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In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, this news, at least, hints at hope for France.
As of Tuesday evening, domesticated canines are no longer considered personal property but living beings under a new law in France.
This is the same nation that made it illegal for grocery stores to purposefully waste food, as well hosted the world’s first car-free day. Certainly, progressive happenings are taking place in France.
DogHeirs reports that nearly 700,000 people signed a petition against the 1804 law that categorized pets as “movable goods,” such as furniture and kitchen equipment.
The change to the law now gives 63 million pets more protection against cruelty and brings the civil law in line with the penal code
According to Luc Ferry, the former education minister, the Napoleonic legislation was “absurd.” He happily signed the petition and declared:
“No one has ever tortured a clock. Animals suffer, they have emotions and feelings. It is not a question of making animals subjects of the law…but simply of protecting them against certain forms of cruelty.”
Reportedly, this new change also means couples can contest custody in a divorce and claim compensation for suffering caused to a pet accidental injuries. People will also be allowed to leave their inheritances to their pets.
This is certainly a step forward for the animal kingdom.
(via True Activist)
Eleven-year-old Bella Burton from Woburn, Mass., suffers from Morquio Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that leads to organ damage, abnormal bone development and dwarfism. The disease makes it difficult for the young girl to walk, but with the help of her two-year-old service dog named George, Bella’s days are made a bit easier.
George is not your regular service dog. He is no Golden Retriever, but a Great Dane, and thanks to his large size, Bella is able to walk with a lot more ease.
The young girl was diagnosed with the debilitating disease at the age of two. Her mobility has always been aided by either crutches or a wheelchair, but since George came to her life this past January, Bella gained her independence.
“He helps me a lot,” Bella told ABC news. “I lean on him like a crutch.”
67-year-old David Bahnson didn’t want to go canoeing without his best friends, so he decided to modify his kayak so both of his Golden Retrievers, Susie and Ginger, could go on adventures with him.
“It’s like a triple kayak, only there isn’t enough room for the paddlers to put their feet — but it’s perfect for a dog… They never hopped out into the water, actually,” Bahnson told The Dodo.
Lana The Dog Was Too Brokenhearted To Go On Walks After Family Who Adopted Her Returned Her To The Shelter
Mighty Mutts in Toronto, Canada, provides training for dogs looking to join the canine work force or rehabilitate bad behavior. They also board rescue pups, most saved from death row at other shelters, but the facility has limited space.
This sweet girl named Lana was brought in about a year ago when she was just 10 weeks old. The rough life that led to her ending up in their care made her a bit skittish when meeting new people, but once she warmed up to someone she was content to follow them around anywhere.
They posted these photos of the cutie, hoping to attract a forever home adoption.
Watch The Heartwarming Moment When A Formerly Blind Dog Sees Family For The First Time After Surgery
When rescue Irish Terrier Duffy started to lose his eyesight, Duffy’s caretaker, Benjamin May, says he and his parents (Duffy’s owners) were beyond devastated. Duffy’s decline seemed to progress rather quickly, May explains.
“Within about 3-5 months he went from a totally normal 8 year old dog to a dog who was completely blind,” May wrote of Duffy on the popular website Reddit.
“It broke my heart seeing this dog I grew up with, who I see as a very good friend…running into things, not being able to recognize me…just struggling,” he added.
Duffy, now 9 years old, suffers from canine diabetes, which, much like diabetes in humans, means that his body cannot properly produce insulin, making it difficult for the body to process sugar. There is no cure for the condition.
His owners first suspected Duffy might have diabetes last year, when he began peeing in the house frequently, one of the telltale sign of the often-debilitating disease.
Sure enough, doctors confirmed the worst — Duffy’s blood sugar was all over the charts. Soon after his diagnosis, Duffy went blind, no longer able to see his loved ones.
But his dedicated family and skilled veterinarians weren’t ready to give up on the sweet Irish Terrier. Duffy’s family administered medications and monitored the Duffster’s blood sugar levels religiously, until one day, vets gave the okay to try a surgical procedure that could restore Duffy’s sight.
“Thankfully we got his numbers steady and [doctors] said we could attempt surgery,” says May.
Duffy underwent surgery in January, and the procedure was successful. His family made sure to have a camera rolling as Duffy’s vet removed the bandages and allowed Duffy the chance to see his loved ones once more. Duffy’s joy is palpable as he wags his tail, greeting his mom and dad with, if not a fresh set of eyes, then an improved set.
A friendly dog in a small shop in Japan can though, making his cute and fury face the first thing people see when they stop by the store.
Xander is a blind pug with a very special gift, which he uses to help the people who need it most – abused children. He lives in Oregon and lost his eyes in an accident. He was adopted from the Klamath Animal Shelter last January by Rodney Beedy, who right away knew he had a special dog.
Xander has a wonderful temperment and people at the shelter told Rodney that Xander would make an excellent therapy dog.