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Animal Spirit Wisdom

To our past ancestors, the animal held great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture, mythology and ancient civilizations, each animal is embodied with its own symbolic meaning and held its own unique spiritual power.
A particular animal crossing your path had deep significance to your life and indeed a strong message to impart. The presence of animal wisdom may appear to you in a dream, on the physical plane or intuitively.

The Butterfly

The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation.
The symbol of new life, letting go of old cycles and finding your true inner expression.
The butterfly calls you to expand your awareness, spread your wings and call forth your inner joy.
Let go of limitations, and free yourself to express your own beauty within.

It is the time of spiritual transitions. Symbolic of moving from one phase of life to the next reaching higher, reaching outward, leaving the safety of the cocoon and finding your own place among the flowers of life.
Allowing the wind to carry you forward to your goals and dreams.
A time of self-discovery rebirth. The butterfly shows you the beauty within.
Go forth with joy.

I recognize my true beauty withinFind Article,
I value and cherish all that I am.
I have the power to transform my life.
To experience true joy.

Using Animal Control To Get Rid Of Unwanted Critters

Animal Control in Carlsbad, CA is responsible for dealing with most of the animal related disturbances for San Diego County, including all of the incorporated and unincorporated areas within. But you may be at a loss if you should contact the City of Carlsbad, who contracts with the County of San Diego for animal control services, or if you should contact the county itself. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make sure that you are contacting the right department, as well as ensuring that you are not putting yourself in any unnecessary risk.

If you are just looking to adopt a pet, license one you have already, or any other pet matter that is unrelated to a disturbance you should contact the County of San Diego directly. They operate three shelters, including the one in Carlsbad, so you should not have to contact animal control in Carlsbad at all for any peaceful inquiries. Carlsbad animal control is mostly responsible for dealing with animal disturbances that pose an immediate threat to people or animals. So be sure to ask yourself how urgent your inquiry is, and that should help guide you to the correct organization.

A situation requiring animal control assistance would be suspected abuse to an animal in your neighborhood. If you here constant barking, or desperate shrieks from a nearby cat then you may need to call Carlsbad Animal Control. You should not do any private sleuthing to investigate the situation. First of all, an abused animal can typically display violent tendencies, so you may not want to pose yourself as an intruder.

Secondly, you do not want to risk your credibility by having your neighbor call the police on you for trying to “rescue” his pet. Carlsbad Animal Control employs highly trained individuals who have been primed to investigate such occurrences and determine if any abuse has occurred, and take the animal away from its owner if any danger is posed to it. Always trust the professionals to take care of the problems in their field.

If a dead animal is found on the road then you should contact the City of Carlsbad. Dead animals are not just smelly and unsightly, they can also spread disease. Do not attempt to remove the animal yourself, because you probably do not know for sure what killed it and if it poses any danger to you. Once again, just let the professionals who are paid to take care of this problem remove it for you.

Another major problem can be wild dogs roaming the area. A wild dog can be extremely dangerous, so Carlsbad Animal Control should be contacted. Many of these animals have been abused and are very afraid of people, so any attempt to scare the dog into leaving may backfire, prompting the dog to attack you in defense.

In addition, a wild dog has no way of receiving regular vaccinations, so there is a chance that it could be infected with rabies. Animal Control has the necessary training and tools to safely remove the dog, and wild dog removal should never be attempted without their assistance. And, though they may be a terrible nuisance, Animal Control in Carlsbad is not supposed to respond to a skunk in the backyard or an opossum. So make sure you have a genuine emergency before calling.

Five Safety Tips for Avoiding a Collision With an Animal

Collisions with animals are a serious problem across the United States. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, resulting in over $4.6 billion in vehicle damage, medical costs and other expenses.

See also: Aggressive Drivers — What Can You Do?

