Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Chicken Invaders?!

Checking my mailboxes generally includes making a visit to my.yahoo.com to dig through whatever mail is there and stick it into one of several assorted priority categories depending on how overwhelmed I am - and today I saw the cutest little chicken icon

...so having a general interest in chickens and chicken related oddities & humor, I had to click peck on it and landed on this page and read the following.

In the first chapter of the Chicken Invaders saga, you defended earth against an invasion of intergalactic chickens seeking revenge for the oppression of their earthly brethren. Just when you thought it was safe to eat chicken again, the chickens have returned with an organized invasion to take over the entire solar system! Journey to each planet and fight your way through to save the world again! Advance through waves of invading chickens, avoiding falling eggs and collecting power-ups to boost your spaceship's firepower. Fast-paced arcade action for one or two players.

no credit card required for free trial


Bwahahahaha!!! :rotfl:
Wish I had more time. Although I definitely don't have that much interest in "fast-paced arcade action", I am so buzzed about the graphics. They must be hilarious! I'll have to at least download the free trial sometime and give it a peck and a cackle or two!

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // August 30, 2006

!!!!!!!!!
I had that game!! I totally loved it! There were eggs and chickens, and even some cooked chicken parts to eat for energy. Sadly, my free trial ended. :(   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // August 30, 2006

Haha!! Cooked Chicken Parts?! Sounds pretty warped and funny. :D

In present company ;) "Chicken Reincarnata" (outdated chix parts festering in the fridge) comes to mind as another potential warped component of such a game. Microbes!

Heh, maybe I've been thinking about Spore too much. (I can't find time to play my Sims, yet I'm looking forward to Spore!)   

Saturday, August 26, 2006

BSL: Ontario Moves To Ban Labrador Retrievers

In other commentary, I found a pointer to this timely read ONTARIO MOVES TO BAN LABRADOR RETRIEVERS.

Here's a bit from it:
". . .the Attorney General said: "The public wants to be protected from dangerous dogs. The public supported the pit bull ban because they knew it was time to get dangerous dogs off our streets and out of our parks and backyards. The precedent has been set, our ban is working and it's time to look at other types of dogs involved in large numbers of bites and attacks."

As to whether it would be put to a vote in the Legislature or if public hearings would be held as they were for the pit bull ban, the response was: "We went through a vote, we had public hearings and we remained convinced that banning pit bulls was the right thing to do. The law allows the government to add any breeds or mixed breeds to its list of prohibited dogs without consultation. Municipalities have that authority as well."
Be sure that you read the link at the end of the above blog article. ;)

Timely! Actually I don't see it as bad parody at all, in fact on first reading, I thought.. "Well, but of course!!" :X

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Finally they came for me, but there was not one left to speak up."

- Martin Niemoeller, Lutheran Pastor sent to Dachau Concentration Camp in 1938.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Power of Google

I've no idea why the HTML title of this article at the moment is Sept 1, 2006, but it's still a good read. Get right with Google - September 1, 2006

Thanks to hubby for sending it on to me. :)

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Teaching Your Dog Self Control

Pedigree.com - Giving Your Dog “The Look”
Looks like something fun to do.

It looks like a wonderful exercise in developing another level of a respectful working partnership with ones canine buddy(ies).

I've done stuff like this before such as when teaching a dog that persistently paws for attention (you know the kind! They do this usually at the worst time, when you're wearing something that has to stay clean or not have pills and runs in it). For unwanted pawing, I teach the dog to shake hands on command - to give the correct paw when shaking hands but not to offer it until asked -- thereby teaching them to wait til the paw is asked for, so reducing and finally extinguishing unwanted annoying and destructive pawing --- At least it works for me; I'm pretty consistent with that one. I also consider NILIF and other little routines important in teaching canine self control. Dogs learn to see that they just can't barge in and run the show.

This "Look" routine in the Pedigree article would seem to teach more in the way of "Easy now, think about this will you?", thus more self control and encouragement of canine reasoning to the exercise. I'll be giving it a try, just for fun.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ScienceDaily: Contagious Cancer In Dogs Confirmed

Interesting reading - ScienceDaily: Contagious Cancer In Dogs Confirmed; Origins Traced To Wolves Centuries Ago

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Blogger Ron Southern sent us a woof // August 15, 2006

Hoo Ha! Cheer me up, why don'tcha?   

