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Why Pork Is Not a Healthy Option Nor Ethical.

Those who eat pork really have no idea that it’s not a healthy option at all, nor is it an ethical choice.

“Bacon always makes it better”
“I oink therefore I ham”
“Love pork on my fork”
“Mmmm … bacon”

These are just some of the quips I hear when talking to meat eaters about the health side and ethical side to pork.

I’ve written about the unhealthy side of pork before, in fact not that long ago: Should We Eat Pork?  but I’m going to write about it again because I believe it is that important.

So let’s begin with why pork isn’t a healthy option.

Prior to domesticating pigs these animals quickly discovered that if they hung around humans they would be able to pick up the scraps that were tossed out and therefore have food constantly there. The humans also recognized that the pigs would get rid of their garbage as so a symbiotic relationship formed.
Humans encouraged the pigs into the village, and the pigs were very happy to oblige.

There are a number of religions who don’t allow the eating of pork with the reasoning that ‘pigs are unclean’. I guess that came from the fact that pigs will eat anything, and I mean anything such as corpses and feces. Their nickname ‘waste disposal unit’ is pretty darn accurate.

Now that you know a little of the history of pig what about the health side. Well pigs carry the most parasites of all the farmed animals. Tests show that 69% of raw pork is contaminated with highly virulent microbes including a powerful parasite, yersinia enterocolitica, that damages and can create major inflammation in the gut.

You see, pigs only have one stomach, they eat fast and the food they eat contains a lot of different microbes and parasites. In comparison, the cow has a four stomach system so can eliminate most parasites. Pigs also don’t sweat. This means that they are unable to release any toxins and so these are stored in the flesh, muscles etc. ready for our consumption.

O.k. so you cook the pork really well, you clean the benches, your hands and anything the raw pork comes in contact with goes into the dishwasher … you’re super careful.
But it doesn’t end there.

Pork, (including bacon and ham), actually takes the longest of all the meats to digest in your stomach. In fact it takes between 4 1/2 to 5 hours to digest. You may think that’s o.k. but the problem lies in the fact that our body always digests the slowest first, this means that the nutrient rich vegetables that you’ve eaten sits in the stomach to wait its turn. What can happen is that these fast-digesting foods can begin to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.

Why pork is not ethical

Pigs are one of the smartest animals created. They are highly social, love to play, have a great long-term memory, can distinguish pigs they know from stranger-pigs and they also know who’s been nice to them and who hasn’t!  They are are as cognitively complex as young children and other primates and, of course, have, like other sentient beings, feelings of happiness, sadness, pain and fear.

Pork is not ethicalThey have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror, can learn new skills and can solve puzzles … they are smarter than dogs and yet we eat them and love the dog.

In most farms pigs are treated very miserably. They live, sleep and grow in dirty conditions usually in the dark and in cramped pens. Not only does this cause severe stress which flows throughout their body and then is consumed by humans, but the squalid conditions is a breeding ground for diseases to be passed on.  For me, these pigs are the most tortured animal we breed for food.  To look into the eyes of a factory farmed pig is to see such sadness, pain, and, almost a pleading to be rescued.

Compare this pig to one who lives on a sanctuary farm and tell me that it’s not ethical to eat pork.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans

Ciao

 

 




#Febudairy The Vegans Take Over

The latest hashtag flying around social media is #febudairy and there’s a bit of a take over by the vegans.

Febudairy – I love it – hashtag febudairy, couldn’t be funnier. To me this is just entertainment plus… with a really serious note to it.
So what is hashtag febudairy? (#febudairy).

It was coined by a Dr Jude Capper who is the dairy industry woman of the year, (not sure which year). You see, she did this in response to the #veganuary  campaign and if you don’t know what that is – well it’s the month of January as vegan awareness – it was all over social media. It was started in Britain and it’s just got bigger and bigger each year – go search google for it, like hashtag veganuary.
Anyhoo, back to Dr Jude Capper. She’s a livestock sustainability consultant from Oxfordshire and she said

“Let’s make Febudairy happen this year. 28 days, 28 positive dairy posts”

Do you think the industry is running scared.? With such a huge response to #veganuary and the overall rise in plant based milks the #februdairy campaign is no surprise at all.

