now I have two kids, two dogs, a cat, a fish, and a spouse. This is going to be rough.

I’ve never given it much thought, really.  I’ve never had to rent a house while owning pets, and had at most two dogs and two cats. Not a big deal for a homeowner, but a really big deal for an apartment renter.

“Two dogs?” asked the manager of the place we were looking at. “How big?” And then, “Are they pit bulls, American staffordshire terriers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, or chow chows?” And the answer to that is no, but one of them has a terrible, awful habit of howling when she’s left alone in a way that made her previous owners return her to rescue. Again, not a big deal for a homeowner who keeps her inside, but a really big deal for an apartment renter. I know I would rather live next to a quiet pittie than a howling Koa as a renter. This is going to be a challenge.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what we’re going to do. We’ll figure it out, because we have no choice, but I’m finding myself suddenly piles and heaps more sympathetic to people in a worse situation, with dogs they love on some random BSL ban list, or in possession of more animals than zoning allows and having to make an agonizing decision. I also find myself strangely mourning the Chickens That Never Were And Are Never To Be. No chickens allowed in Crazy Town. I guess I will have to live vicariously through all of you that have them.

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Mortgage Rates Tick Higher on Positive Data

Mortgage Rates Tick Higher on Positive Data
Mortgage rates today are ticking higher as investors and traders react to better than expected jobless claims numbers. Also contributing to the increase however is data that suggests that inflation may be increasing as well. Analysts and economists had
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Southold Residents: 'Lyme Disease is a Silent Crisis'
These are only some of the themes five members of the newly formed Suffolk County Tick Eradication Task Force heard from speakers describing their symptoms of Lyme Disease at a forum held at the Southold Town Recreation in Peconic Wednesday night.
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What makes them tick? Not all employees motivated by same thing
Farm managers able to motivate their workers have a better chance of reducing the typical labor problems faced in today's economy (turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity). The most common roadblock managers face when motivating employees is a
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Follow the Dog Home–A Book Review

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“Jackass” Star Bam Margera Holds a Gun on a Puppy, Tweets the Photo

As a star of the Jackass films and of his own show on MTV, Bam Margera has made a good living off low-brow stunts, pranking anybody and everybody, and generally causing chaos in front of cameras. 

Last week, he did more of the same, tweeting a picture of himself holding a gun to a puppy’s head. The tweet read: “Penny pooped in my bed. Not too fond of that. If it happens again, Penny goes Bye Byes.”

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Not funny.

Penny, as you can see, is an adorable Pit Bull puppy. Bam, as you can also see, is a wild-eyed, tattooed hellraiser. 

The outcry was immediate. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, "SPCA spokesman Rich Britton called the picture 'not funny' and said that, even for a shock comedian, Margera 'missed the mark on this one.'"

Margera has 820,000 Twitter followers. He's a sort of anti-hero to legions of young people, some of them impressionable kids, who look upon his fame with admiration and envy. They've been known to do what he does, even the dumb things he does. 

Fortunately, Margera seems to understand how stupid the whole thing was. 

He quickly began apologizing, especially when informed of the recent animal abuse cases in his home region of Chester County, PA.

"I think those people need to go down," he said of the abusers. "Just hurting another animal is rude, crude, and more."

The gun, incidentally, is fake. Bam told the Inquirer that he wished he had made that clear to his Twitter followers. 

In an interview with Fox 29, Bam said, "Sorry if I offended anybody. But I'm an animal lover and I'd never hurt this dog in a million years, and the gun is a fake gun."

"I didn't want to offend anybody. I just wanted to make people laugh," he said. "I just like to joke around. I would never ever in a million years hurt a dog or a cat or any animal." 

In addition to the puppy, Bam has six cats -- Eric the Cat, Trouble, Mischief, Wall Crawl, Peaches, and Twanda Newton Harris. 

This is a sorry chapter in Bam's strange life, but it seems to be simply a joke gone bad. We hope he can turn this into something positive for animals -- he can start with those 820,000 followers on Twitter. 


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How to Stop Dog Food Aggression

If your dog growls when you or your children approach his food bowl during mealtime, you need to be aware of a potentially serious problem. It is essential that dog food aggression be stopped quickly before you or your children are injured by the dog. Dog food aggression is frequently related to other behavior problems so your dog’s daily routine should be examined. It is highly likely that your dog has other behavior problems that have not been fully addressed.
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Nice Pet Scratch photos

A few nice Pet Scratch images I found:

Back Scratching
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Cassie going for the big ol’ back rub

Pet of the Week: Astro, 12720792
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Astro is a 2-year-old Husky/Shepherd mix, who weighs 70 pounds. He came to Lollypop Farm because his previous owner could no longer afford to keep him.

