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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Put on your best green outfit! Kiss a someone who is Irish (remember today everyone is Irish so use your best discretion!)!  And laugh because that’s the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (as well as every other day, too)!

In the spirit here is a horrendously bad joke that’s completely appropriate to tell your 90 year-old aunt and your 9 year-old nephew.

Bree wishes you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!

They crossed a Irish Water Spaniel and a English Springer Spaniel. The new breed is a Irish Spring-er, a dog fresh and clean.
(ba-dum-DUM)

Have a safe, lucky and very happy day!

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Friday Quote – Irish Wisdom

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day when we all get to be Irish and celebrate by wearing green and searching for a four-leaf clovers (or is that last part just me?).

I wanted to post a quote about dogs and luck, which I thought there’d be plenty of because if you have a dog in your life you know how lucky you are. There doesn’t appear to be any famous quotes on the matter (maybe someone could start quoting what I just said and then we’d have a quote about luck and dogs).  Instead I found an Irish proverb that pretty well sums up a life outlook that is a good reminder about real happiness and how we should follow in our dogs’ pawsteps.

A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
~Irish proverb

Here’s a little something extra – bonus trivia! The traditional pinch given to those who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day is due to an Irish legend that claimed the leprechauns couldn’t see you if you wore green – if they saw you, they’d give you a pinch.  Good advice for whether to pinch the person not wearing green tomorrow is IF you happen to be a leprechaun go for it, if not keep your pinching fingers to yourself.

Go easy on the green beer and have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Raising the Bar on Cute – the Golden Brushtail Possum

The expression “so ugly it’s cute” is the only way I’ve ever thought of a cute possum.  Until this morning.

Until this morning I did not know about the Golden Brushtail Possum and, holy cow, is this critter fully and absolutely CUTE!  Like move-over-red-panda-there’s-a-new-cute-in-town kinda cute.

Oh yes, feast your eyes on Bailey. . .

Bailey is 6 months-old and lives at the Wild Life Sydney in Darling Harbour.  She is making her premier public appearance this week.

The golden possums are one of Australia’s largest tree-dwelling marsupials but are very rarely seen in the wild.  Unfortunately for the possums, their unusual coloring, which comes from a genetic mutation that results in low levels of melanin in their skin and fur, makes them more easily seen by predators.  To survive, the possums live mostly in a few remote pockets of Tasmanian forests where there are fewer natural threats.

Bailey is the third golden brushtail possum to be born at the Wild Life Sydney’s breeding facility.   Bailey’s parents had arrived at the facility in 2008.  The park’s life sciences manager Mike Drinkwater said, ”Bailey has developed exceptionally well since her birth on site.”

Possums are typically nocturnal (active at night), arboreal (live in trees) and omnivorous, though their diet consists mainly of tree and shrub leaves, succulent herbs, grasses and garden plants.

Photo Credit: WILD LIFE

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What Happens When “Mom” Leaves

After Ann, Our Fearless Leader, took a fall off her horse a couple of weeks ago that left her mostly okay but unable to drive or do anything too strenuous, I came out to headquarters to help out.  That meant leaving Mr. TigertailFoods and RileyChicken to their own devices.

This is what happens when I leave . . .


Mr. TigertailFoods sent this photo to me with the caption: “You’re not the boss of us.”

At least the brand was breed-appropriate.

The backstory on this is that I’m a bit of a nutritional overlord (surprise, right?) and don’t allow “sugary crap” to come home with us from the store.  That doesn’t mean that after two decades Mr. TigertailFoods doesn’t keep trying to slip the forbidden boxes into the cart with the hopes I won’t notice.

Yes, RileyChicken also partook in the Golden Grahams (I was told he only got a couple of spoonfuls). I’m thankful I wasn’t there for the resulting sugar spike and crash.

Enjoy your freedom while you can, my loves.

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Fox Mugs Man for Groceries

Garlic bread buyers beware!

Except for the occasional rabid fox attacking runners or trespassing in my backyard, foxes tend to keep out of the public view.  They are normally shy creatures that will do anything to avoid contact with humans (unless rabies is involved – see story about runner).  However, Seb Baker of Orpington, Kent (UK) would probably argue that point.  Baker is the first known victim of a mugging by fox.

