Be Kind to Animals Because They Have Feelings, Too!

BE KIND TO ANIMALS – THEY HAVE FEELINGS, TOO.

From the site of Advent Calendar
From the site of Advent Calendar

Four legged animals DO NOT totally understand your language.  Yes, they do know certain words like: come, sit, down, fetch, but they do not understand conversations.  If they are listening and wag their tails, it is not because they know what you are saying, but because your words are gentle and friendly.

Getting Upset With Your Pet

Dogs want to please their families.  When they make mistakes it is mostly because of not understanding.  Getting mad at them just makes things worse.  Imagine that you do not know what you have done, and everyone is shouting at you or worst of all -hitting or kicking you.

Teach your Dog with Love.

All animals know the language of love because it is filled with kindness. Beating an animal or being unkind to it, just makes it very unhappy.  It wants to please you, but like any of us, animals make mistakes.  It is much better to show the animal what it has done wrong.  When he or she gets it right, reward it with a treat or pat it and say, “good dog.”  Show the dog often.  Like many of us, when something is difficult or hard to do, we need more time.

The dog is blind but the cat show him where to walk
The dog is blind but the cat show him where to walk

Little Things Matter

Since your four legged animal does not completely understand your language, you can use another KIND OF LANGUAGE.  Let your actions be the best language.  For example, pet your animal softly.  Don’t constantly keep petting it!  How would you like your face rubbed every minute? LOL.

Don’t Hurt Your Pet

Give some treats when your animal has been good – Don’t go for PERFECT.  Give your pet a nice ear scratch – gently now!  Animals are often smaller than us and have smaller bones.  Hitting or kicking an animal can hurt these small bones and they can be in pain for hours or days.  They cannot tell you how frightened or how much pain they suffer.

Mother camel cries for the loss of her baby - all animals have feelings - don't hurt them
Mother camel cries for the loss of her baby – all animals have feelings – don’t hurt them

Animals have feelings, here is a sad picture of a camel with her dead baby.  She is calling out in pain.  She knows pain and suffering.  All animals do.  Make your animal happy!

 

Can You Walk a Neighbour’s Pet?

Is there an older person near you, who cannot walk his or her dog?  Of course, you need your parent’s permission and the permission of the dog’s owner.  If the owner refuses, don’t take it personally.  The dog may be the only friend that person has and they are frightened something might happen to it.

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Puppies are doggie babies.   Does a human baby understand a lot of words?  Does a human baby know when it has done things wrong.  Most times they do not understand human language.  It is the same with puppies and dogs.  A baby has ‘accidents’ in his or her diaper/nappy – it is the same with puppies.

Don’t Have a Pet?

You can still be the friend of animals without having a pet.  If you are older, you might ask your parents for permission to volunteer at an animal shelter.  Sometimes, shelters need a home for a dog for just a short time.  If you see a kid being unkind to an animal, don’t yell, but talk to them about what you know: 1) animals don’t completely understand human language   2) animals learn quicker by kindness and being shown often.  3) animals want to please owners.   4) animals can hurt and be in pain if treated badly (we can take aspirin but an animal suffers without medicine.

Thank you, for being the best that you can be.04_kindtoanimals

Theme comes from Acts of Kindness Calendar. http://www.noomii.com/advent-calendar/2016/day-4  (with Penguin image)

The Christmas “Pooping Log” of Northern Spain

In the region of Catalan in North-Eastern Spain, boys and girls are getting ready now to purchase a “pooping log.”  The people of Catalan speak Spanish but they have their own special language.

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They are very proud of their traditions and “Caga Tia” is a “pooping log”.   People can make their own  or they can go into a shop/store and buy a into a ready made log.

In the country, Catalan families go into the woods and find a Christmas Log (Tio de Nadal) to bring into their home.  The log is hollowed out and a face is painted and legs are added.  On December 8th you start to “feed” or stuff the log with candy/sweets, fruits and nuts. Every day the children add more stuffing to the log. It is a tradition that the last thing that is added is a salted herring fish or a garlic bulb.

.On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day the log is encouraged to poop by children hitting the logs with sticks – and -Out comes the treats.

 

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EUROPEAN CUSTOM

In many countries in Europe, the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree is a glass pickle.  In most families the pickle is hidden and the first child to find the pickle on Christmas morning gets a special gift.

The Tradition Spreads

Many European families migrated to the USA and brought the pickle tradition with them.  In 1880,   F.W Woolworth, a chain wide department store, started to make ornaments not only in green pickles but in other vegetables and fruits.

There are ‘tall tales’ associated with the pickle.

In the American Civil War, a Bavarian (German) hired soldier was a prisoner and near death from starvation he asked for a pickle.  The guard took pity on him and the pickle gave him mental and physical strength to survive.

Another tale originates from Spain where an evil  inn keeper killed two boys and placed them in a barrel of pickles.  St. Nicholas found the boys and miraculously restored them to life.

I hope that you are enjoying yourself at this time of the year.