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Real Food

In my recent quarterly newsltetter, which you can read on my website at  the following link:

http://martawilliams.com/NewsletterV12N3.htm

I have an item in the For Your Information section on Frankenfoods, which are genetically modified foods. Most of the food we eat and almost all processed food is genetically modified. There is  a lot of information available on why these foods are not good for you. I have links to some articles on this in the newsletter.  Frankenfoods have been linked to allergy problem, immune system weakness, sterility (well, that’s probably not so bad…), digestive disorders, and viral and bacterial infections. If you aren’t buying organic foods then you are probably eating Frankenfood.

These foods are just as bad for animals  as they are for people. Most commercial foods are not organic, but even organic dry and canned foods are processed and lacking in the vitalilty that real fresh organic food has. Hence the reason I recommend  to go with real food: fresh, store bought or grown, organic meats, fruits, grains and veggies.

If you need help in making the transition to a real diet, a friend and student of mine, Sarah Wadleigh,  just published an ebook on how to go real with your dog and cat’s  diet. It is a great resource. Pass it along!

The Whole Food Recipe Book 

 

YOUR STORIES

I get a never ending stream of stories from people who read my books, tried the techniques, and had some incredible breakthrough. Here is yet another one about one cute dog, Chopper.

I received your books yesterday and began reading Learning their language yesterday afternoon. We have a rescue rat terrier called Chopper (in our pack of 3). We have had him for 2 years, every night I had to lock his crate door to make certain he did not mark in the house or jump on the desks or eat some inedible object. It was never our intention to crate him for so long – but we felt he could not be trusted, unlike our other dogs.

Chopper

Chopper

He has two beds in the room they sleep in. So last night I just talked to him out loud and explained – that I am unhappy crating him and I want to trust him not to get into trouble at night. That if he felt it was not too stressful for him to be good he could try sleeping out the crate on his raised bed. But if he felt he just could not help himself it would be best he slept in his crate with the door closed. I asked our other 2 dogs to help him and reminded him peeing and pooping is to be done outside on grass. The big deal is our bedroom door is off this room and we leave the door wide open so the air conditioning can flow into their room and I knew it would be hard for Chops to stay out of our room. He is typical terrier and is pretty hard to control – pretends to be deaf and runs off etc without a twitch of his ears when you call him back, very determined. (Quite the shock when my last 4 dogs have been Border collies)  So I leave him to think it over and about half an hour later its bedtime. So I ask him “Well Chops, whats it going to be? Crate or bed?” He sprints to the bed and leaps on it and settles down. Even that he settled down without being confined or cuddled is a big deal.My partner and I were in bed ears peeled to see if he started roaming or heading to our bedroom which of course he *wants* to do. But no, we were thrilled and shocked that in the morning he had not moved off his bed! No mess, no destruction, absolutely amazing! We both made a huge fuss of him and told him how proud of him we are and that he earned more freedom. That he is awesome! wonderful, a great dog  etc etc etc

Today we had a big BBQ party for him to celebrate him becoming trust worthy. I also asked him to stay in the boundaries of our garden without me having to leash him while I played with all 3 dogs. Usually he can’t be trusted and clears off – the only way I can control him is on the leash if I have the other dogs with us or take him in the garden on his own with a clicker and treats (being very food motivated I can keep his attention on me that way.) But not for too long his attention span is pretty small generally. But again today I explained I don’t want to leash him, I want him to enjoy more freedom and to please stay our side of the the boundaries and he DID!! So thanks so much for the awesome books – I will work hard on learning how to receive and I have told him that. I think his purpose this life  may of been to guide me to better animal communication.  But please know you made a huge difference to a little rescue rat terrier  today and his Mommies :) Now he can have a much better quality of life and I feel SO happy that he can be treated more like our other two dogs. I don’t want to just be able to tell them what I want – I truly want to hear what they want and what matters most to them etc. Can’t wait to read the whole book, practice and be able to understand what my dogs need me to know and of course communicate with those I have lost .  A big thank you from me and Chopsie.    Max Taylor

