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Wonderful Wednesday: 2 Headed Hydra

In ancient mythology, hiding in murky waters near Argos, was a nine-headed serpent with poisonous venom, called the Lernean Hydra. My monster only has 2 heads, 8 legs, and 2 tails and will lick you to death but I thought they looked kind of similar to the one in the Hercules tale. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2022 in Dogs

 

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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.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2022 in Animals, Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Winter Walk

 


Expecting a snowstorm tonight. This 40 to 18 to 60 to 10-degree variance is making me crazy.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: 63 to 18

January 2, 2022 – 63 degrees – t-shirt walking weather

January 3, 2022 – 18 degrees – 9 inches of snow –

Mom said no walk today – go make your own path!

What a difference a day makes.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Bye Bye, Lambchop

We had delayed our Christmas holiday celebration until last weekend because Peanut had COVID. She is doing OK now. The dogs finally got to play with their presents. Louise loves squeaky toys and she got a Lambchop stuffy. But she was not able to bite down on it because of the tumor*. She was frustrated. I did not realize that this would happen.

Sofie decided, heck with that, if this thing is going to upset Louise, I am going to eat its face off! Sometimes you just have to destroy a stuffy for your sister.

*Louise has Canine Acanthomatos Ambleoblastoma. If you want to learn more you can find info in our CAA FaceBook Group which tells all about it and follows Louise’s story.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: What’s In A Name?

 

I don’t know about things at your house, but each of the animals at the zoo has at least 4 or 5 ‘pet’ names. I wonder why they are called ‘pet’ names? And why are special people called ‘pets?’ (And why is it bad to be the ‘teacher’s pet?’) Is that because they are loved so extra special much? Louise, aka Lulu Belle, Lulu, BooBoo Head, Boo, Lunny, Milky Toe, has about 7 names. What’s your ‘pet’ name? (Do pets have ‘pet’ names?)

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Happy 2022 From DogDaz Zoo

See you next year. We are gonna take a few days off and start blogging again in 2022.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Your Friends at DogDaz Zoo

Louise, Sofie Bear, Charles, Noel (the Christmas Cat), Nine, Stella, Mini Cooper, and Mom

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2021 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: What a Zoo!

Hanukkah and Christmas are done but Kwanza starts today.

Then on to New Year’s Eve and Day!!

Give us any reason to party at the DogDazCats2 Zoo!

Can you name all of us? 2 of us look a lot alike in black and white and one of us is still in color.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2021 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Yule 2021

 

Tuesday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice if you are in the Northern Hemisphere and the reverse in the Southern Hemisphere. On the Winter Solstice, we observe a Germanic holiday that pre-dates the Christmas holiday by thousands of years – YULE. Yule celebrates the wheel of the year with bonfires, decorations of holly, mistletoe, and boughs of evergreen trees (sound like Christmas?). There are also feasts and gift-giving. This is a celebration of the rebirth of the sun and the light that it brings to the Earth (remember from here on it starts to get lighter every day until Summer Solstice in the north).

It is interesting to look at the similarities between Yule and the Christmas traditions:

  • The midwinter feast lasts for 12 days
  • Vikings decorated evergreen trees with gifts
  • Mistletoe was believed to have healing powers (kiss kiss)
  • In the Norse tradition, Old Man Winter visited homes to join the festivities. The Viking god, Odin, was described as a wanderer with a long white beard. He is considered the first Father Christmas.
  • Viking children left their shoes out by the hearth on the eve of the winter solstice with sugar and hay for Odin’s 8-legged horse, Sleipnir.

Whatever you celebrate – have a wonderful time doing it!

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2021 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Weeping Wednesday: Pathology

We got the results from pathology regarding the growth that was biopsied in Louise’s mouth. It is a fast-growing tumor that destroys the jaw called Canine Acanthamotous Ameloblastoma (CAA).

WARNING: Stop reading now if you will get uncomfortable with the details. 

Basically, she has a mass in the lower part of her front jaw that is visible and is around her front teeth. The good news is that CAA has never been reported to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize), so it is often called ‘benign.’ However, it is locally aggressive and her tumor is doubling in size every 10 days or so. Underneath what we see it is destroying the jaw bone. It is life-threatening.

The first option for treatment, due to a large amount of underlying bone involved, is to surgically remove a portion of the jaw, called a mandibulectomy (graphic link), and to take large margins around the tumor to ensure it is all removed. For patients, like Louise, where surgery is not an option because of multiple reasons, the second option would be radiation.

Louise turned 12 last October. The normal life expectance of a dog her size is 10 to 12 years. She has pancreatitis and irritable bowel disease. Figuring out what health intervention is in her best interest is one of the hardest decisions we ever had to make. We do not want to put her through either of these options. The surgery would take her lower jaw, which I think at her age would be a difficult recovery to regain function, and the side-effects of radiation are horrible (if her IBD would even tolerate it.)

I have started a Facebook group dedicated to this journey. It is called Canine Acanthamotous Ameloblastoma – Dog Oral Tumors Please feel free to join if you want to follow what is going on. I am not going to fill DogDaz with her medical stuff because it is graphic and sad, so I will put it there.

Keep us in your prayers as we go through this thing. We are heartbroken.

Please, don’t post any negative comments on the choices we have made for Louise’s care – they will be deleted. 

NOT Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2021 in Dogs

 

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