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Monday Mischief: Charles’ 1st River Walk

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We all went down to the river today. Mom figured it was time to show Charles our favorite spot by the tree at the end of the peninsula. Since he is new to the family and we don’t know his water manners, she was afraid he might try to jump in the river, so he had to stay on his lead while we ran around. I don’t think he liked walking on the floating dock. I do admit it is weird under foot until you get used to it. He definitely like the old tree (which is Louise’s favorite). As soon as we got home, Charles and Louise sacked out and took a long nap on Mom’s bed. Me, I stay on the floor and nap. Someone has to supervise the cats. – Brought to you by reporter extraordinaire – Sofie Bear

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Sno-fie

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Sofie, the snownose, in the snow. Several winters ago, Sofie’s black nose turned white. They call this ‘snow nose.’ It is the lack of pigment in the cold weather. You can read about it from my post back in 2013. Funny thing with Sofie’s nose, it never totally goes back to black.

Hope you have a warm Sunday!

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This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Sniff Sniff

Noel, the Christmas cat, making nice to Louise. For some reason all the cats really like to sniff and lick Lu’s ears. She is very patient with them.

Video by Peanut.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Cats

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Mirror Mirror on the Floor

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What does it mean when an animal mirrors the body language of another? This picture was taken shortly after Charles joined the pack last month.

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This is a Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Thanks to BlogPaws for the hop. Head over there and see what they are blogging about.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: When Mom’s In the Bathroom

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What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Are Your Dogs Bonded To Each Other?

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Sometimes I wonder if Louise and Sofie are a bonded pair. Louise was 1 when puppy Sofie came to live with us. They have been together almost their whole lives (they are now 6 and 7). They do not function well when the other is not near by. They work together as a team, especially when it comes to squirrels. They get mopey if the other is not around. Though they are not always next to each other, or even in the same room (for example: Louise sleeps in her kennel downstairs and Sofie on her dog bed upstairs), they don’t like if the other is not in the house. Charles is new to the pack, so they really don’t care much about him, and may never, but clearly, they get confused if the other is not in the picture.

Bonding to another animals comes in many varieties, some healthy and some unhealthy. Here are several different types of bonding that I have found:

    • Litter mate bonding (genetic). When pups are kept together to adulthood, they may become very codependent and throw tantrums when separated. There has been much written about the problem with litter mate bonding. Most literature warns that they may never be able to be independent of the other. I also read that they may not bond well with their human, because they are so bonded to each other.

    • Mother and child bonding (dam and offspring). When a pup stays with the Mom longer than 9 weeks, especially if the pup continues to nurse, there can be significant separate issues for both. The Mom can become overprotective and the pup could lack independence.

    • Work pack bonding (think sled dogs or herders). The dogs are not necessarily related genetically in this case. When dogs work together to carry out a task, they learn each others habits, and depend on each other to reach their goals. When not together, you can imagine that they may feel incomplete and lost.

    • Grief bonding. This is where an animal, who may have lost their long time pal, replaces that spot with either another animal in the existing family or a new friend. So, if you have 3 dogs and dog 1 & 2 are bonded, and dog #2 of that bonded pair dies, the mourning dog may bond to dog #3, even if they hated each other when dog #2 was alive.

    • Medical bonding. This is actually one of the reasons we got Louise. Squash was blind and we wanted another dog to help him get around better. Medical bonding is when you have one animal help another, especially when they are blind or deaf. These dogs not only bond because they are together so much, but one would clearly suffer if they are apart. Squash passed away in Louise’s first year, so I don’t think this bond got a chance to be that strong.

    • Trauma induced bonding. Dogs that have survived floods, tornadoes, puppy mills, even being placed in kennels together in a shelter, have been found to emotionally bond over their shared situation.

    • Inter-species bonding. These days we are seeing tons of photos on the internet of animals of different species that seem to be very emotionally tied to each other. If you have a cat and dog that have been together for 10 or more years, it would seem to reason that they would miss the other if separated. Is this a true bonded pair? All I know is that when one of the pack here at the Zoo disappears over the rainbow bridge (whether feline or canine) things do shift.

Are your pets bonded to another animal in your family? Tell us about it.

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Have a wonderful Sunday!

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This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Looking Snowful

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Noel, the Christmas Cat, looking soulfully at the snow. This one is a few years ago. Her look has not changed.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2017 in Cats

 

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