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These are some great stories that some pretty awesome folks and animals have done. These are very heartwarming and inspiring stories. These stories help show you that all things are possible with a little compassion when applying your self. They are all Heroes in my eyes.

Puppy Rescue 911, Inc.
I sell on E-Bay to help me with this website cost and help the animals I rescue and foster. I have made some great friends in doing so. I have meet a very nice women in Chester IL. They are a smaller rescue group that is always needed and here are some of the fur babies they have rescued. It is a joy to find fellow rescuers who are willing to help with a cause that is so great and rewarding. I love hearing success stories and like others to hear them as well. Here is the website to a group that is doing great things. They are my hero out there. Here are some of their rescues.  See if you can help them out too.

If you are interested in adopting a rescue kid, please download the PR911 Adoption Request, complete and save, then email it to puppyrescue911@yahoo.com. Thank you!   

A Father, a Daughter and a Dog--A true story by Catherine Moore.

"Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!" My dad yelled at me. "Can't you do anything right?" Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn't prepared for another battle. "I saw the car, Dad . Please don't yell at me when I'm driving. My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt. Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back.

At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts..... dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil. What could I do about him?

Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon. He had enjoyed being outdoors and had reveled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered grueling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess. The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn't lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him outside alone, straining to lift it. He became irritable whenever anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn't do something he had done as a younger man.

Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing. At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived. But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctor's orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults. The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone..

My husband, Dick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust. Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Dick. We began to bicker and argue. Alarmed, Dick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counseling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad's troubled mind.

But the months wore on and God was silent. Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it. The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered in vain. Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, "I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article.." I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had proved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog..

I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon.. After I filled out a questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odor of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs all jumped up, trying to reach me. I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down. It was a pointer, one of the dog world's aristocrats. But this was a caricature of the breed. Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of gray. His hip bones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwavering.

I pointed to the dog. "Can you tell me about him?" The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement. "He's a funny one. Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him. That was two weeks ago and we've heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow." He gestured helplessly. As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror. "You mean you're going to kill him?" "Ma'am," he said gently, "that's our policy. We don't have room for every unclaimed dog."

I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my decision. "I'll take him," I said. I drove home with the dog on the front seat beside me.. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front
porch... "Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad !" I said excitedly.

Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. "If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones. Keep it! I don't want it" Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.

Anger rose inside me. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples. "You'd better get used to him, Dad. He's staying!" Dad ignored me.. "Did you hear me, Dad ?" I screamed. At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate. We stood glaring at each other like duelists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp. He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him. Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw.

Dad's lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal. It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Dad named the pointer Cheyenne.

Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout. They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet. Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years. Dad's bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends.

Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne's cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bedroom at night. I woke Dick, put on my robe and ran into my father's room. Dad lay in his bed, his face serene. But his spirit had left quietly sometime during the night. Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad's bed.

I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Dick and I buried him near a favorite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad's peace of mind. The morning of Dad's funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church. The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had change d his life. And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13:2. "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." "I've often thanked God for sending that angel," he said.

For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article... Cheyenne's unexpected appearance at the animal shelter...his calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father...and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.

Life is too short for drama or petty things, so laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly. Live While You Are Alive. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time. And if you don't send this to at least 4 people, nobody cares. But do share this with someone. Lost time can never be found.

God answers our prayers in His
time........not ours..

South Carolina: Sick kitten becomes firehouse mascot after hunky firefighter adopted him and nursed him back to health

SOUTH CAROLINA -- A stray kitten has become an internet star after it was rescued by a hunky firefighter — and then went on to become the fire station's therapy cat. Flame, a ginger tabby, was malnourished and bedraggled when he wandered into Belmont Fire Department in Greenville, South Carolina in search of food.

Instead of sending the tiny animal back onto the streets, station engineer Jordan Lide, 26, took the little kitty in, fed it fried chicken, and nursed it back to health. Jordan rescued Flame when he crept into the five-acre yard surrounding the station around two years ago. 'We get some strays coming around, but most of the time they run off when they see us,' he said.

'We were decompressing in the evening when we heard a meow and I looked out into the grass and Flame was there,' he went on. 'He was really young and skinny and looked like he had barely eaten. He was timid and scared so I spent some time trying to gain his trust.' Jordan did finally manage to earn the trust of the kitten, who was just weeks old at the time, and from then on he was 'super friendly' — but still in need of some help.

'He looked as though he hadn't eaten so we raided the kitchen and found some fried chicken. He instantly ate every little piece,' said Jordan. 'The next morning we came out and he was still there. He was there every day after that.' Two years later, Flame, is a key member of the team, helping them unwind after mammoth 24-hour shifts. 'Flame is the most relaxed cat ever. He gravitates towards the guys,' said Jordan. 'When we go out he is right there in the bay, waiting. He helps everyone de-stress.'


Cute photos show the mischievous cat sleeping in, on, and beneath the fire engines. Sometimes he is dressed in uniform, and he is often seen playing with the firefighters. He even waits for them in the bay when they're called out to emergencies and offers them cuddles on their return.

'We get back and sit down to catch our breath and he comes and before you know it you are petting him and holding him and playing with him,' said Jordan. 'We are working long, stressful shifts and it is nice to take your mind off things,' he went on. 'All the guys here really take part in taking care of him. It gets your mind off the stresses of the job.'

The nine full-time firefighters and 50 plus volunteers all chip in to care for the station mascot — even the department chief. The team saved up to pay for his vaccinations and vet care, bought him a collar, and even got him his very own bed and scratching post, which sit in a corner of the staff room.
'He is very much part of the family,' Jordan said.

“Something Was Alive in That Bag”: How an Abandoned Dog Was Miraculously Saved

An abandoned puppy was miraculously rescued after a driver spotted a moving garbage bag by the side of the road. Malissa Sergent Lewis was driving to work along a quiet road on a blazing hot day in Harlan, Kentucky, on August 25, when she saw something strange on the ground. It was a black garbage bag, with its opening tied, and its contents appeared to be squirming around, catching the driver’s eye.

A strange sight: A Kentucky woman rescued an abandoned puppy after spotting it wiggling in a garbage bag by the side of the road

A strange sight: A Kentucky woman rescued an abandoned puppy after spotting it wiggling in a garbage bag by the side of the road

The right thing: Malissa Sergent Lewis spotted the bag while driving to work in her hometown of Harlan

The right thing: Malissa Sergent Lewis spotted the bag while driving to work in her hometown of Harlan. Speaking to The Dodo, Melissa said: ‘I saw this trash bag in the road, and I thought to myself, “Did I just see that bag move?” The closer I got, I realized it was moving. ‘I could hardly wrap my mind around that. Something was alive in that bag, and I just knew I had to get whatever it was out.’ As she pulled over to investigate, Malissa broke out her phone to film the strange sight. The heartbreaking clip shows the creature desperately trying to break free of the bag. When she finally tore open the bag, she was shocked to discover a small black and white puppy, who was just cruelly abandoned.

Big reveal: Malissa was shocked to discover an adorable puppy inside of the bag

Big reveal: Malissa was shocked to discover an adorable puppy inside of the bag

Lots of love: The dog was apparently happy to see her, wagging his tail as soon as she had opened the bag

Lots of love: The dog was apparently happy to see her, wagging his tail as soon as she had opened the bag. ‘As soon as I opened it up, and he saw light, he just started wagging his tail. He knew he was OK. I couldn’t believe it,’ she said. The dog was wearing a collar without any tags. Malissa had her son come get the dog to take him home before they took him off to the vet to make sure he was alright. She also took another video of the happy and healthy pup sitting in her lap, and later posted both clips on Facebook. ‘If this is your puppy, let me know. If you are the scoundrel who put it in a garbage bag and tossed it on the side of the road…..you’re a sicko,’ she wrote online.

All sorted: After taking him home, Malissa and her family took the dog to the vet, where he had his shots

Looking up: The family have named the pooch Hefty after the bag he was found in, and they plan to adopt him if no one comes forward

Looking up: The family have named the pooch Hefty after the bag he was found in, and they plan to adopt him if no one comes forward. Combined, the videos have been viewed more than two million times, with the post being shared around 20,000 times.

As the dog seemed looked after and wearing a collar, social media users mused over whether the pup had been stolen. Either way, the way he was left on the road was intentionally cruel, and authorities are said to be looking into the situation. After bringing the dog home, the Lewis family have named him Hefty, in reference to the bag he was found in. And, should no one come to claim the adorable dog, the family have vowed to take care of him.

Abandoned dog Libby is found with words 'free' and 'I need a home' scrawled on her with permanent marker

  • Shannon Bettencourt found the pooch dumped under a tree in Benicia, California on July 3
  • She said the dog, who she named Libby, came from a good home because it was well-behaved
  • Bettencourt and her fiance Chris Franco have applied to adopt Libby
  • Police are working to track down the pup's original owners

An abandoned dog was found shivering under a tree with the words 'free' and 'I need a home' scrawled on its head and body in black marker. The precious pooch was sitting alone on the side of a Benicia, California street on July 3 when passerby Shannon Bettencourt spotted her. The restaurant worker couldn't believe a dog in such good health would be dumped. 'She was scared, shaking, and kind of whimpering,' Bettencourt told NBC. 'I was heart broken, it was really sad. Nobody wants to see an animal like that ever.'

Heartbreaking: This abandoned dog was found with the words 'free' and 'I need a home' scrawled on it in permanent marker in downtown Benicia, California, last week.

Heartbreaking: This abandoned dog was found with the words 'free' and 'I need a home' scrawled on it in permanent marker in downtown Benicia, California, last week.

Devastating: Shannon Bettencourt just finished work in downtown Benicia, California, on July 3 when she saw the dog standing by a tree with the words 'I need a home' written on its head

Devastating: Shannon Bettencourt just finished work in downtown Benicia, California, on July 3 when she saw the dog standing by a tree with the words 'I need a home' written on its head

Worried that animal control officers would take the pup if she called police, Bettencourt took it home, 8 News NOW reported. After a night of bonding, she named the canine 'Libby' - short for Liberty as she found the pup the day before Fourth of July. '(The dog) was obviously well taken care of, you could have easily found a home for a dog like this if you really gave it half an effort,' Bettencourt's fiance, Christopher Franco, told NBC. The couple said they tried to track down the dog's owners through Facebook, without luck. 'The first night I let her sleep in the bed with me because I knew she needed something and she just slept on my stomach the whole night,' Bettencourt told NBC.

Chris Franco
Shannon Bettencourt

Kindhearted: California couple Christopher Franco (left with the dog) and Shannon Bettencourt (right) have named the found dog Libby and plan to adopt her

Well-trained: Shannon Bettencourt who found the abandoned dog (pictured) named her Libby and said she was well-mannered and liked to play with other dogs


Little Boy Sneaks Into Neighbor’s Garage to Hug Their Dog

Courtesy of Ginger Breaux

This might just be the cutest garage bandit you’ve ever seen. Little Josh Breaux of Pierre Part, Louisiana, was caught on his neighbor’s surveillance video quickly sneaking into their garage to give their pet dog a loving hug. The homeowner, Hollie Mallet, noticed the adorable encounter when scrolling through the security footage in early-May and posted the video to her Facebook page in hopes of identifying her pup’s newfound pal. The video now has nearly 2 million views. “We had an underground fence set up so my dog can roam freely so she just stays out, but doesn’t go in the road,” Mallet told ABC News. “We had noticed once or twice the little boy would stop at the end of the driveway and he would bring a ball and throw it to her.Courtesy of Ginger Breaux

One day, we were going through the footage and I told my husband, ‘You’ve got to see this,’ and he [Josh] came in and gave him a quick hug, and we wanted to find out who he was,” she recalled. “We live in small town so everyone pretty much knows everyone, but we don’t know all the neighborhood kids because we don’t have small children anymore.” It didn’t take long before Josh’s mother, Ginger Breaux, was alerted of the video, and commented to confirm it was indeed her sweet son. “Josh talks about your dog all the time!” Breaux wrote on the post. “Every time we pass he looks to see if she was sitting where he could see her. Just didn’t know he was doing things like this. Last night when I first saw it, I was torn as a momma being happy and upset because he knows he shouldn’t be on someone’s property, but I wake up this morning more happy that he just absolutely adores dogs so much.”

The Breaux family does not own a dog. Their family pet recently died, and they have yet to replace her. “We had our dog Bella since Josh was 2, but she passed away last year,” his mother explained in another post. “Things have been busy and Josh is active with after school activities so we have not jumped back into taking on the responsibility of starting all over again with a new pup quite yet. It will happen though!” Mallet is thrilled her beloved black Labrador, Dutchess, has been able to fill that void for 9-year-old Josh. “My dog is super friendly and loves to play,” Mallet said. “With my husband and I at work all day, it’s great for him to come and find her to play. Every day since, he’s been coming back and he’s been playing with her and it’s so fun to check the video at the end of the day to watch them.” When Mallet was home early from work last week, she finally had the opportunity to meet the little boy who had brought so many smiles to her and her husband, and now the entire internet. “He’s the sweetest little boy,” she said. “It’s a win-win. They both get a friend.”

Mallet and Breaux have just one word to describe this entire touching situation: Amazing. That’s the same word that’s been coming up,” Mallet said. “When we saw the views, and now that it’s almost 2 million, it’s surreal. It’s a positive story and I’m so glad I was able to capture it on camera. It is just pure innocence and we’re so glad to have made a friend.” A proud Breaux added of her son: “I’m so glad that it’s brought smiles to so many, and it truly captures just the kind of kid that he is.”

When This Man Found Out His Dog Was Dying, He Did the Most Amazing Thing for Him

There are many stories of the love that families have for their dogs, and the tearful final days that they inevitably spend together – but this family turned what was sad news into a bucket-list brigade of canine adventures. Indeed, where they went during this heartbreaking time was amazing. In December of 1999, New Yorkers Thomas Neil Rodriguez and his fiancée-at-the-time, now-wife Goumada went to an animal shelter and fell in love with an adorable little eight-week-old puppy. They named him Poh, and he immediately took to both their hearts. Poh lived with his loving family for 15 years but when his health started to decline Rodriguez took him to a veterinarian for a check-up. It wasn’t good; Poh’s body was starting to fail him.

In fact, Poh had two inoperable stomach tumors. The veterinarians were uncertain about just how much time he had left, and Poh’s parents started to prepare for the worst. “I would say sometime in February [2015] he started to get sicker. I travel quite a bit but we came back from one trip and he was doing really bad,” Rodriguez told ABC News in May of that year. He decided that Poh should have a chance to see more of the world, and his own experience traveling inspired him to carry out a bucket list for his ailing companion. “I would say sometime in February [2015] he started to get sicker. I travel quite a bit but we came back from one trip and he was doing really bad,” Rodriguez told ABC News in May of that year. He decided that Poh should have a chance to see more of the world, and his own experience traveling inspired him to carry out a bucket list for his ailing companion. My dad @djneilarmstrong [Rodriguez] decided to give me a bucket list trip across the good old US of A,” Poh’s Instagram account announced before their big trip. “I always wanted to take a dip in the Pacific Ocean, so dad and @goumada are going to bring me all the way.”

On March 6, 2015, Rodriguez and Goumada set out with Poh on their big bucket-list road trip that would take them on an epic cross-country adventure from the Atlantic to the Pacific. There was no time to lose, and though they didn’t know how long they had, the family was determined to make the most of their time together. Although Poh was living on borrowed time, the adventure proved to be bigger than any of the family expected. Certainly, they traveled 12,000 miles and visited 35 cities on their journey, seeing some amazing sights and visiting several historical national landmarks. The road trippers also took some time out to visit some famous locations from film and TV. There were plenty of photo opportunities, and the Instagram account dedicated to Poh’s bucket list – @pohthedogsbigadventure – saw a lot of support for the poor pooch. “We even stopped by Walter White’s house in New Mexico,” Rodriguez told ABC news. “We went to The Goonies’ house in Oregon. There was some dog parks to go to. In Austin we went to a great dog park where he actually swam. It was a little bit for him, a little bit for me.”

Poh’s Instagram account and the chronicling of his bucket-list adventure drew huge amounts of followers, reaching as many 124,000 in April 2016. His story touched many hearts and the family received massive outpouring of support from people all around the world.

I initially wanted to get him to the Pacific Ocean. I have always wanted him to swim,” Rodriguez explained. Poh did make his father’s dream come true and, after some initial confusion over what the cold-water beach was all about, he seemed to really enjoy it.

Poh and his family didn’t stop when they got to the Pacific, from San Diego they traveled north. The instagram account of their trip is full of pictures from along the way, and it includes a stop at the Washington monument, Disney World, and the Seattle Space Needle. Rodriguez could tell how much Poh enjoyed his big adventure. He said, “He loved it, it was so healing for him. It was like he was five years younger. He was walking with a lot of energy.” When Poh tired, Rodriguez would carry him on his back or in a  green buggy he bought the dog for extra convenience.

Poh even saw his daddy and mommy get married. “My life is kind of hectic. I’m always traveling, but Poh is my home, my child … I am super blessed that I have actually gotten to do this,” Rodriguez said. “People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me.” At one point during the trip Goumada took time to visit her parents in Japan, but Poh kept his spirits high, as though he were waiting for her return. It was only after she came back that Poh took a final turn for the worse. Having checked off most of all of their old dog’s bucket list, the couple made plans to have Poh put down on February 16. But before that final day they took one last trip together to Toronto – and on February 12, about a year after his original diagnosis, Poh passed away peacefully in his sleep next to his loving parents. His last act? To poop in his dad’s shoes. “I tell you this because I want you to smile,” Rodriguez wrote. Poh’s adventures touched the hearts of so many, and they continue to do so even after his passing. With the help of the Animal Medical Center, Poh’s parents have started a fund to help with the financial costs of elderly pets that need extra medical care and attention.

Rather than opting for euthanasia by default, the Rodriguez family implore dog owners to try and give their furry family members a better quality of life, for as long as they can. Rodriguez says his companion will live on through his final epic year. He wrote, “Although he is no longer here in physical form, you all have made his story and life immortal.”


Woman Can’t Decide Which Dogs To Save … So She Buys The Entire Shelter

Danielle Eden is no stranger to hell. She usually brings a few dogs back from there. As cofounder of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, she has visited countless animal shelters throughout the world. And often she would bring dogs in the most dire circumstances back to the rescue’s own rolling 50-acre property in King, Ontario. But she wasn’t prepared for what awaited her at a shelter she visited in Israel last January.


Every last dog was in desperate straits. “This is the worst shelter she had ever seen,” Clare Forndran, media director for Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, tells The Dodo. More than 250 dogs were squeezed into a space designed for just 70. Rats abounded. Many of the dogs had spent years there. Every bit of bread flung into a kennel was an invitation to brawl.

“Dogs were literally fighting over a loaf of bread,” Forndran says. “There were more rats than dogs.” Indeed, dead rats, mingled with live rats, who mingled with dogs who had been eking out an existence there for years. Once she surveyed this sordid scene, Eden couldn’t choose which dogs would have a chance at new lives in Canada. They were all living in abject misery.

Meet ‘The Wolf Gang’: Colorado animal lover and amazing man

An accountant who adopts disadvantaged animals as pets has become an internet sensation by posting photographs of his vast menagerie – nicknamed ‘the wolf gang’ – on social media. Steve Greig, from Denver, Colorado, currently owns 10 dogs, a pig named Bikini, a rabbit, two ducks and two chickens, pigeons, cats and a pond full of koi. His daily routine involves making 10 different breakfasts for his elderly pet dogs as well as returning home from work on his lunch break in order to feed them treats and let them run about.

Steve Greig, from Denver, poses for a photo on his couch with a handful of his adopted pet dogs

Steve Greig, from Denver, poses for a photo on his couch with a handful of his adopted pet dogs

Taking them for a walk can prove to be difficult. In the caption of this photograph, Mr Greig joked he should have been become an 'air traffic controller'

Taking them for a walk can prove to be difficult. In the caption of this photograph, Mr Greig joked he should have been become an ‘air traffic controller’

Among the pets adopted by Mr Greig is a pig named Bikini (right) and multiple dogs, cats and ducks

Despite the dogs' varying sizes and breeds, many of them are elderly and seem happy enough to be friends

Despite the dogs’ varying sizes and breeds, many of them are elderly and seem happy enough to be friends

Mr Greig's tiny pet chihuahua poses for a photograph inside a shoe rack hanging on the wall

Mr Greig’s tiny pet chihuahua poses for a photograph inside a shoe rack hanging on the wall

This photograph, taken while he was feeding horses, stated: 'Don't worry, they'll be fine. Englebert is driving'

Mr Greig has now explained to The Dodo how his love of animals was developed from a very early age. Raised with a lot of pets, he said his animal lover parents let him keep any animal he was capable of taking care of. He said: ‘Right now, I’m outside on my patio and it’s a beautiful day. Bikini’s laying in the yard and the dogs are all laying around the yard. ‘They just make it feel like home. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.’

One photograph on Mr Greig’s Instagram page – which has more than 460,000 followers – shows him wheeling Bikini through a car park in a trolley. Others show his pet rabbit cuddling up next to Bikini in a remarkably peaceful setting beside a fireplace. His decision to adopt as many disadvantaged animals came after the loss of a pet dog which affected him immensely. Months after the dog’s death, he realized he would feel better by doing something good that would not have occurred had his pet lived. It was then he adopted a chihuahua suffering a heart murmur and ‘four bad knees’ – and his hobby was born, he told The Dodo.

Perhaps the most unusual of the pet animals is Mr Greig's domesticated pig (pictured) named Bikini

Perhaps the most unusual of the pet animals is Mr Greig’s domesticated pig (pictured) named Bikini

He also enjoys dressing his menagerie of dogs up for special occasions such as the SuperBowl (pictured)

He also enjoys dressing his menagerie of dogs up for special occasions such as the SuperBowl (pictured)

In this photograph, Mr Greig joked that Bikini was going to break the stereotype of muddy pigs as his pets prepared to head to a farm

In this photograph, Mr Greig joked that Bikini was going to break the stereotype of muddy pigs as his pets prepared to head to a farm

Despite spending almost all his spare time caring for the animals, Mr Greig said seeing them cared for made his days 'worthwhile'

Despite spending almost all his spare time caring for the animals, Mr Greig said seeing them cared for made his days ‘worthwhile’

Meet Bella: See the video below.....

Have you met Bella, the baby goat yet? Watch this video and meet the adorable new kid on the block! https://www.facebook.com/animalplace/videos/10153714732168220/

Bella is daughter to Butterscotch, a goat found loose by a local shelter. She arrived to our adoption center pregnant, although we and our veterinarian did not know. Butterscotch is only a year old, which meant she was impregnated at 6-months-old, a baby herself. This is common practice on dairy farms.

We decided to intake Butterscotch and her baby Bella permanently at our Grass Valley sanctuary, where they can grow old together with fellow “foster failures” Lucas, Bob, and Gemini.

With compassion, Jan Galeazzi
Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch Manager

PS. If you are in California, check out our upcoming tour schedule and meet Bella at our Grass Valley sanctuary!

  On January 14, 2016, Brandon Turnbow from Burleson, Texas was out riding his Harley Davidson and had planned to meet his dad. The motorcyclist didn’t think he would to save, rescue and adopt a dog that day, but after witnessing a dog getting abused on the side of the highway, that’s just what this man ended up doing.

Turnbow was riding on Highway 171 near Cresson, Texas, when something odd caught his eye.  “I was riding out an saw a vehicle pulled over on 171 with a worthless piece of crap beating an innocent little white dog,” posted Turnbow on Facebook. “I watched in my rear view and saw this guy throw the dog into the air curbside and drive off.”  After the dog was abandoned, the hero rescuer went to check on the dog. Th pet was on the side of the highway, at risk of getting run over by other vehicles. Turnbow picked him up and quickly rode to catch up with the former abusive owner.

Photos Credit: Brandon Turnbow

“I went after the guy just to give him a number one sign. And I now have a Co pilot- Meet Mr. DAVIDSON,” he wrote on his Facebook post. Mr. Davidson is one lucky dog. He now enjoys a pampered life full of love. When he is not lounging on a comfortable dog bed, he is playing with Turnbow’s other dog named Harley, or inspiring his musically talented new owner to write songs.

Photos Credit: Brandon Turnbow

Thanks to Turnbow and his huge heart, Mr. Davidson now enjoys the good life.

The rescue experience inspired the motorcyclist/musician to write this song. You can listen here. See below.

This picture says it all Plus this is what compassion really looks like. Your my hero. Shame on the owner of this dog !!

I came across this great guy on Facebook who you can tell loves his job by the smile on his face. He is a dog trainer name John Frisch and he works at Better Life Dog Training in Michigan.  Dog training is so important to improve the relationship between you and your dog. If you have a good trainer, the dog will show you their full potential for all they can do. Judging by his class in the cold weather of Michigan shows folks believe in him and love their dogs.

Why is training a dog so important?

Dogs are a separate species from people and as such have their own special needs and natural instincts. They communicate differently than we humans do, and many of their normal behaviors are counter to our own. When we bring a dog or puppy into our homes and our lives we are asking them to change much of what is natural about their existence. We not only need to teach them how to fit in but also teach ourselves about their needs so that we can learn to accommodate them and adjust our expectations to make the best possible situation for both species; dog and human. If we do not take the time to train our dogs and educate ourselves we will both be frustrated and not nearly as happy as we could be.

Better Life Dog Training. We Make Pack Leaders For Life.

Better Life Dog Training serves Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding areas. We focus on educating clients in the PACK mentality. We provide a strong understanding of why dogs exhibit certain unwanted behaviors as well as the tools and skills needed to address them. This how we will help you to create a happy and balanced home for all involved.  Call me for an appointment. 586-549-8605.

See what they have to offer: http://www.betterlifedogtraining.com/

Loyal senior with the 'wagging tail' dumped on Christmas: A happy 'tale' to tell

It would have been hard to miss the "tale" of Toby, an 11-year-old tri-color German shepherd who thought he was going for a ride on Christmas Eve; "tail" wagging and thinking he was going in the car to have a fun adventure - perhaps at the park? It would have been even harder to miss the East Valley shelter volunteer's heartbreaking reaction as she watched Toby being led into the Los Angeles area shelter. "To watch this senior dog being led into the East Valley shelter, tail wagging, and to know he was getting dumped, shook me and an employee to the core," she said.

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"i've been rescued."

So why did the owner surrender Toby? He feared the growth on Toby's rear end would kill his dog on Christmas Day, however the staff members at the shelter suggested the owner take his dog to a veterinarian first for a diagnosis, and if by chance Toby had cancer that was affecting his quality of life, at least the dog's family could be there to comfort him if it was advised the dog should be euthanized. Toby's owner was even offered financial assistance if funds were the reason Toby couldn't be medically evaluated. Tragically, the owner declined; Toby felt the ultimate betrayal.

Just two days later, came the gift of life for Toby, as Leave No Paws Behind, a non profit rescue organization, specializing in seniors, came to his rescue. On Sunday afternoon, Toby took his ride to freedom; his first stop was at East Valley Veterinary Clinic and a visit with Dr. Mark Hohne DVM. "Tobi has arrived safely at the vets. Doc says he is such a sweetheart and so laid back! He also told me that tumor on his buttocks is a sebaceous cyst and very easily removed We will know more after his blood work tomorrow HOWEVER Doc tells us this old boy has some good time left in him! Happy New Year Tobi!" There you have it. Sharing saves lives, and Toby received the best present of all - a new and better life with the extended family of Leave No Paws Behind.

Drivers Stop Their Car to Rescue Dog Who Leads Them to a Surprise

In the middle of the busy highway we saw a female dog running totally confused between cars and trucks. The cars were passing very fast, so I screamed. My teammate Caki stopped the car and tried to get over to her slowly. She was so scared that she started to run away from him. Luckily he managed to chase her over to a widening, so I called on her while Caki went back to get the car. We had left it in the middle of the highway.

After a while, I didn’t even know what I was talking to her about anymore. I begged her to stay there with me. She looked at me obediently. Her eyes were sad and looked bad. She was full of scars. I cried with her. Her breasts were hanging to the floor.