Animal Time

When you are looking for your animal to change an unwanted behavior or adopt a new preferred behavior, realize that animals don’t always work according to our modern, unrelenting time schedule. They do things on animal time, more organically, more in tune with the environment, because that’s their natural state. Even though domesticated, our animal companions are not as influenced by culture as we are. Thus the fact that they retain intact the ability to communicate intuitively and we have to learn it over again. We typically demand and expect instant results, but this just isn’t the way things often happen. Of course, things can change quickly, but some things just take time. It took me over a year to realize I wanted to keep my rescue dog Dougal, a Chocolate (lab) (Irish) wolfhound. I spent that year trying to find him a new home, taking him to four obedience classes to temper his high energy, and despairing of ever finding anyone who would want him. Then one day I realized I wouldn’t sell him for a million dollars. He became one of the greatest dogs I ever had. He also mellowed out and was the most polite and gracious dog I ever knew.  Well, except for Bear of course! 

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Miles

Lately I have been blogging about my cat Miles, a Maine Coon who showed up at my door as a 5 month old feral about 8 months ago. I have been working with him on tempering his aggression toward my other cats and he has been doing pretty well. One thing he had not mastered, but wanted dearly to do, was to get the other cats to play with him. They would see him coming and scatter. I talked to him about it and explained what he would have to do to achieve this goal, but had no expectations. Eight months later he finally got it. I saw Miles and my long haired black and white cat, Megan,  lying in the grass batting at each other in a companionable and leisurely way, and then chasing each other around the back garden. Good job Miles!

 

THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS!

 Terri Carver sent in this story about trying out intuitive communication with her sheep and her new herding dog, Gid.

I work stockdogs and have a large herd of sheep.  I was taking a new dog that I have in for training out to about 15 of my sheep on about 5 acres.  Well, not knowing the dog, and he’s an intense Border Collie; my sheep took flight.  The dog and I moved to stop them, but they were still poised for flight.  So, I told them, “Boys just stand still. I promise not to let this new dog hurt any of you.”  The sheep then calmly turned to look at me and waited patiently for me to send Gid around to bring them to me.  I’ve talked to them before, every day as a matter of fact.  But, this little experience really opened my eyes. 

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Gid and Sheep

I continue to talk with my sheep and my dogs.  I am getting the behaviors that keep both the sheep and dogs happy while working.  I believe that the sheep enjoy working with me since it is like taking a walk.  I have certain sheep that always want to participate.  Thank you again for providing the insight in to what is always there.
 

  HORSE VIDEO PROJECT

My Blog designer, Mark Mottershead, who also does the HorseConscious site, is traveling from Germany to visit some of the HorseConscious teachers. He will be videoing Liz Mitten Ryan in BC . Liz has a beautiful ranch in Canada and I wish I had had time to go see her and her horses when I was there last month. Maybe next time Liz. Mark will also be going to visit my favorite horse trainer,  Carolyn Resnick, in Escondido, CA. You can follow his trip at

http://www.horseconscious.com/marks-video-travelogue.html

If you are working with an animal and are stuck and not getting information the way you want, try putting yourself in the animal’s shoes, literally. Imagine you are the animal: in your imagination shape shift to be the animal you are talking to. Then just ask yourself, ok as this horse or dog or cat, why am I acting this way, what am I feeling? Then go with whatever impressions, emotions, sensations come up.  Once you finish gathering information this way, you will need to reverse the process. In your imagination, see yourself coming back out of the animal’s form and into your own. Then feel yourself you again and energetically clear and separate your energy from the animal. I tend to use this for unusual behaviors, unexplained pains, and the like.

