Archive for November, 2007

The Lovely Feathers – an animal-esque artist!

November 30, 2007

The Lovely FeathersHind Hind Legs is the other album I can’t get enough of. Listening to their songs is like taking a hike that starts at the edge of a forest, but once the song is over you’re lost in the woods with no idea how you got there and no memory of how to get back. It’s awesome.

The Lovely Feathers official site

Click on the title of this post to read more at May’s Machete.

Keep your pet safe this holiday season

November 30, 2007

Deck the halls! If you’re like a lot of my friends and family, you adorned your home with decorations somewhere between “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”

However, all of this holiday cheer can spell big trouble for your pet. Take a look at this list from the ASPCA, of common seasonal goodies that may be harmful for your pet.

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Puppy "Lemon Law" Draws Fire

November 29, 2007

The bill would compensate buyers if they purchase a puppy that has health problems unknown to them at the time of the purchase.

Consumers would be able to get their money back for the animal, get reimbursed for vet bills, or get a new pet. However, officials at the Coulee Region Humane Society say the legislation needs to do more, including targeting the problem of puppy mills.

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Humane Society seeks legislation after lion escapes

November 29, 2007

To protect citizens and instill safety upon the community, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) issued a press release challenging Ohio to regulate the ownership of dangerous, exotic pets, following a lion’s escape in Wakefield last week.

The lion, named Lambert, owned by Terry Brumfield, escaped and was reported chasing cars on U.S. Route 23. The lion was recaptured without any reported injuries or visible property damage.

“(The lions) are well trained and well contained. They are not a danger, when they are well contained.” said Brumfield. “Accidents happen.”

Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo posted about this event previously in this post.

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Record ninth conviction for Coventry, UK bird egg thief

November 29, 2007

Gregory Wheal, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing wild birds’ eggs and one of possessing equipment for use in collecting at Coventry Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

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Horse the Band

November 28, 2007

An experimental metalcore band, Horse The Band is well known for their achievement of an 8-bit video game-influenced sound, resulting in the band often being referred to as “Nintendocore.” Their keyboardist, Erik Engstrom, uses the Korg MS-2000 and more recently, the Roland Juno-D synthesizer and LSDJ Gameboy cartridge to create their trademark sound.
Click here to read an interview with Horse The Band Keyboardist Erik Engstrom on

Check out Horse the Band on Wikipedia

Check out Horse the Band on MySpace

A letter from Dr. Ron!

November 28, 2007

Dear Kitty Mowmow,

There is an interesting phenomenon occurring currently in the deep South.

Because of positive spay-neuter laws, proper licensing fees, animal-friendly local legislation, and no doubt other factors, there are localities in the Northeast and possibly other areas where it is difficult to find a dog and/or a cat to adopt. Shelters and other humane and adoption organizations simply are unable to provide enough pets locally.

This is a wonderful problem for them because of course this is the primary goal of most welfare oriented groups. We don’t want more pets than can be fostered and processed into homes.

The problem of shelters in the North is becoming the solution to a problem of humane organizations in the deep South.

For reasons better discussed in a later communication we in the South are overwhelmed by a surplus of Lab and Lab mixes. They are overflowing our shelters and many wonderful dogs are euthanized every week.

These are the exact dogs that are in great demand in the New England area. Some shelters in the South are shipping, sending, transporting dogs from the South to shelters which will find them homes in the North. What a great solution!

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Ron

Track polar bears online

November 26, 2007

World Wildlife Fund Canada has set up a website that allows viewers to see how the world’s largest carnivore is bearing climate change.

Click here to go to the Polar Bear Tracking site.

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Oil spill takes toll on sea duck from Canada’s boreal forests

November 25, 2007

To date, at least 1,365 birds have been found dead, and more than 1,000 oiled birds were captured alive and taken to a wildlife care center in Solano County to be cleaned and rehabilitated.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission Prepares to Collect Deer Samples for CWD Testing

November 24, 2007

While there continues to be no known cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, joined by veterinarians and laboratory technicians from the Pennsylvania and U.S. departments of agriculture, will, once again, step up its efforts next week to verify that fact.