Luckily we had some food in the car. When we gave her some food she ate very fast. It was hard to believe, she ate big cans of food. She was so puffed that we didn’t know if she was with puppies or if she had already had them. We also gave her some doggy crackers. She ate two, took the third in her mouth and started to walk away from us, back towards the highway. It was warm. The cracker (she was planning to give to her puppies) melted in her mouth. She swallowed it and continued going towards the road.

We realized that she had puppies waiting for her, since she was going back. I followed her on foot and Caki with the car. She didn’t run from me anymore. We walked on the edge of the highway together. My heart stopped every time a big truck or a car rushed by. I’ll never forget that. Even now, while I’m writing this, I start to cry.

trusting mother dog

We walked for about 1.5 kilometers. Just imagine how far she has walked to find food. Imagine how hungry she must have been. She kept turning around to see if I was still following her, like she was taking me to see her babies. We came to a hill and she started going up. There was only one house there, only one. We went to the house and she led me to a shed. I heard the puppies cry for their mother. I couldn’t see how many there were because the shed was filled with clutter.

pups closer

I decided to knock on the front door of the house and ask them about this little family. An older man opened the door and immediately got mad when I asked about them. I was already upset about this poor dog, so this was the last thing I needed. He told me he was planning to take them somewhere far away when his son came over with the car. He had already planned this for a very long time, but sadly for him and luckily for them, he didn’t have a car. I asked him to help me gather them up and I would take them with me. He was shocked. I asked him how many babies there were. He told me that she had originally given birth to five puppies, but three had died and only two survived. Poor Mimosa was wagging her tail when the owner of the house came towards her. Even though he didn’t love her, she still loved him.

His wife, being more humane then him, started to cry and told me she had been feeding them in secret from her husband. These poor lives. We first placed the puppies in a box, then the mother. She didn’t protest, she trusted me. I started to cry again. Thinking back, I think it was more from the shock.


 She Gave Me Kisses the Whole Way

The mommy gave me kisses the whole way. She’s now in a pension with her son and daughter, waiting for their forever homes. She’s great with people. When she’s outside with her babies at the pension, she growls at the other dogs that get too close to her babies, looking out for them. She is very kind. We are now struggling to keep them safe here until they get new homes. I rescue hundreds of animals like these all year long.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/drivers-stop-their-car-to-rescue-dog-who-leads-them-to-a-surprise.html#ixzz3wNbnnt83

Good Boy!: Jumpy The Dog Can Paint His Own Name

Heroes Save ‘Christmas’ the Blind Dog From a Well After 1 Month

In an astounding rescue caught on video, a pair of real-life superheroes bring a dog named Christmas up out of of a deep, dark well where he had been trapped for an entire month. Veteran rescuer Fahrudin Caki Bravo and his buddy Ratko Koblar drove hours across Bosnia when they heard about this dog whom nobody in the community had tried to save.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “This old, blind dog has spent the last month at the bottom of a well,” Fahrudin said. “We don’t know if he fell or if he was thrown down there. This poor animal is 100 % blind. And unfortunately, he’s experienced a horror story. So old and blind, he was walking across a huge field looking for food when he supposedly fell down a well that is eight meters deep. A man heard the dog whining from the bottom and many people were informed about this including local rescue teams, but no one wanted to go down the well.”

“I got into the car with some friends, got some rescue gear from a rescue group here in Sarajevo and headed for Bjeljina which is 200 km from where I live.” Fahrudin continued. “The well was about 8 meters deep and I could barely see the dog. Just imagine his pain, trying to get out of there. Kids who knew where he was occasionally threw down some food for him, but their parents didn’t react and no one tried to rescue him. They confirmed that he has been down there for a month. But I’ll do anything for an animal. Distance isn’t an issue. Christmas deserves the life of a king after everything he’s been through.”


It looks like Fahrudin’s wish has come true. He now reports that Christmas has found a wonderful home with some local animal lovers just in time for the holidays.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/heroes-save-christmas-the-blind-dog-from-a-well-after-1-month.html#ixzz3w7ACO1ME

This is why you really need to think before you give animals as pets. They are a commitment for he life of that animal.

Unwanted Christmas present puppy thrown away during raging storm

Thought to have been thrown away like old wrapping paper after Christmas, a seven-week-old adorable puppy is lucky to be alive after having been rescued by a good Samaritan in Flintshire, United Kingdom, reports the DailyPost.

On Wednesday, a terrible rain storm ravaged the area, with winds upwards of 55-miles-per-hour, when a stranger in the Flintshire village found the terrified, soaked puppy. He is so young that the staff at North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR) in Trelogan have not been able to determine his breed. Nicky Owen, a spokesperson for the rescue stated, “This poor little puppy arrived with us yesterday after being dumped outside someone’s house; it was obviously an unwanted Christmas puppy." Believed to be part spaniel or terrier, he is currently in foster care and will remain there until he is old enough to be available for adoption. On the organization's Facebook page, several people have already offered to give the little pooch a home.

The NCAR wants to remind people not to dump an unwanted pet outdoors or in a remote area. Please take them to a rescue organization where they can be safe and have the opportunity to be adopted by a loving family. Abandoning an animal is a crime; be a responsible pet owner and be the voice for those who cannot speak.

Follow the National Pet Rescue .http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue


Thank you Darius Sasnaukas..

Darius Sasnaukas would not stand by and let this abandoned, injured fawn die.
He nursed it back to health and looked for its mother.
An injured fawn was abandoned by its mother and sibling. A kind-hearted man took the baby deer into his home and saved its life.

See the clip below:

Owner dumps dog at shelter because 'she always wants to be by my side'

On Friday afternoon, at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Texas, a young frightened and bewildered dog was surrendered by her owner. According to a shelter volunteer, the man no longer wanted his dog because "she always wants to be by my side." With barely a hint of concern or remorse, the dog's owner signed the mandatory forms, unhooked her leash and walked out the door.

And though the shelter explained to the owner how surrendered dogs have no mandatory hold times and can be euthanized at any time depending on space at the shelter, the man just didn't care. "When I left she was back in intake anxiety ridden," explained Holly S*** who had witnessed the dog being surrendered to the shelter. Described as a Blue Heeler and Irish setter mix, Jubilee is approximately one-and-a-half-years-old, friendly and good with children.

UPDATE: On Saturday, Jubilee was adopted. In addition, two families who arrived at the shelter hoping to bring Jubilee home, ended up adopting two other dogs at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter - thus with all the shares and all the kind words, a few more deserving dogs are safe. Many thanks for the outpouring of support. Sharing saves lives.

At least that's the heartbreaking version of what happened to this 1-year-old dog, the story that traveled around the Internet, lightning-quick -- fast and moving enough that within a day, the shelter was flooded with adoption inquiries, and Jubilee had a brand new home with a loving family glad to have this velcro-like pup sticking close.

"It touched me. She loved so much," Samantha Fewox, Jubilee's new human mom, said to The Huffington Post. "I knew I was supposed to have her." Indeed as of Saturday, Jubilee has come to live with Fewox, another rescue dog named Abby, and Fewox's mother and teenage son -- who's already become Jubilee's favorite person, the one she hates being apart from. "She loves him," Fewox said. "She does stay right by your side."

Please share Jubilee's tragic story with friends, family and social media contacts. Here is a dog who loved her human, and she was rejected through no fault of her own. Sometimes animal advocates wish a dog could dump their owner; maybe a little justice could be served.

How a leap of faith saved a pig…and nine more lives.

October 23 2015 Piglets A (1 of 1)

For one pig, jumping from a flatbed truck traveling down the highway would be the best decision of her life. Drivers on Highway 50 near downtown Sacramento reported seeing the pig break free of her flimsy metal cage, leaping from the moving vehicle. Amazingly, the pig landed on grass and was left unharmed by the fall. Animal control officers wrangled the petrified pig and transported her to the dog and cat shelter. We wanted to save the pig, but by law the shelter had to give the “owner” time to reclaim her. And then came more news – as if leaping from a moving truck wasn’t stressful enough for this pig, she gave birth to 14 piglets! No wonder she was trying to escape!

Five piglets did not survive, but nine did…and the whole family needed safe haven fast! By this point, the pig and her brood remained unclaimed by any “owner” and we were free to rescue all ten pigs. Now it was our turn to take a leap of faith. We had already taken in several other animals and had limited space, but we knew we needed to help this pig (now named Rita) and her babies.  

We rushed to the shelter. Rita and her piglets were loaded up into our trailer (the piglets safely in a crate where mama could see them) and brought them back to our Grass Valley sanctuary. It took a few days for Rita to become comfortable with humans around her babies, but she is  warming up to her caregivers…especially when we bring her grapes and cantaloupe! The piglets are thriving under Rita’s gentle care. They enjoy special heat lamps at night and frolicking outside with mama during the day. Watching them grow, enjoy life — all under the watchful eye of their mom – is heartwarming.

It is unbelievable anyone could look at Rita or her babies and see “bacon” or “pork” instead of intelligent and sensitize individuals.
Right now, Rita is eating around 5 pounds of feed a day! And soon, the piglets will all need to be spayed and neutered as well as vaccinated and de-wormed. Your donation towards their care will help Rita and her piglets thrive!

We spay and neuter all of our rescued pigs for a few reasons. One, to prevent breeding and accidental litters. As cute as piglets are, we would be unable to save more lives if we allowed breeding to occur. Two, spaying female pigs greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer and uterine infections, common in intact pigs. And three, spaying and neutering reduces potentially aggressive behavior toward both other pigs and humans.


'Saddest Dog In The World' From Heartbreaking Viral Photo Finds Foster Home In Ontario Canada

This once-devastated pup just needed some support to come out of her shell. Lana the dog was adopted from Rescue Dogs Match, an Ontario, Canada, rescue group, when she was 5 and a half months old. Sadly, the adoption didn't work out and the pup's owners returned her to the group, according to The Dodo. The move left Lana feeling completely dejected."She just shut down," Dahlia Ayoub, volunteer dog program coordinator for RDM, told The Dodo. "It's almost like her world shut down."

According to the Dodo, Lana was returned after she snapped at the mother in her adoptive household. Because the family has children, they decided it was best for the kids' safety to return Lana to the rescue group. Since the photo went viral, however, Lana's life has had quite a turnaround. Brenda Dobranski, founder of RDM, told Today.com that scores of people have reached out to her group regarding the pooch.  "We've received over 3,000 emails [inquiring about] her," Dobranski said. A kind soul has also stepped up to foster Lana, and now, she's back to being as "happy as can be."  The pup is currently settling in nicely with her new foster mom. She's even gotten back in touch with her silly side. Seriously check out this delightful video of Lana splashing in a puddle.

Ayoub told The Huffington Post that the behavior Lana exhibited toward the family, which she described as "food guarding issues," stems from the conditions she endured shortly after her birth. Lana, who was born in Mexico, had to compete with her litter-mates for food.  "Fourteen pups -- two litters together -- were put in a cage and their mothers were in another cage," Ayoub explained. "The staff would let pups feed a few times a day from their moms but the moms didn't have much milk left so it was a struggle for the pups to get enough."

At the time that Lana was adopted, she wasn't exhibiting aggressive behavior. However, a Mighty Mutts Training Facebook post explained that the pooch's guarding issues surface when she's around unfamiliar people and animals. It also mentioned that the family who initially adopted Lana made every effort to make the situation work. In the end, Dobranski told Today.com, the choice was the correct one. "The family that returned her were responsible in returning her to [us]," Dobranski said. "They love her very much and want to see her in the right environment."

According to a Mighty Mutts Facebook post, Lana'll be staying in her foster home for the time being, and will be put on a strict training program with Mighty Mutts to correct her guarding behavior. With enough work, Lana will be ready for a forever home soon, according to a Mighty Mutts Facebook post, and she'll hopefully find the perfect household -- preferably one with one or two adults in the Ontario area who are experienced with pooches with guarding issues and do not have children.  


This is more about a dog getting out of a shelter and an ungrateful owner.

"Heartbreaking photo of a man holding his dog's paw through a pound cage prompts well-wishers to donate the $400 to free him after it was secretly posted on Facebook".. But he has threatened to sue Sanchez. Are you friggen kidding me !!

Story: This is the heartbreaking photo taken of a man weeping as he comforts his beloved dog through cage bars after he could not afford to have his pet released from the city pound.  Dave Thomas, from San Bernardino, California, was jailed for a few days for traffic violations on February 13 - leading to his dog Buzz Lightyear being impounded. After Mr Thomas was released from prison, he could not afford to pay the $400 fees required to have his two-year-old pit bull mix released from its cage at the shelter.

Best of friends: Dave Thomas, from San Bernardino, couldn't afford to have his impounded dog Buzz Lightyear released so sat and held his beloved pet's paw

By your side: Mr Thomas sat alongside his pet Buzz Lightyear but was not allowed to have his dog back because he could not pay $400 fees at the pound

Fortunately for Mr Thomas, 36, a photographer and animal lover Maria Sanchez was at the shelter at the same time. She snapped a picture of the man sitting on the ground and stroking the dog's paw through the metal bars and feeding him Cheetos. She told ABC: 'He was pouring water into his dog's water bowl, his dog sat there and licked up the water for about a minute, he sat down next to him and started weeping.'

Emotion: Mr Thomas, 36, was helped out by Good Samaritans including Maria Sanchez (left) who had him reunited with his dog Buzz Lightyear following a Facebook fundraising campaign

Emotion: Mr Thomas, 36, was helped out by Good Samaritans including Maria Sanchez (left) who he has repaid by threatening to sue her? Are you friggen kidding me !!. Maybe the dog should have gone to a more deserving loving home instead of this guy with this mentality. 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281480/Facebook-photo-man-holding-dogs-paw-pound-cage-prompts-400-donation-free-him.html#ixzz3qjFVdYWG

Woman Searches Jungle for Days to Rescue Wounded Elephant and Her Mother

In the Cambodian jungle, a young elephant named Kabu sinks under the weight of her mahout as she slowly hobbles along the path away from the logging camp and into a swell of thick trees. With two broken legs, Kabu will be expected to pull her loads today, just as she has every other day. But, it turns out, this will be no ordinary day. This is the day a woman has come for Kabu and she’s not about to leave empty handed. After a week’s worth of preparation and two full days spent searching the jungle, Lek Chailert has found what she was looking for. And the very first thing she does is to holler at the mahout to climb down off of Kabu’s back. “I started to yell at him to get off the elephant,”

Lek recounts from the sacred ground of her of breathtaking Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kabu was taken to the sanctuary by truck, with volunteers hand feeding her and cooling her with water throughout the long drive. Having never been in a truck before, and having such a strange experience, Kabu was beside herself with fear.
Kabu's new mahout treats here with gentleness and looks after her at the sanctuary.

Kabu’s new mahout treats here with gentleness and looks after her at the sanctuary.  “In her eyes there was fear. She must wonder, what will happen to me?” Lek said. But not only was Kabu rescued, but also her mother. The two have joined nearly three dozen other rescued elephants who live here under Lek’s watchful eyes.

elephant nanny kisses

lek walking

Lek was born in the small hill tribe village of Baan Lao, two hours north of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Her love for elephants began when her grandfather, a traditional healer, received a baby elephant as payment for saving a man’s life. Lek would spend many hours with her newfound friend, named Tongkum (Golden One), resulting in a passion that would shape the rest of her life, as well as the lives of others.

place of love

With a love and respect for her country’s national symbol, and the knowledge that they were becoming endangered, Lek formed the Save Elephant Foundation and began advocating for the rights and welfare of the Asian elephants in Thailand. In an industry steeped in tradition, advocating for positive change in the ways domestic and wild Asian elephants are treated has not been an easy battle. It’s difficult to conceive that this one woman is utterly transforming the lives of so many animals, but that’s exactly what she does for not only elephants, but also for hundreds of dogs and cows and other species who live at her sanctuary.

To learn more, visit the Save Elephant Foundation website or their Facebook page.http://www.saveelephant.org/

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/woman-searches-jungle-for-days-to-rescue-wounded-elephant-and-her-mother.html#ixzz3q9wjaiHC

Success Stories Meet our dogs and read the stories of their new lives with new families. 


Teddy has been here about 2.5 months already! Wow! We picked him up on 19 December, 2013. This has not been the best winter for an old dawg named Teddy. The ice and cold has been brutal. Teddy will supposedly be 9 years old in April, 2014. He was skin and bones, and had difficulty walking and even standing when he came to live with us. Food crazed and an attention hound, we had little idea what Teddy was like. For example, there are a LOT of cats that live here in the house, and we had no idea how Teddy interacted with the feline-type critters, or the 5 pound Chihuahua. Well, luckily he gets along just fine with everyone.

Teddy is doing great!! He is such a sweet dog, and so happy and excited about his food – but not a bad bone in him!!  The non-stop barking has subsided, the running off while outside no longer an issue, counter-surfing when he can but listens so well. I have never had a dog that actually ‘stays’ when told – it is amazing!  So the only thing left that we are working on is tearing up the beds, hoping it will stop at some point!!


My husband Charlie and I had recently lost our Great Dane/Airedale Terrier mix, Harper to cancer.   I knew that after Harper, Charlie and I had to have a Great Dane in our life from then on and so we hopped on our computer to find another great big baby to fill our home.  Charlie thankfully found Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue and we saw Ruby on the site and knew that she was our next Great Dane mix. 

Ruby was a nearly one year old, fawn colored Great Dane/Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix and had the look of a sweet, playful dog who would be incredibly happy living on our 10-acre farm.  We filled out the application and sent it right off to Betti hoping that she had not been scooped up by another family.  Betti got back to us right away, and after a house visit by Mary, we found out that we had been chosen to adopt Ruby!  We were thrilled and couldn’t wait to have Ruby bounding through our home and playing with my mom’s two dogs.  We packed up my mom’s two dogs and excitedly drove to Portland to meet up with Ruby, Betti and Mary.   Ruby was a perfect lady with my mom’s two male dogs (one is 4 and the other is 12) and was wonderfully playful and kind.  She immediately started flirting with Charlie and she’s still a Daddy’s girl- she can’t give him enough kisses every day! 

Ruby has been such a wonderful addition to our family- she has such an amazing personality and is so good with any new dog she meets- she just wants to run and play and is a true lover of life!  We go on walks near our house on a snowmobile trail through the woods and see lots of wildlife.  She is very funny with toads and turtles- very suspicious of them but also quite curious!  It is a hilarious sight to see this gentle giant get skittish and nervous around such small little creatures! 

My mom calls Ruby ‘The Gazelle’ because she bounds through the fields, snow or water like a giant, slightly awkward gazelle.  The other dogs can’t quite keep up when she starts her bounding, but they sure do try! 

Charlie and I are eternally grateful to Betti and the whole CMGDR team for all the hard work, dedication and love they put into caring for and finding homes for these amazing, loving gentle giants.  Thank you! 

Jessie & Charlie


For 16 years we had a chihuahua. I always said someday I would like a large dog. We got a great dane in December of 2011. A mismarked black who we named Phoebe. Phoebe is a loving, high energy, always happy girl. In November of 2012 my chihuahua passed away.

We decided Phoebe needed a friend. She had more energy than we could contain and is very friendly with all dogs. Daycare was becoming expensive. We searched for months for another dane that would be compatible with Phoebe and her zest for life.

After many months of searching with no luck, we came upon Coastal Maine Great Dane rescue and found Luke. A loving, gentle 5 month old male. He was given up, so we were told, by his previous owners after moving and no longer wanted him.

He came into our home and immediately bonded with our Phoebe. They get along like peas and carrots! They snuggle and play and have long walks together sniffing, romping, and looking for other friends to play with! Luke has been a fabulous addition to our family and the best playmate for Phoebe. We are so blessed to have had this opportunity to adopt such a special boy and welcome him into our home.

Bridget and David K.


Picture  I found Memphis, a 9-month-old Dane/St. Bernard mix in October 2011 while I was looking for a companion for my little terrier mix, Abbie. Abbie had been staying with my mother and her two dogs while I finished nursing school. Upon finishing school and getting a job, I was promised by my fiancé that we could get another dog and bring Abbie home after buying a house with a nice yard. Shortly after moving in I was ready to cash in my promise. The only debate was what kind of dog. Eric, my fiancé wanted a big dog. However, our dog Abbie is a little 20 pounder and the house conveniently came with a small dog doggie door. After much consideration, I decided, “ok, lets go big or go home!”

Having known a couple of Great Danes in the past, I knew that these were gentle goofy giants. I thought that this breed would serve as a great companion to Abbie, and would maybe balance out her feisty terrier energy. Upon meeting, Abbie was her typical snobby self and ignored Memphis. Memphis, on the other hand wanted to play, but was a little scared of little Abbie and her big attitude. He would try to engage Abbie, and then would quickly do figure eights between our legs. Watching these two figure each other out and develop a relationship was quite entertaining, and I was skeptical at first.

After a few weeks, the two became the odd couple. We now call Abbie, “mamma Abbie” as she puts the young pup in his place when he’s too rambunctious, and also stands over him while he lays in his bed cleaning his face and ears despite his groaning in protest.

Memphis is a typical giant goofball. He has become well known on facebook after posting several stories of his puppy antics and pictures. He is also well known to the neighbors that see me walking with a little dog on my left and a giant carrying a tree branch in his mouth on my right. Of course, there have been some things we had to get used to after bringing home our first Dane. For example, as we prepare his food Memphis sits pretty for us, but drools pretty too. After dinner I often forget about this puddle of drool he left and slip in it….every night.

Memphis quickly became a member of our family and I’m so glad I stumbled across Coastal Maine Great Dane rescue and am thankful for Betti’s dedication in helping and matching these dogs with their forever home.

To see the rest: http://www.coastalmainegreatdanerescue.com/success-stories.html

Why I don't like heartless BREEDERS: Rosie was going to be put down by her breeders because she was "less perfect".

Amputee Rescued from Bosnia Rescues 3-Legged Great Dane

(Above) Rosie as a Puppy.

When Maja Kazazic of Palm Harbor, Fla., was living in Bosnia years ago, she was severely injured by a bomb blast that killed all her friends. The 16-year-old’s left leg became infected and had to be amputated. To her surprise, she was rescued by a stranger and eventually came to the United States. Yesterday, Kazazic made a rescue of her own. The athlete, entrepreneur and motivational speaker adopted a three-legged Great Dane named Rosie.

Rosie, now 16 months old, was just a puppy when her mother stepped on her and broke her rear right leg. As with Kazazic, Rosie’s leg became infected and had to be partially amputated. Rosie’s breeder wanted her to be euthanized, but thanks to Kazazic, the Great Dane’s life was spared. “I felt this instant kinship because I have this affinity for things that are rescued,” Kazazic told FOX 13. “Being a rescued person myself, someone who should have died, it was really an instant connection.”

Kazazic found out about Rosie through the Hanger Clinic, which created her prosthetic leg as well as the prosthetic tail for Winter, the dolphin made famous in the heartwarming 2011 film, “Dolphin Tale” and its 2014 sequel, “Dolphin Tale 2.” * Rosie’s veterinarian contacted the Hanger Clinic after the dog’s leg was amputated. Clinician Peter DiPaolo told FOX 13 the vet knew about the prosthetic dolphin tail. “He asked, ‘Can you guys make a prosthetic leg for a dog?’ and I said, ‘Absolutely.' The personalities of the dolphin and dog were similar, DiPaolo said. “They were both kids when they first were fit, and we’re going to see her all along the way,” he told FOX 13. DiPaolo called Kazazic, who’d wanted a Great Dane since she was a young girl, and told her about Rosie. “He said, ‘You’ve got to meet Rosie, you guys would be perfect,’ and I said, ‘Who’s Rosie?,’” Kazazic told FOX 13. “He said, ‘She’s a Great Dane that wears a prosthetic leg.'”

Rosie 3-legged great dane and Maja Kazazic

To Read the rest: http://istilllovedogs.com/2015/09/amputee-rescued-from-bosnia-rescues-3-legged-great-dane/

A Dream Project - Hippotherapy

The Story

The hippotherapy centre and school of equitation was founded by two wonderful people, DANA and IULIAN. For almost 10 years, they try to insufflate to children who do not have the opportunity to get in touch with animals, to be near them and within nature. Every Sunday, their yard is animated by children, eager to get on horseback. Some children come here for pleasure, to forget a little of computers and of the routine from the city. Others come to treat through hippo-therapy their different affections.

The children who attend the equitation courses learn everything is to be learned about these animals maintenance, time when, a special and profound connection is created between them and animals. At the beginning, children learn essential things and only after they accustomed with the animal, they begin walks, accompanied by an instructor.
The equitation centre owns now four horses: ȘOIMUL, an Anglo-Arab, PINNOCHIO, a cross-bred of an Arab thorough-bred horse with Shetland, ZORRO, a cross-bred of "Huţul" with Shetland and TORNADO, a cross-bred colt of "Huţul" with Shetland.

Beside horses and ponies, DANA and IULIAN have also many dogs, cats, goats and rabbits. The work with animals isn't easy at all. In addition, this passion is very expensive.


Just wonderful...Abused Puppies Get Second Chances

Cooper, a pit bull puppy, was found abandoned near a vacant storefront and was taken to Riverside County Animal Services by a good Samaritan. The six month old puppy had severe injuries to his front legs inconsistent with being hit by a car. The unusual location of his injuries is suspicious of non-accidental injury - Cooper was abused. He will get rehabilitated and then onto a forever home to one of the people who helped him.

Another happy ending: When Christopher Robin was only a few months old, police found him tied up in a trash bag. He had been mutilated, starved and left to die. But today, he is happy, healthy and very loved by his new family.

See the videos below:

We think dogs don't grieve or have a sence of loss, think again..

Dog does something unexpected to a dead puppy. A dog found a dead puppy and does something totally unexpected.

See the video below:

Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate

Dog Treks 10 Miles in Freezing Cold to Find Beloved Mate

Ben, a 4 1/2-year-old mixed breed (above left), and Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix (above right), were two strays who met on the streets of Terre Haute, Indiana, and fell in love. (Yes, dogs can fall in love.) The pair was well known and cared for in the local community, but when Jade became pregnant last summer, the Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) brought them to their shelter.

The couple were initially kenneled together, but after Jade gave birth to six puppies, a THHS adoption counselor Kali Skinner took the mom and babies home to take care of them for eight weeks. She eventually found homes for all six puppies. Jade was timid, but a “very caring mother,” Skinner told the Tribune-Star.

The new mother and father were reunited back at the shelter until Courtney and Jason Lawler decided they wanted to adopt Ben, but not Jade. They decided that one pet was enough, partly because they have a 3-year-old son who can be quite a handful himself. They should have checked with Ben before separating him from his mate.

The Lawlers had Ben for about three weeks in December 2012. Just after Christmas, on Friday, December 28, while Jason Lawler was taking out the trash and talking on his cell, quick-pawed Ben seized his chance, raced out the door and kept running. And he didn’t look back.

He trekked the ten miles to the shelter in the bitter cold, arriving back there the following night to look for his love.

Dogs are awesome – if only all people were as loyal!

Read more and see the video: http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-treks-10-miles-in-freezing-cold-to-find-beloved-mate.html#ixzz3buZftQoG

This is what a responsible Animal Parent looks like when she posted her sweet bird on Craigslist listing it as "Free" to a good home. This is what should happen any time an animal is posted to Craigslist for free if you must find new home for your pet.

My wonderful friend Nannette Martin of
Purple Shoes Realty of Salem Oregon went to visit the home and spoke with the new parent before this bird went anywhere.

One of these birds goes with her daughter to college and the other is going to a wonderful new home.

Below is what the add said: (I think it is a quite clever too.)

Hello! Cha Cha here! (I'm the stunning guy on the right.)

I'm a male green cheek conure. I was DNA tested, so it's a for sure thing. My hatch date was January 1st, 2008, along with my sister Tango. Yes, we are quite the dancing duo! Seriously, we love to rock out. When you come to meet me, I will put on a little show for you. Gangnam Style is one of my favs. I literally have the moves. I also say my name, "Cha Cha" and sometimes I will say other things like "pretty bird," but I pretty much love the sound of my own name, don't you? We had a cockatiel who was my buddy for many years and I will make you think you have one of those too. But I'm not near as annoying about it as he was. He would just go on and on!

