This Zen Moment Brought to You by Mist (video)

It is a well established fact that the internet was created so we could sit at work and watch cute cat videos all day.  And thank doG for videos like the one below, because without it I might actually have to get something done – or worse, start my taxes (please no).

The video’s uploader is Japanese and not even Google Translate could help me figure out what, if any, backstory there is here. I suppose, it is pretty much self-evident – the cat is fascinated by the vapor coming out of the humidifier, creating a perfect moment for us to practice our mediation and focus on inner peace. . . or procrastination.  Either way, whatever you want to call it, watching this video will make you a happier person.

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww. . . Baby Pigmy Hippo

At the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa there are a lot of very happy people and a set of proud parents all because of an adorable little boy named Harry.

Harry is the newest addition to the pigmy hippopotamus population at the animal park.  Born last week to parents, Herbert and Hilda, Harry was named for Prince Harry of Wales (they say it was for his love of Africa and its wildlife – I might be considered cynical in pointing out that Prince Harry’s name conveniently begins with “H”, a theme with the hippos at the ranch).

Hilda gave birth to the 11 pound baby in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Ranch Director, Rob Hall, and Reptile Curator, Neal Martin, who were on hand to keep an eye on Hilda’s progress, stayed up all of Wednesday night only to doze off for a short time.  When they woke up at 5:30, Hilda had successfully given birth to Harry.  Unfortunately, Hilda’s milk didn’t come in and the keepers had to remove Harry in order for him to eat.  He was moved to the hand-rearing facility where is he being cared for by Toni Inggs (pictured).

There are fewer than 3000 pigmy hippos left in the wild are are classified as critically endangered.  The addition of Harry is a sign of hope for this special species.


When full grown Harry will only reach about 30 to 32 inches tall and weigh about 400 to 600 pounds, which sounds massive until you compare that with the full-sized hippo at 5 feet tall and weighing 3- to 4,000 pounds!

Photo credits: Cango Wildlife Reserve

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Bree & Goldie (photos)

The day I left to come back to Virginia I snapped a couple of photos of Ann’s girls, Bree and Goldie.

Bree is still going strong even though her back legs don’t really listen to what she wants them to do anymore.  However, when sufficiently motivated by food Bree can truck across the room or the yard.  She is at least 15 years old! Can you believe how great she looks?  Her eyes are bright and, while she has some mobility issues, she is filled with the same spirit and love that’s she’s always had.

This was the first visit where I got to meet Goldie and OHMY is she a character!  She is such a love!  And so playful!  At 8 years-old she is still bounding across the yard like a pogo stick and dropping into play bows only to go racing off like a whirling dervish!  In her quiet moments, Goldie’s favorite place is either right next to one of her favorite people (and we are ALL her favorite people!) or on one of the arm chairs.  While I was there, Ann had new furniture delivered – first time for brand new furniture ever – so we’ll see how Goldie’s favorite arm chair placement works out.  I’m betting that Goldie gets what she wants because that’s the sort of person Ann is.  We should all be so lucky to come back as one of Ann’s dogs.

This isn’t the best photo of either girl, but I had to include it because of how it ended up happening. I really wanted to have a photo with both Goldie and Bree. Obviously, it is easier to move Goldie than Bree – and I really didn’t want to disturb Bree.  I spent a good five minutes trying to wrangle Goldie in to place next to Bree . . . this is the closest we came to a compromise.  Goldie might be the MOST stubborn dog I’ve ever met.  Another reason for thinking she will be getting her own way regarding that arm chair she wants for herself.

For those of you who are wondering how Ann is doing following her fall earlier this month – she is doing very well.  Her doctor cleared her for driving and lifting up to 20 pounds.  She still isn’t cleared to get back on a horse, but once her leg heals a bit more that will happen, too.  Mara is up for sale . . . so if you are or know of an endurance rider who like a challenge drop us a line.  Ann is actively looking for what she calls her “retirement horse” – I think by that she means that horse that will allow her to live long enough to retire.  Maybe we can convince her to wear not only a helmet but a suit of armor next time she saddles up?  It’s worth a try.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here Monday morning!

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Big Flightless Birds

We made our Once-a-Month dog food deliveries to our San Diego customers, which involved seeing parts of San Diego county I didn’t even know existed (and I lived here for 25 years!). San Diego is really just a lovely place to live with a huge variety of environs and locales from which to choose . . . if you like the beach, it’s here; if you want mountains, you can see them from the beach; think you’d like to try desert-living, it is right beyond the mountain range. In all of this is urban, suburban and surprisingly rural areas.  There are whole sections of San Diego county that have horse barns and cow farms and pastures.  All of which I expect to see . . .

but then we turned a corner and I saw this . . .