 ABOUT REINCARNATION

A reader sent in this story in response to last week’s blog

I had an experience with a kitten that suggests that animals recognize us in some way, whether from a past life or perhaps simply recognizing that a person loves animals and can be trusted. I got this kitten from a woman who does cat rescue. He was wild and would not tame down and was not going to be adoptable. He was destined to be a barn cat. I brought him home for a couple of days because the cage at the barn was already occupied by a different newcomer. I couldn’t even get him out of the carrier and into the cage easily, I had to nudge him out with a long handled spoon, with much hissing and spitting. 
That was a Saturday, and by Sunday I was petting him. He seemed to look at me as if to say, “oh, it’s YOU.  I don’t need to act wild anymore!” I have known hundreds of cats and can’t say that I know who he is, but I know for sure that he knew me. Needless to say, he’s part of my family now. Behold the terrifying, wild Bongo, as a baby and as a young cat.      Dianne
 

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Bongo as a baby - on right

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YOUR STORIES

Rug and the Barking Dog

We called Marta about our big wooly-bear Persian cat, Rug. He’d had urinary infections and blockages and she had helped us a year ago, sending us to an amazing holistic vet to handle the physical issues. He was stable for the past year on grain-free, non-fish natural cat food , with some ground up glucosamine and lots of water mixed in, and rescue remedy when he gets anxious. But when we returned recently from an extended trip to New York, Rug started spraying around the house again. We couldn’t understand what about our returning home would make him start spraying. We were frustrated and finally called Marta. She had a communications session with him and reported to us that he was upset about a new dog barking nearby. She said he felt unsafe and he was spraying to defend his territory. We said, no, there’s no new barking dog around. And we continued on chatting about other things. Then, my cell phone ‘rang’…my cell phone ring tone is a BARKING DOG (from www.wildtones.com)!!! So I’ve changed my ring tone to a Carolina Wren, had several conversations with Rug about spraying outside (Marta told us that cats think their spray scent is delectable and a wonderful gift to us and that we needed to explain to Rug why we wanted him to only spray outside) and he seems to have stopped spraying.      Tina Estes

 

The Persian Rug

What and Why?

Those are two of the most useful questions a communicator can ask. If you are working with an animal that has a peculiar or unwanted behavior ask the animal, repeatedly, why he or she is behaving in that manner. Find yourself saying, ” OK, why else are you doing this… and why else… and why else.” This is a bit like the ‘Ask for a Question’ exercise I teach in the beginning class. Your goal is first to arrive at all the possible components of the behavior. Then start asking what:  “What would you need or what needs to happen to change this behavior? What else? … What else? ” Again you ask until you have discovered all possible aspects for resolving the behavior. From this perspective you should be able to craft a plan of action for resolving the behavior, which is sometimes as simple as explaining the situation to the animal from a human perspective or clarifying misunderstandings.

 

THIS STUFF DOES WORK…

The following story reminded me of many cases I have worked on where I gave an animal my best advice about how to get out of a bad situation and it worked, which is to say, this stuff really does work. It’s just incredibly hard for us to ever really believe it due to our intensive cultural conditioning. Unfortunately, this says a lot about how easily influenced and manipulated we humans are.

I have read your book and found it really interesting. I have been doing a little practising and readings from photos for a very nice lady who sells horses. One of them reminded me particularly of my own mare, who is extremely sensitive.

 

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Viv with her grey mare, Thistle and Thistle's best friend, Rosie

I felt this mare really needed an owner with whom she felt she could communicate. I had an e-mail  from the woman to say a nice lady had come to try the mare out and the mare was going to be vetted on the Friday. I communicated with the mare and felt her say she didn’t think the  lady had enough sensitivity and she really didn’t want to go. She was asking me what could she do. I found myself saying ‘Well, you could always limp a  bit’ and saw her limping with her left hind. I couldn’t believe it when I  got an e-mail on Monday to say that the mare had failed the vetting as she had been perfectly fine until the vet arrived and then started limping on her  right hind, which I thought was pretty close!      Vivien Wright

YOUR QUESTIONS

Phyllis Oyster sent in the following question: 

