Top 3 Endangered Animals

Your Favorite Animals, Close to Extinction.

     Some animals are closer to extinction than others. I have made a list of the top 3 endangered animals that the world actually cares about, and are currently taking action to preserve.


     This is one of the most iconic and recognizable animal on the endangered species list. Tigers were once very common across Asia and the Middle East, but have lost 93% of their population within 100 years due to poaching. It seems as if every zoo and circus owns at least one Tiger, so it would seem that they are not going extinct! I believe that this is the reason WHY they are going extinct. Tigers are no longer viewed as wild animals, but as entertainment. 


Black Rhino 

     The black rhino is actually grey. These animals are native to eastern and southern Africa. Black Rhinos are targeted by poachers for ivory (their horn). The West Black Rhino has been declared extinct in 2011, this is one of three sub-species of Black Rhino in Africa. This shows how close they truly are to disappearing forever.


Giant Panda

     Giant Panda translates to “big bear cat” in Chinese. Pandas are native to south central China. There are now approximately 1,800+ Giant Pandas  in Asia, so they are now declared “not endangered”. Don’t think for a second that this species is not IN DANGER though. Their numbers have risen in the last 10 years due to constant preservation efforts of charities in both China and the United States, but are in constant danger from poachers and people wanting their own pet panda (which I want as well…).


     I know that we do not run into these animals on a daily basis, so not everyone can go out everyday and try to save some pandas, but preserving animals can be shown through action AND mindset. Actions can be donating and word-of-mouth, mindset can be posting something on social media about endangered species, or being on the constant prowl for poaching activities. Unless you want to lose these animals, DO YOUR PART!!!

-Riley Hoogendoorn


Cure for Anxiety

About 12 years ago when I was living in Tucson, Arizona, my mom came up to me and my brothers and said, “There are bull dog puppies for sale in the news paper, we are going to go look at them later today.” She emphasized the word “LOOK”, but we already knew what that really meant was going to happen. We pulled up into the drive way of an old, rundown mobile home. We walked to the front yard and noticed an upside-down little swimming pool that was propped up on one side. The moment we noticed it, a pack of pit bull puppies came running up to greet us. We began to pet them and see which one we wanted. All of the puppies were hyper and kept biting our fingers. While examining the puppies, one came up to us from the back of the pack, and just stared at us as if she was saying, “take me home!!!”. We picked her up, payed the owner $100, and were on our way.


We decided to name her KD (like, “Caitie”). She is the most protective, sweetest, and smartest dog that I have ever known. She turned out to actually be a Pit Bull/ Labrador Retriever mix. An amazing thing happened though, I realized that I did not ever experience anxiety while I was with her. I had always suspected that pets help with anxiety, but I did not know to what extent. Dogs are never judging, hateful, or spiteful but always happy and forgiving. With these characteristics in mind, I realized that there is no room for negativity or anxiety of any kind while with a dog. Anxiety is worry, and worry is based off of negative experiences. So if you eliminate negativity, you can also reduce anxiety! This is my theory on dogs relating to anxiety.

So to anyone who is thinking about adopting a puppy, I highly recommend it. KD is now 12 years old, and we have experienced a life time of adventures together. I will tell you all about these adventures in future blog posts, but this is all for now.

This is KD.


-Riley Hoogendoorn

Top 3 Dog Myths

Top 3 Dog Myths

I worked with animals for a long time, and I have came across hundreds of commonly believed myths about dogs. Does a dry nose mean my dog is sick? Aren’t dog’s mouths cleaner than humans? Don’t dogs only see in black and white? For my first blog ever, I wish to clear up some of these myths.

A dry nose means a dog is sick. False.

A dog’s nose does not directly relate to whether he is sick or not. A dog’s nose is expected to be dry when he wakes up, digs a hole in the dirt, or even when going on a walk. This myth is from the Distemper Virus which was very common a while ago. A dog with distemper might have a dry nose, but this does not mean that dogs that have dry noses are sick.


A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth. False.

A dog’s mouth is definitely dirtier than yours. A dog’s mouth is full of bacteria, most of this bacteria is dog-specific (meaning it is for the benefit of the dog). A lot of this bacteria is from its environment, the floor, the toilet, the backyard, etc. So do not play-it-cool if your dog accidentally licks you in the mouth. Automatically assume that your dog just transferred millions of nasty germs and particles to you in one foul swoop.


Dogs are color blind. Kind of false.

Have you ever noticed that dog parks and dog training parks are in blue and yellow? This is because these are the 2 colors that dogs can most easily see. Their retinas (color processing part of the eye ball) are stimulated and process the colors yellow and blue. They are blind to other colors, but they are not actually “color blind,” just “color absent.”