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Gayle Nastasi, animal consultant and author

Creature Thoughts July 2020: Ryder

July’s creature thoughts is going to be a bit different. We have once again had our family life derailed. Many of you already know what is going on, but I’m sending out July’s newsletter to catch my friends up to speed, and to ask for your good thoughts for Ryder, and for our family.

July 17, 2020

Every Day a Gift

Ryder has been found to have masses on his spleen and liver, and the likely diagnosis is hemangiosarcoma. Please think good thoughts for my boy.

July 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Creature Thoughts: June 2020 – A Kitty’s Gotta Scratch

“How do I get my cat to stop scratching?” is a question I have heard quite a few times over the years. My answer? “You don’t.”

That’s not a fatalistic outlook speaking. You don’t get a cat to stop scratching, because scratching is absolutely essential for a cat’s mental and physical health.

June 25, 2020

Creature Thoughts: May 2020, Wildlife Season

This year’s wildlife season brings many challenges to wildlife rescue centers and rehabilitators. The COVID-19 situation, with social distancing and limited gatherings, has meant that many wildlife centers have lost a key source of their donation income. At New York Wildlife Rescue, the organization I work with, the educational programs have had to be put on hold, and that means that a large percentage of their donations have dried up. There are many other wild animal rescue organizations, and individual rehabbers, in the same situation.

May 26, 2020

Creature Thoughts April 2020: COVID-19 and Animals

Under normal circumstances, when we humans have a virus, we can safely say that our pets won’t be affected. Human colds and flu don’t infect dogs, cats, or horses. Even the old suspicion that guinea pigs can catch a human cold turned out to be nothing but a superstition.

Now, it appears, we have met a foe that can be transmitted to animals. A news report has come to light that a number of tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have fallen ill with respiratory symptoms. One of the tigers was tested, and found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, March 2020: The Old Ones

Senior pets bring certain challenges into our lives, but the joys they provide far outweigh the worries. They are true, and they are faithful. They know us through and through. Their old eyes look right into our souls, and can see the love we have for them in our hearts. They listen to our troubles, and understand our very natures. They have grown not only to be eternally beside us, but to be a part of us. They have helped, in their twelve or fifteen or eighteen years of companionship, to make us who we are.

March 3, 2020

Creature Thoughts, Jan 2020: Animal Totems

For as long as there has been human culture, that culture has had a strong association with the animals with which we share our world.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Holiday Special Ending Soon

This is just a quick reminder that the holiday 3-pack special for existing customers is ending in a couple of days. If you’d like to take advantage of the special, you have all of January 1st, and then the special ends at midnight Eastern US time.

December 29, 2019

Season’s Greetings To All

May the magic of the season bring you peace and light.

Happy Holidays, from all living things at Starlings’ Nest.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

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