We have "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week" , "Deaf Dog Awareness Week", and "National Dog Week" ... all occurring this week!

Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week brings attention to the many blind, senior, deaf or black (yes, BLACK!) doggies whom often get overlooked when folks are looking to add a doggie to their homes. Folks often think they are just bringing home "a problem" if they adopt a special needs dog, but what they are really doing is missing out on the huge blessing these pets can add to your life.  Check-out Petfinder for a special listing of dogs near you!

Deaf Dog Awareness Week is seeking to bring attention to the thousands of deaf doggies that share our homes & lives.  We know many deaf doggies (white Boxers sometimes struggle with deafness), and they are no different than hearing dogs. They are just as smart, fun, loyal and loving as any other doggie. Do not pass-up a doggie, just because it has a hearing loss ... you may be passing-up a GREAT companion & friend!

National Dog Week was established in 1928 by dog-enthusiast William Lewis Judy to encourage responsible pet ownership among America’s growing population of dog owners and to honor our dogs for all the good they do. A whole week! Who knew? What will YOU be doing this week to show your doggies how special they are?  A new toy? A bath? A care ride? A new companion (puppy)? Or maybe a nice long walk? No time for a walk, well you can always give us a call, and we will take him out for a special walk! =o)

I feel so special!
~ Zena

* Oh, it is mom's birthday this week too! Happy birthday, mom! I woof you!  ♥


date Monday, September 19, 2011


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. What a neat idea, huh?!

Sooooo ... In honor of Aloha Friday a special blog hop has been set-up!

The way it works is you post a short question on your blog, and link up each week at An Island Life (the hostess of this event),  so others can come and visit your blog and answer your question.

So, here goes ... Our question for you today is:

What is your favorite WILD animal?

My answer >>> Tigers ... grrrrr !

date Friday, September 16, 2011


Too often an article I read is later deleted, or archived to a place I can not retrieve ... 
so I am sharing this article with you all in it's entirety 
(obtained from http://www.twincities.com/ci_18555729 ):

Cougar's prowl from Midwest to Connecticut astonishes scientists

Video from the St. Paul Pioneer Press | TwinCities.com.

A mountain lion killed last month on a busy Connecticut highway outside of New York City was not, as officials initially had concluded, a captive animal that had escaped.

Nor was it, as they had speculated, the victim of illegal exotic pet trade.

No, this was an American beauty, a native cougar born and bred in the wild and whose demise marked the end of a cross-continental journey that included the Twin Cities and Wisconsin, and has amazed scientists, officials said Tuesday.

Genetic testing of the animal in a Montana laboratory matched samples of what became known as the "St. Croix Cougar," a young male that passed through Champlin en route through central and northern Wisconsin during the winter of 2009-10.

"It's one of those amazing animal stories," said Adrian Wydeven, a conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who helped track the cat when it passed through here.

"This probably represents one of the longest movements ever recorded for a terrestrial mammal," Wydeven said.

Scientists from several states pieced together the trek of perhaps 1,600 miles, based on DNA evidence collected from the animal's corpse, as well as scat and blood collected at various sites over the years.

Automated trail cameras and paw print evidence added less-certain locations of where the animal traveled, but there are still massive gaps, leading researchers to speculate as to how a cat might find its way past the Great Lakes, across wide rivers and through mountains on its eastward journey.

"I wish it were here to interview so we can find out," said Susan Frechette, deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

If cats could talk, this young male no doubt would have had a memorable tale to tell as it emerged from its likely birthplace in the Black Hills of South Dakota and crossed a nation that had nearly hunted its kind into oblivion, before finally arriving on the doorstep of New York City, where no mountain lion had been confirmed for more than a century and where federal officials had formally declared it extinct just this year.

(Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

"It's a strong symbol of what we had all hoped for: that conservation can work and be effective," said Daniel Esty, Connecticut's commissioner of environmental protection, who also sought Tuesday to squelch rumors that any breeding population of mountain lions still calls the Northeast home.

Several conservation experts suggested the St. Croix Cougar was a harbinger of the comeback of large mammals, including bear, deer, wolves and coyotes, across the Midwest and Northeast.

Among large mammals, it's always the young males that strike out, either from hunger, wanderlust or lust. Mountain lions are no different. Because there are no known breeding grounds east of the western Dakotas and because DNA evidence tied the cougar to the Black Hills, scientists suspect it was born there.

Exactly why this young male at perhaps around age 1 decided to head east is unknown.

Though its journey sounds daunting to a human, this large cat would have found a land not inhospitable, with highways providing possible travel corridors and, most important - and unlike the landscape it might have found 50 years ago - an abundance of prey.

