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The Story Of Pumpkin

According to some sources, there is around million dogs trying to survive on streets in Houston alone. This number might be exaggerated, but the fact is that there are a lot of dogs roaming the streets of Houston and many are injured, old and sick. One of them was Pumpkin. She might have stayed one forever, if one man hasn’t put her picture on Instagram.

He hang the picture, because he thought it was funny. He thought that a burned dog walking the streets is funny. Picture went viral . At some point, people who thought this picture was anything but funny, saw it. Many animal lovers started looking for this unfortunate dog. And they found her. It was Halloween. That’s way she got her name Pumpkin.

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But Pumpkin wasn’t alone. She had a puppy with her. It wasn’t present on a picture. Pup was infested with flies, skin and bones and barely alive. Pumpkin had chemical wounds all over her body and they even found BB pellet near her spine. Somebody intentionally wanted to hurt this one-year-old little animal.

A whole veterinary team worked days and nights to save Pumpkin and her baby. Unfortunately, puppy was too weak and passed away. But, Pumpkin fought.

After few week Pumpkin managed to recover. One was sure. She will never return to streets again. This tiny dog didn’t stand a chance on streets.

Pumpkin was included in Corridor Rescue program. She was put in a foster home with Kelly Williams, who fell in love with Pumpkin instantly. From that point on her life became a fairy tale. And the burns, loneliness and horrors of the streets were left in distant past for this innocent dog. We hope also long forgotten.

Today, Pumpkin lives with three more dogs, in a true dog paradise. All that one dog needs, and even more, she has. In the end, Pumpkin’s story finished with happily ever after. Her foster mom decided to adopt her. It seems that this girl was, after all, born under the lucky star.

We hope that Pumpkin will live happily in her home forever.

Animal Lovers, we wish that this year all the abandoned animal find their new home.
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Study Shows Dogs Are Not Big On Hugging

We all love hugs, right? Well, a study in Psychology Today might suggest otherwise. It claims that our canine friends are not that crazy about hugging.

What do you mean “not crazy about hugging”, I love hugging my dog?

Well, dogs are cursorial animals, which means that it is in their nature to run. So, if found in an imminent thereat, their first instinct is to run. By hugging a dog, we immobilize it, which can really stress a dog.

The study was conducted with 250 random pictures where people were hugging their dogs. It checked for the presence of different dog’s stress signals. In 80 percent of the pictures, dogs were showing signs of stress, like closing their eyes completely of in half, lip licking, pulling their ears backward or avoiding eye contact.

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So, it seems that dogs really don’t like hugging. In some cases, dogs can even bite, if found in an unwanted hug.

General advice is not to hug other people’s dogs, as you might not know how it will react. Also, you should discourage your children from hugging dogs, as children often can’t read distress signs in dogs.

Of course, some dogs may very well adjust to hugging. If you want to share stress-free hugs with your dog, you should train it while puppy with positive stimulation, like every time you hug it give him a treat. That way, it can become a positive experience for your dog. Also, you should familiarize you dog with general closeness and hugging slowly and gradually.

If your dog doesn’t adjust to hugs, there are other ways to express affection like petting or giving it a belly rub.

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If you want to see if your dog like hugs, ask someone to take a picture of you hugging your dog, and see if your dog is showing signs of distress.

Does you dog like to hug?

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Elephant Goes To Sleep In The Most Beautiful Way

If you ever wondered how to get elephant to sleep, today you’ll get your answer. Apparently, these gentle giants like lullabies.

Faa Mai, seven-year-old female elephant, falls asleep as soon as she hears lullaby. She is one of the elephants, whose herd lives in Thailand. Lek, woman whom takes care of her, and Faa Mai have a special relationship. Relationship filled with love and trust. They really adore each other.

“Two of us communicate with love” – says Lek.

Faa Mai, often hugs her friend with her long trunk.

Lek Chailhert is not only caretaker of Faa Mai, but also a founder of Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. In this park, along Faa Mai live a lot of other elephants. They come here to rehabilitate, after being rescued. They live here, in natural habitat, surrounded with love.

Lek always loved animals. Even as girl, she spent a lot of time with them. In her family, everybody love animals. Her grandfather was shaman. Beside healing people, he also helped animals. Today, Lek continues tradition. She advocated for rights and welfare of Asian elephants.

In her free time, Lek likes to sing. And when she starts singing, Faa slowly lays on the ground. Lowers her ears, curls her trunk and finally closes her eyes. Magic moment, right?

Take a look at the video below:

Lek Chailhert’s mission continues. She never gives up.

Let us hope that someday all the elephants will feel the love that Faa Mai have.

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What This Lady Did For Abandoned Cats Is Amazing

We all have our interests and hobbies. But when a hobby becomes a life mission, that’s when great things happen. That’s what happened with sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio. In 1992, she went to a shelter to save few cats, and she returned with 15 kittens. Since then, 28.000 cats went through her house.

“I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of list of the eccentric crazy cat ladies!” jokes Lynea.

At first she lived in a main house with cats. But as more and more cats came, she decided to leave the main 5-bedroom house and move to mobile house in backyard.
In time this grew to be the biggest no-cage sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats in California. Find out more about The Cat House on the Kings and how you may help. There are many adorable cats for adoption.

As the number of cats grew, so did the costs of running the place. Today there are 50 staff members and twice as much volunteers that take care of more than 1000 cats. Lynea estimate that she spends 1.6 million dollars annually to cover costs of maintenance.
There are whole sections on the estate for cats with different needs. There’s a nursery, a part for cat infected with FIV, a cat HIV, because their immune system is compromised, and a whole house just for older cats. There’s also a clinic for ill cats. The vet comes once a week, but they take cats to the vet every day.

How this 12-acres pure cat paradise looks like, watch below:

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Man With Aspergers Finds The Biggest Support In His Cats, Look How He Returns Affection

Greg Krueger from Minnesota leads pretty lonesome life. He doesn’t like people very much, but he enjoys the company of his four cats. If you ask him, he’s very happy. He might not be people person, but he, certainly, is a cat person.

If you think you spoiled your car, Greg gave spoiling a whole new meaning. While we treat our cats with a snack or a toy here and there, Greg does something else. He makes tunnels, stairs and the other things that could entertain his cats.

“I was never really socialized. Instead of socializing, I love cats. I enjoy making them cat walks. I can make them for hours, even days, it’s almost like I don’t wanna finish them.” – says Greg.

This man has been making cat walks in his house for last 15 years. For now, these kitties have over 1000 yards of cat walks in his house. They are really having fun, right? Greg and his cats are one big happy family. Greg has explanation for that too:

“All cats have Aspergers, so that’s why we understand each other easily”- jokes Greg.

Joke or no joke, these cats are having a blast. And, as it seems, it’s only going to get better for them. Greg is not going to give up on making new tunnels and cat walks. He always has some new project in his head.

Greg’s hobby is really great, right?

How does this unusual house and Greg’s cats look like, see below:

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Edie Was So Afraid In Shelter They Decided To Put Her To Sleep, But See What Happened Then

Edie is a tiny dog, weighing only ten pounds. In Lancaster shelter, she was together with hundreds other dogs, and was characterized as aggressive. She couldn’t overcome this behavior and it was decided to put her to sleep. Each dog that shows signs of aggression is considered unadoptable. These dogs, along side sick dogs, are the ones most often put to sleep. That’s how it should have gone for Edie.

But, man named Bronwyne took pity on Edie. It was simply impossible for this dog not to show aggression. Alone, little, among hundreds of other dogs much larger than her. Edie was, in fact, frightened. Very frightened.

They agreed that a veterinarian should do assessment. If he decides that dog is aggressive, Edie will be put to sleep.

Brought in a carrier, Edie started to growl and bark as soon as vet approached. When she was taken out of the carrier, she hid in the corner and even defecated out of fear. This little dog was deeply stresses and traumatized. It seem that the last chance for Eddie was gone.

But, no one wanted to give up that easily. By putting leash around her neck, veterinarian pulled her to his lap. Edie suddenly stopped defending herself. She was quite. For a moment, it seem time has stopped. Veterinarian, gently petted her head and Edie didn’t resist. Soon, something amazing happened. Edie started wiggling her tail. Started to cuddle. To be happy.

Every living being needs affection. Love is the most powerful force that can give us strength to solve any problem. Edie needed just a warm hug and a little love.

Not all aggressive dogs are dangerous and scary. Some are just too afraid. Don’t forget that if you decide to adopt a dog.

Meet Eddie:

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See What Animals Are Doing In Santa Barbara Zoo, While Fires Still Burn In California?

As we all know, wildfires are raging in Southern California. About 500 animals in Santa Barbara Zoo are waiting to start breathing normally again. Zoo is not in the evacuation zone, but smoke and smog are everywhere, and quality of air is really low.

As Thomas fire slowly spreads in the north, we are wondering what is happening with animals at the Zoo? Well, concerned zoo staff decided to close the zoo for two days, on Sunday and Monday. And what is this about?

