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Buddy - Engine is my Girl - RIP Leo, Ping &Chester

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Hi! My name is Buddy - Engine is my Girl - RIP Leo, Ping &Chester

I am Domestic Shorthair from staten island, NY


Age: 7 years old

Gender: M

Coat: short haired


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Where I hang out: The window

My favorite grubs: Fancy feat seafood

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What I love about my owners: She loves me and cares about me.

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Pet motto: People are good

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I was abandoned by my owner (a doper) at a friend's house. They did not want me. I was unneutered and had fleas. I was taken to vet and all fixed of and I am a very happy kitty.

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thanks for stopping by, you are handsome

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05/28/2013 05:46.15 PM Report This Comment
hi buddy
wow we had some more nasty storms at home last night and it got one of our outlets that has a breaker and all the outlets on one side of the kitchen dont work and momma had to pull the fridge out and run a heavy drop cord to it.

momma also said she saw on the news this morning that a lady in oklahoma foune her two precious kitties after searching the debris for hours. one has a broken leg and the other is just fine. sure did put a big smile on momma's face
momma ordered and inspiron 15.6" with touch screen from dell. sure hope she likes it and it gets here soon so we can get to our hockey games again before playoffs are over.
purrs and love


05/22/2013 11:45.10 AM Report This Comment
Hi Buddy, i left you a vote. please come back and visit my page.

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05/22/2013 10:08.15 AM Report This Comment
2/26/13 Final Tuesday as King Barney! +15
By Friday Morning you will have a new Queen JosieMae#193862 and we will be sleeping in, so we can come come back and begin blogging on our own schedules, as our ordinary selves. We want everyone to know it has been decided to have the official Coronation on Thursday 2/28/13 at 7:30pmEST, 6:30Central, 4:30Pacific. We also want to let you know that since we have received so many positive comments on our rescue blogs, we would like to continue bringing you stories, though on a less regular schedule, say twice a month or more, if mom is up to it. We will continue to leave them on the Inspiration page, so you may also consider that a reading room for our stories. We are still looking for the battery charger to get the camera up and running and will add pictures from our stories on the Inspiration page too.

Well, we did promise to finish Rosebud's story and mostly just to tell what a special kitty she was and how she ruled the house in her day. Once she came to mom the second time, there was no doubt she was going to stay. Mom's friend knew how much mom loved Rosebud and said Rosebud was too old to make more changes. She did tell her too, how feisty a cat Rosebud was in her youth. She got along with Midnight in the house, but if she happened to get outside, she had no qualms about chasing the largest of dogs out of her yard! Once she settled in with mom, she had a few other tricks up her sleeve, so to speak. Not that she wore sleeves. This was still during the time of Pasha the Great and, as you might remember, he had to be kept away from other cats, because he simply didn't accept them. Well, one afternoon mom returned from work to find Rosebud in her room, curled up by the heat register, with Pasha and Agatha! She was grooming Pasha and simply gave mom a look to say, "I'm in control now." Mom almost fainted, but it wasn't a one time occurrence. From that time on, Rosebud was part of a trio.

Rosebud did have her weaknesses when it came to health and some of them serious, like her allergies to fish and antibiotics. Before mom figured out the fish allergy, it meant several runs to the vet and it is not easy to find catfood without fish in it! Rosebud's face and ears would turn bright red when she ate anything with fish and she would vomit, with symptoms becoming progressively worse as time went on. Mom knew about human's with fish allergies and she searched for catfood without fish, finally discovering Wellness Chicken and Turkey flavors, with no added fish oils. The problem with many foods are that while the label says chicken, fish oil is added as a supplement. That is great for most cats, but can be deadly for one with allergies. She also was sensitive to many commonly used antibiotics, which made things difficult in times of illness. Luckily, she was a very healthy cat, for the most part.

So that was Angel Rosebud's story for the most part. She is a very special kitty in mom's heart and lived well into her teens.

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02/26/2013 06:39.03 AM Report This Comment
It's a wonderful life
Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) began a short story, The Greatest Gift", in 1939. He was inspired by a dream, and reminiscent of the 1843 Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. Stern shared 200 printed copies in 1943 friends as a year-end cards after numerous publisher rejections.
Luckily, the pamphlet came to the attention of a RKO movie producer who purchased the rights. Frank Capra's production company saw the movie potential. He paid $10,000 for the rights in 1945. Stern's story was adapted into the most loved and memorable American family film, "It's a Wonderful Life" in 1946. Director Capra's inventiveness, humor and affection for human beings keep it glowing with life and excitement.
On Xmas eve, George Bailey's guardian angel shows him all the lives he touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born. Although George repeatedly sacrifices his dream to travel the world, he realizes "No man is a failure who has friends."
My dear friends at CatChannel, each one of you is precious, charming and kind. We make every attempt to make all members feel welcomed. You have the generous spirit of George Bailey in your hearts. You make our community a wonderful place. Thank you for being our friends.
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12/24/2012 04:21.35 PM Report This Comment
200th anniversary Grimm fairy tales
"You walk deep into myth, into mystery.
you see a locked chest
and a key.
You open the lid
and find the ultimate treasure
...from folklore to forever - Grimm Fairy Tales
read and loved in more than 160 languages."

Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, and authors determined to preserve the endangered oral tradition and ancient wisdom of Germanic folktales.
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12/20/2012 08:11.34 PM Report This Comment
The gift of every day
"Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights"
by Alice Morse Earle
The clock is running.
Make the most of today.
"Time Waits for No Man"
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the Present."
Emily Dickinson's poem #1292
Yesterday is History,
'tis so far away --
yesterday is Poetry,
'tis Philosophy --

Yesterday is Mystery --
Where it is today --
While we shrewdly speculate
Flutter both away

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12/18/2012 08:26.48 PM Report This Comment
The Nutcracker Ballet
On December 17, 1892, The Nutcracker ballet premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. Critics and audience thought it a failure; it was not an instant success.
The adaptation by Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman (1776-1822).
The score was composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, commissioned by mastermind choreographer Marius Petipa. Tchaikovsky died less than a year later.
The ballet was first performed in the United States in 1944. The Nutcracker has become a classic — many people consider it the most popular ballet in the world.
Mom simply loved seeing her niece's ballet performances for all those special ten Decembers, meow-arvelous and magical memories to remember. Our adorable Sarah played different characters, beginning as a mouse, followed by a flower, a plum fairy and other dancers with enormous grace. How fast time goes, like a blink of an eye.
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12/17/2012 07:43.18 PM Report This Comment
2012 is just about done
"One Of These Mornings" by Moby (Richard Melville Hall)

One of these mornings
Won't be very long
You will look for me
And I'll be gone

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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe likes this four-verse song

In Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," the main character, Janie Crawford, says these lines, "Some of dese mornin's and it won't be long, you gointuh wake up callin' me and Ah'll be gone."

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12/03/2012 09:56.07 PM Report This Comment
The cat world is at King STEVE's command
All hail King STEVE !!! No better way to end the year than with STEVE as our King. December, the start of his reign.
Visit King Steve @ 206575

My land and my home
No more will I wander
No more will I roam.

For here we are safe
From dangers and harms
We've food in abundance
And beautiful palms

King STEVE and Queen
Take care of our needs
And so three meows
For all their good deeds

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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe
CAT ISLAND: The Beginning by Helen Nyman

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12/01/2012 03:40.09 PM Report This Comment
thanks for the vote, i left u one too'
hope we can be friends

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11/30/2012 03:52.23 PM Report This Comment
The Friskies, the cat Oscar award
All CatChannel felines are winners!

An hour and 25 minutes of funny, cute and interesting short feline videos consisting of four categories:
1. CATness: the essence of cat behavior, capture a cat (or multiple cats) just being a cat, moments of pure cat wonder, quirkiness, and delight;
2. CATcom: capture a cat (or multiple cats) in a humorous situation;
3. CATventure: capture an indoor cat (or multiple cats) on an adventure;
4. CATchall: miscellaneous category for Entries that don't fit in to one of the other categories.
Judging criteria:
Originality & overall artistic impression (25%)
Cinematography & overall technical production (15%)
Audience appeal & entertainment quality (15%)
Portraying cat playfulness or quirks (if appropriate) (15%)
Sense that there's a story being told (15%)
Portraying cat's perspective (15%)
This year's awards took place in October but never to early to videotape kitties for the next event.

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(,,) - (,,)- Chloe, the next star? or will it be you?

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11/30/2012 11:38.05 AM Report This Comment
Universal language: math
Cat Math by Ruth Berman

How many strokes
Of cheek against chair
Does it take to prove
Territorial rights?

is any amount of bare space
Shining at the bottom of the food bowl

And how do you prove the negative
To humans?

Jump too close
And the parabola will be still ascending
Feet below the surface
Where their tangent
Should be level
Landing without lift or fall.

Jump too far
And the parabola will be descending
Feet below the surface.

Feet shouldn't scrabble for purchase.
Cat math depends on dignity.
The derivative should be zero
Eyed before the leap
Into quadratics
Stories about a cat in Dubai who counts:

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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe's fast at calculating jumping distance

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11/28/2012 12:07.53 PM Report This Comment
Nobility in our midst
Everybody Wants to be a Cat from The Aristocats

Everybody wants to be a cat,
because a cat's the only cat
who knows where it's at.