Knowing the following information about animal collisions can help you reduce your risk

  1. If an animal jumps out in front of you, do not swerve, but brake quickly.
  2. In most cases, hitting the animal will cause less damage than hitting another vehicle or tree.
  3. Be especially alert at dusk and dawn when visibility can be reduced; 90 percent of collisions with animals occur at these times.
  4. Deer activity peaks from October to December; nearly half of deer collisions happen during these months.
  5. Wooded areas are likely crossing spots for animals, and many, like deer, travel together, so expect more than one animal to cross the road.

What if I hit an animal?

  • Call local law enforcement if you have a collision with an animal; they will direct you to your next step.
  • In some states there are specific requirements if you hit an animal; check with your Department of Motor Vehicles in your state.

Appointment Slots Available with Great Chiropractor

I have been stretching all day long today, but I just can’t seem to feel better. It is an awful stiffness that I have in my back and it is starting to make me feel a little bit crazy. I just want to feel some relief, so I am going to set up an appointment with a chiropractor in Alexandria VA and I hope that the chiropractor will have what it takes make me feel better. Even if I only feel better for a little while, it would be a lot better than to continue feeling the way I do at the moment.

I can’t believe I am as stiff as I am right now. I did some manual labor about two days ago, and while I felt sore yesterday, and kind of stiff as well, it is nothing compared to how I feel right now. What is so frustrating about it is that I have done a lot of stretching, and I just can’t seem to feel any better, regardless of what I do.

It is upsetting, to say the least, and I wish that I had a better solution for my pain than just stretching. Well, actually, I do think that I have a better solution, I just have to wait and see how well it is going to work out for me. I have never been to go to see a chiropractor before, mostly because I have never had to deal with back stiffness like this before. But I was talking to a friend earlier, and my friend told me it was a good idea. He even gave me the number of a chiropractor’s office to call. So I am going to get off of here and go ahead and make that call to set up an appointment.

What Is The Cognitive Rift Between Humans And Other Animals

Shedding new light on the great cognitive rift between humans and animals, a Harvard University scientist has synthesized four key differences in human and animal cognition into a hypothesis on what exactly differentiates human and animal thought.

In new work presented for the first time at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Marc Hauser, professor of psychology, biological anthropology, and organismic and evolutionary biology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, presents his theory of “humaniqueness,” the factors that make human cognition special. He presents four evolved mechanisms of human thought that give us access to a wide range of information and the ability to find creative solutions to new problems based on access to this information.

“Animals share many of the building blocks that comprise human thought, but paradoxically, there is a great cognitive gap between humans and animals,” Hauser says. “By looking at key differences in cognitive abilities, we find the elements of human cognition that are uniquely human. The challenge is to identify which systems animals and human share, which are unique, and how these systems interact and interface with one another.”

Recently, scientists have found that some animals think in ways that were once considered unique to humans: For example, some animals have episodic memory, or non-linguistic mathematical ability, or the capacity to navigate using landmarks. However, despite these apparent similarities, a cognitive gulf remains between humans and animals.

Hauser presents four distinguishing ingredients of human cognition, and shows how these capacities make human thought unique. These four novel components of human thought are the ability to combine and recombine different types of information and knowledge in order to gain new understanding; to apply the same “rule” or solution to one problem to a different and new situation; to create and easily understand symbolic representations of computation and sensory input; and to detach modes of thought from raw sensory and perceptual input.

Earlier scientists viewed the ability to use tools as a unique capacity of humans, but it has since been shown that many animals, such as chimpanzees, also use simple tools. Differences do arise, however, in how humans use tools as compared to other animals. While animal tools have one function, no other animals combine materials to create a tool with multiple functions. In fact, Hauser says, this ability to combine materials and thought processes is one of the key computations that distinguish human thought.

According to Hauser, animals have “laser beam” intelligence, in which a specific solution is used to solve a specific problem. But these solutions cannot be applied to new situations or to solve different kinds of problem. In contrast, humans have “floodlight” cognition, allowing us to use thought processes in new ways and to apply the solution of one problem to another situation. While animals can transfer across systems, this is only done in a limited way.

“For human beings, these key cognitive abilities may have opened up other avenues of evolution that other animals have not exploited, and this evolution of the brain is the foundation upon which cultural evolution has been built,” says Hauser.

