Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachikō saw him out from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.
Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he did not see his friend among the commuters at the station.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for nine years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
Friday, March 26, 2010
"Guinefort is the only canine to ever be sainted, even if he was done so by the public instead of the Church. Guinefort, a greyhound, belonged to a French knight. The story goes that the knight walked into his son’s nursery one evening and couldn’t find the infant – however, he did find Guinefort with blood smeared all over his face and believed that the greyhound had mistaken his son for a snack. He drew his sword and killed the dog. Then his son started crying; he found him under an overturned cot with a dead snake. Guinefort had saved the baby from certain death and was rewarded with his own demise. The knight and his family immediately erected a shrine to the misunderstood dog and after “miracles” started happening at the shrine, locals declared Guinefort the patron saint for the protection of infants. The Catholic Church hated this and spent hundreds of years trying to get people to stop calling the dog “Saint.” The trend persisted until the 1930s and then seemed to die out; you don’t hear much about Saint Guinefort these days."
Via Mental Floss
Posted by dellpatricks at 9:45 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
My friend Nathalie found two puppies in a box on the side of the road in LA.... one was adopted but a girl puppy is still available.
"It is the sweetest little puppy. She still hasn't opened her eyes and is being bottle fed with puppy formula every 3 hours.she must be only 5/6 days old. She needs to get checked out by a vet soon. I can't tell what kind of dog it is. But please let me know if your friend wants it or to atleast see it. I'm on set until thursday and will bring it home with me then. the puppy has been sleeping at the makeup artists house but she can't keep her. And my dog will eat her!"
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story."
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
this is bean, and she needs a good home...
i was at my dog groomer when i saw bean, fell in love, and agreed to foster her. she was abandoned in griffith park and looked like she had been through a lot when i first saw her.
she is a deer chihuahua, and i wish i could keep her. she has been great with my other dog and cat, loves people (even though shes timid at first), is a bad watch dog (has not barked once), i can tell she wants to be playful (but she hasnt had the energy to anything other than wiggle her little butt when she gets excited), and she is going to be an amazing, sweet, funny, and loyal friend to anyone who is lucky enough to adopt her... she has not left my side.
email me if you want to meet baby bean. firstname.lastname@example.org