Everybody's pickin' up on that feline beat,
'cause everything else is obsolete.
Now a square with a horn,
can make you wish you weren't born,
ever'time he plays;
and with a square in the act,
he can set music back
to the caveman days.

I've heard some corny birds who tried to sing,
but a cat's the only cat
who knows how to swing.
Who wants to dig
a long-haired gig
or stuff like that?

When everybody wants to be a cat.
A square with that horn,
makes you wish you weren't born,
ever'time he plays;
and with a square in the act,
he's gonna set this music back
to the Stone Age days.

Everybody wants to be a cat,
because a cat's the only cat
who knows where it's at;
while playin' jazz you always has a Welcome mat,
'cause everybody digs a swingin' cat.
Everybody digs a swingin' cat.
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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe's a regal Queen

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11/27/2012 12:10.25 PM Report This Comment
...about how cool a cat can be
Meow Words By Cheryl Wheeler

Straightenin' out your back legs, stretching in my arms
Yawning, blinking, curling back around
Your dismissive glances slap me back somehow
Meow, meow, meow

Sleepin' on the big bed, the sultan slips the scene
Chasing something running in your dream
I am so enchanted, with your twitch and growl
Meow, meow, meow
I see you in Memphis on the Nile in the spring
Swinging through some palace doing your Egyptian king thing
You perceive my function, 24 a day
Is to do, for you, anything you say
Where'd you get that notion? How come I kowtow?
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
Yeah buddy, meow, meow, meow
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(,,) - (,,)- Chloe finds music quite relaxing

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11/26/2012 08:50.57 PM Report This Comment
See the video and sing along to these lyrics
The lead video of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is riveting. The song, released in 1970, remains current.

"Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
Ah, ah,
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying:
Valhalla, I am coming!

On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore.

Ah, ah,
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore,
Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.

On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore.

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe appreciates the crescendo in music

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11/24/2012 02:48.03 PM Report This Comment
First week of November already over tomorrow
"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring." - Elizabeth Coatsworth

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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe's keeping track of time

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11/06/2012 05:28.30 PM Report This Comment
Glad to Hear It
Momma been out for a long time and she took me with her. But to let you know Momma and us have been really scared about Staten Island and you guys there. I was in the kitchen with Momma and she was watching NBC Nightly News. Momma started crying. She has a soft spot for that area of the country and the kitties and people who live there. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking and praying for you, your fur family, and your Mom and Dad.
Maia, Smacky, Webster, Moses, Jake, Dahlia, Angie, Kylie, and Emma.

Come visit me, Maia♥Rocky & Prays for Lost & Sick Kitties, Smacky Katt♥Gretchen & Angel Leo 8/1/01 to 8/5/10 Forever Loved.

11/01/2012 04:52.24 PM Report This Comment
The art of gratitude with CAT-titude
WHO can I thank today?***HOW will I show my appreciation? (¯`'•. ¸.(¯`v´¯)¸. •'´¯)
"For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." - Elie Wiesel (¯`'•. ¸.(¯`v´¯)¸. •'´¯)
The math behind the "thank you":
Acts of gratitude are highly contagious. On a day you deliver one powerful thank you...
Your gratitude spreads to 6 people you know. (+6)
Then it spreads to 6 people they each know. (+36)
Then it spreads to 6 people they each know. (+216)
6 + 36 + 216 = 258 people who feel more grateful... just from YOUR one thank you! (¯`'•. ¸.(¯`v´¯)¸. •'´¯)
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity." - Melody Beattie (¯`'•. ¸.(¯`v´¯)¸. •'´¯)
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(,,) - (,,) - Chloe "thank you!" VOTE

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04/30/2012 09:09.39 PM Report This Comment
Hi Buddy!
You do look a bit like me, or what I might when I'm bigger. We orange kitties are pawsome, aren't we? Sylvester says hi.

Come visit me, Sylvester & Tobi.

04/18/2012 05:42.53 PM Report This Comment
We have docked in London ...
... one of the world’s most visited cities; a city which has everything from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity and irrepressible pizazz.

London is immersed in history, with sufficient antiquity and historic splendour (Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court) to blow you away. London’s buildings are eye-catching milestones in the city’s unique and compelling biography. Architectural grandeur rises up all around you in the West End, ancient remains dot the City and charming pubs punctuate the Thames riverside. Take your pick.

Museums – such as the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum – have collections as diverse as they are magnificent, while flavours at markets such as Borough and Exmouth range aromatically across the culinary spectrum.

