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We couldn’t resist sharing this adorable and hilarious video we found. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂

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Romeo smiling over a cheeseburger.

Romeo smiling over a cheeseburger.

Few things in life match the heartache of losing a beloved pet. The bond we share with our animal companions is something we cherish, and it’s something that becomes so engrained in our daily lives that when the time comes, it is hard to imagine life without them. I was so touched today when I saw a news article about a terminally-ill boxer named Romeo, and his bucket list. I’d heard of people having these sorts of lists before, but never had I heard of an animal having one, and I must say, the idea was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

Diagnosed with bone cancer, Romeo was given just months to live. The news was tragic, but Romeo’s owners decided that there was time to cry after their friend was gone, and set out to make sure Romeo got to spend his remaining days doing the things that would make him happiest.

So, what sort of things made Romeo’s bucket list?

  • Going for a joy ride in not just a cop car, but also a fire truck.

  • A variety of meals any dog would be happy to have, like a McDonald’s cheeseburger, steak dinner, and breakfast in bed to name a few.

  • A fun day at a pub with his owner.

  • Made a donation to an animal shelter.

  • Enjoyed a massage.

  • And more!

Dying Dogs Bucket List

If you’d like to learn more about Romeo and his loving owners, here’s a fantastic video and article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/dog-bucket-list-boxer-romeo_n_5106333.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl23|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D462283

Thanks to this article, I am inspired to do the same when the time comes for my own pets. It is always hard when you must say goodbye to a loved one, but I think doing something like this is a wonderful way to really celebrate your pet’s life and create lasting memories that you will hang on to forever.

In honor of World Frog Day, we thought we’d use the day to talk about how some of the frogs in our home-state of Michigan compare to other frogs around the world.

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According to the Michigan DNR, the frogs found in Michigan are as follows:

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog

Bullfrog

Gray Tree Frog

Green Frog

Mink Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

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Pickerel Frog

Western Chorus Frog

Wood Frog

The bullfrog is the largest frog we have in Michigan, but our bullfrogs are dwarfed in comparison to the world’s largest frog, the Goliath Frog.

A big bullfrog, just hanging out, doing frog stuff.

A big bullfrog, just hanging out, doing frog stuff.

The Goliath Frog

The Goliath Frog

Some of Michigan’s smallest frogs are the Northern Spring Peeper and the Western Chorus Frog, but in 2012 a tiny frog called Paedophryne amauensis was discovered to live in New Guinean rainforests. While our tiny Michigan frogs range from about 1 to 1 ½ inches in size, the Paedophryne amauensis is only 7.7 millimeters long on average.

Northern Spring Peeper

Northern Spring Peeper

Paedophryne amauensis sitting on a US dime.

Paedophryne amauensis sitting on a US dime.

Aside from being World Frog Day, today is also the first day of Spring. It shouldn’t be long before our amphibious buddies are out in full force again! Also, totally fighting the urge to make a bad pun about the first day of spring and world frog day. You’re welcome. 😛

So since today is Learn About Butterflies Day, we thought we’d share some interesting butterfly facts that are a little less known. Here are 7 bizarre butterfly facts. We hope you enjoy!

Bizarre Butterfly Facts:

1.)

Did you know butterflies taste with their feet? Though adult butterflies can only sustain themselves on fluids such as nectar, it’s important for them to find plants to lay their eggs that their offspring will be able to eat. They do so, using taste receptors on their feet and spines with chemoreceptors on the back of their legs.

2.)

Speaking of taste, butterflies are famous for indulging in nectar, but they also do something known as puddling to get all the proper nutrients. Puddling is when a butterfly drinks from a mud puddle. Though it sounds no where near as tasty as nectar, mud puddles contain minerals the butterflies need, especially for mating. Even less classy than drinking mud, are the eating habits of a certain butterfly known as the Red Admiral, who prefer animal dung and rotting fruit.

The Red Admiral Butterfly may look pretty, but there is nothing pretty about those eating habits.

The Red Admiral Butterfly may look pretty, but there is nothing pretty about those eating habits.

3.)

Butterflies don’t poop! Since a butterfly’s diet consists of only liquids, and the butterfly’s body uses up nearly all of those liquids, they put out very little waste. Even when a butterfly does produce waste, it still is mostly expelling only water at that point, and does so by releasing a spray of liquid when they’ve had too much to drink. Caterpillars on the other hand, are a completely different story. Unlike their more graceful adult counterparts, caterpillars are constantly eating and defecating.

4.)

Butterflies don’t technically sleep. They do however have a resting period known as quiescence. They do this when it is cloudy or when it is nighttime.

5.)

If a butterfly’s body temperature drops below 85 degrees Fahrenheit, it cannot fly. Since butterflies are cold-blooded, the temperature of their surroundings plays a crucial part in their body temperatures. On a chilly day, a butterfly can try to warm up enough to be able to fly by basking in the sun or shivering its wings until the muscles needed for flight are warm enough.

6.)

Butterflies don’t have lungs. They actually breathe through tiny openings on their body known as spiracles.

7.)

In the Amazon, butterflies will literally drink the tears of turtles. It sounds bizarre, but the sodium found in the turtles’ tears is vital for the butterflies, and otherwise hard for the butterflies to come by.