Maybe you might want to address this topic on your site. I don’t know if anyone else has experienced the feeling that a new pet is a pet from the past but I have. One of my cats passed in 1995. I now have a cat out of a litter of six that I believe is his spirit returned.  He is buff and white whereas my other cat was all white, but it is not so much his looks—it’s just that feeling that it is him. The litter of cats were wild. None would come to me except  for him. He was not afraid of me from the get go. He walked right into the basement. I started to call him by my other cat’s name  and he responded immediately. I have an inner feeling  about him and a bond just as I had with my other cat. His personality is just like my other cat. Just thought you might want to address the issue of reincarnation. Someone might have a similar story. 

Answer:  I started out in this field not having any set beliefs about any of this. I was raised a Unitarian, so I had very little ideological implanting. The whole idea of reincarnation was new to me. But over the years, in conversations with the animals and from my experiences and those of  clients and friends, I have come to believe that  our animals do come back to us. In my book, Beyond Words, there is a chapter dedicated to such stories. If you have a story about an animal that came back to you, please send it in and share it.

 

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After years of pressure the European Union  (EU)  finally agreed to ban seal products. This will surely mean the end of the fur seal slaughter in Newfoundland, Canada. It has been a very long time coming, but it is nice when something good finally happens. It couldn’t have happened without all of us raising our voices and all the activist groups who promoted the cause.

 

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Some background from HSUS: It is estimated the EU action will cost the Canadian seal industry over 6 million; Canada only made about 7 million on the hunt last year. Many sealers stayed home this year. The industry is now searching for new markets. However, humane groups are working to derail this attempt and there is a bill in the Canadian Parliament to end the hunt.What can you do? First, celebrate! Then support one of the many groups out there working for the seals, and manifest for the end of the seal hunt: see the bill passing and see the seals protected.

 Of course the spin off battle will be blaming all the seals that subsequently have not been clubbed to death for failing fisheries… Hello. For millions (?) of years seals and fish were in stasis. Who upset this balance? We did through over fishing and factory trawling. Those accusations should be directed at unsustainable fishing practices and at factory trawlers who are literally killing the oceans. So a new great cause:  end over fishing and factory trawling of the oceans: see it happening, feel it happening, support the groups working to make it happen, and on and on.

 

TRY THIS

Here is an idea for practicing sent in by a reader. Try it and see what happens.

I recently was on a long road trip with my dog Monte and had  turned off the radio to reduce outside  stimulation. I was having an internal conversation with myself and suddenly thought “cows”. Now I really like cows, but there was no reason for me to think this thought. I looked over at Monte and the word “cows” popped into my head again. He had his nose resting on the window and he was taking in the smells.

 

Monte

Monte

 As we rounded the corner, there was a field of cows. Now the first time the word popped into my head, I was definitely too far away for ME to have smelled the cows, but I know Monte could have…so I decided to test our conversational skills. I let my mind go blank and said “Monte, let’s play a game. You can tell me what is coming up the road.” I got three solid “hits” in about 15 minutes.  I questioned his “Tall brown cows” comment, and was answered with a herd of bay/brown horses not 15 seconds later.  Then he said ‘boring.’ Game over, LOL. I guess it was too easy for him.

 

THIS REALLY WORKS!

I have started a new feature to cover all the emails I am getting with stories from people who tried animal communication and discovered it really works!  Here’s a good one from reader, Wanda Hudson.

