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My cartoon “Decorating the Family Tree” was published in the magazine Good Housekeeping Magazine

The sequence was shown over two pages:

“Once by one the ornaments go on – each in its very own special place. It is a ritual our family observes every Christmas and no one – not even our cat (who really relates this tale) – is left out of the celebration. By Thomas Hollyday

Here are the panels one by one.

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The PUDDLES newsletter is devoted to education about providing daily fresh drinking water to animals. It is mailed free upon request to our customers.

From the Editor:
Welcome to the fifth issue of PUDDLES, the newsletter about animals and fresh drinking water. We are pleased to note that more and more information is now available about fresh drinking water and especially with regard to supplies of water for animals. Many of the guides on attracting wild birds to the suburban backyard now give several pages to this issue and stress the importance of maintaining clean water containers.

Although some research has been done on the effects of various toxins in water supplies on different animal species, more needs to be done. We are publishing in this issue a starting bibliography which covers some of the issues in this subject area and discusses some of the research. Once again, as in previous issues of PUDDLES, we do a pocket review of the books that come to hand about what people are thinking about the environment. There are many new ideas here and these books are worthwhile reading.

New in this issue is PUDDLES watering products catalog. Here we have an initial selection of products to help you provide fresh drinking water for animals in an environmentally sound way. Please see page 3 for ordering information.

ATTENTION: Editors who receive PUDDLES: You can help by mentioning our PUDDLES in your free literature listings.

On watering wild birds, the National Bird Feeding Society (NBS) has recently published the following suggestion to consumers in its Winter 1995 quarterly edition of The Bird’s Eye reView. In referring to its other publication , The Billboard, NBS wrote “NBS advised in the fall edition of The Billboard that you can pull the plug when the temperature plummets. The last thing birds need when it’s unusually cold is a hot bath, but reconnect your electric warmer when the temperatures go above 15 degrees.” In that same fall edition of The Billboard, NBS also advised, “A winter birdbath needs regular maintenance just like your feeders. Rinse the bath daily before you refill it, and scrub away any algae as soon as you see it developing.”

Birding Tip of the Month; Pete Dunne, organizer of the World Series of Birding, in Wild Bird, 9/3, March 1995, writes “All living things need water and birds are no exception… For birders, finding birds is often a simple matter of finding water.”

Your chance to give: Birder’s Exchange collects donated birding equipment for Latin America. J. Sibbing, Manomet Observatory, Box 1770, Manomet, MA 02345.

From Cornell Labs, be on alert for House Finch Disease. Contact your local wildlife department if you see eye infection on house finches.

Of Earth, Sun & Water
“The 3 R’s of Water Conservation,” Consulting-Specifying Engineer, October 1994,18-24.

A good explanation of reclamation, recycling and reuse activities and strategies. Only 3.2% of the water on earth is fresh water and 75 percent of that is frozen in ice and glaciers. We can only manage about 1% of the water.

SOS stands for Save Our Streams, a new grade 1 to 12 curriculum “Hands on Save Our Streams” which teaches how students can work on a stream protection project. Write for information to IWLA, Isaac Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983.

Current standards for evaluation of effects of pesticides, in National Standards and Guidelines for Pesticides. Write USGS, Openfile Service Section, Earth Science Information Center, Box 25286, Mail Stop 517, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225.

“Raising your store’s environmental quotient,” in Pet Product News, 49/4, April 1995, by Lorin Hallinan, covered how pet retailers “are putting the Earth first”. She lists ten ways to “green ” your store.

Solar 1996. April 13-18, Asheville, NC. Contact the American Solar Energy Society, 2400 Central Avenue, Unite G-1, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-443-3130.

The Rocky Mountain Institute lists several books on environmental housing tips. 1739 Snowmass Creek Rd., Snowmass CO 81654-9199. Internet:orders@rmi.org.

Call National Technical Information Source for a copy of their NTIS Environment Highlights catalog of government documents PR868; 703-487-4650.

New! On-Line Info
Computer bulletin board, National Birding Hotline Cooperative, Chuck Williamson, 7309 E. Princeton Drive, Tucson, AZ 85710.

