Dog Suicide Bridge – Spooky

I read this article recently. Very strange. Only jumping I like doing is to get treats or bite next doors cat.

Overtoun Bridge near Dumbarton in west Scotland is the location for a mystery. Since the 1950′s, it has been the scene of at least fifty, unexplained, dog deaths, which have horrified local dog owners.

Most of the dogs were long-nosed breeds; Labradors, Collies and Retrievers. Dog deaths have occurred in every season, but notably, on clear days, a rarity in this grey, wet part of Scotland. All of the dogs leapt from the same side of the bridge

According to legend, this is a place of dark deeds, tragedy and superstition. On one occasion, a man, behaving very erratically, threw his young baby from the bridge, believing it to be possessed by the devil.

In recent years the number of deaths has risen dramatically, with five animals jumping in six months. The story continues to attract widespread media attention, giving rise to the theory that these dogs could be committing suicide.

Overtoun House and it’s grounds have garnered a reputation as a centre for unexplained phenomena. In Celtic mythology, Overtoun is known as a “thin” place. A place where Heaven and Earth are reputed to be close. Some have speculated that sensitive dogs are being spooked by something at the bridge.

 

Scottish psychic, Mary Armour, visits the bridge to see if she can sense anything that could possibly affect the dogs. “I think that some animals are hypersensitive to the spirit world and to people in their earthly lives. As I walked on Overtoun Bridge, I felt pure calmness and serenity. My own dog walked across quite happily, although she did gravitate towards the right-hand side. I certainly felt no adverse energy at all”.

Dogs may not be detecting anything supernatural at the bridge, but the idea that dogs have some kind of sixth-sense is not as outlandish as it may seem.

Biologist, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, has done a lengthy investigation which suggests that dogs have abilities beyond current scientific understanding. His most famous experiment was documented by an Austrian TV crew.

In the experiment, one camera followed the dog, at home, while another camera followed the owner. The cameras were synchronised, so the time codes on both were the same. The owner was told to return home, at a randomly chosen time, she had no advance warning of when this would be. She would travel home in a taxi to avoid any familiar car sounds. When she was told to leave, the dog, who had been lying quietly, immediately got up and went to sit by the window, where it remained for the fifteen minutes it took for it’s mistress to arrive home.

It seems to be a telepathic response. It could be said that telepathy is some kind of sixth-sense.

Dogs are capable of detecting their owner’s emotions and developing their own neuroses. Could they be responding to some sort of human depressive impulse at the bridge which then causes suicide. Although dogs can experience depression, where human and canine brains differ, is in having an awareness of the future. Dogs do not have any such awareness.

So if the dogs are not actually committing suicide, what might explain their strange behaviour on the bridge?

Dogs can hear a wide range of sounds that are inaudible to humans. So, a team from a Glasgow acoustics company set up sophisticated equipment to scan for any strange sounds. They detect nothing unusual.

David Sexton, an authority on Scottish Wildlife, determines that there are three main species active in the area; mice, squirrel and mink. Canine psychologist, David Sands conducts an experiment to see which of these scents excite the dogs most. Out of ten dogs, seven went directly to the mink scent.

Mink are not native to Britain, have no natural predators and have a very powerful, musky scent. Single animals have been on the loose since the 1920′s but mink have only been breeding in large numbers since the 1950′s. The same time as the first reported dog death at Overtoun Bridge.

Why Overtoun Bridge and not any other bridge?

Overtoun Bridge spans a deep-sided valley. The parapets of the bridge are eighteen inches thick and there is a fifty foot fall to the rocky bed of the Overtoun Burn.

To understand what may be unique about this bridge, it is necessary to view the structure from the dog’s perspective. From a position on the bridge, all the dog will see are the stone walls and if it becomes excited by the scent of the mink, it’s natural curiosity will impel it to investigate.

 

The dog’s sense of smell tells it the scent is over the wall, so if it becomes over-excited it will leap the wall to give chase, oblivious to the fact that there is a fifty foot drop on the other side.

 Ned

Thanks to mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk for this article

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Christmas Jumper Dog Pattern

Does anyone know of where you can find a dog pattern for a Christmas jumper.

If so could you respond with details as I have had a request from a blogger.

Thanks in advance

Ned

 

 

 

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What a Great Website

Real dogs are the best but if you can’t have someone as wonderful as me then have a look at this webiste:

Shelterpups

Real stuffed dogs with real hair. Almost as good as Ned.

Ned

 

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And I thought my friendship with a mouse was wierd

This is either wierd or sweet. What do you think?

