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thothrstff:

Neon Sign at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

The Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch Sts) is the best place in center city for fresh, affordable, locally grown produce. You’ll also find fresh fish, poultry, meats, and a variety of home made foods and crafts.
If you go at lunchtime, there’s usually someone playing live music.
I don’t know why some people hate on Philly. There’s so much to see and do here. The people are loyal. It’s a great city!

thothrstff:

Neon Sign at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

The Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch Sts) is the best place in center city for fresh, affordable, locally grown produce. You’ll also find fresh fish, poultry, meats, and a variety of home made foods and crafts.

If you go at lunchtime, there’s usually someone playing live music.

I don’t know why some people hate on Philly. There’s so much to see and do here. The people are loyal. It’s a great city!

Librarian Fish Ornament

Is this not the most… ehem… “original” Christmas ornament ever?

scalestails:

What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)

Not based on personal preference, but observable fact. An animal kept in an environment that is too small is unhappy and stressed. This can absolutely lead to a short miserable life.

I see a lot of people, virtually every day, who have these preconceived notions about what an animal can live in. A hamster lives in a hamster cage of course, because the happy little hamster on the box says so! This cage is for finches, they even keep them in it at the store! My friend had a rabbit and it lived in that cage so I’ll get that one. This sort of dangerous socially accepted neglect is not just limited to bettas and goldfish. Mammals and birds are subject to it as well.

What people don’t realize is that almost all commercial or common cages are completely unacceptable as homes for what they are marketed for. Those guinea pig/rabbit cages? Garbage. Those tiny finch cages? Torture. That cute technicolor hamster cage? A gimmick.

All animals need a certain amount of space for enrichment and general well being. That does not mean the cages someone is trying to sell you. It means the cages that are best.

And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a hamster in a cage that size and it was fine.”

Stop.

You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen rabbits in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen parakeets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a hamster who is happy.

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hamsters. (The same applies to mice, gerbils, and rats):

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Obsessive digging
  • "Laziness" (lack of foraging/exploring)
  • Aggression
  • Pacing
  • Running in circles
  • Obesity

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rabbits:

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Running in circles
  • Bouncing off the cage walls
  • Aggression, irritability when being held
  • Cage aggression
  • Constantly banging toys/decor around
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined guinea pigs

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Banging their water bottle on the side of the enclosure constantly
  • Aggression tword other guinea pigs or you
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined parakeets

  • Feather plucking
  • Aggression to other parakeets
  • Pacing
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive behaviors (constant singing into a corner, going from the same perch to the same perch over and over again)
  • Fearfulness

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined finches

  • Aggression to other finches
  • Flight tracing: Going from one perch to another in the exact same spot the exact same way over and over again
  • Obesity

Animals are more complex than people give them credit for. They to do all of the natural behaviors they’re built to do. Exploring, foraging, playing, hiding, interacting (or not interacting) with another animal, etc. All of this is taken from them in cages like the ones above.

People need to educate themselves about an animal before getting one. It’s a thought that’s been said a million times over and yet nobody actually does it. The reality is people who want a hamster/guinea pig/rabbit are not going to sit down and read ten articles and three books waiting 2 months while they set everything up unless they are already enthusiasts who are willing to put that much into their pets. I can say from experience that over 80% of the people who buy pets buy them to make their kids happy with no regard to what the animal needs. What is most important to them is getting a present for their child regardless of any consequences that decision comes with.

So we have to try and get this information out there. We have to try and make THIS the general knowledge about these animals.

Resources and very good reads for anyone who has or wants any of the animals listed here. I’ll add more when I find them.

Rabbits: X X X 

Guinea pigs: X 

Hamsters: X X X 

Finches: X

Parakeets: X 

I hate this. Seriously. People forget that they aren’t just getting a pet, they are ‘adopting’ an animal. When you invite an animal into your home, you MUST consider it’s needs over your own.