The American AntiVivisection Society (aavsonline@aol.com) reports in its Activator newsletter the following animal rights internet forums. ar-talk@cygnus.com is an open forum for all aspects of animal rights; ar-news@cygnus.com is an electronic bulletin board and snare@ indiana.edu, is a forum for students who are interested in animal rights. Also mentioned are vegan@maths.bath.ac.uk and vegan1% etemplevm.bitnet@pucc.princeton.edu, which are both discussion groups about vegetarianism.

The excellent newspaper Animal People is now on line. You can contact the editor at Anmlpeople@aol.com. The December 1994 issue had a article “Who Gets the Money” which listed from IRS 1993 data what percentage of the budget of different animal organizations goes to programs.

“The Green Net,” article by Mickey Mercier in E Magazine, January -February 1995, is worth ordering a back copy of the magazine to have in your library. It covers a variety of environmental Internet bulletin boards and services and explains the methods of access by your computer. Discussed are Econet, Envirolink, and The WELL as well as the commercial online services such as Prodigy and Compuserve.

Read PUDDLES and More! See Happy Bird’s library in Pet Products Forum B on Compuserve. Type: GO PFVENB.

“Shopping Guide for Caring Consumers,” $4.95, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Box 42400, Washington, DC 20015.

“Traveling with Fido or Fluffy,” in Best Friends Magazine, May 1995, 801-644-2001, is a good article on travel facts. The author notes that taking water from home is helpful. “Unfamiliar water supplies can sometimes create stomach upset.” The article has a good bibliography with addresses for Traveling Pet Owners of America, Pets-R-Permitted Directory, Touring with Towser, Vacationing with your Pet!, and The Pets Allowed Directory.

Book Reviews
The Ecological City

Rutherford H. Platt, Rowan A. Rountree, Pamela C. Muick, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1994. This is a book about the city and the environment of the city. One of the conclusions drawn by the writers nicely sums up the book. “Finally, interaction between urbanists and natural scientists as reflected in this book, should become the norm rather than the exception as we collectively seek to respond to the challenges of living in a world whose population is more than half urban.” One recommendation we really liked was the suggestion that there be connectivity between patches of natural habitat-“isolated plots of ground are insufficient for many plants and animals”.

The Day Before America
William H. MacLeish, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1994. This volume is about the evolution of the North American continent, how it developed over 18,000 years. He writes about the changes in habitat and those changes effect on animals and on humans. On of his interesting conclusions is “At the beginning of the American civil war humans and their animals accounted for something around 5% of global terrestrial life…By the middle of the next century the alliance (humans and their animals) may account for roughly 60% of …terrestrial animal life (excluding microorganisms) and 25 percent of all terrestrial plant life.”

The Economy of Nature
William Ashworth, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1995. The book asks why the cost of living is rising while the quality of living is falling. It asks for answers from both the discipline of ecology and the discipline of economics. “The laws of ecology and the laws of economics are, at heart, the same set of laws.” The author suggests ways we can assess the cost of pollution. “The only viable solution,” he writes, “is a synthesis, an eco/nomics (ed. italics) that conforms human economies to the economy of the planet as a whole.”

Bibliography … toxins in drinking water that affect animals, especially wildlife.

Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition, Charles T. Robbins, Harcourt Brace Janovich, New York, 1993.

Freshwater Ecology Principles and Applications, Michael Jeffries and Derek Mills, Bellhaven Press, New York, 1990.

Ecotoxicology, The Study of Pollutants in Ecosystems, F. Moriarty, Academic Press, London, 1988.

Wildlife Toxicology, Tony J. Peterle, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1991.

Peterle’s book is the most helpful as it reviews the toxins, the agencies responsible for regulations and research, and looks at the effects of toxins on organisms. Ecotoxicology is helpful with experimental design for the ecosystem. Jeffries and Mills give a good background to the issues of studying the different types of water in our environment. Robbins is helpful on how water works as a nutrient for animals. All these books have extensive bibliographies for further research.

Note: Always consult your licensed veterinarian for specific advice for your particular animal’s water needs.

PUDDLES, 3/1, is published by Happy Bird Corporation, PO Box 86, Weston, MA 02493, manufacturer of Solar Sipper animal watering stations. Copyright Happy Bird Corp. 1995. Persons concerned about the availability of fresh drinking water for animals are eligible for a free subscription. PUDDLES may be read on the Internet at the Environmental Internet Connection E2B2.com.

