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Hey folks, it’s Wednesday

Also it’s a week since I got back from Comic-Con.

But enough about that, I found out before my trip to L.A. back in June about a protest outside the Orleans hotel in Vegas where Ringling Bros circus performed from June 13 to June 16.

Many groups such as PETA and Last Chance for Animals claim that circuses neglect their animals and use whips, metal rods and tazers to ‘train’ the elephants and big cats featured in the show. Some even refer to Ringling Bros as “The Saddest show on earth”.

Although Ringling has had issues in the past, the case about circuses mistreating their animals has been around for years.

Many animal rights groups feel that Circuses, parks like Seaworld and even zoos are doing animals more harm than good.

This I find very hard to believe, although some roadside zoos should probably be shut down if they are running without a license or go without inspections. I’ll say this without the conservation programs held in zoos many species such as the
Mongolian wild horse would eventually go extinct. Ringling Bros owns the largest herd of Asian elephants in captivity. Big Cat Rescue is also the home to many retired circus cats.

In one published article, it’s been stated many of the ‘undercover’ footage put out by various animal rights groups is actually fake or staged.

In India, circuses provided jobs for homeless and unprivileged teens. The Ring master of one of the country’s remaining circuses said they’ve had major cutbacks in recent years, one of which were their exotic animals due to… yes, animal rights groups. His first job was in the ticket booth when he was 17, later he worked with the clowns and worked his way up. Prior to that he was homeless, he said getting a job at the circus, he got meals and a place to stay.

When I was young, I had never really heard about circuses mistreating their animals, I just knew of the circus as being one of the best places to spend a Saturday afternoon.

A few months back, Ringling Bros, won a lawsuit against an animal rights group, when a former employee gave out information, breaching his contract with the circus.

Ringling Bros also offers backstage passes allowing certain people to view their animals before the show and find out how they are cared for.

When I went to the county fair in 2007 and 2009, two of the traveling shows featured tigers, who like the ones in Ringling Bros were trained to perform various tasks.

Prior to that, I also saw the Cirque du Soleil show, Cavalia which featured many beautiful horses. The horses are all cared for and trainers work hard to prepare them for show business.

Then it hit me, why not do a Cirque show with tigers? that’s when I came up with my own fictional circus Cirque du Tigress.

 

I thought it would be a great idea and came up with a backstory of it being founded back in the 19th century and how since then it became one of the biggest traveling circuses. However, despite the name, tigers are just one of the big cat species in the circus, others include cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions as well as other exotic animals and domestic animals such as horses and dogs. All animals begin training between two and six months of age usually doing small tasks and commands such as sit, lay down, roll over and standing on their hind legs. However they are trained using clickers and are rewarded with food. From six months onward they begin the next level of training from jumping through hoops to working with other animals. They also form friendships with their co-stars, trainers and handlers and are well cared for. In between shows, many of the big cats and other animals take breaks. There’s certain characters in the story such as Shakira, a young white tiger who enjoys when she and her co-stars are allowed to meet and interact with fans, young and old. Many of the exotic animals in the shows are acquired through zoos or hired via auditions.

The story focuses on how the animals handle being in the circus and life on the road among them is Leon, a white South African Lion who has to deal with Rollo(pronounced Rah-low) a Siberian tiger who is the star of Cirque du Tigress.

I’ve given this story some thought and plan to have the story published at some point but would like for it to be an animated mini series or made-for-tv movie. Right now, I’m still working on the characters and their backgrounds plus additional research.

Will post how things go…

See ya on Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

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Heatwave…


Hey folks,

Currently trying to recover after my air conditioner went out earlier today.

It has since been fixed… No sweat… well not anymore.

Stay tuned for an update later this week.

Plan to relax and cool off tomorrow with a slice of Cheesecake.

If anyone asks Tuesday is National Cheesecake day at Cheesecake factory.

Half off any slice.

Will post how things go.

See ya on Wednesday!

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Preview Night


Hey folks.

 

And.. it’s Wednesday. But not just any Wednesday, tonight is Preview night… the kick off event for Comic-Con.

I’ve pretty much got the more serious packing out of the way but still need to wrap things up.

Off to finish the job and get some much needed sleep.

See ya on Friday!

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Hit the Road!


Hey y’all.

 

It’s Monday and it’s also comic-con week.

Still working on getting ready for the long drive ahead, been both nervous and excited.

Off to wrap up any last minute things before hitting the road on Thursday.

 

See ya on Wednesday!

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Hi folks,

Well, I’m out of the woods… well, almost.

 

With a wild-fire burning in the mountain region west of me the smoke and air quality has been giving my sinuses a fit.

So I’m still not feeling the greatest but plan to keep working on my upcoming trip.

See ya on Monday!

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Hey y’all,

 

Still not feeling too good but I’m getting better.

 

Just got to take it one day at time.

 

The excessive heat last week didn’t make things any better.

 

Nonetheless, with comic-con kicking off next week, I plan to continue making preparations for the trip as soon as I’m feeling better. So stay tuned!

See ya on Friday!

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Hey folks

And it’s Monday again…

Well, if it’s not one thing it’s another…

Still not feeling too great.

So I’ll be on hiatus for the rest of the week.

Sorry about that.

See ya on Wednesday… I hope.

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