Archive for July, 2009

It has taken a while since I last wrote to you.
It is not that I do not want to write anymore. On the contrary.
But there are a few buts.
First I cannot get access to the web anymore like I used to because a new arial is causing radio interference for my computer. For hours on end I have to wait until I have a connection. Also many more clients are booking house calls because I have been doing some talks about How To Understand Your Dog in social clubs all over the Costa Blanca. Then my wife B¨¦atrice is suffering from spondylosis and cannot drive the van anymore. Therefore I have to do all the driving and I do it with all my heart.
That leaves less time for the computer.
Last but not least we are getting through a heat wave and that leads to then wonderful Spanish invention called La Siesta, which means sleeping in the afternoon

Fortunately I receive some very interesting emails from readers. Here is one from Sandra in Mazaron (Spain).

Hello Bruno

I can tell you stories regarding two distinctly different breeds that bring distinctly different reactions.

Firstly when I was younger I used to have a black Labbie and a Golden Retriever.  People used to do as you say,  silver haired ladies used to hug and cuddle my dogs whether they were at my feet having a rest or out on a walk.

Then in the late seventies I discovered the Rottweiler.  Do you rember the bad press in the early eighties.  It was a nightmare owning one during that period.

I had a puppy bitch in 1980 and people used to ask me what she was crossed with, as at that time they were a pretty uncommon breed.  Less than a year later the same people that had cuddled her were crossing the road to avoid us, because of the bad press the Rottweiler had at the time.  I had a man scoop his Jack Russell up off the floor, saying keep that dog away from mine.  At first you ignore these remarks, but on a daily basis, this becomes quite hard, and I used to say to people that they shouldn 0…7t tar them all with the same brush.  My dog had more manners in one paw than most other dogs, but you can 0…7t blame the dogs for that can you.  I used to have a neighbour at the time who also owned a Rottie, and he loved her, but when she died I asked him would he have another, and he said he couldn 0…7t stand the public 0…7s reaction to them.  I said it wouldn 0…7t put me off having another, and it hasn 0…7t.  I just put it down to the power of the press.

I love my Rottweilers, and admit they are not for everybody, but what annoys me is people spouting on about things they know so very little about.  People who are most anti dogs, if you ask them, more often than not, have never ever had a relationship with one – their loss say I – they don 0…7t know what they are missing

I digress, what you are talking about is people being in touch with nature, or the need to be, and I agree they do have a need.

In England we used to have a static caravan in the Lake District which we used to visit every weekend with our dog, and it was soul food, just being there with our dog, walking about in the countryside.  Something I used to like also (just a small thing) was that your dog was allowed in the pub with you, or there was a bowel of water outside a shop, and a ring to tether you dog for a few minutes whilst you bought a paper.   Personally I never used these things, but the sentiment was there, your dog was accepted everywhere. The differfence between country folk and town folk.   In England these days it is almost anti social to own a dog in the town.

Hopefully one day, people will learn to value animals, not just dogs, but any animals because this planet would be a very sad place without them.  I will even go one further, this planet would be a better place without the human race.

Sorry I got on my soap box.

Kind regards

Sandra

Simply this comment regarding Mother Earth being better off without human beings. I do not agree. I acccept the fact that we are part of a grand scheme and that our task is to develop an awareness that can hold the universal awareness within ourselves.

What are your comments?

