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Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
The Plight of the Bahamian Sea Turtles - Mar 28, 2008 - 7:35:08 PM

When I think about Turtles, I usually think of one of two things; either the rather comical little turtle floundering around in the shallow waters trying out his new found flipper skills (reminiscent of the movie, Finding Nemo’s, turtle family) or a majestic and splendid giant of the seas who casts a huge shadow on the bottom of the clear blue Bahamian water as small fish scurry away from the imposing figure above.

I quite certainly DO NOT think of some poor pathetic creature hauled up from the sea, tied by his flipper, dragged behind a boat, and thrown or dragged on his back to the side of a dusty main Nassau road...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
"Boomerang": The unlikely story of a Budgie - Mar 11, 2008 - 9:22:51 AM

Sometimes the most wonderful things happen right in your own home when you absolutely least expect it.

About ten days ago I came home in the evening, after the funeral of my dear friend, Mr. Vincent d’Aguilar, it had been a sad event and I was perhaps not quite as vigilant and observant as I usually am.

I went into my study, heard my little birds singing and talking busily to each other in their big Victorian wooden cage, but I didn’t spend too much time thinking about them.

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Buddy's Story - Part 7 - Feb 18, 2008 - 8:36:37 AM

Buddy!!!!    D O W N!….. Buddy!!!! No, No Buddy, Nooooooooo!!!!!


I can be heard daily with my voice, a plaintive cry, a strangled memory of what it used to be, trying to get my adolescent puppy to do what I tell him… This is quite definitely NOT the easiest age, but at the same time, it sure is cute.


Buddy still has not really learnt how to give his human proper “dog” kisses. He thrusts his sweet, square little face up to you pushing with all his might and then he licks you. He is so earnest and determined to show you his intense puppy love that it is the most endearing and comical of displays of affection....

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Fleas 'n Ticks and all that ! - Feb 12, 2008 - 6:19:12 PM

As the warmer weather comes our way and the rainy season moves in, we need to be especially vigilant for those nasty, pesky, and fruitful fleas and ticks and other parasitic insects that like to plague our pets.

As reported in a previous article by Dr, Grant; ticks, in particular, can carry various types of very difficult to cure and debilitating diseases. Just the tick on his own can carry

Ehrlichiosis (the most common in The Bahamas), Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, Lyme's Disease and Anaplasmosis. All those diseases are difficult to control and cure...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Why do we love our pets so much? - Jan 22, 2008 - 9:51:51 AM

All over the world people have pets that they absolutely adore. Furry, feathered, scaly, slithering, flying and just plain cuddly, pets form a huge and very essential part of our society, and mental wellbeing.

How did this all start one wonders? And why do we become so very attached to these wonderful creatures who cannot talk to us, yet, appear to be able to communicate a myriad of desires and emotions to us on a consistent basis.

How wonderful of God to give us companion animals, who can complete our lives, and give us yet another reason to love and be happy! Nature is certainly a remarkable thing!

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Buddy's Story, Part 6: "A brush with disaster" - Jan 9, 2008 - 9:32:29 AM

There is little or no doubt that if the word “NAUGHTY” did not already exist in the English language it would have been invented especially for Buddy.

He is quite the sweetest, cutest, and most adorable of puppies, But….he gets himself into more trouble than any other puppy I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

At nine months and one week old, Buddy is the King of all, at least in his puppy mind, There is no obstacle too hard to overcome, there is no kitchen table too high to steal from, there is no sofa too fancy to sleep on, nor carpet too precious to chew, everything within reach is fair game in Buddy’s active little mind...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Christmas and New Year's Eve with your Pet - Dec 30, 2007 - 10:05:01 PM

You temporarily forgot “Godzilla Jr.” lurking within the sweet, innocent and adorable persona of your puppy or kitten curled up innocently on the floor watching you. "Watching me?" you say. No, they are sleeping!  WRONG! You are being observed and careful commando-type plans are being secretly made behind those innocent yawns and sighs.

So we got through Christmas without too many disasters (watch for Buddy’s Story next week for his latest brush with disaster) and now it’s New Year’s Eve we have to worry about. FIREWORKS !

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Skin diseases in small animals - Dec 11, 2007 - 11:46:40 AM
It is time to turn again to our contributing Vet. and my friend Dr. Valentino Grant of the Palmdale Veterinary Clinic, in Nassau,  for some more valuable medical information to help us care for our beloved furry friends. I asked Dr. Grant a series of questions about the most common skin diseases that our pets are likely to get, and enclosed within are his answers to questions like:  1) Which small animal gest the most skin problems, and others...
Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Buddy's Story, Part Five - Dec 2, 2007 - 3:15:49 PM

Buddy sits there looking frightfully grown up, back straight, tail wagging, whilst he tries to contain himself and NOT jump up in a tremendously excited frenzy! Most of the time that grown-up, adult dog, veneer doesn’t last more than a few seconds and suddenly, that super sophisticated “Big” dog is replaced with a wagging, smiling (yes! Smiling) sniffing, squeaking uncontrollable mass of wiggling black puppy!

“My, Buddy, how you’ve grown!”   This is how all our friends, who visit our home, greet Buddy...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
To Buy, or Not to Buy - Nov 12, 2007 - 5:19:34 PM

The holiday season is almost upon us and we are all going over our Christmas lists, or should be, in preparation of the Christmas rush. We all want to get that perfect gift and especially, we want to give our children something that will light up their little eyes and make them jump up and down in pure and utter joy!


So we all know that the kids have been begging for a pet: Was it a puppy, kitten, a pair of turtles or a fish, perhaps a bird, hamster, or gerbil? STOP right now!

Do you really want to have a pet, or another pet, in the house?

