Archives for July 2008

Animals at Shabbat

Jasmine the dog in 2007 photo by Bruce Schulman

Jasmine was blessed by Rabbi Lawrence Silverman in 2007. The Rabbi will conduct another blessing of the animals at Shabbat in Plymouth, Maryland today.

I usually post this type of info at http://www.blessingoftheanimals.com but since I’ve been busy and extremely tired I thought it might be good to share it here.

Blessing of the animal events take place in a variety of settings and are conducted by a variety of religious establishments.

However, the Jewish celebrations of animal blessings are not so mainstream as some of the others. The article about the history almost has it right–except they forgot to mention St Anthony of the Desert and obviously don’t know about the new research about the Olvera Street blessing.

When they speculate about the older traditions the problem is that there is little documentation to prove it.

I wonder how many of you celebrate such events…

You can read my short pet blessing history and about the top five animal blessings in the United States on a squidoo page. (Or get the whole scoop from my book, Blessing of the Animals: A Guide to Prayers & Ceremonies Celebrating Pets & Other Creatures!)

Do me a favor and take a minute to vote on the two polls for fun (just scroll down the page once you click on the link to find them).

  1. Is your pet a blessing?
  2. Have you attended a pet blessing or animal blessing?

BTW: Have a great weekend. I’ll be scarce for the next week and a half.

Again, thanks for your understanding during my recovery.

Diana L. Guerrero’s Ark Animal Tracks: July 2008

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July News & Tips
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IN THIS ISSUE
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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)
2. Discussion for the Month:
3. Critter Chronicles
4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances
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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)
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The good news this month is that I do have some small bursts of energy more frequently. Fortunately I was up enough to head down to Los Angeles to film three different segments for a new Animal Planet series scheduled to air in August.

If I get the air date in advance I’ll let you know.

Other than that I’ve been sticking close to home and resting per doctor’s orders. The up side is that I have time to pleasure read and am immersed in about three books at any one time.

Also, I am working at blogging now and again.

The weather up here has been beautiful and I am a little miffed that I am not able to get out and kayak yet…still too weak.

So, I hope for the best by August and in the meantime, if you want to leave any feedback, or questions, please comment on the blog.

Until next month or next blog post…
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2. Discussion for the Month
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Our filming appointments have not been as consistent as scheduled. Life seems to have gotten in the way but we are making progress. I have about 12 or more hours of video so far and a couple of other segments with professionals who have agreed to be filmed.

At the moment I am waiting for the edits to be completed on the Unusual Animal Career segment with the Wildlife Artist.

If you have been to the blog lately you know that I am addressing some of the animal career questions submitted by subscribers.

I will also be continuing the series on the blog as I regain my energy.

In the meantime, let me know if there are any particular animal careers you would like to see discussed. If you have sent them already—no need to send again–I will get to them!
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3. Critter Chronicles
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There has been a lot about primates in the media lately. My colleagues were housing Moe the chimpanzee at their facility when he escaped. He has been missing for over a week and a half and I am presuming that he was bit by a rattlesnake. If you have not read my comments, you can read more at the blog here:

Moe the Chimp Escapes–Still Missing

Most of you know that I don’t advocate exotic animal pets. If you have not read my position statement on exotic pets now.

There was a special that aired about “MonKids” which is what the media has been calling primate pets. The moniker came about because people are attempting to treat the animals like children. (Click the play link again once there to view more clips.)

On the domestic animal side this problem is also increasing. If you head to any pet store you can see the clothing items, jeweled accessories, handbag carriers, car seats, strollers, and other childlike paraphernalia.

Part of this is driven by the pet industry and part of the trend is due to the fact that over 63% of American households have pets and most see them as part of the family…furry kids.

The problem here is that the animals are not being valued or appreciated for who and what they are.

My concern is that the behavior problems caused by improper pet parenting manifest as behavior problems such as aggression. I used to only see it in the affluent families but now it has moved into the mainstream.

I am wondering what you think about this whole trend. Let me know on the blog or drop me a line.
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4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances
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My calendar is now live online. I am not scheduling much at the moment during recovery but you can access it at http://www.arkanimals.com/calendar/

Teleseminar Sign up: http://tinyurl.com/yukf8d

If you would like an animal behavior or training appointment just call (800) 818-7387 or you can book an appointment online. Don’t forget that I also do phone consultations.

Thanks for your continued support and suggestions
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Have a great month and stay tuned!
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