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Continue reading the whole article if you want to read about my adventures with “Red Dog” and David Attenborough !

I thought I would list the books I have, about Animals! I have just acquired a companion book to one of my very favourites, being “Strongheart Story of a Wonder Dog”. The companion book is J. Allen Boone’s 1959 edition of “Letters to Strongheart”.   I have just ordered the 1959 Letters to Strongheart and it is on its way to me as I write this.  You can read about the book “Strongheart – Story of a Wonder Dog” at this post   here.

I love reading and writing.  All of my many books are cherished by me, because I am a “bookworm”.  I am also a “read-worm” if that term exists, as I am always reading things – WordPress Blogs, labels on food containers, road signs, car signs, anything and everything.

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Finding Gobi

Update – help refuge animals in China & buy a soft plush GOBI

Gobi toys and Books on Etsy

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Magical – if there was only one word I could use to describe this adventure set out so articulately and heartfeltly by Dion Leonard, this is it.

I won a copy of the book “Finding Gobi” through a Channel 7 “Sunday Night” competition, and was over the moon to receive my book last week, together with a compliments slip from the Seven Network:  Congratulations!  We hope you enjoy reading about Gobi as much as you loved watching her on our show.  With compliments from Sunday Night.

To win this prize, my entry in the competition mentioned my considering that I have an indefinable connection to animals ( see “Animals connecting to Celine” ) …. What I was trying to say is that there is sometimes a magical and beautiful relationship or connection between non-human animals and human beings.  Yes, I’ve heard that animals know human nature or people’s personalities instinctively, like they will know definitely if you are either an “animal lover” or an “animal hater” but Gobi’s and Dion’s story goes beyond that.

I have witnessed my own animal spiritual ally, Shandy cat, whom spent 16 years with me, being with me definitely on a mission.  That mission I am pretty sure, was to keep my partner & I together, because we had this charming, handsome, character of a cat to tend to and to love, and to give and receive companionship.  Shandy literally was the glue that stuck us together.

I can’t wait to watch the film of “Finding Gobi” as long as, of course, no animals are hurt or killed during the making of the film.

I loved Dion’s excellent literary prowess in his writing and his candid capture of his child-hood and glimpses into character building experiences which were like jig-saw puzzles that fit into his entire life.  Here I witnessed, through words on a page, a man whom not only has incredible physical fortitude and the iron will to compete and to win, but whom is compassionate and honest and intelligent.  Above all, without giving away too much for those who have not yet read the book, something was outstanding to me – about Dion’s approach to Life.

MAKE A DECISION

Dion Leonard is someone who knows about choices – there are many roads to China, as the saying goes, and sometimes there are clouds of uncertainty flurrying around a particular choice in front of you, BUT that is what life is about in its finest details –  CHOICES.

Gobi chose to follow Dion and to become his life-time spiritual ally ( woohoo ), and ..

Dion chose to find Gobi … and in an un-swerving manner … not to let down a cute little spirited dog whom raced across the Gobi desert with him …. as Dion points out …. to teach him things about himself and the teaching is never ending.

We have heard talk about past beings we know who have reincarnated to help us, and about spirit guides in some sort of energy form visiting us or coming into our lives, to help us.  I believe in these things, but whether or not it applies to the story of Dion and Gobi, matters not.

Gobi is a special little dog whom showed someone to open up more, to reinforce the message of inter-dependence and being inter-connected, whom is a model of courage and strength under fire, and has unconditional love for Dion and his family.  This story truly is a testament to the fact that non-human animals are not commodities or lesser beings.  They have souls.

I can vouch for the fact, that when our Shandy cat (who was abandoned as a kitten outside our house on New Year’s Eve, 2000) was a few weeks old, we were standing indoors looking out at the back yard.  I looked down at this sweet little kitten and he looked up at me, with a shining face and he smiled at me, the most loving smile of unconditional love that I have ever seen.   I know about the look of love and appreciation that Gobi gave Dion as they ran through the Gobi Desert.

Our animal companions are not “dumb animals” far from it.  They are stoic and brave, go for what they want, let others know what they want, they can be very loving and some are amazingly caring and intelligent and help their human companions …. in various ways …. such as Gobi did.

http://www.findinggobi.com/

Click on the News Yahoo link in Dion’s post below .. to watch Sunday Night’s documentary.

