Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
Tales of WellBeing – Issue 5, June 2019
This issue of Tales of WellBeing first explores the human-animal relationship through the lens of the human-dog partnerships entrusted with providing human and animal security by detecting and removing landmines. The Marshall Legacy Institute has sponsored and trained many dogs and placed them across the world. The stories of the connection between human handlers and the demining dogs are remarkable and convey the strength of the bond that develops, even in cultures where dogs are not valued. Our second feature is a review of a recently published autobiography of one of our Global Ambassadors, Dr. Hemanta Mishra. We are very fortunate to be able to call on the experience and connections that Dr. Mishra and the other Global Ambassadors bring to WellBeing International.

Human-Animal Teams Producing a Safer World for Humans and Animals

Abrams, a demining dog in Afghanistan. (Photo: Marshall Legacy Institute)

Some of the strongest of these human-dog bonds are found among the human-dog pairs entrusted with providing security for humans and animals. Jaromir Jasipovic and Brenda, a human-dog demining team exemplified this bond, winning an award as the best demining team at the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) gala in Washington. Jaro arrived in Washington with a suitcase full of Brenda’s favorite food (and no extra clothes) because he feared he could not find the food in the United States. The bond was so strong that the Serbo-Croatian interpreter told the head of the MLI that she wished her “husband had as many loving things to say about me that Jaro had to say about Brenda!”.

On His Majesty’s Service

On His Majesty’s Service (2018)
Hemanta R. Mishra with Jim Ottaway Jr. Vajra Books, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Nepal is a relatively small country (94 th in total area – about 150,000 sqkm) but it has an extraordinarily diverse fauna and flora (one article claims over one hundred different ecosystems). This is not that hard to imagine when one learns that terrain in Nepal ranges from a tropical climate at 60 meters above sea- level to a snow-covered 8,848 meters above sea-level! Nepal has also earned distinction for its establishment of protected areas and for the effective monitoring and management of those areas. More than 23% of Nepal has been declared protected areas encompassing twelve national parks, one wildlife reserve, one hunting reserve and six conservation areas. Each national park is also surrounded by a buffer zone to facilitate human-wildlife coexistence where local communities are remarkably tolerant of wildlife encroachment and conflict.

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