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« Reply To This #260 on: April 02, 2011, 09:19:48 AM »

Now, here’s someone who takes dog- (and the woman, below, both dog-and-cat-) loving to a brand new level.*

It was only because I was actually a little stunned when I came across the first picture that I’m posting at all, actually a much more dramatic computer-screen-filling version of the picture on the BBC website**, and that I found myself looking for a copy of the pic that I’d be able to drag onto my desktop so I could share it with you.   In the course of my search, I ended up finding out probably a whole lot more than I ever actually really wanted to know about these individuals who have redefined for me the concepts of “rescue dog” and “rescue cat.”  But it was still kind of fun.

*But then again, there’s the “… Chinese woman (who) has given up her job, her home and her car to adopt more than 1,500 stray dogs…”
(Several more pictures can be seen at this link).

**Since I wasn’t able to capture the BBC’s much larger and so much more startling version of that photo, I’d encourage you to go to this link and check out the third picture in the slideshow (the one just after Lady Gaga!) to mimic the “Wow!” of the experience that I had when I first came across it.

EDIT: Quite by chance, I just came across this article with its own interesting pics of some Brazilian counterparts of these Chinese animal lovers. Interestingly, the favelas they built for the dogs there were far superior in construction to many of the favelas that house the Brazilian poor.  Humans, that is.

EDIT #2: Speaking of Brazil, speaking of favelas, and speaking of the Brazilian poor just reminded me I wanted to tell you to be sure to check out the movie/DVD, Waste Land***, about a New York Brazilian-born artist, Vic Muñiz, who forms a lifetime attachment with some impoverished Brazilians who make their living scavenging for recyclables in the world’s largest garbage dump. It’s absolutely tremendous!  You’ll get the flavor of it from the two minute video you can watch, here.

***Check out the customer reviews at that link to see that it wasn't just me who'd gotten enthralled with this flick.

EDIT #3: One of my golden friends just sent me this.  I didn't think that it was probably worth starting a new post over, but since I had a pretty doggy post going already, anyway, I thought I would just go ahead and tack it on.  I figure that if anyone has gotten this far in this post, as it is, that that means that they/you are already extremely tolerant of my post volumes, and so my adding a little more wouldn't tick you off anymore than the rest of my posts might.  Anyway, for me, this great and happy dog definitely brought on a smile or two or 3. If you're lucky, he will for you, too. 

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« Reply To This #261 on: April 06, 2011, 02:16:31 PM »

When I came across the first pic, below, I was almost certain that it was some kind of clever PhotoShopped composition.  But then, I investigated further and found a video, here, which would be a little more challenging to doctor or goof around with.  Fun stuff.  The video says that the parents are now thinking that maybe they'll get their daughter a horse, after all.  After seeing how great her friend, Luna, is, I'm wondering why, at this point, she'd even want one.


EDIT: For maybe, or maybe not obvious reasons, the pictures of Regina and her sweetheart, Luna, brought the expression, “When pigs fly” to my mind.  That particular phrase, besides signifying that it’s going to be a cold day in Hades (ha!) before some quite improbable event is going to take place, also happens to be the name of a really great dog-training book that Fella almost swears by (or, is it, swears at?).

In any event, I decided to see if I could find any pictures of flying pigs at Google images. Sure enough, I found one of a darling named “Miss Porky,” taken apparently, when she was competing in a pig-flying competition in Melbourne, Australia.  

Turns out that Melbourne is the home of our friend Florence’s new website savior, KF Brennan.  So, if you’re reading this, kind Brennan, some September, why don’t you go scope out the competition at the Royal Melbourne Show for us and then maybe report back to let us know just how goes it with the flying porkies???  Stock shows are really fun, anyway.  I'd love to go, myself, if I were ever in the neighborhood.

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« Reply To This #262 on: April 07, 2011, 09:19:14 AM »

Saw this minute-long video*on the news last night which immediately set me off on one of my favorite kinds of quests, as you’ll see if you look below.

