Monthly Archive:: May 2011

Lean on Me: Seeing-Eye-Goose Adopts Blind Dog

Article-1303400584673-0BB846D300000578-63447_466x310 Take a gander at this animal odd couple!

A blind Boxer named Baks has gotten a whole new lease on life thanks to a good samaritan goose named Buttons. Yes, you read that right. This is not a joke. 

Baks has been adopted and taken under the 'wing' of Buttons, a four-year-old goose who now leads her vision-impaired pal around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go. How hilarious is that?!

Owner Renata Kursa of Lublin, Poland, was heartbroken when poor lil' Bak was left blind after an accident last year. But gradually Buttons got him up on his feet and starting walking him around. They're inseparable now – they even chase the postman together,' Kursa tells the Telegraph UK. 

Go Buttons! What's good for the goose is also apparently good for…the…boxer.

Janet McCulley

 

Helping Animals in the Wake of Recent Tornadoes + Floods

Kittens Rescued from Floods The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team has been on the ground for more than a week helping pets and other animals affected by devastating tornadoes and flooding in the South and Midwest. While the search for human survivors in the rubble ended already, more than 350 dogs, cats, birds, snakes, lizards and even a tarantula already have been found in the shattered neighborhoods around Tuscaloosa, and the local animal shelter is so full it had to erect tents for additional space.

The HSUS teams are rescuing cats and dogs from devastated neighborhoods, giving out pet food and supplies to residents, and helping to reunite pets with their families.  They're also operating emergency shelters in Missouri and Mississippi to care for hundreds of animals.  As you can see firsthand in the disaster relief video compiled by the HSUS, many animals are still roaming through the wreckage, but they are understandably frightened and disoriented after the disaster. HSUS is making efforts to set traps in locations where high numbers of cats have been seen and where residents have lost their pets. 

Setting up temporary shelters, distributing donated pet food and reuniting pets with their families or finding new homes for pets is the order of the day with the Humane Society of the United States and we thank them for all their tireless, beautiful work!

How To Help These Animals in Crisis

To donate supplies or funds to assist in these rescue efforts or learn how to volunteer, click here or visit the Humane Society of the United States to learn about all the amazing ways they advocate for animals across the nation.

Source: A Humane Nation: Wayne Pacelle's Blog  

 

 

Adorable Beagle Plays Catch With Paws!

Forget Fetch…This Beagle Plays Catch!

Most fairly coordinated dogs can catch balls in their mouth, but just how many dogs can catch with their paws? Check out the remarkable eye-paw coordination of this darling Beagle pup who, after a few tries, masters the art of "catch" – and looks darn proud of herself I might add.

Adding to the adoro-factor is the off camera pitcher who hoots in celebration after each successful catch. If this doesn't put a smile on your face today, I simply don't know what will!

Thanks to Baby Praying Mantis for turning us on to this one!


Is Calling Your Pet “Pet” Derogatory? Experts Say Yes

Zazou Vizsla Halo Old Skool: "May I pet your pet?"

New Skool: "May I caress your companion animal?"  

According to the Journal of Animal Ethics, we have been unknowingly been insulting our beloved pets on a regular basis. A recent study compiled by university professors from America and Great Britain states that "pets" is downright derogatory and not an acceptable moniker for domesticated animals. They assert that "pets"  should instead by replaced with the term "companion animals"…which I whole heartedly agree with! 

Similarly, their findings maintain that words such as "owner," are also offensive, recommending instead that we be known as "human carers." (I personally would prefer "Lulu's mom" over "Lulu's human carer.") While technically correct in law, "pet owner" does kind of hark back to a previous age when animals were regarded as property. These academics believe that changing our vocabulary to companion or "parent" is essential to updating our understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

I have to say – I agree with their recommendations! What do you think? Will changing the way people refer to animals and pets help change the way they are treated?

source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat

I Lean: Seeing-Eye-Goose Befriends Blind Dog

Article-1303400584673-0BB846D300000578-63447_466x310 Take a gander at this animal odd couple!

A blind Boxer named Baks has gotten a whole new lease on life thanks to a good samaritan goose named Buttons. Yes, you read that right. This is not a joke. 

Baks has been taken under the 'wing' of Buttons, a four-year-old goose who now leads her vision-impaired pal around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go. How hilarious is that?!

Owner Renata Kursa of Lublin, Poland, was heartbroken when poor lil' Bak was left blind after an accident last year. But gradually Buttons got him up on his feet and starting walking him around. They're inseparable now – they even chase the postman together,' Kursa tells the Telegraph UK. 

Go Buttons! What's good for the goose is also apparently good for…the…boxer.

Janet McCulley

 

What We’re Loving: ‘Throw the Damn Ball’ Dog Tees

A Spring Must Have for the Ball Hound

Screen shot 2011-04-27 at 6.30.53 PM There's no shortage of goofy attitude dog tee shirts and dog sweatshirts floating around in the marketplace, but this particular dog tee from Muttropolis caught my eye as it truly expresses the sentiments of annoyed dogs all across the globe ….wouldn't you agree?

Finally, a tee that allows your ball hound to express their true sentiments as you annoyingly jerk the ball to and fro for your entertainment, and they patiently await for you to throw the damn thing.

Made in the USA with 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Starting at $15, find it at Muttropolis.com