Tango and I came to live with our family the summer of 2008 after our first mama, who hatched us and hand raised, and spoon fed us, got sick and couldn't care for us anymore. The family that took us, had six kids at their house and we got lots of time out of our cage. But as time has passed, the kids have grown up and gone their own way. There is just one 17-year-old boy left, and I have to be honest. He is not my fav.

Birds in general can be persnickety about who they like. I like both male and female humans, but I don't bond with every human I meet. So this boy who is left home, is not my cup of seed. (Don't get me wrong... he's not a bad kid. My sister Tango loves him to pieces. I'm just not that into him.)

I really need more time out of my cage with someone I can be a companion with. I love to sit in the evenings and nuzzle your neck, and play with your hair, and poop on you. Yeah, I know... I'm a bird, what can I say. (Oh, yeah, I say, "Cha Cha.") You can hold me and groom my feathers on my head especially where I can't reach them myself. I love that...

I'm looking to be re-homed and come with my cage if you need it. I need to go to an experienced bird home... the right home. We can do a trial run to see if I will bond to you and your family. Oh, and no cats... Seriously, don't even respond if you have a cat. And if you have a dog, that dog has to be a bird dog... I mean NOT a bird dog... well, he has to have been raised with birds and know they are NOT on the menu. I have my limits. My family loves me but can't spend the time with me I deserve... I am pretty special after all.

I am a conure and I can be moody. The humans that are comfortable around me, and I'm comfortable with don't have much of a problem with me. But if you are scared of me and hesitate when you put your finger towards me, I will wonder what the heck you are scared of and I will get scared and I then transform from Cha Cha to Chomp Chomp.... LOL Yeah, I will bite you with my little hook beak.

If I get into a mood, just use a perch to get me back in my cage. Sometimes I can be cage territorial, but not as bad as my sister, she can be a real birdy b..... - yeah, fill that in if you want! LOL

But my humans that I'm close to, can hold me in their hands and I rarely to never bite them. They can hold me in their hands and trim my nails even. They can scritch me and groom me and I ride around on their shoulders with no problems at all. I will take baths in the sink, you can take me in the shower with you, or if I'm hard up for a bath, my water bowl is just fine.

I recently went to the vet for an ear infection and it is all clear now. At the vets, my owners discovered that I'm a little fatty boy. Yeah, I have to admit I love those safflower seeds. I eat too much seed and the vet would like me to have more fresh birdy salads and stuff like that. I love to sample what you're eating most of the time. And the vet said I should be changed to more of a pellet diet. He gave instructions on how to convert me to a healthier diet. I hope that my owners forget to give you that paperwork, because, well I love my seed blend.  I'm a pretty special boy, I really am. Even the vet was impressed with me. I was so friendly and he could pick me up and I didn't Chomp Chomp him.

My sister Tango is going to college with a daughter from the family.... I like her too, but I guess I didn't make the grade. She can only take one bird... I really love her too... but her studio apartment wont fit two bird cages. (Yes, I refuse to share a room with my sister. I'm so past that!)

Kudos to you Nannette for being a passionate responsible Pet Parent.

Donation puts ballistic vests around Washington County K-9s. I am proud this is in my state of Oregon.

A Washington County woman wanted to make sure the money from her late husband's trust went to a good cause, and she picked the K-9s that serve and protect the community as the recipient of a generous donation. The sheriff's office announced that each K-9 serving on the force has been outfitted with a ballistic vest.

The vests by Point Blank Body Armor are resistant to bullets and knives. They are also light and thin, and deputies said they are proven effective during high-risk deployments. Each vests costs $631 and comes with a five-year warranty. The purchases were made possible thanks to Washington County resident Donna Lane.

The sheriff's office said Lane made a donation from her late husband's trust, and the purchase of the vests was approved by the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation board for the Canine Unit. That unit currently consists of three tracking dogs - Chase, Oz and Radar - one narcotics detection K-9 - Tau - and three dual purpose teams - Stark, Taz and Tux.

The tracking dogs are trained to locate, follow and alert on fresh human scent, which includes suspects who have fled from crime scenes or who have barricaded themselves in a building or house. The K-9s are also trained to protect the handler and to keep a violent or dangerous person from escaping.K-9 teams are on-call 24 hours a day and they also participate in dozens of public demonstrations every year.

For more information, go to www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/FightingCrime/Patrols/canine-unit.cfm.


Thousands of international strays are finding a new home in Canada.. Barb Gard's story.

The lives of strays such as this one, in Gansu, China, are characterized by disease and starvation (Aly Song/Reuters)

His story begins in a phone booth—or, more accurately, under it. The puppy had pawed out a refuge from spring monsoons and lay mewling as shoppers in Mussoorie, a mountain town north of New Delhi, passed him by. The wails of stray dogs are part of India’s sonic wallpaper; an estimated 250,000 roam the streets of Delhi alone, yipping and howling amid the din of car horns and motorcycles. But after several days of listening to this one, a group of schoolboys decided they’d had enough. Wary of the animal’s fleas and mange, they gathered him into a section of newspaper and prepared to throw him over a nearby cliff.

Barb Gard was not a rescuer in those days. She’d come to Mussoorie in 2003 to teach a session at its famed international school for girls and was booked to fly home to B.C. in two days. But she’d heard the pup on her walks to the town’s open-air market, and now, with the life of one bedraggled canine hanging in the balance, she decided to act. Advancing on the boys, she held out her waterproof jacket and—ignoring their warnings that the dog was dirty—wrapped him up and spirited him away.

Ten years on, that dog sprawls on Gard’s bedsheets in Abbotsford, B.C., a portrait of health and tranquility. His name is Francis, after the patron saint of animals, and his life story is only slightly less remarkable than the Assisian friar’s. After 24 hours on an electrolyte-heavy formula, a de-worming, a de-fleaing and a battery of shots at a local vet clinic, he was tucked into a crate for a two-stop flight to Canada, with Gard as his escort. In Singapore, airline officials paged her to the tarmac to calm her screeching animal and contend with his diarrhea. “By the time we got to Vancouver,” she recalls, “he was screaming so loud, they waived the inspection fee.....

To read the res

See the video below...

A Chance for Rudy

  On a hot, 96-degree day in June, police in Fort Myers, Fla., were called to rescue a mom and her six pups from the cab of a U-Haul truck parked directly in the sun. As they rushed to cool the ogs down in their patrol vehicles, the fire department arrived to issue oxygen, and thankfully, all of them were saved.

The family spent the weekend in a quiet kennel at Animal Control before being taken in by Lee County Cell Dogs, a unique partnership between Lee County Domestic Animal Services, the Gulf Coast Humane Society, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and K-Nine Connections.

The program places homeless shelter dogs to be trained by carefully selected inmates who, through volunteer professional dog trainers, learn how to obedience train dogs during an intensive 8 to 12 week course. Upon graduation, the dogs are highly adoptable and possess obedience skills such as heel, sit, recall and stay. As fosters of the program, one by one, the puppy siblings were made available for adoption--all but Rudy.

As Rudy awaited adoption, it became clear he wasn't feeling so well. After a round of antibiotics, he showed no improvement, and began to have difficulty breathing. X-rays showed what looked to be pneumonia in his right lung, and a more aggressive course of antibiotics was started awaiting further test results.holiday wishes rudy 2.jpg

Even though Rudy didn't look great and had a hard time keeping up, he did his best to eat and play with his human friends. His puppy spirit was still intact when tests results showed he had a rare condition called congenital lobar emphysema. Rudy's right lung had never fully developed.

However, the community has stepped up to support animals like Rudy with the Animal Care Trust Fund. The fund provides money needed for special medical care cases like his, and thankfully, through the generous donations it receives, Rudy was able to get the surgery needed to remove the undeveloped portion of his lung.

Despite a rough start and back-to-back hardships, Rudy will now live a normal, healthy life and will be able to breath normally thanks to many generous folks in his community.


Dog Tied to a Tree for Shotgun Death, Now Licks Cheerios From Baby’s Fingers


April Hardin of Kentucky was five months pregnant with her first child when she was given the news that her 12-year-old German Shepard Osiris, whom she had rescued from an isolated backyard 10 years earlier, was now suffering from a fast moving form of lymphatic cancer. She pledged to to make his final weeks as full and happy as possible, wanting to devote all her time and energy to his care. Yet, sometimes we’re called upon to help during the most inconvenient times in our lives.

“About two weeks after receiving this news I was at work and one of my coworkers approached me and asked me if I could take a dog. I told her that I was sorry but I couldn’t help and she would need to call the animal control office in the county she lived in.”

A little voice in the back of my mind just wouldn’t be quiet.

“A week passed and I was again approached by her but this time she said she had called animal control in her county and they said there was nothing they could do,” April said. “This is common in the rural parts of Kentucky where I live. There are practically zero animal welfare laws and most people think the suffering of an animal on a neighbor’s property is none of their business. I told her again that I just couldn’t help and I was very sorry. Yet after she walked away, I couldn’t stop thinking about what she had said. I knew that she kept her own poor dogs in outdoor pens and bred them for profit, a situation that I strongly disapproved of but that animal control had told me was fine when I had called a few months earlier. So I realized that if she was concerned for the welfare of this dog, the situation must have been pretty serious.”

“So finally, I went to my coworker and told her we would take him.” April’s husband was not entirely happy to hear that she had gone ahead and promised to help a dog during this sad time in the household, but the two agreed they would simply foster the little one briefly.

He still had his milk teeth

“That weekend my coworker showed up at the prearranged time. I went out to meet what I thought was a 4 month old husky. To my surprise she handed me a small bundle of terrified cream-colored fur. I quickly surmised that this little dog was definitely not a husky but actually a small corgi mix and since he still had his milk teeth that he was no more than 2 months old. I mentioned this but she insisted he was a 4 month old husky.”

514559397 But perhaps what’s even more chilling than the fact that this dog was so young, was the fate that awaited him that day. You see, when April’s coworker went by to collect the dog, the family had already tied him to a tree in preparation to shoot him. “Unfortunately this is a way people sometimes get rid of unwanted animals in the extremely poor rural parts of our state,” April said. At first, the pup, now named Mr. Midgles, was afraid of the whole world. “He buried his little head against my chest,” April said. “It took half a box of treats and the rest of the day to get him to come inside.” But Mr. Midgles seemed to sense how sick Osiris was and he attached himself to him, following the older dog everywhere.

IMG_53685205346725“Mr. Midgles stayed as close to Osiris as he could until he passed away on New Years day 2014. We were all so sad to say goodbye to him, but Mr. Midgles comforted us all and relieved our grief with his sweet puppy antics.  I’m so glad that I changed my mind that day and decided not to let my grief stop me from saving a life. I can’t imagine our home without him! ”

Today Mr. Midgles is a busy boy around the house. “He’s extremely smart and he and my little girl have worked out a secret system by which she sneaks him her cheerios. He likes to lick her fingers and she just laughs and screams. It’s hilarious! I really think he’s actually her dog and as she gets older I imagine this will become more and more evident. They are little partners in crime.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-tied-to-a-tree-for-shotgun-death-now-licks-cheerios-from-babys-fingers.html#ixzz3Rr80EfV4

In Spain: 10-Year-Old Pig Experiences Freedom for First Time in His Life

  When we got an emergency call about a pig that had been abandoned and was in need of urgent help, we knew had to act fast. Abandoned and left for dead, when Harrison the pig was finally found, he was completely crippled and starving to death. From the look of the massive bite wound on his back leg, Harrison had obviously had a run in with a wild boar, and he was in desperate need of medical attention.

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Here at the sanctuary we weren’t quite ready for his arrival, but despite the elements pitting themselves against us, we managed to construct him a new house in the nick of time. After his long journey across Spain, he wobbled out of the van just as night was beginning to fall, and we guided him through the forest using apples and pears to get him safely and soundly into his house, where he would spend the night in a deep nest of straw before discovering his new home come morning. When he laid down in his soft bed, we told him tales of all the amazing things he could expect to find here and he slowly closed his one blue and one brown eye before drifting off to sleep.

Being the first “traditional farm pig” that we had welcomed to the sanctuary, all the other pigs were amazed at how big he was, but it didn’t stop them trying to have a nip at his legs and steal his food. After exploring his new surroundings and getting his snout muddy, Harrison was ready to head back to bed, but not before a belly rub. Hesitant at first as to what this whole belly rubbing thing was all about, it didn’t take long for him to realize that this just might be the loveliest thing he’s ever felt and he flopped over on his side in no time.


Although we can never know with 100% certainty what happened to Harrison before being abandoned, we are able to use our knowledge and experience of the agricultural industry along with telling signs from Harrison himself to garner a good guess as to what his life was most likely like before. Being 10 years old (most pigs used for meat are killed before they are 1 year old) and uncastrated (male pigs are usually castrated in the first two weeks of life), chances are Harrison was used as a breeding boar. Then when he was no longer wanted, he was abandoned and left to fend for himself.

Yuba California dog's long, lengthy journey will reunite her with Va. owner

YUBA COUNTY, CA - No one will probably ever know how a lost terrier got from her home in Virginia 2,700 miles away to Yuba County sometime in the last eight years. But the important thing is "Petunia" is going to be reunited with her Virginia owner.

The American Staffordshire terrier was found by an Oregon woman working with her dogs in the Spenceville Wildlife Area Wednesday, said Lt. Damon Gil with the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. The terrier appeared to be a stray so the woman, Meg Eden, took the dog with her that evening and brought her to the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter Thursday.

Gil said shelter staff checked the terrier for a microchip, which she had. The microchip information indicated the chip was implanted by the Chancellor Veterinarian Clinic in Virginia. Staff called the clinic which confirmed the chip was registered to an American Staffordshire terrier.

The Chancellor clinic contacted the terrier's owner who had the microchip implanted in the dog. The owner, Kristen Pruitt, of Virginia, confirmed her dog Petunia had gone missing for their family farm around Thanksgiving in 2003 and despite an extensive search, never found her, Gil said.

Yuba County shelter staff sent a photo of the dog in their possession to Pruitt who said she was sure the terrier was her long-lost Petunia.

Arrangements are being made to get Petunia back to Virginia.


This is from my dear sweet friend Sandra in
Minnesota and her rescue "Midge" the now Therapy Dog.

Midge came to us through a rescue called Happy Hound.  She was from North Carolina (age 4) and transported in a van to Minnesota. Minnesota is sometimes referred to as "pet hungry" because people here usually spay and neuter their pets, so rescues are often brought to MN from other states. We don't know her background at all, but she had several teeth pulled before she came to us.  Her favorite activities are walking, and smelling flowers, and working as a therapy dog in the nursing home. At this time, she is learning to ring the doorbell to go outside. She is 7 pounds. We are a retired couple with lots of time for her, which is good, because she pretty much thinks it is all about her All the time !!
Thank you Sandra for giving Midge a second chance at Love and a forever home. Midge in return, has given Sandra and other seniors a reason to smile.

Joan’s Last Wish: How Strangers Saved Christmas for a Dying Woman and Her Cat

Joan and Isis

Sixty-five-year-old Joan Price of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has only a few months to live. Price, who contracted hepatitis through a blood transfusion 40 years ago, suffers from cirrhosis of the liver. She is bedridden and cannot stand or walk without assistance. In November, after an unplanned hospital stay, Price checked into a hospice facility. She has made her peace with her failing health, but she went to the hospice with one lingering concern: She had no one to care for her beloved cat, Isis. It looked as though Price's last days would be filled with worry about Isis' future until the kindness of a stranger and a cat-loving Facebook community granted her final wish.

The Kindness of Strangers

Dorian Wagner was heartbroken to learn about Price’s situation. “I just wanted to help her," she says. "It touched me." Wagner immediately reached out to Price for more information. Once she had verified Price's story, Wagner sprang into action, posting a plea on Facebook. "I just got a sad email," Wagner wrote. "There is a woman named Joan in hospice who is dying, and more than anything else, her concern is for her 2½-year-old cat, Isis."

Wagner's online community immediately responded and offered to help Price and Isis. What began as a few interested friends soon ballooned to hundreds of people inquiring about what they could do, prompting Wagner to start a dedicated Facebook page to provide updates and organize assistance.

Wagner's first worry was taking care of Isis. “I wanted to get her out of that lonely apartment and around people,” she explains. This was easy: One of Wagner’s local friends, Leslie Wynne, agreed to foster the cat. And though Isis was initially nervous in her new home, she soon warmed up to Wynne — and won her foster parent's heart.

But Wynne's house wasn't the cat's final destination. The next step was to find a forever home for Isis. Wagner partnered with Good Karma Pet Rescue and reviewed applications, checked vet references and, finally, made a decision. A friend of a friend in Michigan was willing and able to give Isis a loving new home. Another Facebook friend, who works for an airline, offered to fly with Isis to Chicago, where they would meet the cat's new owner. It appeared things were working out for the sweet black cat and her loving owner.


Year in Review: Group helps dogs to live chain-free.. Fences for Fido here in Salem, Oregon

Michelle Blake, the Salem leader of Fences for Fido, makes an outreach visit to a home outside of West Salem Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The local group builds fences for dogs that live on chains.

Michelle Blake, the Salem leader of Fences for Fido, makes an outreach visit to a home outside of West Salem Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The local group builds fences for dogs that live on chains. / Kobbi R. Blair / Statesman Journal Written by Martha L. Allen

Bandit and his friends

The dogs were chained on four separate corners of the property, isolated from their owners as well as from each other. After a referral from Marion County Dog Control, the family contacted Fences For Fido and applied for a fence. "This was a perfect example of every service we can offer, that family needed," Blake said. The dogs were not spayed or neutered. Their houses were not adequate to protect them from the elements. Family members said Bandit, a young border collie, was too hyper to have close to the house so he was kept on a far corner of the property. "I said, 'This is why he is hyper,'" Blake said. She educated the family about dogs' need for social interaction. "'He sees you for two minutes a day when you bring his food. He goes crazy when he sees you because he's alone all the time.' "Once we explained, the people were perfectly happy to have all four dogs fenced next to the house. So not only did they get off chains, they got company. "That was a great one to watch. Those dogs have their own little dog park in their yard," Blake said.

Why bother?

Dogs kept on chains often become aggressive, studies show. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that biting dogs were more likely to be male, unneutered and chained. If multiple dogs are chained too close, their tethers can tangle. Chained apart, they are lonely. Dragging chains often knock over the water source. Chains also can wrap around trees or other objects, leaving the dogs unable to reach their shelter. In an Oregon winter, the constant pacing of paws turns their area to churned mud, which can lead to health problems for the dogs. And when their owners do come out to visit, leaping dogs desperate for contact leave muddy paw prints on clothes. So visits become fewer. Once the dogs have a fenced area to get some exercise, they are calmer. And owners are more likely to interact with them, perhaps tossing a ball in the enclosure. "The payoff to me is when we get to see the dog let go inside the fence you built," said volunteer Mike Newman. "They're so happy. So free. Who wouldn't want to see that on their weekend?"

It starts with an email. Someone — a neighbor, a passerby — concerned about the dogs. Or a referral from Marion County Dog Control. Perhaps an owner, overwhelmed by their situation. In the Mid-Valley, 55 dogs have been freed from chains since October 2009, and Michelle Blake has been involved with every one. Blake, a massage therapist who lives in southeast Salem, calls the volunteer work her "second full-time job." She is the Salem coordinator of Fences For Fido, a nonprofit group that builds fences and provides doghouses, spay and neuter surgery and other needs to liberate dogs that live on chains. The all-volunteer organization started in Portland in May 2009 and since then has built fences for 250 dogs in Oregon and southwest Washington. Blake, a longtime member of the Willamette Humane Society board of directors, knew the founders from previous work on animal cases. As the fledgling organization drew media attention — Fences for Fido won KGW's "Newsmaker of the Year" award in 2009 — people began contacting them. "I always have at least 10 dogs on my contact list," Blake said, adding that more volunteers are needed to help with outreach.

To read more from Statesmen Journal: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20111231/NEWS/112310309/1001

The First 3 Minutes Of This Had Me Crying. The Rest Made My Day. Wow.

Eldad and his staff at Hope for Paws got a call to rescue a dog who was living on the railroad tracks. Others tried to help the dog, but he would always run away.

Watch all the way to the end because you’ll see the puppy’s amazing transformation.  See the video below to warm your heart..


Why I am a Guardian


I put my computer on my desk and looked around my Intel office, what had been my place of work for the previous eight years. I could no longer deny it. My 12-week sabbatical had radically opened my eyes and my heart.

I loved my work in program management and worked hard at it. I joined the Tech boom at an exciting time when Silicon Valley was just starting up. For almost two decades, I had lived a Tech dream from starting a family software company with my Dad to working for Apple. When I began work for Intel my plan was to stay forever. But something changed. Carol Vista

Twelve months later, I took my badge off and walked into my supervisor’s office to hand it over. It was a cathartic act. I remembered my first love, before program management, biology. After graduating from Brown on the East Coast, I worked with the Student Conservation Association in the Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison, Colorado. 

Back then, I wanted to continue working in the field, but I wasn’t ready to return to school for an advanced degree. So I made different choices and pursued a different career path. That day that I walked out of the Intel building I couldn’t help but do a little dance knowing that I would devote myself to finding my heart’s work. Four months later, I had complete clarity about what was next; I joined WildEarth Guardians. 

Carol at the seaWhat happened on that 12-week sabbatical? I backpacked into San Pedro Parks wilderness in the Jemez mountains—alone for a week. I climbed Mount of the Holy Cross in Colorado with a friend who had never seen the Rockies and saw them through new eyes.

I would like to believe that as a 20-something working in the field in Curecanti National Recreation Area, and before that as a California girl in the 70’s stuffing envelopes for Jerry Brown and Pete McCloskey, for Committee for Green Foothills and Sierra Club, that I was already a Guardian. Admittedly, I did not take the shortest path, but I believe the longer journey prepared me better. It isn’t always easy, but I know without a doubt that every day at WildEarth Guardians, I am hugely satisfied by the work we do.

This day is a special day for many, and this season is meaningful to almost everyone as we reflect on the progress of one year and the possibility of the next. I am marking this moment in time to thank you for being part of an incredibly important, multi-generational movement to make the world a better place. Thank you for being a Guardian in whatever way you are able. It has been an incredible 25 years and the next 25 will be even better.


This is usually for humans but this bear is pretty terrific. You Absolutely Have To Watch This Heroic Bear Save A Drowning Crow.

At first the bear seems apathetic to the flailing, squawking crow in the water.

Pretty soon, though, he starts to check out the situation.

He suddenly gets his paws in there to help the crow!

He pulls the crow out by the wing and drags him to safety.

Then he’s all like, “OK where are my carrots?” OMG is he a vegetarian?

The crow is kinda lying there in shock like and then starts flailing around in utter disbelief.

Meanwhile, the bear is just casually eating carrots.

Crow still be like, “Um did a bear just save my ass?” blinking in shock.

In the end the bird was ok.

My friend Federica in Italy found this beauty and gave her a home where she is loved now.

(She is pictured with the person from Jesus Christ Supperstar play) I found her seven years ago during a trip with my students (I was a teacher: I taught Biology). We went to a lake not far from Torino (about 50 km) to study the lake's environment: as soon as we got off the train, she "SAID": miao. She was very little (now she weighs 8 kg), standing on a tree: She looked like a little owl. She followed us throughout the day. I asked many people if they had lost a cat  but they hadn't. I didn't want to take her with me but SHE HAD CHOSEN me. At the end of the trip I didn't know what to do  and I was very sad. The little cat yellow and black set in front of the train at the station. A student of mine, Gianluca, picked up the little cat and put her in my arms saying:" Take her, teacher!" When we went back home my husband wasn't very happy but Mietta is his fiancée now.

Homeless Man Walks 5 Miles Everyday to Visit Beloved Dog

Homeless Man Walks 5 Miles Everyday to Visit Beloved Dog

Dogs may be our best friends, but some of us know how to return the favor. Over in Wilmington, Delaware, a middle-aged man named Pete Buchmann and his dog, a 9-year-old Rottweiler-boxer mix named Buster, are an inseparable pair. Pete is not married, he has no children, and he doesn’t have any relatives nearby, but he does have Buster’s friendship. Their friendship was seriously tested when life made the duo part ways, but Pete refuses to let a little distance stand in his way, and now walks five miles everyday to visit Buster.

Pete and Buster’s Trying Test

As reported in Delaware Online, the test for Pete and Buster started back in July. Pete found himself with dwindling finances and without a home. He knew that he could no longer care for his best bud. As he tells Delaware Online: “When I couldn’t pay my rent any more, I moved across the street into the backyard of an empty house. I pitched a two-man tent, and it was kind of fun for about a week, but it wasn’t good for Buster.”

In his heart, Pete knew that this wasn’t a life for Buster, so he reached out to his local police department for help. They gave him the contact info for the Faithful Friends Animal Society, a local private, nonprofit animal welfare organization with a no-kill shelter. It wasn’t particularly easy reaching the no-kill shelter. His cell phone died on two occasions, and many people weren’t open to him charging his phone. The third time was the charm, and Pete’s phone lasted long enough for him to leave a message with information on where he and Buster were located.

Pete Walks Five Miles to See Buster Everyday

Lou Henderson, the manager of Faithful Friends Animal Society’s dog department, drove over to where Pete indicated to pick up Buster. The shelter also gave Pete some supplies to help him get by. Buster moved into his very own room at the shelter, but Pete had to stay behind, although Pete eventually found shelter at the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

Jane Pierantozzi, Faithful Friends Animal Society’s executive director, told Delaware Online, ”Since the financial crisis, so many people have had to give up their pets, and we have been able to place them, but Buster isn’t adoptable.” Buster has a lot of things working against him: he is an older dog, he has arthritis, and he is very protective of Pete.

Buster is also taking his new living arrangement like a champ. He’s enjoying the extra attention. Buster’s not letting his arthritis slow him down when he goes on his favorite walking route. He is also partial to an orange tennis ball. However, I suspect that the highlight of his day is spending a few precious hours with his guardian. Pete is sure that Buster knows that he hasn’t “deserted him.”

If you’d like to see Pete and Buster reunited for good rather than just getting daily visits with each other, you can help make that happen. For more information, contact Jane Pierantozzi at jane@faithfulfriends.us or (302) 427-8514, ext. 106.

Old soldier’s dog keeps his memory alive. He was a stray on the streets of Iraq. Dogs and cats have a hard life there of abuse and cruelty.


By day, Army Maj. Steven Hutchison — a Vietnam veteran who came out of retirement at age 59 to fight in Iraq was rough and tough, crusty and disagreeable, a man with little respect for the rules. He violated one of them nightly, sleeping with his arms wrapped around Laia, a stray yellow puppy he had taken in from the streets.

Hutchison died in May, killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his truck — the oldest soldier to die in the Iraq war. But Laia lives on. Laia was transported back to the U.S. by Operation Baghdad Pups, preserving not only the pup, but — as described in the Detroit Free Press yesterday — the memory of Army Maj. Steven Hutchison, as well.

“Whenever Laia was around,” Hutchison’s “demeanor and personality changed 1,000%,” Sgt. Andrew Hunt wrote in an e-mail to Hutchison’s family. “He was never without a smile; he was so much happier in life.” When a senior officer ordered Hutchison to get rid of the dog or face disciplinary action, Hutchison sent her into hiding with a friend at a far outpost on the border of Iran. The puppy broke free and ran away, returning one day to Hutchison’s base with a broken leg.

The day Hutchison was killed, Laia was spotted chained up outside a tent by Jerry Deaven, an employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Detroit. He was visiting Iraq to research terrorist funding. “What’s going to happen to her, now that the major is gone?” Deaven asked. A few members of Hutchison’s team said they wanted to take her, but they were getting redeployed. “If I didn’t take the dog, they would have had to put the dog down,” he said. 

Deaven contacted his wife, Colleen, at home in Brighton. She said she wanted Laia. Nine armed security officers drove from Baghdad to Basra, Iraq, to pick up Laia and two other dogs. The $6,000 two-day mission was by paid for by Operation Baghdad Pups, a program run through the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International.

