Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Further Adventures of Dahu

Dog-Bullying: My dog Dahu is a really great dog. She knows Come, Sit, Down, and Stay, mostly, and she goes completely all over silly when I get out the tennis ball for her. She still doesn’t always bring it back, but she’s learning. She’s also learning how to walk on a leash really well, and hardly tugs at all.

Last week at the dog park, Dahu was playing fine with the other dogs for a while, but I noticed this one dog kept jumping on her. He was a fancy-looking dog, too, a poodle, but Dahu didn’t look happy about it. That’s when I learned about dog-bullying.

Dog-bullying is like school-bullying, except it looks a little different with dogs than it does with kids. If your dog is happy playing, she’ll do things like: wag her tail in circles, bark with a high-pitched “play” bark, bow and then jump up, or take turns with the other dog. But if your dog is being bullied, this is what she looks like: she keeps her tail low or tucked, licks her lips, yawns, barks while backing off, or avoids eye contact with the other dog.

Other ways you can tell that your dog is being bullied are: the other dog pins down your dog without trading off, chases your dog but won’t let your dog chase him back, won’t back off if your dog yelps, or won’t give up trying to play when your dog tries to stop.

Once I figured out what was going on, I got kind of mad at the lady who was letting her poodle bully Dahu, and told her she should teach him a few manners. She said how dare I speak to her that way and she was going to tell my parents that I was a rude little girl. I said go ahead, tell them, but I wasn’t going to let Dahu play with her dog any more. And I didn’t. I took him to the other end of the dog park, where we found some dogs that played nicely. A couple of times the poodle came over but I chased him away, and the lady kept staring at me like I had boogers hanging out of my nose or something, but I didn’t care, because maybe that lady thought I didn’t have any manners, but she wasn’t teaching her dog any either, and somebody had to speak up about it, right?

When my mom came for me the lady told her what a terrible little girl I was, and my mom pinched her lips together and didn’t say anything, and so on the way home at first I thought I might be in trouble, but then my mom asked me what happened and I told her, and she told me that I did a brave thing standing up to a bully like that, and she didn’t mean the poodle. - YARROW, an Iranigami fan


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