A rodent-eating snake and a hamster have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

Their relationship began in October last year, when zookeepers presented the hamster to the snake as a meal.

The rat snake, however, refused to eat the rodent. The two now share a cage, and the hamster sometimes falls asleep sitting on top of his natural foe.

“I have never seen anything like it,” a zookeeper at the Mutsugoro Okoku zoo told the Associated Press News agency.

The hamster was initially offered to Aochan, the two-year-old rat snake, because it was refusing to eat frozen mice.

As a joke, the zookeeper said they named the hamster Gohan – the Japanese word for meal.

“I don’t think there’s any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan’s company very much,” said zookeeper Kazuya Yamamoto.

The apparent friendship between the snake and hamster is one of many reported bonds spanning the divide between predator and prey.

This brought a tear to my doggy eye’s

hamstersnake

Ned

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A Year Away

So it has been exactly one year to the day since I went away on my expedition.

I had planned to travel the world and experience all the things a young fit dog should do. However, I have realised that I owe my time to my millions of fans who follow my every move.

Therefore, my year sabbatical is over.  See some of my travel pictures below.

 

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Dogs Know Best

I know what is in my dog food. Do you know what you eat? I think not.

One of the more-enduring urban legends about McDonald’s is that their hamburgers contain cow eyeballs. While this has not proven to be the case, their Baked Hot Apple Pie does contain duck feathers, or at least an ingredient commonly derived from such. Truth can be just as strange as fiction.

How have duck feathers become a viable ingredient in apple pie? Welcome to the world of food additives. People have been adding flavours, spices, natural preservatives and ripening agents to food since antiquity. But as the popularity of highly processed food has risen dramatically since the 1950s, so has the astounding array of bizarre chemical additives used in food manufacturing. Fast-food recipes seem to be born more from the laboratory than from farm or field.

And although the powers that be deem these food-additive chemicals safe, the science fiction of it all is a bit unsettling. How do we come up with these things? Here are some of the wackiest of the bunch.

1. Duck feathers and human hair (l-cysteine)

You thought duck feathers sounded bad? How about human hair? These are the two most-common sources for l-cysteine, an amino acid used to condition dough for increased pliability, which facilitates better machine processing. CNN reported that most human-derived l-cysteine comes from Chinese women who help support their families by selling their locks to small chemical-processing plants.

Although originally the primary source for l-cysteine was human hair, many manufacturers seem to have moved away from hair-derived l-cysteine and on to the more-palatable duck feathers. According to Jeanne Yacoubou, MS, research editor for The Vegetarian Resource Group, 80 percent of l-cysteine is now derived from feathers. During her research, McDonald’s told Yacoubou that the l-cysteine used in its Baked Hot Apple Pie, as well as its Wheat Roll and Warm Cinnamon Roll, was of the duck-feather variety. Many other fast-food joints rely on l-cysteine in bakery products as well.

Not to be sensationalist here, the resultant additive is far-removed from its original source — but still. It may be disturbing to many, and importantly, may fly in the face of ethical or religious dietary restrictions.

2. Sand (silicon dioxide)

Avoiding sand in your sandwich at the beach is obvious, avoiding sand in your restaurant-purchased meal may not be so apparent.

Silicon dioxide, also known as silica (also known as sand!), is used to make glass, optical fibres, ceramics, and cement. Oh, and chilli. Used as an anti-caking agent, it is often added to processed beef and chicken to prevent clumping, and is listed in the ingredient panels for chilli from both Wendy’s and Taco Bell. Most experts suggest that it isn’t harmful for consumption, but just know that the ingredient keeping that chilli meat nice and non-caking is the also the primary component of diatomceous earth, commonly used as a pesticide.
 

3. Wood (cellulose)

Processed wood pulp, known as cellulose, is used in everything from cheese to salad dressing, from muffins to strawberry syrup. Food processors use it to thicken and stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fibre content — as well as to minimize reliance on more costly ingredients like oil or flour. Powdered cellulose is produced by cooking virgin wood pulp in chemicals to separate the cellulose, and then purified. Modified versions require extra processing, such as exposure to acid in order to further break down the fibre.

Ironically, with the increase in nutritional awareness has come an increase in the use of cellulose — with the addition of wood pulp, products can boast of less fat and more fibre. Just don’t mind the wood.

McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Jack in the Box, and many others include cellulose in their repertoire.

