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Background Info

Sandra

The above image was taken February 28, the day after my 50th birthday February 27,2009. The gift from my husband was a morning at the hair salon getting pampered and then shopping and dinner in the city.

My name is Sandra Beasley. My nickname "Sam" was derived from "Sham" when my cousin was just learning to talk. I'm in my early 50's, married, chose never to have (human) children, and unemployed by choice.

Animals, my pets, the wild things, flora, and fauna, are the center of my life. I call myself a full-time pet keeper and one of the reasons I quit working over 17 years ago was to take care of my menagerie. Even now, I still feel compelled to see the things that go on around me. I still see the butterfly, the bumble bee, stop to smell the flowers, admire a budding tree, roll over a log or rock to see what lives there, and check out ponds to see what dwells there.

I was born and raised for all but 7 years of my youth and into my early 20's in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. I now reside In Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Those 7 years were spent in Prince George, B.C.

Here in Moose Jaw, my husband worked at 15 Wing Air Force Base with the Snowbirds. On October 08,2003 Alic retired from the Service and worked for Westcan, a bulk transport company for a couple of years as a truck washer, among other tasks. On February 09,2006, Alic resigned from Westcan due to job dissatisfaction, obtained his A-1 driver's licence and now works in seasonal transport hauling various materials across three Provinces and just across the border into the States, presently working for D.J Knoll Transport Ltd.

As a teenager I dabbled in Watkins, Amway, and Shaklee. All adventures were short term because, a distibutor, I am not. I will always maintain that the products are good but these are Multi-Level Marketing companies, otherwise known as pyramid schemes.

In Grade 11, our Guitar Teacher helped 4 of his students form a band. I was the lead female vocal. The band, called "Rick's Angels", was made up of three women and one man. We worked together for a couple of years, but Rick's arrogance and jealousy (people were requesting my songs and very few of his) was going to put an end to it all. I was uncomfortable with his choice of gigs, and with some of the songs he chose to sing. I was getting sick and tired of singing in cigarette smoke-laden rooms. And then there was my own blossoming stage fright. I walked away from the whole thing, when Rick gave me an ultimatum.

Later, in my early 20's, I auditioned for the position of lead female vocal for a local band called "Alberni Draw", from Cumberland B.C. The band was named for the admiration of a local hero named "Ginger" Goodwin. Ginger is buried in the Cumberland Cemetary and I visited his gravesite, contemplating this man's life, and getting a feel for what this band was all about. Alberni Draw was together for a couple of years. We had many practices together, enoying each other's friendship, and a gig at a coffee shop. This is where I met my future husband, he was the sound man for the band.

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In Memory of my Grandfather, George Edward Hayward "Ed" (1909 - 2000). I called him Granpa
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In Memory of my Grandmother, Nellie Elizabeth Hayward "Nell" (1908 - 2006). I called her Nan

Nellie Elizabeth Devine, was born in Fort Langley, BC, to Charles ( - ) and Mary (1878 - 1973) Devine. After Charlie died, Mary went on to marry Alexander Houston (1869 - 1950), son of James Houston (1823 - 1902). Nell took her stepfather's last name.
James is credited for being the first white man to find gold in B.C.

Nell and Ed were married in 1930 and enjoyed 70 years together.

I have always had a menagerie of pets, from the time I was 6 years old, and started with a Parakeet named Cheeko. These pets included both wild caught and domestic critters. Ocean life, pond life, fish, amphibians, reptiles, bugs, birds, rodents, cats, dogs, a horse, and, of course, RATS!, which is what this website is all about.

How I Got Into Being Owned By Rats

I had never planned on getting married. My life's dream was to live as a hermit, with all of my animals as my sole companions. Reality stepped in, and I married my soulmate, an airforce man. Our first posting, just a year after we were married, took us from our home province of British Columbia, to the province of Alberta, Canada. We lived there, in Cold Lake, for 10 years.

Alberta is the Canadian province that prides itself in being "Rat Free", (yeah, right!) where being caught with a pet rat lands you a hefty fine of $5000.00 and your pet being destroyed. Our second and last posting brought us here to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the fall of 1997, where I saw a rat in a pet store for the first time in my life. That was Willow, a little pussywillow-gray female, who was born Oct. 08,1997 and died just one year later, on her birthday. I have had many more ratties since then, learning more and more about them as time went by. Willow had shown me what wonderful companions rats can be.

I am not a veterinarian, but I enjoy researching veterinary medicine. I also enjoy human medicine and my television viewing reflects these two interests. I have never been trained officially as a Vet. Tech., but I was given some of the responsibilities of a Vet. Tech. while working for a veterinarian at the Comox Valley Animal Hospital. Dr. Scott's son married one of my cousins, so we got to know each other pretty well. I worked for Dr. Scott for three summers during my High School years. This experience has given me an edge and even now, the veterinarians who look after my pets see me as a client who knows more then the average pet keeper, and they treat me accordingly. I have a need for in-depth details in the care of my animals.

