My Experience With A Difficult Dog

Happy New Year to my readers! I hope you had a good holiday season and you are now looking forward to the New Year like myself. For this post I’m going to be writing about my experience with my difficult dog.

IMG_0158.JPGJust over three years ago we got a new puppy who we picked because he was the runt of the litter, getting picked on by the other puppies in his litter and had an infection running throughout his tiny body. The breeder mentioned that he had growled at everyone who had been to see him. It was for all these reasons that we picked him, knowing that he was likely to be a difficult dog and that if he went to the wrong people disaster could happen.

Our little puppy found his home on my sister’s knee and it took a lot of coaxing to get him to come off. He was a scared little guy. Luckily he was introduced to all of my family while he was still extremely young and so was unable to physically do damage to us. Now that he is older however, it is almost impossible to introduce him to new people without him being muzzled. We don’t trust him to not try to attack and are responsible dog owners who would never allow that to happen.

IMG_1921.JPGOn walks he is perfectly fine with a head collar and a choke collar which allows us to move his focus and to also discipline him if necessary. It did take a lot of hard work to get to this point as he usually just cowered whenever a car went past and then refused to move any further.

Last year I got into a relationship and this caused some problems regarding our little psycho dog as we call him. It meant that for my other half to visit my house, the dog needed to be muzzled. Unfortunately muzzling him makes him much more aggressive than he is without.

IMG_1922.JPGOn Christmas, we made a big breakthrough on my puppy and partner’s relationship. Using a head collar and choke collar we were able to keep my dog under control and calm long enough for my partner to give him commands and reward him with a treat. It really was Christmas!!

Do any of my reader have experience with difficult dogs? Leave me a comment below or speak to me over at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



Merry Christmas from Animal Travels.

Considering today is the 23rd of December and almost Christmas, I’ve decided to skip this week’s Animal Travels and instead wish everybody a Merry Christmas!

I hope all my readers have the Christmas they deserve and have an amazing time with family, friends and pets!

To finish this post I’m just going to add some of my favourite pictures that I’ve taken this year!

Feel free to share any of your favourite pictures from this year as I’m interested to see them!

Merry Christmas everybody! Talk soon!

Snow Day Fun

The little town that I call ‘home’ experienced some snow this past week. Living up a gigantic hill isn’t always helpful when it snows resulting in several stuck vehicles and a bus blocking the road.

However, the snow did allow me to get out and take some pictures with the dog, so for this post I just wanted to share the pictures that I managed to capture before the snow melted.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photos as this is something different than normal for this blog.

Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also let me know if you’d like to see more of my photography!




All About Reindeer

(Rangifer tarandus)


  • animals_hero_reindeer.jpgAlso known as Caribou.
  • 2890400 mature individuals remaining in the wild.
  • Decreasing population trend.
  • Competition with domesticated Reindeer and unregulated hunted are causing threats to wild Reindeer.
  • Have several adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in a tundra environment:
    • Reindeer have unique bone structures inside their noses which enable their nostrils to open wide, warming cold air before it enters the lungs.
    • Due to less than adequate eyesight, reindeer have found other ways to stay in touch with their herds in blizzard conditions. For example, their leg tendons snap when they walk resulting in a clicking sound.
  • Reindeer are the only species of mammal where both the male and female grow antlers.
  • They are also the only mammal with antlers that are capable of regenerating.
  • Male Reindeer shed their antlers each winter to allow for larger regrowth for the following spring. Whereas, female Reindeer shed their antlers in the spring. Therefore, all of Santa’s Reindeer would technically be female.
  • Reindeer are believed to be the only mammal that can see UV light.
  • They can run at speeds of up to 45mph.


Animals You May Not Have Heard About: Sunda Colugo

The Sunda Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) is also known as the Sunda Flying Lemur.

Although, it is not truly a lemur, nor can it fly.

Sunda-flying-lemur.jpgListed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List but currently has a declining population trend.


The Sunda Colugo is a forest dependant species living in evergreen forests and sleeping in coconut tress.


There is a large threat from hunting for consumption by local people and also from deforestation.


The Sunda Colugo is protected by national legislation and is found in many protected areas such as Halimun National Park.

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

unnamed.jpgWhat do you call a group of Sunda Colugos?


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Animal Travels: Antarctica

Antarctica is over 5 million square miles and has some extremely well adapted species living there!

There are six species of penguin that call Antarctica home.

