More about the Bactrian Camel

I had written an earlier post about the bactrian camel. All the information was gathered from a Wikipedia entry which had no notations for the information cited.

I have been meaning to double check the info in the the entry but never got around to it.

Well, until now that is. I found a good article in Toronto Zoo website and The University of Michigan website which corroborates a lot of the information in my previous entry.

Click here to read the Toronto Zoo article.

Click here to read the article on the University of Michigan website.

Click here to read my earlier blog post about the bactrian camel.


Animals, Personal

I am a dog person

We recently had a family gathering. We had dinner at an East Indian restaurant. During the dinner, the following was part of the conversation I had with my nephew, Brendan.

Brendan: Are you a dog or a cat person?

Me: I am a dog person.

Brendan: If you got a dog, would you get a small dog or a big dog?

Me: I would get a small dog.

Brendan: Why?

Me: If I travel on the TTC, I would be able to take the dog with me as long as the dog fits in a bag.

Brendan: Don’t you want a big dog to protect you?

Me: I don’t need a dog to protect me. I can protect myself.

I actually confused Toronto with New York City. It is New York City that requires transit users to travel with their dogs in a bag.

Read this article by People magazine for more details.



Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Interesting facts about the bactrian camel:

The bactrian camel is the largest mammal in its native range and is the largest living camel.

The two humps on the back are composed of fat (not water as is sometimes thought).

They have a remarkable ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they may drink up to 57 liters at once.

Speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph) have been recorded, but they rarely move this fast.

They are primarily herbivorous. They have tough mouths that can withstand sharp objects such as thorns. They are able to eat plants that are dry, prickly, salty or bitter, and can ingest virtually any kind of vegetation.

The first time food is swallowed, it is not fully chewed. The partly masticated food (called cud) goes into the stomach and later is brought back up for further chewing. Wow, I didn’t know camels could do that!


All information gathered from Wikipedia entry.

Animals, Television

Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

Great show on CBS. The show won Daytime Emmy. The show is now currently in its fifth season.

Animal trainer Brandon McMillan’s mission is to rescue difficult-to-love and untrained dogs that find themselves at the neighborhood animal shelter, his home away from home. At McMillan’s training facility, Lucky Dog Ranch, he tackles the involved task of transforming dogs with behavioral issues into model pets. Each episode showcases the story of the success story of a rehabilitated dog and the family that takes it home.