I have been using complimentary medicine for my cats and dogs since 1994 and starting in the early part of 1999 I have been using complimentary medicine for my rats. My only formal education in this field is having successfully completed a course in "Basic Homeopathy" through Maison Naturelle International out of Alberta, so now I proudly display this one certificate on my Pet Room wall. The vast majority of my knowledge is self-taught and comes from my own ever-growing library of complimentary medical books for humans and pets, my local public library, the internet, my own research and observation skills, my own experiences, the knowledge of professionals, and the experiences of my friends on the various rat, pet, and holistic forums that I belong to.

My Most Memorable Experiences
(Or, how I became interested in Holistic Medicine)
It basically started when my 13 year old cat died of Chronic Renal Failure in 1994. I was very distraught over her death, wishing I had taken more responsibility in her medical care instead of leaving everything in the hands of the vets. But what more could I have done for her? That's when I started looking into the Holistic care of cats and dogs. Then years later I was able to put my new-found knowledge to use and watch it work.

First, there was Sandy, my one and only horse. He's the one who kept me sane during my teenage years. He was either a Bulldog Quarter Horse or a Quarter Horse/ Draft Breed Cross. Purchased as a 3 year old gelding, he turned out to be a 2 year old stallion (long and embarrassing story). Shaklee Food supplements saved Sandy's life when, at the age of 6, a crippling disease called Founder should have warranted his death, or at the very least, would have left his hooves and legs permanently damaged beyond the ability to be ridden. My vet didn't know what else to do for him, and my Ferrier was going to go to the extreme measure of removing the front part of his hoof to relieve pain and pressure. It took almost a full year for Sandy to recover from this illness, but we did go on to ride the wind again, for another 20 years. Sandy was euthanized at the age of 26, when a second bout of founder proved to be too much for him to bear.
RIP Sandy - July 14,1994

Then there was Jason, my English Cocker Spaniel. Jason lived to 16 1/2 years old with Glucosamine Sulfate and Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus. Tox.) controlling his Spondylosis. Sudden complications due to a septic condition finally forced us to have Jason euthanized.
RIP Jay Jay - December 07,1999.

Cagney, was my Working Border Collie/ Australian Cattle Dog mix. Cagney was just a good ol' boy, often mistaken for a Canaan Dog or a Karelian Bear Dog. At one time Cagney and I were invited to join Super Dogs, but for personal reasons I had to decline the offer. At 12 years old Cagney was diagnosed with Fibroblastic Osteosarcoma (an inoperable nasel tumor), and he was sent home to live out his prognosis of 2 months. Conventional medicine could do nothing more for him. With the help of a raw diet developed by Dr. Marlene Smith, and complimentary medicine, Cagney had 2 more years of quality life with us. Cagney declined rapidly in the last 3 weeks of his life, and on his last day, when he *told* us that he had to go to the Bridge, we took him to the vet to be euthanized.
RIP Caggle - July 20,2000.

In each of these cases my veterinarians could only control the symptoms of the animals' diseases with the practice of well-known western medicine. When they could do more for my pets, complimentary medicine took over and gave each animal a longer, more comfortable life, by healing the body as a whole.

Other Interests

Aside from my responsibility as a care-giver to a number of pets, I spend many hours a day in front of the computer. I'm usually reading the e-mail from the Ratlist and other rat/mouse/all-pet/-related forums too numerous to mention, sorting and printing off e-mail that I want to keep for future reference, or working on my website. Some years ago I founded and maintain three "Clubs" for other rat-lovers' rats. These are: The "Monthly Angels", The "Over 2 Club", and The "Over 2 Club for the Dearly Departed"

Getting to know myself through Astrology:
I was born February 27. I'm a Pisces.
Getting to know myself through Chinese Astrology:
I am a Pig/Boar.
Getting to know myself through Numerology:
I typed in both "Sandra Lynne Shields", my maiden name, and "Sandra Lynne Beasley", my married name. Oddly enough my married name gives me a better representation of how I see myself.
Getting to know myself through Animals:
The North American Indians use Medicine Wheels to determine your Animal Totem and I have both the wolf and the cougar spirit within my soul. I have always felt a close relationship with the wolf, and the cougar. Maybe that's why I have this fascination with feral children, and human/animal metamorphasis, like the werewolf. I don't think I have missed too many movies or novels relating to these subjects.

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I never accomplished my dream of becoming a veterinarian due to my lack of confidence, my fear of moving away from my family to come here to the University of Saskatchewan to go to school, and during those years of working with a vet, I discovered the negative responsibilities of being a veterinarian. I'm still very interested in Veterinary medicine and I can still do research when I need to. Veterinary Education and NetVet Veterinary Education are two good places to check out career choices if you are interested. I also love the study of Animal Behavior, also known as Ethology

I work as a volunteer for the Moose Jaw Humane Society. I am a member of their "Paws for Coffee" auxillary group where I help with Garage Sale sorts, the set ups days ahead, and the two Garage Sales per year. I help with the Dog Jogs, Bone-anzas, Envelope stuffing, Guest Speaker Committee, Santa Paws Parties, Parades, Mall sittings, Pet Therapy and Pet Education. I have found over the years that the Humane Society puts forth a warm welcome, an appreciation, and respect for it's volunteers. I only live a short walk from the facility. Check out The Humane Society of Canada to find a Humane Society near you in Canada.

