*Anyone who has taken the time to recognize, knows how smart dogs are. I marvel at what they actually understand when a human talks to them. According to statistics, dogs have the ability to understand at least 165 words — generally simple commands like sit, walk, ball. I know our dogs go nuts the moment we say the word “walk.” So much so that we now have chosen to spell it out instead: W-a-l-k. This way, we figure, our girl dog (who we often have to remind that contrary to her belief, she IS still a dog) will be less stressed from hearing the word that is not always followed by the action. Just because we say the word does not mean you are going on one.
We were safe for awhile. But now I swear she has learned how to spell too.
I recently became aware of a story that reiterates this domestic animal’s ability to learn. Eclipse, a dog that is a cross between a black Labrador and a Mastiff, takes the bus every single day to the park so she can run and play.
No joke. No lie. We’ve got the video.
She’s a big deal in Seattle, and is often a talking point for many of its radio stations. But each day on the bus she undoubtedly runs into a good Samaritan who doesn’t know her story; thinks she is lost and attempts to help — until the bus driver lets them know, “she’s fine. She knows what she’s doing.” Continue reading →
*Remember how much fun you had the first time you saw ‘The Lion King?’ Now imagine being in a beautiful theatre, seeing it on the big screen again, and being able to sing each song out loud with others in the audience. Wow! The time has come and the place will be Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre August 4-20th.
But tickets are on sale now.
Ed Collins, General Manager at The El Capitan Theatre said, “Disney created an instant classic with the original release of ‘The Lion King’ in 1994 and its popularity has never wavered. We are thrilled to offer a whole new way to enjoy this beloved Disney film at The El Capitan Theatre. Who can resist singing along to such unforgettable songs as “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life”? “THE LION KING SING-ALONG” will also include a special live appearance by Timon on The El Capitan Theatre stage before every show. There is simply no better way to experience the laughter, music and majesty of this Disney masterpiece.”Continue reading →
*It’s just not fair, I tell you! If you ask me, and I know you didn’t, cops these days could learn a thing or two from Gavel the K-9 cop. True, his focus was more on belly rubs than catching bad guys. Sure, he’d rather have a jerky stick treat instead of taking a chunk out of some bad guys leg. But he’s a doggie for Pete’s sake. Give him some slack.
Can a dog get a pass, please?
No such luck for a police dog. Gavel was ousted from the training program because he liked people too much.
According to The Huffington Post, Gavel’s handlers at the Queensland Police Service in Brisbane, eastern Australia, decided in February that he was too sociable for the force and cut him from its 16-month training program.
*I love an early morning dip in the swimming pool, and I’ve been known to take the occasional late night skinny dip. After reading this story, you can bet that I’ll be flipping on a light before I jump into any pool!
A Florida family’s plans for a Memorial Day swim were postponed when they found a 7-foot alligator swimming in the pool! Continue reading →
*Many of us dog owners who live in coyote-vulnerable areas have stories to tell. Every time I see a sign posted with a photo of a cute little dog “missing,” my next thought is: Oh god. A coyote got it.
I have two big dogs, whose true genetics claim they were bred to chase lions. But for some reason the thought of coyotes getting at them is still a scary one. Once my daughter saw a coyote walking along the narrow wall separating our yard from a neighbors, we both freaked. Then she mentioned how they can jump over a six-foot-fence to get at their prey. Needless to say, this knowledge did nothing to make me feel better.
I hate those damn coyotes (even though I secretly feel bad about this when I see the baby ones). One pet owner I know got so frustrated he had his gardener put out poison. To this day he feels guilty that it killed some of the coyotes!
And hey, not to belabor the point, but I never even realized how traumatized I was about the experience of someone I’ve never even met. I recall hearing how singer Jessica Simpson’s cute little Maltese, Daisy, was snatched right in front of her, by one of those ugly things. I was horrified for her and I never forgot it.
So when I heard about a possible end to the bullying behavior of these ugly beasts; by way of an extension you can add to a fence called a coyote roller — a round, metal spinning bar — I was like, “OK. Let’s roll with this.
*No, don’t worry. I’m not going to show you some kid wrestling with an alligator. It’s not THAT slow of a news day! But I’d like to give big props to the water park that taught this 10-year-old how to survive if she was ever caught in the jaws of an alligator, and I’d like to give her a “Good job!” badge for listening and remembering to use the lesson!
The little girl was said to be wadding in a designated swimming area at Moss Park along Lake Mary Jane in Orlando. She was in only 2-feet of water when she was attacked by an 8-foot-9-inch gator. In an ABC News video here, you hear emergency workers transmitting information saying that the girl’s leg was bitten, but that it is “still attached and the alligator is still” circulating nearby.
For the life of me I don’t know why people even bother to continue swimming in any of Florida’s lakes. Who on this earth has not heard that alligators have had a lifelong relationship with the waters in Florida? Last I checked, and it was several years ago, when I visited the Florida Nature and Culture Center run by the SGI-USA; there were warning signs everywhere that an alligator lives in the lake on the grounds.
*United Airlines has yet another PR nightmare on its hands. Only last month was the airline criticized and caught on camera for violently dragging Dr. David Dow down the aisle; knocking out some of his teeth, and causing him a concussion, all because of an overbooked flight. Now it appears a huge rabbit named Simon, who at 3 feet (his father Darius was 4 ft.), could have easily been on its way to becoming the largest bunny in the world, has died mysteriously while en route to its new owner. The pet’s fatal flight had originated at London’s Heathrow Airport, en route to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
Not a good look at all, United Airlines.
The rabbit’s breeder, 65-year-old Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire is shocked at the animal’s demise, and told the media that the rabbit, who was found dead in the cargo-hold upon arrival in the states, was fine when he was boarded on the plane. Continue reading →