Not wanting to accept what they were seeing, the Binghams decided to fight the odds and try to resuscitate the lifeless kitten. They brought the cat into their home, sat him by the fire and began to perform CPR on him.
When a dog remains loyal in the face of great danger, their bravery should be repaid in kind. So earlier this week when a pit bull stayed by her injured owner’s side during a house fire, one could rightly expect that she would be given some award or commendation for her actions.
Instead, she was kicked out of her home and banned from returning.
From Hero to Heretic – One Pit Bull’s Journey
The story begins with a house fire breaking out in Landover Hills, Maryland, late Wednesday night. When the fire department arrived on the scene, the first thing they did was search the flaming building for survivors. Upon entering, they found a woman, April Newell, collapsed on the floor. However, the firemen were unable to reach her because her dog, Precious, was standing guard over her.
In order to get the protective pit bull to back away from her owner long enough for the firefighters to get her on a stretcher, they had to startle her with a fire extinguisher. Once they got the woman outside, however, Precious was back to her old tricks, refusing to leave her injured owner’s side.
And while everyone on the scene was greatly impressed with the depth of this dog’s loyalty, when the time came to April to the hospital, Precious fell victim to one of Prince George’s County’s more absurd laws – a ban on all “blocky headed dogs.”
“My heart broke, it melted when I saw that,” said Sandra Hamorsky of the Maryland Dog Federation. After hearing about Precious’ story, Sandra hopes to overturn this county’s outdated law. “When it comes right down to it, a dog is a dog is a dog. And when you look at the video, you have a dog doing what any dog would do, and that’s protect its owner,” said Hamorsky.
Until then, Precious will either need to stay with a family friend outside the county or in a shelter. As of now, Newell plans to pick up Precious and find a new place to live.
If you found a dog wandering alone on the street, what would you do? Chances are you would approach them cautiously, and once you were certain that they weren’t a danger, you would look for any sort of identification so as to contact their family.
But let’s say when you call the number on their ID tag, the person on the other end of the line said “we weren’t looking for her.” What would you do then? Sounds crazy?
He called the number on her tags but the people who he reached could not have been more apathetic to Freyja’s plight. Instead of jumping for joy as one might assume they would, having just been told that their lost dog was located and unharmed, the family callously said that in no uncertain terms that they were not interested in reclaiming their lost dog.
After the shock of this bizarre encounter had worn off, FeetLookWeirdAsHell took Freyja straight to the vet just to make sure that she was, in fact, healthy. As it turns out, Freyja had a pretty bad case of heartworms, which one could posit is the reason her previous family abandoned her. However, according to FeetLookWeirdAsHell, her condition was “fixable, a little pricey, but whatever, she’s a good pup and worth it.”
After she was treated for her heartworms, her rescuer decided that fate had placed them together and decided to keep the cuddly pooch for himself.
So while Freyja may have wound up where she is under some pretty horrible circumstances, fate found her an even better home than where she started out. And as for a last note to the people that abandoned Freyja, her new dad summed it up pretty well: “to the asshats that ‘weren’t looking,’ thanks for the house broken and fully trained Husky.”
So glad you finally got the home you deserve, Freyja!
I know a lot of you are probably palming your foreheads, going “DUH!” but it is not the ‘what’ that makes this interesting, but rather the ‘how.’
How Dogs Make Kids Happier
Obviously, having a dog is a great way to cheer up if you are feeling blue. However, developmentally, having a dog around gives kids one more outlet for unconditional love. Being able to pet, cuddle, or play with a dog at their leisure keeps them actively engaged in a caring relationship. And that, in turn, makes them happier.
How Dogs Make Kids Healthier
Sure, having a dog helps keep kids moving, but interestingly enough. children that grow up with dogs are actually not that much more physically active than their dogless counterparts. So how do dogs make kids healthier? The answer, as George Harrison would say, “it’s all in the mind, y’know.”
Having a dog around reduces childhood anxiety by providing them with a loyal companion and helping them cope with separation anxiety. Also, having a dog around can stimulate the brain’s release of oxytocin, which reduces cortisol (aka chemical stress). Point being, kids that grow up with dogs are better equipped to manage stress.
How Dogs Help Socialize Kids
Having a dog around teaches children some very important lessons about communication. While mom and dad are responsible for teaching us how to communicate verbally, there are tons of visual and physical cues that coincide with the verbal to create a much deeper, more robust form of communication.
Therefore, having a creature around that communicates largely through physical cues teaches kids the importance of understanding how to read and interpret this kind of interaction. And that, in turn, gives them a head start on picking up some of the more intricate aspects of communication.
So there you have it! Yet another series of reasons why having a dog will make your life richer and a more rewarding experience. And if not for you, then for your children.
In an attempt to diminish the amount of pets raised in horrible puppy mills, city officials in Las Vegas are working on a bill that would ban pet shops from selling any cats or dogs that didn’t come from a rescue or a shelter. If this bill passes, every pet purchased inside the city is guaranteed to have been a rescue. And this is a big deal.
Previously, pets found in pet stores were often bred just so they could be shipped off to a pet store and sold. Meanwhile, perfectly good pets were languishing in shelters right around the corner. They languished because those shelters don’t have big window box displays or locations in nearby malls like the competing pet stores.
