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Friday, November 3, 2017

Sharks, Rays, Fish, Reptiles, and Marine Invertebrates at #SharkReefAquarium

During our Vegas trip, one of the many activities we did was visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. It is a public aquarium located at and owned by the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's amazing how huge the main tank is. Can you believe that it contains 1,300,000 US gallons ? That's a lot of water!
Shark Reef Aquarium is one of the largest in North America which displays numerous different species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates
The rock fish always fascinates me.  They are beautiful.

The shark tunnel is a great feature.  Most of us doesn't really go diving and see shark so seeing those huge shark  is exciting.  You can watch the video I have posted at the end of this post.
Of all the display, the jelly fish are my least  favorite.  Although they are pretty to look at, they brings back  "burning" memories to me.  Growing up in a coastal area, jelly fish are our constant fear when swimming in the ocean.  They burn your skin and it hurts.
Octopus also bring back memory but I like it.  As a kid, I experienced  catching them.  My Mom taught me how.  They are delicious when cooked properly. 

Butterflies #HawksnestStatePark

Road trip is not always about  the beautiful place or the new location that you are about to see and discover.  When you visit a state park like the Hawks Nest State Park, you will see a lot of  beauties in their natural habitat including birds and all other kinds of critters.  

I saw  a lot of beautiful butterflies  when we went to that park.  It is something that I enjoy immensely.  Butterfly bushes  really  pulls the butterfly around during summer when they are in bloom.  That's one reason why I have butterfly bushes in my garden.  




I believe this particular butter is a swallowtail butterfly.  According to butterfliesathome.com:

Swallowtail or Papilionidae is a family  of large butterflies that  includes more than 600 species worldwide.  Most  of these large, brightly colored butterflies,  feature tails at the back of their  wings. These tail-like appendages resemble the tails of swallow family of birds, hence their name. Several species of Swallowtails are predominantly black, and share similar yellow, blue and orange markings.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Unusual Animals That Make Perfect Pets

There’s nothing wrong with dogs and cats of course, they make the most wonderful family pets. But there are other animals you can care for and bring into your home than these two species. If you’re looking for something a little more unusual then here are a couple of options to consider.

Fantastic Fish
Fish look decorative in the home, and you can get all kinds of weird and wonderful varieties and set up the tank by theme so it looks really fun and unique. If you’re a beginner, you could start with some colorful, easy to manage freshwater fish. If you want to go more complex and keep more unusual varieties, saltwater and tropical fish can look incredible. There are other species that can live in your tank too from luminous moving anemones to snails and crabs. Do your research first and choose the right setup since more can go into it than you might think. There’s loads of advice online, and you could ask the pet store when you’re buying the equipment.

Not So Cuddly Creepy Crawlies
People can shy away from insects and arachnids due to phobias, but if you’re not scared and find them fascinating why not keep one as a pet? Tarantulas, African snails, stick insects- they can be fun to watch if not a little creepy to some. You’ll need the right tank and setup, and will need to make sure you know exactly what your new pet can eat.

Chickens- an Egg-cellent Idea!
If you have space outdoors, why not keep chickens? They might not be your typical pet, but it can be satisfying raising them and plus you get the benefit of fresh eggs every morning too. You will need a good hen house with protection from cats and foxes. You’ll need to provide a good quality feed and medication such as worming and flea tablets. We all know about flea treatments from brands like Pet Lock for the family dog, but something you may not know is chickens can also get them!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Finding The Right Pet Product Company: Your Quick Reference Guide

If you have a dog or other pet that you love dearly, you probably want to make sure that you can purchase top notch pet products for the animal. In some cases, the process of locating the ideal products can seem overwhelming. If this is your challenge, this is the quick reference guide for you. Use some or all of the strategies outlined below to ensure that you can find the ideal pet product company:


  1. Read Through The Company's Website. 
 One of your first steps towards finding the right pet product company is reading through their business website. Taking this step will empower you to learn more about the company, thereby helping you make an informed decision regarding whether you should purchase pet products from them. 

Key questions that you should ask yourself as you read through the company's website include: 

  •  How long has the company been operating? 
  •  What is the company's mission statement? 
  •  Are their pet products environment-friendly? 
  • Can their products be purchased via internet? If so, what is the shipping and return policy?
  •  What types of payment methods are accepted? (Examples: Credit Card, Paypal, Check, Money Order, Cash...) 
  • Can I cancel my order if necessary? 
 Another question you should ask as you peruse through the pet company's business website is what types of brands are available through them. Note that Vet Products Direct sells reputable brands such as Joint Guard and Paw. Note that many pet product companies will include "Live Chat" features which enable you to speak with a customer service representative over the phone. 


  2. Check The Company's Online Reviews. 
 In addition to carefully reading through the information found on the pet product company's website, make sure that you take the time to check their online reviews. Over 80% of consumers now read through these reviews to develop an accurate understanding of the quality level they can expect when purchasing products or services from a specific company. When you find that a pet product supplier regularly receives incredible reviews from their clients, this is a strong indication that they operate in excellence and can be counted on to provide you with stellar service. On the other hand, if you note that a pet product retailer consistently receives unfavorable online reviews, consider this to be a big red flag and think twice before purchasing any goods from them. 

  3. Compare And Contrast. 
 In some cases, an individual might fall head over heels in love with the first pet product supplier they come across. When this happens, keep in mind that it's important to shop around before you settle on any one retailer. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that some retailers offer more cost-effective pricing than others. Another reason you'll want to shop around includes the fact that doing so can help you determine which companies offer the highest quality brands. 

  Start Shopping For The Right Company Now! 

 Once you realize that it's time to purchase pet products for your furry friend, it's important to ensure that you obtain high quality goods at reasonable rates. To ensure that you can, implement the shopping strategies outlined in this quick reference guide!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pygmy Goats, Silkies Chicken, and a Flemish Giant Rabbit

 We visited a farm with a breed of  miniature domestic  goats.  They are commonly known as  pygmy goats and they are so adorable.  I grew up in the farm but we've never really had goats.  According to the article I read online, the Pygmy goat can be used for many different things, in other words they  are multi purpose animals. The pygmy goat is quite hardy and can adapt to virtually all kinds of weather.
 My husband's co-worker has four and all of them are males but their names are all girls name.  I was told that the owners niece gave the names, hence the girl names.
 We were playing badminton at the yard when we heard some clacking sounds.  It was loud  so we go curious and investigate what it was.  It was the goats that was making all the sounds, they were  fighting at each other.  They fought hard that one of them was bleeding.
 They were kind of ornery.  They kept  chewing on  one of their playpen.
 They love the leaves  of the apples too.  We  gave them some branches of the apples and and was fun watching them  trying to get  it first.  I uploaded a couple of videos that you can watch

They have one big bunny named Paws.  She was very big and my kids wanted to  hold her but they were scared.  Flemish giant is a kind of breed that Paws is, she is really massive.

The silkies chicken reminds me of our lionhead bunnies.  Their  colors and feathers are  almost the same.  Silkies comes in a variety of colors.  I love the white ones.  The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk, and satin.   The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. 
It said that although they are fair layers themselves, they only lay  about three eggs a week.  According to my husband's buddy, Silkie chickens are very easy to keep as pets and they are suitable around children, as they can easily withstand being roughly handled.  I wish that we live in a farm, I wouldn't mind having chicken and other animals.  It's fun to raise them.

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