The weather's a bit miserable here today and I know my husband will be cursing at work today with all this rain, there's loads of field work to be done, first cut of silage needs to be got in. Saw the first silage coming in last week near Barnstaple and I think a lot of farmers will be thinking they missed the boat and should of been brave enough to of cut last Wednesday and picked up on the Friday, although the ones that use contractors (not having their own kit to do their silage) will be waiting in line on the contractor's list of customers and have not so much say over when to start. Grass needs to be cut at a certain time to get the best silage and if this rain does not settle the grass will have gone over this optimum quality and then the quality of it has fodder soon starts to deteriorate.
I've been out this morning and already have a very wet coat hanging in the back house dripping. Smudge's four pups still with us, as I came in were still on their morning sleep and three of them although they have a dog bed to sleep in, had elected to sleep on the towel put by the door onto the patio to catch their wet paws coming in and out. Jake and Mollie stirred and started to lick each others face, so jumped in and filmed the half sleepy pups and as the doors are open you will hear the rain and it's still going now.
Seeing as the weather is so wet, it stops me getting on with a few things outside, so it gives me time to blog and as I forgot to put this on yesterday, to mention about the American programme RealSports running a report on the ethics of breeding American Kennel Club (AKC) dogs on HBO on the 22nd April 2014. I found out about this from the Border-Wars blog and if you did not see the programme you can look at the link below, which is the Border-Wars blog about the programme and read about Christopher Landauer's (who's writes Border-Wars blog) involvement in it's making
When you have watched the programme, you don't have to be an intellect or even have a degree to use your eyes and ears and to come to a reasoned conclusion without doubt that breeding dogs with the problems they highlight in the programme is wrong. The vet Cindy who speaks on behalf of the AKC is a reproductive specialist and believes she only sees healthy Bulldogs, so we have to reason that Cindy does not think the fact that a dog cannot reproduce naturally and needs human intervention to conceive is not an health issue. For me if you need a reproductive specialist to get a dog pregnant that's a big red neon light saying ,"Houston, we have a problem."
I don't do facebook and if you go to the facebook pages mentioned in the article on the Border-Wars link and look at the vitriol that is poured out lavishly on the makers of this program, you will understand why I don't do facebook or any social networking. When I see such unreasoning by humans I look to something Mark Twain wrote, "Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even effectionately.
Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Contantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh-- not a specimen left alive. The Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court."
- Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings
Reading that always brings a smile to my face and floods a memory back of a very frightening Aunt who was a staunch Catholic, and my biological father was Plymouth Brethren and hard core, Exclusive, so I know a little about disagreeing over theological details.
Now, I started my website and its primary function was to promote our dogs and to sell them, well, that's what I thought I was doing but my conscience had other ideas and decided it also should be a platform to help people understand more about what they see when they look at a dog and what a dog sees. Guess I'm always going to have rags on my arse, but what fine rags they will be, drawn from a clear conscience (See you can take the girl from the brethren but you can't take the brethren out of the girl and that's a tendency to be a bit of a preacher from time to time). I hope that the bits I do on being brachycephalic bring some understanding to at first what may come over as cute, as actually a dog that is disfigured and suffering for this ideal of human aesthetics that bares no relation to the functionality of a dog and that hinders it's basic functions, such as just being able to breath normally. So it was with much appreciation lately I received an email from Rian who is having Mollie from Smudge's litter and at the start of the email, it's just about timing a next visit before picking up Mollie and on the end she then writes this,
" So glad to hear that Jessica is doing so well, it's amazing how they adapt. By the way there were two bulldogs in the vets last Friday and I have never noticed how much they struggle to breath until I read your blogs, it was dreadful and I can't imagine why anyone would breed a dog like that.
I've already thanked Rhian and asked to quote this bit of her email, but I'm going to thank you again, it really does mean a lot knowing that you can see what once you may of not noticed or even excepted as being normal for a bulldog is actually a dog struggling to breath, brought a tear to my eye, you did. I hope that others will actually read this website and hopefully go to the Border-Wars Blog and the Pedigree Dogs Exposed Blog and open your eyes and most important your ears. Knowledge is the way forward to change.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.