Posts Tagged ‘Animals’

Philippine Toad?

27 May, 2008

I thought this toad was giant (being quite familiar with the central Asian type at an earlier age).  I almost stepped on it on the way to dinner. Indeed it was giant.  The biggest of the lot apparently.  A Philippine toad?  Nope.  An introduced poisonous cane toad.


God and Dogs…

1 April, 2008

Sometimes someone comes up with an analogy for an experience that just captures the thing. This one is a good one… although I tend to think that cat’s fit the bill a little better.

The Dog Allusion by Martin Rowson

“‘As with dogs, so with gods – by and large, you should blame the owners.’ A particular trait, common to all human civilisations, is the worship of non-human entities with followings of devotees who claim that their reverence can transport them to transcendental heights of complete and unfettered love. Do I mean God? No – I mean Dog. Dogs and other pets we’ve been keeping and loving since we began walking on two feet. But why do we love God – and pets – so much when their capriciousness sometimes suggests that they don’t love us back? In this wise, witty and highly topical book, celebrated cartoonist and novelist Martin Rowson argues that rationally, the whole enterprise of religion is a monumental and faintly ridiculous waste of time and money. But then again, so is pet-keeping. What both do, however, is tell us a lot about who we are, which is perhaps a more important question than whether God exists and if so, if he is indeed great. “

I wouldn’t mind reading this one. Let me know if you have

PS. Just so you know, my dog walks on water