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Faithful dog guarded home for weeks after surviving California inferno

On November 8, 2018, a terrible wildfire, the Camp Fire, destroyed most of Paradise — a town of 26,218 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California.

The AP reports that an Anatolian shepherd dog named Madison who had survived the fire, guarded his home for nearly a month until his owner returned.

On November 8, Madison’s owner, Andrea Gaylord, had fled her home, leaving Madison behind. She asked animal rescue to check on the dog. Animal rescuer Shayla Sullivan responded to Gaylord’s request and spotted Madison some days later. The outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance, but Sullivan regularly left food and water for him.

Last Wednesday, December 5, Gaylord was allowed back on her burned property, to find Madison waiting.

He had been faithfully guarding the home all those weeks.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better dog: “Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting.”



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Puppy ‘took the bullet’ to protect woman from rattlesnake

The U.S. Secret Service are trained — and paid — to take the bullet protecting the President.

But a golden retriever puppy named Todd took the “bullet” out of loyalty and love.

On the morning of June 29, 2018, Paula Godwin went on a hike with her two dogs in northern Phoenix, Arizona, when she nearly stepped on something in front of her.

It was a rattlesnake.

Startled by Godwin, the snake struck at Godwin’s legs in self-defense.

H/t The Dodo


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My heart is heavy as I said goodbye to my “Lucky” cat…

Lucky…with his brother Baby’s catch (He knew Baby is the better hunter).


Lucky never wanted me to leave…


Lucky (r) and his brother Baby.


Lucky batting at the blinds…anything to make some noise & get your attention.


Lucky helping me getting ready in the am.

On Wednesday morning I said goodbye to my buddy, “Lucky.”

He passed away rather unexpectedly. I had taken him to the vet on Tuesday and his blood work looked really good for a 16-year old cat. The vet diagnosed him with Stage 1 kidney disease and we devised a treatment plan. He expected Lucky to live another year.

Lucky had it rather rough that night and come Wednesday morning, I knew the end was near. I wrapped him in a towel and drove to the vet with him on my lap.

He passed away on my lap in the vet’s parking lot. My last words to him were “I love you buddy.”

Lucky and his brother Baby came to me 16 years ago while I was living in Washington state. A friend in Oregon found an abandoned cat in the woods by her house. She took the cat home and realized it had been nursing.

She went back to the spot in the woods where she discovered the mama cat and found four kittens. I drove to Oregon and took home the biggest one (my Lucky) and the runt (my Baby).

I thought “Lucky” was a perfect name for my new buddy as my friend had the hindsight to go back into the woods and search for kittens. Turns out I was the lucky one.

We are all lucky to have four-legged friends cross our paths and share our lives. The live forever in our hearts and memories.

Goodbye my sweet buddy. Thanks for letting me be lucky enough to have shared a part of my life with you.


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PETA calls for end of “anti-animal language”

Actions speak louder than words, PETA.

From MyFoxChicago: Old sayings may seem harmless, but, according to PETA, they could actually be viewed as anti-animal language and normalize animal cruelty.

The animal-rights group is pushing for “animal-friendly idioms” and provided a list of suggestions people can use to avoid offending vegans, PETA said. The group tweeted the alternative sayings Tuesday morning.

For instance, rather than saying, “bring home the bacon,” PETA suggested saying, “bring home the bagels.” Instead of saying “kill two birds with one stone,” they suggested, “feed two birds with one scone.”

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA said in its tweet. “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.”


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Tuesday funny: “Sniffer”

A man had just settled in to his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sat down in the aisle seat and put his black Labrador retriever in the middle seat next to the man.

The first man looked very quizzically at the dog and asked why the dog was allowed on the plane. The second man explained that he was from the Drug Enforcement Agency and that the dog was a “sniffing dog.”

“His name is Sniffer and he’s the best there is. I’ll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.”

The plane took off, and once it had leveled out, the agent said, “Watch this.” He told Sniffer to “search.”

Sniffer jumped down, walked along the aisle, and finally sat very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds. Sniffer then returned to his seat and put one paw on the agent’s arm.

The agent said, “Good boy,” and he turned to the man and said, “That woman is in possession of marijuana. I’m making a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.”

“Gee, that’s pretty good,” replied the first man.

Once again, the agent sent Sniffer to search the aisles.

The Lab sniffed about, sat down beside a man for a few seconds, returned to its seat, and this time he placed two paws on the agent’s arm.

The agent said, “That man is carrying cocaine, so again, I’m making a note of his seat number for the police.”

“I like it!” said his seat mate.

The agent then told Sniffer to search again.

Sniffer walked up and down the aisles for a little while, sat down for a moment, and then came racing back to the agent, jumped into the middle seat, and proceeded to poop on the seat.

The first man was really disgusted by this behavior and couldn’t figure out how or why a well-trained dog would behave like that. So he asked the agent, “What’s going on?”

The agent nervously replied, “He’s just found a bomb.”

h/t Laura!


