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About dogdaz

The DogDaz Zoo is the best place in the world. Meet the dogs: Louise (aka Lulu Belle), Sofie Bear, Charles (the Mugwump) and the cats: Noel (the Christmas cat), Nine (the Mancat), Stella, and Mini Cooper and the humans who love them.

Wonderful Wednesday: November Review

One second every day (well sometimes 2 seconds) in the life of the Dogdaz Zoo. From summer to winter in the bat of an eye. November was a very active month for humans, but not so much for the zoo: we just hung out in the leaves mostly.

Can you spot Thanksgiving dessert? (Hint: Gluten-free dairy-free apple crisp with Cashew Vanilla Ice Cream) Did you know that Mom also has a food blog called LoriansKitchen? If you are hungry, stop by. 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 2, 2020 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Lulu Loves Her New Bed

Louise is so happy with her new orthopedic bed. It has side bumpers so she no longer has to put her head on the floor. She immediately went to sleep on it. Noel, on the other hand, is very happy with the old bed.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 30, 2020 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: Forever Squash


Squash E Bear, I know that you feel me, wherever you are, and that you know how much we miss you.

Fall was your season. Your coat would get so full and fluffy. Oh, how you loved to put your nose high in the air and sniff the change in the wind. It feels like only yesterday that you would crunch through the leaves and make a nest. Ten falls have passed without you and yet, I still see you lying under the big tree, watching for rabbits or squirrels. Now Louise, Sofie, and Lil’ Charles lay where you once did, keeping guard, and ensuring the yard is safe from intruders.

Fall was always our time, Big Guy. Hope they have leaf piles over the rainbow.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 29, 2020 in Dogs


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Caturday: Helping Myself

When Mommy turns her back to feed the dogs, I am very quick to help myself to the dog food. Aren’t I good at it. I don’t think Mom liked the idea that I am self-sufficient.

Remember, cats can have dog food, but dogs should not have cat food. It contains too much fat, calories, and protein that can really upset their tummies and even cause pancreatitis.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 28, 2020 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Thankful For YOU

Today we are celebrating “Thanksgiving.”

It is a fun holiday full of food and smells and family.

I am busy making vegan pumpkin pie and marinating the tofurky* and roasting all those wonderful winter root veggies.

Thanksgiving is a time when I look back at the people and things in my life and take stock of that for which I am most thankful.

I am thankful for 11 years of blogging this month, which has allowed me to meet YOU, my readers. I have met your families and your pets. You’ve shown me your life through pictures. You’ve read me your poems, and most of all, you have allowed me to experience your life through your blogs.

Thank you from the bottom of my DogDaz heart. – Lorian

The trio sleeping off a good holiday meal.



Many pets can get a little too much food today, as do the people. So, as you are getting ready to sit down to the dinner table, here are some tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for a while, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 26, 2020 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Sofie Turns 10

Sofie Bear, my very complex bundle of anxiety, I love you to the ends of the earth and back. 10 years around the sun is a wonderful number of turns. You are a special girl and have taught me much. Keep finding that sunspot.

Happy Birthday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 25, 2020 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: A Comfy Toy To Nap On

I have no idea why she always lies on a toy, but she does.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: Home Is…

Home is where your dogs are!

Can you find Sofie?

Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday!

Stay Home and Save Lives. One of them may be someone you love!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 22, 2020 in Dogs


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Caturday: Stopping & Thinking

Mini just stopped by while I was eating breakfast, for who knows what reason. And then, moved on.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

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Posted by on November 21, 2020 in Cats


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Wonderful Wednesday: Change Is In The Air

Sofie: Another beautiful afternoon sitting in the leaves. Big tree sure does drop a lot of them.
Charles: Hey, Sofie. I smell some change in the air.
Louise: Change? I don’t like change. I think I will hide here in this pile of leaves until it passes. Maybe I will come out on January 21st.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 18, 2020 in Dogs


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