Best Dog Houses – From Top Celebrity To Backyard Dog House Plans

 

MY BEST BACKYARD DOG HOUSE by Brian Alan Burhoe

 

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All but one of our dogs have lived indoors, just going out for fun, walks and exercise.  But we’ve still, over the years, built dog houses out back just to give ’em an easy shelter if they wanted it when they’re outside.  A hideaway in the winter, shelter from the sun in summertime.  Dog houses are just part of the family landscape, eh?

But in the case of Yukon King, our husky mix, we needed a real dog house.  King loved coming in to hang out with the family.  He’d greet me happily when I came home from work and we’d have a hike through the woods.  Snowshoeing with him in winter.  After a while, he became a one-man dog — but that’s another yarn.

Thing was, King couldn’t stand the heat.  Panted overtime on warm days, especially indoors.  A true Northern animal.

And he wanted to sleep outside, even in the harshest winter night.  A real husky — dude even howled like a wolf on occasion, which was unnerving to the neighbours.  Loved the snow.  Death on mice — we’d watch him spring up in the air like a cat to catch them.

So I built him a dog house: big enough for him, comfortable flooring and insulated.  Designed just for a husky.  Size makes a difference and there are differences in the designs of big dog houses and small dog houses.  King’s was one of the best dog houses around, I say with pride.

Dog houses can be a necessity for many families.  For others, just a whimsical act of their human love.

Here, from one of our fave pet experts, is a Guest Blog from Ron Ayalon on some of the more unusual dog houses…

 

Top 6 Celebrity Dog Houses

“Building your own dog house is not as easy as hammering some wood and nails together. You need to take into account materials, insulation, ventilation, positioning, openings, as well as things like what materials and paints are safe to use.”Bill Keene

Some dogs get all the fun, and some just get to live in really weird houses. From the insanely stylish to the bizarrely comfortable, here are six of the most interesting doghouses I’ve come across.

1. The Cool Pet House: This one is for dogs or cats, or any other animal that weighs up to 26 pounds. It comes with a built-in webcam so that you can watch your pet and let other animal lovers see what they are doing while they sleep, eat, and do the things that animals do when they are alone. The air humidifier and temperature regulation can be controlled remotely, as can the LED lights, so you can maintain a constant environment for your dog, even when you are away.

2. The Celebrity Brick Estate Dog House: For dog lovers with a bit of spare cash, this mansion comes with running water, electric lighting, heating, and air conditioning. Priced at $25,000, the house is custom-made after consultation with the owner, and the total paid varies according to the final design. The builders will even choose materials based on your pet’s allergies or other sensitivities.

3. The Town House: How about an indoor doghouse that doubles as a side table? That is exactly what this heavy wood house does. It fits a removable cushion for easy cleaning, as well as a medium-sized dog. Meanwhile, it is sturdy enough to keep your flowers, lamp, coffee, or books on top, without you having to worry about anything falling over when your dog jump up or moves suddenly.

4. The One Jackson Square Dog House: As a one-off structure, this one sold at auction with a starting bid of $15,000. It was designed to mimic the real luxury condos One Jackson Square in New York. It has a planted roof and looks like a nautilus shell. The proceeds from the sale went to the Animal Medical Center of New York in 2008.

5. Paris Hilton’s Dog House: This one does not have an official name, because it was built specifically as a smaller version of Paris Hilton’s own house. She spent $325,000 on it, and it covers over three hundred square feet. To be fair, her dogs Tinkerbell, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Baby Bear, Harajuku, Dolce and Prada share the space, but they definitely have enough of it, between the living room, balcony, bedroom, and lawn.

6. The World’s Most Expensive Dog House: Even Paris Hilton doesn’t take the cake on this one. In the middle of the Great Recession of 2008, one UK-based dog owner spent about half a million dollars on a dog house for two Great Danes. It comes with a spa, temperature-controlled daybeds, a sound system worth over $200,000, and many more luxuries that most people can only dream of. The house even has a retinal scanner to make sure that other dogs can’t get in.

Love it or hate it, some dogs really do have it made, and so do their owners, apparently. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with being a bit creative with your canine’s doghouse, and surely there are less pricey alternatives that can be just as fun.

Whether or not your dog ends up in a luxury condo or a house with a spa, or you build a doghouse just for him or her, the heart of the matter seems to be that you can meet your dog’s basic needs for food, health, and comfort without resorting to extravagance that it seems very unlikely that the dog will appreciate.

And remember during the scorching days of summer to keep water out for your dog to prevent dehydration. [1]

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[1] Ron Ayalon is an accomplished Internet marketer and educator, focusing on the pet industry and unique websites for building successful pet businesses on the Internet at www.Petwebdesigner.com.

Best Dog Houses – From Top Celebrity To Backyard Dog House Plans

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Rescued Dogs, Cats, Farm Animals & Others – Fostering Or Homing Rescued Animals

 

Rescued Dogs, Cats, Farm Animals & Others

 

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“Tears welled up in both of us when we saw them — all wagging tails and puppy kisses even after being so abused by our ‘superior race’.  They were still willing to love us and trust us to keep them safe.  No other species on earth has such a capacity to forgive and to love like a dog.  It never ceases to amaze me the ability of humans to inflict pain on such innocent creatures.” – Deborah Eades, EVERY RESCUED DOG HAS A TALE: Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad

“Give a Rescued Animal a Home!”

The whole idea of taking in abandoned or unwanted animals has taken on a life of its own.  And it’s great!

Dogs are the most common rescued animal taken in temporarily as fostered pets or as lifetime family members.  Cats are second.  Although other popular species are also being taken in and given loving homes, including rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, assorted birds, fish, reptiles and so on.  Even farm animals — though most families aren’t in the position of accepting horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens…

To a degree, we’ve been doing it forever.  It’s part of a sharing nature so many of us have (or at least folk like you who find themselves visiting a site called CIVILIZED BEARS).  The precepts of Animal Rights may have helped the idea spread.

Here’s a Guest Blog from two experts in homing rescued animals, Maria Elena and Ron Ayalon…

 

ACCLIMATING YOUR RESCUED DOG by Maria Elena

Opening your home to a “rescue dog” [1] is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a dog. Whether it’s a puppy or a senior dog, providing a home for them is not only great for them, but it has an awesome effect on the owners.

However, now that they’re in their new home, how are they going to act? The one characteristic about rescue dogs is that you seldom know their history. While kennels and shelters do their best to investigate your pup’s history (medical, housing, previous lifestyle), they aren’t always accurate. In fact, dogs that live in shelters or kennels for long periods of time will often develop different habits that you might not be familiar with. They may have been potty trained, but probably haven’t had the opportunity to practice it.

Old habits die hard

One of the most serious issues with a rescue dog is that they may be hyperactive when you interact with them and they won’t quite be able to settle back down like most dogs would. It could be because they’re just happy to be free and have a home, but the condition often resonates long after they’ve moved in with you.

Additionally, their new environment may cause them stress. Many shelter dogs have accommodated themselves to living within a small area. Consider making them comfortable by surrounding them with something familiar and then gradually introducing them into a larger home. One of the most effective methods is the crate, and while it might seem contradictory to getting them out of the shelter, it does provide them with a place that is familiar while they are adjusting to their new home.

Another situation is the potty issue. Keep in mind that dog shelters aren’t focused on training and working with a dog, especially in this department. Many dogs will potty in their own housings (contrary to their own instincts), which can quickly and unexpectedly become a difficult habit to break. Be cautious about letting your recently rescued dog navigate your home unattended. If you aren’t with them, it’s best to keep them isolated in a certain location, such as a crate or their own room (make sure they can’t jump over doggy gates).

Comfort

Comfort is a big thing for a dog.

While we laugh because they can sleep just about anywhere (and in the strangest positions), dogs are often just looking for what makes them comfortable. The question is: where are they going to eat and sleep? Many shelter dogs are going to be accustomed to eating in the same spot where they sleep, and change can confuse them quickly.

It may be necessary to start feeding them close to their crate or sleeping area, then gradually moving their food back to a designated location (kitchen). This should allow your pup to ease into their new lifestyle, rather than just surprising them with a whole lot of change.

One thing to consider is that shelter dogs are often going to be surprised by new objects, sounds, and even people. In order to provide the ideal comfort zone while they adapt, it’s generally good to check your home for anything that would surprise your new dog. This might include loud noises, such as vacuum cleaners, clocks, and other strange noises, that could stress out your dog.

Stress on your dog and how to address it

Keep in mind that stress has a physical effect on a dog as well. The introduction to a new environment combined with a change in diet often results in an upset stomach and even diarrhea. This is simply a fact, so don’t be surprised or upset with your pup if he is having stress-related issues, since you’ll only make it worse.

The best way to address this is as soon as your dog is introduced to the home, it’s time to begin potty training. Take them to a pre-designated location (indoor or outdoor) and allow them to take care of their business there. Be sure that this area is obscured from any outside stimuli, such as the neighbor’s barking dog or even elemental factors. The more comfortable and secure they feel in their potty location, the more quickly they’ll begin to accommodate themselves to your house rules.

Providing a home, even a temporary one, for a rescue dog is a wonderful thing. You’re making their life better by simply giving them a chance to make yours just as good. It might be a puppy, a big pooch, a tiny rascal, or even a senior dog, but what matters the most is that they now have a home and a place in your heart.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go to the store again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies! [2]

 

FOSTERING RESCUED ANIMALS – A GROWING TREND RIGHT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD by Ron Ayalon

Foster parents are often people of great strength, caring and sacrifice who understand the need for temporary havens while permanent homes are being found. Perhaps you know a child or two in the foster system. These kids can’t seem to catch a break, but sometimes the right foster situation just clicks.

