Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I have officially changed the name of my blog from 'Bits and Pieces' to 'Moodscapes'
where you will discover through my postings the many moods of me. Somewhere between the last post that I made and today, I seem to have misplaced a day. If you find it laying around someplace, please return it to me. I have spent this entire day messing around with this blog. I got my banner made and saved with no problem. I played around with the different templates and found one that I liked. Then I tried to apply my own tiled background image. This is where I ran into trouble. I just can't get it to take. No doubt what ever I have done wrong is something minor and I am just overlooking it when I am trying to find the problem. This has had me banging my head on the key board all day.

If there is anyone out there that can take a look at it and point out my error, I sure would appreciate it.

I received an e-mail yesterday with a poem attached that dealt with a subject that is very near and dear to my heart. The subject was concerns the plight of so many abused and neglected dogs. We have domesticated the dog to the point where we think and sometimes expect them to act more like us and less like their ancestors, not so far removed, the wolf. Some areas have made it legal to hunt the wolves now and it has become quite a sport. Perhaps it is because of the beliefs of my ancestors that I disagree with the hunting of wolves. When my ancestors hunted they made use of all of the animal that they killed, such as food, clothing and tools....etc. How many of those hunters are going to using those wolves as food? I know that everyone has their own opinion on this and I am not trying to force what I believe on anyone.

"There's never been a documented case of a healthy wild wolf killing or seriously injuring a person in North America."
excerpt from: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" -- Revisited
By L. David Mech

I found this to be a very interesting article. I encourage everyone to take an active interest in what is happening to these beautiful creatures. Like many animals of the wild they are slowly being squeezed out of their homes as we continue to take more and more of their wild lands and clear them and build on them, making what was once the territory of the deer, bear and wolf our backyard. How can anyone look at a picture of a wolf and not see their own little lovable mutt.....

Prison Bars
by Karen Evans
In memory of Contessa

These prison bars I sit behind
From which there is no escape.
Why didn't I get a second chance
But, now it is too late.

I tried to live my master's way
To put instincts aside.
To disobey meant punishment
And oh, how hard I tried.

I didn't mean to trash the house
I did it just for fun.
It's boring being in the house
With no place I can run.

And when I got to go outdoors
He put me on a chain.
I'd run around in circles
Till he'd come out again.

Uh oh, he found the hole I dug
I did it to stay cool.
He beat me with his balled up fists
Oh, why is he so cruel?

My tail tucked between my legs
I'm so scared that I pee.
It doesn't matter what I do
He's just so hard to please.

He doesn't even like the song
I howl every night.
He yells "shut up", and out he comes
To start another fight.

I'm battered, bruised and all alone
Is this how life should be?
When all I wanted was his love
And true acceptance of me.

For I can't help the way I am
At times I feel so strange.
I guess I'm like my ancestors
That once had roamed the range.

So, here I sit on death row
Trapped behind these bars.
Soon to be a spirit
Free amongst the stars.

I guess I'll never understand
The punishment that he,
Gave me each and every day
For me just being me.


Anonymous said...

Jo,This is a great posting.thank you for it. Now as for the countdown to Independance day it is also my little Sister's birthday.(at she is the youngest of the three of us) My Dad used to call her his little firecraker with out a fuse.

Tracy said...

Love the new name! Wonderful poem also. Great info on the dogs, and wolves. Thanks for sharing!


Artsy Etc. said...

How lovely! I like the new name and look. It suits you, my friend. Have a very nice day.

Steven and Aisha said...

Congratulations on the change! I really like the header.
I am afraid of wolves which I only get to see in movies but they are really interesting and worth preserving. I'll read the article.

Betty said...

Jo, those are beautiful pictures of the wolf. And I absolutely loved the poem. Thank you for sharing those with us.

Have a good day.

Jeff B said...

What a truly sad poem. how many times it it re-told by dogs at the hands of masters that could give a rip about caring for them too.

I like the new look on your site. I'm still stuck in generic land on mine.

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

Dear Jo,
I lovvvvvvve the new look!
I'm not sure about your tiled background though!
I could not get your slide show to play, maybe later!☺

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I'm going to email you a site that is a "Color picker" it will allow you to pick any color out of your banner or background and then you can insert the hex codes into your colors and can also go into your template and change your post footer to a matching color!

Oh, I love to fool with blog decor, it is a true stress reliever to me!☺

BClark said...

I admire your stick to itness, I would have said forget it,lol. I have the basic one I could figure out and would like to change it. Maybe over the winter when I am marooned inside I will be able to sit still long enough to figure it out. I always wanted to be this calm cool person, but have not yet mastered it, too type A.

I always wish when I see someone being mean to their animals that I had the power to switch them. Let that guy be the one on the chain. Most of my animals are rescure animals. My beloved Duchess was like the poem, beaten for digging holes, etc. She was with us for 13 years and I still find myself calling her. My current dog was brought to the vet to be put down, but went home with me. Good luck with the moods, best to you Barbara

judypatooote said...

First I love the new look and I also like the little checked background....just enough....the poem almost brought me to tears... I love my dog and my sons dog so much, I can't imagine anyone beating or abusing them....just look into an animals eyes and they are human with feelings....nice post..... judy

Hope said...

Where am I and what have they done with Jo?? Just kidding! I just read your comment and know that you changed your blog name and look. I really like it!! I'll be back later on to catch up.

Thanks for checking on me and being a dear friend.

Love ya,