The Great Egret Encounter

Posted by SusanStokes on July 11, 2020

My daily walks now include a nearby creek that appears rich wildlife including ducks, geese, rabbits, groundhogs, deer and a variety of birds. I was pleasantly surprised one day to encounter a Great Egret wading in the creek, obviously fishing for food.

Blue Jay Babies

Posted by SusanStokes on June 10, 2020

We were fortunate this Spring to have a pair of Blue Jays build their nest in the tree right outside my office window. What a treat! From three eggs to three baby birds, I was able to watch daily mom and dad switching off feeding the babies and protecting them by sitting on the nest. Of course, camera and video were always in hand!

Don’t Miss the Fourth Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show

Posted by SusanStokes on May 13, 2020

Does the pandemic have you down in the dumps? Well here’s something to lift your spirits. The fourth annual Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina airs Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT/MT on NBC. Don’t worry – the show was filmed prior to the pandemic and is sure to bring some smiles to dog lovers across the country.

Khayelitsha Pets in Need of Emergency Help due to COVID-19

Posted by SusanStokes on April 24, 2020

A plea for financial assistance has been circulated by a veterinary clinic in Cape Town. As many across the world, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe hardship. Following are specifics of the immediate circumstances and need.

American Robins Usher In Spring

Posted by SusanStokes on March 10, 2020

Just as most of us feel weary of cold winter weather and anxious for spring, out comes a Robin! While living in the northeast, some believe the American Robins migrate away for the winter. In reality, many are still nearby, simply living further out in the forests not readily seen by humans, but where fruit and berries can sustain them until the ground thaws.

Birds Managing a Winter Snow Squall

Posted by SusanStokes on February 8, 2020

Sitting here working while facing my office window, I had the opportunity to witness how birds managed a snow quall. First, let’s understand what a snow squall is, as they are distinct from snow flurries or blizzards.

Meet the American Curl

Posted by SusanStokes on January 18, 2020

The annual Central Jersey Cat Fanciers Cat Show in New Jersey is a wonderful venue to meet and learn about different breeds of cats. It was here I met the American Curl.

Look What’s New with Chia Pets!

Posted by SusanStokes on December 10, 2019

Do you need some gift ideas this holiday season and beyond? One of my personal favorites has always been the Chia Pet, and there are plenty of new Chia Pets on the market this year, from TV and movie characters, to adorable animal Chia Pets and bestselling classics.

Automaker Subaru Helps Pets Find Forever Homes

Posted by SusanStokes on November 8, 2019

Subaru of America, Inc. announced in a press release that due to the overwhelming success of pet adoption events at auto shows in 2018, the automaker is expanding its pet adoptions to more than 40 auto shows across the country through the remainder of 2019 and into 2020. As part of the "Subaru Loves Pets" initiative, the Subaru will partner with local animal shelters in cities hosting auto shows, with the focus of ultimately getting animals out of shelters and into loving forever homes.

Keeping Dogs Safe from Chocolate Toxicity

Posted by SusanStokes on October 18, 2019

With Halloween around the corner and the holiday season coming into full swing, grocery stores and households are stocking up with candies and chocolates. Data collected and publicized by sources such as Pet Poison Helpline and others indicate that dogs are two to four times more likely to be exposed to chocolate during holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and calls and visits to help lines and emergency clinics escalate. Exposure to chocolate accounts for hundreds of veterinarian visits each year, some with fatal consequences. Following are some tips of what pet owners should do if their dog consumes chocolate.