This is certainly the case when talking about kids but we’re not talking children here, we are talking dogs, cats and other household pets. Every year thousands of animals are rescued from abusive homes, freed from lives of terror and starvation, disease and neglect. The effects of such horrors are evident and deep, but not necessarily permanent, thanks to the “now” mindset of most animals or the inability to worry about the future or dwell in the past.

These animals often receive treatment for their physical ailments and find comfort in the patience and great care administered to their damaged psyches, but most shelters cannot contain the sheer number of animals rescued; the costs are too high and the amount of space needed for proper housing is insurmountable.

A foster home helps to defray those costs by individuals and families simply offering a warm bed and healing love to an animal that may have never known a kind human touch or long since forgotten it.

While some shelters can help with rehabilitation of mind and body, many foster homes will also take up that challenge, work to socialize an animal that has been isolated by displaying kindness and, most of all, love, perhaps never before shown to an abused creature. Without foster homes, many more of these unfortunate animals would have to be put down for lack of physical space. Fostering rescued animals is a genuine way to give back to the community and gain a sense of accomplishment.

A Foster ‘Parent’s’ Responsibility:

The number of foster homes is directly correlated to the number of animals that can be saved and many shelters will even offer health management, guidance and supplies. They truly need just a place for the animals to live until homes can be found. Animal rescues will often match foster dogs and cats to families in the foster system, working as closely with that family as possible to give them exactly what works best.

Some foster parents take only a single puppy or an entire litter, while others may desire only grown dogs or just cats, or any mix between. Also asked of foster families is the flexibility to allow potential adopters to see the animal or make the animal available for viewing. Sometimes good descriptions for web sites will be asked for, in order to make the eventual adoption process run more smoothly.

Foster families may need to transport the rescued animal to the vet when medical care or shots are needed, to let the shelter know if there are any behavioral problems that need to be addressed, and in the case of dogs, some light training may be requested. More often than not, foster parents are asked to show the rescued animal a little extra attention, a lot of patience and heaps of healing love.

As a foster family, you provide a wonderful ‘in-home’ rather alternative to ‘in-shelter’ transition between life then and life after adoption. You provide time for an animal to be placed with a forever home and you provide an invaluable service to your animal shelter and to the animal itself.

And what happens if you fall in love with your foster ‘child’? Usually the foster family is afforded first choice of adoption and it happens. This mutual love between foster parent and dog forges a bond that ends up with foster home turning into forever home. While dogs and cats comprise the vast majority of needy creatures, there may be call for housing rabbits and birds, too.

The amount of poor stewardship, abuse and neglect that occurs annually in this country concerning often harmless animals is staggering. You are indispensable in the battle for humane treatment of this planet’s furry citizens; they need you to take action for them. Make a difference in your life, the life of a rescued animal and even the life of the family who adopts sweet Rover: consider becoming a foster family for animals and shelters in need. [3]

 

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[1] Note: The term “Rescue Dog” can refer to either a rescued dog given a new home, or a trained Search & Rescue dog, depending on context.  Here, we’re talking about endangered or unwanted animals who are rehomed.

[2] Maria Elena has written in affiliation with www.porchpotty.com, a niche product site for dog owners.

[3] Ron Ayalon is an accomplished Internet marketer and educator, focusing on the pet industry and unique websites for building successful pet businesses on the Internet at www.Petwebdesigner.com.

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Declaw Cat – Humane Alternatives to Cat Declawing A Must!

 

Humane Alternatives to Cat Declawing

 

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“I will never declaw my cat no matter how many times I get scratched. Lol” Beckah Beare @78beare

“And I love my cats way more than I love my furniture.” Julie Harris @sabela13

Declawing cats is actually illegal in many countries, including Merry Olde England and the rest of the enlightened UK: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Ireland have banned it outright, and have supported the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, which prohibits the procedure’s use for any non-medical reason.  In Australia and New Zealand, where it never was popular, it’s been labeled “a cruel and unneeded procedure.”  There’s an active campaign in the United States for its ban.

It’s still legal in Canada, and I say this with shame.  But a recent CTV Vancouver News report gave us hope when it revealed: “A growing number of Canadian veterinarians are refusing to declaw cats, describing the once-common procedure as unnecessarily cruel — and the equivalent of amputating human fingertips.” [1]

As one Canadian veterinarian explained, “Despite what the name implies, declawing, known as Onychectomy, is actually a series of bone amputations, sometimes also referred to as de-knuckling.” [2]

We’ve never even considered it for our own feline family members.

Although, I’ll admit, we didn’t know until recently that so-called “declawing” actually involved surgical removal of a kitten’s knuckles!

I could give you a replay of my own righteous Animal Rights Rant when I first learned THAT!

Instead, here’s a more restrained Guest Blog from two animal experts, Kit Marsters and Ron Ayalon, on this disturbing subject:

 

Declawing Cats – Some Humane Alternatives  by Kit Marsters

In many countries declawing cats is illegal, and seen as inhumane. I will spare you the details of what it can do to our feline friends. I’m not writing to shock and upset, rather I mean to inform and offer some alternative solutions. If you wish to know more details, see Ron Ayalon’s posting below.

One thing that’s important to know, however, is that declawing is not a manicure. It involves the amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”. When you think of it like that, I think it will become clear why it is not considered a humane thing in so many countries.

As humans, we tend to be proud of our houses and our furniture. The way our place looks is often a manner of expressing ourselves, as well as comfort. Obviously, not many of us welcome our furry friends using our chairs as scratch posts and our curtains as jolly good climbing fun.

So what then?

I am lucky. I live in a tiny village surrounded by hills, and my cats can safely come and go as they please. Of course this means that I receive the occasional “gift” of whatever they thoughtfully decide to drag into my home, but it also means that they tend to get their climbing and scratching out of their systems and treat my furniture pretty much the same way as I – to sit on and sleep on.

For many cats and cat owners this is not an option. In the big city, or when living in any other environment with busy roads and more risks of illnesses, cats tend to live indoors. A good alternative for indoor cats is to teach them to use scratching posts. These come in many shapes and sizes and tend to be very effective. A roughly textured welcome mat in front of the door can do wonders as well.

Other options involve lightweight vinyl caps that can be glued to the cat’s front paws. They come in different colours and last about four to six weeks on average. Alternatively, your veterinarian can teach you how to safely and painlessly clip your cat’s nails. These options are only recommended for indoor cats, because outside your home your cat will need full use of their claws to match their outdoors adventures.

These are just some of the alternatives to declawing that are available.

If your concern is about how your cat will behave around your children, it is best to read up on as much information as possible before adding a feline to your family. Luckily, the vast majority of cats get along great with people of all ages, and you can teach your child how to safely handle their new friend.

If you are very afraid about your home and furniture, and you do not feel anything else but declawing will be adequate, it might be that a cat is not the best companion for you. Although most cats are actually quite careful with their environment, accidents can happen. And what you see as your prized new leather sofa might be seen as a wonderful new toy to play with, that you must have bought just to entertain your cat! They are not human, after all.

But that does not give us an excuse to be inhumane… [3]

 

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Why Declawing Your Cat Is a Bad Idea  by Ron Ayalon

Owners of cats will often consider having their pet declawed when scratching becomes a problem. It’s true that cats can cause considerable damage to furniture or door frames by using these as scratching posts. A favorite scratching spot can be completely ripped up and shredded by a cat exercising his or her claws. Declawing is generally done only on the front paws because the back paws rarely present a problem.

The front claws of cats are retractable, and are always growing, just like our fingernails. In order to remove the outer sheath of the claw to expose the new, sharper claw, the cat must scratch. Wild cats satisfy their scratching need on trees or logs, but domestic cats will use whatever is convenient and at hand.

Besides scratching furniture, cats will also scratch defensively, or in some cases, aggressively. People who own cats, and who also have medical conditions, worry that a cat scratch could cause problems.

Declawing is a serious surgical procedure that will be performed on your cat under complete anesthesia. Declawing is not the same as trimming the cat’s nails. In order to declaw your cat, it is necessary for the last joint of the cat’s toes to be removed – the nail bed grows right out of the bone so in order for the declawing to be successful, the bone itself must be removed. Some vets use laser surgery to do the procedure, but the same result will occur.

After surgery, the paws must be bandaged. Because this is painful surgery, your veterinarian will usually prescribe pain relievers and often antibiotics to deal with incipient infections. The time that will be needed for complete healing can be up to several weeks, although some cats will be healed within 3 or 4 days.

As with most elective surgeries on pets, there is a great deal of discussion about whether declawing is cruel and unnecessary, except in certain medical situations (tumors, chronic infections). Studies have been done which exhibit contradictory results. However, several problems seem to arise after a cat has been declawed.

Because the cat’s primary means of defense, its claws, are gone, the cat may be more prone to biting. Cat bites can easily become infected, and are considered to be more dangerous in this respect than dog bites. Many cat owners report that their cats have more of a tendency to urinate or defecate inappropriately after being declawed.

It’s been shown that with the removal of the front claws, cats may object to the feel of the litter in the box. The cat can never be allowed outside again, once it has been declawed, the cat must be kept in the house at all times. Without claws, not only will the cat be unable to defend itself, it will also be unable to climb a tree to escape an attack by other animals.

Opposing these negative outcomes, there is also the fact that persistent scratching up of furniture or aggressive scratching of people or other pets can lead to the cat being surrendered to a shelter. It has been found that approximately one quarter of the cats in the United States have been declawed, and that most owners are satisfied with the outcome of the surgery but there are ways to solve the scratching problem without declawing.

Those cat owners who object to declawing can work around the problem to one extent or another. Kittens start getting the urge to scratch when they are about 2 months old. This is the perfect opportunity to train the kitten to use a scratching post. One that has a rough texture will appeal to the scratching instinct especially. Posts covered with sisal, or even a section of log will be attractive to the kitten.

