Justifying Judgement or Choosing to Compassionately Face Fears?

The Cherokee Wolf Legend invites us to ask: Which Wolf Are We Feeding? “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” – Gandhi 🎙NOTE: This can be listened to as an audio recording here.🎙 Hello, Friends! Happy mid-March!  What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you’re up to …

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Amazing Arachnids

Teach them a spider does not spin a web. Spiders spin meaning. Cut one strand and the web holds. Cut many, the web falls. With the web's fall, so too falls the spider. Break the web. Break the spider. So breaks the circle of life. - Frederic M. Perrin Spiders. They either invoke reverence or …

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The Secrets and Splendor of Squamata

People fear what they don't understand and hate what they can't conquer. ― Andrew Smith July 16, 2015 My heart is so happy right now.  -Our social media news feed has been overtaken with posts about snakes!  But the posts are not snake-hating posts; they’re posts from snake savvy people who absolutely adore these magnificent, valuable, …

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Growls Are Better Than the Alternative

May 2015 Growls Are Good.  Let me be clearer: Growling is good when compared to not growling, and biting instead. In this post I will share with you what I have learned over the years concerning The Growl.   Why I Don't Recommend Punishing a Dog for Growling.   When a dog growls he/she is asking …

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Save The Paw!

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but "Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation Have you had an experience that changed the way you once viewed something? Have you ever known in your gut that something you were watching unfold or helping with seemed ”so right” …

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Try Giving Instead of Taking

There is a very common myth that taking an animal’s food or toys away while they are enjoying them, will teach the animal to allow anyone to come up and take things from them.  This “technique” at best, is usually viewed as an annoyance to the animal, but at worst it can trigger or create …

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Butt Sniffing 101

Butt Sniffing.  It's gross to most humans, but it's very important to our canine comrades. Derriere sniffing is just one of the many fascinating forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.  Animals all around the world use chemical communication to communicate.  Pheromones are the source of this communication! Pheromones are chemicals released by living …

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Tortoises Teaching Us Through Touch-Screen Technology!

The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals.  We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on …

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