“There may be some people who say, ‘You are wasting all that time and money and putting people’s lives in danger to go pick up a dog?’ ” said Terri Crisp, the program manager. “But these dogs are so much more. … They have gotten them through some incredibly tough things … A lot of the guys will say that when they go out on patrol, the closer they get back to base, they look forward to getting there, because the dog or cat is waiting for them.” Crisp flew from Kuwait to Baghdad to pick up Laia. They then flew from Baghdad to Kuwait, to Amsterdam and to Washington, D.C., and finally on to Detroit.

In early June, Colleen Deaven and her three children met Laia for the first time at Metro Airport. They took Laia to a vet who tried to fix her leg, but it never healed correctly and had to be amputated in July. About three weeks ago, Hutchison’s mother, Peggy Loving, visited Laia, according to the Free Press article. “He would have fallen in love with anything as long as it had four legs and a face,” Loving said. “He just loved dogs.”


Pet Scoop: Police Officer Saves Same Puppy Twice, NHL Players Pose With Pups in Calendar

Dec. 2, 2014: We've scoured the Web to find the best and most compelling animal stories, videos and photos. And it's all right here.

Early last month, Columbus, Ohio, police officer Rodger Nolan helped free a puppy from under the seat in a car where she was trapped after a bad accident. Just two weeks later, Nolan came to Camden’s rescue again. He spotted the 4-month-old Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull mix up for adoption on the web site for the Franklin County Dog Shelter, and went to visit her. “The folks there brought her into the visitation area and she came and sat on my feet the way she did the day of the accident,” Nolan told Indiana’s. That’s when Nolan and his wife decided to make Camden a part of their pack. They report that she’s getting along well with their two other dogs, Shea, a Great Dane, and Wrigley, a Boxer. —

Read it at the Huffington Post


Meet Otto: Little Victory, Big Smile

Posted September 5, 2013 by Whitney Calk

As activists, it’s easy to feel the weight of the world resting on our shoulders (and it kind of is!). Because of this, it’s so important that every now and then, we take a well-deserved mental break and celebrate the little victories—in this case, sweet little Otto’s.

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Meet Otto! Like countless other dogs in this country, Otto spent his life at the end of a chain in a backyard because of a family member’s allergies. One day, the little poodle somehow escaped and went missing for two whole months. By some miracle, the cutie managed to survive his time on the streets, but when he finally turned up, he was a mess.

After seeing his condition—his white fur was filthy and matted and several of his teeth were broken—his worried guardian contacted PETA because she couldn’t afford to have him treated and knew in her heart that Otto belonged indoors, as all dogs do.

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Otto at the vet after two months on the loose

Otto received medical care, including neutering, while his future was up in the air. That’s when PETA member extraordinaire Anna Ware swooped in and arranged for her wonderful friends Lauren and Caleb to make the eight-hour round-trip drive from Atlanta to Waycross, Georgia, to pick up Otto from the vet.

The moment that Otto laid eyes on his rescuers, it was like he knew they were there to take him somewhere special. (Lauren said that Otto’s tail wagged constantly during the trip, only stopping when he fell asleep!)

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Otto and Lauren headed to Atlanta Dog Spa

Lauren and Caleb took Otto straight to the Atlanta Dog Spa, where Otto received free room and board until a home could be found for him.

During his week-and-a-half stay there, Otto seemed to think that he really was on a spa vacation, playing endless games of fetch and chase with the other canine “clients,” especially his particular friend, a beagle named Sam, with whom he snuggled and napped. SO STINKIN’ CUTE!

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Just hanging out with his new friends at the Atlanta Dog Spa

Otto’s sweet spirit melted hearts every step along the way, so it’s no surprise that he quickly found a forever home with a woman and her young son, Caden. Now Otto and Caden are inseparable and sleep together every night. ❤

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Otto with his new two-legged best friend, Caden

All right, now everyone together: “Awwwwwwwwww!”

Otto’s sweet victory wouldn’t have been possible without help from PETA and a guardian who knew that her canine companion deserved better. So chin up, everyone! Together, we are making a difference. Just ask Otto!

If you ever find an animal who’s in danger (injured, ill, abused, lost, etc.), SPEAK UP!


She brought one special street dog with her to a spay & neuter event held near her town. This was HER dog – a 2 month-old puppy she named “Doggie.” Nayles found Doggie on the road by her house just a few days earlier. I wondered how this little girl and her puppy got here. And what I found out broke my heart, and healed it, too. 

Nayles’s innocent eyes have witnessed unimaginable suffering – day-after-day, street dogs pleading for a single bite of food and begging for a gentle touch from a kind hand. She’s seen dogs dying. She’s seen them die right in front of her. Street dogs lead a short and insufferable life. They are hit by cars, abused, or die of starvation and disease.

So when the adults in her town told her an “animal doctor” was coming, Nayles decided she would carry Doggie the many blocks from her home (all by herself) to make sure her puppy wasn’t sick like all the other animals she’d seen.

She didn’t know what “spay & neuter” meant or why hundreds of people were lined up for hours with dogs and cats to get them “fixed.” But what she saw amazed her. She saw humans caring for animals. What she saw on this day, and what she felt was pure and lasting – it was love.

Nayles and Doggie have already formed a remarkable bond. I’ve seen what this loving little girl will do to protect the puppy she cherishes. Nayles inspires me. We CAN and we MUST do even more to heal sick animals, to spay & neuter them, to support local (and underfunded) groups that do the heroic work of caring for and protecting the forgotten animals whose lives are at our mercy. 


He Does Yoga With His Horse. My Jaw Dropped At 1:51!

Oscar and Cristobal Scarpati are a father and son team that teach a method with which they tame horses at the Doma India Equestrian School in San Luis, Argentina. Their philosophy is that non-violent horse taming can develop a strong bond between man and horse.

Here’s a beautiful and breathtaking demonstration of horse yoga by Cristobal Scarpati. The video does not have subtitles, but you can still enjoy the video. :)

Credit: Dino Doemeknopielos

Wow! This man and his horse have a very special connection. If you enjoyed this video, SHARE it with others.

See the video: It is in Spanish but it needs no words to watch it..

Deformed Pups Left to Die in Grass, When Along Comes a Hero

Deformed Pups Left to Die in Grass, When Along Comes a Hero

I live in Puerto Rico, where weather is constantly changing and that day it decided it would rain all day. My little island does have a problem; we have a big population of stray dogs or what we call ‘satos’ or mutts and to help them takes time and money that nobody wants to provide. To add to that problem, some people prefer pure blood breeds and so there are even more dogs. I know of many responsible breeders, but that’s not the case with everyone out there.

Thanks to an irresponsible breeder, I found two puppies in need of my help. Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find an animal in need. I was just getting home when I saw the two puppies on my lawn; thank God I wasn’t driving because I would have jumped out of the car to get them.

They were white Chow Chow puppies, but it seems that the breeder didn’t know what he was doing and they were born with defects. One puppy was missing an eye and a front leg and the back leg didn’t work. The second one was just missing an eye and some skin problems. Not the prettiest puppies in the world, but they were alive, something that person didn’t even think about. If he couldn’t sell them, they might as well be left to die on a cold, rainy day.

So Many Mouths to Feed

I knew something was wrong the minute I saw them and began to worry how could I take care of them. At that time, I had three mouths to feed and adding two more was looking impossible. So I called everyone and posted the pictures on the internet and had luck with my veterinarian. That very same day, I went with the puppies to his house and he also inferred that the puppies were left to die because of their defects.

Sadly, the first puppy could not survive, but we had high hopes for the second. One costumer my veterinarian knew was experienced with Chows and was looking to add a new member to the family and he called her up. Of course she didn’t mind that the dog didn’t have an eye and she got it the very next day!

It’s been a couple of years since this occurred and I hope that the breeder has gone out of business. I’m glad that it was my house at which he choose to leave the dogs.

Flint – From Emaciated Stray to “Potato Dog”

Imagine driving down the street and seeing a dog in obviously desperate need of help; dirty, emaciated with ribs, hips and spine poking out, scuffed and scarred up, scared and in such sad shape that he’s practically oblivious to his surroundings just wandering down the street.  This is the beginning of Flint’s story, at least the only story that his rescuers know…

My fiancé left for work one morning, and not 5 minutes later I get a call from her. She came across this poor, obliviously unaware dog in the middle of the street, who almost got hit by one or two cars. She couldn’t seem to say no to this dog, and pulled aside to get his attention, just as another driver nearly hits him. She just really couldn’t let him end up dead, and honestly, I have no doubt he would have died had we not decided to help.

Now, this isn’t something we go around doing all the time. She just could NOT say no. So, we took him to my place nearby, and bathed of the hundreds of fleas that were on him. It took about 3 re-washes with flea killer shampoo. It was obvious he could use some food, so I bought a large can of dog food at a nearby convenient store and fed him. We took him to the vet to get a full examination and some meds for what he could take at that moment. He had heart worms, as well as two other types of worms (I forget exactly what, but one was rare, though treatable).

After meds, shots, pre-meds, fattening up a little, pre-heartworm treatment, slightly more fattening, full heartworm treatment, and much patience (and money), Flint made it through everything. Heartworm and ailment free, his entire shiny coat is fully grown, and he’s the most overbearingly loving potato of a pet that is our dog.

Ah Beautiful!  What a difference a month makes!


An angel waiting in the wings

Mary needed a miracle. Miss Kitty, her rescued cat, needed emergency care but Mary couldn’t afford the high cost of treatment. Mary was determined to find a way to save Miss Kitty. Luckily for her, an angel was waiting in the wings...

Five years ago, a stray tortoiseshell cat was abandoned in Mary’s neighborhood and started living under her neighbor’s carport. Her neighbor, an elderly man, felt compassion for the hungry cat and started feeding her. The arrangement worked for five long years until the man had to move into a nursing home, leaving the carport kitty to fend for herself during the harsh St. Louis winter.

Mary too felt compassion for the loyal outside cat and was determined to give her the protection and care she needed to live a comfortable life. Even though her husband was on disability and the family had a very small income, Mary resolved to give the kitty the care she deserved. “I did not have the heart to see the cat left to fend for herself,” says Mary. “She is extremely sweet and friendly, and loves people.” Mary took the cat into her home and named her “Miss Kitty,” and the once hungry tortoiseshell cat fit in perfectly with Mary’s other furry family members.

Mary sent in a RedRover Relief grant application for financial assistance and our case managers knew she needed special help right away. “The vet said she has to be hospitalized for at least a week to get her blood sugar under control,” Mary told us. “He said I need to start it immediately. If I don’t, she would need to be put to sleep and I just can’t do it. She has had such a hard life and for the first time in five years, she lives indoors, and is being treated with lots of love.”

When RedRover Relief case manager Laurel reviewed Miss Kitty’s application, she knew the well-loved tortoiseshell cat needed a miracle, and she needed it fast. “High blood sugar like Miss Kitty’s is very dangerous,” said Laurel. “We needed to get Miss Kitty the lifesaving treatment as soon as possible for her to have a chance at survival.”

Are you interested in being connected with pets in need and helping animals like Miss Kitty? Learn more about how you can become an On-Call Angel and play a special role in helping RedRover bring animals from crisis to care.

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Military War Dog Cila is home!

Thanks to the help of generous supporters of American Humane Association, I am thrilled to announce that after two years apart, military war heroes Cila and Sgt. Jason Bos were reunited last night at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport!

I urge you to watch a video of the touching reunion here, which was covered by This Week, Stars and Stripes, and many others nationwide. Once you see Cila jump for joy when she is greeted by Sgt. Bos, I'm sure your heart will melt just as mine did!

This wonderful reunion happened thanks to you and Mission K9 Rescue. This is why we do what we do at American Humane Association, and why we are so grateful for your support.

And here’s to a safe return home to all our brave American heroes abroad, of both the two- and four-legged kind!

With warm regards,

Dr. Robin Ganzert
President and CEO

Rescuer Must Move 200 Dogs While Recovering from Gunshot Wound

Still recovering from a gunshot blast to the chest, Warin Taphaothong would rather die than let the dogs go hungry. On the heels of yet another surgery to address deep infection, Warin is back at work. Today she wears a gentle smile and a light polka dot apron as she climbs onto her motorbike with a dozen magnificently large pots of food for the strays.

The wheels on the bike’s cart squeak and whistle under the weight of so much hot rice and chicken. Her sister Lem tries to stop the pots from tipping as the two disappear down the road. It won’t be long before the swarm of wagging tails emerge to greet them.

Last year, Warin was thrown to the ground by her brother-in-law Dom when she tried to protect her nephew from yet another beating. Enraged by her interference, Dom (who was a killer-for-hire) shot Warin in the chest. By some miracle the bullet veered away from Warin’s heart and instead went clear through her lung and into the ground below. Unconscious, Warin was rushed to a hospital in Bangkok while her brother-in-law began firing at the police who surrounded him. Dom took only a single bullet to the leg, but was never jailed.

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"I am still in pain of being shot down through my chest and it is a wonder that I did not die according to the doctors," Warin said. "According to my religion, it was my help to so many stray dogs that took care I did not die."

“It’s going to take 1,000 hands to heal this situation,” Harmony Fund Vice President Daria Justyn said. “I look at this tiny woman and I see giant. She has such purpose, such a profound impact on the animals around her. We can’t count the number of animals who have benefited from Warin’s care and now it’s up to us to come together to help her carry on. We must set up shelters, fencing, utilities and bring in all the supplies needed to care for the animals in their new location.”


"The dogs are fed a mix of rice chicken fish and dog food," Warin said. "It depends on money how much real dog food, chicken and fish I can put in. Sometimes I only can give them rice."

A parcel of land near the base of a mountain in a nearby area will become the new home to the sanctuary. It will have the capacity for electricity and city water, and Warin dares to dream of a proper kitchen to cook for the dogs. There is potential to create a sick bay for dogs who need to recover in isolation, and with no neighbors nearby, the dogs can be free to ‘speak’ as often as they’d like. This is one of three rescue centers in Thailand who are counting on the Harmony Fund for immediate aid. Those who wish to get involved may visit this page.


This poor baby was found and is now in good care. A slow death in the forest. But then saved by a wonderful women.


It was three in the morning. Someone sent me an urgent email and a picture.

A dog was trying to survive in the forest but she was loosing the battle. The person had given her a bag of food before leaving. She had no water. She barely had any hair. Her skin was full of scars. She must have lived in total agony for months.

All I could think of was that heartbreaking image…. All I could think of was finding her and make it all right for her. I had to go… there was no time to waste.

We searched for hours. She was nowhere to be found. At last, she was there…. hiding in the bushes.


The glaring sun showed us the extent of her injuries. It was heartbreaking… We have named her Sweetie, to reflect the beauty and kindness of her character.

We immediately put all our resources to work towards saving her life. The damage done by Mange on her skin is as terrible as the ravages of Leishmania and Erlichia on her insides…. She has anemia… her blood is thin as water.

But there is hope.  Update 12 of May… 

Little by little life starts to come back to a dog that everyone thought would die…

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P.S. After Sweetie is saved, she is going to need a wonderful family to call her own. Are you that family? Please write to me: viktor@myletsadopt.com


This women is doing great things.

Lillian and Suki are headed out to boot camp!
They will spend the next few weeks in training to give them a jump start on basic obedience and informal "pet therapy" type behaviors.
Lillian and Suki are headed out to boot camp!  They will spend the next few weeks in training to give them a jump start on basic obedience and informal "pet therapy" type behaviors.
These two are a part of our "Emma Rescue Reserves" program...
(learn more about that by joining our group page here:

Lillian and Suki (both special needs dogs) will be looking for permanent families interested in carrying out the Rescue Reserves mission in support of bridging the gap between the canine/human existence within our military community.



6 week old Ransom was discarded at 5 weeks old

6 week old Ransom was discarded at 5 weeks old when his breeders decided that he was nothing more than a liability. They stuffed him into a cardboard box and put him out with the trash.
We were contacted by a couple of animal advocates, to assist in providing the care and medical treatment that he requires.
Follow Ransom's progress on our Facebook page:


Do Dogs Have Guardian Angels?

John Travis-TuffIn early November, I noticed a skinny stray dog hanging around near an on ramp,  a medium-sized Beagle mix. The truckers who waited for the rest of their convoy coming from plant had been tossing him scraps, and a few concerned people who had also noticed him had been tossing food in an attempt to lure him to them, all to no avail. He was too skittish to be approached.

I took a 55-gallon barrel and some bedding, along with a daily delivery of dry food and clean water. He was living in the wooded, triangle-shaped area between the on and off ramps. As he became accustomed to my visits, he began to wait until I entered the tree line, and slip up behind me, watching from a distance and wagging his tail, but still waiting until I stepped away from his food before coming in for a taste. Over a week, he would eat with me sitting there, and was never food aggressive so I knew that he had potential… if I could just get him into the truck and off that highway.

One Thursday morning, he didn’t show up for our visit. None of the truckers had seen him. I went back that afternoon to try and find him. His food and water were untouched. I scouted the highway to see if he had been killed, but found no sign of him. Three trips the next day, and still no sign of him. I decided that if he hadn’t shown up by Saturday at noon, I’d go to the county shelter to see if he’d been picked up, and to let them know that he had people who wanted him so they wouldn’t kill him. The local shelter had a policy that obviously abandoned strays went to the front of the line.

He wasn’t there but a small, frightened male Collie was. A handsome, black Tricolor that had been tied to the door at the Humane Society’s front door. From his appearance, he had been stray for a time, and it was likely that someone had gotten a leash on him and brought him the shelter in the mistaken belief that they’d immediately take him in. They have very limited space there and because he was extremely fear aggressive, and wouldn’t let anybody approach him. They called an animal control officer to come and take him so that they could get into the building. As it turns out, I’d known the responding officer in the past, Ronnie, but hadn’t seen him for many years.

When I asked about the collie, the staff at the shelter told me that he hadn’t been there long, and was scheduled to take the last walk on Monday morning. He had been judged to be unadoptable because he’d tried to bite everybody who approached him. Vicious, they said. I knew that he was just scared to death, and asked them if I could have him if I could show that he wouldn’t bite. I asked them to let me in the cage with him which they initially refused, but when Ronnie discovered who was interested, knowing that I’d worked with dogs in the past, he convinced them to give me a shot. Kelie and I signed a release form, and in we went.

A deal was struck. If one of us would come and spend time with him every day for a week without being bitten or threatened, we could have him. By Tuesday, he was waiting for me to show up at noon, opening time. He knew when I’d be there, and always greeted me with tail wagging furiously.  On the following Monday he came home with us.

He was still wary when approached, sinking toward the floor, and rolling onto his back, forefeet in front of his face, and eyes darting back and forth nervously. He would only approach Kelie, and only slowly, head and tail down. It took 6 months for him to finally approach any of us without rolling onto his back and begging not to be abused and to this day, he still approaches with his head and tail down, at least everybody except me. He’s become my dog, and follows my every step, and if he wakes up and can’t find me he searches the house until he does.

Do dogs have guardian angels? I think so. Tuff’s came in the form of a stray mutt that was never seen again.

The kicker is that the day the stray disappeared was the day that Ronnie brought Tuff into the shelter and the time on his journal was 0945 AM, right around the time that I normally showed up to feed him. He had done what he came to do which was to lead me to Tuff. Mission accomplished. He probably went back from whence he came. Rainbow Bridge for all I know. I do know that nobody has seen him since and several were looking for him.

8 Beautiful Lives SAVED Today!!!

The weather was great & we did quite a bit of renovation to get ready for the winter months. We've been going all day, but being warm makes such a difference. I've got to get back to work in the shelter tonight, so I'm going to make this short.

Thank You very much for donating to the veterinary care of the new dogs.

I will post better photos tomorrow

They sure are Grateful to be out!!!

Bye-Bye Death Row...



Heroic Woman Saves Dog from Machete Attack

Heroic Woman Saves Dog from Machete Attack

One bright sunny morning as I slowed down around the bend on a small road in my neighborhood, I got the fright of my life. At the corner of my eye I’d glanced down the slope towards the ditch when I saw a man with a machete kneeling over a big white dog. I slammed on the brakes and was out of the car at the speed of light. As I ran down the slope, the man, yet unaware of my presence, swung the big blade down on the unsuspecting dog who was just lying there not knowing its fate was to be his dinner.

“Stop, stop!” I yelled.

The dog turned its face abruptly towards me and the knife hit the side of the throat and shoulder. Blood squirted out everywhere. I screamed, the man fell backwards as the yelping dog jumped up. The man ran away. The dog’s head was dangling to one side, it lost its balance and collapsed just as I got to it. Although she was quite heavy and by now dead weight, I was able to lift her up and attempted to close the huge gap and massive blood flow. I placed the wound against my chest and rested her head on my shoulder. I can’t remember how I got up the slope, but once at the car I couldn’t put her down. She was stuck to me.

I had to push the car seat back as far as it would go and drive with her on my lap. She didn’t struggle, just hung in there, weakened by blood loss and probably shock. I had to hold her wobbly head down with my chin, trying to change gears and steer with my eyes and mouth full of blood. I thought I was going to loose her, the bleeding just wouldn’t stop, running down my legs.

Luckily the vet was only two kilometers away. Unable to slow down to change gears, I honked and drove through a red light. Arriving at the vet clinic, I was shaking too much to get out of the car. The shocked vet came running out.

It Was Not Too Late to Save Him

“Quick, quick,” I cried, “anesthesia!” A moment later he came out with a syringe and jabbed her in the backside. I remained in the car for 5 minutes till she passed out. The wound took 78 stitches. She was in intensive care for five days.

What a sight I was when I left the clinic. Even my hair was stiff with blood. I now know the meaning of a blood bath. I had to throw all my clothes away, even my underwear was soaked with blood. But it was worth it! When I brought her back to the sanctuary, I called her Boonlawd; it means ‘back from the dead’ in Thai.  Below are a few of the many animals here who were also rescued from situations similar to Boonlawd’s.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/heroic-woman-saves-dog-from-machete-attack.html#ixzz2yUNLV2QN


The moment a giraffe 'says goodbye' to a dying zoo worker "Mario"

It was a touching moment between a zoo worker and one of his favorite animals. The moment a giraffe 'says goodbye' to a dying zoo worker Friday 21 March 2014 The touching moment was captured on film. Photo: Stichting Ambulancewens A 54-year-old zoo worker suffering from terminal cancer was 'kissed' by a giraffe while on a visit to say goodbye to the animals whose pens he cleaned. Mario was wheeled around the Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam in his hospital bed thanks to the charity Ambulance Wish Foundation. While visiting the giraffes, one approached Mario and appeared to nuzzle him. ‘It was a very special moment. You saw him smile,’ the foundation’s director Kees Veldboer told the AD. ‘It was special that the animals knew him and could sense all was not well with him.’ Mario, who had learning difficulties, had worked at the zoo for most of his adult life. - See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/03/the_moment_a_giraffe_says_good.php#sthash.4GdIKTlg.dpuf

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This is the story of a little dog found outside a shelter in Romania in a plastic bag left there to die.

Sometimes you get to have terrible things happening to you that you hope it is all a nightmare from which you’ll wake up at some point but unfortunately it is the cruel reality we’ve lived today. A nightmare image we’ve had in front of our eyes this morning!!!

It is hard to explain in words what we’ve felt when we saw a small soul in a plastic bag hanging on our association board. Revolting it was although when, few meters away, we’ve found in the grass her two brothers…unfortunately dead. We believe they were abandoned there last night, two on them dying from cold in the grass – we can only suspect. How the two were in the grass and the other hanging in a bag…we’ll never know probably. 

The condition of the small baby from the bag is not good. We hope she’ll survive and we are fighting for her life – it is a girl. She needs tests, treatment and…you our dear friends. We’ve called her Maria! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ0_d_1OiJk

This is her now.. Adopted


UPDATE: http://www.apam.ro/index.php?x=noutati&id_nou=566#.UPXC6ydyFfg


This is about a sanctuary That Too in A Orphaned Foal. He Finds Comfort in Giant Teddy Bear After Rescue

Orphaned Foal Finds Comfort in Giant Teddy Bear After Rescue

Breeze sleeps with a teddy bear. That isn’t so unusual — except that Breeze is a horse. A foal, to be exact. Within hours of his birth, his mother disappeared. He tried to nurse from other mares to no avail. By the time rescuers reached him on May 24th, he was in severe shock and dehydrated; he collapsed.

The Mare & Foal Sanctuary rescued Breeze from Dartmoor Hill, in England’s Devon County, after getting a call from a concerned farmer. They gave Breeze colostrum drips, as well as a saline drip, milk and medicine.

Bowden said that Breeze is feeling much better. “He’s now suckling well and feeding every hour; he even tried to have a little canter and buck in his stable over the weekend. However, he is not out of the woods yet.”

Breeze’s other cuddly companions include Reuben and Rudy, two plush dogs.

To keep tabs on Breeze’s progress, visit the Mare & Foal Sanctuary’s website.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/orphaned-foal-finds-comfort-in-giant-teddy-bear-after-rescue.html#ixzz2wbLVJgPu

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This is the story of an Elephants plight from Jungle to Circus.


Draw My Life Karen

Share PETA's New 'Draw My Life' Video

Karen was still a nursing baby when she was torn away from her mother and family in Thailand 45 years ago, shipped around the world, and sold to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In this new video, an artist draws everything that's happened to her since then—and it is not pretty.

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This ONE person has so much love for animals that she created a safe place for special needs animals. There are all kinds of different animals living there and she cares for them all. This is just one person, can you imagine what she could do with a little help. Check it out.

“Maybe I can’t make a difference for all animals.
But, I can make all the difference for some of them.

       Rocky Ridge Refuge is the result of a dream I’ve had since I was a small child; to share my life with animals, especially those needing special effort due to medical issues, or abuse and neglect. Since settling in my present location, I’ve been working toward this animal “group home.” I now rescue and care for a variety of creatures, both exotic and the more common.

Another aspect of my life with animals is the “Pet Therapy” work I’ve done for 20 years. Whether visiting nursing homes or schools with some of the smaller animals, or having people out to my place, the gift of interacting with animals is something I love to share with others. I’ve seen some remarkable things occur over the years as a result of this healing experience.

To visit the website and see all the wonderful things she's done: http://rockyridgerefuge.com/

This Two-Legged Chihuahua And Fluffy Chicken Are The Cutest Best Friends In The Entire World And the wonderful People Who Adopted them.

Meet Roo, the two-legged chihuahua who was rescued by the Duluth Animal Hospital when he was just seven weeks old.

Meet Roo, the two-legged chihuahua who was rescued by the Duluth Animal Hospital when he was just seven weeks old.

Also meet Penny, the fluffy chicken who was similarly saved by the hospital when she was just nine weeks old.

Also meet Penny, the fluffy chicken who was similarly saved by the hospital when she was just nine weeks old.

And then, meet Roo and Penny together, because that is how they spend their days… TOGETHER… as the cutest best friends in the entire world.

And then, meet Roo and Penny together, because that is how they spend their days... TOGETHER... as the cutest best friends in the entire world.

They like dressing up in puffy ballerina skirts together.

They like posing like models together.

Penny likes to wait patiently while Roo takes his naps.

Penny likes to wait patiently while Roo takes his naps.

They also like getting festive and taking some seasonal pics.

They also like getting festive and taking some seasonal pics.

And romping around in the snow.

And romping around in the snow.

And basically they are the most adorable best friends ever to exist in the history of the world.

And basically they are the most adorable best friends ever to exist in the history of the world.


Daily Cute: Gertie the Cleft Palate Puppy Slurps Up Fresh Water

Daily Cute: Gertie the Cleft Palate Puppy Slurps Up Fresh Water

This adorable puppy, Gertie, was born with a cleft palate and was found in a dumpster when she was just one day old. She was taken to the Mia Foundation, and then got adopted. Don’t feel too bad for her – she’s found a loving home and enjoying life.

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Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-gertie-the-cleft-palate-puppy-slurps-up-fresh-water.html#ixzz2w9bIkZGt

Police Officer Uses Day Off to Save Old Stray Dog

Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois

Police Officer Uses Day Off to Save Old Stray Dog

I got a phone call from a police officer concerning yet another abandoned dog. “I’ve seen this poor guy roaming the streets now for the past several nights while on patrol.  He’s old; he’s starving; and he looks extremely sad and forlorn. Can you help me rescue him?”