Even adult cats can be trained to use a post if you are willing to spend the time to work with the animal. Vinyl caps that fit over the front claws can keep the cat from damaging furniture or harming others. These caps are glued onto the claws and have to be replaced about once a month.

Some owners have found that trimming the cat’s nails themselves can help to reduce the need for scratching. However, your cat may not be cooperative during this procedure, and this is also something that should be started while the cat is still a kitten.

Tendonectomy is a surgical alternative to declawing, and may actually be the worst choice of all. During this surgery, the tendons that control the flexing of the claws are severed. Owners must then trim the claws regularly to prevent them growing into the toe pads. This is not a recommended procedure for our beloved cats.

Declawing is not a procedure that any cat owner should take lightly, and in most cases, it’s best to avoid it. There are other options to this painful procedure and if you take the time to train your cat, you can enjoy each other for many years to come. [4]

 

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[1] “An estimated 95% of cat owners choose to declaw their animal to stop unwanted furniture scratching…  Declawing is still taught at veterinary schools across Canada, although now it’s accompanied by discussions about what it means, both in ethical terms and for the animal’s wellbeing.” Darcy Wintonyk, Senior Digital Producer, CTV Vancouver, British Columbia, http://bc.ctvnews.ca/declaw-dilemma-some-veterinarians-refusing-to-declaw-cats-1.1207643

[2] The cat declaw rate in Atlantic Canada is around 25%, which matches the reported American rate.  That means that one out of every four cats here are de-knuckled, which is just not right!

[3] Kit Marsters has written in affiliation with www.PetLovers.Com, a site for Pet Forums.

[4] Ron Ayalon is an accomplished Internet marketer and educator, focusing on the pet industry and unique websites for building successful pet businesses on the Internet at www.Petwebdesigner.com.

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Cats Quotes – Loving & Funny Cat Quotes For Feline Fanciers

 

Cats Quotes: Loving & Funny Cat Quotes

 

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“BOOKS.  CATS.  LIFE IS GOOD.” – Edward Gorey

They dance madly around the house, still thinking they’re kittens.  And then curl up on a couch or window sill to find sunshine and sleep.  Our cats are dignified clowns.  And sources of purrs and love.

In the Wilderness, our closest relatives — all the other Primates — avoid Cats with screaming warnings.  But we — Humankind — long ago took one little feline species into our ancient rough homes and they’ve been with us ever since.

Bringing their own mysterious brand of comedy, love and sunshine into our lives.

Here, my friends, are our favourite Cat Quotes:

“WHAT GREATER GIFT THAN THE LOVE OF A CAT?” – Charles Dickens

“HOME IS WHERE I HANG MY TOOTHBRUSH AND WHERE THE CATS HAVE THEIR COMMODE.” – Lilian Jackson Braun

“A CAT CAN PURR ITS WAY OUT OF ANYTHING!” – Donna McCrohan

“RUSTY IS ALWAYS UP FOR PLAYTIME, AT TIMES A GOLDEN BLUR, AT TIMES LAZY AND FULL OF LION-LOUD PURRS.  HE’S MY BEST BUD.” – Brian Alan Burhoe

“IF THERE’S ONE SPOT OF THE SUN SPILLING ONTO THE FLOOR, A CAT WILL FIND IT AND SOAK IT UP.” – Louis Wain

“NOTHING MAKES A HOUSE COZIER THAN A CAT.” – Gladys Taber

“DOGS ARE NICE BUT THEIR LOVE IS GIVEN FREELY.  WITH CATS YOU HAVE TO EARN IT, AND I’M A GIRL WHO LOVES A CHALLENGE.” – Lissa Warren

“CATS ARE SMARTER THAN DOGS.  YOU CAN’T GET EIGHT CATS TO PULL A SLED THROUGH SNOW.” – J Valdez

“IT’S GOING TO FREEZE — THE CAT’S DANCING.” – Colette

“KITTIES HAVE BIRTHDAYS, TOO.  MAKE A CAKE FOR YOURSELF AND GIVE THE KITTY SOME REAL LIVE FRESH DEAD SHRIMP.” – Max Thompson

“IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN A BIT MAD,  THE CAT WALKS WITH CONFIDENCE.” – Rosanne Amberson

“ALWAYS THE CAT REMAINS A LITTLE BIT BEYOND THE LIMITS WE TRY TO SET FOR HIM IN OUR BLIND FOLLY.” – Andre Norton

“IT’S HARDER TO UNDERSTAND A CAT THAN A DOG.  BUT IT’S FUN TRYING.” -Brian Alan Burhoe

“CATS ARE VERY FUNNY,  AND HAVE THE ODDEST WAYS OF SHOWING THEY’RE GLAD TO SEE YOU.   RUDIMAC ALWAYS PEED IN OUR SHOES.” – W H Auden

 

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“A MOUSE IN THE PAWS IS WORTH TWO IN THE PANTRY.” – Louis Wain

“FUNNY FACE IS MY ATTACK CAT, AND ANYONE WHO MIGHT TRY TO HARM ME WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH HIM.  HERE, PRETTY KITTY.  THAT’S A GOOD BOY.” – Vivian Gilbert Zabel

“SHE HAD WHITE CAT HAIR ON HER DARK SUIT.  SHE WAS A DEDICATED CAT HUGGER.” – Lilian Jackson Braun

“I MADE UP FOR MY DOG-LESS BOYHOOD BY BRINGING HOME KITTENS.  ALWAYS THE LONELY, LEFTOVER LITTLE KITTEN THAT NOBODY ELSE WANTED.  LIKE HUNTER, A GENTLE AND LOVING (WITH ME) STUB-TAILED GREY MANX CAT, WHO LIKED TO BRING ME MICE FROM THE HORSE BARN NEXT DOOR.” Brian Alan Burhoe

“A MEOW MASSAGES THE HEART.” – Stuart McMillan

“WHEN YOUR CAT DROPS A DEAD OR DYING ANIMAL AT YOUR FEET, IT’S ACTUALLY THE UTMOST COMPLIMENT.  YOUR CAT IS ESSENTIALLY FEEDING YOU AS ONE OF ITS OWN.” – Daniel Martin

“MY CAT DOESN’T TALK AS RESPECTFULLY TO ME AS I DO TO HER.” – Colette

“THE CLOCKS IN OUR HOUSE WERE SUPERFLUOUS; WE MARKED OUT TIME BY THE CAT.” – Lissa Warren

“HOW MANY MORE SENSES HAVE CATS THAN HUMANS?” – Marguerite Steen

“THE CAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOON.  LIKE THE MOON, IT COMES TO LIFE AT NIGHT, ESCAPING FROM HUMANITY AND WANDERING OVER HOUSETOPS WITH ITS EYES BEAMING OUT THROUGH THE DARKNESS.” – Patricia Dale-Green

“PEOPLE WHO LOVE CATS HAVE SOME OF THE BIGGEST HEARTS AROUND.” – Susan Easterly

“A KITTEN IS THE MOST IRRESISTIBLE COMEDIAN IN THE WORLD.  ITS WIDE-OPEN EYES GLEAM WITH WONDER AND MIRTH.  IT DARTS MADLY AT NOTHING AT ALL, AND THEN, AS THOUGH SUDDENLY CHECKED IN PURSUIT, PRANCES SIDEWAYS ON ITS HIND LEGS WITH RIDICULOUS AGILITY AND ZEAL.” – Agnes Repplier

 

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“CATS LIKE DOORS LEFT OPEN — IN CASE THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS.” – Rosemary Nisbet

“IN ANCIENT TIMES, CATS WERE WORSHIPPED AS GODS; THEY HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN THIS.” – Terry Pratchett

“I WRITE SO MUCH BECAUSE MY CAT SITS ON MY LAP.  SHE PURRS SO I DON’T WANT TO GET UP.  SHE’S SO MUCH MORE CALMING THAN MY HUSBAND.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“THE NAMING OF CATS IS A DIFFICULT MATTER.” – T S Elliot

“THE NAME YOU CHOOSE WILL AFFECT PEOPLE WHO HEAR IT IMMEDIATELY, GIVING THEM A POSITIVE IMPRESSION — WONDERCAT, SWEET TOOTH — OR PERHAPS A NEGATIVE ONE — HELLCAT, SHREDDER.” – Michelle Ryan

“OVER THE YEARS MY SISTER AND I CAME UP WITH HUNDREDS OF NAMES FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL CAT.  AND OUR CAT GAVE US MANY INCIDENTS OF LAUGHTER, FUNNY MOMENTS AND HAPPY MOMENTS IN A HOME ENVIRONMENT WHICH WAS MOSTLY NOT VERY HAPPY.” – Joe Caruso

“CATS ARE INTENDED TO TEACH US THAT NOT EVERYTHING IN NATURE HAS A PURPOSE.” – Garrison Keillor

“IF ANIMALS COULD SPEAK, THE DOG WOULD BE A BLUNDERING OUTSPOKEN FELLOW; BUT THE CAT WOULD HAVE THE RARE GRACE OF NEVER SAYING A WORD TOO MUCH.”  – Mark Twain

“CATS DON’T FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS; THEY TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED.  THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE FED, WATERED, STROKED ON DEMAND AND SUPPLIED WITH A LAP AND A CLEAN COMMODE.” – Lilian Jackson Braun

“AS I LISTENED TO HIS GENTLE PURRING IN THE DARK, IT FELT GOOD TO HAVE HIM THERE.  HE WAS COMPANY, I GUESS.  I’D NOT HAD MUCH OF THAT LATELY.” – James Bowen

