- Pets and Animals
Meet Dancing Animals!
All animals are capable of dancing and when encouraged they can perform like a pro.
Circuses have long trained animals to perform tricks and to dance. They include horses, dogs, elephants, bears, birds and even the big cats. Here dolphins are doing a routine in an aquarium. It proves that animals of all types are capable of performing such acts. But training them is another thing entirely.
Then again some just have natural talent all their own. My little dog, Minnie, dances in a 360* circle when she finds something suitable to prance around over. This little cute number (graphic) seems to have it all down to pat. Wonder what tickled her (OOPS) his fancy?
This wonderful graphic by squid expert designer Timewarp --->
There is Rhythm in Us All
Who then invented music?
Humans have long believed they invented music but the evidence does not point that way. In fact, we may well have inherited it from our primordial ancestors, who like the rest of the animal world, were programmed from within to maintain a connection to that aspect of our being which sways to a beat. If that is the case then what role does rhythm play in survival.
Dancng is a social event and, as we will see later on, the animals who engage in it also do it socially. Rock art shows that humans danced in ritual ceremonies and often drugged themselves into a frenzy of activity and trance to have the deepest meaning possible. During dance ceremonies they called down the spirits of the ancestors and ancient art tells us that they would dance with skeletal remains, often tied in bundles around their necks.
So the question remains what role has dance played in evolution? Could it be that through dance and drugs procreation was more likely? Birds, mammals and even insects tend to dance to attract a mate. Humans are no different. Social events like dance also involves drugs, such as alcohol to this day. It also provides an opportunity for couples to meet.
Rhythm in Nature
It's all around us.
Well, I have said it before and it's worth repeating here. The earth is a living organism. When we take in the big picture it's about the rhythm of life it maintains and which is seen in the seasons, celestial cycles, ocean currents, global winds, repetitive growth and decay, the evolution of life and the return of matter to its original form.
Animals and plants are part of that rhythm. Animals are born and die. Plants grow and produce food and then die. Fish develop from eggs and then die. Even coral is part of the cycle. Wind, water, snow and ice are all part of the continuum, which would not happen if the earth was dead.
So it is little wonder that life within that life also has rhythm. Of course there are some scientific explanations such as the following extract:
"Timing of the repetitive movements that constitute any rhythmic behavior is regulated by intrinsic properties of the central nervous system rather than by sensory feedback from moving parts of the body. Evidence of this permits resolution of the long-standing controversy over the neural basis of rhythmic behavior and aids in the identification of this mechanism as a general principle of neural organization applicable to all animals with central nervous systems." Cited SCIENCE
But what about things without a central nervous system, such as insects, corals, plants, and animals without backbones.
Dancing Sea Lion
Is the Earth a Living Organism
Do you think this might explain why living things have rhythm?
An Incredible Dog Act
Rhythm and Survival
You see it in animals
Among the domestic animals in my life there has never been an incident where they throw a tantrum, commit suicide, want more than they are given, establish laws, make themselves important, abuse their masters, or reject their home. Not that any of them has cause to, of course. But even abused animals do not respond differently.
Every one of them, however, could be trained, nurtured, controlled, and, on occasions, do incredible things. For example we once had a dog who sang every time my mother played the piano. I had a budgerigar who danced in his cage and who would cling to the back of my neck by grabbing my hair while I rode my bike. I was about 11 or 12 at the time. He never made an effort to take off but seemed very attached to me. He was called "Cheelah" and I remember him with great longing to have him still.
So what has this to do with rhythm and survival? The fact that an animal can live in a human's home and adapt to the family is a rhythm that must be inbuilt. In Australia people have kangaroos as pets who also adapt to the family home life. Some have horses, rabbits, birds, even reptiles, and a great variety of other pets of all types. It means that the rhythm we engage in during our daily lives is no different to that of other animals. It's a clock that says we eat at a certain time, that we mate at a certain time, that we reproduce at a certain time, and so on.
It's a clock that is controlled by the earth rather than by what we do. But the rhythm of nature can be nurtured and extended through teaching and example, as displayed in the following videos.
We Have to Look After our Pets
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Prevention Is Better
Don't let your animal go unprotected
Animals can easily get lost and be distressed if the are not able to find their way home. You cannot rely on their instinct in suburban environments as too many things distract them. Noise and smells are essential to an animal's radar and with cars, chemicals and people interference it is not always able to navigate through them. If your animal is allowed to roam free these products can help if such an event occurs.
If they live with you then it's a must
Many peope have no idea how to train an animal not to mess or pee in the home. This is one of the basic requirements for hygene. That's why you should consider the products listed below which will help you in various ways to have a good association with your pet.
Gifts for Animal Lovers
Not everyone has a pet
There are many who would love to own a pet but their circumstances forbids it. That's why I have searched out some products that would make their life and those who have pets better by having their home infused with reminders of the little creatures they love so much
They are Intriguing
Dancing animals capture the imagination
One can only guess at the enormous amount of work and dedication involved in training animals to dance. Some people seem to have the knack but it has to be more than that. Surely an animal must be bonded to its trainer to follow and obey commands of this nature.
Minnie Takes Me for Walks
Without her to inspire me I think I would be lazy
There are numerous advantages to owning a pet, such as my mini foxie. She always lets me know when a stranger is around the place, When she barks I check it out and many times she has led me to the door when someone has arrived.
She is also my comfort and my friend. She cares for me and checks me out when I make a sudden noise, such as a laugh. Her look describes her feelings: "Are you OK mum". Now she is aging and I am wondering what will I do when she is no longer around. This is already making me feel sad because she will be so missed. That's why I have been very fussy about the food she eats, her health, whether she is warm enough, and how and where she sleeps.
Of course she sleeps at the foot of my bed in her lovely clean bed and has her own hot water bottle for when it is cold. She recognises her bag when I am filling it and races into bed to snuggle down. She has a coat she wears on cold days and loves the fire. All I say is "the heater's on, Min" to see her race to get in front of it.
This is an Australian native Sulphur Crested Cockateil. Many have them as pets and they live for up to a hundre years in captivity. They are easy to train and will talk their heads off if given the chance. They are a favorite of mine to paint.
Cats are Special Too
My cats have soft toys, small balls, and hand made knitted things to play with. They love their toys and its great fun to see them chasing after them when they are thrown. One toy, a pink knitted thing that resembles a mouse is Star's favorite. She carries it everywhere.
Star and Qik (pronounced quick) are my two mother cats and they are both adorable. UPDATE: There is a new addition to the breeding side of the family. Gem, a most delicious tortoise shell cross persian, joined us following her birth on Valentine's Day 2011. She is simply too beautiful to part with and her kittens, the first litter of which was born on Valentine's Day 2012, are extraordinary.
The photo is of one of Star's kittens and they are all as cute as this one. Gem is one of her kittens. They are looked after a treat with the best of food, bedding, toys and warmth. It does not pay to skimp on their comfort and the things that ensure their health and longevity.
More Dancing Insects
People without animals in their lives are missing out.
Take an animal into your heart today and you will live longer, happier and be far less loney if you live alone or even with others.
Kids adore them and grow up better with them than without. Even a goldfish can make a difference.
Still images from Dreamstime - click here
Please let us know what you think. Do you believe animals also have rhythm?
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