Friday, 21 December 2012


Diary of an Adoption Ambassador

Paradis Day One:  Paradis is a 2-year-old foster dog from Broward Humane Society, absolutely terrified of everything. Had to be carried into the house, then carried out to the back yard.  Spent two hours running the fence line looking for a way out.  Could only be approached and petted if cornered, so we sat back and waited for her to approach.  She finally did, but ran again after two or three strokes.   At dusk, carried into the house, and put upon the sofa she finally relaxed and cuddled up - after an hour she had a nap.  Would not eat at supper time.   At bed time, she wanted to be on the bed with us, but took it in good part when told no.  Put feet up on bedstand and drank wife’s water glass, despite having been shown two bowls of water (kitchen and lanai). Ignored her blanket and went back to the sofa where she had been cuddled.

Paradis Day 2 Panicked when we arose and ran around the house trying to avoid us Finally, she approached and received pets and praise. Out into the yard just before dawn, she ran the fence line for an hour looking for escape, did her bodily functions, then finally approached and received pets and praise.  When I repaired inside to make coffee, she began to eat, but ceased as soon as she saw me watching and ran about the yard.   She kept coming back to the food and I soon learned not to look at her while she was eating.
     After an hour or so of roaming the yard (while I sat in an outdoor chair, telling her what a good dog she was, she went around the corner tried to jump the 5-foot fence.  Managed to hit the gate latch in the process, and opened the gate.  Would not come and was headed for the open end of the street when, fortunately, a neighbour came into the street from his morning run.  Between the two of us, we sealed off escape and she finally allowed approach.  (With only two of us on a street that has lawns on both sides, she could have easily gotten past, but was so timid that she would not try it.) After she allowed approach, Paradis would not follow on the lead, so she was carried back home.   Wired the gate latches shut, but will need to keep close watch when she is outside as she can just get her front paws on the fence bar 6 inches below the top, so might be able to scrabble out. 
     Went for a walk to the end of the block (cul-de-sac).  She was interested and tail came out from between legs. On return she followed to the door, but had to be carried inside. Settling Paradis down and getting used to a loving home again looks to be a project of a couple of weeks, rather than a couple of days.
       In the middle of the night, Paradis decided that, since our bed is above floor height, she needed to sleep on the bedroom blanket box, which is almost the same height.  However, it is polished wood so quite slippery - leading to random scrabbling noises through the night, just as we drift off to sleep after the last bout.  It will be covered with books tonight so she will need to make another choice. Still spurns the blanket kindly provided by HSBC, so we put it on the sofa where she likes to nap – to get it imbued with her own scent.

Diary of an Adoption Ambassador: Paradis Day 3               
Paradis is starting to bond with me, following me everywhere inside the house, and franticly seeking me if I go outside without her.  Still does not trust me completely and must be carried in and out of all doors – except for the front door, which she will exit by herself if on the lead. Has started eating, though prefers to wait until we go to bed and lights are out. 
  
    
    On the lead and walking, Paradis allowed approach from two strangers (a neighbour and our pool lady), sniffed them and permitted them to give pets (two to a customer only).  Disdained the idea of a treat from the neighbour.  Indeed, spurns all treats even from us, including the Milk Bones kindly provided by HSBC.
       Made the mistake of turning off the outside light as she was half-way in the back door coming in from the yard: cringe and scamper and another 30 minutes until she would approach. 

Diary of an Adoption Ambassador: Paradis Day 4
First trip to the dog park – which Paradis viewed with some trepidation. Of course, first thing had to be an overly-welcoming 6-month old German Shepherd, who needed to be snapped at and put in his proper place.  But after meeting the third dog or fourth dog, the tail started to come out from under her belly and she seemed almost happy by the end.  
     Followed by lunch at Gallupis, which worried us as there would be lots of strange people.  No problem at all, she lay down quietly by our chairs and even deigned to drink some of the water provided by the waitress.   A firm believer that dogs at dog-friendly restaurants should also get some lunch, we ordered her a hot dog (no bun), much loved by our previous dog.   Paradis allowed that it was not up to her standards, so no thanks. Still has yet to wag her tail.



