Mammals and marsupials who are not native to a particular geographic area are “furriners”.
Monthly Archives: July 2011
Happy rabbits do a little dance called a “binky”. It’s sometimes just a simple toss of the head, or an elaborate vertical leap with reverse kick turn and ears flying in all directions.
At mealtime, many waterfowl are buttinsky; feeding with heads down; rear end up. The ducks are minding their own business, so why is a buttinsky a phrase for a troublesome meddler?
A Pekingese mixed with a Lhaso Apso is a Pekaso; a talented dog known for creativity and getting into trouble with lady dogs.
Dogs worming their way into our hearts is good, but heartworm in our dogs is bad. Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm spread through mosquito bites and does most damage to lungs, not the heart. Life and language are full of contradictions.
Pet Word of the Day: Zoonoses: a study of human noses pressed against glass or cage bars. A mildly entertaining pastime for zoo inmates. Use Google for alternate definitions.
What word relates to a rabbit, cat, fish, or dinosaur? It’s applied to vehicles of air land, and sea; fictional characters; technology; geographic locations and more. A regal word of one syllable. You know the answer now: REX
Thousands of years ago, an experimental branch of felines devoted themselves to the domestication of humans. Their goal? To develop caretakers for basic needs and to cater to their daily whims. Today, many humans are considered successfully domesticated by The Cat.
A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. -Ogden Nash
Species is a biology term defining a basic group of organisms. The exact definition is subject to much debate. It is generally agreed that dating outside one’s own species is not recommended.
Hair on the dog is called fur but it’s really just hair. Dog hair on the sofa is called hair, even though it came from a furry dog. Why? Because that the way it is.
Birds gather in flocks for defense; with many eyes spotting predators, and distractions of many individuals, birds are more likely to survive. Pet birds in our homes miss that security. If you have a pet bird, YOU are part of their flock. Don’t underestimate the power of the flock.
Worst dog breed is a cross between a Terrier and a Bulldog. It’s terribull.
Wikipedia definition: A major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Wow, lots of words for future PWOTD. The essential point of today’s definition is all animals must ingest plants or other animals for food. In this, we are far inferior to plants. In short, plants are producers, animals are consumers. […]
Newly hatched crickets are tiny. Crickets are sold as food for reptiles, arachnids, chickens, etc. Cricket size varies from pinhead to adult (about 1″). Why, what were you thinking when you read “pinhead”?
A cross between a Chihuahua and a Whippet is a Ch- Ch- ChiaPet!
All natural oil product in a 4 oz bottle for treating cuts, bites, mites, and dry skin on reptiles. Full name is Nature Zone Benson & Sons Snake Oil. Non-toxic. In case you are wondering, yes, Andy’s Pet Shop can sell you a bottle of snake oil. Guaranteed.
Everyone loves a puppy. A baby shark is a pup. A baby rat is a pup. A British single seat biplane fighter aircraft in WWI made by the Sopwith firm is a pup. Snoopy flew a Sopwith Camel, one of many mammals, aka the “zoo”, that the Sopwith firm engendered in the great war to […]
Formerly a treatment to prevent rabies (place a hair of the dog who bit you in the bite wound). Today the phrase refers to curing a hangover by drinking more alcohol. The efficacy of both treatments is questionable. Today, vaccinations prevent rabies. The only way to prevent a hangover is don’t drink too much.
Vaccines provide immunity to disease. In 1796, Edward Jenner used cow pox (Latin; variolae vaccinae hence the term “vaccination”) to protect humans against smallpox. Dogs and cats receive vaccinations to protect against rabies and other diseases.