voicesofthedistantsea

fashionablecrocs:

ATTENTION ALL DOG OWNERS AND DOG LOVERS

DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG BUSY BONES!!!

See that adorable little fluff ball? His name was Gizmo, he was one of the happiest little pup pups that I have ever seen. He loved his family and every minute he cold spend with my mom.

One day, we gave him a busy bone as a treat. A few hours after eating it, he starting acting really odd. He wasn’t acting odd and barely reacted to anything. 

We didn’t really think anything of it because he was a pretty odd little pup and we thought he just he had to poop or something. So we went to bed and everything like normal.

The next day, he was even worse. He didn’t move at all, and threw up everything he tried to eat or drink. My mom called the vet and they said to just let it go for the night because he was probably just a little ill. 

Gizmo just kept getting worse and worse. He could barely life his head and laid around all day long. Finally, my mom brought him into the vet and she told them about what was going on and they decided to do an X-Ray on him.

After the results came in, they noticed a large blockage in Giz’s intestines. They called my mom so she could bring him in for emergency surgery. 

After surgery, the vet came out with a sample of what was blocking his intestines. As soon as my mom saw it, she knew exactly what it was. 

Busy Bone.

They said they extracted as much as they could, but it was hard because he was only about 10 pounds and surgery is hard on little dogs. We picked him up from the vet a few hours later so he could have a chance to wake up. When we picked him up, he was still under the anesthesia and not very responsive. We still brought him home because it was either that or leave him at the vet overnight alone.

When we got home, all of my other animals got next to the kennel to see what was wrong. 

They knew.

About an hour after getting home, Gizmo passed away at only 4 years old.

I then wrote a very angry letter to Purina (the owners of Busy Bone) telling them what happened. I heard back the next day, and we started our claim. 

They talked to Gizmo’s vet who told them is was definitely the Busy Bone that had caused his death. Purina paid us for the cost of the surgery just to shut us up and left us. 

I am telling you this story as a warning, I know that Busy Bones are a popular treat to give dogs, but I am begging you

Please do not feed your dogs Busy Bones. 

Gizmo’s life couldn’t be saved, but your dog still has a chance.

A dog that is vomiting up all it’s food and water, and is severely lethargic is a big sign of a possible bowel obstruction. I’m sorry, but that vet’s office is AWFUL for suggesting you “let it go for the night”. You should have been told to come in right away, or if it was after hours directed to a 24 hour emergency vet hospital. You don’t fuck around with bowel obstructions, and in my opinion they are just as much to blame for giving you improper advice.

I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. That being said, all pet owners should be cautious any time they are giving these types of bones to their dogs. Dental-type bones (like Greenies) included, that are meant to be ingested slowly should always be given under supervision to ensure that the pet is eating them slowly and not breaking off large chunks and swallowing them. 

voicesofthedistantsea
scalestails:

Please! Feeding ducks and geese also creates other problems like:
Duckling Malnutrition: In an area where ducks are regularly fed bread, ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and development. Furthermore, because ducks will naturally seek out an easy food source such as human handouts, ducklings will not learn to forage for natural foods as easily.
Overcrowding: Where an easy food source is abundant, ducks and other waterfowl will lay more eggs and the pond or lake will become overcrowded. This makes it more difficult for the birds to seek out healthier food sources and increases the likelihood of territorial aggression.
Pollution: When too much bread is offered to ducks, not all of it will be eaten. The soggy, uneaten bread is unsightly and rotting bread can create noxious odors as well as lead to greater algae growth that can clog natural waterways. This concentrates the pollution and can eventually eradicate fish and other life in the vicinity.
Diseases: Feeding ducks bread can increase the spread of diseases in two ways. First, a carbohydrate-rich diet leads to greater defecation, and bird feces easily harbor bacteria responsible for numerous diseases, including avian botulism. Second, moldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.
Pest Attraction: Rotting supplies of food leftover from sated ducks will attract other unwelcome pests such as rats, mice and insects. These pests can also harbor additional diseases that can be dangerous to humans.
Loss of Natural Behavior: When birds become accustomed to handouts, they lose their natural fear of humans and may become aggressive in order to get more food. Their loss of fear can also cause other dangers, such as a willingness to cross busy roads in order to reach picnickers and other likely sources of food.
Source: http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/feedingducksbread.htm
More sources:
http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/pdf/no_feed_ducks.pdf
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/9/pdf/goose%20conflicts/gooseconflict-4.pdf
http://voices.yahoo.com/why-not-feeding-ducks-643061.html?cat=58
http://therapidian.org/please-dont-feed-ducks

scalestails:

Please! Feeding ducks and geese also creates other problems like:

  • Duckling Malnutrition: In an area where ducks are regularly fed bread, ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and development. Furthermore, because ducks will naturally seek out an easy food source such as human handouts, ducklings will not learn to forage for natural foods as easily.

