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Raffi, the Biewer Yorkshire terrier

This is a black and white Yorkie.  Known is a ‘Biewer’ terrier – or Biewer Yorkshire terrier – ie a Yorkie that is black and white and brown.  The breed originated in Germany.

I met tiny 14 month old Raffi yesterday on Larvotto Beach in Monaco, where she lives.  Isn’t she adorable!

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Trick or Treat with Brody One Ear!

A special day calls for a special ear. And a poem, of course.

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Trick or treat!

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I lick feet.

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Give me something that has meat!

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If you don’t, just beware-

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I’ll eat up your underwear!

 

Have a great day and be safe all! I get to go see Danny Elfman perform the Nightmare Before Christmas tonight at the Hollywood Bowl so I’ve got Jack Skellington on the mind 😀

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Why did this dog fly first class on American Airlines?

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Sassy Pants

Yesterday I set out to try and get pictures of Lacey being sassy.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I have to be 100% engaged with her or it instantly stops – which means I’m shooting with the camera held down near my knees while I’m flailing a big blue ball around with the other hand. I’m also having to keep Coulee entertained at the same time or she turns into a barking, jealous fiend.

But I occasionally fluked out. I wasn’t quite able to capture her cute little run though.. so I’ll have to try again.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Balancing Act!

How does she not fall in!  Another shot of Ambra taking a drink in the fountain at Airole.
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Trick or Treat #Recipe for Halloween Dog Treats

Are you ready for doggie trick or treating? We’ve been preparing some of Irie and Tiki’s favorite pumpkin and peanut butter treats, ones that are quick and easy to make. We’ll be…



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KITTEN RAISED BY HUSKIES THINKS SHE’S A DOG

Rosie-smIn the debate over whether nature or nurture is more important in a baby’s development, there’s one kitten who’s making a big case for nurture – a kitten raised by Siberian huskies who now seems to think she is one!

According to Life with Cats, Rosie was only a few weeks old when she was rescued and taken in by a family in California. The Bui sisters, Thi, Thoa and Tram, a family of animal lovers, already had a trio of beautiful huskies.

The first night Rosie was with her new family she didn’t seem to be doing well so the Buis let her snuggle with Lilo, a motherly, nurturing member of the husky clan. Lilo accepted her job and took it very seriously and soon was protecting and caring for Rosie as if she were her own puppy.

The Buis were a bit surprised by the depth of Lilo’s devotion to the kitten. The husky had never had puppies of her own and had been spayed just the week before Rosie came to stay.

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Halo

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BLIND RUNNER GETS SPECIALLY TRAINED GUIDE DOG

richard_and_klinger-lgGuide dogs are known to perform incredible duties for the humans they assist but one smart dog has become the first ever guide dog officially trained to accompany his handler on marathon training runs!

According to a story in Runner’s World, Klinger, a two-year-old German Shepherd, is the first dog to be specially trained through a new program by Guiding Eyes for Blind called the Running Guides. Klinger has been trained to assist veteran and triathlete, Richard Hunter.

Hunter’s love for running began when he was in the marines. Although the California resident began to lose his sight in 1989 due to a disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, he has continued to compete in marathons, triathlons and even Iron Man triathlons.

Klinger serves as Hunter’s general guide dog but his special training will enable Hunter to go on runs without another human alongside.

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Extinct before we knew much about it

pig-footed bandicoot

I think it’s really hard for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to understand what special place Australia is in terms of biodiversity.

It is largest area in the world that has been isolated from the rest of the continents long enough for evolution to take an entirely different course, but when Europeans came, so much of the biodiversity wound up disappearing. Unfortunately, this is still going on.

One animal I wish we’d been able to study more closely before it became extinct is the pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus ecaudatus). This animal was a bandicoot that had evolved something similar to cloven hooves on the front feet. Cloven hooves, are the trademark of the Artiodactyls, the very successful group of placental mammals that includes cows, sheep, goats, deer, and pigs. But here was a bandicoot that had them on its front feet. Its hind feet had a single “hoof,” with two vestigial toes higher up the leg, which were almost like the double dewclaws of a Great Pyrenees or Beauceron.

No other animal, placental or otherwise, has produced such an unusual toe arrangement.

We know very little about this animal. It was rare when Europeans arrived. It’s gone now. We don’t know what killed it off. Cats usually get the blame. The end of aboriginal burning also gets pointed out. Burning created areas where new shoots could pop up, and this omnivorous animal was able to us those areas as its main habitat.

The truth is there just so much we don’t know. There is even debate about how well this animal actually moved and why it would evolve such unusual toes.

We have eye witness accounts, and the animals were reported to be alive as late as the 1950s. But not enough zoologists were interested in them at the time, and they were exceedingly rare. So we’ve got horrible gaps in knowledge about them.

This actually isn’t that unusual. Look up the literature on marsupial moles, which are similarly quite rare and horribly under-studied.

Because the pig-footed bandicoot went extinct only in the 1950s, there is actually a bit better chance that there might be a few living out in some remote region than there is for extant thylacines. For some reason, this animal has never captured the imaginations of any naturalists in the same way the thylacine has.

But here we have a sort of marsupial “chevrotain,” which is every bit as interesting as a marsupial “wolf.”

Parallel evolution is always pretty cool.

It’s a shame that species go extinct before we can learn about them.


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