TWA_OPG – September Bonus #1

August 30, 2010 by  
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Wild Deer

Wild doe in my back yard.

This June, I noticed a wild doe grazing in my back yard.  She was all alone.  I grabbed my camera to catch a few photos.  Some weeks later, using the photos to make a connection, I had a conversation with her and she said she is willing to speak with some humans.

Since we are in the last month of our Practice Group, I’m not going to provide a list of questions.   I suggest you connect with her and creatively ask about her life  in the wild in Connecticut.

TWA_OPG – Interview with B.B. and Kim

August 11, 2010 by  
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B.B.’s Bio and Viewpoint

 

B.B., 3.5 months old, with the Big Guys

This is a photo of  B.B.  taken as a puppy (she’s nearly 2 yrs old now)
lying on top of two of Great Dane family members
who left their bodies a few months ago, Holi and E.Z.

B.B. interacts mostly with the other dogs:

Arnold (Great Dane, dark brindle, male, 6 yrs old)
Buffy (Great Dane, faun, female, 6+ yrs old)
Cassie (Great Dane, black, female, 3 yrs old)
Rayne (Great Dane, brindle, male, 2 yrs old)
Duncan (Border Terrier, male, 7-8 yrs old)

On the farm are also —

Horses:  Sarah, Whisper, Dandy, Dusty, and Winston – all Arabians; and Sally, who is a Mustang and boards on the farm.

House Cats: Sherman and Bently, both Persians; and Molly, who looks like a Maine Coon with a stubby tail.

Barn Cats: Blackie (black long-haired Manx), Moe (tortie medium-haired Manx), and Meow-kitty (DSH – grey – tongue sticks out).

Chickens – 5 – I did not get details on them.

Background information from Kim

All of the Great Danes, including B.B. are home schooled for the show ring. B.B. did puppy show classes first and is now in “open Brindle.” All her classes are conformation classes for Great Danes, and Kim tells me that they are organized by color. B.B. is a bit small to win championships, as she is only 31” at the shoulder. Nevertheless, Kim plans to breed her when she turns 2 years old, assuming that B.B. is interested in having puppies.

B.B. lives with Arnold in the kennel area, which consists of 4 indoor/outdoor runs.  The dogs are paired up so each one has a playmate. 

The daily routine:

  1. Go into crates for breakfast.
  2. Danes are prone to bloat, so rest after eating for about an hour.
  3. All the dogs are crate trained.
  4. Then go back to kennels.
  5. Kim begins a rotation into the paddock to play. They go out at will so that they can play in grass; paddock has 3 wading pools and big trees for shelter, plus toys.
  6. Also rotation into the house at various times during the day to get personal human attention.
  7. One or 2 will sleep in the house at night; this rotates also.

Play Area and Toys:

B.B. playing in the tub.

  1. There are two huge tractor tires that lay down with gravel inside the center so they can dig and play
  2. There are railroad ties – 2 high, tiered – creating an area filled with gravel with dog house on top – under a big tree – they can go inside there to get out of the sun.  As puppies they learn to go up and down stairs using the ties.
  3. There are a wide variety of toys:  rubber squishy balls; hard rubber balls; dead stuffed toys that are now unstuffed; chew bones; big empty plastic cat litter containers that they can pick up and run around and play with; big empty plastic soda bottles to carry around and chomp on; empty gallon water jugs; crunched up aluminum foil in a ball; tug ropes.

Food and Treats:

Kim makes a special diet for all her dogs.  Their meals includes Innova kibble; cooked chicken and rice and vegetables; raw meaty bones; raw chicken backs and necks; raw eggs; raw white knuckle bones to chew.

Special treats include:  Bully sticks (raw, dried bull penises); Barbequed knuckle bones; raw carrots, cucumbers, squash, whatever is in season that they want from the garden.

Shows and Training:

B.B. in the show ring.

On average, B.B. goes to a show 2 weekends per month. She’ll continue to go, even if not being shown. She would travel for socializing. Kim always takes several dogs with her to shows, even once they are retired from the show ring.

