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Reptile Awareness Day Oct. 21, 2014

Happy Reptile Awareness Day!

Today, oct. 21st, 2014 is National Reptile Awareness Day! On a side note it is also National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Reptile Awareness Day is a day for reptile enthusiasts everywhere to share their love of reptiles with others and to promote awareness of all things reptillian, while encouraging learning in regards to reptiles and their habitats.

REPTILES magazine (which I myself read on a regular basis) seems to have taken the lead over the years in promoting this day of reptilian awareness.

So what can you do to celebrate Reptile Awareness Day you ask? Well here are a few suggestions:

1. Donate to a reptile concervation group; such as SAVE THE FROGS

2. Join a wildlife concervation society; such as World Wildlife Fund and sponsor a reptile, like the Komodo Dragon

3. Take your pet reptile out for a show and tell to a class room or even just educate a friend about the wonders of your scaly pet

4. Leave a copy of the REPTILES Magazine in your local doctor’s, dentist’s, vet’s office, or even at your own place of work for people to pick up and learn about reptiles

5. Go buy yourself that new pet reptile you’ve been looking at the the local pet store, or adopt one from a local shelter or for sale ad

6. Visit your local Zoo and learn about their reptile inhabitants. I know the Red River Zoo has a reptile building

7. Make it a point to attend the next reptile expo or show near you (I try to go to all 3 of the local MN shows and this was the first year that Fargo had a reptile expo, I plan to attend most of the expos next year)

8. Join a Herp club or society. There are lots of reptile facebook groups

Those are just some of the ideas to celebrate Reptile Awareness Day. Be creative and have fun!

I have always found reptiles interesting , but it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I got into keeping and rescuing reptiles.

I currently have 19 lizards, 1 turtle, and 1 tortoise that I am caring for, in addition to all my other pets and rescue critters.

Here are some pictures of my most recent reptile. An adult male Blood Cross Leopard Gecko that I got from Fire n’ Ice Geckos at the Red River Reef and Reptile Expo in Fargo a few weeks ago. His name is Chester.

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National Wildlife Day

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Today, September 4th, 2014, is National Wildlife Day!

It’s a day to appreciate and learn about wildlife and a day to educate yourself about endangered species and what you can do to help.

There are many ways you can celebrate National Wildlife Day. Here are just a few suggestions:

These are just some of the ideas I thought of, but there are many things you can do to help wildlife and celebrate National Wildlife Day.


I’ll leave you with a few wildlife photos that I have personally taken:

Posted on 4 September '14 by , under Pets. No Comments.

7th Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show brought crowds!

It’s amazing how many little community events go on during the summer. I have been in Fargo since 2007 and I am always finding something new to attend.

Yesterday I went to the 7th Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show!

It was a beautiful evening and a good turn out at the North Elmwood Park in West Fargo last night. People and dogs scattered around the park looking at vendor booths and practicing tricks for the show.

Dogs were judged and awarded for best dressed, best tricks, and  best groomed as well as the most unusual breed, cutest puppy, owner/dog look-alike contest, and the best of show. Registration for the show was free and took place from 5-6pm. The actual show started at 6:15pm and went until 7:30pm. A Search and Rescue demo took place at 5:30pm (I sadly missed the demo so don’t have any pictures from that). A list of the winners from last nights show can be found in this article by the West Fargo Pioneer.

But there was more to do than just show off your family pooch, a number of area pet businesses had informational booths set up, many with free treat or toy samples. Vendors included everything from local dog boarding businesses and shelters to independant design businesses for jewlery and dog collars.

A few of the vendors that I visited with were Natural Pet Center, Homeward Animal Shelter (otherwise known as the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society), DogIDS, Ragom Golden Retriever Rescue, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, JuJu Belle, Rover’s Playhouse, Sheyenne River Kennels, Chaising Tails, and 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. Shaggy’s Self Serve Dog Wash & Grooming and several other vendors that I wasn’t able to visit with also had booths at the show.

A free will donation food table was also set up with hotdogs and  beverages throughout the show.

It was a fun evening and I hope to setup a vendor booth of my own for “Hillier’s Critter Sitting“, my petsitting business, at next year’s West Fargo Parks Dog Show!

For more information on the Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show or other West Fargo Park events visit or call (701) 433-5360.



(My computer isn’t letting me upload the pictures at this time but there will be pictures to go with this blog post shortly)


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