Puppies from a puppy mill, born to be sold.
Basically, people would purchase these pet store pets out of convenience, not even aware that in doing so they were directly supporting a malicious industry and preventing an abandoned dog from getting the home they deserve.
Thanks to this bill, all those mall storefronts and bright displays are going to be filled with bonafide shelter dogs, ensuring that every dog purchased is one that needed a home from the start, and not one that was bred just to make a sale.
While Las Vegas should be heralded for taking this leap, they are no pioneers. In fact, Phoenix passed a similar bill a few years back. What’s more, the Phoenix law was even challenged and upheld in federal court, giving the law that much more credence.
Shelter dogs up for adoption at a pet store
All of this is to say that, while the bill has not yet been formally passed into law, in all likelihood it will be official before long. Furthermore, if the law works as proposed in both raising shelter adoption rates and undercutting puppy mill sales, more cities will likely be adopting this policy. Before long, puppy mills will become a thing of the past.
Yan’s story began in 2012 when his dog went missing. He searched high and low for his beloved pooch, and even ended up at a nearby slaughterhouse that was known for handling dog meat.
Sadly, Yan was not able to find his long lost dog, but what he did discover was just how terrible the conditions were for these poor dogs at the slaughterhouse. And that is when Yan realized his purpose – to free these dogs from the waking hell that is their life.
At the time of Yan’s dark discovery, he had amassed a small fortune of several million yuan. And while most people would have used that money to surround themselves with the trappings of a luxurious lifestyle, Yan made the choice to buy the slaughterhouse outright and shut it down. On top of that, Yan also spent thousands to turn an abandoned steel factory into a huge shelter to house the dogs he’s rescued.
In order to save all these dogs, Yan has burnt through his entire life savings, even landing himself in a bit of debt trying to keep all these dogs fed and looked after.
“Right now, we only have 215 dogs,” Yan said. “The most we’ve had at one time is 1,000, many of them have been adopted.”
And while Yan has given up his personal fortune to help save these desperate dogs, he refuses to take monetary donations. Instead, the only help he will accept is in the form of supplies.
If you want to show your support for Yan, you can make a donation to the Humane Society International, which is an organization that works tirelessly to ensure that pets all over the globe receive adequate care.
Who wouldn’t want to travel with their dog? Nobody likes leaving them at kennels or with a house sitter, but do you really want to fly with them underneath the plane? It is bad enough when the airline loses your luggage, let alone your best friend.
Well, for Delta passengers, that concern is now a thing of the past. As of March 2016, Delta will no longer make passengers stow their pets as cargo, instead allowing them to bring their pet into the main cabin. This is a huge deal.
In the past 10 years, 14 stowed pets have gone “missing” on Delta flights, and a whopping 74 have turned up deceased. And that makes up only 25% of all airline canine fatalities.
Much of this is due to the fact that the cargo hold is not pressurized the same way as the passenger area of the plane. The air pressure drops substantially at such high altitudes, making it difficult for anything to breath down there. That is why brachycephalic (or snub-nosed like a boxer) dogs are not allowed to fly with most commercial airlines, as they are at greater risk for suffocation.
That said, Delta will still have certain restrictions on large dogs in the cabin. They will still be able to travel via Delta Cargo, which the airline assures is a safer alternative for both the dog and other passengers.
“Pets that are transported via Delta Cargo are monitored closely by customer service teams during their travel,” a representative at Delta said. “While at airports, pets are handled in temperature-controlled holding areas and vans. Also, Delta Cargo enlists professional kenneling services if overnight stays are required.”
Since the program has not started yet, any assessment of its effectiveness is purely speculation. However, one can rightly assume that this program will lead to a drop in canine fatalities on Delta flights, as well as an increase in dogs traveling with their families.
We hope that this program works as well in practice as we believe it will in theory, and becomes a general practice for airlines around the globe.
If you have an opinion on flying with dogs, please let us know in the comments below.
Daisy’s life has been a toil. Born with a congenital deformity, her front two legs have always been underdeveloped, making it difficult for her to get around. In order to perform simple tasks like walk across the room, she would have to hop or scoot her way across the floor.
When she was picked up as a stray, Daisy was immediately scheduled to be euthanized because the shelter was certain that she would otherwise end up languishing in a cage for years before someone took her home.
However, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Mere hours before Daisy was scheduled to be euthanized, her guardian angels swooped in and saved her from an early demise.
And while Daisy had become quite adept and getting around on just her hind legs, her new family took it upon themselves to improve her quality of life by fitting her with a wheelchair. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Her family soon realized that, while the wheelchair did make it easier for Daisy to get around, it was still leagues behind actual walking. Not only that, but the way the wheelchair forced her body to contort was putting excess strain on her spine.
So in an attempt to help Daisy get around on all fours, just like the millions of other dogs on Earth, they opted for a different approach – prosthesis.
Watch Daisy Run for The First Time
As you can see in the video, Daisy’s new legs look vastly different than your typical front paws. They are curved backward, giving the legs a small amount of spring, as well as an elongated point of contact with the ground, making it easier for her to bound across the house without fear of losing her footing.
