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Finding Gobi

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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

Hounds can’t read Laws – Fox Hunting

Hounds are basically killing machines, so the huntsman doesn’t have to say ‘go and kill that fox’. They find the fox by scent, and they kill it, and they’re not breaking the law because they haven’t been told to.

How ridiculous is this?  How illogical and sad too, it’s like saying “Guns kill people, not the person pulling the trigger”.   Fox hunting has been a British rural tradition for five centuries—but for the last 12 years, the huntsman’s adversary hasn’t been a furry fox, but a fuzzy law.

Foxhunts kill foxes in one of two ways: by being chased until they went to ground, after which they were dug out with terriers. This was particularly cruel; the underground battles between terrier and fox could be protracted, with extreme digs lasting many hours or days, and severe injuries were often inflicted on both animals. The rest of the foxes were caught above ground by the hounds. There is a myth that, once caught, the hounds killed the fox by a quick nip to the back of the neck: this is not true. Dogs kill larger prey by repeatedly biting it until the animal is disembowelled or dies from its injuries. A pack of dogs normally tears smaller prey apart. Being torn apart by a pack of hounds was probably fairly quick, although if the fox was caught by just one or two hounds death was generally slower. Also, since the fox is often chased to the point of exhaustion, there is cruelty in the chase itself, particularly as the fox started to tire.

http://www.thefoxwebsite.net/foxhunting/hunthistory#q5

Fox hunting has been occurring in different guises worldwide for hundreds of years. Indeed the practice of using dogs with a keen sense of smell to track prey has been traced back to ancient Egypt and many Greek and Roman influenced countries. However it is believed that the custom for a fox to be tracked, chased and often killed by trained hunting hounds (generally those with the keenest sense of smell known as ‘scent hounds’) and followed by the Master of the Foxhounds and his team on foot and horseback, originated from a Norfolk farmer’s attempt to catch a fox using farm dogs in 1534.

Whilst foxes were widely regarded as vermin and farmers and other landowners had hunted the animals for many years as a form of pest control (both to curb their attacks on farm animals and for their highly prized fur) it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that fox hunting developed into it’s most modern incarnation and was considered a sport in its own right as a result of the decline in the UK’s deer population.

These days however, foxhunting in the UK is much better known for the controversial views of those who champion the sport and those that oppose it.  The Hunting Act 2004, passed in November 2004, saw the outlawing of any hunting with dogs in England and Wales from 18 February 2005 (the Scottish Parliament had already banned foxhunting in Scotland in 2002 and in Northern Ireland the sport is still legal).

But while the act banned fox hunting, it continues to permit trail hunting which is an adapted version of the sport.  It involves the use of an artificially laid scent, usually fox, hare or rabbit based, to provide hounds with a path to follow.  In theory it avoids the suffering and killing of foxes, but campaigners argue that the trail hunts often end with the dogs coming across foxes – participants say by accident – and that animals are still being killed.

Also, exemptions are complex and numerous. It allows the use of two dogs to flush out mammals for the protection of livestock, game birds, wild birds, timber, property, and biodiversity, or for meat.

Today 28 May 2017 around 150 foot followers joined more than 70 mounted riders at the Swangrove Estate near Badminton, South Gloucestershire, for the first gathering of the Beaufort Hunt, an event which sometimes includes Prince Charles and Prince William.  Up to 30 of Britain’s 300 hunts have been granted licences, and hunts were also resuming today in counties including north Wales and Northamptonshire, according to the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign

The joint master of the Beaufort Hunt, Ian Farquhar has said banning hunting has caused hardship because the industry supporting the hunt (like manufacture of hunting boots) has been brought to a stand-still.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-90246/Fox-hunting-resumes-ban.html#ixzz4iLiv5kz6

Foxes may be pests in some places but can be culled humanely, not by being torn apart.  How would you like to be a Fox terrified for its life and torn from limb to limb????

Fox hunting is a hot election issue in the United Kingdom, with the incumbent Conservative Party—widely expected to hold on to power—promising a vote in Parliament that could overturn the current ban.  There have been 431 convictions under the 2004 Hunting Act. The vast majority of convictions have been against individuals, say hunt supporters, noting that by 2015 only nine members of traditional organized hunts had been convicted.

Theresa May wants to bring back Fox-hunting with dogs. 

NOTE:  this post is obviously about FOXES so there’s no need for cantankerous people reading this to Comment and say “What about the bunny rabbits?” or “There are quite enough Foxes around, so who will miss a few.”  What if you were reincarnated as a Fox and chased and torn apart by dogs?  If you’ve got a brain you will know this Post is about deliberately killing a FOX in a horrific fashion.

