Category Archives: God’s creation

German Shepherd rescued a mile out to sea

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Photo courtesy of RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station

From the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (UK) Facebook page:

A dog rescued from the sea at Hastings, East Sussex this morning had been missing since last Sunday.

At 9.30 this morning, (4 February) the UK Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public telling them that a dog had chased a seagull into the sea on Hastings beach, East Sussex.

Nick Jury, Senior Coastguard Operations Officer, based at Hastings, quickly spotted the dog in the water and was able to guide the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and its volunteer crew to the right place to rescue it.

Storm, a 7 year old long-haired German Shepherd who had been missing since Sunday, was reunited with his happy owner at the station, before going to the vets for a check-up.

Storm’s owner said that he couldn’t thank the UK Coastguard or the RNLI enough. He said: ‘I have been out looking for Storm since he went missing on Sunday and last night I was out until midnight searching for him. When I got the call this morning that he was on the beach, I was over the moon. But when I got down to the beach he’d already swam out to sea. I was just frantic to get him back. The Coastguard reassured me the whole time, talking me through the rescue process and keeping me updated on how they were conducting the search. I just can’t thank them all enough for bringing him safely home.’

UK Coastguard Nick Jury said: ‘This is a very happy ending for Storm. The owners had put up posters informing people that he was missing and he was spotted on the beach this morning by a member of the public. By chance, the dog’s owner was also in the area searching for him.

‘I had spotted the dog in the water and was able to guide the RNLI Hastings Inshore Lifeboat to Storm, by which time he was about 1 mile out to sea. He was completely exhausted when the RNLI reached him and he was rescued just in the nick of time.

‘Happily Storm has been very fortunate to survive quite a swim out to sea. In this instance we had a 999 call and a member of the public had come into the office at Hastings to alert us. His owners and the members of the public did exactly the right thing by calling the UK Coastguard and not attempting to rescue him themselves – which is the best advice we offer dog owners. We want people to enjoy the coast and this simple measure could save lives.’

Photo courtesy of RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station

Photo courtesy of RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station

Loves a happy ending!

DCG

An eagle named Freedom

Jeff Guidry is a rock and rhythm-and-blues guitarist who lives in Monroe, Washington, and volunteers his spare time working as a member of the educational team at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Everett, Washington which provides food, shelter, and rehabilitation to orphaned and injured wildlife.

Beginning in August 1998, Jeff and the staff at Sarvey spent weeks nursing a baby bald eagle back to health. The eagle, named Freedom, had been brought in emaciated and covered in lice, with two broken wings. In 2008, Guidry recounted his 10 years with Freedom and his own battle with cancer, which had gone viral as an email.

Below is Guidry’s account.

Freedom and Jeff

 An Eagle Named Freedom

Freedom and I have been together 10 years this summer.

She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in four places.

She’s my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vets office.

From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to
lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week. You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning.

She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.

I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington. We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey Wildlife and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day after Thanksgiving. I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill.

I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long.

That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was
terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that.

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.


In 2010, Jeff published a longer account of his and Freedom’s story in the book An Eagle Named Freedom: My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69.

~Eowyn

Award-winning biologist says Pope Francis gave his blessing to animal-human hybrids

In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing animal hybrid, usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ends with a snake’s head.

Now, unscrupulous scientists are fashioning even worse than Chimeras — animal-human hybrids — by injecting human stem cells into animals, to grow human organs for eventual transplant.

In January 2016, it was reported that scientists in Japan successfully used human stem cells to grow a human ear on the back of a rat. (Discovery)

rat with human ear

In September 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH)  announced it would not support research involving “human-animal chimeras” because of the hybrids may blue the line between species by ending up with human brain cells. But some U.S. research centers are defying the federal government with support from other funding sources, such as California’s state stem-cell agency. They are growing human tissue inside pigs and sheep, with the goal of creating hearts, livers, or other organs for transplants. (See “Defiling God’s creation: Scientists are creating animal-human hybrids“)

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, is one such research center.

Biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, 55, is a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratories at the Salk Institute. A native of Spain, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Bologna, Italy and the University of Valencia, Spain. In 2004, he helped establish the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona and was its Director for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the William Clinton Presidential Award, the Pew Scholar Award, the Gold Medal of the Junta Castilla-La Mancha, and the Roger Guillemin Endowed Nobel Chair.

At the Salk Institute, Dr. Izpisua Belmonte heads a team of scientists who “discovered a new type of stem cell that allowed them to develop the first reliable method for integrating human stem cells into an animal embryo. This could help them overcome a major hurdle toward growing replacement organs for humans.” If allowed to grow after birth, the chimeric embryo creature would be an animal-human hybrid or chimera.

