Happy 1st Birthday, Barli!

It’s hard to believe…but today marks one day since we adopted Barli! A few days before his adoption day, we’d seen this listing online: I’d called the shelter, located about…

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2019 Iditarod: We Have a Winner!

Peter Kaiser arrives in Nome, winning the 47th running of the Iditarod. Here’s the rest of the top ten, as of 4:30 pm ET on Wednesday, 3/13/19: 1 Peter Kaiser (9) In to Nome 2 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28) In to Nome 3 Jessie Royer (14) In to Nome 4 Aliy Zirkle (19) Out of […]


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Raccoons in Ireland

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Europe has no living native Procyonids.  Germany and the countries on which it borders do have a well-established population of raccoons, but the British Isles were thought to be raccoon-free. In fact, I refused to watch one version of 101 Dalmatians because it featured raccoons in England. Every English person knows there aren’t any raccoons running around.

However, the same cannot be said of Ireland. Rumors of errant raccoons have been filtering through the internet for quite some time. I got wind of it in 2011, when raccoons were sighted in County Cork. 

I didn’t think it was possible that there could be a breeding population in Ireland, but in recent months, a raccoon was hit by car in County Clare back in September.

In November, a raccoon was live-trapped and humanely euthanized in Cork.

These might be errant escaped pets, but errant escaped pets are the basis for a potential breeding population. And if you think that sounds far-fetched, well, Germany has a growing population of raccoons that were introduced in the 1930s.

Ireland has a much milder climate than most of North America, and this species of raccoon lives where the winters can be quite harsh.

These sightings could very well be the start of a real problem in Ireland. Raccoons are the ultimate mesopredator in that they relish raiding bird nests and even killing ground-nesting birds and poultry. Their numbers have flourished in North America since the widespread extirpation of wolves and cougars, and in Ireland, they would likely find a paradise. They would have to compete with badgers and red foxes, but because they are such adept climbers, they would also have access to food sources in trees.

We can hope that an established population of raccoons isn’t being founded in Ireland right now, but I almost wouldn’t bet against it.  They do very well on the continent. Ireland is ripe fruit, reading for the clawed hands to pick.

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One weekend, two majors

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Quest got his second major this morning. He was Winners Dog and Best of Winners both days at the Medina Kennel Club’s March show, which was held at Tallmadge.

He got six points out of the weekend. He has to have two majors and a total of 15 points to finish.

He’s on his way.

Thanks so much to Anya Dobratz for handling him and breeding such a great dog!

 

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Win an Animal Abuse Awareness T-Shirt! #Giveaway

Help shine a light and spread awareness on the subject of animal abuse with our Animal Abuse Awareness T-shirt! This shirt features a cause ribbon designed exclusively for our PawZaar gift store….

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First points on Quest

Quest got his first AKC conformation points, and it was a major!

I think he might finish. He’s only 10.5 months old.

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Congratulations to his breeder, handler, and co-owner Anya Dobratz for that great win! And this major makes his mother an ROM.

 

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Pig Ears For Dogs

Just like humans, pets deserve a special treat every so often, and times like these call for dog owners to go out of their way to do something their dogs will love. Surprises of this nature go a long way in showing your canine companion that you appreciate them for all the unconditional love they give you.
Dog owners have all …
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When A Dog Is Ready To Whelp

Is your dog about to give birth? Read this blog for some answers to common questions about whelping.
The first thing to do is talk to your vet. It is important to understand the potential risks and be able to identify signs of complications. Ideally, your vet has been checking on your dog throughout the pregnancy. The vet will talk to …
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Monday Inspiration (+ Some Brief Thoughts on the Evolution of Social Media)

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If you’ve been reading around here long enough, then you probably remember when I used to put together admittedly aimless posts fills with images that inspired me and share them with no other purpose than to spread inspiration to my readers. Now these were the days when blogs ruled and Instagram was just an afterthought, when people chose to sit down with cups of tea (or maybe whiskey) and relax and slowly take in everything blogs had to share, so I felt a little more freedom to post ‘silly’ things like that. Don’t get me wrong – I am grateful for some of the ways that blogging and social media have evolved and the doors they’ve opened. The only constant is change, and I always try to embrace it and make the best out of what I find. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss those times before the quick fix of IG (and Pinterest and FB on some levels, too), when blogging was all we had and there just weren’t a lot of rules.

So in the spirit of that, and since it’s Monday and maybe we could use a little boost, here are some random images I’ve come across lately that particularly struck my fancy. I hope that bring a little inspiration your way too. Have a wonderful week, friends.

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Review: New Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet Sweeper #SwifferLovesFur

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Swiffer at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. Spring is coming. For all the joy of sunny days, blooming flowers, and happy…

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