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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

The importance of body language

I’ve posted about body language before. It’s something I believe everyone should have some understanding of, especially those who share their lives with dogs. Understanding body language can prevent bites and maulings, it would seem like common sense to have at least a basic grasp of calming signals.

Unfortunately most people aren’t even aware that dogs communicate with us so much. I recently viewed a youtube video depicting a great dane with a small child climbing on his back. The dog was clearly not enjoying the experience, but the parents recording the event were encouraging the child. There were two instances within the 2 minute video where the dog froze. These people were oblivious to the danger they were putting their child and the dog in.

The video can be seen here; Danger dane

Just because a dog is tolerant or below threshold doesn’t mean you should continue to push the dog, doing so is asking for trouble.

Realities

Thunderbolt and Dasy

Just an update on the eggs. They were due to hatch on Sunday, the chicken pipped on monday and hatched early tuesday morning. One quail chick bled out in the egg(suspected torn blood vessel) and passed away, one quail hatched and seems okay. the rest died on or shortly after the 15th day of incubation.

The chicken ended up not making it, it’s not unheard of for seemingly healthy chicks to suddenly go down hill. It’s possible something internally didn’t form correctly. So one chick has survived so far, here’s to hoping it does okay.

I’ve been dumped

A cat called Tuna

 

I’ll never understand people who get pets but have no intention to keep it. Whats the point. The past two weeks we’ve had a stray cat wandering around our property, this isn’t uncommon and we make every attempt to catch these strays and find them good caring homes. As you may remember a few months ago we had some kittens we found under a garage on a foreclosed property. Those kittens have since found homes and I get regular updates on two of them(who should I add live with a great pyr/lab mix).

Today we finally caught the stray thats been hanging around. She’s a starving bag of bones, but very friendly. If she didn’t have a winter coat on you’d more than likely see every bone in her body. She’s apparently young and more than likely intact. She was so hungry she chewed the tin can of cat food in the live trap.

It’s disgusting, she’s a friendly cat and appears as though someone dumped her in the woods, she sure as heck doesn’t have someone who gives a (fill in the blank) about her, if she did she’d have some meat on her bones. This little kitty lucked out and landed in the right trap however. She may be staying to live as quail house rodent control. Or at least going to the humane society to find someone who wont ditch her. In the mean time she’ll have food, warmth and a soft bed.

Okay rant over.

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