animals


A father was at the beach with his children when his 4 year old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore, where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

“Daddy, what happened to him?” his son asked.  “He died and went to Heaven,” the Dad replied.

The son thought for a moment and said, “Did God throw him back down?”

Have a “Beachy” Day!

When children are smaller hide and seek is pretty easy.  As they get older you better have a big house or get creative.  We don’t have the big house so we got creative. 

Animal Hide and Seek

StuffedAnimals.jpg (picture from http://www.lucinda.net/surber/2004-2005.html )

Keep it to a certain number like 2 animals per child.  Make sure everyone playing sees what the animals look like first.  Play like normal only instead of hiding themselves they hide the animals (or guys, barbies, etc).  The seeker looks for the item.  If it gets too hard then you can use the HOT/COLD hints to help the seeker.  This has worked great for us!

Have a “Hiding” Day!

I got this from: http://jayleigh.wordpress.com/

The Duck & the Devil

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed
back for dinner.
 
As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck  square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile,
only to see his sister watching! 
 
Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him,
“Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.  
 
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.”  Sally just smiled and said, “Well, that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to  help.” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. 
 
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came
to Grandma and confessed that he had killed  the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said,  Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love
you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.” 
 
Thought for the day and every day thereafter?Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is…You need to know that God
was standing at the window and He saw the whole  thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. 
        
He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.  The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are
saved. 
 
Go ahead and make a difference in someone’s life today. Share this with a friend and always remember: God is at the window. 

Isn’t that a great story? 

Have a “forgiven” day!

Drum roll please…..

My final tip is on Owning a Zebra.  There was a lot of concern when 101 Dalmatians came out (the newer one) as people were giving dalmatians as a gift and then finding out that the animal didn’t fit in with their family.  This got me to thinking about the movie Racing Stripes

 ( picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_Stripes)

If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a Zebra who got left behind from his circus family and adopted by humans.  The zebra was then confused about who he was and wanted to be a race horse.  I thought to myself ….

So did this movie create the same issue?

Are there Zebras in the pound waiting for a home? 

Confused Zebras not knowing what kind of animal they are? 

If it did I, found this info helpful in case you did get a Zebra or want to:
(taken from http://www.geocities.com/zedonknzorse/wantzeb.html)    🙂

               So You Want A

Zebra

First
Know your zebras. Many people purchase zebras “for fun” at an auction, and have no idea what type (species/subspecies) of animal they have purchased. The types are easy to distinguish, and there is a vast amount of information about wild zebras available. However, 2 of the 3 species are threatened or endangered & Federal Law of ownership of these animals may come into play.

Second
Why do you want a zebra?  Having read about the behavior of the animals, how they act in a native habitat, what type of roaming / range they require -Are you wanting a novelty pet? Are you going to invest in a breeding program for the species preservation or are you attempting to raise hybrids for profit. If you answered a pet, then please reread your zebra information. Wild animals are not pets. Unless you intend to keep a family herd, trained enough to allow all members to be handled, in a native-similar setting, please do not get a zebra. A zebra without equine companionship is miserable. Equines are herd animals, and to deprive them of normal interactions is to promote depression, frustration & temperamental behavior.

Third
How much equine experience do you have? Never had a horse? A pony? A donkey or mule. We say with all sincerity
Do not endanger yourself and a zebra by owning one of these animals. It’s  not fair to them. Most of the bad reputation zebra ( and other wild / captive animals) have comes from bad experiences with people starting out uneducated in their task. Even if you have worked around equines – do you like warmblood temperaments or hotbloods? Do you understand about stallion mentality? Have you raised or trained Ponies – Arabs – Mustangs? If not, you still may not be ready to own a zebra.

