Americans love their pets, spending more than US$70 billion last year on their beloved companions. This far exceeds the $7 billion spent on legal marijuana, and $32 billion on pizza, just for two examples.
If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much as a human would have done by the grand old age of 70.
By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, while one in three will share their city with at least half a million other inhabitants.
Britain was the first country in the world to start a welfare charity for animals, as early as 1824. Now, almost 20m cats and dogs have a loving place in the country’s homes, and almost one in two households is accompanied by a furry, scaly, or feathered friend.
In traditional cultures, space clearing, or having your home blessed, has always been considered a vital measure when moving into a new home. In the West, it is more likely to be linked to having a good spring clean, a housewarming party or to have your local priest bless the home.
They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Indeed, research suggests this might also be true for our four-legged friends.
If you think your dog looks stressed out, it might be your own stress levels that are affecting your pet pooch.
Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely.
Many people will be celebrating Halloween here in the US…and around this time of year, I often get questions about how our companion animals feel about wearing clothes and costumes...
Raw food for dogs is a growing trend, but drug-resistant bacteria in the raw food can transfer to the pets—and to humans, too.
A startling phenomenon occurs after a bushfire tears through a landscape. From the blackened soil springs an extraordinary natural revival – synchronised germination that carpets the landscape in flowers and colour.
Dog theft has a devastating impact on people and families and is a known gateway to animal cruelty and extortion. Yet very few criminals get caught, let alone charged.
When I answer my office phone as an extension vegetable specialist, from time to time it’s someone asking how they can get recognition for growing a huge tomato, possibly the biggest one ever.
About eight years ago, 10 families (including mine) and others started a small community garden in Saskatoon.
Groucho Marx once joked, “Anything that can’t be done in bed isn’t worth doing at all."
Bringing pet dogs into the workplace is becoming increasingly common.
If you are having tomato fruit set problems try this simple toothbrush trick to get more tomatoes!
Bamboo, a common grass which can be harder to pull apart than steel, has the potential to revolutionise building construction throughout the world.
Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain.
Sarah, “the world’s smartest chimp,” died in July 2019, just before her 60th birthday.
Anyone who has traveled across multiple time zones and suffered jet lag will understand just how powerful our biological clocks are
Connecting with animals involves so much more than petting, grooming, rewarding, or feeding. Connecting in a profound way strengthens the inseparable bond we already have with our animal friends. For me, the deep bond enables me to understand animals better, on every single level: behaviorally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
f you have a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water, you might have the impression that all that hummingbirds need to live a healthy life is to sip sweet drinks all day long.
In this video, I give you my 5 top tips on how to grow a ton of passionfruit all from just one passion fruit!
Should tomato plants be pruned or not?
Some might balk at the idea that plants made of roots, stems and leaves could have intelligence or consciousness.
When animal welfare campaigner Ruth Harrison published a book in 1964 called Animal Machines, there was a public outcry.
Is home somewhere that you feel comfortable? Is it filled with memories of beloved friends and family — some of whom may be furry animals?
In today's episode, we look at how to grow broccoli - specifically growing the broccoli variety called green magic broccoli.
On a bright spring afternoon in late April, roughly 75 people gathered at the first Camp Fire restoration weekend at a farm 20 miles southwest of Paradise, California.
Declawing a cat might sound as simple as trimming your pet’s nails. But it’s actually major surgery.
You might not really be sure you saw what you think you saw when the first one shows up.
Micro-naps For Plants: Flicking The Lights On And Off Can Save Energy Without Hurting Indoor Agriculture Harvests
A nighttime arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport flies you over the bright pink glow of vegetable production greenhouses.
A 21-year-old man recently died of rabies — a disease that kills an estimated 59,000 people a year internationally but hasn’t infected a person in Canada since 2007.
As I watched my hunting dog standing off the lead and lined up with all the other Kleiner Münsterländers, awaiting her turn to swim out and bring back the dead duck (an important training item) thrown into the deep water, I felt a sense of pride.
