Thanks Melissa for the great picture of Skipper Bear and me, Alpha Dog, (I'm the one with less hair)
It’s not often a new species of lizard hits the pet market place. Especially one that has all the criteria for making it popular and easy to care for—not to mention looks pretty cool too. The common name for this new reptile is the Steppe lizard. (Well, it’s not really a new reptile; they've been around for thousands of years, just new to
The scientific name is Eremias Arguta and in its indigenous country it’s known as the Steppenrenner. I've also heard it called a Desert Racer—probably because it is usually found near sandy beaches and will dart off into hiding in low bushy vegetation when threatened. No matter what you call them, they are hitting the pet scene in a big way. Reptile enthusiasts rejoice.
There are a couple of points that make them interesting. For one, they don’t get very big, only 6 inches full grown. Number two, they are easy to feed and don’t eat very much (I like economical) and number three, they are hand-able—they don’t bite and they don’t freak-out when you hold them (this is a big plus in my book). Bonus feature—they’re inexpensive—$30-35 (that’s even a bigger plus in my book).
Steppe Lizards have a plump body with nice markings and a head that’s similar to a Tegu monitor, and a serpent type tongue. Although, I’m not sure if it’s split or not, but it is narrow and long. The tail has small spikes and the body is relatively smooth. Click here to check-out a video of his forked tongue.
There is not a lot of information on these guys at the time of this posting, but we do know the basics for keeping them healthy and active.
- Insect eaters, (crickets, meal worms, etc.)
- Calcium powder with vitamin D3
- UVA light for assimilation of D3
- Daytime heat source between 80-90 degrees
- Nighttime heat source about 70-75 degrees
- Best kept dry, but provide water
- 10 Gal tank with lid (adequate for one or two adult lizards)
- Shelter (rocks, caves, or bushes)
- Aspen bedding, coconut fiber, or indoor/outdoor carpeting (not sure if sand is a good idea. Let me know if you find out it works for you)
Feel free to contact me if you have more information or different information on these lizards.
We have introduced a new product, Cool Dog, into our store on request from a faithful customer. Cool Dog Holistic was developed by a Florida based company that produces the Holistic Joint Remedy for both cats and dogs.
Being skeptical of new products we decided to try Cool Dog Joint remedy on our 13 year old Brussels Griffon, Pekachu (named by our grand daughter). Over the past year Linda and I noticed she has been slowing down lately and having trouble getting up steps. We thought it was old age catching up with her. During the past few months she seemed to be getting worse and we had to carry her down the two small steps to our backyard. When we were told about Cool Dog we decided to give it a try. Within 2 weeks she started coming in from outside on her own—usually she would bark until someone came out to get her. Needless to say, we were ecstatic. She is interacting with our other dogs and chasing toys, again.
In retrospect we are a sad that we wrote-off her behavior as old age. Our last Brussels, Chula, lived 18 wonderful years. Pekachu now acts like she will live at least that long.
There is nothing better than a customer’s recommendation, especially when it adds that much joy of to a pet’s life. There are two things we love about this product—it is American Made, and it works.
Cool Pet is a Holistic Joint Formula. It comes in a handy 8 oz travel size and an economy 32 oz size that easily mixes in your dog’s food. The main ingredients are Glucosamine and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), along with Hyaluronic Acid, Chondroitin, and favoring.
Bring out the pup in your pet or the Kitten in your cat with Cool Pet.
We are now carrying a Natural Shampoo product in bar soap form—Shampoochie. It has a great scent that lasts for days and best of all it helps kill fleas. It also contains Tea Tree oil to help soothe itchy skin. But best of all, it's an American made product from a small georgia company called GreenStone Soap.
If you have a question or concern about dogs, cats, fish or most animals, ask the Alpha Dog...
EarthBorn has launched their long awaited Holistic cat food brand and it is made in the USA. Their dog food line has been a tremendous success and feline owners have been begging them to create a holistic cat food equal to the quality of the dog. But it's more than producing a great product. They realize the importance of a green ecology that comes through education, land and water management, recycling, emissions and alternative energy. Please visit their site for more information earthbornholisticpetfood.com
Earthborn cat has three new holistic recipes: Feline Vantage—holistic chicken with natural vegetables and fruit fiber. Wild Sea Catch—grain free with high protein salmon, herring, and antioxidants. Primitive Feline—grain free with poultry and fish for cats or kittens. Their new line includes a wide selection of moist foods that will satisfy any discriminating feline. Click here for a $3.00 off coupon —good for dry cat 6# or larger, and $5 off 14# size.
This is a must try for any cat lover. Satisfaction guaranteed! Read more on their website Earthborn Holistic and see what a difference diet can make on your cats health and well being.
You can teach an old dog new tricks! One question I’m asked most often is, can I crate train my older dog?
Absolutely and it isn’t that hard to do.
The best method requires that your dog will want to go into their new home/crate. Make it comfy by adding a blanket or cushion, and place an item of yours in there, too. A previously worn t-shirt works well—wear it for a while before you put it in their cage. Another trick is to place a favorite treat or toy in there as well.
Always reward desired behavior. Praise goes a long way, and give an occasional treat for entering cage on their own free will. Soon your favorite pet will be happy to have a place she can call home. After all, crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal and they quickly find safe haven in their cage or crate.
Quick tips on crate training—
- The primary use for crate training is housebreaking. Dogs do not like soiling their dens.
- Place the crate in an active part of your home and remove the door for easy access.
- Crate training is a process. Introduce the cage gradually by placing food dish near-by. Slowly move it toward the front of the cage and then in the cage until it is all the way to the back. Think baby steps.
- Don’t force your pet into his crate—make it pleasant and don’t use it for punishment.
- Slowing increase the amount of time she is left in crate—if she begins to whine, you left her too long. Wait until she stops whining, and then let her out. Otherwise she will learn to whine in order to get out of the crate (think tough love).
- Don’t associate your leaving with closing your pet in its crate. Place them in crate 5 to 15 minutes before you leave, and occasionally close them in while you are staying home. Vary your routine.
- Many dogs fear thunderstorms and will gladly find refuge in their crate home.
Meet shadow, she comes to our store for a monthly bath, but what makes her unique is her breed—she is a Shiba Inu and is a descendant of primitive dogs from ancient Japan.
The Shiba Inu was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and bear. Their name comes from the Japanese word meaning brushwood, the breed's hunting terrain or the color of brushwood leaves in the fall and Inu means dog. They make an excellent watch dog and companion. They are compact with well developed muscles. The Shiba Inu has a double coat. They range in color from black to tan. I think she is very fox like and she has a more primitive dog appearance.
Definitely a super cool dog personality and you can tell her owner loves her.