The Facebook caption for this read: “Fifth deployment and they still haven’t realized I’m a dog” Sending hugs to all those deployed. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, and the American Kennel Club has a list of 75 ways to be responsible about having a dog in the family. Here are their top ten. 10. Prepare to wait for the perfect dog. 9. Expect to be questioned by your breeder. 8. Consider an older dog. 7. Ask […]
Oh hey Friday! This was the first official full week of school for my kids (yes, Emmett is still crying at drop off, but slowly getting better; yes, Essley still runs into the classroom without a goodbye), and as someone who works from home, it’s been an adjustment for me as much as for them. Between their different school times and all of the activities, there are so many drop offs and pick ups. I get what parents say now when they describe themselves as taxi services. Anyway, my point is that I’m really grateful Friday is here and we have a couple of days off from the chaos. (Well, except for swimming lessons and soccer, and the half marathon my husband is running. But you get the point.)
One commitment I do have this weekend (and everyday) is something involving myself rather than my kids (although it does affect them too). Some friends and I recently decided to create a challenge together called 100 Days For Positive Change. My friend Annie initially started one for herself called 100 Days of Yoga, and from that this challenge (originally called 100 Days of Fitness) was born. We have all committed to 100 days of at least 30 minutes of being active a day, in an effort to create positive change in our lives. This can mean anything from yoga to running to taking a walk to hardcore cardio to light stretching to dance parties. We just have to continuously move for 30 minutes, everyday, for 100 days.
Today is day 11 for me, and I cannot put into words how incredible I feel. Truly. I run most days, but I have also slid in yoga and strength training. I am not a fitness person; it does not come naturally to me. I’ve never been one of those people who feels motivated to get up at 5 AM to go to the gym. But this challenge has made a monumental difference not only in how I feel physically everyday, but how I feel mentally. I struggle with anxiety, and last month, I realized it was spiraling out of control. I’m not sure if it was a result of some of this summer’s traumatic experiences (the death of my best friend to ALS, serious family illnesses, etc.), hormones due to stopping breastfeeding (I was either pregnant and/or breastfeeding for 5 straight years), or just a random fluke, but it was bad. I started running at the suggestion of my runner husband, and quickly noticed a difference. Now that I’m doing the challenge and moving everyday no matter what, it’s a massive difference. In addition to the time spent with movement, I am adding a few minutes to sit outside (or in a space by myself), clear my head, and just be. Sometimes this has to happen really late when my kids are in bed or very inconveniently in the middle of the work day while they’re at school. But I’m making it a priority to do it and be the best version of myself possible.
I have mainly been sharing my journey on my private IG account I use for family and friends who I know in real life, but I started sharing my progress it in my Stories on my Bubby and Bean Instagram account too. If you’d like to join us in this challenge or learn more, the hashtag we’re using is #100DaysForPositiveChange. (And no, we’re not selling anything or forcing anyone to do anything, and aside from committing – for yourself – to moving everyday, there are no rules!)
I will make sure to check in later in the journey and let you know how it’s going. In the meantime, I’m really enjoying taking care of my body and mind. It’s been a while.
This could never happen in my house. How about at yours? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
Man originated in Africa. The whole lineage of apes from which we and all the other human species descended was in Africa, a sister lineage to the apes that gave us the chimpanzee and the bonobo.
But man’s first domestic animal was not of Africa at all. The large pack-hunting wolf roamed the great expanses of Eurasia, and it was only when certain Eurasian hunters began to incorporate wolves into their societies that we began the process of domestication.
For nearly two million years, human ancestors and the ancestors of the wild dog lived throughout Africa. There was never an attempt to bring these dogs to heel, and there was never attempt to reach out to that species.
The question remains of why African wild dogs were never domesticated, and part of the answer lies in their nervous nature. I am reminded of Martin Clunes’s A Man and His Dogs. Clunes ended his two part documentary with a visit to Tony Fitzjohn’s African wild dog project, and at one point, Clunes is asked to pick up a tranquilized African wild dog, while making certain that the jaws are positioned well away from his body. These dogs react and react quickly.