Back in 2017 in a blog by Emily Norton, who is the co-founder of Norton’s Dairy in Norfolk she said

“February is the month of St Valentine after all, so a little cow love can go a long way for all of us..,”

Well, they can stop taking their babies away for a start, stop artificially inseminating them, stop killing the male calves, stop forcing them into pregnancies and making them produce more milk than they normally would – taxing their bodies so that within 5 years they’re stuffed, useless, no longer financially viable so trucked off to slaughter … hey, if that’s a little cow love then I must have read the wrong dictionary when I looked up the word ‘love’.

Anyhoo the hashtag febudairy is just not working for the dairy industry.

Remember when I said that Dr Capper wanted 28 days and 28 positive posts? Well, they’ve come into all sorts of criticism on twitter and facebook with vegans saying they’ll do the 28 days of exposing the real animal practice associated with dairy farming.

……. and the month of February has only just begun.

Let’s just swan over to twitter and have a look at what’s happening under the hashtag febudairy.


Thanks to everyone sharing my dairy article under the milk industry’s massively backfiring (and, moronically, ) PR hashtags. Important to get the truth out there…

Watching unfold. I’ve worked on a dairy farm that sold to Tesco. It was utterly appalling. Cows so lame they couldn’t walk, udders so full ‘their’ milk was pouring out on the floor and mothers riddled with mastitis. Milk can never be humane in my veterinary experience

congratulations to whoever thought up what a brilliant way to extend

Start right by ditching dairy because cow milk is for baby cows! 🐮 besides, it turns teeny calves into full sized cows in no time, and y’all still drinking it?

It’s day one of ! An embarrassing attempt by farmers to salvage the dying dairy industry and justify the cruelty they cause for profit!

Oh This is going to be such an entertaining month …
and on a positive note – an incredibly educational month as well….just like veganuary was.
What a flip-flop for the dairy industry.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans

Ciao

 



Farmers Love Their Cows

I must admit that I do cringe a bit when I hear “farmers love their cows” from both dairy farmers and those who know farmers.

I was out the other day in my activist role and had a very lively discussion about dairy farming with a woman whose family were dairy farmers.  Most people in N.Z. either know or are dairy farmers and so consequently I hear this particular sentence an awful lot
Farmers love their cows“.

Of all the things I hear – all the excuses etc that are given to me, the one thing that really irritates is …  farmers love their cows or farmers love their pigs or goats or sheep or whatever.

NO THEY DON’T

Before you jump down my throat – hear me out (or read) …

I’m not doubting for one moment that most farmers look after their animals,  (I’ll use cows as the example).
They make sure the cow has enough feed – the right feed – they’re up all night during the calving season making sure the birth goes well, mind you they take the calf away within the first 24 hours, but that’s another issue.

We’re talking about the health of the cow – so they’ll call out the vet and I’ve heard some say – farmers will call the vet before they call the doctor – yes, of course they will.

THAT COW IS MONEY – it is a monetary unit –  so it makes perfect sense that the farmer will look after it.

BUT when that cow is no longer economically viable – the farmer trucks it off to be slaughtered.
When the beef cow reaches its maximum profitability it’s trucked off to be slaughtered for the meat market – and so it is for all the animals on the human food plate.

I understood where she was coming from however I did suggest she just didn’t say “he loves his cows” because
the farmer loves his children but I don’t see him trucking them off to be slaughtered when the going gets tough and the household budget is squeezed.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans

Ciao

 

 

 




Should We Eat Pork?

Bacon, Ham, Ribs, Sausages, Should we Really Eat Pork and Is It Good For Our Health?

In 2015 The World Health Organization came out in favour of research done by the IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer which had classified processed meat as a car-carcinogen ( cancer causing), which immediately had the meat industry up in arms

Bacon, the all time favourite food.  You see the research classified “processed” as being any meat that is treated in some way to preserve or flavour it.  So this includes processing such as salting, curing, fermenting and smoking.

Guess what? Bacon definitely comes under that category … and so do most deli meats.

BUT what about pork that is straight from the pig?

Yes pork has protein and it’s the only meat that actually comes with other nutrients like thiamine, selenium magnesium and zinc.  However it, like all animal products, also comes with the baggage of saturated fat, cholesterol and naturally forming sodium plus any sodium added to preserve it’s shelf life.

Now even though you may be able to get away with that baggage, there is a much greater problem which lies in the intensive factory farming style of mass production.

In 2012 the Consumer Reports magazine did a study by purchasing 240 whole and ground pork products.  The results were disturbing to say the least.

