Happy Earth Day!

baby deer deskI can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Earth Day than spending it with a baby deer on my desk and in my face, but the chances of that happening are slim (and that probably good because deer poop in my keyboard would be a bummer)… so in lieu of that, maybe we should take today to just be thankful of what we have. I don’t mean the material stuff. I mean the other stuff.  The stuff that really matters.

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
~Native American Proverb

Happy Earth Day today and everyday.

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww… Q&A with a Comfort Dog at Boston Marathon

I love it when two of my favorite things intersect – dogs and running.  This morning it is Mark Remy, editor at large at Runner’s World and author of the Remy’s World column, interviewing Luther, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever and member of the K9 Comfort Dogs.

For those who don’t know about K9 Comfort Dogs (note the capital letters – part of the Lutheran Church Charities), they are an organized group that travel around the country when bad things happen.  They had a presence after the Newton school shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.  Luther was one of the dogs that went to Boston to help people deal with what had happened and how they felt.

The team was invited back to Boston this year, again, to help people process their emotions and just be a general stabilizing force for a community still feeling freshly rocked by that senseless act of violence.

Remy, who vowed to run Boston this year as a tribute and way to show that the running community was just as strong as ever (if not more so), visited with the K9 Comfort dogs on Boylston street this weekend while they worked their magic.  He managed to snag an exclusive interview with Luther, and it goes about how you expect it to.

The lovely thing about interviewing a dog is that they don’t speak and no one really wants them to.  Just sit there, Luther, and be the good boy you are.

Thanks to Mark Remy for being a most excellent interviewer.  Oh, and we hope you have exactly the race you want today… run strong!

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Dog Called to Jury Duty

Normally, seeing the jury summons from the county clerk’s office causes one of two reactions: a groan that comes from knowing jury duty is a hassle and disruption in an already overbooked life; resolute acceptance tinged with civic pride because you will be serving as a part of a fair and just judicial system.  However, last week one New Jersey resident had a totally different reaction to finding a jury summons – bewilderment.

IV jury summons

The letter was addressed for someone with the first name IV and the last name Griner — the name Barrett Griner IV says he gave his dog as a play on words (Ivy without the y).

“I’m wondering like, What is this? Something from the county office about her vaccinations or something? Like, why is my dog getting mail?”

It turns out that IV Griner, the man’s 4-year-old German shepherd, was most likely not the intended recipient of the summons. Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa explained that the county’s jury duty notices are computer-generated and often result in being sent out with name errors.

IV, the German shepherd who might or might not have to serve jury duty.

IV, the German shepherd who might or might not have to serve jury duty.

“This happens many times. As an example, if you had John Henry IV, sometimes the notice might just say Henry IV,” Moffa said. “I think that the computer probably randomly picks some things that are probably not as on point as they should be.”

Moffa said they can resolve the mix up with a call to the county clerk’s office. ”They call here and they provide us with information from the summons and additional identifying information, and we can determine who the summons is actually for,” he said.

This isn’t the first time a pet has been summoned to jury duty… the other time it was a cat named Sal who had a hard time getting excused.

Griner thinks that IV might be the perfect juror depending on the case. ”She [the dog] might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that.”

photo credit: Barrett Griner, IV

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Dog’s Favorite Visiting Spot Closed, Community Rallies (video)

The iconic fountain at Adelaide city center’s Rundle Mall is a popular area for people to gather – and it’s a great spot to socialize your puppy, which is exactly what Neville Harris began doing with Sunshine, his Golden Retriever, eleven years ago.  Since then Sunshine, accompanied by Harris, has come to her favorite visiting spot every week.  

She has become an attraction in her own right with people coming to pet Sunshine and take photos with her as she poses with her paws on the fountain’s wall.

fountain dogHarris explained that Sunshine’s presence at the fountain has been a great source of joy for children, people who love dogs and, most touchingly, those who have lost their own dogs and are comforted by being able to pet her.

As part of the mall’s 30 million dollar renovation the fountain was removed.  The original plan did not include returning the fountain.  The idea of which deeply saddened Harris, who with the support of the community, put together a 15 thousand signature petition to save the fountain.  The city council granted the plan change, and the fountain will be refurbished.

Sunshine and her fans will have to find a new spot for visiting, but only for a while… the fountain will be returned to its original location later this year.

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Husky Temper-Tantrum (video)


I know the dog trainers and dog savvy folks watching this are just cringing at the repeated commands, but if you’ve ever known and loved a Husky you know that being ignored is part of the relationship.  So are Husky temper-tantrums.  Loud, vocal howls of indignation that let you know in no uncertain terms that you are (or whatever you are doing is) wrong, mister, and you can just forget it!

I do wonder what was on television that Luka finds so riveting. Whatever it was, you can be sure the only reason she got off the couch was because it went into a commercial break.

