...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Toad Tuesday


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The wolverine (/ˈwʊlvərn/), Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for "glutton"), also referred to as the gluttoncarcajouskunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.
The wolverine is found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest numbers in northern Canada, the US state of Alaska, the mainland Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia. Its population has steadily declined since the 19th century owing to trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation. The wolverine is now essentially absent from the southern end of its European range.

Anatomically, the wolverine is a stocky and muscular animal. With short legs, broad and rounded head, small eyes and short rounded ears, it more closely resembles a bear than it does other mustelids. Though its legs are short, its large, five-toed paws with crampon-like claws and plantigrade posture enable them to climb up and over steep cliffs, trees and snow-covered peaks with relative ease.
Like many other mustelids, it has potent anal scent glands used for marking territory and sexual signaling. The pungent odor has given rise to the nicknames "skunk bear" and "nasty cat." Wolverines, like other mustelids, possess a special upper molar in the back of the mouth that is rotated 90 degrees, towards the inside of the mouth. This special characteristic allows wolverines to tear off meat from prey or carrion that has been frozen solid.
Wolverines are considered to be primarily scavengers. A majority of the wolverine's sustenance is derived from carrion, on which they depend almost exclusively in winter and early spring. Wolverines may find carrion themselves, feed on it after the predator is done feeding (especially wolf packs) or simply take it from another predator. Wolverines are also known to follow wolf and lynx trails, purportedly with the intent of scavenging the remains of their kills. Whether eating live prey or carrion, the wolverine's feeding style appears voracious, leading to the nickname of "glutton" (also the basis of the scientific name). However, this feeding style is believed to be an adaptation to food scarcity, especially in winter.

The wolverine is also a powerful and versatile predator. Prey mainly consists of small to medium-sized mammals, but the wolverine has been recorded killing prey such as adult deer that are many times larger than itself.
Female wolverines burrow into snow in February to create a den, which is used until weaning in mid-May. Areas inhabited nonseasonally by wolverines are thus restricted to zones with late-spring snowmelts. This fact has led to concern that global warming will shrink the ranges of wolverine populations.

This requirement for large territories brings wolverines into conflict with human development, and hunting and trapping further reduce their numbers, causing them to disappear from large parts of their former range; attempts to have them declared an endangered species have met with little success.In February 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed giving Endangered Species Act protections to the wolverine due to its winter habitat in the northern Rockies diminishing. This was as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife.
The Wildlife Conservation Society reported in June 2009 that a wolverine researchers had been tracking for almost three months had crossed into northern Colorado. Society officials had tagged the young male wolverine in Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park and it had traveled southward for about 500 miles. It was the first wolverine seen in Colorado since 1919, and its appearance was also confirmed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In February 2014, a wolverine was seen in Utah, the first confirmed sighting in that state in 30 years.[35] In May 2016 a cattle ranch-hand in North Dakota came upon a wolverine in the midst of his herd and shot it dead. This was the first verified sighting of a Wolverine in North Dakota in 150 years.

Monday, May 22, 2017

NIGHT MUSIC ~ BB King with John Mayer guitar solo

Molly and Todd on Monday

Molly here,

It has not been a great week.  B.G. said that we can just hang out with him.  We can watch TV and cuddle with him he lets me hide out under his recliner.  Todd gets in his "safe" kennel to hide.  Because it is cold and has been raining and there is hail and lighting.  We don't like it.

B G's friend Dianne told us about this Show.  It starts tomorrow.  We are excited about it.

Downward Dog from Animal on Vimeo.

Here is us watching the show.  They did a preview.

Then it was time to watch the rain come down and to sleep.

Sometimes I sleep on my big round bed.
Todd watches B G.

You can see the muddy water under the bushes.

So we find all the different places we can find to sleep and dream of flowers and warmer weather.

So here we are.  -  B.G. got some different treats for us for my birthday.  He can get some of them for us.  We really liked them.  Todd did also. It was my birthday but I shared them with him.  
Thanks for stopping to see us.  Have a great week.  Woof!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

NIGHT MUSIC ~ Home Free - How Great Thou Art


"Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  
- Thomas Jefferson

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
~Henry Boyle

One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.
~ Kahlil Gibran

If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?
No, it is better to be generous for it gains us gratitude.
~Mark Twain

"Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder."
~ Author unknown

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.
~Antonio Porchia

IF words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears.
~ Sufi Saying

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
~Winston Churchill

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
~Frank A. Clark

Those who leave everything in God's hand will eventually see God's hand in everything.
~ Unknown

I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.
~ Rumi

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion - towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
~Thich Nhat Hanh