Is it really a dog-eat-dog world?

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Is it really a dog-eat-dog world?

Dahlia is a beautiful five-year-old domestic shorthair.  She is a bit shy but likes people very much as she feels comfortable.  Dahlia loves to be petted!  She came to CAPS because she had too many other cats in her home.  Dahlia was removed before coming to CAPS.  Her adoption fee is paid and she is ready to be placed in a loving home.

Dahlia is a beautiful five-year-old domestic shorthair. She is a bit shy but likes people very much as she feels comfortable. Dahlia loves to be petted! She came to CAPS because she had too many other cats in her home. Dahlia was removed before coming to CAPS. Her adoption fee is paid and she is ready to be placed in a loving home.

Dear reader, I occasionally pause to reflect on common sayings. For example, the idiom “dog eat dog”. In the human world it means ruthless competition where people will do anything (even harm other people) to win.

In fact, according to Dr. Brian Hare at Duke University, dogs have flourished not because of survival of the fittest, but because of the friendliest. The theory is that men selected dogs that were friendly, and over centuries of domestication we have our current breeds. There are 471 million pet dogs in the world and they have become man’s best friend.

Dogs understand the rules of play behavior. Because dogs are herding animals, they must learn the rules or be kicked out of the pack. They follow four rules to maintain harmony:

  1. Communicate clearly: Dogs bow to each other by leaning on their front legs while standing on their hind legs. Known as the play bow, it shows that the dog wants to play.
  2. Be mindful of your behaviors: Animals take into account the abilities of their play partners and engage in self-handicapping and role reversal to create and maintain equal footing. This is seen when an adult dog plays with a puppy or a large dog with a small one. The dominant dog will let the other dog take turns winning.
  3. Admit it when you’re wrong: When a dog misbehaves, it apologizes. After an intense bite, he bows down, sending the message: “Sorry for biting you so hard, I was just playing, I’ll play fair.”
  4. Be sincere: Apologies should be sincere. If a dog continues to play unfairly, the pack expels it. The consequences are severe, because a single individual in nature will be lost.

I suspect that if people would communicate clearly, be mindful of their behavior, admit when they are wrong, and be honest, we could do away with the dog-eat-dog idiom forever.

LOOKING FOR A HOUSE

We have six adorable four to seven month old puppies. There are four girls and two boys.

We also have eight furry kittens between the ages of four and seven months. There are five boys and three girls in a rainbow of colors. All our babies need foster homes. Call 775-7500 for details.

IN NEED OF

  • Volunteer for Walmart Days in 2023. This is one day a month from 10am to 2pm Call 775-7500 for details.
  • Fancy Feast wet food for kittens.
  • Cat litter (pile) for the convenience of our guests.
  • Aluminum cans. We will take your cans; call us at 775-423-7500. You can also leave them in CAPS.

SHOUT TO

The wonderful person who donated the adoption fee for Dahlia. You are pure!

Our dedicated kennel attendants who work tirelessly keeping our guests’ living quarters clean and healthy. All tails are wagging for you!

COME SEE US

On January 13th, we will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at Epworth Methodist Church from 5-7pm. We are serving spaghetti with a choice of meat, marinara or white sauce, a green salad and ice cream. Cost is $12 per person, $20 for two, $40 for four. Join us for dinner and support CAPS.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We suggest adoption and pantry appointments.

DO NOT FORGET

  • December Holidays: Pet Owners Month
  • If you would like a newsletter, call 775-423-7500 or email [email protected].
  • CAPS’ mailing address is PO Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ telephone number is 775-423-7500. The CAPS email address is [email protected]. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Society for the Protection of Animals). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.
  • Over the Rainbow: If you’d like your pet to be remembered, send his or her name and a brief description to Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, at [email protected].

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