My Greek kitty crew

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We owe this species an apology...

A Christmas many years ago I received the book "The Man Who Listens To Horses" by Monty Roberts. It'd been on my wish-list so I couldn't wait to read it. You know it's going to be a good book if the writer has managed to get your attention in the first chapter... Monty Roberts had me at the dedication. The very first lines in the book even before the prolouge. Here's the words:

"I could think of no other choice than to dedicate this book to EQUUS: THE FLIGHT OF ANIMAL. It is my opinion that we owe this species an apology for causing it to endure our lack of understanding for thousands of years. Equus has been my teacher, my friend, my provider."

The book is a wonderfully moving account of how he taught himself to 'talk' with horses and thereby learnt how to make a horse freely 'join up' instead of subjecting it into join up by force. I believe the pure beauty of his accomplishment lies in the fact of all the hours, days, weeks and months just sitting in a field observing horses. Imagine being able to eliminate all other noise and focus on something so completely. That kind of undivided attention is bound to deliver up some profound wisdoms.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Who's the intelligent one??

Mini aussie - known to be highly intelligent.

“We should give all animals the benefit of the doubt that they are fully sentient, even if our senses are too dull to appreciate fully their intelligence.

Quote by Holly Cheever

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Having worked in a "no kill" cat shelter this little video just made my day. Humans at their best, yay!!! 
Remember to turn the sound on!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Getting the right perspective

I've often thought that I would love to tumble around with a baby tiger or stick my nose deep into the belly fur of an adult tiger (as the above top picture). But one day watching a program about the well-known tiger sanctuary in Thailand (the one with the Buddhist monks as seen on Animal Planet) it struck me that even though the tigers are well looked after (and much loved) - which life would the tiger choose if it had the choice? 

It was a thought that really put something fundamental into perspective, because I thought that as long as I have the wish to play with a tiger I nurture the idea of tigers in some kind of human captivity. And it struck me how much more I wished for the tiger to have its freedom and a life in its habitat. It's a very sad thought that most of these beautiful creatures end up being hand reared by humans because humans destruct their natural habitat.

"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them.  But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more."  

Quote by Edwin Way Teale

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Whatever happened to developing personal values?

In recent years I've read several seriously disturbing articles about young children and teenagers torturing animals in an unspeakable manner. When you read an article like this the question must naturally arise: What is happening in the world for young children to turn into evil doers beyond comprehension???

Attending a seminar some years back I heard something which I believe has part of the answer to this question. The lecturer explained that when children excessively plays computer games it introduces the brain to the idea that "killing" has no consequence.

Recently I found an article by Dr. Joe Dispenza (featured in the "What the Bleep" movie) which gives further brilliant explanation to the serious side effects of children playing computer games. Here's an extract:

"It has been observed that the long-term use of video games alters the way the normal brain functions. When a child plays a computer game, each time they blow something or someone to bits, shoot down or destroy a plane, ship, UFO or any vehicle, break through a wall or barrier in order to move to the next level, or beat a character to severe injury, the brain responds chemically. In fact, it is proven that the pleasure center begins to release high amounts of dopamine, the brain’s natural pleasure chemical.

The bottom line is that dopamine makes us feel good, especially when we’re winning at such a high pace. In addition, when accomplishment is coupled with excitement, the brain produces the adrenalines norepinephrine and epinephrine in order to wake itself up with a boost of heightened awareness. This chemical cocktail is the perfect mix for problems in normal brain function.

To reiterate, this type of computer game stimulation is not so bad for a short run, but begins to cause problems in the long term. As the brain’s reward center is repeatedly activated and the strong chemicals are released during the gaming, pleasure zones become overstimulated. As a result, the reward system becomes desensitized and then recalibrates itself to a higher threshold. In other words, it will need more of a chemical rush to produce the same feelings. A side-effect of this mechanism is addiction … and when it is tied to attention and learning, serious effects manifest.

As the brain’s physiology responds to a mind exposed to these abnormal virtual activities (no child blows up people or things in real life), the brain is fooled into thinking it is almost real. Additionally, the continuous release of chemicals on the nerve cells’ receptor sites (the cells’ docking points for chemical information) finally causes the receptors to become desensitized to the same level of the chemical rush. Therefore, the next time a youth engages in the game, it’s a guarantee they will need more of a thrill to excite their brain. It’s like living with a spouse who always yells at you — eventually they need to yell a little louder to get your attention, because over time that intense stimulation is considered normal."

And the article finishes with these words...

"How do we make necessary changes in the best interest of the young developing mind? It is the parent’s job to think this complexity through to its end. If we propagate the use of technology without an emphasis on developing personal values, providing an environment for skillful learning, practicing reverence for all cultures and beliefs, performing daily rituals, participating in family and social activities, exposing our kids to nature, motivating them to exercise, debating philosophy or providing an environment for interpersonal evolution, we can surely predict how well — or how poorly — future generations will thrive on a planet with so much opportunity."

For full article go to Dr. Joe Dispenza and click on article: "Kidnapped by Technology".

Monday, June 8, 2009

What is meant to be the produce of humans??

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.  He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits.  Yet he is lord of all the animals."  

Quote by George Orwell

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Those with whom you share your space

I believe this Greek little sweetheart didn't mind me taking this photo as I wanted it to serve the purpose of expressing the following sentiment. 

We all know the pleasure of sleeping in a soft bed or having a slumber in a favorite chair and why should we rob an animal of that same pleasure? They, just as us, enjoy a good and undisturbed sleep, and they too are entitled to a peaceful rest. Therefore you might like to think twice before pushing a sleeping animal out of a chair or a bed, simply because you deliberately choose to give them some space to also live their lives.