The dogs all have “house manners.” They don’t get formal obedience training. They know they can come in and be silly when first come in. Then they need to pick a spot to lie down and chew on a toy and be calm. They all have to learn to walk on a leash for showing purposes and how to stand quietly and “stack up” for the judges. They have to allow the judges to touch them without making any fuss.

Interview With B.B.

I experienced B.B. as a very fast communicator.   The conversation proceeded at warp-speed.  If you had a similar experience talking to her, you might want to go back and see if she can slow herself down a bit.  You can also ask her to repeat herself so you can take in the information more slowly.  I explained to her that some people would ask her to do this, but she wasn’t sure if she knew how to slow herself down.  She did tell me she would try. 

I explained to B.B. about the OPG and that others would be speaking with her if she agreed to do so.  She didn’t seem to understand why anyone had to “practice” anything, so I said,  “When you learn something you have to practice.”

I don’t [have to practice]. I learn right away. Yes, I learn things immediately. I do it once and I’ve got it. (Kim confirmed this and commented, “It’s challenging [to have a dog that learns so fast].”  B.B. remarked, “Not for me.”

Who’s your best friend?

Arnold.

What do you like about him?

He’s fuzzy. He’s warm and loving and patient with me and I can zip around him and doesn’t get dizzy. Literally and figuratively. He let’s me do whatever I want. I can jump on him and he’s OK with it.

I love him. He’s very special. When I go to shows I miss him, but I tell him all about it while I’m there so he can pretend he’s here with me.

What do you like about going to shows?

Everything. All the other dogs and people and the judges. I just want all the attention from everyone. I don’t care about the ribbons. That’s Kim’s department. I know how to behave in the show ring, and I try to be really good, but I also know Kim thinks I should care more, but it’s too exciting for me to just go into the ring like some snobby older dog. I’d rather just play with everyone.

Kim calls her the “social butterfly” – she’s entertaining. Kim told me that the judges says not to bring her within “jumping distance” when she goes down and back for the gaiting portion of the class. That’s because B.B. likes to jump on the judges. B.B. says, “its for kissing.”

What about between the classes? How do you feel about that?

Less interesting. More humdrum. Still, with so many people around I get lots of attention.

Favorite game?

Jumping on Arnold.

Favorite game with Arnold?

I hear B.B. reviewing in her mind all, literally all, the things she and Arnold do together. Finally, she say, “I just love Arnold.”

Who else do you like to play with?

Everyone. I’d like to play with everyone. I’m not allowed to play with everyone, though. I think it would be fun to run with the horses. I’m big enough now to not get hurt, but Kim and Gordon won’t let me.

Kim: When she was a baby, she’d crawl under the fence and get in with the horses. It was real escape act. No one could figure out how she actually did it.

Favorite foods?

Carrots; bones; all food is good. I get as much to eat as I want and I eat a lot. But now I’m big, so I need to eat more.

Do you ever dream?

Sure

What do you dream about?

Being a horse. I was a horse in another life? Being a Dane is like being a pony – but more restricted. I like being a Dane, too, especially here with this big family. But horses have bigger pastures and more room to run.

Sounds like you really like to run?

I can run, and run, and run. Favorite thing.

Kim: she runs laps around Arnold.

What’s your life purpose?

Haven’t thought about it. Does it matter?

No, but I thought I’d ask.

I guess it’s to have fun. I have lots of fun. I’m a happy dog. I really have the best life.

I know you used to spend time with E.Z. who died a few months ago unexpectedly.

(She gets really quiet.)

That was sad, wasn’t it.

Yes, very sad. I still miss him. We all miss him. He was funny, like me. We were a great team. (very quiet now).

Do you like to make people laugh?

Yes, E.Z. taught me a lot about that. That was his job. I think I’ve taken over some of his job now. It’s hard for me, because I’m not as good at it as he was.

I don’t know – you had me and Kim laughing here.

(No comment.)

Kim tells me that once you are no longer showing she and Gordon want you to have puppies. How do you feel about that?

She hasn’t thought about it. Still feels like a puppy herself. Not sure how to be a mother and still have fun being silly and playful. Not ready yet to even think about it.

What do you think about the chickens?

They are fun to chase. They make a big fuss and flap their wings and squawk at me. I think it’s hilarious.

