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Tortoises and Cold Weather

November 9th 2014 00:08
It's getting colder, so if you house your tortoise outside during the warmer months, you'll want to consider housing options and alternatives for winter.

Keep in mind that you do not have to hibernate a tortoise that hibernates in the wild. Some experiences keepers will, but there's always a risk of whether or not your tortoise will wake when the weather warms.

If you opt to not hibernate your tortoise, or if you have a tortoise species that does not naturally hibernate, you'll want to figure out what you're going to do.

The two basic options are:
1. Bring your tortoise inside.

2. Create a warm tortoise "shed" outside.

If you have the space and prefer to bring your tortoise inside, you don't HAVE have a huge enclosure. If you have a smaller species, like Russian tortoises or Greek tortoises, consider 50 gallon Christmas tree totes. Keep in mind this is temporary. The bigger you can go is always better, but you don't have to turn an entire room into a warm winter tortoise habitat.

If your tortoise is too big to bring inside and keep in a tote for several months, consider building a winter habitat outside.

You can build a basic box with plywood and insulation, creating an oreo for all four sides, the top and bottom. For easy maintenance, hing the top so you can access the heat source and clean out the enclosure during the cool months. I've seen many tortoise boxes that also have a dog door covered with heavy plastic strips (to reduce wind flow inside the box) so the tortoise can go outside if to graze on warmer winter days; this is usually when dealing with Sulcata tortoises or other large tortoise species. For heat, consider an oil heater.

Instead of making a small doghouse-like box, you can purchase a wooden outdoor shed or greenhouse and wire it so you can heat it.

tortoise winter house


Mutant Spider Dog Video

September 14th 2014 17:12
In the beginning of the month, the mutant spider dog YouTube video went viral. But, if you haven't seen it, check it out here!


Cute Lamb Videos

September 7th 2014 18:31


Good Pit Bulls is on Social Media

August 31st 2014 23:15
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Good Pit Bulls has decided to join social media. Good Pit Bulls is a website devoted to sharing updates in dog breed laws, pit bull bloodlines, pit bull rescues, pit bull pictures and more!

On social media, GPB also shares great promotions and discounts for pet products, such as flea treatment, cozy dog beds, great dog toys and more.

Facebook and Twitter


Dog Rescued from Treatment Plant

August 24th 2014 16:20

On August 15, 2014 a pit bull mix was rescued from a treatment plant sewage vault in North Richmond, California.

Using a harness and ropes, firefighters were able to hoist the dog out of the vault.

The vault is usually covered, but for whatever reason it wasn't when the female dog fell in.

If the firefighters of Contra Costa Fire hadn't saved the dog before the sewage water filled the vault, she would have drowned.

According to a spokesperson for Contra Costa Fire, the dog wasn't in too terrible shape and was taken to a shelter.


Choosing a New Pet

August 17th 2014 00:22
If you're thinking about expanding your household by adding a new pet, you'll want to ask yourself a few questions.

1. How much time do you want to spend caring for the pet

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Which Cat Breeds Are Talkative

August 3rd 2014 00:19
Some cats are more vocal than others. I have two cats, and one only meows when he wants food, whereas the other will talk your ear off.

There are some breeds of cats, like the Siamese and the Japanese Bobtail that are known talkers

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Choosing a Pet at Reptile Show

June 8th 2014 15:45
When going to a reptile show, you will encounter many types of pets, ranging from reptiles, arachnids to even furry critters.

Most likely, if you're going to a reptile show, you have an idea of what you're looking for, whether it be a specific species or morph

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Healthy Summer Fruits for Dogs

June 1st 2014 19:34
When buying fruits for yourself during the hot, summer months, don't forget about your dog. Dogs can't eat all fruits, but there are some fruits that are safe for your dog.

Keep in mind that fruits are only a treat. Only offer a little bit. Too many fruits can cause diarrhea

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Old Dog Gets a Home

May 26th 2014 19:45
Delbert was a mangy, mature dog without a home. It took some coaxing and patience, before shelter volunteers could finally capture him.

He was untrusting, and it only makes sense with the condition the poor dog was found

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