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Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails? 0

Posted on November 10, 2010 by noncon
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This morning I greeted my dog Sadie (a mixed race mut, believed to be staffy and German Shepherd) in the usual way. I said “Hellooo!” in that special sing-song voice reserved only for animals and toddlers, and she returned the greeting in her own wag-tail way.

It made me think that I’ve probably never been as nice to humans as I am to dogs. Is that terrible? Or is it a blessing, seeing as I would probably be arrested if I was? What if we stroked people’s hair (personal hygiene standards permitting)? Or if we gently rubbed people’s hands if we think they are nice, whether or not we actually know them? God – the thought is making me feel sick.

Amazingly, dogs have their own versions of social etiquette by use of their tails. Most people think they only wag their tales when they are happy. Not so. All the dogs I have known (a lot) have wagged their tails when they were:

  • happy
  • guilty
  • not sure what you mean, but are willing to appear as if they do

which makes me convinced that a tail wag is a dog’s equivalent of our smile, which, don’t forget, we also do when we are embarrassed and uncomfortable. So there you have it. That is why dogs wag their tails.

Mac The Hamster Cage 0

Posted on September 19, 2009 by noncon
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imachamstercageDon’t use a mouse with your computer – use a hamster!

A great way to monitor a hamster would be to house it inside a monitor. In this case, an old iMac. Ebay user ak_drummer wants $350 for this glued together contraption, but whether anyone wants to pay that much is another matter.

It’s not got an awful lot of room has it? To me that’s like a human permanently living in one of those two berth 8ft caravans. A novel idea, but I hope no-one actually buys it. The guy should keep it for his own hamster just to vacation in occasionally. What do you think?

Big Spiders 4

Posted on August 29, 2009 by noncon
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The other day my heart nearly stopped. I’m not usually scared of spiders, but this one was a huge spider (for round here anyway) – it was easily 7 – 10cm in diameter (including legs), and it moved very fast too.

The spider unnerved me as it was on the wall next to my bed when I first saw it. I did not fancy my chances of not having a heart attack, should it decide to use any part of my body as terrain while I slept, so I decided to remove it from my flat. I had no intention of killing it, so I captured it by putting a container over it, while placing a post card underneath. I found an empty sugar jar and was able to photograph it before taking it outside and releasing it in the woods.

No doubt people in other countries will think it laughable that a three inch spider is such an unusual sight, but here in the UK it’s not so common indoors (apart from the Daddy Longlegs). The spider’s legs by the way are not yellow or green – they are reflecting the yellow of the tape measure in the photo.

Large spiders fascinate me. I’m sure small spiders would too, but we can see the anatomy much better on larger ones, so I can never resist photographing interesting looking spiders. Here is another spider I saw a few weeks ago. It was smaller in total size, but had a larger body than the one that wanted to live with me. It was approximately 4cm long (including legs).

I haven’t been able to find out what type of spider either one is. But if anyone knows I’d love to hear from you. Just click on the speech bubble at the top to leave a comment, thanks.

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Sadie The Dog 0

Posted on August 12, 2009 by noncon
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Has Sadie learned to poop near the bin?

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Sadie the dog is nine and such a good-natured dog. Don’t ask me what breed she is; a bit of everything we think! She was left abandoned in a house by people who just moved away, and couldn’t be bothered to give her away. Nice.

On her walks she loves to chase the ball, but only until she gets tired, then she refuses to bring it back, instead opting to roll in the grass. You know the manoeuvre; the writhing one dogs do. She is very good on her walks. She always goes away from the path to poop.

On our usual walk, there are two bins dog walkers can put bags of poop in; one at the beginning and one at the end. Sadie likes to do her business about a hundred yards past the first bin, and I always walk back with it. She seemed confused at first, but then got used to it.

But today she actually pooped right next to the bin! Was this a co-incidence? Or has Sadie learned that we don’t have to walk back the way we came if she poops next to the bin?

I’m guessing: co-incidence.



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