Here is a direct link to Part 2 :

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/video/watch/35888945/finding-gobi-part-2/#page1

A Dog’s Purpose – BOYCOTT Animal Movies

“He wants to get away, just throw him in”

For god’s sake, don’t we already have enough Movies about animals, especially about our so-called “pets” – dogs and cats?   I don’t watch movies with Animals in them usually because even though the American Humane Society or similar is supposed to monitor the filming for animal cruelty, well, isn’t animal cruelty like “beauty” in the eye of the human beholder?

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/upcoming-movies/animal-cruelty-disturbing-leaked-video-from-film-set-horrifies-viewers/news-story/98be114add016b7fbf312875226ab791

It is artificial and taste-less to me forcing animals into raging waters or similar scenarios, because that is what the human film-makers ARE doing.  They do not nicely “ask” the animal to go into the artificial water or to plunge off a waterfall somehow ( like pointing invitingly to the water or calling them invitingly into raging waters, or talking to them telepathically ) to which the dog happily obeys –  do they??

Take “Milo and Otis” for example.  Disgusting treatment of live aware / sentient beings.

How many kittens, cats and dogs were maimed or killed during the making of this Japanese made movie, which had NO monitoring of its treatment of animals??  Do your own research, and watch the movie and if you have a brain, you will see the abuse suffered by animals in this movie.

So what, many people cry.  They are only dumb animals.  We human beings have the right to control animals.  The animals in Movies are well treated ( apart from being thrown off a waterfall, or being put in front of a viper snake which has had its fangs removed – though the cat doesn’t know that ).   They will get over it, it doesn’t cause long term harm.

Well, how do you know what the effects are?? 

Human beings are also Animals.  Non-human animals behave alot better than many Homo sapiens, if you ask me.  Non-human animals are loyal, don’t ask for much, they are honest, yes they compete in the wild for resources ( food and relationships with other animals ) and may seem to some exhibit un-tasteful behaviour,  BUT it is according to their Universal Laws to survive; while human beings let themselves become lazier and stupider even with the promise of technology ( too easy to use computers for long distance and in-personal communication ), and try to make money from exploiting animals.

Well, I for one, don’t want new made up movies so called about the wonderful animal world.  If I want to relate to an animal, I will go and find one in its natural setting ( or watch an ethically made Documentary ).   Join me in NOT going to see “A Dog’s Purpose” or any other movie with animal “stars”.    The links below are the reference for this post.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/01/18/a-dogs-purpose-video-suspension/?source=gravity&ADID=most-popular

http://www.animalsmattertoo.com/articles/miloandotiscruelty.htm

https://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/tag/the-dog-fighter-movie/

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UPDATE

The premiere of the movie touted to celebrate the relationship between Homo sapien and Canine animals ( ironic ) has been cancelled.  No dogs were killed or maimed in the making of this movie, yes, but how would you a Human Being, like being forced to do something you are terrified of, especially when the reason for it is not justified ???

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/20/a-dogs-purpose-premiere-video-german-shepherd

Can a Horse feel Guilt ?

Well, I believe that all animals have Souls and that non-human animals also have intelligence, and in fact, some have more intelligence than some human beings.  I also believe that some non-human animals can also feel emotions and feelings – emotions being feelings that are expressed physically.

If you are at all interested or drawn to communicating with animals, please pursue that interest, as the World would benefit, I think, from Homo sapiens or human beings genuinely connecting with their animal companions and the animal world at large.

There are plenty of resources for this, excellent books, and Animal Communicators, that run courses in communicating with animals, and / or who will connect with your special Animal friend as a service they run, and give you messages from them, or relay questions from your animal companions.

A load of “bunkum”, some of you say?  “That’s strange” or “I don’t understand that” others may decry.  Well, consider this – communication is universal.  The spoken language had to start somewhere.  It is made up.  Communication also exists as mental images and concepts which are on the “air-waves” or which are conveyed by the intention of the sender, as frequencies of energy which an open and devoted receiver can pick up.

