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Faker

Growing up, I had a Cocker Spaniel/Black Lab mix named Misty.  As she got older, the highlight of her day was going to bed.  As soon as I would say, “go to bed” she would race downstairs and jump on my bed and pretend to fall asleep.   It was the only time she sprinted for anything.  30 seconds later I would move her out of the middle of the bed and she would slowly open her eyes, stretch out as to say, “why are you waking me from my deep slumber”.  It was a great act every single night for years.

Last night I told Marley to get to bed.  She jumped up high onto the bed and while in mid air, she curled herself into a ball before she hit the bed.  I channeled my inner Keanu Reaves and was like, “whoa”.  Then she overplayed the sleep thing because as soon as she hit the bed, she started to snore.  It’s a fake snore because she doesn’t so it while sleeping.  It’s all an attempt to tale my spot on the bed.  Unlike Misty though, there was no fake wake up, just a disgusted dog because she doesn’t get the bed to herself.

Then during the night, she is supposed to sleep at the end of the bed.  She hates that because she wants to sleep in between Wendy and I and put her head on my shoulder.  So any time Wendy or I move at all, she pounces, sometimes literally in an attempt to move up the bed.   Every single night.

Another reason why cats are stupid

They can make you crazy

The parasite, which is excreted by cats in their feces, is called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii or Toxo for short) and is the microbe that causes toxoplasmosis-the reason pregnant women are told to avoid cats’ litter boxes. Since the 1920s, doctors have recognized that a woman who becomes infected during pregnancy can transmit the disease to the fetus, in some cases resulting in severe brain damage or death. T. gondii is also a major threat to people with weakened immunity: in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, before good antiretroviral drugs were developed, it was to blame for the dementia that afflicted many patients at the disease’s end stage. Healthy children and adults, however, usually experience nothing worse than brief flu-like symptoms before quickly fighting off the protozoan, which thereafter lies dormant inside brain cells-or at least that’s the standard medical wisdom.

But if Flegr is right, the "latent" parasite may be quietly tweaking the connections between our neurons, changing our response to frightening situations, our trust in others, how outgoing we are, and even our preference for certain scents. And that’s not all. He also believes that the organism contributes to car crashes, suicides, and mental disorders such as schizophrenia. When you add up all the different ways it can harm us, says Flegr, "Toxoplasma might even kill as many people as malaria, or at least a million people a year."

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Maggi at the lake

Maggi at Last Mountain Lake

We had Maggi out at the lake two weekends ago.  The great retriever lacks the elevation to find her Frisbee when it gets tossed out in the water sometimes and here she heading back to shore so she can get a couple of feet higher and find the disc.   I am not sure if she got it this time or if Mark and I had to go get it for here as there was probably 100 or so tosses out there before she was satisfied with her swim.