Its A Dogs Life

Harry
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Its a dogs life, or, Being Harry

Humans say it’s a dog’s life, meaning that it would be great to be a dog. Well, let me tell you how it really is.

My name is Harry, and my Humans love me. I am sure of that. But sometimes I really do wonder.

For example, I get my breakfast every morning when the first Human gets up. But that is at different times every day. And to make matters worse, one of my Humans will give me my dinner at 4 pm.  So some days I go for 8 hours between meals, and others it’s up to 16 hours.

So a couple of weeks back my humans picked up my lead and my friend Toby’s too. We both thought, yay! we are going for a walk. But no. Instead, they put us both into a big metal kennel on wheels and took us to a place we had never seen before. The Human there seemed quite friendly and my Humans just handed our leads to him and went away in the metal kennel!

The new Human put us in cages and fed us regularly. They let us out in a big yard to play with lots of other dogs every day. But, to be honest, it was really quite boring.

About two Human weeks later, our Humans came back and the nice female Human we had met brought us out of our cages and they put us both in a harness.

Well, I remembered that the last time I was in that harness, I was brought here. I looked around and quickly got very excited.  I could see for miles around. I spotted a pond with ducks in it and thought that it would be fun to chase them. So wriggling and wriggling, I managed to get out of the harness and went straight for those ducks.

My male human and the new female Human ran after me calling my name. Wow! This was fun. Even the Humans had joined in the game.

When I reached the pond all the ducks flew away. Seems they don’t like playing. It did not matter though. The Humans were still playing!

The side of the pond had a steep slope to it and we were all having a high old time with the Humans trying to catch me, and me being so quick, I dodged them easily. They were getting better at the game and started to corner me so I went down to the edge of the pond intending to swim across to the little island in the middle. But the water was a weird green colour, and it smelt very odd, so I decided I had had enough of the game for now and went over to my Human and pretended to let him catch me.

We went back to the metal kennel and my humans took me and Toby back to their big stone kennel where they gave Toby and I some food.

It looks like it is back to the old routine. Some things never change.

It’s a dog’s life.

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Howl Like A Wolf

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It Is Time To Howl Like A Wolf

The wolf has been with us every day since the Pleistocene period, as far back as 125,000 years, in the form of the domesticated dog.

In the US, wolves were mercilessly hunted and totally eradicated by the 1920’s. Across the border in Canada, they lived on.

Fast forward to 1995 and our understanding of ecosystems had increased showing us that the wolf was necessary as a part of the chain of life in Yellowstone National Park. This led to 70 wolves being captured in Canada and relocated to Yellowstone. This was an effort to reverse the degradation of the fauna due to excessive grazing by animals whose predator had been removed.

There is also a landowner in Scotland who, in March this year, asked for permission to re-introduce the wolf to his land as a way of controlling the deer population.

But why howl like a wolf?

Howl At The Moon Day was started to make people aware of the importance of wolves in the wild.

It is also a great excuse to go camping and have a few beers before going outside the tent and howling at the moon. People will think you are acting like idiots, but it is really  just some harmless fun to had, especially with the approach of Halloween

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Dogs Sold For Meat

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Dogs Sold For Meat

We would all like to think that animal cruelty rarely occurs, but there are dogs sold for meat even today.

These poor animals are kept in filthy cages with no chance of ever seeing a human as a person of trust.

korean dog meat trade

The dogs are brought out from the cage and killed by non-humane methods such as slitting their throats. This is done in full view of the dogs still in the cages.

Can you imagine what this might feel like? They live in a constant state of total despair.

And no, I am not talking about a third world country here. This is going on in South Korea on a daily basis.

The South Korean government is aware of this, yet does nothing to stop it apart from reportedly saying that they do not support it.

How can you help?

You can sign the petition at Stop Dog Meat.

You can visit Ending the Dog Meat Trade and make a donation.

You can write to your MP and ask for your Government to put pressure on the South Korean Government to put a stop to the dog meat trade.

Please note that not all South Koreans do this. It continues to happen due to a minority group of people.

Below are two videos. Both are very confronting.

The first shows a huge protest held in South Korea earlier this year.

The second shows what it is like for animals in a dog meat farm. Be warned before you scroll down, it is not pretty.

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Today Is Mans Best Friend Day

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Mans Best Friend - A Day For Dog Lovers

So we all know that man’s best friend is and always will be a dog. You may well have a best friend that is a human, but he or she is not truly your best friend, More on that later.

A Face Only A Mother Could Love

True for humans possibly, but now when we have a dog. Some of our furry friends are maybe a bit odd looking. The thing is though, we made them look like they do.

Selective breeding to shorten noses for example.

Hamish McKenna

So it is not his fault that he looks like he does.

Nevertheless, he is still loved by many owners.

What Sets Dogs Apart From Humans as Besties?

It is quite simple really.

Your dog will always love you without prejudice. No matter what you feel like. You may have had a crappy day at work and are in a foul mood. Perhaps you are just extra tired and cannot be bothered walking him today.

Your dog will never tell you to snap out of it, grow up, be an adult, or get angry with you for not giving him much attention.

Mans best friend will love you regardless. That is something your best mate can’t guarantee to do

Homeless Animals

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International Homeless Animals Day

There are lots of homeless animals in dog pounds, animal shelters, and rescue operations.

There are hundreds of puppy farms who breed from one dog continuously until the poor animal is nothing but a shell. These people are unscrupulous and the scum of the earth.

Please, please, do not buy from them. Buy your pup from a registered breeder.

If you buy from someone’s backyard, insist on seeing both of the puppies parents. Also, look at the vet check and vaccination records. Call the vet to make sure these are not forged documents. Like I said, these people have no scruples at all.

Better still, get your pet from a rescue group like the RSPCA or Safe.

I have two dogs at home. They are both rescue dogs and are the loveliest pets you could wish for.

And it does not just a dog you can get from rescue organistions. There are cats, rabbits, donkeys, sheep, goats, all sorts really.

The RSPCA link is here.

The Safe Perth link is here.

Apollo 11

Today, in 1969, Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean successfully completing the first manned mission that landed on the Moon.