I have personally experienced it myself.  It’s called telepathy.  Once a baby human being telepathically spoke to me, and if Homo sapiens can pick up telepathic messages from other human beings, why can’t they pick up telepathic messages from non human beings?   Please visit the page below to explore further.

Talk to the Animals

Now, to answer the Question that is the Title of this Post,
the answer is YES.

Click on the Link below to read the true story of a racehorse that felt guilt over a little girl.

http://spirit-animals.com/animals/the-unhappy-racehorse/

Animals are not lesser beings.  They may serve a purpose to some human beings, but should be treated with respect, as David Attenborough says.  We use tools, don’t we, like knives & forks, and computers, but don’t say they are lesser things than us.

In my “books” or viewpoint,  ALL LIFE  is sacred in terms of, yes, some of us may eat animals, and I have heard that some animals are aware of this purpose or relationship and accept it, but let’s not go over-board and take more than we need, or out-rightly abuse various animal species as just commodities, for our own pleasure or profit.   Farming animals uses an enormous amount of land that could be used to grow & harvest plants for human consumption.

Remember the following, that we all came / come from the “primoridal soup” or from the hot ocean vents, and the predecessors/ancestors of Homo sapiens and other Animals are the same – bacteria !!  This is according to scientists, like Professor Brian Cox, and the point is that just because we human beings CAN “conquer” or farm and trap non-human animals, CAN is not a good reason for actually doing so – to the extent that we are being cruel to animals and degrading our Earth.

We CAN eat with our fingers but in the so-called civilized countries, we DON’T.  It’s our CHOICE what we do with this beautiful and fascinating World that we live in.

Mitakuye Oyasin  –

we are  ALL  related

Claw of the Cat, or How many Toes does a Cat have?

catclawThis morning my partner came into my Study and said “Shandy keeps shedding his Claws” and handed me a tiny interesting claw sheath.  I thought to myself “I wonder if that is normal” and “I wonder how much his claws are like our nails?”  Upon reflection, I thought sensibly that cats in the wild need their claws for climbing, hunting and defence.

I found the answers on  THIS  great page of Annie’s “Cat Talk 101” website.  For example, cat’s claws have outer layers called “claw sheaths”, which shed or fall off every few months, leaving behind a nice new sharp claw.  Cats don’t scratch to sharpen their claws, strictly speaking, but to get rid off the itchy old sheaths, which are the outer layer of their claws.

Some also say that cats scratch objects to calm themselves down and ease anxiety.

Apparently it is a myth that cats have got retractable claws.  Their claws are projectile and retractile rather than retractable, meaning they can extend and lengthen or poke out their claws or tuck them in or shorten them but not really consciously completely pull them into their paw pads.

The Claw I looked at is really a sheath of a tiny claw, as the claws renew and the outer husks of the old claw are shed.

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica says the following.

Claw, also called Talon ,  narrow, arched structure that curves downward from the end of a digit in birds, reptiles, many mammals, and some amphibians. It is a hardened (keratinized) modification of the epidermis. Claws may be adapted for scratching, clutching, digging, or climbing. By analogy, the appendages of other lower animals are frequently called claws. The claw’s shape is ordinarily suited to the food-getting habit of the animal. Eagles have long, curved talons for grasping prey; the claws of chickens are short and sturdy, for scratching the ground for food.

There are two mammalian modifications of the claw: the nail and the hoof. A nail is a broad, flat claw on the upper surface of the digit. It is present in mammals, such as primates, that use their appendages for grasping. A hoof is a short, thick structure that surrounds the end of the digit. It is present in various forms in the ungulates, which have a reduced number of digits. Hoofs are an adaptation for running.

Below is a link to pictures from the Children’s EB showing so-called “retractable claws” in action.

http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-53056/All-cats-except-the-cheetah-have-retractable-claws

You can see the claw sheathed but with the tip or point of the sharp claw still out from the paw pad, which actually means technically speaking that the claw is not FULLY RECTRACTED or rectractible if this word means completely withdrawn and completely hidden.

I have noticed Shandy cat’s claws sticking out a tiny bit and wondered if his claws really are retractable.  If you had a sharp Stanley Knife with a retractable blade, you would want the blade to be fully retracted into the tool when you store away the knife, not have a horribly sharp and dangerous tip sticking out even a little bit.

