Friday, May 29, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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
Saturday, May 23, 2009
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
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Quaker preacher and abolitionist who attacked slavery and cruelty to animals
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Chief Luther Standing Bear
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
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:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Quote by Black Elk
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
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.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
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:
Interesting! What do you think?
Saturday, May 9, 2009
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.
Friday, May 8, 2009
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Quote by Pythagoras