Category : Animals

Happy National Pet Day!

Posted in Animals, Harmon Family, Photos/Photography

Do not Take yourself too Seriously Dept.-Cockatoo dances to Elvis; 2nd one is not feeling it

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Posted in Animals, Humor / Trivia, Music

A Great Kiskadee appears in Colleton County that has likely never visited South Carolina before

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Posted in * General Interest, * South Carolina, Animals, Photos/Photography

(ABCNews4) Photo of the Day: White squirrel spotted in Summerville, South Carolina

Posted in * General Interest, * South Carolina, Animals, Photos/Photography

A Hoglet to Brighten Your Day

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Photos/Photography

Thursday Mental Health Break–A Baby Elephant sees the Ocean for the First Time

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Photos/Photography

Do not Take Yourself Too Seriously Dept–A Christmas Tree for Cat Lovers

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * General Interest, Animals, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Humor / Trivia

Thursday mental Health Break–A Serviceman finally get his service Dog after 18 months

Posted in * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, Animals, Defense, National Security, Military, Photos/Photography

Monday Morning mental Health Break–A Honey Badger who is Houdini

I loved this–even the accents!

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Photos/Photography

Bishop David Hamid–St Francis Day at the London Zoo:

On 2 October, he gathered with one of our diocesan curates, the Revd Doreen Cage, and about 100 parishioners at the Zoo, for a service before the penguin pool. Mother Doreen is a great animal lover, and in addition to her priestly duties runs a home for dogs in the hills above Malaga city, where is an assistant curate in St George’s.

There are two remarkable things about the photo…. One is to observe Fr William engaging in an action song! The other is the penguin in the bottom left, dressed not too differently from the priests, apparently concelebrating the feast!

Read it all and make sure to enjoy the photograph.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Animals, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Europe

Wednesday Afternoon Pick me up–Fantastic Things' Video of Military Dogs

Posted in * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, Animals, Defense, National Security, Military, Photos/Photography

Monday Mental Health Break–Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer – BBC Earth

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Animals, Movies & Television, Photos/Photography

Do not Take Yourself Too Seriously Dept–A Duck Chases a Dog Around a Rock

Watch it all–hysterical!

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Humor / Trivia, Photos/Photography

(NYT) Pets on Pot: The Newest Customer Base for Medical Marijuana

Ms. Weber had to get a medical marijuana card to buy products for her dog Emmett. That led her to an awkward conversation with a physician who solely prescribes medical marijuana for people.

“I went to the weed doctor and said, ”˜I need a card so I can get it for my dog who had cancer,’” said Ms. Weber, who said she doesn’t smoke pot or drink. “He said, ”˜I don’t have a solution for that.’ So I told him I had insomnia.”

Maureen McCormick, 54, lives in Newport Beach, Calif., and was persuaded of marijuana’s benefits after relatives used cannabis products for their own aches and pains. She thought they would benefit her 14-year-old cat, Bart, who has arthritis in his front legs. “I told the doctor I had a knee that aches, and my shoulder, too,” she said. “I also said I want to use it for my cat.” She got the card in July.

Ms. McCormick is using a tincture by Treatwell, a California company that also makes edibles for humans.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Animals, Consumer/consumer spending, Drugs/Drug Addiction, Economy, Health & Medicine

(CSM) Singing fish: Unraveling the secrets of mysterious humming at night

In 1924, an academic called Charles Greene described how the “California singing fish” would hum at night. Just why the plainfin midshipman is so vocal at night remained a mystery for nearly a century, until now.

For much of the year, you won’t hear these fish singing at all. The plainfin midshipman, named after the bioluminescent organs on its underside, which reminded early observers of uniform buttons, resides in the depths of the ocean during the fall and winter. During the spring and early summer, they move to coastal waters between Alaska and Baja California. There, the male fish “sing” to attract mates, a sound that can be heard by humans onshore.

But these vocalizations aren’t spontaneous, say Cornell University researchers Andrew Bass and Ni Feng in a new study in Current Biology. Instead, they’re controlled by the fish’s internal clocks. That’s why they happen exclusively at night. And the hormone that controls these clocks is the same one that regulates bird activity and human sleep patterns.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Animals, Science & Technology

Sad Story of how an insecticide meant for Zika mosquitoes killed millions of bees in South Carolina

The Monday morning scene at Juanita Stanley’s apiary in Summerville, S.C., was ghastly and stunningly quiet: Everywhere one looked were clumps of honeybees, dead after a dousing on Sunday with the potent pesticide with which the local authorities had intended to kill mosquitoes.

