Nature: a big lunch

I got in to my car to see this giant bug caught in my [pet wing mirror] spider’s web. Clearly already paralyzed or dead as it wasn’t struggling but it was a fascinating (all be it gruesome) opportunity to watch what the spider did with such a giant meal.

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As I drove it flapped in the wind and the spider ran down to attach more threads and drag it up to the corner away from the wind.

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When I stopped to record its activity, it initially ran to hide from the close proximity of my phone, but then, when it felt safe, the spider went about exploring and what looked like stripping layers off the bug as it started to discolour where the spider had been. I had thought it would wrap it up but it didn’t appear to be doing that or perhaps that is just my naivety of arachnid behaviour. Something to explore as my mini me gets older.

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Understanding animal behaviour to improve animal welfare and human/non-human interaction is of utmost importance to me and something I strive to pass on to my toddler and others. My first book: Vera&Bob is designed to hopefully do just that.

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Pathway to Wisdom

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Our toddler created this line of ‘steps’ (as she calls them) through our hall. She loves to read, with different books favoured every few weeks, more and more her imagination grows and she amuses us daily with little phrases or calling the Paw Patrol to help her find daddy as ‘he must be in trouble’. I find reading really helps pronunciation. She learns to speak from all auditory sources and various accents or languages but when I read to her rather than just talk in conversation, every letter and word is present and clear not dropped or said in slang. Hopefully soon she will learn to read and can practice even more. Then these books laid in steps really will become a pathway to wisdom.

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Our children’s book #Vera&Bob is now available at amazon all around the world. See post link Vera&Bob paperback now available (learning theory for kids)

Pony love

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Pony love! The importance of raising children with animals. Since birth they have got used to each other and today he sought her out despite the long grass and his horsey herd. She loves him so much food, sleep and bad weather aren’t enough to make her leave him. She has learnt – particularly over the last few months since her comprehension has increased; to use flat hands and keep her fingers out of the way. He has learnt not to push or try to bite her as well as not to shy when she runs around like a normal toddler. It is lovely watching their bond and understanding of each other grow.

Don’t forget your copy of Vera&Bob

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Vera&Bob paperback now available (learning theory for kids)

*PLEASE SHARE* Vera&Bob Paperback now available on amazon (link below – also in kindle format)
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Do you want your child to be safer around animals? this book promotes observation of behaviour and positive interactions as well as introducing basic learning theory principles that are transferable between species (including humans) and can help understand the way we ourselves learn. Vera’s story encourages readers to follow their dreams and uniqueness.
‘Vera is a young bilingual girl who loves running barefoot around the garden and exploring nature. On her Seventh birthday her Mum (a behavioural scientist) surprises her with a pony called Bob, but there is a catch; he is a rescued wild pony who is not used to being close to people.
The story follows Vera learning about training techniques and behaviour, overcoming criticism and obstacles to train Bob using humane methods and compete and demonstrate what she has achieved, at equestrian shows.
The book contains a lot of moral life messages that are applicable and transferable to other scenarios. It introduces complex equestrian specific terms and psychological language with definitions and illustrations.
The book employs the well known mnemonic device of story telling to introduce a complicated subject. Ideal for horse mad children, young adults and those new to or interested in owning horses.’
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Doggy Etiquette

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This is not a new campaign but it is very important. There are many occasions where dogs have ran over to mine or been growling and also try to mount as dominant assertions (which is a sure fire way to annoy most dogs and potentially cause a fight) and indeed my family dogs have taken off to greet a dog in the distance, I know they are friendly but you don’t know that the dog at the other end is and having two big labs hurtling towards you is intimidating for human and dog on the receiving end. This for us is a very rare occurrence as my eyes are always searching for other dogs and they go straight back on the lead as I know, try as we may, they just find other dogs far more exciting than us.

It is polite when walking your dog to put them back on the lead or get a good control over them when anyone approaches but especially people walking other dogs, horses or children. This way the risks are reduced and every one enjoys the space safely. To add to this the dogs get a lot of messages from their owner therefore if I do not engage in conversation or even verbally acknowledge you it is not rudeness , it is because to do so permits my dog to do the same.

The yellow dog campaign has tried to get everyone to use something yellow that indicates that dog needs more space, this could include space from strangers without dogs as the dog might be fearful, aggressive or in training. I think it is therefore very important to spread the campaign efforts to everyone.

Nb. It is also important to realise not every dog that wears a muzzle is dangerous, they may be wearing one because of bad eating habits while walking or because they are a risk to small furry things. Proceed with caution but perhaps greet the owner so they don’t feel alienated or criminal 🙂

Never ending life

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Just because you are atheist or agnostic does not mean you have to tell your child that a pet or loved one is gone forever when they die. Their energy lives on all around us in the plants and animals that they have supplied nutrients to with their ashes. They can sit in the spot where the loved one is scattered and see the life around them and remember fond memories. You are never gone, you just pass your energy on.

Exploration with a two year old: The Blue Pool

This is a link to the post that is on my facebook page as there are so many images it was easier to upload there: see full post

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Excerpt:
‘We have reached that wonderful point where she is starting to drop her nap and doesn’t get tired as quickly and she is able and happy to walk for long periods meaning we no longer have to drag the buggy round, avoiding the interesting narrow or steep paths or awkwardly carrying the buggy up and down steps in defiance.’