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Myriad of animals

Somewhere along the line something must have gone wrong. I distinctly remember the impressive picture of saint Fransiscus of Assisi with a myriad of animals around him, all in perfect peace and harmony. I believe in the possibility of all kinds of animals, that in other circumstances would have a certain position in the food chain, when they are beyond the need of food to be resting peacefully next to one another. There are some indicators though that contradict my optimism. One is a special moment I recall when beloved Sparky, the first fox terrier that became our household member , heard a recording with birdcalls. Sparky not being raised in the countryside, being unaware of most of these calls, became a real hunting dog when he heard number twenty three of the recording. The forest owl. He became totally wild and wanted to climb the walls and attack the speakers. All in all this was no incident at all, because it only happened with number twenty three, the forest owl and every time he heard it he went totally crazy and wild.
Now Cuby, the second fox terrier, has been raised to get along with cats, she does fine. This does support my saint Francis picture. Also together we can feed the ducks on land and she will be standing next to them without chasing them or barking at them. However when we walked Leo, the beautiful and usually so easygoing greyhoud friend, he totally flipped over the presence of a close cat. The cat obviously did not understand the danger of the situation, because she stayed much too close, looking beautiful and puzzled. The huge dog did not impress her, which was not very wise, because Leo was obviously in no way recognising the cat as someone he could get along with. More like a mortal enemy. I feel troubled now. I know from my own experience that it is possible to have so called incompatible animals in peace close to each other as long as they had enough food to eat and are in the company of humans that don’t anticipate or expect a warlike situation. If we compare the situation to an encounter amongst sworn human enemies, we always have to take into account the motivation of weapons dealers and their own particular interest in an flaming physical argument. I can see no such special hidden motives in a situation concerning animals. Why do so many of these occasions still end up in a negative spiral when we could work together and enjoy the reality of a saint Francis picture in our own time and era?

Myriad of animals

Somewhere along the line something must have gone wrong. I distinctly remember the impressive picture of saint Fransiscus of Assisi with a myriad of animals around him, all in perfect peace and harmony. I believe in the possibility of all kinds of animals, that in other circumstances would have a certain position in the food chain, when they are beyond the need of food to be resting peacefully next to one another. There are some indicators though that contradict my optimism. One is a special moment I recall when beloved Sparky, the first fox terrier that became our household member , heard a recording with birdcalls. Sparky not being raised in the countryside, being unaware of most of these calls, became a real hunting dog when he heard number twenty three of the recording. The forest owl. He became totally wild and wanted to climb the walls and attack the speakers. All in all this was no incident at all, because it only happened with number twenty three, the forest owl and every time he heard it he went totally crazy and wild.
Now Cuby, the second fox terrier, has been raised to get along with cats, she does fine. This does support my saint Francis picture. Also together we can feed the ducks on land and she will be standing next to them without chasing them or barking at them. However when we walked Leo, the beautiful and usually so easygoing greyhoud friend, he totally flipped over the presence of a close cat. The cat obviously did not understand the danger of the situation, because she stayed much too close, looking beautiful and puzzled. The huge dog did not impress her, which was not very wise, because Leo was obviously in no way recognising the cat as someone he could get along with. More like a mortal enemy. I feel troubled now. I know from my own experience that it is possible to have so called incompatible animals in peace close to each other as long as they had enough food to eat and are in the company of humans that don’t anticipate or expect a warlike situation. If we compare the situation to an encounter amongst sworn human enemies, we always have to take into account the motivation of weapons dealers and their own particular interest in an flaming physical argument. I can see no such special hidden motives in a situation concerning animals. Why do so many of these occasions still end up in a negative spiral when we could work together and enjoy the reality of a saint Francis picture in our own time and era?

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