Why owning a pet makes you happier and more likely to live longe

Owning a lively pet may sometimes prove exasperating, but it appears all the effort is worth it.

Pet owners are healthier, have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than those who don’t have animals at home, according to a study.

Not only that, but they are also more conscientious, extroverted and less fearful, researchers at the American Psychological Association said.

Man’s best friend: Owning a pet brings with it many benefits including improved health, greater self-esteem and less loneliness, according to scientists

They believe that pets serve as important sources of social and emotional support for the average person, and not just individuals facing significant health challenges.

Lead researcher, Allen R McConnell, of Miami University in Ohio, said: ‘We observed evidence that pet owners fared better, both in terms of well-being outcomes and individual differences, than non-owners on several dimensions.

‘Specifically, pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extraverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.’

Pet owners are just as close to key people in their lives as to their animals, the study found.

This indicates no evidence that relationships with pets come at the expense of relationships with other people, or that people relied more on pets when their human social support was poorer.

The scientists, from Miami University and Saint Louis University in Missouri, conducted three experiments to examine the potential benefits of pet ownership among what they called ‘everyday people’.

They questioned 217 people with an average age of 31 and family income of $77,000, 79 per cent of whom were women.

The group answered a survey aimed at determining whether pet owners differed from people without pets in terms of well-being and personality type.

Researchers now believe that pets serve as important sources of social and emotional support for the average person, and not just individuals facing significant health challenges

Several differences between the groups emerged – in all cases, pet owners were happier, healthier and better adjusted than were non-owners.

A second experiment involved 56 dog owners with an average age of 42 and family income of $65,000, 91 per cent of whom were women.

This group were questioned about whether they benefit more when their pet is perceived to fulfill their social needs better.

The researchers here found greater well-being among owners whose dogs increased their feelings of belonging, self-esteem and meaningful existence.

The last group, made up of 97 undergraduates with an average age of 19, found that pets can make people feel better after experiencing rejection.

Subjects were asked to write about a time when they felt excluded. Then they were asked to write about their favourite pet, or to write about their favourite friend, or to draw a map of their campus.

The researchers found that writing about pets was just as effective as writing about a friend when it came to staving off feelings of rejection.

‘The present work presents considerable evidence that pets benefit the lives of their owners, both psychologically and physically, by serving as an important source of social support,’ the researchers wrote.

‘Whereas past work has focused primarily on pet owners facing significant health challenges…the present study establishes that there are many positive consequences for everyday people who own pets.’

The study is published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,

Giant Pterosaur Sported 110 Teeth

A little more than 200 million years ago, a four-fanged pterosaur flew over the vast desert of Triassic Utah snagging other reptiles with its toothy mouth, until it met its untimely end on the banks of a dried-up oasis, new research finds.

The pterosaur had a massive wingspan of about 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) — about as wide as a 10-year-old child is tall — and sported a total of 110 teeth, four of them inch-long (2.5 centimeters) fangs, said study researcher Brooks Britt, an associate professor of geology at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Brigham Young University student Scott Meek found the specimen, including its skull and bones from its body, in 2014 when he was excavating bones from a 300-lb. (136 kilograms) chunk of sandstone. The chunk came from the Saints and Sinners quarry in Utah near the Colorado border, Britt said. [Photos of Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs]

“The [quarry] site dates to the Late Triassic, about 210 million years [ago], when Pangaea was still together, and vast desert stretched from what is now southern California to Wyoming,” Britt told Live Science. (The supercontinent Pangaea didn’t begin to break up until about 200 million years ago.)

The pterosaur fossil is remarkably well preserved, not crushed like other pterosaur remains. “Outside of a find in Greenland, this is the first good Triassic pterosaur from North America,” he said.
Saints and Sinners Quarry
[Pin It] Saints and Sinners quarry, in Utah along the Colorado boarder, where the paleontologists found the pterosaur fossils.
Credit: Brooks B. Britt | Brigham Young University
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A geologic analysis of the quarry suggests that, during the Late Triassic, many animals congregated around a lush oasis — decked out with plants — surrounded by a vast desert. But then the oasis dried up, leaving the fauna and flora without a drop of water.

