I’ve been on vacation, which basically meant hanging out with the family, cuddling the pets, making jam, and looking at the stars (which I do whenever I can). The last Friday of my vacation had a special treat: a total lunar eclipse. Mars right now is very close and nicely visible as well, as are some other planets. At the moments we also have the perseid meteor shower, but with these I’m never lucky. I usually sleep when they are at their best. So here, to demonstrate my crazy efforts to photograph the moon and stars with my new phone, I’ll present a gallery of bright dots in a black sky. Don’t laugh…
Recently, people asked me about our dog Maia. I haven’t written about her in a while, mostly because all is well and there isn’t really all that much to say.
A short recap: We got her from a shelter a bit over a year ago. She came to a shelter in spain when she was six months old. At about a year old, she came to Germany, but in that first shelter here, she got bitten and mobbed badly by other dogs. She lacks good communication skills with other dogs. At a year and a half the shelter where we found her took her over from the other shelter. We found her when she was about two years old. Continue reading “Weekend Woofs: How is Maia?”
Don’t read if the death of small mammals upsets, or triggers you. I’m writing this here, since this is kind of a journal for Maia’s progress.
I’ve written in the past how Maia passionately digs for mice. On occasion she digs some out. She was most successful in winter, when there was no ground cover, and the only shelter was their nest. She’d kill the mice.
Now, with grass and other plants providing ample groud cover, digging becomes less rewarding. The mice are outside and relying on the protection the plant cover gives them. Maia adjusted to that and now mostly jumps, and catches them with one swift strike. She usually kills them quickly, which I prefer, because I don’t like to stomp on them to make sure they’re dead. A predator killing prey is natural, but Maia is a domesticated pet who doesn’t need the food, and I don’t like unnecessary suffering. When the mouse gets away, I usually don’t allow Maia to go after it. She’s had her chance.
But she’s a hunter, that’s part of her nature. She has a strong hunting drive. That’s why I allow her to catch mice, besides, there are far too many mice around this year. The fields look like swiss cheese.
But recently, (while on leash!) she got a young hare. This made me very sad, hares are becoming rare around here (as opposed to rabbits and mice), and the animal was hurt too badly to take it away from her, so I was glad that Maia killed it quickly. It was not nice. I need to pay more attention and not let her go too far into the fields. I don’t want to get her another hare, or even rabbit. Mice should be enough for her hunting drive.
Otherwise Maia is doing very well, she has truly arrived. She’s acting more like a teenager now than like a pup. Soon she’ll be all grown up. The hare incident reminds me to never leave her alone with the cat even if they appear to get along better now, but it may be deceiving. It’s just too risky. They walk side by side peacefully one day, the next day there’s the wild hunt. The cat always has a place to escape to, but it’s stressful for him, and I’d rather be safe than sorry.
I didn’t have many Woofy posts lately, Maia is doing fine, so is Mikka. But I just saw this post and video on “No Dog About It” and want to spread the message. I see similar behaviour with Maia when she doesn’t want to cuddle. At other times she wants to crawl on my lap. The important message here, I think (apart from the body language) is: mind the dog’s space, just like us, they sometimes just want to be left alone.
After watching this video, maybe we look at all the ‘cute’ kid/doggie memes a bit differently.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, this week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23).
I’ve been planning for this week for a few months now; collecting videos, graphics and other information, so that I could share it with all of you.
I know that this subject is not as sexy as the latest new story about a lost dog reunion or dog rescue story, but it is a very real problem with huge impacts. Did you know?
- 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year
- 1 in 5 are bad enough to require medical attention
- It is estimated that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims (You can see the top 10 states for dog bite claims in 2014 here.)
- In that same year, 26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed to repair injuries caused by dog bites…
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There isn’t anything new going on here in Maia-Land. We’re plodding along, and thought we’re taking you on one of our walks.
We’re living in a village close to a city. We have fields and small woods right around the corner. Most areas are used to grow asparagus here. It’s grown in hills covered in plastic. Strawberries are another major crop, grown in plastic tunnels. In spring we walk through an ocean of plastic.
“Thank you, Maia!
“Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago, I wrote about how we found out what is behind most of Maia’s insecurities, that she was mostly a fearful dog. Well, this insight turned out to be an important one, because since then, it’s like floodgates have burst open and everything clicks into place.
Hello, here is Maia. Maybe you wonder what the HP in the title means? Mum tried, again, to tiptoe around stuff she thought I might not like to talk about because I’m a lady. I’ll tell you what: a lady can talk about everything. It’s all
human canine, mammal, after all. And so I won’t let her water things down, I’m telling the story myself.
HP means Horse Poo, and it is the next best thing to cat food–and CP, if you know what I mean, althought they usually don’t let me get at that if they can avoid it. Too bad…
It’s been a while since I’ve written about training, her lunging and barking issues, and what else goes on with Maia in her new home. It’s almost five months now that we got her, and I can say that she slowly develops into a real dog.
What? Isn’t that silly? What was she before?
Hello, Maia again. Mum was tired this weekend, still cuffing and sneezing. She was just playing with her computer and said I’m so pfffotoshenic, there had to be some art. I don’t know. Do I really look like this?
Mum says her computer can paint better than she can. Woof. *I* don’t look like this. Mum needs to practice.
Hello everyone, this is Maia, again. Mum read something she thought other people who like dogs might want to read, and see, too. And so we’re skipping this week’s MOOCy Monday (she’s not been studying anyway), and do a Week
end Woof instead.
“I’m reading many different blogs, and prominent among them are dog blogs. (Eventually I must get my blog-roll(s) done). Among the blogs I always read, and not just browse, is this: Dog Spies on Scientific American, written by Julie Hecht, a canine behavioral researcher and science writer. Don’t be put off if you’re not that much into science. She writes in a very entertaining and understandable way, and her posts teach us a lot about dogs. Today, a Dog Spies Nose-a-thon has started, articles and talks about dogs’ noses. The first article is an introduction, and also features a video by Alexandra Horowitz, How do dogs see with their noses? It tells you about how dogs sniff, process the smells, and how they perceive the world. It is entertaining, well made, and very, very interesting. If you don’t want to read the blog, watch the video here:
The Dog Spies Nose-a-thon continues tomorrow, don’t miss it.”
Now that’s all old woofs to me, but about time you humans get an idea about how important the sniffing business is to us. Maybe next time I perfume myself with horse poo, Mum won’t use that awful word, “bath time”?
In this sense, have a lovely week.