Hey, Donna, I shared your "A New Dog in the H…

Hey, Donna, I shared your "A New Dog in the House" handout with a friend who is hoping to bring home his first dog very soon and basically he freaked out and shut down. He thought maybe the content would be better served up in a blogpost, so I tried to share blogposts, but even the title "Boot Camp" (for the story of Tater), was so upsetting to him that he couldn't read it. He promises he's pro-structure (I explained that anxious dogs need this structure every bit as much as boisterous dogs), but he refuses to use these methods on the timid little fluff muffin he's applied to adopt. So… I was wondering if you have any favorite "new dog" resources that wouldn't be quite so intimidating to a soft-hearted first time dog-owner.
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The jaguar

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If you were ever to ask me what my favorite big is, I would not hesitate to tell you it’s the jaguar.

It actually still enthralls me that jaguars were once fairly numerous in the United States. How numerous is up to a bit of debate, but they were found throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. They were also found in much of Louisiana, but there are accounts of them coming as far east as North Carolina and maybe as far north as Kentucky or Ohio.  These accounts have always been regarded as urban legends, but one must keep in mind that the jaguar actually evolved in the Old World before entering the New. There was actually a jaguar species or paleosubspecies found all over Europe up until 1.5 million years ago. In order for jaguars to get here, they had to go through the very cold land of the Bering Land Bridge, so our common notion that jaguars were always a tropical or semi-tropical species is a bit in error.

The jaguar is the only surviving Pantherine cat in the Americas. There was also a lion species or paleosubspecies that lived in both North and South America, but it is now long gone.

Humans have been hard on big cats. We’ve extirpated the lion from Europe and all of Asia but the Gir Forest. We made several populations of lion and leopard threatened with extinction, and we’ve waged such a successful war on the tiger that there is a very good chance that it won’t be known in the wild within just a few decades.

There is no breeding population of jaguars in the United States anymore. They were killed off for their pelts and because jaguars do kill horses and livestock.

But every few years, a jaguar is captured on trail camera or winds up being bayed up by cougar hounds. It’s said to be a wanderer and very little is done about it.

We used to be a big cat nation, but now we don’t even consider those that do wander up from Mexico to be native. The idea of a jaguar in this country is at once romantic but also repugnant. We might lose our minds as we debate wolf reintroduction, but no one talks about the “Texas leopard” anymore.

It’s much a phantom as the American lion, the European jaguar, and the Smilodon are.

I can remember the first time I laid eyes upon a jaguar. It was at the Cincinnati Zoo when I was about 5 years old. There were two jaguars in a large enclosure that was surrounded by thick glass. The spotted one was reclining in the background, but the black one was lying up against the glass. My dad had me sit next to the glass and pretend to pet the great beast, which paid me no mind at all as my dad recorded it on a VHS cassette.

Every time I see a photo or film of a black jaguar, I think of that one.

It never lived wild. it never killed a deer or a horse.

Yet it still had all the essence of a big cat.  Smooth and gliding, yet chiseled and sharp. Like cutlasses on springs.

We turned the wolf into a symbol of wilderness, and we managed to restore to it. And now we fight about the best way to manage them, but the idea of jaguars in the Southwest or Louisiana or Texas just sounds like a fools’ mission.

The wolf of the Northern Rockies and the Midwest’s North Country survived by romanticism, but el tigre never got the same treatment.

He will not wander the White Mountains of Arizona or the piney river bottoms of Louisiana. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that this animal lived here only at the margins of its habitat. Never mind the extensive records of these animals in the United States.

The species just can’t be preserved here.

I suppose we have a bit of Trumpism in our ideas of what an American native species is. A wolf sounds like it belongs here.

A jaguar doesn’t.


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One More

We’ve been fostering puppies a fair amount this past year.  Not because we wanted to find one to adopt, but because we find Lacey is much more comfortable accepting them and because I find them so much fun.  :)

Well we finally decided to adopt one ourselves.  Marlin really became attached to these two latest boys and when one of them got adopted we decided to keep the other one.  So may I introduce Summit.

When he first arrived he was very skinny and underweight. Within a few weeks we had him all fattened up.  We are still struggling to get him to eat enough and not have diarrhea at the same time but fingers crossed it all gets straightened out any day now.  :)

He is a pretty confident little dude.  So far new people and places don’t phase him and when he does get taken by surprise, he is very quick to recover.  I’m determined to have a “bomb” proof dog that is comfortable around new people and new places.  I want a dog we can take places – to people’s homes, on group camping trips and hikes, etc.  I think he has the temperament to do all this, I just need to not screw it up.  So every day we are doing something to expose him to new things.