“CATS, AS YOU KNOW, ARE QUITE IMPERVIOUS TO THREATS.” Connie Willis

“I MADE EYE CONTACT WITH HER, CLOSED MY EYES BRIEFLY, WISHING FOR HER TO COME OUT.  THEN OPENED MY EYES AGAIN.  AND THE CAT BLINKED BACK AT ME, SLOWLY.  SHE ALLOWED ME TO MOVE HER TO SAFETY.  YEARS LATER I HEARD THAT SLOWLY BLINKING THEN LOOKING AWAY IS A POWERFUL FORM OF CAT COMMUNICATION.” – Mieshelle Nagelschneider

“NEVER TRY TO OUTSTUBBORN A CAT.” Robert A Heinlein

 

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“IF YOU WANT TO WRITE, KEEP CATS.” –  Aldous Huxley

“I BELIEVE CATS TO BE SPIRITS COME TO EARTH.  A CAT, I’M SURE, COULD WALK ON A CLOUD WITHOUT COMING THROUGH.” – Jules Verne

“PERHAPS IT’S BECAUSE CATS DON’T LIVE BY HUMAN PATTERNS, DON’T FIT THEMSELVES INTO PRESCRIBED BEHAVIOR, THAT THEY ARE SO UNITED TO CREATIVE PEOPLE.” – Andre Norton

“I LOVE THEM, THEY ARE SO NICE AND SELFISH.  DOGS ARE TOO GOOD AND UNSELFISH.  THEY MAKE ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.  BUT CATS ARE GLORIOUSLY HUMAN.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

“THE ONLY THING I ENVY ABOUT A CAT IS ITS PURR.  IT’S THE MOST CONTENTED SOUND IN THE WORLD.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

“THE CAT JUMPS UP ON THE BED AND TRIES TO GET ONTO MY HEAD.  IT’S HIS WAY OF TELLING WHETHER OR NOT I’M DEAD.  IF I’M NOT, HE WANTS TO BE SCRATCHED; IF I AM — HE’LL THINK OF SOMETHING.” – Margaret Atwood

“AUTHORS LIKE CATS BECAUSE THEY ARE SUCH QUIET, LOVABLE, WISE CREATURES AND CATS LIKE AUTHORS FOR THE SAME REASONS.” – Robertson Davies

“THE CAT WAS BEING HARASSED BY MONKEYS IN NEIGHBOURING CAGES.  SHE LOOKED AT ME IMPLORINGLY: PLEASE! TAKE ME HOME.  SHE KEPT HER CLAWS SHEATHED AS I STROKED HER AND AS I WALKED OUT THE DOOR, SHE NUZZLED ME.” – Pierre Berton

“A CAT HAS ABSOLUTE EMOTIONAL HONESTY: HUMAN BEINGS, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, MAY HIDE THEIR FEELINGS, BUT A CAT DOES NOT. – Ernest Hemingway

“I LOVE CATS BECAUSE I ENJOY MY HOME; AND LITTLE BY LITTLE, THEY BECOME ITS VISIBLE SOUL.” – Jean Cocteau

“THE CAT DOESN’T OFFER SERVICES.  THE CAT OFFERS ITSELF.” – William S. Burroughs

“MY CAT IS COMPLETELY BLIND.  I AM WATCHING HER NOW, SWEET-PEA THAT IS, CIRCLING THE KITCHEN FLOOR AND BUMPING INTO THE KITCHEN CHAIRS.  SHE IS KIND OF LIKE A FURRY BALL IN A PINBALL MACHINE…SHE BUMPS INTO SOMETHING AND THEN JUST TURNS AND MOVES ON…IT MAKES ME SMILE — ALTHOUGH I KNOW IT’S JUST NOT THAT FUNNY.  I THINK I LAUGH BECAUSE WHAT I REALLY FEEL LIKE DOING, IS CRYING.” – Jann Arden

“WHEN ZOE DIED, IT WAS REALLY EASY TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE HOW MUCH YOU COULD MISS A SWEET, GENTLE CAT THAT WAS NOTHING BUT A BALL OF UTTER LOVE.” – Neil Gaiman

“CATS LEAVE PAW PRINTS ON OUR HEARTS!” – Old English memorial stone

“ANOTHER CAT?  PERHAPS.  BUT A FAMILY CAT IS NOT REPLACEABLE LIKE A WORNOUT COAT.  EACH NEW KITTEN BECOMES ITS OWN CAT, AND NONE IS REPEATED.  I AM FOUR CATS OLD, MEASURING OUT MY LIFE IN FRIENDS THAT HAVE SUCCEEDED BUT NOT REPLACED ONE ANOTHER.” – Irving Townsend

 

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“AS EVERY CAT OWNER KNOWS, NO ONE OWNS A CAT.” – Ellen Perry Berkeley

“OF ALL THE CATS THAT HAVE OWNED ME, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ONE LIKE MY WHITE TOM KITTEN, FOR SWEETNESS, INTELLIGENCE AND AFFECTION.” – Marguerite Steen

“AH, MY FURRY FELINE LOVES — SHISHI, NIBO AND IRA — JUST THINKING ABOUT ALL THIS MAKES ME WONDER: EXACTLY WHO HAS TRAINED WHOM!” – Rima Savage

“KITTENS BELIEVE THAT ALL NATURE IS OCCUPIED WITH THEIR DIVERSION.” – F A Paradis de Moncrif

“THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE PRESENCE OF A CAT IN THE HOUSE TO MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME, WHETHER IT’S A RUSTIC CABIN OR ROYAL PALACE. ” – Theresa Mancuso

“CATS ARE LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH, THEIR PURRING NOT UNLIKE THE STIR OF ANGEL WINGS.” – Theresa Mancuso

“PEOPLE WHO HATE CATS WILL COME BACK AS MICE IN THEIR NEXT LIFE.” – Faith Resnick

“A CAT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT WANTS AND WANTS MORE OF IT.” – Richard Hexem

“TWENTY-SEVEN CATS AT ONE TIME HINTS AT MONOMANIA.  BUT IN MANY CASES IT’S SIMPLER.  IF YOU LIKE CATS AND HAVE SOME, YOU GET KITTENS.  AND IF YOU LIKE KITTENS AND ENJOY HAVING THEM ABOUT, THEY GROW UP — AND YOU GET MORE KITTENS.” – Paul Gallico

“FAR AHEAD, PICKED UP BY THE HEADLIGHTS, ARE TWO OTHER LITTLE HEADLIGHTS, LUMINOUS, LIKE SEQUINS SEWN IN THE DARKNESS OF THE HEDGEROW. CAT.” – Marguerite Steen

“UTTERING HIS HAPPY PRR-OO-OO, HE WILL TROT INTO THE KITCHEN, HANG FOR A MOMENT ROUND THE NECK OF THE BLACK ONE, OR BITE HER EAR, AND FLING HIMSELF INTO THE LAST ANTICS OF THE DAY.” – Marguerite Steen

“OF ALL OUR SUNNY WORLD, I WISH ONLY FOR A GARDEN SOFA WHERE A CAT IS SUNNING ITSELF.” – Edith Södergran

“AT THAT PRECISE MOMENT TWO BROWN NOSES LIFTED, FOUR BROWN EARS SWIVELED, TWO SETS OF WHISKERS TWITCHED.  SOMETHING WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.” – Lilian Jackson Braun

“IF YOU WANT A LOVING WIFE – FIND A CRAZY CAT LADY!” – Brian Alan Burhoe

“I THINK I’LL COME BACK AS A CAT.” – George Ney

 

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“Self-Portrait With Kittens” by Julius Adam
 

The five paintings on this page are by Julius Adam, a favourite artist of ours.  German-born Adam (1852-1913) was known as Katzen-Adam (“Cat Adam”) because of his popular housecat artwork.  After an early career in Rio de Janeiro working in the family business as a landscape photographer (his father, Julius Senior, was a renowned photographer), he returned to Germany, settling in Munich, where he created his famous cat art.  His most popular canvases featured kittens in a country home setting.

Along with his contemporaries — Holland-born Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (known as the Queen of Cat Artists) and Parisian native Louis Eugène Lambert — Adam created a popular genre that reflected a nostalgia for the passing rural life of the late 19th Century, in reaction to the new ugly industrialized cities.

To see a portfolio of some of his best work, go to Cat Art of Julius Adam II

– Brian & Mary Lee Burhoe

 

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Cat Bad Behavior: How To Stop The Cat From Attacking Other Animals

 

Cat Bad Behavior: How To Stop The Cat From Attacking Other Animals

 

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We’ve always had cats.

As a boy, I’d happily add to our immediate family by occasionally bringing home a new kitten — always the last one in the litter, the one nobody else wanted.  And I loved ’em all.  And they gave back a quiet love.

These many years later, we have Tillie and Rusty.  And they’re part of the family, for sure.

Rusty is always up for playtime, at times a golden blur, at times lazy and trusting and full of lion-loud purrs.  He’s my best bud.

Tillie is the watcher.  When we brought them home, Rusty curled up in the cat carrier at my feet to sleep.  But his sister Tillie kept looking up at me through the screening, while batting Rusty in the ear, saying, in her own way, “Hey, wake up! Something’s going on here. Who is this human?  They’re taking us somewhere.”

Tillie eventually deigned to give us purrs.  But she still watches everything.  Never saw a cat who figures things out like she does.  She’s not a black cat, but she can find the shadows and blend in.

Raising cats has always been easy for us.  But not for everyone, eh?

We’ve heard the problems others have had: spraying, peeing where they shouldn’t, digging walls and furniture (well, we’ve had this one — catnip on a home-built scratcher takes care of most of it), aggressive behavior, really bad aggressive behavior…

This last one has been the biggest cause for alarm among people we’ve known.

Here, from Katherine Towers, is an astute Guest Blog on that very topic:

“Aggressive Cat Behavior: How To Stop Your Cat From Attacking Other Animals”

Your cat can show several different forms of aggressive behavior.

Although these behaviors may be alright and even useful in the wild, in a housecat these behaviors are dysfunctional. Animal behaviorists classify different kinds of aggressive cat behavior differently.

