From the time we are very small children, just able to take notice of the world around us, we begin to develop a fascination with farms. Some of the most popular toys for small children are play farm sets, small animal figurines, and books about farms and farm equipment.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, including one for Fido sitting way over there…Christmas gifts for pets have become quite the retail industry, with pet owners lining up to spend sometimes hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest for their beloved pooch or cat. If you visit any pet store around this time of year, expect to see a vivid Christmas display filled with all kinds of ways to treat your favorite pet this Christmas.
Good news for lovers of all things tiny and alive: scientists have just discovered two new species of frogs that out-tiny all other frogs. These little critters live in the forests of Papua New Guinea and are each smaller than a single M&M.
Over on animal-fest.com, I have been going through a list of heritage breeds of farm animals. As I write about critically endangered rabbits, pigs and other livestock, I think about all of the animals we have lost over the years. According to some reports, the rate of extinction is ever increasing, and more species now are being wiped off the planet than ever before. This should receive more attention than it does, for this is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.
When we are so busy struggling to make ends meet with our own finances, it is easy to forget that other places who rely on help from outsiders are feeling the exact same strains we are. Donations and charity contributions always take a hit when the economy starts to decline, and that can have a disastrous effect on nonprofit organizations.