Unfortunately, I had left the good camera at home and only had my phone with me when we pulled up on this ostrich farm!

There is a massive ostrich herd being kept in corrals.  I managed to capture just a couple of stragglers who were in the pen closest to the road and separate from the rest of the herd (flock?).  What these photos don’t show is the houses behind and to the left of these pens.  Given the set up it’s probably a commercial farm instead of someone’s hobby or pets.  The public is kept at a very safe distance from the birds – ostriches are known to be extremely aggressive if they feel threatened, but they can also run up 40 mph allowing them to outrun a preying cheetah!

Just down the road from the farm is a roadside stand where you can buy ostrich eggs (they are the largest bird egg and are 20 times the weight of a chicken’s egg!) and ostrich jerky.

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Born to Run

Our dogs LOVE to run!  They are naturally driven to run and run and run . . . and some of them will run until they drop if we let them.  A new scientific study explains why . . . dogs get GREAT runner’s highs. Even better than the ones we experience.

Researchers at the University of Arizona published their findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology of the study in which they recruited 10 humans, 8 dogs, and 8 ferrets to see how the happy chemicals (technically called endocannabinoids) in their brains responded to running. The researchers’ hypothesis was that we humans evolved to run long distances, and when we did were “rewarded” by having a flood of these happy chemicals and this, in turn, would make us feel good enough about it to want to run again.

To prove whether this held true, they looked at two other mammals that have naturally high and low activity levels – the dog (high) and the ferret (nature’s couch potato, I guess – they sleep 14 to 18 hours a day on average).

Humans, dogs, and ferrets were put on treadmills to run for 30 minutes.  Afterward the endocannabinoids were measured: ferrets, who had a higher base-level to begin with, barely registered any rise at all; humans’ levels were tripled from their pre-run point; the dogs’ brains saw the biggest jump with as much as a four times the happy chemicals!

Interestingly, these same chemicals were measured after a 30 minute walk, and there was NO increase in the endocannabinoids levels of any of the test subjects – in fact, the dogs’ levels DROPPED!  The researchers took this to mean that nature helped our dogs and us (and supposedly other mammals who are built to run well and often) evolve to want to move quickly and over long distances, presumably to allow us to keep going when hunting.

Another fascinating item came out of the study – inactive people did NOT get the biological reward to running, and this lead researchers to hypothesize that we have to be at a minimum fitness level before we can achieve a runner’s high.

Next time your dog wants to run and run and run, let him go!  He’s chasing his runner’s high.

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww . . . Koala Babies’ First Checkups

Two of San Diego Zoo’s joeys had their first regular check up last week.  Of course, it was captured on video so we could all ooh and aah over how cute they are.

And they are so ooh-aah worthy!

The koalas, named Thackary and Milo (what sophisticated names they are going to have to grow into!), are just under a year old.  They were born in the zoo’s Koala Colony.  At this age they have just begun to come out of their mother’s pouch.

The exam went well and both joeys are developing normally and have received clean bills of health.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/koalas

 

On a completely different note, I want to relate a personal story – Yesterday morning, on my way home, I found an adorable dog wandering around loose in my neighborhood.  I didn’t recognize the dog, but could tell that it was well-fed and cared for – probably a dog who had gotten out of a yard. I stopped the car and VERY carefully approached the dog – just because the dog looks friendly doesn’t mean it isn’t a biter – and the little girl rolled over on her back and looked at me expectantly (she wanted her tummy rubbed, as it turned out).  Very cautiously, I looked for the tag – Dingle and a phone number, but no address. Hmm. I called and the owner wasn’t there, so I had Ann do a reverse lookup on the phone number to find the address.  This, by the way, was a bit of a long shot since it isn’t mandatory that addresses are published with phone numbers, but this time it worked out.  The address was listed! I got Dingle into the car – she was such a good dog! – and I took her back to her house where I attached her back to a tie-out in front of her house.

Dingle’s mom called me later that afternoon to let me know how much she appreciated my help in getting her dog back safe and sound.  She also said that she was going out and getting a new tag with her address on it.

Dingle’s story ended happily, and I am thrilled that her mom is taking an additional step to make sure that if this happens again she will get home.  So the moral of the story is put as much information on your dog’s id tag as you can fit that will help a stranger get your dog back to you.  Address and phone number or both cell and home numbers are good, having a microchip tag, or a home again-type service is also a good idea.

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Your Dog, Your Guru

Riley sez, "Play, sleep, eat right, focus on the positive and be grateful!"

