Thursday, July 30, 2009

Deep Thoughts from Guinness

It is Guinness here, resting in the ferns. Here is a story. We went to a place called Lone Pine Farms because the man and the woman who live there use to have Wolfhounds when they were young. They love Irish Wolfhounds very much and asked us to visit.
We do not know why the farm is called "Lone Pine" because there is thousands of Pine trees all lined up in huge rows like a giant maze.

And there were huge lawn. Hmmm... RUN??? Or.....

Rest. Yes, Rest I think. But then we found out these lawns are Landing Strips!

...and look what is in the garage! Saige and I would look great in this Plane with caps and goggles on, don't you think? Hahaha!
But the nice man said he was not allowed to ride this plane anymore because the last person who took it out crashed it in that big Pine Tree Forest. So the wife said if he flew the plane she would divorce him and now it just sits in the garage like a temptuous flirt.

Then our human asked to see the Hatchery ...and LOOK! They hatch thousands and thousands of eggs every night!

And these chicks just hatched. There are a hundred chicks in each container and look at all the hundreds of containers there are!

Then these little chicks are picked up by another farm and they are fed for 36 days. They are the food we get in the stores and restaurants...

It is all kind of sad,really. Or maybe it is not. Who is to say. It certainly brings your thoughts back to the food we eat, where it comes from, the cycle of life and the life other creatures give so that we may live, know what i mean?
I confess I am one of those dogs who like the illusion that meat comes automatically neatly packaged in styrofoam and plastic.. but I know it is an illusion and I do not express faux outrage at the idea that it doesn't.
Personally I think it would do people some good to get a little more up close and personal with the food they eat-I think modern living has allowed us to morally separate ourselves from what happens when meat is produced for our table. But alas, I have rambled on like the deep thinking dog that I am, and our human wants to get going... it is Wing Night at the pub afterall.


  1. Oh wow, what a cool place to visit!

    ((hugs)) your friends
    Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

  2. Well, Guinness, I agree with you mostly. Pretty little chicks who are hatched to eat for 36 days and then die for us is a very sad story. But I love to eat chicken. Aw, I dunno what to say or do now, but I am glad we could talk about this.


  3. Momma agrees with you that we should pay more attention to the food we eat and where it comes from.


  4. well I've never seen a real chicken...just the ones already in my supper. I sure do love to eat 'em though...but sad food may not be good food. Definately somthin to woof about.

  5. Herro Guinness (and Saige too!),

    You are indeed a deep thinking dogge. That place you went to is very beautiful, but very sad too. Chickens and pigs seem to have the worst time of it, don't they? I think most of us dogges and hoomans are very dis-connected from the origins of the food we eat. Then we don't think about the journey the food made before it got to us.

    smooches from my super cold wet nose,
    Mr Darcy

  6. Hi, Guinness and Saige!
    My mom says she prefers not to think where the food comes from!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. Our meat and eggs magically appear at the store and I won't believe anyone who tells me differently.

    Princess Eva

    p.s. How was Wing Night?

  8. Hi Guinness (and Saige!) - hmmm, our humans are veggies but we are not! You're right, our society does allow us to separate ourselves from the food we eat - oooh, it's too complicated for such young puppies like us so we're gonna take the easy route and stop thinking about it! And hey - yes! - we think you and Saige would look smashing dressed up like Biggles! Schnazuer snuggles - JD and Max.

  9. Hi Guys
    What a very cool place and a great story. We feel kinda bad about the chicks! We should certainly think about our food - you are right. The chicks are just adorable.
    We loved your pictures - we have big ferns like those in our woods and can disappear completely - that is good for us!
    We can't imagine a plane just sitting in the garage or should that be hanger!
    As you say it sounds a bit like the other woman - hard decisions - the plane or the wife!!!!You would both look amazing flying the plane - we can imagine you with the goggles!
    Great visit and really interesting place.
    love and kisses
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  10. Oooh, the chicks were sooooo cute!! I almost can't bear to think of how they're going to spend their next 36 days!

    My human says she agrees it is so sad that many human pups (and even their parents) these days forget where food really comes from - they think everything is just born wrapped in a plastic bag at the supermarket! :-) She thinks it would be good - and healtier - if people could try to go back to the "older, natural ways" and appreciate things our house, we only get free-range chicken, eggs and pork! :-)

    Honey the Great Dane

  11. We love the trees and the plane - the other stuff alot less - it has to be - cycle of life - but i like the butcher shop ready idea!!

    Woodrow Sweetie & MJ

  12. Food for thought. A very pretty place to visit.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  13. Oooooh. I love that picture of you in the not-really-lone pine/s. You look sooooo mysterious!

  14. Hi Wolfies,
    I've tagged you to play a game!
    Come and see....

    Mr Darcy

  15. Love the picture of you in the ferns and the one of you in the pines. Looks like a cool place to visit. Have a fun weekend.
    Ernie & Sasha

  16. That sure was a beautiful field and forest!

    All of those poor chicks. Our mom operated on the same premise as well. Then 10 years ago the route that she drove to work every day was near a Tyson chicken plant. She would frequently get stuck behind their transport chicken trucks. It was so sad seeing those chickens knowing their fate. It took her a long time before she could eat chicken again.

    Hope you guys are having lots of fun!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

  17. OH heavens, that does make one a bit sad, doesn't it.