Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Poodle Bites


Recently, I was in Romania for an aikido seminar. That was my first visit to the country, and a delightful one. Something that I found odd was the great number of stray dogs in the streets, running free and somehow finding their way to survive and reproduce.


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The Poodle Bites


10 comments:

  1. thank you! children are victims of them and nobody stands, nobody cares...This is a reality of my country so well said...

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  2. I doubt these are your ideas about dogs in Romania, Mr. Stenudd.

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  3. Instead of using "flock", it is better in English to use the term "herd". Humans are herd animals. Cows and sheep are herd animals. Dogs are herd animals.

    Have you noticed that all the animals that man has domesticated, all are herd animals except the domestic cat. Isn't that interesting? Is not Nature teaching us something there? I think so.

    Political correctness is designed to destroy this aspect of human behavior that is necessary for race. B. Jowett in his translation of Plato's Republic uses the proverb "Birds of feather flock together" in reference to humans gathering by like. The original Greek is "Like to Like". Jowett captures the essence perfectly.

    I'm with you the dogs need to be shot. Sad. But that is reality.

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  4. WLW, I do believe that dogs - like humans - are flock animals by nature. Herds are significantly greater groups.

    Of course, modern society forces humans to live in what can be described as herds - groups so big that we don't even know most of them personally. That might be the reason we have such a hard time adapting comfortably to society.

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  5. I like that you are not limited at one interest and even dogs are included. Looking at your site, I am smiling that your interests are so diverse. I like that you smoke despite the atrocious non-smoking campaign - good sign of no hypocrisy - so, you made me stop and read. I do not do this usually, but I was born in Romania and everything bad I hear or see hurts. There is no decent solution in Romania without funds and they will not spend money to care about dogs when old people have no food. The way we treat animals and old people is a sign of civilization.
    After 1990, Romania became a free country but as all freedoms, this one has a price: the poverty of the poor and the richness of the rich. Nothing spectacular here. The strange is that this people had nothing for a long time, the socialism took everything they had including self-respect. The new achieved freedom did not bring it back at all on the contrary it erased the common sense too. We can see very expensive, big, shinny cars, while old people have nothing to eat or wear in winter and beg for a few pennies on streets. In this kind of situation who can think about a solution, humane and decent for dogs? You are perfectly right about Bardot, no clue of what life is in poverty. If we expect a solution form the “money people”, it will not come. That is why the dogs in Romania are on streets, they are everyone's dogs, they share the same poverty with the old beggars and nobody cares.

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  6. Simon, I like the way you put it: "they share the same poverty" - indeed. Something Bardot knows nothing about.

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  7. Yes, for sure! In socialism they had a company who collected an killed them. Today they are free. What is better?

    :)

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  8. I think that humans are not gathering in herds nor in flocks. I always believed that we gather in groups. A herd of humans? :))

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