The difference between “retractable” and “retractile” is that a cat does not consciously stick out or tuck in its claws, as many people wrongly think.  However, when kitty ( or a big cat ) is relaxed and at ease, like when it is sleeping on someone’s lap, or walking, the claws are partly tucked away within the paw, because the flexor tendons attached to the claws are relaxed, and thus the claws are pulled back.  The tendons tauten to protrude the claw when a cat is alert or hunting, climbing or fighting.

However, I guess the kitty’s claws are withdrawn enough to describe them as retractable for most people.

Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect bone to muscle. The elastic ligament, pictured in red in the image above, pulls the distal phalanx close to the middle phalanx in order to keep the claws from touching the ground, working in tandem with the relaxed flexor tendon.

Cats walk on the tips and balls of their toes or “digits”.  This is known as digitigrade walking.  Each digit or toe has a claw, and there are usually five toes or digits on each cat forefoot and four on each hindfoot.

A cat’s and a dog’s paw pads are spongy pads of thick skin beneath each foot, assisting with silent movement and protecting the underlying bones and joints from injury during running and jumping.  Digitigrade walking combined with pads and small feet helps a cat move silently.

If you want to read about claws and how they evolved into nails, when Primates came along, please click on  THIS  link to a Google book titled “Mammalogy:  Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology”.

If you want to read about the hoofs or hooves of the “Ungulates”, please click on  THIS  link to “What is an Ungulate?”

By the way, DOGS do not have retractile or projectile claws, but they do walk on their toes, like cats.  Their claws are always exposed, and make dogs well suited to running.  Dogs run on their toes , and have four functional toes on both the front feet and the hind feet, and sometimes a fifth “dew claw” which serves no useful purpose, is not in contact with the ground, and is located higher on the inside of the leg.

You should NOT de-claw a Cat because that essentially means amputating part of her/his foot as opposed to trimming the claws.  We leave Shandy be, and don’t even trim his claws.  A dog’s claws become blunt with lots of walking on hard surfaces, so won’t need trimming usually.

 

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Dawn The Happy Fox

The Fox is a traditional folk song.  It is also the subject of at least two picture books, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: an old song, illustrated by Peter Spier and Fox Went out on a Chilly Night, by Wendy Watson.

“The Fox”
Written by Yarrow Peter; Stookey Noel Paul; Travers Mary Allin.

The Fox went out on a chilly night

He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o
He had many a mile to go that night
Before he reached the town-o
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He ran till he came to the farmers pen
The ducks and the geese were kept therein
He said a couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o
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A couple of you are gonna grease my chin
Before I leave this town-o[BRIDGE (Mandolin)]
He grabbed the great goose by the neck
He threw a duck across his back
And he didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o, down-o, down-o
He didn’t mind the quack, quack
And the legs all danglin’ down-o
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Well the old gray Woman jumped out of bed
Out of the window she popped her head
Cryin’ John, John the great goose is gone
The Fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o
John, John the great goose is gone
And the Fox is on the town-o[BRIDGE (Fiddle)]
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He ran till he came to his nice warm den
And there were the little ones 8, 9, 10
Sayin’ Daddy, Daddy better go back again
It must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o
Daddy, Daddy go back again
For it must be a mighty fine town-o
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The Fox and his Wife, without any strife
They cut up the goose with a fork and a knife
And they never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o
They never had such a supper in their life
And the little ones chewed on the bones
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Video Published on Jan 20, 2013 – info below from You Tube

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.

Please  support the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuarywhich is a registered charity in the U.K.  Thank you

The “Life of Pi” Book Review

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If you read this book, it will quite likely not leave you un-changed.  I have a beautiful slip-cased copy of the book, illustrated by Tomislav Torianic.  It is signed by both the author and the illustrator and is copy number 1173 of a limited run of 3,000 such books.  Published in 2007, it consists of 449 pages.

Here is my very own personal review of the novel written by Yann Martel, “The Life of Pi.”  Please do not read, unless you really do want to know what I thought about the book upon reading it.

