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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Gina

 

Gina

Meet my doggie Gina, she is nearly 17 years old, its a boomer. She sometimes gives us a skare like last thursday when she hat an epileptic attack, we where very afraid for her, and tought because of her adge that she might die. Its not the first attack she hat, her last one was about ten years ago. We ofcause took her to the vet, and she assured us that she was still very healty, and hat a very strong heart. Yes she is old, but still very happy, she is almost blind but finds her way in the house perfectly, she pretents that she cannot hear but when you open the cookies box she suddenly can hear again. She is a funnie dog, but she misses her pal Beau very much and she adged a lot since Beau died, they where true friends and could play together so much it was very enjoying to watch. When we brought Beau home as a puppy, Gina straight away fell in love with her, and Beau liked to play with Gina’s left ear as a reslut of that after a while her left ear hat lesser hair on it and looked like it was smaller than the right one. When Beau was that small she could walk underneath Gina, as she grew up that changed and Gina could walk underneat Beau.They both loved our long walks in the woods and run for the stick we would trow for them, we are very happy that she is still with us, the house is already empty without Beau and i know the time will come, sooner than later, that she has to leave to and i hate the tought of having no more dogs arround, but for now we just enjoy every minute we still have with her.

Gina and Beau

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Emu

The Emu are the prehistoric native birds of Australia that originated about 80 million years ago. For the Aborigines these birds are the core of existence, because the birds provide them with food, clothing and spiritual sustenance. However Emu gets its name from the Arabic word meaning large bird. Emu is the largest bird of Australia standing as tall as 1.6-1.9m above the ground. The Emu-bird lives only in mainland Australia. They inhabit eucalypt forests, mallee, heathland, desert shrub lands and sand plains. After heavy rains these birds are found in desert areas. Emus also can be found near big cities. They suffer from lack of native vegetation that has been cleared to provide agricultural land. Emus eat fruits, seeds, growing shoots of plants, insects, other small animals, and animal droppings. They move within their range according to climatic conditions. If sufficient food and water are present, birds will reside in one area. Emus have flat breastbones and lack wing muscles. They cannot fly, but have strong legs and run very fast. This bird moves in flock and has a life span of 10-20 years. They are flightless, large and shaggy. Their secondary feather that branches from the base of the main feather is the same length as the main feather. Feathers that hang limply from the body of the Emu give the bird a furry look. The neck and legs of the emus are long. Emu wings are very short and are reduced to about 20 cm. The sunlight gives the feathers their brown color due to melanin. When the sunlight fades, emus become paler. They are shy birds, but very curious, and will always investigate anything new and interesting that they come across. Emus have nests on the ground, and after the mother Emu has laid her 5-11 eggs, the father Emu sits on them until they hatch which is normally a period of 8 weeks. When we where at Australia Zoo, we looked over a fence and seen this, i can teel you it gave us a shock to look straight in those eyes, but is was very funnie also. I wonder who was shocked the most the Emu or us.

Emu at Australia Zoo

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Steve Irwin enters Hall of Fame

Steve Irwin enters Hall of Fame

Steve Irwin is to be posthumously honoured for revolutionising the wildlife documentary industry with induction into Australian TV’s Hall of Fame at next month’s Logie Awards. He built a loyal world-wide following as he shared his passion for wildlife conservation in his TV series and a feature film.Steve’s wife Terri Irwin will accept the Hall Of Fame award on his behalf at the Logie Awards in Melbourne on May 6. He had a great message and its really a point of pride that Steve was one of the pioneers in changing how documentaries are filmed. He changed the face of television and bringing wildlife back into people’s living rooms in a hands-on way was so important to him. The Hall of Fame award goes to a nationally known individual or program for an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian television.

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