Fourth
How old will this zebra be? Are you going to purchase a bottle-foal, a 2 month, a weanling? Have you raised foals before? Do you understand imprinting? How will you bond a bottle coat with other equines. If your head is reeling and you are asking why? At this point , please understand we really are trying to help you. We want to save you from getting yourself in a possible situation that could become dangerous. Having reached the point where you can say “I don’t want a pet .I do want to breed hybrids. I understand I may not see a true profit from raising zebra or hybrids. I realize th etie and training involved in a wild animal.” – then you can seriously move on. What kind of facilities will your zebra / hybrid be in?  We don’t want you to be angry or upset and say “These people don’t want me to own a zebra.” Thats not true.
We do want you to have a full understanding of what you will be dealing with – the animal itself. It’s mentality, needs and long term care. Would you be ready to  raise & care for a lion? A buffalo? You will be working with an 800 lb. Wild animal. Please stop and think about a worst case scenario. Zebras kept in captive situations should have sturdy fencing board or narrow-gapped pipe. A stud may need a 6 foot fence. A barbed wire enclosure will not do, neither will a small paddock. They need room to move and graze.here to access a list of some breeders of zebras in the US, get to know them & their stock. Talk with them, talk with several, get as many different viewpoints as you can before you take that very big step.Trained but Not Tame
What type of zorses or zebrass will you breed? Is there a market in your area? Can you evaluate bite & conformation? Can you work with the mares & their hybrid foals daily? Will your foals be dam-raised to weaning or pulled off as bottle babies? (Which is a whole ‘nuther can of worms.) Will you keep a stallion for live cover or A1? How does your vet feel about working with a zebra? Will you be able to give basic injections, float teeth, trim hooves? Yes, a lot of questions to answer but very necessary.
Zonies
The smallest of the zebra hybrids, the zony is usually a cross between a zebra stallion & pony mare (Shetland or Welsh type). The Grants zebra is most commonly used, being only about 11hh (44″ tall). While there have been the occasional “reciprocal crosses” (Zebret, Zebra hinny) where a pony horse or donkey has sired a foal on a zebra mare. They are uncommon and not recommended. The use of miniature horse mares for breeding exceptionally tiny “zonies” is a highly controversial subject. The height difference (with a very small mare & stallion longear by more than 2hh (8″) could cause serious problems for the mare. In addition – know the market.
Zorse
Any horse mare can become a zorse dam, but as with modern mules – don’t choose “throw away” mares to have your foals. In times past, if a mare was’t good enough to throw decent horse foals, she was sorted as “just a mule mare.” That got some ugly mule foals & more bad reputations for mules. Today’s saddle mule is refined & elegant, or stout & workable, with a quality dam, many with pedigrees. Give your zorse the same opportunity to be good and not ugly or mediocre.
Grevys Zebras
There are not only chromosomal differences between the different zebra species, but conformational ones as well. (We will talk only about the plains & Grevys zebra, as the Mountain zebra is endangered and there are none known to be available for hybrid breeding or private captive programs.
The Plains zebra are most common in zorse breeding (as in zonies), the conformation of the plains zebra is more conclusive to a good horse /cross hybrid. Many zorses very much resemble mules or horses, with the pattern being the most noticeable and out standing feature. Grevys zorses on the other hand are more widely varied and less consistent in conformation. While a few look quite nice, they seem to be the exception. The majority of Grevy / zorse photos all show conformation in common-large Roman – nosed heads, thin necks, high wither mounds, long backs, small legs. The one successful out- cross of a 1900’s breeding, “Juno” was considered so ugly (all of the bad and none of the good) that her conformation along with the percentage of failure in setting mares to zebra stallions brought the project crashing to a halt. Compare an assortment of plain’s cross  zebras/hybrids with Grant’s crosses below.Zebrass (Zedonk)
What will you do with your zebrass? Do you want to ride or drive? Again, miniature donkeys are not recommended (mini donkeys must be under 36″ at the withers. This puts a tremendous strain on such a small mare/jennet.) Standard donkeys (48-54″) or mammoth jennets (54.01″ and up) can all be used for breeding zebrass.Again, use jennets who themselves have good conformation. Yes, the hybrid offspring will be sterile & can’t pass faults along to offspring, but why breed for faults? ( or with faults in an animal).

