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DogDaz Zoo: Tickle Pickle

I love the ear action – DogDaz
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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Mom & Joey On Beach

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: The Snooze



Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Animals


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1.1.13 Carpe Diem: 2013 Pick of the Litter Awards



I tried to wake the animals up to review the year before we move on to 2013, but they said to leave them alone.  

My motto for 2013 is “Carpe Diem,”  “Sieze the day!”  I want to focus on each days wonders and dig deep into making every moment count.  If not now, when?  If not me, who?  

Here is a recap of DogDaz month by month for 2012 before we move on:

January – At that point the blog was only 60 days new.  The Muffin Man turned 18 or 19 (we never really knew his age).

February – Stella and Nine joined the family.  Everyone was really excited.  Nine was about 1 and Stella was 5 months old.

March – The dogs dug up the yard (for the first time) to free the mole   Spring was definitely in the air (and under ground).  Noel, the Christmas Cat, was 5.  Mom was 55.

April – The kittens are fitting in really well…. maybe to well.  Nine is taking over the world.

May – Louise is growing up and does a great job on the blog while Mom travels  The dogs learned to sit pretty for spring pictures.

June – We highlighted the street animals of Istanbul, Turkey from Mom’s trip.  Peanut graduated High School, so the dogs got to be in lots of prom pictures.

July – The dogs and cats took turns writing the blog while Mom was in Australia and had great fun when she returned.  Stella turned 1.  Peanut turned 18.

August – The true DogDaz of summer were upon us. Change was in the air.  Constance was 5.

September – Peanut (the little little human) went off to college and we were all trying to get used to an empty nest. 

October –  Noel took over as top cat., we get hit with SuperStormSandy and Louise (aka Lulu Belle), turned 3.

November – Sofie turned 2 and the blog turned 1.

December – The Muffin Man and Miss Constance Kitty passed over the rainbow bridge to the great meadow.  K8 (the middle little human) graduated from college and came home to stay (bye bye empty nest) – the animals (especially Stella) like having her to play with again.

Awards Review (27 awarded in total, WOW!  We are so blessed and so amazed!) –

Blog Of The Year 2012 Award –  Thank you for the wonderful stars this year from Misaki, The Daily Golden, Lead.Learn.Live, Worldly Winds, and Living and Lovin.Blog of the Year Award 5 star thumbnail

Blog on Fire Award from “I Adopted A Dog – Now What?”

Inspiring Blog Award from Lead,Learn.Live  and also from  I Adopted A Dog – Now What?

The Addictive Blog Award from  Misaki at “The Misadventures of Misaki.”

The Versatile Blogger Award from Dear Kitty. Some Blog. and Hutchagoodlife and Kindness Kronicles and our very first award, from Bassa’s Blog.

“You Make Me Shine” award from Bassa’s Blog.

Worldly Winds gave us this most unusual Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.

The Sunshine Award from themisadaventuresofmisaki.

The Liebster Blog from themisadaventuresofmisaki.

One Lovely Blog Award from  Paws to Talk and  Sweat Like Mambo and Cats & Co and Misty Shores Chesapeakes

The ‘Just Kidding’ Award from Colline’s Blog.

Candle Lighter Award from  Sweat Like Mambo.

Awesome Blogger Award from Fluffy Tufts Gang

Hug Award from Milka [the Great{est} Dane] and  Misty Shores Chesapeakes (Updated posting at 8:30 AM:  I missed Bumpy Road to Bubba – not sure how I did that because she has such a wonderful blog and I apologize because I love to hug that blog everyday!)

Collie’s Choice Award For Best Blog from Collies of the Meadow.


Seize The New Year With A “DOGDAZ Pick Of The Litter Award”

All those named above will receive their first award of 2013 from us:  The DOGDAZ PICK OF THE LITTER AWARD.  You are all something special and deserve the very best, now and always. You get to pick one of the above awards for your very own, as well as proudly display that you are part of the DogDaz Pick of the Litter!


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Dogs


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Monday’s Dugong

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Australia just has the coolest animals – DogDaz


Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Animals


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8.4.12 Noel Took Charge

Noel In Charge

The trouble with leaving Noel in charge of the zoo while I was gone, is that she actually took it very seriously.  Here you see her taking over the dog bed in my office and forcing poor Louise to sleep on the floor.  That is the trouble with animals of different species.  They seem to boss each other around in funny ways.  What I found really cute is that Louise actually listened to her and vacated the bed.  Maybe it is an age before beauty thing; Lulu being the younger animal of course.   I think that in my absence Noel was forced to deal with situations that she did not prefer; like having to be with people other than Mommy and actually being with the rest of the herd/pride.  I noticed that she has been out more the last couple of days since I have been home.  She was investigating ‘Syd,’ the platypus that I brought home from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, for Peanut.  Funny what happens to certain animals when you give then a sense of responsibility.

