Making Your Own Bird FeederWritten by Greg Pilson
There is estimated to be over 100 billion individual wild birds on earth, and each one needs to eat certain amounts of food on a daily basis in order to survive. That’s where we come in! Birdfeeders are fun to make and are essential in order for birds to live. Bird houses can be made out of practically anything and are usually hung in different locations around your yard for birds to enjoy. Purchasing a bird feeder is another option, however this can be expensive and both methods serve practically same purpose.
The following is a fun and easy way for children (or adults) to make a bird feeder:
What You Will Need:
•An empty milk or juice carton (any size will do) •String (must be strong) •Scissors •Stapler •Hole punch •2 small sticks or wooden rods •Bird seed •Markers, paint or anything which can be used to decorate carton. Ensure paint is water based not to hurt your feathered friends and try not to use anything that can be potentially dangerous to swallow.
A Brief History Of Seeing Eye DogsWritten by Simon Harris
No one knows when concept of using assistance animals for blind first came into being. It is suggested that dogs have been used in such a capacity in various cultures for a very long time. It is known, however, that there was no formal guide dog program in existence until after First World War.
Why German Shepherds?
Many people have probably wondered why guide dogs and Seeing Eye dogs are so often German Shepherds. The reason is actually twofold. First of all German Shepherd has a strong sense of loyalty to its owner, giving it a natural tendency to be protective. Having a very protective dog as a companion is an obvious asset for someone who may otherwise be easily attacked by less then scrupulous individuals. The other reason is far simpler; first guide dogs for blind and visually impaired were trained in Germany to provided assistance for those blinded in war.
After end of World War I nation of Germany was devastated by financial depression. Many private businesses failed and Potsdam, Germany school that trained guide dogs for blind was one of them.
An American woman named Dorothy Eustis had heard about program and decided it was a very worthwhile endeavor. Because she owned a company that was training German Shepherds as working dogs, she decided she might try to train guide dogs for blind. She did not start this right away, however. In fact she was still considering possibilities when she penned a story for The Saturday Evening Post about potential for guide dogs for blind.