When your cat attacks a bird or mouse in the garden, or even your son’s pet hamster in its cage, this is called predatory aggression. Kitty is playing great white hunter, following its instinct to hunt for prey. Unfortunately, you cannot just shut down this instinct, so other measures need to be taken. The simplest one it to put a collar with a bell on your cat to keep it from sneaking up on its prey.

Kitty can also behave aggressively when it is afraid. At first, this seems like a paradox. But you may better understand this behavior if you recall the human fight-or-flight instinct. When your cat is afraid of some other animal, like your pet dog, but cannot run away, it may go nuts and attack the source of its fear in a berserk fury of claws, fang and fur.

So, what to do? The natural reaction of most cat lovers is to try to pet and console kitty. Unfortunately, in the long run, you are conditioning your cat to behave this way. You are reinforcing the idea that it is okay to behave aggressively whenever it is afraid. Generally, the best way to handle fear aggression is to remove the source of the fear, then ignore kitty. Yes, pay no more attention to your cat until it calms down on its own.

The third form of aggressive cat behavior has to do with territory. This is especially common in unneutered tomcats. In this case, kitty will attack your new cat because it feels that the newcomer is invading its territory.

This is yet another natural behavior which can give you a big headache. If this happens, you need to introduce the two cats to each other slowly. Mealtime is usually an important part of this process. In simplistic terms, both cats only see each other when it is time to eat. Otherwise, they are kept apart, out of sight of each other. This lets them associate the other cat with the pleasure of eating.

Another form of aggressive cat behavior is called maternal aggression or protective aggression. This is just a fancy name for when mama cat attacks anyone who approaches her new kittens. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do here. Just be patient, and eventually mama cat may let you play with her kittens.

Generally speaking, aggressive cat behavior is driven by a cat’s natural instinct for food, territory, fear or protectiveness. The first step of treatment is to identify the trigger for this aggression. After that the specific approach varies. Regardless, love and patience is a must.

– Thanks, Katherine

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Aquaponics: Aquaponic Farm Raft System Vs Ebb & Flow

 

Aquaponics: Aquaponic Farm Raft System Vs Ebb & Flow

 

So many folks are actually changing their lifestyles.  Organic gardening.  Living off the Grid.   Getting free from the Machine.

Some are getting back to a simpler way of life, one based on traditional values and workways.

Some are genuinely afraid of the changing world: whether a looming crisis presenting itself as the dire results of Climate Change, like a super hurricane, unnending blizzard, massive wildfire, or cataclysmic flood.  Or unnatural disasters brought about by financial collapse, civic breakdown, devastating bioterrorist-released pandemic or modern warfare carried to our own doorsteps.

No matter what, the most important factor in any breakdown is Water.  And the second is Food.

Hence the increasing interest in hydroponic farming.  In a way, it combines the two.  More important, it increases your yield of fresh, organic food TEN TIMES!  And gives you a wide range of natural herbal medications…

 

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Certainly, self sufficiency is becoming an essential choice for many of us.  A clear choice of standing our ground against destructive forces and re-creating a healthy and safe world for our families — even if that world is only our immediate home area.

It’s not just a matter of survival.  It’s all about returning to the ways of our ancestors — while sometimes using modern technology when it suits us.  And Aquaponic Farming is at the frontier of this new civilization.

Here, from long-time Organic Gardener Ethan Mills, is a Guest Blog on this very subject, a Crash Course on getting into Aquaponic Farming…

 

>> What is Aquaponics? And Why is it Changing Everything?

What if I said to you that you could have fresh organic vegetables year round in the convenience of your own home?

What if I told you that you can grow food up to TEN TIMES the volume of any other natural, organic farming method?

Well, this is possible by using an aquarium, with ornamental fish and growing beds for crops of your choice. A home system can serve as a beautiful show piece or a food production system, depending on the size.

Many backyard aquaponics gardeners are setting up systems to grow hundreds of pounds of fish and an endless supply of herbs and vegetables a family needs.

These Backyarders quickly produce more fresh food than they can eat.  At which time they can either preserve those vegetables, fish and herbs for “a rainy day” or sell it for income and profit.

What is Aquaponics?

The ancient Aztecs did it, among other cultures.  It’s simply using fish waste from the fish in your tank or outdoor pool to feed the plants you wish to grow. The nitrogen cycle takes care of the magic by filtering the dirty water in the grow bed before it returns to the fish.

This allows for the best conditions for growth to your plants and fish that you are raising.

An aquaponic system does all the hard work for you, so you don’t have to filter the fish waste and you won’t have to worry about feeding your plants, which makes it easy aquaponics.

Hydroponics is a method of growing crops without using soil. You have to use nutrition solutions to feed the crops, which are elements added to the watering system and delivered to the roots.  NO CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS!  NO WEEDS!  NO TILLING!

With this system, the plants need to be secured with a growing medium such as, lavarock. The growing mediums not only secure the plants, it provides moisture, and a place for bacteria to thrive! If a growing medium was not used then sprayers would be used and this would be considered an aeroponics system.

The other part of aquaponics is aquaculture: the water is provided all the elements for the plants to grow from the fish waste. Without having crops, this naturally filtration system would not function properly, which would lead to the death of your fish. There needs to be a balance of fish and plants for aquaponics to work properly.

There are great benefits to aquaponics, especially because of the efficiency and space saving methods of fish farming, growing crops of your choice. It allows hydroponic growers to cut cost of buying fertilizers, and helps fish farmers with the filtration of the fish waste.  AND – – NO PESTICIDES.

Commercial aquaponics system operators are limited, however, because (like solar panels) it works best in family-sized holdings.  And among them, there’s a strong level of interest in this organic method of food production. With little maintenance of less than 20 minutes a day, you can have fresh fish and vegetables year-round.

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>> Aquaponic Raft System vs. Ebb and Flow

There are many different types of aquaponic systems.  However, the two most common are The Raft System and Ebb & Flow.

Parts that are the same are the fish tank and a plant bed. Some of the differences include filtration techniques, plumbing, the type of plant bed, growing medium, and the frequency of water and aeration. Some of the more popular aquaponic methods emerging in the industry are methods based on a hydroponic system design, and raising fish for filtration.

1. The Raft Method

Let us start with The Raft System Method, also known as deep channel, float and deep flow. The idea is for your crops to be grown on top of the water in the Styrofoam boards. The rafts are usually in a tank separate from the fish tank. The water in the raft grow bed is highly nutritious because of the fish waste, plants will eat it up!

The nutrient-rich water flows continuously from the fish tank, through filtration components, through the raft tank where the plants are grown and then back to the fish tank. The beneficial bacteria that make this nitrogen cycle work, live in the raft tank and throughout the system.

The water in the raft tank provides a buffer for the fish, reducing stress and potential water quality problems, which is one of the greatest benefits of the raft system. Plus, this method has been improved for over 25 years. The raft system is a well developed method that allows for high plant production per square foot. Commercial raft systems can cover large areas, best utilizing the floor space in a greenhouse.

Vegetable seedlings are best placed on one end of the raft tank. The rafts are pushed forward on the surface of the water over time and then the mature plants are harvested at the other end of the raft. Once a raft is harvested, it can be replanted with seedlings and set into place on the opposite end. The optimizes floor space, which is especially important in a commercial greenhouse setting.

2. The EBB (Flood and Drain) Method

Hydroponic Ebb and Flow uses media filled beds that are periodically flooded with water from the fish tank. The water is drained after the water level rises above the bell siphon and flows back to the fish tank. All waste, including the solids, is broken down within the plant bed.

Sometimes worms are added to the gravel-filled plant bed to enhance the break-down of the waste. This method uses the fewest components and no additional filtration, making it simple to operate and naming it one of the best aquaponic system methods. The plant production is less than the aquaponic method described above. The media-filled bed is often used for hobby applications where maximizing production is not a goal.

 

>> Aquaponic Plants You Can Grow In An Aquaponics System

The aquaponic plants are where it’s at! That’s the great benefit of aquaponics, enjoying the vegetables and fruits when they are ready to be eaten. While the crops are growing, the nitrogen cycle occurs because of the bacteria in the root systems. This is where the water is filtered and cleaned before it returns back to the fish.

Without plants the system cannot function properly. Research has shown that plants were proven to be an effective means of water purification for aquaculture. Lettuce, chives and other leafy crops were first considered for aquaponics but, more recently, commercial growers and researchers have had great success with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, flowers and many other crops.

Growing plants in your backyard in the soil takes up valuable space and is labor intensive. Dirt farming is kind of a knee jerk response. You see the plants wilting and add water, plants yellowing and add nitrogen or compost. Aquaponics takes care of this automatically, without much thought except to insure the flow of water. If the electricity quits or a pump fails the plants will survive several days up to two weeks depending on the temperature, but of course the fish will die sooner.

Even plants needing large amounts of nitrogen, like tomatoes, can exist side by side with plants that require little, like lettuce. The nutrient rich water reaches all plants and because it only passes through, only what is needed is used.

Even with good plant coverage there are a lot of nitrates flowing out the drains back to the fish tank, enough in fact to power up another group of grow beds. This is not a concern unless the water is cloudy in the fish tank. We have found that 6-8 grow beds per 400 gallon tank is a good operating number.

Aquaponic Plants

Tomatoes, Peppers, Spinach, Onions, Cucumbers, Pak Chov, Squash, Lettuce, Basil, Begonias, Impatiens Peas Beets, Swiss Chard, Black Seeded Simpson, Water Cress, Watermelon, Chives, Cabbage, Redina, Lettuce, Endive, Amaranth, Celery, Tatsoi, Collard, Garlic, Chives, Zucchini, Okra, Cilantro.  Most common household plants: Recao, Cantaloupe, Mustard, Mints, Arugula, Beans, Taro, Spinach, Parsley, Kale, Dill Rice, New Tomatoes.