  1. Aptenodytes_forsteri_-Snow_Hill_Island,_Antarctica_-adults_and_juvenile-8.jpgEmperor Penguin
    (Aptenodytes forsteri)
    Near Threatened
    595,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild with no current major threats.
  2. 152708-004-5B3C83E2.jpgChinstrap Penguin
    (Pygoscelis antarcticus)
    Least Concern
    Declining population trend can be attributed to threats from recent volcanic activity, human disturbances of breeding colonies and the harvesting of Antarctic krill which makes up the bulk of their diet.
  3. gentoopenguin.jpgGentoo Penguin
    (Pygoscelis papua)
    Least Concern
    774,000 mature individuals.
    Major threats come from the collection of eggs and disturbances from tourism which decrease breeding productivity.
  4. main-qimg-84bebfb4702b4086740772ded2d31fd8-c.jpegAdelie Penguin
    (Pygoscelis adeliae)
    Least Concern
    7580,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild and an increasing population trend.
    Their major threats come from climate change, the building of research stations which change their habitat and from the disturbance from tourists and scientists.
  5. Right-Whale-Bay-King-Penguin-1.jpgKing Penguin
    (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
    Least Concern
    Increasing population trend but faces threats from increasing sea temperatures, disturbance from helicopter flights which causes breeding failure; and disturbances from scientists and tourists.
  6. Macaroni_penguin.jpgMacaroni Penguin
    Eudyptes chrysolophus)
    Decreasing population trend which has faced major threats from commercial fishing, the warming of oceans, disturbance from scientists and tourists. Also increasing numbers of Fur Seal is leading to increased predation.

(Orcinus orca)
There are 5 types of Orca in Antarctic waters.

  1. antarctic_type_a.jpgType A
    A very large orca: reaching lengths of up to 31 feet.
    Hunt Minke whales.
  2. Pitman whale and seal.jpgType B Large
    Also known as Pack Ice Orcas.
    Hunt seals and are famous for their “wave-washing” hunting technique.
  3. 17b769b5aef86dc4c15d519f3e4b3f60-nature-animals-wild-animals.jpg
    Type B Small
    Also known as Gerlache Orcas.
    They are believed to feed on penguins.
  4. full_Paul_Ensor__Gateway_Antarctica__University_of_Canterbury_5322_small.jpgType C
    Also known as the Ross Sea Orca.
    They are the smallest orcas reaching lengths of 20 feet.
  5. image_1172_1-killer-whale-type-d.jpgType D
    These are Subantarctic orcas.
    They look different from other orcas and are easily distinguished by their large melon.
    Very little is known about these orcas.

To read more about orcas, you can read my post “All About Killer Whales

Leopard-Seal-1.jpgLEOPARD SEAL
(Hydrurga leptonyx)
Least Concern
18,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild.

There are no major threats from human activity currently. However, climate change is leading to loss of sufficient pack ice for pupping and resting. There is also becoming less penguins available as prey for the leopard seals.


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Christmas Creatures

Happy December!! I’m going to be kicking off the Christmas themed posts now!

(Rangifer tarandus)

Relation to Christmas:
flj3snxf0jpoz4mnxjbp.jpgThe Reindeer are well known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph

Fun Facts:
– They are known as Reindeer in Europe but Caribou in North America.
– They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.
– Santa’s Reindeer would all be female as the males of the species shed their antlers in winter.

reindeer-jg-4.jpgWatch Santa’s Reindeer do “The Super Duper Looper” in Santa Clause: The Movie.








(Equus africanus asinus)

image-birmingham-donkeys-1465987874.jpgRelation to Christmas:
In Christianity, Mary rode to Bethlehem on a donkey.

Fun Facts:
– Donkeys large ears allow them to maintain their heat.
– Donkeys hate rain as their coat isn’t waterproof.
– You can have a Miniature Donkey, a Standard Donkey and a Mammoth Donkey.
– In Britain donkeys are required to have a passport.

donkey-vs-horse-2-Jean_Flickr.jpgListen to Little Donkey, the classic Christmas carol.





(Mus musculus)

Relation to Christmas:
close-up-of-a-house-mouse--mus-musculus--135602059-59dd295f845b340012697deb.jpg“Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”

Fun Facts:
– Mouse teeth grow constantly meaning they have to gnaw of things to keep them short.
– They have an average life expectancy of 9-12 months so some might never see a Christmas!


Read the full Christmas poem.





Honorary Mention

(Alpheus randalli)

shrimppistolcandystripe.jpgThis little guy has won itself an honourable mention simple because of its colourings. These little shrimp look like candy canes!





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