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Service dog saves the lives of kittens abandoned in the woods

Banner, a three-year-old female Siberian Husky, is a medical service dog for Whitney Braley, who has PTSD and frequent anxiety attacks.

Banner detects migraines, as well as low and high blood pressure. The dog calms  Braley when she has an anxiety attack by slowing down her heart-beat and removing her from crowds.

One day, Banner was very insistent on leading Braley into the woods.

There, in the middle of the woods, the dog circled around a closed cardboard box.

When Braley opened the box, Banner put her head in it and lifted something out.

In Banner’s mouth was a tiny kitten!

Inside the box were the kitten’s six siblings. Someone had left them in the box, to die in the woods.

The kittens weren’t making any sound, so Braley feared they were dead. Thankfully, aside from being cold, they were all alive.

Braley told Good Times: “I don’t even know how Banner knew they were in there. The kittens were freezing and weren’t meowing or anything. She just knew somehow. She is a true hero. If she didn’t find the kittens, they would have all died.”

Braley brought the kittens home, and fed and cared for them — with Banner’s help, who mothered the little kittens. The dog was gentle with the kittens, cuddled and watched over them, and took naps with them.

Thanks to Banner, the kittens had a new lease on life and eventually all went to their forever homes.

You can follow Banner on Instagram.

H/t PawBuzz and FOTM reader CSM.

See also these other what St. Bonaventure called “creatures without sin”:

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Elephant Artist

Suda the elephant painting…

Dr. Eowyn, as an animal lover, this post is for you.

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Little dog saves 4 tiny kittens from fire

The Jack Russell is a small dog — a type of terrier that ranges in size from 1o to 15 inches long.

Leo is a Jack Russell mix who lives with his human (a woman with four children) and animal (another dog, Barney, and four newborn kittens) family in Melbourne, Australia.

Leo may be small but he has the heart of a lion.

One night, Leo’s house caught fire. Soon, flames filled the whole house.

Leo’s human family and Barney managed to get out, but Leo refused to flee.

When the firefighters got into the building, they found little Leo lying unconscious on the ground.

When they picked him up, they noticed that four tiny and alive kittens were underneath him. Leo was keeping the kittens safe by using his body to shield them from the fire.

Fortunately, the firefighters were able to revive Leo with oxygen.

H/t Happiest

God’s creatures like little Leo are extraordinary in their courage and sacrificial love. They put us humans to shame.

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7 animals who saved humans

Here are the 7 animals who saved the lives of humans:

#7: A female gorilla rescued a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure in Brookfield Zoo.

#6: A German Shepherd guided Alaska state troopers to his owner’s home that was on fire.

#5: A lioness intervened and saved the life of a zookeeper who was being attacked by a male lion.

#4: An elephant in an elephant nature park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, saved a staffer from drowning in a fast-moving river.

#3: A male gorilla shielded a little boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure from other gorillas.

#2: A dog disarmed a robber of a convenience store in France.

#1: A cat named Tara in Bakersfield, CA, saved the life of a young boy who was being mauled by a dog several times the size of the cat.

What these seven animals did were acts of pure altruism because they derived no personal benefit and, in the case of the dog and Tara the cat, actually put themselves at risk.

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Do Whales Laugh?

Let’s ask these tourists…

Today’s laugh is brought to you by the Lord’s amazing creatures.

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Elephant rushes to protect caretaker under attack

Sun, 08 Jul 2018 13:35:10 +0000

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Human beings like to think ourselves as superior to animals — that non-human animals have no feelings, such as love and empathy, and no moral sense, such as altruism.

Again and again, God’s creatures demonstrate otherwise.

Thongsri the elephant is one example.

The 17-year-old elephant lives in a sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In a video that’s gone viral, two of her caretakers pretend to fight. One of the men strikes the other, who falls to the ground.

Watching this, Thongsri charges into battle to rescue her caretaker. The elephant circles the man protectively, using her body to shield him against harm.

H/t Happiest

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Animal altruism: Dog shares 'maternity ward' with pregnant cat

Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:32:55 +0000

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A man came across a homeless dog who was heavily pregnant, about to give birth.

The man couldn’t bring the dog home, so he did the next best thing – he built a doghouse, furnished with blankets, for the stray and her soon-to-be-born puppies. He placed the doghouse against a building for some extra protection against the wind and rain.

A few days later, the man returned to check on the dog and discovered a surprise in the “maternity ward” he’d built.

The dog had given birth to puppies! But that wasn’t the surprise.

Inside the “maternity ward” were a grey stray cat and four newborn kittens!

Dog and cat peaceably cuddled together with their babies, keeping each other warm.

