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Dogs of Myth and Legend

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Canines have been an important part of cultures around the world for thousands of years. There is an abundance of stories, legends, tales, and myths that revolve around particularly special dogs. Here are tales of but a few of those canines of legend. Anubis Image  credit: Wikimedia Commons Anubis was the Egyptian god of the afterlife, mummification, lost souls, and the helpless. He appeared as a jackal-headed man, a black dog, or a black jackal most frequently. Jackals aren't actually black, though    Anubis was black because black is symbolic of the fertile soil of the Nile river, as well as the decay of the body. Anubis is often confused with the older jackal god, Wepwawet, who some believe he developed from. Anubis was wildly popular throughout Egypt, having shrines dedicated to him throughout the country. He was also the earliest god depicted on tomb walls (at least, those that have been discovered). Anubis was typically called upon by seekers of protection and vengeance. The

The Dog Palace Isn't Just For Dogs!

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Sure, you've seen photos of dogs in our doghouses before. You've heard tell of cat colonies huddling inside the CRB to stay warm. But have you seen a photo of a goat using our Dog Palace? Have you heard about Pekin ducks living in the CRB? What about rabbits? A potbelly pig? Roosters? Tortoises? Monkeys? Jude, a Dutch rabbit, in a modified CRB. The dog palace was designed for dogs, of course, but you don't have to use it to house dogs. We've had photos emailed to us of a goat peering out of a dog palace, and there are plenty of comments in our reviews on various websites that list several other species who comfortably stay in our houses, sometimes with modifications. On Wayfair, a customer who bought the CRB said that they used it to house their potbelly pig! Another reviewer on Wayfair cited using the Dog Palace as a duck house. One Chewy reviewer of the Dog Palace cites it as "purrfect" for their cat colony, and a customer on Sam's Club said the cats too

Mardi Gras in Sainte Marie 2022

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 ASL recently participated in the Ste. Marie American Legion Auxiliary Unit 932 Mardi Gras Parade.  It was their big fundraiser for local veterans' projects.  Our Smart Car entry won first place for business. Spokesdog Hank the Hound made his first public appearance. Photo Credit for parade images : April Goss Photography Photo credit for image of  first place mug: Pamela Mulvey

Courageous Canines and Fantastic Felines

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There have been many extraordinary animals throughout history. From survivors to record-setters, feat-conquerors to science-contributors , here are but a few of the extraordinary felines and canines that populate our planet's history. Sallie Ann Jarrett StripedDaisy,  CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons You might have heard of someone surprising their significant other or their child with a puppy (always do your research first), but have you ever heard of an infantry unit being surprised with a puppy? That's exactly what happened in 1861 when a four-week-old American Staffordshire Terrier puppy was presented as a gift to the newly formed 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The puppy's cuteness was too much for them to resist, and so Sallie Ann Jarrett was adopted as the official mascot of 11th Pennsylvania. She got her name from Sallie Ann, a local person of great beauty, and the unit's commanding officer, Colonel Phaon Jarrett. Most called her Sallie for short, and

The Palace Central Heater

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ASL's latest innovation is the Palace Central Heater, or PCH for short. With a wide temperature range, this MET-certified heater will keep your animal companions warm and comfortable year-round! The Palace Central Heater will keep this friend warm in the winter. We are excited to finally officially introduce you to the Palace Central Heater! The PCH is designed exclusively for the Dog Palace and the CRB Palace. The PCH comes with two mounting brackets that latch perfectly onto the triangular window frame of each house. It is too big to fit on the DP Hunter, but ASL's Floor Heater fits the DP Hunter just fine. And unlike the floor heater, the PCH heats the whole house. The PCH features a digital thermostat and a remote control to alter the temperature from a distance in 5 degree increments. The temperature range is a cozy 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend going no higher than 65-70 degrees depending on your dog's coat. Fluffy dogs are going to retain heat better than sh