Just a single photograph!
I was of two minds as to whether I should even publish a Picture Parade for today.
Then I decided “Yes”.
Just a single photograph!
I was of two minds as to whether I should even publish a Picture Parade for today.
Then I decided “Yes”.
Clover comes to the aid of her human friend!
This was a story that appeared in my ‘in box’ yesterday afternoon but I didn’t want all the clutter that came with it. No problem because there were a number of videos on YouTube and I selected one that seemed to capture the essence of the story.
Words from the Today programme.
By Tim Fitzsimons
March 25, 2021
A dog named Clover is being hailed by Canadian media as a hero for helping her human, Haley Moore, survive a seizure that struck her suddenly during a walk.
Moore was strolling through the Stittsville neighborhood of Ottawa on Tuesday when she seized and fell to the curb, CTV News reported.
The incident was captured by a neighbor’s home security camera.
Clover, a year-and-a-half-old Maremma mix, sprung into action, attending first to Moore before bounding into the street and stopping traffic.
Dryden Oatway, a driver who stopped thanks to Clover’s heroics, said, “It was really impressive, the dog actually blocked my way. She kind of backed into the road to block my truck.”
Clover stopped another driver and then returned home.
“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and being really confused, just like, ‘What is going on?'” Moore recalled in an interview with CTV. The cause of the seizure remains unknown.
Moore’s father, Randall Moore, told CTV that Clover was fed delicious steaks as a reward for her faithful service.
Psychology Today reported in March that new research suggests that seizure-predicting dogs are aided by the scent of volatile organic compounds that are excreted around seizures.
Here is the YouTube video.
I’m still having some difficulty with the new WordPress but it is easier than yesterday.
A wonderful theme from John Brooks
John Brooks is a fellow author in that he writes a blog.
But he is also a dog lover and a contributor from time to time to this blog.
He last contributed in December, 2020 when he wrote about pigs.
So I am delighted once again to feature another article from John.
You don’t have to be Andy Warhol or Pablo Picasso to draw artistic inspiration from your pet, but it doesn’t hurt that they were two of the first famous artists to use their pets as muses. Pet portraits have appealed to owners and their friends and loved ones for centuries. Today, many pet owners wouldn’t hesitate to invest in artwork depicting their beloved animals. Here are some reasons to get a pet portrait.
Capture Their Personality
Most pets get fidgety after spending a while in a portrait session. This is why many artists use photos to capture the essence of the pet’s behavior in a natural setting. A custom portrait of your pet can be modern, fun, and informal, depending on the artist you contract. In some cases, artists add elements based on their perception of the pet’s personality.
Artists of pet portraits may start by sketching or painting an image. It’s cheaper to have someone manipulate a digital photo to look like a real painting, but the masterful detail is why people are willing to pay more for a true portrait.
Pet Portraits can Last a Lifetime If Done by Professionals
Pet portraits or photos are beautiful memories. However, poorly done ones are rarely conducive to sentimental reminiscence. It’s important to have experts do them. The best portraits can last for years, maybe even decades.
The more qualified the professional, the more durable the material, and the better the results will be. Expert services can take care of editing and printing for you, make your pets look even more beautiful than they are, and customize photo sizes as needed. People need portraits for different reasons, for example, a traditional Christmas card or phone wallpaper.
To Memorialize your Furry Loved One
Commemorating your pet is an obvious reason to commission a portrait. You want to be reminded of them if they’re not in your life anymore.
Pet Portraits Leave Little Room for Interpretation
Art is almost always open to interpretation. We might wonder whether a blob of paint was made by a kid or an adult who wanted to make some kind of statement. A pet portrait is what it is, the end of the story.
To Support a Cause
You may want to support animals in shelters or make a statement against animal cruelty. You can support any cause by getting your pet’s portrait painted. For example, animal lovers and artists Shayan Asgharnia and Suzanne Donaldson worked on portraits of shelter dogs in collaboration with STAR, a pet rescue organization. The project got other people to save the dogs by adopting them.