“The animals likely died during a severe drought, and the sediments indicate their carcasses were buried when the rains returned to normal and the lake filled, with the lapping waves burying the bones with sand,” Britt said.

The ancient sand and water did such a good job of preserving the pterosaur’s fossils, that researchers can create a detailed picture of the animal. For instance, the pterosaur has spaces in its braincase and lower jaw that suggest the bones were air-filled in life, just like the bones of later pterosaurs and birds (to which pterosaurs are not related), Britt said.

Furthermore, the pterosaur has surprisingly small eyes, and its dentition is “quite a mix, with a combination of fangs and miniscule teeth in each side of the lower jaws,” Britt said. In all, it has 80 teeth on its lower jaws (including the four fangs), and 30 on its upper jaws, including eight little ones in the front and 22 medium teeth in the back.

Its odd smile isn’t all that different from other early pterosaurs, which tend to sport a mix of dramatically differently shaped teeth; that’s unlike pterodactyloids (another type of flying reptile), which often lacked teeth, Britt said.

Also, like the Dimorphodon, a medium-size pterosaur that lived during the Jurassic, the newfound species has a relatively large head and comparatively short wings, indicating it didn’t soar over vast areas, but likely flew in places filled with trees and other obstacles. They probably fed on insects or small land-dwelling animals, including a small crocodylomorph known as a sphenosuchian, which Britt described as a fast creature resembling a crocodile, but with the legs of a Chihuahua. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]

The researchers found a treasure trove of sphenosuchian fossils at the ancient oasis. They also found at least 20 individual coelophysoid theropods (bipedal, mostly meat-eating dinosaurs), the teeth of a much larger theropod, a drepanosaurid (a creature with a head like a bird, arms like a mole and a claw at the end of its tail) and two types of sphenodontids (which looks like the modern tuatara of New Zealand).

“Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates capable of active flight,” Britt said. “This finding is further evidence that flight opens up a wide array of niches for occupation, in this case feeding on insects and small vertebrates that thrived along the shores of an oasis in the middle of a giant desert.”

The researchers have yet to name the newly identified genus and species of pterosaur, but plan to officially title it in an upcoming study, Britt said. They presented their unpublished research this month at the 75th annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Dallas.

Protect Your Pet From Outdoor Pests

Taking your pet along on your family’s camping or hiking trip? A brief trip to the vet can ensure a trip free of worry about pet health — and full of great outdoor adventure for you and your dog.
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If you’re thinking of hitting the trail with your pet, put a visit to your veterinarian’s office on your to-do list. A brief consultation can help you prioritize the preventive steps needed to protect your pet’s health and ensure a worry-free adventure.

Because before taking your pet into the great outdoors, you’ll want to take steps to protect against:

Fleas. Chances are your pet already uses monthly flea prevention. If not, start right away.
Ticks. “Ticks are by far the biggest concern,” notes Daniel O. Morris, DVM, chief of the section of dermatology and allergy in the department of clinical studies at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. This is because ticks can give a number of diseases to pets and pet owners.
Scabies. This intense, itchy rash is caused by mites, which are often carried by foxes in the wild.

“Wooded areas and meadow areas are both good places for ticks and scabies. Fleas are really somewhat more of an urban problem,” says Dr. Morris.

You should check the product description on your flea preventive to find out if it also prevents ticks or scabies. However, you’ll have a hard time finding a product that prevents all three at the same time, which is why a trip to your vet is in order, says Morris.