I am about half way through your book, Learning Their Language, and am finding it really interesting.  Something recently happened that has me sort of freaked out.  This, to you, I’m sure may be an everyday occurrance but to someone who wants to communicate with animals but never thought it was possible…I’m a little freaked. New neighbours moved in next door to us about five years ago.  They have a barking dog, that everytime he is outdoors, he barks and barks and barks.  He has seen myself and my husband coming and going for the last several years, yet he still barks at us.  He also would bark everytime his people were outside…barking non stop.  This has been very frustrating and definetly interefered with neighbour relations.  Big source of frustration both while he was barking and after the fact.  By the way, we have a very well behaved Golden Retriever whom we have had for the last 10 years.  Just to let you know we are dog lovers. I thought one day while reading your book and trying to think of an animal that I could communicate with…why not try the source of a lot of frustration.  I wasn’t sure how to go about it but figured why not.  I explained to Flash that we would not harm him or his family, that the reason we do not like him is because he barks so much.  I also explained that we would like him very much if he would stop barking at us and everything else that moved.  I also told him that his family would love him more if he stopped barking all the time and that he was interfering with their ability to go camping…as barking dogs are not allowed and that good dogs do not bark all the time.  I am truly amazed…this dog does not even glance our way anymore when we go outside and it all started on the day that I had the long distance conversation with him.  I told my husband what I did and got him to walk around the house several times opening and closing the doors etc… My husband and I only think good dog thoughts whenever we are around him now and there is no barking!!! I still can’t believe that he heard me and listened.  I almost want to ask the neighbour if he might be sick or something.  We’ve had two whole peaceful non-barking weeks…I’m amazed. Now to have a two way conversation, hmmm…must get reading ! 

I have heard some animal communicators claim that animals only receive information intuitively in pictures. They then instruct people to send information to animals only through visualization. I think it would be impossible to prove such an assertion. Further, I find that in the field of animal communication one has to guard very carefully against the possibilty of tautalgy – i.e., I think something is true, therefore it is true. Here is something true:  if you can somehow verify information you’ve received using intuitive communication, like the location of a lost animal or the description of an animal’s house, then that is real, accurate, and proven. Otherwise, it is speculation. If you cant prove something and until you do prove it, it is speculation. I don’t see any way that one could actually prove how animals receive.  If you see a way, please tell me.

However, I do have my own assumptions about the matter: Since animals are demonstrably so much better at subtle perception than we are, and since they didn’t get any of the cultural desensitizing and repression we got about using intuition, it seems logical that they would have a full range of heightened intuitive perception, i.e., that they would be quite proficient at being able to hear, see, smell, taste, and feel intuitively or extrasensorily. I feel that the proposal that animals have limitations in in these abilties when compared to humans, is just another  manifestation of the bias against animals that pervades human culture. When I communicate with animals, I send in a variety of modes and I assume that the animals receive in a variety of modes. If in fact, however, I am deluding myself, the worst case scenario would be this: the universal translator that seems to operate seamlessly for the process of intuitive communication, takes what I send as words to an animal, turns it into pictures, and the animal then understands me perfectly, regardless of the mode I used for sending.

I base my assumption that either 1) animals can receive in all modes or 2) some universal translator is working well and it therefore doesn’t matter how you send or how they receive, on a wealth of empirical proof that our animals hear and completely understand our intuitive communication. To view this anecdotal evidence, see any of my books, past newsletters on my website, or read past blogs. When I teach people to communicate intuitively with animals and nature, I tell them that it really does not matter what mode of communication one uses in intuitive conversation. You can say your message, think it, feel it, or visualize it… it’s all the same and it will be received. Of course, that does not mean that the animal will always act according to your wishes!

ABOUT PEPITA

This is the final piece about Pepita from Australian animal communicator, Ann Walker. Ann recently did a new website for her animal related books. Check it out at http://www.annwalkerbooks.com/

When Pepita died she was buried in the paddock where many of her friends lived, pieces of carrot and apple were spread on her grave at her memorial service conducted by a licensed celebrant and the occupants of the paddock strolled up and nibbled them as they took part in the ceremony which was not a funeral service but a celebration and thanksgiving for her life and the years we shared. This poem is my tribute to her.