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Tick Borne Diseases - Nov 4, 2007 - 3:54:07 PM
It’s time for some more serious medical information. I turned to, as usual, my good friend and my dog’s veterinarian Dr. Val Grant for some answers. Last article written on a question and answer basis was very well received, so I have decided to continue in the same direction this time. Below you will find Dr. Grant’s answers to some of the more common question about “Tick borne diseases”. When my dog was first diagnosed with one of these diseases, I had been totally unaware that ticks were more than just pesky revolting little blood-filled monsters!
Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Buddy's Story - Part 4 - Oct 15, 2007 - 11:12:14 AM

Sometimes when I am picking up after Buddy and Chief, I think to myself ”what a lot of work puppies are!”  As I bend down to retrieve something or other that they never should have got hold of in the first place, I am surprised with a soft nose and a huge lick. When I stand up, the two of them are sitting to attention in front of me, looking like little doggy angels. I think to myself, “Yes, they are a lot of work, but the love and happiness that they bring into this house is worth so much more than the effort that goes into caring for them and cleaning up after them” I wouldn’t have life any other way!

Buddy is now a glowing 61/2 month old Black Labrador puppy. He has all the attributes that you would expect to see in a healthy puppy...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Cancer in Small Animals - Oct 8, 2007 - 12:08:51 PM

A couple of weeks ago I told my friend Dr. Val Grant, who is Veterinary Surgeon and currently practices medicine at the Palmdale Veterinary Clinic in Nassau, Bahamas, that I wanted to do a comprehensive article on some of the medical issues facing our small animal pets.

I emailed questions to Dr. Grant, fully expecting to have to paraphrase some very medical data. Not at all, Dr. Grant emailed me the most complete and comprehensive answers I could have wished for. I have decided to publish his answers verbatim, and wish to publicly thank Dr. Grant for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to enlighten us...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Oct 1, 2007 - 4:08:58 PM

On Thursday, October 4th, churches all over the world will be celebrating St. Francis of Assisi Day. This much loved Saint was born in 1181 and died in 1226. It is truly remarkable that we are still celebrating his love of animals some 800 years after his life. It certainly goes to show what a remarkable person he must have been. I thought it would be interesting for the animal lovers if I did a little research and wrote about St. Francis.

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
On being an Animal Advocate - Sep 25, 2007 - 8:50:10 PM

So many people do not understand that animals feel pain too. Not all animals can cry out in pain, many suffer in silence. Look into their eyes, they feel pain alright! I remember once when I was working as a volunteer with an animal refuge telling a man not to pick up his puppy by one leg swinging it around. “It doesn’t matter” he told me “he don’t feel no pain”. You know what; he honestly believed what he was saying and was amazed, and surprisingly receptive, when I explained to him how very wrong he was.


Because people are so thoughtless and sometimes so carelessly cruel, we need the animal advocate and the animal activist to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Don’t be fooled by the expression “dumb animals.” That ONLY refers to the fact that animals cannot speak in a manner that we humans can understand. Dumb does NOT refer to their intellect...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Caring for your child's pet - Sep 18, 2007 - 11:33:34 PM

You walk into the house and there is no music blaring, no spilt juice on the counter (sorry, I forgot to clean it up Mom!). Their bed is made, the desk is neat, and you feel EMPTY! Your child has gone away to school and the nest is empty. You look for things to do to fill your days.


Haven’t you forgotten something? Your child’s pet is waiting for some long over due attention. You miss your child but what about Spot the dog, or Fluffy the cat, Bubbles the goldfish or Smudge the guinea pig? They miss their owner / friend and don’t understand what’s happened and why they didn’t walk back through the door after school like every other day in the pet’s life...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
On dog fighting - Sep 10, 2007 - 10:03:59 PM

I was going to write an article this week on how to care for your kid’s pets when they go off to (boarding) school or University, away from home. That is until a friend of mine showed me an article in a local newspaper written by their
Sports Editor, on Monday, September 10th, 2007.


At first I really couldn’t believe what I was reading and found it difficult to understand the reasoning to start a sports article by announcing that he (Mr. Sports Editor) will now (and I quote directly from his article) “ think twice before kicking the (profanity) out of a stray dog for turning over my garbage and creating an unsightly mess.”  ...

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Buddy's Story - Part Three - Sep 2, 2007 - 10:18:26 PM
If a puppy could talk I am sure Buddy would run around announcing, with tremendous pride: “I’m a big boy now!” He is now five months and one week old and has mastered all sorts of puppy skills. He can sit on command, and does so immediately (you should see how proud he is when he does that!). He is totally housetrained and does not make any mistakes in the house at all. This was achieved without a cross word, no spanks, and God forbid no ‘rubbing his nose in it” (a disgusting, and unnecessary habit of some humans). Buddy has also become a pro going up and down the stairs. Remember how in the last article he had just started to learn how to cope with the stairs in the house and was terrorized to go down them alone. Well that has all changed now. He pounces up and down the stairs rather like a tiger climbing a tree in Sumatra! That’s our Buddy!...
Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Geriatric Pets - Aug 28, 2007 - 7:10:37 AM
One of the biggest blessings of having a geriatric pet is that you have probably been blessed with a pet who has lived a long and productive life. This pet is probably a very established member of your family and plays an integral part in everybody’s life.

Like humans, animals have a very definite aging process and every stage of their lives brings new challenges and joys.

Columns : The Pet Pages - Kim Aranha
Finding a lost pet - Aug 19, 2007 - 11:26:43 PM
Often our beloved pets go astray. Most of the time it is due to carelessness on our part, a door left open, a forgotten gate left ajar, or worse still, not fencing in our gardens appropriately. Of course, if you are a cat owner, none of these precautions will make the slightest difference anyway.

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