I volunteer as a Pet Sitter, for "Mr. Sitter's Pet Sitting Service" on a *very* casual basis, I think? It used to be that when my employer needs to leave town for any period of time, I would look after her pets as well as take on any jobs that come up during her absence. In return my pets are looked after for free when I need a pet sitter. It's been a very long time since I've been called that it appears that I'm no longer needed. I have another pet-sitter who loves to look after my rats, and I don't mind paying her.

I was a member of the Band City Kennel & Obedience Club from 1997 to 2008. The last four years were pure hell in that club, and since quitting I will not recommend it to anyone.

Living in Cold Lake I had (and still have) a friend who is a Dog Groomer. Jody would ask for my help and my company with some of her clients, so I learned a bit about grooming. Jody has since moved to another part of Alberta, and is the owner of BearyTiny Kennels.

I founded and precided over the Moose Jaw Feline Fanciers in 2000. I closed the account in November 2005, officially declaring this club dead, but I'm still here for people who want to talk cats.
My cats are registered with four cat associations/clubs, I use to be the Western Director for one of them, the International Mitten Cat Association, but it's been so many years since I've heard anything from anyone, I'm thinking that the association has died.
I showed my Household Pet Cats in Cat Shows starting in 1994, first under TICA rules, later under SHPCA rules, and during this time we were also earning points for ribbons and titles from Happy Household Pet Cat Club, and The International Mitten Cat Association. I have stopped showing Charma, because there's no more room on the walls of my Pet Room for her extensive rosette collection. I was looking forward to starting my youngest, Devin, in shows, but it looks like that will never happen as there are no shows in my area and my interests have changed. I haven't shown cats since 2000.

While my husband was working at WestCan I had joined a spouses' group called WOW, Women of WestCan. Though sad to leave this group, I found with my deep interest in animals, that I never really fit in anyway.

Some things that I like collect are:
Garfield the Cat cartoon books. I have books #1 through #40.
TY Beanie Baby Rat/Mouse plush toys. I also like to collect some of the Beanies that look like my pets or the pets of friends. As a matter of fact, I like to collect most anything that has to do with rats; toys, jewelery, ornaments, books..........
And, I LOVE to shop for my pets!!!!
My favorite Pet Stores here in Moose Jaw are "PAWS4Purrfection" (formerly Bray's) and "DDK Pets and Points". In Regina (45 minutes from where I live) I shop at Cowtown, Petland, Petsmart and Petcetera.

My dislikes:
--- Arrogance, as in referring to oneself as King or Queen of something.
--- Anything that goes wrong with my computer and it's componants, because I'm still computer illiterate.
--- Being around people for any length of time. People wear me out. I prefer to be alone.
--- Constricting clothing. I prefer baggy clothing like fleece sets.
--- Driving. Gosh, I HATE driving! I only drive when I have to, and then it's by the book, and by the way my driving instructor taught me.
--- By the same token, I hate bad drivers. You know the ones, tailgaters, speeders, traffic light runners, impatient yahoos behind the wheel.
--- Retailers that don't stand behind the products they sale.
--- Telephone Solicitors.
--- "Fighting" with inanimate objects, ie. looking for that pen at the bottom of my purse.
--- Politics and Religion.
--- Being in situations that give off negative vibes.
--- Clubs and Associations that do not respect or appreciate it's volunteer members.
--- Foods: French Fries, Submarine Sandwiches, Hamburgers.
--- Sayings: "Get over it", "Live with it".

My Favorites

Favorite quotes/beliefs:
"I'm Canadian, eh?"
"I will not stay where I am not wanted or needed"
"Nothing is ever as easy as it first appears to be"
"I am wiser then I look" (Sadly a person's intelligence is always judged by the way they look)
"If it can go wrong, it most certainly will go wrong" (Murphy's law)

Favorite T.V. shows/channels are:
Addams Family (past and present versions)
Angel
Animal Planet
Beauty and the Beast
Blood Ties
British Comedy and Drama (Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Last Of The Summer Wine, Mulberry, All Creatures Great and Small)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Charmed
Clean Sweep
Corner Gas
Dr. Who
Earth2
Farscape
Food TV
Forever Knight,
Freaky Links
Hercules
Highlander
Highlander - The Raven
How Clean is Your House?
Invasion
Kyle XY
Lexx
Life Network
LOST
Martha Stewart Living Yes, it's a good thing
Mutant X
Night Stalker
Poltergeist: the Legacy
SCREAM
Sheena
Smallville
SPACE
STARGATE - SG1
Stargate - Atlantis
I love Gene Roddenberry's work, which includes Star Trek - The Original,
Star Trek - The Next Generation, Star Trek - Deep Space Nine,
Star Trek - Voyager, Star Trek - Enterprise, Earth: Final Conflict, Andromeda, and Beastmaster
Surface
Supernatural
The Dresden Files
The Immortal
The Learning Channel
Threshold
Touched By An Angel
Tracker
Xena
X-Files

