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My Life Is A Zoo

This is where I will post interesting (or not so interesting) things that happen in my life. The subject matter will include any random things that I decide to put in (including animals, my work, my hobbies and my family).

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Groups of animals are called....

Found at: http://www.dribbleglass.com/subpages/animal-groups.htm

A herd of antelope
A colony (swarm, army) of ants
A shrewdness (troup) of apes
A herd (pace) of asses
A culture of bacteria
A cete of badgers
A battery of barracudas
A shoal of bass
A sleuth (sloth) of bears
A colony of beavers
A swarm (cluster, grist, hive, nest) of bees
A flock (congregation, volary, dissimulation, parcel) of birds
A sedge (siege) of bitterns
A sounder of boars
A herd (gang, obstinacy) of buffalo
A brace (clash) of bucks
A flight (flutter) of butterflies
A caravan of camels
An army of caterpillars
A clowder (clutter) of cats
A herd (drove, drift, mob) of cattle
A brood (peep, clutch) of chickens
A clutch (chattering) of chicks
A bed of clams
A quiver of cobras
A rag of colts
A cover of coots
A kine of cows
A band of coyote
A herd (sedge, siege) of cranes
A float (bask) of crocodiles
A murder (murmuration) of crows
A litter of cubs
A herd of curlews
A cowardice of curs
A herd (bevy) of deer
A pack (kennel) of dogs
A pod of dolphin
A pace of donkeys
A dule (flight, dole) of doves
A paddling (brace, flock, raft—in flight, team, paddling—swimming) of ducks
A convocation of eagles
A swarm (bed) of eels
A clutch of eggs
A herd of elephants
A pod of elephant seals (weaner pod = yearling elephant seals)
A gang of elk
A mob of emus
A business of ferrets
A charm of finches
A school (shoal, run, haul, catch, drought) of fish
A swarm (business) of flies
A skulk (leash) of foxes
An army of frogs
A colony of frogs
A gaggle (skein when in flight) of geese
A swarm (cloud, horde) of gnats
A herd (tribe, trip) goats
A charm of goldfinches
A cloud of goldfish
A band of gorillas
A cluster of grasshoppers
A leash of greyhounds
A down (husk, down, mute) of hares
A cast (kettle) of hawks
An array of hedgehogs
A brood of hens
A hedge (siege, sedge) of herons
A shoal of herrings
A bloat of hippopotami
A drift (passel, parcel) of hogs
A harras (herd, remuda, string) of horses
A pack (mute, cry) of hounds
A husk of jackrabbits
A band of jays
A smack of jellyfish
A troop (mob) of kangaroos
A kindle (litter) of kittens
A deceit of lapwings
An ascension (exaltation) of larks
A leap (leep) of leopards
A flock of lice
A pride of lions
A plague (swarm) of locusts
A tiding (tittering) of magpies
A sord of mallards
A stud of mares
A richness of martens
A labor of moles
A troop of monkeys
A barren (span) mules
A nest of mice
A shoal (steam, swarm) of minnows
A watch of nightingales
A family of otters
A parliament of owls
A yoke (drove, team, herd) oxen
A bed of oysters
A pandemonium of parrots
A covey of partridges
A muster (ostentation) of peacocks
A litter of peeps
A rookery of penguins
A nide (nye, bouquet) of pheasants
A flock (flight, kit—flying together) of pigeons
A litter (drove) of pigs
A shoal of pilchards
A wing (congregation) of plovers
A string (drove) of ponies
A pod (herd, school) of porpoises
A run of poultry
A coterie of prairie dogs
A covey (bevy) of quail
A nest (bury) of rabbits
A pack (swarm) of rats
A rhumba of rattlesnakes
An unkindness of ravens
A crash of rhinos
A shoal of roaches
A bevy of roebucks
A building (clamor) of rooks
A run of salmon
A family of sardines
A herd (pod, trip) of seals
A shoal of sharks
A flock of sheep
A nest (bed, knot, den, pit) of snakes
A walk (wisp) of snipe
A host of sparrows
A cluster (clutter) of spiders
A dray of squirrels
A murmuration of starlings
A mustering of storks
A flight (gulp) of swallows
A herd (bevy, lamentation, wedge) of swans
A flock of swifts
A sounder (drift) of swine
A spring of teal
A colony (nest, swarm, brood) of termites
A mutation of thrushes
An ambush of tigers
A knot (knab) of toads
A hover of trout
A rafter (raft) of turkeys
A pitying (dule) of turtledoves
A bale (turn, dole) of turtles
A pod of walrus
A nest (herd, pladge) of wasps
A school (gam, pod) of whales
A nest (generation) of vipers
A knob (bunch, trip, plump) of wildfowl
A pack (route, herd) of wolves
A fall of woodcocks
A descent of woodpeckers
A herd of wrens
A zeal of zebras

Dr Dodd's vaccination protocal - Dogs



W. Jean Dodds, DVM

938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-828-4804; Fax 310-828-8251

e-mail: hemopet AT hotmail.com (omit "AT and spaces when emailing, also, insert @ symbol)

Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It's a matter of professional judgment and choice.