These dogs live as quite persecuted mesopredators in an intact African ecosystem that includes lions and spotted hyenas. Yes, this animal that kills large game with a greater success rate than any other African predator is totally the underdog in a land so dominated by the great maned cat and the spotted bone-crusher.
Their lives must be spent hunting down quarry and then bolting down meat as fast as they can before the big predators show up to steal it.
The current thinking is the first African wild dog ancestor to appear in Africa was Lycaon sekowei. This species lived in Africa from 1.9 to 1 million years ago, which is roughly the same time frame in which the first human ancestors began to consume meat readily. It was very likely that a major source of meat consumed by these ancestors came from scavenging. Homo habilis has been des cribed as a very serious scavenger, as was Homo erectus.
Both Homo habilis and erectus were contemporaries of Lycaon sekowei, and one really thinks about it, these early humans would have been very interested in the comings and goings of the great predators. Of all the predators to drive off kills, it is obvious that a pack of wild dogs would be easier to drive off than just about any other predators that were evident in Africa at the time.
So for at least 1.9 million years, African wild dogs evolved knowing that humans of any sort were bad news. They may have inherited an instinct towards antipathy toward humans, and thus, there never was any chance for us to develop relationships such as those that have been observed with wolves and hunter-gatherer people.
I think this played a a much bigger role in reason why man never tried to domesticate African wild dogs. One should also keep in mind that wolves in Eurasia were also mesopredators in that ecosystem. Darcy Morey and Rujana Jeger point out that Pleistocene wolves functioned as mesopredators in which their numbers were likely limited by cave lions, archaic spotted hyenas, and various forms of machariodont. They were probably under as much competition from these predators as the ancestral African wild dogs were under from the guild of super predators on their continent.
What was different, though, is the ancestral wolves never evolved in an enviroment which scavenging from various human species was a constant threat, so they could develop behaviors towards humans that were not always characterized by extreme caution and fear.
We were just novel enough for wolves to consider us something other than nasty scavengers, and thus, we could have the ability to develop a hunting symbiosis as is described in Mark Derr’s book and also Pierotti and Fogg’s.
It should also be noted that African wild dogs do not have flexible societies. In wolf societies, there are wolves that manage to reproduce without forming a pair bond, simply because when prey is abundant, it is possible for wolves other than the main breeding female to whelp and rear puppies. These females have no established mates, and they breed with male wolves that have left their natal packs and live on the edges of the territories of established packs. In the early years of the Yellowstone reintroduction, many packs let these females raise their pups that were sired by the wanderers, and one famous wolf (302M) wound up doing this most of his life, siring many, many puppies. I think that what humans did in their initial relationships with wolves was to allow more wolves to reproduce in this fashion, which opens up the door for more selective breeding than one would get from wolves that are more pair-bonded.
In African wild dogs, one female has the pups. If another female has puppies, hers are confiscated by the main breeding female and usually starve to death.
The wolf had the right social flexibility and the right natural history for humans form relationships with them, which the African wild dog was lacking.
There are lots of things you need to do to get your family ready for the hurricane if you are in the Carolinas, but this is one trick you may not have thought of. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
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We are proud to announce that all three of Halo’s social media top “furfluencers” are nominated for the People’s Choice Awards in the Animal Star of 2018 category.
Halo spokescat Lil BUB is the founder of Lil Bub’s Big Fund for ASPCA. For the first time ever, this famous feline with more than 5 million social followers endorsed a pet food because of Halo’s mission and our real WHOLE meat diet, which makes a positive impact to her health as well as millions of shelter pets less fortunate than her.
Manny the Frenchie is the most followed bulldog who uses his fan base to help others through his non-profit, the Manny and Friends Foundation, and often touts Halo’s real WHOLE meat diets, as well as Halo’s vegan dog food on #meatlessmonday on social.
Halo newcomer, Nala Cat is a lovable Siamese/tabby mix rescue who recently launched her give back campaign, Nala Got You! With more than 6 million social followers, she joins Manny and Lil BUB to help millions of pet parents understand how Halo is changing the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised for the better.
Together, the trio of “furfluencers” with their combined 15 million+ pet loving followers support Halo’s mission to make a difference for ALL animals and we are so proud to have our Halo family nominated for the Animal Star of 2018 award.