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Funeral home allows dog to say her final goodbye

When 13-year-old German shepherd, Sadie couldn’t figure out why her lifelong companion had not been home for ten days, the dog refused to eat properly or sleep alone.  She watched for her human from the window and waited at the door. How would her family explain to Sadie that the man who meant so much to her would never return home again? When the woman’s husband passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack, the entire family was devastated – including Sadie.

“When he had passed away at home their dog Sadie would not leave his side. After the death, she showed signs of depression, would not eat and waited for him to come home everyday. The wife believed that Sadie could also benefit from saying goodbye and getting closure herself, and she was right!,” the funeral home posted on their Facebook page.

When Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial posted the touching photo of Sadie accompanying the widow entering the chapel and approaching the casket, Sadie was able to experience her loss and understand. Studies have shown the grief response in dogs can be lessened if the animal has a chance to view their deceased companion’s body. The idea of closure helped Sadie understand that her beloved companion was not coming back.

“After 10 days of not eating and 10lbs of weight loss, the moment Sadie walked in her home again after the service she ate her first meal. Amazing! A heart wrenching, yet beautiful story.”

It is well-known that dogs form strong emotional bonds and suffer grief when a loved one dies or moves away. Many animal behavior experts have cited dogs whining, whimpering, getting clingy or demanding of a lot of attention. Some, much like Sadie, stop eating as they grieve the loss. One of the most common behaviors seen in dogs is when they continually check the places where their companion rested or slept.

It has not been proven that dogs, much like children under the age of four, understand the concept of death as a final separation, but instead feel the loss of companionship, affection and love.

Many thanks to Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial for posting this heart wrenching, yet compassionate story. If only more funeral homes could respect a pet’s right to grieve and to say goodbye.

Why we love our dogs…

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Prison time ordered for woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty -read more here.

 

 

 

Canadian homeopath used rabid dog saliva to treat misbehaving child

A Canadian homeopath and naturopath used rabid dog saliva to “treat” a four-year-old little boy misbehaving. According to her blog post, Anke Zimmermann used a diluted form to resolve the child’s aggressive behavior:

“A 4-year-old boy with sleep and behavioural problems, including aggression and violence towards school mates, hiding under tables and growling, improves nicely with a homeopathic remedy made from the saliva of a rabid dog, Lyssinum.”

Zimmermann’s post described a child named Jonah and how he had sleeping issues along with acts of violence, anger and actually growling at people. Jonah also suffered from fears and nightmares about werewolves, wolves, zombies and ghosts. When the child was younger, he had been bitten by a dog, and even though the dog’s bite barely broke the child’s skin on his hand, Zimmermann was sure that was the issue.

“A bite from an animal, with out without rabies vaccination, had the potential to imprint an altered state in the person who was bitten, in some ways similar to a rabies infection. This can include over-excitability, difficulties sleeping, aggression and various fears, especially of dogs or wolves…”

And so came the treatment of rabid dog saliva, and months later, Zimmermann said the mother reported Jonah had made some improvement. She did admit she didn’t know how it worked, and the saliva had been so diluted it wouldn’t contain any trace of the rabies virus.

Under the homeopathy principles, ailments can be cured using similar substances that allegedly produced the disease or its symptoms.

According to Ars Technica,  Health Canada approved the rabid-dog treatment, known as Lyssinum . British Columbia provincial health officer Bonnie Henry told The Washington Post on Wednesday that rabies is almost always fatal if not treated:

“There is no evidence that I am aware of that shows Lyssin has any therapeutic benefit,” she said. “More importantly, I am concerned that if a product did actually contain what is suggested, saliva from a rabid dog, that would put the patient at risk of contracting rabies, a serious, fatal illness.”

What do you think?

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Adorable therapy dog cheers on Boston Marathon runners – read more here.


Brave dog leaps to defense of elderly owner victimized in violent attack – read the story here.

Psychology professor listed the 19 least intelligent dogs

A psychology professor from the University of British Columbia listed the 19 least intelligent dogs. Using data from Stanley Coren’s “The Intelligence of Dogs,” the breeds were sorted by their obedience intelligence out of 110 breeds.

As all dog parents know, training a dog as learning from humans is often the barometer of how intelligent our dogs are and how different breeds seem to learn. Just like children in a classroom, dogs can’t be stereotyped by their breed, however are there norms we correlate with the breeds of dogs we love so much?

How puppies learn – from house training and not to pee on the rug to learning to fetch or catch a frisbee all contributes to their trainability or as human’s label it – the intelligence of a dog. The breeds that are included in this list have been sorted by tiers – starting at “fair” and going down to “lowest degree of working.” They are also sorted by overall intelligence.

Obviously, none of this matters if you love your dog, and of course you have “bragging” rights. So share with us after watching the video and tell us just how amazing your best four-legged friend is no matter what the breed.