Astro’s a handsome boy with a beautiful black and white long haired coat, one chocolate brown and one very blue eye. Grooming will be necessary to keep him looking his best. He enjoys being pet and back scratches just might earn you a sloppy kiss or two!

Astro and his adopter will need to enroll in a training class, and you will receive a discount on your first six-week class at Lollypop Farm. Children over the age of 12 are recommended, and he would do best in a cat-free household. Bring the whole family, dogs included, out to Lollypop Farm if you are interested in meeting.

This special boy has been waiting too long to find his forever home, and can become a part of your family for a special adoption fee of .

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Stop Excessive Dog Chewing in 5 Easy Steps

Chewing is a very natural physical activity for dogs, however you would not want to tolerate this kind of activity with them as this is quite unhealthy. Finding different solutions to stop dog chewing can be quite a challenge, but is not totally impossible.
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A Community Comes Together to Reunite a Little Girl with Her Stolen Dog

When 10-year-old San Jose, Calif., resident Marissa Mabanag asked her mom for a puppy, her mother, Marie, told Marissa and her sister that she could get a dog only if she earned it by placing on the honor roll that year. Marissa worked hard throughout the school year, diligently completing homework assignments, studying thoroughly for tests, and making the honor roll.

In June, Marissa’s mom rewarded the girl’s efforts with a Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix puppy. Ecstatic, Marissa named the dog Meeko after the comical raccoon character in Disney’s Pocahontas.

Enamored of her new friend, Marissa taught the puppy how to sit and roll over.

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What kind of person steals a little girl’s puppy? Photo: KGO-TV/ABC7

On Monday, however, the Mabanag house was burglarized for the second time in a year, despite recent home security improvements. The burglars entered through a shattered sliding glass door, and in addition to taking thousands of dollars in electronics, swiped Marissa's beloved Meeko.

Heartbroken, the little girl offered up her piggy bank in exchange for the dog's return. When City Council members heard of the dog's disappearance in a second home invasion, they added $ 1,000 to the reward, and police and fire unions chipped in another $ 5,000. 

The heightened stakes worked -- the dog was discovered by an unnamed individual this Thursday in a shopping center in Los Banos, almost 80 miles from home. 

Marissa's mom described the ordeal as a "roller coaster" for her daughter, saying that Marissa will "try to be really brave about it, but if you sit down and talk to her about it, she breaks down." We're breaking down just writing this!

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Marissa was heartbroken, bet her heart is about to be mended, thanks to the effort of a community. Photo: KGO-TV/ABC7

The burglary is just one of a rash of break-ins recently plaguing the family's neighborhood, the result of a budget-crunched police force that simply does not have the manpower to patrol the streets. When the Mabanags discovered their home had been violated again, that was one thing -- but when they realized Meeko was gone, it was simply devastating.

Material things can always be replaced, but the traumatic disappearance of a beloved companion animal leaves an aching hole in your heart. Fortunately for Marissa, she will be reunited with Meeko this week, all thanks to a community effort. It's a lesson in optimism even in the face of devastating adversity. Marissa's mom said, "As much as there are bad people out there, there are also so many good people and this is a perfect example of it. I always tell her that good things happen to good people."

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Is scabies contagious from a dog to a human?

Question by Mitch: Is scabies contagious from a dog to a human?
I just got a puppy, she is about 8 weeks old. I think she has scabies, one of the dogs in the liter had it. She has an appointment tomorrow at the animal clinic, and I was just wondering if I can get scabies from her.

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Answer by Rebecca G
VERY CONTAGIOUS!!! If you start getting red whelts on you, go see your doc! It is not really dangerous, just itchy! Wash you hands well after messing with her and don’t let her around other dogs for now.

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how lucky for olive and sad for all the other dogs…

how lucky for olive and sad for all the other dogs. you would think the shelter learned something from olive. it has always bothered me how they get labeled aggressive when they are in a high-stress situation and no telling what they came from. i am not a behaviorist but i have common sense and a great love for dogs especially pits because they are so misunderstood, like me. :) can you tell me the name of the
shelter, i live in so cal.
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