“There was no need for a bee suit Monday morning to go down there, because there was no activity. It was silent,” Ms. Stanley said on Thursday. “Honestly, I just fell to the ground. I was crying, and I couldn’t quit crying, and I was throwing up.”

For Ms. Stanley and her business, the death toll easily exceeds two million bees, and Dorchester County officials are still tabulating how many more might have been killed when a day of aerial spraying, scheduled to combat mosquitoes that could be carrying viruses like Zika, went awry. The apparently inadvertent extermination, the county administrator said, happened after a county employee failed to notify Ms. Stanley’s business, which the administrator said should have been alerted about the spraying strategy. Some hobbyists were also caught by surprise.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, * South Carolina, Animals, City Government, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Politics in General, Science & Technology, Theology

Vacation Photos (VI): A Man and a cat

Posted in * By Kendall, * General Interest, Animals, Harmon Family

Charleston, Folly Beach consider curbing plastic bag use; could bring national fight to SC

Isle of Palms became the first town in South Carolina to ban plastic bags last year, and now Charleston and Folly Beach are looking to curb consumption of the single-use bags, possibly by banning them or imposing a fee at checkout counters.

In doing so they could bring the nationwide fight over plastic bags to South Carolina, which happens to be the headquarters of one of the largest packaging manufacturers in North America, a company leading the fight against such restrictions.

Folly Beach City Council is voting at its Aug. 9 meeting on whether to prevent the island’s merchants from distributing or selling plastic bags, and also Styrofoam coolers. Members of Charleston County and city of Charleston government, environmental groups and nonprofit organizations have joined forces on an online survey to gauge how the public feels about measures to curb plastic bag use.

Read it all from the local paper.

Posted in * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Animals, City Government, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, Ethics / Moral Theology, Politics in General, State Government, Theology

SeaWorld Orlando Caring for Two-Week Old Manatee Calf

So adorable!

Posted in * General Interest, Animals

Selimah Harmon Launches a Website about her animal photography

Selimah Harmon is a freelance photographer and vet student at Tufts University beginning Fall 2016 where she will focus on wildlife medicine.

Check it out from our youngest daughter.

Posted in * By Kendall, * General Interest, Animals, Harmon Family, Photos/Photography

Sunday mental Health Break–Mutual Rescueâ„¢: the story of Eric & Peety

Wonderfully encouraging–watch it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Animals, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Theology

Thurs Mental Health Break–the Woman Reuniting Vets With Their Retired Service Dogs

Retired military dogs that are being put up for adoption are getting a second life alongside the soldiers they served with ”” thanks to Molli Oliver. Watch it all.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Animals, Health & Medicine, Military / Armed Forces

Sun. Mental Health Break Kitten vs mirror for the first time – Wiske the cat!

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Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Humor / Trivia

Sat. Mental Health Break–Buddy the Rescue Dog and his Wonderful Fetch Machine

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Humor / Trivia

Last surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog laid to rest

Monday was a sad day for the men and women with the Cy-Fair Fire Department as they said their final goodbyes to Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”), the last known surviving search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Bretagne would have turned 17 in August, but the golden retriever’s health had been declining recently and Monday her handlers took her to the vet’s office to be put down.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, Animals, Death / Burial / Funerals, History, Parish Ministry, Terrorism

For Memorial Day–Tom Rinaldi Tells the Inspiring Story of the Saratoga WarHorse Program

Warrior and Warhorse from The Seventh Movement on Vimeo.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y., famous for its historic racetrack, is among the most idyllic places in America. But on a recent fall weekend, not far from the track, horses were serving a different mission: retired thoroughbreds were recruited to help returning veterans at Song Hill Farm. A group from the US Army 2nd Battalion, 135th infantry, united in grief over the death of a fellow solider, gathered for the first time in five years to be part of Saratoga Warhorse, a three-day program that pairs veterans with horses. Tom Rinaldi reports the emotional story of the veterans, paired with their horses, undergoing a rebirth of trust and taking a first step toward healing.

Watch it all, and, yes, you will likely need kleenex–KSH.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Animals, Death / Burial / Funerals, Health & Medicine, Military / Armed Forces, Parish Ministry

Saturday Mental Health Break–Cute pandas playing on the slide

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Photos/Photography

Bird is the Word: Selimah Harmon’s Photographs


Enjoy them all and you can read more there

Posted in * By Kendall, * General Interest, * South Carolina, Animals, Harmon Family, Photos/Photography

Do not Take yourself too Seriously Dept–Being a Dog is not Easy

Hilarious–enjoy it all.

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Humor / Trivia, Photos/Photography

Stunning–The 2016 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Enjoy them all (Hat tip: VM).

Posted in * General Interest, Animals, Photos/Photography