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What is GISHWHES?

What is GISHWHES? And how are pets getting in on the fun?

Supernatural star, Misha Collins, started GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen), in 2011 to help people have a lot more fun. The hunt takes place all over the world with tens of thousands of participants in over 100 countries. Participants (gishers) complete inspiring and weird challenges (“items”) intended to break people outside of their comfort zone, spread kindness and create social good within their respective communities. You can even win amazing prizes!

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This year man’s best friend even got involved. For 43 points, gishers were instructed to outfit their pet with armory, weaponry, cutting edge laser gear – whatever it takes to create a canine of mass destruction.

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GISHWHES is all about helping participants break out of their shells, reconnect with their inner child, attack bucket lists and spread global kindness. According to the website:

gishwhes believes that “normalcy” is overrated and that true “living” can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation, acts of artistic sublime public performances, and random acts of kindness. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents.

We love that they decided to include dogs this year and can’t wait to see what everyone came up with. Hopefully they will include our furry friends next year too! Check out the GISHWHES website and be sure to put it on your calendar to participate next time.

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Cute California sea lion pups

SeaWorld San Antonio is thrilled to announce the arrival of seven California sea lion pups born in June. They are adorable, and full of energy!

California sea lion pups

These pups are full of energy and charm guests with their playful mannerisms. Park guests can catch a glimpse of the sea lion pups interacting and nursing with their mothers at Pacific Point Preserve, a newly designed realm featuring sea lions, harbor seals and Asian small-clawed otters.

California sea lion pups

SeaWorld is open daily through Aug. 23. For more information, visit SeaWorldSanAntonio.com. We would love to see these playful animals up close, and are glad for the conservation efforts being made on their behalf.

California sea lion pup

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Take Your Dog to Work Day June 26

image004June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day! It’s a day when offices allow workers to bring their pets with them to work. Personally we wish everyday included that, and at Petplan, headquarters they do!

image003After sharing their office with pets for 10 years, they have learned a few things along the way – consider it an expert list of do’s and don’ts for successfully working alongside dogs (and cats and snakes and lizards!) Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson, shares his top three tips for a pet-safe office:

A Wheel Nightmare: “Rolling office chairs can be a real problem,” says Benson. “Tails and paws are often easily run over if people aren’t careful. If pets are in the office, get in the habit of looking around your chair before rolling away from your desk.”

image002Don’t Share Your Lunch: Benson also recommends keeping human food away from dogs to prevent accidental ingestion of onions, avocados, grapes and other foods that are poisonous to pets, adding, “If you have ‘human’ treats in the office like we do, be extra careful about pets getting access to chocolate, which can be very toxic.”

It’s also important to keep trash cans out of paw’s reach. Investing in ones with pet-proof lids is great or simply remove waste baskets from the floor for the day.

ID is Key: “Our office policy is that all pets must have a collar ID and be microchipped,” says Dr. Benson. “One of Petplan’s feline friends, Milo, actually escaped from the office during one of his visits and a police officer found him (at the grocery store down the street!) Thankfully he was wearing proper identification and was safely returned to us.”

image001Taking these few steps to create a pet-friendly space can help pet parents and dogs alike can enjoy a pleasant day at the office on June 26. Thank you Petplan for the great tips!

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Heirs to Madagascar’s Royal Throne Born

baby lemursThe world’s critically endangered lemur population has just expanded by two: twin baby ring-tailed lemurs born at the Duke Lemur Center, both named Princess Julien after Madagascar’s most famous royal lemur, King Julien.

Princess Julien and her sister Princess Julien were born on May 4, but their birth was announced today following a month of careful monitoring. The announcement was jointly made by Duke Lemur Center and by King Julien XIII, star of the Netflix original series All Hail King Julien from DreamWorks Animation.

In an upset worthy of the tabloids, King Julien was shocked by the news that his heir apparent was not a boy – as he had anticipated following a prediction by his psychic adviser, Masikura the chameleon – but that his royal lineage would be secured with the birth of two females. Nonetheless, Julien was elated and decreed that both infant lemurs would be named Princess Julien.

“I can’t believe they’re making more of me! This is so awesome!” said King Julien, speaking from his royal throne atop the Baobab Tree in Madagascar. “My first royal duty will be to teach Princess Julien and Princess Julien how to shake their booties and party in the most regal of ways.”

At birth, the first Princess Julien weighed 59 grams, while the second Princess Julien weighed 48 grams. Both Princesses Julien were approximately 4 inches long.

Following a thorough check-up by researchers at the Duke Lemur Center, both Princesses Julien were healthy and clinging tightly to their mother, Sophia. Father Randy and grandmother Cloris have all been united as a family and are looking forward to meeting their namesake King Julien XIII.

“Male or female, every lemur baby born is incredibly important,” said Janice Kalin of the Duke Lemur Center, the world’s largest lemur research facility. “Lemurs have recently been classified as the world’s most threatened mammal group. Every time we can add one – or two – more to their ranks, it helps to stabilize the genetic diversity of these fascinating primates.”

Fans of King Julien can get regular updates about the growth and development of Princess Julien and Princess Julien by visiting the King Julien Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AllHailKingJulien or the Duke Lemur Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DukeLemurCenter.

An official naming ceremony for Princess Julien and Princess Julien will be held at the Duke Lemur Center on June 20, which will be presided over by the star of All Hail King Julien. This will be the first opportunity for the public to meet the Princesses; they’ll also be able to greet King Julien himself. For more information visit http://lemur.duke.edu/lemurpalooza-summer-2015/

The series is a hilariously off-the-wall animated comedy that follows the exploits of King Julien and his royal subjects, including his beleaguered adviser Maurice; his head of special-ops, Clover; and his most adoring subject, Mort.

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“Every day, visitors to the Duke Lemur Center ask us to show them which lemur is King Julien – and now we really can,” added Kalin, who said that the Center’s primary mission is to protect the world’s lemur population.

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.

To learn more about the Duke Lemur Center and its activities, visit www.lemur.duke.edu. Episodes of All Hail King Julien can be found on Netflix at www.netflix.com/KingJulien.

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