The Top Five Reasons To Rescue A Boxer

Written by Jody Mitchell

What if you want a Boxer, but cannot stomachrepparttar thought of housebreaking, chewed up shoes and boundless puppy energy? Have you ever heard of Boxer rescue? These organizations provide loving care (and sometimes rehabilitation) to Boxers who have been surrendered by their owners, found abandoned or rescued from harmful situations.

Too many people get a Boxer forrepparttar 146972 wrong reasons and thankfully there are rescue organizations to take these dogs into their homes and provide care until a forever family can be found.

Now, this is not to say that rescue dogs are perfect, just that with a little love and care these can berepparttar 146973 best companion you may ever have. Many a rescue volunteer has been so touched by a Boxer moving throughrepparttar 146974 rescue system that they are impacted forever.

To help you decide if a rescue Boxer is for you, readrepparttar 146975 list below. You may be surprised what a 2nd chance Boxer can do for you!

1. No housebreaking! In fact, most rescue volunteers do their best to ensurerepparttar 146976 dogs are housebroken and know some basic commands.

A Beginner's Guide to Lovebirds

Written by Petey, Petunia & Tweet Tweet

he fascinating behavior of Lovebirds make them amongrepparttar most interesting pet bird.

Lovebirds are so named fromrepparttar 146918 way they sit close to each other, not because they are in love with each other. Lovebirds can and do mate for life, but it doesn't happen every time.

Lovebirds are social birds and should be kept in pairs.

They are very active and curious birds and can even be quite aggressive at times. They can chatter all day long with a sometimes very shrill sound.

Lovebirds are native to Africa and a few nearby islands. In their native habitat, they are found usually in small flocks of 10 to 20 pairs.

Lovebirds are ofrepparttar 146919 class Aves,repparttar 146920 genus Agapornis and members ofrepparttar 146921 Psittaciformes, or family of parrots.

Agapornis comes fromrepparttar 146922 Greek words: Agape meaning love, and ornis meaning bird.

Lovebirds typically live from 10 to 15 years depending a great deal onrepparttar 146923 care they are given, some lovebirds have been known to live to be 20 in captivity.

There are 9 species of lovebirds, of which 8 are available as pets. They are not related torepparttar 146924 South American parrotlets.

Sexually Dimorphic

1. Abyssinian Lovebird 2. Redfaced Lovebird 3. Madagascar Lovebird (Grayheaded)

Sexually Monomorphic (Similar)

1. Black cheeked Lovebired (Blackfaced) 2. Fischer's Lovebird 3. Masked Lovebird (Black Masked or Yellow collared) 4. Nyasa Lovebird (Lilian's) 5. Peachfaced Lovebird (Rosyfaced)

Characterized by Eye Rings:

Without Eye Rings:

1. Madagascar 2. Redfaced 3. Peachfaced 4. Abyssinian

With Eye Rings

1. Masked 2. Fischers 3. Nyasa 4. Black cheeked

What To Look For In A Healthy Lovebird

1. Active, alert and curious disposition 2. 4 well formed toes, 2 forward and 2 backward, nails must be complete 3. Bright, round eyes 4. Nostrils clear of discharge 5. Feathers lay tight againstrepparttar 146925 body 6. Smooth beak that closes completely

What To Avoid In A Healthy Lovebird

1. A bird that sits huddled in a corner or onrepparttar 146926 floor 2. A bird with feathers fluffed up 3. Deformed toes 4. Vent fouled with feces or badly stained 5. Signs of weeping or runny eyes 6. Excessive plucking or excessive missing of feathers 7. Bald spots 8. A squeak, wheezing or other abnormality when breathing 9. Nervous behavior 10. Lethargic behavior 11. Dull or lifeless feathers 12. A bird too large for it's normal size (birds can and do get fat) 13. Nasal discharge

If you are a first time or novice lovebird owner, don't choose a bird that you think may be sick, chooserepparttar 146927 healthiest bird you can find. Many sicknesses can be cured, but better to leave these birds for experienced owners. Don't buy a sick lovebird because you feel sorry for it.

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