My Greek kitty crew

Friday, May 29, 2009

Spirit with virtues


All Nature is so filled with wisdom one only has to look to the natural world to be guided. As the American Indian intuitively knew - all life contains a Spirit with virtues we may learn from.”

Quote from Nan Sea Love

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Life is dear


“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Well done Rex!!

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By all accounts the baby kangaroo should have not survived the road accident that claimed its mother... but then along came Rex the wonder dog.


The pointer discovered the baby roo, known as a joey, alive in the mother's pouch and took it back to his owner.

"I was so surprised and delighted," said Leonie Allan. "Rex saved the day."

The four-month-old joey's mother was killed by a car near Ms Allan's home in Torquay, Victoria, Australia.

"I'd taken Rex for a walk and we'd gone past the dead kangaroo that morning, and later I was working out the front and he started pointing," Ms Allan said.

"I was worried he'd found a snake and called him back, but when he returned he dropped the joey at my feet.

"He obviously sensed the baby roo was still alive in the pouch and somehow had gently grabbed it by the neck, gently retrieved it and brought it to me."

Amazingly, the 10-year-old dog - a cross between a German shorthaired and wirehaired pointer - had been so tender with the joey that it was both calm and unmarked.

"The joey was snuggling up to him, jumping up to him and Rex was sniffing and licking him - it was quite cute," Ms Allan said.

The joey, to be named Rex Jr after his saviour, is now being cared for at Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary and when he is 18 months old will be released back into the wild.

Director Tehree Gordon said she was amazed by the trusting bond between the two animals.

"We often have humans that come in after accidentally hurting joeys when they wriggle and fall from their hands," she said.

"That Rex was so careful and knew to bring the baby to his owners, and that the joey was so relaxed and didn't see Rex as a predator, is quite remarkable."

She added: "It's a lesson that dogs can be raised to be familiar and compatible with wildlife, you just have to teach them right from wrong.

"It's a credit to the owners, who have taught him to be tolerant of the kangaroos, echidnas and other animals that regularly come through their property."

Owner Leonie said Rex is not always the perfect hero: "He's no angel, just an ordinary family dog with a bit of a naughty streak and a very gentle, passive, lovable temperament."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Kissing a dolphin on the nose


I would love swimming with a dolphin and I would simply adore kissing it on the nose. I think they just have the most darling faces. I know though that for that to happen it would mean supporting dolphins in confinement - robbing them their freedom. Therefore I shall happily live without it and just live on in the hope that some day I meet a dolphin when swimming in the sea :-)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Good 'ol Stevo

Yes, there probably are as many views about him as there are humans. A general view is that he was just a showman. I once asked a first-aid teacher at a zookeeper school about Steve Irwin (about the circumstances under which he died) and she cynically replied; "Well that was to be expected". I've often made reference to Steve Irwin when I've spoken about animals with people and I've often gotten a kind of overbearing look or comment. It always surprised me because even though I'm aware that yes, he did have a showman side to him, most importantly he did have a deep, sincere and dare I say profound love and care for animals. If you ever saw him with a seriously injured animal I believe that's where you would see his true core. His distress about the animal in distress was palpable and his facial expression said it all. And as mentioned in an earlier blog... you can't fake real feelings.

Anyway, the meassure of Steve Irwin was felt when he passed away. There was a real sense of chock and genuine loss around the whole world. I think he left behind a marvellous legacy full of respect, love, honour, passion and compassion for animals.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The regard of life

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives."

Quote by Albert Schweitzer

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Up against a mountain of flip flops


Yesterday I came across an article about two brilliant women entrepreneurs in Kenya. They've turned a massive environmental problem into an inspiring and thriving business called UniquEco Designs.

The beaches of Kenya are monthly littered with old flip-flops that is washed up by the tide. I've heard about plastic and rubbish in the seas being a problem - but flip-flops?!! Not just that, but during the four years the company has existed they've collected in the range of 80 tonnes of flip-flops.

The project started with the women of Kirayu, a small island on the northern Kenyan coastline. Three villages contributed to the clean up and more and more groups are now helping collect flip flops, including young men of Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum. 

The flip-flops are recycled and turned into jewelry, sculptures and other pieces of art. Women in remote areas have few sources of income and the flip flops created an opportunity to add to their wealth. The project has now transformed the roles and influence of the women in their communities.

One other VITALLY important aspect of the clean up of all the flip flops... The marine animals were affected by the flip flops. Turtle hatchlings couldn't get to sea through all the rubbish and plankton feeders like whales would swallow the floating rubber and suffocate. But the beaches are now being cleaned up of the mounting rubbish, allowing wildlife to continue its progress.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

That sweetness of life in the animal...


"Where the love of God is verily perfected and the true spirit of government watchfully attended to, a tenderness toward all creatures made subject to us will be experienced, and a care felt in us that we do not lessen that sweetness of life in the animal creation which the great Creator intends for them."

Quote by John Woolman,
Quaker preacher and abolitionist who attacked slavery and cruelty to animals
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wonderful...

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"EVERY ANIMAL THAT WALKS THE EARTH, OR SWIMS, OR FLIES IS PRECIOUS BEYOND DESCRIPTION, SOMETHING  SO RARE AND WONDERFUL THAT IT EQUALS THE STARS OR THE OCEAN OR THE MIND OF MAN".

Quote by James Michener

Monday, May 18, 2009

A common tongue

"Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them, and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue."

Chief Luther Standing Bear

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mohicans, step aside lads!!



“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”

Quote by Charles A. Lindbergh

The soul...