Louie Palu, Photojournalist: It's Easier To Get Guns In America Than In A War Zone (VIDEO)

Louie Palu, Photojournalist: It's Easier To Get Guns In America Than In A War Zone (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 04:44:53 in HuffPost Live 321

Well Doh! Ever hear of supply and demand?
BBC's George Entwistle Payoff Slammed As 'Unacceptable Use Of Public Money'

BBC's George Entwistle Payoff Slammed As 'Unacceptable Use Of Public Money'

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 10:04:57 in UK Politics

Absolutely! How dare they honour their contract? Companies should be free to slash the agreed pay of anyone they don't like, especially after the fact.
Syria War Increasingly Sectarian, UN Says

Syria War Increasingly Sectarian, UN Says

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 09:58:27 in World

Turning? Increasingly? Where have they been for the past year or so?
Chained CPI Plan 'A Stealth Way To Give People Less' Says Keith Ellison, Minnesota Congressman (VIDEO)

Chained CPI Plan 'A Stealth Way To Give People Less' Says Keith Ellison, Minnesota Congressman (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 09:55:58 in HuffPost Live 321

“I don't think there is anything stealthy about it. It is a simple recognition that people want the government to do more than they are willing to pay for. 

Everyone thinks that our massive debt is unsustainable, but they want to retain all the programs that pay them and only cut those programs that pay someone else.
David Cameron Partied With Rebekah Brooks On Saturday

David Cameron Partied With Rebekah Brooks On Saturday

Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 09:30:23 in UK Politics

What! How dare he? Does he not realise that people are guilty until proven innocent and that all politicians should immediately turn their backs on friends and neighbours as soon as they are even suspected of being in any kind of trouble at all?
Boris Johnson Urges European Union Referendum

Boris Johnson Urges European Union Referendum

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 07:19:57 in UK Politics

Nope. not the end of the world, just the end of prosperity for quite a while. It is amazing how a serious financial crisis causes populist leaders to think up economic plans that sound cool but actually make things much worse. Smoot-Hawley in the 30s, leaving the EU in the naughties.
Universities Don't Know How To Deal With LGBT Students, Warns NUS

Universities Don't Know How To Deal With LGBT Students, Warns NUS

Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 13:08:59 in UK Universities & Education

If one believes in equality, one deals with LBGT students in EXACTLY the same way one deals with hetero students. Homophobic bullying is no different than any other kind of bullying. To suggest any other course is rank discrimination.
Reporters Interviewing Children In Connecticut School Shooting Adds Little News Value, Experts Say

Reporters Interviewing Children In Connecticut School Shooting Adds Little News Value, Experts Say

Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 00:17:31 in Media

“The biggest ethical question about reporters is:" why don't they have any?

Note that this article immediately follows a Huffpo headline "WATCH: 3rd-Grader's Witness Account Of Shooting"
Afghanistan Teenagers Detained By U.S. Military

Afghanistan Teenagers Detained By U.S. Military

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 12:10:10 in World

Most military are teens. 
They are easier to convince that some good comes from laying down your life for a cause.
Boris Johnson: EU Terms Must Be Renegotiated, And Referendum Held

Boris Johnson: EU Terms Must Be Renegotiated, And Referendum Held

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 12:05:21 in UK Politics

“And the EU would want this why?

Looks like we may be heading for am EU cliff in the UK - with politics and populism trumping national interest.
Nadine Dorries Claims Questions Over Her 'I'm A Celebrity' Fee Are 'Sexist'

Nadine Dorries Claims Questions Over Her 'I'm A Celebrity' Fee Are 'Sexist'

Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 12:02:26 in UK Politics

"Ask to women?" Did this woman go to school at all? What were the selectors and the voting public thinking when they put her forward, then in.?

Still,it does show that one does not need an education to play the victim card when caught doing something dodgy
Gay Marriage: David Cameron Risks 'Disaster And Division' Over Church Weddings Plan

Gay Marriage: David Cameron Risks 'Disaster And Division' Over Church Weddings Plan

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 10:14:04 in UK Politics

If it is his church, he can say what he likes. If he is not a member of the congregation, he should keep his advice to himself.
Black And Minority Ethnic Women 'Discriminated Against At Every Stage' Of Recruitment Process

Black And Minority Ethnic Women 'Discriminated Against At Every Stage' Of Recruitment Process

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 10:09:21 in UK

Oh dear, you mean some people are "forced" to act like western europeans in a western european country? Outrageous!k
Autumn Statement: Entrepreneurs, Redundant And Public Sector Workers Hurt By Pension Tax Relief Cuts

Autumn Statement: Entrepreneurs, Redundant And Public Sector Workers Hurt By Pension Tax Relief Cuts

Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 16:21:47 in UK

“Oh dear, the rich will have to pay more. Quel domage!”