Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy 4th of July, Eh?

It is becoming more common each year for Canada and America to celebrate this time together. Canada celebrates Canada Day every July 1st and American celebrates Independence Day every July 4th. Canada's holiday marks Confederation - the day in 1867 when we became a country. America's holiday marks its independence from Great Britain in 1776.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Long Weekend Is Here

Is there anything that says "Canada" more than a dog in a Mountie uniform? Have a great Canada Day and long weekend to my Canadian readers!

Photo: Weiner Dog Rescue Blog

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Spencer and Sunny

What's your caption

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lonesome George

Yesterday, another species became extinct with the passing of Lonesome George. Lonesome George was  the last Pinta Island Tortoise .  He was 100 years old. In spite of efforts to take good care of him and to breed him with females very close to him genetically, the breed could not be saved so he became the last of his kind.

Lonesome George
Photo: National Geographic

When you need a friend

Cartoon from Grouchy Puppy Facebook page

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Meowsings

When I find myself balancing on one leg and then the other to put on my socks because I don't want to  disturb my sleeping cat by sitting on the bed, I realize that I am very well trained.

Photo: Kitties For Us

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Zoo Animals Safe After Minnesota Flood

By all accounts the staff did everything in their power to recover the animals and keep them safe. PETA thinks otherwise. The nuisance organization is levelling accusations of animal abuse and neglect and is demanding the Zoo be prosecuted for the tragic deaths of some of the animals.

PETA has a habit of swooping in like some Monday morning quarterback who did not watch the game.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Enjoying The View

Kizzie keeping cool by the patio door

Sleeping It Off

Sunny sleeping through the heat wave

This little boy loves my purse!

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Pet Sitters International has designated the Friday following Father's Day as Take Your Dog to Work Day to raise awareness for pet adoption. This year it is taking place on Friday, June 22. All around the world people will participate by bringing their dog to work, and organizing fundraisers for local animal shelters.

Canadian Living Magazine has posted an article on their website called "Your Complete Guide to Take Your Dog to Work Day" They have included good tips and advice that are well worth looking at.

Photo: Dog Star Canine

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Endangered: Hawaiian Monk Seals

The Hawaiin's call them "Ilio-holo-ikauaua" (pronounced ee-lee-o holo ee ka ooa-ooa) meaning "dog that runs in the sea".  At an estimated population of 1,060 the Hawaiin Monk Seal is facing extinction and the population is declining by about 4% per year.

Photo: NOAA News

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Meowsings

A cat has approximately 60 to 80 million olfactory cells (a human has between 5 and 20 million). If that is true why do they not pass out before leaving the litter box?

Photo Credit

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cats Don't Play Frisbee

People with dogs can go to the park or beach with their pet in the summer and enjoy throwing a Frisbee or stick, chase a ball, or go swimming. People with cats cannot. It really is best to keep cats indoors but those who do go outdoors don't do anything fun for humans to participate in.

It is a good thing cats could care less (about most things, actually) so they don't know they are missing anything. Still, as a cat owner I sometimes envy folks who go out with their dogs and enjoy the good summer weather.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Do Dogs and Cats Have Belly Buttons?

All placental mammals develop inside their mother. Just like human babies, an umbilical cord connects the puppy or kitten embryo to the placenta and nutrients and oxygen are exchanged between the embryo and the mother.

The puppy or kitten's belly button is located where the umbilical chord was before birth. So, yes they do have belly buttons. It's just a little difficult to spot theirs because it is usually small and often hidden beneath their fur.

Photo: Puppy Tube

Can we see any belly buttons here?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Endangered Species: Dhole

It was "love at first sight" for me when I saw this photo. I knew I had to know what it was and learn more about it. They are called  Dhole, sometimes called Asiatic wild dog and Indian wild dog.