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A broken heart – senior dog returned to shelter because of adopter’s landlord issues. Read more here.

senior dog's heart broken

 


Selfless woman races onto roadway to save her dog – both are killed by car. Read the tragic story here.

Woman died while trying to save her dog

Video: Guilty dogs react to chewing up the family couch

When a man walks into his parent’s home while they were out of town, he sees the entire couch has been decimated. Now to figure out who was the culprit? The video pans into the faces of two pups sitting on the recliner next to the destroyed couch; the interrogation begins.

“Who did this?,” the man asks as he surveys the mess all over the living room floor. “Did you do this? Which one of you did this.” the man repeatedly asks.

A few tiny flutters of tail wagging can be seen, and it’s rather undeniable the dogs know they’re in trouble, but that’s most likely a good thing that dogs can’t talk. Check out the video – after your first gasp when you see the couch completely destroyed and the condition of the living room, make sure to watch until the very end. Pay attention to the pooch named “Lil Bit.”

Sometimes we just need a reason to smile.

Photo of guilty dog via screenshot from YouTube video via Rumble.

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Graphic video of guilty dogs just too darn cute for words!

 

Obese Siberian husky surrendered to shelter after struck by golf club in the face

Two years ago, Belca had been on a walk with her owner when she sniffed another dog; moments later the owner of the other dog struck the Siberian husky in the face with a golf club. Surrendered by her owner to Carson Animal Shelter in California on August 31, the six-year-old extremely sweet pup can not breathe through her nose at all. Volunteers think the intense heat of the summer and her obesity has caused Belca to pant loudly – thus the reason her owners decided their dog was too much trouble – or just too noisy?

“This gentle beauty is so overweight, temperatures will be even hotter this weekend and she is stressing already. Please SHARE for her life, she’s SUCH an angel and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save her. Thanks!

Check out the awesome Volunteers giving her a pool to cool off in.”

“#A5106224 My name is BELCA and I’m an approximately 6 year old female Siber. Husy. I am already spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 8/30. I will be available on 8/30. You can visit me at my temporary home at C229.

Siber. Husky 🔹 AGE:6 years
Female (S) 🔹 ARRIVED:8/30
AVAILABLE ON: 8/30
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

A Facebook page for Belca can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with friends, family, approved rescues and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.( INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to email CarsonfosterS@gmail.com ASAP to request an application. It would save their life!)

(Photo of Siberian husky Belca courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs volunteers)

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Lost dog found by storm chaser in Texas – see what he did to get this pup back home.


Elderly man wades through deep water to save stranded dog!

 

What to expect today from the animals during solar eclipse 2017

Everyone have their special glasses for today’s solar eclipse? If not, there are easy viewing “do it yourself” devices to keep your retinas safe, so make sure to check it off before this afternoon. Now as to ensure the safety of your dogs, cats, bunnies and other loved companion pets, are there special precautions we need to do?

The National Pet Owners Survey estimates 68 percent of households in the United States own a pet. As the moon moves across the sun later this afternoon, a partial eclipse will be visible in the lower 48 states; a total eclipse will cover a 70-mile wide radius visible from Oregon to South Carolina. So how will Austen or Gotham – two loyal family pooches living in Florida and San Francisco react to the phenomena? Pet behaviorists say our pets will detect the subtle temperature changes as well as the light differences, but it’s dubious if they will stare into the sun since their natural reflexes direct them to look away. And as happens most times – it will be our reactions to the eclipse which will startle them.

According to Forbes, some dogs might be frightened, but not many. Pets are more apt to be scared of thunderstorms, and since the eclipse is not accompanied by any noise, as long as their owners stay calm and not ditch down screaming “it’s the end of the earth,” dogs and cats should be fine.

Cows and horses are also expected to be fine and will continue to do what they did before the eclipse. In 2001, red-fronted lemurs froze in place for nearly three hours. These animals generally forage for nuts and berries at night. Orb weaver spiders generally build their webs at night and take them down at dawn. They were observed weaving their webs during a previous eclipse. Bats, who do most of their flying during the night, have been observed as being much more active during eclipses. Chimps however had been observed in 1984 actually watching the event, but returned to their normal activities when the eclipse passed.

For the most part, it’s humans who have the most striking reactions to the eclipse. Tell us how and what you did?

Keep your retinas safe! Don’t be stupid and stare into the eclipse – the sun is right behind it.

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Are our eclipse glasses real? Check out what you need to look for to ensure that your eyes are safe.


Share the good! A man nearly died after jumping from bridge, but two young men rushed to his rescue. Watch the heartwarming video about this amazing situation here.


Canine besties you just have to see – check out the heartwarming photos here.

Stray dogs are turning blue – toxic substance to blame

Stray dogs in Mumbai, India, are turning a rather shocking color – according to One India, many of the dogs in the area have fur which has turned blue. Toxic, industrial dye, which was dumped into the Kasadi river, not only discolored the dogs’ fur, but one of them was left blinded.

