Lots of candy, pumpkins and a doorbell ringing almost constantly, Halloween can be a stressful time for pets. The Denver Dumb Friends League wants to share tips to keep our furry friends safe and less stressed during Halloween.
Here are a few tips from the Dumb Friends League to keep your pets safe and ensure this Oct. 31 doesn’t turn into a nightmare for you and your critters:
Keep the Halloween treats out of reach—candy, especially chocolate, can make your pet sick and can even be fatal in severe cases.
Put your pets in a separate room away from the door during peak trick-or-treating times. This will help reduce stress associated with constant visitors in strange costumes. It will also prevent them from darting outside when the door is open.
Keep your pets indoors. Pets that are out at night with trick-or-treaters might get spooked by noises and costumes, which could cause them to run away.
Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If, for any reason, your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar, ID tag and microchip can be lifesavers, increasing the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
Wires and cords from decorations should be kept out of reach, as they can become dangerous if chewed. Your pet could cut or burn himself or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
If your pet enjoys dressing up for the holiday, here are some costume safety guidelines to prevent a frightful night:
Don’t restrict your pet’s ability to walk and sit down comfortably.
Avoid making your pet wear a mask that covers his eyes, ears or nose.
Don’t put your pet in a costume that makes it difficult to breathe. This is especially important for flat-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs and Pekingese.
Always supervise your pet while in costume. Pieces of the costume, when chewed, can pose a choking hazard.
Read your pet’s body language when he’s wearing a costume—if he looks miserable, he probably is.
Alternatives to dressing up your pet could be a festive bandana or collar. For more information on the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.
Our pets are family. Can you imagine your dog or cat missing for seven weeks and then being reunited? TJ the beagle went missing in Fort Collins and was found seven weeks later in Boulder.
TJ The Beagle, via City of Boulder Press Release
Yesterday, Wednesday, July 9, at 4:45 p.m. Boulder Animal Control Officers responded to the area of 15th Street and Lee Hill Road after receiving a report of a dog being struck by a car. The officers located a beagle-mix with severe leg injuries. While preparing the dog for transport to a veterinary clinic, they scanned him and discovered a microchip, which provided information about the owner.
During the transport to the emergency vet clinic, officers contacted David Snyder of Fort Collins, who informed them “TJ” a four-year-old Beagle-mix, had been missing for seven weeks. He was ecstatic that his dog had been found. Mr. Snyder told Boulder officers he notified Fort Collins Animal Control, the local Humane Society and had posted flyers when the dog went missing. For several weeks, he received calls from people saying the dog had been sighted but attempts to catch him failed. Mr. Snyder even spotted the animal himself in LaPorte, CO but TJ managed to escape. He told officers the sightings stopped on June 8 and after that he believed the dog had been hit by a car or killed by another animal.
Boulder Animal Control began getting calls about a dog-at-large in the area of 15th Street and Lee Hill Road about three weeks ago. They attempted to capture the dog on numerous occasions and even set a large dog trap to no avail. They were unaware the beagle was missing from Fort Collins until yesterday. Upon speaking with Mr. Snyder he believes TJ had quite the adventure, traveling on foot from Fort Collins to LaPorte then headed south to Boulder.
Although TJ’s injuries are severe and may require a partial amputation of one of his legs, it is believed he will survive. He and Mr. Snyder are now back home where TJ will receive follow up veterinary care.
Fireworks in celebration of Independence Day may frighten cats and dogs, causing them to panic and escape the confines of a yard or even the house. To help protect pets during the Fourth of July holiday, the Dumb Friends League is offering the following tips for pet owners:
•Keep your pet indoors during fireworks celebrations in a quiet, isolated room with covered windows, such as a bathroom, or a basement where there are no windows. Turn on a fan, radio or TV to muffle the sound of fireworks. These devices provide familiar indoor sounds and may help soothe your pet if he must be alone on this noisy holiday.
•Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display.
•If you know from past experience that your pet will suffer from severe anxiety caused by the loud noise of fireworks, you may consider talking with your veterinarian in advance about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
•If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining or crying, try playing with her as a distraction or doing something she enjoys. Attempting to reassure your dog or cat by petting, soothing or offering treats when she’s afraid may reinforce fearful or anxious behavior.