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Meet Bearsuit, Kitty Mowmow’s animal artist of the week!

November 23, 2007

On one level Bearsuit play music that’s quintessentially “indie-pop”: songs that sport catchy melodies and bounce forward playfully. But Bearsuit’s approach to pop music won’t be mistaken for anyone else’s. They like messy electronics. They have a love for loud guitars, and occasionally shift their songs into near-thrash territory. And they love harmonies more than about any band you’ll find these days, and sing them with gusto and grace.
— Click here to read the rest of the review of Bearsuit’s album Cat Spectacular on Erasing Clouds.

Big band Bearsuit sure know how to entertain and this is their third joyful long player ‘OH:IO’. Five out of the six members of this band take a hand in vocal duties, its just drummer Matt Hutchings left to his own devices. All the other zombies/bears/bandstanders in Bearsuit are multi-instrumentalists whipping up an over the top celebration of musical misrule.
–Click here to read the rest of Alex Hegazy’s review of Bearsuit’s album OH:IO on Spacelab.

Bearsuit’s official website

Purchase Bearsuit’s self-titled album from CD Universe.

Connect with Bearsuit on their MySpace page.

Pet Lion on Loose Chases Cars in Ohio

November 23, 2007

Terry Brumfield told officers that his lion named Lambert had broken out of its pen in nearby Piketon, about 90 miles east of Cincinnati. The owner was able to get the animal back into the cage without anyone getting hurt.

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Two nations in the UK: northerners love dogs, southerners prefer cats

November 22, 2007

Its survey of animal ownership trends, based on analysis of almost 266,000 pets, found that a person’s choice of pet varies considerably according to where they live. Almost 75 per cent of PDSA patients in the north of England are dogs, the researchers found. But the proportion of canine patients south of Watford is significantly lower, at about 57 per cent.

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Pets feel holiday stress, too

November 22, 2007

Myers says stress is caused by disrupted schedules, rearranging the home decor, visits with humans and visits with other people’s pets. Boredom from lack of attention or mental stimulation can also be a trigger.

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Woman testing ‘big cat’ traces: A Devon woman who believes she spotted a big cat in her garden has sent away samples of the animal’s hair for tests.

November 21, 2007

She said: “I leapt out of bed thinking it was an intruder. It got to a corner and sprung, two big springs across and it was out of sight.” She said the 3ft-long creature left white tufts of hair in the hedge.

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A letter, nay, indeed a STORY from a loyal reader. Enjoy!

November 21, 2007

Dear Kitty Mowmow,

Let me make one thing perfectly clear. Granny and Pa-paw like squirrels (and I don’t mean fried with gravy). They have fed birds and squirrels for decades, and tolerated the mess and waste the squirrels made as the furry-tailed tree rats tossed perfectly good bird seed mix from the bird feeder onto the ground as they picked out only the sunflower seeds. While they always have a dog who yaps at the squirrels at every opportunity, the dogs are only allowed to harass the squirrels from the end of a leash, providing exercise without danger. They never had a cat, nor tolerated visiting cats poaching in their yard. (Amazing what protection a Super-Soaker can provide where felines are involved.) That is, until Boo-Boo moved next door.

Now, Boo-Boo is not one of those “dogs in a cat suit” that dog-lovers sometimes refer to in order to explain/deny their new conversion as a cat-person. Boo-Boo is a rather ugly female tortoise-shell colored cat, who likes people, provided she knows them and is in the mood to be attended by them. But she is not attached to any one person like dogs are; rather she is attached to her home next door. Which was unfortunate, since her owners moved away, leaving the house and cat food bowl empty. Boo-Boo refused to consider the new house home, and returned to her territory.

As you may have guessed from her name, Granny is the type of person who cannot bear the idea that anyone or anything is hungry. No one ever visits her without being offered cookies, cake, pie, coffee, or a merely a complete meal. She still does not consider herself a cat owner, but Boo-Boo’s cat food dish now resides on Granny’s patio, and is filled twice a day. When Granny goes out for a walk, Boo-Boo follows along. But Boo-boo still “lives” next door, in spite of the fact that the empty house is currently undergoing extensive renovation. She checks out all the work daily, though she is a bit too wary of the workmen to allow herself to be petted by them.