On this police officer’s next day off, she and I headed out to the area this old homeless canine was roaming.  We drove around the area for at least an hour, and we couldn’t find him anywhere.  “Maybe he only wanders around at night in search of food,” she finally said.

Postal employees can often help identify which animals in the neighborhood are residents and which may be homeless.

We spotted a postal worker delivering mail, and we asked her if she had seen this old street waif.  “I haven’t seen him today, but that dog is breaking my heart.  He’s been wandering around this neighborhood for weeks now, and he really looks pathetic.  I’ve called Animal Control several times, but I still see him around here just about every day digging through the trash.”

So we kept looking for him, and we eventually asked another postal worker if she had seen him.  “I just saw that dog about five minutes ago, and he was heading north. He really looks old and worn out.”

We headed north in our vehicles, and we soon spotted him trudging down an alley in search of food.  I couldn’t believe how thin, haggard and miserable he looked.  When he spotted us following him, he began walking a little faster, not knowing that we wanted to help, not hurt him.

We were finally able to corral him in that alley, and when I carried him to my truck, I sadly realized what a truly horrid condition he was in.  He was thin– far too thin and his matted, mangled fur was filthy, and it was drenched in some sort of putrid smelling tar and oil.

At the animal hospital, the vet couldn’t believe his horrendous condition.  “He’s at least fifteen pounds underweight, and God only knows what this terrible smelling gunk on his coat is.  He doesn’t have a microchip, and he’s not neutered, and I’d say that he’s at least eight or nine years old.  What are you going to name this one?”

The Resurrection of Scruffy

“I’ve decided to call him ‘Scruffy.’ Poor old Scruffy has really had it tough out there on the streets, and I really think he deserves a second chance.”

“Okay. We’ll get started on resurrecting this poor old guy, and by the looks of him, he’s going to need some help.”

Scruffy spent the next ten days at the animal hospital being cared for, neutered, vaccinated, pampered and bathed.  They soon discovered that he had a nasty ear infection, an intestinal disorder, and severe bad teeth. After several days in their care, Scruffy started feeling much better.  His matted, oil-soaked coat, however, was beyond repair, and it had to be shaved off.

When I went to pick him up the day before Easter, I couldn’t believe how good he looked, and how his disposition had changed.  Now, he was all tail wags and kisses, and he was walking around with a very light-hearted bounce in his step.  When we found him, I had to lift him up into my truck; and this time, he jumped right into it. Scruffy had truly been resurrected with some much-needed medical assistance and a lot of tender loving care.

Scruffy was thin, but looking much better after 10 days of good care.

As they usually do, my pack of former street orphans has already graciously welcomed old Scruffy into their midst.  Not long after arriving at our home, the now happily resurrected Scruffy was soon following my spouse all around, and he was cavorting about in our backyard with his new friends – who are all rescued street orphans themselves, and who also know just how brutal those mean city streets can be when you are hungry, homeless and all alone.

There are many abandoned and relinquished older dogs and cats being brought into animal shelters all across America.  Please consider rescuing one of them, and giving them a second chance at life.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/off-duty-police-officer-uses-day-off-to-save-old-stray-dog.html#ixzz2w9Zc0Dgv

Cop Rescues Animals From Burning Pet Shop

A New Jersey police officer is recovering from smoke inhalation after rescuing animals from a pet shop fire, officials say. 

The fire at Pet Center on State Highway 23 in Franklin, N.J. was reported at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and officers Rafael Burgos and Jeffrey Korger were among the first responders on the scene, according to the Franklin Borough Police Department.

Burgos rescued all the pets inside the building as other officers evacuated nearby businesses, police said. 

Firefighters were able to put out the fire, and investigators say the blaze appears to be related to an electrical issue. 

Burgos is receiving medical attention for smoke inhalation, police said. No one else was injured. 

A local veterinary hospital is helping to temporarily care for the displaced pets. 

Do These Cave Dogs Hunger For Human Bones?

Do These Cave Dogs Hunger For Human Bones?

Dahab, a former fishing village that kisses the Red Sea on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The shore of this diver’s paradise is guarded by ‘blue hole,’ a deceptively deep underwater tunnel known as the Diver’s Cemetery as nitrogen narcosis sends victims into a semi-conscious fall to the ocean floor. Ghost town silence has swallowed this once booming tourist destination after a summer of politically motivated violence penetrated the international news media with scenes of body-filled morgues. But some are now saying that the most dangerous force in Dahab comes not from the sea or car bombs in nearby cities, but from a blood-thirsty pack of rescue dogs who have developed a taste for human bones.

At this cageless sanctuary, the dogs create their own packs

A wide view of Moon Valley also known as the Dog Wadi

The bond between Janet and the dogs is undeniable.

It all began 11 years ago, when English-born Janet Johnson sailed to Egypt as a crew member on a private boat. A cargo ship began to overtake the vessel and a mere three seconds stood between life and death for everyone on board. Janet took this as a sign. She felt that her life had been spared for a higher purpose and she set off to find it, but instead, it found her.

Once in Egypt, a pair of street dogs began following Janet, and soon it grew to a dozen and then two dozen. Before long, Janet found herself sleeping on a rug in the desert, under a blanket of stars with 200 dreaming dogs kicking and snoring beside her. You see, the mayor had planned a mass poisoning campaign to kill the dogs and it was agreed that they would only be spared if Janet took custody of them and assumed full financial responsibility for their care. So Janet settled the packs in a place called Moon Valley, an area created by a dried up river bed (known as a wadi) where the dogs could roam freely in relative safety in a natural environment.

“I love seeing dogs enjoying the sea,” Janet says with teary-eyed recollection of gentler times. “In the past in the summer the street-dogs all along the coast of Dahab would spend time each day in the sea. There were a lot of dogs in those days so a lot paddling, swimming and lying in the sea to cool off. The lighthouse used to be like a giant paddling pool with tourists and local kids, divers, snorkelers, dogs and horses all splashing around together.”

Water is trucked in and the dogs soak to cool off in the heat.

Since the revolution of 2011, things have gone from bad to worse. Janet exhausted all of her personal savings in an attempt to stockpile kibble for the dogs and had no choice but to take on colossal debt. The dogs who had long survived on hotel food waste suddenly go without because there are very few hotel guests now.  No guests means no food.

Janet has been in an all out panic as dog kibble is considered a luxury here and taxed accordingly and shipments are sporadic. She can’t rely on a regular supply line each week and has to pay escalating costs to secure the food. With curfews on the roads, supplies are sometimes stopped for days. So recently when an unexpected bounty arrived from one of the still-functioning hotels who sent over bones and meat scraps, it inadvertently fueled the fires of superstition in some who have long regarded the dogs as predators.

”It sounds like we will be the next meal for those wild dogs when they get hungry,” said Hossom, a Dahab resident living in proximity to the refuge who began harassing Janet’s small Facebook page. “Do you plan to let them eat the people in Dahab? It looks like you mean to make them wild. Please give up what you do or go do it in your country.

Chinese Animal Activists Rescue 800 Dogs From Slaughterhouse

Chinese Animal Activists Rescue 800 Dogs From Slaughterhouse

Nearly 800 dogs were rescued by a Chinese animal protection group last Saturday night in the city of Zigong, in southwest Sichuan province.

The Qiming Center, an animal-rights protection group in Sichuan, was the hero of the day. Last Friday, an Internet user known as “Mosquito” initiated the rescue via the Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo after learning the dogs would be transported out of the city of Zigong in Sichuan province and taken to slaughterhouses in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to be processed for meat.

Animal Rights Activists: “No Trading, No Killing”

Through this rescue the Qiming Center hopes to send the general public one message: “No trading, no killing.” Meanwhile, dog trading remains rife in certain regions in China due to lack of a national law on animal welfare and protection. Indeed, while the trader, Tang Daguo, promised that he would no longer engage in the transport of dogs, local authorities said he had all the proper permits and did not break any laws. It is perfectly legal to consume dog meat in China.

A positive sign is that Tang, who has been in the business for seven years, said he had never come across such a blockade before, which raises the hope that China’s attitudes on pets, and especially dogs, are changing.

Panda the Toothless Street Dog Can’t Believe His New Fortune

Written by Jeeny Freire of New York

Panda (as we named him) is a sweet old boy who was found as a stray in the streets of Ecuador, South America. The day he was found was a cold, windy, rainy Monday. We had just arrived in Ecuador when we saw him, limping, head down, looking defeated and shivering from pain, cold and hunger. “We have to do something!” I screamed. “We cannot leave him out here in the cold!”

We went right home and grabbed a towel and with the help of another family member went down the street once more to see if we could find him. 20 minutes had passed by the time we came back, running down the steep hill where my family lives. I was praying to God so hard, “Please let me find him. Please let me help him. Please help me rescue him.”

We finally saw him, huddled up against a cold stone corner on a ledge, a mere five inches away from a busy street where trains pass all the time. He just sat there, looking so sad and so defeated. My aunt went behind him with the towel, while I approached him with two pieces of ham. He looked up a little with a lost stare, a green crust almost entirely covering his eyes. He smelled the ham, gobbled it immediately and my aunt wrapped him in the towel, while I kept praying for him not to get scared and run. I think he was so defeated, he didn’t even care about fleeing anymore.

We walked to the neighborhood veterinarian, and it being a holiday, with so many people out of the city, we were all praying someone would be there to help us with this sweet boy. We rang the bell and a girl came out. We explained how it was an emergency and we needed help right away.

This is the story of Hans and the Awesome Folks that helped him.

A completely different Veterans Day for me - fostering a puppy for a homeless vet

On Sunday, Veterans Day, November 11th, we picked up a 6 month old puppy (Hans) to foster for a homeless vet until he gets housing. We got the word that Hans needed a place from a friend of mine who posted it on Facebook, I called her up to get more info (yes Virginia, sometimes “Friends” can be more than ones and zeros). Learned he was a Blue Heeler mix that got along with other dogs and cats, was housebroken, crate trained and was going to get all his vaccinations updated and then be neutered before we fostered him.

We drove downtown to pick him up. He was getting his neutering done at Portland Animal Welfare (PAW Team) , an organization “Helping people and pets stay together, through veterinary care for pets of people in poverty”. The neutering technique was a new one to me, it was done using the non-surgical method of zinc neutering. Learn all about it here.

He was a bit under the weather from the drugs when we got him home, so we let him take his time adjusting.
Our dog Skye was very accepting of this newcomer to the house since we dog sit for friends all the time, plus she just loves other dogs. The cat Teufel (devil in German), went upstairs. Of course he slept on my bed that night, I’m only human after all.

The next day the games began!

After about an hour of that I was going to put him in his crate for a time out but someone else had a different idea.
My neighbor (Elizabeth) had a knee replacement done last week and was at a rehabilitation facility where they have therapy dogs come in all the time and/or you can bring your dog just to visit. That is supposed to be only to visit the patient you’re seeing. Good luck with that. I brought Hans down to see her yesterday and he was a nonplussed going through the automatic doors and riding the elevator. As I was signing in the visitor’s log, an old gentleman in a power chair said, “Don’t move.” He started digging around in a small bag he had for dog cookies. Onward to see my Elizabeth! Had to stop twice for petting by other staff and patients. His owner had mentioned he was thinking about training him as a therapy dog, he is a natural. She was in the library and he immediately went to her for some loving and then flopped down at her feet. We stayed for about half an hour and everybody on the way out had to have a turn petting and praising him.

As I write this he is sleeping behind me, content with the world, as am I. 


A Dog’s Broken Leg, Firemen’s Good Deed and an Amazing Reunion

When Jessie Brothers’ beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Nubbins, broke his leg, Brothers’ though he might have to give Nubbin’s up.  At 65, Brothers lives alone has health problems and survives on Social Security and disability, worrying how long he’ll still have his home.

When 4-year-old Nubbin broke his leg in three place chasing after a groundhog and getting caught in a fence, Brothers found out the surgery would cost hundreds of dollars, money he didn’t have.  The other alternative, put Nubbin down.  At this point, Brothers collapsed with grief at the thought of losing his beloved furry friend. Sadly, many of us can understand what Mr. Brothers must have been feeling but luckily for him, things pick up from here.  Firefighters arrived on scene to help Mr. Brothers who was on the floor, unable to move and moaning “my dog … my dog” and one of those was  paramedic Anthony Johnson, a confirmed dog lover. It didn’t take long for Johnson to understand the situation and he reached out to help, contacting a vet he knew and offering to play for the surgery.

“Mr. Brothers has several problems going on, but the most important thing to him was his dog,” Johnson said. “I just couldn’t walk away from him. I was involved in the situation, and I wanted to help in any way I could.” The delicate 2-hour surgery took place at Locust Trace and it turns out that Johnson will not be paying for the surgery alone.  One of the Locust Trace employees told her father, Mike Tracy, a retired major with the Lexington fire department, and he offered to help also. Eventually a fund was set up accepting donations for the surgery and care.

And if you think this is wonderful, the story gets even better! Due to the news coverage, Jessie Kennard, 34, saw the story and recognize the picture of Brothers immediately.  Raised by adoptive parents, Kennard had been searching for his biological father for year without success. “I just said, ‘That’s him,’” Kennard said.

After Brothers and his previous wife split up in the early 80s, the state took custody of the three Brothers’ children and they were eventually adopted.  Brothers hadn’t seen Kennard since he was 5 and although he had searched for him and the other children, he could never track them down. The amazing reunion took place on Thursday, 12/6, and Carla Kennard, Jessie Kennard’s wife,  called it “a Christmas miracle.” So not only was Jessie Brothers blessed by the some Good Samaritans in the guise of Firefighters taking care of his beloved Nubbins, he’s now blessed to have his long lost son back in his life.  Yes, I think ‘Christmas miracle” sums this one up just right…  


Two tales of dogs saving dogs (with VIDEO)

Here are two dogs that deserve to take a bow-wow-wow.

In an amazing video making its way through YouTube, a black Labrador retriever comes to the rescue of his two furry friends who are stranded on a canoe in a swift, swirling river. The video starts with two dogs whimpering aboard a human-less boat as they drift downstream. The location is unidentified but believed to be somewhere in the U.S. Barks are exchanged between the dogs on the canoe and the Lab, who is offscreen. Then a man yells, "Go in," and the Lab jumps quickly in the water.

The Lab, whose breed is comfortable in water, swims directly to the canoe, which appears to be caught on something. A man calls out to the Lab, named Robbie, encouraging him as he swims upstream to the canoe and grabs the tow rope with his mouth. Towing the canoe, Robbie swims back to shore. As the canoe approaches the shore, the other two dogs jump off and all three are greeted by cheers and pats from people on the riverbank. If that touching tale makes you pause in amazement, here's another feat of canine intuition.

Golden retrievers Baily and Baxter, who are brothers, ran away from their owner, Penny Blackwell of Sandwich, Mass., on Sept. 26, WBZ Boston reports. The dogs, connected by a double leash, went missing, and a distraught Blackwell put up notices on social media sites asking for help finding her beloved pooches. After two weeks passed, Blackwell told the television station, "I'd pretty much given up hope that they would come home."

To read the rest and see the video: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/two-tales-dogs-saving-dogs-video-195744482.html

An Ultimate Act of Love: Owner Uses Water Therapy to Relieve Dog's Arthritis

You might have seen this photo make the rounds on the Internet lately. It's a moving portrait of the depths of one man's love for his aging dog.

John and Schoep in their now famous photo. Photo by Stonehouse Photography

John Unger is the devoted guardian of Schoep, a 19-year-old shepherd mix. When John learned that his canine companion had developed severe arthritis and might not have much longer to live, John turned to water therapy to help his friend. The warm summer temperatures of Lake Superior and the weightlessness of the water were the perfect combination to help Schoep relax. Knowing that Schoep's end might be near, John asked his photographer friend, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson of Stonehouse Photography, to snap a few photos. Little did they know they would capture an image that so powerfully conveys the love between man and dog.

John looks after his canine companion. Photo by Stonehouse Photography

Unger and Schoep have a long back-story. About 20 years ago, Unger and his then-fiancee adopted Schoep -- who is named after a Wisconsin ice cream brand. The formerly abused puppy made Unger work to earn his trust. But rather than give up on the dog, Unger would sometimes get down on all fours in the hopes that Schoep would "think of me as another dog and not a man trying to hurt him.” It worked.

A year after Schoep's adoption, however, Unger and his fiancee broke up, sharing custody of the dog until she went away to graduate school. The breakup devastated Unger, who has battled a lifetime of depression. One night the pain was unbearable, and on their usual walk around Lake Michigan, John contemplated suicide. One look at Schoep snapped him out of it, and Unger recalls that Schoep "knew something was wrong." He credits the dog with saving his life.

John credits Schoep with saving his life. Personal photo provided by John Unger

Schoep has been undergoing laser treatments donated by a caring woman from Virginia. At their latest visit to the vet, Unger and Schoep were met with a touching surprise. Anonymous donors had flooded the office with treats, food, supplements, and other gifts for Schoep, proving how the image of love, devotion, and peace struck a chord in the universal heart.

Via Animal Tracks on Today

Rescued Dog Becomes Whale Research Assistant

Rescued Dog Becomes Whale Research Assistant

A dog named Tucker, once a stray on the streets of Seattle, is playing a vital role in saving orcas, an endangered species. Tucker, a black lab mix, bears the proud distinction of being the “world’s only working dog” who is trained to detect and follow the scent of orca scat in the open ocean, at distances of up to a mile away.

Monitoring orcas is key to studying the health of the 85 or so who frequent the waters off the coast of the San Juan Islands. For decades, scientists have genotyped and tracked most of the whales. Some 500,000 tourists pay to see them in boats from May through October.

But all those humans, who contribute greatly to the local economy, are changing the habits of the animals. The salmon that the orcas mostly feed on have taken to hiding under commercial whale-watch boats when being hunted. The orcas themselves seem to be resting more during the day and less at night.

Deborah A. Giles is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on how orcas are affected by those thousands of tourists in commercial whale-watching vessels and Tucker is key to her research. Building on his obsession with balls — and despite his own aversion to getting wet — Tucker has been trained to associate an orange ball with the smell of orca scat. The New York Times describes him at work on a boat.

Sadly, scat detection dog’s “obsessive, high-energy personalities” makes them “difficult to maintain as family pets” — many of the dogs are rescued from shelters where they might have faced euthanasia, a terrible loss considering the contributions Tucker and the other conservation canines are making.

Scat dogs are also being trained to assist in wildlife monitoring research involving elephants (hunted by poachers for their tusks), northern spotted owls, grizzly bears, the Pacific fisher and other animals. After the dogs locate scat, scientists extract DNA and hormone samples to learn about the animals’ health, possible causes of population decline and possible mitigation strategies, says Conservation Canines.

Conservation Canines saves dogs and turns their unique abilities into a powerful research tool. Rescued dogs as research partners to help save endangered species: It’s a powerful reminder of what animals can do to help humans and, indeed, other animals like the orcas whose survival is endangered.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/rescued-dog-whales.html#ixzz261IWlenE

9 inspiring animals that use prosthetics.

Cassidy the dog walks to the beach with her owner.

Cassidy the dog

Among the most inspiring stories involving an animal prosthesis is the story of Cassidy the dog. Cassidy was originally found living in the streets — mangy, bony and apparently abandoned and with only three legs. A local shelter put him up for adoption, and he eventually found a home with Steve and Susan Posovsky, who made it their quest to give Cassidy a good life — including an artificial leg.
Pioneered by Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cassidy's prosthetic is so advanced that the scientists who worked on him are hoping the technique might someday be used on humans. Today, Cassidy has made a full recovery and is able to walk for hours with his new leg (including regular trips to the beach)!
Here is some of them..

Photo: ZUMA Press

Wonder Women Blanket Tiny Island With Help for Street Cats and Dogs

A few months ago, I received an email that I just couldn’t turn away from. It came from a woman on the tiny island of Amorgos, Greece. She’d just come home from making her rounds to feed some 80 stray cats, under the constant criticism of passers-by who don’t embrace care for the cats despite the fact that all have been spayed and neutered.

Lamia still had to get her own rescued dogs walked and fed and then get to bed before leaving for her teaching job early again the next day. In between, she was trying to plan for her mother’s 80th birthday party and a trip to Cairo to visit her sister who is gravely ill and going through chemotherapy. Like so many, Lamia is exhausted by day’s end, and a small part of her is losing hope. Yet she braced herself for yet another rejection as she sent a short email to me.

“Right now, we need to find a space for the  dogs in our care, because we’re losing the small area we have been using to protect them,” she continued. “We cannot afford a shelter, but we are in desperate need of practical help.We would appreciate any help you can provide us as it is a permanent struggle to keep these desperate creatures protected.”  (you can click each photo below to see it larger)

Let Me Find a Way …

The hard part is that the Harmony Fund functions like any other rescue group.  Each week brings another wave of crises, another series of situations in which rescuers urgently need help, and the need greatly outweighs our capacity and our bank account. So, I asked Lamia to please be patient with me as I tried to find an opportunity to help and as I needed an opportunity to learn more about her work.

Over the past few months, I’ve been both touched and saddened by what I’ve seen.  By the many street animals who turn to Lamia for care.  By the neglected dogs in her neighborhood who turn to her to feed them when their own families do not.  By the ridicule and disregard thrown at her by others in her community who harbor much darker feelings toward animals.

Just today, Lamia was sharing footage of a paralyzed cat she has helped. Due to spinal damage, this curious young tortie named Lydia was left without the use of her lower half, and in a place where even the healthiest and most beautiful cats have a hard time finding a loving home, there was no one who would embrace the mission of giving this cat a life.  Yet Lamia did.  She began visiting veterinarians, four of them in total, with the hopes that someone could offer a cure for Lydia.  But in the end, they all said the same.  The condition is irreversible.

“Lydia accepted her disability well, but come March, I could no longer see her dragging herself on the floor of the cat nursing home, a rented place where we keep cats in cages for treatment when sick or after op care,” Lamia explained. “She started developing wounds on her back paws from the friction. Looking on the internet, I saw it is possible to make a cat mobile and after long research, found a company in UK called Dogmobile who made wheels for disabled dogs and small breeds but who were willing to make a walking frame made to measure for poor Lydia.”

Breathing New Life Into This Volunteer Effort

Though Lamia has hoped to expand her aid to animals on the island, she recently lost her job, like so many victims of the financial crisis here in Greece, and now the challenge of caring for these survivors is harder than ever. As they say, when it rains, it pours.

Since we got our start exactly two years ago, the Harmony Fund has always represented volunteers like Lamia who feel as though they’re swimming in an ocean with one very serious undertow.  They don’t have money.  They don’t have a proper shelter.  They don’t have public support. But they do have a plan, a vision and a sense of compassion that knows no bounds. Today we’re reaching out to help Lamia and other volunteers in Greece in the midst of our week-long campaign to gather support for their incredible work.  Donations will help secure a better foster care center for rescued animals and to cover the year-round costs of dog and cat food, spay/neuter and veterinary medicines.  Click here if you’d like to send your support, to these amazing animal rescue volunteers in Greece.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/wonder-women-blanket-tiny-island-with-help-for-street-cats-and-dogs.html#ixzz21I76SsJt

“Just Dogs” Are Also “Just” Heroes

If you’ve been around FTLTD for a while, you know there’s no such thing a “just a dog.”  Even dogs that have no other “job” but to be a companion is more than “just a dog.”  They provide so much by just being a part of a person’s life; companionship, love, loyalty, support, health benefits, just for starters.

Now here’s a few stories of dogs that are special heroes for one reason or another.  I have a special place in my heart for “Service dogs” whether they be therapy dogs, working dogs, ie. search and rescue, police, military, etc., service dogs for the blind, disabled, autistic, diabetic, PTSD, etc.  They come in so many shapes and sizes and descriptions to fill such a wide variety of “jobs” and they’re all special heroes.

Alida & Mr. Gibbs

First, let’s meet sweet little Alida and her special ‘best friend”, Mr. Gibbs.  By 6-months-old little Alida was having problems breathing.  By 8-months-old she was diagnosed with  a rare lung condition called neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy which required her to be tethered to an oxygen tank at all times, a 6-lb tank.

Once Alida got old enough to start getting around on her own, that’s when some issues came up.  If her parents couldn’t come up with some way for Alida to be able to be able to use the oxygen without having to carry that heavy bottle, she was going to have a lot of problems.  That’s where Mr. Gibbs, a golden doodle, came in.

As a puppy, he trained with Alida, learned to move with her every where she went, even to playgrounds and down sliding boards, all while carrying the precious oxygen tank, which even he had to train to be able to carry as a puppy. Now at 3, you can see the incredible bond between child and dog, a lifesaving bond!


Now, let’s meet little tiny Kobe.  Kobe, a certified therapy dog, is a 5-year-old Yorkie who is being honored for his work.  Accompanying his owner, 85-year-old Winnie Browning, to Hospice centers, assisted living facilities and even speaking engagements at churches and women’s groups, Kobe spreads joy and happiness every where he goes.

Kobe was recently awarded the  Therapy Dog International’s Gold award, which is the highest honor TDI gives to therapy dogs after completing his milestone 500th visit.  Just imagine how many people this little guy has comforted, made smile, brought joy to?  Wow!

On some visits, he ends up in a patient’s bed where he’ll remain quiet until his new friend drifts off to sleep. At other places, he joins a group in an activity room and is known to put on a show. Browning has taught him a variety of tricks. He can sit, sit up, wave, shake, give a high five, roll over and even count out his age with his paw.

But Kobe’s show stopper is when he stands in front of one of his two pianos — a small yellow, plastic keyboard or a black upright that’s just his size — and “plays” at Browning’s command. He brings his two paws up and hits the keys and will even “sing” with a bark or two for a small bite of cheese. (Times-News)

Kind of makes you smile just imagining it, doesn’t it? :)

Showing Off Their Stuff

As part of Disability Awareness Month, Aimes Greely College on CO is hosting a series of presentations, one of them involving Service Dogs.  Emma, a 4-year-old golden and Yolo, a black lab, got to show off their stuff starting with their incredible patience and attention while waiting for their introduction.

They got to show off how they can handle light switches, picking things up,  opening and closing doors and cabinets which are just a few of the tasks Service Dogs are called upon to do. Joyce Thiesen, Emma’s owner spoke about the training process at Canine Partners of the Rockies;

Thielen said puppies on track to be service dogs begin training at a sprightly 3 days old. Early training includes removing the puppy from the litter and changing its body orientation or surroundings, like putting a cold washcloth on its paws for a few seconds, and returning it to the litter to get it accustomed to new and sometimes stressful changes.

“Science has proven that if puppies are mildly stressed and then comforted, then as adult dogs they can recover more quickly,” Thielen said — meaning they won’t be overrun with stress when working with their disabled partner.

Trainers are also sure to expose puppies to a multitude of surfaces and scents, taking them everywhere from the bookstore to the dentist, and even aboard airplanes.

Even now, I still find it amazing what dogs can do and how much they can learn.  They are such wonderful and amazing creatures.  Truly “man’s best friend”, a moniker earned for many a reason!


Dog Dumped on Barren Mountaintop Gets Rescued by Vacationers

Dog Dumped on Barren Mountaintop Gets Rescued by Vacationers

Written by Zara W-P of Wellington, New Zealand

My cousin, my sister, her boyfriend and I were traveling through the mountainous region of Peneda-Xeres, which separates Spain and Portugal. It’s pretty desolate with scrub and pine and lots of enormous bare-rock cliffs.

We had stopped at a lookout on top of a hill to enjoy the view and stretch our legs, and when I turned around to go back to our car, I found myself face-to-face with a very sorry-looking young dog. He was huddled into a patch of dry grass in the full glare of the sun and wasn’t moving, just panting in the heat. None of us had noticed him for a while because he was lying so still and he matched the color of the scrub. We tried talking to the dog, but he was unresponsive and seemed sunk in misery.

