Are you thinking about a new four-legged friend? Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and the Denver Dumb Friends League is celebrating with Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League, offering a waived adoption fee for cats 10 pounds and over!
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Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday and the Dumb Friends League is encouraging pet lovers to indulge in a Big Beautiful Feline as part of a one-day "Fat Cat Tuesday" adoption special.
Adoption fees for all cats 10 pounds and over will be waived on Tuesday, March 4. Adopters who take home a plus-size cat will also receive a free bag of Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight® cat food and tips on how to get their new feline friend to a healthy weight.
Feline obesity is a real problem in the United States, with overweight cats outnumbering those of a normal weight, and it can lead to various medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. The Dumb Friends League's goal is not to make light of it, but rather to highlight larger cats so they'll be able find loving families that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle.
All pet adoptions from the Dumb Friends League include spay/neuter services, a microchip identification implant, initial vaccinations and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. To view all pets currently available for adoption, visit ddfl.org.
The polar bears at the Denver Zoo will be celebrating International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by getting some special treats and zoo guests can learn how to save their species.
Denver Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day at the Zoo on Thursday, February 27 and find out how they can help save polar bears in the wild. Held in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), the day will allow guests to watch polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoy a special ice sculpture treat and learn from zookeepers and volunteers about the challenges polar bears face and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As an Arctic Ambassador for PBI, Denver Zoo also is challenging visitors to take the Thermostat Challenge. On International Polar Bear Day, February 27, or starting any day they choose, visitors can adjust their thermostat down two degrees to show their commitment to greenhouse gas reduction. They can even pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping their thermostat adjusted, insulating their home or taking other steps to save energy.
Visitors can even enter to win a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit by “liking” the Denver Zoo’s Facebook page and sharing their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Dumb Friends League will have two mobile clinics available at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., February 24–25, and is one of four participating metro Denver animal welfare organizations offering reduced or waived fee spay and neuter clinics to the public in support of World Spay Day.
“Our goal in collaborating with other local organizations is to make spay and neuter clinics more accessible to more people,” said Tracy Koss, operations outreach manager at the Dumb Friends League. “As a community, we’re actively working together to combat pet overpopulation, ultimately reducing the number of homeless pets in shelters.”
Behind the numbers:
To cull our list, we began with the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S., geographic areas designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget that include cities and their surrounding suburbs. We rated these places based on six metrics. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, we assessed the estimated rates of population growth for 2013 and 2014, year-over-year job growth for 2013, and the rate of gross metro product growth—a.k.a. the economic growth rate–for 2013. We also considered federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome what is believed to be the first tawny frogmouth chick to be successfully reared at the zoo. The chick, named Kermit, whose gender is still not known, arrived on January 27. Guests may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home of Bird World, presented by FlyFrontier.com, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents. Zookeepers monitor the chick's weight closely each morning and supplementally feed it as needed.
Zookeepers say the species is somewhat difficult to breed and over the years they struggled with problems such as finding compatible pairs or infertility. Two birds hatched at Denver Zoo in 1996, but they passed away less than two days after hatching.
As their name indicates, tawny frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths, which they use to catch insects and other small animals. They are sometimes mistaken for owls as they have very similar body types, but are actually more closely related to birds like whippoorwills and nightjars. Tawny frogmouths are also masters of disguise. Their beige and brown feathers remarkably resemble the tree branches in which they roost. When they feel threatened they sit perfectly still and rely on their camouflage to hide from predators.
Tawny frogmouths inhabit forests and open woodlands in Australia and Tasmania. Scientists are not sure how many tawny frogmouths exist in the wild. Their greatest threats come from being hit by cars while feeding and exposure to pesticides.
Should the Broncos bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy after Sunday’s win, a curator from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will hand deliver a case of Washington apples to Denver Zoo’s Przewalski’s horses (P-horse) and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Bronco jersey.
Should the unthinkable happen and the Seahawks win, Denver Zoo Curator of Birds John Azua will take a case of trout to Woodland Park Zoo for its sea eagles and spend a day working with the zoo’s animals while sporting a Seahawk jersey.
