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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nine steps to communicate with your animal

Here's nine steps to start communicating with your animal. With a bit of patience you can get amazing results:

1. Create a quiet and calm atmosphere and give yourself lots of time. Mentally surround your animal with love and patience.

2. The animal will 'call you' by looking directly at you for a long time. Or:

3. Call the animal with your thoughts without any movement. Create a mental imagery of the animal coming to you. Nine out of ten times the animal will indeed come up to you and look at you.

4. If the animal doesn't want to talk with you then respect it and try some other time. The communication has to be on the premise of the animal.

5.  Create a relaxed eye contact.

6. Aim what you wish to communicate at the back of the head of your animal. A feeling, a simple thought, a simple question  - and preferably followed by a simple imagery.

7. Concentrate on the animal and be quiet inside. Be as relaxed and open as possible and wait to see what the animal has to say.

8. You will receive an imagery, a word or a thought into your consciousness from the animal. Have belief in it and let it have its impact on you, even if it might appear peculiar.

9. Make an agreement with the animal if you wish for it to change its behaviour and promise it a reward. Wait for the change to appear! And remember to keep your promise about the reward!!

Image ©fofurasfel's photostream

Friday, February 27, 2009

A charming holistic principle

Happy goat!

Yesterday I came across a brilliant article about 'holistic resource management principles'. Some years back a woman out of work but with a masters degree in weed science bought herself a herd of a hundred goats for the purpose of them to eat weeds! - and thereby starting herself a business.

To a cattle producer there will be no production on land that is covered with noxious weeds. Therefore, which is a well known fact, they use (expensive) pesticides to kill the weeds. What is also a well known fact is, that when a farmer uses pesticides, it creates a condition where weeds can mutate and become deformed which just increases the problem. Goats though prefer weeds and in the case of noxious weeds (like knapweeds), they have an enzyme in the saliva that detoxifies the toxin before they swallow. Also, because weeds can be symptomatic of poor soil with no organic matter to support good growth, the goats help in the way that everything they eat is then recycled as fertilizer and laid back down on the grasses because as the goat graze, they trample in the fertilizer!

So... this woman started a business offering the farmers her services with the goat herd. She now employs 12 people, calling it a service with a three-fold benefit: environmental, economical and social. It makes the goats happy, it makes the fields happy, it makes the woman and her workers happy and it makes the farmers happy!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A hero called "Chokolate"

This is only a "model" dog!

Some years back I came across a tiny newspaper item which touched me in a big way. Being very fascinated by books, stories and facts that truly demonstrates that animals do indeed have both intelligence and feelings, this little story stood out, and here it is told as a tribute to the dog "Chokolate":

"A four year old boy was out playing when a swarm og killer bees suddenly attacked him. His dog named "Chokolate" came to his rescue, putting itself protectingly on top of the little boy. Shortly afterwards the boy was rushed to the hospital where he soon was declared to be fine. Sadly the dog "Chokolate" died later the same day from the stungs from the attacking bee swarm."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Firefighter David Tree rescuing darling koala, now named Sam, from the Australian bushfires.

"The highest realms of thought
are impossible to reach
without first attaining
an understanding of compassion."

Socrates, Greek philosopher

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Think twice before you swat a bee!


During summertime I can get completely mesmerized observing a bee flying from flower to flower. I find its 'work-ethics' just amazing to watch. A bee beats its wings 11,400 times per minute... thus making its distinctive buzz. This means an astonishing 684,000 beats per hour - more than half a million times an hour!!! Here's a few more bee facts:

  • A bee visits between 50-100 flower in one collection trip (just think how many flowers this adds up to in a single day).
  • The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • The worker honey bees are female and lives 6-8 weeks and do all the work.
  • The male honey bees are called drones, and the do no work at all, have no stinger, all they do is mating.
  • It is the ONLY insect that produces edible food for humans and, as many will know, honey has many healing properties.

So in return for their effort... you might want to choose a more 'bee friendly' way to make a bee go away if you feel it's getting too close. Simply keep a water spray at the ready - a couple of whiffs will make the bee believe it's raining and it will go back home!

Quote by 'Lover of Animals' - Albert Schweitzer


"Don't let your hearts grow numb.
Stay alert.
It is your soul which matters."

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy chickens - Happy eggs!!


Have you ever noticed the colour difference between egg-yoke from free range chickens and chickens which lives in conditions where you have 40 chickens per quaremetre?

A happy free range chicken will produce an egg-yoke with a rich sunny orange colour whilst a chicken living in the aforementioned appalling conditions produces egg-yokes with a 'painful' pale yellow colour. It is like the life is literally sucked out of it and if you've ever noticed the difference in the colour you might also know that there's a world of difference in the taste of the egg. We simply cannot treat animals like they are machines with the single purpose to 'produce' for human profit. So yes, free range eggs are more expensive but who and what do we really want to subscribe to??

Who can possibly look into eyes like these and override the inborn instinct to protect?

"Killing animals for sport, for pleasure,
for adventure, and for hides and furs
is a phenomenon which is at once
disgusting and distressing.
There is no justification in indulging
in such acts of brutality."


