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We are best of friends!

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We are best of friends!

There is an old saying that says dogs are man's best friend. Perhaps, you have heard of Lassie, the fictional collie dog character created by Eric Knight in a short story which expanded into a novel called Lassie Come Home in 1940 and later made into a movie by MGM in 1943. The movie also called Lassie Come Home starred a talented dog named Pal and a very young Roddy McDowell and Elizabeth Taylor. Maybe, you'd have heard of the Japanese story Chu-ken Hachiko or Faithful dog Hachiko, too. In Japan, there is actually a fluffy dog prized for its fierce loyalty called the Akita that hails from the Akita region of Japan, a perfecture in the north of the island. The dog was first mentioned in Japanese literature around A.D. 712, and is depicted on much older pottery excavated in that country. So much for fiction and facts!

I remind you of Puss in Boots, don't I?

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I remind you of Puss in boots, don't I?

No, forget about the cat which helps an impoverished master to attain wealth in the popular European fairy tale. There are many versions of Puss in Boots and the best known is said to be in the 1697 Charles Perrault's colection, 'Contes de ma mère l'Oye' or 'Mother Goose Tales','The Master Cat'. Giovanni Francesco Straparola, an Italian writer and fairy tales collector, however is believed to have invented the story and the oldest version of Puss in Boots could be found in his Constantino Fortunato in 'The Facetious Nights of Straparolaa' which is a two-volume collection of 75 fairy tales. 'The Puss in Boots' I am referring to is the one in the movie Shrek 2. This cat speaks good English and Spanish and has the voice of spanish actor, Antonio Banderas.
Now, meet Puss in Boots from Shrek!

Who moved my cheese?

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Who moved my cheese?


That reminds you of the famous 1998 motivational book on how to deal with change in your work and in your life by Dr. Spencer Johnson, doesn't it? I remember buying the book in India at a very cheap price. It's an easy book to read and no wonder, it became a New York Times business bestseller and remained on the list for almost five years.

They don't call me Prima Donna for nothing!

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They don't call me Prima Donna for nothing!

Prima donna is Italian for first lady. Used originally in opera companies to designate the leading female singer, prima donna often describes a vain, obnoxious and temperamental person who cannot be done without. Prima donna is not a very nice title, mind you!

Are you seeing double?

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You are drunk if you don't see double!

Rabbits are not as simple as they seem. There are many typs such as the European rabbit, the Cottontail rabbit, the Amami rabbit, the pikas and not forgetting the bigger hares which also have longer ears. Most rabbits would live underground in burrows and have youngs that are born blind and hairless too but hares live above the ground in simple nests and their youngs have hair and can see very clearly too. And talking about seeing, if I say there are two rabbits in the picture, would you see two, too? Have fun looking for the two rabbits!

I am sorry!

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I am sorry! But I really like the song by the late John Denver very much! Now, just listen to it, won't you?

I am chewing on this one!

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Now, don't disturb me. I am chewing on this one.



Perhaps, chewing is more common among dogs than cats.Chewing could be destructive and the destructive behaviour should be nipped in the bud when dogs are just puppies. Puppy owners should provide the right environment and training from the very start. Some people suggest putting a bitter-tasting substance on the objects to discourage chewing while others suggest disciplining puppies with a squirt bottle, water gun, a shaker can or a loud, hand-operated horns; or a head halter.Well, good luck!