What can you do with your pet photos?

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Just think of all the photos you have clicked of your fluffy or scaly or feathery friend that you have stored away that you aren’t looking at, even though you really do plan to at some point. And that number is growing by the day.

Like most pet owners with a pet photo collection, you probably have shared some photos social media, saved others on your cellphone and computer. Others may be in a shoe box. The list goes on…

So, how can you bring them all together into a collection fairly easily and then what can you do with that collection?

One suggestion is putting all your digital pet photos on a site like Flickr.

Screenshot of flickr with pet photos

Flickr lets you save your photos in one Photostream or into separate albums.

As you accumulate your pet photos in one main place, you’ll likely find it’s fun to go back and see how your pet has changed with time or relive memories that you had forgotten. It’s also nice to have all your pet photos in one place so you don’t have to search your computer, Facebook, email, etc., when trying to find a certain photo you took awhile back.

You can also easily download your photos from Flickr if you want to have a copy somewhere else. You can also email your photos, share them on Facebook, Tumbler, Pinterest and Twitter, and embed them in websites (all we had to do was copy and paste the web address of the photo of our cat, Buffy, to get it to show up directly below).



Another cool feature is the option to set your photos under a number of licenses. The default license is All Rights Reserved, meaning your photo is Copyright Protected, so others can’t use it without your permission (well, they can, but you can sue them). But, you can choose other options, including Public Domain, meaning that essentially anyone can use the photo without your permission for any reason.

types of licenses

Making your photos accessible under Public Domain or for use with Attribution in various forms makes your photos searchable to anyone on Flickr and other photo sites. If you set it to Attribution, this means that someone can use your photo for commercial or noncommercial purposes, but they have to give you credit. (For more on what the other licenses mean, go to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/)

Instead of a friend of yours stifling a yawn as you attempt to share more pics of your furry friend, someone might be extremely grateful to see the twenty-five pictures of your dog getting a bath, or the dozen shots of your cat watching television, or whatever else you’ve posted. In fact, it might be exactly what they have been searching for.

Your photo(s) could potentially be used by a reporter looking for a photo to go with their article for a newspaper or magazine or website on a pet-related topic, a student working on a report about animals, a non-profit putting together a pamphlet about animal care, someone in need of graphics for a book about pet training, or for other useful purposes.

In return, if you go with the Attribution option, you could have the cool experience of having your name mentioned and photo(s) used in a publication or website.

Finally, Flickr makes it easy to upload photos from a desktop or laptop computer and caption the photos during the process if you choose. If you are uploading to Flickr from an Android, you can download a special app that lets you upload multiple photos at once.

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More stuff you can do with your pet photos

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If you have a collection of pet photos but aren’t sure what to do with them, we have another way to put them to great use. Previously we posted about uploading your pet photos to Flickr.

You can also try an online photo collage maker, such as Postermywall.

At Postermywall, you can select from tons of different templates (for ours shown below, we chose a “romantic” style template because it had the option put in a number of photos whereas some templates just had a photo or two in the design). Then you can upload a photo or photos your pet from your computer, or from Google Drive, Dropbox Photos or Facebook.

You can also use the wording and font choices provided with the template or customize it.

We kept the font style, but customized the wording for ours:

Copy of Romantic Collage Template - Made with PosterMyWall

After you save your design, you can easily share it via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a number of other places, along with the option to print from you computer.

And, if you really end up falling in love with what you have created, you can buy prints in a variety of sizes. For example, a 20 by 30″ print on premium quality photo paper with matte finish is $17.95.

You can also order photo cards with envelopes or window clings.


Creating a free pet portrait online

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Commissioning an artist to paint your beloved pet can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars — more than the average pet owner might be able to pay.

There are some great artists out there who will create your pet’s picture in a variety of styles for much less though. Check out deviantart.com as one site where numerous uber talented digital artists can be found, many of whom are offering their services at budget prices.

