Category Archives: Animals

DogDaz Zoo: Happy 9th Bday, Mini

Mini Cooper is one special cat. She is such a cuddle bug. She really needs to be on you, or at least near you. She loves other animals and just wants to be liked. She wished Charles would let her lay with him, but he says no. She doesn’t seem to mind Jolie but she does not try to cuddle with her. Nowadays she fights with Noel, but I think that is because she misses Mr. Nine so much and has still not gotten used to the fact that he is gone. We are so lucky to have her in our life. Happy Birthday, Mini Cooper.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on May 31, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo in 2016


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Posted by on May 24, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo in 2012


Do you know The Muffin Man?

Baby Nine

Mr Nine the Troublemaker

Stella Day 1 Feb 2012

Why do black dogs love to sit in the sun? Louise 2012

Louise, puppy Sofie, and Mojo Rising

It is great to be a puppy at the DogDaz Zoo

Noel the Blogger

Sharing toys with the puppy is hard, says Lulu


Whose carrot is it anyway?


Life is interesting on the street

Kitten Nine and Puppy Sofie are in love

Sofie: I want to be a cat so I can snack on the bed too!

Louise showing Sofie how to protect the backyard

OMG! Kitty is on my desk because no other cats are here (this never happened before).

Louise was the best girl ever!!!


Constance Kitty, Stella, Noel, Muffin, and Nine having a midnight snack

Memories are so heart-warming and wonderful – Stella is now 12, Noel is 16 and the rest have crossed the bridge.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on May 17, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Always Cats

There will always be cats. When we first moved into the house in 2001 we had 5 felines: Gertrude, Alice, The Muffin Man (Muffy), and the twin Russian Blues; Cuddles (who was anything but cuddly) and Zachary. When Alice, Cuddles, and Gertrude all crossed over the rainbow bridge, we adopted Constance Kitty and Noel, the Christmas cat, who were both special needs kitties. Connie only survived 5 years, but it was a great 5 years. She was one of the silliest cats and had a great sense of humor. Noel, who has no sense of humor, is still going strong at 16. Noel makes us laugh every day, but she doesn’t understand why. We just love them for who they are.

Connie & Squash’s Tail

Snack time at the Zoo

Noel & Connie 2008

Muffin in March 2009

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Posted by on May 10, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: 100 lbs of Fluff

These are some of the first pictures that I posted in November 2011 when DogDaz began. They are of my soul dog, Squash E. Bear. He left us in February 2010. I created the DogDaz Zoo blog partially as a way of trying to heal the giant hole he left. We lost four of our animal companions in 2010 which was a big blow (you can see them on the ANGEL page). Blogging is cathartic for me. My animal companions are a big piece of my heart and my soul, and writing about them takes me to a good place. If you would like to see some of the early stories, you can use the ARCHIVES box on the right side of the blog frame (it’s a dropdown box) and find months and years of stories and pictures. Or use the SEARCH THE BLOG box and type ‘squash.’

Squash & Me 2007

Squash E Bear, 2010, in his last year with us.

Sqaush E Bear, 2006, when he first came to live with us.


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Posted by on May 3, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Remembering Sofie

I can’t believe that it has already been a year since Sofie left us (1 year today). There is never a day that her presence isn’t felt in my heart. She was such a unique spirit and not having her here, in the house, in the yard, continues to feel odd. I know that Charles missed her terribly after she passed as did I. They say that time heals all wounds and what is a year in the scheme of time, so I will just have to give it more. I miss you Sofie Bear but know that you are out of pain and stress and anxiety. I hope you and Louise and Nine are all there on the bridge waiting for me.

Puppy Sofie

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Posted by on March 18, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Jolie’s 7th Bday!

It is hard to believe that we have only been with Jolie since July. She seems like such an integral part of the zoo. Every animal, even Stella, loves her. She is silly and loving and always hungry. I made her pictures mostly into cartoons for her bday. Happy 7th ‘Lil Bit. You make us all smile.

And what is the chance of having one love with a Valentine’s Day birthday? We have 2! Happy bday in heaven today, Mr. Nine. We miss you tons.

Sending flowers, candy, and treats to all our blog friends for Valentine’s Day! Let’s Party!



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Posted by on February 14, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Happy Birthday, Abe

Today is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President. Let’s learn more about his love for animals.

He loved cats and could play with them for hours. When asked if her husband had a hobby, Mary Todd Lincoln replied, “cats.” President Lincoln visited General Grant at City Point, Virginia in March of 1865. The civil war was drawing to a close and the enormous task of reuniting the country lay ahead, yet the President made time to care for three orphaned kittens. Abraham Lincoln noticed three stray kittens in the telegraph hut. Picking them up and placing them in his lap, he asked about their mother. When the President learned that the kittens’ mother was dead, he made sure the kittens would be fed and a good home found for them.

President Lincoln’s compassion extended to turkeys, too. Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on October 3, 1863, setting aside the last Thursday of November, “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” A turkey was sent to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner in 1863, and Tad, Lincoln’s son, named him Tom. Tad befriended the turkey and pleaded with his father to grant “Tom” a stay of execution. Abraham Lincoln took time out from a cabinet meeting to issue “an order of reprieve,” sparing the turkey’s life.

Mr. Lincoln’s compassion extended to dogs, too. Fido was a mixed breed with floppy ears and a yellowish coat. When fireworks and cannons announced Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the Presidential election of 1860, poor Fido was terrified. The Lincolns were worried that the long train trip to Washington, D.C., combined with loud noises, would terrify Fido. John and Frank Roll, two neighborhood boys, promised to take good care of Fido. Mr. Lincoln made them promise to let Fido inside the house whenever he scratched at the front door, never scold Fido for entering the house with muddy paws, and feed him if he came to the dinner table. The Lincolns gave the Rolls their sofa so Fido would feel at home! Did you know “Fido” is Latin? Fido is from “Fidelitas,” which translates as “faithful.”

Nanny and Nanko were White House goats. Tad and Willie liked to hitch the goats to carts or kitchen chairs and have the goats pull them through the White House. Both Nanny and Nanko liked to chew things. Nanny got in trouble for chewing up the flowers at the Old Soldier’s Home. Nanko got in trouble for chewing the bulbs planted by White House Gardener, John Watt.

The Lincolns also had rabbits and cats. Mr. Lincoln named his horse Old Bob. Old Bob was the rider-less horse with a pair of boots turned backward in the stirrups in Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace – National Park Service Kentucky

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Posted by on February 12, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Happy Whistle-Pig Day

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These Ground Hogs are such funny weather predicting creatures. They have names like woodchuck, land-beaver, and whistle-pig. Our regional prognosticator is named Punxsutawney Phil. Phil is known as the “Seer of Seers,” the “Prognosticator of Prognosticators” and the “Most Photographed Pennsylvanian.” People in Pennsylvania dress up in top hats and tails and have this whole big event each year to see if we are going to have an early spring or late winter. Leave it to a rodent to let us know.


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Groundhog day actually designates the middle point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. There are 6 more weeks until the Vernal Equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. No matter what Phil says – SPRING IS COMING!!!!! Make way for crocus and daffodils.

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Posted by on February 2, 2023 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Do What’s Right – MLK

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Posted by on January 16, 2023 in Animals, Dogs


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