The Olympic Games will be held in London this summer, and we plan a return to this endlessly interesting city at that time to bring you first-hand reports.

Central London is where you will find all the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights, but escape to Hampstead Heath or Greenwich Park to flee the crowds and put the city’s greener hues into gorgeous perspective. Even in the centre of town, you’ll find a city dappled with a well-tended array of parks and gardens, making it one of the world’s leafiest capital cities.

The Tower of London was constructed beginning in 1070 by William the Conqueror. Over time the complex was expanded into a stronghold with about 20 towers. It is best known for its Crown Jewels. See a picture of the Queen’s crown at the bottom of my page.

The Imperial Crown of State also contains pearls worn as earrings by Elizabeth I, these are suspended from the arches of the crown. Within the wide jewel encrusted band that forms the base of the Crown of State is mounted an enormous diamond, named the Second Star of Africa. This was cut from the famous Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever mined, it was given to Edward VII, who had it set in the crown. This priceless crown contains in all 2,783 diamonds, 17 sapphires , 277 pearls, 11, emeralds and 5 rubies.

Tomorrow will be Easter Sunday at the Church of England with Her Majesty and family. Then back to the castle for lunch and a tour.

Come visit me, A.Q. Cherish Luvs P. Thunder forever.

04/07/2012 03:13.25 PM Report This Comment
We have reached day 26 of my campaign ...
Today I am posting this myself, BUT Mom’s computer will not be available to her until late on Thursday. Dear furriend Sassy and her mom have agreed to post my blog on the CMR page #46883 on Mon – Wed. On Thursday, I am being crowned in absentia, but will arrive later that day to visit and celebrate with you. Hang in there … I’ll be back.

Check each day at the bottom of my page for pics, even during my reign. This adventure is not ending; it’s only just begun. You’ll see.

Probably the most recognizable of the primates is the


Probably the most intelligent animal, next to man, the chimpanzee manifests many parallels to human behavior. Although its senses are similar to ours, it probably has a keener sense of smell. Other than man, the chimpanzee is one of the only animals that make and use tools. For example, it peels the bark from sticks and then uses those bare sticks to probe tree holds for insects. A chimpanzee uses far more facial and body gestures and a wider range of sounds than any animal other than man.

Usually in a slouch, rarely holding itself upright, a chimpanzee walks on its knuckles while moving about mainly on the ground, although it also climbs. A chimpanzee spends many hours of each day foraging for food, mainly ripe fruit and young leaves. It may eat as many as two dozen different types of plants in a single day.

A newborn chimpanzee is totally dependent on its mother. When a few days old it clings to the front of its mother’s body, by six months it rides on her back and by four years is walking alongside. It will then remain close to its mother for up to eight years. Chimpanzees live in communities ranging in size from about a dozen to over one hundred.

Like other arboreal monkeys, the chimpanzee is very noisy, issuing hoots and high-pitched screams at the slightest provocation.

See a picture of this animal at the bottom of my page. *** The next three animal pics will be on my page also. I think you are all smart enough to figure which is which.


Congratulations to today’s COTD Prissy #22485

Visit QUEEN PAPPOOSE at #310366.

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02/26/2012 09:59.00 AM Report This Comment
Wow! It's already Campaign Day 25 ...
Yet another primate is the


The name orangutan means “man of the forest” in Malay. They can be found in the rain forest of northern Borneo.

This peaceful, gentle, long-haired primate lives in the rainy jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. Clumsy when moving on the ground, it spends most of its time high up in the trees. At night it sleeps on little platforms which it builds from twigs and branches, constructing a new one each night. In wet or cold weather the orangutan covers itself with leaves. A voracious eater, it will sometimes spend an entire day feasting upon the fruit of a single tree. Fruit makes up more than half of its diet but it will also eat bark, leaves, eggs and young birds.

The most arboreal of all the apes, the orangutan has especially long, flexible fingers that help it to hang and swing in the trees. The orangutan has wonderful ability to use its facial muscles, particularly its big lips.

Long arms, hook-shaped hands and feet, and a heavy body enable an orangutan to swing superbly from tree to tree and walk on the branches. A very young orangutan rides about clinging to its mother’s chest but juveniles often play and romp together. Adults are quite solitary and, other than during infrequent mating encounters, an orangutan maintains and protects its own independent home range. Even when several adults are eating at the same food source there is little interaction among them. An adult male is particularly jealous of his territory and, when encroachment does occur, will become quite aggressive and noisy, shaking branches and emitting long, loud howls.

