April 3, 2008
So today I worked on my
charm necklace some more. It looks like a magical prop
from a movie or something--very fun! Isabel is going to
go crazy when she sees it. I found some pics of St
Francis of Assisi to put in some of the photo holding
charms. I like these two… one has geese… one has a duck.
And I put this photo of
Calvin and Hobbes in one of the charms too. My maiden
name is Hobbes, so I like it.
As I mentioned before,
I'm a HUGE fan of the Aliens and Predator
movies. AVP II comes out on DVD on the 15th--whoo
hoo! Now usually I truly abhor violent/gorey movies,
but I am such a huge fan of cool looking aliens that I
look beyond all the gore and enjoy the thrill of the
monster. I can't wait for Cloverfield to come out
on DVD; I missed that at the movies. Independence
Day and Battlefield Earth (although a bit
silly) are two of my other favs. I like the alien
cultures in them.
There is a GREAT show on
Discovery "Man vs. Chimps" and a great show on
National Geographic "Hog Genius."
They are very
educational and extremely interesting. You just have to
check out these 2 shows. When you see some of the things
chimps can do better than us, you won't believe it. And
pigs… I always knew they were really smart, but amazing
how the shapes of their skulls change depending if they
are wild or domestic--during their lifespan! An escaped
pig's skull will actually change to those of his wild
cousins and if a wild pig is kept in captivity, it's
skull shape will actually change to resemble that of
domestic pigs. WOW! Their skulls actually change during
their lifespan depending on their environment. So check
these shows out!
Now about Mac...
This naughty goose has the WORST manners! I work with
him every day to teach him respect. He is just so
imprinted on people that he wants to climb right on top
of us--trouble is, then he nips. He doesn't bite hard;
it is a passionate nip, not an aggressive bite. His
former owners apparently let him get away with this and
he obviously had no alpha male around to put him in
place and teach him discipline. That means this
wonderful work is left for me to do. Oh boy!
I have been sitting in the pen with him and teaching
him that he can not get the better of me no matter how
hard he tries. Sometimes I use my yellow broom to keep
him out of my "dance space." More often than not
I just sit there and pet him, and if he tries to bite me
I give him a little prod and make a "sssst"
Once you master a goose's moves, it is pretty easy to
block their attacks. He has not out-maneuvered me yet.
He spends more time standing near me and vocalizing than
Although this training has to be repeated every
single time I go in his pen, and it sometimes feels like
I am making zero ground with him, when I see how he
treats other people, I am reassured that my efforts are
well worth the time. He definitely respects me even if
he still insists on "testing the fence."
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