If you want have the best tasting vegetables, make sure you purchase organic seeds, so that you know exactly that your crops will be 100% organic. This way you will enjoy the real taste of freshly harvested vegetables in the comfort of your home. What can be better than that?!

 

>> Aquaponic Fish: Fish for Aquaponics

You need fish to have a properly functioning aquaponics system. The reason why fish are required to complete this aquaponics cycle is within the fish waste. The tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other plants you are growing require nitrogen, which is produced by the fish waste.

All aquaponics systems must have the nitrates filtered from the water or the aquaponics fish will die. The growing containers act as this filter because the plants roots take care of everything there. Plants and fish must be present in this system for The Aquaponic Nitrogen Cycle to take place.

Just about any freshwater fish can be used in the system although the operating temperature prohibits rearing of species such as trout. If you don’t care about either eating or selling the fish we recommend using half of the fish as goldfish and the other half as common carp.

One fish per 1.5 gallon water is the maximum a system can handle especially as the fish grow larger. Goldfish and common carp can be bought cheaply at bait stores in most parts of the country.

Suitable Fish For Aquaponics are:

Walleye,Tilapia, Yellow Perch, Lake Perch

Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Hybrid Striped Bass, Northern

Crayfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, All Carp, Goldfish

Sunfish, Bream, Crappie, Pacu, Koi, and Freshwater Ornamentals.

Aquaponics Fish Food:

Your fish need food to produce the waste which helps this amazing cycle happen. The pellets or organic fish foods can cost over time, however, there are a few methods for creating fish food. One of the aquaponic secrets is that you can raise fish food that doubles itself every 24 hours under correct conditions. This is a great money saver and fits in with doing less work is more.

Duckweed can easily be made in large barrel halves. The water temperature needs to be 60-70 degrees F. and rich in nutrients. These nutrients can come from manure tea made from donkey dung and other sources. Fish eat duckweed slower than commercial feeds, because they are rich with protein and other elements.

The cool thing about duckweed is that it just floats around and too much does not constitute nitrate buildup like with uneaten commercial pellets. Eventually it will be eaten and, meanwhile, it is making more duckweed. In nature, duckweed can be found floating in calm waters, either fresh or brackish.

Virtually all the plant is metabolically active and totally useful as a feed or food. Duckweed has high concentrations of essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, carotene, xanthophylls and trace minerals making it one of the best animal feeds available for either fish or animals like rabbits, sheep, goats or cattle. It can be fed wet or dried without significant loss of nutrients.

Nitrogen Ammonium is the preferred form of food for duckweed. This is fortunate for us as the aquaponic system produces an abundance of this material. Therefore duck-weed does great in such systems except for trace minerals Duckweed growing in half barrel which because of the soil-less nature in aquaponics, are sadly lacking. This factor can be solved as it exists for not only the duckweed but both the plants and fish as well.

A homemade hydroponic system allows for family activity which can promote healthy eating and helps stretch the food budget.

This family activity provides a great way to teach children how to grow food and care for living things.

Starting off with a small aquaponics setup may be the easiest to grow vegetables than other systems because of the minimal amount of work you have to do once it is up and running…

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About the Author: “My name is Ethan Mills and I’ve been an avid organic gardener for as long as I can remember. In that time, I’ve gained a huge amount of knowledge about organic gardening and aquaponic systems. As an aquaponics enthusiast, it is my goal to see that your garden is properly cared for, so I’d like to share my knowledge with you.”  As of this posting, the link at the base of his published articles is inactive, but Ethan can be found on Facebook — just login to FB and search for his “Aquaponic Secrets.”

Aquaponics: Aquaponic Farm Raft System Vs Ebb and Flow

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#Netherlands70 #VE70 Liberation of Netherlands 70 Years Ago

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Men of Algonquin Regiment moving toward Hochwald Forest, March 1, 1945
 

Those of us who are family of the soldiers who liberated Holland 70 years ago have been watching the Netherlands 70 Remembrance with pride and even tears.

We remember them, those men.

In my case, it was my father, who served with his own quiet pride in the Canadian Algonquin Regiment.  He was there — with his Regiment — from the storming of Normandy, the beginning of the Liberation of Holland, to the advance into Germany in the frozen days of late February and early March — when a sniper’s bullet took him out in the bloody battle of the Hochwald Gap.

Dad spoke little of the battles themselves.  It was only after he passed that other guys who had worked with him (all of them war vets), or served with him in the local Legion, told me some of the darkest details.  Veterans tell each other things that they rarely speak of otherwise.

Dad had been in the Algonquin’s D Company when they went into the Hochwald Forest.  Carrying shovels to dig deep slit trenches and 303 Lee-Enfield rifles, they found themselves alone except for oncoming German Tiger tanks followed by German infantry…

But Dad did speak of the better times in those late months of ’44 and into 1945.  He was there for the Liberation of Holland and rightly proud of the part he and his comrades had played.  He spoke of the local men and women who befriended them.  He spoke of these people’s stories — of the hardships and acts of courage against the terrible Nazi Occupation.

I grew up with War Vets.  So few of them are still with us.  Dad was only 55 when he passed from war-related health problems.  And those others I knew and admired are gone.

Watching some of our few survivors over there in the Netherlands accepting so much love and praise from the people of Holland and surrounding areas has been an emotional experience, for sure.

The American vets, the British, the Australian, our own Canadians:

These guys represent an entire generation…

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God Bless you all!

To read more, see OUT OF MY FATHER’S SHAVING BOX: Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & Liberation of Holland

 

 

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Gardening & YOU: Gardening with Kids – Growing Vegetables Indoors

 

Gardening with Kids – Growing Vegetables Indoors

 

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It’s May, and this ol’ cook’s thoughts wander outside with yearnings for fresh organic veggies for our kitchen.

Time to get in the garden, eh?

Gardening is a lifetime love.

My father, born on a family farm, taught me.  I’ve been doing it as far back as I can remember.  I mean age 4 or younger.  Carrying soil in a little wooden wheelbarrow Dad had made for me.  My first crop, of course, was radishes.  You can’t fail with radishes.

And these many decades later, we’re still putting in a few crops.  Potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, pole beans, bush peas, cucumbers, parsnips, carrots…  Even in our deck flower boxes, which now grow organic vegetables.

Once you’ve got the gardening bug, you never lose it.  And our kids?  Yup.  We passed the bug onto them.

And when Winter shakes out its blankets of snow, we don’t give up our passion for organic food.  We grow it indoors.  And there are the Greenhouses, so easily built.

Here, giving us two excellent looks at those very subjects, is a guest blog from award-wining writer Stacy Pessoney:

Gardening With Kids.

Spring is here and outside everything is greening…

Gardening with children can be so fulfilling, for you and for them. Whether you are a teacher, a friend or a parent, you can enjoy some real quality time with the children that you care for.

There are a few ways to make it fun for them. Remember to have fun, encourage silliness and be open to the children’s ideas. Kids really enjoy getting outside with adults and creating something. Try to include things in the garden that the kids will really enjoy.

Have them set up hummingbird feeders, spinning wind catchers, wind chimes, and make vegetable markers or signs. The more colorful and personal they make it, the more they will love it.

Using hummingbird feeders, spinners and chimes will help give the kids some instant gratification. It’s a lot more interesting than simply putting a seed in the dirt and walking away! Set up a craft table in advance and let the kids decorate and design whatever they can think of to stick in the garden. They can use construction paper, index cards, glue, glitter, beads and even seeds to decorate signs. Use some laminating paper or dip in melted paraffin wax to waterproof signs.

Sprouting seeds indoors is fun for kids and lets them see how roots grow towards the water and how leaves open up towards the sun. Simply placing seeds on a wet paper towel and putting them into a sandwich bag will make them sprout rather quickly. Then they can be placed in the dirt and have a better chance of survival than if you had only placed the seeds in the soil.

Kids love the idea of introducing beneficial insects, butterflies, frogs and lizards into the garden. Do a little research about your area and find out which insects are beneficial. Your local nursery can usually provide you with useful information on which insects to introduce and where to get them.

Using living creatures to protect the vegetables from invaders is not only fun, but beneficial. Teaching children how to garden organically will not only help them to ingest and absorb less chemicals now, but as they grow and plant their own gardens in the future. Organic gardening is more fun, safer and better for their health.

The fun isn’t over when the garden is planted. Kids love to catch bugs and worms and then introduce them into the garden. They can learn about recycling and composting while adding beneficial compost to their garden soil.

It will get richer by the year if you avoid chemical fertilizers. Let them water with interesting containers or spray nozzles for the water hose.  One with forward assist and automatic hose retrieval makes it easy for even very young children to feel important and participate in the family fun.

Happy gardening!

 

 

Growing Vegetables Indoors.

Summer is ending and our gardens are wilting…

The season of fresh vegetables just goes by too fast. It is time to grind up those stalks and cover the garden with hay for composting. But does this really mean that we are done eating fresh vegetables until next June? Not really! You can grow vegetables indoors using these tips.

There are two ways to start your indoor vegetable garden.

One, you can transfer your existing plants from outdoor to indoor pots.

Two, you can sprout seeds and plant them. [1]

Some plants, like tomato plants, normally need to be staked. But, if you hang a planter for your tomatoes, you don’t necessarily have to stake them. The stalks can simply hang down like vines.

Choose large pots that drain really well. Place rocks in the bottom of each container, then potting soil or top soil mixed with plenty of compost. If your summer garden did well outside, you can use the soil from there to fill your pots. Although, sometimes this soil is depleted of nutrients and should be replenished with compost.

All of your indoor vegetables need to have plenty of sunlight and heat. If possible, put them near a heater vent. They must get as much sunlight as possible, so all plants need to be near a window. You might even consider placing planters in buckets attached to an accordion divider so that all of them have equal sun.

