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Do animals figure prominently in your stories? Talking, teaching, magical, provocative, long-suffering, animals have been part of story since story began. Let's talk about how you include them in your tales.

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Comment by Dulce Rodrigues on July 19, 2014 at 5:27am

As a newcomer to this group, I'd like to invite you to read one of my stories about/with animals, because they have inspired me all along my life, to such point that the website I created for children (in four languages) and where you find the story is "owned and run" by my pet dog Barry. To read the story "An Eeel in the Aquarium" go to Good readings. 

Comment by Vikram Sridhar on October 23, 2013 at 5:46am

What are folktales without the world of animals ... they help us to travel through forests , snow and mountains with various emotions 

Comment by Reisa Stone on September 2, 2013 at 7:03pm
Comment by Laura Kaighn on August 31, 2010 at 12:40pm
Most of my favorite stories include animals. They act as go-betweens and allegories for every situation from triumph and trust to anxiety and grief. Think Aesop's Fables revisited.
Comment by Reisa Stone on July 21, 2010 at 12:41am
Hi Animal Lovers,

Please, if you have a few minutes, read my blog on the Main Pager re: the new Canadian Bill to end horse slaughter. We are inhumanely killing over 100,000 horses a year. This has to stop.

I'm burning the candle at both ends, working on this campaign solely on volunteer time.

Thank you!
Comment by David S. Sharp on March 9, 2010 at 11:14am
Hi Reisa

Thank you for the understanding and the link I'll pass that on to my sister, I think she'll be fascinated with what they do.

Dave Sharp
Comment by Reisa Stone on March 8, 2010 at 7:49pm
Oh yes, besides the intrinsic value of animals---I've heard from social workers, cops, SPCA and Animal Control officers that where you find child and spousal abuse, you'll often find animal abuse. And vice versa. One of our family counseling agencies even publicly distributed a pamphlet on the subject. Abused kids torture animals, and move on to humans. Human services agencies keep close ties with animal services.

Some of Vancouver's women's and homeless shelters are now allowing pets. Not only will some people simply not go into shelter without them---many women won't leave an abusive man in case he hurts her pet.

You'll find the Superdogs at The President's Choice logo is that of one of Canada's huge grocery chains. As I said, the hugeness of their show is because they're corporate. Your sister's routine sounds hilarious! What fun! She must be very proud that she put this together without having to brand it with a logo.
Comment by David S. Sharp on March 8, 2010 at 11:17am
Hi Reisa

My sister was instrumental in passing the animal cruelty legislation in Utah, and testified about the intellegence and abilities of her animals for the regional shelters that she has done benefits for in the past. One legislator in particular fought the whole process, but when it came down to it there was a lot of evidence that abusive human beings and serial murderers get much of their practice on animals. The other legislator that wants to be allowed to exterminate wolves in Utah is essentialy a partison combatant challenging federal law, but he fully means to do it. I my self am not an animal rights activist, but my wife and I have felt that they have brains that feel pain and contentment, fear and joy each in accordance with the size and capacity of their intellect. We keep our pets and care for them until their dying day and feel a responsibility and commitment to them once we have decided to adopt a pet.

My sister has done a good job with the State fair and other venues she works in. The dogs play soccer and tether ball with the kids in the audience. She has them sit on small platforms much like a Lion tamers act. One of the dogs is deaf and she has trained it to hand signals. The oldest dog dances to a piece of music we recorded with my sister and a frisbee. She's been a modern dance teacher for many years and runs a children's school.

I would bet she'd love to see the Superdogs if they have a website or a link of some kind I could pass it on.

Dave Sharp
Comment by Reisa Stone on March 6, 2010 at 10:55pm
Oh David, I know what you mean about them allowing sport hunting. We are just entering Grizzly season in BC, and it stinks. Wolf extermination, in particular, bothers me. They are my soul animal.

Really cute ideas for the dog act. I saw the Superdogs (a corporate, super-hyped agility act) do a routine to "Who Let the Dogs Out" at the Pacific National Exhibition. The crowd went insane! Your sister is going to be a hit.
Comment by David S. Sharp on February 25, 2010 at 12:39pm
I wrote my sister's dog act a paragraph for a voice over, and hope to record it for her soon. The voice I used is much like I imagine a Circus Ringmaster to announce the upcoming Elephants or the Trapeze act. The Dogs (Border Collies) run out of their cages to "Who let the Dogs out".

and now!
International Ambasadors of Cainine intelligence;
Decendants of Arctic Wolves and Bulgarian Circus Dogs;
Four time winners of the prestigious "Bowe Wow" award;
Terrors of Sheep, Tender with Children, Herders of Cats;
(Drum Roll here)
The Amazing, Fantastic and Incredible Dazzzzz-elll Dogzzz!

I had fun with it. My family loves dogs and they are like members of the family.

My sister has a website at:

Just when our Utah legislators are planning on exterminating all the Wolves in Utah, after having passed a bill for animal cruelty as a felony. It's confusing here to say the least!

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