Monday, August 14, 2006

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Calendars

It's time!
Want your Anatolian in the breed Rescue Calendar?





Holly writes:

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting pictures for the 2007 Anatolian Calendar is August 30th. All proceeds help support Anatolians in rescue.

Photos can be original, glossy pictures from negatives or good quality digitals. Set your digital camera to the largest file size when taking photos an do not edit or crop before sending.

Email photos to Holly at: ballesterATanatolianshepherd.cc or send to:
ASDI
P.O. Box 429
Bushnell FL 33513

Photo deadline is August 30th.
COVER PHOTO WINS A FREE CALENDAR!


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We are taking orders, too! Calendars are sold on a pre-order basis and are $20.00 each. They will be sent out in time for the holidays.

Pay via Paypal here.

[Alternative ordering instructions are there too!]

Last year your support raised $1565.11 for rescue!
To see how calendar funds are being used visit here.

Thanks for your all your generous and continued support for our anatolians in Rescue!

Holly Ballester, Tracey Martin and Chyril Walker
(Team for Anatolian Shepherd Dog Rescue Calendar)

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Dog And Its Genome

Dearest Santa,

I want this book! The Dog And Its Genome: Elaine A. Ostrander, Urs Giger, Kerstin Lindblad-toh

Please?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Perfect Car!

Love this! Found it on Google videos last night called, "The Perfect Car for Women: Not that a man couldn't do with a car that packs up into his pocket..."

Awesome! :)

If my PT Cruiser, Kermit, could be carried around like this, I'd be able to get out of the driveway so much easier without needing James to move all the other cars out from behind my car.

A potential problem with this invention for some guys (and gals? I don't watch TV) is that their cars would be misplaced as easily as their TV remote controls and remote and cell phones.
And gosh, and purse snatchers would really get the goods! :X

And a few of my friends who will shall remain nameless here, will not lose their cars in carparks so easily. :D

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Zoey and Lots of FLOWERS!

Great photos from a Semavi doggie family member up in the next state. This is Semavi Kale Zoey, a 3.5 year old littermate sister to my Ruya girl (Ruya gazes at you at the bottom left of this blog template). Zoey is a big boned girl and tall, she was spayed at four months. Her character is all Anatolian! (see Paul's comment about her independence) Her temperament is really sweet and she's apparently quite social and loving. I just LOVE the expression on her face and the way she expresses her moods and thoughts with her ears, in the pics below. :) :)

Paul writes:
She is a beautiful girl and everyone loves her. Her only fault is she comes when she chooses, which is not necessarily when you call her. Most of the time she is fine but if she has her mind or eye on something else. Well she is her own boss then. [Typical Anatolian!]

She weighs about 153 and stands about 34 in. at the sholders about 36 in at the hips. The measurements are a little rough, she doesn't stand still very well for measurement. Her weight was at the vets when she went in for vacinations in early June.


Zoey and young family members
Zoey snuggling up with daughter-in-law and grandson.

Zoey with a sweet expression
Look at the love on that face!

She got that melted protoplasm look... sooooo content and happy... eyes closed, blissing out (happy sigh)... :) :)

She does look like she is standing on her own feet rather than le-e-e-eaning into her hapless love victim quite the way her mum does. heehee :p

Zoey with her 'dad'
You can see her just eating up the love.

Side note: From what little I see (there are more pics), Phyllis and Paul have have an awesome flower garden. All the pics had a brilliant riot of colorful flowers in them. For many of us, keeping dogs and having a garden can be mutually exclusive not that I have EVER had a green thumb anyway! Good job Phyllis! (assuming she's to blame!) :D

Here are a few older pics of Zoey with her cows - I didn't have a blog when I got these pics a couple years ago, so they are fun to share now while I'm going on about Zoey!
Zoey hanging out
OH, this is one picture I wish I could just step into!

Spot the Anatolian!
Betcha can't find the Anatolian! ;) (Zoey about 10 mos)

Spot the Anatolian!
Paul writes: The calf is about 2.5 months old, he and Zoey (4 mos) are best friends.

She seems to be such a sweetheart. Paul wrote about her before her first birthday and said:
There were two little Pugs in the office at the same time and they were just yap yapping and wanting to get close to Zoey. So, the people asked if it would be ok and so I let Zoey have a little leash. She got down on her belly and crawled close and let the little mutts sniff and walk around her. It was a very funny sight.