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02/25/2012 10:45.21 AM Report This Comment
We've reached day 24 of my campaign ...
We’re staying big. Here is the

Indian Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros unicornia

The Indian rhinoceros lives primarily in northern India and Nepal. These massive beasts have some noticeable physical differences from their African relatives. Their segmented hide looks like a formidable coat of natural body armor. It functions a bit like one also: Flexible skin between the thicker hide "plates" allows them to shift as the rhinoceros moves.

As their Latin name Rhinoceros unicornis suggests, Indian rhinos have only one horn.

Like other rhinos, these animals have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They may find one another by following the trail of scent each enormous animal leaves behind it on the landscape. An Indian rhino can move very quickly when aroused. Their charges have been clocked at 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour. Despite their bulk, they are nimble and can jump or change direction quickly.

The Indian rhino is a grazer that travels established, tunnel-like paths through its tall-grass habitat. It grasps tall grasses with its prehensile (gripping) lip. In addition to grass, rhinos eat fruit, leaves, and sometimes farm crops. They are often around water and sometimes consume aquatic plants. These animals forage in the cooler temps of morning and afternoon to avoid exerting themselves in the debilitating midday heat. When the sun is high, they often wallow or submerge themselves in water.

The prominent horn for which these rhinos are so well known has also been their downfall. Many animals have been killed for this hard, hair-like growth, which is revered for medicinal use in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as an ornamental dagger handle. There are only about 2,000 Indian rhinos left in the wild.

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02/24/2012 08:10.16 AM Report This Comment
This is day 23 of my campaign ...
We’re gonna go BIG for a couple of days. Meet the

White Rhinoceros

White rhinos graze on grasses, walking with their enormous heads and squared lips lowered to the ground.

They live on Africa's grassy plains, where they sometimes gather in groups of as many as a dozen individuals. Females reproduce only every two and a half to five years. Their single calf does not live on its own until it is about three years old.

Under the hot African sun, white rhinos they take cover by lying in the shade. Rhinos are also wallowers. They find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sun block.
Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They may find one another by following the trail of scent each enormous animal leaves behind it on the landscape. Their eyesight, however, is very poor; they see only about 30 feet.

White rhinos have two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other. Rhino horns grow as much as three inches (eight centimeters) a year, and have been known to grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. Females use their horns to protect their young, while males use them to battle attackers.

The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall. Many animals have been killed for this hard, hair-like growth, which is revered for medicinal use in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as an ornamental dagger handle.

The white rhino once roamed much of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is on the verge of extinction due to poaching fueled by these commercial uses. Only about 11,000 white rhinos survive in the wild, and many organizations are working to protect this much loved animal.

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Congratulations to today’s COTD Coco #57932.

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02/23/2012 10:59.18 AM Report This Comment
We have reached day 22 of my campaign ...
By popular request, today we will learn about


These gregarious animals are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community. Squirrel-sized meerkats are mongooses famed for their upright posture. They often stand on their rear legs and gaze alertly over the southern African plains where they live. Mothers can even nurse their young while standing. All adult meerkats—male and female—pitch in to help educate the young in hunting and survival techniques.

Meerkats (also called suricates) work together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover. While a few individuals guard the group, the rest busy themselves foraging for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, birds, and fruit. When hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. Meerkats are good hunters and are sometimes tamed for use as rodent-catchers.

Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun. Females give birth to two to four young each year in one of the group's burrows. Fathers and siblings help to raise meerkat young, teaching them to play and forage and alerting them to the ever present danger from above. Young meerkats are so fearful of predatory birds that even airplanes will send them diving for cover.

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02/22/2012 09:34.53 AM Report This Comment
This is day 21 of my campaign ...
Emperor Penguins

Emperors are the largest of all penguins—an average bird stands some 45 inches (115 centimeters) tall. These flightless animals live on the Antarctic ice and in the frigid surrounding waters.

Penguins employ physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors in order to deal with an incredibly harsh environment, where wind chills can reach -76°F (-60°C).

They huddle together to escape wind and conserve warmth. Individuals take turns moving to the group's protected and relatively toasty interior. Once a penguin has warmed a bit it will move to the perimeter of the group so that others can enjoy protection from the icy elements.

Emperor penguins spend the long winter on the open ice—and even breed during this harsh season. Females lay a single egg and then promptly leave it behind. They undertake an extended hunting trip that lasts some two months! Depending on the extent of the ice pack, females may need to travel some 50 miles (80 kilometers) just to reach the open ocean, where they will feed on fish, squid, and krill. At sea, emperor penguins can dive to 1,850 feet (565 meters)—deeper than any other bird—and stay under for more than 20 minutes.

