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In Uncategorized on April 28, 2013 at 19:20

#maple #flowers. .. #today #Wales #NewtownPowys #Newtown #wood #wooden #bench #Treowen #community #garden #spring #all_shots #chasingspring #springwatch #grain #linandara_plants #linandara_retro #soft_tones

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2013 at 15:55

Soon… #today #Wales #NewtownPowys #buds #branches #baretrees #treelove #PenDinas #community #garden #closeup #close_up #spring #all_shots #chasingspring #springwatch #blossom #peartree #tree #trees #бутоны #весна #сегодня

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2013 at 19:32

#today’s #tulips @ #PenDinas #community #garden. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #close_up #closeup #chasingspring #linandara_plants #edit #red #tulip #flowers #floral #colorful #pink #tree #petals #sunny #цветы #весна #spring #all_shots #Wales #flowers #тюльпан #тюльпаны #лепестки

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2013 at 14:33

In the #Treowen #community #garden #today. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #chasingspring #springwatch #plants #plant #flowers #floral #blue #pebble #spring #all_shots #UK #Britain #цветы #весна #сегодня

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 16:40

#today’s #view from the #Treowen #community #garden. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #chasingspring #springwatch #snow #snowing #fields #grass #green #clouds #linandara_vista #branches #dark #hills #снег #поля #холмы #all_shots #сегодня

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 at 20:39

Same place, same time as on the previous photo but looking to the right. #Treowen #community #garden #today #Wales #landscape #linandara_vista #hill #field #grass #farmland #rural #countryside #fields #clouds #sheep #farm #поле #сегодня #овцы #холм #весна #all_shots #NewtownPowys #Newtown

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 at 16:22

In #Treowen #community #garden #today. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #afternoon #trees #hills #shadows #clouds #communitygarden #getgrowing #gardening #spring #chasingspring #сад #весна #linandara_trees #linandara_vista #тень #дерево #landscape

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2013 at 13:49

At the #community #garden #today… #Newtown #NewtownPowys #snowdrops #flowers #floral #white #spring #close_up #closeup #chasingspring #linandara_plants #soft_tones (at Pen Dinas Community Garden)

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2013 at 20:32

At a #seed swap #today. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #winter #all_shots #table #Wales #monochrome #edit #mextures #shadows #inside #monolove #seeds #gardening #PenDinas #community #сегодня #linandara_retro #семена #linandara_stillife #linandara_mono

Diary of a Do-Gooder: Day 9: What is it with me and animals?

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2011 at 17:24

365days365deeds:

“Were dogs not a species of creature, I should command that they all be killed. Instead, kill every pure black one, for the black dog is the devil.” — [disputed] Muhammad (S)

Islam’s position on dogs is complicated – more so by hadith like this one. Scholars differ on hadith like these. More traditional, conservative Muslims say that they are totally authentic. Many Islamic scholars, however, have found that the chain of authority in these hadith (the chain of the people that transmitted these sayings) is very weak, and that it may very well be the case that these sayings were attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (S) without that actually being true. Furthermore, they cite another hadith, which they say has been verified according to the chains of authority, in which Muhammad (S) prayed one of the five daily prayers while dogs that he was at least familiar with (it is unclear whether the dogs were his, but they were familiar to him) played next to him.

On the point of the black dog, examination of the Arabic in the different hadith that refer to the pure black dog being the devil has caused many scholars to assert that what was actually meant in way of context was ‘the dog that bites indiscriminately,’ referring to the rabid dog. This also fits with the many verified hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (S) says that it is not a sin to kill a rabid dog (whereas it IS a sin to kill a living creature, even an ant).

Moving on to my story for the day…

I was out with my brother last night. He was picking up the take out and I sat in the car with my feet hanging out the window, like always. A young man walked by with a beautiful black dog on a leash. I like dogs, and he must have seen me admiring the dog from inside the car, because he stopped and called out, “Hey, do you know anyone who would want to adopt this dog?”

I was pretty surprised – I don’t usually talk to strangers or have them call out to me, unless they’re guys being pigs. I replied that I did not, and he asked if I wanted to adopt the dog. I couldn’t, and I told him that. He said that he really needed to get rid of her but he wanted her to go to a good home.

He was walking away when something occurred to me. I got out of the car and called out to him that he should call the Naperville Area Humane Society, located just a mile or two away. He said he couldn’t do that because they’d euthanize her. I told him that they wouldn’t – they’re a no-kill shelter and I know this because I volunteer there every week.

He asked if I had a number, which I didn’t. Since my brother was driving and picking up the food, I didn’t even bring my wallet or phone. I was just out for the fresh air and my little brother’s company. He said he really was hoping for a number, but all I remembered was the address.

I thought the conversation was over when something else occurred to me. I told him to walk down a few stores (we were in a nice little plaza where there was an Indian restaurant, an Italian restaurant, an Office Max, a Binny’s Beverage Depot, a Comcast Supply store, and more) to the Binny’s and ask for the manager. The Binny’s family has a ton of liquor stores throughout the Chicagoland area, and they donate a TON of money to the Humane Society. We work with the one we were standing by often, doing beer and wine tastings in conjunction with our adoption events. I knew they’d have the information, since we’re in touch all the time.

He thanked me and walked off with his beautiful dog, and I got back in my car. I liked that he immediately balked at my suggestion of the shelter out of fear that they’d euthanize the dog he was trying to get rid of.

An important PSA: when you’re in a situation where a dog is being surrendered, or abused, or is brought in on suspicion of abuse, or a bite or mauling, whether you’re an attorney dealing with these forfeiture/abuse cases, a judge presiding over them, a cop responding to them, a vet treating them, or a civilian that is none of the above, keep something in mind.

Learn to spot the signs of a dog that has been used in a dog fight. Commonly, these dogs will be pit bulls or rotties, breeds like that, which are commonly (and wrongly) said to have natural violent tendencies. Look for scratch marks on the body, and particularly bite marks on the neck. The key areas to look for scratches are faces, front legs, hind end, and thighs. A lot of pit bulls or rottweilers being kept in one area is a big giveaway. The biggest tip-off, however, is when a dog is missing his ears. People who enter ‘their’ dogs in fights will often cut off the dog’s ears (do you really think they use anesthesia or sterilized tools?) so that the other dog can’t grab them with his teeth to gain leverage during the fight.

Remember these tell-tale signs and keep your eyes open. Contact law enforcement if you are suspicious of dogs being used for fighting purposes. Dog fighting is an illegal activity and rightfully so.

Diary of a Do-Gooder: Day 9: What is it with me and animals?

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