If you want to raise awareness of the condition of animals in shelters, there are probably many pet owners and artists in your area who’ll be willing to help.
Finding the Right Artist for Your pet Portrait
You can ask coworkers, friends, or relatives if they’ve used such services or know an artist who does pet portraits. Their recommendation or referral will help provide first-hand feedback on the professional’s services. If nobody can give one, you can look online for artists to work on your pet’s portrait painting. Try Instagram and Etsy by all means. They’re the platforms of choice for creative types. You could do a Google search by typing “pet artist” and your state and city or district.
Pet artists work with watercolor, charcoal, oil, or acrylic paint. More specialized professionals can work on glass, metal, wood, and other less common canvases. They also have various creative outputs and styles. Some are best at comic paintings. Others excel at illustrations. Still, others do traditional portraits only. Before you decide to get in touch with an artist, look at their work samples carefully.
There is so much good advice in this post from John.
Pictures and photographs mean so much especially when one wants to remember loved ones who have died in previous years.
Jean has painted her pet dogs for many years and the paintings are here at home.
Let me close this post by remembering Pharaoh.
Yes, there is no question that pictures are the best.
Postscript: Overnight, the 24th that is, WordPress decided to significantly upgrade their software. So when I was writing this post during the 25th I was struggling at times. I hope it comes out alright.
And I am still talking about dogs!
I wasn’t going to publish a post for today because I had to go to the dentist yesterday for an 11 am appointment. In the afternoon the aesthetic was still making my jaw a little ‘sleepy’. But then I saw this article about a particular dog loving blueberries and figured is was too good to overlook. The article was published in The Dodo.
You will undoubtedly agree with me!
She even snuggles them 😂❤️️
By Caitlin Jill Anders
Published on 3/10/2021
Ava is an incredibly sweet and caring dog, and one of her favorite things in life has always been toys.
“Any time anything happens, her answer is to bring over a toy,” Talia Henze, Ava’s mom, told The Dodo. “And I mean any time. If anyone laughs, if she sees anyone sad, she gets up and brings over a toy.”
One day, Ava was watching her mom snack on some blueberries. She looked so curious that Henze decided to give her one. She thought Ava would enjoy having a little treat, but instead, for some reason, she decided to treat the blueberry exactly like one of her toys.
“She’s been trained to only eat her treats and long-lasting chew stuff on her elevated bed or in her crate, so she naturally just brings new toys, treats, etc. to those places,” Henze said. “So it didn’t surprise me that she brought the berry to it. But she just never ate it.”
Instead, Ava gently carried the blueberry around, caring for it tenderly. She showed absolutely no interest in having it as a snack. Her mom thought maybe she just didn’t understand what it was and tried to show her, but it was no use. The blueberry had become Ava’s friend, and that was that.
“She kind of just carried it around to her different places for a while and snuggled it,” Henze said. “When she eventually got bored and left it in her crate, I tried showing her [how] to eat it by breaking it open … She wanted nothing to do with it when it was broken.”
Now, every time Henze gives Ava a blueberry, the same exact thing happens. They’ve become one of her favorite toys, and it’s the cutest quirky habit ever.
“So I know she doesn’t really like eating them, but every time I eat blueberries she seems to want one,” Henze said. “So I just give her one every time … She tried to eat one once when I really encouraged it, but she just spat it out.”
To Ava, blueberries are friends, not food. They’re her little buddies, and that’s never going to change.
No one has any idea why Ava loves playing with blueberries so much, or why she’s so opposed to actually eating them. Her mom doesn’t question it anymore, though. It’s just a part of who Ava is, and that’s perfectly OK with her.
Dogs are as much a mystery at times as they are pure companions. This is an example of a dog, Ava, who has set her mind on something and that is it! All of us dog carers know this about the animal. I guess there’s a logic to the way that a dog thinks even though that logic is beyond reach to us humans.
But that is one of the many characteristics that makes the dog so precious and so adorable.
A recent video suggests not!
I was idly browsing the BBC News online a couple of days ago and saw this small but wonderful piece.