Do you chase them often?

No – not supposed to – only when I can get away from Kim or Gordon when they’re distracted. But it’s worth waiting for the opportunity because the chickens are so funny. I won’t really hurt them; I don’t want to bite them or even pick them up. I just like to seem then run with their wings all aflutter and hear them squawk. It’s a weird sound.

Do you have something you would wish for?

E.Z. back.

(Clearly, B.B. is still grieving for E.Z., as are other members of the family.)

B.B. shakes my paw goodbye telepathically.

TWA_OPG – August Practice Animal

July 28, 2010 by  
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B.B.

 

B. B. at a dog show.

B. B. (short for Busy Bee or Busy Body) is a 22 month old female Great Dane who lives with Kim and Gordon on their farm in Orland, California (northern part of the state). 

B.B. is part of a large family of animals, including 4 others dogs (3 Great Danes and 1 Border Terrier), 6 horses (5 Arabians and 1 boarder who is a Mustang), 3 house cats (who don’t go outside), 3 barn cats, and 5 chickens.

The photo above is B.B. in at a dog show.

Here are some questions to ask B.B. or you are free to come up with your own questions.

  1. Do you live in the house or outside?  What are your living arrangements?
  2. With whom do you live?
  3. Do you have any special friend or friends?  Tell me about him/her/them.  What do you like best about him/her/them?
  4. What do you do all day?
  5. What kind of games do you like?
  6. Tell me about your toys.  What are your favorite things to do?  To play with?
  7. Dog shows:
    1. What do you like about going to dog shows? 
    2. What do you do there? 
    3. Who takes you into the show ring? 
    4. What do you do in the show ring?
  8. What kind of foods do you eat?  Which are your favorites?
  9. When you have to learn something new, what is that like for you?
  10. What do you dream about?
  11. Do you remember ever being any other type of animal(s)? 
  12. What is your life purpose?
  13. Would you like to have puppies someday?
  14. Is there anything you’d like to change about your life?
  15. How do you feel about the horses?
  16. How do you feel about the chickens?
  17. How do you feel about the cats?
  18. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about yourself?
  19. What would you like to know about me? 
  20. What would you like to teach me about communicating with animals telepathically?

TWA_OPG – Interview with Cobalt and Francis

July 14, 2010 by  
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Cobalt’s Bio and Viewpoint

Cobalt

Cobalt in his terrarium.

  

I interviewed Francis and Cobalt on May 14, 2010. This is important to know because within 2 weeks, Cobalt had gone to live with someone else. Francis and Cobalt were both OK with this, as they knew it was time for the two of them to part. Therefore, the information herein, unless otherwise stated, focuses on Cobalt’s life with Francis.  Since that time, his life has changed.

Cobalt was 6 weeks old when Francis got him in November, 2007 from a pet show. Cobalt now about 2 and a half years old. Until January, 2010, Francis and Cobalt lived with Francis’ parents. Then they moved into a 3 and a half room apartment, which gave Cobalt much more space to explore.

Cobalt was born in captivity. Francis spent a great deal of time working with Cobalt so he would learn not to bite out of fear when held. Francis would let him out of his aquarium 3 times each day to move around freely. That was part of the training process to accept human contact, as Francis had to lift Cobalt to place him on the floor. Cobalt would explore the entire apartment. He really liked to move around and investigate everything.

According to Francis, when someone is afraid of Cobalt he becomes nervous, too. Francis could sense him being fearful and angry about it. He used to act like he might bite. After 8-10 months of Francis working with him, Cobalt became more comfortable with people in general. Francis says that he became “tame” and no longer tries to bite.

Cobalt’s Aquarium:

While with Francis, Cobalt had an aquarium of medium size, about 80 cm x 60cm x 60cm. 

Cobalt's first terrarium setup.

 This suited Cobalt just fine when he was small. As an adult, Cobalt is now 8 feet long. One of the reasons Cobalt went to a new home was so that he could have a larger living space, and I’m told by Francis that his new home is a perfect size for him. The perfect size for a snake is 3 quarters of the snake’s length.

Cobalt as an adult.

Cobalt as an adult.

