4 Legged Gardener

I don’t remember the exact years but I am pretty sure it was around 1990 or so that my cousins in Mattancherry got a dog named Snoopy. Snoopy was a pointer and perhaps the only Pointer I have ever seen in my life and they are kind of a rare breed to have where I live.

Pointers are used to find game for hunters, and are considered by gundog enthusiasts to be one of the finest breeds of its type; however, unlike most other pointing breeds, its purpose is to point, not retrieve game.

Funny thing about Snoopy is she was a yard dog, meaning she had a kennel at one end of the property. next to the gate and in the late evenings, just before dinner, my cousins or uncle would let her free to roam the yard. And we don’t know when but she developed a strange hobby – she would dig up some plants in the yard and then dig a hole elsewhere and then replant plant them! It was crude and messy but she always did it. We couldn’t stop laughing at this 4 legged gardener that has blossomed in the nights where she was probably bored by herself.

I will never forget that and how happy she was when her humans found her handiwork the next day. She had that proud look on her face. As if saying “I did that”!

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3 More Weird Laws In South Africa

1. In South Africa, there are several laws outlining permissible behavior between civilians and bears. This is odd considering that no bear has naturally lived in sub-Saharan Africa for the last 1.5 million years. The only bear species known to have inhabited this part of the world is the extinct ursid agriotherium africanum, according to Quora. One law states that in South Africa, people are prohibited from bringing bears to public or private beaches, according to Prezi.com. Bear wrestling is also illegal in the country, according to Nairaland.com.

2. South African youth are subject to some laws when it comes to physical contact while wearing bathing suits. In South Africa it’s illegal for young people in bathing suits to sit less than 12 inches apart, according to Exitzero.us.

3. South African marriage law recognizes three different types of marriages; civil marriages, customary marriages, which recognize polygamy, and civil unions, according to Mg.co.za. Some legislators are pushing for a law that would require a man’s first wife to consent to polygamous marriage.