Many of us will have experienced that super friendly cat who seems to love being stroked one minute, only to bite or swipe at us the next.
Recently reported cases of the often fatal bacterial infection leptospirosis in dogs have raised the issue of animal diseases that also affect humans.
Many scientists believe that halting global warming at 1.5°C will require us to invent Negative Emission Technologies – machines that can suck climate warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air.
In today's video we provide you lots of gardening tips and advice on how to do some common diy things in your garden.
Household pets are often a great source of joy and have positive effects on our mental well-being. For most of us, this outweighs the risk of coming into contact with any bugs they may carry.
For most animals, the structure of their day – and indeed their year – depends on the light-dark cycle. These regular and rhythmic cycles in the length of days tell animals when they should be foraging, when they should be asleep, when it’s time to migrate and when it’s time to breed. Animals can tell all this from how many hours of daylight they experience, but the moon’s cycles also strongly influence their behaviour.
Iris, a high school student in New York City, took a course aimed at preparing public school students for college.
Psychologists who study how people pick their spouses have turned their attention to another important relationship: choosing a canine companion.
In this video, I give you my 10 top reasons why raised bed vegetable gardens are the best! And, how the raised bed gardening revolution is here.
The Fourth of July can be a miserable day for dogs. The fireworks make scaredy-cats out of many canines.
If you could ask British insects about the habitats they prefer, they’d probably tell you that you can’t improve on grassland that’s rich with wildflowers.
On a typical day, men spend a third as much time cleaning as women. Does that make women beacons of cleanliness, while men are genetically unable to see the messiness in their midst?
In today's episode we look at the five best vegetables you can grow in your vegetable container garden or edible container garden. By growing these vegetables you can easily get great quality produce
This video shows what happens when you bury kitchen scraps or waste like bones and meat such as fish in the vegetable garden.
For almost as long as modern science has been around, the idea that animals can remember past experiences seemed so preposterous that few researchers bothered to study it.
A new soy-based adhesive made from food components is even stronger than Gorilla Glue on wood, researchers say. On aluminum, it’s about the same.
How farming companies are using a carbon rich material to enhance soils and purify waste water.
Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by the hugely popular TV show of the same name
Have you have seen ants this year? In Britain, they were probably black garden ants, known as Lasius niger – Europe’s most common ant.
It’s not unusual to slap a muzzle on a dog if it’s being aggressive or not keen on being given an injection, but a muzzle is not part of your average cat’s wardrobe.
You might feel bad about having a less-than-manicured lawn, but it’s great for bees and other pollinators.
I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available ─ his thermos bottle.
As a plant biologist I have spent a long time interested in what makes plants salt tolerant. Some plants can grow and thrive in very salty soils, saltier than the sea, while others (like most of our staple crops) will fail to flourish.
The species Solanum centrale, also known as kutjera in several Aboriginal languages, or the desert raisin in English, stands out in Australia’s wild bush tomato family in more ways than one.
New research examines risk factors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of the deadliest tick-borne diseases in the Americas, in Mexicali, Mexico.
Sunlight, harnessed by plants in the process of photosynthesis, powers almost all life on earth.
One day not long after Brio passed, I was driving on the highway, alone in the car. I’d been thinking of Brio and a few moments later heard clearly the sound of the metal tags on his collar clinking from the backseat, where he always rode. There was nothing else there that would have made that noise.
Cities in the United States are getting less segregated and, according to a recent national survey, most Americans value the country’s racial diversity.
As a researcher of nanomaterials, I am often asked: “When are we finally going to start seeing nanotechnology products on the market?”
If you would like to know how to grow a big harvest of sweet potato watch this video for my five top tips on sweet potato growing!
Australia is one of the most urbanised nations in the world, and our ongoing population growth continues to produce new suburbs on city fringes across the continent.
DNA tests show that over two-thirds of the breed labels on dogs in shelters or on pet rescue websites are wrong.