 

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MORE THAN A MULE
(For Pepita. 25/11/1970 – 05/10/2002)

Just a mule – my head tells me,
And your photo confirms
That you indeed had long ears,
A tail and four hooves.
But I remember your eyes
And the friendship we shared.
You were not ‘Just’ anything.
Your intelligence, humour, and
Big, loving heart
Added up to a special soul;
An eternal Spirit who, God willing,
Has found green pasture,
Shady trees and old friends.
Enjoy – till I come looking for you.

 

 STUPID PET TRICKS

In the days when I watched TV, I only watched David Letterman because of the stupid pet tricks. Once he did away with those it got pretty boring. Here is one I didn’t see… priceless.

Did anyone ever see a David Letterman stupid pet trick with a Border collie named Belle. Her trick was to go get the gopher. When given the command she raced across the stage and started digging frantically as if after a gopher. I don’t think it got recorded or is up on youtube. Too bad… also a classic. Did anyone ever watch the show where David interviewed animal communicator, Lydia Hiby? It was right after OJ was arrested and I understand he asked her to talk to the dog to see what happened. I never saw it and I wonder how that show was and what she said about the dog. If you have any information on that please get back to me.

I did hear that Beatrice Lydecker, the grandmother of animal communication, went on Johnny Carson and freaked out Ed McMahon so badly he had to leave the set. She told him that his cat really liked to perch on top of the frig and play with his toupe! LOL

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Supersensitives

Animals are almost invariably more sensitive to nuances in the environment than people are. I believe this is a function of culture not natural ability. In other words, we aren’t hopelessly brutish we were just trained to turn off our sensibilities. Animals didn’t receive that kind of cultural conditioning; they possess, what seems to be, an uncanny ability to sense danger, problems and slight shifts in the environment.  As we develop and rediscover our intuition, through communicating with animals or through general use, we find our sensibilities increase. Here is a great story about a dog who was on extra alert.

 

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Charlotte

My golden retriever is so darn smart. A few weeks ago my mother was visiting and there  was a 4+ earthquake. I was at work. I called Mom right after the tremors, and she said that a few minutes BEFORE the earthquake Charlotte came up to her and was barking (she is not a barky dog). Mom said she was definitely communicating. It was a Lassie moment. Later that day, I got a call from my neighbor who was worried.  She said that the front door of my apartment was wide open and Charlotte had come over to get her when my neighbor opened her door to get a Fed Ex package. She thought that Charlotte was trying to tell her something. I called home and, even though my 81 year old mother was supposed to be there, no one answered. In a panic, I drove home to find her on the roof sunbathing with a book as if nothing was wrong!  She said she must have left the front door ajar. Well, Charlotte knew something was amiss because the front door should not have been open so it is a good thing that she went to get my neighbor. Just when I think I could not love Charlotte more, the next day I wake up and I do.        

 Deb Hatch

 ABOUT PEPITA

 This is the third segment about Pepita the Mule by Ann Walker…

There were many times when I was the recipient of Pepita’s care. I had not ridden her for ten weeks due to a badly broken arm, nothing to do with her, Afraid that I might damage it again yet longing to be with my friend I saddled her up telling her that I was feeling really fragile. She stood quite still as I gingerly mounted her in our largest field. Even though she had not been ridden while I was incapacitated and had lots of amusing, but not dangerous little tricks she liked to play on me she just carried me as gently and carefully as if I were a box of eggs on her back. By the time we got back to the stable my confidence was restored. 

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As the years passed we both grew stiff, me a lot more so that her, I needed a large wooden block to climb into the saddle, she positioned herself carefully by this, responding when I said ‘A bit closer” or ‘Further forward’ or other instructions.  The last time I rode Pepita our combined ages were a hundred! The only time I ever came off her in 28 years was in the early stages of her training and that was entirely my fault. I did not listen when she told me she was scared.