  • Overcrowding: Where an easy food source is abundant, ducks and other waterfowl will lay more eggs and the pond or lake will become overcrowded. This makes it more difficult for the birds to seek out healthier food sources and increases the likelihood of territorial aggression.

  • Pollution: When too much bread is offered to ducks, not all of it will be eaten. The soggy, uneaten bread is unsightly and rotting bread can create noxious odors as well as lead to greater algae growth that can clog natural waterways. This concentrates the pollution and can eventually eradicate fish and other life in the vicinity.

  • Diseases: Feeding ducks bread can increase the spread of diseases in two ways. First, a carbohydrate-rich diet leads to greater defecation, and bird feces easily harbor bacteria responsible for numerous diseases, including avian botulism. Second, moldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.

  • Pest Attraction: Rotting supplies of food leftover from sated ducks will attract other unwelcome pests such as rats, mice and insects. These pests can also harbor additional diseases that can be dangerous to humans.

  • Loss of Natural Behavior: When birds become accustomed to handouts, they lose their natural fear of humans and may become aggressive in order to get more food. Their loss of fear can also cause other dangers, such as a willingness to cross busy roads in order to reach picnickers and other likely sources of food.

Source: http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/feedingducksbread.htm

More sources:

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/pdf/no_feed_ducks.pdf

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/9/pdf/goose%20conflicts/gooseconflict-4.pdf

http://voices.yahoo.com/why-not-feeding-ducks-643061.html?cat=58

http://therapidian.org/please-dont-feed-ducks

Is it weird that as soon as I heard taylorswift had a Tumblr I instantly wanted to become Tumblr buddies, not so I could be like “I’M A HUGE FAN!” But so I could swap funny cat stories with her? Stories like the time I told Penny Lane to quit trying to sit in the mail basket because she doesn’t fit in there, and then came back 3 minutes later to see her sitting in there again, this time with an expression that can only be described as “game on.”

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cute-whales:

tokitaee:

cetacean-lover:

tokitaee:

freedomforwhales:

seaslaverysucks:

yawhaleskyphotos:

Dining With Shamu
please do not re-post/use without permission. DO NOT remove watermark.

Those teeth, that banged-up rostrum, the wound… :(

Just a couple of the detrimental physical effects of captivity being displayed here. :(

Is it just my computer screen, or are there what look like rakes/scars on his eyepatch and the chin area?

I see the ones in his eye path but not the one on his chin

Try tilting your screen back a bit. Gosh this picture makes me so sad. Look at his eye. :/

whys he look like this?? is this old?? like jeez.. kyrrahaf that wound looks like he got shot with a beebee gun :U

It looks like he has a peanut head? Is it just me or does anyone else see this?

cute-whales:

tokitaee:

cetacean-lover:

tokitaee:

freedomforwhales:

seaslaverysucks:

yawhaleskyphotos:

Dining With Shamu

please do not re-post/use without permission. DO NOT remove watermark.

Those teeth, that banged-up rostrum, the wound… :(

Just a couple of the detrimental physical effects of captivity being displayed here. :(

Is it just my computer screen, or are there what look like rakes/scars on his eyepatch and the chin area?

I see the ones in his eye path but not the one on his chin

Try tilting your screen back a bit. Gosh this picture makes me so sad. Look at his eye. :/

whys he look like this?? is this old?? like jeez.. kyrrahaf
that wound looks like he got shot with a beebee gun :U

It looks like he has a peanut head? Is it just me or does anyone else see this?

As tonight marks the first night that the killing cove in Taiji, Japan runs red I will do what I’ve done on the night of every first kill for the last 5 years. Sit down and watch The Cove. 

It rips my heart out every time, but I do it to find encouragement, and to remind myself why I care about this cause so much. I was hoping we’d get further into the hunting season this year before I’d sit down to watch it, but no such luck.

I can remember sitting in the theater an hour from my house that plays documentaries and independent films next to my mom (who I dragged with me) and I had no idea what I was about to witness. But I walked out of that theater a changed person. For the better.

Tonight I’ll mourn the lives lost, and pray that no more will be taken as I watch the documentary that literally changed my life.