  • 83% of the meat tested was found to have E.coli, staph, salmonella and a bacterium called yersinia entercolitica, which can cause fever, bloody diarrhea and abdominal pains as severe as appendicitis.
  • 69% of the samples actually had bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat human infections.

O.k. so let’s try free range pork.

Well, you see, pigs are the ‘waste disposal units’ on any farm.  They are opportunists and will eat literally anything including decaying animal flesh (including pork), maggots, decaying vegetables and even their own feces.

The problem is that their bodies don’t filter out the toxins, but sends it straight off to be stored in their organs, skin and fatty tissue.  Pigs don’t sweat so can’t remove toxins that way, but they do periodically rid themselves of the poisons if there’s a build up by excreting it through their hooves.
This means that many of these toxins remain ready for our consumption.

Probably explains why some religions (including the Christian Bible) say pork is unclean and should not to be eaten.

Pork also is the slowest of the meats for us to digest.  It can take anywhere from 4 ½ to 6 hours to get the entire amount through your system, and cuts like ribs and bacon are the slowest.

Having bacon for breakfast and ham for lunch, not only is it processed it can also wreak havoc on the digestive system making it difficult to absorb essential micronutrients from other foods that you’ve also eaten.

Because the slowest foods have to be digested first the really nutritious fruits and veggies have to hang around and can start to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.  Plus over time if you keep piling in the pork, undigested foods can putrefy in the small intestines which leads to toxicity in the body.

Now did you know that having apple sauce with pork was not for flavour it helps to digest the pork a bit faster, although still not quite fast enough.

My recommendation?
Flag the pork and go whole plant foods – your health will love you for it.

And if you’re thinking that might be a bit too hard … well I have a program called  Try Plant Foods for 7 Days  which is perfect for giving it a test run

Ciao
Fee



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A New Word – Carnism?

Have you ever heard of the word ‘carnism’?

Let me explain:

It was coined by Psychologist Dr Melanie Joy and it means an invisible belief system or ideology that conditions people to eat certain animals.  It is basically the opposite of vegetarism, veganism or whole plant food eating.

The word comes from ‘carn’ meaning ‘flesh’ and ‘ism’ meaning a belief system.

Because carnism is both invisible and the predominant eating pattern of a meat-eating culture, people don’t even think why they eat one animal but not another.  They also don’t realize that eating animals is a choice, just as eating plants is a choice.

People in one culture wouldn’t question eating cows, sheep and pigs, however, those same people are horrified that there are other cultures that eat dogs, cats and horses.
Carnism is currently the dominant belief system.

As Dr Joy says
“Carnistic bias is built into the very foundation of society – when we study nutrition, for example, we actually study carnistic nutrition”

Sadly, Carnism is a violent belief system.  It is centred around the massive billion dollar animal industry of intensive animal farming with over 77 billion animals being slaughtered each year (and that doesn’t include animals like rabbits or aquatic sea life such as fish).
Even the so-called ‘humane’ animal farming of organic, free-range, dairy and eggs have a definite cruel and brutal side of exploiting the animals.

There is hope though because there is a definite rise in veganism as people start to open their eyes to the abusive animal food system.  Not only that, but we are seeing more and more people making changes to incorporate whole plant foods into their diets for their own health.

I may not see it, but I know future generations will see the demise of carnism taking it from ‘normal’ to ‘fringe’. 

This is a really good video to watch which probably explains it better. 

Ciao
Fee



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Factory Farmed Meat And Human Health

How does factory farmed meat affect human health?

Factory farming is a reality … sadly … but hopefully we’ll start to move away from it.  Mind you, with humans voracious appetite for meat, I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime.

In the UK there are over 800 mega farms and the biggest of these factory farms have the capacity to house more than:

  • a million chickens,
  • 2,000 dairy cows
  • over 20,000 pigs.

Most of these animals are constantly kept inside.  In fact both the chicken and pork industries are incredible intense and cruel because they are crammed in to such small spaces.

It’s not just the cruelty that these animals have to endure, but these farms can be a breeding ground for food poisoning bugs like campylobacter,  E.coli and salmonella, especially in the chickens followed by the pigs.

Because the animals live so closely together diseases spread quickly which means there is a widespread use of antibiotics – in saying the the practice is dropping.  Doctors are realizing that we’ve been over-exposed and the antibiotics just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.
World-wide, more antibiotics are dished out to animals than to humans. … quite bizarre – so the animal will be fit for human consumption.

