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turkey dinnerFowl Play: Why Turkey, You Turkey?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why do we eat turkey on the last Thursday in November? Is there a fair explanation to the poor sacrificial bird? Read on for some nourishment that has nothing to do with light or dark protein.

reindeerThe Reindeer: The Saga of Rudolph and His Cool Friends
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do reindeer really have shiny noses or is it just those followers of Rudolph who think so? How did this hooved Arctic animal become a part of the world’s most famous holiday and why don’t more of us know about more of them? Read on for a new look at a distant but fascinating creature.

pet giftsHoliday Gifts For Your Pets: Fa, La, La, La La, Ruff, Ruff, Meow!
by Marjorie Dorfman

Don't our faithful, four-legged companions deserve Christmas presents this year? What's available besides bones, catnip and toys? Read on for some answers and some fun too!

holiday travel with petTraveling With Your Pet During the Holidays
by Marjorie Dorfman

It’s that time of year for tinsel, presents, turkey and aggravation because what are you going to do with Rover or Tabby while you are away over-indulging in food and such? If the answer is, "take him or her with me, of course", please consider the options listed below. Proceed however, at your own risk.

pets halloweenLick Or Treat: Costumes For the Discerning Canine and Feline
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where is it written that only the two-legged among us can enjoy the customs of Halloween? Why can't canines and felines join in the fun? Come and see what happens when they do, that is, if you dare.

vampire batVampire Bats: Before and After Bela Lugosi
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are vampire bats so misunderstood? What ancient mysteries surround them? Read on out!

springThe Red-Breasted Robin: Harbinger of Spring
by Marjorie Dorfman

How did the American Robin come to be associated with the spring season? Why is it such a special bird? Read on for some avian answers.

easter bunny and easter eggThe Easter Bunny: How Did He Come To Be?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where did the Easter Bunny come from? Why and how was it adopted as a symbol for one of Christianity’s most sacred holidays? Read on, learn and maybe...hop.

lovebirdsLovebirds: Amore, Aviculture Style
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are lovebirds called lovebirds? Do they have some secret charm that keeps them in love beyond Valentine's Day? Read on, whether you are in love or not.

a chance for blissUnwanted Animals: How Can We Help?
by Marjorie Dorfman

What happens to those animals that no one seems to want? What alternatives are there for their care and survival? Learn about one place where they not only take the bull by the horns but also into their home (practically). Read about Wind Song Animal Sanctuary (formerly known as A Chance For Bliss).

hedgehogHedgehogs: Unlikely But Adorable Pets
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why aren’t hedgehogs for everyone? How long have they been around and what is their future? Read on for some bristling answers.

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Emusing News from Around the World
morris for mayorCat Runs for Mayor
News from Laura Moss of Mother Nature Network

Morris the cat runs for mayor in Mexico. If he wins the vote, the feline vows to get rid of the rats in the state of Xalapa and to cover up his own messes. . . .
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Seeing Eye Cat
News in our email from Terry Burns of Middleburg, Pennsylvania

Cashew, my 14-year-old yellow Lab, is blind and deaf. . . .
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Pork Chops Or Tigers
News in our email from California

A mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs . . . or did she? . . . read more

And an extraordinary related item:
Abandoned Tiger Cubs Nursed By Pig!
Guangzhou City, China, Information Times

Three abandoned tiger cubs are being nursed by a pig at a zoo in China . . . read more

Mouse Robs Cash Machine
Tallinn, Estonia

A mouse munched its way through thousands of pounds of cash . . . read more

Another bonus story we just had to share
In our email from Connecticut

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables . . . read more

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Terms of En-
hot dogHobbyhorse
16th century dance commonly held throughout England in mid May. Characters represented Robin Hood and his band, but there was always a horseman astride a small horse dancing fantastically among the group. It was all an illusion of framework and wicker surmounted by an imitation of a horse's head, all carried by the rider.

500 years ago the common term for the swill fed to swine. Earliest instance of usage is about 1440 by Oxford English Dictionary, but in figurative usage the term dates back to the early 18th century.

First, "litter" referred to "portable bed" (1300s), then to the scattering of straw for a bed, which is where we could get "disorderly debris" (1700s). "Litterbug" coined about 1945, meaning one who strews litter wherever he or she goes. The term was adopted by a Florida roadside cleanup campaign in 1950.

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