OPTIMISM IS GOING AFTER MOBY DICK IN A ROWBOAT AND
TAKING TARTAR SAUCE
If cats and pups can cozy up
Why oh why can’t we
lie down with our “enemy”?
“Do not exalt yourselves above others, but consider all as your equals, recognizing them as the servants of one God.” Bahai World Faith, Abdu’l-Baha
“If we go to the fundamental level, we are the same human being. … Seven billion human beings are the same human being.” Dalai Lama
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
Thanks Dr. Carolyn M.!
Penelope and I met many years ago. I went for a carton of milk and there she was, an albino pig, in a grocery store. She was in a dangerous situation – it was only time before she ended up on the meat aisle. (OIY VEY) So for $9 I took her home with the milk.
I gave her a bit of color and a bow and she went to live in my therapy office.
How to Live Life to the Fullest
by Penelope the Pig, CPT*, RET
EAT greedily all the delectable things life gives you.
WALLOW in what’s soothing & cool.
SNORT at those who are not loving.
CELEBRATE how delicious you are.
PRAY you will not be eaten before your time.
PIG OUT on LOVE
*CPT, Certified Porcine Therapist
Its food consists mainly of termites, which it obtains by opening nests with its powerful sharp front claws. As the insects swarm to the damaged part of their dwelling, it draws them into its mouth by means of its long, flexible, rapidly moving tongue covered with sticky saliva.
- Their tongue can be flicked up to 150-160 times or more per minute.
- Giant anteaters have a two-foot-long tongue and huge salivary glands that produce copious amounts of sticky saliva when they feed.
- They have small spikes on their tongue that help keep the ants and other insects on the tongue while they are swept into the anteater’s mouth, where they are crushed against the hard palate.
- What we call an anteater’s nose is actually an elongated jaw with a small, black, moist nose, like a dog’s nose
- A full-grown giant Anteater eats upwards of 30,000 ants and termites a day and also eat ripe fruit if they find it on the ground.
- The Giant Anteater and regular anteaters have no teeth. Their physical digestion is aided by the pebbles and debris that they consume when they ingest insects.
- The giant Anteater lives above ground. The anteater finds a place to sleep, curls up, and covers itself with its bushy tail.
The female produces one offspring per birth. During much of its first year of life, a young Anteater will ride on its mother’s back. It is generally acknowledged that giant Anteaters have a poor sense of sight but a keen sense of smell. Their sense of smell has been estimated to be some 40 times stronger than that of humans.
When monarch butterflies wing their way south to central Mexico each fall, they use the sun to ensure that they stay on course. But how they head in the right direction on cloudy days has been a mystery.
It’s not unusual for animals engaged in long-distance migrations, including sea turtles and birds, to use an internal magnetic compass to get to where they’re going. But whether monarch butterflies have a similar ability had previously been unclear: Some studies had found weak evidence for a magnetic compass, while others found none at all.
It turns out the butterflies do use Earth’s magnetic field as a type of backup navigational system.
A paper published in the journal Nature Communications finally puts the issue to rest: The famous black-and-orange butterflies do, in fact, use a magnetic compass.
Researchers also found the reason for past conflicting evidence: The insects need ultraviolet [UV] light, which can penetrate cloud cover to power their magnetic compass—some of the previous studies didn’t provide the requisite illumination.
Butterflies may look fragile but evidence suggests otherwise:
- North American painted ladies lay their eggs in the deserts near the Mexican border.
- The orange butterflies, called painted ladies travel annually from the deserts of Southern California to the Pacific Northwest.
The butterfly, which is frequently mistaken for the monarch because of the similar colors, can move as fast a 25 mph and can go for days without stopping,
It can migrate up to 2,500 miles over mountains, seas and deserts and can travel at a much higher altitude than other insects.
- The painted lady is one of the most pervasive butterfly species in the world and is found on every continent except Antarctica and South America, according to National Geographic.
- Scientists estimate the migrating painted ladies number in the millions.
SInce retiring Peggy & Judy (hereby referred to as P & J) have not been able to keep me in the style in which I prefer to be kept. Gourmet doggie treats, doggie day care and trips to the salon are not, so they say, in their Social-Security-check budget (Social Security, it seems, is neither very social nor secure . .. for canines).
I thought about crowd-funding but have settled on T-shirts. They require no ironing and are user-friendly (the T-shirts as well as P & J).
Please buy my T-shirts. click here zazzle.com/store/curioustothemax. They make wonderful Canine Companion Clothing for all dog and human-walking. I promise to use all the proceeds for MY DOGGONE GOOD.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCE
Certified Canine Entrepreneur