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6.27.13 Thankful Thursday: Beans & Cones

Today is Thankful Thursday and, as usual, we have much to be thankful for.

beans-pat-3We are thankful for being Pat Bean’s Blog of the Day  That was a sweet surprise because being laid off is making me kind of blue.

She said: “dogdaz If this blogger can find something to be thankful for, than I’m sure the rest of us can. I do so believe it’s a zillion times better to have a half-full glass than a half-empty one. And evidently so does this person.”

So many people have been asking me how I can be smiling and laughing through this whole process.  I know it must seem weird, but I have been working since I am 14 and I know that I will find work.  I guess Pat Bean is right, I am a glass 1/2 full kinda person.  I don’t know how to live any other way.  My last work day is July 12, so  the shock, though real, has not totally hit me yet, I think.  Thanks Pat for making my day.

IMG_20130624_191145_551I am also thankful for head cones, though Sofie isn’t. Every time I take the cone off, she starts eating the bandage. Silly me, I thought today I would give her a brake and take the cone off while we take a short walk.  I figured she would be busy walking, so she could not chew on it.  She sits down in the middle of the street in front of the house, and starts chewing the minute we get going.  You should have seen the disgust on Louise’s face.  She just wanted to walk!

Back inside with you, Sofie – cone on – end of walk for you.  You should have heard her howl when Louise and I left to finish the walk.  It was pitiful  Thank you cone people or she would have chewed her foot off at this point.


What are you thankful for today? 

This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Dogs


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5.2.13 Thankful Thursday: Great Rewards

Today is Thankful Thursday and, as usual, we have soooo much to be thankful for.  One of the great rewards of Pet Blogging is acknowledgement by fellow bloggers.

To add to the 2 wonderful WordPress Family Awards bestowed on us last week, we received a 3rd from Peace, Love, & Whiskers.  You can never have to much family.  Thank you so much to an amazing pet blogger with obsessive cat disorder.plw


And, when we thought that we could not be any luckier, our blogfriend Binki (and Granny), of AngelsWhisper2011 , gave us the ability to chose an award from their overflowing page of wonderful awardness.  We chose, the




  • Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech.
  • This could be written or video recorded.
  • Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
  • The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award;
  • and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES: What makes a good acceptance speech?

  • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
  • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
  • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in

So, here is my little acceptance speech:

DogDaz would like to thank all the people that make our days in cyberspace fun and worthwhile.  We would especially like to thank our friend Binki for thinking so kindly of us and bestowing upon up this wonderful award.  We are so attached to our blogfriends that we feel their presence everyday through their blogs, comments, and likes, and want them to know that they matter and that they make a difference, everyday, in the pulse of the zoo.

The winner of the BEST MOMENT AWARD from DogDaz is Misty Shores Chesapeakes  because they show us some really great moments in dog blogging fun.



What are you thankful for today? 

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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4.25.13 Thankful Thursday: Moscow Wild Dogs Ride Subways

Usually on Thankful Thursday I write about things in my life here at the zoo that we are thankful for, but today, I am reblogging a story from DogFiles, because I think it is a wonderful and generous and something that should be shared. – DogDaz


Moscow’s Wild Dogs Ride Subways To City Center In Search Of Food

Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

But these aren’t just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.

Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.


Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.

Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.

Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”

Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: “They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.”


The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.

With children the dogs “play cute” by putting their heads on youngsters’ knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy – and scraps.

Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”

By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

Reblogged from DogFiles

I am thankful for the people of Moscow that allow these strays to live a complete life. What are you thankful for? 

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Dogs


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4.18.13 Thankful Thursday: Children and Helpers

Today I want to take a moment to say thank you to the helpers in my life and to remember the dead and injured from the terrible events of the Boston Marathon Bombing on Monday.

In the wake of the bombing, the internet, and even the evening news her in the USA, has reflected on a quote by the children’s advocate and showman, Fred Rogers.   He said,

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

That statement is so true and something we should all teach our children (and learn ourselves).  Look for the helpers.  That is important to do even when you are not scared. And remember that animals can be those helpers, as well as humans.


You may not know that Fred Rogers was also a positive voice for pets.  In 1998, he wrote a book called “When A Pet Dies,”  to help children deal with the sadness around losing their first pet.  I like his view on children and pets and it is clear from his writings that pets are definitely among the positive helpers for children’s growth.

“Pets often serve as a trustworthy confidant for a child’s feelings of loneliness, sadness or fear. When adults and friends don’t seem to have time to play, a child can usually count on a pet to be a partner in a game. When a child is sad, a pet can usually be counted on to “listen.” When a child has been scolded and feels bad, a pet will still wag its tail nonjudgmentally and remind the child that he or she is still loved.” – Fred Rogers

I am thankful for people like Fred Rogers, who add a voice of calmness during stressful times, and to all the helpers, 2 and 4 legged, that I have encountered in my scary moments.

What are you thankful for today? 

This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from


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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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