Diet:

Cobalt’s diet consists of rats, which are purchased frozen. Once thawed, he can easily consume the rat. Each rat is about 6 cm long and no wider than one and a half times the width of the snake’s body. Cobalt says he prefers many small prey to 1 large one.

When I asked Cobalt about eating, he said, “It doesn’t take me long to swallow my food (about 5 minutes per rat according to Francis).” Francis explained that Cobalt gets 2 or 3 rats per meal and eats only once a week – every Friday. Digesting takes much longer.

Cobalt is quiet while digesting. He usually sleeps as he digests and can’t be handled for 24-48 hours. I asked him whether he gets bored eating only rats, and he said “Not at all.” Francis pointed out that Cobalt is purely a carnivore and not interested in any vegetables, fruits, or carbohydrates. Of course, he probably gets whatever is in the rats’ stomachs, which would not be meat.

To drink water, Cobalt just puts his head in the water and stays submerged for several minutes.

Francis really loves Cobalt and the feeling is mutual. Francis says Cobalt has “Bambi-like eyes and harmless energy – an innocence that Francis admires and respects. He describes Cobalt as very curious because outside the aquarium, he explores everything and is on the move the whole time. Even inside the aquarium, he is very active. Francis pointed out that when Cobalt was younger, there was more space in the aquarium and more stuff inside it for him to play with.

Interview with Cobalt with additional comments from Francis

How do you like your aquarium/terrarium?

My aquarium is too small, cramped, and limited. I want to explore. I’d be happy to be out all the time.

Would your apartment get boring? 

No. Not yet.

Francis told me you shed your skin 2-3 weeks ago. What does that feel like?

Never thought about it. It feels expansive – like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon. When my skin starts to detach, I becomes blind for awhile.

Francis & Cobalt

Francis and Cobalt

Francis: About 4 days before shedding, he cools down and stops moving. He gets one last meal. Then, when the process starts, his eyes turn blue. They stay blue about 5 days. Then suddenly, his eyes are normal. Three days later, he starts to lose skin. So, over all, there is a 5 day preparation period followed by 8-10 days of shedding.

Cobalt: It feels like a struggle until the skin is off my head. Then it’s easy.

Francis:  Cobalt and all snakes shed less frequently as they get older. He used to shed every 42 days for 6-8 month period when he was growing faster. Now he sheds less frequency.

Cobalt: I’m looking forward to shedding less often, as don’t feel like eating at that time. When I shed, all my energy is going into the transformation.

Do you see color?

Yes – sees reds and pinks; also greens. He can also see objects that are black, grey, white, and violet.

Francis:  His terrarium has no plants now because it’s too small for him – just a water dish (green) and bedding (beige) and a half/log hide (darker brown than the bedding). When Cobalt was smaller it had a plant and other objects for him to enjoy.

How do you see your own body color?

Radiant blue – aura – sees his own body in great detail.

Tell me about your senses. 

Smell is really important, but he likes visual imagery, too. Cobalt likes to know how things feel to his body. He likes to touch things and is very sensitive.

Francis: When I hold him or watch him climb on objects, he embraces things with his body – pressing against them. This is partially security when climbing, but also it feels good to him.

How do you feel about other animals? Would you like to have some around to talk to? 

 I’ve never had other animals around and never thought about having them around to talk to. I like humans. I want to teach them about snakes.

What is your life purpose?

I want to teach humans and especially children about snakes.

Francis: This is one of the reasons I’m looking for a new home for Cobalt, so he can fulfill his life purpose.

Do you want to live in the wild?

Not at all. I am meant to be with humans so I can fulfill my purpose.

What do you think about when you are not doing anything interesting? 

I meditates sometimes. My life could be a lot more interesting. I think I’ve been preparing to teach.

What is the role of snakes on the earth?

Snake energy is transformative. We are important predators to keep certain populations down. We also spread weaving/waving energies. They keep certain vibrational patterns aligned. The flow – like the Tao – is like life. Snake movement is the movement of Life.

Why are snakes important to the earth and to humans?

We are part of the web of life and we hold things in balance. Humans need to appreciate all life and to honor and recognize each form having its purpose and role to play. The Earth needs all her kingdoms to exist and be in harmony for the Earth to be in harmony.