Please be warned that there are “spoilers” at the end of this review.

If you are squeamish and want to avoid gory details and even another gruesome twist right at the end of the story, which wasn’t in the movie, then DO NOT read the book.

First, let me say that I eagerly rushed out to watch the movie, directed by Ang Lee, and while I can’t say I really enjoyed watching the movie, because as anyone who knows something about the movie (and the book) it was about survival at sea; I found the movie evocative and amazing.  Now, onto the book.  I really wanted to read it to see if there was an elaboration of Pi or the author’s connection to God in the book.

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David Attenborough – Master Natural Historian of Life on Earth

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David Attenborough filming “Life on Earth”

Sir David Attenborough (born 8 May 1926 in London, England) is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker.   His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited.   Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005).

The final chapter in the Life series, Life in Cold Blood is the grand finale to David’s survey of life on earth.

He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.   In 1965, Sir David became Controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain.  In January 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both of the BBC’s television networks.  Then, in 1973, he resigned to return to programme-making, claiming “I haven’t even seen the Galapagos Islands”.  First came Eastwards with Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, then The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art.

He is a younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough.  He is widely considered a national treasure, although he himself doesn’t care for the term.

David Attenborough received a Knighthood for services to broadcasting in 1985.

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Snakes Alive – Part 2 – Types of Snakes, Snake Symbolism & The Snake Temple !

Ka Snake Cartoon

PLEASE READ PART ONE FIRST

BY CLICKING HERE

Only 10% of total snake species in the world are venomous. It is always advisable to leave a snake undisturbed whether it is venomous or not. Most venomous snakes will only attack when provoked or threatened.  The Viper family, among which are Copperheads and rattlesnakes, are the typical snakes with the triangle-shaped head. Elapids typically do not have the triangle-shaped head but have small heads which they raise in a J shape from their body.

The classic “The Jungle Book” portrays Ka, the Snake as a people-charmer or with the ability to hypnotise Mowgli.  I have to say that Snakes do not hypnotise people or their prey!!  Some prey can freeze in terror when sighted by a snake or when they see a snake, looking as though the prey animal is hypnotised, but it is a biological fact that Snakes DO NOT hypnotise living things.

Also, some Snake Charmers or to be more precise, some Cobra Snake Charmers, are not nice people in my “books” because the Cobras have had their fangs removed and even sometimes have had their mouths sewn shut.  However, there have been “real” Snake Charmers whom have faced off against a sleepy Cobra that has been rudely awoken from its basket, only to stare down the Snake Charmer and to try to bite the flute the “Charmer” is playing (which the Snake can’t hear but can feel) – as this Article below nicely explains !

http://library.thinkquest.org/C007974/2_6sch.htm

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Animals in Cartoons – Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on June 22, 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The fifteenth animated feature in the Disney Animated Features Canon, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope Widescreen film process. The story, which was based upon a short story called Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene, centers on a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper middle-class family, and a male stray mutt called the Tramp.

A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, was released in 2001.

Lady and the Tramp the story of two dogs

Happy Dan the Whistling Dog” was published in an early 1940s edition of the “Cosmopolitan magazine”.   In 1953 Disney published the first edition of “Lady and the Tramp, the story of two dogs” in hardcover, attributing the authorship to Ward Greene.  Currently one of these books is on eBay selling for at least $700.   A 1953 edition signed by Walt Disney himself, sold at Christies for over $3,000.   See links below, if you really want to.   If you won the Lotto, I suppose you could buy the book on eBay, if you wanted to.

Lady and the Tramp – story of Two Dogs – on eBay

Christies –  original Lady and the Tramp book sale

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Skeletal System – Skeletons, Joints & Bones – part two

THIS IS PART TWO.

YOU CAN READ PART ONE AT THE POST PUBLISHED BEFORE THIS ONE.   PART ONE INCLUDES BONE INTERNAL STRUCTURE & BONE TISSUE

A joint is the point where two or more bones meet. There are three main types of joints – Fibrous (immoveable & held together by a ligament), cartilaginous (partly moveable, held together by cartilage) and the Synovial (freely moveable) joint. Synovial joints consist of a synovial capsule (collagenous structure) surrounding the entire joint, a synovial membrane (the inner layer of the capsule) which secretes synovial fluid (a lubricating liquid) and cartilage known as hyaline cartilage (a flexible connective tissue) which pads the ends of the articulating bones.  An example of a Fibrous joint is where the teeth are attached to their bony sockets. The vertebrae have cartilaginous joints between them.