GO IN THE POLL TO HAVE YOU SAY

Other References

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/countryside/11418998/Ten-years-on-from-the-hunting-ban-has-anything-really-changed.html

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/fox-hunting-in-britain/

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/15303131.Hunting_campaigners_take_their_fight_to_Swindon__39_s_National_Trust_HQ/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2252079-britains-fox-law-jumps-into-election-campaign-2/

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Collective Hearts save abandoned Pup

Jakk puppy

A deformed puppy was abandoned in a Skip or a Dumpster in Western Australia recently, out the back of a “Hungry Jacks” restaurant.  Luckily for this little fellow, whom has been named Jakk, an employee heard his cries and took it upon herself to look in the bin, where she rescued this cute pup.

Jakk may have “swimmers syndrome” – one of his front legs is crooked and the other has a paw with only a few toes.  WA Pet Project took him on, and Jakk’s temporary carer Edith has said she has no hard feelings against whoever dumped him, who MAY be backyard breeders.  For a lovely photo of Jakk and more on this story, click on the Link below.

https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Dumpster-puppy-Jakk-getting-shot-at-life-thanks-to-WA-Pet-Project/7685166

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Best Dog Birthday Surprise

Beautiful Dog gets 1,000 coloured balls for his Birthday!

Easter Puppies, Chicks & Bunny

Cat saves 4 year old Boy

Who says Cats only care about themselves?  This is a true story that happened on 13th May 2014, when a domesticated short-haired tabby moggy ran to a little boy’s defence, as the boy was attacked by a dog that obviously thought the boy was “prey”.   This amazing brave cat leaps onto the dog and chases it around the car, before running back to check on the boy.  There are many stories I personally know about the higher intelligence and spirituality of Cats, and this is another I can add to my repertoire.

 

Four year old Jeremy had been on his bike, walking it up the family driveway when the next door neighbor’s dog trotted around a parked car and tore into the boy’s leg, dragging him off the bike.

That’s when Tara, the cat, appeared on the scene, leaping on top of the dog, scaring it away. The kitty then went after the dog long enough to make sure it stayed away. The startling scene was captured in a one-minute clip compiled by Jeremy’s dad, Roger Triantafilo.

 

Jeremy’s mother talks about it  HERE

The article at the page below explains that Tara was a stray whom followed the family home one night six years ago.  Looks clearly like one of Tara’s “briefs” or “missions” is to protect her friend Jeremy!

For pictures of Tara and Jeremy & Family, please click HERE

Your Recommended Daily Dose of Puppies

norbert-the-french-bulldog_72187_2013-08-13_w450Norbert the French Bull-dog

One day I’ll get myself a puppy friend.  It might very well be a French Bull-dog because I have fallen in love with this one above.  He is sooooooo cute and cuddly looking.  Click on the link above, to see more photos of the gorgeous Norbert.   So sweeeet.

The Daily Puppy website is a fantabulous resource for your daily dose of pups of all breeds, and follow ups of pups that have become adults.  It reads like a Newspaper, and you can submit photos and articles of your own treasured and adorable Puppies.

I follow it by a Widget on my Peace site.   If you have your own website, you can get the Javascript code to paste in the Widget showing a number of new little puppies each day or so.  Just click on the “Get My Widget” under “Puppy Up Your Blog”, although you will have to pay a little bit for it on an annual basis.

Enjoy!

Vintage Dalmation Dog Brooch

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Here is my beautiful 3-D Dalmation Dog brooch I bought from Elaine’s Antiques & Collectibles   in April 2013.

The eyes and nose are done in shiny black enamel, while most of the goldtone body is covered with pave crystal clear rhinestones.

Black rhinestones represent the spots. All stones are clear and present, and the clasp opens easily and fastens securely.  This piece measures 2 1/8″ tall and 2″ in diameter, at its widest point. This unsigned brooch is in very good condition.   This piece always gets attention whenever I wear it.

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox  couresty of   Dave Collins

Phylum   Chordata

Class      Mammalia

Order      Carnivora

Family     Canidae

Genus     Vulpes

Species   velox

A Kit Fox is either of two small pale gray or buff coloured foxes, Vulpes velox macrotis  or Vulpes velox velox,  found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur.

In the U.S.A. the San Joaquin Kit Fox species, Vulpes velox macrotis, was federally classified as Endangered in 1967, and as Threatened by the state of California in 1971 (USFWS 1998).  It is sometimes referred to as Vulpes macrotis mutica.

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Dog Matters

dog anatomyAnatomy of a Dog

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Skeleton of a Dog

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The 100th Post & a Give Away

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This is the 100th post on “Fascinating Animals”, since I started this site in March 2012 (due to my appreciation of and love for animals).   Thank you to the loyal supporters of Fascinating Animals.

Breeze Speaks

Bosun Dawg

Playamart – Zeebra Designs  ( Z )

Johno – Freshwater Fish Fanatics

Young Nature Lovers

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A Dog is a Child’s Best Friend – Comforting Newtown, Connecticut

Golden Retriever Puppies

Please read this article linked below about how some beautiful Golden Retrievers are helping the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut.   I have said to my sister that sometimes I would much rather live with an orang utan than with human beings.   20 children were killed and the others left scarred for life.   If you want stricter gun control in the U.S.A. please consider signing this online petition   here.

