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Monday Mischief: Benefits of BioRetention

Charles stayed home and missed all the fun today on our walk. Marc, the neighborhood river-rat dog, joined us for a roll when we got down to the point. He lives next to the community beach and is always around. We love a fall day on the Magothy River. Mom said we can’t roll in the new grasses or dig up the new sand*. We are not sure why but we kind of listen to her (you will see at the end of the second video that we are selective in our responses – Bark Out Loud!). There is nothing more fun than a beautiful day by the river with Mom.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

*Our community replaced the failing bulkhead with natural living shoreline to improve water quality and create wildlife habitat

Faced with a failing bulkhead, the community worked with South River Federation to replace approximately 390 linear feet of existing bulkhead with a living shoreline along Mill Creek of the Magothy River.  The project complements the community’s nearby 187 linear foot shoreline installed two years ago. Additionally, this project includes a 4,200 square foot bioretention facility located between a parking lot and the shoreline to capture runoff, as well as 0.25 acres of voluntary reforestation.

This restoration will create a stable shoreline that will work to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and create habitat where there has not been any for decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above photos, provided by shoreline contractor Maguire Marine, show the stunning before and after.

 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Wordy Wednesday: Día de los Muertos




We love celebrating the Mexican holiday “Día de los Muertos,” the “Day of the Dead.” Mom made us all wear these cool skull scarves. I think it has something to do with celebrating our ancestors. Mom says that all the animals that came before us have just run ahead and are waiting for us to catch up. On a foggy day, if you look real hard, you might be able to see them looking back or smell their scent on the wind. How do you celebrate your ancestors?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: October in 1 Second A Day

Monday Mischief: October in 1 Second A Day

October features vampires and ghouls, a lot of nibbling, catfighting over the new scratching post, more nibbling, and old Betty (a friend cat).

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2018 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Clown Behavior Modification

Mom made us wait on the landing while she gave candy and prizes to the little goblins that came to the house last week on Halloween. We were surprisingly good and patient. We usually bark at every little noise and person, but for some reason, we decided to take a break this year. Maybe it was the very scary stick clown that Mommy put in front of us to keep us in line. What is it about clowns? Humans have a funny thing about them. I am not sure that we dogs find them as scary as humans do, but they are pretty weird looking. Maybe Mommy should do a clown test and see if the scary stick clown really did keep us in line. We are not going to let her know either way. Who’s afraid of a big scary stick? Not us!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Wordy Wednesday: Lulu Turns 9

Where does the time go? My Halloween baby turns 9 years young today. It is hard to believe that this little shy puppy that was so neglected, turned into this amazing dog. Louise has a special way about her. She is stoic and it is hard to know if she is hurting or in distress. She is very gentle with her cats and is kind to her pesty pack mates. She rarely gets angry with Sofie, though there are many times that she could. In the last few months, she has become very ‘Mommy, Mommy,’ as I call it. She does not leave my side. I am not sure if that is about me, or about her. The world outside is still a difficult place for her, and she will always have that ‘fearful’ dog anxiety, but together we have learned to enjoy safe places and scary people and animals. I thoroughly enjoy her company and have been blessed with her presence.

Happy birthday, Miss Louise. You have melted my heart.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Alas, Poor Yorick, He Was Allergic

No animals were hurt in the making of this Halloween murder scene.

We have so much fun at Halloween. Maybe because it is just a fun time, no need to cook and bake and worry about family or presents or going to visit people. Here at the zoo, we love the fall and everything that comes with it. Though it is the dying off of the crops and the going to sleep of the plants and the earth, it is a magic time for us. We really enjoy being wrapped in layers and having a crackling fire to warm our bones. Though the cold has started to affect us all, because we are not puppies anymore, it still holds a freshness that makes us feel alive.

Harvest time makes me feel thankful for having food on my table and being able to provide for my family; flesh and fur and fins.  Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project? It helps raise awareness for people who have food allergies (like me) so that everyone can partake in Halloween. Have you ever thought about the child with peanut or milk allergies who can’t participate? Please think about having toys or alternative treats. If you want more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project go to FARE – Food Allergy Research & Education. We give out eyeballs and spiders and other fun things in a separate bucket from regular candy. I give the goblins a choice when they come to the door.

We are ready for mischief – Are you?

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2018 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Boo!!

The trio looking soulfully at the skeletons on the railing. Is this what happens to bad dogs and cats? Is this what happens if Mommy doesn’t feed us for a few days? I am not sure I like these zoomies on my doorstep. What spooky decorations are you doing this year?

Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2018 in Dogs

 

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