In Defence Of Spiders

In Defence Of Spiders

Hugh – A Little Life Observed

In Defence Of Spiders – I walked out my kitchen door one evening in early September. It was a warm, muggy night – made a little less so by the recent rain shower. I paused in front of a spider’s web – coated with fine, glistening water droplets. It was intricate and lacey and lovely and it made me smile. The web was suspended from one of my hanging summer plants and anchored in a number of places along the top of my garden rocking chair. The creator of this magical web of spun silk was absent. I wondered what twist of fate had led this spider to spin his fragile web in such an open, unprotected space in my garden.

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Water Stations

Water Stations

For Small Beings

Water Stations – It is so easy to do small things for little beings that have a huge impact.  Today in Toronto it is about 43 degrees celsius with the humidex factor added. Most birds, small animals and insects who live in a city have no ready access to water. Many die on days like this from dehydration. Field mice, squirrels, honey bees, bumble bees, wasps and dragonflies are all suceptible.

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I Am For Animals Fundraiser – Saturday August 6, 2016

I Am For Animals Fundraiser – Saturday August 6, 2016

I Am For Animals Fundraiser – Saturday August 6, 2016 – People often throw up their hands and say ‘someone should do something’ for animals in need. They fail to realize that every positive action, large or small matters. Anastasia and Allison are two women – ‘who don’t say – they do’. They are organizing a fundraiser to support Ralphy’s Retreat – a sanctuary for Pot-Bellied Pigs & Farm Animals and The Shelburne Feral Cat Rescue.

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Dangerous For Dogs

Dangerous For Dogs

Foods To Research

Dangerous For Dogs – I grew up with pets and I’ve been fortunate to share my live with dogs as an adult. When we were kids our family dogs all got table scraps to supplement their canned dog food. That’s the way it was – no one thought about foods to avoid. How things have changed – pets are a multi-billion dollar business and responsible pet owners care passionately about their animals.

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Stop The Badger Cull In The U.K.

Stop The Badger Cull In The U.K.

Killing Is NOT The Answer

Stop The Badger Cull In The U.K. – People with small minds and no imagination almost always resort to “killing”as the answer to most areas of conflict between Nature and human kind. In the U.K. – home of pomp and circumstance – red jacketed fox hunters and boot stomping over the moors macho men – it is no different. Hang the science – forget that culls are very rarely successful and incredibly expensive – let’s just go and kill animals!

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Who Broke The Lamp

Who Broke The Lamp

Who Broke The Lamp – I was working in my office early this morning  when I heard a mighty crash downstairs. Upon investigation I discovered my three dogs sitting beside a shattered lamp shade. The base was still in tact – but the magnificent antique tiffany-style shade was shattered into one million little pieces.

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A Guide To Heatstroke In Dogs – What To Do

A Guide To Heatstroke In Dogs – What To Do

A Guide To Heatstroke In Dogs – What To Do – It’s important to know how to respond if you see a dog in distress from the heat. With temperatures soaring into the high 30′s and 40′s – it’s essential to remember our furry friends.

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