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Memorial Day ’19: Always Remember the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America

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I repost their story every year because soldier dogs are truly amazing heroes and we must always honor our troops and our service animals and all the fallen spirits that have been taken, for oh, too many reasons. Take a moment, right now, just a few seconds, and be thankful for the wonderful service people that work so hard to stop some really terrible things from happening around the world and remember those that gave their lives for our freedom.

Look at these faces!

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These are some of my favorite images from the book Soldier Dogs. There are more pictures in our slideshow today.

Military Working Dogs play a crucial part in America’s armed services. The best known “Soldier Dog,” Cairo, put crucial canine skills to work in the SEAL Team Six operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Other Military Working Dogs serve as everything from bomb sniffers to troop companions to search and rescue dogs (and also serve in darker roles, such as duty at Guantanamo Bay). Their handlers and trainers, devoted dog lovers down to a man, form an unusually close-knit fraternity within the military.

Soldier Dogs: The Four-Legged Heroes Of Iraq And Afghanistan

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Dogs are not only our best friends, but they are also an incredible asset to our safety forces. Thank you to all the handlers and animals that keep us safe around the world and on this MEMORIAL DAY to all those who lost their lives in service – Your friends at DogDaz Zoo

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Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Storm Cloud

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Louise loves her storm cloud. It has 2 little raindrops in it that you can pull out as separate squeaky toys. She got it in a complimentary Barkbox that someone sent us. It is her favorite at the moment.

Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Walking 3

Sometimes I need a free hand to be able to pick stuff up. I let them take care of each other. I thread Charles’ leash on Sofie’s, and then Sofie’s leash on Louise’s. As long as I have hold of Louise’s lead since she is the heaviest link in the chain, I find that this works. Sofie hates that Charles pulls on her, so usually, she will sit down and keep him in place (which she did right after I took this shot).

How do you control multiple dogs when you need a free hand?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: No Bunnies

The Zoo had a fun time helping the not-so-little humans find the eggs that the not-so-young ones hid all around the yard. They say that it is getting harder each year because there are fewer eggs and they are hidden higher and lower.  Sofie decided that she was going to plant herself in the fern bed. We wanted to help eat all the candy but Mom said her usual, ‘NO,’ so we settled for some really yummy dog and cat treats. Though we do have bunnies living in the front yard, they were smart to stay away while we were hunting. We hope you had a festive weekend.

By the way, no one found the afikoman the night before, so they searched for that too.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2019 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz News: The Truth About The Easter Rabbit

5 Facts about Rabbits from Smithsonian: Giant Rabbits

In celebration of the annual spring appearance of the Easter bunny on Sunday, Smithsonian Science offers these facts from Rabbits: The Animal Answer Guide, a new book by John Seidensticker, conservation scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and Susan Lumpkin, freelance writer.

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Rabbits are not rodents, but lagomorphs (lag–uh-mawrf), a scientific term which means “hare-shaped.” Hares and pikas also are lagomorphs.

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Image: A reconstruction of a giant Minorcan rabbit is shown next to a modern European rabbit. (Image by Meike Köhler)

Scientists studying the bones of an extinct giant rabbit found on the Mediterranean island of Minorca estimate this prehistoric animal weighed as much as 31 pounds! The largest rabbits alive today– domestic breeds such as the Flemish giant–weigh 22 pounds at most.

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Thanks to human introductions the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is found throughout Western Europe, Australia, parts of South America, North Africa and on more than 800 islands around the world. Today in Iberia, Spain, the European rabbit’s sole home for many thousands of years, it is threatened.

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Archaeologists have evidence of people hunting rabbits in the south of France some 120,000 years ago. Scientists suspect even Neanderthals lived on diets made up largely of rabbits

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A “never fail” Kansas folk remedy for reducing fever recommends making a strong tea from the dung of the wild jackrabbit and drinking it every half-hour.

(via: Smithsonian Insider)

Wishing sunshine to all who celebrate this weekend, be it Passover, Easter, or Earthday. 

Your friends at DogDaz Zoo.

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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Animals

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Easter Bonnet?

I know that cat toy was around here somewhere.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: I’ve Got My Eye On You

She’s behind me, isn’t she?!!!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Cats, Dogs

 

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