Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1995 12:03:29 -0400 (EDT) From: Doctor Bob
To: TOURBUS@colossus.net Subject: TOURBUS Hijacked! (Bus Trip to Petville) --------------------- TOURBUS - 14 Sep 1995 --------------------- /~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~~/~~~|~\ |____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____/ | \ | /_____|---\ / --T-H-E---I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T---T-O-U-R-B-U-S--> ///////| | | |///////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ "Why Surf When U Can Ride The Bus?" \___/ Today's Stop: Pets on the Net by Guest Driver Dave Taylor It'd been weeks I had been hanging at the bus stop waiting for the bus to pick up me and my dogs, but each time it'd drive up the driver would lean over, see the dogs, and zoom on past! "Alright," I figured, "they don't allow any pets on the bus." I wasn't about to just leave the hounds, however, so I changed my strategy and put hats and coats on the two slavering beasts, pretending that they were my foreign cousins visiting for a few months. Surprisingly, it worked! Now I'm not only on the bus, but I'm DRIVING! Hahahahahahahahaha (in my best evil tone) Well, uh, seriously, Bob asked me if I'd like to take the Virtual Bus for a spin through cyberspace and I couldn't resist, especially when I could talk about general pet resources on the Internet, of which there are a lot! And so, without further ado, let's take a cruise through the wires and see what we can find about cats, dogs, gerbils, snakes, hampsters, birds, and just about any other pet you might have. ------ Our first stop is Usenet, the free-wheeling cocktail party of the airwaves, where you can find thousands of people talking about all aspects of pet ownership, from purchase price to vet bills to dumb pet tricks. I'd suggest you start out with "rec.pets" then diversify your interests with: rec.pets.birds The culture and care of indoor birds. rec.pets.cats Discussion about domestic cats. rec.pets.dogs Any and all subjects relating to dogs as pets. rec.pets.herp Reptiles, amphibians and other exotic vivarium pets. rec.pets.rabbits Bunnys online! alt.pets.ferrets These guys can probably help you find info too! alt.pets.hamsters Pretty popular rodent pets alt.pets.rabbits The alternative to 'rec.pets.rabbits' for some folk There are also a lot of specific dog groups: rec.pets.dogs.activities Dog events: showing, obedience, agility rec.pets.dogs.behavior Behaviors and problems: housetraining, chewing rec.pets.dogs.breeds Breed specific -- breed traits, finding breeders rec.pets.dogs.health Info about health problems & how to care for dogs rec.pets.dogs.info General information and FAQs posted here rec.pets.dogs.misc All other topics, chat, humor, rec.pets.dogs.rescue Information about breed rescue, placing and adopting As you can see already, dogs are the most popular pets for people to discuss on the Internet, though the cats newsgroup is quite popular and is probably ready to split into a couple of subgroups. One area of pet ownership that's historically been a source of dispute and politics on the Internet (for no apparent reason) is the care of fish and fishtanks. Instead of something sensible like 'rec.pets.fish' or similar, the groups are actually split into the hobbyist and scientific heirarchies. Here's the scoop: alt.aquaria Fish and Aquarium discussion alt.aquaria.killies Killifish, members of family cyprinodontidae alt.aquaria.marketplace Buying and selling aquarium-related items rec.aquaria Keeping fish and aquaria as a hobby sci.aquaria Scientifically-oriented postings about aquaria So what kind of stuff is discussed in a scientific aquarium-related group? Here's a head's up on some of the hot topics this week: [M][Q] What is a maximum dKH value for fish Philip Deitiker N forcer, get rid of nitrates Gary V. Deutschman RO vs. DI vs. AP Water Filter Survey Gary V. Deutschman Recommended Lugols dosage Don Ahee Scintillating stuff, as you can see! -------------- Let's move on to more fun resources. How about some Frequently Asked Questions files? They're always a great source of the combined wisdom and experience of folk on the net. Here's a list of some of my favorites: Frequently Asked Questions about Cats gopher://sailor.lib.md.us/1/FindInfo/.rec/.pet/.cat/.faq Feline Leukemia Virus FAQ http://www.tezcat.com/~ermiller/FeLV2.html Dog Breeds FAQ Home Page http://www.zmall.com/pet_talk/dog-faqs/breeds/homepage.html rec.pets.dogs FAQ http://www.zmall.com/pet_talk/dog-faqs/homepage.html Guinea