Mmm Mmm! Don't mind us, we're just sustaining ourselves off your sorrow. No biggie.

Mmm Mmm! Don’t mind us, we’re just sustaining ourselves off your sorrow. No biggie.

 

Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the ones we love, and that includes our fuzziest and loyalist companions! Our pets are there for us year round, providing an unconditional kind of love that can brighten our spirits on the gloomiest of days. If you’re stumped on ideas for your pets, or even on what to get a significant other that loves animals, we might just have some ideas you’d like. 🙂

How cute are these "bichon bars" from Three Dog Bakery

How cute are these “bichon bars” from Three Dog Bakery?

Three Dog Bakery's "Boxer Brownies" look good enough for people to eat!

Three Dog Bakery’s “Boxer Brownies” look good enough for people to eat!

Check out this "pet-it-four" they make as well.

Check out this “pet-it-four” they make as well.

Bakeries all over the place are going to the dogs, literally! Bakeries catering specifically to our four-legged friends are sprouting up everywhere, making freshly baked doggy-friendly cupcakes, cookies, and more. Even some regular bakeries are getting in on the action, like Cupcake Station in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their adorable “pup-cakes”! Three Dog Bakery in the Partridge Creek Mall of Clinton Township, Michigan is the kind of place you can find such delectable treats as “Boston Terrier Cream Pies”, “Boxer Brownies”, “Pupcakes”, and “Bulldog Bars”.

http://www.threedogatthecreek.com/products.asp?cat=76

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Stumped on what to get your significant other this year? A wonderful type of gift that has been gaining in popularity are donations. This Valentine’s Day why not make a donation to a rescue or shelter in your special someone’s name? Roses wilt, cards often get discarded or lost, and chocolates (while delicious) are soon gobbled up and gone; a donation that goes toward helping save animals is one that will have a lasting impact. There are plenty of places out there that could put your donation to good use, but one specifically is the Michigan Humane Society. Thursday, February 13th is the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Valentine’s Telethon. Donations are tax-deductible and help the good people at the humane society continue to provide the much-needed care to homeless, abused, and neglected animals in need. You can find more information on how to donate right on the Michigan Humane Society’s web page, here:

http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageNavigator/telethon.html

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Have a heart, and be a Rescue-Dog or Rescue-Cat’s Valentine! Please just remember that if you plan on getting a pet for someone for Valentine’s Day, to make 100% sure that they are ready for the commitment that comes along with it. Sometimes the best intentions just aren’t enough to make something work, and no one wants to see a pet come so close to having their forever home, only to have it taken away from them. It just isn’t fair to the animal involved. So make sure the person is on board fully, find out for sure if the place they live even allows pets (and if they do, that there are no restrictions that would apply to the critter you’re adopting), and please adopt. There are already so many animals out there in need of love, and they could truly use a good home.

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Most importantly, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give your pet, is the same one you give them everyday: Your love. We are our pets best friends, and there is nothing you could buy them that could ever measure up to your time. Whether you’re just snuggling on the couch, scratching that one spot that makes their back leg go crazy, or playing a game of tug-of-war or fetch, it will mean the world to your pet. They may not be able to go out and buy you flowers or write you any love poems, but who needs that when you’ve got a dog happily wagging his tail, or a cat purring in your lap?

We’ve all heard the saying: “If the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an early spring”.

Well, with all this frigid weather making everyone so miserable, that’s a lot of pressure on a little groundhog…

groundhog-day

Hope you guys are all staying warm! We’re sure plenty of you are cozy indoors ready for the Super Bowl (or Puppy Bowl if you’re anything like us!) Expect a bunch of posts from us this month. Apparently February is full of animal-related holidays and traditions, and we’re looking forward to talking about a bunch of them!!

It’s a simple fact that there are few things in the entire world that cats love as much as catnip.

So, with that in mind, when spoiling our kitties, catnip is usually one of the first things we look for. This year, while Christmas shopping, we were surprised to discover something we’d never heard of before, and just thought we’d share our find now that the cats have had enough time to thoroughly test it out.

Catnip Bubbles!!

Found these bubbles at a cool store called 'Five Below' for $3.50

Found these bubbles at a cool store called ‘Five Below’ for $3.50

Containing pure catnip oil, the bubbles come just like the ones we all played with as kids, with a little bubble wand and everything!

So far between all three of our cats, the results have varied, but mostly been positive.

  • Bailey LOVES them. She was a little spooked by them popping at first, but quickly grew to love swatting the bubbles with her paw and popping them herself! And as soon as she’s done committing bubble murder, she always looks up expectantly with her big imploring kitty eyes, eager for more.
  • Zelda doesn’t appreciate the bubbles popping, but she definitely enjoys the aftermath by rubbing her face into the carpet where the bubbles have previously popped. It makes for quite the entertaining sight to say the least.
  • Jack is, to put it bluntly, terrified of them. He runs away and meows a meow of intense displeasure any time one comes remotely near him.

So, to sum it up catnip bubbles may not be for every cat, but we think it is at least worth a try. Some cats love them, some are spooked by them, and some just like the smell of them, but it’s always fun to let your critters try something new. 🙂