He Had to Be Desperately Thirsty

We got our water bottles and lined a depression in the ground with some plastic wrap to make a drinking bowl for him.  He immediately drank all of the water and perked up a bit. Next we offered our lunch (some cheese rolls we’d packed) and he gobbled up every scrap. The dog looked in relatively good condition and showed no fear of us, so it was clear that until recently he had been looked after by humans. Yet the hilltop we were on was shadeless and desolate, and there had been no source of water for miles.  We decided to take the dog to an animal shelter so we coaxed him into the back of our car and we set off down the hill.

We stopped at the nearest village, about half an hour’s drive down a dusty road, to ask directions. A local man started chatting with us and through a combination of my rusty French and my cousin’s better Spanish, we explained where we’d found the dog and what we planned to do. The man told us that people came to the region to hunt boars and that the dogs who weren’t brave or strong enough were often abandoned at the side of the road to their fate.

He took a look at the dog, who was recovered enough by now to even wag his tail and bark at the local dogs who’d come to take a gander. Although the village was small, the dogs looked happy and well-cared for and the man explained that in these parts dogs were treated with respect and affection and that the hunters’ behavior was frowned upon by locals. The man considered for a bit and then offered to take the dog off our hands and give him a good home. We let the dog out of the car, and he capered around with the other dogs. The man wouldn’t accept any money for the dog and promised to take good care of him.

In the space of an hour, the dog we’d found slumped hopelessly in the baking sun had been transformed into a creature bursting with joy. His spirits had risen as we drove down out of the mountains, and now he seemed to sense that his circumstances had changed for the better. We left him racing around in a frenzy of excitement, greeting all the local dogs and sussing out his new owner.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-dumped-on-barren-mountaintop-gets-rescued-by-vacationers.html#ixzz1kFTR1vDJ


Engineer Saves Hummingbird Trapped in Warehouse & Gets Surprise Visit

  Engineer Saves Hummingbird Trapped in Warehouse & Gets Surprise Visit


Written by Paul O’Connor  of Florida

I was employed as an electrical engineer at an industrial electronic supplier just south of Birmingham, Alabama.  I was the last to leave for the day and was checking to make sure the warehouse was locked when I noticed a very small bird lying on the floor near the office door.  It was a ruby-throated hummingbird.  At first I thought it was dead, another victim of being caught in the warehouse unable to fly out, distracted by the white ceiling and the lights.  As I approached her, she started to move her head a little.

I decided to move fast and gently cupped her in my hands to keep her from escaping back within the warehouse.  I could feel her trying to escape from my hands so I made a hasty retreat for the outside.  When I made it outside, I opened my hands as she took flight.  She was only able to fly about ten feet and hit the ground.  At that point, I knew she would be too weak to fly and search for nourishment.  I decided that I would take her home and somehow feed her until she was strong enough to make it on her own.  I went back into the office and found a cardboard box to put her into for the ride home.  She was semi-conscience when I picked her up and placed her in the box.  I thought this must be the torpor state that they get into when they run out of nourishment.

I Took Her Home for the Night

I took her home and went to the store to purchase hummingbird food, hummingbird feeder and a small birdcage.  The cage I bought was just the right size, cylindrical with a plastic bottom, which would make a perfect release cage when the time came. I removed her from the box and placed her in the cage, where I was able to put her on the perch. Her feet locked onto the perch.  I mixed up a batch of hummingbird nectar and started to feed her with a q-tip soaked with the nectar.  When I touched the end of her beak with the q-tip, her little tongue started to dart out and lick the nectar.  All the time, she kept her eyes tightly shut.  I thought her being in a torpor state caused this, but it also kept her calm.  I fed her every 15 minutes for the rest of the evening.

The following morning she was wide-awake and started to fly within the cage when she saw me.  I decided that she was ready to leave since she had all night to rest and feeding her in her fully awakened state would not be an option.  I took the cage outside to the back porch and unsnapped the cage bottom from the metal frame and lifted it upward.  All the while, she was hovering inside the cage. To my surprise, when I lifted the cage, she stayed inside hovering in sync with the cage.  I lowered the cage to the porch and swiftly lifted the cage and out she came.  She flew to the trees in our backyard and disappeared from view.  I mounted the hummingbird feeder on the back porch in view of the kitchen window, in case she might return for more food.  I then went to work.

The Swarm Arrives!

That evening when I returned home from work, I saw a sight that was quite amazing when I looked out the kitchen window.  There, hovering around the feeder, was a swarm of hummingbirds.  I counted more than twenty birds all flying around while taking turns feeding.  I have never before or since seen that many hummingbirds together at one time.  From my past experience, by their very nature, hummingbirds are very territorial and will wear themselves out chasing each other away from the feeder.  When I first saw them, I thought that they were there, in their own way, to express their gratitude for saving one of their own.

Our house was located on the ridge of a small mountain (elev. 740 feet) and throughout the fall season many migratory birds would fly quite low over the house on their way south for the winter.  I’m sure that it was just coincidental that they all showed up when they did, but it still warms my heart when I think about it.  It was a very humbling experience to have had an opportunity to care for one of these small birds, and one that I will never forget.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/engineer-saves-hummingbird-trapped-in-warehouse-gets-surprise-visit.html#ixzz1ivQxJ2af

Lily The Great Dane
Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, inseparable.

I love Happy Endings.

One good turn deserves another: St. Bernard fends off intruder... hours after family rescues him from shelter

By Michael Zennie

Hercules was adopted by a couple in Hillsboro, Ohio, who saw the ailing 135-pound St. Bernard at the animal shelter and feared he would be euthanized.  Six hours later, the heroic canine repaid his new owners' kindness when a dark-clothed thug broke into the couple's house. The man had cut the phone and cable lines running to the home of Rubert and Elizabeth Littler and had sneaked into their basement.

Rupert Littler and Hercules

Good boy: Mr Littler was taking Hercules outside for a walk when he began to growl, sensing the intruder that his master did not know was there.  Suddenly, Hercules pulled away from Mr Littler and broke through the closed screen door.

'The guy must have just come up out of the basement when he heard me open the door. Hercules jumped off the back porch, over the stairwell, and I see this guy running toward the fence,' he told the Times-Gazette in Hillsboro.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060526/One-good-turn-deserves-St-Bernard-fends-intruder--hours-family-rescues-shelter.html#ixzz1dbQqp9uh

Clever Neighbor Takes 3 Sad Dogs on Jogs of Joy

By Josie Love of Colorado (USA)

I often walk my dogs past one of the neighbor’s homes where three dogs live on quite short chains. The dogs are for guarding the property and when a person approaches the gate, they bark quite ferociously. They are doing their job quite well, but I had never seen them off the chain. Though they appear to be in good shape, with protection from the weather and enough food, I know they are depressed and downtrodden with their dreary existence.

I made a promise to myself to one day get them a bit of freedom, and I gradually began talking to the neighbors and befriending them. After a while, I started bringing the dogs small treats and some blankets and trying to get to know them. One of the dogs seemed particularly sad. A large dog, he was loud and a bit frightening. One day, after a discussion with the neighbor about walking my own dogs, I suggested that maybe I could walk one of his one day. To my surprise, he agreed.

The Littlest One Didn’t Know How to Walk

I started with the smallest one. When I first took her off the chain and onto the longest lead I could find, she didn’t know what to do. She began by walking in circles as she had on the chain. We walked for a while, and every few feet she would stop, jump up on my leg and lick my hand. She was so grateful. The next time, I took two at once. You could see in their eyes how much they appreciated it. I finally managed the large one. He was scary at first, jumping up at me, and I thought he was going to bite me a few times, but he just gets over-excited and tries to nip me. With the large one, it’s not a walk, we have to run for a while to get rid of the excess energy that he builds up from being restrained 24 hours a day.

I make a point of walking them once a week for an hour each time. We go to a stream for a swim, and walk through a field for about three miles. It’s time consuming, and sometimes inconvenient, but I believe it is the most appreciated thing that I do every week. Now, when I go into their yard, they don’t bark. Instead they start to cry. They are not the mean guard dogs that they appear to be. They are just lonely animals with little social contact, who have nothing to do but bark.

Is A Chained Dog Waiting for You to Help?

The animal protection laws here allow the tethering of dogs without restriction. They can be tied up on a short chain for their whole life, as long as they have food, water and shelter. Dogs need so much more than this. If you are reading this and know of a neighborhood dog who lives on a chain, perhaps you too can begin taking steps to improve a very sad life.  Do it with kindness in your heart and know that any initial fear you may have may soon be replaced with a tremendous sense of relief for animals who have never been able to use those beautiful bodies that were born to run.

How You Can Help

Dogs Deserve Better is an organization devoted to ending the practice of permanent dog chaining.  They offer informative and sensitive brochures, in both English and Spanish, that can be mailed or delivered to people who keep dogs on chains. You may see information about ordering the brochures here.  Or click here to see before & after photos of some of the dogs who have been unchained.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/clever-neighbor-takes-3-sad-dogs-on-jogs-of-joy.html#ixzz1dNEBfs6C

Angel-For-A-Day Finds Family’s Dog Dumped 30 Miles Away

by Laura Simpson
By Magz Skorupski  of New York, USA

I was living in south Florida when I spotted him. The spaniel was standing with his nose almost touching the ground next to the busy highway. Although I already had a dog, his body language screamed out “help!” so I turned my car around and went back.

I found the dog cowering in the shade of a lone weed that had somehow escaped the mower’s blade. When I knelt down and called him, he hobbled to me on three legs. I put him in the car and headed for the veterinary office. My vet said the dog had a dislocated hip from being struck by a car and scheduled surgery for the following week.

I brought the dog back to my apartment where he was listless and apathetic. The only thing that made his ears perk up was the sound of childrens’ voices. When he heard them, he would look up, straining at the sounds, then slump back down totally dejected. It was obvious that he was a child’s pet.

It was 100 degrees, but something inside told me I couldn’t stop searching…

Although I lived 20 miles from the city where I found him, I decided to get back in my car and drive there looking for the owner. I spent hours putting up signs and asking people if they knew of anyone who had lost a black and white springer spaniel. The temperature was near 100 degrees and I was hot, tired and discouraged. But I was compelled, somehow, to keep searching for his owner.

Finally, I drove into a small trailer park where I asked a little boy playing in his yard if he had lost his dog. His mother came to the screen door as I was talking. She looked stunned. Turning away from the door she yelled “Betty! I think this woman found Pepper!”

That door almost flew off the hinges as a red-haired woman burst through it. My first question to her was, “Do you have kids?”

Sobbing, she showed me pictures of twin 8-year-old girls, but the biggest surprise was yet to come. It turned out that Betty lived 30 miles from the city. When Pepper got into her ex-brother-in-law’s garbage one too many times, he took the dog and dumped him in the city a few weeks earlier. Betty had just stopped by the woman’s trailer for 5 minutes before work.

Now, I ask you, what are the odds of me finding the owner in a city of 100,000+ people? I lived in Royal Palm Beach, 20 miles away and Pepper was from Loxahatchee, which is more than 30 miles away. The odds of running into Pepper’s owner that day were so fantastic that I doubted that it could be her dog.

“You know my name. You know my mom!”

When I walked into my apartment I said, “Hello, Pepper” and for the first time in three days, he looked up, his tail started wagging and he came to my side. It took him five seconds to realize, “You know my name. You know my mom!”

When Pepper’s mom arrived, we all cried…she and I and the dog. It was the most beautiful thing ever.

Later that night,the phone rang. It was Betty’s daughter.

“I just want to thank you for bringing Pepper home,” she said. “Every night when my sister and I said our prayers, we asked God to please bring Pepper home. Thanks to you, he did.”

I hung up the phone in goosebumps. I knew now that it was no coincidence that I found Pepper’s owner. God had used me as an angel for a day to answer the prayers of two little girls. They got their dog back and I got a valuable lesson in the power of prayer.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/angel-for-a-day-finds-familys-dog-dumped-30-miles-away.html#ixzz1dN10P7oV

Bali's unloved street dogs and people who care

Hyginus Hardoyo, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta 

All Smiles: An employee of the Bali Animal Welfare Assocation (BAWA) tends to two healthy dogs at a BAWA clinic in Lod Tunduh in Gianyar. The three-legged dog (left) was a street dog that was injured after being hit by a car. (JP/Hyginus Hardoyo)

All Smiles: An employee of the Bali Animal Welfare Assocation (BAWA) tends to two healthy dogs at a BAWA clinic in Lod Tunduh in Gianyar. The three-legged dog (left) was a street dog that was injured after being hit by a car. (JP/Hyginus Hardoyo) When the Bali administration announced its drive to cull stray dogs following the rabies outbreak late last year, only a few groups offered suggestions on how to conduct the culling humanely.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) was one of them. This was not the time to panic or promote the wholesale killing of innocent stray dogs, BAWA pointed out upon learning about the plan to cull all stray dogs throughout Bali.

To read more: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/02/12/bali039s-unloved-street-dogs-and-people-who-care.html

What about Daisy?

Daisy was born deaf and blind. We rescued her at only 3months old. She had gone through three foster homes before finding us. Each foster home gave her up as they did not know how to communicate with her and/or the other dogs in the home rejected her because they as well did not understand her. When we saw Daisy's picture we knew we had to rescue her. We had no idea how to raise a deaf and blind dog but we understood how stressful being passed from home to home can be for a sighted and hearing dog, we couldn't imagine the stress Daisy was under.

Daisy immediately bonded with our other rescue dog Olivia and ultimately Olivia turned into Daisy's eyes and ears. But it would be two years before Daisy would accept our love and touch. We worked hard day and night. We had to teach Daisy how to climb stairs, swim, socialize with other dogs, people and of course potty training.  We came to terms with the fact that she may never come around and that would be ok. Our job would be to supply her with a warm, safe home and continue to slowly introduce her to the world.

Now at 4years old, Daisy is just like any other dog, she wakes up every morning so excited to start her day she will spin in circles on the bed until we all get up. She truly is an inspiration.

 To see more rescues: http://animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/story.php?id=334


2 elephants reunited after 20 years apart.

Jenny and Shirley were both at the same circus when Jenny was a calf and Shirley was in her twenty’s. They lived one winter together then were separated twenty-two years ago. It is very rare for elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity, and it’s probably the first time such a thing has been documented on film.

See the video below for this heartwarming story.

The puppy born without front legs who's now using model airplane wheels to get around

By Daily Mail Reporter

Hope dog This tiny puppy may have been born without front legs but there's no way that is holding her back. Hope, the appropriately named two-legged Maltese puppy gets around by using a specially-designed device which features wheels from a model airplane. The energetic pup uses her hind legs to boost her body forward onto her chest and operate the wheeled prosthetic limbs.

The beloved pooch was born with only two legs and has small wriggling nubs where her front legs should be. At first Hope moved around by hopping but experts said her her natural mode of moving eventually would damage her bones and spine. The wheeled device was created by orthotist David Turnbill free of charge with makeshift shoulder joints connected to model airplane wheels.


The wheeled contraption which allows Hope to get around. Each of the device's 'arms' can move up or down independently of the other, allowing Hope to pivot and turn. The spring-loaded prosthetic arms hook to a custom-fitted chest plate to allow Hope to lay down or sit up without removing the prosthetic. The wheels she uses as front legs took some getting used to and at first the tiny lap dog would tip over to one side.

Hope dog

Hope was born without front legs and instead has two nubs. However practice made perfect and now the persistent puppy has mastered the art of  wheeling herself around, there is no stopping her. In fact she can bound across a room at a surprisingly break-neck pace. 'She gets around fine,' said the puppy's rehabilitation specialist Cassy Englert.


No Child should ever have to write a note like this.....

Note Reads..'Mom and Dad divorcing, please adopt my dog' 



KIRKLAND, Wash. – Paul Wu was pulling his car out of the driveway and saw it. “I found a dog in my driveway which is unusual.” He looked at the small dog.  “He would not go away, and I stop he comes up to me,” he said. Wu found a bag hanging around the dog’s neck, carrying money, and a note.
“Please take care of Mr. B. He is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Six years old. My parents got divorced and Mr. B was supposed to go to the pound. I think he has a better chance with you.  This is my birthday money for any of his care. He is used to kids, not other dogs.  He’s a good boy.  I know God will take care of Mr. B – Everyone loves him…especially me. Thank you.”

Wu took the Cavalier into work, and his colleague immediately was compelled to help.
  “I’d hate to be a kid making that choice,” said Robert Kuchcinski, who has three children of his own. “It didn’t seem right that it would go to the pound.” He took the dog home Thursday afternoon, and to a veterinarian. Mr. B had some dry skin, and plugged ears, but overall had a clean bill of health. Kuchcinski and Wu still wonder what the rest of the story may be. “All I want to do is let this person know, that we found him a good home.  That’s the whole message,” said Wu. “Hopefully they’re happy with the dog having a good home,” says Kuchcinski, “And things are find with them too.”

To read and see more: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Dog-with-note-128051293.html

Run over and abandoned to die

Written by claudia balestrini
Published on: June 2011


                              Before                                                        1 month later

It was last April, when I was driving my car and I saw a young puppy that was recently hit by a car on a road in Uruguay.  Immediately, I pulled over and run to see I if he was still alive. He didn't move, he was in the middle of the road unconscious and he was bleeding. His head was injured. I thought, poor little one, at least I' m going to move him to one side, that was the least I could do for him. But to my surprise, when I picked him up, he opened his eyes!!! He was still alive!

I rushed him to the vet's office. He was in bad shape, but the worst was his undernourishment and severe mange. After a few days when I thought he was going to make it, the vet told me that he could be developing distemper!! he was shaking his head and legs, and also had conjuntivitis.

I thought why Life didn't give him another opportunity? It wasn't fair! he survived the accident, I was in the wright place at the wright time, but now he was going to die anyway? Two days later, he was full of life and doing everything to survive. I called him Lobo (Wolf), because he is a fighter.

Now he is 4 months old, he is weighting 12 more pounds, his hair is full and shinny and he is the sweetest puppy I have ever had! Lobo has now a second chance in life to be happy.

To read and see more: http://animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/story.php?id=264


A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

A dying man holding his best friend.  He lived homeless in Iowa with his dog in a car.  When he became terminally ill and placed in hospice, his only request was to hold his dog one last time before passing on.  Two souls quietly saying their goodbyes.

The picture leaves me without much to say.  To read the whole story, click here.  And make sure you view the picture gallery for more shots of this precious moment. This picture shows us our mortality.  It shows you there is a better world out there.  So turn off the TV.  Get off the Facebook.  Shut down the computer. Go outside with your dog, cat, partner, children – whoever, and breathe deep the life that surrounds you. Go forward and Live and Love.  It may be your last chance before Paradise.

To read more:  http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/a-picture-speaks-a-thousand-words


Jogger Saves “Throwaway” Kitten Meowing Inside Trash Bag

My name is Lesley I usually take a run 3 or 4 times a week going through our local street alleyways to get to our beach which is about a 20 minute jog from my home. On this one particular day I approached the usual alleyway as normal and could hear this faint crying of a kitten I stopped called and called but could not work out where the cries were coming from—suddenly they stopped dead silence.

That afternoon I returned home thinking of the cries from the alleyway my mind was in overdrive I couldn't wait for my husband to return from work so we could both look together. As he arrived I quickly explained what i had heard and hurried him down to the alleyway where I had heard the crying we sat there and called and called again nothing. We both jumped the fence which led us to an abandoned flat where in the yard were bags of rubbish which I had noticed when I had jumped that fence the same day as we approached the cries were from in one of the bags my heart sank and tears flowed as the kitten had managed to make a hole in the bag to breath and to cry for help its siblings weren't so lucky.

I was disgusted by whoever had the cheek to be so cruel we took all of the kittens home and buried the ones that did not make it in a nice sunny patch in our back yard and we named them Glory, Heaven and Peace which I know there little hearts will find. As for the other kitten after a vet check, vaccinations and a few days at the clinic we bought her home and named her Saviour maybe we were her saviours but to us she is ours she is now a fluffy gray ball of love and is now 3 years old she is just so beautiful and is our True love. (Saviour is a member of Paw Justice.co.nz) along with thousands of others which is a non-profit organization run in New Zealand for the abuse of animals—aws in this country are very severe for animal abuse. http://animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/story.php?id=229

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You gotta meet Molly ....


Meet Molly she's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected. But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic. Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there. The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life.

Molly has a job now.  Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.  Anywhere she thought that people needed Hope. She inspired people and she had a Good time doing it. 'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to Play in life,' Moore said. 'She survived the hurricane, She survived a horrible injury and now she is giving Hope to others.'
The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it.  Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.

God's creatures often reflect the
Character we aspire to be.

About a dog name NEXT....

 My dog Abby had recently passed away and my other rescued dog, Copper, was visibly as sad as I was.  He didn't want to eat or even play in the yard without his companion.  I had been taking Copper along with me to visit shelters and dog pounds for a couple of weeks.  I looked into many sad eyes, but no one had spoken to me, yet.  One Saturday morning we had only an hour or so before we had to go to a friend's wedding, but my husband and I stopped by a humane society in the next town.  As my husband looked at the dogs in the first few cages, I immediately went to the end of the row, not knowing why.  I looked into the last cage, and I got my first glance of Ben.  I couldn't really tell what kind of dog he was, but he was very big (about 90 pounds), cowering in the back corner, and shaking.  His black fur was so knotted that it formed dreadlocks all over his body.  His elbows were covered in thick, raw sores.  I looked on his name tag to see if any more information was listed, but besides his name, there was only one word: NEXT.  He would be put down that afternoon, as he certainly wasn't going to find a home no matter how long he was there.  I was told that he was surrendered by his former owner because "he was a pain" and was about one and a half years old.  I looked into his eyes and pleaded with him to give this dog a chance, and that he really needed to come home with us. There is no doubt in my mind that I did not save Ben or any of the others.  It was me who was saved.  http://animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/story.php?id=238

Puppy dumped for being deaf is given a new home... and learning sign language

By Daily Mail Reporter 

Abandoned by a breeder at only eight weeks old because she was deaf, Alice had a tough start in life. But less than a month after her rescue, the springer spaniel is learning to recognize sign language commands with her new family. Marie Williams, 41, and her partner Mark Morgan, 43, who are themselves both deaf, adopted the puppy from animal charity The Blue Cross.

And they call it puppy love...: Alice the springer spaniel was dumped by a breeder in Ireland at just eight-weeks-old because she was deaf

And they call it puppy love...: Alice the springer spaniel was dumped by a breeder in Ireland at just eight-weeks-old because she was deaf. The couple and their three sons Liam, 16, Lewis, 13, and Owen, five, who have normal hearing, are teaching the affectionate spaniel sign language commands, including instructions for sit, come and roll over. Miss Williams, from West Mersea, Essex, said: 'We were thinking about getting a dog but when we saw Alice was deaf we just couldn't believe it. 'She was so beautiful and the fact that she was deaf just made us fall in love with her even more - we knew that she would fit right into our family.

The Story Of 2 Legged Lamb

This very cute two legged lamb was born in China. The lamb was to be chopped because of his two legs but when the sheep farmer Cui Jinxiu the lamb's determination to live, she dropped the idea. 

Cui said that she was so impressed to see the two legged lamb when he got up and went to his mother to drink milk. Cui hand reared the lamb from that day. Cui is very close to this particular lamb and takes great care of him. She couldn't slaughter the lamb because they are quite attached to each other now. Cui says that the lamb is quick and follows her everywhere. He is extremely friendly and doesn't even feel that he has a disability.

Though I read in other stories that the doctors felt that the lamb might not survive for long because of his disability. Or as he would grow old he might face difficulties. However, it is quite possible that he would go on living a happy life. Many animals with such disabilities survive.

This little lamb story is quite positive. It shows there is hope for all of us. Many people may feel they are the two legged lambs but they may do just fine.




                Woman Squeezes Lifetime of Love into One Week

by Ashley Owen Hill

Annie had never known happiness. She had been beaten, neglected, and starved all of her life, and then she was dumped at a shelter to die. Annie waited on death row, terrified and lonely, crying every night for someone to help her. She was very ill, and the pound asked if I was willing to take her. Yep, I’m on my way.

I was asked to share the story about what I do for special case dogs on death row in shelters. I do realize that this might not be the most popular idea with all of you, but I’m hoping that maybe it will inspire someone to do the same. If you ever have the chance to do this, it will change your life. When there are terminally ill dogs on death row, I’ve made the decision to do something very special for them. 

Because treating these dogs for their conditions would cause them immense suffering, I choose not to treat them. However, I also choose not to leave them in the shelter to be killed. In short, I bring them into my home for a few days. I adopt them into my heart. I love them with all that I have. And then I do what’s best for them... and let them go...

Before She Goes to Heaven - Annie Needs to Know Love

When I saw Annie, it was obvious that she was very sick. She was underweight, coughing, and having trouble breathing, in addition to skin and eye issues. The vet told me that Annie had advanced heart worm disease, congestive heart failure, and several other severe medical conditions. It was highly unlikely that she would pull through any of the treatments, and she would suffer tremendously throughout the process. The vet asked me if I wanted to go ahead with euthanasia. “No. I’ll bring her back next week. Before she goes to Heaven, she needs to know love.”

Annie Has the Best Week of Her Life

That day, I brought Annie home with me. I looked at her… so broken, so sickly, so unsure of whether she could trust… and I cried. I sobbed uncontrollably for Annie. Over the sad life she had led, the abuse she had endured, and now the life she would never have, thanks to the worthless people who never cared for her.  While I was bawling like a baby, Annie walked over and licked my tears, as if to say: “Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay.” This precious, wounded soul was comforting me. This girl, who had never known compassion in her life, was consoling me. And so, I got up, stopped my crying, and vowed to give her the best week of her entire life. No more crying. Not around Annie. She deserves to know only happiness now. That week, Annie slept in the bed with me. She ate the best food. She played as much as her little heart could stand. She laid next to me on the couch for belly rubs. She laughed at funny movies with me. That week, Annie was special. That week, Annie was home, for the first time in her life.

Every day, Annie and I sat on my special bench by Rudy’s grave and talked to him. I told Rudy that he would have a new friend in Heaven soon, and asked him to take care of her. I told Rudy all about Annie, and Annie all about Rudy. Annie loved our talks with Rudy. She loved anything that involved love... she'd never had it before. When Annie got so weak that it was painful for her to live, I took her to the vet to end her suffering. I stayed with her, comforted her... and Annie wasn’t afraid. She was happy, because I was there with her. Her mom was by her side… the only family she had ever known. The only person who had ever truly loved her. She was finally safe.

Annie knew it was time… it hurt too much to go on. And I was there to hold her, to love her, to say, “It’s okay. You can go now, baby girl.” And as they stuck her with the needle, I whispered into her ear:

Know That I Love You

“Know that I loved you. Know that you mattered. Know that you finally belonged to someoneyou were everything to me. You will never really be gone, because you will live forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing your last days with me. It was truly an honor to love you.” As the drugs entered Annie’s veins, she looked up at me one last time, and her eyes said, “Thank you for not letting me die there. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me what life could be like... for giving me a family. I always wanted one. I love you.” And before she closed her eyes forever, I said: “When you get to Heaven, ask for Rudy. Tell him I sent you.” And then… she was gone. I buried Annie in my backyard next to Rudy. She died on September 14, 2010. But the week before her death, she finally lived

To read more about Ashley Owen Hill's rescue work and to support her mission, please visit  Lucky Dog Rescue Blog. (See her blog in my Animal Lovers Blog communities" )


Well, here is a win-win!  A Biology major with aspirations toward becoming a veterinarian has created a unique and innovative program serving the needs of homeless youth and homeless animals in Philadelphia.