But, we wondered if those on no budget or who just want a trial portrait could get a free one using one of the online photo-to-painting apps. So, we tried some out using the picture of Trent and Sweat Pea below:

white peahen and turquoise peacock


The results:

1. Photo to Painting Converter (our best result from this site is shown below) was quick and easy to use. It allowed for changing the hue, saturation, brightness and contrast and for strengthening/softening as well as boosting the colors with easy to use sliders.

We weren’t overly impressed with the results, but, hey, it was free.


2. The Antique Oil Painting was super quick and didn’t require any input other than uploading the photo. We’re not thrilled about the photo mark in the lower corner, but, other than that, it came out pretty neat.

antique oil version of peacock painting


3. Snapstouch.com is a great place to go to experiment with your pet photos or other photos. Besides photo to painting, you can also get photo to pencil sketch, photo to drawing, and some other options. You can also customize each one somewhat. Just be sure to read the directions at the bottom for best results. We got two different painting versions at this site:

peacock painting from Snapstouch

second peacocks painting from Snapstouch

4. But we had the absolute most fun with Fotor, which lets you turn your photo into artwork similar to a variety of famous artists, including VanGogh, and styles, such as Cubism. The first (below) is in the Magic Cube style, the second is Metaphisics, the third is Realistic, and the fourth is Color Fantasy.

Generated for free online or not, the results are actually all images we wouldn’t mind having real prints of and framing!

peacock artwork

peacock impressionism painting

peacock realistic painting effect

peacock painting Color Fantasy effect

For more cool things you can do with photos of your pets, check out this post: https://wowmypetdidthat.com/what-can-you-do-with-your-pet-photos/

Not sure of the sex of your chick or peafowl? Company eliminates guesswork with DNA testing

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Given the surge in popularity of chickens as pets and backyard chicken breeding, probably not a day goes by when someone doesn’t inquire about the sex of young chicks on a Facebook page, such as “chickens chickens chickens.”

The same holds true for peafowl, which are notoriously hard to sex at a young age. “Peahen (female) or peacock (male)?” is a question posed over and over, as can be seen in the below screenshot from Facebook.

We have been in the same situation with both chicken and peafowl, and written about our peafowl on this site before, including about one we were convinced was a female for the first six months of its life until it became increasingly evident that she was a he.

We’ve also had a number of chicks hatch since we first started keeping chickens and simply had to wait with bated breath to see whether we would end up with an egg layer or a crower. The same holds true for the adopted about six “sexed” chickens, which were supposed to be all hens, from Tractor Supply we got a few years ago. Two turned out to be roosters. The roosters were lovely and friendly, but loud. If we had no neighbors, we absolutely would have kept them, but we had to find them a good home instead.

Fortunately, a company has recently announced that it is offering an Early Bird Sex Identification™ test that can determine the sex of young chickens and peacocks with a 99.9 percent accuracy rate.

young peafowl and chicks

One week old peacocks and chicks.

We contacted the company to find out more.

“The best way for us to test the sex of chicks is with their egg shells,” related Griffin Shaffer, Laboratory Technician – Avian Dx.

Shaffer stated they also accept feather and blood samples; however, egg shells are faster as the bird must be 4 to 6 weeks old in order to obtain enough of the sample.

AvianDx’s EarlyBird Sex Identification test will determine the genetic sex of a bird within 10 days of receiving a feather, eggshell or blood sample. The cost of sex identification is $24 per bird.

The EarlyBird Sex Identification™ test can help with sexing other birds as well, which is likely good news for many caretakers of fowl because, according to AvianDx.com, there are more than 10,000 species throughout the world that are monomorphic, meaning that males cannot be distinguished from females based on physical characteristics.

AvianDx™ was launched by Genetic Veterinary Sciences Inc.®, the leader in canine genetic health, which has also created CatScan™, to join their Paw Print Genetics® and Canine HealthCheck® suite of animal genetic health testing services.

