The Adventures of Lionheart, Temple Cat – Jackson Le Pew


Jackson has been getting a lot of attention lately – and not all positive. It is one of the great non partisan lessons of karma; creating unintended and negative consequences due to taking actions or speaking without reflection.

It was a beautiful Thanksgiving day. Temple dog Jackson was taking yoga students Danny and Emily on the hike up West Fork when he saw a black striped ground squirrel. Like most dogs, Jackson loves squirrels with all his heart and nothing is more fun than to chase them up trees. However this “squirrel” was digging at the base of a tree, minding its own business when Jackson charged it.
This was Jackson’s introduction to Skunk medicine.

Jackson doesn’t like baths and this was his third.

“As a totem animal Skunk medicine asks us to defend ourselves effectively, without causing further conflict. Interestingly, the skunk would prefer to be even less assertive. It takes over a week to reproduce its stinky juices after using them (their glands are only good for about 4 sprays). Ergo, the skunk is 100% sure it must spray before doing so as this defense tool is a commodity in the wild – not to be wasted on false alarms.


Unfairly maligned, a true pacifist

In recognizing this, we see the skunk is the ultimate pacifist, and by adopting its peace-loving ways we may obtain the carefree lifestyle this creature enjoys.
Carefree indeed, the skunk has very few predators because most of the animal kingdom recognize its tell-tale markings and know from wildlife scuttlebutt the skunk is not to be fooled with. As such, the skunk goes about its business with aplomb, and has an innocent quality that few wild creatures have the luxury of exhibiting.”1


Jackson himself wasn’t bothered by the smell. On the contrary, he was puzzled that his usual adoring audience didn’t want to be around him, why he was banished to the yard and why he had to have three baths. In fact I am not sure that he has connected the dots between trying to bite the skunk’s behind and becoming a persona non grata.

Now I am not making a case for the superiority of cat intelligence but…dogs don’t seem to learn as quickly in some areas. Like people…even famous ones …even presidents!



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