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Friday, July 5, 2013

Sepia Saturday #184: Rabid Dogs and Sculptures

"On this day, July 6th,1885 Louis Pasteur successfully treated a boy with rabies vaccine. This plaque in Arbois is one side of a pillar dedicated to Pasteur and his achievements."  Little Nell

This week, our Sepia Saturday theme has to do with rabies.  And sculptures.  I don't know much about the horrific disease of rabies itself, except that it involves foaming of the mouth and fear of water and that if you get bit by an unknown dog you have to get a series painful shots in your stomach, just in case.  Oh, and that a rabid dog is just as dangerous dead as it is alive.  Except that you won't actually get bit by a dead rabid dog.

I am probably not the only person this week to think of Atticus Finch killing a rabid dog in the book and movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird".   The book was written by Harper Lee in 1960 and is one of my all-time favorite stories.  The movie is just like the book.  I have re-read and re-watched it many times.

Atticus (Gregory Peck) is quite handsome.  A quality man, inside and out.  As I searched for images and videos, I learned that the message behind this scene was that rabies=racism.  Atticus wanted both of these issues eliminated from society.  It was easier to kill one dog than to save one man though, as it turns out.

Here is a picture of the rabid, "mad" dog in the movie. His name was Tim Johnson, and he belonged to Mr. Harry Johnson, Scout and Jem's bus driver.  Tim doesn't look well, but I don't see any foaming of  the mouth.  Because some of you fellow Sepians were upset about the Cary-sitting-on-the back-of-the-donkey photo, I want to assure you that the poor dog above was not actually shot.  Apparently, they had something tied around his back legs when they pulled him to the ground in front of Boo Radley's house.

A three minute YouTube video shows this part of the movie.  You can skip the sexy-Pepsi ad if you want to; I did.  I am boycotting Beyonce ever since last years Superbowl performance. 

This concludes the rabies portion of this post.

Now we will go ahead with the sculpture part.  Back in 2010, when we had time to kill before our flight back to Portland, we visited the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  

The Witte Museum is very large, if you include all of the outbuildings and gardens (which we didn't have time to go through).  We walked around the outside of the grounds after touring the main exhibits though, and I took a few pictures.

I was quite impressed with the sculptures.
The statues below are "A Monument to Trail Drivers" and were made around 1925 by famous artist  John Gutzon De La Mothe Borglum.


And here is one of a mighty fine cactus.

Hope that you all have a super weekend.  We are going to clean the garage.

~ Kathy M.

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Wendy said...

Go Kathy Go! I enjoyed this post and your funny style. I'll see your cleaning garage and raise you power washing the dock. Could a weekend be more fun than what you and I are enjoying???

Deb Gould said...

Too hot in Maine to clean the garage OR powerwash the dock -- it's 94 on my back porch right now...but I just love the shots of the trailriders! Beautiful!

Jackie van Bergen said...

Good link to the rabies.
We are taking advantage of an unseasonably warm winter's day to clean our patio of all the builder's dust - renovations finished at last.
I'm not allowed to clean our garage - that's MAN-world!

Kristin said...

Another movie with a rabid dog was "Old Yeller".

Brett Payne said...

I thought that To Kill a Mockingbird was an excellent book, but I've not seen the film. Perhaps it's time to re-read the book and see the film for the first time.

KathyB. said...

Cleaning the garage, it must be a July thing . My husband & I just did that big job and even though it is so hot, an orderly garage just makes life easier and also allows me to park my car indoors, out of the HOT sun !

I always enjoy my visits here and your take on history and travel.

Kathy Morales said...

I enjoyed your post very much and think rewatching To Kill a Mockingbird might be a good way to spend a hot summer's day.

Postcardy said...

Rabies makes me think of the dog in the "Old Yeller" movie.

Little Nell said...

I have to confess that I've never seen the whole film; time to rectify that I think. Those are fine statues and I believe your cactus is a Prickly Pear, just like we have here.

Karen S. said...

Kathy this was great! My kind of interesting movie bound memory making fun! A blast of photos too, a great read!

Alan Burnett said...

I love the book but I have always avoided watching the film in case it might be disappointing. But your words and the clip you shared encourage me to give it a try.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Great post. How could it not be with Gregory Peck? As usual, you packed in a lot of terrific stuff.

Tattered and Lost said...

I just watched a PBS show about Rushmore the other night. I remember when I first saw it in person my first response was, "Yeah, it's big, but it's not THAT big." I was no impressed. Probably the only person to ever look at it and yawn.

And I'm sorry to say that everything I've ever seen on tv about Borglum leaves off his membership in the terrorist group the KKK.

barbara and nancy said...

I just saw To Kill a Mockingbird for the 100th time last week. Well maybe not 100, but a lot of times. I love it too. But this scene was so upsetting. That poor dog.

Mike Brubaker said...

It's surprising how many Sepians shave not seen the film of ToKillaMockingbird. It is perhaps the best American classic film. As to rabies, it's still about here in the Appalachians but is less common in dogs and more often found in raccons. Oddly it is never found in the British isles!

The statues are very Texan. How many other mules got that kind of monument?

Bob Scotney said...

A favourite book of mine, but I have not seen the film for years.
Very impressive sculptures Kathy, especially the first.

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