Rachel Cohen has always been passionate where animals are concerned.  The University of Pennsylvania junior saw many homeless young people on her way to classes and instinctively reached out to talk with them. Many youth who age out of foster care at 18 live on the streets with pets of their own.  Because most shelters will not allow pets, these kids live under overpasses and any other potentially warm, dry spot they can find. The statistics from a recent
video made about Rachel’s innovative program, Hand2Paw, states one in two foster children leave the program at age 18 without a high school diploma.  One in four leaves the system without even a place to live. The numbers for Philadelphia's homeless animals are dreadful, too.  Last year 4,360 dogs and over 12,000 cats and kittens were euthanized because they had no home. With her heart reaching out to the struggling young people living hand to mouth, Rachel decided to start a program combining the needs of homeless kids and homeless animals.  She named it Hand2Paw. Starting in early 2010, Rachel coordinated Hand2Paw with other agencies in the city.  Covenant House and Project H.O.M.E. service young homeless teens in Philadelphia, teaching them how to successfully transition between foster care and life on their own.  PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is a rescue group with an outstanding record of saving the many homeless animals who also get caught in a bureaucratic system. To date, over 70 teens have participated in Hand2Paw.  They volunteer at local shelters to help socialize and train the dogs, provide socialization to the cats and kittens through gentle handling, bathe the many animals rescued from a filthy life on the streets and comfort the sick, orphaned animals. http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/homeless-youth-help-homeless-animals/

To see more of Hand 2 Paw: http://www.hand2paw.org/H2P/Home.html

Kudos to you Rachel

See the video below:

I thought this was pretty amazing in how these folks jumped into action. It is a shelter that was built during the earthquake amongst chaos to help animals in need. Pretty Awesome. Kudos to you China

(CHINA OUT) Disabled dogs outfitted with wheelchairs walk at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The center has adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from quake-struck areas. Those who were hurt or disabled are outfitted with a cart to help support they're body and make them mobile. Many people have stepped forward to adopt the pets and temporary shelters were built to house the animals until their owners come to retrieve them.         (CHINA OUT) Disabled dogs outfitted with wheelchairs walk and rest at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The center has adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from quake-struck areas. Those who were hurt or disabled are outfitted with a cart to help support they're body and make them mobile. Many people have stepped forward to adopt the pets and temporary shelters were built to house the animals until their owners come to retrieve them.
Animal Rescue Center Cares For Dogs Disabled In Earthquake
(CHINA OUT) Disabled dogs outfitted with wheelchairs walk at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The center has adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from quake-struck areas. Those who were hurt or disabled are outfitted with a cart to help support they're body and make them mobile. Many people have stepped forward to adopt the pets and temporary shelters were built to house the animals until their owners come to retrieve them.
Photo by China Photos/Getty Images AsiaPac)



Cat Therapy for Autistic Children

Guide's Note: Cats are slowly moving into their own as therapy animals, and are being used in convalescent homes and other institutions for that purpose. However, though a lot has been written about the use of horses and dogs with autistic children, little, if anything, has been previously written about cats. This amazing true story may open your eyes to the possibilities of cats' usefulness as therapy for autistic children.

I'm a widowed dad with a daughter and son. My son lives with autism. That's how we got into cats. Long before he was born, I entered the field of neuroscience and worked with children who have neuropsychological disabilities. Little did I know that my chosen career would come in handy at home. When my son was four and my daughter nine, my wife died very unexpectedly. I was left alone with a little girl and boy. The little boy lived with autism.

I took Richard to every possible place where he could encounter and be close to animals. He never expressed any interest. Then one day, we visited the local animal shelter. I had grown up with dogs. My mother was “psychologically allergic” to cats. She was one of those people who believed that cats were loners and had no personality. So, I walked past the cat room into the dog area. Again, I was disappointed that my son just stared around him at everything else, but not at the dogs. They seemed to hold his attention for a few seconds.

” We walked into the cat area, which was significantly smaller than the dog area. As we walked past the cages, there in a corner was a black and white tuxedo cat. Suddenly my four-year old non-verbal son pointed to the cage and said, “Cat!” That was it. That day we took the cat home. My son could not come up with a name for his new friend. My daughter, who has always been very protective of her younger brother tried to help find a name that he could pronounce. Finally, the name Clover was discovered.

To read more: http://cats.about.com/od/youandyourcat/a/catsandautism.htm


An Angel to the Rescue; Dog Saves Boy from Cougar Attack – VIDEO

Saturday night was a scary night that could have been much worse for an 11-year-old British Columbia, Canada boy if not for the courage of his faithful family dog, Angel.  Austin Forman was outside with Angel, an 18-month-old Golden Retriever, getting some wood when he saw something charging at him.

“I was really scared. At first, I didn’t know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog,” Austin said. “As soon as it went underneath the light, I saw that it was a cougar. I knew at that moment, I had to go inside.” Before the cougar could reach Austin, Angel reacted and took on the cougar giving Austin a chance to get to safety. Austin ran into the house screaming, “A cougar is eating Angel!”

When his parents understood what was happening they couldn’t see anything but they could hear Angel whimpering in pain. They called 911 and within a minute RCMP Const. Chad Gravelle arrived and it didn’t take him long to take in the situation with Angel trapped under the steps with the cougar mauling her unmercifully. There was no time to waste, the dog’s head was in the cougar’s mouth, Gravelle got off two shots at the cougar’s hind quarters but that didn’t stop the attack so he closed in and shot the cougar again, killing it. Angel’s head still in the cougar’s mouth, no doubt the family feared the worst but after a few moments Angel got up and shook it off.

Thanks to Angel, Austin is fine, albeit shaken and Angel survived her encounter with the cougar with just some minor injuries and is being cared for. Thanks to RCMP Const. Chad Gravelle, the Forman family’s furry hero is safe.

To read more and see the video: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/an-angel-to-the-rescue-dog-saves-boy-from-cougar-attack-video

First Video Hits 20 Million Mark…

January 21, 2011 · 

Wow! My very first video has now had over 20 million viewings. Burnell’s usually on top of all this, but this time it was CATcerto composer, Mindaugas Piecaitis, who notified me that I’d hit the 20 million mark. Thanks, Mi. Would you like a personal assistant job? I may have an opening. :-)

We’ve all heard the hype about low-pact this or that. Low-impact running. Low-impact aerobics. I really don’t know what the big deal is. I’ve been practicing low-impact exercise for years. It’s really quite simple: if the cat toy comes within reach of where I happen to be napping, I’ll swat it. If not, I go back to napping. Low-impact! Now I’m not advocating this method for everyone, and there are times that I actually work up a sweat (well, sort of). And for those who think me a bit robust at 12 lbs., I’d love to quote a fan who recently came to my defense when she wrote, “Nora’s not fat. She’s fluffy.” How true. How true.


I caught wind of this on Animal Planet and thought it was wonderful.

Couple saves local animals by transporting them to shelters up north

wwltv.com by Angela Hill / Eyewitness News Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM

NEW ORLEANS – Dawn Moore and her husband Troy started the Moore Love Rescue in Greenburg, Indiana four years ago. She is a nurse, he is a cement truck driver. They have taken a week's vacation time to come to New Orleans to transport Ray and 100 other dogs and cats from six local shelters to foster homes in four states up north.

To the groomer very first thing,” Dawn said. “You’re going to look like a movie star and he'll find a home and he'll find a home fast.” The Moore’s created this mission knowing the tremendous overpopulation problem we have here in New Orleans. Dawn contacted shelters from St. John Parish to Plaquemines. She had them put photos of available adoptees on a website, and then she had rescue groups in Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Minnesota choose which dogs they could take in. “The Internet work that had to be done between the two groups to communicate, it’s just been a whole group effort,” she said. “It’s an amazing experience.

It has been a tremendous amount of work. The Moore's started with winning a $10,000 grant from a Petfinder.com foundation. With it they bought a bus from a school auction in their hometown for $2700, had it built out with cages and a bed, as Troy and a friend of his who is a professional 18-wheeler driver will take turns driving 15 straight hours back home. But this will not be a one-time trip for this bus. Dawn and her husband have big plans for its future.

Dawn said they will continue fundraising to be able to add a generator to the bus and a water tank, so it can become an emergency response vehicle. “We’re going to put in a surgical table where the next time there is a disaster happens we can actually respond and be totally self contained and not be a drain on the local resources,” she said. The Moore's say they will return to our area – they hope quarterly – to help local rescue shelters. They are very committed to this area.

If you would like more information, you can go to their website. And if you would like to follow any of the 101 animals to their new homes, you can search NOLA Oil Dogs on Faceb

Rescued calf Hero is fitted with prosthetic legs after suffering frost bite

An abandoned double amputee calf has been fitted with high tech £24,000 prosthetic limbs after being rescued from a farm in Virginia and brought to Texas. Surgeons at Texas A&M University have spent a year developing prosthetics for Hero, a 15-month-old calf who suffered from frostbite that claimed its hooves.

Kitty Martin, Hero’s caretaker, had appealed to surgeons for help after he grew out of the initial prosthetics they had provided for him. After accepting Ms Martin’s pleas for help, the team removed about two inches of bone to enable them to create a pad of tissue that would allow for prosthetics.

“This is our first cow,” said Erin O’Brien, an orthotist and prosthetist for an Austin-based national firm that makes prosthetic limbs. She was among a team of eight working on the project.

Ms Martin has spent nearly $40,000 (£24,000) to save the calf. “I don’t know how to explain it,” she said. “I’m an animal rescuer. And he had everything against him - it makes my day. He’s got a very bright future right now.”

To read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/rescued-calf-hero-is-fitted-with-24000-prosthetic-legs-after-suffering-frost-bite-9423146.html

Notable Dogs of 2010

There are thousands of dos out there that have made a difference in the life of a human.  Thousands that protect and serve.  Thousands that have suffered abuse, torture, and neglect.  Thousands that have said goodbye.



He was shot six times at close range by his shithead owner and a friend.  Five bullets entered his head and neck and a sixth bullet struck his chest. And he almost didn’t survive his stint at the Lucas County Dog Pound in Ohio.  Displaying unpredictable aggression, Sarge nearly walked the Green Mile.   There was a huge outcry from the public when this got out.  It was no surprise Sarge was aggressive based on how he was treated by his former owner.  The public pressure pushed to have Sarge evaluated by experts to determine the degree of his aggression and whether or not he could be rehabilitated.  When he was transferred to Toledo Area Humane Society, a talented trainer was able to establish a relationship with Sarge and somewhat diminish Sarge’s fear-based aggression.  This bought Sarge some time and it was decided he would best live his life at a Sanctuary.  Fortunately, Best Friends had room.  Sarge is now living at Best Friends Sanctuary and has been renamed “Paladin”.   His caregivers at Best Friends will give him all the love and support for as long as he needs it. Paladin has already found a few things he likes. He loves his big red ball and he really enjoys food puzzles. And he is starting to enjoy human interaction.


Tyson was taken from his home by another shithead and his girlfriend and shot.  Wounded, Tyson stumbled home and collapsed in his owner’s front yard.  The entire thing was captured on surveillance video which lead to the arrest of “dumb and dumber”. Tyson took a .45-caliber bullet to his left eye and one to his chest where it lodged in his front leg.  The bullet was removed from his leg but the bullet that damaged his eye remains in his head close to the brain.  The eye damage was too severe so the left eye was removed. He also has been suffering chronic nasal problems due to the bullet in his head which cracked his nasal.  Tyson will have permanent damage in his nasal passages and will have drainage. It hasn’t stopped this loveable dog from life.  He continues to play and love all around him.  His story will also lend support in the efforts to raise the criminal penalty for animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony in Ohio.


Chamberlin was a dog near death.  His owners abandoned their home and left Chamberlin tied to a tree.  No one knew he was there, until someone discovered him when the overgrown lawn was being mowed.   He was nothing but skin and bones, the nails on his paws were so long that they curled and had grown back into his pads.  There was no water, no food, no shelter for two months.  But he was still alive.  Barely.  Less than barely.  In fact, the reason he survived and was discovered is probably due to Divine Intervention.  No other explanation is possible. Chamberlin is still in the care of the Guilford County Animal Shelter, Greensboro, NC.  He is gaining weight and developing muscle mass in his rear legs.  But his front legs are still weak and distorted from the months of neglect.  Chamberlin undergoes daily physical therapy, including muscle stimulation and stretching exercises. X-rays have been taken to determine what type of surgery he will need to repair his legs.  He is a charming, happy, loving dog now, and has an incredible will to survive. His owners were found, arrested and charged with 2 counts of felony animal cruelty. 


Rescued from a garage where he was locked in a crate and starved, this 3-year-old German shepherd weighed half his normal body weight, 37 pounds, and had eaten dirt and rocks to survive. He was taken to an emergency clinic in Garden Grove, CA where the attending veterinarian said his bowels were impacted with dirt, which had debilitated him to near death. Believe it or not, the owner of this dog was a veterinary assistant. He was treated with blood transfusions, IV fluids, and a high-calorie diet.  Courage is now at a healthy 85 pounds and is probably the most beautiful German Shepherd dog on the face of the earth. The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, who saved Courage, have put together a 2011 fundraising calendar, Courage, A Happy Ending.  He even has a Facebook. His crappy veterinary assistant former owner is soon going to trial.


An image of Peace, Love, and Comfort

Isn’t this a sweet picture?  This has been floating around Facebook and the internet.  The only story I can find is this little homeless dog was found snuggled in baby Jesus’ manger in a Nativity display in Criciuma, Santa Catarina, Brazil.   Parishioners were so touched by this scene that they didn’t have the heart to shoo the little dog away.


That’s all I could find.  Snopes doesn’t have anything on these pictures other than a short discussion where they may have been taken in December 2008.  Others swear these pictures were taken in 2009.  And no one really knows what happened after that.  There are some comments that he was adopted but that cannot be confirmed.  I guess we will never know. 


Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”  ~ Charlotte Carpenter.



It’s a tale we wish for all shelter dogs 365 days of the year.  Not just at Christmas. 

sad_dog_shelter“Did you hear that?” the old dog shouted. They all ran to the front of their kennel doors to see if someone was coming to “pick them.”  “Sorry,” he said to the other dogs as his ears fell down from their perked position. “I could have sworn I heard voices saying,  ‘Isn’t he cute?   Can’t we take him home with us?’” “You must have been dreaming again old man,” said the dog in the cage next to him.  “Anyway, what’s the big deal about getting picked ?  We’ve all been through that routine and look where it got us.” The word “home” meant little to these shelter dogs.

“Just once, I’d like to feel the warmth of a hand stroking my head,” said the old dog.  “I’d like to be the one who kisses the tears off a sad face. I’d like to curl up next to a fire instead of this cold concrete. It hurts my bones.”  He curled up and sighed as the others said, “The only place you’re going to find that is in your dreams old man.” Hank’s wife had only been gone a year but the pain was as fresh as if time had stood still.  He was an old man now, alone and longed for the comfort that he knew no other person would ever be able to give to him again.  What would his life become without her by his side? Hank’s cupboards were close to bare now and, although he didn’t want to go out, he knew he should at least pick up the basics.

He drove slowly down the side streets for freeway driving had become too challenging. Suddenly, the car started chugging and sputtering until finally the engine quit altogether.  One of the basic needs he forgot was fuel for the car!  So he coasted over next to the curb, spotting a building within walking distance. Hopefully, they’d let him use their phone. He walked into an office area and rang the bell for service but no one came.  He spotted another door going outside, failing to notice the sign posted “Employees Only”. As Hank walked out, he was overwhelmed by yaps, barks and insane jumping from dogs all sizes and shapes. He then realized he had unintentionally gone to the dog shelter.  Slowly he walked down the concrete aisle looking for an attendant. Three kennels down on the right, the old dog calmly sat there.

 dog_sad_2 Why should the old dog get excited? No one would want him.  But, he sensed a need and couldn’t resist offering a kind look and a gentle wag of the tail. As Hank neared the old dog’s cage, he laced his fingers through the chain link to steady his gait and the first feeling of comfort he’d remembered in over a year came from a wet nose and lick across his arthritic fingers. Just then a voice of authority sounded, and Hank jumped. “I’m sorry sir, you aren’t supposed to be in this area!” she said. Luckily Hank didn’t know he had walked into the “final area” where unclaimed dogs were scheduled to be put down.  There went the nudge and lick thing again.  Hank looked down to the most pleading eyes he’d ever seen. Ignoring the attendants order to leave, Hank asked if could he see the dog closer? Her demeanor changed completely and her sternness melted away.  She had  forced herself to be this way so she could do the part of her job she despised.  She brought the old dog out and instantly the two souls – once so lost – found reason to hope. Hank’s cupboards were now filled, a warm fire crackled and the old dog smiled inside as he remembered “only in your dreams.” Closing his eyes he felt Hank’s hand stroking his head whispering “sleep in heavenly peace”.



This is the story of 7 pigeons.


It has been days since my capture and I have tasted no food or water since.  I am parched and tired.
There is no escape. No hope. That we are still alive is both a miracle and a curse. Death is not quite realized, but soon. For we who survive, death will come slowly, not as relief, but as a final torment. The sun rises. Many have passed from our wounds during the night. Some, helpless, have been lost to predators, as the remains of scattered feathers and bloody wings tell. One who escaped the killing field fell upon the razor-sharp thorns, and was impaled. There is nowhere I can look and not see tragedy and horror.
My throat is dry and cracked from lack of water. My bloody wounds iced from the freezing cold. Our collective agony is unspeakable, constant and without relief. Suddenly, they are back! Some of u
s run, but I cannot. If this is death, let it advance and remove me from this filthy world where killing is done for profit and pleasure. My eyes already dim. I have had enough. And yet...I am not crushed, but coddled. Instead of vile laughter, gentle voices encourage me to hold on - to cling to life.  They call us beautiful and carry as many of us as they can from this blood-soaked field.  Twenty-one of us are rescued.  Though many of us did not survive over the next few days, they passed in warmth and love.  That has meaning. It matters. Today, seven of us remain.  We huddle together, and breathe and eat.  We are loved, which, considering the obscene violence done to us, is a miracle. The woman who cares for us coos and kisses us each day.

The Reality of the Story
Though part poetry, what you just read was not fiction. The specific incidents and the horrors are all too real. SHARK rescued those twenty-one birds and found one loving home for the seven survivors.  They are a family, and the care they have for each other is as obvious as it is heartwarming.As for the killing fields of Wing Pointe and any other pigeon shoot sites; we will go back when the slaughter begins anew. We will nonviolently confront and fight their butchery. We will fight the corruption that protects the killers, and ultimately will hold them accountable in courts of law, and in the court of public opinion.  We are exposing their vile acts for the world to see.

We will again be there to rescue the victims, because that is what we do.

      WATCH VIDEO OF THE SEVEN SURVIVORS HERE                          


'Thrown Away' Dog Saves Little Girl's Life And Gets "Valor Dog of the Year," Award

Though he was once left to die in a garbage bin, a Terrier mix has found new purpose in caring for and protecting a little girl with a rare neurological disorder.

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -- When the Pieters family adopted Jack, a dog once left to die in a dumpster, they hoped he would act as a constant companion to their daughter, Maya. They never considered that the Terrier mix would also save the little girl's life, on more than one occasion. Jack's loyalty -- and keen senses -- have proved that one person's trash can truly become another's treasure. Just ask 8-year-old Maya, who inspired her family's trip to the Humane League of Lancaster County in 2004. When the Pieters saw how seamlessly Maya bonded with Jack, he had nowhere to go but out of the kennel, and into their home.

Jack was sleeping in his crate one morning last year, when suddenly, without apparent provocation, he leaped from his bed and darted up the steps to Maya's room. The door was closed, but Jack sensed that Maya was inside -- and that she, for whatever reason, needed help. The dog began to relentlessly claw and bark at the door, until Maya's family took notice of the dog's frantic state. Jack's urgent response to Maya's seizure probably saved her life, as the seizure was a new, unprecedented symptom of her condition.

All of these accomplishments led to Jack's nomination for the Humane Society of the United State's "Valor Dog of the Year," an award to honor and celebrate dogs that have performed extraordinary acts of courage. Jack competed against heroic dogs across the country, and although he didn't win the main prize, he was granted the "People's Choice" award. Jack may have no idea he is nationally known for his good deeds. All he knows is someone once gave up on him, threw him away like a piece of trash.  And now, he is loved by a family, cherished by a little girl. In return, as much as Maya Pieters gave him a new chance at life, Jack has given her the same gift, as well. By Laurie LaMonica. (Pet Pulse Photo by Rob Gill)

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Love and Care Blossoms in Kinloch, Missouri

Back in June, a gentle dog down on his luck wandered into the Kinloch Learning Center during summer camp hours.  The staff and children were wary at first, but they didn’t shoo him away.  They didn’t chase him away with harsh words throwing sticks and stones.  They didn’t call Animal Control or the Police.  He wasn’t dumped at a shelter where his future could only have been just a few days before being put to sleep. They fell in love, took him in, and made him their mascot. 

In this world of cruelty and abuse towards animals, these children are learning the value of life and working hard to maintain it. They deserve our support.



Random Acts of Kindness.. Kudos to you Jana Kohl


Jana Kohl and her dog Baby are on a mission. A mission to stop puppy mills...and sell some books along the way to help the cause. Jana rescued Babay, a roughly nine-year-old poodle who had been locked in a cage. Jana and Baby (whose sweet face and three-legged hobble attract attention wherever she goes) found themselves speaking to groups about the terrible conditions at many breeders' farms and urging politicians to change the lax laws that regulate this industry. Today, Baby is the unofficial spokesdog for the Humane Society of the United States on the topic of puppy mills, and she and Jana travel around the country lobbying for reform on this important issue. Go Jana. Go Baby. And go WGN-TV for spotlighting this important issue. If you'd like to read more:  http://www.ararebreedoflove.com/

See the video below.

This Is A Story Of One Person's Random Act Of Kindness To Help Save One Dog. It's called "Just One".

Or see the video on U-Tube

  This whole story started with one person. It's about one dog who's spirit has been beaten down and had given up all hope of just a little love and a forever home. A little compassion had never been given to him before. With the start of one person that was soon joined by many "Stanley" was given a second chance.
 If we just take one moment out of our busy day to show one random act of kindness, we could move mountains and help save animals like Stanley.

**There are other of the videos of adoptable Cocker Spaniels plus others that are soooo cute and need homes as well. **

Update On Stanley From “Just One Dog”

Here’s Stanley today doing so much better. He’s recovered from eye surgery and can open his eyes without pain for probably the first time ever.  I’m so happy for Stanley.  I just wish every dog were so lucky.

You can also find out about where Stanley is being fostered now in Canada.

Update On Stanley, Just One Dog

Remember that gut-wrenching video, Just One Dog, about the dejected white pitbull with mange and eye infections in California shelter?  (The video was made by Cathy at CampCocker.) Well, a bunch of good things have been happening to Stanley since then and he’s doing so much better!  He’s now being fostered in a home by the Respect-A-Bull rescue group in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  His skin and eyes are improving, he has more energy, he’s playing, sleeping in a snuggly bed, and giving out lots of kisses.

Here’s the post about his arrival in Canada. Respect-A-Bull has a blog with information on their other dogs and updates on Stanley.  Stanley also has a Facebook page with updates. And check out the video below from a news story.  What a sweet boy!

Stanley’s story is great, but here’s the thing I think we have to remember—Stanley isn’t special, at all.  He really is just one dog out of thousands and thousands of dogs. I think we tell ourselves the fiction that Stanley is special so we won’t feel so bad about the millions of dogs destroyed every year in the US alone.  The majority of the dogs destroyed in shelters are no different than Stanley.  They just never got a chance.  Tons of people have offered to adopt Stanley.  I hope so much that they will instead adopt just one other dog.

Please support your local rescue groups.  If you want to help out Respect-A-Bull, you can donate on their site or purchase a Stanley shirt.

Thank you for supporting animal rescue!
From the folks at CampCocker



Three-Legged Pooch Wins Top Honors at the ASPCA Talent Show                                                                  

On February 12, a three-legged Pit Bull named Prince was crowned top dog at the ASPCA’s 5th Annual Talent Competition for shelter pups in New York City. The talented two year old wowed the crowd as a major league “catcher,” expertly retrieving three strikes from his equally skilled handler/pitcher.

Prince and eight other dogs demonstrated their diverse talents in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an adoring crowd at our Adoption Center. Judges included Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, Tony award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, ballroom dance champion and choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance Melanie LaPatin and Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Joseph Pentangelo. “The talent show demonstrates the resilience of these wonderful dogs,” says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA Adoption Center, “but the real prize will be finding their two-legged soul mates and homes to call their own.” We’re happy to report that three of Prince’s fellow contestants were adopted in the days following the big show: Stormy, a big, beautiful Pit girl; Ted, a Saint Bernard mix; and sun-worshipping Sebastian, who delighted the audience with his limbo and skateboarding skills.

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The story of This is Daisy Mae


This is Daisy Mae, she is paralyzed due to a back injury and drags herself around. Because of that, she was just left in a crate to rot before we rescued her. We are working to collect money for a wheelchair for Daisy. She is a good little girl who likes to play with toys and really enjoys her treats. She loves snuggling and she is progressing everyday. She also enjoys being outdoors with the other dogs. Daisy will need some extra small sweaters for playing outdoors this winter and a collar with a bell so she can be heard coming and don't step on her.


I donated to this wonderful little dog for a wheelchair. I'm sure she would like to go out side to play and with a little luck and some big hearts we can make that possible. I am in no position to adopt her but I can help her. Her and many more like her need help, won't you take a look and open your heart to help some of these dogs that deserve so much better.  Too many cats and dogs are victims of cruelty and neglect.  Only you can help and be the hope to a animal in need.

Wonderful Story...

Unconditionally your friend, your child, your comforter, your defender, always your puppy...you are their life, their love, their safe haven, their leader. They will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart. You owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion.

The Story Of Oogy...

When Oogy was four months old and weighed thirty five pounds he was tied to a stake and used as bait for a Pit Bull. The left side of his face from just behind his eye was torn off, including his ear. He was bitten so hard a piece of his jaw bone was crushed. Afterward, he was thrown into a cage and left to bleed to death. 'This is one of the happiest dogs I've ever met' Dr. Bianco said. 'I can't imagine what he'd be like if half his face hadn't been ripped off. When Oogy was about eight months old, we hired a trainer who also happened to be an animal 'whisperer.' We introduced her to Oogy and she sat on the floor for a full five minutes talking to him. We could not hear a word she said. When the trainer lifted her head her eyes were brimming with tears. 'Oogy wants you to know' she said 'how much he appreciates the love and respect you have shown him.' Then she asked about his routine. I started by showing her where he slept in the crate. She said immediately, 'You have to get him out of that box'. 'Why?' 'Because he associates being in a box with having his ear ripped off.' It was a smack-myself- in-the-forehead moment. Oogy never went back in.  This incredible dog now lives on the Main Line with his adoptive family, Larry and Jennifer and their twin sons, Noah and Dan.  Noah and Dan are pictured here in the above photograph with Oogy. Main Line Animal Rescue would like to thank Larry, Oogy's proud father, for sharing his story and helping us educate people to the horrors of dog fighting. 

My personal Kudos to you guys..............Kudos, Kudos, Kudos......

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Good Samaritans Save Homeless Man’s Dog from Death Row

BigBoyMany people are down on their luck for one reason or another, sometimes through no fault of their own, sometimes because they screw up.  In the case of 58-year-old Auther McDonald of Hesperia, CA, he screwed up; drugs, lost his company, lost his home, his truck broke down and then he found himself living in a tent in a dirt field in Hesperia.  But McDonald has been working on pulling himself together and he has a real reason to too, that’s Big Boy, his beloved constant canine companion.

McDonald would spend his days walking up and down Main Street, sometimes 8-10 miles a day, Big Boy by his side,  collecting cans for recycling, taking on small jobs, doing whatever he could to pick himself up and keep going. One day, Big Boy a break and rest, he tied him in a shady spot near Sparky’s Self Storage and Carwash where McDonald was a familiar face. Problem was, when he came back, Big Boy was no where to be found. McDonald search high and low for Big Boy for two and a half days until he ran into Don Willis, maintenance worker for Sparky’s. The workers at Sparky’s describe McDonald a friendly and positive despite his situation, a situation that he works daily to improve. “It’s not like he’s just sitting on the street corner begging for money,” said Sparky’s sales associate Pat Willis. “He does try to help himself.” Willis headed straight for the Hesperia Animal Shelter to see if Big Boy was there. “I put myself in his position and I would hope someone would help me,” Don Willis said. “That’s his companion, and it was something good to do.”