In a phone interview with Christine Gorman, an editor of Scientific American magazine, published on January 25, 2016, Dr. Izpisua Belmonte said the following in answer to Gorman’s question, “How far along have these human-animal chimeras developed?”:

“We are entering into an ethical [area]. Because there are some people who think that we shouldn’t mix human cells with other animals and there are others who don’t care, so to speak. Here in California, we have gone through the different committees and they allow us to have a pig embryo develop for a month. Which is one third of their gestation. At that point you can see already all of the major organ primordia.

There are other countries. I’m from Spain and Spain has been quite open to this field of stem cell research. And they have allowed us to go until the animal is born. So in theory we could have a pig born with the human organ. It was not easy. Even though Spain is quite open to this stem cell research area, at the same time, Spain is a very Catholic country, so we had to go through the Pope. He very nicely said yes. This is to help people.”

When Gorman expressed surprise and asked, “The current Pope?,” Dr. Izpisua Belmonte confirmed that indeed he was referring to Pope Francis, i.e., Jorge Bergoglio:

Yes. The current Pope. So the Vatican is behind this research and has no problem based on the idea is to help humankind. And in theory all that we will be doing is killing pigs.

Dr. Izpisua Belmonte acknowledges that animal-human hybrids could develop human brain cells:

“One problem and the major problem is that these cells could colonize the brain of the animal in which you put them. And obviously it would not be appropriate to have an animal with neurons from people. Or these cells could colonize the germline so that the sperm or the oocytes of that pig would be human. So to avoid that the government of Spain allowed us to have the pig be born and then immediately after to be sacrificed.

But I was not happy with that. People will think that still you will have an embryo maybe with some neuron contribution. And even though the pig is not born, there are people who believe that that should not be done. So we are devising genetic engineering technology so that if a cell becomes a neuron it is just destroyed in the embryo. Any cell that starts to be taught okay you are going to become a neuron at the moment of the first stages of neurogenesis, we are putting a toxin construct in it so that it will be destroyed by itself. So that will prevent any pig embryos from having human neurons so to speak.

I feel that this will still generate controversy. Many people will think one way and others will think differently, so it is impossible to have a consensus. My feeling is that we still need to better understand these issues of cell competence, of mixing cells in embryogenesis—the rules of development, so to speak. And I am a developmental biologist by background and that is my own interest. It will take a long time to have all these hopes and dreams come true.”

According to a statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Catholic Church supports ethically responsible stem cell research and “has long supported research using stem cells from adult tissue and umbilical cord blood, which poses no moral problem.” Ethically irresponsible research is any research that “exploits or destroys human embryos,” which would include “research as currently conducted” that employs embryonic stem cells. However, the Church “welcomes” proposed research that obtains “embryonic stem cells or their pluripotent equivalent without creating or harming embryos”.

An even more relevant document is Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions, which was issued in 2008 under Pope Benedict XVI by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith as the Church’s doctrinal directives on embryonic ethical controversies. No. 33 of the Instruction clearly states the following on “attempts at hybridization”:

From the ethical standpoint, such procedures represent an offense against the dignity of human beings on account of the admixture of human and animal genetic elements capable of disrupting the specific identity of man. The possible use of the stem cells, taken from these embryos, may also involve additional health risks, as yet unknown, due to the presence of animal genetic material in their cytoplasm. To consciously expose a human being to such risks is morally and ethically unacceptable.

Animal-human hybrids do exactly that by being “admixtures of human and animal genetic elements” which “disrupt the specific identity of man”.

However, according to eminent biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Pope Francis approves of research that uses human stem cells to grow human organs in animal, which may lead to the animal developing HUMAN brain cells.

But that’s okay with Jorge Bergoglio, so long as the animal-human hybrid is immediately killed after it’s born. All in the name of the end justifying the means — “doing good” by “helping humankind”.

And who’s to say there aren’t scientists, even in Spain, who disobey the rule by letting the chimera survive after birth?

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~Eowyn

Dog Sneaks out of Kennel at Night to Comfort Crying Foster Puppies

Good doggie!

ABC Photo

Maggie comforting some pups/ABC Photo

A feel-good story over at Yahoo: At a Canadian pet motel and foster care center, a dog broke out of his kennel to comfort and cuddle with two new, frightened, foster puppies on their first night.

Maggie, the maternal dog, actually had a litter of her own who were all adopted out of the humane society a little while before she found a loving home. “We think that’s why she got so attached to the puppies,” Alex Aldred, who works at Barker’s Pet Motel and Grooming, where the heartwarming events unfolded, told ABC News. “We’ve never really seen it before, where a dog sneaks out to some puppies and is so excited to see them.”

