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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twist: Cat Welcomes Home Soldier!

Here's a sweet twist on the "dog welcomes home soldier" video craze that's sure to brighten up your Saturday...watch this pretty kitty welcome home his Dad. (B patient for one minute, it has a bit of a surprise ending). So who says cats are aloof?

P.S. Stay tuned later today for a very special post!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Did you say treat?" which is exactly what that big-earred pooch in the BlogPaws community photo seems to be saying, doesn't he?  I can say that, too!

And don't forget that the remaining days of August are dedicated to senior pets and #aging pet appreciation. You even still have time to enter the BlogPaws Aging Pets Appreciation Photo Contest!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

                                        Did you say treat?

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to meet some new friends!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

National Dog Day 2014!

           Fabulous photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

Do we all know that today is National Dog Day? Well, you do now! Actually, we think every day should revolve around our faithful four-legged companions, but who are we to set the national standards? This "holiday" was started in 2004 by Colleen Paige to give dogs their due: "to show our appreciation "for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as Police K-9’s, Military Working Dogs, Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs." National Dog Day is a day to support the ownership of all breeds and consider donating to a shelter." So there.

The International Business Times has culled their top five favorite dog stories of the year for your reading pleasure. Check 'em out and let us know which one is your favorite. And while you're at it, let us know how you're celebrating your dog today. We'd love to know!

Here's our favorite of the favorites—probably because it involves a schnauzer, and one who is so joyful that he...

Monday, August 25, 2014

What To Feed Or Not To Feed A Canine Athlete

 I do look like a "canine athlete", don't I Parental Unit? At least I'm smart enough to guard the backyard via your bed!

Is your pooch a canine athlete? And if so, should you add or subtract anything from your dog's diet to help them perform at their optimal level? O.K., just like with humans, it's kinda hard to tell the difference between a "weekend warrior" and a canine in full training mode, especially when you humans are doing the guesstimating. But this post from The New York Times "Wellness" blog will help you decide the answer to both.

For example, If you jog with your dog for 20 minutes a few times a week, there's probably no need to share your Gatorade and energy bar with Fido. And they probably don't need extra protein or fat calories, either. But if that 20 minute jog turns into a five to ten mile run most days, or you're training for agility trials, then we're likely talking canine athlete. The question and answer section, courtesy of  Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, a professor of clinical nutrition and sports medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the author of a comprehensive new review about nutrition for active dogs, will help you determine how much and what foods are best for dogs in training. Hint: lay off the carbs—fat is what dogs store for energy.

Now, are you ready for a run?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Ancestor The Wolf: A Most Miraculous Creature

Parental Unit is endlessly fascinated with the natural world and particularly the delicate balance of our planet's ecosystem. So when she saw this short video describing the amazing impact of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, she just had to share.

"Predator control" basically eliminated wolves from the lower 48 states by the mid 1900's—in other words, humans interfered with the delicate ecosystem balance to the detriment of all animal and plant species, including their own. In 1995, it took an act of Congress to enact a plan to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park, and here are the magnificent results. The presence of the wolves "transformed not just the ecosystem, but its physical geography." 

To learn more about the history of wolves in Yellowstone, check out this article by the National Park Service. 
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