Reference Questions from Champaign Public Library

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Listed below are some actual questions which have been asked at the Champaign Public Library Reference Desk. We have included both the questions and answers, or citations to resources where the requested information can be located. This should give you some idea of the broad range of animal interests in our community.

Q. What are the city ordinances on dogs?

A. The ordinances are found in the Municipal Code of Champaign, Chapter 7.

Q. Who do you call to report a barking dog?

A. The Animal Control Officer through the non-emergency number at METCAD, 333-8911. The Answer Book.

Q. How long does it take for a finch egg to hatch?

A. 11-16 days, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, p. 405.

Q. Can rabbits see in the dark?

A. "...eyes well adapted to night time vision," Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wildlife, Vol. 2, p. 213.

Q. What kind of "ologist" studies snakes?

A. Ophiology, the branch of herpetology that studies snakes. Also called snakeology, snakology, ophiologist, -Oologies & -isms: A Thematic Dictionary.

Q. How do you feed baby rabbits?

A. There is some information on bottle-feeding baby rabbits in Rabbits: How to Take Care of Them and Understand Them.

Q. Where can you find plans for building a doghouse?

A. Successful Pet Homes: How to Build or Buy Homes and Accessories for Dogs, Cats, and Birds.

Q. What is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box?

A. Bingo, The Animals' Who's Who, p. 25.

Q. What breed was Chipper and Nipper, the RCA dogs used in ads for wide-screen TV?

A. The RCA dog, Nipper, was a fox terrier, The Animals' Who's Who, p. 183.

Q. What was the dog's name on "The Thin Man?"

A. Asta, The Animals' Who's Who, p. 10.

Q. Are there books about Shih Tzu dogs?

A. The Champaign Library has a book called The Shih Tzu.

Q. Are there any books on tarantula pet care?

A. There is a book called the Tarantula Keeper's Guide that the Champaign Library can get for you at another library.

Q. Is there any information about animals being used as companions to the disabled (seeing-eye dogs) or for therapeutic uses (for people with mental illness)?

A. There are articles on Info Trac, under the headings Animals-usage, Human-animal Relationships--therapeutic use, and Guide dogs. There are also books on guide dogs for example, Champaign Library has Love in the Lead: the Fifty-Year Miracle of the Seeing Eye Dog.

Q. Are there true to life stories of police dogs helping others because of training and loyalty?

A. There are articles on Info Trac under the heading Police Dogs. One article is called "Dogs to the Rescue!" in Reader's Digest (Canadian), March 1996, v. 148, p. 89.


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