Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hero (Landmine Sniffing) Rats

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too), those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. ~ Charles Darwin

Heads up on an extraordinary program. Hero RATS are extremely successful at the task of sniffing out landmines. In addition to that, they are also being trained to detect Tuberculosis. 25 Rats are currently trained in TB detection.

Learn more in this TED presentation by Bart Weetjens.


From Oddity Central, Bomb Sniffing requires aptitude.

[According to Tim Edwards, APOPO’s head of training and behavioral research, it is important that the rats be trusted. But in the rare event that a rat proves difficult to train, it is removed from the training program, but kept on as a playmate for the rest of the rats. “We do have a range of what people might call personalities in the rats,” Edwards explained.

“Usually, any extreme behaviour – either too quick or too slow, or too social or not social enough – can make them a little bit too difficult to train. We see quite a bit of variance, but ideally we have a nice balance between a rat that’s easy to handle but is also active and aggressive enough to go out there and find the mines.”]

Hero Rats also enjoy rewards for their service. "APOPO takes good care of its hero rats. There have been zero casualties so far – no rats have died or been injured in the line of duty. Sunscreen is applied to their ears to prevent skin cancer. And once a rat is too old to work, it is retired and permitted to live out the rest of its natural life."

More background on the HeroRATS -

This is an amazing program and the RATS are providing extraordinary services. In return, it is hoped that they are given support and care equal to the tremendous benefit they are providing humans.

Due to lack of awareness, contact and/or and education, many animals are unfairly scorned, maligned, underrated and under appreciated. Programs like this demonstrate how much more we have yet to learn from the fellow beings on our planet.

Worthy, these RATS are, of the title: Hero.

APOPO - Facebook 
Adopt a HeroRAT 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Animals at Play - Moose in Sprinkler

Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire. ~ Robert Brault,

Maybe you've seen the recent Facebook vid with the Moose family playing in the sprinkler. Here's one from 2011. Different Moose family, different sprinkler, same result: fun.

Making the viral rounds currently, the post by Candice Helm has more than one million views, a result that suggests Facebook is still the reigning social media behemoth.

Time is never wasted when taking a break for humor or play. - Moose Wisdom 101  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Animal Communicators: Tim Link, Marta Williams, Rose DeDan and Sue Pike

"We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra, in which each living instrument is essential to the complimentary and harmonious playing of the whole.” ~ J. Allen Boone

Thanks to networking - got a heads up on a new book and may have a date (upcoming) to note on an interview... Lots of things in the works at the moment. Check out Tim Link and find out for yourself how you can better connect with the animals in your life .. like my story with Hemingway the turtle .

More resources to check -- Marta Williams -- Review of her book by Carol Upton. Interview with Marta on Conscious Living. Another longtime resource and Shamanic Practitioner is Rose DeDan, my interview with her is on Talkshoe. Here is one of the powerful messages she shared: From Windwalker. Her book is Tails of a Healer.

The most recent Conscious Living interview with an Animal Communicator is Sue Pike.
Listen on Empower Radio.

Animals are simply waiting for us to get up to speed on our connection ability ... lead with your heart and the rest will fall into place.  Best wishes on making your connections. ~ wendy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reciprocity -- the law in action. Petsense Newsbite *updated

The school of hard knocks ...

Law of Attraction might work here but there is a better application or reference to apply when a certain type of action returns a direct consequence: Law of Reciprocity - you get what you put out.

Here is an example. Thank you to the guy who posted his disrespectful treatment to the cat in this vid -- both suffering the negative outcome for a worthy cause. *Video no longer available.

The content you can no longer see showed a guy picking up his guitar and moving a cat out of the chair he focused the camera on, kicking the cat when it failed to move quickly enough. The cat then ran up the stairs behind the guy in the chair and knocked off a plant in passing ... a plant in a pot ... that fell on the guy's head.

The cat was simply a delivery mechanism and not at fault - although to some it might appear otherwise. Energy has a very special way of returning to us via whatever method is appropriate - physical or non-physical. And some also call it Karma. Whatever the term., the result is a manifest consequence.

That which you do not want done to you is best not done to others. Kindness matters.
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler