Archive for September, 2010

I am working on some new posts about our pet friends.  In the meantime, I wanted to stop by and Wish Everyone a Very Wonderful Sunday and to Thank you for reading my blog!


Ever wonder why cats can fall from a great height and survive but people don’t?  Cats have amazing abilities that are built in that allow them to rotate, flex and even pose like a parachute during the fall.

Because cats are so light,  the speed with which they fall is almost equal to the upward thrust of air and the two balance off. As a result, the cat continues to fall but at a steady speed, unlike humans who hurtle down with an increasing speed to crash to the ground. Cats possess a bearing over the
situation and they spread their limbs out like a parachute.

Unlike humans, cats do not “tumble” because of an exceptional sensory system. This immediately tells the cat’s nervous system that it is upside down and falling. Therefore, the agile cat twists its body at once for a safer landing. Even its paws are flexed in order to absorb the shock of the fall.

Cats’ muscles join and surround its bones making tor Excellent shock absorbers  They also have amazing padding on the bottoms of their paws. By nature this is actually for silence while stalking prey, but it sure doesn’t hurt in relieving some of the shock.

A cat’s agility, alertness and swift reaction to emergencies have given him the reputation of surviving – it’s built in.

Thus the phrase “Like a cat, he always lands on his feet”.

A cat’s righting reflex is a cat’s innate ability to orient himself as he falls. This ability begins to develop within 3 to 4 weeks of age. It’s perfected by week 7. They are capable of doing this because of their unusually flexible backbone and a none functional collarbone! It’s believed that for a cat to do this safely, the minimum height required would be around 3 feet. Cats move their hind legs and rely on conservation of *angular momentum to set themselves up for the landing.

*Property that describes the rotary inertia of a system in motion about an axis.

This is basically how it works:

Cats bend in the middle so the front half of their bodies rotate around a “different” axis than the rear half of their bodies. They tuck their front legs to “reduce” the momentum, then stretch their rear legs to “increase” their momentum. Their front half will rotate as much as 90 degrees and their rear half will rotate in the opposite direction less than 10 degrees.

They then extend their front legs and tuck in the rear legs so they can rotate their rear half quite far, while the front half rotates in the opposite direction.

They can repeat these steps one or more times to complete an extraordinary 180 degrees.

Ok, so you are not visualizing this – so here’s a great example:

When you take a wash cloth and twist it to remove water from it, look at it!  This is what a cat is doing with his or her body during fall! Half goes one way, the other half goes the other way.

In addition to these reflexes, cats have other features that will reduce damage in a fall.  Their small size, light bone structure and thick fur decrease their terminal velocity.

Furthermore, once righted, they may also spread out their body to increase drag and slow the fall to some extent.

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Some Information provided by Wikipedia

My Best Friend is a Golden Retriever who’s name is Hannah.  I love her so very much. She is one of the best things that ever came into my life.

Today, I thought I would give out some factual information about this wonderful breed for those looking for a great dog!  I decided not to embellish in this post, but instead just give you some clean and direct facts.

The Golden Retriever is One of America’s Most Popular family pets.  They are devoted, intelligent, gentle temperament and excellent with children.

Because of their intelligence, these great dogs have played many roles in society.  Guide dogs to the blind, search and rescue, hearing for the deaf, drug detection and hunting – to name just a few.

History of the Breed:

This dog was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, crossing the original yellow flat-coated retriever with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. The Golden originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s.  They were recognized by the AKC in 1925.

They historically were bred as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl.  Because of this, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve the game undamaged. To this day, they are known for their softmouths and another reason they are so popular with families that have small children.


These dogs are sturdy and medium to large dogs.  Their skull is broad, their muzzle is straight and tapering slightly.  Their noses are black or brownish black. They have medium to large dark eyes.  Their ears hang down close to their cheeks and when pulled forward – the tip of the ear should just cover their eyes.  Their tail is thick at the base and feathering along the underside.  They have a water-resistant coat with a dense, straight or wavy outer coat.  Their color range from cream to a rich golden.

The males weight approximately 60 – 80 pounds and the females 55 – 70 pounds.

Their Life Expectancy is approximately 10 to 12 years.

Health Issues:

They can be prone to cancer, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, heart problems and congenital eye defects. Skin allergies are common in Goldens and often require veterinary attention.

They will do fine in an apartment environment if they get sufficient exercise. They do best in an indoor active household with a medium to large yard.  They need to be taken on daily, long walks.  Jogging or running is an added plus for this breed.


They are friendly and eager to please. They are always patient and gentle around children.

They need to be around people who show leadership in order to feel secure and happy.

These dogs have a great charm and self-assurance.  They are great with other dogs but truly lack guarding instincts. These dogs do not make for great guard dogs it goes against their happy go lucky temperment.

If you are considering bringing a Golden Retriever into your home, please be sure to talk with Reputable Breeders.  Also, with the economy in the condition it is in, I know the Golden Rescue League visits various dog shelters and kennels to rescue these dogs.  I personally rescued Hannah as a puppy from Animal Control.  Sometimes you can contact your local ASPCA or shelter and find a grown dog that needs a loving home.

Never overlook this avenue.  Especially if you are not into bringing up a puppy which can be hard work.

Have a Great Day!


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For more information on Golden Retrievers, check out the links below:

Golden Retriever Rescue League

Discovering Golden Retrievers


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Do you know how destructive fleas are to your pets? Until now, I truly was not aware how devastating they truly are.

Fleas attach to your pets and literally suck blood out of them. Your pets can become anemic, loose white blood cell count and die!

There are so many wonderful products offered through your local Veterinarian that will keep your pet happy, healthy and out of danger’s way.

You might want to know why I am writing this post and why it is so Important to Me that you Understand The Risks and Dangers from Not Protecting Your Pets:

I lost two wonderful cats to these horrible insects.  My beautiful, black, 3 year-old kitty, Lily. She had not been well for a few days. She slept all the time and wouldn’t eat. I brought her to her Vet, not able to figure out How One Moment she could be so Vibrant and the Next Not Able to Keep Her Eyes Open.

It seems she became quite infested with fleas! Being Solid Black and Not Scratching, I didn’t know! These fleas literally drained the life right out of her. She was so Anemic that even with a Blood Transfusion She Could Not Be Saved.  Mojo was my heart.  He came into my life when he was only 7 weeks old and would turn 16 yrs old in February.  After losing Lily, I made sure my cats were on flea protection.  Unfortunately, Mojo was too old and though he fought it, he died in my arms.

This year in Houston we have experienced a much higher density of fleas than usual. My cats being indoors cats, I did not think they were at a High Risk.! Did Not Think – Cost Lily & Mojo Their Lives!

Please, please get your dogs and cats treated with flea protection. I don’t want someone else to feel the enormous pain that I am now going through. The enormous guilt that just haunts me. They should have been on flea protection and they weren’t! Now, I’ve lost them and can not take any of this back.

I have listed (below) some of the Leading Flea Protections Available for your Pets. If you Have Not used Flea Protection on your pets, Talk to your Veterinarian before making any purchases. Size, weight, age could play a part in choosing the correct application for your pets.





In Memory Of Lily von Lillith



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