Happy news about animals

August, 2007

Gisborne’s newest guide dog puppy has been born, with no shortage of appetite. “Coastie” was brought into the world on July 10, immediately scurrying under his mother’s belly for a feed. He is the first puppy to be born and raised with money collected by Gisborne Bayleys Real Estate. The name may change as Coastie […]

Mark Rinkel is spending his summer selling lemonade to raise money for his 9-year-old brother, who has Type I diabetes. Jason Rinkel is in line for a service dog that would alert him or a family member if the boy’s sugar levels drop to an extremely low or high level. “It is unpredictable,” said Marisa […]

A woman hours away from death was saved by her pet dog when it woke her sleeping husband as she fell into a coma. Nursery nurse Sandie Forbes, 53, owes her life to pet Molly after the early morning drama. It was only the Jack Russell’s yapping which alerted Mrs Forbes’ husband that she was […]

Missouri State Water Patrolman Ryan Zeller’s partner can really cause a reaction when they are out and about patrolling. At about 65 pounds and two-and-a-half feet tall, Timmy has been patrolling area waters with Zeller since April and is only one of two water patrol dogs in the state. The other dog is at Lake […]

A sleeping 12-year-old girl who was home alone fled a burning flat and then ran back in to save her cat. A smoke alarm woke her after a car battery caught fire in the kitchen. Kingston and Surbiton fire crews were called to the flat at Bramley House, Crescent Road, Kingston on Wednesday, August 1 […]

People who are allergic to cats may not have to get rid of their pets to find relief, if the findings of a new study hold up. Tolerance to cats can be built up in allergic kids by placing increasing doses of standardised cat dander extract under the tongue, according to Spanish researchers. In the […]

Freesia is not only soft, friendly, pretty and a good kisser, but she is also a very smart worker. Freesia is one of two dogs with the Vermont State Police Explosives Detection K-9 units. She lives and works every day with her handler, Trooper Robert Lucas, a certified bomb technician, out of the Middlesex barracks. […]

A dog swims more than 4km every day to nurse her newborn puppies who are stranded on an island. The dog, already a celebrity in Chongqing city, is called Huahua by local people. She gave birth to four pups at Shanhuba, which has become an island in the Changjiang River due to the heavy rains […]

A tiny kitten rescued from a car engine is set to get a new home. The BBC Scotland news website revealed how the ginger kitten was found by driver Victor Gallacher when his engine was not making its usual purr. Thought to be about eight weeks old, the kitten had climbed inside the bonnet in […]

Seventeen months after Delta Dawn’s disappearance, Amanda Williams admits she had lost hope. “I had a gut feeling I would never see her again,” Williams said of the Boston terrier that turns 7 today at the Rhodes Drive home where she lived until she was 5 and scooted out an open gate. Described by Williams […]

The tiny Kaua’i creeper, a rare four-inch-tall bird, is still trying to get on the endangered species list as its numbers have dwindled to 1,500 worldwide. The Kaua’i creeper, also called the ‘akikiki, is threatened by habitat loss, avian disease and nonnative mammals. It’s found only on Kaua’i, and it has been listed as a […]

DIVINE INTERVENTION is the registered name of the white shepherd puppy delivered to Ashleigh Mill’s door yesterday. Sydney dog breeder Angela Sneddon gave the $1000 nine-week-old puppy to Ashleigh, 15, of Boronia, after reading about her on the dog-lover website dogzonline.com.au. A family friend, dog trainer Glenn Cooke, had posted a message on the website’s […]

Where there’s a paw there’s a way. That’s what business owner Janna Burhop has learned about rescuing cats. Burhop started a cat rescue in the back of her vintage clothing shop 12 years ago and has been saving animals ever since. Her stockroom has grown into a non-profit shelter called Touched By A Paw Cat […]

A microchip inside Dagney the cat led him back to his owner’s arms Wednesday after four years on the street. “There it is, my angel baby,” Kelly Damron whispered to the cat as the other felines in the SPCA of Wake County Lost & Found Pet Center meowed, as if watching their own fantasies come […]

Bob the Dog has been found and is safe at the Woodbridge Animal Hospital where he waiting for his owner J.D. to come and get him. A woman saw Bob wandering on Interstate 95 Sunday night, rescued him from the highway and took him to the animal hospital, said Tracy Cloninger who was on duty […]

Quinte West’ OPP canine is better protected thanks to the efforts of a 10-year-old Quinte West girl. Drew Ayotte, of Murray Ward, presented Quinte West OPP Const. Albert Deluca with enough cash — money she raised herself — to purchase six canine first aid kits. The $425, which was raised through Ayotte’s school, and church, […]