  • Friday – he went off to the family that ended up adopting his brother and spent the afternoon there.
  • Saturday – we brought out the cat tunnel (which he instantly loved) and explored the upstairs for the first time.  (On Monday he learned how to do the indoor stairs and promptly went exploring up there over and over again.)
  • Sunday – we went to the pet store, a drive through and the daycare.  He met Chewy and got exposed to studio photography lighting equipment – no fear at all of the flash or the umbrella – even when I put  it on the ground or spun it around in the air.
  • Monday – we went out to Amanda’s to meet her dogs, and explore her yard.  He had a great time with her new pup Siren.
  • Tuesday – we spent time in the front yard watching the world go by.  We saw cars, a bus and a lady with a dog on the far side of the road.  The cars were no problem but the bus made him startle. The dog was hilarious.  He just sat and watched in awe.  I was feeding him kibble and he absentmindedly would open his mouth to take it but was often forgetting to chew.  
  • Tomorrow we are going to hang out at the grocery store parking lot and then the recycling depot.
  • Thursday if the weather is nice we’ll go to the playground by our house and watch the children.
  • Friday we are going to hang out at the front of the house again and try and catch the school kids walking home.  
  • Saturday we are going to a puppy class.
  • Sunday we’ll probably try and find more people to meet or do whatever Amanda suggests at the puppy class.  :)
He is already learning to be a polite puppy.  He is learning to come when called and he charges over at full speed and promptly puts his butt to the ground for a cookie.  The only issue at the moment is that he is using me for a break instead of slowing down to a stop himself.  LOL.
He’s been wearing an activity monitor since we decided to keep him and is logging about 130 minutes of “action” a day.  He is by no means a crazy pup, but he definitely has his busy moments – he’s definitely a morning dog!  Lacey enjoys playing with him – on her terms only of course.  Poor dude struggles some times to figure out why one moment she’s playful and the next she isn’t.  Not surprisingly Coulee is taking longer to adjust.  She took about 9 months to enjoy Lacey’s company so we aren’t expecting her to come around any time soon.  She generally just ignores him and grumbles when he is playing and she isn’t.
We still need to get a decent family photo – this one isn’t going to cut it. :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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“A Tale of Two Foxes”

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This photo showing a red fox killing an arctic fox was taken at Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba. The photographer, Don Gutoski, is a physician at an emergency room, but his amateur status didn’t stop him from being named 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year f by BBC Wildlife and the National History Museum.

The photo is an epic demonstration of climate change’s effects on an ecosystem. Red foxes are expanding their range north into arctic fox range, and red foxes in those northern regions are known for eating other foxes when they come across carcasses. It’s doesn’t take much for them to start hunting the little arctic foxes, the polar jackals that follow the great white bears across the sea ice.

With climate change, red foxes can come north into areas where they weren’t before, and this is bad news for the arctic fox.

This predation has fascinated me quite a bit. Check out my previous posts:

These two species actually have produced sterile offspring in captivity, but it should be noted that they aren’t that closely related. Red foxes originated in the Middle East. Their closest relative is Rüppell’s fox. Arctic foxes are have been said to have an Old World origin, but their closest relatives are the swift and kit foxes of North America.

So climate change has thrown these two lineages together, and it’s not looking good for the specialist polar jackal.

And this photo is so amazing. I’m glad Don Gutoski was able to capture it, and I’m quite pleased that he is being recognized for it.


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ZOO DOG CARES FOR ABANDONED ZOO BABIES

zoodog2-lgA dog who was once abandoned himself now cares for abandoned baby zoo animals.

According to a Cincinnati.com story, Blakely, a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, works at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio, watching over zoo babies who were orphaned or abandoned by their mothers.

The dog came to the zoo when he was seven months old; just a baby himself. The zoo team adopted Blakely from a local shelter.

Perhaps that’s why he seems to have a knack for his “caretaker” role.

The abandoned or orphaned babies are brought to the zoo’s nursery, where Blakely is ready to nurture them. He takes his job seriously. He must teach these babies how to play, interact and co-exist with other animals – a lesson a human simply can’t teach.

Click here to read the complete story.

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Cat Lady Box: are you awesome enough?

When I say “Cat Lady,” what do you picture?

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Or this?

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The old tropes die hard. And while those types of cat ladies are still out there, I’m sure, those of you who have been paying attention are probably realizing there is a new breed of cat lady out there. The Kate Benjamins and the Dorian Wagners and the Taylor Swifts, the crazy (and cool) cat ladies of the world.