Male emperors keep the newly laid eggs warm, but they do not sit on them, as many other birds do. Males stand and protect their eggs from the elements by balancing them on their feet and covering them with feathered skin known as a brood pouch. During this two-month bout of babysitting the males eat nothing and are at the mercy of the Antarctic elements.

When female penguins return to the breeding site, they bring a belly full of food that they regurgitate for the newly hatched chicks. Meanwhile, their duty done, male emperors take to the sea in search of food for themselves.

Mothers care for their young chicks and protect them with the warmth of their own brood pouches. Outside of this warm cocoon, a chick could die in just a few minutes. In December, Antarctic summer, the pack ice begins to break up and open water appears near the breeding site, just as young emperor penguins are ready to swim and fish on their own.

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02/21/2012 08:46.48 AM Report This Comment
Samoset seems better, it was quite a scare for me. Amazing how fast a cat can get sick. He hates his new C/D diet! But otherwise he seems stronger every day! Thank you for you thoughts and prays. Love Karen and Maine gang kitties!

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02/18/2012 01:05.15 PM Report This Comment
Today is Day 16 of my campaign ...
… and I’d like to introduce you to the …


Moose are the largest of all the deer species. Males are immediately recognizable by their huge antlers, which can spread 6 feet (1.8 meters) from end to end. Moose have long faces and muzzles that dangle over their chins. A flap of skin known as a bell sways beneath each moose's throat.

Moose are so tall that they prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs because lowering their heads to ground level can be difficult. In winter they eat shrubs and pinecones, but they also scrape snow with their large hooves to clear areas for browsing on mosses and lichens. These hooves also act as snowshoes to support the heavy animals in soft snow and in muddy or marshy ground.

In summer, food is far more plentiful in the northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. When the ice melts, moose are often seen in lakes, rivers, or wetlands, feeding on aquatic plants both at and below the surface. Moose are at home in the water and, despite their staggering bulk, are good swimmers. They have been seen paddling several miles at a time, and will even submerge completely, staying under for 30 seconds or more.

Moose are similarly nimble on land. They can run up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour over short distances, and trot steadily at 20 miles (32 kilometers) an hour.

Males, called bulls, bellow loudly to attract mates each September and October. The usually solitary bulls may come together at this time to battle with their antlers for mating supremacy. After mating, the two sexes go their separate ways until the following year. Though they may occasionally feed in the same grounds, they tend to ignore each other.

Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring—each weighing some 30 pounds (14 kilograms). These calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old. Young moose stay with their mothers until the following mating season.

We have a four-day weekend coming up … Presidents’ Day … and Mom will be doing child-care for the family, plus working. My blog will be posted on the CMR page #46883 with pictures of each animal placed on my home page each morning. I’ll pay you another visit on Tuesday.


Congratulations to today’s COTD / ACOTD - Toby #79421.

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02/16/2012 10:58.57 AM Report This Comment
For day 14, Valentine's Day ...
... read about two popular and lovable creatures, the Koala and the Giant Panda. Enjoy their stories and then see their pictures at the bottom of my page.


Though often called the koala "bear," this cuddly animal is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial, or pouched mammal. After giving birth, a female koala carries her baby in her pouch for about six months. When the infant emerges, it rides on its mother's back or clings to her belly, accompanying her everywhere until it is about a year old.

Koalas live in eastern Australia, where the eucalyptus trees they love are most plentiful. In fact, they rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft. During the day they doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, sleeping for up to 18 hours.

When not asleep a koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves, especially at night. Koalas do not drink much water and they get most of their moisture from these leaves. Each animal eats a tremendous amount for its size—about two and a half pounds (one kilogram) of leaves a day. Koalas even store snacks of leaves in pouches in their cheeks.

A special digestive system—a long gut—allows koalas to break down the tough eucalyptus leaves and remain unharmed by their poison. Koalas eat so many of these leaves that they take on a distinctive odor from their oil, reminiscent of cough drops.

These plump, fuzzy mammals were widely hunted during the 1920s and 1930s, and their populations plunged. Helped by reintroduction, they have reappeared over much of their former range, but their populations are smaller and scattered. Koalas need a lot of space—about a hundred trees per animal—a pressing problem as Australia's woodlands continue to shrink.

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02/14/2012 10:47.35 AM Report This Comment
Second Valentine Animal ...
Giant Panda

The giant panda has an insatiable appetite for bamboo. A typical animal eats half the day—a full 12 out of every 24 hours. It takes 28 pounds (12.5 kilograms) of bamboo to satisfy a giant panda's daily dietary needs, and it hungrily plucks the stalks with elongated wrist bones that function rather like thumbs. Pandas will sometimes eat birds or rodents as well.

