It’s that time of year when some dogs and cats begin to shed more heavily. There are many advantages to cleaning and bathing your pet on a regular basis throughout the year.   Brushing helps keep your pet’s skin healthy and promotes shiny coats.  As you brush you can feel your pet’s body to see if there are any new growths, lumps or bumps. Weekly body checks can highlight something before it gets worse, […]

What Do Rabbits Have To Do With Easter?

Have you ever wondered how a rabbit became the symbol of Easter? If so, you are not alone. So how did the Easter bunny get its job delivering colorful Easter eggs? After all rabbits are mammals and don’t even lay eggs. Shouldn’t the symbol for Easter be an animal that actually lays eggs, like a lizard or chicken? In Germany, rabbits have been associated with spring and fertility since the pre-Christian era. In fact, the […]

A Few Irish & General Superstitions

Superstitious or not, almost everyone takes note when it’s Friday the 13th. People are more careful about crossing the road, pouring hot coffee, or walking down the stairs. It may be silly, but it’s all to ward off bad luck, and the Irish are big believers in this kind of caution. On Friday the 13th some people even take to their beds or refuse to leave the house. Believe it or not, but this behavior […]

Valentine’s Lovebird Fun Facts

No animal represents the sentiment of Valentine’s Day more than the lovebird. The petite, brightly plumed parrot is a favorite among bird enthusiasts and a popular pet. Lovebirds have inspired scientists and poets alike. Below are a few fun facts about lovebirds. Lovebirds mate for life The monogamous birds reach sexual maturity when they’re about ten months old. Mating begins with courtship behavior, and can continue throughout their roughly 15-year lifespans. Monogamy is essential to […]

Helsinki Airport Uses Sniffer Dogs to Detect Covid

Four Covid-19 sniffer dogs have begun work at Helsinki airport in a state-funded pilot scheme that Finnish researchers hope will provide a cheap, fast and effective alternative method of testing people for the virus. A dog is capable of detecting the presence of the Coronavirus within 10 seconds and the entire process takes less than a minute to complete, according to Anna Hielm-Björkman of the University of Helsinki, who is overseeing the trial. “It’s very […]

Hero Rat Receives Award for Life-Saving Bravery

First rat to receive the PDSA Gold Medal. APOPO is delighted to announce that HeroRAT ‘Magawa’ has been awarded the PDSA Gold Medal for life-saving bravery. Magawa is based in Cambodia and supports APOPO‘s efforts to rid Cambodia of the deadly legacy of landmines. Magawa is an African giant pouched rat that was born in Tanzania in November 2014. He grew up at APOPO’s Training and Research center in Tanzania where he learned how to detect the […]