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww… Stuck in the Middle

dog on planeI think plane trips would be a lot more fun if we could all bring our dogs aboard and let them sit with us like this fellow in the fourth row.  Think about it… no one hogging the armrest and there’s not a chance he’s going to want to recline his seatback into your knees.  As an added bonus, dogs naturally calm us so they are the perfect companion for the nervous traveler.  In the meantime only working service/guide dog can fly in the cabin as long as they are not blocking an aisle or other means of exit in an emergency.  Normally these dogs and their people are put in the bulkhead seats so the dog can have the floor area.  If you’re wondering about people with allergies to dogs – the air in a plane is exceptionally well filtered, so they will reseat the person with allergies to another part of the plane away from the dog.

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Abandoned Crocodile Captured in California Strip Mall

Lassoed 4 ft. croc in the parking lot of a California strip mall

Lassoed 4 ft. croc in the parking lot of a California strip mall

This last Wednesday morning, shoppers at Roseville’s TJ Maxx Plaza were stunned to see a  4-foot Nile crocodile wandering around on the sidewalk outside the stores.  911 was called and the police and animal control were dispatched to the scene.

The crocodile had been left out by the mall’s reptile store – a safe surrender site for animals whose owners can no longer care for them – in a container, from which it had obviously escaped, with a note attached reading, “Call rescue.”  The note also explained that it was a Nile crocodile.

“It was most likely a crocodile that was illegally brought into the country or illegally captured elsewhere in the county,” said Sgt. Jason Bosworth of the Roseville Police Department.

“This one is a really nasty crocodile,” said Patrick Foy, a game warden with California Fish and Wildlife. “It’s got a really bad attitude. This animal genuinely is a very dangerous animal.  Leaving it in a parking lot absolutely (puts) the public at risk, especially kids who might think that they can go and touch (it) - people who just don’t know how dangerous these crocodiles really are.”

The taped container that unsuccessfully held the crocodile

The taped container that unsuccessfully held the crocodile

Nile crocodiles are the second largest species of crocs (first being the saltwater variety); they can grow to 15- 20 feet and weigh as much as 1200 lbs.  They are considered exceedingly aggressive predators capable of taking down water buffalo, small hippos and young elephants successfully. They are responsible for 100s of human deaths every year. (why would someone want one as a pet?!?!?!)

One of the Roseville animal control officers managed to lasso the crocodile and wrangled it back into a cage.  Police report that the reptile was quite unhappy about being locked up.  The Fish and Wildlife department official who took possession of the crocodile after it was safely under lock and key said that the animal would probably go to a zoo.

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A Very Rare Geep Born in Ireland

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Farmer Murphy holds the rare and adorable geep.

Irish farmer Paddy Murphy found that one of his sheep had given birth to a highly unusual looking lamb.  In fact it looked much more like a baby goat (kid) than a lamb.

Murphy says, “It had all the hallmarks of a goat. I knew a goat had gotten in among a few of the hoggets, I didn’t know what would turn out. They were all normal lambs apart from this fella. He looks like a goat, trapped in a lamb’s body, a Geep I think it’s called! He even has horns like a goat and he is very quick on his feet. He’s perfectly healthy and thriving away.”

Goat-sheep hybrids occasionally occur, however they are just far enough apart chromosomally (sheep have 54, goats have 60) that when the rare offspring are delivered they are stillborn. The even more rare surviving babies have 57 chromosomes, an even divide of their parents.

The week old geep with his doting mother

The week old geep with his doting mother

This geep hybrid is not to be confused with a goat-sheep chimera (also called geep), which is created in lab settings by “blending” (for lack of a better, more scientific word) the genetic material of the two animals.  The resulting product is an animal with two genetically distinct sets of cells inside it.  It also has the distinct appearance of both a sheep and a goat, i.e., it has a goat head and sheep legs  with patches of goat hair in some areas and sections of sheep wool in others.  In other words, the goat-sheep chimera looks like someone stitched together a goat and a sheep, whereas our goat-sheep hybrid has mixed features of both parents.

If you’re wondering why it’s a geep and not a shoat, that’s because shoat is already used – it is the name of a young pig.

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This month’s Rescue of the Month is the Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study - the purpose of which is to track 3000 Golden Retrievers through their life in order to gain insight into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases in all breeds. We are proud to be able to support this important study with a portion of every sale made this month.

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Emus Versus Weasel Ball – Who Will Win? (video)

Emus are the second largest bird (first being ostrich). For being so big, they have a pea-sized brain and are incredibly unevolved – you know, from an evolutionary stance – as they are structurally very close to their dinosaur ancestors. They are known for being wildly aggressive (might be something to do with that pea-sized brain) and are blessed with having a vicious front kick. While they may not be the ideal companion animal, if you have a bug problem these are the birds to have around – their primary diet is insects… lots and lots of insects (enough to sustain that massively large frame of theirs), which means they peck and scratch much like chickens. Super agressive, super sized, super stupid super chickens.

Let’s see what they do when confronted with what the video uploader says is their mortal enemy – the dreaded weasel ball….
Add to the emu list of traits that they are fantastic dancers.

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Bouncing into the Weekend! (video)


I dare you to only watch that once… I think I personally account for a tenth of this videos pageviews.  There is so much happiness here! I hope everyone’s weekend is this good. See y’all back here Monday.

Thanks to the always wonderful K. for being an amazing purveyor of all things cute and knowing that we would love this video!

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