Bells and I have some good animal news to share today 🙂
The first discovery was pretty awesome: when I was in Anaheim for my Spirit Dance workshop (you can check it out here http://www.dancingtehani.com) earlier this morning, I met a gal named Laura – a very cool kat and dog trainer at the Learning Light Foundation – who told me about B.A.T. (Behavior Adjustment Training) and it is fanta-bulous! 🙂
Bells and I have been researching this evening and it looks like an absolutely wonderful training module! I read up on it, reviewed the flow chart (very helpful!), watched a few videos and I am sold! Bye, bye, Cesar Millan! Though I love all the work you’ve done for our doggies, this is the most humane and receptive way to EFFECTIVELY train dogs that I know of: http://empoweredanimals.com/ Some training modules out there are very receptive and not effective. This is a great and valuable resource for all dog owners (in our “dog and dancer” humble opinion, of course).
Laura also made us aware of an insightful book (that we are ordering very soon) called Canine Body Language available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Canine-Body-Language-Photographic-Interpreting/dp/1929242352 We perused the pages, and it is PURE GENIUS! I agree with Laura: every dog owner should own this book! Bella and I doubly approve! It gets the Bella paw stamp for sure (and she’s mega picky!).
Our next and final story is bittersweet… The killing season ends early in the Cove this year, but the fact is, it is still going on. With increasing pressure around the globe, we are slowly ending the horrible violence against our beautiful, sentient and intelligent dolphin friends! But it still breaks my heart as it’s not quick enough. We watch the dolphins out here in Long Beach (I haven’t seen them since my birthday a couple months ago) and it is agonizing to watch these magnificently free dolphins swim while mentally remembering/acknowledging what is going on just on the other side of our Pacific Ocean out in the Cove.
Rick O’ Barry is one of my heroes. I don’t know how his heart can handle such pain, but as activists we know these little victories make it all worth it. There will be an end to the slaughter. I don’t know when, but it will end. I know it. I believe.
Here is the official update from TakePart: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/26/thats-wrap-dolphin-killing-season-ends-taiji?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-03-01-taiji