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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dunkin and Georgina #GuineaPigs

The number of pets in our home is growing.  We have now five rabbits, two guinea pigs, and two dogs.  Having pets is wonderful but it can be a daunting task especially if all of the responsibility of taking care of them is on you.  Don't get me wrong, I love   pets, I grew up   having too many around us but  my parents were very strict that we  take care of  our pets or  they will get rid of them and so we did.  My kids on the other hand just love having them but sometimes neglect to help in taking care of them.  I will take the blame for it, I am not  strict  in imposing rules to them.  This year, it will change.  They started to  really pitched in in taking care of them especially during the Holiday break.
 We adopted a female guinea pig a while back but she died  shortly after just a month.  I think she  was sick when we got her.  So we decided to  look for another female to adopt  so that the male has a companion.  We never found any for adoption so after my kids bugged me a million times, I  gave in and we got them  another one (see it is part my fault why the number of our pets is growing, it's hard for me to say no lol).  
 Just like Penelope, this new  guinea pig  is also a long haired one.  Looking at the 10 different breeds of guinea pigs at Guinea Pig Hub, ours  looks like the Peruvian type.  Dunkin is a common breed or American.
 We named her, Georgina or Gigi for short.  She is  so small when we got her but now, she is almost Dunkin's size.  Just like rabbits, our male guinea pig is also very aggressive.  He always tries to make out (I don't know the proper term for it so pardon my words) but  Gigi always runs away which is good because I don't think I am ready to raise guinea pig babies he he.
 We put them on a separate cages because  wood chips flew everywhere when we  tried to put them in the same  place.  We didn't want Gigi to stress out so we just put their cages side by side.  We always hear Dunkin making the purr sound.  
We take them out of their cages  every so often  and make them run around and chase each other.  However, when our dogs are around, Gigi gets so scared.  It's awesome to see that Dunkin always come to the rescue and  try to protect her.  I would say that I like rabbits more than guinea pigs because the  former are friendly and they love to cuddle.  Guinea pigs are not so much of a cuddle buddy but they are certainly cute and their noises can be your  alarm clock lol.

Why You Should Adopt Pets Instead of Buying Them


Unfortunately, breeding pets for business purposes is not illegal in all places yet, but you can make a better personal choice by choosing to adopt instead of buying. In case you are wondering what’s the difference or can’t think of enough reasons as to why one is better than the other, go through the following points.
Our adopted dog, Bolt

You are Supporting Horrifying Puppy Mills

Whenever you buy from a professional breeder, you are giving money to a business that makes a profession out of forcibly exploiting breeder dogs and puppies. In case you are not yet aware of the hell that a puppy mill is, click here to check out the reality.

It’s a Lot Cheaper

Puppy adoption is not only the better way to welcome a furry friend into your family, but it’s also more economical. Adoption charges are nominal as compared to buying a pedigree puppy and it often includes the costs of neutering, microchipping, and vaccinating. In other words, you get a healthy, spayed and vaccinated puppy at a lower cost.

They Need Your Help

Tens of millions of cats, dogs, and other pets are put into shelters every year, and unless you give them a home, they are living on borrowed time. They really need people to give them a loving home and each time someone buys a pet from a breeder or a pet shop, a pet loses its chance at survival.

Adoption is Rewarding

To know that you saved a life that was headed for euthanization is rewarding in itself. Chances are that the dog will show you enough gratitude to make sure that you will love yourself for that decision as well. It is to be noted that shelters have all kinds of dogs and some of them will have an abusive and sad history, which may lead them to be less charming. If you decide to adopt such a puppy, ensure that you understand what that means because the last thing an abused or abandoned dog needs is to be left alone once again.
Shelter Dogs may already have Training

This isn’t guaranteed, but most shelter dogs usually have at least some basic training from their earlier owners or from the adoption center itself. This means that you won’t have to worry about toilet training too much when you adopt.

Adoption Solves Pet Overpopulation Problem

A breeder may sell you a dog or any other pet without neutering it first, while all adoption centers must make sure that the puppy you are taking home won’t be able to add to the population. To some, it may sound cruel, but given the reality of the situation, it’s a necessary step. Millions of animals are put down every year because of overpopulation and at this moment, there aren’t enough homes to accommodate them all.

By now, it should be clear why animal lovers all over the world suggest that we adopt. Nevertheless, whether you adopt or buy, please make sure that your puppy doesn’t end up at the shelter one day.

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!


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