Photo courtesy of Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming

Photo courtesy of Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming

“We left work and then we were watching the surveillance cameras while we were out and we saw Maggie was sitting in front of the puppies’ kennels,” Aldred told ABC. Aldred said his mother, Sandy, went back to check on Maggie after seeing through the video that she had gotten out of her kennel.

“She kind of directed Sandy to the puppies’ kennel so Sandy let her in and she was being really affectionate,” Aldred explains, “Sandy stayed in their for about 15 minutes and then said, ‘Well it looks like they need each other,’ and then let Maggie stay the night in their kennel.”

Maggie stayed beside the puppies the whole evening long, and Aldred added that it seemed that the mother dog needed the puppy love as much as the frightened puppies needed her. “When we came back in the morning they were all still cuddled up together.”

Deanna Thompson, who works at the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), the organization that rescued the puppies, told ABC News, of the pets, “They’re between nine and ten weeks old,” and, “A little bit playful but shy.”

Thompson said she was not surprised by this act of maternal love that took place. “It’s innate in a lot of female dogs, especially if they’ve had a litter in the past. It’s just in their nature. We’ve seen it in a lot of dogs even with male dogs, when they hear other puppies crying they want to console them and make sure they’re feeling safe.”

AARCS organizes over 2,000 adoptions per year, and Thompson added that the young pups have yet to find a loving home.

DCG

The miracle of the dog who grew a new face

Animal Aid Unlimited (AAU) is an animal rescue organization in India.

Nearly 4 months ago, AAU rescuers found a black-and-white dog hiding in a hole in a construction site in the city of Udaipur in southern India, with a horrible injury to his face. Unattended, the injury had become a gaping hole, infested and eaten by maggots.

Warning: Gruesome Image!

Kalu1

Under the loving care of the good people at AAU, Kalu the dog not only survived, he grew back a face and a healthy left eye!

Kalu2

Here’s AAU’s account of what happened:

We found Kalu lying in a hole at a construction site in Udaipur on October 7, 2015. His face looked like a bomb had exploded between his forehead. The horrific gaping hole was infested with maggots that were literally eating him alive. As soon as our rescuers Ganpat and Kalu Singh brought him back to Animal Aid we decided that euthanizing him would be the best decision. But as Kalu stood there on the examining table, something in his spirit stopped us in our tracks and we knew we had to give him a chance.

So we began treatment on the most heartbreaking wound we had ever before seen.

We put a powder into the wound that kills the maggots and gave him IV fluids while we waited for the powder to do it’s job.

A few hours later we put Kalu under sedation and began to remove the dead maggots, debride and clean the wound.

Over the course of the next 3 months, Kalu astounded us with him strength of will, his incredible healing and all the love he had to give.

Here’s a video of Kalu’s miracle:

God bless the kind folks at Animal Aid Unlimited!

If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider donating to Animal Aid Unlimited, a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.

To donate, click here!

H/t FOTM‘s CSM

~Eowyn

Furries inundate Kellogg cereals’ Tony the Tiger with animal porn

How sick is this.

Tony the Tiger, the cartoon mascot of Kellogg’s Frosties cereal, is being inundated by tweets of animal porn from furries.

Kellogg Tony the Tiger cereal

Furries are people who anthropomorphise (ascribe human form and attributes) and identify with animals. They create and role-play as anthropomorphic animal characters, known as fursonas, in MUDs (multiplayer real-time virtual world), on internet forums and electronic mailing lists. Role-playing also takes place offline, with petting, hugging and “scritching” (light scratching and grooming) at social gatherings and furry conventions attended by furries in fursuits. A survey in 2008 found that 17% of furry respondents reported an interest in bestiality. (See my post of a year ago, “New perversity: Furries and the Idaho man who had sex with a cat while dressed as a dog“)

Alex Hern reports for The Guardian, Jan. 29, 2016, that being an anthropomorphised cartoon animal, Tony the Tiger is the subject of a fair amount of artwork featuring him, some of which is pornographic, such as depicting an extremely muscly Tony, naked save for his neckerchief, masturbating on an exercise bench.

Tony the Tiger is also the recipient of animal-porn tweets. Things got so bad that on January 27, Kellogg’s started blocking tweets from furries, even ones that weren’t pornographic:

Tony the Tiger tweet

Some furries gave up tweeting Tony and found a new target: Chester Cheetah, the cartoon mascot of Cheetos corn puffs, who is much more welcoming, even flirtatious with the furries:

Chester Cheetah tweets

Truly, America today is worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.

