Reflecting again today on the healing power of music. For dogs. For their two-legged guardians. Remembered Machu Picchu Impressions, with a background of environmental sounds digitally recorded by Rusty Crutcher. During the harmonic convergence in Machu Picchu, Peru. August, 1987. He just had to go. I, we, are so very glad he did. "This music is dedicated to all earth's creatures who make up our living orchestra." Rusty Crutcher
It's a tough sell to convince a traditionally modeled shelter that dogs in one or more buildings would benefit from adding a six CD boom box with music — Native American mostly, some Deva Premal, Love is Space. But if you provide the necessary elements and no cash is needed someone will let you try it. The results are amazing. For the owner surrendered dogs in shell shock. For the strays once city property now transferred in, once beloved by someone. Before they were picked up by an AC van, taken to the muni shelter, then to the not so muni shelter.
The crickets singing on two tracks of Macchu Picchu Impressions recorded multiple times on a 90 minute CD]-- will put dogs in a daycare setting to sleep in about three minutes. First one then another drops down to Sphinx position, signaling their brothers, who in turn also lay down, then one by one they all slowly drop their heads and stop. Rest. Nap.
Sometimes we two-leggeds forget to do the same. Stop. Rest. Regenerate. Let our hearts beat with all things bright and beautiful. When I forget to do that Lady takes it upon herself to solemnly and oftentimes most mischievously let me know I am just too damn busy with matters of great importance. As spoke The Little Prince.
Saw a heart stopping picture of a fifteen year old beauty named Sally swimming in a lake a month or so ago. Made me remember that matters of great importance are never as important as they seem. And by the way, Darren husband of Michelle and father of Tori and Alex you are a prince among men. Truly. Namaste.
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Story — 33 sentient beings were to be euthanized, by order of St. Clair County District Judge Alan Furr issued on October 2nd. One lady decided this was just not gonna happen on her watch. She hired an attorney and filed a motion Wednesday October 3rd in an attempt to keep these dogs from being euthanized. Her motion was denied on Thursday October 4th. The judge ruled she had no standing in the case; only Birmingham-Jackson County Animal Control, the DA or the original owner could file a petition with the court. So. She went to BJC Animal Control where the dogs have been housed since September 20th. After she reached an agreement with Animal Control — Dr. Rachel Nelson would assume financial responsibility for housing the dogs, approximately $250 per day, and find a certified animal behaviorist approved by BJCAC's attorney to evaluate the dogs— her attorney drafted a motion and presented it to BJC Animal Control's attorney for approval and filing. BJC Animal Control then asked the judge to reconsider and allow the dogs to be evaluated individually. Dr. Larry Myers of Auburn University provided his services at no charge to Dr. Nelson. He made the two hour drive from Auburn to Birmingham on Monday October 8th, evaluated the dogs, his findings given to the court. On Thursday October 11 Judge Alan Furr ruled that BJC Animal Control would decide the fate of the 28 remaining Rottweilers seized from a home in Leeds on September 20, reversing his previous order. Five had been euthanized for aggression and medical issues which would have prevented potential adoption.
The staff at BJCAC have worked tirelessly with these dogs — giving them time, space and love. On October 12th nineteen of the twenty eight Rottweilers left the building. Eleven went to Crossroads Animal Hospital, two are staying at Chelsea Animal Hospital and six are staying at 2-80 Animal Medical Center.
After medical evaluations by Dr. Nelson and the other veterinarians working with her these guys will be transferred to rescue and adopted out. Spay/ neuter surgeries being performed this week. As the eleven at Crossroads find homes or go to rescue the remaining nine at Birmingham-Jackson County Animal Control will be transferred to Crossroads. And then they too will find homes. Damn fine day in Alabama. If you would like to make a donation to help the Leeds Rottweilers go here.
Dr. Nelson and the folks at Crossroads Hospital are taking pictures of these guys every day. Stay tuned.
"Vick posted a Twitter picture Thursday night of himself and his
daughter hard at work at the kitchen table. Dad was looking at game film
on an iPad. Daughter appears to be doing some homework. And sitting on
the table, in plain view, is a box of opened Milk-Bone dog biscuits.
(It's next to a pink folder with puppies on it.)"
"It's not hard to connect the dots from there. The
picture was quickly deleted and replaced by a similar, biscuit-less
one, showing Vick has enough sense to realize his dog ownership is a
matter that's best left private (for now at least). Luckily, the good
folks at Crossing Broad caught the first tweet and saved the picture.
(We added the arrow.)"
"Vick was not allowed to own a dog under the terms of his probation.
That three-year sentence ended in July, freeing him to own an animal. The
fact that he evidently took advantage of this surely won't sit well
with some people; I'm not one of them. Vick paid his debt and is
rehabilitated in the eyes of the court, and that's good enough for me.
Where would the "he should never own a dog" faction like it to end?
Restraining orders from PetSmart? An electronic tracking bracelet that
alerts authorities any time he walks past a dog park? A V-chip that
prevents him from watching Animal Planet?"
"What bothers me most is
the negligence of leaving that box on the table. Someone went to the
trouble of blurring the screen of Vick's video playbook but couldn't
slide the biscuits six inches to the right? That's terrible
— unless this is some sort of brilliant viral marketing
by Milk-Bone, in which case, I doff my cap." 52 comments thus far on the USA Today
Nbcsports.com carried a more comprehensive story yesterday. Please do click and read. Mike Vick apparently owns a dog again This story initially used the same picture as the one above. Early this
morning the photo had been replaced. Hmm. NBCsports.com tweaked the headline a tad. Four paws up. Four hyper
links in this story. Interesting reading.
As of 7:41 pm today 750 people "like" the NBC story on Facebook, story has been tweeted 87 times, and there are 99 reader responses. 750 thumbs up by readers, 392 thumbs down.
Backstory. 2007. NFL star indicted over dog fight "According to the indictment, dogs that didn't show enough fighting
spirit, or that lost matches, were put to death by a variety of methods,
including shooting, drowning, hanging and electrocution. Prosecutors
allege that on one occasion earlier this year, Vick participated in
killing eight dogs."