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Owl Wins Halloween

Meet Oakley, the juvenile Great Horned Owl: the grooviest owl ever.  He was rescued by the Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Kansas after a tornado hit. Whenever they get babies, they put them together for comfort and security, but Oakley was by himself, so he got a puppet in with him. They wanted to see what he would do when he heard a strange voice, so they played the puppet, and here are the results! Obviously Oakley the Owl has won Halloween.

 

 

The Eagle Valley Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization, that takes in on average 175 birds a year that have bee injured or orphaned.  They find forever home for ones that cannot go back to the wild, but are comfortable living in captivity and become educational ambassadors.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org

Elderly Dog Takes Last Agility Lap

I love watching dog agility runs. They really show off the dog’s abilities, and the dogs look so happy while they’re running them. Maybe that’s why this story sticks with me so much… right in the base of my heart.

 

At the American Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials in Great Falls, MT, someone caught a particularly unusual agility course run on camera. Lakota is an adorable, elderly dog whose agility career spans ten years! Active from 2005-2015, she and her trainer Val clearly loved their time on the course together. Here is the video of her last lap before retirement.

 

Like in all things, it can be easy for people to get caught up in the competition, and with training their dogs to be better, faster and more accurate, but it’s moments like this one that remind us what’s at the heart of the sport: the deep, loving bond between dog and human and the priceless time they spend together.

 

http://3milliondogs.com/inspirational/not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house-when-this-elderly-dog-takes-its-last-lap-around-the-agility-course