Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pet Word of the Day: Furriner

Mammals and marsupials who are not native to a particular geographic area are “furriners”.

Pet Word of the Day: Binky

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Buttinsky

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?

Pet Word of the Day: Pekaso

A Pekingese mixed with a Lhaso Apso is a Pekaso; a talented dog known for creativity and getting into trouble with lady dogs.

Pet Word of the Day: Heartworm

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

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.

Pet Word of the Day

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

Pet Word of the Day: Domestic Cat

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Door

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. -Ogden Nash

Pet Word of the Day: Species

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Fur

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Flock

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Terribull

Worst dog breed is a cross between a Terrier and a Bulldog. It’s terribull.

Pet Word of the Day: Animals

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. […]

Pet Word of the Day: Pinhead

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”?

Pet Word of the Day: Chiapet

A cross between a Chihuahua and a Whippet is a Ch- Ch- ChiaPet!

Pet Word of the Day: “Snake Oil”

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Pup

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 […]

Pet Word of the Day: “Hair of the Dog”

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.

Pet Word of the Day: Vaccine

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.