Also, humans need to move out of Fear, and that means giving up old Fears, like fear of snakes.

How can people start doing this?

By talking to me!!

Why are many humans so afraid of snakes?

Conditioning. Ignorance. In general, reptiles have/express less emotion and humans are attracted to emotion.

Lies. Biblical lies about snakes being carries of evil. We are not. We are neither good nor evil. You see us as you believe us to be. We did not cause humans to feel separate from God.

What can people learn from snakes?

To see beauty and Divinity everywhere. Just look at me without judgment and you will see Divine beauty in snake form.

Can you explain why you want to help humans get over their fear of snakes?

You only fear outside yourself what you fear inside yourself.

What is the true meaning of the fear?

 There is a subtle relationship in fear of snakes to fear of being eaten or taken over.

Reptilian beings who come into the earth plane from other dimension and “take over” humans?

Yes, there is some of that. Humans have to break free from those entities and they are afraid because they have given permission/given up their power to allow themselves to be used in that way. They have been conditioned to be slaves, to have a slave mentality.

There is also the human ego. Humans are attached to or over-identified with the ego. They “lose” themselves. They fear kundalini which is human snake energy. Humans don’t want to give up their attachment things outside themselves and restore their own power. So they fear awakening to higher truth, and snake/kundalini is part of the means of awakening.

Blue Beauty Ratsnake Caresheet

Because most people don’t have snakes as pets, and to help me understand about Cobalt, Francis provided me with a copy of this basic care information.  I am passing it along to you for the same reasons.

Common Names: Vietnamese Blue Beauties, Blue Beautys

Scientific Name:  Orthriophis taeniurus ssp

Distribution:  Blue Beauties are colubrids native to the Vietnam-Thailand-Burma areas of Southeast Asia, from heavy forests to cultivated fields and mountainous areas.

Size:  Blue Beauties are one of the largest species of ratsnakes, reaching lenghts of 7-8ft. They can reach up to 11ft but that is rare.  They are colubrids so even though they are long, they are slender snakes.

Lifespan:  Blue Beauties can live anywhere between 15-30 years.

Temperment/Handling:  Blue Beauties are Asian ratsnakes which have a bad rap for being biters. The blue beauty however isn’t generally known for being as aggressive as other beauty snakes. If you get a captive bred baby, that is your best bet for taming one down.

There are alot of wild caught ones for sale but captive bred ones are becoming more common. I would not reccomend getting a blue beauty with the thought it will be a great snake for handling. They can be tamed down but not always and they still are likely to remain nervous as adults.

Housing:  Blue Beauties are active snakes and need a good size enclosure. Babies are fine in 10-20 aquarium with secure cover. Rubbermaids and custom cages work too.   Just make sure the cage is secure because like most snakes, they are escape artists.  Adults can be housed in 55 gallon tank with secure cover or rubbermaid of equal or larger size. They are active so the more room the better. The cage should have lots of cover, hides, and even some branches to climb on. A water dish with fresh water needs to be availiable at all times.

Substrate:  Their are several things that will work for Blue Beauties. I would recommend newspaper, aspen shavings, or cypress mulch.   Stay away from any pine or ceder bedding, they are deadly to herps.  If using a loose substrate, especially one that contains large pieces like mulch, be sure to feed the snake in a seperate container, put newspaper down over the substrate, or make sure to monitor the feed closely to make sure the snake doesn’t digest the substrate.

Temperature/Humidity:  Blue Beauties do not need high temps like many other herp species, 80-85 degrees is fine for Blue Beauties.  The humidity isn’t much of a concern, the only time its important is during a shed. It’s best to have a water dish that is big enough for the snake to soak in. If you have any problems with shedding, make a humid hide. They are very simple to make, just take a plastic rubbermaid or other plastic container large enough for the snake to get in, cut a hole in the side and put moist paper towels or sphagnum moss. Misting the cage before a shed can also help.

Heating:  Blue Beauties do not require UVB or any other special lighting. I recommend under tank heaters, but nocturnal bulbs or regular house hold bulbs will work for additional heat. It is best to place the under tank heater and/or lights on one side of the cage, the warm side were their should be a hide.

