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Flying the ‘furry’ skies? Are emotional support animals a legit way of calming human flyers or is the system being scammed?

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One flight attendant had to page for a vet because a passenger said their dog was having a breathing problem. A nurse onboard assisted and advised the owner to hold the animal tightly and talk to the “emotional support animal” because it was having an anxiety attack.

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As of 2010, monkey are no longer recognized by the ADA as service animals. However, Helper Monkeys, are specially trained to help people with quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries, and mobility impairments, according to Wikipedia. By Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

We’re writing this piece as a followup to the article we published yesterday about the survey of flight attendants who want a consistent policy throughout the airline industry to define requirements while supporting passengers with disabilities and veterans.

The piece—which mentioned people flying with emotional support dogs, cats, household birds (parrot, finch, etc.), rodents (hamster, guinea pig, etc.), pigs, reptiles, and non-household birds—made us wonder about what is going on and whether all this traveling with animals is really necessary.

Survey finds that emotional support animals causing chaos on some flights

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“Passengers who attempt to evade air transport pet policies by falsely claiming their pet is an emotional support animal cause safety, health and security issues onboard,” Nelson said. “The widespread abuse has led many passengers to believe all service animals onboard are fake, which creates poor treatment by other passengers toward those with legitimate need. The DOT needs to take action.”

WASHINGTON, (PRNewswire) — A new national survey of flight attendants released by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) found that over 98 percent of all respondents had worked a flight with at least one emotional support animal onboard in the last 24 months.

Eighty-two percent of all responding flight attendants strongly believe a consistent policy throughout the airline industry is needed to define requirements while supporting passengers with disabilities and veterans.

Business donates time and skills to help keep cats safe

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Mr Electric crew worked with The Goathouse Refuge to provide all new electric work for this deserving charity. (PRNewsfoto/Mr. Electric Durham)

DURHAM, North Carolina, (PRNewswire)– There aren’t many places in today’s world that offer ongoing, unconditional care to animals in need, but that’s exactly what the Goathouse Refuge does.

According to their website, Goathouse Refuge is a “nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing cage-free care for cats regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home can be found.”

Mr. Electric made the decision to donate both labor and material to make the shelter safe after visiting the facility for a normal estimate to upgrade some of the wiring. It was apparent that there was a lot of work to be done to make the wiring usable and safe for the animals and volunteers.

Pet-friendly rehab

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Dog on beach with ownerSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California (PRNewswire) — Solutions 4 Recovery now offers a pet-friendly policy for its Southern California addiction and dual diagnosis rehabilitation programming.

Allowing clients to bring their beloved pet to rehab can enhance the treatment experience as well as reduce anxiety that often accompanies entering a program.

According to Jacqueline Malani, Director of Detox for Solutions 4 Recovery, “Working with therapy animals has been shown in many studies to ease stress related to mental illness. Simply petting an animal has been shown to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, which can help people struggling with chronic illness as well as stress.”

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How loud are silkie roosters?

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For those thinking about getting Silkie chickens — and many are due to their super fluffy appearance and docile nature — the question of rooster loudness often comes up. Or, maybe you have some Silkie chicks and are pretty sure one’s going to to end up being a rooster.

We were in the latter category when three of our Silkie chickens ended up growing into roosters. Only one was a hen. Not wanting our neighbors to completely despise us, we re-homed two roosters, but kept a male and female pair.

Anyway, early on, we were wondering whether the Silkies might be more quiet than regular roosters and we looked to the Internet. We got varying answers. Some said Silkies are pretty much as loud as regular roosters, some said they are much quieter.

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Pet goldfish released into the wild can cause major problems

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goldfish "gotta go get food" gifFor pretty much every three goldfish we here at buy from the pet store, one lives a long life and the other die of unknown causes fairly early on no matter how careful we are with water quality, food, etc. So we always thought of them as fairly fragile and were surprised to learn that dumped goldfish reproducing in the wild is a problem.

But, apparently it is. A big one!

According to an article published in the Business Insider in April, thousands of goldfish “invaded” West Medical Lake in Washington, leaving the Department of Fish and Wildlife to suspect a few irresponsible pet owners.

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Who is responsible for damage done by a dog or other pet at a pet sitter?

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It seems simple enough. You drop your dog or cat (or other pet) off at a pet sitter and take off for your vacation or work trip. The pet sitter seemed to love animals, your fur baby will get a lot of attention while you are gone, and you are paying a reasonable fee that you agreed on with the sitter.

