- I grew up in a place called Redding. It's in scotland tho so cougars
weren't a big concern.
--- In GnosticThought@yahoogroups.com, "Jesse" <jjones@...> wrote:
> No scolding from me, Bob, but I would advise you to keep the fire
between you and the cougar.
> I have never seen a cougar except for perhaps a flash of brown blur
in the headlights on a dark highway, but I suspect that they have
seen me. While doing forestry work in the manzanita, oak, pine and
Douglas-fir clothed foothills of the Sierra Nevada, I once followed a
trail of rustled leaves to a place where I saw both bluebottle flies
and yellowjackets emerging from the same pile of leaves. I poked
with a stick, hit something that resounded, reached into the leaves,
grabbed what turned out to be a deer's leg. The blood on the flesh
was still red. I put it back and backed away, looking about at the
clumps of manzanita for the owner of that piece of meat.
> A friend of mine had worked all day in the hot sun clearing brush
on his land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, North
America, Earth, was tired and sat down on a hillside. He heard
rustling in the leaves to his left, and thinking it was a deer, he
decided to be still to see how close the deer would come. He
listened as the rustling moved up the slope above him. He turned to
look at the deer out of the corner of his eye, and he saw that it was
a cougar, which he had allowed to make considerable progress as it
crept upslope and behind him.
> He leapt up and faced the cat crouching above him. It was an old
scarfaced cat, hideous and scary. It had planned to crush his
cervical vertebrae from behind, but now that he faced the cat, it
apparently was contemplating only minor revisions to the plan as it
moved a couple of steps closer, to a distance of 8 feet, where
predator and potential prey eyed one another. The cat was old, and
scarfaced. No thing of beauty, it was ugly, and its intent was clear.
> My friend was deeply immersed in martial arts training, through a
kung fu school known as "the way of the beasts". Much practice is
required. A gentler man you could not meet. Below average height,
slender, amiable, too easy to get along with, you might not take the
man seriously. He doesn't fight. He does drink in bars, though. He
told me that once someone found offense in something he said while
seated next to him at a bar, and the man cocked his fist to slug
him. He reached up, put his hand against the man's fist, looked him
in the eye and said "Don't." The man chuckled like he had been just
kidding, and they went back to drinking.
> If you meet the Buddha on the road and decide to kill him, make
sure it's really the Buddha and not a student of "the way of the
beasts". I went to their school once and saw teenaged girls and
little old ladies who could kill me in a heartbeat.
> So he faced that beast and he saw it was do or die, or maybe both.
So he drew a breath and gave that kung foo scream as he positioned
himself for what might be his last fight. The cougar left.
> I myself would have been killed and eaten in a situation like
that. I like to have my dogs with me when hiking in cougar country.
My friend gave me my dog. She was born on a ranch in the hills east
of Redding. I am told that on various occasions her parents killed
cougars, one on one. These dogs are like dragons. They have a way
about them. My older dog often puts my younger dog in his place.
She swirls round to come up behind him, to put her mouth on his neck
and take him down. Many predators have been killed by Akbash Dogs.
The man I met when I traced my dog back to her home told me there was
an incident near Yellowstone. Two Akbash Dogs were guarding their
sheep, and a Grizzly Bear was found dead. The cause was determined
to be a broken neck. Just a story. I find many stories credible,
but that one stretches the imagination. Laurie Marker is a woman who
has created an organization called the Cheetah Project. She has
acquired dogs from Turkey and provided them to Africans so they will
protect the livestock and remove the Africans' excuses for killing
Cheetahs on sight. She reports that these dogs have killed leopards
and babboons. If you have ever seen the teeth of a baboon, you know
you don't monkey around with them. People in Africa consider them
more dangerous than lions.
> Unfortunately, Laurie got her dogs from people who mix the dogs of
Anatolia together to create a breed called the Anatolian Shepherd.