Favorite Movies: When it comes to movies I can watch and enjoy pretty much anything. I like comedy, drama, action, tear-jerkers, spoofs, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, animation, and the occasional classic ("My Fair Lady" [Audrey Hepburn] and "The King and I" [Yul Brynner] come to mind). I don't make it a habit to watch biographies, but occasionally a good one comes up. What I really hate is slasher movies. You know the ones: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the Thirteenth, Halloween, Candy Man, etc....Uh, except when it comes to my werewolf movies.

Favorite Actors: In no particular order....Kevin Sorbo, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Marc Singer, Demi Moore, Richard Gere, Charlie Sheen, Robin Williams, Mel Gibson, Rosie O'Donnell, Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton, James Woods, James Marsters, Jeff Goldblaum, Jim Carrey, Jim Varney, Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Leslie Neilson, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Sandra Bullock, Carol Burnett, Kevin Costner, Alan Alda, Harrison Ford, Eddie Murphy, Val Kilmer, Nicholas Cage, Adrian Paul, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Christopher Reeve, Christopher Lambert, Charlton Heston, Richard Dreyfess, Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Jeremy Irons, Kiefer Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, James Coburn, Mel Brooks, John Saxon, Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Jean Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall, Drew Barrymore, Lou Diamond Phillips, Micheal Keaton, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Montgomery, Barbara Eden, Audrey Hepburn, Yul Brynner, Bette Midler, Jack Palance, Brendan Fraser,Tommy Lee Jones, David Bowie, Peter O'Toole, Sissy Spacek, Winona Ryder, William Hurt, John Lithgow, Carlo Rota, Mathew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Schnieder, Johnny Depp, Cher, Jerry Lewis, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), John Corbett, Robert Patrick, Brad Pitt, Kirstie Alley, Jeff Fahey, Bruce Campbell, Orlando Bloom, Meryl Streep, Gordon Tootoosis....mmmmm, did I miss anybody?.
Find out about your favorite stars at Internet Movie Database

Favorite book store:
Chapters.
Favorite Authors and Novels:
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Romance Novelist.
Jean M. Auel Author of the "Clan of the Cave Bear" and "Earth Children" series.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Author of the "Tarzan", "Mars", and "Venus" series, among other works.
Sacajawea
The Mists of Avalon

Favorite music is from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I grew up in the heart of Disco. Music during the 80's and the first part of the 90's was good too, but after that I just lost interest in purposely listening to music. Lately I've been finding that I really like Rap.

Favorite stage performances:
Munkastrap CATS
Riverdance
Cirque du Soleil

Favorite clothes: Bluejeans and sweats.
Favorite jewlery: Anything, as long as it's not expensive. Gems and gold do nothing for me....One exception, my wedding ring.
Favorite colors: Shades of blue, shades of burgundy/rose, shades of grey.
Favorite computer games: FreeCell, Solitaire, Mah-Jong.

Favorite Foods: My own recipe for Greek Salad, my own recipe for Manhatten Clam Chowder, my own recipe for Green Pea Soup, my own recipe for Cream of Mushroom Soup, Joey's Only fish n'chips, Manchu Wok - chinese food.....Is Coke Classic a food?

My favorite snacks:
Kettle Chips
Jelly Belly Jellybeans
Popcorn
Liberty Orchards Aplets and Cotlets
CHOCOLATE!
I used to make chocolates and yes, I know how they get the caramel in the Caramilk Bar
Wilton Industries got me interested in candy making.
Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts
Chocolate History
The Chocolate Lover's Page Your web guide to Chocolate since 1994
Callebaut Chocolate
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Lindt Chocolate


A sweet reminder of good times back home

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - (1971 movie) - Gene Wilder
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -(2005 movie) - Johnny Depp
Chocolate Cafe - A Yahoo Group. Get a chocolate recipe in your e-mail box every day

I love gourmet Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate

I used to enjoy Cross Stitch, but that was put aside when Cagney was diagnosed with cancer, and we were pre-computer.
Maybe I'll get back to these hobbies of candy making and cross stitch when I get tired of keeping rats....HAH!

I have been an un-baptized student of Jehovah's Witnesses since 1986. Un-baptized because I cannot fully absorb and appreciate some of the beliefs put in front of me. Because I am so earth bound and lean more towards animals and the healing powers of nature for my daily comfort, my spirituality leans more towards Wicca.


