Category Archives: Other critters

Doggie Bloggie has a new doghouse!

Announcing the relocation of A Doggie Bloggie to a new site:  Motley Dogs!

Same content, same postings – but a new look and feel!  Please come over to the new site to check it out… and DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE!

This site will remain up, but I will no longer be posting here.  Well, maybe a reminder or two about the move… 🙂

Please check it out… I think you will like it!


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‘Happy feet’ penguin returns to Antarctica

(FP Photo Above/HO/Department of Conservation NZ)

A lost penguin is getting a lift home to Antarctica on a New Zealand research vessel.

FIGHTING FIT AND cheeky as ever, the world’s most famous emperor penguin is set to leave Kiwi captivity for his Antarctic home. Happy Feet captured the world’s attention in June when he washed up on a beach north of Wellington, more than 3000km from home.

UPDATE:  Tues. Sept. 6, 2011:  Heard on the news today that Happy Feet is now in his home waters making a beeline for his true home.  This makes me very happy!  🙂

(Photo Credit above: AAP/Kate Baker).  Bedraggled, confused and loaded up with 3kg of ingested sand, the sick penguin was lucky enough to be spotted and taken in by Wellington Zoo, where vets performed four operations to save his life.

His unexpected appearance on Peka Peka Beach shocked wildlife experts, who says he is only the second emperor penguin to ever set foot in New Zealand.

Happy feet fever

Every detail of his recovery, from the daily reports of weight gain and his dietary preference for “fish milkshakes” have been eagerly awaited by animal lovers everywhere. And more than 120,000 people track his progress via a webcam set up in his small, ice-filled room at the zoo.
But after more than two months of five star service, the time has come for Happy Feet to return home. He leaves Wellington Zoo for the freezing temperatures of the sub-Antarctic aboard a New Zealand research vessel today.

Vets have given him a clean bill of health ahead of his four-day voyage and considerably longer swim, fitting him with a satellite device so the public can continue to track his every move.

Emperor penguin migration

Hundreds of fans packed the zoo over the weekend to say goodbye and sign a huge farewell card with “sweet” messages. They could view the operating theatre in five-minute blocks to take photos of the heavily-sedated bird.
The zoo’s veterinary science manager Lisa Argilla, credited with saving the penguin, said she’d be sad to see him go but the time had come. “I’m pretty confident we’ve got him back to a good level of fitness, and he’s ready to go out there and try and survive in the wild,” she says. She said she would try not to cry over his departure, but many of his younger fans have already shed tears.

Authorities have decided to release Happy Feet at the northern point of where other juvenile emperor penguins would be at this time of year. He could then follow sea currents and return to Antarctica with the others.

Once released, he has the same survival chances of any other emperor penguin making the seasonal journey home, experts say. Track Happy Feet’s progress here.

Happy Feet in a special crate before making the four-day journey to the Southern Ocean east of Campbell Island. (Credit: AFP).



Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Dog Blog, Other critters


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My trip whale watching in the San Juan Islands, WA

Just arrived back home from a wonderful trip to Seattle WA. Wonderful in many ways, but one was because it RAINED! I live in New Mexico and have not seen any real measurable amount of rain since December 2010. While in Seattle, I took a day trip to the San Juan Islands near Anacortes WA to go whale watching out of Friday Harbor. I saw the Orca’s playing, porpoises cresting, Sea Lions laying around, Harbor Seals curiously watching us watch them, Bald Eagles, amongst many other beautiful creatures.

So, just wanted to share footage I took and a few of my pictures taken while out on the Strait de Juan de Fuca, and the bays in the islands.  I was truly in natures Nirvana.

In closing, my heart was saddened as I passed a horrible Shell Oil Refinery to and from Anacortes.  I do not wish to post political on this site, so you may view more on my other blog.  Our Dependence on Oil. Man versus Nature.

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Other critters, Photos, Uncategorized


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Cat humor… and a few other critters, too

Although I have a special bond to our canine companions, I still love all creatures on this earth.  Well, not real fond of cockroaches….

So in all fairness, here is some kitty-humor, and a few other animals, as well.  Remember… Laugh, and the world laughs with you… unless you laugh uncontrollably for no apparent reason…

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Hey, buddy… have you seen my friends???

Kitty seeks help in finding his friends ahead of him….



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Wait… this isn’t a dog… it’s a porcupine!

When I created this blog, I only intended on only posting dog and dog-related items.  But after seeing this video of a porcupine acting like a dog, I decided I just had to post this.  In moving forward, I will – on occassion – post non-doggie material (but animal-related), and it will have it’s own category and link in the top menu.  I do love all wildlife.

This 5 year old male was a pet in a home, and now lives at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  It had just been given an apple to eat in this video.  Watch how happy he is!

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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Dog Blog, Other critters, Videos


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