Please click on the link below to read how the dogs & the Lutheran Church Charities are helping.

A Dog is a Child’s Best Friend

Sniffer or Detection Dogs & Police Dogs

United States of America

South Coast K9 Training – Florida, U.S.A. training video

Remember if you get a dog for personal protection or to protect your family, the dog can’t fire a gun, but an armed intruder can.  So, if you have your dog leashed out-doors within firing range, your dog is at risk of being shot and killed by an intruder with a gun, despite the dog’s barking waking you up so you can then get your gun – or run out the other door.

A police dog is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work.  Police dogs are often referred to as “K-9s” (a homophone or play on the word “canine”). The most commonly used breeds are the German Shepherd and the Belgian Malinois.   In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony and a growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with bullet proof vests, police badges and ID collars. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral.   See  here  for police dog equipment and the history of police dogs in the U.S.A.

European dogs are chosen because they have the drive to keep on fighting when injured (but this doesn’t mean all dogs of these breeds would) . It takes a physically and mentally strong dog to do that, and the dogs that are chosen to be trained also have to be very intelligent and intuitive, able to ‘read’ situations, quick at learning and responsive to the handler.   Some police dogs, usually male dogs, get injured or even killed by criminals that carry knives or guns.

Australia

AUTHORITIES have issued a warning to passengers entering Australian airports with gifts over Christmas – we’ll be smelling you.

Thirty-seven sniffer dogs will be on duty at Sydney’s international airport and mail centre as part of a nationwide push to protect Australian borders.

More than 7000 high-risk items have been seized in Sydney over the past year, including sausages and fruit and veg, as well as animal skulls, a taxidermy wild boar and goat hooves.

And with the traditional Christmas spike in incoming packages, border authorities are on high alert, Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says.

“At Christmas time we know there’s about a seven per cent increase in passenger movements and mail, so we make sure there are staff available to meet that demand,” Senator Ludwig told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

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Heart-kun – Puppy with a Heart

Born on May 18, 2007, this cute long coated male Chihuahua bears a perfect heart shape on his coat.  His owner and breeder, Emiko Sakurada of Odate in the Japanese prefecture of Akita, aptly named him Heart-kun.  Sakurada, who says she’s bred more than 1,000 Chihuahua puppies, said she’d never seen one with markings like Heart-kun.

Heart-kun’s mother gave birth to a new litter of puppies in August 2009, and one of the four tiny pups shares the unique heart-shaped coat marking.  Sakurada has named the new puppy Love-kun, and, although she generally sells the puppies she breeds, she has no intention of parting with Heart-kun or Love-kun.

In that same year, 2009, Heart-kun became a father, and sired a pup with a heart-shaped marking.  The pup has been called Kokoro-chan.

Photos by GETTY IMAGES & REUTERS – Issei Kato, JAPAN.

 

 


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Cheetah and Dog Friend Celebrate Anniversary together

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Dogs and cats are usually considered as enemies.
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Munro – Staffordshire puppy learns to walk

Bondi Vet – Series 4 – Episode 16

A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy has a disorder, Swimmer’s Syndrome, so the Bondi Junction Vet, Dr Chris Brown, gets creative and makes a customised jacket for her to help her breathe, and she has Aquarobics in her owner’s pool to strengthen her legs.  After 3 weeks, she is better, thanks to Bondi Vet (New South Wales, Australia).  She learns to walk for the first time.   What a sweeeeet puppy.  When I saw her , my heart just melted.   I am so glad Munro’s owner got help for her!!   I love Munro, she is beautiful in temperament, spirit and appearance.  You have to watch the whole video to look at the whole of Munro’s story, or at least fast forward past the “cat and the snake” story to Munro’s therapy.  

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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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Animals connecting to Celine

Baby Woylie

Baby Woylie

Background to this following Article:

The following is a nice anecdote that my sister, Therese, wrote about my affinity with animals.

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I hereby attest that the animals of this world have an affinity with my sister, Celine, as the following descriptions show.  I am recording the experiences that show a definite connection between creatures and Celine.  The animals respect Celine, treating her as a kindred spirit!

1.    Small dog puts both paws on Celine’s knees, ignores all other people.

At a family get together, Celine and I were standing apart from the others.  Celine was standing a fair way away from me.  A small dog was wandering around.  The dog and Celine espied each other and Celine indicated to the dog a little bit.  Without much ado, the dog went straight up to Celine and, without Celine’s bidding, put its paws squarely on Celine’s knee and looked up at Celine.  Whereupon, Celine patted the small dog and said some encouraging words.

Later on, the dog was seen by me wandering around.  I didn’t see it approach anyone else.  Although I looked at it and tried to communicate non-verbally to it to come to me, it completely ignored me.  The small dog only liked Celine, so it seemed!  It found a friend in Celine because it immediately went up to Celine and with no hesitation whatsoever put it’s paws trustingly on Celine’s knee.

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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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