Category Archives: Animal saints

Animal friendships that’ll touch your heart

A crow and a dog are inseparable. The crow is almost always on the dog’s back, and the dog barks when people try to touch his pal. So their human built a custom harness for more comfortable rides.

A duck and house cat were raised together. The duck hates water (like cats do) and hasn’t figured out yet that it can fly!

The dog of a worker at a wild-life park in China adopted two tiger cubs, and would regularly visit the cubs.

An orphaned tiger cub has been raised with the family dog since infancy. The two are inseparable.

Humphrey the hippopotamus was a house pet that became too large and was moved to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa, where he was safe but lonely — until a Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed the fence into Humphrey’s enclosure and befriended him.

Sobe the iguana and Johann the cat were both rescued by a woman in Brooklyn, NY. Every day when the iguana is let out of her cage, she seeks out Johann to play.

Koko the gorilla, now 46 years old, is famous for having learned to communicate by sign-language. Koko’s two favorite books are about cats. For her birthday in 1984, Koko made signs to her human teacher that she wanted a kitten. Koko got her birthday wish: she chose a kitten from an abandoned litter and named him “All Ball”, and cared for the kitten with great tenderness.

A lioness abandoned by her pack adopted a baby impala after killing its mother. Several times, she tried to leave the baby in the company of other impalas, but ended up taking the baby back when the frightened adult impalas ran away.

A giraffe and ostrich are best friends at Busch Gardens in Florida.

The pet dog of the park-keeper of a hawk conservatory adopted these motherless baby owls.

A stray cat adopted by a family grew fond of their elderly dog. Realizing the dog was blind, the cat took on the responsibility of being the dog’s guide cat, leading him to his water, food, shade, and toys.

A stray cat wandered into an Asiatic bear’s enclosure in the Berlin Zoo. For the next 10 years, the cat made frequent visits to check on his friend.

A fox and cat have been seen together for over a year in Lake Van in Turkey. They were first spotted by a local fisherman who saw them sharing a fish and playing together.

At the Tiger institute in South Carolina, a female chimpanzee raised white tiger cubs after they were separated from their mother.

A photographer witnessed a wild polar bear coming upon a team of tethered sled dogs in the wilderness of Canada’s Hudson Bay. Instead of devouring the dogs, the bear cuddled and played with the dogs, returning every night that week.

Some other examples of strange and improbable animal friendships:

Truly, as St. Bonaventure said, these are creatures without sin.

H/t Shireen

~Eowyn

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Pets comforting their humans

Philosophers say empathy, the ability to put ourselves in another’s “shoes” and feel the other’s pain or distress, is the foundation of human morality.

In fact, the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — is cross-cultural.

Psychologically and spiritually disordered humans lack empathy:

  • The lack of empathy is a definitive attribute of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • Both narcissism and a lack of empathy characterize psychopaths, including serial killers.

For a long, long time, we humans have congratulated ourselves for having attributes that we say non-human creatures lack. But technology — specifically, the ubiquity of cameras and camera-enabled cell phones — increasingly shows that animals also have some of the attributes that humans believe are uniquely ours.

Empathy, is one of those traits.

Here are 11 pet animals who display empathy for their humans:

(1) Zeus, the service dog, who brings little gifts, like a potato, to comfort his mistress, Drovie:

(2) Cat comforts woman after a break-up:

(3) Dog offers his paw to his sick mistress:

(4) Cats and a dog comfort a woman after double knee surgery:

(5) Dog comforts a human who “was feeling depressed and couldn’t bring myself to smile”:

(6) Dogs sleeping with woman sick in bed:

(7) Simba the cat has not left the side of sick boy:

(8) Dog trying to make his human feel better:

(9) Rabbit and kitten comfort woman recovering from surgery:

(10) Dog consoling his human:

(11) Woman writes, “My fiancé broke up with me a week before our wedding, leaving me pretty depressed. But after 14 years he’s never left my side. He’s my best friend”:

Source of pics 2-11: Paw My Gosh

See these other examples of animal empathy and kindness::

~Eowyn

Sheep In Wolves’ Clothing

I know that after I leave, savage sheep will come in among you and will not spare the pack.

My apologies to St. Paul. Here’s the real scripture:

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” – Acts 20:29

Jemma Mackenzie writes:

Here’s “Pet” the orphaned lamb who thinks she’s a dog. “Pet”, from a very young age started following our oldest collie Dice around, believing that Dice was her mum. Pet would follow her everywhere, even sleeping in the same bed together.