Pig FAQ http://www.princeton.edu/~ecrocke/html/gpfaq.html Chinchilla Frequently Asked Questions http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/~macpherson/chin/chinfaq.html About the Ferret FAQ http://www.optics.rochester.edu:8080/users/pgreene/central.html or gopher://gopher.cs.uregina.ca/0/cs_dept_sys_info/faq/alt.pets.ferrets Pet Rats Frequently Asked Questions http://chat.carleton.ca/~mrtribe/rat-faq.html That's just a sampling - there are dozens of other FAQ files available, and most of them are posted each month in the appropriate Usenet groups as listed earlier. ---------- If there's this much discussion, it'll come as no surprise to you that there are also lots of mailing lists about pets too. After all, pets are part of the family, and on the Internet, no-one knows you're a ___! aquatic-plants mailing list To join, send mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with message "subscribe aquatic-plants" Learn about all aspects of growing aquatic plants as a hobby, both aquarium and pond. Discussion includes species of plants (identification, propagation, cultivation), aquascaping, substrates, water conditioners, needed hardware (filters, heaters) and compatibility of fish and other organisms. CANINE-L mailing list To join, send mail to "LISTSERV@PSUVM.PSU.EDU" with message: "SUBSCRIBE CANINE-L Your Name" Covers a wide variety of dog-related topics, including care and feeding to scientific research about wild or canine populations. Members also talk about training, dog 'ghosts', or human-canine psychic experiences, and share a support network for people who have lost a cherished pet. FELINE-L mailing list To join, send mail to 'email@example.com' with message "subscribe feline-l Your Name" A mailing list for people who have cats as companions in their lives, and members swap cat stories, jokes, share amusing (and sometimes not-so-amusing) tricks, cat care advice, and just about anything else related to cats and their care. Pet-Info-L Mailing List Send mail to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' with message "subscribe pet-info-l" While most of the Internet is somewhat anti-commercial use, the pet-info-l mailing list was created to provide a forum for people to post announcements of new pet products, seminars, shows, lectures, and even information on new litters. (MAY BE DEFUNCT) --------- I know I can't get away without listing some cool Web pages for pet fanciers (or fanatics), and I'll tell you, it's truly amazing just how many cool Web pages are out there for any sort of pet lover! The Electronic Zoo One of my favorites is NetVet, now know as the "Animal Archives & Information". It's on the Web at http://netvet.wustl.edu/ or you can also use gopher to connect to netvet.wustl.edu. This is just an amazing site, featuring their Electronic Zoo, a compendium of animal related information, as well as a wealth of information available from the Veterinary school at the college. From pigs and primates to marine mammals and sheep goats, if it's an animal that might be domesticated, it's listed at this excellent site. Endangered Species A fabulous site, the Endangered Species page on the Web is actually run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Service and focused on the Endangered Species Act. What kind of animals are on their list? More than you might realize, including Sea otters, giant pandas, bottlenose dolphin, tigers, bengal tigers, and many more animals. This is also a good site to visit with your kids. Pop over to: http://www.nceet.snre.umich.edu/EndSpp/Endangered.html Fish Information Network The Fish Information Network, at http://www.actwin.com/fish, is also a remarkable achievement, with its wealth of information on all topics fish-related, including a glossary of terms, reefkeeping information, catalogs of marine and freshwater fish, the archive for the aquatic plants mailing list, information about anemones and freshwater angelfish, pictures of aquaria setup and even some movies of aquariums! Cat Fanciers Home Page If you're a cat fan, you'll want to immediately pop over to the Web page at MIT http://www.ai.mit.edu/fanciers/fanciers.html including a plethora of frequently asked questions about all issues cat-related, ranging from a schedule of cat shows to questions about cat breeds and colors, a glossary, an FAQ about feline leukemia virus, and even pointers to two online cat clubs, Online Feline Fanciers and the Western Abyssinian Cat Club. World Wide Cats The World Wide Cats page (http://www.xs4all.nl/~dmuller/wwc.html) is