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Madness and Mayhem in the Classroom

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

pigjpgIn addition to running an online radio station (Edgewater Gold Radio – The Best Oldies), writing this blog, I’m also a substitute teacher. Yesterday began as a normal day.  I got up ate breakfast and headed out the door to substitute at the area high school for an Agricultural Science Class. I’ve subbed for this class before so I’m aware that there are several breeds of animals in the classroom which is one of the reasons why I accepted this assignment. As I settled in and sipped my coffee something ran under the desk. I looked down and saw a little pig nibbling at my feet. At first I thought he escaped from his cage but a student came to me proclaiming that the pig was hers and said that he stays in this classroom while she attends her other classes. I was fine with it but was concerned that the other students may tantalize him. She assured me that the pig would be fine. So “Mr Pig” was an all day member of class. Not sure what possessed her to bring the pig to school but we’re living in another world today and maybe even on another planet!

Before the bell rang and the stampede of “animals of another kind” barged through the door. I made the rounds and checked out the variety of rabbits, ferrets, geckos, chinchillas and snakes that make their home in class. I then heard what sounded like baby chicks. I noticed a rabbits cage and 7 baby ducks huddled in the damp, cold corner. These ducks did not have any heat lamp to warm them and were given a bowl of rabbit pellets to eat. At first I thought ” how could this be?” This is an Agricultural Science Class and this is definitely not the way to care for baby ducks. Rabbit pellets?!! come on! I asked another student who came in early and was told that one of the kids took the ducks from the mother and brought them into the classroom. THERE GOES MY DAY! I was really upset that anyone would take baby ducks from their mother and that none of the “professionals” made an effort to care for them properly. We are living in a weird world! Suddenly one of the ducks turned over on its back, then another. Apparently they were thirsty and cold. I took them and tried to warm them by holding them next to me. (believe me I have layers on me that would warm a cow!) Sadly, neither duck made it and took their last breath. I was distraught at this point and class didn’t even begin yet. I asked a student to bury the two ducks.

As the first stampede of students arrived, I told one student who was actually interested in this class and obviously worked on a farm about the ducks and the fact that two just died. I asked him to take the ducks outside and put the cage in the warm sunlight. He agreed and I assigned two other students to help him.

The rest of the students arrived and the mayhem began. It really puzzles me that so many students today just take classes to fill time and it was clear that’s what the majority of these kids did. Nevertheless, I had a job to do so I gave them their assignment for the day. I knew that within ten minutes, I would hear “I’m done” because they just wouldn’t take the time to do the research to get the assignment done properly. It may take up too much of their “text and video time!” Let me clarify, there were several students that did a great job and made a real effort to complete the assignment but most did not.

In the meantime “Mr. Pig” was squealing and waddling around the class as the kids tried to get his attention. Suddenly the door then flew open and in walked a security guard with two students who were caught outside on the roof of the equipment building across the street. They were jumping from building to building. Apparently, when the students were outside putting the ducks in the sun, they slipped out unauthorized.  My “red” button clicked and I was no longer the kind, understanding sub that I usually am.  One student lost the lens to her glasses while performing acrobatics on top of the equipment building. She had the nerve to ask me to go outside again to find it. I told her that she has to “stumble” though the day with lens less glasses —too bad. When my “red” button lights, that’s it and it was glowing like Rudolph’s nose! I wrote the two students up, sent them to the office and made an effort to continue with my day.

I had three more classes to go, three more stampedes and more shouting “put down the squealing pig!”

The day finally came to an end but as I picked up the last assignment sheet that was thrown on the floor, I tried to figure out how we got to this point and what happened to the education system. It’s something that I can’t fix so I have to move on to my next assignment. Fortunately, the student who took interest in the baby ducks and worked on a farm took them home  to care for them properly because Lord knows they would have all died in that class!

So I’ll take the rabbits, the ferrets, the chinchillas, the gecko’s and the snakes……….you can have the kids!!

Remember, your pets count!

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How Many Treats Should You Feed Your Cat?

Sunday, May 14, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cattreatMy younger cat Millie loves her treats. She waits for them every night and I always come through with her favorites. I tend to go too far and give her a little too many. She gets treats in her bowl and I also put them in a little mouse that she has to smack around to get them out. It gives her some exercise. WebMD has published the following information regarding cat treats.

What Makes a Cat Treat Healthy?

Moderation is key, experts tell WebMD.

It’s fine to feed your cat treats, but they “should be a very small part of the diet,” says Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, an Oregon vet who treats felines only.

How small? Many experts recommend cat treats make up no more than 10% of the total calories a cat eats.

You can give your cat treats everyday but make sure  that you give them in moderation.

Remember, your pets count!

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Dog Fit For A Queen

Saturday, May 13, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dorgisThis breed is not a pure bred and was introduced by Queen Elizabeth. It happened when one of her corgis mated with Princess Margaret’s Dachshund. The queen is not a pure bred snob but she does know that mixed breeds are generally healthier than pure breds. About half of the Queen’s dogs are Dorgis, a mix between the Dachshund and the Corgis. The Dorgis did not come about by accident. The queen went out of her way to breed these dogs. Dachshunds have back problems which could not be controlled by pet medication and commonly end up in wheel chairs. Many are put down because of back problems. If you could have a dog that looked and acted mostly like a Dachshund (and may even be better behaved) and could be assured that you would not have to go through the heartbreak of having to put it down because of back trouble, wouldn’t you prefer a Dorgis? The Queen showed us that we have a choice. If mixed breed dogs are good enough for the Queen, are they good enough for you? I know that I would rather have a healthier dog even if it means having a mixed breed.