What’s more, as is made clear in the video, Daisy is now getting to experience the kind of mobility nature intended for dogs, and she could not be more happy about it.
Daisy’s story can teach us many things :
Never give up on yourself. With enough determination, anyone can beat the odds and prove their detractors wrong.
Never judge a book by its cover. You think you may understand someone just by looking at them, but still waters run deep.
Advances in medicine can drastically improve our quality of life. Just look at how she runs with those new legs!
All pets deserve love. Whether they are missing their front legs, an eye, or have a serious disease, all pets deserve a home and a family that cares for them
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. This week, a hero presented himself in the form of a brave parisian police dog name Diesel.
Diesel, a bomb sniffing dog for the Paris Police Department, was killed during the siege on an apartment believed to be harboring the terrorists responsible. Anyone who has been online in the past week is aware that social media has experienced an outpouring of sympathy, first for the families who suffered losses during these devastating attacks, but now also for Diesel.
Diesel was a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois who charged headlong into the suspect apartment building to assess the situation. And while he was bravely serving his country, the terrorists inside the building took his life, thus starting what ended up being a seven-hour firefight in Saint-Denis.
Policemen and women at the scene have been quoted as saying that Diesel was “indispensable” to their operations on that day, and that he “died defending our colours.” Clearly, this police dog embodied all the characteristics a police dog should – bravery in the face of danger, a keen sense of duty, and an unflappable will.
After Diesel’s death, people on Twitter and Facebook began to show their support for the brave dog, posting pictures of their own dogs and expressing their sorrows under the hashtag #JeSuisUnChien.
The hashtag #JeSuisUnChien, meaning “I am a dog,” has since gone viral in support of this dog’s bravery. Clearly, the hashtag is being a little tongue-in-cheek, as it is a spin on the #JuSuisCharlie hashtag that went viral after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January. Even still, the fact that in the midst of such awful news, the human collective can band together to champion a hero shows that our moral compass is still reading true north.
And the fact that the one of the heroes in question happens to be a dog should come as no surprise. The love of a pet transcends language and culture. They truly are man’s best friend.
When people talk about adopting a dog, most assume that they intend to get a puppy. And while the idea of raising a cute, tiny, silly puppy is pleasant, there are a lot of aspects of raising a puppy that can be downright draining.
Senior dogs, on the other hand, are not most people’s first choice when it comes to adoption. However, what most people are forgetting is that senior dogs have a ton of benefits! Here are some of the big ones.
Adopting a puppy is a serious roll of the dice. Unless you are certain about the breed, there is no surefire way to know exactly how big they will get, or what kind of temperament they will have. With a senior dog, on the other hand, you know exactly what you are getting. They are done growing and have developed their personality, so you don’t have to worry about them turning into some hulking beast that takes up half of your sofa.
2. Puppies Turn Into Adult Dogs – Fast!
Newborns are cute. That is a fact. Babies, Puppies, Kittens, Calves, Fawns – all newborns are adorable. However, nothing stays a baby forever. And, before you know it, your precious little puppy has grown into an adult dog. Just take a look at this video and see how long it takes for these puppies to grow up.
That was fast, right? So now these puppies are fully grown and have all the energy of a toddler. Do you? Because these lumbering, lovable giants expect the same amount of play time, and if that need is not sated, they will find other outlets for their energy (i.e., chewing up your stuff).
A dog with a few more years under his or her belt is far more likely to be cool with spending a Saturday lounging about on the sofa and watching that “Chopped” marathon. If that sounds more like your speed, a senior dog might be right for you.
3. Senior Dogs Are Awesome for First Time Pet Parents
Raising a puppy is not for the faint of heart. Housebreaking, training, socializing – these things don’t just happen on their own. With a new puppy comes a handful of months (or more) full of puddles in the kitchen, “surprises” on the carpet, and a melange of chewed up shoes, books, and furniture. Just see how much damage these puppies did to this house!
A senior dog, on the other hand, has been around the block. They know what they are allowed to chew and what they aren’t, and they know that they have to wait to go outside before they relieve themselves. With a senior dog, you’re getting a pooch that is ready for home life right out of the box. Pretty sweet, right?
4. 50 is the new 35
Many people are hesitant about adopting a senior dog because they feel that the better part of their life is behind them. And while you are likely to get more time with a younger dog, thanks to advancements in modern medicine it is possible for many dogs to comfortably live into their teens. And thanks to programs like PetPlus, getting your dog the medicine they need has never been more affordable.
5. Adopting a Senior Dog Makes You a Hero
A senior dog can find his or herself in a shelter for any of a number of reasons. However, there is only one way for them to get out. Sadly, for many senior dogs, they spend their twilight years praying for a new home in a tiny concrete cell. Meanwhile, the younger pups tend to get scooped up faster.
Now, anyone who saves a dog from a life in a shelter is a hero, but people who rescue a senior dog are likely adopting a pooch that nobody else would. That makes you a super hero – especially in your senior dog’s eyes.
So if you are looking to bring a dog into your home, please consider rescuing a senior dog.
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