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Earlier this month, I published a blog titled, “Name That Species? Yes, There’s An App For That Too!” With a new app launched by iNaturalist, users can now identify flora and fauna, while you are getting up close and personal with your smartphone camera.
While giant pandas in captivity have a difficult time procreating . . . it appears of recent date, this much-loved species is no longer being threatened by extinction. As of late 2016, this lovable creature was downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk.
In 2015, the American Animal Hospital Association [AAHA] and the American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA] established the first ’Check the Chip Day’ to ensure more happy endings for lost or stolen pets. The importance of “checking microchips” is for pet owners to make sure the data on their cats’ and dogs’ chips are up to date.
Reality TV seems to be a thing that has come to stay, no matter how much people protest the genre. Iceland has a show that puts the rest of them to shame by "out-cuting" them all. It is called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians and it features the lives of a litter of sweet kittens living together in their own little house. TV has never been this adorable.
Last month, I blogged about therapy dogs adding “tutoring children” to their extensive resumes. A new innovative teaching method was introduced, which offered the comfort of dogs to young students with reading needs. It was met with a high level of success and has been used by several educational organizations on a national level. This month flipping the script somewhat, it’s been determined that in addition to assisting children, dogs benefit from the human voice in general.