The dogs helping endangered Tasmanian devils find a mate
A world-first trial in Australia is using detection dogs to help zookeepers identify when Tasmanian devils may be ready to breed.
If the programme is successful, it’s hoped the method could help other endangered species too.
Video by Isabelle Rodd
There is a video available but it is nearly an hour long.
This was a real treat!
Jim Ingraham of our local Caveman Camera Club sent out an email last week.
Wednesday, March 17th will be our next education meeting. It will be a light painting field trip with Dale George as the teacher/instructor.
We will meet at Reinhart Volunteer Park (also known as All Sports Park) at 7 pm. When you go into the park take your first left. Just go to the end of the very long parking lot and you are there.
As much as I don’t want to say this, I gotta…Observe social distancing and wear your facial covering. I want all members to attend. I cannot and would not attempt to enforce this, do what you’re going to do, but please be respectful of others.
Bring camera, tripod, remote shutter (not absolutely necessary), fully charged battery, warm clothes, maybe a headlamp to see your camera dials.
Daylight savings time will be in effect so it won’t be getting dark until 7:30 or so.
Let’s get out of the house and have some fun.
Now I didn’t have a clue as to what a “light painting field trip” was but Jeannie agreed to come with me so we both turned up on the 17th at 7pm.
This was the area of the park where we all assembled.
In the main a single individual stood in front of us waving a light board in a synchronised manner. It was a flashing board. But there were times when he was joined by a woman and they both swung their own light boards.
Apart from cropping the images a little these photographs are as they were shot!
Talk about incredible!
(The shots were taken with a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 24-120 mm lens attached.
The settings were approximately 30 seconds Bulb f7.1 ISO 320.)
A good summary of all that matters.
The Dog and Cat Food update was announced two days ago.
In the covering email they said:
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,
You’re getting this email because you signed up on our website and asked to be notified. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this message.
Bravo Packing of Carney’s Point, NJ, is expanding its recall to now include multiple dog and cat food products due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.
For full details, please visit the following link: Bravo Packing Expands Dog and Cat Food Recall
Best Dog Food for March 2021
The Dog Food Advisor has recently updated the following best dog food pages:
- Best Dry Dog Foods
- Best Puppy Foods
- Best Large Breed Puppy Foods
- Best Dog Foods for Small Dogs
- Best Dog Food for Allergies
- Best Grain-Free Dog Foods
- Best Dog Foods Made with Grain
- Best Budget-Friendly Dog Foods
- Best Dog Food for Specific Breeds
- Best Senior Dog Foods
Please be sure to share this news with other dog and cat owners.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor
Saving Good Dogs From Bad Dog Food
Now onto the Bravo Packing recall.
March 16, 2021 — Bravo Packing, Inc., of Carneys Point, New Jersey, is expandingits previously announced voluntary recall of two pet food products to now include all pet food and bones in all package sizes… because they may be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.
During an FDA inspection, samples collected tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes and resulted in a recall due to the potential health risks to humans and pets.
See The Dog Food Advisor’s previous announcement here.
Bravo Packing, Inc. is expanding the recall due to potential cross contamination of the following dog and cat food products.
Label Images of Recalled Products
The following label images are included in the FDA bulletin. No other photographs were provided by the company.
Salmonella can cause illness in pets eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet food products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected pets, or any surfaces exposed to these products.
People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
People who have these symptoms after having contact with the products identified in this recall or with a pet that has eaten these products should contact their healthcare providers.
A pet with a Salmonella infection may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.
If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms.
Infected pets, including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals nearby.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
No human or animal illnesses related to the identified products have been reported to date.
Where Were the Products Sold?
Bravo Packing Inc. generally works with distributors that fill orders to retail storesand to consumers directly nationwide.
What to Do?
Consumers with any of the affected products should handle them with caution, discard products in a secure container, and wash hands and surfaces properly.
Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, ET).
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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As always, please share this around as much as you can.
Because even just one dog owner being informed of this Dog Food Recall makes it all worthwhile.
