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Homeless dog used body warmth to keep orphaned kittens alive in snow

Stephen Messenger reports for The Dodo, Nov. 20, 2019, that on a freezing cold night in Ontario, Canada, a woman was driving when she saw a shivering homeless dog curled up on the snowy roadside.

The woman stopped the car and went to the dog.

That’s when she realized why the dog was exposed on the roadside instead of in a more sheltered place.

The dog had wrapped herself around five tiny orphaned kittens, using her body heat to keep the kittens warm in the biting cold.

The kind-hearted woman took the dog and the kittens to the Pet and Wildlife Rescue shelter, where the kittens were treated for flea and worm infestations.

A spokesperson at the shelter said that the dog had saved the kittens’ lives: “It’s truly heartwarming! It had been a very cold night so these kittens would have had a very hard time surviving. Our staff sees many difficult situations on a daily basis and stories like this one make every heartache worth it”

It’s unclear where the dog or kittens came from originally, or if they knew each other prior to that night. Pet and Wildlife Rescue is hoping an owner will come forward to claim them, but if not they’ll be put up for adoption.

Pet and Wildlife Rescue posted this message on Facebook on Nov. 22, 2019:

I have been getting A LOT of attention on social media, but let me fill you in just in case you don’t know my name and my story! My name is Serenity and I was found last week on the side of the road keeping 5 kittens warm. A good citizen called the shelter, a kind Animal Control Officer picked the 6 of us up and we’ve been living our best lives ever since! The kittens that I kept safe have been kindly taken in by a foster family and will be put up for adoption once they’re old enough to be on their own. My story has been shared worldwide as far as Nova Scotia, Australia and Texas🌎!

I’m surprised that so many people applied to adopt me when they don’t even know my personality or quirks yet – I must just be THAT cute! Let me tell you a little bit about myself so that the shelter can find the most suitable home for me. I’m obviously great with cats and would have no problem going to a home that has cats in it🐱. I’m estimated to be about 2 years old so I’m still young and have the energy of a toddler. I love zooming around outside and will run circles around any person or object that is out in the yard with me. The shelter staff has been working on it, but I can be quite jumpy and need to be taught some manners. At this time in my life I would do best in a home without small children that I can knock over – I wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt someone. I’ve gotten along with a couple of dogs at the shelter so far – both were extremely submissive or uninterested in interacting with me. Along with my dominance I am HUGE on playing and have a tendency to get right in other dog’s faces. I didn’t get along with the dominant or even slightly reactive shelter dogs. I do need help with my house training as it is not perfect right now.

The shelter staff is concerned about getting backlash for not adopting me out with the kittens that I was found with, but the kittens are not old enough to be on their own yet. If they waited for the kittens to be ready that would mean that I wouldn’t have my forever family for a couple of months. It is always the staff’s goal to get dogs out of the shelter environment and into their forever homes as soon as possible. At the end of the day I am just happy that the kittens were found with me and are now resting peacefully in a warm foster home instead of outside in the cold. Once they are old enough they will find homes of their very own! Once I’m spayed on December 3rd I will be all ready to go!

Apply to adopt me today:
Serenity 🐾❤️


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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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Thank you Lord, for cats!

Cats are loving creatures

Anyone who knows cats, knows what I mean.

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Fox and Cat Friendship

Animal Smiles


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No Politics – Just an Elephant Shower

Thank Lord for Elephants! 😀

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You okay? Yea. You okay?

Two Talking Cats

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In a flash, border collie saves tiny chihuahua from being run over by car

In Gaspé City in Québec, Canada, a black-and-white border collie was outside playing fetch with a human and two other dogs — a black dog and a tiny chihuahua.

A little while later, a doughy woman in a light-colored hoodie walked to her blue SUV and quickly backed out of the driveway, oblivious to the fact that the little chihuahua was walking right into the SUV’s path.

In a flash, the collie rushed in and snatched the chihuahua off the ground and out of the way of the SUV.

The woman first drove the SUV forward, then back. She got out of the car and the collie ran to her in a flash, then backed away as the chihuahua walked into the woman’s embrace. She then hugged the collie.

The woman said: “I saw something in my mirror. First I thought I had crushed my dog.”

Here’s the video of the collie’s amazing rescue:

This is the border collie, a true hero. What a sweet face! (Source: WDBJ CBS7)

From Wikipedia:

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep.[1] It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs….

Border Collies require considerably more daily physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds…. Although the primary role of the Border Collie is to herd livestock, the breed is becoming increasingly popular as a companion animal.

In this role, due to their working heritage, Border Collies are very demanding, playful, and energetic. They thrive best in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise, either with humans or other dogs.

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About Pets and Heaven

Having recently lost a dear cat, this video encourages me. I hope it helps someone following Fellowship of the Minds, too.

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Instant bond between dolphin and girl

Girl Makes Dolphin Laugh

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Animal altruism: Lions protect girl from abducters; dog leads owner to injured pup

(1) Ethiopian lions protect girl, 12

BBC News and the AP have an astounding account of three African lions in Ethiopia protecting a 12-year-old girl from her abductors.

Police Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, recounted that the girl was abducted and beaten by seven men on her way home from school.

Tilahun Kassa, a local government official who corroborated Wondimu’s version of the events, said one of the men had wanted to marry the girl against her wishes.

Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. Young Ethiopian girls are often abducted and forced into marriage. The United Nations estimates that more than 70% of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people live.

On June 9, 2005, a week after she had gone missing, the girl was found by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet. Police caught four of the abductors and three were still at large.

Sgt. Wedajo said the girl had been guarded by three lions for about half a day, after the lions chased off the abductors: “They (the lions) stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest. If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage. Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people.”

But cynical “wildlife experts” are skeptical:

  • Game hunter Colonel Lemma Legesse told the AFP news agency lion attacks on humans and farm animals have become increasingly frequent in the region, and that the lions “were probably preparing to eat her but were intercepted by the police and the others.”
  • Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack: “A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her.”

Ethiopia’s lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country’s national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Despite a recent crackdown, hunters kill the lions for their skins, which can fetch $1,000 a piece. Williams estimates that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild.

(2) Dog leads owner to injured pup

Ace the pit bull was out walking with his human dad in New Jersey.

Suddenly, Ace pulled dad off course towards an abandoned home. In the alleyway next to the house was an injured 10-week-old pit-bull mix puppy, barely alive.

The man rushed the pup, later named Theo, to a local animal shelter to get help.

Source: The Dodo

H/t PawMyGosh

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