You’ve heard the expression, “let me be the person my dog thinks I am.”  How about being the person your dog is?  It might lead you to be a healthier, happier version of yourself.

Pediatrician, Dr. Emma Raizman, made the news this morning for her views on how we would benefit by adopting five traits from our dogs.  Her tips aren’t ground-breaking ideas, but excellent reminders of what is really important for our health (and our dogs!).

Raizman said that the most important lesson we could learn from our dogs is to get outside and play. “If you look at your dogs they want to be let out all of the time,” Raizman said.  ”They want to run, they want to use their legs and build their muscles, build their endurance and get all of that energy out.”

The doctor also addresses portion control.  We should eat in the same way we feed our dogs, approximately the same, preplanned amounts at each meal, to further help combat our ever growing national waistlines.  I will add at this point for those owners who free-feed their pups, take a look at their weight; if they are getting plenty of playtime your dogs are probably at a great, healthy weight – conversely, if your dogs’ idea of exercise is climbing on and off the couch, then free-feeding is a bad way to go (so is letting your dog sit around!).

Have you ever seen a dog suffer from sleep deprivation? No.  Dogs know that sleep is paramount to being healthy.  Raizman reminds us that we need to make it a higher priority in our own lives and give our bodies and brains a chance to fully recharge after a long day.

Dogs don’t hold a grudge and neither should you.  Studies show that people who forgive have less stress and are less angry, which usually equate to being happier.  When someone steps on your toes, do your best to move on from the injury and let go of the negative feelings the experience caused – it isn’t worth holding on to resentment, an emotion that does far more damage to you than the person at whom you’re angry.

Finally, Raizman tells us that it is important to be grateful and show that appreciation to the world. “You know when you come home your dog is wagging their tail, they’re happy to see you, and they don’t hold it in,” Raizman said. “They just let all of their emotions show.”  Do your best to wag your tail and let people know how much they mean to you.  It also helps to focus on the positive in your life and remember the good instead of seeing only the grim and gloomy.  Life is a gift, just as our dogs are, enjoy them both!

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Saddest Dog in the World

I’m still out at headquarters helping Ann as she recovers from her fall.  Since we got Riley I haven’t been away from home this long and, as Mr. TigertailFoods reports, my dog is sad.

I imagined that they were having big fun while I was gone.  I mean, we all saw the We-have-Golden-Grahams-and-you’re-not-the-boss-of-us photo.  That was one happy Riley Chicken.  Granted he was in close proximity to food and he is a Golden Retriever so that could explain his apparent joy.  However, I just couldn’t believe that my personal embodiment of hairy bounding joy was as sad as Mr. TigertailFoods claimed.  He sent me this photo as proof of my Chicken’s abject depression.

Cue the Sarah McLachlan music . . .

Isn’t that the epitome of sadness?! It looks like RileyChicken has given up the will to live.

Mr. TigertailFoods set up the web cam so we, Chicken and me, could Skype.  It helped to cheer him up.

I’ll be home soon, Riley.  I miss you, too.

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Playground Fun (video)

Tom the slide loving dog

There is a group of dog owners that view children’s playgrounds as the perfect training spots for agility.  I used to take Teague to the local tot lot (when no children were there) to play on the jungle-gyms, over picnic tables, up (short) ladders and down the slide.  He loved it!  Teague was a natural circus dog . . . just like Tom, also a Golden Retriever (could it be something about this breed that they are just born to play?).

This adorable video of Tom the slide-loving dog was posted by his owner’s nephew.

If you find yourself walking with your dog by a playground (and there aren’t any kids about) you might want to let your dog try investigating the equipment.  You might discover a hidden talent you didn’t know your dog had!

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww . . . Ratatouille, the Snowboarding Opossum (video)

I know that the weather in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as many other parts of the country, have been more spring (almost summer-like) than winter, but when I saw Ratatouille ripping up the slopes on his tiny snowboard I couldn’t resist posting his video.

The video was shot as a spur of the moment event when Ratatouille came to visit Liberty Mountain in Pennsylvania earlier this month.  Wearing his little stripped sweater and proudly displaying his own season pass, the opossum takes to his Burton Riglet Snowboard and hits the slopes.  He is shown sliding gracefully along the groomed trail, using his tail for balance and directional control.  The video took about 30 minutes to shoot, but has turned out to be a huge attention-getter for the resort, going viral with almost a million viewings in slightly less than two weeks. ”What was just a bit of end-of-season fun has certainly gotten a lot of attention. We are happy we have made so many people smile!” Liberty’s marketing director Anne Weimer said of the video’s popularity.

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