Kindest regards from

Bruno Goffin

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It has been a while since I wrote to you.
Not that I do not want to write anymore. On the contrary. But, there are a few buts.
My internet connection has gone crazy because of the interference of a new radio arial that has been built on the same mountaintop. I never know when I will have access or not. It certainly demotivates me when I have to wait for hours before getting access.
Because my wife B¨Śatrice is suffering from spondylosis she cannot drive the van anymore. So I have to do all the driving and I like doing it. Because of the talks about understanding dogs I have been giving, many dog owners are booking house calls. This means working outside the home and less time for the computer. Last but not least there is the heat wave that has hit the Spanish Costa Blanca. For that reason I book my housecalls as early as 8.00 in the morning and as late as 21.00 in the evening.
Fortunately I receive some very interesting news from readers like Athalie in Cape town. It allows me to send you a copy of her email about canola oil.
Many years ago I started reading the labels of the dog food my clients were feeding their dogs. Slowly I discovered that many brands of pet food are simply s.h.i.t. mixed with chemicals.
It may sound funny but, having discovered that, I started reading the labels of the food I was buying for myself. This discovery was even more horrible than the one with the dog food.
If you want to know more about what the multinational food manufacturers are doing to us, read the newsletters from dr. Mercola.

Here comes a copy of the email from Athalie in Cape Town (S.A.)

From Athalie Russell
Research Finance Officer
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town      (Further details at end.)

CANOLA OIL

I recently sent this letter to Fair Lady magazine in SA.  But they haven’t published it, which I suspect may have something to do with the fact that Fair Lady runs ads for the product concerned.  I think it’s important that as many people as possible KNOW about the origins of this product.  Then, if you choose to buy it, at least you’re doing so with your eyes open.

Please forward this to the people in your address book.  Email is the most powerful weapon in the world for free speech. I hope to receive this back in three months’ time, when it’s circled the globe.  I am very far from being a health freak.  But I believe that we have the right to know what we’re consuming.  In South Africa, it seems, our labelling laws are so lax that manufacturers do not have to give any info whatsoever.  Hence my research.  Hence my (so far unpublished) letter to Fair Lady.

Read on,

RAPE IN A DIFFERENT GUISE

Dear Editors

Recently I bought a cooking oil that’s new to our supermarkets, Canola Oil.

I tried it because the label assured me it was lowest in “bad” fats.  However, when I had used half the bottle, I concluded that the label told me surprisingly little else and I started to wonder:  where does canola oil come from?

Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts, sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is a canola? There was nothing on the label to enlighten me, which I thought odd.  So, I did some investigating on the Internet.

There are plenty of official Canola sites lauding this new “wonder” oil with all its low-fat health benefits. It takes a little longer to find sites that tell the less palatable details.  Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying anything containing canola.  Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the words “Canada” and “oil”.  Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants.

According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation and Technology Magazine for Farmers, “By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are toxic to humans and other animals”.  (This, by the way, is one of the websites singing the praises of the new canola industry.)

Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and an excellent insect repellent.  I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. It works very well; it suffocates them.  Ask for it at your nursery.  Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminant for colour pages in magazines.  It is an industrial oil.  It is not a food.

Rape oil, it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress,anaemia, constipation, irritability and blindness in animals and humans.  Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out.  Remember the “Mad Cow Disease” scare, when millions of unfortunate cattle in the UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans?  Cattle were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called “scrapie”.  It was thought this was how “Mad Cow” began and started to infiltrate the human chain.  What is interesting is that when rape oil was removed from animal feed, ‘scrapie’ disappeared.  We also haven’t seen any further reports of “Mad Cow” since rape oil was removed from the feed.  Perhaps not scientifically proven, but interesting all the same.

US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies.  The canola supporting websites say that canola is safe to use.  They admit it was developed from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but “canola” instead.  Except canola means “Canadian oil”; and the plant is still a rape plant, albeit genetically modified.

The new name provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to take billions.  Look at the ingredients list on labels. Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil.  You’ll find it in an alarming number of processed foods.  There’s more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I.  Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.  Check products for ingredients. If the label says, “may contain the following” and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and the Canadian government subsidises it to industries involved in food processing.  I don’t know what you’ll be cooking with tonight, but I’ll be using olive oil and old-fashioned butter, from a genetically unmodified cow.

Yours Sincerely

Say No to Canola

Athalie Russell
Research Finance Officer
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town

Tel: (021) 406 6491
Fax: (021) 406 6390
Email: skalu@curie.uct.ac.za

If you discovered similar things we should know please drop me a line and I will help you spread the news.

Kindest regards from

Bruno Goffin

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