Problem is, Boo-Boo likes squirrels, and is rather adept at catching them. So far she has a verified tally of three. At least she does not waste them. She eats them, apparently skin and all. Recently she came running up to greet Granny and Pa-Paw, looking for all the world as though she had grown a Rip Van Winkle beard overnight. Closer inspection proved it to be a squirrel tail protruding from her mouth and dangling down her chin. Presumably the rest had already been swallowed. This has produced quite a quandry for Granny and Pa-Paw. Is it really fair to feed visitors and then allow another guest to turn them into lunch? Or do they forcefully evict a friendly neighbor who refuses to leave her home, simply because she eats what she sees as a mobile banquet? Especially when the only sure way to keep Boo-Boo away probably involves a permanent change in her breathing? So far Boo-Boo has won out, and Granny and Pa-Paw seem to pretend to themselves she only catches “strange” squirrels who have wandered into the territory uninvited, while those who actually live on the property know to watch out for her.

I am sure this is not a static situation–will keep you posted about further developments.

—Chaos Bard

FWC looking for good homes for unwanted nonnative pets

November 21, 2007

If you have an exotic pet that you can’t care for anymore, don’t just open the front door and set it free. It’s illegal to release a nonnative animal into the wild in Florida, and it could be detrimental for the animal and the environment. In an effort to keep unwanted exotic pets out of South Florida’s native ecosystem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Miami Metro Zoo will host the third Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day in February in Miami.

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How to Protect Your Pets This Winter

November 20, 2007

· Keep animals inside, particularly puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or coat on walks.

· Don’t allow your cat or dog to roam freely outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started. (To help prevent this, bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting the engine.) Animals can also become disoriented when there is snow or ice on the ground. More animals are lost during the winter than during any other season.

· Increase animals’ food rations during winter because they are burning more calories to keep warm. Also, be sure that animals are free of internal parasites, which can rob them of vital nutrients.

· Keep an eye out for strays. Take unidentified animals inside until you can find their guardians or get them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call your local humane society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors.

· Wipe off your dogs’ or cats’ legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them while cleaning themselves.

· When you see dogs left outdoors, provide them with proper shelter. Doghouses should be made of wood (because metal is a poor insulator) and positioned in a sunny location during cold weather. Raise the house off the ground several inches, and put a flap over the door to keep out cold drafts. Use straw for bedding–rugs and blankets can get wet and freeze.
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Wildlife Contraception

November 20, 2007

This fascinating article from Conservation Magazine, a publication of the Society for Conservation Biology, discusses a controversial issue.

A rifle shot rings out, and a splash of red erupts onto her thigh. She’s been hit. But she doesn’t stumble and fall. Instead, she continues running because those rifle shots aren’t bullets: they’re darts containing purified pig proteins plus a bit of dye to mark the hit. The goal here at Makalali Reserve in South Africa isn’t to kill these animals but rather to contracept them: to trick their immune systems into preventing pregnancy in order to control populations. It’s the newest approach to a quintessentially modern problem—too many elephants roaming South Africa’s wild reserves, stripping leaves from trees and in some spots mowing the grass until it resembles a putting green. And it isn’t just elephants; on other continents, too many mallards, horses, deer, and kangaroos in the wrong places pose similar problems.

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NYC’s Pigeon War Targets Unsung War Hero: Big Apple’s ‘Pigeon Czar’ Would Bite the Hand That Feeds the Birds

November 20, 2007

Mary Poppins would be horribly disappointed. Whatever happened to “feed the birds, tuppence a bag?”
“There should be no one allowed to feed pigeons,” New York City Councilman Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, said at a press conference outside City Hall. “The sidewalks, parks, streets and bridges of our city are littered with evidence that something needs to be done. The government needs to take responsibility for this issue and end the free rein of pigeons in our city.”

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