What to Expect During a Pre-Trip Vet Visit

Here are some of the issues you can expect to discuss with your vet:

Preventive products. Your vet will recommend the right product for preventing ticks and scabies, taking into account your pet’s level of activity and where you plan to travel. If your pet is likely to be swimming on the trip, find out about whether you need to reapply the product and, if so, what dose is appropriate.
Early application. Most products are applied to a spot between the shoulder blades and spread from there, taking a few days to work, so it’s a good idea to apply them well before you pack the car and hit the road.
Overall pet health. Pets, like humans, can’t leap right from a sedentary lifestyle to running a marathon. Ask your vet whether your pet is up to the level of activity you have planned — or if you should create a training schedule in advance.
Medications. Don’t forget to bring any pills your pet takes daily. “There’s a lot of diabetic dogs out there — packing their medications is as important as packing our own,” says Morris.
Sun protection. Most dogs’ coats are enough to protect against the sun’s rays, but dogs with bare patches or de-pigmented noses should use sunscreen. And you know your dog best — a hound that lounges belly up in a sunny meadow for too long could get a bit of a burn there, too.
Heartworm prevention. Morris notes that heartworm preventative is recommended year round almost everywhere in the United States. However, if you have not been giving your dog a heartworm preventive regularly and are going to a place where mosquitoes are likely to be found, talk to your vet about what to do.

How to Look for Fleas and Ticks

Prevention is always the best approach, but you should take the time to do a visual inspection of your pet any time you go hiking or camping.

“One thing that I do think most people don’t know or understand is that, even with these reliable products, you can still find ticks attached to the skin. It takes them a while to die and fall off. The key is that they don’t engorge on blood and there is no transfer of the infectious organisms from the tick to the dog,” explains Morris.

Removing ticks from dogs is much the same as removing them from humans: Go slowly. Morris advises “gentle traction to gradually pull the head out of the skin and not leave the mouth parts. If you’re pulling with gentle traction for a few seconds to a minute, most ticks won’t be able to hold on.”

However, Morris stresses that a visual inspection and individually removing fleas or ticks is not going to be as effective in protecting your pet as using the right, veterinary-recommended preventive product.

If you’re following your vet’s instructions for prevention, your pet should safely be able to run or swim free.

Are Two Pets Better Than One

Thinking of bringing a second pet into your home? There are a number of things to consider if you want to make the transition a smooth one.

Much like parents worry that an only child might be lonely growing up without a sibling, many pet owners share the same concerns about their animals. But is getting a second pet the right answer?

Not necessarily, according to experts.

“There have not been any controlled studies to look at this issue since there is so much individual variation between dog personalities,” says Duffy Jones, DVM, founder of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in Atlanta. “Many dogs do great with having another dog around, and some are perfect being the only dog. It really depends on your particular dog and that dog’s personality and also its previous history — for example, if the dog has always had other dogs around or if it has been traumatized by another dog.”

Keep this in mind: There are other ways to get your pet to exercise and socialize besides bringing a second animal into your household. Dogs have many options, ranging from puppy classes and obedience training to dog parks, doggie playgroups, and even doggie daycare.

Cat owners can encourage activity by using toys to play with their pet at least 10 minutes (and ideally more) a day. This interaction not only helps with weight maintenance, but it can also assist in keeping their minds active, says Timnah Lee, DVM, an associate veterinarian at Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital in New York City.

What to Consider Before Bringing a Second Pet Home

There are a number of things to consider before adding a second pet to your household, whether it’s a dog and cat or two animals from the same species. “If you are interested in bringing a dog into a cat household or vice versa and adopt them from a shelter or a rescue, make sure they are cat- or dog-friendly before you bring them home,” advises Dr. Lee. “If you are planning to bring a cat into a cat household or a dog into a dog household, make sure you are ready for the commitment of two pets. That means two dogs on the leash, more litter boxes, more food, more vet bills, etc.”

In addition, consider a younger animal — puppies and kittens are often more adaptable. Introducing a new animal can also be easier when they are spayed or neutered. Ultimately there are no hard and fast rules, so be prepared for some trial and error.

Introducing the New Addition to the Family

Pet training before bringing in a new animal is crucial, says Dr. Jones, or the second pet will most likely make things worse. Also, be sure both animals are healthy and don’t carry any illnesses that could infect the other.