You can even move the whole apparatus from one window in the morning to another full sun window in the afternoon. Putting your accordion divider on casters will make the move easier on your back. The vertical garden also eliminates the need to bend over to tend to and harvest vegetables.

Another back saving tip is to roll your vertical garden outside to water. If it’s not too cold, you can roll it out onto the deck or patio and spray it down with the water hose.

As the days get shorter, you will have to use a UV lamp to give your vegetables enough light to grow. If you notice your plants doing poorly, increase the amount of heat and/or sun that they are getting every day.

Make sure that you are not over-watering, and that you are pruning off any dead or dying sections that may be stealing nutrients from your healthy vegetables.

Having an indoor vegetable garden can be a challenge and can take up a lot of space. But, if you tend to it carefully, you could be rewarded with fresh vegetables year round.

And you can always take the next step: build a low-cost small greenhouse.

==>> Need MORE Up-To-Date Info on Home Gardening?  Go Now To  Organic Gardening In Your Backyard – Fun, Healthy, & Easier Than You Think!

 

[1] About Greenhouse Seeds: You may have heard that you need special seeds for indoor gardening.  Nope!  The phrase “greenhouse seeds” usually refers to cannabis.

About the author: Stacy Pessoney studied advertising, marketing and communications at the University of Alabama with a minor in dance.  Stacy has garnered numerous awards for her essays, articles and short stories. She is well versed in various topics, including gardening, hose reel, lawn care and landscaping.  In her spare time, she loves hiking, kayaking, fishing, photography and exploring the outdoors with her family.

“Herb gardens can be therapeutic, fragrant, beautiful and delicious. Planting an herb garden is easy and fun. You can grow it indoors or out. Even starting from seed, you can start to harvest your own fresh herbs within about a month.” – Stacy Pessoney

 

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Organic Food: Your Home Organic Vegetable Garden

 

Organic Gardening In Your Backyard – Fun, Healthy, & Easier Than You Think

 

 

Gardening is a lifetime love.

My father, born on a family farm, taught me.  I’ve been doing it as far back as I can remember.  I mean age 4 or younger.  Carrying soil in a little wooden wheelbarrow Dad had made for me.  My first crop, of course, was radishes.  You can’t fail with radishes.

Only a hundred years ago, most North Americans lived on farms or fished the seas.  In just that short century, country-based living has drifted into the creeping cement cemeteries called The City.

I’m not that old, but I can remember when most families where I grew up tended gardens.

It wasn’t work, but a kind of simple joy, putting in our vegetable garden every spring.  Black rich soil dug by hand.  Seeds planted.  Fertilized with dried manure from the horse barn next door (I grew up in Harness Racing Country — a true blessing).

We were organic gardening long before Prince Charles gave it a name.

Times have changed, of course.  Back then, you could still catch a mess of brook trout in fresh water streams…

But Organic Food is back.  It’s healthy.  It’s delicious.  Once you’ve eaten a home-grown tomato, you’ll never go back to those hard, tasteless, chemical-filled commercial things.

We still do it.  In fact, we even converted our deck planters to veggie beds.  And in wintertime we grow ’em indoors.  As well as the Greenhouses, so easy to build…

“Building your own small greenhouse just makes economical sense. You can build a greenhouse at just a fraction of the cost of buying a pre-built one. Most pre-built greenhouse kits you buy need to be assembled anyway.  You’re really just paying hugely inflated prices for the material.” – Alex C Linford

 

You don’t even need special organic recipes.  Traditional recipes always used fresh ingredients, or at least properly preserved foods.  If you want to cook a traditional meal, just find an old cookbook.

Have you ever wondered about starting your own organic garden, ever asked “What is Organic Gardening?” — here’s a wonderful guest blog.  Here, from author C.J. Gustafson is her essential article: Organic Gardening In Your Backyard – Fun, Healthy, & Easier Than You Think

Organic gardening, which is sometimes thought of as something out of the 60’s Back-To-The-Land Hippie culture, has been steadily growing in popularity over the years. Not only can you find entire aisles of organics at the local supermarket, the number of specialty stores dedicated to organically grown foods has increased dramatically.

Part of this popularity is due to an increasing understanding of the dangers associated with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Growing organically generally means gardening without these potentially dangerous chemicals. Many backyard gardeners are turning to organic methods as they realize how easy and effective organic growing can be.

Part of the reason chemical pesticides and fertilizers are so widely used is because they work well. In deciding to use organic methods in your backyard garden, you first will need to accept the fact that you will likely have more pest damage and lower yields than if you were employing chemicals. Many people are willing to make this trade off in return for the opportunity to harvest chemical-free foods for themselves and their families.

There are several different approaches and techniques used in organic gardening. You may find that you are using some of them already. If you have selected cultivars that are resistant to pests or drought, you are involved in one form of organic gardening.

If you put out a scarecrow or bars of hand soap to keep animals away, this too is organic gardening. Compost is an organic fertilizer. Organic techniques are around in many gardens already. By utilizing them more and moving away from chemicals, you can improve the environment and lead a healthier lifestyle.

There are different levels of organic gardening and different reasons why people choose organic methods. Some do it because they do not want to harm any animals, even aphids or cutworms. So they try to develop a system where they can cohabit peacefully, keeping insects and other animals out when possible and removing them or learning to live with them when other options don’t work.

Some people are not opposed to pest control and extermination but they don’t want to add any more chemicals to the environment or to the food that they eat. Others go organic as a means of getting back to a more historic, natural, and even challenging way of gardening. You will need to decide which methods match your personal philosophies and reasons for going organic.

Pest control and fertilization are two of the key areas to focus on with organic gardening. In addition to using native, resistant plants, mulching, and practicing crop rotation, the use of other natural methods of pest control and of compost and manure as fertilizer can go a long way toward creating a more organic garden.
Pest Control

There are many ways that backyard gardeners can control insects and other pests without the use of synthetic chemicals.

– Use mesh row covers to keep insects off of plants. They need to be removed from squashes, melons, cucumbers, peppers and other plants that require or benefit from pollination during flowering.
– Collars placed around young plants will help prevent damage by cutworms.
– Allow natural predators such as ladybugs and wasps to assist you in your efforts by planting vegetation that will attract them to your garden and avoiding pesticides that harm them as well.
– Screens, cold frames and fences can help keep some insects and animals such as rabbits out of the garden.
– Aphids can be removed from plants with a strong stream of water. Hand removing insects such as potato beetles can be effective in small gardens.
– Weed your garden and turn the soil regularly to help reduce the growth of insects that like to nest in certain plant debris.
– Learn to identify the egg clusters of harmful insects and remove them immediately
– Use homemade insecticides such as garlic spray or other harmless pest inhibitors.
– Try using non-invasive methods of pest control including soap bars, cuttings of human hair, or an alert dog in the yard. These techniques may or may not be effective, but are worth a try before resorting to chemicals.
– Some home pesticides such as those that use rhubarb or tobacco plants can be very dangerous to humans and other mammals. Use caution and be sure you know what you’re getting into before you begin.

Organic Fertilizers

Of course you want your plants to grow quickly and produce large yields. However, chemical fertilizers are potentially harmful to those who eat the plants and to the environment, especially if applied too heavily and allowed to run off into water supplies and habitat areas. Using organic fertilizers can decrease the problems associated with chemicals.

Manure is a natural, effective fertilizer if used properly. Not only does it improve soil structure, it provides the nutrients plants need to develop. Manure that is allowed to age and decompose before use is most effective. Pasteurized manure is less likely to include active weed seed or harmful bacteria. Do not apply too heavily.

Create and maintain a compost pile to use as fertilizer. Not only does it incorporate the use of natural organic material such as leaves, lawn clippings and household waste such as potato peels and carrot stems, it also provides a free source of fertilizer and reduces the amount of waste that is hauled to landfills.

If you choose to use chemical fertilizers, use sparingly and choose a slow release variety that is less likely to leech into vulnerable areas.

Companion planting, which is the practice of putting together two plants that seem to benefit each other, has been offered as a means of enhancing organic gardening practices. It is thought that plants such as nightshade and marigolds are natural pest deterrents. However, there is no firm research to support this as yet. Still, many gardeners have reported success with this method.

Additionally, planting vegetables with prickly vines, such as watermelon or squashes around the perimeter of vulnerable plants may help keep out rabbits and other animals that don’t like the scratchy vines.

These days, many gardeners are looking for ways to reduce the use of chemicals and rely on more natural and inexpensive means of providing food for their tale and backyard growing enjoyment. Organic gardening techniques provide fun and healthy options.

==>> Need MORE Up-To-Date Info on Home Gardening?  Go Now To  Gardening & YOU: Gardening with Kids – Growing Vegetables Indoors!

 

About the author: C.J. Gustafson says that she “would rather lose a few ears of corn than go without wildlife in my garden.”  An amateur gardener and a professional photographer from Pine City, Minnesota, she’s written articles over the years providing valuable tips and advice about garden accessories and other vegetable gardening topics.  Her over-200 published articles also cover topics from making maple syrup to the history of the North West Company fur post in her area. Her photos include categories such as Nature, Wildlife, Gardens, Flowers and Scenic Travels.  She is active in the local arts community and can be found on Facebook.

 

 

 

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Charles Livingston Bull, Wildlife Artist

 

A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL, “AMERICA’S PREMIERE WILDLIFE ARTIST!”

 

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I first saw the fierce, exhilarating drawings of American wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull in an old hardcover copy of HAUNTERS OF THE SILENCES, by Canadian author Charles G D Roberts.

