Two pastors renovating and working to reopen a historic New Mexico church found out they already had visitors - bees.Dee Brown and his wife, Bernadine, discovered the bees while working to remodel Emerge Church ABQ. Both are pastors of the church targeting Albuquerque's South Valley's African American community.The bees had swarmed one side of the church and threatened renovations.A local bee rescuer offered to remove the honey makers for free.Raymond Espinoza of Honeybee Rescue Farm removed the bees and planned to relocate them elsewhere amid large bee losses nationwide.-------------------------
Selfies with seal pups... yea, thats a no-no!!
U.S. officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office says seal pupping season is underway in New England and that means people might see seal pups on the beach during Memorial Day weekend.But they say there is no selfie stick long enough to safely get a selfie of a seal pup.NOAA says people and pets should stay at least 150 feet away from seals. Mother seals often leave their pups alone on the beach for up to 24 hours at a time. If a mother seal sees a human near her pup, she might feel threatened and abandon it.NOAA also says harassing a marine mammal is illegal.---------------------
How to protect your pets from the heat
With the weather warming up, it may seem more appealing than ever to bring your canine friends out and about. City side walks, street side cafes and dog parks are filling up with four-legged friends who just want to have fun in the sun. However, pet owners should be cautious about exposing their dogs to the heat, for dogs, like humans, can overheat and even sunburn.Heatstroke is a real concern for animals, as it can cause organ and brain failure. Common symptoms include heavy panting, agitation, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, staggering, vomiting, and a deep red or purple tongue. Your pet can overheat in various ways, but a very common one is when dogs are left in cars. It's important to remember that car interiors heat quickly, even with the windows rolled down.Another way pets overheat is when they are outside for long periods of time with no access to shade and/or water. If you have to leave your pet outside, make sure there are cool, shady areas where the pet can lay and rehydrate. Finally, pets can easily become overheated when exercising. Try going for walks in the early morning and late evening, when temperatures are cooler and the pavements are less heated on your dog's paws. If you notice signs of heatstroke in your pet, call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, try to cool down your pet by having them lick ice cubes and drink cool water while applying cool towels to their body. In the end, just remember this simple saying: If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them. And while it might be beautiful outside, the safety and well-being of your pet should always come first. --------------------------
Don’t use your pet’s name as a password...
Internet security and your pets might seem to have little in common. But very often they are together right at your finger tips on your keyboard.That’s because we Internet users have password problems, as data breaches frequently remind us. We pick terrible, easily hackable ones like “password” and “123456” and, yes, our pets’ names.Pet names make for poor passwords because many people give their dogs and cats the same ones — Bella and Charlie, for example, are popular for American pooches. And using those as passwords can make people vulnerable to “a ‘dictionary attack,’ where a hacker runs a list of common passwords through a program to quickly try thousands of entries... meaning that Otto1 and Charlie99 will almost certainly come up.---------------------------
Veterinary bills can be costly…and with the summer grilling and chilling season almost upon us, there’s a lot of trouble pets could get into. So how do you keep your pet safe and money in your wallet?Summer barbecues and festivals are occasions when friends and families get together. Sometimes not everyone knows what may not be good for your pets, like grapes or onions, which are toxic to dogs. Chicken or rib bones and corn cobs can get lodged or cause internal damage.The average cost of a foreign body surgery is $1,800, but it can go up $3,500 depending on what happens and how expensive the complications might be from eating something they are not supposed to that is getting lodged in their intestines or their stomach.And keep your pet cool. The average cost to treat heat stoke is $2,615. And it’s a good idea to keep Fido on a leash. Loud noises like fireworks could cause he or she to bolt. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!!------------------------------
On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, we remember and celebrate all Americans who served in the military. March 13, 1942 was the birthday of the U.S. K9 Corps, and here are three dogs who also bravely served their country. Their acts of heroism should not be forgotten.Chips was a Collie–German Shepherd–Siberian Husky mix who was the most decorated dog in World War II. The pooch saw action in Germany, France, North Africa, and Sicily. Among the animal’s heroic exploits are his assault on an Italian machine-gun nest and helping take 10 enemy Italian soldiers captive. Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, and Silver Star for his actions; unfortunately, the commendations were revoked as military policy at the time didn’t allow such recognition for animals. The dog returned to his home in Pleasantville, N.Y., in 1945.Probably the most famous war dog, An American Pit Bull Terrier named Stubby was the only dog to be given the rank of sergeant. Stubby was found as a stray on the Yale campus in 1917, and smuggled to France during World War I by his adoptive owner, Cpl. John Robert Conroy. The dog’s heroic acts include participating in 17 battles, four offenses, and improving troop morale. He also used his keen senses to warn his unit of poison-gas attacks, incoming artillery fire, and to locate downed soldiers on the battlefield. Stubby is remembered today: the Pit Bull-centric website, StubbyDog.org, is named after him, as is the Stubby Award for Canine Heroism. Stubby died in his owner’s arms in 1926.
But its not all about the big dogs... finally meet a A Yorkshire Terrier who saw action in the Pacific during World War II. Smoky was initially found in February 1944, abandoned in a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea. The dog was included in a dozen combat missions and survived more than 150 air raids. Like famous World War I veteran Stubby, Smoky used her sharp sense of hearing to warn of incoming artillery shells. One of Smoky’s most famous exploits was at a crucial airstrip in the Philippine Island of Luzon. The dog pulled a telegraph wire through a narrow 70-foot pipe, saving construction time and keeping workers and engineers safe from enemy fire. When not in harm’s way, Smoky entertained troops with a variety of tricks and self-taught antics. The dog died on February 21, 1957; she was 14 years old. Smoky’s exploits are chronicled in detail in the book Yorkie Doodle Dandy, written by her adoptive owner William A. Wynne.