Category Archives: d*gs

Ajax, the kea conservation dog

Reader Mike Hannah, a professor of paleontology and evolution at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, sent me a link to this short (3½ minute) film about a man named Corey and his dog Ajax, who’s been trained to sniff out underground kea nests (he wears a muzzle). It’s all in the cause of conservation, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

First, Stephen Barnard reports that all eleven gadwall ducklings (Anas strepera) are still alive (yay!!); he sent some information and a photo for proof: Like mallards, gadwalls are dabbling ducks. The ducklings don’t dabble. You’ve seen that with your mallards. The ducklings spend their feeding time foraging for insects (I believe) on the alga mats that are all […]

The world’s worst sheepdog

Something has gone badly wrong here. Meet Nelson, who has things arse-backwards. Watch this very short video soon, as copies are being removed from YouTube: Surprisingly, there are about a half dozen contenders for the Worst Sheepdog Award, but I give this one the blue ribbon.

Caturday felid trifecta: The Mother Lode of cat gifs, a rescued cougar cub, and a dog that saves cats.

Pinterest has a huge page of kitten gifs for your delectation; I’ll give just three: Kitten fight! (no kittens were harmed in the making of this video): Feeding time: Mom scares her kittens:   ********* From Z00Borns, a video and photos of rescued five-week-old cougar cub: A tiny, orphaned Cougar cub has briefly taken up residence […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, April 28, 2017, and it’s National Blueberry Pie day. The best specimen of that genre I ever had was a lowbush (wild) blueberry pie from Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, Maine: a mixture of cooked and uncooked berries in an open-top crust, piled high with real whipped cream.  If you’re in Maine and it’s blueberry […]

Awww: formerly blind d*g sees its family after surgery (with hamster lagniappe)

by Matthew Cobb I have special permission from PCC(E) to post this cute video of Duffy, a recuse Irish Terrier, Back in June 2014, Duffy was operated on to cure him of his blindness. This is the scene when he was reunited with the family. Warning: includes lots of human excitability. Duffy’s owner, Benjamin May, wrote on the […]

Friday fennec fox FTW

From reader Lee in Tasmania, who sent this video with the note “Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney has released video of a fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) kit”: Even adult fennecs are tiny: about half the weight of a house cat (fennecs weigh about 1.5–3.5 lb, or 0.7–1.6 kg), so you can imagine how small that kit is. […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Sunday, January 29, 2017, with a light snowfall (about ½”) predicted for Chicago today. I woke up to find the country in pandemonium over Trump’s misguided executive orders about visas and immigration (see next post). It’s National Corn Chip Day in the U.S., and, in Kansas, it’s “Kansas Day” (any Jayhawkers celebrating?) On […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. As President Franklin Roosevelt said on the day after, in a speech to Congress, it was “a day which shall live in infamy.”  (See below.) It’s thus “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”. And on this day occurred an […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on this chilly Thursday, September 29, 2016.  It’s National Coffee Day, and I’m about to celebrate with my usual morning tipple: a large latte made on my own espresso machine with beans freshly ground in my own burr grinder. I could not live without either the equipment or the libation! On this day […]