For the Love of Rats

Activism - For rats
The Hidden Lives of Rats and Mice
Rat Defence Agency
Paw of Justice
RatRights - A Yahoo Group. A Forum to discuss the legal and moral rights of Rattus Norvegicus, the domestic rat
Rats as Snake Food - From a Rat-lover's perspective
- Warning: This page could sicken the hardened rat-lover
Critters USA Magazine - A great magazine if you own small animals like rats
Pet Rats - A Rat Planet Handbook - Available from the UK in DVD or E-mail book
RATS Magazine - Available one time only. This is not a monthly magazine
Rats the Great Underated Pet - Available in DVD only
Rodent Respect
Video, Rat Ribbons - Winning Respect for the Rat
Video, GoldenBoy Eye-bugging
Rat Agility
More on Rat Agility
Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

For the Love of Cats

The Catsite.com - General Care of Cats
Hoosier Kitties - Resource Links For You About Your Cat
Cat Health
Cat Fancy Magazine
Cats In Canada
CatWorld.com
Tabby Cats
Polydactyl Cats
Ocicat
Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon Heritage Site
American Shorthair
Traditional (Applehead) Siamese
Savannah Cat
Somali
The Traditional Cat Association
Cat Shows
The International Cat Association (TICA)
Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club
Saskatchewan Household Pet Cat Club (SHPCA) - No Web Site - No longer exists
International Mitten Cat Association (IMCA) - No Web Site - ???????
Happy Household Pet Cat Club (HHPCC)
Clicker Training Cats - Whether they are big or small, cats benefit from clicker training
Cat-Clicker - Talk to others who are clicker training their cats
Cat Agility - Just a bit different then Dog Agility
Welcome to Tallyville - Cat-related health and behavior links
Cat Health and Behavior Links - Solving kitty's bad behavior
Leopards - My cat Boni has always been dubbed my "Little Leopard", because of her spotted coat
Lions - My cat Colby has always been dubbed my "Little Lion", because of his long lionic face and mane
Tigers - My Cat Charma has always been dubbed my "Little Tiger", because of her orange blazed face and orange, black, and white whorls of color
White Tigers - My youngest cat Devin has been dubbed my "Little White Tiger", because of his black on white markings. Or is he a...
Snow Leopard?
Wild About Cats - Dedicated to providing responsible homes for captive-bred wild cats
Fun Cat Stuff - Music, graphics, animation, etc.
Older Cats Society - Information on senior felines
Geriatricats - Talk to a group about your ageing felines
Yahoo Directory - Cats - All the cat stuff that's on the web

I am a responsible, 
caring cat lover. Are you?