Examples of Synovial Joints follow.

A hinge joint allows movement in a certain spot to take place. This joint is similar to the opening and closing of a door. Some examples of hinge joints are the elbow, knee, ankle and joints between the fingers. Hinge joints allow the body parts to bend and straighten.

Ball and socket joints allow twisting and turning movements. In a ball and socket joint, one of the bones has a rounded head which is the ball. The other bone has a cup-like area that is known as the socket. Some of these joints are the shoulder and the hip. The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the entire body. It allows movement in any direction.

There are other types of joints in the body. Gliding joints allow two flat bones to slide over each other like in the bones of the foot and wrist. A condyloid joint allows the head to nod and the fingers to bend. The thumbs have a saddle joint that allows enough flexibility for the thumb to touch any other finger.

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Caspian

A friend’s cat

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Cute cat

Cute cat

23 April 2012

Caspian is a new member of our household, we adopted him from the Cats Protection Centre here in the UK. This is a cats rescue centre which takes in stray and unwanted cats in the local area we live. I was pleased to see when we visted the centre that the cats are well looked after, though some of the cats there had come from homes where they had been badly treated or neglected which was sad to see.

When we first met Caspian he came out of his sleeping area to greet us and raised his paw. We were originally looking to adopt an adult cat but we felt a connection with Caspian. He is an 8 months old, black and white domestic shorthair with light green eyes. His previous owners said that they were moving into a flat which did not allow pets so they had to give their cats away. The Rescue centre said that Caspian and his mother Wilma were living in a shed in the back garden and Caspian had found his way under the house and was covered in dust when they found him.Wilma had been allowed to have several litters and was more than ready to have someone to look after her now and has since been adopted too. The patch of short fur on his left front paw is from the blood tests he had when he was first given away, Caspian is luckily perfectly healthy.

We named him Caspian after the Prince from the the Chronicles of Narnia, which was one of my sister’s and my favourite books as children. He certainly likes to explore things! Caspian is a very friendly cat, he is still very lively and more of a kitten than a cat being under a year old. He loves to play, as soon as he is awake and will tap his toys to give us a hint. He has aquired quite a few cat toys but his most favourite one consists of a plastic strap with a knot in it which he likes to chase. We got him a mouse which buzzes as it moves but it seems to scare him.

We originally bought him a soft bed and placed a basket with a blanket upstairs for him too. Caspian so far won’t go near the basket and occasionally sleeps in his bed. He sleeps in various places around the house, but loves our beds and sofas as long as there is a blanket of some kind. He also loves a small bumpy cardboard box that came with somthing we ordered from the internet. We have a feeling he may have been sleeping on something similar in his old home. He does not drink alot but has taken to drinking from glasses around the house, which he manages to fit his head into. Im not sure why he thinks it tastes better out off a glass than his bowl.

Caspian follows us around the house and likes to take naps with someone in the room. Because Caspian was still with his mother when before he was given away, he isn’t used to being on his own much. We are hoping he will get more used to being by himself as it is only just over 5 weeks since we adopted him. He is settling in well and seems to have really bonded with us this past few weeks.

cute cat

From Ivan

Click on “Our Animal Friends” at the top to go to Page 1 to see my cat friend, Shandy.

Hover your mouse over “Our Animal Friends” at the top to see other Pages, which you can visit.

1st March 2013.  More pictures of Caspian !

Caspian with hat

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Horses in Movies – Phar Lap, War Horse & Others

Some of the horse movies that I have watched are listed below.

  1. Black Beauty
  2. National Velvet
  3. Phar Lap
  4. Sea Biscuit
  5. Secretariat
  6. The Black Stallion
  7. The Man from Snowy River

My favourite animated movie with horses in it is “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”.

The Man from Snowy River was filmed in 1982 in the mountains of Victoria, Australia.  It was partly based upon the poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson, which you can read by clicking on the link below the movie poster below.

