If you probably couldn’t tell from reading this blog, carnivoran evolution and natural history is one of my passions.
Where did all of this get started? I’d say sometime in the mid-90s. I used to watch A&E’s old Wildlife Mysteries series on Thursday nights. These were mostly very high quality wildlife documentaries and a lot of them were BBC productions.
Some of these films were shown in a series called “Carnivores.” It was about the evolution of the order Carnivora, minus the pinnipeds. And I loved it.
The series was based upon the work of David MacDonald, a carnivoran specialist and conservation biologist at Oxford.
In the UK, it was shown as “The Velvet Claw,” which is one reason I’ve had a few problems finding even clips of it online.
And for a long time, all that we could see are short clips, but now, well, it’s been uploaded in full. Here is the entire series on Youtube.
I don’t know how long it’s going to be up, so you’d better watch it soon.
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!
A special day calls for a special ear. And a poem, of course.
Trick or treat!
I lick feet.
Give me something that has meat!
If you don’t, just beware-
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
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
How does she not fall in! Another shot of Ambra taking a drink in the fountain at Airole.
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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In 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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Guide 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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