In this complete growing guide for growing eggplants, we show you how to grow eggplants in containers or pots. The Container Little Prince eggplant variety is an excellent eggplant variety by Renee's
Nature is just like us: it likes to be treated with respect, to be approached with an open heart and with care. Our energy fields will then come into harmony with one another and our intuitive perception will be enhanced.
No matter what we have experienced in our lives, tucked within each and every one of us is love. To me, healing is defined as a pure loving connection; it’s as simple as that. To demonstrate healing is to give love: unconditionally. Love is healing, healing is love.
People across North America love to garden, yet the vast majority of garden plants are non-native species.
The sight and smell of smouldering mosquito coils is a mainstay of summer. But is all that smoke really keeping away the swarms of mosquitoes, and is breathing in the smoke worse than mosquito bites for our health?
Here's how to grow a ton of carrots in just one small round raised garden bed.
This is a fantastic way to grow potatoes using minimal effort whilst both building soil and creating an abundance of tubers.
Here's a neat trick or hack using vaseline to organically control pests like aphids or scale/mealybugs on a fruit tree. Smear vaseline around the trunk of the tree to stop ants from climbing up and protecting
The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.It took more than two decades for Kevin Holtham, 49, to formulate what he reckons is the perfect soil mixture.
In this video, I show you my 10 top organic ways to get rid of pests in your garden. There's no need for harsh pesticides or chemicals just these simple tips to grow lots of fruit and vegetables! Support
Roger Cook helps a homeowner build a simple, affordable backyard greenhouse.
There’s a correlation between different types of animal abuse and the perpetrator’s relationship to an animal and its owner, report researchers.
In today's episode we look at wheatgrass and the benefits of using wheatgrass juice or wheatgrass powder to our health. We show you how easy it is to grow wheatgrass in your home in a container. In just
In today's video, we look at how to grow the Crossandra Plant. We look at two plant vareities - the Sundance Crossandra which produces orange flowers and the Firecracker plant which produces red flowers.
Learn how to grow beets or beet root plants in your vegetable garden. We show you show to grow beets from seeds, how to transplant them to containers or raised beds, how to care for your beetroot plants.
In today's episode we look at growing a compact, bush cucumber variety called bush slicer cucumber. Cucumber can be of vining type or bush type. This cucumber is a bush type, compact cucumber variety
Follow our garlic plants all the way from planting using the Ruth Stout method (hay mulch, no diging or tilling), to harvesting, and drying.
In our continuing quest to experiment with a multitude of permaculture techniques, this time we decided to construct a Back to Eden style garden bed... and in doing so, also prevented desertification!
An Indigenous-led organization in New Mexico is using fungus in an attempt to remove chemicals from soil.
Help support our channel: https://www.patreon.com/backtoreality After a long and difficult summer, we're finally ready to give some garden updates. So let's start off with the changes we've been making
Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte.
I asked my neighbor who hoses off his air conditioner condenser every spring why he does it. “Because my dad always told me I had to,” he said.
In today's episode we show you how to grow an okra variety called Nombo Giant okra in containers. This okra variety produces giant sized pods and can be easily grown in containers. Growing okra is easy.
Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors.
Here is a very easy way to trellis your cucumbers to grow vertically rather than have them spread over your garden. This works great. Get them in place and watch the
We live in the golden age of housework, where robot vacuums can spend hours pirouetting around the living room.
Elaine Uang and Mike Greenfield knew they wanted an edible garden, and they maximized their space
Find out the best garden hose for your home garden as we review different types of garden hoses and how they perform. From the folding garden hose to the traditional vinyl hose to the next generation
There’s an old saying that pets and their owners become more similar as time goes by. There may be some truth in that, but can we use information about owners to improve veterinary care?
Start your raised bed garden by converting your existing lawn area to a raised bed. We go thru all the steps from installing the beds, protecting it from critters and adding cardboard and raised bed mix.
My family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia – not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains.