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Drew Ackerman was kind enough to offer some insight into his podcast, Sleep With Me. Check out the study on shelter dogs that led me to affirm what I stumbled on a few months ago.
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Congratulations, Ludivine! This pup completed a (human) half marathon and placed seventh overall.
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#AnnaMariaIsland is a lot of fun. Went to a beach, a nature preserve (saw lots of fiddler crabs, birds and a big, black snake!) and walked down Bridge Street. So fun. On to FMB.
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The USDA has granted a conditional license to Zoetis to market a H3N2 canine influenza vaccine. It is currently available in 19 states, and its use must be approved by animal health official for that state’s Department of Agriculture or other designated 
Protect your canine patients from canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2. Canine Influenza Vaccine H3N2 helps control disease associated with CIV H3N2 infection.
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Posing With Artefacts #142

My love of animals knows no size. I am as happy making friends with the big animals, such as camels, elephants, and lions, as I am being friends with the little fellas. For this wee guy, I had to get very up close and personal.

It is true there are a few critters I am not happy being friends with. If you have spent time in Egypt, you will know the flies and mosquitoes are huge pests. But I will ignore them for now and concentrate on this artifact.

Before me, +Eeyore Encina, is a scarab. Scarabs can be seen throughout Egypt in the modern times. They were an important symbol of ancient Egypt. Scarabs are symbols of rebirth. They lay their eggs in feces, roll it up into a ball, and out of this hatch the baby scarabs. Out of nothing, out of death, out of something so unpleasant as poo, comes new life. For this reason, scarabs are associated with rebirth which is important for people obsessed with the afterlife. During the mummification process, the heart was left in the body, but a scarab would be placed atop it to signify the body would be reborn to join Osiris in the afterlife. Sometimes hearts were removed, and the scarab was placed in its stead.

Scarabs these days are known by their more common name, Dung Beetle. Not as catchy.

Scarabs would push balls of dung about, and this image resembled the sun moving across the sky. Some thought the sun was being pushed by a scarab as well. This shows the importance of the scarab.

These artifacts are easy to come by. Go to Egypt now and people give them away as trinkets. Tombs are littered with them, as they are small and easy to make. Some, such as this one, had spells written on them, as a sort of cheat sheet for the entombed person. The spell would be just one of those found in the Book of the Dead. It could be personalized, or a generic scarab sold at market. I do not read hieroglyphics, so I cannot say what is written here. Anyone care to translate? This is supposedly a New Kingdom scarab, though it is a purchase from the Fayoum area. Context is lost. Perhaps 18th-19th Dynasty, or about 1570-1185BC.

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Tom Rachman writes about end-of-life memoirs and wonders how much anyone should contemplate his own death.
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Posing With Artefacts #155

American Thanksgiving week concludes at PWA, and by this point you may have had too much turkey, so I, +Eeyore Encina​, won't be presenting another bird. Instead, I am encouraging you to honor Fido Friday, and go play with your dog.

It is also Black Friday in the US, and our friend here, Anubis, is pretty black himself. Associated with death, as dogs of the ancient world and particularly Egypt were, one can't get more black than that.

Anubis, along with other dog gods of Egypt, were represented by dogs or jackals due to dogs/jackals association with death, scavenging, and were thought to be guides to the afterlife. Many funerary depictions show dogs standing by waiting to lead people to the other side, whatever that may be. Mostly associated with Osiris and Egyptian religion, the dogs were also used in Roman and Greek and other works of art in a very similar role.

This figure, with his tail hanging low, would have been placed atop a box allowing his tail to hang, and stored in a tomb asking with the deceased. Was he acting as a guard and eventual guide for the person interred within that tomb? Or was this honoring Anubis so that when the time came, he would act accordingly?

This object was purchased in Egypt and donated to the Museum so his original context is now gone, but figurines like this are common and would have been found in multiple tombs across a long period of time. Likely this is New Dynasty, later, closer to 600-1000 years BC?

Now go hug a dog and enjoy the day.

Exit Eeyore.

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As you make your way through your week, folks, remember one thing: you are not a pizza. You cannot please everyone. 😉
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