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Cecil, a beloved resident of Hwange National Park and a major tourist draw for Zimbabwe, was killed this week by a Minnesota dentist. If you want details, google it.
I can’t wrap my head around it, for so, SO many reasons. As I sit here in the comfort of an air conditioned house surrounded by Midwestern cornfields, writing about this travesty, I realize I am so far removed from it that it seems and feels unreal to me. Frankly, aliens landing in the middle of the cornfield across the road and creating crop circles would make a whole helluva lot more sense to me.
However real Cecil’s death is, I can’t grapple with it, I can’t comprehend such an inconceivable reality. Killing animals simply does not exist in my world. Therefore, I only have two offerings for you: how I tried to come to terms with Marius the Giraffe’s senseless murder and a Facebook page that has been created to honor Cecil’s memory.Is Peace Possible Amidst this Tragedy?
I learned of the Cecil Ascending Facebook page from my friend Bonnie Weimer Poirier. Bonnie is an ordained minister, perhaps that is why she can articulate the inarticulatable:
“We’re feeling the rage over the horrific slaughter of Cecil and now that rage must transform itself into something good and productive. Cecil’s dying can bring awareness and education where it is needed. Lisa Shaw has created a beautiful, meaningful way for us to honor Cecil that will help raise spiritual awareness for all of God’s creation. Please give Cecil Ascending Facebook page a LIKE and share with others. Collectively, we can honor Cecil.”
Thank you Bonnie, for the words and a call to action, helping those of us who are too stunned to maneuver this experience on our own.
Rest in peace, Cecil. Be well with your ancestors, and know there are those of us here who honor you more than words can ever express.
There’s an article on Pet 360 but nowhere do I see a Chowberger listed. In case you don’t know what a Chowberger is it’s part chow, some leonberger, with a twist of retriever. That’s me, of course. While the post may be interesting I cannot verify the accuracy because if I’m not on there who knows what else they left out. Woof! -Kensy, The Dog
Sure your dog’s clever … but is she one of the smartest dog breeds out there? “While all dogs are smart, certain breeds are more intelligent at specific tasks than others,” said Lisa Peterson, spokesperson with the American Kennel Club.
Now we know every dog is different, and mixed-breeds are some of the smartest, so we want to mention them up front. If you have a mixed breed (or any breed!) that’s great at a certain task, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Meanwhile we asked the AKC to help us list 10 dog breeds that excel in intelligence, especially when it comes to the job they do.
Read the rest and see the slideshow here.
Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:
Sometimes when I hold my cat like a “babe in arms,” he stretches up, he hooks his paws around my neck, and pulls me in. Is he really hugging me?
Thomas: I guess the first question to ask is, do cats hug?
Bella: It’s not something cats naturally do in the wild, although sometimes we do put our paws over one another if we happen to be snuggling.
Thomas: Bella does that to me all the time, and I like it.
Bella: And I especially love it when Thomas does it to me!
Thomas: Long story short, Katie, although cats don’t instinctively hug one another, we do see how you humans express affection to one another, and sometimes we do use human affection gestures on you.
Bella: Sometimes it seems like you humans don’t quite understand our feline gestures of affection like rubbing against your legs and stuff, so we need to make it a little more obvious how much we love you.
Thomas: My sweet Dahlia (may she frolic forever in the catnip-filled fields of the Kitty Paradise) threw her paws around Mama’s neck when Mama first met her and picked her up out of the cage she was in.
Bella: Dahlia was in a cage? How awful!
Thomas: Oh, it wasn’t too bad. She and her brothers were “on loan” to a copy shop where Mama used to do business — the local shelter did that a lot to encourage people to adopt cats — and they were tiny kittens and it was a big cage.
Bella: Oh, I guess that’s OK. I had to be in a cage for a bunch of sleeps when I went to the shelter and they wanted to make sure I wasn’t sick before putting me in with other cats. I didn’t like that very much!
Thomas: Besides, Mama got to meet Dahlia that way. *sniffle*
Bella: Oh, Thomas, it’s okay. Come over here and let’s have a snuggle.
Thomas: Sometimes you remind me so much of Dahlia, I swear I’d think she sent you to us.
Bella: Tee hee hee! I’ll never tell!
Thomas: Anyway, Katie, yes, we’ve known cats who were “huggers” in the way you describe, and we do think it’s a way of expressing affection.
Bella: We hope you enjoy your beautiful kitty and his happy hugs for many years to come!
Thomas: What about you other readers? Do you have cats that hug you? What other kinds of odd gestures of affection do your cats do?
Bella: Tell us all about it in the comments!