 DEALING WITH DIFFICULT BEHAVIORS

Dealing with difficult behaviors is always frustrating. I’ve found that using multiple tactics simultaneously helps to overcome the behavior problems more quickly and thoroughly. Traditional vets will often prescribe valium or prozac to animals with anxiety or aggressions. Personally, I would never give prozac to anything, and  many clients have told me that valium didn’t help. Valium is also a strong drug and I try to avoid those for myself and my animals. Instead, I use holistic supplements like homeopathy, herbs, and flower essences. If you have a holistic vet you can ask your vet about these supplements or go online to find them. One site I like is http://www.onlynaturalpet.com

  

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You can go to their site and in the search box type in  anxieity, or fear, or aggression and lots of possible remedies will pop up.  Onlynatrualpet also has some great articles you can check out at  http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/newsletterarticles.aspx

Most often a bad behavior problem is best addressed by a combination of traditional nonviolent training, enhanced by an intuitive communication session (to determine the causes of the behavior), and intuiitve training techniques, and supported by a holistic diet, holistic care, and holistic calming supplments. This is the approach I describe in detail in my book, Ask Your Animal. If you are dealing with an animal behavior problem or know of a friend who is, I am available to do a communication session to help resolve it.

FOODS THAT ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS

The following website link gives a good listing of foods that are toxic or potentially toxic to dogs and cats.     http://webvet.com/main/article?id=1870

 

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A Great Idea….

 
A while ago a friend and I speculated that it would be great to create an airline just for animals. Someone finally developed one in the US called Pet Airways. Unless you have an animal that can go with you on the airplane, the prospects for travel by air haven’t been so good. This seems promising…

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The website is  http://petairways.com/

 

 AWESOME PHOTOS

Sharon Wormleaton of Australia recently emailed me about my books and sent a link to her photography site. She takes wildlife photos and dontes the money from sales to wildlife organizations. She is committed to helping preserve wildlife.
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This is one of her photos of a numbat, a tiny endangered anteater. Sharon said she was able to get shots easily and it seemed like the animals were even posing for her. I am sure her love of them came into play here. Check out and purchase her amazing photos at her site:

http://sharonw.redbubble.com/works

 

CUTE VIDEO

Uh oh I found a place that has cute animal videos. This one got to me. Might want to click the little x to turn off the ads  that appear in the bottom part of the screeen so you can see it better….


 

ABOUT PEPITA

 This is the second in a four part series about Pepita the mule by Ann Walker.

I always felt Pepita looked after me but perhaps her single greatest act of devotion to me was when she came to my rescue when I was under threat from a large black ram. He had been hand-reared on a bottle but was no longer the cute little fellow with a curly black coat that his owner had fallen for but a powerful and arrogant ram with a pair of intimidating horns. When he outgrew suburbia and terrorized his owner he came to live with us. A move he found very acceptable – so many more people, both two and four-legged to bully and dominate. My youngest son took refuge from him in the dam once and even Molly, our boldest stock horse, backed off when she saw he was squaring up to charge. Pepita was the one creature on the property he respected. This puzzled us all for she was extremely sweet and gentle and I never saw her bully any of her paddock mates.

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One sunny Spring morning; the animals in every paddock had just been fed hay and I walked across to remove Pepita’s rug. Halfway back, hampered by the horse rug I carried, I saw that the ram had left his hay and was eyeing me as he squared up for the charge. I knew that this was no idle posturing and realized I had no hope of reaching the fence before he did but if I hurried I could get back to Pepita. I knew he would not touch me if I stood close to her. As I ran I wailed (rather like a bleating lamb) ‘Save me, Pipita!’ She looked from me to the ram, took in the situation instantly, her long ears flattened on her neck, her top lip curled back from her teeth and she galloped at him, head lowered and menacing. Everything about her said ‘Leave my Mum alone – or else!’ He got the message, turned tail and ran for his life. Pepita walked calmly back to her hay giving me an affectionate nudge on the arm with her muzzle as she did so. I heard the soothing words in my head,  ‘Don’t worry, dear, I’ve dealt with him.’ Knowing how much she enjoyed her food I was deeply touched.

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