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If you are concerned about wildlife on our planet don’t miss this one. Your backyard is nature’s playground. You do your best to make sure the birds have seed, and that the environment is safe for everyone. But are you really providing the best watering options for your pets and wild friends?

Author Thomas Hollyday has spent years researching simple and inexpensive ways to insure all animals have fresh water. In a world where the environment and pollution are limiting access to clean water by wildlife, his ideas are important to all concerned people.

This book will ensure that you create the ideal habitat for all animals who come to visit you! From the author: “Water is so important and I’m afraid we just don’t pay enough attention to it. These seasonal tips on ways to do watering are simple. Add it to your nature reference books.”

Also check out the acclaimed River Sunday Romance Mystery series by Thomas Hollyday. The author’s unique Chesapeake voice once again gives us an exciting read about the people, their beliefs and legends, the animals and the grasping mud and black water wetlands of this mysterious American region. His other critically acclaimed novels include Slave Graves, Magnolia Gods, Powerboat Racer, Gold, Terror Flower, and Easter Sunday.

Each book, introducing new memorable characters, retains the simple and beautiful lifestyle, history and beauty of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Powerful subjects such as freedom, atomic war, racism, religion, terror, sailing, and family love, are approached. Stories are insightful and well researched with technical expertise, humor, and fast moving action.

River Sunday Romance Mysteries are suitable for teen and older readers. They have no strong language and romantic descriptions are clean and suitable for family reading, discussion and enjoyment.

Thomas Hollyday has spent years working for animals rights. Part of the proceeds of his books goes to financing the research and maintenance of fresh drinking water resources for wildlife.

Water for Backyard Pets and Wildlife on Amazon

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Slave Graves An expensive real estate development is halted when contractors find an ancient relic. The State of Maryland insists archeologists must determine the historical value of the site before construction proceeds.

Frank Light, a famous archeologist, is sent by his university to study the site, a mudflat on an old farm. The relic appears to be part of an old ship but a local black pastor insists the site covers a graveyard for slaves.

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Slave Graves – River Sunday Romance Mysteries Book 1

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Slave GravesEnjoy a wealth of fiction and non-fiction from the Happy Birds Publications catalog.


River Sunday Romance Mysteries
Set in the Chesapeake Bay area, these eight full-length romance mystery novels will transport you to a world of adventure and beauty.

River Sunday Romance Mysteries Series


Nature’s Viewpoint
The Nature’s Viewpoint series is a lighthearted cartoon collection set in the gardens and back yards of our world.

Nature’s Viewpoint Series


Water for Backyard Pets and Wildlife
Learn how to properly care for any wildlife or pets in your back yard.

Water for Backyard Pets and Wildlife


China Trade Brig John Gilpin
Years of research have brought to light information showing that this gallant ship was lost off Staten Island in a snowstorm. Read the exciting account of her voyages and her loss.

China Trade Brig John Gilpin

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A delightful summer and winter outdoor watering device for wild birds, pets, and wildlife. A waterer incorporating wind protection, solar heating and insulation. Unique and safe non electric environmentally responsible outdoor water station for use at the same time as you prepare you daily indoor pet water and food dishes.

Works all day better than open bowl to give animals the same loving daily fresh water your indoor pets receive. In winter sunlight passive solar top provides radiant sun heat to keep water ice free to 15 degrees F. In summer shade keeps water cooler and cleaner. Easy to clean. Top protects water from bacteria.

Portable with no wires to chew.

* Top covers water to keep it clean from droppings
* Build in air insulation keeps water warm in winter and cool in summer
* insulation keeps water cool in summer, warm in winter
* Special design top allows passive solar heating while animals can access water


Solar Sipper Commercial Model 10011 on Amazon

Solar Sipper Order Form

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Welcome to the online information about Solar Sipper solar heated wild bird and pet drinking water stations and birdbaths, and Happy Bird Publications, publishers of wildlife manuals.

