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July 29, 2019

Once known as the largest and most powerful predators in their environment, are these animals still alive today?

MOLOSSUS was an extinct, ancient large breed loved by the Romans and Greeks, and was the precursor to the Mastiff, St. Bernard, Great Dane, and others (all called "Molossers"). They are thought to have been used for hunting, herding, and fighting (but not at the same time).
UPDATE: Now there's a WORLD’S BIGGEST PUPPY bred to replicate the extinct ancient dog who weighs a whopping 12 stone (180lb) and stands at staggering six-foot-tall. At nine-months-old, enormous Euphrates eats an impressive eight cups of a dog food a day and plays with a 4×4 piece of fence post. She is an American Molossus, the first litter of selectively breeding that is believed to be the closest genetic descendent of the 5,000 BC Mesopotamian Molossus. (Photo By Jared Howser /

COLOSSUS, the greatest of the great whites, also referred to as the BIG ONE, came to our attention in 2014 during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but because he is so allusive, confirmed sightings are very rare.
UPDATE: Seal Island, False Bay News (Filed by APEX Shark Expeditions, June 7, 2018) …Yes, you may have already guessed but we have finally had the first Great white shark sightings of the season at Seal Island just a few days ago. After an anxious wait it was pure joy to see a great white shark up close around the boat and I know the Apex Crew was just as excited, or perhaps more so, than our guests on board. So far 3 different Great whites have been recorded around the boat along with a total of 6 predatory events also observed. On one of these events the famous but allusive male shark, Colossus was sighted. This shark is well known for appearing in a number of Air Jaws Discovery Shark Week shows and I know that many of you will be thrilled to hear that he is still around. His size is now estimated at between 4 and 4.5 meters (between 13 and 14 feet) so he is starting to become a heavy-weight shark!   (Photo: Chris Fallows/Discovery Channel)
July 21, 2019
Filed By MORA

Chewy Box Craft: DIY Shark Dog House

Sharks are majestic, beautiful creatures. They’re also powerful predators, and despite their beauty, it’s best to stay far, far away. But here’s one shark you—and your pup—can cozy up to.

This shark is a DIY dog house you can make out of your Chewy box. It might look difficult to construct, but our step-by-step guidance makes crafting easy. And when you’re finished, you’ll have a cool new hangout spot for your dog.

CLICK HERE for full instructions

July 20, 2019

The Making of our BARK WEEK promo!

Hey everybody, Scarlet Naquin here, thanks for taking a FIN-terest in how we made the BARK WEEK promo right here in PAW ORLEANS!

Here's how it happened...  My sister and I got with our dad, Ryan Naquin (yeah he's got our last name) and got him to talk his students and his buddy Rob Krieger in to lending us a FIN! Our Dad is a teacher for New Orleans' Mount Carmel Academy's student-run news and video production program, WMCA. Under the direction of Dad and Rob, the students and all of us 4-pawed stars produced a promotional video as a PSA for the Mardi Paws non-profits. We hope you'll watch!

You can meet some of the human stars in person on Tuesday, August 6, from 4:30-9pm at the Velvet Cactus in Lakeview.
July 14, 2019
Filed By GOOSE


With Shark Week approaching, scientists have announced a new breed of sharks that’s given Mardi Paws something to BARK about! Join in the excitement when they host over a week’s worth of BARKY & SHARKY events on both sides of the lake.

Because a week just wasn't enough, they'll kick things off on Thursday, July 25 in Covington and wrap up on Tuesday, August 6 in New Orleans.

FIN-tastic venues + JAW-some Contests and prizes + plenty of biting surprises!

Be Warned: You’re gonna need a bigger BONE!