I had discovered the animal stories of Roberts in our elementary readers, amazed that such realistic (and violent) tales of wild creatures were mixed with otherwise child-centered stories.  Perhaps it was because Roberts wrote a lot about our own New Brunswick forests.  Or perhaps it was because Sir Charles G D Roberts had once been a worldwide best selling author.  Or maybe… [1]

I raided the libraries for more of Roberts’ books.  THE KINDRED OF THE WILD.  And THE WATCHERS OF THE TRAILS.  And in those thrilling books were also fantastic line drawings by that artist named Charles Livingston Bull.

In fact, as I read more books — some from the Libraries, some given to me by local folks who appreciated my love of these old pastoral stories — I came to expect the “Illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull” byline, and thought that those drawings were perfect renditions of the animals and forests that lived right outside our own back door.

I not only saw his artwork in other Roberts’ books like THE HOUSE IN THE WATER and THE RED FOX, but in wilderness-set works by other writers such as IN THE BROODING WILD and THE HOUND FROM THE NORTH by Ridgwell Cullum.  And NOMADS OF THE NORTH by James Oliver Curwood.   And a real personal fave: FLASH THE LEAD DOG by George Marsh.

 

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In fact, it was a real surprise when I discovered wildlife books that WEREN’T illustrated by by Bull, but by others.  Yes, there were other artists in those old books:  N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Heming, Paul Bransom, Jessie Willcox Smith, Charles Copeland, J C Leyendecker, Carl Rungius, Henry S Watson and Frank E Schoonover.  And I liked ’em all. [2]

But not quite as much as Charles Bull.  There was a kind of vitality in those lines of black ink: those animals, whether in lazy repose or savage action, lived and breathed right there on the page.  And his wilderness settings — with their trees, rocks, bushes — I knew those landscapes: I had walked there.

And I began to wonder, “Who is this Bull guy?”

 

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Charles Livingston Bull (1874- 1932) has been remembered as “the premier wildlife artist of his time in America, perhaps the best of his kind in the world. He drew and painted realistic animals, a subject he explored through literature.” [3]

He was born in West Walworth, in New York State, at that time a farming and dairy area.

Charles loved drawing from earliest childhood.  In an interview, he said, “My mother says that from the time I was four years old, I could draw any animal I saw, and draw it fairly well, too.”  [4]

But when his father heard of his artistic endeavors, Charles was informed that he should get a real job.  His father apprenticed him to a taxidermist.  Although the young artist was still able to take free evening drawing classes at the Rochester Athenaeum & Mechanic’s Institute.

“When I was sixteen years old, I went to work in Ward’s Museum in Rochester, New York.” explained Charles in another, rare interview. [5]

“This museum preserved skins and mounted animals and birds for exhibits. My job, at the start, was scraping the inside fat and grease off of animal skins. It was a smelly job that brought me an income of three dollars a week.

“From Ward’s Museum I went to the National Museum in Washington, D. C, where I was a full-fledged taxidermist. For ten or twelve years I studied anatomy of animals and birds, and then I was ready to make some pictures.”

Ready to pursue his artistic dream, Charles quit his National Museum job and moved to New York City.  For many years he would live right across the street from the Bronx Zoological Gardens, where he went almost daily to observe and draw the animals.  At that time, the Bronx Zoo was designed around a circular sea lion pool, with almost a thousand mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes featured in a number of pavilions.  As well as the usual zoo inmates like lions, tigers, monkeys and polar bears, the Zoo also featured captured bison and snow leopards.  And Charles drew them all.

“I have no idea how many animal pictures I have made — thousands of them, probably, and of almost every family of animals.”

He began to sell artwork to local magazines.  And then…

Kindred-of-the-wild-charles-livingston-bullMaybe it was the excitement of the new century.  But, on hearing that Charles G D Roberts was staying in New York, the normally shy artist put together a portfolio of his best work and set out to meet the popular Canadian wildlife writer, introducing himself at the door by saying that he wanted to be Robert’s illustrator.

Roberts was impressed by the 27-year old’s artwork, and took him personally to meet his American editors, telling them that Bull was the perfect man to illustrate his new book in production, THE KINDRED OF THE WILD: A Book of Animal Life.

KINDRED OF THE WILD quickly became an acclaimed best seller, showcasing a writer at the height of his power — and a young artist of great skill.

And Bull’s work was soon appearing in publications such as Outing Magazine, Boy’s Life, The Country Gentleman, Collier’s, Country Life in America, The Saturday Evening Post and Sunday Magazine.

When he began to get commissions to illustrate the books of other best selling authors like  Rudyard Kipling, Jack London (first editions of THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG) and Frank Baum, his career blossomed.

Charles Bull began to travel further afield in search of wildlife studies.

Having a keen interest in birds, from helping with early bird-banding plans to supporting projects to save the endangered Bald Eagle, he studied every bird with a noticeable enthusiasm.

He was able to take annual trips to Canada, where he saw animals in the wild, capturing their drama and the wilderness where they lived.   When on these trips, he would stay still for hours with his binoculars, watching a bird on its solitary perch, or a mammal quietly going about its routines of seeking food or water.

 

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With his sketches, he would return to his studio…

“Sometimes when I take a story to illustrate, I make an outline of an animal, then go to a zoo and sit by the cage of that lion, tiger or whatever it is. I watch him closely as he walks, leaps, crouches, and from his positions I correct my outline and then carry it home to be filled in. My working hours are probably the craziest in the world for I begin at four in the afternoon and work until two the next morning.”

And, in a time of richly illustrated magazines and books, he gained a popular following among readers, writers and fellow artists.  His wildlife art evolved into something uniquely vital and dramatic. [6]

As art historian Priscilla Anne Lowry has written, Bull was inspired by “the traditions of Japanese woodblock prints and the English Aesthetic; the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, and particularly the bold yet sinuous drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, Bull established an attractive style of linear and tonal compositions.” [7]

 

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In 1910, Charles Bull and his wife Fanny Elizabeth moved to Oradell, New Jersey, where he established a home with a new art studio on two acres of field and trees, filled with animals, both domestic and wild.  His menagerie included ducks, geese, turkeys, peacocks, sheep, and assorted species of fish.

For a while, he even had a herd of deer there. c-bull-deer2

And did some of his best work as America’s most beloved wildlife artist.   Not one for many interviews, and avoiding public events, he gained the rep of being a “reclusive artist.”  While not as shy or retiring as fellow wildlife artist German-born J C Leyendecker, Charles did prefer the private life of a quiet, peaceful country gentleman.

A neighbour referred to him as “a quiet, totally abstracted, very pleasant man who never said anything and who lived for his work and his animals.”

Later published artwork included magazine illustrations for popular authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs (TARZAN THE UNTAMED, Red Book Magazine, March to August, 1919) as well as dramatic covers and illustrations for hardcover books such as OLD CROW AND HIS FRIENDS by Katharine B Judson, FLASH THE LEAD DOG and THE HEART OF THE KING-DOG both by George Marsh, SILVERSHEENE, KING OF LEAD DOGS by Clarence Hawks, ROWDY AN ALASKAN DOG STORY by Robert Joseph Driven, WOOD-FOLK COMEDIES by William J Long and LORDS OF THE WILD by Samuel Scoville.

He’s still remembered and revered — especially by those of us who first saw his wildlife artwork in their original format: treasured old outdoor magazines and faded hardcover books. [8]

As his friend and fellow naturalist Beecher S Bowdish wrote, Charles Livingston Bull “much preferred watching the wild creatures alive than dead, so he didn’t often use a gun.  He was always looking for the beauty of the beautiful and I have heard many say that it was this trait that made him so delightful a companion in the field.  He was gentleness and kindness itself and the most unselfish of men…”

He is still remembered.

 

To see more of Charles Livingston Bull’s artwork, go to “The Bear That Thought He Was A Dog” A Complete Short Story by Sir Charles G D Roberts

==>> To see more about my favourite Writers and Artists of the Wilderness and the Northlands, go to THE LIFE AND WORKS OF BRIAN ALAN BURHOE  Right Here, Mon Ami!

 

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NOTE: All of Charles Bull’s artwork on this page illustrates writings of Sir Charles G D Roberts.

[1] Or maybe because all Animal Stories are filed away on the Children’s Literature shelves — whether Beatrice Potter or Jack London.

[2] As I later came to love the cover art and illustrations of artists like Emsh (Ed Emshwiller), Jack Gaughan, Roy G Krenkel and Frank Frazetta.

[3] www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?searchtype=BIO&artist=3282

[4] Leroy Vincent, Boy’s Life, Dec 1928, page 38

[5] BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF SOME WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS, by Samuel G Goodrich, page 19.  Published by Penn Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1929.

[6] To me, as a boy, only Canadian Hal Foster matched Bull in inspired artwork.  I remember a scene in a Prince Valiant Weekend comic strip (in a neighbour’s scrapbook collection of pages older than I was) when Val was travelling on a Viking longboat down a forest-edged river in what would someday be Canada.  So real were Foster’s drawings that I swore I could smell the firwood forest and hear the creak of the longboat’s rigging and timbers.  I was there.

mama-bear-baby-bears-charles-livingston-bull[7] “CL Bull’s monochromatic style of rendering the animal in the natural setting with charcoal and ink on paper — the perfect medium for reproduction as a halftone for book illustration — all but established illustrated wildlife writing and the illustrated animal story as the most popular genre of the early twentieth century, and CL Bull was the chosen animal illustrator for many writers.” – Priscilla Anne Lowry, http://www.lowryjames.com

[8] In 2010, the National Museum of Wildlife Art created the Bull-Bransom Award in honour of Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, “who were among the first and finest American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects. The Bull-Bransom Award is given annually to recognize excellence in the field of children’s book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife.”  A distinguished award, of course, but continues the modern tendency of pigeonholing most Animal writing and art on the Children’s Shelf.

 

Charles Livingston Bull, Wildlife Artist

 

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