When it comes to the actual meeting, take your time. “Slow introductions are best for bringing a new animal into a house,” says Kenneth Porte, DVM, owner of Tri City Veterinary Clinic in Vista, Ca. “Initially, smelling each other under the door, then seeing each other in a neutral location, and finally supervised interaction.” Limit the time they are together at first, starting with 15-minute increments, and never leave the animals alone.

Finally, be sure each animal has its own food bowl — especially if you are bringing a dog and cat together — and sleeping area. Cats should also have their own personal litter boxes.

Got Pet Allergies

About 10 percent of the population is allergic to animals — but that doesn’t mean they can’t own pets. Here’s how to determine which pet’s best for you.

You may have heard rumors of hypoallergenic dogs and cats — pets that don’t cause trouble for people with allergies. In truth, there is no guarantee that a specific breed won’t cause allergies for a given individual. But with dog and cat allergies so common, many animal lovers are still looking for a solution. A strategic approach to selecting a pet — or managing your allergies with the pet you already have — may mean you can enjoy pet ownership and control your pet allergies.

Could You Have Pet Allergies?

Ideally, you will know about any pet allergies before you take on the responsibility of a pet. Many adults are already aware — or have a sense — that they are allergic to dogs or cats (or both), but others may still be in the dark, not sure that their ongoing mild allergies are truly due to the cat or dog dander they are exposed to through friends, family, and coworkers. Here’s how to find out for sure:

  • Get tested. “Testing is readily available for assessment of whether or not one has allergic sensitization to certain animals, including cats and dogs,” says asthma and allergy researcher Gregory Diette, MD, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Center for Global Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. “The test is a measure of a specific antibody response (specific IgE) directed at the relevant allergen.” You will need to make an appointment with an allergist to get tested.
  • Get a reality check. Another good way to find out if you may be allergic to a specific animal is to spend some time with it. If you are considering adopting a certain breed of cat or dog, try to arrange an hour or more when you can play with the animal, paying attention to your body’s reactions.

“The evidence for cat allergy would be quite high if one gets itchy, red eyes, runny nose, and related symptoms, whenever they have direct contact with a cat,” says Diette, adding that it is possible to have a positive allergy test result but never have allergic symptoms.

Diette also offers this caution: Just because you do not have cat or dog allergies today doesn’t mean that you may not develop them in the future. One of the most wrenching situations for pet owners is trying to decide what to do with a pet to which they have recently become allergic.

The Best Pets for People With Pet Allergies

Did the test results reveal cat or dog allergies? That doesn’t mean you will be petless forever. Diette recommends a practical approach. “If one has a pet allergy, the best advice is to not get that type of animal,” Diette says, adding that despite some reports of hypoallergenic dogs, “there are no breeds of cats or dogs that do not produce allergen, so it is not possible to recommend one breed over another.”

The American Kennel Club lists the following breeds as good options for people with dog allergies because they are thought to produce less dander than other breeds — although you should still take some time to find out if they trigger your own allergic symptoms:

  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Irish Water Spaniels
  • Maltese
  • Poodles
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzers
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

You might want to consider a different pet entirely. For example, if you have dog allergies, you might still be able to have a cat or you could look into other types of pets to which you’re not allergic, such as ferrets, rodents, or birds.

How to Manage Pet Allergies at Home

Although the practical response to a newly developed pet allergy would be to find another home for your pet, parting with the family dog or cat could be a heartbreaking choice and may not be necessary. If you or someone in your household has cat or dog allergies, try these strategies:

  • Keep your pet out of bedrooms.
  • Keep your pet outside if possible.
  • Groom your pet often to control shedding and dander.
  • Clean your home often to pick up hair and dander, using HEPA filters on vacuums and other air filters.
  • Talk to your vet about dander control shampoos or diluted doses of the sedative acepromizine, which may reduce the allergens produced by certain breeds of cat.

Pet allergies are highly individual, and it will take some time and effort to learn which pets you can have in your home. But the learning process is well worth the companionship and love a pet provides.

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