The Power of a Hug, or…. Mom-mmmy, Can I Please Have a Baby Orangutan? Pleease.
*Make sure you stick it out til the yawn.

Click on the one with the baby tigers, especially.

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« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 09:22:50 AM by Jill » Logged
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« Reply To This #263 on: April 07, 2011, 09:21:06 AM »

Daaa-dy.  Mommy said we couldn’t get a baby orangutan because they’re too wild, so can we get a baby elephant, instead?  Pleease.

This video is especially neat.

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« Reply To This #264 on: April 07, 2011, 09:48:57 AM »

Jill, I just wanted to let you know how much the photos you post in this thread and others are brightening up my days.  They are wonderful!  Thank you for taking the time to share them.
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« Reply To This #265 on: April 07, 2011, 07:50:29 PM »

Wanted to doublely agree that it is fun to see Jill's pics.

Thought I would mention Fella's pic is great.

I was a child dog bite survivor: walking up to pat a dog in the middle of a dog fight. Thankfully I still love dogs! I just learned early to be careful of when to approach and how. Sadly a child I know was torn up with scarring by a friend's dog. The only thing people can discern is the friend's dog may have smelled a trip to the zoo from earlier in the day on her person.

I recently started a new "dog" team on kiva called MoreWaggyTails,LessBarks&Growls that I think is fun. There are certainly good causes in teams, but thought I would do this for fun. I have that Wag More, Bark Less sticker on my car. Didn't know if it was copyrighted so I developed this name instead.

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« Reply To This #266 on: April 17, 2011, 02:20:47 PM »

Anyway, here's a smile to leave you with.  I'm thinking it'd be good to give someone else a chance to post today, so I'm going to sign off with this charmer.

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« Reply To This #267 on: April 19, 2011, 10:58:01 AM » is one of those websites, especially if you’re an animal lover, where it’s a desirable thing to let several days or more go by before you revisit it.  Then, as happened with me this morning, you’ll get to have all kinds of fun stuff to check out that they’ve posted since you were last there.

I’m including here just a few of the pics that charmed my morning, but  I wanted to tell you:

When you go there, yourself, be sure to check out the video of Little Augo, the polar bear cub, to see what entertainingly infinite pleasure, apparently, a little bear cub can get out of playing with an ol’ beat blue plastic bucket.  The addition of the music accompanying Augo’s antics was a nice touch.

All right.  It's somebody else's turn, now.  See you....

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« Reply To This #268 on: May 10, 2011, 10:46:22 PM »

My computer fix-it guy/friend who was going to come and take my computer, thereby saving us ALL, just called to say his van's water pump gave out, so…..

Compliments of my friend, Fella,
All you cat-lovers out there, this first one is for you.

And, as long as I'm totally screwing around and am here, anyway…..


Having to admit that this equality-preacher is prejudiced, too, gotta say that I could have done without the one with the snake…..

EDIT: I'm not about to create a separate post just for this, so, even though this has less than absolutely nothing to do with this post or this thread, I'm going to tack on a quote by Maya Angelou that I came across today, the substance of which I liked and inwardly responded to.  The wording of it? Well, maybe I would have had it somehow more eloquently expressed, though, on the other hand, I guess the eloquence is in the thought, itself:
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
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« Reply To This #269 on: May 14, 2011, 11:58:49 AM »

99 Fun Facts About Dogs
99 Interesting Facts About Cats

Here Are A Couple of Totally Silly But Smile-Inducing Dogger Videos.

The 2nd (pretty clever) one, Ultimate Dog Tease, I’m posting for the one or two people left in the world who haven’t yet seen it.  It’s hard to say whether it was that video that I thought was so cute, or whether it was just my friend who was showing it to me, and how much he was cracking up while he was watching it (and that, no doubt, for probably the billionth time).

The pics I’m attaching I’m simply attaching because I think that nature is amazing, and they just brought that to mind in case any of us were ever at risk of forgetting it.  NOTE: They're tremendously more amazing if you click on them and give them some size.

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