Thursday, October 29, 2015

Question...

Anyone ever contemplated the irony of the flap over 'sustainable' pet ownership?

I guess somewhere in here is an argument but in a society that is so abundant that our pets now arguably live better than pre industrial man did... are we quibbling here or is this just the environmental bullies pulling our leg?

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  1. "are we quibbling here or is this just the environmental bullies pulling our leg?"

    Rhetorical, yes?

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  2. My cat has her own pet door with a plastic flap. Would that be a flap over pet ownership?

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    1. Now THAT, is a real question.

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    2. It could be.... Is it double glazed? Does it have weather stripping?

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  3. I guess that we too live better than pre industrial revolution peasants .Therefore, it follows that our pets are now living better. Perhaps there are exceptions in third world countries where what we know as pets are bred either for human consumption or for sport. Even in the present domicile of TS it is less than a century(1921) since live pigeon shooting was banned in favor of clay "birds".

    Is the family pet a reflection on the owners? Perhaps it is and in our case I have a wife who loved horses as a child, she had her own pony and her family were all involved in looking after the thing. Marriage and three children plus being married to a career Serviceman meant the equine dream was abandoned. Our return to civilian life and some degree of normality meant there was room for a horse once again. Younger daughter, then just a teenager also caught the disease and she too became a horse owner with their peculiar lexicon of words and phrases suitable only for the rarefied inhabitants of the equine fraternity.

    The leader of the opposition still has a horse, she still occasionally rides and her love for the creature is as strong as ever. I too once made a living as a stockman in the Australian bush, to me a horse was simply a tool of the trade but as I get old I find myself attracted to the part Arab part warm blood mare which appears to think our ten acres is horse heaven,. My personal “pet” favorite is the domestic cat. Russian Blue or Siamese for preference but any “moggy” will do. Our last cat was euthenised at fifteen years of age and we are too old now to take on the job of rearing a new kitten.

    Yes our pets certainly enjoy a better quality of life than was once the case; perhaps it is their “right”: they are better company than so many humans who inhabit the world.

    Meow and Neigh From Aussie

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    1. Their is a fellow not far from us that keeps carrier pigeons. They fly around in a formation of about 15 or 20 and carpet-bomb the neighborhood...no wonder the ban..

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  4. BOULDER, Colo. -

    A Bold Move in Boulder

    But the journalists who declared that such a thing could happen "only in California" will now have to revise their articles, because in an 8-1 vote last July, the Boulder, Colorado, City Council passed a proposal from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) to change the city's municipal code so that it will now refer to people as the guardians of their companion animals.

    This kind of thing in my opinion is idiotic. For better or worse, if I can sell my dog, I'm the dog's owner. Why stop at "guardian?" Why not say "I'm the dog's SPONSOR - I'm its PATRON, its BENEFACTOR?" This is really stupid way to spend City Council time and energy.

    Yet more from the people's republic, something for nature:

    Boulder, Colorado appears on the verge of passing a “nature rights” law, which give the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees a putative right to life equal to our own.

    For the irresponsible pet guardians:

    Elected officials in the city of Boulder are considering a plan to test dog poop for DNA so the dog owners can be tracked down.

    The Boulder City Council on Tuesday Monday night held public hearings on several ordinances regarding dogs and open spaces. One plan being floated by Councilwoman Mary Young includes creating a dog waste DNA database to curb the problem of dog owners not picking up after their pets. Boulder gets numerous complaints about dog waste along trails.

    I can't believe this happened but Boulder Colorado has fined a woman for dying her poodle pink with beet juice.

    The $1,000 fine is for breaking of a city ordinance prohibiting the dying or colorizing of an animal.

    Sorry dogs, chickens also have rights:
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/boulder-colorado-chicken-ordinance


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    1. Somebody once described Boulder to me as an 25 square mile chunk of land surrounded by reality on all sides. Sounds about right.

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    2. Pretty much hits the nail on the head.

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    3. These same pot heads support PP ripping apart babies for profit. Aren't progressives just peachy.

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    4. Do hope the provide homeless accommodation for the coopless roosters...

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    5. A coop would need to be open as to ensure the freedom to migrate to any location in the city.

      Boulder has found:
      Chickens, when kept clean, do not smell. With good hygiene practices in operation, odor should not be an issue. To ensure good hygiene the guardians must provide shower facilities.

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    6. The latest is the chickens are in peril from Fox and Coyotes. The city is looking for guardians for the Fox and Coyotes and are looking at DNA testing of their feces to find the critters killing the chickens.

      On another front bears are invading Boulder. The Boulder police refuse to turn over the animals to the state DNR as it violates their sanctuary city status.

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    7. This is all 21st century stuff louman. we have had a lot of these laws for a few years here. We are allowed to have chickens for the Fox and Coyotes, we have no bears although a large black bear was seen recently in one of the outlying counties of the metroplex.

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    8. Lot's of black bear and coyote in Jersey.

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  5. I was just wondering... the dull roar from some political quarter over carbon paw prints continues to grow louder.... comparing Bowser to an SUV!

    I guess from the cat perspective... My kitty is a Crossover; A 17lb Maine Coon .... no racial comments ether! He as an adopted sister that soaking wet is an 8lb soggy moggy...

    Personally I think pets are pretty important to our sanity and as King says, "they are better company than so many humans who inhabit the world."... some though find such things as superfluous to requirement and nothing but a waste of precious resource we could give to the people of Bora Bora.... I'm thinking Iphones first!

    Did you see that churches in Germany and Sweden are stripping out their interiors and removing crosses to accommodate refugees so as to make the places 'more inviting'......

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    1. Don't get max started in bovine flatulance. He's an expert on the subject.

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    2. I dunno Montgomery is my best friend except for my wife. And he became very useful a few months ago when someone suggested on this blog that dogs always shit facing in the north south direction. He steadily carried out the necessary research to prove or disprove ( disproven over the course of a couple weeks, although I still keep a spot check on the matter) and never once complained of the drudgery of such research. My wife likes cats and we also TS have a Maine Coon that is approaching 16 years old. But there is nothing like a good dog even one that's 15 inches tall and 15 lbs.

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    3. I’ve had cats and dogs all my life… I have an affinity for retrievers.. Had a couple of golden retrievers many years ago. Dogs for us right now just not a good option. Had lots of Heinz57 cats but the Maine Coon is my kind of cat! Gentle giants and they give back every bit of affection they get. 16 years… That’s a pretty good age for a kitty.

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