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The Incredible History of Stuffed Animals

Just about every one out there can think of a favorite stuffed animal that they have or that they had at one time. These soft toys are often very special to use and can help us to get through the rough times that come our way in life. Since we see stuffed animals all over the place, it is easy to assume they have always been available. Learning about the history of stuffed animals though can help you to appreciate them more.
It is believed they actually originated centuries ago in the Egyptian culture. While the remains of the actual stuffed animals haven’t been found, paintings of them around the tombs of the Egyptians have given researchers the impression that they did have them. In other cultures it is believed they were used for ceremonies to take the place of real animals.
The first stuffed animals were introduced in the 1830’s. There weren’t well made like today though in factories with various types of stuffing. Instead these were homemade. The materials used were cloth and straw. As time progressed new materials were used. How many of you remember sock puppets as toys? Most children today don’t but older generations loved to play with them.
It may surprise you to learn that stuffed animals actually came from the idea of stuffing real animals that had been killed. That is still a process that hunters engage in today as a way to preserve the beauty of those animals. It is also a way to display them as a trophy. However, that process can be both time consuming and expensive.
The idea of stuffed animals as we know them today took place in 1880. These were the first commercialized types. They were manufactured in Germany. There are now brand names out there made all over the world.
As materials including cotton and various types of synthetic fibers were introduced, they became the main types of items used to stuff these delightful toys. They could be produced quickly and very inexpensively. The idea of using beans to stuff them also added appeal down the road in this market.
In the United States the attention for stuffed animals occurred when President Roosevelt was shown with a picture of a cuddly icon. A manufacturer approached the President to ask to use his name with the production of them in 1902. Today there are thousands of different types including the teddy bear out there for you to choose from.
Even though kids today seem to be more interested in electronic gadgets than using their imaginations to play, stuffed animals are still hot selling items. You will find many classics out there including Raggedy Anne and Andy, teddy bears, and Disney characters. Some of the older stuffed animals are considered collector’s items and are worth a great deal of money if they are in good shape. You may have some of them around your home or packed away that are more valuable than you ever imagined.…

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How to Choose the Correct Dog Breeds

How to Choose the Correct Dog Breeds

You have finally decided to get a dog for your family. You are excited and ready for a new family member.

You did your homework. You asked around. But there are over 150 dog breeds, which should you choose? And how will external factors affect your decision? Here are some questions that you must ask yourself before you buy the dog. Do not make a hasty decision as it will be yours for life.

1. Does the law in your country allow certain breeds? In Singapore, certain big dogs are not allowed in high-rise flats. There are also dogs that are not allowed in my country. Be sure to check with the authorities first before you decide.

2. How much time can you spend with your dog? If your job requires a lot of your time, you should only consider the types of dogs that are not too dependent on their owners. You might even want to drop the idea of having a dog.

3. Do you have children in your house? Some breeds are suitable for families with children. You should buy a dog with good temperament, and should not be too huge in size.

4. How much space do you have? If you are living in a small place, don’t buy a big dog. Dogs need space as much as we humans do.

5. How much time can you spare to groom your dog? You must be willing to spend time to groom your dog each day. Dogs like the Golden Retrievers shed hair easily. So, it is important that you choose a dog that fits your grooming schedule.

I hope these 5 questions will help you explore the different breeds that you can consider when getting a dog.…

