Take A Hike Day 2018

Take A Hike Day is celebrating each year on November 17th and today is a great day for being outside with your four-legged friends! Because it's mid-November in the Pacific Northwest, it will be a bit cold this weekend but with proper layering, hikes this weekend...

How To Be A Beekeeper

For those who love bees and want to spend time with them, beekeeping can be a great hobby or even a profession! Humans have been keeping bees for roughly 9,000 years and collecting honey from wild bee colonies dates back even farther. For those with gardens or an...

#ClimateStrike: Do What You Can to Save Our Planet.

Climate change is an increasingly pressing issue that affects people, wildlife, and ecosystems around the world. Rising sea levels from melting glaciers affect island countries around the equator and animals like polar bears are losing more of their habitats....

#GivingTuesday

Each year, the days after Thanksgiving in the US center around shopping for the holidays. Black Friday seems to start earlier and earlier each year; Small Business Saturdays are a push to support local businesses; Cyber Monday is often for online shops. But Giving...

Ten Career Paths Where You Can Work With Animals

I've been lucky enough to be around and work with animals of all kinds for much of my life. This passion and love for animals is a big reason why I started this blog! There are so many ways to work hands-on with animals, whether it's a career, a hobby, or...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

For decades, Columbus Day was celebrated in many parts of the United States every second Monday in October. The day was to celebrate Christopher Columbus, the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and "discovered" the new world. His "discovery", however, was of a...

5 Ways You Can Be An Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

To finish up Earth Week 2021, here are some tips on how to be an eco-friendly pet owner!

Rainforests of Washington.

When you say 'rainforests', most folks might think of tropical rainforests like the Amazon Rainforest (also known as Amazonia) in South America. However, rainforests can actually be found all around the world, as defining characteristics of these forests include tall...

National Bird Day.

Today is National Bird Day! Taking care of and living in tandem with birds is an amazing part of living in the Pacific Northwest, as there are numerous native bird species that call this place home and plenty of backyard chickens (like my own) that are cared for...

Sea Turtles of the Pacific Northwest

When I think of sea turtles, I think of more tropical waters, like off of the Hawaiian islands or in the Gulf of Mexico. This is for good reason, as sea turtles prefer the warm waters between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south. In the western hemisphere, that area...
Behind the Breed: Mudi

Behind the Breed: Mudi

As one of the newest breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the Mudi seems like a mix between a Miniature Poodle and German Shepherd, both in temperament and appearance. This breed has origins in Hungary, where most of these dogs currently live, and has worked...

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The Domestication of Cats

The Domestication of Cats

Throughout history, humans have domesticated many different plant and animal species for a variety of different reasons. Cotton has been used for fabric (like clothing and rugs) and rope; wheat, lentils, rice, and potatoes are some of the first domesticated plants...

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Behind the Breed: Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Behind the Breed: Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Also known as the Blue Gascony Basset, the Basset Blue de Gascogne is a small scent hound that is rarely seen outside its native France. While recognized by the United Kennel Club in the United States and by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in Belgium, this...

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Surviving The Winter With Your Animals

Surviving The Winter With Your Animals

While generally mild, the winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can include everything from overcast skies and 45°f, pouring rain and floods, a significant amount of snow and ice, and everything in between. Surviving the winter with animals can, unfortunately, mean...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The last two years have been difficult, to say the least. For me, this site has been a saving grace and on some days, a reason to get out of bed. That's been particularly true during the Covid pandemic. It's been an absolute joy learning and sharing about all the...

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Pygmy Rabbits of the Pacific Northwest

Pygmy Rabbits of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is lucky enough to have many different types of wild animals, including several different types of wild rabbits! One of the smallest and most endangered wild rabbit populations is actually the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits. These rabbits are tiny,...

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Wildlife in the Winter

Wildlife in the Winter

Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be a bit difficult to deal with at times, as this season brings longer nights, overcast days, and cold, wet weather. Flora and fauna species alike have developed adaptations and survival mechanisms to get through this time of year....

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Behind the Breed: Anatolian Shepherd

Behind the Breed: Anatolian Shepherd

These big, tough dogs are one of the oldest breeds in the world, hailing from what is now modern-day Turkey. Anatolian Shepherds are livestock guardians, having spent thousands of years working alongside human shepherds by protecting flocks of sheep. They are...

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Behind the Breed: English Foxhound

Behind the Breed: English Foxhound

English Foxhounds are a fairly rare breed nowadays, ranking near the bottom of the American Kennel Club's popular breed list (188 out of 197!). But despite that, these hounds have a long history as hunting dogs and they're medium in size, standing 23-27 inches at the...

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Giving Tuesday 2021

Giving Tuesday 2021

The past almost two years have been tumultuous, overwhelming, and so many other things. Globally, Covid-19 cases have risen to more than 250,000,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000,000 deaths. The pandemic and subsequent shutdowns have resulted in a weird uncertainty,...

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Behind the Breed: Domestic Turkey Breeds

Behind the Breed: Domestic Turkey Breeds

Turkeys and Thanksgiving have been synonymous for quite a while now, with the story of the holiday claiming that the bird was eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal (although, the history of the holiday is definitely not the one you learned in school!). Nowadays,...

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Winter Holiday Pet Safety

Winter Holiday Pet Safety

Many major winter holidays are officially here for North America and while these celebrations can be a great way to get through the darkest part of the year, it is important to keep your pets safe during all the festivities. There are, sadly, plenty of foods in...

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Behind the Breed: Welsh Terriers

Behind the Breed: Welsh Terriers

These black and tan dogs are true to their terrier name and are spunky dogs full of character. Welsh terriers were originally bred to chase and trap small animals for hunters and still remain the active, fun-loving dog that made them so great as hunting companions....

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Pinnipeds of the Pacific Northwest

Pinnipeds of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is lucky enough to be home to a truly wide array of animals and one such group is the pinniped. These aquatic animals are primarily marine mammals like seals, sea lions, fur seals, and walruses. In the Salish Sea, we're lucky enough to have...

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Behind the Breed: Alaskan Klee Kai

Behind the Breed: Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kais are adorably wonderful dogs that look just like miniature Huskies! The Klee Kai is a relatively new breed, having only been first developed in the early 1970s, and ancestors include Siberian Huskies and American Eskimo dogs. They do come in three...

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Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Behind the Breed: Leonbergers

Affectionately known as Leos (or even gentle lions!), these massive dogs were originally developed not as guardian or working dogs but as companion dogs! Leonbergers are social, friendly dogs that love being around their people and definitely need some room to walk...

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Horse Hoof Care

Horse Hoof Care

Like any animal, caring for a horse is a big responsibility and in addition to making sure they have shelter, appropriate and nutritious food, and medical care, horses also need their hooves taken care of. Like other ungulate mammals, horses have hooves that require a...

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