Though Jackson Galaxy may arguably be the most likely spokesperson for “Cat People Don’t Look Like What You Thought They Looked Like,” the trend of Cat Lady receding from the line of perjorative descriptor has been going on for a while. I have to say, and I mean this with the greatest of love, that we Dog Ladies actually have some catching up to do in this department. Exhibit A:

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Straddling the razor’s edge between dog lady and cat lady like I do, I was super excited to see a new subscription box service that actually contained stuff I could use. Cat Lady Box, the brainchild of avowed cat lady and action-figure lookalike Dorian Wagner, is pretty darn awesome. Each month, Dorian hand-picks a bunch of unique, small-quantity produced items for cat ladies. Not for the cats, for the women who love them and also love style.

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I was so flattered as a t-shirt wearing standard Dog Lady that I was able to review one that I could barely contain myself. And Brody is so used to packages arriving for him he immediately assumed this was all his.

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Sensing something was off, he perched behind me to make sure I wasn’t tricking him and this was in fact a box full of dog toys. It wasn’t. A typical Cat Lady Box can contain various items such as jewelry, clothing, decor, and books.

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If you have a cat who is as tenacious as my dog, there is an option with Cat Lady box to also get a few items for your cat included, like treats and toys. It’s called, you guess it, the CRAZY Cat Lady Box (wink wink) and it includes things like this adorable fortune cookie toy.

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It was around this time that my review went off the rails. For you see, there is a cat lady in the house. Not me. My daughter. You see, I had been buying her clothing with pictures of puppies on it for years and she was always ambivalent and I couldn’t understand why, until she got older and was able to verbalize: KITTY!

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She has a cat lunchbox and a cat messenger bag and dressed up as a cat for Halloween. As soon as she figured out what I was reviewing, she came downstairs from where she had been reading with Penelope and claimed this box for her own. I had no choice but to defer, because really, it’s PERFECT.

And she looks darn adorable in that shirt.

For more on Cat Lady Box and to sign up for your own, pop on over to CatLadyBox.com!

 

disclaimer: I received a Cat Lady Box for free to review, but every reiteration of its kick-assedness is my own genuine opinion.

 

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Dog Chew Recall: Dingo Chip Twists – Due to Possible Contamination of Amantadine, a Human Antiviral Drug Used to Treat Parkinson’s

Dog Chew Recall:  Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle”

Because this recall is a Class III recall, the company does NOT have to make it public.    

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The following is an excerpt and photo from Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com, as she informs everyone about the NON-PUBLICIZED dog chew recall:

Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” Class III recall (not publicized) recall of a dog treat – “product may be contaminated with Amantadine, an antiviral human drug not approved for use in animal food.”

This recall was found on the FDA website Enforcement Report but not found as a press release (anywhere). The FDA told me “The FDA’s Regulatory Procedures Manual does not require that a company notify the FDA or issue a press release for Class II or III recalls, although we encourage companies to do so. Class II is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

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Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

 Lori

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Moving Inspiration: Bathrooms I Love

Bathrooms from top: 1. French By Design  //  2. Design Dots  //  3. Daniella Witte  //  4. Blood and Champagne  //  5. The Classy Issue  //  6. Style by Emily Henderson (I shared this bathroom in my Bohemian Spaces post as well)  //  7. A Merry Mishap  //  8. Katrina Chambers  //  9. Sarah Sarna  //  10. Planete Deco

Here we are with post #3 in our Moving Inspiration mini-series, and still no new house on the horizon. While the possibility of us finding a place before baby is born is becoming slimmer by the day, that isn’t stopping me from daily searches for both homes in our area and inspiration for when we finally find one. And that brings us to today’s post, where I’m sharing my favorite bathroom finds with you. (If you want to read more about the full story of our moving plans, including unnecessary whining from my end, check out this post.)

It’s funny that my last post in this sort-of-series was about kitchens I loved and now I’m focusing on bathrooms, since (at least according to HGTV) those are the things that are most important to home buyers. And while I am usually able to see past the often less-than-desirable kitchen and bathroom spaces in the homes for sale that tend to fit into our budget, it takes these types of visual gatherings of inspiration to remind me of the possibilities when initially looking at them. Or maybe that’s just my excuse for obsessively staring at bathrooms on Pinterest in bed at 2 AM – but I’m sticking with it.