"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

Quote by Hippocrates 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What are they saying??


"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." 

Martin Buber

Without warp?


No, they're actually not computer coloured.

In an interview the 'author' of this photo first of all talks about having been worried about applying the coloration but then goes on to say that the 'cats were so vain' that they loved it. He then describes how the colour was mixed 'to get the right ice-cream pastel colour'.

This case in point might be the mild end of the bar but when it comes to human warp with animals it starts with letting one minor thing slip by - but doesn't the question then arise: Where do you draw the line? And whose line is it? Yours? The animal? A greater intelligence?

At the other end of this bar you have chained bears dancing to 'entertain' tourists who are willing to pay. The list of these kinds of atrocities is endless but what they all have in common is that they're all the result of human warp.

We are all 'the authors of our own book' and therefore responsible for what is written into it.

What will you allow to be written in yours??

I've never been able to understand why it is necessary for humans to interfere with animals. You can't perfect something that is already perfect.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Magnificent

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"And God took a handful of southernly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse."

Bedouin Legend

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Moral trust

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"I am to ask your Lordships, in the name of that God who gave to man his dominion over the lower world, to acknowledge and recognise that dominion to be a moral trust."

Quote by Lord Thomas Erskine 


Fit for life?

Photo © 2009 by Dale Keiger

“Put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.”

Slightly provocative statement by Harvey Diamond co-author of health & diet book "Fit for Life".

I believe we probably come from two distinctly different directions in the consideration of this statement but I found that it made me wonder WHAT ON EARTH it is that causes humans ever to loose this gentle and tender intimacy with animals that we all naturally seem to possess as children.

The question leads me to this quote by St. John Chrysostom:

"Surely we ought to show animals great kindness and gentleness for many reasons, but, above all, because they are of the same origin as ourselves."
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Great Spirit

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"We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and the four-legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as the Spirit intends".

Quote by Black Elk

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Adored by animals

“If man was what he ought to be he would be adored by the animals”

Quote by Frederick Amiel
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Faithful friends

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Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together.

Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses.

One evening, Brownie's family noticed that Brownie hadn't returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didn't show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still missing.

Curiously, Spotty showed up at Brownie's house alone, barking, whining, and generally pestering Brownie's human family. Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous, little neighbor dog.

Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take "no" for an answer. Ted, Brownie's owner, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog. Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently, then darting back and forth to a nearby empty lot, as if to say, "Follow me! It's urgent!"

Eventually, Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot, as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a desolate spot a half mile from the house.

There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive -- one of his hind legs crushed in a steel leg hold trap. Horrified, Ted wished he'd taken Spotty's earlier appeals seriously.

Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable...

Spotty had done more than simply lead Brownie's human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps, which were identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week!

Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort! Spotty had stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to keep him warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.

Brownie's leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered.

For many years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses.


Real life story rom the book "Random acts of kindness by animals".

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Original gentle nature

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There's this thing which I've been wondering about for a long time: Why do animals kill other animals?? Then recently this thought occured in me that maybe way back in the history of evolution animals picked up this behaviour from humans? Just a thought... But then today I came across this 1850 year old quote by Theophilus, which also seemed to suggest exactly this kind of thought!! Here it is:


"When man diverted from the path of goodness the animals followed him... If man now would rise to his original nature and would not do evil any longer, then the animals too would return to their original gentle nature."

Interesting! What do you think?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The window of the mystic

Tarsier - worlds smallest monkey

If you've read all the quotes that I've posted on this blog you'll find that they all have a common thread. Whether philosopher, thinker, spiritual leader, president, first lady, writer, ethologist, gentleman or lady... they all have or had an inspirational humanity and strong sense of kindness and empathy towards animals. They have all inspired other humans... and may I say with good reason. All these so-called wise people have all been connected to something deeper or higher which have been the motivating factor in all they did/do. Personally I believe these people inspire a very great deal about what it means to be located in core human fundamentals.

What as a human motivates and moves your life?

Here's some words from primatologist Jane Goodall:
"Thinking back over my life, it seems to me that there are different ways of looking out and trying to understand the world around us. There's a very clear scientific window. And it does enable us to understand an awful lot about what's out there. There's another window, it's the window through which the wise men, the holy men, the masters, of the different and great religions look as they try to understand the meaning in the world. My own preference is the window of the mystic".

Man's religion

"I care not much for a man's religion 
whose dog and cat are not the better for it"

Quote by Abraham Lincoln

Friday, May 8, 2009

To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions...

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Thought you might like to know that this little mouse actually is in safe hands!

"It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures."

Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stranger than fiction... seriously!

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With it's remarkable colours and rather impressive courting behaviour the Blue Bird of Paradise IS almost stranger than fiction. If you've never seen the male courting the female then follow this link!

Can't help but wonder what brilliant intelligence put this bird together!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cheers!

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.The unique drinking behaviour of pigeons

Did you know... most birds take a sip of water and throw back their heads to let the water trickle down their throats. But pigeons suck up water, using their beaks like straws.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Health and peace? Joy and love?


Illegal poaching are threatening to wipe out the few remaining Sumatran tigers

"For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."

Quote by Pythagoras

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The satisfaction of being needed


www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org


"Having the courage to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves gives you the satisfaction of being needed".

Quote by Daphne Sheldrick

"The eyes are the windows to the soul"

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Quote by William Shakespeare


Saturday, May 2, 2009

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures

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"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."

Quote Mark Twain

Friday, May 1, 2009

Embrace all living creatures

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“Our task must be to free ourselves... widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

Quote by Albert Einstein