4. Silly Putty plastic (dimethylpolysiloxane)
Eight-syllable ingredients make sense for Silly Putty, but French fries? Sure enough, dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone used in cosmetics and Silly Putty, is also found in many a fast-food fried thing. It is the secret ingredient that keeps fryer oil from foaming. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and French fries have it, as do Wendy’s Natural-Cut Fries With Sea Salt. In fact, most fast-food items that bathe in a deep-fat fryer are imbued with a hint of dimethylpolysiloxane. Should you be concerned? The World Health Organization found no adverse health effects associated with dimethylpolysiloxane, but come on — what’s wrong with using potatoes, oil, and salt for fries?

5. Petroleum-derived preservatives (TBHQ)

Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is made from compounds derived from petroleum and finds a home in cosmetic and skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins — and processed food. McDonald’s, for example, uses it in 18 products ranging from their Fruit and Walnut Salad to Griddle Cakes to McNuggets.

TBHQ was finally approved after many years of pressure from food manufacturers, though with approval, the FDA mandated that the chemical must not exceed 0.02 percent of a food’s oil and fat content. Why would there be a limit? Because five grams would be lethal, while one gram can cause nausea, vomiting, delirium, a sense of suffocation and collapse. (Although you would have to eat more than 11 pounds of McNuggets to reach that level. And if you’re willing to eat 11 pounds of McNuggets in one sitting, well…)

6. Soil fertilizer (ammonium sulfate)

Ammonium sulphate is sold by chemical companies to food manufacturers as “yeast food for bread,” and many fast-food companies list the ingredient in their bakery products.

But that’s just its night job; when ammonium sulphate is not moonlighting as a food additive, it performs its main task: as a fertilizer for alkaline soils. Ammonium sulphate also does duty as an agricultural spray adjuvant for water soluble insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

7. Beetle juices (carminic acid, confectioner’s glaze)

Food dyes approved by the FDA include colours synthesized from petroleum derivatives and coal tar, but with all of the negative attention paid to artificial food color, natural dyes are on the rise. Yet some food dyes based on natural ingredients come from things that you may not care to ingest. Meet carminic acid, a commonly used red food colouring that comes from the dried, crushed bodies of female scale insects called cochineal. Variously known as Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, E120 — it is used in a wide variety of products ranging from some meat, sausages, processed poultry products, marinades, bakery products, toppings, cookies, desserts, icings, pie fillings, jams, preserves, gelatines, juices, drinks, dairy products, sauces and dessert products.

From the same family of the cochineal comes the Lac beetle, which is the source of shellac — as in wood-primer-and-varnish shellac. The female beetle secretes a resin that is scraped from trees in Southeast Asia and Mexico. The resin is collected and processed into a shiny coating to be donned by a variety of foods, including candy, vitamins, pills, tablets, capsules, chocolate and waxed fresh fruit. You won’t find beetle excretions on the ingredients list, however, look for its aliases: Confectioner’s Glaze, Resinous Glaze, Shellac, Pharmaceutical Glaze, Pure Food Glaze, Natural Glaze, or Lac-Resin.

8. Meat paste-goop (mechanically separated meat)

Mechanically separated meat (MSM) has been produced since the 1960s, but has been enjoying new fame lately courtesy of a photo making the rounds which shows an industrial machine extruding a plump ribbon of pink paste into a box. It is commonly referred to as “pink slime.” Looking more like frosting than pureed meat and bone bits, the FDA defines mechanically separated poultry (MSP) as “a paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue.” Mechanically separated pork is used too, although in 2004 to protect consumers against Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, mechanically separated beef was considered inedible and prohibited for use as human food.

After the meat slurry has been produced, it is sometimes treated with ammonium hydroxide to remove excess bacteria. Ammonium hydroxide is also used as a household cleaner and in fertilizers. Since the resultant meat-bone-muscle-tendon-ammonium-hydroxide goop doesn’t taste much like meat, artificial flavours are added to finish the whole thing off.

Mechanically separated meat is to blame for a number of processed meat products; think hot dogs, salami, bologna, burgers and many a chicken nugget. Fast-food restaurants are known for employing pink slime, although recently McDonald’s made clear that it no longer relies upon it in its burgers.

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS)
These four little words seem to have become the FDA mantra when it comes to food additives; all of the above ingredients, and an expansive array of other chemical additives, have been generally recognized as safe in scientific studies. Taken out of context and looked at individually, maybe a little ammonium sulphate here and a petroleum product there aren’t going to cause quantitative damage to lab animals. But if you were to add up all of the chemical ingredients consumed during a life of a fast-food fuelled western diet, what would that look like? Would it look like an epidemic of obesity, diabetes or cancer? 

Michael Pollan’s advice, ”Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food” never seemed so appealing.

 We dogs have it sorted.

 Ned

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