Ann! What Have You Done Now?

"I would like to be allowed."

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2020-07-12 04:01:46

    In January this year, I attended Dr. Amy Cook’s PLAY WAY seminar at Pasadena Humane Society.

    The seminar was about “social play” as a tool for rehabilitating reactive/stressed/fearful dogs. “Social Play” has been defined as something different from playing with toys (tug, fetch, etc) It is literally “goofing around” with your dog in a way that they like that makes them happy. Body language responsiveness, movement and timing is everything.

    Not only did we get to see some inspiring and entertaining video footage of Amy Cook playing with her dogs, some attendees had also brought their own dogs to play with, while Amy offered coaching.  

    It was an amazing and delightful experience and I couldn’t wait to get home to play with my 15 year old Boogie who hasn’t been interested in Tug or Fetch in over a year due to his vision loss.

    The Play Way class was like learning a new language, a new vocabulary. You had to be there.

    As far as I know, there is no other information out there on how to play with your dog without using toys, and until this seminar, I had no idea that dogs LAUGH. (I don’t think Boogie has ever laughed)

    This infographic cannot possibly do justice to all the material covered in the Play Way seminar, which also focused on play as “therapy”. For now, I hope this is enough to pique everyone’s interest in the subject. This is another way to be mindful and respectful of our dog’s body language and of our own body language. I still have a lot to learn!

    - Lili


    <>Download Poster here in high-res(shareable without modifications, and with attribution)

    <>Download for Instagram (2 square images)

    <>Amy Cook’s online Play Way class 

    <>Doggie Language - my new forthcoming book will have more art on dog body language. 

    [ID: A tweet from @/garliquehummus on July 4, 2020. It says, “White people think “Land Back” is physically giving it back, when it’s really means Indigenous people have full autonomy, caring for the land, and make the final decision about the land. Colonization make u believe ownership is physical, not a spiritual, historical responsibility.” End ID]

    ... and is that not what ownership is?

    And more seriously given the regrettable political climate... Does "Blut und Boden" mean anything to you? And do you have anything other than platitudes to distinguish yourself?

    The whole point of the tweet is that when indigenous people talk about “land sovereignty”, they’re talking about deference to expertise, not one particular group being literally entitled to the land. Just as we defer to scientists about how to contain a pandemic, we should be deferring to cultures that developed around management of and coexistence with a particular ecosystem for thousands of years to contain the ecological crisis we find ourselves in & shouldn’t discount their knowledge just because it may not build on Eurocentric foundations. The ways in which indigenous peoples understand and have historically understood land use are completely incompatible with the idea of an ethnostate—they’re very non-hierarchical and decentralized, and make very little distinction for their purposes between groups of humans or even between humans and other species. If you look at a map of Native American “territories” prior to colonization, you’ll see overlap and gradation, reflecting this worldview.

    So yes, they have much more than platitudes. Maybe consider that a tweet is not a complete discussion of a concept.

    pretty funny i guess

    It should be noted that apparently the Ancient Greeks found figs hilarious for some reason, like an in-joke that was lost to history, and Ancient Greek wine was insanely strong so it had to be watered down just to prevent you from getting absolutely wasted

    So it was probably something like if you gave a donkey a fresh avocado and then said “now give the donkey some of the good kush from the dollar store”

    “I think it is time for new generations, like mine or younger, to have means of communication that show them expressions of equality and educate them about the differences that make each of us beautiful. When I saw Yalitza Aparicio on the cover of Vogue, it was also a sign and now I know that I could be that sign for more girls if I keep working hard and being grateful.” 

    <>— Karen Vega by Dorian Ulises López Macías for Vogue Mexico (July 2<>020), the first Oaxacan Indigenous model to appear on the cover of the magazine