The CatScan is a genetic screen of more than 75 inherited diseases and traits commonly found in cats. Once purchased, customers can simply follow instructions on how to collect a DNA sample and send it to the CatScan laboratory with no veterinary visit required. This testing allows cat owners to gain an understanding of their cat’s genetic health and be proactive with preventative care.

“Paw Print Genetics is thrilled to now offer the highest quality diagnostic testing and carrier screening with world-class customer support to our feline and avian friends as well as our canine companions,” said Blake Ballif, Director of Operations at Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc. “Expanding into these markets has been a request of many of our canine customers and we look forward to helping people better understand the genetics of their cats and birds.”

For more information, visit https://www.aviandx.com/, https://www.pawprintgenetics.com/, https://caninehealthcheck.com, and https://www.mycatscan.com/


Additional sources: Paw Print Genetics press release at PRNewswire.com,




Lost: Three peacocks in Beulaville, North Carolina

Reading Time: 2 minutesSo, sadly, our three beautiful peacocks — Trent, Sweet Pea and Melody — are currently missing. Below is the last picture taken of them before they disappeared:

Sweet Pea, Melody and Trent


We moved them approximately three weeks ago from where we live in North Carolina to a friend’s cabin that is on 50 acres, away from busy roads, and surrounded by woods. It also has two large ponds with fish.

So, it seemed like the ideal place for the peacocks to go now that they are older and since we only have three acres ourselves.

Last weekend, the person taking care of them, let them out of the large horse trailer they were staying in so they could get a look around. We didn’t realize that he was just going to go off and leave them until we got a message from him on Sunday night saying he hadn’t seen the peacocks since the day before when he let them out.

We also didn’t realize that the person whose land we were leaving them on was going to be no help whatsoever in the event that they disappeared. Anyway, on Tuesday, we went to take a look and see if we could find them ourselves, but we didn’t have any luck. The area that isn’t open field around the cabin is all very thick woods, except for some small hog farms and a couple other cabins about a half mile away in either direction, so it would be very hard to spot them if they are in the woods. We are about two hours drive away, and working every day, so we are feeling kind of helpless to get there and look as much as we want to.

We are hoping they turn up. But, if anyone finds three peacocks in Beulaville, North Carolina, we would love to know about it. We have been pretty worried sick about this because we have raised these guys since they were babies.

You can contact us at bullingtonb2017@gmail.com.

peacock and peahen

From lifelike figurines of your cat or dog to prosthetic limbs for animals in need, 3D printing is creating brighter futures for animals and owners

Reading Time: 3 minutes3D printing on its own is pretty amazing. Add in pets and the possibilities become extremely interesting.

Here’s a look at some ways 3D printing is being used when it comes to our furry friends:

  1. Lifelike recreations: Some companies are now offering 3D printing of models of pets.

GravityB, a Calgary-based studio, for example, creates figurines from images captured in a scanning booth called “The Coppy Machine.” The machine was actually inspired in part by a dog named Coppy (Copernicus), who was the model for the company’s first successful 3D print. Copernicus has, sadly, since passed away, but, as part of Coppy’s posthumous legacy, figurines are called “Coppies.”

Coppy (Copernicus). Used with permission from GravityB.com website.

Dogs and cat Coppies start at $150. Coppies of people (including families) can be created too, as can figurines of a person with their pet.

3D view of dog Coppy or figurine from GravityB. Photo used with permission from GravityB.com website.

Sample of dog with lifelike 3d figurine. Photo used with permission from GravityB.com website.

A pup admires his likeness, which is a miniature replica right down to his green collar. Photo used with permission from GravityB.com website.

The capture process can be seen in this video from GravityB’s website:

Other companies, such as PetPrints3D, will do 3D printing from photos of pets supplied by a pet owner.

2) Prosthetics:

According to iTech Automation, In 2014, Pawsthetics Animal Prosthetics (a non profit) saw an opportunity to help a dog named Turbo who received a 3D printed cart to gain mobility.