A sip of fresh water is better than none at all, so wet their whistles.®

Solar Sippers wildlife and bird waterers are carried in a large variety of vendors both on the internet and in stores. Check out current stock and current prices  at our online store and others on Amazon, Plow and Hearth, Duncraft, WalMart, Sears, Unbeatable Sales, Goldcrest, A.M. Leonard and many others. At these places you may buy with your credit card or Paypal.

We sell here online ONLY the parts for our Solar Sipper units. We do not sell with credit cards here. You may send your check directly to Happy Bird Corporation, PO Box 86, Weston, MA 02493 with a copy of the order form for parts properly filled out.


All Season Deluxe Wild Bird Watering Station Model (10008)
The Model 10008 Deluxe Solar Sipper is the best product for clean, fresh drinking water for wild birds on the market today. This water station does it all. Unlike a birdbath, it covers the water to keep it clean. It insulates to keep water cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. It heats with a unique solar design against winter ice to 20 degrees F.

Solar Sipper Model 10008 Details

All Season Maxpower Wild Bird Watering Station (10007)
Maximum black surface for solar heating – The Model 10007 Maxpower Solar Sipper is the best product for clean, fresh drinking water for wild birds on the market today. This water station does it all. Unlike a birdbath, it covers the water to keep it clean. It insulates to keep water cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. It heats with a unique solar design against winter ice to 20 degrees F.

Solar Sipper Model 10007 Details

All Season Super Solar Sipper Wild Bird Watering Station (10040)
The Model 10040 Super Solar Sipper solar heated portable fresh drinking water station for wild birds is designed with birds in mind to go where they go at any time of year. Tough plastic cover keeps water clean for a day’s drinking while the patented top design keeps enough solar heat to keep water from freezing to 15 degrees F. all day in winter sun, depending on sun and wind conditions.

All Season Deluxe Pet Sipper – Pet Watering Station (10012)
The Model 10012 Pet Sipper is a safe and reliable Solar Sipper animal watering stations, engineered for providing fresh drinking water. The water surface is covered to keep water clean while the unit is insulated for year-round use. Winter use is possible due to the patented solar top. In winter, simply fill with warm water, put out in the winter sun and the unit will remain unfrozen all day to 20 deg. F.

Solar Sipper Model 10012 Details

All Season Standard Commercial – Pet Watering Station (10011)
The Model 10011 Pet Sipper is a safe and reliable Solar Sipper animal watering stations, engineered for providing fresh drinking water. The water surface is covered to keep water clean while the unit is insulated for year-round use. Winter use is possible due to the patented solar top. In winter, simply fill with warm water, put out in the winter sun and the unit will remain unfrozen all day to 20 deg.

All Season Standard Commercial – Pet Watering Station (10011) Details

Blue Solar Sipper (10003)
Non electric, All Season wild bird Garden Blue Solar Sipper with Garden blue footed base and translucent top. Top keeps water clean, safe-no electric wires, solar top uses sun to keep water clear of ice to 20 deg.F, Ambient, air space keeps water cool in summer, warm in winter.

Blue Solar Sipper (10003) Details

Blue Solar Sipper with Bracket (10014)
Garden Blue Solar Sipper (see description above item: 10003) with Bracket (10004).

Blue Solar Sipper with Bracket (10014) Details


When ordering Parts for Solar Sippers
Note that the tops intended for bird use have a smaller opening than the tops intended for wild animal / pet use.

Mounting Bracket (10004)
Mounting bracket for all Solar Sipper models. Mounting hardware included. is sold online at Amazon.


The following parts may  be ordered here with attached order form and instructions.

Solar Black Outer Cup (10023)
Price: $13.95 (plus s/h)

Berry Red outer cup (10024)
Price: $16.95 (plus s/h)

Translucent outer cup (10027)
Price: $16.95 (plus s/h)

Solar Sipper inner cup (10025)
Fits all Solar Sippers
Price: $10.95 (plus s/h)

Solar Top for Pet Sipper (white) (10022)
For small animals, 4″ hole, to convert 10007, 10008 from wild bird to animal use
Price: $13.95 (plus s/h)

Solar top for wild birds (10026)
Replaces top for 10040
Price: $9.95 (plus s/h)

Solar Top (black) for Wild Birds (10021)
1 1/2″ hole, fits 10007, 10008
Price: $9.95 (plus s/h)

Solar Sipper Order Form

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