ManFromSnowyRiver

 Click here to read the poem “The Man from Snowy River”

To hear the theme music to “The Man from Snowy River” on this site, watch the

Olympics video  here

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     Have you ever heard of a “Loggerhead Turtle?”    Have you ever wondered where the expression “at loggerheads” comes from?  Being “at loggerheads” means being in disagreement with someone else.  Well, the expression has nothing to do with a Loggerhead Turtle or even with logging trees in the forest.  It is a colloquial expression from the United Kingdom referring to a “block head” or a stupid person.  The first known use of the phrase in print is in Francis Kirkman’s, The English Rogue, 1680 – “They frequently quarrell’d about their Sicilian wenches, and indeed… they seem… to be worth the going to Logger-heads for.”

    What is the largest breed of domesticated cats?  The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domesticated cats, they can weigh as much as 45 lbs. (Atlas of Cats of The World)

   What is the difference between “cold-blooded” and “warm-blooded” animals?

Cold-blooded” animals (ectotherms) have their body temperature regulated by interactions with the environment, while “warm-blooded” (endothermic) animals have an internal temperature kept constant by homeostatic (stability-ensuring) mechanisms. “Cold-blooded” animals include all animal groups, except mammals and birds, the only two groups of animals that are warm-blooded.

Warm-blooded creatures try to keep the inside of their bodies at a constant temperature. They do this by generating their own heat when they are in a cooler environment, and by cooling themselves when they are in a hotter environment. To generate heat, warm-blooded animals convert the food that they eat into energy. They have to eat a lot of food, compared with cold-blooded animals, to maintain a constant body temperature. Only a small amount of the food that a warm-blooded animal eats is converted into body mass. The rest is used to fuel a constant body temperature.

Cold-blooded creatures take on the temperature of their surroundings. They are hot when their environment is hot and cold when their environment is cold. In hot environments, cold-blooded animals can have blood that is much warmer than warm-blooded animals. Cold-blooded animals are much more active in warm environments and are very sluggish in cold environments. This is because their muscle activity depends on chemical reactions which run quickly when it is hot and slowly when it is cold. A cold-blooded animal can convert much more of its food into body mass compared with a warm-blooded animal

http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/ir_zoo/coldwarm.html

   How fast can a Snail travel?

At its fastest, on average, a snail travels 1.3 cm per second or 78 cm (2.56 feet) in a minute.  An average fit adult human being can walk between 3 and 5 km per hour.  So, while a person has covered 3 to 5 km (9,842 to 16,404 feet) in one hour, a Snail would (if he could) have travelled 46.8 metres.(154 feet).  The pace of a snail in one hour is just 1.56% of the pace of a human being, or 98.5% slower than a human being.

   How fast can a domesticated Cat run?

A healthy and fit average size adult cat can sprint at 31 miles per hour, or about 50 kilometres per hour.   Not bad, hey?  Not that he/she would run at top speed for one hour, because the cat’s muscular strength means the cat can only put on short bursts of speed, but it is pretty good for running after ankles!    You can go to the book source of this info  –  here .

Animals in Movies

Strongheart

Strongheart

Strongheart

An Excerpt from the LA Times newspaper follows – — Los Angeles Times Aug. 2, 1925 and June 25, 1929

Strongheart, born 1917 in Wroclaw, Poland, died June 24, 1929 in Hollywood, was a veteran canine actor, trained in the kennels of the Berlin police department. He had a gallant record of service in the German Red Cross in World War I.

Strongheart’s first picture, “The Silent Call,” met with sensational success. Among his subsequent starring movies were “Brawn of the North,” “The Love Master,” “White Fang” and “North Star.”

The veteran canine actor, especially beloved of children the world over, was the first animal to obtain stardom on the screen. His sensational success was the signal for a mad rush to Hollywood by the masters of his canine brethren.

The name Strongheart was decided upon by the publicity department of the motion-picture studio where the dog first worked. His original name, Etzel Von Oeringen was too long and complicated.

