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DogDaz Zoo: Louise Is Now An Angel

There are almost no words to express the deep pain that we feel after the loss of Louise last Friday, June 17.

She was such an excellent soul. Quiet and gentle; the cats all wanted to be her friend; the dogs all looked up to her. She never complained even at the end when I knew how much her back must hurt with a compressed or ruptured disk that made it almost impossible for her to walk. Stoic to the end – she did not like me helping her to get around and especially not to go to the bathroom. What is weird is that, since the oral cancer diagnosis last December, we thought that was what would take her from us. But, I guess, the powers that be had other ideas.

We want to believe that she is running free in that big meadow in the sky over the rainbow bridge with Sofie and Nine, and her big brother Squash, who left when she was only a puppy. Now I hope she is with her best friends Mojo and Amy, who she missed every day since they too left this earthly plane, and whom she never stop sniffing for.

Go softly, my sweet Louise. Your memory will always be a blessing to us. Thank you for letting us be your family for 12-1/2 years.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 18, 2022 in Animals, Dogs


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3.1.13 Follow-Up Friday: Almost There & A Chair

winter walk 1Following up on Monday Mischief, the dogs and I have started to walk a little again.  Recovery is about 50% there, if I don’t screw it up.  I tend to try and do to much to soon, because I am impatient.  I see the surgeon next week, so we will see what he thinks.  I am walking the girls further and further every day.  We are all really happy to be getting back to ‘normal,’ especially with spring coming.  I haven’t tried to walk down to the water since last month when I had trouble getting back up the hill and started to cry.  Maybe soon though.

Louise on her chair

Louise on her chair

In response to the Wordless Wednesday post on Louise hanging off her office chair, everyone said that I need to go out and get her a dog bed, bean bag, coach, or (my favorite from Cupcake) a Barkolounger.  WunderButt offer us his chair, which was very nice.   This weekend I definitely need to see what the options are.  I think she will still hop up in her chair most of the time because she likes to be up at my level but thank your all for the suggestions.

People were in love with the little Munchkin kitty that I posted a GIF of on Wednesday.    They are like a corgi kitty: little legs with a big heart.  Peanut turned me on to this newly created breed of cat that was noticed around 1983.  The history can be found on Wikipedia – Munchkin Cat. 

I can’t believe today is the first of March.  That means 20 days until Northern Spring!  Yahoo!!!!  Birds have been flocking to the feeders and the bird bath.


Follow Up Friday is part of the blog hop hosted by Heart Like A Dog.  Check out the other blog hoppers:


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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2.22.13 Follow Up Friday: The ‘Why I Love Thee’ Award

fish81Two follow ups for this week.  First is on the post I did about Blog Fishing.  We got wonderful comments from so many people on what they do to try and handle all the blogs they want to read.  Jodi, from HeartLikeADog, suggests Google Reader, so I am going to give that a try.   Lots of people say they read only what comes in their email.  These are all great ideas to Blog Fish.  Thanks for the comments.      


And secondly this week we received a lovely “Why I Love Thee” award from our little friend Kirby, at Kirby’s Dawg Blog.  Kirby is just the cutest little thing. He is about 10 months old, and he and his human, Lea, really enjoy all things blog.  It looks like they have a lot of fun.  Thanks for the award, we are honored to be chosen.   


The rules of this award are quite straightforward.

First you thank the friend who passed the award to you – thank you very much, Kirby! And link to their blog – see above.

Then, if you’re an animal, you tell everyone why you love your bipeds (your people). If you’re a biped you tell why you love your animal(s), or why you love animals in general, or anything you like about love. (Clowie, of Clowie’s Corner, who gave Kirby the award, who then gave it to us, added the last two because, she said that not all bipeds are lucky enough to have animals living with them.)

Then you pass the award on to at least one other blogger.