A Canadian canine turns a near tragedy into a world record. Striker, a 10-year-old border collie from Quebec City, set a new Guinness world record for rolling down a car window. Striker managed to lower the window in 11 seconds. That’s two seconds faster than the previous record, which he also set. The dog originally […]

It only took four long legs and two giant ears to put a smile back on my husband’s face. We didn’t visit Mickey Mouse at Disney World; we welcomed a new dog to our life. It’s only been weeks since Sowebo passed away, and I still start to call her name and have this feeling […]

For nine agonizing minutes, Gresham resident Barbara Belgrave struggled to breathe while trapped on the second story of her burning house until Gresham firefighters rescued her early Sunday, July 15. “I didn’t think I was gonna make it, to be totally honest,” said Barbara, 51, over a cellular phone the day after flames destroyed her […]

Jill Logan’s hearty affection for pooches and people speaks through the wet, sloppy kisses that Gypsy — her red-nose American pit bull terrier — lavishes on perfect strangers. Every Friday for three years, the chocolate-colored canine has been her sweet-natured ambassador at the St. Lucie Surgery Center in Port St. Lucie. Here, Logan is the […]

The new University of Oklahoma Press biography of George Miksch Sutton, Norman’s favorite birdman, mentions the help he got from the Cleveland County Bird Club. It’s now the Cleveland County Audubon Society, but this column is about the earlier days. In the early 1960s the State Highway Department (now Transportation Department) was about to let […]

Man’s best friend helped save a tiny cat. A 15-day-old female panther named Milica has been adopted by a Rhodesian Ridgeback after her mother refused to feed her and tried to kill her in the Belgrade Zoo. “The mother panther has killed all her cubs since 1999,” zookeeper Dragan Jovanovic said. “We believe she has […]

A baby chihuahua (puppy) born in Japan with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat becomes a national idol (see video) – almost like the Japanese version of Knut. A puppy named “Heart-kun” was born with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat. Born at a Dog shop in Japan, no make-up or modification has been added […]

A pooch named Eli is being trained as a rescue dog, and the first person he’s helping is his trainer. Tracy Tillman works at a shelter operated for nearly 30 years by the Humane Society of the Branson Tri-Lakes Area. The shelter takes in about 2,000 dogs and cats each year, and through the persistent […]

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE – After almost disappearing from the American scene, the bald eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other officials made the announcement on Thursday at a ceremonial event held at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. “Today, I am proud to announce the […]

A 12-year-old cocker spaniel named Precious has a new spring in her step after receiving a pacemaker implant in her neck earlier this month. Her owner, Nancy Luhn, admits she was surprised when Dr. Robert E. Martin suggested a pacemaker. An irregular heartbeat caused syncope (syn-ko-pe) spells that made Precious briefly lose consciousness and fall […]

A Belgian Shepherd dog called Storm has become the world’s first pet to be fitted with a prosthetic paw. It is believed to be the first time that such an operation has been carried out and could provide hope for many humans. What makes the false limb special is that the dog’s skin can grow […]

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a one-year-old bald eagle flew gracefully toward the wild blue skies before about 350 people on Sauvie Island, some kneeling so those standing behind could witness its release. The scene came a week after the bald eagle’s comeback took it off the U.S. endangered species list. There are about 10,000 pairs […]

It’s sleek, fast, cute — and pink. A charter-boat captain from Lake Charles, La., photographed a rare pink dolphin a couple of weeks ago in Calcasieu Lake, an estuary just north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Louisiana. According to Calcasieu Charter Service’s Web site, Capt. Erik Rue was on the lake June 24 […]

Dressed in a mesh bodysuit, white hairnet, and purple apron, Litza Flores ran her finger along the top of the 3,400-pound pressure cooker one last time to make sure it was clean. “Are you ready?” Flores asked Susan Gee, the quality assurance manager at the Quakertown dog-food plant. Gee pulled out a swab and dabbed […]

Liz Lerch loves cats, but not having to clean their mess out of a litter box, or spending hundreds of dollars on litter over the life of a cat. So when she got two 4-month-old kittens from a shelter, she vowed to train them to use the toilet in her Lombard home. Following advice from […]

Two Rottweilers and a cat in the same room is hardly a recipe for a happy home. But Sky and her tiny charges are a proud mum and pups with a difference. For this almost unidentifiable bundle of fur is a rather special family unit and is set to take many people by surprise. A […]

A peacock that roamed into the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant was attacked by a man who vilified the bird as a vampire, animal-control authorities said. Beaten so fiercely that most of his tail feathers fell out, the bird was euthanized, said Richard Gentles, a spokesman for the city’s Center for Animal Care and […]