Mixed breed dogs are ok, but I myself prefer the unadulterated breed
classification system for Turkish Dogs. My Akbash Dog and my Kangal
Dog are clearly different, and the differences go beyond coloration
or individual personalities. They have different heritages behind
them, different qualities that have been developed through centuries
of tradition. To adulterate the Turkish dogs in ignorance of the
differences between them seems to me a sin. Laurie is always seeking
donations for her cause, and I think likes cats better than dogs, so
the efforts of people to educate her about the need to preserve
traditional dog breeds have apparently been lost on her. She even
tried cross-breeding her Turkish dogs to African dogs to try to get
dogs who were better adapted to working in Namibian conditions. It
was a disaster. The main problem is temperament. These dogs' minds
work in very specific ways as they perform duties that humans can't
do, with minimal supervision. When you start adulterating the
genetics, it gets all messed up.
> Well, I guess while I have my dogs with me, I won't get to see any
cougars unless they tree them the way they tree bears. That's
alright by me. Be careful out there, Bob. If you want to be
intimate with some real wild critters, I recommend Akbash and Kangal
Dogs. I know the breeders and what they have pretty well. However,
I must say that these dogs are not for everyone.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: old bob
> To: GnosticThought@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 8:09 AM
> Subject: Re: [GnosticThought] Idnentification--
> --- rosiolady@... wrote:
> > In a message dated 9/29/2006 4:39:44 A.M. Pacific
> > Standard Time,
> > bbferrier@... writes:
> > I'm convinced from my own eperiences that there is
> > something real about empathy. I would like to hear
> > more of your take on the thing, Rosalie. Thanks
> > Ruth and old bob
> > IMO empathy is definitely real. It comes naturally
> > to small children and
> > animals. You will notice that when anyone around
> > them is upset, they will show
> > signs of upset or acting out as well. They don't
> > yet have the ability
> > analyze why they are feeling (in the case of
> > children); they only know they are
> > feeling it. The vibration of our thoughts/moods
> > surround and project out from
> > us. Some people pick up on these easier than
> > others. For some it's a
> > problem until they get a handle on what's going on.
> > The remedy for me came in the
> > form of mental exercises known loosely and
> > generally as "psychic protection."
> > I've got SUCH an excellent book on that around
> > here. I'll look for it and
> > get back to you with the title and author. Sort of
> > like meditation, psychic
> > protection is a kind of discipline that you
> > practice (if the extent of your
> > empathizing becomes a problem).
> > Rosalie
> Especiall in South West Oregon, I used to look for
> visits from the big cats on camping excursions. Build
> a fire and leave it going at night. Jesse will
> probably scold me for that. The cougar like to creap
> in and see whats going on, but they are as timid as
> they are curious and prefer to remain hidden. I can
> 'feel' when they are near. I can see the reflections
> from their eyes at night too, while they are studying
> me. I know they are the big cats because they leave
> their tracks for me to identify later. Pretty nice
> feeling actually.
> Ruth and old bob
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- I have two very good reasons to talk to self. I find
it rewarding to talk to an intelligent person and I
enjoy hearing an intelligent person talk. That holds
tru for the people in this listing.
Ruth and old bob
--- edmond wheeler <evwheeler@...> wrote:
> Sometimes Rosalie, When I am enjoying myself_________________________________________________________________
> everything and I mean
> everything is sooooo funny! god bless
> >From: rosiolady@...
> >Reply-To: GnosticThought@yahoogroups.com
> >To: GnosticThought@yahoogroups.com
> >Subject: Re: [GnosticThought] Re: Idnentification-
> >Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 15:35:34 EDT
> >In a message dated 10/3/2006 3:52:42 A.M. Pacific
> Standard Time,
> >evwheeler@... writes:
> >then when I came to know myself and love
> >myself I seek to be alone because I prefer the
> company. What a journey.
> >I'm with you on this, Ed. I never bore myself and
> seldom irritate
> >[Non-text portions of this message have been
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