The dog could have chased the cat away. Instead, she recognized another mommy in distress and welcomed the heavily-pregnant cat into her home.

If that isn’t an act of animal altruism, I don’t know what is.

See also these other cases of animal altruism:

H/t Happiest.net

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Hero dogs: saves newborn baby; fosters orphaned ducklings

Sat, 26 May 2018 12:13:14 +0000

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A female dog in Argentina has more humanity than too many humans.

The 8-year-old dog found an abandoned, prematurely-born baby in a field of rubbish in a shanty town outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was winter.

The dog picked up the baby, carried him 55 yards and placed the baby among her puppies.

The dog’s owner heard the baby’s cries and found him covered with a rag. The baby had no bite marks.

Police found the baby’s 14-year-old mother. (FoxNews)

Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador, is the resident dog at tourist attraction Mountfitchet Castle — a reconstructed Norman castle in Stansted, Essex, about 35 miles north of London.

One day, the staff found nine little ducklings wandering the castle grounds without their mother, probably killed by a fox.

Fred took to the ducklings and became their foster dad.

The little ducklings follow Fred everywhere, having imprinted on him. They swim in the castle moat every day together, and sleep together in the same basket in the house at night.

H/t The Dodo

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Homeless dog brings friend to rescuer

Fri, 18 May 2018 13:07:08 +0000

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Judy Obregon works for The Abandoned Ones animal rescue in Fort Worth, Texas.

Obregon had noticed a female German Shepherd living in the woods near Echo Lake Park, a notorious dumping ground for unwanted pets. With great patience, Obregon worked at gaining the dog’s trust.

Obregon wrote: “At first, once she saw my truck she’d run. Every morning I’d go to feed her.”

Then one morning, Obregon showed up and the dog was there waiting for her. That’s when Obregon “knew we were close” to rescuing her.

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After many days of feeding, the dog finally revealed a secret.

She went into the woods and brought out a friend: a frightened pit bull with scars all over his face.

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Obregon said the German Shepherd made it clear: “If you take me, you take my friend, too!”

No one knows how the dogs got there or how they found each other, but they clearly had become friends and protectors of each other.

Obregon eventually was able to coax the dogs into her car.

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Iris the German Shepherd and Clover the pit bull have visited the vet. Happily, neither has heartworm. Clover’s face has already healed.

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On May 10, 2018, The Abandoned Ones posted an update on Iris and Clover — Iris had a cyst removed during her spay surgery; Clover would be spayed the next day. He is healing and is on antibiotics.

The dogs are recovering at the vet. Both need fostering.

  • If you are interested in fostering or adopting the dogs, please contact www.taoanimalrescue.com.
  • To donate to their medical care, call Dr . Gibbs at (817) 294-9798.
  • To donate to The Abandoned Ones animal rescue, go here.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Dog saves Wisconsin family from carbon monoxide poisoning


Abby, a Border Collie Aussie, is the family pet of the Siekerts, in Hartland, Wisconsin.
On February 11, 2016, Abby proved to be much more than a family pet. Abby saved her human family’s lives.
That morning, Nicole Siekert and her 5-year-old twin daughters, Grace and Bella, woke up feeling under the weather. One of the girls even got sick. Nicole said, “We were all just kind of out of sorts when we woke up. We were all just kind of lagging.”
After breakfast, the twins felt well enough for school. But Nicole was still dizzy, she could hardly stand up. “It was just really starting to hit me where I just felt very flu-ish suddenly. I felt very dizzy, very light-headed.” So Nicole went back to bed. But her dog became “very clingy”. As Nicole described:

“I laid down and Abby jumped up on the bed and she would not leave me alone. She was all the way up by my head and my pillow, nudging my head and pawing at me. She tried to lift up my head with her nose.

Abby’s persistence got Nicole out of bed. Thinking Abby had to go outside, Nicole went to let Abby out. But the dog didn’t stop at the front door, and led Nicole downstairs to a chirping carbon monoxide detector.
Nicole said, “It was like a flash. Everything just came together and it made sense.” The family had furnace troubles in the days before, but didn’t think much of it. It turns out an exhaust pipe to the home was blocked and carbon monoxide had been building up.
The Siekerts were treated and released from the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Nicole can’t even think what could have happened if Abby wasn’t around: “I’m just filled with goosebumps. She’s amazing, she saved my life. She saved my family’s life. I think I would have just laid down and gone to sleep. She’s like an angel. She is our protector.”
Grace calls Abby “a super hero.” Her twin sister, Bella, said, “We love her a lot and she’s really amazing.”
We Energies electricity and gas company honored Abby with a special Heroism Award and treats from the Humane Society.

Sources: KMJ4; KHON2

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