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May 2 2012 Exotic Pets Newsletter


My veggie garden is almost finished. I am glad I didn't plant when the weather first started getting nice we have had many nights in the 20's since then. I am looking forward to see how to the Goji berries do. And, of course find out what they taste like. I am really looking forward to fresh tomatoes. You can't get a tomato that taste like a tomato from a grocery store! Are you planting a vegetable garden this year?

Lets get a complete list of pets we all have to make sure we cover them all!

*In this newsletter you will find the latest article - Pet Kinkajous
*The story the Wooden Bowl for Mother's Day
*Exotic Pet Tips

Kinkajous - Pet Kinkajous
The sweet docile kinkajous with the velvety feeling fur is about as cute as animal as an animal can get - maybe the bush baby is as cute. The Kinkajou originate from the rainforest and lives mostly on fruit, flowers, and nectar. The pet kinkajous looks and acts like the animals from Avatar.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art176349.asp

With Mother's Day coming up I wanted to share a story I found some years back. I had been taking care my folks for a number of years and also took care of my husband's mother. I wasn't as patient as I should have been at least until I read this.


The Wooden Bowl - (author unknown)

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl
tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year - old grandson.
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and
failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
'We must do something about father,' said the son.
'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.
íThe four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless.
Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.
Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,
neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens,
how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life..'

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.
You need to be able to throw something back

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.



Pet Tips
Before you buy an exotic pet volunteer to work for an organization to get some experience with exotic pets. You may be lucky enough to find the animal you are interested in, but experience with an assortment of exotics will give you a good taste of the real deal.

Learning all about the pet is important but it is also important to get several different viewpoints. You may hear from an animal rights activist that doesn't want anyone to have this type of pet, or people that are so stirred about a certain pet they don't see any of the negative aspects. If the pet gets too big and you confine it to a small cage the animal becomes very unhappy. What if the animal reaches sexual maturity and starts spraying all over. It would be nice to know to spay and neuter in advance.

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Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!

Diana Geiger, Exotic Pets Editor
http://exoticpets.bellaonline.com

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