Friday, December 2, 2011

bloodhound gang


One nugget that has stuck with me from Rachel Herz's The Scent of Desire is the idea that a dog could smell a single Hershey's Kiss in a city the size of Philadelphia. I love the specificity of that chocolate drop, imagining it lonely on some street corner, a dog hot on the chase. I also like the way it makes us think about dogs' powers of smell being so beyond what we could really conceive of. (We couldn't see candy in a city of any size, and we so often compare dogs' sense of smell to our sense of sight.)  


Tonight I came across the Congohounds, a project based in DR Congo's Virunga National Park. These beautiful bloodhounds are being trained to help sniff out human activity in the park; they'll help prevent gorilla poaching, as well as locate critically injured park rangers (at least 11 of whom have been killed in 2011 alone). When I last checked, the project had raised 0% of its $7,428 goal. (Edit: A closer look reveals they have raised closer to 12% of their goal, but the donation thermometer is malfunctioning).

I was lucky enough to visit the mountain gorillas (on the Rwandan side of Volcanoes National Park) this summer, and I was so moved by the relationship between the gorillas and the guides, many of whom are former poachers. Watching this video of Christian, a park ranger, and Sabrina, a bloodhound, I thought about the pure joy that animals can bring to our lives. This project aims to protect rangers' and gorillas' lives, provide meaningful employment, and help to invigorate Congo's tourism industry. All good and noble goals, but maybe you just want to give because you can't resist those sweet droopy bloodhound faces, or the light in their human partners' eyes.

13 comments:

Preets said...

Are you trying to kill me with this post?!? Aaaaah!

nosy girl said...

It actually did occur to me, while uploading the third dog & ranger duo (Joseph & Stella): Will Preets be able to handle this?

As a less emotional aside, I didn't know bloodhounds were so huge! I guess I've never seen one in real life.

Preets said...

They are so huge and so beautiful. Those faces. Those wrinkles. They look beyond wise, they look magical, like creatures from another dimension.

Britta said...

Oh man, it's a good thing I looked at this post alone, on a Sunday, in my office with plenty of tissues.

Ueen Q said...

20150608meiqing
oakley
chanel handbags
louis vuitton
burberry sale
michael kors handbags
tods outlet store
christian louboutin sale
prada
pandora charms
oakley sunglasses
coach factory outlet online
replica watches
oakley sunglasses wholesale
gucci shoes
michael kors
chi flat iron
michael kors
jordan 11 concord
red timberland boots
p90x workouts
ray ban outlet
coach outlet online
lebron shoes
cheap air max
ray ban sungalss
louis vuitton
michael kors bag
celine outlet
hollister co
prada uk

Gege Dai said...


15.07.21fangyanting
michael kors
cheap ray bans
michael kors handbags
cheap soccer jerseys
hollister kids
gucci borse
burberry outlet online
michael kors outlet
gucci sito ufficiale
cheap oakleys
true religion outlet
pandora jewelry outlet
gucci belt
ralph lauren femme
mcm bags
longchamp pliage pas cher
ed hardy clothing outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
air force pas cher
nike air max uk
replica watches rolex
louis vuitton sito ufficiale
michael kors outlet
ray ban outlet
coach factory outlet
football jerseys
pandora jewelry sale
polo outlet
michael kors uk
nike blazer pas cher
sac louis vuitton pas cher
ed hardy uk
louboutin
kate spade bags
oakley sunglasses outlet
pandora jewelry stores
tn pas cher
ray bans
oakley sunglasses cheap
true religion sale

dong dong said...

201597dongdong
michael kors outlet
sac longchamp pas cher
gucci
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
jordan concords
kobe shoes
pandora jewelry
michael kors
adidas uk
fake oakley sunglasses
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
jordan 4s
black timberland boots
tory burch sale
oakley sunglasses outlet
tod's shoes
michael kors outlet
nike sb shoes
michael kors outlet online
polo ralph lauren
louis vuitton outlet
copy watches
jordan 3
coach factory outlet
toms shoes
jrodan retro
michael kors outlet online
hollister clothing
nike trainers
gucci outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet online

陈晓 said...

crx123
p90x workout ray-ban sunglasses za glasses online oakley sunglasses cheap nike free run 5.0 nike roshe ich ferragamo shoes asics thomas sabo uk swarovski tre?? tory burch sale air jordan 2015 nike free true religion jeans outlet odpowiedzialno?? polo ralph uggs michael kors bags cheap boots karn? baseball bats louis vuitton jordans for sale louboutin shoes lub nike store uggs tory burch sandals pandora jewellery australia cywiln?. jimmy choo shoes bottega veneta kate spade louis vuitton bags nike air max michael kors polo ralph michael kors purses moncler jackets sale oakley tommy hilfiger outlet stores nike outlet store eyeglasses frames designer bags juicy couture outlet longchamp handbags pandora ralph lauren uk gucci outlet mcm handbags burberry oakley

小 Gg said...

ray ban sunglasses,ray ban sunglasses outlet,ray ban,rayban,ray bans,ray ban outlet,ray-ban,raybans,ray ban wayfarer,ray-ban sunglasses,raybans.com,rayban sunglasses,cheap ray ban
mizuno shoes
cheap ray ban sunglasses
prada handbags
cheap uggs
coach outlet store online,coach outlet store,coach outlet
air force one shoes
nike air max
longchamp outlet online
football shirts uk,soccer jerseys uk,cheap soccer jerseys uk
coach outlet online
hollister,hollister canada,abercrombie and fitch,abercrombie,abercrombie fitch,abercrombie kids,a&f
cyber monday
nba jerseys wholesale
iphone cases
asics
cheap jordans
coach outlet
qqq1028

xumeiqing said...

20160907meiqing
ugg boots
oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
hermes outlet
ed hardy outlet
the north face
ray ban sunglasses
abercrombie and fitch
burberry outlet
nike air max sale
tiffany and co
cheap oakleys
birkenstock sandals
burberry outlet online
ugg boots
louis vuitton outlet
burberry sale
christian louboutin outlet
cheap ugg boots
michael kors outlet clearance
ugg outlet
nfl jerseys wholesale
birkenstock sandals
ghd flat iron
oakley sunglasses outlet
ugg boots on sale
coach outlet
moncler jackets
louis vuitton factory
ugg australia
true religion jeans
louboutin pas cher
louis vuitton factory outlet
canada goose
ugg outlet
cheap ugg sale

Gege Dai said...

ugg boots
cheap oakley sunglasses
adidas outlet store
michael kors outlet clearance
coach outlet
coach factory outlet
tiffany outlet
toms shoes
swarovski crystal
ralph lauren outlet
20170121lck

raybanoutlet001 said...

cheap michael kors handbags
michael kors handbags outlet
michael kors outlet
browns jerseys
under armour shoes
nike blazer
birkenstock sandals
los angeles lakers jerseys
philadelphia eagles jerseys
ed hardy outlet

GIL BERT said...

replica watches
ugg outlet
coach factory outlet
cheap nike shoes
coach outlet store
true religion outlet
patriots jerseys
coach handbags
broncos jerseys
cheap oakley sunglasses

Post a Comment