Maybe Noel will start being more social with the other animals now that she has been in the leadership role.  I doubt it though.  I do find it interesting that the dogs allowed Noel to be in their bed when they do not allow any other cats to even come close.  They are really possessive about their spots usually.  I have seen Sofie get extremely upset at Nine for trying to enter her kennel (she probably was protecting her lovey, Beaver, who was sleeping inside).  The dynamics of my pack/pride are very interesting.  When you change one thing, take out a member or add a member, even for a short time, the relationships seem to shift.  Sometimes they come back to where they started, and sometimes, they don’t.  I really hope the dogs don’t start standing on my desk and sleeping in Noel’s bed under the window.  I don’t think I could deal with that.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Cats, Dogs


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8.3.12 Melbourne and Sydney Trip Animal Pics

Funny dog clothing – Melbourne Open Market

Thinking Buddies – Taronga Zoo – Sydney

EMU – Taronga Zoo – Sydney

Kookaburra – Sydney

Tasmanian Devil – Sydney

Bottlebrush Bush – Sydney

Dhole ( Australian wild dog) – Sydney

Wallaby standing next to me

Big Reds ignoring me

Kanga looking at me

Ibis trying to eat my lunch

Ibis following me around the city

Flightpath Sydney to LAX

‘Not’ Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Animals


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7.30.12 Take Me With You

Muffin said that he is going to live in my pocketbook so that I never leave again, or at least take him with me if I go.  I do not think that the animals would like to travel on these long flights to mysterious places, actually they don’t even like to take short trips in the car. I am glad to be home after 9 days in Australia.  The animals went crazy for a really long time when I walked in the door.  Louise was so happy she actually was biting at me in joy.  I hope they kept you amused while I was gone.  Now that I am back I hope to catch up on all the blogs I have been missing.  I wish someone would pay me just to zooblog all day; work is getting in the way of my blog time, sorry.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Dogs


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7.16.12 Can Dogs Skype?

I only just got home from the family vacation last weekend and Friday I have to hop a plane to Australia for 10 days which I think really impacts the animals . (I like going to Australia but I don’t think the family or the zoo likes me that far away (1/2 way around the world).)  The dogs were crazy when they saw me after 6 days of them being at Sonya’s house (they do not have any concept of where I was except not with them and that they were not home, so explaining vacation would be futile).  They are very used to being with me all day since I work from home.  When I travel for work, they are still home, and all they know is that the alpha ‘feeder, walker, cuddler’ is not with them for X amount of cycles (day/night).  They are stuck with the beta ‘feeder, go out in the yard, yell at us for barking to much’ humans when Mommy is gone.  So in these 4 days before I leave again I better pack in lots of walks and cuddles and play time.  This should hold me, but will it hold them?  I wonder what the dogs or cats would think if they saw me over Skype?  Could they even see that it was me without my smell?  I think they would recognize the voice.  Would it only frustrate them because they could not physically be near me? I know they respond to an occassional bark on the TV, but do they see the images?  The cats definitely see the stuff on my computer monitor, because they swat at things that move and chase them,

Well after this trip they will get me for a whole 4 weeks before I leave again.  I never worried much about this with other dogs, but Lulu and Sofie are very clingy (they are still babies – 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old).  Maybe I will bring them back a Joey (baby kangaroo) that they can play with?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Dogs


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2.15.12 Fairy Penguins and Koala Bears

On this cold morning, I thought I would go to somewhere warm.  So, let’s go to Australia (where the season is opposite of me: I am north and it is winter and there it is summer).  In January 2010 I took a business trip to Australia and I made sure to experience some of the local wildlife (crazy to go that far if you are not going to see those things that you can not see anywhere else.)

On Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne, I had the opportunity to experience the littlest penguins in the world, the Fairy (or Blue) Penguin, which can only be found in Australia or New Zealand.  A viewing area had been set up at the Phillip Island Nature Park to allow visitors to view the nightly “penguin parade.” There were lights and concrete stands for viewing. It was really cold when the sun went down, but after dusk, one my one, and then in small groups, the penguins came on land.  Because they are so little, and lots of things want to eat them, they only come on land in the dark (which makes sense to me).  They scurried along beside the fenced in area to get to their burrows in the rocky cliffs, and I was told, that some of them walk up to a mile to their little homes. For more info you can go to:

I also got to meet some very tired Koala bears.  It was the middle of the day, so they were taking their naps.  They were very big, so do not let these pictures fool you.  Koala’s are not actually bears at all but related to the Kangaroo.  If you want to see them in action go here:

I was kind of sad because I did not see any Kangaroos, but just as I was leaving the area, a few Wallabies came by and I did get to snap a few shots.  It was so excited.  They looked like Kangaroos so that was good enough for me.

Can you find the Joeys jumping?

I love to see things that you can not find in your own area.  This was such a magical experience.  I am hoping at some point to be able to return and maybe get to the Great Barrier Reef.  That was on the other side of the country, so there was no time.  I am feeling warmer now that I have taken you to the wonderful land of Australia.  The dogs would not have liked the Wallabies, I don’t think, since they jump so high, and I hear they kick too.  Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo. ❤


Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Animals


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