hosted in the Netherlands, is a terrific starting point for any exploration of feline resources on the Net. It includes a cat Hall of Fame, the Cat of the Week, and an exhaustive list of other spots on the Web that have something - anything - to do with cats, kittens or other felines. The Cornell Canine Page Cornell University runs this terrific Web siteoffering a wide variety of heath-related information about dogs, including questions of heartworm, lyme disease, seizures, hip dysplasia, a discussion of whether to spay or neuter your dog, and lots of tips on picking the best breed. At http://zoo.vet.cornell.edu/~dlm7/canine.html EquiLinQ EquiLinQ is a great source of information about horses, and you can find them at http://www.wsmith.com/equilinq/, from breeding to care, riding styles to books and magazines. EquiLinQ also includes a calendar of upcoming events, classified adverts, organizations on the net, information on horse racing and wagering, and even the scoop on how to travel and take vacations with your equestrian friends. Hay.Net Horse fanatic Karen Pautz of the University of Missouri has a terrific Web page offering a comprehensive place to find information on all topics horse-related. She lists veterinary resources, stable management resources, Usenet newsgroups, mailing lists, model horses, breeds and associations, and even has some special information available on rodeos and commercial equestrian resources online. Visit and enjoy: http://www.missouri.edu/~jourkap/usdf/othersites.html Turtle Trax Sea turtles -- or marine turtles -- are some of the most amazing and beautiful creatures, and this terrific page (http://www.io.org/~bunrab/) offers quite a lot of information in a fun way. All species of these animals are either endangered or threatened, and there are various environmental threats that are explained here, along with lots of fun pictures and cartoons about turtles. --------- There are also just some fun quasi-pet-related Web pages on the Internet too, pages that are worth a visit just to see how creative people can get: 1995 Iditarod Home Page http://www.alaska.net:80/~Iditarod/ Learn about history, entrants, and winners to this grueling man & dog race held annually in Alaska. Feline Conservation Center http://www.cathouse-fcc.org/ Tied to the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound, way cool. Canadian World Parrot Trust http://wchat.on.ca/parrot/cwparrot.htm Parrots are valued for their beauty, exceptional intelligence and ability to speak. Not always a good thing: read about it here. Dog Genome Project http://mendel.berkeley.edu/dog.html The next step to genetically engineered pups? Beekeeping Home Page http://weber.u.washington.edu/~jlks/bee.html Lots of info, entomological data and even recipies for mead. Racoon Web Page http://deja-vu.oldiron.cornell.edu/~sjm1/raccoons/ A beautifully done Web page, with lots of info on these critters too! Dog Bite http://www.web-link.com/dog-bite.htm The zany antics of our canine friends! ------- Finally, don't miss your chance to actually meet my own two dogs, Jasmine and Karma! They're standard poodles (white and black, respectively) and while they don't have their own home page (we're working on teaching them how to type) they do have their pictures in my online photo album! Check it out: http://www.iw.com/~taylor/photo-gallery.html ------ "Hey! You can't drive the bus!" "Who IS that guy?" "Ohmigod We're All Going to Die!" "Oh shut UP lady!" "Down in Front!" "What's going on here?" "POLICE!!! POLICE!!!" Uh oh, I'm outta here! Bye!!! -- Dave Taylor *** About Dave Taylor *** Dave Taylor is an Internet pioneer, consultant and author of several books, including Global Software, Teach Yourself Unix in a Week, The Internet Business Guide and most recently, Creating Cool Web Pages with HTML. Dave is also the creator of The Internet Mall, a virtual mall with over 2000 storefronts. Visit the Mall at http://www.iw.com/imall or pop into Dave's home page at http://www.iw.com/~taylor to see his photos, books and other fun stuff. We're pleased to have Dave as our guest busdriver, dogs and all! -Bob And to keep you from suffering from Southern Word Withdrawl Syndrome, here are *TWO* Southern words from Patrick to hold you over until his next post. TODAY'S SOUTHERN WORDS OF THE DAY --------------------------------- TAR - noun. A rubber wheel. Usage: "Gee, I hope that brother of mine from Jawjuh doesn't git a flat tar in my pickup truck." TIRE - noun. A tall monument. 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