“Game on! Really, this bet is a win either way for us. Accredited zoos and aquariums work closely together and the exchange would also give us a chance to talk shop and compare best practices. Still, I expect the Broncos to win and for us to welcome and host our fallen colleague here in Denver!” says Azua.
Both zoo's have been cheering on their team, but I have to say I do favor the Denver Zoo, obviously! Even the animals at the Denver Zoo are showing their orange and blue pride!
After nearly a year of producing what we call our Big Deal Lists, we decided it was time to do something crazy: combine 15 of these accolade-packed rankings in order to proclaim our very own best cities for 2013. Where other lame overall best cities rankings factor in things like wine festivals and antique stores, or focus solely on boring stats like unemployment rates or cost of living, ours is all about the things we think make metros special—backed up by cold, hard data and produced through our patented process of Saturday Night Science.
Beef up your holidays with amazing gift packages to send to loved ones from La Vaca Meat Company in Littleton with the Colorado Beef Council! Great specials on these amazing meat packages, plus you can get some Prime Rib or Beef Tenderloin for your holiday meal!
I will be broadcasting my show 3-7p live from LaVaca Meat Company today (Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy great gifts and have them shipped directly to friends and family!
3 different Holiday meal packs available at a special price, plus, there is no tax on this gift as it’s considered non-prepared food!
Call 720-502-4400 to order for your holiday meals, or ship to friends and family for a great holiday gift,
Go to lavacameat.com Order a tenderloin or prime rib for your Holiday feast or any of the great gift packages, they have that make a great gift to ship to anyone for the holidays!
The Denver Zoo has welcomed two new Maned wolves that look a little bit like foxes.
Denver Zoo visitors will now notice a couple of new, young maned wolves in the Wolf Pack Woods exhibit. The two youngsters are now exploring the yard for the first time this weekend after arriving from other zoos. The energetic, red-haired pair is made up of male, Inigo, and female, Adrianna. Visitors can see them bounding about their area now, weather permitting.
Inigo comes from Texas' Abilene Zoo, where he was born in December 2011. Adrianna comes from Springfield, Missouri's Dickerson Park Zoo, but was born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, near Glen Rose, Texas in February 2012. They both arrived at Denver Zoo this September and spent the last couple months behind-the-scenes clearing a mandatory quarantine period, getting to know their new home and each other.
Maned wolves resemble red foxes with long legs. Despite their reddish coloring and general appearance they are not related to foxes and despite their name, they are not members of the wolf family. The maned wolf is the largest wild dog of South America.
Is Cranbeary, the polar bear at the Denver Zoo pregnant? Well, maybe! Could a dog have the answer to that question? Well, yes, a beagle, named Elvis, might be able to help determine if a polar bear is pregnant!
Denver Zoo hopes that 11-year-old polar bear, Cranbeary may be expecting.
Worldwide, traditional methods of pregnancy detection, such as progesterone monitoring and ultrasound examination, are not effective at diagnosing pregnancy in polar bears. So scientists at Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) have gotten creative. In collaboration with professional dog trainer, Matt Skogen, owner of Iron Heart High Performance Working Dogs and a beagle named Elvis, CREW is trying to determine if the sensitive noses of canines can distinguish a pregnant polar bear from a non-pregnant bear simply by smelling fecal samples.
Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo, Elvis
Over the next two weeks, Elvis will be testing and double-testing samples to come up with predictions for this cubbing season.
Lion cubs at the Denver Zoo are celebrating Halloween!
Halloween came a day early for Denver Zoo lion cubs Sango and Sabi. The two cubs pounced on a pumpkin in the primary yard of the zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit. This was the first time many guests have seen Sango, a 1-year-old male who arrived from Lufkin, Texas' Ellen Trout Zoo in July. He spent the last few months behind-the-scenes clearing a mandatory quarantine period, growing accustom to his new surroundings and getting to know his new mate, Sabi. Visitors can now see them both in Predator Ridge, weather permitting.