Nothing to do with dogs but everything to do with the future!
An item in The Conversation recently was not only interesting from a scientific point-of-view but also it had real lessons for the way that we humans are interfering with the planet.
As The Conversation introduced the article:
A mile below the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, an ancient Arctic ecosystem is preserved in the frozen soil. How scientists discovered its leaves, twigs and mosses is a story in itself. It starts with a secret military base built into the northern Greenland ice.
Scientists Andrew Christ and Paul Bierman describe the discovery as something of a Rosetta stone for understanding how well the ice sheet stood up to global warming in the past – and how it might respond in the future.
So, for a change, read something that has nothing to do with our furry friends.
In 1963, inside a covert U.S. military base in northern Greenland, a team of scientists began drilling down through the Greenland ice sheet. Piece by piece, they extracted an ice core 4 inches across and nearly a mile long. At the very end, they pulled up something else – 12 feet of frozen soil.
The ice told a story of Earth’s climate history. The frozen soil was examined, set aside and then forgotten.
Half a century later, scientists rediscovered that soil in a Danish freezer. It is now revealing its secrets.
Using lab techniques unimaginable in the 1960s when the core was drilled, we and an international team of fellow scientists were able to show that Greenland’s massive ice sheet had melted to the ground there within the past million years. Radiocarbon dating shows that it would have happened more than 50,000 years ago. It most likely happened during times when the climate was warm and sea level was high, possibly 400,000 years ago.
And there was more. As we explored the soil under a microscope, we were stunned to discover the remnants of a tundra ecosystem – twigs, leaves and moss. We were looking at northern Greenland as it existed the last time the region was ice-free. Our peer-reviewed study was published on March 15 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
With no ice sheet, sunlight would have warmed the soil enough for tundra vegetation to cover the landscape. The oceans around the globe would have been more than 10 feet higher, and maybe even 20 feet. The land on which Boston, London and Shanghai sit today would have been under the ocean waves.
All of this happened before humans began warming the Earth’s climate. The atmosphere at that time contained far less carbon dioxide than it does today, and it wasn’t rising as quickly. The ice core and the soil below are something of a Rosetta Stone for understanding how durable the Greenland ice sheet has been during past warm periods – and how quickly it might melt again as the climate heats up.
Secret military bases and Danish freezers
The story of the ice core begins during the Cold War with a military mission dubbed Project Iceworm. Starting around 1959, the U.S. Army hauled hundreds of soldiers, heavy equipment and even a nuclear reactor across the ice sheet in northwest Greenland and dug a base of tunnels inside the ice. They called it Camp Century.
It was part of a secret plan to hide nuclear weapons from the Soviets. The public knew it as an Arctic research laboratory. Walter Cronkite even paid a visit and filed a report.
One of the original scientists, glaciologist Chester Langway, kept the core and soil samples frozen at the University at Buffalo for years, then he shipped them to a Danish archive in the 1990s, where the soil was soon forgotten.
A few years ago, our Danish colleagues found the soil samples in a box of glass cookie jars with faded labels: “Camp Century Sub-Ice.”
On a hot July day in 2019, two samples of soil arrived at our lab at the University of Vermont frozen solid. We began the painstaking process of splitting the precious few ounces of frozen mud and sand for different analyses.
First, we photographed the layering in the soil before it was lost forever. Then we chiseled off small bits to examine under the microscope. We melted the rest and saved the ancient water.
Then came the biggest surprise. While we were washing the soil, we spotted something floating in the rinse water. Paul grabbed a pipette and some filter paper, Drew grabbed tweezers and turned on the microscope. We were absolutely stunned as we looked down the eyepiece.
Staring back at us were leaves, twigs and mosses. This wasn’t just soil. This was an ancient ecosystem perfectly preserved in Greenland’s natural deep freeze.
How old were these plants?
Over the last million years, Earth’s climate was punctuated by relatively short warm periods, typically lasting about 10,000 years, called interglacials, when there was less ice at the poles and sea level was higher. The Greenland ice sheet survived through all of human history during the Holocene, the present interglacial period of the last 12,000 years, and most of the interglacials in the last million years.