Remember, your pets count!

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Some Problems With Papillions

Friday, May 12, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cuteapapillionA neighbor of mine recently passed away suddenly leaving behind the cutest little Papillion. My partner and I were tempted to rescue him but because of my cat’s age and health problems, we decided that it wasn’t the best decision. The next door neighbor of the man who passed agreed to adopt little “Venus” but he had some behavior issues and did not get along with the other dog in the household. So now little Venus needs a home. It makes me sad when a dog looses it’s owner and suddenly becomes an orphan. has put together this description of the Papillion.

The Papillon is sometimes called the butterfly dog, because the ears look like butterfly wings. It is a friendly, intelligent dog that is tougher than it looks, and loves outdoor exercise. It is a playful, lively, amusing, animated and charming little dog. Affectionate, gentle, patient, and proud, it loves to cuddle and enjoys a good romp outdoors. They are steady, obedient and are not yappers. Papillons can be trained to perform small tricks. Good with cats when they are socialized with them. They can also be difficult to housebreak, but are, in general, easy to train otherwise.

Although they can be good city dogs, they are sometimes not good apartment dogs, because the dog has a strong instinct to protect their property, and many will bark excessively at nearby noises, not making the distinction between casual noises and those worthy of real alarm.

Papillons need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off-lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.

We are hoping that little Venus will be rescued and enjoy a loving new home.

Remember, your pets count!

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catlitterboxIf you want to turn an outdoor cat into an indoor cat the first thing that you’ll have to do is teach him to use the litter box. This actually can be easier than you think. Cats are naturally inclined to go in sand or fine particles. The first thing that you should do is confine your cat to a room with no absorbent surfaces other than his litter box. Give him lots of attention and get some cat toys so that you could play with him as much as you can. When he starts to use the litter box regularly, give him more and more time outside of the room but make sure that you watch him closely. Eventually, you will want to put another litter box in the place where you really want the box to stay. The location is key. Make sure that the box is in a quiet, easy to access place away from the cat’s food and water. Make sure that you wait for your cat to use the new litter box before you remove the first one.

Remember, your pets count!

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Never Give Your Pet Tylenol!

Sunday, May 7, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogsickTylenol is extremely toxic to cats and can kill them quickly even if it’s given in small doses. You should never give your pets any medication without the advice of your vet. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It’s an over the counter fever reducer and pain reliever. Cats lack an enzyme in their body that a metabolizes acetaminophen. Therefore this leads to severe damage to your cats red blood cells, liver and kidneys. Dogs also do not metabolize this drug as well as people and only your vet can recommend the dosage to give a dog. Never do it yourself! Dogs can die of an overdose as well. The side effects of Tylenol in a cat can range from vomiting and diarrhea to severe anemia and liver failure. A muddy brown color to your cat or dogs gums can indicate the effect of Tylenol. Poor oxygen-carrying capacity of the red blood cells can cause this. Liver damage can result in jaundice and a yellowish tinge to the mucus membranes of the skin.

Never leave Tylenol in a pets reach. A little precaution is worth a lot.

Remember, your pets count!

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Checking to See If Your Dog Is Hydrated

Saturday, May 6, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogwaterbottleDogs get sick just as humans do. Many times your dog has diarrhea due to a stomach bug. Just has humans, you must make sure that he stays hydrated. Comfort your dog by offering him plenty of water. If he isn’t drinking, you may want to offer him water from a faucet or hose. You can even try putting ice cubes in his water to entice him to drink.  You can also obtain an electrolyte powder for animals from any farm store. Mix this with water for additional prevention or treatment of dehydration.

So how do we tell when your best friend is dehydrated? You should lift his lip and examine his gums. If they are healthy, his gums should be covered with a shiny film. If you find the gums dry, he is dehydrated. Get him to the vet right away! Dehydration can lead to organ damage or even death.

Remember, your pets count!

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chihuahuaracePeople here on Delmarva, love their pets. You see dogs everywhere, on the beach, boardwalk and in the parks. There have been a series of dog races and parades and other great events involving our best friends. This weekend in Dewey Beach the Annual Chihuahua  and small dog races are being held. The race will take place at the  old Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Street @ 11:00 am Saturday May 3rd. in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

It’s great to live in an area where our pets are very important. Pets add more purpose to our lives and that’s why we treat them like family. If you’re in the Rehoboth, Dewey Beach area on Saturday, stop by and enjoy the small dog races.

Remember, your pets count!

A great variety of oldies – read our blog and listen to our great oldies radio station!

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Pets Have a Psychic Ability

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

pysychicpetsDid you know that dogs and other animals have demonstrated psychic ability? The sixth sense of dogs has been tested and demonstrated many times. They have sensed many things including the arrival of a loved one or even when a loved one was about to die. They have sensed natural disasters before they were about to happen. In the early 90’s, my dog became very agitated about 4 am on a Saturday morning. He jumped out of his dog bed and began barking and running around the room. A few seconds later, I heard a loud bang and felt a slight shaking which lasted a couple of seconds. It turns out that a rare earthquake had occurred in Westchester County, New York and the rumble could be felt in my home which was at the time in Hoboken, NJ.

Dogs have also sensed people’s heart attacks, strokes, seizures and even cancer. They have found their way back home when taken far from their loved ones. There have even reacted to the presence of a ghost. I’ve noticed that at certain times, my cat would look up and then run around when there was absolutely nothing there or even when there wasn’t even any noise.

I’ve read many stories about dogs howling right before a loved ones death. Read the book “Your Psychic Pet” by Richard Webster. I’m sure that you’ll find it very interesting.

Remember your pets count!

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