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DogDaz Zoo: VACATION!

It is vacation time. But, don’t go far (we sure aren’t).

Mom is going to take some time off from computers to rest her eyes.

We will return soon.

Have a wonderful Independence Day!

 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2020 in Animals

 

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DogDaz Zoo: A Daddy Roll

Happy Father’s Day! 

I loved to sit on my father’s shoulders. He would walk down the street with me way up top and we would play a game he called ‘high bridge, low bridge.’ He would stoop down when a low branch came so that I cleared the danger. I was so lucky to have a man in my life who was a true Daddy.

Someone asked me one thing that I learned from my Dad and I said ‘kindness.’ Can you name something you learn from your Dad?

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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Animals

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Honor Our Veterans

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Animals

 

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Black and White Sunday: Cooperative Gazing

A rare moment with Noel, Nine, and Mini Cooper all looking out the door probably at a squirrel or bird on the deck.

It is not often that these 3 do anything together, and definitely not cooperatively. According to my research, there may exist a very loose dominance hierarchy amongst a group of cats, but they do not form an interdependent hierarchy as dogs do. That means that they do not have a pack mentality, though they can gang together for survival, usually around food (hence feral cat colonies in the wild). The other interesting thing I learned today is that cats have relatively limited ability for complex visual signally, which we see in other animals that form social groups, because cats largely developed as solitary hunters, without the need for complex social interaction between each other. Not having this signally ability can lead to more fighting (basically they don’t understand what the other wants). It is all starting to make sense to me now…..

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Animals, Cats

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Nine is 9!

Mr. Nine, our 9th cat, is 9 years young today. He is a wonderful Tomcat. He loves to butt heads and kiss faces with you. Lately, he is very sweet on Louise and likes to kiss on her too. His favorite pass time is stacking the cave crickets in the laundry room when he is not looking down on you from the rafters. A good-natured cat, he rarely gets into to much trouble.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Big Boy!! 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2020 in Animals, Cats

 

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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, 2020 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 20, 2020 in Animals, Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Sofie the ‘Goldilocks’ Bear

Mom! Louise has all the toys and she isn’t sharing.

This picture is from 2013. It cracks me up. Sofie still does this 7 years later. Steps are a great vantage point, and also, it seems her body fits perfectly. I have found over the years, especially because I document almost everything, that behaviors don’t change much. Louise never lies on the steps. Maybe because she is too big? Charles will sit on the steps but I have never seen him lie down. Maybe because he is too small and it would be vulnerable. Sofie’s stair is ‘Just Right.’ Now I know why I named her ‘Sofie Bear,’ because she is just like Goldilocks in the story of the Three Bears.

Illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1918

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in Animals, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: 2019 Year In Review

When you look at a whole year in less than 9 minutes you realize that your life is full of moments that are so valuable. We were so blessed this year with everyone at the DogDaz Zoo staying relatively healthy and happy. We look forward to another year of moments and cuddles and licks and love. The greatest lesson I learn from documenting life with my Zoo is that consistent love and caring make everything flow in just the direction it should. Oh yes, as long as we do it Queen Noel’s way.

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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in Animals

 

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DogDaz Zoo: New Year Rant and Review

Wow! It is now 2020. My daughter, Peanut, told me the other day (she is 25), that “we will never see the ‘teens’ again in our lifetime” as we move into the twenties. Now, that is a very profound thought. It made me stop and take a pause on all the things that pass me by with little notice. How an instant, or a year or 50, is just a jumble of moments and pictures burned on the memory of my total recall. I think about all the people and the animals that have graced my time. I am so thankful that I have had this platform to document moments and days, and now years, of my Zoo. Maybe, when I no longer have the capability to recall the images in my mind, this blog will be here to remind me of how wonderful those moments were and are. Feel free to visit my Angels page to get a look at the many many many furbabies that have blessed me with their time. I am one lucky ZooKeeper and want to thank you for stopping by,

Sam & Zack 1999

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

Cuddles, 2002

Puppy Lulu 2010

Sofie Day 1 Feb 2011

Squash tail with Connie attached 2008

Noel & Connie 2008

Noel & Muffy 2010

Constance Kitty, Muffy, Noel, Zachary 2010

Muffy & Gertrude 2004

Muffy supervising the Guinea Pigs 2006

The Muffin Man 2002

Louise Fall 2011

 

Where’s Sofie? 2011

Besties 2010 (Baby Lulu and Old man Squash)

Squash & Me 2007

Sending Hugs and Love to You and Yours for a fabulous 2020!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2020 in Animals, Cats, Dogs

 

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