Just like with the kitchens I shared with you, these bathrooms tend to lean toward a minimalist, modern design element – with a hint of bohemian. I prefer light, neutral colors (mainly white and grey), and although I tend to gravitate toward those shades pretty much everyone in a home, I think the reason I like them so much (especially white) in bathrooms is because they make the spaces appear larger and less dark. (None of the bathrooms in my current place have windows, and keeping the paint and decor mostly white allows for them to feel much less claustrophobic.) I also like some sort of tiny rustic touch to break up the cold feeling of bathrooms that are super modern – whether that is some sort of raw wood, some interesting tiles, or a piece of antique looking hardware. And when all the hard stuff is done and it comes to finishing decor details, having a couple of plants in the bathroom is key in my mind. (This can be tough in terms of their survival if there isn’t a lot of light, but I’m always willing to take that risk.) My favorites from above are definitely numbers 1 and 2, but I also love the boho vibe and all of the layers of 6. Now just to keep these ingrained in my brain the next time we’re looking at houses and all I see is a bathroom that hasn’t been updated since the ’70s.

What type of bathroom design do you prefer? Have any of you redone a bathroom recently?

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Embracing Change to grow

Despite the sound of thunder and the distant sight of lightening lighting up the sky, in this late evening, a wind slowly blowing, instead of rain, there was just the wind. The rain, if there was any, was either far off, didn’t happen or a withheld promise, but the sudden appearance of these clouds after…



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Essley, the Little Ballerina Mouse

I know that posts about Essley are few and far between around here, but today I’m going to gush about her for a couple of minutes because (1) I think she’s the coolest (I really do) and (2) we were recently introduced to the the cutest collection of baby clothing and toys ever that just happen to perfectly align with her current two very favorite things (mice and ballet; more on that in a minute). She has had so much fun playing with her new goodies that I had to snap some pictures and share. I’ve also become such a fan of the company who makes these items that there was just no way I couldn’t say anything about them. So here we go.

Robbie’s parents live in Arizona but we FaceTime with them often, and a few weeks ago his mom started regularly reading Essley a story about a mouse from Robbie’s childhood. Essley absolutely adores this story – to the point that within seconds of connecting, she starts saying “Mouse! Mouse!” in anticipation of hearing it. And ever since, she instantly gravitates to anything with a mouse. She now has a mouse toothbrush. Her favorite shirt has a mouse on it. To her, mice are the the bee’s knees.

Essley has also taken a recent fondness to anything having to do with ballet or dance. I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago that she starts dance class soon (two weeks from today, actually), and you can’t even say the words “dance class” without her instantly busting into her personal collection of killer dance moves. My friend Molly, a dance teacher, sent Essley a pair of tap shoes when I was pregnant with her and they just now fit perfectly, and the kid is obsessed. And if she sees anything with a tutu or ballet slippers, it’s like she just spotted a freaking unicorn, man. Needless to say, ballerina is at the very top of our Halloween costume idea list.

Now that you know these things, it probably makes sense why Essley is so thrilled with the Princess Mousie Collection from Elegant Baby. First of all, the story behind it is absolutely adorable (you can read it, in “chapters,” right here on their blog). Secondly, it is basically making all of Essley’s toddler dreams come true by combining a mouse with ballet. Her favorite toy right now is this super sweet knit ballerina mouse (which she calls “Mousie”). She carries it everywhere and when she hears music, she makes it dance. It’s ridiculously cute. She also has to have her knit ruffle ballerina mouse blanket on her during story time, and she gets so excited to use her special mousie bathwrap after bath time.

As a parent, I’m pretty stoked about these goodies too. The products themselves are incredibly well made with so much attention to detail (which is actually pretty rare these days when it comes to kids’ toys and accessories). They truly live up to the word ‘elegant’ in the company’s name (I mean, how sweetly beautiful is this head band? Even her fairy bath toys are elegant!). I’m confident that Essley will treasure them for years, even after she outgrows them. I also love that Elegant Baby, which was founded back in 1967, continues to be family owned. (Can I also quickly mention that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s son Silas is a fan? I mean, just saying.)

For those of you with little ones, babies on the way, or with friends or family members who have babies or toddlers, I highly recommend checking out this very special brand. They’re currently running a promotion for 10% off your entire purchase on their website with code FALL10 (good through October 16th), so now is the perfect time to pick up a few of their adorable products.

For those of you with little ones (or nieces/nephews, or grandkids, or friends with little ones), what are their favorite things right now? Any one else have a kid obsessed with mice and ballet?

This post is in collaboration with Elegant Baby.  

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