Something to Celebrate at Khayelitsha Animal Clinic

Posted by SusanStokes on November 12, 2021

In the mid-1990's, a Khayelitsha community member recognized that his neighbors did not know how to care for their pets. He took a shopping trolly and went door-to-door, feeding dogs and cats and educating people on their pets’ needs. Mr Joe Manchu soon attracted volunteers including many community children. A bath was donated which was used for dipping pets with fleas and ticks. Thereafter a shipping container was donated which became the first ever animal clinic in Khayelitsha. 


Bark in the Park Night is Back!

Posted by SusanStokes on July 24, 2021

After a long hiatus due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020, Bark in the Park Night returned to the TD Bank Ballpark for the Somerset Patriots 2021 Season, much to the delight of dog owners and sports fans.


Meet the Beautiful Hummingbird Moth

Posted by SusanStokes on July 12, 2021

The first time we spotted the Hummingbird Moth, we didn't know what it was. It took a few videos, photos, a little time and research to learn this beautiful creature's name and something about its habits. Following is a brief introduction.


Meet the Periodical Brood X Cicada

Posted by SusanStokes on June 16, 2021

It’s been 17 years since the last emergence of the Brood X Cicada. In May and June of 2021, these periodical cicadas have emerged in mass in the Princeton, New Jersey area. We had a chance to observe them up close and personal.


Introducing the Turtle

Posted by SusanStokes on May 21, 2021

During our daily creek walks, we’ve discovered turtles live there. They are not always visible, but when we are lucky, we find one or more sunning themselves on a nice day. This led us to learn more about these fascinating creatures.


Some Live Animals at Risk During the Easter Holiday Season

Posted by SusanStokes on April 3, 2021

Who doesn't love the sweet and adorable bunny rabbit or baby chick, especially around the Easter holiday?  Have you ever wondered why the association with baby bunnies, for example, and Easter has occurred? And why have these adorable animals been considered as part of the Easter gift-giving festivities?


Frog Facts – An Indicator Species

Posted by SusanStokes on March 20, 2021

What first comes to mind when you think of a frog? Perhaps it’s the green, bulgy-eyed amphibian with the croaking sound, or maybe it’s the lovable Muppet character, Kermit the Frog, who brought the amphibian to life. What might not come to mind is the frog’s ecological integrity with species that span the globe.


Pet Cockatiel Survives Accidental Dose of Odor Eliminator

Posted by SusanStokes on February 12, 2021

Pet Poison Helpline makes a big effort in keeping pet owners informed of pet toxins and how to avoid pet hazards. Every now and then a story stands out for being unusual, yet a situation that could happen in anyone’s home. The following story concerns a pet Cockatiel named Tequila.


Pet Sitter Promotes Animal Rescue for Love Your Pet Day

Posted by SusanStokes on January 24, 2021

February is traditionally the month we associate with Love, and for many that Love extends to our pets. Lorraine Zdeb, founder of Love Your Pet LLC, a premier pet sitting service based in Somerset County, New Jersey, hopes to inspire and motivate pet owners everywhere for a special February holiday meant to celebrate our pets, Love Your Pet Day on February 20th.


Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

Posted by SusanStokes on January 1, 2021

Who needs a little extra bit of good luck? I came across an old superstition and decided to share it. It appears this superstition found in Britain and North America entails repeating the words "rabbit(s)" or "white rabbits" aloud upon waking on the first day of a month to ensure good luck for the entire month.