Friends of mine have had a Cockatoo for over 16 years. During the day she’s allowed to fly around the whole house. At night she sleeps in a cage the size of a large dog crate. They’ve put a lot of time and energy into the care, training, and entertainment of that bird. That’s the point. They had the time and energy (and money) to care for her. She’s even been trained to use designated perches throughout the house so she won’t wreck the furniture.

The point is, ALWAYS choose a pet that suits your lifestyle. For instance, if you’re a couch potato, don’t choose a Border Collie.

Abe Vigoda Wore a Wombat Suit at a Phish Concert

theymightbeclippy:

In a stunt both Phish fans and Fish fans can appreciate, a mystery man appeared onstage in a wombat suit at the band’s recent Atlantic City show. He danced along to their song “Wombat,” pulled off the furry head, and — perhaps Phish diehards could’ve guessed it (the songs’ lyrics go, “It’s kinda like the theme to the fish TV show / You know, with Abe Vigoda”) — revealed himself to actually be Abe Vigoda. 92-year-old Abe Vigoda!

YES, THERE IS VIDEO AT THAT LINK! 

Someone has to know how I can meet Abe Vigoda. Don’t hold out on me folks. DO TELL !

If you know who Abe Vigoda is, you’ll understand why this is punny. :))

wholockeddeaninthecloset:

spectredeflector:

einfachsein:

ATTENTION PLEASE!!!you have probably already heard of this, but just in case you didn’t here are the news!
In China expatiates a trend that looks like a sick joke, but unfortunately isn’t! LIVE ANIMALS like turtles, fish, lizards etc are being TRAPPED in TINY PLASTIC BAGS and sold as decorative KEYCHAINS!
The bag contains crystallized oxygen and nutrients designed to keep the animals alive, but in reality, most DIE within A DAY! And the ones who make it longer SUFFER every day!
This is not a fucking keychain, it is plain TORTURE!
If you want to do something against the most fucked up keychains ever, here is the petition!! 
Please spread the word, so that this madness stops!


I’m sorry for tagging this with fandoms I just want as many people as possible to see this

I’m sorry to people that follow me and don’t care about this, but it’s to important to ignore.

Yes, this is real. (snopes)


Signal boosting.
I don’t know what to think about this. It’s too f*king sick for words!
I’d like to think that I’m intelligent enough to know that this does not represent China’s cultural attitude toward living creatures, but then I remember the many harmful products imported from Chinese companies. Is it that China just doesn’t give a isht?
I am sickened.
Anyway, here’s the snopes.com article again which backs up this post.

wholockeddeaninthecloset:

spectredeflector:

einfachsein:

ATTENTION PLEASE!!!
you have probably already heard of this, but just in case you didn’t here are the news!

In China expatiates a trend that looks like a sick joke, but unfortunately isn’t! LIVE ANIMALS like turtles, fish, lizards etc are being TRAPPED in TINY PLASTIC BAGS and sold as decorative KEYCHAINS!

The bag contains crystallized oxygen and nutrients designed to keep the animals alive, but in reality, most DIE within A DAY! And the ones who make it longer SUFFER every day!

This is not a fucking keychain, it is plain TORTURE!

If you want to do something against the most fucked up keychains ever, here is the petition!!

Please spread the word, so that this madness stops!
I’m sorry for tagging this with fandoms I just want as many people as possible to see this

I’m sorry to people that follow me and don’t care about this, but it’s to important to ignore.

Yes, this is real. (snopes)

Signal boosting.

I don’t know what to think about this. It’s too f*king sick for words!

I’d like to think that I’m intelligent enough to know that this does not represent China’s cultural attitude toward living creatures, but then I remember the many harmful products imported from Chinese companies. Is it that China just doesn’t give a isht?

I am sickened.

Anyway, here’s the snopes.com article again which backs up this post.

RIP Bertha and Creamsicle. …or was that Fish Two?


What we are mourning here…
is the passing of two 99¢ goldfish.

In the spring of 2009, we re-purposed an old cast iron utility sink as a small goldfish pond. It would also serve as a makeshift water feature for the tiny 10 X 14 ft concrete space that we affectionately refer to as our “South Philly Backyard”.

(pictured: our little oasis.)