Strongheart has been so well trained in police methods that he can tear the clothing of a person to shreds, knock him about in a terrifying manner, and (for screen purposes) kill him deader than a door nail without leaving a scratch to tell the story.
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Talk to the Animals

Animal Telepathic Communication

Animal communication is achieved largely through telepathy. In March 2009, I participated in a two-day Workshop run by Trisha McCagh at the Perth Zoo. Basically, Trisha told us about techniques to connect with and talk to any sort of animal, and we practiced with telepathy amongst humans and animals. To talk to animals, one has to be “in the zone” and have a belief in one’s own telepathic ability or intuition. To get in the zone, one must have a still mind and be connected to universal knowledge and to the animals through the Heart centre (i.e. through a feeling of love). There are actually different levels of communication, i.e. you can communicate with animals at the personality or ego level, soul level, spiritual level or universal level.

I have to say the exercises were difficult for some of us, including me, as I am pretty much usually “left brain” or rationally oriented, but I am now doing some re-wiring (hopefully). Trisha is an amazing and very spiritual person, and if you attend one of her workshops, I am sure you will be amazed at the stories of animal communication she has. It is truly wonderful to me to know that there really are fully fledged animal communicators “out there” who respect and try to get along with literally ALL animals.

Anyhow, getting back to me practicing at the workshop, I was able to talk successfully and remotely to a beautiful white cat called Samantha, just by looking at a photo of her and tuning into her. We had to ask other people’s animal friends a few questions, like “where do you like sleeping?” and “what do you like to eat” and a question which the animal’s person (or the “owned”, also known as the owner, though I never like to call people who have animal companions “owner” nor call the animals “pets”) wanted to ask. So, for Samantha’s person, I asked Samantha, “what do you think of Jack?” while knowing that Jack was a dog. I was in the zone and I sort of heard my own voice say quite loudly and suddenly FILTHY. At this I was very surprised and said to Samantha’s person, “er … um …. Samantha thinks Jack is dirty and Jack makes her feel uncomfortable”.

Now, what I did was to censor what came to me, which is a no-no, but beginners do it because they don’t believe in themselves. After a bit of fluffing around the edges, and after Samantha’s person told me that Jack was a big dog whom was often smelly and dirty, I then solemnly told him the truth, that Samantha had actually answered FILTHY when I asked her the question. Her human companion was impressed and said it was correct from Samantha’s view-point. Since then, I have had three other verifiable successes in communication, including with my cat friend, Shandy.

Below I have listed two books on Animal Communication which I recommend for you to read if you are interested in reading about the subject. I have just finished reading the first book, the one by Marta Williams, and it has helped me a lot. I will share with you some information from the Workshop and Marta’s book, after the books listing.

Learning their Language – Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature
by Marta Williams.
Publisher: New World Library 2003
ISBN: 1-57731-243-0

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
by Amelia Kinkade
Publisher: New World Library 2005
ISBN: 9781577315063

In a nut-shell, here are the steps for Animal Communication.

1. Be in a relaxed state of present awareness – have a still mind, be happy and calm, and focused on the present.

2. Be grounded and positive – you must have self-belief and be positive about everything.

3. Open to your intuition by imagining a light from your Crown chakra (top of your head) streaming out and merging with the Universal light OR say to yourself “I am open to my intuition” and feel the connection to your Higher Self and to Universal Knowledge

4. Connect to the animal through your heart by feeling love in your heart (perhaps in the form of a beautiful flower or something) and send love to the animal (perhaps imagining it being sent on a ribbon or something connecting the two of you)

5. Talk to the animal and record what you receive, OR ask universal knowledge for the information.

Some related websites you might be interested in are listed below.

Animal Health Store
http://www.animalhealthstore.com.au/catalog/Animal_Communication-57-1.html

Good company in Australia from whom you may be able to order Marta and Amelia’s books from.

Trisha McCagh
http://www.animaltalk.com.au/

Pamela Smith
http://www.animaltalk.net/

Marta Williams
http://www.martawilliams.com/

Amelia Kinkade
http://www.ameliakinkade.com/

Talk2theAnimals – by Janet Roper

http://www.talk2theanimals.net/

Since my new venture, I have been communicating 100% better with my own very special cat friend Shandy, which is absolutely wonderful for both of us!

Namaste

Celine

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