On Thursday, October 31, guests are invited to watch elephants squash massive pumpkins at the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit at 11:30 a.m. The two pumpkins, estimated to weigh around 400 and 500 pounds each, are a donation from Brian Deevy, a giant pumpkin hobbyist.
Have you seen any Puppy vs. Mirror videos online? They are a huge hit, getting millions of views each. I can spend hours watching puppies online, so I thought I would share a couple of Puppy vs. Mirror videos that are popular on YouTube.
Mini Dachshund Puppy Vs. Mirror
and a favorite of mine, since I just love Beagles...
The Denver Dumb Friends League launched a brand new website that is easier than ever to navigate and find information on adoptable animals, helpful pet information and much more!
The Dumb Friends League launched a dynamic new website this week, unveiling a multitude of user-friendly improvements that provide faster, easier access to important information for current and future pet and horse owners. The website’s modern, responsive design allows it to be easily viewed on mobile devices while simplifying navigation and streamlining searches for adoptable animals, League services and more.
“As technology and the needs of our patrons evolve, we are exploring innovative ways to connect with them, and the new website is a reflection of that,” said Rick Gabrielson, vice president of development and communications for the League. “We expect the many improvements to help pet owners and soon-to-be pet adopters navigate the site more efficiently, search and sort adoptable animals more effectively, and ultimately increase pet adoptions of homeless pets and horses at our facilities.”
The Denver Dumb Friends League has an abundance of cats that need a home. The are having a Halloween “Trick-or-Treat Adopt-a-thon to help give animals a second chance and find a new forever home.
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Over the last year, the Dumb Friends League has increased cat placements by 5 percent, but we are facing a real challenge this fall. With close to 400 cats and kittens available for adoption, and another 450 in our care—including lost and found—we are doing all we can to see that they’re placed in homes. This includes waived cat fees for all cats 1 year and older.
All adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, a microchip ID implant, initial vaccinations and a free visit to a participating veterinarian within the first 15 days of adoption. Visit ddfl.org or stop by any of our adoption centers—including select Petco and PetSmart locations—and give a Colorado cat a second chance.
From Friday, Oct. 25, through Thursday, Oct. 31, the Dumb Friends League is holding a Halloween “Trick or Treat Adopt-a-thon,” with continued waived fees for adult cats plus 50 percent off select items in our gift shops for cat adopters, half-off adoption fees for adult dogs, and Halloween decorations and candy for the kids. Stop by our Quebec Street and Buddy Center shelters to pick out a pet and enjoy some treats!
The Denver Zoo is now home to a "lucky" cinereous vulture from Mongolia.
The young bird, named Aztai for the Mongolian word for "lucky," was rescued and brought to the United States after zoo conservation experts determined she would not be able to survive in the wild due to a damaged wing. Visitors can now see Aztai in her new home outside the old Pachyderm Building.
Aztai was discovered by Denver Zoo conservation biologists as they studied cinereous vultures, their nests and migration and movement patterns at Mongolia's Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in August 2010. While taking measurements of chicks in the nests, they found a chick with multiple, significant open fractures on its left wing. They weren't sure how the bird became injured. Staff cared for the chick, providing food and shelter, and fortunately the bird survived; however her wing was permanently damaged. She would never be able to fly.
Zoo staff knew a vulture that couldn't fly would not survive in the wild and decided to bring the chick to Denver Zoo. This decision provided a place for the bird while improving the genetic diversity of the North American zoo population of less than 50 individuals.
This year's maze will be every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 27, 2013.
Fridays 4-9 p.m.
Saturdays Noon – 9 p.m.
Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.
Wind your way through acres of corn, view the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges that overlook the giant Corn Maze, and watch the delight as younger children find their way through a mini-maze designed just for them. Hayrides and pony rides will be available for an additional cost. An array of food vendors will offer some of your favorite fall foods, including freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hotdogs and kettle corn.
If you have a baby on the way, you're probably thinking of names. So, what are the most popular baby names for 2013 so far? Well the popular nameberry.com, has compiled a list of the most popular baby names for 2013 so far.
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Nameberry is out with their lists of the top baby names for 2013 so far