For the Love of Dogs

How to Love Your Dog - General Care of Dogs
Dog Fancy Magazine
Moderndog - The lifestyle magazine for urban dogs and their companions
Dogs in Canada Magazine
Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
CKC's Canine Good Neighbour Test - Canada's CKC had just made this test available in Saskatchewan when my dog Stoan achieved the title of "CGN" in April 2002. CKC took the name of "Canine Good Neighbour" from the USA's "Canine Good Citizen" test and the programs are the same.
Why Do Dogs Bite? - B.C. SPCA's BITEFREE Program
Aggression in Dogs - an MSN search on the various reasons why dogs become aggressive
Canine Companions - A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities
Canadian Guide Dogs For The Blind - Assisting visually impaired Canadians with their mobility
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program
All About Border Collies
Border Collies - A Yahoo Group. A Forum for Border Collie lovers
Border Collie Appreciation Club - A UK-based club that recognizes the Border Collie for what it was and still should be...the working dog
How a Border Collie Works
Border Collie Rescue
Border Collie Society of America
Australian Shepherd
Australian Shephard vs. Border Collie
Belgian Shepherd
The Truth About the American Pit Bull Terrier
BearyTiny Kennels - My girlfriend's kennel in Alberta. Breeder of quality Chihuahuas
Dog Shows
United Kennel Club
Band City Kennel & Obedience Club (BCK&OC) - No longer maintained for the club but for personal reasons only
Conformation Training
Obedience Training
Defining Social Styles: Dogs and Humans - This will help you determine your method of obedience training
Carting
Agility Training
Clean Run Productions - A store for all your Agility needs
Jumping Injury sustained from Agility
Elbow Injury sustained from Agility
Flyball
FurryFlash DogSports
Frisbee Dog
Rally-O
Herding
Sheep Thrills - Herding Facility - This is where Stoan earned his Herding Instinct Certificate
Sheep Herding Game
Keen-Eye Stock Dog Training Center - Specializing in the Border Collie
Saskatchewan Stock Dog Association
Canadian Border Collie Association
Weskeys Kennels Breeders of Border Collies, Berger des Pyrenees, Belgian Shepherds
Herding Canada A Yahoo Group. - A forum for the discussion of the herding breeds and herding techniques
Musical Dog Sport Association - Dances with Dogs
Musical Freestyle
Bullwrinkle.Com - Teach your dog tricks
Clicker Training
The Clicker Company - For all of your clicker training supplies
Colleen Paige - Dog Trainer & Animal Behaviorist
Cesar Millan - Dog Whisperer
Brad Pattison - At The End of My Leash
Dog Friendly - Travelling with your dog
Fun Dog Stuff - Links to fun stuff for you and your dog
The Senior Dog Project - Everything you need to know as your canine companion slips into it's golden years
Have_senior_dogs - Join this Yahoo group to talk about your senior canines
Nose Licks and Tail Wags - Personal website of TD Yandt
Veterinarian Info For Dogs (and Cats)
Yahoo Directory - Dogs - All the dog stuff that's on the web
NK Concepts - Training etc.
Nuts About Mutts - Celebrating the Mixed-breed dog
WonderPuppy.net: Dog Humor and More Cesar Millan - Dog Whisperer --Understanding dog psychology
Doggies.com -- Find your compatable dog breed
NaturalRearing.com -- For those who choose to think for themselves
Natural Dog Training -- What is natural dog training?
Kids And Dogs: Safety First -- Kid-proof your dogs; dog-proof your kids
The Origin of the Domestic Dog -- Where did our pets come from?
PAWS People Helping Animals -- Dog Fact Sheets
Black Dog Farm's Links for Border Collie Owners -- Links GALORE!!!!!! Not just for Border Collie Lovers
Canine senses and learning styles -- Understanding why your dog does what it does
Critical Periods in your Puppy's Life -- From Birth to 6 months old
House Training -- Help your dog to understand when and where to toilet
Crate Training Your Dog or Puppy --
Perfect Paws -- Puppy Training, Dog Training, & Cat Behavior. Covers behavioral problems
Dr. P's Dog Training Library -- Behavior Problems
Von Attenav Dog Training -- Puppy and dog training
Beginning Obedience Training -- Start with the basics
Training Your Dog -- Achieving Dominance
The Right Attitude -- The keys to successful training
Proofing & Other Training Hints -- Teaching Heeling
Training Collars -- Tools of the trade
Training With a Prong Collar -- Cruel tool, or practical application?
Training With a Halti -- Where the head goes, the body must follow
Animals in Mind -- The UK cherity specialising in pet behavior
Fear Towards Strangers -- There are many different reasons why some dogs react fearfully towards strangers
Aggression in Dogs -- Aggression in dogs (biting, snapping, growling) is dangerous
What is Frustrative Aggression? -- Usually associated with dogs that are tied out
What Dogs End Up in the Shelters? -- Take a look at some of these links and consider what you can do to help reduce the number of dogs dying in shelters
Obedience Training for Dogs Improves Shelter Adoptions -- Shelter dogs find homes because they are better behaved
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks -- Training tips
Reinforcement -- The key to successful dog training
Dog-Play -- Having fun with your dog
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) -- Canada's Pure-bred Dog Registry
The American Kennel Club (AKC) -- For the Love of the Purebred Dog
The United Kennel Club (UKC) Official Club Site -- Dedicated to the Total Dog
North American Mixed Breed Registration -- Established in 1983 in an effort to improve opportunities for mixed breed dogs
City of Moose Jaw Organizations Contact List -- Another list for non-profit organizations
dogshow.ca -- Register your dog for Band City Kennel and Obedience Club's CKC shows
Dogbiz.com -- The dog fancier's site. Our Club info is listed here
Canine Review -- For dog enthusiasts everywhere. Our upcoming shows are listed here
Sask Show Dogs Web Site -- Saskatchewan's source for Breeders, Clubs, and Services
Penny Lewis - A Warm Heart for Cold Noses -- Professional conformation show dog handler
Junior Showmanship -- Dedicated to the Junior dog handler
Dog Owner's Guide -- The online magazine for all pet and show dog owners
Dog O Mania -- The biggest dogs-related search engine
SitStay.com -- Dogs only pet store
Top Dogs -- The T.V. show
The Moose Jaw Humane Society -- Please adopt
Canine Nutrition -- Just the Basics
Evaluating your dog's weight -- A chart developed by Purina
Grapes & Raisins Toxic to Dogs --
Chocolate Toxic to Dogs --
Onions and Garlic Toxic to Dogs --
Canine Humor --
Walking the Dog -- A little song to get you up and out of the house

For the Love of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta, pronounced bet-TUH)

Siamese Fighting Fish
Where did our Modern Betta Come From?
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Betta EDucation
Betta basics at a glance
Betta Water Chemistry
Betta Anatomy
Scientists Highlight Fish "Intellegence"
Healthy Betta
Betta Splendens - A Yahoo group where Betta lovers can talk about their pets
Basic Betta Care
Betta Talk
Advanced Bettas - MSN group, excellent information
Siam's Best Bettas - Raising Bettas in their homeland
Breedings Bettas the Thai Way
Fish IQ
Fish Stress
Fish Behavior
Betta Diseases
Learn More