For animals not to inhale smog and soot, they were closed inside. And for them not to get bored, the animal care staff provided them enrichment, such as toys, treats and puzzles. Apparently, apart from being safe inside, the staff also cares about their entertainment.

And how some of the smallest members of zoo have fun, watch here:

This little one are rally having fun, right?

And that there is no reason for concern, zoo director also confirmed. Nancy McToldridge posted on Twitter.

“We drill for and are prepared for emergencies.”

Also they report, they are taking all the necessary measures to keep animals and staff safe.
And while we all hope that evacuation won’t be necessary, we know that, at least for now, these animals are doing fine.

Let us remind that about 8.500 firefighters are fighting 6 wildfires raging in Southern California. Last week, Thomas fire burned area of about 230.000 acres and it is considered one of the 5 biggest fires in US history.

Animal Lovers, Let us pray for all affected by this disaster!

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99 Year Sentence For Animal Cruelty Might Sound Dramatic, But In Fact…

When Nick Patterson, 30, from Alex City, Alabama was sentenced to 99 years of prison for animal abuse few years ago, world was struck. Many animal welfare advocates welcomed this punishment as a big step forward in animal welfare fight.

Patterson was accused for starvation and neglect of Collies on his grandparents property. Police found 14 Collies that had only dirty rain water to drink, and were fed irregularly. Also, 6 collie remains were found on the property.

Assistant District Attorney Damon Lewis said -” If you hurt child or an animal in Tallaposa County, you go to prison.”

When Patterson realized he was going to prison, he tried to flee police and committed three more misconducts of credit card fraud.

When he was arrested, he was charged with 12 counts of aggravated cruelty, 2 counts of animal cruelty, 7 counts of failure to burn or bury animal remains and even 54 counts of financial transaction card fraud, according to Alex City Outlook.

He was sentenced for 99 years of prison, but there’s a catch. All of the sentences he is serving run simultaneously. So, for one of the worst cases of animal cruelty, total time spent in prison is 3 years. And that is mostly due to the charges of credit card fraud. It doesn’t seem that much now, does it?

Nick Patterson, 30

What do you think, how long should be punishment for animal cruelty?

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While Wildfires Rage In LA And Ventura County This Is What’s Happening With Animals?

Large number of wildfires destroyed around 230.000 acres in Ventura County and Los Angeles. On social media, message is shared on how to help wild animals. Namely, if you live in an area near the fires, leave water in your yard for wild animals.

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But, some experts don’t agree with that. John Griffin, director of urban wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has a bit different opinion.

“Wild animals are pretty resilient. They know how to find food or water. What they don’t know is how to interact with humans. That can cause problems” – explains Griffin. “Of course, if we are talking about injured animal, that’s different set of circumstances. They can’t manage that easily.”

Also, Peter Tira, a spokesperson for California Department of Fish and Wildlife, agrees with Griffin.

“Fire or no fire, let wild animals be.”

And while wild animals may flee freely, many domestic animals are locked. The worst is for horses.
On Saturday, thousands of thoroughbreds frantically fled Lilac fire. This was happening in San Luis Ray Training Center, 45 miles north of San Diego.
Trainer Linda Thrash of Bonsall was in the middle of that chaos, trying to save 41 horse.

“At one point, fire got too close. Only thing left was to free the horses. There was no time for anything else.” – said Linda.

We are praying for people and animals affected by this disaster:

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They Wanted To Put Him to Sleep When He Was One Day Old, But Life Had Different Plans For Him. Meet The Two-Faced Cat!

He is irresistible, and certainly unrepeatable, meet Frank and Louie. Cat with two faces. They are extremely rare and called Janus cats. They got their name from Janus, Roman god with two faces.

His owner Marty Stevens met Frank&Louie when he was only one day old. He was brought by breeder to Tufts Veterinary Clinic, where Martha worked as a veterinary nurse. He wanted to put him to sleep. But, Martha wanted to give this unusual kitten a chance. She offered to take him, although it was not expected for him to survive more than a few days. These cat often die a few hours after they are born.

But, Frank and Louie didn’t die that day, nor the next one. This cat with two noses, two mouth and three eyes decided to live. He grew and, at one point, he stared to see.

“He first opened eye in the middle, the one without function. When he was little, he looked like a Cyclops” – says Marty.

Although he has two mouths, only Frank’s are connected to esophagus. So we could say, that Frank eats for two.
On September the 8th, 2011 they turned 12, which made this cat the oldest Janus cat in the world. But, this cat lived to ripe old age of 15. Frank and Louie hold a Guinness World Record as oldest Janus Cat in the world.

How the day of this extraordinary cat looks like, watch below:

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