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Mon Jan 21, 2008

Ten Spider Pets Is Now a Breed Apart

I am pleased to announce that Ten Spider Pets & Companion Animals has been split from the Ten Spider Enterprises website into its own independent site. This separation, completed on 30 December 2007, will allow for greater focus and name recognition. Ten Spider Pets will remain an integral part of the Ten Spider Enterprises family of websites.

Ten Spider Pets & Companion Animals is dedicated to fostering pet adoption and providing pet friendly information and resources for pet and animal lovers everywhere.

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Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jan 21, 08 | 3:30 am | Profile

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Sat Apr 14, 2007

A Too Tiny Turtle Tale

I was clearing brush on Tuesday at my home in New Jersey when I stumbled upon a baby box turtle barely an inch long. I was quite surprised, as the day was rather cold (in the 40s, Fahrenheit) and the temperature had been close to or below freezing the night before.

The turtle did not look so good. It was lethargic and barely moved. Its eyes were closed and puffy. None of this was much of a surprise to me, as turtles are reptiles, which are ectotherms, more often referred to as cold-blooded. What concerned me was that it might have been injured as a result of being caught in the open overnight in the sub-freezing temperatures.

I placed the baby box turtle in a sunny spot on some dark soil, hoping that the sun would warm it. When I went out to check on it a while later, it had turned around, but otherwise was not moving. I decided to bring it indoors overnight to avoid another night of freezing temps. I placed it in a small box (A healthy baby turtle would have no trouble climbing out, but this one wasn't going anywhere.) with a shallow lid partially filled with water and some fresh, edible greens from outside. The temperature in the part of the house where I placed the turtle was about 60 degrees. (I keep my house cool and save a bunch on energy bills.) I placed the turtle in the water to hydrate it, being careful to wash my hands thoroughly afterward to avoid salmonella contamination, which is common in turtles. When I checked again, it had moved out of the lid and huddled in a corner. I left it alone after that, and honestly did not expect the poor little creature to last the night.

Surprisingly, when I checked on it the next morning, the baby box turtle was still alive. By the time noon rolled around and the outside air temperature had risen into the mid 50s, the turtle had moved a bit. I took it outside and placed it, on the lid, in a grassy area. Its eyes were now open and clear. When I checked about 15 minutes later it had crawled into the grass. A while later, it had disappeared entirely somewhere within the grass.

I learned a couple of interesting things while researching what might be wrong with this baby box turtle. I discovered that young box turtles do not hibernate, although I still do not understand how they are able to survive freezing temperatures. I also learned that box turtles are very susceptible to Vitamin A deficiency if their diet is not optimal. The baby box turtle I found exhibited the symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency, but upon examining its eyes the following day, I realized that it was not suffering from this malady.

This is the second baby box turtle I have found on my property over the last few years. It is clear that the box turtles here are breeding, which is good to know, since I have yet to see them in recent years anywhere in South Jersey other than on my property. I'm more than pleased to provide them with the protected environment they deserve.

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Posted by: The Spidermaster on Apr 14, 07 | 12:30 am | Profile

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Tue Mar 20, 2007

New Florida Dog Rescue and Adoption Links

I've added five new dog rescue links to our Florida Pet Adoption - Pet Adoption FL page. This brings the total number of links on this page to 33. The new dog rescue links include two boxer rescues, one golden retriever rescue, one great dane rescue and one greyhound rescue.

If you are seeking a dog as a pet companion, dog adoption is a worthy alternative to purchasing a dog at a pet store or from a breeder. We maintain links to hundreds of pet rescue and pet adoption agencies. For complete pet rescue and pet adoption information, see our Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap.

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Posted by: The Spidermaster on Mar 20, 07 | 1:45 am | Profile

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Sun Mar 18, 2007

Pet Owner Alert — Pet Food Product Recall

A precautionary dog food and cat food recall has been issued by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada, after receiving feedback from U.S. consumers indicating a small number of deaths of pet dogs and cats due to renal (kidney) failure with an indeterminate number of pets sickened with kidney failure and vomiting. The pet food being recalled, which has been distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, includes 49 brands of moist and pouch dog food and 41 brands of moist and pouch cat food.

You can obtain the text of the press release announcing this recall (in PDF format) as well as a complete list of the recalled products along with UPC codes, descriptions and production dates from the Menu Foods website. As this recall covers a large number of brand names including some premium brands, you should discontinue feeding your pet moist or pouch pet food until you have confirmed that containers or packets in your possession are not on the list.

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Posted by: The Spidermaster on Mar 18, 07 | 3:40 am | Profile

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Fri Mar 02, 2007

New Oregon Humane Society Links

I've added ten new Oregon humane society links to our Humane Societies page. This brings the total number of Oregon humane society links to 12 and the total number of humane society links on the page to 118.

If you are seeking a companion animal to enhance your life, pet adoption is a worthy alternative to purchasing an animal at a pet store or from a breeder. We maintain links to hundreds of pet rescue and pet adoption agencies. For complete pet rescue and pet adoption information, see our Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap.

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Posted by: The Spidermaster on Mar 02, 07 | 2:00 am | Profile

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Mon Feb 19, 2007

New Ohio Pet Adoption - Ohio Pet Rescue Page

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I've added a brand new Ohio Pet Adoption - Ohio Pet Rescue page to our website which includes links to 15 pet adoption and pet rescue agencies. Ohio residents interested in adopting a pet or in volunteering to work with a rescue organization will find valuable resources on this page. MORE ....


Posted by: The Spidermaster on Feb 19, 07 | 1:50 am | Profile

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Mon Feb 12, 2007

New Labrador Retriever Rescue Links

I've added six new links to our Labrador Retriever Rescue, Labrador Rescue page. Additionally, I've included new regional navigation links to make it easier to locate Labrador retriever rescue agencies in your area. MORE ....


Posted by: The Spidermaster on Feb 12, 07 | 4:45 am | Profile

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Sun Feb 11, 2007

New Georgia Pet Adoption Links

For our friends in Georgia who are pet lovers, I've just added three new links to our Georgia Pet Adoption - Georgia Pet Rescue page. Two of these additions, Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue (SHARES) and German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Georgia, Inc., are dog rescue agencies in the Atlanta area. The third, Gateway Pet Rescue, is an animal rescue and adoption agency in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Georgia. This brings the total number of animal rescue links on this page to 28.

For complete pet rescue and pet adoption information, see our Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap.


Posted by: The Spidermaster on Feb 11, 07 | 4:30 am | Profile

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Sat Jan 27, 2007

With Apology to South Carolina

I must apologize to all South Carolina golden retriever enthusiasts and dog lovers. While we feature over 50 links to golden retriever rescue agencies on our Golden Retriever Rescue page, we have had no links to South Carolina golden retriever rescues. I have now rectified that oversight with the addition of four golden rescues in South Carolina — Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue, Grateful Goldens Rescue of the Low Country, Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue Resource and Midlands Golden Rescue. MORE ....


Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jan 27, 07 | 5:00 pm | Profile

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Sun Jan 21, 2007

New Alberta, Canada, Pet Adoption Links

For our friends in Canada who are pet lovers, I've just added two new links to our Alberta (AB) Pet Adoption & Rescue Agencies page. The new additions are the Safe Haven Animal Rescue Edmonton Society (SHARES) and the Lakeland Humane Society. This brings the total number of animal rescue links on this page to 22.

For complete pet rescue and pet adoption information, see our Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap.


Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jan 21, 07 | 3:30 am | Profile

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