It crossed my mind, a few weeks after Loki died, that I could march down to the SPCA and stroll back home with a new love. My former psychologist wasn't going to find out and frantically call me to suggest a meeting, and Loki was not going to appear, as if I am Macbeth, and go all Banquo's ghost on me. But was I ready for that?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of animals posts.
Once again, I loved getting peeks into the lives of my wonderful Homies from your Offbeat Home Flickr pool submissions. I got lessons in how to calm a "batdog," got to peep a glorious gallery wall, and had my mind blown by a tiny cross-stitched charm. Ooh, I share with you yet another weekend adventure. This time, you'll NEVER guess the animal I helped my friend adopt.
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Want people to know that they're entering the zone of a Pugnacious Kitty? An Intellidog? The Most Interesting Cat in the World? What about a Ferocious Ferret? Check out these hand-painted custom warning signs featuring your pets from Nepal!
This painting was done by Eli, a male orangutan residing at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah. We do paintings with all our orangutans, and many other animals at the zoo. Painting with the animals is first and foremost for their own benefit. The added bonus of all this artistic expression is the end product; paintings that can be sold to the public.
Our Rhode Island Red hen, Rosalind Franklin (or Rosie, for short), laid her very first egg for us Saturday. Sadly, her little chicken body wasn't quite ready for it, and it caused a prolapse, which is when part of the cloaca protrudes from the hen's vent. It's a very serious condition that can cause death. With Rosie's prolapse showing no signs of getting better, and having reached the end of our knowledge in treating her, we decided to take Rosie in to the vet. Here's how it went and here's what I learned from taking my chicken to the vet…
Buying an exotic reptilian isn't an endeavour for the faint of heart. The idea of owning and loving a lizard from the other side of the planet hadn't dawned on me until my partner did just that. And you can be too, with these helpful tips.
There was one Disney character that touched me so deeply, ruined me so wholly, that the effects are still in place today. I refer to Dumbo, the big-eared elephant. As an adult, I began to research the plight of elephants in captivity — in particular, those in circuses. Overwhelmed by the callousness and cruelty, and feeling powerless, I also researched ways I could help. This is how I came to foster a baby elephant.