Category Archives: God’s creation

Puppy flunks police dog academy for being too friendly

The BBC News reports that a German Shepherd puppy named Gavel flunked out of the police dog academy in Queensland, Australia, for being too “sociable”.

When the pup first arrived at the academy in 2016, a press release from police said: “Gavel comes from a long line of pedigree… if the family bloodline is anything to go by, in 16 months Gavel will be tracking and catching criminals as a proud member of the Queensland Dog Squad!”

Alas, that was not to be.

Queensland police sadly concluded that Gavel “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line” because he liked to meet strangers instead of tackling hardened criminals.

Luckily, Gavel had been fostered in the official residence of Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey since the pup was six weeks old. So in February 2017, the governor assigned Gavel to a brand new job as a “ceremonial participant” with the title, Gavel VRD: Vice Regal Dog.

As Vice Regal Dog, Gavel’s job is to welcome guests and tour groups to the grounds of Queensland’s Government House, as well as partake in special ceremonial occasions. The job comes with a custom-made uniform featuring the state emblems of Queensland.

Governor Paul de Jersey’s office said Gavel “has outgrown four ceremonial coats . . . and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate. We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time into the future.” 

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Dachshund sacrifices life saving infant from poisonous snake

A brave dachshund named Miley sacrificed her life, protecting a one-year-old infant from being bitten by a cobra.

Manila Bulletin reports that on July 19, 2019, in Barangay Lanao, Philippines,  two dachshunds fought off a cobra that tried to attack their owner, fast food manager Jaim Selim’s one-year old son.

Footage taken from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in Selim’s residence showed the two dogs battling the cobra, which had managed to enter the house. The more the cobra got bitten by the dogs, the stronger it got, spewing out venom.

Miley, who fought the snake the hardest, absorbed most of the venomous attacks and died minutes later.

But Miley didn’t die in vain, as the dachshunds successfully killed the cobra.

Although the other dachshund was hit in the eys with the cobra’s venom, Selim immediately brought the dog to a veterinarian for treatment, and the dog survived.

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Friday Animals!


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Dog refuses to leave roadside where owner was killed 18 months ago

The Sun reports, July 16, 2019, that a dog in Nafpaktos, a coastal city in western Greece, refuses to leave the roadside where his owner, 40-year-old Haris, was killed when he was hit by a cement mixer 18 months ago in 2017.

It’s unclear how the dog got there, as the scene of the crash is 7½ miles from his home.

Local people have tried to adopt the unnamed dog, but the faithful canine insists on staying by the roadside — through the seasons, moving only into the shade when the weather gets very hot.

So kind locals built a little kennel for the dog, and bring him food and water, as well as a memorial to his dead owner.

Dogs have been known to stay at their owner’s graves for many years.

Last year, a 15-year-old German Shepherd named Capitan died at his owner’s grave after spending 10 years at the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentinia. Capitan’s owner, Miguel Guzman, had died in 2006. Some months later, the dog went missing. Guzman’s family thought Capitan had run away, but were shocked to find the dog by Guzman’s graveside months later. No one knows how Capitan found the cemetery where his owner is buried.

Perhaps the best known story is that of a Skye terrier named Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland. The terrier spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray, who died in 1858. The dog died in 1872 and is buried inside Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from where his owner is buried. A statue was erected in the terrier’s memory and several books and three films based on his life have been produced.

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Animal hugs and kisses

Your de-stressor of the day!

Animals and birds demonstrate their affection with kisses, nibbles, licks, and hugs. ❤️

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Dog saves little girl from falling into river

We humans like to think of ourselves as being superior to animals.

We flatter ourselves, convinced that only humans are rational, whereas animals merely act on the basis of “instincts” — whatever that’s supposed to mean.

To be rational is to be able to reason.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “reason” as “the ability of a healthy mind to think and make judgments, especially made on practical facts”. “Judgment,” in turn, means “the ability to form valuable opinions and make good decisions…after thinking carefully”.

In a short video that’s gone viral, originally posted on Twitter by physics-astronomy.org, a little dog sees a little girl, who’s barely able to walk, bend down by the side of a river to retrieve a ball from the water.

The dog anticipates and recognizes the danger of the little girl falling into the water. Displaying “reason” and “judgment,” the dog immediately runs to the girl and pulls her back from falling into the river.

Here’s the video (h/t PawMyGosh):

My question is this:

Obviously, a human took the video. Why didn’t the human do what the dog did by pulling the girl away from the river’s edge?

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Chihuahua found help for elderly owner who fell and couldn’t get up for 5 hours

Sassy is a 9-year-old Chihuahua.

Sassy weighs only a few pounds, but she has the heart of a lion.

She lives in Inverness, Citrus County, Florida, with her owner, 92-year-old  Marie Alexander who had rescued Sassy from a shelter when she was a pup, and trained Sassy to only bark when the doorbell rings.

One day, as Marie went out to retrieve the mail, she turned her ankle and crumpled to the ground where no one could see her.

For five hours, Sassy continuously barked for help, and tried chasing down every car that passed.

Finally, a couple walking by heard Sassy and saw Marie on the ground.

Marie was hospitalized with severe dehydration and some bruised ribs. But Sassy undoubtedly saved her life.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Dog stayed by side of dead owner for 6 weeks

Since she was a puppy, Dropsaw and her owner Bob were inseparable.

They lived in a house 15 minutes from a small town in Australia, with no phone and no neighbor nearby.

One day, Bob had a heart attack and died.

Locked inside the house, Dropsaw ate what food she could find, and drank water from the toilet bowl.

Finally, after six weeks, someone broke into the house and found the dog, emaciated but ever faithful, keeping vigil next to her owner.

Happily, the woman who was fostering Dropsaw fell in love with the dog, so Dropsaw now has a forever home.

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Monday Funnies: People who wanted nothing to do with cats

Ailurophobia is the persistent, irrational fear of cats.

For most people it is less about fear than about loathing. Some possible situations that can trigger the loathing of cats are hearing purring, seeing a cat in real life, imagining the possibility of a cat touching or rubbing against one, the thought of meeting a cat in the dark, seeing the staring eyes of a cat, cats in pictures and on television, and cat-like toys and cat-like fur.

Below are 19 ailurophobes:

H/t PawMyGosh

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