For the Love of Newts, Salamanders, and Frogs

Malissa Kaplan on Salamanders and Newts In my opinion, the best website on the net for all-around herp care
Caudata.org - Website and Discussion Forum
Super Newt
Bethnewt
Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) - kept as a pet
Sierra Club Ecomap - Rough-skinned Newt - in the wild
My wild-caught Rough-skinned Newt lived with me for 10 years
MSN Search, Learn more about Rough-skinned Newts
Fire-belly Newt (Cynops orientalis)
Chinese/Japanese Fire-belly Newts
MSN Search, Learn more about Fire-belly Newts
My pet store newt lived for about a year
Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) - kept as a pet
Tiger salamanders as Pets
Barred Tiger Salamander - in the wild
MSN Search, Learn more about Tiger Salamanders
My wild-caught Tiger Salamander (Piglet) is still with me. I've had him since October 2004. I recently aquired, 2006, a two year old Tiger Salamander and named him Sal. He's Piglet's best buddy
Common Aquatic Clawed Frogs - African Dwarf Frogs (Hymenochirus boettgeri)
benefit from the same care instructions as their larger cousins the African Clawed Frog
Dwarf Frog Central
FROGLAND!
MSN Search, Learn more about African Dwarf Frogs

For the Love of Mice

AFRMA Fancy Mice
RMCA Recources Mouse FAQ
Mice as Pets
The Coat Colors of Mice
FinnMouses's Site
The Fun Mouse
Google Search, Learn more about Mice
MSN Search for Fancy Mice

For the Love of All Animals
A listing of Moral and Ethical Issues

NEWSFLASH
Cat and Dog Food Recalled - Find out more
Tainted Food Kills 23 Animals
Menufoods Recall list
Howl 911's Pet Food Portal
Dog/Cat Food Safe to Feed After the Pet Food Recall
The Pet Food List - More on the Safe Foods
Petsit USA - More on the Safe Foods
US Food and Drug Administration
Holistic Pet Food is Safe From Recall
Alternative Pet Diets
Hill's Science Diet Since my cat Charma has been diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism February 26/2007 she's been on HSD's precription a/d diet to build up the weight she had lost
Purina I've used a variety of Purina products for my cats for as long as I can remember
Nutro Products Inc. My rats eat, among other things, Nutro Natural Choice Lite dry dog food


Pet Astrology
Delta Society - Health Benefits of Animals
Green Chimneys - Helping emotionally injured children reclaim their youth
Animalsvoice.com - For animal rights and it's defenders
CompassionCircle - Dedicated to creating awareness and expanding compassion toward all beings
Animal Rights versus Animal Welfare
Animal Protection Institute
Doris Day Animal League
Circuses and Animal Abuse
IMOM.org - Helping people help pets
World Animal Net - The world's largest source of animal protection societies
Student's Rights and Animal's Rights - Students have the right to refuse to partake in animal dissection and experimentation
Animal Dissection - Brainwashing children in schools to cut open their fellow animals
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
The Human/Animal Bond - We need them, they need us
The Humane Use of Animals in Research - I know that we depend on animals to help us in medical research, but,.......
Animal Testing Alternatives - It's the 21th century and we have come up with far more accurate means of testing products. Animals do not need to be forced to partake in these cruel tests any longer
Cruelty-free Companies
Guide to Less Toxic Products
Backyard Breeders and Puppy/Kitten Mills - Don't encourage these people
No Puppy Mills Canada - Giving the voiceless a voice
Pet Store Activism
Animal Hoarders - When one more becomes too many
Spaying and Neutering - Please don't let your pets become a part of the over-population problem
Feral Cats - Spaying and neutering would resolve this problem
Spaying and neutering puppies and kittens at at early age
Myths about Spaying and Neutering
Testicular Cancer in the unaltered Dog
Mammary Cancer in the unaltered Bitch
Spay USA - Helping you to afford Spaying and Neutering
United Animal Nations - Helping you to pay your vet bills
Indoor Cats - Cats that live indoors live longer, safer lives
De-clawing Cats - Please look for a more humane alternative
Soft Paws - Claw caps, the alternative to declawing
Training Your Cat or Kitten to Scratch Appropriately
The Paw Project - Promotes public awareness about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing
Vaccinating Your Pets - I'm in a real quandry over this subject so I've just laid the material out and we can make our own decisions:
Vaccinations and immunity
Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?
Cat Vaccines
Vaccinating Your Own Pet
How to Vaccinate
Articles on Vaccinosis
Dr. Dodds's revised vaccination protocol
Vaccines - Are they safe for your dog?
What the vets don't tell you about Vaccines
The pros and cons of vaccinating your pets. You be the judge
NaturalRearing.com
Animal Wellness Magazine - Holistic health for your pets
Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site - How to feed dogs and cats on a raw food diet
Hot Dogs - Dogs (and other pets) being left inside cars on hot days
Pick Up Dogs - Dogs travelling in the backs of open pickups
Saskatoon SPCA
British Columbia SPCA Comox Valley & District Branch
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Regina Humane Society
Moose Jaw Humane Society
Christmas is hazardous for pets
Horselover.net - Come and horse around in these pages
Horse Assisted Therapy - Horse Alternative Therapeutic Services. Horses helping people
HandicappedPets.com - For handicapped pets, their families, and their friends
Special Needs Pets
Living with a blind dog
Crimes Against Animals - A New Bill
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - The Wild Animals need our help too
Vital Ground - Preserving Our Wild Places
In memory of "Bart the Bear" who starred in such movies as "Clan of the Cave Bear" and "The Bear"
The Roar Foundation - Shambala Preserve - Tippi Hedren's santuary for big cats
The Vancouver Island Marmot Pages - I now have my plush Marmot toy, get yours
Clicker Training - From your goldfish to the zoo, all animals can benefit from clicker training
Magic Paws Clicker Training - Really quick lessons to help you understand clicker training
Animal Law - Law issues and your pets
Global Warming - The Earth is heating up.
Abolish the Leg Hold Trap - Warning: graphic pictures
Abolish the Fur Trade - Warning: graphic pictures
Abolish Canned Hunts - Warning: graphic pictures
Cali's Links - Links to other pet websites
100 Top Pet Sites
Another 100 Top Pet Sites
Pet Station: A guide to Natural & Enlightened Pet-Keeping
Animal Pictures and Posters



