Somehow I messed up my days of the week, and didn’t post this for “Mammal Monday”, it must have been the Labor Day holiday. So I posted Tuesday’s journal on Monday, and Wednesday’s on Tuesday. So here is Monday’s.
“We need your help! Big agribusiness is trying to stop us from speaking out for the animals. Help us take a stand against #aggag laws by posting a photo - like the one below - to our wall.”
Don't Let Them Wipe Out Animal Protection Laws
“The House of Representatives narrowly passed the Farm Bill, by a vote of 216-208, including the dangerous and overreaching "King amendment," which threatens to repeal dozens of animal protection laws. It could nullify not only measures relating to animal welfare—like farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, and shark finning—but a wide range of other concerns including food safety, child labor and the environment.”
Doggy Dictionary: GROANER’S CORNER (From Al)
“LEASH: A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.
DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.
DROOL: A liquid that, when combined with sad eyes, forces humans to give you their food. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and get drool on the human.
SNIFF: A social custom used to greet other dogs, similar to the human exchange of business cards.
GARBAGE CAN: A container which your neighbors put out once a week to test your ingenuity. You must stand on your hind legs and try to push the lid off with your nose. If you do it right you are rewarded with margarine wrappers to shred, beef bones to consume and mouldy crusts of bread.
BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person wants them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction or lying down.
THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.
WASTEBASKET: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes and old candy wrappers. It is important to evenly distribute its contents throughout the house before your person comes home.
BATH: If you find something especially good to roll in, humans get jealous and they use this degrading form of torture to get even. Be sure to shake only when next to a person or a piece of furniture.
LEAN: Every good dog's response to the command "sit!" especially if your person is dressed for an evening out. Incredibly effective before black-tie events.
BUMP: The best way to get your human's attention when they are drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
GOOSE BUMP: A maneuver to use as a last resort when the regular bump doesn't get the attention you require...especially effective when combined with the sniff. See above.
CHILDREN: Short humans of optimal petting height. Standing close to one assures some good petting. When running, they are good to chase. If they fall down, they are comfortable to sit on.
LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return.”
MUFFIN'S HALO GUIDE FOR BLIND DOGS
“How Muffin's Halo Guide For Blind Dogs was conceived”
From me: So far, my blind Misty is doing well without one of these, I keep her pathways inside and outside, clear. But whenever we are in strange places, she relies on me to guide her with her leash.
Animal Rescue Team
“The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team works with law enforcement to investigate illegal animal cruelty. Every year we rescue thousands of animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, hoarders, and other situations where animals suffer from cruelty.”
On This Day:
Western Roman Empire falls, Sep 4, 476:
“Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself king of Italy.
Odoacer was a mercenary leader in the Roman imperial army when he launched his mutiny against the young emperor. At Piacenza, he defeated Roman General Orestes, the emperor's powerful father, and then took Ravenna, the capital of the Western empire since 402. Although Roman rule continued in the East, the crowning of Odoacer marked the end of the original Roman Empire, which centered in Italy.”
Tsunami pounds Japanese islands, Sep 4, 1596:
“One of the first tsunamis ever to be recorded devastates the east coast of Kyushu, the southernmost major island of Japan, on this day in 1596.
The tsunami was set off by a relatively small earthquake in Beppu Bay on Kyushu's east coast. Despite its weakness, the quake, which was felt as far away as Kyoto and Kagoshima, caused a landslide on the bay's coast. The landslide pushed so much water across the bay that it sent a 50-foot wave towards Uryu-Jima Island.
The very small island, located a mile offshore from Oita, Kyushu's capital city, had only a six-mile circumference and was home to 5,000 people. The quake itself had little effect on the island's people, but the resulting wave totally submerged the island and killed about one in every five people. The island was uninhabitable long after the tsunami.
The tsunami also went on to destroy Saganoseki and two other small villages located on the Beppu Bay coast. About 1,000 acres of the mainland virtually disappeared in the disaster.”
When I called the glass shop they said that the glass for the back hatch on my van is a dealer item. I knew not to even call the Ford house, so I called three different salvage yards. I chose the one which would install it for me, and I could have it done at noon.
I knew that Ray wouldn’t be here, and I hadn’t heard from Jay, so my first stop was at the clinic. I had called and they said that there were three doctors there who could adjust my back, and to come on in. When I got there, the receptionist said it would be about a three hour wait, or I could see my regular chiropractor on the 19th. Sept.
Neither was an option, so I drove over to my old chiropractor, (who doesn’t take my insurance, so I have to pay there.) I drove right past the place, and when I turned around and went back, I knew why….THE BUILDING WAS GONE! I called and she told me their new address, so I had my back adjusted there. (My knee is still sore, but he said that if he hadn’t fixed my back that he would do it again today, free of charge. It seems to take longer for the pain to go away the older I get, so it might be alright.)
On my way to the salvage yard, I stopped at Home Depot, and one thing on the list was a new metal clad washing machine hose for the guest house. The rubber ones get old after years, like tires, and they can cause a flood. I know that old one had been on there for over 10 years. That was courting disaster.
As I had been given a Starbucks gift card, I stopped there to get a bite to eat. My, oh, my! They are proud of their goods! A turkey and cheese sandwich filled the empty spot, as I headed for the salvage yard at noon.
It took a long time for them to find the window in their racks, and even longer to start installing it. The office wasn’t even air-conditioned, so I followed my tire tracks in the dust to where they had taken my van all the way to a shop at the back of the lot. I wanted to keep an eye on the van anyway. That building was a bit cooler as it had a breeze going through it.
The installer said that it would take half an hour. I watched while some young people were chatting to him and taking his mind off the job. They didn’t seem to belong there, just hanging out. He seemed to know what he was doing and I am all glassed in again, but it took over an hour. He did mention that he was glad we hadn’t used duct tape on the broken window.
I didn’t even stop to get my critters any food, but I have just enough until I can get to the feed store. After being in the heat and wanting to get home to rest my adjusted back, I came home as that was enough for one day.