Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Dog Days Are Over

Canada did a great job hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Many residents and tourists enjoyed the festivities surrounding the Olympics and all the extra activities that came along with it. Many of these activities took place in Whistler, British Columbia; a beautiful place that held a horrible secret until discovered this past week.
Dog sledding has always been a big attraction in Whistler and with the overwhelming amount of visitors during the 2010 Olympics more dogs were brought in to meet the demand of rides. When all the medals were won and everyone went home a mass slaughter took place last April with over 70 dogs being killed.

A report says that an employee was told to kill 100 dogs out of the 300. They "were uneconomic to keep after the Games were over the the tourists went home". A veterinarian was contacted for assistance but refused to help euthanize healthy dogs. They said that they attempted to adopt the dogs out but had minimal success. Healthy dogs who the employees had named, bred and loved were shot and buried.

The BC SPCA discovered these horrible actions that the company had taken and filed an investigation which is still on going.

For the full, detailed article please click RIGHT HERE and spread awareness about this horrible act.

PS- If you shoot a dog, I will shoot you!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The "Mane" Event.

This is one of my favourite videos of all time. I'm hoping when i find my bird, Louis, who flew away on my 7th birthday we will have a similar reunion.

PS- Whitney Houston can make any moment special.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Save the Species

They come out at night, have little black masks, some find them cute, others not so much and they are ENDANGERED! I'm talkin' about the black-footed ferret. There are only three ferret species worldwide but the black-footed ferret is the only one indigenous to North America...and were running out!

It was believed that BFFs were extinct until in 1981 a farmers dog showed up at the barn with a black footed ferret in his mouth. From there things took off to get the population of these little furry Canadians up. Many zoos and organizations, including The Toronto Zoo, have teams up to create breeding programs to help the situation of the BFF.

I had the pleasure of working with these little guys during the summer and learned so much. My first day on the job there was a reporter from Canadian Geographic Magazine with a camera in hand. I didn't think much of it until today when it was brought to my attention that I was in Decembers edition of Canadian Geographic. Click
HERE to learn all about the BFF but more importantly see me in action. Click photo essay and go to picture numero 7. You've never seen someone rock a face-mask, lulu lemon headband and green coveralls so well. I'm going to have the paparazzi at my front door tomorrow.

PS- Ferrets make great pets.

Monday, November 23, 2009

That's My Name, Don't Wear It Out!

Working at a zoo, kennel and vet clinic has opened my eyes to a wide variety of names for pets. Anything from a chocolate lab named Denzel Washington, to a boa constrictor names Rocky Balboa...get it...BalBOA? (I found it clever) But the award for best name has to go to a dog named Scrotum Chinfuk. You can't make this stuff up people.

I have a wide variety of pets, all with a reason why i gave it that name.

1) Mortimur- Turtle. Mortimur is a cool, funky name which I thought was appropriate since turtles are cool and funky.

2) Monty- Hermit Crab. Monty seems like an old's man name, and hermit crabs remind me a lot of sluggish old men who just sit there and don't do much.

3) Megatron and Optimus Prime- Fish. These two fish are constantly battling so I thought those names would be fitting. Plus, they are white but one has a little black spot which makes him evil...obvi.

4) Bisslle and Oreck- Sucker Fish. These guys act as vacuums for my fish tank so why not name them after vacuums?

5) SOH, CAH and TOA- Shrimp. I couldn't think of anything else that came in three's...thanks trigonometry.

6) Boris Jangles- Mouse. This is the newest edition to my family. He's small and cute, so i have him a small and cute name. And why Jangles you ask? Well if you're a fan of The Green Mile you should know...if not...watch it!

7) Nemo- Cat. My sister named Nemo, and i had no objection to it. What is cooler then naming a cat after a famous fish? Oh the irony.

So there you have it people, you can name your pets based on a variety of things.

PS- For your sake, and the sake of everyone else...PLEASE don't name your pet something cliche; like snowball, fluffy, precious or angel...you will be judged.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The One and Only...

There is only one man out there whose voice rivals Morgan Freemans. I'm talking about the one, the only... Sir David Frederick Attenborough. Yes ladies and gentleman this man has the voice of a thousand singing angels. I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate one of my blogs to this fine man because he is at one with the animals. Attenborough is on my list of top 10 people I want to meet; he's up there with Alex Trebek and Regis Philbin. At the ripe age of 83, Attenborough has no problem getting his hands dirty to teach others about wildlife, whether it’s digging around in the mud to find the world’s largest earthworm, or getting down on his hands and knees to observe a rare lizard. This man shows no signs of slowing down. Keep on truckin' Dave!

PS- Please do not be fooled by his miss-pronunciation of words such as "sleuth" instead of sloth, "deeficate" instead of defecated…this man knows his stuff. And I’m pretty sure if you’re a “Sir” you can make up whatever words you want. All the power to you David! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Betcha Didn't Know...

Here are a few cool animal facts that you can tell all your friends and make yourself sound cool...

A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average.

A snail can sleep for three years.

All polar bears are left handed.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The sperm of a mouse is longer than the sperm of an elephant

Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and one eye closed.

Elephants have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A giraffe's toungue is blackish blue.

PS- This is Dasiy the Giraffe, a personal friend of mine.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Personal Favourites.

I have been interested in animals for all my life and people always ask me what my favourite animal is. So here are my top four favourite animals.

Number four- Tapir. I'm pretty sure these guys came to exist when some experiment with an elephant and hippo went horribly wrong. They are very unusual looking, but so cool at the same time.

Number three- The Giant Anteater. Anteaters in general are pretty awesome animals, but the fact that the Giant Anteater is in fact GIANT, makes it just that much cooler.

Number two- Sloth. I'm pretty sure in my next life i would want to be a sloth. Chillin' up in tree tops, eating leaves and barley moving sounds like my kind of life.

Number uno- Anaconda. Not only a cool movie, but a cool animal. Nothing says badass like the largest snake in the world.

PS- To you Arthur fans out there, Arthur is an A-A-R-D-V-A-R-K, which is a type of anteater.