Image ©WS Scans 

The healing power of cats


Cats are said to have many healing powers and I think this picture captures it in a nutshell... The power to disarm where hardness rules!

I believe anyone with a cat knows it will try and comfort you if you're feeling sad by nuzzling its head against you.  Here's a few other remarkable facts:
  • Cats lower stress levels
  • Cats lower the risk of heart attacks and stroke
  • Cats purr help strengthen bones
  • Cats help children develop resistance to atshma

The beauty of Blake's words


Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave the life, and bade thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave the clothing, wooly, bright;
Gave the such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made the?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I'll tell thee;
Little lamb, I'll tell thee;
He is called by thy name,
For he calls Himself a lamb, 
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child;
I a child, and thee a lamb,
We are called by His Name,
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!

William Blake

Love the sentiment behind this book


I love the sentiment behind this charming book. A group of more than 20 people have contributed to this book with stories of why they love their cat. Each one of them have waived fees for the benefit of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust in England - an animal trust with real heart and compassion. They run three low-cost neuter clinics for cats and dogs belonging to people unable to afford private veterinary fees - and a 24-hour rescue service and cat sanctuary. Also they rehabilitate feral cats, which other animal charities considers too difficult to catch and rehome. The founder, Celia Hammond, works out of from the sentiment to never label and animal a lost cause.

I just love when humans goes that extra mile. In a world where humans at large have become departed from themselves, acts of kindness almost seems a distant thought. But these little acts constitutes a larger consciousness. We need to nurture the essence of kindness in this world because just like an animal becoming extinct, so will the essence of  kindness, compassion and tenderness if not nurtured. Imagine a world without it... that would truly be a hostile environment - and coming back to caring for animals, why should their experience be any lesser than ours??

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. You can buy the book "Fur Babies - Why we love cats" at 

What would we do without their magnificent beauty and majesty?


FACT: With a total population of 30-35 individuals, the Amur leopard (Far Eastern leopard) is one of the most, if not the most, endangered large cats on earth. Reference:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The true story of Damini and Champakali

Damini was 55 when she was rescued from her "owners" in early 1998. She was sent to live at the Prince fo Wales Zoo in Lucknow, India, where she spent five months alone in the zoo before being joined by Champakali. Champakali, a working elephant had been granted maternity leave from her job carrying tourists and officials for the India Forest Department - the first elephant granted maternity leave for any forest department elephant.

When Champalaki arrived at the zoo in September 1998, the two elephants, Champa and Damini became inseparable in no time... to the relief of the Forestry Department and Zoo officials who were extremely worried about who would nurse Champa. But Damini took up the job instantly.

It is rare for working elephants to become pregnant according to officials, because there are no males among them. But a wild bull elephant had impregnated Champakali and because no one at the Forest Department witnessed the mating, the expected date of delivery was uncertain. In the wild, it is customary with a pregnant elephant in a herd where the real aunt or the other experienced relation acts as midwife. If an elephant chooses to deliver while standing - which is what the prefer - then the calf falls to the ground from a height and may get hurt or even die from the fall. So the midwife makes a cushion of sorts with her trunk to work as a shock-absorber. The midwife also breaks the amniotic membrane from the new newborn if it fails to break. But even before delivery, the aunt remains with the pregnant one to help her cope with pains. She also helps the mother in post-natal care of the calf.

This is what Damini assumed. She undertook the role of aunt, nurse and midwife for Champakali.

When Champalaki started to show advanced stage of pregnancy, Damini turned protective and caring toward Champa. Whenever Champa suffered labor pain, Damini rushed to her and caressed her. Damini ate only after Champa was fed and always trailer her when Champa took a stroll within the enclosure. She made herself available at all hours and Champakali lapped up the attention.

The first elephant to be granted maternity leave was pampered, mothered and loved since the day she arrived at the zoo. They had already christened the 'daugther-to-be' "Puhlkali" and she was eagerly awaited by the staff at the zoo and the Department of Forestry.

But, Champakali died while giving birth to a stillborn calf on April 11, 1999.

Unable to bear her death, Dr. Shukla, the zoo veterinarian who had been documenting every moment of Champakali's pregnancy, fell unconscious and had to be hospitalized. Niaz Ahmed, who helped care for Champakali for seven months was also hospitalized, overwhelmed with grief.

And Damini...
Damini stood, weeping by Champakali's body. At first she stood in one place for nine days, refusing food or water despite India's record heat wave. Her legs swelled up and gave way. She fell to the ground and layed on her side, staring at the staff with her eyes, moist with tears.

Doctors pumped more than 100 botles of glucose, saline and vitamins into her, set up fans against the blazing Indian heat, and tried to help her stand. But Damini remained on her side, weeping, her head and ears drooping, loose skin sagging and bone protruding. 
She did not recover from the loss of her beloved Champa.

Damini died of starvation on May 5, 1999, twenty for days after Champakali died giving birth... to a stillborn child.

Greek cats

An image I will treasure... 
two greek street cats being fed daily by a kindhearted spirit. 

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