Well they’re not

These animals also are fed grains that are doused in chemical pesticides and fertilizers, grown on vast amounts of land that are pushing out the wild life and putting a lot of them on the brink of extinction.

How does this equate to human health?

Apart from the fact that animal protein is not good for our health which research continues to back up, those who choose to continue eating meat are getting a lot sicker than past generations because of factory farming and the way the animals fed and housed.  This makes both the animals and the humans really susceptible to diseases.

So the human health is going on a mega slide down because of the massive consumption of this meat.

It really saddens me when I see people refusing to see the overwhelming scientific and clinically back evidence that animal protein (includes all meats, fish, dairy & eggs) is not the healthy option.  It seems to me that people would rather be sick and be on meds with a much lower quality of life than embrace a wholefood plant-based lifestyle.
This attitude is very obvious with my age group who are quite set in their ways – always had the meat and three veg and don’t want to change.  They’d rather get just another prescription than learn how to feed themselves so they can reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity etc.
The silly part is that not only would they have quality of life they’d live longer on a healthy vegan lifestyle.

However, I am seeing more young people taking on the vegan life, usually more because they have had their eyes opened to animal suffering, but sometimes because they don’t want to end up with dementia, heart disease, cancers etc like their grandparents, parents or older relatives.

If you do want to go vegan … then do yourself a favour and be a healthy vegan by adopting a whole-food plant base way of eating – you’ll be doing it for the animals with the bonus of giving yourself good health too.

Till next time
Ciao
Fee





The Wins Of 2016

Looking back on 2016 … it wasn’t too bad a year and we did have some wins.

There were some wonderful moments for the animals such as a group of little ducklings were saved by awesome firemen after they fell down a grate.  Mumma duck was sooooo thrilled to have her babies back.  And, firemen rescued swans from freezing on ice, not just once, but three times.

However, I want to look back on some of the “wins” that didn’t necessarily make the “headlines” but will make life a little easier on those animals who are constantly abused – that is: animals used for human purposes.  So here’s my top 12:

Let’s begin with a statistic I think shows why many people are turning to a plant based way of eating.

  1. 94% of Americans believe it’s important that animals used for food aren’t abused.  The way the industry is with factory farming, this is a good sign that people are starting to become aware.
  2. In New Zealand battery cages are to be phased out by 2022, a great “win”.  Unfortunately the egg industry managed to still have the cages by convincing the government to legalize the colony cage … still a cage, will be able to put more birds in – the campaign continues.
  3. Around the world many groceries, restaurants and even fast food outlets no longer support caged eggs.  In New Zealand, McDonalds announced its switch to only free range eggs in all outlets in 2017.  Many others committed to a particular date.
  4. In Australia the Woolworths supermarket chain went cage free and in N.Z. a campaign was launched for Countdown to do the same … Countdown is a subsidery of the above mentioned Woolworths.
  5. In North America the “Right to Farm” is a law that was brought in to deny nuisance lawsuits against farmers who use accepted and standard farming practices.  Well, the U.S. Humane Society along with other organizations set out to expose this law for what it really is : allowing farmers to use reprehensible measures like extreme confinement, mutilation with painkillers etc.  They were able to stop this Right to Farm measures from being introduced into some State legislatures.  Still a lot of work to be done.
  6. The Blackfish Bill was passed banning SeaWorld and other corporations from imprisioning Orcas for profit.  SeaWorld also announced that it would no longer have the Orca breeding program.  I believe that the movie “Blackfish” has had a huge role in getting both these “wins”.
  7. France became the 1st country to totally ban Neonicotinoids – the bee-killing component in pesticides.  This measure goes above and beyond the E.U. ban put in place in 2013.  The German company Bayer is not happy and, in fact, has a lawsuit pending against the E.U. Learn more  It’s almost like France has put up its middle finger to Bayer.
  8. And on the subject of bees, Canada is also trying to put in place a ban however, again Bayer has their lobbying hat on tight and the pressure is on.  You can help by signing the petition: Save The Bees
  9. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ended their elephant performances and took the elephants off the road in response to growing public concern over how the animals are treated.
  10. The number of  Tigers, Pandas and Manatees all increased quite substantially which, if this keeps going, these animals will be able to come off the endangered list
  11. On another note – the environment … 40,000 New Zealanders, who opposed the secret giveaway of community water resources, celebrated when The Ashburton District Council backed out of negotiations with NZ Pure Blue – a deal that would have allowed the corporation to extract billions of litres of waters from the aquifers beneath the town.  The message was loud and clear – the last thing the community needs is a bottled-water company sucking the town dry for profit, especially in a drought-prone region.  Mind you, this applies everywhere – as is being witnessed currently in U.S.A. with the town of Flint as well as the Dakota Pipe Line.
  12. This was a story that absolutely delighted me.
    The Australian mining company, OceanaGold, had a contract to build a massive gold mine in Cabanas, a country in El Salvador.
    Now this would have used the last remaining water source, so the country of Cabanas refused to issue permits.
    OceanaGold filed a lawsuit against El Salavdor.  However, because of worldwide people power, the lawsuit was dismissed.  But wait, there’s a bit of icing on this cake – OceanaGold had to pay El Salvador compensation and cover their court costs.