Amazing girl. Well that is a trick I've used when getting one of my ASDs introduced to a kid or critter much smaller than the dog. Just fold them up like a transformer so their size isn't intimidating. ;)

Related Link:
Last blog pic of Zoey - She's with her buddy Oliver here.

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // August 09, 2006

I don't know which is prettier - Zoey or the flowers! I do know that maintaining a nice garden is much easier with a *female* dog than with a male...   

Blogger Evrim sent us a woof // August 10, 2006

very cool. I am Turkish and nice to see photos of these beautiful dogs.   

Dog Bite Prevention Movie - Don't Get Bit!

I ran into this site while doing a search for dog related videos. This is a basic 'how to read dog' dog bite prevention movie -- Learn to Speak Dog video.

I watched the 14 MB version and think (from a deaf perspective) that it's a good cautionary primer and probably ideal for use with kids. There's some text overlay, which makes it useful for deaf folk too - although the video itself is not captioned. Hard of hearing or deaf people cannot hear a dog growl but only observe the dog's expression and body language. Kid will tend not to have the level of self control that comes with maturity (usually) so they tend to act on impulse, and I think the vid will be helpful because reading a dog becomes more interactive for them.

I think it is a start in the right direction but have a few reservations. Different dogs will express themselves somewhat differently so I think for many dog folk, the material may be a bit too simplistic but I think it's definitely a start in the right direction for many who do not 'read' dog at all.

The happy canine smile is a great thing to recognize. A tense dog cannot smile because its face is not relaxed. But just because a dog is not smiling doesn't mean that there is stress.

Same for yawns (depending on the scenario), and with my dogs -expressive little sneezes. Some dogs yawn loudly when they are impatient and excited and HAPPY -- and are sort of telling their person, "COME ON, let's get STARTED!!" Funny because some expressive yawners come from the same family. I've known several Salukis that are this way, really exaggeraged loud yawning. Some of my Anatolians do this with a flourish, a quivering shake of the head at the end of their yawn. LOL :rotfl:

Mine tend to do the little sneezes of happiness when speaking privately to another person or dog. The expressive yawn might take place in a more public display.

Anxiety yawning is rather situational, and mine will do this if they are annoyed sometimes. Like if I am trying out some collars on them and they would rather be doing their own thing at the moment, so it can be an expression of impatient annoyance - like a child that fidgets and whines when you try to clean them up, do their hair or adjust their clothes. Generally if the dog doesn't know you or has reason not to trust you, or is worried about a situation, you can see quick and rather quiet yawns in these situations.

I think when one isn't familiar with a particular dog, the film does have a good bit of merit. And if it saves people from getting into a bad situation with a dog, I think the film is a great one. I can't evaluate the film well since I'm not a hearing person and don't know what is being said in the film. Does it make dogs seem scary? Or does it advise in a positive manner?

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Surprise Visit!

Susan and Steve, from hundreds of miles away, were in the area and dropped by with their Anatolians yesterday. I didn't know they were in the area and it was such a wonderful heartsurprise to see them and their Semavi dogs.

Of course, being unprepared, a nice Saturday morning, I had been in the house in my lingerie, my hair tangled into a bun (no bone today, sorry Wilma), reading, cooking and trying to get caught up with some email and other projects when James came in and told me that they were all out front waiting for me! EEEEEK! Ha! So I grabbed a sweater and overalls and shoved my babydoll into them (don't ask, I wasn't thinking), grabbed a digital camera, and a notepad (for scribbling to me, I'm deaf) and went out to see them.

Wonderful!! Steve and Susan looked wonderful and the dogs were just gorgeous, healthy, happy and so well behaved! Steve took some great pics for me on my digital so gotta share my fave!