"The deer probably don't have a lot of experience with predators, and there's no competition for them," Wydeven said.

In early December 2009, it was spotted in Champlin, then Vadnais Heights and later Stillwater, where it likely crossed the St. Croix River, by swimming, walking across the ice or perhaps taking the Stillwater Lift Bridge. Scat collected in St. Croix County, Wis., later that month led to its moniker.

It feasted on deer.

A landowner's video camera in southern Dunn County recorded it munching on a buck fawn it had dragged into his cornfield, covering the animal with husks and stalks and returning several times to feed.

"Without a mate, it would have kept moving," Wydeven said.

It might have fed on roadkill. It definitely dined on porcupine. Scientists found parts of quills embedded in its skin.

At the time, wildlife officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin worked together to collect biological samples to be tested by the U.S. Forest Service's Wildlife Genetics Laboratory at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Mont. That they were able to match so many local sightings to the same animal was considered a testament to the power of DNA forensics, said Mike Schwartz, the lab's conservation genetics team leader.

"It was remarkable that we kept getting the same match because that hadn't really happened before," Schwartz said. "We thought that was the end of the story."

But the cat kept roaming.

Tracks were found near Cable, Wis., a few miles from the Birkebeiner cross country ski trail Feb. 27, 2010, the day of the race. Trail cameras from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan suggest it headed north of Lake Michigan, but no Midwest sightings are known after that.

Wydeven speculated it might have crossed into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie, traveled east across Ontario and crossed the St. Lawrence River back into the United States by island hopping the river's Thousand Islands area.

"The truth is, we really don't know," he said.

The animal made news this May when it was sighted around the New York suburb of Greenwich, Conn.

In early June, it emerged from woods at the exclusive Brunswick School, and scientists collected a scat sample.

Early June 11, it strode onto the Wilbur Cross Parkway near Milford, and was struck and killed by a car.

Wydeven heard about the incident and suggested to a Connecticut official - a former graduate student he had overseen - that samples be sent to Missoula for comparison with the lab's database of known mountain lion samples.

"Not because we thought we'd find a match but because maybe they could establish it was related," Wydeven said.

Last week, the lab called with the results: an exact match. "I could hardly believe it," he said.


date Monday, September 12, 2011


Minnesota Responsible Dog Ownership Day

The Minnesota Responsible Dog Ownership Day Committee represents the efforts of 35 All-breed, Group and Specialty Dog Clubs from across Minnesota and hosts this free annual event to promote responsible dog care, healthy activities, and the importance of a well-behaved dog.

Date:     Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Time:   9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Location:   Washington County Fairgrounds, 12300 40th Street N., Lake Elmo, MN
Cost:   Free! ♥

  The goal of this event, supported by the American Kennel Club®, is to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets.


- Meet the Breeds

- Get tips on Grooming

- Watch demonstrations or participate with your dog in obedience, rally, agility, conformation handling, weight pull, carting, or earth dog.

- Free Sanctioned match for conformation, obedience and rally.  All AKC breeds, Miscellaneous and Foundation Stock may enter.

- Microchip clinic using AKC/CAR lifetime chips for $25 ... $5 from every chip sold donated to the Three Day Breast Cancer Walk.

- Free Canine Good Citizen testing available all Day.

- Therapy Dog International testing available for a limited number of dogs for a $10.00 fee.

- Martin Kihn, author of  “Bad Dog, A Love Story” will be making a special appearance at this event.

- Food available on-site, proceeds to Animal Inn Junior Showmanship Fund.

- FREE Admission & Parking!

Well behaved dogs on-leash (with proof of rabies vaccination)
are welcome at this event!

AKC RDO Days run throughout the month of September, with hundreds of organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities every dog owner can enjoy. To learn more about these events, visit www.akc.org

http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/ http://www.scvkc.org/PDF/RDOD_2011_flyer.pdf
Pat Cunningham Minnesota Responsible Dog Ownership Day 218-828-1690 Sugarbush-dogs@juno.com

date Friday, September 9, 2011


This  is the story of a garage owner in New Mexico
who gave his dog a haircut.    

He was sick and tired of thugs breaking into his garage shop to steal  tools, etc. 

So he  came up with this idea  to give his Woofter a haircut.  

He put the word out that he had a new "Mexican  Lion" that would attack anyone that tried to break-in or climb his fence. 

Would-be  thieves saw the "Lion" from a distance and fled the  scene.


The dog's  probably trying to figure out why his head's so hot, 
and his  butt's so cold.  

~ A big "Thanks" to Jean for passing on this story to us!

date Thursday, September 8, 2011

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