Willis found the 8-year-old shepherd-mix at the shelter but also found out that Big Boy was scheduled for die on Friday if someone didn’t claim him, get him up to date on his shots and have him neutered, at a cost of $145. Knowing that there was no way McDonald would have the money, Willis immediately took up a collection from his co-workers who quickly covered the cost and instead of Friday being a day of doom for Big Boy, it was a day of reunion and celebration for him and McDonald! “He lives in a tent and we felt so bad for him because it was like his kid,” said Charlayne Vest, a Sparky’s sales associate. “And the dog just loves him, just follows him everywhere.” Sure, McDonald could have wallowed in self-pity after he lost everything, blamed anyone and everyone for his problems but he didn’t.  He picked himself up and works everyday to overcome unlike so many people out there who are down on their luck.  And sure, the workers at Sparky’s could have ignored McDonald, after all, he was just another homeless man, but they didn’t.

Yes, times are tough for so many of us right now but one thing that keeps up human is our love and compassion for those around us, whether they be two- or four-legged. McDonald and Big Boy were lucky to find that love and compassion and the workers at Sparky’s are richer for their kindness. Kudoes to you all and a big thank you!

Sparky's self storage: http://www.webselfstorage.com/en/self_storage/HESPERIA_CA/zip_92345/SPARKYS_SELF_STORAGE_AND_CARWASH/056468

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Barbara Woodley hoarded more than 300 dogs, only to keep them in deplorable conditions. It took a three-year legal battle and an army of volunteers  to save these broken creatures. Barry Yeoman's audio slideshows tell the story of four of these dogs—and their very special new owners.



The Tale of Owen and Mzee

and Tortoise

These photographs tell the story of the baby hippo (Owen), who was saved from the 2004 tsunami.  In order to survive, he was adopted by a giant tortoise (Mzee).  These pictures were taken at an animal facility in the port city of Mombasa , Kenya, East Africa. This is a true story that shows that our differences don't matter much when we need the comfort of another. Share Owen and Mzee's story with a friend.  A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise.  After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized.  Mzee seems to be very happy being a 'mother'.  The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age.  'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'

It is incredible, a less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise.  (In Swahili, Mzee means old man)

Hippo and Tortoise

 Mzee seems to be very happy being a 'mother'

Hippo and Tortoise

Hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mother for as long as four years

Hippo and Tortoise


The Dachshund and Pink the Pig


Dacshund and pig

Here is another inspirational story about animals.  The situation is a a Dachshund is fostering this pig for another mother who has just died. Originally his eyes were closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other puppies. Mum appears to love him as much as the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is also the cleanest pig-puppy ever because she licks him all the time. Unsurprisingly he is named, Pink.

    Dacshund and pig



Iraqi Dog Finds Marine And A Forever Home...    

Major Brian Dennis was serving in Iraq when a local dog took up with him. The dog’s ears had been cut off when it was a pup so Major Dennis named him Nub. Nub came around for months and obviously liked hanging out with the Marines. One day Major Dennis found a deep puncture wound on Nub. It had been inflicted on Nub with a screwdriver. Dennis and the other Marines nursed Nub back to health. No wonder Nubs loves his Marines and was willing to do whatever he had to do to find them when their unit was relocated …Major Brian Dennis, while serving in Iraq, found a dog who had his ears cut off as a pup and named the little guy nubs. Over a period of months, the animal came around, befriending Dennis and his fellow Marines. During one visit, Dennis found Nubs with a deep puncture wound on his left side. He later learned the injury was inflicted by a screwdriver. He helped nurse the dog back to health. The time came, however, for Dennis’ unit to relocate 70 miles from Nubs’ home fort. Keeping nubs was against the rules so he had to leave the dog behind. As always, Nubs sprinted alongside the Hummers as they pulled away for what Dennis assumed was the last time he would see the dog. Two days later, Nubs wandered inexplicably in below-freezing conditions into Dennis’ new camp, shocking the Marine unit. “I won’t even address the gauntlet he had to run of dog packs, wolves, and God knows what else to get here,” Dennis wrote. “When he arrived he looked like he’d just been through a war zone.” Nubs’ miraculous journey forced the Marine’s hand, and Dennis and his fellow Marines unanimously decided to keep the animal, building a doghouse at the camp. When two military police officers told Dennis the dog could not stay at the camp, he decided the only way to properly keep the animal was to get it to the United States. After raising money and setting up a home with a friend back in the states, Nubs will arrive in the US this weekend.

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Chinese woman leaves career to care for stray dogs — some left homeless in earthquake...

Woman creates private animal shelter in China

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in China, the Associated Press has a report on something very unusual in that country: A former businesswoman has created a private animal shelter. The white short-haired mutt was found dragging his crushed hind legs through rubble-clogged streets after the massive earthquake devastated China's Sichuan province. The shy terrier mix was lucky to live through the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people. He was even more fortunate to survive the squads of police and soldiers who were gunning down homeless canines for fear they would spread disease in the disaster's aftermath. But his luckiest day was when he was picked up by Chen Yunlian. Now he's among some 100 "quake dogs" rescued by the former businesswoman, who has created something extremely rare in China: a private animal shelter. Chen is also on the vanguard of a new movement in China of citizens who start their own groups to deal with social problems that were once mostly handled — or ignored — by the Communist Party

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Blewett The Black Lab.


Blewett the black lab needed rescuing from snowy Blewett Pass in Washington just 2 months  ago, but he did the rescuing this month when he found another black lab by a river that needed rescuing.

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Blewett the black Labrador retriever knows what it's like to need a little help. For nearly a week last March, the lost dog barked for attention on Washington's Blewett Pass, capturing the hearts of dozens of travelers who fed him and tried unsuccessfully to catch him. After he was finally captured, Jay and Janie Smith of Plain, Wash., gave him a home.Jay Smith said his wife were walking Blewett on a trail above the Wenatchee River on Monday when the dog started barking and raced down the steep bank to sniff an animal near the river's edge. Janie Smith thought it was a dead bear, but it was an old, arthritic black dog — and it was alive. The dog's tags showed it to be Pepper, an 11-year-old dog lost since Saturday. Carol Hurt, who lives nearby, had been baby-sitting Pepper for the weekend. She thinks the old dog was swept away by the river while taking a drink. She calls the rescue "pretty heartwarming." Blewett even stayed with the other dog while rescuers repelled down a steep bank to the river.  What a sweet dog!


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Story About Faith... Hot diggity dog!

Everybody loves a good dog story. But this dog story is really special. Meet Faith, the bi-ped dog. Faith was born with two deformed front legs, left to die and rescued by a little boy whose heart was full of love for her at first sight. He took her home and he and his family taught the pup to survive and thrive. She walks on her hind legs, human-style, and her story now inspires people around the globe. I recently talked with Faith’s owner,  Faith was born just before Christmas in 2002 and was found as well as rescued by my son Reuben. Faith’s mother dog was putting her down naturally because she couldn’t suckle and she was being abused by her siblings for milk.
Reuben didn’t like what he was seeing and brought her home to me. We began immediately to teach and train Faith to walk upright when the vet asked us to get her off of her chest. She has become an international success and celebrity, not only for walking upright, but for her work with the military. She is an ambassador, really — and is an honorary E5 Sgt. in the U.S. Army now. She will star in her first film this year. It is a feature about her life.Our family used so many things to try and entice Faith to walk. She wanted to scoot, and she wanted to stay down on the ground and roll around. We put her on a skateboard and showed her what it was like to move. She didn’t like it. We put her on roller skates, too. She didn’t like that much, either. We found that food (very basic to anyone and dogs too) is a great motivator. She did want to sit up for peanut butter. She would come to us if we held it out to her, and we held it just above her nose so she would have to try hard to get it. It wasn’t easy, but she did learn to put one foot in front of the other, and she balanced by bending over and adjusting and she swings her tail from side to side to balance as well. People with anything bad going on in their lives can look at Faith and see that she’s a dog, a normal dog, and that she was put at a natural disadvantage.

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Just a wonderful story...


Partnered in the struggle for a place to call home.


By Meghan E. Irons Globe Staff / January 19, 2010

Anya was neglected, and finally abandoned. Most of the two years of her life was spent locked in a garage. When humans approached, the large, gentle Leonberger-golden retriever mix cowered in fear.   
Stewart Thorpe spent 30 of his 55 years on Boston’s streets, bundled in depression. He used to sleep in subways and on sidewalks. When Pine Street workers eventually reached out to him, he was too fearful to look them in the eyes.These two homeless creatures - man and dog, both shadows in life - are finding that they have a lot in common - a history of abandonment, trauma, and distrust. Over the past year, something remarkable has happened to Thorpe and Anya and a handful of other homeless men and dogs in a Pine Street transitional home. Anya is finding out what it means to be cared for in a loving home, while Thorpe and 10 other men are discovering what it means to live again. “I’ve committed myself to doing something again,’’ Thorpe said. “I’m thinking of something other than me.’’ Anya is the latest of six dogs once considered unadoptable who have had a foster stint at Pine Street’s Stapleton House, a four-story South End dwelling for men entrenched in homelessness. The program tries to get men housed first, before addressing their medical, long-term housing, and emotional needs. The men, in their 50s through 70s, learn basic life skills such as sharing common space, caring for themselves, and looking people in the eye. Barbara Davidson, who heads the effort, has spent years helping the homeless who struggle with paranoia and other psychiatric issues. The men she helps do not cause trouble, but they do not want help and do not talk about their lives - which makes assisting them difficult.

Dogs are the ultimate ice breakers. They teach the men to build trust and open up about their hidden lives, so the staff of five can get the humans the help they need. The dogs learn to accept love and temper their aggression. On their daily walks, the dogs are conversation starters with strangers. These may be small feats in the annals of daily life, but for men and dogs who have spent much of their lives in the grip of homelessness, these encounters are giant leaps to newfound independence. Continued...



This was simply just too beautiful not to share...      

Bird Cares for Injured Mate

Millions of people in America, Europe, and even in India cried after viewing these pictures. It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France . All copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.


Here his mate is injured.  Her condition is fatal. 


He brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion. 


He brought her food but - shocked - found her dead.   Still, He tried to move her.  


Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cried in anguished, adoring love.


Still.... He stood beside her, crying and saddened by her death. 


Finally aware that she would never return to him,
he stands beside her body in sadness and sorrow.


Here's Freeway Rescue In NY By A Dog Named Chile. 

We could learn something from them.....

This story is an amazing example of the bond between animals and thankfully has a happy ending.  When Chile, the yellow lab mix, was hit on the Deegan Expressway, her son, Husky, came to her rescue.  He fended off traffic keeping her from being struck again.  When police and animal control arrived, Husky held his ground and made sure no one messed with his mom.  After several attempts, Chile was loaded into a vehicle.  Police then herded Husky down an off-ramp and he was eventually reunited with his owner.  Chile is being treated for a broken leg and is expected to be fine. It’s certainly reminiscent of that remarkable dog that tried to rescue an injured dog on a Chilean freeway by dragging it to the shoulder.

Update: Dog Saves Dog On Freeway

Sadly, there is no real chance of finding the amazing dog that risked its own life to haul an badly injured dog to safety. The event actually happened in March.  And unfortunately the injured dog died. Like many/most countries, Chile isn’t an easy place to be a dog.   It’s estimated there are 220,000 stray dogs in the Santingo area alone.  Earlier this month, Chilean authorities raided the Benjamin Vinuña Mackenna Animal Protection Society where disease is rampant and animals are being killed in huge numbers instead of sheltered and adopted out.  This organization was established in 1915 and reportedly is representative of the conditions in most shelters in Chile.

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Pregnant Stray Dog Rescued on the Brink of Jumping to Her Death – VIDEO

Pregnant StrayFor more than a week a stray female mix dog, heavily pregnant, had been trapped on the second floor of an abandoned building in St. Louis, MO.  Stray Rescue of St. Louis was trying to rescue the scared little girl but she perched herself on the sill of a second story window.  Worried that she was going to jump, a certain death sentence, director Randy Grim looked for help. Spotting a fire engine, he flagged it down.

Fire Engine Company #9 offered their able bodied assistance in rescuing the scared dog and delivered her to Stray Rescue where she is now safe and sound and has been named E9 in honor of her valiant rescuers! You can watch the amazing rescue below. It was definitely touch and go at times but our heroes prevailed! Now E9 will be able to have her babies in a safe place, warm and sheltered and the staff at Stray Rescue will make sure they are cared for and adopted into wonderful loving homes as I am sure E9 will be as well when she’s ready to become a part of a family. Living on the streets is a tough life for anyone but for a pregnant dog, trapped and abandoned, it must have been hell. Now she’s going to find out what life can and should be!

To read more or see the video of the rescue: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/animal-advocacy/pregnant-stray-dog-rescued-on-the-brink-of-jumping-to-her-death-video

From Shelter Dog to Certified Hero, Police Narcotics Dog

PanteraThis pretty boy may look like he just lounging around like any other dog but this is Pantera, the newest addition to Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Division although it wasn’t all that long ago this 16-month-old Black Lab’s future didn’t look so bright.  He was a shelter dog, spending his time at the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League. That was until the shelter called the department to ask if they might have some interest in Pantera and when Canine police officer Steve Martinez checked the pooch out, he found him a wonderful candidate. Starting in May, Pantera underwent “a rigorous curriculum of narcotics detection techniques,” an eight week narcotics training course and is now the youngest canine on the force.

Pantera1“As staunch supporters of canines, we view this as a win-win situation–the department gets and excellent canine partner, and Chicago Ridge finds a good home for Pantera,” said Deputy Superintendent Steve Peterson. After taking to the streets last month Pantera has proved himself quite adept for his job recovering evidence and helping to execute warrants. The Chicago PD has said that now they plan to continue to seek their canine recruit from shelters. “It just goes to show that shelter dogs have so much potential,” said Terri Sparks, marketing and public relations director for the Animal Welfare League. “We hope to work on future endeavors like this very soon and hope that other law enforcement agencies catch on.” Now wouldn’t if just be wonderful if more police departments did follow suit here?  Too many people look at shelter animals as “damaged” in some way but usually the damaged one was the person who surrendered them to the shelter for one reason or another.  Shelters are full of wonderful animals, from puppies to senior, from the loveable mutt to purebred, there’s something for everyone.  Spending alot of money on a dog doesn’t mean you’re getting a better dog than you could find in a shelter. Pantera has a wonderful chance to be not only a hero but a symbol as well, a symbol of just what a shelter dog can be, given the chance!

Kudos to the Chicago Police department and good luck to Pantera and his partner!!

To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/from-shelter-dog-to-certified-hero-police-narcotics-dog

A Home for Lucky

Here is a story of a dog that tragically lost her owner, this time to a hit-and-run accident.  She too could have easily been shuttled off to a shelter to await her fate but a fire company and a hospital have other plans.

lucky_dogJoe was a 53-year-old homeless man with a history of medical problems.  He was also was an amputee in a wheelchair.   By his side for the last 8 to 10 years was Lucky – a black Labrador mix.  Joe and Lucky were well known in the Long Beach, California area and very well liked.  He made friends at Fire Station 2, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and made his home at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church helping out with chores. “He kind of adopted us,” Pastor James Proper said. “He started attending services, Bible study and fellowship meals. He kind of became part of the family. We learned a lot from Joe about what it means to be homeless and to seek community. Lucky was always by his side. Even when he was admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center for seizures, Lucky accompanied him – and the hospital welcomed him.

“They were very much regulars,” said Courtney Rowin, the emergency room charge nurse. “Lucky went everywhere with him. Even when he was admitted or taken in for a CT scan, Lucky went along. You could not get that dog to leave his side.” One night Lucky appeared at St. Mary’s Emergency Room without Joe and the staff immediately knew something was wrong.  Shortly after that, Joe was rushed into their ER after being rescued from the road where he was hit. Joe didn’t make it. lucky_friends

The nursing staff knew that left Lucky… homeless. Each one of them agreed that NO WAY were they going to send Lucky to a shelter.  Fire Station 2 and Katie Magee, an ER nurse at St. Mary’s, are currently reviewing applications for Lucky’s new home.  They got so many they had to stop accepting them.  In the meantime, Lucky lives between the firehouse and Katie’s home until they find him a good home.  No lonely animal shelter for her. “We’re going to try to find the best family situation for her so she has a human being with her as much as possible, because that’s what she knows,” says Magee. “She not going to anyone who doesn’t realize it’s all about Lucky,” Magee adds with a laugh. Here’s a group of people, not even blood relatives, that could see the strong bond there was between Lucky and Joe.  Their only thought now is to make sure Lucky lives out the rest of her life with another loving owner.

To read more: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/a-home-for-lucky

For My Dad Mike. Helping An Endangered Species...Falcons

A family friend of mine just sent me these pictures of his baby Peregrines that just hatched. He has been a falconer for over 5o years and still going strong. Trying to help bring their population back up...Aren't they cute.. He writes: Just had some peregrine eggs hatch and waiting for my gos eggs - due to hatch next Tuesday or so. More peregrine eggs under both my pairs and a few in the incubator with 2 gos eggs, too. Had a bad incubator year 2 for 9! And 3 infertile...           

Here's his website if you would like to know more and see some wonderful pictures of Falcons.




Brutus the Grizzly Bear.

Casey Anderson and Brutus the Bear are best friends.
Imagine if your best friend weighed nearly 1,000 pounds, stood 6 inches taller than basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and wolfed down his own turkey at Thanksgiving. For Casey Anderson, it's a normal part of life with his best bud—Brutus the Grizzly Bear.  Get to know Brutus and Casey.  Watch

Casey rescued the 5-month-old cub, who was born into captivity. From that day, an unbreakable bond was formed. "When he was a little baby, I was bottle feeding him, and I looked down in his eyes and he had a little tear in his eye. I just kind of chalked it up for he was straining from sucking on the bottle," Casey says. "Then, several years later, Brutus got a bit of a bellyache, and I was rubbing his belly. And in his eye, he had the same tears. And at that moment I realized that grizzly bears can feel the same emotions we do." 




Now, a groundbreaking program called Puppies Behind Bars is transforming these offenders.

At the Fishkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York, more than 1,600 men convicted of abuse, robbery and murder are serving their time. "I've been incarcerated for robbery in the first degree," an inmate named Michael says. "I really had no regards for other people. It was always me, me, me, me."

Now, a groundbreaking program called Puppies Behind Bars is transforming these offenders. Inmates are given 8-week-old puppies and taught to train them to become service dogs for the disabled, including wounded soldiers. The puppies and prisoners are together 24 hours a day. The puppies sleep in crates in the inmates' cells.

Go inside a training session.  Watch http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Prisoners-Train-Puppies-to-Aid-Wounded-Soldiers-Video

In return, the puppies give the prisoners something many of them have never experienced before—unconditional love. "I'm going to make my family and those around me proud of me again. Joining this program, it helped me to give myself a sense of pride again. To know that by nurturing and raising these dogs to their fullest potential, that I could give back."



The Video below are rare White Deer called "Ghosts of the Forest." Wonderful Pictures. 

So pigs CAN fly! (Or at least jump on a trampoline)

High hopes: The Howells discovered that their piglet had hidden 
circus skills after they placed her on a trampoline

This little piggy is more than happy to show the world two clean pairs of heels. At six weeks old, Scarlett the rare-breed porker has already mastered the art of trampolining. Owners Gwen and Steve Howell say the woolly Hungarian mangalitza enjoys the experience so much that their daughters Tara, 14, and Alex, eight, now have to wait their turn to play. Mr and Mrs Howell, both estate agents, have seven pet pigs on their farm in Shrewsbury. Mrs Howell, 46, explained how they came across their pets' unlikely skill by chance.

'We decided we would try and put our boar, Percy on the trampoline one day and he absolutely loved it.

'He is very tame and quite trainable. He was on there and just went for it and started jumping up and down, we couldn't believe it. It was hard to get him off. 'The only problem is Percy has piled on the pounds and is way to porky to put on the trampoline nowadays, so we tried to put Scarlet on there.

Party trick: The family say Scarlet loves the trampoline, and had 
attracted hordes of visitors

'Whenever you pick a pig up they squeal really loudly. We picked her up and of course she screamed, but as soon as she was placed on the trampoline she stopped. 'She started sniffing around and started to walk on it then we put some food on there and she started feeling her feet. She has only been doing it for three days, for 45 minutes a time, but she loves it. The pigs seem to love the trampoline even more than our two daughters. 'All our friends want to see Scarlet in action as soon as they get here. She's become the star attraction.

Circus skills: Gwen and Steve Howell, pictured with Scarlet, now 
plan to enter her into Britain's Got Talent
By Daily Mail Reporter

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1233284/Pigs-fly--The-tiny-porker-likes-better-bouncing-trampoline.html#ixzz0i8okZJKr


Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, and dragged for 600 miles - but Tricky SURVIVED

By Mail Foreign Service

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on. They didn't realise this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run. Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender - and very much alive.

Wily coyote: The creature's head can be seen inside the front of 
the car as rescuers work desperately to free it

Wily coyote: The animal's head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender to save it after it was struck by the car at 75mph

'We knew it was bad': Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit 
the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the 

'We knew it was bad': Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender

When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping. 'Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,' Daniel explained. 'We thought the story was over.' After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice.

Fur Pete's sake: What Mr East spotted as he bent down to inspect 
the damage to his car - the body of the coyote poking out through the 

Fur Pete's sake: What Mr East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car - the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator.

As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop 
around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself

But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained. At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome. '[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,' Tevyn East said. 'I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn't register it was the whole animal.' Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life. 'It flinched,' Tevyn East said. 'It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out.'

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote 
begins to wriggle free

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free


And voila! Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal - which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw

The pair immediately phone Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release. 'We could see a little bit of blood, not a lot, and we couldn't see any wounds,' Tevyn East said. 'We didn't know if it was suffering and we should put it out of its misery, or if we could rescue it. But we realized we were going to have to take the front end of the car off to get to it.' The coyote had been thoroughly embedded between the front fender and radiator of their Honda Fit car - and had amazingly survived the journey without any broken bones or internal injuries. 'It just had some scrapes on its paw,' Daniel East said. The coyote - which was nicknamed Tricky - became active while trying to escape the car space so, fearing severe internal injuries, wildlife rescue worker Jan Crowell managed to snare a loop around its neck. Jan took the coyote to a kennel in her yard while figuring out where to release it. But three days later the coyote saw its chance - and escaped by wriggling beneath the bottom bar of the cage.  'Now it's a local coyote,' Tevyn East said.  'We named it Tricky for a reason,' Daniel East said.



River: A Vagabond Dog and Some Stories of Others

Out in Tucson, Arizona, along the Rillito River lives a vagabond dog appropriately named “River”.   River has been a big concern with animal lovers and advocates for awhile.  She is somewhat shy – very wary of people.  She wears a collar so she must have once had a home.  No one knows if she was abandoned or ran away from her home.  And she’s not telling.

People in the area have posted signs asking to immediately report sightings of the dog. They have also been in and around the riverbed, constructing a little dog shelter and leaving water and food for River.  Volunteers are seen daily trying to spot River and leave her food.  Traps have been set to catch her in an effort to get her into a cozy home. Regular “River sightings” are posted on Craigslist.  Anyone who wants to help with the quest for River can search “River” in the Tucson pet section of Craigslist for information on how to volunteer. Not sure if River will ever be captured, but there is a chance that River may never want to be captured.  She may just want to stay free. There are many stories of vagabond dogs like River that have been taken care of by town residents and company employees. 

Owney the Post Office Dog

OWneyOwney, was a stray dog that wandered into the Albany, New York, post office in 1888.  He hungry and lonely but the post office clerks let him stay and sleep among the mailbags.  He apparently either loved the scent of the mailbags or appreciated the kindest of the postal workers for he always followed them to the Railway Mail Service train every day to help load the mailbags.  Pretty soon Owney began to ride with the bags on trains across the state, and then the country. In 1895 Owney made an around-the-world trip, traveling with mailbags on trains and steamships to Asia and across Europe, before returning to Albany.

He was loved by all the workers and considered a good luck charm.   Metal tags were fashioned by workers at each railway stop and given to Owney to document his travels.  Owney died in Toledo of a bullet wound on June 11, 1897. Mail clerks raised funds to have Owney preserved, and he was given to the Post Office Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1911, the department transferred Owney to the Smithsonian Institution, where he has remained ever since.

Patsy Ann, the Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska

Patsy Ann, the Offical Greeter of Juneau, AlaskaPatsy Ann, a Bull Terrier, was born in Portland, Oregon on October 12, 1929 and came to Juneau as a pup. She was stone deaf, but she somehow always sensed approaching ships long before they came into sight.  She always headed quickly down to the wharf to greet the incoming ships.  She could always pick which dock the ship was headed to.  And she was never wrong. On one memorable occasion, a crowd was given erroneous information and gathered at the wrong dock. Patsy Ann walked by the crowd, regarded them for a few moments, and then made her way to the correct dock. Patsy Ann was not owned by anyone and made everyone her “home”.  She frequented business for food and was welcomed at each restaurant, bar, and hotel lobby for a meal and a bed.

Patsy Ann spent most of her nights down at the docks with the longshoremen running and playing in the alleyways.  This is where she died on March 30, 1942.  The next day, she was given a burial in into Gastineau channel witnessed by a crown of people.  Fifty years after her death, her statue was commissioned by the “Friends of Patsy Ann” and installed on the wharf where she continues to welcome ships, as they would have been when she was alive.  Touch her statute and you are blessed with friendship throughout your life’s journey.

Richmond’s Legendary Black Dog

Richmond’s Legendary Black DogHere is a more contemporary legendary dog.  He was a big black shaggy dog with dreadlocks,  probably a Chow mix that lived in Richmond, Virginia.  He roamed the streets for nearly two decades in Richmond’s West End neighborhood. Like all the others, Black Dog had no owner and preferred life on the streets.  Once he was determined to be friendly and not aggressive, the residents of Richmond’s West End began to leave him food or leave their garage doors open so he had shelter from the night or bad weather.  Animal Control tried to contain him, but he was so clever and elusive, all he did was drive them batty.  They eventually gave up. He met children off the school bus and walked them home.  He would sometimes play with other neighborhood dogs, AND escort joggers and bikers for a mile or two.  He would appear suddenly at your side, hang out for awhile, and disappear again.  Just like that.  He was a polite dog and never got too close to anyone. He even had his own bank account started by The Friends of Black Dog.   He was found dead on July 2, 2009, apparently fatally struck by a car.  No longer a phantom.

A collection of Black Dog articles can be found at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  It chronicles his life and adventures.  You can also purchase the book Black Dog Remembered. Like Black Dog, Patsy Ann, and Owney, River might be destined to be a vagabond.  We don’t know that.  But these drifters don’t seem lonely or consider themselves homeless.  They are spirits of eternal freedom.



American Humane

December 2009
A Bloodhound With a Heavy Heart

Maple, a middle-aged bloodhound, is no stranger to tragedy. One terrible day, police were called to Maple’s home, where they discovered the distraught dog in a room with her owner -- a woman who had been shot to death by her husband while Maple helplessly watched.

Maple was taken to a local animal shelter to be adopted into a new home. And when Jim Saunders, a volunteer in American Humane’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, came to meet Maple, it was love at first sight.

According to Jim, “The minute she came into the visiting room to see me, she laid her head in my lap.” Maple immediately sensed that she had found a new, loving caretaker who could help her recover from her past.

From Trauma Victim to Therapy Dog

Maple’s new life was just beginning. There is a special kind of affection that only an animal can give, and Jim soon realized that Maple’s sweet disposition and unique understanding of trauma would make her the perfect therapy dog.

It takes extensive training as well as innate abilities to become a therapy dog, but Maple was up to the challenge. She and Jim now regularly visit clients in a hospital, a cancer outpatient unit and a library, where children read to Maple as part of a literacy program.

Maple spreads joy wherever she goes. Depressed patients battling cancer can’t help but smile when the big hound turns her nose toward their beds for a curious sniff. And when clients hear how Maple overcame her tragic start in life, they are inspired to do the same.

Maple and Jim are just one of more than 200 handler-animal therapy teams at American Humane doing amazing work every day. But they can’t do it without you! Please donate now to support our Animal-Assisted Therapy Program!

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