Khazu & Dylan with me
Me with Khazu and Dylan

Khazu (Semavi Kale Kumandan) is a pinto three and a half year old male from my 2003 litter, a littermate to my girl Ruya. He is OFA hips good and elbows normal and so cute! Because of his large bone and size, he looks like he will be mature in another 2 years. He's very loyal to Susan and Steve, so he doesn't love on 'just anyone'. He's polite and confident in public. Like his brother Kadim in Finland and my other Anatolians, he seems to regard public displays by smaller fiesty dogs (with an attitude toward big dogs) - as mere invisible little insects that must simply be ignored. For fun and apparently good muscle conditioning for him, Susan says he pulls her along when she rides a scooter, and he proudly breezes along at 20 mph. It's fun she says, but she's gotta work hard at keeping it all under control, lol. I got the mental visual of a big and flashy cart horse commanding everyone's attention as he trots by!

Dylan (Semavi Dylan) is 8 years old, a spay, the red female. She's sister to my Zor (Khazu's mom) and thus the auntie to Khazu. She's very social and loves everyone and I think typical of my girls, tends to be more independent(stubborn) than the boys. Both dogs go on hikes with Steve and Susan. They have a photo page here. A side note on 'loves everyone', after Dylan and Khazu went back into the car, Susan and Steve visited with Ruya and Boone. Ruya zoomed around excitedly and just threw herself on the ground with legs running in the air (squirming about on dusty crushed granite, no less) a couple times, for belly rubs, which rather startled them, sheesh! Boone was polite and standoffish, rather aloof to them but bold and sweet. Ruya is in heat so we didn't bring her to meet her brother.

You can't really tell from the smaller size of this picture, but Susan had arranged the dogs to stand just SO, and the dogs are all EYES on Susan while Steve snaps the shot. I'm the only one looking at Steve and the camera. Great shot! Too funny because Susan is alpha mom and the kids know it! I'm just a cardboard figure in the pic for all they care. Haha! (j/k!)

I'm impressed too, since one of my chickens came out to check out the commotion. The dogs' ears came forward, but there was no tugging. Now you can never predict how a dog will react to a strange chicken unless they continually lived around them and grown bored. When Khazu was a pup with us, he had of course known our chickens and including the one trying to join us, but chooks tend to look alike when you don't personally know them. He hadn't been around mine for over 3 years. Auntie Dylan had also known our assorted chickens and had been a baby when we had a batch of pesky roosters too. So her chicken experiences included her being beat on with claws, pecking and beating wings by puffed up broody hens with their babies. (That'll sure teach an Anatolian pup to respect that particular group of chickens)

I'm really fond of chickens (and *hint* chicken jokes, you guys!), so here's some shots.
Broody hen
Broody hen and one day old baby chicks

Chickens and pups
Chickens waiting to steal puppy chow
Above pic shows L-R counter-clockwise: Kabul, Zor and Dylan (one month old) and a few pesky hens scheming to clean up their puppy chow. I'm holding the camera and flipping a rag back and forth to shoo the hens - to keep the hens from shooing the pups away from their chow. (it's a "dog eat dog" world sometimes!)

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Blogger Kiramet sent us a woof // August 06, 2006

Woof! Woof! Yo, bro', you've grown tall!

.... says Kadim in Finland...   

Blogger ZaltanaAnatolians sent us a woof // August 06, 2006

They are both beautiful and so good to hear what wonderful temperaments they have. Marlene   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // August 12, 2006

I'm so happy you love chickens (and chicken jokes!) too!

Here's one for you...

Q:Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?


A: Because if it had 4 doors it would be a sedan!

Sorry, :p I know it's a bad joke...

Love to see the pics of your dogs, can't wait to have a home of my own and have a dog of my own too!
-elsje   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // August 12, 2006

Elsje,

That probably my fave chicken joke of all time. I've probably told it to my various captured audiences more than once! LOL :D
Thank you TY TY!!! heehee

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Marlene & Kirsi,

I just love these guys! What can I say?

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To the Turkish guest who dropped by, thank you for your kind comments! I couldn't publish your comment since it linked to warez and adult sites, but I agree with your points and admiration of the dogs :) :)   

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Reading Email Headers

This appears to be a very helpful page for those who find a need to learn how to read email headers. Go here - Reading Email Headers

This is an area for self paced homeschooling for all. Knowing more about the origins of messages is a very useful skill. It can help prepare you to protect yourself against forgeries, as well as helping you to work out internal problems of email delivery. It helps to go through your old emails from friends for practice. Also if you have more than one email address, send a message to yourself from the other address and add perusal of its headers to your self-paced study.

There are many places to look up IPs. One (of many) that I often use is here - Geobytes

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