So I’ll end this post on that absolutely corker win … showing that the little guy can take on the giant.

You’ll be able to find lots of other stories on the internet, but these ones were either close to my heart, or a little different to the usual.

All my heartfelt thanks for supporting me with my journey this year.  May your 2017 be blessed for you and your family and may we have many more “wins” so we can ease the suffering of the many animals who endure so much for us.

Have wonderful wholefoods and enjoy life.

Ciao
Fee



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The Story About A Sheep

Once upon a time there was a sheep who was all alone.

Well, the story goes like this.  While I was in the country (yes, I’m back in the city now), I would take a morning perambulation to survey the countryside around me and take in the beautiful refreshing air.

In the paddock that ran alongside the road, the sheep meandered, munching on grass, heads down as sheep do, until I walked past.  Then it was heads jerked up, ears attuned and when I got too close it was off with a race to put a bit more distance between us.

But, at the top of the road where there were no sheep, there, on his/her lonesome was a single sheep just sitting, doing nothing, almost like he (we’ll call it he – saves on me having to type the letter “s”), was waiting for something – or maybe someone?

The first couple of mornings he bleated when he saw me and actually wandered over to the fence.  However, I couldn’t get to him as there was a double fence line with quite a gap between, so I have no idea if I could have pat him as I would have liked to have done.

He was there every morning for a couple of weeks.  Then just as quickly as he’d appeared – he was gone.

Now, I’m going to make up the story that he had been feeling a little depressed and had wanted some “time out”.  Then, on feeling back to his old self again (maybe my visits helped), he’d gone back to join his mates in the flock.  That is a far better image than him having been singled out to fatten up for the Christmas table.

Oh, and just so you know that I really was in the country …. I photo bombed the sheep and the chooks where I was staying.

At time of writing I had, in fact, left the country and was already ensconced in the first of the house-sits for 2017 … actually had Christmas here.  Read about it in the next post.

Ciao
Fee



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Are Free Range Eggs Ethical?

I’ve spoken about the egg industry before, but it’s time to ask again are free range eggs ethical and this time I’m going to re-visit this topic and look at it from a slightly different angle.

Let’s start at the beginning – and, no, I’m not getting into the argument of which comes first – the chicken or the egg nor about battery eggs verses free range eggs.

Have you ever wondered where the Hatcheries get the eggs from?  You see the Hatcheries are big business.  This is where the eggs are incubated and hatched.  The chickens are then sold to the egg farmers, be they caged or free range.

Try as I might, the information about the “parents” (where these fertilized eggs actually come from), is very scarce, especially in N.Z. – Which makes it even more worrying.  Just the mere fact that there appears to be no data available creates a feeling of mistrust.  In fact even SAFE said it is a very secretive industry and virtually impossible to find out anything – very suspect.

I did find out that we do import breeding birds from both the Netherlands and U.S.A.  They do this in order to keep the flock healthy …. no in-breeding.

I also discovered that there are not that many breeding bird farms around the world as it’s quite a scientific operation.  These farms do genetic tests and selection based on progeny testing to ensure they have excellent breeders.

In Australia, the fertilized eggs are imported, so it appears that there are no “parent” birds there.

So looking at the U.S.A. parent bird situation (N.Z. does tend to mimic the USA practices).  Again information is scarce but what I did discover was pretty abysmal.
On average the “parent” birds are housed in sheds.  They have about 1.88-2 square feet per bird and  quite often the ratio is one rooster for every 9-11 hens.  In saying that, I also discovered that generally the roosters are not actually put with the hens, instead the sperm is removed and artificially injected into the females.

