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How To Offset Your Pet’s Environmental Impact

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

A medium-sized dog has the same environmental impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year—while a cat is equivalent to a Volkswagen Golf—claims New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale in their new book: “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.”

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Friends Forever

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Contributed By Tom Jensen

YUCAIPA, CA – Seems as though “man’s best friend” has found a new best friend.

But actually, this orangutan (let’s call him Soul) was in an animal rescue and not doing well. This old hound (Mate) wandered in absolutely emaciated and the orangutan snapped to like his buddy had arrived.

He stayed with the hound night and day until he was well and in the whole scenario, found a reason to live. They are now inseparable.

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Riding Miss Daisy

Monday, November 9th, 2009

“Cleo, I want to ride Cleo!”

PERRIS, CA – Twice, I asked politely, but the third time I insisted.

“When can I ride a horse?” I asked firmly of Leigh-Ann Giddings, who runs the Giddings Rescue Horse Ranch in Perris.

Go get Daisy and we’ll saddle her up, Giddings said.

No. Not Daisy, I groaned to myself. Of all the 24 horses on the ranch, “Miss Daisy,” as I’ve come to call her, was the last horse I wanted to ride.

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Talking dog for sale

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

A man answers an ad for a talking dog.

When he shows up at the owner’s house, sure enough the dog can talk about any subject – religion, politics, sports – anything.

“How much you want for him,” asks the interested buyer.

“Ten dollars,” says the owner.

“I’ve got to ask you,” says the dumbstruck buyer, amazed that anyone would sell a talking dog for $10, “why are you selling your talking dog so cheap? He should be worth a fortune.”

“Well, because the dog has one heck of a problem,” said the owner.

“What is it?” asks the buyer.

“You can’t believe a word he says!” says the owner.

Blue-eyed beauty, a great find

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Cleo, a beautiful Paint mare, has gorgeous blue eyes and a tongue that she has a hard time keeping contained inside her mouth.
Photos By BOB OTTO / Freelance Writer & Photographer

PERRIS, CA – We both agreed. What luck. What a find. What a great horse …

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Great day for horses and the countryside

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Photos By BOB OTTO

PERRIS, CA – Today was perfect. A day filled with sunshine, blue skies, 78 degree weather, and horses. I escaped the hustle and bustle of big city life and drove to the quiet, peaceful Giddings Rescue Horse Ranch located in the secluded countryside south of Perris.

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DNA test for Tassie

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

YUCAIPA, CA – I’ve read about a DNA test for dogs that can determine their pedigree. I’m thinking of ordering one for Tassie. But I’m afraid of the results.

A little Golden Retriever, definitely. Some Springer Spaniel, no doubt.

Beaver? Quite possibly. Woodchuck, maybe that too.

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Giddings to the rescue

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Giddings Horse Rescue Ranch has a variety of beautiful and well trained horses available for adoption.
By BOB OTTO / Writer and Photographer

PERRIS, CA – Leigh-Ann Giddings works 12-hour days, seven days a week. And in the past nine years she’s yet to take a vacation, or even a day off.


“I love horses, I love these animals, and it (hurts) me to see them abused,” Giddings said.

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Hummingbird Heaven

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

PERRIS, CA – While photographing some horses at a rescue ranch in Perris, I noticed these Hummingbirds all in a feeding frenzy, so I snapped a few shots. Wow, they are lightning fast.

Notice how wary the Hummingbird is of a bee feeding in the tray.

The beauty of the Animal Kingdom

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Enjoy National Geographic “Best Pictures of The Year.”