The Most Intelligent Sea Creatures – Can You Name Them?

Do you like to be in nature?  I do!  I grew up camping with my Girl Guide friends.  We earned badges identifying trees, birds and flowers.  I had a dog and a cat and loved playing with them.  I also had budgies.

Intelligent Creatures.



Like humans, whales like to sing and talk.  The sounds are so loud that they can be heard from many miles away.  They hunt together and that means they like to work together to get things done.

The Octopus

Unknown-1The Octopus is one of the most intelligent sea creatures.  They invent and play games.  They can change shape and colour to hide from predators.

Sea Lions

Unknown-2Sea lions are brainy creatures.  They can match shapes and solve problems by doing things over and over again.  They don’t give up!  They enjoy doing tricks.




Squids are said to be among some of the most intelligent invertebrates (no backbone) in existence. They are usually very curious about their environment.  They invent new tools and games to stop being bored.



Dolphins have a brain that is second in intelligence to humans. Bottlenose dolphins prove to be aware of themselves by easily recognizing their images in the mirror.  Dolphins think before acting.  They seem to know that children need more patience than adults and are gentler towards them.

Dolphins are very social creatures.  This means they want to be with other dolphins.. They do recognize their moms and their leaders.  Moms and leaders get extra respect.


“I’m Still Here” A Poem for the Loss of a Pet



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I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart
.I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.UnknownWhen you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me, friend, I’m everyplace!

Author Unknown


Setting the Table for Kids with Illustrations

Set the Table in 5 Simple Steps
  1. #1 Dinner Plate. Place the big plate in the middle, directly in front of you.
  2. #2 Bread Plate and Drinking Cup. Place 2 items beside the plate. …
  3. #3 Napkin. The napkin will be located in 3 different places. …
  4. #4 Fork. Place the fork on the left side of the dinner plate. …
  5. #5 Spoon and Knife.

The Big Banana Australia: Tourists Stop for It -But No-one Eats It. Why?

DSCN1283 copyAustralia delights in providing “big” statues/displays of fruit, fish, animals and birds.  Here is the Big Banana outside of Coff’s Harbour, North of Sydney, New South Wales.


Bananas  were first written about over 2,600 years ago

  • Bananas have been painted in Egyptian tombs.
  • Bananas were first grown in Asia by early farmers..
  • Portuguese sailors introduced bananas to the Americas, bringing them from West Africa in the 16th century



  • The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”
  • Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.

 The  majority of the bananas Americans eat come from countries in Latin America and South America, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala.

They grow in Australia, too!




  • Bananas don’t actually grow on trees—they grow on plants that are officially classified as an herb . They’re in the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.
  • Banana plants grow up to 25 feet high, and their leaves can grow to be 9 feet long and 2 feet wide. Their roots can be hundreds of years old.
  • Bananas are technically berries.
  • Banana plants grow not from seeds but from bulbs.
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.

About 75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.


  • Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.

Research shows that eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well

  • , as well as decrease the risk of getting some cancers.

Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin—a natural substance that alleviates depression.

Oddball Movie: Dog that Loves Little Penguins


Oddball – The Movie


  • Now, there is a story about an Aussie dog, named “Oddball.” The main human character  in the movie, is Allan “Swampy” Marsh.   This the true story of his Maremma dog (type of dog breed) named Oddball.
  • Swampy convinced the local Australian authorities to allow Oddball to protect a colony of Little Peguins from wild cats, dogs and foxes.
  • There was a thriving little colony on Middle Island in South Australia.   Middle Island which is part of Innes National Park.  It can only be reached  by sea as it is located in Spencer Gulf. In 2003, foxes began to swim over to Middle Island and kill the penguins.

I’ve Seen These Little Penguins

I have never been to Middle Island, but I have watched Little Penguins come on shore at night.

I sat on bleachers (wooden stands) and silently waited. Suddenly, a little boy yelled out, “I can see them!” The first or alpha Little Penguin came out. It  looked around and indicated  to the others that the area was safe. Then, one by one and then in flocks, they came out of the sea .Little PenguinsLittle Penguins

Little Penguins are often at sea for several days with one of the mates back on shore looking after any chics that have been born.

Some More Info on Little Penguins

australiaThey are found along the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand. .

In Australia, they are often called fairy penguins. In New Zealand, they are more commonly known as little blue penguins or blue penguins, owing to their slate-blue plumage. They are also known by their Māori name: kororā.

The head and upper parts are blue in colour, with slate-grey ear coverts fading to white underneath, from the chin to the belly. Their flippers are blue in colour. The dark grey-black beak is 3–4 cm long, the irises pale silvery- or bluish-grey or hazel, and the feet pink above with black soles and webbing. An immature individual will have a shorter bill and lighter upper parts.

They Live a Long Life

Like most seabirds, they have a long lifespan. The average for the species is 6.5 years

Little penguins are diurnal and like many penguin species, spend the largest part of their day swimming and foraging at sea. During the breeding and chick rearing seasons, little penguins will leave their nest at sunrise.


All day long in the sea they will look for food  and return to their nests just after dusk.



Little Penguins returning to their burrows (nests) at night.

Little penguins preen their feathers to keep them waterproof. They do this by rubbing a tiny drop of oil onto every feather from a special gland above the tail.

More About Samson the Golden Doodle

PHOTO: Instagram’s Most ‘Elite’ Goldendoodle Clique Go to Happy HourABC News
Instagram’s Most ‘Elite’ Goldendoodle Clique Go to Happy Hour

With more than 200 thousand loyal Instagram followers tracking their moves throughout the day, these famous doodles aren’t your ordinary canines.

