Recipe: Liver Logs Dog Treats

Sometimes during the summer, when the temperatures go up, up, up and won’t even cool down at night, I get tired of hot foods. Cool salads seem the most soothing (and let’s don’t…



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I am a board member and director with the Miami Co…

I am a board member and director with the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation. Although Miami-Dade County is the only county in FL that has BSL the rest of the state is seriously hampered by homeowners associations and landlords with breed specific policies. One of the approaches we are trying to encourage is a professional evaluation process, where any potential homeowner or renter on they own dime many select from associations/landlord's approved list of dog behaviorists to have their dog evaluated regardless of the breed. This way regardless of the breed you only have approved dogs living there and eliminated potentially problem dogs. I would rather have a well socialized Rottie or Pitty living next door than a poorly socialized Beagle or Retriever. People may also find things out about their own dogs they were not aware of.
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Sea otter at Yakutat Bay

I saw several sea otters on my cruise, but I saw them from the ship while it was in motion.

So this is my best photo:

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#PawPromise Adoptable Dog of the Week: Cooper

Hi! I’m Cooper. As you can see by my photos, I have the look of a silver screen star, so I was named after Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper. I’ve got soulful eyes and golden hair just…



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Xootsnoowú, “Fortress of the Bears”

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This is Admiralty Island, which is not far from Juneau. It is known by the Tlingit as Xootsnoowú, which translates as “Fortress of the Bears.”

It is home to 1,600 brown bears, which I didn’t see while whale watching. This island has one the highest densities of brown bears anywhere in the world, and it is the highest for North America.

These aren’t just normal brown bears, however.  This is where things get really interesting.

About ten years ago, it turned out that many brown bears from Admiralty Island and the neighboring islands of Baranof and Chichagof had mitochondrial DNA that is similar to the polar bear.  This caused quite a bit of a sensation, because if these brown bears really were closely related to the polar bears, then we might have found the place where polar bears evolved from brown bears. This was also at the time when there was a growing body of evidence that polar bears evolved very rapidly and relatively recently from brown bears.

A later nuclear DNA study revealed that the similarities between these brown bears and polar bears were the result of ancient hybridization. The genomes of these brown bears is roughly 1 percent polar bear, but 6.5 percent of the X chromosomes come from polar bears.

These islands and Ireland are both places where polar and brown bears hybridized at the end of the last glacial maximum. Polar bears got stranded on islands, which became great brown bear habitat. Male brown bears mated with polar bear sows, and the offspring were fertile. However, they bred back into the brown bear population in such a way that they are almost entirely brown bear in ancestry.

As the arctic is warming, polar bears are finding themselves stranded on land for longer periods during the mating season, and brown bears (mostly grizzlies) are wandering north. Several hybrids have been killed in recent years, including one from this year.

Polar bears could very likely become extinct as a result of climate change, but their genes could still live on in the brown and grizzly bears that manage to hybridize with them during this transition period.

I wish I had been able to see one of those bears on Admiralty Island,  but I am just glad I got a photo of the island itself.

Whales were calling. Not bears.

 

 


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The 19th

For whatever cosmic reasons beyond my complete comprehension the Week of the 19th of June is what the Japanese call, “Mono no aware” – both beauty and pain, celebration and sadness…
It’s always the week of Father’s Day, the anniversary of the Final Mile in Boston, the passing of my boy Murphy, and the birth of Indiana Jones. It’s also the week of the summer solstice whose Latin translation roughly means the day the sun stands still.  When there is the least darkness. 
Every year it’s a week I’d just like to fast forward through and move on because it can be too much for even me to shoulder.  And I’ve carried a ton of weight for some time.  But no one gets that option when you allow yourself to love absolutely.  
Five years ago today I gave Murphy rest and five years later I still weep inconsolably when I write about him.  His final days we spent together listening to Garth Brook’s song The Dance and he loved it before I even realized the significance of the lyrics.  Paraphrasing them, ‘I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end.  But even if I did, I wouldn’t have missed the dance.’  
Just like every light begins with darkness the Week of the 19th is about the lessons from life’s inflections.  For me it’s been both a beginning and an ending and the promise and the pain of love as well.    
And what a beautiful dance it’s been.  Happy 19th!

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Ohio Dog Fighter Denied Early Release from Prison

Judge Robert Ruehlman presided today over the early release hearing of Terry Kendrick, who had been convicted of charges related to running a dog fighting ring that was connected to the ring run by Michael Vick. Kendrick’s original sentence was for 13 years, and he has served 8 years so far at the Chillicothe Correctional […]


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Happy Birthday, America!

Luke the Boxer wishes everybody a Happy Fourth of July, and so do all of us at doggies.com and breeders.net. Have a great celebration, but remember to leave your dog at home during the fireworks. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Border

Whilst his owner checks out the second-hand books in Menton, this lovely Border Terrier is more interested in the camera.
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Happy 4th! Happy Weekend! Happy Summer!

Did the excessive use of exclamation points in the subject adequately convey my current level of enthusiasm? If not, here’s one more! I’m just stopping in today to wish all of you here in the states a happy 4th of July weekend (and to our international friends, happy weekend!). This entire weekend is full of plans that include several out of town friends, a Guns N’ Roses concert tonight (yes, Guns N’ Roses; find me on Snapchat under @bubbyandbean because I’ll be sharing the experience in all its glory), multiple parties, and (aside from the show tonight anyway) general G-rated debauchery (I have two young kids after all).

We’ll be taking a blog break Monday to celebrate the day with friends and family, but will be back in action around here on Tuesday. In the meantime, I hope you’re able to get outside and enjoy what I consider to be the weekend of the year that most defines summertime. Woot!

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