***Ok, if that tip didn’t help you then try this one.  If you are going to the ZOO call ahead to see what time the animals, that you want to see, are most active.  Plan your day around that.  There is nothing worse then getting there are finding all the animals snoozing!***

The contest ends today.  Get your links to any of my A-Z tips on your blog and let me know today.  I will draw tomorrow for a winner.  Thanks everyone for playing along.

 Have a “Stripes” Day!  (Well not if that means getting arrested!)

I received this from my hubby’s Dad’s wife.  WOW!!  Just in case you ever wondered how Not to release a bear 🙂  I think they should have fed him first what do you think?  Or maybe a mild sedative.

Ok, So I had some trouble posting this so here’s the link.  It’s very interesting so check it out:

 http://bestpicsaround.com/pic-944-How-not-to-release-a-bear

Have a “Safe” Day!

It’s my blog and I can do what I want to, do what I want to, do what I want to, you would blog to if this smell happen to you.

(Tidbit about me – I make up songs and sing all the time!)

OK, if you have been here before you might have heard me say that if it’s not in the Bible then it’s up for debate.  I grew up with four brothers (and a Father) and now have two boys (and a husband) so farting tooting goes with the territory.

You may think this story is about my children but it’s not. 

My husband and I were sitting on the couch and he was playing with the cat, while both of the kids were in bed for the night.  All of a sudden my hubby puts his shirt over his face which is code for the dog let one loose; however the dog was no where to be found.  The dog was actually in our son’s room.  Now our house is not that big, but I didn’t think it would carry.  I still had not smelled it yet.  After we determined that the dog wasn’t around I quickly said “it wasn’t me”.  He said “I know because it’s not human.”  Funny thing is I knew he was right.  We then determined that our baby kitten must have some serious gas and was ready to blow at anytime.  Since she is the newest one to our family I guess we haven’t become accustomed to her “smell” yet. 🙂

So I thought it was very interesting that we can tell who’s fart gas it is by the smell.  Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.   For all those men who blame it on the dog the jig is up!  And honestly if yours are as strong as the dog’s then I have one question “What are you eating?”.  Come on their “smells” are like a toxic bomb (at least with the dogs I have owned)!  There is usually a fog that comes along with theirs.  Well come to think of it maybe it’s not that far off. 🙂

Have a “clear” day!

So if you read my previous post about getting another animal …we did it.  We have a new little kitten.  My boys wanted to go to Petsmart while on the way to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Dad said ok and we went to “just look”.  We head straight for the animals!  I saw these two beautiful kittens that I thought were great, but they had to go together.  That’s not what I had in mind.  If I am having trouble selling the idea of one, two isn’t going to fly.  Low and behold my hubby found this kitten that he liked….what? 

This little crazy squirrel cat that was bouncing off the walls; literally.  I wasn’t sure about her but Dad saidfdfdafd (oops, she just attacked something and it scared me) said that if we were getting another animal he wanted to pick it out and he wanted a lively one.  So off he goes to the room to pet her.  Wait for me.  She was rather cute.  I just wasn’t sure about the bouncing off the walls thing.  Off he goes to get the carrier at home, and I paid for her.  By the way, this is a rescue organization that helps place animals not a “store” thing. 

So we get her home and the other animals take to her pretty well.  Our older “bully” cat isn’t such a bully.  He kind of runs away from her.  The dog is blind in one eye and scared of everything so he doesn’t mess with her.  I think she wishes he would though. 

The name meeting begins.  She is grey with a big bushy tale and really wild.  We have several names to choose from.  The vote is in and it is a tie.  So we go to another vote and there we have it…it’s rainy!  Not my first choice.  I wanted stormy.  But she should have been called squirrely!

It’s been really fun having a kitten around.  She is very playful, obviously, but also loving.  She runs around here like a chicken with her head cutoff. 

She is very cute and we love her; just don’t move too quickly!  Here she is….

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