What could possibly go wrong?

A lot. The internet is crawling with stories from both those who watch pets and those who have left pets with sitters regarding situations where things went awry. Some examples:

First-ever Wellness CATalog gives cat parents a digital resource to help decode their cat’s strangest behaviors and find the perfect palate-pleasing dinner

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Despite their cute faces and sometimes cuddly natures, cats can be confusing!

To help pet parents decode behaviors at mealtime, Wellness® Natural Pet Food created the Wellness CATalog – a digital resource for cat parents. Including expertise from Wellness veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal, the CATalog helps shed light on the personality traits that have puzzled cat parents for decades and helps cat parents find the perfect food pairings for their furry friends.

“Cats are not as easy to read as dogs and they often exhibit behaviors that we just can’t figure out,” said Bernal. “Many cat parents don’t realize that there are actually scientific explanations behind many of these quirks.”

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How many pet owners have tattoos of their pets? A new survey reveals the answer and more about our relationships with our furry friends

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LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) — In honor of National Dog Appreciation Day on August 26, Wag!, the on-demand mobile dog walking app, has revealed survey results exploring the depths of a pet parent’s love.

While it’s no surprise dogs are adored by their families, 38% of the 2,000 pet parents surveyed said the one they show the most love and attention to in their household is their dog, ranking higher than spouses or significant others (23%).

Pet parents also take “therapy dog” to a whole new level with 44% of respondents saying they are most likely to turn to their dog for comfort when they’re feeling sad or angry, compared to 34% instead turn to their spouse or significant other.

Pet parents also said they express their love by:

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How can you tell if your chickens are healthy?

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Sometimes something may seem off, or you might just want to do a weekly check to make sure your feathered friends are okay, especially since diseases that affect chickens can quickly spread to an entire flock. Here’s a quick list to ensure the health of your backyard chickens.:

What to do if your dog has bad breath

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A dog’s bad breath could be more than an odor problem; it might signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only the animal’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Mike Topper says regular dental exams can help prevent more serious health problems.

“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets; it’s also entirely preventable,” said Dr. Topper.

Twice-a-year checkups, including an oral health checkup, are important to ensure your pet is not in pain and is not suffering from serious oral health problems. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be life threatening.

Guessing the sex of a peacock, i.e. peafowl

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Well, it’s official. As you may have read in earlier posts, we were hoping Sweet Pea was a peahen (female) but we posted “her” pics on a Facebook group last name and commenters unanimously identified Sweet Pea as a he. That’s going to take some getting used to as we have been referring to him as a her for the past six months.

And today we captured this video of him displaying his tail feathers for one of or possibly the first time.

Sexing a peafowl is difficult when they’re young, around a couple of weeks to two months old. There are some behavioral clues that aren’t a guarantee, like the males tend to be more active than the females. Also, males often have longer legs.

When does a peacock show its tail feathers for the first time?

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This video shows Trent, one of our young peacocks, showing his tail feathers for one of the first times. He just started yesterday. He’s about six months old at this point. As you can see, he doesn’t have a whole lot going on in far as a feathery train, but he’s really just a baby. Like, most peacocks, he won’t really start to grow out a fancy train with the famous “eye” feathers until age 2.

Can chickens and peacocks live together?

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These are our pet peacocks, Trent (we bought him from a woman who lived in a really rural area off of a Trent Road and the whole time we were like “where’s Trent Road? where’s Trent Road?” so we named him Trent) and Sweet Pea (she’s the white one). They are still pretty young. Trent actually just opened his tail up for the first time on the day this video was taken and it’s kind of amusing because he doesn’t have a train yet, so he’s just got one round back fan. We are actually hoping that Sweet Pea is a peahen (female), and she seems to be, but it’s hard to sex peachicks, which is what they were when we got them.

This video probably answers the question that a lot of people have, which is “Can chickens and peacocks live together?” Not only do these four live together in a pen, but Sweet Pea actually got so upset the first time we let the chickens out and not the peacocks (they were new to the pen but the chickens had been in there all along, so, when we first moved the peacocks in with them they all stayed in together for awhile before we let the chickens back out again) to roam, Sweat Pea and Trent got unbelievably upset. They kept pacing and honking until the chickens were rounded back up and safely brought back in to them.