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MY PACK

It’s back to school for the kids and they have been hunting for bagpacks and pencil boxes. As for me I have been busy shepherding my pack in the right direction. After all, the flock has to be safe in the pen, safe from the wolves that skulk in the shadows waiting to prey on unsuspecting teenagers and kids.

Now you will ask who are these wolves and what do I have against them ? After all I am from the wolf family too. Then why the animosity towards them .

You have got the wrong end of the stick if you think I am talking about wolves from the animal kingdom. No siree bob, there is a twist in this tail. The wolves in question are the human wolves, far far more dangerous than the animal ones. And ever ready to prey on unsuspecting, innocent and fragile young lambs.

So now the question is how do I keep the children in my pack safe ? The answer is just by being there, Yes siree bob again. Just by being in their lives is a huge safety net for the children . Children with dogs and dogs with children go together like macaroni and cheese. One dog will do things which the combined force of parents,police force and the education system cannot do.

Just our presence will keep the child grounded, busy, responsible . Our positive energy will beat back the negative energy of human wolves. At the cost of repeating myself for the zillionth time – DOG spelt backwards is , you got it ! And once you get a dog for your kids God will forever hold them in the palm of his hands.

The last phrase is from a famous Irish blessing which goes something like this

” May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and until we meet again

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

So until we meet again on this website BOW WOW ! ( in this case it’s your turn to BOW to the WOW in us dogs 🐕 🐶! )

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CRAZY CUCKOO – books with good values

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CRAZY CUCKOO – Story , in the previous post and elsewhere on the blog .

This book, targeted for four- to seven-year-olds, is filled with a number of moral messages, including these:

It is not your skin color that counts, but your skills.

Never, ever give up.

Everyone has a unique talent that needs to be developed.

If you do not practice your gifted talent, you will lose it.

Selfish people end up very lonely.

An adopted mother who loves and cares for you is more important than the mother who gives birth to you and then abandons you.

A cage is a cage, even if it is a golden one. Fly free!

 

 

Interview of the author SHIPRA SHUKLA by Brian Feinblum of MEDIA CONNECT

1. Shipra, what inspired you to write Crazy Cuckoo?
God inspired me to write ‘Crazy Cuckoo.’ Having said that some characters that inhabit Jungle Land did pop out when I used to tell my children bedtime stories. There was a particularly naughty 🐒  who would take them in a rocket 🚀 to different planets. And some sketchy plot lines were told to sundry people over the years.
2. What happens in the story?
A cuckoo bird with stars in her eyes abandons her baby in a single mom crows’ nest. The crow mom wants her four crow children to become singing stars and hires a frog to teach them. Their  caw- caw and the ribbid- ribbid drive the jungle folks nuts and they, in turn, drive them out of the jungle.. But mother crow is not one to give up. The crows do become singing stars but not in the way you would expect ! The prima donna cuckoo is in for a shock too !
3. What’s the book’s message and why is it so important that we teach this to young children?
The message is that it’s not your skin but your skill that is important. The mother crow and her children were able to drive away the pesky rats which plagued the town. For that service they became heroes for the town folks. Later their raucous voices were taped to drive away the pests from the fields.
Children should realize that everyone has a talent that is unique to them . An earthworm only twists and turns but he makes the soil fertile. A tree only stands in one place but who can deny the usefulness of a tree. So, everyone is special. If they don’t believe this, they are welcome to ask their parents!
4. One of the book’s themes centres on adoption. What do we want children to understand in regards to this topic?
A mother who loves you and takes care of you is far more important than one who merely gives birth to you and leaves you.
5. There is a mother-child relationship in the story that is very strong. What really bonds a child and the one who raises him or her?
  Love, love and  love !
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DOGA aka DOG YOGA

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IN DEEP CONTEMPLATION OF THE DIVINE !

In a previous post I think I had explained that I am not the sweating it out and the gym type ( see ‘ Running with the hounds ‘ ) In fact, it gets wearisome , this expectation from humans that we as dogs constantly jump through hoops , mindlessly chasing balls to entertain humans who coolly stand on the sidelines watching and encouraging us. That is why when someone throws a ball at me I always run away with it and then it’s your turn to “fetch” it if you want to continue this mindless game, Tee hee .

