City councilman voted out, but library cat he tried to oust stays

In White Settlement, Texas, the library cat gets to stay and stretch his paws whenever he wants at the White Settlement Public Library where he has lived for more than six years. And as if “karma” can really deliver a kitty punch, who is to say when City Councilman Elzie Clements wanted the friendly, gray and white kitty named Browser gone, the politician was defeated from office in a landslide victory in November.library-cat

According to CbsNews, back in June, the council voted 2-1 to give Browser 30 days to vacate; Clements had been outspoken as to the cat getting evicted. Brought in as a rescue kitten to live in the library and squash the rodent problem, Browser was the perfect fit. Although the library had previously been using an exterminator, personnel didn’t want the poisons on the books nor did they want young children who  put their fingers in the eyes and their mouths, to handle the books if they contained any poison residue.

And all was well for years, until an angry city employee went on a hate campaign against Browser when her puppy was not allowed to accompany her to work inside of city hall. That’s when the fur began to fly. Mayor Ron White defended Browser, accusing city council members of hating cats. The mayor was so adamant about Browser remaining in his home, he threatened to take the issue to voters if the council didn’t reconsider. Browser even signed up for his own Facebook page asking the world to help him keep his home.

When social media picked up the plight of the adorable kitty, needless to say at an emergency meeting where Browser was the only item on the agenda, council members voted unanimously to reverse their earlier decision. Repercussions could be heard from Maine to Missouri and even overseas as far away as Germany and Malaysia.

Elzie Clements, Browser’s biggest foe, stated he had a few complaints about Browser from people who were surprised a cat was living at the library. Browser’s job title now reads “Library Cat for Life.” Mayor Ron White is satisfied with his furry employee, and says he has received messages about the cat from around the world with many people offering to adopt him. It would seem however that Browser is happy with his job.

Ah, the world of politics…

(Photos of library cat courtesy of White Settlement Public Library)

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Grinning dog photobombs Pope at Vatican

A smiling dog upstaged Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Square on Wednesday during his weekly general audience while the Holy Father met with a dog training group. According to Metro, the owner of the tongue lolling, grinning pooch held his canine friend up high just as the Pope passed by.

Pope Francis did turn around and bless the animals; he also petted them included one very grateful pooch. The lucky pups had been in the company of the Italian Federation for dog sports. And it’s not the first time, the dog friendly Pope has accepted a paw or patted a furry head. In June, dogs from Onlus Rescue Dogs Lifeguard School had the tail wagging privilege of meeting Pope Francis along with receiving a blessing.

Can there be any doubt in one’s mind why “all dogs go to Heaven”?

The photo was posted on Twitter by Reidy@sreidy95:

“If you’re having a bad day, enjoy this picture of The Pope getting photobombed by the smiliest dog xx


Woman spends $500 on surgery for pet goldfish choking on a pebble

“Conquer” the goldfish is one lucky little pet; when the tiny swimmer choked on a pebble, his owner noticed he hadn’t been eating – something was drastically wrong. According to CbsNews, the young woman rushed the fish into a specialty veterinary clinic in Australia asking for help for her one-year-old little friend.goldfish-operation-2

Donning gloves and tiny instruments, Conquer was anesthetized as the vets probed into the mouth of the fish who weighed barely .46 of an ounce.

“Conquer’s eyes were obviously bigger than his belly on that day. Had she ( the fish’s owner) not noticed the subtle changes in her pet, he surely would have starved,” explained the veterinary nurse at Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services.

Conquer quickly recovered and is back at home where he is happily swimming in his own tank. The Facebook page of the organization has been getting quite a bit of attention – especially when readers found out the life saving surgery cost $500. In response to that however, Madeline Rienecker, the nurse at the vet hospital replied:

“While there has been quite a lot of fuss made over the cost of the procedure… most people wouldn’t bat an eyelid spending the money on a dog, cat or child, so why would we value our beautiful exotic pets an less?”

We’re glad you’re doing well Conquer.goldfish-operation-3

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(Photos via Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services)



Rescued shelter pit bull saves life of newborn fawn

In Paupack Township, Pennsylvania, a 100-pound Great Dane and pit bull mix named Willow became a newborn fawn’s surrogate mother for a short time after the baby’s mother was scared away by an approaching bear, reports the NEagleNews.

In this heartwarming story of an amazing dog – no less a seven-year-old pit bull breed so often sneered upon by the uninformed, Chris and James Ludt had just been getting ready to take Willow for her evening walk when they noticed she had escaped from the family’s fenced in backyard. Moments after they called for Willow, she returned; gently supporting a newborn fawn.

And there she was: Willow gently nuzzled the newborn fawn the Ludts named White Foot. In fact, the couple watched as Willow gently licked the amniotic fluid from the fawn’s recent birth.

“The fawn, apparently believing he had an adopted new mom, responded with affection,” stated Chris as she and her husband were just so emotionally affected by Willow’s gentleness and concern.

With some goat’s milk to help White Foot gain her baby strength, Willow was her constant companion until the mother came out of the woods looking for her baby. The two were soon reunited.

Never are there enough inspirational stories to remind everyone that pit bulls are great dogs. Willow was adopted from the Dessin Animal Shelter when she was six-months-old. It’s all about the owners – stop blaming the dogs. You are a hero Willow, and everyone is proud of you.