The cool side should have no heat and that’s generally the best place to put the water dish.  Make sure to add a hide on cool side also. This way you will create a thermal gradient and will allow the snake to choose where it’s comfortable, rather then the whole tank at one temp.

Feeding:  Blue Beauties are constrictors and in captivity are fed rodents. If you get a captive bred (CB) baby, feeding shouldn’t be a problem.  CB blue Beauties should take frozen/thawed rodents with no problems. If you do get a wild caught or even a LTC(Long term Captive), make sure its eating good before buying it.  Wild caught ones may not eat as well; they may only take live rather then frozen/thawed rodents. 

Baby blue Beauties should start out on pinkie mice and move up in size from their as the snake grows. Adults will eat rats, the size of rat depends on the size of your blue beauty, 6-7ft ( the average adult size) should eat small to medium rats.

Feed your snake every 7-10 days. Its important not to handle or bother your snake for at least 48 hours after eating.  Any stress can cause your snake to throw up its meal which isn’t good.

Rating: Blue Beauties are definitely not for beginners due to their larger size and dispositions.  If you have kept a few snakes and are looking to get something that you may not be able to handle but as more of display snake then a blue beauty may be for you.

Conclusion: Blue Beauties are gorgeous snakes that have gotten a bad rap which has caused them to be over looked by many herp keepers. I feel that’s a shame because their name describes them perfectly.  They are beauties and a rewarding species to keep.  Blue Beauties definately are not for begginers, but if you have kept a few other snakes and want something different then the most popular herps, well Blue Beauties may be for you.

TWA_OPG – July Practice Animal

June 30, 2010 by  
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Cobalt

 

 

 Cobalt is a Vietnamese Blue Beauty native to the Vietnam-Thailand-Burma areas of Southeast Asia.  When I interviewed him on May 14, 2010, he was living with Francis, who had raised him from 6 weeks of age. 

Shortly after the interview, Cobalt moved to a new home with another man and his family.  I have wanted to contact that person, but have not been able to do so at the time I am writing this. 

Even though I may or may not be able to get current information about Cobalt’s new home, I had such a powerful experience speaking with him that I decided to keep him in the TWA_OPG program anyway.  When you speak with him and ask about his life purpose and personal goals, you will understand more about why I wanted you all to meet him.

 

Questions to ask Cobalt:

As you are working with Cobalt, describe how his energy feels to you.  Consider the ways his energy is similar or different from the energy of other types of animals, and the ways it is similar or different from the energy of other snakes you might have spoken with in the past.

  1. What was it like for you when you first came to live with Francis?
  2. How do you feel about being picked up and handled by humans? 
    1. Has this always been the way you felt about it, or have your feelings changed over time?
  3. How did Francis teach you to accept human contact?
  4. Which do you like more, being held by a human or being able to explore?  Please describe how each one feels to you so I understand your perspective.
  5. How does it feel to you when you sense that a human is afraid of your or of snakes in general? 
    1. How do you handle yourself in that situation? 
    2. What would you like to tell humans who might be afraid of you?
  6. What do you like to eat? 
    1. How much do you eat at one meal? 
    2. How long does it take you to digest a meal? 
    3. What do you do while you are digesting?
    4. Describe how you drink water.
  7. What are your feelings about Francis?
    1. About the world around you?
    2. About your aquarium/terrarium?
  8. I know that snakes shed their skin.  What is that process like for you?
  9. What is your vision like?
    1. Do you see in color?
    2. Do you see auras or other energies?  If yes, what do they look like?
    3. With eyes so far apart, how do you combine the information that each eye perceives in the physical world?
    4. May I look out through your eyes so I can experience this?
  10. What’s it like to smell with your tongue?
  11. Would you like some other animals around to talk with?
  12. What is your life purpose?
  13. Did you ever wish you were born in the wild?  Why or why not?
  14. What is the role of snakes on planet Earth?
  15. In what ways are snakes important to Earth and to humans?
  16. What can people learn from snakes?
  17. How can I improve my communication with you and other animals?
  18. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?

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