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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

Baby Otter Rescued During Festival

At the Benderdinker Kayak/Canoe Paddle and Food Festival, in Augusta, Georgia, one patron found an injured baby river otter, and decided to do something about it. He notified Benderdinker founder, Kristina Williams, and her husband rescued the otter and began to rehab him, and contacted Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR suggested taking him to Highland Animal Hospital in Augusta, where he is now getting proper medical care. His injuries are believed to be caused by the talons of a local raptor.

Williams said she named the baby otter “Dinker” in honor of the festival.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Injured-baby-otter-found-after-Benderdinker-food-and-music-festival-301432191.html

Valentines Day with Hamsters

Valentine’s Day is here, a day to celebrate love with flowers, kisses, and cute things. This year, the Interweb’s favorite tiny hamsters are back with a tiny Valentines Day date that is as squeetastic as it is comical, considering the very unceremonious manner in which hamsters eat.

 

First they take a tiny gondola ride around a tiny canal in a tiny town, then take their tiny seats at a tiny table where they are served tiny courses. There are flowers (of course, they eat them) and a pasta with red quinoa meatball entree that puts that “Lady and the Tramp” scene to shame. Enjoy!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/tiny-hamsters-valentines-day-video_n_6653072.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Giving Thanks… for the Cat Aquarium

It’s been six weeks since my last blog post.  Lately I find that reading and writing about animals makes me sad and lonely for my own cats, who are staying with my parents until I have a home again, and am no longer traveling for work. So, I haven’t been inspired to write anything, until today.

 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for having wonderful parents, who can and will take care of my kitties while I’m away.  Thank-you, so much.

 

Not all animals are so lucky.  Some kitties have no home at all, and live out in the wilds.  Come wintertime, the stresses of life can be tough for little feral furries.

Enter: The Cat-Aquarium Man.

This concerned man has built what he is calling a “Cat Aquarium” for Thanksgiving this year.  He wanted strays to have a place to go during the weather, so he built a cat aquarium, mounted against his window so the inside of it was visible from inside the house.  It’s like having his own kitty tv channel! … which his kids love, of course.

While this many cats is probably too much for one person to rescue, providing a safe place for them to stay is a great idea. Let’s just hope that window stays closed… ’cause they’ll scatter… into a chaotic kitty frenzy!

Way to go, Cat Aquarium Man. May you inspire others to build kitty looking boxes into their home windows.  Kitty tv channels for everyone!

 

http://3milliondogs.com/friends/man-builds-cat-aquarium-to-keep-stray-kitties-warm-on-thanksgiving

Waltz of the Furries

It’s been twelve days since my last post.  I’m getting more and more comfortable living here in Maryland, especially with my roommates, who are becoming more like family everyday.  Here to demonstrate, are a kitteh, a doggeh, and a monkeh, who are just about the best of friends.  What Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers has to do with them… I’m not sure, I just know that I like it. ^_^

 

 

Happy Monkday :_)

 

Jack is Back

It may be Monday, but it feels a lot like Caturday around my house.  After being lost in the neighborhood wilds since Thursday night, our Jack the Cat was returned to us this morning by a friendly neighbor.  I am beyond happy to have Jack back home.

Rabbit Castle of Hope

Meet Hope, a rabbit who was given a second chance.  In this heartwarming rags-to-riches story, Hope the Bunny escapes near death to be now living hoppily in her cardboard castle of dreams.

 

 

Hope was rescued and nursed back to health by Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue in Foster, Rhode Island, before moving to Massachusetts with Amy, her new owner. She was given her name by rescue workers at a shelter, in the hopes that she would find a happy forever home.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://hooplaha.com/2014/04/a-very-hoppy-ending/