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Hero cat saves toddler from plunging down stairs

On October 31, 2019, one-year-old toddler Samuel León was left unattended in his filthy room or home in Bogota, Colombia.

The household pet, a Siamese cat named Gatubela, watched little Samuel as he crawled on all fours out of his crib, across the floor, and toward the a steep flight of stairs.

When the toddler got to the edge of the top of the stairwell, Gatubela sprang into action.

Like a bolt of lightning, the cat sped across the room and put her body in front of little Samuel, blocking the toddler from going further.

Gatubela first tried to move Samuel away from the stairs by grabbing the back of his neck with her mouth, as she would with kittens. Then Gatubela pounced on Samuel and pushed him away from the stairwell.

All of this was captured in a security camera’s footage.

If Gatubela had not intervened, little Samuel would surely tumble down the stairs. This remarkable cat literally saved the toddler’s life.

I had a GIF made of Gatubela’s heroic action, in case YouTube takes down the video.

H/t PawMyGosh

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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: https://pawr.org/adoption-process-fees/
XOXO,
Serenity 🐾❤️

~Eowyn

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7 health benefits of being grateful

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Today is Thanksgiving, a day that’s been warped by “progressives” and their willing accomplices in the Hate America Media into America’s penultimate day of white guilt.

Little known by Americans is the fact that Thanksgiving has its origins as an explicitly religious, Christian holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed on America. (See “The true meaning of Thanksgiving: A Christian holiday to thank God“)

As America increasingly is secularized, have you noticed how Americans correspondingly became uncivil, rude, and callous? Manners seem to have fallen by the wayside, dismissed as “old fashioned” or vilified as “patriarchal”. Worse still, too many Americans have become downright cruel and evil. (See, for example, “What is wrong with people? Father fundraising for sick child finds ‘let the baby die’ sign“)

Not only is it right and proper to thank God and the people in our lives for the good and kindness they’ve given us, being thankful actually benefits us in at least seven scientifically-proven ways:

(1) Gratitude is good for our physical health:

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health — they exercise more often and are more likely to get regular check-ups.

(2) Gratitude is good for our psychological health:

Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, found that gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.

(3) Gratitude reduces stress and makes us more resilient:

For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma by making us more resilient:

  • A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – also fosters resilience, enabling you to better withstand trauma and stress. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the 9/11 attacks.

(4) Grateful people sleep better:

Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed helps you sleep better and longer.

(5) Gratitude opens the door to friendship

Showing appreciation to other people can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

(6) Gratitude improves self-esteem:

  • A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance.
  • Other studies have shown that gratitude makes us better able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments, and reduces the toxic social comparisons that makes us resentful toward people who seem to have more — money, beauty, better jobs, better health, more friends — than we have.

(7) Gratitude is good for society by enhancing empathy and reducing aggression:

Grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were sensitive and empathic toward other people; less vengeful; and less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.

On this Thanksgiving Day, say “Thank You” to God and to your family, friends, colleagues, and especially those who provide a service for you, such as the janitor in your office building, your handyman, your gardener, or if you are elderly or infirm, your caregiver.

I will now make a list of all the many, many things for which I am grateful. I invite you to make a list as well!

Top on my list is the new family that God has graced me — my two precious kittens whose innocence reminds me there’s good in the world, and who fill my days with joy and their unalloyed love.

~Eowyn

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Baby octopus thanks man for rescue

Imagine you’re an octopus.

You can’t talk or even emit sound.

So what would you do to show you’re grateful?

Being an octopus, you’re all limbs — eight tentacles in all. Would you show your gratitude by getting near and use a tentacle to touch your benefactor?

That’s what a tiny octopus did.

A man named Pei Yan Heng found an octopus stranded in the sand of Cyrene Reef, Singapore. He saves the octopus’s life by scooping it into a cup, then releasing the little creature into the water. The octopus takes some time to recover, then swims over to the man (who is many, many times bigger), and gently places a tentacle on the man’s foot to show its gratitude.

Here’s Heng’s account of what happened:

Cyrene Reef 2013

Released a stranded octopus that got stuck on the sand when the tide went out in the shallow water. After recovering, the octopus moved towards my left booties and placed one of its tentacles on my booties for some time before moving off.

Note how the octopus changed color (got darker) when it was touching the man’s foot (1:28 mark), and that it rested its tentacle on the man’s foot for a full 23 seconds.

The video on YouTube elicited two comments about similar experiences:

Marc Johnson: “I know of another person who had the same experience. She worked at the Monterey Bay aquarium and was releasing an octopus in the bay that they had held captive for several years. As she released it, it came over to her and put one tentacle on her arm and looked straight at her for a long moment before swimming off.”

Terranaut157: “I witnessed identical behaviour in January this year (2018). A rescued, similar size octopus was put back into the water by hand. It swam off and then came back to embrace with one tentacle the hand that freed it – as if to say thanks – and then swam off again.”

Octopuses are highly intelligent creatures. From Wikipedia:

Octopuses are highly intelligent; the extent of their intelligence and learning capability are not well defined.[89][90][91][92] Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory. It is not known precisely what contribution learning makes to adult octopus behaviour. Young octopuses learn nothing from their parents, as adults provide no parental care beyond tending to their eggs until the young octopuses hatch.[63]:75

In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be readily trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. They have been reported to practise observational learning,[93] although the validity of these findings is contested.[89][90] Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them.[94] Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food.[86][95][96] They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.[91] The veined octopus collects discarded coconut shells, then uses them to build a shelter, an example of tool use.

H/t PawMyGosh

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What is wrong with people? Father fundraising for sick child finds “let the baby die” sign

Just sickening that someone would even consider doing this. What a wretched soul…

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Best buddies: Cat comforts anxious dog while family is away from home

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Cats loving their humans

Some say cats are aloof and indifferent, even to their human family.

But cats do love, and they do show their love. It’s just they do it differently than dogs, as this video amply demonstrates.

Put simply, cats are not dogs! >^..^<

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Male turkey acts as crossing guard to shield females from traffic

I came across this video of funny birds, but the video is remarkable because of the footage (0:52 to 1:20 mark) of a regal, male turkey protecting his family from motor traffic by acting as a crossing guard.

He stands in the middle of the road, using his body to block a row of three cars behind him, so that the other nine turkeys, one by one, could safely cross the road.

Only after the last turkey had crossed the road did the male leave his post.

This male turkey puts human males to shame….

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Rescue puppy Narwhal has a tail on his forehead and is ‘perfectly healthy’

So adorable! What a sweet, sweet puppy.

I have no doubt that Narwhal will find a very loving home.

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