I hope you all had a great weekend!
Our weekend was rainy, so we were stuck inside for most of it.
But we always find fun things to do on rainy days, both with the huskies and the kids.
We were not able to do a post on Sunday, so today for OMD, we thought we would do a tribute to dads everywhere.
You don't have to have human children to be a dad, this counts for fur baby dads, human children dads, and animal dads!
We often forget about the animals around the world who are also pawrents.
A lot of times, male and female will have completely different roles then expected.
The female will defend the territory, while the male stays behind and cares for the children.
So today is a day for dads!
My kids and fur - kids have a very special dad. He is always there for them. He is always playful, and always happy to come home to see his babies.
The first dad tribute of the day goes to Mark. The man of the house, my hub!
He was showered with fathers day cards and gifts on Sunday. It was beautiful to watch the smile on his face!
The next tribute goes to my own dad.
My dad and I have an . . . interesting relationship.
We have had a ton of good times, and a ton of hard times. But I suppose that is the relationship between father and daughter!
He has always been there, and for that I thank him.
My dad is on the far right of the above photo. It was the best I had, so I do apologize for the poor quality.
Now, I would like to share some extraordinary dads in the animal kingdom!
The male red fox :
The red fox takes on the duty of providing food for his babies for the first few months of their lives. After that, he becomes their teacher. He will teach them to hunt, to play, to love and to grow up and have a family of their own. While teaching his young to hunt for their own food, he always keeps a spare "dinner" close to the den in case the babes come back empty handed. This way he knows they will not starve.
Way to go dad!
The Emperor Penguin :
After mom penguin lays a single precious egg, dad quickly takes over so that he can incubate egg by balancing it on his feet and covering it with his feathers. While dad is warming the egg, mom penguin goes off to eat. Dad penguin can go two months without eating while he is warming his egg. As soon as the egg hatches, dad feeds the little babe and waits for moms return.
Such an impawtant job!
The Seahorse :
This daddy is one of the most unique by far!
Not only do the female and male have reverse roles : meaning, instead of the male competing for the females attention, it is the female who looks for a male to mate. Also the male in this relationship is the one who gets pregnant! The females will deposit the eggs into the males pouch, where he fertilizes them and carries them until they are born.
Hmmm.....if sea horses can do it . . .
The Grey Wolf :
Most people have an image burned into their brains about wolves.
Dangerous, villains, heartless creatures. When in fact they are quite the opposite.
The male alpha wolf will find a mate, and they stay mates for life.
The live, they love and when the wolf cubs come along, dad goes out hunting to feed his family, protects them from predators, and as the male red fox, he becomes their teacher. He will show them how to hunt and fend for themselves. All the while, still making sure his cubs are safe.
Another pawsome dad!
Those are just SOME of the many amazing dads in the animal kingdom.
I hope you enjoyed our post, and maybe even learned something about our animal dads of the world!
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See you tomorrow!
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