Category Archives: Animal saints

More from the Lord’s innocent children…

Ravens can talk!

The news is so dark today that I need something light hearted. Here’s a wonderful creature who is very smart. Thank God for animals.

Peace and Smiles

– TD


Mommy cat adopts abandoned puppies

Miss Kitty is a female cat in South Carolina who lost her litter of kittens.

Meanwhile, a neighbor’s dog gave birth to five puppies, but refused to care for them.

So Miss Kitty carried the puppies, one by one, to her hiding place underneath the house, and adopted them as her own.

Miss Kitty’s owners thought it better that she should care for kittens. So they put a call out for abandoned or stranded kittens, and found two, which they brought to Miss Kitty.

Miss Kitty immediately adopted the kittens, but instead of abandoning the puppies, simply added the kittens to her brood, whom she lovingly nursed and groomed.

Veterinarian Dr. Andrew Holland said that while cats have been known to adopt orphaned kittens, and dogs orphaned puppies, it’s unusual for a cat to adopt the babies of another species.

This cat puts human females to shame, who abort kill our babies, then have the gall to call it a Constitutional right.

Was this the terrible choice that Adam and Eve made in the First Garden? Despite being well provided for in the Garden, our first parents chose to disobey God’s explicit instruction not to eat from one particular tree, as well as ignore God’s explicit warnings of the consequences of disobedience. Wanting to be “like gods” who would determine for themselves what is right and wrong, Adam and Eve spurned the moral instincts God had already embedded in their hearts — instincts that Miss Kitty and other animals retain.

No wonder St. Bonaventure called them “creatures without sin”. Unlike we humans who are each born tinder for sin (fomes peccati), non-human creatures did not want to be “like gods” and are without Original Sin, having chosen to retain the light of God, which humans contemptuously call “animal instincts”.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

See also these other examples of animal moral instincts and heroism:


Hero dog saves goats & deer from Northern California inferno

More than a week after deadly wildfires broke out in Northern California’s wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, the infernos continue to rage.

As of yesterday, 41 people are confirmed dead as a result of the fires. More than 213,000 acres have been burned; an estimated 5,700 homes and businesses  have been destroyed; and thousands of people and their companion animals left homeless. Although many evacuations have been lifted, over 40,000 people still remain evacuated. (Source)

Amidst the devastation and the heart-rending stories of loss and death (an elderly couple, aged 100 and 98, who perished in the fire had celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year), this story of Odin the dog is a ray of light.

A Sonoma County man and his daughter are breathing a sigh of relief after finding their two dogs and several goats managed to survive the Tubbs Fire that roared through the region, killing at least 22 people.

Roland Hendel and his daughter Ariel saw smoke and flames creeping onto their Santa Rosa property near Mark West Springs Road and had minutes to get themselves and their animals to a safer location. Hendel told KTVU:

“The fire fight hit us first before any evacuation notices. We smelled smoke and there had been nothing on evacuations posted yet… I get all the alerts.”

But as Hendel tried to coax his 1½-year-old great Pyrenees named Odin into the car, the dog wouldn’t budge because the eight goats Odin protects were left behind.

Hendel wrote on Facebook:

“Even under the best of circumstances it is nearly impossible to separate Odin from the goats after nightfall when he takes over the close watch from his sister Tessa. I made a decision to leave him, and I doubt I could have made him come with us if I tried. We got out with our lives and what was in our pockets.”

As Hendel and his daughter fled from the raging fire with just one set of clothes, his cat and his cellphone, cars behind them were going up in flames. Hendel was sure he had sentenced his beloved Odin and goats to death.

The next day, Hendel returned to find everything on his property destroyed.

To Hendel’s surprise, all eight goats ran to greet him and lo and behold, Odin, with burned fur and singed whiskers, came limping up behind. Several small, orphaned deer had also found their way to Odin, and were safe under his care. Hendel wrote:

“(Odin) has adopted several baby deer who huddle around him for safety and water from their trough, which is miraculously intact and full of relatively clean water.”

Hendel said, “I started sobbing and my daughter and I… it didn’t matter the house was gone and the structures – to find all our animals safe was all we needed.”

Hendel will never know for certain what happened in those terrifying hours but he believes Odin herded the goats and deer to a rocky shelter because “His fur is orange so it’s not damaged from flames… but heat. And the padding of his paws are burned.”

Hendel quickly dropped off several bails of orchard grass and gave Odin, his sister Tessa, the goats and deer fresh water until he could get them to a safe place.

Days later, on October 11, Hendel found a back way past the roadblocks to check on his animals and set up a makeshift water supply. All were doing well, with Odin and the goats coughing occasionally, likely due to all the smoke they had inhaled.

Hendel returned that weekend, but Odin and the goats were nowhere to be seen. He wrote:

“We are trying to remain optimistic. If Odin could keep them alive through the firestorm, surely they are alive and well now. As soon as they are found we have secured a temporary home for them, and people who can get around the roadblocks to pick them up.”

A few hours later, Hendel found the creatures, all safe and sound:

“Oh Blessed Be. They are back. All of them. Safe and sound. Even silly little Tinkerbell. Odin always made sure she didn’t fall too far behind. They must have just gone to find us. Mercy. Evac team is on its way. Tears. So many tears.”

The goats were finally taken to a shelter Saturday evening, and Odin was seen by a volunteer veterinarian who said the hero dog, still limping with burned paws, was in “remarkable health, given what he’s been through.”

Odin, Tessa, and goats are all resting comfortably in a shelter at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

A YouCaring page for Odin, Tessa and the goats had raised more than $64,000 as of this morning. Hendel wrote:

“I am overwhelmed by the support that we have received from all of you. So much kindness and compassion. The human spirit is truly a remarkable and wondrous thing.”

Hendel said enough money has been raised to rebuild the pumphouse and filtration system, build a new bar and repair the fence around the perimeter of his property.

Many people asked about the deer that Odin had kept safe. Although Hendel had left a two-week supply of food and water for them, rescuers could not get them out to safety. With that in mind, Hendel decided that 50 cents of every dollar donated to the YouCaring fund would go to the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Center because “I think that is what Odin would like best, and this is, after all, his story.”

If you would like to donate to Hendel’s YouCaring fund, go here.

Sources: KCRA3; KTVU

UPDATE (Oct. 18):

Odin’s burned paws are now healed, and a volunteer pet-groomer came by the shelter, and bathed and groomed Odin (and his sister).

Odin now has a Facebook page!


Extraordinary video footage of dogs protecting human babies from harm

While wandering on the web yesterday, I happened across this extraordinary video of dogs fiercely protective of and defending human babies from being assaulted by their caretakers.

In case the video is disappeared from YouTube, I had these GIFs made of two surveillance-camera recordings from the video, thanks to the site makeagif:

These dogs are holy creatures of God.

See also:


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


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::


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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