I always found it hilarious when Pet would start jumping around with all our collies (Dice, Fly, Jess and Megan) so decided to start filming her one day.

I filmed this at my parents house in Lochbroom, near Ullapool in the Highlands of SCOTLAND.

“Pet” still has the freedom to go out into the hill and join the other sheep for the day but she enjoys nothing more than coming back into the shed every night to sleep in her basket beside Dice.

For more information on the location and the bed and breakfast that my mother runs check out Torran B & B.

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An Unexpected Friendship

Sometimes the animals in our lives reveal something wonderful, like a glimpse of heavenly harmony.

‘Humanity’ in animals

We humans like to think of ourselves as “like gods” who are superior to the real God’s other creations. We use the word “animal” as an insult, calling the most depraved among us “animals” when it is we “enlightened” humans who consciously and willfully lie, steal, insult, hurt, scheme, plot, plunder, and murder for profit or pleasure. Then to top it off, we use the intelligence that God gives us to justify our deeds with elaborate rationalization.

Saint Bonaventure called animals “creatures without sin” for, unlike humans, they are not born with “the mark” — fomes peccati, tinder for sin.

Saint Francis saw the “humanity” in non-human creatures. He talked to birds and animals, and even preached to them.

Take a look at these pictures. Do you not see their “humanity”? — of intelligence, loving “tolerance” of another species, parental love, unspoken friendship, and quiet companionship . . . .

And then there is their sheer, breathtaking beauty, which no human can match:

Did you know that animals have empathy? — that attribute on which human morality is founded (“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” -Matthew 7:12), but which human narcissists and psychopaths lack. See:

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Dog licks owners’ faces to alert them to fire

Jack, a 2-year-old German shepherd/pit bull mix, is being hailed a hero after he saved his human family from their burning home.

Brandon Longo reports for CBS Philly that on Jan. 18, 2017, Jack licked his owners’ faces to wake them up as flames broke out in the back bedroom of the  Lomax home in the 1400 block of North Alden Street in Philadelphia.

Thanks to Jack, the Lomax family of four adults and five children made it out of the home unharmed.

The Lomaxes credit Jack for saving their lives by waking them up. “The fire was so bad we would have died,” said Aubrey Lomax.

Jack and two cats were also in the home at the time of the fire. Sadly, one of the cats did not survive.

Jack and the surviving cat were taken into the care of Red Paw Relief, an emergency relief team that assists displaced pets and their people.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

See these other stories of heroic animals!:

~Eowyn

Hero cat pounds on door; saves family from carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide kills.

Every year, on average, 430 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the CDC.

Although you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, a Maine Coon cat named Gracie in Wisconsin somehow knew, and saved her human family from carbon monoxide poisoning by pounding on their bedroom door, thereby, waking up the husband.

WREG Channel 3 reports, March 15, 2017, that Annette Shanahan of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, woke up in the middle of the night and thought that she was having a heart attack. Her head all “fuzzy,” she got up, left the bed with her husband Kevin still sleeping, and sat in the chair in the bedroom, feeling like she was dying.

The Shanahans have an 8-year-old Maine Coon mix named Grace.

Although Gracie normally doesn’t sleep with Annette and Kevin, she began “pounding” on their bedroom door with her paw.

Kevin said: “All of the sudden Gracie, I heard she was pounding, knocking, knocking, knocking at the door. And so I got out of bed and to stop her from pounding at the door, and I looked to my left and Annette was there in the chair.”

Annette said she couldn’t breathe: “I was hanging onto the arm of the chair, and I thought I was dying.”

Annette managed to call 911.

When firefighters arrived, they discovered lethal levels of carbon monoxide in the home, caused by a malfunction in the hot water heater.

Annette and Kevin were taken to the hospital, where they spent the night.

Kevin said: “Very lucky. If it wasn’t for the cat, I don’t know how much she was saving our lives, but she wanted to get out of there, and she knew enough to know something was wrong, and she was pounding on the door.”

Annette said: “I say saved by grace, saved by the grace of God, because Gracie doesn’t usually sleep with us.”

Manufacturers recommend that carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years. The Shanahans’ detector was 15 years old. The family now has four new CO detectors of the non-feline non-Gracie variety.

Here’s the video:

See also “Animals who saved human lives: pig, dogs, gorilla, lions”.

~Eowyn