Why I love my bipeds – by Louise (aka Lulu Belle)

I love my bipeds because they make me feel safe.  Mom taught me that not every biped is cruel and will hurt me.  The family, especially the little big bipeds, give me a tons of cuddles and let me sleep on their beds.  The best thing about my family is that they are mine.  I know that they will always be with me and that they will always protect me, and I them.  Also, they brought me my little sister, Sofie Bear, that I love very much. (But Mom, I could do without the felines!)  

Now I pass it on to 4 blogs that I love:


Dakota’s Den

My Three Moogies

Golden Woofs


Follow Up Friday is part of the blog hop hosted by Heart Like A Dog.  Check out the other blog hoppers:


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Dogs


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1.31.13 Thankful Thursday: I Got REALITY!

I am so thankful to receive a new award that I never saw before from Oz The Terrier.  It is called the REALITY Award.  Each letter of the award  stands for some really cool word.


Oz, whose real name is Oscar, lives in Florida.  He looks a lot like that dog Toto from the Wizard of Oz movie, which is no accident, since it is his Mom’s favorite movie of all time.  He is a breed called a Cairn Terrier.  His favorite food is bacon, so who would not love him!  Thank you Toto Oscar Oz!

Oz in the grass Here are the rules for this award:

1) Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you – done!

2) Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them – done!

3) Answer 5 simple questions (well, I wouldn’t call them simple, but here goes…)

A) If you could change one thing, what would you change?
Louise (aka Lulu Belle):  I would change the fact that Mommy can’t walk us now because her knees don’t work.  I miss our walks really really really bad and am not happy about it.

Sofie Bear: Hummm, change?  I would change having to go to sleep in my kennel at night.  I would rather sleep right outside it: so what if I wonder and chase cats in the middle of the night.

Noel, the Christmas Cat:  I would be the only animal in Mommy’s life.  

Nine, the ManCat:  I would be a dog.  

Baby Stella:  I would raise Mommy’s bed an inch or two, so that it is easier to hide under.

B) If you could repeat an age, what would it be? Any year?
Well, we are a pretty young bunch, but I guess being a puppy or kitten at like 20 weeks was fun. (Noel 6-1/2, Louise 3, Sofie 2, Nine 2, Stella 1-1/2)

C) What is one thing that really scares you?
Louise:  Pretty much everything scares me, but especially strangers.

Sofie:  When Mommy gets mad and uses that BIG voice.  

Noel:  People  

Nine: Nothing (well maybe Louise sometimes when she growls at me).  

Stella: When anything or anyone moves.

D) What is one dream you have not completed and do you think you will be able to accomplish it?
Mommy:  I always wanted to raise a hybrid breed of dog that would be a watcher and caretaker for children.  I don’t think I will get to it this time around though.

E) If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?
Louise:  Balto (brave and fearless)

Sofie:  A golden retriever

Noel:  I only would be me, since there is no cat better in the world.

Nine:  Houdini

Stella:  Audrey Hepburn

4) Display the award on your blog somewhere – done!

5) Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them
There are so many deserving blogs, but I think I will focus on just a few REAL Winners today.

Marking Our Territory – to Eko for dealing with the silly boots

Misifusa’s Blog – keep spreading the love

Peace Love & Whiskers – for amazing introductions

My Life in Blog Years – for always hopping and hosting and having great pictures

This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Dogs


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1.21.13 Monday Mischief: Foxy Fun

I know that toy is around here somewhere.

I know that toy is around here somewhere.

Where is that fox?

Where is that fox?

Mom!  I can;t find my fox, do you know where it is?

Mom! I can’t find my fox, do you know where it is?

Mom! Louise has all the toys and she isn't sharing.

Mom! Louise has all the toys and she isn’t sharing.

It was a rainy Monday and Mom couldn’t walk so we were stuck inside.  Louise wanted to find something special to play with.  We removed every toy from the toy box but that wasn’t enough, she was on a mission.  I went to mope because Louise was having all the fun. Then… I saw it. – Sofie Bear

Hehehe.  Look what I got, Louise.  Nana nana na.

