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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cats Love Us On Their Terms

Given the time and money people lavish on their pets, it’s remarkable how little we appear to understand them. Recently at the dog park, for example, I watched a woman with an enormous Great Dane puppy doing everything in her power to turn him into a fear-biter.

Fortunately, she appeared to be failing. The problem was her total inability to speak “dog.” Another large young fellow — a collie/Great Pyrenees mix fond of playing chase — kept inviting her dog to join the game, and she kept misinterpreting his playful feints as threats.

So she’d pull her dog close and call out for help, confusing the Great Dane, who was a bit shy to begin with.…

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If It’s Christmas, It’s Basset Hounds

If it’s the Christmas season, it’s time for the Fred and Beverly Santa photo. Our two basset hounds have passed, but the Santa photo lives on—a family classic.

I defy anybody to look at it without smiling: Beverly lolling happily in St. Nick’s lap, with Fred indignant and under restraint: “Never mind taking my picture, get me out of here!”

Santa was a trouper. Fred could pull like a 4-WD pickup.

We can’t imagine life without basset hounds. Indeed, the Lyons Plan for Universal World Peace includes mandatory basset ownership. The stubborn little brutes make you smile every time you look at them.…

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Lame-Duck GOP Congress Targets Endangered Wolves

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Gray wolves have been listed as endangered or threatened in the lower 48 states since the 1960s, but the lame-duck Republican House wants to strip federal protections from most wolves.

The House voted 196-180 to approve H.R.6784 on Nov. 16 with 187 Republicans and nine Democrats voting for it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), would strip federal protection from gray wolves, except Mexican wolves in the southwest, and prevent courts from reviewing the changes.

“This final, pathetic stab at wolves exemplifies House Republicans’ longstanding cruelty and contempt for our nation’s wildlife,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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