The pet trade is killing off animals

The pet trade is killing off animal species at an alarming rate, according to an article by Alice Catherine Hughes, writing for U.S. News.

In an excerpt from a recent article, she writes:



”Nearly 1.5 million animals were imported live to the U.S. between 2000 and 2006 for the pet trade. Global biodiversity loss doesn’t just result from the destruction of habitats, or hunting species for meat. A huge number of species are threatened by trade – as pets or exhibits, or dead for use in medicines.



Though people have become increasingly aware of the threat posed by the trade of high-value species, such as the elephant for ivory, and various animals such as tigers, rhinos and the pangolin for medicine, few realize the risk that the pet trade poses to the future survival of less well-known species.”



Read the whole article at:

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I am surrounded by cats, I have always loved them and they have always kept me sane (in as much as I can say I am sane!). Here is the 411 on the Cat as your animal totem.



“Domestic felines are all about communication and their messages almost always have to do with your ability to communicate with those around you or with the spirit and astral realms. The mystery of the cat and its secretive ways has always been intriguing. Many believe that these slinky creatures are in constant communication with the spirit world and are the bridge between the realm of the unseen and the seen. Most certainly when the cat comes into your life – someone or something is trying to tell you something. Listen carefully! Trust your intuition.


Alternatively, this feline can also be letting you know that you have the power and magic to create anything you want out of your life right now. All you need to do is believe in yourself and trust that you have all the tools and skills necessary to accomplish what you desire in life. Don’t hesitate! The time to focus on your dreams is NOW!



People with Cat as their totem are always extremely psychic and creative people. Often they are independent, unpredictable and more often than not highly astute in all situations. There is always a sense of mystery that surrounds them. They are also highly selective in choosing their friends and will rarely cave to peer pressure. They choose their own way in life but have to be careful not to become too reclusive.”

Source: Spirit Animal Totems website at

Flightless Birds- Meet the Kakapo

Meet the kakapo, also known as an “owl parrot” is also a native of New Zealand. This nocturnal parrot has an owl’s face, penguin’s stance, and duck’s gait. It is truly a strange bird—but also a beautiful one, with bright green-brown feathers. It can grow up to 2 feet in length, and is the world’s heaviest parrot. The males make a distinctive booming call that sounds like a one-bird jug band, which can be heard up to half a mile away!


Don’t eat that angletwitch

earthwormAn angletwitch is an earthworm, the word originated in 14th century Merry Olde England from: Middle English angeltwicche, angeltwacche, from Old English angeltwæcce, angeltwicce, from angel hook + -twæcce, -twicce (from twiccian to pluck, catch hold of). Source:


weird-and-wonderful-words-book-coverThis word was found in the wonderful and often hilarious book: Weird and Wonderful Words, edited by Erin McKean


What weird and wonderful words do you have to share today? Please post them in the comments section with their meanings!!

Raccoon Medicine

raccoon in a treeAnimal encounters……5/22/16……  Early this morning (3am) my cats wanted to go outside, but when I opened the door, they hesitated as though they were scared of something out in the yard. Leaving them inside, I grabbed my flashlight and, looking around, found that a very large raccoon was in the yard. I decided to visit with the raccoon for a bit. I didn’t try to get near it, as they can be dangerous when approached too closely.

raccoon in a tree2I trained the light in the raccoon’s eyes and talked to it, telling it that I wasn’t going to hurt it, and that s/he was welcome to eat the avocados that had fallen off the avocado tree and have as much water as s/he wanted. I have bowls of water set out at the quarters of the circle and at the back door. I let her/him know s/he was welcome in the yard as long as s/he didn’t try to hurt my furbabies. When s/he left the yard after a good scavenge for food and water, I let the kitties out, knowing that they were now safe.

earthAnimal “medicine” is an ancient form of knowledge, wherein we can learn certain lessons from the animals that coexist in this world with us.


raccoons drinking at a fountainAccording to the Star Stuffs website the raccoon bring us the following lessons: dexterity, cleanliness, disguise, explorers, curious, secrecy helps the new transformations take place, balances curiosity with caution, be courageous and self-defensive when need to be, lends a sense of socializing and the ability to see the nature of illusions and masks. Raccoon will show you how to transform yourself and brings you awareness of how you act differently with the various people you encounter each day.