What is the Best Part of Living on Planet Earth?

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Today, April 22, 2015, is the date internationally recognized as Earth Day–a day when we celebrate all the things we love about our home in the cosmos. What I love most about Earth are the many various animals that reside on this planet with me.

Recently, Sam and I spent a weekend walking around some parks in Chicago and visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, where we saw many fabulous and awe-inspiring creatures.

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I am always trying to get a good picture of a squirrel, and this may be my favorite squirrel picture ever! Photo taken in Lincoln Park.

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This turtle was lounging on a tree branch in the North Pond in Lincoln Park.

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Now for my favorite animal in the zoo–the sea lion! To me, they’re just like big, swimming dogs. 😉 That’s why they’re so adorable!

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This sea lion is showing off his upside down swimming skills.

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Hey there, buddy!

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Macaque monkey at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Rhinoceros!

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Hyenas. (AKA doggies to the little boy standing next to me at the habitat.)

Whatever you love the most about Earth, be sure to celebrate it today!

 

Kickin’ It with Cosmo

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hi everybody! My name is Cosmo, and I live in Chicago, Illinois with my mom, my dad, and my big sister Missy. (Missy is actually smaller than me, but she’s older, so that means she’s in charge. She reminds me every morning right after I tell her how much I love her.) I’m 9 years old (at least that’s what I let everyone think–no one really knows how old I truly am, and I’ll never tell), and I’ve lived with my family for seven years.

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My mom says I’m cute. I guess she’s right.

Until recently, we lived in Tennessee. Let me tell you, Chicago is so much more interesting than anywhere I lived before! There are so many things to see, smell, and pee on! There are so many other dogs walking around ALL THE TIME! I try to talk to all of them, but it seems that most of them just want to bark in my face. That’s okay though. My sister can handle them… There’s this thing here called a “beach” that has this kind of dirt that’s really soft and squishy, and I really love to run on it when it’s warm outside! I don’t really care for the big water that my parents call Lake Michigan, though. It’s really scary.

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Question: Do I look majestic, silly, or both?

Something else that’s really different about my new city is this thing called “snow.” It’s this white stuff that falls from the sky and makes the ground really cold. A couple days ago, it snowed so much that it piled up taller than Missy! Missy really likes to run around in this stuff, but I really don’t like it that much. I like taking walks though, so I’ll tolerate this white stuff while it lasts.

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I think I’m going to have to tolerate it for a long time…

Really, the main thing that bothers me about snow is how cold it is on my feet! I guess my mom noticed how I would stop walking and refuse to move when my paws got too cold, so she got these things she calls “booties” for my sister and me. I don’t like them or the “jacket” she makes me wear sometimes at all! I love my mom and dad, but I don’t like it when they touch my feet. My feet are mine, and only I should touch them! When they put the booties on me for the first time to go outside, I thought they were trying to torture me. When I walked around with the booties though, I noticed that my feet didn’t hurt anymore! I still don’t know if I can trust these things, but I guess I’ll wear them if I have to. That doesn’t mean I’ll be happy about it–I’ll still fight my parents every time they try to put them on me!

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Seriously, this snow/bootie thing is freaking me out a little.

We got even more snow today, so now it is getting up to my height! I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I really don’t know what to think of it. That’s okay though. As long as I have my family with me, it’ll be okay. Unless it won’t…I’m really nervous about it.

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Missy and I will get through this together (I hope)!

Love and wet kisses,

Cosmo