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Thankful Thursday: Loving Fall

Lulu Sofie Oct 13

As the winds from Hurricane Karen swing back into the Mid-Atlantic, we are saying good-bye to the unusually hot Fall, and hello to more seasonable October weather (cold and wet).  We have been very thankful for the added warmth that has allowed us to run around the river for a longer time and I am sure that the boating people were happy for extra days at sea.  But now, with the dark mornings and the shorter days, it seems only right that the leaves actually fall to the ground, and that the earth begin her closure toward the cold months.  I am a Fall person.  It has always been a time of introspection, of pulling in, of preparing for the long dark time, after harvest.  I love the colors, and the sound of the wind, and the cooler nights.  I can’t say that I like the darker days, but they do allow for warm fires in the fireplace and soup and hot tea.  Thank you, Great Spirit, for all the wonders of the universe that we are able to enjoy, every day.  And, thank you for Fall.

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I’m also thankful that Louise is healing well and that Sofie is staying out of the rose bushes.


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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Dogs


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Thankful Thursday: Cost of Freedom

Today is Thankful Thursday and, as always, DogDaz has many things to be thankful for.

Today we are thankful for our freedom.  We are so lucky to live somewhere that we are able to not have to worry much about losing our homes, our lives, or our loved ones.  We walk the streets freely, with dogs in tow, and have peace and quiet around us.  I wish that for everyone, everywhere – but I know it is not so.

Safety and freedom is something that I have always known as an American.  My father fought in World War II and came home with a bullet in his leg for the rest of his life. My cousins and loved ones fought in Vietnam and other military events.  I hate war, it makes no sense to me.  But, whether I understand it or not, I am one of the luck ones.

Thank you to the men, women, and animals, who serve proudly to keep me and you safe.



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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Dogs


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7 Working Animals To Honor on Labor Day

Remember to honor, rest, and rejuvenate – enjoy your Monday.

And remember, no more white shoes or belts until May in the Northern Hemisphere (just kidding).




Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Dogs


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Massive Pet Food Recall

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Dogs


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7.4.13 Thankful Thursday: America The Home of the Free

I am thankful for my freedom.  For the people (and animals) that help keep me safe.  For the ability to speak my mind and believe what I believe, even if it is different than what other American’s believe.  Today, the 4th of July, we celebrate our independence and freedom.

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Dedicated on June 10, 2006, the United States War Dogs Memorial, located guarding the gateway to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey, consists of a bronze statue of a kneeling Vietnam War soldier and his dog, set on a black granite base.  The memorial was designed by sculptor Bruce Lindsay, Architectural Division Manager at Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey. A graduate of Bucknell University, Lindsay’s studio is adjacent to Grounds for Sculpture, the 22-acre sculpture park on the grounds of the former New Jersey State Fair.  The U.S. War Dogs Memorial, while directly representing the War Dog Teams of the Vietnam War, honors all our nation’s war dogs and their handlers – past, present and future.


I’m  also thankful that Sofie’s toe is feeling better.



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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Dogs


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Memorial Day ’13: Soldier Dogs: The 4-Legged Heros

For the United States Memorial Day today, I am reposting this story from 2012 on Soldier Dogs .


These are some of my favorite images from the new 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

Dog are not only our best friends, they are an incredible asset to our safety forces.  Thank you to all the handlers and animals that keep us safe around the world.  – DogDaz



Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Dogs


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5.3.13 Follow Up Friday: Co-Hosting Fun

We are so excited to be co-hosting today’s Follow-up Friday with Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.  Thank you.  We are honored to be helping co-lead the fun today.


4cattoysLast Mischief Monday, when Sofie was eating cat toys, we found out that a lot of dogs like cat nip.  I was wondering if there is anything similar for dogs, like DOGNIP, or will they eat cat toys anyway just because they belong to the cats?  Sofie actually sucks on the cat toys (not chew).  Maybe it is catnip tea?


Spring has sprung here in Annapolis, so on Tuesday we showed off the fresh blooms through the reflection of our front door (with animal noses).  But Sofie is not enjoying the pollen.  Everyone was pretty amazed on Wednesday with the PINK SNOW.  It is actually cherry blossoms, which are a big favorite here in the Washington, DC area.  


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“Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.”


Thursday brought us our weekly thank you, especially for all the wonderful awards we have received.  Our blog friends are the best and we love you.  Even the cats are kissing dogs these days…




That’s it for the week. Thanks for playing along with us.  Check out the hop below and you can go play with others.


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤




Follow Up Friday is part of the blog hop hosted by Heart Like A Dog. and DOGDAZ.





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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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