The Life of Brian.

The adventures of Brian the pug and his devotees.

23 April 2014

Happy Birthday Betty!

Betty turned five this year! She celebrated by spending time with her family, eating birthday cake and playing with her new toys. 


Betty as a puppy with big brother Brian
Photo credit: David Vaney


Brian and Betty traditionally get a birthday cake made with rice and ground meat, topped by pumpkin puree "frosting". This year it was decorated with dried chicken sprinkles and spinach hearts. They loved it!





Yum!

Look how Betty's ears are flying up in this shot!

Betty breaking the speed of sound to get to her cake


Next post: first camping trip of 2014!

21 March 2014

World Frog Day

To continue the recent frog theme, Happy World Frog Day everyone!  Here's a link to an infographic on the fabulous freaky frog.

Editor's note: my favorite part of the infographic is the map showing where frogs exist on the earth. The two categories are Frog and No Frog. I like to read this in the voice of the maid from Family Guy.

17 March 2014

What Wood You Say this Sound Is?

This weekend we went for a lovely hike at Great Falls National Park and we were lucky enough to stumble upon an ephemeral (or vernal) pool of Wood Frogs. Actually, to say we stumbled upon it is an exaggeration. The male frogs' calls can be heard before sighting the pool, so much like the female Wood Frogs, when we heard the call of the males, we came closer to investigate.




As you can tell from the video, their chorus of calls sounds similar to a duck's quack.

Wood Frogs are a common, widespread species of frog, but their ubiquity doesn't make them any less interesting. Like many amphibians, they are able to survive harsh winters by letting their bodies freeze. They stop breathing and their heart stops beating while they are frozen. However, one thing that makes Wood Frogs different to other frogs, is their ability to freeze and thaw multiple times per season if necessary.

It may be hard to believe, but it's been observed that Wood Frog tadpoles are able to recognize their siblings, and therefore group together in their ephemeral pool. Another interesting fact about the Wood Frog is that it's the only frog species that can be found north of the Arctic Circle. I wish I could adapt to the cold that well.

Thanks for joining me on this little trip to the world of the Wood Frog. This web site has some beautiful photos of the frogs if you'd like a closer look. I hope you have enjoyed my unparalleled cinematography. I have David Attenborough lined up to narrate my next nature film. Plus, you'll be happy to know that I just learned if I hold my mobile phone sideways, the video will be wider. Technology! 

Spring Flowers


Brian and Betty saw their first spring flowers a couple days ago on our walk. I'm choosing to ignore the snow forecast for tomorrow and say that spring has sprung!






08 March 2014

Ukraine

The steps of the Ukrainian embassy in DC.

27 February 2014

Snow Betty

Most of the epic snow has melted now. Please enjoy this video of Betty frolicking in the snow, and Brian avoiding it.



19 February 2014

HONEY BADGER IS BACK

And he is naughtier than ever! Go Honey go!