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Wonderful Wednesday: New Holiday Look

Every year Mom, of course, has a furry merry holiday theme going on. This year she added me, Jolie, to the animals. I get to shine next to the spirit of Louise. After a million years of searching, she also found some holiday cats. Last year she ordered one from China and it never came. This year she jumped on it and got the last set in stock and drove many miles to pick it up (do you think she is obsessed). V said they look very ‘made in China’ with their pink ears, but Mom likes them a lot. Now almost everyone is represented (missing one cat at the moment but maybe the baby bear will stand in for Stella). I can’t wait to see what happens inside the house.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 7, 2022 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Strike A Pose

Jolie here: I am really enjoying my new winter clothes. Mom says I look awesome. It has gotten really cold in the mornings so a sweater and even a coat are required. Mom is contemplating something called boots too because I hate when my feet are wet, but I am not sure that I would like them. Don’t you think this sweater goes great with my coloring? Your loss Charles, you never liked to wear clothes anyway.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 5, 2022 in Dogs


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Caturday: Reinstated Blog Assistant

Hi. Noel here. Mom said that I haven’t helped her in her office for a very long time. Mostly I have been sleeping on her recliner in the living room or on a dining room chair. But the other day something scared me and I wandered down the long hall and found Mom’s office. That reminded me that I used to spend a lot of time in there helping her do her work and especially create the DogDaz blog.

Mom gave me my old job back as her office assistant, but mostly I can be found sleeping in the guest office chair, which has now forced Jolie to sleep on Louise’s old office pillow on the floor.

Displacing the little dog is a great perk of getting my office job back. She had taken over the guest chair and now it is mine!

I think I will keep this job for a while, or at least until I forget where the office is again.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 3, 2022 in Cats


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Wonderful Wednesday: N is for Napping

We love the couch. Our couch is the perfect place to nap. We nap a lot. Mom says that we are just lazy loafers.

According to

On average, most dogs spend about 50% of their day sleeping—about 12 hours in a 24-hour period. Puppies, large-breed dogs, and older dogs may sleep more, while small-breed dogs and working dogs may sleep less.

In addition to the 50% of their day spent sleeping, dogs will then spend another 30% of their awake hours doing what I call “loafing.” Just like with humans, loafing is when a dog is awake but really not doing much of anything—just hanging out. Typically, loafing time is spent lying down, watching the world go by, and generally enjoying being lazy.

So, that comes out to a whopping 80% of the doggy day being spent not doing much of anything at all.

Our couch is the perfect place to be lazy loafers. That and the top of the stairs.

Where do you love to loaf?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 30, 2022 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Mom’s Little Helper

For Thanksgiving Mom always makes apple something. I like apples. They are yummy. So when Mom sat down to peel lots and lots of apples, I definitely wanted to assist.

She did let me watch and she even gave me some apple to chew on. But she would not let me have the whole thing. She said something about how apple seeds could make me crazy and even possibly kill me.

It was worth it in the end because Mom dropped a dallop of vegan ice cream on the floor by accident and I got to gooble it up.

If you want Mom’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and occasionally vegan recipe you can find it, and many more, at 

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 28, 2022 in Dogs


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Caturday: Memories – Sweet & Painful

Sofie Bear would have been 12 years old yesterday. Here she is with Mr. Nine from a few years back. Nine would have been 12 this coming February. They passed too young at 11 years old. I miss them both a whole lot and I am thankful I got to spend so many years with them.

Memories are a double-edged sword: both sweet and painful at the same time.*

*I am not sure where I heard that quote, or who said it, but it makes a lot of sense.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 26, 2022 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Thanksgiving Food For Cats

Dear Noel – I know that my humans are planning a big food celebration tomorrow – they call it Thanksgiving. All they ever give me though is dry kibble. How do I get my human to understand that I can have some leftovers too! – Please help. I am Hungry in Hagerstown

Dear Hungry – Many humans do not understand a cat’s diet. We are obligate carnivores, which means we have to have MEAT to live. But fat on the other paw can make us sick. In the wild, we would eat about 3 or 4 mice a day (yum), depending on our size. But remind them that we are little creatures and our calories per day should be limited to our size. And, we are each different, so tell your human to ask your Vet, since I am not a medicine cat and don’t know what is right for you.

You can have many wonderful COOKED lean proteins:

  • 1 ounce of cooked TURKEY white meat
  • Skinless chicken (MY FAVORITE)
  • Liver
  • Lean beef
  • Lamb
  • Cooked eggs
  • Cooked salmon/tuna
  • Canned fish

Don’t forget your veggies and grains:

  • Raw Pumpkin/squash, peas, and cucumber
  • Cooked carrots, broccoli, green beans
  • Mashed sweet potato
  • Cooked oatmeal

And your fruit:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew (no seeded)
  • Peeled apples

But remind them that you cannot eat the following:

  • NO FAT
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Coconut Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee or caffeine
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Seeds
  • RAW fish
  • Bread dough
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked bones
  • Milk
  • Chives
  • Candy / Gum
  • Artificial sweeteners (Especially XYLITOL)

See this Basic guide 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget to beg for more!

– Queen Noel, the Christmas Cat,

Charles, the Mugwump,


Mini Cooper,

Jolie, the Muppet

& Mom.

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 23, 2022 in Cats


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Monday Mischief: We Have A Dobby

Mom bought us a house elf named Dobby because he is supposed to have a surprise inside and she thought Jolie might actually want to play with him. At least that is what the package said. Whatever is inside did not interest either of us, but we think he is cute and will keep him around awhile.

Mom said to be careful because he will want to take our socks, whatever that means?

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 21, 2022 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Charlie Update

Charles here – I am interrupting the Caturday post to bring you an update on my bladder surgery:

Everything is going great. The first day was hard and no one told Mommy to have ramps and things for me to get up onto the bed and couch and boy, did coming up the stairs hurt, But you know me, Mr. Biter, I would not let anyone carry me, even though the stairs were really tough.

I was not very impressed with the ramp Mom made from pillows, but Joile thought it was a hoot!

I am making Mom crazy with going out a great deal, but maybe it is because I am just getting used to not having that big bladder stone anymore. The Doctor called and said that it was a CALCIUM  OXILATE stone. That is what we thought and there is not much we can do but stay on the special urinary diet we are on and hope no new ones grow.

Mom says I am licking myself too much and she is going to the store to get a baby onesy. That sounds awful.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 19, 2022 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Doing Ok

Charles here: I just wanted to let you know that I am Ok and did very well with my surgery. The Doctor said I am a real trooper.

It is going to be hard for a few days until all the stitches heal but I should be as good as new, for an old guy. They aren’t going to get rid of me so fast. At 14-1/2 years old and 14 pounds, I plan to be around for several more sun rises.

The Dr said that the stone was so big and green and odd, that they are sending it to a lab to make sure it wasn’t some alien from outer space. Then maybe we can know what we can do to avoid more in the future.

I am having trouble with the stairs and don’t want anyone to touch me, so I am trying to bite people to leave me alone. It’s not that I don’t love them. Mom made me a ramp to get up on the bed cause I can’t even do my dog stairs. But hopefully I’ll be OK soon.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 16, 2022 in Animals


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