#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 18/Nov/21

Pictures to inspire words and images. Perhaps a poem, painting, story, play, novel, drawing, memoire, essay, sculpture, or a new photograph? Up to you. Or just enjoy the pictures. My images are untitled to avoid direction. But, if you want it, the title, not always helpful, is here.

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Get those creative juices flowing and have some fun.

Occasionally, inspired by the image, I’ll write here:

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17 thoughts on “#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 18/Nov/21

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          1. The dogs here are types of malamutes and huskies that were originally used for pulling sleds. I think there are efforts being made to register them as separate breeds. They might be related to quite a few other breeds as well.

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              1. I didn’t communicate that well. The malamutes and huskies here are interbred with other types of dogs. For instance, they may look like huskies but their DNA would likely show quite a mix (and maybe some wolf, too). That’s why they are referred to as NWT huskies or NWT malamutes. I don’t agree with registering and trying to nail down a “breed” anyway. They are sled dogs, chosen for speed and hardiness in the cold (not that many people rely on them for hunting or travel any more; they’re mostly for racing). Why not just let them be northern dogs?

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                1. I agree, Lynette. The many ‘breeds’ of dog now on the planet are nowadays mostly bred for fashion. There’s no real interest in the welfare of the resulting animal, as long as its appearance suits the vanity of those involved in the hybrid. Dogs like pugs, where their breathing is made difficult by over stressing the importance of the degree of ‘squashing’ are a case in point. I dislike the whole idea of such distortions of nature. There was a point in breeding working dogs, but the modern trend of creating new ‘breeds’ simply to satisfy the vanity of their human owners is abhorrent, and bares the lie in the description ‘dog lover’..

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                  1. Yes, I agree. It’s mostly about human vanity. I’ve had lots of dogs and with the exception of one, they all were of mixed origins and from the SPCA (the exception was from SPCA as well but was a “registered” German Shepherd who had been surrendered and was homeless). The shepherd developed predictable health issues associated with that breed but the others were all very healthy and long-lived. I can see using certain large breed dogs for particular tasks such as SAR and policing, but otherwise it borders on abuse, especially when I think of such breeds as the pugs who as you point out now have breathing issues.

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                    1. At least the UK authorities have now banned the practice of tail docking, another vanity issue. I used to have dogs, both as a child, and in my first marriage. I don’t have one now; my daughter is allergic to their fur and I’m concerned at their rather large carbon footprint. But I understand their value as companions and as helpers for the blind and the deaf.

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    1. Ho, ho! But I should let you know, Tom, ‘he’ is a ‘she’. And she is definitely defending the stick just in front of her – try to pick it up to throw it for her and she’ll snap it up quick as you like!

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    1. Appealing critter, isn’t she? Came across her while passing a neighbour’s house at the edge of the forest. She was trying to get us to throw a stick for her.

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