 

 

Anyway, since we are on the subject of exercise I have discovered a cool new way to stretch my limbs without the sweat, particularly suitable for those who are more mature or have health problems like blood pressure, heart problems etc.

DOGS DO DOGA . BELLA IN YET ANOTHER DOGIC POSITION

It’s called YOGA ( for humans ) and DOGA ( for dogs ) . I think you may be familiar with the ‘downward dog ‘ position. Yes, we have contributed to this great science of yoga too ( see pic. )

DOWNWARD DOG IN MY PUPPY DAYS

OUR CONTRIBUTION TO YOGA – THE DOWNWARD DOG !

YOGA DOG OR DOGA IN DEEP THOUGHT . I WONDER WHAT DEEP PHILOSOPHY IS GOING THROUGH HER MIND. THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE, THE PURPOSE OF OUR EXISTENCE OR IS IT JUST THE MOST BASIC QUESTION OF LIFE – IS THAT PERSON ON THE TABLE GOING TO SLIP ME THE SAUSAGE WHICH IS DANGLING OFF HER PLATE ?

Then , there is my favorite position, the lying supine one ; also called ‘playing dead ‘ in dog language. I am in this position for the better part of the day and it suits me fine. If you are in this position you are totally healthy, no stress at all. I love it.

Playing dead or ’shavasana’

 

Another ‘SHAVASANA’ or playing dead position . Sooo relaxing 😌

ANOTHER ‘SHAVASANA’ . I am not really dead, don’t worry 😉 

BELLA’S FAVORITE POSITION.

In fact, we dogs are very similar to the yogis ( or those who do yoga ) ; that’s why we are called doggys ( pronounced in a way to match ‘yogis’ ) You may well ask how ? Well, like yogis or ascetics we have no materialistic desires, we do not ask for a mansion, car, even a family. We live a simple life and even’beg’ for our food. Like yogis we wear no clothes ( at least they have a loin cloth ) and like yogis we will travel the world with not a care if you let us off the leash . Like yogis we love you for you are our God and we are loyal to you as one should be loyal to God. Maybe, that’s why, when language was first invented we were just GOD spelt backwards and we bow to the wow in you in a downward dog position !

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Which is better for dogs ? India or USA.

 

Poorvi is back and I am so happy ! My best buddy or BFF had skipped off overseas to some country; India, I heard someone say. I believe it’s an amazing country where dogs roam around without leashes and in packs, something like our ancestors, the wolves who roamed free and wild in the jungles.

These critters roam around in an urban jungle and aren’t really wild or anything but they do follow the credo of the jungle, survival of the fittest. I believe they have to run fast and hide if the dog catchers come around and if they don’t they are taken to a place from where they never return. That used to happen here too till they “fixed” the problem. Well, I have often wondered how that works but I’m sure it must be in our mutual interest .

The dogs also are in the hunting and gathering mode. I believe they have a smorgasbord ( which means a variety of tasty bites in Swedish ) of tasty dishes to choose from – burgers, chicken wings, mutton bones, vegetables of all kinds , all dumped in a huge can for communal feeding which means everyone eats together. Of course, when there are many eating from the same bowl there is bound to be some friction especially if there is a particularly tasty bit. But here too the rule of the jungle prevails and the stronger dog sends the weaker one running to the other end of the large rectangular, sometimes round , bowl.

I often wonder how would it be to live without rules or leashes. Where you are free to follow your heart, where your instincts comes first, where “the mind is without fear” to quote a well known noble laureate Indian poet, Tagore. Surely, that is the best way to live . What humans call democracy.

We have democracy here too but we are on a leash or “fixed”except for a few top dogs who roam, not free , but at least in bigger yards. I think I will talk to other dogs and figure this out .

Is it better to be free, fearless and in a free for all atmosphere where the fittest survive or is it better to be fed well but fettered on a short leash where only the lucky few get to enjoy a free run in the sun till it shines. I guess it’s six of one or half dozen of the other. I guess freedom is only a state of mind. And if you want to be truly free just pack your bags and fly to Mexico. They will set you free from all your troubles in a jiffy.

Note to self : Stop watching violent stuff on TV !