Some believe that people are at their best when things take a turn for the worse. I don’t think that way.
I do know that animals often put us humans to shame in many aspects, such as loyalty and faithfulness. This video from Japan of a dog protecting another is a great and moving example.
Both dogs are reportedly receiving veterinary care after being rescued.
A nod goes to a friend of the blog who is auctioning a print to benefit relief efforts in Japan, please take time to check out his photo stream here.
UPDATE: the island of Tashirojima appears to be safe for the time being. Its small human and very large feline populations have so far managed to escape major harm but are running low on food…
From wiki: fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.
The mythological sphinx, while not to be confused with the Sphynx, does combine elements of other species. How many of us have observed, while watching a cat “he/she looks like a bat! An Owl… A panther, monkey, rat, wolf, bird….”
I often think of Tito as a wolf with stripes, but as to Mazuzu Whang…
The darker side of living with a Sphynx, when the madness courses through his veins and he chases the invisible…
On a couple occasions now, Mazuzu let out a blood-curling growl long and deep enough to make the rest of us look at each other and ask in hushed tones “did you hear that?!?”
That’s a new and a bit unwelcome addition to his ‘klakk-klakking” Predator sounds.
Okay, so we truly do live in the jungle, Jurassic Park-like…
And he does look at times like those small rodent looking dinosaurs who ate Newman from Seinfeld after he got out of his Jeep.
But he doesn’t venture into the valleys, no, he sticks with the high-ground at night, meaning us.
It wouldn’t be so bad if his balance was better, or his weight distribution more even, but as he walks on top of us, his paws dig into the flesh, and he then stands atop a shoulder like some Swiss dude in a Ricola commercial, except for some pathetic moans as though he were cold. But if you try to pull him down under covers, he might stay a minute licking himself making strange sounds…. Fnar- Fnar-Shog-shoggoth, as though reciting to…. Cthulu?!? Before bolting out for round two. Or five.
Oh, and the reason he chases the invisible? Because if he could catch it he would snarf it in one big snort.
Our friend Flumptytail is a cat lover. She has single handedly taken the “trap, neuter, spay” thing to heart. She has 28 kitties who are ferals and strays. She has spayed and neutered every one of them and feeds them all. Her story makes us feel all warm inside as she is doing something rather than just talking about it.
This video is documentary about Jake Perry, a Texan who gave Crème Puff some of her best years. Creme Puff is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the oldest kitty. This man has rescued scores of kitties and even shows them, when he can. He has had two of the longest lived cats ever. His love of kitties is so very apparent.
Yes Flumptytail, this vid is dedicated to you and all your kitties.
Research continues into the extremes of violence demonstrated by Mazuzu Whang whilst at play.
I have posted before in “Dance Hall Days” about his tendency to not only chase a laser dot on the floor, but to absolutely obliterate it. I’ve also observed his disregard for human comfort or safety when chasing or being chased by Tito, bouncing off us at high speed while we sleep…
I now think we may have an explanation for this Clockwork Orange level of violence.
At 10:21 today, I heard the siren. I normally hear it every Tuesday at noon, but today was different. It was part of the Great California Shake Out. That reminded me that we all need to be prepared for an emergency.
Are you and your pets ready for a disaster? It doesn’t matter if it’s a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood. We all need to be prepared for surviving at home or in the event of an evacuation.
The purpose of Eco-Dog is to protect our natural resources and preserve multiple recreational uses, including off- and on-leash recreation, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They are providing information about where the off leash dog walking areas and trails are in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. According to the site, this access is threatened in the Golden Gate National Recreation area. There is also a lot of information to help you protect the unique ecologies here while still enjoying the beaches, parks and trails with your dog. The resource library is excellent and provides links to various dog groups and has good maps of the dog walking areas.
I would advise any dog owner to visit the site. There is even a section for donations and volunteering.