“From there, Pawsthetics has utilized 3D CAD, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and even freehand design to develop functional prosthethics for animals including tortoises, cats, and dogs; even some animals in Venezuela and Zimbabwe.”

For more about Pawsthetics, go to http://pawsthetics.com/

One big benefit of 3D prosthethics is the cost. As explained in the following video, a regular prosthetic leg would cost $1500, but the one used for a rescued puppy was only $50.

The video, from the dodo, also shows other examples of dogs receiving prosthethics, noting that another benefit of prosthethics is comfort. A leg Sometimes a cart with doggie wheelchair might be too hard on an animal’s spine, but the prosthethics are more natural and customizable to the size and shape of the animal.

Dogs are not the only animals that benefit from 3D printed prosthethics. In 2015, Sprocket, a kitty living in Scotland, who had a bout of bad luck, being hit by both a car and soon after attacked by a dog, received a 3D printed orthotic to help with mobility and hopefully prevent amputation of a damaged leg.

And, turtles have received new shells via the printing process. One example can be seen in this video from Denver 7.

3) Pet products: According to 3DPRINT.COM, pet products, including toys, hamster wheels, dog bones, scoopers, brushes and bird perches, are all capable of being produced using a 3D printer.

“Even apparel such as dog shoes and ‘cat armor’ can be perfectly tailored to your pet’s size and shape in order to protect them from thorns, weather and other animals.”

As an added benefit for humans, 3DPRINT.COM notes that, “When innovators use 3D printers to manufacture items for pets such as these they may eligible for Research and Development (R&D).”


Treats for peacocks

Reading Time: 2 minutespeacocks perched at nightWhat are some good treats for peacocks. Besides dried mealworms that is. We recently posed the following question to a peacock group we belong to on Facebook:

“Can anyone suggest anything other than mealworms that peacocks love? Buying dried mealworms is breaking our bank account.”

The following are the answers we received. Some of these were duplicated by a number of peacock enthusiasts.

We will say that we haven’t tried giving them all to our peacocks and we have also noticed that what some peafowl love, others turn their beaks up at. For example, ours weren’t crazy about cat treats or cat food or about sunflower seeds.

But, anyway, here’s the list.


Azolla and duckweed “(both easily grown tiny floating plants) which are excellent feed and high in protein.”

Baked sweet potatoes




Bundles of kale






Crickets (live)

Dry cat food

Dry dog food that has been put in water

Dry macaroni noodles

Fresh bean sprouts

Leftover cake

Leftover veggies

Lettuce/Lettuce heads

Pigeon mix

Purina lamb and rice dog food


Red worms

Scrambled eggs

Shelled peanuts


Sunflower seeds




According to https://what-do-animals-eat.com/peacocks/ fatty snacks such as peanuts, safflower seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts, shouldn’t be given to peacocks in amounts higher than 10% of their usual diet.”

Others suggested growing mealworms:
“I belong to a grow-your-own mealworm group.”
“You can EASILY raise your own mealworms. It does not take much room, and you can do it in you house or garage.”
“All you need is some live mealworms, a large container, oats and carrots or potatoes. I started with 100 from Petsmart and let the colony grow.”

While growing mealworms is a very intriguing idea, we have not yet tried it. However, if we do, we will definitely write about our experiences!


Thinking of getting a peacock? Make sure it has room to play!

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen a lot of people think of peacocks, they imagine the regal animal standing there with feathers spread that we see in zoos and artwork.

two peacocks illustration

Two peacocks on a Japanese vase.

But, the reality is that peacocks need a lot of exercise. Below, you can see our two male peacocks, who have been together since before they hatched, playing “chase” through the bushes in our yard near where the chickens are kept. Like all peacocks, they like to both run and fly for exercise.

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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. Continue reading “When does a peacock show its tail feathers for the first time?”