Ike, the 3-year-old gray Maine Coon cat that hitched a 600-mile ride from Oak Ridge to central Florida, has been reunited with his owner. “He waltzed right on up to us,” owner Ashley Gaines said in a phone interview Friday from her Beverly Hills, Fla., hotel room. “He just walked up all leisurely, and I […]

MOST people would describe a dingo as a ginger dog with white paws, white-tipped tail and black muzzle, but the coat colours of dingoes varies widely, Australian National University visiting research fellow Dr David Jenkins says. “They can go from pale yellow right through to a dark biscuit brown, and all shades of ginger in […]

Let’s just get this out of the way at the beginning. All those jokes about Graham Smith’s business going to the dogs or the one about him being barking mad? He’s heard them all and will probably laugh all the way to the bank, anyway. Smith is a former advertising executive who has quite literally […]

A Scottish police force has launched a webcam to monitor the progress of its latest recruits – six newborn cocker spaniel puppies. The public can log on to Strathclyde Police’s website for updates on the progress of the pups, who will be trained as search dogs. Officers installed a camera in their kennels, which will […]

As La Cañadan residents, Shannon Griffin and Jennifer Barke enjoyed a walk down one of the bridle paths near the 4200 block of Oakwood Avenue early Monday morning, when they heard the lone cry of a tiny kitten. They discovered that the small “meow” was coming from a grey striped kitten stuck in a the […]

By all accounts, Tahoe is a typical kitten: cute, sleepy and hungry. But his eating habits are far from typical, as the stray’s been nursing from a 3-year-old dog named Lillie. Ever since the kitten was found under the hood of Eunice Collins’ running Chevrolet Tahoe a few weeks ago, he’s been feeding from the […]

Next to an open Bible on a table inside the Riverview Animal Clinic on U.S. 280, pet Chaplain Marcus Allison cuddled a sick, shivering brown puppy in one arm, reading aloud a verse of scripture. Then he stroked the dog’s fur and spoke softly. “The Lord loves you,” he said. “The Lord has shined his […]

A search for a missing toddler in North Carolina last week was successful thanks to the 23-month-old’s dog, whose barking led rescuers to the child. The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer said Monday that while more than 300 people searched for Connor Cummings last week, it was the child’s dog that ultimately helped the toddler be found. […]

From Persians to Siamese, Bengals to Burmese, the cats of the world come in all shapes and sizes. But the ancestry of every one can be traced to the same incredibly specific source, say scientists. All domestic felines are descended from a group of around five in the Middle East around 130,000 years ago, a […]

Visitors to the Taiwan Zoo can hold baby crocodiles while the keepers themselves are brave enough to clean their teeth. Expert and park owner Chui-Hsi-He often performs for onlookers with the zoo’s main attraction, a 25-year-old salt water croc. Over the years he claims to have built up a trust with this and other crocodiles. […]

Last week, Deputy Gil Flores of the Twin Peaks Sheriff Department discovered 150 marijuana plants after he investigated a suspicious circumstances call in Cedarpines Park. Kurt Norlander placed the call after his chocolate Labrador, Maple, had eaten a large quantity of marijuana. “We had a new neighbor move in a couple of weeks ago,” explained […]

There’s nothing like a mother’s love, even in the animal kingdom. 3 year-old Muffey, a Shih-Tzu in North County, has taken on the role of mother to four nursing kittens. The mama cat died of heart failure two weeks after giving birth and Muffey took over. Muffey had a litter of pups a couple years […]

TARRYTOWN – Renzo, an 80-pound German shepherd-Labrador mix, lounged on the living room carpet yesterday, taking in some extra attention – and not sure why he got some special biscuits and a new meaty bone. He is being hailed as a canine hero, Lassie-style, after alerting his owners to a Saturday morning fire in a […]

A cat whose owners thought was lost spent nearly three weeks crossing the Pacific Ocean in a shipping container with no food or water and appears to be just fine. The voyage began after Pamela Escamilla lost sight of her 3-year-old calico, Spice, while packing a huge container with household goods in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. […]

It’s a 4th of July tradition – cities across the country hold parades to celebrate Independence Day. In the city of Comfort, right here in south Texas, we found Army Sgt. Michael Boothby in the back of the crowd. Last year, he celebrated the 4th of July in Iraq. “Even when I was in high […]

I’ve been driving for an hour and a half on wide and dusty roads and have barely seen another vehicle. Far behind me are the fumes and frustrations of the traffic jams that snake through Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaator. Surrounding me now are only the vast empty spaces and dramatic mountain ranges of central Mongolia. […]

I appreciate the leisurely, laid-back tempo of summer, but this week life slowed to a geriatric snail’s pace. Friends have left town, some not to return for weeks. Children have fled for jobs out of state. And that 10-day vacation in August we’ve planned for months seems light years away. Suddenly, my mate and I […]




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