•Make sure your pet always wears an appropriately fitted collar and an I.D. tag with your current phone number and address. Your pet should also be wearing a current license/rabies tag. You may want to talk with your veterinarian about providing your pet with a microchip identification implant in case your pet loses his collar and tags.
•If you find a lost pet, take it to your nearest animal shelter. You can also place a “found” ad in your local paper or on Craigslist and post notices around your neighborhood.
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of three maned wolf pups, which were born on May 1. The unnamed triplets, made up of two males and one female, were born to mother, Adrianna, and father, Inigo, and are the first of their species to be born at the Zoo since 2009. All three pups were just given a clean bill of health by Denver Zoo veterinarians. Though the pups are not yet old enough to explore the outside world on their own yet, Zoo visitors might catch glimpses of them as their protective mother totes them from den to den inside the Wolf Pack Woods exhibit.
These are the first pups for both Inigo and Adrianna, who both arrived at Denver Zoo in September 2013. Inigo came from Texas’ Abilene Zoo, where he was born in December 2011. Adrianna arrived from Springfield, Missouri’s Dickerson Park Zoo, but was born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, near Glen Rose, Texas in February 2012. The pair came to Denver Zoo as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Fortunately, the couple has proved to be an excellent match.
Maned wolves resemble red foxes with long legs. Despite their reddish coloring and general appearance they are not related to foxes and despite their name, they are not members of the wolf family. The maned wolf is the largest wild dog of South America. Standing about three feet tall at the shoulder, their long legs enable them to see above the tall grass – an adaptation that helps them hunt for food and avoid predators.
Denver Zoo welcomed the addition of a new, female clouded leopard cub this weekend to encourage successful breeding later in life. The unnamed cub was born on April 10 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), a veterinary and reproductive research center headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia. She arrived at Denver Zoo on Saturday, May 17 on a Frontier Airlines flight, accompanied by a Denver Zoo keeper and staff member. The cub will be introduced to the zoo’s current clouded leopard cubs, male, Pi and female, Rhu, in the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit in the near future.
“As the official airline of Denver Zoo, we are proud to have been able to help bring home the Zoo’s newest animal,” says Daniel Shurz, senior vice president, commercial. “I look forward to visiting the cub at its new home soon!”
“This move is critically important to ensuring the long term success of this species. Through collaborative research between the SCBI’s Dr. Jo Gayle Howard, Nashville Zoo and scientists in Thailand, we have learned that cubs must socialize with other cubs at an early age in order to be receptive to breeding as adults. With few cubs in zoos this is a very important step to ensuring a stable long-term population,” says Denver Zoo’s Assistant Curator of Toyota Elephant Passage Rebecca McCloskey.
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Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Malayan tapir calf. The male calf, named Baku (Bah-koo), was born to mother, Rinny, and father, Benny, late in the evening on April 29, and is only the second birth of his species at the zoo. Baku will remain behind the scenes in Toyota Elephant Passage while being cared for by his mother until they are comfortable enough to venture outdoors. Until then, visitors can see live, closed-circuit video of Baku on monitors inside Toyota Elephant Passage.
“Baku” is the Japanese word for tapir. Baku are also supernatural spirits in Chinese and Japanese folklore that take children’s nightmares away and protect against evil. They are often depicted as having some tapir-like physical characteristics.
Remember the two baby clouded leopard cubs born at the Denver Zoo? Well, they are ready for zoo visitors to see them!
Denver Zoo’s two newborn clouded leopard cubs can now be seen by visitors inside the El Pomar Foundation Village Hall within the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. The male and female cubs, Pi and Rhu, were born on March 14. Unfortunately their inexperienced mother was not able to care for them so they are being raised by staff around the clock. They began their lives in an incubator, but have graduated to a “whelping box” inside the Marynelle Philpott Fishing Cat Lagoon. The box provides the cubs with a safe place to learn to walk, crawl, wrestle, and play until they have grown enough to have full access to the exhibit. Visitors can see them now daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when they are taken by zookeepers for regularly scheduled feedings behind the scenes.
