As someone who picks ticks off himself (and the other day one was in MY PRIVATES(!)) and many, many, many more off the ($60 Frontline treated) dogs near daily I find this mind blowing.
WOW. This is beyond the pale.
Lyme disease is NOT funny. I know quite a few that have it.
I live in dread every day. This is prime Tick & Lyme country and as you must know I go walking/running/hiking around here every day. I don’t think you can build up immunity against Lyme but I keep on hoping that is the case. Though I manage to pick MOST OFF before they really manage to get through my rhinoceros skin, I still end up with 20 to 30 decent tick bites every year.
This is disturbing.
Kind of inevitable, I guess — and by ‘travelling circuses’ they mean any circus that is not performed, long-duration, in a permanent location.
Well, we have all seen what happened to the elephants with the ‘Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Brothers‘ “Greatest Show on Earth“. But, they continued to have a big cat act that distressed me greatly. I would close my eyes for the duration. I just can’t act.
But, I am, as some of you might know, strange about elephant acts! They do not bother me. Maybe it is because I grew up with elephants among us. Even had some mega-rich friends that kept elephants as pets. As long as they are well treated, elephants are like golden retrievers — just bigger and not gold. They like to please — provided you take care of them. We used to have the BEST elephant shows in Ceylon when I was growing up. So, I and elephant acts. We have a history, a context and yes, ambivalence.
But, I can buy ALL wild animal acts.
This would, however, permit dogs, horses, donkeys and I assume goats. That is OK. Dog acts do nothing for I. But, I know some folks adore them.
So, this is the state of play in the UK when it comes to circuses.
One MORE Female Zoo Keeper, The 6th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Big Cat; I Blame Hormones.
This has happened TOO MANY times of late for us to pretend that there is NO connection.
I get grief from women who think I am trying to prevent females from working with Big Cats. Not at all.
I am just stating something that you just cannot overlook. I am NOT an out-and-out expert but I do know some about Big Cats, females and female hormones. I have three daughters and currently live in a house with three females.
Female hormones are powerful entities. And if you THINK that a Big Cat cannot smell changes in female hormones you have been smoking some bad stuff for too long. That is my only point.
I think there is a hormonal connection.
I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.
That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.
BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.
It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.
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Today for the first time I had ‘Auto Pause’ enabled on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. I went for one of my usual runs — with my two dogs (Golden & Harrier) who do like to stop OFTEN. So, yes, auto pause was kicking in and off — quite often.
This is a run I do, on average twice a week, and have done so for nearly a year. I have run it while wearing: Garmin Vivoactive 3, Fitbit Ionic, Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus & Polar Vantage V. So, I know what the distances are and do so across multiple watches. I also do this run most of the times with the dogs.
Thus, the only change today was ‘auto pause’. I get to the driveway of my friends’ — and you can see the little squille (top right) when I detoured to see them on a prior run. The GPS reading should have been around 1.6 miles. Today, it was not. Close to 1.5. That was wrong. I ran to my usual 1.75 point. It read 1.6! I ran further. This was further than I have ever run on this route before. I got to 1.65 miles. I gave up. Turned around. I knew I had done 1.75+ miles.
Came home. Didn’t make any detours. Straight back and you can see that. When I got home it read 3.53 miles!
I had turned around 1.65 miles. 1.65 x 2 is 3.3 NOT 3.53.
So, obviously GPS was catching up on the way back.
NOT AMUSED. Turned auto pause off. Screw that for a game of checkers.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
This was at “Justin’s Horse Rental” — the folks we used for our 3-hour riding trip into the Canyon. These two dogs were adorable. We had met them the day before when we stopped to make the reservation. This was when we were getting ready to leave on our ride. It was hot and they were tired from playing. I would have brought them back, if I could. Cute as can be. Sharp teeth. But, that was worth it.
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No post-processing whatsoever, whatsoever. With a Google Pixel 2.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
Taken on my perambulations, dodging the rain, in Alton (walking the dogs) and in Wolfeboro, at a very sodden ‘Huggins Fair‘. You may have noticed that I haven’t done a ‘flower’ post in over two-weeks. Well, I had to rectify that. Enjoy.