According to activists, the toxic substance is coming from a factory which dumps the dye directly into the water – though the area is cordoned off, dogs manage to get into the water while trying to cool down or drink. Dogs impacted by the toxic dye are being treated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – they will be released in the same area after treatment.

The company believed to be responsible for releasing the dye into the water is under investigation – they have been ordered to stop dumping toxins into the water and threatened with a shut down if they do not comply.

 

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Heroes rush into burning house to save a family’s trapped dog – read the story here!


Canine besties you just have to see – check out the heartwarming photos here.

Update: Pup abandoned next to Bailey chair and left with stuffed toy

Near University Park, Florida, a young dog was abandoned just one week ago, when her unknown owner tied her to the Bailey chair she needed to help her survive. A note was attached explaining the dog suffers from  megaesophagus, a lifelong condition in which the esophagus doesn’t move food into the stomach. She must be fed in a Bailey chair, in which the food is pulled by gravity into the digestive system. Her heartbreaking photo suggests she knew she was no longer wanted; her stuffed toy was perched on top of the chair.

It was feared had the dog been transported to the nearby shelter, there would not be sufficient funding or assistance to help, and she would not survive. Local shelter volunteer, Cris Ferreira, along with an army of animal advocates, shared the heartbreaking situation about a dog with a disability needing help, and another success story emerged thanks to social media.

Orlando rescue group, BullyUpRescue, stepped up. And as if somethings in life are just meant to be, Reva Fedigan,  who lost and misses her own dog, Maddie, similarly affected with megaesophagus, will foster Izzy until the perfect home becomes available:

 “WELCOME IZZY!! Izzy was abandoned at a dog park w/a note attached. She, just like my beloved & very missed Maddie, has Megasophagus. We’ll love her and take care of her until that perfect home is found. Izzy will NEVER be abandoned again!”
To help this organization with expenses for Izzy, donations can be made by clicking here.
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(Photos of Izzy with her Bailey chair via BullyUpRescue and Cris Ferreira-Reed)

Read previous article here.


Hikers stunned to see bear open a car door – watch the amazing video here.


Famous diving dog honored in special way after his death – read the story here.

 

One pup didn’t survive infestation – another struggling and owner is charged

One puppy, seized from a man in New York, was so severely infested with fleas that it did not survive and another is struggling to live. According to the SPCA serving Erie County NY, Timothy Strobele of Sage Avenue in Buffalo is facing multiple animal cruelty charges for the condition of his pets.severe flea infestation

On August 3, the animal welfare agency updated its Facebook followers about the case:

Resting comfortably today after a long few weeks are the puppies rescued yesterday with severe flea infestations. Sadly, one puppy did not survive, and another is still in critical condition. Six pups are responding well to treatment, and three adults are still in ICU.

In a press release the SPCA stated:

The animals were rushed to the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter infirmary where members of the Veterinary Department are removing the fleas, examining the dogs, administering fluids, giving baths, and more. One young puppy estimated to be five weeks old is in critical condition and oxygen is being administered.

The man accused of the extreme neglect of his pets will have to appear in court on September 14.

Recently, the BC SPCA highlighted the plight of a dog named “Rascal” who also nearly died from a severe flea infestation – the dog lost 85 percent of his blood from the blood-sucking parasites. Read the story here.

(Images via SPCA serving Erie County NY)

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Photo of man caring for his aging friend goes viral – read the touching story here.


These men rescued a drowning bald eagle – watch the amazing video at this link.

Man who hurled dogs from parking garage sentenced to prison

An Illinois man has been sentenced to prison time for throwing two dogs from the roof of a parking garage. According to the Chicago Tribune, 23-year-old Edward Hanania was sentenced to five years in prison for the cruel incident in May which claimed the life of one dog and severely injured another.

On Friday, after Hanania pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, Judge Colleen Hyland sentenced him to five years for the felony animal cruelty crime, in addition to six years for violating his probation on an “unrelated” drug conviction. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

The dogs that were hurled from the hospital’s parking garage were not even Hanania’s.  Oak Lawn police stated that Hanania falsely claimed he owned the two poodles after the dogs were found wandering the streets. When the woman who found the dogs posted an ad on social media, Hanania went to her house, gave her a $20 reward and claimed the dogs were his. The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance.

The next day he dropped both dogs off the fifth floor of the hospital’s parking lot. The disturbing incident was caught on video surveillance. One of the dogs died and the other – a year-old named Angel survived; he suffered bruised lungs and a broken leg.

Animal welfare advocates who have been following this case are pleased by the outcome, and Oak Lawn police Chief Randy Palmer stated, “I would say that justice was served.”

Prior article about this case here. 

(Booking photo via Daily Southtown)

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Beautiful transformation – see how an abandoned dog recovered from near death (click here for adoption story).


Heroic firefighter (hunky too!) saves elderly dog from drowning – watch the video here!


Protective dog saves little girl – read the amazing story here.