Age of Pups

Vaccine Type

9 - 10 weeks

14 weeks

16 -18 weeks (optional)

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law

1 year

1 year

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet

Progard Puppy DPV)

Same as above

Same as above (optional)


Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request.

Dr. Dodd's has also written a very interesting article on changing vaccine protocals. A copy of it can be found here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The New and Improved Leopard Exhibit

My coworkers and I have spent the last few weeks re-propping and improving our leopard exhibit in preparation for our two new leopards coming out of quarantine. This is what we've done! :) Many thanks go out to our Horticulture staff for assisting us in the propping! I'm not sure we could've done it without you!

The left side of the exhibit (when facing it from the front - this photo was taken from inside the exhibit).

The center of the exhibit.

The right side of the exhibit (when facing it from the front - this photo was taken from inside the exhibit.

A really cool stump!

And there is even a waterfall! This was the idea of one of my coworkers. And what a wonderful idea it was! :)

The leopards came out of quarantine today. They will be allowed out on exhibit sometime in the next couple of days. I hope to get pictures of them on exhibit as soon as I can. :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I had to say good-bye to a friend today...
Martha, you will be missed by many. We love you.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Puppies!!!!

We are so happy to have you here!

Here are some photos of the puppies enjoying their birthday cards and gifts. I think the gift they most enjoyed was that they were on exhibit without the cheetahs for at least 2 hours. :)

Josh finger painted a cheetah onto Taji's card. :)

A close up of the cheetah painting. (and yes, he did it with his fingers...there weren't any brushes available...)
Taji with her gift. :)

Both Tusker and Taji with their gifts.

Tusker checking out the Happy Birthday sign one of our volunteers made for them.

Both puppies under their sign.

For more photos of their party go here.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

This flag is hanging in the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. The story behind this flag is in the photo below it.

This holiday is not just about fireworks and parties. There is a history behind it. Remember those who have and are fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others. And if you ever get the chance to visit this museum, DO IT. It's an amazing place.

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Since I've been Tagged here are my answers:

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I still had Jack. I did not have Tori or Tom or Zoey or Boomer. I had just graduated from college. I wasn't a zoo keeper. I wasn't fostering dogs yet. I didn't have a cell phone. I had just started to realize how many friends I can have all over the country thanks to email and the internet. I didn't know how to knit.

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. crackers
2. chocolate
3. ice cream
4. fruits/veggies
5. granola bars
6. yogurt

Five Things on My To-Do list today:
1. trim the hedge in the front yard (done!)
2. mow the back yard (done!)
3. laundry (almost done!)
4. finish my book (getting there....)
5. knit (will be soon!)
6. play with the animals

Five Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. donate a bunch of money to rescue and conservation and ????
2. buy a house with land so that I could have some sheep and horses and ????
3. invest
4. share with friends and family
5. travel

Five jobs I have had:
1. pet sitter
2. secretary for a travel agency
3. babysitter
4. student
5. zookeeper

Five of my bad habits:
1. I'm impatient
2. I'm not neat
3. I get sucked into the internet waaay too easily
4. I'm intolerant of stupid people (okay....I'm not sure that that really counts as a bad habit...)
5. I'm not good at replying to emails or sending cards or writing letters.

Five places I have lived:
1. Camp Pendleton, CA
2. Oceanside, CA
3. Gig Harbor, WA
4. Topeka, KS
5. Pullman, WA

Five people I would like to get to know better (yes, this means you are tagged!):
1. Everyone who reads this!

Five Random Things:
1. I hate yard work
2. I foster for two breed rescues.
3. I still consider myself a beginner knitter
4. I hate humidity (yes, I realize the irony).
5. I'm happy with who I am.
6. I love to learn new things.
7. I'm not an extrovert
8. I'll read just about anything.
9. I don't travel as much as I would like to.
And yes....that's more than 5. I don't always follow the rules... ;)