Friday, May 30, 2008

My Dog Ben!

This speech is about my dog Ben. Have you ever lost a pet? Well I have. Ben was my 14 year old boxer dog which sadly we had to put down on Thursday the 5th of July 2007. He was all brown except for the fluffy white patch on his neck. One of the reasons we put him down was because he was so dependent on us because he needed help to walk, (not to mention he was deaf also) .He was a jolly little guy but sadly he had hip dysplasia and had had multiple tumours and finally he didn’t have any control of his bladder. It sounds pretty sad and it was but we believe it was the right thing to do. He was a very comforting dog and had been in our family all my life. We also have another dog who gave Ben so much grief by growling at times at Ben and sometimes even trying to tear him apart. With his amazingly kind hearted nature he didn’t fight back, so we had to help Ben all the time. Every time we got a ball out for Ben to play with he would go running along to get it which made us think he was a puppy again. My grandparents also had 2 boxer dogs both didn’t make it past the age of 10 which is the average age for a boxer dog. When my sister and I were young we would play with Ben all the time and he would never mind. So we thought he had a pretty good life and had had fun all the time (except for when Flick, our other dog, was attacking Ben). What would you have done if your dog had all these problems? Would you put him down? But was it the right decision? It may not have been because you never know when your pet is going to pass away and some problems may have just been temporary. So what would you do in this situation? It’s really hard to make the decision but it has to be made. If you have been through a similar situation you would know how it felt. If you haven’t been through a similar situation and you have a pet then spend as much time with your pet as you can. Eventually your pet will pass away or the time will come for you to maybe have to put your pet down.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Charles Robert Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England.

Charles is famous for his theory of evolution.
From 1831 to 1836 Darwin was as naturalist aboard the H.M.S Beagle on a British science expedition around the world.In South America Darwin found fossils of extinct animals that are similar to modern species. On the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean he noticed a lot of the fossils that were found were of the same general type as those in South America.
On the expidition the scientist onboard the H.M.S Beagle traveled all over the world. Wherever they went Darwin studied animals and plants and collected specimens for further study.
"Upon his return to London Darwin conducted thorough research of his notes and specimens. Out of this study grew several related theories: one, evolution did occur; two, evolutionary change was gradual, requiring thousands to millions of years; three, the primary mechanism for evolution was a process called natural selection; and four, the millions of species alive today arose from a single original life form through a branching process called “speciation"."

Darwin's theory's changed many religious peoples beliefs. Writers used Darwin's theories to support their own theories about society.
His life ended sadly in 1882.

This is one of his famous lines “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection.”
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Volcanic Activity in Chile!

You may have seen the red sky's at night for the last few nights.
If you looked closely you would see it is too dusty to be the normal sky.
It is actually volcanic activity coming from Chile.

Humans on Earth

'In life we just have to wait and see what life throws at us
and then play it as well as we can.'
This saying is found in The Fourth Horseman.
By Kate Thompson.

Figure out how it is related to Cricket.