As they were born on March 14, Pi was named after Pi Day, the date observed to celebrate the mathematical constant, Pi. The date is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Rhu was named after his favorite dessert, rhubarb pie.
The cubs are the first births for their mother, Lisu (LEE-soo), and father, Taji (TAH-jee). Lisu was born at Nashville Zoo in March 2011 and came to Denver Zoo that following November. Taji was born at Tacoma, Washington’s Point Defiance Zoo in June 2011 and also arrived that November. The two were paired under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Fortunately, the couple has proved to be an excellent match.
If you have ever flown on a commercial airline, you know that not many pay attention during the flight rules and regulations unless you have this flight attendant. This video of a flight attendant making the rules a little more fun gets the passengers attention and applause at the end!
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome the first Steller’s sea eagle chick to be successfully reared at the Zoo. The unnamed chick, whose gender is still not known, hatched on March 4. The chick is currently nesting with and being brooded by its mother in Bird World, presented by Frontier Airlines. Look for the chick high in its nest, where guests can catch glimpses of the bird as he grows or check out closed circuit video clips on the Zoo’s website.
The chick’s birth is a somewhat rare occasion in the United States. Not many zoos exhibit or breed these remarkable raptors, but Denver Zoo maintains enough space to keep them comfortable. They also require an overall colder climate as their species is native to the western, coastal area of northern Russia.
About Steller’s Sea Eagles
Steller’s sea eagles are the largest known eagles with average weights recorded between 15 and 18 pounds. They have large, bright yellow beaks; while their plumage is mostly dark brown or black, save for the white feathers on their upper wings, tails and thighs. Little is known about the species as their primary habitats in East Asia are fairly remote. The birds were named after German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, who discovered the species during an Alaskan voyage in 1741.
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of two clouded leopard cubs which were born March 14, the first births of their species at the Zoo. The unnamed cubs, a male and a female, are doing well now after zookeepers began steps to hand-raise them. Their mother, Lisu (LEE-soo), gave birth to the cubs in a private birthing stall inside Toyota Elephant Passage, but did not then tend to them.
Zookeepers will hand raise the twin cubs due to mother’s inexperience
After a few hours, zookeepers moved the cubs to another building and began a protocol to provide food and medicine every three hours for the time being. The cubs will remain behind-the-scenes until they grow older.
A newborn baby at the Denver Zoo is alive, thanks to the amazing efforts of the Zoo staff and veterinarians!
Photo: Denver Zoo
On March 7, Southern tamandua Rio gave birth to her first offspring, believed to be female, whom keepers have named Cayenne. Unfortunately, Rio left the baby unattended within the first 24 hours and was not allowing her to nurse. Staff stepped in to give supplementary feedings day and night while monitoring the baby’s condition. They continued to give Rio time to bond with and nurse her baby, and Rio is slowly learning her role as a mother. Little by little, Rio is becoming more accustomed to Cayenne behind-the-scenes at the Zoo’s Gates Animal Housing Center.
Photo: Denver Zoo
“We knew from our conversations with experts at other zoos that it can take a new tamandua mother a while to develop maternal instincts, and first births of this species typically have low success rates,” says Denver Zoo Education Animal Programs Manager Kristin Smith. “We were determined, though, to make sure this baby would survive while Rio figured out how to be a good mom.”
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Bacon, star of many large-ensemble films, also appeared Saturday on a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas, revisiting the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon 20 years after its inception, relating it to today's social media. With him was Brian Turtle, who created the game with two friends, according to CNET.
Are you thinking about a new four-legged friend? Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and the Denver Dumb Friends League is celebrating with Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League, offering a waived adoption fee for cats 10 pounds and over!
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Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday and the Dumb Friends League is encouraging pet lovers to indulge in a Big Beautiful Feline as part of a one-day “Fat Cat Tuesday” adoption special.
Adoption fees for all cats 10 pounds and over will be waived on Tuesday, March 4. Adopters who take home a plus-size cat will also receive a free bag of Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight® cat food and tips on how to get their new feline friend to a healthy weight.