They work hard, sitting in on important editorial meetings, running to and from the office, and even serving as therapy dogs at a hospital.

PHOTO: Goldendoodle Instagram Clique: Samson, Hudson, Neptune Love the Dog Days of Summer.
Check out a day in the life of New York Citys most elite clique.ABC News
Goldendoodle Instagram Clique: Samson, Hudson, Neptune Love the Dog Days of Summer. Check out a day in the life of New York City’s most “elite clique.”more +

But it’s not all work and no play for these doodles, who happen to have packed social calendars filled with happy hours, rooftop bars and long walks in the park.

It’s an exhausting life, and at the end of the day, these doodles love nothing more than lounging at home in their comfiest robes.

PHOTO: Goldendoodle Instagram Clique: Samson, Hudson, Neptune Love the Dog Days of Summer.
Check out a day in the life of New York Citys most elite clique.ABC News
Goldendoodle Instagram Clique: Samson, Hudson, Neptune Love the Dog Days of Summer. Check out a day in the life of New York City’s most “elite clique.”more +

So what does it take to be a part of this exclusive goldendoodle clique?

Check out a day in the (fabulous) life of Samson, Neptune and Hudson.

Samson the Golden Doodle Likes to Travel

Samson the Golden Doodle Travels from New York to Canada

Samson travels from New York City to Nova Scotia in Canada
Samson travels from New York City to Nova Scotia in Canada
Samson in Peggy's Cove with the light house behind him
Samson in Peggy’s Cove with the light house behind him

Samson is a Goldendoodle.   His parents are a Golden Retriever and a poodle.  The combination of dogs gives Samson a golden look with a curly coat of a poodle.  Isn’t he cute?

Samson lives in New York city.  His owners took him by boat to Nova Scotia which is an eastern province of Canada.  Wherever Samson goes, people want to stroke and talk to him.  Samson, of course, loves the attention.

Retrievers and poodles love water, so naturally Samson wanted to run on the beach and go for a swim.  Samson wanted to join his owners in as many ways as he could.  Enjoy the photos.

Samson goes for a long walk and a swim with his owners.
Samson goes for a long walk and a swim with his owners.

This is the Bay of Sunday which has the highest tides in the world.  Here you can see Samson on a rock.  The tide was out when the picture was taken.  If the tide was to suddenly come in, Samson would have to swim to shore.





I always bring Teddy with me.
I always bring Teddy with me.

It was a long walk for Samson and his owners.  He was tired and he decided to rest.

Samson was such a good dog that his owners treated him with breakfast in bed.  Naturally, they gave him a newspaper so he could see the news.  I am sure he was looking for news of other dogs around the world.

Samson relaxes in bed.
Samson relaxes in bed.

Free Tennis Balls From Phoebe the Dog

If you have loved and lost an animal, this blog is for you.  I have met many people who have showed me a grave in their backyard.  I have toured a pet cemetery in Boston where a beloved horse was buried by means of a crane.

I came across this tribute to Phoebe who joined the “Happy Hunting Grounds” that Native American Indians believe is the reward for all animals.  Phobe lived in Western Australia and her owners put a box of balls on the beach with her picture.dogs dogs



The note reads:

In loving memory of Phoebe.


In loving memory of Phoebe.

Please help yourself to a tennis ball for your dog to enjoy. You may wish to pop it back in the box afterwards for another pooch to enjoy. Remember to live each moment just like your dog: with unconditional love, loyalty and happiness.

Phobe, you were lucky to have such loving owners, or should I say “friends”?

How Guide Dogs Make a Difference to Blind People

For people who are blind, their greatest help and friendship comes from a “seeing eye dog” or Guide dog.  There are also adults and kids who are visually impaired meaning that they have not lost all of their sight, but still need assistance.  Many dogs are colour blind and that means that they cannot be counted upon to interpret traffic lights.

Who is in Charge?

The human is always in charge and needs to know where he or she intends to go.  With human instruction, the dog is the pilot who gets them there safely.

 Which Country First Used Guide Dogs? 
Germany first used Guide Dogs.  Many soldiers returning from World War I (1914-1918) were blind and German Shepherds were the first breed to be used

Which Breed of  Dog is Best

Guide dogs are chosen for their nature (peaceful, kind).  They also have to be intelligent so that they can be trained.  The best breeds are Golden Retrievers, Labradors and German Shepherds.  Other intelligent breeds can be used: Standard Poodles, Collies, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds and Vizslas.

Benefits of Owning a Guide Dog

A Guide Dog becomes a friend.  The dog gives a blind person more confidence and security.  Having a dog friend who loves you helps reduce a blind person getting lonely or depressed.  Having a dog that helps you takes away a lot of anxiety.


A blind owner stays healthy as the dog needs to be walked.  Many people do not know how to talk to blind people and seeing a person’s dog may spark a conversation.  Talk to your parents about speaking to a blind person.  Perhaps, they will speak first and you can join in the conversation.  If there is a blind student in your school, make sure you talk with him or her.  A blind student may not SEE you but they can HEAR you , and FEEL the kindness in your voice.

Kids or adults in wheelchairs just cannot use their legs.  They are just like you.  Speak to them.  Set a good example and be a leader.  If you speak to blind or wheelchair kids others will too.

Just a fun picture for you.