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Fun Games for a Rainy Day

Rainy days are often accompanied by the claim, “Mom I’m bored.” No matter how many toys or electronic devices they have, sooner or later the kids are going to want something new to do. Parents can often be at a loss to find something that will hold their interest. Here are 4 ideas that are easy to do, need only items commonly found around the house and will keep the kids entertained for hours at a time. They are also a great way to boost your kids creative thinking as they create their own rules to change the games.
Musical Games
This is a variation of musical chairs and doesn’t require as much room to play. Place one toy for each person in the center of a rug in an open room. Each person will circle the rug while the music plays. Once the music stops each person must grab a toy. Remove one toy for the second round. The person who doesn’t get a toy is out. Continue until there is only one player left.
Another version is to play music while the kids dance around. When the music stops everyone must freeze in place exactly as they are standing. If you move, you are out.
A third version isn’t exactly a game, but it can be used to motivate kids to help clean up the play room. Each child starts at opposite ends of the room and wait for the music. While the music plays they must pick up and put away as many thing as they can, working toward the other side of the room. When the music stops they must freeze in place. Once the music starts they begin cleaning again. The key is to not keep the music going to long so they have several stops while they are cleaning. The combination of the music and the ‘competition’ really gets them motivated to participate.
Crossing the Marsh
This game can be played with only a few people or many. You will need some newspaper for each participant. You will need a large open space such as a hallway or living room. Mark out a starting line and a finish line. Give each player two pieces of newspaper and tell them they must get from the starting line to the finish line without touching the ground. The newspaper represents the ‘safe’ ground. They will need to place one piece of paper on the ground, stand on it and place the next piece of paper on the ground. Once they have moved to the second piece of paper they will have to pick up the first piece and move it so they can stand on it. Once everyone has done this a couple of times it is time to make it a bit harder.
Now everyone needs to divide into pairs. Each group must do the same thing, but they only have two pieces of newspaper. They can follow the same process, but both will have to fit onto the single piece of newspaper. Make it even more challenging by cutting the newspaper in half to make it smaller and more difficult to stand on. Another variation requires that they leave a trail of newspapers behind them so they must tear a piece off that is large enough to stand on and continue to move to the finish line.
This can be even more fun if you have enough people to make teams of three or more. Then each team has one less piece of newspaper than there are people in the group. For example a team of 4 would only have three pieces of paper. Have races to see who is the fastest to get across the marsh.
Hide and Seek for Stuffed Animals
This is a modification of the standard, “FInd the Button” game many adults remember playing. Young children may have a hard time finding such a small object so this modified game uses a stuffed animal instead. You will need one or more small stuffed animals and a timer to play this game.
One person hides the stuffed animal(s) in a designated room. They can be hidden under, behind and even inside items. Make sure you know how many stuffed animals are being hidden and what they are so there is no arguing about what was found. Once the animals are hidden the timer is set for 5 minutes and the rest of the family looks for the stuffed animals. This is particularly fun when played in a room where many random stuffed animals are usually laying on the floor and you have to find the specific stuffed animals being used for this game. The trick is to remember which stuffed animals are the ones you are looking for. The person who finds …

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Careers With Animals That Will Last A Lifetime

Many people like having pets around the house, such as dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs. There are others, however, who have an earnest love for animals and are especially concerned for their welfare. Animal lovers can find many rewarding careers with animals that will allow them to make money doing what they love to do.
Animals are special creatures that need and deserve the love, care and attention that humans can offer. People who want to work with animals must demonstrate a great deal of love and patience as they learn how to treat sick and injured pets. People in careers with animals can play an active role in giving animals what they need to have a good quality of life.
Veterinarian medicine is a multi-faceted field of study, as the skills can be used in many areas involving animal care. Becoming a doctor for animals involves the same rigorous coursework that is required for treating humans. The typical four years of college and additional six years of medical school and residency apply, except a veterinarian in training goes to veterinarian school instead of medical school.
There are many areas of veterinarian medicine to choose from when embarking on rewarding careers with animals. A veterinarian treats sick or injured animals just as a doctor treats humans for injury and medical conditions. People can pursue a less rigorous and perhaps less expensive educational training by becoming a Veterinarian Technician. This kind of animal care worker functions like a nurse and works anywhere a veterinarian typically works, including animal hospitals and shelters.
Sometimes, wild animals need care and attention when they get hurt or develop illnesses in their natural habitat. A wildlife rehabilitator must become certified in the appropriate coursework needed to learn how to treat wild animals as well as get the proper permits needed to deal with wildlife. These animal workers play a special role in caring for our natural environment by nursing the animal back to health so it can go back into the wild when it recovers.
People who enjoy working with animals can find a job at a zoo or aquarium as animal attendants if they have an animal science or biology degree. There are other important jobs to choose from, such as animal behaviorists, which usually require a doctorate in some field of animal science. Careers with animals can lead to a fulfilling role in helping to give animals dignified care and attention when they need it.…

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Dogs for Adoption

Win the Bed Bugs Battle

Mice and rats may induce a squeal, a shriek or a shudder. Spiders might cause you to jump and the threat of termites eating away at your house will have you calling for help. But there are few pests that can cause a sheer panic more than the way the cute but odorous skunk commands with its mere presence.
Having skunks in your yard will send most people running and for good reason. A skunks spray can reach up to 15 feet. This powerful defense mechanism is a highly evolved weapon. It can even ward off a bear. The stench is notoriously hard to remove and can last for several days. The smell can cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the skin and even temporary blindness. Even the relatively unskilled human nose can detect a skunk’s spray for up to a mile downwind.
For all the power in the spray, skunks are usually reluctant to use it. They carry about 5 to 6 sprays worth at any given time. Once this supply is exhausted, it will take about 10 days for the skunk to produce another load. This leaves the animal defenseless and vulnerable. They will bite as well as spray if necessary. Their bite is as worrisome as their stink. Skunks, like other pests, can carry rabies.
If a skunk decides to move in under your deck or in your foundation, it can be hard to evict. They will reuse a den from year to year. Females tend to den in groups that may grow as large as a dozen animals. Here are a few tips on making sure you aren’t forced to share your home with them.
Cut off the food sources.
Skunks are omnivores. They eat just about anything they can reach. This includes bugs and grubs, garbage, pet food and nearly anything else at or near ground level. If they don’t have an easy food source nearby, they will be less likely to stick around.
– Keep a tight lid on your trash cans to prevent foraging.
– Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
– Clean up under birdfeeders.
– Use environmentally sound pest control measures to cut down on lawn insects like grubs.
Bar their entry.
Barrier methods are effective on skunks and many other mammalian pests. Block off any access to the foundation and under porches and decks. The skunk is a great digger so be sure that the barrier is sunk fairly deep in the ground. He can slip through a hole as small as 4 inches in diameter so it should fit tightly. On the plus side, he is a lousy climber so it won’t need to be very high.
Call in a pro.
If you do find that a skunk has adopted your home, don’t hesitate to call a skunk exterminator. He may be able to trap and relocate your smelly inhabitant without setting off his most powerful weapon.…

