My Dog Won’t Potty on Leash!

Do you ever have problems getting your dog to potty when on leash? We’ve heard from numerous readers whose dogs either won’t pee on leash or won’t poop on leash–or who refuse…



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Not One More Vet

For many of us, it would be a dream job: caring for animals all day long. However, what we don’t often see are the long hours, the stress of dealing with sick animals – and their families, and the heavy school debt load. Combine these negatives with easy access to lethal medications, and you see … Continue reading Not One More Vet


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Cheesy Smile

A friend of mine owns VanEss Doggie Day Care here in Canton, Ohio. He posted this the other day on their Facebook page under the heading, “Say Cheese!” Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Hungry, Hungry Beagle

From the YouTube channel Cute Little Things. Actual footage of me when dinner is ready. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Forest dog in the making

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Can African cheetahs replace the now defunct population of Asiatic cheetah in India?

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India’s supreme court is now seeing an interesting case in which taxonomy and endangered species politics converge to have real world consequences. The question is whether African cheetahs can replace Asiatic cheetahs on India’s plains.

Yes, for there were once cheetahs in India. Their traditional quarry was the blackbuck antelope, and many nobles in India kept cheetahs or “hunting leopards,” as the British colonizers called them, for coursing blackbuck.

Cheetahs were not just found in India.  They ranged throughout the Middle East up into the Caucasus and Central Asia. In the wild, this lineage of cheetah is found only in Iran, where they exist in only relict numbers.  In Iran, the situation is made even more complicated with an international human rights scandal in which several cheetah researchers were imprisoned.  Cheetahs have since been extirpated from all of Asia, except for that tiny Iranian population.

So India, a nation with growing wealth and a growing conservation ethic, cannot turn to Iran to reintroduce its former cheetahs.  With Iran out of the question, some experts have suggested that African cheetahs be used as stand-ins.

And this is where things get interesting. African cheetahs are not exactly like the ones in India. There is a bit of a debate about when the two lineages of cheetah split, with one set of papers and researchers suggesting a very recent split (5,000 years ago) and another suggesting a more ancient one (44,000-47,000 years ago).

40,000 years suggests way too much evolutionary distance between the two cheetah populations for African cheetahs to be equivalent of the Asiatic ones.

But even if we accept this later date, it is still not that much of a divergence. Currently, most experts recognize only a single species of red fox, but Old World and North American red foxes diverged 400,000 years ago.

African cheetahs have evolved to hunt on open plains. Various small antelopes comprise the majority of their diet. They are not ecologically that different from cheetahs that lived on the plains of India.

So they aren’t that genetically distinct from each other, and they aren’t ecologically that different either.

It would make sense to bring African cheetahs to India. Of course, the legal system and the interpretation of statutes often goes against sound conservation policy.

But if cheetahs are ever to return to India, the question is now in the hands of India’s supreme court.

I hope they decide that those from Africa can stand in. They are far from exact, but they are far from ersatz.

 

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Win a Dog Treat Bake Set!

Fall weather means baking at our house! After a long, hot summer when I depend on a lot of frozen dog treats, I enjoy getting into the kitchen to bake some dog treats when the weather starts to cool….



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The Best Ever Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos

The Best Ever Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos

You may recognize this recipe, because I’ve shared it here before. But when I made these last weekend, I realized how much I’ve tweaked things since I originally shared them a few years ago, and decided it was clearly time to share the new and improved recipe with you guys. While it’s technically a breakfast taco, it’s so loaded with goodness that I more often then not eat it for dinner. I’m also not usually a huge roasted potato fan, but in this particular dish, it’s a key ingredient.

The Best Ever Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos

The Best Ever Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos

Makes 8 well-stuffed tacos

INGREDIENTS
1/2 pound yellow potatoes (cut into chunks)
1/2 pound red potatoes (cut into chunks)   
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 corn tortillas
6 eggs
1 cup canned black beans (drained)
1 avocado, cubed
salsa verde
chili powder
salt
pepper
2-3 limes
hot sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Coat potato chunks with olive oil. (Tip: I do this by placing them into a gallon plastic bag and shaking.) Arranged potatoes evenly on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender with a fork.

While the potatoes are roasting, whisk eggs in a bowl until well combined. Add a small amount of coconut oil or butter to a skillet, and scramble eggs over low heat. Heat black beans in a small saucepan with chili powder, salt, and pepper until warm. Heat tortillas on a warmed skillet.

Remove potatoes from the oven. Top a tortilla with scrambled eggs, potatoes, black beans, and avocado. Top with fresh squeezed lime juice, a sprinkling of chili powder, salsa, and hot sauce.

Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos with Red and Yellow Potatoes
Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos with Red and Yellow Potatoes
Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos with Red and Yellow Potatoes

You can also replace the 8 corn tortillas with 4 large flour tortillas and make burritos.

Looking at these pictures is making me hungry. Breakfast tacos for dinner again!

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We Need Your Help Choosing a PURPLE!

Recently we asked you to help us pick a camo pattern for our next YUCKY PUPPY bag–and several of you mentioned that you would like a purple bag. After all, purple is the color for Animal Abuse…



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Friday Funny: Of Dog Parks and Vets

Better check the GPS! Have a great weekend. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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