Wild pandas live only in remote, mountainous regions in central China. These high bamboo forests are cool and wet—just as pandas like it. They may climb as high as 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) to feed on higher slopes in the summer season.

Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them. They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers.

Giant pandas are solitary. They have a highly developed sense of smell that males use to avoid each other and to find females for mating in the spring. After a five-month pregnancy, females give birth. The blind infants weigh only 5 ounces (142 grams) at birth and cannot crawl until they reach three months of age. They are born white, and develop their much loved coloring later.

There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild. Perhaps 100 pandas live in zoos, where they are always among the most popular attractions. Much of what we know about pandas comes from study of these zoo animals, because their wild cousins are so rare and elusive.


Congratulations to today’s COTD Vika #211366.
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Happy birthday to ANGEL TUXIE #41929, HEIDI DOT #111060, & EMMA #134119.
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02/14/2012 10:47.25 AM Report This Comment
Day #13 of my campaign ...
Was your weekend filled with loved ones and lots of naps? Sure hope it was. Mom worked; that’s why my blogs on weekends are posted on the CMR page #46883 so head there each Saturday and Sunday. Gotta give the woman a break some time. It’s time to meet another amazing creature … here are

Przewalski’s Horses

Their dun-colored coat may help them blend quietly into the landscape, but their stand-out nature is as tempestuous as the winds of the Asian steppes. In the western world, they are known as Przewalski’s horses, Equus caballus przewalskii, but to the people of Mongolia, they are, and always have been, takh (TAH-kee), which means “spirited.” It is a fitting name for these strong, swift, and nimble animals – the last true wild horses on Earth.

In prehistoric times, these horses roamed widely over semi-arid, steppe grasslands and wooded areas in Western Europe, central Asia, and China. They were known to humans in these regions but never domesticated. In 1880, it was identified as a distinct equid species.

The Przewalski’s horse is an easily identified animal – it has the legs, torso, neck, and head we recognize as “horse,” but it differs from domesticated horses both on the inside and the outside. Przewalski’s horses have to forelock and a short, erect mane that is shed and regrown each year. Their head is large in proportion to their body, and while their neck is thicker than a domestic horse’s, their legs are relatively shorter. There is a genetic difference, too: Przewalski’s horses have 66 chromosomes in their DNA, but there are only 64 in domestic horses. It is a difference, but it’s such a slight one that interbreeding results in fertile offspring with 65 chromosomes. And while their behaviors are similar – social animals living in hierarchical herds – a major distinction between the two equids comes down to the meaning of one word: wild. Przwalski’s horses are extremely wary of humans.

See a photo of these beautiful creatures at the bottom of my page.


Congratulations to today’s COTD winner Peyton #79000 who is also celebrating her birthday.

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Stop by to vote for VIKA #211366 to be tomorrow’s COTD. What a sweet Valentine gift that will be.

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02/13/2012 09:37.35 AM Report This Comment
Today is campaign Day 10 ...
The stories for Saturday and Sunday will be posted on the CMR page #46883. Mom has to work this weekend. Pictures of the featured animals will be at the bottom of my page as usual. Be sure to take a look. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all your support and encouragement. You keep me going … or rather, you keep Mom’s fingers going.

Today we will go a little batty!
Rodrigues Fruit Bat
Pteropus rodricensis

These bats are found only on the island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean and are a critically endangered species. They have a wingspan of 2-1/2 feet and weigh about 1 pound.

Designed to be lightweight for slight, a bat’s hind legs can’t support it in an upright position – that’s why bats roost upside down, using hooked claws on each foot to grasp a branch.

Bats belong to the order Chiropter, which means “handwing” in Greek. Indeed, a bat’s wings are its hands, made up of four elongated digits between two layers of soft, velvety skin.

The finger bones of bats are very flexible, with cartilage that lacks calcium and other minerals nearer the tips so they can bed without splintering.

The surface of a bat’s wings is equipped with small, sensitive bumps called Merkel cells. Each bump has a tiny hair in the center, allowing the bat to collect information about the air flowing over its wings so it can change the wing’s shape to fly more efficiently.

Fruit bats have excellent senses of sight and smell, which they use to find ripe fruit to eat. Because their food doesn’t fly, they don’t use echolocation to hunt like insect-eating bats do.

Fruit bats use their clawed digits to grasp fruit and bite off pieces with their sharp teeth. They crush the fruit against their hard, ridged palate, swallow the juice, and then spit out the pulp and seeds.

Fruit bats are important to the health of forests. They spread pollen as they move from tree to tree eating flowers, nectar, and fruits, and they drop seeds that help replenish the forest with new plants.