But our research shows that at least one of these interglacial periods was warm enough for a long enough period of time to melt large portions of the Greenland ice sheet, allowing a tundra ecosystem to emerge in northwestern Greenland.
We used two techniques to determine the age of the soil and the plants. First, we used clean room chemistry and a particle accelerator to count atoms that form in rocks and sediment when exposed to natural radiation that bombards Earth. Then, a colleague used an ultra-sensitive method for measuring light emitted from grains of sand to determine the last time they were exposed to sunlight.
Lessons for a world facing rapid climate change
Losing the Greenland ice sheet would be catastrophic to humanity today. The melted ice would raise sea level by more than 20 feet. That would redraw coastlines worldwide.
About 40% of the global population lives within 60 miles of a coast, and 600 million people live within 30 feet of sea level. If warming continues, ice melt from Greenland and Antarctica will pour more water into the oceans. Communities will be forced to relocate, climate refugees will become more common, and costly infrastructure will be abandoned. Already, sea level rise has amplified flooding from coastal storms, causing hundreds of billions of dollars of damage every year.
Andrew Christ, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Geology, University of Vermont and Paul Bierman, Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment, Professor of Geology and Natural Resources, University of Vermont
The article is republished with the full permission of The Conversation.
I hope you read it because the way the climate is changing is affecting all of us now and sooner rather than later we have all got to amend our ways. Indeed, when I look at anyone who has potentially thirty or more years of life in them I ponder what their future is going to be like. And, of course, it won’t be a drastic change in thirty years it is already happening now albeit at times difficult to see.
But there is not one scintilla of doubt that we humans are the cause and we humans have to be the solution!
A rare sight!
Once again a recent post on The Dodo I felt was worthy of a share.
See what I felt when you read the following:
“It was nearly half a pizza.”
A man in California who took up wildlife photography a decade ago had never seen anything quite like what he saw this fall — and he was lucky he had his camera with him.
Every morning, Russell Greaves, of Huntington Beach, California, goes out to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve behind his house to immerse himself in that slice of the natural world. He often sees coyotes, enough that he’s begun to recognize individuals in the area.
“A lot of people here just love the coyotes,” Greaves told The Dodo over the phone, during his morning walk on Tuesday.
One morning in October, he saw a familiar wild coyote. It was a mom who had given birth to a litter of pups six months before.
“She had had four pups,” Greaves said. “The pups would come out and play around, while dad went out to hunt. But they’re out on their own now.”
It was nice to see the mom again — but there was something different about her. And as she got closer, Greaves couldn’t help but laugh.
Somehow, the mother coyote had found a pizza — and she decided to go ahead and take it with her.
“It was nearly half a pizza,” Greaves said. It’s not certain where the coyote managed to find this enormous meal. Greaves said that there are some homeless people who camp out in the woods and perhaps she swiped it from them.
Since her pups had already gone out on their own, she probably wasn’t planning on sharing, Greaves speculated. “I thought, ‘This has got to be for herself.’”
More important than this meme-worthy sight is the balance the residents of the area have struck with the natural world — something sorely lacking in other communities across the country, where coyotes are often brutally hunted in killing contests.
Admittedly, not everyone loves the coyotes quite as much as Greaves does, but many people are fascinated by the wild family living nearby, and people take precautions to ensure a peaceful coexistence. “We tell people to not feed the coyotes. They’re not here to eat human food,” Greaves said. “We tell people who are walking their little dogs to be careful because the coyotes are around.”
“The coyotes come back to the same habitat because they like it here,” Greaves added.
And the coyotes are lucky to have people like Greaves, who love having them there.
Just another wildlife story of endless fascination about the animal kingdom.
Back to Nimbushopper!
(And our clocks in Oregon have gone forward an hour to Pacific Daylight Time.)
I am so grateful to the ongoing permission to republish photographs from Nimbushopper’s Flickr page.
Again, more from Nimbushopper in a week’s time!