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Understanding the Various Forms of Dog Aggression

Understanding the Various Forms of Dog Aggression

Dogs have a limited repertoire of ways to communicate with people and other animals. This is one of the reasons people are often confused when a canine acts aggressively. They don’t understand what is going through his head or what is motivating his behavior. As a result, an aggressive mutt is often labeled unfriendly, ill-mannered, or worse, a danger to others.

It’s important to understand a dog’s perspective. From his point of view, there may be many reasons to respond to others aggressively. Other people or pets may be encroaching upon his territory or challenging his authority. In some cases, he may simply be reacting out of fear. In this article, we’ll explore each of these forms of aggression in more detail.

Protecting His Territory

Your pooch is a pack animal. He is hardwired to protect anything that he considers a resource. That might include his food, water, and yard. It can include his toys. If he urinates on trees and bushes while you take him for walks, he’ll likely grow to perceive them as “his” property. When other animals venture too closely, there’s a good chance he’ll react aggressively. You might also observe this type of behavior if he suspects another animal or person is threatening you.

Showing His Dominance

Few canines are satisfied with being the low man on the totem pole within their pack. If a challenge to a higher ranking pooch is issued, it will normally trigger an aggressive response. From your dog’s perspective, he is part of a pack within your home. You and your family are also part of that pack. This is the reason some canines react aggressively to their owners; they are challenging their authority (they are not being schizophrenic as some people believe).

Reacting To Fear

Fear plays an important role in a canine’s life. As a pack animal, it is one of the most reliable ways for him to stay alive. If your dog is afraid of being harmed, he will decide within a split second to flee or respond aggressively. This can manifest when he is exposed to larger animals.

He might also react with aggression if he misinterprets a message. For example, if a young child approaches him quickly and surprises him, your pooch might mistakenly think he’s being attacked by the child.

Seeking Professional Help

Dog owners routinely misunderstand why their canines act with aggression toward other pets, people, and even toward them. Depending upon the circumstances, one of several catalysts can trigger the behavior. As described, issues associated with territorial protection, pack-related dominance, and fear can cause your pooch to react aggressively. If you notice this type of behavior recurring, consider seeking the help of an animal behavioral expert. He or she can help diffuse the behavior before you, your family, or others are injured.…

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Pigeon and Dove: Introduction

Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae, which include about 300 species of near passerines. In general, dove and pigeon are almost the same. Their names are used interchangeably. And historically the common names for these birds involve a lot of variations. However, there is a tendency for dove to be used for smaller species and pigeon for larger ones. This family of bords occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short slender bills with a fleshy cere. The species commonly referred to just as “pigeon” is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges or on the ground. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days. Doves feed on seeds, fruit and plants. Unlike most other birds, the doves and pigeons produce milk, which is secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Both male and female produce highly nutritious substance to feed to the baby.Pigeons and doves are distributed everywhere on Earth, except for the driest areas of the Sahara Desert, Antarctica and its surrounding islands and the high Arctic. They have colonised most of the world’s oceanic family has adapted to most of the habitats available on the planet. The largest number of species are found in tropical forests and woodlands. Various species also inhabit deserts, savannas, grasslands, temperate woodlands and forests, distribution of the species vary a lot. Some species have large natural ranges. The Eared Dove ranges across the entirety of South America, the Eurasian Collared Dove has a massive distribution from Britain across Europeto China. Many other species have a tiny restricted distribution, which is most common in island endemics. The Whistling Dove is endemic to the tiny island of Kadavu in Fiji, the Caroline Ground-dove is restricted to two islands, Truk and Pohnpei in the Caroline Islands and the Grenada Dove is restricted to Grenada in the Caribbean. Even some continental species also have small distributions. For example the Black-banded Fruit-dove is restricted to a small area of the Arnhem Land of Australia, the Somali Pigeon is restricted to a tiny area of northern largest range of any species is that of the Rock Pigeon. The species had a large natural distribution from Britain and Ireland to northern Africa, across Europe, up into China and Mongolia. The range of the species increased dramatically upon domestication as the species went feral in cities around the world. The species is not the only pigeon to have increased its range. Several other species have become established outside of their natural range after escaping captivity, and other species have increased their natural ranges due to habitat changes also caused by human activities.…