Ark Animal Tracks March 2010

Diana Guerrero’s Ark Animal Tracks March 2010
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Volume 8, Number 3
Publisher: Guerrero Ink
Online: http://www.guerreroink.com
Copyright © 2010 Diana L. Guerrero. All rights reserved.
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March News & Tips
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IN THIS ISSUE
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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)
2. Discussion for the Month
3. Monthly Roundup
4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances

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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)
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I just finished digging out from another snow storm. Some of the locals are complaining but I happen to think it is a great thing.

It has been a long time since we had a decent winter around here and the lake level will be high and it won’t be long before the trout start making their way up Grout Creek in an effort to spawn.

You probably heard about Dawn Brancheau, the killer whale trainer who was killed by Tilikum the Sea World orca.

It is such a tragedy and I hate to say it but that type of accident is simply an occupational hazard of a wild animal career.

If you missed my commentaries on the killer whale incident, I have posted them both on my media website and at http://www.arkanimals.com.

The links to the direct articles are listed below along with the tribute video shown on the day the killer whale shows resumed.

This incident is causing a lot of emotional debate over the issue of animals in captivity. The good thing is that everyone is concerned for the animal but the bad thing is that most people have no idea about the complexities involved with some of the suggestions being made.

I have been pondering this issues and should have an extensive commentary about it sometime this month and have posted a poll for you to vote to make your voice heard.

My hope is that we can all learn from this and make improvements in protocols and not forget what happened to the last captive killer whale (Keiko) that was released to the wild with dismal results.

Unless you understand the issues surrounding such matters it seems like a good idea but it isn’t always the reality of the situation.

The public demands around the release of Keiko were a death sentence that saddened me greatly.

Anyway, I hope to be able to share some of my insights and the complexities of these issues but it is going to take a while to write!

Also, the Maule, Chile earthquake should remind you to implement those tips and strategies I outlined in the animal disaster guide and I was glad that I wrote about Haiti last month.

It is likely that The Animal Relief Coalition will expand their efforts. If you missed that newsletter, it is online in the archives (see links below) and the Animal Relief Agencies that are involved are listed here:

==>>http://animalsindisasters.typepad.com/wspa/arch-members.html

Thanks again for your support and I hope you find the recent changes to you liking.

Happy Tails to You & Yours,
Diana L Guerrero
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2. Discussion for the Month
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Thanks to those who sent in their entries to the contest to win their dogs a dinner.

It was a tough choice to pick only three but the winners are:

Ali Golden Spleen and her dachshund, Sadie
Ali celebrates with Sadie but also does so by fostering senior dogs. She runs the blog at http://www.muttville.org and organize their adoption events.

Su Humphrey & her yellow labs, Valentino & Princess
Su rescued two yellow labs, Valentino (who is blind) and Princess when the two dogs were casualties of the foreclosure crisis. She says, “It is a constant love fest here at my house.”

Betty Petrich
Betty’s dog Lucky (a maltese) sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge not too long ago. She celebrated him every day of his life and today honors his memory through monthly donations to the SPCA & recently organized a fundraiser whose proceeds went to a local dog rescue.
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3. Article Round Up
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Below are the articles I have written since the last newsletter. Just click in to visit the articles of your choice and feel free to use the “tell a friend” link at the end of each post to email your friend the article link or to bookmark your favorite posts.

Most of you have said you don’t want daily notifications about the new content on the web which is why I include the list here but my new service will send you a list twice a month now to keep you on top of things.

If you want immediate notification, I’d suggest visiting http://www.ArkAnimals.Com so you can sign up for the RSS feed. Directions are on the website and you won’t miss a thing!

We are currently overhauling all my websites and you’ll be seeing some more changes.

February 2010
Captive Orcas: Take the Poll

Dawn Brancheau Killer Whale Trainer Tribute Video

Animal Disasters This Week

Animal Careers & Occupational Hazards

Animal Careers: Same Mistakes Different Day

Win Your Dogs Dinner!

Animal Training is Like Piano Playing

Dog Training Gone Bad?

Conservation Marketing for Valentine’s Day

Animal Training Sense or Senseless

Animal Training Career Risks: Emotional Attachment

Animal Career Dreams?

What is Pet Parenting?

Ark Animal Tracks February

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4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances
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My calendar is now live online at http://www.arkanimals.com/calendar/

Thanks for your continued support and suggestions
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Have a great month and stay tuned!
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