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Photographing Birds

The following is a several basic tips we have learn along the way, we hope that they may assist you with your photography.

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Photo Credit: Mr Chan Hok Chee

General

Bad or lackluster photos are caused from laziness. Unfortunately, too many photographers, amateurs and professionals, will approach a photo assignment with a pre-conceived notion of attack – mostly from “history of style” and wanting to play it safe.

Rarely, will the photographer step back, put down the camera and size up the assignment before proceeding. Instead, many of us will execute the photo from the angle we initially approached the subject, never thinking to study the subject and its environment first.

Hold It Steady

A problem with many photographs is that they’re blurry. Avoid ‘camera shake’ by holding the camera steady.

Use both hands, resting your elbows on your chest, or use a wall for support. Relax, don’t tense up. You’re a marksman/woman holding a gun and it must be steady to shoot.

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Simple Tips On Cleaning A Pet Cage

Cleaning your pet’s cage is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy at all times. It will make your pet’s living space free from germs and foul odor, making it a comfortable environment to live in. It can also minimize the chance of bacterial and fungal infections to your pet.

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Cleaning a cage can be hassle free too!

Cleaning cages is not a fun chore, but doing it as organized as possible will make the task less of a chore. Here are some simple tips when cleaning an animal cage:

Being systematic is really the solution to a much hassle-free cleaning process. Whenever you need to clean your pet’s cage, better transfer your pet to a safe place where he or she can feel comfortable during the cleaning time. You can put your pet in another cage while you are doing the cleaning. Bringing him or her in the yard or any confined space would be a good idea to avoid getting distracted.

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Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Lunar New Year is coming! The Chinese believes that before the New Year celebration they should give their home a thorough cleaning and the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Do you have trouble removing tough pet stains? Or trying to get rid of those awful urine smells? Read on!

We are aware that some cleaning products contain harsh chemicals, which may be toxic to our beloved pets and put everyone at risk. Even if not poisoned, some animals can develop allergies to these chemicals. Many owners look for pet-friendly cleaning tips and products to keep their homes clean and eliminate germs. You will be amazed that there are quite a number of common household agents that is suitable for pet-friendly cleaning.

 

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A diluted vinegar-and-water solution will make the bathroom fixtures shine. Wipe up the floor with diluted vinegar. If your dog licks it, it will not hurt him. It has been reputed to have strong antibacterial properties. For removing pet stains from carpet, you can mix white vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle.

The bonus of using vinegar is that most pets often don’t like the scent of vinegar, so it can keep them away from that area of your house. Spray the area and blot it dry with a cloth.

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Having Kids and Pets at the same time

For one reason or the other, kids and pets don’t mesh well together. And that’s because like kids, pets can be a big responsibility. If you don’t have much time in your hands, don’t attempt to take care of them at the same time. But then again, doing that is very possible. You can certainly mind your kid and keep a faithful dog or cat along. It all boils down to the right choice for pet, setting rules, and good administration.

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Having Kids and Pets at the same time

The first step to it all is to make sure that your pet and child are ready for each other. It is your job to keep harmony around your house. That’s not going to be easy at times, but it can certainly be achieved. The general idea is to kid-proof your pets. Here are good suggestions on how to go about it:

1. Train your pet

Kids cannot be taught what to do or not to do, especially if they are two years old or younger. However, if your dog is old enough, it should be able to understand a few commands and heed some rules with obedience. It is important that you send your dog for proper training. Teaching the dog how to behave around kids is essential even before the child is born.

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Small Pets for Almost Every Household

Focus is always on dogs and cats in the pet world, but what about those of us who can’t own a larger animal? Don’t overlook the benefits of small pets. They can be good pets just like any other animal, and are often easier to take care of.

There is a large variety to choose from so it’s hard to pick just one, that’s why we broke it down for you so you can decide which pet is right for you!

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Rabbits: These furry animals are social and friendly, and adapt very well to human companionship. They actually have longer life spans compared to other pets-in fact, some rabbits live to be 7-10 years old! Rabbits are kid friendly-but a downfall is that you need lots of room indoors for them. They also need to be socialized just like a dog, so if you’re very busy and don’t have time for that, rabbits probably aren’t right for you.

 

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Tip of the Week: Storage of Pet Food (Wet) – Part II

This week “Tip of the Week” will be on storage of wet pet food.

Here’s how you should store for wet or canned food.

  • Store unopened canned food in a cool, dry environment.
  • Always check the expiry date before feeding your pet.
  • Look out for damaged, dented, or bulging cans. This may be a sign of contaminated food.
  • Store opened canned dog food in the refrigerator for a maximum of 3 days.

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Tip of the Week: Storage of Pet Food (Dry) – Part I

Buying pet food in bulk is a great way to save money. A big bag of kibble left open will stale quickly and is an open invitation for the invasion of unwanted pests!

Pet Food Storage

Keep your pet’s food fresh with airtight storage containers. The containers should have a snap-tight lid that locks in freshness and keeps critters out.

At the same time, you can keep your greedy pet from trying to sneak an extra meal!

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