Celebrate our differences

The large dog stopped and – curious – bent down to say a gentle hello.

Paw_and_Slug

For a few seconds, two creatures that were so wildly different shared a common moment of connection; a bond between two fellow creatures sharing the same space, the same air.

I wonder if there is a lesson here that we could all learn – and benefit from.

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30 responses

  1. Ewww, the brown slugs. Around here, you’ll find them bathed in salt – apparently that kills them because I guess they are really bad for the vegetation, or something. But, I digress.

    Yes, we could all learn something from dogs – they always stop to say hello!

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    September 20, 2009 at 09:32

  2. Yes but… what IS it?

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    September 20, 2009 at 12:06

    • It’s a brown slug – next to the paw of my dog.

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      September 20, 2009 at 14:00

  3. Amy

    Yeah, when we were kids we’d put salt on slugs and they would blow up…pretty nasty..and probably not very nice..but hey we were kids! A dog can eat poo, so I take it with a grain of salt who they cuddle up too…they aren’t too very picky!! hahahaha! Seriously though, yes, the lesson lies in how a dog accepts anything and everything and we could definitely learn something from them…why do you think I have so many? I’m trying desperately to learn as much as I can..hahahaha…

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    September 20, 2009 at 12:18

  4. Yes, we could all learn from animals … and kids.
    It is the process of ‘growing up’ that knocks basic humanity and humility and curiousness out of all of all.

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    September 20, 2009 at 12:25

  5. Yuck – I have to stop the bichons from exploring too much at the moment. The other day Poppy licked what I thought was a frog but it must have been a toad because she had the most horrible toxic reaction and I thought I would have to do an emergency visit to the vet.

    It was 5am and I was half asleep on the doorstep whilst she was fumbling in a corner of the garden. It all worked out okay though but now I am like an inspector, standing just by them when they have to ‘faire le pee pee’

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    September 20, 2009 at 12:27

  6. Regardless of whether we like slugs or not, this moment of connection, respecting identity, is memorable! Great photo!

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    September 20, 2009 at 13:25

  7. You are right about respecting all forms of life of course. Although slugs don’t respect my hosta-collection at all! But I only kill them accidentally, when I stand on them in the dark. And I always say sorry. But by then it is too late. 😮

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    September 20, 2009 at 15:10

  8. We could all learn from our animal friends about respecting life, that’s for sure.

    Have a great day!

    Sylvia

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    September 20, 2009 at 15:25

  9. oh wow wow wow! It looks quite large? Now I *want* to see one of those!

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    September 20, 2009 at 16:15

  10. Wow, what is that?!?! Yikes!

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    September 20, 2009 at 16:49

  11. Ops……… looks a little scary 😉
    Amazing shot !!!

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    September 20, 2009 at 18:37

  12. Jen

    I saw Bootsie out in the garden this morning, he was standing still, and staring at the bird feeder. Below it, not 12 inches from him, was a brown squirrel, some kind of communication was going on, it definitely was a moment between the two of them.

    Jen

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    September 20, 2009 at 19:37

  13. if only people were so open to sharing space and appreciating differences…

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    September 20, 2009 at 19:45

  14. interesting

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    September 20, 2009 at 21:01

  15. To bond with a slug, that must be one special dog.

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    September 20, 2009 at 22:45

  16. That is one cool looking slug! Oscar is a gentleman..he wouldn’t paw at it without first thinking..excuse me:)

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    September 20, 2009 at 23:19

  17. OK I give up …. what the heck IS that??

    I just read thru the comments and see your answer….weird lookin’ slug 🙂

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    September 21, 2009 at 02:08

  18. I must tell you, the slugs have nearly destroyed my garden in spring. YET there is always a longing for peace in nature and a sense of longing for the lion and lamb to lie down together!

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    September 21, 2009 at 07:33

  19. indeed!
    that is the reason why we let you adopt us so we can teach you a thing or two about harmonious living! when will you ever learn!

    bozo
    Pet Pride

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    September 21, 2009 at 09:01

  20. Oops, slugs are not very popular around here! The not-so-little man’s a great help in the garden particularly killing slugs with his special slug scissors! It all started a few years ago when they ate his first sunflowers! Ever since, he’s been on a bit of a slug killing mission!

    Clive however would touch nothing, just like Oscar!

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    September 21, 2009 at 09:27

  21. I think one of our cats would have tried to eat it!!

    C x

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    September 21, 2009 at 09:48

  22. Curious? Was the toad your dog licked anything like my toad shown on my Canon Blog?

    I invite you to stop and look at my Canon camera photographs. They are some of the best I can or have taken. My Canon Blog

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    September 21, 2009 at 15:59

  23. We have some pretty large banana slugs, but that is the biggest slug I have ever seen!!

    And yes, we could all stand to take note of that lesson. But that slug is HUGE!

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    September 21, 2009 at 16:58

  24. Interesting thought. Reminds me of some unlikely friends photographed recently that are currently circulating in email … brought together by the disaster of Wildfires. I’ve been thinking of sending them to my representatives in Congress along with a plea that they actually listen to and talk with one another with civility and open minds. Thanks for visiting Small Reflections over the weekend.
    Hugs and blessings,

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    September 21, 2009 at 21:06

  25. I couldn’t quite place the slug either. I love how curious animals are.

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    September 21, 2009 at 23:59

  26. Good one. Your dog is a gentle one.

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    September 22, 2009 at 02:55

  27. And then, did the dog eat the slug? That’s the world at my house. Sorry, I’m feeling decidedly irreverent! 🙂

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    September 22, 2009 at 05:41

  28. hmm…life lessons from slugs…only you, Lady Fi! These type posts are the reason I love your website!

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    September 23, 2009 at 14:38

  29. I’m not a slug lover. I wouldn’t hurt the slug, but I can’t linger on the photo. It’s HUGE! I’ll have to show my boys later. 🙂

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    September 24, 2009 at 16:32

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