“Endangered” By Eliot Schrefer – Travel Animal Doctor

“Endangered” By Eliot Schrefer – Travel Animal Doctor

Endangered is a fictional tale of a 14 year old American girl and bonobo who run for their lives amidst an African revolutionary war. – Travel Animal Doctor The forward momentum and vivid characters of Endangered made it easy to read in two sittings. The tale catapults the reader’s imagination to view a broken and demented civilization surrounded by plentiful jungle of which bushmeat hunters and soldiers are reaping the benefits. It helps the reader begin to understand a complicated situation in the Congo. The viewpoint in Endangered comes from a little girl focused on the survival of a bonobo she saved from a bushmeat hunter. Africa The American girl was visiting her mother, an owner of a bonobo sanctuary. Africa was in the midst of war.  The girl saw a bonobo being sold by the hunter and though she knew it was wrong to support the trade, she just had to pay for the bonobo to save it from the hunter. She brought the bought bonobo to the sanctuary and her mother was irate. At that point there was nothing they could do.  The little girl cared for the bonobo and nursed it back to health. Her mother left for business and she was left to continue caring for her bonobo. The War The war was getting ugly and though she should have deported back to America, she refused to leave the bonobo behind. Bad men entered the sanctuary to turn it into campgrounds and murdered everyone they could see. The girl escaped with her dear bonobo friend and entered the world of the bonobos through the entrance of an...
Travel Animal Doctor: The BiteNBrush™ Toothbrush Design

Travel Animal Doctor: The BiteNBrush™ Toothbrush Design

Word of a new, revolutionary dog and cat toothbrush to brush my dog’s teeth has received my full attention. -Travel Animal Doctor The bristle and toothbrush designs appear to adapt to the construction of the animal’s teeth rather than against the normal dentition and jaw. Using my current pet toothbrush, a derivative of human toothbrushes (1-sided with flat bristles), can sometimes be a challenge to get full contact on every nook and cranny of the teeth. The following are my opinions of five toothbrush designs, the last being the design of this brand new patent-pending product called the BiteNBrush™. Other Toothbrush Designs: 1) The longer handle, 1-sided toothbrush The longer handle is a necessary adaptation for a dog’s mouth. The one sided bristles do well to brush the outside surface of the teeth. It can be a struggle to adequately brush the inside, lingual surface of the teeth (the surface by the tongue). Jade, my dog, bites down on the toothbrush making it more difficult to brush away plaque on the inner tooth wall. Although long handles provide distance from the bite, unfortunately they also create unnecessary fulcrum, rocking the brush on every bite and making the task more difficult. 2) The longer handle, 2-sided toothbrush These toothbrushes are similar to the regular toothbrush in dogs. The handle is long so that you can reach the back teeth easily. The end with the big brush does well getting the full surface of a tooth. Two different size brushes on each end does allow you to effectively brush a dog’s teeth. However, there is still that struggle of your dog...
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