Baker, a civil servant, had just left his local market after purchasing a loaf of garlic bread when he noticed the fox sitting in wait on the curb (or kerb – this is did happen in England).  Baker made the classic mistake of all mugging victims (in movies and tv shows) and turned down an alley.  That’s when the fox made its move.

“I turned down an alley, but when I looked round I saw it running towards me. I stopped, thinking it would run off. But the fox started circling me and then jumped up, trying to grab my shopping bag,” reported Baker.

Baker attempted to fight off his furry assailant by swinging the plastic grocery bag in a threatening manner.  He said, ”I had expected it to run away. I thought a fox would be scared of a 15-stone man.”

When that tactic didn’t work, the civil servant took flight in the hopes of out-running the fox.  Again, Baker found himself beset by the persistent fox who kept leaping for the bag containing the bakery item.  At that point Baker relented.

“Eventually I opened the bag and gave it the garlic loaf. He grabbed it and ran off.”

When asked for comment on the attack, wildlife officials said that this type of interaction was extremely rare . . . unless, of course, the fox is having spaghetti for dinner that night.  Then all bets are off and garlic bread buyers must be very much on guard for their purchases.

 

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Monday Morning Cup of Awww . . . Baby Hedgehogs (video)

You got a little something on your chin . . .

The Cincinnati Zoo has some tiny celebrities – four 4 week-old hedgehogs, born to mother, “Mali” and father, “Kenya,” are the newest stars in the zoo’s Children’s Nursery.

The quartet is made up of two girls and two boys.  They are being raised by the staff in the Nursery, who are getting the babies accustomed to being handled because once they are old enough they will be part of the Zoo’s Outreach Program.  While they are part of the program, the hedgehogs will have important duties teaching children and greeting visitors at the zoo, as well as going on the road to schools.

Here’s an interesting trivia fact about hedgehogs: they are born blind and bald and their spines start to come in about 36 hours after birth.

The red mark you see on one of the babies’ back is put there so the Nursery staff can identify which baby hedgehog is which.

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Warm weather means more time outside, more adventures and that means more insects and dirt with which your dog will come in contact.  Take advantage of this month’s Savings Spotlight – our 3-in-1 Emu Oil Pet Shampoo Bar, reg. $4.95 and now $3.95! Gentle, natural – this shampoo has a natural flea and tick repellent. Chock full of conditioning emu oil, so bathing will leave your dog’s coat looking and smelling great.  Stock up and save!

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Friday Quote – Dogs, Kids and Bathrooms (Bombeck)

If you have kids and dogs – or were a kid with a dog – you know that the sound of silence is never good.  So when I found this set of quotes this morning I thought those of you parents would relate . . . and the rest who haven’t had the heart-stopping moment when you realize that the dog and the kids haven’t run by in the last 5 minutes and it’s too quiet (and this only crosses your mind because your headache is subsiding and you were thinking, “ahh, what a pleasant morning.”) will get a kick out it, too.

Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub.
~Erma Bombeck

When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he’s doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.
~Erma Bombeck

Remember this weekend we are heading into Daylight Savings Time.  Parents, I’m sorry that you’ll be losing a much needed hour or sleep but you’ll get it back in the fall (ha!).

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

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Helpful Golden Retriever is Helpful (video)

Grace, the Golden Retriever, knows that being a part of the family means doing little things around the house – like picking up after herself.

I showed this video to RileyChicken. . . you know, to inspire him to maybe consider doing something similar (heck, I’d be happy if he’d just not leave a 20 foot long drool trail leading away from the water bowl after he gets a drink).  He gave me a look that said I should stop deluding myself and went off to get a drink of water.

I have to go now.  Gotta mop the floor.

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Three Kids Run and Jump for (your) Joy (video)

Sometimes I open my email and a present is sitting there, waiting to make me happy . . . and OMG! Look what I found this morning!

There is something about watching three little kids – 1 human, 2 goats – run and leap and bound and enjoy moving for the sake of being alive that is uplifting in a way that even a good cup of coffee would have trouble doing.

Kinda makes me want to get out and run and leap and bound and enjoy it all just because I can - and hopefully it inspires you, too, because it’s something I think we take for granted far too often.


Be happy.

Thanks to Liz for the electronic smile!

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