Friday, 30 September 2011

Charlie doing good

Baby boy is home from the vet. So much love for him. And he sits on my lap still and purrs. No hard feelings for the neutering. Animals are so easy to be with.
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I love Charlie

I just left Charlie at the vet.  It broke my heart to leave him there for his op.  I will see him tonight.  Cannot wait to cuddle him again.  He is being neutered today.  Apparently that is the socially acceptable thing to do nowadays.  I don't disagree, however, it does make me think.  Like animals do(-:
How is it that we are so easily to make decisions about controlling populations of animals.  To the point where the thoughts that we have about these decisions are commonplace.  Spaying our dogs and cats, gelding our horses - and all sorts of excuses for it.  Those that chose not to usually entertain this to make money from breeding.  Even our game parks control breeding, often through culling. 

All this population control, however, we are not able to control our own populations.  It is still inbuilt into many cultures that having children, and not just a couple of kids, is a good thing to do.  Meanwhile our population growth on this planet is so out of control, and the impact on our planet so enormous that we are stressing the very lifeforce we require to exist.  Why don't we as a species - with our so called higher functioning brains - do something about this. 

Imagine if people were taxed more if they had more than their quota of kids.  Or taxed less if they had no kids.  Imagine if men had to be neutered to be allowed to enter into some high brow professions.  Imagine if you were given benefits for chosing to adopt kids rather than have your own - providing sanctuary to someone who needs it rather than feel the need to have your own genes perpetuated

Imagine a world that works - what needs doing.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

irony - copied from fb

cuban ballerina like a cat

Tonight I watched a ballet.  It was beautiful.  There was a 16 year old cuban lass who took the lead and she was absolutely magnificent.  When she tip toed onto stage she stole it effortlessly.  She clearly loves to dance.  It is always so beautiful to see someone do something that they love.  When they do, they are completely present in the moment.  And her body was ringing out her joy in every muscle.  Many of which I am sure I have never even discovered in my body.  It was like watching an animal delight in life - like a young foal dancing around the veldt, or a puppy rush around the yard, or a cat take a long leasurely leap up onto a table. 
Presence is what we need in relation with animals.  People ask me why I do yoga and one of the answers is so that I can learn more body awareness.  Because when we are aware of our bodies, we can begin to have mastery over our body language.  Like an animal does.  Watch as a dog or cat get up after a nap.  If they don't have to, they don't rush up.  They first take a good long stretch.  Ensuring that the flexibility in their bodies sustains them, and perhaps just enjoying the lovely moment of stretching.

How often I am not even conscious that my spirit is inhabiting a body.  Too often I am mad at my body rather than nurturing it and feeling the amazing potential that it holds.  Another lesson from animals, and the amazing Cuban ballerina.  If I put my mind to it, I can do anything - even talk to animals

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Misunderstood

So often I have or have seen people become frustrated when in relationship with an animal.  Today I had a discussion with a trainer who was experiencing a relationship "breakdown" with a young female dolphin.  When I asked her why, she had a few statements to share which reminded me of faults I have made.  They included - 'she is being naughty', 'she knows what to do and just doesn't do it', 'I feel her getting frustrated then I become frurstrated'.  All the statements are based on a belief system that the trainer as about the animal.  We discussed the relationship at length, and the trainer was humble as we broke down the scenario.  Eventually she realised that perhaps all her concerns were projections, and possibly, not even the truth.  She came to the conclusion that she was expecting the dolphin to know what to do, and was actually not sure that this was the truth.  She decided that it was quite possible that she was not communicating effectively with the dolpin.  She also did not realise that regression is a natural part of learning. 

When we have choice in any scenario, we will always try all sorts of things around that choice until we settle on the fact that choosing something - usually another's bidding - is the most effective course of action - then we have finally learned the lesson.  Why should it be any different for an animal. 

The dolphin example is not alone.  Consider people yelling at their dogs as their dogs bark, out of control.  Consider that the dog may just be hearing the yelling as the human joining in the frenzy of noise.  Consider the horse that refuses to let the stable door close.  Is he being naughty, or does he just want to look out for his best interests - have freedom of the pasture so he can graze all night.  The stable simply has not been effectively communicated as an effective alternative.

There are always two sides to the story.  The animal's side is usually the fault of the person trying to manage that animal.  The animal's natural history is often a part of the confusing story. 

Saturday, 17 September 2011

No dogs allowed

At a beach function in a club setting and have been asked to leave several times. Because no dogs are allowed. How weird.

I visited Prague in the Czeck republic. Dogs are allowed anywhere there. Even the zoo. They are accommodated with water stations and poop scoops. People take their dogs to work with them. You see them in the tubes and on the buses. I was struck too that every glass fronted structure had bird protection symbols on it.

What became apparent is a culture of responsible caring. I think it would be wise to take a page out of this book. It was Ghandi who said you can judge a nation by the way it treats its animals.
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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Are we like rhino poachers?

Cruelty to animals bothers me as much as it bothers most of us.  I don't understand how someone can find it in themselves to practise something that is outwardly cruel, and at times viscious.  Rhino horns being taken from live animals and the recent beating of a monkey to death by five students.  What possesses somoene to behave in this way?

Can we really afford to be adamant in our judgement of these misguided souls.  Cannot understand them for sure, however they must have a lack of neural pathways in their brain and a definite breakdown between their hearts and their heads.  Or perhaps they just don't have a clue.  Because for many of us, the same is true.

Daily, many of the actions we take are tantamount to poaching rhino.  Do we know how the livestock that we eat were raised and slaughtered.  Do we take responsibility for that or do we bury our heads in the sand?  Do we know whether the detergents we use are causing all sorts of degradation in the river and ocean ecosystems?  Do we purchase locally produced goods or do we prefer imported stuff - that would be generating more carbon emissions?

The African Penguin is endangered, largely because of human impact.  What can we do to make a change?  It is International African Penguin Day on the 8th of October - lets hope that this is going to be the beginning of some great initiatives on all our parts - to stop effectively poaching the penguin (and the environment at large).  Because it is just as cruel as what those outwardly harsh humans do.

We all need to find our own line, draw it and then know that we are conscious in the actions that we take.  Conscious to ensure that our lives are being lived with an outcome for the environment and her creatures that we are willing to accept.  Imagine that our planet is a glass house - and people in glass houses should not throw stones.  We need to put our heads down and do what needs doing, consciously.  We have the knowledge.  What are we doing with it?  For the penguins, and all others.


Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Thank you exclusive books.

Spent the morning in the company of librarians who were funded by SAPPI to buy for books for their libraries. Wow. A room filled with seriously well-read intellect. I promoted "Touching Animal Souls" to a great response. All books sold. Wish there had been more to go.

Thank you Linda from Pavillion's Exclusive Books for the wonderful opportunity. Much appreciated. Thank you lovely Librarians for your support.
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Monday, 12 September 2011

Penguin Promises

http://www.causes.com/causes/613094-african-penguin-promises Go to this link and join a cause that is all about changing our behaviour to reduce our impact on the planet.  The African Penguin was added to the endangered species list just last year.  Their numbers have plummeted and there is no sign of a reversal in this trend.  The reasons for the decline is human impact.  We caused it so we can fix it. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Khwezi - true star

Happy 16th Birthday beautiful boy.  Love you madly.  The lessons continue.  Look forward to sharing many moments more with you.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Companion deluxe

What nicer way to be accompanied through life. Non-judgemental. Unconditional. This is Draco. He just sits there on the chair next to me while I type away on my computer. No expectation. Just being in my company. Love you boy.
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