When Allison and I adopted Éva, we intended to give her as a Christmas gift to Allison’s parents, since their Dachshund, Helga, died this past summer. After spending 24 h a day for 1 month with her, needless-to-say, I became increasingly attached… and it is certainly mutual. So this weekend, we adopted a second Dachshund for Allison’s parents: Scarf. Both dogs were rescued by the Atlanta Humane Society from a hoarder or puppy mill; a self-described breeder who mistreated their animals simply to make a profit. These puppy mill dogs often have difficulty socializing with humans, but clearly get along with one another.
Scarf is likely to be renamed Eva (pronounced as the English E … vahhh) or Greta. Éva (pronounced as the English A… vahh) sits atop her ‘cousin’, comforting her as she adjust to her new home.
One of the few opportunities I’ve had recently to leave the city – Sweetwater Creek State Park surrounds a section of the river and upstream reservoir along with 9 miles of fairly rough, beautiful trails. I look forward to seeing this place during the spring and summer, where browns are less abundant…
As a birthday present, Jenn gave me two tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, which Allison and I visited this past weekend. The main exhibit is divided into six distinct habitat types, from Georgian ocean shore and freshwater river/lentic species (including an exceptional tank containing the endangered Robust Redhorse (Moxostoma robustum), to cold salt water and oceanic species. The oceanic exhibit is the largest, containing FOUR whale sharks! There is also a hallway display on the capture and shipping of the whale sharks… hence “What Can Brown Do for You?”.
To illustrate invasive species and their ecological consequences, there was a display on Lionfish (Pterios volitans) invasion of the Caribbean and movement up the Eastern US coast as far as New England. I recall seeing some in Cahuita, CR too, although the display’s interactive Google Earth invasion history didn’t depict the lionfish’s migration into Central American coasts. The lionfish display had the most lionfish I’ve ever seen… super dense.
By the way… I’ve moved to Atlanta, Georgia for anyone reading this that didn’t know, although I’ll be headed back to Kent tomorrow afternoon to process some samples and hopefully finish much of my other dissertation work.