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Blood_Axis
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 01:57 PM
Howdy, all ya pet owners & homemakers out there! :wave

Yesterday (yes, on my birthday) my boss announced me that my workload is not only doubled (while my paycheck -surprise, surprise, is not), but they also dumped on me a couple of new columns, one of which is about gardening (that one I have done before) and the other concerns pet news, pet advice, information about pets (and cute little furry creatures) in general.

Since this has hardly ever been my area of expertise, other that in the past I've owned a few cats :P, does anyone here know and/or can share some useful and extremely informative and helpful links about pet care? :dog

Other related material, as well as gardening, florist advice, and homemaking (in relation to gardening) would be extremely appreciated. I really don't know where to start and this column must materialize itself magically by the end of the week. :tired2:

Ulf
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 07:09 PM
What kind of pets? I have a lot of information on ferrets, tarantulas, snakes, etc. that I could give you. Stuff about dogs and cats shouldn't be to hard to find. Unless you are looking to address specific behavioral aspects of those pets.

CrystalRose
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 08:26 PM
I found tips here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/contribute/sn/publogs?plckBlogId=Blog:af6258fa-3fba-481a-9a9b-66154f6125a5

Ask a Vet:
http://www.parade.com/pets/pet-chat/archive/pc_0128.html?npId=642

Muths and Facts:
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/myths-facts.html

Nutrition
http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/nutrition.html

http://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2006/11/myths_facts_about_dogs.php


And fleas live in beauty-bark. all of my animals were infected with fleas at one point. The vet said not to use the chemicals in the stores because it could kill your animals (I was shocked as to why they would even sell chemicals knowing that they kill animals) and maybe the fleas temporarily. So I got them proper meds and eventually moved before they could come back. :D
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Esther_Helena
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, 12:28 AM
I think calling veterinarians would be your best bet.

Some answers to some questions may help us help you more.

1. What kinds of pets are commonly kept in Greece?
2. What's the weather like throughout the year?
3. Are vaccinations required? How about yearly check ups?
4. Are there problems with overpopulation?

If it helps, here are some topics I'd cover if I was writing a pet column for my area.
1. Invisible fences / How to keep your dog out of your neighbors yard.
2. Fix your pet, yes the male ones too / Just because a boy pet can't get pregnant that doesn't mean you're not responsible / Meet my half collie half sneaky neighbor dog puppy!
3. Microchipping / Where'd my cat with no collar go?
4. Pet Nutrition / Spaghettios is not a substitute for dog food.

Although personally what'd I'd like to see is an article on real dog training. I don't mean Sit, Stay, Heel. Hell, anyone can do that. (Well I have yet to master the Stay command.) I want to know "Don't eat that" and "get your nose out of there" aka "stop sniffing that person's crotch."

SwordOfTheVistula
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, 05:48 AM
People like to think of pets as their 'children'. So, for each article, either find a scare story about some danger to animals and write about how bad it is and how to avoid it, or find some luxury item made available to pets and write about it.

The gardening one, just write each column about the benefits of a particular thing you can grow and the derivatives from it (canning, jerky, etc). Browse the survivalist sites and just change the headline/theme from 'grow this to have food for when armageddon comes and the nig*ers riot when Obama loses' to 'ways to have organic food without being drugged by corporations'. Or just browse American&British sites for foods which aren't commonly grown in Greece but could be, and write an article on the 'novel' food.

Or, just find particuarly dedicated (fanatic) gardeners&pet owners and write up a detailed story about how said person cares for their garden/pet. Take photos of the garden/pet and the owner. I imagine most readers of the gardening&pet columns already have gardens&pets, so writing up a story on a person with one will make them 'feel part of a community', especially if you manage to elicit some odd/extreme bit of advice; 'oh I never thought of using bat urine to water tomatoes' or 'wow she feeds her cats beluga caviar, I wish I could do that'

Blood_Axis
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, 09:21 AM
Thanks everyone, thank you very much! :clap The links are most useful, I am checking them out right now :)

Papa Koos
Thursday, September 11th, 2008, 10:35 PM
As you probably already know Blaxis, I'm a true lover and patron saint of felines. Anytime you want to pick my brain (bring a small pick) I'll be happy to tell you all I know about catology. :D

ChaosLord
Friday, September 12th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Here's some stuff on ferrets;

www.ferretuniverse.com (http://www.ferretuniverse.com)
www.ferretcentral.org (http://www.ferretcentral.org)
http://www.afip.org/consultation/vetpath/ferrets/index.html

skyhawk
Friday, September 12th, 2008, 11:34 PM
People like to think of pets as their 'children'.

This is true and pets can really suffer because of it imo.

So Blood Axis, pretty please with jam on , give a tiny space ( the idea will be unpopular ) on the subject of how treating animals as humans is linked to behavioural problems that may lead to the tragedy of the animal being put into a rescue centre or worse ( sleep :~( )

YOU HAVE THE POWER :thumbup