But wait, there’s more.  Many of these birds are beak-trimmed and de-spurred, the roosters can even have their combs cut off and de-toed … all this to prevent aggression and usually done without anaesthesia.

On to some facts:

  • Birds are fed once a day.
  • Their eggs are collected three times a day to go to hatcheries.
  • Usually at the end of their first laying cycle they are sent to slaughter.
  • Roosters can survive slightly longer than 18 months, but then slaughtered.

Now I can understand why this industry is so tightly shut.  They do not want any light shone on them and are probably quite happy that there is more angst around caged egg producing hens.

But this must be a huge industry.  Just to put it into perspective how many layer hens per year is required for the egg industry (including free-range):

  • N.Z. = over 3 million.
  • Australia = around 11 million.
  • Britain = 29 million.
  • USA = 302 million.

So the number of fertilized eggs would have to be at least double these numbers just to be on the safe side because of the male chicks.

If you are eating eggs, be they free-range or other, please try to reduce the number.  Try committing to two or three days a week going completely animal free in all your food choices.  It’s not that difficult to do once you get into swing of it – and there’s always plenty of help if you need it.  Please spare a thought for those mummy birds.

Ciao
Fee

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Mayhem And Madness – All In A Day’s Work

O.k.  Yes, I do start work at 9 a.m.  I know, Lucky Me!!!  I get an extra 1/2 hour in bed.  What it means is that I’m the last one to arrive at the office.

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How could you not love that face!

But enough about my little perks.  It’s the Thursday before Easter and I arrived at work raincoat and beret on because it’s raining.  Let me say here, that me and umbrellas do not go together.  Even if there is no wind the umbrella just seems to turn inside out, or won’t go up or, alternatively, come down.  So my excellent Macintosh and beret is my rain wear.  On really rainy days, I do have to take my glasses off and put them in the pocket which doesn’t bode well for me crossing roads!!!!

Back to today.  So I get to the door and there to greet me is Floyd.  Floyd is one of the designer’s (Matt) best mate and it had been decided by he, (Matt, not Floyd), and his wife that it would be best for Floyd to come to work as there was a severe weather warning issued for the day and they didn’t want Floyd being on his own …. at this point I encourage you to say “Awe!”  You can do so under your breath if others are around, or out loud – your choice.

dogs 3Now Floyd is a Border Collie crossed with a Tramp going North and was on death row when he was rescued by Matt and his wife …. I should be hearing another “Awe!” – feel free to beef it up with a “bless them”.  Point is, Floyd is delightful.  Smart too.  He entertained us with “shaking hands”, “begging”, “rolling over”, “turning around” and his latest trick, “crawling”.

Of course my camera came out and pictures were taken in between the patting and mussing of his coat…it’s sooooo soft.  Naturally I had to post his photo up onto Facebook – why shouldn’t he get a bit of viral coverage?  As I was doing this I made the comment about which dog my “friends on Facebook” would think was the cutest – Floyd or Otto – both have now graced my page.

The challenge was taken up.  It was decided that Andrew would bring Otto (the Schnauzer), back after lunch.
Hey, it’s Easter – it’s raining (hard) – a bit of levity in the office would work wonders for the soul.Dogs

dogs 02OMG – what havoc was reaped after lunch when Otto arrived at the office.  Now Floyd had been happily ensconced and kinda figured the office belonged to him.

Otto, of course, has visited the office a few times and strutted in as if he owned the place.  Luckily the two dogs do know each other so the territorial stamping didn’t eventuate.  But, oh boy, the playing was definitely all on!  Their dads finally decided that the kids had played enough.  Otto was taken to his side of the dividing half wall and his lead was hooked up and Floyd was banned to his bed on the other side.
The look on their faces – priceless!

The rest of the afternoon carried on relatively quietly with the occasional lapse by Floyd who’d go round to see what Otto was doing, find him incapacitated but try and play until his dad, hearing the commotion, called him back.  Alternatively, Floyd would wander over to me ’cause he knew he’d get plenty of scratches.

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Get a gander at this I discovered on Floyd’s lead …. now that’s a classy way to carry poop bags!  For a muttly dog – he’s one cool kid.  Of course, Otto is a class act as well.

 

millieOne last thing – Millie has really warmed to me …. This is how you spend a wet

Easter Thursday evening – laxing out on the couch watching T.V. with a friend.

 

 

 

Ciao
Fee

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