Dholes live in central and eastern Asia, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. They live in a variety of habitats: deciduous and evergreen forests, grassland and scrub forest, thorn forests, and alpine steppe.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Meowsings

The first day you brought home your cat is the last day you were the one to drink the milk from the bottom of your cereal bowl.

Cat Drinking Milk
Photo: Flickr Photos

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Not Guilty!

You may have the same level of difficulty as I have accepting that the "guilty dog look" is a myth. Look at that little face in the photo below - it makes me want to pick him up and love him so he doesn't feel so bad.


Answer - Friday's Trivia Question

Q: Which dog has the best eyesight: (a) Chihuahua; (b) Doberman; or (c) Greyhound?
A: Greyhound

Greyhound Puppy Photo:  QPups

The greyhound's eyes are positioned at the sides of their head giving them a far wider field of vision than other dogs – 270 degrees as opposed to 180 degrees. Greyhounds can see things that are behind them! They are also known as “sight hounds” and can see movement a half mile away.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Almost every dog owner takes their pet with them pretty much every place they go. It makes your life - and your dog's life - a lot easier and healthier when you are prepared for travel and the great outdoors.

The Petego Umbra Pet Tent is an umbrella mechanism portable pet house, car containment system, and outdoor life tent. It pops up in seconds and can be collapsed with the same speed. Available in 3 sizes and sells for $130.00 The Umbra Pet Tent is available at many stores across the US, Canada and abroad.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Endangered Seahorses Pt. 2

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. ~ Woody Allen
More than 25 million dead and live seahorses are traded globally on an annual basis with around 95% of these being used in traditional medicines. Aquarium and souvenir trades make up the rest. (David Harasti 2004) Indonesians and Filipinos also use seahorses in their medicines. In 2004 all 34 species came into protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Norway have withdrawn from trade rules for seahorses and they continue to be harvested at unsustainable levels.

Medicinal claims for seahorses include "cures" for asthma, impotence, thyroid disorders, broken bones, heart disease and cancer. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. The price for one pound of seahorses can be as much as US $550. This is a very lucrative business - until they run out of seahorses which would be a great tragedy and also would further degrade the environments in which they live.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

R2-D2 Birdie

Wordless Wednesday

Mom ... Mom ... MOM!!!
Photo: Pet Animals Wild Animals

What's your caption?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Endangered Seahorses

This 1955 lighter recently sold for $65 US
When I was a child, my aunt had a cigarette lighter with a seahorse inside. The seahorse was alive until the guy who thought a dead seahorse in a lighter was a good idea and plucked it out of the ocean.

The smallest seahorse is about 1/2 inch long and the largest about 8 inches long. They live mostly in tropical coastal waters but it is not known how long they live. Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Meowsings

If you keep tripping over the cat at home, particularly at night, then you have the weight of scientific evidence on your side. Cats need 1/6 of the light that humans do in order to see, which means they should see you coming well before you see them! ~ Funny Facts Finder

Photo: icanhazcheezburger

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Milestone for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Huron Valley’s Animal Cruelty Investigation and Emergency Rescue team, located in Ann Arbor Michigan, recently marked its 50th guilty verdict since the end of 2009. Full Story

Photo: HSHV

Sunday's Child June 2, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New AAA PetBook

Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® is a comprehensive guide for travelers who include their pets in their travel plans. The PetBook is available in soft cover and digital editions at AAA offices, book stores, and Barns _ Noble online.

Updated annually, the guide features more than 14,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels, campgrounds and attractions that welcome four-footed travelers. Also includes emergency clinics and dog parks. ~ AAA
Book includes Canadian listings:
The book includes pet-friendly, CAA/AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings and 400 approved campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. Listings include fees, permitted pet sizes and conditions of stay as well as useful tips for preparing four-legged travelers for the road or air and handy information about pet etiquette, insurance and emergency animal clinics. ~ CAA

Friday, June 1, 2012

Unsuspecting Kitty

Two of Nanny's Grandkitties, Eecheb and Tobin.

Do you think he knows he is about to "get it"?