Sunday, June 26, 2011

Design You Own Pet Exotic Pet Foxes

What do you think about genetically designing your own exotic pets? An experiment (very successful) was done using selective breeding, basically looking for the "nice or tame" gene. The results are quite interesting.

If you think about the endearing sweet, playful pup from the television show Little Rascals / Our Gang which aired over fifty years ago, you can’t quite imagine why the pit bull has become the center of legal action in many countries.

The pit bull used in legal and illegal dog fights throughout the world. What happened to the warm mischievous little dog that the world grew to love?

Many animals that I thought of as being sweet animals "shocked me” as many more seemed to become ferocious. Not all, not tons, but enough to cause me concern.

Then there was the other side of the coin. Having spent much of my life in the deep woods or in the country I also ran into enough wild animals that could have designed me a new body, hamburger to be exact. But, they didn’t. So evidently, some animals are “nicer” than others are.

During my pondering, I thought of abuse causing animals like the pit bull to create enough of a fierce population to warrant these legal actions. Genetics also crossed my mind. I was on the right track. I didn’t realize how right until I found an article in the March 2011 issue of National Geographic titled “Designing the Perfect Pet; Can a Fox Become Man’s Best Friend?” The article was written by Evan Ratliff.

This article threw my thought processes into whole new realms, and into overdrive. To the point of seriously having to contemplate the ethical and moral responsibilities of the decisions we could potentially make. We could create the perfect pet but is it right or wrong?

Great fox pictures!

Read the article Design You Own Pet Exotic Pet Foxes

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Exotic Pets and Car Travel

Spring has sprung and summer will be here in a flash! Temperatures are rising which brings thoughts of fun in the sun and vacations. We enjoyed a great deal of car travel over the years. Having exotic pets has never slowed us down; much. It does take careful advanced planning for car travel with exotic pets.

Many people feel that it is near impossible to travel with animals and this simply is not true. A few years back, we traveled by car over 2000 miles with two baby raccoons. Only once did I threaten to leave them behind on the trip, and that was in the Badlands in the Dakotas when they both started teething at the same time. We had been planning the trip for quite some time when our two little orphans showed up. I think we had all of two days to figure out how to travel with raccoon kits. I guarantee you there is nothing published on this subject.

Read how to car travel with several exotic pets, parrots, ferrets, raccoons and more! Exotic Pets and Car Travel

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wolf - Loki's Story - Temperament

Part four of Wolf - Loki's Story - Temperament - Very popular and powerful story about wolves and wolf hybrids as pets. This article about wolves concludes a four part series discussing the wolf as a companion pet. How to socialize, train, and many other important aspects of having a wolf as a pet. If you have missed any part of this highly popular wolf series, Loki's Story, here are the links. Read the entire article on wolves. Wolf - Loki's Story - Temperament

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wolf - Loki's Story - Wolf Care

Wolf – Loki’s Story the highly popular series, written by guest author John Mattson, continues with the general care of the pet wolf. He covers the importance of social structure when training a wolf. The necessities of understanding the concept of wolf pack, and how to care for the wolf as a pet.

Back to to wolves in general. They are not like dog; they have a very well organized pack / social structure. And will only feel comfortable if you can provide that. That means, you have to really work at setting up the rules. I.E. obedience training, social structure in the home, try and get them used to routines. These routines must include lots of time together; grooming, playing, feeding, and even just being with you, if you are just reading or watching TV. They HAVE to have a well ordered social structure. At first Loki was nervous of her shadow, unless she was actually touching me or me touching her. This was because she trusted me. But we had not developed our social structure that high yet.

The article continues with part three. Parts one and two are linked to part three. One more to go next week. Read the entire article on the pet wolf. Read the rest of the article!

Wolf - Loki's Story - Wolf Care