"If you talk to the animals

They will talk with you,

and you will know each other.

If you do not talk to them,

you will not know them,

And what you do not know,

you will fear.

What one fears, one destroys."

--- Chief Dan George ---
Click his name for a link
Chief Dan George

Wolf Echo Valley
Wolves
Silverwolf's Place

What is it that moves me so, when I see a wolf or a wolfdog in person? Is it the awesome spirit of the wolf, their beauty, or their all-knowing eyes, that causes me to overflow with emotion? Emotions that literally take my breath away and make my eyes brim with tears.

catgirl Therianthropy

"Spiritual therianthropes are individuals who feel a deep connection with one or more animals, or sees aspects of animals manifest in his/her behavior and personality. Many therianthropes believe that an animal spirit is an integeral aspect of their being". I am spiritually connected to the wolf.
More on Therianthropy



Love These Links Too
A Saint For All Animals:
St. Francis - who was he?
The Blessing of the Animals
St. Francis Medallion for Pets

And if these creatures were real.......

dragon D.R.A.G.O.N.S

fairy Fairies World
A Gallery of Fairies

gargoyle Gargoyles and Grotesques

unicorn Unicorns United

vampire Dracula

Vampire movies



Admirable People:
A Tribute to Princess Diana
the Jane Goodall Institute
Steve and Terri Irwin - The Crocodile Hunter
The Jeff Corwin Experience
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
William Shatner's Cherity Work

Midis:
Star Trek
Broadway, Show Tunes, and Other Favorites
Original Music Composed by Geoff
Ladywing
Animal Sounds
TV Theme Midi Files
More Midis

Graphics:
Graphics by Penny Parker
Absolute Web Graphics Archive
Animation Library
Kids Domain Icon Mania The small animal icons throughout my website are from here
Graphic Freebies.com
ARG! Cartoon Animation
Tickie's Web Page Themes
Creative Design Icon Archive
Search Party Graphics

Helpful:
Discover Moose Jaw Classified Ads
All Canada Links Over 80,000 links to Province, City, News, Sports, Weather, Government, etc.
Understanding Hoarding
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
Acronym Finder
Webopedia Online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions
Wikipedia A free online encyclopedia
Health Encyclopedia
WorldAtlas.com
MapQuest.Com Find directions to anywhere you want to be
Canada and United States Travel Highway Conditions, Weather, Airport Conditions, etc.
TinyURL.com
Babel Fish Translation Services
The Wayback Machine If it's no longer on the internet, it'll be archived here
NetM@nners.com How to behave on the www
Netspeak How to express yourself in your posts
Flame War Survival Guide
Cyberwalker - A website that speaks english to the layperson in helping to sort out your computer needs and problems
Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words! How to produce pictures for your website
Ask Jeeves
Search Engines Find anything on the internet
Chef Noah Some really neat uses for everyday items
Shopper's Voice As a consumer, speak out about the products you buy
hp printers

Some Other Interests:
Make-Stuff.com Make your own Rock Candy
The Sushi Chronicles
Weird and Different Recipes
The Cook's Thesaurus
Nightmare Factory Satisfy your curiosity for movie makeup, mystism, and the weird
American Sign Language
Native Languages of the Americas: Cree
Soap Making
Celtic Attic - Webring
Lord of the Rings Fanatics Site
John's Star Trek Universe
Dark Natasha - Therianthropic Artist
Goldenwolfen.com - Therianthropic Artist
Dyslexia
Google your name I googled my name "Sandra Beasley" and this is what came up
Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats meets Sandra Beasley the Poet
The Poetry of Sandra Beasley

Humor:
Yuckles
Play "Go Fish" with Garfield
123 Greetings - Humorous E-cards
FunTrivia.com - Quizzes and games of every kind

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