Bats can’t land gracefully – instead, they tend to crash into bushes or trees to sop or latch onto a branch as they pass by. Sometimes these crash landings disturb other bats and cause noisy squabbles.

A picture of this animal is at the bottom of my page.


Stop by to congratulate today’s COTD Socks #228443.

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Happy adoptiversary to Lia #163487.

Angel Crossing Remembrance CLOUDY #108103 (2/10/2010).

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02/10/2012 10:53.48 AM Report This Comment
This is day 9 of my campaign ...
We’re scaling down the size of our birds for today … some of them were pretty big and scary. This lovely is familiar to many. Today’s featured animal is the

Hyancinth Macaw
Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.

Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The coloring is suited to life in Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and colorful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.

Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items. The birds sport graceful tails that are typically very long.

Macaws are intelligent, social birds that often gather in flocks of 10 to 30 individuals. Their loud calls, squawks, and screams echo through the forest canopy. Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another. Some species can even mimic human speech.

Flocks sleep in the trees at night, and in the morning they may fly long distances to feed on fruit, nuts, insects, and snails. Some species also eat damp soil, which may help to neutralize chemicals in their fruity diet and ease their stomachs.

Macaws typically mate for life. They not only breed with, but also share food with their mates and enjoy mutual grooming. In breeding season, mothers incubate eggs while fathers hunt and bring food back to the nest.

There are 17 species of macaws, and several are endangered. These playful birds are popular pets, and many are illegally trapped for that trade. The rain forest homes of many species are also disappearing at an alarming rate.

Hyacinth, red-fronted, and blue-throated macaws are seriously endangered.

A picture of this animal is posted at the bottom of my page. Each campaign photo will remain on my page for at least three days.


Today’s COTD is Misty Blue #97430. Be sure to stop by with congratulations.

Stop in to say hello to QUEEN PAPPOOSE #310366 and see what she is doing today.

Fuzzworthy #53825 is celebrating his birthday. A vote would be a nice gift.

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02/09/2012 10:01.49 AM Report This Comment
Day #8 of my campaign ...
Today we return once more to the skies … this time to see something amazing. Meet the:

California Condor

The California condor is the largest flying bird in North America. Their wings may stretch nearly 10 feet (3 meters) from tip to tip. When in flight, these huge birds glide on air currents to soar as high as a dizzying 15,000 feet (4,600 meters).

Like other vultures, condors are scavengers that feast on the carcasses of large mammals, such as cattle and deer. When a big meal is available, the birds may gorge themselves so much that they must rest for several hours before flying again.

Condors were sacred birds to the Native Americans who lived in the open spaces of western America. Today, they are best known as the subjects of a famous captive breeding program that may save them from extinction.

After decades of decline, condors neared the point of extinction in the late 1970s, when only two or three dozen birds survived. No one is sure exactly what cause or causes contributed most to this decline. Many birds died from poison ingestion and illegal egg collection, and all felt the steady loss of the open lands over which they once soared. Fossil records also show that the birds occupied only a fraction of their former range when Europeans first reached America—perhaps because of the loss of the great prehistoric herds that formerly roamed the continent.

California condors mature and reproduce slowly. They don't breed until they are between six and eight years old, and the female lays only one egg every two years. If that egg is removed, however, she will lay a second or a third. With this in mind, scientists began to collect eggs for captive incubation. They also captured wild birds for captive breeding and, when the wild population dropped below 10 individuals, all of the remaining wild condors were brought into captivity in 1987.

Through the efforts of many organizations and individuals, reintroduction of California condors began in 1992. Today about 127 birds live in the wild. Though they are protected, mortality rates are still high from accidental death. Powerlines are a particular hazard for condors, and they fare better in areas where human population density is low.

A picture of this animal is at the bottom of my page.


Congratulations to Angel Chloe #22891 on her COTD badge.

Stop by to see QUEEN PAPPOOSE at #10366. She may need some help cleaning up after the two-day party we all enjoyed so very much. Thank you, Pappoose.

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02/08/2012 10:44.55 AM Report This Comment
And on the 7th day ...
Thus far we have studies creatures with their feet on the ground … today’s animal hunts from the sky. Please meet the …

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there. For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds. Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds. These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet. They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce. Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs. The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada. These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals. (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.) They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
Bald eagles are believed to mate for life. A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year. Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify. Young eagles roam great distances. Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska.

A picture of this animal is at the bottom of my page.


Congratulations to Isabella #193842 on her COTD badge.

Happy birthday to Angel Chloe #22891 & Anderson #41067.

Visit QUEEN PAPPOOSE at #10366. Her "ROYAL FEAST" is still going and going and ...

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02/07/2012 08:58.03 AM Report This Comment
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