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~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Jesus came for all, Jew and Gentile

Luke 4:21-30

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say,
‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

I am the way

This Sunday Devotional is a continuation of two recent devotionals: January 24’s “He spoke with authority” and January 10’s “The New Covenant” where our Lord Jesus Christ made clear that He came to make a new covenant with all peoples, Jew and Gentile.

The conventional understanding is that the Jewish court of judges, called the Sanhedrin, condemned Jesus to death because He dared call Himself Messiah, “the king of the Jews”.

For that, this man who not only had committed no crime, but only healed the lame, sick, and blind, cast out demons from the possessed, and mended the broken hearts of the family of Lazarus by raising him from the dead, was horrifically tortured, forced to carry a heavy cross on His already broken body, then nailed to that cross to die — crucifixion being the worst punishment the Romans reserved for the worst criminals. (See “Remembering His Passion”)

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Jesus was delusional in claiming to be the Son of God and the Messiah who had long been prophesied and promised by Hebrew prophets. (See “The Old Testament foretold the Coming of Christ”)

But can that possibly warrant a death sentence from the Sanhedrin? Does a delusional man warrant the venom and hatred from the mob gathered at his mockery of a trial, who shouted to Pontius Pilate, “Crucify him?” Really?

In today’s passage from Luke 4 is the clue to the real reason.

When this son of an unlearned carpenter, who himself was a humble carpenter, spoke in the synagogue, we are told that “all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.”

But upon being told by this amazingly-knowledgeable carpenter that instead of helping fellow Jews, the Hebrew prophets Elijah and Elisha chose to minister to Gentiles — “a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon” (Sidon is the third-largest city in contemporary Lebanon) and a Syrian leper named Naaman” — that was when the people in the synagogue went berserk:

“When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury.”

So full of homicidal rage were they that “They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong” — all because Jesus had the temerity to say that Elijah and Elisha assisted Gentiles.

That’s the real reason why our Lord was condemned to death:

The old covenant was with Jews, but the new covenant is for all peoples, Jew and Gentile. In other words, He is not a tribal god, but a universal God — a God of all humanity.

That’s what the Sanhedrin and the gathered mob could not abide — and still can’t, for those who cling to the Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism. For according to the Talmud (source: Rev. I. B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, p. 51):

A Jew, by the fact that he belongs to the chosen people and is circumcized, possesses so great a dignity that no one, not even an angel, can share equality with him. In fact, he is considered almost an equal of God. “He who strikes an Israelite” says Rabbi Chanina “acts as if he slaps the face of God’s Divine Majesty.” A Jew is always considered good, in spite of certain sins which he may commit; nor can his sins contaminate him, any more than dirt contaminates the kernel in a nut, but only soils its shell. A Jew alone is looked upon as a man; the whole world is his and all things should serve him, especially “animals which have the form of men.”

In other words, the Talmud‘s understanding of the term “chosen people” is a narcissistic one — that Jews were and remain “chosen” because they are a superior people, better than the angels and almost an equal of God.

It took a Christian-convert Jew to properly present the real meaning of “chosen people”. From Roy H. Schoeman, Salvation is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming (pp. 20-21):

The Jews were…to host the Incarnation itself, to be the people among whom God would become man. If God were to be on a uniquely intimate basis with the Jews and eventually to become incarnate among them, they would have to be free from involvement with other deities, free from all spiritual pollution. Hence the severity of restrictions in the Old Testament against any form of idolatry or sorcery, both of which establish ties between the practitioners and fallen spirits. This purity, and the development of virtue and piety among at least some of the Jews, would have to reach its ultimate fruition later in producing an individual of such devotion and virtue that she could give her flesh to be the flesh of the God-man, that she could be His human mother. This individual was, of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If redemption through the Messiah, when He came, would require a high level of moral behavior, then mankind would have to be prepared for this higher moral standard, too. Judaism performed this function when it introduced God’s morality to man through the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.

If mankind were to be able to recognize the Messiah for He was when He came, it would have to be prepared by being taught before hand to expect His coming. Judaism performed this role, too….

God wished there would be a people on earth who would worship and adore the Messiah even before He came and who would fervently pray for His coming. This role, too, was fulfilled by the Jews….

Finally, God would need a people to provide a temporal home for the Messiah when He came and to announce His arrival to the world. This, too, was entrusted to the Jews.

In other words, God didn’t choose the Jews because they were special. Jews became a “chosen people” not because they were specially wonderful and superior to all others, but because God chose them for the Incarnation of His only Son — a role and task that should be the cause of humility instead of grandiose narcissism.

I’ll conclude with this wondrous sentence from Luke 4:

But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

Wouldn’t you love to be there to see that miracle? :)

Greatest Commandment

Just remember the “neighbor” in “You shall love neighbor as yourself” includes Jews!

May the joy and peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you!

~Eowyn