Feline obesity is a real problem in the United States, with overweight cats outnumbering those of a normal weight, and it can lead to various medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. The Dumb Friends League’s goal is not to make light of it, but rather to highlight larger cats so they’ll be able find loving families that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle.
All pet adoptions from the Dumb Friends League include spay/neuter services, a microchip identification implant, initial vaccinations and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. To view all pets currently available for adoption, visit ddfl.org.
The polar bears at the Denver Zoo will be celebrating International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by getting some special treats and zoo guests can learn how to save their species.
Denver Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day at the Zoo on Thursday, February 27 and find out how they can help save polar bears in the wild. Held in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), the day will allow guests to watch polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoy a special ice sculpture treat and learn from zookeepers and volunteers about the challenges polar bears face and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As an Arctic Ambassador for PBI, Denver Zoo also is challenging visitors to take the Thermostat Challenge. On International Polar Bear Day, February 27, or starting any day they choose, visitors can adjust their thermostat down two degrees to show their commitment to greenhouse gas reduction. They can even pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping their thermostat adjusted, insulating their home or taking other steps to save energy.
Visitors can even enter to win a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit by “liking” the Denver Zoo’s Facebook page and sharing their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Dumb Friends League will have two mobile clinics available at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., February 24–25, and is one of four participating metro Denver animal welfare organizations offering reduced or waived fee spay and neuter clinics to the public in support of World Spay Day.
“Our goal in collaborating with other local organizations is to make spay and neuter clinics more accessible to more people,” said Tracy Koss, operations outreach manager at the Dumb Friends League. “As a community, we’re actively working together to combat pet overpopulation, ultimately reducing the number of homeless pets in shelters.”
Behind the numbers:
To cull our list, we began with the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S., geographic areas designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget that include cities and their surrounding suburbs. We rated these places based on six metrics. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, we assessed the estimated rates of population growth for 2013 and 2014, year-over-year job growth for 2013, and the rate of gross metro product growth—a.k.a. the economic growth rate–for 2013. We also considered federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome what is believed to be the first tawny frogmouth chick to be successfully reared at the zoo. The chick, named Kermit, whose gender is still not known, arrived on January 27. Guests may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home of Bird World, presented by FlyFrontier.com, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents. Zookeepers monitor the chick's weight closely each morning and supplementally feed it as needed.
Zookeepers say the species is somewhat difficult to breed and over the years they struggled with problems such as finding compatible pairs or infertility. Two birds hatched at Denver Zoo in 1996, but they passed away less than two days after hatching.
As their name indicates, tawny frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths, which they use to catch insects and other small animals. They are sometimes mistaken for owls as they have very similar body types, but are actually more closely related to birds like whippoorwills and nightjars. Tawny frogmouths are also masters of disguise. Their beige and brown feathers remarkably resemble the tree branches in which they roost. When they feel threatened they sit perfectly still and rely on their camouflage to hide from predators.
Tawny frogmouths inhabit forests and open woodlands in Australia and Tasmania. Scientists are not sure how many tawny frogmouths exist in the wild. Their greatest threats come from being hit by cars while feeding and exposure to pesticides.
Should the Broncos bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy after Sunday’s win, a curator from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will hand deliver a case of Washington apples to Denver Zoo’s Przewalski’s horses (P-horse) and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Bronco jersey.
Should the unthinkable happen and the Seahawks win, Denver Zoo Curator of Birds John Azua will take a case of trout to Woodland Park Zoo for its sea eagles and spend a day working with the zoo’s animals while sporting a Seahawk jersey.
“Game on! Really, this bet is a win either way for us. Accredited zoos and aquariums work closely together and the exchange would also give us a chance to talk shop and compare best practices. Still, I expect the Broncos to win and for us to welcome and host our fallen colleague here in Denver!” says Azua.
Both zoo's have been cheering on their team, but I have to say I do favor the Denver Zoo, obviously! Even the animals at the Denver Zoo are showing their orange and blue pride!