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    Over the weekend I was watching a program about magnetic fields and how they are effected by solar flares. They had done a study that concluded the reason dogs spin around before they do their business was to find magnetic north. They stated that dogs most always (they didn't give exact numbers) face north when they go #2. Dogs that are in a familiar location often won't spin because they know which way to face.
    During times of high solar flair activity, the dogs have a hard time because of the effect the flares have on the earths magnetic field.
    My dog Lola does all her business in the back yard and doesn't spin but does pace around looking for the right spot. I have to say after a couple days observation I believe this to be true.
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    I'll have to pay more attention to this here-to-fore unobserved activity....

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    We have a new puppy. His internal compass must be broken. He doesn't know he's got to poop until it's halfway out and pays no attention to direction. Our old dog doesn't always face north either. But he likes to have me in his side vision. Backup I guess in case of an attack when he's vunerable. Maybe it's just a Heeler thing.

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    I have a Carolina. He wants someone in the yard, too, just not watching him. Carolinas are strongly pack oriented. I don't think he's particularly timid. I think he just wants a lookout.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Yea, I can see our millions of forum watchers in the Ukraine and India standing around with a compass waiting for their dog to potty.
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    Bwahahahah!

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    Should I cue up a Rick Roll? LOL.
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    Dogs in China and N.Korea have to do their business on the run. Stopping to spin and dump might prove to be deadly.

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    Got off work at 10:30 this morning, we can't work overtime because of PPP. About 11:00 a buddy shows up and has a dog with him that showed up at another buddies farm last weekend. Long story short my dog Lola and the new dog get in a fight, bad fight. In trying to break them up I got bite a least twice on the left hand, not really sure which one got me or if they each got a piece it happened so fast. Got a deep gash across the palm but the one that really is going to be sore is right in the middle of the back of my hand, I got a full canine penetration combined with good head shake before I could pull my hand back. Lola got a 2 inch gash on her front leg and the other dog suffered multiple puncture wounds to the neck.

    So I go to Urgent Care for wound cleaning, tetanus shot and a 20 day round of antibiotics. The Doc says they don't do stitches on dog bites because of bacteria. Then home to take Lola to the vet. She gets wound cleaning, a shot and 10 day round of antibiotics. The vet also says no stitches for dog bite at this time. She has to go back Tuesday a.m.. The other dog is at the humane society for 10 day observation.

    Funny my bill was $40 (copay) and Lolas was $170.

    So how does this relate to this thread? After it was all over, Lola and I were in the back yard and she did her business facing ESE. So I guess even when animals are in a stressful state they can lose their sense of direction.
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    I have a friend whose method of breaking up dog fights is to grab the nape of their necks and rub their faces together, then, he can pick up big dogs like that.

    I haven't noticed that my dingo has any preference. He's a North American dingo so I can't blame Australia for that one.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    I thought my hand would be really sore the day after, but not bad at all. Swelled up pretty good but was able to get out and trim back the road and mow about 3 acres yesterday.
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    I already used a hand held compass when I moved to where I.just so I'll know which ways is North and south.seeing how I already had east and south figured out.now to watch my dog to see if she faces North or not .
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    I'm getting to the point in my physics tutorial where I tell people how to figure out directions without an instrument (I'm gonna leave the dog thing out. There are more reliable ways.)

    It feels sorta ludicrous here in Denver. See those big things over there? Those are the Rocky Mountains. That's west. The other way? That's east. You follow the Rockies that way....Wyoming and north. The other way is south.

    You don't need a compass on Denver...ever.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Compass comes in hand out at sea.......at night........submerged.
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    Oh, yeah. Wait a minute. Let me check my notes. Uh, huh, nope, yep, check. I never, ever plan to be out at sea....at night...submerged. That would be a reeeeeeally bad thing and a compass would be the last of my worries. That would be a mayday situation. That would be help, I've fallen and I can't get back in the boat situation. Maybe a medic alert would help.

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    Lemmee see. You set up a stick (not in a hole in the bottom of the boat.) and mark where the end of the shadow is. Then you wait an hour and mark....wait, the boat moved...
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    I'm still trying to figure out the whole compass inside a metal tube thingy.

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    Y'know, water fowl get to Denver now and many of them just stay. They don't migrate any further

    I wonder whether they're thinking, "Hmmm...this is pretty nice. I think I'll stay here," or "Duh. Which way's south?"

    I took a hike with a compass the other day down a little strip park (no, not that kind of "strip"). Until I got to the park, the compass was wonky. Then, when I got there, it straightened out. Power lines were about 100 feet away. I would get an occasional spike, I guess from buried lines. It looked like stray fields desipate after about 100 feet.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    It may have been the Denver Triangle. I understand there have been a lot of mysterious disappearances of husbands around Frowdaddy and Century Casinos from time to time. Completely unexplainable.

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