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Wonderful Wednesday: Mom Did It!

Mom walked us all by herself. Don’t tell her surgeon. It was a beautiful day and she just wanted to be outside with us and not just in the backyard. So she leased us up and off we went down a whole block and 1/2. She didn’t take Charles because he can get underfoot and she was nervous enough if we pulled her. But we didn’t. Actually, because it was the early afternoon, we saw nobody. Yahoo! Slowly we can walk again. We miss Mom’s walks.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on April 21, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: DaffyDillies


Year after year the spring flowers around the neighborhood start to pop-up in April. It is a wonderful time to walk around and see spring in action. But, Mom is not allowed to walk dogs yet so she is going back through some memory photos to enjoy her time with us in the sunshine. Soon she says, very soon she is hoping that she will get the OK to saddle up and walk 140 lbs of dog weight. We promise we won’t pull you down Mom, unless we see a squirrel, or another dog, or a fox, or….. oh, I guess that is why you are only allowed to walk 17 lb Charles.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on April 14, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Conversations with Sofie Bear

You need to understand that I have a lot to say, Mom, and just because you don’t always understand, does not mean that I am not going to continue to tell you what I think – Sofie Bear

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 31, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: What Happened to Nine

About a week after I was home from the hospital for my back surgery, Nine started to sneeze, a lot. Then a few days later he started throwing up and stopped eating. Then he started throwing up just bile because he had nothing in his stomach (at least that is what we figured). We monitored his output and we were not seeing much (with many animals in the house, though it may sound weird, we know the box habits of each – some cover, some don’t, some use the side – Catpeople know what I am talking about.) Something was not right and we were worried. He was sleeping more than usual and we hoped that it would pass.

Days went by and he was not eating and the gagging continued. He looked dehydrated and failed my pinch test. I tried to get him an appointment at the Vet (it was Friday) but both my vets (our dogs and cats have different ones, don’t ask) were booked until next week. On Saturday, we were getting overly concerned (it has been over a week), so we decided to take him to Vet Emergency (thank goodness for them). What if something was blocking his stomach? What if he was dehydrated and we could not help him? What if…. I researched cat flu, viruses, everything I could. A big fear of mine is that whatever it is will pass on to all the other animals.

Nine must have overheard me making the appointment at Vet Emergency because he totally disappeared. We assume it was into the rafters of the basement (he does like to hide up there). We could not find him for hours. Remember now that I just had triple disc back surgery, so I was of very little help to V around all this because I could not bend, lift, or twist. I called Vet Emergency back and told them that as soon as he reappears we will get him there (it was now late Saturday afternoon).

Finally, he reappeared and we were able to scoop him into the carrier, and off we went to Vet Emergency. Being that it is COVID time, of course, we could not go into the appointment with him, but they make sure to let us know that it would cost lots of $$$$ and they asked if we were ok with a minimum of $XXX before they did anything. What could we do? We said “sure.”

We waited and waited and waited, and then the Vet called and said they did not see any problem upon examination and could they take x-rays, and other things, and of course, you know what we said, “Please find out what is wrong with him.”

We waited and waited and waited, and the Vet called and said they did not know what the problem was but they would send him home with an expensive appetite enhancer and see if that worked. Or we could bring him back on Monday for a $900 test if he was not improving.

5 hours later we all came home (I was not supposed to be sitting in a car that long right after surgery but I forgot that until I tried to walk, the things we do for our loves). Nine went back to his bed and we just shook our heads and wondered what we just put him and ourselves through to have no answers.

Over the next 48 hours, he continued to be sick, not eating, not outputting. Nothing appeared to change. So finally, I gave him this appetite enhancer. Later that nite he was a little hungry, so we started to give him some wet food, then some dry food, then anything he wanted. I gave him the appetite enhancer again the next day. It took a few days, then he appeared to be his old self again. Actually, worse, he is beating everyone up, and being the very spring has sprung Tomcat, running the house and everyone in it.

We will never know what the cause of his illness is or was, but for now, all is well.

Nine – Hitting the camera because he wants more food


P.S. When I had cataract surgery a few years ago, Nine decided to run out the door and get lost for a few days. He always seems to do something when I am at my weakest. Thanks, Nine.

.Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 24, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Noel Turns 14

At 14 years young, Noel is doing fantastic as the Queen of the Zoo. She mostly naps, as always, but has really found her rhythm between Mom’s bed and the herb window, and occasionally a chair, couch, or dog bed.

It is hard to believe from this very sickly kitten with Feline herpes, who had to be held and medicated and hand-fed for months, she has turned into this silly, happy, matriarch of the DogDaz_Cats2 Zoo.

Happy 14th Noel. We love you!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 17, 2021 in Cats


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Wonderful Wednesday: See You Soon

Mom is going to have major back surgery next week and she will be literally, laid up, for a while. Louise and Sofie are going to have a little winter vacation with Sonya, the dog whisperer, for a few weeks while she is recuperating. Mom is not sure when she will be able to start walking long distances again, or when she can take a chance with 55 and 70 lbs dogs pulling her on the end of the leads.

Charlie and the cats will keep her warm until the big dogs return. Hopefully, it all goes well and she will be back walking the big dogs and blogging again in no time.

Don’t go too far away. DogDaz will be back soon.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 27, 2021 in Cats, Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Bring on the Roaring ’20s

This month marks 9 years that DogDaz has been on WordPress. It is incredible the blog friends that we have made. The moments we have shared together in cyberspace. The animals that have entered our lives and those that have left holes in our hearts.

Our wish for 2021 is to end this horrible human plague and to get back to a fuller, more active life. To hug the ones we love and to be able to hold them again. The Spanish Flu in 1918 ushered in the decade we called the roaring ’20s.

“In the Roaring Twenties, a surging economy created an era of mass consumerism, as Jazz-Age flappers flouted Prohibition laws and the Harlem Renaissance redefined arts and culture.”

Maybe this plague will usher in a new roaring ’20s, with a surging economy again, but a focus on redefining civil justice and environmental urgency.

From our Zoo to yours, may you find health and happiness in the New Year and may you always be surrounded by fur, licks, love, and pet hair. Here is to a better tomorrow. Happy 2021!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 30, 2020 in Cats, Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Gotcha Charlie #4

It is hard to believe that Charles rescued us 4 years ago. He has become such a central part of the pack. The top right picture is the day we brought him home and the bottom is Mr. Sexy now.  ❤

Happy Gotcha day, Charles. Little but mighty.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 16, 2020 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: Happy Hanukkah

From our Zoo to yours, may your lights burn brightly,

your latkes be crisp, and

your dreidle always land on ‘take it all.’


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 9, 2020 in Cats, Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: November Review

One second every day (well sometimes 2 seconds) in the life of the Dogdaz Zoo. From summer to winter in the bat of an eye. November was a very active month for humans, but not so much for the zoo: we just hung out in the leaves mostly.

Can you spot Thanksgiving dessert? (Hint: Gluten-free dairy-free apple crisp with Cashew Vanilla Ice Cream) Did you know that Mom also has a food blog called LoriansKitchen? If you are hungry, stop by. 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 2, 2020 in Dogs


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