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Mission Complete: President George HW Bush service dog Sully keeps watch

Whatever may be your view of 41, this picture hopefully will be a reminder of the unconditional love and service of Man’s Best Friend.

Sully, the service dog who served President Bush for just several months, will continue on to help wounded soldiers.


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Wild elks use their body heat to save boy from hypothermia

The elk (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species within the deer family, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America.

Female elk (called cows) average 496 to 531 lb, stand 4.3 ft at the shoulder, and are 6.9 ft from nose to tail. Male elk (bulls) are 40% larger than cows at maturity, weighing an average of 705 to 730 lb, standing 4.9 ft at the shoulder and averaging 8.0 ft in length.

During the fall, elk grow a thicker coat of hair, which helps to insulate them during the winter.

Needless to say, wild elk avoid humans, especially hunters.

Rocky Mountain bull elk (Wikipedia)

The Eagles Nest Wilderness area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Forest is prone to sudden, unpredictable and drastic changes in weather.

In 1992, Derek Patton and his youngest son Ryan were hunting in Eagles Nest when the two got separated.

Derek got a search and rescue party to search for the boy, but in vain.

Then it began to snow. The rescue party had to call off their search when night fell.

The boy, dressed in summer clothes, would surely die from hypothermia.

The next morning, they resumed their search.

The rescue dog found Ryan, who was on the verge of hypothermia.

The boy told an amazing story — that he had sought shelter under the low-hanging branches of a fir tree when two large elks approached. Ryan twice tried to shoo the elks away, but the elks persisted, each time getting closer to Ryan.

Finally, Ryan gave up, and the two elks lied down next to Ryan throughout the night, shielding him from the cold with their body heat.

In the morning, the elks left.

I sure hope Derek and Ryan Patton stopped hunting after this miraculous display of altruism by the two elks.

H/t JosephBC69

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Sunday Devotional: Be blameless in holiness

Jeremiah 33:14-15

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead at Christmas, as well as His return at the end of all things.

Did you know that the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord, had been foretold not only in Jeremiah 13, but elsewhere in the Old Testament? How cool is that! Below are some examples.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Psalm 16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

So on this first Sunday of Advent, let us heed the words of St. Paul and make ourselves “blameless in holiness” for His coming.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

May the peace and love of Jesus the Christ be with you,


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Improper legal killing? Belgium launches first criminal investigation of euthanasia case

Try and process this statement: “Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s.”

From The Guardian: Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanised a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalised in 2002.

Three doctors from East Flanders are being investigated on suspicion of having “poisoned” Tine Nys in 2010. The 38-year-old had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, two months before she died in an apparently legal killing by a doctor.

Belgium is one of two countries, along with the Netherlands, where euthanasia of people for psychiatric reasons is allowed if they can prove they have “unbearable and untreatable” suffering.

Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s. Many experts – in Belgium and beyond– dispute whether autism should be considered a valid reason to be killed.

Last year, the Associated Press reported that after Nys’ family filed a criminal complaint, alleging numerous “irregularities” in her death, her doctors attempted to block the investigation.

“We must try to stop these people,” wrote Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the psychiatrist who approved Nys’ request to die – and one of the doctors now facing charges. “It is a seriously dysfunctional, wounded, traumatised family with very little empathy and respect for others,” the message read.

Sophie Nys, one of Tine’s sisters, told the AP that the doctor who performed the euthanasia asked her parents to hold the needle in place while he administered the fatal injection, among other fumbling efforts. Afterwards, the doctor asked the family to use a stethoscope to confirm that Tine’s heart had stopped.

Belgium’s chamber of indictment “presumes that there are sufficient indications in this particular case” and the doctors involved have been referred to the court of assize in Ghent. They will now face trial “due to poisoning”, said Francis Clarysse, a Ghent prosecutor.

Concerns have previously been raised about whether Thienpont, Nys’ psychiatrist, too easily approved euthanasia requests from patients with mental illness.

The AP previously published documents revealing a rift between Thienpont and Dr. Wim Distelmans, who heads Belgium’s euthanasia review commission. Distelmans voiced fears that Thienpont and colleagues may have failed to meet certain legal requirements in some euthanasia cases – and wrote that he would no longer accept referred patients from Thienpont.

In the 15 years since doctors were granted the right to legally kill patients, more than 10,000 people have been euthanised. Only one case has previously been referred to prosecutors; that case was later dropped.

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h/t Red State


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Woman rescues and befriends baby robin

Kara Twomey was walking her dog and saw a crow grabbing and flying off with a baby robin.

But the crow dropped the robin, so Kara rescued the fledgling and took him into her home.

Kara named the robin Squeaker, and nursed him back to health.

Little Squeaker began to hop around, then flew.

Kara kept Squeaker in her back yard, and Squeaker would come to her, stand on her shoulder or head.

Then Kara released Squeaker “into the wild”.

A month later, Squeaker returned to visit Kara.


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