Vocablet of the Day: Appoint

When you think of a police dog, you probably picture a German Shepherd or other big, powerful canine, right?  Then this new member of a Japanese police department may surprise you!

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Though he may be an unusual choice, the chihuahua that was selected for a job or role on a disaster squad is fully trained and up for the task.

Big things sometimes come in small (and very cute) packages.

Some police dogs need to be large and strong to take down criminals.  Others need special training to sniff out drugs or bombs.  This little chihuahua may not be overpowering any dangerous people, but he’s smart and capable of the job he was appointed to do.

I appointed my pet cat to the position of “Vice President in Charge of Naps” in my house.  What other jobs can animals be appointed to do?

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Vocablet of the Day: Confide in

When you need someone to talk to, you might turn to your best friend.  Who cares if that friend isn’t human?

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Animal friends are always supportive and never judgmental, making them the perfect listeners to tell about a private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others.

Pet owners know that a loving animal companion can make hard times easier to bear.  As an added benefit, when you confide in a friendly dog, you know your secrets will never be revealed!

It may seem silly to confide in an animal who doesn’t understand your words, but those who work with therapy dogs know that talking through problems is helpful, even if the “person” you’re talking to can’t talk back.  Do you confide in your pets?

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Vocablet of the Day: Relieve

Dogs have been called “man’s best friend.”  Their loyalty, playfulness, and love can help us to relax after a busy day.  But what if your furry best friend was illegal?

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The crazy modern world we live in puts a lot of pressure on people.  But in China, changing laws mean a new way to end or lessen something unpleasant such as pain or tension: pet dogs.

Doggie jail? Not anymore!

Having a dog as a pet was illegal for a long time in China, but not anymore.  Now, more and more people are learning that the faithful companionship of a dog can be a great way to relieve the stress and anxiety of daily life.

Do you have a pet that helps to relieve you of bad feelings?  What other methods are good for relieving stress?

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Vocablet of the Day: Outfoxed

All animals have the instinct to fight for their lives, even in the most unexpected ways.

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In an ironic twist, a hunter was beaten by cleverness or trickery by the very animal he was trying to kill.

This little guy may look cute, but try to hurt him and you could find yourself in big trouble!

The hunter was outfoxed by, yes, a fox.  The fox was wounded, and when the hunter tried to grapple with it, the fox managed to pull the trigger on the hunter’s gun, shooting him.  The prey outfoxed the predator!

The outfoxed-Hunting Accident Vocablet highlights a strange but true story about an unfortunate man who was shot by the fox he had formerly wounded.

Do you know of another story where a human was outfoxed by an animal? Share it!

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Vocablet of the Day: Insulation

Ever wonder how a polar bear stays warm in Arctic temperatures?

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A polar bear’s fur is key to its survival, because it is a material that prevents or reduces the passage of heat.

Like a big, fluffy winter jacket, each individual hair provides insulation for the bear against its bitterly cold environment.  The only spots without insulation are the bear’s eyes and nose, which it covers with its paws to keep warm:

The insulation-Polar Bear snippet highlights the remarkable fur coat that keeps polar bears from freezing in their Arctic environment.  The hollow hairs trap heat next to the bears’ bodies, providing insulation against the cold.

Humans don’t have fur — what kind of insulation do we use to keep ourselves warm?

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Vocablet of the Day: Deterrent

Say hello to a creature that you definitely don’t want to encounter when it’s angry!

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If you’ve ever smelled skunk spray, you know that it works well as something that discourages acting or proceeding.

Other animals understand the deterrent of a skunk’s awful spray too — like this dog who prefers to sit by while a skunk steals his dinner rather than risk the skunk’s wrath:

The deterrent-Skunk Vocablet highlights the effective — and noxious — protective system that skunks employ when threatened or scared.  Even if you didn’t already know about the skunk’s reputation, the powerful deterrent of that chemical spray would send you running as soon as you caught a whiff.

Have you ever been “skunked”?  Or is the skunk’s threat enough of a deterrent to keep you safely far away from them?

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