Hehehe. Look what I got, Louise. Nana nana na.

BOL (Bark Out Loud)


This is a blog hop. I hopped it from Snoopy’s DogBlog. Check them out for more mischief.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Dogs


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1.12.13 What do other people do?

Wow, it is hard to stay away from the blog for a week.  It makes me realize how addicted I am to the process of putting my thoughts down about the little furry ones and also reading all the fun things that people are saying and doing in their worlds.  I must say that it was kind of freeing not to have to meet the deadline of a postaday (which I had been doing for 14 months), because, sometimes, I did find that to be stressful, and that is not what I want this experience to be.  

IMG00522-20120115-1534I have been out of town on business all week so I have been crazy busy without blogging, but I have missed it. I wanted to tell you that life has changed here at the zoo a bit since I decided to take a week off.  Not just because we are still trying to get used to the loss of Miss Constance Kitty and The Muffin Man, which we feel every day, but because, I badly injured my knee last Friday (final diagnosis yet to be known) and currently I can not walk the dogs (or myself for that matter).  This has really complicated my life since I love to walk them.   It is hard enough for them with my travel schedule, because no one walks them when I am out of town (mostly they go in the yard and then to day care twice a week), but now, even I can not walk them.  I have 2 active puppies who love the time with me and also have the need for that type of exercise.  I am worried because Louise usually waits and will not do her business until I take her for a walk.   I have no idea how long before I can really walk far again and if I need surgery, ‘Oh Boy!’ that will really tie me down.  Should I hire a dog walker?  I know this is silly but I don’t really want to because I am jealous and want to be the one to be with them, but it needs to be about the dogs, not me.  

What do other people who can’t walk do?  Will the dogs get used to just being ‘yard dogs?’  Will they still love me? (I guess I am feeling a little low…)  What a weird post to restart my year but it is going to be a little different for a while.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Dogs


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12.30.12 Black and White Sunday: First Snow Frolick

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Louise enjoying the first snow of the season

Sofie had never seen snow before (I guess we did not get much last year).  She was running around like a crazy dog.  When she finally calmed down, she just stood in the yard and looked on in amazement.  They had so much fun running around chasing each other until finally Louise decided she was cold and wanted to come in. I think Sofie would still be out there, if I let her. 

Sofie's 1st snow ever.She was amazed, 2012

Sofie’s 1st snow ever.


This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to My Life in Dog Years for hosting. Click here to get to know other wonderful animals and their parents and to see how you can take part in this fabulous blog hop!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Dogs


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11.13.12 A Lesson In How Not To Train Your Dog

So the girls and I were out at the school yard running around.  I wanted you could see the joy that Louise has when in an open field with no scary other humans or animals to distract her.  I tried to capture a moment on video.  Then as I was looking at the video, I realized the probably everything I did was reinforcing the wrong things.  For example. I call the dogs to me.  They start to come but they don’t get all the way there.  So I call them again, repeatedly.  This is wrong, right?  I should be able to call them once, and if they loved me listened to me, they would be right in front of me in a good sit position until I released them. But NOOOOO!, I gave them treats anyway and reinforced the, wishy washy behavior.  Then, when I released them, I kept talking. 

(Note to Mommy trainer:  Stop talking so much because you confuse them.  Only treat when they really do what you asked.) 

We were having the best run when a boy on an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) came loudly and speedily into the school yard and scared us.  Thereby stopping our freedom and also causing Louise to go back into the fearful place.  What is an ATV doing in the neighborhood anyway?  Are they even allowed in such a populated area?  After we regained our composure (Louise on leash), the noisy monster left, we walked home happy and tired.  I do hope you like the little Non-Training Video, especially listen to the smacking sound when Sofie takes the cookie. 

(Another Note to Mommy trainer: Tired dogs are happy dogs (or something like that).  They had fun and that is important.)

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Dogs


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