Salvaged bricks frame the cast iron sink, which served as home for a family of five goldfish. Bertha, Creamsicle, Ice, Fish One, and Fish Two. — Bertha got his name because he eats everything. …and it shows.
We made good use of a discarded plant display rack from our local home center. The steel frame footing served as a guide for the bricks, which are loosely mortared together. (We rent, so nothing can be permanent.) The bricks support the sink and raised planting beds on either side.
The magic word here is upcycling. We spent very little money on our “back yard”, but the results are truly amazing. Our small concrete lot is transformed into an oasis as winter turns into spring.

(pictured: a micro-ecosystem with plants, fish, insects, and the occasional bird.)

It’s interesting how the addition of our little pond created a micro-ecosystem. Even though a small pump kept the water moving, some insects still found places to breed. Those insects became food for our fish and the birds who used our little oasis as a rest stop. Mourning Doves and Cardinals were a big surprise to me. Next year we’re going to try to humming birds.

(pictured: a shoveled path from backdoor to pond.)

If you follow me on twitter, you might have read comical grumblings over the winter as I performed the necessary task of chipping away at the ice that formed on the top of the water. — Even frozen fish need air.

(pictured: Bertha (left) caught a slug!)

Several weeks ago, we discovered a raccoon trying to hunt the goldfish. A Raccoon? Really? In South Philly?
After four years of heatwaves, blizzards, and chipping away at ice, we were not about to allow our goldfish to end up as a midnight snack for some wayward raccoon.
No sirree Bob! Not on our watch!
The simplest idea was to…

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BONUS!!
Be sure to watch the
"R.I.P. Bertha and Creamsicle.
…or was that Fish Two?”
Youtube bonus video! :p

RIP Bertha and Creamsicle. …or was that Fish Two?

What we are mourning here…

is the passing of two 99¢ goldfish.

In the spring of 2009, we re-purposed an old cast iron utility sink as a small goldfish pond. It would also serve as a makeshift water feature for the tiny 10 X 14 ft concrete space that we affectionately refer to as our “South Philly Backyard”.

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(pictured: our little oasis.)

Salvaged bricks frame the cast iron sink, which served as home for a family of five goldfish. Bertha, Creamsicle, Ice, Fish One, and Fish Two. — Bertha got his name because he eats everything. …and it shows.

We made good use of a discarded plant display rack from our local home center. The steel frame footing served as a guide for the bricks, which are loosely mortared together. (We rent, so nothing can be permanent.) The bricks support the sink and raised planting beds on either side.

The magic word here is upcycling. We spent very little money on our “back yard”, but the results are truly amazing. Our small concrete lot is transformed into an oasis as winter turns into spring.

100_0348

(pictured: a micro-ecosystem with plants, fish, insects, and the occasional bird.)

It’s interesting how the addition of our little pond created a micro-ecosystem. Even though a small pump kept the water moving, some insects still found places to breed. Those insects became food for our fish and the birds who used our little oasis as a rest stop. Mourning Doves and Cardinals were a big surprise to me. Next year we’re going to try to humming birds.

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(pictured: a shoveled path from backdoor to pond.)

If you follow me on twitter, you might have read comical grumblings over the winter as I performed the necessary task of chipping away at the ice that formed on the top of the water. — Even frozen fish need air.

Bertha cought a slug!

(pictured: Bertha (left) caught a slug!)

Several weeks ago, we discovered a raccoon trying to hunt the goldfish. A Raccoon? Really? In South Philly?

After four years of heatwaves, blizzards, and chipping away at ice, we were not about to allow our goldfish to end up as a midnight snack for some wayward raccoon.

No sirree Bob! Not on our watch!

The simplest idea was to…

View Post

BONUS!!

Be sure to watch the

"R.I.P. Bertha and Creamsicle.

…or was that Fish Two?”

Youtube bonus video! :p

"WARNING! NOT GUACAMOLE!”
Seems like an odd sign to post at a Sushi Bar.

"WARNING! NOT GUACAMOLE!

Seems like an odd sign to post at a Sushi Bar.