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20 March 2013

Feral Cats and French Bulldog

I love alley cats, together with birds and stray dogs, they are the closest thing to wild animals of considerable size that those of us living in the "civilized" world can get in contact with.

Sitting on the fence.

Cat on a fence. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Under a palm tree.

Brindled cat under a palm tree. (© LightColourShade, by-nc-nd) 

Resting tabby cat. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Watchful cat. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Night watch

Grey and white (masque and mantle) cat on the fence
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Grey and white (masque and mantle) cat. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Grey and white (masque and mantle) cat close-up.
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Grey and white (masque and mantle) cat at night.
 (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

and time to relax.

Grey and white (masque and mantle) cat lying on a fence.
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French bulldog is yet another example of human cruelty to animals. It's an artificial breed created for our amusement and, consequently, business profit. As a result French bulldogs have a lot of physical defects that make them suffer throughout their lives.

"Being a flat-faced breed, French Bulldogs cannot live outdoors. Their bulk and their compromised breathing system makes it impossible for them to regulate their temperature efficiently. In addition, they are top heavy and therefore have difficulty in swimming. Precautions must be taken when exercising during hot or humid weather, as they are prone to heat strokes.
Due to the compacted airway of the French bulldog, they may develop an inability to effectively regulate temperature. While a regular canine may suffer to some degree from the heat, to a Frenchie it may be lethal. This is because dogs with snub noses find it difficult to breathe when they are hot and stressed out; the cargo space in an aircraft can rise as high as 30C when waiting on the runway.
French bulldogs can also suffer from an assortment of back and spinal diseases, most of which are probably related to the fact that they were selectively chosen from the dwarf examples of the bulldog breed. French bulldogs have a tendency towards eye issues. Glaucoma, retinal fold dysplasia, corneal ulcers and juvenile cataracts are also conditions which have been known to afflict French bulldogs.
French bulldogs frequently require caesarean section to give birth, with over 80% of litters delivered this way. Also, many French bulldog stud dogs are incapable of naturally breeding. This is because French Bulldogs have very slim hips, making the male unable to mount the female to reproduce naturally. Typically, breeders must undertake artificial insemination of female dogs." (Wikipedia)

All this means the dog will often require veterinary services to treat its health problems, which is, of course, good for business.
Some day some alien race might do the same thing to us — for example, selectively breed fat humans for food, small ones as counters for board games, etc, etc, etc — the possibilities are infinite.

White French bulldog on a bench. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

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